Raila moves BBI rally venue to Mama Ngina Ground

ODM leader Raila Odinga with Coast governors Hassan Joho (Mombasa), Amason Kingi (Kilifi) abd Granton Samboja (Taita Taveta) after a meeting ahead of the BBI rally on Saturday. [Courtesy] Opposition chief Raila Odinga has announced the change of venue for the Bilding Bridges Initiative (BBI) rally from Tononoka Grounds to Mama Ngina Waterfront Park from Tononoka Grounds. Raila who is Mombasa ahead of the Saturday rally announced the changes after a meeting with Coast leaders to plan for the forum. Raila urged Coast residents to come out in their large…

BBI won’t solve Kenya’s problems – Shollei

We are lying to ourselves about the Building Bridges Initiative, Gladys Boss Shollei (pictured) has said. The Uasin Gishu Woman Representative said the BBI rallies are surrounded by too much politics to effect meaningful change to suffering Kenyans. She was responding to reports of pro-Deputy President William Ruto MPs Mohammed Ali (Nyali) and Aisha Jumwa (Malindi) being pelted with stones in Mombasa. SEE ALSO :Shollei: BBI is a joke taken too far The two were addressing a press conference on the BBI rally slated for Tononoka Grounds tomorrow. Jumwa and…

Rowdy youths storm Jumwa’s BBI press conference

Coast MPs allied to Tanga Tanga were today morning given a taste of what to expect at the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) rally slated for Mombasa’s Tononoka Grounds after youths storm their press conference. Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa (pictured) and her Nyali counterpart Mohammed Ali have accused Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho of using goons to intimidate them after a group of youths carrying boulders interrupted Jumwa’s presser in Mombasa on Friday morning. The Malindi MP was addressing the media over their planned BBI rally attendance in Mombasa tomorrow when the youths stormed…

Heavy rains could disrupt Coast BBI rally

Most of the roads in Mombasa become impassable following heavy rains. The Meteorological Department has issued a heavy rain alert in Mombasa over the weekend when the BBI rally is expected to take place at Tononoka Grounds. [File, Standard] It might be a wet Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) rally in Mombasa after the weatherman predicted heavy rainfall at the coast region over the weekend. Mombasa will host the third series of the BBI public sensitisation rallies after Nyanza and Western regions. The Public Forum takes place on Saturday at Tononoka…

Raila: My big fight with Ruto

Raila Odinga and governors Francis Kimemia and Kiraitu Murungi at Capitol Hill Square. ODM leader Raila Odinga has said his differences with Deputy President William Ruto are ideological and about the future of Kenya. Raila said he has differed with his one-time close ally on basic fundamentals that hinge on the best direction the country should take on a number of issues. He lists the occasions the two leaders have held opposing views, including the controversial Mau conservation and the 2010 constitutional reforms. Raila supported Mau evictions, which he said…

Murkomen: They are planning to heckle, deny us seats at BBI rally

Elgeyo Marakwet Senator and Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen at a past public rally. [File, Standard] Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen has sensationally claimed that some people are planning to humiliate leaders allied to Deputy President William Ruto during the Coast region’s Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) forum slated for Tononoka Grounds in Mombasa tomorrow. The Elgeyo Marakwet senator accused unnamed people of planning to deny the Tanga Tanga leaders seats and even heckle those who would speak at the meeting. Murkomen through his official twitter handle on Friday said he has been…

Shock as schools bill Sh1,000 for underwear

A parent carries some uniforms she bought at Uniform center, Nairobi in preparation for school opening. [George Njunge/Standard] Pressure is mounting on Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha to crush the school uniforms cartels that are thriving in public schools. Sector stakeholders have complained that the costs of uniforms are locking out thousands of students from education and turning into a real hurdle in the Education ministry’s push for 100 per cent transition from primary to secondary school. Some of the items listed in schools as part of the uniform have…

Shock as schools charge Sh1,000 for underwear

Buying school uniform. [George Njunge/Standard] Pressure is mounting on Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha to crush the school uniforms cartels that are milking parents in cahoots with some schools, Sector stakeholders have complained that the costs of uniforms are locking out thousands of students from education and turning into a real hurdle in the Education ministry’s push for 100 per cent transition from primary to secondary school. Some of the items listed in schools as part of the uniform have raised questions, as some prices are unduly exaggerated. Further, the…

Developers lose billions in property market slump

In 2015, financial services provider Stanlib Kenya launched its much-awaited Real Estate Investment Trust (Reit), a first for the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE). The Reit was targeted at individuals seeking to invest in the property sector, even with limited funds, and was introduced at the price of Sh20 per share. It came at the peak of the sector when developers were raking in billions of shillings from buying, developing and flipping residential and commercial property in Nairobi’s sprouting suburbs. During a media roundtable at a Nairobi hotel a few weeks…

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…