April 25th 2017

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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

Observers galore in awaited Homa Bay ODM poll, creating general election mood

Free Press Correspondent | Monday, 24 Apr 2017 17:29 EAT

Outgoing governor Cyprian Awiti was optimistic that he would win. "My development record speaks for itself and I know I will win," he said. His main opponent Joseph Oyugi Magwanga asked his supporters to remain vigilant and guard against rigging.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Civil society leaders join politics, seek to fight from within

Nyambura Muthoni | Saturday, 22 Apr 2017 17:46 EAT

"The entry into politics by these colleagues is a very inspiring move that will enable us build a new political leadership in Kenya. We must revive the spirit of Pio Gama Pinto and Bildad Kaggia,” said Gacheke Gachihi, the Nairobi-based social rights activist in regard to his colleagues' political a

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.

Taking heat on Jubilee primaries fiasco, Uhuru uses false justification

Free Press Reporter | Saturday, 22 Apr 2017 14:11 EAT

The Party leadership and the National Elections Board are now remapping the entire process to address all the shortcomings we experienced. A detailed revised primaries timetable will be issued by the party headquarters today, in accordance with the IEBC timelines.

The aspirant held several meetings in Eastlands and Nairobi West on Thursday and Friday, and the video trending on social media platforms captured her dishing out notes (believed to be in denominations of Sh50) to rally-goers who surge forward to her convoy in the rally.

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.

KPL petitions Government over proposed betting firms tax hike

David Jagongo | Thursday, 20 Apr 2017 18:28 EAT

Top betting firm SportPesa have sponsored the Kenyan Premier League believed to be in the tune of Sh450 million in a 4.5-year deal. They also penned a Sh607 million deal with Kenya Rugby Union, which among other things sponsors the national sevens team.

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.

Senator Kuti quits Jubilee as party loses key northern Kenya stalwarts

Phillip Mulee | Thursday, 20 Apr 2017 14:06 EAT

The governor said more than five other aspirants in Isiolo who were to seek Jubilee Party ticket have also moved to PDR. He did not name them, and Dr Kuti is likely among them.

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.

Awaited NASA unity to raise stakes even higher for Uhuru

Joe Khamisi | Thursday, 20 Apr 2017 11:30 EAT

Politicians must realize August 8 is not the end of the world. Opportunities still exist in future. It is obvious, however, that more than any other election in recent history, what we are seeing this year is a high decibel, high-stakes exercise.

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.

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.

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.

It seems that notwithstanding the universal expression of desire by Kenyans for change in the country's governance, few are prepared to sacrifice their comfort and resources to realise it. Jicho Pevu is also facing fundraising challenges in his bid for the Nyali parliamentary seat.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Jubilee gubernatorial candidates, Peter Kenneth, Mike Sonko, Margaret Wanjiru and Dennis Waweru have failed to agree on a line-up and are expected to face each other during the Jubilee nominations slated for April 21.

A source at the ODM headquarters informed this website that Mr Obado's clearance was the culmination of high-level negotiations within the party involving a number of Luo elders and professionals from Migori County who appealed to Mr Odinga to make a decision himself.

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.

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.

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’.

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.

Wiper tables plan to give NASA 'all elective posts' in Nairobi

Phillip Mulee | Thursday, 13 Apr 2017 14:46 EAT

According to inside sources, WDM-K party has mapped out its strongholds in Nairobi where it is seeking support from NASA partners to capture the seats. However, most of elective seats in such zones are held by their ODM counterparts, and how the matter will be squared is yet to be seen.

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.

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.

Defying pressure from allies, Kalonzo, Mudavadi crave for more clout in NASA

Free Press Reporter | Wednesday, 12 Apr 2017 11:42 EAT

But as they, Ford-Kenya deputy party leader and Kakamega senator Bonny Khalwale post on his twitter “Mudavadi must contain ANC disgruntled elements. We had our lessons in 2013 after our vigorous campaigns. He won't ditch NASA 4 a sole run” (@KBonimtetezi).

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.

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.

Uhuru launches new campaign website, but old credibility problems persist

Joshua Mwangangi | Tuesday, 11 Apr 2017 08:05 EAT

Earlier in October 2013, the president had launched yet another website, www.president.go.ke, which was also said to be a one-stop shop for those seeking government information.

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.

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.

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.

Ruto proxy games undoing Uhuru's efforts to reach Kisii electorate

Free Press Correspondent | Sunday, 09 Apr 2017 15:10 EAT

The Bagetutu have about 95,000 voters compared to Bagirango who are about 115, 000 voters. Because of this small difference in numbers the rivalry between these two clans is usually intense. Only a person with special virtues is able to cut across these clan boundaries.

Uhuru Kenyatta and Wajir: Down but not out

Free Press Correspondent | Saturday, 08 Apr 2017 17:28 EAT

Speaking after the rally, Sultan Najib Ugas told the Kenya Free Press that residents of Wajir would rally behind the Jubilee Party and vote for its candidates starting with President Kenyatta down to the MCAs.

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.

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.

These ominous signs could never have been anticipated by a politician who almost achieved parity with President Kenyatta in the 2013 elections. While ODM had 95 MPs and therefore the largest party, Mr Kenyatta’s TNA was a close second with 86 MPs while Mr Ruto's URP had 72.

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.

President Uhuru runs into hostile crowds in Narok, Governor Tunai rejected

Free Press Reporter | Friday, 07 Apr 2017 18:25 EAT

President Kenyatta was also heckled and several rally goers walked out of him when he began to address the crowd. However, the commotion was felt in the far reaches of the large crowd that had gathered for the meeting since as early as 11am.

ODM nominations postponed; party in dog fight with IEBC

Free Press Reporter | Friday, 07 Apr 2017 16:15 EAT

The ODM Central Committee met this afternoon under the chairmanship of Mr Odinga and rescheduled its nominations to between 13 - 25 April. NEB had yesterday pushed the nominations ahead by one day with chairperson Judith Pareno saying the postponement was to have schools closed.

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".

"Many people talked to him about NASA but it was the comparison the Kalonzo kids made to the Mutula family that went deep into his heart," the source said. He told this website that Mutula's daughter had rejected pleas by opposition supporters to run for the Nairobi women representative position.

"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.

IEBC beats retreat, okays NASA's plans for parallel vote counting

Cynthia Gitau | Thursday, 06 Apr 2017 16:02 EAT

It has also been put clear that all stakeholders including political parties and the state security agencies should condemn violence at all cost and they should encourage their members to flee from any conduct that is likely to bring forth violence during and after the general elections.

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.

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.

Uhuru heads to Wajir in new effort to 'wipe ODM off' the county's map

Nyambura Muthoni | Wednesday, 05 Apr 2017 13:49 EAT

Wajir voted overwhelmingly for ODM in the 2013, and all its top leaders currently belong in ODM including Governor Ahmed Abdullahi, Senator Abdirahman Ali Hassan, Woman representative Fatuma Ibrahim, all MPs except one (Wajir East MP Abass Sheikh Mohamed), plus a majority of MCAs.

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.

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.

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.

“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”.

“As a leader it is important to articulate important and national issues that not necessarily affect your community, but cutting across others. That is why being a leader is being able to lead other people apart from those in your home turf,” he said.

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.

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

In bid for Nairobi Kikuyu vote, Peter Kenneth discards sheepskin

Priscillah Wanjiru | Sunday, 02 Apr 2017 16:52 EAT

Where has criticised Kidero, he calls the governor by his little-known Luo name, Odhiambo, conveying a keenness to remind voters who might not known that Kidero was a Luo. But he suppressed his own Kikiyu identity, including his tribal name reported to be 'Githendu'.

"The unity of NASA heralds the end of Jubilee misrule. A NASA government will be the most inclusive, representative, equitable government since independence. I urge all leaders, the people of Wajir and Kenya at large, not to squander this opportunity of finally setting this country on the correct pa

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’.

Witnessing distrust from opposition, Kalonzo fights to save face

Nyambura Muthoni | Friday, 31 Mar 2017 19:22 EAT

He said that NASA principals will meet after the team tasked to handle the matter submits its report and agree on who is to be the alliance's candidate. The committee mandated with advising the principals on the flag-bearer has recommended a formula that favours former PM Raila Odinga.

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".

Mr Kilonzo Jnr said Nyenze's position as member of the technical committee discusing modalities for identifying the NASA presidential flag-bearer was now "untenable and he should be removed without any delay. "The Principals must take charge and save us this embarrassment."

“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".

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”.

Why the Somali community will support President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election

Dr Abdullahi Ali Kabreta | Wednesday, 29 Mar 2017 15:33 EAT

What the opposition has perfected is encouraging its governors to despise the president, as has been evident in Mombasa, Kilifi and Turkana counties. With the pressing developmental needs of Wajir County, we can’t afford such superfluity for another five years.

Leader of Minority in Parliament Mr Francis Nyenze who is also a member of Wiper NASA coordinating committee attended the press briefing. He had earlier addressed another press conference at Parliament buildings and issued same ultimatum to NASA team.

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.

Matungulu MP enrols 56 bodaboda riders into driving schools

Oscar Ndunda | Wednesday, 29 Mar 2017 12:41 EAT

"Today is a remarkable day here in Matungulu, I have successfully registered 56 bodaboda riders in driving schools, which has costed us 500,000 shillings. I am appealing to our leaders to give the youths what they deserve because they are the leaders of tomorrow," he said.

As my friend Ndung’u Wainaina tweeted recently, “it is corrupt leaders and elite beneficiaries of corrupt deals who feel most threatened by opposition chief Raila Odinga”. Never mind that Raila has shown over the years that he is very pragmatic and would not use a blunderbuss to achieve his goals.

"The President wants nominees to focus on this important democratic process," the statement said. "He is keen to ensure that all processes are fulfilled as required by guidelines provided for by the necessary institutions mandated to ensure a credible nominations process."

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.

Jubilee set out to tame Joho but ended lionizing governor

David Mutua | Tuesday, 28 Mar 2017 11:29 EAT

“This is a war that began in 2013. They started (it) through their bloggers and then the newspapers. But I tell you this is a futile attempt by the Jubilee government to discredit the governor,” said Joho in a statement that was released today by his Communication Director Richard Chacha.

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.

In fresh effort to prop Kiraitu's governor bid, Uhuru to visit Meru

Phillip Mulee | Monday, 27 Mar 2017 14:46 EAT

Jubilee leaders in Meru Country have expressed fears that opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) was making inroads in the area warning that unless President Kenyatta intervenes the party might face rebellion on the face of the opposition.

"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.

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?

“Forget it, we are only going to get CVs from people who are dying with us, we will only consider those who are in the struggle with us. If you are fighting against us, please don’t even bother to apply for jobs in Meru County,” the senator said at a meeting with party supporters in Meru.

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.

There was confusion as to whether the Kamau group would proceed to name the names in the absence of the Wa Iria camp, but the matter was resolved when Ms Leah Ntimama, the Jubilee national official who was overseeing the exercise, announced that it had been postponed to next Tuesday.

"I challenge the Jubilee administration to stop piggy-backing on the projects of various counties across the country. Let them demonstrate to Kenyans what they have done with the Sh8 trillion that you, as tax payers, have given the administration since they took office," Mr Odinga said.

