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Dar to auction 10,000 Ugandan, Rwandan head of cattle

Livestock and Fisheries Minister Luhaga Mpina said the cattle would be sold in a similar manner as the ones recently seized from Kenyans on the Tanzania-Kenya border



Tanzanian authorities have seized more than 10,000 head of cattle from Uganda and Rwanda that were found inside the country’s borders, a Cabinet minister told Parliament on Monday.

Livestock and Fisheries Minister Luhaga Mpina said the cattle would be auctioned in a similar manner as the ones recently seized from Kenyans on the Tanzania-Kenya border.

The minister made the remarks in Parliament when contributing to a discussion on the national development plan for 2018/19.

The government recently auctioned 1,325 head of cattle owned by Kenyan herders, saying they were grazing in Tanzania illegally.

Mpina accused Ugandan and Rwandan pastoralists of violating Tanzanian law by driving their animals to graze beyond their borders.

But the minister was quick to explain that relations between Tanzania and other East African Community (EAC) member states were stable.

His remarks come a week after the Kenyan government formally protested to Tanzania over what Nairobi terms “a policy shift that condones hostile actions against Kenyan citizens and their business interests”.

Mr Tom Amolo, Kenya’s Political and Diplomatic Secretary in the Foreign Affairs ministry, criticised Tanzania’s decision to burn chicks imported from Kenya as well as auction animals from Kenyan herders without involving authorities in Nairobi.

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He said such actions risked soiling historical relations between the two countries.

The Kenyan Maasai community also reportedly recently seized at least 4,000 head of cattle from Tanzania, ostensibly in retaliation.

Commissioner of Kajiado County in southern Kenya, Harsama Kello, said he was trying to stop the Maasai community in Kenya from confiscating cattle from Tanzania as an act of revenge.

Minister Mpina said the Tanzanian government was not aware of the incident.

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Nestlé, US varsity unveil fully funded pediatric nutrition course



Boston University School of Medicine Pediatric Gastroenterologist Dr Carine Lenders (L) and Nestlé East Africa Managing Director Ciru Miring’u present Nestlé Post Graduate in Pediatric Nutrition grandaund Rose Wanjiku with a Certificate of Completion for having completing the seven-month pediatric training programme

Over 30 nurses and nutritionists from Kenya have successfully completed a seven-month Post Graduate Diploma Programme in Pediatric Nutrition (PGPN) course developed and offered in association with Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) and supported by Nestlé Nutrition Institute.

Boston University and Nestlé Nutrition Institute launched the programme to help bridge the knowledge gap in pediatric nutrition as a means of addressing the rising cases of infant and maternal malnutrition in the country. This was with the realisation that proper nutrition in the first 1,000 days has a profound impact on the child’s ability to grow, learn and thrive and has a lasting impact on long-term health, Pediatric nutrition is a rapidly evolving area where new scientific advances are occurring at a rapid pace.

“In order to help keep healthcare professionals up-to-date on the evolving science, Nestlé provided funding to develop a dedicated global program entitled “Post Graduate Programme in Pediatric Nutrition (PGPN).” The program has been developed in partnership with MedInscribe and BUSM, a leader in medical education and research, with MedInscribe providing logistical support,” said Ciru Mirung’u, Managing Director at Nestlé East Africa.

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Over 100 healthcare professionals drawn from Kenyan public and private universities have gone through the programme boosting their ability to integrate pediatric nutrition into clinical practice to help in the fight against infant mortality and malnutrition. According to Kenya Demographic Healthy Survey 2014, infant mortality rate is 39 deaths per 1,000 live births and under-five mortality rate is 52 deaths per 1,000 live births while 26% of children under 5 are stunted (too short for age).

“It is our hope that the healthcare professionals who have successfully gone through all the modules in this programme, will apply the knowledge obtained in this course to not only help address some of these challenge but also ensure that every pregnant mother delivers a healthy baby and that the children grow healthy and strong to participate in nation building,” said Ms Miring’u.

