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Government to pay teachers July salaries

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It is reprieve for teachers as government decides to pay them their July salaries despite warning from Salaries and Remuneration Commission. Speaking after a follow-up meeting with officials of Kenya National Union of Teachers (TSC), Salaries Remuneration Commission and Teachers Serviceb Commission (TSC) at State House Nairobi,  President Uhuru Kenyatta gave the assurance that teachers have agreed to teach during the second and third terms to bring schools up to speed with the time lost. Citing the relevant provisions of the law, President Kenyatta said the teachers’ strike became illegal and unprotected from the time KNUT failed to respect the Industrial Court order and call off the strike.
The President said KNUT agreed to work closely with the government to support the implementation of the laptop Project to ensure the integration of ICT into the education sector. President Kenyatta told trade unions to abide by the Collective Bargaining Agreements and to use the dispute resolution mechanisms before taking industrial action.

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NTV Tonight November 26, 2014

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Kenya’s most qualified English bulletin with Mark Masai and Smriti Vidyarthi.

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NTV Jioni November 26, 2014

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Swahili bulletin with Nimrod Taabu and Jamila Mohammed.

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President Kenyatta: Citizens too failing to play their security roles

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It’s your fault there is so much insecurity around you. That is the message from the commander in chief a few hours after his return to the country from watching the Formula 1 in Abu Dhabi. President Kenyatta who is guarded by more than 500 specialized officers says there will never be enough security personnel to take care of every individual’s security needs. Ken Mijungu now reports that if the president’s assertion is anything to go by, then Kenyans should brace themselves for tough times ahead.

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President Kenyatta shares, spreads the blame

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He spoke tough on terrorism but on the wider question of runaway insecurity in the country, President Uhuru Kenyatta appeared keen to share or spread the blame around.  In his first remarks since the Saturday terror attack in Mandera, President Kenyatta went back to what is now becoming the philosophy of his administration; Usalama Unaanza na Wewe; security begins with you! But as Jane Ngoiri reports, many ordinary Kenyans are increasingly interpreting this philosophy to mean; you’re on your own!

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Exodus from Mandera: Civil servants demand evacuation

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Still on insecurity, tens of families and professional workers are stranded in Mandera, wanting to leave due to mounting insecurity, leaving the government in a dilemma. A mass evacuation would present it with an image crisis. It could be deemed the state has lost control of the north. But there is another reason for worry, more so for the residents. Many of those who want out are civil servants and experts in various disciplines, which could badly dent service provision in a region that is still trying to catch up with the rest of the country. Sheila Sendeiyo has that perspective.

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President Kenyatta pledges to ensure safety, dignity for women

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President Uhuru Kenyatta has pledged the government’s commitment to ensuring the safety and security of all women in the country, in light of recent assaults on a number of them. He spoke during the launch of the “He For She” and the 16 days of activism against gender violence. But Brenda Wanga reports that the president threw the ball back to the public, asking them to play their role well.

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Kilifi Complaints: Contract for revenue collection irregularly awarded, committee says

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The Public Investment and Accounts Committee in the Kilifi county assembly is accusing the county government for contracting a private company, Raindrops Limited, to collect revenue on its behalf which, the Committee says, is against the law. Committee Chairman, Duncan Kaingu, presented a session paper in the house demanding a special audit on the revenue collection since privatizing revenue collection had allegedly led to embezzlement of funds. Raindrops has erected cess stations in Malindi, Kilifi North, Kaloleni, Mariakani and Mtwapa and this has elicited reactions from sand harvesters in Magarini sub county who felt the company was over exploiting them.

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#StrippingShame: Kayole suspects finally arrested

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It has been over a week since ruthless men publicly humiliated a young woman at Mihang’o bus stage in Kayole estate. Up until Wednesday afternoon, five of the alleged suspects who stripped 21-year-old Regina Nyambura continued to carry out their daily duties at the bustling stage.  Victoria Rubadiri reports that Justice has been painfully slow, making it difficult for the mother of one to piece her dignity back together. We can now report that police arrested four suspects early on Wednesday evening. They will be charged in court on Thursday.

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Fare Thee Well: Requiem mass held for the late Senator Otieno Kajwang’

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Hundreds turned up at Uhuru Park to pay their last respects to the Late Senator Otieno Kajwang. Earlier, family, leaders and friends had gathered at the Nairobi Central SDA church for a memorial service. The late Kajwang’ will be laid to rest on Friday at his rural home in Mbita.

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Controversial Mombasa mosques re-opened and are to be run by elders

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Four mosques that had been shutdown in Mombasa following a security operation are set to be reopened on Thursday. Religious and political leaders met with area community leaders, where they resolved the mosques would be handed over and managed by community elders. The leaders have asked the government to provide security to worshippers, as well as the elders. Peter Mwangangi reports from Mombasa.

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