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Drought Response Committee Releases PayBill and Bank Account Details

The National Drought Response Steering Committee yesterday released the PayBill and bank account details that will allow Kenyans to donate cash to assist those impacted by the ongoing drought. Donations to the appeal fund can do so via: M-PESA PayBill 880990   Drought Response Committee Releases PayBill and Bank Account Details as the account number  or  National Drought Mitigation Appeal Fund  Kenya Commercial Bank ,  Riverside Branch,  ACC. NO. 1305486137 . The PayBill number applies to Safaricom's M-pesa, Airtel Money, and Telkom’s T-Kash subscribers. "We thank Kenyans and all our friends for their continued support towards this course." Said DP Rigathi Gachagua on his twitter handle. 

Cab Drivers Announce a Looming Strike

Taxi drivers who use the digital ride-hailing services Uber and Bolt have called a strike that will begin the next week in protest of what they claim are excessive commission fees levied by the companies. According to the Organization of Online Drivers, beginning Monday, drivers will stop making reservations for passengers through the two applications. The National Transport and Safety Authority (Transport Network Companies, Owners, Drivers and Passengers) Regulations, 2022, which set a cap on the commissions the companies can charge at 18% per trip, were allegedly not implemented by Uber and Bolt, according to the drivers. Instead, Little Cab, Hava Cabs, and Yego Mobility will be used to make passenger reservations, according to their chairman Justin Nyaga. Charges for Bolt and Little Cab are correspondingly 20% and 15%. While Uber reduced the commission, according to Mr. Nyaga, it violated the rules by raising its booking fee from 4% to 11% each trip, effectively negating any benefit

Ruiru Building Collapses

In Kiambu County's Ruiru Town, a five-story structure has collapsed. On Sunday afternoon, cracks were noticed on the building's pillars, and hours later, more than 100 tenants had been evacuated. Following complaints of the risk from the National Construction Authority (NCA) and the Ruiru OCPD, the rescue efforts were spearheaded on Sunday by Kiambu Governor Kimani Wamatangi and firefighters. “Tenants can no longer stay in this house because its columns- which are supposed to support it have cracked. It cannot stand for long. If not for the neighbouring house that is supporting it, it could already be down,”  Wamatangi said while leading the rescue operations on Sunday. Within a week, Kiambu has experienced two building collapses, including this one. In Ruaka, Kiambu County, another five-story structure collapsed on November 17. Two occupants were killed when a nearby house was struck by a falling building.   

World Cup chief reveals what will happen if people hold hands in Qatar

What will happen to people that hold hands throughout the competition has been disclosed by the Qatari World Cup's CEO. In the Gulf State, public expressions of affection will be permitted, according to Nasser Al Khater. "Look, we've always said that everybody is welcome here. All we ask is for people to be respectful of the culture.' he said. "Everybody is welcome here and everybody will feel safe when they come to Qatar. Everybody. But it's not me that I'm worried about. It's those ones that are messaging me. It's those people that aren't in the public eye that are scared to even be themselves and walk the streets." Many supporters are still hesitant about what they can and cannot do in the Middle East, despite Al Khater's assurances. Eight of the tournament's sites will not sell alcohol to spectators, it was declared yesterday. Additionally, there are still concerns regarding how the LGBT+ community will be received upon arriva

Is Time Travel Real?

People on Facebook have noticed a peculiar-looking man in a black-and-white 1940s photo where he seems to be using a gadget that is way too modern for the time period. According to the Sun, the mystery begins in Reykjavk, Iceland, in 1943, when the strange individual is observed around American soldiers who have been stationed during World War II. But this individual is not dressed in army fatigues. He sticks out instead because he is wearing a light-colored trench coat and is placing his hand close to his ear like a current cellphone user. It didn't take long for people on social media to weigh in and declare that the man must be a time traveler. The photo — first posted on the Icelandic Facebook group Gamlar ljósmyndir by user Kristjan Hoffmann in 2016 — was captioned: “One thing that draws attention to this  beautiful picture is that above the window, in the corner in the middle of the picture, a man is leaning and is on a cellphone.”   “I don’t know what to say, I don’t think h

