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  • Anti-graft agencies must speak with one voice

    3 years ago
    The war on graft in high places was always going to be a tough one — and that is why President Uhuru Kenyatta's direct intervention was essential in ensuring significant headway is made on this front.
  • Blatter’s out, so should corrupt football bosses

    3 years ago
    After months of stubbornly hanging onto his coveted seat, Fifa President Sepp Blatter finally agreed to step down. But this was not until a worldwide outcry greeted his re-election last week. He was always going to find it difficult to serve a fifth term in office.
  • Kenya should not be terrorists playground

    3 years ago
    As if to prove their disdain for our sovereignty, Al Shabaab militants from Somalia struck at Yumbis in Garissa County towards the end of May.
  • Image crisis at the IEBC needs more than a casual facelift

    3 years ago
    The latest opinion poll on public perception of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) must necessarily push the top management of the electoral body to the drawing table to devise a strategy of winning greater public confidence.
  • It's season of reckoning at Fifa, what about FKF?

    3 years ago
    The United States-led onslaught on runaway corruption inside football’s world governing body Fifa offers a ray of hope to many nations unable to rein in their national associations.
  • Let cheaper electricity light up rural homes

    3 years ago
    While commissioning the national schools electrification and the Last Mile Connectivity projects in Machakos County on Wednesday, President Uhuru Kenyatta announced that Kenya Power had slashed the cost of electricity connection to the national grid from Sh35,000 to Sh15,000.
  • Tribe to blame for corruption, greed

    3 years ago
    The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has been under the scrutiny of the public eye recently. This is a result of the unending corruption in the Kenyan government.
  • Enlighten Kenyans over status of terror investigations

    3 years ago
    There were two incursions into the country by the Al-Shabaab that should leave us mortified by their bold actions and make us question the ease with which this band of ruthless killers is able to get in and out of the country.
  • Resolve teachers’ health cover row

    3 years ago
    Rival teachers’ unions have clashed over an improved medical cover for their more than 280,000 members worth Sh5.9 billion.
  • She won the fight and finished the race

    3 years ago
    Today is a historic day in Kenya, a big day for Africa. Fortunately, this day is made great not by a political event, but by the selfless devotion of a nun, to the service of humanity. Her deeds of charity, many decades ago, have turned world attention on Kenya.
  • Poor planning, encroachment contribute to flood crisis

    3 years ago
    Last week’s raging floods in the Kenyan capital — the worse in recent memory — demonstrated just how low we have sunk as a nation when we displayed for the umpteenth time how ill-prepared we are to handle natural disasters.
  • Stem the shameful tide of cholera deaths

    3 years ago
    The latest cholera outbreak that has so far claimed over 50 lives and left nearly 2,000 people affected should trigger a multi-faceted approach to tackle the disease once and for all.
  • ERC should stop serving oil traders

    3 years ago
    For several days motorists in Nairobi and other parts of the country have had to contend with a shortage of fuel.
  • Security agencies have dropped the ball, once again

    3 years ago
    State security agencies have dropped the ball. Again. And this time round, more than 60 Kenyans have been killed in the most barbaric of ways by cattle rustlers. Women, children, toddlers and the unborn were butchered.
  • Police vetting exposes the rot fueling insecurity

    3 years ago
    The ongoing police vetting has exposed serious flaws and shortcomings in a critical service supposed to maintain security and deter attacks on Kenyans.
  • NHIF must assure Kenyans of accountability

    3 years ago
    Misgivings abound over the revised National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) deductions that became effective last month after a long legal tussle.
  • One-third gender rule calls for more women participation

    3 years ago
    Ainabkoi Member of Parliament and chairman of the parliamentary Justice and Legal Affairs committee Samwel Chepkonga last week introduced a constitutional amendment bill that seeks to suspend the clause on the one-third gender rule in elective representation.
  • Cabinet must reaffirm its commitment to serve Kenyans

    3 years ago
    President Uhuru Kenyatta reshuffled his Cabinet last week bringing on board two new faces just as his administration was marking its second year in office and at a time his approval rating was beginning to slip.
  • Corruption: MPs must be objective in debate

