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Raila was at the centre of 2007 violence, Uhuru says

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President Uhuru Kenyatta today accused opposition leader Raila Odinga of promoting hatred and incitement that led to the 2007-2008 violence.

He said Raila was at the heart of the violence that rocked Kenya following the 2007 elections as he had promoted politics of tribal antagonism.

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Ouma Oluga missive to doctors; Let us be angry and frustrated and disappointed

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Good morning Colleagues,

I hope you are well.

I’m aware you are all angry, frustrated and disappointed. You should be. The tens of millions of Kenyans who depend on Public Health facilities are too. I’m too.

Ironically, even those who can and should take action and make a difference for our country are equally angry, frustrated and disappointed. Read the rest of this entry

Kenya: Here are 7 magnificent photos of SGR stations

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The Mombasa terminus is nearly ready and this is where your journey to Nairobi will kick off. Photo/KR

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President Kenyatta signs tough law to curb money laundering

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President Uhuru Kenyatta inspects the parade when he presided over the Kenya Police Service recruits passing out parade in Kiganjo, Nyeri  County. Photo/PSCU

Uhuru Kenyatta today signed into law the Proceeds of Crime and Anti-Money Laundering (Amendment) Bill 2017, a tough legislation aimed at combating economic crimes.

“This is a major tool in our sustained efforts to fight corruption. It means that no proceeds of theft and corruption are beyond the reach of the State,” President Kenyatta said at the signing. Read the rest of this entry

Kenya’s emergency medical services need major work

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Kenyan student doctors perform a drill during a strike to demand fulfilment of a 2013 agreement between doctors’ union and the government.
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Benjamin Wachira, Aga Khan University Hospital

Kenya’s striking doctors are telling their horror stories on social media using the hashtag – #MyBadDoctorExperience. Many relate to emergency situations and how doctors are suffering from having to deal with poorly staffed and under-equipped hospitals. The Conversation Africa’s Samantha Spooner asked Benjamin Wachira about the state of the country’s emergency medical services and what can be done to improve them. The Conversation

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Striking Kenya Uber drivers splash oil on those working

Uber drivers in Kenya today took their anger to those vehicles that were still working as the strike entered its second week.

A number of drivers were stopped and harassed in Kilimani area in Nairobi for failing to join the strike.

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APA denies Monica Juma husband Peter Kagwanja is a director

Interior Principal Secretary Monica Juma

Interior Principal Secretary Monica Juma

APA Insurance has denied Interior PS Monica Juma’s husband, Peter Kagwanja, is one of its directors, as alleged by Central MPs on Tuesday.

Kandara MP Alice Wahome claimed Juma wanted the Sh6 billion police insurance tender given to APA, where Kagwanja reportedly sits on the board, instead of AAR insurance.

“Peter Kagwanja is not, and has never, been a director of APA Insurance or any of its affiliated companies,” CEO Micheal Oduor said in a statement on Thursday.

Oduor listed Daniel Ndonye, James Gitoho, Reto Schnarwiler, Rick Ashley, Ashok Shah, Shashikant Shah and Budhichand Shah as the company’s directors.

He said the National Police Insurance Scheme tender has been proposed for implementation as a consortium among APA, CIC, Britam, First Assurance and GA Insurance.

Wahome claimed the Interior ministry deliberately delayed awarding the tender, a year after the funds were allocated in the 2014/15 budget.

She claimed AAR had won the tender but Juma cancelled the award, pushing instead for APA.

“Juma wants to give her husband a project,” Wahome said, accusing the couple of conspiring in favour of a company Kagwanja serves as director.- See moreat: http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/apa-denies-monica-juma-husband-peter-kagwanja-director#sthash.tEIO57rr.dpuf

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What You Think You Know About the Web Is Wrong

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If you’re an average reader, I’ve got your attention for 15 seconds, so here goes: We are getting a lot wrong about the web these days. We confuse what people have clicked on for what they’ve read. We mistake sharing for reading. We race towards new trends like native advertising without fixing what was wrong with the old ones and make the same mistakes all over again.

Not an average reader? Maybe you’ll give me more than 15 seconds then. As the CEO of Chartbeat, my job is to work with the people who create content online (like Time.com) and provide them with real-time data to better understand their readers. I’ve come to think that many people have got how things work online quite mixed up.

Here’s where we started to go wrong: In 1994, a former direct mail marketer called Ken McCarthy came up with the clickthrough as

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Uhuru shows Margaret love as she conquers 42km London Marathon

By James Mwambai, London UK, April 13, 2014, (PSCU)

Tears flowed freely amongst the support team in London while the Kenyan diaspora jumped and cheered as First Lady Margaret Kenyatta inspired the globe with her debut at the London Marathon.

At the finish line the First Lady, who clocked 7 hrs 4 minute was warmly received by President Uhuru Kenyatta and the London Marathon organizers led by the Chairman Sir John D Spurling.

