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Mutokaa retires from Mumias Sugar

Titus Maero, Feb 28 2009
Mumias Sugar Company has announced changes among it’s senior staff. In the management portfolio, the head of Sales and Marketing (SM) Mr. Dickson Mutokaa has retired and replaced by Mr. Paul Murgor who joins the company from Kenya Co-operative Creameries (K.C.C) Mrs. Dorothy Rabare has been promoted to the post of Customer Services Manager in Sales Marketing Department. Moving to S.M Department as Divisional Sales Manager Eastern region is Mr. Isaac Maina. More>>>

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Dickson Mutokaa: Retired as head of sales and marketing at Mumias Sugar. The company yesterday announced major personnel changes that saw Mr Mutokaa replaced by Mr Paul Murgor.

A year of coalition, corruption

By Barack Muluka, Feb 28 2009
The first twelve months of the Grand Coalition Government will go down in history as a period of lost opportunities, amidst frenetic theft in high places. It has been a season in which the people have left their leaders behind. More>>>

Broker barred from NSE

By James Anyanzwa, Feb 28 2009
The Capital Markets Authority (CMA) has suspended Bob Mathews from trading at the Nairobi Stock Exchange (NSE) for ten days. At the same time, the market regulator has ordered the Central Depository Systems Corporation (CDSC) not to approve opening of new CDS accounts by the troubled stockbroker. More>>>

Varsity students riot

By Steve Mkawale, Feb 28 2009
Egerton University students went on the rampage, destroying property worth more than Sh7 million at the Njoro main campus. Scores of students were injured during the Thursday night mayhem that left a trail of destruction in residential and dinning halls. More>>>

Cabinet at war

By our correspondent, Feb 28 2009
Cabinet ministers Anyang’ Nyong’o and Beth Mugo are locked in a vicious battle for control of departments in the former Ministry of Health. In the latest spat, Prof Nyong’o has written to Mrs Mugo complaining about alleged interference in the department of nutritionists and dieticians. More>>>

Mudavadi, Namwamba cry foul over Bukusu domination

By INGONEWS Reporter and Charles Ongiri, Feb 27 2009
Charles Masinde has been disqualified as a nominee for Western Province to serve on the Interim Independent Electoral Commission. This followed an objection by Musalia Mudavadi (Vihiga), the deputy PM and Ababu Namwaba (Busia). The Standard learnt the two informed the PSC the larger Bungoma District has a person from the area in the committee of experts on constitutional review. Musalia and Namwamba insisted any appointment of another person from Bungoma would not be fair. It was then agreed the particulars of six other shortlisted candidates from Western, Anthony S Muchanga, Wangalwa Kizito, William Ikapel, former MP John Munyasia, Dr Francis Ingaji and Dan Ameyo, be re-examined. More>>>

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Despite being dubbed the granary of Kenya, Western Province is facing starvation on a scale never seen before. Six districts are officially classified as critical.

Starvation looms in Western

By Henry Andanje, Feb 27 2009
Western Province has been hit by a shortage of food, with six districts facing starvation, the government said Thursday. Provincial commissioner Abdul Mwasera said there were only 10,000 bags of maize available until the next harvest. He was speaking to journalists after installing new Teso South district commissioner Dennis Omosa at Amukura. He named the hardest hard districts as Mumias, Butere, Samia, Bunyala, Emuhaya and Vihiga. More>>>

CBK to probe foreign mortgagor: The Central Bank of Kenya has detailed anti-fraud detectives to probe a foreign firm, Swiss-Bonds International, for allegedly offering mortgages and taking deposits from the public contrary to the Central Bank regulations. More>>>

Top scholar is dead

By John Oywa, Feb 27 2009
One of Kenya’s celebrated history scholars Stephen Eisha Atieno Odhiambo is dead. Prof Odhiambo who wrote many books, essays and articles on Africa’s contemporary history and philosophy died at the Kisumu’s Aga Khan Hospital on Wednesday. He was 63. More>>>

Fake pastor exposed: We have all seen ‘men of God’ who board buses and preach to us, but the question is, how many are charlatans? The run of one of these false prophets came to an end yesterday after it was revealed he was a fraud. More>>>

Sack Wako - UN Envoy

By our correspondents, Feb 26 2009
Commissioner of Police Hussein Ali should be sacked for overseeing a killer police force, and Attorney-General Amos Wako must resign for condoning impunity, a United Nations investigator has recommended. More>>>

AG, Amos Wako. UN Envoy says he should be fired.

