April 25th 2017


Tala MCA finds name missing from ballot papers, blames MP Mule

Oscar Ndunda | Monday, 24 Apr 2017 18:17 EAT

He threatened to leave the party whereby he blasted the party for issuing tickets to some aspirants without nominations. However, Mr Mule, in a phone interview dismissed the allegations saying that he is not interested in MCA's seat, and that the aspirant should complain to the party.

Rosemary Odinga pulls out of Kibera ODM race on medical grounds

Cynthia Gitau | Monday, 24 Apr 2017 18:05 EAT

It is following my doctor’s advice, that for the time being, I will continue serving my community in other capacities and regrettably bow out of the race for Member of Parliament. I would like to thank each and every person that supported my bid and the people of Kibra for opening their hearts and h

Kangundo matatu Saccos protest allocation of space to rival Sacco

Oscar Ndunda | Monday, 24 Apr 2017 14:21 EAT

"We are reading mischief from the Chief Officer and Kangundo and Matungulu subcounty administrators for issuing a letter to EBTI Sacco allocating them space at the Kangundo Bus terminal, which is against the Machakos agreement," said Mr Muthiani.

Stalemate over Nyamira Jubilee women representative slot persists

Free Press Correspondent | Sunday, 23 Apr 2017 18:55 EAT

Ms Nyamato's absence left the negotiation between Ms Nyarera insisting to take the ticket as a way of regional balance and Ms Momanyi insisting that she deserves the ticket having been in Jubilee for the longest time, vying on TNA ticket in 2013.

Junet Mohamed, Dalmas Otieno among top Migori incumbents expected to flop

Free Press Correspondent | Saturday, 22 Apr 2017 10:43 EAT

Among Junet's challenges is the corruption allegations surrounding the loss of over Sh6 billion from the NYS which Mr Odinga campaigned against. Two companies in which the MP had an interest (Zeigham Enterprises Ltd and Faraza Ltd) received Sh129 million from the NYS for dubious supply of goods.

Tala bank manager calls for unity during campaigns

Oscar Ndunda | Thursday, 20 Apr 2017 12:19 EAT

"Let us not shed blood during elections, the period will not be here permanent and I am urging people to vote wisely, if you want development vote for development-oriented leaders," she added.

ODM postpones Homa Bay vote as Governor Awiti surges ahead of pack

Free Press Correspondent | Thursday, 20 Apr 2017 11:59 EAT

The governor's campaign in Kasipul also benefited from the soaring popularity of local parliamentary aspirant Ongondo Were, who this afternoon condemned the emergence of fake ballot papers and declared that his campaign would guard against rigging at all costs.

Nakuru ODM aspirants say they are losing faith in party

Jackson Okata | Wednesday, 19 Apr 2017 17:58 EAT

Ms Lai lamented that it was important for the party headquarters to provide an alternative for those whose names are missing in the IEBC register in order to ensure that they participate in the nomination polls.

On his part, Benson called all on Jubilee Party members to turn out in large numbers to exercise their democratic right of voting in their preferred leaders. He however warned against any plans to rig the nominations saying that he will accept nothing less of a free and transparent election process.

Mr Ogada, however, called on his supporters to remain calm and expressed confidence that the party headquarters will sort out the mess. He said that he was the first aspirant from Nakuru to pay the nomination fees and wondered how his name was missing from the ballot papers.

Speaking at a burial ceremony in Kangundo, Ms Wambua said Jubilee is the party to beat since it is the party in government, arguing that it will claim many seats in the region. "I want to state here that Jubilee will clinch many seats here because of the developments it has done," she said.

Garissa Governor Nathif Jama gets re-election boost as key opponent withdraws

Free Press Correspondent | Monday, 17 Apr 2017 17:47 EAT

"I do hereby withdraw my candidature to contest for the Garissa gubernatorial seat in respect and on behalf of my elder brother the governor of Garissa County His Excellency Nathif Jama. Today puts an end to all the propaganda, confusion and the imagined bad blood between me and my elder brother."

A close ally of the Nairobi senator told this website that "Mr Sonko's patience was running out at the manner of games Jubilee Party leaders are playing over the nomination," adding, "Jubilee should decide whether it is a national or tribal party."

Ndambuki joins Makueni governorship race on Jubilee ticket

Joshua Mwangangi | Monday, 17 Apr 2017 15:45 EAT

Following the actions of the Makueni incumbent governor of signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka, this did not please Mr Ndambuki, who said the direct ticket was not fair.

Nyamira leaders informed the party that it is only Mochama who has a chance of beating whoever gets the ODM ticket between incumbent John Nyangarama and Dr James Gesami.

"If the the water service are so poor in this town, you can be sure the rest of the county is a disaster, we need change to address water scarcity and other challenges," said Mr Korane, who held a number of muddied 20-litre jerrycans in his hands.

Joshua Kuttuny poised to make comeback in Cherangany

Athanas Kipchumba | Sunday, 16 Apr 2017 17:13 EAT

The residents of Cherangany are now seized with an overriding desire to whip up Mr Korir, politically. Many voters are fatally missing the vibrant cum development oriented leadership of the former URP’s foot soldier Kuttuny.

Ojaamong-Otuoma standoff divides ODM leaders

Free Press Correspondent | Sunday, 16 Apr 2017 15:25 EAT

Gem MP Jakoyo Midiwo is leading the pack of ODM leaders who have rallied to Dr Otuoma's side and yesterday he joined the Funyula MP at an event in Busia Town where he urged the party's National Elections Board to hand to Dr Otuoma the nomination certificate.

With Gumbo overtaking Rasanga, allies Midowo, Ochanda say ODM would regret rigging

Free Press Correspondent | Sunday, 16 Apr 2017 13:22 EAT

Eng Gumbo has won the support of Midiwo, Ochanda, Ugenya MP David Ochieng and leading aspirants Aluodo (who is running for the women representative post) and Neto Ambala and Collins Oyu, the latter who is a teachers' trade unionist who are both parliamentary aspirants.

Wajir East MP Abass starts re-election campaign, touting achievements

Mohamed Gedi and Abdirahman Rashid Farah | Saturday, 15 Apr 2017 19:50 EAT

He told the voters about his efforts at Wajrer Boor which included the development of dormitories, bringing piped water from Booji Garaas (16km away), construction of the first nursery school at Boji Garaas and his current plans to build more classrooms for the region.

Caleb Kositany tipped to win Jubilee Party primaries in Soy constituency

Athanas Kipchumba | Saturday, 15 Apr 2017 19:06 EAT

During the last election, the electorates were treating the deputy president’s preferred political candidates with marked suspicion. And this could be the best illustration of why the now most popular candidate, Mr Kositany, lost to Barchilei.

ODM set for Tuesday primaries in Nakuru County

Jackson Okata | Saturday, 15 Apr 2017 15:28 EAT

The party will not be holding nominations for the senate seat and the governor position since it issued a direct ticket for the senate position and will be supporting a Chama cha Mashinani candidate for the gubernatorial race.

Fury in Kangundo as Wiper party hands Maweu automatic ticket

Oscar Ndunda | Friday, 14 Apr 2017 17:01 EAT

Mr Ndolo, who was eyeing the ticket, had paid the nomination fee of Sh250,000 to the party and was to battle it out with Mr Maweu, who recently joined the Wiper party after defecting from the TIP TIP party led by former Kibwezi MP Kalembe Ndile.

Eldas MP Adan Keynan faces widespread rejection in backyard

Free Press Correspondent | Thursday, 13 Apr 2017 17:27 EAT

The elder's message that incensed Mr Keynan went like this. "Mr Keynan, we thank you for the leadership we have had from you for 20 years. You are our esteemed son and even though you were out of power for five years, we count as 20 the number of years you have led our people.

Machakos Senate hopeful calls for environmental protection

Oscar Ndunda | Thursday, 13 Apr 2017 14:22 EAT

Saying that most water catchments had been destroyed, Mr Kioko blamed deforestation which he said was the main cause of drying rivers. "I am appealing to the residents of Machakos to protect our environment by planting trees to restore water catchments," said Mr Kioko.

Nakuru women aspirants appeal for ethnic unity

Jackson Okata | Tuesday, 11 Apr 2017 18:05 EAT

Ms Koske also called on the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to ensure the August 8 elections reflected the general will of the voters.

Nyamira Jubilee women rep aspirants walk out of party meeting after rival imposed

Free Press Correspondent | Tuesday, 11 Apr 2017 16:02 EAT

On Sunday, Mr Kiangoi is reported to have summoned elders to tell them that deputy president William Ruto had settled on the candidature of Ms Momanyi and that the other two should drop out because there won't be any nomination.

Matungulu MCA says health projects launched by MP are 'fake'

Oscar Ndunda | Tuesday, 11 Apr 2017 12:27 EAT

"I want to tell Hon. Mule that he should stop white elephant projects, he should work with the county government, if he wants to build a dispensary he should collaborate with the county government because health was devolved," she said.

The function that was attended by the governor, his chief of staff George Wainaina and top county officials was organised by the ‘Uhuru, Kidero Tena’ team that comprises Geoffrey Muya, John Kihara alias Kanu Gema and Henry Njau, among others.

Matungulu constituency to get two police posts

Oscar Ndunda | Monday, 10 Apr 2017 18:36 EAT

The MP said that through the CDF, he will spend Sh4 million to buy land for the expansion of the Tala Police Post while the national government will contribute Sh40 million to fund the project.

Mudavadi supporters' demo sparks fears over state infiltration of NASA alliance

Free Press Correspondent | Monday, 10 Apr 2017 18:03 EAT

"The organisers of this demo are basically enemies of the Luhya community and Hon Mudavadi who are working for the isolation of the community. We in opposition have one enemy called Jubilee. And anyone creating disharmony is an accomplice," said Nabii Nabwera.

Homa Bay ODM official pushing for six-piece voting

Samuel Owida | Monday, 10 Apr 2017 14:29 EAT

But Homa Bay senator Moses Kajwang, who joined Ms Wanga in Rangwe and Homa Bay Town constituencies, steered clear of the six piece clarion call, only urging the electorate to consider his candidature for ODM nominations now slated for April 21.

