January 24, 2017

128,000 voters share identification details, IEBC says


The electoral agency has said more than 128,000 people share identification details in the voters’ register. In their first press briefing since taking office last week, Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) officials, led by chairman Wafula Chebukati, said 128,926 people were found to have the same national identity card or passport numbers in the system. The admission could resolve the puzzle raised last week by opposition politicians Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka after they discovered they shared voter details with other Kenyans. Mr Chebukati told journalists in Nairobi that the problem may have been caused by erroneous data entered…

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[VIDEO] Matatu speeds on the wrong side of Thika Superhighway


A reckless matatu driver has been caught on video speeding on the wrong side of the busy Thika Superhighway as he frantically looked for an exit. The driver seemed unperturbed by the risk he posed on oncoming motorists who were forced to swerve to other lanes to make way for him. The speeding driver was the lone passenger in the 14-seater matatu registered under Runa Sacco during the incident. The one-minute video was recorded by a fellow motorist and has been shared widely on social media. Chairman of the Matatu Owners Association Simon Kimutai, during an interview on NTV Sasa…

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On last day of Obama era, US okays Sh43.5bn KDF arms deal to boost anti-Shabaab fight

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The US State Department has approved a deal to sell military aircraft worth approximately $418 million (Sh43.5 billion) to Kenya. The required certification notifying the US Congress of the approved sale was delivered to Capitol Hill on January 19. According to a statement by the Defence Security Cooperation Agency, the Kenyan government, under the approved sale, will receive up to 12 Air Tractor AT- 802L and two AT-504 trainer aircrafts. Included in the sale is a weapons package, technical support as well as programme management. The proposed sale, the statement said, will go a long way in contributing to the…

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Waititu slaps Kabogo with Sh50m bill in degree case


Kabete MP Ferdinand Waititu is seeking Sh50.9 million from Kiambu Governor William Kabogo as a bill of costs for filing a defence in a court case. Mr Waititu claims in a suit in the High Court that he spent the money for his defence in the case filed by Mr Kabogo alleging that he (Waititu) had forged a degree certificate. Mr Kabogo lost the case. Justice Joseph Onguto dismissed Mr Kabogo’s case with costs to Mr Waititu on December 7 last year. Mr Kabogo and Mr Waititu will be battling for the Kiambu gubernatorial seat in the August 8 elections….

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[PHOTOS] Women’s marches against Donald Trump attract masses across the globe


PARIS (AP) — Legions of women flooded parks, streets and city squares from Sydney to Paris to Philadelphia on Saturday, marching in solidarity as a show of empowerment and a stand against Donald Trump. More than 600 “sister marches” were planned across the country and abroad in conjunction with the Women’s March on Washington, which drew hundreds of thousands to the nation’s capital a day after Trump became president of the United States. Here’s a look at some of the other rallies around the world: PARIS Several thousand people, including many American workers and students living in France, gathered in…

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Obama’s parting gift to foreign entrepreneurs: A new way to stay in the U.S.


Back in 2014, when it was clear that Congress was not going to pass bipartisan immigration reform, President Obama vowed to take whatever steps he could, short of legislation, to advance his immigration agenda, including making it easier for foreign entrepreneurs to work in the U.S. On Tuesday, he made good on that promise: The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a final regulation that expands the use of the government’s “parole” authority to authorize an immigration benefit for foreign entrepreneurs who can demonstrate they will provide a significant public benefit to the United States as a result of…

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Trump Asks Some 50 Senior Obama Appointees to Stay On


President-elect Donald Trump has asked roughly 50 senior Obama administration appointees to remain in their posts after his inauguration to ensure continuity in government, his incoming White House press secretary said Thursday. The officials include the highest-ranking career officials at key national security agencies like the Pentagon and State Department. Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work and America’s third-ranking diplomat, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon, will serve as acting chiefs of their agencies until successors for the top jobs are confirmed by the Senate, Trump’s spokesman Sean Spicer said. Thursday’s announcement comes after weeks of questions about…

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Kenya targets a million digital jobs for youths in one year


Kenya has started a digital skills training programme to enable one million young people to secure freelance online work in the next year, in a bid to tackle the country’s acute youth unemployment problem. Kenya has the highest rate of youth joblessness in East Africa, the World Bank said, with 17 per cent of all young people eligible for work lacking jobs. Neighbouring Tanzania and Uganda have comparable rates of 5.5 and 6.8 per cent respectively. There are now an estimated 40,000 Kenyans who have secured online work ranging from transcription services to software development on sites like Amazon’s MTURK…

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[VIDEO] Kenyan man found dead along a fence in Lakewood, Washington


A Kenyan man was found dead along a fence in Lakewood, Washington. The body of Sam Nyutu was recovered by Lakewood homicide detectives after a passerby called 911 early Monday after seeing a man’s lifeless body lying along the fence line of a boat repair business. According to the police, the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office will perform an autopsy to determine Nyutu’s cause of death. The police noted that there were no obvious signs of trauma, gunshot wounds, nor knife wounds. They said it could be natural or something bad. Detectives found alcohol in a bag and drugs on Nyutu. The detectives…

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Kenyan man in the British Army found hanging in bathroom in UK

A coroner has opened an inquest into Cyrus Karumba's death after his wife found his body at their home on the site of the Cormorant Defence Academy in Watchfield, Oxfordshire

Detectives are investigating the death of a British Army major and former United Nations consultant, after he was found hanged in a barracks. The body of Cyrus Karumba who was originally from Kenya, was found in a bathroom of the house he shared with his wife on the site of an Army Defence Academy. The respected 36-year-old major, who joined the British Army in 2003 and had served in Afghanistan, Kenya and Germany, and his wife Suchada Karumba, who was also from Kenya, had moved to the site in September. A coroner has opened an inquest into his death after…

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