Newspaper summaries – December 7, 2017

Newspaper summaries – December 7, 2017

Daily Nation

Nasa sticks with Raila Odinga swearing-in despite caution

The opposition Nasa will in the next two days give an update of its programme of action leading up to the controversial swearing-in of its leader Raila Odinga as the “people’s president”. Making the announcement Wednesday, National Super Alliance leaders, however, laughed off a series of letters that have popped up in social media indicating that they were shopping for a venue for the function in counties in which the coalition holds sway.

President Kenyatta assents Bill allocating funds to counties

Governors have demanded the immediate release of cash by the National Treasury to devolved units after President Uhuru Kenyatta signed into law the County Allocation of Revenue Amendment Bill. The move by the President effectively gives the Treasury the green light to disburse at least Sh77.4 billion to the 47 counties. This comes as a major relief to the county bosses, who had, on a number of occasions, accused the Treasury of sabotage, given the delay in the release of the funds.

Knut, traders’ lobby oppose rule on books

The Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) and the Kenya Booksellers and Stationers Association have opposed a move by the government to directly supply textbooks to schools next year. On Monday, Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i said this is a deliberate move to ensure funds meant for buying textbooks are used well and reduce corruption in procurement.

The Standard

US rejects Raila plot but backs call for dialogue 

US President Donald Trump’s administration is piling pressure on NASA leader Raila Odinga to abandon his planned swearing-in on December 12, saying it is unconstitutional. US Acting Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Donald Yamamoto, who met Raila and his team on Tuesday, told Opposition leaders that the US would push for dialogue with President Uhuru Kenyatta to find an amicable solution.

Emotions run high in court as former MP testify over his unfair loss

A former MP has claimed he was wrongly linked with the murder of former IEBC ICT manager Chris Msando. Former Ugenya MP David Ochieng, who lost to Christopher Karan in the August 8 election, claimed the legislator, in the company of his supporters, went to Msando’s home in Lifunga village on August 1, and told mourners not to allow him to the funeral, as he was involved in the murder.

National government withholding donor funds meant for counties: Governors

Governors have accused the national government of pocketing donor funds meant for counties. Council of Governors Chairman Josphat Nanok has, therefore, called for a policy to guide the flow of grants and donor funds to the regional governments.

The Star

Plastics ban was backed by evidence, UNEA 3 told

Kenya based its decision to ban plastics on scientific evidence of the threats of pollution. Environment CS Judi Wakhungu yesterday told the third United Nations Environment Assembly in Gigiri, Nairobi, that plastics were introduced into the country in the 1960s as a simple solution for packaging, but turned out to be a nightmare. “The plastics turned out to be the biggest challenge in solid waste management. Our resolve to ban plastics was informed by scientific evidence of the negative effects of the menace,” she said in a speech read on her behalf by National Environment Management Authority director general Geoffrey Wahungu.

67 days of agony for family as cadet son disappears

When he joined the military in 2015 as a cadet officer, 25-year-old Roy Munene was ecstatic that he was finally pursuing his dream career. His ambition and zeal made his mother believe he would fit in the shoes of his late father, who died seven years ago. But two months to his graduation, Munene disappeared without a trace, and with him his dreams of serving in the military. He was to graduate last month in a ceremony graced by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Parliament recess won’t affect Uhuru planned Cabinet change

President Uhuru Kenyatta’s planned overhaul of the Cabinet Secretaries and Principal Secretaries’ lineup will not be derailed by Parliament’s adjournment for a long recess next week. MPs yesterday approved a motion moved by Deputy Majority chief whip Cecily Mbarire seeking to alter the House calendar and have the adjournment pushed from today to December 14. Mbarire said the seven days extension would help them conclude the election of nine representatives to the East African Legislative Assembly as well as constitute parliamentary committees.

Business Daily

Ex-NYS chief walks free on EACC hitch

Former director of the National Youth Service (NYS) Nelson Gitau Githinji is a free man after the anti-corruption court discharged him from charges of abuse of office and fraudulent acquisition of public property. Senior principal magistrate Lucas Onyina Onyango Wednesday terminated the case following a recent decision of the Court of Appeal which ruled that cases started against suspects when the Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission (EACC) had no commissioners were irregular. Mr Githinji had been accused of fraudulently acquiring public property after spending Sh497,355 taxpayers cash on June 10, 2014 to service and repair his private vehicle KBS 475S purporting to be the cost used to repair a government vehicle.

KQ Nigerian workers suspend strike plan to allow negotiations

Nigerian employees of national carrier Kenya Airways have put on hold a strike that was planned for Wednesday, saying that they have entered into dialogue with the airline. The National Union of Air Transport Employees (NAUTE) had on Monday issued a strike notice, citing alleged failure by Kenya Airways to implement a collective bargaining agreement. The union’s general secretary, Olayinka Olu Abioye, Wednesday said the workers have started negotiations with the airline’s management.

Govt to build a million affordable homes in Uhuru’s last term

The government is targeting to construct a million homes over the next five years as part of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s agenda to make housing affordable. Out of this number, 800,000 affordable housing units will be delivered under public private partnerships (PPPS) while 200,000 will be social housing. “The implementation of the programme calls for involvement of all stakeholders and will encompass coming up with innovative delivery models,” Principal Secretary for Housing and Urban Development Arch. Aidah Munano said Tuesday.

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