Wednesday, Jan 28th 2015

North Eastern

Forget Wiper ticket, Makueni MCAs told

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 09:30 -- BY EVELYN MUTANU
THIS WAY PLEASE: Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka is received by Kitui County Governor Julius Malombe during the commissioning of the 287km road network at Miambani Primary School grounds on Saturday.
THIS WAY PLEASE: Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka is received by Kitui County Governor Julius Malombe during the commissioning of the 287km road network at Miambani Primary School grounds on Saturday.
WIPER leader Kalonzo Musyoka will not issue party tickets to any of the Makueni MCAs if the the county is dissolved. Addressing residents at Mbuvo trading centre after a church service on Sunday, he said the MCAs have demeaned the party and deserve no mercy. ‘’I cannot be talking sense to you and then you defy all that,” Kalonzo said. “In fact, I welcome all the first runners-ups of the last general election to the party and will issue them with certificates instead,” he said. He said his county representatives formed the majority in the county assembly but were a “disgrace” to the party. ‘’...

Police hold Ethiopians despite end of jail term

Friday, January 23, 2015 - 09:00 -- BY Reuben Githinji
Embu police station where six illegal Ethiopiana Immigrants are being held for the last two weeks despite finishing their jail terms
Embu police station where six illegal Ethiopiana Immigrants are being held for the last two weeks despite finishing their jail terms
Six illegal immigrants from Ethiopian have been held at the Embu police station for two weeks, despite finishing their six-month jail terms. The Star has established that the immigrants, who completed their jail terms at the Embu prison for illegal stay, have been in the police cells since January 9. The court had ordered that they be repatriated to their country after completing their sentences. Sources said the prison authorities handed the immigrants over to the police to be escorted to Moyale then to Ethiopia. The sources said to avoid complications, police have sought a court order to...

Mourners injured in Embu crash

Friday, January 23, 2015 - 09:00 -- BY Reuben Githinji
Seven people, including mourners from a burial in Embu, were seriously injured when a hearse collided head-on with a county garbage truck. The Senator Funeral Home hearse collided with the truck on Kapingazi River bridge on the Embu-Kiritiri road on Wednesday evening. The seven were rushed to Embu Level Five Hospital where they are recuperating. The hearse was moving from Kiritiri while the truck was heading to the opposite direction. The truck was taking garbage it had collected from Embu town to Kinyago dumpsite. A witnesses said the hearse’s driver turned on the siren, scaring the truck...

Residents warned on land conmen

Friday, January 23, 2015 - 09:00 -- BY Reuben Githinji
The Embu government yesterday warned residents against conmen purporting to buy land on behalf of the county. Lands chief officer Stephen Njiru said the county will publicise the names of officers who will be going round to assess the land the county wants for development. He said there are conmen roaming in the county, claiming to be buying land for various development projects on behalf of the county. This comes in the wake of news that the county is planning to buy land in each of the four subcounties to extract murram for repairing roads. Governor Martin Wambora, who recently bought four...

Kitui MCA wants mining rules relaxed

Friday, January 23, 2015 - 09:00 -- By Musembi Nzengu
A Kitui MCA has urged Energy executive George Mulatya to relax stringent mining conditions that he said scares away investors. County assembly minority leader Alex Nganga accused Mulatya of invoking regulations that are likely to frustrate the potentially lucrative mining industry. Mulatya’s recently said investors interested in limestone mining, particularly Athi River Mining, and Dangote Quarries Ltd must lease land. He ruled out direct negotiation with individual land owners. Mulatya said investors who overlook the Kitui government to engage directly with the residents will be blacklisted...

Kalonzo wrong to back Makueni breakup - 2 MPs

Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 09:30 -- By Andrew Mbuva
Machakos town MP Victor Munyaka addresses a rally in Machakos town on Monday.
Machakos town MP Victor Munyaka addresses a rally in Machakos town on Monday.
Two MPs from Ukambani have criticised Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka for supporting the dissolution of Makueni government. Speaking to the Star separately on the phone yesterday, Yatta MP Francis Mwangangi and his Machakos counterpart Victor Munyaka termed Kalonzo's move "careless". Munyaka said dialogue should be embraced before resorting to dissolve the county government. “There is no county in Kenya that is not experiencing some problems," Munyaka said. "It is premature for anybody to push for the dissolution of Makueni county when all avenues of reconciliatory talks have not been...

FGM kills 40% of women during birth in Isiolo - Kilimo

Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 09:30 -- BY KNA
Anti-Female Genital Mutilation Board chairperson Jebii Kilimo has urged pastoralist communities to stop circumsising women as it kills women during birth. Kilimo said that 40 per cent of women and children from Isiolo county die during delivery due to FGM and use of unsterilised apparatus. Speaking in Isiolo town yesterday, she said 17 counties practise FGM and experience high rates of HIV-Aids. Kilimo said early marriage, divorce, and child neglect among pastoralists remain high due to their traditional practices. Isiolo deputy county commissioner Julius Maiyo directed chiefs and their...

Seize grabbed land - Wambora

Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 09:30 -- BY Reuben Githinji

Embu governor Martin Wambora at a site where a modern fire station will be built and which had been grabbed before repossession. He has directed the land department in the county to ensure all the public grabbed land  is repossessed.
Embu governor Martin Wambora at a site where a modern fire station will be built and which had been grabbed before repossession. He has directed the land department in the county to ensure all the public grabbed land is repossessed.
EMBU Governor Martin Wambora yesterday directed the Land department to repossess all grabbed public land. He said the county has lined up projects and needs land for them. Wambora was speaking when he toured development projects and places where the county wants to provide land to investors. He said the investors want to solve the accommodation problem students and lecturers at the Embu University College by building hostels, flats and villas. They will also help in agriculture projects, especially in value-addition, Wambora said.

Livestock owners urged to sell

Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 09:30 -- By Dennis Dibondo
THARAKA NITHI Farmers should sell their livestock during the ongoing drought, an officer in Chuka Igambang’ombe has said. Livestock marketing officer Njagi Mbuga said farmers should put their livestock on sale to fetch good prices before the animals grow thin and their price depreciates. He was speaking to the Star in his office on Wednesday. Mbuga said the drought has led to disease infestation and poor productivity of the animals. “Farmers should give rose grass, acacia tree leaves, silage to their livestock to restock them,” he said.

Garissa to digitise tax collection

Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 09:30 -- BY STEPHEN ASTARIKO
Garissa government will adopt automated systems in September to improve its revenue collection. This will increase revenue from Sh96 million per annum to Sh500 million per annum, the head of a taskforce implementing the system said yesterday. "We have started down this road of self-emancipation by recruiting officers to collect and account for revenue," Salah Yaqub said. He was speaking during the induction of 40 revenue and enforcement officers at a Garissa hotel. Yaqub urged the officers to be honest in their duties and help the county realise its potential of raising Sh1 billion through...

Embu parents eject head over low KCPE grades

Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 09:30 -- BY Reuben Githinji
PARENTS yesterday stormed into a public primary school in Embu North subcounty and ejected its head teacher over dismal results in last year's KCPE exam. The parents of Kenga Primary School on Tuesday said the best pupil scored only 270 marks and the lowest 82 marks out of the possible 500 marks. They said the school is more than 20 years old and should be producing pupils with more than 400 marks. The parents shouted slogans and threatened to withdraw their children from the school if the head teacher is not removed. They accused him of misappropriating the money they contribute for various...

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