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A Kenyan man 49, has passed away in a London Hospital. More later

 

 

KENYA ARTIST MZEE MR. JOSEPH KAMARU

HAS LOST HIS WIFE IN KENYA

Mzee Joseph Kamaru(above) has lost his wife in Kenya. The late Rev. Teresia Kamaru passed away on Tuesday evening 12th September, 2017 in Nairobi Kenya. You can contact Mzee Joseph Kamaru on +254 723550040.

 

 

 

Uhuru Kenyatta's address during the

meeting Gusii leaders in Nakuru

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Pound hits year high on inflation data


The pound hit its highest level against the dollar this year after UK inflation was stronger than expected in August. The latest official figures showed the CPI inflation rate rose to 2.9% in August as fuel and clothing prices increased. That was up from July's rate of 2.6% and above forecasts of 2.8%. Sterling jumped on the news, and finished up 0.84% to $1.3275 at the end of London business hours, a year high. The pound was also higher against the euro, up 7% at 1.1096 euros. The latest inflation figure could put further pressure on the Bank of England to consider a rise in interest rates, as it has an inflation target of 2%. The Bank will announce its latest decision on rates on Thursday. However, analysts are not expecting it to take any action yet. Samuel Tombs, chief UK economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics, said he thought the prospects of a rate rise this year were "remote". "Domestically-generated inflation is subdued, inflation expectations have remained well-anchored and GDP growth is too weak to warrant higher rates," he said.


The jump in the pound send shares lower, with the FTSE 100 share index ending down 12.9 points at 7,400.69. Shares in broadcaster Sky fell 5% at one point after the UK government again said it was "minded" to investigate further 21st Century Fox's bid to take over the whole company. Fox owns 39% of Sky but wants to assume total control of the broadcaster. However, some fear it would give Rupert Murdoch's family, which controls Sky, too much sway over the UK media. Sky shares closed down 1.5%. Shares in industrial equipment hire group Ashtead jumped 5% after the firm said it should see increased demand in the US following Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The clean-up operation following the two hurricanes is expected to mean greater demand for the company's diggers and tools. In the FTSE 250 index, shares in JD Sports rose 9% after it brushed aside any fears of a downturn in the "athleisure" sector by reporting a big rise in both sales and profits. In the six months to the end of July, sales rose 41% from a year earlier to £1.4bn with pre-tax profits climbing 33% to £103m.

 

Storm Aileen: Weather warnings for strong winds and rain across UK Heavy downpours and winds of up to

70mph are forecast as the first named storm of the season arrives on Tuesday evening.

 

President Uhuru Kenyatta addresses 12th parliament

even as Nasa legislatures boycott joint sitting

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Prisoners escape from British Virgin Islands jail in wake of Hurricane Irma

 

UK inflation rate rises to 2.9%


The UK's inflation rate climbed to its joint highest in more than five years in August as the price of petrol and clothing rose. UK inflation measured by the Consumer Prices Index rose to 2.9% in August, up from 2.6% in July, figures show. The fall in the value of sterling since the EU referendum continued to be a major impetus for rising prices, the Office for National Statistics said. But a rebound in the price of oil also had an impact, pushing up fuel prices. The bigger-than-expected rise in inflation comes ahead of the Bank of England's next announcement on interest rates on Thursday. However, economists said the Bank was still highly unlikely to raise rates at the meeting.

 

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NASA flag bearer Raila Odinga addresses

media over Supreme Court ruling

NASA flag bearer Raila Odinga addresses media over Supreme Court ruling and matters IEBC part 1
 

NASA flag bearer Raila Odinga addresses media over Supreme Court ruling and matters IEBC part 2

 

 

 

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The $1,000 (£1,000) iPhone X


Following months of anticipation, Apple has finally unveiled its souped-up 'anniversary' phone, the iPhone X. The $999 (£999 in the UK) iPhone X features an edge-to-edge display with richer colours, and facial recognition software called Face ID that allows users to unlock the phone without the need for a fingerprint reader or physical home button. Apple has also revealed the new iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, alongside an upgrade to the Apple Watch and a higher-definition Apple TV.


* Both the iPhone 8 and 8+ will have wireless charging built in. 


* Schiller joked: 'I can't describe how much nicer it is not to have to plug in a cable!' 


* Wireless charging will work with hundreds of already available chargers, from Ikea to Ford, although Apple will also sell third party wireless chargers in stores.  


* The iPhone 8 and 8+ will each come in two versions - a 64GB, with a second at 256GB.  


* iPhone 8 will start at $699 (£699), and iPhone 8+ will start at $799 (£799). 


* They will both be available on September 22nd.  

It also unveiled a new Apple Watch with cellular service and an new version of its Apple TV streaming device

 

 

 

2017 KENYA SOCIETY ANNUAL SUMMER PARTY

Kenya High Commissioner in the UK HE Lazarus Amayo addressing the guests


On 7th September 2017, the Kenya Society held their annual summer garden party that was hosted by H.E Lazarus Amayo, High Commissioner of Kenya to the UK and his spouse Mrs. Nelly Amayo at the High Commissioner’s residence.

The event was graced by the Chairman of the Kenya Society, Mr. Patrick Orr, the Deputy Chairman, Mr. Juvenal Shiundu, members of the Kenya Society Members, High Commission staff and other invited guests. Speeches were made by the Society Chair Mr. Patrick Orr, and the Kenya High Commissioner H.E Lazarus Amayo. In his address, the High Commissioner welcomed guests to the 2017 summer party and thanked the society fraternity led by the Chairman Mr. Patrick Orr for organizing the event. He noted that the Kenya Society has continued to grow from strength to strength, and the objective of fostering closer and good relations between the people of the Republic of Kenya and the United Kingdom is being achieved with the help of the organization.

 

After Kenya and UK national anthem the High Commissioner addressed the guests

 

He informed that the Government of Kenya is committed to building a prosperous Kenya that feeds its people, provides decent and affordable healthcare and provides decently paying jobs to every Kenyan who wants to work. “It is for this reason that we are implementing a transformative strategy to ensure rapid expansion of our economy. This is manifested by the ongoing construction of new roads, expansion of our ports and the newly launched world-class standard gauge railway” he said.

Amb. Amayo further called upon for more Kenyans and friends Kenya to join the society so that they can create a formidable pool of Kenyan Ambassadors who will be at the frontline in disseminating information regarding the transformative agenda which the Government is implementing.

 

The Chairman of Kenya Society Mr. Patrick Orr was introduced by the High

Commissioner (left) and then he introduced his committee before addressing the guests

 

In his remarks, Mr. Patrick Orr acknowledged Kenya’s recent achievements including the excellent performance of Kenya’s team that participated in the just concluded IAAF World Championships in London where it performed extremely well despite the tough competition. The team finished number two in the world medal table after the USA. He also congratulated the High Commissioner for being honoured with the Freedom of City of London at the Chamberlain’s Court Room, Guildhall, London. The Chairman thanked members of the society for the support accorded to him that has enabled the society to thrive and welcomed new members to join the organization.

 

DJ Josh (2nd from left) took the day with beautiful Kenyan songs. Kenya Gospel Singer Gloria Muliru (far left)

and DJ Otach (3rd from left) also attended the party. On far right is Emmah and her friends

 

The Kenya Society was formed in 1989 as an initiative of Hon. Dr. Sally Kosgei, former Kenya High Commissioner to the UK, and people in Britain who lived in Kenya and already had an attachment to the country. The society has been able to sustain its principal objective of fostering friendship between citizens of the two nations while at the same time providing a forum for individuals interested in either living, visiting or investing in the country.

 

 

 

 

 

SPEECH BY HIS EXCELLENCY HON. UHURU KENYATTA, C.G.H., PRESIDENT AND COMMANDER IN CHIEF OF THE DEFENCE FORCES OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA DURING STATE OPENING OF THE 1ST SESSION OF THE 12TH PARLIAMENT AT PARLIAMENT BUILDINGS, NAIROBI ON 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2017

Honourable Speakers,


First and foremost we thank God for the gift of a great country filled with the bounty we need, and the continued peace.


I also thank all Kenyans for expressing, in a mature and patient manner, their sovereign will during the elections. Millions of voters stood in long queues, in the sun and rain, hungry and thirsty, in their quest to express their democratic choice.


I offer you, Honourable Members, my heartfelt congratulations on being elected to Parliament.


Honourable Members,


By our Constitution, and our traditions, you represent the sovereign will and aspirations of millions of Kenyans. I wish all of you every success in fulfilling your very important national duties in the next five years.


I urge you to never forget that we are here representing the Kenyan people, who have an urgent need for governance that delivers to them peace and security, and indeed prosperity.


I also celebrate the women of Kenya who continue to demonstrate leadership throughout the country. Three women were elected Governors while others won positions as Senators, Members of Parliament and Members of County Assemblies.


Today, I am a proud Kenyan for the gains we have made in promoting inclusion of women into elected office. I am proud because I have great confidence in Kenya’s women and deep faith in their capacities.


However, as important as these gains are, we recognize we still have much more work to do to increase their participation in national leadership.


I also salute the large number of young people, who have come to elected office. I am very glad that the Kenyan people are so willing to give our youth opportunities to offer leadership.


The young men and women elected to Parliament, and other offices, have a special responsibility to represent the aspirations of the youth for employment opportunities and better service delivery by the National and County Governments.


Honourable Members,


Let me also take this opportunity to thank the Honourable Members from the 11th Parliament, who made their mark on our country’s history. They will forever be remembered for the way they steered and entrenched devolution.
Within a relatively short time, we as a country, were able to adopt and execute a devolution process that elsewhere in the world has taken a longer period of time.


This historic achievement was made possible by the constant productive consultations and collaboration between the Legislature and the Executive.


Our 10th Parliament delivered a new Constitution. The 11th Parliament implemented that Constitution and entrenched devolution as an institutional framework for driving our development agenda.


Honourable Members,


The 12th Parliament has been sworn into office at an important constitutional moment that requires you to uphold the supremacy of the Constitution and its institutions.


This does not mean always having your way. As you well know, we still have to undertake a fresh presidential election following the verdict of the Supreme Court. Even though I strongly disagreed with that decision, I accepted it because of my respect for our Constitution.


I have previously demonstrated this fidelity to the best interests of the Kenyan people, as happened when I conceded the loss of an election in You will also recall that I heeded the summons from a foreign court even though I knew I was answering trumped-up charges.


You, as Honourable Members of Parliament, must be steadfast in protecting our Constitution as the critical base for assuring our people sustained peace, security and prosperity.


As a country, we spent more than two decades crafting a new constitutional order that maps our state organs and processes, and thus provides certainty and predictability to our national life. In our current circumstance, the elections we held on the 8th of August; the swearing-in of Governors, Members of both Parliament and County Assemblies; the verdict of the Supreme Court; the call for fresh elections on 17th October; my address to you this afternoon; and the set term of a president until a new one is sworn in, are all part of our laid-down constitutional processes.


No matter the political noises that are loudest during elections, I want to assure every Kenyan, and the world, that every arm of government is in place and operational. There is no void and there is no lacuna; Kenya is progressing along the path drawn for it by the Constitution.


Honourable Members,


At this juncture, I would like to make it abundantly clear that the government will not tolerate anyone intent on disrupting our hard-won peace and stability.


Under no circumstances must Kenyans ever allow our free, competitive process to become a threat to the peace and security of our Nation. Our region, and indeed the world, through history, is littered with broken, miserable countries who failed to draw the distinction between vibrant democratic competition and destructive division.
In this regard, I urge all political leaders to avoid engaging in divisive and destructive politics that have no place in modern Kenya.


For my part, I know that my most serious obligation is to sustain and protect the peace and security of all our people without exception.


We are now headed into a fresh presidential election that the Electoral Commission has scheduled for the 17th of October. The Kenyan people will again affirm their choice of who they want to serve as their President.
This is not just a choice between two individuals. Most importantly, it is the transfer of the people’s sovereign will to an office that is the symbol of our national unity; that protects our security, and is key to delivering development and prosperity.


Kenyans will line up again on the 17th of October. The marks that millions of voters will make on the ballot paper will represent far more than the desires of politicians. As Kenyans did on the 8th of August, they will vote for different candidates.


But almost every single man and woman will be using the vote to seek the same things: a better livelihood, access to good healthcare, a more promising future for their children, decent jobs for all those willing to work, and security.
It must be understood that, that marked ballot represents more than technology, more than computers systems, or even where it was printed.


The mark is the choice of a sovereign people. Their choice is sacred and must never be frustrated or ignored.


Honourable Members,


As we move forward during this momentous time, you, as newly elected leaders, must firmly take up your place in the governing of this great country.


Your promises to the electorate were turned into a solemn oath in which you swore, to bear true faith and allegiance to the People and the Republic of Kenya; that you would obey, respect, uphold, preserve, protect and defend this Constitution of the Republic of Kenya; and that you would faithfully and conscientiously discharge the duties of a Member of Parliament.


In the coming days, you will be called upon to be true to that oath; I urge you to do your duty. It is the same oath that I made when I became President and Commander-in-Chief.


Kenyans expect us to understand the weight of responsibility in living up to our oath, and having wisdom and clarity as we carry out our duties.


It is no accident that the first two articles of the Constitution declare that the sovereignty of the people is exercised through their elected representatives, and that Parliament represents the diversity of the nation.


These words represent the hard sacrifices and hopes of generations of Kenyans who fought to earn the right to govern themselves and to freely choose their representatives.


That history places a profound responsibility on the Members of this House to ‘protect this Constitution and promote the democratic governance of the Republic.’


Honourable Members,


The separation of powers of the three arms of government is a critical constitutional principle in protecting the liberty of the people.


But, given the complexity of the public issues the three arms of government and constitutional commissions have to handle, they must work together willingly even as they respect each other’s functional independence.
Equally important, the three arms are supposed to be free from intimidation or control by any foreign or domestic actors, and special interest groups.


Every Kenyan official who serves in these arms of government and commissions must be constantly on the lookout for any actions that undermine their independence. And they should understand that undertaking the sacred task the Kenyan people have given them requires that they constantly remember, and affirm, in word and deed, that the people are sovereign.


No technicality, no conference, no process, no power or influence, should ever stand in the way of that sovereign will.


The Kenyan people expect every arm and institution of government to work together for them. Parliament directly represents the people, and it is you, Honourable Members, who must constantly remind all of us about the needs and aspirations of the people who sent you here.


Honourable Speakers and Members,


Our country is at a defining moment during which we are called upon to rise to our wisest, our most generous and most honest. Every member of this August House represents the full and beautiful diversity of our nation.
From Mombasa to Malaba, we may speak different languages, worship differently, and live in different parts of the country, but we must accept we are one people. The success of our nation is the love that each and every one of our people has for this country. Yes, we must love


Honourable Members,


This August House must stand for that unity and must rise to the promises we have made to the people of this great nation.


Finally, Honourable Speakers and Members, let me once again emphasize that we must work together to serve our people. We must understand that the future prosperity, peace and security of our beloved Nation, is firmly and safely in our hands.


Thank You and God Bless Kenya.

 

 

 

 

Githae, Makau differ on poll at US summit

 

Nairobi’s envoy to Washington and a prominent US-based Kenyan legal scholar offered starkly different assessments of the presidential election at a conference in Atlanta, Georgia, on Saturday. “I can categorically say here looking you straight in the eye that the Supreme Court robbed Uhuru Kenyatta of his win and stole the election from the Kenyan people,” declared Ambassador Robinson Njeru Githae. Makau Mutua, a former US law school dean and an outspoken detractor of President Kenyatta, took the opposite view, suggesting that the election had been stolen from challenger Raila Odinga. “It was not just the presidential election that was invalid,” Prof Mutua said. “It was the entire election. The whole thing was rotten.” Prof Mutua, who had unsuccessfully sought the post of chief justice of Kenya’s Supreme Court last year, also told the conference, “I was very happy I didn’t get the job of chief justice because if I had ruled against Mr Kenyatta I would have been lynched in the public square.” Following the 2013 election, Prof Mutua had tweeted that he would not recognise Mr Kenyatta as president, contending that the results had been rigged against opposition candidate Mr Odinga. Mr Githae said he was stunned by the Supreme Court’s ruling last month overturning official election results that gave Mr Kenyatta a 1.3 million-vote margin over Mr Odinga. “They had no basis for coming to that conclusion,” Mr Githae said in reference to the majority of justices who ruled the election invalid. “Not a single election agent has even sworn an affidavit saying the results at a polling station were different from what was announced by the IEBC,” Mr Githae said. The two men spoke as part of a panel at the 10th annual Kenya Scholars and Studies Association. - businessdailyafrica.com

 

Mzungu Makanga (Conductor) - MBAO MBAO!

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EQUITY BANK DINNER WITH UGANDANS IN UK

Dear Ugandans in UK,


Equity Bank Uganda MD Samuel Kirubi will be in UK on 15th Sep, 2017 to deliver a talk on Emerging Investment Opportunities in Uganda and other East African Countries. Join him for this insightful conversation.

Venue: Grange Tower Bridge Hotel, 45 Prescot Street, London E1 8GP, United Kingdom.
Time: 6 Pm

Entry to the meeting and dinner is free.

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Nairobi County to Deploy Sh8 Million Drones

to Monitor Payment of Parking Fees

 

Motorists will in the near future have a hard time dodging the Sh300 parking fees should City Hall successfully implement the use of drones to monitor parking services in the city. JamboPay, which provides online parking fee payment services for the Nairobi County Government has written to the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) seeking permission to import the drones to help enforce the revenue collection. The letter, dated August 28, is addressed to KCAA director general Gilbert Kibe and copied to Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko. According to JamboPay Chief Executive Officer Danson Muchemi, they have developed an aerial imagery compliance data-gathering module that will deploy a drone to collect parking compliance data. “We hereby request your approval of our importation and operation of two commercial drones,” the letter states. He said the pilot exercise expected to cost the county government Sh10 million. “The drones will fly across the parking areas in the city twice a day, capturing and relaying the data to our servers. Each of the drones will cost us Sh4 million and another Sh2 million will be used to set up a software to run it,” said Muchemi. “The information will then be relayed to the county parking department for appropriate enforcement measures, which include clamping of vehicles whose owners have defaulted,” he added. Muchemi said that if the project is successful, Nairobi will be the first city in Africa to adopt the drone module of operations. He said the initiative was meant to increase revenue collection by ensuring that all parking space users paid for the service. The county loses Sh600,000 a day, translating into about Sh18 million per month in parking revenue. - nairobiwire.com

 

 

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UK BANKS TO REPORT THOSE WITHOUT PAPERS TO HOME OFFICE

Kama huna papers hapa UK, ondoa pesa yako kwa bank

 

The Immigration Act 2014 prohibits banks and building societies from opening current accounts for people who are known not to have leave to remain in or to enter the UK. From 1 January 2018, there will be additional requirements to carry out periodic checks of the immigration status of existing current account customers.

Who does this affect

Banks and building societies that operate current accounts in the UK, including banks that are UK branches of EEA banks and non-EEA banks.

 

What the Immigration Act currently does

The Immigration Act 2014 prohibits banks and building societies from opening current accounts for people who are 'disqualified persons'. This is unless the bank or building society has carried out a status check that indicates the individual concerned is not a ‘disqualified person’.

 

What the amended Immigration Act will do

The Immigration Act 2014 has been amended by the Immigration Act 2016. The amendments to the 2014 Act come into force on 30 October 2017. There will be a number of additional requirements on banks and building societies, outlined below.

Banks and building societies will be required to carry out a quarterly ‘immigration check’ for existing current accounts operated by a disqualified person. The first immigration check is required to be carried out for the quarter beginning on 1 January 2018.

If such an account is identified, the bank or building society must notify the Home Office. The Home Office will then check if the person is a disqualified person and, in certain circumstances, will notify the bank or building society of their duty to close the account as soon as reasonably practicable. The bank or building society is required to inform the Home Office of the resulting action taken through a website operated by the Home Office.

 

The FCA's role

The Immigration Act 2014 (Bank Accounts) Regulations currently place a duty on the FCA to monitor and enforce compliance with the existing prohibition. These regulations have been amended to extend the FCA’s duty to monitor and enforce compliance with the new requirements once they come into force.

We are currently consulting on our approach to the amended Immigration Act and regulations, including reporting, monitoring and enforcement.

 

Quarterly Consultation No.16, March 2017

Disqualified persons

A disqualified person is a person who is in the UK, who does not have the required leave to enter or remain in the UK, and whom the Home Secretary considers should not be permitted to open a current account.

 

Identifying a disqualified person - new current accounts

To ensure they are complying with the Act, banks and building societies can carry out an immigration ‘status’ check with a specified anti-fraud organisation or data-matching authority (CIFAS).

This can be done before opening a new current account operated by:

• a consumer
• a micro-enterprise, or
• a charity (with an annual income under £1 million)

 

Where the check identifies that the applicant is a disqualified person, the firm must refuse to open the account.
This prohibition includes:

• opening joint current accounts for any disqualified persons
• opening a current account where the disqualified person is a signatory or is identified as a beneficiary
• adding any disqualified person as a current account holder, signatory or identified beneficiary in relation to an existing current account

 

Banks and building societies that refuse to open a current account for someone who is disqualified must tell that person the reason for the refusal. This is as long as doing so does not conflict with their duties under other legislation.

The Home Office has produced information, including a particular form of words, for firms to provide to individuals who are refused an account in those circumstances.

The current prohibition does not apply to existing current accounts unless a new account holder, signatory or identified beneficiary is being added.

 

Identifying a disqualified person - new requirements for existing current accounts

From 1 January 2018, banks and building societies will also be required to carry out quarterly immigration checks through CIFAS, the specified anti-fraud organisation or data-matching authority.

This immigration check is to be carried out on certain existing current accounts, excluding current accounts operated or held by or for an individual who is acting (with respect to that account) for the purposes of trade, business or profession.

If a current account operated by or for a disqualified person is identified, the bank or building society will be required to notify the Home Office of any accounts held. For these purposes, an “account” includes, but is not limited to, a financial product by means of which a payment may be made, and therefore includes accounts that are not current accounts.

What banks and building societies need to have in place

If you are a firm that operates current accounts, you must:

Make arrangements to comply with the Immigration Act, including the prohibition in section 40, and from 30 October 2017, the requirements in sections 40A, 40B and 40G.


Put in place record-keeping procedures relating to your compliance with the Immigration Act. Keep these records for at least 5 years.
Tell us if you have any problems complying with the Immigration Act by contacting your usual FCA supervisory contact as soon as is reasonably practicable.


Confirm to us that you are complying with the provisions of the Immigration Act each year. You will need to make arrangements to use form FIN A on Gabriel.

 

 

We didn't snub IEBC meeting with NASA, we have state to run - Ruto

 

DIASPORA CENTER


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Wiper Chairman David Musila pledges allegiance to Jubilee - CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO

 

 

WORD OF TODAY

Numbers 14:8

 

Break out of the box!

We read in Numbers 14:8: " If the Lord is pleased with us, he will lead us into that land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and will give it to us." When others saw giants in the Promised Land and wanted to return to Egypt, Caleb said, ‘The LORD…will bring us safely into that land and give it to us.’ At that point two things happened. ‘The whole community began to talk about stoning Joshua and Caleb. Then the glorious presence of the LORD appeared to all the Israelites at the Tabernacle’ (v.10 NLT). When the people around Caleb said no, God said yes – and all you need is His approval! When you have that, you can disregard the nay-sayers and move forward. If you wait for everyone to approve, agree with you, and applaud you, you’ll get nowhere. There was a time when people thought the earth was flat, and that man would never walk on the moon. In 1899 the U.S. Patent Office almost closed because the commissioner, Charles H. Duell, said, ‘Everything that can be invented has been invented.’ In retrospect this statement is ridiculous, but some of us have this same mindset. We stop learning because we think we’re too old. We’re afraid to change careers in case we jeopardise our pension. We don’t pursue our dreams in case we fail or get ridiculed. We’re so used to self-imposed limitations and telling ourselves, ‘I can’t do that,’ we think we can’t do anything. In essence, we’ve built a box, crawled inside, and now we’re looking for something or someone to blame for our lack of faith. God didn’t box you in – you did – and you need to take the initiative for breaking out. Today decide to do it – and God will bless your endeavours.

 

Our guest singer today is Gloria Muliru currently in London - CLICK HERE

 

 

Raila visits Moses Kuria, Johnstone Muthama at Pangani Police Station - CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO

 

GLORIA MULIRU PERFORMING AT REVIVAL HOUSE. LONDON

Kenya Gospel Singer Gloria Muliru is in London. The gospel singer attended the Kenya Society Summer Party at the residence of the Kenya High Commissioner on Thursday 7th September, 2017 before making a wonderful performance on Sunday 10th September 2017 at Revival House, London. Gloria had been invited to London to perform at an International concert last week. Her contact in UK is through her Kenya WhatsApp +254 724985161.

 

 

President Uhuru Kenyatta's speech during

his meeting with Kamba leaders

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Two killed in Georgia and one in South Carolina

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Kamba leaders in State House visit dismissed as self-seekers


Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka leads a meeting of Ukambani leaders at Machakos Golf Club on September 11, 2017. They are being entertained by a musician. Ms Charity Ngilu said there was nothing to gain from supporting the Jubilee government.  Wiper Democratic Movement leader Kalonzo Musyoka and other leaders from Ukambani have denounced a visit to State House by a grouping of Kamba leaders, describing them as self-seekers who do not represent the interests of the community. The leaders said most of those visiting State House were losers in the last election and could therefore not be said to speak for the people. The Kalonzo team included Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu, Wavinya Ndeti, senators Mutula Kilonzo (Makueni) and Enoch Wambua (Kitui ), 10 MPs, and elected MCAs from Kitui, Machakos and Makueni counties. - Daily Nation.

 

 


Nasa responds to Uhuru's impeachment threat


President Uhuru Kenyatta addresses a delegation of Ukambani leaders at State House, Nairobi, on September 11, 2017.

The Constitution says a president can be removed from office on grounds of incapacity. 

 


President Uhuru Kenyatta introduced a twist in the State House race when he said Jubilee MPs would impeach Mr Raila Odinga should he win the election. Jubilee commands a solid majority in the National Assembly and the Senate. In a rejoinder, the National Super Alliance said the President’s threat was an act of desperation.

UHURU PANICS
Nasa principal Moses Wetang’ula questioned the basis for such a decision. “It clearly shows how ill-informed the President is about the constitutional provision and the level of desperation he is showing by pressing every panic button before going to the repeat election,” the Bungoma senator told a press conference. The President was addressing leaders from Machakos, Makueni and Kitui counties who promised to support his re-election bid.

STRENGTH
Mr Kenyatta wanted to know how Mr Odinga would lead the country, “considering that we have the majority of MPs and senators”. He said the numbers could be made bigger should affiliate parties and independent candidates throw their weight behind Jubilee. He said with slightly less numbers in the 11th Parliament, determined Jubilee-friendly MPs pushed through legislation under chaotic circumstances. “In the last Senate, we could not pass Bills because we were evenly balanced. Today, we can do business in the Senate without a Nasa member present. "We don’t need them. We are only 13 members shy of a two-thirds majority in the National Assembly. We can even change the Constitution,” he said.

MOTION
“There is no need to fear even if he is elected. We have the opportunity within three months to impeach him. "If you splash the billions of shillings to be spent in the repeat election that could be used for development on him, what is he going to do?” The Constitution says a president can be removed from office on grounds of incapacity. An MP supported by at least a quarter of parliamentarians may move a motion to investigate the president’s physical or mental capacity to perform the functions of the office. If the motion goes through, the Speaker writes to the Chief Justice informing him of the resolution.

PROCEDURE
The CJ then appoints a tribunal, which investigates and reports the matter within 14 days. The report is final and not subject to appeal. If it finds that the president is incapable of running the office, the National Assembly votes on whether to ratify it. If a majority of MPs vote in favour of ratifying the report, the president ceases to hold office. The Constitution also says the National Assembly may pass a motion to impeach the president but it must be supported by at least a third of the members. It cites reasons for a presidential impeachment as gross violation of the Constitution or if the head of state has committed a crime.

DEFENCE
If the motion is supported by at least two thirds of the MPs, it is sent to the Senate, which must decide if the allegations can be substantiated. The National Assembly may appoint a committee to investigate the reports. The president has the right to appear and be represented at the special committee during the investigations. The Senate then considers its report, and may not proceed if the claims cannot be justified.

HOUSE SITTING
If the committee reports that allegations are justified, the Senate decides whether to vote to uphold the charges. Nasa dismissed the President’s threat, saying there would be no reason to warrant the impeachment of a Raila presidency. “What charges would be levelled against Raila? That is a reckless speculation that is not consistent with the conduct of a President,” Mr Wetang’ula said. Mr Kenyatta also dared Nasa lawmakers to make good on their threat to skip the first sitting of 12th Parliament. “Well done. Boycott! We have prepared the Bills. We want to dust and then pass them. If they refuse, what is the problem?” he asked. - Daily Nation.

 

 

 

 

 

Moses Kuria and Muthama arrested over hate speech


Former Machakos Senator Johnson Muthama has been arrested over alleged hate remarks. Muthama was arrested at Kangundo and is being transported to Pangani Police station. He is accused of making inflammatory remarks in Narok at the weekend. Earlier, Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria was arrested over hate remarks. In a Facebook post on September 5, Kuria said they were ready for another election but that they will hunt people who did not elect Uhuru Kenyatta. Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria was arrested on Monday and taken to Pangani police Station over hate remarks. Police are searching for former Machakos Senator Johnson Muthama for the same reason. In a Facebook post on September 5, Kuria said they were ready for another election but that they will hunt people who did not elect Uhuru Kenyatta. "Kiambu has spoken. They have said Wembe ni ule ule (the razor blade is the same one). Wangige and Kiambu people are seething with anger. One million of their votes were cancelled by four people," read the post. - The Star


 

 

Omar accuses Nasa leaders of double standards
 
 

Former Mombasa Senator Hassan Omar addresses journalists at Renaissance Centre in Mombasa on September 11, 2017, concerning his election petition against Governor Joho. He said he is not pleased with the Nasa leadership.  Former Mombasa Senator Hassan Omar has hit out at Nasa presidential candidates over what he termed double standards. Speaking during a press briefing at Renaissance Centre in Mombasa, Mr Omar criticised the co-principals on their leadership style. Mr Omar’s criticism of Nasa co-principals Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka came three days after his resignation as Wiper secretary-general. - Daily Nation.
 

 

Deadly eye of Irma makes second landfall in Florida


Deadly eye of Irma makes second landfall in Florida on Marco Island as THREE MILLION are left without power, four people are killed and the state's west coast is faces imminent 10-to-15-FOOT storm surges.


* Three have died in two separate car crashes, while a fourth died of natural causes overnight in a shelter
* Irma weakened to a Category 2 storm at about 5pm Sunday with winds of 110mph
* Tornado warnings have been announced across Florida, particularly on the west side of the storm 
* And two cranes - of two dozen in the city - have collapsed under intense wind pressure in Miami 
* Forecasts correctly predicted Irma would make first landfall over Lower Florida Keys on Sunday morning 
* It then made a second landfall on Marco Island near Naples at around 3:30pm on Sunday 
* Around 6.3 million people have been told to leave their homes in mandatory or voluntary evacuation orders
* The storm has already claimed at least 25 lives across the Caribbean since it took hold earlier in the week
* President Trump urged everyone to follow instructions and said: 'Here comes Irma. God bless everyone' 
* Experts have warned that 'catastrophic' and 'life threatening' storm surges could reach up to 15ft  in Key West


Hurricane Irma is moving ashore in southwest Florida after making landfall for the second time on Marco Island close to Naples. Irma weakened to a Category 2 storm at about 5pm Sunday as it hugged the coastline moving north towards Tampa. The National Hurricane Center said Irma’s winds were at 110 mph, just below major hurricane status, as the center of the still dangerous and wide storm moved farther inland late Sunday afternoon. It was smacking Naples after coming ashore in Marco Island at 3.35pm. Areas of Naples are now suffering substantial flooding and swathes of the west coast - as well as lakes, bays and sounds nearby - are under 15ft storm surge warnings. 'Pray, pray for everybody in Florida,' Governor Rick Scott said on Fox News Sunday. As Irma continued its unprecedented assault on the state, two of the four victims claimed in Florida were identified. They are Hardee County Sheriff's deputy Julie Bridges, a mother of one, and Hardee Correctional Institute sergeant Joseph Ossman. They crashed on Sunday around 60 miles from Saratosa, and were both killed. While the confirmed body count is currently just four, the suffering from Irma's onslaught is much wider, with more than three million losing power and swathes of Miami - where two cranes were toppled - left flooded. The Keys, which is where Irma first made landfall, are now the subject of a huge airborne relief mission. - CLICK HERE FOR FULL STORY

 

 

NAIROBI, Kenya Sept 9 – Three people have been reported dead and another 10 were rushed to Hospital with serious

injuries after a bus they were travelling in rammed into a stationery lorry along the Narok – Mai Mahiu Road.

 

 

 

 

Kenya's changing trade patterns and the fall of Europe


Kenya is experiencing a shift in the pattern of its exports and imports, with some of her key traditional markets slowing down on the goods they are sourcing from the country. After the release of the Leading Economic Indicators for June 2017, it emerged that Pakistan had leapfrogged Uganda to become Kenya's leading export destination, buoyed by growing tea purchases by the Asian country. Exports to Uganda, which has for decades been the top market for Kenyan goods, have for sometime now experienced marginal growth. Trade with Tanzania also took a hit following a diplomatic row, while China's hold on the country's imports tightened. It is clear that the trading landscape is changing - and has been changing for a long time. Twenty-seven years ago, Kenya's trade with Africa was almost insignificant. Africa's share of exports was six per cent while imports took up less than one per cent.


Indeed, there was little, if any, trade with its East African neighbours in 1990 - perhaps due to the embargo that had been placed after the collapse of the East African Community in 1976. China which today has a stranglehold in most sectors of the country's economy, was nowhere in 1990. Its share of imports was a paltry 1.3 per cent, with Kenya getting most of its manufactured products from Europe. Today, the Asian giant - which has also grown to become the second largest economy in the world - after the United States is literally pouring its cheap manufactured products into the local market, touching off a backlash from local manufacturers including those in the jua kali sector. In the early 90s, and indeed all the way back to the years after Kenya's independence, the United Kingdom and other European countries reigned supreme. Its trade was by and large two-ways: To Europe, from Europe. Imports from the European continent took up a massive 65 per cent of Kenya's import bill. Europeans also consumed most of Kenya's produce, taking up 68 per cent of the country's share of exports. The United States was alsoKenya's critical trading partner, with a 6.1 per cent share of the import bill. Then things started changing, not really in Kenya but at the global level. Europe's and US influence in global politics started waning, and their place was taken up by countries such as China and India, and other Asian countries. These came to be known as the emerging economies. They have taken over the global economy with a storm. - The Standard


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Deadly flash floods in Tuscan port

city of Leghorn Italy after heavy rain


The bodies of a family, including a four-year-old boy and his parents, are found in the flooded basement of their home. At least five people have died and three are missing after torrential rain caused flooding in Italy. Four of the victims were family members - a four-year-old boy, his parents and grandfather - whose bodies were found in the flooded basement of their home in the port city of Leghorn in Tuscany. Mayor Filippo Nogarin warned there could be more casualties because several people were missing. He said a "a crazy amount of rain" had lashed Leghorn and "the city is literally devastated". He appealed for help in the town, which is a popular ferry crossing point to the islands of Elba and Sardinia. Strong winds felled trees and many parked cars were nearly submerged by flood waters that also left streets clogged with mud. Train services were disrupted in parts of the Tuscan coastal area. Rome, which had recently gone through three months of drought, was also battered by torrential rain with streets turned into streams and several underground stations forced to close. In Florence, the civil protection agency issued an orange weather alert warning citizens to expect torrential rain and flooding.

 

 

The National Transport and Safety Agency (NTSA) says 1,919 people have died in road accidents since January this year.

 

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Raila does not deserve to be President - Kamba leaders


Deputy President William Ruto in Kimutwa, Machakos County on September 9 2017./DPPS


A section of MPs from the Kamba community On Sunday said that Nasa candidate Raila Odinga was destined to lose the repeat presidential elections in October 17. They cautioned voters from the region not to be misled to support Mr Odinga who would lose. The legislators among them Victor Munyaka (Machakos Town), Rachel Nyamai (Kitui South), Vincent Musyoka (Mwala), Fabian Muli (Kangundo), Nimrod Mbai (Kitui East), Kimani Ichungwa (Kikuyu) and former Kilome MP Regina Ndambuki told residents from the region to vote wisely come October 17. The leaders said Jubilee in just four years has shown concern in helping the Kamba community through initiation of projects that have direct impact on the lives of the people compared to previous governments that those now in Opposition were part of. Addressing a public rally at Kimutwa market attended by Deputy President William Ruto, the leaders said they were confident that President Uhuru Kenyatta will win by a bigger margin when the presidential repeat polls are held next month.


