November 23rd 2017

National



Kathiani MP Robert Mbui admitted in hospital after police beating

Free Press Reporter | Saturday, 18 Nov 2017 09:18 EAT

Mbita MP Millie Odhiambo, who was with her colleague during the procession of Raila's entourage from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport towards the city centre, confirmed the MP's hospitalisation via Facebook, as did lawyer Morris Kimuli.


Uhuru's carte blanche to police driving Kenya into lawlessness

Ndung'u Wainaina | Saturday, 18 Nov 2017 06:07 EAT

The Directorate of Criminal Investigations specifically the Special Crime Prevention Unit has been reduced into a political police unit only equivalent to the dreaded Special Brach of the yester years. This is deeply troubling.


The House and its membership, NASA states will participate in the proceedings of the Peoples Assembly and will constitute a special college for the appointment or election of members, delegations and observers to the Peoples’ Assembly;


Parliament resumes amid Speakers' fury over NASA parliamentary absence

Free Press Reporter | Tuesday, 07 Nov 2017 16:02 EAT

Mbadi (of ODM) was to be deputised by Lugari MP Ayub Savula of Amani National Congress (ANC). Kathiani MP Robert Mbui (Wiper) and Kiminini MP Chris Wamalwa would serve as Minority Whip and Deputy Minority Whip respectively.


Three other occupants of the car were the governor's driver Samuel Kinyanjui, personal assistant Albert Kaguru and bodyguard Ahmed Abdi were reported to be in critical condition. Dr Gakuru, 51, had been in office for only two months, having been elected on August 8.


Raila Odinga: This is our next step for resistance movement

Jack Otwala | Thursday, 26 Oct 2017 15:34 EAT

Buoyed by that support, NASA yesterday launched a national campaign of unprecedented scope that will mobilize Kenyans to restore the cardinal values of democracy and the rule of law.


Raila Odinga's speech announcing birth of resistance movement

John Onyando | Wednesday, 25 Oct 2017 18:02 EAT

When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty and if there is no justice for the people, let there be no peace for the government. Consequently when government is established contrary to the Constitution and the law defiance and disobedience becomes an imperative.


High Court ruling on returning officers imperils legality of repeat election

Free Press Reporter | Wednesday, 25 Oct 2017 13:50 EAT

The activists had made enquiries from three political parties trying to find out whether they had received the proposed names of persons to be appointed as constituency returning officers for their concurrence, but nothing of the sort had been done.


Justice Mwilu’s driver shot off Ngong Road, near the old nairobi Women's Hospital. The DCJ was not in the car at the moment of the attack, and the attackers, who believed the driver to be dead by the time they left, took away with his official firearm, according to police reports.


“In other countries that I have worked [Akombe was previously a United Nations employee, based in New York] the international community should have been the first to raise these concerns.”


Uhuru acknowledges crisis in country, calls for National Prayer Day

Julliet Mwihaki | Wednesday, 18 Oct 2017 13:20 EAT

Uhuru said the day will be dedicated for prayers in all religions and asked Kenyans to pray for the country, stating that since the September 1 ruling by the Supreme Court that nullified the August 8 presidential election, the country had been tense.


IEBC commissioner Roselyn Akombe's statement announcing her resignation

Free Press Reporter | Wednesday, 18 Oct 2017 12:51 EAT

We need the Commission to be courageous and speak out, that this election as planned cannot meet the basic expectations of a CREDIBLE election. Not when the staff are getting last minute instructions on changes in technology and electronic transmission of results.


While the observers who endorsed the August 8 election recalibrated their positions to reflect the weight of irregularities and illegalities that led the Supreme Court to nullify it, the western governments have remained firmly in support of IEBC, criticising Raila for demanding changes in IEBC.


IEBC commissioner Akombe says Chebukati means well but is too weak to lead

Free Press Reporter | Wednesday, 18 Oct 2017 09:42 EAT

“Well, if he was much more firm, I think probably we would have gone much far. There are aspects of his character that are helpful in a situation like we are in. But there are times he just needs firmness to be able to move on".


Akombe: IEBC totally partisan, can't deliver credible poll even by December

Free Press Reporter | Wednesday, 18 Oct 2017 09:01 EAT

“The country faces a political crisis that should be addressed. When that is done, the IEBC has to be reconstituted and some people have to leave, especially the staff, before you can have an election. That can’t happen in one or two months.”


Sudden shift in Raila, Ruto tone leaves doubts over October 26 election

Free Press Reporter | Tuesday, 17 Oct 2017 17:22 EAT

That a strategy was behind the suspension was evident in the fact that it came just a day after the Raila team had announced a day off from the protests, to allow the NASA leaders visit its injured supporters in hospital and condole with the families of those who have been killed.


If the training is not held within the next two days, the election would be imperilled in those areas since the presiding officers (including deputies) are the ones who are scheduled to train clerks this weekend.


Where there are discrepancies between Forms 34A and 34B, the judges said, that matter should be left to the election court, thus Supreme Court.


Police employing targeted killing of Luos - Orengo

Free Press Reporter | Saturday, 14 Oct 2017 17:42 EAT

"Our supporters have reported that in Kisumu over the past two weeks, there are usually flanks of civilians who operate behind the police, whose sole work is to destroy or loot shops."


"The constitution says it is up to police to protect those demonstrating and protect peoples property. We presume Matiang'i's order was hot air. From here we are marching to IEBC headquarters as we have always done."


Uhuru signs into law supplementary budget bill

Free Press Reporter | Friday, 13 Oct 2017 12:54 EAT

Deputy President William Ruto, National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale and Solicitor General Njee Muturi witnessed the signing of the Bill presented to the President for his signature by National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi at State House, Nairobi.


Govt bans NASA demos in three cities, threatens to arrest Magaya

Phillip Mulee | Thursday, 12 Oct 2017 13:54 EAT

The government’s order comes amid a deepening political stand-off between the ruling party-Jubilee and the opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) over a presidential election re-run.


MPs set to break today until after the planned October 26 rerun

Free Press Reporter | Thursday, 12 Oct 2017 13:26 EAT

Sh12 billion, according to the Supplementary budget is to finance the fresh presidential election with Sh2 billion for the upgrade of Kenya Integrated Election Management System (KIEMS) kits, buying of election materials, general operations, wages and allowances for election officials and the police


A source accompanying Raila on the London trip informed this website that the archbishop said he was "genuinely worried" about the trend of things in Kenya and wished Kenya success in dealing with the crisis.


We at NASA have insisted that the fresh election ordered be held to the standard ordered by the Supreme Court, that is, in strict conformity with the Constitution and written law.


While the law is clear on how the election process is to be conducted, what is not clear is who would be president of Kenya after November 1, given that Uhuru Kenyatta's 'temporary incumbency' would end on that day and there is no legal way in which he would continue to be president.


"The victim was with his friend when the officers fired in the air. As he lay on the ground, one of the officers fired at close range," said an eyewitness named Gor. The wounded man was admitted at St Paul's Hospital where doctored removed a bullet lodged in his leg.


The nominees include Mr Larry Wambua who has been nominated despite holding a similar portfolio in Machakos County in charge of Public Service, Labour, ICT and Co-operatives Development.


Oct 26 poll uncertain as IEBC skirts NASA demands

Free Press Reporter | Wednesday, 04 Oct 2017 14:28 EAT

"Jubilee are fully in bed with IEBC. They were declared winners of the August 8 elections when they were not the rightful winners and therefore they have no problem with IEBC," he told a journalist. "IEBC should do a soul-searching and address the concerns by NASA."


In 1990, the China Exim Bank executed two loan agreements of US$15 million and US$12 million to the Government of Guinea-Bissau and the Central Bank of Guinea-Bissau, respectively. Beginning in 1994, however, both loan recipients were unable to meet payment obligations.


Muthama moves to court to stop grabbing of 700 acres in Machakos

Mutinda Mulwa | Tuesday, 03 Oct 2017 19:33 EAT

Komarock Housing Society Limited, which has been listed as the second defendant in the case held an annual general meeting two weeks ago where its chairman, Bernard Maembe told members NLC had finally approved allocation of 700 acres of land following decades of ownership dispute.


These attempts point to a rapid deterioration of the political situation in the country and the emergence of an all-out effort to create an atmosphere of fear. They point to a resurgence of the old order, with the Executive giving itself powers that do not exist in our laws.


According to Ndungu Wainaina, the High Court had clearly banned the practice of the police detaining crime suspects awaiting trial under pretext of further investigations. The MP was held a day longer after appearing in court yesterday so the police could complete investigations.


The tragedy we face today, and which we have to confront before it consumes us, is not that elections were stolen. It is that the IEBC, Jubilee and a number of local and international actors are determined repeat that fraud; and they want to participate in it.


NASA accuses police of planning chaos

Jack Otwala | Tuesday, 26 Sep 2017 13:23 EAT

"It has also reliably come to our knowledge that this meeting was held with the full knowledge of CID director Ndegwa Muhoro and Nairobi Area Police Commander Japheth Koome. They are fully aware of this and their inaction demonstrates complicity with this nefarious plan."


Kalonzo, the Wiper Leader has confirmed that his bodyguards were recalled yesterday evening. "The withdrawal of my security and that of Raila is illegal. The law requires presidential candidates to have an all-round security protection," said Kalonzo Musyoka Tuesday.


Raila addressed the mourners but did not discuss politics. His speech was marked by warm response from the crowds, and after the service he rose and shook hands with Uhuru who, apparently surprised by the turn of events, did not look at the former PM in the eye.


NASA leaders accuse Uhuru of grand heist in nullified election

Free Press Reporter | Friday, 22 Sep 2017 16:10 EAT

NASA leaders accused Uhuru of, among other things, rejecting US and UK help in investigations of the Chris Msando killing that they said opened the door to tampering with the electronic results transmission system whose failure was at the heart of rigging on August 8.


He added that all leadership comes from God and all leaders should be in line to give direction for others to follow the example. "All leaders in the country should be in line to give leadership and a clear path for others to follow to avoid any conflicts in the country," added Bishop Hunja.


Cabinet approves Sh10 billion for fresh election; IEBC sought more

Phillip Mulee | Thursday, 21 Sep 2017 20:17 EAT

Therefore, the Cabinet decided to reorganize planned expenditures for 2017/18 fiscal year, in line with Article 223 of the Constitution and Section 44 of the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA), 2012 in order to meet the obligations wrought by the new priorities.


“We are not interested in Fake News per se, but the content. There are those that have been deliberately designed to stir ethnic emotions or violence. We want the online community to help us stem hatred that is being spewed on social media,” said Dr Nasongo.


KAM starts project to link TVET graduates with industry

Trizza Kimani | Friday, 15 Sep 2017 11:20 EAT

"As industry, we welcome technical institutions, and we are ready to work together to address the grey areas in our technical education and ensure that the industries get what they need," added Mr Dodhia.


Tetanus vaccination was a mass sterilisation plot, alleges Raila Odinga

Free Press Reporter | Monday, 11 Sep 2017 18:58 EAT

AgriQ Quest established the presence of BHCG to the tune of <5 mIU/mL or 5 milli-international units per litre. Medical experts say this is an extremely high presence of the substance. Vaccines are never supposed to have this substance at all.


Seven die as scores sustain injuries in Thika highway grizzly Accident

Phillip Mulee | Wednesday, 06 Sep 2017 18:16 EAT

St. John Ambulance personnel who were the first to arrive at the scene of accident confirmed the seven dead and scores of others injured during the accident which was caused by a lorry carrying construction blocks. Sources said that the lorry crashed into several vehicles including two matatus.


"Millions of Kenyans queued, made their choices and six people have decided that they will go against the will of the people," the president said in a speech from State House.


We'll not relent in war on computer-generated leaders, says Raila

Free Press Correspondent | Tuesday, 22 Aug 2017 15:53 EAT

The vote, freely cast and counted is a powerful weapon for the weak against the powerful. History also tells us that the powerful never give up power and privilege without a fight.


But all in all the role of fact checking will be put in place during the relaying of the votes. The Kenyan high court ruled that the presidential vote would be announced in the constituency level and many are waiting with bated breath to see how it will impact the fake news come on 9th August.


Was ‘raid’ on Ruto home staged to prop up Jubilee in Rift Valley?

Derrick Kiraka | Tuesday, 01 Aug 2017 22:22 EAT

Today, more than four years later, critics still believe that the calling of the Army to Westgate, as well as the destruction of the building, was a strategy by authorities to ensure that Kenya got maximum attention from the world and dissuade the ICC from pursuing the cases against President Uhuru


Protesters demand rapid inquiry into murder of IEBC official, Chris Msando

Free Press Reporter | Tuesday, 01 Aug 2017 21:48 EAT

"To restore the shaken confidence in the electronic systems that are key to the credibility and the success of the election ... the (elections body) should immediately secure the services of an internationally recognised expert in the area."


NASA wants govt to accept US, UK offer on Msando investigations

Free Press Reporter | Tuesday, 01 Aug 2017 20:45 EAT

I think it is fair to say that unless dramatic steps are taken. Kenyans will not be sure that this will be a free and fair election without having at the helm Chris Msando, who was totally committed to ensuring that the KIEMS system was protected from interference and would work on election day.


The letter from DDP’s office indicated that two other prosecutors will assist the investigations team to ensure that the matter is concluded without delay. Also, the letter directs the school bus to be impounded, inspected and photographed.


“We all know who is behind what Raila said yesterday. Jubilee plans are only known by 2 people that is Uhuru and Ruto. Our supporters can clearly guess who is betraying us.” Gatundu South MP claimed while addressing a Jubilee campaign rally in Tharaka Nithi this morning.


Suna East MP charged with ethnic contempt, released on bail

Julliet Mwihaki | Friday, 21 Jul 2017 11:42 EAT

Prosecutors have interpreted the words to mean that Mr Mohamed was saying that if Mr Odinga wins the August 8 elections, he will become president of certain parts of the country except Central Kenya.


IEBC wins court petition and allowed to print ballot papers

Free Press Reporter | Thursday, 20 Jul 2017 12:02 EAT

The commission said the judges erred when they assumed the constitutional function and autonomy of the IEBC to set operational programmes, including the timetable for procuring election materials.


Murang'a farmers launch war with President Kenyatta over KCC

Free Press Correspondent | Thursday, 20 Jul 2017 10:18 EAT

The farmers say that, for all his rhetoric about creating jobs for the youths, President Uhuru Kenyatta is more preoccupied with helping his close associates feather their nests, and Mr Wamae was too old to continue in a job that young people could do better.


Every citizen must be mindful from the very start of the importance of accountability to democracy. Past experiences have made us acutely aware of the possible dangers of a government and or institutions that are neither transparent nor accountable.


President Uhuru dismisses port relocation claims

Trizza Kimani | Monday, 17 Jul 2017 16:21 EAT

The huge sums of money needed to cater for construction and land compensation has led to huge borrowing of 80 per cent of the required funds. The project is initially not expected to generate handsome profits in the short term.


This year cholera has made an unwelcome emergence in Nairobi after a number of years free from this deadly disease that is closely associated with poverty. Nevertheless, the three areas where it has occurred in Nairobi cannot by any measure be placed in the poverty index.


CSs Rotich, Mohamed and others admitted in hospital with cholera symptoms

Free Press Reporter | Friday, 14 Jul 2017 17:37 EAT

The results of the probe were expected to be made public on Monday following the formation of a task force by health executive Bernard Muia to investigate the incident.


