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Keep off alcohol on election eve, Vijana na Uhuru tell Murang'a youth

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Keep off alcohol on election eve, Vijana na Uhuru tell Murang'a youth

- Youths countrywide have been asked to abstain from alcohol and other addictive substances on election day eve to ensure they cast their votes. The Vijana na UhuRuto caravan has also asked youths to re-elect President Uhuru Kenyatta in the August 8 polls. "We are travelling across the country pushing for the Uhuru's re-election because we believe he has the best agenda for our nation," Wambui Nyutu told residents in Murang'a on Saturday

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Places: Kenya |  Africa |  Sub-Saharan |  E. Africa |  Central |  Murang'a |  Kiharu |  Muranga | 

Don’t let us down, NASA tells Western as vote hunt enters the homestretch

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Don’t let us down, NASA tells Western as vote hunt enters the homestretch

- The National Super Alliance has pleaded with the electorate in Western region to turn up in large numbers and vote for its presidential candidate Raila Odinga. NASA principals Raila, Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetang’ula said the region’s over 1.9 million voters have the potential to decide who wins the next election, but it often only casts up to 70 per cent of the votes

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Tags: Elections |  Political Parties |  Voters |  Votes |  Party Politics | 
Places: Kenya |  Africa |  Sub-Saharan |  E. Africa | 

Cyrus Jirongo: I’ll pay my debts before seeking your vote

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Cyrus Jirongo: I’ll pay my debts before seeking your vote

- There are only two things he is afraid of in life: failure and flying on a plane. His fear of flying is rooted on the uncertainty of hanging in the sky with no ‘garage’ in case things go wrong. His fear of failure; he says, is what has nudged him to take up leadership positions, and fight by any means necessary to succeed

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Weston Hotel cholera victims discharged from Nairobi Hospital

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Weston Hotel cholera victims discharged from Nairobi Hospital

- At least ten doctors who contracted cholera from Weston Hotel last week have been discharged from Nairobi Hospital. They were discharged on Saturday and Sunday to go recuperate at home, but at least two patients who were undergoing dialysis are still hospitalised. The Star also established the 18 of 25 culture tests returned positive results for cholera. The culture method most recommended test for diagnosis of cholera because it isolates and grows Vibrio cholerae bacteria

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Jubilee, Kanu supporters clash during campaigns in Baringo

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Jubilee, Kanu supporters clash during campaigns in Baringo

- Jubilee and Kanu supporters clashed during a rally led by Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago in Baringo on Saturday. Kanu supporters stormed the event at Kabarnet High School chanting 'Kanu juu' and 'Gideon Moi tosha' as they wagged the party symbol of one finger. Those from Jubilee tore placards bearing Senator Gideon Moi's image. Anti-riot police arrested those who disrupted the event even as some shouted "Jubilee is a buried democracy"

Places: Kenya |  Rift Valley |  Baringo |  Baringo Central |  Kabarnet | 

Manhunt launched after thugs break into Governor Mvurya's press office

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Manhunt launched after thugs break into Governor Mvurya's press office

- Police in Kwale are looking for burglars who broke into the governor's press office on Friday morning and made away with items worth Sh2 million. The items, including two laptops, two video cameras and a television, were later recovered. It is unclear how many people were involved in the 2am incident. Matuga police boss Michael Mwaura said it may have been an inside job

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Twitter users tear into Magufuli over ban on pregnant teens from schools

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Twitter users tear into Magufuli over ban on pregnant teens from schools

- Twitter users continue to tear into Tanzanian President John Magufuli for his remarks that girls impregnated while still in school should not be allowed to resume their studies. The Solidarity for African Women's rights (SOAWR) said Magufuli's remarks went overboard given his position as head of a nation. "When you are a president, there are certain statements that should never be associated with you

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Conservation of wildlife key to economic, GDP growth

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Conservation of wildlife key to economic, GDP growth

