Chebukati now under pressure to quit IEBC

Seth Onyango @SethManex The spotlight has now shifted to Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chair Wafula Chebukati after an implosion in the commission that saw the dramatic resignation of three commissioners yesterday. Vice chair Connie Maina and commissioners Margaret Mwachanya and Paul Kurgat quit in a surprise move that has exposed the ugly underbelly …

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Police hunt for city online ‘sex predator’

Seth Onyango @SethManex Police in Nairobi are hunting for a man who is suspected of recruiting university and college students to engage in sexual orgies. It follows an incident where police pounced on a group of teenagers recording sexual acts at Michuki Park, off Kijabe Street, Nairobi on Friday. Eight of them were arrested including …

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Tackling science one quiz at a time

While studying can mean hours spent in the library, it doesn’t have to be so boring! Mina Reeve has designed an app that makes studying both easier and fun for students Seth Onyango @SethManex Education has never been more accessible and fun; thanks to the plethora of learning apps that demystify tough subjects such as …

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Raila maintains Nasa unity as co-principals moot new alliance

Opposition leader Raila Odinga moved to downplay conflicts in Nasa by insisting that the coalition was intact even as the three other co-principals mooted a new alliance. The three — Moses Wetang’ula (Ford Kenya), Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper) and Musalia Mudavadi (ANC) — met Friday morning to strategise on the next course of action and threatened …

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Scholars, leaders pay tribute to Prof Tumbo-Oeri

Seth Onyango @SethManex Internationally recognised scholar Prof Alloys Tumbo-Oeri was yesterday eulogised as one of the most established academicians in the country. Leaders from across the political divide mourned Oeri, who died aged 70 from a suspected heart attack as a devout scholar who has left a significant mark in the country’s academic field. Speaking …

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Varsities ‘owe part-time lecturers five-year dues’

Seth Onyango @SethManex A number of students in public universities may fail to graduate as part-time lecturers withhold their marks over unpaid wages. It has emerged that some public universities owe part-time lecturers pay dating back to 2013 in what threatens to derail the scholastic journey of some students. Universities Academic Staff Union (Uasu) secretary …

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Lobby rejects bill on creation of city boards

Seth Onyango @SethManex Stakeholders have opposed a bill seeking to create city and municipality boards saying it will cause immense financial bleeding in counties’ development revenues. According to the Institute for Social Accountability, Urban Areas and Cities (Amendment) Bill, 2017 is too costly for counties to implement. It argues that salaries and allowance for members …

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KNH boss sent on forced leave after botched brain surgery

Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) chief executive officer Lilly Koros has been sent on compulsory leave following an incident where a brain surgery was performed on the wrong patient. Health Cabinet secretary Sicily Kariuki suspended Koros and officer in-charge of clinical affairs Benard Githae pending investigations into the gruesome incident. “I have directed the CEO and …

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NGOs Board boss in surprise resignation

Seth Onyango @SethManex The NGOs Coordination Board chief executive officer Fazul Mahamed has resigned days to end of his term in office. “It is with deep regret that I submit my notice of resignation as chief executive officer effective May 1,” read his resignation letter in part. Mahamed described his three-year tenure at the helm …

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NGOs Board boss in surprise resignation

Seth Onyango @SethManex The NGOs Coordination Board chief executive officer Fazul Mahamed has resigned days to end of his term in office. “It is with deep regret that I submit my notice of resignation as chief executive officer effective May 1,” read his resignation letter in part. Mahamed described his three-year tenure at the helm …

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NGOs Board boss in surprise resignation

Seth Onyango @SethManex The NGOs Coordination Board chief executive officer Fazul Mahamed has resigned days to end of his term in office. “It is with deep regret that I submit my notice of resignation as chief executive officer effective May 1,” read his resignation letter in part. Mahamed described his three-year tenure at the helm …

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NYS now tells Kalonzo to vacate disputed land

Seth Onyango @SethManex Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka risks losing a multi-million shilling land in Machakos as the National Youth Service (NYS) stepped up efforts to reclaim 23,170 acres of land which it claims was grabbed. On the spot is 500 acres of land in Yatta Constituency, which Kalonzo acquired when he served as Vice President …

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Accept Uhuru presidency, diplomats tell Nasa leader

Seth Onyango @SethManex Foreign diplomatic missions have told the National Super Alliance (Nasa) to accept President Uhuru Kenyatta as the validly elected Head of State. In a strongly-worded statement endorsed by 11 embassies in Kenya, the missions told Opposition chief Raila Odinga to recognise President Kenyatta’s second term mandate. “A father of multi-party democracy has …

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Teachers want annual appraisal suspended

Seth Onyango @SethManex Teachers are demanding suspension of annual performance appraisal, saying it is counterproductive. The Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) is said to have reached the decision during its 60th annual delegates’ conference in Mombasa last December. Knut secretary general Wilson Sossion claims the appraisal is being used to intimidate teachers. “The system …

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I am ready for oath, says Kalonzo

Seth Onyango @SethManex Wiper Democratic Movement party leader Kalonzo Musyoka has vowed to take oath as the ‘deputy people’s president’ despite ongoing arrest of politicians who participated in the mock swearing-in of Raila Odinga. Kalonzosaid the decision to be sworn-in has been hampered by infighting in the Nasa. Yesterday, Wiper Party Summit, which endorsed the …

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Civil servants to sit exam before getting promotion

Seth Onyango @SethManex Civil servants will now be required to sit a written examination to qualify for promotion as part of proposed new regulations by the Public Service Commission (PSC). The move is aimed at streamlining the public sector. In the Draft PSC Regulations (Validation) 2018, set to replace the current PSC Regulations of 2005, …

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Scores of Kenyans live in fear, survey reveals

Seth Onyango @SethManex One of four Kenyans has suffered loss of money and important valuables to crime over the past six months, a new report has revealed. The study, carried out by Twaweze, an independent research firm, comes amid escalating levels of crime in Nairobi, where criminal gangs have been mugging and robbing residents in …

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Australian senator calls for electoral reforms, dialogue

Seth Onyango @SethManex Kenyan-born Australian Senator Lucy Gichuhi has called for speedy electoral reforms to avoid future poll disputes. Speaking during a public lecture at the University of Nairobi yesterday, Gichuhi termed the current electoral system a joke, adding that a lot needs to be done to streamline electoral processes. “Comparing the Kenyan election with …

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Uhuru broke law in police appointment, Raila claims

Seth Onyango @SethManex Opposition chief Raila Odinga has accused President Uhuru Kenyatta of violating the Constitution in his recent appointments to the top police leadership. Last week, the Head of State made changes to the Police Service, dropping Ndegwa Muhoro as Director of Criminal Investigations and replaced him with George Kinoti. He also dropped Joel …

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Kenya on right track, assures Nyeri-born Australian senator

Seth Mwaniki @MwanikiM Kenyan-born Australian Senator Lucy Gichuhi has called for patience among Kenyans and focus on the gains made under the new Constitution. She urged Kenyans to stop comparing Kenya with developed democracies, saying the country has made “tremendous improvements”. Gichuhi, who last year became the first senator of African descent in Australia, said …

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