President Kenyatta, NASA’s Raila Odinga mourn Bethuel Kiplagat

Njuguna Kiru | Friday, 14 Jul 2017 13:53 EAT

"He endeavored to ensure lasting peace and harmonious co-existence among communities, a fitting legacy to his untiring efforts.He measured approach to issues and dignified demeanour earned him respect at the negotiation table," Ruto said.


At least 140,000 to benefit from Sh770 million EU food programme

Lucy Mwihaki | Friday, 14 Jul 2017 13:49 EAT

Rafiki Micro Finance will collaborate with EU by providing farmers with startup finances and access to credit. Farmers are urged to embrace the farming of cassava in this period where maize has become a problem.


He claims that the District officers, Local chiefs and their assistants are the ones that are roping into the nefarious scheme and it has been happening with full knowledge and connivance with the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).


Kenyans rank highly in global environmental impact study

Njuguna Kiru | Friday, 14 Jul 2017 11:41 EAT

Using the interactive map you can view the breakdown of the different measurements that make up the average individual human impact in each country, including energy consumption, air pollution and reliance on non-renewable energy.


Ambassador Bethuel Kiplagat dies with secrets of Wagalla Massacre

Lucy Mwihaki | Friday, 14 Jul 2017 08:35 EAT

He resigned after coming under investigation for alleged past human rights abuses, particularly his role in the 1984 Wagalla Massacre in Northern Kenya. Mr Kiplagat was then linked to the massacre in which hundreds were killed in Wajir, while others were tortured during a security crackdown.


The lecturers who were back to streets today are demanding the full implementation of their Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) that dates back to July 2013. It was signed in March to end the strike that had lasted more than two months.


“There are three authorities on labour issues: COTU, Federation of Kenya Employers and Ministry of Labour , which she should have consulted before slashing the salaries”, he added.


His body will arrive at Nyahururu Airstrip tomorrow at 8:30am and the cortege will proceed to Total where prayers will be said and later on leave for Nyahururu for his Rumuruti farm where the burial service will be held and body laid to rest.


The killings occurred on the day Baringo Senator Gideon Moi raised alarm over the resurgence of insecurity cases in the region and urged the government to intervene. This comes after four people were on Wednesday killed by suspected Pokot bandits at Lomaiywe village in Mochongoi division.


Area residents are accusing the government of neglecting them despite frequent attacks that have left several dead, others injured and property destroyed by their neighbors.


The two-day workshop brought together various representatives - including national and provincial authorities, civil society organizations, women and youth groups, Alfatah Peace Committe, Supkem, County peace forum and community leaders.


Mutha residents in Kitui threaten to boycott elections due to insecurity

Joshua Mwangangi | Wednesday, 12 Jul 2017 09:45 EAT

Some of the areas such as Mwingi North, Mwingi East, Mutomo and Ikutha sub-counties of Kitui County have been facing constant attacks by bandits which has forced the residents to arm themselves and take the law in their hands in defense.


The SRC on Monday announced a significant salary and allowances cut for state officers, including the President, Deputy President, MPs, CSs, governors and MCAs among others. The reduction is expected to save taxpayers more than Sh8 billion annually.


After hearing the judicial review lodged by NASA, the High Court found that the besieged poll body failed to conduct public participation sufficiently, a move that goes against the constitutional requirement.


What the media needs in order to cover late CS Nkaissery’s funeral service

Free Press Reporter | Monday, 10 Jul 2017 19:21 EAT

Should you have any further inquiries please send us an email on the above email address. Please note, strictly, ONLY accredited press will be allowed access for cover, the statement clarified.


The CJ further goes to say “this is consistent with my Oath of Office as the CJ of the Republic of Kenya, and forms the foundations of the independent and robust judiciary that is neutral arbiter, not only in political disputes but also in matters of justice in general.”


According to the chairperson of the Joint Organizing Committee who is also CS Ministry of Health, Dr Cleopa Mailu the burial date has been confirmed by the family. The CS's family has appointed Saitoti Ole Maika as its spokesperson.


However this time the state officers will all have a pay cut as announced by President Uhuru Kenyatta during his last State of Nation Address in parliament where he stated that Kenya’s wage bill at Ksh627billion per year which is 50 per cent of the total revenue collected by the government.


Kitui County visit on Thursday is meant to solidify NASA’s support as the County is another opposition stronghold with Kalonzo’s Wiper as the dominant party in the region translating into an expected good reception.


Another Al Shabaab ambush in Lamu leaves 9 dead as the toll reaches 12 in a week

Free Press Correspondent | Saturday, 08 Jul 2017 13:25 EAT

President Uhuru today morning mentioned the attack during his televised address to the nation following the death of Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery but he did not elaborate.


He termed Nkaissery as man who dedicated most of his life to serving this great nation Indeed on one of his last notes he spent discussing his great passion, which was Kenya’s preparedness for the Junior Athletics (IAAF U18 Championships) that is supposed to commence in the next few days.


“We agreed on a 50-50 distribution of staff between the two parties - Mr Keynan and Dr Aralle. Yes there was some mistake, but it is being corrected. The protesting residents welcomed the assurance that the perceived anomalies would be corrected and predicted a big win for Dr Aralle.


Pharmacists raise concern over unregulated medicine

Njuguna Kiru | Friday, 07 Jul 2017 12:49 EAT

Buyers are advised to avoid buying medicine not possessing English or Swahili instructions, in addition to SMS app where they can verify the legality of the drugs. KAPI has taken the findings and raised the red flag to the people to take caution on the drugs they take as well as raising awareness of


The White Hat Campaign will mark the beginning of the last phase of the NASA campaigns and will see young people converge at Uhuru Park once a week to pray for peace ahead of the elections on August 8.


A KDF impostor jailed for three years by a Nanyuki court

Cynthia Gitau | Thursday, 06 Jul 2017 18:21 EAT

Principal Magistrate Waititu Gichimu who sentenced Kibiego noted that there was a possibility that the accused had been using his alleged position at the Kenya Defense Forces to ask for bribes from people wishing to be employed in the military.


As a result NTSA in conjunction with the Nairobi Inspectorate have launched a crackdown on motorists who are fond of ignoring pedestrians using the zebra crossings thus endangering the lives of pedestrians.


Strikes by civil servants a test to Jubilee government as the election approaches

Winfred Mbuya Mwaniki | Wednesday, 05 Jul 2017 18:58 EAT

On the other hand, the patients have continued to suffer in hospitals and dispensaries for lack of nurses to attend to them. It is yet another time that the lives of Kenyans are put into risk with the first strike by the medical practitioners that left many dead and many more suffering at their home


Besides, East Africa Malting Limited, an EABL subsidiary, has assured sorghum farmers of a ready market to use in the making of beer and keg, thus, benefiting the farmers mightily


The Kitui County government emerged the winner nationally as a result of the improved environmental conservation and also the increased forest cover which has risen from the previous 4.7 per cent in 2013 to 7.08 per cent currently 2017.


Senator GG Kariuki dies at Nairobi Hospital, aged 79 years

Athanas Kipchumba | Friday, 30 Jun 2017 15:56 EAT

When Kenya got independence in 1963, the veteran politician was elected the Member of Parliament for the area. In the year 1969, the late G.G Kariuki was appointed as Assistant Minister for Lands, Settlement and Physical Planning.


Kenya to set up Human Milk Bank for breast-feeding babies

Trizza Kimani | Friday, 30 Jun 2017 15:19 EAT

A lot is taken into consideration concerning the human milk bank, but even in all health standards are taken into consideration, cultural believes remain a stumbling block. That withstanding, the milk bank researchers say the human milk bank is a cost saver fighting over sickness that would be costl


Collapsed Sigiri Bridge a blow to Jubilee tainted score card

Derrick Kiraka | Thursday, 29 Jun 2017 17:05 EAT

The project was launch in 2015 after 11 people were killed while trying to cross the River Nzoia and COVEC started building it in February 2016. It has been one of the serving government’s flagship undertakings, with its completion set for July.


Laikipia Governor threatens to sue contractor over delayed project

Mary Muthoni | Thursday, 29 Jun 2017 16:16 EAT

Nyahururu residents said that they have been complaining demanding that the government puts up an electric fence to separate the wildlife animals from people which has not been forthcoming.


Graft fighter implicates Namwamba, Jubilee in the collapsed Sigiri Bridge

Athanas Kipchumba | Thursday, 29 Jun 2017 11:32 EAT

“And we wonder why China is giving us food aid when they have no land to produce the same food, yet we have all the fertile lands and the best weather in the world? “ Posed the founder of International Youth Network against Corruption.


The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, according to insiders, will only permit duly accredited agents to the National Vote Tallying Centre in a bid to enhance transparency.


The tight race between Kenyatta and Raila draws global attention

Derrick Kiraka | Wednesday, 28 Jun 2017 15:19 EAT

Part of what made EU choose Kenya over Rwanda has a lot to do with the political activity in both countries, with Rwanda currently enjoying a less volatile political atmosphere.


President Uhuru noted that for the last four years, more than 150 companies have invested in the country, 20 of which have established their headquarters within Nairobi.


Passengers stranded as matatu operators strike over police harassment

Joshua Mwangangi | Tuesday, 27 Jun 2017 17:22 EAT

They said the corrupt traffic Police Officers who operate along their routes were interfering with their operations while favouring their rival Saccos.


The fight against corruption has to be Jubilees biggest demons. Having had to deal with corruption scandals in key ministries in its administration, it is difficult for Jubilee to sell us on that front.


While reiterating that the government values the elderly, Mrs Kandie said that from next year, the government will ensure that the pilot National hospital insurance fund (NHIF) programme for the elderly is enhanced for all people from the age of 70 years.


IEBC should redeem itself to avoid losing the confidence of Kenyans

Phillip Mulee | Saturday, 24 Jun 2017 13:59 EAT

On announcement of presidential results, the Court held that the IEBC's returning officers posted in the 290 constituencies must electronically transmit presidential results to the national tallying centre in Nairobi. But they cannot be altered in Nairobi.


The judge also made it clear that it was hypocritical for the IEBC to doubt the honesty of its own staff saying that the polling station is the true locus of the expression of people’s will and therefore should not be exposed to risk variation.


At the rally, Ms Waiguru, who was the Devolution cabinet secretary before the NYS scam hounded her out of office, interestingly called out on land grabbers, putting them on notice, promising the residents of Mwea their land back once she assumes office.


Five among two policemen killed by suspected Al-Shabaab in Mandera

Free Press Correspondent | Friday, 23 Jun 2017 11:50 EAT

Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet also confirmed the incident, saying the attackers fled with the body of their colleague who was shot during the exchange of fire with the policemen.


60 guests hospitalised as Cholera hits Ruto-owned hotel; poor sanitation blamed

Free Press Reporter | Thursday, 22 Jun 2017 16:29 EAT

The number of those confirmed affected by the disease could however not be authenticated with reports that out of the 400 guests in attendance at the conference, 60 were rushed to Kenyatta National Hospital and other 10 critically ill and had since been admitted at the Nairobi Hospital.


Two killed, one wounded as an AP officer opens fire at colleagues

Athanas Kipchumba | Thursday, 22 Jun 2017 13:40 EAT

Another troubling incident came down to pike on February,22, where an administration police officer took one his colleagues’ life and injured one of them, at Embakassi’s Tassia area- before shooting himself


Wavinya will face off with Governor Alfred Mutua of Maendeleo Chap Chap (MCC), Deputy Governor Bernard Muia Kiala who is running as an Independent candidate and Jubilee’s Lemi Muia in the August 8 general election.


Police hunt for a man who killed, buried wife and kid in Embu

Joshua Mwangangi | Wednesday, 21 Jun 2017 10:50 EAT

The villagers became anxious after the lady and his son went missing for three days while the man could not confirm, only saying that his wife had gone to her mother’s home in Machakos County


Senator and lobby group condemn arrest of journalist Walter Menya

Liza Makena | Tuesday, 20 Jun 2017 17:42 EAT

He defended Bunge La Wazalendo saying it is a public forum of ordinary citizens that voluntary converge in small but orderly groups to discuss current affairs around the junction of Wabera and Mama Ngina streets within the city centre.


Raila further claimed that more than 100 Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) soldiers had been deployed to Kakamega, adding that the soldiers have been selected to rig the August 8 general election


Monday declared Public Holiday to mark end of Muslim fasting

Julliet Mwihaki | Tuesday, 20 Jun 2017 14:22 EAT

The Muslims prepare themselves for this day in eager and buy new clothes to be celebrate


Last month, at least eight police officers were killed in two roadside bombings in the area, with Al Shabaab Islamist militants based in neighboring Somalia claiming responsibility


Nation writer Walter Menya to remain in custody for another day

Joshua Mwangangi | Monday, 19 Jun 2017 19:05 EAT

Further, the court was told that the recovered money and the clothes that Mr Menya was wearing at the time were to be submitted to the government lab for examination


For about two decades prior to negotiations for the new constitution, there were growing concerns over the rate at which marginalized communities in Kenya and particularly the Maa community were selling ancestral lands and trust lands


Both the constitution and the Elections Act bar the state officers from engaging in active politics which is not limited only to vying for elective posts but also participating in political party activities such as campaigns


President Uhuru urged to tackle nurses' strike with urgency

Oscar Ndunda | Friday, 16 Jun 2017 12:21 EAT

Muli further called on Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to move faster and clear the register with dead voters saying that Machakos County has over seventy thousand dead voters


Women rep aspirant promises to distribute bursaries fairly

Oscar Ndunda | Friday, 16 Jun 2017 10:16 EAT

She called on the parents to nurture the talents of their children saying that children are talented differently and she will build talent centres in major town within Machakos county


Kenya is a fitting host for the conference, representing Africa, which as a continent has huge potential for Agricultural growth due to its abundance of Land and Water Resource. Agriculture employs 65 percent of the labour force and accounts for 32 percent of Africa’s total GDP.


In 2013, top IEBC officials received kickbacks for the award of balloting printing tenders to Smith & Ouzman, a British printing firm, a scandal that was later exposed by UK authorities and the implicated directors jailed for corruption offences.


Pupils paralyze Jogoo Road protesting killing of colleague

Phillip Mulee | Wednesday, 14 Jun 2017 12:03 EAT

Travelers were stranded on the road for hours as paralysis caused a serious jam which spread to town and Donholm area. The protests inconvenienced travelers including workers rushing to report to work on time


It is not too late for the IEBC to do the right thing for the sake of the country and we demand that IEBC does the right thing. I wish the people of Kenya a truly free fair and credible electoral process.


Governor Mutua mourns death of his four officers in a road accident

Free Press Correspondent | Tuesday, 13 Jun 2017 13:10 EAT

“It is with profound sadness and shock I have learnt of the passing away of two Administration Police officers attached to the Office of the Governor, an Inspectorate Officer and a driver through a road accident along Mombasa Road last night


The IEBC has informed the Elections Technology Advisory Committee (ETAC) that it will split the voters register into 13 regions, apparently because the EVID kits it has acquired from Safran have no capacity to carry the entire register.


The bandits raided Chesetan and Lukuget, despite the warning to politicians by Inspector general of police Joseph Boinnet against fanning banditry attacks in the volatile region. According to the residents, armed raiders ambushed herders and stole at least 20 goats.


