Newspaper summaries-September 11 2017

Newspaper summaries-September 11 2017

Daily Nation

Raila plans court battles over IEBC: The National Super Alliance (Nasa) will this week move to court to seek the prosecution of top election officials who it accuses of bungling the August 8 presidential poll. The coalition’s lawyers are in the process of furnishing the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions with material seeking to show how top Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission managers messed up with the election which was nullified by the Supreme Court on September 1, said Mr Paul Mwangi, the coalition’s legal team head. The officials Nasa wants prosecuted include chief executive officer Ezra Chiloba, his deputy Betty Nyabuto-Sungura, elections director Immaculate Kassait, ICT head James Muhati and head of legal Services Praxedes Tororey.

Orengo now ends row with Nation: The National Super Alliance on Sunday endorsed Nation Media Group products for standing for truthful journalism. Siaya Senator James Orengo told Nasa supporters to tune in to NTV and read the Daily Nationnewspaper.

The senator, who was addressing a rally in Kitengela Town, Kajiado County said NTV and the Nation are reporting the truth. “Earlier on, I asked you to stop consuming Nation Media Group products but they are now reporting events well. Now you can read the Nation and watch NTV,” he told the crowd.

Varsity lecturers to stage another salary strike: Learning at public universities is likely to be paralysed for the third time this year, as lectures have threatened to go on strike if their pay demands are not met by the end of this month. Universities Academic Staff Union (Uasu) secretary-general Constantine Wasonga said the lecturers had written to university councils and the government, demanding full implementation of the signed 2013-2017 collective bargaining agreement (CBA) by the end of September. They want the new salary structure effected. The lectures said if the management of the universities do not fulfil their obligations by the end of the month, they would issue a strike notice

The Standard

Fresh radical measures for KCPE, KCSE: New features have been introduced to curb cheating as 1.6 million candidates prepare to sit their national primary and secondary school exams. The 1,003,556 candidates registered for the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) exam will find their names and a coloured passport photograph already printed on the answer sheets. Also printed beforehand will be their index numbers, school names and codes, a departure from the past when candidates were required to write these details. Sources at the Kenya National Examination Council (Knec) said the new features are aimed at enhancing accuracy and preventing impostors who write examinations on behalf of candidates.

I have never looted money to bankroll NASA campaigns, says Kidero: Former governor Evans Kidero has shrugged off President Uhuru Kenyatta’s claims that he used public resources to bankroll the Opposition. He also hit out at Governor Mike Sonko, saying he was inflating revenue collection figures and that they had not soared to Sh38 million daily, as he claimed. Kidero said both Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka had the capability to fund their campaigns even before the introduction of county governments. Kidero, who was speaking at the Gethsemane Ministries church, yesterday said the former prime minister and former vice president did not need his help to run their campaigns, having done this many times before.
Reprieve as Kenya Airways spares 499 staff from sack: National carrier Kenya Airways will continue to incur a huge wage bill after it decided to reduce the number of employees it had planned to lay off as part of its turnaround strategy. Downsizing was among the initiatives identified in the airline’s Operation Pride turnaround strategy that was expected to bring in an additional Sh20 billion in revenue. The firm said following an evaluation of its human resource, it had decided to only shed 101 employees, as opposed to the 600 who would have been declared redundant or transferred to other sections of the company had it stuck to the earlier plan.

The Star

Repeat polls to cost Sh12bn as IEBC retreats: Details emerged yesterday of how much the repeat presidential election will cost as chairman Wafula Chebukati and his commissioners headed to Naivasha for a retreat aimed at ironing out their differences. The repeat presidential election will cost Sh12 billion and the commission has already written to the National Treasury requesting that the money be released quickly so they can prepare well for the election due in 35 days. The Kenyan election is among the most expensive globally. In the last election, the IEBC spent Sh42 billion, but it was still indicted by the Supreme Court for having “failed, neglected or refused to conduct the presidential election in a manner consistent with the dictates of the Constitution”.

More security for chair Chebukati, IEBC officials: IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati has had his security boosted, 36 days to the fresh presidential election. More police officers, including the elite Flying Squad and Special Crimes Prevention Unit officers, have been attached to his security team to provide around-the-clock security. The decision to beef up the security team came after an attempted arson attack at the rural home of Chebukati’s relatives when he announced Uhuru Kenyatta the winner of the August 8 election. Chebukati’s wife and children have been included by the new security detail. The detectives also patrol his Nairobi home.

Our girl was framed, say Moi Girls arson suspect parents: A student being held over the Moi Girls’ High School arson attack had raised complaints of rampant lesbianism at the institution, her parents have said. The September 2 fire, left nine girls dead. The parents said their daughter is being framed for the attack as she is an “easy target”. They said it was their 14-year-old daughter who sounded the alarm when the fire broke out. Speaking to the Star, the parents said they have in their possession a letter from their daughter, articulating issues that were not in order in the school. The student had also drafted a similar letter to the school administration.

Business Daily

CBA shrugs off interest rate caps to post 14pc profit: Commercial Bank of Africa (CBA) has beaten the interest rate cap after its revenue from transactions surpassed earnings from loans. This saw the lender buck a mix of static and lower earnings among large banks to post a 14.1 per cent net profit growth in the half year ended June, helped by higher fees and commissions. The private lender, which is ranked seventh after publicly traded Diamond Trust Bank  , reported a net profit of Sh2.7 billion in the period compared to Sh2.3 billion a year earlier. All its peers reported lower earnings save for KCB  whose net profit was flat at Sh10.2 billion.

KPMG kicks off recruitment of 107 graduate trainees: Audit firm KPMG has recruited 107 graduates to join its Kenyan operations, kicking off the hiring season for the Big Four Nairobi-based international accounting firms. KPMG’s move bucks the recent trend where staff cuts have loomed large as multiple companies have sent home thousands of employees, citing an unfavourable business environment. An additional 43 recruits are set to join KPMG Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania divisions. The Big Four accounting firms — Deloitte, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Ernst & Young (trading as EY) and KPMG — normally undertake an annual recruitment targeting undergraduate and graduate students.

Varsity puts Kenya on elite list of digital economies: A top American University has ranked Kenya the fourth-fastest growing digital economy in a survey of 60 developed and developing countries. Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Business, in its Digital Planet 2017 report, says Kenya’s digital economy has high momentum and potential for growth though it is still in its nascent stages. The survey, compiled by analyzing data from an eight-year period (2008-2015), ranks China, Malaysia, and Bolivia as the countries with the fastest digital growth. “This pace of digitalization, which we refer to as momentum, is a lead indicator of a country’s future digital potential and prospects,” says the report.




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