Newspaper summaries-August 1 2017

Newspaper summaries-August 1 2017

Daily Nation

FBI may join hunt for poll man’s killers: America’s Federal Bureau of Investigation and Britain’s Scotland Yard may be drafted into the investigation to unmask the killers of election technology manager Christopher Chege Msando. That is if the government accepts the offer of help by the US and Britain on Monday evening. US ambassador Robert F. Godec and British High Commissioner Nic Hailey condemned the killing and said they welcomed the government’s commitment to investigate the crime, adding: “We have offered our assistance in the investigation.” The body of Mr Msando, stripped to his underwear, was identified on Monday at City Mortuary, three days after he was reported missing.

IEBC receives presidential ballot papers: The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has received 192 pallets of presidential ballot papers. The electoral commission received the consignment, to be used in the August 8, General Election, at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) on Monday evening. In total, there are 353 pallets and the first batch of 192 for 30 counties arrived at the JKIA in Nairobi from Dubai on Monday. According to the IEBC, the rest — 161 pallets — will be delivered on Tuesday. After all the ballot papers are delivered, they will be cleared and taken to the commission’s warehouses for distribution to the counties.

Uhuru’s new pledge to revive Mumias: President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto on Monday made a pledge to revive ailing Mumias Sugar Company in Kakamega County, as they sought votes from the populous region. While addressing Jubilee supporters at the Nabongo grounds in Mumias Town, the two leaders said they had already demonstrated desire to revive industries by extending Sh3.2 billion to the sugar miller to make it remain afloat. They further said that an additional Sh500 million was handed to the factory to pay farmers bringing the total bailout money to Sh3.7 billion. Mr Ruto, who was the first to arrive, said the sugar miller has a staff of 2,000 employees and a total of 10,000 dependants.

The Standard

Ten tough questions on killing of IEBC expert: For more than an hour Chris Msando drove within and outside the central business district before CCTV cameras lost him on the Thika superhighway. Those who have watched video footage captured by the Integrated Control Communication Centre (I3C) based at Jogoo House say the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) ICT manager may have been in captivity. It was, however, not clear whether the three occupants in his car, a woman and two men, were his captors. The woman donning yellow attire was described as heavy-set. Speaking on phone Throughout the drive and until the car disappeared along the Thika superhighway at around 3am, the woman is in the front passenger seat while the men, said to be ‘young’, sat in the back.

IEBC under fire for printing 1.2 million extra ballot papers: The electoral agency’s unilateral decision to print an extra 1.2 million ballot papers for the presidential election has thrust it into yet another political storm. National Super Alliance (NASA) leaders on Monday read mischief in this, claiming it could be another plot to rig the General Election. Protests over the extra papers was kicked off on Sunday by Thirdway Alliance Kenya’s presidential candidate, Ekuru Aukot. Poll credibility Yesterday, the Orange Democratic Movement’s national chairman, John Mbadi, the secretary general, Agnes Zani, and the Wiper vice chairman, Mutula Kilonzo Jnr, asked the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to explain the extra ballot papers and warned that this could affect the credibility of the polls.

Mobile phones, HIV medicines hurting your unborn baby: Overuse of mobile phones and HIV medicines is bad for pregnant mothers, researchers have warned. A follow-up of 322 Kenyan mothers who conceived while on antiretroviral (ARV) drugs showed high rates of premature deliveries, miscarriages and stillbirths. Experts told an HIV conference in Paris, France, that urgent investigation was needed to determine the effects of ARVs on unborn children. In her presentation, Susan Cu-Uvin of Brown University in the US said a joint study with the Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kemri) showed cause for worry for HIV-positive women who planned to conceive.

The Star

Who killed Msando? Chebukati demands: Six days to the polls, police last night were investigating the torture murder of electoral agency ICT manager Chris Msando, who held sensitive information on servers and infrastructure. The motive was not immediately known. His death has shaken the commission, which yesterday had to postpone testing the results transmission system. IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati yesterday demanded answers from the government. Msando was one of the few people who knew the location of IEBC servers and he had reported to Central police station that he had received death threats involving his work. Msando was at the centre of the electoral agency’s technology infrastructure, including the KIEMS to be deployed for the first time.

Man held over ‘links to attacker at DP’s home’: Anti-terror police have detained a suspect who allegedly harboured the intruder who was killed at Deputy President William Ruto’s home. Eldoret Chief Magistrate Charles Obulutsa allowed the police to detain Abdikadir Abdi for 20 days to facilitate investigations and establish his links to the deceased. When Abdi appeared in court he denied any links to the intruder. Officers of the anti-terror unit said they needed time to take Abdi’s fingerprints, mobile phone and other details to Nairobi for analysis. “The court allowed the application to detain him at Kenya Railways Police Station in Eldoret for 20 days to allow for the investigations to be completed” said Obulutsa.

CJ to assign judges in NASA case opposing military in polls: A petition by NASA to stop military deployment in hotspot areas during the election contains “weighty issues” and has been referred to Chief Justice David Maraga for the constitution of a three-judge bench to hear it. High Court judge Chacha Mwita also allowed Jubilee Party to come on board as an interested party in the case. And once the CJ makes his decision on the matter, it will be heard on Friday with a view to giving a verdict before the Tuesday General Election. In the case, NASA claims that the government wants to deploy soldiers in specific areas without Parliament’s approval, which amounts to an illegality if not nipped in the bud.

Business Daily

RVR finally loses its 25 year railway contract: Kenya Railways has finally terminated Rift Valley Railways’ (RVR) 25-year contract to run the Kenya-Uganda railway after the State corporation failed to resolve long-standing business disputes with the concessionaire. Kenya Railways managing director Atanas Maina and his RVR counterpart, Isaiah Okoth, Monday agreed that RVR will hand back operations, employees and assets of the 100-year-old railway to the agency within 30 days. The deal was sealed at the High Court, where RVR had in January rushed to contest Kenya Railways’ impending termination of the contract. Kenya Railways had cited failure to pay Sh600 million concession fees and missed cargo haulage targets as reason for the planned termination.

KQ debt swap reveals bank loans pricing: The ongoing Sh23 billion debt-to-equity swap discussions between Kenya Airways   and 11 local banks has revealed how each of the lenders priced their loans to the troubled airline. Documents seen by the Business Daily show the interest rates charged by the banks diverged by up to 5.5 percentage points, indicating varying risk perceptions among the lenders. KCB’s Sh2 billion had the highest interest rate of 12.5 per cent, followed by National Bank of Kenya’s Sh3.5 billion at 11.22 per cent. Equity Bank , Commercial Bank of Africa and Ecobank all priced their respective loans of Sh5.1 billion, Sh3 billion and Sh824 million at 10 per cent.

Matiba family to sue Swazuri team over cancelled title deeds: The family of veteran politician Kenneth Matiba has said it will move to court to challenge the decision by the National Land Commission to revoke title deeds owned by its companies. The commission last week revoked title deeds for three parcels owned by companies associated with the Matiba family. The parcels of land in question are Plot 669 which was purchased by Alliance Hotels Ltd from a private individual in 1983 and Plot 667 and 668 which were bought by Alliance Nominees Ltd also from a private individual, according to a statement from the family.



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