May 30, 2016

New bill moving Kenya elections to December to be published in parliament


THE constitutional amendment Bill that seeks to change the general election date from August to December will be published today. If passed by Parliament, the general election will be held every second Monday of December and not every second Tuesday of August every election year, as provided for in the constitution. The Bill, sponsored by Ugenya MP David Ochieng’, was approved by the National Assembly Justice and Legal Affairs committee in August and forwarded to the Attorney General for onward transmission to the government printer. The publication potentially opens up legal battles, in the face of a High Court ruling…

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Kenyan Gospel Artiste Gloria Muliro Walks Out of Her Broken Marriage


There are very few media accounts of the glitzy ensemble that was singer Gloria Muliro and Eric Omba’s wedding on that sunny day at the PCEA Guest House in Nairobi West. Hardly a year had lapsed on that day in April, 2010, since the two had met and started dating, yet here they were, happily making their wedding vows before a crowd of witnesses; family members and close friends. At the time no one would imagine that the glamour, song and dance of the happily-married-thereafter scenario would shrivel away into the sunset and usher in a nightmare that has been…

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[VIDEO] Kenyan man saves money from “mahindi choma”, shoe shining to buy a matatu

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A Kenyan man has shown that where there is a will, there is a way. Sylvester Kibe a shoe shiner and a “mahindi choma vendor started small but that did not stop him from having big dreams. He started saving his money from his trades and after several years, he was able to save enough to buy a matatu plying the Umoja route. Watch his story here

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Kenyan envoy in US Githae proposes voting by mail for Kenyans in diaspora


The Kenyan embassy in Washington DC has proposed postal voting for Kenyans in the diaspora during the forthcoming general elections. The embassy said it was ready to recommend vote-by-mail to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), for an effective participation by diaspora Kenyans. Speaking exclusively to, Kenyan ambassador to the US, Robinson Githae, said previous suggestions that Kenyans living in the US cast their ballots at the embassy in DC or its affiliate consulates in Los Angeles and New York was not workable owing to the expansive nature of the country. “America is a very big country and Kenyans…

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[VIDEO] Kenyan Newspaper “The Star” Apologizes for Charlie Hebdo Cartoon


A Kenyan newspaper has apologized for reproducing a caricature of Prophet Muhammad featured in the Paris-based Charlie Hebdo magazine in its first issue since it was attacked by Islamic extremists. The Star, Kenya’s third largest newspaper, said Thursday that many Muslim readers had complained about the picture, which was published in Wednesday’s issue. The Star said it sincerely regrets any offense and pain caused by the picture and will bear Muslim sensibilities in mind in future. Islam generally forbids depictions of the Prophet Muhammad. A leader of Yemen’s al-Qaida branch officially claimed responsibility for the attacks in Paris that left 12 dead, saying the…

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Kenyan Embassy in DC seeks honorary counsuls in Minneapolis, Atlanta and Chicago


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Trade of the Republic of Kenya through the Kenya Mission in Washington, D.C. is in the process of identifying candidates to represent Kenya as Honorary Consuls in Minnesota, Atlanta and Chicago. Interested candidates must meet the following criteria for consideration:   – Be persons of high standing and with a socially, morally and financially unblemished reputation in the community.   – Be fluent in English and have well developed networks with substantial influence in the community and government circles;   – Possess Knowledge in commerce, trade and investment both locally and globally;  …

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New road carved to ease Garden City shopping mall access


City Hall has carved an access road off Thika Road to ease traffic flow into the upcoming Garden City Mall, sparing shoppers the nightmare of using the perennially jammed Kasarani underpass. Actis Capital, the developer of the mall, says the first phase of the shopping complex is set to open in April. Recently built shopping complexes such as Thika Road Mall (TRM) and Ridge Mall on Limuru Road have caused massive traffic jams, causing a re-think of road designs leading to the premises. “One of the issues which we anticipate may possibly have an impact on timing is setting up…

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[VIDEO] Redbull ad sparks social media outburst from Kenyans


NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 15 – Global energy drinks giant Red Bull has sparked off a major spat with Kenyans on social media platforms after it posted a video which seemed to imply that Kenyans were backward. The video clip features South African rider Brian Capper who starts off by expressing his shock at how many people speak English in Nairobi. “I’ve been blown away with the amount of people that speak English. I had absolutely no idea what to expect from that point of view; just about everybody I spoke to spoke English, which was really surprising for me,” says…

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House votes to block Obama’s immigration actions — but exposes new GOP divisions

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House Republicans voted Wednesday to undo years of President Obama’s immigration policies, launching a fresh attack on his executive actions as part of a plan to renew funding for the Department of Homeland Security. But in doing so, Republicans exposed fresh rifts in their expanded ranks as more than two dozen members, mostly from suburban districts in swing states, voted against plans to end a program granting temporary legal status to hundreds of thousands of “dreamers” — or children brought to the country illegally by their parents who have served as the emotional centerpiece of the years-long debate. House approval…

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Media Council threatens to close The Star Newspaper


THE Media Council of Kenya is threatening to close down the Star newspaper. Today it issued a press release saying that it was contemplating “withdrawal of accreditation of its journalists and excommunication of the paper from media enterprises regulated under Media Council of Kenya.” Only accredited media outlets and journalists are allowed to work in Kenya under the Media Act of December 2013. Withdrawal of accreditation would be equivalent to closure. The press release signed by Grace Munjuri, Chairperson of the Ethics and Public Information Committee, complained about “persistent publishing of offensive stories and pictures by the Star.” It did…

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