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Nairobi County Assembly Speaker Beatrice Elachi okays debate on Governor Sonko’s impeachment motion

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2,877 total views, 1,594 views today BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,25TH FEB 2020-Nairobi County Assembly Speaker Beatrice Elachi has now directed embattled Governor Mike Sonko to submit written replies to the allegations raised in the motion for his impeachment by 10am on Monday, March 2. Speaker Elachi, in a circular sent to the press  on Tuesday, said the Clerk will then disseminate copies of Sonko’s replies to all MCAs before the motion is debated on Tuesday next week. According to Elachi, the motion to impeach Governor Sonko will be debated for three days; Tuesday,…

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Narok senator Ledama Ole Kina released on a free bond,to face hate speech charges

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3,009 total views, 1,594 views today BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,25TH FEB 2020-Narok Senator Ledama ole Kina will be charged in court on March 4 with hate speech and ethnic contempt utterances. Mr Kina was arrested Thursday while leaving Royal Media Services offices by DCI detectives attached to the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) and driven to Kilimani police station where he was questioned and locked up before later being released on a free bond. After his release, Mr Kina blamed his woes on Deputy President William Ruto and vowed to continued fighting…

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Shortage of blood at the KNH risks plunging the largest referral hospital in the region in crisis

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3,063 total views, 1,594 views today BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,25TH FEB,2020-The Kenyatta National Hospital management on Tuesday   addressed reports published in a local daily alleging that the facility last week discharged 10 cancer patients over blood shortage. Board Chairman Nicholas Gumbo, in a statement released on Tuesday, said six out of the 10 – who were discharged from ward 1D — had a diagnosis of cancer but only two would require blood top up before the next outpatient treatment. According to Gumbo, stable patients are often referred to a facility near the Kenya…

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Change of guard as National government takes over leadership of Nairobi county government!

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973 total views, 36 views today BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,25TH FEB 2020-Close to three months now since governor Mike Sonko was barred from entering his office or discharging his official duties as the governor of Nairobi county government after he was charged with corruption,The functions of the Nairobi County Government  have  now be officially taken over by the National Government following an agreement signed on Tuesday at State House, Nairobi. The land mark agreement was signed by Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko and Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa in concurrence with President Uhuru Kenyatta.…

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Big win as court allows KRA to collect KShs 2 Billion tax on demurrage from shipping lines

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802 total views, 7 views today BY CORRESPONDENT,NAIROBI,25TH FEB 2020-A Nairobi High Court has allowed Kenya Revenue Authority to collect Withholding Taxes from shipping lines on container demurrage charges. The Withholding Tax from different shipping lines amounts to over KShs.2 billion. Justice Francis Tuiyott of Milimani Court’s Commercial and Admiralty Division, ruled in favour of KRA in the judgement of a consolidated tax appeal case filed by seven shipping lines operating in Kenya protesting taxation of income on demurrage charges. The shipping lines wanted the court to make a finding that demurrage charges are not subject to tax in Kenya. Demurrage fee is the charge levied by shipping lines on importers for holding the container beyond the free period. The shipping lines, in the appeal from the Tax Appeals Tribunal argued that demurrage constitutes part of the amount received on account of the carriage of goods and is therefore part of the cost of carriage. KRA on the other hand held the view that demurrage charges do not form part of freight levied by shipping lines as demurrage could only be accrued after the goods have been cleared through Customs and have entered the country. In his determination, Justice Tuiyott held that freight comes to an end at the port of landing and any demurrage imposed on container for late return after port clearance is a post importation charge. Demurrage charge is therefore different from freight. The High Court judge also held that demurrage charge is an Income Tax under Section 3 (1) and (92) of the Income Tax Act and that the shipping lines’ local agents have an obligation to withhold tax on the demurrage charge when remitting payments.  Justice Tuiyott, however, found in favour of the shipping lines with regard to Value Added Taxes (VAT) on processing fees. He held that fees associated with loading, unloading and handling charges do not escape taxation because they have been included in the cost of freight and therefore taxed under paragraph 9 (2) of the East African Community Customs Management Act, 2014.