Hustler Fund Update

 President William Ruto has announced that Kenyans tapping from the financial inclusion fund, popularly known as the Hustlers Fund, will obtain the funds through an online platform. Addressing the Kenya Kwanza PG on Wednesday, Ruto disclosed that there will be no committees regulating the disbursement process to allow a seamless process ahead of its expected first phase launch on November 30, 2022. "The product is going to be seamless, you will not need any committee, you do not need to know anybody and the product will be online just like M-Pesa,...I know some of you had made arrangements to form a committee for disbursing Hustler funds. Sorry I will disappoint you there will be no Hustler Fund committee," said President Ruto. The Head of State went on to note that he has already launched talks with Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) and service providers to enroll the programme online. "We are working with our MNOs and technology providers and all the mobile operators in

Convicted MP out on Bail

The Court of Appeal has granted the Sirisia MP John Waluke a Sh10 million cash bail until his appeal against the 67-year jail term he was given for a Sh297 million fraud is heard and decided. Even though Waluke claimed the government owed him Sh300 million as a result of a 2004 maize supply contract that authorities allege was fraudulent. A three-judge bench that included Justices Asike Makhandia, Grace Ngenye, and Sankale ole Kantai decided the MP's imprisonment might result in the loss of his parliamentary seat and call for a by-election. "Once [Waluke] does not attend eight consecutive sittings, then he will automatically lose his seat. On that ground, we find the application for bail has merit and is allowed,” said Judge Ngenye, who read the ruling. The judges also offered him the chance to post a bail in the amount of Sh20 million. The bail conditions are the same as those that the High Court had set. “Assuming he is heard on appeal and he succeeds, he will not be able t

Kenya Kwanza MPs Defy President's Orders

President William Ruto was disobeyed by Kenya Kwanza MPs last night when they chose to reject two of his top picks for the five party-backed candidates for the regional assembly, even though Azimio leaders Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka won with significant margins. Kenya Kwanza chose Hassan Omar, a former Mombasa senator, former MP David Sankok, former Nandi woman representative Zipporah Kering, former senator Falhadha Iman Dekow, and former URP secretary-general Fred Muteti as their preferred lineup in a meeting presided over by President Ruto on Wednesday in State House.  Mt. Kenya MPs felt that at least one of their own deserved a place in the regional parliament and were unhappy with the final five candidates chosen at State House. The President publicly endorsing the five, according to some MPs in the Kenya Kwanza camp, was also inappropriate since it upset the coalition. “Within the coalition, they should have known the favourite candidate; endorsing the five in public meant o

Qatari Authorities Ban Sale of Alcohol in Stadiums

Following last-minute negotiations, World Cup organizers in Qatar have prohibited the selling of alcohol near stadiums, FIFA reported on Friday. FIFA and Qatari organizers were involved in late negotiations over whether beer will be offered at the stadiums during the tournament, which starts on Sunday. FIFA said in a statement: "Following discussions between host country authorities and FIFA, a decision has been made to focus the sale of alcoholic beverages on the FIFA Fan Festival, other fan destinations and licensed venues, removing the sales points of beer from Qatar's FIFA World Cup 2022 stadium perimeters." While fans can buy alcohol at the authorized fan zones throughout the competition, however, the availability of beer at the actual games has generated some debate. At first glance, it seems as though FIFA and sponsors Budweiser reached an understanding to allow alcohol sales at the stadiums. After The New York Times first stated that the beer tents would be less n

Quiver Lounge Management Statement Following Viral Video of Priest Blessing the Premises

Image Courtesy of Quiver Lounge Allegations that the owners of the well-known city nightclub Quiver Lounge in Kenol, Murang'a County, invited a Catholic priest to dedicate the club have been refuted by the administration of the Quiver Lounge. General Manager Joseph Ng'ang'a of the lounge dismissed the allegations, saying that the men of cloth had come to the location to bless the mall as a whole rather than the establishment specifically. "Quiver Lounge happens to be one of the many businesses on which the new mall sits. The businesses there range from supermarkets to petrol stations, as you'd expect in any mall. Therefore, the mall owners, who also happen to be the proprietors of Nokras Hotels and Magunas supermarkets, simply sought the services of the Church in dedicating the mall to God. That's how Quiver Lounge was captured in viral videos while the priest did his thing. This was absolutely not a Quiver Lounge initiative, but that of the mall owners under w

