An attempt to have Kenyans jailed in China return home to serve time in local prisons flopped because the two countries have not signed a prisoner exchange programme.

The convicts include five prisoners handed a death sentence over drug trafficking and dozens others serving life sentences.

Lack of a prisoner exchange programme means the death row convicts, sentenced to death three years ago, may have been faced the hangman by now.

Parliament is in talks with the salaries commission to hammer out a deal on MPs’ pay. National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi on Wednesday said the outcome of the talks would be made public.

“We should allow the negotiations to go on,” Mr Muturi said after being sworn in as chairman of the Parliamentary Service Commission, which is spearheading the talks with the Salaries and Remuneration Commission.

Last week, MPs demanded higher pay and threatened to bring a Motion in Parliament to disband the salaries commission if their pay is not increased.

By popular demand, Nairobi Half Life - Kenya’s first official submission for the Academy Awards ® and the 2012 AFI Fest Audience Award winner - will return to cinemas across the United States after its successful screening in the Feature Film Project in March.

After three years running her business, Namour Designs, Julia Kibuga has decided to improve her skills. She has taken a year off and joined the Academy of Design in Australia’s Gold Coast City to study fashion.

Ms Kibuga is known for her unpredictable creations sometimes in full African fabric or mixed with softer and chic fabrics.

“The skills to be gained measure to international standards which means I can take my brand beyond the local market and compete at an international level,” she wrote in an email.

Ambassador Johnnie Carson, the head of the State Department's Africa Bureau, formally retired on March 29, ending a 44-year career that included service as Washington's envoy to Nairobi from 1999 to 2003.

Soon after taking office in 2009, President Barack Obama appointed Ambassador Carson as Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs.

Sauti Sol, Rufftone, Ringtone and the Sarakasi dancers have been chosen to add to the entertainment at the Swearing-in ceremony of President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday April 9th, reports Capital Lifestyle Magazine's Laura Walubengo.

The musicians and dance troupe will bring a mix of Kenyan pop, gospel and contemporary music entertainment at the event, and provide a background for the marches by Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) in the colorful ceremony that will take place at the Kasarani Sports Complex.

President Kibaki has commended the Judiciary for well-concluded poll petition. “In the last few weeks, the attention of the country and the world was focused on our Judiciary as it received and heard the Presidential Election petitions,” the President said.

According to President Kibaki, the confidence that people placed in the Supreme Court has been affirmed and the ultimate winner of the elections is Kenyan people.

Felony robbery charges are not severe enough for three 15- and 16-year-old boys who pulled a northwest Des Moines man from his car at gunpoint, beat him over the head and took the car, the victim’s wife said Tuesday.

“I think the police have done a good job finding and arresting these people, but my husband is dying in the hospital,” said Joan Namachemo. “I need attempted murder for this.”

Mike Wasike, 36, an immigrant from Kenya who with Namachemo has two children, sustained possibly permanent brain injuries in the attack.

As they wait their swearing in, deputy-president elect William Ruto now finds himself in an unfamiliar territory. While Kenya has had nine vice-presidents it has never had a deputy president. Though both positions mean the holder of the office is the second in command, a few adjustments have been made to the role of deputy president that mean the holder of the new position must carve his own niche .



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The 418 Members of the 11th Parliament have started registering for the Sh10.6 million each annual medical cover.

The medical cover announced by the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) a month ago covers the 349 members of the National Assembly and 67 Senators, their spouses and up to four children who are below twenty five years and dependent on their parents.

Each of the MPs and Senators will be entitled to an inpatient cover of Sh10 million, an outpatient cover of Sh300,000, maternity cover of Sh150, 000, dental cover of Sh75, 000 and optical cover of Sh75, 000.

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