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January 17, 2019

Uhuru hints referendum, New EACC broom, Graft killing family businesses: Your Breakfast Briefing

Integrity Centre. EACC expected to transform with nomination of Major (Rt) Twalib Mbarak at the helm of the agency. /FILE
Integrity Centre. EACC expected to transform with nomination of Major (Rt) Twalib Mbarak at the helm of the agency. /FILE

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Residents of Kisumu, Nyeri, Isiolo and Machakos will get free services from counties in the pilot Universal Healthcare programme launched yesterday.

“Starting now, all Kenyan residents in the four pilot counties with a UHC or the Afya Care card will have access to free health services across public health facilities,” President Uhuru Kenyatta said when he launched Afya Care in Kisumu.

Here are the stories making headlines in the Star this Friday morning.

Uhuru drops big hint on a referendum

President Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday gave the clearest hint that the country could be headed for a referendum to eliminate what he termed “a winner takes it all” system of government.

Opening up for the first time about the pre-handshake talks with his new political soul-mate Raila Odinga, Uhuru said the current presidential system was excluding some communities from leadership.


The new broom at EACC Twalib Mbarak 

A chain is only as strong as its weakest link, the idiom goes.

In the wake of heightening fight against graft, the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission has arguably stood out as that weakest link. The war is that chain.

But with the nomination of Major (Rtd) Twalib Mbarak to the helm of the agency, the weakest link is expected to turn into the strongest


KNUT goes to the polls

Politics is expected to take a center stage today as delegates of the Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) seek to fill four top leadership positions.

The elections will involve four regions to fill the posts of chairman, first and second vice-chairman, and deputy secretary-general.


MP who lured house girls, herders back to school fights post-KCPE dropout rate 

Despite the government subsidising secondary school education and lowering fees for Technical and Vocational Education Training institutions, access to education remains an uphill task for many pupils in Kitui county.

It is a problem area leaders are trying to resolve. Kitui East MP Nimrod Mbai spoke to the Star on the challenges of access to secondary and tertiary education in his constituency and the solution he came up with.


Corruption slows family business growth in Kenya-PWC report

Family businesses grew at a slower pace compared to the global average, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Global Family Business Survey 2018 has revealed.

The study released yesterday shows Kenyan family businesses have grown by 74 per cent compared to a global average of 89 per cent as corruption and competition from multinationals as factors hinder growth.


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