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CDF management: Kiharu constituency ranked best-manager of the kitty countrywide

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860 total views, 32 views today BY UPESI REPORTER,NAIROBI,25TH FEB,2020-Kiharu Constituency Development Fund (CDF), under area MP Ndindi Nyoro, has been ranked the best-managed kitty in the country, in the latest survey by research firm Mizani. According to the survey, MP Mark Nyamita of Uriri constituency is the second while Mvita’s Abdulswamad Nassir was listed third. The survey focused on the value for money, the number of projects within the constituency and accountability. Orange Democratic Movement leader Raila Odinga, in a tweet, lauding Nassir and Nyamita, said if well utilized, CFD kitty…

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National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale wants the ongoing BBI rallies stopped

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1,341 total views, 6 views today BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,25TH  FEB,2020-National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale now wants the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) rallies  taht are currently ongoing to be suspended  immediately.The Law maker  claims that the rallies  doing more harm than good. Addressing the Press conference on Tuesday, Duale said the initial concept of uniting the country as envisioned by the President had been eroded and citizens are more divided than ever. “These rallies are not helping, I want to beg you to talk the lead key leaders of this country, most…

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Narok Senator Ledama Ole Kina arrested over hate remarks at BBI meeting

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1,403 total views, 6 views today BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,25TH FEB 2020-Detectives have arrested Narok Senator Ledama Ole Kina , following remarks he made at a Bulding Bridges Initiative (BBI) rally in Narok at the weekend. The Senator was arrested outside Royal Media Services offices in Nairobi. “NCIC in partnership with DCI has today arrested Hon. Ledama Olekina, Senator Narok County,” NCIC tweeted soon after the arrest. “A coward dies a thousand times, a soldier dies once,” the Senator said, when asked by a journalist why he appeared shaken during the encounter with…

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WHO warns of pandemic risk after virus peaks in China

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2,500 total views, 179 views today BY AFP,25TH FEB 2020-The new coronavirus has peaked in China but could still grow into a pandemic, the World Health Organisation has warned, as infections mushroom in other countries. Financial markets have gone into a tailspin after grim news of deaths and outbreaks in the Middle East, Europe and Asia, even as the Chinese epicentre appeared to be calming, with the death toll at its lowest for three weeks. But the situation is worsening in other countries, with more than 2,000 cases and 30 deaths reported…

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Just in:Emurua Dikir MP Johanna Ngeno arrested

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4,959 total views, no views today BY CORRESPONDENT,NAROK,24TH FEB 2020-Police have this evening arrested Emurua Dikir member of Parliament Johann Ngeno. Ngeno was arrested for allegedly holding a BBI meeting  in Kimogoro marketing in Sogoo ward. The Legislature is accusing of holding the said meeting contrarily to the law.Police say the meeting was illegal.The law maker  was taken to Ololulunga police station,where he recorded a statement. He was arrested alongside lulunga ward rep Jefferson Langat as well as his llekeren ard representative Stanely Langat . The three had just held a…

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Bishops’ Lent Message: Stewardship will spur the country to greater heights

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4,760 total views, 4 views today BY ROSE ACHIEGO/KCCB,NAIROBI,24TH FEB,2020-The Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) in their Lenten Campaign 2020 message has expressed hope that stewardship will spur the country to greater heights if exercised well. Speaking during the launch of this year’s campaign at the National Marian Shrine – Subukia in Nakuru on 22nd, February 2020, the Vice Chairman of KCCB and Chairman of Catholic Justice and Peace Commission (CJPC), Rt. Rev. John Oballa Owaa, said stewardship is the commitment of one’s self and possessions to God’s service. Bishop Oballa…

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Ketany and Linturi divorce case:Two magistrates excuse themselves

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4,166 total views, 9 views today BY ANN MUNENE,NAIROBI,24TH FEB,2020-Two magistrates have disqualified themselves from hearing the divorce case between Meru Senator Mithika Linturi and ex-spouse Marianne Kitany. Yesterday, senior principal magistrate D.W. Mburu, who was allocated the file after magistrate Peter Gesora was transferred, said he could not handle the matter because of personal reasons. He referred the case back to chief magistrate L.L.Gicheha. Last week, Gicheha had directed the parties to appear before Mburu on Monday for further direction, including new hearing dates. However, he recused himself and when the parties went…

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Prosecution of former Treasury CS Henry Rotich temporally suspended

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425 total views, 2 views today BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,24TH FEB,2020-The  court on Monday  temporarily suspended the prosecution of former Treasury CS Henry Rotich, former Principal Secretary Kamau Thugge and 27 other accused persons charged over the Ksh.63 billion Kimwarer and Arror dams scandal. This is after one of the accused persons in the case Richard Malebe was granted interim orders by Justice Mumbi Ngugi. “The prosecution of the petitioner is hereby stayed pending hearing and determination of the petition. The application for interim orders is accordingly dispensed with that the respondents to…