"The Kamba community will benefit more in terms of development projects if its voters support the reelection of President Kenyatta when elections are held next month,” said Munyaka. Munyaka said his constituency has benefitted in terms of development from the time he abandoned the Opposition to work with Jubilee, saying the establishment of Machakos University that now accommodates 10,000 students has greatly improved the economic situation of the region. The Deputy President thanked the Kamba community for electing some Jubilee leaders from the region besides voting for President Kenyatta in large numbers during the August 8 as compared to the 2013 General Election. “I must say the support we got as Jubilee from Ukambani during the August 8 elections was impressive. This is why we say thank you and ask for more support ahead of the next election in October 17,” said Ruto. Ruto exuded confidence that Jubilee will reclaim its victory that was nullified by the Supreme Court because Kenyans have faith in the leadership of President Kenyatta and his Government as far as their unity and development was concerned. - The Star

 

 

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*FOOD FOR THOUGHT*

```1. No matter how beautiful and handsome you're just remember Baboon and Gorillas also attract tourists
Stop Boasting

2. No matter how big and strong you are, you will not carry yourself to your Grave .
Be Humble

3. No matter how tall you are, you can never see tomorrow.
Be Patient

4. No matter how Light Skinned you are, you will always need light in Darkness Take Caution

5. No matter how Rich and many Cars you have, you will always Walk to Bed
Be Contented

Take Life Easy, Life is short.

WHAT A LIFE WE LIVE!

Have you taken note of the CO-INCIDENCE OF LIFE:

1. CHURCH has 6 letters so does MOSQUE.

2. BIBLE has 5 letters so does QURAN.

3. LIFE has 4 letters so does DEAD.

4. HATE has 4 letters, so does LOVE.

5. ENEMIES has 7 letters, so does FRIENDS.

6. LYING has 5 letters, so does TRUTH.

7. HURT has 4 letters, so does HEAL.

8. NEGATIVE has 8 letters, so does POSITIVE.

9. FAILURE has 7 letters, so does SUCCESS.

10. BELOW has 5 letters, so does ABOVE.

11. CRY has 3 letters so does JOY.

12. ANGER has 5 letters, so does HAPPY.

13. RIGHT has 5 letters, so does WRONG.

14. RICH has 4 letters, so does POOR.

15. FAIL has 4 letters, so does PASS.

16. KNOWLEDGE has 9 letters, so does IGNORANCE.

Are they all by Coincidence? We should choose wisely, this means LIFE is like a double-edged sword.
If you think it is your alarm clock that woke you up this morning, try putting it beside a dead body and you will realise that it is the grace of God that woke you up. If you are grateful to God, forward this to all your friends to inform them that it is JUST BY THE GRACE OF GOD that we are alive.

 

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Hurricane Irma makes landfall over the Florida Keys


(CNN)Hurricane Irma bludgeoned Florida on Sunday morning, snapping trees like matchsticks and knocking out power to more than 1 million people. Hurling 130 mph winds, the Category 4 storm made landfall at 9:10 a.m. ET on Cudjoe Key, the National Hurricane Center said. Even more powerful could be the storm surges that threaten to swallow Florida's coastal cities. Waves crash over a seawall at the mouth of the Miami River from Biscayne Bay as Irma slams Miami. Southwestern coastal cities from Cape Sable and Captiva could see walls of water up to 15 feet, the National Hurricane Center said. "This is a life-threatening situation," the National Hurricane Center said. "Near the coast, the surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves."  Still, not everyone heeded orders to evacuate. "It's going from crappy to worse," said John Hines, who did not evacuate and stayed in his home in Key West.  "All the interior doors are starting to rattle now, sounds like someone is knocking on the front door," he said. "The winds are picking up. It's only going to get worse as it gets closer." Almost the entire state of Florida is under a hurricane warning affecting at least 36 million people, withconcerns of catastrophic gales, torrential rain rain and deadly storm surges. Those who did not evacuate ahead of the storm are in danger, Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long said Saturday.


Track Hurricane Irma's path

"You're on your own until we can actually get in there and it's safe," he told CNN. "The message has been clear: The Keys are going to be impacted. There is no safe area within the Keys. And you put your life in your own hands by not evacuating." This is the the first year on record that the continental US has had two Category 4 hurricane landfalls in the same year. Last month, Hurricane Harvey devastated much of coastal Texas and killed more than 70 people.


The latest developments:
-- More than 1.35 million electric customers across 24 counties are without power, Florida Power and Light said Sunday morning. More than 650,000 customers are without power in the Miami-Dade area alone.


-- Miami-Dade officers can no longer respond to calls for service, the Miami-Dade Police Department tweeted Sunday. Police are urging residents to stay indoors and not venture outside.


-- Manatee County officials announced a curfew from 3 p.m. ET Sunday until 3 p.m. ET Monday. Residents must remain either in their home or in a shelter, the sheriff said.


-- A storm surge warning wraps around the state, from Brevard County to Tampa Bay.


-- More than 72,000 people have moved into more than 390 shelters across the state, the governor's office said.


-- At least 24 deaths have been blamed on Irma in the Caribbean islands, where it hit before barreling toward Florida.


'You can't survive these storm surges'
Gov. Rick Scott warned some storm surges could be deadly. "You can't survive these storm surges," the governor said. Key West business owner Jason Jonas said he stayed behind because he's in a home that is "built like a bunker." "It's pretty much the only reason I considered staying here because I knew that I had a pretty good chance of making it through this thing," he said. "We're 30 plus feet above sea level and in a place that's built to withstand 225 mph winds -- I mean that's a better chance than being exposed out on the highway in traffic trying to make it to Georgia." Mass evacuations sent throngs onto jammed highways heading north and created a severe gas shortage in some parts the state. Irma hit Cuba's Ciego de Avila province late Friday as a Category 5 hurricane before it weakened.

 

 

Former Meru Governor Munya takes a U-turn. He said "selling Raila in Meru is like selling pork in Saudi Arabia"

 

Be presidential and stop fueling rumours, Kidero tells Uhuru over NASA funding claim

 

 

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A KENYAN LADY HAS PASSED AWAY IN UK

The late Joyce Wanjiru Chege of Githunguri, Kiambu, Kenya

 

A Kenyan lady has passed away in UK. The late Joyce Wanjiru Chege well known as Mama Onesmus or Mama Ngugi of East Tilbury, Essex, UK passed away a week ago. Joyce was found dead by her employer in her house in East Tilbury, UK. The late Joyce Chege, daughter of Mr. Onesmus Chege Njoroge aka Ngugi Kagiri and Mrs. Florence Wambui of Kindiga Village, Githunguri, Kiambu, Kenya. Sister to Mrs. Mary Wanjiku Maina of Bristol, UK and Mr. Edward Kagiri Chege of Milton Keynes. Mother to Onesmus Chege Ngugi of UK. Sister in-law of Mr. John Maina (Maish) of Bristol, UK. Family and friends are meeting everyday from 6 p.m. at 120 Greenbank Avenue East, Bristol BS5 6EX  and 10 Snobbery Close, Stacey Bushes, MK12 6EX. To support the family in burial preparations you can use account number Mr Mary Maina account number 47691042 sort code 601801 Natwest Bank. For more information please contact her brother Edward Kagiri Chege of Milton Keynes 07950992407, her sister Mary on 07865048915 and her brother in-law Mr. John Maina (Maish) 07455518491.

 


Irma to strengthen as it heads towards Florida

 

Florida's state governor has told residents ordered to leave their homes to go to shelters and avoid the roads as Hurricane Irma approaches. Rick Scott said it was now too late to drive away from the danger areas. After devastating several Caribbean islands, Irma is lashing Cuba with strong winds and heavy rain, and is due to make landfall in Florida on Sunday. Some 6.3 million people, more than 25% of the US state's population, have been ordered to evacuate. The hurricane made landfall on the Sabana-Camaguey Archipelago, in Cuba's north-east, late on Friday as a category five storm but has now weakened to a category three. After moving slowly along the northern Cuban coast it is now heading out to sea towards Florida. At 21:00 GMT, Irma had maximum sustained winds of 200km/h (125mph), theNational Hurricane Center in the US said. It was the first category five hurricane to hit Cuba in more than 80 years, and it is expected to strengthen again before reaching Florida. At least 24 people are so far known to have died as Hurricane Irma progressed across the Caribbean throughout the week.

 

'We are under a state of emergency'


More from Florida governor Rick Scott's latest update. He reveals: 


Hurricane Irma will intensify as it approaches Florida


It will move across Florida Keys early Sunday morning, move across the rest of the state on Sunday and impact north west Florida on Monday


Florida Keys will be hit by the eye of the storm


18 to 50 inches of rain will hit parts of Florida, with up to 25 inches in Florida Keys


Tornadoes are possible in south Florida on Saturday night and central Florida on Sunday


There is a serious threat of significant storm surge along the entire west coast, with up to 15ft above ground level in the south west of the state
More than 6.5million Floridians have been ordered to evacuate while more than 70,000 Floridians are hunkering down in shelters
School buses are still on hand to evacuate people
More than 76,000 are already without power, with the greater shortages expected

'If you have been ordered to evacuate, you need to leave. Now.'


Florida governor Rick Scott is giving another update on Hurricane Irma, telling the state "the heart of this storm is quickly approaching us". He describes Irma, which will intensify as it moves towards Florida, as "clearly a life-threatening situation". Gov. Scott says: "If you have been ordered to evacuate, you need to leave. Now. "This is your last chance to make a good decision. Evacuations are in place in areas across the state, more than 6.5million Floridians have been ordered to evacuate. "Do not put yourself or your family's life at risk, now is the time to do the right thing for your family." He says "protecting life is our absolute top priority", adding: "No resource or expense will be spared to protect families." With Florida under a state of emergency, Gov. Scott urges all emergency service workers to "be there". He says: "We have been very aggressive in our preparation for this storm and now it's upon us. "Every Floridian should take this seriously and be aggressive to protect their family. "Possessions can be replaced, your life, your family cannot be replaced."

 

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Web of intrigue over Sh500m city land

From Left, John Mburu Wangari, Samuel Karanja, John Njoroge, Stephen Mwangi, Simon Njoroge and George Ngigi at Milimani Law Court

on January 15,2015 where they denied a charge of forcefully entering a piece belonging to Plover Haunt Limited with intention of possessing it.

 

The battle for the Sh500 million property in Karen and Upper Hill belonging to Mr Roger Robson, a deceased Kenyan of British descent, took a new twist this week when his lawyer was charged with forgery. Mr Guy Elms Spencer was charged with five counts of forging Mr Robson’s will, the power of attorney given by the deceased, uttering false statements with regard to the two documents and using the same to try to seize property. Mr Robson died in August 2012, aged 71, at a Nairobi hospital and left behind a 5.18 acre piece of land in Karen and a half an acre plot with rental houses in Upper Hill, both estimated to be worth Sh500 million. Since his death, the property has become the subject of protracted court battles pitting Mr Elms, who says he is the executor of the will, against a number of people who claim the properties.

ONLY CHILDREN
Mr Robson and his brother Michael are the only children of Patrick Beaumont Robson and his wife Betty Fairfox Robson, British settlers who moved to Kenya in 1930s. In 1947, the family registered a company known as Plovers’ Haunt Limited as their land holding vehicle in Kenya through which they acquired the Upper Hill property in 1978. The patriarch of the family died in 1974. Michael sold his interest in the company to his brother in 1995 for Sh21 million and moved to the UK. Mr Robson never married and had no children. After his mother’s death in 1993, he became the sole director and beneficiary of the company.

NEARLY INELLIGIBLE
By 2010, his health had deteriorated to the extent that his handwriting and signature had become nearly illegible. He was advised by his bank to give his lawyer the power of attorney to act on his behalf in financial transactions. However, the police now claim that Mr Spencer forged Mr Robson’s will, which he purportedly drew up in 1997, as well as the power of attorney. Forensic experts at the Directorate of Criminal Investigation say that Mr Robson’s signature in the two documents presented by the lawyer do not match the deceased’s known signatures.

INTRIGUES
However, all lawyers who drew up the Will and the power of attorney, and those who witnessed them, have sworn affidavits or recorded police statements confirming the authenticity of the documents. The intrigues that bedevil the properties were set off by an advertisement in local newspapers in March 2011 by three men who claimed adverse possession of the Karen land. Messrs Leonard Omwega Maina, Meshack Masese Obae and Sammy Lotasa claimed that they had been squatters in the land since 1995 and wanted to claim it. They said Mr Robson left for the UK in 1994 and never came back.  By law, anyone who has occupied a piece of land continuously for 12 years can legally claim it, but in this case there were no squatters in Mr Robson’s land and he had never left the country.

SECOND ATTEMPT
In August 2013, a Mr Martin Odinga Waluchio and a Mr Friedrich Pietz made the second attempt to take over the property, claiming they had bought it from Roger in 1994 for Sh30 million. But a report prepared in February this year by Mr Antipas Nyanjwa, the deputy director of investigations and forensic services at the National Land Commission (NLC), said all the documents used in the purported transaction were forgeries. However, in a letter addressed to Mr Spencer, the NLC chief executive officer withdrew the report on June 30, 2017 “due to new developments.” The lawyer said he has not seen the letter.  On the morning of June 6, 2014 gospel singer Ringtone (real name Alex Apoko) also invaded the property, claiming that he was acting for an uncle whose name he did not disclose. He also did not produce a contract of purchase, though he claimed he had one.

TYPING ERROR
In December 2014, Ms Agnes Kagure Kariuki, a prominent business operative and Jubilee Party activist, took over the Karen property. Ms Kagure alleges to have bought the property from Mr Robson in November 2011 for Sh100 million in cash. One of the issues likely to be determined is the difference between Ms Kariuki’s Kenya Revenue Authority Personal Identity Number and the one used in the transaction. Lawyer Michael Osundwa Sakwa, who drew up the conveyance, has attributed the variance to a typing error. He also added that it is not a requirement to present a colour picture of a client when doing conveyance, as pointed out by an NLC investigator in his report. “The important thing is that these were people who knew each other and he agreed on his own free will to sell the land,” he said.

ANOTHER TWIST
In another twist, in mid-April 2015, Mr Thomas Murima Mutaha and Mr Peter Gaitho went to court claiming ownership of Pittaway Flats in Upper Hill. They claimed that Mr Spencer had forged documents to the property. The duo have disowned two share transfers from Plover’s Haunt Ltd allegedly signed by Mr Robson and his mother Betty in March 2010 in favour of the two men for a total of Sh193,740. Mr Robson’s mother died in 1993. In court, they have also denied bringing down six flats on the plot over the Christmas period of December 2015. They say they were framed by the lawyer, whom they claim planned the demolition together with police officers. The lawyer’s court appearance is the latest twist to the land case. - Sunday Nation.

 

 

A Whispers from London (What a friend we have in our phones?)
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As the Boeing 777 cut through the white clouds across Atlantic Ocean, I looked at my watch and realised that we had been over the ocean for more than seven hours on our way to Orlando, Florida, USA. All what I could see was the vastness of the ocean below. My then five year old daughter turned to me and asked me where we were and I told her that we were in the skies. She looked amused and then asked me whether that was where God lived. I told her a faint 'yes' not because I was hungry but because I knew very well that should anything happen, we were indeed very near to God.

In the plane, my wife and two children occupied the middle row while I and a middle aged gentleman and a young lady occupied the other on the left. The man was about six and a half feet tall from the way his feet were struggling to fit in the leg space provided. He wore a big black T-Shirt that exposed his powerful biceps that looked like they could explode and seek refuge to somebody else. The girl beside him was about twenty four years, was slim and was slightly above four feet.

Soon we were to arrive in Orlando Sanford Airport in fifteen minutes time. The gentleman beside me stretched himself and looked around as if he was in a wakeful slumber. With his big blood shot eyes, he adjusted his glasses and looked at me as if I was a housefly on the seat.
'Hi gentleman. It was a crazy flight init?' he said.
'Yeah, thank God we are finally in our final destination,' I replied.
Meanwhile, he started massaging the girl's hair as she took a nap on his chest.


'Do you live in Orlando by any chance?' he asked.
'Nah, I am from Birmingham, England,' I said.
He looked across the next row and then asked me whether that was my family and I told him that indeed they were my wife and children.
'Alright. Nice family you got!' he said.


'Do you have a family?' I asked him, obviously expecting him to tell me that the young short girl beside him was his daughter.
'Oh! Yes! By the way meet my wife! She is the apple of my eyes,' he said as his massive hand ran through her hair rhythmically. What? His wife? Considering her small size and his massive tall body, if she decided to hug him, then she must have been hugging some secret parts of his anatomy instead his real him.
'Oh! Really! I thought she was a University student here in America. Congrats, you two look a nice couple. What God has put together, let no man put asunder,' I said with very high hope that he could not feel the irony in my choice of words.
'By the way, they call me Solomon and she is Maureen...Maureen Solomon to be exact!'

I looked at the tiny girl who was supposedly his wife and tried to trace his massive hands with deep veins running through her hair, hands, down the neck, chest…down...oh! No! God have mercy! We were just about to land at the airport when Maureen woke up and adjusted her seat belt like the rest of us. She first smiled at Solomon then gave him a quick kiss on the lips. True love knows no bounds, the saying goes.
'Sweetheart that was a wonderful flight! I didn't notice that we flew almost eight hours from London,' she told Solomon.
'That's true sweetie, I slept like a baby in the whole flight. I think this is because you were beside me. You are always my heartbeat!' he replied with a smile.

Soon the plane landed and we all disembarked ready to finish with immigration checks. Finally we were all out of the airport waiting for hotel bus to come for us in about twenty five minutes. I introduced Solomon and Maureen to my family and we became a team. We came to learn that Solomon was Congolese while Maureen was from Kenya. When Solomon visited one hotel in Nairobi, his eye caught Maureen and both fell in love with each other.

Solomon and I were getting along very well, so was Maureen and my wife. They asked us to visit them in their home and we also asked them to come for dinner in the hotel the following day. We were overjoyed by the invitation and so were they to meet new friends from London. When the hotel bus arrived, we hastily exchanged contacts and off we went.Maureen and her husband were supposed to come and visit us in the evening in our hotel. It would be a good feeling to meet another family although we were strangers to each other so to speak.

At exactly 20:00 Hrs the Solomon's arrived and so my wife and I joined them for dinner. We left the children in their room playing computer games. On seeing us, our friends looked so happy from their facial expressions and warm handshakes.

We got to know each other. For one I had always wanted to own business in America but I did not know where to start. Solomon told me that the best investment in America was real estate and that I should start with what was popularly called condominiums. This was a situation where an investor 'owned' a hotel for a period of time, say one week in a year. The investor would be paying a certain amount of money to the hotel and would then be free to be using a two bedroom flat within the property for one week. To me it looked like a good idea because I had passion to invest in America.
Much as my wife and I liked to be allowed Solomon and the wife, we wondered how the wife did not own a phone in such a country like America. Her phone was kept by Solomon and even when she received calls, it was Solomon who answered first. Well…

The following day, Solomon took me to one five star hotel where I made a down payment of US$1500.00 towards the purchase of the condominiums. From there I would be paying £300.00 every month for the next five years. I was overjoyed to own something in the land of the greatest economy in the world. In return, I told Solomon that with time, he should start a similar business in America like the one I had in London.


We had a great time with them although we noticed that in all that time we were in their house, Maureen spoke very few words and all the cooking was done by Solomon. We thanked him for being a very good cook and even accepting us in his house.


'I am glad you ate my food. Thank God Maureen did not cook for you! She is the worst cook. I always tell her to thank God for giving her a good husband like me! I do everything for her. I cook for her, I buy her clothes, I take her to and from work, and I take her to hair saloon, wait for her and even choose her hairstyle! I even answer her phones! Lucky girl she is!' he said.
'Indeed, Maureen you are blessed!' I said.

Prior to the day that our American friends were supposed to arrive at Heathrow Airport, I decided to call them and wish them a nice journey.
'Hello...Hello...is that Solomon?' I asked. There was no answer although the phone was ringing.


After some time, the phone rang again. I pressed the button to answer it. On the other end all what I could hear was a conversation between Solomon and Maureen. I tried to say a thousand 'hello' but it was not picked up but they were talking. Out of interest I followed the conversation. Listen to it:-


'...that is the problem with doing business with village pumpkins! Take for example this village pumpkin called Man Man, this guy looks silly without trying. He calls himself a writer but his sentence construction is very poor. I always tell him how good a writer he is but I think he better write something to do with goat manure because of his vast knowledge in herding goats in the village! I will have to buy myself a big novel because I want to avoid his childish stories.

Did you see how I tricked him into buying condominiums? He just lost £15k!How on earth can I be in business with such an imbecile? These are the people who came to England to sleep. Doesn't he know that by buying condominiums, he was putting his money in a pit?! I made him buy to massage his ego. Such a stupid man! When we reach London tomorrow, I will have to prepare for boredom for the next three weeks. I better buy novels. He thinks he is a story teller but his stories are juvenile. I don't think he owns anything apart from those trees in his grandfather’s farm,’ he said.

The following day I was at Heathrow Airport waiting for my guests. When Solomon saw me, he gave me a huge hug, so was his wife Maureen. In his hand was a 600 page Novel. I asked him what the novel was for and he told me that it was my gift but he had to read it first during his stay with us. I can confess that that Christmas Holiday was the hardest for me. I never told Solomon that I heard what he said about me but I thanked God that I was able to identify an enemy who posed as my friend. When they were back in States, I called them and told them about the whole conversation. May I open the lid and inform everyone that I have never heard from them since that time.

Any time you are with your phone, you are either with a friend or your enemy. Never talk ill of anybody when with your phone because your phone is a good broadcasting station. Do not be tempted to discuss anybody with another person on the phone because it could be a set up. I need special knowledge to understand how a grown up person can switch off the phone just because he or she wants to sleep. By the time you wake up, other people have made deals that will enrich them for the rest of their lives. Another thing, check whether you are in love or you are somebody’s slave. If someone wants to control you, the first thing is to make sure that you think like him or her. I need special knowledge to understand how someone can control who you can call and what you are to discuss over the phone!

 

The Death of Kenya’s mainstream media
By Morrison A. Muleri, PhD
 


Things are changing rapidly indeed for Kenya’s mainstream media. Long live the Fifth Estate.

Only a few months ago, we in the diaspora were hooked to the online versions of the major Kenyan dailies for news and information. With Europe and the USA 3-8 hours behind Kenya time, we would read Kenya’s next day’s papers before we retire to bed. That is now in the past. We do not rely on those papers any longer for news. There are many reasons for this change but chief among them is that they have lost their “professionalism”. They have become either too timid or too partisan. The recent general elections marked the last nail in their coffins. No news or news worth the name flowed. The dailies have followed our faith leaders in the race to the bottom.

Our fallback option used to be online broadcasts by our national television stations. We could watch, read, listen and react to Kenyan news. Like the daily newspapers, they too have either become too timid or too partisan. The recent general elections showed their callousness. As we craved for news about the elections, they were busy on political debates or showing some irrelevant programs. No newspaper or TV station could visit the 490 or so constituencies and under the protection of all the legal caveats show us the results as they were announced. None dared to tally votes or to project results. The difference from what we experience here in the USA was so glaring.

This is the digital age and an information vacuum cannot stand. Social media rightfully took over and spewed whatever it could. Facebook, WhatsApp, YouTube etc. all went wild. We ran to them fully aware that theirs is a jungle: anybody is a writer, there are no editors, and no standards to govern them. The most active VOICES there are from the two political extremes and they inflame the web. Crooks know of this loophole and flood social media with fake news to influence perceptions. It is a chaotic exchange forum where each participant must judge what to believe. Things can get very awkward in this jungle. Savvy readers can balance reason, knowledge from elsewhere and what they expect to distinguish real from fake news. Those who are gullible swallow it all hook, line and sinker and tragically act on it. That is how solid communities disintegrate. Bad as it is, the alternative media served a necessity arising out of desperation. We ran to alternative media when information professionals failed us.

The emerging bloggers found a niche in this vacuum. They are known partisans and even hirelings. They proudly bend and peddle information for a political end. The fact that many Kenyans flock to them shows some have reached a point of irreconcilable disagreement. They thirst for anything, real or fake, that excites their political beliefs and gives them hope. Bloggers whet this appetite and have become household names with strong brands.

 

Fellow Kenyans, this is a sorry state we are in. It is in times of crisis that people know their professional institutions. Our information professionals have let us down. They have sacrificed the gems we valued most in them. They have delivered us at the altar of alternative media which finds us most gullible. They chew and spew us left, right and center. We can’t tell real from fake news. We sing our dirges at the unfortunate demise of professional journalism in Kenya. If any journalists still consider themselves professionals, now is the time for a deep soul searching to salvage whatever you can of Kenya’s mainstream media.  - By Morrison A. Muleri, PhD, USA - mmuleri@yahoo.com

 

 

Largest evacuation in US history as 5.6 MILLION

people are ordered to leave Florida


* The devastating Hurricane Irma is expected to make landfall in southern Florida by early Sunday morning
* Miami is expected to bear the brunt of Irma, a Category 4 storm, which is clocking 160mph winds or stronger
* It started as a Category 5 in the Caribbean then was downgraded to a 4 but grew stronger again at night
* On Saturday, Irma weakened to become a Category 4 again as it made its way towards Florida
* An estimated 5.6million people have been ordered to evacuate Florida and Georgia ahead of the deadly storm
* Florida Gov. Rick Scott said residents under evacuation in southern coastal areas need to leave by midnight
* Since the evacuation orders were issued, there has been extremely heavy traffic on all northbound highways
* The storm has the potential to do $125billion worth of damage when it strikes Miami - and possibly much more
* Irma has caused devastation in the Caribbean, killing at least 24, leveling entire islands and destroying homes
* Extensive damage has been reported on Barbuda and St Martin, with over 90 per cent of buildings wrecked
* The storm is currently battering Cuba as the outer bands of the storm reached south Florida on Friday night
 


The largest evacuation in US history is under way with more than 5.6million people being told to leave their Florida homes before Hurricane Irma strikes. The state's governor, Rick Scott, urged people who had not left yet to leave as soon as possible. He warned those who plan to stay that they may have to ride out the dangerous storm at their own risk. He explained that the biggest concern with the powerful hurricane is the predicted storm surge that will come along with the lashing winds and heavy rains. The storm was downgraded to Category 4 yesterday before being pushed back up to Category 5 - but has again been relegated to Category 4 this morning by the National Hurricane Center.

 

 

Andrew Sussman, the state's hurricane program manager, said the total of those urged to flee Florida includes people throughout the southern half of the state as well as those living in inland Florida in substandard housing. Florida is the nation's third-largest state with nearly 21million people, according to the U.S. Census.  Universal Studios joined Disney World, SeaWorld and Legoland in closing as the megastorm heads north.  Meteorologists expect the powerful hurricane to hit the state tomorrow. The hurricane is currently raging off the northeastern coast of Cuba, with wind speeds of 160mph. The outer bands of the hurricane have already reached the U.S., with south Florida and the Keys experiencing increased rain and wind speeds. Hurricane Irma made landfall in Camaguey archipelago, just off the northern coast of Cuba, around 11.10pm ET yesterday. This is the first Category 5 storm to hit the island since 1924. - CLICK HERE FOR FULL STORY

 

 

 

'Nowhere in the Keys will be safe': Irma will strengthen to a Category 5 storm when it hits the

US mainland as 1.4m terrified Floridians and Georgia are ordered to abandon their homes


* Hurricane Irma is expected to make landfall in southern Florida by early Sunday morning
* Miami is expected to bear the brunt of Irma, a Category 5 storm clocking 150mph winds
* An estimated 1.4 million people are under evacuation in Florida and Georgia
* Florida Gov. Rick Scott said residents under evacuation in southern coastal areas need to leave by midnight
* Since evacuation orders were issued, there's been heavy traffic on all northbound highways
* The storm has the potential to do $125 billion worth of damage when it strikes Miami - and possibly much more
* Irma has caused devastation in the Caribbean, killing at least 24 and leveling entire islands
* Extensive damage has been reported on Barbuda and St Martin, with over 90 per cent of buildings wrecked
* The storm is currently battering the northern coast of Cuba

 

Hurricane Irma is once again forecast to hit the Florida Keys as a Category 5 storm, as more than a million people have fled its path and abandoned their homes. Meteorologists expect the powerful hurricane to hit the Sunshine State between 5am and 7am ET on Sunday.  'Obviously Hurricane Irma continues to be a threat that is going to devastate the United States,' Brock Long, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), said at a press conference Friday morning. 'We're going to have a couple rough days.' The storm was first downgraded from a Category 5 to a Category 4 earlier on Friday morning, but as of 5pm ET on Friday, it is predicted to hit the U.S. as a Category 5. This will only be the fourth time ever a Category 5 has hit US mainland. As of 6.30pm ET Friday, the hurricane is moving west at 12 mph and located 345 miles southeast of Miami. Government officials along with the National Hurricane Center have cautioned that Irma is 'extremely dangerous' with maximum sustained winds of 155 mph. That's strong enough to bring down power poles, uproot trees and rip the roofs off of homes.  In preparation for what is predicted to be the most powerful hurricane to hit the United States in years, an estimated 1.4million people have been given mandatory evacuation orders in both Florida and Georgia. - CLICK HERE FOR FULL STORY

 

 

 

 

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Uhuru to address Parliament on Tuesday


President Uhuru Kenyatta addressing a joint sitting of Parliament in the past. He is

set to address the 12th Parliament on September 12, 2017. PHOTO | PSCU 


President Uhuru Kenyatta will address a joint sitting of the 12th Parliament on Tuesday next week. The address comes amid sharp division between the Jubilee Party and the opposition following the nullification of President Kenyatta’s victory by the Supreme Court. Article 132 of the Constitution requires the President to address the opening of each newly elected Parliament. “Pursuant to the provisions of standing order 22(2) of the National Assembly and standing order 22(2) of the Senate, the Speaker of both the Houses of Parliament hereby notify all Members of Parliament that the opening of the twelfth shall be held in the National Assembly chamber, main Parliament buildings, Nairobi on September 12, at 2:30pm,” reads a notice signed by both Speaker of the National Assembly Justin Muturi and his senate counterpart Kenneth Lusaka. Jubilee Party, which won majority of the seats in both the National Assembly and the Senate in the just-concluded elections, is once again comfortably set to control the 12th Parliament. With a total of 164 MPs, Jubilee stands a better chance to go it alone in passing crucial legislations in the House. The Opposition is also expected to play its watchdog role despite its reduced numbers. - Daily Nation.

 

Floridians jam highways to flee wrath of Hurricane Irma


Floridians began a mass exodus on Thursday as Hurricane Irma, the powerful Category 4 storm, plowed through the Caribbean toward the Sunshine State. Thousands of cars headed north, causing interstate backups and slowdowns. Drivers waited for hours at gas stations, some of which ran out of fuel. Travelers stood in line for hours at airports. Based on Irma's projected path, which includes Florida's heavily populated eastern coast, the enormous storm could create one of the largest mass evacuations in US history, CNN senior meteorologist Dave Hennen said. Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties combined have about 6 million people. People should get out now, Gov. Rick Scott warned at a Thursday news conference. If they wait until Saturday or Sunday, when high winds and rain are expected to lash south Florida, it will be too late. "We cannot save you when the storm starts," Scott said. "So if you are in an evacuation zone and you need help, you need to tell us now." The National Hurricane Center issued hurricane and storm surge warnings for South Florida on Thursday night. "You do not want to leave on Saturday, driving through Florida with tropical storm force winds," CNN meteorologist Tom Sater said. He said the latest Floridians should evacuate is Friday morning.

 

 

'Three lanes of red bumper lights'
Roseanne Lesack, her husband and three children were among the evacuees. They left Boca Raton on Wednesday and headed to Atlanta to stay with friends, she said. After encountering slow traffic, the family spent the night at a motel in Orlando and continued north Thursday morning, Lesack said. "What should have been another six or seven-hour travel experience is coming up on 12 hours," she said Thursday night while about 35 miles south of Atlanta. "It has been slow. Right now we're going about 20 mph. ... It's just three lanes of red bumper lights." Last year, the family stayed with friends in Florida and rode out Hurricane Matthew, she said. Lesack is glad they decided not to chance it this year. "Now there are a lot of people who are really nervous about staying but don't feel like they can get out," Lesack said.

 

Mandatory evacuations
In Florida, mandatory evacuations orders included parts of Miami-Dade County, Broward County east of US 1, Palm Beach County, low-lying parts of Brevard County, and Monroe County, home to the Florida Keys. More than 30,000 people evacuated Monroe County alone, Scott said. Monroe County Administrator Roman Gastesi stressed to residents in the Keys they need to heed the evacuation order and leave. All hospitals would be closed and ambulances gone as of Friday morning, including air ambulances, he said. "You might as well leave now, while you have a chance, because when you dial 911 -- you will not get an answer," he said. The Florida Department of Transportation released traffic counts showing extremely heavy traffic on Thursday, such as 4,000 vehicles on I-75 northbound in Lake City, compared to a norm of 1,000. About 1,800 vehicles traveled on I-75 in Collier County, compared to a norm of 600. Other roads showed smaller increases. Though nobody knows exactly where Irma will make landfall, the governors of Georgia and South Carolina decided not to take any chances. They ordered mandatory evacuations of low-lying coastal areas around Savannah and Charleston. Other eastern Florida population centers could also see similar evacuations soon, depending on the path of the hurricane, which is expected to near Miami on Sunday. "Look at the size of this storm," Scott said Thursday. "It is wider than our entire state and could cause major and life-threatening impacts from coast to coast. Regardless of what coast you live on, be prepared to evacuate. Floridians on the west coast cannot be complacent."

 

 

Bride-to-be, 29, 'pockets £13,000 she collected for her fiance and his 29 friends for his Ibiza stag

party and vanishes leaving them stranded at the airport' just weeks before their planned wedding

Chris Mahone, right, was left stranded at Leeds-Bradford airport after his fiancee Rachel Doran allegedly pretended to book his stag holiday before running off with the money
 

 

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I was lonely in NASA, now back home, Rutto says after joining Jubilee


President Uhuru Kenyatta embraces Chama Cha Mashinani leader Isaac Rutto at the start of

Jubilee's campaign rally at Kapkatet grounds in Kericho, September 8, 2017. /PSCU


"I felt lonely. I found myself alone and I have now decided to come back." These were the words of former NASA principal Isaac Rutto at a Jubilee rally at Kapkatet sports ground in Kericho on Friday. Rutto got off the limelight after losing the Governor race to Joyce Laboso. Many wondered what happened and NASA principal Musalia Mudavadi said he was still with them but he announced today that he was no longer a member of the Opposition. Rutto joined the coalition on April 19. His stay was short and he is now in President Uhuru Kenyatta and DP William Ruto's camp. The Chama Cha Mashinani leader will now campaign for Jubilee Party. "Uhuru and Ruto talked to me into coming back," he said, adding he started by working with Jubilee.

"Tulianza pamoja na yeye (Uhuru) ndiyo maana tuko na yeye saa hii. Tumekuja na tuna unga Uhuru mkono (We began in Uhuru's camp and that is why we are with him now. We are here to back him)." He added: "We started the journey of joining the other team. You people cheered me on but when I got there, I realised I was alone. "I want us to work as together. I have come back with all the people. We were with [Kapseret MP] Oscar Sudi before he ran away. I sat down and said 'there is no permanent enemy in politics'. These people looked for me and we all sat down and now we are here [sic]." Rutto was among leaders who welcomed Uhuru and Ruto after they landed in the area to campaign ahead of the election on October 17. Uhuru welcomed him to the ruling coalition and faulted Opposition leader Raila Odinga over his demands on the repeat presidential election. In Litein, the President said Raila is prepared to deny Kenyans their democratic right to choose their leaders by forcing himself to power through the back door. “The only way to stop him is if all of you will show him that you want peace, development and progress by turning out in large numbers to safeguard your supreme will on October 17." Raila, Musalia Mudavadi (ANC), Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper) and Moses Wetang'ula (Ford Kenya) joined forces ahead of the August 8 general election. Former Meru Governor Peter is their newest member. - Daily Nation.

 

 

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Kenyans trapped in eye of US hurricane


The sun sets over the mountains as hurricane Irma approaches Puerto Rico in Fajardo on September 5, 2017.  We asked Joey (not her real name), our hotel manager, if she was going to stay in Miami Beach ahead of Hurricane Irma and she said she was going to try her best to leave and go inland for safety. What she would not do, though, was to try and do a mad drive on the I-95 — the main Interstate Highway on the US East Coast —  with no fuel and no plan, which is what some people were doing.  Joey had plans to go to Texas next week on Wednesday but with the hurricane coming, she has decided to head out there this weekend. Her friend has managed to get her a flight to Texas scheduled for Friday evening but she fears it will be too late. Maryanne Michuki and I arrived in Miami Beach on the afternoon of Sunday,  September 3, on the eve of the US Labour Day celebrations. Our hotel is located on Collins Avenue – a 21km straight road that runs parallel to the Atlantic Ocean and has a mix of restaurants, hotels and shops.


It is hip and happening and as night began to fall on the city on the Sunday night when we arrived, the entire area was in party mode. To our tired eyes – we had come from the bright sunshine and humid heat of Montego Bay in Jamaica – the bright lights of the clubs on Collins Avenue were dazzling. We got on the road and walked 5km down the avenue, absorbing the music bopping everywhere. There were bare-chested men driving around in open convertible vehicles playing loud music. There were curvaceous women strutting on the pavements wearing bikinis and perfect make up. Young men zoomed up and down pavements on skate boards. Hundreds of people were out late at night visiting the shops and restaurants on Lincoln Road mall – yes a road that is a mall. Indeed, our first experience of Miami was unforgettable.


BAD THINGS
We first got an inkling of how bad things would get from Maria, a beautiful Cuban attendant in a shop we visited, on Tuesday afternoon. There are many Cubans resident in Miami, with a lot of visitors from Argentina and Peurto Rico, and the main language seems to be Spanish. Anyway, Maria asked us where we were from and we happily told her Kenya. She looked shocked and asked us if we were aware Hurricane Irma has been upgraded from category 4 to 5. We were not aware but by the time we left that shop we knew we had to get on the Emirates flight to Dubai slated for that night. The flight was due to leave Fort Lauderdale Airport in Florida on Tuesday night at 9pm. It was 4pm and we were 48km away from the airport. We never got on that flight because it was full and it was doubtful we would have made on time anyway.


MIAMI BEACH
And so we are still in Miami Beach, literally sitting in the eye of a storm. Mark, another manager at the hotel, booked his flight home to Mississippi on Tuesday evening. He will be leaving today (Friday) morning ahead of Joey. He did the booking immediately the hotel management confirmed they would close the hotel for evacuation. The hotel will be closed today (Friday) morning and all remaining guests will be transferred to other facilities inland. Hotels are now not accepting any new bookings. The beach remained calm and beautiful on Thursday, white clean beaches sparkling in bright sunshine. There was no sign of the storm to come yet. However, the hotels were not taking any chances. All the beach beds and sun umbrellas had been cleared from the beach and stowed away safely in the stores. Hotel patios had been cleared of  tables and chairs and everything moved indoors for safety.


QUIET
 On Wednesday evening Collins Avenue was deathly quiet. Panicked guests had been departing the boutique hotels in the area since morning. Our hotel was more than half empty with guests leaving as soon as they could get connecting flights out of Miami. We are scheduled to leave on Thursday night, on an Emirates flight to Dubai but that depends on our being able to get to the Fort Lauderdale airport. Traffic on the Interstate 95 highway has been gridlocked most of the as this is the main road out of Miami Beach and Florida. It is also the only road to the airport. Florida Governor Rick Scott has issued a state of emergency in order to mitigate against the hurricane’s expected disastrous impact on the state.


EVACUATION
