Newspaper summaries-May 24, 2018

Newspaper summaries-May 24, 2018

Daily Nation

Roads top Nyong’o agenda as Kisumu marks 118th jubilee

As Kisumu City plans to celebrate its 118 years of existence later this year, Governor Anyang’ Nyong’o has promised to relook at the county’s urban planning, barely days after a survey ranked him the best city county governor.Prof Nyong’o, who took over the county from Mr Jack Ranguma eight months ago, said services like cleaning, unclogging drainages, security lighting, easier payment of fees and market improvements will punctuate his tenure even though this region is also used to “occasional toxic politics”.

Father who stabbed son to death takes own life in police cell

A man who has been in police custody after he allegedly stabbed his stepson to death committed suicide on Tuesday in a police cell.Mr Euticus Githinji is said to have stabbed his stepson, Mr Dennis Mwema, twice on the chest on May 8 when the young man tried to intervene in a violent domestic row involving his parents. A man who has been in police custody after he allegedly stabbed his stepson to death committed suicide on Tuesday in a police cell.Mr Euticus Githinji is said to have stabbed his stepson, Mr Dennis Mwema, twice on the chest on May 8 when the young man tried to intervene in a violent domestic row involving his parents.

Court quashes Sh700m case against 2 brothers 

A court has quashed a Sh700 million criminal case against two brothers accused of attempting to defraud the estate of their dead brother saying there is a pending succession dispute at the high court over the same.While rejecting the case against Mr Kuldip Sapra and Ashman Sapra, Milimani Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi said he cannot conduct a parallel trial over the estate of the late Yogesh Sapra when the same case is being handled by Mr Justice Aggrey Muchelule, of the Family Division of the High Court.

The Standard

Raila Odinga honoured with global award on governance

Opposition leader Raila Odinga has received a global award for for his struggle for better governance. Speaking when he received the Black Entertainment, Film, Fashion, Television and Arts award in London on Monday night, Mr Odinga said the world continues to laud the peace deal he entered with President Uhuru Kenyatta that has seen calm return to the country. Odinga said they recently met with the president of the African Union in Nairobi who praised the handshake deal as unique and could help resolve conflicts in other African countries.

MPs, top State official’s aide ‘are behind rip-off at NCPB’

At least five lawmakers, an aide to a top politician, senior Government officials and businessmen are among 30 individuals being investigated in connection with a multi-billion shilling scandal at the National Cereals and Produce Board, according to sources. Prominent politicians from the Rift Valley are reportedly among eight traders paid Sh1.9 billion – which works out to Sh700 million in profits – for deliveries to the national strategic reserve that are believed to be cheap imports from Uganda.

Orengo and Ruto clash over handshake and reforms

Deputy President William Ruto has clashed with Siaya Senator James Orengo over ODM’s push for constitutional amendments. In a brazen attack on his rivals, Ruto dismissed proponents of the constitutional changes as “lazy people who do not want to work hard but want to use the Constitution as a bogeyman.” The DP, while addressing MCAs at the Third Annual Legislative Summit in Mombasa, said any reforms must be about the people, not politicians.

The Star

UASU wants special committee to pick VCs

UASU has proposed changes to sections of the University Act to avert wrangles in the recruitment of vice chancellors, chancellors and council members.The University and Academic Staff Union says sections 35 and 36 should be changed to allow public scrutiny and involvement in appointment of university heads.If changed, chancellors, vice chancellors, and council members will be appointed through a search committee involving the university community, while deans and varsity Senate members will have to secure their seats through an elective process.

Uhuru ‘unhappy’ with Raila push on Constitution

President Uhuru Kenyatta is reportedly unhappy with his ‘handshake brother’, ODM leader Raila Odinga, over his push for constitutional changes.Sources in the presidency told the Star that Raila’s insistence on a referendum is causing jitters that could undermine the celebrated handshake, less than three months old.Confidential sources say Uhuru believes that Raila’s proposal is undermining their unity pact, even before a committee formed to drive its agenda reports back.

Ruto meets Coast leaders, says he’s ready for talks about 2022

Deputy President William Ruto yesterday said he is ready for talks with Coast leaders on forging an alliance ahead of 2022.Some Coast leaders, led by Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi, announced plans to form their own party to campaign for the top seat in the next election.Ruto said he recognised the effort of those leaders.

Business Daily

Narok-based gold miner to close old plant in expansion 

Narok-based gold miner operated by UK’s Goldplat says it will close one of its original plants at its Kilimapesa mine in Narok, following the successful installation and subsequent second-stage expansion of a new processing factory.Goldplat chief executive Gerard Kisbey-Green said the new plant, which is processing around 5,000 tonnes a month, is now established enough that Goldplat can continue running the plant as its sole facility.

MCAs step up push for independent pension scheme

Members of the County Assemblies (MCAs) from all the 47 counties are pushing for the establishment of an independent pension scheme.The County Pension Bill, which  has been stuck in Parliament for some time, recently underwent a second reading. The MCAs want the Bill fasttracked to enable counties move their staff from the current non-contributory arrangement to a contributory pensions administrator.

Revenue deal sets stage for Turkana oil exports

Kenya is set to roll out its Early Oil Pilot Scheme (EOPS) to test and profile its wells just days after the government agreed on a revenue-sharing formula with Turkana residents.President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to flag off trucking of the commodity from Lokichar on June 3, in what State House said “will inject oil as a critical factor in the economy”.The announcement was made following a meeting at State House, Nairobi, President Kenyatta chaired and attended by Tullow Oil, Africa Oil Corporation and Total and Turkana County leaders.

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