Press Review; Day’s top stories

Today is Friday, January 13, 2023.

You can read the Daily Nation e-paper here;

Here is what is making headlines.

Court halts M-Pesa transaction charges

The High Court has ordered Safaricom and the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) to halt the reintroduction of charges on transactions made between mobile money wallets and lenders.

This decision comes after Moses Wafula, filed an application challenging the reinstatement of the charges, arguing that the charges should not be passed on to consumers.

“The petition pending determination illustrates that the engagement between Safaricom and its Mpesa Paybill clients (such as banks, government agencies, Kenya Power, DSTV, betting companies, mobile money companies, and other institutions) is a bipartite business engagement between Safaricom as the M-Pesa paybill service provider and their M-Pesa paybill primary clients being the service recipients,” says Wafula.

The case will be mentioned on January 23, 2023.

Tea farmers to receive KES 5.5B in bonuses

Tea farmers will receive a mini bonus of KES 2.7 billion for the first half of the financial year 2022/23, following approval of payment by the Kenya Tea Development Agency (KTDA).

The agency will also pay KES 2.8 billion to farmers for green leaf delivered to its managed factories in December, bringing the total payment to farmers to KES 5.5 billion.

The KTDA announced that farmers will be paid between KES 5 and Sh10 as a mini bonus per kilo of green leaf delivered to their factories for the six months to December 31, 2022.

The chairman of KTDA, David Ichoho, said “Farmers have been waiting for this payment and we have made it right before schools open to enable our farmers to meet their back-to-school obligations alongside other obligations.”

Asad; Police to probe rally driver Maxine Wahome for murder

Police have been given 14 more days to conclude murder investigations against celebrity rally driver, Maxine Wahome, following the death of her lover, renowned safari rally driver, Assad Khan, on December 18.

Wahome had previously been investigated for causing grievous harm to Khan on December 12, but the probe has now escalated after his death.

State prosecutor, James Gachoka, told the Milimani law courts, “Circumstances in this matter have changed totally following the death of safari rally ace Assad Khan on December 18, 2022.”

Gachoka also requested that Wahome record a fresh statement and continue to report to the investigating officer until further orders.

The case will be mentioned again on January 30 for further directions.

Missing Nyeri teacher found nailed in a concrete coffin

Residents of Ihururu village in Nyeri County were horrified to discover the body of a missing teacher, Joseph Gathogo, nailed inside a coffin inside his rental house.

The 44-year-old computer teacher at Muhoya Secondary School had been missing since December 22, 2021.

His body was discovered in a “boat-like” structure made of concrete slabs covered with cardboard, in the living room of his two-roomed semi-permanent house.

The scene was decorated with flowers, a black flag, a cow horn, and scrolls written in a foreign language.

Nyeri County Police are suspecting suicide as the cause of death.

Ruto directs operationalization of County Policing Authority

President William Ruto has given a new lease of life to the County Policing Authority, established under Section 41 of the National Police Service Act.

The authority, which should incorporate members of the county government, security bodies, and the citizens in security management at the county level, has been plagued by disruptions and delays since its gazettement in 2015.

In a statement made during the 49th passing out parade of the General Service Unit in Embakasi, President Ruto emphasized the importance of community involvement in policing to ensure more safety and better police-community relations.

NHIF drops over 8m defaulters

The National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) has seen 8.8 million members, or 43% of its total membership, default on their monthly contributions due to economic hardships.

The data for the financial year ending June 2022 shows that the number of dormant members has risen from 5.03 million the previous year, resulting in the insurer falling short of its targeted premium collections for the period.

According to NHIF, the increase in defaults is due to the economic challenges faced by companies, leading to downsizing and reduced salaries, as well as difficulties for members of the informal sector to make their contributions.

The fund’s loss ratio remains above 90%, leaving little room for benefit increases for members.

US offers KES 1.2B for information on Dusit D2 terror mastermind

The US government has offered a significant bounty of KES 1.2 billion for any information leading to the capture of a wanted terror suspect, Mohamoud Abdi Aden.

Aden is believed to be a leader of the terrorist group al-Shabaab and was part of the cell that planned the attack on the DusitD2 Hotel Complex in Nairobi in 2019, which left 22 people dead.

US Ambassador to Kenya, Meg Whitman, led a delegation to make the announcement and appeal for information at the office of the Director of Criminal Investigations.

The offered bounty is one of the highest in history and is expected to attract a lot of attention.

M23 agrees to withdraw from eastern DRC

Former President, Uhuru Kenyatta, has made significant progress in his efforts to restore peace in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) after M-23 rebels agreed to withdraw from the region.

In a meeting with senior political and military leaders of the rebel group in Mombasa, Kenyatta, who is also the Facilitator of the East African Peace Process in Eastern DRC, secured the agreement of the rebel group to withdraw in an orderly manner, adhere to a strict ceasefire and respect and cooperate with the East Africa Regional peacekeeping force.

Kenyatta has so far facilitated three peace negotiation meetings in Nairobi between the rebels and the DRC government, with the fourth consultation slated for mid-February.


Mandonga ‘Mtu Kazi’ promises tough bout with Wanyonyi

Tanzania’s showboating pro boxer Karim Mandonga alias ‘Mtu Kazi’ has promised to punish his Kenyan opponent Daniel Wanyonyi severely when the two pugilists square it out in a 10-round super-middleweight non-title bout at the KICC Ball Room in Nairobi on Saturday night.

In a press conference in Nairobi on Thursday, Mandonga told Wanyonyi that he has not come to tour Kenya but to do business and his business is to floor his formidable rival.

“I have not come here to relax, I have come here for war, whether Wanyonyi likes it or not I will beat him. I will only rest after confirming my victory,” said Mandonga.

He also added that Wanyonyi will know why he’s called ‘Mtu Kazi’ on Saturday night.

Fulham piles more misery on Potter

Fulham increased the pressure on Chelsea boss Graham Potter with a shock 2-1 victory at Craven Cottage on Thursday.

Chelsea fell behind to a goal from their former winger Willian in the first half before Kalidou Koulibaly equalised after the break.

However, Chelsea forward Joao Felix was sent off for a reckless studs-up lunge on Kenny Tete and Fulham were gifted their late winner by Chelsea keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, who made a hash of dealing with a cross that Carlos Vinicius converted.

Potter’s troubled side has now crashed to a seventh defeat in their last 10 games in all competitions.

Chelsea fans’ patience is already wearing thin and losing to sixth placed Fulham was another bitter blow to his hopes of avoiding the sack.







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