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Kenyans Told to Prepare for Heavy Rains

By Collins Omulo

The Kenya Meteorological Department has warned Kenyans to brace for rains that are expected in several parts of the country until Sunday.

Deputy director Samwel Mwangi said the rains are expected to be pronounced on some days mainly in Kisii, Nyamira, Trans Nzoia, Uasin Gishu, Nandi, Laikipia, Nakuru, Narok, Kajiado, Kakamega and Vihiga, as well as the northeast part of the country.

“We expect several parts of the country to receive rainfall starting Wednesday and it might be heavy and localised. We are not expecting any extreme rainfall that might cause havoc,” Mr Mwangi told the Nation on phone.

He, however, said the Coast, the southeast lowlands and much of northeastern Kenya are expected to be relatively dry once again.

FORECAST

In its latest forecast covering October 17 and 23, which was released on Monday, the weatherman says Siaya, Kisumu, Homa Bay, Migori, Kisii, Nyamira, Trans Nzoia, Baringo, Uasin Gishu, Elgeyo-Marakwet, Nandi, Laikipia, Nakuru, Narok, Kajiado, Kericho, Bomet, Kakamega, Vihiga, Bungoma and Busia counties are expected to experience afternoon showers and thunderstorms.

This will apply to several places during much of the forecast period.

The rains are expected to spread to counties to the northeast of the region covering the Lake Basin and highlands west of the Rift Valley from Saturday.

The devolved units are also expected to receive morning rains over a few places between tomorrow and Sunday.

SHOWERS

Interestingly, northwestern counties of Turkana, West Pokot and Samburu are expected to receive afternoon showers and thunderstorms over few places today and Monday, with the rest of the days having sunny intervals in the morning.

The department also said the region will experience morning rains over a few places and afternoon showers and thunderstorms in several places on the other days of the forecast period.

Heavy afternoon showers are likely to occur in areas bordering Uganda on Sunday.

Nairobi, Nyandarua, Nyeri, Kirinyaga, Murang’a, Kiambu, Meru, Embu and Tharaka-Nithi counties are expected to experience cloudy mornings with rains over a few places.

SUNNY INTERVALS

There will be sunny intervals.

The counties are expected to experience afternoon showers in a few places throughout the forecast period.

Several places are likely to receive rainfall today.

Leopards in High Spirits Ahead of GOtv Shield Final

By John Ashihundu

AFC Leopards, now out of the SportPesa Premier League relegation zone, return to Nairobi Thursday evening from their two-day Machakos training camp, ready to face Kariobangi Sharks in Friday’s GOtv Shield final.

The two top tier sides clash at Kasarani from 3pm with Ingwe players promised a windfall by the Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja should they lift the title on Mashujaa Day.

The final will be presided by a third place play-off between Vihiga United and Sony Sugar at the same venue.

Fans will part with Sh300 to watch the final from the VIP stand while those who will watch from the terraces will pay Sh200. Tickets will be sold outside the stadium on match day. The winner of the tournament, sponsored by GOtv, will pocket Sh2 million and earn the rights to represent Kenya in next year’s Caf Confederation Cup.

Leopards’ secretary general, Oscar Igaida said Ingwe players’ morale is high after Senator Sakaja paid for their Machakos camp.

“We really appreciate Sakaja’s three-week assistance where he has coughed close to Sh700,000 for the players and the technical bench’s allowances,” Igaida said.

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Kakamega Senator Malala Charged Over Poll Boycott Call

By Shaban Makokha

Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala was on Wednesday charged with incitement.

The Senator was accused of inciting his supporters on October 13 to boycott the October 26 repeat presidential election during a political rally in Kakamega town.

He is alleged to have dared anyone to take ballot boxes to Muliro Gardens.

The charge read that the words were meant to disrupt the October 26 repeat polls in Kakamega.

Mr Malala, who was represented by Lawyer David Masake denied the charges and was released on cash bail of Sh300,000.

Mr Masake accused police of ignoring orders issued by the High Court, prohibiting his arrest.

“My client was enjoying miscellaneous application from the superior court and showed goodwill by presenting himself to police in the morning, but the police detained him for hours irrespective of the orders,” said Mr Masaka.

Present in court during the case was Lurambi MP Titus Khamala and Vihiga Woman Representative Beatrice Adagala.

The case will be heard on January 16 next year.

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IEBC Favours Jubilee, Nasa in Repeat Election – Ekuru Aukot

By Mohamed Ahmed

Thirdway Alliance Kenya presidential candidate Ekuru Aukot has accused the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) of aligning itself to Jubilee and Nasa and “dancing” to their tunes.