Raila's land grabbed

By KNA, Feb 26 2009
POLICE officers in Malindi have arrested four people, including a former mayor and Kilifi district lands registrar, for alleged fraudulent sale of a beach plot belonging to Prime Minister Raila. More>>>

Ingwe coach resigns: AFC Leopards coach Gilbert Selebwa resigned hours after the Premier League side suspended him. More>>>

Kenyans must now sign visitors book in disputed Migingo

By Nick Oluoch, Feb 26 2009
Only a day after Prime Minister Raila Odinga told Parliament the disputed Migingo island belonged to Kenya, Ugandan authorities have introduced new tougher rules. Kenyans visiting the island are now treated as foreigners and have to sign a visitors’ book and explain their mission, fishermen told The Standard. More>>>

Uganda courting war with Kenya

By John Oywa, Feb 25 2009
Uganda’s move to deploy its troops on the disputed Migingo Island was a breach of the East African Community Treaty. International law experts, Cleveland Ayayo and James Mwamu, said in separate statements according to the law, only President Yoweri Museveni could have sanctioned the deployment of army and navy on Migingo. More>>>

Meanwhile, an ex captain has claimed that Migingo belongs to Kenya. More>>>
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Kenyan fishermen carry a boat they confiscated from Ugandan maritime security to Migingo Island at Nyandhiwa beach, at the weekend - Pic by Titus Munala

Smokin to smoke out 'graft' ministers

By Lucas Barasa, Feb 25 2009
The buck on corruption will soon stop with Cabinet ministers if a new policy meant to fight graft is adopted, Kacc assistant director Smokin Wanjala has said. Previously, ministers have been quick to shift the blame on accounting officers in their ministries whenever a scandal occurs in their dockets. More>>>

Polio outbreak: The Kenya Government has declared a polio outbreak and sounded a warning over its spread. Two cases have been reported in Turkana district. More>>>

Leopards to fire Selebwa as coach

By Robin Toskin, Feb 25 2009
AFC Leopards are set to formally sack their coach Gilbert Selebwa this morning and replace him with Twahir Muhidin ahead of Saturday’s clash with Gor Mahia. Matters came to a head after Selebwa, who guided Leopards from the KFF Nationwide League to the top division floored a fan with a jab during a training session on the back of two losses and a draw, an official said. More>>>

Mumias MP heckled

By our correspondent, Feb 25 2009
Mumias MP Ben Washiali was heckled in his constituency over the plight of sugarcane farmers. The MP was attending a funeral in Eluche at the weekend. More>>>

Crying stone with mythical powers

By Stephen Makabila, Feb 22 2009
At the top of a hill three kilometres south of Kakamega town stands the mysterious Crying Stone of Ilesi, a clearly visible landmark on the left of the highway as one drives towards Kisumu. The rock formation resembles a solemn head falling on weary shoulders. From its top, ‘tears’ flow down the length of the column, about 40 metres long. More>>>

Cheserem new CMA boss: Former Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) Governor Micah Cheserem has been appointed the new chairman of the beleaguered Capital Markets Authority (CMA. More>>>
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Queen Jedina and John Shikhomoli walk near the Shimichiro cave. In the background is the Crying Stone of Ilesi which is sacred to the Isukha people.

