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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Amin’s former top soldier reveals why TPDF won


Amin came back to Kampala, leaving the operation to retake Masaka in my hands. By then, Lukaya was still in our control but our soldiers had looted everything they could lay their hands on, and the locals had all fled. This made us a target anytime and for that reason I decided to put my tactical headquarters in Buwama at the county office, and I ordered all soldiers to stay 500m away from the centre.PHOTO|FILE 
By Henry Lubega ,The Citizen Reporter
In Summary
  • Nearly 35 years after the Tanzania People’s Defence Forces (TPDF) bravely defended the country and finally ousted Uganda’s Idi Amin Dada, Colonel Abdu Kisuule, a former close ally of the dictator, reveals why he and thousands of his soldiers were defeated. A few months after the 1971 coup, Ugandan troops, led by Col Kisuule, went into Tanzania to rescue their colleagues who had strayed into the country, ostensibly looking for water. Seven years later, he commanded the Ugandan troops which invaded the Kagera Salient, sparking off the 1979 liberation war.

Expert: Govt ignores CAG


The Controller and Auditor General (CAG)  is mandated to audit public spending in the country. The sitting CAG at the moment is Mr Ludovick Utouh. The office of the CAG audits, compiles and issues its reports annually. 
By Ludger Kasumuni,The Citizen Reporter
In Summary
  • Policy Forum says the CAG has been submitting audit queries, but no action has been taken

Dar es Salaam. The government is yet to respond and work on queries that have been directed by the Controller and Auditor General (CAG) over unqualified health expenses amounting to multi-billion shillings for the past 15 years.

CCM ‘foul play’ in Katiba process


CCM ideology and Publicity secretary Nape Nnauye greets party members and followers. PHOTO | FILE 
By Mwassa Jingi
In Summary
This is the kind of perversity that CCM as a political party with every kind of intellectual it has. CCM was not supposed to behave and act in the way it does in this crucial time of constitution making.

Aga Khan commends Canada on leadership

President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete meets His Royal Highness The Aga Khan at Royal York Hotel in Toronto Canada. The two leaders then held talks on various programmes that The Aga Khan Foundation is doing in Tanzania, including health and education.  PHOTO | STATE HOUSE 
By The Citizen Reporter
In Summary
  • The founder of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) made the remarks in a speech at the Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) Summit in Toronto, Canada –a three-day high level gathering of heads of state and top health officials, organised by Canada’s prime minister, Stephen Harper.

Toronto. His Highness the Aga Khan has praised Canada’s global leadership in efforts to improve maternal, neonatal and child health and stressed the importance of innovative and community-based approaches in meeting the challenge which he described as “one of the highest priorities on the global development agenda”.

New malaria vaccine being tested on students



Mosquito spreading Malaria.PHOTO|FILE 
By Syriacus Buguzi,The Citizen Correspondent
In Summary
  • Researchers at IHI Research and Training Centre in Bagamoyo have been working on the new malaria jab for the past decade. Experts say Pf SPZ is being tested here to see if it will offer Africans the same protection it did in US adults.

Dar es Salaam. A new malaria vaccine produced by a US company is being tested in volunteers at Tanzanian universities, raising fresh hopes of developing a jab that will eliminate malaria in the next three to five years, according to researchers.

WHO for more tobacco taxes in new budget



Sh112 billion: The pre-tax profit made by Tanzania Cigarette Company last year compared with nearly Sh66 billion in 2009   
By Mkinga Mkinga,The Citizen Reporter

Posted  Saturday, May 31  2014 at  08:41
In Summary
  • Increasing excise taxes on tobacco is considered to be the most cost-effective tobacco control measure. In Tanzania, expert estimates that over 35 per cent of people smoke tobacco regularly. While Tanzania earns about over Sh80 billion annually from tobacco revenue, more than Sh64 billion is spent to treat tobacco-related cancers alone.

Dar es Salaam. As the world marks the No Tobacco Day today, whose theme is to raise taxes as a deterrent to smoking, there will be no special event to nationally commemorate the day in Tanzania, The Citizen on Saturday has reliably learnt.

UK envoy accused of ill will, opposition MPs march out

Opposition MPs walk out of Parliament in Dodoma yesterday. They protested against the ministry of Energy and Minerals’ budget proposals.  PHOTO | EDWIN MJWAHUZI 
In Summary
  • The British high commissioner accused of coordinating meetings in Dar es Salaam and Dodoma against proper procedures

Dodoma. The government has  accused the UK High Commissioner to Tanzania, Ms Dianna Melrose, of influencing other development partners to cut aid and support to Tanzania. The deputy minister for Energy and Minerals, Mr Steven Maselle, told Parliament yesterday that the envoy was violating  diplomatic principles.

