Newspaper summaries-September 22 2017

Newspaper summaries-September 22 2017

Daily Nation

Court ruling a big mistake, says Uhuru: President Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday accused the Supreme Court of subverting the will of Kenyans who voted on August 8 by failing to consider all the evidence adduced by the electoral commission. He said it was incomprehensible how a bench of four judges could nullify an election by more than eight million Kenyans who voted for him without due regard to evidence presented before them. The President, who was with his deputy William Ruto, spoke a day after Judge Njoki Ndung’u in her dissenting opinion poked holes in the majority ruling, arguing that her colleagues had failed to verify the result forms on whose basis they annulled the presidential election.

Detainees of 1982 coup sue State: Nine former Kenya Air Force soldiers detained over the attempted 1982 coup d’état have sued the State seeking compensation for damages. However, the State wants the case dismissed. The Attorney-General, through a State counsel, made an application for dismissal before Justice Stephen Radido seeking to have the case struck out on grounds that it was filed in the wrong court. In a notice of preliminary objection, the State argued that the petition was improper since it was not filed in accordance with the law.

Legislators unite in push to block salary cut: MPs were on Thursday united in their push to block the salaries commission from reducing their pay. The lawmakers opposed the Salaries and Remuneration Commission decision to implement its report, which  recommends a reduction of their pay and that of other State officials. The MPs, speaking at the end of their induction in Nairobi, called for a return of their annual Sh5 million car grant, Sh5,000 allowance for every sitting and a comprehensive medical cover, which they want extended to those with more than one wife and children born out of wedlock. Budalang’i MP Raphael Wanjala, a polygamist, was the first to raise the issue, arguing that the current MPs are poorly remunerated compared to those in the previous Houses.

The Standard

Man with toughest job in Kenya: Eight months in office, electoral commission chairman Wafula Chebukati has had a baptism of fire with the bungled elections and now he has 34 days to address the flaws to deliver a credible fresh election. Mr Chebukati assumed office after his predecessor was ejected last year over the conduct of the 2013 elections although the Supreme Court upheld the vote. Chebukati finds himself in a difficult position given the nullification of the August 8 poll and the harsh indictment of the institution he heads. The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) boss yesterday explained that the damning judgement impacts on the election operations, in particular the technology deployed, hence the postponing of the repeat poll from October 17 to October 26.

Corrupt leaders were cleared by IEBC for polls, says EACC: The electoral agency ignored recommendations not to clear 106 leaders to contest the August 8 elections. The anti-graft commission claims it had asked the electoral commission not to clear the leaders over corruption cases. According to the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC), 106 candidates including governors, MPs, and members of county assembly (MCAs) were not fit to hold office but the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) cleared them. The anti-corruption body termed the issue ‘very serious’, noting that over 60 per cent of the leaders in question had been elected.

I was not hired to please, says Kenya Airways chief: The new Kenya Airways chief executive has spelled out his plan for the ailing airline, warning that he would make tough and painful decisions to steer the national carrier out of turbulence. Sebastian Mikosz, a former CEO of LOT Polish Airlines, replaced Mbuvi Ngunze from June 1 and is expected to bring his ‘ruthless and cost-cutting experience’ in piloting the airline out of its financial woes. He took over an airline that is drowning in a Sh150 billion debt and has been making losses for the past five years, a trend that has seen it accumulate more than Sh60 billion in losses since 2013.

The Star

Ruling was a ‘coup’ by the courts — Uhuru: The beleaguered IEBC yesterday pushed back the date of the presidential rerun to October 26, as President Uhuru Kenyatta described the Supreme Court’s decision to nullify his victory as a coup. In live televised remarks from the State House, Uhuru also described overturning his win as a “monstrous injustice” and warned of an “impending judicial crisis”. “What happened is a judicial coup,” President Kenyatta said. “We have a Constitution which has placed the interests of wananchi far above those of individuals; we have a Constitution which has curtailed the powers of the Presidency, so the will and wishes of the citizens would be respected.” He addressed the nation and separately leaders of pastoralist communities.

Building caves in at Kapsabet, 40 workers rescued: Forty victims were retrieved alive from the rubble of the building that collapsed in Kapsabet, Nandi county, yesterday. Rescue efforts are ongoing. The three-floor building collapsed shortly after 2pm, burying about 60 people. The building was under construction. Its owner, Aggrey Simani, said 17 casual labourers hired in the morning were still missing. He said he had adhered to the construction code. Some of those trapped inside included three food hawkers who at the time of the incident were serving workers. One, identified as Mama Queen, made calls from inside the rubble asking for help, but by 4pm her phone stopped. Officers from the Red Cross and the county’s emergency department worked round the clock to remove the rubble and save lives.

Sh43.4bn approved for repeat polls, secondary schools, IDPs: The Cabinet has approved some Sh33.4 billion to fund two mega projects at the heart of the Jubilee campaign plunk. The allocations confirm President Uhuru Kenyatta’s efforts to woo voters ahead of the fresh presidential election next month. Under the supplementary budget, Sh25 billion will fund free day secondary education and Sh6.5 billion would fund a special kitty for the elderly from January next year as promised by Kenyatta in his campaign manifesto. An amount of Sh1.9 billion will settle people who were internally displaced during the 2007-08 post-election violence. Seeking to actualise complete free day secondary education, the Cabinet okayed Sh25 billion for the ambitious programme that will be rolled out from January 2018.

Business Daily

Cabinet cuts IEBC repeat election budget to Sh10bn: The Cabinet has cut the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission’s (IEBC) budget for the repeat presidential election to Sh10 billion amid lower tax collection. The IEBC managers had sought Sh12.2 billion to finance the October 26 — previously October 17 — polls, whose cost the Treasury had estimated at Sh15 billion when factoring other expenses like security. But a brief from State House on Thursday said the Cabinet had settled on a lower figure through a supplementary budget. “This allocation was based on a proposed budget submitted by the electoral agency, IEBC,” a statement from State House said.

Jamii shakes up internet market with speeds deal: Jamii Telecom has launched its most aggressive shake-up of the internet market with a five-fold increase in speeds for home and business customers without a change in pricing. Jamii, whose internet service is popularly known as Faiba, says in a notice to its customers that it has increased bandwidth for its lowest home internet offer six times to 30 megabits per second (Mbps) up from 5Mbps even as it maintains the price at Sh5,000 per month. Subscribers to Jamii’s fastest band of 20Mbps that is currently priced at Sh20,000 a month will now enjoy speeds of 125Mbps at the same cost.

Diaspora inflows rise 5.35pc to hit Sh107.45bn in July: Kenyans abroad remitted Sh107.45 billion in the seven months to July, a 5.35 per cent jump compared to a similar period last year, new data by the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) shows. The performance cements the position of Kenyans living abroad as the country’s top foreign exchange earner ahead of tea exports, tourism, horticulture and coffee.There was however a second successive decline in the monthly remittances in July — breaking a trend from May when the inflows from abroad hit a monthly record of Sh16.69 billion.

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