Ruto's low profile throwing Uhuru campaign into slumber

David Mutua | Friday, 24 Mar 2017 13:38 EAT

Lately in what is seen as an aggressive strategy by Jubilee technocrats, the DP is now commonly seen alongside President Kenyatta, hosting him at his rallies, an apparent attempt to solidify their bond in the eyes of the voters.

Police attack on Joho rally to hurt Mvurya's re-election bid

Liza Makena | Friday, 24 Mar 2017 12:22 EAT

Mr Zani said "the only antidote to this meaningless dictatorial behaviour is to vote Mvurya (the Jubilee boss in Kwale) out in August, 2017. Mvurya must go! Jubilee must go! As we pray for rain, Mvurya/Jubilee rained teargas on us. It is a sad day in Kwale. God help us."

Following the difference, Mr Sonkos supporters stormed out in protest, with the senator accusing Starehe MP Maina Kamanda of trying to rig the selecting of the board members. Mr Kamanda is the team leader of Kenneth’s campaign in Nairobi.

Police break up ODM Kwale rally, say Joho shouldn't hold rallies out of Mombasa

Free Press Correspondent | Thursday, 23 Mar 2017 20:17 EAT

As soon as Joho’s chopper arrived, police threw teargas at the place of landing inviting the wrath of members of public who chanted Mvurya must go. The rally consequently aborted.

Did Uhuru reward Kisii community with CJ's appointment?

Liza Makena | Thursday, 23 Mar 2017 20:14 EAT

Many political pundits wondered how appointment of the Chief Justice could be used in a campaign platform while it’s a constitutional office and the holder is by merit and not politically inclined to any political divide.

Jubilee planning to rig August poll, claims Mudavadi

Free Press Reporter | Thursday, 23 Mar 2017 18:03 EAT

The IEBC has deliberately not managed the ICT issues prudently thus raising questions on the integrity of the procurement process. It is only in February that NASA alerted the country to suspect IEBC infractions in chaotic voter listing and procuring the electronic equipment.

Kalonzo summons Wiper aspirants to Nairobi amid grumbles

Free Press Correspondent | Thursday, 23 Mar 2017 13:40 EAT

The aspirants meeting comes in the heels of Kalonzo’s presentation of his presidential nomination papers to the party's national elections board. He said at the time, this is the first step towards clinching the National Super Alliance (Nasa) presidential ticket.

"In the rally, there will be an announcement that will intend to significantly change the political landscape of the country," said a statement from the opposition coalition that urged its supporters to congregate at the venue from 8am.

Only a Raila, Kalonzo ticket can beat Uhuru

Joe Khamisi | Thursday, 23 Mar 2017 12:42 EAT

Each one of them wants to be the boss not an underling. Unfortunately, this procrastination is frustrating supporters and eating up time. I am not surprised it's causing so much public speculation over NASA's unity and survival.

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."

Uhuru, Raila clash on 2007 violence casts dark clouds over August polls

Free Press Reporter | Wednesday, 22 Mar 2017 20:01 EAT

“Raila was at the centre of the 2007 chaos in which Kenyans fought but he blamed it on Ruto," he told a gathering of leaders at Nyanturago Stadium in Kisii County. "Yeye ndio aliwasha moto (He is the one who ignited the flames," he said.

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.

Kenyatta names Tuju Jubilee SG as he woos support from Raila’s backyard

Free Press Reporter | Tuesday, 21 Mar 2017 20:02 EAT

Law Society of Kenya (LSK) Vice President Faith Waigwa has been named as the chairman of the party’s Appeals Tribunal. The changes come at a time the party is preparing to handle crucial nominations next month.

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

Free Press Reporter | 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.

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.

Makali, however did not name the party through which he would be using after ditching LPK. "I thank you for the chance to do what we did and for your support in rebuilding and re-branding the party during the six months period I served," he said.

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.

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.

Kalonzo Musyoka in NASA to stay, wants maximum concessions

Free Press Reporter | Thursday, 16 Mar 2017 16:20 EAT

"The endorsement is part of the party's electoral mechanism which requires Wiper to field candidates for all electoral offices unless its organs mandate otherwise," said the source. Mr Musyoka was the only Wiper member who declared his interest for nomination as a presidential candidate.

It is increasingly becoming apparent that ongoing political events - marred by violence and hate speeches - could create problems for the country after August 8. But this situation could be reversed if we all sober up to the realization that an election is a contest of popularity not a call to arms.

Ruto fights for Kalenjin power base as outsiders desert in droves

David Mutua | Thursday, 16 Mar 2017 12:05 EAT

"While the media is focused on the defections between Jubilee and the opposition, the movement of politicians from Mr Ruto to Mr Kenyatta's camps in Jubilee is astounding," said a political operative from the Rift Valley.

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.

Mungatana’s defection torpedoes Jubilee's Tana River game plan

Free Press Correspondent | Wednesday, 15 Mar 2017 12:13 EAT

Tana River normally votes on ethnic affiliation which normally favours two out of the three major ethnic groups. The county is inhabited by the Pokomos, Ormas, Wardhei and other smaller tribes. A coalition of two of any of the three ethnic groups have normally led to victory in the past.

The leaders, according to Katuku have resolved to push for Mr Musyoka to be the Nasa flag bearer and ensure the Kamba community votes as a block for the Opposition coalition.

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.

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.

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).

Uhuru is making it hard to build a relationship with ODM governors. As the governor of Mombasa, Joho is expected to welcome the president at his county and accompany him when conducting the county functions and developments, despite their political differences whenever he visits.

Muthama, Musila take NASA war to Kalonzo's doorstep

Free Press Reporter | Monday, 13 Mar 2017 17:44 EAT

Mr Muthama dismissed the memorandum of understanding recently signed between Mr Musyoka and Makueni Governor Prof Kivutha Kibwana, saying it was not the kind of deal Mr Musyoka should be pursuing. “Kalonzo needs to form a coalition with national parties and not village ones”.

Outrage over Uhuru's attack on Joho, Nanok

Jack Otwala | Monday, 13 Mar 2017 17:37 EAT

The President’s response to facts laid by Mr. Nanok proved that he was unfit for the presidency and that he lacks respect for other leaders. One cannot be a fool for telling another person what he does not want to hear.

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.

Kalonzo, Wetangula open new flank in NASA

Charity Wainaina | Monday, 13 Mar 2017 12:35 EAT

Mr Musyoka claimed "some people are paid to give the opinion wanted by the financiers. Pollsters, and I am mentioning Ipsos and Infotrak, stop misleading Kenyans. Kenyans are tired of being led by your cooked figures."

NASA experts differ on formula putting Raila in the lead

Nyambura Muthoni | Monday, 13 Mar 2017 12:20 EAT

With the news about the committee's split spilling into the open, the tensions between Mr Odinga and his partners Kalonzo Musyoka, Moses Wetangula and Musalia Mudavadi are likely to escalate ahead of the committee's submission of its report NASA coordinating committee.

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.

Joho 'detention' ignites new clash with Uhuru over Coast projects

Free Press Correspondent | Monday, 13 Mar 2017 10:46 EAT

"This is misuse of power," Mr Joho said, explaining that he had the right to attend the president function as a citizen and governor of Mombasa. "I don't attend these functions because I love the president, these are public functions and he only happens to be the president at this particular time,"

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.

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.

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.

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.

Despite his pompous style, Joho is a junior league politician

Joe Khamisi | Thursday, 09 Mar 2017 12:19 EAT

My view is that Joho must move beyond bluster and platitudes if he wants to advance politically and compete in the top league. He must work towards expanding his base from the townspeople to the Mijikenda voters on the fringes of the island and beyond.

Intra-NASA Coast war escalates as Kalonzo to receive more ODM defectors

Free Press Correspondent | Thursday, 09 Mar 2017 12:13 EAT

In joining WDM, the former minister also schemed to benefit from the sizable community vote bloc which constitutes approximately 30 percent of the voters in Kwale County. Mr Musyoka has assured Mr Mwakwere of an automatic nomination as the Wiper candidate.

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.

Ukambani-based parties seeking election pact with Wiper, NASA

Free Press Reporter | Wednesday, 08 Mar 2017 17:09 EAT

In the deal, Prof. Kibwana became a Wiper member, through which he would seek re-election and his Muungano Party will not field a gubernatorial candidate. Consequently, Wiper will not field a candidate where Muungano has one.

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.

Allies of the president and those of opposition leader Raila Odinga are engaged in a slugfest over the future of Wajir politics, and that a similar effort was underway in Mandera and Garissa, with the president determined to win over all current ODM elected members.

Other political parties have been accused of using irregular tactics as well. For example, Caroline Wafula discovered that her National ID was registered as a Kanu Asili member since December 2016 and her ID was registered under a Ruth K. Kazungu born in June 1999.

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

Will Nyeri MCAs abide by Uhuru's directive and pass county budget?

Charity Wainaina | Tuesday, 07 Mar 2017 10:04 EAT

Uhuru urged the MCAs to honour the late Gachagua and the people of Nyeri by passing the budget. He faulted MCAs whom he said had stopped playing their roles of oversight and instead became executors.

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.

Deadlock in NASA as allies bank on ODM's nominations fiasco

Oscar Ndunda | Monday, 06 Mar 2017 13:11 EAT

According to sources who spoke to this website, WDM, Ford-Kenya and ANC are banking on internal divisions in ODM to weaken the party's candidates and create room for their members.

Joho makes grand return, answers critics on ODM Coast defections

Free Press Correspondent | Sunday, 05 Mar 2017 18:38 EAT

ODM has lost a number of top leaders to its coalition partner Wiper Democratic Movement and some to Jubilee Party. The latest high profile defector is former cabinet minister Ali Chirau Mwakwere, who joineD Wiper Party last week.

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.

Ex minister Katuku to face Muthama in Machakos senatorial race

Phillip Mulee | Friday, 03 Mar 2017 14:35 EAT

Mr Katuku told this website, "Yes, it’s true I will be going for the senator Machakos County. But I will give details during a press conference at a later date and announce my agenda and campaign schedule”.

"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.

Why NASA faces uphill task dethroning Kenyatta, Moi families

Joe Khamisi | Friday, 03 Mar 2017 09:26 EAT

The recent meetings between Moi and Mama Ngina and between Moi and Uhuru were not accidental. They were strategic and a show of familial might. The aftermath of those meetings will reverberate for a long time to come.

A source in the Mwakwere camp intimated to this website that the former ambassador was apprehensive over ODM's nominations, fearing that he could be rigged out and locked out of the race at the last minute. Mr Musyoka hinted that Mr Mwakwere will get a direct Wiper nominations.

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".

Stop the smear campaign against governors, Munya urges EACC

Jackson Okata | Wednesday, 01 Mar 2017 18:25 EAT

"In 2022 I will be running to be president of this country and the belief that someone from the Ameru cannot lead this nation is misleading and I don’t believe in it. The Ameru people will no longer be cheerleaders for leaders from other regions.”

They have put the legislator on notice to explain why Kayole 1 Health Center staff houses, which was one of the CDF project since 2013/2014 at a cost of Sh4,482,759, has not been completed to date.

