Oil transportation from Turkana to Mombasa to resume after 45 days stalemate

Transportation of crude oil from Turkana to Mombasa is scheduled to resume this week after stalling for one and half month following protests by local communities demanding jobs and security.

Petroleum and Mining Cabinet Secretary John Munyes and Tullow Oil Country Manager Martin Mbogo said they had reached an agreement with local leaders and communities to end the stalemate that has led to losses of more than sh 600 million.

Mps from the region led by Turkana East counterpart Ali Mohammed Lokiru said they still engaging communities in the region over the matter ahead of resumption of the oil trucking on Thursday.

Mathews Ndanyi

Harambee Stars maintain place ranking in latest ranking

Harambee Stars have maintained their global 112th position in the latest ranking released by the world’s football governing body, Fifa yesterday. Stars are gearing towards facing Ghana in the 2019 Africa Cup of nations in September 8 at Moi, Kasarani.

The West African football giants, who have omitted several names in their squad with skipper Asamoah Gyan and the Ayiew brothers (Andre and Jordan) notable casualties, are placed 45th globally having moved two places up.

Stars other opponents in Group ‘F’ of the qualifiers, Ethiopia and Sierra Leone, are placed 151 and 111 respectively, both having made no movement from the previous rankings.

Uganda extended their supremacy in the Cecafa region, where they ranked 82 as Kenya came second. Burundi, South Sudan, Tanzania, Rwanda and Sudan are placed 148, 156, 140, 136 and 128 respectively

Despite failing to navigate past the group stages in the World Cup, Tunisia and Senegal are the best two in the continental standings. DR Congo, Kenya’s opponent in the next Caf assignment, Ghana and Morocco complete the top five list.

Globally, newly crowned world champions France sit at the crest while second runners up Belgium are second. Five-time world champions Brazil are third while 2018 World Cup beaten finalists Croatia are fourth. Two-time champions Uruguay, England, Portugal, Switzerland, Spain, Denmark and Argentina wrap up the top ten list.

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Chief Kadhi faults Matiang’i on Idd ul-Adha Tuesday date

Chief Kadhi Ahmed Muhdhar has faulted CS Fred Matiang’i for declaring Tuesday as the public holiday to mark Idd-ul-Adha.

Muhdhar said the announced went against his advice that the celebrations be marked on Wednesday, August 22 in line with the Muslim calendar.

“I wrote to him before the announcement indicating that Muslims would celebrate Idd on Wednesday but he went ahead to declare Tuesday as the public holiday,” Muhdhar told the Star on the phone.

According to Kenyan time, Idd al-Adha will begin on the evening of Tuesday, August 21 and end on the evening of Wednesday, August 22.

The day is celebrated by Muslims globally to commemorate the willingness of Ibrahim (also known as Abraham) to follow Allah’s (God’s) command to sacrifice his son Isaak (Isaac).

“Those who will pray on Tuesday are following Saudi Arabia time, we are supposed however to follow local time and sightings,” he said.

He explained that the moon was sighted on Sunday, August 12 and so the 10th day when the Idd al Adha should take place falls on Wednesday and not Tuesday.

The Chief Kadhi, however, noted that the law grants the CS the final word on which day national holidays should be marked.

Muhdhar said some Muslims will celebrate Eid on Wednesday.

“We are united, legal issues are flexible. It depends on your interpretation,” he said.

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Naomi Shabaan says she couldn’t be bribed 10,000 shillings over rejected sugar report

Taveta MP Naomi Shabaan has rubbished claims that MPs were bribed with Sh10,000 each to shoot down the sugar report on contaminated sugar.

Speaking on Saturday in Voi, Shabaan dismissed an article in a local daily that named her among legislators that allegedly received the bribe.

“I treat this as a big joke. Ten thousand is the least amount I give to my friends for lunch,” Shabaan said, adding that the claims must have been ignited by people who wanted to tarnish Parliament’s ‘good name’.

Wundanyi legislator Dawson Mwashako who accompanied Shabaan termed the allegations as propaganda saying he was not aware of the alleged bribery.