    3 years ago
    The list of individuals handed over to the Speakers of Parliament by President Uhuru Kenyatta during his State of the Nation address last week has drawn mixed reactions from different quarters.
  • Kenya: Yes, go after the bandits, but after proper planning

    3 years ago
    While the Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinett was on a tour of duty in Baringo County last week to assess the security situation, a secondary school student was killed by bandits only a few metres away from the venue where the security meeting was being held.
  • Kenya's Corruption: Too much time spent on talk, now walk the talk

    3 years ago
    The dust is beginning to settle on President Uhuru Kenyatta's much-acclaimed State of the Nation address last week. The overriding message to the corrupt cartels operating in high offices was that their time is up.
  • Kenya right to protest travel advisories

    3 years ago
    Last week, Australia alerted Kenya of the possibility of a terrorist attack on the country. The Australian embassy in Nairobi warned its citizens from visiting Nairobi and Mombasa only two days after the United States embassy in Uganda warned of possible attacks in Kampala in areas frequented by foreigners.
  • Decadence among Kenya's leaders quite worrying

    3 years ago
    Smarting from startling revelations of high-level corruption, two scandals this week sum up how low the bad behaviour of our elected leaders in Parliament has sunk.
  • Nairobi Kenya: Rethink new city traffic control proposals

    3 years ago
    Under the newly launched traffic management and control measures announced last week, it is a huge relief to motorists that five roundabouts along Uhuru Highway will be removed to ease traffic flow in the city.
  • Kenya: Time to crack the whip on corrupt State officers is now

    3 years ago
    Through Executive Order No 6 of March 2015, President Uhuru Kenyatta put all the corrupt Government functionaries on notice.
  • Review travel advisories, they are hurting Kenya consider a review

    3 years ago
    For the better part of 2014, the Al-Shabaab militia group operating from neighbouring Somalia subjected Kenya to terrorist attacks that left many bewildered and put the police and other security agencies in bad stead from their apparent inability to contain them.
  • Kenya's Energy Regulator must come clean on erratic pump prices

    3 years ago
    Even as crude oil prices continue to plummet on the international market, the Energy Regulatory commission (ERC) has baffled many Kenyans by recently increasing the price of petrol, diesel and kerosene when further cuts were expected.
  • Tame Kenya's Majority Leader Aden Duale's reckless tongue

    3 years ago
    Mr Aden Duale, the Member of Parliament for Garissa Township and the Leader of Majority in the National Assembly is no stranger to controversy, and actually seems to derive pleasure from it.
  • PSC cannot abdicate responsibility to Cabinet Secretaries

    3 years ago
    Following the promulgation of the Constitution in 2010, the appointment of Cabinet Secretaries, formerly referred to as Ministers was de-linked from the Legislature as was the case previously.
  • Nema looks the other way as Nairobians inhale deadly gases

    3 years ago
    Driving on Mombasa Road in Nairobi, between the South B turn-off and Imara Daima Estate, one’s nostrils are often assailed by a foul, pungent and often nauseating smell. This is prevalent especially over the weekends and in the early evenings on weekdays.
  • Kenya: New rules for boda-boda operators welcome

    3 years ago
    For quite a long time, the boda-boda industry has operated without controls, the result of which has been injury, death and the gift of special wards at hospitals to cater to the many victims of accidents caused by careless riders.
  • Explore other options before hiving off forest

    3 years ago
    There are plans by the Member of Parliament for Eldama Ravine, Moses Lessonet, to carve 100 acres off the Narasha Forest, which forms part of the Mau Water Complex, to construct a school. According to the MP, all that remains now is approval from the Kenya Forest Service.
  • Fertiliser: Punish middlemen taking advantage of farmers

    3 years ago
    Reports have emerged of unscrupulous traders using proxies to buy fertiliser from the National Cereals and Produce Board depots at a low price only to sell it to farmers at double the price.
  • Knut's objection to fee guidelines unconvincing

    3 years ago
    The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) has written to Education Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi challenging him on the fee guidelines that he issued to secondary schools last week.
  • Go beyond rations to address perennial food insecurity

    3 years ago
    A report released on Monday by Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru on the state of the country's current drought and food security situation in the arid and semi-arid land counties paints a dismal picture of the suffering citizens in these areas.
  • Politicising learning institutions is wrong