Huge bribe alleged as list of ODM Homa Bay nominees emerges

Samuel Owida | Sunday, 09 Apr 2017 18:09 EAT

Dr Arunga did not respond to our questions about the complaints which are generating growing tensions in the county. An allegation of a huge bribe has been alleged, with unverified reports indicating a NEB member was given Sh10 million by an aspirant for position of governor.

Matungulu villagers in shock as two boda boda men murdered

Oscar Ndunda | Saturday, 08 Apr 2017 17:18 EAT

"We were very shocked indeed to wake up in the morning and find two bodies of our colleagues in this manner. We are calling on the police to investigate the matter in depth," said one operator who spoke to this website.

Homa Bay aspirants reject ODM election panels, violence feared

Samuel Owida | Saturday, 08 Apr 2017 11:40 EAT

Unconfirmed reports is intimating that some initial deposit of Sh10 million has exchanged hands in the ratification of the elections panelists as a scheme to influence nomination outcome. When contacted, Dr Arunga said he was in a meeting and could not talk promising to do so later.

Jubilee politician wants April 21 gazetted as national holiday

Jackson Okata | Friday, 07 Apr 2017 16:13 EAT

The aspirant urged voters and candidates to tolerate one another's political views, saying the political leaders should prioritize integration in their campaign agenda and refrain from divisive campaign gimmicks which he says will only polarize Nakuru which is a multi-ethnic area.

Ukambani leaders welcome new NASA line-up

Free Press Correspondent | Thursday, 06 Apr 2017 21:30 EAT

"Sisi wana NASA tumeamua na tumeamua uongozi wetu iko mkononi was Raila Amolo Odinga kama rais na Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka kama makamu wa rais na Musalia Mudavadi kama chief minister was serikali wa NASA," said Matungulu MP Stephen Mule.

Machakos women rep aspirant hails Ukambani unity

Oscar Ndunda | Thursday, 06 Apr 2017 18:34 EAT

"Once elected I will ensure that I have introduced a Sacco for the women to help them save and also access loans to boost their projects because women are the mostly the caretakers in families".

"The incumbent governor has managed to play victim on all issues, legitimate or otherwise. In the circumstances, Jubilee must now put to rest all its impending theatrics and allow the residents of Mombasa the benefit of an issue-based and performance-oriented campaign," he said.

Seemingly unaware of the contents of the MoU, Mr Kiala released welcomed Ms Ndeti to Wiper and said was read to face at the party primaries. “I take this early opportunity to express my delight in the news that Hon. Wavinya Ndeti has finally joined the Wiper Democratic Movement Party.

Nakuru governor aspirants want SGR to pass through town

Jackson Okata | Wednesday, 05 Apr 2017 10:29 EAT

The former Naivasha MP also wants the proposed dry inland port to be constructed between Naivasha and Nakuru, something he says will allow both towns an opportunity to reap from the huge investments that will come with it.

“The board has plans of merging polling stations in all counties but the people of Homa Bay County have put a strong opposing view to this and have requested the use of all IEBC polling stations. We have complied to enable peace prevail during the exercise”.

Ms Kihika has amazed many by the way she has run her campaigns, which analysts see as the most organized ever witnessed in the regions. She has literally taken the county by storm something that has earned her a tag of being the most influential politician in the county.

Hassan Omar, moving closer to Jubilee, wants Uhuru to let him deal with Joho

Free Press Correspondent | Monday, 03 Apr 2017 09:12 EAT

A message doing the rounds on WhatsApp platforms, apparently created by Joho supporters, ridicules the president for ordering state agencies including the police, CID, KNEC and KRA to investigate the governor yet he had claimed that his hands were tied when it comes to fighting corruption.

Ojaamong ready to support Otuoma if he wins

Free Press Correspondent | Sunday, 02 Apr 2017 17:09 EAT

"I am ready to support him if he wins and likewise I expect him to do the same if I floor him. ODM is my party. There are many opportunities one can take including being advisor to the party leader. It is also not true that I have the backing of the party leader. I am mature to defend myself," he sa

Machakos women rep aspirant denies rumours she's to be Governor Mutua's running mate

Free Press Correspondent | Saturday, 01 Apr 2017 19:04 EAT

"I would like to state clearly that I am firmly in the race for Women Representative and have no interest in any other position. I therefore appeal to my supporters to stay focused on our journey and to ignore the false and cheap propaganda about my being deputy governorship candidate."

ODM disciplinary report creates panic in Homa Bay

Samuel Owida | Friday, 31 Mar 2017 19:26 EAT

Others are Washington Ogaga, Enosh Bolo and Jack Nduri, who have been implicated in the Waondo incident in which the crowd heckled and booed Governor Awiti, sending him off the podium during the memorial service of former Homa Bay senator Otieno Kajwang’.

The Magistrate allowed the prosecution to add an additional charge on the MP for refusing that his fingerprints be taken by police. But advocate Nyauke argued that the MP is a state officer hence his fingerprints were “everywhere”.

Matungulu MP aspirant urges people to be self-reliant

Oscar Ndunda | Friday, 31 Mar 2017 15:10 EAT

She further stated that it was her good performance track in Matungulu West Ward that has seen a lot of people endorse her candidacy for the parliamentary seat so that she can bring development across the whole constituency.

The nine include the interim Chief Finance Officer Benard Olwenyo and the interim Head of Supply Chain Management Services Elekiah Odari, Tender Committee members Dan Othuondo, Alex Oyuga, Barnabas Agui, Collins Bala, Joshua Opondo, James Amenya and  Fransica Onyango.

The source who spoke to this website said that Kuresoi South MP Zakayo Cheruiyot had substantially influenced the governor's decision through an analysis about the South Rift dynamics that Mr Ruto "bought wholeheartedly".

“I’m a front runner in this race. How can I interfere with a race which I know I will win? Certainly not,” he said, adding, “The violence is coming from those who have smelled defeat".

"I want to tell my friend Kalonzo Musyoka that he is being duped in NASA, they will not give him the presidential ticket, he should vie alone or consider joining Jubilee Party and President Uhuru will give him a position," said Mr Mutambu.

Kangundo aspirant castigates MP over corruption allegations

Oscar Ndunda | Monday, 27 Mar 2017 09:13 EAT

"It is a painful thing to see money meant for development being misused and getting lost while there are students who learn under trees. I think it is time for the EACC to step and act  because it is their duty," said Mr Muli.

In Tononoka rally, coronation of Raila as NASA kingpin

Free Press Correspondent | Sunday, 26 Mar 2017 20:04 EAT

At the end of the rally, the ODM leader committed to five agenda items that he said would transform the coastal economy and Kenya as a whole should he win the presidency.

Judge Omondi adjourned the hearing till next week Wednesday 29 March after the county government’s advocate Samuel Nyauke requested for more time to study the petition. Mr Nyauke argued that he had not had sufficient time to study the petition and needed more time to file a reply.

Homa Bay assembly clerk refutes corruption reports

Samuel Owida | Thursday, 23 Mar 2017 12:27 EAT

Kephers took issue with allegations that there was a scam of Sh400 million being investigated by Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission, terming it malicious propaganda aimed at tarnishing the image of the assembly by detractors "hell-bent to settle imaginary scores by inciting the public."

Kangundo residents want EACC to investigate MP Maweu

Oscar Ndunda | Wednesday, 22 Mar 2017 19:52 EAT

The residents claim that Mr Maweu has been the main supplier of construction materials in almost all CDF projects with payments being made to his bank account by either cash or cheque at Co-operative Bank Tala Branch.

Nearly complete, Kangundo MTC to open doors in September

Oscar Ndunda | Wednesday, 22 Mar 2017 11:53 EAT

Prof. Kaloki further stated that the country has seen a rise in number of KMTC colleges from 28 to 66 campuses with the number of students rising from 13,000 to 30,000. He added that about 8,300 students graduate yearly with 50 percent getting employment outside the country.

The children in the home were provided with food stuffs, clothes, sanitary pads, tissue papers, which were divided into all the 100 families inside the Nyumbani village.

Kangundo seat aspirant wants opponents to observe peace in campaigns

Oscar Ndunda | Thursday, 16 Mar 2017 18:57 EAT

Mr Muli, who is running for the seat on a Wiper Party ticket, also called on cabinet secretaries responsible for agriculture and emergencies to step in and save vulnerable families during the current drought situation hitting the country.

Mbooni MP Kisoi faces steep competition as he seeks re-election

Joshua Mwangangi | Tuesday, 14 Mar 2017 12:07 EAT

His opponents expressed their feeling of satisfaction even on social media claiming that Munyao has awaken from the sleep after discovering that the elections are near posting comments which indicated that they will not support him.

Former Mwala MP Muoki plots comeback

Free Press Correspondent | Monday, 13 Mar 2017 13:24 EAT

The former legislator who has also shown his interest in the seat he once occupied was speaking at different church occasions in Mwala constituency yesterday where he also asked the other aspirants all over Ukambani to call for unity.

Nakuru governor accused of 'buying off' opponent's running mate

Jackson Okata | Monday, 13 Mar 2017 12:19 EAT

Mr Mututho also accuses Mr Mbugua of using millions of shillings to buy out his top campaigners and supporters, but remains optimistic that he would still cruise to victory in the Jubilee Party nominations.

CCM head-to-head with Jubilee on Kericho MCA aspirants

Free Press Correspondent | Sunday, 12 Mar 2017 18:32 EAT

The defectors, who included Jubilee Party local officials and candidates for ward representative positions, joined CCM at at Kaborok Trading Centre in Belgut Sub County where Mr Ruto held a political rally, accompanied by party officials.

Coast Jubilee loyalists oppose direct tickets for ODM defectors

Free Press Correspondent | Sunday, 12 Mar 2017 12:48 EAT

In Kilifi South, Jubilee aspirants have rejected the defection of Mustafa Iddi, who will seek reelection on the party's ticket. In Tana River, county assembly speaker Nuh Nassir who had teamed up with Danson Mungatana in the governorship campaign did not welcome Mr Dado's defection.

Several residents from Masii have expressed their displeasure in the way the governor has been attacking those opposed to his party, asking him to allow the people to make their own choices as the electorate.

Waititu the man to watch in Kiambu gubernatorial seat

Charity Wainaina | Friday, 10 Mar 2017 10:35 EAT

The poll found that 44 percent people would vote for Waititu while 22 percent would support Kabogo. The Tifa Research found 44 percent of youths aged 18-30 support Waititu compared to Kabogo 25 percent.