Speaking during a press briefing at Travellers Hotel in Mombasa, Dr Aukot accused the electoral commission of incompetence and serious issues of confidence.

LOCKED OUT

He decried being locked out of the dialogue with Nasa and Jubilee called by IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati.

“In his statement the chairman indeed accepted that there was division within the commission. It is evident the IEBC is its own enemy and that is why it has continued to weaken itself by aligning itself with either Nasa or Jubilee thoughts,” said Dr Aukot.

“How can it be so reckless to only invite Nasa and Jubilee as if they are the only people in the ballot? IEBC does not understand simple orders from the court and that is why it is talking of Nasa and Jubilee as if this country is all about the two.”

He said the “fixation in mind on the two is hurting the country’s economy”.

Dr Aukot questioned why Nasa leader Raila Odinga was being “forced” to participate in the election even after announcing his withdrawal.

VOTE OUT

“How do we talk about people who have said that they do not want to participate in an election? The current uncertainty is as a result of the so-called two horses and I am calling on Kenyans to ensure that we retire both,” he said.

Mr Aukot further accused the two coalitions of trying to force the presence of an electoral commission that is in their favour.

He said both Nasa and Jubilee are trying to kill the commission, “as they are used to having a referee that can favour them every time we head to an election.”

“That is what they did before the August 8 elections. They formed a committee comprising of their own people who decided on the team that will oversee the elections. If they do not have that they tend to create the uncertainty we are facing,” Dr Aukot said.

EVIDENCE

He noted that if the country is to hold political settlement then “it should be about excluding Nasa and Jubilee from this election”.

Dr Aukot said his party might have a problem with the IEBC but it will not go to the election “blindly”.

“We are watching every step that IEBC is making. I am beginning to gather my evidence to go to the Supreme Court again if Chebukati and his team are actually going to bungle this election,” he added.

Mr Aukot said he has called for an urgent meeting with the commission to discuss issues, among them the inclusion of his name in the KIEMs kits.

“We are ready for the election. We should conduct the election within 60 days because anything outside that we are creating a political crisis to this country. We cannot have this election outside the constitutional framework,” he said.

Dr Aukot said he will move to court if the KIEMs kits comprise only two candidates’ names.

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Kenyatta – I Won’t Hold Negotiations With Odinga

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday said he will not hold negotiations with the opposition, saying Kenyans should be allowed to vote in peace on October 26.

Speaking on the campaign trail at Saboti in Trans Nzoia County, President Kenyatta warned the opposition against intimidating the electoral agency IEBC.

“There will be no sitting in boardrooms to negotiate and share government. It is Kenyans who have the right to decide who will be president,” President Kenyatta said.

The President said those who do not want to participate in the October 26 fresh election were free to do so but should not curtail the rights of those who want to vote on that day.

COALITION GOVERNMENT

“The same way nobody is being forced to participate in the October 26 election, similarly no one has the right to stop those who want to participate,” President Kenyatta said.

On Wednesday, Nasa leader Raila Odinga said he was ready for dialogue with President Kenyatta, but maintained that the agenda for such a meeting would be about free, fair and credible election and not a coalition government.

Mr Odinga told the media on Tuesday afternoon that his team was ready for such dialogue “as soon as yesterday” and vowed never to attend if it was about forming a coalition government.

“The impression has been created that it is me who is wants nusu mkate (coalition government),” he said in reference to claims by Jubilee Party leaders that he has called for mass protests to demand for a coalition government having lost in the August 8 presidential election.

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Kenyatta Warns Nasa on Poll Disruption

By Grace Gitau, Pscu

President Uhuru Kenyatta has issued a stern warning against individuals who will attempt to undermine the repeat presidential elections.

The President cited recent incidents where Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) officials were attacked while preparing for the coming polls.

“Whoever will try to stop the elections, by attacking IEBC officials, firm action will be taken against them. We cannot allow a few individuals to destroy our country,” said the President at a Jubilee rally in Nanyuki on Wednesday.

INTIMIDATION

He insisted that the security of IEBC staff will not compromised and they should be allowed to do their work without intimidation.

“Anyone who will attempt to disrupt the election or beating election officials will be dealt with regardless of your position. You cannot stop a democratic process,” he said.

President Kenyatta urged Kenyans to come out in large numbers and exercise their democratic right to vote on October 26.

The President told opposition leader Raila Odinga to stop inciting Kenyans not to participate in the election saying such utterances amounted to denying Kenyans their right to vote.

“We are telling Raila you have a right to boycott the election but Kenyans have a right to vote.