    3 years ago
    In June 2013, Senator Isaac Melly of Uasin Gishu County demanded that the Vice Chancellor of the University of Eldoret, Teresia Akenga, be removed to pave way for a new appointment to be conducted by the County Government.
  • For cholera, prevention always better than cure

    3 years ago
    Last week, a cholera outbreak was reported in Homa Bay and Migori Counties where at least nine people have been reported dead while over 80 have been hospitalised with acute diarrhoea.
  • Matatu operators ought to pass fuel benefit to consumers

    3 years ago
    The Energy Regulatory Commission announced further cuts in fuel prices last week.
  • Cracking Swiss accounts no easy task for EACC

    3 years ago
    Leaked information by a disgruntled employee of a Swiss bank on a number of secret numbered accounts operated by foreigners made news last week.
  • Nigeria proves you can hold protests without violence

    3 years ago
    A picture of protesters expressing their disaffection with the decision by the Independent National Electoral Commission of Nigeria to postpone elections due to fears of insecurity captured the attention of global news readers on Monday.
  • MPs ought to show leadership in chambers

    3 years ago
    Parliament resumed its sittings yesterday after the December recess which came soon after the chaotic debate on the Security Laws (Amendment) Act 2014.
  • Step up awareness campaign to stem cancer wave

    3 years ago
    Today marks the annual cancer day. The Union of International Cancer Control has an ambitious plan to reduce global cancer cases by 2020. Despite this, cancer cases are on the rise in Kenya. According to the 2014 Kenya Economic Survey, cancer is the third leading cause of death in the country.
  • Save maize farmers agony of searching for buyers

    3 years ago
    The management of Kenya's staple grain, maize, has become a problem and source of headache to the farmers who grow it.
  • Unions should leave private schools alone

    3 years ago
    Some officials of the two main teachers' unions were yesterday quoted in the press demanding that private schools also be closed so that learning stops in the whole country and not only in public schools.
  • Allow courts to provide direction on police laws

    3 years ago
    The High Court in Nairobi temporarily halted implementation of some clauses of the Security Laws (Amendment) Act, 2014, preparing ground for the Supreme Court to determine whether or not some provisions of this law are unconstitutional.
  • ERC price cuts handing oil cartels huge profits

    3 years ago
    Last week, the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) cut fuel prices by about 3 per cent.
  • Politicians must not be allowed to stifle innovation

    3 years ago
    Equity Bank’s planned entry into the cash-rich telecoms sector has been long in the works and a move Kenyans should toast to.
  • High cost of education widens gap between rich and poor

    3 years ago
    Every start of year is always a nightmare for parents with school-going children – particularly due to the high cost of education.
  • Remember to stay safe over Christmas

    3 years ago
    It is less than 72 hours to Christmas – that special day to a majority of Kenyans.
  • Security calls for true and sober leadership

    3 years ago
    After yesterday’s acrimony in Parliament over the contentious Security Laws (Amendement) Bill, 2014, we urge President Uhuru Kenyatta to offer leadership to the country. The President must now unite Kenyans in the fight against insecurity and terrorism.
  • Change of tact needed in the fight against FGM

    3 years ago
    For the better part of this month, the media has been full of stories detailing the extent of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in the country.
  • State should make good its promise on education

    3 years ago
    Early last month, the Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Belio Kipsang gave parents reason to smile when he re-affirmed the Government’s commitment to paying examination fee for all Standard Eight and Form Four students in Government-sponsored schools starting next year.
  • Secure public servants in troubled regions

    3 years ago
    The Government’s announcement that it will not approve transfer requests from over 100 teachers in Mandera County has drawn varied reactions.
  • TV digital migration calls for sobriety, patience

    3 years ago
    Last week, the Media Council of Kenya requested the Government for a five-month extension of the digital migration date, which had been set to commence on December 31, 2014.
  • Kenyans deserve to know how KDF troops are doing in Somalia

    3 years ago
    That insecurity across Kenya is a major challenge is not in dispute. In fact, the spate of insecurity has gone so high that ‘ordinary’ crime seems to be taking the back burner in public conversations.
  • Change tack in fight against terrorism