Machakos County to educate voters on Mutua’s achievements

Rose Mukonyo | Friday, 10 Mar 2017 10:30 EAT

“I have done several projects within Machakos County and those aspiring to oust me from office will face a tough battle as my track record speaks for itself,” Dr Mutua said.

Counties urged to emulate National Government projects

Rose Mukonyo | Thursday, 09 Mar 2017 10:48 EAT

Speaking during an inspection tour of various roads and housing projects in Machakos, the PS said this would enjoy the benefits of their taxes which are brought by quality infrastructural projects. “Everyone should take advantage of the ongoing projects to enhance their economic endeavors”.

“This strike has been politicized and therefore if these doctors do not resume work they will be replaced,” said Dr Mutua, adding that he would engage medical practitioners from neighbouring countries like Tanzania and even South Africa to ensure normalcy is restored in the health sector.

Nakuru county govt has flopped, says former mayor Mwangi

Jackson Okata | Tuesday, 07 Mar 2017 20:07 EAT

"The county of Nakuru has been receiving Sh8 billion per year but the question is what projects are there to show what the county government has done with the billions," posed Mr Mwangi.

Wajir security bosses increase vigilance ahead of elections

Abdirahman Rashid Farah | Saturday, 04 Mar 2017 12:07 EAT

"The government is very keen on that and we are monitoring individuals who write hate in social media platforms. It is better for people to educate themselves on social media platforms rather than stoking animosity in the community," he said.

Homa Bay county staff urge EACC to charge suspects in court

Free Press Correspondent | Saturday, 04 Mar 2017 11:47 EAT

The staff members also want to see the implicated officials charged in court. "We have seen the raids before, and in fact they are useless unless the EACC can show that people are being charged with crimes and forced to vacate office. Otherwise it is a PR exercise," said another employee.

"I want to categorically state that there are no wrangles in our Wiper Party. Similarly, I would like to dismiss reports that there is a team from Wiper calling for the removal of Senator Muthama from the CORD coalition's Coordinating Committee, that's not true we are united," said Dr Musyoka.

Machakos police re-arrest escaped robber of last week's jailbreak

Oscar Ndunda | Thursday, 02 Mar 2017 08:56 EAT

Yatta OCPD Edward Changach said: "After a tip-off from some members of the public, we managed to nab one John Mutunga Mueni, a suspect of robbery with violence who was among remandees who escaped from lawful custody".

Naivasha MP Karanja Kihagi banks on record in re-election bid

Edith Kariuki | Wednesday, 01 Mar 2017 15:25 EAT

Ndegwa Nguthiru is very confident that he has what it takes for Naivasha to progress especially in addressing the menace of drug abuse which is rampant even as many cases go unattended in the constituency.

Mandera needs leaders who can liberate the region from Jubilee bondage

Jamal Bake Hassan | Tuesday, 28 Feb 2017 13:06 EAT

At the same time, since 2013, hot tears were streaming down the insides of Mandera County’s soul. Since Kenya’s political independence no other regime has ever subjected the residents of Mandera County to harsh, repressive and cruel treatment as has the Jubilee administration.

"It is a shame for a fully grown man to engage in a such an act and I want to assure him that his time as a free man is up. I will make a follow up on the matter and I can assure the girl and her entire family that they will get justice," said Dr Musyoka.

Why Bomet governor Isaac Ruto is supporting Uhuru's re-election

Phillip Mulee | Tuesday, 28 Feb 2017 11:50 EAT

The governor has not officially announced his decision. This morning, his spokesman told this website that the Governor is “still to decide which side to support, and there is no deadline in his decision-making”. But it is a firm decision, informed by a number of factors.

NASA's Rift Valley hopes dwindle as Isaac Ruto supports Uhuru's re-election

Free Press Correspondent | Monday, 27 Feb 2017 18:59 EAT

The NASA coalition of opposition chiefs Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka, Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetangula that has suffered a major blow as Governor Ruto was expected to be their main ally in the Rift Valley.

"After my daughter gave birth, Muia sent me a letter demanding an apology alleging that I was ruining his good name. After that he started threatening me and I reported the matter to Tala Police Post and no action has been taken on him. I want justice for my daughter," said Ms Mbondo.

"I am appealing to our motorists to be careful on the roads so as not to endanger the lives of others. I also call on the police to pull up their socks and strictly enforce the rule of law and security in this area," added the Matungulu legislator.

Kilifi ODM leaders defect to Jubilee, alleging Kingi's dictatorship

Free Press Correspondent | Saturday, 25 Feb 2017 19:19 EAT

The defectors were received by former party members including Kwale governor Salim Mvurya, and MPs Gideon Mungaro and Mustafa Iddi, representing Kilifi North and Kilifi South constituencies respectively.

In the current Parliament, he is serving as a member of the Liaison Committee and is the chairperson of the departmental Committee on Public Works, Roads and Transport - achievements that certainly reflect the long journey the MP has walked from his previous position of a city councillor.

Mathira being the vote-rich constituency will determine the winner. If Gachagua’s family back a different candidate, such as businessman and industrialist Githinji Kinyanjui popularly known as Cocorico, that would tip the balance.

The PS said that despite the ongoing politics surrounding the construction of the Sh38 billion Itare Dam, the government will still continue with the programme in order to solve recurrent water shortage in Nakuru and Kericho counties.

Laikipia governor's former allies rank top in election battle

Nyambura Muthoni | Monday, 20 Feb 2017 13:49 EAT

Kabugi won office alongside his boss by a landslide, only to fall out with him in the course of the administration. The DG has relied on the same campaign machinery that swept Irungu to office, and some of whose members feel marginalised by the governor.

Githunguri MP Baiya in a tough three-way re-election contest

Edith Kariuki | Saturday, 18 Feb 2017 13:19 EAT

Mr Kago has emerged as the front-runner, is widely seen as the voice of reason, the choice of youth and the voice of downtrodden poor of Githunguri. He has promised to improve the constituency by working better with farmers.

Narc-Kenya joins the gravy train from Jubilee wrangles

Phillip Mulee | Friday, 17 Feb 2017 16:25 EAT

The governor said that President Uhuru Kenyatta’s party was not genuine and was meant to advance the interests of the president and his close friends. “This is a party of few people and I cannot waste any more time in a place where I can’t see light ahead,” said Mr Ragwa.

What started as an operation in 1984 to disarm members of the ethnic Somali Degodia clan morphed into what the United Nations termed as one of the worst violations of human rights in the history of Kenya.

Nairobi County to control mushrooming of pubs

David Mutua | Tuesday, 14 Feb 2017 14:42 EAT

Closing down bars and pubs next to institutions and residential areas will reduce the claims of students and underage from purchasing liquor or consuming the drinks in school premises or their homes.

Machakos leaders raise alarm over drugs in schools

Rose Mukonyo | Tuesday, 14 Feb 2017 12:24 EAT

Mr Mule said it was very unfortunate that someone would be willing to destroy a young innocent life by introducing them to drug abuse at such a tender age, and warned stern measures would be taken against the perpetrators.

Molo boda boda operators decry increased insecurity

Jackson Okata | Tuesday, 14 Feb 2017 11:11 EAT

They lamented that most of them have lost motorbikes but despite such acts being reported to police only few arrests have been made. While calling on the police to beef up security and intensify patrols in the area, the operators termed the recent attack on Paul Osman as unfortunate.

Kabogo feeling the heat of opponents' unity

Edith Kariuki | Monday, 13 Feb 2017 16:38 EAT

Members of Parliament from the region including Kigo Njenga (Gatundu North) Jude Njomo (Kiambu) and Alice Nganga (Thika) town attended the meeting and pledged to support the initiative to unite against Kabogo.

Nakuru politicians warned against politics of hate

Jackson Okata | Friday, 10 Feb 2017 14:02 EAT

At the same time, Mr Noor called on the IEBC to take stern action against any political aspirant who will be found to be engaging in unlawful activities by blocking them from contesting for elective seats.

Baringo MCA who sent daughter to sit her KCSE papers arrested

Free Press Correspondent | Thursday, 09 Feb 2017 14:36 EAT

The MCA had enrolled for the exam as a private candidate, and was to sit her papers at AIC Njoro School. Officers at Njoro Police Station where she is being held had not prepared her charge by this afternoon but a source informed this website that she will be arraigned in court tomorrow.

Our votes won't be swayed by relief food, says Machakos MP

Rose Mukonyo | Thursday, 09 Feb 2017 08:50 EAT

"The Kamba people need a sustainable plan of how to fight drought rather than being given relief food which will not be a permanent solution. We cannot be wooed by cheap things like relief food, we need sustainable plans like dams and boreholes which our people can rely on in dry times,” said the MP

Matungulu's Charles Kilonzo vows to transform constituency governance

Rose Mukonyo | Wednesday, 08 Feb 2017 15:16 EAT

Dr Kilonzo also intents to improve business in the area by promoting local women groups and financing them whenever possible and adding value to farm produce by improving provision of inputs such as fertilizers.

Retired Kitui councillors endorse Uhuru for second term

Boniface Mulu | Tuesday, 07 Feb 2017 20:36 EAT

“We are campaigning for Uhuru in Kitui County because the Kamba community cannot afford any longer to be outside the government,” the former councilors declared.

Former Machakos Water boss declares battle for Yatta seat

Free Press Correspondent | Sunday, 05 Feb 2017 19:09 EAT

“I am offering myself to be a candidate for the parliamentary seat so that I serve you through servant and transformative leadership that will ultimately bring honor to the great people of Yatta,” he said.

Mututho promises to audit Nakuru County workforce

Jackson Okata | Tuesday, 31 Jan 2017 14:57 EAT

“I have drafted a policy on labour. I will not sack those people but if it goes through they will be evaluated to determine what services they were hired to do and how they were hired,” he said.

Matungulu residents want police to investigate livestock theft

Rose Mukonyo | Monday, 30 Jan 2017 15:42 EAT

The latest incident occurred at Koma location on Sunday night where a local farmer, identified as Mzee Katuuti lost two of his cows whose skins and heads were discovered in a ranch belonging to a  Macakos County Executive Member Kioko Luka.