Kenyans flee disputed island as Kibaki, Museveni open talks

By oiur correspondent, Feb 22 2009
Kenyan fishermen continued to flee Migingo in Lake Victoria on Saturday as reports emerged that a helicopter believed to belong to the Ugandan military conducted reconnaissance over the disputed island. More>>>

Meanwhile, Kenya President Mwai Kibaki and his Ugandan counterpart, Yoweri Museveni, are engaged in talks about a disputed island in Lake Victoria. Foreign Affairs minister Moses Wetang'ula said on Sunday that “the status quo at the Migingo island will remain to await the resolution of pending issues between the two countries.” More>>>

Raila to head delegation to Uganda: Minister Raila Odinga is set to head a government delegation to Uganda next month where the issue of the disputed Migingo island is expected to feature prominently. More>>>

Depoliticise Mau Forest - urges Marende

By Peter Opiyo, Feb 21 2009
The politics of Mau Forest conservation resurfaced at a regional disaster reduction meeting in Nairobi. National Assembly Speaker Kenneth Marende, who opened the forum yesterday, said politicising the matter would affect eastern Africa. More>>>

200 Sabaot starving

By Dedan Okanga, Feb 22 2009
About 200 families displaced by the Sabaot Land Defence Force onslaught in Nandi North District are starving. The families left Mt Elgon last year at the height of the land conflict between the Soy and Ndorobo sub-clans. More>>>

Budalang'i's penchant for colourful MPs

By Ibrahim Ndamwe, Feb 20 2009
With the exception of independence leader John Osogo, the people of Budalang’i have an unrivalled penchant for electing rather colourful individuals. First was Okondo, a loose-tongued Kanu hawk whose defence of that appalling party caused many bowels across the land to churn with rage. More>>>

Church hammers State: The Kenya Government took a beating from religious leaders for its ‘non-responsive’ leadership during a prayer service for victims of the Nakumatt and Molo tanker tragedies. More>>
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Revolutionary Ecosan toilet in Siaya which turns human waste into manure.

Siaya residents profit from human waste

By Peter Orengo, Feb 20 2009
Most people would cringe at the thought of handling human waste, but not the residents of Ugunja in Siaya District. They have learnt to look for profit from what others reject. They have taken to a project that teaches them to turn faecal waste and urine into a resource that promises both profit and food. Eco-San Toilets, named locally "factories", have introduced a waste management technology where solid waste is separated from the liquid, then used separately for agricultural purposes. More>>>

Ruto appears before KACC

By our correspondent, Feb 20 2009
Agriculture Minister William Ruto appeared before the Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission (KACC) detectives for interrogation regarding letters to the National Cereals and Produce Board. More>>>

Khalwale uncowed by defeat

By Oliver Mathenge, Feb 20 2009
Ikolomani MP Bonny Khalwale, whose motion of censure against Agriculture minister William Ruto was defeated in Parliament on Wednesday, says he will not relent in his fight against corruption. Addressing a public forum at a Nairobi hotel on Thursday, Dr Khalwale denied that he was a gun for hire. More>>

Winner takes it all - Sh8m plus new car - in Africa's talent show

By our correspondent, Feb 20 2009
Africa’s first reality TV talent show will soon kick off in Nairobi, Kenya. The international show called Africa’s World Best (AWB) reality TV talent show is the first ever to bring together 60 Africans from all parts of the world into one house competing for one title with the biggest prize in the history of African TV to be won.

The winner will in fact take home a cash prize of USD $100,000 and a brand new car. AWB will go live in April. The show will involve talents such as singing, acting, performing arts, Comedy, poetry, script writing, dressmaking, jewellery making, sculpturing, dancing and other unique talents. All Africans with any special talent are strongly encouraged to apply. AWB reality TV Talent Show is a show by Africans for Africans. It is a way of empowering Africans, appreciating African talent and believing in the African youth and children.

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The show will be hosted by the first ever Bigbrother Africa winner, the popular presenter Cherise Makubale from Zambia and East Africa’s TV personality Gaetano Kagwa from Uganda with international celebrity guest appearances in the live TV shows. Kenya’s rising hip-hop star Kizzy is set to present the extra show on AWB called ‘The Spin’. This show will bring the audience exclusive behind the scenes news, gossip and interviews with contestants, judges and other celebrities in the reality TV show. Africa’s World Best AWB reality TV show was launched at a cocktail reception on 6th February at the Kenya High Commission, London, attended by Miss East Africa UK/Miss Kenya UK Vicky Ngari and Miss West Africa Amina Kamara, various African press and celebrities.