He has ordered mandatory evacuation of several areas including Miami-Dade where we currently are. About six million people need to be evacuated, mostly via the Interstate 95 highway. Petrol stations have run out of fuel and all flights out of Miami and Fort Lauderdale airports are full. All media channels are providing guides to residents on what to pack for evacuation such as identification documents, warm clothing, medication and food – and where to go for hurricane shelter and how to call for help. Given the damage Hurricane Irma has done to the Virgin Islands and other small islands on the Atlantic, there is much to fear and enough reason to heed all warnings to all evacuation warnings.  We are praying that we will make it out of Florida in time for our flight and that we will be able to keep out Irma’s way. - Daily Nation

 

 

 

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Florida told 'don't try to ride out this storm'


Florida Power & Light (FPL) has said it will shut its two nuclear power plants before Irma makes landfall. The company generates power for around 1.9 million homes at the Turkey Point and St Lucie plants, both along Florida's Atlantic coast around 20ft above sea level. Spokesman Rob Gould said: "We will safely shut down these nuclear plants well in advance of hurricane-force winds, and we've finalised plans for that shutdown." He added the company will adjust plans "depending upon the path of the storm". The Energy Department said that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission expects Turkey Point to shut on Friday evening, and St Lucie to do the same 12 hours later. FPL has said it invested $3bn to protect its electricity grid since 2005 - when the last major hurricane damaged power facilities in Florida.

 

The company serves about 10 million customers across nearly half of Florida. Its nuclear plants are protected by thick concrete and reinforced stell and was further strengthened after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan. Conditions in the Turks and Caicos deteriorated Thursday as deadly and massive Hurricane Irma moved in on the islands -- and continued tracking toward South Florida where it could slam Miami this weekend. "It has become more likely that Irma will make landfall in southern Florida as a dangerous major hurricane, and bring life-threatening storm surge and wind impacts to much of the state," the National Hurricane Center said Thursday. The hurricane center forecast moved the most likely path of the eye of the storm to the west in its 5 p.m. ET advisory. "It looks like it's shifting, even though it may be just 20 miles, it puts Miami right in the worst possible position," CNN meteorologist Tom Sater said. "Because when you look at the formidable storm, the strongest winds, the strongest storm surge, the bands of heavy rain are always in that north, northeastern quadrant.

 

But Sater cautioned that some models show the storm farther west and some farther east. It is still more than 600 miles from Florida. Irma -- a Category 5 storm churning in the Atlantic with 175 mph sustained winds -- killed at least six people a day earlier as it devastated small northeastern Caribbean islands such as Barbuda and left hundreds of thousands of customers in Puerto Rico without power. "Regardless of which (Florida) coast you live on, be prepared to evacuate," Florida Gov. Rick Scott said Thursday at a news conference, with forecasters warning the storm could reach South Florida by Sunday.

 

Mandatory evacuations have been issued for the Keys and parts of Miami-Dade and Broward counties near the ocean, but Scott said others in Florida need to watch Irma's path and be ready to move. "This is not a storm you can sit and wait through," he said. He added later: "You don't have to drive hundreds of miles or leave the state to be safe. Go to shelters." Georgia, too, is ordering coastal evacuations. People in the Savannah area and everywhere along the coast east of Interstate 95 -- including Brunswick and St. Simons Island -- are ordered to leave, starting Saturday, Gov. Nathan Deal said. Irma still was battering the mountainous, northern parts of Haiti and the Dominican Republic on Thursday afternoon. It could dump up to 15 inches of rain there -- an amount that could trigger dangerous flooding and mudslides, the US National Hurricane Center said. - CLICK HERE FOR MORE PHOTOS

 

 

KENYA SOCIETY SUMMER PARTY 2017

Kenya Society Summer Party 2017 took place in London on Thursday 7th September, 2017 at the residence of the Kenya High Commission

residence. The Kenya High Commissioner in the UK HE Lazarus Amayo the host addressed the guests. Full story and photos coming up.

 

 


IEBC fallout as Chebukati memo disowned

 

Four IEBC commissioners yesterday disowned a memo from chairman Wafula Chebukati blaming chief executive Ezra Chiloba for the systemic flaws in the August 8 General Election, revealing the extent of turmoil and infighting within the agency. In the explosive memo, which was leaked to the media, Mr Chebukati directs Mr Chiloba to explain why some election result forms lacked security features, explain the purchase of satellite phones that never worked and why hundreds of polling stations did not send results of the presidential election to the national tallying centre. He also demands an explanation on how an account created in his name was used to log into the elections management system thousands of times. The latest development appeared to cast doubts on the credibility of the agency to organise repeat presidential elections scheduled for October 17. The five who disowned the memo on the grounds that the commission had not met as a plenary to discuss the issues at the core of the annulled poll are vice-chairman Consolata Nkatha Maina, Yakub Guliye, Paul Kurgat, Boya Molu and Margaret Mwachanya. It was the first public display of disunity at the top of the electoral agency, with only Roselyn Akombe taking sides with Mr Chebukati. The memo is dated Tuesday, September 5, the same day Mr Chebukati set up a seven-member team to handle the fresh presidential election scheduled for October 17. It has since emerged that senior officials at the electoral agency had refused to resign over their role in the annulled presidential poll, forcing Mr Chebukati to appoint his own team as the constitutionally mandated returning officer for the presidential election. - Daily Nation.

 

 

 

Paradise destroyed: Hurricane Irma

wipes out TWO Caribbean islands

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Hurricane Irma causes 'severe damage' to UK Caribbean islands



The British Virgin Islands and the British overseas territory of Anguilla have suffered "severe" damage from Hurricane Irma. Updating the Commons, Foreign Office minister Sir Alan Duncan said Anguilla had taken the full force of the storm, causing "critical" damage in places. At least one person has died on Anguilla, the Caribbean Disaster Management Agency said, adding that 90 percent of the island's roads were impassible. Sir Alan said there were "unconfirmed reports of a number of fatalities". A Royal Navy ship carrying marines and army engineers has been dispatched. "We really have complete overall concern particularly for our overseas territories which are affected and to that end we have £12m immediately available through our rapid response mechanism for disaster relief and recovery," Sir Alan told MPs. The damage is "not as severe as first thought" on another British territory, Monsterrat. A further UK territory, the Turks and Caicos Islands, is expected to be hit by the storm later on Thursday. Travel association ABTA said thousands of British tourists are believed to be holidaying in the Caribbean. Sir Richard Branson is counting the cost of widespread damage at his private retreat in the British Virgin Islands. "Glad to say that all humans on Necker are ok although a lot of buildings destroyed," his son Sam Branson said on social media. The Dutch Royal Navy said "enormous damage" had been caused by Hurricane Irma on the Dutch side of the Caribbean island of St Martin. Many houses are missing roofs and hotels are under water, it added. France's interior minister, Gerard Collomb, said eight people had died on the French side of the island, adding that the figure was likely to rise in the coming hours.
 

 

 

 

 

September salary shock for workers as KRA cracks the whip

 

Thousands of public and private sector employees could miss out on their September salaries after their Personal Identification Numbers (PINs) were de-activated by the taxman. The de-listed individuals mainly comprise those who have pending Value Added Tax (VAT) obligations that could have arisen either from payments for private consultancies outside their workplace or directorships in personal companies that are not tax compliant. The Kenya Revenue Authority on Wednesday received thousands of queries from those whose PINs had been de-activated, a day after revealing that more than 95,000 VAT non-compliant taxpayers would have their accounts de-listed.  The controversial plan by the tax authority, whose legal basis has been questioned, is intended to crack down on evaders.


Several employers Wednesday notified those affected to regularise their PIN accounts with KRA, failure to which they would not receive their monthly pay. The monthly Pay As You Earn (PAYE) deductions can only be credited to active KRA accounts held on the iTax platform, making it impossible to disburse salaries of employees whose PINs are inactive. “Please note that your KRA pin has been suspended and I therefore cannot file August 2017 pay as you earn (PAYE) tax in iTax,” said one such notice to an employee seen by the Business Daily. The KRA move has elicited heated debate from tax experts and lawyers questioning its legal basis. “If you deregister a person unfairly, you are likely to face legal consequences,” warned Deloitte East Africa Tax Leader Nikhil Hira. KRA receives an average of 200,000 PIN opening requests every month. The taxman’s data shows that there are 10.6 million registered taxpayers, but only 5.8 million are on the online iTax platform.
 


Mr Hira spoke as several of those affected claimed they have no tax liabilities, raising questions on whether there were errors in the de-activations. Mr Hira, citing several sections of the Tax Procedures Act on registration and deregistration of PINs, said it was unclear whether KRA had followed due process in effecting the drastic move. Those affected by the suspension of their PINs are also effectively cut off from making critical transactions that require proof of active registration as a taxpayer, with serious consequences to their businesses. The transactions that require proof of an active PIN certificate include registration of land titles, approval of development plans, registration, transfer and licensing of motor vehicles, and registration of business names and companies. Others are underwriting of insurance policies, customs clearing and forwarding, payment of deposits for power connections, supplying goods and services to the State, as well as opening accounts with financial institutions. KRA had earlier said the category of those affected would include taxpayers who are yet to migrate their PIN information to the iTax — KRA’s online tax payment portal and iTax- and compliant taxpayers who have not filed returns, or are submitting nil returns despite evidence of having steady incomes. Section 14 of the Tax Procedures Act says in part a person issued with a PIN shall notify the commissioner in writing when that person no longer requires a PIN.
 


It adds the commissioner shall, by notice in writing, cancel the PIN of a person when satisfied that the person has been deregistered. KRA can also deactivate a PIN that has been issued to the person under an identity that is not the person’s true identity or the person had been previously issued with a PIN that is still in force. The commissioner may also at any time and in writing, cancel a PIN issued to a person and issue the person with a new PIN. Lawyers had in the wake of an earlier notice by KRA argued that holding a tax PIN is the right of every citizen that cannot be taken away without following due process. “KRA does not issue PINs to citizens as a favour but as provided for in law, in the same way the Department of Registration of Persons issues Identity Cards or Passports,” Nairobi lawyer Nashon Aluoka had said. “It is an instrument that every adult needs to transact the business of life and meet their obligations as citizens and can only be taken away as provided for in law or through a court order,” he argued. The KRA, Mr Aluoka said, has not made clear which law it will be relying on to take such punitive action that is likely to disrupt the lives of millions of Kenyans who may not even be owing any taxes. Earlier on Tuesday, KRA said it had deactivated more than 95,000 accounts of Value Added Tax (VAT) defaulters.- businessdailyafrica.com

 

 

Ryanair's non-priority passengers will only be able to take one piece

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Deadly Irma tears through Caribbean islands


Hurricane Irma has caused considerable damage on French island territories in the Caribbean, and casualties are expected, France's president says. The impact of Irma on St Martin and St Barts would be "hard and cruel", Emmanuel Macron added. His overseas affairs minister later confirmed at least two people dead and another two seriously injured. The storm damaged more than 90% of buildings on Barbuda, Antigua and Barbuda's prime minister said. The category five hurricane, the highest possible level, is now passing over the northern Virgin Islands. The most powerful storm in a decade, with wind speeds of 295km/h (185mph), is also forecast by the US National Hurricane Center to pass near or just north of Puerto Rico, then near or just north of the coast of the Dominican Republic on Thursday.


Key Points:

* Category 5 storm hits Caribbean islands with winds of 185mph
* Two dead, two seriously injured in French Caribbean territories
* Florida Governor warns residents in low-lying areas of the state to evacuate
* Hurricane now heading towards Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands
* Barbados evacuating six southern islands ahead of storm's arrival
* Predicted to make landfall in Florida on Saturday

 

 

 

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Uganda taxman begins to auction Nakumatt goods


Uganda’s taxman has commenced the auction of Nakumatt goods as it moves to recover millions of shillings owed by the struggling regional retail chain.  The Uganda Revenue Authority on Tuesday started the public auctions by selling perishable goods owned by Nakumatt. The clearance sales at two of Nakumatt’s Kampala outlets, Bugolobi and Kamwokya, commenced even as the taxman said that talks are still ongoing with the retailer over possible recovery of Sh7.3 million ($71,000) dues. The URA last month took over Nakumatt’s operations in Uganda to give itself first priority on all income, as several creditors in Kampala and Kenya bay for the retailer’s blood. The move saw it take over three Nakumatt branches and the retailer’s warehouse, which also doubles up as its Uganda headquarters. “The clearance sale has started with Bugolobi branch today. After, we move to Kamwokya as we continue talks with the client,” the Ugandan taxman said on its official Twitter page.

 

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Gin for breakfast? Alcoholic yoghurt raises eyebrows


Forget a dash of tonic with lemon and lime - gin has been spiriting its way into our mealtimes, with supermarkets now selling gin-flavoured foods, from yoghurt to fish. So does gin belong in the pantry as well as the pub? Tubs of gin-flavoured yoghurt - containing 0.25% alcohol - went on sale in Sainsbury's this summer, which says more gin foods are on their way. Meanwhile, gin-infused salmon, gin-flavoured popcorn and sweets, gin and tonic ice cream and gin sauces are stocking supermarket shelves across the UK. Gin's resurgence in liquid form has been dubbed a "Ginaissance", with sales of the spirit surpassing £1bn last year and micro-distilleries opening across the UK.


Mother's ruin
"Sure, there's an element of gimmickry, but why not?" says cocktail expert and writer Ben Reed, who has 20 years' bartending experience. It is an "obvious step" for chefs to use gin, he says, adding it can enhance flavours in foods. "By choosing gins with the appropriate botanical additions you can add complex combinations," he says. Gin's trendy reputation is now a far cry from the spirit's age-old nickname as "Mother's ruin" - a favourite vice drink of the poor, and thought to bring on a miscarriage if consumed while in a hot bath. Supermarkets are confident people will tuck into gin-flavoured food as gin's rise continues.

 

Man to serve six years in Jail for colluding with MPesa attendant to defraud client Sh30, 400

 


Russia operation spent $100k on divisive

Facebook adverts during US election

Facebook says an operation likely based in Russia spent $100,000 on divisive adverts during the run up to the US elections. The social media network said that many of the adverts promoted 470 fake accounts and pages, spreading social and political messages. Topics included immigration, race and gay rights, although they did not express support for a particular candidate. The news was announced in a blog post by Facebook's chief security officer Alex Stamos, who said: "There have been a lot of questions since the 2016 US election about Russian interference in the electoral process. "One question that has emerged is whether there's a connection between the Russian efforts and ads purchased on Facebook. "These are serious claims and we've been reviewing a range of activity on our platform to help understand what happened."

 

Irma - The largest ever recorded Hurricane in the Atlantic


 Mass evacuations are underway today after Hurricane Irma slammed into the Caribbean with 185mph winds as aid agencies braced for a 'major humanitarian response'.  America's National Hurricane Center said Irma had strengthened into a dangerous Category 5 storm as it made its first landfall in islands of northeast Caribbean on a path that could take it to the United States - causing thousands to start panic buying and preparing to evacuate. US experts said Irma (top right) had strengthened into a dangerous Category 5 storm as it slammed into northeast Caribbean this morning on a path that could take it to America. This morning, the eye of the 'potentially catastrophic' hurricane - estimated to be the size of France - lashed Barbuda just hours after officials warned people to seek protection from Irma's 'onslaught' in a statement that closed with: 'May God protect us all.' Officials said the French islands Saint-Barthelemy and Saint-Martin have also been 'battered extremely violently' with even sturdy government buildings destroyed. U.S. President Donald Trump declared emergencies in Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and authorities in the Bahamas said they would evacuate the residents of six islands at the southern end of the island chain. The Red Cross this morning said it is preparing for 'a major humanitarian response'. Vidoe has emerged showing the aftermath of the hurricane after it hit Saint Martin this morning. - CLICK HERE FOR FULL PHOTOS

 

 

'May God save us all': Red Cross faces 'major humanitarian' disaster after 185mph Hurricane Irma wrecks Caribbean islands and rages towards America's east coast

 

Britons evacuated as Hurricane Irma hits


Britons in the Caribbean and Florida have been urged to follow evacuation orders as the most powerful Atlantic storm in a decade heads towards them. The Foreign Office warned that Hurricane Irma would bring hazardous conditions to Puerto Rico and parts of the Caribbean from Wednesday and to Florida on Friday. Puerto Rico has declared a state of emergency as it prepares to be hit. British Airways sent an aircraft to collect 326 customers on Tuesday. Thousands of travellers had their holiday plans thrown into chaos as airlines were forced to ground or divert flights. The Royal Navy ship RFA Mounts Bay is on standby to help - it is currently in the Caribbean on counter drugs smuggling operations. BA said that with Antigua and St Kitts airports closed on Wednesday, no further relief flights had been planned. "We are making sure our customers are well looked after in their hotels and are constantly monitoring the situation and liaising with the airport authorities in the region," a spokesman said. Virgin Atlantic warned that any customers booked on flights to or from Antigua, Havana and Miami between Wednesday and Monday may need to rebook. The airline said it had cancelled a flight to Antigua on Thursday. San Juan airport, the busiest in Puerto Rico, has cancelled about 40% of its flights in response to the hurricane. The category five hurricane, the highest possible level, has sustained wind speeds reaching 300km/h (185mph). Six islands in the Bahamas are being evacuated on Wednesday.

 

 

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Suddenly, Bitcoin Breaks into UK Housing Market as Down Payment


It is a first for the UK that Bitcoin can now be used as a down payment in the property market. Co-living pioneer The Collective have announced that they will be accepting the digital currency as a deposit from prospective tenants. They are also eyeing out rental payments in Bitcoin, but that will only be implemented later in the year. It is the first time a UK property developer has opened its doors on the famous digital currency, stating that the demand actually came mostly from international customers.

The Old Oak
The Collective's online booking form for its Old Oak living scheme, an ambitious co-living development with 550 rooms, will be accepting Bitcoin as a deposit on the flats. The standard deposit is £500, which equates to about 0.148 at time of publishing. Additionally, with the volatile nature of Bitcoin seemingly holding back its ability to be utilized as a currency, The Collective has pledged “spot conversion,” which means it will bear any financial risk while holding the deposit, returning it at the original value when the tenancy finishes.

Expect it to be used for life’s essentials
The Collective’s chief executive and founder, Reza Merchant said of this bold move for the UK property market: “The rise and adoption of cryptocurrency globally, particularly Bitcoin, is a fascinating development in how people store value and transact for goods and services worldwide. With many savers and investors now choosing and becoming more comfortable with cryptocurrency, people will expect to be able to use it to pay for life’s essentials, including housing deposits and rent.” Indeed these are bold steps in the infant steps of Bitcoin’s walk to be an acceptable and usable currency, and for The Collective, there are barriers, but they are looking to be involved in breaking them down. The Collective’s head of technology, Jon Taylor, said: “One of the biggest barriers to the popularity of Bitcoin is making it more consumer-friendly, and we believe this will become established as an easy and convenient way to pay deposits.”

Private property tool
There have been many instances where private property owners have attached their whole price tag for their property in Bitcoin in the hopes of attracting buyers, as well as accumulating the valuable digital currency. A well regarded Miami trader recently placed his house for sale in Bitcoin after first trying to entice the seller to buy it in the same digital currency back in 2014.
 

 

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H.E. LAZARUS O. AMAYO, THE HIGH COMMISSIONER OF KENYA TO THE

UNITED KINGDOM RECEIVES THE FREEDOM OF THE CITY OF LONDON

Some of the High Commissioners and Ambassadors who escorted Kenya High Commissioner to the United Kingdom HE Lazarus Amayo to the ceremony. From left is the High Commissioner of Malawi, Sudanese Ambassador, Ambassador of Liberia (in yellow), Kenya High Commissioner and his wife Nelly, Ambassador of Rwanda, Ambassador of Senegal, Ambassador of Zambia and Ambassador of Cote d’Ivoire far right


The High Commissioner of Kenya to the United Kingdom H.E. Lazarus O. Amayo last Wednesday 30th August, 2017 received the Freedom of City of London at the Chamberlain’s Court Room, Guildhall, London in an admission ceremony that was presided over by Mr Paul Double, the Remembrancer at the City of London Corporation; Mr. Murray Craig, the Clerk of the Chamberlain’s Court at City Corporation of London and Ms. Laura Miller, Deputy Clerk of the Chamberlain’s Court City of London.

From left is former Mayor Elizabeth Kangethe, Sam Ochieng, Clerk of the Chamberlain’s Court, former Kenya Ambassador to the UK HE

Joseph Muchemi, Prof. Lawi Odero-Ogwel, Kenya High Commissioner and Mr. Patrick Orr the chairman of the Kenya Society among others

 

The Freedom of the City is an honor conferred by London City Corporation upon a valued member of the community, a visiting celebrity or dignitary. The City from time to time invites individuals who have made a significant impact in their field to take up the Freedom to acknowledge their particular contribution. The Freedom of the City of London can be traced back to 1237 where recipients were able to undertake trade in the city. However, many of the traditional privileges associated with the Freedom, such as driving sheep over London Bridge, no longer exist. Currently, it offers the receiver a link with the historic City of London and one of its ancient traditions.

From left is former Mayor Elizabeth Kangethe, Mr Paul Double, the Remembrancer at the City of London Corporation, Mr. Seed, Mr. Fredrick Kidali of High Commission, Ambassador of Zambia. From far right is Sam Ochieng with Mr Paul Double, the Remembrancer at the City of London Corporation, Former Kenya High Commissioner HE Joseph Muchemi charting with Mayor Kangethe and JJ Shiundu of IMO.


During the admission ceremony, the High Commissioner read the Declaration of a Freeman aloud and was subsequently greeted by the Clerk of the Chamberlain’s Court. Thereafter, he was handed his framed parchment certificate. The Clerk and the Remembrancer congratulated the High Commissioner for the honor and reiterated that it was a representation of his great contribution to the society. They noted that the High Commissioner was joining other great men and women who have been previously honored with the Freedom of the City.

 

Kenya High Commissioner was escorted to the ceremony by Mr. Murray Craig, the Clerk of the Chamberlain’s Court (left) and middle photo is Mr. Mohamed of Kenya High Commission, Col. Joseph Mokwena and Mr. JJ Shiundu. Far right is Mr. Fredrick Kidali of Kenya High Commission who want to escort the sheep across London Bridge

 

While receiving the award, Ambassador Amayo expressed his appreciation to the Lord Mayor and the City of London fraternity for the great honor and invitation to the admission ceremony. In his brief remarks, the High Commissioner said that he was very pleased and humbled to be placed on the roll of the City Freemen and Women who have made significant contribution to the society. He noted with joy that the award was given at a time when Kenya and UK are enjoying warm and mutually beneficial relations based on a shared history and common values of democracy, human rights and the rule of law.

 

He acknowledged and commended the City of London Corporation in its cardinal role of supporting and promoting London as the world leader in international finance and business and subsequently called for enhanced trade and economic cooperation between Kenya and the UK for the benefit of the citizens of the two countries. He also thanked Prof Mark Watson-Gandy and Mr. Alastair Watson-Gandy, Upper Warden of the Worshipful Company of Patternmakers for nominating him for the prestigious award.

 

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After the ceremony the Kenya High Commissioner presented a gift of Kenya tea to the officials of the ceremony


Amb.Amayo was accompanied by his wife Mrs. Nelly Amayo and a number of Heads of Mission including H.E. Mr. Kena Mponda, High Commissioner of Malawi and his spouse Mrs. Mary Mphonda; H.E. Dr. Mohamed Sherif, Ambassador of Liberia; H.E. Mari-Cruz Andeme, Ambassador of Equatorial Guinea; H.E. Mr. Muyeba Chikonde, High Commissioner of Zambia; H.E. Yamina Karitanyi, Rwanda High Commissioner; H.E. Prof Cheikh Ahmadou, Ambassador of Senegal; H.E. Mr. Georges Aboua, Ambassador of Cote d’Ivoire; H.E Sabit A. Alley, Ambassador of South Sudan; Mr. Richard King, Deputy Head, East Africa Team at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as well as former High Commissioner of Kenya to the UK Amb. Joseph Muchemi and his spouse Mrs. Cecilia Muchemi.

 

Mr Paul Double, the Remembrancer at the City of London Corporation (left) after receiving a gift from Kenya High

Commissioner and Mr. Murray Craig, the Clerk of the Chamberlain’s Court at City Corporation of London receiving a gift.


The ceremony, which saw Mr. Amayo join the list of other High Commissioners and Ambassadors who have previously received the award, was also graced by Mr. Patrick Orr, Chairman of the Kenya Society; Mr. John Small, Secretary General of Eastern Africa Association and his spouse and members of the Kenyan Diaspora including Cllr. Elizabeth Kang’ethe, Ms. Agnes Gitau, Mr. Ray Bangra, Mr. Peter Karanja (Mr. Seed), Mr. Sam Ochieng, Prof.Odero-Ogwel, Mr. Juvenal Shiundu, Mr. SaleemMehar, Mr. Raju Dhanani Shah, Mr. Rao Babu, Mr. Julius Mbaluto and Mr. Girish Raval.


The Kenya High Commission staff present included Col. Joseph Mokwena, Mrs. Dorothy Kamwilu, Mr. George Kabuti, Mr. Aden Mohamed and Mr. Fredrick Kidali.
- Source: Kenya High Commission, London


An 82-page Home Office document proposes a "British jobs for British workers" strategy once the UK leaves the EU in 2019.

 

The NHS is embroiled in its worst-ever nursing crisis with

40,000 posts unfilled, according to the Daily Mirror

 

 

 

KRA fires warning shot at iTax non-compliant company board directors


Directors of companies, which fail to file returns and pay taxes will have their personal identification numbers (PINs) suspended until the firms they lead comply with the law, in a in a fresh move meant to plug revenue leakages. The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) says board members will now bear the brunt in the event their companies have dormant PIN numbers that are not linked to the taxman’s online platform, iTax. This means directors – who are mostly businesspersons and professionals – will be blocked from accessing critical public services when firms whose boards they sit on are in the crosshairs of the taxman. “Corporate entities in active business but with PINs not migrated to iTax and are nil or non-filers, will have their PINs deactivated together with those for the directors,” KRA said in an interview with the Smart Company. The taxman also fired a warning shot to employers saying it is now illegal to pay any workers whose PINs are inactive or not migrated to the iTax database. KRA further said it will reject a company’s entire workers’ income tax filings if one of the employees has a dormant tax account. - Daily Nation

 

 

 

Parents throng Chiromo as pathologists identify Moi Girls arson victims


A parent embraces her daughter at Moi girls secondary school following a dawn fire at the school's dormitory that left seven dead and scores injured on September 1, 2017.  A somber mood engulfed Chiromo Mortuary for the better part of Tuesday as parents of the nine Moi Girls students streamed in for DNA tests. Parents arrived from as early as 8am and waited for two hours for a briefing on the process by National Disaster Management Unit deputy director Pius Masai, Government pathologist Dr Johansen Oduor and an analyst from government chemist Dr. Joseph Kimani. Families members then recorded statements before giving DNA samples. Oduor said it is very difficult for parents to claim the bodies of their loved ones owing to their state. As part of healing process they were allowed to view the charred bodies as some had made a request. At one point, two family members claimed a body to be that of their daughter. The government chemist will be providing advise on which samples are best for accurate results and analysis. - The Star


 

 

Jubilee Party courts leaders from NASA strongholds in new strategy


Jubilee Party is reaching out to Opposition zones as it seeks to woo the more than 19.6 million registered voters ahead of the repeat presidential elections next month. President Uhuru Kenyatta hosted (Tuesday) leaders from Western region at State House Nairobi, where the politicians, including those who were aligned to the National Super Alliance (NASA) and lost in the last polls, pledged to campaign for Jubilee Party. Former Vihiga Governor Moses Akaranga, who unsuccessfully defended his seat on a Progressive Party of Kenya (PPK) ticket, a NASA affiliate, led the delegation in pledging support for the President in the October 17 repeat election.


Other notable politicians present at the meeting included presidential loser Cyrus Jirongo and former Kanduyi MP Alfred Khang'ati, who contested for the Bungoma governorship on an Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) ticket but lost. Speaking at the meeting, the President slammed his main challenger, Raila Odinga, describing him as a man who thrived on agitating for ethnic division and pointing out that voters had shown their displeasure with his brand of politics by rejecting him at every election. "Raila thrives on tribal division. The only thing he has done is to agitate against different communities. We have campaigned all these years, but we never incited communities," said Uhuru, who welcomed the endorsement from the Luhya leaders. Uhuru said his differences with the Supreme Court led by Chief Justice David Maraga over the ruling invalidating his election victory should not be exploited to sow ethnic divisions. The President pointed out that the Opposition leader had yesterday taken his campaigns to Kisii and Nyamira counties in an attempt to exploit Jubilee's criticism of the court ruling.

 

"We have no problem with the people of Kisii and Nyamira. We disagree with the ruling of the court, not the community," said the President. The State House goodwill delegation was led by Water Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa and included Senate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka and Chief Whip Benjamin Washiali. Former Budalang'i MP Ababu Namwamba was also present. The Head of State said Jubilee had elected representatives in every part of the country. Yesterday, Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja confirmed to The Standard that Jubilee had been in talks with most leaders who lost in the polls, not only from the Luhya community but from the rest of the country. "It is a strategy we have had for a long time. There is more to come and Kenyans will be surprised as renowned politicians from NASA zones throw their weight behind President Kenyatta. As a party, we believe in a unified approach to politics compared to our rivals," he said. And as the meeting in Nairobi was ongoing, former Funyula MP Paul Otuoma, who was expected to attend the State House meeting, told journalists at his home in Busia County that he would not campaign for Raila in the coming elections.


Dr Otuoma, a former ODM national vice chairman and close Raila ally in the last elections, chose to contest for the Busia governorship as an independent candidate after the disputed party primaries in April, which saw Governor Sospeter Ojaamong re-elected. Yesterday, Mt Elgon MP Fred Kapondi disclosed that Jubilee has already started reaching out to a number of independent candidates from areas perceived to be NASA strongholds, as it prepares for a bruising battle on October 17. "We already have Bumula MP Mwambu Mabonga, an independent from Bungoma County, on our side. He was present at the State House meeting. We are in talks with other independent MPs as we do not want to leave anything to chance," he told The Standard by phone. Uhuru welcomed the support from the Western leaders, saying it signified Jubilee's popularity across the country. - The Standard

 

Memo to Kenyans in Diaspora: KRA Gives Non-Compliant

Taxpayers 30 Days to File Returns

The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has announced a 30-day grace period for taxpayers to update their tax status, failure to which they will face penalties. KRA had earlier threatened it would deactivate personal identification numbers (PINs) of non-compliant taxpayers beginning Thursday last week, a move that could have blocked millions of Kenyans from accessing critical governmental services. In May, the taxman said those who failed to file their annual returns for 2016 by the June 30 deadline, would face a fine of five per cent of the tax due or a maximum of Sh20,000. On Friday, however, KRA, which has remained under huge pressure from the Treasury to collect more taxes notified those who had failed to file their returns to do so by end of September. “This is to inform you that, your return for obligation Income Tax - Resident Individual and period from: 01/01/2016 to 31/12/2016 is not received by Kenya Revenue Authority by the due date 30/06/2017,” said KRA in a notice. “Kindly submit your return within next 30 days ending on 01/10/2017. Failure to submit return will attract penalty/interest.”

 

The notice comes barely a week after the KRA declared it would effect the controversial plan to delist tax defaulters as earlier announced. In a notice dated Tuesday last week, the taxman maintained it would de-register all taxpayers who had not filed their returns and those who had not migrated their profiles to the online platform starting September 1, in a bid to smoke out tax cheats. “KRA has noted that there are taxpayers who have not migrated their PINs into iTax while others, who are already on iTax, are either not filing or are filing nil or no returns,” the agency said last Tuesday in a public notice. “KRA, therefore, notifies the general public that those who have not updated their PINs in iTax should do so by 31 August 2017 and commence filing immediately.” However, legal experts had vowed it would resist plans to deactivate non-compliant taxpayers’ PINs, terming it illegal. “KRA does not issue PINs to citizens as a favour but as provided for in law, in the same way the Department of Registration of Persons issues Identity Cards or Passports,” Nairobi lawyer Nashon Aluoka said. “It is an instrument that every adult needs to transact the business of life and meet their obligations as citizens and can only be taken away as provided for in law or through a court order,” he argued. All Kenyan citizens, including those in the Diaspora are required by law to file a tax return every year. Those with no income in Kenya are not exempt from filing, and should instead file a "Nil Return" which indicates they have not earned any income in Kenya for that particular year.

 

 

 

Raila Odinga rejects date for repeat presidential poll


National Super Alliance (Nasa) leader Raila Odinga has rejected the October 17 date set by the electoral commission for the repeat presidential poll. Mr Odinga on Tuesday said he would not accept the date because the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) failed to consult him and other stakeholder as stipulated in law. The date, he claimed, was set by the Jubilee Party and not IEBC. Speaking at Wilson Airport in Nairobi, Mr Odinga, who ran for State House for the fourth time on August 8, also demanded legal and constitutional guarantees from IEBC that the repeat poll will be free and fair before the commission carries on with its preparations. Accompanied by his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka and co-principals Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetang'ula, Mr Odinga said IEBC had not complied with the court order of conducting "a free, fair and verifiable election". He reiterated his call for staff and system changes at the at the commission, saying there would be no repeat election if the changes are not done. He particularly demanded audit of technology used to transmit election results.


THE LAW
"It is therefore inappropriate and foolhardy for IEBC to embark on the planning of a fresh elections without full compliance with the Supreme Court orders and in the redeployment of technology in the fresh presidential election,” he said. “We therefore demand audit of technology in full compliance with the law.” Mr Odinga also wants a review of the register of voters and polling stations, saying there were discrepancies in the voters roll during the August 8 poll. "It is important to have full clarity in relation to the voters register and the polling stations," he said. The opposition also wants IEBC to give access and to publish all reports of the transaction logs of persons who used the Kenya Integrated Electoral Management System and those identified through complementary methods.


TOP COURT
"There will be no elections on the 17th unless these our demands are met," Mr Odinga said. The Nasa leaders spoke as they prepared to leave for Kisii and Nyamira to chase votes. Their demands come days after the Supreme Court indicted IEBC, quashed the August 8 presidential poll and ordered a fresh one within 60 days. The top court in the land found that IEBC did not conduct the election in accordance with the Constitution and Elections Act. - Daily Nation.

 

 

 

Python found lurking in bathroom toilet in Southend, UK

 

A five-year-old boy was shocked to discover a python inside his toilet when he lifted up the lid. He was "frantic" when he found it in the bathroom at home in Southend, Essex, his mother Laura Cowell said. Specialists from pet shop Scales and Fangs came to the rescue, removing the harmless 3ft (91cm) baby royal python. "It smelt of bleach and a bit toilet-y," Ethan Pinion from the store said. The snake "most likely came up the u-bend" and is expected to recover fully. Mrs Cowell said the toilet had been "blocked for several days and the water wasn't draining well", but at the time, she did not know why. Her son discovered the unwelcome visitor when he went to use the toilet on Wednesday. "He was frantic, and shaking, and I could tell something was wrong, but that was not what I expected," she said. "I had to use a broom handle to lift the lid, then out popped its head and its tongue came out as well." After phoning several potential rescuers, Rob Yeldham, who owns the Leigh-on-Sea store, came to help. "I've done many snake rescues in my 10 years, but I've never had one in a toilet before. It's definitely a first for us," he said. Mr Yeldham said some neighbours of Mrs Cowell had recently moved and old vivariums were left outside with the rubbish. "I think the snake probably escaped and went down their toilet, and ended up in this one, as all the sewers are connected," he said. It was unlikely it had been there long as it was healthy and not underweight, although it is suffering from scale rot, "probably from the bleach". The snake is being treated at the store and once "in perfect health" will be "rehomed with someone reputable so he won't end up in a toilet again". Mrs Cowell said she was "petrified" and put weights on the toilet lid for several days after the experience.


Royal pythons:

* Originate from West Africa, from countries including the republics of Ghana, Togo and Benin
* Grow to up to 150cm (4ft 9ins) and can live more than 20 years in captivity
* Typically "docile" in nature, and curl into a ball when threatened
* Require a diet of defrosted mice and rats


Source: RSPCA

 

Rwanda police arrest Opposition leader, mother, sister over tax evasion

 

WORD OF TODAY

Ephesians 4:32

 

Forgive – and set yourself free

We read in Ephesians 4:32: "Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you." Years after her harrowing experience in a Nazi concentration camp, Corrie ten Boom was speaking in a church when she found herself standing face-to-face with a man who had been one of the cruellest guards she had ever met in the camps. This man had humiliated and degraded both her and her sister, jeering at them and visually ‘raping’ them as they stood in the delousing shower. Now he stood before her with an outstretched hand, asking, ‘Will you forgive me?’ Corrie said, ‘I stood there with coldness clutching at my heart, but I knew that the will can function regardless of the temperature of the heart. I prayed, “Jesus, help me!” Woodenly, mechanically, I thrust my hand into the one stretched out to me, and when I did I experienced an incredible thing. The current started in my shoulder, raced down into my arm, and sprang into our clutched hands. Then this warm reconciliation seemed to flood my whole being, bringing tears to my eyes. “I forgive you, brother,” I cried with my whole heart. For a long moment we grasped each other’s hands, the former guard and the former prisoner. I have never known the love of God as intensely as I did in that moment.’ The Bible says, ‘Be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you’ (Ephesians 4:32 KJV). Who are you struggling to forgive today? Rise above your feelings and do it! When you do, you will set yourself free and be able to walk in the peace and joy of the Lord.

 

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PCEA ST. MATHEWS, LONDON TOURING SEASIDE

Members of PCEA St. Matthews, London on Tuesday 22nd August 2017 had a great day outing at Adventure Island, Southend, Essex. They enjoyed the rides, sea and sand. This church event was welcomed by many members where the commented that "Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity" (Psalms 133.1).

 

 

 

 

Fresh presidential poll be held on October 17, says Chebukati


IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati addresses journalists at Anniversary Towers, Nairobi, on

September 1, 2017. The repeat presidential poll will take place on October 17. 


The repeat presidential election will be held on October 17, the electoral agency's chairman has said. In a statement, Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission Chairman Wafula Chebukati said there will be no fresh nominations. Mr Chebukati said only Nasa leader Raila Odinga, Jubilee's Uhuru Kenyatta and their running mates will participate. Mr Odinga's running mate is Kalonzo Musyoka while Mr Kenyatta is deputised by Mr William Ruto. "The commission is revising the operational and procedural requirements for the conduct of the fresh election and will share details with stakeholders sooner than later," he said. Following IEBC’s announcement, Dr Ekuru Aukot of Thirdway Alliance, who was a presidential candidate in the August 8 election, termed the decision to lock out other candidates as “invalid illegal, null and void”. “We are headed to Court,” Dr Aukot said on Twitter. The Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice David Maraga on September 1 declared the poll conducted on August 8 invalid. "A decision is hereby issued that the elections held on August 8, were not conducted in accordance with the Constitution and the applicable law. The results are therefore invalid, null and void," Chief Justice Maraga had said, ordering a repeat within 60 days. The IEBC now wants the Court to provide the full judgement in order to know where they can make improvements. - Daily Nation

 

 

 

A CONTROVERSIAL PHOTO IN GHANA

A Ghanian woman giving away his son to a Canadian man

A Ghanaian mother proudly giving her son in marriage to a Canadian man. The kind of things money

could be doing! What at all will make a Ghanaian woman defy her morals and go down this extent?

 

 

 

Scorpion halts easyJet flight from Paris to Glasgow

Easyjet has postponed a flight from Paris to Glasgow after a scorpion was spotted on board. Sightings of a scorpion on flight EZY6883 led the plane to be grounded overnight so it could be fumigated. A passenger reported the arachnid to a member of the crew as they were preparing to take off from Charles de Gaulle airport on Monday.

 

 

 

Detailed reason why Justice Njoki Ndung'u

disagreed with the Supreme Court Verdict


