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Former Funyula MP Otuoma joins Jubilee party

Former Funyula MP Paul Otuoma has officially joined the Jubilee party, threatening Presidential candidate Raila Odinga’s foothold in the region. Deputy President William Ruto returned to Busia County on Monday where he received Otuoma to the Jubilee team as the party intensified campaigns in areas perceived to be Nasa strongholds ahead of the October 17 repeat presidential poll.

October election may be delayed, experts warn

The possibility of the presidential election being held on October 17 was thrown into doubt Monday when a company in charge of the results transmission system said it would not be ready by then. French firm OT-Morpho informed the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission in a letter that were the Supreme Court to require it to move the results transmission system to Kenya, the prospect of holding a fresh poll within the 60-day constitutional deadline would be technically impossible.

Matatu operators given one month before CBD ban takes effect

Nairobi County Governor Mike Sonko has suspended the eviction of matatus from CBD for a month, after pleas by the operators during a consultative meeting at Charter Hall. Sonko however gave conditions including compliance with laws failure to which they will be removed from the city. He warned that double parking, making U-turns and noise pollution will not be tolerated.

Business highlights

30,000 sorghum and barley farmers get Ksh2.2 billion from KBL

Kenya Breweries Limited has committed to increase farmers’ payouts over the coming years to better the Sh2.2 billion the brewer paid 30,000 sorghum and barley farmers in 2016. The company says it currently sources 80 percent of its raw materials locally but it will scale up to 100 percent by year 2020. KBL Managing Director, Jane Karuku says the company has employed over 1000 Kenyans, at the same time supporting over 80,000 business enterprises across the value chain, which include retailers, farmers, distributors and agents.

Increased imports drive down local sugar prices

An increase in sugar imports since June has helped lower prices of the commodity despite the effects of a local cane shortage. Sugar imports more than doubled in June to 41,600 tonnes from 19,573 tonnes the previous month, the Agriculture and Food Authority (AFA) found. The jump in imports helped to lower the ex-factory price to an average Ksh5,850 per 50kg bag or Ksh117 a kilo in June from Ksh7,292 per bag or Ksh145.84 a kilo the previous month.

Central Bank leaves interest rates unchanged

The Central Bank of Kenya’s Monetary Policy Committee has retained the central bank rate at 10%, leaving interest rates unchanged. The committee says the decision to maintain the CBR is to anchor inflation expectations even as the regulator continues to closely monitor developments in the global and domestic economy. CBK Governor Dr. Patrick Njoroge has said the committee has welcomed the results of the studies and made recommendations which will be finalized in the near term.

Sports highlights

Man City must be Premier League favourites, says Midfielder Ander Herrera

Manchester City Midfielder Ander Herrera says his team’s summer spending makes them Premier League favourites, with Pep Guardiola’s trophyless first season increasing the pressure at the Etihad stadium. The Manchester rivals currently sit joint top with a haul of 13 points and a plus-14 goal difference but Herrera says City’s greater financial muscle means Guardiola will have to deliver a trophy this season.

Delle Alli is not in negotiations with Tottenham over a new contract, says team Manager

Tottenham Midfielder Dele Alli is not in negotiations with the team over a new contract, says Manager Mauricio Pochettino. Pochettino has called for patience with Alli, suggesting that the Tottenham and England starlet is experiencing turbulence on and off the pitch. Alli has scored twice in five league games this season but he has gone off the boil since the end of the August, and he cut a frustrated figure in Spurs’ 0-0 draw with Swansea on Saturday, just as in the 2-1 defeat to Chelsea at Wembley.

Coach Mark Sampson keen to focus on football ahead of England, Russia clash

England women’s Coach Mark Sampson is adamant the storm clouds that remain above him have not distracted England Women from their World Cup qualification preparations. The spotlight will be on Sampson when Russia visit Tranmere’s Prenton Park on Tuesday night after the Lionesses’ boss had racism and bullying allegations – claims he denies – levelled at him by Eni Aluko. Concentrating on matters on the pitch may have been more difficult for Sampson given the media scrutiny on him in recent weeks.

 

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