Business 

Equity Bank Group Q1 2019 net profit up by five per cent to Sh6.2 billion from Sh5.9

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1,228 total views, no views today BY JOAN WNAJIKU,NAIROBI,9TH MAY 2019-Equity Bank Group Q1 2019 net profit incrased by  5 %  to Sh6.2 billion from Sh5.9 billion in the corresponding quarter last year on increased customer deposits and improved loan book. According to the results released on Thursday,the bank’s gross profits rose by six per cent to Sh8.8 billion compared to Sh8.3 billion in the quarter ended March 2018. The bank’s total income grew to Sh17.6 billion from Sh16.6 billion while its interest income rose marginally to Sh13.5 billion from Sh12.7…

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Local News 

P1 teachers training to be phased out as new competency based curriculum takes shape

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1,599 total views, 1 views today BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,9TH MAY,2019-The government has announced  plans to phase out P1 teacher training and instead focus on producing diploma graduates competent enough to  assist in implementation of  the Competency Based Curriculum. According to Education Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang who made this announcement on Thursday,  the group of trainees admitted last year will be the last. “This year, all teacher trainees will be admitted to diploma programmes and graduates will be ready to teach the CBC,” he said at the Kenya School of Government in Embu…

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Local News 

Uproar on Social media as images of pupils in deplorable classroom in kilifi emerge

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1,539 total views, no views today BY CORRESPONDENT,KILIFI,9TH MAY 2019-Kenyans went on social media platforms on Thursday to condemn the deplorable conditions of pupils whose photos have been doing round on various social platforms. In the images the pupils are seen barefoot  siting  on stone blocks as muddy rainwater swirls around them in a leaking mud-wall classroom that appears it could collapse at any time. But according  to local leaders, 30 other schools are much worse off in Ganze constituency, Kilifi.This revelation has been given  by  MP Teddy Mwambire who represents…

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JSC cracks the whip,recommends removal of three judges

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1,554 total views, no views today BY ANN MUNENE,NAIROBI,9TH MAY 2019-The Judicial Service Commission has  decided to have three judges removed .this is after it recommended their  removal on Thursday. The affected judges   are justices DK Marete, Lucy Waithaka and Martin Muya. Chief Justice David Maraga made the announcement during a press conference  in Nairobi. JSC members present were Maraga, Emily Ominde, Patrick Gichohi, Felix Kosgey and Mercy Deche. Those absent were judges Aggrey Muchelule, Mohammed Warsame and Olive Mugenda. Muchelule’s term came to an end on April 4. The complaints…

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Local News 

First Lady restates her commitment to healthcare services

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422 total views, no views today BY PSCU,KAPENGURIA,9TH,MAY,2019-First Lady Margaret Kenyatta has said she will remain steadfast in her efforts to take healthcare services closer to Kenyans in all parts of the country. She emphasized her commitment to her promise of ensuring that the people of Kenya, especially mothers and children, are protected from preventable illnesses and deaths. “I believe that everyone – girls and boys, men and women – must have a chance to reach their full potential; an opportunity to pursue their dreams and contribute to the development of…

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Local News 

JSC confirms withdrawal of Petition against justices Njoki Ndung’u, JB Ojwang

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456 total views, no views today BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,9TH MAY 2019-The judicial service commission has confirmed withdrawal  of a petition against Supreme Court judges Njoki Ndung’u and JB Ojwang .The announcement was made by Chief Justice David Maraga on Thursday afternoon. The petition  had been  filed by lawyer Apollo Mboya on allegations of misconduct arising from their pronouncements in the Nick Salat case. Maraga also said five judges had been served with charges on various acts of misconduct ranging from disappearance of files, irregular release of exhibits, forging of documents and…

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Shalom Hospital officials arraigned in court , charged with manslaughter after infant’s death

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422 total views, no views today BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,9TH MAY 2019-Three officials of  troubled Shalom Hospital in Machakos  have been arraigned in court after a seven-month old baby died at the facility earlier this week. The three  are Vincent Njau Nganga, Irene Katete Mutinda and Odhiambo Kennedy. They faced three counts which includes:  manslaughter, recklessness and handling poisonous medicine without the laid out procedures. However they  denied the charges before Senior Resident Magistrate Irene Kahuya and were released on Kshs.500,000 bond and surety of a similar amount. Baby Ethan Muendo died…

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Local News 

Verdict: Court rules that Ivy Wangeci’s murder suspect Naftali Kinuthia will remain in custody for a month