[1] The Court has rendered its Judgement by a majority. I am however, of a different opinion. At the heart of democracy are, the people, whose will constitute the strand of governance that we have chosen as a country. On 8th August, 2017, millions of Kenyans from all walks of life yielded to the call of democracy and queued for many hours to fulfil their duty to our Republic by delegating their sovereign power to their democratically elected representatives. This was an exercise that was hailed by many regional and international observers as largely, free, fair, credible and peaceful. That duty stands sacred and is only to be upset if there is any compelling reason to do so. That reason must affect the outcome of the election.


[2] The election was managed by the 1st Respondent chaired by the 2nd Respondent who were assisted by hundreds of others to execute the mandate of the Commission under Article 88 of the Constitution. At the end of the process, the 2nd Respondent, in accordance with Article 138 (10) of the Constitution, declared the result of the election. Having received more than half of all the votes cast in the election and at least twenty-five percent of the votes cast in each of more than half of the Counties, the 3rdRespondent was declared President-elect.


[3] The case revolved around three fundamental questions:(i) whether the election was conducted in accordance with the Constitution and the law? (ii) whether there were irregularities and illegalities committed during the conduct of the election and (iii) if there were irregularities and illegalities, what was the integrity of the election? In answer to these three issues, my opinion is that the election was indeed conducted in accordance with the Constitution and the law. In fact, the 1st and 2ndRespondents to my satisfaction demonstrated that they had adhered to the directions given by the Court of Appeal in the case of Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission vs. Maina Kiai & 5 Others, Civil Appeal No. 105 of 2017 (the Maina Kiai case). The Court of Appeal in this case cautioned, and I agree, that the results declared at the polling station are final. In fact, the polling station is at the heart of any election. It is what happens there that is to be assessed and that is why its outcome is final.
[4] In any election, the ordinary Kenyan voter will ask themselves the following questions?


(1) Was there a problem with registration of voters?(2) Were voters properly identified at the polling station?(3) Were voters allowed to cast their ballots peacefully and within good time?(4) Were the votes cast-counted, declared and verified at the polling station to the satisfaction of all parties?
If the answer to all these questions is in the affirmative, then the election has been conducted properly.


[5] The Petitioners in my view did not present material evidence, to the standard required, to upset the results returned to the National Tallying Centre by the presiding officers in Forms 34A. Those results, counted and agreed upon by Agents at the polling station were not challenged. What was fiercely contested was the mode through which those results were transmitted from the polling station to the National Tallying Centre. The 1st and 2ndRespondents urged that transmission was conducted in line with the directions by the Court of Appeal in the Maina Kiai case. This process yielded the results that were streamed onto the portal and which, were not sufficiently impugned during the trial. The decision of the voter at the primary locale of the election, that is the polling station was unchallenged. How then can a process used to transmit those results for tallying upset the will of the electorate? It was not proved that the voter's will during the conduct of elections, was so affected by any irregularities cited so as to place this Court or the country in doubt as to what the result of the election was. Challenges which are to be expected during the conduct of any election. However, those challenges which occurred, (and in my opinion, none of which occurred deliberately or in bad faith, and which fell particularly outside the remit of the voter and his/her will) – ought not to supplant the voter's exercise of their right of suffrage.


[6] In summary, I respectfully disagree with the decision of the majority, and in accordance with Section 26(2) of the Supreme Court Act, 2011, and will issue my full dissenting Judgment within 21 days.


DATED and DELIVERED at NAIROBI this 1st day of September, 2017.


.................................................................N. S. NDUNGUJUSTICE OF THE SUPREME COURT.


I certify that this is a true copyof the original
REGISTRARSUPREME COURT OF KENYA

 

 

 

US President Donald Trump has decided to end a popular programme that shields hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants from deportation, while deferring enforcement for six months, Politico reported Sunday.

 

Peter Munya joins Nasa after election loss

 

 

 

 

HERI HOMES KIKUYU ROAD III GROUND BREAKING

After their 2 months visits in the UK Heri Homes went back to Kenya with full force. They went ahead with the Kikuyu road phase 3 groundbreaking on Saturday the 2nd of September 3017 which was marked by prayers and dedicating of the project. The prayers and dedication of the project to God was led by their resident pastor Joyce. Initially the 2 bedrrom houses were going for KShs. 3.8 million now they are KShs. 4.5 million. They are anticipated to be complete in the next 18 months and will have doubled in price. Three bedroom were going for KShs. 4.9 million now are going for KShs. 5.5 million. Kikuyu Road project two is almost complete and Kikuyu road project three which is next to it.. The reception for Kikuyu Road project 3 was held at the basement of Kikuyu two project. Kikuyu Road project 2 is all sold out and a few units are a few remaining house in Kikuyu road project 3 even before the ground breaking last Saturday. Many of the invited guests on Saturday joined Heri Homes Sacco with an intention of joining the housing ladder. Source say that Heri Homes Sacco are soon introducing Heri Homes Housing Trust which will enable members to secure x5 loan of your savings extending the repayment to 5 years unlike the current of x3 loan with 3 years repayment period. More about this coming up soon. For more information please contact Mary Njonjo on 07404679182 or +254 737265816 (on WhatsApp) and her email: mary@herihomes.co.ke or Mr. David Ngatia currently touring midlands on 0744884121.

Heri Homes team and friends joining hands for prayers during their Kikuyu Road Phase 3 ground breaking on Saturday 2nd September, 2017. On right is Heri Homes Construction Director Mr. Joram Mwangi kick starting the ground breaking.  Kikuyu Road Phase 2 project can be seen on the background

Mr. David Ngatia of Heri Homes giving a hand at the ground breaking ceremony. The reception of

Kikuyu project 3 took place at the bas

ement of Kikuyu 2 project (right)

 

Death toll from Moi Girls fire in Nairobi rises to nine

 

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Hurricane Harvey may have damaged one million cars in Texas


As many as one million vehicles may have been damaged by floodwaters across Texas, USA following Hurricane Harvey, experts have said. State Farm, one of the largest car insurers in the US, said it has already received almost 20,000 claims from the Houston area. Images from the city showed cars in the street with water up to their roofs for several days, with most likely to be total write offs. Many people returning to their homes may find their insurance does not cover any repairs that might be possible. Insurers will turn the vehicles over to salvage yards or auctions, with undamaged parts saved and many of the flooded vehicles set to be scrapped. The storm will have caused extensive damage to homes and businesses in the region. Texas Governor Greg Abbott told Fox News on Sunday estimates for the damage could reach between $150bn (£115bn) and $180bn (£139bn). A water treatment plant in Beaumont failed after floodwaters from the Neches River inundated its main intake system and backup pumps failed. The Army Corps of Engineers sent pumps and a temporary intake pipe was installed by an ExxonMobil team to try and refill a city reservoir. In Crosby, outside Houston, authorities are monitoring the Arkema chemical plant which was crippled during the flooding.


Three trailers of highly unstable compounds caught fire there in recent days. Hurricane Harvey has been blamed for at least 44 deaths. The school district in Houston has said up to 12,000 students will have to be sent to different schools because of flood-damaged buildings at 22 schools. At least 156,000 dwellings in Harris County, which includes Houston, are also thought to be damaged. Mayor Sylvester Turner has warned residents their homes could remain flooded for up to 15 days because of the ongoing release of water from two reservoirs protecting the downtown area of the city. Around 1,000 evacuees remain at the George R Brown Convention Center in Houston. At one time, the centre held 10,000. President Trump, who visited the city at the weekend, has asked Congress for a $7.9bn down payment to pay for relief and recovery efforts following the storm. That is expected to be approved when Congress returns to work on Tuesday following its summer break. Harvey came ashore on 25 August as a category four hurricane, went back out to sea and lingered off the coast as a tropical storm for days. It brought five straight days of rain - totalling nearly 52 inches in one location - the heaviest tropical downpour ever recorded in the US.
 

 

 

 

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Four injured as car smashes into house in York, UK


Four people were injured, three of them seriously, when a car smashed through the side of a house and started a fire. A white VW Golf crashed into the living room of the property in York at about 01:20 BST, injuring the driver and two passengers and a man on a sofa. Sgt Paul Cording of North Yorkshire Police told Minster FM it was "astounding that no-one lost their life". A man in his 20s, believed to be the driver, has been arrested. Sgt Cording said a man inside the house was sitting on the sofa when the car ploughed through the wall. He said the car had "quite literally" gone into the house in Rivelin Way, on Clifton Moor. North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue said the man suffered lower limb injuries but his wife and younger child managed to escape uninjured. The occupants of the car all suffered head injuries. North Yorkshire Police is appealing for information about the vehicle in the moments before the crash.

 

 

 

THE COUPLE THAT JOINED THE GUESTS AT

THE RECEPTION WITH A HELICOPTER

A WEDDING THAT BROUGHT THE FAMILY TOGETHER

A colourful wedding took place on Saturday 26th August, 2017 between Miss Joyce Wakiru Murekio and Dennis Machua of London. The wedding took place at St. Mary's Church, Honey Hill, Cambridgeshire where a reception followed at Hundon Grange, Hundon in Sudbury. Family and friends of the couple came from far and wide to witness the occasion. Dennis is the son of Mrs. Lucy Kuria of Revival House London and Joyce is the daghter of Murekio of USA. Some of the families came from Kenya, China and Norway. The couple surprised their guests when the arrived at the reception with a helicopter.

 

Left is the couple and their best couples Mr. Kangethe and Evon. After the wedding a nyama choma event was organised in Dagenham, London on Saturday to conclude the ceremony. From far right seated is Wambui, Pastor Jane Njiiri, Mrs. Kuria, Santana, Njoki Kangethe and Ruth Kuria. Standing from left is former Mayor Elizabeth Kangethe, his brother from Kenya Mr. Karanja, the mother of the bridegroom Lucy Kuria, Mr. Seed and Dr. Githaiga.

 

The parents of the couple on left and the parents of the bridegroom escorting their newly married couple home.

 

 

 

Happy belated 93rd birthday your excellency

President Moi in his youth

 

 

CELEBRATING THEIR FIRST ANNIVERSARY

Betty's Unisex Hair Studio, the most popular Kenyan beauty joint in UK celebrated its one year anniversary on Saturday 2nd September, 2017.  Located London, Barking, Unit 37, Barking Mall, Vicarange Field Shopping Centre, IG11 8DH, opposite Barking Train Station the beauty Saloon is a beehive of Kenyan ladies hunting for beauty. The patron Mrs. Beth Kungu invited her customers to celebrate the occasion. Beth who has many years of experience even before coming to the UK and was the official hair stylist of former Mayor Elizabeth Kangethe among other dignitaries. Beth has taken time to qualify with hair dressing with several certificates in UK. Her studio specialises in Stylist do African, Asian and Caucasian (European), Nail technician and Make-up artist. They also sell X-pression, Kenyan hair, crochet braids and many more. You need to book an appointment for the services. All buses going Barking will drop you at the Studio which is 3 minutes away from Train Station. She is also offering some refreshments in case you wake up late for the appointment - drinks, tea and coffee are on the menu. She is also on digital platform - Tel: 07735389332, 07865939152, Facebook Betty's Unisex hair Studio, Twitter @BUHS and Instagram styledbysandrine. - CLICK HERE FOR THEIR FACEBOOK PAGE
 

The Patron of the Betty's Unisex Hair Studio celebrated her first anniversary on Saturday

Customer of Betty's Unisex Hair Studio (left) joined Beth and her daughter Sandra to celebrate their first anniversary

 

 

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The news that North Korea claimed it carried out a hydrogen bomb

test has sent shockwaves around the world, according to the i...

 


Kagumo sets trend in local education

The branch railway line to Nanyuki was completed in 1931 opening up the Mount Kenya region. It provided for rapid movement of goods, farm produce, livestock and human traffic into and out of the region. Kagumo Primary School was established on January 3, 1933 at Gatitu, Nyeri County, at the present site of Kagumo Teachers Training College. The school was started to train African artisans for the Native Industrial Training Depot at Kabete. The land on which the school was built was granted by the colonial government through the intervention of the Local Native Council in the late 1920s. The first buildings were constructed by the well-known businessman and philanthropist Ernest Carr. As demand for African education continued to grow, the school was converted into a normal primary school offering classes up to intermediate level. In 1944, a teacher training college was started alongside the primary school with the likes of Alexander Gitau and Joseph Koinange as the first students. They did not have to go very far for their practical teaching as the primary school was in the same compound.


Kagumo set high standards and often challenged Alliance, Mang’u and Maseno from the big league. The institution set up a fully-fledged secondary section in 1949, but the teacher training section remained. In 1951 Kagumo presented 18 students for the “O” Level examination and they all passed for admission to Makerere University College. By 1960 the facilities at Gatitu had become overstreched due to rapid student growth and it became necessary to restructure the physical environment. The teacher training college remained at the original site while the primary school moved to an adjacent site, changing its name to Kiambuiri Primary School. The secondary section was relocated to a new site in Kiganjo donated by chief Wambugu wa Muiga but retained the name Kagumo High School under the leadership of Rev Mulheish. Kagumo became a national school in 2012 with a student population of 1,200 and a teaching staff of 50. Kagumo has a very active Old Boy’s Association, which is involved in various projects at the school under the leadership of Mr Francis Muhindi, chief executive of Manpower Services Ltd. Other notable alumni include, Dr Dan Gikonyo, Dr Sam Thenya, Dr James Mwangi, Prof Godfrey Muriuki, Dr Gideon Muriuki, Prof Francis Gichaga, Mr Hassan Ahmed, Mr Richard Langat and Mr John Ndungu amongst others. - businessdailyafrica.com

 

 

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North Korea nuclear test: Hydrogen bomb 'missile-ready'

 

North Korea says it has successfully tested a nuclear weapon that could be loaded onto a long-range missile. The secretive communist state said its sixth nuclear test was a "perfect success", hours after seismologists had detected an earth tremor. Pyongyang said it had tested a hydrogen bomb - a device many times more powerful than an atomic bomb. Analysts say the claims should be treated with caution, but its nuclear capability is clearly advancing. North Korea last carried out a nuclear test in September 2016. It has defied UN sanctions and international pressure to develop nuclear weapons and to test missiles which could potentially reach the mainland US. South Korean officials said the latest test took place in Kilju County, where the North's Punggye-ri nuclear test site is situated. The "artificial quake" was 9.8 times more powerful than the tremor from the North's fifth test, the state weather agency said. It came hours after Pyongyang said it had miniaturised a hydrogen bomb for use on a long-range missile, and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was pictured with what state media said was a new type of hydrogen bomb. State media said the device could be loaded on to a ballistic missile.


What does the test tell us?
A series of recent missile tests has caused growing international unease. In a report on Sunday, the North's state news agency KCNA said Kim Jong-un had visited scientists at the nuclear weapons institute and "guided the work for nuclear weaponisation". The North has previously claimed to have miniaturised a nuclear weapon, but experts have cast doubt on this. There is also scepticism about the North's claims to have developed a hydrogen bomb. However, this does appears to be the biggest and most successful nuclear test by North Korea to date - and the messaging is clear. North Korea wants to demonstrate it knows what makes a credible nuclear warhead.


What has the reaction been?
South Korean President Moon Jae-in said North Korea's sixth nuclear test should be met with the "strongest possible" response, including new United Nations Security Council sanctions to "completely isolate" the country. China, North Korea's only major ally, condemned the test. North Korea "has ignored the international community's widespread opposition, again carrying out a nuclear test. China's government expresses resolute opposition and strong condemnation toward this," the foreign ministry said in a statement. And Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary, Yoshihide Suga, also condemned the test and said sanctions against North Korea should include restrictions on the trade of oil products. The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the global nuclear watchdog, said in a statement that North Korea's latest nuclear test was "an extremely regrettable act". Yukiya Amano added: "This new test, which follows the two tests last year and is the sixth since 2006, is in complete disregard of the repeated demands of the international community."

 

SON OF MAN CAN THESE BONES LIVE?

“Then He caused me to pass by them all around, and behold, there were very many in the open valley; and indeed they were very dry. And He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” So I answered, “O Lord GOD, You know.”

Thus says the Lord GOD to these bones: “Surely I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live. I will put sinews on you and bring flesh upon you, cover you with skin and put breath in you; and you shall live. Then you shall know that I am the LORD.” ’ ””
??Ezekiel? ?37:2-3, 5-6? ?NKJV??

Welcome to Divine restoration and healing conference next week Saturday.

This is your season of Divine alignment!
Invite your family and friends.

 

 

IEBC in daylong crisis meeting following Supreme Court edict


Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairman Wafula Chebukati (centre), his Vice Chair Connie Maina (right)

and Commissioner Roselyne Akombe. The commissioners were Saturday held in a daylong meeting following the ruling by Supreme Court. 


Electoral commissioners were Saturday holed up in a daylong crisis meeting to craft the way forward in light of the Supreme Court determination that nullified the August 8 presidential election. This came as a push-and-pull emerged between President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga over the fate of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC). While Jubilee wants the electoral team to remain intact, the National Super Alliance insists the commission chaired by Mr Wafula Chebukati cannot be trusted to manage a fresh ballot as presently constituted.   Mr Chebukati had on Friday talked about the meeting in his reaction to the Supreme Court determination which had some scathing assessment of the commission. “It is worth noting that the new commissioners only took office seven months ago, without any changes made to the secretariat. To protect the integrity of the sovereign will of the Kenyan people, the commission intends to make internal changes to our personnel and processes as we prepare for the fresh presidential election in 60 days,” Mr Chebukati had said, adding that the commission was also inviting the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions “to urgently and expeditiously investigate and prosecute any of our staff that may have been involved in violation of the Election Offences Act.”


STORMY MEETING
The ruling could again bring to the fore the underlying infighting within the commission, according to sources. Saturday’s meeting was said to have been stormy as commissioners deliberated on the issues pointed out during the Supreme Court proceedings and ruling even before the judges release the full decision within 21 days. IEBC CEO Ezra Chiloba, who is among those said to be targeted by the commissioners, was said to have arrived at the meeting after it started but left in a huff. Instructively, Mr Chiloba was also not present during the hastily convened Friday afternoon meeting addressed by the Chairman and attended by commissioners Roselyn Akombe, Prof Yakub Guliye and Ms Margaret Mwachanya.


SPOTLIGHT
Apart from Mr Chiloba, other senior officials in the secretariat are also in the spotlight. On Friday, Nasa named Mr Chiloba, Deputy Commission Secretary (Operations) Ms Betty Sungura-Nyabuto, Legal and Public Affairs Director Praxedes Tororey, Voter Registration and Electoral Operations Director Immaculate Kassait and ICT Director James Muhati. Commissioner Guliye, who chairs the ICT committee of IEBC, was also named even though his removal may prove to be a tougher task than that of the secretariat given the limited time available for IEBC to conduct a fresh presidential election within 60 days from Friday. However, President Kenyatta, Deputy President William Ruto and other Jubilee stalwarts have asked Mr Chiloba and IEBC staff who have been singled out to stay put.


BLOCK ATTEMPTS
While meeting Jubilee governors and MCAs on Saturday at State House and in subsequent campaign meetings in Nakuru and Narok, President Kenyatta and Mr Ruto vowed to block any attempts by Nasa’s Raila Odinga to change the commission. “We have been down this road before. This time, we will not. We have no time to change the IEBC. You accepted the results of the other elective seats in an election that was managed by this same IEBC. Get ready for an election, and Raila, see you at the ballot,” said President Kenyatta. On Friday, Elgeyo Marakwet senator Kipchumba Murkomen, who accompanied President Kenyatta and Mr Ruto to Nairobi’s Burma market, had also said that if Nasa wants to remove the IEBC staff, then Jubilee too will engineer the removal of Supreme Court judges. While IEBC has of late become the home of intrigues, possibly the worst came on Thursday when a commissioner was reportedly involved in a physical altercation with a senior secretariat official following the report of the court-ordered audit of the ICT. The commissioner demanded to know how his login credentials had been used to access the election results database.


INTERNAL MEMO
Two different sources narrated to the Sunday Nation that the commissioner was raging at the secretariat official and, when he did not get a proper response, the situation quickly turned physical and some commissioners had to jump in to separate the two. Shortly after Friday’s Supreme Court ruling, Mr Chiloba had written an internal memo to IEBC staff (Ref. IEBC/CEO/1/1/09/2017) asking them to be prepared for the fresh elections. “Colleagues, from the bottom of my heart, I know that you did your best given the challenges we have had to surmount in the last two years,” Mr Chiloba said in the memo. “Do not lose perspective on this process. While the general public may not understand most of the investment you personally made, you should always remember that you served your country.” In the memo, the CEO also implored the staff to be prepared to serve again when called upon.


NATIONAL EXAMINATIONS
On Wednesday, which was a day after the Supreme Court concluded the hearings, Mr Chiloba had also asked staff through the internal WhatsApp forum to “Take note that there is no official report either by the commission or court that has been published out there” in reaction to the ICT audit report  that was ordered by the court. “Let us not be carried away by sensational one-sided reporting. We should be able to provide a complete report after judgment,” he added. Besides the internal fights at IEBC, the commission, in announcing the date for the fresh elections as directed by the Supreme Court, will have to take into account several factors, including likely interference with the national examinations calendar. The 60-day countdown that started on Friday September 1 will end on November 1.


NUMBER OF FACTORS
The Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examination starts on October 31 to November 2 while the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination will kick off on November 6. This means that for the IEBC to settle for a date, they will consider the availability of schools and also how to have ample security. The date will be influenced by a number of factors including availability of the budget for electoral materials, availability of polling stations, most of which are in primary and secondary schools, and the availability of police. Ordinarily, police provide security during the national examinations. Now with the fresh presidential elections, ample security will also be required before, during and after, which will likely stretch the capacity of the force. - Sunday Nation

 

Magistrates Association condemns Uhuru’s attacks, threats on Supreme Court judges

 

 

 

Law Society of Kenya condemns Uhuru’s threatening remarks on judges

 

Seven students die in Moi Girls School dormitory fire


Seven students have died and dozens others injured after a fire burnt down a dormitory at Moi Girls School Nairobi. Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i said 10 other students were injured and are admitted to hospital. “Out of the 10, two are in critical condition, doctors have told us the other eight are out of danger,” he said. At least 10 students have been listed as missing at the Kenya Red Cross information desk at the school. He said the school has been closed for two weeks as investigations begin on the cause of the fire. The CS however said Form Four candidates will resume on Friday and will be assisted to settle as they prepare for the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education examinations. He said a team of forensic experts, including the government pathologist are at the school to establish the cause of the fire. He said the school principal has asked parents to pick their children. - Daily Nation.

 

President Uhuru Kenyatta hit out at the Supreme Court on Saturday questioning the grounds on which his nullification was determined.

 

 

Kenya third country in the world and first in

Africa to annul a presidential election


Kenya on Friday made history in the electoral sphere as the only fourth country to have a presidential election nullified by the courts. Other countries that have had presidential elections nullified are Austria and the Maldives, an island nation in the Indian Ocean. Austria is part of the European Union. Ukraine’s Supreme Court also annulled presidential elections held in November 2004. The judges ruled that the Central Election Commission acted improperly by declaring the Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich the winner, and ordered a run-off. In Africa, the Supreme Court ruling declaring President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election null and void was the first of its kind. Poll tainted The Maldives, a South Asian island nation in the Indian Ocean of less than 500,000 inhabitants had its presidential election nullified when four judges of a seven-member Supreme Court ruled that the election of September 7, 2013, was too tainted to determine the winner.


Like in the Kenyan case, international observers had given the election in the Maldives a clean bill of health. Fresh elections were held two months later where incumbent Mohamed Waheed Hassan came fourth. The winner Abdulla Yameen’s share of the vote rose from 30 per cent in the first round to 51 per cent. In July 2016, Austria’s highest court annulled the election of President Alexander Van der Bellen of the Greens Party who had beaten his challenger, Norbert Hofer of the Freedom Party by 30,863 votes, a mere one per cent. Announcing the decision, head of the constitutional court Gerhard Holzinger said: “The challenge brought by Freedom Party leader Heinz-Christian Strache against the 22 May election has been upheld.” He added: “The decision I am announcing today has no winner and no loser, it has only one aim: to strengthen trust in the rule of law and democracy.” President Bellen eventually won the fresh election that was also held within 60 days after beating the petitioner with a clear margin. Likewise, the decision in Kenya has neither winner nor loser, according to pundits.


Yesterday’s ruling by Chief Justice David Maraga was ice breaking in a country where elections have always been turbulent political affairs, save for that of December 2002 that saw Narc dislodge independence party Kanu from power. Mwai Kibaki was declared the winner with a landslide victory against Uhuru Kenyatta, the Kanu candidate who had been handpicked by former President Daniel arap Moi who had just retired. The subsequent election in 2007 pushed Kenya to its nadir when President Kibaki’s disputed re-election ignited post-election violence resulting in over 1,300 deaths, most of them killed by police bullets. Yesterday’s pace-setting ruling by the Supreme Court seemed to midwife the advent of a new Kenya as both President Kenyatta and NASA leader Raila Odinga exhorted their supporters to remain calm and observe peace ahead of a re-run in 60 days. “It is a ruling with which I do not agree with. But I accept the court’s verdict. Let us all uphold peace and tranquillity for the sake of our great nation,” said President Kenyatta in a speech to the nation hours after the ruling. Raila condemned the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission and called for the prosecution of its commissioners. “We have no faith at all in the electoral commission, they have committed criminal acts. Most of them actually ‘belong to jail’ and therefore we are going to ask for their prosecution,” he said. - The Standard

 

 

 

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Justice Njoki Ndung'u gives

her reasons for dissent

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Raila: The journey to ‘Canaan’ is still on course


The National Super Alliance (NASA) leader Raila Odinga issued a statement upholding the Supreme Court’s decision to nullify President Uhuru Kenyatta’s win. The Supreme Court ordered fresh presidential polls to be conducted within 60 days. He assured his suppoters that the journey to ‘Canaan’ was still on course saying, “On 8th August we crossed River Jordan and went until the great wall of Jericho. Within 60 days, we will have made it to Jerusalem.” Raila said Chief Justice David Maraga will be remembered for setting an exceptional example for all of Africa. “A new Kenya has been born. And Kenya is once again leading Africa, as it so often does with its vibrant democracy (except at election time) and enterprise.  Our judiciary now knows that they have the power, in law and with courage, to challenge the mighty powers too many African presidents wield against the will of their people,” he added. - The Standard.

Justice Jackton Ojwang' reads his

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Kenya is stuck with the IEBC commissioners as they are currently in office

Some people are calling for the reconstitution of the IEBC commissioners prior to the conduct of the fresh presidential election by 31 October 2017. But they are forgetting what the Constitution says:

1. Article 134(2)(b) forbids the President from nominating or appointing any public officer that the Constitution requires him to appoint, prior to being sworn in following a first presidential vote.
2. Article 250(2)(c) as read together with Article 248 provides that it is the President who must appoint the IEBC commissioners.

Therefore Kenya is stuck with the IEBC commissioners as they are currently in office - at least until the swearing in of the President-elect following the conclusion of the current electoral process.

Let Kenyans uphold the Constitution - the very constitution that has been applied in the invalidation of the election of Uhuru Kenyatta as President-elect. In other words, don't celebrate the application of the Constitution in the invalidation of the election of the President-elect, and then immediately turn around to call for the unconstitutional holding of the fresh presidential election by not applying the Constitution in the conduct of the said fresh presidential elections! Consistency please!

 

 

President Kenyatta address to the

nation after losing re-election

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Kenya shilling drops after

Supreme Court annuls election

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya's shilling weakened 0.44 percent against the dollar on Friday after the country's Supreme Court declared President Uhuru Kenyatta’s election win invalid due to irregularities committed by the electoral board. At 0918 GMT, less than an hour after the court's ruling, commercial banks quoted the shilling at 103.20/40 per dollar, compared with 102.75/95 at Thursday's close. "There was a bit of euphoria," said a trader from a leading commercial bank, referring to market volatility ensuing immediately after the ruling. "If offshore investors panic, the shilling might come under pressure". The court ordered fresh elections within 60 days.

 

 

"Kenyans should be ready to participate in elections through to 2018" - Mutahi Ngunyi

 

 

Does Raila Odinga and NASA think that IEBC can be reconstituted ?

This commission cannot be taken , discussed and be dismissed within the legal frame work . The constitution says elections must be held within 60 days.


A petition for removal of IEBC commissioners under article 251of the constitution must be presented to parliament. We all know Jubilee has tyranny of number. Parliament is in recess for 30 days. Will Speaker Justin Muturi be in any hurry to reconvene?

 

 

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Kenya stock exchange halts trading briefly after fall on court ruling

 

NAIROBI - Kenya's stock exchange halted trading briefly midway through Friday's session after blue chip shares plummeted following the Supreme Court's decision to annul the Aug.8 presidential election, traders said. Trading restarted at 1000 GMT, they said. East Africa's biggest economy has a history of disputed polls. The court decision to cancel the result, the first of its kind in Kenya's history, sets up a new race for the presidency between Uhuru Kenyatta and veteran opposition leader Raila Odinga. Traders said the market's main indices may have plunged by more than the daily limit of 10 percent, forcing the automatic halt to trading to kick in. Real time data is usually not available for the market apart from for individual stocks. Telecoms operator Safaricom <SCOM.NR>, the biggest company by market cap, fell 4.9 percent to trade at 24.00 Kenyan shillings ($0.2328) per share, traders said. "No one likes uncertainty especially if the uncertainty period is as long as 60 days," said Ken Minjire, head of securities at Nairobi-based Genghis Capital. Kenyatta and Odinga will face off in a runoff election within 60 days according to the constitution. The shilling <KES=> had weakened 0.4 percent immediately following the court's ruling to 103.20/40. REUTERS

 

 


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The people of Nyeri and Kiambu have never

and would never physically harm these guys

 Lawyer Paul Mwangi is from Othaya in Nyeri County (Kibaki's very backyard). He is Raila's personal lawyer and chief legal adviser. He robustly represented Raila in the petition before the Supreme Court. David Ndii is from Kiambu. He is RAILA's chief strategist and headed NASA's tallying center during the elections. He is also the guy leading the secessionist movement on behalf of Raila, meant to break Kenya into two. The people of Nyeri and Kiambu have never and would never physically harm these guys or threaten to burn their property. In fact, the people of Nyeri or Kiambu care very little of what these two do with their lives. The worst they do to them is make fun of them on Facebook and twitter, or have a matatu stage near their rural home named after them (Mwangi wa Raila or Ndii wa Raila). Meanwhile PLO Lumumba needs police protection for practicing his trade by defending NOT president  Uhuru KENYATTA but IEBC. For that he's called a traitor and is in fear of his life. And you wonder why this kind of thinking always leads to election defeat?

 

 

UHURU'S RE-ELECTION NULLIFIED

Elections in 60 days

 

Nairobi Stock Shares drops by

KShs. 50 billion after

Supreme Court Rulling on

1st September, 2017

 

Kenya Shillings drops after the Supreme Court Ruling

 

 

Canaan unstoppable: 'Happy' Raila welcomes

ruling, wants IEBC team jailed

NASA leaders outside the Supreme Court after the ruling nullifying Uhuru Kenyatta's reelection on September 1. 



NASA has no faith in IEBC to conduct fresh elections, Raila Odinga has said. Speaking outside the Supreme Court on Friday, Raila said the electoral agency has failed the people of Kenya and the team should be prosecuted. "We have no faith in IEBC who committed criminal acts and they belong to jail. We will ask for prosecution of all the officials who have caused this," Raila said. He termed the Supreme Court verdict victory a triumph for the people of Kenya. The Court nullified Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election in the August 8 poll. Four judges ruled in favor of NASA's petition challenging the results, while two - Njoki Ndung'u and Jackton Ojwang - ruled against. "Presidential election was not conducted in accordance with the Constitution.The results are null and void," Chief Justice David Maraga said on Friday. This means that fresh elections must be held within 60 days after invalidation of the presidential results. "This is a triumph for the people of Kenya. Our journey to Canaan is unstoppable.. we are marching on and we shall get there," Raila said. Raila thanked his lawyers and the judges for a good job.

 

"For the first time, a ruling has been made by court nullifying the elections. I want to thank the judges for doing this for posterity of people of Kenya," he said. Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka said he was happy but noted that the IEBC must be punished. "I am happy to be a Kenyan today. We will have to look deeply into the conduct of IEBC. We do not have faith that they are capable of conducting a free and fair elections," he said. Siaya senator James Orengo said IEBC should not participate in the polls adding that "impunity must be punished not again in Kenya." "This supreme court has done Kenyans proud and has lived up to its principles," he said. Earlier, Maraga said the IEBC failed, neglected or refused to conduct election in keeping with laws. "We were satisfied that the election was not conducted as the constitution dictates," he said. But he noted that the Court found no evidence of misconduct on the part of the third respondent who is President Uhuru Kenyatta. NASA went to the Supreme Court to challenge the results of a presidential election, which it says was rigged. The Opposition wanted Uhuru's victory nullified. According to the IEBC, Uhuru won the August 8 election by 1.4 million votes. Last night the judges, aided by 40 experts, were burning the midnight oil at Nairobi’s Windsor Hotel, writing the judgment. - The Star

 

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Supreme Court upholds Raila's petition


Nairobi, Kenya: The Supreme Court has nullified President Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election and ordered a fresh presidential poll; two judges dissented while four upheld Raila’s petition. CJ David Maraga says the IEBC committed various illegalities affecting the integrity of the polls. The six-judge bench upheld a petition filed by NASA Presidential candidate Raila Odinga and his running mate Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka on August 18, 2017. In a split decision, CJ Maraga, his deputy Philemena Mwilu, Judges Smokin  Wanjala, Isaac Lenaola, upheld the petition on  the grounds that the election had not been conducted in accordance with the Constitution. Judge Njoki Ndung’u and Jackton Ojwang’ dissented. 


The next election must be held within 60 days. Justice David Maraga said they would issue the full judgement in 21 days explaining that it was not humanly possible to write one in the few days they had to do. The Chief justice however let dissenting judges Njoki Ndung’u and Jackton Ojwang’ to read their judgments. Judge Mohamed Ibrahim who is hospitalised did not render his judgement. Uhuru lawyer Ahamednassir Abdulahi called the verdict 'political' insisting that insisting that it did not reflect the will of the Kenyans who voted for Uhuru. Murang’a  Senator Irungu Kanga’ta  (Jubilee)  said the judgment was not good at all. Raila Odinga’s case was that: IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati announced the final presidential result without 11,000forms 34A and that some of the forms were submitted were forgeries.

Election was not conducted in accordance with the Constitution and the Election Act, including having party agents to sign result forms President Uhuru Kenyatta violated the Elections Act by threatening public officers and Cabinet secretaries to campaign for him IEBC used ungazetted polling stations and returning officers during the elections IEBC did not comply with the provisions of the (Technology) Regulation 10 of 2017, questioning whether the elections were fully electronic. In a robust defence, Uhuru’s counsel submitted that: IEBC followed the law and used Forms 34B to announce the winner; that the petitioner did not demonstrate discrepancies in figures to warrant annulling the vote.

All party agents  signed  the forms and there was no proof to show they were forged and that the election  complied with the Constitution and the sovereign will of the people prevailed President Uhuru Kenyatta told Chiefs they cannot engage in campaigns as they were public officers. That was not a threat. Cabinet secretaries are political appointees and not public officers and can engage in campaigns Technology was just to aid manual voting and that claims  of an algorithm  to generate results was fiction Raila Odinga’s case was that: IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati announced the final presidential result without 11,000forms 34A and that some of the forms were submitted were forgeries. Election was not conducted in accordance with the Constitution and the Election Act, including having party agents to sign result forms President Uhuru Kenyatta violated the Elections Act by threatening public officers and Cabinet secretaries to campaign for him IEBC used ungazetted polling stations and returning officers during the elections IEBC did not comply with the provisions of the (Technology) Regulation 10 of 2017, questioning whether the elections were fully electronic.

In a robust defence, Uhuru’s counsel submitted that: IEBC followed the law and used Forms 34B to announce the winner; that the petitioner did not demonstrate discrepancies in figures to warrant annulling the vote. All party agents  signed  the forms and there was no proof to show they were forged and that the election  complied with the Constitution and the sovereign will of the people prevailed President Uhuru Kenyatta told Chiefs they cannot engage in campaigns as they were public officers. That was not a threat. Cabinet secretaries are political appointees and not public officers and can engage in campaigns Technology was just to aid manual voting and that claims  of an algorithm  to generate results was fiction. - The Standard

 

 

Benefits Of Cucumber Juice


Drinking cucumber juice is a relatively new phenomenon but like other fruit and vegetable juices, it is a highly concentrated source of nutrients that can deliver a number of health benefits. Cucumber juice is prepared from cucumbers, which are long and dark green vegetables bearing the scientific name Cucumis sativus. This creeping vine plant is cultivated in many countries around the world, but it is primarily grown and distributed from China. Cucumbers are coated in a thick, waxy skin that helps to keep them fresh, making these vegetables highly prized in culinary applications. However, juicing this simple vegetable is another great option to access a concentrated form of its many healthy nutrients.


Cucumber juice is very rich in vitamin K and also contains significant levels of vitamin C, copper, magnesium,potassium, B-family vitamins, vitamin A, dietary fiber, electrolytes and other polyphenolic compounds that can impact the body. Unlike many other fruit juices, cucumber juice is much easier to make at home then to find in a store, since it isn’t particularly common. There are many different ways you can improve the flavor of cucumber juice or customize the recipes, making this a delicious and simple vegetable juice that can have a noticeable impact on your overall health.

Benefits Of Cucumber Juice
Some of the most important health effects of cucumber juice include strengthening the kidneys, controlling bleeding disorders, increasing bone mineral density, fighting cancer, boosting nervous system function, managing hormone production, improving the immune system, supporting vision health, optimizing the metabolism and keeping you hydrated, among others.


Prevents Osteoporosis
Packed with minerals like copper, magnesium and potassium, cucumber juice is excellent when it comes to bone health and increasing bone mineral density, which can help prevent osteoporosis and other age-related bone disorders.


Boosts Immunity
Notable levels of vitamin C in this juice make it a great choice for boosting the immune system. It can stimulate the production of white blood cells, which are the body’s first line of defense, and also behaves as an antioxidant, seeking out and neutralizing harmful free radicals.
Balances Hormone Levels
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Houston floods: Storm Harvey 'affected 100,000 homes'


