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Big boost for Wamalwa as Wetang'ula is demoted

By our correspondent, March 27 2012
The presidential bid for Saboti MP, Eugene Wamalwa received a boost yesterday after he was named the new justice minister to replace his outspoken predecessor, Mutula Kilonzo. At the same time, Moses Wetang'ula, hitherto foreign affairs minister was moved to the less glamorous trade ministry in a clear demotion over his association with ODM. Wamalwa took over office on Tuesday as Minister for Justice, National Cohesion and Constitutional Affairs a day after President Kibaki, in Consultation with Prime Minister Raila Odinga made changes to the cabinet. Wamalwa was appointed Justice Minister while Mutula was moved to the Education Ministry. Sacked Tourism Minister MP Najib Balala also handed over to Voi MP Danson Mwazo. Balala said he was not bitter with his dismal and vowed to make a political statement on the matter on Wednesday. He said his stint at the ministry was one of the most fulfilling moments in his life adding he has also left behind a committed and passionate team that will serve the sector effectively. “I don’t want to talk politics at this handing over but will do so tomorrow at the Serena hotel. I only want to welcome my brother to his new responsibility,” said Balala. Chirau Ali Mwakwere and Prof Sam Ongeri were also moved in the reshuffle. Wetangula was replaced by former Education Minister, Ongeri. More...

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Eugene Wamalwa, the new justice minister talking to reporters in Nairobi today. Below: Moses Wetang'ula who as been moved to ministry of trade and industry.
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Kenya discovers oil

By Mwaniki Wahome, March 27 2012
Tullow Oil Plc the company that discovered oil in Turkana is not new to the business of oil exploration in the region. It has successfully explored oil in Uganda at Lake Albert Rift Basin. The British based company is an independent multi-billion gas and oil exploration and production Group with interests in almost every part of the globe. The significance of the oil discovery is reflected by the fact that its shares rose more than 4 per cent after the announcement. Tullow is quoted on the London, Ghana and Irish Stock exchanges. Last year, it recorded over $1 billion (Sh83 billion) in profit, with some of its major projects in the year being the basin opening discovery in South America, with 74 per cent success ratio, according to information posted in its website. In Africa, Tullow has production in Ghana, Gabon, Côte d’Ivoire, Mauritania, Congo (Brazzaville) and Equatorial Guinea. More...

Please help this man cure debilitating disease

By Eric Lumbasi, Marh 21 2012
Victor Ambani Simiyu, from Kimilili who has been suffering from Neurofibromatosic for over six years is now seeking medical assistance to save his precious life. He is appealing to well-wishers, the government and the Kimilili Contituency Development Fund (CDF) to come to his rescue. Simiyu hails from Kamasielo village, Kimilili constituency of Bungoma County. According to him, it all started as a simple swelling on his chest way back in 2004 of which he sought medication from Kapsokwony hospital and it subsided. Later on it re- appeared and it swelled at an alarming speed prompting him to seek medication at Kimilili and later at Webuye district hospital. He was referred to the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret who diagnosed him with an anterior chestmass (Fibromatoses) condition. Also the doctors performed an X-ray on him and luckily it had not affected his heart. ''My condition can only be corrected through surgery at a cost of Ksh 20, 000 and I call upon well wishers to help me since am jobless and cannot raise the amount required at Eldoret Refferal hospital,'' said Victor. He added that his condition has brought him unbearable negative impact in his life with some of his relatives who have since opted to regard him as an outcast. More..

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Victor Ambani Simiyu who suffers from a rare disease needs your help. With only a 90-year old grandmother as a carer, Victor feels like an outcast.
Strange insects chase Bungoma residents from their homes, businesses

