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Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives Launch Kenya E-Trade Portal

By Baraka Jefwa

The Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives has launched the Kenya E-Trade Portal to help ease the way Kenyans interact with trade both locally and internationally.

The launch took place at the Intercontinental hotel, Nairobi Kenya, where it was announced that the portal is an authoritative trade information platform designed to provide: information on import duties, target market abroad, trade in services opportunities, information on Kenya’s suppliers of various goods and services (both international and domestic) and County trade related information, among other features.

“The Kenya E-Trade portal is one of the National trade policy’s envisioned immediate outputs and will be used as a tool to actualize vision 2030 aspirations,” said Dr Chris Kiptoo, PS, Ministry of Industry, Trade and Co-operatives.

Dr Chris Kiptoo pointed at, enabling private sector investment in goods and services sector and creating immense opportunity for trade development at county level as some of the things the Kenya E-Trade Portal will be able to improve on.

The portal was developed over a six months period, between 26th March and 30th September 2017 through a stakeholder driven process which involved: needs assessment, system specification and eventual development and capacity building training for content management.

Adan Mohamed, cabinet secretary, Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives said that it is an important component of the National trade policy. He added that through its various features the portal will improve the lives of our Kenyan business men and women by making easier to navigate the Kenyan market.

The features include:

Home page- Provides information on the portal.

Trade with Kenya- Trade in goods provides trade information for exports and imports of goods.

Target Markets- Abroad- Provides Kenya’s target markets abroad based on Kenya’s missions abroad.

Counties- Where trade information on various counties is made available.

Trade statistics- Grants access to trade Kenya’s statistics.

erce Gateway (source from Kenya)- Enables e-commerce trade.

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Kisii County Starts Search for Woman Missing After Building Collapse

By Nyaboga Kiage

A fresh search for a missing person kicked off on Thursday afternoon at the site of the building the collapsed in Mwembe area, Kisii County.

This is after the family of Ms Leah Kwamboka, who was working at the site, raised concern over her disappearance since the building collapsed on Wednesday last week.

TRAPPED

Mr Nahashon Mageto, her young brother, said they suspect that she is still trapped in the rubble because her phone was tracked and found at the site.

“We searched for her at the various hospitals where the victims were taken and at the mortuary but could not get her. That is why we requested for a fresh search,” he said.

Kisii County Disaster Management boss Julius Tinega said the search at the building had begun.

KILLED

“We kicked off the fresh search a few minutes past 12 and we hope that we shall find the body,” he said.

The four-storey building collapsed last week killing seven people and injuring 18 others.

The National Construction Authority (NCA) faulted the owner of the building for ignoring an order to stop construction.

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Kaparo Calls for Dialogue Amid Presidential Election Uncertainty

By Davis Ayega

Nairobi — National Cohesion and Integration Commission has urged President Uhuru Kenyatta and Opposition leader Raila Odinga to embrace dialogue and heed Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) call for talks in a bid to end the current political stalemate in the country ahead of next week’s presidential poll.

The agency Chairperson Francis Ole Kaparo said on Thursday the hard line stance of the two sides in regards to next week’s presidential election risks plunging the country into chaos and a full blown conflict that will affect the growth of the country.

“We are appealing to the political leaders and their supporters to explore alternative means of resolving the issues at hand. We urge the government and opposition to act with openness, sobriety and tolerance in addressing the source of the current impasse,” said Kaparo during a press briefing on the current political situation in the country.

Kaparo noted that it was time for the political leaders to act and reach out to each other for the sake of the country arguing that it would be a grave mistake to hope that the current political situation witnessed in the country would be resolved through threats and counter threats or public condemnation.

“Our leaders need to agree whether they want to follow the rule of the law or that of the jungle, it is very imperative for Kenyatta and Odinga to embrace talks,” said Kaparo.

With the hardening positions by the two main political outfits in the country, Kaparo warned that the hard-line stances taken by the politicians would further divide the country which went through a deadly post election period in 2007 and 2008.

“A polarized Kenya is a road for endless mistrust, hostility and economic retrogression. That is the road we must not travel,” said Kaparo.

Kaparo further asked Kenyans to exercise restraint and desist from engaging in violent demonstrations, hate speech and threats which can only heighten the tension around the repeat presidential election.

“To the supporters of the political class we urge you to embrace tolerance, restraint and respect diversity. Elections come and go but Kenya remains. Your neighbors remain hence we have to preach peace, love and unity. Let us be our brothers keepers,” noted Kaparo.

At the same time, Kaparo appealed to the electoral body to put its house in order and assure Kenyans of a free, fair and credible election.

“We urge IEBC to follow the law and provide credible elections,” said Kaparo.

Kaparo however stressed that the electoral body should be accorded with sufficient support from all quarters for its success.

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No Turning Back, Poll Must Take Place – Kenyatta

By Olive Burrows

Nairobi — President Uhuru Kenyatta says he is open to having a discussion with Opposition leader Raila Odinga on the peaceful conduct of next week’s poll but is categorical that he will not entertain the subject of their postponement.