Medic calls for Health Services Commission to stem regular strikes

Oscar Ndunda | Wednesday, 07 Jun 2017 12:06 EAT

Dr Kituku, who was speaking at the Kangundo Level 4 Hospital, said that the government should form a Health Service Commission as previously proposed by doctors during the 2010 referendum.


Nakuru leaders want Governor Mandago charged for threatening Kikuyus

Jackson Okata | Wednesday, 07 Jun 2017 11:34 EAT

Mr Mandago is alleged to have warned members of the Kikuyu community against voting for his opponent Zeddekiah Buzeki in the August general elections. Mr Mututho termed those remarks as reckless and dangerous and one that could instill fear among members of the mentioned community.


"The Commission on 29 May 2017 relieved the procurement director Lawy Aura of his duties necessitated by incompetence that has made operations untenable as we fast approach the General Election,” the chairman said.


"It is so sad to lose such a young man. I am calling on Nkaissery and Omamo to have our troops pulled out of Somalia. We can't be keeping peace in a foreign land when domestically we are losing precious lives," said Mr Mule.


“Indirectly, the establishment of new roads and upgrading of existing ones has benefited land owners whose property has appreciated immensely,” he says.


Pyrethrum company workers on strike, press for management changes

Jackson Okata | Wednesday, 24 May 2017 14:32 EAT

The workers said that despite the government pumping more money towards the revival of the pyrethrum sector, nothing significant has been achieved considering that processing of flowers is done once in a year


Bomet governor Isaac Ruto was the first chairman of the Council and he set the governors on a collision course with the national government, establishing the Council as the legitimate voice of county governments against immense political damage to himself.


Kalonzo Musyoka heckled out of the podium at Musila mother's burial in Kitui

Free Press Reporter | Saturday, 20 May 2017 17:18 EAT

Mr Kilonzo spoke in parables, but Mr Muthama directly urged Mr Musyoka to "keep off" Kitui politics to allow people decide who their next governor would be. Mr Muthama didn’t mince his words in throwing weight behind Mr Musila’s gubernatorial bid.


To his supporters' surprise, Mr Kenneth entertained suggestions that he will be the Kikiyu candidate for the 2022 elections. This plan was revealed by a strong supporter Simon Karanja, who advised him, "Do not decouple 2022 politics from your bid. That way you will win andu a nyumba."


Overall, the schedule is dominated by marginalised arid and semi arid counties in the former Rift Valley, Coast, Eastern and Northeastern provinces. The team will also visit President Uhuru Kenyatta's backyard on June 1, to coincide with Madaraka Day celebrations.


Raila wants speedy investigation of Eldoret MCA's kids' killings

Joshua Mwangangi | Saturday, 20 May 2017 16:04 EAT

"It is my hope that the children were not killed because of the political activities of their father. No child should pay for the crimes of their parents. We labour in vain if politics only leads to the murder of the very children we are hoping to make the country a better place for."


Mr Muthama, who was speaking at his home in Tala where he met with business people drawn from Lower Eastern, said that he holds a life membership at the Wiper party. "I am still a life member of the Wiper party and I want to say that there is no problem between me and Kalonzo," he said.


My hands are tied by fat cats, Wabukala says on anti-corruption war

Free Press Reporter | Wednesday, 17 May 2017 16:19 EAT

"The people who are mentioned in these cases have a lot of money. They have made prosecution so expensive...before you launch investigations, they buy the best lawyers in the country," he said, in comments that were not well received by other leaders present at the event.


Demo by kindergarten pupils sparks debate on flagging anti-corruption war

Free Press Reporter | Tuesday, 16 May 2017 11:07 EAT

"We arrived at school in the morning only to find the school gone. The people behind the demolition never gave us a warning to relocate the school," a teacher at the private institution said, according to social media accounts.


High Courts orders Nkaissery to implement pro-civil society law

Jack Otwala | Sunday, 14 May 2017 17:28 EAT

In a ruling on Petition No. 351 of 2015 and the subsequent contempt of court case that arose after the government failed to obey the court's directive to commence the Act, Justice Mativo ruled that the minister should now follow the court's directive or be jailed personally.


Uhuru mourns Rev. John Gatu, chronicler of 1960s Kikuyu oathing

Jack Otwala | Saturday, 13 May 2017 20:13 EAT

The late prelate recently authored a book in which he spilled the beans on how founding president Jomo Kenyatta organised oathing by members of the Kikuyu community in the 1960s. The book brought home to the current generation of Kenyans the diabolical politics of the founding president.


President Kenyatta in China for infrastructure summit, bilateral talks

Free Press Reporter | Saturday, 13 May 2017 17:37 EAT

Kenya has benefited from its close cooperation with China and some of the significant projects resulting from the partnership include the Standard Gauge Railway and the first three berths at Lamu Port, currently under construction.


Airtel Kenya customers lose millions of shillings in new company fraud

Free Press Reporter | Saturday, 13 May 2017 16:00 EAT

The problem which has been running for several days escalated on Friday and Saturday morning, and over a dozen customers interviewed by this website reported losing money.


Contacted for comment, Kitui County Commissioner Boaz Cherutich confirmed getting complaints against the DCC and said it was wrong for any government officer to engage in partisan politics.


President Kenyatta departs for London Somalia meeting

Free Press Reporter | Wednesday, 10 May 2017 14:39 EAT

The conference will focus on accelerating the progress of security reforms in Somalia, build on the international response to the ongoing drought and humanitarian crisis, and agree on the new international partnership needed to keep the Horn of Africa nation on course for increased peace and prosper


Mr Murungi is well known for undercutting upcoming politicians in Meru. In the just-concluded party primaries, he misled Kawira Mwangaza, to join the Jubilee Party on the promise of direct ticket, only to subject her to a totally flawed nomination process in favour of the senator’s loyalist Kajuju.


Nakuru family fears son disappeared to join Al Shabaab

Jackson Okata | Tuesday, 09 May 2017 17:40 EAT

According to his mother Mary Njeri Karuga, the son joined the university in September 2016 and studied for only one semester but failed to report for the second semester despite being given full school fees which he failed to pay. Efforts by the parents to trace their son have turned futile.


Whereas in 2013 various tribes in ethnically diverse counties enjoyed ad hoc power sharing agreement, this time the dominant communities staked a clain on all the important county positions i.e. the governors, senator and women representatives.


The London conference follows the previous two where the international community agreed to inject new momentum into the political process to stabilize Somalia; to strengthen AMISOM and help Somalia develop its own security forces; to help build stability and to tackle pirates and terrorists.


With Mr Kimutai determined to assume office despite the court order, Mr Mackenzie took what the workers viewed as a bold step by ordering them on a go-slow. She had on Friday stormed the office where Mr Kimutai was meeting some senior staff and loudly asked the incoming CEO to obey court orders.


President Kenyatta formally gets Jubilee Party's nod for re-election bid

Nyambura Muthoni | Saturday, 06 May 2017 21:06 EAT

In an address to party members, President Kenyatta spoke highly about the Jubilee government's achivements such as Early Childhood Development Centres, Huduma centres, infrastructrual growth and creation of employment for youths.


Despite such remarkable progress, the primaries were marked by violence in over ten counties. A number of reported disputes were not well resolved, resulting in an unprecedented number of aspirants defecting from their parties to run as independent candidates.


Four of the five were connected in one way or the other to the coup attempt. NASA presidential candidate Raila Odinga was a suspected coup plotter who was detained for the suspected crime. In 2006, 24 years after the events, Mr Odinga publicly confessed his role in the failed coup.


Ruto 'magic' on the wane as sworn Kalenjin opponents win big in Jubilee nominations

Free Press Correspondent | Monday, 01 May 2017 16:01 EAT

Mr Mwaita managed only 5,448 votes against David Kipkerich's 17,800. The MP had no choice but congratulate his opponent as the results were being announced. Ms Sambili, a former minister, received only 6,015 votes compared to Dr Daniel Tutoek's 11,994, forcing her into retirement from politics.


Like in 2007, all incumbents have lost except for Kanini Kega of Kieni. Gachagua Rigathi, brother to recently-departed Nyeri governor Nderitu Gachagua, beat the current member of parliament Peter Weru while political activist Wambugu Ngunijiri beat the incumbent Esther Murugi in Nyeri Town.


The President said the Government has streamlined the registration and management of foreign employment agencies. “I strongly urge every Kenyan going abroad, to use the approved agencies. You should also make sure that you register at the Kenyan Embassy serving the foreign country you are in”.


COTU boss Francis Atwoli commended President Kenyatta and his Deputy for ensuring free and fair nominations of their Jubilee Party saying peaceful and transparent nominations are a precursor of peaceful general elections. Mr Atwoli wished President Kenyatta success in the coming election.


Ms Ndeti strongly supported Mr Musyoka's decision to join the NASA presidential line-up as Raila Odinga's running mate. She said Mr Musyoka had no chance getting a similar position on the Jubilee side and those calling for him to move to Jubilee are out of vision.


Instead of campaigning in Jubilee, he spent his energies on attacking Governor Kidero by highlighting how Nairobi had collapsed due to the bad leadership and unfulfilled promises. It was a general election pose that assumed he already had the Jubilee ticket in his pocket.


We reported the news at a time the mainstream media believed that Mr Odinga was out of contention for the position, speculating that Mr Kalonzo would run with his ANC counterpart Musalia Mudavadi with either of the two as the presidential contender.


This is exactly what happened in Mlango Kubwa last month when a Technical University of Kenya student was killed in the crossfire between Flying Squad officers and armed thugs. Karani lost his life while his classmate was badly wounded.


The common denominator in these conflicts is that they were not characterised by ethnic or government/opposition divergences but localised gangs enforcing the political will of their bosses in political contests. And the bloodshed arose often from conflicts over the governorship position.


In the rush to show action was being taken on the rancher's killing, Laikipia North MP Mathew Lempurkel was arrested and detained, but Nanyuki principal magistrate Waititu Gichimu later released him after the prosecution failed to give compelling reasons to continue detaining him in police custody.


Pulling apart, ODM, Wiper to face each other in key local races

David Mutua | Sunday, 23 Apr 2017 19:34 EAT

Early this month, the Wiper Party proposed a mechanism in which the two parties would coordinate their campaigns in Nairobi to ensure they won maximum seats against Jubilee Party, but the idea seems not to have been followed through by ODM.


How Ruto's takeover of Jubilee primaries scuttled Peter Kenneth's last hopes

Free Press Reporter | Sunday, 23 Apr 2017 18:19 EAT

The message was passed to the senator personally by a top Jubilee official after word went round that Mr Sonko had promised to campaign for CORD leader and presumptive NASA presidential flag-bearer Raila Odinga if he missed the Jubilee Party ticket.


"The official's hope is that if the project can rise to the top of Ukambani people's political agenda even for a few days, he would travel to the region himself and assure the people that all issues would be handled after the elections," said an MP who is familiar with the matter.


The fate of Mr Munya and other PNU officials will be known Monday before Justice G.V. Odunga after the Applicants in the urgent matter ruled on yesterday were directed to forthwith serve the ex-parte Applicants in the main case and Respondents which (Registrar of Political Parties) with the order.


Heavily-armed police, sniffer dogs to man Jubilee Party nominations

Jackson Okata | Thursday, 20 Apr 2017 17:53 EAT

Beja added that sniffer dogs and police horses will be used to control any crowd troubles if need arises adding that anybody caught engaging in unlawful activities will be arrested and prosecuted.


Some commenters wanted to know whether the government engineer's and fellows who signed the completion certificate are still on payroll. Others just wanted explanation on how the informtion landed on the President Delivery Unit.


The list includes other devolved funds that are allocated to all regions in the country under legally-mandated formula, such as the constituency development funds, women enterprise development funds and youth enterprise development funds - none of which is an initiative of the Jubilee government.


Otuoma gives Raila 48 hours to hand him certificate or he quits for another party

Free Press Correspondent | Sunday, 16 Apr 2017 14:36 EAT

The MP was adamant that he would not take part in ODM repeat elections scheduled for April 25. "All I want is the party certificate. I don't have any reason to participate in another election when I have won the one we were all waiting for," the MP said.


Drama started when Mr Gikaria demanded to ask a question but attendants would not hear anything from him, accusing him of being behind cartel that had sneaked in four names into the County Elections Board with a view to rigging the nominations.


Raila on the spot in Busia as Otuoma rejects repeat elections

Free Press Reporter | Friday, 14 Apr 2017 17:44 EAT

The MP's position will put ODM leader Raila Odinga on a tight spot to make a decision on the Busia governorship. While the nomination process is conducted by the party's Elections Board, which called for the repeat elections, the Board is an organ subservient to the party's leadership.


Ongoro barred from contesting in Ruaraka, fined Sh1 million

Phillip Mulee | Thursday, 13 Apr 2017 17:43 EAT

The party’s Disciplinary Committee at the same fined her Sh1 million when it gave verdict over last month’s chaos where one person died after her supporters clashed with those of the current Ruaraka MP Tom Kajwang’.


He also says he would want to know whether governor Awiti studied his degree course in the named Victoria University of Manchester within the duration of period provided in his curriculum vitae and whether he actually graduated with a master’s degree or a diploma.


Six TUK students arrested protesting police killing of colleague

Free Press Reporter | Wednesday, 12 Apr 2017 17:41 EAT

Both students lived in the area, from where they commute to the main campus for studies every day. The victim died on the spot while his colleague was wounded, and he is the one who informed student leaders about the unreported incident on Monday.


The above statement did not include the name of Governor Joho despite Mr Etale later clarifying that he was not being summoned. The second statement also omitted Mr Mohamed's name.


Thomas Muchina, a neigbour of the deceased, said that it was suspicious why Administration Police officers had to remove the body from the crime scene before crime scene police officers arrived. A nephew to the deceased, suspected there could have been a struggle before the deceased met his death.


The Chairperson of the organization that comprises of ten counties said she is not worried of political affiliation of the governors as long as women interests are well taken care of. Her husband, Kenneth Lusaka, is seeking re-election on Jubilee Party ticket while the rest of the governors are in O


Raila to install new ODM leaders in Samburu, Marsabit

Nyambura Muthoni | Monday, 10 Apr 2017 14:51 EAT

Samburu County, led by Governor Moses Lenolkulal, emerged as one of the Jubilee coalition strongholds in 2013, with the coalition winning the three parliamentary seats there, the senator, governor and women representative positions.


How Uhuru saved himself from heckling by resonant speech in Wajir

Abdirahman Rashid Farah | Saturday, 08 Apr 2017 13:57 EAT

"When we Jubilee unite with your leaders here in Wajir, we urged you to accept to walk with us so that we form the next government together with you. We are asking this because our aim is to be in government in order to bring unity and development to the people," the president said.


Yesterday’s clash at Orange House that saw Mr Ong'wen roughed up, rekindling last month's incident where one person was killed and seven injured in a fight between supporters of Mr Kajwang and those of Ms Ongoro in Mathare slums, Nairobi.


Through his spokesman, Nicholas Anyuor, Mr Obado said that while it was wrong for the ODM officials to organise Joho’s visit without involving him, he had nothing to do with the violence. “It was the governor who stopped them (the youth) from more violence,” the governor’s spokesman said.