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President Uhuru promises to ensure that sugar task force report is fully implemented

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860 total views, 4 views today BY PSCU,NAIROBI,24TH FEB 2020-President Uhuru Kenyatta has assured that the Government will implement recommendations of the sugar Taskforce as part of ongoing efforts to revive the sector. The President made the assurance today at State House, Nairobi when he received the report of the Presidential Taskforce on the Sugar Sector. President Kenyatta told the taskforce co-chaired by Agriculture CS Peter Munya and Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya that the Government is keen to ensure  Kenyan sugarcane farmers earn decent incomes from their crop. “As leaders ours is…

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Health service grounded at Pumwani Maternity hospital as workers strike

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1,321 total views, no views today BY UPESI REPORTER,NAIROBI,24TH FEB,2020-Some essential services at the Pumwani Maternity hospital have been grounded to a halt after health workers employed on contract at the facility  downed their tools on Monday to protest over unpaid salaries. The 70 medical practitioners have not received their salaries since November 2019. The hospital’s administrator Geoffrey Mosiria admitted that indeed the workers had not been paid for the last four months. He, however, claimed that the payment process was ongoing and that the nurses would be paid by the…

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Huge relief for Kenyans as Gov’t extends deadline for migration to e-passport to 2021

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1,283 total views, 3 views today BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,24TH FEB,2020-The government has now extended the deadline for phasing out of the old ordinary passports by one more year until March 1, 2021. The old passports were originally supposed to be phased out by August 31, 2019, but the deadline was extended to March 1, 2020 before now being pushed to next year. Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i, in a statement released on Monday, said the new extension is due to the fact that approximately 1.8 million Kenyans, especially those living in the…

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 Businessman Lawrence Nginyo Kariuki dies aged 80.

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1,337 total views, 4 views today BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,24TH FEB 2020- Businessman Lawrence Nginyo Kariuki has died at age 80. His family said he passed on at the Aga Khan Hospital in Nairobi on Monday morning. “It is with great regret that we the family of Lawrence Nginyo Kariuki announce his passing on early this morning at the Aga Khan University Hospital at 1.30am,” a family statement stated. Nginyo Kariuki is an astute and successful businessman, with several high-end properties in the capital Nairobi with the ownership of Nginyo Towers on Koinange…

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NHIF Managers set to appear before MPs in funds theft probe

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2,778 total views, no views today BY ANN MUNENE,NAIROBI,23RD FEB 2020-The management of scandal-ridden National Hospital Insurance (NHIF) has been summoned by MPs to answer questions on an audit and misappropriation of public funds. According to the Nation,The National Assembly’s Public Investment Committee (PIC) chaired by Mvita MP Abdulswamad Nassir will meet the management on Thursday. Mr Nassir told the  media house  that the NHIF bosses will appear before them for the normal audit review but that the PIC will also ask questions on emerging issues at the fund that have…

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Nairobi county assembly speaker Beatrice Elachi bans MCAs’ trips to UAE over Sh2.35m debt

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2,808 total views, 1 views today BY UPESI REPORTER,NAIROBI,23RD FEB,2020-Nairobi ward representatives’ frequent trips to Dubai have come back to haunt the assembly, with Speaker Beatrice Elachi now banning the visits. The Speaker ordered investigations into a ‘mysterious’ Sh2.35 million ($23,500) legal debt owed to a Dubai-based firm, which was involved in the ward reps’ trips. The advocates of Birmingham Leadership Development Centre wrote to the assembly demanding the outstanding legal fees reportedly incurred in 2019. Ms Elachi thus halted trips to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) until investigations into the matter…

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Human trafficking racket :11 Kenyans rescued in human trafficking raid, 2 foreigners arrested

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2,261 total views, no views today BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,23RD FEB,2020-Eleven Kenyans were on Sunday rescued from a house in Eastleigh, Nairobi County, in a human trafficking raid. Via Twitter, the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) said the raid followed a tip-off from members of the public. The alert stated that a number of people had been locked up in a single room at Ushirika Estate. Following the tip-off, officers from Pangani Police Station carried out a raid which saw them arrest two foreigners, who were found in one room. The DCI…

