December 23, 2014

Day schools will be free from 2015, says DP William Ruto


Studying in day schools will be cost-free from 2015, Deputy President William Ruto has said. Ruto said the government, through several programmes including the CDF, will put up classes and pay the school’s teachers and that parents should therefore not be asked to make any payments. “What we want now is for parents and leaders to help monitor the use of this money in all schools so that it benefits the intended children,” he said. He was speaking after attending a church service at Ziwa in Eldoret on Sunday. Noting the government’s commitment to ensuring that as many children as…

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[VIDEO] You saw the female artists version, now Kenyan male version of “Mary did you know” is here


Last week saw the debut of various Kenyan artists rendition of Mary did you know but this week we see Kenyan men with their own version. Various artists are coming up with collaborations to celebrate Christmas. The female artsist included included Kambua, Alice Kamande, Grace Mwai, Mercy Wairegi, Kerry Kagiri and Makena. Both videos were produced by Kenneth Heman. Here is the men’s version. RELATED: [VIDEO] Various Kenyan Female Artists perform “Mary Did You Know”

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[Photos] Uhuru’s nephew and Juja Capital Centre MD Mike Gathecha dies in a road crash


Michael Gathecha, the MD of Juja Capital Center has died in a road accident. Gathecha nicknamed by friends as Money Mike died on Saturday after his Toyota Crown vehicle rammed into a stationary truck at Nairobi’s Roysambu area. He was President Uhuru Kenyatta’s nephew and a former Diasporian and a resident of Boston, Massachusetts. Speeding has been speculated as the cause of the accident in preliminary investigations. Gathecha owned multiple businesses and he is known for his multiple vehicles bearing his name. He prided in them as evidenced by his postings on his Facebook page. Soon after the news broke out…

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KRA seeks to impound two luxury armoured vehicles from CEO


The Kenya Revenue Authority is engaged in a tussle with an investment firm over two armoured vehicles it wants to impound despite the company insisting that it has paid all taxes due. Java Investment Limited, a major shareholder of an NSE-listed company, has filed a suit against the taxman in the Judicial Review division of the High Court seeking to stop the intended impounding of the two vehicles. The firm claims that despite paying the duty demanded by KRA, the taxman has threatened to impound the two vehicles which are intended for personal use of the firm’s chief executive. It…

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McDonald’s signals Kenya entry with franchise call


Globally renowned fast-food chain McDonald’s has invited investors to put in applications for a Kenya franchise, sending out the strongest signal yet of its plans to open shop in Nairobi. McDonald’s says it is looking for investors who haveretail experience and “willingness to devote full time to the McDonald’s restaurant business, knowledge of the real estate market (and) significant capital”. “We will retain all information sent to us in a database and give you consideration if we take steps to develop McDonald’s restaurants in Kenya,” says McDonald’s in the statement. The restaurant chain’s chief executive announced earlier this year expansion…

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[VIDEO] 12 Days of Christmas – A Kenyan Version

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Nairobi Lighthouse Church started their Christmas season with a hilarious version of the Christmas song 12 days of Christmas. The video has added a Kenyan flavor with various the artists recounting the gifts they received for the festive period. Watch the video here

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[VIDEO] MP Simba Arati’s finger might be amputated following a biting at Parliament

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Dagoretti North MP Simba Arati now claims part of his arm risks amputation following a biting incident during Wednesday’s chaos in parliament. Arati who was immediately treated following the incident and returned to parliament is now admitted at the Nairobi hospital following what he termed as a restless night. Machakos senator Johnston Muthama who visited Arati in hospital says cord leaders who were assaulted during the chaotic scenes as MPs debated the security laws amendment bill will press charges against MPs who attacked them. And speaking in Nyatike this afternoon, cord leader raila odinga maintained that he was proud of…

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The mystery Kenyan tycoon who shook up Tanzania


A businessman with close ties to senior members of Kenya’s first ruling party Kanu, is at the centre of a $183 million scandal in Tanzania that is threatening to bring down senior government officials and leave a blot on President Jakaya Kikwete’s legacy. Tanzania’s Public Accounts Committee has called for the immediate arrest and prosecution of Harbinder Singh Sethi, the owner of Pan African Power Solutions, over the irregular withdrawal of $183 million from an escrow account. The committee has also recommended that the country’s prime minister take political responsibility for the scandal and that some two Cabinet ministers, who include former…

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Confessions of Uhuru ICC witnesses


Two weeks after collapse of the case against President Uhuru Kenyatta at the International Criminal Court (ICC), two would-be witnesses have exclusively spoken to The People Daily about their role in the bungled case. The two who spoke in confidence from their hide-outs in the UK and in the Netherlands have talked about their deals with certain local Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) which recruited them into the ICC witness programme, and what transpired there-after. On December 5, ICC Chief Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, dropped the charges against President Kenyatta, citing lack of sufficient evidence to enable her proceed. She cited non-cooperation from Kenyan authorities…

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[VIDEO] The government unveils double-decker high capacity buses in Nairobi

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Nairobi commuters on select routes will soon have the option on travelling in double-decker buses and other high capacity passenger service vehicles. Matatu operator City Shuttle Friday unveiled Isuzu buses with a capacity of 100 commuters to initially ply route to Kikuyu, Embakasi and Ruai. The government, meanwhile, plans to pass laws covering these vehicles before Christmas this year as part of measures to ease congestion in the capital. Transport secretary Michael Kamau said Friday he is keen to revive use of high capacity buses to reduce snarl-ups in the city centre after the collapse of the Kenya Bus service,…

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