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.

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.

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.

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.

"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.

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!!!”

Under pressure from Uhuru supporters, Jubilee to relax rule on small parties

Free Press Reporter | Sunday, 26 Feb 2017 13:39 EAT

In Nyeri, aspirant for women representative Cecilia Ndung’u and Tetu parliamentary aspirant Mukunya Muthumbi who have joined PNU associated with Meru Governor Peter Munya. In Mukurueini, aspirant Dr Karimi Ndirangu has joined Narc-Kenya led by former Justice Minister Martha Karua.

"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 mammoth Eldoret rally, NASA struggles to find Kalenjin message

Free Press Correspondent | Saturday, 25 Feb 2017 18:10 EAT

The leaders emphasised challenges of the North Rift region, which include high agricultural input prices and corruption in the distribution of fertilisers, importation of wheat and poor prices for cereal farmers, promising to deal "decisively" with the issues once they come to power.

Mr Kenneth seems to have been caught between a rock and a hard place. Deputy President William Ruto's were up in arms, seeing his entry as a ploy by the powerful Kikuyu “Bilderberg group” to position the former Gatanga MP as President Uhuru Kenyatta’s successor.

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.

Ruto meeting scuttled by bandits, then DP issues shoot-to-kill orders

Free Press Correspondent | Friday, 24 Feb 2017 19:04 EAT

“We want Uhuru himself here to address this crisis. If he doesn’t come, we will take matters to him in State House next week,” said Joshua Cheptarus, the executive secretary of KNUT in Baringo County.

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.

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.

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.

Raila threat on corruption off the mark

Joe Khamisi | Thursday, 23 Feb 2017 13:59 EAT

It is easy in the vicissitudes of politics to make populist statements like the one Raila made, but bringing charges against opponents in a manner that looks vindictive is not a smart move.

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.

Top leaders promote relatives into politics, creating a nobility class

Nyambura Muthoni | Thursday, 23 Feb 2017 10:30 EAT

Musalia Mudavadi, the Opposition Amani National Congress (ANC) leader first entered Parliament as the MP for Sabatia Constituency on a KANU ticket in 1989 following the death of his father Moses Mudavadi.

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.

NASA leaders sign deal, set sights on Kalenjin, Meru youths

Jack Otwala | Wednesday, 22 Feb 2017 17:35 EAT

The committee's deliberations provide an elaborate framework for selecting the candidate that favoured Mr Odinga. Among these were party strength, public support beyond the candidate's ethnic base, commitment to reforms, international standing, and personal history.

When Uhuru ordered Ruto to keep ‘2022’ out of current campaign

Free Press Reporter | Wednesday, 22 Feb 2017 08:41 EAT

“The president sat his DP down and drew a red line. ‘I don’t want to hear any more talk about 2022’, he said. And that was the end of the subject,” the source informed us, saying the meeting took place a few days before the Jubilee leaders’ meeting at the Bomas of Kenya.

Mudavadi, Kalonzo back Raila as NASA candidate, but internal fissures remain

Free Press Reporter | Tuesday, 21 Feb 2017 19:04 EAT

At the Wiper meeting, tempers were reported to have flared when some party officials criticised Senator Johnstone Muthama and demanded that he be removed from his position as a NASA Coordinating Committee, accusing him of undermining the interests of Mr Musyoka.

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.

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.

Ruto, Gideon battles could put Rift Valley on edge of pre-election violence

Priscillah Wanjiru | Tuesday, 21 Feb 2017 11:26 EAT

Three top aspirants from the North Rift region have declared their intention to use the KANU ticket in contesting senatorial and parliamentary seats in Elgeyo Marakwet and Uasin Gishu, with more expected to come up in the coming weeks.

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.

Surprisingly, he was driven to the church by his son Nick without any State security apparatus opening new grounds of speculation of what are his next plans.

Uhuru, Mungiki loom large in Muranga governor nominations

Cecilia Karanja | Sunday, 19 Feb 2017 15:41 EAT

Mr Wa Iria recently caused concerns in the county by publicly warning about the resurgence of Mungiki militia, and his increased campaign against the violent group has won him support among religious groups and educationists.

Is Governor Joho out to finish Senator Hassan Omar politically?

Free Press Correspondent | Sunday, 19 Feb 2017 15:33 EAT

“The senator has been going around saying that he won his seat without ODM. Let him try this time on any party without Joho,” said Jamal Mohamed, a party activist from Changamwe.

Joho scores a first for governors in U.S. visit

Free Press Correspondent | Sunday, 19 Feb 2017 14:16 EAT

According to a media statement provided by his office after the meeting with Mr Whitaker, Joho briefed the diplomat of progress made in redeeming the image of Mombasa County as a destination for tourism after the scare caused by terrorism threats.

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.

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.

Raila's outreach to small tribes sends alarm in Jubilee

Jack Otwala | Friday, 17 Feb 2017 18:13 EAT

“When TNA was dissolved, my people decided that I join ODM. The party appealed to us because we need a party in which as a leader from minority Maasai community, I will have an opportunity to even be President,” Mr Kenta had said.

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.

Anti-Munya forces in final bid to wrest party from governor

Phillip Mulee | Friday, 17 Feb 2017 12:05 EAT

“We have given out signed affidavit in court to challenge Munya’s takeover of our party. Unless the court is compromised by the big monies from the governor, then the party will be returned to its owners”, he said.

Under pressure, Uhuru Kenyatta using old Moi tricks to win votes

Joe Khamisi | Friday, 17 Feb 2017 11:06 EAT

Take the multi-billion shilling mass transport system for Nairobi announced last week. Everyone agrees that the capital city is too congested on pedestrian and vehicular traffic and a faster and a more efficient system of transportation is required to move people.

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.

Uhuru meets Moi, seeks support as Rift Valley base revolts

Phillip Mulee | Thursday, 16 Feb 2017 19:40 EAT

The visit comes on the heels of the defection of 60 Kalenjin politicians to CORD in the last week. The politicians said they decamped to CORD as the Jubilee government was not honest on the issue of Mr Ruto's presidency in 2022.

Crisis in Wiper Party as leaders reject Kalonzo's deal with Kibwana

Phillip Mulee | Thursday, 16 Feb 2017 13:34 EAT

“Kalonzo needs to resolve the internal wars in Wiper especially in Machakos and Kitui counties where he is reading from different scripts with senators Johnson Muthama and David Musila respectively”, said a party insider who declined to be named.

Koinange faces four opponents in tough battle for Kiambaa seat

Edith Kariuki | Thursday, 16 Feb 2017 13:19 EAT

Commonly referred as Sir Evans, Gichia is another promising aspirant. He is a self-employed businessmen who has outlined his development agenda for the constituency which is promising and could use it to clinch the seat on August 8.

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.

Would Dr Mutua's Chap Chap turn tables against Kalonzo in Ukambani?

Joshua Mwangangi | Wednesday, 15 Feb 2017 14:29 EAT

A few days later Embu Senator Lenny Kivuti followed suit and quite Jubilee party to Maendeleo Chap Chap. He decamped with others including Embu Deputy Governor Dorothy Nditi, Mbeere North MP Muriuki Njagagua and 20 MCAs from the County.

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.

Mathare MP's brother arrested with 1,000 ID cards

Joshua Mwangangi | Wednesday, 15 Feb 2017 11:11 EAT

The angry citizens tried to attack Mr Kariuki as well but he escaped in his car, according to eyewitnesses. But his brother who was captured and was saved from the mob only by the police.

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.

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.

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.

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.

More questions about NYS registration as Govt opens data for scrutiny

Free Press Reporter | Tuesday, 14 Feb 2017 08:37 EAT

"Interested parties have been invited to verify the nature of data captured by the NYS biometric equipment tomorrow (today) at the Gigiri Police Station,” the minister said.

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

Rigging fears grow as NYS men arrested registering voters in Runda

Free Press Reporter | Monday, 13 Feb 2017 17:06 EAT

There have been allegations by opposition leaders that the government was using its machinery to register foreigners and others not qualified to vote in Kenya in order to shore up numbers for the governing coalition.

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.

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.

Jubilee 'plotting to rob us of PNU', Munya ally claims

Jackson Okata | Monday, 13 Feb 2017 15:11 EAT

A Nairobi politician affiliated with the Munya wing told the Kenya Free Press that the Jubilee government was orchestrating divisions in the party with a view to having Mr Munya miss out on a re-election vehicle. "We have dealt with such legal obstacles before and will overcome this one too."

“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

IEBC chairman faces acid test over Eastleigh BVR kits, Uhuru 'order' on IDs

Free Press Reporter | Sunday, 12 Feb 2017 14:47 EAT

Mandera senator Billow Kerrow, has demanded that IEBC address the reports that voter registration was going on in Eastleigh. “IEBC should come clean on persons arrested last night at the two lodges in Eastleigh by Pagani police, with BVR, alleged to be 'corrupting' data”.

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.

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.

As a result, some candidates who had initially shown interest to contest for seats will be the casualties including real estate tycoon Lloyd Masika who had declared to vie for governor ship position on Wiper ticket.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Raila wants IEBC IT, finance managers vetted over Ruto links

Free Press Correspondent | Wednesday, 08 Feb 2017 19:34 EAT

The source claimed that the CORD fraternity had prepared a dossier on the alleged meetings, including the director's wife's participation in multiple events where she interacted at length with the DP's wife Rachel Ruto.

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.

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.

With defections from Jubilee to PNU and MCC, there are growing fears within government ranks that the president might not retain the parliamentary majority he had last time. The two governors' support for the re-election of President Kenyatta doesn't bind them to support Uhuru's preferred successor.

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.

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.

Sceptical of Raila's plans, Musyoka walks tight-rope in NASA

Joshua Mwangangi | Tuesday, 07 Feb 2017 14:27 EAT

Recently the former VP had gained credibility with his allies for standing firm in the opposition since 2013 elections. However, since the formation of the proposed NASA outfit, he has made repeated demands that he be the coalition's candidate, claiming he has "sacrificed too much" for Kenyans.

"The DP persuaded Mr Mwaboza to join the Jubilee ticket in order to bring a big catch of the Mijikenda vote that, together with the minority Kikuyu votes, would propel the party to victory in a four-way race," said a Jubilee Party activist in Mombasa.

Top Mwingi Central aspirant Muliungi disowned by family

Phillip Mulee | Monday, 06 Feb 2017 21:00 EAT

“When I say Eric Tosha aware that my brother is fighting for the same seat then there is a reason. As we elect leaders let's be careful”, he told the rally.

Makueni governor's battle gets tough as Lloyd Masika enters fray

Rose Mukonyo | Monday, 06 Feb 2017 14:11 EAT

"I will offer myself as a gubernatorial candidate in order to bring Makueni back to the right track in matters of meaningful development," said Mr Masika.

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.

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.

Kalonzo man joins race to unseat Governor Mutua

Rose Mukonyo | Thursday, 02 Feb 2017 15:50 EAT

Also in the race to unseat Dr Mutua is former Kathiani MP and Chama Cha Uzalendo party leader, Wavinya Ndeti who made her declaration last year, and named lawyer Boniface Kabaka as her running mate.

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.