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Raila promises to find a solution to teachers transfer menace in North Eastern

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322 total views, no views today BY CORRESPONDENT,GARISSA,23RD FEB 2020-Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga has  promised that he will personally see to it that the problems of teachers shortage and transfers  which have been the order of the day in North Eastern region has been addressed fully.Odinga said the ongoing education crisis in Northern Eastern Kenya, where teachers have withdrawn over insecurity incidents can not be ignored. The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) last month transferred more than 3,000 non-local teachers from Wajir, Mandera and Garissa counties following terror attacks targeting tutors.…

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We shall stop reggae,declares DP Ruto as he warns against politics of divisions around BBI

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163 total views, 2 views today BY DPPS/NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI23RD FEB,2020-Deputy President William Ruto now claims that the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) rallies held in various parts of the country are being used to propagate hate and ethnic profiling. Speaking on Sunday at Full Gospel Gatunduri Church in Embu, Ruto said those saying that “nobody can stop reggae” in regards to the BBI report should wait and see it being stopped. “If this story we are being told about nobody can stop reggae… If the reggae is what we are seeing; the ethnicity…

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Court of appeal judge Sankale Kantai released on Bond

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3,280 total views, 4 views today BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,22ND FEB,2020-A court of appeal  judge, who was arrested Friday over his relationship with a murder suspect, has been released from custody. Justice Sankale ole Kantai of the Court of Appeal in Nairobi was released on police bond Saturday afternoon. He will be arraigned on Monday. The judge is accused of interfering with the murder case of Dutch businessman Tob Cohen. The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) confirmed that the judge will be charged with conspiracy to defeat justice and interfering with witnesses contrary…

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Kikuyu and Luyia communities among the largest population in Kenya-2019 Census

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6,790 total views, 1 views today BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,21ST FEB 2020-According to the 2019 census results ,kikuyu and luyia communities are the largest among the Kenyan communities . In the final report from the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) the Kikuyu community is listed as the most populous in the country with a population of 8,148,668. The Luhya community comes a close second with a population of 6,823,842 followed by the Kalenjin which has a tally of 6,358,113 people. Kamba and Luo communities take position four and five with populations of…

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We don’t want to hear of regional governments,Maa community says

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6,948 total views, no views today BY UPESI REPORTER,NAROK,21ST  FEB 2020-The Maasai Community  says it will  reject the creation of regional governments as proposed in the BBI report that is currently being subjected to public participation. On Friday more than 3,000 delegates from Narok, Kajiado, Samburu, Laikipia, Nakuru, Baringo, Isiolo and Marsabit  met  at Maasai Mara University  and told former Prime Minister Raila Odinga that they supported more allocation of resources to the already existing counties and not creation of another level of government. They said they were already experiencing change…

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Rice importers charged with Ksh1.5 billion Tax Evasion

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4,081 total views, 1 views today BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,21ST FEB 2020-Two businessmen of Pakistani Nationality were today charged before Mombasa Chief Magistrate Ms Edna Nyaloti for evading tax worth Ksh1.5 billion. The traders, Rahim Qasim and Rameez Gulzar Ali alongside their firm Jhulay Lal Commodities limited were found to have been importing rice into the country while deliberately failing to pay Income Tax. According to investigations, it was established that for the period covering January 2015 and December 2018, the suspects imported rice worth Ksh1.68 Billion. They sold the rice and banked…

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Ruto policeman’s family cry for justice over the death of their kin

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749 total views, no views today BY UPESI REPORTER,NAIROBI,21ST FEB 2020-The family of the policeman attached to Deputy President William Ruto’s office, who was found dead on Thursday, has appealed to the DCI now wants justice to be done in establishing exactly what transpired. Sergeant John Kipyegon Kenei, 33, was found dead, with a gunshot wound to the head, at his house in Imara Daima, Nairobi County. He was at the Harambee House Annex in Nairobi the day former Sports Cabinet Secretary Rashid Echesa visited and was later arrested over a…

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Detectives arrest court of appeal judge Sankale ole Kantai , taken to DCI

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1,152 total views, no views today BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,21ST FEB 2020-Court of appeal judge  Sankale ole Kantai of the Court of Appeal in Nairobi has been arrested for reasons that are yet to be established.However sources have hinted to www.upesinews.co.ke that the judge may have been arrestd in connection with the murder of business man Tob Cohen who was murdered late last year. He was arrested in the capital on Friday morning and taken to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI). Justice Kantai was among several judges affected by a reshuffle…