Busia governor protests harassment by Ugandan forces

Free Press Correspondent | Monday, 30 Jan 2017 15:36 EAT

"Elected leaders and those aspiring for various seats in the coming elections should educate residents on the need to live in harmony and embrace peaceful co-existence. We have planned a meeting that will involve elected leaders, aspirants, national and county government representatives," he said.

Matungulu MCA to fight for MP seat as Moffat Maitha seeks MCA job

Rose Mukonyo | Saturday, 28 Jan 2017 12:51 EAT

“I have carefully considered the proposal raised severally by the people of Matungulu, and I can confirm that I will be contesting for the parliamentary seat in the forthcoming general election,” she said.

Mr Mule visited the home of the deceased yesterday together with Machakos senator Johnstone Muthama and deputy governor Bernard Kiala where they called for speedy police investigations.

Mr Musumba expressed fear that he could be rigged out of the primaries. "Although I have already paid Sh250,000 as nomination fee and Sh20,000 as life membership, I fear my opponent Jeff Omuse will be given the ticket, thus effectively locking me out of contention," he said.

Homa Bay County workers up in arms against nepotism, corruption

Free Press Reporter | Monday, 23 Jan 2017 14:45 EAT

On specific names, he denied that the acting chief officer finance had any blood relationship with Mr Ogwe. Asked whether he himself had a relationship with Mr Koriko, the officer turned hostile, saying he needed time to verify some things and get back to us at a later time.

Nyali MP Awiti Bolo turns to Luos as his politics in turmoil over Jubilee links

Free Press Correspondent | Monday, 23 Jan 2017 11:46 EAT

His associate told this writer that some of his core supporters tried to talk him out of the meeting but he went ahead with it. "Trying to get the Luo vote is a pipe dream, and it only shows that Mr Awiti is fishing in shallow waters and can't be trusted to pursue a consistent political path".

“This time round we must win. I have held wide consultations with residents of Kangundo West and they have assured me of their unwavering support as I seek to become their next member of county assembly,” he said.

She prepared dinner and fed her eight month old daughter and put the baby to bed. Later, she went out and collected dry maize stems from a nearby farm and placed them in her main room, poured paraffin on her body before she set herself on fire after wrapping herself inside a maize sack.

Speaking to journalists, the youths said that most of them have not acquired national identification cards owing to charred fingerprints, while those whose palms are still intact are just too busy to visit a registration centre.

NGO helps Nakuru farmers embrace technology for better yields

Jackson Okata | Tuesday, 17 Jan 2017 15:47 EAT

Upon sending the messages, farmers receive answers from diverse experts, thereby expanding their farming skills. The new platform targets over 100 million farmers across Kenya, Uganda and Peru and has already registered 120,000 farmers.

Aspirant using football to motivate Kangundo's young voters

Rose Mukonyo | Tuesday, 17 Jan 2017 12:08 EAT

"The main reason we have been holding these tournaments in Kangundo is because we have realized a large number of youths may not vote because they are not yet registered," Mr Kituku told the Kenya Free Press.

Ajuran clan picks Jubilee man Dr Ali Kabreta as Wajir senate candidate

Free Press Correspondent | Tuesday, 17 Jan 2017 11:32 EAT

With the county leadership in the hands of ODM, it remains to be seen which power-sharing arrangement will party will create, alongside Governor Ahmed Abdullahi of Mantan clan and senator Abdirahman Hassan. Women representative Fatuma Ibrahim has indicated she will not defend the seat.

Machakos MP say governor didn't press for varsity

Oscar Ndunda | Wednesday, 11 Jan 2017 14:51 EAT

The MP added that the forum hosted by the governor at Machakos "did not in any way serve the people of Machakos. The only person benefiting from it all is the governor himself because he wants a political mileage.

"I am disappointed that Prof Odebero has abandoned his duties as the County Education Board chairman to engage in dirty politics. Education standards are plummeting under the professor's watch. He has failed to deliver in his mandate."

Using figures from the Bureau of Statistics, Mr Kiala said there were about 3.9 million Kenyans of Kamba decent in 2009 and basing on this census data, the number grew to approximately 4.6 million in 2016 with a half of the population is aged 19 and above, according to the population structure.

Ukambani leaders want Duale prosecuted for inciting violence

Rose Mukonyo | Sunday, 08 Jan 2017 16:37 EAT

Mr Mule said, “We want the top security officials in the country including the Inspector General and the cabinet secretary to swiftly investigate Mr Duale and immediately charge him with political incitement.”

KNUT wants Nakuru politicians to campaign peaceably

Jackson Okata | Friday, 06 Jan 2017 15:49 EAT

“As a union, we will not sit back and allow politicians to interfere with activities in our schools. We cannot allow you to use goons in pushing and forcing the transfer of some teachers from certain schools,” he said.

Njoro MP warns contractor over shoddy Mau Narok road

Jackson Okata | Friday, 06 Jan 2017 15:46 EAT

Mr Kiuna said he had spent a lot of time pushing for the road to be tendered for construction "only for a lazy contractor to get on site and misuse taxpayers' money". He called on the Nakuru regional roads engineer to inspect ongoing road works regularly to guarantee compliance with set standards.

All Stars FC wins Charles Opong Buchere tournament Kakamega

Free Press Correspondent | Wednesday, 04 Jan 2017 19:05 EAT

The winner of the tournament, All Stars FC got a trophy and cash prize of Ss10,000, runners up Emulunya Chelsea FC got a trophy and Sh7,000, second runners up Bafanabafana FC got a trophy and Sh5,000 while St. Paul's Mwirembe FC at fourth position got Sh3,000.

Ukambani youths against violence at Yatta sports day

Rose Mukonyo | Wednesday, 04 Jan 2017 15:27 EAT

In the beginning of the game, Albanus Katanga of Ikombe scored their first goal of the match on the 64th minute before Wambua Nzioka made his saving score. In the men’s volleyball, Kyua beat Matuu two sets to nothing and against Ikombe, two sets during the semifinals.

Machakos deputy governor Kiala pushes transparency law

Rose Mukonyo | Friday, 30 Dec 2016 13:28 EAT

“Our aim is to have in place a legal and policy framework that will compel both present and future county governments to avail all information relating to public finance expenditure on all projects being undertaken,” said the deputy governor.

Nine perish in a grisly accident at Mbooni

Rose Mukonyo | Thursday, 29 Dec 2016 16:06 EAT

“This matatu was travelling from Kikima to Machakos and after the tire burst along Nzaini and Kalawani markets, it plunged into a gully killing nine people on the spot,” he said.

New crime hits Matungulu as boda boda man hacked to death

Rose Mukonyo | Friday, 23 Dec 2016 12:37 EAT

“Mbisi” is said to have ferried the attackers at night after they posed as customers, only for them to attack him. They dumped his body near a local school where it was discovered the following morning. The deceased's father had sold family land to purchase the bike which lasted only three days.

Tala’s Upper Manza water group marks end of year in style

Rose Mukonyo | Friday, 23 Dec 2016 12:35 EAT

Local residents have lauded this CBO for the job opportunities it has so far offered to the residents such as water vendors. Several members were rewarded for being active in the CBO while the water vendors were recognized for being active.

Emulunya Chelsea inches closer to Sir Charles Opong title in Kakamega

Free Press Correspondent | Wednesday, 21 Dec 2016 20:33 EAT

Simba got their consolation goal in the 81st minute through Donald Nandwa. Another Lukale brother by the name Tony was red carded by centre referee Joseph Ambuka during the match after two bookable offences in a feisty encounter with an overall of 8 yellow cards flashed.

Mututho wants doctors to work on locum basis

Jackson Okata | Wednesday, 21 Dec 2016 14:57 EAT

"We need to talk to the doctors and understand what they need because they have genuine concerns which need to be addressed instead of threatening them with sacking", said the former NACADA chairman.

Goals galore in opening of Sir Charles Opong Buchere tournament Kakamega

Free Press Correspondent | Tuesday, 20 Dec 2016 18:12 EAT

In the second half, David Kruiger managed to calm the impatient home fans through his 52nd minute screamer and the winner in the 63rd minute courtesy of a penalty. In the other match Emalindi FC was the first to score through defender Charles Ombwayo in the 20th minute .

Nakuru boy, 15, turns himself to police after killing 4-year-old

Jackson Okata | Monday, 19 Dec 2016 21:02 EAT

Bahati OCPD Edward Masibo said that police have begun investigations into the matter. He said that another boy aged 13 years was cut on the shoulder as he attempted to flee. He was rushed to Nakuru Level Five Hospital where he is undergoing treatment.

Kitui rivals united in grief, press county for compensation

Free Press Reporter | Saturday, 17 Dec 2016 17:36 EAT

The driver of the fire engine was trying to scare away the protesters who wanted to set a county vehicle ablaze before tragedy struck. The lot, which barricaded roads leading to the market, accused Governor Malombe’s government of illegally demolishing a source of their livelihood.

Kitui ex-mayor crushed to death as Ngilu survives in orgy of violence

Free Press Correspondent | Friday, 16 Dec 2016 15:57 EAT

Other reports indicated that Mwangangi was killed during the demonstration which was organized by Ngilu in the town. “Ngilu and Mwangangi were holding hands when the speeding fire engine truck appeared. Her bodyguard shoved her as the truck swept off the ex-mayor and sped-off”, said a witness.

Matungulu, Kangundo mourn the passing of two influential men

Rose Mukonyo | Friday, 16 Dec 2016 15:44 EAT

Until the last election, Matungulu was part of the larger Kangundo constituency, and leaders from the two regions have hailed both men for the gallant contributions they made towards the community and their love for education.

Raila accused of favouring daughter for Kibera seat

Free Press Correspondent | Thursday, 15 Dec 2016 11:22 EAT

"One is left wondering the rationale behind the recent invitation by the Party for prospective candidates for all elective positions to submit their applications, if the Party nominees for certain positions, including but not limited to Kibra Constituency has already been arbitrarily decided beforeh

Media sensitised on reporting gender based violence

Rose Mukonyo | Thursday, 15 Dec 2016 11:17 EAT

Africa Gender and Media Initiative Programme manager, Gladys Kiio, asked the media to be discreet when using images or footage and pictures and avoid identifiable information. “Present the subject in a way that upholds their dignity,” Ms Kioo said.