“Why do you think you have a right to stop Kenyans from exercising their democratic right?” posed the President, who was accompanied by his Deputy William Ruto.

COALITION

The President said Kenyans will not allow the opposition leader to undermine the elections so that he can force the country to have a coalition government.

The President was speaking in Nanyuki hours after mobs attacked venues in Kisumu and Vihiga where IEBC officials were holding training workshops ahead of the repeat presidential poll.

In Kisumu, a training session at the county’s Huduma Centre was disrupted after youth stormed in and vandalised chairs and tents that had been erected for the programme.

Speaking at the same rally in Nanyuki, Deputy William Ruto said the Repeat elections will go on as scheduled.

“Kenyan must move to the election on October 26. They can call for press conferences as they want and resign as they desire but we must go to the polls,” he said.

He wondered why Nasa leaders are calling for anti-IEBC protests yet their candidate had withdrawn from the race.

AKOMBE

“To our competitors and their sponsors we will not accept any more games. We cannot continue to play around with future our country and our children” he said.

The Deputy President maintained that they will not have a sit down with Mr Odinga to discuss the political impasse.

MPs who spoke at the rally accused IEBC Commissioner Roselyn Akombe, who resigned, of working with the opposition.

Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua castigated her for fleeing the country and abandoning the commission.

“You can run but you cannot hide,” said.

Laikipia Woman Rep Catherine Waruguru said Dr Akombe is lucky that she had a second home to run to, unlike many Kenyans.

“Majority of Kenyans do not have the privilege of a second home. You were sent to check on the progress of printing of ballot papers but you have deceived Kenyans,” she said.

Additional reporting by Mwangi Ndirangu.

Kenya:15 Women Die While Giving Birth in Wajir County

By Bruhan Makong

Fifteen women have died while giving birth in Wajir County since the onset of the nurses’ strike.

Nurses have been on strike for 136 days since June 5.

NURSES’ STRIKE

In an interview with the Nation, Wajir County Chief Officer of Health Noor Sheikh Mohamed said that some of the women lost their lives in various private hospitals and other while giving birth at home.

But those hospitals do not have sufficient skilled medics and equipment, he said, adding that some women gave birth at home as they could not afford private hospitals.

The Chief Officer said that some private hospitals only have a capacity to accommodate one pregnant woman at a time and thus it is impossible to attend to all the women, compared to the Wajir Referral Hospital that has enough equipment and personnel.

“We carry out an average of nine to 15 deliveries per night in the referral hospital because of the availability of personnel and equipment. However, due to the nurses’ strike, some of the patients were forced to seek assistance elsewhere,” Mr Mohamed said.

RECALLED

The nurses’ strike in the county at some point led to a closure of the referral hospital, including the maternity wing, for more than a week in August. More than five pregnant women died that week.

The paediatric unit was also closed during the period, locking out children from receiving medical assistance.

Nursing officers and other heads of different department who are not allowed to strike were recalled to the hospital to handle emergency services.

“Currently the services have resumed in the hospital and we are carrying out emergency and outpatient services. The paediatric ward, maternity unit and male ward is now functional,” Mr Mohamed said.

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Kenya:Netizens Can’t Get Enough of Jimi Wanjigi’s Wife

By Naira Habib

A rare public appearance of city businessman Jimi Wanjigi’s wife, who stood by him during a press briefing at his house in Muthaiga on Wednesday morning, has stirred up social media.

The businessman on Wednesday broke his silence on the 72 hour police siege at his home pointing an accusing finger at the Jubilee government for persecuting him for his “unwavering support” for Nasa presidential candidate Raila Odinga.

He also narrated to how the police assaulted his wife, Irene Nzisa, as she attempted to record the destruction of their home.

However, what captured the eyes of netizens was the businessman’s wife who stood next to him while addressing the press.

Ms Nzisa public show of affection to her husband did not go unnoticed as she held him possessively with both hands.

Here are some of the reactions from Kenyans on Twitter:

A strong and loving wife maketh a man. #akomberesigns Baba Jimmy wanjigi pic.twitter.com/XX63LyTj3o

— Dunia Wiki Hii (@dunia_411) October 18, 2017

Everything about Jimmy Wanjigi is billionaire.

See how young and happy his father is.

