Former MP Murugi, 65, fights to get NLC position

Former Nyeri Town MP Esther Murugi is 65 years old and worth close to Sh400 million but still craves to go back to public office. She was nominated by President Uhuru Kenyatta to serve as a commissioner in the National Land Commission. When asked about her ability to deliver due to her age, she told off Kisauni MP Ali Mbogo who had posed the question saying she is not going to dance or play football in the NLC. “The MPs questioning me about my age, [I would like to tell…

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Come invest in Big Four agenda, Uhuru urges Singapore, Asian states

President Uhuru Kenyatta has called on Singapore and other Asian countries to invest in the Big Four agenda that includes affordable housing, food security, manufacturing, and universal health coverage. “Exciting opportunities abound for Singaporean, Asian and other Business and Investment players in those four areas,” President Kenyatta said when he held bilateral talks with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. The two leaders agreed to boost trade and cooperation between Kenya and the Asian nation. President Kenyatta particularly called for investments in Kenya’s plan to build new metropolitan areas and…

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Uhuru to lead Kenya’s campaign for UNSC in New York

Kenya will intensify its campaign for the United Nations Security Council non-permanent seat at the 74th Session of the UN General Assembly, State House has said. Spokesperson Kanze Dena in a statement on Tuesday said President Uhuru Kenyatta will join other heads of state and government in New York after his trip to Singapore. “While in the US, the President is expected to intensify Kenya’s campaign for one of the non-permanent seats on the UN Security Council (UNSC) for which the country recently secured the backing of the African Union,”…

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Kenya launches UNSC seat campaigns on 10-point agenda

Kenya yesterday officially kicked off its candidature campaigns for the United Nations Security Council seat with the first launch in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. This is the first launch in a series of three that will take place in New York and in Nairobi, Kenya. The event was attended by Ethiopia’s Foreign Affairs minister Gedu Andargachew, deputy African Union Commission chairman Kwesi Quartey, commissioners, ambassadors and permanent representatives and members of the Diplomatic Corps in Ethiopia, among other dignitaries. Andargachew congratulated Kenya for being endorsed by the AU and promised to…

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Raila accompanied by Kenya’s envoy as he meets Museveni in Uganda

ODM leader Raila Odinga on Monday met with Uganda President Yoweri Museveni at State House Entebbe, and with them was Kenya’s High Commissioner Kiema Kilonzo. “Held a meeting with President @KagutaMuseveni of Uganda at State House Entebbe focusing on regional and continental issues ahead of the Public-Private Partnership Conference in Kampala. In attendance also was @AmbKiema, Kenya’s envoy to Uganda,” Raila said. The event will provide a platform for Africa governments to pitch country projects and private sector players will have an opportunity to identify critical infrastructure projects for investment.…

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Peter Tabichi meets President Donald Trump, to address UN meeting

Peter Tabichi, the 2019 Global Sh100 million Teacher Prize Winner, met US President Donald Trump on Monday ahead of his address in the 74th session of United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday next week. White House described Tabichi as an inspiration to the entire world. He beat nine other teachers shortlisted for the award in March. “This morning, President @realDonaldTrump met with Peter Tabichi, the recipient of the 2019 Global Teacher Prize! Peter is a science teacher who gives away 80% of his monthly income to help the poor in his…

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Tough times for LPG dealers as ERC implements a new licensing regime

LPG dealers are in for tough operational times as the Energy Regulatory Commission moves in to implement new licensing rules. LPG dealers at the retail, wholesale and distributorship levels are now expected to obtain exclusive licences indicating their business location and specific LPG brand. In the event that a business intends to change its LPG brand, such an entity must present a letter of consent from the brand owner. “Failure to adhere to the regulations will be considered an offence and will lead to serious repercussions,” EPRC said in a…

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Japan PM names new Foreign Affairs, Defence ministers in reshuffle

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday appointed Toshimitsu Motegi as the new Foreign minister, replacing Kono Taro, who moves to the Defence docket. Abe also appointed a rising political star, Shinjiro Koizumi, as the Environment Minister in a Cabinet reshuffle that has been seen as preparation for his successor when he steps down in 2021. Shinjiro, 38, is the son of former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi “Abe intends to start an open race to pick the next prime minister or even the one after that,” Al Jazeera quoted SMBC…

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Mail&Guardian: Robert Gabriel Mugabe, 1924-2019: A tragedy in three acts

Written by Simon Allison for Mail&Guardian, a South African online publication “I have died many times — that’s where I have beaten Christ. Christ died once and resurrected once.” Robert Mugabe, on his 88th birthday. Almost as long as there has been an independent Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe has presided over it. Thirty-seven years in charge. It wasn’t all bad. But it was mostly bad, and the history books that he loved to read will judge him harshly. He was, from the very beginning, an enigma: a jumble of contradictions that…

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It’s red card for Mariga in Kibra by-election

Former football star MacDonald Mariga was on Tuesday red-carded from the Kibra by-election showdown. IEBC returning officer Beatrice Muli said she could not find Mariga’s details in the register, consequently invalidated his nomination by the Jubilee Party. Attempts by Lang’ata MP Nixon Korir and former Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale, who has since decamped to Jubilee, to put a case for Mariga fell on deaf years as Muli directed them to IEBC Disputes Resolution Board. “Mine was to confirm that the aspirant meets requirements. I have verified and checked and I…

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