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Court due to give justification for nullifying August Presidential election

The Judicial Service Commission has today held a meeting as Kenyans wait on the Supreme Court for an explanation as to why they nullified the August 8 presidential poll. The meeting came as another petitioner called into question the integrity of the decision; accusing Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu and her Supreme Court counterpart Isaac Lenaola of having been compromised.

Arrest Raila, if you can, Embakasi East MP Babu Owino dares Moses Kuria

Embakasi East Member of Parliament Babu Owino has dared Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria to arrest Raila Odinga. Kuria had warned that Odinga would be arrested if the elections are not held on October 17. Odinga’s National Super Alliance party had issued demands before the elections are held. Owino dared Kuria to carry out his threats against Raila. In a Facebook post, Owino dared Kuria to place Mr Odinga under house arrest if the elections are not held on the stipulated date.

Jubilee supporters cause ruckus outside Supreme Court

Jubilee supporters have today held demonstrations outside the Supreme Court y accusing the judges of stealing their victory. President Uhuru Kenyatta’s supporters accused the top court of wrongfully nullifying his victory as announced by IEBC after the August 8 national election. They called for Chief justice Maraga’s removal saying he rendered an illegal judgment.

Business highlights

Desperate banks seeking business from SMEs despite lending rate cap

Local lenders are focusing their attention on small businesses through tailored products despite a law that put a cap on the interest rates that banks could charge their clients. The lenders have since come up with unique products in a bid to woo Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs). However, some investment analysts say that launching SME products may not be sustainable for many lenders as some are still reluctant to finance SMEs.

Kenya moves to strengthen ties with UAE

Kenya and United Arabs Emirates (UAE) have signed a bilateral agreement to establish a mechanism for political consultations aimed at strengthening existing bilateral relations and cooperation. In a brief ceremony on the sidelines of the ongoing United Nations General Assembly in New York, USA, yesterday the two country’s Foreign Ministers, Amb Amina Mohamed and His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan of UAE put paper to ink on what they reckoned was an affirmation of the importance of coordinating bilateral relations and regional and international issues of common interests. The two countries will, going forward, hold consultations on bilateral issues of mutual interest in all fields and exchange views in a structured manner in consultations to be held in Abu Dhabi and Nairobi alternately and also on the margins of international conferences and meetings.

AfDB, Brazil to groom African youth in cassava processing

The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Brazil-Africa Institute (BAI) have launched the Youth Technical Training Program (YTTP) − an initiative that aims to train young African professionals in research and technology transfer, contributing to local capacity development. The YTTP initiative is sponsored under the South–South Cooperation Trust Fund (SSCTF) and will consists of an array of professional development schemes to meet diverse needs of African countries by utilizing Brazil’s technology, skills and knowledge. Focus areas include agriculture and rural development, health, education, information and communication, infrastructure, and the creative industry. As part of this initiative, both parties on Thursday, September 14, announced the commencement of training of African youth for rewarding careers in cassava processing.

Sports highlights

Whoever beats Man United, wins the Premier League, experts say

BT Sport commenter and former football star, Andy Townsend says Manchester United have the strength to be a force in the Premier League title race this season, while Ollie Holt insists the team that finishes above United will win the league, and that team will be rivals Man City. Both Manchester clubs have had identical starts to the Premier League season, sitting top of the table after five games following thumping wins at the weekend.

Retired footballer Rio Ferdinand to launch pro boxing career

Rio Ferdinand is launching a new career as a professional boxer, two years after he retired from football. The 38-year-old’s move into the ring is being backed by betting company Betfair, which announced the news earlier today. Former Manchester United and England defender Ferdinand works as a TV pundit and he has his own clothing line.

Everton shuffles players as team prepares to face Sunderland in Carabao Cup

Ronald Koeman will shuffle his squad as Everton prepare to face Sunderland in the Carabao Cup third round at Goodison Park. The Toffees have a stack of young stars who could be given the chance to impress, with the Koeman’s side floundering in the Premier League and facing a busy European schedule. Jonjoe Kenny, Ademola Lookman and Nikola Vlasic could all start the game, while Oumar Niasse is expected to feature on the bench.

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