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.

Raila rekindles dream of 2002 'NARC alliance' as Kanu bolts out

Free Press Reporter | Tuesday, 31 Jan 2017 12:31 EAT

"Our quest for a united front is a direct response to the very clear messages from the Kenyan public that we must unite to rescue them and the country from the Jubilee misrule," the leaders said in their statement at the Serena Hotel.

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.

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.

"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.

Kalonzo faces test in Ukambani as small parties stake claim

Phillip Mulee | Sunday, 29 Jan 2017 17:18 EAT

"It is unimaginable for somebody to be elected a governor, MP or MCA under Wiper and later turn against the party and start fighting it. I ask you to teach these traitors a lesson come August.”

After a high profile role during ICC trials, Mama Ngina has remained quiet for the last four years, but now she wants to put herself at the center of a tough presidential campaign. “She believes that Mr Ruto has run rings around the presidency,” said a Jubilee parliamentary aspirant in Nairobi.

Why Uasin Gishu governor Mandago could be sent packing

Athanas Kipchumba | Saturday, 28 Jan 2017 12:56 EAT

The business community, other tribes inhabiting the county, and a large section of the predominant Nandi have rallied their support behind Buzeki, the regional business mogul (scantily rumoured to the DP's “project”) who will be seeking the elective post on a Jubilee Party ticket.

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.

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.

Raila Odinga: Only the corrupt are thriving in Kenya today

Free Press Reporter | Friday, 27 Jan 2017 12:15 EAT

Only the corrupt are thriving in Kenya. Corruption is the only industry doing well. But the administration feels nothing. The entire Cabinet is being rolled out at the expense of tax payers to rally votes for Jubilee in readiness for more plunder.

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.

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.

Kalenjin elders demand fair share for community in Nakuru politics

Jackson Okata | Friday, 27 Jan 2017 11:24 EAT

“Whoever will be elected as a women representative will not be elected to serve one community but she will be there to serve the people of Nakuru and therefore saying that the seat should be a preserve of a certain community is misleading,'' said one aspirant.

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.

Jubilee will be looking closely as to who CORD chooses. If CORD goes with Kidero, Jubilee would confidently put Kenneth on the ticket. However, the choice of Mudavadi would make the CORD ticket more diverse ethnically, and Jubilee would be hard pressed to present a Kikuyu regardless of his merits.

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.

Nakuru commissioner in all out effort to register Jubilee voters

Jackson Okata | Wednesday, 25 Jan 2017 11:37 EAT

The county security boss on Monday summoned all sub county commissioners and ordered them to work extra hard in ensuring that Jubilee supporters come out in huge numbers to register as voters.

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.

Undeterred by boos, Ruto fights Raila, Uhuru to keep 2022 dreams alive

Derrick Kiraka | Tuesday, 24 Jan 2017 18:32 EAT

The Moi-Mama Ngina meeting was informed, according to the source, by the president's own observation of the relative respect Senator Gideon Moi commanded at the burial of former Moi ally Mark Too a week earlier, an event where Mr Ruto's allies were heckled.

IEBC concedes opposition claims of 'fraud' in register

Martha Kwamboka | Tuesday, 24 Jan 2017 13:43 EAT

Mr Chebukati said that the problem may have been caused by a wrong data entered by clerks. Last week, opposition politicians Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka raised the alarm after they discovered their ID numbers were shared with other Kenyans.

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.

Biased security forces a cause for worry in run-up to elections

Ndung'u Wainaina | Tuesday, 24 Jan 2017 12:05 EAT

We are gravely concerned because all indications suggest that the bias of security services witnessed in 2007 has not significantly changed heading towards 2017 general elections, unlike 2013.

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.

Elders' endorsements clear the way for Jubilee, CORD clash in Wajir

Free Press Correspondent | Tuesday, 24 Jan 2017 11:02 EAT

The governor, a member of ODM (CORD coalition), will face former Wajir East MP Mohamed Abdi Mohamud, who is currently serving as ambassador to Saudi Arabia. Mr Mohamud, who will run on the Jubilee ticket, has been endorsed by a different group of elders from the Fai Sultanate.

“We are tired of being taken for ride by the Deputy President, he has been here so many times yet our region still lags behind in terms of development,” said one youth who sort anonymity.

PNU will "teach a lesson" to its Meru opponents, says Munya

Oscar Ndunda | Monday, 23 Jan 2017 15:47 EAT

A section of Njuri Ncheke elders drawn from Igembe South have issued a 14-day ultimatum to the people behind the vandalism of the billboards to turn themselves in to any elder or PNU official failure to which one risks being cursed by the elders.

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.

Is Kiraitu Murungi counting his last days in politics?

Phillip Mulee | Monday, 23 Jan 2017 12:54 EAT

At many stops on the way, the Meru people didn't have time for the senator's name or his address. The president, eager to make his journey successful, appealed to Mr Murungi not to speak at events and the senator was left behind in some of the trading centres the president visited.

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".

CORD won't accept results of a rigged election, warns Machakos MP

Rose Mukonyo | Monday, 23 Jan 2017 11:35 EAT

Speaking at Tala Town after sensitizing residents on voter registration, Mr Mule said: “We want IEBC to assure Kenyans that there will be no ghost voters in the August 8th election. As opposition, we will not take anything less than a fair, transparent and a credible election which reflects the will

We need to deal with the Police and how they are acting as a tool in the hands of the ruling party. Elections can never be fair or credible if the security sector is not independent, impartial and unbiased. I have deep fear regarding the police and the security sector agencies.

Jubilee in crisis as Uhuru, Ruto face angry crowds and supporters defect

Free Press Correspondent | Sunday, 22 Jan 2017 14:40 EAT

Tensions had been building in the region from Friday night, when suspected goons destryoyed billboards of the Party of National Unity (PNU), which is associated with Governor Peter Munya.

Concern growing that 'relatives' could affect Raila's presidential bid once again

Free Press Correspondent | Sunday, 22 Jan 2017 14:13 EAT

The 70-year-old Oburu sought the Siaya governorship position, whose primaries ended up in violence. The party had to inject a neutral candidate in the race. The Kisumu primaries ended in violence too, and Ruth was nominated in a compromise position as deputy to the candidate, Jack Ranguma.

CORD unearths massive 'fraud' in voter registration, demands audit

Free Press Reporter | Friday, 20 Jan 2017 19:04 EAT

That an audit be conducted of the software being used by the Commission that clearly lacks a default mechanism to prevent double ID registration. For instance, if you attempt to register a Gmail or Yahoo address that is already in use, the system default is to decline registration.

“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.

This outgoing election circle has been a disaster for city residents who expected much more in terms of results from the hitherto well-respected professional manager. Instead of progress, they got a lackluster performance interspersed with misuse of office and graft.

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.

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.

The real Peter Kenneth's CV would shock Nairobi voters, says Miguna

Jack Otwala | Thursday, 19 Jan 2017 10:17 EAT

"He prides himself of having “successfully managed” Kenya-Re in the same manner that Evans Kidero had dismembered Mumias Sugar Company when Nairobi deserves a visionary leader of integrity; not a certified thief like them."

Consensus emerging in CORD leadership for 2017 General elections

Ndung'u Wainaina | Wednesday, 18 Jan 2017 19:04 EAT

Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto and host of Governors are part of the broad based government that CORD intends to form. Also CORD is set to tap key people in crucial cabinet positions. Cabinet slots will reflect diversity of Kenya and people of impeccable intellectual, integrity and political acumen.

The report indicated that the candidates went through with baggage, though it was agreed that the issues would be dealt with at another stage after they got overwhelming support from the panellists. Kenyans can only hope that they live up to the huge task ahead.

The dispatch to all aspirants wants interested aspirants who intend to vie for any elective post to register at the party's headquarters at Vision Plaza, Mombasa Road. The party whose symbol is a bicycle, has given women, youth and people with disability a 25 per cent discount on the fees.

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.

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.

MCC has invited all aspirants seeking the party’s ticket. The party will charge MCA candidates Sh20,000 for nomination papers. Parliamentary aspirants will pay Sh150,000, Women Representatives Sh100,000, Senators Sh150,000 and governors Sh250,000.

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.

In Siaya, William Oduol has taken charge of the mobilisation, holding big meetings in Rarieda constituency on the first day of the exercise yesterday. Mr Oduol’s team, calling itself ‘Siaya Manyien’, campaigned in the area whose incumbent MP Nicholas Humbo is also in the running for the position.

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.

IEBC accused of plot to suppress Ukambani voter registration

Oscar Ndunda | Monday, 16 Jan 2017 15:04 EAT

"Jubilee is looking for ways to rig the elections. We will not allow this to happen because it is our right to register as voters and vote because it is our constitutional right and we know they are looking for ways to rig the elections but we are watching keenly”.

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.

Jubilee can not scare me, says defiant Joho in Garissa rally

Phillip Mulee | Saturday, 14 Jan 2017 20:17 EAT

"Jubilee does not scare me," he said, and tore into deputy president William Ruto whom he accused of belittling the opposition while he was implicated in corruption scandals.

In a column in last week's Saturday Nation, political strategist Peter Kagwanja said that the ruling coalition had succeeded in making the narrative of 41 tribes again one a mirage since the inclusion of William Ruto in the government as deputy president.

Firebrand female newcomer carries Jubilee's hope in Machakos race

Mutinda Mulwa | Saturday, 14 Jan 2017 13:26 EAT

The remarkable thing about this race is that at public gatherings, both Ms Wambua and Mr Maweu, although fierce rivals, have been trying to bury their differences save for in few occasions when supporters of the two different camps almost clashed.

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."

Opposition seeks to register more voters than Jubilee, says MP

Phillip Mulee | Friday, 13 Jan 2017 13:40 EAT

If the demonstrations could have been allowed to start as it was anticipated, CORD leaders say, areas which have actively taken part in demos such as Nyanza, Nairobi, Mombasa, Western, and Eastern among other isolated places could have witnessed a low turn-out in voter registration.

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.

KANU in uproar over Nick Salat's role in NASA

Jackson Okata | Thursday, 12 Jan 2017 13:33 EAT

"We therefore pose to him the question: who does he represent?” posed Mr Ngunjiri. The branch officials further warned that they shall not be part of whatever decisions Salat takes without first consulting the party other stakeholders.

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.

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.

IEBC targets 520,000 new voters in Central Rift region

Jackson Okata | Wednesday, 11 Jan 2017 13:48 EAT

Mr Towett told journalists in Nakuru town this morning that the commission is targeting to register over 520,000 new voters in the Central Rift region which includes Nakuru, Samburu, Laikipia and Baringo counties.

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.

"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."

"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.

In bid to diffuse Duale warnings, Kalonzo plans Garissa rally

Phillip Mulee | Tuesday, 10 Jan 2017 11:54 EAT

Mr Musyoka is expected to campaign for former Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly Farah Maalim, who recently joined his party from ODM as part of the CORD coalition's reorganisation of its political forces in North Eastern region.

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.

Away from Garissa Town Constituency, Kambas live across Northern Kenya, Coast, Nairobi and parts of Rift Valley, including Nakuru, Narok and Kajiado. If Mr Duale's hate speech is not checked, then members of the Kamba community could face similar wrath in different parts of the country.