In an interview with Chamgei and Kass FM earlier on Thursday afternoon at the Nakuru State Lodge, President Kenyatta said he would not stand for the citizenry to be robbed of their right to flex their muscle at the ballot.

“We can shake hands and say yes, that we as candidates are willing to accept the will of the people but there is no other dialogue other than that but that dialogue me as Uhuru Kenyatta, my deputy William Ruto, we are ready at any time.”

He has maintained this position even as pressure mounts from a section of the civil society and religious leaders for the two leaders to adopt more temperate positions in the interest of peace and stability.

Kenya

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Number of Listed Apartments in Kilimani Doubles in a Year

Nairobi — Supply of apartments in Kilimani residential area in Nairobi grew by 93.3 percent in the last one year from September 2016.

A study by research firm Data Fintech also reveals a growing appetite for three-bedroom apartments in Kilimani with unit asking price starting at Sh11 million up to Sh15 million.

The data was analyzed by the firm using 17,500 listings posted on property website BuyRentKenya.

On the demand side, three bedroom apartments experienced the highest growth of 66 percent while in Kileleshwa , a three bedroom apartment averages between Sh15 million and Sh20 million with demand standing at 71.4 percent.

Proximity to the CBD, schools and other amenities seems to be attracting buyers to these residential areas, the study says.

Supply for townhouses grew marginally at 11.7 percent while the supply of four bedroom apartments has grown by 7.5 percent in these two residential areas.

Kenya

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Larry Madowo Bans Miguna Miguna From His Show

By Chad Kitundu

NTV’s Larry Madowo shocked his audience on Wednesday night by banning lawyer Miguna Miguna from future appearances on his Sidebar show.

In a highly charged debate, the two failed to agree over a statement Miguna made that seemed to be advocating for violence.

“For a revolution to take place, blood sometimes has to be involved,” Miguna said as he was issuing his final remarks.

But he was immediately cut short by the host who would not let Miguna explain himself.

Miguna sharply responded that he had to be allowed to finish his final remarks uninterrupted.

“Don’t call me back here if you will keep on interjecting when I am expressing my independent views,” Miguna said.

To everyone’s astonishment, Madowo told the vocal panelist not to come back to his show.

“If you are not going to answer my questions then don’t come back to my show!” Madowo told Miguna as the two kept on arguing, before he abruptly ended the show: “We leave it there then.”

Other panelists were Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen, Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo Jr and nominated MP Jennifer Shamalla.

After the show social media was ablaze with comments.

For

Miguna is like potassium, you put him on air and he explodes.. #sidebar

– ken Omondi (@moshonk) October 19, 2017

Thank you @LarryMadowo for ensuring that there is sobriety and deportment devoid of derogatory vitriol during #sidebar @ntvkenya

– Dr Andrew Suleh MD (@andrewsuleh) October 19, 2017

Against

#Sidebar

At this rate don’t b surprised when u hear Miguna Miguna has been arrested/under siege for using the Queen’s language “demagogue”

– Kowa Fredrick (@KowaTheGreat) October 19, 2017

#Sidebar @LarryMadowo is a socialite who found himself at the wrong place.Ask Hussein Mohammed or Dibal of AM LIVE how to moderate shows!

– Solonka Sampere (@sampere_solonka) October 19, 2017

@LarryMadowo which word would you prefer to DEMAGOGUE? “MY SHOW” rant do you own @ntvkenya & viewers?Be a good listener not censor #Sidebar

– Nanyingi M. (@Nanyingih) October 19, 2017

The only thing that has kept #sidebar alive is presence of @MigunaMiguna always

– mohamed welly Kenya (@Mohamedwelly) October 19, 2017

Kenyatta Pens ‘Love Letter’ to Voters Ahead of Election

By Hilary Kimuyu

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday wrote a letter to Kenyan voters ahead of next week’s presidential election, charming them to give him a second term to deliver on his promises.

The letter was tucked in the middle of Thursday’s copies of Daily Nation newspaper and addressed “To my fellow Kenyan”.

In the letter, President Kenyatta abandons the brash tone that has recently characterised his campaign rallies in favour of a more thoughtful approach, as he outlines his desire to be handed a second term.

“Our work however, is not finished, we need to ensure that we create prosperity not just for a few but for all of 45 million Kenyans,” he wrote.

WON ELECTIONS

He nevertheless insists he won the elections on August 8 which was subsequently nullified by the Supreme Court of Kenya.

“When the ballots were counted and the results announced, I was declared the winner of the elections. However, in what has now become a historical ruling in our continent, the Supreme Court of Kenya in its wisdom chose to nullify and overturn the results of the elections.”

He urged Kenyans to be each other’s keeper, remain peaceful and put the country above self.

He also acknowledged that the current political atmosphere has had a toll on the economy because of the anxiety and uncertainty in the air.