About 100,000 homes have been affected by Storm Harvey and the flooding it brought to parts of the southern US, a White House aide has said. Homeland Security adviser Tom Bossert said the White House would ask Congress for emergency funding to help those affected, some of whom are uninsured. Meanwhile US President Donald Trump is said to have pledged $1m (£770,000) of his own money to the relief effort. At least 33 people have died since the storm hit Texas last Saturday. Firefighters have begun a door-to-door search for survivors and bodies in an operation that could take up to two weeks. Oil refineries and pipelines have been shut down, and a fire broke out at a chemical plant near Houston. More fires and possibly explosions are expected at the Arkema liquid organic peroxide plant, and the area around it has been evacuated up to a radius of 1.5 miles (2.4km). A hospital in Beaumont, east of Houston, was forced to evacuate patients on Thursday after the local water supply shut down. Military Black Hawk helicopters were used to airlift intensive care patients. Storm Harvey has now been downgraded to a tropical depression, but heavy rainfall is expected from Louisiana to Kentucky over the next three days and flood warnings remain in effect for south-east Texas and parts of south-west Louisiana.


How is the White House responding to the disaster?

At a news conference on Wednesday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott said the state could need more than $125bn (£97bn) from the federal government to help it recover. Mr Bossert told reporters that the administration would "put together a responsible supplemental request for Congress" for funds. He did not give a figure but said Governor Abbott had made a fair estimate of the cost. The request would be followed by a second one later when recovery needs were clearer, he said. "We're going to have damage to publicly owned infrastructure," he added. There were approximately 100,000 homes affected "all with differing degrees of insurance". Meanwhile White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that Mr Trump would "pledge, proudly, $1m of his own personal money to help the people of Texas and Louisiana". Vice-President Mike Pence and other cabinet members are in Texas meeting residents affected by the floods. Mr Trump himself is expected to make a second trip to the state on Saturday, and tentatively plans to visit the Houston area, Ms Sanders said. Parts of Texas have been hit by more than 50in of rainfall since Hurricane Harvey landed on 25 August, setting new records before it was downgraded to a tropical storm and, late on Wednesday, to a tropical depression. Firefighters began a door-to-door search of badly flooded areas of Houston on Thursday, to rescue survivors who are still stranded and recover the bodies of those who have died.

 

PRESIDENT UHURU KENYATTA WITH THE

NEW ELECTED JUBILEE GOVERNORS

 

 

Only in Kenya: Home-Made Three-Wheeled

‘Convertible Car’ Turns Heads in Nairobi


 
 Whoever said Kenyans are not inventive enough can take back their words. Lately, Kenya has stood up to be counted in the field of creative innovations. From making home-made cars to assembling a fully functional airplane and even a rocket, it is clear that we have brilliant minds. Our only let down is an education system that creates half-baked professionals who rely on ‘Mwakenya’ and cramming. Hopefully, that will change beginning next year when the government rolls out the new 2-6-3-3 education system. Speaking of innovations, our ‘Only in Kenya’ series has stumbled upon an interesting vehicular creation that is turning heads in Nairobi. In all honesty, we don’t know if it is a convertible, a nduthi, a tuktuk, or the Kenyan and cheaper version of the Batmobile. It was spotted somewhere in Kasarani constituency and it is quite the spectacle. - Diasporamessenger.com
 

 

After the ban of plastic bags in Kenya

 

 

PLO Lumumba's rural home secured by police

after threats following Supreme Court remarks


Police have beefed up security at the rural home of lawyer PLO Lumumba in Siaya County after workers there allegedly received death threats from unknown people. Area OCPD Paul Kiarie, who spent the entire Tuesday at the homestead in Usigu division, Bondo sub-county, investigating the source of the alleged threat, said four police officers have been stationed at the home. Mr Kiarie said police have received intelligence indicating that some people were planning to attack and destroy property at the home because of Lumumba’s remarks during the hearing of the presidential petition at the Supreme Court. Lumumba, who was representing IEBC in the case, has been viewed as a traitor by some NASA supporters and has been heavily trolled on social media by the alliance’s supporters since Monday evening after he represented his client. A worker told The Standard that unknown people hurled stones into the compound of the lawyer on Monday night soon after he made his submissions at the court in which he declared the NASA petition “dead on arrival” and asked the Supreme Court to dismiss it. The worker added that close friends who live in the locality had called to inform him of an alleged plot by some youths to burn the home down if the Supreme Court upholds President Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory.
 

 

 

Bitcoin exchange clocks highest rate of $4,812.00

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BITCOIN HITS RECORD HIGH HEADING TO $10,000 PER BITCOIN

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Kenya to phase out all passports by 2019 for electronic ones

The immigration department has rolled out the e-passports and announced the current passports will however remain in use for two years The new documents will bear the East African Community name and that of Kenya with an aim of showing unity in the region The A Series, B series, C series and diplomatic passports will cost Sh4,550, Sh6,050, Sh7,550 and Sh7,550, respectively and payments will be made via mobile phone or credit cards Kenyan passport holders will from today be required to replace the documents with electronic ones. The immigration department rolled out the e-passports and announced the current passports will however remain in use for two years as the rollout continues after which they will be rendered obsolete. The rollout is expected to cost the government Sh500 million and is being facilitated by a technology installed by the Pakistani Government. The new machines will now produce 2000 new passports daily up from the 800 they have been printing and it will take new applicants eight days to get the documents and three days for those renewing. Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i (Interior), Phylis Kandie (East African Community), Joe Mucheru (ICT) and energy's Charles Keter presided over the exercise, which will see those applying for the new documents issued with the new generation e-passports that feature a microchip with data about the holder.

 

The new documents will bear the East African Community name and that of Kenya with an aim of showing unity in the region. "Kenya has fully complied with standards and guidelines set by International Civil Aviation Organisation and EAC Chief of immigration on travel document design processing and issuance," said Matiang'i. He said the new document is highly secure and difficult to produce duplicates as it is enhanced with automated fingerprint verification system that guard against multiple passport issuance to the same person minimizing identity theft, data skimming and passport forgery. Matiang'i said the e-passport will assist Kenyans in easing travel, especially through use of the automated border clearances or e-gates facilities, automated issuance of the boarding passes and faster travel arrangements with airlines and immigration checks worldwide. "The deployment of the e-passport system will definitely strengthen the integrity and restore international confidence and rating of Kenyan passports," he said. Matiang'i also warned immigration officials against malpractices and revealed 12 officials had been sacked over various offences including corruption. He said plans are underway to synchronize identification documents for security reasons and challenged the department of national registration to fast track their programmes for the realization of the issue. Kenya becomes the second country after Burundi in the region to issue e-passports to its citizens. Those applying for the documents will do so as usual in Nairobi, Kisumu and Mombasa.

 

Ms Kandie said the start of the issuance of the documents becomes a reality 17 years since lobbying of the same started. To get the e-passport, applicants will be required to apply for a replacement passport and return their current ones. Information from the department says the e-passport will have an electronic chip holding the same information as the old model passport, alongside a biometric identifier, digital photograph of the holder and security features to prevent unauthorised use and forgery. Details of the passport will be registered with the ICAO. The e-passport will cost the same as the current passport, said director of immigration services Maj Gen (Rtd) Gordon Kihalangwa. "Applicants will be required to appear in person at our offices for photograph capture and finger prints," Maj-Gen (Rtd) Kihalangwa said. He added the A Series, B series, C series and diplomatic passports will cost Sh4,550, Sh6,050, Sh7,550 and Sh7,550, respectively and payments will be made via mobile phone or credit cards. "It facilitates faster clearance of travellers at immigration checks. It will allow the government to offer world-class consular services to Kenyans." The current ordinary EAC passports will also be phased out but passports with visas will remain valid. The move is part of the government's switching to e-system to improve efficiency and reduce security loopholes. For instance, since 2015, all foreigners visiting Kenya were required to apply for visas online through e-visa system. The government also rolled out the e-citizen, a one stop portal for information and service to help Kenyans get fast transactions online conveniently. All government agencies are interlinked through a new computer system — Integrated Population Registration System — for personal information of individuals. - The Standard.

 

A KENYAN LADY IN UK IS HAVING 12 BITCOINS IN HER WALLET


A Kenyan lady living in Dagenham, UK has 12 Bitcoins in her Blockchain Wallet. She bought her Bitcoin when the price was between $1,000 and $2,500 within 6 months. The price of the Bitcoin today is 31st August, 2017 is $4,633.82 against US Dollar.


That means today the lady (name withheld) is having $4,633.82 x 12 = $55,605.84.
That means:


a) $55,605.84 x KShs. 103 is equivalent to KShs. 5,727,401
b) The above is a Bitcoin Visa card with a pin and can be used anywhere in the world
c) The card can withdraw £800 in a ATM against ordinary card that with draws a maximum of £300
d) If the lady holds the Bitcoins in her wallet until the end of the year where it is said the cost of the Bitcoin will be over $10,000 the lady might make a kill.
e) If the lady continues to hold her Bitcoin up to 5 years where it said that the Bitcoin value will be more than $1 million the lady will retire comfortably.
f) Remember she bought her first Bitcoin at $800.
g) TIME WILL TELL.

 

 

KENYA HIGH COMMISSIONER IN THE UK ADMITTED

TO THE FREEDOM OF THE CITY OF LONDON

The Court of Common Council in the City of London has passed an order for the admission of the Kenya High Commissioner in the UK HE Lazarus Amayo to the Freedom of the City of London. The event took place on Wednesday 30th August, 2017 at the Chamberlain’s Court Room, Guildhall, London. The ceremony took place in the morning and was followed by a dinner in the afternoon in a London restaurant. The event was dominated by diplomats, Kenya High Commission staffs and a few Kenyans.The Freedom of the City is an honour conferred by a local authority like London upon a valued member of the community, a visiting celebrity or dignitary. The City from time to time invites individuals who have made a significant impact in their field to take up the Freedom to acknowledge their particular contribution. This category includes diplomats, clergy, actors, musicians and sportsmen among others. The presentation ceremony usually takes place in the Great Hall of the Guildhall before the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, Common Councilmen and invited guests.

On left is the High Commissioner HE Lazarus Amayo and his wife after being admitted to the Freedom of the City of London where he can now

lead a sheep through the city of London without being charged with several other city rights. On right receiving the Freedom Pass.

On left is the team of Ambassadors and High Commissioners who escorted Kenya's High Commissioner

to the ceremony. On right is the Kenya High Commissioner staff who came to support the High Commissioner

 

Over half a million Kenyans in Kenya have now invested in Bitcoin most of them in mining

 

 

WHITE MAIZE IS NOW READY TO BUY IN A LONDON FARM

White Maize from David Mwanaka's farm in North London is now ready. You can now visit their shop in North London. They have variety of products including White Maize (fresh and frozen), White Sweetcorn, Pumpkins, Pumpkin Leaves, Sweet Potatoes, Fresh Peanuts and Mustard Leaves (Tsunga). As the United Kingdom is colder than most places where white maize is grown, our maize has a unique taste. Because of this taste many people think that white maize has a better taste than normal sweetcorn. It is usually served in the same way as corn on the cob, but also tastes great when roasted. The kernels can also be crushed to make all kinds of dishes. Try it and you will be pleasantly surprised. We also grow many varieties of large sweet pumpkins. From the pumpkin plants we also supply pumpkin leaves which are a popular nutritious delicacy in many countries including China, Malaysia, India, large parts of Africa and South America. The farm shop is located at 744 Hertford Road, Enfield, London EN3 6PR. Opening times is Monday to Saturday – 10:30am to 5:30pm and on Sunday – 10:30am to 5pm. Directions to the shop: From M25 exit at junction 25 towards London Enfield. At traffic lights turn left into Bullsmoor Lane. If you are coming from London along the A10, turn right into Bullsmoor lane at the last set of traffic lights before the M25. At next junction with Esso filling station on left, turn right into Hertford Road. Nearest Train Station: Enfield Lock and Turkey Street (a few minutes walk). Buses: Bus route 279 runs past the shop. For order and more information please contact the man from Zimbabwe Mr. David Mwanaka on 07708572914

 

Some of the Products from Mwanaka's Shop in North London

 

 

THE MAN BEHIND THE WHIE MAIZE IN LONDON

Mwanaka Fresh Farm Foods is the brainchild of David Wilfred Mwanaka, an award winning writer and journalist. Born in Zimbabwe, David grew up eating white maize. When he came to Britain in the early 1990s, David was surprised to know that white maize was not grown or even known about. He missed eating white maize so much that he thought of growing the crop himself. David then started carrying out trials, growing white maize. After 6 years, David was confident he could grow white maize commercially in Britain. From such simple beginnings, helped by his wife Brenda and their three children Jonathan, Ruth and Miriam, the family now successfully grows white maize on a farm just outside London. As from 2007 David came up with another new product in the UK. That is White Sweetcorn, which is so popular as an alternative to yellow sweetcorn. Children love it and would advise you to put it on your list of 5 a day health eating. For that reason it quickly found its way onto shelves of supermarkets like Sainsbury’s and into UK top stores like Harrods and Selfridges.

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Freedom of the City

Some of the people who escorted the High Commissioner for the Freedom of the City of London event. From left is Mayor Elizabeth Kangethe, Sam Ochieng of Sacoma, Clerk of the Guild, former High Commissioner HE Joseph Muchemi, Mrs. Nelly Amayo, Professor Lawi Odero, High Commissioner and Patrick Orr the chairman of The Kenya Society.

 

One of the oldest surviving traditional ceremonies still in existence today, is believed to have been first presented in 1237.

History and origins

The medieval term 'freeman' meant someone who was not the property of a feudal lord but enjoyed privileges such as the right to earn money and own land. Town dwellers who were protected by the charter of their town or city were often free – hence the term 'freedom' of the City. From the Middle Ages and the Victorian era, the Freedom was the right to trade, enabling members of a Guild or Livery to carry out their trade or craft in the Square Mile. A fee or fine would be charged and in return the Livery Companies would ensure that the goods and services provided would be of the highest possible standards. In 1835, the Freedom was widened to incorporate not just members of Livery Companies but also people living or working in the City or those with a strong London connection.

Modern Freedom

Today most of the practical reasons for obtaining the Freedom of the City have disappeared. It nevertheless remains as a unique part of London’s history to which many people who have lived or worked in the City have been proud to be admitted. Prior to 1996, the Freedom was only open to British or Commonwealth Citizens. Now, however, it has been extended globally and persons of any nationality may be admitted either through nomination or by being presented by a Livery Company. There is a long standing tradition of admitting women. The City of London is keen to maintain the Freedom as a living tradition. The Freedom is open to all who are genuinely interested and invited or born to it. The City Freemen are a very broad cross-section of the population. The Freedom in the City today is still closely associated with membership of the City Livery Companies. Visit the Livery page for an insight into the fascinating history and modern role of the Livery.

 

One of the oldest surviving traditional ceremonies still in existence today, is believed to have been first presented in 1237.

History and origins

The medieval term 'freeman' meant someone who was not the property of a feudal lord but enjoyed privileges such as the right to earn money and own land. Town dwellers who were protected by the charter of their town or city were often free – hence the term 'freedom' of the City. From the Middle Ages and the Victorian era, the Freedom was the right to trade, enabling members of a Guild or Livery to carry out their trade or craft in the Square Mile. A fee or fine would be charged and in return the Livery Companies would ensure that the goods and services provided would be of the highest possible standards. In 1835, the Freedom was widened to incorporate not just members of Livery Companies but also people living or working in the City or those with a strong London connection.

Modern Freedom

Today most of the practical reasons for obtaining the Freedom of the City have disappeared. It nevertheless remains as a unique part of London’s history to which many people who have lived or worked in the City have been proud to be admitted. Prior to 1996, the Freedom was only open to British or Commonwealth Citizens. Now, however, it has been extended globally and persons of any nationality may be admitted either through nomination or by being presented by a Livery Company. There is a long standing tradition of admitting women. The City of London is keen to maintain the Freedom as a living tradition. The Freedom is open to all who are genuinely interested and invited or born to it. The City Freemen are a very broad cross-section of the population. The Freedom in the City today is still closely associated with membership of the City Livery Companies. Visit the Livery page for an insight into the fascinating history and modern role of the Livery.

 

 

 

Plastic bags ban forces Kenyans to improvise


Hilda Gacheri Bundi, made internet users go wild on when a picture of her carrying an improvised bag made of banana bark and leaves went viral. Tharaka Nithi County wove the banana leaves together to make an environment friendly bag as a means to comply with the plastic bags ban which took effect on Monday. Her school was opening on Tuesday but by 3pm she was not yet prepared. Hilda had no bag and getting one would cost her Sh200. She was also running late and needed to make a quick decision on how she would ferry her shopping to school. Faced with this dilemma, she thought, “Why not try this bag and save the money and time it would take to look for a new one?” - The Standard

 

Storm Harvey makes landfall for a second time


Storm Harvey has made landfall for a second time, bringing heavy rain to Louisiana after causing catastrophic flooding in Texas. The storm has killed at least 20 people and forced tens of thousands to leave their deluged homes in Houston and other parts of Texas. Although the weather system has weakened considerably, the National Hurricane Centre has warned "flooding rains" will drench southwestern parts of Louisiana. It is bringing maximum sustained winds of 45mph to the state. The latest forecast brings much-needed respite for the city of Houston, with less than 2.5cm of rain and potentially some sunshine expected on Wednesday. But the danger in Texas is far from over, with people in the city of Port Arthur struggling to evacuate their homes as floodwaters rise. Local officials are struggling to get to the scene to offer assistance, and residents have been urged to get to higher ground in the meantime. Port Arthur mayor Derrick Freeman said: "The city is underwater right now but we are coming!" After making its way through Louisiana, Harvey is expected to take its downpours northwards - with Arkansas, Tennessee and parts of Missouri on alert for floods in the coming days.

 

Donald Jones, a forecaster with the National Weather Service, said: "We aren't going to be dealing with it for too much longer. It's going to pick up the pace and get out of here." Nearly a third of Harris County, home to Houston, is currently underwater - an area 15 times the size of Manhattan. President Donald Trump visited the affected area on Tuesday, telling rescue organisers: "This was of epic proportion, nobody has ever seen anything like this." He later tweeted: "After witnessing first hand the horror & devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey, my heart goes out even more so to the great people of Texas!" Local officials say it may take days for all of the floodwaters here to recede, amid concerns that the number of known fatalities could begin to soar. The 20 confirmed dead so far include a former football coach who was helping to rescue people trapped in high water. Meanwhile, tributes have been paid to a Houston police sergeant who drowned as he attempted to drive to work on Sunday. And in Beaumont, a city northeast of Houston, a woman clutching her baby daughter was swept into a rain-swollen drainage canal. Police say the baby was saved but the mother died. According to local media reports, four volunteer rescuers are also missing after their boat was swept away by a fast-moving current. Houston is America's fourth-largest city, and officials are now preparing to temporarily house an estimated 19,000 people. Thousands more are expected to flee. At least 50,000 homes are known to have suffered flood damage, and this number is certain to rise. Analysts are predicting the economic cost of Harvey could reach $75bn (£38bn) in southeast Texas alone.
 

 

 

Liverpool agree £40m deal for Arsenal midfielder

Oxlade-Chamberlain joined Arsenal from Southampton in August 2011 Liverpool have agreed a £40m deal to sign Arsenal and England midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. The 24-year-old rejected a move to Chelsea on Tuesday after a fee had been agreed. Oxlade-Chamberlain has started each of Arsenal's four games so far this season despite telling manager Arsene Wenger he would not sign a new contract. He has made 198 appearances for Arsenal since joining them from Southampton in August 2011. The fee would have been Liverpool's club record deal, but the Reds have agreed to sign RB Leipzig's Naby Keita next summer for £48m. So far this summer, Liverpool have signed winger Mohamed Salah from Roma for £34m, full-back Andrew Robertson from Hull for £8m and striker Dominic Solanke after his contract at Chelsea expired. Liverpool have also been pursuing Monaco's £75m-rated winger Thomas Lemar and Southampton centre-back Virgil van Dijk, while the Reds' Brazil forward Philippe Coutinho remains Barcelona's number one transfer target. Belgium striker Divock Origi could leave Anfield and join Bundesliga side Wolfsburg on loan before the transfer window closes on Thursday. The 22-year-old is highly rated by Reds manager Jurgen Klopp but the imminent arrival of Oxlade-Chamberlain from Arsenal means his chances in attack are likely to be restricted this season. Origi wants regular football throughout Belgium's build-up to next summer's World Cup and Liverpool will also be eager to see the talented young forward continue his progress, so it is expected he will leave Anfield before the deadline.

 

 

President Uhuru Kenyatta's three-faced

strategy to dismantle Raila's petition


President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday set out to demolish the petition by his rival, Raila Odinga, as he tried to convince the Supreme Court that he fairly and convincingly won the presidential election. Maintaining that he had won the election with a big margin, President Kenyatta, through his lawyers, said the Supreme Court has no powers to overturn the will of the people. Kenyatta adopted a three-phase approach to dismantle Raila's case, at the same time insisting that the General Election was conducted in a free and fair manner. The incumbent, in his reply presented by lawyers Ahmednasir Abdullahi, Fred Ngatia, and Tom Macharia, relied on the evidence given by Raila, the law, and statistics to buttress his assertion that he won a clean sweep. Lawyer Abdullahi opened the submissions with an argument that the Supreme Court should stick to the 2013 judgment, which validated President Kenyatta as legitimately elected.

He argued that the former Prime Minister's case was not about a political contest but would determine whether the 15 million votes cast will be rendered useless on account of an individual's right to seek power. The senior lawyer termed the opposition leader's case as "science fiction that would only interest Hollywood directors". According to him, the numbers presented to the court plus the evidence by the National Super Alliance (NASA) presidential candidate were woven lies that no one would admit, even without a defence. "For the court to agree with the petitioner, it will decide that the votes cast by Kenyans do not count," he submitted. Even if you expunge our documents, this petition will still be dismissed. These are allegations without any evidence. It is a piece of science fiction that only Hollywood directors would be interested in, "said Abdullahi. According to the lawyer, Opposition leaders Raila and Kalonzo Musyoka had not provided any solid substance to back their claims of electoral irregularities.

In any event, he argued, the elections were carried out in accordance with Raila and Mr Musyoka's will, the two having instigated electoral reforms in 2016 leading to disbandment of the Isaack Hassan-led electoral commission. Mr Abdullahi added that NASA then went on a 'litigation spree' to contest every decision made by the electoral commission to get what they demanded, and should not turn around to claim that what they had demanded was not complied with. "The election was done in accordance with the law, invalidating it will mean deconstructing Article 140 of the Constitution and telling Kenyans that what they did was invalid and that they violated their own rights by voting for President Kenyatta," he said. He revisited the Supreme Court case of 2013 between Raila and Kenyatta, arguing that it was a concrete decision and that the current judges cannot depart from what was ruled. He submitted that the decision settled the historical questions regarding disputed presidential elections, and that unless there was evidence of ineligible voters being allowed to vote, then any other evidence cannot justify cancelling the elections. "The court can only invalidate the election if it is confirmed that an area like Mandera had 20,000 unregistered voters casting their votes of 30,000 people being imported from Uganda to vote in Busia," said Abdullahi. - The Standard.

 

Bitcoin hits a new record with an exchange rate of $4,603.98 against the dollar today (29th Aug. 2017)

 

 

WATCH THIS SPACE

It is said that the Bitcoin will be worth over $10,000 by the end of this year

and

The Bitcoin will be worth over $1 million within the next THREE YEARS.

That is the rumours within the business circles as China businessmen now

preferring being paid up with Bitcoin instead of Credit Cards.

How true is this? TIME WILL TELL.

See the movement of the Bitcoin in the last 3 months below:

 

 

Storm Harvey flooding in Texas is of 'epic proportion'


Donald Trump has said flooding in Texas is of "epic proportion" as he visited the state to survey damage from storm Harvey. At least 11 people, including an on-duty police officer, have been killed by the slow-moving storm in Texas, but many others have been reported missing and that number is expected to rise. The US President flew into Corpus Christi, where the storm initially made landfall, but he will not travel to Houston which has been affected the most severely by flooding. He told rescue organisers: "This was of epic proportion, nobody has ever seen anything like this." On Tuesday, officials confirmed a levee south of Houston has been breached and two reservoir dams that protect the centre of the city have begun overflowing as floodwaters continue to rise following the storm. Brazoria County authorities warned residents to "get out now!" after the levee at Columbia Lakes began overflowing following five consecutive days of heavy rain. Engineers began releasing water from the 70-year-old Addicks and Barker reservoirs on Monday to ease the strain on the dams. But the release was not enough to relieve the pressure after one of the heaviest downpours in US history, the Army Corps of Engineers said. Jeff Lindner, of the Harris County Flood Control District, said the release of water means more homes and streets will flood, with some houses potentially under water for up to a month. The mayor of Houston, Sylvester Turner, confirmed that 60-year-old Sergeant Steve Perez was killed in flooding on Sunday after he was caught in floodwaters while driving to his post. His body was recovered on Tuesday. A family of six is also thought to be among the victims after their vehicle was swept off a bridge by the water.
 

 

Kenya man charged for threatening people with a gun in Iowa

CEDAR RAPIDS — A Kenyan national is accused of illegally having a rifle that witnesses said he was using to threaten passers-by on Saturday 26th August, 2017. Kevin O. Naholi, 40, was charged Monday in U.S. District Court with possession of a firearm by an undocumented immigrant. Witnesses told Cedar Rapids police that Naholi was outside his house, 1607 11th Ave. SW, holding a long gun and threatening people. Naholi was held Monday without bond pending grand jury indictment. An criminal complaint affidavit shows that before officers arrived about 6:45 p.m. Saturday, Naholi went back inside his house and refused to come out. His wife came out to talk with police and his son came to the house and told officers his father had firearms, which the son said he thought might lead to a problem. Naholi’s wife and son couldn’t coax him out of the house and police wouldn’t let them go inside for their own protection, the complaint states. Authorities negotiated with Naholi over 11 hours until about 4:30 a.m. Sunday when a Cedar Rapids police special response unit entered the home and removed Naholi, the affidavit shows. Officers then conducted a search of the house, which Naholi’s wife approved because she owns it, and they found a .22 caliber Winchester rifle. Naholi lawfully entered the United States in 2003 under a student visa but it was terminated in 2004 after he failed to enroll in school, court documents show. He was taken into custody by Immigration and Customs Enforcement and placed in removal proceedings. Those proceedings were terminated in 2016 after Naholi made plans to pursue becoming a naturalized citizen. His request, however, was denied in June. If convicted, Naholi faces up to 10 years in prison. - Source link-thegazette.com

 

 

Uhuru relaxes on Kenya tour as lawyers battle NASA petition

President Uhuru Kenyatta at an undisclosed park as his lawyers battled the petition

filed by Raila Odinga who was his competitor in the recent polls, August 29, 2017. /PSCU


President Uhuru Kenyatta is enjoying a tour of Kenya days before the Supreme Court makes a ruling on a petition again his poll victory. He on Tuesday posted pictures of him at Ithumba in the Tsavo National Park. The head of state, on his official twitter page, asked Kenyans to keep the peace as the country awaits the ruling. Uhuru is the third respondent in petition filed by Raila Odinga. The NASA leader is challenging his declaration as the winner of the August 8 presidential race. "Sharing some moments with our magnificent national heritage as we await the conclusion of the judicial process. Keep the peace," he said. The post drew mixed reactions from his followers, some of whom lauded the President for promoting domestic tourism. While he was at the expedition, his lawyers were battling in court ahead of the September 1 ruling. - The Star

 

The Leader who Never Led

The Siberian Tiger is the largest of the Big Cats. Almost all documentaries show that the Siberian Tiger will fatally devour a male lion. The tiger bite is stronger. But while wrestlers are stronger, it’s the kings who rule the kingdom. Muscles don’t make someone a king.

You can have the best ideas and die poor. You can be the most eloquent speaker and never be invited for any serious speaking engagement. You can be the most gifted singer and never sell an album. You can have the best academic credentials and never rise beyond clerical work. You can be the best preacher and never pastor a church.

You can be a marriage counselor and ruin your own marriage. You can be the most beautiful girl in your circles and never get married. You can be the most outstanding beauty and never win a beauty pageant. You can be very talented in writing and never publish a book. You can have very high I.Q. and never graduate with a college degree. You can be the most liquid politician and never win an election.

The missing link in all these instances is personal leadership. Leading your gift. Leading your life. Taking full charge. Commanding your life, not allow free fall. Taming cravings and unleashing potential. Regrettably, most of us tame potential and let loose the cravings.

But why do we really consider lion the king of the jungle and not the more ferocious tiger?

Tigers are solitary animals. They lead nobody. Lions rule over organized kingdoms. They rule over a pride of about 20 lionesses. Secondly, lions, just like kings don’t ‘work.’ The feed from the pride’s kill. Thirdly, lions are fighters. They spend their entire lives fighting. They fight to take over and maintain the pride. Kings spend their lifetimes defending the kingdom. Fourthly and not exhaustively, lions are crowned kings by a beautiful mane that they also use for defense.

Analogically, the leader within you need to lead. To lead the self. You were created for dominion. Secondly, the leader within you was not designed for employment. Rather, for deployment. Not to work for money 24/7 but to create a system that can feed you for life as you pursue your purpose. Third, life doesn’t give you what you deserve but what you demand. You’ve got to fight for your space. Just like the jungle, this life has no space for weaklings. Fourthly, you’ve been declared and crowned a king from your country of origin. By order from the kingdom that will never end.

It’s interesting that the only two animals that God has been likened to in the bible is the lion and the eagle. The king of the jungle and the king of the air.

Could you be the tiger, the leader that never led?

There’s a lion on your inside. You’ve domesticated potential far too long. The lion in you is dying in the zoo of averageness. He was born free but you rendered him captive. A refugee who begs for hand-outs and favours. His time has come to be freed from captivity and loosed back to the wild. Back to his true identity. Back to who he truly was. The heavy chains of captivity must now be broken.

I boldly say, ‘You were born a leader.’ But if you don’t know who you are, you’ll live below your privileges. If you don’t know whose you are, you’ll die a servant. Always serving other people’s initiatives. Till you connect with who you are, you’ll never reap the ripe fruits of the land. You’ll be bypassed by opportunities around you. You’ll live and perish a complainer.

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Moses Wetang’ula’s bodyguard Simon Lonyai fired
Nasa co-principal Moses Wetangula’s bodyguard has been dismissed from the National Police Service after an altercation at Supreme Court on Monday. Constable Simon Lonyang’, who served at the General Service Unit, was disarmed and arrested after a bitterconfrontation with Central police chief Robinson Thuku who tried to restrict him from entering the court compound with a pistol contrary to a no-arms-beyond-this-point poster.

 

 

 

 

Donald Trump vows help over 'historic' Tropical Storm Harvey disaster


Donald Trump has declared "there's never been anything like" flooding across Texas as he predicted a "very expensive" recovery operation. Around 30,000 people could be forced into shelters by severe rainfall dumped on the state by Tropical Storm Harvey, with weather alerts also issued in Louisiana and Mississippi. Half a million people are expected to need emergency help, with the worst of the weather yet to recede. On the eve of his planned trip to the disaster zone with First Lady Melania Trump on Tuesday, the US President said: "It's the biggest ever, they are saying it is the biggest, it's historic. "It is a historic amount of water, there's never been anything like it." The storm is set to bring more downpours to Houston, the state's biggest city, with the life-threatening flooding predicted to peak on Wednesday and Thursday. Up to 20 more inches of rain could fall in the coming days, on top of the 30 inches some areas have experienced so far. More than 75,000 emergency calls have been processed by Houston's services since Harvey first hit the city. At least 2,000 people have been rescued so far as a result of the storm, with 12,000 troops deployed to assist with search and rescue efforts. Mr Trump said he would speak to the US Congress about boosting emergency funds.

 

 

 

 

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Justice Mohamed Ibrahim falls sick, misses petition hearing


Supreme Court judge Mohamed Ibrahim will not attend Tuesday's hearings as he has fallen sick. A doctor is attending to Ibrahim, Chief Justice David Maraga said, adding they could not wait for him to return. "...because of pressure of time we will start without him." Others in the team handling the petition are Deputy CJ Philomena Mwilu and Justices Jackton Ojwang’, Njoki Ndung’u, Smokin Wanjala and Isaac Lenaola. - The Star

 

 

'We will exterminate North Korea's leadership': Seoul drops eight bombs near border and threatens to depose

Kim Jong-un who says U.S. will be to blame for 'catastrophic consequences' after he launched a missile over Japan
 

 

Texas floods disaster to worsen, with up

to 30,000 people forced into shelters


More flooding is expected to force up to 30,000 people in Texas into shelters, with "life-threatening" conditions predicted in the coming days. Tropical storm Harvey is set to dump more rain on Houston throughout Monday, with forecasters warning the flooding will peak on Wednesday and Thursday. State governor Gregg Abbott is activating the entire Texas National Guard for search and rescue efforts, bringing the total deployment to roughly 12,000, saying it is "imperative we do everything possible" to protect lives. Officials in Houston have responded to more than 5,500 emergency calls and more than 2,000 people have been rescued. The US Army Corps, which has been helping the relief effort, said it will be forced to release water from two reservoirs near the city into a bayou running through Houston. "If we don't release now, the volume of uncontrolled water around the dams will be higher and have a greater impact on the surrounding communities," said Colonel Lars Zetterstrom. Brock Long, head of the US Federal Emergency Management Agency, described the worst flooding to hit Texas in 50 years as a "landmark event".

 

He added 450,000 people are expected to seek disaster recovery aid. Homeland security secretary Elaine Duke also warned of "life-threatening flooding" and cautioned: "We are not out of the woods yet, not by a long shot." Up to 20 more inches of rain could fall in the coming days, on top of the 30 inches some areas have experienced so far. Irish teenager Shauntelle Tynan, who is receiving specialist cancer treatment in the US, is among those waiting for rescue from Houston by air or boat as she battles infection and fever. The 19-year-old is in need of a blood transfusion to cope with the side-effects of her last round of chemotherapy. Earlier this year, she raised more than 700,000 euros (£594,000) for potentially life-saving treatment after her online posts went viral. Ms Tynan's mother told RTE Radio: "We are in a situation now where we need to get her to the hospital and we don't know how we are going to do that." The Tynan family are currently holed up on the fourth floor of an apartment building. Storm Harvey has devastated parts of Texas, including Houston - the fourth biggest city in the US - since it came ashore on Friday as a Category 4 hurricane. It has since been downgraded, but is still causing catastrophic flooding across the state. With the storm moving eastwards, Louisiana is also bracing for the worst. President Donald Trump has approved an emergency aid request after forecasters predicted it would experience some of the heaviest rain. Mr Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will travel to Texas on Tuesday.

 

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Polish-born 'drink driver', 31, in court over M1 smash


Polish-born Ryszard Masierak, 31, of Evesham, Worcestershire, sobbed in the dock at High Wycombe Magistrates' Court today (right) where he appeared in connection with Britain's most deadly road crash for a generation. Six men and two women travelling in a minibus including its much-loved driver Cyriac Joseph (top left) and IT expert Vivek Baskaran (bottom left) died in the worst tragedy on Britain's roads for nearly 25 years. Their minibus is said to have swerved to avoid Masierak's stationary Scania lorry in lane one only to be 'squashed flat' (inset) as it collided with a second lorry in lane two near Newport Pagnell at 3.15am on Saturday morning. Masierak, whose former flatmate said he is living in his car after splitting with his wife, is accused of eight counts of causing death by dangerous, four counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and drink driving. Mr Joseph's son Benson, wife Ancy and daughter Bennita prayed for him in church yesterday (bottom right) at a special memorial service in his honour in Nottingham yesterday. - CLICK HERE FOR FULL STORY

 

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Traders, shoppers embrace new carrier bags


Vendors at Nakuru’s Wakulima Market sell eco-friendly carrier bags on August 27, 2017. Supermarkets mainly opted for non-woven bags.
 

Kenyans on Monday appeared to have embraced the ban on plastic bags, with most small-scale traders and hawkers using recommended packages for their merchandise. In many parts of the country, shoppers were seen carrying environment-friendly alternatives such as the non-woven carrier bags and various types of baskets as the ban took effect Monday. Indeed, it was hard to spot anyone openly carrying a polythene bag.


COMPLIANCE
The National Environmental Management Authority (Nema) sent out eight teams of inspectors in Nairobi to start monitoring the ban. Chief corporate communications manager Evans Nyabuto said Nema’s director-general, Prof Geoffrey Wahungu, had dispatched the team to go around factories and supermarkets checking non-compliance and advising those who have not complied to do so. “Currently we are not making arrests as has been claimed, but just confirming that the ban has been adhered to,” Mr Nyabuto said.


WARNING
Nema also announced that no one should be harassed by police for failing to obey the ban, with head of inspection Wachira Bore saying their teams would in the next two weeks issue verbal warnings to those found with plastic bags. “If one has a large stock they will confiscate it. But no penalties yet unless after the first warning one is found flouting the law a second time. And it is Nema to prosecute not the police,” he said. In Nairobi, a number of butcheries the Nation visited have switched to grease-proof paper for wrapping meat, as miraa (khat) vendors opted for khaki paper bags.


HEALTH
The streets were swamped with hawkers who overnight had switched from whatever else they had been selling to alternative bags of all sorts including nylon tote shoulder travel bags that they encouraged pedestrians to buy to beat the polythene bags ban. In abattoirs across Nairobi, plastic bags were being checked from the animals that were being slaughtered, with workers finding polythene bags in the stomachs of some of the slaughtered animals. Supermarkets mainly opted for non-woven bags. Most stores sold the bags for a few shillings. But Choppies was packing items in old cartons or wrapping them in newspapers.


PURCHASE COST
Nakumatt, which was the first retail store to obey the ban, had ran out of bags at its Moi Avenue branch in Nairobi and customers without their own bags had to carry their shopping exposed. Mr Simon Murage, the branch manager, said the bags had ran out on Sunday night, but they were expecting more. The store was not charging for their carrier bags. At Eastmatt Tom Mboya branch, Mr Moses Mwangi, the branch manager, said they were selling the small non-woven bag for Sh5 and a bigger sack-like bag for Sh25. At Tuskys, the bags were going for Sh5 and Sh10 for the bigger ones.


PACKAGING
Mr Mwangi however said there were customers who preferred to have their shopping packed in cartons or empty khaki flour bags for free. “Interestingly, like half of the customers are walking in with their own packing material,” he added. Naivas supermarket had their labelled non-woven carrier bags in four sizes, with the price ranging from Sh5 to Sh30. At fast-food restaurants and eateries, especially those selling chips (French fries), customers had their takeaway orders in khaki bags with some complaining about the ban. “I have been given chips and chicken in this bag and I do not even know if it will successfully reach my destination. "This is bad, but we cannot do anything,” a customer from a fast-food joint in the city centre said.


QUALITY
At City Market, fish mongers, meat and chicken sellers complained that the bags were of low quality and left colour traces on what they packed for their customers. “Customer numbers have gone down as most do not want to part with more money to buy the same thing. The bags are also of low quality yet expensive,” Ms Grace Miruka, a fishmonger, said. Polythene bags wholesalers also switched to the alternatives.


EXPENSE
