Nairobi governor Evans Kidero differed with party leader Raila Odinga when he said the mass action planned by the Cord coalition would destabilise the country and scare away investors.

The governor spoke as debate about national dialogue took centre-stage at the weekend, with leaders opposing and supporting calls for Saba Saba mass action in equal measure.

Dr Kidero said he did not support the Cord public rallies either, and appealed to opposition leaders to find another avenue for addressing issues affecting the country.

More than a dozen counties are diverting billions of shillings meant for development to pay sitting allowances, purchase new vehicles and pay for foreign trips. A new progress report by the Controller of Budget on County Implementation has found out that as at March this year, counties such as Nairobi, Kakamega, Kirinyaga, Narok, Busia, and Laikipia had gobbled their personal allowances and overspent on purchase of luxurious vehicles and foreign trips.

Others are Nyeri, Tana River, Kericho and Vihiga counties that spent more to buy cars.

Kenyan musicians on Saturday refused to perform at the ongoing Smithsonian Folklore Festival in Washington DC to protest alleged breach of contract by the ministry of Culture and Arts.

Thousands of American and foreign guests, who spent over seven hours waiting for the artistes and ministry officials to resolve their differences, were left disappointed after the two sides failed to agree.

Being a weekend, the turnout was larger than weekdays — with Kenya attracting more visitors than China at this year’s event at The National Mall.

Cord leader Raila Odinga directly pitched his calls for national dialogue to President Uhuru Kenyatta when they shared a public platform for the first time since he began the demand one month ago.

Mr Odinga said President Kenyatta should not reject the calls for dialogue.

“We need to work together and are all in one nation,” he said.

Police in Migori have destroyed bhang valued at Sh100 million following a recent order by a local court.

The haul was part of a consignment confiscated in the area in the past six months, according to area OCPD Joshua Opiyo.

The haul of 4,000 kilograms was set ablaze in Lichota on Friday.

OCPD Opiyo said another consignment valued at Sh150 million will be destroyed next week.

Court officials together with Migori County CID director Violet Makhanu were present to witness the event.

We are delighted to inform you that Equity Bank Ltd has proudly sponsored this year’s edition of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival: Kenya Mambo Poa program in Washington D.C. USA where Kenya culture, Music and heritage is being show cased alongside China. This is a great opportunity for Kenyans in the USA to visit and show support for fellow Kenyans exhibiting our culture, music, arts and craft at the global stage. Over 1.5 Million visitors attend the festival which is currently taking place between the of June 25th to the 6th of July.

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The much anticipated CORD rally in Ntulele Narok county took place without a hitch with the opposition coalition contuing with their call for national dialogue.

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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday expressed his confidence in the leadership of President Uhuru Kenyatta.

This followed a meeting of the two leaders at State House Nairobi earlier Saturday.

Mr Ban also expressed his “solidarity with the people of Kenya in light of the recent terrorist incidents.”

“He expressed his confidence in the president's leadership in maintaining Kenya's unity in the face of the security challenges,” a statement from the UN added.

CORD MPs are apparently mystified by the decision by their leader Raila Odinga to continue rallies across the country.

The campaign, especially the threat of demonstrations on Saba Saba, has incensed the Jubilee government to the point where it may crack down on legitimate opposition.

The MPs, some very close confidants of Raila, told the Star yesterday that they have no idea of Raila's end game but will keep supporting him for fear of victimization.

East Africa Affairs, Commerce and Tourism Cabinet Secretary Phyllis Kandie is on a whistle stop tour of several United Kingdom and United States cities, some of Kenya’s key tourist source markets, on a reassurance mission to attract more visitors to the country.

Mrs Kandie started off by meeting prominent tour operators and travel agents in London, among them representatives of Tui Travel, the British charter firm which was recently in the eye of the storm following its decision to pull holidaying Britons out of Mombasa.

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