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.”

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.

Nyanza police boss Willy Lugusa said they were on high alert and stand ready to contain the situation should the protests begin. "Our forces have been highly mobilised to go on beat patrols. They are expected to gather more intelligence reports and update the security agencies promptly," he said.

Ten things IEBC must do to prevent rigging in this year's elections

Ndung'u Wainaina | Friday, 06 Jan 2017 16:16 EAT

Because of a flawed register, IEBC has been unable to formally publish the final results of the 2013 elections. The registration of voters and the transparency of the register are once more the subject of controversy, with the independence of IEBC in question in the run up to the August elections.

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.

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

The embers of tribalism are already there and only need to be ignited by one careless move. The country is stridently divided almost in the middle, and our leaders' unrelenting venomous spiel is only worsening the situation. Poll rigging will take place before, during, and after voting, whichever sy

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Fears heighten in Rift Valley over Ruto's preferred Jubilee candidates

Free Press Reporter | Tuesday, 03 Jan 2017 19:13 EAT

A source said the DP had asked residents of Elgeyo Marakwet to support the re-election of Kipchumba Murkomen. "There is anxiety that leaders will be imposed on us, and the DP better play his cards well because that would open the region to Gideon Moi, CORD and NASA," said a URP activist from Iten.

Why this year's polls is shaping up as a rematch of 2007

Phillip Mulee | Tuesday, 03 Jan 2017 18:12 EAT

"The one who was declared the winner in 2007 was not the winner... We tracked all the results through satellite phones, and as per my records, Raila won the elections." Kibaki's re-election sparked violence that killed at least 1,333 Kenyans and displaced more than 650,000 from their homes.

Jubilee to censure Speaker for involving Senate in electoral laws

Jackson Okata | Tuesday, 03 Jan 2017 17:26 EAT

"We are going to question Speaker Muturi because we don’t understand why he had to take the laws to the Senate,” said Mr Gikaria, adding, "Any other amendments to the election laws must come to the National Assembly and the National Assembly alone.”

The Kenyan CSOs need to reclaim the space that was occupied by Release Political Prisoners, which is currently known as Rights Promotion and Protection Centre, NCEC and Muungano wa Mageuzi among other groups that minced no words while dealing with the then dictatorial Moi regime.

Nyanza 'apathy' spells doom for ODM's tough nomination rules

Free Press Reporter | Monday, 02 Jan 2017 14:33 EAT

In Migori, only Ms Anne Anyanga and Ochilo Ayako had bought the papers, and two aspirants each for the senatorial and women representative seats. The same level of apathy was registered in parliamentary races in Homa Bay, Kakamega, Vihiga, Mombasa, Kilifi, Nyamira and Taita Taveta counties.

Gideon Moi seeking a share of Busia seats in 2017 polls

Tobbie Wekesa | Monday, 02 Jan 2017 13:38 EAT

Ronald Ochalu, Anthony Odera and Julius Nyapidi (Angurai S), Benard Papa and Simon Oruchum (Malaba C), Moses Omuse (Angurai S), Leonard Emadau (Chakol N), Barasa Esiba (Angorom), Zakayo Ete (Malaba S), Paul Ibalai (Malaba N) and Martin Idewa and Joel Okomol (Malaba S) will run on Kanu.

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.

Murmurs about tribalism as Uhuru drops top IEBC candidate

Free Press Reporter | Friday, 30 Dec 2016 14:38 EAT

"Mr Kenyatta’s handlers see Mr Chiloba as more of Deputy President William Ruto's man, having worked with his legal adviser, Korir Sing’oei," stated the report. The flipside of the logic should be that Mr Chebukati is a better bet for the president's allies.

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.

Khalwale, Omar pull out of governor races, to defend seats

Free Press Reporter | Thursday, 29 Dec 2016 17:10 EAT

Kisumu senator Anyang Nyongo is expected to follow suit early in the new year and drop his gubernatorial ambitions according to well-placed sources at the CORD secretariat. The senators have faced an uphill task running against the governors in their respective counties.

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.

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.

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."

Jubilee MPs adopted a proposal for manual transmission of results which the opposition opposed. Mr Odinga also stood by his initial announcement that the opposition would organise streets protests beginning January 4 to protest Thursday's approval of the contentious amendments.

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.

Raila calls on Kenyans to 'stand up for country'

Free Press Reporter | Thursday, 22 Dec 2016 16:36 EAT

Parliament has been particularly notorious. Using its majority in the Houses, the Jubilee administration has used Parliament to pass laws and motions that compromise the interests of the people on whose behalf Parliament exercises the legislative authority of the Republic.

Nairobi police see new Mungiki activity, fearing violence in 2017 polls

Free Press Reporter | Thursday, 22 Dec 2016 14:52 EAT

"In Kayole and Mathare, we deal with Mungiki cases on a weekly basis," said a source, explaining that police headquarters have contingency plans to deal with opportunistic violence, but that organised chaos would pose a major challenge for the force.

Oburu Odinga accused of dirty tricks in new bid for Bondo seat

Free Press Correspondent | Thursday, 22 Dec 2016 14:07 EAT

Oburu represented the constituency between 1994 and 2013, losing the last election simply because he contested for a different seat (the Siaya governorship). He was nominated to Parliament but is now campaigning to reclaim the seat, with the incumbent Ochanda as his main opponent.

Nakuru aspirants urge Govt, IEBC to 'put Kenyans first'

Jackson Okata | Thursday, 22 Dec 2016 13:57 EAT

Political aspirants from Nakuru County led by their chairman Abdul Noor said parliament should prioritize discussion of matters like the ongoing doctor’s strike which he said is affecting millions of poor Kenyans.

The elder said that Uhuru’s leadership was endorsed by God and should therefore be respected. “There is no king who can be in office without the approval of God and therefore people should respect the president,” he said.

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.

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.

Duale's claims on Raila rigging election could obscure Jubilee's actual plans

Athanas Kipchumba | Wednesday, 21 Dec 2016 15:35 EAT

I can assure the likes of Mr Duale that corruption will come atop the list of major campaign issues. In a nutshell, the national assembly majority leader's unsubstantiated allegations linking CORD leader to poll rigging should be construed as part of Jubilee's wider diversionary political tactics.

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.

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.

MPs got huge kickbacks to kill gambling Bill, claims mover Midiwo

Free Press Reporter | Wednesday, 21 Dec 2016 14:50 EAT

The Bill was defeated, Midiwo claimed, after MPs received gifts from cartels working in cahoots with the sector at Serena Hotel in Nairobi. The MP told Radio Mayienga: “I was shocked to be left alone during the tabling of the motion in parliament after MPs pocketed Sh200,000 each."

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.

CORD wins round one, blocking amendments to electoral laws

Phillip Mulee | Tuesday, 20 Dec 2016 20:26 EAT

At the centre of the disputes was the proposal by the Justice Committee led by Ainabkoi MP Samuel Chepkong’a to amend the Elections Act and provide for a manual backup system for the voting, transmission and tallying of election results.

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 .

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.

Wambora, Kivuti accused of polarising voters in tough Embu governor's contest

Free Press Correspondent | Tuesday, 20 Dec 2016 16:46 EAT

Mr Musyimi takes a different view, saying that national government representatives, the local provincial administration, the National Land Commission, and Lands cabinet secretary Jacob Kaimenyi had joined Mr Wambora and Kivuti in dispossessing some landowners.

Nakuru Jubilee officials, aspirants say Ngunjiri undermining party

Jackson Okata | Monday, 19 Dec 2016 21:04 EAT

Mr Manyara dared the MP to rejoin KANU if he was "man enough", saying that Jubilee elected officials were ready to work with him only if he toed the line. They warned Mr Ngunjiri against working with KANU to destabilise Jubilee, which they said was determined to win all elective seats in Nakuru Coun

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.

The Elders in their statement appear fed-up with Mr Ruto and want him to campaign separately, specifically in Rift Valley where they feel Jubilee is losing immense support ahead of the polls. They say Mr Ruto is overly aggressive and has polarised regions with swing votes that may benefit Jubilee.

The governor's campaign to popularize his PNU in his opponent's backyard represented a new height of the contest for the Meru governorship. "The Presidency cannot rotate within two regions forever. It should move to another region in 2022, but I will be supporting Uhuru’s re-election in 2017".

"Things are not well here and we must speak out. We are mixing the 2017 with the 2022 politics and this is something that will make us fail. We cannot allow people accused of stealing government money to come and use the money to bribe others as we head to the elections," said the agitated MP.

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.

Governor Mvurya's solid record could boost Jubilee's fortunes in Kwale

Free Press Reporter | Sunday, 18 Dec 2016 15:27 EAT

A teacher’s union official in Kwale Town said: “What has happened in this county is phenomenal. There is no question that Mvurya is the best governor in the entire Coast, he is effective and reachable to the people,” said the official.

Raila visit boosts Otichillo’s bid for Vihiga governorship

Free Press Correspondent | Sunday, 18 Dec 2016 14:09 EAT

The county has tarmacked 75 kilometres of rural roads. Mr Akaranga’s administration has also seen the establishment of the first university in Vihiga. He has refurbished early childhood education centres, dispensaries, youth polytechnics, and improved service delivery at Mbale Referral Hospital.

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.

Uhuru's re-election pitch: My record speaks for itself

Free Press Reporter | Saturday, 17 Dec 2016 16:56 EAT

He outlined the accomplishments of NYS: the employment of over 91,334 cohorts spread over 21 constituencies across the country, expending Sh5.4 billion of which Sh3.4 billion went to direct wages, while the balance went towards savings. He also said the youth had mobilized Sh1.4 billion in savings.

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.

Party violence sends alarm bells ringing over 2017 polls

Phillip Mulee | Saturday, 17 Dec 2016 13:26 EAT

The bishops stressed the need for peaceful elections, voicing concern about “the resurgence of violence, confrontational languages and hate speeches.” They warned such habits could return the country to the period of 2007-2008 when civil conflict became a real concern.

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.

Uhuru's language suggests he's smelled defeat

Athanas Kipchumba | Friday, 16 Dec 2016 11:54 EAT

Being alive to the emergence of NASA, and the real challenge of corruption that has made most of his supporters lose confidence in his administration, the president is irrefutably smelling a political defeat from far into the horizon.

Kericho to build Sh6 billion sugar, energy plant

Free Press Correspondent | Thursday, 15 Dec 2016 16:56 EAT

Governor Paul Chepkwony signed the agreement with representatives of Kanoria Group at a public event in Sigowet. “This project will transform both the economic and social life of our local farmers and ultimately contribute to the strengthening of our overall economy as a county,” said Prof. Chepkwon

Using leverage in CORD, Kambas seek lost glory in Nairobi politics

Phillip Mulee | Thursday, 15 Dec 2016 13:09 EAT

The politician's shift to Nairobi is part of a new effort by Kamba leaders to revive their historical role in Nairobi, where Kambas went head-to-head with Luos, Kikuyus and Luyias. At independence, the fiery J.D Kali, an ally of Jaramogi, won the Embakasi seat (then called Nairobi East).

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.

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.

