We want condoms, say teens: Kenyan teenagers want to be taught how to use contraceptives, including condoms, oral pills and injectables, as part of sexuality education in school and at home. Because they are already sexually active, they also want to know where to get these products so as to protect themselves against sexually transmitted diseases and prevent unwanted pregnancies. These are some of the findings of a study on teens aged between 15 and 17 in Homa Bay, Mombasa and Nairobi counties. Researchers from the Guttmacher and African Population and Health Research Center interviewed 2,484 teenagers for the study, titled From Paper to Practice: Sexuality Education Policies and Their Implementation in Kenya, which will be released on Wednesday.
NHIF pays out Sh1bn for C-section child deliveries: NHIF payouts for Caesarean section operations have for the first time crossed the Sh1 billion mark in a year, highlighting the cost burden of the procedure to insurers. Official records show that 24,492 mothers covered by the National Hospital Insurance Fund opted for C-section — a surgical operation to help deliver a baby — in the first half of 2016, from 22,411 in a similar period a year earlier, representing a nine per cent increase.This saw the national health insurer pay Sh714.7 million in six months to the health facilities that performed the surgery, up from Sh432.1 million in a similar period the previous year.
No more exams for lower primary pupils: Pupils in lower primary schools will no longer be subjected to examinations as instead the focus will be on acquisition of skills under the new curriculum. The Basic Education Curriculum Framework, developed by Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development, indicates that a competency-based approach will enable better understanding of subjects. The framework, which is a guide to the review, states that the new system will put more emphasis on identifying talents and nurturing them as opposed to the current one that is heavily focused on examinations. Emphasis will be on continuous assessment tests rather than end-of-cycle tests, according to the framework.
Why NASA flagbearer talks failed to take off: The opposition alliance’s retreat that had been set to start Monday has been rescheduled to begin today, according to one of the principals. Last evening, Ford-Kenya’s Moses Wetang’ula said he and his colleagues in the National Super Alliance (NASA) would start their meeting today. Earlier, it had emerged that the absence of one of the principals, the expected entry of Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto, and outstanding issues on power-sharing were among the reasons that prompted the postponement of the retreat. Also cited were concerns that too much publicity could undermine the delicate talks and apprehension that holding the crucial meeting with the ongoing contentious party primaries could send signals to the grassroots that could influence the nominations.
Auditors: Sh143b counties’ property exposed to misuse: Part of the Sh143 billion property counties inherited from defunct local authorities in 2013 has been stolen. This is according to a damning report by the defunct Transition Authority (TA), its successor the Intergovernmental Technical Relations Committee and office of the Auditor General. The assets taken over by counties include 40,815 parcels of land and over 7,000 vehicles, but the defunct entities also left behind debts amounting to Sh62 billion owed to suppliers and banks. It is the lack of an inventory of assets and liabilities that has authorities raising red flags about the status of the Sh143billion worth of property.
Inside Uhuru Kenyatta’s State House: A sneak peek into President Uhuru Kenyatta’s State House shows a man who has chosen to walk away from the traditions employed by his predecessors. Uhuru has chosen a few old timer confidants and close family members as key members of the kitchen cabinet. Multiple sources with knowledge of the running of State House since Kenyatta took over the reins of power four years ago, indicate that he has a very close working relationship with Deputy President William Ruto. Bosom friends Unlike in the past where vice presidents held a “role-distance” relationship with their bosses, sources say that the one between Uhuru and his deputy borders on informality, sending signals of a pair that is first bosom friends and then officially President and his Deputy.
It’s do or die for key UhuRuto allies in mega poll: Can they pull it off? Peaceful, clean, credible primaries. Jubilee’s organisational skills and promises of a level playing field will be tested on Friday in a mega day of countrywide primaries. Some 7,893 hopefuls are seeking tickets for governor, MP, senator, MCA and woman representative. Of the total, 107 are running for governor, 156 for senate, 984 for MP, 170 for woman representative and 6,476 for MCA. More than 20,000 polling stations have been set up, with 66,000 staff. A logistical challenge. ODM has been staggering primaries but that hasn’t prevented violence, confusion, mismanagement and claims of rigging — a nightmare after assurances of free and fair voting.
NASA retreat cancelled as principals receive Rutto: The NASA co-principals’ three-day retreat in Kilifi to pick a flagbearer will not happen from today as planned. Instead, they will officially receive Chama Cha Mashinani leader Isaac Rutto. The principals could not travel to Kilifi yesterday as scheduled because ODM leader Raila Odinga and his ANC counterpart Musalia Mudavadi were not in the country. Raila was in South Africa, while Mudavadi’s schedule could not be confirmed. The two were to return last evening. Only Ford Kenya leader Moses Wetang’ula and his Wiper counterpart Kalonzo Musyoka were in the country. “The principals are receiving a fifth principal tomorrow (today),” one of Mudavadi’s aides said.
Naomi Shaban ditches Jubilee because DP Ruto backed rival: Taveta MP Naomi Shaban resigned from the Jubilee Party. Her resignation has dealt a major blow to the Jubilee Party at the Coast, where she has been a staunch supporter. The National Assembly deputy majority leader is the only MP in Taita Taveta elected on the Jubilee ticket. She has served as Taveta MP for three terms. Early this month, Shaban wrote her resignation letter to the Jubilee Party secretary general saying that she has left the party over unavoidable circumstances. A source close to Shaban told the Star that she ditched Jubilee due to pressure from the party bosses.
Uhuru reassures workers of Labour Day pay rise: The government has assured workers that an increment in the minimum wage is on the way despite doubts expressed by Kenyan employers with regard to rising cost of doing business in the private sector. Already, last week President Uhuru Kenyatta had asked the private sector to increase the salaries of workers. The State, the Central Organisation of Trade Unions (COTU) and the Salaries and Remunerations Commissions (SRC) are in talks about an increment in the minimum wage for public sector workers. State House Spokesperson Manoah Esipisu, who addressed the press at the Kisumu State Lodge today, said workers should have no doubt about the expected minimum wage increment.
Michael Joseph to step down as Vodafone director: Former Safaricom chief executive Michael Joseph is set to step down as Vodafone’s director of mobile money later this year as part of a wider plan to disengage from all his full-time roles at the telecom giant. Mr Joseph, who is the chairman of Kenya Airways , is also set to relinquish his non-executive director positions at Vodafone’s African subsidiaries — Vodacom Mozambique, Vodacom Tanzania and Vodacom Group South Africa. He was appointed Vodafone’s director of mobile money in 2011, as the UK-based telecom firm sought to tap his knowledge to replicate the Kenyan M-Pesa success in other countries where it was being rolled out.
NSE banks raise directors’ pay despite fall in profits: Nairobi Securities Exchange-listed banks increased their directors’ pay by 3.6 per cent last year despite the fall in industry earnings, reversing the previous year’s effort to keep board spending in check. The total remuneration of bank directors hit Sh1.15 billion after seven out of the 11 publicly traded lenders — led by troubled National Bank increased their boards’ pay. National Bank nearly doubled its fees to directors to Sh43.37 million last year from the Sh24.88 million it paid out in 2015. The director’s earnings had in 2015 dropped 5.6 per cent to Sh1.11 billion as most lenders effected strong cost-cutting measures to improve profitability.
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