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Raila allies dig in on Cord flag for top job: Orange leaders have vowed to ensure party leader Raila Odinga wins the Cord presidential ticket in next year’s General Election. This comes as the Amani National Congress (ANC) said its leader Musalia Mudavadi is not engaged in any coalition talks with Mr Odinga. ANC secretary-general Godfrey Osotsi said Mr Mudavadi’s priority at the moment was to strengthen the party before starting any talks with like-minded outfits. ODM national vice chairman Josephat Nanok and seven MPs argued that Mr Odinga stood a better chance of winning the Cord ticket against Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka, Ford Kenya’s Moses Wetang’ula and any other candidate interested in the coalition.

Visram grilled on his part rulings: Past rulings came to haunt Supreme Court Judge Alnashir Visram, who was the first applicant to face the Judicial Service Commission’s interview panel for the post of Chief Justice in Nairobi yesterday. This came as the commission set new interview dates for the seven non-shortlisted applicants for the post, among them a US-based university don, Prof Makau Mutua, retired Judge Aaron Ringera and Supreme Court Judge Jackton Ojwang, in compliance with a High Court ruling. The court had ruled that the commission consider them for interviews. Justice Visram was asked to clarify why he granted hefty payments to plaintiffs in defamation cases where at one time he awarded powerful President Daniel Moi-era Cabinet Minister Nicholas Biwott Sh30 million in a suit against a newspaper.

Tz’s Magufuli skips Nairobi Ticad summit: The Kenyan government has downplayed Tanzania President John Magufuli’s absence from the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (Ticad), as murmurs rise over his commitment to regional integration. Foreign Affairs CS Amina Mohamed yesterday said President Magufuli had sent a representative, Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa. “He is not the only one who didn’t attend. In fact, he was well represented so there is nothing to worry about. Tanzania and Kenya have excellent relations, so let us not dwell on the negatives,” Ms Mohamed said in a phone interview. The Tanzanian leader has only travelled to Uganda and Rwanda since coming to power last October.

The Standard

Burnt schools throw out student suspects: Students charged with arson will not be allowed into some schools as the third term begins this week. Some head teachers said the suspects must first be cleared by the courts. Candidates will be required to go home every day after writing their examinations. Teachers from the affected schools explained that allowing the students to resume classes will set a bad precedence and encourage indiscipline. Yesterday, Rongai Boys principal James Thiong’o said four students from the school will not be permitted to join others because they have a pending case in court.

Alarm as Mt Kenya political heavyweights fight to unseat governors: Mt Kenya legislators are worried that the scramble for governorship may deny the region much-needed experience in Parliament. The number of local MPs and senators eyeing the prestigious governor’s job is increasing by the day, meaning the region may end up with political novices in the National Assembly and the Senate after next year’s General Election. Many seasoned politicians may end up as governors while those who lose the battle remain out in the cold. Some leaders fear this could affect the region’s performance in national politics as well as in both houses.

Governors plea to save seats: ODM governors have asked party leader Raila Odinga to ensure fair nominations for next year’s polls. The governors have also accused their rivals of using Raila’s name and alleged closeness for political mileage. The county chiefs met Raila yesterday in Naivasha where they also gave the CORD leader the go-ahead to forge a broader coalition ahead of next year’s General Election. However, aside from the Opposition coalition’s strategy to oust the ruling Jubilee coalition, the more than 10 governors were concerned about the fight to retain their own seats, citing unfair tactics by their rivals.
And Raila assured them that he will not favour anyone ahead of next year’s elections.

The Star

Atwoli pursues 2017 unity among reluctant Luhyas: Key Western leaders have ruled out working with Jubilee in 2017 because they distrust DP William Ruto — some say he treats them like sacks of maize. A Western Alliance will be discussed by leaders on September 19 at Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega county. There are also indications the region could field its own presidential candidate following a popularity survey. Western is uneasy with Jubilee’s courtship because it does has no faith in the Deputy President, Cotu secretary general Francis Atwoli told the Star on Sunday, as he discussed the proposed alliance.

CS wants money saved to buy special needs equipment: Education CS Fred Matiang’i (pictured) has said if the government can save 53 per cent of funds lost while buying textbooks, special needs learners will be adequately equipped. He said the loss of textbook funds translates into billions of shillings. “We have special needs education children who cannot access learning materials and on the other hand we are basically fiddling around with invoices and cooking up receipts and stealing money,” Matiang’i said. Special Schools Heads Association chairman Arthur Injenga told the CS that the Special Needs Education sector is underfunded. The association is holding its first ADC at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development.

Only insecure aspirants push for party hopping – two MPs: Two Jubilee MPs want party hopping made illegal. Muthomi Njuki (Chuka Igambang’ombe) and Alice Wahome (Kandara) said aspirants should accept results of party nominations. Jubilee lawmakers are expected to introduce a bill banning party hopping. Wahome said, “The primaries will be a do-or-die contest. They will be conducted in a free and fair manner. Every aspirant who wants to contest on the Jubilee ticket must hunt for votes seriously. Those advocating party hopping are already conceding defeat.” Njuki said party hopping will hurt President Uhuru Kenyatta’s campaign. He said aspirants who defect from Jubilee after defeat will move with votes.

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KRA hits insurance brokers with Sh1.5bn past tax demand: The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has made a multi-billion shilling tax demand on insurance brokers in a move that industry insiders say could take down many of the underwriters. The bill is related to unpaid excise taxes on commissions earned between July 2013 and December last year when the law exempting them from paying the levy was repealed. “The potential impact of these taxes is that half of the brokers, if not more, will easily close shop and go home if the government insists that this money be paid,” said Nelson Omolo, the Association of Insurance Brokers-Kenya (AIBK) chairman.

Dangote shakes Kenya’s cement market with Ethiopia imports: Nigeria’s Dangote Cement has started its shake-up of the Kenyan market with importation of the commodity from its plant in neighbouring Ethiopia as it prepares to establish a local manufacturing plant. Dangote’s targeting of the Kenyan consumer with low-cost cement from Ethiopia is expected to further drive retail prices downward in a market where they have remained static for nearly 10 years. Importing cement into Kenya is seen as Dangote’s short-term market entry plan as it prepares to establish a local plant in 2019. “In addition, we have begun exporting cement to neighbouring Kenya,” the company, which is owned by Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, said in its latest trading update.

Kenya eyes Japan ties for total ivory ban: Kenya has kicked off a fresh campaign for a total ban on ivory trade as officials seek to rally on improved diplomatic relations with Japan. Kenya is lobbying other countries to defend a clause banning ivory trade in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), a call backed for far by 28 African states. Signs of improved diplomatic relations with Japan were on display at the weekend when the Asian nation, led by its Premier Shinzo Abe, held its sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development in Nairobi. Asian states, among them Japan, have been accused of fuelling the trade in illegal ivory and slowing down efforts to protect Africa’s elephants.

 

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