By Robert Wanyonyi, March 21 2012
Giant moths have invaded Bungoma town and its environs, making life uncomfortable for residents. The flies that hit the area about six days ago have swarmed everywhere, from bushes, recreation and entertainment spots to the streets. A survey by The Standard established that majority of eating joints in town have gone without customers for a week after the giant moths invaded. At the popular Sharrif’s Centre Restaurant, desolate workers were seated alone staring at empty chairs as the moths hovered menacingly above them. "We have not sold anything since last week when these big flies arrived. When a customer orders for food, the insects immediately drop into the soup with some biting the customer!" said Shaaban Mula, the manager at the hotel. He added that the business has lost sales, putting the loss at millions of shillings as a result of the big and dirty insects that have refused to go away. "We are appealing to public health officials to clear the area of this menace. I think they have also seen these strange insects, but they are doing nothing about it," added Peter Omosh, a town resident who we found frantically trying to chase away the moths from his walls. Farmers fear the insects are likely to cause a severe famine should the Government do nothing about the flies that they said would eventually give rise to larvae. "They are everywhere. Even in my home village in Bumula. They have chased some families from their homes since they bite children!" said Patrick Pamba. More..

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The menacing moths are a nuisance and some people claim they could be a curse: Photo: Robert Wanyonyi
Kidneys for education: It's the life of a young Kenyan man hampered by lack of money to sail him through education. He refuses to give up and believes that one day his long time desire of becoming a doctor will sprout. He tells us that to him the word giving up has never existed. We ride through the dusty roads of Ngairwe village in Matungu district and that is where Hamisi Wetoi resides. We find him sited outside his home with his children. The long story of pursuit for education begins. Hamisi Wetoi was born 35 years ago, but just completed his form four exams 2011 when his age mates are either working or managing their own businesses. More...
Model's lover fell to death in bungled robbery

By Mike Pflanz, March 13 2012
Initial investigations into how Charlie Grieves-Cook fell to his death from Diana Sifuna's fourth-floor balcony centred on theories that it was a bungled robbery. But fresh lines of inquiry are now focused on suggestions that gunmen who forced their way into Miss Sifuna's flat were hit men hired by a spurned lover. "They knew he was there, they were asking for the white man, he was why they were there," a police source said on Sunday night. "We thought it was a robbery, but now we are switching attention to any men that this lady knew before she became the girlfriend of Mr Grieves-Cook. It is possible that someone was angry with him, that this was some sort of crime of passion." The 24-year-old model, who represented Kenya on an Africa-wide television search for new talent, told police that two young men knocked on her door around 8.30pm on March 3 and pulled out a pistol when she refused them entry. More...

Mudavadi cautions against loose ICC talk: Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi on Monday told politicians to stop issuing comments which could deny the Ocampo Four a fair trial in the International Criminal Court. In a statement that appeared to be directed at the Prime Minister Raila Odinga, Mr Mudavadi said those issuing inflammatory comments were doing injustice to Mr Uhuru Kenyatta, William Ruto, Francis Muthaura and Joshua Sang, who are facing criminal charges at the ICC. “This is a serious and weighty matter which should be left alone so that the suspects can be given a fair hearing,” he said when he addressed Kirinyaga County delegates at Roswam hotel in Kerugoya Town.
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Model Diana Nekoye Sifuna, 24, whose British boyfriend fell to death from her balcony in a bugled robbery attempt at her Nairobi home.
Mumias Sugar rejects arbitration lawyer in its shs1bn battle with outgrowers

By Maxwell Masava, March 13 2012
Mumias Sugar Company has rejected a city lawyer appointed as an arbitor in a Sh1 billion dispute between it and its cane supplier. A letter from the company lawyers, Hamilton Harrison and Mathews, claim Ahmednasir Abdullahi, the appointed arbitrator in the dispute between it and the Mumias Outgrowers Company ''appears to have already determined who the eventual winner of the case will be''. “The arbitrator has expressed views suggesting that respondent is using its financial position to stifle the claimant’s claim. The company feels that the arbitrator is biased against it and is reasonably apprehensive that the arbitrator will not be impartial in the consideration of the claims before him,” reads part of the letter dated March 8, 2012. The outgrower company says Mumias Sugar owes it the amount of money inform of 15 per cent annual retention fund. The Sugar Company, however, has disputed the claims, insisting that it is the outgrower company that owes them in excess of a similar amount, having received over payments. The Kenya Sugar Board, the regulator of of the sugar industry and custodian of the Sugar Development Levy, was to pay the arbitration costs, but Mumias Sugar objected, arguing that the loser should do so. More...

