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GDC manager Eric Wamanji denies threatening to silence The Star Editor Charles Kerich

By NATION REPORTER

A senior manager at the Geothermal Development Company was on Tuesday charged with threatening to kill an editor of  a local newspaper for publishing stories on alleged unprofessional conduct at the firm.

Deputy Corporate Manager Eric Wamanji Ndung’u was accused of sending a threatening SMS to The Star Editor Charles Kerich on February 11, 2015 at Ring Road Westlands in Nairobi.

According to the prosecution, the message read: "It is high time you…

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Withdraw Pang licence, says Chris Kirubi

By JOHN NGIRACHU [1]

Capital Group chairman Chris Kirubi has claimed the entire digital migration process was mismanaged and called for Pan Africa Network Group's licence to be withdrawn

Media companies that have migrated to the digital platform, as the Digital Broadcasters Association, told the National Assembly's Energy, Information and Communication Committee that the China-owned Pang and the government's Signet are charging them too much.

According to Mr Kirubi, the current impasse between the Nation…

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Francis Atwoli asks President Kenyatta to end TV switch impasse

By DENNIS ODUNGA[1]

The workers umbrella union on Tuesday called on President Kenyatta to intervene and end the standoff between three leading media houses and the communications regulator over digital migration.

The impasse has left thousands of Kenyans staring at blank TV screens for 17 days after the Communications Authority of Kenya switched off the analogue signals of NTV, QTV, KTN and Citizen TV.

Central Organisation of Trade Union (Cotu) Secretary-General Francis Atwoli said the…

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Education CS Jacob Kaimenyi says 5 national schools involved in KCSE exam irregularities

By MARYANNE GICOBI[1]By OUMA WANZALA[2]

Education Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi has said five national schools had candidates who were involved in irregularities during the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education examinations.

While releasing the KCSE results on Tuesday, Mr Kaimenyi said 2,975 candidates committed exam irregularities countrywide.

However, the number was a significant drop from 3,812 candidates whose 2013 KCSE results were cancelled.

He said 209 students were caught with unauthorised materials, 179 were found with…

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Senator wants Chirchir, Hassan to step aside over 'chicken' scandal

By ISAAC ONGIRI[1]

Kajiado Senator Peter ole Mositet now wants Cabinet Secretary Davis Chichir and Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairman Ahmed Issack Hassan to be forced to resign.

Mr Mositet said that by continuing to stay in office, the two leaders and others mentioned in the "chicken" scandal were making a mockery of the Jubilee administration’s reform agenda.

“These public officers mentioned in a scandal of this magnitude where a London court has…

Read more: Senator wants Chirchir, Hassan to step aside over 'chicken' scandal

President Uhuru Kenyatta to burn 15 tonnes of ivory in fight against poaching

By JOHN NJAGI[1]

President Uhuru Kenyatta will on Tuesday become the third president in Kenya’s history to set ablaze 15 tonnes of elephant ivory to mark World Wildlife Day.

President Kenyatta will preside over the event that coincides with the Wangari Maathai Day and Africa Environment Day at midday at Nairobi National Park.

The World Wildlife Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly on December 20, 2013 to celebrate and raise awareness of the…

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Witchcraft claims against me by Mugabe a lie, says former VP Joice Mujuru

By KITSEPILE NYATHI[1]

Former Zimbabwe Vice-President Joice Mujuru has described as "presidential fancy and lies" claims by President Robert Mugabe that she consulted Nigerian witchdoctors in a plot to kill him.

President Mugabe made the allegations during his 91st birthday celebrations in the resort town of Victoria Falls on Saturday.

He told his supporters that Ms Mujuru, who was fired last year over the alleged plot, was made to perform some rituals by two Nigerians…

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Girlfriend who witnessed Nemtsov murder reaches Kiev

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The chief witness in the murder of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov — a Ukrainian model who was his girlfriend — arrived in Kiev late Monday, as authorities vowed to solve the most shocking political assassination to take place during Vladimir Putin's rule.

Ganna Duritska, who was walking with Nemtsov when he died, arrived safely at Kiev airport, her lawyer Vadim Prokhorov — who was accompanying her — told reporters, adding that she needed…

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Armed men steal Sh364 million gold from truck on US highway

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Police were investigating Monday after three armed men made off with gold bars worth more than $4 million in an audacious highway heist, US media said.

About 275 pounds (125 kilos) of gold was taken from a truck on Sunday in Wilson County, North Carolina, after the vehicle pulled over because of mechanical problems, local news reports said.

Two armed security guards from Trans Value, in Miami, were transporting a shipment of silver and…

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Firms’ bid to join Sh87bn suit granted

By TIMOTHY KEMEI[1]

Fifty-four tea factories were on Monday enjoined in a case filed by Kericho Governor Paul Chepkwony, seeking a refund of Sh87 billion for farmers.

Kericho High Court Resident Judge Hedwig Ong’udi allowed an application by factories that are managed by the Kenya Tea Development Agency because parties in the case are not opposed to their inclusion.

This comes as the Council of Governors and 10,000 farmers sought to be enjoined in the…

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Intensify patrols on border, Turkana leaders tell State

By NATION CORRESPONDENT[1]

Turkana County leaders want the government to intensify patrols on the volatile border with West Pokot, where 20 people have been killed in the past two months.

Kainuk Town on the Kitale-Lodwar road is the worst hit. It has suffered highway attacks, rustling and invasion by bandits.

The leaders said over-reliance on animals for livelihood contributed to cattle rustling. They also said bandits were taking advantage of the inadequate number of police…

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