April 29, 2016

Proposed law to punish bribery with Sh5m fine, 10-year jail term


Kenya’s fight against rampant corruption is expected to make a giant leap with the introduction in Parliament of a Bill prescribing severe penalties against public and private sector bribery. The proposed law, tabled by Leader of Majority in the National Assembly Aden Duale last week, condemns those convicted of bribery to a Sh5 million fine or 10 years in jail besides other punitive measures. The penalties apply regardless of the size of the bribe. If the Bribery Bill 2016 sails through Parliament, politicians and State officers convicted of a bribery offence will face even higher penalties, including disqualification from election…

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No jobs for computer illiterate staff in Kiambu – Kabogo


You will not get a job at the Kiambu county government if not ICT compliant, Governor William Kabogo has said. Kabogo ordered the county’s public service board to only take in employees who are computer literate since all systems have been digitalised. “The county government will outsource human capital with ICT skills since we have digitised most of the services,” he said. He said all polytechnics in the county will offer a three-month computer skills course whose graduates will be outsourced by the county for service in various fields. “Let the county assembly in this year’s budget increase funds for…

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[VIDEO] Irresponsible or mentally ill?: Mental Health In The Diaspora.


A Kenyan in the Diaspora-“Wanjugu the Global Citizen”, discusses the issue of mental health in the Kenyan Diaspora. This is a part of her video collection “Demystifying the Diaspora”. Wanjugu who said that she recovered from mental illness discusses the symptoms of mental illness and ways to help those who have mental health issues.

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[VIDEO] The most powerful words from ‘Lemonade’ aren’t Beyonce’s, but a Kenyan born Somali poet


(CNN) Some of the most powerful words in Beyonce’s visual album “Lemonade” do not belong to the singer. The poetry of Warsan Shire is featured prominently in voice overs by Beyonce in the the video series that bring the superstar’s new album to life. Now the words of the London-based, Kenyan-born Somali writer are on the lips of a lot more people. Shire, who won the UK’s Brunel University inaugural prize for African Poetry in 2013 and served as London’s first-ever Young Poet Laureate, reportedly worked with Beyonce to adapt her poems like “Dear Moon,” “How to Wear Your Mother’s Lipstick,”…

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Kenyans in UK to hold prayer meeting with Kibaki family in London on Friday

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Kenyans in the United Kingdom will hold a prayer meet a day before First Lady Lucy Kibaki’s body leaves London’s Heathrow Airport. According to Councillor Elizabeth Kangethe, Kenyans will meet on Friday April 29, 2016 at the Kenya High Commission in London. The meet will start at 5.45 pm – 7.00 pm. Ms Kangethe is a Councillor with the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. The body of the former First Lady will depart London on Saturday at 5.55pm aboard Kenya Airways flight 101. The flight which will also have the family of the former first lady aboard will touch down at…

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Kenyan American voted to be commencement speaker at the University of Maryland

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Philip Merrill College of Journalism  at the University of Maryland has voted to have a Kenyan American Jessie Karangu as the student speaker during their college’s commencement ceremony. According to the schools Facebook page, Karangu told Merrill senior Amanda Eisenberg, “I’m so honored to be chosen as commencement speaker. As I promised, I’m going to try and make sure the speech isn’t boring and that your day is as ‘lit’ as possible.” Karangu is a broadcast journalist and is also the Editor-in-Chief and Co-owner of of PulseFeedz. He also writes for awfulannouncing.com. He has also been at WUSA9 in Washington, DC and 96.3 WXSU which is a student-run radio…

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[VIDEO/PHOTOS] Nairobi flooded, cars swept by raging waters


Motorists and commuters were stuck in traffic on Thursday evening after heavy rains hit Nairobi. Several roads including Kenyatta Avenue, and Ojijo Road in Westlands were flooded, forcing pedestrians to wade through to get to different parts of town. “Motorists using Thika Superhighway are advised to use alternative routes as the section at Pangani flyover is flooded,” Kenya Red Cross said via Twitter. Heavy rains caused a 16-hour traffic snarl-up on Mombasa Road on Monday. Police said the downpour lasted 46 hours. The traffic jam stretched five kilometers from Nairobi town to Maanzoni Lodge in Athi River town. It lasted…

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Kenyans on Twitter mock Ezekiel Mutua over “over the top” censorship


By Jambonewspot.com Reporter Kenyans have taken to Twitter to express their displeasure with what they call over the top censorship by Chief Executive Officer of the Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB), Ezekiel Mutua. Mr Mutua has in the last few months “cracked” down on what he termed as “immoral” ads and songs which were “against” family values. Mr Mutua has of late been embroiled in a war of words with NTV’s Larry Madowo leading the latter to pen an OP-ED in the Daily Nation titled Mercifully, Ezekiel Mutua won’t annoy us for long. Another OP-ED critical of Mr Mutua was also penned in the Daily…

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Jeff Koinange’s home broken into, computers stolen


Television personality Jeff Koinange has been robbed and items of unknown value stolen. “The armed men came in through a gate leading to the river, shot in the air, beat up and tied the watchman,in his Kitusuru home,” Nairobi CID boss Ireri Kamwende said. He said the men broke into the house at 2:30am on Thursday and stole assorted electronics which included computers. “They were an unknown number of thugs armed with guns and other crude weapons,” he added. The police boss said Koinange best known for his TV programme Jeff Koinage Live escaped unhurt. Kamwende said investigations are ongoing….

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[VIDEO] Speaker tells Chief Justice to stop supporting street activism


National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi yesterday asked Chief Justice Willy Mutunga to promote law and order and stop street civil society activism. He said the tweet by Mutunga to support the opposition rally to eject IEBC commissioners from office on Monday and calling it peaceful, was wrong. Muturi said the demonstrations were not peaceful. “We saw what happened when idlers (opposition) were breaking gates to access the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission is a clear indication of their planned violence and someone was tweeting to tell us the demonstrations were peaceful,” the Speaker said. Muturi’s remarks against Mutunga comes after…

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