60 contestants over 60 days:
“There is a need to recognise African talent worldwide, develop new talent and reward the existing talent,” said AWB founder Pauline Long. “This show is promising pure entertainment at the highest level and at the same time giving back to Africa by establishing sustainable youth projects through our non-profit entrepreneurial foundation called ‘AWB Together’. It’s a very interesting concept with 60 African contestants, 60 days and one deserving winner,” she added. Pauline revealed that applications are streaming in so fast but the team are coping well and handling each application with much care and consideration.

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AWB founder, Pauline Long trying on saxaphone for talent. The show kicks off in Nairobi in April.

Luhya dictionary project full steam

By INGONEWS Reporter, Feb 19 2009
A dictionary of all Luhya dialects is being compiled by an American professor, Michael R. Marlo of Indiana University.  Prof Marlo has put together a team that is actively involved in compiling and editing material to be included in the dictionary but is appealing for more people with research and editing skills to come forward and join the team to ensure the dictionary is as comprehensive as possible. If interested, please contact him at:  michaelrmarlo@gmail.com

The team:
Research coordinator; translator and co-editor of Wanga dictionary
Alfred Anangwe (Nairobi, Kenya); Co-editor of Idakho dictionary
Danson Lumumba Esese, Ph.D. (Lansing, MI); Translator and co-editor of Nyala-East dictionary, Paul Sifuna Oshule, University of Toledo; Research assistant; translator and co-editor of Bukusu dictionary, Adrian Sifuna (Khalaba, Kenya) and Linguistic consultants and co-editors of Bukusu dictionary,  Jastino Sikuku (Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya), Aggrey Wasike, Ph.D. (Nairobi, Kenya). Click here to see the full list. More>>>

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Adrian Sifuna and Nedy Watamba busy compiling the Kabaras dictionary as interested parties look on.
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Michael Marlo and Musa Makokha discuss details of the dictionary.

Crisis as Panpaper is closed over unpaid bills

By Stephen Makabila, Feb 18 2009
As concerns over the closure of Pan African Paper Mills increase, it has emerged that the company does not have a valid logging licence, making it difficult for the firm to secure capital. The Executive Director of the Webuye-based paper mill, Mr N Saha, said the licence had not been renewed since 2003, leading to the disruption of wood supply, the factory’s core raw material. More>>>

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Webuye Paper Mills in Bungoma has been shut over unpaid bills. Its future hangs in the balance.

Kenya deploys forces in disputed Migigo island

By Elisha Otieno, Feb 18 2009
A clash looms over the disputed Migingo island in Lake Victoria after the Kenyan Government decided to deploy security forces there. Uganda, which is involved in a dispute with Kenya over the ownership of the island, has for the past two years stationed eight heavily armed soldiers there. They have set up a police station on the island, complete with an armoury and a Ugandan flag. More>
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Ruto survives: Agriculture minister, William Ruto gives thumps up after surviving Khalwale's censor motion. More>>>

Cecil Miller is new ECK boss

By INGONEWS Reporter, Feb 17 2009
The Parliamentary Select Committee on the Constitution has picked lawyer Cecil Miller as chairman of the Interim Independent Electoral Commission. In Western Province, former Sirisia MP John Munyasia, Mr Wangalwa Kizito, Mr Anthony Simiyu, Ms Catherine Muma, Mr William Ikapei and Dr Inganyi are among those shortlisted for the post of election commissioner from Western. More>>>

Cotu Secretary General Francis Atwoli (right) and FKE’s National Chairman Patrick Obath at a Press conference. Labour minister, Francis Munyes has thrown in the towel and allowed them to serve on the NSSF board.

Atwoli wins against Munyes

By Evelyn Kwamboka, Feb 17 2009
Labour Minister John Munyes has backed down over the barring of two senior workers and employers’ representatives from serving on the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) board. In a new twist, Mr Munyes has proposed that Central Organisation of Trade Unions Secretary-General Francis Atwoli and Federation of Kenya Employers (FKE) Chairman Patrick Obath continue to serve on the board. More>>>

Randy Kericho teachers defile pupils

By Peter Mutai, Feb 17 2009
Cases of teachers defiling their pupils have increased in Kericho. Kericho Children’s Officer John Odinya said last year alone, more than 50 cases of defilement were filed at local law courts while many more were resolved in the villages. More>>>

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Best of Africa: Africa's World Best Talent Show is coming to a country near you. From left: Miss West Africa, Julius Mbaluto, Pauline Long, Miss East Africa (Vicky Njoki) and Leonard Boiyo of the Kenya High Commission. The show was launched in London last Friday.