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Ahmednasir Abdullahi, the Nairobi lawyer shunned by Mumias Sugar Company as a arbiter in its dispute with cane farmers. nancy makokha baraza
Nancy Baraza, the suspended deputy chief justice will face a tribunal after her prayers were rejected by the hight court
Blow to Baraza as court rules she must face tribunal

By Paul Ogemba, March 13 2012
Suspended Deputy Chief Justice Nancy Baraza will face a tribunal to investigate her conduct over alleged assault of a security guard, a court ruled Tuesday. High Court judges Mohammed Warsame, George Odunga and Helen Omondi ruled that there was no evidence to prove that Ms Baraza's rights will be violated by facing the tribunal. In January, the court issued temporary orders restraining a tribunal set up by President Kibaki to investigate the conduct of the Deputy CJ until her petition was heard and determined. The tribunal was established following a petition by Judicial Service Commission to inquire into Ms Baraza’s conduct after an alleged assault involving her and a security guard, Ms Rebecca Kerubo, in Nairobi on New Year’s Eve. Ms Kerubo lodged a complaint with the police alleging she had been threatened by Ms Baraza when she sought to conduct a body search before allowing her into the Village Market where the deputy CJ had gone shopping. More...

Western MPs, councillors vow to support Mudavadi for ODM ticket

By John Kabaka, March 6 2012
Councilors and a number of legislators from Western region have vowed not to entertain any person against DPM Musalia Mudavadi’s ambition to lead this country. The councillors said that they will galvanize the ground in support of the Sabatia MP to ensure that MPs and fellow councillors not supporting Mudavadi's bid first for the ODM ticket and the presidency lose their seats at the next elections. “We want all MPs from western to declare their stand on Mudavadi and those opposed to his bid will never see inside of parliament again,” said Kakamega county council chairman John Shimaka. The councillors said that ODM should put in place mechanisms to conduct free, fair and transparent nominations at all levels warning that the party should be ready to suffer consequences that would follow reckless handling of nominations processes. Shinyalu MP Justus Kizito said it was unfortunate that Mudavadi was criss crossing the country alone when MPs who used his name to be elected to parliament are sitting pretty in offices while others followed Prime Minister Raila Odinga. Ikolomani MP Boni Khalwale warned Youth and Sports Minister Paul Otuoma and his Regional Development counterpart Fred Gumo that their political careers risked crumbling over their open opposition to Mudavadi's bid for ODM ticket. “I want to send you Wycliffe Oparanya to go and ask the two MPs to know that Luhya, the Luhya community will not just sit and watch them fight their course and if they don't see sense they pay for it dearly,” said Khalwale. Gumo chairs the Orange Rapid Response team that was paved up by Prime Minister Raila Odinga to come up with strategies to ensure unity of the party following tensions raised by the hunt for the party presidential ticket between him and his deputy Mudavadi. The leaders were speaking during the funeral service for Kakamega county council vice chairman Evans Ashibikha at his Bukura home over the weekend. More...

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Musalia Mudavadi meets residents of Bukura in Butsotso on a blistering campaign trail to bag the nomination ticket as ODM presidential candidate in the forthcoming general elections.

Kenya Sugar board sexism suit thrown out

By Justus Ochien, March 6 2012
THE Kenya Sugar Board is working on modalities of fast tracking reforms to ensure gender balance. Last Week, justices Abida Ali Aroni, Hillary Chemitei and Said Chitembwe sitting at the Kisumu High Court threw out a petition filed by two female farmers last year challenging the constitution of the Kenya Sugar Board which they argued was not gender sensitive. The farmers, Milka Adhiambo Otieno and Betty Chepchirchir petitioned the court citing electoral malpractices during the Kenya Sugar Board elections and gender imbalance. The judges, however, advised the authorities at the Kenya Sugar Board to ensure that the Sugar Act of 2001 takes into consideration marginalised groups such as women. Yesterday, some board members from Western Kenya said they will lobby for the sugar Act 2001 to incorporate women. The members from Nyanza, Western and the Rift Valley region including Nicholas Oricho (Muhoroni-Chemelil), Billy Wanjala (Nzoia) Kiptarus Kirior (Soin-Songor) said they will act to ensure the Sugar Act is amended to address gender imbalance. More...