It was no walk in the park pounding the 42kms in the London streets. To quote Noel Tharther the British visually impaired runner, who won five gold medals when representing Great Britain at six Paralympic Games between 1984 and 2004, ‘2014 London Marathon will deliver a lifetime’s worth of inspiration in a single day’.

The team of eight led by the First Lady was cheered by enthusiastic spectators who lined the route which had the most iconic sites of London starting from Blackheath, coming through Woolwich Royal Artillery Barracks which has the longest Georgian façade in Britain.

Kenyans who live in the United Kingdom had travelled from every city in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales to come and cheer the First Lady and her team.

The First Lady and her team passed through Parliament Square and Big Ben, finally going past Buckingham Palace to reach the finish line in London’s great ceremonial avenue, The Mall.

This is a worthy sacrifice that will entirely change the lives of Kenyan women and children. It is no doubt the teams’ efforts will bring the expected results of ensuring women and children access quality health care.

The race, which was beamed live across the globe, has once again put Kenya in the global ranking as the super power of sports.

Earlier, Kenyan elite athletes won gold and silver medals in both the men and women categories.

Wilson Kipsang dominated the field to take victory in the London Marathon in a new record time of 2.04.29. Kipsang was followed closely by fellow countryman Stanley Biwott in second position.

In the women category, Edna Kiplagat clinched the crown followed by fellow Kenyan Florence Kiplagat.

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First Lady Margaret Kenyatta and her marathon team enjoy a sunny mid-morning run during their third day jog as the team becomes acclimatized at Royal Park, Kensington Gardens, ahead of the Virgin Money London Marathon to be held on Sunday.Photo/PSCU

First Lady Margaret Kenyatta and her marathon team enjoy a sunny mid-morning run during their third day jog as the team becomes acclimatized at Royal Park, Kensington Gardens, ahead of the Virgin Money London Marathon to be held on Sunday.Photo/PSCU

My name is Margaret Kenyatta. I am a mother to three lovely children and can say without hesitation that it is unbelievably moving to hold your healthy baby in your arms. This knowledge, that you hold the future of your family, the community and ultimately of the Nation in your hands, is priceless.

Yet many women may never get this chance. For them, the experience of childbirth is one filled with fear, pain, sorrow and even death. Should they survive the delivery, they are frightened that their baby is going to die, that their baby will not make it past the first few weeks of its life or even their first day. It breaks my heart knowing that these mothers and children do not have to suffer or die.

It would be unfair to say that nothing has been done to save Kenyan mothers and children. However, we must do more. Every birth promises a better, brighter future. As women, we hold a very strategic and powerful position. Realizing that this change starts with me, I have launched the Beyond Zero Campaign. This campaign aims at creating awareness and raising funds to tackle issues that affect maternal and child health issues and mother to child transmission of HIV. We have all heard the numbers; every year, thousands of women die from pregnancy complications and thousands of children under the age of five die from preventable diseases.

The World Bank states that out of every 100,000 live births in the developing world, 360 mothers will die, and they will never get to hold their babies. These women are my fellow Kenyan sisters. And, out of 1,000 children under the age of five, 73 children will never make it. To give you an even grimmer picture, in 2012 alone, 100,000 children under the age of five died. These are not just statistics, it is our fellow Kenyan sisters and children who die largely as a result of pregnancy and HIV related complications that are preventable. This campaign seeks to prevent and reduce mother to child HIV transmission and HIV related deaths, to ensure that maternal and child health care is a priority, that mothers get pre-natal and post-natal care and that we are all invested in saving lives.

To this end I decided to challenge myself to do something that I have never done. On the 13th of April this year, I will participate in the London Marathon. I will run to make a difference. I will run for the possibility of a healthy generation that is HIV-free, for the elimination of HIV transmission from mother to child. I will run to raise funds to increase access to better health care through mobile clinics that will bring services closer to Kenyans. I will run to keep mothers and newborns alive. As I run, I will be thinking how every mother needs to see her children grow up and how devastating and heart breaking it is for a mother to lose her child. I will be thinking of the children left without a mother because they could not access proper health care. I will run because I am a mother, and I believe motherhood is a blessing not just to a woman, but to a nation. I will run because every mother should be able to hold her baby and take her baby home, and that baby should live to be strong and have many more birthdays. I will run until we go Beyond Zero.

I cannot do this alone. The Beyond Zero Campaign has so far raised funds for ten mobile clinics. Our target is to raise 3.6 million pounds to buy mobile clinics for all the 47 counties in Kenya. I call on all of you to partner with me in this worthy cause. I know that on my own I may not be able to do much, but together, we can win this battle to save mothers and children from unnecessary deaths.

I thank you all.

SPEECH BY H.E. MRS. MARGARET KENYATTA, FIRST LADY OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA AT THE STANDARD CHARTERED GROUP RECEPTION AT THE STANDARD CHARTERED BANK HEADQUARTERS IN LONDON ON 10TH APRIL 2014 AT 6.00PM
Sir John Peace, the Standard Chartered Group Chairman
Richard Holmes, the CEO Standard Chartered Bank, UK
Distinguished guests
Ladies and Gentlemen
Good evening……