Cerebral Malaria: A cause for concern for children, pregnant women

As people across the globe take part in a wide range of activities to mark the World Malaria Day, cerebral malaria which forms part of the spectrum of this disease will be highlighted. This illness is the most severe neurological complication malaria and accounts for approximately more than one million deaths of children in sub-Saharan …

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‘Powerful forces’ blocking Sh3.2b school land payout

Mercy Mwai @wangumarci The controversy surrounding the payments for land in which two city schools sit has taken a fresh twist after the landowner accused politicians and senior government officials of blocking his compensation. In a sworn affidavit, Francis Mburu Mungai also accused the government of trespassing on his land for more than 28 years. …

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Kisumu beer plant to transform lives, assures CS Mohammed

Kenya Breweries Ltd (KBL) Sh15 billion plant in Kisumu, whose construction work is nearing completion will greatly transform lives of communities in the region. Industrialisation Cabinet secretaryy Aden Mohammed (pictured left) said on Monday after conducting an extensive tour of the plant that the plant has the capacity to produce 100 million litres of Senator …

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Kiamaiko traders defy Nema order

Robin Obino @obinorobin It was business as usual for Nairobi’s Kiamaiko slaughterhouses despite National Environment Management Authority (Nema) closing the facility. The agency on Monday ordered all the 15 slaughterhouses shut for polluting the Nairobi River. An operation to clean the river is underway under the Nairobi regeneration programme, a joint venture between the National …

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Doomsday beckons for deadly mosquito

Reckitt Benckiser (RB), through its flagship product, Mortein Doom, has pledged to scale up efforts to eliminate malaria. The firm, in a statement ahead of today’s World Malaria Day, said it would continue offering innovative solutions, especially products targeting malaria-causing mosquitoes. “As an organisation that firmly believes in innovation, we have invested in the development …

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Regulation of drones headache for Kenya

by Kinyuru Munuhe @kinyurumunuhe Kenyan airspace could be facing threats of unknown magnitude owing to unregulated usage of drones after the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) Director General Capt Gilbert Kibe said they have no capacity to control their operations due to lack of legislation. Kibe told the Parliamentary committee on delegated legislation that the …

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Police seek help to arrest rapists

Police have appealed to a woman who was raped on River Road in Nairobi to come forward and record a statement. The woman is reported to have been raped by a street boy as four others watched and cheered on. Nairobi Directorate of Criminal Investigations boss Nicholas Kamwende appealed to the woman to come forward …

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Man shot dead as police disperse mob

Reuben Mwambingu @reubenmwambingu A man was shot dead and three others injured when police opened fire at a mob baying for the blood of a suspected thug in Miritini, Mombasa county. Hussein Nduke, a driver with Stedmak Hotels, was killed in the Monday evening melee. He was taken to Coast General Hospital, where he was …

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Russia, China call on UN to save Iran deal

Moscow, Tuesday Russia today urged a United Nations nuclear disarmament forum to show its support for the “fragile” Iran nuclear accord by signing onto a statement, co-written by China, backing the deal. The head of the arms control unit at Russia’s foreign ministry, Vladimir Yermakov, called on UN members to not “keep silence in hope …

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Kenyatta asks governors to join him in the big four agenda

President Uhuru Kenyatta has once again fired a warning to leaders looting public funds to do so at their own peril. In a televised address to the fifth annual devolution conference in Kakamega delivered from State House Nairobi, the president asked county governors to join him in delivering his big four agenda and deal ruthlessly …

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NEMA closes 15 goat slaughterhouses in Kiamaiko

The National Environment Management Authority -NEMA has insisted that its order to close 15 slaughterhouses at the famous Kiamaiko abattoirs will remain in force until they comply with its directive on waste disposal. The authority on Monday ordered the closure of the abbatoir for allegedly disposing its waste into the Nairobi river. Traders at the …

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Thousands displaced, property destroyed by heavy rains countrywide

Thousands of Kenyans are counting their losses and several others displaced following heavy rains pounding various parts of the country. Transport along the Mai -Mahiu – Narok ,Kitui- Mutomo and Mombasa highways was paralyzed for several hours after flood waters rendered sections of the roads impassable with the Kenya National Highways Authority urging motorists to …

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Governors, Senators clash over the wards development fund bill

The supremacy wars between governors and senators played out again during the official opening of the Annual Devolution Conference in Kakamega county with senate majority leader Kipchumba Murkomen accusing the county chiefs of high-handedness. Amid cheers from members of the county assembly, Murkomen and his Kakamega counterpart Cleophas Malala accused governors of stifling the voice …

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Patients receive free eye and dental treatment in honour of Matiba

An estimated 6,500 people have benefitted from medical services offered at the Kenneth Matiba eye and dental hospital in Kenol township in Murang’a county. Governor Mwangi wa Iria says residents do not have to travel far to secure the specialised services after the facility commenced operations in 2015 in honor of the second liberation hero. …

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PSC raises alarm over ageing staff

Mercy Mwai @wangumarci The Public Service Commission (PSC) has warned of a succession crisis due to an ageing workforce brought about by the freeze on recruitment. Staffing gaps in the grading structure caused by non-replacement of exiting staff has aggravated the problem, the State agency argues. Acting PSC chairperson Peter Nkuraiyia blamed the looming crisis …

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Britain welcomes Kate’s ‘royal’ baby

London, Monday Kate, the wife of Prince William, gave birth to a baby son today, the couple’s third child who is fifth in line to the British throne. The boy, weighing 3.8kg, was born at 11:01am (1001 GMT), Kensington Palace announced. Mother and baby are both doing well, the palace said, and William, the Duke …

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MPs to debate bill seeking to slash Judiciary powers

Parliament has mooted a move to take over the power of the Judiciary to issue orders and injunctions against government projects. If an amendment bill brought by Kangema MP Muturi Kigano sails through, judges will no longer have powers to issue orders and injunctions especially on matters of national importance without Parliament’s approval. The amendment …

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Devolution still distressed ship five years on…

Seth Onyango @SethManex All governors converge in Kakamega town this morning for the fifth Annual Devolution Conference, bearing the baggage of stunted growth in most devolved regions and recurring queries on what ails devolution. The forum, which has brought a splatter of colour to the three venues where it will feature—county headquarters, Bukhungu Stadium and …

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