Bungoma policeman to be hanged

By KNA, Feb 12 2009
A Bungoma-based Administration Police officer has been sentenced to death for robbery with violence. Stephen Kimalewa was sentenced to death by the chief magistrate Reuben Nyakundi for three counts of robbery. The court heard that on August 7, 2008 at Masiero village in Napara location of Bungoma South District, while armed with an AK-47 rifle, and rungus (clubs), jointly with others not before court, he robbed Albert Khaemba Wakochwe of a mobile phone, pair of shoes and other property valued at Sh18, 500. More>>>

50 dead in New York plane crash

By CNN, Feb 13 2009
A Continental Airlines plane crashed into a house near Buffalo, New York, late Thursday, killing all 49 people aboard and a person in the home, authorities said. More>>>

Kenyans head home as Dubai's bubble bursts

By Oliver Mathenge, Feb 12 2009
An unknown number of Kenyan workers in Dubai could be headed home as the global economic crunch takes its toll on the Persian Gulf city. And, like many other foreign workers who make up 90 per cent of Dubai’s population, the Kenyans are victims of ongoing layoffs. With economic growth estimated to dip to less than 3 per cent this year, down from 8 per cent last year, Dubai firms – and largely the United Arab Emirates – are drastically cutting down on staff. More>>>

NSE brokers' cartel fleecing Kenyan investors

By Joseph Bonyo, Feb 12 2009
The Nairobi Stock Exchange is in a total mess. That is the stark message from a forensic audit report on the troubled Nyaga Stockbrokers, now under statutory management. It is a long tale of cases where money from clients’ shares are sold without their knowledge, where officials of the Central Depository and Settlement Corporation (CDSC) collude with brokers to postpone updating clients’ accounts and where prices are routinely manipulated by stockbrokers. More>>>

Ouko's gone but not forgotten

By John Oywa, Feb 12 2009
Mrs Christabel Ouko sat on a small swivel office chair, surrounded by books, files and pictures of her late husband. A wooden plaque with inscriptions, ‘Dr J.R Ouko’, lay on the table. "This was his private home office and study room. He sat on this same chair on the day he disappeared," she said, her voice diminishing into a hollow undertone. It may be a long time since he died, but on the 19th anniversary, Christabel recalls everything as if it happened yesterday. More

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Ouko's widow, Christabel in her home library at Koru, Nyanza.

MPs humiliate Kibaki, Raila over tribunal

By Alex Ndegwa, Feb 12 2009
A protest vote against the Government resoundingly shot down the Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) Bill 2009 and essentially delivered perpetrators of post-election violence to The Hague. President Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga were in Parliament to experience the humiliation first-hand. More>>>

Bungoma NGO Director arrested over fraud

By Bernard Kwalia, Feb 12 2009
A director and employees of an NGO in the Western district of Bungoma were on Tuesday arrested on suspicion that they were conning the public. Among those arrested were the director of Patnet Africa and seven other workers. Patnet Africa Community Development Financial Services also has offices in Rift Valley, Western and Nyanza provinces. More>>>

Marende challenges Abeingo on projects

By Shad Bulimo, Feb 11 2009
House Speaker, Hon Kenneth Otiato Marende has challenged Abeingo Community Network to be more visible by launching projects in Kenya. Mr Marende was speaking to a small team of Abeingo committee members on Monday in London during his stopover from Washington DC where he had led a government delegation to the annual Breakfast Prayer Meeting.

The Speaker lauded the formation of Abeingo as a vehicle that can mobilise people from Western Province to engage in meaningful economic development projects. He said Abeingo's presence needs to be felt on the ground in Kenya. "You need to start with a small project that can then become a focal point for your activities," he said.

