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November 2, 2017 11:03 AM Microsoft enhances paternity leave to six-weeks

NAIROBI, KENYA: Microsoft has announced a five-month paid maternity leave for female employees in its Kenya office, a new arrangement that almost doubles what many local companies offer. In most Kenyan companies, a female employee is entitled to three-month paid maternity leave while male employees do get two-week off to bond with newborn babies 430

October 31, 2017 2:49 PM Chiloba risks six month jail for court contempt

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission Chief Executive Officer Ezra Chiloba risks a six month jail term if found in contempt of court. Transcend Media wants Chiloba fined or committed to civil jail for defying a court order to pay 150 million shillings for advertising services the offered to the commission during the 2013 general elections 33

October 30, 2017 7:19 PM Mugabe 'tightens screws' on remaining white farmers – report

Harare – Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's government has reportedly continued to "tighten the screws" on the remaining white farmers as it came up with a somewhat "discriminatory policy" that "limits their leases to just five years while their black counterparts will enjoy 99-year-long leases". According to New Zimbabwe.com, lands minister Douglas 37

October 30, 2017 7:11 PM Safaricom CEO takes medical leave for ‘number of months’

Telecoms operator Safaricom on Monday said chief executive Bob Collymore had taken medical leave to receive specialised treatment for a “number of months”. Company chairman Nicholas Ng’ang’a made the announcement in a circular to employees, but did not disclose the nature of Mr Collymore’s sickness. “On behalf of the board, management and the entire 71

October 30, 2017 4:00 AM Mass trial of Turkey alleged coup ringleaders resumes

ANKARA: A mass trial in Turkey is set to resume Monday (Oct 30) of more than 220 suspects, including former generals, accused of being among the ringleaders of last year's coup bid to unseat President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The suspects face life sentences if convicted of charges ranging from using violence to try to overthrow the government and parliament 38

October 27, 2017 4:45 PM Why IEBC put off repeat poll in Nyanza

The electoral agency on Friday evening announced the postponement for a second time of the repeat presidential election in four Nyanza counties that failed to vote on Thursday, to a date yet to be announced. The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) will, however, on Saturday conduct the election in five polling stations in Fafi constituency 38

October 25, 2017 8:10 AM Appointment of IEBC returning officers illegal: High Court

The process that led to the appointment of constituency returning officers and their deputies is illegal, High Court has ruled. Judge George Odunga on Wednesday found that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission did not follow the law while appointing the poll officials. However, the judge declined to quash the gazette notice on the appointment 18

October 22, 2017 6:34 AM Jkuat graduate falls victim to Mogadishu bomb attack

There is a chilling joke in the Somali capital of Mogadishu that a Kenyan head fetches $3,000 (about Sh300,000). The import of this unpleasant taunt is Kenyans are preferred targets of the Al-Shabaab militia group for abduction, torture and even murder. For Kenyans living or working in Mogadishu, this realisation forever keeps them on the edge — cautious 49

October 21, 2017 9:04 PM Over 30,000 workers lose jobs in the midst of soaring food prices

Political uncertainty has taken a toll on trade and economic activities in the Coast region with tourism sector players reporting layoffs due to a drop in the number of hotel guests. Over 30,000 contract and casual workers have lost their jobs owing to a drop in the number of tourists arriving at the Coast, according to sector players. Kenya Association 27

October 19, 2017 5:16 AM Court allows Nakumatt’s eviction from Junction Mall

The owners of the Junction Mall have closed an outlet belonging to Nakumatt Supermarkets after the High Court set aside orders that allowed the troubled retailer escape an initial eviction bid two weeks ago. The management of the shopping complex, which is majority owned by the wealthy Ndegwa family, says Nakumatt’s agents and employees can now only access 33