Today, the Wiper Party, according to a notice issued by National Election Board (NEB), will begin its nomination exercise on Saturday 15 April covering upcountry zones, some seen as strongholds of other NASA parties.


ODM summons governor, opponent on Migori violence

Samuel Owida | Tuesday, 04 Apr 2017 17:04 EAT

“The party has summoned all leaders alleged to have involved in the chaos for interrogations to help in pursuing further investigations over the matter,” Ongwen said.


Cooperative Bank hit by rising employee fraud, IT system malfunctions

Free Press Reporter | Tuesday, 04 Apr 2017 11:56 EAT

Just as the ruling was coming up, the bank faced pressure from dozens of farmers from Central Kenya whose property were auctioned over loans they owed the bank, but which the government has paid in full. Some of the farmers said that collateral they placed with the bank cannot be traced.


How Eastleigh mall owners, police nurtured violent 'Superpower' gang members

Free Press Reporter | Monday, 03 Apr 2017 11:38 EAT

From interviews with residents and security officials, it is hard to say exactly when the gang was born, with some saying it emerged from the large Somali underclass that has been growing for nearly a decade.


America provides Sh10 billion for water projects in 10 arid counties

Samuel Owida | Wednesday, 29 Mar 2017 18:29 EAT

Ambassador Godec said, “Our initiatives take action on drought management as we seek to strengthen communities before a crisis hits. We are committed to helping the Government of Kenya and communities prepare for, adapt to, and ultimately thrive amid these challenging circumstances”.


Joho turns police summons in sympathy rally

Priscillah Wanjiru | Wednesday, 29 Mar 2017 14:37 EAT

Mr Joho hit out at the Jubilee administration and President Uhuru Kenyatta as a person, urging the president to use the energy that the head of state had directed towards him in fighting corruption and making the lives of Kenyans bearable, citing rising inflation.


Joho takes pride in D-, says he's an inspiration to Kenyans

Free Press Correspondent | Tuesday, 28 Mar 2017 12:49 EAT

"I'll appear before the provincial CID headquarters and I will tell them to do their work. They have sent an officer at the level of Assistant Inspector General to intimidate me but I assure them I won't be intimidated," he said.


But in a swift rejoinder, Mr Mbadi dismissed the elders as supporters of Mr Omondi who should stop pretending that they are speaking on behalf of the Suba community thereby challenging them to go on the ground and instead campaign for their candidate.


Raila alleges massive scandal over Mombasa Port concession

Free Press Correspondent | Sunday, 26 Mar 2017 18:43 EAT

Can President Uhuru Kenyatta prove to Kenyans that the so-called loan from the United Arab Emirates was not a bribe to sway the contract in favour of Dubai? Can the President explain to Kenyans how he ended up giving the job to Dubai instead of any of the more than ten firms that came top?


Change of guard at the National Assembly as new clerk takes over

Liza Makena | Tuesday, 21 Mar 2017 14:44 EAT

“There is no doubt that Mr Sialai, has the requisite qualification, charisma, experience, demeanour and flair of parliamentary work that makes him more suited for the appointment,” Metito said of Sialai who has worked at the Kenya Parliament for 21 years raising from a clerk to Senior Deputy Clerk.


Raila briefs top Trump advisers on African elections

Free Press Reporter | Friday, 17 Mar 2017 19:00 EAT

Details of Mr Odinga's discussions have not been made public, but a source in his entourage intimated to this website that he offered recommendations for the U.S. government under new president Dolald J Trump to pay close attention to problems around democratisation on the continent.


Raila countermands Uhuru with 'true' state of the nation address

Free Press Reporter | Thursday, 16 Mar 2017 19:07 EAT

The Jubilee development budget for four years is Ksh.1.9 trillion. Transfers to the counties on the other hand in the same period amounts to Ksh.970 billion of which the counties aim to spend only a third or Ksh. 320 billion on development projects.


Having settled all IDPs, govt turns focus on integrated victims

Jackson Okata | Wednesday, 15 Mar 2017 16:27 EAT

Mr Wachu said that the government had compensated and/or settled all IDPs who were in camps, emphasising that there currently were "no IDPs still in camps anywhere in the country". By the end of the exercice, the government resettled 11,118 IDPs.


Kin of 4 jailed in Juba urge Uhuru to honour vow on trial of Kenyans abroad

Priscillah Wanjiru | Tuesday, 14 Mar 2017 13:26 EAT

They are even going to the extent of reminding the President that when his case at the International Criminal Court (ICC) was withdrawn, he is on record stating that, he will not allow any other Kenyan to be tried in a foreign court.


Billed as clean broom, EACC has become a laundry for the corrupt

Nyambura Muthoni | Tuesday, 14 Mar 2017 11:49 EAT

Four cabinet secretaries and eight top state officials were suspended in a confidential anti- graft report. They Included Felix Kosgei (Agriculture, Fisheries and livestock), Michael Kamau (Infrastructure and Roads), Kazungu Kambi (Labour) and Davis Chirchir (Energy and Petroleum).


Now Uhuru answers Joho, tables full list of Jubilee projects in Coast

Free Press Correspondent | Sunday, 12 Mar 2017 15:19 EAT

I have seen suggestions that the National Government should not praise itself for projects funded by the banks and other donor agencies. Let me just say that is complete hogwash. It is a sign of ignorance of an order that is difficult to understand. These institutions work with the national govt.


Large crowds march against Ruto in West Pokot

Nyambura Muthoni | Thursday, 09 Mar 2017 16:13 EAT

Mr Ruto has in recent weeks spoken critically of cattle raiders and armed pastoralists from the Pokot community who have caused mayhem in Elgeyo Marakwet and Baringo counties, killing dozens of settled farmers as they push their livestock into farms in search of water and pasture.


Mandera has built the first tarmac road in the region since independence, while counties like Bomet and Wajir have registered tremendous improvement in healthcare.


Kenyans urged to maintain peace during election season

Jackson Okata | Monday, 06 Mar 2017 15:46 EAT

The Uwiano Platform for Peace brings the National Steering Committee on Peace-building and Conflict Management, NCIC, Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, Peace and Development Network Trust (PeaceNet Kenya), United Nations Development Programme.


Wiper Party aspirants make last minute dash to submit nomination papers

Phillip Mulee | Wednesday, 01 Mar 2017 15:22 EAT

Early in the morning, party executive director Dr Jared Siso released an urgent notification to the aspirants who had not submitted their forms to do so before the close of business today.


Kenyans alarmed by rising tide of extrajudicial executions

Charity Wainaina | Monday, 27 Feb 2017 18:46 EAT

A good example is a story about six young men who were killed in Kayole, the story was not reported by the mainstream media, but the community was horrified by the incident.


NASA leaders turning the spotlight on corruption

Phillip Mulee | Monday, 27 Feb 2017 14:57 EAT

"Jubilee must come clean on the Sh43 billion planes deal with the USA. Our military must not be a dumping ground for obsolete military ware from the West. A few years ago, our Navy received a fishing boat from Spain that was converted into a patrol ship. Kenya is not a dumping ground! Period!!!”


Calls grow for MP Kamama's investigation over Baringo violence

Jackson Okata | Saturday, 25 Feb 2017 11:24 EAT

Mr Cheptumo shot up on a point of order and demanded that Mr Kamama record a statement with the police over the matter. “If he knows that the attackers were from the Tugen community, he should be the one to record a statement,” said Mr Cheptumo.


Nkaissery tours volatile Mwingi, death toll hits 28 as drought persists

Joshua Mwangangi | Friday, 24 Feb 2017 13:44 EAT

According to sources from the volatile area, well-vetted locals with shooting skills will be trained and provided with guns and other arms to protect themselves and their neighbours from the marauding bandits.


Baringo clashes displace 2,000; no trace of armoured police vehicles

Priscillah Wanjiru | Thursday, 23 Feb 2017 10:34 EAT

Rift Valley Regional Coordinator Wanyama Musiambo said 200 Kenya Police Reservists had been recruited from Baringo North and South (Tugen-inhabited areas) to help the police undertaking security operations in the area. Locals interviewed by the media spoke of there being no security operations.


Will Dr Munyaka defuse Kalonzo’s wave to reclaim Machakos seat on Jubilee?

Joshua Mwangangi | Wednesday, 22 Feb 2017 18:35 EAT

The MP, who was elected on the Chama Cha Uzalendo ticket, has switched his allegiance to President Kenyatta’s Jubilee Party, despite former President Kalonzo Musyoka’s Wiper party perceived as the popular party of the area.


Kenya losing precious wildlife to drought

David Mutua | Tuesday, 21 Feb 2017 17:00 EAT

The most affected animals have been buffaloes and hippos, according to Mr Gathitu, and the wildlife sanctuaries so far recording the deaths are in Lamu, Samburu, Ijara and Tsavo.


Mass surveillance comes to Kenya, with all its potential abuses

David Mutua | Saturday, 18 Feb 2017 14:13 EAT

The government has made previous attempts in the past to collect citizens’ communication in the guise of anti-terror legislation. The most recent attempt at such infringement was in the Security Laws (Amendment) Act of 2015 which the High Court declared unconstitutional.


Kenyans staring hunger in the face as maize prices skyrocket

Priscillah Wanjiru | Thursday, 16 Feb 2017 12:37 EAT

The problem has been compounded by an escalation of the price of beans, which has also been hit by rising prices, by up to 40 percent in the last two months.


Raila, Musyoka face rough ride addressing jubilant doctors

Phillip Mulee | Wednesday, 15 Feb 2017 16:12 EAT

First to speak was Mr Musyoka who started talking politics, seemingly taking advantage of the doctors' anger towards the government. He was unlucky as the hecklers began shouting, "no politics!" and chanted "CBA!" prompting him to tone down and give way to Mr Odinga.


Can the Judiciary maintain its new robustness into elections?

Nyambura Muthoni | Wednesday, 15 Feb 2017 14:26 EAT

The fact that court heard the issue and gave an order so quickly was a bold insertion into a case where the government had failed. Hoping that this will help them terminate the strike. Patients are suffering due to the strike, many have died.


Nine drug suspects detained in new crackdown

Cecilia Karanja | Tuesday, 14 Feb 2017 15:37 EAT

Two Seychellois men, Nelson Vivian George's Domingeuz and Nedy Conrad Rodney Micock, were also arrested in a raid on an apartment in Nyali estate, Mombasa. Their legal status in Kenya was not clear with claims they have been deported.


Is Kalonzo Musyoka keeping distance from NASA allies?

David Mutua | Tuesday, 14 Feb 2017 11:55 EAT

His absence from the events will raise questions about the Wiper leader's commitment to the alliance at a time Ukambani senators Mutula Kilonzo Jr, Johnstone Muthama and David Musila have been urging him to remain firm in the coalition.


IEBC CEO Chiloba's Tweets on Odunga ruling 'demeaned' IEBC bosses

Nyambura Muthoni | Tuesday, 14 Feb 2017 11:25 EAT

"Fundamental departure from public sector governance practice is the idea that board members should be engaged in procurement activities." The implication of the CEO's Tweets is a suggestion that IEBC could be forced to restart preparations for the elections.


Interior Permanent Secretary Karanja Kibicho has been in news for defying court orders in relation to compensating a torture victim and the matter has never been determined.


Wearthermen warn of gloom as little rains expected

David Mutua | Monday, 13 Feb 2017 18:23 EAT

The Government has asked for help from the private sector to deal with drought and handle man-made and natural disasters. Speaking on Wednesday February 8th during a Government-private sector engagement on disaster risk management in Nairobi, Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery said the stat


Trans Nzoia residents cheer as 23 MCAs charged for corruption

Nyambura Muthoni | Monday, 13 Feb 2017 16:47 EAT

The charge sheet says the body the MCAs were supposedly to receive in Nairobi had already been transported to Kitale by the time they received the imprest.


“We are aware of a minor traffic accident involving an employee of the U.S. embassy and we are cooperating fully with authorities. Contrary to some reports, at no time did the employee brandish or fire a weapon,” said the embassy in a statement.


After losing in 1997, he contested in 2002 but stayed out of the 2007 elections. "Never a man to play sycophancy games, he never followed national politicians for handouts as many of the current politicians do, he maintained his respect among the people," said a supporter of the senator from Mombasa


The former MP has riled the Odinga camp this week with a series of Tweets promoting the presidential candidature of Mr Musyoka and which imply that Mr Odinga is an untrustworthy politician.


Raila, Kalonzo proxy wars in Coast, NEP blocking NASA power deal

Free Press Correspondent | Saturday, 11 Feb 2017 13:48 EAT

According to sources within the coalition, the ODM-WDM proxy wars have introduced negative vibes in the negotiations for NASA flag-bearer, with Mr Musyoka feeling that ODM is undermining his party's strength.


Uhuru's attack on Kidero aimed to galvanise Jubilee behind Kenneth

Nyambura Muthoni | Friday, 10 Feb 2017 12:26 EAT

"Despite controlling efficient resources, the county government has not constructed roads nor cleaned up the city. Now, you have seen how an ODM leader can badly lead you, you have seen how ill he has treated those trying to make a living for themselves, this is the time to elect a Jubilee governor.


Airtel Kenya under regulator investigation for customer losses

Free Press Reporter | Friday, 10 Feb 2017 08:06 EAT

“The directors are obligated to do everything within our power as a regulator to ensure Airtel Kenya subscribers get efficient and properly-billed services,” said the source.


Nakuru Form 4 student shot dead by armed thugs at M-Pesa shop

Jackson Okata | Thursday, 09 Feb 2017 15:04 EAT

Immediately the suspects moved to the M-Pesa shop, they dropped a paper bag containing the money and mobile phone they had stolen from the chemist. As they entered the shop that also houses an Equity agent outlet, they shot the male student from behind as he attempted to flee after spotting them.


Kalonzo, Musila clash in Kitui tests former VP's clout in Ukambani

Joshua Mwangangi | Thursday, 09 Feb 2017 12:11 EAT

Addressing the press at Parliament Buildings, Mr Musila and MPs left no doubt that they were taking the war to Mr Musyoka. "This endorsement is not for Kalonzo to support me but a message for Kitui people to support me. I'm going to be a candidate regardless of the party,” said the senator.


Jubilee walking back on drugs war gives Joho more ammunition

Cecilia Karanja | Thursday, 09 Feb 2017 08:45 EAT

“If the Jubilee government is serious about the fight against drugs, it has to stop politicizing the war and include everyone”. With zero action so far, many are the Kenyans who are beginning to see that the government rankled Joho for no reason, given the apparent lack of goodwill at the top to fig


IREN is calling for innovators from East Africa to enter for the competition, from which 25 participants will be given the opportunity to showcase their innovations to a global audience of development partners and investors.


If Shell/Vivo can seek help from thugs rather than police, we are dammed

Nyambura Muthoni | Wednesday, 08 Feb 2017 10:42 EAT

Mr Njoroge, who had differed with the company on the repossession of the premises, arrived shortly thereafter to stop the operation by brandishing a court order he had obtained from Naivasha Law Court stopping his eviction.


Nairobians alarmed by rising cases of 'planned' robberies in matatus

Nyambura Muthoni | Wednesday, 08 Feb 2017 09:14 EAT

According to interviews with several victims of the matatu hijacks, the armed robbers usually position themselves at the back and front of the matatus at the terminus before any other passenger has boarded the vehicles.