SLOWING DOWN

“Our current situation is not helping us. Things are slowing down. The economy is starting to take a hit. We are feeling it whether you are from the north, south, east or west of the country. The Kenyan economy is one economy.”

“I know you are frustrated and you are tired. But we did it once and we can do it again.”

“I humbly ask you for your vote so that we can get our country moving again.”

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First Batch of Presidential Ballots Due in the Country Saturday

By Jeremiah Wakaya

Nairobi — The first batch of ballot papers for the October 26 fresh presidential election will be delivered to the country on Saturday.

More ballot papers are expected early next week, ahead of the Thursday presidential election boycotted by National Super Alliance (NASA) leader Raila Odinga who has accused the electoral commission of failing to undertake crucial reforms to ensure a level playing field before the fresh poll.

According to Commissioner Abdi Guliye who is overseeing the printing process in Dubai, the first consignment will include ballot papers for eight far-flung counties most of which are located in the Northeastern part of the country.

The Commission also made a decision to include United Democratic Party candidate Cyrus Jirongo in the August 8 presidential election after he contested his exclusion from the election.

“It is easier from an operational point of view to include him now rather than being given an order to include him when you’ve already printed the ballot papers,” Commissioner Guliye explained.

Other than Odinga and President Uhuru Kenyatta (Jubilee Party), other candidates on the ballot are Ekuru Aukot (Thirdway Alliance), Alliance for Real Change leader Abduba Dida and independent presidential candidates Michael Wainaina, Joseph Nyagah and Japheth Kaluyu.

Odinga has however insisted that he is out of the race citing among other concerns, failure by IEBC to carry out critical reforms including the award of ballot printing tender to a printer other than Al Ghurair.

IEBC, however, explained to Odinga in a formal response to his demands that it could not have been possible to drop Al Ghurair given strict timelines the commission finds itself working in after the Supreme Court ruling on September 1 that nullified the re-election of President Kenyatta.

Kenya

Election Boss Reads Riot Act to President and Opposition Leader

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Activists to Stage Protests in Nairobi Against Police Brutality

By Simon Ndonga

Nairobi — A group of civil society activists are planning to stage street demonstrations in Nairobi on Thursday over the killing of protesters by police in various parts of the country.

Activist Boniface Mwangi will lead the protesters who are against the killing of unarmed people in protests and want to petition the Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet and acting Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi.

The group wants police to provide security to the protests from Freedom Corner, through Kenyatta Avenue, Moi Avenue through to Harambee House and Jogoo House.

On Monday, October 16, a Form Four student was shot and killed during anti-IEBC protests in Kisumu.

A two-year-old girl was also left with a bullet lodged in the shoulder near her neck after she was shot as police repulsed demonstrators.

Kenya

Election Boss Reads Riot Act to President and Opposition Leader

Electoral commission chief Wafula Chebukati on Wednesday cast doubts on the possibility of holding credible elections… Read more »

Roselyn Akombe Fights Back Tears in Emotive Radio Interview

By Wycliffe Muia

Former IEBC Commissioner Roselyn Akombe has taken a swipe at the international community, saying they have blindly backed a “deeply flawed” electoral system.

In an interview with American NPR Radio, Dr Akombe on Wednesday said the foreign countries failed in their mandate to help Kenya prepare for a credible repeat poll.

“It’s a complex situation and where you have international community fully supporting the entire process, without questioning any part of such process,” Dr Akombe said.

RAISE CONCERNS

“In other countries that I have worked, the international community should have being the first to raise these concerns.”

This was second interview the ex-commissioner was granting foreign media after declaring her resignation on BBC on Wednesday.

She said she quit the commission because she did want to be part of a flawed election that would “make a mockery” of electoral integrity.

She blamed the international community for failing to assess and tell the world about the environment on which Kenyan’s election will be held.

“You have not heard anybody from the international community explain whether we have environment that will lead us to have a fair and credible election,” she said

BROKE DOWN

During the NPR interview, Dr Akombe broke down when trying to shed off the ‘opposition-mole’ tag at the IEBC.

“I cannot be a crazy person who has woken up and is raising these issues. I’m speaking out because I care for that country, I passionately care about my country. I do not want to see my country going down again,” she said as she fought back her tears.

“I am speaking out because I’m hoping that there are some sober heads who will take this up and redeem that country (Kenya), before it goes down the drain… sorry you got me a bit emotional, I wouldn’t be able to continue with this interview,” she told the interviewer.

In the wake of her announcement, her former boss, Wafula Chebukati, chairman of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, issued a warning to the country’s political leaders on Wednesday.

FREE AND FAIR

“It’s impossible under the current conditions to hold free and fair elections,” Mr Chebukati said in a news conference.

“I issue a stern warning to both sides to stop interfering with the work of the commission.”

But in a tweet from his verified official account, Deputy President William Ruto shot back.

“Chebukati should stop lecturing us and oversee the elections. He is not doing us & we need no favours. Btw we won on 8/8 fair and square,” he said.

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