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PNU Chairman Peter Munya pledges support for Uhuru ahead of  October 17 election

Jubilee-affiliate PNU Chairman Peter Munya has pledged his support to Uhuru Kenyatta ahead of the October 17 Presidential election. the former Meru Governor pledged that he and PNU would give Uhuru their support in the repeat elections after consultations with party loyalists. The meeting between the two leaders took place after Uhuru chaired a Jubilee Parliamentary Group meeting at State House, Nairobi ahead of the State opening of Parliament this afternoon.

Uhuru cautions against hate speech as Moses Kuria is charged

President Uhuru Kenyatta has cautioned leaders not to engage in hate speech and warned that government will take strong action against anyone who is found spreading tribal animosity. The President, who spoke when he addressed a Jubilee Party Parliamentary Group meeting, said the party has no place for anyone who spreads hatred. The President told MPs from Jubilee and its affiliate parties to campaign on the platform of unity and development and should not allow themselves to be drawn into petty politics by their opponents. He also said that the Jubilee Party encourages internal party democracy and the Parliamentary Group meeting, which will be held every month, will be used as a forum to nurture democracy.

Moi Girls fire victims positively identified from DNA

All nine girls from Moi Girls School who died following the dormitory fire  in Nairobi have been positively identified following the completion of DNA examinations. Government Pathologist Johansen Oduor described the process as successful as the affected families flocked to Chiromo Mortuary to view the bodies. A student was arrested in connection with the incident and the Juvenile Court is set to mention the matter on Wednesday after police were allowed to detain her for seven days so that investigations could be completed. The inferno that occurred on September 2 saw 16 other students hospitalised. National Management Disaster Unit Deputy Director Pius Masai stated that the affected family underwent therapy before they were allowed to view the remains of their loved ones.

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Tourism CS Balala elected chair of WTO Commission for Africa

Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala has been elected Chairman of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation Commission for Africa for the 2017-2019 term. He was unveiled at the ongoing 22nd General Assembly of the UNWTO conference in the city of Chengdu, China. Balala takes over from Zimbabwe’s Tourism Minister Walter Mzembi who was re-elected to the position two years ago for the 2015-2017 term. UNWTO is the world’s most powerful tourism organisation with equivalent status as the World Trade Organization. Regional commissions, such the one Balala will be heading, were established in 1975 as subsidiary organs of the General Assembly. The six normally meet once a year.

Farmers set to benefit from direct US flights

Kenyan farmers stand to benefit following permission by the United Stated Department of Transportation allowing Kenya Airways to fly directly into America. The Fresh Produce Exporters Association of Kenya (FPEAK) CEO Hosea Machuki says Kenyan avocados, for instance, will have a wide market to explore, but this is subject to the approval by the US government. Currently, data by Kenya National Bureau of Statistics indicates that Kenya’s exports to the US are about Ksh35.3 billion with 18 per cent of being fruits and nuts, 8 per cent to coffee and 1.4 per cent to tea and flowers. The value of exports of fresh horticultural produce increased from US$816 million (Ksh83.9 billion) in 2014 to US$877 million (Ksh90.1 billion) in 2015.

Those found with plastic bags risk jail time

Individuals found carrying banned plastic bags now face arrest, the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) has warned. This comes after the watchdog said that it was  embarking on strict enforcement of the ban, two weeks after the Ministry of Environment banned the use of plastic bags. NEMA Corporate Communications Manager, Evans Nyabuto said that it was now illegal to be found in possession of plastic bags as the grace period that was given by the authority’s enforcement team had elapsed. NEMA is currently engaging the authority’s county directors and county executives in charge of environment to work together in ensuring that the ban is complied with in each of the 47 Counties.

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Manchester City goalkeeper returns to training after taking boot to the face

Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson Santana de Moraes trained on Tuesday as they prepare for their opening Champions League group game against Feyenoord on Wednesday. The Brazilian, 24, needed eight stitches in his face after being caught by a high boot from Sadio Mane during the 5-0 win over Liverpool on Saturday. Ederson wore a headguard to protect the affected area during training. It is possible he could be involved on Wednesday but, if not, Claudio Bravo is set to deputise. Ederson required lengthy treatment and was carried off on a stretcher after the 37th-minute collision with Mane, who was sent off.

South Africa will not appeal against World Cup replay unless referee is cleared

South African football chiefs have agreed a 2018 World Cup qualifying tie against Senegal should be replayed “on ethical and moral grounds”. World governing body Fifa ordered the replay after the referee for the original game, Joseph Lamptey, was banned for manipulating the match. The South African Football Association (Safa) had been considering an appeal but now says it agrees with Fifa. However it said it would appeal should the referee’s ban be overturned.

Everton Forward Wayne Rooney has no plans to ask manager for any time off

Wayne Rooney has not asked Everton for sympathetic leave and has no plans to ask manager Ronald Koeman for any time off, according to Sky sources. Sources close to Rooney have told Sky Sports News that the Everton striker has not requested a leave of absence, “nor would any such request ever be made”. Reports in the national press had suggested this week that his wife Coleen, who is expecting their fourth child, had asked Rooney to request some time away from football. England’s all-time record goalscorer was charged with drink driving 11 days ago and is due to appear in court on September 18. Rooney played 90 minutes in Everton’s 3-0 home defeat to Tottenham on Saturday.

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