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VIDEO: Nasa backs Uhuru Kenyatta’s 8pc fuel tax with conditions

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The National Super Alliance (Nasa) has offered conditional support to President Kenyatta’s memorandum to Parliament cutting VAT on fuel from 16 percent to eight percent.

A parliamentary group meeting of the Raila Odinga-led coalition on Tuesday resolved to support the tax, which is set to substantially raise the cost of living, for a year.

The backing came after a three-hour meeting at Orange House in Nairobi, chaired by Mr Odinga.

The meeting was attended by MPs from all Nasa-allied parties — Mr Odinga’s Orange Democratic Movement, Kalonzo Musyoka’s Wiper and Moses Wetangula’s Ford-Kenya.

“In light of the need to address the suffering of the people while ensuring that development is also delivered, we recognise and appreciate that there was bilateral support for our attempt to remove VAT altogether and the president was able to meet us half way by lowering the tax from 16 to eight percent,” the MPs said in a joint statement read by National Assembly Minority Whip Junet Mohammed.

“Nasa therefore offers its conditional support for the initiative to cut VAT from the initial 16 percent to eight.”

The coalition, however, wants the government to eliminate wastage and be economical with the resources.

The opposition also wants Mr Kenyatta’s administration to be sensitive to hard financial times facing Kenyans and live within its means.

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On expiry of the 12 months, the lawmakers said in the joint statement, the tax will be subject to review and possible scrapping.

Their statement comes hours to the a special sitting of the National Assembly to debate Mr Kenyatta’s memo.

Last week, President Kenyatta announced that he had rejected the bill deferring implementation of the tax until 2020 and slashed the 16 percent tax by 50 percent.

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‘Nlipata divorce papers kando yangu’ Pitson talks on the day his wife walked out on him

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Gospel artiste Pitson has shared about a phase in his marriage to Karol Mwai when he woke up and found divorce papers placed besides him.

This he revelead during an appearance as a guest on the reality show ‘Dine with the Muraya’s’.

Talking about the horrifying experience he said

‘ It was very shocking.

Imagine waking up and finding divorce papers and my wife asking me to sign them.

She even went back to their home. I took three weeks before I went to get her back. Tumetoka Mbali’

Karol was quick to add that that move seems to have worked as he is now a changed man.

‘He should thank me, the ‘growing up’ that has happened in our marriage came up after that incident.’

Pitson hit the airwaves some years back thanks to his ‘Lingala Ya Yesu’ song.

In a past interview with the Standard, Pitson had narrated how he met Karol during a kesha (overnight vigil) in Limuru, in 2006.

 “She was one of those girls that would never stay behind after keshas to mingle and talk to artists.

That day when she heard me singing, she came back inside even if her friends left, as usual,” he says.

When he was done singing, out of character, Caroline went and said hallo to him.

“She said she was a law student in first year at Moi University and bingo! I knew it. Here was the wife I wanted to marry!”

By Mpasho.co.ke

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Devastating: Tributes pour in for journalist Edwin Audi killed in road crash

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The death of KTN news director killed in a car crash involving three vehicles, two trailers and a Toyota Probox on the Nairobi-Namanga highway has left his loved ones devastated.

Edwin Audi was in the company of four friends on Saturday when their vehicle collided with a trailer head-on near Maili Saba killing him on the spot.

Kajiado Central police boss Daudi Loronyokwe said two people were killed during the crash that involved multiple of vehicles

According to the police report, the car, a Toyota Probox, tried to overtake a truck when it collided with an oncoming trailer.

“The driver of the Probox tried to avoid hitting the trailer which was ferrying timber to Kajiado but hit the front side of the trailer prompting it to veer off the road before landing in a ditch. As a result, one of the passengers died on the spot.”

The other four occupants sustained injuries and were rushed to hospital after the Saturday evening crash.

Journalists mostly his colleagues at KTN took to their social pages to mourn their departed colleague.

KTN anchor Zubeidah Koome with the late Edwin Audi. [Courtesy]

Kiswahili anchor Zubeidah Koome eulogised Audi as one of the most talented and thorough news directors, describing his work ethos as top-notch and meticulous.

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“One of Kenya’s greatest News Directors, very talented, thorough, professional, all the assignments we’ve gone for were full of fun, and your news directing-Top notch,” she wrote on her Facebook.

“Just the other day you were about to start our show Kioo cha Hoja, the montage was already on air, all over a sudden you asked me, are you okay, are you ready to start the show, I said no and immediately you took a break, even without saying you were able to tell I wasn’t settled, that’s how perfect you were I will surely miss you, my friend and colleague, we all will RIP my brother It is well, till we meet again. May God comfort your family,” she added.

KTN’s Mwangi Maina with Edwin Audi. [Courtesy]

Another colleague, Mwangi Maina described Audi’s death like a bad dream, adding that he was humble and kind.

“Shine on your way my friend Edwin Audi. It feels like a bad dream, death is cruel. A very easy, humble and kind guy. Heartbreaking! RIP Audi.”

KTN reporter Mark Namaswa eulogised Audi as a friendly and calm character in the newsroom.

“I don’t know what to say. You were one friendly news director, very calm under pressure, and equally relaxed away from work. Shine on your way, brother. Till we meet again.”

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“Edwin Audi,,,,,maan it is unbelievable. Rest easy bro, till we meet again. We have lost a cool guy, a cool News Director just like that.” Said Jared Ontobo, another colleague at KTN news production.

Audi formerly worked for Nation Media group’s now-defunct QTV before moving to KTN.

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Likoni floating bridge to be ready in 6 weeks – KeNHA 

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) will complete the Likoni floating bridge by mid-November.

KeNHA said in a communique that all the steel material structures have been assembled, making it possible for the works to be completed ahead of time, KeNHA Director General Peter Mundinia confirmed the new forecast.

“We will complete the floating bridge construction ahead of schedule”, Mundinia said.

He said it was the mission and vision of KeNHA to move ahead of schedule, adding that their projects are enablers of the economy hence the need for quick turnaroune.

Mundinia said the Nairobi Expressway was progressing well and will also be completed ahead of schedule.

The Director-General said local engineers had been offered subcontracts as part of the Presidential directive to generate employment to locals.

“HE the President has issued directives on youth and professional engagements in the project which we are fully adhering to,” Engineer Mundinia said.

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