Newspaper headlines February 1 2017

Newspaper headlines February 1 2017

Daily Nation

Raila, Kalonzo  lead NASA deal for unity: Opposition leaders yesterday announced the formation of a new coalition, the National Super Alliance (Nasa) and named a committee to coordinate its operations. They also announced that they had reserved the name of the alliance pending its registration as a new political outfit. The announcement was made by Cord leaders Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetang’ula, who were joined by Amani National Congress leader Musalia Mudavadi at Serena Hotel in Nairobi. The leaders also announced that they will hold a major public rally in Bomet Town on Saturday to drum up support for the new alliance. Mr Odinga said the rally will be hosted by Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto.

Akasha sons arrive in US for drug trial: Two sons of the slain drug baron Ibrahim Akasha and two foreign nationals are in America to face charges in a New York court of trafficking heroin and other drugs. The two, along with the other suspects, have been fighting extradition for more than three years. They were caught in a US undercover operation where they supplied 100 kilos of heroin and two kilos of methamphetamines to agents posing as dealers in 2014. This came as the High Court in Mombasa declined to issue arrest warrants against Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet and Director of Criminal Investigations Ndegwa Muhoro whom it had summoned to produce Baktash Akasha, Ibrahim Akasha, Indian national Vijaygiri Goswami and Pakistani citizen Gulam Hussein, whose whereabouts were then unknown.

Cost of new school system stirs debate: Education stakeholders are now questioning the preparedness of the country to implement a new education system that was approved on Monday and which many agree was long overdue. More than 290,000 teachers will need to be trained, syllabuses developed, teaching and learning materials prepared before it is tried. All these have financial costs which have to be concluded and presented to Treasury for approval. Students will pursue games, performing and visual arts while social science options will be languages and literature, humanities and business studies. The third option will have pure and applied sciences, engineering and technical studies. The stakeholders argue that all these require massive investment in terms of teachers and facilities.

The Standard

The tragic story of Akasha: At about 4pm on Monday, six Kenyan special agents reportedly escorted four suspected drug dealers wanted in the United States to an aircraft waiting on the tarmac at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Since November 2014, the two sons of slain drugs lord Ibrahim Akasha – Ibrahim and Baktash – as well as Indian drug suspect Vijaygiri Goswami and Pakistani Gulam Hussein had fought extradition to America where they are wanted by a New York court that indicted them for allegedly trying to import banned drugs. Last week, however, the High Court suspended the extradition proceedings, which were to resume on Monday.

 

Unveiled: Men who’ll pick NASA flagbearer: The structure and membership of top organs of the National Super Alliance (Nasa) have been unveiled even as the Opposition gears up for the next elections. Opposition leaders yesterday unveiled a 12-member team to oversee activities of Nasa, including ensuring the coalition has a flag bearer and running mate in the presidential elections on August 8. The team, to be known as the National Coordinating Committee (NCC), has three representatives from each of the four parties making the coalition. NCC members, senators James Orengo, Agnes Zani, Boni Khalwale, Johnstone Muthama, MPs Eseli Simiyu, Sakwa Bunyasi, Francis Nyenze, Chris Wamalwa, Timothy Bosire, Farah Maalim and Mr Kipruto arap Kirwa will also establish rules for joint nominations where circumstances demand. ANC is yet to fill its third slot.

Ten key changes in the new education system: On Monday, key players in the education sector endorsed a new system to replace the 8-4-4 system. Today, The Standard brings you 10 key changes that teachers and students should expect. To begin with, students will bid farewell to the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examinations as they know them today. Under the new system, assessment will be continuous and more student-centered, gauging learners by their individual abilities and what they want to do with their lives. “We will not have KCPE and KCSE in the manner in which we have it today. The transition from primary to secondary will be determined by a national assessment developed in conjunction with KNEC,” said Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) Director Julius Jwan.

The Star

I’m not Raila’s project, says Mudavadi: Opposition leader Musalia Mudavadi yesterday told off his critics and insisted he is no one’s project, not even ODM leader Raila Odinga’s. In a wide ranging interview with the Star, Mudavadi made it clear he will stick with NASA, even if he is not the presidential candidate or running mate. “We have no choice but to remove Jubilee from power,” the ANC leader said. He commented hours before joining opposition colleagues to announce much-anticipated formation of the National Super Alliance, NASA, to challenge the mega Jubilee Party. It named a National Coordinating Committee.

State silent on cost of new curriculum: Implementation of the new school curriculum starts with a pilot project in May for nursery and lower primary school pupils in more than 450 schools. The anticipated full rollout for the same levels is January 2018. But the cost of implementation and cash available has not been revealed. Education CS Fred Matiang’i on Monday said, “the government has set aside cash to support the process”. “The funds are available as they have been allocated in both the current and next budgets.” He, however, did not state the exact amount that will be spent. It is funded by the government and development partners.

Business Daily

Uchumi share price falls as it sinks Sh2bn deeper in the red: Retail chain Uchumi sank Sh2 billion deeper into the negative equity position, according to the belated 2016 financial results that were released late Monday, even as its auditors warned that the insolvency could be worse because the values of some assets are doubtful. The erosion of Uchumi’s balance sheet and core retail business means the government must take quick and decisive action to bail out the retailer or offer guarantees to strategic investors who have been approached to provide new capital. Uchumi has lately been operating on the goodwill of creditors, including suppliers, who are betting on an implicit State guarantee to continue doing business with the retailer.

Audit finds KPA directors dished out port land illegally: Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) directors irregularly approved a private developer’s excision of land in the port’s harbour area, causing the agency multi-million shilling loss. Auditor- General Edward Ouko says in his latest report on the state of the port’s finances that the KPA board’s decision to approve construction of a private road through the harbour in order to create an access road to reclaimed land offshore was in violation of laws that protect port land. The report accuses the board of usurping the powers of the Transport minister and the National Land Commission (NLC), who are the only entities with the authority to alter any part of the port area, and allowing the private developer to apply for and obtain a separate title for the reclaimed piece of land.

I can’t afford to pay Sh0.4m to ex-wife, says Philip Moi: Former President Daniel Moi’s son Philip says he is too poor to afford the Sh250,000 monthly maintenance fee to his ex-wife. He wants the award to Rosana Pluda reduced to Sh80,000. The higher amount was wrongly awarded based on his family’s income, not his, the retired KDF major says in court documents. Moi says he receives only Sh250,000 per month, including a Sh10,000 pension. He terms ridiculous High Court judge Luka Kimaru’s decision to award her ex-wife all his earnings. In a suit he filed at the Court of Appeal before judges Hellen Okwengu, Gathembu Kairu and Daniel Musinga, he also says the 10-year payment period is is also untenable.

Cytonn acquires Sh1bn stake in Superior Homes: Cytonn Investments has acquired a 25 per cent stake in family-owned Superior Homes Kenya Ltd, which intends to list on the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) this year.The acquisition deal for the Greenpark Estate developer signed in Nairobi on Tuesday is worth Sh1 billion. Cytonn Investments managing partner and chief executive Edwin Dande said the deal was in line with its strategy of tapping capital from global and institutional investors, such as Taaleri of Finland, who are Cytonn’s development financing partners.

 

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