Metropolitan Top Managers Resign in wake of Probe

 After a government audit uncovered significant irregularities, at least five top managers of the struggling Metropolitan National Sacco Ltd resigned to make room for further investigations. The departures occurred a few days after the sacco's board was dismissed and a temporary committee installed last week as a result of dismal investigation results commissioned by Commissioner of Co-operatives David Obonyo in April. According to sources, the caretaker committee would replace the managers with temporary office holders while stepping up its preparations for in-depth investigations into the earlier findings, which revealed irregularities like fictitious dividend payments, financial book manipulation, and erroneous lending. Some of the unethical practices that were revealed include Sh49 million in shady M-Pesa transfers by a single teller at the sacco's Nakuru branch and an overstatement of the institution's prime lending facility by more than Sh7 billion due to alleged disb

Former MCA jailed over fake academic papers

A former Member of County Assembly (MCA) who falsified academic credentials was sentenced to four years in prison. The Kiamwangi MCA For forging his Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) certificate, Robert Kibe Githongo was given a sentence of four years in prison or an Sh500,000 fine.  At the Milimani Anti-Corruption court, Senior Principal Magistrate Hon Peter Ooko condemned Githongo to his first offense of violating Section 347(a) of the Penal Code, with the possibility of paying a Sh500,000 fine. “Githongo was charged with making a false document namely KSCE S/No .625123 purporting it to be a genuine certificate issued by Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC). For this count, the convict is to serve two years in jail or default pay a fine of Sh250,000,” the court documents read in part. The former lawmaker was also accused of uttering a fraudulent document in violation of Penal Code section 353, which carries a comparable penalties. According to the charge sheet, on

Kenya's First Female Police Officer to get PhD Appointed as Spokesperson

In place of Bruno Shioso, who was elevated to Commandant of the National Police Training Campus in Kiganjo, Dr. Resila Atieno Onyango has been named the National Police Service spokeswoman. After 2014's Zipporah Mboroki, Resila is the second woman to hold the role of Police Service spokesman. Resila, a Senior Superintendent, held the position of Deputy Director of Planning at the Office of the Inspector General of Police before to being promoted. In 2021, she earned her doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania in the United States. She had previously worked for Interpol's regional office for East Africa as a criminal intelligence officer. In the most recent shifts announced by the interim Inspector General of Police Noor Gabow, her predecessor Shioso has taken the place of the newly appointed Police IG Japheth Koome. Philip Ndolo, who served as the college's deputy commandant, has since been transferred back to the Nairobi Police Headquarters. Manaseh Musyoka, the Cent

Andrew Kibe Spearheads Fundraising For Riggy G Impressionist

 controversial media personality Andrew Kibe started a fundraising campaign for comedian KK Mwenyewe, who is well known for his immaculate imitation of Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua. He stated in a tweet that the charity has already received over Ksh100,000 and that he is aiming to raise even more so that he may give him the money tonight. "We do another ‘blessing’ round tonight then hand over kibunda mzuri. So far we are above 1,000$ and still climbing. Every cent we collect @austintexanone will match. Our Riggy G will have his cash tonight atese mbaya!" Kibe wrote in a tweet. Just a few days prior, the TikTok phenomenon, actual name Zacharia Kariuki, stated that the governor, Johson Sakaja of Nairobi had paid his Ksh 10,900 fee arrear just before the deadline following a viral online appeal. In a social media post, he wrote; "After I posted my issue on fees, many of my fans offered to help. I want to thank Sakaja for paying my fees. Thank you and God bless you all.

CS Nominees Await Swearing In after Parliamentary Approval

The National Assembly has approved President William Ruto’s 24 Cabinet Secretary nominees, paving way for their appointment to the top Executive offices in charge of developing and implementing policy and government programmes.. The House rejected the National Assembly Committee on Appointments move to declare Tourism and Wildlife CS nominee Peninah Malonza as unsuitable for the role. The committee, which is chaired by Speaker Moses Wetang’ula, had declared Ms Malonza unsuitable, saying the former Kitui deputy governor did not show a grasp of the issues in the docket. " The nominee did not demonstrate knowledge on topical, administrative and technical issues touching on the ministry. She lacked the requisite abilities and professional experience to be approved for appointment to the office of Cabinet Secretary,” the committee said on Ms Malonza. But MPs had from Tuesday ganged up against the report, castigating the committee for what they said was unfairly targeting Ms Malonza. 

