Nairobi, Kenya: African Union endorses Kenya for UN Security Council Post

Monica Juma

The African Union (AU), today through a popular member vote, endorsed Kenya for a non-permanent membership to the United Nations’ Security Council. Kenya defeated Djibouti by a wide margin after garnering 37 votes against their rival who garnered 13 votes. The voting activity was in its second round. In the first exercise, Nairobi accessed the support of 35 countries with Djibouti City gathering the confidence of 15 countries. The first round had two AU members abstaining. Lack of a two-thirds majority win, for Kenya, in the first round justified the…

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Kitany: Linturi could not pay his rent

The now infamous divorce proceedings between Marianne Kitany and Mithika Linturi are taking an exceedingly interesting dimension after the enstranged wife continued to spill the beans on their union. On Wednesday afternoon, Kitany told the court that she housed Linturi after the Meru senator failed to pay rent for his then apartment along Ngong Road. “I came to learn later that he had rent arrears and I assisted by paying…he asked for some money to pay rent and much later I got to see letters from the landlord. I gave…

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Baktash Akasha sentenced to 25 years in prison

Baktash Akasha, a prominent member of the infamous Akasha family, today received a jail sentence of 25 years. Manhattan Presiding Judge Victor Marrero read the judgment and imposed a fine of US$100,000 on Baktash. Baktash Akasha, part of the wider Ibrahim Akasha’s family was extradited to the US alongside his brother to answer charges on drug trafficking. The duo pleaded guilty to the charges and agreed to a plea bargain with the office of the Manhattan district attorney. The two brothers were extradited even at the face of a court…

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Breaking: Rugby players Frank Wanyama and Alex Obala handed a 15 year jail sentence

Besieged rugby players Frank Wanyama and Alex Obala received a 15-year jail sentence on accusations of gang rape. The court sustained that, with all evidence adduced before it, a custodial sentence was the only route to justice. The magistrate, Martha Mutuku, handed the minimum judicial sentence as guided by the law. The magistrate had, on Thursday last week, found them guilty of gang rape.

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Kenyan Government initiates move to tax YouTube, Netflix

YouTube

The Kenyan Government has commenced regulatory processes aimed at taxing online content channels especially YouTube and Netflix. In a move targeting foreign online streaming services, the government, through the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) intends to have over the top services (OTT) declare income earned from Kenyan consumers. CA’s Director General, Francis Wangusi, indicated that this is standard practice already working in developed countries. “Many countries especially developed ones have policies that guide these services, and that is where we are heading to as a country,” Mr. Wangusi said, adding…

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Huawei facilitated spying of Bobi Wine in Uganda, Wall Street Journal

Bobi Wine in court

According to the Wall Street Journal, Huawei Technologies aided the Ugandan government in amplifying surveillance on Bobi Wine’s private communications. According to the publication, technicians from the Chinese company intercepted encrypted messages in a Whatsapp group that had the membership of Bobi Wine. Bobi Wine, popularly identified as Robert Kyagulanyi, is a fierce critic of President Yoweri Museveni. His #PeoplePower movement is seen as a prominent threat to Museveni’s hold of power. Upon interception of the messages, the Huawei technicians shared them with Ugandan authorities. Security agencies used the messages…

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Take what we have or leave it, Uhuru adamant on county revenue sharing formula

Uhuru Kenyatta and Lee Kinyanjui

President Uhuru Kenyatta, on Wednesday afternoon, sustained his static stand on the possibility of increased allocation of money to counties. Citing monetary hardships faced by the national government, Kenyatta urged counties to work with the Sh 316 billion available and forget about accessing sh.331 billion. The Commission on Revenue Allocation (CRA) had settled on Sh.331 billion for the counties. Parliament, on the other hand, had set the amount at Sh. 316 billion. The national government has visibly elected to use parliamentary figures. Speaking during the opening of refurbished chambers at…

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Colleagues exhume officer’s body to retrieve work uniform

Burial Ceremony/Reuters

There was drama and surprise in equal measure when County Government enforcement officers in Western Kenya exhumed the body of the colleagues with the goal of retrieving his work uniform. Martin Shikuku had been laid to rest in full work regalia, probably as a sign of respect from his colleagues. However, his co-workers came back, at the dead of the night, unburied his body and left with his, former, work uniform. His family now saw that the colleagues went against traditions and their actions could anger the dead man’s forefathers.…

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Kibra MP seat is now vacant, declares Speaker Muturi

The Speaker of Kenya’s National Assembly, Justin Bedan Muturi, has declared Kibra MP seat vacant. The move is part of the formal electoral process following the demise of the immediate former MP Hon Ken Okoth. Okoth succumbed to colorectal cancer in July this year. The action by NA Speaker flags off the official by-election process and awards IEBC the legal mandate to set the stage for a by-election. Okoth was, until his death, an active member of ODM party, an outfit headed by Kenya’s former Prime Minister, Raila Odinga.  It…

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Resident advertises his availability for Nairobi Deputy Governor post

Kenyans woke up to a rather hilarious news item when a Nairobi resident ‘expressed’ interest to serve the city as a Deputy Governor. Philip Sogot Chepsat facilitated a paid-up advert in a local daily paper urging Nairobi governor Mike Sonko to award him the chance of deputizing the county chief. Citing his strong conviction. Sogot assured the governor, and Nairobians, of substantive service delivery. He made reference to his undergraduate qualifications combined with a 15-year experience portfolio in management and public service. He hoped that his new communication tactic will…

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