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WHO denies suspension of financial support to health:

The World Health Organization has denied suspending its financial support to the Ministry of Health.

Since January 2016, the organisation said, it has disbursed about Sh1.3 billion using the direct financial contribution mechanism, mainly for the polio eradication campaigns and Guinea worm surveillance and awareness activities.

“Accountability for these funds is ongoing in line with WHO financial management rules, procedures and timelines,” WHO Kenya representative Rudi Eggers said in a statement.

The statement comes a day after the Ministry of Health, through an internal letter addressed to the Council of Governors, said that the WHO had suspended funding to Afya House due to delayed accountability of an estimated Sh11.2 million sent to counties. The ministry later denied the allegation.

IDPs in Kisii get Sh358m compensation:

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday handed over Sh358 million for compensating integrated Internally Displaced Persons in Kisii.

The President is set to handover another Sh472 million to IDPs in Nyamira today.

The compensation is for those who were affected by the 2007/2008 post-election violence.

The IDPs benefitting from the funds are the last batches of the people displaced during the post-election chaos.

President Kenyatta handed over the Sh358m cheque at Masimba in Kisii County and urged Kenyans not to engage in acts that will create displacement of people.

“With the money we have handed over we have finally taken care of the last groups of IDPs in Kisii,” he said.

Catholic bishops to pay eatery Sh13m over deal:

Catholic bishops will now have to pay a city restaurant Sh13 million for abruptly stopping a six-year business deal to rent space at Waumini House in Westlands, Nairobi.

Supreme Court judge Isaac Lenaola ruled that the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) refused to allow Al Yusra restaurant to carry on with its business on discriminatory grounds.

In his ruling which was delivered at the High Court by Justice John Mativo yesterday, the judge pointed out that Catholic Bishops will pay the restaurant Sh10 million as compensation for refurbishing the site of the disputed premise.

The remaining Sh3 million will be compensation for the mere fact that they were shown the door on discriminatory grounds.

The Standard

Cofek’s fury over Sh3.7 billion treasury additional subsidy on maize:

The Consumers’ body has criticized the state’s move to replenish national grain reserves with an additional Sh3.7 billion meant to buy at least one million bags of maize.

Consumers Federation of Kenya (Cofek) has claimed extension of the subsidy to millers does not benefit the intended tens of millions of poor Kenyans who are worst hit by the current food crisis.

Cofek Secretary General Stephen Mutoro said the government is spending billions addressing the symptoms of the crisis without offering any long-term solutions.

Allocation of the Sh3.7 billion by Treasury through a supplementary budget is an addition to an earlier Sh6 billion that saw a two kilogram of maize flour go for Sh90 low from a high average of Sh180.

SRC rejects Nurses CBA allowance proposals:

The allowances given to nurses in the controversial pay deal are exaggerated and unaffordable, the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) has said.

The commission described as impractical a uniform allowance of Sh40,000 for each of the 25,000 union is able health workers, which would translate to Sh1 billion a year.

The SRC further revealed that job evaluations for nurses were complete and expected the Council of Governors (CoG) to discuss the recommendations with the Kenya National Union of Nurses to prevent future disputes.

During a press conference, SRC chairperson Sarah Serem said the award of a Sh15,400 risk allowance for nurses was three times higher than what the commission had recommended.

Why Kenya could wait for 12th Parliament to elect her EALA representatives:

Kenya may have to wait until the next Parliament to send a representative to the East Africa Legislative Assembly (EALA).

Grandstanding between the ruling Jubilee coalition and the Opposition has frustrated efforts to send the names of Kenyan MPs to the regional assembly.

New EALA members from other countries are expected to convene in Tanzania for the swearing-in ceremony in the next one week.

Parliament faced a dilemma over how to proceed with the matter as key timelines had lapsed.

Speaker Justin Muturi told the House he, together with his Senate counterpart Ekwee Ethuro, would look at the regulations to confirm whether coming up with names outside the timelines was illegal.

