Uhuru calls for peace in Kisumu tour: President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday pitched tent in ODM leader Raila Odinga’s turf in Kisumu where he received a warm welcome and said all politicians had a right to campaign in any part of the country. The President was attending the National Drama festivals gala at the Kisumu State Lodge. Local leaders however, gave the ceremony a wide berth and accused the President of doing little to enhance development in the region. Speaking at the gala, President Kenyatta directed the Ministry of Education and the Teachers Service Commission to boost the morale of teachers who devote their time in preparing participants for music and drama festivals by improving their welfare.
Police to fight terror gangs in varsities: Police will be sent to all public universities and colleges to tear down terrorism networks there. Deputy Secretary for internal security Thomas Sakah said on Tuesday universities have become centres of radicalisation and recruitment by extremists and terrorist organisations. “A number of university students have been reported missing only to be traced in Somalia or Syria where it is believed they are training with the Al-Shabaab or Isis for deployment in Islamic Caliphates,” he said. He was addressing new university council members during their orientation in Naivasha. A number of university students are said to be members of organised crime gangs carrying out armed robbery, carjacking, cybercrimes, drug trafficking and terrorism.
Nasa chiefs resume talks on flagbearer: National Super Alliance (Nasa) principals Raila Odinga, Musalia Mudavadi, Moses Wetang’ula and Kalonzo Musyoka on Tuesday resumed talks on the coalition’s power sharing. The quartet held a nearly two-and-a-half-hour meeting at Mr Odinga’s Capitol Hill offices in Upper Hill, Nairobi, on the thorny issue of picking Nasa’s presidential candidate and running mate in the August 8 General Election, as well as the status of the coalition. Several members of Nasa’s National Co-ordinating Committee (NCC), who had accompanied their party leaders to the meeting, were however locked out. The Chama Cha Mashinani (CCM) leader, Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto, who has declared his support for the opposition alliance, did not however attend the meeting with sources saying he was held up in his county.
I am NASA principal number 5: Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto declared his differences with Deputy President William Ruto are irreconcilable as he formally announced he had joined the Opposition. Mr Ruto said as Chama cha Mashinani (CCM) party leader, he had been promised equal status with the other four principals in the National Super Alliance (NASA). “As CCM we are now supporting NASA and as a party leader, I am becoming the fifth principal and will fight for space and negotiate within the coalition summit,” said Ruto, alluding to his inclusion in a power-sharing agreement with NASA leaders Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka, Moses Wetang’ula and Musalia Mudavadi.
Jaramogi name that nearly cost family loan: Former Vice President Oginga Odinga’s two first names almost caused his family to lose out on a loan that ought to have developed the land he had left them after his death. The Standard can reveal that the grant was given in the name of Jaramogi Oginga Odinga whereas the name on the title deed was Ajuma Oginga Odinga. These different names made the Agricultural Finance Corporation decline to release the loan to the former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and his brother nominated Senator Oburu Odinga, who were administrators of the estate. Amendment sought The loan offer, according to the application exclusively seen by The Standard, was to lapse within 30 days.
Kisumu comes out to give Uhuru rousing welcome: President Uhuru Kenyatta landed in Kisumu to a rousing welcome. Surging crowds cheered him all the way from Kisumu Airport to the city’s central business district and escorted him to the State Lodge, where he will host the winners of this year’s Kenya Schools and Colleges Drama Festivals. The residents had only one request for the President – to help bring down the price of maize flour. As the President’s convoy snaked its way towards State Lodge, they chanted:”Unga”! “Bei ya unga imepanda zaidi! (Maize flour! The price of maize flour is too high!) A smiling President Kenyatta listened to the chanting youth but did not respond even as the crowd escorted his motorcade all the way to the State Lodge.
Sonko rejects Cabinet post: Senator Mike Sonko has dug in his heels and refused a Cabinet post dangled in exchange for quitting the Nairobi governor’s race in favour of Peter Kenneth. The popular lawmaker says he’s going for the top job, aiming for the Jubilee Party ticket in primaries on Friday. Sonko and Kenneth will face off. Multiple sources close to the presidency yesterday told the Star that a Cabinet position has been offered and rejected several times. If Jubilee wins on August 8, Sonko could have been CS for the Nairobi Metropolitan Region, a new post created for him. He would oversee Kiambu, Kajiado, Murang’a and Machakos counties.
Kisumu locals give Uhuru warm welcome: President Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday received a rousing welcome from Kisumu residents who lined up the road from the airport to the Kisumu State Lodge. Uhuru thanked the ecstatic people of the lakeside city for the warm reception, and for hosting the 58th National Drama Festival – the culmination of the state concert he will preside over. As campaigns for the August 8 polls intensify, the President urged Kenyans to uphold peace during the election process. He especially asked youths to be vigilant and avoid being used by politicians to cause chaos. “Do not allow yourselves to be used by politicians who will dump you once they have achieved their political goals,” Uhuru said.
Farouk, Maiyo plot to rig polls, claims Mandago: Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago and Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi have alleged a rigging plot by Deputy President William Ruto’s aides in the Jubilee Party nominations. They said Farouk Kibet and Reuben Maiyo have a list of preferred candidates they will “assist” to win the primaries on Friday, despite Ruto’s assurance that his office and Jubilee will not take sides. Mandago said his rival Bundotich Kiprop, popularly known as Buzeki, is being used to remove him from office. Sudi urged Farouk and Maiyo to do the work they were employed to do and stop meddling in the region’s politics.
Why American firm dropped bid for RVR stake: An American firm that was negotiating to buy Rift Valley Railways from Egypt’s Qalaa Holdings withdrew its interest in the deal after the World Bank signalled its intention to blacklist the rail firm over massive corruption that was revealed in an audit report last year, the Business Daily can now reveal. Emerging Capital Partners (ECP), a private equity firm, terminated the negotiations after it became clear that the bank had decided to punish the company — instead of the directors linked with graft in the audit. This makes it hard for any future owners to access funding from the World Bank or any other commercial lenders.
Nairobi a favourite for Fortune 500 firms, report says: Nairobi has been listed among the leading regional destinations for Fortune 500 companies that are looking to establish international headquarters. Kenya’s capital is ranked among favourites that include Dubai, Johannesburg, Casablanca, Lagos, and Cairo as a destination with the highest attractiveness. According to a report released by Infomineo, a global business research firm, Nairobi is the leading destination for Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) companies. Kenya’s capital is also the top choice for international firms looking to service eastern Africa, the report states, adding that it has registered a 12 per cent increase in Fortune 500 investment since 2015.
Japanese car dealers in Kenya to help curb fraud: A delegation of Japan’s used car dealers has arrived in Nairobi to help craft strategies against fraud that has seen Kenyans lose millions of shillings through online vehicle purchases. Officials of Japan Used Motor Vehicle Exporters Association (JUMVEA) are expected to meet with top government officials, local used car dealers and the International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol) among other stakeholders. Most of the victims of the fraud have been lured by online con artists who offer cars at significant discounts compared to established trading houses including the 240 members of JUMVEA such as Sun Corporation and Amagasaki Motor.
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