She, further said, “this program offers a unique opportunity to strengthen healthcare professionals’ knowledge and practice in pediatric nutrition by familiarizing them with evidence-based guidelines and recommendations through a series of online learning modules, delivered in various formats including text, video and audio. The final stage of education is presented in a series of live meetings delivered in various locations worldwide.”

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Why accidents will remain a nightmare on our roads

So far, we have lost 2,397 lives this year as of November 9. This includes pedestrians (907), passengers (575) motorcyclists (410) drivers (265) and pillion passengers (197)



In Kenya, there are three major watchdogs of road safety: The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA), Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) and the Traffic Police. Despite this, the death rate on our Kenyan roads is alarming, clocking 3,000 deaths annually.

According to data from NTSA, so far we have lost 2,397 lives on Kenyan roads this year as of November 9. This includes pedestrians (907), passengers (575) motorcyclists (410) drivers (265) and pillion passengers (197).Yesterday was the world of remembrance for road traffic victims, in which Kenyans woke up to sad news of lives lost in Kenya’s worst black spot, Salgaa.

One of the watchdogs, the NTSA, was celebrating this day in Nakuru, 29 kilometres away. For once, I thought there were demons devouring Kenyan lives on this black spot, but I want to shift blame. It starts with our authorities, then drivers.

In an event that launched awards to matatu operators in Nairobi, NTSA Director General supported this theory that most accidents are caused by human behaviour. In his own words he said: “If we can moderate human behavior on our roads, we can reduce accidents by 85%.”

The words were motivating. It was an eye opener to all stake holders present, reflecting a glimpse of hope to curb the demon of road accidents. Out of experience of rogue behaviour by matatu operators who are sure of buying their way out of traffic police along OTC, St Peters, BS and other bus stops in the city, one of the journalists present asked Meja what they were doing to curb corruption in such instances. The Director snubbed the question and pretended not to get it clearly.

On clarifying the issue, the moderator of the day, Mr Duncan Muindi from Isuzu East Africa, warned the journalists to stick to the agenda of the day while asking questions. That was the end of question and answer session.

Being true to his duty, the journo later followed Meja to ask the same question. He dismissively told him to ‘go and ask the police’. The hope of safer roads faded away. It dawned on the journalist that the talk of ‘moderating human behaviour on our roads’ was an empty rhetoric, the reason the moderator talked of ‘sticking to the agenda of the day’.

Upon investigation by Business Today, it was discovered that whenever a traffic cop ‘arrests’ a matatu along OTC, St Peters and BS, they part with Ksh 200. If each of the cop ‘arrests’ 20 matatus, he is lucky to pocket Ksh 4,000. All in all, whatever percentage that goes to the bosses (if at all they give ‘tax’) is still unknown. However, working on daily basis at that rate, a single traffic officer will pocket Ksh120,000 monthly, assuming he works on daily basis.

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From the above ordeal, there are two possibilities, that the NTSA is getting a share of what the traffic police are collecting in terms of bribes or, there is extremely bad blood between the two departments. The first assumption is most probable.

Out of Nairobi, the same happens. Sometimes back, the media covered the arrest of traffic officers collecting bribes. Whatever happened to them up to date still remains unknown. I feel that this was a stage-managed event for PR purposes. I want to guess that the officers were released immediately after arrest, and that nothing transpired. Otherwise if it was not stage-managed, how coincidental was it that the media arrived there to cover the arrests? To me it was a warning to the traffic police department that if they did not submit the ‘tax’ to NTSA they would spoil the game. Seemingly, they have complied.

With such compromised authorities, we have no option other than watch and wail and more blood sheds on our roads. Police officers will let go rogue drivers because of Ksh 50. The NTSA will pretend not to see corrupt officers because of a Ksh 20 ‘tax’ they get. The end result? More than 3,000 are lost in grisly road accidents. Traffic officers become rich and even buy PSVs, that remain untouchable on the roads because they belong to ‘our colleague’. NTSA officers become arrogant to an extend of dismissing serious concerns just like Meja.