With opposition alliance, Rift Valley's end as solid Jubilee zone

Phillip Mulee | Wednesday, 14 Dec 2016 18:53 EAT

According to the Sunday Nation, three politicians were dispatched to beseech Mr Mudavadi not to accompany Mr Odinga during the Laikipia rally. Mr Mudavadi had been invited by Raila for Laikipia North MP Mathew Lempurkel's homecoming party.

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.”

'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.

Chaos mar Nakuru Jubilee elections, Manyara declared chairman

Jackson Okata | Tuesday, 13 Dec 2016 17:02 EAT

Some members were locked out of the voting venue with only Jubilee Party registered political aspirants being allowed in to participate. Police were forced to lobby teargas to disperse rowdy crowds who had gathered outside the party offices and who were trying to force their way into the venue.

Wiper expels Governor Mutua, 5 MPs, setting stage for by-elections

Phillip Mulee | Tuesday, 13 Dec 2016 14:39 EAT

"It is for the above reasons that we, the disciplinary committee recommend that the member be deemed to have resigned from WDMK in terms of section 14 (5) of the political parties Act," read part of the recommendations.

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.

The messages reflect the leader's evolving pitch. In 2013, Uhuru ran on the platform of change, a break from the older generation. Raila, in a coalition with Kibaki, championed continuity on a number of fronts, including Kenya's support for the ICC. He now prefers change, and Uhuru the status quo.

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.

Uhuru tour leaves Ukambani leaders divided as to its impact

Rose Mukonyo | Sunday, 11 Dec 2016 18:32 EAT

"When we (a section of MPs) went to State House few months ago, some people said we had gone to auction the Kamba community politically. But now everyone can see how much the region has benefited in terms of development," said the Yatta legislator.

Garissa governor 'smelling victory' in a two-horse race against Ali Korane

Free Press Correspondent | Sunday, 11 Dec 2016 15:24 EAT

A senior official in Jama’s office told the Kenya Free Press that the two leaders were working on a partnership where ODM will not nominate candidates in areas where the Wiper Party is strong. The same thinking has been well received in Mr Odinga’s campaign secretariat, the chief officer told us.

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."

Will Kalonzo Musyoka bolt out of CORD and go it alone?

Free Press Reporter | Saturday, 10 Dec 2016 18:40 EAT

It is likely, therefore, that Kalonzo may opt out of CORD, or even the new alliance, should he miss the presidential ticket especially with Raila Odinga being considered the favourite candidate

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."

“Owing to the high turnout witnessed today by those submitting forms, the Commission advises those still waiting to submit the forms to do so tomorrow, (Friday) at any IEBC office countrywide,” he stated.

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.

Jubilee taking Kenya back to dictatorship, claims Ruto

Jackson Okata | Friday, 09 Dec 2016 13:54 EAT

On devolution Ruto blamed the national government for most of the problems bedeviling the devolved units saying that most county governments are unable to offer critical services because of the little money they get from the national government.

Jubilee should change tack to lock Meru, Tharaka Nithi in 2017

Mithika Daniel Impwi | Friday, 09 Dec 2016 13:52 EAT

His war against Mr Munya is seen as an attempt to block the governor from national politics, his endorsement of Chuka town as the headquarters of Tharaka Nithi being interpreted as open favouritism to Hon. Muthomi Njuki, who is running for the Tharaka Nithi governorship in 2017

Mwakwere formally joins ODM; Kenya Free Press reported move months ago

Phillip Mulee | Thursday, 08 Dec 2016 16:05 EAT

The former cabinet minister was escorted to Raila’s Capitol Hill offices by Mombasa Governor and ODM deputy leader Ali Hassan Joho, who is the party’s kingpin in the Coast region. Mr Mwakwere later joined Mr Odinga, Mr Joho and other party officials for a group photo.

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.

Election finance laws favour incumbents, say parties

Rose Mukonyo | Thursday, 08 Dec 2016 10:19 EAT

"We smell mischief in this because there are civil servants who are yet to resign by February and still have to comply with this new law meaning they will be locked out of the elections," said Mr Wambua.

Wiper to make major pronouncement on 2017 polls during Tuesday’s NDC

Phillip Mulee | Wednesday, 07 Dec 2016 18:47 EAT

He also opposed the Elections Campaign Financing Act No.42 of 2013, noting these laws add no significant value to leaders’ capabilities to lead and manage the affairs of this country.

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.

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.

Kenyans are incorrigibly gullible, and our leaders know it

Joe Khamisi | Wednesday, 07 Dec 2016 13:05 EAT

No! I am not asking you to steal your neighbor's chicken or snatch someone's land. I am asking you to go and filch the big bucks. Millions, and if you can, billions of hard cash....from the public.

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.

Ruto has no respect for Luyia leaders, says Atwoli

Free Press Correspondent | Monday, 05 Dec 2016 12:04 EAT

“The DP should learn from former President Moi. Moi never abused Luyia leaders like Ruto is doing, and if he thinks this is how he will earn the votes of Luyia community he has missed the formula. Ruto should respect Musalia Mudavadi, Moses Wetangula, na hata mimi anafaa aniheshimu (even I deserve r

You are wasting your time in West Pokot, Lonyangapuo tells Ruto

Free Press Correspondent | Monday, 05 Dec 2016 12:02 EAT

“You have come here 22 times since the last election,” an agitated Lonyangapuo, a Kanu member, told the DP whom he accused of engaging in “unnecessary local wars” when his priority should be to win Jubilee votes in 2017.

Why Mandera Governor Ali Roba feels as Jubilee’s most hated member

Free Press Reporter | Monday, 05 Dec 2016 12:01 EAT

The governor has rebelled against a declaration by Jubilee supporters from Mandera that he should not contest for re-election in 2017. The resolution about inter-clan power-sharing, passed by elders from the clans, applied to Jubilee candidates since all its identified officials were from the Jubile

New fears over ODM nominations in Nyanza

Free Press Correspondent | Monday, 05 Dec 2016 11:58 EAT

“Mr Odinga’s public association with leaders like Mr Awiti with whom the voters have publicly expressed their displeasure is sending wrong signals about the party’s readiness to conduct free and fair nominations.”

Ruto to tour Kerio Valley to address Marakwets’ unease in Jubilee

Free Press Correspondent | Monday, 05 Dec 2016 11:57 EAT

Marakwet ODM chairman Samuel Chemweno, who was one of the protest’s organisers, is the one who invited opposition leader Odinga to the area. During Mr Odinga’s tour of the region, he addressed rallies at Chesongoch and Moiben among other areas.

Kidero on the spot as audit reveals rot, backward slide on reforms

Free Press Reporter | Monday, 05 Dec 2016 11:56 EAT

The city is chocking with problems associated with high population. Poverty and unemployment, pollution, traffic congestion, housing crisis and insecurity have rebounded with greater effect. Despite lofty promises, the city administration has not built a single housing unit to address housing shorta

David Ndii, educating a generation, stirs hornets' nest in Kikuyuland

Free Press Reporter | Monday, 05 Dec 2016 11:55 EAT

“While the political template remains exactly the same, many now realise that the harder they work, the poorer they become,” said the activist, who believes the president’s silence on the Afya House scandal catalysed a new understanding of Jubilee corruption in the region.

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.

Facing hostile reception, senators pull out of governor’s races in droves

Free Press Reporter | Saturday, 03 Dec 2016 17:38 EAT

“Despite the voters’ limited understanding of parliamentary procedures, they can see that the senators have been running a smear campaign against governors for their selfish interests,” said the analyst, who expected the rebuff against senators to affect both sides of the political divide.

Uhuru’s Central tour dents fears about Kikuyu voter apathy

Phillip Mulee | Saturday, 03 Dec 2016 17:36 EAT

Before the trip, there were fears that CORD leader Raila Odinga’s rising popularity across the country would compromise the president’s re-election chances should voters in Central Kenya not turn up in large numbers during the upcoming 2017 elections.

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.

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.

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.

It's a battle of titans for the Nakuru County governorship

Jackson Okata | Wednesday, 30 Nov 2016 18:52 EAT

Mututho and Kinyanjui are former members of parliament for Naivasha and Nakuru Town constituencies respectively. They are both are pegging their hopes of ousting Mr Mbugua on the three major things which include: Unfulfilled campaign promises, exaggerated wage bill, corruption and underdevelopment.

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.

ODM arrogance could destabilise CORD, warn Wiper MPs

Rose Mukonyo | Tuesday, 29 Nov 2016 19:43 EAT

Mr Mathuki echoed the Wiper legislators' words that the ODM leaders public endorsement for Raila was slowly going to bring disintegration of the coalition if not checked. "Joho is not even a member of the CORD management board, therefore he has no mandate of endorsing a candidate in public on behalf

When the CORD leader's entourage arrived, there was no county government official to receive him, prompting Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho to play the host.

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.

Wetangula: Jubilee driving propaganda over CORD nominations

Rose Mukonyo | Friday, 25 Nov 2016 19:34 EAT

"This is the agenda of Jubilee to paint CORD as disunited since they already have a flag bearer but they should know it's not just about having a flag bearer but what agenda you have for Kenya," Mr Wetangula said.

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.

Raila preparing to face 2017 election without Kalonzo, Wetangula

Phillip Mulee | Thursday, 24 Nov 2016 19:07 EAT

ODM sources also say Senator Johnson Muthama, following his recent dressing down by Mr Musyoka for allegedly working with his Siaya counterpart James Orengo in campaigning for Mr Odinga at the expense of his party boss, might be considering joining ODM or an Ukambani regional party to ally with ODM.

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.

Busia County targets 400,000 registered voters by 2017

Tobbie Wekesa | Tuesday, 22 Nov 2016 16:24 EAT

“We are hoping they will all acquire voters’ cards plus others who shall have acquired IDs before the start of the Mass Voter Registration 2 on 20th December, 2016," he said, decrying that poor turnout and low registration is hindering the county's residents from fully participating in the electoral

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.

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.

Orengo wins support of MP who was 'insulted' by Rasanga

Free Press Correspondent | Monday, 21 Nov 2016 20:37 EAT

The MP was delighted that Mr Orengo had bought ODM nomination papers as was reported by the Kenya Free Press, confirming the long-held expectations that the Siaya senator would contest the governorship. He said Mr Rasanga couldn't bring leaders from Siaya together for the development of the region.

The event at Nyamagenga Primary School in Kuria East sub-county last Thursday created a new dynamic in the race for the governorship, reflecting a change of heart by Kuria community elders who had endorsed Governor Obado in 2013.

Raila misses Bomet rally billed as first step towards opposition alliance

Free Press Correspondent | Sunday, 20 Nov 2016 18:35 EAT

Speakers at the event took issue with corruption in the Jubilee government and declared their readiness to unite to ensure President Uhuru Kenyatta loses re-election in the next elections.

Former Saku MP Hussein Sasura plots comeback

Free Press Correspondent | Sunday, 20 Nov 2016 14:53 EAT

The former MP is also credited with unbiased allocation of cdf bursaries for secondary and tertiary students, facilitation of resettlement our people in Jaldesa and Qupi qalo boreholes and upgrading of roads to allow free movement of vehicles both in Jaldesa and Qupi Qalo areas.

