Veteran Larry Kagambi had to summon all his chess knowledge from the archives to triumph over a field of 77 players and be crowned the 56th Nairobi Chess Club Championship winner, with a perfect score of 5/5 points, at Braeburn School Gitanga Road, over the weekend. The twice Olympian and 1990 national champion, as well as a qualified FIDE Arbiter and Instructor was closely followed by three players who tied on 4.5 points; Uganda’s Olympian Matthias…

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President Uhuru Kenyatta has asked public universities to set up endowment funds to boost their expansion and development projects. He said the funds will encourage sponsors to strengthen their support to the institutions of higher learning. Uhuru said benefactors, such as the Chandaria Foundation, are commendable and “they are also worthy of our emulation.” He was speaking at the University of Nairobi where he laid a foundation stone of a Sh2.5 billion 22 storey office building.…

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PROFESSIONALS from Wajir county have accused some MPs of frustrating devolution and working against Governor Ahmed Abdullahi. They said they want the MPs and the chairman of the Wajir Anti-Corruption Forum, Mohamed Abikar, to go back to Wajir and see how devolution is changing lives before "they tell the media malicious things about Abdullahi". Aden Mohamed said he wonders why Abikar would say there is corruption in the county yet his lobby does not exist. “You…

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AUDITOR General Edward Ouko is concerned that heads are not rolling after he exposed embezzlement of government funds. Ouko said the lack of action weeks after an audit report on the suspicious transfer of money casts doubt on the legality of the Sh337.9 billion spent in 2012-13. He said the report is enough for the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission to take up the matter. “You can imagine the amount of resources that go into this process…

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Capital markets Authority and the Nairobi Securities Exchange has renewed strategies to help uplift the poorly performing Growth Enterprise Market Segment. The two have reached an agreement to have the bourse install a dedicated team to specifically market the floundering GEMS. Launched in January 2013,GEMS has struggled to attract issuers with only one company – real estate developer Home Africa – trading since July 2013. This has greatly fell short of CMA's projections of three to…

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ABOUT 6,538 of the 6,623 mothers who die during child birth are from 15 counties. Statistics from the government and the United Nations Population Fund show that these counties account for up to 98 per cent of maternal deaths. Mandera is the highest with 2,136 deaths followed by Wajir, Nairobi, Nakuru and Kakamega. The mothers die due to lack of skilled attendants, family planning needs that are not met, inadequate supplies and lack of enough health…

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DEVELOPERS of Garden City Mall have said they will install large solar panels on its car park canopy with a target to produce 1,246,000 kilowatt of energy annually and cut service charge for tenants. The $250 million project along Thika Highway being financed by private equity firm Actis, with additional funding from the International Finance Corporation includes a 50,000 square metre mall, over 420 apartments, duplexes and villas, as well as office blocks and a public…

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A registered voter in Embakasi has filed a suit challenging the referendum calls by Cord. Reverend John Mbugua wants Cord leaders Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka be stopped from calling for the disbandment of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission disbandment since they "don’t have moral authority as losers’" of the last general election. Mbugua says Raila and his coalition believed in IEBC until they lost the presidency on March 4, 2013. He says it is…

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Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko has blasted his daughter Saumu Mbuvi over remarks she made attacking socialites. Sonko told his girl to keep off the media and maintain a private life. "I am against my own daughter. She has no right attacking the so called socialites using my position. I have blasted her and taken the keys of her smart Mercedes Benz. I have also suspended her weekly budget. I never inherited wealth from my dad. I…

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A Nairobi businessman has said a suit filed by the Consumer Federation of Kenya challenging KQ’s continuous flights to West African countries hit by the Ebola virus is misguided and based on public excitement. Joseph Aura, who is an interested party in the case, says the matter has nothing scientific to back up the allegations that Ebola can be transmitted through public transport carriers such as the Kenya Airways. He says to "purnish Kenya Airways with…

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A Nairobi court will on Friday rule whether the prosecution will be compelled to produce a copy of Tana Athi River Development Authority former managing director's personal file to be used as evidence. Abdul Agonga, through lwayer Stanely Kangahi, is seeking a copy of his personal file to use as evidence in the forgery case against him. But the prosecution opposed the application, saying the document is part of the evidence the prosecution intends to use…

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