The Star

IEBC axes procurement director over ballot tender:

The IEBC is in turmoil, 61 days to the General Election, and has in less than two weeks kicked out two high profile staff that headed key directorates.

The seven-member commission headed by Wafula Chebukati yesterday sent on compulsory leave Procurement Director Lawy Aura, lifting the lid on the procurement mess at the IEBC.

In a communication to the public, the IEBC chiefs said Aura was sent packing following delays in the Sh2.5 billion ballot papers tender.

Exactly 12 days ago, the Chebukati team sent on compulsory leave IT Director James Muhati, following accusations that he had refused to cooperate in an ongoing audit of ICT systems.

Four killed in Dadaab IED explosion:

Four people were Tuesday afternoon killed when the vehicle they were travelling in from Dadaab hit an improvised bomb on the Kulan-Liboi road in Northern Kenya.

Dadaab subcounty deputy commissioner Harum Kamau, confirming the incident on the phone, said the vehicle was headed from Dadaab to Doble in Somalia at the time of the 3pm incident.

The four, all Kenyans, were employees of Adeso. The African Development Solution deals with environment matters in refugee camps and Doble.

At least 15 people have been killed in the past three weeks on the same road through IEDs. The majority of them are police officers.

NASA has nothing new to offer Kenya, Uhuru tells Kisii voters:

President Uhuru Kenyatta Tuesday continued his onslaught on NASA and called for issue-based campaigns.

He urged Kenyans to ignore NASA because it has nothing new to offer Kenyans.

“They are always criticising everything we do. They criticised the standard gauge railway, but, last week, we launched it and we’ve already secured money to extend it. It will pass here in Kisii to Kisumu,” Uhuru said during a rally at Masimba High School.

He said he deserves to be reelected based on his development record. The President cited roads, energy and healthcare, “as some of the areas, where my administration has done well”.

Business Daily

Sh8.4bn approved for food, security ahead of elections:

A House committee has approved the allocation of Sh8.4 billion for the strategic food reserve, election-related security operations and salaries for medical practitioners.

The Budget and Appropriations Committee (BAC) endorsed the Treasury’s proposals to allocate Sh3.7 billion for purchase of maize to replenish the empty strategic grain reserve.

“The major increments will mainly be for security operations amounting to Sh3.2 billion so as to increase security operations,” BAC chairman Mutava Musyimi says in a report on the Supplementary Budget II tabled in the National Assembly Tuesday evening.

Kenya in last month announced subsidies of Sh6 billion to maize importers to help lower the cost of flour which shot up due to drought.

 Budget airlines downplay impact of SGR passenger train services:

Local airlines operating between Mombasa and Nairobi have played down the impact of recently launched standard gauge railway passenger services even as the high season bookings fall.

Last week, President Uhuru Kenyatta unveiled an express SGR service on the route.

The locomotives charge passengers a fare of Sh700 for Economy Class and Sh3,000 for Business Class compared to the airlines which charge up to 40,000 on the route during peak season.

Jambojet chief executive Willem Hondius said excitement over the SGR had not affected the low-cost airlines, adding the segment was not as price-sensitive as road transport.

450 China firms line up for trade fair in Nairobi:

Some 450 Chinese companies have confirmed attendance for the third China Trade Week in Nairobi.

The promoters, MIE Group, said the three-day event was in response to growing demand among Kenyan investors who have been attending China-based trade fairs to hunt for deals.

Events director Michelle Meyrick said the event will also tackle the low-quality reputation associated with Chinese products during parallel workshops at the event.

“You no longer need to travel to trade fairs in China; we encourage you to attend the Nairobi trade fair on June 29 to July 1 at Nairobi’s KICC (Kenyatta International Convention Centre).”

Among the exhibitors are manufacturers of lighting accessories, machinery, consumer electronics, power and energy, building and construction, automotive parts and household items.

 

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