Earlier, Abeingo Chairman, Juvenal Shiundu told the Speaker that Abeingo Holdings Limited had been registered in Kenya in which members would be invited to buy shares to mobilise resources for investment and economic take-off in Western. He also said a branch of Abeingo Community Network has also been registered in Kenya to cater for grassroots membership and spearhead charitable causes.

Also present during the meeting were founding chairman of Abeingo, Dr Musa Mwendwa Ndengu, Secretary General, Shadrack Amakoye Bulimo and committee member, John Alusa Baraza.

House Speaker, Kenneth Marende speaking to Abeingo Community Network committee in London on Monday. He challenged the organisation to be more visible in Kenya by launching projects.
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Abeingo meets the Speaker: From left: John Baraza, Abeingo chairman, Juvenal Shiundu, House Speaker, Kenneth Marende and Abeingo Founding chairman, Dr Musa Ndengu at a London hotel.
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House Speaker, Hon Kenneth Otiato Marende speaking to Abeingo Committee members during his stopover in London from Washington DC on Monday.

"Ruto must go" pressure mounts

By our correspondents, Feb 11 2009
Beleaguered Agriculture Minister William Ruto continued to be swamped by pressure to quit - from the floor of Parliament to the maize fields of Eldoret. In Nairobi, Prime Minister Raila Odinga moved swiftly to redeem ODM’s image by forming a five-member committee to investigate the maize scam and report to him in two weeks. More>>>

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Is this Kenya or Zimbabwe? You guessed right: It's Kenya of course, the new Zimbabwe where foof shortages are now part of life as the ruling elite swim in luxury fuelled by corruption.

24 DC's appointed

By our correspondents, Feb 11 2009
The government has appointed 24 new district commissioners. In a list of the appointed administrators are several senior district officers who have been promoted. President Kibaki has created 49 new districts in the last two months. In Nyanza, the President split Siaya, Migori and Nyando districts. More>>>

Axed Pipeline MD charged: Suspended Kenya Pipeline Company managing director George Okungu has been charged with unlawfully disposing of company property worth over Sh68 million. More

Ecological threat as Yala swamp invaded

By Peter Orengo, Feb 10 2009
Conservationists have raised the alarm over invasion of the Siaya’s Yala swamp by farmers and poachers. Driven by hunger, residents near the swamp have invaded the complex wetland and are now killing the rare sitatunga antelope and waterbuck species. At Alego Misori, the western side of the swamp, some farmers were busy cultivating a reclaimed part, while others were clearing papyrus for further tilling. More>>>

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Regional Development Minister Fred Gumo (left) with Dominion Farm Managing Director Steve Cowell during a tour of the Yala Swamp in Siaya District last year.
Anger over hunger: Protests against maize scandal grow even louder.

MPs bought maize from board

By Lucas Barasa, Feb 9 2009
Millers were desperate as early as October last year over the shortage of maize and turned to their MPs for assistance to procure grain for their regions. Some of the MPs intervened by writing to the National Cereals and Produce Board bosses. More>>>

Nyanza gets three extra districts

By our correspondent, Feb 9 2009
Nyanza Province has three more districts, bringing to 25, the total number of districts in the administration unit. Of these, only 21 have district commissioners. According to a Kenya Gazette notice dated February, 5, 2009, and signed by President Kibaki, Nyatike District has been carved out of Migori while Nyakach was hived off from Nyando. A third district, whose name is yet to be picked, was created out of Siaya District. More>>>

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Sadness as Molo tanker fire victims are laid to rest in a mass grave over the weekend.

In Kenya roads cost Shs123m per km

By our correspondent, Feb 9 2009
Construction of the Sh8.6 billion Northern and Eastern road bypasses starts Monday. But before the contractors get on with their work, the Ministry of Roads will first demolish structures and all the other developments identified for removal where the two bypass cross. More>>>

Nyagah acts on pyramid scheme scandals: Development and Marketing minister Joseph Nyagah has formed a nine-member task-force to investigate pyramid schemes that swindled Kenyans of billions of shillings. More>>>

Namwamba's Lucy documents fake

By our correspondents, Feb 6 2009
First lady Lucy Kibaki was on Thursday cleared of any wrongdoing in the maize scandal. Her accuser, Budalangi MP Ababu Namwamba (ODM), beat a hasty retreat, offered an apology to Mrs Kibaki and the documents he produced to support his claims were ruled to be fakes. More>>>

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First Lady Lucy Kibaki has been exonerated from a maize scam after documents tabled in Parliament by Budalang'i MP, Ababu Namwamba were adjudged fake.