    3 years ago
    The Government now has a perfect opportunity to overhaul the security system to combat terrorism and emerging forms of crime.
  • Afya House must be at centre of providing direction in health matters

    3 years ago
    A recent health survey commissioned by the Standard Group indicates high awareness levels about the deadly Ebola virus.
  • Ensure integrity while issuing passports

    3 years ago
    The Immigration Department has suspended issuance of passports in its offices at Eldoret, Nakuru, Garissa and Embu offices, sparking fury from residents.
  • Maintain vigilance to ward off Ebola

    3 years ago
    It comes as a welcome relief that the ten Kenyans who had been quarantined in Sierra Leone following an outbreak of the highly contagious Ebola have been declared free from the viral disease.
  • Check social media 'terrorism' before it gets out of hand

    3 years ago
    The country awoke to news of the death of Homa Bay Senator Otieno Kajwang on Wednesday.
  • State must act now to check food wastage

    3 years ago
    Early this month, when Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Felix Koskei issued licences to some individuals to import sugar ostensibly to cover a deficit in the local market, claims emerged that the Government had also issued licences for the importation of 60,000 tonnes of maize from Tanzania when there was no need to do so.
  • Marathon is breeding ground for world beaters

    3 years ago
    The annual Standard Chartered Marathon has turned out to be the launching pad for Kenya’s athletes to international honours.
  • County askaris should desist from using crude weapons

    3 years ago
    The animosity between county askaris, small-scale traders and hawkers cross the country predates devolution.
  • Civil Service far from reformed even with new laws

    3 years ago
    The coming into effect of a new Constitution renewed hope among the public that injustice, corruption, unfair treatment, and abuse of power by public officers would slowly become a thing of the past.
  • Review burden of tax in tea sector

    3 years ago
    Tea farmers have been uneasy in the past one year due to low returns from the crop.
  • MPs should not get additional CDF money

    3 years ago
    When the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) was rolled out, Kenyans were hopeful that after decades of skewed distribution of the national cake, justice would be done.
  • Let's celebrate the oil find, but let integrity guide sharing it

    3 years ago
    If Kenya continues to strike more oil like it is doing now, the early going will be good. With the announcement that the country is sitting on an additional 3.3 billion barrels in reserves, the future could not look any better.
  • Karen land saga a stark reminder of dark past

    3 years ago
    Once again Kenyans are being treated to scenes of accusations and counter-accusations regarding corruption that have predictably taken a political twist.
  • Devolution and the paradox of absentee doctors

    4 years ago
    Research institute Ipsos released an opinion poll finding on Wednesday that showed many Kenyans support doctors, nurses and clinical officers in their demand for increased remuneration, commensurate with the work they do.
  • Step up guard against deadly Ebola virus now

    4 years ago
    President Uhuru Kenyatta should take the lead in sensitising Kenyans on the need to up the nation’s guard against the deadly Ebola virus. This will trigger a successful sensitisation campaign in all entry points and health facilities to ensure the virus does not find its way into the country.
  • Nairobi fire fighters' response to disasters badly wanting

    4 years ago
    Three separate fires occurring in Nairobi on Wednesday evening have helped to highlight the inadequacies of the Nairobi county government when it comes to dealing with fires in the city.
  • Varsity students' loutish behaviour unacceptable

    4 years ago
    Not too long ago, acquiring a university education bestowed on one and one's family an automatic elevated status and guaranteed not just employment but respect as well.
  • Mr President, adherence to law will solve impasse with MPs

    4 years ago
    The stand-off between the Executive and the Legislature over the right and legality to summon Cabinet secretaries before Parliament descended into near farce yesterday when two Cabinet secretaries vanished into thin air in Parliament Buildings.
  • Rethink new order on vehicle inspection

    4 years ago
    Road safety has become a priority of the Jubilee government, judging by the numerous measures being put in place to make driving on Kenyan roads a pleasant and safe experience.
  • Extra-judicial killings call for policing reforms

    4 years ago
    Only a day after the Independent Police Oversight Authority report that put the police in bad light was handed to the Inspector General of Police, three people were gunned down by regular police officers in Kangemi, Nairobi.
  • Interpol’s Environmental Crime Team needs political goodwill

