Newspaper summaries-September 25 2017

Newspaper summaries-September 25 2017

Daily Nation

Chebukati fires his aide as crisis looms over poll: Electoral Commission Chairman Wafula Chebukati has sacked his personal assistant over leakage of information from his office as the opposition gave top managers at the polls agency 24 hours to quit, failure to which they will physically kick them out. Mr Chebukati, who has protested the frequent leakage of memos from his office, dismissed Mr Gekara Muoni on Sunday evening for allegedly being behind the leakages after his two memos to chief executive Ezra Chiloba regarding the bungled presidential election came to the public domain in a span of three weeks.

How Kenya botched chance to host football showpiece: Failure to construct five stadia and the heated political climate in the country are the main reasons Kenya was stripped of the right to host the African Nations Championships early next year. The Confederation of African Football, (CAF) while announcing the decision on Saturday, also harshly indicted Kenyan sport officials for lying about the state of the country’s preparedness to host the prestigious 16-nation showpiece. “Kenyan officials weren’t truthful,” said CAF President Ahmad Ahmad in Accra Ghana, when he read out the decision in the presence of Football Kenya Federation President Nick Mwendwa, Sports Permanent Secretary Kirimi Kaberia and event director Herbert Mwachiro.

Governors vow to dismiss all striking nurses: The Council of Governors has maintained that county bosses will sack all nurses who have not resumed duty and advertise their positions. The CoG has described the nurses’ strike as illegal and unprotected. In a statement issued Sunday, CoG chairman Josphat Nanok said the Employment and Labour Relations Court, on September 1, declared the nurses’ strike illegal. He asked officials of the Kenya National Union of Nurses (Knun) to call off the strike immediately and refrain from interfering with the smooth running of health care in Kenya. The statement was issued following a CoG consultative meeting held in Nairobi on Friday to discuss strikes by the nurses and clinical officers.

The Standard

Jubilee Party to amend poll laws ahead of election: Jubilee Party has said it will from this week initiate amendments to sections of the electoral laws so that ‘technical matters’ do not form a basis for annulment of presidential elections. Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen said elections should be about the number of votes that one garners and not how the results are transmitted. Mr Murkomen said the changes would be made before the October 26 repeat presidential election so that Kenyans are not denied their sovereign power to elect their leaders over issues they have little control over. “We are ready to amend any sections of the law that are a stumbling block to Kenyans in electing their leaders,” said Murkomen.

Judges: Police record is not crime evidence: Recording a crime or listing the names of suspects in a police occurrence book (OB) is not a legal requirement, the court of appeal has ruled. Judges Erastus Githinji, Wanjiru Karanja and Patrick Kiage ruled that the book, which is the first entry in recording crime in a police station, does not have a legal effect, meaning that what is recorded in it is not evidence of commission of an offence. The three judges made the finding in a case where three men are contesting a death sentence.   In the criminal case appeal filed by Japheth Gituma, David Mbundi and Alfano Mwongera, the judges ruled that a written statement by the complainant or any other oral report made to the police or other persons after the commission of crime are the only ones that can be used as evidence in court.

Report: Teens scarred by damaging gender stereotypes: Gender stereotypes and associated health risks get ingrained in children at the onset of adolescence, a new report shows. This is also the time the myth that girls are vulnerable while boys are strong is reinforced, according to the report dubbed It Begins at Ten: How Gender Expectations Shape Early Adolescence around the World, which studied 15 countries, including Kenya, and involved some 900 adolescents. “It does not matter the child’s background, whether they were brought up in Nairobi, Baltimore, Beijing, or New Delhi. The stereotype gender expectations linked to increased risks of everything from HIV and depression, violence and suicide are the same,” says the study by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the World Health Organisation.

The Star

Raila’s secret weapon to stop repeat election: A single but potentially powerful article in the 2010 Constitution could be NASA’s secret card in blocking the repeat presidential polls if their push for electoral reforms hits a snag. Yesterday NASA leader Raila Odinga announced that they will go to Anniversary Towers on Tuesday to eject CEO Ezra Chiloba. Interviews pieced together from constitutional lawyers indicate that the article which makes it mandatory for a presidential vote to take place in all the 290 constituencies could be the most potent arsenal for the Raila-led coalition. Article 138 (2) of the Constitution, on the procedure of presidential elections, states, “if two or more candidates are nominated, an election shall be held in each constituency.”

Our economy is stable, CS Rotich assures: Kenya’s economy is stable, National Treasury CS Henry Rotich has said. There have been claims that the continued political campaigns are hurting the economy. But Rotich said all economic indicators showed that key sectors were stable. He said the situation is expected to improve once the elections are over. What we all urge is that we should maintain peace and keep our country united as we head to the elections and afterwards”, said Rotich. He was speaking on Friday at the University of Eldoret after the opening of an agricultural trade fair at the institution.

Seven dead after fresh tribal clashes in Trans Mara: Seven people have been killed in Esoit, Trans Mara West, Narok county, following clashes between the Maasai and Kipsigis communities. Deputy county commissioner Mohammed Noor said the skirmishes began when a local businessman in the area, Ben Kolian, was shot dead on his way home. A boy, Nicolas Ng’etich, from the Kipsigis community, was also wounded and later died during the incident at an M-Pesa shop. His body was found with deep cuts in the head. The killings have led to a killing spree. Police collected five more bodies dumped in the bush in Esoit on Sunday.

Business Daily

Consumers to pay Sh5.7bn for wind power line delays: Kenya has agreed with the developers of Lake Turkana Wind Power project to charge electricity consumers Sh5.7 billion from next May as penalty for government’s failure to build a transmission line to the wind farm. Energy principal secretary Joseph Njoroge said the deal was reached after months of negotiations with the foreign developers, their respective embassies and lenders, including the African Development Bank (AfDB). Kenya had committed to start paying a monthly fine of Sh700 million through consumer bills should it fail to link the mega wind farm to the national grid by January this year.

Thousands of online forex traders face CMA crackdown: Kenya’s online currency traders are now required to obtain a licence from the Capital Markets Authority, (CMA) to continue in the business following the recent enactment of tough regulations governing the market. The CMA, which is the capital markets regulator, estimates that about 50,000 people, including brokers, dealers and money managers, are in the business and are mainly using offshore platforms that are not overseen by Kenyan regulators to offer the service. Luke Ombara, the regulatory policy and strategy director at CMA, said the new regulations now require the traders to register with the CMA as part of efforts to exert a measure of regulatory control over online forex business.

Focus on insurance firms as 2016 complaints double: Complaints against insurance firms more than doubled in 2016, new data by the industry regulator showed, piling pressure on players to improve their business operations and enhance transparency. The Insurance Regulatory Authority (IRA) said 1,080 complaints were filed against insurance companies last year, up from 460 in 2015, an equivalent of a 135 per cent jump. “The complaints related to delayed settlement of claims, underpayment of claims, declined claims and misselling of insurance products” the regulator said in an industry report for 2016. Out of the total complaints received, 60 per cent were against general insurers while 40 per cent were against long-term insurers.

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