Amina’s defeat a personal blow to President Uhuru Kenyatta

Joe Khamisi | Thursday, 02 Feb 2017 15:54 EAT

What this means is that the simmering schisms which have been brewing below the surface for years among the East African countries are now above deck. Each one of them had reasons of declining to vote for the Kenyan candidate.


Exclusive - Troubled Airtel Kenya CEO Adil Youssefi shown the door

Free Press Reporter | Wednesday, 01 Feb 2017 14:35 EAT

Airtel has also appointed Prasanta Das Sarma who takes office immediately. A Telecom Engineer with a Post-Graduate Diploma MBA in Finance, the new CEO is a veteran Airtel insider with 14 years at the Indian-owned company.


Shop attendants and workers arriving at the building noticed a suspected bomb at the entrances at around 9.30am and called the police. Officers on patrol were the first to arrive at the scene, followed by a contingent from the Central Police Station.


Why Kenyans are 'celebrating' our own Amina Mohamed’s loss

Free Press Reporter | Tuesday, 31 Jan 2017 10:13 EAT

This apparent lack of strategy is blamed for the debacle that saw the DP lead campaign delegations even into countries that had candidates for the same position, such as Chad.


Amina Mohamed thrashed by Chadian in bid for AU top job

Free Press Correspondent | Monday, 30 Jan 2017 17:17 EAT

This was an anticlimax for a campaign in which Kenya spent substantial resources in a shuttle diplomacy that local activists had repudiated, seeing in Kenya's effort a determination to continue the fierce war against the ICC that the foreign has led through most of the Uhuru Kenyatta presidency.


Did Kenya have intelligence on Kulbiyow attacks?

Derrick Kiraka | Monday, 30 Jan 2017 15:50 EAT

The letter also tells of the insurgents’ plan to carry out the attack using tactics similar to the ones employed in the Garissa University attack, in which several gunmen invaded the institutions premises and proceeded to shoot dead 148 people, most of whom were students.


"There is still no unanimously accepted candidate but I believe Ms Mohamed is the front-runner. But I have noted, Moussa Faki of Chad made a prominent appearance at Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma's Birthday bash at her official residence," said Kenyan journalist Kennedy Abwao.


Cutomers lose millions as Airtel Kenya staff perpetrate massive fraud

Free Press Reporter | Friday, 27 Jan 2017 19:48 EAT

During the December-January period aforementioned, the firm fired some employees directly linked to the loss of Sh11 million through the cheque collection scheme from corporate account clients meant for paying bills but fraudulently encashing the money for merchandise.


Today's attack, according to reports in the international media, was conducted in the same manner of a previous one at KDF's El Adde camp in January 2016, where 180 soldiers were killed.


How Uhuru's niece Nana Gecaga blackmailed corrupt KICC board into top job

Free Press Reporter | Friday, 27 Jan 2017 14:19 EAT

A well-placed source informed this newspaper that during the conference, Mr Magara and the board persuaded Parliament (Senate, which sits at KICC) and other agencies in the Ministry of Tourism including the Bomas of Kenya to provide furniture for temporary use by KICC during the conference.


Ruto reaches out to family of man killed by car in DP's convoy

Free Press Reporter | Friday, 27 Jan 2017 12:38 EAT

His death had sparked a demonstration against the DP which was suppressed by Administration Police officers. The government has piled pressure on media houses over the accident, and only this website reported the death yesterday.


Kibra CDF rating a boon for Ken Okoth's re-election

Reuben Gitahi | Friday, 27 Jan 2017 11:45 EAT

In addition to the fact that Mr Okoth was born and bred in Kibra, many voters will feel that they would better off with a leader whose development credentials are already proven than rallying behind a newcomer either on the basis of her name recognition or the fact that one had worked for Mr Odinga.


Barring Mr Kariuki, none of the 10 youngest MPs were ranked in the top 20. MPs don't directly manage CDF funds, but they have huge influence in selecting the committees and staff working on the projects and directing the use of funds.


Amina Mohamed's African Union bid reveals rot in Kenya's foreign ministry

Free Press Reporter | Thursday, 26 Jan 2017 13:38 EAT

Last Friday, the minister transferred foreign service officers in various diplomatic missions, but the PS refused to sign the memo reassigning the officers as required, forcing Ms Mohamed to sign the dispatch herself.


Kalonzo goes on all out offensive to 'finish' Wiper rebels

Rose Mukonyo | Wednesday, 25 Jan 2017 11:29 EAT

Governor Mutua, who last year launched his Maendeleo Chap Chap party and is currently popularising the outfit countrywide, has in particular angered Wiper party top guns who have accused the Governor of disloyalty.


Kenya to spend Sh40 billion on U.S. weapons, Trump has approved deal

Free Press Reporter | Tuesday, 24 Jan 2017 13:00 EAT

“The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Kenya for Air Tractor aircraft with weapons, and related support. The estimated cost is $418 million,” said a press update from the Department which handles U.S. government foreign policy.


Shipping jobs to India, Airtel bosses take decisions that hurt Kenya business

Free Press Reporter | Thursday, 19 Jan 2017 12:49 EAT

As the firm brings more Indians to Africa, it reduces the number of Africans in senior positions by merging departments and making some country managers in charge of more than one country.


Slain ICC witness Yebei's widow attacked at Eldoret home

Martha Kwamboka | Tuesday, 17 Jan 2017 15:36 EAT

The caretaker said that for the two weeks Mrs Yebei stayed in the plat, she was always receiving unknown visitors in her compound who claimed to be knowing her, as some claimed to be supplying milk to the family a few days before the attack.


Human resource body to start crack down on unlicensed, quack managers

Free Press Correspondent | Tuesday, 17 Jan 2017 08:54 EAT

Only HR professionals registered with the Institute are recognised. If an organisation sacked an employee and it turned out that the HR manager who oversaw the disciplinary and employment termination process is not registered with the Institute, that decision can be contested in court.


Govt trying to link Joho to drugs, says Senator Muthama

Oscar Ndunda | Monday, 16 Jan 2017 18:27 EAT

“Jubilee is using a strategy to have less people registering in Cord areas, they have issued less BVR kits at our areas. We are analyzing and they are targeting for us to have registered only 25% new voters, we are watching and we will not remain silent,” said the Machakos Senator.


This website exclusively reported the acquisition of the vehicles, which include tactical pursuit cars. Some of the cars were cleared from the Mombasa Port on December 29. This website was also the first to report about the government's purchase of at least 50 personnel trucks from General Motors.


Nine million eligible Kenyans are currently not registered as voters, and the commission concedes a substantial number of them won't turn up or be served during the ongoing registration window.


Among the criteria for validity of the degrees is whether the degree holders met the minimum qualifications for enrolling in the programmes. “We have many people, including political leaders, who know very well they were not qualified to be in university in the first place,” said Matiangi.


Governor Joho arrested in Mombasa, sparking protest by opposition MPs

Free Press Correspondent | Friday, 13 Jan 2017 17:16 EAT

The governor had gone to secure the release of a relative earlier arested by the police at Urban Police Station in the town, only to be told that he was also under arrest, according to his spokesman Richard Chacha.


Indian media reports put Uhuru on tight spot as doctors strike persists

Free Press Reporter | Friday, 13 Jan 2017 16:06 EAT

"The decision to skirt any talks on sending Indian doctors to stave off the growing medical crisis in Kenya reflects a delicate balancing act New Delhi is attempting: deepening its footprint in Africa and strengthening ties with governments without antagonising local populations."


Joho, Marwa clash over security as governor chases away bodyguards

Phillip Mulee | Thursday, 12 Jan 2017 18:41 EAT

In quick rejoinder, government spokesman Eric Kiraithe said they might consider withdrawing the security. “If a VIP does not want to be protected, we cannot force it. So the government might consider redeploying the officers to protect Kenyans who are in dire need of security," he said.


Mungiki comeback becoming real while govt downplays its threat

Free Press Reporter | Thursday, 12 Jan 2017 16:08 EAT

What has confounded watchers of the security sector is that the government is keen to maintain a tight lid on concerns by political leaders about Mungiki’s reemergence, with security officials warning the leaders who may wish to discuss the matter.


CORD puts off mass action to stave off violent clashes

Phillip Mulee | Wednesday, 11 Jan 2017 20:15 EAT

Sources at the CORD secretariat said the leaders were concerned about recent police movements into their strongholds, which they feared would be used to distabilise the regions ahead of voter registration exercise. Interior CS Joseph Nkaissery has vowed to deal decisively with the protests.


Police boss Boinnet reinstates Joho, Kingi security detail

Free Press Reporter | Tuesday, 10 Jan 2017 17:27 EAT

On Sunday, NTV interviewed the IG, who was hard pressed to explain the rationale of the bodyguards' withdrawal among other security-related blunders. The IG, however, appeared composed as he took the questions, unlike his predecessors who 'breathed fire' in such situations.


In one new case, Concordia Building and Civil Engineering Company Ltd last year received Sh157 million for the partitioning of two floors of the new headquarters of the National Construction Authority at the new Kenya Commercial Plaza in Upper Hill Nairobi.


"What is Joho afraid of? He has 15 guards, plus his cronies in the convoy who each have a gun. The guns each have 15 bullets, which is about 450 bullets in Joho's convoy ... that is an armoury... not for security," he added.


Govt readies for CORD protests with dozens of top-range police lorries

Free Press Reporter | Saturday, 07 Jan 2017 19:13 EAT

As this website reported early in the week, the police service received 25-state-of-the-art cars. The consignment that was received at the Mombasa Port included pursuit vehicles that Kenya had acquired for the first time.


Public university workers to strike from January 9

Jackson Okata | Friday, 06 Jan 2017 11:14 EAT

KUDHEIHA has issued a strike notice for January 9th if the government fails to table a new CBA proposal for negotiations. The union's secretary general Albert Njeru said that they issued a strike notice on December 8, 2016 and they will proceed on strike next Monday unless the government acts.


How Joho turned tables on Uhuru’s plan to humiliate him in his backyard

Free Press Correspondent | Friday, 06 Jan 2017 10:43 EAT

The ceremony had been planned a dressing down of Joho. According to a speaking schedule of the event shared with us, national government functionaries had planned to give two local MPs Mungaro and Awiti, and cabinet secretary Najib Balala prominent time to warn Joho about his “excessive politicking"


Nakuru Jubilee aspirants want IEBC to conduct primaries

Jackson Okata | Thursday, 05 Jan 2017 17:11 EAT

At the same time, the chairman challenged the party to come clear on the amount of money each aspirant will be required to pay as nomination fee to avoid last minute rush which he said might lock out some aspirants who don’t have money.


Films Board warns Kenya Breweries over ads targeting minors

Oscar Ndunda | Thursday, 05 Jan 2017 16:07 EAT

Section 32 of the Act states that anyone who goes contrary to the law is liable to a fine not exceeding Sh100,000 or five years imprisonment or even both. The KFCB has restrictions on betting, alcohol and contraceptives advertisements which should only be aired during the watershed periods when chil


Lusaka wants Luyia leaders to rally behind Webukala, Chebukati

Phillip Mulee | Thursday, 05 Jan 2017 14:44 EAT

“This region is full of egocentric leaders who have no community interests at heart but are always politicking to remain relevant. Aren’t those complaining the ones who were crying about the community being locked out of major appointments?" the governor posed.


Police receive heavy equipment for elections, more coming in February

Free Press Correspondent | Thursday, 05 Jan 2017 12:26 EAT

Mr Nkaissery said early this week that the police will deploy heavily in Mombasa, Kisumu and other hotspots, a statement that CORD supporters read as foretelling targeted police deployment in opposition zones. We could not establish from which country the equipment were sourced.


Furore over Kisumu matatu overloading as 14 killed in new crash

Free Press Correspondent | Thursday, 05 Jan 2017 12:07 EAT

Most of the dead were secondary school students travelling for the commencement of the new school term that began yesterday. Reports from the scene indicated that 11 passengers died on the spot, with three others losing their lives as they were being ferried to hospitals in the region.


Kangundo bodaboda man loses leg but survives grisly crash

Rose Mukonyo | Wednesday, 04 Jan 2017 21:44 EAT

One matatu was headed to Kangundo while the other one belonging to EBTL Sacco was picking up a passenger by the roadside. As the boda boda rider tried to overtake the stationary matatu, it attempted to get back on the road, and together with the oncoming one they smashed the rider in between.


A council member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya who spoke to the Kenya Free Press told us that Mr Tarus is recognized in the profession for his diligence in work and high ethics. The Institute runs the KCA University where Mr Tarus served as a deputy vice chancellor.


Yatta MP Mwangangi supports manual voting system

Rose Mukonyo | Wednesday, 04 Jan 2017 15:47 EAT

“I’m sure if the opposition leaders sit with the President they will agree on the best way to solve this issue, Kenya is bigger than an individual,” Mwangangi said.


With Kenya Power victory, Omtata to go after all public servants above 60

Free Press Reporter | Wednesday, 04 Jan 2017 15:44 EAT

"The law has now been vindicated and it applies to all public agencies," said Mr Omtata, adding that after the current victory, he would now go after all public officers above the age of 60. "They are many and we are coming for them. The law must apply to the peasant and prince equally," he said.


“It is very wrong if this kind of lawlessness can take place in full glare of both the police and matatu owners. This trend must be reversed and everyone should play their rightful role without compromise,” said Prof Kibwana.


CORD plotting postponement of polls, claims Jubilee MP

Jackson Okata | Wednesday, 04 Jan 2017 15:20 EAT

The MP also said the Jubilee Party was planning a counter-suit to challenge the suit filed by CORD against the election laws. “The court cannot stop us from legislating unless the laws are unconstitutional and I don’t see anything wrong with us saying that we can use the manual system of voting," he


Matungulu, Kangundo MPs want better security in region

Rose Mukonyo | Saturday, 31 Dec 2016 12:48 EAT

"It is sad that such incidences of crime are taking place at an area where police erect roadblocks," said the Matungulu legislator.


Bishop Kitonga urges Kenyans to respect those in authority

Rose Mukonyo | Thursday, 29 Dec 2016 16:14 EAT

“There is no Phrophet Jeremiah or Moses here, but you are the prophets of our times called by God for a reason to stand on the gap as true representatives of God in this great nation,” said the Bishop.


Irate mourners eject Gov Malombe from Kitui ex mayor's burial

Phillip Mulee | Friday, 23 Dec 2016 18:18 EAT

“Malombe was ejected out of the venue, he fled with members of the public giving him a chase”, said advocate Kimuli, adding, “One would say it was a deserving dishonour to a man who lacked proper judgement. The family will file formal complaints against the Governor's criminal conduct."


Illegal cabinet raises doubts about Uhuru's commitment to constitution

Phillip Mulee | Wednesday, 21 Dec 2016 17:31 EAT

The judge however suspended his decision for a period of eight months on grounds that if the current cabinet was to be disbanded, it would create unnecessary tension especially now that the country is preparing for the 2017 General elections.


Millie Odhiambo's insults excite her base, but add zero votes to CORD

Nixon Otieno | Wednesday, 21 Dec 2016 15:26 EAT

In the U.S over the last eight years of unprecedented Republican obstruction, whenever Obama found himself running against a stubborn Congress, he talked to the American people, and always won. If CORD does the same, it will show that it respects us to make rational decisions and it will always win.