'Mama Rose' takes Kangundo MP head-on, disrupting Jamhuri Day fete

Oscar Ndunda | Tuesday, 13 Dec 2016 17:27 EAT

This incensed some youths aligned to the current MP who became rowdy and chaotic, forcing the event to be stopped for a while as police intervened to restore calm and the event went on. However, Mr Maweu was quick to respond saying that the projects were of good to the community.

Vihiga MP agonising over Sh5 million Jubilee cash

Free Press Correspondent | Saturday, 10 Dec 2016 17:12 EAT

"The MP is being tormented by this money. In all fairness, he is very forthright to admit that he was paid the amount because many others from the region are known to have taken money for the same purposes and never declared it."

Do Nairobi City askaris have the capacity to handle offenders?

Julius Chemitei | Friday, 09 Dec 2016 13:59 EAT

It was a disgusting scene where the hawker who defied arrest sought to lie on the pavement, but the askaris kept dragging him forward. The man kept screaming to attract sympathy from the public, but onlookers milled around the area only to observe the unfolding torture as a form of entertainment.

Kitui sounds alarm over rising HIV infections

Boniface Mulu | Wednesday, 07 Dec 2016 17:55 EAT

The Kitui County Health and Sanitation Minister, Ruth Koki Mwanzia, urged the local people to go for the HIV/AIDS testing. “Go for the testing to know your status. We have qualified medics in our county to do the testing,” the minister said.

Governor Roba has failed miserably, should be voted out

Billow Kerrow | Tuesday, 06 Dec 2016 18:52 EAT

The status quo in Mandera cannot be maintained. The Ali Roba administration is a disaster in management of public resources and public administration. I shall keep you posted with further more shocking revelations of the plunder in our county under a clueless administration.

With Meru at crossroads, Munya can reach prize if he humbles self

Mithika Daniel Impwi | Tuesday, 06 Dec 2016 15:06 EAT

Let us die seeking the true social, political and economic justice for our people. Anyone propagating a Jubilee agenda in Meru is not sincere and is against the wishes of the Meru Community. We vote in faith, we live in tears and we begin the cycle of campaigns in bitterness.

Kangundo medical camp helps 400 patients

Rose Mukonyo | Sunday, 04 Dec 2016 18:52 EAT

The Reverend was particularly appreciative to Kangundo Level 5 Hospital and Kakuyuni Hospital, recently refurbished by the county government, which assisted the program with nutritionists, pharmacists, nurses as well as equipments used during the free medical camp.

Trans Nzoia governorship boils down to Khaemba, Bisau contest

Free Press Correspondent | Thursday, 01 Dec 2016 13:11 EAT

Ten other aspirants have also declared interest in the position, among them radio presenter Joshua arap Sang, former minister Noah Wekesa, former school principal Cosmas Nabungolo, Martin Nangole, Bethwel Kirior, Festus Mukoya, Joel Gesuka and Jane Wamboi.

Ruto headache over hot contest for Nandi governor’s seat

Free Press Correspondent | Wednesday, 30 Nov 2016 18:21 EAT

Dr Lagat while launching a post-harvest maize development project “Zuia Njaa na Gunia tano kwa kila Jamii” campaign in Kapsabet last week, said he was confident of flooring his opponents.

Journalist Makali, brother disagree over Bungoma electoral seats

Free Press Correspondent | Wednesday, 30 Nov 2016 18:18 EAT

“We have tried to talk David into quitting the race in vain. Everyone in the family knows his campaign is going nowhere, and two of them running would leave a sour taste in the mouth of many constituents,” said an uncle to the brothers.

Governor Mutua to face Wavinya, Kiala in tough three-way race

Rose Mukonyo | Tuesday, 29 Nov 2016 19:32 EAT

Governor Mutua will have to defend his seat from Wavinya and Kiala who may have massive support based on the fact that Mutua has been earlier accused of mismanagement of county resources and barely survived imminent impeachment.

Kitui County to establish conservancy at Yatta Ranch

Boniface Mulu | Friday, 25 Nov 2016 19:31 EAT

“Our work is to make the good environment for you to gain something,” said Mr Mahmud, who was accompanied by the county tourism assistant director Hezron Mulatya.

Trans Nzoia assembly leadership deadlock resolved

Free Press Correspondent | Monday, 21 Nov 2016 20:59 EAT

The assembly had been plunged into constitutional crisis following the Jubilee parties’ merger while its members claimed both minority and majority positions. While Ford Kenya had the most number of MCAs followed by URP and New Ford Kenya, the latter two had ganged up to claim both positions.

Muranga woman kills boy, 3, over loaf of bread

Free Press Correspondent | Monday, 21 Nov 2016 20:55 EAT

The boy had sustained serious injuries in the head from which he couldn’t survive, according to a family source. There were plans to take the lady, who has had mental problems for seven years, to a mental hospital.

Kangundo farmers group accuse officials of stealing Sh20 million

Rose Mukonyo | Saturday, 19 Nov 2016 13:05 EAT

Throughout the stormy meeting, area District Cooperatives Officer Richard Mulela, who also got his share of accusation for allegedly covering up the perceived culprits, remained tight-lipped as he watched the unfolding drama.

Govt urged to develop policy for the vulnerable citizens

Rose Mukonyo | Friday, 18 Nov 2016 20:02 EAT

The government was also urged to involve more women in leadership and administration. "Where women have been involved in administration, there has been positive responses," said Ms Roseline Kahumba, HelpAge International Network and Partnership advisor.

Machakos man due for murder charge kills self in police cells

Rose Mukonyo | Thursday, 17 Nov 2016 15:18 EAT

Mr Nzioka, who was to appear before court yesterday, used a bed sheet to end his life barely hours before his presentation in court. His body was discovered by police officers who were taking the early morning rollcall.

U.S. launches programme to support Coastal communities

Samuel Owida | Wednesday, 16 Nov 2016 19:40 EAT

“We care about NRT’s work in Coastal and Northern Kenya because it is led and governed by communities with a shared vision of protecting ecosystems and promoting peace for a better future,” said Ambassador Godec.

Homa Bay village puts wife inheritors on notice

Samuel Owida | Wednesday, 16 Nov 2016 19:11 EAT

Speaking to press in Nyakwere market in Karachuonyo sub county, area assistant chief Mr. Pancras Lumumba noted that a number of widows have been abandoned after bearing children with the said professional inheritors who are on the move for “green pastures”.

Tala Township School attracts a large number of new pupils

Rose Mukonyo | Wednesday, 16 Nov 2016 19:04 EAT

The school, headed by veteran educationist Jonathan Muli, posted extremely impressive results in last year's KCPE examination, with dozens of candidates securing places in leading national schools.

Ainamoi is newcomers’ paradise as Langat enters Kericho governorship race

Free Press Correspondent | Tuesday, 15 Nov 2016 16:10 EAT

Incidentally, two of Mr Langat’s top opponents who are driving the campaign against him are his former students: Sylvanus Maritim and Dominic Too (the latter whose abbreviated name has made many to call him Donald Trump).

Kangundo parliamentary aspirant Dr Kituku gets elders' endorsement

Rose Mukonyo | Tuesday, 15 Nov 2016 16:08 EAT

"And by this ceremony, we speak blessings and declare that our own son here has all it takes to capture the Kangundo seat. As for us we are committed to rally our support to our warrior unto ultimate success," Chairman Timothy Musembi told a cheering crowd.

Nakuru Town West in election mood as aspirants expect Arama to vacate seat

Free Press Correspondent | Sunday, 13 Nov 2016 17:43 EAT

The Kalenjin community is also laying a stake on the seat, accusing the president’s party TNA of having taken all other seats in Nakuru with the exception of Kuresoi North and South.

“It was all about who is supporting who for the position of governor and nothing about a cash handout from the executive as alleged. Moreover some of the MCAs were even drunk and could not sustain the argument which required sobriety prompting the fight as others hurled expletives," said Mr Kaula.

JKUAT lecturer joins race for Mugirango seat to unseat MP Geni

Free Press Correspondent | Saturday, 12 Nov 2016 13:41 EAT

Mr Geni, being the incumbent, is the candidate to beat on the ODM side. From Jubilee, Mr Nyamoko is the clear frontrunner. He was recently appointed by President Uhuru Kenyatta to the team to campaign for Jubilee in Nyamira County.

“These are corrupt people in the executive who are notorious for corruption at the expense of service delivery to the people. They are pushing Ms. Agwa to help them execute their dirty tricks which she has refused to,” Mr Gaya said at a press conference in Homa Bay town.

In Moiben, Raila was received rapturously, sending clear signal to Jubilee that is busy warding off filthy flies of corruption riddling the regime, that he is gaining more popularity in the Rift Valley, contrary to popular opinion.

Governor Tunai looms large as Narok women rep race goes down to the wire

Free Press Correspondent | Thursday, 10 Nov 2016 20:18 EAT

The Lydia-Soipan battle is expected to go down to the wire, as both are in Jubilee coalition enjoying the support of President Uhuru and deputy president William Ruto respectively.

Police impound gambling machines in Machakos

Rose Mukonyo | Thursday, 10 Nov 2016 18:34 EAT

In the past few months, Matungulu sub county has been hit by a wave of insecurity involving burglary, theft and break-ins and the DCC urged the residents to give any information they may have to the police to help improve security in the area.

Workers march on police station, say officers shielding Chinese who attacked Kenyan

Free Press Correspondent | Thursday, 10 Nov 2016 12:34 EAT

Recounting his ordeal, Mr Kiplangat said that after Mr Wang hit him with the electric torch, he fell down unconscious and recovered his senses in the police cells. He said the officers denied him medication in custody and threatened him with sacking from his employer.

Facing impeachment, Governor Mutua feels lonely, deserted by staff, allies

Free Press Correspondent | Wednesday, 09 Nov 2016 15:21 EAT

Reports that a total of 46 MCAs out of 59 had also signed up to support a forthcoming impeachment motion planned against Dr Mutua appears to be the final nail on the coffin with regard to his reign in power.

Machakos deputy governor on a mission to depose his boss

Rose Mukonyo | Monday, 07 Nov 2016 12:45 EAT

Mr Kiala says if elected, his first priority will be to dismantle the existing corruption cartels in Machakos County Government which he claims have led to the loss of tax payers’ billions of shillings in revenue.

