Newspaper summaries- February 22 2017

Newspaper summaries- February 22 2017

Daily Nation

13 counties hold State House key: The Jubilee Party and the National Super Alliance are locked in a neck-and-neck battle for votes as the country heads to the General Election, the latest voter registration figures show. The two coalitions share the 3.7 million new voters registered at the end of the second and final phase of the mass listing which ended on Sunday on a fifty-fifty basis, according to figures released by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) on Tuesday. According to the figures, Nairobi which is considered a battleground county, recorded the highest number of new voters at 461,346 followed by Kiambu (225,995), Nakuru (175,756)) and Meru (169,803) — all considered Jubilee strongholds. The figures released on Tuesday are however not conclusive as eligible but unregistered voters have up to March 6 to register at the constituency level.

Do not judge me, I only cheated to save my marriage: Jackline Mwende, the woman who hit the headlines last year after her husband chopped off her hands because she could not bear him a child, is now heavily pregnant, and proudly so. The father of the baby, whom she is not naming, is a close friend she had been dating before she was attacked. She conceived barely a day before the alleged attack by her husband, and she has no regrets, because she “opted to go this route” out of her deep-rooted desire to bear a child. Her marriage to Mr Stephen Ngila Nthenge had been childless, and on Tuesday, she told the Daily Nation at her Masii home in Machakos that the attack might have had something to do with the fact that, a day earlier, she had been seen in public with the man she was having an affair with.

Tax plans for betting firms opposed: The Kenya Revenue Authority has opposed plans to introduce restrictions in gambling and increase its taxes. It said on Tuesday that the proposals contained in a Bill sponsored by Gem MP Jakoyo Midiwo are against the philosophy of taxing activities deemed socially unacceptable. “The philosophy for taxing betting, lotteries and gaming revenues is partly to discourage gambling while also creating avenues for raising revenue. The application of this principle nevertheless requires moderation in relation to the imperative to ensure business continues to thrive,” said Revenue authority Commissioner General John Njiraini told the National Assembly’s labour committee that the eight major firms in betting would by June this year have paid a combined Sh4.7 billion in taxes over the last three financial years.

The Standard

Secrets of new NASA power deal: National Super Alliance leaders will this morning sign a power-sharing deal that will see them forge a common front in the August 8 elections. It also spells out the formula for sharing top seats in case of victory. The highlights of the deal include proposals for the position of Chief Minister, which, according to Opposition insiders, would go to the NASA ticket aspirant who emerges third in the alliance’s presidential nominations race. Sources familiar with the meetings that hammered out the deal revealed the alliance’s line-up will see the winner of the nominations become the presidential flag-bearer and the runner-up his running mate and alliance’s choice of Deputy President in case of victory.

Kirinyaga residents could be eating donkey meat: Residents of Kirinyaga County could unknowingly be eating donkey meat. This is because in the recent past donkey remains have been found in several areas around the county. Yesterday, four donkey heads and intestines were found behind a popular restaurant in the outskirts of Ngurubani town, raising fears that some butchers could be involved in the illegal syndicate. Children who were going to school found the donkey parts and raised the alarm, attracting the attention of passersby. A resident of the nearby Murubara village, Ms Wariara Githinji, said she was shocked to see the four donkey heads dumped at the scene where the animals were suspected to have been slaughtered.

Kenya’s destiny lies in the hands of 19m voters: More than 19 million voters will decide Kenya’s fate for the next five years when they cast their votes on August 8. This is after the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) enlisted 3.78 new voters out of the 6.1 million targeted in the mass voter registration exercise that ended on Sunday. Last year, the commission listed 1.4 million voters, bringing an additional 5.2 million to the 14.32 million in the 2013 voters’ register. But IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati announced that these are not final figures since the commission is yet to clean up the voters’ register to remove names of dead voters.

The Star

IEBC final figures spell tight race for Jubilee, Nasa: It is promising to be a tight race for the presidency as Jubilee and the opposition shared new voters almost equally in the just-ended registration. An analysis of voter numbers released by the IEBC yesterday show Jubilee strongholds lead opposition zones by less than 50,000 new voters. Counties where President Uhuru Kenyatta won a majority in the 2013 election registered 1,482,437 new voters, while those the opposition won signed up 1,434,632. In the 10 counties in which a narrow margin was won — and also identified by both camps as battleground zones — together have 789,730 new voters. IEBC announced it had registered 3,782,089 new voters in the 35 days of mass voter registration, against a target of six million.

Doctors to pocket Sh33bn in single payout if CBA effected: Negotiations between doctors and the government were on the brink of collapse last night after doctors insisted that the entire CBA agreement be implemented. Sources said although both parties had agreed on most of the contentious issues, they disagreed on doctors salaries. Documents presented to the mediation committee show that doctors will pocket Sh33 billion in a single payout if their collective bargaining agreement is fully implemented and paid in arrears. In one memo, the calculations show each doctor will take home at least Sh6 million immediately the CBA is implemented. The amount is half the budget of the ministry of health, based on the 2016-2017 allocation.

I am not Ruto’s pawn in Uasin Gishu governor race – Buzeki: Businessman Bundotich Kiprop, popularly known as Buzeki, has denied claims he is being sponsored by Deputy President William Ruto to run against Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago. “Mandago is not even my competitor. I am competing against the problems of the people of Uasin Gishu. Other people are also free to vie for the seat and let the people decide,” he said. Bundotich spoke in Eldoret town on Friday last week. He said he has succeeded in business and can do the same in politics. During the funeral of former nominated MP Mark Too on January 9, Baringo Senator Gideon Moi said Bundotich is being sponsored. Bundotich said, “No amount of propaganda will derail me from my ambition to lead Uasin Gishu.”

Business Daily

Kirubi buys back control of Haco from South Africa’s Tiger Brands: Businessman Chris Kirubi has moved to buy back the 51 per cent Haco Industries stake he sold to South Africa’s Tiger Brands in 2008. The deal, which comes barely two years after the billionaire disagreed with the South African firm over the company’s strategic direction, will see Mr Kirubi’s interest in Haco rise from the current 49 per cent to 100 per cent. It was not possible to immediately establish how Tiger Brands has priced the stake it bought from Mr Kirubi for about Sh363 million, but sources indicated that the businessman is paying a premium for total  control of the company. “I like my business. I’m taking back my business, that’s all,” Mr Kirubi, who declined to disclose the exact buyout price, told the Business Daily.

MP behind interest cap law says banks overreacting: The current credit squeeze by banks in reaction to the interest rate capping legislation is only temporary and will soon ease out, the parliamentarian behind the law has said. Kiambu Member of Parliament Jude Njomo, who tabled the Bill that was passed into law last year, reckons the ongoing sackings of bank staff and credit freeze by local lenders was “a scheme” to prove that the new regulation is not working. The MP has said the banks will be forced to soon resume lending when they see their profits shrinking. “This is merely a knee-jerk reaction by banks to prove that the law was not going to translate to cheaper loans. They have deliberately stopped lending but it will not be sustainable in the long run because they need to make income and their key business is lending,” said Mr Njomo on Tuesday.

Dairies turn to powder milk stock as supplies fall: Dairy processors are now reconstituting powder milk into fresh milk for sale as the current drought cuts production from farmers by 30 per cent. Director of Livestock Julius Kiptarus said the powder milk, which processors convert and store when there is excess milk in the market, is currently playing a big role in balancing supply and demand for the commodity. The official said major processors, including New Kenya Co-operative Creameries and Brookside, had in excess of more than 1.2 million kilogrammes of the product, valued at Sh2 billion, which has been significant in supplementing supplies from farmers.











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