Dozens injured as Nairobians scared by fireworks

Free Press Reporter | Tuesday, 20 Dec 2016 21:05 EAT

A security official not authorised to speak to the media told the Kenya Free Press that at least a dozen people were rushed to Kenyatta National Hospital. The fireworks were conducted by the Kenyatta International Convention Centre, which was celebrating early Christmas, according to the official.


Somali traders in Narok allege plot to drive them from region

Free Press Correspondent | Tuesday, 20 Dec 2016 17:30 EAT

"We need to be told why the officers based at Mutenkuar GSU Camp and Kilgoris GK Prison did not fire even a single shot to scare away the gangsters who had a field day terrorising our people before getting away on motorbikes,’’ said Mr Ali.


No end in sight for doctors' strike as talks collapse

Phillip Mulee | Sunday, 18 Dec 2016 17:33 EAT

“The two have to sit down and iron it out for them to take that CBA to be registered by the court. Unless they do that, the courts will not register it, so that is where the stalemate is, and we have been trying to really urge the two to breach that gap,” Ms Kandie appealed.


State House meeting, Coop Bank future trigger split in cooperative sector

Free Press Reporter | Saturday, 17 Dec 2016 13:47 EAT

In 2009, following the bank's IPO, Business Daily reported that the bank's top managers, including the chairman, CEO and some executive directors had become "instant multimillionaires", indicating the scope of wealth they had accrued due to their positions.


Livingstone Talel stirs Elgeyo Marakwet governor's race

Julius Chemitei | Wednesday, 14 Dec 2016 19:28 EAT

The MP also asked the electorate to avoid 'groupthink' in choosing leaders, saying larger identities like the "Kalenjin" made it harder for people to pursue their common interests. He said the better identity in electoral politics for Kalenjin communities should be to think as distict sub-tribes.


U.S.-funded programme changing fortune of unemployed youths

Samuel Owida | Wednesday, 14 Dec 2016 18:48 EAT

“There is no silver bullet for addressing youth unemployment. The issue is too big for any single donor to solve or fund,” Mission Director Freeman said, adding, “By working with private and public partners, we are pooling our expertise and resources to provide practical solutions.”


KANU says support for Uhuru not guaranteed, warns against rigging

Jackson Okata | Tuesday, 13 Dec 2016 10:36 EAT

“It is not guaranteed that KANU will back Uhuru in 2017. Neither has it been decided that we are going to back anybody at the moment. All presidential candidates including Uhuru will have to come and talk to us and tell us why they need our support,” he said.


Six million Kenyans struggling with drug addiction, says Mututho

Jackson Okata | Tuesday, 13 Dec 2016 10:35 EAT

“County governments must pass laws that will ensure that part of the levies collected from issuance of alcohol manufacturing and selling licenses are used in investing in rehab facilities and services within the counties," said Mr Mututho.


Uhuru's speech cut short as Joho supporters battle Awiti, Jubilee youths

Free Press Correspondent | Monday, 12 Dec 2016 18:08 EAT

Mombasa county commissioner Evans Achoki was forced to cut short the President's speech following the altercation that lasted nearly 30 minutes. Mr Achoki's frantic call to the crowd to observe a moment of silence for those killed in the Karai, Naivasha accident was not heeded.


It is indeed unfortunate that the most important day in our national calendar should be disrupted by the natural elements. The entertainment section had to be shelved entirely as the masses were being drenched. A good number of those on the dais had no protection over their heads too.


Police break up civil society demos to 'take back Kenya'

Julius Chemitei | Monday, 12 Dec 2016 15:56 EAT

Mr Kiama condemned the police action, saying. "The state purposed to attack its citizens whose only crime was to express their love for the restoration of the Republic to what it ought to be."


President Uhuru urges Kenyans to reject foreign interference

Free Press Reporter | Monday, 12 Dec 2016 15:26 EAT

I want to caution those members of the International Community taking these actions that the Kenyan people do not look kindly on such actions. I urge all Kenyans to reject such interference. This is our country, and no one should ever try and control our choices for their selfish interests.


Jaramogi, Mboya are Kenyan heroes, Uhuru finally admits

Free Press Reporter | Monday, 12 Dec 2016 14:52 EAT

"Patriots like Jomo Kenyatta and Jaramogi Oginga Odinga; Tom Mboya and Makhan Singh; Masinde Muliro and Paul Ngei; Bildad Kaggia and Achieng’ Oneko set aside their differences, and joined hands to overthrow the colonial order," he said.


The transfer of power, especially in West Africa, is sending signals that our citizens, who have seen and endured so much pain and betrayal, are marching ahead, sadder but wiser and will not allow the continent to revert to dictatorship, presidents for life and unconstitutional stays in office.


Despite the high costs of transporting fuel by road such transport costs, parking charges, driver charges, trailer tear and wear, insurance and weighbridge costs, the marketers still end up making more money. "Much more money that allows them to compromise NTSA officials to look the other side."


The civil society organisations, under the National Integrity Alliance banner, consists of Transparency International Kenya, the Association of Citizens Against Corruption, Associate Director, Society for International Development, and Angaza Writers.


Top ODM governor banned from the U.S. over corruption

Free Press Reporter | Wednesday, 07 Dec 2016 13:07 EAT

Sources close to the governor confided to us that he was indeed denied the visa when he sought to travel to the United States to attend an important event. The U.S. embassy is reported not to have given any reasons for the denial. The embassy issued visas for others who travelled for the event.


Kalonzo cuts short Malaysian trip to obtain UoN law Masters

Phillip Mulee | Thursday, 01 Dec 2016 13:13 EAT

Mr Musyoka jetted out of the country on Monday evening to Kuala Lumpur with other Wiper Party members to attend the 66th United Malays National Organization Conference (UMNO), 2016 Annual General Assembly.


Govt cracks down on suspects "spreading rumours" on RV killings

Jackson Okata | Wednesday, 30 Nov 2016 18:55 EAT

On the Marakwet-Pokot conflict, Mr Musiambo said that normalcy had returned after the government launched a major operation in which 100 National police service reservists have been incorporated from Marakwet West, Marakwet East and East Pokot.


Dr Mutua is also accused of promoting his Maendeleo Chap Chap party using county funds by putting up sign posts with his portrait. "According to Article 75 of the constitution, any public officer should delink matters of personal interest with public interest hence the governor has broken this law,


Machakos governor's impeachment bound to face quorum hitch

Rose Mukonyo | Wednesday, 23 Nov 2016 07:43 EAT

"The only card that had been left in Dr Mutua's hands was that of bribing a significant number of MCAs to opt out of the debate ahead of the D-day," a source privy to the dealings told the Kenya Free Press.


El Adde and After: Truth, Posttruth, and Mission Creep

Odhiambo Oyoko | Tuesday, 22 Nov 2016 10:01 EAT

Already Ethiopia has withdrawn its soldiers from Somalia and Uganda is contemplating doing the same. Kenyans deserve real answers and an honest debate on the KDF in Somalia beyond the media and government narrative.


Three killed in new clashes between Maasai, Kuria tribes as border conflicts rage

Free Press Correspondent | Monday, 21 Nov 2016 21:20 EAT

Mr Mutura said the local administration had deployed an expanded security force in the area and appealed to the residents not to retaliate in case of attacks so that the government can deal with the crimes so far committed as a matter of law and order.


Government to mitigate famine, warns of prolonged drought

Oscar Ndunda | Thursday, 17 Nov 2016 17:17 EAT

“I am appealing to citizens to contact chiefs, MCAs and other government officials to ensure that we get information in time,” he said, adding, ”Anyone who is well off or is a government official found to be taking or selling relief food will be arrested and prosecuted”.


Ethnic clashes flare across Kenya as election fever sets in

Gertrude Kirenga | Sunday, 13 Nov 2016 17:58 EAT

In Chesogo on the Pokot/Marakwet border, some residents have been forced to live in caves in fear of attackers who come for ther livestock. The government has had to transfer the top security officials from the region.


Kerio Valley violence disrupts Red Cross projects, forces group to peace building

Free Press Correspondent | Saturday, 12 Nov 2016 13:48 EAT

He said the project established in 2012 had been conceived to improve food security and foster peace between Marakwet and Pokot communities living in the are. With the recent intensity of violence, he said: “Our focus will now be on brokering peace between warring communities in the area”.


Sossion has been instrumental in building labour solidarity in Kenya, leading a one-man struggle towards greater involvement by trade unions in politics. He was the force behind the formation of TUC-Ke as a second national labour centre and counterweight to the pliant COTU.


Three counties in Coast region face "alarming" drought and famine

Soilan Kenana | Wednesday, 09 Nov 2016 15:11 EAT

The National Drought Management Authority says the worst situation at the moment is "alarm", and only three counties within coast region (Kwale, Kilifi and Lamu) had reached it. The Authority had mapped out all the hotspots of famine in the affected counties.


Government rolls out public-private road financing system

Soilan Kenana | Tuesday, 08 Nov 2016 17:04 EAT

To kick start the procurement of these projects, the Ministry of Transport Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development and the National Treasury has planned and investor conference in mid-November.


Emerging police brutality against government critics threatens 2017 polls

Free Press Reporter | Tuesday, 08 Nov 2016 16:05 EAT

Although main concern about the police concern the election, peace campaigners have expressed anxiety at the ease with which officers open fire in informal neighbourhoods in Nairobi and poor regions of Kenya. Last night, suspected police officers shot to death a cobbler in Maringo Estate.


The sources say Dr Mailu has engaged in a fierce battle with remnants of his predecessor James Macharia’s administration who have tried to influence tendering even after the reshuffle that saw Macharia taken to the Transport and Infrastructure docket.


The appointment of Treasury insiders for the delicate assignment, where the president’s relatives have been accused of getting lucrative government tenders irregularly, will be seen as part of a whitewash exercise.


He also said, "Lakini mganga hawezi kuona haya.. yake ni vile ataincite wananchi ili wakasirike, si kuwapea suluhu, kwa sababu hiyo ndio siasa yake (a witch doctor has no shame... all he wants is to cause citizens to be angry, not to give them solutions, because that is his style of politics").


Two police officers admitted at Tenwek Hospital after shooting each other

Free Press Correspondent | Friday, 04 Nov 2016 19:37 EAT

Both were critically injured, and they were rushed to the mission hospital for emergency treatment. Senior police officials from both Kericho and Bomet counties visited the scene and interviewed witnesses.


KCPE security 'firewall' breached as teacher, impersonator arrested

Oscar Ndunda | Wednesday, 02 Nov 2016 19:31 EAT

This comes after Coast Regional Coordinator Nelson Marwa banned the distribution of food stuffs by the County government of Mombasa to all candidates doing exams in a bid to curb exam leakages.


Over 30,000 face starvation in Makueni, Machakos counties

Rose Mukonyo | Wednesday, 02 Nov 2016 14:44 EAT

Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua has dispatched a special team to assess the famine situation in the county and commissioned the distribution of seeds, fertilizers and other farm inputs in the county.


Raila, allies meet Maraga, urge CJ to be 'different from Mutunga'

Free Press Reporter | Tuesday, 01 Nov 2016 14:16 EAT

Moreover, after seeing the abject disappointment that former CJ Mutunga, in whom reform-minded Kenyans had invested enormous hope, turned out to be, any CJ who isn't openly partisan and does not go around raising people's hopes is good enough.


The five people holding the key to solving Sh5 billion scandal mystery

Free Press Reporter | Saturday, 29 Oct 2016 18:31 EAT

An experienced civil servant, she was previously in the Ministry of Tourism when the ministry was involved in an even bigger scandal over the inflation of cost for the construction of Ronald Ngala Utalli College.


Uhuru leaves for Sudan amid outrage from Kenyans over corruption

Free Press Reporter | Saturday, 29 Oct 2016 16:01 EAT

After the president's updated news of his departure on Facebook, thousands of Kenyans responded angrily, with many asserting that the trip was an escape from the crisis over the loss of Sh5 billion scandal where the president's family members and confidants have featured prominently.


CORD planning mass action against Jubilee over corruption

Phillip Mulee | Saturday, 29 Oct 2016 15:24 EAT

"One of them grew up lacking nothing, therefore he cannot believe that the looting is going on. He is totally blind to it. The other is the rogue peasant’s child, who is determined to become super rich without any regard to societal values and principles," the senator said.


The Kenya Free Press has learnt that Sundales International Limited was registered only on 12 September 2013, and within the next few months it had been awarded contracts worth Sh272 million by the Kenya Medical Supplies Agency (KEMSA) alone.


The government also pushed back against the veracity of the interim audit report. The director for social media at State House, Dennis Itumbi, wrote Facebook posts promoting the line that the interim audit report was a mere management letter to diffuse the crisis.


She cleared her bedding at 6.30am as usual to leave room for businesses, but workers reporting at Mt Kenya University building noticed her staggering, baby carried on her side, and at close range they saw her bloodied face and traces of what looked like semen on her clothes and legs.


Eastleigh traders force Swazuri's hand in market land row

Free Press Reporter | Thursday, 27 Oct 2016 18:31 EAT

The chairperson of the hawkers’ association, Agnes Mulela, described the suffering they had undergone after being kicked out of the market and thanked the NLC for intervening.


Night curfew in Mandera, army to build border unit

Phillip Mulee | Thursday, 27 Oct 2016 17:47 EAT

Mr Nkaissery said the establishment of unit along the Kenya Somalia border will boost security along the neighbouring towns including Mandera and Lamu prone to terrorist attacks due to the porous Kenya- Somalia border.


Campaigners call for 'third gender' as Kenya marks World Intersex Day

Soilan Kenana | Wednesday, 26 Oct 2016 20:11 EAT

Ms Nyaundi added that they will ensure that before the end of the year they will have made legislative changes to ensure that the law caters for male and female as well as intersex gender.


Former MP Kuttuny says he will be in charge of Uhuru's re-election campaign

Free Press Correspondent | Wednesday, 26 Oct 2016 12:51 EAT

“I have huge experience having served as your MP for five years and also having served as Uhuru’s adviser, I will serve you better than you have ever seen,” said Kuttuny at Mukuyu.


North Rift lags behind in hospitality with only one four-star hotel

Free Press Correspondent | Wednesday, 26 Oct 2016 12:31 EAT

According to the recently-concluded classification of hotels by the Tourism Regulatory Authority, the region has only one hotel rated as a four-star - the Boma Inn owned by the Kenya Red Cross. The hotel is located in Elgon View Estate on the outskirts of Eldoret Town.


Mandera attack calls for devolution of some Police Service functions

Ndung'u Wainaina | Tuesday, 25 Oct 2016 16:55 EAT

This latest attack coming in wake of the Kerio Valley killings demands that national government discard outdated security and policing models. County based policing and law enforcement system is needed that effectively addresses local security challenges informed by local dynamics and conditions.


According to KFCB Chief Executive Ezekiel Mutua, the Centre will be a one stop-shop for the creative industry in Kenya and will provide subsidized services and facilities for the creative arts industry, including training on entrepreneurship, mentorship, production and classification.


"I cannot ask for more security for Mandera. There are enough personnel but they cannot patrol because of fear. We have to look for them and ask why they cannot protect the people," he said.


