Newspaper summaries-September 18 2017

Newspaper summaries-September 18 2017

Daily Nation

US pushes for Uhuru, Raila talks over poll: The US has reached out to President Uhuru Kenyatta and his rival Raila Odinga to resolve sticky issues around the October 17 repeat elections. A top official in President Donald Trump’s administration said “all eyes were on Kenya” as the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) invited President Kenyatta and Mr Odinga to a make-or-break meeting over the elections. Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary at the US government’s Bureau of African Affairs Donald Yamamoto said the US had already reached out to top political leaders in the country and informed them that the world is watching.

IEBC may change repeat poll date: A decision on whether to change the date of the fresh presidential election might be made on Monday, when the electoral commission deliberates on a status report on the voter identification and result transmission kits. According to sources, however, the decision is not likely to be made public until Wednesday, when the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) meets President Uhuru Kenyatta and his main rival Raila Odinga at the Bomas of Kenya, the National Tallying Centre. French-firm Morpho has submitted to the Wafula Chebukati-chaired IEBC a six-page report, in which it is detailing how long it will take to reconfigure the 45,000 kits for the fresh election, which is scheduled for October 17.

Raila: Jubilee plans to remove presidential term limit: Nasa leader Mr Raila Odinga has accused the Jubilee administration of plotting to remove presidential term limit as well as the security of tenure enjoyed by judges. Mr Odinga, who addressed a Nasa rally in Nairobi’s Embakasi area together with his co-principals Mr Kalonzo Musyoka and Mr Musalia Mudavadi and a host of Nasa MPs, also accused the government of scheming to do away the with the use of technology in the elections. According to Mr Odinga, technology made it possible to detect malpractices in the electoral system “that jubilee now wants to do away with.”

The Standard

Big two adamant as tough week begins: Deputy President William Ruto claims Opposition candidate Raila Odinga was either plotting a coup or chaos to disrupt the October 17 presidential elections. He said the stand by the National Super Alliance (NASA) leaders that they will not allow the repeat election to take place until major poll reforms are implemented is an indication they have ‘planned for something’. ALSO However, Mr Ruto, who spoke at Maji Mazuri grounds in Nairobi’s Kasarani area on Sunday, insisted that the repeat poll would take place whether Raila participates or not.

Cracks appear in Uhuru campaign team: Supremacy battles have intensified in Jubilee Party in Coast region as campaigns for the October 17 repeat presidential election begin. It has emerged that there was bitter rivalry between supporters of Mombasa governor candidate Suleiman Shahbal and Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala over who should head the party’s campaigns in the region. Party members allied to Mr Shahbal yesterday told Mr Balala to respect Shahbal and always consult him concerning the campaigns. On Friday, a number of party member booed and heckled Shahbal at the Wild Waters Centre in Nyali, Mombasa, when Deputy President William Ruto announced a change of campaign strategy and named Balala to head the campaigns at the coast.

City to hire 1,000 marshals to effect Matatu CBD ban: More than 1,000 traffic marshals will be deployed by the county government to enforce the ban on matatus from operating in the central business district. The announcement comes barely a day after Governor Mike Sonko directed that all public service vehicles carrying less than 60 passengers will not be allowed into the CBD starting Wednesday this week. ALSO Almost 200 traffic marshals will also be deployed to gazetted bus termini to make sure that the matatus do not spend more than five minutes picking and dropping passengers. “In the spirit of inclusion and participation, my administration will be employing over 1,000 traffic marshalls in the next few months and nearly all of them will be drawn from the current crew that manages matatu termini across the city,” said Sonko in a statement.

The Star

How NASA plans to scuttle October 17 repeat election: Raila Odinga’s NASA coalition could block the repeat presidential election in its strongholds unless its demands for changes at the IEBC are met. Raila, his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka and their presidential chief campaigner Musalia Mudavadi yesterday launched a nationwide campaign to block the Wafula Chebukati-led IEBC from holding the election until radical reforms are done. National Super Alliance leaders have said they do not trust the electoral commission as currently constituted and want 12 staff members they believe contributed greatly to the bungled August 8 presidential poll to be barred from overseeing the upcoming poll.

Ruto slams Raila over threats to IEBC officials: Deputy President William Ruto has criticised NASA leader Raila Odinga for threatening IEBC officials, saying the commission is protected by the law. His response came shortly after the opposition launched a campaign to remove 12 IEBC officers ahead of the October 17 repeat presidential polls. Raila said NASA will carry out nationwide campaigns against the IEBC. He said the IEBC is unfit to conduct any polls without a serious purge of officials who abetted the bungling of the August 8 election. He said if Jubilee is in power it will protect the conspirators.

Defend me, Ngunjiri urges CJ Maraga: Nyeri Town MP Ngunjiri Wambugu has said it is wrong for the Kisii community and NASA to attack him for petitioning against Chief Justice David Maraga. Speaking yesterday at AIPCA Muthuani in Nyeri Town constituency, he asked Chief Justice Maraga to come out and protect him from attacks from his community. “In April, when the CJ told off President Uhuru Kenyatta for suggesting that Kisii’s were in government because the Chief Justice is ‘one of their son’, Maraga was furious at having his position made into a political community issue. I am really hoping that the CJ will come out publicly and defend me from those people saying my petition against him was an attack on the Kisii,” Ngunjiri told the congregation.

Business Daily

Banks to adopt new cyber security rules in November: The Central Bank of Kenya says commercial banks are expected to begin implementing the new cyber security guidelines by November 30 following conclusion of a consultative process that began in mid-June. CBK governor Patrick Njoroge said the guidelines have been embraced by chief executives of financial institutions in their feedback which were received by the August 31 deadline. The Guidance Note is meant to mitigate the growing risks of cyber-attacks in face of increasing exposure of the banks which have heavily invested in digital banking channels. “(The guidelines) have now been commented on, revised and issued for implementation. It is in November that we need to ensure they have done that (implemented the guidelines,” Dr Njoroge said.

Nairobi is Africa’s 4th most expensive capital city: Nairobi is Africa’s fourth most expensive African city to live in, according to a cost of living index prepared for various cities across the world. Expatistan, an online cost of living calculator, has placed the Kenyan capital, which hosts various international organisations including UN Habitat, behind Harare, Port Louis and Pretoria. But the survey also found that Nairobi has the fourth cheapest domestic labour in the world and the lowest purchase price for a Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI as well a pair of basic denim jeans. Expatistan, however, found that Nairobi has the most expensive furnished accommodation and fast food restaurant combo meals in Africa.

Job cuts loom in Samsung Nairobi office shake-up: South Korean electronics giant Samsung has downgraded its Nairobi regional office in a major operational shake-up that is likely to result in loss of jobs, joining a host of other multinationals that made similar moves. The Seoul-based firm said the changes, which come barely two years after it sent home 26 executives from the Nairobi office, are meant to cut costs and improve efficiency across its African market. The shake-up will see Samsung East Africa’s chief executive and chief finance officer relocate to the company’s South Africa offices, according to sources familiar with the matter.

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