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Jubilee Senators working to undermine Judiciary ahead of October 17 vote

Senators from the Jubilee party are planning to enact laws that will make it difficult for Judiciary to interfere with the will of the people at elections. The Supreme Court infuriated Jubilee leaders when it annulled the outcome of the August 8 presidential election and the party has vowed to express its displeasure enacting the laws.

Nurses union makes fresh appeal to Salaries and Remuneration Commission

Kenya National Union of Nurses Secretary-General Seth Panyako has said striking workers will not go back to work until their grievances are addressed. Speaking on Wednesday, Mr Panyako added that the strike will only be called off when the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) implements their Collective Bargaining Agreement like what was done for doctors.

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Government gives retailers one more chance to tighten self regulation

The government will give players in the retail sector a chance to come up with self-regulations rules as part of the measures to protect the now vulnerable sector. In a meeting with industry players, Industrialization Cabinet Secretary Adan Mohammed, however, says the government will be forced to intervene and regulate the sector to prevent further losses if stakeholders fail to self-regulate. The sector has seen two major supermarkets, namely Uchumi and Nakumatt significantly scale down operations and close some branches due to corporate governance and management issues.

Interest rate cap worrying foreign investors, says CBK Governor

Foreign investors have expressed concern on Kenya regulating interest rates. Central Bank of Kenya Governor Patrick Njoroge says a majority of investors would rather operate in an economy led by market-based policies instead of having the rates set by law.  The governor was speaking on the sidelines of the third annual East Africa Investor conference in Nairobi.

New Gates Foundation Report highlights remarkable progress in fight against global poverty

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has launched an inaugural annual report showcasing the remarkable progress that has been made in reducing extreme poverty and disease in recent decades, but issuing a stern warning to the world that future progress is in jeopardy. In their introduction, Bill and Melinda Gates express concern that shifting priorities, instability and potential budget cuts could lead the world to turn away from its commitments, jeopardizing the positive trajectory needed to end extreme poverty and wipe out diseases by 2030.

Sports highlights

Poor defence to blame for Liverpool, Sevilla tie

Liverpool’s first game in the Champions League since 2014 ended in a draw with Sevilla at Anfield. In a repeat of the 2016 Europa League final, which the Spaniards won in Basel, Argentine midfielder Joaquin Correa cut through the Liverpool defence and curled home a cool finish to clinch a point.

Tottenham secures 3-1 win against Borussia

Harry Kane scored twice as Tottenham beat Borussia Dortmund to get their Champions League campaign off to a positive start and end their winless run at Wembley.  The England forward’s second was a low finish inside the far post on the hour mark to give his side the edge they needed as they overcame the threat of their dangerous and relentless opponent.

Paris and Los Angeles to host 2024 and 2028 Olympics

Paris and Los Angeles have been named as hosts of the 2024 and 2028 summer Games respectively by the International Olympic Committee. Both cities had wanted to host the 2024 event, before LA agreed to wait an extra four years after the IOC made guarantees on funding. The Paris Games, which had fallen short with bids for 2008 and 2012, will mark 100 years since it was last held in the French capital. Los Angeles hosted it in 1932 and 1984.

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