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Shitemi is the Kenya Monitor Managing Editor. He trains journalists on basics of journalism, storytelling, conflict sensitive journalism and devolution.

El Nino expected from Thursday

By Cyrus Kioko Kenya is expecting El Nino rains as from Thursday October, 7 as reported by Meteorological Department. In a move to sensitize people about the phenomena, the department has issued alerts and direction on how residents in various places should prepare. However, across the country, residents in vulnerable areas have despised the call to migrate as the rains ...

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Kenya and Tanzania unite in scaling up their economies

By Cyrus Kioko Kenya and Tanzania have agreed to scale up corporation in war against terror, drunk trafficking and poaching in a move to boost economies in the two countries. President Uhuru Kenyatta and President Jakaya Kikwete who held bilateral talks in state house in Nairobi have formed commitment of the two countries in fight of the vices. The two ...

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How your taxes will be spent in this financial year

By George Githinji The government came up with an ambitious budget in the 2015/16 financial year of sh2.234 trillion to finance its programmes and activities. Of the two trillion shillings, sh784.2 billion will finance the recurrent expenditure of government ministries whereas sh721.3 billion will be used on capital expenditure, also known as the development expenditure. The government will also spend ...

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Will TSC, teachers obey industrial court orders!

By Cyrus Kioko Teachers have despised the Employment and Labor Relations Court orders to suspend ongoing strike for 90 days and give room for negotiations and return to class. The order which directed all teachers to resume to classes on Monday September 28, 2015 saw no effects as teachers remained away from schools and public schools remained closed. After the court ...

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Interior cabinet secretary orders investigation on Muthama’s sentiments during CORD rally

By Cyrus Kioko Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery, ordered Machakos senator Johnston Muthama to record a statement with Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) over his remarks at Uhuru Park, Nairobi on Wednesday during the Coalition for Reform and Democracy (CORD’s) rally. Speaking on Friday, the CS said he expected the National Cohesion and Integration Commission to open investigations on the ...

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How much do we value Education?

By Laura Maina Education plays a vital role in the growth of every individual.  Education entails but not limited to; learning, reasoning, adapting, evolving, innovating and the applicable use of the information to maneuver life.  Education in Kenya has evolved with time from an informal setting to a formal function that is examinable. The relevance of high literacy to the economy ...

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Looting by Migori County Assembly officials jolts the ombudsman into action

By Nelson Mathews The Commission on Administrative Justice (CAJ) says it has concluded investigations on the alleged misuse of public funds by four members of the Migori County Assembly. The Ombudsman commenced investigations after receiving an anonymous letter of complaint in October 2014. The letter stated that four Migori County Assembly members (MCAs) signed for per diem and other travel ...

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Kisumu City to celebrate 114th birthday

Kisumu city, arguably one of the most oldest settlement in Kenya is preparing to celebrate its 114th anniversary. Historical records indicate that Kisumu has been dominated by diverse communities at different times long before the white man arrived. The people from Nandi, Kalenjin, Abagusii, Maasai, Luo and Abaluhya community converged at the tip of Lake Victoria and called the place “sumo” which literally means “a place ...

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Political aspirants should have a university degree to qualify for election

By George Githinji Before the last general elections that took place on 4th March 2013, the 10th parliament decided to lower the academic bar for political aspirants that were nominated to compete for the parliamentary and county assembly seats. These aspirants were the MPs, Senators, Women Representatives and Members of the County Assembly (MCAs). Yet, the move to lower the ...

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Together we can fight corruption

By Violet Mbiti Corruption can be likened to a virus that devours its citizens to the core rendering them helpless with no hope in sight. To combat this virus an antidote is required that will restore human dignity and propel the nation to greater heights. President Obama while making his maiden speech stated that it is rather unfortunate that 250,000 ...

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Vimal Shah sues blogger Cyprian Nyakundi, Aly Khan Satchu for defamation

Manufacturing company BIDCO and its Chief Executive Officer Vimalkumar Bhimji Shah have sued blogger Cyprian Nyakundi, Aly Khan Satchu, Stephen Jennings, Artem Gurevich, Preston Mendenhal and Rendea Vour Group for defamation. In a paid up advertisement in the newspapers, the respondents/defendants have been instructed to go before Justice Joseph Sergon to answer the charge of defamation. Nyakundi posted on his ...

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Committing to long term climate change goals is crucial for Kenya

By Caroline Kibii With just three months to the Paris Climate Change Summit, nations and the civil society are intensifying their efforts to create awareness on the significance of the climate goals. The ongoing climate conference in Bonn, Germany focuses on several aspects including the long-term goals that are a vital part of the expected Paris Agreement. Stabilizing greenhouse gas ...

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Sensitization on democracy and devolution takes shape in Kwale County

By Asha Kadura Bakari After attending a training on youth and democracy organized by the Institute of Education Democracy (IED), some feedback on how they took their lessons to their community from a Kwale County participant is below. The objectives were: To find out whether the youths are aware about democracy and devolution. To establish good foundation for the youths in ...

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Tracing the sh51M unsupported expenditure in Homabay County Assembly

By George Githinji The Auditor General reports that the County Assembly of Homabay had an unsupported expenditure of sh51 million during the 2013/2014 financial year. That is, the Assembly reported to the Auditor General’s office that it had spent the sh51 million, but sufficient documents were not availed to the Auditor General to prove that the expenditure was authorized or even ...

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