Newspaper summaries-March 9 2017

Newspaper summaries-March 9 2017

Daily Nation

Raila admitted to hospital with food poisoning: Conflicting details have come to light over the hospitalisation of Opposition leader Raila Odinga at a Nairobi hospital, where he was treated for food poisoning. Sources close to Mr Odinga said he was taken to Karen Hospital on Tuesday night after developing complications related to food poisoning. He stayed there overnight and discharged on Wednesday morning when his condition improved. However, his spokesman Dennis Onyango told the Nation on Wednesday that the Nasa (National Super Alliance) co-principal was taken to the Karen Hospital on Wednesday morning, treated for food poisoning and allowed to go home.

Ring of bank hackers busted in raids: Kenya Revenue Authority, several blue-chip banks, a parastatal and a supermarket chain are some of the institutions penetrated by an international cybercrime syndicate that took off with hundreds of millions of shillings – before they were all seized on Monday and Tuesday. Working with insiders and relatives of “prominent politicians”, the crooks had formed an international band that installed malware into the systems that allowed them to take control of the institutions’ computers and steal what police sources said would run into hundreds of millions. On Monday night, police detectives from the Special Crime Prevention Unit, SCPU, and the Flying Squad smashed the syndicate and arrested a former police officer, a Kenya Revenue Authority employee and two American citizens who are now among 16 suspects in police custody for transnational crimes — that include cybercrime and drug trafficking.

Kenya-US arms deal fails the smell test, says Githongo: Kenya’s proposed Sh43 billion purchase of a dozen armed border-patrol aircraft and related items from a US manufacturer “fails the smell test,” says anti-corruption campaigner John Githongo. Mr Githongo suggests that the pending deal with New York-based L3 Technologies could involve corruption on the part of Kenyan officials. He notes that a different US company has indicated it could supply Kenya with the missile-bearing and intelligence-gathering planes for about Sh13 billion less than the price L3 is said to be charging. This apparent discrepancy exhibits “stark similarities to corruption scandals” in other cases involving Kenya’s security sector, Mr Githongo argues.

The Standard

Doctors ask for one more chance, Uhuru stands his ground: The national and county governments Wednesday ruled out any further negotiations with the striking doctors. Speaking in Lodwar, Turkana County, yesterday, President Uhuru Kenyatta said striking doctors must return to work before any negotiations can continue. “If you don’t go back to work you will go home and we will employ other doctors. Go back to work as we discuss your salary increment. If you continue striking, it will be unacceptable,” he said. At the same time, Council of Governors Chairman Peter Munya warned that doctors who failed to return to work by next Monday would be dismissed.

Ouko goes to court for protection from MPs: Auditor General Edward Ouko has sued President Uhuru Kenyatta and Parliament in a bid to block his ouster from office. In his application filed under a certificate of urgency by lawyer Otiende Omolo, Mr Ouko wants the decision by the Speaker and Clerk to commit a petition for his removal before Parliament cancelled. He submitted that President Kenyatta should not be allowed to sign a recommendation by the National Assembly to have a tribunal investigate him, thereby forcing him to step aside.  Ouko told the court that the legislators rushed the hearing process. He termed it malicious.

 

How Simple Homes left many Kenyans’ dreams in ashes: For the middle-class Kenyans aspiring to own a home, Simple Homes Kenya was godsend. Set up in October 2015, the firm adopted a “pay rent, own home“ model, raising the hopes of hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of Kenyans who could not afford to buy a home because of high mortgage rates. It promised to revolutionise the Kenyan property market and make it possible for people to own homes at the price they pay in rent. Through the firm‘s Home Purchase Plan (HPP), millions of Kenyans who had dreamed of buying a house but could not afford it could now own one. Social media posts warned Kenyans against investing in the company, but few heeded.

The Star

Wiper, ANC and Ford-K resist NASA poll plan: Sharp differences have rocked the four NASA affiliates over joint primaries, threatening crucial opposition unity ahead of primaries next month. Parties will hold nominations from April 13-26. Officials of affiliate parties — ODM, ANC, Wiper and Ford Kenya — have clashed over how to approach primaries and nominations. Three parties claim ODM would benefit from the plan to zone the country to avoid nomination squabbles. ODM has a strong countrywide presence, compared with its three partners and it is backing joint primaries with a single slate of candidates from all parties. However, Ford Kenya, ANC and Wiper want individual parties to be free to field aspirants, without restriction.

Raila treated at Karen Hospital for food poisoning: Opposition chief Raila Odinga was yesterday taken ill and rushed to the Karen Hospital for treatment. Raila, who was diagnosed with food poisoning, was treated and discharged. Reports of his illness, which were downplayed by his spokesman Dennis Onyango as “nothing serious”, came as a shocker to his supporters. Three weeks ago, Raila’s daughter Rosemary Odinga was admitted for what is said to be brain tumour. “He [Raila] is okay and he is resting at home after being treated for food poisoning. He also went for a check-up, which is a normal thing. He will continue with his activities tomorrow,” Onyango told the Star yesterday.

Curvy celebrity cop Linda Okello shifted from Traffic beat: Celebrity cop Linda Okello who shot to fame after pictures of her curvy shape went viral on social media has been fired from the Traffic department and moved to the Molo police station. She was transferred yesterday. This comes 13 months after she was demoted from a corporal to a constable after she was accused of taking a bribe. She allegedly was found with a Sh1,000 note during an operation by Traffic headquarters. Okello’s two colleagues escaped but she stayed put. Okello has been serving at the Kiambu Traffic department. She will now perform general duties.

Business Daily

Moody Awori to enjoy lavish retirement benefits from July: Former Vice-President Moody Awori will from July be offered lavish retirement benefits at taxpayers’ expense, adding to the already heavy burden of maintaining top State officers in retirement. Mr Awori will join a small club that includes former presidents Daniel arap Moi and Mwai Kibaki who take home more than Sh1 million monthly. State House has factored in Mr Awori’s retirement package in its budget for financial year year starting July in line with the changes made to the Deputy President and Designated State Officers Act. According to the Act, Mr Awori’s golden handshake will include a hefty monthly pension equivalent to 80 per cent of his last salary, a lumpsum of five times his last pay.

Kenya named as hotspot for wealthy hunters of luxury homes: Kenya has been listed among the top global destinations for super-rich Africans seeking to buy a second home, a newly released wealth report says, offering insight into the continued rise in prices of luxury homes in Nairobi and the coast. Property consultants Knight Frank made the finding in its latest Wealth Report, which says that prime residential houses in Nairobi are currently priced at $800,000 (Sh82 million) or more. Of the rich Africans surveyed, 75 per cent are eyeing a second home in the UK, 50 per cent in South Africa, 32 per cent in Kenya, 18 per cent in Nigeria and 16 per cent.

Crisis deepens as Kenyatta hospital sacks 12 doctors: Kenya’s four referral hospitals yesterday dismissed the initial batch of striking doctors as the government made good its threat to send home medics who failed to report to work yesterday. The Ministerial Human Resource Management Advisory Committee (MHRMAC) authorised Health secretary Cleopa Mailu to dismiss any striking doctors seconded to Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH), Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital-Eldoret, Mathari Hospital and the National Spinal Injury Hospital. The directive followed a three-hour morning meeting with Dr Mailu at Afya House that arrived at the sacking resolution. 12 medical officers employed by KNH had received dismissal letters for defying a directive not to participate in the strike.

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