Security laxity blamed as Shabaab kills 12 in Mandera

Free Press Correspondent | Tuesday, 25 Oct 2016 10:00 EAT

Due to its proximity to Somalia, Mandera is a hotbed of Al Shabaab militants, accounting for more than half of the group’s attacks since 2011, even though the group’s most deadly attacks have been on Nairobi and Garissa targets.


IEBC Selection Panel picks former PS Musundi as chair

Phillip Mulee | Friday, 21 Oct 2016 15:37 EAT

The new chairperson is currently the chair of the Strathmore University Council and the Human Resources Committee of the Board.


Upon their arrival in the country, the 534 IDPs were given Sh100,000 to start off their lives in a place where they had left seven years ago and the remaining money was to be channeled a few weeks later.


Wiper defectors took no value from CORD, Kalonzo tells Uhuru

Oscar Ndunda | Thursday, 20 Oct 2016 16:08 EAT

Mr Uhuru further lamented that the country is still divided by ethnicity and he called on all Kenyans to focus on unity, cohesion and prosperity because those who fought for independence embraced this.


Government downplays millions are starving and assures of food security

Tobbie Wekesa | Wednesday, 19 Oct 2016 19:21 EAT

“Maize consumption in Kenya is about 3.2 million bags per month, coming to about 40 Million bags annually. This Year (2016), we expect to get 34 million bags from the long rains harvest which is currently underway.


"The NGO Cordination Board has faced numerous challenges in the execution of its mandate. In view of the above circumstances, I have today dissolved the board of the NGO Cordination Board,"


Resign if you can't fight corruption, Kenyans tell president

Soilan Kenana | Wednesday, 19 Oct 2016 17:03 EAT

“The posture of helplessness doesn’t inspire the war against corruption. What is then the message to ordinary Kenyans? That they should live with corruption that takes away their livelihood?” asked Mr Mudavadi.


KDF will remain in Somalia until peace is secured, says General Mwathethe

Free Press Correspondent | Wednesday, 19 Oct 2016 12:57 EAT

He announced the new measures to arrest the escalating cases of terror attacks in Kenya and said the country will not withdraw from Somalia until peace shall have been restored in Somalia.


“We have a budget of Sh26 billion to ensure that our police force is well equipped to deal with terrorism, radicalization, cattle rustling, inter-tribal clashes and organized criminal gang attacks which are the main challenges we are facing.”


The president's declaration came more than six hours before the National Assembly unanimously voted to have Justice David Maraga appointed Chief Justice after a two and half hour debate.


Machakos Governor Mutua brings honour to region's forgotten heroes

Phillip Mulee | Tuesday, 18 Oct 2016 20:37 EAT

The grand finale will be Thursday, when President Uhuru Kenyatta dedicates all the three monuments as part of national celebrations to mark Mashujaa Day, Kenya's national holiday for honouring heroes.


The chairman of the National Cohesion and Integration Commission Francis ole Kaparo pointed out that almost all speakers had shown a collective sense of helplessness, and urged everyone to take up their responsibilities seriously and stop complaining.


Major dinner tonight in honour of Kalonzo Musyoka

Phillip Mulee | Tuesday, 18 Oct 2016 14:57 EAT

The Wiper Party leader and former foreign affairs minister is also recognized for spearheading dialogue between Sudan and former rebel group South Sudan Liberation Movement that culminated into the signing of a Comprehensive Peace Agreement.


Plans to host Mashujaa Day in Machakos finalised

Oscar Ndunda | Tuesday, 18 Oct 2016 12:47 EAT

The celebrations are being held out of Nairobi for the first time after the introduction of a rotational programme for cities to host the events. The Machakos meetings will focus on peace, unity and development.


Armed crime had peaked in the region for months, but October brought a temporary lull that, from the look of things, has come to an end. In the latest incident, armed gangsters attacked business premises at Koma shopping centre last weekend, seriously injuring three night guards.


President Uhuru Kenyatta is in Togo to attend African Union Extra-ordinary Summit on Maritime Security and Safety and Development in Africa.


Governor Mutua wins yet another court injunction stopping his arrest

Free Press Correspondent | Thursday, 13 Oct 2016 18:08 EAT

Last week, he failed to honour summons to appear before the Senate Public Accounts and Investments Committee to answer questions raised by the Auditor General.


One farmer killed as death toll on Naivasha land hits seven

Free Press Correspondent | Thursday, 13 Oct 2016 14:14 EAT

An elder in the area, Albert Kipsang, said there were reports that the attack was planned weeks earlier and that it was aimed to cause fear among the residents. He put blame for the violence on Maasai morans.


Senator Murkomen wants elders, not police, to address ethnic clashes with rising toll

Free Press Correspondent | Tuesday, 11 Oct 2016 18:44 EAT

Hostile residents were seen blocking the Chesongoch-Tot road, stopping area deputy county commissioner Eric Mulevu who had visited the area from meeting locals. The locals were said to protesting the government’s failure to arrest suspected attackers.


MPs censure Nkaissery as slain Matungulu shopkeeper laid to rest

Oscar Ndunda | Monday, 10 Oct 2016 16:37 EAT

Mbui told Nkaissery that Kenyans were watching how his office was acting on the failure by the police to ensure that all citizens are provided with security.


CORD coalition will remain united till 2017, says Orengo

Oscar Ndunda | Monday, 10 Oct 2016 16:32 EAT

“Ignore the Jubilee propaganda doing rounds that Kalonzo is joining them. CORD is strong and don’t be swayed because we (CORD) are forming the next government,” added Orengo.


Used to roaming Kenyan towns, Chinese contractors find Naivasha a hard nut to crack

Free Press Correspondent | Sunday, 09 Oct 2016 13:34 EAT

The manager indicated to the Kenya Free Press that three incidents had been reported involving the Chinese workers, sending fears to the contractors that there were armed criminals targeting the Chinese nationals.


Otuoma: Luyia unity bid a cover for leaders' lack of vision

Tobbie Wekesa | Friday, 07 Oct 2016 19:53 EAT

"The big question we should ask ourselves is how we make Western relevant in national politics. Talks by CORD co-principals Moses Wetangula and Kalonzo Musyoka for Raila to relinquish his presidential bid to either of them and he remains a kingmaker have no basis."


Governors launch three-month national tour highlighting devolution successes

Free Press Reporter | Friday, 07 Oct 2016 10:50 EAT

“We want the story of devolution to be told because counties are usually judged more harshly compared to the national government,” said the Meru governor.


Makueni, Kitui counties set to host Kenya's largest water dam

Rose Mukonyo | Thursday, 06 Oct 2016 16:15 EAT

This project will see over 1,641 households being displaced from 9,185 acres of land and will involve a resettlement action plan through Tana Athi Water Services Board.


“Kalonzo Musyoka had not as yet told us what other options he had in mind and therefore we could not second guess him,” said Kibwana, who was also reported to have endorsed the move to join Jubilee.


Ruto using state machinery against Kalenjin dissenters, claims MP Keter

Free Press Correspondent | Wednesday, 05 Oct 2016 15:53 EAT

Hon. Keter claims the anti-corruption body was being used for political expediency by powerful individuals in government in an attempt to silence leaders who have demanded that merit and not tribe be used in the appointment of Vice Chancellor at Moi University.


Ruto should prove he's not a killer, says lawyer Imanyara

Jackie Amisi | Wednesday, 05 Oct 2016 15:23 EAT

"Is it not true that prior to his death Jacob Juma publicly disclosed that William Ruto was planning to kill him? Is it not true that on account of the late Jacob Juma’s publicly expressed fears, William Ruto is a prime suspect in the ongoing investigations into the death of Jacob Juma?"


“Our attention has been drawn to reports serialized in a local daily newspaper concerning alleged unlawful killings by the police. Our concern is the lack of objectivity, obvious bias and palpable misrepresentation of facts in reportage on the matter.”


Nyanza, Western county governments want to buy sugar firms

Free Press Reporter | Tuesday, 04 Oct 2016 12:45 EAT

Governor Obado, who chairs the agriculture committee of the Council of Governors, said the privatisation effort could not proceed without the input of farmers. He said farmers had been sidelined in the privatisation process and urged them to resist the process.


"The bank is moving in the wrong direction. Sacking employees who have stuck with the institution, when it was among the lowest paying banks in Kenya, is not the answer to the problems," the source said.


Kalonzo has no future in CORD, say Kamba MPs

Rose Mukonyo | Monday, 03 Oct 2016 19:03 EAT

“The decision we as a community will take today will determine whether the community will be in government or in the opposition come next year’s general election,” said Mr Munyao.


PR disaster: Kenya Airways implicates self in press statement

Lydia Tokesi | Monday, 03 Oct 2016 18:57 EAT

Yesterday's problems were too obvious to deny. Hundreds of passengers traveling to and from Mombasa were stranded for hours after their flights were delayed. The delays affected flights from JKIA (Nairobi) and Moi International Airport in Mombasa.


Human rights NGO warns of waning human rights protection in Kenya

Free Press Reporter | Sunday, 02 Oct 2016 18:02 EAT

The NGO also noted that “persistent and serious abuses by security forces” is impairing Kenya’s democracy. Despite constitutional and other legal safeguards against violence and ill treatment, civilians experience regular hostility from state authorities, most frequently the police.


Millions of Nairobians could be drinking ‘poisoned’ water

Oscar Ndunda | Saturday, 01 Oct 2016 19:35 EAT

A recent assessment revealed a doubling number of ‘known’ boreholes between 1995 and 2011. Of 3,500 boreholes, less than half have abstraction permits (47 %) and two thirds were unmetered.


Chaos at City Hall as CORD MCAs scuttle bid to impeach Kidero

Oscar Ndunda | Thursday, 29 Sep 2016 16:09 EAT

The Viwandani MCA, who is a member of the CORD but has recently been caucusing with Jubilee members of the Assembly, claims in the motion that Kidero “violated the constitution” in failing to implement the Ward Development Fund, a kitty managed by MCAs.


“It is sad that the main road leading to such a key installation has been neglected. We are demanding that immediate measures be taken to address the state of this road,” Youth Power Movement convener Lemi Muia said.


Kisii family in agony after their three month-old daughter is stolen by 'relative'

Free Press Correspondent | Wednesday, 28 Sep 2016 13:58 EAT

The woman had made away with the baby and Ms Kwamboka's handbag which contained her phone, the medicines she had purchased for her daughter and the treatment card.


Kitengela accident claims four lives

Oscar Ndunda | Monday, 26 Sep 2016 13:51 EAT

The bus and the boda boda were moving towards Kitengela and the bowser truck in the opposite direction. The bus driver's calculation wasn't successful as he hit the boda boda and also rammed into the bowser.


Wiper joins ODM in effort to eject defectors

Rose Mukonyo | Monday, 26 Sep 2016 13:40 EAT

“Those who have decided to move did so in their individual capacities and did not consult the voters. They were merely bought off by Jubilee to serve their selfish interests,” she said.


Thugs terrorise a Machakos town; police refuse to respond

Rose Mukonyo | Monday, 26 Sep 2016 13:07 EAT

Angered by the APs' negligence amid rising insecurity, local residents blocked the Tala-Donyo Sabuk road to protest over the incident.


ICC member countries urged to support court on Uhuru case

Free Press Reporter | Sunday, 25 Sep 2016 13:18 EAT

“ICC member countries should make sure the message is heard in Nairobi that they will not turn a blind eye to the government’s obstruction of justice,” said Elizabeth Evenson, HRW's associate international justice director.


The current majority leader, Alfred Weswa, was elected on New Ford-Kenya ticket. URP was the second largest party in the assembly and its member Hillary Kemei was elected the leader of minority.


Another civil society official, Edwin Kiama, read mischief in the suit. While fearing that some senior officials in government were still opposed to the law, he hoped that the good judgement that persuaded Mr Kiunjuri to write to the AG would prevail, paving the way for the law's full implementation


His departure from ODM was, however, marked by revelations by DP Ruto that the MP was among dozens of others who had been lured out of CORD by the Jubilee coalition as part of a strategy to ensure President Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election.


Attorney General Githu Muigai, one of the panelists, put him to the test, seeking to know how he would pass judgment in suits where two or several laws were at conflict.


Tigania duo appeal to rights commission, IPOA for help over torture

Free Press Correspondent | Thursday, 22 Sep 2016 11:25 EAT

Douglas Karithi and Joshua Kaberia were arrested last week on Tuesday by a police officer from the Nchiru Police Station over suspicions that they had stolen a pig belonging to the arresting officer’s girlfriend.


"The President first visited Kenyatta Market where he shared nyama choma with Jubilee leaders and addressed traders," the Presidential Strategic Communication Unit reported. The unit also posted the relevant pictures illustrating the event.


Jubilee Party launches Coast Chapter, appoints Mung’aro as spokesman

Free Press Correspondent | Monday, 19 Sep 2016 16:39 EAT

Political temperatures were high at the meeting as the leaders vowed to work together in a structured and coordinated way to completely change the region’s politics for the better.


"It was also horrible to hear the President own up to corruption and chide those who aren’t partaking of it. The 'sisi tunakula nyama na nyinyi mnamwaga mate' wasn’t just in bad taste but shows that the President is actually justifying the 'it is our time to eat' mantra"'.


ODM grassroots officials accused of undermining governors

Free Press Correspondent | Wednesday, 07 Sep 2016 15:57 EAT

But as if to confirm the governor's complaint that Mr Orege was positioning his allies to take over positions from incumbent leaders, Mr Orege was accompanied by an aspirant for West Sakwa Ward, Albert Ojonyo, who is a member of his line-up.


COTU fears increased NSSF contribution could be used for 2017 campaigns

Free Press Correspondent | Wednesday, 07 Sep 2016 14:28 EAT

“The suspension of these sections has also affected fund course structure and management and it is now evidence that the salutary two per cent capping of administrative course to the fund value may not be achieved,” said Mr Ndambuki.


Revenue Commission study shows devolution a huge success despite the challenges

Free Press Reporter | Wednesday, 07 Sep 2016 14:05 EAT

Devolution is the most successful aspect of Kenyan Constitution that was promulgated in 2010, despite the challenges we have gone through, he said.


Mututho in new war with Governor Mbugua over illicit liquor

Free Press Correspondent | Wednesday, 07 Sep 2016 13:58 EAT

“I am warning Governor Mbugua against issuing licenses to traders transacting this business of illicit brews”, he said


Mr Abdullahi, who is an accountant, says water was his main area of focus during the campaign period and wants by the end of his five year term to have fulfilled the promise of providing enough clean water in the county.


Blogger Nyakundi ordered to appear in court for contempt

Patience Akenga | Monday, 05 Sep 2016 20:18 EAT

The judge said, “Mr Nyakundi has to personally attend court as it has been brought to the attention of the court that he has continued to publish the alleged defamatory articles."


Why impeachment of Nyeri Governor is still a long way from conclusion

Phillip Mulee | Saturday, 03 Sep 2016 11:26 EAT

Over 30 of the MCAs, fearing kidnapping just before the vote, opted to spend Thursday night at the County Assembly chambers in preparation for the impeachment motion against Gachagua.


If the Committee's verdict was upheld by Parliament, President Uhuru Kenyatta would be required to form a tribunal to investigate Kinisu and remove him from office. This is the fate he avoided by his resignation.


The chairperson of the traders, Ahmed Mohammed, told journalists that over 45 shopping malls will remain closed for the next three days to give the county and national governments time to act on the hawkers.


