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Khwisero residents expect new MP to bring change

Khwisero residents expect new MP to bring change

2017-08-19 05:08:14, the-star.co.ke

Khwisero MP-elect Christopher Aseka (pictured) faces a Herculean task as he aims to bring development and change. Khwisero voters are known to be very critical of their leaders and no MP has been reelected since 1997. All of the four previous MPs have been dropped in favour of fresh blood during elections. In 1997, Harrison Odongo won the seat on a Kanu ticket, he was later replaced by Julias Arunga of Narc in 2002

 

Business

Tax returns rise by 140 per cent

Tax returns rise by 140 per cent

2017-07-10 10:05:52, standardmedia.co.ke

At least 370,000 new taxpayers in 10 counties in Western Kenya filed their returns by the June 30 deadline, a 140 per cent rise compared to last year. The rise has been attributed to increased awareness campaigns and hefty fines for non-compliance. KRA's regional manager Kevin Safari attributed this to "growth in business in the counties and intensified education and stakeholder outreach initiatives"

 

Health

Namwela High in Bungoma ordered shut for lack of facilities

Namwela High in Bungoma ordered shut for lack of facilities

2017-07-18 18:47:52, ntv.co.ke

Thee fate of four hundred and eighty students at namwela boys high school in Sirisia Constituency in Bungoma County hangs in the balance after the department of public health ordered the school closed. Health officials are citing lack of essential facilities like toilets as some of the reasons why the institution should be shut and as Zaccheaus Mwasame reports from Bungoma, parents and students are now appealing to well wishers to save the school.

 

Farming

Farmers reap big as cane prices cross Sh4,000 mark

Farmers reap big as cane prices cross Sh4,000 mark

2017-07-11 15:08:49, standardmedia.co.ke

KAKAMEGA, KENYA: Several farmers who had earlier abandoned sugarcane farming have started venturing into the cash crop again following increased returns. Sugar milling firms in Western Kenya are currently offering Sh4, 200 per tonne. Ironically, millers are experiencing a biting raw material shortage since most farmers had since shifted to growing alternative food crops after they started experiencing dwindling returns. Kenya National Federation of Sugarcane Farmers said a cane pricing committee constituted last year has been able to implement a realistic price control formula based on the market forces

 

Family & Parenting

Man to serve six months in jail for beating up mother-in-law

Man to serve six months in jail for beating up mother-in-law

2017-07-10 20:03:05, standardmedia.co.ke

A man will serve six months in jail if he does not pay a fine of Sh20,000 for beating up his mother-in-law. Senior Resident Magistrate Erick Malesi found Earnest Lukhafwa guilty of assaulting Susan Egesa, 70, on January 8, 2017, at Namirama village, Navakholo sub-county, in Kakamega County after she found him felling a tree in her compound without her permission

 

Society & Culture

NASA, Jubilee leaders take supremacy battle to Lusaka's uncle's funeral

NASA, Jubilee leaders take supremacy battle to Lusaka's uncle's funeral

2017-06-11 09:08:38, the-star.co.ke

Jubilee and NASA politics took center stage on Saturday at Sipala village in Webuye east constituency Bungoma east during the burial of Bungoma governor Kenneth Lusaka’s uncle. Leaders from the two camps lead by NASA core principal Moses Wetangula and water CS Eugene Wamalwa lead there brigade in popularizing the two camps ahead of the coming polls. Stephen Matasi who was a staunch Jubilee politician and one of Lusaka political advisor died on 4 of this month on his way to Bungoma from Nairobi at Gilgil area when his car rammed into a trailer

 

Life & Style

A tale of pain and shame of childless women in Busia

A tale of pain and shame of childless women in Busia

2017-07-12 18:09:05, ntv.co.ke

The ability to have children has for a long time determined the place and value of a woman in a marriage and society at large. Those unable to bear children have often been ostracised by community and labelled as cursed. The same is true in Butula, busia county where motherhood is almost synonymous to womanhood and Childless women are perceived lesser women compared to their counterparts who are mothers. Namukabo Werungah spoke to some of these women who have not been able to bear children and now narrates a tale of pain and shame of childless women in Busia.

 

Law & Crime

Police hunt MP Savula to stop demos on Mumias Sugar official's killing

Police hunt MP Savula to stop demos on Mumias Sugar official's killing

2017-06-10 12:42:06, the-star.co.ke

Police are looking for Lugari MP Ayub Savula to arrest him over planned demonstrations by farmers in Mumias on Sunday. The protests concern the farmers' interests and the killing of Mumias Sugar Company Legal Affairs manager Ronald Lubya. Lubya was shot dead in his house by a gang of unknown men. Police recovered his family's Toyota Harrier which three hooded attackers used to escape after the killing at Lukusi village, Matungu sub-county

 

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