- Wildlife-based tourism contributes nearly 14 per cent to Kenya’s Gross Domestic Product. Consequently, one in every 10 Kenyans in formal employment works in the wildlife tourism sector. Indeed, lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos and all our famous wildlife, are the most unsung heroes of our economy. It is therefore heartening news that most of our wildlife is increasing, not decreasing. Four days ago, the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) released results of a census they carried out in some of our national parks, national reserves and conservancies

Categories: Travel & Recreation | 
Tags: Wildlife |  Travel & Tourism |  Tourism | 
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KDF will be non-partisan during August polls, Omamo, Nkaissery say

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KDF will be non-partisan during August polls, Omamo, Nkaissery say

- The military will remain non-partisan during the August 8 polls but will firmly deal with threats to national security, Defence CS Raychelle Omamo has said. Omamo, Interior CS Joseph Nkaissery and Chief of Defence Forces General Samson Mwathethe said KDF will exercise its mandate within the constitution. "I wish to emphasise that KDF, over who I am in charge, will as always remain apolitical and professional during the electoral process," Omamo said on Friday

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Let's shield our children from harm

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Let's shield our children from harm

- Two quite unrelated pieces of information caught my attention and gripped my heart this past week. One was from mainstream media, the other from the usual forwards on WhatsApp. The social media item was a graphic piece entitled, “Letter from a death row inmate,” that appeared like a newspaper cutting, complete with a photograph. In it, the man awaiting execution, wrote out his last wish in a letter that he gave to the prison guard, to be handed over to his mother

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Courts must deal with trespassers firmly

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Courts must deal with trespassers firmly

- Our courts have not learnt much from the spate of killings in Laikipia and are still treating trespassers with kid gloves even when it has emerged their actions may have triggered numerous raids on ranches. Just last week, police complained that trespassers were getting away with lenient fines even when some of them are perpetrators of crimes and have been party to the raiding of ranches in the vast Laikipia plains

Categories: Law & Crime | 
Tags: Judiciary |  Law Courts | 
Places: Kenya |  Africa |  Sub-Saharan |  E. Africa |  Rift Valley |  Laikipia | 

Be wary of leaders abusing public trust to sow discord

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Be wary of leaders abusing public trust to sow discord

- Stated often as a matter of fact and in a seemingly innocuous way, the idea that there is a link between electoral violence and incumbency, is slowly taking root. The idea has been peddled by several observers without explanation. But the statement gained more salience during the recent National Elections Conference at which Raila Odinga included the statement in his speech

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Jubilee to file urgent appeal on presidential results ruling

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Jubilee to file urgent appeal on presidential results ruling

- Jubilee party will file an urgent appeal against the ruling on the announcement of presidential results at the constituency level, Devolution CS Mwangi Kiunjuri said. The Court of Appeal made the ruling on Friday in what is seen as a win for the Opposition. It ruled that IEBC's returning officers posted in the 290 constituencies must electronically transmit presidential results to the national tallying centre in Nairobi

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Tanzania honours Victor Wanyama by naming street after him

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Tanzania honours Victor Wanyama by naming street after him

- Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Victor Wanyama has had a street in Dar es Salaam named after him. The Harambee Stars captain, who is on holiday in Tanzania with his friends, was honoured on Saturday after attending a local match. Victor Wanyama Street leads to the Kinesi Stadium and was unveiled by the mayor, Boniface Jacob. The player took to his Instagram account to thank the Tanzanian authoritis for the honour and promised to honour them with another visit

Categories: Sports | 
Places: Kenya |  Africa |  Sub-Saharan |  E. Africa |  Tanzania |  Dar es Salaam |  Dar | 

NASA, JP must stop fanning ethnic tension ahead of polls August poll

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NASA, JP must stop fanning ethnic tension ahead of polls August poll