Nakuru boda boda operators to withhold taxes until their wishes are met

Free Press Correspondent | Monday, 07 Nov 2016 09:18 EAT

The chairman said that the only way to have their voice heard would be withholding their taxes to the county. “While we have been paying revenue to the county ever since, we have got nothing in return so we have decided not to pay any more dues until our issues are addressed,” he said.

Mau Mau veterans to stop registration of new members

Boniface Mulu | Saturday, 05 Nov 2016 20:05 EAT

He assured the members that President Uhuru Kenyatta and a number of county governors have pledged to support the group's activities. He expressed pleasure at president's and the governors' pledges, saying: "Let us be patient as we wait for the support from them."

Joho's opponents stirring tribalism, get boost from anti-CORD forces

Free Press Correspondent | Thursday, 03 Nov 2016 17:12 EAT

Tuk Tuk association chairman Chrispinus Opondo said his members lost jobs. These kinds of issues are given a tribal tinge in a city where the various tribes have coexisted till the last elections.

Nyandarua Jubilee meeting aborts as aspirants reject TNA officials

Free Press Correspondent | Thursday, 03 Nov 2016 14:38 EAT

Among those who spoke were the incumbent governor Daniel Waithaka, former permanent secretary for internal security Francis Kimemia, Dr Moses Ndirangu Kiarie and Dr Simon Kanyingi. Mr Kimemia is seen as the main opponent for the governor, who is also seeking re-election.

With Ruto allies on his neck, Kuresoi MP Zakayo Cheruiyot back to drawing board

Free Press Correspondent | Thursday, 03 Nov 2016 08:19 EAT

However, Kanu lacks charismatic grassroots-oriented leaders, Moi’s advisers believe, who can go toe-to-toe with the egotistical campaigning of the deputy president, hence their outreach to Mr Kimaiyo and Cheruiyot among other leaders.

Kwale devotes Sh90 million to redress famine crisis

Oscar Ndunda | Wednesday, 02 Nov 2016 19:36 EAT

The National Drought Management Authority Kwale head Roman Shera says the county had received Sh6.5 million to handle the situation. He warned residents to be prepared as the drought could still go on up to November and December.

Machakos readies for grand film festival slated for December

Rose Mukonyo | Wednesday, 02 Nov 2016 15:26 EAT

The CEO announced that entry forms for the film making competition were available on' Machakos Fest' Website and urged more people to register for the competition which accepts short locally produced films of seven minutes duration.

Matungulu youths urged to help their parents, the elderly

Rose Mukonyo | Tuesday, 01 Nov 2016 10:36 EAT

He said he was contented being a man of the cloth and called on wellwishers to come out and help boost the Global Elderly Vision to be able to reach out to the elderly and other needy people in the villages.

Gulf Power donates Sh200,000 books to Athi River school

Rose Mukonyo | Tuesday, 01 Nov 2016 09:23 EAT

The company has set up an 80MW medium speed diesel power plant in Athi River. The area District Education Officer Joseph Kiema as well as the school's headteacher Patrick Muthee promised to utilize the availed resources to ensure the school's performance improved.

Should Mama Rose win the seat, she would enter the history books as the first woman to represent Kangundo, whose previous MPs include freedom fighter Paul Ngei, Joseph Kimeu Ngutu, Joseph Wambua Mulusya, Moffat Maitha, and most recently Johnstone Muthama (now Machakos Senator) and incumbent Kyengo.

Mvita Jubilee aspirant hopes to break ODM dominance

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

He said he would soon invite the deputy president William Ruto to tour Mombasa and raise funds for the youths who would like to start businesses.

Nairobi MCA arrested for leading demos against KDF project

Oscar Ndunda | Monday, 24 Oct 2016 18:09 EAT

The demos started from six o’clock in the morning but police from the nearby Administration Police Training College and the General Service Unit responded quickly and dispersed the youths before arresting the MCA together with some protesters.

Machakos man kills two kids, self over promiscuous wife

Rose Mukonyo | Monday, 24 Oct 2016 18:06 EAT

Mr Kioko was not pleased with what was happening in his marriage and even informed a relative who lives in Ruai of what his wife had threatened to do and announced that he would rather kill his own children than letting them go.

To actualize the vision, Kibwana said the county had lined up several initiatives including establishment of a county revenue authority, development of private-public partnerships and establishment of a county investment, marketing and promotion as well as legal and policy framework.

Midiwo a few weeks ago accused Siaya governor Cornel Rasanga of illegally leasing more than 6,000 acres of Yala Swamp to an Indian investor Godavari. He claimed that Rasanga unilaterally leased out the land to the investor without following due procedures including initiating public participation.

Machakos deputy governor roots for transparency law in county

Rose Mukonyo | Thursday, 13 Oct 2016 14:24 EAT

He claimed that numerous projects that were being implemented by the county government were riddled with corruption and looting of public funds merely because the public did not have critical information about them.

Maasai elders endorse Jubilee, want college renamed Ntimama Maasai Mara University

Free Press Correspondent | Thursday, 13 Oct 2016 12:43 EAT

The elders said they expected the community to follow in Ole Metito’s footsteps including giving direction on the community’s voting in elections. This was in effect an endorsement of the Jubilee coalition where Ole Metito is a leading member.

Bunyala fishermen using chemicals that endanger human

Free Press Correspondent | Monday, 10 Oct 2016 16:39 EAT

The practice is rife at Mulukoba Beach and this has compelled the beach management officers in various beaches in Lake Victoria to take measures against illegal fishing methods and the drugging of fish once and for all.

Hanging to a single seat in the vast Nakuru, ODM leaders want Arama out

Free Press Correspondent | Sunday, 09 Oct 2016 16:25 EAT

Arama's defection has put the party under pressure to identify a candidate who can win the seat back, as all other Nakuru constituencies would be hard for the party.

Migori MCA accused of blocking sacco that would rival his fish business

Free Press Correspondent | Sunday, 09 Oct 2016 14:11 EAT

The sacco officials said they lost over Sh55,000 on preparing for the launch- cum- fundraising for the Sacco which was to be presided over by the governor.

Busia Governor Ojaamong reaches out to opponents Emaase and Odera

Tobbie Wekesa | Thursday, 06 Oct 2016 19:43 EAT

Hon Emaase said the governor had done a lot of work for the region in various wards and deserved re-election. "I am satisfied with what the county leadership and the MCAs have done. I will work with Ojaamong's administration to realize the needs of my constituents."

NTSA mum as killer Mwingi matatus defy ban

Free Press Correspondent | Wednesday, 05 Oct 2016 19:15 EAT

NTSA had communicated to the sacco directors stringent conditions they had to fulfill before NTSA could lift the ban on their operation, which was effected on September 9, a week after two vehicles from the sacco were involved in a head-on collision.

The prosecution also learned that the man allegedly tried to get into such a deal with another private university- The Aga Khan university.

Nandi government cancels Show on 'flimsy' grounds

Free Press Correspondent | Monday, 03 Oct 2016 17:56 EAT

“It’s unfortunate that our preparations since the beginning of the year is now going to waste which is uncalled for and the excuse being given over the cancelation is irrelevant,” Seronei protested, saying the reason given was "flimsy".

The former assistant minister accuses Dado, who was elected on the Wiper Party ticket, of failing to impact positively to the electorate in the first four years. Mungatana is using a campaign slogan, "Dado Must Go Home" that he says promises change for the residents.

Kisumu governorship aspirant accuses Ranguma for his destroyed billboard

Free Press Correspondent | Saturday, 01 Oct 2016 19:39 EAT

While Mr Ondiek is an underdog in the race, his coming from Nyakach, a stronghold of Governor Ranguma, means he could change the dynamics of the upcoming nomination in ODM against the governor.

Meru, Tharaka Nithi join hands in building banana plants

Free Press Correspondent | Friday, 30 Sep 2016 19:20 EAT

The Meru County Secretary said value addition was a major challenge for farmers who work hard in their shambas only to sell the produce at a loss because of merciless brokers who make tidy profits after re-reselling in Nairobi and other counties.

Other revelers who rushed to the scene upon hearing the shots found Mr Njoroge lying on the ground and writhing in pain. They took him to the hospital where he is undergoing treatment.

Depositors of County Sacco in Chuka dash for their money after panic grips town

Free Press Correspondent | Thursday, 29 Sep 2016 12:12 EAT

"Thugs broke into our offices and vandalized the monitor for our CCTV system. Depositors’ money is safe and intact," she explained. But these explanations did not persuade depositors who still demanded to be paid.

Naivasha family loses valuable property as 'investor' claims their home of 39 years

Free Press Correspondent | Tuesday, 27 Sep 2016 16:03 EAT

"Police have on several occasions arrested us on claims of trespass and because they are working closely with the investor we are left with no one to help us," she said.

Prosecutors say “the governor obtained endorsement of the purchase by his cabinet through misrepresentation and concealment of material facts and facilitated the purchase of the pre-used motor vehicles through single sourcing and at higher cost than the market prices.”

“We have seen our neighbours in Luoland and Kipsigis electing young leaders and that is the way to go. We should stop recycling leaders because as youths, we have the numbers and we should register as voters in large numbers,” added Nyakundi.

Police in Machakos nab 62 year old man peddling bhang

Oscar Ndunda | Friday, 23 Sep 2016 12:34 EAT

According to Yatta OCPD Edward Kipsang, the suspect is a notorious drug peddler who had been released recently after being arrested a few months back in the same town.

Trans Mara leaders protest the exclusion of locals in teacher hiring

Free Press Correspondent | Wednesday, 21 Sep 2016 15:48 EAT

“All our leaders right from the Kilgoris MP Gideon Konchellah and all elected Members of County Assembly are not happy with the way the recruitment was done. We are demanding that the exercise be repeated in the interest of justice,” said Dikirr.

Hundreds of potential KDF recruits turned away for medical reasons

Free Press Correspondent | Wednesday, 21 Sep 2016 15:45 EAT

A lady who did not want her name made public termed the move gender discrimination and questioned “Why do they leave out girls from Wundanyi in the recruitment? Aren't we capable of working in the military?”

