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From now on, you can’t buy good grades: The conclusion of the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examinations on Wednesday marked a milestone in exam management after the government went to great lengths to ensure no cheating and no leakage was perpetrated. Unlike the previous 30 years, when cheating became rampant in the Form Four and Standard Eight examinations, not a single case was reported this year. “The administration of the examinations has been smooth,” said Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i on Wednesday when he toured schools in Machakos County to oversee the conduct of physics, the last paper to be sat this year. “We had credible exams. “This is a classic case of success.”

Mutua names Kalonzo in land scandals: Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua has sensationally linked Cord co-principal Kalonzo Musyoka to land grabbing and ‘revealed’ the amount of money the Wiper Party leader was given to become opposition chief Raila Odinga’s running mate in the 2013 elections. Dr Mutua made the revelations on Wednesday as he fought off issues of financial malpractices raised in the auditor-general’s report when he appeared before the Senate Public Accounts and Investments Committee for the second time this week. On Wednesday he told the committee, chaired by Kisumu Senator Anyang Nyong’o, that Mavoko MP Patrick Makau, a sitting senator whom he did not name, and Ministry of lands officials, should be investigated for the illegal land transactions in the county.

Polls team meets as ICT deadline looms: The electoral commission on Wednesday held a lengthy closed door meeting with a parliamentary team as it grapples with tight deadlines for procurement of technology for the 20I7 election. According to a law, that became operational on October 4, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission is expected to procure all technology by December 8, eight months to the elections. Automation of all electoral processes was part of the provisions that are “minimum deliverables” agreed between Cord and Jubilee to make the next elections credible. An official of the commission, who could not be named as the official is not allowed to discuss the matter, said the team, led by Chief Executive Officer Ezra Chiloba in the meeting with the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee, was hoping the necessary amendments to the law would be made to enable it operate effectively.

The Standard

Why you should expect fewer As in KCSE and KCPE: The administrators of this year’s national examinations have said there will be fewer grade As than in previous years, a result of the crackdown on cheating. Kenya National Examinations Council (Knec) boss George Magoha (right) said the number of students who get the grade will reduce because of tighter quality controls. He said there will be a total break from the past as marking will be tightly monitored and supervised just the way the examination was guarded. Prof Magoha spoke in Kisumu Boys’ High School yesterday before the start of the final Physics Practical paper where he had made an impromptu visit before proceeding to the adjacent Kisumu Girls’ High School then to Kakamega.

Kalonzo, a senator and MP grabbed land in Machakos, Mutua tells House: Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua yesterday linked Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka and an unnamed senator to land grabbing in his county. The governor tabled a dossier before the Senate Public Accounts Committee, where Kalonzo was mentioned as a beneficiary of grabbed public land in Mavoko, together with area MP Patrick Makau and a prominent senator. Mr Mutua, who was appearing before the Senate watchdog team to answer to queries raised by the Auditor General during his first year in office, asked the senators to form a team to investigate the three leaders. “We have cartels with strong political connections that finance brokers to invade public land with impunity,” he said.

Raila attacks Uhuru over resource sharing: Opposition chief Raila Odinga has accused President Uhuru Kenya of an attempt to short-change communities in areas where oil is being drilled. Raila accused the President of discriminating against the mainly marginalised communities by reducing revenue they are entitled to from petroleum products.  At the same time, he accused Mr Kenyatta of disrespecting the Constitution and attempting to kill devolution by denying counties money. Raila was reacting to President Kenyatta’s memorandum to the National Assembly after he declined to assent to the Petroleum (Exploration, Development and Production) Bill 2016. In rejecting the Bill, the President proposed drastic changes to the benefits and sharing formula that Parliament had been proposed.

The Star

Kalonzo used VP position to get 200-acre land-Mutua: Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua has named Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka and two other elected leaders in a case of land grabbing. Mutua tabled a report before the Senate Finance committee on Wednesday, saying Kalonzo Musyoka, Mavoko MP Patrick Makau and an unnamed Senator were linked to the crime. “Land is being grabbed in Mavoko and I am trying to stop it, but there are cartels funded by senior politicians,” he told the committee. He said he had written to the Ethics Anti-Corruption Commission regarding an investigation. Mutua asked the EACC to investigate Makau last year, claiming he was involved in an attempt to grab 13,000 acres of the company’s land.

I quit Jubilee, only foolish people can stay – Alfred Keter: Nandi Hills MP Alfred Keter has quit Jubilee saying “There is too much graft in the government.” He said on Wednesday he will defend his seat either as an independent candidate or he might join another party. Keter launched a scathing attack on President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto, saying the country’s economy is collapsing because of graft. “You can quote me on this. Anyone you see supporting Jubilee is either stupid or corrupt,” he said. Keter likened the alleged graft in the government to a cancer eating away at the country. “The other name of Jubilee is corruption and you cannot describe corruption in Kenya without calling it Jubilee. I mean Jubilee and corruption are one and the same,” he said during an interview with the Star in Eldoret town.

Uhuru urged to intervene to free four Kenyans jailed for life in S Sudan: Families of the four Kenyans imprisoned for 72 years in South Sudan in June want President Uhuru Kenyatta to intervene and bring them back. They are Ravi Ghaghda, who was the Business Development Manager for the Click Technologies Company and Boniface Muriuki who was the company’s sales and development manager. Others are Anthony Keya and Anthony Mwadime. They were handed a life imprisonment five months ago. They have been in Juba main prison for the last five months. The four worked for the company in Juba before they were arrested alongside 12 South Sudanese including their employer John Agou in May last year.

Business Daily

More pain for taxpayers as debt payment hits Sh619bn: Kenya’s annual debt repayment is set to hit Sh618.5 billion next year, which will see the Treasury spend an estimated Sh40 out of every Sh100 collected from taxpayers on servicing the ballooning loans. The repayment bill represents a 38.5 per cent jump from Sh446.4 billion spent on public debt this year compared to a projected 12 per cent growth in tax collection, which is a key indicator of the country’s ability to repay. Figures contained in the Division of Revenue Bill show that the State will spend Sh172 billion more to service loans in the financial year beginning July 2017, exerting more pressure on taxpayers who will also finance the General Election.

Ex-Dubai Bank chair in Sh1bn row with Sudan businessman: Hassan Zubeidi, founder of the collapsed Dubai Bank, is locked in a Sh1.1 billion dispute between a Khartoum-based contractor and the government of South Sudan related to a botched electrification project in the troubled nation. Mr Zubeidi has obtained a court order freezing Sh1.1 billion payable to Khartoum’s Active Partners Group (APG). He claims that the firm owes him the amount from a loan he extended it in 2010 to undertake the power project. The former Dubai Bank chairman says APG’s managing director Mohammed Fagir borrowed $6 million (Sh600 million) from him and $5 million (Sh500 million) from another businessman—Jalal Hussein Diab.

Kenya Power faces auction over Sh119m property damage: A regional grain handler has obtained a court warrant allowing it to attach Kenya Power’s assets to recover Sh119 million it was awarded as compensation for a fire that engulfed its Nairobi premises following a power surge. Cimbria East Africa, a subsidiary of a Danish-based firm, has obtained a warrant of attachment after the High Court found Kenya Power liable for damage caused by a fire that engulfed the firm’s workshop off Langata Road in February 2012.the company, which produces equipment for grain care, storage, drying and grading has appointed Icon Auctioneers to attach the power distributor’s assets to recover the amount awarded by the court in October.



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