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DP Ruto speaks on mysterious death of a cop attached to his office

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1,136 total views, no views today BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,21ST FEB,2020-Deputy President William Ruto has condoled with the family and friends of the officer attached to his Harambee House Annex who was found dead on Thursday evening. The officer, Sergent John Kipyegon Kenei, was on duty the day former Sports Cabinet Secretary Rashid Echesa visited the DP’s office in the company of two foreigners in the fake Sh39 billion military equipment deal. The DP, through his twitter handle, asked relevant authorities to investigate the incident. “Deeply saddened by the death of Police…

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End of Sonko?, as MCAs table impeachment motion

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3,252 total views, no views today BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,20TH FEB,2020-Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko risks losing his job if an impeachment motion against him tabled in the County Assembly on Thursday goes through. The motion was tabled by Makongeni MCA Peter Imwatok, amid uproar from a section of MCAs sympathetic to Sonko. One MCA was kicked out by Speaker Beatrice Elachi, amid shouts of “point of order” as Imwatok read out the motion, outlining grounds for Sonko’s impeachment. “This will not be a house of shouting. It will be a house where…

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A police officer who was on duty day Echesa visited DP Ruto office is dead

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2,638 total views, no views today BY NAMULONGO PETER ,NAIROBI,20TH FEB 2020-An Administration Police officer attached to Deputy President William Ruto’s Harambee House Annex office has been found dead at an estate in Imara Daima, Nairobi. The officer, who sources say was on duty the day former Sports Cabinet Secretary Rashid Echesa visited the DP’s office in the company of two foreigners in the fake Ksh.39 billion military equipment deal, is alleged to have shot himself. witnesses on scene said the deceased had a bullet wound on the head. A police…

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NCIC warns BBI rally organizers against condoning violence in rallies,says they will be held responsible

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3,062 total views, no views today BY UPESI REPORTER,NAIROBI,20TH FEB 2020-The National Cohesion and Integration Commission has sent a warning to the Building Bridges Initiative rally organisers. NCIC chairperson Samuel Kobia said on Thursday said people entrusted with organising the delegate forums and rallies as well as speakers must safeguard the integrity of BBI. “Avoid distortions, point out gaps and make suggestions and additions to improve on it,” Kobia said. He added that BBI rally organisers should be clear and present the agenda in good time. “The agenda shall guide conversations…

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Jubilee part SG Raphael Tuju flown to UK for further treatment

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992 total views, no views today BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,20TH FEB 2020-Jubilee Party Secretary General Raphael Tuju has been flown out of the country for further specialized treatment after he was recently involved in a road accident on the Nairobi-Nakuru highway. The party, in a statement to the press through Communications Director Albert Memusi on Thursday, said Tuju’s family had arrived at the decision following consultations with the doctors, but did not state  exactly where he was being flown to.However www.upesinews.co.ke has established that Tuju has been flown to a hospital in…

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Govt releases Ksh.1.3M to Kenyan students trapped in Wuhan China due to wide spread Corona virus

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1,501 total views, 3 views today BY UPESI REPORTER,NAIROBI,20TH FEB 2020-The  government  on Thursday  announced that it had released Ksh.1.3million for students who are trapped in Wuhan, China following the coronavirus outbreak. According to the government Spokesperson Cyrus Oguna ,this is in addition to Ksh.500,000 donated by the Chinese Government to help the students get supplies. Oguna state that , the Kenyan government has made contact with the students and been able to secure medical services for them. Rtd. Col. Oguna further noted that all the students were in good health but…

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Police gun down seven suspected thugs in a botched robbery in Isinya, Kajiado County.

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1,254 total views, 3 views today BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,20TH FEB 2020-Police on Thursday morning shot and killed seven suspected thugs were in a botched robbery in Isinya, Kajiado County. Police said the men had traveled from Nairobi to the area for their robbery spree and just after they had hit their first target on a private compound when they were confronted. In a police statement, police said they recovered an AK47 rifle, two police jungle jackets and a police communication gadget from the slain men. The shooting happened at about 1:30 am,…

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Court dismisses bloggers’ cybercrime law case