See his wife, oh haleluya.👐

— Nyamwari Misati (@geomisati) October 18, 2017

All eyes are on the Mrs Wanjigi! Kumbe Jimmy Wanjigi has a beautiful wife! Hehe

— Mr waddis The Brand (@kipronoenock) October 18, 2017

If Jimmy Wanjigi want us to believe him he needs to buy Le wife a poker face

Wanjigi: my wife has not stopped crying

Wife: pic.twitter.com/jXtoivcqpg

— 🌼 (@CherryBlo5Som) October 18, 2017

Jimmy Wanjigi’s wife though… … A perfect definition of making great choices.The man has everything.Except a country

— Ben (@antonybenard254) October 18, 2017

Someone hold me like Jimmy Wanjigi’s wife lol

— Nkiro (@Nkirdizzle) October 18, 2017

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Namibia:Appetite for Local Potatoes Hits Rooftop

By Albertina Nakale

Windhoek — Namibians have a huge appetite for potatoes, but they seem to prefer buying pre-washed potatoes, so much so that the local irrigation schemes and farms are unable to produce even half of the 26,706 tons of potatoes consumed on an annual basis.

According to the latest figures by the Namibian Agronomic Board, during the 2015/16 financial year Namibia only produced 7,055 tons of potatoes of the 26,706 tons the country consumes on an annual basis. The rest, or 74 percent of local consumption, was imported into the country. The figures refer to potatoes sold in the formal markets.

Interestingly though the country did well when comes to the production of onions, producing nearly 70 percent of total consumption, and exporting a significant tonnage of the edible bulb.

However, the report notes that for a country where the horticultural market value is at N$678 million, the industry must work harder to reduce its reliance on imported horticultural products.

In 2015/16 Namibia produced horticultural produce worth N$174 million, while importing horticultural produce worth N$504 million. On the production of potatoes the agronomic board notes there is a demand for washed potatoes “which constitutes a large percentage” of local consumption.

For instance in the year under review, an additional 3,213 tons of brushed potatoes were exported between June and September, as there was an oversupply of brushed potatoes in the local market, while the demand for washed potatoes was not satisfied.

To satisfy Namibians’ hunger for washed potatoes, the report suggests that “to stimulate additional demand for local produce, the industry needs to invest in washing equipment, so that more washed potatoes are available during the year, instead of unwashed or brushed potatoes only”.

Namibia produces potatoes in the season that begins after the last frost, which is typically from August. This is because potatoes are sensitive to frost and excessive heat.

According to the agronomic board it had to close Namibian borders in the months between June and December 2015, to protect locally produced onions. As a result, the country only imported 39 percent, or 2,939 tons, of the country’s annual total consumption of 10,000 tons of onions.

These restrictions resulted in an increase of 140 percent in local marketing of 7,567 tons of onions, compared to 3,149 tons in the 2010/11 financial year.

It also meant that the country was able to export 9,288 tons of onions in the period between June and November 2015 when the local market was oversupplied with onions.

Meanwhile, the agronomic board says that the drought has affected the horticulture sector as well, with a reported decrease of 8 percent in the actual, local tonnage marketed to the formal trade.

In the 2015/16 financial year the country imported 49,859 tons of horticultural produce, which is 7 percent more than what it did the previous year. The locally produced horticulture produce decreased by 8 percent to 23,579 tons.

“These figures show the negative effect of the drought and heat experienced in Namibia,” states the report.

The reduction is due to the fact that some producers reduced production as a result of a lack of water resources, while seed germination and pollution challenges were experienced due to high air temperatures, and low humidity caused decreases in yield and poor quality fruit.

All horticulture products are controlled products as gazetted in accordance with section 2 of the Agronomic Industry Act of 1992.

The agronomic board regulates the horticulture industry through the market share promotion scheme, which is implemented by Agro Marketing and Trading Agency.

Somalia:Italy Donates 300,000 Euros to Somali Red Crescent

Turkish and Somali paramedic carry wounded people to a Turkish military plane that will transport the injured to Turkey, at the airport in Mogadishu, Somalia, 16 October 2017. The death toll from the 14 October truck bomb attack has risen to at least 230, the deadliest attack in Somalias recent history. EPA/SAID YUSUF WARSAME

Italy has donated 300,000 euros to the Somali Red Crescent following last weekend’s terrorist attack in Mogadishu, the foreign ministry in Rome said on Wednesday.

“I have arranged through the Italian Cooperation Service for the emergency funding of 300,000 euros to the Federation of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent (FICROSS) to at least partly alleviate the tragic consequences of the terrorist attack in Mogadishu a few days ago” said Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano.

“The Somali Red Crescent Society will be able to use this money from Italy to provide medical care to those injured in the attack”. Central Mogadishu was hit by the terrorist attack on 14 October – 327 were killed and over 400 injured. “Italy wishes to show its support to all the families of the victims and the injured,” concluded Alfano.

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