Asami Packaging Ltd in the city was for the better part of Monday morning busy with customers seeking to buy alternative packaging materials.The cost of the new bags was an issue with Ms Jenipher Wahome, a clothes retailer at Old Business Centre, complaining about the hefty amounts they have to pay for the alternatives. “We just ordered the non-woven bags, which will cost us Sh500 for 50 bags, compared with the plastics, which only cost Sh280 for 50 bags. - Daily Nation.

 

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Petition: List of data Nasa to access from Independent

Electoral and Boundaries Commission servers


NAIROBI, KENYA: Kenya’s Supreme Court on Monday granted National Super Alliance (NASA) access to a number of documents from  Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commisssion (IEBC) in the ongoing 2017 election petition. The court's order includes access to log in trail of users and equipments into the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commisssion’s server, and administrative access log into IEBC’s public portal between August 5-to-date. Justice Isaac Lenaola who delivered the order (See below listed orders) said Registrar of the court will supervise access of original copies of the forms 34a and 34b and a report to be filed on Tuesday 29 at 5pm and parties will be at liberty to submit on it at the end of the hearing.


Data NASA to access from IEBC

Log in trail of users and equipments into the IEBC servers


Log in trail of users and equipments into Kenya Integrated Elections Management System (KIEMS) data base management system


Administrative access log into IEBC public portal between August 5-to date


Certified copies of the original forms 34a 34b 34 c prepared at and obtained from the polling stations by the presiding officers and used to generate final tally of presidential election


Forms 34a 34b 34 c from all the 40,800 polling stations


Scanned and transmitted copies of forms 34a, 34b


Firewalls without disclosure of software version, password policy


Password metrix


Certified copies of certificate of penetration test conducted on IEBC election technology system prior to and during 2017 election. This will include certified copies of all reports prepared and certified copies of certificates by professionals.


Specific GPRS location of each Kenya Integrated Elections Management System (KIEMS) kit used during election between 5-11 August 2017
Certified list of all Kenya Integrated Elections Management System kit procured but not used and or deployed during the election.
Polling stations for each Kenya Integrated Elections Management System  kit used and or deployed during the elections.
In results announced by IEBC, President Uhuru Kenyatta defeated Raila Odinga by 1.4million votes but Raila is disputing the outcome alleging possible hacking of IEBC servers. The IEBC declaration ignited pockets of protests mainly in the opposition stronghold with deaths reported in some areas.

 

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NASA evidently blowing smoke, has no smoking gun: IEBC

NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 27 – As the world waited on the much touted match between boxing heavyweights Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor, Kenya’s political heavyweights dueled it out before the Supreme Court, just hours earlier.

The bone of contention, an application by co-petitioners Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka for court ordered “unfettered” access to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission’s Servers and not only theirs, but to KIEMS system service providers Safran’s as well.

Odinga and Musyoka have also applied for access to the original, famed Form 34As and Bs which, respectively, are the official record of the number of votes each of the eight presidential candidates got in the August 8 election.

And while the IEBC made a concession where the forms are concerned, they, together with President Uhuru Kenyatta’s legal team – the respondents – presented the petitioners’ request to access the servers and systems as impractical to achieve in the limited constitutional timelines provided for the hearing and determination of the petition.

The petitioners’ position, as argued by Senior Counsel James Orengo was that it would take no more than a few hours but gave estimations ranging from 30 minutes to one hour to between two and three, to 18 hours and finally back down to five hours.

His co-counsel and former Ombudsman Otiende Amollo asked the court to give the party up to mid-morning Monday, should they be granted access to the information they sought, to report back to the court with their findings.

More fundamentally, the IEBC and President Kenyatta’s legal teams led by Paul Muite and Fred Ngatia respectively, said it was not only unorthodox but counter to legal practice, to allow the petitioners to introduce new evidence once their case was already filed; making the case that the court was compelled to make their determination based on the evidence before it.

Such an application, IEBC Chairperson Wafula Chebukati’s legal representative Issa Mansour submitted, should have properly been made before the petitioner filed their petition if they intended to rely on said evidence. “This is an application that should have been made seven days ago.”

President Kenyatta’s counsel Ahmednasir Abdullahi was of the same mind, submitting that in essence, Odinga had in his own affidavit in support of the application, admitted that they had no case absent the “fishing expedition.”

The respondents also took the petitioners to task over public statements they had made to the effect that they were already in possession of evidence that the IEBC’s systems were hacked even going as far as to claim that slain IEBC ICT manager Chris Msando’s access codes were used posthumously the afternoon of the election.

Justice Isaac Lenaola himself questioned how the petitioners, should they be granted access to the information they seek, inform the court of their findings given the deadlines for entering evidence are long past.

The judges who were adamant that the hearing proper of the petition must commence on Sunday, having held the pre-trial conference on Saturday, will deliver their ruling on the application at 2pm Sunday before proceeding to hear the petition at 3pm.

They will also be ruling on the applications of various parties including the Attorney General and Law Society of Kenya, to be enjoined as friends of the court. -capitalfm.co.ke

 

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Police disperse NASA MPs, supporters outside

Supreme Court in Sunday afternoon drama


A group of MPs and their supporters led by John Mbadi, Simba Arati, Gladys Wanga, Opiyo Wandayi and Narok Senator Ledama Olekina were Sunday barred by police from accessing the Supreme Court precincts. The politicians made good their threats and had walked towards the Supreme Court before armed police officers stopped and pushed them back to near Intercontinental Hotel in the Sunday afternoon drama. Police told them to put off a public address system they had. The officers told the leaders to pray near the precincts with their PA system off because it was noisy and disrupting business there. The MPs protested police move and pronouncements saying it was their right to pray whenever they wanted. They told their supporters not to fear and instead come out for prayers and vigil there when asked to. Police had said they would not allow anyone to assemble outside Supreme Court and deployed heavily. The presidential petition proceedings are taking place at the Supreme Court. - Sunday Standard

 

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Nairobi heavily guarded as police keep away NASA supporters


Police spread their grip to major city informal settlements keeping away NASA supporters who planned to stage a vigil outside the Supreme Court. Whereas on Saturday contingents of police blocked major roads near the court, the operation was spread to the informal settlements where officers patrolled on foot discouraging pedestrians from "going to town". The petition against the election of President Uhuru Kenyatta started Saturday amid tight security around and within the precincts of the Supreme Court. Nairobi police boss Japheth Koome said the move was aimed at ensuring judges had a humble environment to make their decisions. "We don't want the groups to come and disrupt peace. Let them stay away and wait the outcome," he said. Pedestrians around Supreme Court were also turned away by police. NASA cried foul over the move to prevent their supporters from holding a prayer vigil at the Court and called on them to ignore the police order and hold peaceful prayers. But their attempts were thwarted with the heavy deployments of police in the city. They had asked police to provide them with security during the prayer meeting. - Sunday Standard

 

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Floyd Mayweather stops Conor McGregor in 10th round in Las Vegas


Floyd Mayweather extended his perfect career record to 50 fights unbeaten by stopping Conor McGregor in the 10th round of one of the richest bouts in boxing history. The former five-weight world champion faced flurries of early punches from UFC's most iconic figure, who was making his debut in professional boxing at Las Vegas' T-Mobile Arena. McGregor delivered a crisp uppercut in round one and, though he edged close to breaking the rules with several punches to the back of the head, he imposed himself admirably without ever looking as though he would knock out Mayweather. The American, who came out of retirement for a potential $300m (£230m) pay day, executed a gameplan which pounced on McGregor's lack of conditioning for the late rounds which prove so key on big fight nights. As the Irishman tired, Mayweather upped his ferocity and by round nine the 40-year-old began to stalk his opponent, whose legs were weakening under more successful shots. And in the 10th, with McGregor again near the ropes and offering little, the fight - which followed weeks of manic build-up, spiteful words and chaos - was over. He was not bowled over by a conclusive blow, but with Mayweather throwing rapidly, his target was left too vulnerable. Referee Robert Byrd's stoppage may have arrived too early for some, as McGregor's early effort led to a belief inside the arena he could pull off the biggest upset in the history of the sport. But the 29-year-old was wilting and was down 89-81 89-82 87-83 on the ringside cards when the stoppage came. His effort and display should be commended, but Mayweather's poise and invincibility remain constant into retirement. Mayweather said: "He was a lot better than I thought. But I was the better man. I guaranteed everybody this would not go the distance. Boxing's reputation was on the line." McGregor, who said he would return to the UFC but would not rule out boxing again, said: "I thought it was close and I thought it was a bit of an early stoppage. I was just a little fatigued."

 

Lawyers fail to agree on petition issues

Lawyers Peter Kaluma (left) for Nasa and Paul Muite for IEBC address Supreme Court Registrar Esther Nyaiyaki at the Supreme Court on August 26, 2017 during mention of the election petition. Lawyers handling the presidential election petition have failed to agree on the issues to be tackled by the Supreme Court ahead of the pretrial forum due at 7pm. The court's Registrar, Ms Esther Nyaiyaki, has left the matter to the judges. The parties: the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, its chairman Wafula Chebukati, Nasa and President Uhuru Kenyatta had convened at the Supreme Court to file their lists of contested and non-contested issues. Jubilee Party said it has five issues for determination while Nasa has 28 issues. On the other hand, IEBC has two. They are: whether Uhuru Kenyatta was validly elected and declared the winner and the reliefs to be granted by the Supreme Court. - Daily Nation.

 

 

 

A KENYAN COUPLE IN LONDON RIDES IN

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SUPREME COURT JUDGES


(Left - Right) Hon Lady Justice Njoki S. Ndungu, Hon. Justice (Prof.) Jackton Boma Ojwang, Hon. Lady Justice Philomena Mbete Mwilu (Deputy Chief Justice), Hon. Justice David K. Maraga (Chief Justice), Hon. Justice Mohammed K. Ibrahim, Hon. Justice Dr Smokin C. Wanjala and Hon Justice Isaac Lenaola. August 26, 2017.

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 Two men arrested after eight killed in M1 crash near Milton Keynes, UK

Eight people have died after a crash involving two lorries and a minibus on the M1 near Milton Keynes. Two men - a 31-year-old from Worcestershire and a 53-year-old from Stoke-on-Trent - have been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. The former is also in custody on suspicion of driving while over the alcohol limit following the collision at just before 3.15am on Saturday. The vehicles collided while travelling on the southbound carriageway between junctions 15 and 14. Four people, including one child, were taken to hospital with injuries. All those killed and injured were travelling in the minibus. Ollie Miller, who drove past the scene on Saturday morning, told Sky News: "It looked horrible, the two lorries were smashed badly and I could see a car or minibus underneath one of the lorries. It was totally destroyed, the car/minibus was basically flat." It is believed the minibus had travelled from the Nottingham area. Motorists are advised to avoid the area while emergency services work at the scene. The southbound carriageway between J15 and J14, close to Newport Pagnell, will remain closed for a significant amount of time, police said. Chief Inspector Henry Parsons said: "Emergency services are currently on the scene responding to this collision and road closures are in place. "We would ask all motorists to please avoid the area, use alternative routes and await further updates before attempting to travel on this route. We appreciate motorists' patience while we deal with this serious incident.

 

Four bodies found at Kisumu beach, Nyong'o piles pressure on police

 

Two men in their 60s have been killed in a plane crash in Dorset, UK. The pilot, a 64-year-old from

Blandford, and his passenger, a 67-year-old from Shaftesbury, were confirmed dead after their

Tiger Moth plane came down near Compton Abbas Airfield.
 

 

Chinese businessmen now prefer Bitcoin than the US Dollar

 

A KENYAN LADY HAS PASSED AWAY IN TEXAS, USA


A Kenyan lady has passed away in Texas, USA on Friday 25th August, 2017. With the family’s permission, we regret to inform you of the passing on of Susan Njeri Kariuki of Karisan Media at Texas Presbyterian hospital in Plano. Further details to come later. For more info until further details are availed, you can reach Waithera Waigwa at 214-726-6839, David Gachie 410-900-4527 or Grace Chege 214-616-9894. - By Jambo News

 

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Donald Trump signs disaster proclamation as Hurricane Harvey hits Texas


 Donald Trump has signed a disaster proclamation as he faces his first major emergency as President. Billed as the strongest hurricane to hit the US in 12 years, Hurricane Harvey landed on a stretch of coastline near the town of Rockport at around 10pm local time (4am UK time) bringing "life threatening" winds of 130mph. Power to some homes was knocked out, and signs and pieces of palm tree littered the streets as the category 3 storm took hold. There are also reports of roofs collapsing into houses, trees being uprooted and buildings being destroyed. The storm is expected to dump more than 3ft (90cm) of rain along the Texas coast and parts of Louisiana over several days. Harvey has been compared to one of America's deadliest storms - Hurricane Katrina - which killed more than a thousand people in New Orleans in 2005. New Orleans does not lie in Harvey's direct path. Donald Trump wrote on Twitter: "At the request of the Governor of Texas, I have signed the Disaster Proclamation, which unleashes the full force of government help!" The President is currently in Camp David "closely watching the path and doings of Hurricane Harvey".


 He earlier encouraged everyone in the path of the storm "to heed the advice and orders of their local and state officials". The National Hurricane Center described the storm as "life-threatening, dangerous and catastrophic". Sky News Correspondent Siobhan Robbins took shelter with some residents forced to leave their homes in the city of Corpus Christi on the Gulf of Mexico. She said: "Officials have warned that this storm could cut off power and water and homes could be uninhabitable for months. "Thousands have already been evacuated, but the worry is that people have heard all this before and still aren't getting themselves to safety." Mayor of Rockport, Patrick Rios, warned residents remaining in the area to "mark their arm with a Sharpie pen with their name and social security number" to make it easier for rescuers to identify them. Seven counties in Texas have ordered mandatory evacuations, and tens of thousands of people left their homes ahead of the storm's arrival. Petrol prices shot up along the south Texas coast as stations ran out of fuel, and there have been reports of inflated consumer prices in some Texan supermarkets. Mr Trump is expected to visit Texas early next week.
 

 

THE MOST LEARNED AKURINO FAMILY IN KENYA

Professor Wachira Waigwa's family lives in Texas, USA. It is said that they are the most learned Akurino family in Kenya. The father is a professor, the son David Waigwa Wachira has a PhD, his daughter Elizabeth Wachira is now pursuing a PhD, the other daughter is following suit and the mother also heading for a PhD. David Waigwa Wachira works in World Bank as an expert in operations, analytics and advisory work in the global institution. Wachira has been working at World Bank for four years from September 2013 as a young Professional before he moved on to his role as a public sector specialist in the Governance Global Practice sector which he has been working on. The 32-year-old son from Nyahururu holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and History from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, a master’s degree in History from Tarleton State University and a PhD in PublicAdministration and Management (Public Finance and Public Management from the University of North Texas.) Elizabeth Wachira  is  pursuing a PhD in Public Health at Texas Woman’s University. Elizabeth is thankful to  God and savior for His love and blessings in her life. Without God, she says that she  would not be the lady she is today. God and her family are the very essence of who she is. She is a full time student working towards a Doctoral degree in health studies with the hope of working with non-profit organizations dealing with health promotion and education.  Solomon Waigwa was born in 1957 in Nyeri, Kenya. He has a church in Texas, Rhema Gospel Church. -  CLICK HERE FOR MORE

 

 

Aden Duale gives the following condition to NASA's newly elected MPs - CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO

 

 

 

Solar roof tiles offer tech boost for Kenya's rural classrooms

The computer lab at Gaitheri Secondary School in Murang'a county has a roof covered in

specially designed tiles that generate solar power, March 24, 2017.



Mid-morning at Gaitheri Secondary School in Murang'a county, and students are busy with their daily routine, as at any other school. But their establishment is different - boasting a better power supply than most rural classrooms. One of its iron-sheet roofs is covered in tiles fitted with energy-producing solar cells - an innovative solar-power technology known as "building-integrated photovoltaics” (BIPV). The tiles, designed to be laid on roofs during construction, offer an alternative to adding solar panels on top to produce power from the sun’s energy. Solar tiles are starting to be rolled out in other countries too. Electric car maker Tesla is taking orders for its tiles in Britain and the United States, where the first such roofs have recently been installed. Tesla has said the product will be pricier than a conventional roof but will look better and ultimately pay for itself through lower electricity costs. In Kenya, the tiles at Gaitheri school, which has 275 students, were made by Kenyan firm Strauss Energy and paid for with a grant from the United States African Development Foundation. “They wanted an institution that is away from urban centres and where grid power connectivity is poor,” said teacher Jackson Kiragu. The project started in 2016, and has enabled students to improve their performance thanks to more reliable power, which means they can study even after dark.


he solar power is stored in batteries, ensuring a continuous supply at night and on cloudy days. Kiragu said the BIPV technology has also allowed the school to offer computer lessons. “We’ve got 18 computers, but power was a challenge before Strauss Energy came on board,” he said. The school is also connected to the national grid but the power this provides is expensive and suffers from frequent outages, especially in the rainy season. The solar tiles have reduced the school’s spending on electricity to Sh1,500 (about $14.50) a month, which is largely a fixed charge for access to grid power. “Irrespective of the weather, we rely on solar power,” said Kiragu. A large share of Kenya’s population of some 45 million still has no access to electricity, particularly in rural areas, while demand for green energy is growing as the country steps up efforts to curb climate change. A survey commissioned by Christian Aid and the Pan-African Climate Justice Alliance early this year showed that only about 57 per cent of Kenyans are connected to the grid, indicating huge potential demand for off-grid energy. The situation has sparked innovations like Strauss Energy’s BIPV technology. Charity Wanjiku, the company’s chief operations officer, said it was motivated to develop the patented technology because Kenya has abundant sun that is not being fully exploited. - The Star

 

The Notting Hill Carnival is the largest

street party in Europe this weekend


Notting Hill Carnival always takes place on the August Bank Holiday weekend, which this year is on August 27-28 - which also means it will take place THIS WEEKEND. Sunday is the "family day" with entertainment running from 9am to 8.30pm - while Monday is the busier of the two and runs on the same hours. Saturday will see the Panorama event take place, which is a free, open-air party from 6pm to 10pm featuring performances by national steel bands and other entertainment. There is a parade with dancing, colourful costumes, music and Carnival floats on both days and over a million people attended the weekend in 2015. Performers dance through the streets as carnival-goers enjoy traditional Caribbean food and drink while soaking up the atmosphere. Red Bull Music Academy will also be holding a free Sound System party in Emslie Horniman’s Pleasance Park, from midday to 7pm.

 

Where is the Notting Hill Carnival held?

The colourful event is held in the west London streets of Notting Hill, Ladbroke Grove and Westbourne Park. The Grand Finale parade sees more than 60 bands, 38 sound systems and countless dancers on floats travel through the streets. There will also be lots of music, food and dancing in the surrounding streets.
How do I get to Notting Hill Carnival?

Tube:
Ladbroke Grove: closed on Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday
Latimer Road: closed after 11.30pm on Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday
Notting Hill Gate: on Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday, the station will be exit-only between 11am and 7pm and the Circle/District lines will not stop
Westbourne Park: exit-only between 11am - 6pm and closed at 11.30pm on Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday
Royal Oak: exit-only after 11am and closed at 6pm on Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday
Bayswater: on Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday between 11am - 7pm, you may want to use this station as Notting Hill Gate will be exit only and Circle/District line trains will not stop there
Paddington (Hammersmith and City and Circle lines): on Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday you may want to use this station instead of Notting Hill Gate or Royal Oak, as both these stations will have entry restrictions.
Other nearby stations: High Street Kensington (Circle and District lines), Holland Park (Central line), Queen's Park (Bakerloo line) and Shepherd's Bush (Central line).

 

Five facts about Notting Hill Carnival


 * Notting Hill Carnival is the second biggest in the world – behind only Carnival in Rio de Janeiro.
 * The Notting Hill Carnival is estimated to contribute about £93million to London’s economy – policing costs are estimated as £6million.
 * There are about 15,000 costumes on display at the carnival each year.
 * Every costume is made by hand. Making them all is more than one million hours of work.
 * About 30 million sequins, 15,000 feather plumes and 30 litres of body paint are used each year.

 

 

Knifeman shot dead after attacking soldiers in Brussels

 

IEBC publishes list of nominated MPs and senators


From left: Jubilee nominees Beth Mugo and Mr Maina Kamanda and ODM's Wilson Sossion.

 

The Jubilee Party has emerged as the biggest winner of the over 32 special seats on offer in the two chambers of Parliament. The electrical commission on Friday published the long-awaited party lists in the Kenya Gazette, which gives Jubilee Party half of all nominations in the Senate and the National Assembly while all other parties have been forced to share the remaining seats.

SIX MPS

From the nominations, President Uhuru Kenyatta’s party has nominated six MPs to the National Assembly with an additional 10 in the Senate. This is followed by ODM which has three seats in the National Assembly and an additional five in the Senate. Mr Musalia Mudavadi’s Amani national congress (ANC), Mr Kalonzo Musyoka’s Wiper Party and Kanu have all one seat each in both chambers of the House. Even though he has publicly turned down his nomination, Kenya National Union of Teachers Secretary-General Wilson Sossion is listed in the gazette, meaning that unless his nomination is revoked, he will now serve as an ODM nominated MP. It was not clear why the commission had gone ahead to include Mr Sossion’s name but a source at the commission told the Nation that the Knut chief had not formally written to the them asking to be recused.

KAMANDA

Also to be nominated to the National Assembly is Mr Godfrey Osotsi, the Secretary-General of ANC. His nomination comes against the backdrop of behind-the-scenes infighting in the party over bungled primaries last May. Sources have told the Nation that Mr Mudavadi had to step in and ask Mr Osotsi, party CEO Petronnila Were and the treasurer to resign from their positions after allegations that they mismanaged the nominations for personal gain. “The party leader was disappointed with them and asked them to quietly resign from their positions. They did what remains is for the executive committee to meet and replace them,” said the source who sought anonymity due to sensitivity of the matter. Among the big names who are set to return to Parliament through Jubilee nominations are former minister and Starehe MP Maina Kamanda, former Assistant Minister and Runyenjes MP Cecily Mbarire and former Minister and Dagoretti MP Beth Mugo.

4TH TERMS

Both Mr Kamanda and Ms Mbarire will be serving their fourth terms as MPs in the 12th Parliament. Mr Kamanda was first elected to Parliament in 1997 as MP for Starehe, where he served until 2007 when he lost to Ms Margret Wanjiru. He made a comeback in 2013 but lost in his attempt to defend his seat during Jubilee primaries to Mr Charles Njagua alias Jaguar. Ms Mbarire was first nominated to Parliament in 2002 on Narc ticket. She was elected MP for Runyenjes in 2007 where she served until 2013.

DISABILITIES

However, her intention to become the governor of Embu evaporated when she lost to Mr Martin Wambora in the Jubilee primaries. Ms Mugo will be doing her fifth term as MP after she first joined parliament in 1997 on the SDP ticket. Others on the list include Mr Isaac Mwaura, who Jubilee Party has nominated to the Senate to represent people living with disabilities. Mr Mwaura served in the 11th parliament in the same category but in the national assembly after he was nominated by Mr Raila Odinga’s ODM. He lost in his bid to become the Ruiru MP in the Jubilee Primaries.

CRASH

ODM has given reprieve to former Migori Woman Rep Ms Dennitah Ghati who returns to the National Assembly to represent people living with disabilities after she was involved in a life threatening road accident that confined her to the wheelchair. Ms Rose Nyamunga goes to the Senate after serving as Kisumu Woman Rep in the 11th Parliament while Ms Judith Pareno, who served at the East African Legislative Assembly will also be in the Senate. Ms Pareno, who is the chair of the ODM election Board, has been in the crosshairs of senior members of the party, who have accused her of mismanaging the party primaries. Also making a return to the senate is ODM Secretary General Agnes Zani who served in the same capacity in the first Senate of the 11th Parliament.

POLITICS

Others nominated by ODM include former Gender Permanent Secretary Jacqueline Oduol (National Assembly), Ms Beatrice Makori (Senate) and Naomi Masitsa (Senate), Ms Mercy Chebeni (Senate) and Ms Gertrude Inimah (Senate) all who are making their debut in elective politics. Other Jubilee Party nominees in the National Assembly include Mr Gideon Keter, Ms Halima Yusuf Mucheke, former chairman of National Council of Persons with Disability David Sankok and lawyer Jennifer Shamala. Apart from Ms Mugo other Jubilee party’s nominees to the Senate include Ms Alice Milgo, Ms Millicent Omanga, Ms Christine Zawadi Gona and former Kajiado Woman Rep Mary Seneta. Others are Ms Falhada Dekow Iman, Ms Naomi Jilo Wago, Ms Farhiya Ali Haji and Mr Prengei Victor. - Daily Nation.

 

 

Sarova Group opens Sh1bn five-star hotel in Nakuru town

The Sarova Group has opened a Sh1 billion five-star hotel in Nakuru, bringing its total number of properties in the country to nine. The hospitality chain has started accepting guests to Sarova Woodlands, a 142-room facility located near State House Nakuru — about a kilometre to the town’s central business district (CBD). According to the Sarova website, guests will pay between Sh14,000 and Sh50,000 per night at the facility, rates that the hotel chain says are applicable until September 30. Sarova is owned by the family of the late businessman G.S. Vohra and John Ngata Kariuki, a former Kirinyaga Central MP and brother to former spymaster the late James Kanyotu. The chain consists of hotels, resorts and game lodges. Sarova Woodlands, the hospitality chain’s second investment in Nakuru, will be become the second five-star facility in the county after Lake Elementaita Serena Camp. Other properties owned by the group include Sarova Stanley and the Sarova Panafric in Nairobi, the Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort & Spa in Mombasa and Sarova Mara Camp in the Maasai Mara Game Reserve. - businessdailyafrica.com

 

 

Kenyan Gospel artiste Grace Mwai of the popular 'Kirathimo'

will be worshiping with us at PCEA St Matthews Church, Dyson

Road, Stratford E15 4JX on Sunday 27th August 2017 from 2.00pm.

Come and let us dance for the Lord.

 

Two police officers have been injured while arresting a

man armed with a knife outside Buckingham Palace.

 

 

ABC Bank boosts anti- money laundering program with new software


Nairobi August 1, 2017: ABC Bank has enhanced its anti-money laundering program with a new anti-money laundering software which is a fully automated and robust application that features sophisticated architecture that shields it against risks associated with criminal financial dealings by automatically monitoring and blocking suspicious transactions on a real time basis.

The software design combines all major functions of anti-money laundering systems, making it highly effective in helping the Bank comply more comprehensively not only with the Proceeds of Crime and Anti-Money Laundering (Amendment) Act 2017 but also with the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), a US regulation that requires foreign financial Institutions to report on foreign assets held by their American account holders. It is also effective in preventing terrorism financing globally.

“The nature of banking is rapidly changing, and this makes monitoring of unusual transactions or verifying a customer’s identity complex and time-consuming. That is why we have upgraded to more superior software that will result in greater efficiency and reduced risks for the bank,” Group Head of Risk and Compliance John Rioba said.

With enhanced real-time transaction monitoring capability, the application identifies any suspicious account activity and also patterns, thus enhancing compilation of real-time filing of Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) or Suspicious Transaction Reports (STRs). It also features a Cash Transaction Reporting (CTR) system, which identifies and reports large cash transactions of Sh1 million ($10,000) and over, as per regulatory requirement.

Mr. Rioba added: “To achieve optimum efficiency in the implementation of our AML program, we have reviewed all our policies and processes to ensure they are efficient and in line with current requirements, the methodology and technology are sound, and our personnel well trained in line with internationally accepted best practices besides the compliance application from Infrasofttech through its local partner Innovative Software Technologies limited, ISTL in Kenya”.

 

 

NASA petition vague, IEBC says in response


The electoral agency has downplayed the NASA petition disputing Presidential results in the just concluded general elections terming it vague. In a response filed by the commission at Supreme Court on Thursday, it said NASA's petition is based on generalities, misconceptions and lack particulars as required by law. The commission filed their response at Supreme Court minutes after President Uhuru Kenyatta's legal team submitted theirs. The commission said it complied with the Constitution and all relevant electoral interpretations of the law as pronounced by the courts. According to the commission, the just concluded election was conducted in line with elections act 105 (2017). "The Respondents state that they verified and accurately tallied the results of all the candidates in Page 6 of 25 declaring the results of the presidential elections in accordance with Article 138 (10) of the Constitution," reads part of the response. The commission further denied claims that in more than 10,000 polling stations, data entered in KIEMS was not consistent with information and data from the respective Forms 34A. "The data entered in KIEMS was statistics. The result of the election from each polling station was contained in Forms 34A. It is therefore incorrect to compare the statistics entered in KIEMS with the results from each polling station as contained in Forms 34A," states the response. The commission further says statistics of results and images of scanned forms were sent from polling stations simultaneously and delays in receipt of the images of forms are attributed to their big file size and lack of steady 3G or 4G network. It said the declaration of presidential election results was on the basis of Forms 34B from all the 290 constituency tallying centers and the diaspora. - The Star

 

How Kenya elections affect the cost of living and economic growth


A look at economic data from various sources reveals that the cost of living shoots up during election years as the economy tends to slow down. For inflation, one of the reasons is a wait-and-see attitude adopted by producers of goods and services including the agricultural sector. Farming activities are disrupted by land-related conflicts and some times there is drought and famine, cutting off food supplies and thereby fuelling inflation. Low consumption and investment also drive economic growth down during the periods. Kenya recorded its highest ever inflation of 46 per cent in 1993 following the 1992 General Election, the first one in the new multi-party era. The high inflation rate was mainly attributed to the dramatic political reforms as the country transited from a one-party state to a multi-party political system. This was also accompanied by ethnic clashes in some parts of the country, leading to a fall in agricultural output particularly basic commodities such as maize. Maize production declined from 25.40 million bags in 1992 to 24.30 million in 1993. Economic growth was also adversely affected. International Monetary Fund (IMF) data shows that Kenya’s GDP shrank for two consecutive years; by 1.08 per cent in 1992 and by another 0.1 per cent in 1993, showing the economic difficulties the country was undergoing. Out of the five multi-party polls, 1997 was the only election year that Kenya registered a decline in inflation to 6.3 per cent in 1998 from 11.4 per cent in 1997. According to the IMF data, the economy also grew by a mere 0.41 per cent in 1997 and by 2.98 per cent in 1998.

 

In 2002, Kenyans voted in Mwai Kibaki as president, banking on him to improve the economy. After the polls, the economy grew by 2.95 per cent in 2003 from 0.48 per cent in 2002. The impressive growth, however, did nothing to curb the overall inflation which increased sharply from 2.20 per cent in 2002 to six per cent in 2003. The economy witnessed depressed performance following the 2007 elections. Inflation rose astronomically from 4.30 per cent in 2007 to 15.10 per cent in 2008. The depressed performance during 2008-09 was due to a number of adverse shocks including the post-election violence, a severe drought that affected most parts of the country, high international commodity prices and spill-over effects of the global financial crisis. The 2013 General Election in which President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the winner with 50.5 per cent of the votes was also characterised by a uptick in the inflation rate from 5.70 per cent in 2013 to 6.90 per cent in 2014. According to the Economic Survey 2014, the challenges that impacted on growth included slowed business confidence due to the General Election, incidents of insecurity, and insufficient rains during the fourth quarter of 2013. In April and May this year Kenyans were concerned with the overall rise in the prices of basic commodities such as maize flour, resulting in an inflation rate of 11.70 in May. Kenya’s inflation stands at an average of 9.78 for the last six months, which is also a period preceding the General Election on August 8. During the period before and after the election years analysed above, the economy slowed down as was the case in 1992, 1997, 2002, 2008, 2012 as well as the first quarter of this year. Industry players and the World Bank have also noted the trend. “When the economy slows down inflation and unemployment usually rise,” said Carole Kariuki, CEO of the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (Kepsa), in a past interview.

 

Former World Bank Kenya chief economist Wolfgang Fengler writes on his blog that General Election years also have other factors affecting growth including natural disasters such floods and droughts: “Why is Kenya’s growth performance substantially lower during election years? Low growth during election years and thereafter was not always driven by disruptive elections. In several cases, electoral instability was compounded by natural disasters, such as the 1983 and 1992 droughts, or the 1997/98 El Nino floods.” Dr Fengler also points at the time of elections as causing shock to the economy. “However, the conduct of several elections has shocked the economy — often hard enough to affect development prospects beyond the election year. After the 2008 post-election violence farmers were unable to plant, tourists re-routed their vacations to other destinations, companies held back their investments, and households reduced their consumption,” he says. Prior to the 2013 General Election, the World Bank had in a report noted the slow nature of the economy around times of polls. “On the domestic scene, election years in the past have been problematic for Kenya’s growth as investors have held back, waiting to see the outcome and whether there would be a peaceful transition. Over the last 30 years, election years have been associated with a one percentage point lower growth rate than the long-term average,” said the World Bank in the Kenya Economic Update report of December 2011. - businessdailyafrica.com

 

IEBC submits their response to

Raila Odinga's presidential petition

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Self-driving lorries are to be trialled on England's motorways, the Daily Mail reports

 

WORD OF TODAY

Ephesians 4:26

 

Anger management
We read in Ephesians 4:26: “In your anger do not sin”[a]: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry." Here’s a Bible plan for growth that includes anger management: ‘Let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God – truly righteous and holy. So stop telling lies. Let us tell our neighbours the truth, for we are all parts of the same body. And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a foothold to the devil…Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them…Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behaviour. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you’ (vv. 23-32 NLT). God gave you every emotion you have, including anger. But He wants you to handle it the right way. Note the words ‘let us…tell the truth’. When you’re angry, instead of denying it, use it to bring about positive change. Saying, ‘I’ve been feeling angry because I value our relationship and I’d like to talk about it,’ brings healing and solutions. Pretending you’re not angry when you are is basically dishonest. So is exaggeration. ‘You never listen to me…You always ignore my wishes…Nobody does anything around here except me.’ Such generalisations are untrue and serve only to aggravate and polarise, guaranteeing the problem gets obscured and goes unsolved. God’s will is for you to control your anger rather than letting your anger control you.

 

Our guest singer today is The Amanis from Mombasa - - CLICK HERE

 

 

Mother-of-two has a leg that weighs 132lbs due to

a parasitic condition that could KILL her


* She had suffered with the condition since the birth of her daughter 18 years ago
* Rezia Begum's is dependent on the support of her relatives and feels a 'burden'
* She is thought to have elephantiasis but is unable to be treated without tests
* If the swelling spreads from the legs to the abdomen, the condition can be fatal
* Past cases have been caused by roundworms entering the body via mosquitoes

A woman's leg has swelled to enormous proportions in a potentially-deadly condition.  Rezia Begum's, 40, right leg weighs around 132lbs (60kg) due to suspected elephantiasis. The mother-of-two, from Bangladesh, has suffered with the condition ever since the birth of her second daughter 18 years ago. Although it is unclear how Ms Begum's condition affects her, she says she is now dependent on the support of her relatives.  Ms Begum said: 'I was like any other normal woman but now I'm a burden on my poor family.' Although she is being cared for at Dhaka Medical College Hospital in Bangladesh, she is yet to begin treatment. Surgery and additional tests are required before therapy can start. The cause of Ms Begum's condition is unclear, however, previous reports of other cases revealed the disorder can be caused by roundworms entering the body via mosquitoes. If the swelling spreads from the legs to the abdomen, the condition can be fatal. Elephantiasis affects around 120 million people globally. It is characterised by the massive enlargement of an area of the body due to obstruction of the lymphatic system. This results in the accumulation of fluids in the affected part of the body. Although it is unclear the extent to which Ms Begum's condition affects her, other sufferers have been left unable to walk or urinate as a result of the disorder. - Mailonline.co.uk

 

JOSEPH NGUGI (KIM) OF RELIABLE CARE,

LONDON HAS LOST HIS SISTER IN KENYA

 

It is with great sadness and humble acceptance of God’s will that we announce the passing to glory of our dear sister Mary Wangari {Mama George} of Githunguri Kiambu. She went to be with the Lord on Sunday 20/08/2017. She was the mother to George Kibia Carol Kibia, Loise Kibia {Australia} and Anne Kibia {Australia}. She was a sister to Joseph Ngugi {Kim} of Reliable Care Services, Solomon Ngugi, John Ngugi and Harry Ngugi all of Northampton, Simon Nyoro Ngugi, Grace Wamiti Ngugi, Jane Ngugi, Peter Wango Ngugi and James Kaniu Ngugi all of Kenya. She was sister-in-law to Rose Thuku, Nancy Solomon, Rosemary John and Joyce Harry. Friends and relatives will meet on Wednesday 23/08/2017 and Thursday 24/08/2017 at Ebenezer Gospel Center 2 Orchard Hill, Little Billing Northampton NN3 9AG at 6.30pm-9pm. And also at Thatched House Ripple Rd, Barking IG11 9PGon Saturday26/08/2017 and Sunday 27/08/2017 at 6pm. The cottage leaves Kenyatta University Funeral Home on Tuesday 29th August 2017 at 7.30am followed by a funeral service and burial at her farm in Kahuru-Engineer, Kinagop Constituency, Nyandarua County. For further information, you can contact John 07984 759 733, Harry 07949 843 395, Base 07939 270 369, Rose 07411 152 264 or Nancy 07957 624 526. Those who would like to attend the funeral can contact Kim on 00254 795 199 410 or Solo 00254 705 734 602. “You have fought the good fight, You have finished the race, and kept the faith”.

 

 

 

 

Africa Alive interviews Lydia Olet Director of Malaika Dance Unique - CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO

 

Uhuru files defence in election petition by Nasa


President Uhuru Kenyatta legal team on Thursday filed his response to an election petition challenging his win filed by National Super Alliance leader Raila Odinga. His legal team arrived at the Supreme Court at 9.07pm Thursday. Lawyers present at the registry were Ahmednasir Abdullahi, Katwa Kigen, Tom Macharia and Evans Monari. Speaking at the Supreme Court, the President's lawyers said they will file documents "but not all of them". Mr Abdullahi said they are confident that there is nothing to worry about in the petition as the election was peaceful.


CONFIDENT
"We are confident about the answers we give, We are bullish about everything we have done. And let the case start. We are ready, " said Mr Abdullahi. Earlier, a message was posted on President Kenyatta's Facebook account read: “We are now ready to file our response.” In the pictures, the President was flanked by Jubilee Party Chief Agent Davis Chirchir, lawyers Fred Ngatia, Mr Abdullahi and Mr Monari.


BATTLE
Jubilee Party Head of Secretariat Raphael Tuju was also present. Mr Odinga filed his case challenging President Kenyatta's election some minutes to midnight on Friday, paving the way for a rigorous, 14-day marathon courtroom battle. In the petition, the opposition leader and his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka have named President Kenyatta, Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and its chairman Wafula Chebukati as respondents.


PRE-TRIAL
In directions issued by Chief Justice David Maraga, who is also the President of the Supreme Court, Nasa is required to file their written submissions by 1pm Friday while IEBC, its chairman and President Kenyatta are required to file theirs by 3pm. On Friday morning, parties will appear in court for interlocutory applications while the pre-trial conference will be held on Saturday. In affidavits expected to be filed in court, President Kenyatta, his agents Mr Chirchir, Winnie Guchu, and Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho are among those who filed their statements in opposition of Nasa's petition. - Daily Nation.

 

 

