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We will be transparent in all our dealings, vows IEBC boss Wafula Chebukati 

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission will ensure transparency in all their dealings with the parties to the October 17 presidential poll, Chairman Wafula Chebukati has assured. This comes after Deputy President William Ruto accused Chebukati of holding night meetings with members of the Opposition. On Monday,  Chebukati challenged Ruto to prove his claims that his independence is compromised.

Uhuru calls on 12th Parliament to uphold the supremacy of the Constitution 

The 12th Parliament has been sworn into office at an important constitutional moment that requires its members to uphold the supremacy of the Constitution and its institutions, President Uhuru Kenyatta has said. As Kenya moves to undertake a fresh presidential election following the verdict of the Supreme Court, the incumbent Head of State has urged MPs to defend and support the rule of law and respect the will of the people.

Kuria, Muthama released on Ksh500,000 bail following incitement charges

Gatundu South MP, Moses Kuria and former Machakos Senator Johnson Muthama were Tuesday released on a Ksh500,000 bond each with sureties of similar amount, after denying charges of incitement to violence. The two were arrested on Monday by detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations. They then appeared before Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi at the Milimani Law Courts where they denied charges levelled against them.

Business highlights

Consumers hit by rising food prices as state moves to rein in inflation

Higher food prices are weighing down consumers as the government moves to rein in the rate of inflation, market analysts have said. Economists at Citi Research say the Central Bank of Kenya will struggle to reverse average overall inflation to below 7.5% because of the runaway prices of food, which monetary policy has little control over. The poor performance of the agricultural sector has meant that inflation, driven by food price inflation, has remained elevated in Kenya in the first half of 2017. This, coupled with the political uncertainty, has meant that consumption has generally remained under pressure.

Former presidents may lose power to hire their own staff

All of Kenya’s former presidents may lose the power to hire their own personal staff such as secretaries, drivers and cooks if a new set of regulations from the Public Service Commission (PSC) is adopted. The proposed regulations state that the hiring of the Presidency staff including personal assistants, gardeners, health fitness instructors, housekeepers, gardeners and laundry persons will be done by the Commission. The PSC will start recruiting assistants for President Kenyatta, Mr Ruto alongside retired presidents Mwai Kibaki and Daniel arap Moi should the regulations be adopted. The top officials have had a free hand in picking their assistants whose budgets are footed by taxpayers.

Africa50 gains guinea and DRC as shareholders, highlights strategy and investment pipeline

Africa50, the pan-African infrastructure investment platform, held its third Shareholder Meeting in Dakar on Tuesday, September 12. President Macky Sall of Senegal welcomed the delegates. African Development Bank Group President and Chairman of the Board of Africa50, Akinwumi Adesina, gave a feature address, and Africa50 CEO Alan Ebobisse provided updates on the Fund’s investment pipeline and strategy. They were joined by finance ministers, senior officials, and ambassadors from the 23 shareholder countries and members of the business community.

Sports highlights

Celtic suffer worst ever home European defeat

Celtic sustained their heaviest ever home European defeat as Neymar led the way for Paris St-Germain in the Champions League group stage opener. The world’s most expensive player coolly finished and then had a hand in PSG’s second, which was finished emphatically by Kylian Mbappe. Edinson Cavani converted a penalty for the visitors’ third before the break. Mikael Lustig’s own goal was followed by Cavani’s second of the night, a superb diving header.

Chelsea crush Qarabag 6 to nothing

Davide Zappacosta scored a spectacular goal and Michy Batshuayi netted twice as Chelsea equalled their biggest Champions League win with a thrashing of competition debutants Qarabag. The Blues – making their return to European competition having failed to qualify last season – rested several first-team players for the visit of the Azerbaijani champions, but still won with ease. Pedro opened the scoring with a 20-yard curler from Willian’s lay-off.

Man United makes spectacular return to Champions League with 3-nil victory over Basel

Manchester United made a winning return to the Champions League with a deserved home victory over Swiss side Basel. Marouane Fellaini, who came on for the injured Paul Pogba in the first half, rose highest to head United ahead from an Ashley Young cross with 10 minutes to go to the break. Romelu Lukaku strengthened their grip on the encounter by converting from among a group of players in the box from a Daley Blind cross following a short corner. Marcus Rashford fired in his side’s third from a Fellaini low cross seven minutes after coming on. The striker has now scored in his first appearance in the Champions League, Premier League, Europa League, FA Cup, League Cup and for England.

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