Newspaper summaries-June 19 2017

Newspaper summaries-June 19 2017

Daily Nation

Candidates’ trouble over campaign cash: Politicians have resorted to keeping millions of shillings in their houses or using their trusted friends to withdraw money from their accounts beyond the Sh1 million cap imposed by the Central Bank, it has emerged. With campaign expenses ranging from millions to billions of shillings, depending on whether one is vying for a parliamentary seat or the presidency, it has become necessary to devise ways of circumventing the Central Bank guidelines introduced last year to fight money laundering. MPs who were interviewed separately registered their displeasure with the guidelines even as they devised ways of circumventing the rules to run their campaigns.

Queries as police arrest Nation writer: Police on Sunday evening said they were holding Nation reporter Walter Menya for allegedly soliciting a bribe to write a damaging story. The statement said he had “been severally (sic) demanding money to kill the alleged story”. The police did not say from whom he had been demanding the money. He will be taken to court on Monday, the police statement signed by Spokesman George Kinoti said. Earlier Jubilee bloggers had a field day, posting pictures of a handcuffed Mr Menya, taken inside CID Headquarters, a protected area where photography is prohibited, and inside the police vehicle.

Raila faces probe over Kajiado remarks: The National Super Alliance (Nasa) flag-bearer Raila Odinga will be investigated over his remarks at a rally in Kajiado County last week, Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery has said. The former Prime Minister however denied making inflammatory remarks touching on land matters at the rally. Maj-Gen (Rtd) Nkaissery described the remarks as unfortunate. “Having come from Kajiado Central, I made sure as the then-member of Parliament that people live harmoniously. “Utterances by somebody who is seeking to be the president of this country are unfortunate and amount to incitement,” Mr Nkaissery said. National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale and Jubilee Party Secretary-General Raphael Tuju however softened their stand and demanded an apology from the NASA presidential candidate.

The Standard

Arrest Raila: The Government will take action against Opposition leader Raila Odinga if investigations establish that he incited the Maasai community against “outsiders” at a rally in Kajiado last week, Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery has warned. Mr Nkaissery said the Government was waiting for the investigation file from NCIC to decide whether to take action against Raila. “If Kaparo (NCIC Chair) gives instructions, the Director of Criminal Investigations will swing into action, the Director of Public Prosecutions will also be there to prosecute. No one is above the law. NCIC should come on board and take action against the NASA leadership,” Mr Nkaissery said.

Uhuru: NASA plotting to reject poll results: The Opposition has sensed defeat and is now preparing ground to reject the outcome of the August election, Jubilee has claimed. President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto said the National Super Alliance (NASA) leaders latest claims on the ballot papers tender were part of their scheme to reject the presidential results. President Kenyatta and Mr Ruto spoke yesterday during a whirlwind tour of Kiambu, where they also issued 1,700 title deeds to Kilimambogo squatters. Uhuru termed as ‘noise’ the opposition’s call to have the presidential results announced at the constituency level.

Beware of ‘multiple cancer patient’ online cash appeal: An alert has been raised against a woman who has raised millions of shillings by claiming she is suffering from multiple types of cancers. The woman claims to have cancer of the liver, blood and spleen, and is said to have raised up to Sh18 million from social media crowd-funding. A group of well wishers who helped raise the money now want the woman investigated for fraud. Investigations by The Standard have found that the ‘patient’, Betty Emmy, used an alias, and that her mobile phone number was registered in the name of one Beatrice Emmy Ochieng.

The Star

Uhuru, Raila battle for swing votes: Both President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM candidate Raila Odinga are focussing their attention on swing votes as they consolidate their strongholds, five weeks to the election. The plan by both candidates is to ensure that their strongholds turn out, almost to the last man and woman, to vote for them as they seek swing votes from regions their strategists describe as battlegrounds. Bomet, Narok, Kisii, Meru and Tharaka Nithi are among the 13 counties that have become the epicentre of a ferocious political battle between Kenyatta and Odinga. Of the 13 swing counties, Odinga won seven counties at the last election, while Uhuru ran away with six.

Raila makes impromptu visit to Uchumi supermarket, finds no unga: NASA presidential candidate Raila Odinga on Sunday made an impromptu visit to Uchumi supermarket to asses the unga crisis. In pictures seen by the Star, Raila was at the supermarket holding a notice which reads “please pick only two packets of maize flour”. But the flour that the consumers were being told to pick was not in the shelves. It is not clear which Uchumi branch he visited. “…there wasn’t even one packet of unga when Raila visited the store,” his spokesman Dennis Onyango wrote on Facebook. The opposition leader was accompanied by Suna East MP Junet Mohamed and other leaders.

Kajiado official vows to arrest people behind hate leaflets: Kajiado county commissioner Harsama Kello has ordered “immediate” investigations to establish the people behind hate leaflets found strewn all over Ngong town on Saturday night. The circulars warned the Kikuyu, Kisii, Kalenjin and Meru communities of dire consequences come August 7 if they do not leave Kajiado immediately. President Uhuru Kenyatta accused NASA flagbearer Raila Odinga of making hate speech remarks aimed at inciting the Maasais against other communities living in the county. During a campaign rally in Maili 46 town, Kajiado county, on Thursday, Raila said the Maasais have been selling their land to outsiders due to poverty.

Business Daily

KRA adds working hours ahead of tax returns deadline: The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has extended its working hours at Huduma Centres to weekends and 6pm on weekdays, ahead of the deadline for filing income tax returns this month. Huduma Centres, which normally operate between 8am and 5pm, will from today open at 7.30am to 6pm to serve workers who were locked out by the initial eight-hour shift. The centres will also open on Saturdays between 8am and 1pm in the race to have more workers and business owners file their income tax returns, which have emerged as an avenue to net tax cheats and grow the income tax segment as the KRA struggles to meet its collection targets.

Lawyer fails to stop forgery of land case: A Nairobi lawyer accused of forging a deceased businessman’s will in the sale of a Sh500 million piece of land in upmarket Karen has lost the quest to quash his prosecution over the contentious transaction. High Court judge George Odunga has dismissed the suit Guy Spencer Elms filed to block his arrest and prosecution, and instead ruled that the lawyer ought to prove his innocence before a criminal court. Justice Odunga found that the judicial review division where Mr Elms filed the suit does not have the authority to delve into the facts of the matter, and that the lawyer had failed to prove that his looming prosecution has any procedural irregularities.

Societe Generale tops list of Chase Bank bidders: France’s third-largest bank by assets, Societe Generale, and Mauritius-based SBM Holdings are the frontrunners to acquire troubled Chase Bank and its subsidiary, Rafiki Microfinance. The two have emerged top of the list of investors, including KCB Group  , I&M Bank  , Stanbic Bank   and South Africa’s First Rand, who had expressed interest in taking over the Kenyan lender. The Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) placed Chase Bank under receivership in April 2016 following a liquidity crisis, but is now seeking to sell off the business alongside its subsidiary Rafiki, in which the bank has a 75 per cent interest.






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