Newspaper summaries – September 27 2017

Newspaper summaries – September 27 2017

Daily Nation

Safaricom fights back over Raila Odinga poll claim:

Leading mobile phone service provider Safaricom has declared it is ready to be investigated after Nasa leader Raila Odinga accused it of working with a French digital security firm to tilt the August 8 elections outcome in favour of President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Dragging the giant mobile firm into the presidential election dispute, Mr Odinga charged that Safaricom routed results from polling stations to OT-Morpho servers in France without ensuring that the outcome ended up in the servers of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

IEBC fails to convince Nasa, JP to back ballot papers deal:

Jubilee Party and the opposition alliance Nasa on Tuesday rejected a deal by the electoral commission with a UN development agency to finance the purchase of presidential ballot papers for the repeat election.

This came as Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chief executive officer Ezra Chiloba said the proposal to bring on board the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to finance the cost of ballot papers was still at the discussion stage.

National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale criticised the proposal, arguing that it is against the law on the management of public money and asked the Treasury to throw out the proposal.

Fida condemns attacks on women:

The Federation of Women Lawyers (Fida) has condemned continued belittling of women and asked the government to take tough action against the culprits.

Chairperson Josephine Mong’are said the government should not allow such kind of intimidation against women.

She described the ongoing criticism of Justice Njoki Ndung’u on social media platforms as disrespectful.

“We find the photos slanderous and dehumanising, and call for investigation and arrest of the culprit. The government should not allow such kind of intimidation against women leaders,” she said

Fida has also condemned remarks by Embu Deputy Speaker Steve Munene at the weekend that “being surrounded by women makes tiring jobs easier because you remain warm”.

The Standard

Raila links Safaricom to election results failure:

Safaricom Ltd last night fought back claims by the National Super Alliance (NASA) that the mobile service provider was complicit in a scheme to rig the August 8 elections.

NASA leader Raila Odinga on Tuesday said Safaricom was contracted by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to transmit election results from the Kenya Integrated Electoral Management Systems (KIEMS) kits at the polling stations to the IEBC servers, but alleged Safaricom’s system never relayed results to IEBC’s public web portal.

The data, Raila said, was to be conveyed via Virtual Private Network (VPN) in order to ensure that there was no tampering with the results before they reached the servers.

NASA supporters in protest to demand exit of IEBC bosses:

Supporters of the National Super Alliance on Tuesday staged protests to demand the exit of top officials of the electoral agency, whom they accused of bungling the August 8 polls.

The largely peaceful demonstrations took place in Nairobi and Kisumu towns, where dozens of NASA supporters marched to the offices of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

In Kisumu, dozens of heavily armed police officers stood and watched in the town’s sweltering heat as protesters marched through the streets.

Jubilee says no to UN offer on ballot papers:

Jubilee Party has rejected an offer by the United Nations to help print ballot papers for the October 26 repeat presidential election.

Dismissing an offer from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to support the electoral commission’s preparations for the repeat poll, National Assembly Leader of Majority Aden Duale described it as unlawful.

Mr Duale told Parliament yesterday that the UN could only step in if the country faced a constitutional crisis or anarchy.

“Kenya is not a banana republic. If UNDP is keen to support countries to conduct their polls, they should be doing so in such countries like Haiti and Liberia, not Kenya,” he said.

The Star

State withdraws Raila’s security

The government has recalled 20 security guards attached to NASA leaders Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka and Musalia Mudavadi and yesterday Raila said their lives may be in danger.

“I have a good reason to believe they want to do harm to us. And rather than trying to do physical harm to us, they should just arrest us and take us to prison,” Raila told the Star in an exclusive interview last evening at his Karen Home.

We want it to be known that if anything happens to us, they should know where and who was responsible,” he said.

Cop kills girlfriend, shoots self in Nakuru:

A police officer used an AK 47 rifle to fire seven bullets at his girlfriend before turning the gun on himself in Nakuru town.

Constable Stephen Kimani followed the woman identified as Susan Njeri, 25, along Kanu street and murdered her in cold blood for unknown reasons.

Kimani is based at the Molo police station.

Their bodies have been moved to the mortuary as detectives start an investigation into the incident.

Last week, another officer attached to the presidential escort unit shot dead his girlfriend before turning the gun on him in Nairobi’s Tom Mboya Street after a disagreement.

Millions of pupils not learning and lack basic literacy, UN warns

Six out of 10 children and teenagers in the world are failing to reach basic levels of proficiency in learning, warns a hard-hitting report from the United Nations.

The UN describes the findings as “staggering” and representing a “learning crisis”.

Much of the focus of international aid in education has been on the lack of access to schools, particularly in poorer countries in sub-Saharan Africa or in conflict zones. But this new research from the Unesco Institute for Statistics warns of the lack of quality within schools – saying more than 600 million school-age children do not have basic skills in math and reading.

Business Daily

Used car importers to pay Sh5,000 Kephis spraying fee:

Importers of used motor vehicles could soon start paying a Sh5,000 inspection fee as part of the renewed effort to prevent importation of foreign pests.

The Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (Kephis) says in a draft legal notice that importers of second-hand cars, motorcycles and tractors will be required to pay the fee before they are allowed to enter the Kenyan market.

“Our objective is to prevent entry of pests. This is part of a new international standard on pest control,” Kephis managing director Esther Kimani said.

Airtel, Telkom dropped as Safaricom retained for polls:

Airtel Kenya and Telkom Kenya have been dropped from transmitting poll results during the repeat presidential polls in favour of Safaricom as the electoral commission moves to avoid hitches that were the subject of nullification of the August 8 poll.

The embattled Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission has cited Safaricom’s wide network coverage for the award of the transmission deal.

“M/S Safaricom will be requested to deploy KIEMS kits tablet SIM cards in all the 40,883 polling stations across the country,” IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati said in response to the opposition National Super Alliance (Nasa).

Real estate firm to build 3,000 houses on Portland land:

Real Estate firm Superior Homes Kenya has announced plans to construct 3,000 housing units in Athi River, Machakos County, in a project it estimates will cost Sh30 billion.

The firm announced the plans Tuesday, a day after the Court of Appeal upheld a High Court ruling allowing it to proceed with the purchase of a Sh750 million contested prime parcel of land in Athi River owned by East African Portland Cement Company (EAPCC).

The Court of Appeal ruled Monday in favour of Superior Homes ordering EAPCC to sell the land to the developer in line with a disputed sale agreement that had been signed in 2005.

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