Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, a US firm, has started exploring for oil and gas off the Kenyan coast in Lamu. The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) listed firm plans to drill two wells, continuing Kenya’s surge of exploration activity.

“Anadarko has told us they were to spud the well yesterday (Thursday),” said Martin Heya, commissioner for petroleum at the Energy ministry.

The two wells, known as the Kiboko prospect in block L11B and the Kubwa prospect in block L7, will cost about Sh8.6 billion ($100 million) each.

The Kenya Revenue Authority was on Thursday given the green light to go after any unpaid taxes which the outgoing MPs were supposed to remit following the promulgation of the Constitution which required them to do so.

High Court judge Weldon Korir held that the MPs were not exempted from paying taxes on their income since Article 210 of the Constitution provides that the burden of taxation shall be shared fairly.

Carlos Gutierrez, former U.S. Secretary of Commerce and former chairman of Kellogg Co. (Bloomberg/Getty Images)

American Business leaders want to see broad immigration reform this year, and they pledged on Thursday to put serious money behind that effort.

Carlos Gutierrez, a former commerce secretary under President George W. Bush, said that he's continuing to grow a Republican super PAC, which was first announced in November, designed to urge members of Congress to support immigration reform.

"We're going to do something we haven't done in the past," he said at a news conference. "We're going to put money behind the problem."

Kenya is among five African countries hit by a new espionage software targeting information from government agencies and research institutions.

The new spying software known as “Red October” was detected this week by Kaspersky Lab despite having been in existence for the last five years.

It has been used to steal information from governments, embassies, the military and research institutes in different parts of the world.

A lot of confusion and logistical delays marked the nomination process of various political parties across the country, prompting the IEBC to extend the deadline for submission of nominee lists for various seats by the political parties to Monday, January 21st. The logistical problems in various counties also forced TNA and URP to postpone their nomination process to tomorrow. ODM will also repeat nominations on Friday in some counties dues to some anomalies.

The United Kingdom Border Agency has launch a new ‘fast-track’ visa service as a quick option for Kenyans wishing to urgently travel to the UK.

Visa applicants under this category will now be required to pay an additional fee of Sh10,000 to have their visa applications processed at short notice.

UK Trade and Investment CEO Nick Baird however said only a number of priority visas will be available each day on a first come, first serve basis.

Kendi Jane - a finalist for Miss Africa Belgium 2013

A Kenyan-born model is a finalist in Miss Africa Belgium 2013 Pageant. Kendi Jane, currently in Form 5 in Hasslet, Belgium studying Economie-languages, was born in Kenya of Kenyan parents but grew up in Belgium. Kendi says she is filled with love and pride of Kenya, despite growing up in the western world where most of the immigrants’ cultures have been eroded and influenced by the west. She says it is this love for Kenya and Africa in general led her to participate in the pageant.

In a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal, Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio laid out his ideas for possible immigration reform.

Some of his proposals include moving towards a more skill-based and high tech immigration system rather than labor-based.

“I'm a big believer in family-based immigration... but I don't think that in the 21st century we can continue to have an immigration system where only 6.5% of people who come here, come here based on labor and skill.  We have to move toward merit and skill-based immigration,” said Rubio.

Political parties in Kenya treated their members and citizens to what may arguably be one of the worst nominations ever seen since independence.

Having fiddled with the nomination dates, pushing them to the very last day of deadline, party big wigs found themselves in trouble on how to handle the hotly contested elections.

From missing ballot papers to delayed voting by up to seven hours the nominations were simply a sham and a shame perhaps a true reflection of the leadership we expect to derive from such a process.

Police are investigating a dubious investment scheme through which poor families may have lost more than Sh7 billion on expectations that their children would be educated for a token.

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) said it was looking into the transactions of Mizpah Outlets Welfare Association, which also promised members huge returns of up to 50 per cent of their capital.

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