    4 years ago
    The International Police (Interpol) this week announced it had formed a team to help fight the poaching menace that has seen elephant and rhino populations go down significantly over the last few years in the country.
  • Why it might be necessary to dissolve Makueni County Government

    4 years ago
    In what could be ranked as a first in Kenyan politics under the new devolved system of governance, Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana has not only called for the dissolution of the county government he heads but has gone a step further and started a signature-collection exercise to trigger the suspension of the government.
  • Mpeketoni mess calls for central police command

    4 years ago
    The Independent Police Oversight Authority (IPOA) has released a report that singles out the Police Service for censure, having failed to provide adequate security to the residents of Lamu County even after the National Intelligence Service (NIS) provided enough intelligence reports for the police to act on in an effort to forestall terrorist attacks.
  • End this circus and deliver justice to victims and suspects of PEV

    4 years ago
    I simply don’t get it! And it is easy for me to explain away my ignorance — I am a layman. Fact. In my attempts to navigate the contours of law, I sound ridiculous to a lot of my lawyer friends.
  • Exploit Kenya's status as middle income economy

    4 years ago
    Kenya rebased its economy last week, which in layman’s language means recalculating the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) — the total value of goods produced and services provided in a country in one year.
  • Gagging police officers belongs to bygone era

    4 years ago
    The determination by some Government institutions to ride roughshod over the media and ensure journalists do not get first-hand information from sources on the ground has received a boost from the latest declaration by Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo that he is the de facto spokesman of the Police Service.
  • Behavioural change only way to halt road carnage

    4 years ago
    Separately in Nyeri and Vihiga counties this week, traffic policemen had to literally flee from angry locals who accused the officers of soliciting for bribes from motorists and consequently paralysing business at centres close to where they set up mobile traffic courts.
  • How Kaparo can make his Second Coming worthwhile

    4 years ago
    The task before Francis Kaparo, the new Chairman of the National Cohesion and Integration Commission, is an enormous one and will not only require focus, but serious dedication to duty.
  • Mutual respect between Judiciary, Senate can end row

    4 years ago
    Over the last few months, there has been growing bad blood between the Senate and the Judiciary.
  • Education is still too costly for majority of poor families

    4 years ago
    Deputy President William Ruto has expressed concern at the high number of students who drop out of school in the arid and semi-arid areas of Kenya.
  • Something to cheer about from the august House

    4 years ago
    Bureti Member of Parliament Leonard Sang has proposed to table a Motion in Parliament that will obligate the Government to fund the treatment of serious diseases that include cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure and other terminal illnesses.
  • Westgate: Let's salute those who risked life and limb

    4 years ago
    The common narrative that has come out of the painful memories of last year's Westgate Mall terror attack on September 21, 2013 was that several brave police officers, reservists and KDF soldiers responded to a very grave situation. Many arrived at the mall without the faintest idea of the enormity of the task that awaited them.
  • Do more to avert possible entry of Ebola into the country

    4 years ago
    The threat of the hemorrhagic Ebola fever finding its way into the country is something that the government appears not to have taken quite seriously.
  • Poor party leadership not good for democracy

    4 years ago
    Our political parties' leadership is a reflection of the national leadership. A lack of democracy within parties denotes a similar lack at the national level.
  • Eldoret peace ceremony a pointer to way forward

    4 years ago
    Seven years after the ignominy of the 2007/08 post-election violence, two communities that were violently up against each other have chosen to bury the hatchet.
  • Capital Gains Tax: Give to Caesar what belongs to

    4 years ago
    In the New Testament, Jesus exhorts Christians "to give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar". Some 2,000 years later, this message still has a heavy bearing.
  • Is anyone in Government taking hunger threat seriously?

