December 9, 2016

Nairobi to be run by a Cabinet Secretary, new Bill proposes


NAIROBI, Kenya Dec 8 – Nairobi could soon be run by a Cabinet Secretary appointed by the President if a constitutional amendment sponsored by Muranga Senator Kembi Gitura becomes law. Gitura, who is also the Senate Deputy Speaker wants to amend the Constitution to reduce the devolved units to 46 by scrapping the capital city from the territory of the county government and place it under the control of the central government. The proposal if successful will put Nairobi in the same league as Chinese cities of Beijing and Shanghai which are province-level under the direct-control while, all other municipalities…

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[PHOTOS] Safaricom’s Sh4.3Billion Machakos real-estate project to open in 6 months


The development is being put up at a cost of 4.3 billion in Machakos county with the centre piece being a 200,000 square feet mal. l on with a total of 200,000 Square Feet of letting floor space, and a residential area consisting of 3 and 4 bedroom townhouses, plus a cluster of 3 bedroom apartments. Crystal Rivers will also have residential houses consisting of 3 and 4 bedroom townhouses, plus a cluster of 3 bedroom apartments. Safaricom Staff Pension Scheme Board of Trustees Chairman Joseph Ogutu said that Crystal Rivers Mall is now expected to be ready for occupation…

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The story of a Kenyan man in US who languished in immigration detention for 9 years


Sylvester Owino spent nine years locked in immigration detention before he was released on bond last year. The Kenyan-born Owino was finally able to win a bond hearing before an immigration judge as a result of a class-action lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union. The suit was first heard in federal court in the Central District of California, where a judge ruled in 2014 that noncitizens in immigration detention are entitled to a hearing at least every six months to argue for their release. That ruling was affirmed in 2015 by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals….

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Fake Qatar Airways pilot arrested at JKIA in major security breach


A man has been breaching the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport security by posing as a pilot with the Qatar Airways. Until his arrest on Wednesday, Mr Geoffrey Mwangi would access most areas of the airport, including the lounges and the air-side. Mr Mwangi, 36, had the uniform, badge and the airlines’ staff ID and as a result, was subjected to minimal screening. Though he is expected in court on Friday, detectives had by Wednesday not established the nature of surveillance he had conducted at the airport and the main motive. He was closely monitored by the airport security officers before…

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[VIDEO] Drama as Larry Madowo, Boniface Mwangi block MP driving on the wrong side


Details of the Land cruiser that was blocked along Parliament road cruising on the wrong side have emerged. According to information circulated by NTSA, the Toyota Land Cruiser Amazon model belongs to Mwingi West MP Bernard Kitungi. The vehicle was on Wednesday morning blocked by NTV reporter Larry Madowo and activist Boniface Mwangi along Parliament road as he was driving on the wrong side. It is not clear if the MP was driving the vehicle at the time the incident took place. A viral video shows the Land Cruiser reversing to pave way for oncoming vehicles after a two minute…

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[VIDEO] Tearful encounter in Thika between street boy and lung patient wins hearts


A street boy on a begging mission in Thika town was reduced to tears and sobs after meeting with a terminally ill woman who relies on oxygen cylinders for survival. The emotional John Thuo could not believe his eyes and eventually donated his proceeds of the day, Sh100, as his contribution to a funds drive to help Ms Gladys Kamende undergo a lung reconstruction surgery. Ms Kamende was seated on the front passenger seat of a vehicle and was being driven around the streets of the town to ask for money to raise the Sh7 million needed for the surgery….

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Experts differ on tax amnesty for Kenyans with cash stashed abroad


Tax experts have differed sharply on the provisions of an amnesty extended to Kenyans, who have hidden their wealth abroad on condition they return such assets, about three weeks before the cut-off date. National Treasury secretary Henry Rotich in this year’s Finance Act provided for the tax pardon for income earned up to December 31, 2016, but the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) is yet to issue guidelines, leaving experts to speculate on the matter. Mbiki Kamanjiri, manager in charge of tax advisory at Grant Thornton, termed it a “messy piece of legislation” saying the amendments to Section 37B of the…

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Bachelors in Kenya worst hit by jiggers – Ahadi Trust


Bachelors are worst affected by the jigger menace than any other section of the population in the country, Ahadi Kenya Trust CEO Stanley Kamau has said. Kamau said the situation has to a large extent hindered efforts to eradicate jiggers in various parts of the country. He said, during a recent jigger eradication drive in Lamu, that 70 per cent of bachelors are infected and living with jiggers in Kenya. According to data from Ahadi Kenya, very few married men suffer from jiggers compared to their unmarried counterparts. The CEO said there was need for all eligible males to marry…

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Nairobi unable to account for more than Sh20 billion, audit report says


In one of the biggest financial scandals in the counties, Nairobi is unable to account for more than Sh20 billion, exposing the chaotic running of the government, theft and misuse of taxpayers’ money. It now appears that the county government is a citadel of ghost workers with non-existent personal identification numbers (PINs) and weak control systems. Curiously, billions of shillings collected through the JamboPay system are first deposited in a trust deed private account held by a third party — PKF Consulting — according to the latest Auditor-General’s Report. It says the county government is not a party to this…

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[VIDEO] 100 patients escape from Mathari hospital as doctors strike begins


A major operation has been launched to find more than 100 patients who escaped from Mathari hospital in Nairobi on Monday morning. Management said the patients fled while doctors gathered to take part in a nationwide strike that began today. “We saw some of the patients jumping over the facility’s walls and trying to cross Thika Superhighway,” a witness told the Star by phone. “I hope this is contained before they are hurt.” Reports indicated that some of them were found later. The hospital’s staff members asked police and members of the public for help. Health workers countrywide went on strike…

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