“Whoever has evidence should forward it to investigating agencies instead of tarnishing our names. Some of the MPs listed in the newspaper have not even attended sittings in the last one month, yet you say they received bribes in toilets,” the first time legislator said.

Shabaan urged MPs pushing for reintroduction of the report in the House to let the Senate discuss the report instead.

She poked holes in the report prepared by the Agriculture and Trade committee saying it never addressed the issues raised by Kenyans.

“The report was bound to fail from the start. We expected the report to state whether the imported sugar was safe for consumption.”

The veteran politician urged Parliament to pass laws that would govern the volatile sugar sector.

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Kiserian pastor goes underground after assaulting wife for asking for money

Police in Ngong, Kajiado County, are looking for a pastor at a local church who allegedly assaulted his wife for asking him for money to buy food.

The Star established on Saturday that Lucy Lotuno, wife to Pastor Daniel Lotuno of Ilmasi AIC in Kiserian was admitted at a local medical facility on Thursday after the assault.

She, however, escaped from the facility on Friday after her husband’s relatives prevailed on her to retract a statement she made to the police at Kiserian police station.

Lucy claimed she was beaten in front of her children after she asked their father for Sh2,000 to buy food reserves.

“Other than my children some of our neighbours saw me being beaten by the pastor. This was not his first act because he has been beating me severally. Every time he beats me, he prefers to call in elders to come and unite us,” Lucy said told the Star on phone.

Ngong OCPD Joseph Mwika confirmed the assault and said the suspect went under after the matter was reported to the police and registered on the occurrence book as OB 31/16/08/18.

“She has hostile relatives who have refused to share information of his whereabouts with the police. Let me be on record that we will eventually bring him to book even in the absence of more information of his act. We are also appealing to Lucy’s neighbours to volunteer information so the police can arrest the suspect and prosecute him,” the OCPD told the Star on phone.

Our effort to track down the suspect through his phone failed as it was switched off.

Neighbours who spoke to the Star on condition of anonymity described the Pastor as a “ruthless man of God who can fix anyone crossing his path”.

The wife has reportedly taken refuge at the home of a Bishop Peter Mankura of Dominion Chapel Ministries in Kajiado.

The bishop confirmed the claims when reached on phone but said he was away in Narok town on official duty.

“It is true she is in my home but I am away in Narok. I am also told she has been reconciled with her husband by local elders. It is not a big issue and the two have finished that matter,” said the Bishop, noting that it is good for people to reconcile.

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Chelsea beat Arsenal in 5-goal thriller at the bridge

At least it will be fun with Maurizio Sarri. When Roman Abramovich took over the club in 2003, he was said to yearn for the excitement he had witnessed in a seven-goal thriller between Manchester United and Real Madrid.

He has spent years searching a manager with that secret of that attacking alchemy. The 59-year-old Tuscan may be his man. It’s just he may also have to do without challenging for serious titles in the meantime.

Sarri and his opposite number Unai Emery served up a sumptuous dish of a game in terms of chances created; defensively, the fare was less refined. This was attacking abandon with scant regard for the risk incurred.
So unhinged, so lacking in order was it at times, that conclusions couldn’t be definitive. Chelsea are top, have scored six and in Jorginho have a vocal leader of this team, even its spiritual head and creative heart was sat on the bench and didn’t get on until the hour and would prove the match-winner.

For Emery, you could make a case for small steps of progress or for an imminent doomsday, depending on which clips you chose to highlight. Joint bottom with no wins, at times Arsenal looked awful. And yet they created a succession of chances and might have won the game.

‘It was a wonderful match for everybody,’ said the nicotine-chewing Sarri afterwards, tough he qualified his praise when teased about his need for cigarettes. ‘I enjoyed the match for 75 minutes, not in the other 15. In the other 15 it was better to smoke I think.’

Sam Allardyce’s head must have been in a bewildered funk if he was watching. He had complained about Emery aping the trend for playing out from the back, the high press and the defensive high line last week. Both managers are followers of that particular fashion and chaos ensued.
Initially, it was Arsenal was who were swept away. As expected, they played out of the back from Petr Cech; as expected, they were awful. Three goals kick in succession in the first five minutes saw Cech try it and three times Chelsea won back possession almost immediately.