I'm sorry, God-fearing Wa Muchomba tells Kiambu after salaries furor

 

 

Model sues over decision to give

Grace Mugabe diplomatic immunity

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Driver arrested after 13 men and boys found in lorry near Rugby

A driver has been arrested after 13 people - some requiring medical treatment - were found inside an overseas lorry near Rugby.
Police, paramedics and an air ambulance were called to Mangrove Service Station on the A45 London Road at about 2pm on Thursday afternoon. They discovered a group of men and boys, eight of whom are aged between 15 and 39 years old, inside the vehicle, which was insulated and from Romania. Three were taken to hospital suffering from heat exhaustion. A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: "Crews arrived to discover 13 patients who had been travelling on the back of a lorry. "All of the patients were male, with three of them receiving treatment at the scene... before they were transferred to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire on land ambulances."  The remaining 10 were taken into custody - and the 26-year-old driver was detained on suspicion of people trafficking. The Border Agency has been informed. Pictures of the scene show at least one of the men sitting on the ground as numerous emergency personnel provided help for those in need. The police had previously reported that 14 men had been found and four were taken to hospital. The A45 was closed westbound between the M45 and the A4071 following the discovery.

 

 

Eight people missing after mudslide devastates Swiss village

Eight people are still missing in a Swiss Alpine valley a day after a mudslide smashed into a small village near the Italian border, police have confirmed. The village of Bondo, about 80 miles north of Milan, was evacuated as the slide hit on Wednesday morning. Buildings were damaged, and images from the scene showed a trail of destruction left by a river of mud and stone, said police in the canton of Graubuenden. However, officers said on Thursday that they have not been able to reach eight people who were believed to have been in the Bondasca valley at the time of the slide – nationals of Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Six of those people have been reported missing by relatives. - CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO


 

 

NEW FRAUD.
PLS BEWARE!!


Given below is what happened to someone & he has
narrated this in his own words:
" I received a call from someone claiming that he was from
my mobile Service provider and he
asked me to shutdown my phone for 2 hours for 3G update
to take place. As I was rushing for a meeting, I did not
question, but just shut down my cell phone.


After 45 minutes I felt very suspicious since the caller did
not even introduce his name.
I quickly turned on my cell phone and saw several
messages from my family members and the others were
from the number that had called me earlier.


I called my parents and I was shocked that they sounded
very worried asking me whether I am safe.
My parents told me that they had received a call from
someone claiming that they had me with them and asking
for money to let me free.


The call was so real and my parents even heard 'my voice'
crying out loud asking for help. My father was at the bank
waiting for next call to proceed for money transfer.
I told my parents that I am safe and asked them to lodge a
police report.


Right after that I received another call from the
guy asking me to shutdown my cell phone for another 1
hour which I refused to do and hung up.


They kept calling my cell phone to keep my phone busy so
that others could not be able to reach me until the battery
had run down. I myself lodged a police report and I was
informed by the officer that there were many such scams
reported.


MOST of the cases reported that the victim had already
transferred the money!
And it is impossible to get back the money.
Be careful as this kind of scam might happen to any of us!!!
Those guys are so professional and very
convincing during calls.


If you are asked to shutdown your cell phone for updates by
the service provider, ASK AROUND!


Your family or friends might receive the same call.
"Be Safe and Stay Alert!


Please pass around to your family and friends !!!

 

Showdown looms as NASA MPs threaten to boycott swearing-in ceremony


A major political showdown is looming after the opposition threatened to boycott swearing-in of MPs-elect next week. The National Super Alliance (NASA) argued the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta has been challenged at the Supreme Court and thus should not convene the Senate and the National Assembly's first sitting. In a statement signed by ODM Director of Elections, Junet Mohamed for NASA National Steering Committee, the opposition coalition said they will only take oath of office once the petition challenging Uhuru's reelection is determined. The seven-judge bench of the Supreme Court is expected to make a ruling on September 2. "NASA members will stay away from the swearing in until the matters surrounding Uhuru's supposed re-election are heard and credibly determined. We will not party to processes geared towards sanitizing fraud," said MP Junet. NASA said the rush by Uhuru to convene the two Houses was part of Jubilee's psychological war fare to make Kenyans accept his "fraudulent re-election". The President has upto September 7 to convene the two Houses as the Constitution states that first sitting of a newly elected Parliament should be done with 30 days after the elections.


The polls were conducted on August 8. "There is a rush certainly, suicidal in our view, by Mr. Kenyatta to defraud Kenyans into believing that all is well and that he is rightly and properly in office. It is a psychological war that is meant to make Kenyans adjust into accepting a third stolen election as they await a fourth similar fraud in 2022," added the statement. Junet said allowing the process to proceed will only help in entrenching fraud that has troubled the country for the past 10 years, asserting that the country was not ready to move until the issues of electoral fraud are dealt with properly. "We remind Jubilee that in the wake of the botched 2013 elections and the Supreme Court's controversial decision, a huge section of our country never accepted the legitimacy of Jubilee regime, even as we agreed to put up with it for the sake of the country," he added.


"The path he has embarked on will certainly deepen the crisis of governance that has troubled the country these past 10 years beginning with the stolen elections of 2007," added the statement. President Uhuru directed newly elected Members of Parliament (MPs) and Senators to assemble in Parliament on August 31 when they will be sworn into office.   In a special issue of the Kenya gazette dated August 23, Uhuru, in exercise of powers granted to him under Article 126(2) of the Constitution, summoned the first sitting of the 12th Parliament, where the members will elect their respective Speakers and Deputy Speakers. "Pursuant to the provisions of Article 126(2) of the Constitution, the date for the first sitting of the new House is appointed by the President and should not be more than thirty days after the election, that is, not later than September 7, 2017," says the Constitution. The two Houses must convene within 30 days of election, putting September 7 the last day for them to call the first sitting. - The Standard

 

A DESPERATE GENERATION

Pin, pin everywhere. What are they looking for?

 

 

Big net migration fall since Brexit vote, latest estimates show


Net migration has fallen to the lowest level for three years after a surge in the number of EU nationals leaving the UK since last June's Brexit vote. Net migration - the difference between those entering and leaving the UK - fell 81,000 to 246,000 in the year to March 2017. More than half that change is due to a decrease in net migration of EU citizens, which is down 51,000. The government is committed to reducing net migration to below 100,000. Immigration Minister Brandon Lewis welcomed the new figures, saying: "It was good to see a third quarter running of net migration figures coming down". But business groups raised concerns about the fall, with the CBI saying: "The loss of these vital skills should concern us all." The ONS figures show a particularly sharp rise, of 17,000, in departures of citizens from the so-called EU8 countries - Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia. An ONS spokesman said: "These results indicate that the EU referendum result may be influencing people's decision to migrate into and out of the UK, particularly EU and EU8 citizens. "It is too early to tell if this is an indication of a long-term trend." The ONS figures show that immigration from all countries has fallen - and emigration has also risen.

 

 

 

MEET A YOUNG KENYAN ENTREPRENEUR IN SCOTLAND

Born in Kanyariri, Kikuyu, Kenya - Studied and College Educated in Scotland - Now OPEN for Business

 

Henry Kihara was born in Kenya and moved to the UK as a teenager and he completed his Secondary School Education at Hamilton Grammar School in South Lanarkshire. He then attended Further Education at the New College Lanarkshire, formerly Motherwell College where he studied Engineering Design and Architecture. Henry tried several vocations to earn his own money e.g. Waiter, Factory Worker etc. however like many young adults today, Henry struggled to find a job which matched his career expectations. After much thought in 2016, Henry decided to form his own company Nustyleglasgow which focussed on High Quality wrist accessories for Men and Women, typically Watches and Sunglasses. However one aspect of his business which is revolutionary is that Henry decided to use mainly two raw materials Wood and Stainless Steel, but WOOD was his material of choice. Henry now offers Watches, Sunglasses and Bracelets which are hand crafted in wood and in his own unique Style.  Henry’s product range can be seen online at their web site and social media sites:-


www.Nustyleglasgow.co.uk Tel. +44 – (0)7940 – 355663

 

 

FAMILY LOOKING FOR MR. JOHN MAINA

WAHOME IN UK FROM KIAMARIGA, NYERI
The other son is desperately looking for his father who lives is the U.K.


The family is looking for Mr. Wahome who lives in UK. He is from Kiamariga, Nyeri County. His son is desperately looking for his father who lives is the U.K. There is no one else to help him bury his brother as they are only 2 of them in the family. He feels lost and alone and his mother is not there emotionally for him. The Dad was there 2 years ago and met with his sons and they had a lovely time at Whiten Rhino in Nyeri. He can urgently contact your son Justus Karimi Maina 0722536580 in connection of your late son (Andrew Wahome).

 

MIKE SONKO'S DEPUTY SURPRISE VISIT LEAVES EVERYONE SHOCKED! - CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO

 

 

Kenyans react to David Ndii's mass action call

if NASA loses case at Supreme Court


Kenyans exuded mixed reactions following sentiments shared by the head of National Super Alliance (NASA) technical committee, renowned economist David Ndii, on Tuesday evening via a local media outlet. Ndii indicated that the coalition was ‘well prepared for mass action if the Supreme Court fails to consider its evidence.’ - The Standard

 


Britain is in the grip of a "laziness epidemic", with nearly half of adults failing

to go for a rapid walk, even once a month, says the Daily Mail...

 

 

 

NASA Wants Divorce From Kenya

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Tanzania has suspended the registration of new non-governmental organizations (NGOs) as

it embarks on verifying the existing ones, a senior official said on Monday.

 

A KENYAN MAN HAS PASSED AWAY IN UK


Family and friends of our beloved brother it's with deep regret and profound sadness we announce the sudden passing away of George Jackson Ngethe, he passed away on Thursday 17th August, 2017 in Livepool hospital (UK). George became ill in early April 2017 with pneumonia. George was a loving son of Felix Peter Kinuthia and the late Lucy mumbi Kinuthia from Gachie Village (Kiambu) and Father to Prince Ngethe and Bridget Ngethe in (UK) brother to Felix kariuki,Andrew Kiongera, Charity wambui and Mercy Josephine Wanjiku. Cousins to caro charity wambui mwaura,James karioki, Eric waithiani,Susan Wanjiku, Pauline Ngere, Rose Wachu, Chris Ndicu Karioki, Charles Kariuki, Mike Maigua and charity Karioki...Relatives to Reacheal Machari (Oxford) Iko (Mama Brian) Oxford, Racheal Waweru (Oxford ) and Nyambutu (Oxford). Family and friends are meeting for burial arrangements ... more details will follow.... For more information please contact Nyambutu Oxford +44 7865 362003, Mama Daisy (Maureen), Northampton 07950590102, Jack (Northampton +44 7403 865259, Steve Nangunya Reading +44 7498 759442 and Baiba Dhidha 07947122741 (Liverpool community). Well wishes who would like to assist financially, you are kindly requested you put your name and reference for the transparency and accounting purposes to Barclays Bank, Ruth Wainaina, Sort Code 20-61-51 and 70465968. Thank you all for your kind contribution... funeral and burial arrangements will be updated soon.

 

If change will not come through the ballot,

it will through the bullet -David Ndii

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The Daily Express says that walking for just 10 minutes

can help fight diabetes, heart disease and dementia...

 

 

It's do or die in county speaker races as campaigns hot up


From left: 28-year-old advocate Matiko Mang’era, who is eying the Migori County Assembly speakers post, Siaya Speaker
George Okode, who

is defending his position and Texas-based barrister Martin Oketch, who wants to be Homa Bay County Assembly Speaker.


The race for the powerful county assembly speaker position has intensified in western Kenya counties with incumbents and candidates who lost in the August polls jostling for the seats.  The seats in Kisumu, Kakamega, Siaya, Homa Bay, Kisii, Nyamira and Kericho counties have attracted a total 20 candidates as campaigns hot up in the devolved regions. The speaker position is considered one of the most powerful in counties after that of the governor and head county assembly service board, the body responsible for running administrative functions of the regional Houses. A number of speakers, including Ann Adul of Kisumu, have however been on the spot over claims of abuse of office ranging from intimidation of members to influencing the award of tenders and soliciting for trips taken by MCAs. In Kisumu, some of the names already floated for the position are that of Ms Adul, former TNA secretary-general Onyango Oloo and lawyer Ken Amonde. - Daily Natioin.

 

 

Kisumu youth burn Uhuru banner

Police on Wednesday dispersed youth in Kisumu after they chased away workers erecting a banner with President Uhuru Kenyatta’s portrait near Jubilee market. The youth set the banner on fire before the police lobbed teargas canisters to disperse them as they had blocked Kisumu-Nairobi Road. Motorists had to divert other alternative routes after the crowd became hostile, chanting ‘Uhuru must go’ and ‘No Raila no peace’. “We are still hurt, they should wait for the case to be determined first before he is congratulated. All they are doing is provoking us,” said a resident, Mr Zablon Awilo. Mr John Oketch, another resident said the billboard was meant to provoke National Super Alliance supporters as they await the hearing and ruling of the Supreme Court on an election petition filed by opposition leader Raila Odinga. "There is a case challenging (President) Uhuru's win in court, why is his banner being placed here yet this region is yet to heal from a denied victory," said Mr Oketch. Mr Oketch said it was illegal for the banner to be put up while the electoral agency had ordered all campaign material to be pulled down. “It seems some people are above the law, if they can go against orders by IEBC,” said Mr Oketch. - Daily Nation.

 


Pakistan Overtakes Uganda As Kenya's Largest Export Market


The value of Kenyan exports to Pakistan surpassed Uganda in November 2015, giving the indication that the country is slowly losing the East African nation as its largest trading partner. According to the latest data from Kenya National Bureau of Statistics, Kenya exported goods worth Sh3.8 billion to Uganda compared to Sh4.3 billion exported to Pakistan in November. The value of exports to Uganda have been declining since July 2015, dropping by 60 per cent in the five months to November. The highest recorded amount in 2015 was Sh9.5 billion in July. Analysts attribute the trend to increased tea exports to Middle East economies through Pakistan and the appreciation of the dollar compared to the local currency during the period. The pattern is expected to continue in the future as more Middle Eastern countries continue to open up to local exports, including that of livestock, especially during periods of Islamic festivities.

 

 

Motorists to pay KSh700 for NTSA electronic chip from October


A sample of the third licence sticker by the National Transport and Safety Authority. 


Motorists will pay Sh700 for the recently introduced third licence sticker that will digitise NTSA's monitoring in Kenya. Some of the features the electronic chip will have are protection against forgery, reading distances of more than six metres and a validity period of up to 10 years. In a notice dated August 21, the National Transport and Safety Authority said drivers will make the payment from October 1. The money will cater for vehicle inspection after which drivers will be issued with the sticker. The tool was introduced in July after implementation of Traffic (Registration Plates) Rules, 2016. NTSA has been on a mission to improve the transport system and the sticker is one of its milestones. It is expected to improve implementation of traffic rules and efficiency between officers on the ground and the authority's ICT system. In May, NTSA director general Francis Meja said: “We are preparing the ground for a radical change in the way enforcement is carried out in this country. We have been depending on police officers on the ground but with the new technology enforcement will be modernised.” After the sticker expires, motorists will be required to pay another Sh700 for renewal. The same amount will be paid if the chip gets damaged. The sticker will bear a vehicle’s registration and ownership, tax and insurance validation and other compliance and legal requirements. - The Star

 

The Financial Times leads with FTSE 100 subprime lender Provident

Financial losing two-thirds of its market value on Tuesday after

issuing its second profits warning in two months...

 

The XYZ Show

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CHEKA TV TEAM DINNER WITH MR. SEED IN LONDON

Some of Cheka TV team are in London. The Kenyan family team from California, USA arrived in London two weeks ago. They have been visiting a family friend Mrs. Karen Waithira Ndungu of South London. The team have visited several tourist attractions in London. Before concluding their tour the team insisted to meet the popular Mr. Seed who have previously helped them in their publicity. The team had a dinner with Mr. Seed and Pastor Jane Njiiri on Monday 21st August 2017 in a London Restaurant before flying back to the USA. The team have been doing very well and if they happen to get a good sponsor they can go far. Before ending their dinner Mr. Seed pleaded with Mama Njoro to allow Njoro back in the house (see video below). Seen above from left is Mr. Maxwell Kahiu (cameraman Cheka TV), Tallulah Wanjiru (Karen's daughter), Faith Kahiu (Lina of Cheka TV), Pastor Jane Njiiri, Mr. Seed and Karen Ndungu. Cheka TV, a weekly programme has become very popular with Kenyans in the diaspora as well as in Kenya. You can subscribe to their videos.

 

 

Kenyan Parents
Hizo Vikombe Ni Za Wageni

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IEBC files 54,000 election results from regional tallying centres


The electoral agency has denied claims of missing form 34As even as it filed 54,000 pages of Forms 34A, 34B and 34C used to tally presidential results at polling centres, constituency and national tallying centres respectively. Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chief Executive Officer Ezra Chiloba said none of the 40,883 Forms 34A was missing from their records as claimed by the National Super Alliance (NASA) in their petition challenging the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta. "We have all the forms that were used to record results during the elections and have even scanned the copies for submission to the Supreme Court. None of them is missing," Mr Chiloba said.- The Standard

 

FULL WAIGURU KIRINYAGA INAUGURATION

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Disbelief as woman roams Nairobi streets

with placard looking for a husband

 

'Bigger attack was planned', Barcelona terror suspect tells court


Suspects (clockwise) Mohammed Aalla, Salah el Karib, Driss Oukabir and Mohamed Houli Chemlal


One of the surviving suspects of last week's terror attacks in Spain has told a court that a bigger atrocity was planned. According to Spanish newspaper El Mundo, Mohamed Houli Chemlal revealed the cell was planning to strike some of Barcelona's best-known monuments - including the Sagrada Familia church. The 21-year-old is among four men who were taken to Madrid's National Court to testify for the first time about the plot. Chemlal was arrested after being injured in an explosion at a house in Alcanar, southwest of Barcelona, a day before a van drove into pedestrians on the crowded Las Ramblas boulevard.

 


Dozens of gas canisters were found at the terror cell's 'base' in Alcanar


Officials believe bombs were being prepared at that property for "one or more attacks in Barcelona" - and the explosion killed an imam who is thought to have radicalised the other suspects. Two of the suspects in court said the imam, Abdelbaki es Satty, was the instigator of the plot - and it has been claimed he was planning a suicide attack in the city. Police have said 120 gas canisters and traces of explosive TATP were found at the makeshift bomb factory in Alcanar.

 

Kenyatta attends Laboso swearing in ceremony

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See how Margaret Kenyatta was Welcomed in Rwanda  - CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO

 

The day " Kenya closed it's eye"
----------------------------------------------------


Mzee Jomo Kenyatta was so revered ,The byline above was actually how all media houses captured his death. You had to be a very brave editor to scream " Kenyatta dies !"


August 21 1978 mzee kenyatta, in his beloved Mombasa abode had hosted delegations that included his whole family and later entertainment by the nyakinyua women dancers.


Uhuru Kenyatta , a petulant youngster with baggy trousers, wide eyes and ever present smile was also there..


Mzee looked tired and restless during the day , and though not confirmed some wags say he excused himself to go rest , but was found unconscious in a toilet. The veracity of that will never be known.


God works in a mysterious way ,his wonders to perform.! Mbiyu Koinange of all people had excused himself to return to Nrb. Had he been present ? God forbid .


And it came to pass that ,that night he breathed his last ( rip)


Only two people were privy to this .Eliud Mahihu then Mombasa PC and a Colonel Macharia his aide' D camp who passed on two years ago.
Folklore has it that Eliud mahihu was in charge, ....NO ! Colonel Macharia took over ,He ordered Moi be looked for and secured. ,He also called the commander at Eastleigh Airbase a General Gichuru and ORDERED that he personally fly a military plane to Mombasa without questions. A junior officer Major commanded a full General for the first and maybe last time.


Then Charles Njonjo then attorney general was roped in.He ordered a battered wagon to go for Moi in Kabartojo and using panya routes and detours deliver him undetected to state house Nairobi.


All along the four guys privy remained quiet.Mama ngina would know same time with me !.


Around 3 pm yes 3 pm, since Kenya's eye closed , Nobert Okale , a VOK later KBC news anchor was sent a fax......Kenyatta is dead. ! nothing else ....play martial music onwards.


I remember we were with mom in our shamba when the news came in .I was in class 2.It was 3 .30 pm but we all went to sleep waiting for the unknown.


As this was announced A shaken Moi who didn't know what was happening ,and who thought they had finally got to him ,was given papers and before chief justice Sir james Wicks was told to serve and protect the constitution.!


Were it not for mahihu, Macharia, Njonjo, and Joseph kareiithi....chief of public service then , maybe, yes maybe things would have been different.


At least there are precedents in night time swearing ins.....gday. On 22nd August, every year, we remember that day.

 

 

Provident shares plunge as chief quits on profit warning

 


Shares in Provident Financial plunged 65 per cent on Tuesday as the subprime lender announced its second profits warning in two months, and said its chief executive would step down with immediate effect after a botched reorganisation of its doorstep lending division. The Bradford-based group also disclosed it had suspended sales of one of its products while the Financial Conduct Authority investigated how it was sold. In what was an unscheduled trading update, the company said it was scrapping the interim dividend while indicating it was “unlikely” to make a full-year dividend payout. It said “in the circumstances” Peter Crook had decided to step down as chief executive with immediate effect. Manjit Wolstenholme, who takes over as executive chairman, said she was “very disappointed” by the “rapid deterioration in the outlook” at the doorstep lending business but said it was “appropriate” to withdraw the dividend to “protect the group’s capital base”. Gary Greenwood, analyst with Shore Capital, said: “This is, without doubt, a disaster for a company and management team which, up until recent times, we regarded extremely highly.” Shares in Provident were down more than 50 per cent in early trading to below £7 having closed on Monday at £17.45.

 

The shares, which were admitted to the FTSE 100 in December 2015, were still trading at more than £30 as recently as June, having peaked at £36.34 in November 2015. Neil Woodford, a prominent UK fund manager, has a stake. But a number of hedge funds have been shorting the company, including AQR Capital Management, Lansdowne Partners and Systematica Investments, according to the FCA website. Doorstep loans are usually for smaller amounts and longer terms than payday products, although they carry similarly high rates of interest. Providers have argued that the face-to-face model leads to lower default rates as lenders build close relationships with customers. But the sector has come in for criticism for its methods, with the charity Citizens Advice claiming some lenders use intimidation to collect repayments — charges strongly rejected by all the big lenders including Provident. Back in February Provident announced plans to “eliminate” 4,500 self-employed debt collection agents and create 2,500 positions as “customer experience managers” on the company payroll. But the company lost agents at a faster pace than anticipated, hampering its ability to collect repayments and extend new loans. - Financial Times, London

 

EQUITY GROUP ASSETS GROW BY 14% TO SURPASS THE HALF A

TRILLION MARK AND DELIVERS KSHS 13.3 BILLION IN PRE-TAX PROFIT


The growth in assets is attributed to the Bank’s innovative, diversified, and transformative

business model against the backdrop of a challenging operating environment.

 

Nairobi, August 22nd 2017…… Equity Group Holdings Plc posted a 14% growth in assets to reach Kshs 504.9B up from Kshs 444.4B for the period ended 30thJune 2017. This was largely driven by growth in deposits which went up by 13% to Kshs.363.6B up from Kshs 320.8B in the same period last year. This growth comes at a time when the banking industry growth rate has almost flattened out.

The Group’s deposit mobilization was boosted by growth in customer numbers which reached 11.7 million, a keen focus in adoption of the alternate delivery channels that include the Eazzy banking suite of products, agency banking model, mobile banking, and internet banking.

Equity’s superior performance enabled it to achieve a pre-tax profit of Kshs 13.3B for the period ended 30th June 2017. This was in part due to increased revenue from non-interest income and growing regional banking subsidiaries’ contribution to profits before tax. This saw the Group outperform the industry to register a Return on Equity of 22.3% and a Return on Asset of 3.8% despite a 12% reduction in interest income.

Speaking during the Investor Briefing, Equity Bank CEO, Dr. James Mwangi said "The Group's business continues to demonstrate resilience.2017 is proving to be an extension of the tough operating environment witnessed in 2016 but as a Group we have already developed and adopted a sustainable business model to cushion the business as well as boost value creation for shareholders. Innovation has proved to be a great enabler in driving growth. We are already registering efficiency gains from digitization.”

The Group continued to evolve its business model to weather the interest capping effects by focusing on growing the non-funded income which constitutes 42% of the Group’s total income. This grew from Kshs. 10.8B to Kshs. 13B representing a 20% rise from the same period last year. This was mainly driven by mobile banking commissions which grew by 337% to Kshs.649.7M from Kshs 148.8M. Trade Finance grew by 25% to hit Kshs 532.8M from Kshs 426.3M, Merchant commissions grew by 12% to Kshs 579.6M from Kshs 519.4M while Agency revenue grew by 27% to Kshs 424.5M up from Kshs. 333.8M in the same period last year.
The Group also reaped benefits of regional diversification and saw the regional banking subsidiaries’ contribution to the Group’s pre-tax profit double from 5% to 10% with Uganda PBT growth of 139%, Rwanda 75%, Tanzania 55%, and DRC 20%.

Through cost optimization the Group continues to transform its cost structure especially on the delivery channels from fixed to variable cost channels with the bulk of transactions being processed via mobile, agency and merchants’ outlets. This has led to a cost income ratio of 44.5% for Kenya.The Group’s total costs reduced to Kshs. 17.6B down from 17.9B for the same period last year. Equitel platform Group's MVNO banking transactions grew by 42% to 138.7M from 97.8M, Agency banking transactions grew by 10% to 33M from 29.9M while merchants transactions grew by 20% to 5.3M from 4.4M for the period under review showing the customers growing preference of alternate delivery channels.


The Group's consistent pursuit of a sustainable business model that is heavily focused on innovation has seen Equitel market share grow to nearly 25% of the value of mobile banking transactions in Kenya. The successful implementation of the digitization strategy is bearing fruits with Eazzy Banking products demonstrating a phenomenal uptake. EazzyBiz has hit Kshs11.1B per month in value of transactions, EazzyPay is moving

Kshs 319.5M per month and now accounts for 30% of the mobile commerce market share, and EazzyBanking App’s transactional value stands at Kshs 6.5B per month after only six months of launch.


The Group also continues to concentrate on Asset Quality that has seen it achieve NPLs of 7.3% against an industry average of 9.9%. It has positioned itself for the future by increasing its liquidity to 54% and creating an agile balance sheet with government securities contributing 23% of the total balance sheet.
These results have been achieved during a very challenging period when inflation has been high above the target for the operating period. The Kenya shilling depreciated against the US Dollar from USD-KES 101.1 in H1’2017 to close at USD-KES 103.7 driven by increased food and oil imports. Interest rate was also capped by law at a maximum of 14% for loans and a minimum of 7% on deposits. Private sector credit in Kenya declined from a 18% high at the beginning of 2016 to almost 0% to date. The GDP growth projected by IMF and World Bank has reduced from 5.8% to 5.4%. In the social and political environment, there was uncertainty due to the general elections.

The Group’s performance is validated by the ranking by the Banker as the 37th Most Solid Bank of the Top 1000 large banks in the world and ranked 11th on Return in Assets.

Moody’s Investor’s Service in its latest assessment assigned Equity Bank Kenya first time ratings with a stable outlook based on the Bank’s strength. The global local currency rating captured the Bank’s strong credit profile which is closely aligned with the B1 (stable) rating of the Kenyan government due to the Bank's strong brand recognition, solid liquidity buffers and resilient funding profile, established domestic franchise and extensive adoption of digital and alternative distribution channels. At the same time, Moody’s has assigned a national scale rating of Aa1 which ranks Equity Bank Kenya the best credit rated bank in Kenya.


Equity Bank was also awarded Super brand status in 2017 for the 10th year in a row by Super Brands East Africa. A recognition which the financial institution owes to its loyal customers as well as shareholders. This affirms the Bank’s commitment to offering customer focused products and services to its diversified clientele base.


According to the latest Global Credit Rating, Equity maintained its investment grade AA- with a stable outlook. Euromoney Awards of excellence also named Equity as Africa’s Best Bank in 2016 and Kenya’s Best SME Bank.


Going forward the Group will focus on enhancing an agile balance sheet with strong liquidity and improved asset quality, brand investment and visibility as well as digitization and innovation for increased efficiency and customer convenience.


For more information, please contact:
Alex Muhia
Equity Bank Group
T: 0763 618871Office 0763 026007
E: Alex.Muhia@equitybank.co.ke
E:corporatecommunications@equitybank.co.ke
Carol Wairugu
Ogilvy Public Relations Ltd
T. 0764515797
E. Carol.Wairugu@ogilvy.co.ke



 

India's top court has ruled the practice of instant divorce in Islam unconstitutional,

marking a major victory for women's rights activists. In a 3-2 majority verdict,

the court called the practice "un-Islamic".

 

President Uhuru Kenyatta mourns Christabel Ouko


Mrs Christabel Ouko who died on August 21, 2017 after the car she was in rolled at Kipsitet, along the

Awasi-Kericho Highway. President Kenyatta ha sent his condolences to her family. 


President Uhuru Kenyatta has expressed his sadness following the tragic death of Mrs Christabel Ouko, the widow of former Foreign Affairs Minister Robert Ouko. Mrs Ouko died Monday after a car crash at Kipsitet, along the Awasi-Kericho Highway as she left the inauguration ceremony of Kisumu Governor Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o. President Kenyatta said that during her long life, Mrs Ouko distinguished herself by her dedication to her family, her community and her country. “She served the nation as a civil servant, and then supported her husband as he too served Kenya with distinction. In later years, she devoted herself to her family and to her community; in doing so, she helped others make the most of their talents, and earned their gratitude,” said the President in a statement from State House. President Kenyatta sent his condolences to the Ouko family and friends. “May they be comforted, and may they be granted the strength to come through this trying period,” said the President. - Daily Nation.

 

 


Government runs July budget surplus for first time in 15 years

The Government recorded a budget surplus last month for the first time since 2002 as more money came in from self-employed tax receipts. July saw a surplus of £0.2bn, compared with last year's deficit of £0.3bn. For the four months so far this year, though, public sector net borrowing - which leaves out support for public sector banks - was £1.9bn higher than last year's at £22.8bn. July is the second most important month, apart from January, for tax revenue paid for by those completing self-assessment forms, such as the self-employed, In both months, accrued receipts are higher because of receipts from self-assessed income tax. This month, those receipts were the highest since records began in 1999. July's receipts increased by £0.8bn, to £8bn, compared with July 2016. A Treasury spokesperson said: 'We are making good progress in strengthening our public finances and living within our means. "Our national debt, at £65,000 for every UK household, is still too high. That is why we have a clear fiscal plan to reduce our debts and build a stronger economy for every household." But Ruth Gregory, economist at Capital Economics, said the figures were probably just a blip, as the deadline fell on a different day of the week from last year. "Self-assessment receipts were boosted by the 31 July deadline falling on a Monday this year, but Sunday in 2016, meaning that some receipts were recorded in August last year," she said. She pointed out that so far, borrowing was still some 9% higher than the £20.9bn seen last year, with the OBR expecting this to worsen further. "As such, despite July's strength, the chancellor may still find that he has little scope for any easing back on the planned fiscal squeeze in his November Budget." The independent Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) has forecast that public sector net borrowing will be £58.3bn during the financial year ending March 2018. The ONS data showed that total government debt, excluding public sector banks, stood at £1.758 trillion at the end of July, which is equivalent to 87.5% of gross domestic product (GDP).

 

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Nasa plays down lateness in filing petition papers


Supreme Court registrar Esther Nyaiyaki (in blue) receives petition documents from Nasa leaders at the

Supreme Court on August 18, 2017. Mr Odinga filed his case some minutes to midnight on Friday.

 

Four documents in Nasa leader Raila Odinga’s petition challenging the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta were filed after the deadline, according to the Supreme Court, even as the coalition said the papers were not key to their case. The court’s registrar, Ms Esther Nyaiyaki, said in a letter to Mr Odinga’s lawyers on Monday that the Supreme Court has received two complete sets of 59 volumes of their petition and that, on Sunday, the lawyers submitted six more. She also said that three key documents were missing from the National Super Alliance’s petition.

LEGAL
Last evening, however, Nasa lawyer Paul Mwangi said the documents were annexures that were missing in some of the primary documents, which were filed before the deadline. “They are Forms 34 A. They are not primary documents. "However, a document is deemed to have been filed when it was paid for and, in this case, that was done before Friday midnight. That is the legal position,” Mr Mwangi said by telephone. Wrote Ms Nyaiyaki in the letter to Murumba and Awele Advocates copied to the lawyers for the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission’s (IEBC), Iseme, Kamau and Maema Advocates and Ogetto, Otachi and Company Advocates: “As at 21st August, 2017, our records are still missing one copy of volume 31, 55 and 56.”

DEADLINE
She added that on Sunday, the firm presented additional volumes — 60, 61, 62 and 63 — which she said were mistakenly stamped as having been received on August 18. “The same have since been rectified to reflect the actual date they were filed, that is, 20th August, 2017,” Ms Nyaiyaki said. “Kindly note that this date is deemed as the actual date of filing of volumes 60, 61, 62 and 63.” The submission of documents past the seven-day deadline for filing of a petition could become contentious in the eagerly awaited case, which is expected to capture the attention of the nation for the next two weeks.

FILING
On Sunday, IEBC lawyers flagged this as a possible sticking point when they wrote to Mr Odinga’s lawyers lamenting their inability, at the time at least, to get hold of the petition filed on Friday night. “Upon enquiring from the Supreme Court, we were advised that you were still filing documents as at midday today. "Our client is concerned as to why documents are still being filed way out of time,” the firm said in the letter signed by Mr Kamau Karori. The law firm also asked Ms Nyaiyaki “to confirm which documents are being filed this long after the deadline for filing”. The contention over the late filing has echoes of the 2013 presidential election petition, when the Supreme Court threw out a 900-page affidavit filed by the now-defunct Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (Cord) on the basis that it was filed out of time.

AG MUIGAI
Another contentious issue could arise if the Attorney-General, Professor Githu Muigai, attempts to join the case as a friend of the court, known in legal lingo as amicus curiae. But Mr Mwangi said: “We will contest his application. Previous positions he has taken in pre-election litigation clearly show he is partisan.” Last evening, the Supreme Court, which has only 14 days to hear and determine the case, issued new deadlines for the petitioner and respondent as it gears up for the hearing. Chief Justice David Maraga said Mr Odinga’s team should send its written submissions by Friday 1pm and the IEBC, its chairman Wafula Chebukati and President Kenyatta by 7pm.

IEBC GADGETS
Should the Nasa lawyers wish to file a rejoinder to what the IEBC and President Kenyatta say, they should do so at the court and serve it to them by 9am on Saturday. According to changes made to the Supreme Court Act late last year, the electoral agency should submit all its Forms 34A, 34B and 34C by Tuesday (August 22), which is 48 hours after being served with the petition. There are 40,883 Forms 34A, 290 Forms 34B and one Form 34C, making it a total of 41,174 documents. Mr Odinga’s team has separately also asked for the IEBC to surrender to the court the 40,883 gadgets used to identify voters and transmit results on Election Day.

DP RUTO
This came as the Jubilee Party on Monday said that it will not join the petition and will, instead, package its case in defence of President Kenyatta. “We are fully prepared, and we are going to push a united front of arguments on behalf of the President, who is listed as a respondent alongside IEBC and its chairman,” a lawyer in the team who did not wish to be named said. Unlike in 2013, however, Mr Odinga has not named Deputy President William Ruto as a respondent.

RESPONSES

Mr Odinga filed his case some minutes to midnight on Friday, paving the way for a rigorous, 14-day marathon courtroom battle. “A person may file a petition in the Supreme Court to challenge the election of the President-elect within seven days after the date of the declaration of the results of the presidential election,” Article 140 (1) of the Constitution states. Mr Odinga’s legal team then had up to two days to serve the respondents — President Kenyatta, the IEBC and its chairman in his individual capacity as the presidential elections returning officer. The three respondents, who were served on Sunday, now have four days to file their responses. - Daily Nation.

 

The Kenyan shilling gained against the dollar on Monday after the opposition challenged

the outcome of an Aug. 8 presidential election result in court, traders said.

 

 

Detectives arrest prime suspect in murder of Swiss couple


Kenyan policemen carry the dead bodies of a Swiss couple killed in Mombasa, Kenya August 20, 2017 


Detectives on Monday arrested two more suspects alleged to be behind the murder of two Swiss nationals killed and bodies dumped in Kiembeni, Mombasa County. Regional police boss Larry Kieng said the two include the prime suspect-a caretaker-believed to be involved in planning and executing the chilling murder. Kieng said the caretaker identified as Geoffrey Mwiri is suspected to have picked the two from Moi international airport on Saturday upon arrival in the country from Switzerland. The two Werner Borner Paul and Marrianne Borner landed at the Moi international airport on Saturday night and were accosted as they entered their compound by people suspected to be workers It is believed the two had cash on their return from Switzerland. Police says Mwiri was traced using his mobile phone by special unit within Nyali suburb on Monday A total of three suspects, a gardener, night guard and caretaker are now under police custody as detectives intensify investigation. They are likely to stand trial for murder on Tuesday. The Kenya government has already contacted Switzerland Embassy in Nairobi and alerted their next of kin. He said the two slain retirees were not given a chance to enter their house by the attackers. Their bodies were wrapped in a blanket and dumped by the roadside within Kiembeni area using their own car. Police have documented several cases of mysterious deaths of foreigners in the country allegedly orchestrated by people close to them with intention of inheriting their wealth. - The Star

 

 

 

26-year old woman murdered by 'boyfriend' she was meeting on first date

 A 26-year-old woman was strangled by a boyfriend on their first date last month.  Lydia Nyaboke Onano, who was staying with her younger brother in Ngara, Nairobi, was reportedly meeting her boyfriend for the first time and had promised to be back before the end of the day. By around 6pm, however, she had not returned home, according to her younger brother Japheth Onono. Her brother became worried and called her. - The Standard.
 

 

President Uhuru and Ruto to attend Anne Waiguru’s swearing-in

 

Barcelona attack: Man shot dead in hunt for suspect


Police hunting the chief suspect in last Thursday's Barcelona van attack have shot dead a man to the west of the city who appeared to be wearing an explosive belt, Spanish media say. The shooting is said to have happened on a road in the Subirats area. Earlier, police confirmed they were hunting for Younes Abouyaaqoub, 22, suspected of driving a van into dozens of people on Las Ramblas. Spanish media are reporting Abouyaaqoub is the man killed. But Spanish police have yet to officially confirm this. Media reports quoting police sources said the man targeted in Subirats shouted "Allahu Akbar" ("God is Greatest") when confronted. The operation took place some 25 miles (40km) from Barcelona, where Thursday's attack on Las Ramblas killed 13. An extensive manhunt was under way. At an earlier news conference, police described how after the attack Abouyaaqoub made his escape on foot to the outskirts of the city where he hijacked a car. CCTV footage in Spanish media appears to show him walking through a market district shortly after the attack. Some 90 minutes after mowing down dozens of people on the central Las Ramblas avenue, Abouyaaqoub fled to the city's university district, police said. Abouyaaqoub is alleged to have hijacked the car before driving it through a police checkpoint and later abandoning the vehicle. Police say he may have crossed into France. The male driver of the car, Pau Pérez, 34, from Vila Franca, was found stabbed to death in the back seat, becoming the 15th victim of the Barcelona bloodshed and a later attack in the resort of Cambrils.

 

 

 

Baringo South MP Grace Kipchoim was elected while still in hospital

 