Western grabs 10 spots in top 100 schools

By Grace Wekesa, March 1 2012
Western Province grabbed 10 positions in the top 100 county schools in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education. St Peters Seminary in Kakamega East District produced the top student Job K Nalianya in Kakamega County and nationally. Top on the list was Bungoma’s Friends School Kamusinga, which was position eight followed by Kibabii Boys at number nine. Other schools that featured in the category were St Charles Lwanga at position 27, St Peters Mumias at 29, and Nyang’ori Boys 42. Others were Lugulu Girls, 44, Chavakali Boys 48, and Bunyore Girls 50. Butula Boys was position 83 while Kakamega High School closed the category at 100. In the districts category, Western got top three positions. Koyonzo, St Martha’s Mwitoti and Namachanja High emerged position 34, 44, and 89. In the private schools category, Western took three positions. Mudasa Academy, Booker Academy, and St Peters Seminary were position 21, 28, and 45. Kamusinga took eight of top 10 positions in the county. The other school that featured in the top 10 was Kibabii High School whose students took positions five and ten. In national schools category, Kamusinga was ranked position 12, emerging the best in Western Province. Lugulu Girls failed to produce a student in the top 10 in Bungoma County. More...

Asseta is top student in Uasin Gishu

By Westfm, March 1 2012
In Uasin Gishu County, parents and neighbors of Faith Asseta who led in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exams in were happy to hear Wednesday’s KCSE results. Faith Asseta a former student at Moi Girls High School Eldoret scored a mean grade of A emerging the top student in Uasin Gishu County, and the second girl and seventh nationally. Faith, the second born in a family of four ,said she did not expected to excel the way she did but knew she would pass because since she joined form one she has been performing well. “I have had a dream of being a surgeon since my childhood and today after hearing my results, I feel like I have achieved it already, and would like to join the University of Nairobi to pursue my dream course.” Peter Asseta the father of Faith a businessman, said his daughter has been doing well all along and he expected her to pass but not to the extent of what she got, he praised her daughter for instilling discipline and hard work which has resulted to her beautiful results. Her mother Caroline Aseta works as a lab technologist moi referral hospital Eldoret. More...

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SHE KEPT THE FAITH: Faith Asseta, top student in Uasin Gishu County and 7th best student nationally, not a mean achievement for this promisng youth from Western. She is embodiment of discipline and foresightedness from a region that is blighted with economic privation.
Luhyaland produces brainiest student in Kenya

By Westfm, March 1 2012
Western Kenya produced its best in 2011 KCSE examination through Job Nalianya, from St. Peters Seminary Mukumu in Kakamega County is the top student in 2011 KCSE results with a mean score of 87.13 and Faith Asseta a former student at Moi Girls High School Eldoret scored a mean grade of A emerging the top student in Uasin Gishu County, and the second girl and seventh nationally. Speaking at the West Fm studios, Nalianya who is 18 years old, aspires to join Nairobi University so as to be a doctor. Nalianya says, “I was listening to the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation – KBC, this is when I heard my name. I did not believe I had won.” He adds, “I knew I would emerge the best, but not this way.” To succeed in exams, he says, “You must be God fearing, you must work hard, you must be disciplined – the cleverest person without character is not worth it- and you must have the self drive.” More... Though he failed to secure a slot in a national school after his KCPE at Maliki Roman Catholic Primary in Bungoma County in 2007, Job Nalianya never lost hope. The 18-year-old emerged the best student in last year’s KCSE from little known school, St Peters Seminary in Kakamega County. His fellow students called him King Solomon, a nickname earned because of his brilliance in academics. Nalianya, whose parents are teachers, is the fourth born in a family of seven. "He is the only son in the family. He topped the class while in primary and had no doubts he was destined for greater highest in future," said Edward Nalianya, the father. Nalianya now wants to become a surgeon. More...

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INGWE is TOPS: Joab Nalianya. Top student in Kenya is from Luhyaland.
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