SRC Announces Job Vacancies

  The Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) has announced vacancies with up to Ksh153,000 salary.  In a notice issued by the Commission, the job vacancies range from senior officers in supply chain management, Human Resource Support Staff, clerks, secretaries, and Corporate Communications Assistants. Interested persons are advised to apply before Wednesday, November 9, 2022. Persons with disabilities, marginalized and minority groups who meet the job specifications are also encouraged to apply. According to the 2017 circular from the Ministry of Public Service, the job groups within the Commission fall under Job Group R and consist of a salary range from Ksh115,290 to Ksh153,170.  How to Access Details of the Positions. Interested candidates should log into SRC's official website   Go to the Work With Us tab and click the Careers tab. Under the Careers section, click and download the document titled 'Advertisement of Vacant positions.' How to Apply Candid

Tusker Octoberfest

  Kenya Breweries Limited (KBL)  released the dates for Tusker Oktobafest 2022 which was set to take place throughout the month of October at various locations around the country. The annual Tusker event has seen over 100 acts perform throughout the month-long event across the country. The three major events were scheduled to take place in Tamasha, Eldoret (October 8th – 9th), Jamii Executive Gardens, Mwea (October 15th– 16th), and finale event at the Ngong Racecourse, Nairobi (October 28th – 30th). The events had unique beer experiences that saw the full KBL beer portfolio on full display. There was also live entertainment stages, gaming centres, and sports contests. Among the artists that have and are set to perform include; Khaligraph Jones, Mejja, Nadia Mukami, Nyashinski among many others. The events have been graced by the next generation of Kenyan musicians, the Tusker Nexters competition finalists who have had an opportunity to showcase their talents on the national platform. S

Britain's New PM Rishi Sunak

The eldest of three siblings, Rishi Sunak was born on May 12, 1980, in Southampton to Yashvir and Usha Sunak, Hindu parents of Punjabi Indian origin who were born in Africa. His father was born and raised in the British Protectorate of Kenya (present-day Kenya), while his mother was born in Tanganyika (which is present-day part of Tanzania). His grandparents were born in Punjab province, British India, and migrated from East Africa with their families to the UK in the 1960s. Sunak went to Winchester College, a boys' independent boarding school, where he was head boy, and Stroud School, a prep school in Romsey, Hampshire. During his summer vacation, he worked as a waiter at a curry restaurant in Southampton. He earned a first-class degree in 2001 after studying Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) at Lincoln College in Oxford. He worked as an intern at the Conservative Campaign Headquarters while he was a student. In 2006, he gained an MBA from Stanford University, where he was

Gachagua: We Are Ready To Work With Him, But We Don't Understand Him

  President William Ruto, Dp Rigathi Gachagua and CS Nominee Alfred Mutua  When asked about Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka joining President William Ruto's Kenya Kwanza coalition, Deputy President responded that he is welcome but difficult to work with. On Sunday, when in Kitui for a ceremony of thanksgiving, DP Gachagua stated that they had attempted to persuade Kalonzo to leave the opposition but had been unsuccessful since he had been irresponsive to their requests. The DP was responding to Machakos Governor Wavinya Ndeti's request for President William Ruto to include Kalonzo in his administration and give him a position. Gachagua went on to describe the running-mate interviews for Azimio la Umoja that were conducted in May 2022, asserting that Kalonzo was humiliated but still chose to support Azimio. Kalonzo Musyoka with Azimio Presidential Candidate, Raila Odinga He also used Kalonzo's appearance at the Mashujaa Day festivities last week as an example, saying that


  Wafula Chebukati, Immediate former Iebc Chairperson  Wafula Chebukati's position as chairman of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) is vacant, as announced by President William Ruto. The President also declared vacancies for two other commissioners, Boya Molu and Abdi Guliye, whose terms expire in January 2023, in a Gazette Notice dated October 22, 2022. "Now, therefore, in the exercise of the powers conferred to me, I William Samoei Ruto, President of the Republic of Kenya notify of impending vacancies in the aforementioned positions," Ruto stated.  According to the IEBC Act, the President must publish a gazette notice announcing the vacancies six months before the mandates of the commissioners expire. For the purpose of choosing the chairperson or member of the commission, he must also appoint a panel of seven people.