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Uhuru’s win leaves Raila in limbo



President Uhuru Kenyatta election in a single-horse race upheld by Kenya's Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court has unanimously dismissed two consolidated petitions against President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election, dealing a major blow to NASA leader’s push for another presidential election.

Six judges, who quashed the August 8 poll on September 1 after citing “irregularities and illegalities”, today upheld the October 26 repeat election which has been criticsed by the opposition and other observers as a sham. In the election boycotted by Raila after IEBC failed to reform its operations, Uhuru garnered 7.4 million votes, way ahead small contenders.

In a summary judgement read by Chief Justice David Maraga, the judges said the two petitions, filed by former assistant minister Harun Mwau and another by Njonjo Mue and Khelef Khalifa, had no merited.

Judge Maraga said a detailed decision would be issued within 22 days. Dismissal of the two cases now paves way for Mr Kenyatta’s swearing-in for the second term on Tuesday next week.

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While Mr Kenyatta’s arch-rival Raila Odinga did not challenge his win in court, the apex court’s decision leaves him in a tight situation amid mounting pressure from his supporters. Mr Odinga, leader of the National Super Alliance (Nasa), has vowed not to recognise Mr Kenyatta’s victory and has embarked on an elaborate campaign for “electoral justice”.

Upon his return from 10-day US trip, which was marred by death and chaos, Mr Odinga announced the launch of what he termed “The Third Liberation.”

Jubilee leaders and lawyers who attended the short session left the Supreme Court and headed to Consolata Shrines for prayers.

The court decision was received with joy and celebration in Mr Kenyatta’s strongholds in central Kenya and the capital Nairobi. Conversely, the judgement sparked violent demonstrations in Mr Odinga’s strongholds of Nyanza and Nairobi slums, with cars being torched in Kisumu.

Jubilee leaders praised the court’s judgment, with Majority Leader Aden Duale saying it had paved the way for President Kenyatta’s swearing-in. Mr Duale asked President Kenyatta to form an inclusive government and develop the country equally. (Additional reporting by Daily Nation)

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Pastors drive out accident ghosts on Thika Road



Christians from different denominations came together with the residents to pray at blackspot areas alongThika Super Highway on Friday November 17, 2017. PHOTO: Lorna Murithi/KNA

Church leaders and residents from Nyeri and Kiambu Counties Friday held prayers to cleanse and bless the busy Thika Super Highway, which has become a death trap, especially during festive seasons.

Christians from different denominations who have been holding prayers along the Nyeri-Nairobi highway, held prayer sessions to cleanse the stretch before heading to Witeithie and Njomoko area which are black spot areas.

The Christian Union members spent a couple of hours along the Highway, praying for divine intervention to reduce the high death rates that is believed to have had quite a number of people losing their lives, especially at Witeithie area.

Speeding of vehicles and reckless driving has been blamed for the frequent accidents. Maina Karanja, a resident and business Man at Witeithie, said that almost every week people lose their lives at Witeithie.

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“It’s really sad to see the high death rates that occur here, the government has acted minimally to improve the situation, these deaths are due to over speeding and reckless driving along this area since no safety measures are in place such as the Fly-overs and bumps where necessary,” said Karanja.

Residents of Witeithie have been complaining for quite some time now and are seeking for Government’s action to construct a fly-over along this stretches so as to reduce the deaths since Zebra crossing are not effective. They claimed that over speeding was due to lack of bumps and that the zebra crossing is often assumed by drivers hence causing accidents.

“Constructing a fly-over at this place will enhance the safety of not only residents but also children since the zebra crossing is not helpful as drivers assume it and recklessly drive past while over speeding and without caution,” said a resident.

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