    4 years ago
    When Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Felix Koskei confidently assures Kenyans that the country has enough food supplies to meet everybody’s needs, few can take him seriously.
  • Unsettling signs from Judiciary call for CJ's firm leadership

    4 years ago
    Some curious revelations have been coming out of the office of the Chief Justice in the last one week.
  • Information sharing over the Ebola threat critical

    4 years ago
    The forecast by medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres that he current outbreak of Ebola in West Africa will take about six months to control, calls for a re-look at our national psyche and strategies.
  • Bad government policies hampering progress

    4 years ago
    The life of an average Kenyan today is worse off than it was a decade ago. This is what the United Nations (UN) says in its Human Development Index Report, 2014.
  • Do not politicise Mau Forest evictions

    4 years ago
    Kenya has made great strides in recent years in slowing deforestation and protecting water catchment areas, leading to a rise in water levels in many rivers and important water and fish sources such as Lake Naivasha.
  • CAK should make quick ruling on Safaricom-Equity conflict

    4 years ago
    As the country moves to liberalise its business environment, drawing lines between what sector-specific regulatory authorities like the Communications Authority of Kenya (CAK) can do and giving them the authority to execute their mandate is of paramount importance.
  • State must act to tame frequency of road accidents

    4 years ago
    Kenyan roads have become notoriously dangerous. The World Health Organisation (WHO) says in its 2013 Global Status Report on Road Safety that the annual official figure for road traffic deaths in Kenya stands at 3,000 but adds that the figure could be as high as 8,500.
  • Political goodwill can end referendum push

    4 years ago
    Even though the President has pointed out that the country does not need a referendum at this point in time, we cannot lose sight of the fact that the Government's stand on vital national issues is the sole reason why the country finds itself at a crossroads.
  • Enhance flood preparedness to avert disasters

    4 years ago
    Climate change experts have yet again issued a warning that towards the end of the year, the eastern and southern regions of Africa could experience heavy rainfall and called on Governments in the region to put in place measures that can mitigate the ravages of the expected flooding in most areas.
  • Lest we forget; millions could die of hunger

    4 years ago
    While the country is deeply engrossed in the unfolding, yet unending drama of politics and the matter of illegal land acquisition at the coast, the pangs of hunger and a drought that appear not to have registered with the political elite continue to claim lives.
  • With improved relations, Kenya stands to benefit from Agoa

    4 years ago
    The on-going Africa Growth and Opportunity Act meeting currently underway in Washington DC offers a golden chance for African countries to mend relationships that have weakened over a period of time with the United States.
  • Politicisation of land issues is detrimental

    4 years ago
    Events playing out in the public following last week's revocation of title deeds in Lamu County by the President are a pointer to a society going awry.
  • Bill to control MCAs' conduct timely, necessary

    4 years ago
    A Bill sponsored by Senator Kithure Kindiki seeking to regulate the conduct of Members of County Assemblies through legislation, is a move in the right direction.
  • Security key as schools gather for festivals

    4 years ago
    Starting next week, Mombasa town is set to host two major events that will put it in the national limelight.
  • Consequences of electoral choice starting to bite?

    4 years ago
    The Government's look-East policy has had its fair share of negative effects on a country that has, since independence, shared its socio-political and economic ties with the West, notably the US and Britain.
  • We all have a role in fight against crime

    4 years ago
    There is a significant appreciation of the challenges our security agencies confront on daily basis in the fight against petty and organised crime. These challenges are both internal in terms of poor equipment and low morale and external in regard to new crime trends which are fluid and difficult to detect let alone defuse.
  • China rethinks the death penalty

    4 years ago
    Last month, China’s Supreme People’s Court overturned the death sentence of a woman who brutally killed and dismembered her husband.
  • Please, don't hate Hillary Clinton

    4 years ago
    Lawyers represent clients. Criminal defence lawyers represent clients accused of crimes — sometimes horrible, evil clients accused of heinous crimes.
  • As we secure Somalia, who will protect us from the enemy within?

    4 years ago
    Yet again, Kenya woke up to the gruesome news that criminals had once more killed over 20 people on Saturday night.
  • Matiang'i order on State advertising horribly out of order

    4 years ago
    Cabinet Secretary for Information, Communication and Technology Fred Matiang’i has directed all Government ministries, State corporations, foreign missions and county governments to submit their advertisements to the newly-formed Government Advertising Unit in a bid to cut down on cost. According to Dr Matiang’i, advertising online using the Government portal would cut costs by more than half.
  • Demand fiscal discipline from all public leaders

    4 years ago
    Wednesday, Senate Speaker Ekwe Ethuro opened a training session for county leaders. The talks centred mostly on the role of the Members of County Assemblies.
  • Adopt proposed fees to lift heavy burden on parent