Ronaldo, Pepe to miss Portugal's Greece warm-up


PHOTO | FRANCISCO LEONG Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo takes part in a training session on the eve of the UEFA Champions League final between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid on May 23, 2014 at the Luz stadium in Lisbon.
PHOTO | FRANCISCO LEONG Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo takes part in a training session on the eve of the UEFA Champions League final between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid on May 23, 2014 at the Luz stadium in Lisbon.   AFP
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Cristiano Ronaldo, who is still feeling the effects of a thigh injury, and Real Madrid teammate Pepe will both miss Portugal's World Cup warm-up match against Brazil-bound Greece on Saturday.

Wenger agrees new Arsenal deal


PHOTO | LEON NEAL Arsenal's French manager Arsene Wenger smiles during their victory parade in London on May 18, 2014, following their win in the English FA Cup final football match on May 17, 2014 against Hull City.  




















PHOTO | LEON NEAL Arsenal's French manager Arsene Wenger smiles during their victory parade in London on May 18, 2014, following their win in the English FA Cup final football match on May 17, 2014 against Hull City.   AFP
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LONDON
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has agreed a three-year contract extension, keeping him at the club until 2017, it was announced Friday.

Leading from behind

Socialite Vera Sidika
Socialite Vera Sidika 
By Jackson Biko
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If you live in a city you probably have heard of an urban breed called Socialites. In Kenya, this is a colloquial for a woman (mostly) with abnormally big buttocks and little imagination.
Nobody really saw this coming; one day we woke up and found that the female posterior had become celebrity.

Does your child have special needs?

A daughter looking up at her mother. A special needs child has a difficulty or disability which makes it harder for them to learn at par with their peers.
A daughter looking up at her mother. A special needs child has a difficulty or disability which makes it harder for them to learn at par with their peers. 

By Joan Thatiah
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Children develop at different rates and at one point or another, most parents have worried that their child is lagging behind on the developmental curve. Seeing as each child is unique, how can a parent tell that their child has special needs?

My touch turned this venture around

Carol Kathungu-Mambo quit her managerial job at a leading bank to partner with her husband in business.
Carol Kathungu-Mambo quit her managerial job at a leading bank to partner with her husband in business. 
By Florence Bett
I was banker with two leading local banks for twelve years before I abandoned the industry last August to go into full-time business with my husband, Jean Paul Mambo (JP).
JP had started a carpentry and interiors business, Mambo Interiors, in August 2008 after quitting his banking job and the business was now doing well.

Why you need to stop being ashamed of debt

Kenyan currency. If you are drowning in debilitating debt you have to come to terms with it. You have to acknowledge your situation. PHOTO/FILE
Kenyan currency. If you are drowning in debilitating debt you have to come to terms with it. You have to acknowledge your situation. PHOTO/FILE 
By Waceke Nduati Omanga
Makena came back from university in the UK three years ago. She had recently gotten engaged and needed to plan her wedding and start her new life with her husband-to-be.
She had also managed to secure a job with a stock broking firm. She was happy to be home but she was carrying one heavy burden. She had a lot of credit card debt that she had accumulated buying things she could not even remember.

Dating with purpose

PHOTO | FILE A couple enjoy a meal together
PHOTO | FILE A couple enjoy a meal together. a man will want to go through certain stages with you before deciding that you are the one he wants to spend forever after with.  FOTOSEARCH | NATION MEDIA GROUP
By Joan Thatiah
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Dictionary.com describes dating as “having an appointment for a particular time, especially with a person to whom one is sexually or romantically attached.”
While the average Kenyan woman seems to have grasped this concept, she is still making mistakes when it comes to the dating process.

Governors back regional bank proposal


Bungoma County Governor Ken Lusaka. Plans for a microfinance institution in western Kenya have won the support of five regional governors, including Governor Lusaka, Governors Ken Lusaka (Bungoma), Wycliffe Oparanya (Kakamega), Moses Akaranga (Vihiga), Patrick Khaemba (Trans Nzoia) and Sospeter Ojaamong (Busia). PHOTO/ISAAC WALE
Bungoma County Governor Ken Lusaka. Plans for a microfinance institution in western Kenya have won the support of five regional governors, including Governor Lusaka, Governors Ken Lusaka (Bungoma), Wycliffe Oparanya (Kakamega), Moses Akaranga (Vihiga), Patrick Khaemba (Trans Nzoia) and Sospeter Ojaamong (Busia). PHOTO/ISAAC WALE   NATION MEDIA GROUP
By ERICK NGOBILO
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Plans for a microfinance institution in western Kenya have won the support of five regional governors.