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1,128 total views, no views today BY  JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,20TH FEB 2020-High Court Judge James Makau has dismissed a case filed by the Bloggers Association of Kenya (BAKE) that challenged the constitutionality of the Computer Misuse and Cybercrime Act. He issued the judgment Thursday morning, saying the petition was unwarranted and had lifted sections which had earlier been suspended by the court. BAKE had moved to court to challenge the law about two years ago. The judgment was set to be delivered on January 30 but the matter was postponed to today…

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Aladwa and Sifuna disagree on whether Party’s MCAs should support impeachment motion against governor Sonko

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3,181 total views, 7 views today BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,19TH FEB 2020-Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) Secretary General Edwin Sifuna and Nairobi chapter Chairperson George Aladwa on Wednesday disagreed over the party’s position on the alleged impending impeachment of Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko. Aladwa, in an earlier letter to Speaker Beatrice Elachi, claimed to have been directed by ODM leader Raila Odinga to instruct the party’s Members of Nairobi County Assembly (MCAs) not to support Sonko’s impeachment. “As such, you are hereby directed not to vote and/or append your signatures on any proposed impeachment…

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Kiambu governor James Nyoro, frisks the muscle,nominates deputy ,reshuffles cabinet

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3,538 total views, no views today BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,19TH FEB 2020-Kiambu Governor James Nyoro on Wednesday nominated Joyce Wanjiku Ngugi, the widow of former Gatundu South MP Joseph Ngugi, as his deputy. The newly installed governor also reshuffled his Cabinet. Nyoro was sworn in as the Kiambu County governor last month. He had been serving in the acting capacity as Kiambu county boss after his former boss Ferdinand Waititu was suspended by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) court over a corruption case and later impeached by ward reps and the Senate. Soon…

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PLease verify which among my staff was involved in Echesa saga and take necessary action,DP Ruto tells IG Mutyambai

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3,865 total views, no views today BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,19TH FEB 2020-Deputy President William Ruto on Wednesday wrote  to the Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai, seeking expedited probe in the Sh39 billion arms deal fraud that was committed in his office. Ruto through his Chief of Staff, Ken Osinde said any of his staff found culpable should face the law. “Any officer in our establishment who will be found culpable should be arraigned in court the soonest possible,” Osinde said in the letter dated February 19, 2020 addressed to the Inspector…

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Blow to Matiangi as court overturns order to deport four Chinese nationals

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1,453 total views, no views today BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,19TH FEB 2020-Interior cabinet Secretary  Fred Matiangi suffered a blow on Wednesday after  the high court suspended a  deportation order for four Chinese nationals whose counterpart was seen canning a Kenyan worker . Interior CS had  issued the order  on February 13. This after the four suspects filed an application challenging the deportation order. The court also gave the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution (ODPP) more time to file responses by Friday this week. Ms. Jacinta Nyamosi, lawyer for the ODPP, …

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Al Shabaab attack bus in Mandera,kill three people

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704 total views, no views today BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,19TH FEB 2020-Three people were killed after al Shabaab attacked a bus in Sarmani, Mandera County on Wednesday. According to Citizen Digital,Five other passengers sustained injuries as scores fled the scene in fear for their lives. The media house also reported that the bus belonging to Moyale Raha company was from Mandera headed to Nairobi when the insurgents attacked. The bus driver is among those who were injured. al Shabaab has stepped up the pace of its attacks in Kenya since the New…

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Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs) should register, file and pay the January 2020 tax returns for the Turnover Tax (TOT) Thursday 20th February, 2020-KRA.

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4,107 total views, 3 views today BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,18TH FEB,2020-The kenya revenue has urged   all Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs) should register, file and pay the January 2020 tax returns for the Turnover Tax (TOT) by the due date which P this Thursday 20th February 2020 . The tax rate for TOT is 3% on the gross sales/turnover and is a final tax. TOT is filed and paid on a monthly basis on or before 20th of the following month. The taxman through a statement  on Tuesday  said ,the Government of Kenya is committed to enhancing simplification of taxes to facilitate taxpayers to meet their obligations and TOT is part of this initiative. The TOT obligation is a simplified tax regime for Micro and…

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Sonko’s tribulations: The governor charged a fresh in graft case as witnesses are put under protection

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3,985 total views, no views today BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,18TH FEB,2020-Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko was on Tuesday charged afresh in the Ksh.357 million graft case against him after the prosecution substituted an earlier charge sheet with a new one. The prosecution, in the new charge sheet, removed three names of accused persons and one company – Danson Muchemi, Zablon Onyango and Webtribe Limited – thereby leaving Sonko and three others. The prosecution also indicated to the court that there are other witnesses who will be put under witness protection and urged the…

