Mvita MP Abdulswamad Nassir has asked teachers to let MPs fight their salary battle with the government. Abdulswamad said a strike would be unfair to form four and standard eight candidates, who are about to sit their Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education and Kenya Certificate of Primary Education examinations. "It will be catastrophic if teachers go on strike at this time. This will frustrate the future of thousands of students who are about to sit their…

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The U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia has warned of a possible attack by Somali militant group al Shabaab and urged its nationals to avoid large crowds and hotels and restaurants in an upscale district of the capital Addis Ababa. The Ethiopian authorities said late last year that its security forces were on heightened alert after receiving strong evidence al Shabaab was plotting further attacks after a botched suicide bombing in Addis Ababa. Ethiopian troops, alongside forces from…

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County public servants’ salaries vary dramatically but the pay structure will be rationalised. Governor Mwangi Wairia said some civil servants are paid extremely highly while others “get peanuts”. Wairia attended the biometric registration of civil servants in Murang’a town yesterday. Some workers get Sh100,000 every month, while others get Sh20,000, he said. Wairia said the registration will help the county to effectively deliver services.
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Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru on Tuesday handed Mizuka Youth Group in Kibera a posho mill bought by President Uhuru Kenyatta. "The last time we were here these young men requested for a posho mill to enable them to become more self-sustaining. Our duty, on behalf of his excellency, was to deliver it," Waiguru said. The Kibera youth who will manage the posho mill currently own a poultry farm, rabbits, a water supply business, three toilets…

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FORMER Housing Minister Soita Shitanda has accused county governments in sugar belts of not addressing issue affecting the sugar sector. He said county governments do not seem to be in a hurry to pass laws guiding the sector despite the fact the agriculture is a devolved function. “The national government will continue to interfere with the sector as long as the county governments do not have laws to guide the sub-sector,” Shitanda told the press in…

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PARLIAMENTARY Health Committee chair Rachel Nyamai has said the tetanus vaccine being given to women by the government is safe. Speaking to the Star on the phone yesterday, she said there is nothing dangerous about the medicine. The Catholic Health Commission has accused the government of trying to inject women between the ages of 19 and 49 with family planning drugs. The media last week quoted the chairman, the Rev Paul Njiru, saying there is limited…

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LACK of cooperation between police and members of public has hindered community policing plans, a human rights official has said. This comes days after residents accused police officers of being involved in crimes. Speaking at the Kisumu Social Hall yesterday during a forum on security, Kenya National Commission on Human Rights vice chairman George Morara called for an open engagement for the sake of peace. He said it cannot always be that Kisumu is where police…

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Three gangsters raided Eldoret police station on Tuesday night. One was shot dead while the two others escaped with gunshot wounds, Eldoret West Police boss Smollets Munyanzi said. "We are investigating the incident and following up on those who escaped," Munyanzi said at his office in Eldoret. He said the three broke into the office of the commander of the Anti-Terror Unit stealing a fax machine and clothes. Police officers said several items had been stolen…

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The Parliamentary Committee on Education has summoned TSC secretary Gabriel Lengoiboni to avert the looming teachers’ strike. Chairman Julius Meli, who is also Tinderet MP, appealed to Knut secretary general Wilson Sossion to give dialogue a chance before calling for a strike. Speaking when he attended Kapsabet Girls’ High School prayer day yesterday, Meli said strikes should not derail the education sector.
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A class six pupil in Embu North subcounty yesterday said he broke into a house . He told a magistrate that he was found trying to steal in Niceta Wanja's house on Sunday. The boy said he removed two planks of wood from the timber house and entered through the hole. Wanja had gone to church. Prosecutor Bernard Wainyoike told acting chief Magistrate Alfred Kibiru that a neighbour heard commotion in the house and called other…

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Two passengers were yesterday injured when the bus they were travelling in was involved in an accident in Nyambare on the Nairobi-Nakuru highway. They were admitted at Tigoni Subcounty Hospital. Twenty five others were treated and discharged. Police boss Alfred Makoma said the driver of the Easy Coach bus was trying to avoid hitting a lorry. The wreckage was towed to Lari police station.
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