Uhuru, Ruto warned of Rift Valley revolt

President Uhuru Kenyatta shares a word with Deputy President William Ruto and Majority Leader in Parliament Aden Duale at JKIA before his departure for a three day State Visit to Qatar. Photo\PSCU
President Uhuru Kenyatta shares a word with Deputy President William Ruto and Majority Leader in Parliament Aden Duale. Rebellion against the Jubilee government is brewing in the Rift Valley, Bomet governor Isaac Ruto warned on Monday. Photo\PSCU 
By ISAAC ONGIRI
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By DENNIS ODUNGA
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Rebellion against the Jubilee government is brewing in the Rift Valley, Bomet governor Isaac Ruto warned on Monday.

Politick yes, but do not destroy Kenya

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The weekend promises intense political activities as Cord holds a grand rally at Uhuru Park, Nairobi, today to welcome its leader, Mr Raila Odinga, back home after a two-month tour of the United States.
And it comes on the eve of the Madaraka Day celebrations to be presided over by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Why Jubilee should be confident, not paranoid

PHOTO | AFP British tourists arrive at the Moi International Airport in Mombasa on May 16, 2014 on their way back home. About 500 British tourists have been evacuated from Mombasa over security fears.
PHOTO | AFP British tourists arrive at the Moi International Airport in Mombasa on May 16, 2014 on their way back home. About 500 British tourists have been evacuated from Mombasa over security fears.  AFP
By Dan Branch
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Suggestions of a foreign plot to topple the government or of deliberate economic sabotage by Western governments are absurd. Kenya faces many real challenges and can ill-afford to be distracted by imaginary enemies and rumours of subversion.

Blogs & Opinion

May inflation up 7.30 pc, Kenya National Bureau of Statistics says

Foodstuff at Ngara market, Nairobi. PHOTO/HOEBE OKALL 
By BEATRICE OBWOCHA
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Cost of living in Kenya continued to rise with inflation for the month of May moving up to 7.30 per cent up from 6.41 per cent in April 2014.

StanChart's bad debts grow by Sh9 billion

Standard Chartered Bank has been hit by a Sh9 billion surge in non–performing loans in the first three months of the year in what management says was “due to a small number of problem accounts.” PHOTO/FILE
Standard Chartered Bank has been hit by a Sh9 billion surge in non–performing loans in the first three months of the year in what management says was “due to a small number of problem accounts.” PHOTO/FILE 
By Ramenya Gibendi
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Standard Chartered Bank has been hit by a Sh9 billion surge in non–performing loans in the first three months of the year in what management says was “due to a small number of problem accounts.”
The bank’s bad debts grew five-fold to Sh11 billion against Sh2.2 billion recorded over the same period last year.

Oil investors pocket Sh22bn in Kenya in past two years

Aerial view of a Tullow oil rig in Turkana County. Oil explorers in Kenya may have pocketed a whopping Sh22 billion in the past two years, as investors cash in on the boom triggered by the confirmation of commercial crude deposits. PHOTO | FILE

Aerial view of a Tullow oil rig in Turkana County. Oil explorers in Kenya may have pocketed a whopping Sh22 billion in the past two years, as investors cash in on the boom triggered by the confirmation of commercial crude deposits. PHOTO | FILE  NATION MEDIA GROUP
By ZEDDY SAMBU
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Oil explorers in Kenya may have pocketed a whopping Sh22 billion in the past two years, as investors cash in on the boom triggered by the confirmation of commercial crude deposits.
Three such deals have taken place this year in various exploration areas in Turkana, Mandera, and Lamu. But it is not immediately clear whether the government earned any revenue from these transactions.

Oil investors pocket Sh22bn in Kenya in past two years

Aerial view of a Tullow oil rig in Turkana County. Oil explorers in Kenya may have pocketed a whopping Sh22 billion in the past two years, as investors cash in on the boom triggered by the confirmation of commercial crude deposits. PHOTO | FILE

Aerial view of a Tullow oil rig in Turkana County. Oil explorers in Kenya may have pocketed a whopping Sh22 billion in the past two years, as investors cash in on the boom triggered by the confirmation of commercial crude deposits. PHOTO | FILE  NATION MEDIA GROUP
By ZEDDY SAMBU
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Oil explorers in Kenya may have pocketed a whopping Sh22 billion in the past two years, as investors cash in on the boom triggered by the confirmation of commercial crude deposits.
Three such deals have taken place this year in various exploration areas in Turkana, Mandera, and Lamu. But it is not immediately clear whether the government earned any revenue from these transactions.

