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Uhuru piles pressure on judges in graft war: President Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday released 7,000 offenders who were about to clear their sentences to “open space to jail the big corrupt government officers.” President Kenyatta urged Chief Justice David Maraga to crack the whip on corruption cases currently in courts and jail those he said had been stealing from Kenyans. During Tuesday’s charged anti-corruption summit at State House in Nairobi in which the President blamed different government agencies for derailing the war on graft, the Head of State promised to free up the cells for the corrupt officials. Yesterday, President Kenyatta again said his government is committed to the war against the vice.

You will be voted out, Kalonzo warns Wiper defectors: Cord co-principal Kalonzo Musyoka yesterday used Mashujaa Day celebrations to chide Deputy President William Ruto for his alleged role in raiding the opposition ahead of the 2017 General Election. The DP reportedly engineered a massive defection that targeted at least 40 leaders — MPs, senators and governors — from Wiper, Ford Kenya and ODM parties. Yesterday, Mr Musyoka said that he had let go of the MPs, but immediately warned that the defectors would be handed a lesson by the voters at the ballot.

Hospitals snub new police health cover: Confusion has rocked the new medical insurance cover for police after some hospitals turned away officers who sought treatment. The scheme, provided by five companies, was launched on October 1 to replace the one by the National Health Insurance Fund. Officers who spoke to the Nation said they were denied treatment because the firms had not authorized hospitals to attend to them. Others who opted to use their NHIF cards were told the deal with the government had expired. Officers affected by the confusion have been asked to contact the providers. The insurance scheme also caters for evacuation of injured officers from any part of East Africa.

The Standard

President creates prison space for corrupt big fish: President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced the release of 7000 inmates serving jail terms on petty offences, freeing space in Kenyan Prisons. In doing so the president sensationally urged Chief Justice David Maraga to speed up cases on corruption to enable culprits fill the new spaces. “The offenders are those of petty offences such as those accused of stealing chicken,” he said amid applause from the crowd. In leading Kenyans to mark this year’s Mashujaa Day in Machakos County, the president noted the impact of drought to many Kenyans. He said in the coming few weeks the national government will work with various county governments to provide a solution to famine.

Uhuru omits Jaramogi, Raila from first and second liberation heroes’ list: Despite honouring many heroes and heroines during Thursday’s 7th Mashujaa Day celebrations, President Uhuru Kenyatta noticeably left out three iconic men whose contribution to Kenya’s struggle is irrefutable. The names of Kenya’s founding Vice-President Jaramogi Oginga Odinga, Kenya’s second Prime Minister Raila Odinga and former minister Tom Mboya were missing from the list of Kenya’s heroes of various epochs read out in the President’s speech. The first two – united in blood and cause – are undisputed icons of Kenya’s “opposition politics” and played important roles in second liberation struggles which freed the country from one-party rule.

Songstress Achieng Abura dies at KNH: A United Afro Jazz musician and former Tusker Project Fame Principal Achieng Abura has died. She passed on Thursday at the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH). Ms Abura was admitted at KNH’s private wing on October 13 and was undergoing treatment for undisclosed illness. She passed on at around 6pm. Early this month, the artiste through her social media page indicated that her health was not good, and that doctors had advised her to gain more weight, then lose it through exercising. A close family source revealed that the musician had been transferred to I CU after her condition worsened. On Wednesday, fellow songbird and friend Suzzana Owiyo had paid her a visit and described her condition as unstable.

The Star

Kalonzo: I will defeat Uhuru, Ruto next year: PRESIDENT Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday said he would accept defeat at next year’s elections as former vice-president Kalonzo Musyoka described himself as the best bet for the Opposition to beat Jubilee. Uhuru and Kalonzo exchanged friendly barbs at the Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos, at the first Mashujaa Day Presidential function to be held outside Nairobi. The President, who had initially said he would not politick during a National Day event, said he was keen to see people compete with him on a policy basis. Uhuru pledged to go back to the Ukambani area next week, to launch various development projects in a region that predominantly voted for the Opposition.

Khan represents Nandis in case against Britain: A case against the British government over the crimes soldiers committed during the Nandi Resistance will start late November. The Nandi community will be represented in London by a British law firm headed by lawyer Karim Khan, who represented Deputy President William Ruto at the ICC. The law firm won a tender placed in the local dailies and is now collecting evidence and maps to prove the case. Nandi Governor Cleophas Lagat said the county has the blessings of the assembly, which approved Sh108 million legal fees. He spoke in Nandi Hills grounds on the eve of Mashujaa Day celebrations yesterday. Lagat attended a ceremony to mark 111 years since the killing of legendary Nandi leader Koitalel arap Samoei in 1905.

Sh2bn drought relief for victims, says Duale: The state will spend up to Sh2 billion to cushion 1.3 million Kenyans from the biting drought, National Assembly majority leader Aden Duale has said. He told MPs on Wednesday that the government will launch a large-scale intervention programme next week. “The military, NYS and water service boards will mobilise resources and we will have at least 80 water bowsers dispatched to the affected counties by next week,” Duale said. MPs called for immediate humanitarian intervention. They adjourned House Business to debate the looming crisis, which has left millions staring at a slow and painful death from starvation and dehydration. They blamed the crisis on poor planning by the national and county governments, which they accused of perennial knee-jerk reactions to desperate situations.

Business Daily

Sh1.8bn rotten maize stocks deepen Kenya’s food crisis: More than 754,000 bags of maize held in the national Strategic Grain Reserve is unfit for human consumption, deepening the food security crisis as the country grapples with a severe drought that has left more than 1.3 million facing starvation. Auditor-General Edward Ouko says in a newly released report that the maize stock, valued at Sh1.8 billion and stored in the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) depots, has been damaged by weevils to an extent that it is not fit for human consumption. The report says that the 754,015 bags of maize are damaged beyond the 2.5 per cent quality control limit and are therefore “obsolete and unfit stock.”

Uhuru flags off dualing of Nairobi’s major entry road: President Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday launched the Sh5.3 billion roadworks to dual the Athi River-Machakos section of Mombasa Road as he led the country in celebrating this year’s Mashujaa Day. China Railway 21st Bureau Group is constructing the 20km dual carriageway – the latest of the multi-billion shilling infrastructure projects Mr Kenyatta has launched in recent months. The action came only a day after the President flagged off work on the 120km second phase of the Standard Gauge Railway linking Nairobi with the central Rift Valley town of Naivasha. The dual carriageway is meant to ease traffic congestion along the busy Mombasa-Nairobi Road.

Saccos cut interest rates to retain edge over Kenyan banks: Savings and Credit Co-operatives (Saccos) are reducing loan rates to retain their competitive edge after banks were forced to cut price of lending in line with the new interest capping law. Their pricing, which has long kept interest rates at an average 12 per cent per annum (far below bank rates) has been their biggest selling point, earning them steady business. But with the capping of bank interest rates, now at 14 per cent, saccos that had priced their loans at as high as 24 per cent are reviewing their price downwards. Coast-based Bandari Sacco said it had reduced its rates to price its loans below the rate cap, but did not disclose previous rates.




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