Newspaper summaries-April 3 2017

Newspaper summaries-April 3 2017

Daily Nation

Nasa will tally and announce its own results, says Raila: ODM leader Raila Odinga yesterday said the National Super Alliance will tally and announce its own results. He said his analysis had shown that the Opposition had the numbers required to kick out Jubilee from power as long as all the votes were counted correctly. “IEBC will announce their results … and we will announce ours from our tallying centre for comparison.” We will not accept fake results as happened in 2013 at Bomas of Kenya,” he said at a political rally in Nairobi’s Joseph Kang’ethe Grounds in Kibra. The coalition plans to have a committee of 50 people for every polling station, who will act as party agents and voter marshals.

Mega dams derailed by rows over tender billions: Dams are emerging as the new conduits of corruption following reports after reports said President Uhuru Kenyatta reshuffled his principal secretaries following the proposed Sh62.3 billion Thwake Dam tiff. Top government sources on Sunday revealed that Mr Patrick Nduati, former Water and Irrigation PS, was spared the sack by the President, who was unhappy with the controversy surrounding the contract pitting him against his Cabinet Secretary, Mr Eugene Wamalwa. While that tussle has been ended with Mr Nduati’s departure, the decision awaits the outcome of an appeal filed at the Public Procurement Administrative Review Board (PPARB) by China Gezhouba Construction Group Corporation. The company lost out despite having submitted the lowest bid and got the clearance of the African Development Bank (AfDB), co-funders of the project.

Jubilee hires 20,000 clerks to manage its nominations: President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee Party has hired 20,000 clerks to conduct its high-stakes nominations for all elective seats in a single day. After failing to have the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) manage its primaries, the party is developing a raft of measures that it says will guarantee a fair poll for its members on April 21. The party is recruiting over 20,000 clerks who will be deployed to man the process backed by hundreds of volunteers. “If the template you are using in all the counties is the same, what stops you from rolling it out in the nominations in a single day?” asked the party’s secretary-general Raphael Tuju in defence of the decision.

The Standard

Top earners who take home Sh20bn: More than 3,600 top civil servants, officials and commissioners earn Sh1.6 billion every month, which could account for half of the annual budgets of a number of ministries. Currently, for every Sh1 spent on salaries, only Sh0.45 goes to development, meaning the Government is using up almost three quarters of its resources to pay salaries. This may get worse with planned salary awards to doctors, teachers and university lecturers. The high pay also uncovers glaring disparities across all Government parastatals, authorities and commissions. With the looming pay cut for top State officers, we reveal some of the highest paid officials in these categories, which the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) chairperson Sarah Serem may target as she seeks to address the ballooning wage bill. Leading the pack are President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto, whose monthly salary is Sh1.7 million andSh1.4 million, respectively.

Raila: NASA will announce its own results: ODM leader Raila Odinga has said the National Super Alliance (NASA) will announce its own results in the August polls as part of efforts to prevent rigging. “As IEBC will be announcing their results, media houses will be relaying their results as well. We as NASA will also announce our results from our tallying centre,” said Raila. Speaking at a rally in Kibera, he said agents would scan the result documents and relay them in real time once they are announced at every polling station by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission officials. He said the alliance would only recognise the results announced at polling stations.

20 cancer herbs discovered in Kenya: Scientists have confirmed more than 20 local plant species are effective against many of the top killer cancers today. During a three-day annual scientific conference of Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kemri), more than 30 researchers left no doubt that the country has immense capacity to deal with cancer from its plant resources. The scientists from various local universities collaborating with Kemri described how they hunted down, studied and confirmed in laboratories that plant extracts hold effective treatments to even the most deadly cancers. The evidence presented at the KASH conference in Nairobi in February left no doubt that every Kenyan dying of cancer lives near or next to a possible cancer treatment or cure.

The Star

Shock as cops filmed in cold blood shooting: A viral video that captured the extrajudicial killing of two suspected gang members in Eastleigh, Nairobi, on Friday, has outraged Kenyans. It is alleged that the dead suspects were members of the notorious Super Power Gang and were about to commit a robbery. The gang is among more than 90 groups outlawed in a gazette notice by Interior CS Joseph Nkaissery in December last year. The father of one of the young men shot in the incident acknowledged that his son was actually a thug and pleaded with the government to release his body. “He was not one to use knives or guns. He was just a thief of going into people’s pockets and such things,” he told journalists at his home. There were mixed reactions by Kenyans online with some of them supporting the police for killing the gang members.

Prove you truly support Kalonzo, Malombe tells Ngilu: Kitui Governor Julius Malombe has said he doubts whether Narc party leader Charity Ngilu is honest and genuine in being Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka’s ally. “Although she has drawn herself closer to Hon Kalonzo Musyoka and appears to have forged an alliance with the latter, the move does not appear to be genuine and Kalonzo must be very wary,” Malombe said. He said if Ngilu is ready to form a formidable alliance with Kalonzo and Wiper, she should follow the example of Makueni Governor Kibutha Kibwana of Muungano Party, who set his party aside and agreed to seek reelection on the Wiper ticket. “Even her body language betrays her. If a Wiper branded cap is placed on her head, she swiftly pulls it away. It shows she is not genuine in the move she made to unite with Wiper and that is why her agenda is suspect.”

Kongowea votes deal breaker in Joho-Awiti duel: Kongowea market has become a significant hunting ground for two governor aspirants in Mombasa. Incumbent Hassan Joho and Nyali MP Hezron Awiti are battling for the 10,000-plus votes. The two have been to the market severally to ‘check on the traders’ welfare’. Governor Joho has instructed acting Trade executive Tawfiq Balala to ensure traders’ issues are well taken care of after complaints of leaders interfering with the stall allocations. Awiti has also been to the market and is already planning how to help install new lights. Both Joho and Awiti claim the Kongowea votes are what catapulted them to victory in the 2013 election.

Business Daily

Moi-era CEO back in Kenya Seed board: Agriculture secretary Willy Bett has appointed a former Kenya Seed Company chief executive to the State firm’s board, raising the prospect of reviving an ownership war that has dogged it for nearly 15 years. Mr Bett, who is also a former Kenya Seed managing director, announced in a Kenya Gazette notice last Friday that he had appointed Nathaniel Tum to the company’s board for a three-year term that began on February 7. Mr Tum was controversially removed as CEO of Kenya Seed in 2003 following revelations that he had irregularly transferred ownership of the firm to the family of former President Daniel arap Moi.

Kenya Power starts search for new chief executive to replace Chumo: Electricity distributor Kenya Power has started the recruitment of a substantive chief executive following the exit of Ben Chumo in January after three years at the helm. Deloitte has invited interested candidates to submit their applications to fill the position which is currently being held in acting capacity by Dr Kenneth Tarus who was until his appointment the firm’s general manager of finance. Some of the key responsibilities of the new CEO will be to recommend to the firm’s board strategies, business plans and annual operating budgets to help Kenya Power meet its main objective of connecting citizens to the grid.

DPP, EACC war over new offices ends: Parliament has split the Sh2.7 billion it had set aside for the purchase of an office block to house the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) to calm tensions between the two over who controls the funds. The National Assembly’s Justice and Legal Affairs committee has asked the EACC to abandon the joint acquisition plan and search for its own building as the committee looks for funds to buy a separate building for the DPP. Committee chairman Samuel Chepkonga said the decision to split the funds was made to prevent escalation of tensions that saw the DPP lodge a protest with the Budget and Appropriations Committee (BAC) challenging the EACC’s control of the funds.



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