October 9, 2015

Kenyan counties spent Sh9.15 billion on foreign trips last year


Counties have spent Sh9.15 billion on domestic and foreign travel in the last one year alone. This is against an annual budgetary allocation of Sh10.05 billion, which represents an absorption rate of 91.0 per cent of the budget. In its Annual County Budget Implementation Review Report for the 2014-15 financial year, the Controller of Budget says the figure is an increase from Sh7.70 billion or an absorption rate of 76 per cent in 2013-14. The report shows Kiambu county had the highest expenditure on domestic and foreign travel at Sh370 million followed by Kajiado county at Sh354.72 million. Nairobi county…

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Mzungu lover makes up with Kenyan wife after dumping her via Facebook


Barely a month after a bitter breakup on Facebook, a German man has reconciled with his Kenyan wife of four years through the same platform which he used to call her unprintable words. “Nakupenda Eva Karwitha she is the one and only forever in my heart,” are the words that Pleschke Heinz-Georg used to declare his love for his wife on his Facebook page on Wednesday. This was after a series of posts that he had written last month accusing his wife of stealing Sh1 million from him. The particular post which Mr Heinz uploaded to announce the couple’s separation…

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NTV’s Janet Kanini diagnosed with lung cancer

Janet Kanini

NTV’s Janet Kanini has been diagonised with stage four of lung cancer after months of struggling with it’s symptoms unknowingly. The courageous TV girl who has been sharing her health journey through her Facebook page broke the news on Wednesday through an emotional and lengthy post. “My case of DVT has turned out to be a symptom of something else, something more. Hence it’s stubborn refusal to respond to blood thinner pills and my reliance on Clexane injections that should ideally be used for 10 days – instead I have used them for more than 3 months. “So here’s what…

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Let’s Talk Family, Diaspora: Breaking ungodly Soul Ties.

Pastor Patrick Kariuki

Human relationships are very complex, partly because we are very complex beings. We are triune beings, meaning that we are spirits that have a soul that live in a body. You are not a body, nor are you a soul. You are a spirit that has a soul and both the spirit and soul reside in a physical body. The soul consists of your intellect, emotions and will. When we love a fellow human being, our souls become very connected and that is why breaking up a relationship is always a painful affair. The Bible declares that God had knit…

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High school in Muranga receives success cards delivered by three planes

Success cards

Three airplanes delivered success cards to form four students of Pioneer School in Murang’a to encourage them to perform well in the KCSE exam. During the form fours prayer day at the school on Sunday, director Peter Munga said since most students study aviation in the school, it was best to send them success cards via aircraft. Munga is also the chairman of Equity Bank. He and well-wishers delivered the success cards after the prayers. Munga said Pioneer should have unique aspects of learning and motivation to encourage the students. Munga also has started Pioneer Girls’ School and Pioneer Murang’a…

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[VIDEO] Kamiti prison holds second annual inmates’ talent show


Kamiti prisoners showcased their talents during its second annual show themed ‘Crime Si Poa’ on Wednesday. Nairobi Prisons boss Wanini Kireri was the guest-of-honour at the event sponsored by Sarakasi Dancers. She urged warders at the maximum security prison to embrace reforms saying they will ease released inmates’ transition back into society. The talent show was part of reforms introduced in 2003 by former Vice President and Home Affairs minister Moody Awori.

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Fresh controversy over CS Waiguru’s date photos


Pictures have emerged online showing Devolution Secretary Anne Waiguru in a private meeting with a commissioner of the Commission for the Implementation of the Constitution (CIC). The undated pictures, posted by blogger Robert Alai, were circulated online a day after CIC successfully obtained a court order suspending all impeachment motions against Cabinet Secretaries. The timing of the pictures immediately drew criticism online on a possible conflict of interest on the part of CIC commissioner Kamotho Waiganjo, who is captured in the pictures enjoying a drink with the cabinet secretary. But Mr Waiganjo, in a telephone interview with Nairobi News, waved…

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How we built our Garden of Eden in Kiambu, fruit by fruit


The area around Starehe Girls High School in Kiambu County has seen tremendous growth in the recent past. It is to a home in one of these posh housing estates that we head to one fine morning. It looks nothing different from the other mushrooming estates in the county. At the entrance of our target homestead, we find workers loading parked fresh farm produce onto a waiting car. Benson Wakaba and his wife, Esther Wairimu, are getting ready to ferry fruits and vegetables, which they have just harvested on their farm, to the market. For the last three years, this has…

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Number of Kenyan super earners shrinks as income gap grows


Only 68,676 or 2.89 per cent of formal sector employees in Kenya earn more than Sh100,000 per month, according to newly released data, showing a widening income gap in the country. The data from the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) shows that more than half of formal sector workers (64.5 per cent) are living on low wages of between Sh20,000 and Sh49,000 that have barely increased in the past 10 years, eroding the wage earners’ purchasing power. The formal sector wages data also shows that although the number of people in the top earning bracket declined last year compared…

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Kenya’s emerging middle class wealthier than US, British counterparts – report


Kenya’s emerging middle class is wealthier than peers in the developed economies such as Britain and the United States, a new report shows. The Standard Chartered study, The Emerging Affluence Report 2015, also shows that Kenya’s middle class saves six times more than their American and British financial peers in the West. “Emerging affluent people in Africa and Asia plan to save as much as 30 per cent of their household income in the next year up from 26 per cent in the past year. This is more than six times the proportion set aside by people in Britain and…

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