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2017 Election Warning: President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday called on Kenyans to maintain peace ahead of next year’s elections. Presiding over celebrations to mark 53 years of independence, the President further said: “Let us maintain peace throughout the electioneering period. Kenya is one family, let us ensure peaceful elections that will leave our country intact. “Kenyans will have the final say in the next elections. Winners of the elections will be determined by the achievements they have made and not divisive politics or external powers. Political competition must not lead to conflicts.” Uhuru, who spoke at the Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi during his final Jamhuri Day celebrations before the next General Election, also said he would accept the outcome of free and fair elections.

Nurses reject deal as Uhuru steers of medics strike: No services were offered in most public hospitals yesterday even after nurses announced suspension of their week-long strike. There were no activities as the hospitals remained deserted, with some union officials blaming it on the national government. However, the emergency section of Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) had close to normal activities courtesy of Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) doctors and a handful of nurses. This came as the 290 consultants and nurses at the hospital were expected to join the strike today.

Naivasha crash brings torrents of tears after day of great joy: It was day full of joy for Michael Muli’s family. The family had hosted its son-in-law Joseph Kariuki who had travelled all the way from Ruiru, accompanied by members of his family, to pay dowry. Mr Muli’s family had erected tents outside their home in Kijabe Village, Subukia, where they entertained their in-laws who arrived at around 4pm on Saturday bearing gifts. They were received warmly with song and dance as is the norm with such ceremonies.  After the joy-filled day, Mr Kariuki and his entourage were ready to leave. “They arrived on Saturday for ‘ruracio” (payment of bride price). We welcomed them warmly and everyone looked happy and very excited. We finally parted ways at 7pm,” said Muli.


Uhuru warns leaders on 2017 poll violence: President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday gave a tough warning against possible election violence. He told politicians to settle poll-related grievances through the courts instead of inciting supporters to cause chaos. Addressing the last Jamhuri Day celebrations of his current term, eight months to the General Election, the President also warned foreign governments against interfering in local politics. He said that Kenyans should be allowed to make independent decisions on who should lead them.

Uhuru honours CSs, MPs with state commendations: Six cabinet secretaries were among a host of public figures honoured by President Uhuru Kenyatta during Jamhuri Day celebrations held at Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi on Monday.Youth and Gender Affairs Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki, her ICT counterpart Joseph Mucheru and Mining CS Daniel Kazungu received the Second Class, Elder of the Order of the Golden Heart (EGH) of Kenya in recognition of their distinguished and outstanding services rendered to the country.They were also joined in the list by Devolution CS Mwangi Kiunjuri, Charles Keter (Energy) and Agriculture CS Willy Bett in receiving the award which is only second to the Chief of the Golden Hearts medal among state commendations in the country.

TSC ordered to register all ECDE teachers recruited by counties: The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has been ordered to register all nursery school teachers recruited by county governments.The directive by High Court Judge Edward Muriithi ends a two-year long standoff between the TSC and the county governments on who has the mandate on matters to do with hiring of Early Childhood Education Teachers (ECDE).The Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) had moved to court in 2014 protesting the action of several county governments of directly employing ECDE teachers yet the role of recruiting is a function of TSC.


Foreigners plotting regime change in Kenya – Uhuru: President Uhuru Kenyatta has publicly claimed external powers are seeking to influence the 2017 Presidential poll results even as he pledged to concede if he is defeated in the epic race.The Head of State at the same time gave his strongest hint yet that Kenya may join other countries in withdrawing from the ICC – an institution many have credited with the peaceful general election in 2013.Speaking when he led the country in commemorating Kenya’s 52nd Independence Day, Uhuru said some global powers are bankrolling regime change in Kenya “in the guise of supporting good governance or civic education”.

Uhuru calls for better signage on highways to cut crashes: The directive by President Uhuru Kenyatta on speed bumps on major highways has been welcomed by leaders in Naivasha, with calls for more road safety signs. Two days after 40 people died in Naivasha, the leaders noted that failure to erect warnings on the road led to the accident. During Jamhuri Day celebrations, Uhuru criticised the Kenya National Highways Authority for erecting speed bumps on major roads without consultation.

Kiraitu-Munya rivalry boils over as Jamhuri Day fete turns chaotic: Jamhuri Day celebrations in Meru turned chaotic and were delayed for more than two hours after they descended into a political rally and show of bitter rivalry between Senator Kiraitu Murungi and Governor Peter Munya. The arena, the Meru Polytechnic grounds, placed under tight security, had more than 3,000 residents, making it difficult to control the crowd. Police had to use rubber bullets to disperse a section of rowdy youths.Earlier, Munya showed up at the event with county employees and supporters in a motorcade, leaving county commissioner Wilfred Nyagwanga and other national government officials stranded at his office waiting for him.


Kenya Power’s Sh322m locked in Imperial Bank: Kenya Power has Sh322.4 million locked up at the collapsed Imperial Bank, the electricity distributor has disclosed.The Nairobi Securities Exchange-listed firm reported the amount in its latest annual report, ranking among the large depositors who risk losing tens of millions of shillings following the bank’s failure in October last year. “Imperial Bank deposits provision relates to a provision recognised against the full amount of cash that Kenya Power and Lighting Company Limited had invested in Imperial Bank of Kenya,” the company says in the report.

Nurse’s strike continues after top union officials reject deal: The Kenya National Union of Nurses secretary-general has disowned a decision by three officials of the union to call off the strike. Mr Seth Panyako said the national Chairman John Bii, Deputy Secretary Maurice Opetu and the assistant Chief Trustee Alice Oreng are not mandated to sign any agreements binding the union on the strike matter. “Three out of seven officials have decided to go ahead and declare [that] the strike has been called off yet they do not have the mandate to do so.”

AfDB invests Sh2.5bn into Africa domestic bond Fund: The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a seed equity capital investment of Sh2.5 billion ($25million) into the African Domestic Bond Fund (ADBF).The fund was formed by the multilateral lender as part of the African Financial Markets Initiative (AFMI) in 2008, meant to be invested in African local currency-denominated state bonds and encourage investors to do the same. “The ADBF aims to stimulate the development of African domestic bond markets through the provision of an innovative and efficient product in the form of an enhanced Index Bond Fund to broaden investor’s participation,” said Charles Boamah, the bank finance vice-president and chairman of AFMI.

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