Newspaper summaries June 8 2017

Newspaper summaries June 8 2017

Daily Nation

Judicial officers are not above the law, EACC says:

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission says that stopping it from investigating senior Judiciary officers over alleged financial impropriety will amount to elevating them above the law.

The commission argues that Judiciary officials, like other public officers, are bound by the national values and principles of governance set out in the Constitution.

Responding to an application filed last month by the Judicial Service Commission, seeking court orders to block the anti-graft agency from investigating its commissioners over financial impropriety, the agency says the JSC had not demonstrated that the National Assembly or the Auditor-General had acted in breach of the rules of natural justice in making adverse findings and recommendations against the judicial officers.

 Kenya faces shortage of certified engineers:

Kenya has only 2,100 certified engineers serving 45 million people against an expected minimum of 6,000.

Engineers Board of Kenya chief executive Musuni Mulinge said Wednesday increased numbers of professional engineers will enhance capacity in various sectors, including agriculture, by boosting food security, transport, and manufacturing among others.

“We are concerned about the low number of qualified professional engineers in the country which may have a negative impact on the development and achievement of Vision 2030,” said Mr Mulinge.

He said the board has instituted continuous professional development training for engineers which will stimulate economic growth as envisioned in the country’s development blueprint. 

North Eastern leaders threaten to take arms over attacks:

Leaders from the northeastern region have issued a two-month ultimatum to the government to end escalating terror attacks from Al-Shabaab or they will acquire guns to protect themselves.

Fafi MP Barre Shill warned the Jubilee government that communities will seek ways to protect themselves if the attacks continue.

“We are extremely worried by these events. Life in northern Kenya has come to a virtual standstill. We are tired of crying like babies and unless the government intervenes we shall be forced to buy guns from Somalia for personal protection,” Mr Shill said.

At least 16 people, including seven police officers, have lost their lives in terror-related attacks in the past one month.

The Standard

State seeks Sh2.5 billion to clean up polluted River Athi:

The government is seeking Sh2.5 billion to clean up River Athi, which is threatened by pollution.

Water Principal Secretary Fred Segor says the ministry is in the process of setting up a team of experts to develop a plan to guide the process.

River Athi, whose source is Ngong Hills, traverses several counties in Ukambani and the Coast region. Residents downstream have raised the alarm over the pollution, which threatens the river’s entire ecosystem.

The proposed Thwake Dam, which will be constructed at the confluence of the Athi and Thwake rivers, is also likely to be threatened if the pollution of River Athi remains unchecked.

 Five Kenyans arrested over alleged plan to join Al Shabaab:

At least five people have been arrested over claims they were on their way to Somalia to join Al Shabaab militants.

Those arrested yesterday by detectives from the Anti-Terrorism Police Unit (ATPU) are all aged below 20 and come from Tulluroba and Chechelesi estates.

It has been reported that many youths from these estates have been travelling to Somalia to join the militant group.

County Commissioner George Natembeya said the suspects were in two groups at the time of their arrest.

“Three of them were arrested along the Isiolo-Garba Tula road, near the Garissa border, on Tuesday, while two others were arrested in Bute, Wajir County. They were in transit to Somalia,” said Mr Natembeya.

Thousands stranded after train hits trailer in Donholm:

Thousands of workers were stranded Wednesday morning after services of a commuter train were suspended following a collision between a train and a trailer in Donholm.

Following the early morning incident that took place near National Cereals and Produce Board offices, the Embakasi commuter train service was cancelled.

According to witnesses, the driver of the trailer underestimated the speed of the train that was heading to Embakasi in the 6am incident. The driver of the trailer fled after the crash.

Both the train operator and the truck driver escaped unhurt. The accident affected many commuters who rely on the train to connect to their destinations.

The Star

Boinnet rejects Raila’s request for 50 guards

NASA presidential candidate Raila Odinga has asked for his bodyguards to be increased from 16 to 50, but Police IG Joseph Boinnet has rejected the request.

Besides the security personnel, Raila has also asked the government to provide him with 11 new cars.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has about 100 police officers from the elite Recce Squad of the paramilitary General Service Unit. His Deputy William Ruto is also guarded by the same elite unit, and has about 50 police officers attached to him.

In a letter to the IG dated May 23, Raila, through his Spokesman Dennis Onyango, asked that his security detail be expanded because those guarding him are ‘under strength’.

Balala, Kazungu issue 3,000 titles to Kilifi residents, praise Uhuru:

Tourism CS Najib Balala and his Mining counterpart Dan Kazungu yesterday issued at least 3,000 title deeds to Kilifi South and Kaloleni residents.

The two gave out the documents during an event held in Vipingo Central Grounds and Mariakani Milk Scheme on behalf of President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Jubilee candidate for Kilifi governor Gideon Mung’aro, Kilifi South MP Mustapha Iddi, Kilifi Deputy Governor Kenneth Kamto, and Senate candidate on the Jubilee ticket Ken Nyale attended the function.

Balala denied claims the issuance of the title deeds is political. He said the government is fulfilling its promise to the people of the coast.

Fake Viagra most common counterfeit seized in Kenya, says pharmacy board:

A high number of fake lifestyle medicines makes its way into Kenya, the Pharmacy and Poisons Board said yesterday.

Lifestyle medicines are those used to treat non-life-threatening and non-painful conditions such as baldness, wrinkles, erectile dysfunction or skin conditions.

Fake Viagra is the most common, Dennis Otieno, Head of Crime Investigation and Enforcement Unit at the board, said.

He spoke to the press on the sidelines of a two-day conference on Combating Counterfeiting and Piracy at the Pride Inn Paradise Hotel, Mombasa.

Otieno said in February two people were charged at a Nairobi court with illegal possession of Viagra valued at Sh44 million, seized at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

Business Daily

US agency’s JKIA October audit sets stage for direct Kenya flights

The US Transportation Security Administration will conduct the final audit on Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in October, setting the stage for Kenya Airways (KQ) to start direct flights to America next April.

The audit, if successful, will see the airport receive the Last Point of Departure status that will allow flights from Nairobi to fly directly to the US.

Transport secretary James Macharia said on Tuesday the officials from the US department had confirmed the new audit date after they postponed it from this month.

Last month, Kenya Civil Aviation Authority said final audit had been postponed until after the election. It had initially been set for June.

Retailers risk Nema raid for plastic bag stock after August 28:

Retailers left with unused plastic bags after the ban takes effect on August 28 will have to declare their stock and submit disposal plans to the National Environment Management Authority (Nema).

The agency said manufacturers and importers must also declare unsold stock and indicate safe disposal plans.

“Any unused plastic becomes part of the waste produced by the entities after August 28 and must therefore be disposed accordingly,” Nema communications director Evans Nyabuto told the Business Daily.

The agency said plans are under way for quality agencies to mount surveillance at the country’s import entry points, retail outlets and national production units once plastic bags become illegal after the deadline.

Insurer launches funeral cover for boda boda operators:

About 700,000 boda boda operators are set to use a mobile-based insurance application platform that simplifies the purchase and payment of last-expense premiums.

The mobile-based platform WazInsure by GrassRoots Bima, a local start-up which has partnered with Capex Life Assurance, will offer Maisha Enhanced Cover, a funeral cover targeting low-income families.

The cover costs a minimum Sh600 to Sh2,500 annually and attracts minimum Sh25,000 in case of death in the family.

Boda boda Safety Association of Kenya secretary general Richard Odhiambo yesterday said members will be among the first beneficiaries of the product since it has simplified the distribution, purchase and administration of the insurance cover.


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