Ruto ally Kihika fastens grip as Jubilee sweeps through Nakuru

Free Press Correspondent | Sunday, 20 Nov 2016 13:57 EAT

Governor Mbugua faces opposition from former NACADA chairman John Mututho while women representative position has attracted incumbent Mary Mbugua and Grace Kibuku. Hardly other parties have shown interest in countrywide positions, indicating their recognition of the hard battle they could face.

Kitui governor's alliance to shape winning formula for open senate, women rep races

Free Press Correspondent | Saturday, 19 Nov 2016 19:46 EAT

The former Environment minister’s role in the shaping Musila alliance has come at some cost to his familial relationships. The senatorial race, for which he supports Mr Kilonzo, his former opponent for Kitui West parliamentary seat, pits Mr Kilonzo against Mr Nyeze’s brother-in-law Enoch Wambua.

There are no easy ways to fix Nairobi’s problems, and even a hardworking would have had to put great effort to turn the capital city around. But there are many easy ways of making things worse, and Nairobi’s failures over the last four years stop at the doorstep of one man: Governor Evans Kidero.

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.

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”.

Orengo buys nomination papers, launching bid for Siaya governorship

Samuel Owida | Thursday, 17 Nov 2016 15:20 EAT

There are those think that, just like with Kisumu senator Prof. Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o who is also interested in the governorship, Mr Orengo’s absence from the national scene would imperil that Raila Odinga’s campaigns as he make a final stab at the presidency.

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.

Chepkwony, Cheruiyot tough as nails in Kericho governorship, senate contests

Free Press Correspondent | Tuesday, 15 Nov 2016 15:57 EAT

Mr Langat’s relationship with the DP could boost his chances, but pundits see the race as a three-way contest between Eng Kirui, Mr Bett and incumbent Chepkwony. Former NSSF CEO Richard Langat is seen as positioning himself as a potential running mate to one of the top aspirants.

Out of the county’s seven parliamentary seats, Wiper members hold four, and all have thrown their weight behind Mr Musila. The other three: Rachel Nyamai (Kitui South), Joe Mutambu (Mwingi Central) and John Munuve (Mwingi North) have joined the ruling Jubilee Party.

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.

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.

“The process of procuring BVR kits could be unnecessarily lengthy and open to manipulation. Rigging begins in the procurement of electoral materials and registration of voters,” he said.

“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.

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”.

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.

Taita Taveta youths set to turn tables on old guard

Free Press Correspondent | Friday, 11 Nov 2016 14:20 EAT

Now, the Taitas, who are the majority, say Mruttu has failed and the seat should cross to the other side, hence Mr Mwadegu’s candidature, but the Tavetas who support Mruttu argue the pact was for two terms. Mr Mwazo is a Sagala.

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.

The economy is still hovering at around five percent. It also guaranteed five million jobs over a five year period. Three years down the line, not even half of those jobs have been delivered. A staggering 70 percent of young people remain jobless.

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.

"The last domino in Gikuyu country has fallen with @MarthaKarua now backing @UKenyatta and Jubilee. The tribe once again TRUMPS nation," wrote Prof. Makau Mutua, a close friend of Ms Karua's who also contributed to multiparty struggles.

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.

Ruto, Tunai ground-game pits Maasai, Kipsigis against each other

Free Press Correspondent | Thursday, 10 Nov 2016 12:57 EAT

If the DP can develop a consensus there, he can begin to define Kipsigis interests in this election. Right now, many Kipsigis like Maasai feel let down by Governor Tunai but a tribal consensus can be developed through a narrative that sidesteps performance," said the politician.

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.

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.

In a blunt personal attack on Waiguru, Ruto on Sunday accused the former CS — now a candidate for Kirinyaga governor — of subjecting the country to "cat-walking" when “it's clear public money has been lost”.

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.

Jubilee promotes ODM defectors at expense of loyal supporters, says senator

Free Press Correspondent | Wednesday, 09 Nov 2016 15:03 EAT

“In Kwale they picked Mvurya and Zainab who were initially in ODM. In Kilifi they picked Mung’aro, who is also from ODM. Shahbal was in ODM and moved to Wiper. Why not me yet I have been TNA, JAP and Jubilee?” she posed.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

“We have watched in dismay as Jubilee continues to abet blatant corruption and gross misrule, casting doubt on the ability of the President and his Deputy to govern this country with the required ethics and constitution”, said Senator Omar.

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.

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.

“What this talk confirms is that the views of other Kenyans, our worries about corruption and ethnicity, it all doesn’t matter, the two tribes have the sole right to rule Kenya. These people think they are smart, but smart people sometimes run out of ideas. We could be looking at one such situation.

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.

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.

While Kisii has been perceived as a battleground region, ODM has gained in popularity there in recent years and the by-election, according to analysts, could foreshadow a 2017 election in which Kisii voters would punish pro-Jubilee leaders.

Money, clan clash as Homa Bay governors race starts in earnest

Free Press Correspondent | Monday, 31 Oct 2016 11:54 EAT

The governor launched the project without any idea where funds for it would come from, and without any study as to its viability. Some projects that have been successfully implemented ended up to be white elephants or conduits for looting taxpayers' money.

Jubilee top leaders recognise that Mr Munya is capable of upending the president's re-election strategy due to his combative politics and influence in Meru, which is believed to be stronger than that enjoyed by current Meru senator Kiraitu Murungi, who is Jubilee's ally against Munya.

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.

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.

Mr Odinga had campaigned for the ODM candidate personally in the last campaign day, accompanied by Governor David Nkediaye and Kajiado East parliamentary aspirant George Lianto Kimite who are the leading ODM organisers in the county, along with the MP for Kajiado Central, Elijah Memusi.

Ex-minister Katuku on a countrywide tour to popularize his new party

Phillip Mulee | Thursday, 27 Oct 2016 12:13 EAT

“This party is about a generational statement of change. Kenyans are tired of political parties that are nothing more than special purpose vehicles to elect selfish leaders or enclaves designed to protect tribal interests at the expense of the national good”.

ODM braves voter bribery to win Nyacheki ward seat

Oscar Ndunda | Wednesday, 26 Oct 2016 20:39 EAT

The chaos erupted after claims of voter bribery by Mr Okenye at Mochengo polling station which did not go well with the electorate. The MCA, who was elected on an ODM ticket, had been campaigning forthe Jubilee candidate Mr Magoma.

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.

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.

Ruto, Gideon Moi proxies clash over supremacy in Baringo County

Free Press Reporter | Wednesday, 26 Oct 2016 12:24 EAT

The senator's meetings were deemed as Kanu political campaigns by the government-allied leaders, hence their absence. Prof. Lonyangapuo, who has recently been crowned Pokot political spokesman, is in a do-or-die battle against the West Pokot governor who has since decamped to Jubilee.

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.

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.

However, unlike Mr Uhuru who vied for a constituency seat in Central Kenya, Mr Kenneth's entry into the cosmopolitan Nairobi caused jitters among non-Kikuyu Jubilee supporters in the capital who perceived it as part of a plan to block Nairobi senator Mike Sonko's ascension to the sea

His joining the Jubilee coalition rekindled history of President Uhuru's own defection from his role as opposition leader to President Kibaki's supporter, which placed him in line of succession in Central Kenya.

Mudavadi poised for Nairobi governorship as opposition alliance takes shape

Free Press Reporter | Friday, 21 Oct 2016 20:32 EAT

“Mr Mudavadi has indicated unambiguously to Mr Odinga that he would be happy to take the Nairobi governorship as part of a new opposition alliance,” the source said, adding that the sticking point at this point was power-sharing in western Kenya.

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.

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.

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.

A school of thought has also sprung up questioning his commitment to 'progressive' causes. Accordingly, the judge's absence in the struggles for multiparty system when he was supposedly established as an advocate in private practice, should mark him out for the top job.

Ngilu and former Starehe MP Margaret Wanjiru addressed the subject at length, with both saying the government had not fulfilled the promise to eradicate poverty among the people.

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

Busia women promise to show men "dust" in 2017 elections

Tobbie Wekesa | Friday, 14 Oct 2016 18:31 EAT

"We are determined to get at least 25 seats. We want men to be nominated and not women this time round," said the women, led by Busia women representative in the National Assembly Florence Mutua who presided over the opening ceremony.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Deputy President Ruto has no favourites for Kalenjin gubernatorial seats

Free Press Correspondent | Thursday, 13 Oct 2016 13:25 EAT

“Let no one lie to you that we as Jubilee leaders have preferred candidates for any seat even here in Bomet, it is the electorate who will pick candidates for Jubilee," Mr Ruto said.

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.

In the course of more than one week of investigations to establish the reliability of this survey and the party's internal discussions on the nominations, no senior official agreed to discuss the matter while some laughed the questions away.

According to Lemi, the water mapping exercise was a scheme by the governor to secure demographic data of voters with an eye on the 2017 election and registration of the Maendeleo Chap Chap party.

Uhuru, Raila in tough battle for Narok, Maasai vote

Free Press Reporter | Tuesday, 11 Oct 2016 19:22 EAT

Last Friday, the cold war in Jubilee came to the open when Tunai ‘welcomed’ his opponent Ntutu and former PS John Konchellah and former Internal Security Minister Julius Sunkuli to the Jubilee Party.

The Nairobi MCAs who accompanied Senator Sonko said that they were totally behind him for the Nairobi gubernatorial race and urged Kambas living in Nairobi to register in Nairobi and vote for the Sonko team.

Lonyangapuo, Poghisio join forces to depose Governor Kachapin

Free Press Reporter | Tuesday, 11 Oct 2016 18:48 EAT

The two have demanded for an audit of over Sh15 billion which the national government had allocated to West Pokot County since devolution was introduced in 2013.

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.

Think of other parties, not just CORD and Jubilee, Mudavadi urges Kenyans

Free Press Correspondent | Tuesday, 11 Oct 2016 17:59 EAT

“Time has come for Kenyans to back Mudavadi so that we can get someone else to lead this nation. We want a focused and peaceful leader like him since he has served the government for 25 years and is nowqualified.”

“If you are vying for MCA position, please focus on how to be one in 2017. If you want to be an MP then focus on how to be an MP. Stop talking too much about another race in which you have no interest," he said.

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.

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.

Tharaka Nithi governorship race hots up, Muthomi Njuki loses grip on MCAs

Free Press Correspondent | Sunday, 09 Oct 2016 17:24 EAT

The majority leader accused the nominated MCAs of being inefficient in assembly, saying for example none of them had tabled any motion or Bill in the assembly for the four years they have served there.

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.

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.

Ukambani Jubilee defectors in dilemma as ground turns hostile

Phillip Mulee | Saturday, 08 Oct 2016 16:07 EAT

At the K-24 interview, Mr Mutambu also dared the party's leaders, who have initiated a process to discipline defectors from its ranks who announced their switch of allegiance to Jubilee, to make good their threats to call for by election.

Face the courts if you are innocent, Musyoka tells Governor Mutua

Oscar Ndunda | Saturday, 08 Oct 2016 13:37 EAT

In an apparent reference to their sour relationship, the Wiper leader also described the governor as an "ungrateful man" who did not recognize the support he had received "from the people".