Baringo man, 45, attacked by elephant moments after being treated at hospital

Free Press Reporter | Wednesday, 21 Sep 2016 15:34 EAT

Local chief Richard Chepkieng said the elephant attacked Chesang and left him with serious injuries at 6.30pm. "Residents rushed him to Kabarnet hospital after he was found unconscious, with multiple injuries,” Chepkieng said.

MP Koyoo dismisses his predecessor Olweny's bursary distribution

Free Press Reporter | Wednesday, 21 Sep 2016 15:26 EAT

The 600 students had benefitted from Sh6.1 million, meaning that each received an average of Sh10,000. The students include those studying lucrative courses like engineering, medicine and architecture, he said.

Japanese company strike deal to make fertilizer from water hyacinth in Lake Naivasha

Free Press Correspondent | Wednesday, 21 Sep 2016 15:10 EAT

“The earlier allocation of land meant for the expansion of the sewer system in Naivasha has been declared null and void and we are seeking those behind the illegal deal,” he said.

Kangundo professionals form caucus to transform education in region

Rose Mukonyo | Wednesday, 21 Sep 2016 13:13 EAT

The initiative comes at a time when Kangundo has been posting dismal examination results in both KCPE and KCSE compared to other sub counties of Machakos.

Matungulu MP Mule says Wiper defectors have no clout in Ukambani

Oscar Ndunda | Monday, 19 Sep 2016 18:30 EAT

"I spoke with the Akamba Clans Council chairman of Elders Sam Muumbi who assured me that the Council is behind our leader Kalonzo Musyoka and the few elders who met with the deflectors do not represent the Council," added the Matungulu legislator.

Jakoyo Midiwo in tussle with Siaya governor over fraudulent lease of Yala Swamp

Free Press Correspondent | Monday, 19 Sep 2016 15:49 EAT

The MP claimed that the governor connived with the National Lands Commission, NEMA to corruptly lease 6,000 acres of Yala swamp.

Machakos MCAs want Governor Mutua to deliver ECD centres by November

Free Press Correspondent | Monday, 19 Sep 2016 15:16 EAT

“It’s unfortunate that some contractors left the work incomplete because the department failed to pay them. We are wondering where the money went since the County Assembly had approved the allocation of the money to pay the contractors,” Mr Sammy Nduva of Kithimani Ward said.

According to the architectural design, the modern facility would be more spacious with an expanded public gallery and the office of the speaker.

“Three out of 10 people in Uasin Gishu are either totally illiterate or semi illiterate hence the need for a collective effort to encourage those who missed out in their education for different reasons to enroll for adult learning”, said the director.

Over five cargo planes carrying miraa have been stuck in Nairobi with the miraa being estimated to be worth over Sh60 million.

Over 1,000 title deeds lying uncollected in Meru South lands office

Free Press Reporter | Wednesday, 07 Sep 2016 15:12 EAT

The lands officer also cautioned residents against selling land but instead use title deeds to get loans that can help them establish businesses for economic empowerment.

Baringo County's official camera stolen in Kiambu bring operations to a halt

Free Press Correspondent | Monday, 05 Sep 2016 19:44 EAT

The modern video camera, which was under the care of communication director Moses Kipkaren, disappeared before the end of the fourth edition of the Kenya Inter-County Sports and Cultural Association games.

West Pokot Governor Kachapin joins Jubilee, fearing onslaught from rival

Free Press Correspondent | Monday, 05 Sep 2016 19:03 EAT

Kachapin's intent to defect was announced just weeks after Deputy President William Ruto repeatedly visited West Pokot and urged local leaders to defect to Jubilee.

Tolgos shuffles Elgeyo Marakwet administration

Free Press Reporter | Monday, 05 Sep 2016 18:15 EAT

The changes were met with a sigh of relief from top officials in the county, who had been speculating that some administrators would be fired altogether.

Kangundo residents live in fear as crime wave sweeps area

Free Press Correspondent | Saturday, 03 Sep 2016 13:41 EAT

After cutting the goat, Mbai turned his anger to his brother Nzioki who had been trying to restrain him. He chopped off Nzioki's left hand from the wrist. When other family members and neighbours rushed in to save Nzioki, Mbai turned on them too.

Bondo police hunting for man and son who torched neighbour’s house

Free Press Correspondent | Tuesday, 30 Aug 2016 20:25 EAT

Mzee Ogaya Asesa and his son Lule Ogaya are allegedly to have stormed the home of Maurice Omulo just days after Omulo constructed their family house, alleging the land on which the house stood was theirs.

Nairobi college student, 22, commits suicide in Machakos

Oscar Ndunda | Tuesday, 30 Aug 2016 15:09 EAT

Neither the family and nor government officials could immediately identify what led the student to take his life.

Cheboi under siege as Baringo gubernatorial race hots up

Free Press Correspondent | Tuesday, 30 Aug 2016 14:59 EAT

Kiptis, who is a teacher, accuses Cheboi’s administration of embezzling funds earmarked for Early Childhood Education (ECD) by constructing only less than a half of the 336 planned ECD classrooms. "Where did all the money go?” Kiptis has asked.

Garissa governor Jama looks to better relations with MCAs

Free Press Correspondent | Tuesday, 30 Aug 2016 14:03 EAT

Governor Jama regretted that the debate about the rejection of the budget estimates had been politicized by his opponents. But he admitted that the move has derailed the government’s operations including the payment of contractors.

Trans Nzoia governor’s race hots up as Ndiema joins crowded pack

Free Press Correspondent | Friday, 19 Aug 2016 13:37 EAT

The cabinet secretary for water resources, Eugene Wamalwa, may also contest the seat. The former Saboti MP, who has recently been linked to the Nairobi governorship race, had earlier announced his intention to contest in Trans Nzoia.

Embu County in talks to take over KCC plant in Runyenjes, says Governor

Free Press Correspondent | Friday, 19 Aug 2016 10:47 EAT

The governor said the county is in communication with the national Ministry of Industrialization, which has given it the greenlight to take over the milk plant which nominally belongs to local dairy farmers.

The politician said local leaders would seek in the coming days to know more about the legality of the directive. However, County Commissioner Maalim Mohammed said anyone who ignores the directive will be arrested.

Deputy Speaker resigns as election fever rocks Bomet Assembly

Free Press Correspondent | Thursday, 18 Aug 2016 16:44 EAT

Mrs Korir’s resignation barely a day after Rongena MCA John Molel filed a motion to remove her with Speaker Geoffrey Kipngetich.

Lamu fire leaves a dozen families homeless

Free Press Correspondent | Friday, 05 Aug 2016 16:02 EAT

At least 60 people who lived in the destroyed houses have had no accommodation for the last three days. A few have been housed by friends and relatives in the 2,000-strong community.

Mudavadi party incensed by Jubilee forays into Western Kenya

Free Press Correspondent | Wednesday, 03 Aug 2016 10:50 EAT

“This is an opportunistic outfit being formed to guarantee the duo’s re-election so they can preserve power. No sane leader from the Luyia community will support such conspiracy against the Kenyan people.”

Kass Cup tournament ends in disarray, leaving Governor Ruto dejected

Free Press Correspondent | Wednesday, 03 Aug 2016 10:45 EAT

Incensed by the Kamungei fans’ behavior, the referee called off the match, awarding the game to Silibwet. By then tension was reigning in the stadium.

Machakos governorship campaign hots up as Wavinya Ndeti joins CORD Coalition

Free Press Reporter | Tuesday, 02 Aug 2016 18:53 EAT

However, under the Political Parties Act political parties can enter and opt out of cooperation agreements in-between elections as their leaders wish. Only coalition agreements are deposited with the Registrar of Political Parties.

Police investigating Siaya chief over suspect's torture, death

Free Press Correspondent | Tuesday, 02 Aug 2016 17:16 EAT

Siaya County commissioner Oningio Olessosie, who confirmed receiving the report of the chief's conduct, said he had directed the police to probe the administrator, whom he said could have violated the law.

Also present was Chama Cha Uzalendo Secretary General Phillip Saja, an ally of Wavinya’s who said it was time for Kiala and Wavinya to join forces to send Governor Mutua home.

Out of the Sh5.86 billion spent in the period under review, Sh4.3 billion (74 percent) was utilized on recurrent expenditure leaving only Sh1.5 billion for development.

Tana River graduates 165 inspectorate officers

Free Press Correspondent | Saturday, 16 Jul 2016 19:22 EAT

"This is the true embodiment of spirit of The Jumuia ya County za Pwani where all the member counties capitalize on each other’s strengths and share resources to improve the livelihood of our people," Joho said after the parade.

Former Karuturi workers dying of hunger, stress

Free Press Correspondent | Saturday, 16 Jul 2016 18:45 EAT

“The closure of the farm marks the darkest moment for Naivasha with tens of families suffering for other people’s mistake and its time their dues were settled,” decried Njeri, who said that some men were now taking advantage of the suffering women and minors and abusing them sexually.

Narok governor promises to light Narok, Kilgoris and Lolgorian towns

Free Press Correspondent | Saturday, 16 Jul 2016 18:38 EAT

Governor Tunai said in the statement that it will cost Sh69 million, Sh48 million and Sh21 million respectively to light Narok, Kilgoris and Lolgorian.

KURA roads plan set to address Kisii Town’s traffic jams

Free Press Correspondent | Friday, 15 Jul 2016 16:42 EAT

A technical team from KURA led by a regional manager, Mr Justus Onyinkwa, told Kisii Governor James Ongwae early this week that preliminary and detailed engineering designs were being developed before the project can begin.

Senior KDF officer arrested for defiling minor

Martha Kwamboka | Thursday, 14 Jul 2016 21:08 EAT

The witness was attracted by screams from the suspect's house, and when she went to check out what the matter was she saw a trail of blood from the house. She immediately moved to inform the police who came in and took the minor to a nearby hospital.

Siaya governorship race is a battle of numbers, says Oduol

Free Press Correspondent | Thursday, 14 Jul 2016 13:07 EAT

Gem and Ugenya have over 60,000 votes and 80,000 votes respectively while Rarieda and Bondo have 50,000 and 60,000 respectively.

Kilifi MCAs sleeping on the job, charges Madzayo

Free Press Correspondent | Thursday, 14 Jul 2016 13:06 EAT

Deputy Speaker Teddy Mwambire said Madzayo had not even visited the assembly in four years since, a time during which the assembly had worked tirelessly to formulate laws and implement projects for the county.