Oil investors pocket Sh22bn in Kenya in past two years

Aerial view of a Tullow oil rig in Turkana County. Oil explorers in Kenya may have pocketed a whopping Sh22 billion in the past two years, as investors cash in on the boom triggered by the confirmation of commercial crude deposits. PHOTO | FILE

Aerial view of a Tullow oil rig in Turkana County. Oil explorers in Kenya may have pocketed a whopping Sh22 billion in the past two years, as investors cash in on the boom triggered by the confirmation of commercial crude deposits. PHOTO | FILE  NATION MEDIA GROUP
By ZEDDY SAMBU
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Oil explorers in Kenya may have pocketed a whopping Sh22 billion in the past two years, as investors cash in on the boom triggered by the confirmation of commercial crude deposits.
Three such deals have taken place this year in various exploration areas in Turkana, Mandera, and Lamu. But it is not immediately clear whether the government earned any revenue from these transactions.

Oil investors pocket Sh22bn in Kenya in past two years

Aerial view of a Tullow oil rig in Turkana County. Oil explorers in Kenya may have pocketed a whopping Sh22 billion in the past two years, as investors cash in on the boom triggered by the confirmation of commercial crude deposits. PHOTO | FILE

Aerial view of a Tullow oil rig in Turkana County. Oil explorers in Kenya may have pocketed a whopping Sh22 billion in the past two years, as investors cash in on the boom triggered by the confirmation of commercial crude deposits. PHOTO | FILE  NATION MEDIA GROUP
By ZEDDY SAMBU
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Oil explorers in Kenya may have pocketed a whopping Sh22 billion in the past two years, as investors cash in on the boom triggered by the confirmation of commercial crude deposits.
Three such deals have taken place this year in various exploration areas in Turkana, Mandera, and Lamu. But it is not immediately clear whether the government earned any revenue from these transactions.

Oil investors pocket Sh22bn in Kenya in past two years

Aerial view of a Tullow oil rig in Turkana County. Oil explorers in Kenya may have pocketed a whopping Sh22 billion in the past two years, as investors cash in on the boom triggered by the confirmation of commercial crude deposits. PHOTO | FILE

Aerial view of a Tullow oil rig in Turkana County. Oil explorers in Kenya may have pocketed a whopping Sh22 billion in the past two years, as investors cash in on the boom triggered by the confirmation of commercial crude deposits. PHOTO | FILE  NATION MEDIA GROUP
By ZEDDY SAMBU
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Oil explorers in Kenya may have pocketed a whopping Sh22 billion in the past two years, as investors cash in on the boom triggered by the confirmation of commercial crude deposits.
Three such deals have taken place this year in various exploration areas in Turkana, Mandera, and Lamu. But it is not immediately clear whether the government earned any revenue from these transactions.

Why judges hate the idea of retiring

From left: Supreme Court Judges Njoki Ndungu, Jackton Ojwang, Chief Justice Willy Mutunga, Philip Tunoi, Mohamed Ibrahim and Smokin Wanjala during the delivery of the judgment on the presidential election results petition at the Supreme Court in Nairobi on March 30, 2013. PHOTO / SALATON NJAU
Supreme Court Judges during the delivery of the judgment on the presidential election results petition at the Supreme Court in Nairobi on March 30, 2013. Article 62 of the independence Constitution, repealed by the current Constitution, provided for a judge to vacate office when he or she attained an age prescribed by Parliament. Parliament prescribed 74 years. PHOTO / SALATON NJAU 
By Peter Mwaura
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US Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes once said he found it “extraordinary how reluctant aged judges are to retire.” He should not have.

President scoffs at Cord for its early vote hunt

President Uhuru Kenyatta  flanked by Deputy President William Ruto consoles Mrs Joyce Ngugi, widow of the late Hon Joseph Ngugi (Gatundu South MP) and his family on arrival for the deceased burial service at Nembu Mutati, Kiambu County on May 30, 2014. PHOTO | NATION
President Uhuru Kenyatta flanked by Deputy President William Ruto consoles Mrs Joyce Ngugi, widow of the late Hon Joseph Ngugi (Gatundu South MP) and his family on arrival for the deceased burial service at Nembu Mutati, Kiambu County on May 30, 2014. PHOTO | NATION  
By JACQUELINE KUBANIA
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Jubilee leaders Friday mocked the opposition’s move to hold a political rally Saturday, with President Uhuru Kenyatta asking Cord to wait for the next elections.

‘Million-person’ welcome for Raila

Cord principals Hon Kalonzo Musyoka (second left, in black suit) and Sen Moses Wetangula (left) flanked by legislators and supporters arrive at Uhuru Park grounds for an inspection tour of the venue in readiness for Saturday's public rally.
Cord principals Hon Kalonzo Musyoka (second left, in black suit) and Sen Moses Wetangula (left) flanked by legislators and supporters arrive at Uhuru Park grounds for an inspection tour of the venue in readiness for Saturday's public rally on Friday May 30, 2014.  
By Peter Leftie
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By AGGREY MUTAMBO
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Cord leader Raila Odinga returns home Saturday after nearly three months in the United States, to what his supporters have billed as a “one-million-person” welcome.