August 20, 2014

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OP-ED: Lupita Nyong’o fits into white America’s stereotype of black actresses -

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tragedy as Kenyan woman dies after donating kidney to ailing uncle in India -

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

West Africans flood in at Busia, Malaba -

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Kibaki is my husband, says Mary Wambui -

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

19 Reasons Kenya Needs to Be Higher on Your Bucket List -

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Kamiti prison inmate graduates with a diploma from University of London -

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

[VIDEO] Trailer of Kenya-Set Political Thriller ‘Veve’ -

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Alfred Mutua threatens to leave Wiper, strips his deputy of county executive role -

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Armed gang raids police station in Garissa, burns vehicle -

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Investment opportunities with Family Bank of Kenya -

Monday, August 18, 2014

Diaspora groups: how to be seen and heard

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In ‘Realising the Development Potential of Diasporas’, a book published in 2011, its authors write: “Increasing attention is being given in both public and private forums to the issue of how the growing diasporas from the developing world could promote development in their homelands. Indeed, diaspora involvement in development opportunities in the homeland has increased significantly during the past decade.” It’s a fact the international development community and policymakers – both in host countries and countries of origin – are waking up to. But the debate has often been limited to capitalising on remittances and much of the literature focuses…

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How I lost Sh90m in land deal: Trader

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A property dealer lost Sh90 million in a 100-acre land deal that turned out to be fake, a court was told on Monday. Mr George Gacheru Mungai of Gachewa Group of Companies said he paid some people Sh90 million in exchange for the land in Isinya, Kajiado County, but which he later learnt belonged to a different company. He claimed he paid the money to Ms Irene Wangui Waweru, her daughters Ann and Joyce, Mr Frederick Kinyanjui and his wife Regina. Others whom Mr Mungai identified as having been involved in the transaction are Mr Njeru Ngai, Mr Gerald Gachau…

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Caution amid euphoria over Kenya’s Konza Silicon Savannah

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Kenya gave the world two groundbreaking innovations in technology: M-Pesa, a mobile banking system, and Ushahidi, a platform for crowdsourcing information during disasters. It is now taking its technological talents to new heights. The East African nation of Kenya has just started construction on a 5,000-acres piece of land in Konza, about 60km south of Nairobi, to turn the savannah area into “the most modern city in Africa”. Using the same company that designed Brooklyn’s Barclays Center in New York City, SHoP Architects, Kenyan authorities want to transform Nairobi’s Konza City into Africa’s technology hub, dubbed Silicon Savannah, similar to…

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Kenya’s Victor Wanyama shines for Celtic

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Kenya midfielder Victor Wanyama has been likened to a young Patrick Vieira with “the world at his feet”. Celtic boss Neil Lennon’s tongue-in-cheek suggestion that Wanyama is worth £25m had a serious undertone: the precocious talent has shone domestically and in the Champions League. And it would be no surprise if covetous eyes cast in the 21-year-old’s direction from English Premier League clubs lead to bids for his services in the summer. Contracted until 2015, the combative midfielder has impressed since joining Celtic in July 2011 for £900,000 move from Belgian club Beerschot. Wanyama made an instant impression with the Celtic supporters…

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Kenyans poorer than Ugandans despite larger economy

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Kenya has poorer people than Uganda despite having a far larger economy, according to a new report by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. Uganda’s poverty rate stands at 38.01 per cent compared to Kenya’s 43.37 per cent and Tanzania’s 67.87 per cent, using the poverty cut-off point of $1.25 per person (Sh105), says the Global Monitoring Report 2013. In Rwanda, poverty stands at 63.17 per cent compared to Burundi’s 81.32 per cent. Previous studies have used $1-a-day as the cut-off point but that has since been replaced with the higher amount. According to the report, sub-Saharan Africa…

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Ruto orders audit of furniture assigned to Raila, Kalonzo offices

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Deputy President William Ruto has ordered a thorough audit of all the furniture, staff and equipment previously assigned to the Office of the Prime Minister Raila Odinga andVice President Kalonzo Musyoka as well as the official residence situated in Karen Nairobi. Ruto’s directive follows reports that some of the staff working in these offices may have carted away some crucial equipment including, laptops, printers, printing papers, office and house furnishings bought with taxpayers money for the office and the former VP’s residence. Ruto also wants an audit of the accounts of all government departments previously under the docket of the…

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Will the real Kenyan man please stand up?

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For a long time, I have always asked myself how those extremely normal people in general and men in particular who do not have, or do not suffer from, a hint of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) go through their days without despairing and drowning their sorrows in hard liquor. Most friends, and they are few, that I have talked to think that having OCD is a bad thing. I realise that it is the only thing that a man can have during these lean times when there is so little to smile about, what with intermittent rains, the attendant floods…

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Is the United States missing out on Africa’s opportunities?

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Africa’s growth story and opportunities are increasingly catching the attention of multinational companies and investors around the world. The Economist, which referred to Africa as the ‘Hopeless Continent’ in 2000, released a special report in its March 2013 issue where it called Africa the ‘Hopeful Continent’. This shift in thinking about Africa is not unique to The Economist. “These days, Africa is variously referred to in positive terms such as emerging, rising and hopeful,” stated Mwangi Kimenyi, senior fellow and director of the Brookings Institution’s Africa Growth Initiative, in a recent report. “This positive view of Africa is justified –…

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Tempers flare at Immigration bill hearing over Boston attacks

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Tempers flared at a Senate hearing on immigration legislation Monday as a Republican senator objected to a Democrat’s criticism of attempts by some to link the Boston Marathon bombings to the immigration bill. “I never said that! I never said that!” Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, interjected as Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., suggested that some were using the Boston bombings as “an excuse” to slow down or stop the bill. Schumer said he wasn’t talking about Grassley, who said last week that the bombings raised question about gaps in the U.S. immigration system that should be examined in context of the…

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Mutunga picks judges, magistrates to hear poll petitions

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Ninety-eight judges and magistrates will determine poll petitions between now and October after Chief Justice Willy Mutunga made the appointments today. The team selected by the CJ comprises 39 judges picked from a total of 53 to hear the 115 petitions filed at the High Court. The 180 petitions to be considered had been filed across the country by the close of the 28-day period set out by the Constitution. In the duration that the poll petitions will be mentioned before the various appointees, only 14 judges will be at hand to determine all other High Court matters. A further 59 magistrates…

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