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Kajiado Governor Joseph Ole Lenku sacks CEO Joshua Tapataiya for failing to provide area with fresh water

Kajiado Governor Joseph Ole Lenku has fired Olkejuado water and sewerage company CEO Joshua Tapataiya for failing to stop the supply of salty water in the area. Kajiado traders usually purchase drinking water from merchants who operate boreholes in the county. The governor said the firm had failed to address the scarcity of the commodity adding that he needed a new team to tackle the problem.

China jails 85 fraudsters deported from Kenya

A Beijing court on Thursday handed down jail sentences of up to 15 years to 85 people deported from Kenya for telecoms fraud, including 44 from self-ruled Taiwan, an island Beijing claims as its own which said vital evidence had been ignored. Over the past two years, countries including Kenya, Spain, Vietnam and Cambodia have deported hundreds of people from Taiwan to China for telecoms fraud, sparking accusations from Taipei that Beijing was effectively kidnapping its citizens.

Machakos Governor vows to pay fees for County’s college students

Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua sasys he will pay school fees for students seeking higher education provided their parents are registered voters in the County. Speaking on Thursday, he reiterated the tenets of his campaign manifesto, adding that his administration will pay 100% fees for certificate, advanced certificate, diploma, higher diploma and first degree.As part of requirement, Mutua wants applicants to be admitted to recorgnised, accredited institutions or are those that are already enrolled and studying in a recorgnised institution.

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Kenya Power moves to secure more affordable electricity connections

Utility firm, Kenya Power has revealed a Ksh3.3 billion subsidy programme aimed at providing more affordable electricity connections to citizens not linked to the national grid. The Treasury offered the cash to Kenya Power  in the year ended June to cut charges for connecting homes to the national grid under a programme meant to speed up electrification.

Nakumatt lawyers step down

Nakumatt Holdings has sunk deeper into crisis after the law firm representing the troubled retailer in court pulled out of the cases. Justice Fred Ochieng allowed the firm, Iseme, Kamau & Maema, to cease acting for the supermarket after advocate Diana Ogulla informed the judge that the company had been ignoring the firm’s legal advice. She said their differences on how to handle the matters would not allow the firm to continue acting for the supermarket.

Kenya needs to lessen reliance on commodity exports to alleviate poverty – UNCTAD

Kenya is among 16 Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) bloc countries that are commodity export-dependent, translating into low levels of development and high poverty rates. The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Commodities and Development Report 2017 says most of the developing countries dependent on exports or imports do not get better terms of trade in the medium term even when prices change. The 16 countries include Burundi, DR Congo, Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sudan, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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Alvaro Morata sends Blues through to Carabao Cup semi-finals as Chelsea beat Bournemouth 2-1 

Alvaro Morata scored a stoppage-time winner as Chelsea booked their place in the Carabao Cup semi-finals with a 2-1 win over Bournemouth. Willian’s early goal looked like it would be enough to send Antonio Conte’s side through at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night, but Dan Gosling struck in the 90th minute to level the tie with a fine curling effort.

Arsenal play Chelsea and Bristol City face Man City in Carabao Cup

Bristol City will face Manchester City in the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup, while Chelsea will take on Arsenal. Bristol City’s run has been the story of the competition and the Championship side secured their biggest win yet when a late Korey Smith goal secured a 2-1 win over Manchester United at Ashton Gate on Wednesday night.

Swansea sack manager after less than a year in charge

Swansea City have sacked manager Paul Clement with the club bottom of the Premier League, having won just three league games this season. Clement, 45, took charge in January with Swansea in the relegation zone and guided them to a 15th-place finish. Chairman Huw Jenkins said that changing the manager halfway through a season “was the last thing we wanted to do”.

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