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All eyes on Uhuru over cost of loans: Kenyans will know in two weeks whether they will start enjoying lower interest rates on bank loans. This is after President Uhuru Kenyatta received the Banking Act (Amendment) Bill yesterday, from National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi following its approval by lawmakers two weeks ago. State House Spokesman Manoah Esipisu confirmed that the President had received the Bill in the afternoon. He now has 14 days within which to either accept or veto the Bill. However, Parliament can override a veto with a two-thirds majority. President Kenyatta has not commented in public whether he was for or against the Bill despite raging debate on its merits.

 

Kenya bags silver in women’s steeplechase: Hyvin Kiyeng clinched a silver medal for Kenya in the women’s a 3,000m steeplechase final that Kenyan-born Ruth Jebet of Bahrain won in supreme fashion on Monday at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. Jebet completely destroyed the field and was assured of victory with two laps to go after she opened up an assailable 60m gap between herself and the chasing Kiyeng for a fast winning time of 8:59.77. Jebet of Bahrain, a former world junior champion, who is known for her blistering pace, was in a class of her own from gun to tape.

 

Court: Release Sh1.5bn due to retired teachers: The High Court in Nakuru has ordered the Director of Pensions to release Sh1.5 billion, which is part of the Sh42.3 billion sought by retired teachers, within 30 days. Justice Janet Mulwa issued the directive when Director of Pensions Shem Nyakutu appeared before the court and confirmed that his office had received the cash from the Treasury. “By consensus of lawyers of all parties, the Sh1.5 billion held by the Director of Pensions should be paid starting with the 1997 lot. The director shall undertake the payments within 30 days and report back to court the status and way forward on the balance,” said Justice Mulwa in her ruling.

 

The Standard

Revealed: Details of Jubilee-CORD deal: An MPs’ committee yesterday intensified negotiations to resolve the last hurdle on the numbers and terms of new electoral commissioners. The joint Parliamentary Select Committee on the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), which has resolved the bulk of the concerns, decided to work late into the night to beat today’s midnight deadline. Sources explained that CORD and Jubilee negotiators were yet to agree on whether seven or nine commissioners would be recruited in the new-look IEBC. The team also could not agree whether or not the commissioners should work full time.

30 former Kenyans run for other nations in Rio: Kenya has ‘exported’ huge athletics talent, and it emerged as no surprise when Bahrain’s Ruth Jebet won 3,000m gold medal in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, last evening.  It was left to Hyvin Kiyeng to save Kenya’s blushes with a hard-won silver, bringing our medal tally on Day 11 of the competition to four (one gold and three silvers). And the 2016 Rio Olympics is simply a Kenya-versus- former Kenyans affair – with most ‘exports’ lining up on the track races. But their move to switch nationality has seen their adopted nations claim a fair share of Kenya’s athletics glory in the sporting world.

 

Woman burns herself in love triangle rage: A woman is nursing serious injuries after she set herself aflame over her husband’s alleged extra-marital affair. Cythia Njoki, 28, sustained injuries in her hands, abdomen, thighs and face after she burnt herself using kerosene following a quarrel with her husband.  She suffered burns to 45 per cent of her body. Ms Njoki from Langa Langa estate said her husband, a mechanic, failed to return home on Saturday night and when he came on Sunday evening, he kept on calling a woman she suspected had an affair with him. Njoki said she was overcome by anger, went into their bedroom, poured kerosene on her body and set herself alight.
The Star

It’s wrong to have JSC forward one name for CJ job – Githu: The Attorney General yesterday moved to the Court of Appeal to challenge a High Court decision which declared the Judicial Service Commission should forward one name for the appointment of Chief Justice. The AG wants three names forwarded to President Uhuru Kenyatta to fill the vacancy occasioned by Willy Mutunga’s early retirment in June. Judges are supposed to retire at the age of 70 but Mutunga opted to retire at 69 to avoid a constitutional crisis as a result of next year’s general election. The JSC, the judges’ employer, is supposed to interview five judges on August 29 to fill the vacancy.

 

Cleaning of voter registers will ensure free and fair polls, Jubilee leaders say: Jubilee supports the cleaning of the voter register for free and fair elections to ensure stability. Maragua MP Peter Kamande says the process of electoral reforms should consider timelines. “The process of the electoral reforms is on course since we established the Parliamentary Select Committee and we believe we will have credible elections in 2017,” he said. Igembe MP Mithika Linturi said he supports the reforms as long as they provide long-term solutions for the electoral process. He said elections should be held to support good leadership with elected officials ready to serve wananchi.

 

Nairobi’s poor hardest hit by rising inflation: Nairobi households in the low-income bracket were the hardest hit by the high cost of living experienced in the first half of the year. The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics data shows inflation rate for the lower income bracket averaged 6.65 per cent in the six months to June compared to 6.36 per cent over the same period last year. The increase was caused by a continued rise in food prices, which accounts for larger share of the poor households’ expenditure. KNBS said the lower income bracket comprises people who survive on less than Sh25,000 per month.

 

Business Daily

Relief as top hospitals offer NHIF members cancer, kidney treatment: Kenya’s top private hospitals have started offering National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) contributors treatment for special medical conditions, unlocking a year-long standoff that had frustrated the public insurer’s plan to increase the range of services available to its members with last year’s steep increase in monthly contributions. The decision comes as relief to the more than two million NHIF members, whose monthly contribution rose by up to 1,000 per cent without a corresponding increase in the range of benefits. The NHIF had, for instance, promised contributors the inclusion of outpatient services and specialised treatment such as cancer therapy and kidney dialysis on the menu of services available but most upmarket private hospitals had rejected the plan following differences over the pricing of the services.

 

Salaries agency, JSC fight over sitting allowances: The Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) has defended its decision to cap the sittings of Judicial Service Commission (JSC) members, terming them the best paid group of public servants each with a monthly remuneration of up to Sh1.6 million, part of it illegal perks. The salaries agency had capped the number of the commissioners’ paid sittings at eight per month, prompting the JSC to file an opposing petition in the High Court. The JSC argued that the capping its sittings would delay its recruitment of a new Chief Justice and the deputy by six months and slow down the promotion of magistrates and other employees in the Judiciary.

Kenya buys Sh3.6bn ship to battle illegal fishing in Indian Ocean: Kenya has acquired a new ship to patrol its Indian Ocean territory as the country steps up the campaign against illegal fishing which has seen it lose up to Sh10 billion annually. The Sh3.6 billion ship, which has ability to detect illegal movement of fishing vessels in Kenya’s territorial waters, is expected in the country in January. Fisheries Principal Secretary Ntiba Micheni said the sea vessel will enhance surveillance along the Kenyan coast and cut losses that result from illegal fishing by other countries. Prof Ntiba said that the new fisheries law, which took effect in July, compel foreign fishermen to declare the worth of their catch before leaving.

 

 

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