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Karangi to hang up his boots today after 42 years in the military

President Uhuru Kenyatta(left) with Chief of the Kenya Defence Forces Julius Karangi during a Jamhuri day celebrations 2014 at Nyayo National Stadium on 12/12/14 [PHOTO/BEVERLYNE MUSILI/STANDARD]

Nairobi, Kenya - Gen Julius Karangi will formally retire today from the helm of of the Kenya Defence Forces ( KDF[1]).

 

Gen Samson Mwathethe will take over as the Chief of the Kenya Defence Forces, following his recent appointment by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

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East Africa ministers' panel happy with SGR progress

The Director General of the Rwanda Transport Development Agency Guy Kalisa (left), South Sudan Government deputy Minister for Transport, Roads and Bridges Simon Mijok Mijak (second right, front) and Kenya's acting Cabinet Secretary for Transport James Macharia, walk along a completed section of the SGR[1] project at Mtito Andei during an inspection of the on going work May 02, 2015. The inspection of the SGR[2]started at the port of Mombasa and ended at Kathekani…

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'Prison being used to recruit youth for terror'

Youths are being recruited into the Al-Shabaab terror group while in a Nairobi remand prison[1], Bahati MP Kimani Ngunjiri has said.

Mr Ngunjiri said he has evidence that the prison[2] has become a recruitment ground for Al-Shaabab and demanded immediate investigations.

The MP said youths were being arrested for petty offences and hefty bonds imposed on them by a Kibera Court and while in remand, they are recruited into the terror group.

"I have…

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John Kerry arrives in Kenya for trade, terrorism talks

US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Nairobi Sunday after a day-long visit in Colombo, Sri Lanka. (Photo:Reuters)

Security was heightened at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi as US Secretary of State John Kerry’s jetted into the country Sunday.

Security checks were intensified at all airport entries and exits since Saturday, with more GSU personnel deployed. More checks were mounted across the Nairobi City County.

Kerry’s jet touched down at the JKIA…

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Kenya will not allow homosexuality, says DP Ruto

DP William Ruto said allowing homosexuality[1] in our society would violate religious and cultural believes.

Deputy President William Ruto has said Kenya will not allow the practice of homosexuality[2] saying the practice is against Christianity and human nature.

The Deputy President has assured the religious community of the government support in opposing the introduction of same sex relations in the Kenyan society.

“We will stand with religious leaders to defend our faith and believes. We…

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Kidero: Kiosks near major establishments to be demolished

Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero said demolition of structures is aimed at stepping up the war against terrorism. (Photo:File/Standard)

The Nairobi City County will from Wednesday demolish structures erected outside churches, mosques, learning institutions and social halls.

Governor Evans Kidero said some kiosks outside the institutions provide cover for criminals to monitor movements and plot attacks.

He said his office had issued a notice to kiosk owners with or without licences to remove any structures…

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Al Shabaab are not Somalis, they are criminals, says outgoing ambassador

Mohamed Ali Nur’s term as Somalia[1]’s envoy to Kenya since 2007 ended last week.

Q: It is during your tenure that Kenya sent its troops to Somalia[2]. Has this intervention worked?

Nur: The Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) and Amisom troops have helped in assisting the Somalia[3] National Army fight the Al-Shabaab[4] militia, which is almost being vanquished. Of course, there are some elements of the criminals who plan and execute attacks in Somalia[5]and Kenya, but I…

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Albinism: When mothers traffic their own flesh and blood for ritual killings

In 2010, Robinson Mukhwana was lured by a friend to accompany him to Tanzania for a job.

Robinson never suspected his friend had other intentions and innocently accompanied him, and he only escaped murder for his body parts after being rescued by police in Tanzania whose awareness to such crimes had been heightened following gruesome killings in their country.

Since then, many cases of the abuse of people living with albinism have been…

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Kibaki team collecting material to pen his memoirs

A team is collecting data to help retired President Mwai Kibaki pen his memoirs.

He will tell the story in his own words, from his birth in Gatuya-ini Village, and how by a stroke of luck, Kibaki Githinji’s last-born son was sent to a Catholic mission school to start a sterling academic journey, to ascension to the country’s top seat.

“Memoirs have their own cycle and it depends mostly on the preparedness of…

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Uncertainty lingers after Garissa attack

A Kenya Defense Force soldier runs for cover near the perimeter wall where attackers are holding up at a campus in Garissa April 2, 2015.

A month after the bloody attack on Garissa University by Al-Shabaab terrorists, questions remain over the lessons learnt from this and other grisly terror attacks on Kenyan soil.

The April 2 incident left 148 people dead, the second highest fatality figures from a single terror attack in this…

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Sh34bn funding deal to bring down power connection costs

The cost of connecting power will drastically come down following a Sh34 billion African Development Fund deal to take the grid closer to rural customers.

Kenya Power chief executive officer Ben Chumo alluded to a sharp drop in connectivity pricing when he addressed a governors’ meeting in Kisumu last week. He did not give details of the expected drop however.

“The cost of connectivity will definitely come down from the present Sh35,000 to…

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