Despite being sickly, Grace Kipchoim was re-elected as Baringo South MP in a highly contested election. Ms Kipchoim vied on a Jubilee Party ticket and clinched the seat, thanks to her development track record and efforts to restore sanity in the insecurity-hit constituency. The MP-elect from Tugen community got 9,299 votes against her closest competitor Charles Kamuren's (Kanu) 8,905 votes. Other candidates included Amos Olempaka (ODM) who got had 5,645, Cynthia Kiplchilat (Maendeleo Chap Chap) and Bundotich Cheboiyow (Independent). Surprisingly, while her competitors ran vigorous campaigns, Kipchoim did not conduct even a single rally as she was bed-ridden. She also did not cast her vote during Jubilee Party nominations held in April but still emerged the winner. "My political journey has not been easy, amid illness. This is God's making. He makes things work for our good. I am thankful to the electorate for making me proud once more," said a joyful Kipchoim from her Nairobi Hospital bed. Kipchoim acknowledges her supporters for working tirelessly for her re-election. In her absence, she says Baringo South Constituency Development Fund (CDF) committee took charge of running the constituency and initiating various development projects for the benefit of the electorate. - The Standard


Cash from the Kenyan diaspora rises ahead of 2017 polls


The amount of money sent to the country by Kenyans living abroad increased by Sh3.64 billion, representing a 4.11 per cent growth, for the first six months of this year. This was mainly attributed to activities leading to the 2017 general elections. Fresh data from the Central Bank of Kenya shows diaspora remittance rose to $887.58 million (Sh92.09 billion) in the January-June period compared to $852.52 million (Sh88.45 billion) during the same period last year. However, month-on -month cash inflows sent by Kenyans living abroad dropped 4.10 per cent to $154.88 million (Sh16.07 billion) in June from $161.50 million (Sh16.76 billion) in May. The May inflows are now the new monthly record surpassing inflows reported in December 2016 which stood at $160.94 million (Sh16.70 billion). The CBK data shows the USA and Canada accounted for most of the cash received from Kenyans living and working abroad at an average of 48.53 per cent. Europe accounted for 32.58 per cent of diaspora remittance while the rest of the world contributed 18.9 per cent. Analysts at Standard Investment Bank and Stanbic Bank earlier on predicted an increase in diaspora inflows in the run-up to elections with stagnation in remittance during the actual election month. CBK conducts a monthly survey on remittance inflows through formal channels including commercial banks and other authorized international remittance service providers in Kenya.“Based on previous data, we may likely experience stagnation during the actual election period,” Standard Investment Bank head of research Francis Mwangi told the Star. The Kenya Investment Authority says diaspora remittance, which has remained the country’s largest source of foreign exchange over the past three years, has been largely driven by investment in property and real estate development. KenInvest managing director Moses Ikiara said increased professionalization coupled with relatively high return on investment in the real estate sector were key determinants for investment decisions made by Kenyans living abroad. Source: The star.co.ke

 

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Supreme Court or Not. Raila Will Lose

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The Guardian reports that the Crown Prosecution Service is to seek stiffer penalties for abuse on social media...

 

 

DEATH ANNOUNCEMENT

It is with humble acceptance of God’s will that we announce the passing on of Joseph Mwangi Kamau which occurred on 20th August 2017. He was a victim of political hate speech in Kenya where people invaded his farm at the Eastern bypass (Nairobi) and beat him to death claiming they have the right to use his land. Joseph was the son to Muthoni Kamau (Manasssas Virginia, USA) and the late Kamau Mwaniki. He was brother to Naomi Kanyugi of Manassas Virginia (USA), Mary Wanjiku, John Maina, Peter Gathogo, and Esther Nyambura (Kenya), brother in law to Francis Kanyugi (Manassas VA). He is survived by his wife Charity Wanjiku and three young children (4, 7 and 9 years). Ongoing prayers are being held daily at the Kanyugi’s residence 10657 Tattersall Drive, Manassas, VA 20112, starting @ 6pm.We welcome prayers and any financial support which can be done through cashapp: Naomi @ 703 7854583, Francis @ 703 7325284 or Naomi Kanyugi @ Bank of America account number 435030765207. The Lord gives and the Lord takes away, blessed be the name of the Lord. Thank you in advance for your prayers and support during this tempting moment. It is well. For more information please contact the following people; Naomi Kanyugi, 703 785 4583, Francis Kanyugi; 703 732 5284, 703 330 5274 or Muthoni Kamau; 571 316 531.

 

 

A 12-strong terror cell that carried out two attacks in Spain this

week had collected 120 gas canisters and was planning to

use them in vehicle attacks, Spanish police say.

 

A WORD OF APPRECIATION

THE LATE BETH NJERI KIRUTHI

A Word of Appreciation from Mr. Seed's family. We, the family of late Beth Njeri Kiruthi wish to express our sincere gratitude to God, for the gift of life and the time he gave us to share with her. We specifically thank God, whose presence never left us during Beth Njeri's sickness, until the day we lost her. We know that he alone can take away the burden of our grief, pain and dry our tears. Special thanks go to the doctors who worked very hard to safe her life and all the pastors and priests who came to encourage us, with word of God and prayers. It has been very comforting and a blessing to each of us. Your remarkable generosity, prayers, financial and moral support, strengthened us all during this difficult time. We were humbled by the overwhelming love and kindness shown. You all made our pain less by standing with us, when we needed you most. We extend our deepest appreciation to all our friends, well-wishers and the funeral committee for their immense support. As we not cannot thank each of you individually, please accept our sincere gratitude. We pray that Almighty God will reward you abundantly, and meet your needs as per the desire of your hearts.

 

 

My king, do not be discouraged because everything God does is perfect

 

A King had a male servant who, in all circumstances always said to him; My king, do not be discouraged because everything God does is perfect, no mistakes. One day, they went hunting and a wild animal attacked the king, the servant managed to kill the animal but couldn't prevent his majesty from losing a finger. Furious and without showing gratitude, the King said; if God was good, I would not have been attacked and lost one finger. The servant replied, 'despite all these things, I can only tell you that God is good and everything He does is perfect, He is never wrong'. Outraged by the response, the king ordered the arrest of his servant. While being taken to prison, he told the king again, God is Good & Perfect. Another day, the king left alone for another hunt and was captured by savages who use human beings for sacrifice. On the altar, the savages found out that the king didn't have one finger in place, he was released because he was considered not "complete" to be offered to the gods. On his return to the palace, he ordered the release of his servant and said; My friend, God was really good to me. I was almost killed but for lack of a single finger, I was let go. But I have a question; If God is so good, why did He allow me to put you in prison? His servant replied; My king, if I had not been put in prison, I would have gone with you, and would have been sacrificed, because I have no missing finger. Everything God does is perfect, He is never wrong. Often we complain about life, and the negative things that happen to us, forgetting that everything happens for a purpose.

 

God knows why you are reading this message today, please bless someone with it by sharing it. God is good and perfect!! My dear friend, a good attitude will determine your altitude. When you look at your life, career, job or family life, what do you say? Do you praise God? Do you blame the Satan? A good attitude towards God makes Him move on your behalf. Just sit down and say, Today , I am thankful I had a peaceful sleep, I am thankful I am alive with possibilities, I am thankful I have a roof over me, I am thankful I have a job, I am thankful that I have Family and Friends. Above all, I am thankful that I have God in my life . Be blessed and don't be envious or shocked when others are prospering because you don't know what they have been through to get there (test, trials and tribulation) so thank God for what you have. "Little is much when God is in it. It Is Well With God's grace. Touch someone's life with this message if God is for us, who can be against us? Don't read if you can't forward. God has seen you struggling with something. God says it's over. A blessing is coming your way. If you believe in God send this message on, please don't ignore it, God is going to fix two things (BIG) in your favor. If you believe in God, drop everything and pass it on. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Don't break this. Send this to everybody in your contacts.

 

 

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Grace Mugabe: South Africa grants immunity despite assault claim

South Africa has granted diplomatic immunity to Zimbabwean First Lady Grace Mugabe, allowing her to leave the country without answering questions about an assault allegation. President Robert Mugabe and his wife arrived back in Harare early on Sunday. Mrs Mugabe, 52, is accused of assaulting model Gabriella Engels a week ago at a Johannesburg hotel where her sons were staying.

 

 

Burnt by the ‘Flame of Freedom’?

What really went wrong with the Odingas?

Raila Odinga’s fall at the polls last week was a tumble of tectonic proportions. There are those who expected that he would become President, move into State House as a culmination (reward) of his family’s seven-decade-long fight to expand the democratic space in this country. In many ways, he was fighting his father’s battles but it is apparent that there was a glass ceiling both just could not break. Jaramogi Oginga Odinga run for President in 1992 and was beaten to it by President Daniel Moi. He died a broken man two years later. Raila Odinga then took up the mantle from his father and run for the high office in 1997. He failed but formed a coalition five years later that swept Mwai Kibaki into power.

He would play a minimal role in that government and quit altogether following a massive disagreement with Kibaki. He led a rebellion against the Kibaki government, working to the defeat of the Wako Constitution Draft in 2005.In 2007, he was on the ballot again and although it was obvious that he won, he never became President. Five years later in 2013, he fell into the hands of Uhuru Kenyatta and a second time last week. In short, the Odinga name has appeared on our presidential ballots consistently since 1992 — 25 years in a row save one, with no luck. They have been at the forefront of our national politics since the senior Odinga was first elected to the Legislative Council in 1957 — 60 years ago. Begs the question: What really went wrong with the Odingas?

METAPHYSICAL EXPLANATIONS

The consistent failure at the polls by the two Odingas has brought others to wonder whether there are any negative spiritual energy in the family. We live in a society where metaphysical evidence is constantly adduced to explain strange events. (It is, therefore, a good idea to also listen to what they have to say even if you don’t intend to go by them). This is also because this line of thinking is part of our collective social psyche as Africans, and it, therefore, falls on us to first enquire if there is any truth in it. Metaphysics and the explanation of unusual occurrences is not new, neither is it unique to us in Africa. When the Kennedys in America suffered so many tragedies in the family, some tried to explain it away as a curse collected along the way by their rather sinful patriarch, JP Kennedy Sr Others have said that JFK fell under ‘Tecumseh’s Curse’, which saw the deaths in office of all US Presidents elected every two decades starting 1840, with the close exception of Ronald Reagan, who escaped an assassin’s bullet ending the curse. Could inter-generational jinxes apply to the Odingas? Let us first examine the predictions of an Odinga Presidency.

 

 

PROPHECIES OF ODINGA

PRESIDENCY

If you told anyone that Raila would not be president in 2007, they would have highly doubted you. He was indeed headed to State House, and many had placed their bets on his presidency. According to bloggers Anderson Ojwang and Allan Kisia, the great Luhya prophet Elijah Masinde prophesied, saying, ‘Bumwami bukhamile khunyanja’ (the leadership will come from the lake). Writing in September 2007 prior to the disastrous elections of that year, they applied the prophecy to mean an Odinga presidency. This is uncannily similar to that of the ancient Kipsigis prophet Mugeni of the Kipkenda clan, who had made an exact similar prophecy.

Historians do not normally discard such prophecies as they have the effect of altering the course of history. The great Rastafarian movement begun on the prophetic words of Marcus Garvey telling fellow Jamaicans ‘Look to Africa, when a black king shall be crowned, for the day of deliverance is at hand.’ And so in 1930, when Ras Tafari Makonnen (Haile Selassie) was crowned in Ethiopia the Rastafarian movement (faith) arose. Raila has, however, moved to the Supreme Court to lodge a petition and so we await to see the outcome. The two prophecies may still have some currency after all.

THE CURSE OF MUMIA

I came across a writer on social media who stated that there was an ‘invisible hand’ in the latest Odinga debacle, terming it ‘the Curse of Mumia’. Although he doesn’t provide any credible details, another online writer adds currency to this thought saying that Raila’s grandfather was a key member of the ancient Luhya Kingdom of Wanga led by Nabongo Mumia. He says that somewhere in the 1890s, while serving as the aide-de-camp of Mumia, he led a palace coup to depose the Nabongo. The coup failed and he was immediately expelled from the Kingdom — but not before a curse was placed upon him, saying that he and his generations would never rise to power. He then left and established himself among the Luo in Sakwa, where Odinga was born.

A quick fact-check, however, shows that this thinking holds little water. Oginga did record his lineage in his book Not yet Uhuru. He says his great great grandfather Wenwa begat Rapondi, who begat Rayila, who begat Ajuma, who begat Oginga Odinga and who in turn begat Raila Amolo. There was no evidence that any of them had served in the court of the Nabongo. He speaks of his grandfather Rayila (after whom he named his son) as being rather indigent and unable to even raise dowry for a wife and being forced to marry a widow. The Nabongo Mumia on the other hand reigned from circa 1882 through 1949. If anyone in the Odinga lineage served in that court, then it should have been Oginga’s grandfather Rayila but then it is clear according to the book that he struggled to raise his family and the lineage was long established in Luo Nyanza, far away from the Nabongo. The ‘Curse of Nabongo’ cannot, therefore, be a credible explanation of the consistent debacle at the polls.

SINS OF THE FATHER

Perhaps it was Odinga’s dalliance with socialism that cast a long political shadow over his own and his son’s political career. According to some, Raila’s campaign promise to deal with high rent in Nairobi, brought images of socialist-style control/take-over of housing or state-imposed rent restrictions.

This declaration, while popular to the restive masses, served to galvanise the middle-class, and propertied elite against his bid. Nairobi is a city with an extraordinarily vibrant real estate market with high property values and rents to match. Homes constructed through the sweat and toil of landlords, are jealously guarded through multi-generational family holdings. His call for a re-look on the rent structures was most unwelcome to this class. Other than that, the whole idea of ‘Canaan’ in his campaign had strong connotations of Utopian socialism and which only reinforced the said perceptions. In fact, the whole idea of ‘Canaan’ only served to convince many that he was every bit his father’s political son.

In every sense, therefore, the day Odinga picked up Karl Marx’s Das Kapital, was the most likely the day that he took the path to political disillusion, taking his son along with him. In a close interview in the last days of his life, author Prof H Odera Oruka gives us a rare glimpse into the ideological world of Oginga in his book Oginga Odinga: His philosophy and Beliefs. In the book, Odinga enumerates Frantz Fanon’s ideas on Marxism in Africa, while at the same time he does little to respond to the perennial accusation that he was a Marxist.

THE ILL-FATED VISIT TO MOSCOW

By the time he was espousing socialism, the world was getting into the Cold War that pitted the US and the USSR. Odinga would become one of its biggest casualties. In the years before Independence, Odinga quickly made inroads into the world of Socialism and made friends with other famous African socialists such as Kwame Nkrumah, Samora Machel and others abroad, including Mao Tsetung, Chou En Lai and Nikita Khruschev, among others. He also made connections with later converts to socialism, Milton Obote and Julius Nyerere. The rise to power of the latter duo in East Africa placed Kenya under the spotlight, and Oginga in particular. However, it was a massive mistake he made in the middle of 1964 that served him a fatal political blow. And he would never recover from it.

THE BLACKS AND THE REDS

In April 1964, Odinga travelled to Moscow and stood in Red Square as an honoured guest of the Soviet state. Episode 5 of Niall Ferguson’s historical documentary series The War of the Worlds: A New History of the 20th Century has a footage showing Oginga happily waving his flywhisk at the dais in Moscow’s Red Square to a mammoth crowd, and the passing massive military hardware. The same footage also shows him holding hands aloft with Nikita Khrushchev and Samora Machel at the same venue. This rare video (available on YouTube) could only have been made by the CIA and was probably what put him on their radar. Just two months prior, the Americans had appointed William Attwood as its Ambassador to Nairobi. Attwood, a virulent anti-Communist, went to work personally setting in motion the series of events that compounded Odinga’s problems that would eventually leave his political star severely diminished.

HOUNDED OUT OF POWER

Within two years of appearing at Moscow’s Red Square, Odinga was out of power and would never regain it in his entire life. It was clear to all that Kanu was severely divided ideologically, with some of its senior leaders having strong Socialist or Capitalist leanings. The Kanu socialists included Odinga, Pio Gama Pinto and Bildad Kaggia, among others. Pinto fell under an assassin’s bullet in a yet-to-be resolved murder, while his friend Joseph Murumbi would resign. Attwood’s hand was clearly visible in the fall of Kanu’s socialists. He worked to undermine Odinga’s position in the Kenyatta government a move that saw his eventual ouster from Kanu and his resignation from Government in April 1966. It turned out however that Attwood was the silent bogeyman in the background.

ENTER RAILA ODINGA

You can imagine what was going on in the mind of teenager Raila, who had left Kenya for East Germany in 1962 aged 17. Raila was holed up in Leipzig, closely following his father’s political debacle but could not do much. On his return to Kenya, his father’s political organisation was in total chaos. In fact, the things KPU had to endure between the day it was registered on May 23, 1966 and when it was banned on October 30, 1969 would make a voluminous book. In Sarah Elderkin’s book on Raila The Flame of Freedom enumerates the harassment his father had to endure under the hands of President Kenyatta. From the sudden recall of loans that crippled his family financially to house arrest and auctioneers sent to take over their property. Most of KPU legislators were in jail when Raila returned. His father was in house arrest. Severe political repression in the 1970s and the assumption of power of President Moi at the end of that decade, understandably left Raila with only on option — revolution to remove Kanu from power.

BURNT BY THE FLAME OF FREEDOM

Raila’s part in the failed 1982 coup is well enumerated. However, we must see that coup in terms of what it did to Kenya. Kenya would never be the same again. It lost its innocence that day and only worsened the tribal polarisation that can be observed today and which partly explains Raila’s loss in this election. In many ways, the ‘Flame of Freedom’ that Raila had lit, would burn him almost to a cinder. Raila was arrested while his uncle Peter Oloo Aringo, then the Environment Minister, was sacked by President Moi on August 10, 1982. On September 22, 1982 Raila was charged in court with treason. His foot soldiers — the Air Force coup-makers — were hanged, while he escaped by a whisker as his family’s political (and financial) fortunes took a dive for the worse. Mama Ida had to endure horrendous treatment in the hands of Moi. He served nine years in detention. However, he returned and added his voice to the clamour for pluralism. Moi had consistently fought the idea, saying it would lead to the enclavisation of the country.

WAS MOI RIGHT AFTER ALL?

Frantz Fanon once said, ‘Each generation must discover its mission, fulfill it or betray it, in relative opacity.’ Was pluralism best suited for a time and place such as this? We cannot help but wonder if Moi was right about the polarising effects of pluralism. Moi to this day still curses pluralism. Today one has to see that this nation is divided right down the middle despite what you may want to say.

While I personally do not subscribe to the idea that our elections are a ‘tribal census’, you can’t help but see those patterns clearly painted in the just concluded election. There are those who did not vote for Raila simply because of his tribe, nothing more. Did pluralism come too soon? Are we particularly well-suited for it the way we know this country? What was really in this glass ceiling? In bringing in pluralism in Kenya, was Raila the victim of his own drive to expand the democratic space in Kenya?

These are questions that must lead the debate into what really happened to the Odingas. - The Star

 


KDF to start bombing of Boni Forest


The Kenya Defence Forces will soon commence the bombing of Boni Forest in Lamu County to flush out Al-Shabaab militants with residents being asked to relocate to safer areas. Speaking to journalists Sunday, Operation Linda Boni Director Joseph Kanyiri called on all residents, especially the herders, to vacate the surrounding areas to avoid being killed during the operation.Mr Kanyiri issued a 48-hour ultimatum to residents, making it clear that that those who don't heed will be treated as terrorists. "I call on locals who are still living inside or near the Boni Forest to vacate. "The bombing of Al-Shabaab hideouts in the forest will begin anytime soon or I can say it’s almost now," he said. He said the terrorist group is a serious security challenge that requires a strict solution. "The kind of bombing that will happen will be too hot for anyone to stay inside. "I am aware that some herders have for several times been spotted grazing their animals inside Boni Forest and its surrounding areas. "They should vacate with their animals within the next 48 hours."  - Sunday Nation.

 

'Hard' Brexit offers '£135bn annual boost' to UK economy


Removing all trade tariffs and barriers would help generate an annual £135bn uplift to the UK economy, according to a group of pro-Brexit economists. A "hard" Brexit is "economically much superior to soft" argues Prof Patrick Minford, lead author of a report from Economists for Free Trade. He says eliminating tariffs, either within free trade deals or unilaterally, would deliver huge gains. Campaigners against a hard Brexit said the plan amounts to "economic suicide". Prof Minford's full report, From Project Fear to Project Prosperity, is due to be published in the autumn. He argues that the UK could unilaterally - before a reciprocal deal is in place - eliminate trade barriers for both the EU and the rest of the world and reap trade gains worth £80bn a year. The report foresees a further £40bn a year boost from deregulating the economy, as well as other benefits resulting from Brexit-related policies. Mr Minford - a professor at Cardiff University - says that when it comes to trade the "ideal solution" would still be free trade deals with major economic blocks including the EU. But the threat that the UK could abolish all trade barriers unilaterally would act as "the club in the closet". The EU would then be under pressure to offer Britain a free trade deal, otherwise its producers would be competing in a UK market "flooded with less expensive goods from elsewhere", his introduction says. He argues UK businesses and consumers would benefit from lower priced imported goods and the effects of increased competition, which would force firms to raise their productivity.

 

What is the customs union?


The UK is part of the EU customs union, and so imposes tariffs - taxes on imports - on some goods coming into the country.


Countries in the customs union don't impose tariffs on each other's goods, and every country inside the union levies the same tariffs on imports from abroad. So, for example, a 10% tariff is imposed on some cars imported from outside the customs union, while 7.5% is imposed on roasted coffee.


Other goods have no tariffs. The UK has said it is leaving the EU's customs union because as a member it is unable to strike trade deals with other countries
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Boston, USA march against rig

ht-wing rally draws thousands

 

Tens of thousands of anti-racism protesters have opposed the "Free Speech" rally in the US city of Boston that featured right-wing speakers. The rally on Boston Common, which attracted only a small crowd, disbanded early and the participants were escorted out by police. The organisers had said they would not give a platform to racism or bigotry. Tensions are high after violent demonstrations in Charlottesville, Virginia last weekend turned deadly. The Boston Herald reported that up to 30,000 people attended the counter-protest. Demonstrators had gathered at a Boston sports centre and then marched en masse to the common. The BBC's Aleem Maqbool, at the scene, said those who turned up for the conservative rally were confined to the bandstand area on Boston Common. Crowds of anti-racism protesters totally surrounded the bandstand but were kept some distance away, he added. Many wore stickers showing the face of 32-year-old Heather Heyer, who died when a car was driven into a crowd of counter-protesters at last Saturday's far-right rally in Charlottesville.

 

Margaret Wanjiku (Mama Joe of Peterborough UK) has lost her mother in Kenya


It is with great sadness that we announce the passing on to glory of Teresia Wangui Kihara of Ol Kalao, Kenya on 16th August 2017. A loved wife of Joseph Kihara, mother to Eunice Nyokabi, James Ndungu , Anthony Ng’ang’a (Deceased), Margaret Wanjiku (Mama Joe of Peterborough UK), Mary Wamaitha, Julius Mwaura, Jeff Kigathi (of Cork Ireland), Tabitha Njeri, a beloved grandmother and great grandmother. Family and friends are having prayers daily at Margaret’s house at 16 Clifton Avenue Peterborough, PE3 6AY from 18:00 until Monday 21st of August 2017. The family would like to thank everyone for the time they’ve already sacrificed to come and fellowship, their contributions and their continued calls of condolences. For those who wish to contribute financially please use the details below: Name: Margaret Telfer, Barclays Bank Account No: 20003441, Sort Code: 20-67-37. Or Name: Jeff Kigathi, AIB Bank, Account No:10639082, Sort Code: 93-73-04. Burial will be on Friday 25th August 2017 at her home in Ol Kalao. “You were a bright shining light and thank you for always brightening our lives and for your guidance and until we meet again, may God Hold you in the palm of his hand”.

 

WORD OF TODAY

Nehemiah 6:3

 

Be willing to pay the price
We read in Nehemiah 6:3: "And I sent messengers unto them, saying, I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down: why should the work cease, whilst I leave it, and come down to you?" Success usually comes at the end of struggle; if it came easily, everybody would be experiencing it. When it comes to success, there are no shortcuts, reduced prices, or ‘special deals’. The value of anything is determined by the price you’re willing to pay for it. And when you truly value something, you won’t easily jeopardise it because you remember what it cost you. What are you afraid of today? Failing? Your concern should be the opposite - regret that you didn’t try. Are you afraid of criticism? Face it, as you move upward in life certain people will resent your success; that’s true whether you’re arrogant or not. We all want to be liked, but at some point you’ve got to ask yourself, ‘How much am I willing to forfeit in order to be liked and accepted?’ Nehemiah, the builder of Jerusalem’s walls, said, ‘I am doing a great work, so…I cannot come down.’ Any time you defer to the opinion of people instead of the will of God, you are ‘coming down’. Stay up on the wall! Keep laying bricks - or whatever God has called you to do. Advancement often brings isolation and criticism, and God may be grooming you right now for a new level of blessing by exposing you to both. Can you handle it? Not everybody can. But if you’re the kind of person who can’t sit on the sidelines and watch while others play the game - go for it! God will reward every step of faith you take and every sacrifice you make.
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Sir Bruce Forsyth: TV legend dies aged 89


Sir Bruce Forsyth, the veteran entertainer and presenter of many successful TV shows, has died aged 89. The former Strictly Come Dancing host had been unwell for some time and was in hospital earlier this year after a severe chest infection. His long career in showbusiness began when he was aged just 14. He became Britain's best-paid TV star, famous for hosting game shows like The Generation Game, Play Your Cards Right and The Price is Right.

 

Rise in number of malls spells trouble for developers


An oversupply of shopping malls in cities and their environs is likely to spell trouble for developers, Britam Asset Managers has said. Britam’s latest real estate report capturing trends in the first half of the year, says the the glut in malls countrywide is expected to make it harder to get tenants. “Slower uptake of space is anticipated within the new malls due to demand and supply mismatch, where tenants are fewer than the supply,” says Britam Asset Managers. The report says this will in turn impact on retail rents, that are expected to remain relatively stable as more space is added to the market. The report comes amid fears that the woes facing large retailers, who are the anchor tenants in many malls, are likely to compound problems for owners. Key tenants have been closing their operations as the retail business hits a rough patch. Nakumatt and Uchumi supermarkets #ticker:UCHM are among troubled retailers which have announced plans to close poorly performing branches in Kenya and Uganda as a way of cutting cost. Some of the major mall additions to the retail stock this year are the Rosslyn Riviera (GLA) and Two Rivers Mall (GLA, both on Limuru Road, Nairobi. Britam projects that malls designed to cater for neighbourhoods will achieve better returns than large mega facilities mainly designed as destination hubs. This could be linked to the convenience brought about by the easier accessibility and the population density within estates. - Daily Nation.

 

 

Pastor Grace and Gad father's Memorial service

this Sunday 20th August from 6pm

We announce the promotion to glory of Mr Phillip Waruiru Kamande former teacher at Ting'ang'a secondary school . He was husband to Veronica Mingina Waruiru. Father to Simon Mbugua of Arizona USA, the late Priscilla Njoki Muchiri, Grace Gad of Revival House London, Samuel Kamande, Stephen Ngugi and Emily Murugi of Kijabe Hospital. He was father in law to Pastor Gad of Revival House London, Joseph Muchiri, Damaris Wambui and Gladys Wanja. He was son to the Late Samuel Kamande Ngugi and the Late Priscilla Njoki Kamande. He was brother to the late Stephen Ngugi kamande, Late Peninnah Wanjiru, Gladys Kanyi , Esther Gathoni, and Gladwel Wathaiya. He was grandfather to Joseph Muthaka, Mathew Waruiru, Abigail Wangu among many others.He was uncle to Priscilla Mwangi(Kinjo) of Revival House London. Please join the family for service at 500 High Street North E12 6QN today Saturday 19 Augugust 7 p.m. to 9 pm. The memorial service be held on Sunday 20th August at Revival House 500 High Street North E12 6QN from 5 PM to 9 p.m. Anyone wishing to support the family via banking please use: Santader, G K Njenga Sort code 090136 Account no. 69338982. For further details and to comfort the family please contact Grace on 07949427050, Pastor Gad 07984410236, Kinjo Mwas 07944653618 and Mama Gad 07572362287. Revelation 14:13. Then I heard a voice from heaven say, "Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on." "Yes," says the Spirit, "they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them." God bless you.

 

 

 

 

Youths block Ugenya roads to stop Chebukati,

Chiloba from attending Msando burial


Ugenya youths on Saturday mounted roadblocks on all major roads leading to the venue of Chris Msando's funeral service. The lot says they are on a mission to ensure IEBC chairman Wafula Chebuka and CEO Ezra Chilloba do not attend the burial. The group said they are angered that the two electoral agency officials betrayed the late ICT manager and NASA leader Raila Odinga. "We are going to search all vehicles heading to the funeral. If we meet the two, we will force them to go back to Nairobi," one of them said. They vowed to chase the top IEBC officials away in case they bump into them anywhere in the funeral or within Ugenya constituency. The mean-looking youths said IEBC commissioners erred by announcing President Uhuru Kenyatta the winner without confirming all forms 34A and 34B. "They undermined and went against the free and fair commitment they swore to defend when assuming office," others said. The residents said they will not stop demanding justice for Msando saying the latter was sold off the way Judas did to Jesus in the Bible. - The Star

 

Nasa papers shed light on why Raila rejected poll results

The National Super Alliance presidential candidate, Mr Raila Odinga, has asked the Supreme Court to nullify the presidential election held 10 days ago and order a fresh one. In a petition filed late Friday night, just in time to beat the midnight deadline, Mr Odinga said the August 8 election was fatally compromised. “It was so badly conducted and marred with such glaring irregularities that it does not matter who won, or who was declared the winner thereof,” Mr Odinga says in court papers filed jointly with his running mate, Mr Kalonzo Musyoka of Wiper.



RESULTS

The petition relies on a series of sworn statements by research and information technology experts among others to allege a string of errors in the process.
 The statements also question the numbers emerging from the presidential election. They allege that there were numerous instances in which votes were deducted from their ticket and added to President Uhuru Kenyatta, who was declared winner of the State House race on Friday last week. The chairman of the electoral commission, Mr Wafula Chebukati, said that President Kenyatta had garnered 8,203,290 votes (54.2 per cent) against Mr Odinga’s 6,762,224 votes.



OFFENCES
An affidavit by Dr Nyangasi Onduwo, who works as an economic advisor for Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho, alleges that he examined over 25,000 vote declaration forms and detected errors in 14,000 of them. The errors ranged from unsigned documents, or the name of one presiding officer being shown as the official in charge of elections in multiple stations at the same time. He also says that he found 443 instances of ungazetted polling stations, election results forms that had been filled out in the same handwriting, and forms that have a polling station, names and details of agents as well as their signatures but were blank in spaces meant to show results. The court will have 14 days to test the veracity of these allegations.



PROCEDURE
Other documents allege that the votes cast in the presidential election (15,588,038) exceeded those for governors (15,098,646) and Members of the National Assembly (15,008,818) by 482,202 and 567,517 ballots respectively. The law and the decisions of the courts before the election required a number of things done, including voting, electronic transmission of results, by image and text to tallying centre, and the display of results in a public portal that is accountable, verifiable and accurate. These are the standards that determine whether or not results meet the constitutional threshold. Nasa alleges that the IEBC flouted these principles and wants this used to nullify the results of the elections.



BOMAS

Most strikingly, by the time of announcing the final results, the commission’s chairman purported his numbers to be final. This suggested he had received all the tallies from all the polling stations. According to Nasa, he had not. Over 20 lawyers working on the court papers in Nairobi also included in the petition questions about the IEBC declaring results for the presidential election when it did not have documents for 11,883 polling stations. “How then did the IEBC chair respond to Nasa’s enquiry by saying they have not received 5,015 Forms 34A?” one of the lawyers asked.



JUDGES
The petition alleges that returning and presiding officers were recalled to fill and adjust relevant results forms to ensure documents tallied with the final results announced. Nasa is required to pay Sh1,734,250 million to file the suit before serving the respondents by Sunday. Here is the break down: Sh500,000 for lodging the petition; Sh1m for security; Sh8,050 for affidavits; Annexures Sh225,000 and a service fee of Sh1,200. Once the papers have been filed, Nasa will have two days to serve the respondents, including the electoral commission and the Jubilee Party. The respondents will in turn have four days to file their responses. A pre-trial conference will be held on the eighth day after the filing of the petition, after which the case will be heard every day until it is concluded.



VERDICT

However, the Supreme Court must give a ruling within 14 days. If the court upholds President Kenyatta’s victory, that ruling will be final. If it finds the election was flawed, a run-off between the incumbent and Mr Odinga must be held within 60 days. - Daily Nation.

 

Two weeks after he was sworn in in October last year, Chief Justice David Maraga met

opposition chief Raila Odinga at the Supreme Court for a one-and-a-half-hour meeting

 

 

 

The UK government plans to keep visa-free travel to the UK for EU visitors

The UK government plans to keep visa-free travel to the UK for EU visitors but deny them rights to employment and social welfare benefits after Brexit

Under the proposals, if visitors from EU countries want to work, study or settle in the UK they would have to apply for permission .

EU citizens are currently free to live and work in the UK without a permit.

The Home Office says managing migration is about access to work and benefits as much as the ability to control entry at a physical border

This is why commonwealth citizens with appropriate qualifications in
1: nursing
2: medicine
3: teaching
4: engineering
5: business etc


may find it easy to access UK labour market under the shortage occupation and entrepreneurship schemes


 

"Mr Mandela, you do not understand, a pig & a bird do not sit together to eat"

When Nelson Mandela was studying law at the University, a white professor, whose last name was Peters, disliked him intensely.

One day, Mr. Peters was having lunch at the dining room when Mandela came along with his tray & sat next to the professor.

The professor said,
"Mr Mandela, you do not understand, a pig & a bird do not sit together to eat"

Mandela looked at him as a parent would a rude child & calmly replied,
*"You do not worry professor. I'll fly away,"*
& he went & sat at another table.

Mr. Peters, reddened with rage, decided to take revenge.

The next day in class he posed the following question:
"Mr. Mandela, if you were walking down the street & found a package, & within was a bag of wisdom & another bag with money, which one would you take ?"

Without hesitating, Mandela responded, "The one with the money, of course."

Mr. Peters , smiling sarcastically said,
"I, in your place, would have taken the wisdom."

Nelson Mandela shrugged & responded, *"Each one takes what he doesn't have."*

Mr. Peters, by this time was fit to be tied. So great was his anger that he wrote on Nelson Mandela's exam sheet the word "IDIOT"
& gave it to Mandela.

Mandela took the exam sheet & sat down at his desk trying very hard to remain calm while he contemplated his next move.

A few minutes later, Nelson Mandela got up, went to the professor & told him in a dignified polite tone,

"Mr. Peters, *you signed the sheet*, but you did not give me the grade."

Don't mess with intelligent people..


 

 

 

 

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Kenya shilling strengthens to 2-month high against the dollar


The Kenyan shilling firmed to 103.25/45 against the dollar on Thursday, its highest level since June 21, afterthe opposition said the previous day that it would challenge the outcome of last week's presidential vote in court, traders said. The shilling had closed at 103.65/75 the previous day. "If you look at the fundamental and political picture it points to a continuous rally but I don't expect it to go beyond 103," said a trader at a local commercial bank. Opposition leader Raila Odinga said Wednesday that it would challenge the re-election of Uhuru Kenya in court, just days after indicating that an election petition would not be an option for NASA. "We had said we will not go court. But with the raid on civil society and determination to silence all voices that could seek legal redress like AFRICOG and the Kenya Human Rights Commission, we have now decided to move to the Supreme Court and lay before the world the making of a computer-generated leadership," Mr Odinga said in a press conference. - businessdailyafrica.com

 

 

The A-level failure who became a multi-millionaire


The day Giles Fuchs learned he had failed his A-levels, his family gathered around the dining table for dinner as normal. His father didn't say a word during the meal, waiting until the plates had been cleared to turn to his son and say: "Giles, I hope you're good with your hands." Hoping to prove his dad wrong despite the dismal results, the next day Mr Fuchs knocked on the door of the biggest estate agent chain in Northamptonshire to ask for a job. "I'll be the best negotiator you've ever had," the teenager told the manager. "Can you start on Monday?" was his response. Today a multi-millionaire 52-year-old, and co-founder and boss of UK serviced office business Office Space In Town (OSIT), Mr Fuchs says that the three years he spent working for that estate agency in the East Midlands gave him an invaluable grounding. "It taught me how to interact with people - and how to sell," he says. Ambitious to be his own boss, at the age of 21 Mr Fuchs opened his own firm of estate agents with a friend in 1987. The business was a success, and numerous other profitable ventures followed, including a disaster recovery company, until in 2010 he decided to join forces with his sister Niki and launch OSIT. Just seven years later OSIT enjoys annual revenues of more than £20m. Now valued at £200m, it has six buildings in London, and a further four in other parts of the UK. Serviced offices provide everything an entrepreneur or company needs to go into business. In addition to office space, they have internet access, desks, chairs, meeting rooms and even reception staff they can rely on. The decision of Mr Fuchs and his sister to start OSIT was very much them following in the family tradition, as back in 1979 their mother had set up the first such businesses in the UK. Niki had taken over the running of her mother's business, City Executive Centres, and Mr Fuchs joined her in the early 2000s, before the business was ultimately sold in 2005. OSIT's first office opened in January 2011 in the Euston Tower in central London, using leased space.

 

Kenya to adopt E-Passports in September— Gordon Kihalangwa


A Series, B series, C series and diplomatic passports will cost Sh4,550, Sh6,050, Sh7,550 and Sh7,550, respectively


The government has been gradually switching to e-systems to improve efficiency and reduce security loopholes.


Kenyan passport holders will from September be required to replace them as the government begins rolling out electronic ones. The current passports will however remain in use for two years, after which they will be rendered obsolete. Those applying for passports from next month will be issued with the new-generation e-passports, which feature a microchip containing data about the holder that also matches the information in the booklet. “The e-passport allows information stored on the chip to be verified with the information visually displayed on the passport,” the Department of Immigration said Thursday. “The e-passport is highly secure; hence avoids reproduction and tampering. The e-passport enhances imposter detection.” Director of Immigration Gordon Kihalangwa took curious Kenyans through the process of acquiring the new passport. Using his interactive Twitter account, he said the passports would be issued at the same cost as the old ones. “Applicants will be required to appear in person at our offices for photograph capture and finger prints,” Maj-Gen (Rtd) Kihalangwa said.

 

 

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Furnished Spacious 3 Bed Holiday home - Bungalow
to let in Kitengela- Kenya (Gated Community)

* 30 minutes to/from airport (JKIA)
* Situated in a clean, secure and gated community comprised of 8 bungalows
* Ensuite master bedroom
* Instant hot water showers
* Fridge, cooker, microwave
* Dining and living rooms
* Free weekly home and clothes cleaning services offered
* 55 inch LED TV with all free local channels
* Living room Ceiling fan
* Access to borehole so no water problems.
* Lockable safe

 

This is in a gated community of eight units of (3) three bedroom bungalow master ensuite with Dsq on 1/8 acre plot. The units are tastefully, beautifully designed setting of stylish yet affordable home in Kitengela Mililani area. The area is one of the most sort after in kitengela. The houses have perimeter wall with razor wire for enhanced security. Parking spaces for two with individual compound. Common green area suitable as play area for children. The houses are separated by bougainvillea wrapped chain link fence that heighten the beauty of the estate. Wide road that may double as parking area for visitors, modern kitchen with excellent MDF finishes and granite top, large pantry, spacious backyard with dhobi area, spacious lounge with separate dining area, large window to enhance natural lighting , spacious master ensuite with modern finishes and adequate storage space and electric perimeter fence.

Only a few metres from Naivas in Kitengela town.

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