National unity has been a concern of every thoughtful Kenyan since at least independence. But it is only with the events of 2007-08, which threatened to tear up the foundations of this nation, that it became clear that truly radical action had to be taken to hold Kenya together. Much of the work would be in politics, policy and legislation. In 2008, the coalition government added the department of national cohesion to what was Ministry of…

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Kenya's economy grew at a slower pace between April and June at 5.8 per cent compared to a revised 7.2 per cent in the second quarter 2013, owing to insecurity and poor rainfall. Data released yesterday by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics showed the tourism sector suffered the most, dogged by persistent insecurity, with accommodation and restaurant segment dipping by 18.6 per cent compared to 8.6 per cent in a similar period last year. During…

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BUSIA Governor Sospeter Ojaamong yesterday criticised Deputy President William Ruto for spearheading the return of fundraisers as a means of spurring development. He said Ruto has been spearheading harambees, which were famous under the Kenyatta and Moi regimes. “Ruto should be told in no uncertain terms that harambees cannot build a bridge and neither can they build roads. Harambees cannot be alternative or the solution to development. The solution is devolution and nothing else,” Ojaamong said.…

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Lamu Governor Issa Timamy has warned against plans to review the compensation money for those affected by the Lamu Port South Sudan-Ethiopia Transport corridor. Speaking to the Star in his office yesterday, Timamy said he is aware of plans to reduce the current Sh1.5 million compensation for each acre of land, but his administration will not allow that. Timamy said his government will ensure all those affected get justice. The county boss said the Kililana and…

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THE National Authority for Campaign against Alcohol and Drug Abuse will spend Sh4 billion to rehabilitate more than 2.4 million drug addicts across the country. Speaking at Radio Africa offices in Nairobi yesterday, Nacada chairman John Mututho said the programme will be piloted in counties affected by drug and substance addiction. He said the programme will incorporate the National Youth Service, police and community elders. “We have the resources to do this. Drug addicts need help.…

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THE Jubilee administration is planning to swiftly adopt the new audited accounts by the Public Accounts Committee to puncture the Cord referendum push. Both the opposition coalition and the Council of Governors have based their demands on the fact that the national government has been using 2009-2010 audited accounts, the last to be approved by Parliament, to allocate cash to the county governments. But the Ababu Namwamba-led PAC has now completed auditing accounts for the last…

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THE Jubilee administration is planning to swiftly adopt the new audited accounts by the Public Accounts Committee to puncture the Cord referendum push. Both the opposition coalition and the Council of Governors have based their demands on the fact that the national government has been using 2009-2010 audited accounts, the last to be approved by Parliament, to allocate cash to the county governments. But the Ababu Namwamba-led PAC has now completed auditing accounts for the last…

Read more: JUBILEE TO GIVE MORE CASH TO KILL REFERENDUM

In 2000 The Economist magazine painted the portrait of a continent riddled with corruption, ravaged by conflict and poverty, debilitated by hunger and disease. Africa was ‘The Hopeless Continent’. But in 2011, with a cover titled ‘Africa Rising’ and an illustration of a boy flying a rainbow-coloured kite the shape of the continent, The Economist released a revised view of Africa. The magazine wrote not about the abundance of brutality or disease or poverty in Sierra…

Read more: Africa Rising? Not Till Rural Economy Booms

In 2000 The Economist magazine painted the portrait of a continent riddled with corruption, ravaged by conflict and poverty, debilitated by hunger and disease. Africa was ‘The Hopeless Continent’. But in 2011, with a cover titled ‘Africa Rising’ and an illustration of a boy flying a rainbow-coloured kite the shape of the continent, The Economist released a revised view of Africa. The magazine wrote not about the abundance of brutality or disease or poverty in Sierra…

Read more: Africa Rising? Not Till Rural Economy Booms

Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana has said he will work for the electorate, despite the MCAs’ motion to impeach him. “I will only leave office when the people of Makueni pass a vote of no confidence against me,” he said. Kibwana launched the public service rationalisation exercise for the county in Wote town yesterday. He said his executive will go on with their duties despite “little hiccups engineered by few fellows”. “Their intention is to lag my…

Read more: Makueni ready for fresh poll, says Kibwana

Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana has said he will work for the electorate, despite the MCAs’ motion to impeach him. “I will only leave office when the people of Makueni pass a vote of no confidence against me,” he said. Kibwana launched the public service rationalisation exercise for the county in Wote town yesterday. He said his executive will go on with their duties despite “little hiccups engineered by few fellows”. “Their intention is to lag my…

Read more: Makueni ready for fresh poll, says Kibwana