Atwoli opposes plans to amend NSSF law

Irene Githinji @gitshee The Central Organisation of Trade Unions – Kenya (Cotu-K) has opposed the proposed amendments to National Social Security Fund (NSSF) Act 2013, terming it unconstitutional. Union’s secretary general Francis Atwoli yesterday threatened that if political interference with the fund continues, Cotu-K and Federation of Kenya Employers (FKE) might be compelled to pull …

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FBI returns Kenyan’s artifact recovered in US

Irene Githinji @gitshee Officials from the United States’ Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) yesterday presented an artefact, which had been stolen and traced to the US, to the rightful Kenyan artist. The artwork made in 1993 is among five others stolen from the Kenyan, Tim Nicklin’s home in Runda in 2013. US envoy to Kenya, …

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TSC launches framework to boost teachers’ skills

Irene Githinji @gitshee Teachers will be expected to undergo a new programme which provides them with opportunities for continuous in-service professional development. Dubbed the Teacher Professional Development (TPD) framework, it will help teachers upgrade their content knowledge and skills in addition to maintaining high standards of teaching. Teachers Service Commission (TSC) CEO Nancy Macharia said …

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Support land reforms, Karoney urges Parliament

irene Githinji @gitshee Lands Cabinet secretary Farida Karoney has urged Parliament to fast-track the approval of regulations to operationalise land laws by June 15, as directed by the court. She said Parliament remains a key stakeholder in facilitating land reforms. “Land use and management is governed by the Land Act, the Land Registration Act, and …

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Know your place, Ngirici tells Waiguru

Githinji Mwangi @PeopleDailyKe The war of words between Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru and Women’s Representative Purity Ngirici is far from over, with the latter now telling the governor to prepare for “the toughest political battle”. She dismissed Waiguru as a “political novice”, saying she is ready to face Waiguru head on. Her remarks come barely …

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Rein in on lawless officials, Nasa legislators tell Uhuru

Irene Githinji @gitshee Opposition Nasa MPs yesterday united in condemning the deportation of lawyer Miguna Miguna and called on President Uhuru Kenyatta to crack down on impunity and lawlessness at the Interior ministry. Led by National Assembly Leader of Minority John Mbadi, the over 20 legislators drawn from Nasa affiliate parties—ODM, Wiper, ANC and Ford …

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Sh2.4b lost in NSSF project, claims Atwoli

Irene Githinji @gitshee It has now emerged that Sh2.4 billion was lost on the controversial National Social Security Fund (NSSF) project, Hazina towers. Central Organisation of Trade Unions – Kenya (Cotu-K) secretary general Francis Atwoli yesterday said the monies were lost when they were removed from the NSSF board and under the tenure of the …

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Non-local teachers in Mandera decry discrimination

Irene Githinji @gitshee Non-local teachers working in Mandera are now seeking immediate transfers from their current workstations over what they term as violation of their rights. The teachers petitioned the Parliament yesterday to move them to other work stations over mistreatment by headteachers, Teachers Service Commission (TSC) officials at the county level as well as …

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KNH systemic failures caused botched surgery

Irene Githinji @gitshee A preliminary report by the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentist Board (KMPDB) over the surgery mix-up has attributed the situation to systemic lapse at Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH). The board said this affected the functioning of the different professional cadres working at the hospital on the day the mix-up was reported. The …

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Anti-graft war ‘secures Sh7b from looters’

Irene Githinji @gitshee The anti-graft body has saved the taxpayer about Sh7.8 billion in the 2016/17 Financial Year in its fight against corruption. Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) said it recovered Sh13 million in cash, Sh242 million in land and immovable properties, Sh1.3 billion in preserved assets and averted loss through proactive disruptions of approximately …

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Observation test to decide tutors’ career progress

Irene Githinji @gitshee The just-concluded Classroom Observation Programme in schools may have adverse effects on careers of teachers who fail to meet the required standards. The Ministry of Education described the exercise, which was aimed at assessing effectiveness of teaching English and Kiswahili in Classes One and Two in public primary schools, as crucial. Teachers …

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Help us identify critical revenue sources, governors urge Treasury

Irene Githinji @gitshee The Council of Governors (CoG) wants the National Treasury to help develop regulations to support counties in identifying sources of revenue. Speaking in Nairobi yesterday, CoG chairman Josphat Nanok said a technical team from the council will work with the Treasury in formulating the policy, which will cover modalities on double taxation. …

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Agony as hundreds are stuck in 15-hour traffic jam

Hundreds of motorists and passengers were forced to spend Saturday night in the cold following a traffic snarl-up along Nairobi-Mombasa road. The traffic jam, which was blamed on an accident and worsened by the heavy rains, lasted for more than 15 hours. It stretched more than 20 kilometres between Athi River and Kyumbi towns. A …

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Solicitor General nominee vows to reduce litigation against State

Irene Githinji @gitshee Solicitor General nominee Kennedy Ogeto has said he will endeavor to reduce litigation against the government if he is confirmed to the position. Ogeto, who appeared before the Justice and Legal Affairs Parliamentary Committee (JLAC) Friday, said the government is currently a defendant in about five international arbitration proceedings involving billions of …

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Rights lobby report claims 37 killed in October repeat poll

Irene Githinji @gitshee A new Human Rights Watch (HRM) report says at least 37 people were killed in Nairobi in election-related violence between September and November last year. The report claims the killings were committed by police and armed gangs. Findings released yesterday show police reportedly killed about 23 people, most of whom were Opposition …

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MPs break to write report on envoy, PS nominees

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Vetting of individuals nominated for the Principal Secretary and ambassadorial positions has been completed and parliamentary committees now retreats to write their report. The teams are required to table reports with recommendations on the suitability of the nominees to Parliament for debate. The different parliamentary teams vetted 19 nominees. Defence and Foreign Affairs had the …

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NCIC to probe Ngilu over charcoal remarks

Irene Githinji @gitshee National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) has summoned Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu over her utterances on charcoal trade in the county. Ngilu is expected to appear before NCIC on February 20, as part of the commission’s crackdown on hate speech. “Following the utterances by Charity Ngilu in regard to charcoal burning, the …

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Maintain professionalism, CJ Maraga urges police

Irene Githinji @gitshee Chief Justice David Maraga has urged the police to maintain discipline and professionalism in their service to the public. He said that inspite of the challenges that police officers encounter in their line of duty, they should embrace professionalism to gain public confidence. Maraga made the remarks yesterday after he presided over …

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Catholics mark one-of-a-kind Ash Wednesday

Irene Githinji @gitshee Kenya’s Catholic faithful yesterday joined the rest of the world in marking Ash Wednesday, a significant day in the church calendar. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lenten period for the church, a season for penance, prayer, reflection and fasting in remembrance of the suffering Jesus Christ endured on his last days …

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Catholics mark one-of-a-kind Ash Wednesday

Irene Githinji @gitshee Kenya’s Catholic faithful yesterday joined the rest of the world in marking Ash Wednesday, a significant day in the church calendar. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lenten period for the church, a season for penance, prayer, reflection and fasting in remembrance of the suffering Jesus Christ endured on his last days …

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