Rights workers come face to face with injustices against Taita landowners

Free Press Correspondent | Tuesday, 30 Aug 2016 19:40 EAT

“They killed my son and seriously injured my wife. My wife broke three ribs in the gun attack. Now she cannot undertake heavy duties. The thugs made away with Sh14,000 and alexandarite gemstones worth Sh2 million,” Kitumbi narrated.


IPOA asked to investigate police killing of Mombasa boy, 16

Free Press Correspondent | Tuesday, 30 Aug 2016 13:19 EAT

The police have claimed that the boy was armed with pangas and other crude weapons and that the officer who killed him acted in self-defense, but Khalid dismissed this theory, which in any event would not justify the killing.


Sakwa also pointed out that so far, two suspects of the attack have being arrested while two others were killed at two separate incidents at Kangundo Sub County.


Kerry announces U.S. grant for Kenya's 2017 elections

Free Press Reporter | Tuesday, 23 Aug 2016 13:33 EAT

The US Secretary of State met President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House and later had another meeting with opposition leaders. He appealed to both sides to observe democratic norms and announced that the U.S. would provide Sh2.5 billion (USD25 million) towards the election.


Raila, Hassan meet at LSK fete as IEBC team expected to fold up

Free Press Reporter | Sunday, 21 Aug 2016 20:22 EAT

“Elections must reflect wishes of the people where every vote counts….In future, management of the elections must be at par,” said Raila, who expressed optimism with the electoral reforms that are expected to follow the reconstitution of the IEBC.


Kangundo OCS Morris Okul, whose officers visited the scene of the lynching, warned residents against taking law into their hands and asked members of the public to hand over such suspects to the police.


Civil society appeal to U.S. intervention on human rights situation in Kenya

Free Press Reporter | Sunday, 21 Aug 2016 17:40 EAT

“The human rights concerns…are particularly pressing because of their potential to both undermine, and to become exacerbated prior to and during the upcoming 2017 General Elections, due in less than 12 months.”


Undoubtedly Kenya faces genuine security challenges, particularly those emanating from the Al Shabaab group in Somalia. However, the authorities’ responses have often been unlawful, ineffective, and marred by serious human rights violations and abuses.


Commissioner Sakwa also came to the governor’s aid by warning politicians who have seized on the Mitaboni attack to criticize the governor for non-performance. She said discussions on the attack could interfere with police investigations.


The protest also turned into a campaign against Governor Alfred Mutua, who has not delivered on his promise to install CCTV cameras in all the major towns in the county.


Kalonzo was also recognised for his efforts to bring peace in the Sudan during his tenure as Kenya's Minister for Foreign Affairs which gave birth to the world’s newest nation-state, the Republic of South Sudan.


Since its management passed over to the Mombasa County government following the implementation of devolved governance in 2013, its renovation has been a source of tension between Governor Hassan Joho and President Kenyatta’s local enforcers.


The police fired repeatedly in the air and used teargas to disperse the residents who were demonstrating and hurling stones at motorists.


Kikuyu elders urged to speak with ‘one voice’ ahead of 2017 elections

Free Press Correspondent | Thursday, 18 Aug 2016 16:21 EAT

“We need to put our house in order before seeking to unite with others, we need to have proper structures to approach our issues,” he said, while announcing the programme for an upcoming meeting of the elders’ groups.


Mule dismissed the ‘Maendeleo Chap Chap’ party being fronted by Machakos governor Alfred Mutua, who has fallen out with the CORD coalition.


Jubilee rebels will not get tickets, warns Kindiki

Free Press Correspondent | Friday, 05 Aug 2016 11:34 EAT

Kindiki also accused some Jubilee governors he did not name for aligning themselves with opposition governors under the Council of Governors in order to undermine the government.


Ministerial team comes face to face with hunger in Kilifi

Free Press Correspondent | Wednesday, 03 Aug 2016 11:10 EAT

“Some reports indicate that the people have been eating wild fruits but this is not true. However, we have an extreme famine situation, with Magarini being the most affected by the disaster followed by Ganze and Malindi,’’ he said.


Police officer jailed for hiring firearm to robbers

Martha Kwamboka | Thursday, 21 Jul 2016 20:33 EAT

After investigations, Nderitu was charged with the offence of disposing his pistol which was used for criminal activity and he also faced a separate charge of unlawfully giving five rounds of ammunition to the robber who was later killed.


DP Ruto puts Namwamba on the defensive over Jubilee links

Derrick Kiraka | Sunday, 17 Jul 2016 20:55 EAT

While addressing his supporters at a public rally in Baringo County on Friday, Ruto said: “Ababu Namwamba has resigned from CORD and he is joining Jubilee. We thank all of them for heeding our calls for a unified nation free of hatred and politics of division," he said.


Joho, Marwa in new wrangles over projects due to be 'commissioned' by Uhuru

Free Press Correspondent | Saturday, 16 Jul 2016 18:17 EAT

At a public meeting CORD co-principal Kalonzo Musyoka in May, Joho said: “We want to finish the renovation at the Coast General and invite our CORD leaders to come and witness the opening before Jubilee comes and put up their plaques.”


Major Nairobi roads to close as UNCTAD conference opens

Martha Kwamboka | Friday, 15 Jul 2016 20:56 EAT

The theme of UNCTAD 14 is "From decision to action: moving toward an inclusive and equitable global economic environment for trade and development."


Munir was detained at Milimani Law Courts before he was arraigned in court but was later released without being charged.


A statement from the office of Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet said Omar did not escape, as officers from General Duty, Quick Reaction Team and GSU surrounded the station.


Relief for tea growers as striking workers resume work

Derrick Kiraka | Tuesday, 12 Jul 2016 18:48 EAT

The agreement ensured that five tea delivery corporative societies, which had ceased operations during the nine-day strike, resumed duty.


At a public lecture, Indian Prime Minister Modi charms Kenya with praise for country

Martha Kwamboka and Patience Akenga | Monday, 11 Jul 2016 23:00 EAT

The PM acknowledged the role Kenya has played in boosting the economy of India, pointing to the high number of Kenyan students in Indian universities.


Police killings riling Kenyans reflect dwindling interest in reform

Derrick Kiraka | Monday, 11 Jul 2016 18:50 EAT

The killing of Willy Kimani has only confirmed that such killings are not perpetrated only against terrorist suspects as some may believe. As the police are operating in an environment of limited accountability, anyone can be victim.


The cooperation between our nations has been crucial, and, indeed, it has only grown stronger over the years. Thousands of Kenyans have received high quality education at Indian universities


Ten counties get Land Boards as crisis continues to bite in sector

Free Press Reporter | Saturday, 09 Jul 2016 23:52 EAT

Kaimenyi’s office unveiled the first gazetted land boards in Vihiga, Elgeyo Marakwet, Narok, West Pokot, Machakos, Murang’a, Kwale, Kilifi and Taita Taveta, which he said had complied with the minimum legal requirements as part of the government efforts to initiate land reforms in the country.


The refugees’ departure coincided with the start of a two-month process of population verification at Dadaab Refugee Camp ahead of plans to repatriate 150,000 Somalis back to their homeland by December.


Unrest in North Rift as tea farmers refuse to meet pickers’ pay demands

Derrick Kiraka | Wednesday, 06 Jul 2016 09:39 EAT

The ruling by Justice Monica Mbaru settled the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) of 2014 dispute between KTGA and KPAWU dating back to January 2014, the day the parties began negotiations for the CBA.


Online Petition takes murder of three Kenyans global

Judy Wamuyu | Tuesday, 05 Jul 2016 18:45 EAT

The petition titled “President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta: Please Secure Justice for the Murders of Willie, Josephat and Joseph,” is part of efforts by lawyers and civil rights groups to have the government punish those behind the murders.


Netanyahu, in historic visit to Kenya, pays homage to Jomo Kenyatta

Waithera Murugi | Tuesday, 05 Jul 2016 17:45 EAT

Netanyahu, who is on a four-nation visit to Africa, has dubbed his trip as part of a venture of “Israel coming back to Africa and Africa coming back to Israel”, reflecting the continental goals of his mission.


Muthama, fighting new hate speech charges, hosts CORD leaders today

Free Press Correspondent | Saturday, 02 Jul 2016 21:21 EAT

CORD Co-Principals Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetangula will lead their supporters to a political rally in Machakos tomorrow where they are expected to show solidarity with Senator Johnstone Muthama, who is under renewed investigation for hate speech.


Counterfeit goods destroyed in Athi River

Free Press Correspondent | Thursday, 30 Jun 2016 12:06 EAT

Goods worth more than Sh58 million were destroyed by the Anti-Counterfeit Authority in Athi River Town on Monday.


Parameters for ethnic inclusion should be in constitution

Dimba Jakobuya | Wednesday, 29 Jun 2016 21:45 EAT

In fact, when referring to the collapsed Okoa Kenya referendum proposal, it was expected that a provision for rotational presidency was going to be included in the questions for the referendum vote.


Audit report reveals weak financial management at Chuka University

Winfred Mbuya Mwaniki | Tuesday, 28 Jun 2016 11:34 EAT

The Auditor General has raised questions about financial management at Chuka University.


EACC to control gifts received by public officers

Sandra Onindo | Thursday, 23 Jun 2016 18:48 EAT

On transportation, storage and disposal of gifts, the regulations state that a public entity shall store and maintain any gift received in good condition until such time for its utility comes. Surrendered gifts shall be deemed to be public property.


America, Britain were key to Jubilee, CORD truce on talks

Free Press Reporter | Thursday, 23 Jun 2016 10:59 EAT

While ambassadors of the US and Britain brought the two sides to agree on broad-based talks, the question of securing the final resolutions reached by the mediating teams is the one delaying the kickoff of the process.


With truce on horizon, CORD puts off anti-IEBC protests indefinitely

Free Press Reporter | Sunday, 19 Jun 2016 12:53 EAT

CORD calls off its countrywide protests to press for reforms in the electoral commission, saying it is hopeful of a compromise between itself and the government side. Deputy President William Ruto says deal is imminent.


Kenya Power breaks illegal lines syndicate

Jack Otwala | Sunday, 19 Jun 2016 11:45 EAT

Kenya Power is currently implementing the Last Mile Connectivity Project that is aimed at increasing the rate of access to electricity countrywide by reducing the connection fees to Sh15,000.


The slain DCIO had served in Kericho for three months, having recently been transferred from Kinangop. His car had been sprayed by at least six bullets by the assailants.


MPs should remain in custody, court says

Thomas Matalanga | Thursday, 16 Jun 2016 14:20 EAT

The high court this afternoon denied bail to the eight MPs who are under police custody on hate speech charges.


Bungoma MCAs moot one more plan to impeach Governor Lusaka

Derrick Kiraka | Wednesday, 15 Jun 2016 11:00 EAT

Four Bungoma residents have filed a petition to the Senate seeking to have their governor, Ken Lusaka, probed for corruption.


Bomet governor asks Kalenjins to be wary of Jubilee

Free Press Reporter | Tuesday, 14 Jun 2016 08:20 EAT

Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto has asked Kalenjin leaders to reconsider the community’s future in the Jubilee Alliance, warning that deputy president William Ruto might not get the support he’s banking on from his Jubilee allies after President Uhuru Kenyatta’s retirement.


Expansion of public universities over the past decade has reduced the number of qualified candidates missing out on higher education, but the number of those left out is still higher than that of successful applicants.


Hoping for truce on IEBC talks, CORD calls off protests

Free Press Reporter | Monday, 13 Jun 2016 08:20 EAT

The CORD Coalition has called off its demonstration against the electoral commission that was set for tomorrow in order to give dialogue a chance.


CBK forced us out,” say Chase Bank’s former directors

Waithera Murugi | Friday, 10 Jun 2016 20:51 EAT

The directors also allege that Deloitte, not understanding Islamic banking principles, classified assets as liabilities, hence their qualified opinion on the books which sparked panic withdrawals and forced the bank under.


CORD, upping pressure on IEBC, will hold two demos per week

Daniel Kimanzi | Friday, 10 Jun 2016 08:18 EAT

The Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) has vowed to intensify its campaign to unseat current commissioners of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) by staging two demos per week instead of one as it has been doing for the last five weeks.


Kenya needs a rethink on budget priorities

Thomas Matalanga | Friday, 10 Jun 2016 08:16 EAT

Giving the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission KSh2.8 billion to boost its operations in fighting corruption was ironical since the commission has never brought to book those involved in Chickengate, NYS and Eurobond saga among other scandals exposed in recent months.


“Today the country is gripped by political tension over the IEBC question, but instead of the rival political groups seeking to defuse it for the good of the nation, we see people who are supposed to be umpires taking partisan positions that escalate the tension.”


Auditor General’s report confirms loss of NYS billions

Sandra Onindo | Wednesday, 08 Jun 2016 11:31 EAT

A special report by the Auditor General has confirmed allegations that the National Youth Service lost more than one billion shillings through fraudulent procurement.


Huruma landlord charged with 52 counts of manslaughter

Winfred Mbuya Mwaniki | Wednesday, 08 Jun 2016 10:25 EAT

The owner of the building that collapsed in Huruma last month, killing over 150 people, has been charged with 52 counts of manslaughter.


State-led human rights commission opposes closure of Kakuma

Free Press Reporter | Tuesday, 07 Jun 2016 10:07 EAT

The state-funded Kenya National Commission on Human Rights has moved to court to challenge the government’s decision to close down the Kakuma and Dadaab refugee camps.


Political wars to blame for slow development in Rift Valley, says Murkomen

Free Press Reporter | Tuesday, 07 Jun 2016 09:48 EAT

Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen has claimed that political wrangling was to blame for the slow pace of development in the Rift Valley.


"There are people who think that the party belongs to them. In the 2013 general elections I supported President Uhuru Kenyatta and I will do the same in 2017, and thereafter I will support Deputy President William Ruto in 2022. Those thinking that I will walk out of Jubilee are mistaken,” Ragwa said


Suspected sugar importers arrested in Trans Nzoia

Free Press Reporter | Tuesday, 31 May 2016 14:28 EAT

Police in Trans Nzoia on Wednesday arrested three people suspected of importing unlicensed sugar.


Kisumu County police commander Nelson Njiri has been promoted, one week after a protester was shot dead under his watch in the lake-side city. The protester, Fredrick Otieno, was shot dead during last Monday’s demonstrations calling for the removal of IEBC commissioners.


Chief Justice Willy Mutunga has directed the hearing on the retirement age of Deputy CJ Kalpana Rawal and Justice Philip Tunoi be heard on Thursday.


Mombasa County Assembly rocked by corruption

Free Press Reporter | Monday, 30 May 2016 08:47 EAT

Minority leader Maimuna Mwawasi was also paid Sh136,000 for a similar car hire service from a non-prequalified form. She is recorded as having used the car for 17 days.


Senator Ongera causes stir at legislative congress in Mombasa

Free Press Correspondent | Saturday, 28 May 2016 11:30 EAT

Nominated Senator Janet Ongera caused a stir at the inaugural summit for senators and members of the county assemblies when she took a place at the podium despite not being listed as a speaker.


UN condemns killing of CORD protesters

Jack Otwala | Friday, 27 May 2016 11:57 EAT

The United Nations' human rights office has condemned Monday’s killings of protesters by the police in some parts of the country.