Newspaper summaries-July 13 2017

Newspaper summaries-July 13 2017

Daily Nation

Regions that hold key to poll victory:The Jubilee Party and opposition’s National Super Alliance have held more rallies in five regions than in any other part of the country, convinced the areas could hold the key to a victory in the August 8 General Election. The Coast, former Western province, Narok and Kajiado counties, Kisii and Baringo have emerged as the areas where the election could be lost or won if the frequency with which both political sides have held rallies there is anything to go by. President Uhuru Kenyatta and his main challenger Raila Odinga have both visited western Kenya six and five times respectively in just one month.

Shock as KRA lawyer found dead: A lawyer attached to the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) customs department was on Wednesday morning found murdered and is body dumped along Mombasa Road. Mr Jared Ratemo’s body was discovered early morning by motorists who alerted the police from Embakasi Station. His identification documents were found on him. Confirming the incident, Embakasi DCIO Peter Ndubi said investigations into the death of the lawyer had been initiated. He refuted claims that he had been shot. The Lawyer was abducted on Tuesday, days after he had travelled to Nairobi to solve undisclosed tax issues.

Deputy President Ruto jeered in Kisumu: Deputy President William Ruto was jeered during the relaunch of an East African Breweries plant in Kisumu on Wednesday. Mr Ruto was forced to quickly give up the microphone. The crowd continued to shout, “We don’t want Ruto” when President Uhuru Kenyatta started speaking. The President reopened the brewery that is expected to create jobs in the region. The plant is expected to start its operations in two years, with President Kenyatta saying the move signals rising confidence among investors in what his administration is doing to improvement the business environment.

The Standard

Exposed: 10 rigging risks in poll register: At least 10 security loopholes that could be exploited to manipulate the August 8 General Election have been exposed in an audit report of the country’s voter register. The voter roll lacks mandatory security features and could therefore be easily hacked into and data of the 19.6 million registered voters deleted, added or amended, according to the audit report by KPMG. In its report to the IEBC, KPMG points out that there are two active default administrator accounts that could be used to access the voter register by unauthorised persons.

Uhuru keeps off opposition attacks as Ruto is heckled in Nyanza: President Uhuru Kenyatta unveiled four key projects in Nyanza and called for peaceful campaigns even as his deputy William Ruto faced hostility in the Opposition stronghold. Uhuru was on a half-day tour of Nyanza, where National Super Alliance presidential candidate Raila Odinga enjoys massive support. Uhuru, who received a warm welcome, called for tolerance and peaceful campaigns, cautioning Kenyans against political violence. But Ruto was an unwelcome guest during the functions as he was heckled by crowds who only appeared interested in President Kenyatta’s speeches.

Police to get salary increment,says IG: Salaries of all police and prison officers will be doubled following a hefty pay increment. Some of the officers have been awarded up to 100 per cent of their basic salary increment, going by a new salary scale. However, the increment will be spread in four phases beginning end of this month. A constable, who currently earns a basic salary of Sh17,800, will pocket Sh32,880 by 2020. The news of the proposed salary increment was broken in an internal communication from the Inspector General of police’s office to all officers.

The Star

Rowdy crowds disrupt Uhuru, Raila events: President Uhuru Kenyatta hurriedly left Kisumu yesterday as NASA supporters shouted and threw stones. In Kabarnet, hostile Jubilee crowds forced NASA flagbearer Raila Odinga to abandon his rally. Uhuru had just finished presiding over the ground breaking for the Sh15 billion Kisumu Breweries by EABL when residents in Raila’s backyard shouted NASA slogans. The event ended in chaos after Deputy President William Ruto was forced to cut short his speech when residents booed and heckled. He had asked voters to support Jubilee and said the opposition had failed to disclose its agenda.

Divided NASA likely to lose key seats to Jubilee: The threat of NASA losing seats in its strongholds is becoming real after its luminaries failed to agree on single candidates to face off with Jubilee contestants. The alliance could remain inferior to JP in terms of parliamentary strength if it does not organise itself well to avoid splitting its votes. Jubilee has taken advantage of the its internal rivalry to plot and win more seats in the upcoming polls. In Nairobi, JP has focussed on Embakasi East, Embakasi South, Embakasi North, Lang’ata, Westlands and Dagoretti North — all held by ODM.

Nkaissery will face sacred Mount Kenya: Former Interior CS Joseph Nkaissery will be buried on Saturday at his palatial home in Bissil. The burial committee visited the home on Monday evening and identified the gravesite. The team from Nairobi was led by National Administration secretary Arthur Osiya. The family was represented by spokesman Saitoti ole Maika. The committee said Nkaissery will be buried with his head facing Mt Kenya, because the Maasai community believes all their blessings have been drawn from there. His Seuri age-mates will play a major role at the burial after the church service.

Business Daily

BAT accused yet again of unfair practices in Kenya: The UK-based company British American Tobacco (BAT) has again been accused of using unjustified practices to dilute plans to limit the sales of its products in Kenya. For the second time in two years, an exposé in the newspaper, the Guardian, says that  BAT, along with other multinational tobacco firms “have threatened governments in at least eight countries in Africa demanding they axe or dilute the kind of protections that have saved millions of lives in the West.”

Pain for travellers as Nairobi-bound SGR train stalls in Kibwezi: More than 1,000 passengers using the newly launched Madaraka Express train service from Mombasa to Nairobi were on Wednesday stranded for hours after an engine stalled in Kibwezi. The Kenya Railways Corporation (KRC), the state agency that supervises the operation, said the train experienced a technical hitch. “It was a technical hitch in the engine, which is a normal occurrence in all modes of transport,” KRC managing director Atanas Maina said. Mr Maina indicated that the affected passengers would not be compensated for time lost as KRC’s operational procedures do not provide for such remedy.

KCAA censured for paying manager Sh19m allowance: Kenya’s aviation industry regulator irregularly paid a senior official seconded for foreign service duty Sh19.4 million in subsistence allowance in nine months, raising serious queries on the agency’s spending. Auditor-General Edward Ouko says in his latest report on the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) that the payments made to the official while at the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Council were in breach of official guidelines on subsistence allowances. Foreign Service Regulations stipulate that an officer is eligible for subsistence allowance up to a maximum of 30 days.




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