    4 years ago
    The task force set up to review secondary school fees following a public outcry from parents last year has come up with tentative proposals that, if implemented, could alleviate the fee burden on parents.
  • State fiddling as more Kenyans lose lives

    4 years ago
    Amid all the assurances that security has been beefed up from the Inspector General of Police and the Cabinet secretary in charge of security, people continue to be murdered.
  • IEBC must up its game as country prepares for next polls

    4 years ago
    The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission seeks to reclaim its lost glory by conducting credible by-elections lined up this year after successful petitions against the manner in which the 2013 elections were conducted.
  • Security situation calls for tough measures

    4 years ago
    A lot of attention is being paid to the activities of the Al Shabaab that other incidences that threaten national security and peace have largely been ignored by those in authority.
  • Crackdown on 'hate' not enough, we must fix the politics

    4 years ago
    The order by the Director of Public Prosecutions that 18 politicians record statements over utterances made in the recent past is commendable.
  • Security key to keeping UN office in the country

    4 years ago
    Kenya has been chosen by the United Nations to host all its member states starting from today. The purpose of the meeting is to inaugurate the United Nations Environment assembly which is part of the United Nations Environmental Programme (Unep).
  • Disagree if you must, but agree on security

    4 years ago
    It is now 16 years since the US Embassy and Ufundi House in Nairobi were bombed by terrorists, and one would be forgiven for concluding that our leaders have not learned any useful lessons from such attacks which have grown in frequency and relentlessness.
  • Rising insecurity hurting country’s economy

    4 years ago
    They were asking us what religion we professed, recounted a survivor of the Mpeketoni massacre, they then shot those who were not of their religion.
  • Delay of Health Bill slowing sector’s reforms

    4 years ago
    The Ministry of Health has appealed to the National Assembly and the Senate to stop discussions on a number of Bills until the government can present an all-inclusive proposal.
  • Editorial: Senseless killing of Muslim leaders must stop

    4 years ago
    An assassin’s bullet has felled a moderate Muslim cleric who advocated for peace, national cohesion and denounced spirited attempts to radicalise Muslim youths in the country.
  • Editorial: Probe claims of police excesses in swoops

    4 years ago
    Residents of Eastleigh have raised complaints of harassment and intimidation against the police and linked the force with actions that undermine government efforts to fight rampant crime and terrorism.
  • Time for nation to seek healing and reconciliation

    4 years ago
    The National Council of Churches of Kenya has taken the initiative to bring warring political factions together through the Pamoja Conference being held at Nairobi’s Safari Park Hotel.
  • Editorial: Let MPs do their work freely, but with honour

    4 years ago
    It is apparent from the goings-on in the august House that legislators have lost direction. They are lashing out in all directions just to kick at something.
  • Now is time to exorcise Anglo Leasing ghost once and for all

    4 years ago
    If it were a child, the Anglo Leasing rip off would be a teenager today. The ghosts of this mega scandal have been with us for far too long and must be exorcised for good.
  • National conference may be good for Jubilee

    4 years ago
    On Madaraka Day, President Uhuru Kenyatta welcomed the idea of a national dialogue on matters of national importance.
  • Education levy would burden taxpayers

    4 years ago
    The Kenya National Union of Teachers Secretary General is proposing a new levy on taxpayers to meet the costs of education.
  • Political sycophancy in Jubilee a dangerous trend

    4 years ago
    National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale mobilised Jubilee MPs yesterday to meet the President in a bid to plug the hole that party disunity has created.
  • Uhuru must reject MPs’ bid to politicise Cabinet

    4 years ago
    Some MPs want the Constitution amended to ensure all Cabinet secretaries are elected MPs. This would all be very well if their motive was altruistic. However, the reasons they give for their proposal are self-serving.
  • Security lapse by police may be costly

    4 years ago
    A report appearing in yesterday’s issue of this newspaper highlighting how members of the Kenya Police Service were hired to escort an unidentified white woman to visit Kenya Defence Force soldiers in Ras Kamboni, Somalia is quite disturbing.
  • Editorial: Government must go beyond the usual rhetoric

    4 years ago
    Kenya celebrated its 51st Madaraka Day Sunday, capped by an address from the President listing his regime’s achievements and his goals for the remainder of his term.
  • Editorial: Police did well to guard CORD rally