Ruto's cereals board sackings 'fake'

By Kibiwott Koros, Feb 6 2009
Confusion reigns at the National Cereals and Produce Board a week after Agriculture minister William Ruto announced the sacking of senior officers early last week. Questions are now being asked on who the Agriculture minister sacked. He, however, retained the board’s MD Prof Gideon Misoi. More>>>

Ringera gives up on Anglo Leasing

By Lucas Barasa, Feb 6 2009
Kenya’s top anti-corruption agency has admitted that investigations into the multi-billion Anglo Leasing scandal have collapsed. More>>>

Lucy involved in Maize scam - Namwamba

By Alex Ndegwa, Feb 5 2009
It came fast and furious. And by the time ‘The Bullfighter’ was through, several heavyweights were reeling. The House literally became a war theatre as Ikolomani MP Bonny Khalwale charged that Agriculture Minister William Ruto was culpable in the maize scam. But the Eldoret North MP was emphatic that he was innocent, even as Budalang’i MP Ababu Namwamba sensationally dragged the First Lady Lucy Kibaki’s name into the murk. More>>>

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Back to reality: President Obama’s grandmother Sarah Obama in a jovial mood at her home in Kogelo after she returned from the US. Right: Obama's note.

Busia police denied uniforms

By our correspondent, Feb 5 2009
Police department in Busia has ruled out giving uniforms and identification cards to community policing members. Mr Philip Opiyo, an official from police headquarters in charge of community policing, on Wednesday said those who had been given uniforms in the past had abused the privileges. More>>>

No more Nyayo Stadium

By our correspondents, Feb 5 2009
Nyayo National Stadium will now be known as the Coca-Cola National Stadium following the signing of an agreement between Sports Stadia Management Board (SSMB) and the Coca-Cola Company. More>>>

Two con 'policemen' arrested in Kakamega

By our correspondents, Feb 4 2009
Two gangsters who have been masquerading as police officers and extorting money from the public in Kakamega town have been arrested and homemade guns recovered. Kakamega OCPD John Mwinzi said they were arrested in Kefinko Estate after a tip-off. "They were arrested in their hideout, but two others escaped the police dragnet," said Mr Mwinzi in his Kakamega office. More>>>

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Residents of Makaburini estate are shown a skeleton by Mr Tom Mutange at the door of Ms Margaret Nekesa (in brown skirt) - Pic: Isaac Wale

In Kakamega the living compete with the dead

By Benson amadala, Feb 4 2009
Makaburini estate residents, it seems, stretched their luck too far by choosing to compete for space with the dead in a public cemetery in Kakamega Town. Propelled by their plight, the families evicted from another slum 13 years ago moved into the burial ground dotted with graves. More>>>

Ali attacked by women: Women MPs want the Commissioner of Police fired. More>>>

Saitoti splits Kibaki household

By our correspondent, Feb 4 2009
President Kibaki moved swiftly to the defence of Internal Security Minister George Saitoti, publicly contradicting the First Lady who had criticised his work as "lethargic". More>>>

BBC fires Thatcher: Carol Thatcher has been axed by BBC over racist comments. More>>>

The return of AFC Leopards

By Gilbert Wandera, Feb 3 2009
As the Premier League kicks-off this weekend, former giants AFC Leopards will be looking for a positive result in their first match against Nairobi City Stars away. Leopards are back in top-flight football after a two-year absence and will be anxious to start on a winning note if only to woo back their legion of fans. "We are physically and mentally prepared for the match," said Leopards coach Gilbert Selebwa. More>>

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Ready to bite again. AFC Leopards acknowledge fans during a previous match.

