Legislators approve bill on national cancer fund

Mercy Mwai @wangumarci The government will now be forced to declare cancer a national disaster and establish a cancer fund for cancer treatment in the country. This is after members of the National Assembly unanimously approved a motion by Laikipia county MP Catherine Waruguru (pictured), proposing the declaration of cancer as a national disaster. The …

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Legislators approve bill on national cancer fund

Mercy Mwai @wangumarci The government will now be forced to declare cancer a national disaster and establish a cancer fund for cancer treatment in the country. This is after members of the National Assembly unanimously approved a motion by Laikipia county MP Catherine Waruguru (pictured), proposing the declaration of cancer as a national disaster. The …

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Overhaul polls agency secretariat, says ODM

Mercy Mwai @wangumarci The National Super Alliance (Nasa) now wants total overhaul of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) before the exit of the current team. At the same time, the remaining three commissioners failed to appear before a parliamentary committee to shed light on what is going on at the commission. IEBC chairperson …

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Karoney exonerates ministry from 96-acre Ruaraka land controversy

Mercy Mwai @wangumarci The controversy surrounding the 96-acre land on which two Ruaraka schools and GSU headquarters sit deepened yesterday, after it emerged the government authorised the payment of billions of shillings as part of compensation yet they cannot prove ownership of land. Members of a parliamentary committee were told that the Ministry of Education …

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Chiloba approved fictitious payments, Oswago tells MPs

Mercy Mwai @wangumarci Suspended Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chief executive Ezra Chiloba is yet again on the spot for authorising fictitious payments for the procurement of additional Electronic Voter Identification (EVID) kits. Former IEBC CEO James Oswago yesterday told a parliamentary committee that Chiloba authorised the “dubious and strange” payment for, among other …

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Uhuru’s plan towards traffic-free, healthy city

Mercy Mwai @wangumarci President Uhuru Kenyatta has unveiled an ambitious plan to transform Nairobi into a functional, modern metropolis. In a move aimed at making Nairobi a tourist and investment destination of international repute, the Head of State outlined the major projects city residents should expect in the near future. State House spokesperson Manoah Esipisu …

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New DPP, AG take up office after House nod

Justice Paul Kihara Kariuki is Kenya’s seventh Attorney General following his swearing-in yesterday afternoon. During the same occasion that was held at State house, Nairobi, President Uhuru Kenyatta also saw the swearing-in of Noordin Haji as the Director of Public Prosecutions. Justice Kariuki replaces Githu Muigai who tendered his resignation last month. On his part, …

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Committees approve AG, DPP appointees

Mercy Mwai @wangumarci The nominee for the position of the Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji and that of Attorney General, Paul Kihara, now await approval from the House after various committees grilling them, gave them the nod. Kihara and Haji were approved by the committee on appointments and that of Justice and Legal Affairs …

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IEBC paid city lawyer Sh40m, says Chiloba

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) paid senior Counsel Ahmednasir Abdullahi Sh40 million during the 2013 presidential petition, IEBC Chief Executive Ezra Chiloba told members of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) yesterday. Chiloba also told the PAC, chaired by Ugunja MP Opiyo Wandayi, that the commission paid 14 law firms a total of Sh380 …

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DPP nominee vows to fight graft

Mercy Mwai @wangumarci Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) nominee Noordin Haji has put corrupt leaders on notice, warning no one will be spared. He said he would be going to court personally for cases that are of high public interest to ensure thorough prosecution process is adhered to. Appearing before the Justice and Legal Affairs …

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Ban use of plastic bottles, urge MPs

A parliamentary committee wants the government to ban use of plastic bottles beginning next month even as it summoned Environment Cabinet secretary Keriako Tobiko to appear before it on Thursday. The departmental committee on Environment chaired by Maara MP Kareke Mbiuki yesterday told manufacturers of plastic bottles to be prepared for the ban if they …

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MPs want Kavuludi to resign over police pay

Mercy Mwai @wangumarci Members of the National Assembly want the National Police Service Commission (NPSC) chairperson Johnston Kavuludi to resign over the recent proposal to reduce salaries of police officers. Contributing to a motion by Mandera East MP Omar Mohamed to increase salary incentives and offer adequate and decent housing for police officers, the MPs …

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KNH saga report out by Wednesday

Mercy Mwai @wangumarci A National Assembly committee investigating the brain surgery mix up that happened early this month at the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) is expected to table its final report to the House this week. The committee, which conducted its investigations last week, retreated to a Nairobi hotel to write its report in readiness …

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Diplomatic row looms between Kenya, Iran over terror suspects

Divisions in the Defence and Foreign Relations committee played out Friday after some members trashed an earlier statement from their counterparts who had accused the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of working with the Iranian Ambassador to Kenya Dr Hadi Farajvand to subvert justice. A section of the members of the committee had on Thursday claimed …

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Kariuki defends suspension of KNH boss after mix-up

Mercy Mwai @wangmarci Health Cabinet secretary Sicily Kariuki yesterday defended her decision to suspend Kenyatta National Hospital chief executive officer Lily Koros and Director of Clinical Services Bernard Githae, saying she was just implementing the board’s decision. Speaking when she appeared before the Senate Committee on Health, Kariuki said the had not been sacked but …

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MPs absolved from Sh569m mileage claims

Mercy Mwai @wangumarci National Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has exonerated the Parliamentary Service Commission (PSC) over claims by the Auditor General that it spent Sh569.3 million on mileage claims for Members of Parliament without following procedure. The PAC has cleared the PSC of any wrongdoing following the payment of the money that the Auditor …

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Swazuri team on spot over Sh2.9 billion SGR payouts

Mercy Mwai @wangumarci The National Land Commission (NLC) is on the spot over the payment of Sh2.89 billion paid to land owners to pave way for the construction of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR). Appearing before National Assembly Public Investments Committee, NLC officials led by chairman Muhammad Swazuri were hard-pressed to explain why they failed …

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Bill proposes governors appoint executives as deputy designate

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Mercy Mwai @wangumarci Governors will be at liberty to appoint any member of the County Executive Committee as their designate deputies should a vacancy occur in the office of the deputy governor if proposed amendments to the County Government (Amendment) Act sail through the Senate. Consequently, the deputy governors will also be at liberty to …

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Give us offer to call off strike, says dons

Mercy Mwai @wangumarci Lecturers are ready to call off their strike within the next 24 hours if the government gives them a counter offer, the Universities Academic Staff Union (Uasu) has said. The lecturers, who went on strike last week to push for a deal on the contentious 2017-2021 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), showed a …

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Journey to freedoms that began a century ago

Irene Githinji @gitshee Today, the world celebrates International Women’s Day (IWD) and more than ever, there has been a strong call to action to ensure gender parity is mainstreamed in all sectors. Getting to where the world is today, in as far as women rights are concerned has not been a walk in the park. …

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