    4 years ago
    Many things will be said about Saturday’s Coalition for Reforms and Democracy welcome rally for leader Raila Odinga at Uhuru Park, Nairobi.
  • Accord Raila decorum and respect

    4 years ago
    Former Prime Minister and CORD leader Raila Odinga is back home after a break in the US lasting almost three months. His supporters and detractors alike felt his long absence from the political scene.
  • Challenges point to nation’s dire need for leadership

    4 years ago
    The Democrats, said P.J O’Rourke, are the party that says government will make you smarter, taller, richer and remove the crabgrass on your lawn.
  • Diversify sources of power to end outages

    4 years ago
    Last Monday, the country experienced a blackout that lasted for over three hours. A reported system malfunction at the Coast region triggered the power outage across the country.
  • Empower police service to bolster war on crime

    4 years ago
    Modernisation of the Kenya Police Service is a prerequisite to enhancing security and fighting crime that appears to be on an upswing.
  • Swoops not best way to address insecurity

    4 years ago
    As much as we appreciate police efforts to beat back the wave of crime and terrorism in the country, these efforts must be done within the confines of the law to avoid antagonising the citizenry.
  • Stronger shilling key to boost slowing economy

    4 years ago
    Last week’s depreciation of the Kenyan shilling against the international hard currencies after a long period of stability is a source of worry and concern to many.
  • Malawi poll another stain on Africa

    4 years ago
    The outcome of the Malawi General Election characterises a malady that afflicts electoral processes in Africa. Having started off on the wrong footing, the resultant chaos compelled the incumbent President Joyce Banda to declare the elections null and void.
  • Allow leaders to work, then hold them accountable

    4 years ago
    The last week has been one of heightened political temperatures. From the move by MPs to sign a petition for impeachment of Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru to the disappearance and subsequent resurfacing of Embu Speaker Kariuki Mate, it has been a fairly emotive week.
  • Treat judges due to retire with respect

    4 years ago
    Transitions are not easy to manage and so it is that when senior Government officers near the end of their careers, uncertainty sets in.
  • Hold it right there, this is what Marriage Act says

    4 years ago
    When Parliament passed the new Marriage Act, there was heated debate on its pros and cons. The mainstream and social media too, were abuzz with Kenyans speaking of the doors closed or opened by the proposed law. Indeed, Attorney General Githu Muigai came out guns blazing and accused the media of sensationalising the issue and fuelling several ‘untruths’ about what was then the Marriage Bill.
  • State, students could have spared city ugly scenes

    4 years ago
    While issuing a strike threat to protest an increase in university fees, student leaders warned motorists to keep off certain key roads within Nairobi and even had the audacity to ask motorists to leave their vehicles at home.
  • Lack of equipment made Mandera attack possible

    4 years ago
    An ambush in Mandera left at least 14 people dead; two civilians, two regular police and ten police reservists.
  • Editorial: Give all fair chance in State appointments

    4 years ago
    Never has the transfer of a public servant in President Uhuru Kenyatta’s young presidency attracted so much attention as the redeployment of Kiplimo Rugut, the immediate Director-General of the National Youth Service.
  • Editorial: Mr President, get the country back on track

    4 years ago
    Wise leaders surround themselves with experts in various fields, including those whose only responsibility is to keep them properly informed on current affairs. President Uhuru Kenyatta has many experts around him, so he is no doubt aware of all the tragedies that have occurred across the country over the last few weeks.
  • IEBC needs self-examination, not self-praise

    4 years ago
    One year and two months after conducting elections under the 2010 Constitution, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) meets in Mombasa this week to conduct a postmortem on the way it conducted the 2013 General Election.
  • Petitions: Let the wheels of justice roll

    4 years ago
    Barely 24 hours after his election was nullified, Dr Evans Kidero was back in office Wednesday. The Supreme Court had stayed the Court of Appeal’s decision to annul his election as the Governor of Nairobi.
  • Let Nema explain cause of air pollution in city

    4 years ago
    The air in Nairobi is polluted. Not as bad in some China cities, says the World Health Organisation, but all indications are that it could get worse as more people move to the city and more industries are set up and the middle class buys more cars.