November 24, 2014

Kenyan Government snubs US Independence Day celebrations


The government Wednesday gave a wide berth to the US independence celebrations at the US embassy in Nairobi, even as the US envoy in Nairobi asked for tougher laws on poaching. At a function in which top government officials were invited, there was no president, his deputy, cabinet secretary or principal secretary at the function. The celebrations came just two days after President Obama completed his Africa tour without setting foot on his father’s soil -Kenya. The Jubilee government sent Senate Speaker Ekwe Ethuro and a number of junior officials from the Foreign Affairs Ministry. There were several constitutional Commission…

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8 Rift Valley governors jet out for US summit


Eight governors from the Rift Valley region are on their way to the US to attend an investment conference. The governors from Uasin Gishu, Nandi, Elgeyo Marakwet, Trans Nzoia and Bomet are expected to woo investors at the meeting. They are due to leave today. Jackson Mandago (Uasin Gishu) says they will use the week-long trip to market opportunities for investments. “Its an important opportunity for me to explain the opportunities available in the county which largely relies on agriculture,”said Mandago. He said the county system gives regions an opportunity to exploit resources within their jurisdictions. The county bosses will…

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Video: Street dancers invade Nairobi


Nairobians got a treat of entertainment when a dance group invaded the city. Here is a clip of one of the many locations they have been spotted. Flash mobs are eventually coming into a reality in Nairobi!

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Police now suspect murder in Tuju wife lover’s death, following ‘fresh leads’


Mr Tony Ogunda, the man at the centre of a former minister’s divorce might have been killed. Police are now treating his death as a possible murder following fresh leads. Ogunda had been named in the divorce case as the lover of Mr Raphael Tuju’s wife, Ruth Akinyi. Ogunda, still only in his 20s, was found dead on Tuesday morning on a sofa where he spent the night as a guest of Akinyi’s nephew, Collin Okoth, at the offices of Tuju’s Hope Foundation. On Wednesday, police sources indicated that autopsy results showed the former General Service Unit officer died due…

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Makau Mutua appointed to help root out corruption in New York


BUFFALO, N.Y. – Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s newly appointed investigative body charged with examining the state Board of Elections and looking at potential wrongdoing by legislators in campaign fundraising will include as a member University at Buffalo Law School Dean Makau W. Mutua. The committee, established by an executive order under New York’s anti-corruption Moreland Act, will have subpoena power as it conducts its work. Similar panels in past decades have resulted in lengthy corruption probes and arrests. Cuomo issued his order after his proposed legislative reforms failed to gain traction in the state Legislature, and following the filing of federal…

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Nairobi County passes Sh225m for new cemetery purchase


Nairobi County Assembly has approved the acquisition of land for a new cemetry at Sh225 million. The motion was moved by Mugumuin Ward Representative Alex Otieno. Otieno said Lang’ata cemetery is full and has not been expanded since it was opened in 1958. He told the Assembly that bodies are being buried in shallow graves which are less than the required six feet. “The cemetery became full many years ago but continues to absorb more bodies every day,” he said. The committee on health services had recommended Sh275 million budget for the cemetery land but the Assembly slashed it by…

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Kasarani MP Njoroge arrested over Sh150,000 bribe demand


Kasarani MP John Njoroge has been arrested by anti-corruption commission detectives for allegedly demanding a Sh150,000 bribe. The detectives had on Tuesday been tipped by a contractor that the first time legislator had demand the bribe to authorise payment of Sh3.3 million from the Constituency Development Fund (CDF). The contractor had put up a tuition block at Baba Dogo Road Secondary School in the constituency. According to the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission Chief Executive Halakhe Waqo, a trap was set up and the MP was arrested in a ‘sting’ operation after he had already received Sh100, 000. He was later…

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Kabogo rejects Sh300 million for reps cars and mortgages


Kiambu governor William Kabogo yesterday rejected the proposed budget. His failure to assent to the budget before the June 30 deadline means the central government may take over the running of the county. However, Kabogo said the county assembly members allocating themselves Sh300 million for cars and mortgages is unconstitutional. The members slashed the Sh1.2 billion Youth and Women Enterprise Development funds down to Sh730 million to come up with the grant money. In his memorandum to Speaker of the assembly Nick Ndichu, Kabogo said the MCAs were “not realistic”. He said the Sh231 million personal emoluments to the Clerk…

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Morsi Out as President of Egypt, State Media Says


CAIRO — Egypt’s military moved forcefully to seize power from President Mohamed Morsi on Wednesday, deploying tanks and troops in Cairo and other cities, restricting his travel and convening an emergency meeting of top civilian and religious leaders to devise an interim government and lay the groundwork for new elections. Ahramonline, the government’s official English-language Web site, said the military had informed Mr. Morsi that he was no longer head of state. There was no word on Mr. Morsi’s whereabouts. The military’s actions came as enormous crowds of the president’s supporters and opponents filled the streets of the capital and…

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Autopsy: Raphael Tuju wife’s lover died of head injury


The mystery over the death of Raphael Tuju wife’s lover Tony Ogunda deepened after an autopsy conducted on his body revealed that he died of head  injury. Ogunda’s lawyer Cliff Ombeta said on Wednesday that his deceased client suffered trauma to the headconsistent with blunt force. A postmortem conducted on Ogunda’s body by Government pathologists Peter Ndegwa and Johasen Oduor revealed injuries in the head and internal bleeding to the brain. Further samples were taken for toxicological testing. Ogunda was found dead on Tuesday in a friend’s house in Upper Hill area in Nairobi. A container and a syringe were found beside his body. He was the man at the centre…

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