November 28, 2015

Kenya accused of inflating tourist arrival figures


NAIROBI, July 28 — A leading Kenyan hotel chain has disputed official figures for tourist arrivals, saying violent attacks by militant Islamists have scared away far more tourists than the authorities admit. The Kenya Tourist Board (KTB) said on Friday that arrivals in the first four months of the year were down 4 per cent from a year earlier to 381,000. TPS Eastern Africa, which operates the Serena chain of hotels, luxury lodges and tented camps, said in a weekend statement: “We must be joking!” It said its own survey for the first half of the year showed business on…

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Moi Questions Obama’s Youth Mentorship Programme


Former President Daniel Moi has questioned US President Barack Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative. Moi on Tuesday said he has taken a lot of interest on the mentorship programme initiated by Obama as there were many questions on its real intention. The former President questioned the selection criteria of the youth, its inclusiveness and what exactly was being taught to the trainees. He said Kenyans should be explained to clearly on how the beneficiaries are chosen, the curriculum of the training and how the beneficiaries intend to ascend to leadership position. “I have read the story with a lot of…

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Obama announces creation of leadership centre in Kenya


NAIROBI, Kenya, July 29 – US President Barrack Obama on Monday announced setting up of a regional leadership centre in Kenya which will be operational beginning 2015. Three others, he announced, would also be set up in Ghana, Senegal and South Africa “in order to improve the availability and quality of leadership training programmes and professional development opportunities for young African Leaders.” Obama’s announcement ironically follows the suspension of its Peace Corps programme in Kenya over security concerns. “While volunteers are leaving, the Peace Corpsplans to retain its office in Kenya and will continueto assess the safety and security climate,” Shira Kramer,…

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Inoorero university’s prime building set for auction over debt


Nairobi-based International University of Professional Studies, formerly Inoorero University, was Monday facing a major paralysis of its programmes after a creditor put its eight-storey campus building up for auction. The prime property, which sits on a 0.09 hectare parcel of land on Forest Road within Nairobi’s Parklands area, will be sold when the auctioneer’s hammer falls on August 15. The sale is said to have been prompted by failure to service a multi-million shilling loan that the college took from a bank about five years ago. Francis Nyammo, the proprietor and chancellor of the college, on Monday confirmed plans to…

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Woman in Kisii hacks mother-in-law to death over porridge


A disagreement over a cup of porridge on Tuesday claimed the life of a 60-year-old woman in Maarani district, Kisii County. Witnesses told the Daily Nation that the assailant, Ms Truphena Kwamboka, 25, hacked her mother-in-law, Clemencia Kwamboka, to death with a sharp panga in a bizarre incident that has left residents in shock. The two are said to have returned home after a long day in the farm and found a cup of porridge in their kitchen. Witnesses said Ms Truphena suggested that the cup of porridge be given to her child, but her mother-in-law disagreed, arguing that her child deserved…

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High charges switch Kenyans off from calling while abroad


Roaming traffic fell between January and March this year as Kenyans sought alternatives to the high cross-border calling rates offered by telecom players. Communications Authority statistics released Monday indicate that usage of SIM cards issued in the country by Kenyans travelling abroad to make calls fell by 33.2 per cent in the period. Text messages sent by travelling Kenyans on nationally issued SIM cards also fell by 36.4 per cent. International calls and text messages originating from Kenya fell by 4.3 per cent and 7.4 per cent respectively. This happened as roaming in traffic, which is generated by visitors to Kenya…

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Obama mulls option to grant legal status to Illegal immigrants with children born in US


By ANTONY KARANJA in DALLAS, TEXAS The White House has signaled that US President Obama will be expanding immigration rights by executive action by the end of summer. An official said Friday that Obama is mulling an option to grant temporary legal status to illegal immigrants who are parents of US born children allowing them to work and live legally in the country. This option is expected to affect about 5 million illegal immigrants. Another option being mulled by the White House is to allow temporary legal status for the parents of young people already granted deportation deferrals by the…

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Kenyan bomb blast victims given Sh680 billion by US court


An American court has awarded Sh680 billion ($8 billion) to victims of the 1998 attacks on the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. The beneficiaries are all people who were employed by the US government at the time — Kenyans, Tanzanians and Americans. The victims were represented by, among others, Mr Gavriel Mairone of MM-LAW LLC and Mr William Wheeler of Wheeler & Franks Law Firm LLC. Mr Mairone, in an email interview, said the judgments in the four consolidated cases were made last Friday. FIVE HUNDRED CLIENTS More than 500 clients were represented in the suit and included citizens…

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Kenyan woman pass away in Atlanta Georgia


It’s with utmost sadness that I announce the passing of our dear angel Wanja Mbatia (OneJah) on Sunday July 27th. She leaves behind a newborn bundle of joy Riley Wanja. Please keep us all in your prayers and especially the sisters Jane and Grace, the brother Muriithi and her mom and dad. Details for her funeral arrangements will be communicated at a later time. We have set up an account at BB&T bank NAME: Jane Mbatia DESC: Baby Riley Wanja NUMBER: 0005244835068 Any contributions will be highly appreciated and would help offset costs for the mom, dad, and brother to travel here for the…

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Kenyan tycoon sued for Sh9.6 million per year for upkeep of daughter


A woman has sued tycoon Pius Ngugi for Sh9.6 million annual maintenance. Lynette Buddery says she gave birth to Ngugi’s daughter in 2001, but he has abandoned her. “Ngugi is one of the wealthiest men in the country, owning various business enterprises and properties in and around the city. He is capable of catering for the needs of our daughter but he has refused,” says Buddery in a sworn affidavit filed in court. “He has intentionally and willfully neglected and, or, refused to provide for his biological child, putting her life at risk as she is not able to go…

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