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UNHCR staff hurt in Hagadera camp raid

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY STEPHEN ASTARIKO
UNHCR staff stand outside the Hagadera UNHCR  offices on the 12th of this month.Photo/Stephen Astariko
UNHCR staff stand outside the Hagadera UNHCR offices on the 12th of this month.Photo/Stephen Astariko
A UNHCR vehicle from Dadaab was on Wednesday morning attacked by suspected al Shabaab militia at the Hagadera refugee camp. The three militia fired at the driver of the patrol vehicle at 8.30am. The driver, only identified as Mutuku, was seriously injured. The suspects stole the car and crossed over with it to Somalia. Fafi DC Geoffrey Taragon said the militants were on a well-calculated move. He said they waylayed the UNHCR vehicle as it waited for security to escort it to the camp. “The vehicle has been carjacked and drove to Somalia. If we had an air surveillance we could track it," said...

Munuve wants 15% mining jobs for residents

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY LYDIA NGOOLO
Mwingi North MP John Munuve has asked the government to ensure the Mining Bill is fair to locals. Speaking during a stakeholders meeting at a Mwingi hotel in Kitui county on Monday, Munuve said he will push for residents to get 15 per cent of projects. “I will push for 15 per cent to go to the community in the area of mining,” he said. Munuve said Kitui Governor Julius Malombe is not fair in awarding project funds. He said the road to Mama Malia Academy, a private school, was awarded Sh25 million yet it is a short distance, while a more than 150km road from Kamuwongo to Usueni was awarded Sh2...

Society faults co-op officer

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY STAR REPORTER
MAchAKOS Members of Kathekakai Farmers Co-operative Society have accused district co-operative officer Harrison Nyamu of planning to liquidate their society without their consent. Speaking to the Star yesterday, the members said Nyamu has tried to hold meetings with the sacco’s management committee to strategise on how to wind up the society. The members, led by Mutuku Nzioki, said Nyamu wants to liquidate the society to cover up looting by him and the committee. He said Nyamu has supported the committee’s illegal stay in office.

Malombe's new schedule

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY MUSEMBI NZENGU
kitui Governor Julius Malombe has announced a new work schedule that will ensure he is more available to residents. “I will no longer work in office for 30 days. I will be doing office work for 15 days of every month. For the next 10 to 15 days of the month, I will be out in the field inspecting projects and meeting residents,” he said. Malombe was speaking to residents at Kavisuni Catholic Church in Katulani, Kitui county on Saturday. Last Thursday, Kitui MCAs shelved a plan to impeach Malombe after he promised to address issues they had raised in a memo.

Company opens outlet

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY ELIZABETH WERE.
garissa Water and energy solutions provider Davis and Shirtliff has opened a branch in the town. The new branch is the 16th in Kenya. Speaking during the launch yesterday, Group CEO Alec Davis said Garissa is a growing town whose population is pushing up the demand for water and energy solutions. “The increasing number of businesses setting up in the area is also pushing demand for these products,” he said. Commercial director Mas Waweru said: “We were encouraged by the increasing number of orders from Garissa and requests from clients for a nearby service centre.”

Power outages spell doom for Wote traders

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY EVELYN MUTANU
MURKY: Wote town at night. The town has been experiencing power blackouts. Photo/Evelyn Mutanu
MURKY: Wote town at night. The town has been experiencing power blackouts. Photo/Evelyn Mutanu
Business owners in Wote, Makueni county have expressed concerns over the frequent power blackouts in the town. The traders said the blackouts have seriously affected their business operations. Speaking to the press yesterday, Makueni Chamber of Commerce and Industry chairman Alphonce Kioko said the blackouts have persisted for more than three months leading to heavy losses. Kioko said the power outages have forced business owners to seek for alternate sources of power leading to high cost of operations. He said those running small businesses and cannot afford generators have closed down...

Church told to speak out on graft

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY STAR REPORTER
CORD deputy leader Hon. Kalonzo Musyoka has today challenged the church to speak up on the rampant corruption being witnessed in the country. Kalonzo said the voice of the church has gradually disappeared adding that as spiritual leaders, they should not keep quiet when the country is going in the wrong direction. “In the fight against corruption, the church has seemingly lost its voice and by so doing has become user friendly”. Kalonzo Charged The Wiper leader said the corruption menace has brought about the run away insecurity in the country through the porous bounders and the “known road...

Mwingi locals told to stop diesel sale

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY LYDIA NGOOLO
Mwingi north MP John Munuve has cautioned retailers on selling diesel from their shops. Munuve spoke this yesterday at Tii village in Kyuso district where he had gone to console the relatives of the three members of the same family who perished in an inferno on Sartuday night. Musya Matei ,his wife Makasi and their four year old son perished in the fire. Munuve said the deceased are suspected to have had perished due to the diesel stored in their house where they were sleeping. "Surely we are all looking for something to keep us going but I want the police to make sure that no sale of such...

Nema warns againt Embu sand mining

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY REUBEN GITHINJI
National Environmental Management Authority has warned against harvesting of sand in Embu county rivers. County environmental officer Joshua Nyandoro told the sand harvesters that they risk going to jail if they don’t comply with environmental laws. Speaking to the Star in his office in Embu town yesterday, Nyandoro said the number of sand harvesters have increased in the county after the sand was discovered to be amongst the best for building. He said lorries have been ferrying the sand in out of the county with harvesters not bothered about the environmental degradation they cause. Nyandoro...

Kitui family of three killed in night inferno

Monday, April 14, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY MUSEMBI NZENGU
CHARRED: Matei Mutisya (right), the father of Musya Matei, whose family perished in a fire at Tii village, Kyuso district in Kitui on Saturday night. Photo/Musembi Nzengu
CHARRED: Matei Mutisya (right), the father of Musya Matei, whose family perished in a fire at Tii village, Kyuso district in Kitui on Saturday night. Photo/Musembi Nzengu
A double tragedy hit a family in Tii village of Kyuso district, Kitui County when a family of three perished in an inferno a day after a relative was buried on Friday. A mysterious fire at 9 pm on Saturday night consumed the house at Tii trading centre of Itivanzou sub-location in which 35-year-old, Musya Matei, his wife Makazi and their four year old son Ngumabu were burnt to ashes. Musya's grandmother Kalio Mutisya was buried a day earlier. The late Musya's father Matei, 75, told newsman at the scene that he lost the family members after a jerrican of petrol that was stored in the house...

Mutua blames corrupt cops for road crashes

Monday, April 14, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY WAMBUA KAVILA
FINAL JOURNEY: Machakos leaders pay their last respects to the victims of a matatu ac- cident on Saturday. They died after their vehicle plunged into a dry river bed. Photo/Wambua Kavila
FINAL JOURNEY: Machakos leaders pay their last respects to the victims of a matatu ac- cident on Saturday. They died after their vehicle plunged into a dry river bed. Photo/Wambua Kavila
Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua has blamed the fatal accidents in the county on corrupt traffic police officers who let motorists flout the rules in exchange for cash. "Some of these officers accept as little as Sh50 to allow public service vehicles to overload, which jeopardises the lives of passengers," Mutua said. He said he is committed to working with the national government to clamp down on the corrupt officers whom he said make fortunes from the bribes. "My government is committed towards zero tolerance to corruption and the central government workers in Machakos are no exception. They...

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