Matteo Guendouzi alone looked brave and spirited but needed a proper midfield partner. Granit Xhaka was utterly anonymous, other than the yellow card he gained for hacking down Pedro. He was withdrawn at half time for Lucas Torreira. Mesut Ozil, as a central No.10, offered little after the pre-match demand from Emery for a more-forceful performance. He lasted until 68 minutes when Aaron Ramsey came on and did a much better job.

Sokratis and Shokdran Mustafi split wide, struggled to pass and played a ludicrously high line they couldn’t hope to defend with their lack of pace. It wholly predictable on nine minutes when Jorginho, played a delightful ball that bypassed Hector Bellerin, far up the pitch, and Henkrik Mkhitaryan, in the right back position, and allowed Marcos Alonso to attack the space.
His pull back was clinical as was the finish from Pedro for 1-0. Thereafter, Jorginho, N’Golo Kante and David Luiz, simply kept hitting balls into those channels and Arsenal’s defence were permanently on their heels attempting to recover the situation.

Yet there were signs of Chelsea’s vulnerability. On 20 minutes, Guendouzi played a fine, threaded ball through to Bellerin, who pulled back a pass to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who, incredulously, from eight yards, spurned an open goal, shooting over.

From the goal-kick, Cesar Azpilicueta sent one of those trademark Sarri balls through the channels and over the top of the Arsenal defence for Alvaro Morata. He controlled, shrugged off the ineffectual shepherding of Shokdran Mustafi, turned inside and shot for 2-0, his first Premier League goal since April 1st. The game seemed set. But then came the fifteen minutes that demanded a nictotine fix for Sarri. ‘If we want to defend by looking only at the ball, we need to stay very compact and we need to press in the other half. In that 15 minutes, we were not able to do this. And so we were in trouble.’ When he complained about the collapse of the defensive shape, he made it clear he didn’t mean the back four, but that midfielders and attackers had stopped pressing effectively.

And so Mkhitarayn missed just as easy a chance as Aubameyang’s on 32 minutes; Willian then lost possession on 37 minutes, Iwobi recovered it, wriggled forwards and pulled the ball back for the Armenian to try again and this time score, making it 2-1. Kepa got a hand to it and should have made it a stronger, more decisive one.

Cech then saved from Morata before Bellerin broke down the right on 42 minutes, fed Mkhitaryan, whose pull back was turned in by Alex Iwobi for 2-2. Even then Arsenal had two further excellent chances before half time: Aubameyang steering and wastefully gently wide from close range 44 minutes and Iwobi turning over in added time.
Half time brought some order and Barkley produced a good chance on 57 minutes, driving past Nacho Monreal and producing a sharp save from Cech as he shot across goal. Yet by now, Chelsea fans were anticipating Eden Hazard’s arrival. Sure enough, on the hour, the Belgian arrived, along with Mateo Kovacic, making his debut.

For Arsenal, Alex Lacazette came on for Iwobi and Aubameyang went wide left. Briefly Arsenal looked more of a threat. Yet Lacazette would lose possession in the centre circle on 81 minutes. As Chelsea worked the ball forward, he attempted to trackback to help. When the ball reached Hazard, the Belgian simply drifted past him, found the by-line, pulled the ball back for the fast-approaching Alonso, who shot cleanly home for 3-2.

Hazard simply stood, raised his arms and grinned at The Shed End. The main celebrations were elsewhere with Alonso. But the centre of attention and of everything good Chelsea will do this season was that diminutive No 10.

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Viongozi wa magharibi wataka serikali kutimiza ripoti la Windsor

Viongozi wa eneo la magahribi wakiongozwa na waziri wa ugatuzi Eugene Wamalwa, seneta wa Bungoma Moses Wetangila na gavana wa Bungoma Wyclife Wangamati wameitaka serikali kuu kuharakisha kutimiza ripoti iliyojadiliwa na viongozi hao katika hoteli ya windsor mjini nairobi mwezi miwili iliopita kuhusu sekta ya sukari.
Viongozi hao aidha wamesikitshwa na hatua ya wabunge kuhongowa ili kukataa ripoti ya bunge kuhusu sukari.
Wakati huo huo walitoa risala za rambirambi kwa aliyekua katibu mkuu wa UN Kofi Anani aliyaea dunia hapo jana.