- For many political observers and pundits, it was a shocker that Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto paired up to run for President and Deputy President respectively in 2013. Reading the charges the International Criminal Court prosecutor had drawn up against Uhuru and Ruto, one would be forgiven for thinking the two were sworn enemies. Coming from two polarised political divides during the 2007 post-election violence, how is it that they formed an alliance with the goal of winning the election? The short answer is, they had never been enemies

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Police use tear gas to disperse rioting youth as Uhuru ends Meru tour

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Police use tear gas to disperse rioting youth as Uhuru ends Meru tour

- Anti-riot police officers were on Saturday forced to lob teargas canisters at a group of youth who staged demos protesting over what they termed being ignored by the head of state Uhuru Kenyatta. The youth from Igoji lit born fires and barricaded the Meru-Embu highway in protest over construction of a link road before police intervened. The youth alleged that the Meru Senator Kiraitu Murungi failed to influence the launch of tarmacking of Kieni Kia Ndege-Mworoga-Mitunguu by President Uuhuru Kenyatta during his tour in County

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Places: Kenya |  Africa |  Sub-Saharan |  E. Africa |  Eastern |  Meru | 

'Bad boy' Prince Harry wanted to quit royal family, live ordinary life

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'Bad boy' Prince Harry wanted to quit royal family, live ordinary life

- Prince Harry has admitted that he once "wanted out" of the Royal Family and considered turning his back on the privilege he was born into to live an "ordinary life". In an extraordinarily candid interview, the 32-year-old Prince opens up about his troubled 20s and says how, after leaving the Army, he "didn’t want to grow up" and struggled to find a meaningful role for himself

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Tags: Men | 
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Sports

  • Man United's Carrick taking it 'year by year'
    Man United's Carrick taking it 'year by year'

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    Manchester United's 35-year-old midfielder Michael Carrick is focused on getting through one year at a time and believes that he can play into his late thirties like former team mates Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes. Carrick, who has made over 450 appearances for United since joining in 2006, signed a one-year contract extension in May and the 2017-18 Premier League campaign will mark Carrick's 12th season at the club, where he has won five league titles

    Categories: Sports | 
    Places: Kenya | 

Business

Technology

  • How Casual Gaming will Handle the Rise of Virtual Reality
    How Casual Gaming will Handle the Rise of Virtual Reality

    , techweez.com

    Casual games have been around for ages. These are games that are quick and simple, with not much dedication required on the player’s part. No wonder so many players around the world choose them as their preferred form of gaming, especially since the emergence of smartphones as the leading gaming platform of the world. Today, mobile gaming is the biggest business of all branches of the gaming industry, and casual games are leading when it comes to both the number of players and the frequency they are played with

    Categories: Technology | 
    Tags: Smart Devices |  Virtual reality | 
    Places: Kenya |  Africa |  Sub-Saharan |  E. Africa | 

Health

Family & Parenting

  • Teen mum 'disappointed' by Magufuli ban on pregnant schoolgirls
    Teen mum 'disappointed' by Magufuli ban on pregnant schoolgirls

    , the-star.co.ke

    Tanzanian President John Magufuli issued a statement banning students who are impregnated from resuming with their studies. Many were outraged by the ban, and called for the President to apologise and withdraw his sentiments. Among them is Jackie Leonard Lomboma who got pregnant when she was 15 years old. She shares her experience below: My family couldn't afford to pay for me to go to secondary school and I met a boy who promised that he would talk to his parents to help once I accepted to be with him

    Categories: Family & Parenting | 
    Tags: Motherhood | 
    Places: Kenya |  Africa |  Sub-Saharan |  E. Africa |  Tanzania | 

Society & Culture

  • School boy, 16, shot dead in renewed Kerio Valley bandit attacks
    School boy, 16, shot dead in renewed Kerio Valley bandit attacks