Prof. Nzuve murder hearing postponed

Free Press Correspondent | Tuesday, 12 Jul 2016 18:14 EAT

Kangundo DCIO Wycliffe Sifuna said he had lined up six prosecution witnesses to testify in the case. “I was ready with six witnesses but unfortunately the case could not proceed as the magistrate was away,” Mr Sifuna told the Free Press in an interview.

Kangundo society appeals for Govt intervention over land row

Mutinda Mulwa | Monday, 11 Jul 2016 13:21 EAT

“We call upon the head of state to look into this matter because we believe there are powerful forces interested in this land and have used the courts to frustrate our efforts to benefit from it,” said Mr Maembe.

In Kangundo, incumbent Kyengo Maweu is already battling growing opposition from Rose Wambua, Fabian Muli, Musembi Mulungye, Titus Kaloki, Athanas Ndolo, Titus Nzeki and Dave Nyamu.

We want you as MP, not governor, residents tell former Limuru MP

Free Press Correspondent | Thursday, 07 Jul 2016 21:28 EAT

Mwathi was speaking at an event hosted by Limuru Talents Clubs at Metropolitan Teachers Square in Limuru Town when a young man rose up and asked him to concentrate his energies on winning back the Limuru parliamentary seat that he lost in 2013 rather than aiming for the governor’s position.

Kindiki's opposition to Tharaka fish project is hollow

Thomas Matalanga | Wednesday, 06 Jul 2016 18:11 EAT

The senator’s main argument in opposing the project stems from his concern about potential corruption. Kindiki says that funds spent under the project would be hard to account for or audit.

Homa Bay Governor chides opponents

Free Press Correspondent | Tuesday, 05 Jul 2016 10:58 EAT

Awiti was speaking at Rangwe Health Center when he commissioned a maternity ward which has been established at the facility by the county government and an international NGO operating in the county, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF).

Residents of Muchorwe Town, Molo, cry for help over gang

Free Press Correspondent | Tuesday, 05 Jul 2016 10:50 EAT

The residents have asked the government to transfer Administration Police officers serving in the area and regular police officers at Muchorwe Police Station, whom they accuse of laxity for failing to apprehend the gang members.

CORD suffers blow as Kavemba ditches Wiper for Jubilee

Free Press Reporter | Monday, 04 Jul 2016 18:04 EAT

Kavemba’s defection is just the latest in a series of moves by Jubilee to wrest the Nairobi governorship from CORD. The coalition, which is determined to neutralise the Kamba community's support for CORD, recently reached out to former Kilome MP Harun Mwau, who is toying with joining Jubilee.

Man lynched after killing boy over Sh20

Free Press Correspondent | Thursday, 30 Jun 2016 11:13 EAT

A 23-year-old was lynched by members of the public at Kinungi trading centre in Naivasha on Wednesday morning, hours after he reportedly killed a 14-year-old boy.

Mourners and landowner clash over burial site in Naivasha

Free Press Correspondent | Thursday, 30 Jun 2016 10:42 EAT

The burial of a 78-year-old granny was delayed for hours after a businessman claiming ownership of the land where the burial was to take place stormed the venue with a court order stopping the event.

Hezron Awiti gets Legio Maria’s blessings for gubernatorial contest

Free Press Correspondent | Wednesday, 29 Jun 2016 18:38 EAT

Nyali MP Hezron Awiti has received the blessings of the Legio Maria Church.

Kindiki opposes Tharaka fish farming, fears fish will benefit other counties

Free Press Correspondent | Wednesday, 29 Jun 2016 18:32 EAT

Tharaka Nithi senator Kithure Kindiki has opposed his county government’s initiative to stock local rivers with fish fingerlings, saying the project is needless and will result in massive corruption and also benefit neighbouring counties

Embu leaders accuse President of neglecting region in Miraa issues

Free Press Correspondent | Wednesday, 29 Jun 2016 18:17 EAT

Leaders from Embu County have accused President Uhuru Kenyatta of neglecting the region in the government’s initiative to revamp miraa farming and trade.

Is Timothy Bosire the new Kisii kingpin?

Free Press Correspondent | Tuesday, 28 Jun 2016 18:47 EAT

Former South Mugirango MP Omingo Magara, former education minister Sam Ongeri and current Kisii senator Chris Obure have all vied for the position in the last decade to no avail.

Machakos professionals meet to probe Mutua’s tenure

Free Press Reporter | Tuesday, 28 Jun 2016 14:24 EAT

The forum will be facilitated by the County Women Representative Susan Musyoka and Dr Jonathan Nzuma, Andrew Wambua, Angela Ndaka, Benson Metho, Mwendwa Mutuku and John Kieti, all residents of the county.

Uyoma MCA sworn in as questions are raised over his identity

Free Press Reporter | Friday, 24 Jun 2016 13:42 EAT

Recently-elected member of the county assembly for Uyoma West, Samuel Olasi, was sworn into office on Tuesday as some residents alleged that he was using false identity.

Tharaka Nithi aims to be stronghold for fish farming

Free Press Correspondent | Friday, 24 Jun 2016 11:22 EAT

Tharaka Nithi County has launched a major campaign to increase fish stock in its rivers as a means of promoting food security and dietary diversification.

Chuka man guilty of murder wins judge’s leniency, but not the way he wanted it

Free Press Correspondent | Friday, 24 Jun 2016 11:20 EAT

Mugo, who is the breadwinner for his wife and two children, was uncharacteristically frank in the trial, interspersing his testimony with appeals to Justice Alfred Mabeya to be lenient to him, since it was the deceased who led him into the act.

Calm returns to Luo/Nandi border after leaders’ visit

Free Press Reporter | Friday, 24 Jun 2016 11:17 EAT

A day after local provincial administration and political leaders visited the clash-torn Nandi/Kisumu border, residents went about their activities normally.

Nyeri MPs intercede for governor in his war with MCAs

Waithera Murugi | Tuesday, 14 Jun 2016 12:03 EAT

A section of MPs from Nyeri County have launched efforts to reconcile Governor Nderitu Gachagua with members of the county assembly who have been at loggerheads with him for nearly three years.

Kabarnet High closed after students, police clash

Free Press Correspondent | Tuesday, 14 Jun 2016 08:41 EAT

Kabarnet High School, one of the top boys schools in Baringo County, has been closed indefinitely after student unrest

Oparanya asked to come clean on Shitanda burial funds

Free Press Reporter | Tuesday, 14 Jun 2016 08:09 EAT

A number of MPs and other political leaders from Kakamega County have demanded full disclosure on the expenditure by Kakamega County Government towards the funeral expenses of former minister Soita Shitanda.

Sonko tells court he made Sh870,000 from illegal land deal

Free Press Correspondent | Thursday, 09 Jun 2016 09:55 EAT

Nairobi senator Mike Sonko yesterday confirmed before Mombasa Law Courts that he acted as an agent in an illegal sale of a plot in Mombasa that went for Sh29 million.

Kiminini MP Wamalwa is a ‘boy’, claims Governor Khaemba

Free Press Reporter | Tuesday, 07 Jun 2016 11:57 EAT

Governor will support his chief of staff Julius Mbagaya to unseat Wamalwa in the next elections

Siaya leaders want police boss transferred

Free Press Reporter | Tuesday, 07 Jun 2016 09:50 EAT

Leaders in Siaya have demanded the transfer of area police commandant Crispus Mutali over the recent shooting which led to the killing of three youths during protests to demand the resignation of electoral commission officials.

Senator Ntutu to quit politics in 2017

Free Press Reporter | Tuesday, 31 May 2016 13:57 EAT

Narok Senator Stephen Ntutu has announced his decision to retire from politics, citing his age.

Siaya first lady fears for boy child

Free Press Correspondent | Tuesday, 31 May 2016 10:19 EAT

The First Lady of Siaya County, Mrs Rosella Rasanga, said yesterday that too much empowerment of the girl child could have negative consequences for the male child in families of the future.

Kitui Governor cracks the whip on corruption

Free Press Reporter | Monday, 30 May 2016 08:51 EAT

Kitui Governor Julius Malombe on Monday sacked five senior officials for incompetence, corruption and unethical conduct.

Embu elders irked by poor leadership, rising sexual crimes

Free Press Reporter | Monday, 30 May 2016 08:40 EAT

The Embu people believe the stone miraculously sprouted from the ground and gradually grew into a huge stone. Ireri said many Embu prayers have been answered from there in the past.

Jilted man attacks bartender, then he’s nearly killed by mob

Free Press Reporter | Monday, 30 May 2016 08:36 EAT

Police in Maguna, Naivasha, on Wednesday saved a man from a mob baying for his blood

Embarrassed before First Lady, Lamu MP blames opponents

Free Press Correspondent | Saturday, 28 May 2016 11:17 EAT

Lamu West MP Julius Ndegwa, who was booed out of the podium by his own constituents during a visit by First Lady Margaret Kenyatta to the area this week, has accused unnamed local politicians of creating animosity against him.

KFS to plant 39 million trees in North Rift

Free Press Correspondent | Saturday, 28 May 2016 09:16 EAT

The Kenya Forest Service plans to plant 39 million tree seedlings in the North Rift this season, the organization has announced.

Senate wants Mandera ambulance deal investigated

Free Press Reporter | Monday, 23 May 2016 15:48 EAT

The Senate has raised questions about the transparency of a deal between Mandera county government and the Kenya Red Cross Society for the provision of specialist ambulance services for medical referrals.

Lake Naivasha beach sandwiched by the water hyacinth

Free Press Correspondent | Monday, 23 May 2016 15:47 EAT

Mr Kilo said the weed has been spreading rapidly, thereby affecting fishing and tourism operations. “Up to one third of the lake is covered by water hyacinth and this is adversely affecting tourism and fishing activities,” he said.

Turkana activists decry bad roads

Free Press Correspondent | Monday, 23 May 2016 15:45 EAT

“This project is to be fully funded by the World Bank and other International donors, yet the National Government is delaying its commencement, and its construction has also already been officially launched,” the letter reads in part.

Three chiefs are dismissed in Marakwet for incompetence

Free Press Correspondent | Monday, 23 May 2016 15:43 EAT

Three local administration officers in the national government have been suspended in Elgeyo Marakwet.