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First Lady Margaret Kenyatta takes Beyond Zero campaign to Japan

The Beyond Zero campaign entered a new dawn Sunday when First Lady Margaret Kenyatta extended her training to Tokyo, Japan where she also launched the 3rd edition of the First Lady’s Half Marathon 2016.

The launch also marked the third time that the First lady was taking her Beyond Zero fundraising abroad.

The first such outing was during the London Half Marathon in 2014.

There was also the recent training session in Addis Ababa,…

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Unions insist teachers will stay away from schools on Monday

Learning in public schools is, for the second time this year, set to be paralysed on Monday after teachers said they would not report to work over a protracted pay dispute with the government.

Schools were expected to re-open for the crucial third term at the end of which thousands of learners are expected to take their Standard Eight and Form Four national examinations.

On Saturday, parents and school heads were hoping for an…

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US gunman ‘planned to commit more violence’

The gunman who shot dead two young American journalists on live TV was hell-bent on committing more violence before he took his own life, Virginia’s governor has said.

Terry McAuliffe visited the studios of WDBJ television in Roanoke two days after Vester Flanagan killed reporter Alison Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, as they were conducting an interview.

Flanagan, 41, a former WDBJ reporter fired in February 2013, fatally shot himself a few…

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S. Sudan army, rebels accuse each other of launching fresh assault

South Sudan’s army and rebels have accused each other of responsibility for fresh fighting in the north-east despite a peace agreement to end a brutal 20-month civil war.

The renewed clashes came after the pact, brokered by the regional eight-nation Igad bloc and the United Nations, the African Union, China, Britain, Norway and the United States, provided for a permanent ceasefire supposed to enter into force on Saturday.

“Riek Machar’s rebels attacked Malakal yesterday…

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William Ruto told to boycott ICC over ruling

Five Jubilee legislators have asked Deputy President William Ruto to boycott hearing of the case against him at the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague.

The MPs claimed that the court had become political and not judicial.

Murang’a Senator Kembi Gitura, Narok Woman Representative Soipan Tuya and MPs Cecily Mbarire (Runyenjes), Sara Korere (Nominated) and Ferdinand Waititu (Kabete) condemned the court for taking Kenyans in circles after the prosecution was allowed to use…

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Parents and school heads tell teachers to give talks a chance

Parents and school heads have asked the government and the teachers’ union leaders to give dialogue a chance in resolving the salary dispute.

They are also hoping that plans by the Teachers’ Service Commission (TSC) to return to the Supreme Court and seek a review of its ruling will not result in mistrust between the two parties.

Kenya National Association of Parents secretary-general Musau Ndunda asked the two parties to resolve the matter  amicably…

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A tearful sendoff for lawyer found dead in swimming pool

Mourners at Saturday’s funeral of Nairobi lawyer Geoffrey Oriaro, who was found dead in a swimming pool at a Mombasa hotel, demanded further investigation into the circumstances surrounding his death.

They said the sudden death “cannot be left just like that”. Family, colleagues and friends gathered at Konya village in Ugenya constituency said the matter should be expedited to end speculation regarding the death.

Mrs Elizabeth Ochola, the widow, said she was still in…

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Governors to sue State for delaying funds

Governors are this week expected to sue the National Treasury for alleged failure to disburse funds for counties even as they look to borrow from banks to fill gaps left by the slow or late release of money.

Their justification is the need to avoid stalling service delivery as strikes become endemic with health workers being the latest to down their tools over late pay.

Bomet Governor and former Council of Governors chairman Isaac…

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Fears over scrapping of jobs in public service salary review

As Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) assures public servants that the on-going job evaluation has nothing to do with job cuts, fears are rife that some jobs might be scrapped altogether.

Already, the commission while insisting that the process should not be misconstrued to mean job cuts, has revealed that the exercise will be completed in April, next year.

The valuation covers about 680,000 public officers, spread over 1,000 job positions in the Service…

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KenGen’s curious tender award

Geothermal development projects are increasingly becoming the focus of anti-corruption authorities. 

This should not be a surprise because, as we learn in contemporary anti-corruption theory, massive infrastructure projects carry some of the largest corruption risks.

Indeed, the government is currently in the process of rolling out one of the largest geothermal development programmes in Africa.

The projects are mainly being implemented by the Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) and Geothermal Development Company (GDC). But in…

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‘Rogue House’ tactics back at work as MPs craft selfish laws

The National Assembly is once again grappling with the “rogue House” tag in the wake of recent decisions seen as shielding it from scrutiny.

The latest is an audacious attempt to gag the media from reporting on Parliament, put forward by Eldas MP Adan Keynan (ODM).

The Parliamentary Powers and Privileges Bill is on the verge of being passed despite criminalising aspects of journalism. A Sh500,000 fine or a two-year jail term has been…

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