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October 17, 2017 7:22 AM Divorced for having a small member at wedding night: Nine ridiculous excuses by lovers

Some individuals, especially men, in unhappy relationships and marriages find it extremely difficult to break up or divorce. And even if they have the guts to do so, how they go about it is plain ridiculous. In most cases, partners unable to terminate their unions amicably either start to play ‘hide and seek’, abscond from responsibilities, ration or deny each other 51

October 12, 2017 9:03 PM Why Chebukati must rise to the occasion

Now, more than ever before, the destiny of Kenya rests in the hands of one man —Mr Wafula Wanyonyi Chebukati — the self-effacing chairman of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission. Kenyans are watching with hope and anxiety how the Trans Nzoia-born lawyer will steer the nation through the repeat elections slated for October 26. Almost entirely 22

October 11, 2017 6:55 PM Tea firms wage bill ‘to hit’ 54pc

Tea multinationals say wages could account for over half their cost after trade unions issued a seven-day strike notice to force implementation of a 30 per cent salary rise awarded by court in 2014. The Kenya Agricultural and Plantation Workers’ Union (KAPWU) says tea workers will down tools on October 17 paralysing activities at the international firms 22

October 9, 2017 9:10 PM Court declares former presidential candidate Cyrus Jirongo bankrupt

Former Lugari MP Cyrus Jirongo was has been declared bankrupt after a judge found he was unable to pay a debt running into hundreds of millions of shillings. Commercial Court judge Olga Sewe ruled in favour of businessman Sammy Kogo, Mr Jirongo’s creditor, and ordered that the latter’s estate should be placed under receivership. “Having heard the petitioner 12

October 7, 2017 9:40 AM Drop non-performing teachers, World Bank Report

A new education report has proposed that all non-performing teachers be dropped from and hard-workers rewarded to improve quality of learning. The World Development Report (2018) released this month further finds that teachers’ unions negatively affect learning outcomes and calls for an integrated effort among education sector players. (See separate 32

September 26, 2017 2:48 AM Kenya: KQ Seeks State Protection to Ward Off Rivals

Kenya Airways is seeking government protection to ward off competition from African and Middle East air carriers flying into Nairobi. In a press conference on Thursday, Kenya Airways chief executive Sebastian Mikosz said the state subsidies extended to carriers such as Ethiopian, RwandAir, and Gulf airlines like Etihad meant that they were not competing 43

September 19, 2017 4:21 AM Sonko suspends matatu ban in Nairobi CBD for a month

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has suspended for one month the directive to ban public service vehicles from the city central business district which was to start on Wednesday. This comes at a time when there is an ongoing infighting between two matatu groups which forced operators and matatu owners to seek intervention from the county government. The Matatu 10

September 18, 2017 9:03 PM How NASA, Jubilee rivalry has split giant Dock Worker Union

Rival political factions within the Dock Workers Union (DWU) are threatening to split the 5,000-strong members as the October 17 repeat presidential election approaches. Union leaders are split in their support for the National Super Alliance (NASA) and Jubilee Party. Secretary General Simon Sang, who is under pressure to resign over graft allegations 8

September 11, 2017 5:01 AM Trudeau Teams Up With Canadian Labor in Push for Nafta Reforms

In Mexico City’s Nafta talks last week, few Canadians had a higher profile than Jerry Dias. He spoke to a labor rally and a conference. He met at length with Canada’s chief negotiator, Steve Verheul, over red wine and bar nuts. He held court with reporters regularly. Yet Dias is no government minister or aide. He’s the head of Unifor, Canada’s largest 14

September 10, 2017 10:44 AM Governors cautioned against arbitrary sacking of county staff

Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs Cabinet Secretary, Sicily Kariuki, has cautioned Governors against arbitrary sacking of county staff in the wake of dismissals and suspensions by newly elected governors. Kariuki says county administrations must follow provided guidelines and procedures for recruitment and termination of appointments. In a letter 37