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."

Isaac Ruto's party promises tough battle with Jubilee in South Rift region

Free Press Correspondent | Friday, 07 Oct 2016 14:38 EAT

"Jubilee should prepare for a rough time. They will have to answers questions from voters on why they deserve reelection in 2017," said Ruto. The party will most likely go into the election as a part of the Jubilee Alliance, many of whose smaller parties were dissolved last month.

Machakos Governor Mutua's future hangs on pact with Jubilee

Rose Mukonyo | Friday, 07 Oct 2016 11:36 EAT

The source indicated that Jubilee had finessed the deal after noting a spirited push by Wiper Party operatives to ensure Dr Mutua is sent packing in next year's polls

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.

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."

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.

Rule by minority, corruption threaten Busia Governor Ojaamong's re-election bid

Free Press Correspondent | Thursday, 06 Oct 2016 07:33 EAT

If the party contest is open, the persons likely to give Ojaamong a hard time during the campaign trail are none other than Eng. Sidai whom he defeated with a small margin in 2013, and Funyula MP Otuoma.

Why Uhuru could outwit Raila in 2017

Free Press Reporter | Wednesday, 05 Oct 2016 19:37 EAT

If there is a fact of Kenya’s politics that our so-called thinkers have problem understanding, it is that there are voters out there who looked rationally at Uhuru and Raila in 2013 and decided that Uhuru was the better president for them.

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.

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?"

If Raila did these four things, he would win the presidency

Free Press Reporter | Tuesday, 04 Oct 2016 20:08 EAT

Despite its perceived failures, Jubilee has a firm grip on Kikuyu and Kalenjin tribes. He has the best chance of beating them, but to do so he requires a programme that will deflate the confidence of the other side and win independents.

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

“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.

Creating the immediate flashpoint is the campaign for the Mombasa governorship position over which the Wiper Party has emerged as an opponent of ODM's whose candidate is the incumbent Governor Hassan Joho.

"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.

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.

Kivuti, Mbarire, incumbent governor Martin Wambora and another aspirant Kithinji Kiragu are vying for the governor's seat at the next elections.

With DP Ruto neutral, Kericho governor's race hots up

Free Press Correspondent | Sunday, 02 Oct 2016 19:12 EAT

Local political observers expect the race to tighten given indications from DP Ruto that he would remain neutral in the race. The Ainamoi MP's campaign received a boost in recent months when speculation was rife that he was the DP's favourite candidate.

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.

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.

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.

Drug abuse, insecurity, emerge as top issues in battle for Nyandarua seats

Free Press Correspondent | Saturday, 01 Oct 2016 16:06 EAT

During a recent meeting in Haraka that brought together the provincial administration and other government departments, residents of Kinangop expressed their concern over the rising cases of crime involving hard drugs, theft and betting.

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.

"DP Ruto, Governor Tunai don't scare me," says Johanna Ng’eno

Free Press Reporter | Friday, 30 Sep 2016 19:07 EAT

Local political observers predict that Ng’eno will retain his seat despite opposition from the Deputy President and the Narok Governor.

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.

While rich families can afford to send their children to good schools, poor children in some rural areas still study under trees. Millions eat poorly and subsist under squalid, subhuman conditions in hardscrabble townships that are expanding fast and getting more dangerous.

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.

Mutula and his county governor Prof Kivutha Kibwana piled pressure on opposition MPs who have left the parties that sponsored them to Parliament to either resign their seats or be ejected in accordance with the law.

Uhuru, Sonko alliance holds key to Jubilee unity in Nairobi

Free Press Reporter | Thursday, 29 Sep 2016 13:21 EAT

What to do with Sonko is the dilemma of Jubilee power elite and the business community, who are united behind the candidature of Dagoretti South MP Dennis Waweru. It is feared in Jubilee circles that Sonko would almost definitely defect from the coalition and run as an independent.

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.

“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.

DP Ruto’s name being used as leaders impose themselves in Jubilee Party leadership

Free Press Correspondent | Wednesday, 28 Sep 2016 12:24 EAT

The wrangling among leaders is based on fear about how election boards would be constituted to work with the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) during the party primaries.

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.

Mwakwere has not officially announced his defection, but sources close to him have intimated to the Kenya Free Press his resolution to decamp to ODM. He was represented at the rally by former Kenya Ports Authority managing director Simeon Mkalla.

Wiper foregoes deputy governorship in its new plan for Nairobi

Free Press Reporter | Monday, 26 Sep 2016 19:54 EAT

The leading Wiper aspirants Fred Musau, Roy Kivusyu and Musili Mawathe will run in Embakasi East, Embakasi West and Embakasi South respectively. Wiper hopes to retain the Mukuru kwa Njenga and Laini Saba MCA seats held by Alexander Mutisya and David Kitavi respectively.

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.

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.”

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.

“I mind about the welfare of my employees and I will not allow them to suffer. The decision by the board is therefore rescinded, and the officers will be redeployed to other departments," the governor said.

“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.

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

But in forming ‘a Luyia party’ Hon. Namwamba will have to contend with better competitors. Musalia Mudavadi, Moses Wetangula, Cyrus Jirongo and Kenneth Marende already have political outfits they are using to rally the Luyia community's unity.

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.

“We urge all our supporters and Kenyans of goodwill to come out in large numbers to welcome our party leader and 2017 presidential hopeful”, said Dr Jared Siso, the Wiper Executive Director.

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.

"Coming from the inner sanctum of the judiciary he may be able to qualitatively blend both the theory and the practice of law as an heir to Dr. Willy Mutunga who emerged from a different background and history," Raila said in a statement.

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.

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.

“There are those who think we are going to opt out of the party but let me tell them know we are in Jubilee to stay,” Ragwa said at Rwanchege, Chogoria Ward, where he commissioned the upgrading of a road in the area.

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.

ODM disciplinary organ issues threat to send party defectors home

Free Press Reporter | Tuesday, 20 Sep 2016 19:35 EAT

The committee's chairman Mr. Fred Athuok invoked Section 14(5) C of the Political Parties Act as having been violated by their action. Among those being threatened with the sack are governors Ukur Yatani (Marsabit) and Salim Mvurya (Kwale) and Joash Maangi (deputy to Kisii governor).

"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.

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.

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.

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.

Politicians who have defected to Jubilee Party led by Francis Mwangangi (Yatta), Kisoi Munyao (Mbooni) and Victor Munyaka (Machakos Town) believe the Kamba community should take a political about-turn and support President Uhuru Kenyatta for re-election.

Defection of nine MPs raises political action in Ukambani

Rose Mukonyo | Friday, 16 Sep 2016 19:56 EAT

Their defection has also sparked a campaign by WDM party loyalists from the region who say the MPs have betrayed the wishes of their constituents.

"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"'.

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

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.

Meru governor, deputy go separate ways in 2017, joining PNU and DP

Free Press Reporter | Wednesday, 07 Sep 2016 15:46 EAT

The coming of DP into Meru has into the mix of political rivalry among the leaders with Party of National Unity (PNU) which is being fronted by Munya and Jubilee Party being fronted by Meru Senator Kiraitu Murungi.

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.

MP differs with Nyachae over push for Omogusii unity in the 2017 elections

Free Press Correspondent | Wednesday, 07 Sep 2016 14:58 EAT

“You realized that those opposed to the unity talks were never given chance to speak. A number of those who spoke are those behind the talks,” Nyamweya said.

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

While Ngilu has pumped substantial resources into her campaign, she is beset by questions at major campaign stops for her to clarify whether her party is in Jubilee or the CORD coalition.

“Out of this effort was borne the Orange Democratic Movement; Kenya’s biggest and greatest political party. The party that fought against a bad constitution in 2005 and later in 2010, fought to bring alive the good one”.

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.

While not everyone believes Thaara is a Moses, opinion is nearly unanimous in the region that Musyimi’s two terms have been a disaster. Caption - Emily Thaara, the county executive for Sports who is seeking to oust Musyimi.

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."

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.

ODM nomination panic grows as Rasanga hits out at Raila allies

Free Press Correspondent | Monday, 05 Sep 2016 18:10 EAT

“When people interfere with the eggs of a brooding hen, it will end up not hatching,” stated Rasanga to the amusement of the crowd at the Sidindi home of Ugunja MP Opiyo Wandayi.

Over 10 members of the group drawn from Muthungue in Kitui East Constituency declared that Musila was the best person for the Kitui governorship. They made their declaration during Musila’s meet-the-people tour over the weekend.

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.

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.

Keen to stamp his authority on Luyia votes, Raila returns to region he toured in July

Oscar Ndunda and Derrick Kiraka | Thursday, 01 Sep 2016 18:09 EAT

"Raila will visit Khwisero, Butere, Shinyalu, Ikolomani, Lurambi, Navakholo, Malava, Lugari and Likuyani,” said Mr Onyango in the statement, and he will also make stop overs at Emanyulia, Butere town, Sabatia, Shinyalu, Khayega, Musoli, Shisohe, Lubao, Malava, Pan Paper, Kongoni and Matunda.

Also present at the meeting was Baringo Speaker William Kamket who commended Gideon for rejecting calls to dissolve Kanu and join the Jubilee Party saying that Kanu is national unity symbol.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The MCAs say that Governor Ruto’s Chama Cha Mashinani (CCM), which currently has 38 branch offices across the country, is being funded through corruption at Bomet County government.

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.

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.

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.

Anti-riot Police had to disperse the crowds before the deputy president's arrival in the areas. The police claimed they had not been notified of the intended demo and thus had to break it as it was an unlawful assembly.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

“I don’t know where to go with all this knowledge and experience I have gained while working in this commission if you remove us. I am asking you to give this team a chance,” Letangule said.

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.

The move came a day after rebel Orange Democratic Movement legislators Ababu Namwamba and John Waluke held talks with Lusaka, who said the decision to merge with the ruling coalition was due to New Ford-Kenya's analysis of the political mood in the country.

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.

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

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.

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.

While Mutua has vigorously extended the Chap Chap gospel to the neighboring Kitui and Makueni counties, his critics within Wiper Party led by Machakos senator Johnstone Muthama have interpreted his move as a plot to spoil for Kalonzo, who is regarded as a potential flag bearer for CORD in 2017.

Giants to square it out for Kitui Governor position

Phillip Mulee | Saturday, 09 Jul 2016 23:28 EAT

As the contest heats up, Wiper Leader and CORD co-principal Kalonzo Musyoka is torn between Musila and Malombe as he sits on the fence to avoid siding with either as both are loyal party members.

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.

Ukambani leaders to watch in 2017

Mutinda Mulwa | Friday, 08 Jul 2016 11:26 EAT

The rapidly changing political landscape has also unveiled Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua, who is widely being touted as a potential challenger of Kalonzo’s dominance as the region’s political kingpin.

Cabinet Secretary Kazungu to steer Jubilee ship in Kilifi

Free Press Reporter | Friday, 08 Jul 2016 11:11 EAT

Hon. Shehe said at the iftar party that Coastal leaders want the deputy presidential position in 2022 and that they had identified Kazungu as the one to represent Coast at the high national table. “It's time for us as Coast to strategize or else we shall not go anywhere,’’ he said.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

“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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.