News highlights-April 11 2017 KDF strike leaves 15 Shabaab militants dead

News highlights-April 11 2017 KDF strike leaves 15 Shabaab militants dead

KDF strike leaves 15 Shabaab militants dead

Fifteen Al Shabaab militants were killed on Monday when Kenyan soldiers raided their camp deep inside Somalia.They were felled at an area known as Catamaa, about 100 kilometres from the Kenyan border town of Elwak.

Colonel Joseph Owuoth, who issued a statement from the Kenyan Military headquarters in Nairobi, said the soldiers used artillery and mortar fire to destroy the camp.

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A handout photograph released by the African Union-United Nations Information Support Team shows soldiers of the Kenyan contingent serving with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) load onto a truck as part of a re-supply convoy at their Sector Headquarter in the town of Dhobley, Southern Somalia, 30 September 2012. (Photo:EPA)

“The Kenya Defence Forces wishes to assure the public that operations against the Al Shabaab will continue until all the terrorists are eliminated to ensure that the locals continue to enjoy peace and security,” Owuoth said.

Many more militants are believed to have escaped with injuries but there were no casualties on the Kenyan side.

Government freezes opening of new university campuses

Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has instituted a raft of reforms targeted at streamlining the tertiary education sector and maintaining universal standards in university education.

The move by the Ministry of Education comes hot on heels of reports of closure of a Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) campus in Rwanda due to failure to meet university education standards in the East African Community (EAC) country.

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Fred Okengo Matiang’i, Cabinet Secretary for the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology

The ministry consequently barred universities from opening new campuses and satellite learning centres both in Kenya and in EAC member states.

Under the new directive, universities will be required to recruit Vice Chancellors and other senior administration officers on performance contract basis, appraise them annually and furnish the ministry with performance records.

Betting firm sues CS Rotich over punitive taxes

A betting firm has moved to court seeking an order to quash Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich’s decision to increase taxes levied on the betting, lotteries, and gaming industry to 50 per cent across the board.

Bradley Limited argues that CS Rotich in taking the administrative action under the budget process with respect to the betting, lotteries, and gaming industry taxation measures was biased and violated the applicant’s legitimate expectations.

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The betting company further claims that the CS through his actions acted ultra vires the express provisions of Section 15(2)(f) of the constitution.

Bradley Limited, in its petition, argued that the constitutional and statutory primacy in the taxation of the betting, lotteries, and gaming industry is vested on the Betting Control and Licensing Board and the CS in the state department.

Treasury CS Henry Rotich outside the Treasury Building before presenting the 2015-16 budget to Parliament last year (Photo: The Star Kenya)

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