    , the-star.co.ke

    A secondary school student was shot dead by suspected Pokot cattle rustlers in renewed banditry attacks in Kerio Valley on Saturday morning. Attackers suspected to be from Tiaty, Baringo East reportedly ambushed a group of community guards in Kaben, Marakwet East at 8am. Area chief Joseph Lokanda said the bandits shot Thomas Chesir, 16, a student at Ishmael Chelang’s Secondary School, killing him on the spot Lokanda said Chesir, was in a group of community guards who were patrolling Sindar area on the border of Marakwet East and Baringo East

    Categories: Society & Culture | 
    Tags: Death & Dying |  Obituary | 
    Places: Kenya |  Africa |  Sub-Saharan |  E. Africa |  Rift Valley |  Elgeyo-Marakwet |  Kerio Valley | 

Entertainment & Arts

  • Congolese star singer Mbilia Bel to visit Kenya for major concert
    Congolese star singer Mbilia Bel to visit Kenya for major concert

    , nation.co.ke

    Congolese songstress Mbilia Bel is expected to arrive in the country on Monday for a much-anticipated concert that will see her perform in Nairobi and Kisumu. Arrangements are in top gear to receive the singer, who is revered for her collaboration with legendary musician Tabu Ley. Mbilia, who released songs with Tabu Ley that would later become major hits, started her career decades ago, as a dancer

    Categories: Entertainment & Arts | 
    Tags: Music |  Musicians |  Concerts | 
    Places: Kenya |  Africa |  Sub-Saharan |  E. Africa | 

Education

  • MKU sets up maritime course at its Mombasa campus
    MKU sets up maritime course at its Mombasa campus

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    Mount Kenya University (MKU) has been given the green light to offer maritime and transport logistic courses. The Kenya Maritime Authority (KMA) authorised MKU to offer certificate and diploma programmes at its Mombasa campus after reviewing the university's facilities and resources. Classes started in May with more than 200 students enrolled. Speaking on the sidelines of the just-ended 42nd Kenya Secondary Schools Heads Association (Kessha) Annual Delegates Conference, MKU Director of Marketing, Mr Boniface Murigi, said that they were pleased as an institution to offer courses in maritime

    Categories: Education | 
    Places: Kenya |  Africa |  Sub-Saharan |  E. Africa |  Central |  Mt. Kenya | 

Farming

  • President Kenyatta’s administration has extended relief to farmers
    President Kenyatta’s administration has extended relief to farmers

    , kbc.co.ke

    By PSCU/Christine Muchira President Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration has extended unprecedented support to farmers over the past few years, in actions seen as transformational by stakeholders. The investments have benefitted farmers nationally as they have covered key commodities. -During his tour of Uasin Gishu County this month, President Kenyatta opened an ultra-modern milk factory in Eldoret that will benefit dairy farmers in Uasin Gishu County and the whole of North Rift

    Categories: Farming | 
    Tags: Farmers | 
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Law & Crime

Media & Information

  • Let's shield our children from harm
    Let's shield our children from harm

    , standardmedia.co.ke

    Two quite unrelated pieces of information caught my attention and gripped my heart this past week. One was from mainstream media, the other from the usual forwards on WhatsApp. The social media item was a graphic piece entitled, “Letter from a death row inmate,” that appeared like a newspaper cutting, complete with a photograph. In it, the man awaiting execution, wrote out his last wish in a letter that he gave to the prison guard, to be handed over to his mother

    Categories: Media & Information | 
    Places: Kenya | 

Life & Style

  • 'Bad boy' Prince Harry wanted to quit royal family, live ordinary life
    'Bad boy' Prince Harry wanted to quit royal family, live ordinary life

    , the-star.co.ke

    Prince Harry has admitted that he once "wanted out" of the Royal Family and considered turning his back on the privilege he was born into to live an "ordinary life". In an extraordinarily candid interview, the 32-year-old Prince opens up about his troubled 20s and says how, after leaving the Army, he "didn’t want to grow up" and struggled to find a meaningful role for himself

    Categories: Life & Style | 
    Tags: Men | 
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