Battery-maker Eveready East Africa has said it will venture into real estate, as part of a five-year growth plan after announcing closure of its Nakuru factory on Monday. The firm, which is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange, said it will develop properties, starting with its 20-acre prime land on Nakuru-Eldoret highway where the dry cell factory sits. Board chair Lucy Waithaka said turning the property into a commercial development will rev up Eveready back on to a growth trajectory. However, the management declined to disclose how much it will invest in the real estate, saying it is...
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Three students of St Sude Napara High School, Bungoma were hospitalised following injuries sustained after corporal punishment by their head teacher. Speaking at the hospital, the students said Beatrice Masika beat them up with rungus. “We were permitted by the deputy head teacher to go out for hair cuts but when we returned, the head teacher called us and locked us in her office. She beat us with a club as she threatened to kill us,” said one of them. Masika accused the students of sneaking from school and having mobile phones contrary to the school rules. She is said to have locked them up...
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MCAs in Nakuru have supported calls to arm them with guns. Through their majority leader Samuel Waithuki, the ward representatives said they are worried by the rising number of crimes in the country "targeting VIPs". Waithuki said some people were jealous of MCAs and will do anything to harm them. “The other day we saw an MP in Kirinyaga come under attack and we know that some people have ill motives against us. So we need to be armed,” he said. Speaking in Naivasha during a development tour, the Naivasha East MCA defended foreign tours. “The foreign tours are very educational and important...
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The twists and turns at Riadha House took another dimension yesterday as chairmen from 11 out the 16 Athletics Kenya branches boycotted a meeting called by president Isaiah Kiplagat. The 11, through their chairman Paul Mutwii said this was a show of discontent with the leadership at the federation by Kiplagat. Abraham Mutai (Central Rift), Maj (Rtd) Michael Rotich (North Rift), John Wachira (South Rift) and a representative from the Kenya Defence Forces attended the meeting held at AK boardroom yesterday. The agenda of the meeting was season review (2014 performance and 2015 plan), AK...
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THE 10-member Nyamira assembly committee established to probe the recruitment of ward and subcounty administrators has begun work. Last week, the assembly suspended the employment citing irregularities. During a session presided over by speaker Joash Nyamoko it was claimed that the recent recruitment of the ward and sub county administrators was marred with corruption, political interference, favouritism and nepotism. “We began investigations on Monday. We shall make appropriate recommendations after out investigations. There are people who are willing to swear affidavits on corruption,”...
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