Author: Salma Khamisi

Government spokesman Isaac Mwaura has dismissed concerns about the cost of President William Ruto’s recent trip to the United States, labeling such questions as nonsensical and unpatriotic. Addressing journalists on Tuesday, Mwaura emphasized that the benefits of the president’s trip far outweigh the costs incurred. The trip has drawn public scrutiny amid widespread calls for austerity measures and increasing tax burdens on ordinary citizens. Critics argue that the expenditure on such trips represents a misallocation of resources at a time when the country is grappling with economic challenges. The controversy was further fueled by allegations that the U.S. government had…

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The Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) has announced the selection of 278,006 students to pursue higher education in various public and private universities across the country. In a statement issued by KUCCPS CEO Agnes Mercy Wahome, it was revealed that out of the total number of selected students, 220,684 have been placed in public universities for degree programs, while 57,322 will join private universities. Moreover, 17,005 students have met the requirements to enroll in university technical and vocational education and training (TVET) institutes, with 733,063 securing placements in Ministry of Education (MoE) TVET institutions. Non-Ministry of Education…

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Four individuals found themselves facing serious charges on Tuesday as they were arraigned in a Kirinyaga court for their alleged involvement in the possession and slaughter of donkeys. Michael Nyoro, Festus Ndung’u Kamande, Peter Ndirangu, and John Muturi appeared before Senior Principal Magistrate Stephen Nyaga at the Baricho Law Courts to answer to the accusations leveled against them. The charges against the quartet stem from an incident that occurred on May 18, 2024, at approximately 10 am in the Makutano area within Kirinyaga County. They were accused of jointly possessing donkey carcasses deemed to be in an unwholesome state and…

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Three suspected phone snatchers met their demise on Wednesday morning as police officers engaged them in a shootout along Lusaka Road in Nairobi. The trio was intercepted by security personnel while in the act of robbing phones and other valuables from individuals heading to work in the Industrial area. According to Judy Kola, the Makadara Sub-county police boss, the suspects, who were riding on a motorcycle, had been causing trouble in the area for some time. Concerned by their activities, law enforcement officials decided to set up an ambush to apprehend them. During the confrontation, the police managed to recover…

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The government has initiated the process of dismantling camps that provided shelter to victims of the devastating Mai Mahiu flash floods, which struck on April 29, 2024. This move comes three weeks after the tragedy, which claimed the lives of over 60 individuals, destroyed homes, and left many injured. The aim is to assist the Mai Mahiu victims in rebuilding their lives and returning to a sense of normalcy. Over the weekend, the disaster management committee took action, accompanying victims from the PBB Children’s Home camp to their affected land. This effort sought to identify legitimate owners of parcels where…

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The Kenya Universities and Colleges Student Placement Service (KUCCPS) has extended invitations to students for admission to public and private universities across the country. Minister of Education Ezekiel Machogu unveiled the KUCCPS’s 2024/2025 Planning of Students in universities and colleges during an official release on Wednesday, May 21, held at The Edge Convention Centre- College of Insurance in South C Street, Nairobi. Joining the minister were Mr. Cyrus Gituai, Chairman of the KUCCPS Board, and Dr. Agnes Mercy Wahome, Executive Director. According to the report, 85% of KCSE 2023 candidates who achieved C+ and above applied for college placements, with…

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The proposed Finance Bill 2024 has stirred a wave of discontent among Kenyans and experts alike, who warn of its potential to exacerbate the country’s economic woes. In a recent briefing session hosted by Deloitte Kenya to dissect the bill’s implications, speakers highlighted significant concerns regarding its impact on citizens already grappling with heightened taxes. Fredrick Omondi, Tax and Legal Leader at Deloitte East Africa, underscored the detrimental effects of the proposed tax amendments, cautioning against further straining purchasing power and escalating business costs. He emphasized the need for a balanced approach that prioritizes compliance enhancement and economic growth over…

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Mombasa Governor Abdulswamad Nassir is standing firm on his decision to regulate the miraa and muguka business in the port city, despite facing pressure from leaders in Meru and Embu to maintain the status quo. Governor Nassir has unveiled stricter rules in response to concerns over the abuse of stimulants, particularly among school-going children in Mombasa. He expressed grave concern over the rising number of addicts, with 76 individuals currently admitted to the Port Reitz Sub-county Mental Hospital, 45 of whom are related to muguka. The newly proposed regulations include designating special areas for the sale of miraa, banning Public…

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In a harrowing incident on Monday, four individuals were rescued from a collapsed three-story building in Nairobi’s Mukuru-Fuata Nyayo slum, situated within the Starehe Sub County. The structure, undergoing partial demolition, crumbled amid ongoing efforts to clear structures from the Ngong River riparian land. The collapse, which occurred around 3 p.m., was confirmed by Makadara police boss, Judith Nyongesa. According to Nyongesa, the incident unfolded as a group of youths were extracting scrap metal from the building’s beacons and pillars on the ground floor. Eyewitnesses described a scene of frenzied activity, with over 30 youths engaged in a competitive rush…

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A recently released report by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) has shed light on a concerning trend: over the past year, instances of crime and robbery have doubled in Kenya. This surge is attributed to the growing economic challenges faced by thousands of Kenyans, particularly the youth who find themselves unemployed and struggling to make ends meet. According to the report, a staggering 104,842 criminal cases were reported, marking a significant 19 percent increase compared to the previous year. The harsh realities of life, compounded by the worsening economic conditions, have driven many young people towards criminal activities…

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