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NASA House leadership lineup is fake, says party CEO

The National Super Alliance (NASA) has not yet agreed on the distribution of positions within the House leadership in both Houses of Parliament (Senate and National Assembly) to members and affiliate political parties, NASA Coalition CEO, Norman Magaya has said. The resolution of the last Parliamentary Group Meeting of the Coalition held last week at Okoa Kenya offices in Nairobi ensured that a retreat will be organized to have members deliberate, agree and make a resolution on the matter, still stands. Magaya says that the purported line-up doing rounds in public, mainstream and social media with regard to the positions of Minority Leaders and their Deputies and Minority Whips and their Deputies in both Houses has not been sanctioned and or approved by the leadership of NASA and the Parliamentary Group.

National examinations timetable will not change, says Education CS

The Ministry of Education will not change the national examination timetable even if the date for the repeat presidential election slated for October 17th is altered, Cabinet Secretary for Education Fred Matiangi has said. Speaking earlier today after a closed-door consultative meeting with the education sector stakeholders, Matiangi exuded confidence that they have made elaborate plans to ensure that candidates sit for their exams in a conducive environment.

Kenya keen on forging partnerships to boost healthcare coverage, says CS Amina

Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amb. Amina Mohamed has said Kenya is seeking to enhance partnerships and innovations that will accelerate the achievement of universal health care coverage in the country among other sustainable development goals (SDGs). Speaking in New York when she represented President Uhuru Kenyatta in the High-level Dialogue on accelerating access to primary healthcare, Amb. Amina Mohamed at the same time assured of the government’s commitment to ensuring the success of the SDG Partnership Platform in Kenya.

Business highlights

Liquid Telecom, Microsoft partnership to bring cloud services to all businesses in Africa

Liquid Telecom and Microsoft have partnered to bring cloud services and products to all businesses in Africa. Products include; Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Dynamics 365, Microsoft Office 365, Enterprise Mobility Suite and Windows 10. We invite you to this full-day conference brings together developers, system integrators and resellers to discuss opportunities for businesses to integrate their operations into the cloud. Adil El Youssefi, CEO of Liquid Kenya will be announcing new partnership on Wednesday this week with Nairobi Garage providing free bandwidth to this co-working space to enable startup businesses to experience grow with cloud services.

Taxify increases fare prices by 10%

Ride hailing service Taxify has revised its prices upwards setting the minimum ride fare at Ksh220 from the previous Ksh200 as price wars intensify in Kenya’s ride-sharing sector. Taxify says the move was the result of consultations with drivers and partners to find a way forward for both drivers and customers. Taxify also set the base fare at Sh75, Sh30 per kilometer and Sh4 per minute. “We want to offer the best ride experience for our customers, we also want our drivers to be happy going online to deliver safe convenient and affordable rides,” the firm stated. On Monday, drivers of the leading cab-hailing platforms operating in Kenya: Uber, Taxify, Little and Mondo Ride went on strike to protest unfriendly policies of their service providers.

NHIF comes under fire for misuse of funds

The National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) has come under fire for failing to explain how the cost of construction of its city’s multi- storey car park was escalated by 337 percent over and above its original cost. Ksh900 million was budgeted for the entire project in May 2002 and the contract awarded to a local construction firm, states a report from Auditor General Mr Edward Ouko for the year ending June 30, 2016, . However, it was until 2008 that the project initially scheduled for completion in August 2003 was completed.

Sports highlights

Liverpool boss unfazed by Man United and Man City’s strong form

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp insists strong starts to the season by Manchester United and Manchester City have not placed added pressure on Liverpool. Liverpool were held to 1-1 draw by Burnley on Saturday, leaving them eighth in the Premier League table, five points behind the Manchester duo, who both won in emphatic fashion.

Man United boss Jose Mourinho dismisses Paul Pogba injury reports

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has branded as “nonsense information” reports that Paul Pogba’s injury will keep him out for three months. Pogba missed Manchester United’s Super Sunday win over Everton after damaging a hamstring against Basel in the Champions League. Newspaper reports on Sunday suggested the midfielder is facing a long spell on the sidelines but, speaking after the Everton game, Mourinho said the severity of the injury was still unclear.

Chelsea should choose Diego Costa over Alvaro Morata, says Coach Ray Wilkins

Diego Costa is a better option for Chelsea than Alvaro Morata, according to Ray Wilkins. Costa has not featured for Chelsea since revealing manager Antonio Conte told him by text that he was no longer in his plans at the end of last season and has not joined up with his team-mates since the start of the new season. Morata has had a good start to life at Chelsea Morata has had a good start to life at Chelsea In Costa’s absence, Morata has scored three goals in his opening five league games since his £70m move from Real Madrid.

 

 

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