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 IEBC to conduct Jubilee primaries: The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) will conduct primaries within the yet to be formed Jubilee Party to ensure fairness and transparency in the process, President Uhuru Kenyatta has said. A total of nine parties have expressed readiness to fold and join the party on which Mr Kenyatta will seek re-election next year amid fears of a competitive and high stakes battle for party tickets. While giving directions on the events that will lead to the launch on the party next month, President Kenyatta assured members that the nominations will be free and fair. “Our party nominations will be conducted by IEBC to guarantee fairness and transparency in the process,” President Kenyatta said during the event at State House, Nairobi. “Let no one seeking an elective post be part of the electoral process,” he added.

Nacada CEO Okedi arrested in graft probe: The National Authority for the Campaign Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NACADA) Chief Executive William Okedi was today morning arrested by detectives from the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission to answer to charges of corruption. The beleaguered CEO was arrested by seven detectives from the anti-graft agency at his offices at the NSSF plaza in Nairobi. Okedi along with other five senior officials face charges of abuse of office and flouting of procurement regulations among charges. The Nacada boss was last week expected to answer to the charges together with the other managers of the anti-drug agency but failed to appear in court. The others accused in the Sh12 million scandal alongside him are tendering committee chairman John Muturi, procurement officer Antony Munyui, Zeka Wekesa, George Murimi and Florina Mwikali. The plea case was subsequently pushed to August 17.

City Hall to roll out Internet in estates: The Nairobi City County Government has partnered with mobile phone service provider Safaricom to offer high speed fibre connections in residential homes in the next one month. “Due to expediting of approvals by the County Government officials, Safaricom has been able to lay out 1,300kms of fibre in the County. The same approval process ensured that Safaricom was able to roll out the Police Service cameras which continue to ensure the City is a lot safer than it was in the past. Currently 70% of buildings in the city have been connected to the high speed fibre,” Governor Evans Kidero said. He spoke after a meeting with Safaricom team led by David Adhiambo, Manager, Transmission and IP Engineering and Steve Okeyo, Regional Director Sales at his City Hall office. The pilot for the project will commence in Langata and Kileleshwa areas in the next one month. The whole project will cost Sh4 billion.

Chinese tourist kills woman at luxury Kenya safari lodge: A Chinese tourist stabbed a woman to death and seriously wounded her husband after demanding they vacate a table at a luxury safari lodge in the Maasai Mara, a popular destination for tourists visiting Kenya.  The incident occurred at the luxurious Keekorok Lodge, a large game reserve in southwestern Kenya, where the couple, also Chinese, were having dinner at 7.30pm on Monday. According to police, the assailant identified as Lee Changqin, is said to have demanded that the couple leave their table, prompting an argument, before he stabbed them both in the chest.

22 Injured In Kisii-Bound-Bus Accident: At least 22 passengers were injured after a bus heading to Kisii town was involved in accident on Monday morning along the Kisii-Sotik road in Metamaywa. According to an eye witness, the Nyamira Express bus was being driven at a high speed, the driver then lost control causing the bus to slide and overturn. No one sustained serious injuries, the injured received medical attention at Keroka Sub County Hospital and others were referred to Kisii Teaching and Referral Hospital. The CEO of Kisii Teaching and Referral Hospital, Dr. Enock Ondari confirmed that all the patients were being treated, were in a stable condition and will be released later during the day.

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