Landless to be resettled in Mt Elgon forest

By Allan Kisia, Feb 3 2009
Part of Mt Elgon forest will be degazetted to resettle those who were not allocated land at the controversial Chebyuk scheme. A taskforce in the district chaired by former PC Joseph Kaguthi began sitting a week ago. The team seeks solutions to the land conflict that has left more than 600 people dead and 40,000 displaced. More>

Foreign doctors fly in to treat fire victims

By our correspondents, Feb 3 2009
More doctors and medical experts will be flown in today and tomorrow to help treat survivors of the Molo fire. Prime Minister Raila Odinga said the experts, mainly from the US and India, will help their Kenyan counterparts who have been overstretched by the numbers of patients. Meanwhile, the death toll has risen to 120. More>>>

Missing journalist's body found dumped in forest

By our correspondent, Feb 3 2009
A freelance journalist based in Nyamira district has been found killed and his body dumped in Kodera forest in Rachuonyo district. Mr Francis Kainda Nyaruri alias Mokua went missing on January 16 and frantic efforts by family members and journalists to trace him did not bear fruit until his body was recovered on Wednesday. More>>>

80% of CDF projects in Western corrupt - PC

By Bernard Kwalia, Feb 3 2009
Government and CDF officials in Western Province have been accused of diverting public funds and doing shoddy jobs. Provincial commissioner Abdul Mwasera said on Thursday that 80 per cent of projects under the Constituency Development Fund in 24 constituencies were done by government officers, leading to shoddy work, and stalling of projects. More>>>

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Mukuru Kayaba slum in Nairobi. Underneath is the Kenya pipeline. Another disaster waiting to happen...

God of fire lies below Nairobi slum

By our correspondents, Feb 3 2009
When Pastor Caleb Basweti preaches that “God is fire,” that fire is never too far for the 100 members of his Rivers of Joy Ministry. This is because the church, in the Mukuru Sinai slums sits right on top of an oil pipeline. A few metres from the entrance, letters KPC protrude from the ground. More>>>

Marshall Plan for Nyanza

By Elisha Otieno, Feb 2 2009
Political leaders and professionals from Nyanza Province are working on a plan to improve the socio - economic welfare of the people. Cabinet minister Dalmas Otieno said the master plan will entail use of modern technology in agriculture and streamlining the sugar and fishing industries besides improving roads. More>>>

Raila wants equal pay with Kibaki

By Samwel Kumba, Feb 2 2009
Prime Minister Raila Odinga has finally broken his long silence over the matter of his salary and now says it should be based on the constitutional partnership between ODM and PNU. More>>>

oil for death
The human face of the oil tanker tragedy in Nakuru that claimed 111 lives on Saturday.

Footballer dies: Former international midfielder of the 1960s and 1970s Kadir Farah has died. Farah, regarded by many as probably the best midfielder before he hang his boots, died in a Dubai hospital on Sunday where he had gone for treatment. More>>>

111 dead in Nakuru oil tanker tragedy

The smell of burnt human bodies hang in the air. The victims lay side-by-side, limbs frozen in a state of flight, mouths open in anguished, if wordless cries. They had died a painful death, 111 burned beyond recognition after a deadly chase for free petrol from a tanker that had overturned. More>>>

UK TV firm bites the dust in Kenya

By Benjamin Muindi, Feb 2 2009
GTV Kenya ceased operations on Saturday after the board of directors of its parent company, Gateway Broadcast Services (GBS), approved a plan to liquidate the company. More>>>

Teacher strike increases child prostitution in Malaba

By our correspondent, Feb 2 2009
Cases of child prostitution are on the rise in the border town of Malaba, Teso District. Parents have blamed it on the recent teachers’ strike. The parents, led by the National Rainbow Coalition Teso branch secretary Stephen Enaga, said many underage schoolgirls had resorted to prostitution as a result of being idle during the boycott. More>>>

Saitoti in trouble with Lucy

By our correspondent, Feb 2 2009
Kenya’s First Lady Lucy Kibaki has said Internal Security minister Prof George Saitoti is to blame for the Molo oil deaths. She has also demanded for an explanation, in writing, from officials of the Ministry on why they failed to secure the scene of the incident. More>>>