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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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IGAD Summit: President Kenyatta affirms commitment to end conflict in South Sudan

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Regional leaders on Wednesday met in South Sudan’s capital, Juba for the inter-government agency on development IGAD’s mini-summit to foster a breakthrough in the country’s peace process. The host President Salva Kiir on the progress of the talks briefed President Uhuru Kenyatta, Ethiopian premier Hailemariam Desalegn and Uganda’s Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda. There has been significant progress in negotiations in Addis Ababa and Tanzania and the current meeting focused on ending the conflict, resolving the remaining humanitarian crisis, and securing the future of South Sudan… The conflicting parties have already signed a framework agreement, which aims at addressing the root causes of the conflict. During the meeting, the heads of state said that a breakthrough had been achieved on the outstanding issues and will be finalized at the next IGAD summit to be convened next week. President Kenyatta attended the meeting in his capacity as chair of the East African Community, and IGAD’s rapporteur for the resolution of the conflict.

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The Triumphs And Challenges: It’s 12 years since introduction of free primary education

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This year’s KCSE candidates were in standard one when free primary education was declared. But over the years, their numbers have dropped from 1.4 million during enrollment to just over 480,000 who are sitting this years form four exams. Sharon Barang’a retraces the journey of free primary education.

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Food Security: Public suggests amendments to food security bill

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Kenyans have started giving their views on a proposed legislation that seeks to compel the state to provide food to vulnerable persons, including pregnant women. The Senate Committee on agriculture has held a public hearing with members of the public, who proposed various amendments to the food security bill, especially regarding the composition of the food security authority and county food security committees, which will be established under the bill. The food security bill was introduced in the senate in may this year, and it seeks to make it the government’s business to ensure that all those who are chronically hungry get access to adequate and quality food.

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Students at Dedan Kimathi University protest over quality of education

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Why pay millions in school fees and after graduating, only to be told that your degree is worthless. This situation is what it seems may have driven the students of Karatina and Dedan Kimathi universities in Nyeri county to cause mayhem. The students say that despite numerous protests to their universities, the Engineers’ Board of Kenya doesn’t recognize their degrees. Andrew Ochieng on a second day of destruction.

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CJ Mutunga and Shollei spar on twitter over KShs. 300m residence

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Even after that Twitter exchange, the question remains what became of the 300-million-shilling house on Runda Ridge, which remains unoccupied.  Ken Mijungu revisits this controversial purchase, one of the many corruption claims that saw Shollei pushed out of the judiciary and reports that not only is the house unoccupied but the judiciary may have no title to it….

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#KisiiLandGrab: Prof. Sam Ongeri accused of illegally acquiring land in Kisii

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Prof Sam Ongeri has been named alongside five other people as having illegally acquired part of land set aside for the Kisii Municipal Market. The six are said to have grabbed seven parcels of land from the 1980′s and the 1990′s. The Ombudsman’s office now wants them to surrender the land and face prosecution.

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Raila backs President Kenyatta in opposing grilling of CSs

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Raila Odinga has supported President Uhuru Kenyatta in opposing summons to cabinet secretaries to answer questions on the floor of the house. The cord leader says such a move would require a review of the constitution. Odinga who was speaking on various national issues after he got back from a Mozambique trip also said the ICC should expedite President Kenyatta’s case, instead of postponing it indefinitely.

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Lamu leaders angered by another extension of the curfew

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The extension of the curfew in Lamu County for the third time is already causing an uproar. Local leaders there and residents led by Governor Issa Timmamy are strongly opposed to the extension.  The leaders who say they were not consulted now want the government to lift the curfew in phases, starting with areas that were not affected during the attacks. Our coast reporter Peter Mwangangi with the details.

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Property Market: Demand for apartments and houses continues apace

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Acquisition of apartments and stand-alone houses seems to be on a rebound according to the latest Hass Consult Housing Index. The findings show that there was a rise of 3.1% on all properties in the market. The index attributes the growth to the completion of more units compared to last quarter. Though the index shows that the uptake of apartments for rentals has dropped there was an upsurge in the uptake of semi-detached houses. NTV’s Aby Agina breaks down the numbers.

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Health Insurance: FKE and NHIF still haven’t reached agreement on tariffs

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In two weeks workers should know how much they are to pay as their National Hospital Insurance Fund contribution; this is likely to be higher than what is being paid at the moment, but lower than had initially been floated in the revision of the rates. These final figures are to be agreed upon at a meeting to conclude ongoing negotiations between the Federation of Kenya Employers and the leadership of the NHIF. A meeting held on Wednesday between the two bodies’ leadership failed to draw the matter to an agreeable close as they say they need to first ensure that there is proper management of the funds.

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