Newspaper summaries – December 13, 2017

Newspaper summaries – December 13, 2017

Daily Nation

Kenya in shock as road crashes kill over 39 in 24 hours

The National Transport and Safety Authority was under fire Tuesday evening after more than 40 people were killed in road accidents within 24 hours, 16 of them at the Sachang’wan black spot on Tuesday morning. Nineteen others had died in a multiple-car accident in Bungoma County on Monday, while four lost their lives in Machakos County on the same day. The horrific Jamhuri Day accident on the Sachang’wan-Salgaa stretch brought to 40 the number of lives lost on the killer 15-kilometre stretch in the last 42 days. More than 64 survivors were rushed to various hospitals.

Uhuru ready for dialogue, shares four-point agenda

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday reached out to Raila Odinga’s National Super Alliance opposition coalition, saying he was ready for dialogue with it, but only around the pursuit of economic liberation. It was the second time in four days that Mr Kenyatta was saying he was ready for dialogue, and also the second in as many days he was ruling out politics as part of the agenda, saying it had been proven not to help with economic growth.

Uhuru says housing among four key issues to receive attention

Food security, affordable housing, manufacturing and inexpensive healthcare are the key areas President Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration will focus on during his final term. The President, who described the pillars as the big four, said he will use them to transform Kenya economically and leave a lasting legacy after his five-year tenure.

The Standard

NASA has demanded dialogue between President Uhuru Kenyatta, Raila Odinga over elections 

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday opened the door for conditional talks after the divisive elections, but warned against violation of the Constitution. Uhuru said he would only pursue political leadership for ‘economic liberation’, for which he said he was willing to engage all Kenyans, including his rivals in the recent elections. “As I have stated before, as President of all Kenyans, I am willing to engage all Kenyans and leaders, including my worthy competitors, irrespective of their religious or ethnic affiliation, in fashioning this paradigm shift,” he said during the 54th Jamhuri Day celebrations in Nairobi.

More than 100 people have been killed on the 17km Sobea-Sachagwan stretch from last month

Kenya’s most dangerous road section between Nakuru and Mau Summit would cost an estimated Sh1.4 billion to reconstruct, but construction would take at least four years. A contractor is yet to be identified from four finalists in a selection process that is currently running behind schedule, exposing more road users to deaths through crashes.  More than 100 people have been killed on the 17km Sobea-Sachangwan road section from last month, including a dawn crash on November 20 that killed all passengers of an Eldoret-bound matatu.

Jamhuri Day celebrations recorded lower turnout compared to last year’s event 

Opposition leaders largely skipped Jamhuri Day celebrations that also recorded lower turnout compared to last year’s event. The National Super Alliance (NASA) leaders and supporters kept away from venues, some arguing that attending the fete would have amounted to approval of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s government. County commissioners took charge of the celebrations and read President Uhuru’s speech. They called for an end to politicking and focus on development.

The Star

Uhuru blows hot and cold on dialogue with NASA

President Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday said he is willing to engage the opposition as he led Kenyans in commemorating the 53rd Jamhuri Day. He however cautioned that his government will not hesitate to take stern action against any leader or citizen who breaches the Constitution. “The Constitution is the general will of all. No one is above it: No matter who you are, you are subject to its authority. Anything outside the Constitution is a hostile intrusion,” warned the President.

MPs ‘should not’ travel until EALA MPs picked

No member of the National Assembly is allowed to travel out of the country today and tomorrow. Majority leader Aden Duale has requested speaker Justin Muturi not to permit any foreign or local travel until after the House has elected EALA MPs, formed the committees and approved the list of commissioners to the Parliamentary Service Commission. “Speaker and the clerk, let us make sure we do not allow members to go on foreign and local trips next week [today and tomorrow] so that they have an opportunity to vote. The polling station will be the Chamber and there are 349 voters,” Duale said concerning the election of representatives to the East African Legislative Assembly.

Woman moves to court to stop ex-MP burial

A woman claiming to be the second wife of former Belgut MP Eric Keter has now moved to court to stop the burial of the legislator. In her sworn affidavit, Rosemary Koros wants the court to stop the family from moving ahead with the burial preparations until the matter is heard and determined. In her application before Bomet resident magistrate Maurine Nyigei, Koros said she got married legally, under Kipsigis traditions, to Keter in 1996 as a second wife and they have four children.

Business Daily

Top businessmen on list of Uhuru State honours

Top businessmen and public servants were among 59 Kenyans awarded State commendations by President Uhuru Kenyatta as part of Tuesday’s Jamhuri Day celebrations. Equity Holdings chairman Peter Munga and Bamburi Cement and Sanlam Kenya chairman John Simba were bestowed the Elder of the Order of the Golden Heart (EGH) title. Peter Muthoka, the owner of Acceler Global Logistics, and a former top shareholder of CMC Motors, was also given the EGH title alongside Senate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka and Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen.

KQ flights disrupted as Nigerian workers strike

Kenya Airways (KQ) customers destined for Lagos have been advised to check their flight details and status before heading to the airport following disruptions caused by a workers’ strike. The troubled airline announced Tuesday evening that it expects interference in operations due to industrial action by its Nigerian staff following disagreements over a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). The national carrier has termed stipulations made by its employees as “unsustainable financial demands”.

World Bank to stop financing oil, gas projects from 2019

The World Bank will stop financing oil and gas exploration and extraction from 2019, it announced Tuesday at a climate summit seeking to boost the global economy’s shift to clean energy. “The World Bank Group will no longer finance upstream oil and gas, after 2019,” it said in a statement in Paris, where world leaders sought to unlock more money for the shift away from Earth-warming fossil fuels. The move, it said, was meant to help countries meet the greenhouse gas-curbing pledges they had made in support of the 2015 Paris Agreement to limit global warming.

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