Brian O. Ojama

Former Ghanaian UN secretary general Kofi Annan dies at 80

Kofi Annan, the former UN secretary-general who won the Nobel Peace Prize for humanitarian work, has died in Switzerland at age 80.

On his Twitter account, his family and the Kofi Annan Foundation said he died peacefully on Saturday after a short illness.

Annan, who was chairman of the foundation, left behind a wife, Nane, and children named Ama, Kojo and Nina, who were by his side on his last days.

The family said: “Annan was a son of Ghana and felt a special responsibility towards Africa.

“He was particularly committed to African development and deeply engaged in many initiatives, including his chairmanship of the Africa Progress Panel and his early leadership of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA).”

The Ghanaian was key to the peace deal that was struck in Kenya after the 20077/8 post-election violence.

The peace accord signed between retired President Mwai Kibaki and Opposition leader Raila Odinga ended the violence that was sparked by a disputed election.

It saw the birth of the Grand Coalition Government with Kibaki as the President and Raila as the Prime Minister.

Annan described his chief mediator role as the most engaging but noted that it ended a stalemate that left at least 1,000 people dead.

“My role in mediating was amongst the most intensive and enduring of all my interventions,” he said in March 2017, nine years after the process.

Annan was the first black African to take up the role of the world’s top diplomat, serving two terms from 1997 to 2006.

He later served as the UN special envoy for Syria, leading efforts to find a peaceful solution to the conflict.

His tenure coincided with the Iraq War and the HIV/Aids pandemic.

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Muhubiri amekamatwa kwa tuhuma za kumuoa msichana mdogo

Muhubiri mmoja wa kanisa la new apostlic kutoka kata ya Bukhayo mashariki kaunti ndogo ya Nambale kaunti ya Busia amekamatwa kwa tuhuma za kumuoa msichana mdogo na kumpachika mimba.

Muhubiri huyo Fredrick Okwero Dindi mwenye umri wa miaka 38 kutoka Ekisumo alikamatwa na chifu wa kata hiyo Gerishom Pate kwa ushirikiano na maafisa wa polisi wa utawala wa Mungatsi baada ya kumuoa msichana huyo yatima kutoka kijiji cha Ibokolo kaunti ndogo ya Butere kaunti ya Kakamega miaka mitatu iliopita alipokuwa na umri wa miaka 14.

Msichana huyo alipachikwa mimba ya kwanza na muhubiri huyo na kuzaa kwa njia ya upasuaji huku mtoto akifariki muda mfupi baada ya kuzaliwa na sasa yuko na mimba ya pili ya miezi sita.

Muhubiri huyo ambaye bibi wake wa kwanza alienda kwao na kumuachia watoto saba ameomba msamaha kutokana na kitendo hicho akidai kuwa hakujua umri kamili wa msichana huyo alieletewa na mwanamke mmoja licha ya kuonekana mdogo kimwili.
Leonard Acharry Ojiambo

Unai Emery calls on Mesut Ozil to step up as Arsenal do battle with Chelsea

Unai Emery has told Mesut Ozil not to shy away from the challenge of Chelsea on Saturday afternoon and wants a commanding performance from Arsenal’s best-paid player.

Ozil has often been accused of going missing in pivotal Premier League clashes over the years and will come under the microscope again at Stamford Bridge.

‘There are defensive moments and attacking moments,’ Emery said when asked about Ozil, who is on £300,000 a week.
‘Every player needs this commitment. We need to start together, whether we are attacking or defending. I want that from every player, defensive moments are for each and every player.

‘Ozil has played all his career like a No 10, like a right winger going inside to receive the ball. It’s clear he needs the ball more, to give more options in the attacking moments. He needs to do that in each match – be demanding for us.’

After Arsenal’s 2-0 loss to Manchester City last Sunday, Ozil was one of those criticised for failing to influence the game.

His casual body language can make him an easy target, which Emery knows, and it comes after a turbulent summer. Ozil quit international football following Germany’s disastrous World Cup, citing ‘racism and disrespect’.

Daily Mail