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October 16, 2017 1:09 AM Brawls, Arrests, Autocratic Moves Imperil East African Democracy

Ugandan lawmakers brawl over a bill that could create a president-for-life. Tanzania arrests lawmakers and shutters newspapers. And as Kenya tries to rerun a botched election, a ruling party leader says what the country really needs is a benevolent dictator. As unrest and crackdowns plague some of the region’s largest economies, home to various levels 1

October 14, 2017 8:59 PM ICT Cabinet Secretary's take on cyber crimes

1. Social media bullying is taking the nation by storm. Recently, two young girls were lured by Facebook friends to accept their sexual advances. They were raped, dumped and left to die in the bush. What is your ministry doing to end social media bullying? This incident is a reminder that the internet and technology are only there to supplement our normal 2

October 14, 2017 6:50 AM Universities must adopt best practices in hiring academic staff

There’s something common with scholars who complete their graduate studies abroad. In their last year, after gruelling years in western universities, most want to return home. Kenyan intellectuals generally want to come back home and help rebuild their country. While most western countries offer a first rate education and unimaginable opportunities 2

October 13, 2017 5:09 PM Alarm as pesticides push number of bees down

Crop farming may soon be in peril as research indicates that bees, which are the main plant pollinators, are on the decline. With the declining number of bees, food production is at risk as pollination will be adversely affected. The bees account for more than 70 per cent of the world’s major crops’ pollinators. Dr Michael Lattorff, a senior scientist 2

October 13, 2017 8:55 AM IEBC gazettes poll officials, complementary mechanism of results transmission

By JEREMIAH WAKAYA, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 13 – The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has gazetted 290 Constituency Returning Officers and their deputies to oversee the conduct of the fresh presidential election set for October 26. In a gazette notice on Thursday, the commission also published procedures for transmission of election 1

October 12, 2017 5:07 PM Report: China catching up to US in foreign aid flow

BEIJING (AP) — China is close to matching the United States as a source of official grants and loans to developing countries, but much of Beijing's financing serves its own economic interests and yields scant benefits for recipients, a multinational group of researchers reported Wednesday. The research by AidData, a lab at the College of William & Mary in Virginia 3

October 11, 2017 2:32 PM Iconic Sh1.3Bn FCB Mihrab building opens in Kilimani, Lenana Rd

NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 11 – Kenya’s first building with Architecture that portrays Islamic values has opened today at the junction of Lenana Road and Woodlands Road in Kilimani and is ready for occupation. FCB Mihrab has been constructed at a cost of Sh1.3 billion and is designed like a mihrab which symbolizes an archway or an entry towards purity and goodness 1

October 11, 2017 11:55 AM Rainstorm expected in Abardares, Mt. Kenya region

The Kenya Meteorological Service has issued a warning for heavy rainfall affecting mainly the Abardare ranges region, Mt. Kenya region and South Rift Valley including Narok County. The weathermen say the heavy rainfall will begin at 3pm Wednesday and continue to Thursday extending into Western Kenya and Central Rift Valley. “A similar situation may be experienced 8

October 10, 2017 6:09 PM Court grants Peter Munya's request in poll case

The High Court has ordered the electoral commission to seal all the ballot boxes used in the August 8 General Election in Meru until the determination of a petition before it. Justice Francis Gikonyo issued the order following an application by former Meru Governor Peter Munya, who has challenged the election of the incumbent, Mr Kiraitu Murungi 4

October 10, 2017 8:40 AM Has anyone proved that walled homes or residences are more secure?

In most countries, including Rwanda, there are no ugly walls around homes or offices. What we learned from Rwanda about polythene bags should apply to the walls. Curiously, even Kenyan police stations are now surrounded by walls. Do police feel insecure like the rest of us? Why are we putting up walls everywhere that seem to be getting higher, topped 2