Tough battle looms over leadership as assembly resumes

The unending fight among ODM MCAs over Nairobi County Assembly leadership is likely to halt house operations when the legislators resume duty on Tuesday after a week-long recess. A bid by a section of the MCAs to replace the minority leader and chief whip has already triggered divisions in the party’top brass and this could still spill to the assembly and committee sittings. While ODM chairman John Mbadi and executive director Oduor Ong’wen have been caught at the centre of the spiralling siege, the speaker Chege Mwaura is insisting that…

Sonko rescues conjestina

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko on Friday came to the rescue of the ailing former Kenyan female boxer Conjestina Achieng’, who is ailing in her rural home of Siaya. Sonko said Conjestina, who has won many titles for Kenya, will be airlifted to Nairobi and taken to Eden Home Rehabilitation Centre. “She will be received in Nairobi. We shall buy her new clothes and take her to rehabilitation centre for care because she needs urgent medical attention,” said Sonko. According to a video that has surfaced online, things are not going…

MOH says Triple polio vaccination increases immunity

  By Amos Mburu The ministry of health has assured parents that recent multiple polio vaccinations in 12 Counties have no effects as it meant to increase body immunity to children under 5 years. Polio is a contagious viral illness that in its most severe form causes nerve injury leading to paralysis, difficulty breathing and sometimes death and it’s mostly transmitted through contaminated water or food, or contact with an infected person. The ministry states that the quick succession of polio vaccination was meant to seal loopholes that were left…

Kenya Red Cross eyeing to incorporate youth in solving humanitarian crisis through programming

Switch TV Presenters Nick Mudimba,Nonny Gathoni,Daniel Peter Weke,DJ Sammy Flinch,Mwenesi Musalia and Nzula Makosi during the launch.   Kenya Red Cross has launched a new TV station targeting the youth with a view to empowering them solve humanitarian challenges in their communities. The station will offer engaging local and international content that includes an entertaining mix of; drama, comedy, reality, sports and current affairs programs. It will be available on Free to Air channels on Signet and Bamba TV. According to a study conducted by Millward Brown, a research firm…

MILLENNIAL RESHAPING HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY

By Hasnain Noorani It’s hard to believe it’s been more than ten years since the 2007/2008 political skirmishes which almost brought Kenya’s economy to its knees forcing consumers to focus on reducing their expenditures. Now, for the first time since 2008, it looks like the hotel and hospitality industry is returning to normal — whatever normal is. It’s in deed heartening to see statistical evidence, which shows occupancy rates are on the rise and holiday makers are travelling again (Jumia Travel and hospitality report of 2018). For many Kenyan millennials,…

Repair damaged dams in Kilome, Makueni government told

Community leaders have called upon the government of Makueni County to repair damaged earth dams in Mukaa Sub-county. Led by Dominic Mutunga, a local politician, the leaders now want their government to move with speed to mend the dams whose damage, they say, has created an acute water shortage in the area that relies heavily on irrigation agriculture to eke a living. We are experiencing a biting shortage of water in this area since these dams had their embankments washed away by last season’s rain waters. We wonder why our…

VAT will not affect Unga prices

Nairobi to host international grain millers’ conference with focus on trade wars and innovation  The Cereal Millers Association through its Chairman Mr. Mohamed Islam has confirmed that, despite the president signing the 8 % VAT law on the fuel, it will not affect the current prices of Unga at the retail shops. This is so because they had already reconsider this when the government lifted tax exceptions on wheat and maize floor products after a prolonged drought witnessed in the country early this year. Mr. Mohamed noted this during the…

opposition MCAs vow: We will go on with Sonko’s impeachment motion

A section of Senators and members of the Nairobi County Assembly are accusing Sonko of staging theatrics to gain political mileage even in matters he should have handled as governor a long time ago. Governor Sonko has over the past one year, sacked and suspended his county executives and officials in what critics describe as unsettling of county operations. Opposition MCAs in Nairobi have vowed to go on with Governor Mike Sonko’s impeachment motion once the assembly resumes on Tuesday next week. The MCAs are citing the ongoing Pumwani saga over…

Nairobi MCAs dismiss EACC summons, insist Elachi’s fate is done

By Tobby Otum and Erick Ludeya Nairobi Members of County Assembly (MCAs) have dismissed the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) circular demanding them to appear before it. They insisted that they had not committed any crime by impeaching the county Speaker Beatrice Elachi. The MCAs led by Majority Leader Ibrahim Abdi want the EACC to deal with corruption involving theRuaraka land before engaging itself in other affairs of the county. NASA,Jubilee MCAs team up to kick out Elachi over corruption claims He said the county has lost over Sh 1.5 billion over the Ruaraka land saga yet the…

City residents dismiss petition to dissolve county government

A group of Nairobi residents have come out to oppose a petition to dissolve the Nairobi City County Government. The residents, under the Umbrella of Bunge La Mwananchi lead by their president; Henry Shitanda and Nairobi Chapter National Youth Chairman Edward Githaiga, have termed the petition by Patrick Githinji and Muthurwa residents association as mischievous and unwarranted. The group has submitted its own petition to President Uhuru Kenyatta, outlining to him some of the projects   Governor Mike Sonko has done since taking over office. The group is specifically citing improved…