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Five injured in freak accident

By ANGIRA ZADOCK[1]

Five people are fighting for their lives in various Nairobi hospitals after a vehicle veered off the road and hit them in Westlands on Saturday evening.

One of the victims, Ms Rosemary Wangui Maina, had her right leg amputated at the MP Shah Hospital where. She remains in a critical condition at the hospital's intensive care unit.

The vehicle, a Range Rover registered to Mr SS Johar, a prominent city advocate, was…

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Grateful Singapore gives Lee Kuan Yew a hero's funeral

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Tens of thousands of mourners braved torrential rain, howitzers fired a 21-gun salute and jet fighters screamed across the sky as a grand funeral began Sunday for Singapore's founding leader Lee Kuan Yew.

Singaporeans chanted Lee's name as the former prime minister's coffin, draped in the red-and-white national flag and protected by a glass case atop a two-wheeled gun carriage, emerged from parliament pulled by a ceremonial Land Rover.

Four F-16 fighters from the…

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Lights out as millions around the world mark Earth Hour

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The Empire State Building dimmed its lights and the Eiffel Tower went dark Saturday as iconic landmarks across the world observed Earth Hour, the global climate change awareness campaign.

The usually glittering night time majesty of the Empire State Building was set to "faint sparkle" in New York, while theatres on Broadway also toned down the neon.

Millions of people around the world were taking part in the annual Earth Hour organised by conservation…

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Guinea president declares 45-day Ebola 'emergency' in five regions

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Guinean President Alpha Conde has declared a 45-day "health emergency" in five regions of the Ebola-hit nation in a bid to stem the spread of the deadly disease.

The focus of the virus "has shifted to our country's coastal areas", the president said in a statement published in national media.

"That is why I am declaring a reinforced health emergency for a period of 45 days in the prefectures of Forecariah, Coyah, Dubreka, Boffa…

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Nigerian voters return to the polls after technical glitches

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Nigerians hit by failures in new election technology return to the polls on Sunday, to allow them to cast their ballots in the country's close-run presidential election.

President Goodluck Jonathan — who is running against former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari — and at least three governors from his ruling party were among those whose biometric details could not be checked by the devices, which are designed to combat electoral fraud.

Instead, they had to…

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President suspends four Cabinet secretaries and eight top state officials

By ISAAC ONGIRI[1]

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Saturday finally suspended four Cabinet secretaries and eight top state officials named in a confidential anti-graft report.

As he pushed the CSs named in the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) List of Shame out of his government, the President named four ministers to act in their positions.

The report also contains the names of elected leaders, including 11 governors, some senators and several members of the National Assembly.…

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Transport hardest hit by the purge

By WALTER MENYA[1]

Operations at the transport ministry will be most affected after the cabinet secretary and the one of the two principal secretaries complied with President Uhuru Kenyatta’s directive for officials under corruption investigation to step aside.

A statement by President Uhuru Kenyatta through his spokesman Manoah Esipisu on Saturday disclosed that Transport Secretary Michael Kamau and the Transport PS Nduva Muli have both stepped aside.

The decision by President Kenyatta to allow Mr…

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Why we are stepping aside

By SUNDAY NATION TEAM[1]

Cabinet secretaries Michael Kamau, Felix Koskei and Davis Chirchir on Saturday stepped aside to make way for investigations of corruption allegations against them.

First out was Mr Koskei who said he has lined up a number of lawyers and that on Monday he will voluntarily visit the EACC offices to seek information about the allegations.

“I have never seen a letter from the EACC. They have never even called me to record…

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Deputy President big loser as close allies are named in graft report

By EMEKA-MAYAKA GEKARA[1]By PATRICK LANGAT[2]

Deputy President William Ruto’s men were the first major casualties in the anti-corruption purge that could test the unity of the Jubilee coalition and President Uhuru Kenyatta’s stamina in the war against graft.

Allies of Mr Ruto who were suspended include Cabinet secretaries Felix Koskei (Agriculture), Davis Chirchir (Energy), and Kazungu Kambi (Labour) and his Chief of Staff, Marianne Kitany.

Mr Chirchir, a former electoral commission official, is a strong…

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Will graft purge, ICC load undo UhuRuto?

The glue that holds President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto together is the same that now threatens to tear them apart following the disclosure to Parliament of a confidential list of public officials on anti-corruption radar.

The purge ordered by President Kenyatta during his State of the Nation address from Parliament buildings on Thursday leaves the partnership between TNA and URP hanging in the balance.

This comes after the ICC ties between…

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Lobby seeks to end rift over Chinese restaurant

By JOHN NJAGI[1]

An organisation that promotes better relations between China and Kenya has moved to end the rift created after a Chinese restaurant locked out Africans from its premises.

The China-Africa Friendship Association (Kenya) Chapter said it was deeply concerned by events that took place at the Chongqing restaurant, where Kenyans were denied entry into the hotel after 5 p.m., over alleged security concerns, saying it was likely to affect relations between the two…

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