Nasa flag: Musalia, Raila parties clash: Cracks are evident in Nasa after two of the four affiliate parties clashed over a leaked coalition line-up that places Mr Raila Odinga at the helm with Mr Kalonzo Musyoka as his running mate. Mr Odinga’s ODM party confirmed that the leaked report was authentic and accused Mr Musalia Mudavadi’s Amani National Congress of lying when it claimed on Monday that no line-up had been drawn. According to the report, Mr Odinga will fly the Nasa flag deputised by Kalonzo, the Wiper Democratic Movement leader, with Mr Mudavadi as the chief minister, akin to prime minister who would manage government operations. Mr Moses Wetang’ula, the Ford-Kenya leader, is named as the Speaker of any of the two Houses — whichever he pleases.
Don’t let rains go to waste, store the water: A campaign has been started to harvest water as the long rains continued to fall. Small-scale water harvesting farm ponds will be built around the country and Kenyans urged to harvest water in their homes. “The rainwater harvesting and management campaign can be sustained. There are possible options to fight the twin challenge of frequent droughts and floods,” said Water and Irrigation Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa, when he launched the campaign at the World Agroforestry Centre in Gigiri, Nairobi. The ‘Kenyan Chapter of the Billion Dollar Business Alliance for Rainwater Harvesting’ movement will boost investments for increasing farm ponds for one million smaller holder farmers.
Milk shortage pushes up prices: Kenyans will have to part with more money to buy milk after the price rose to Sh60 for a 500ml packet. Industry regulator, Kenya Dairy Board, blames the rise in price on dwindling supply to milk processors which is down by half. Brookside whole milk is going for Sh63 per 500ml packet, Ilara fresh is attracting Sh60, same as KCC fresh whole, in almost all the retail shops in Nairobi. The price of sour milk has also gone up with 500ml KCC Mala retailing at Sh75, from Sh65 last month. Processors have blamed the increase on limited supply in the market that has seen them adjust prices for farmers upwards due to the scarcity.
NASA storm: A war of words has erupted among Opposition-allied parties over a contested recommendation on the presidential candidate for the alliance. The Orange party ignited a bitter row with the assertion that contents of a leaked report that suggested a Raila Odinga-Kalonzo Musyoka ticket is favored by the National Super Alliance (NASA) were accurate. The statement drew angry reactions from Wiper, Ford-Kenya and Amani National Congress who insisted there was no deal yet by the National Coordinating Committee (NCC) and cautioned the Orange party against undermining the talks. Later, ODM leader Raila Odinga told the media to give NASA a break, adding that the coalition would announce the presidential flag bearer once they agree.
Alcoblow refuses to leave the road: Drunk drivers not off the hook yet despite Alcoblow ban The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) has defended its decision to continue using Alcoblow despite a ruling by the High Court barring it from doing so. The authority says it is yet to receive a court order and has vowed to continue cracking down on drunk drivers. They will however use a different section of the law to charge those caught driving under the influence of alcohol. According to NTSA Director General Francis Meja, they will instead stop using the breathalyser rules to charging errant drivers. Following the court ruling, Mr Meja said they would now use Section 44(1) of the Traffic Act, which outlaws anyone from driving a vehicle without being in full control.
Varsity students most tribal: Students who have completed secondary school are more likely to accept people from other ethnic communities than university graduates, it has emerged. Top public university management teams were shocked to learn that tolerance levels of students who pass through their institutions are very low – at only 11 per cent. According to the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC), this is only three per cent higher than tolerance levels of persons who did not attend primary school at all. Commission chairman Francis ole Kaparo said secondary school tolerance levels are higher but still too little. Mr Kaparo said those who went through secondary school but did not finish have tolerance levels of 14 per cent.
Proposal for Raila ticket splits NASA: The gloves are off. NASA affiliates yesterday traded barbs over the future flagbearer in what could dash hopes for a joint opposition presidential candidate. With 117 days to August 8 polls, the nasty war of words signifies deep suspicion and widening cracks, despite a facade of camaraderie among the four NASA chiefs.However, yesterday NASA principal Raila Odinga downplayed fresh infighting and blamed the National Intelligence Service for Monday’s Kakamega protests by some ANC supporters. “That was the work of NIS. We will not be divided because NASA is 10 million people, much bigger than a few people walking here and there, expressing their democratic right,” the ODM chief told reporters at Orange House.
Governor Rutto to announce NASA support on Sunday: Bomet Governor Isaac Rutto yesterday vowed his Chama Cha Mashinani party will back NASA, promising a fierce political showdown against Jubilee in the August 8 polls. The governor in the latest ferocious salvo hit out at President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto, emphatically stating the duo don’t deserve a second term. The abrasive county boss in an interview on vernacular Kalenjin radio station, Taach FM, accused Uhuru and Ruto of undermining and abusing him and other elected leaders from the populous South Rift opposed to their leadership style. Rutto is particularly unhappy with the remarks attributed to the DP, when he told residents of Bomet county to vote the governor out because he is anti-development.
Man kicked out of his 25 acres by cheating wife and 7 children: A man who says he was kicked out of his father’s land by his cheating wife and seven children is seeking state protection. Speaking in Kiambu on Monday, Michael Ndinguri, 64, from Kanjai, Githunguri constituency, said his life has been a living hell since 2009. “Trouble started when my mother [Edith Wanja] died in 2010. My wife [Lucy Wanjiku] had already gotten a lover and was carrying on the affair openly,” he said. “They forged a will that shows my mother left them the land, with witnesses being my daughter Rose Wangari and my wife’s lover Clement Kago. “They appended their signatures on September 17, 2008, when my mother was admitted in the Kenyatta National Hospital.”
CBA beats KCB to mobile-based bond trading deal: Commercial Bank of Africa (CBA) has snatched from Kenya’s biggest bank, KCB , a multi-billion shilling deal to guarantee buyers of the mobile phone-based bond, M-Akiba, an exit route whenever they need it. People familiar with the deal said KCB had been beaten to the contract in the heat of a price war that CBA appears to have won. Geoffrey Odundo, the chief executive of the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE), confirmed the CBA deal. CBA, which is owned by the Kenyatta family, will now act as the buyer of any mobile phone bonds that investors put in the market but cannot find a buyer.
Emir of Qatar and Uhuru hold talks, oversee business forum: President Uhuru Kenyatta and the Emir of Qatar, His Highness Sheikh Tamin Bin Hamad Al Thani, today joined businesspeople from the two countries who were holding a two-day business forum in Nairobi. The gathering was attended by 70 Kenyan businesspeople and 40 of their counterparts from Qatari. Trade between Kenya and Qatar has continued to grow steadily in the past nine years from Sh1.9 billion in 2008 to Sh6.6 billion in 2015. However, the balance of trade is still heavily in favour of Qatar. Kenya’s Exports to Qatar in 2015 stood at Sh937.7 million from Sh145.8 million in 2008, while imports grew from Sh1.713 billion in 2008 to Sh5.573 billion in 2015.
MPs order audit of cancer-linked roofs: Parliament has directed the Ministry of Health to conduct an assessment on all residents who have been exposed to asbestos to determine the extent to which their health has been affected. The parliamentary Transport Committee wants a survey conducted to give a conclusive way forward on the houses that are still roofed by asbestos. The recommendations follow a petition by residents of Nyeri County who asked MPs to investigate the use of asbestos as roofing materials. The petitioners, through Nyeri Town MP Esther Murugi complained that residents of Blue Valley have for decades lived in houses with asbestos roofing materials due to their versatility and resistance to heat making them suitable for insulation in cold areas.
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