April 27, 2015

Out-of-court deal returns Samsung banner on KICC


Samsung has struck an out-of-court settlement with the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) that will see the return of the tech giant’s advertising billboard at the neck of the government-owned iconic building. The glass display, which will be wrapped around the 26th floor of the 28-storey building, will feature adverts on Kenya @ 50 celebrations and a banner bearing the Samsung logo in a one-year deal worth Sh41 million. The Samsung ad was pulled down from the building 11 days ago following a public uproar, with some people saying that it was a dishonour for the State building to adorn…

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ICC seeks Sh1 billion to prosecute Kenya cases


The International Criminal Court (ICC) is seeking Sh1 billion to prosecute cases against President Uhuru Kenyatta, his Deputy William Ruto and radio journalist Joshua Sang next year. The cases have cost Sh2.5 billion since 2010 when The Hague court took up investigations into the 2008 post election violence that left 1,300 people dead and displaced 300,000 others. This year, the court has spent Sh793 million to fund the two high profile cases involving the President, his deputy and Mr Sang. Yesterday, President of the Assembly of States Tiina Intelmann said the court’s budget of Sh12.6 billion was inadequate for the…

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My husband deserves to be in jail, Pastor Wanjiru says


Malgoire CYR Fouassou alias Francoise Pembe, a Cameroon man in a property tussle with his Kenyan wife, Pastor Catherine Wanjiru, was grilled by immigration officials on November 18 for allegedly keeping two passports. A senior immigration official says Fouassou not only has Kenyan and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) passports, but is in the country illegally. This comes barely three days after The Nairobian published the bitter fallout between Fouassou and Wanjiru. Fouassou claims that Wanjiru is behind his latest woes with the State, alleging that the pastor wanted him kicked out so that she can retain his property –…

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[VIDEO] University of Nairobi students begins American football

NU-American Football

University of Nairobi Students now have their sights on a new sport new to many of them. The students have taken to American football which is not very popular in Kenya. Kenyan Daniel Adongo who was former rugby player seems to have inspired the students. Adongo plays for the Indianapolis Colts. He makes roughly Sh 500,000 a week and the students hope that their day will come

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Thousands of drivers in Kenya to lose licences as mandatory re-testing starts next year


Tens of thousands of Kenyan drivers are set to lose their driving licences once the Government effects the mandatory re-testing starting next year. The Government also plans to outsource motor vehicle inspection to reputable garages to be licensed under strict conditions. These are some of the measures being mooted under the watch of Transport Cabinet Secretary Michael Kamau. The re-testing moveforms part of new rules designed to make driving the privilege of those who comply with traffic rules. The first to lose this privilege will be some 25,000 PSV drivers who will be barred from driving under the new rules to be effected in June. Those who…

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Raila Odinga says title deeds issued by President Uhuru Kenyatta illegal


Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga has dismissed as illegal the title deeds issued recently by President Uhuru Kenyatta to Coast residents. Leading the CORD team with Bungoma senatorial candidate Moses Wetang’ula in campaigns for the coalition’s candidate for the Lunga Lunga parliamentary seat, Khatib Mwashetani, Sunday, Raila claimed Uhuru issued the deeds to woo voters in a region dominated by CORD in the last elections. Speaking in Shimoni town, Raila described the issuing of the 60,000 deeds as propaganda by the Jubilee government. “They are using the issue as an entrance to Coast politics. Be warned that those title deeds…

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Syokimau train service suffers Sh50m loss per month


One year after its launch, the Syokimau train service is making losses that are eating into Kenya Railways Corporation‘s other revenue streams. Rising costs and unmatched revenue needed to run the Syokimau railway station have resulted in losses of over Sh50 million per month. Acting managing director Alfred Matheka said it will take at least four years before the Syokimau train service starts making money for the business. “Our initial plan was to charge Sh100 for one-way as a market price for the train service but government intervened and the cost reduced to Sh50 which we don’t receive from the…

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Chicago real estate firm ranks Nairobi tenth on global list


Nairobi has been ranked among the top ten emerging global cities to watch by Chicago-based real estate management firm, Jones Lang Lasalle. The ranking, which is based on an aggregation of 150 global city indices, refers to Kenya’s capital as a “more stable business environment relative to Lagos, Cairo and Addis Ababa.” Austin in the US was ranked the top city to watch in the globe, Australia’s Brisbane emerged number two while Calgary in Canada was ranked third. Nairobi was placed number ten in a list that also featured Colombo (Sri Lanka), Nanjing (China), Riyadh (Saudi Arabia), Santiago de Chile,…

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Revealed: The richest and poorest Kenyan counties


Nairobi is Kenya’s richest county while Turkana is the poorest, according a new report to be published Tuesday. Counties in northern Kenya are among the poorest performers, according to the joint Kenya National Bureau of Statistics and Society for International Development (SID) report which reveals the stark inequalities between counties. At the Coast, the best performing was Lamu, ranked sixth nationally, followed by Mombasa at number 10 nationally. Counties closest to Nairobi had a good showing with Kiambu and Kirinyaga being ranked at position two and three respectively. The report also shows that Kenya’s overall poverty levels have fallen for the first time in nearly 10…

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How the fierce fireworks between George Thuo, William Kabogo came into existence


When George Thuo made his debut into politics ahead of the 2007 General Election, his was a fierce battle with the incumbent Member of Parliament William Kabogo, now the Kiambu governor. Thuo who died recently after collapsing at a pub in Thika brought the Citi Hoppa fame into the Juja race, raising political temperatures considerably and it was apparent that Kabogo felt the heat. It was a battle that was politically branded Hopper Vs Chopper, since Kabogo owns a chopper which he used during his campaigns while Thuo was the founder of the Citi Hopper buses where he has major stake….

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