The man who has no kidneys

Emmanuel Gitau, 37, in Mugumo, Kiambu County. He lives without any of his kidneys. [Fidelis Kabunyi/Standard] While many people want material things and power in life, Emmanuel Gitau, 37, from Mugumo, Kiambu County says he only wants to go for a short call of nature before he breaths his last. “I have to pay to urinate. So I go for dialysis twice a week-Tuesday and Friday-five hours per session,” he says. Dialysis is the process of removing waste and excess fluids from the body when the kidneys, whose job this…

Inside ranking for top job that stoked crisis at UoN

Acting Vice-Chancellor University of Nairobi Prof Stephen Kiama shares moments of joy with students. [Samson Wire/Standard] Details of confidential scores of candidates interviewed for University of Nairobi Vice Chancellor’s job have emerged, amid row over who should be in charge of the institution. The Standard can today report specific scores of the candidates and how the Public Service Commission (PSC) panelists individually rated them. The interview results are in order of performance, where embattled VC appointee Prof Kiama Gitahi (pictured) emerged the best, scoring 80.44 marks, among the eight shortlisted…

The great property lie: How rush for quick profits bankrupted Kenyans

Property prices have more than tripled in less than 15 years in a mysterious surge that has puzzled many. The actual values have, however, not risen as much, thanks to huge manipulation by the very players who rigged the market and robbed thousands of investors. Large firms, including banks, to ordinary households are reeling from the impact. SEE ALSO :Housing Finance shuts down loss-making investment unit Radio hosts became overnight property gurus and commission agents promising prospective buyers their wealth would multiply within months. Then we got here, where the…

Kenya Met: It will be a rainy next seven days

Floods at Nyamsaria estate in Kisumu County after River Auji burst its banks following the heavy rainfall. [Collins Oduor/Standard] You will need to brace yourself for heavy rains in the next seven days. The Kenya Meteorological Department has warned that Nairobi, Western, Central and Coast regions will experience heavy rainfall from January 23-30.   The rains will intensify on Friday, January 24, in parts of Coast, Western and Northeastern regions. Its coverage is expected to reduce next week beginning Tuesday over Southeastern, Northeastern and Coast regions. Residents living in Nairobi,…

Kenya buys military choppers from US to boost security

The Chief of the Kenya Defence Forces General Samson Mwathethe receives a model of the MD530F helicopters from the representative of the United States government Major General Michael Turello during the commissioning ceremony at Embakasi. [Courtesy] Kenya has purchased six MD 530F helicopters, light versatile civilian and military choppers from the US to boost regional security and heighten fight against terrorism. The Chief Defence Forces General Samson Mwathethe on Thursday presided over the commissioning of the six choppers at the of six MD 530F helicopters at Joint Helicopter Command (JHC)…

Charles Njonjo: Beginning of the end of a kingmaker

Raila Odinga and Charles Njonjo having lunch at a restaurant in Nairobi. The years 1983 to 1984 represented a period that Njonjo would perhaps never want to remember, as friends deserted him as if he had leprosy. [File, Standard] The Attorney General’s office was also instrumental to the collapse of the East African Community in 1975-1977. Njonjo first proposed in Parliament in 1975 that the community should be disbanded for “failing in its work”. When in June 1977 the community eventually collapsed, Njonjo was reported to have tossed with Mackenzie…

Eliud Kipchoge vs Messi: The Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award explained

Deputy President William Ruto celebrates with Eliud Kipchoge in Vienna after Kipchoge set a new record of 1:59:40,Rachel Ruto (right) Stephen Sang Governor Nandi County [COURTESY] Kenyan world marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge has been nominated for the Sportsman of the Year category in the Laureus World Sports Awards. Kipchoge has been nominated alongside Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton, Lionel Messi, Tiger Woods and Rafael Nadal and Marc Marquez. The 34-year-old became the first athlete to run a marathon in under two hours by clocking 1hr 59mins 40secs at the…

Photos: Latest state of Nyayo Stadium

Nyayo National Stadium [Courtesy] The Nyayo National stadium was closed down two years ago for renovations but in 2020, the popular sporting facility remains closed and far from completion. Yesterday, Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed assured Kenyans that the contractor agreed to ensure completion of the stadium’s renovation by the end of March this year. “We want to ensure that this facility is readily available for use by our sportsmen and women because it has become an eyesore for Kenyans who pass here every day. These works have to be…

Kenya improves in global corruption rankings

Activists at a past anti-corruption match in Mombasa in November 2016. Transparency International has said Kenya’s improvement is depicting slow progress in the fight against corruption. [File, Standard] Kenya has taken six steps up the table of global corruption levels to thumbs up the concerted efforts by President Uhuru Kenyatta to slay runaway graft. It is ranked position 137 out of 180 countries in the 2019 global Corruption Perception Index report by Transparency International. That compares to position 143 in 2018 and 145 in 2017. In the just-released findings, Transparency…

Which way BBI rallies?

[embedded content] The division on how the Building Bridges Initiative sensitisation meetings are being conducted continues to widen among politicians. A section the legislators allied to Tanga Tanga movement says the process has been politicised while their antagonists claim the process of collecting public views has been successful. Even as divided as they are, the legislators who appeared to be opposing the process have decided to join in the public forums to fight for what they claim is an alleged scheme to introduce a doctored report. SEE ALSO :Hard choice…