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Man arrested after battering his wife to death

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Police officers in Kisii county have arrested a man suspected to have murdered his wife on Sunday night following a domestic wrangle.

According to reports from the police, Mr Peter Aching’a, 29, is said to have beaten up his wife, Ms Nancy Kemunto, to death at their home in Bosingi village, Nyamache sub-county.

Ms Kemunto was heard screaming for help in the middle of the night.

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One of the neigbours, Mr George Ombaba, said he responded to the woman’s distress call immediately only to find that other neighbours had already arrived at the scene and gotten hold of the suspect.

Kisii county police commander, Mr Martin Kibet, said the body of the victim had injuries on the face, legs and hands. He also said the victim’s bed sheets were soaked in blood.

The body of the deceased was moved to Kisii Teaching and Referral Hospital Mortuary awaiting postmortem while the suspect is in police custody.

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Governor Waititu’s homes raided

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Anti-graft agency detectives Thursday morning raided the Nairobi and Kiambu homes of Governor Ferdinand Waititu in probe into claims of corruption at Kiambu County.

The officers went to Waititu’s homes in Runda, Kiambu, Garden estate and Thika where they ransacked for documents.

The officers said they would later take the Governor, his wife and daughter to Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission offices at Integrity Centre for questioning over claims of graft.He was in his Runda home when the team arrived there.

Officials said apart from Waititu, 15 other county officials were targeted and their homes raided in the probe.

“We have teams out there at the Governor’s homes and at the residence of 15 other staff at the county to gather information,” said an official who asked not to be named.

Waititu has been on the radar of EACC over claims of graft at the county and his sudden wealth in the city. The commission has been conducting a lifestyle audit on Waititu and says they have gathered crucial information that they are now using as the basis of their probe.KRA is also investigating if he has paid his taxes in the past years.

Waititu has denied claims of corruption and insisted his property was legally gained.Waititu did not accompany President Uhuru Kenyatta when he toured projects in Redhill area, Kiambu County.

source:Standard.co.ke

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Dilapidated Kenyan embassy buildings around the world to get Sh700m facelift

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It will cost taxpayers Sh700 million to renovate diplomats’ homes and offices in Washington D.C, London and New York as their poor state force ambassadors to rent premises.

The Treasury, in budget documents before Members of Parliament for review, says it will spend Sh250 million to renovate the high commissioner’s residence in London, Sh250 million (Washington D.C properties) and Sh200 million for New York homes and office.

Foreign Affairs ministry has recently indicated a change of plan from lease of space to property purchase as rental costs for embassies and consulates shoot to billions of shillings annually.

Diplomats in London and New York have been forced to rent homes as residences built by taxpayers fall apart due to neglect, the Auditor-General revealed last year.

Edward Ouko’s audit paints the sorry state of affairs in the country’s foreign missions and singled out the Kenyan embassies in Washington D.C, New York and London—which are the most prestigious diplomatic missions. This has forced the diplomats to rent homes in some of the world’s pricey cities, pushing the missions’ leasing costs to above Sh2 billion.

“No proper justification has been given for leasing residential houses considering that the Government of Kenya has houses for the ambassadors in New York and London except for failure to maintain these properties in habitable conditions,” said Mr Ouko.

“An expenditure of Sh2.3 billion on lease of properties abroad could have been minimised if there was a clear policy on purchase or construction of government-owned properties for the missions.”

A recent parliamentary report said the building hosting the Kenyan Embassy in Washington D.C has greatly deteriorated. Compared to neighbouring structures, the property stands out as a neglected unit.

SOURCE: Businessdaily.co.ke

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Bob Collymore’s contract extended by another year despite calls he be replaced by a Kenyan

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Safaricom has extended Bob Collymore’s contract by a year to compensate for the time he was away on medical leave.

The CEO will now leave the telco in 2020.

“I am not going anywhere. I will be here for another one year till 2020,” Mr Collymore said on the sidelines of the shared value event in Nairobi.

The move now postpones transition at the listed firm that posted Sh63-billion profit last year.

The Guyanese-born British citizen took a medical leave in 2017 to fight cancer and it is understood that he wants to exit the firm.

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Last month, Reuters reported that a row had erupted at the giant telco after the Kenyan government insisted that Mr Collymore should be succeeded by a Kenyan, delaying the announcement of his replacement.

Safaricom’s stronghold on Kenya’s economy has been cemented by its mobile money platform M-Pesa that has now been classified as a risk to the economy if it collapses.

The firm, listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE), has more than 30 million customers and generates over Sh200 billion in revenues every year.

The telco has become critical in fighting crime as well as helping police with investigations given its reach.

SHAREHOLDING

Choosing a chief executive at Safaricom has always remained the preserve of Britain’s Vodafone, which was the major shareholder in the firm until 2017.

It transferred this powers to South Africa’s Vodacom after a share swap in 2017, which saw it remain with a five percent stake, while the South African firm ended up with a 35 percent stake.

The Kenyan government also has 35 percent share, similar to what South Africa’s Vodacom has, and without merging the shareholding, they have equal shareholder strength.

SOURCE-nation.co.ke

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