Newspaper summaries – September 19

Newspaper summaries – September 19

Daily Nation

Nasa: We don’t want Al Ghurair and Morpho in poll

Nasa leader Raila Odinga on Monday demanded new firms print ballots papers and provide technology for the repeat presidential election, arguing that there is enough time to make the changes. The opposition chief wants the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission to dump Dubai-based Al-Ghurair in the printing of ballot papers, and French-based OT-Morpho in the Sh3.8 billion voter identification and results transmission kits tender.

Lawyers claim fraud in auction of Kenyatta kin’s Sh3bn farm

The auction of a Sh3 billion estate belonging to President Uhuru Kenyatta’s relatives was based on fraudulent bank statements of account, the Court of Appeal has heard. Appeal judges Roselyn Nambuye, Milton Makhandia and Kathurima M’Inoti were Monday told that KCB Bank did not furnish Muiri Coffee Estate Ltd with a statement of accounts before it auctioned the estate ten years ago.

Teachers face jail in new cheating rules

Tough punishment awaits teachers found guilty of abetting cheating in this year’s national examinations, the government warned as it insisted that the school calendar will not be altered because of the repeat election. Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i on Monday met examination officers at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) and told them not to entertain any form of malpractices.

The Standard

Jubilee Party drags Raila Odinga’s name into Safran saga 

National Super Alliance (NASA) leader Raila Odinga and his allies helped Safran Morpho secure its first contract in 2013, two Jubilee Party leaders have claimed. Water Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa claimed that the former prime minister ordered direct procurement of the Kenya Integrated Electronic Management System kits from Safran Morpho.

Raila, Uhuru split over inclusion of other candidates in repeat presidential election 

President Uhuru Kenyatta and NASA leader Raila Odinga are divided on whether the other six candidates should participate in the fresh presidential election. Uhuru said the Supreme Court already decided in 2013 that such a repeat election should be a two-horse race while Raila said the exclusion of the other candidates amounts to discrimination. The two gave their replies in a case filed by Thirdway Alliance’s Ekuru Aukot (pictured), who is seeking to have another chance at the ballot after the nullification of the presidential poll.

Miguna Miguna attacks DP Ruto for blocking him on Twitter, warns President Uhuru

Former Nairobi gubernatorial candidate Miguna Miguna has launched a scathing attack on the Deputy President, William Ruto, for allegedly blocking him on Twitter. According to Dr Miguna, DP Ruto blocked him because of criticising him on matters governance. The popular and vocal lawyer also hit out on President Uhuru Kenyatta, stating that he was jobless before he met former President Danel arap Moi who nominated him.

The Star

IEBC plans to push repeat polls to October 26

The repeat presidential polls will probably be held on October 26 and not on 17 as earlier announced. The IEBC is expected to table the new election date in a meeting with NASA and Jubilee on Wednesday. On Monday, the commission held a plenary where the electoral chiefs tentatively settled on the date. Multiple sources within the IEBC told the Star that another meeting would be held today to firm up the date.

Experts warn of ‘deep crisis’ if polls not held within 60 days

Top constitutional lawyers yesterday were divided over what will happen if the presidential rerun is not held by November 1. That’s when the 60 days ordered for a poll by the Supreme Court elapse. Some warned of crisis. Others said the apex court could extend the period for a new election. Opposition candidate Raila Odinga says he will not participate in the election on October 17 or any time thereafter unless the IEBC implements a raft of reforms, some difficult, contentious and time-consuming.

Assembly was a den of graft, says Mutua

Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua has slammed the previous assembly, saying it was a den of corruption. In his first official address to the county assembly yesterday, he pleaded with the new MCAs not to take the route of their predecessors, saying the former MCAs survived on bribes from businesspeople and government officials. He stated that the last assembly had become a House of corrupt activities, motions and Impeachments were brought as a means of soliciting bribes. Mutua argued that vetting became an avenue for extortion. Even passing the budget was an operation of satisfying greed, he said.

Business Daily

Ex-KenolKobil boss in Sh300 million shares row

Trustees of oil marketer KenolKobil’s employee share ownership scheme have gone to court seeking a determination as to whether the company’s former chief executive, Jacob Israel Segman, is legally allowed to take up a Sh300 million share option he had while he led the firm. KenolKobil’s employee share ownership plan (ESOP) has published a notice indicating that Mr Segman intends to exercise the share acquisition option, more than three years after leaving the company.

Naivas, Carrefour front runners to take Nakumatt TRM space

Naivas and Carrefour supermarkets are front runners to take over space vacated by the troubled Nakumatt Holdings at the Thika Road Mall (TRM). Nakumatt, in a notice posted at the TRM entrance on Monday, said it had closed what has been one of its flagship stores to allow for stock taking. TRM chief operating officer, Bashir Dalvi, however said they are in talks with Nakumatt to have them exit the space due to mounting rent arrears.

Main services to require NHIF nod in fraud curb bid

Hospitals will now have to send a pre-authorisation request for specialised services to the national health insurer through an online platform rolled out to curb fraud, before conducting any procedure on a patient. National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) chief executive officer Geoffrey Mwangi said this will help the NHIF in dealing with rising cases of fraudulent claims. On Monday, Mr Mwangi clarified that the NHIF had not stopped paying any hospital for bills claimed, but was only tightening the checks to curb fraud.

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