University of Exeter to award Eliud Kipchoge Honorary degree

Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge (white jersey) celebrates after crossing the finish line at the end of his attempt to bust the mythical two-hour barrier for the marathon on October 12, 2019, in Vienna [Courtesy] The University of Exeter will award Kenyan marathon record-breaker Eliud Kipchoge an Honorary Doctorate of Laws degree during their winter graduation ceremony set for Friday, December 13. Kipchoge received a letter from the university in July last year, where the Council in the university’s Senate recognised him for what he has achieved in the sport, asking him…

Muthama: I will lead Kalonzo-Ruto coalition talks

Outspoken former Machakos Senator Johnson Muthama (pictured) has switched political alliance and declared his support for Deputy President William Ruto. Muthama on Wednesday said he will steer coalition talks between the DP and Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka. Muthama, who has been a fierce critic of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee government, has vowed to lead a delegation of senior political leaders from Ukambani to negotiate for Kalonzo’s position in the merger ahead of 2022 polls. “I will soon convene a meeting of all elected leaders including MPs and MCAs as well as…

Where the jobs are

You stand a higher chance of landing a job in the food industry, with the latest official data showing that the sub-sector churned out the most jobs in four years to 2018. However, data from the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) sounded a warning bell to those engaged in the manufacture of vegetable and animal oils and fats, as this sub-sector shed a staggering 12,743 jobs in the period under review. The 2018 Statistical Abstract shows that the number of workers engaged in the manufacture of food products increased…

Kenyans hit as essential food prices double

The average Kenyan household spends a big chunk of its paycheck on food, with some essential supplies having doubled in their value between 2009 and 2018. Prices of such items as tomatoes and matumbo (offals) have risen by 120 per cent and 101 per cent respectively in the nine-year period under review, according to a new report by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS). This saw Kenyans dig deeper into their pockets even as economic conditions hardened, with a number of companies laying off workers. SEE ALSO :Farmers to…

Things fall apart for State’s free maternity programme

Newly delivered mothers are being discharged prematurely due to inadequate funding for the government’s free maternity programme, a new report says. Cotton wool and surgical blades are also some of the necessities expectant mothers have to pay for in public hospitals as the health facilities grapple with poor funding. For example, in Kilifi County, as the report by The Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa (Osiea) revealed, women are discharged to avoid sleeping on the floor due to lack of space. SEE ALSO :Software deal was used to milk NHIF…

Democrats announce two impeachment charges against Trump

Nadler, in a solemn and deeply serious moment for the nation, was joined by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in the US Capitol to lay out the charges facing Trump. The president is alleged to have wielded the power of the presidency for personal and political gain by pressuring Ukraine to interfere in the 2020 US election. He also pressed his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky to probe a debunked Kremlin conspiracy theory that it was Kiev, and not Moscow, that interfered in the 2016 US election. “The evidence of the president’s…

Inside death-worshipping mountain tribe who cook ancestors’ remains every day

Mirror 10th Dec 2019 11:46:46 GMT +0300 A Dani elder holds up the mummified corpse of former village chief. [Image: Mediadrumimages/GianlucaChiodini] Remarkable photos have captured a reclusive mountain tribe who cook their ancestors’ remains every day to help preserve their mummified bodies. The Dani people of Baliem Valley in West Papua, Indonesia, also hack the fingers off women who have lost a loved one. The tribe, only discovered by Western scientists 80 years ago, says the rituals help with grief and happiness. “The Dani are the most beautiful tribe in…

Teacher charged with murder of class 8 pupil and her baby

Eric Otieno Ooko, a teacher of Gethsemane academy on Mfangano Island. He was arraigned in Homa Bay High Court for the murder of Rihana Nafula and her baby girl Everlyn Aoko. [James Omoro, Standard] A primary school teacher has been charged over the killing of a Class Eight pupil and her 10-month-old daughter, who he allegedly sired. Eric Otieno Ooko of Gethsemane Academy in Mfangano Island, Mbita Sub-county was arraigned in Homa Bay High Court yesterday, charged with the murder of Rihana Nafula and her daughter Everlyn Aoko. In the…

NCIC warns against divisive remarks on BBI report

President Uhuru Kenyatta after receiving the BBI report at State House. [File, Standard] The National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) has warned politicians against using inflammatory remarks when expressing their opinion on the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report. The anti-ethnic conflict agency through its chairperson Dr Samuel Kobia in a press release, has condemned some of the remarks made by politician’s on the report over the weekend. “We are concerned that the utterances are likely to undermine national cohesion, healing, reconciliation and the gains the country has made since 2007/08…

Graft monster: Lords of impunity pocket Sh300 trillion annually

Probably overwhelmed by the state of graft in the country, you did not notice that today is the World Anti-Corruption Day. December 9 was set aside by the United Nations to create awareness on corruption and outline ways to combat it. The day has been observed annually since 2003. According to the UN, over Sh100 trillion is paid in bribes and more than Sh200 trillion is stolen through corruption every year in the world. In developing countries, according to the United Nations Development Programme, funds lost to corruption are estimated…