Newspaper summaries – September 13 2017 – CS Mailu rubbishes Raila’s stand on tetanus vaccine

Newspaper summaries – September 13 2017 – CS Mailu rubbishes Raila’s stand on tetanus vaccine

Daily Nation

CS Mailu rubbishes Raila’s stand on tetanus vaccine

The Health ministry has dismissed claims that a tetanus vaccine given to women of reproductive age was secretly laced with a hormone said to cause infertility. At the same time, the United Nations agencies World Health Organization and Unicef said the vaccine is safe for use. UN resident coordinator Siddharth Chatterjee reiterated that the vaccines procured by WHO in partnership with Unicef are fit for use. “This is the same vaccine used across 52 other countries, including India, where the prequalified manufacturer is based,” he said, adding that the two organisations only procure the vaccines upon request from the ministry.

We won’t be cowed by threats, say nurses

Nurses have vowed to continue with their job strike until their grievances are addressed, saying they will not be cowed by threats to sack them. The Kenya National Union of Nurses (Knun) on Tuesday said its members will not be shaken by any threat from governors, adding that they will only resume duty once the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) has been signed.

Candidates sought for Senate Deputy Speaker post

Senators interested to serve as deputy speaker have been given until Wednesday afternoon to submit their applications to the Clerk of the Senate, Mr Jeremiah Nyegenye. This is follows failure by the House to elect a Deputy Speaker on the same day it elected the Speaker after the three candidates, who had showed interest in the seat pulled out of the race at the last minute.

The Standard

We were not consulted: NASA MPs who did not boycott Parliament opening set record straight

Opposition legislators yesterday made good their threat to boycott the official opening of Parliament that was graced by President Uhuru Kenyatta. Out of the 136 MPs from parties allied to the National Super Alliance (NASA), only two lawmakers – Alfred Sambu (Webuye East) and Charles Gimose (Hamisi) of Amani National Congress and Ford Kenya respectively attended the function.

State goes hi-tech in new bid to curb illegal gas refilling

The Government is set to introduce biometric tracking of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) cylinders in a move aimed at curbing adulteration and illegal refilling. The Ministry of Energy and Petroleum, which is spear heading the project, also expects the biometrically tagged cylinders to generate crucial data on consumer spending habits and also provide records of any illegal refills.

Standoff between teachers, parents at St George’s as students demand break

There was confusion at a city secondary school after parents were called to pick up their children, then were turned away when they arrived. Parents and guardians who went to St George’s Girls Secondary School at the weekend said the administration had asked them to urgently pick up their children without any explanation. However, parents were later told they could not leave with their children unless they wanted them suspended from school.

The Star

Student in Moi Girls arson case likely to face murder charges

A student suspected to have started the fire at Moi Girls High School, Nairobi may be charged with nine counts of murder today. She is also likely to be charged with arson following the death of her nine schoolmates. The officers investigating the incident said they are now ready to prosecute her despite protests by her parents. The girl’s parents complained that their daughter was being framed.

Raila laughs off Uhuru impeachment plan, claims IEBC is under duress

Raila Odinga has dismissed President Uhuru Kenyatta’s plans to impeach him should he win the October 17 repeat polls. Raila slammed the commission for failing to deal with issues raised in Chebukati’s memo to CEO Ezra Chiloba. He said the repeat presidential election does not have to be held on the scheduled date as IEBC is yet to resolve various pending issues.

Governors free to advertise nurses’ jobs, Nanok says as strike bites

Council of Governors chair Josephat Nanok has said counties are free to advertise jobs for nurses as the countrywide strike entered its 99th day. He said the strike is illegal after it was declared so by the Industrial court.  The Turkana Governor said there is no room for further negotiations until nurses return to their stations. He said he sympathised with patients, adding that CoG has done everything possible to end the industrial action.

Business Daily

IEBC again picks Al-Ghurair to print Oct 17 ballot papers

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) on Tuesday added impetus to the controversy surrounding the management of the impending presidential election with the release of a document indicating it intends to award the multi-million ballot paper printing contract to the controversial Dubai-based company Al-Ghurair. The message, which intensified the Nasa coalition’s opposition to the repeat poll, was communicated to President Uhuru Kenyatta and his rival Raila Odinga, in a nine-page memo.

Uber warns ‘violent’ protest drivers face de-registration

Online taxi-hailing firm Uber has threatened to de-register Kenyan drivers involved in violent protests in the wake of a go-slow over “poor returns” and “unfavourable terms” which started on Monday. Uber, in a letter sent to drivers on Tuesday, also offered an online portal where its members and the public can lodge complaints against drivers.

KBL raises Senator Keg beer output by 20 per cent as demand rises

Kenya Breweries Ltd (KBL) has raised the output of a lower-taxed Senator Keg brand by 20 per cent to drive sales amid higher excise duty on mainstream brands. The brewer installed new rackers — equipment used to fill kegs or containers with beers — in a Sh800 million upgrade of its Ruaraka plant.

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