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412 total views, 1 views today BY CORRESPONDENT,ELDORET,9TH MAY 2019-The main suspect in the murder of  Moi University student Ivy Wangeci   Naftali Kinuthia will  remain in remand for another month. During the bail application ruling on Thursday, Eldoret High Court judge Stephen Githinji directed that Kinuthia be remanded until the probation officer’s report is presented in court. Kinuthia, through his lawyer Mbiu Kamau, had urged the court to release him on bond arguing that he would not interfere with the case or abscond court. However ,Justice Githinji , declined to release him…

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BBC fires journalist after chimpanzee tweet about new royal baby

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248 total views, no views today BY BBC NEWS,9TH MAY 2019-The BBC has fired a British radio presenter Danny Baker fro tweeting an image of a chimpanzee dressed in clothes below the caption “Royal Baby leaves hospital”. The now deleted tweet, which has been circulated on social media, showed an image of a couple holding hands with a chimpanzee dressed in clothes with the caption: “Royal Baby leaves hospital”. Meghan, wife of Prince Harry, gave birth in the early hours of Monday morning to a baby boy, Archie, the first mixed…

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Its only through constitution review that the country will realize total inclusivity-Speaker Muturi

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191 total views, no views today BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,9TH MAY 2019-In order for the country to realize total inclusivity there will have to constitutional review.This is a position held by National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi. While giving his submission to the Building Bridges Initiative Team (BBI) at Parliament buildings on Thursday,Muturi says there are particular provisions in the constitution that needs to be seriously re-looked, clauses which he says if are given attention will boost the unification process of bringing all people on-board. He cited   for example  Article 27 of the…

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Local News 

ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi wants IFMIS suspended to await completion of Forensic audit

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337 total views, no views today BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,9TH MAY 2019-The Amani National Congress on Thursday called for an independent forensic audit of Integrated Financial Management and Information System (IFMIS). Mudavadi wants    the usage of  the system suspended by  President Uhuru Kenyatta  until public confidence in it is restored. “It would seem that the Treasury — either of its own volition or at someone’s behest — is in the habit of hiding funds in curious budget lines and kiting them out of the public coffers to sinister destinations.” “The funds…

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Business 

TECNO Mobile Announces Plans aimed at upgrading SPARK 3 Pro to Android™ Q Beta

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937 total views, no views today CALIFORNIA, United States of America, May 8, 2019/ — Global premier mobile phone brand TECNO Mobile (www.TECNO-Mobile.com) announced plans at Google IO 2019 which will see its SPARK 3 Pro running on Android™ P™ operating system upgrade to join Q Beta on May 7th. Stephen HA, Vice President of TRANSSION and GM of TECNO Mobile, said: “We are delighted to announce our further expansion of cooperation with Google. This year, with upcoming Android™ Q system, TECNO SPARK 3 Pro will upgrade and provide the users…

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Africa 

Missing Tanzanian activist Mdude Nyagali ‘found in bush’

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479 total views, no views today BY BBC NEWS,9TH MAY 2019-Leading Tanzanian opposition activist Mdude Nyagali, who was abducted on Saturday by masked gunmen, has been found dumped in a bush near a village in the southwestern Mbeya region, local media reports say. He appeared to have been tortured, looked weak, and had difficulty speaking, residents from Makwenje village are quoted as saying. He was taken to hospital for treatment. Mr Nyagali is a member of the main opposition Chadema party, and a fierce critic of President John Magufuli. Chadema accused…

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Africa International News 

South Africa ANC takes early lead in election results

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3,271 total views, no views today By AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE, PRETORIA, South Africa, May 9 – South Africa’s ANC was leading in early official results on Thursday following the first electoral test of whether President Cyril Ramaphosa has reinvigorated support for the ruling party. With just over a fifth of voting districts tallied, the Election Commission count put the African National Congress ahead, with its closest rival the Democratic Alliance trailing at a distant 26 percent. Ramaphosa, 66, took over last year after the African National Congress (ANC) forced then-president Jacob Zuma to…

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Sports 

Tottenham Hotspur through to final with incredible comeback win in Amsterdam

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731 total views, no views today BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,9TH MAY 2019-Lucas Moura has scored three second-half goals to produce one of the most famous victories in Tottenham Hotspur‘s history, as they recovered from 3-0 down on aggregate to beat Ajax 3-3 on away goals and progress through to their first Champions League final. The Dutch side cruised into a 2-0 lead in the first half of the second leg, adding to their 1-0 advantage from the first leg, only for Lucas to score three times in an incredible second half. The third of Lucas’s goal arrived in the sixth…

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