Newspaper summaries June 16 2017

Newspaper summaries June 16 2017

Daily Nation

Governors threaten action against striking nurses

Governors have threatened to take administrative and legal action against striking nurses who will not resume duty.

According to them, nurses should return to work because they are taking part in an “unprotected” strike.

In a letter addressed to the Kenya National Union of Nurses officials, the county leaders say that the association did not adhere to the recognition agreement, the KNUN constitution and the labour relations law when it called for the industrial action.

“Knun must demonstrate proof of compliance with the recognition agreement and its constitution within 24 hours failing which, as employers, county governments will take “appropriate” administrative and legal action,” a letter signed by Kisii Governor James Ongwae, who is the chairman of the Council of Governors’ Human Resources, Labour and Social Welfare Committee, says.

MPs fail to elect EALA members:

The 11th parliament will not elect members to the regional assembly in Arusha, after all.

Parliament adjourned Thursday without an agreement between the two main coalitions on who will represent Kenya at the fourth East African Legislative Assembly (EALA), which was supposed to have been inaugurated on June 4.

The two leading coalitions have been bickering over the procedure of the elections after Cord submitted only five nominees seeking the approval of the House.

This means that EALA cannot proceed with its business because Kenya has not elected its representatives to the assembly which the legislative arm of the East African Community.

CS Jacob Kaimenyi lifts ban on land lease renewals:

The government has lifted a suspension it had slapped on renewal of land leases after an outcry from property developers.

The moratorium was lifted last Friday through a gazette notice signed by Lands Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi.

Last December, the government stopped renewal of leases after widespread cases of grabbing and forceful acquisition of property from people whose leases were expiring.

Speaking to journalists in his office on Thursday, Prof Kaimenyi said the guidelines would not stand in the way of recommendations expected to be made by a task force on land leases chaired by Mr Ibrahim Mwathane, an expert on land matters. Mr Mwathane’s taskforce is investigating all leases issued from 2010.

The Standard

Ballots deadlock: IEBC and NASA stick to their guns:

Key players in the August 8 elections were left weighing their options as the row over the awarding of the ballot printing tender to a Dubai firm showed no signs of letting up.

The stand-off involving the awarding of a Sh2.5 billion ballot paper printing tender to Al Ghurair Printing and Publishing Company is threatening to throw preparations for the elections into disarray, as the electoral commission ruled out cancelling the contested tender.

Thursday, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) stood its ground in awarding the tender to the Dubai firm.

President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee Party introduced a new twist to the controversy by claiming that the Opposition was frustrating the process so the tender could be given to a South African company of their choice.

Aden Duale: Raila Odinga bitter about missing IEBC tender:

Members of Parliament allied to Jubilee Party have accused National Super Alliance (NASA) flag bearer Raila Odinga of being malicious in his constant attacks against the electoral commission.

Led by National Assembly Leader of Majority Aden Duale, the MPs claimed Raila was bitter with the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) bosses after they rejected a bid by a firm owned by his friends to provide ballot papers.

Dubai-based Al Ghurair Printing and Publishing LLC clinched the lucrative Sh2.5 billion tender, beating South African Printing firm Paarl Media (Pty) Ltd, which unsuccessfully protested the decision before the Public Procurement Administrative Review Board (PPARB).

Court quashes ruling barring Susan Kihika from vying:

The High Court Thursday quashed the disqualification of Susan Kihika from the Nakuru senatorial seat.

Judge George Odunga said the Political Parties Disputes Tribunal erred in barring the senatorial aspirant since it acted against the law to hear the matter on interpretation of the law.

“The tribunal did not have jurisdiction to interpret the law, hear, and determine the matter,” said Justice Odunga.

Ms Kihika is the Jubilee nominee for the seat. “The decision made on June 12, 2017 must be null and void and is, therefore, quashed,” said Odunga.

The judge said the tribunal did not perform its duties accordingly because it acted outside its mandate by entertaining the petition.

The Star

Prisons, KWS, KFS, to boost polls security:

The Kenya Wildlife Service, Kenya Forest Service and Kenya Prisons Service will assist the National Police Service in maintaining law and order during and after the August 8 General Election.

The multi-agency team led by Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet will be deployed countrywide.

Boinnet said they are engaging all county commanders to iron out contingency plans on how to deal with emergencies and the resources required to make the process successful.

“There is coordination among all national security agencies and we have set up a multi-agency team to address specific threats to security,” he said during the National Election Conference.

In January, President Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration commissioned 500 assorted police vehicles to enhance security.

Uhuru did not privately meet Dubai printing firm:

President Uhuru Kenyatta did not have any private meeting with any member of either the Kenya or Dubai Chambers of Commerce, the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry said yesterday.

KNCCI chairman Kiprono Kittony told journalists that he led their Dubai counterparts to pay a courtesy call on President Uhuru at State House, Nairobi, to brief him on the areas of collaboration on trade and investment.

Before the visit to the Head of State, Kittony explained, a business meeting was held at a Nairobi hotel between delegations from the two countries.

Jubilee is dead-scared of NASA, Raila says in Kajiado:

NASA flag bearer Raila Odinga on Thursday exuded the confidence that he will beat President Uhuru Kenyatta hands down in the August 8 general election.

He said the opposition will win the contest adding that the onus is now on the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission to conduct transparent polls.

Raila, when he led NASA campaigns at Iloodokilani, Kajiado West constituency, said Jubilee is only dead-scared that NASA has gained ground in all the 47 counties.

“They (Jubilee Party) are scared of the National Super Alliance’s popularity.”

He spoke amid heated exchanges over the electoral agency’s award of the ballot printing paper to a Dubai-based firm.

Business Daily

Company sues Treasury over eCitizen payments:

The National Treasury has been thrust into a vicious war with the administrator of its electronics payments platform eCitizen, which now threatens to stall services offered through the World Bank-backed online portal.

Goldrock Capital Limited, which runs e-Citizen’s mobile money payment account, has sued the National Treasury for denying it access to the platform’s M-Pesa paybill number that receives billions of shillings from individuals seeking government services through the online portal.

The eCitizen portal was developed in 2013 with funding from the World Bank’s private lending arm IFC and other donors.

IT firm Webmasters Africa was contracted to develop the portal, while Goldrock was subcontracted to develop a non-cash payment system for the project.

Strathmore eyes Kenya Power earnings:

Strathmore University is in talks with Kenya expected to unlock earnings from its grid-connected solar system, which has been injecting 0.25 megawatts to the national circuit since June 2014, but has not earned a cent due to regulatory hitches.

The university in October 2015 signed a power purchase agreement with Kenya Power to begin injecting power into the national grid at a tariff of ¢12 (Sh12) per kilowatt hour, but payments could not be processed because the school did not have an electricity generating licence.

The Energy Regulatory Commission last week issued Strathmore with the permit, the university said on Thursday. Projected annual revenue from the solar power deal is estimated at Sh4 million per year.

 Equity Bank freezes Ponzi scheme’s account:

Equity Bank’s Uganda subsidiary has frozen an account belonging to a sports pyramid scheme following a recent complaint by the Rwandan authorities that the illegal operation, which has a presence in Kenya, was fleecing its citizens.

Equity, under the instruction of the Bank of Uganda (BoU), suspended an account belonging to Magara Smart Protus – the promoter of an online sports trading platform referred to as D9 Club.

The National Bank of Rwanda had in May warned the 17 banks operating in the country about the “scam”, asking them to the “prevent transfer of funds to this scheme and stop its spread across the country.”

 

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