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Crime watch: A police officer shoots boda boda rider dead at Mama Lucy Hospital

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4,217 total views, no views today BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,18TH FEB 2020-An Administration Police officer manning the gate of Mama Lucy Hospital in Nairobi on Tuesday shot and killed a boda boda rider following a confrontation. The rider, 24-year-old Daniel Mburu, was reportedly taking an injured child from Korokocho to the facility for treatment when a disagreement ensued between him and the officer. Citizen Digital QUOTED  an witness by the name , Mburu allegedly rode in and parked his motorcycle at the wrong spot, thereby rubbing the officer the wrong way. The…

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Revenue Allocation: Ksh.316.5B to be released to county governments in 2020/2021 financial year

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844 total views, 1 views today BY UPESI REPORTER ,NAIROBI,18TH FEB 2020-County Governments will receive Ksh.316.5 billion in the coming financial year, the Intergovernmental Budget and Economic Council (IBEC) meeting chaired by Deputy President William Ruto has agreed. The meeting said the figure, which is equivalent to last year’s, was arrived at following depressed collections in the country. Speaking on Tuesday during the IBEC meeting at DP Ruto’s Karen Residence, Commission on Revenue Allocation (CRA) Chairperson Jane Kiringai said the National Government would retain a reduced figure of Ksh.1.54 Trillion. “Based on…

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Babu Owino’s Case :Judge disqualifies himself

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2,136 total views, no views today BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,18TH FEB 2020-Milimani Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi  on Tuesday  disqualified himself from hearing Embakasi East MP Babu Owino’s attempted murder case. Andayi said that the prosecution – DPP has written a complaint to the Judicial service Commission on the bail that he granted the legislator. Further, the court directed that the matter be heard by magistrate Bernard Ochoi. The case will be mentioned on March 2. Babu is facing two criminal charges – an unlawful attempt to cause the death of a Nairobi…

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Blow to kenyans as NHIF slashes publicity budget, bank commissions in Sh1.1bn budget reduction

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1,912 total views, no views today BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,18TH FEB 2020-Kenyans have suffered a blow after, the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) Monday restructured its 2019/2020 budget and therefore dealing a major blow to the publicity sector whose budget was slashed from Sh753 million to Sh100 million. According to Capital News ,the changes announced by the NHIF board, the fund’s budget was reduced by a whooping Sh1.1 billion in budget cuts geared at lowering administrative costs. Bank charges and commissions were lowered from Sh315 million to Sh45 million while the travel…

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Kenyans mark 63rd anniversary since the capture and killing of Freedom fighter Dedan Kimathi

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2,181 total views, 1 views today BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,18TH FEB 2020- Kenyans  are joining  the residents of Nyeri county   where the late freedom fighter Dedan Kimthi  hailed from  in commemorating the 63rd anniversary since he was captured and killed.Other Freedom fighters are congregating at a monument put up by the Nyeri county government  in honor of the late Kimathi. The monument was erected injunction with the Dedan Kimthi foundation.The main event is taking place at the Dedan Kimathi secondary school in Nyeri. Over  5000 other freedom fighters are in attendance. Barely a…

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Tuju responding well to treatment after an accident-Jubilee Party

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1,295 total views, no views today BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,18TH FEB 2020-The Jubilee Party  Secretary General Raphael Tuju is now “conscious and fully in control of his limbs” following an accident along the Nairobi-Nakuru Highway. The statement  signed  by Jubilee’s Communications Director Alex Memusi says that doctors have started weaning Tuju off sedation. Tuju, has according to the statement, been under heavy sedation for the last 4 days to minimize the aggravation of the injuries he sustained from the accident. His role at the moment has been taken over by the executive…

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You may find yourself in big trouble over associating KDF with Ksh40B Weapons Scandal,defense ministry issues warning

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7,933 total views, no views today BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,17TH FEB 2020-Any media outfit or an individual associating  the Kenya Defence Forces with  the Ksh40 billion weapons scandal my find themselves in big problems. The force through the Ministry of Defense  has threatened to seek legal redress over media reports of their alleged involvement in the scam that continue to rock the nation. In a statement released on Monday, February 17, the ministry expressed its displeasure with what it termed to as scandalous reports perpetuated by the media to paint the force…

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