Deported Nigerian Anthony Chinedu on Monday demanded full payment of his investments in Kenya before seven officials and the chattered aircraft held at a Lagos airport are released.

New details are emerging on how Kenyan officials who accompanied Mr Chinedu and two other Nigerians deported two weeks ago spent the night in their aircraft because they were not allowed to leave.

The National Treasury is seeking Parliament’s approval to increase the former Prime Minister’s allowances for foreign and domestic travels by Sh34 million.

In addition, Treasury has proposed to increase Raila Odinga’s allocations for fuel and lubricants by Sh9.6 million.

According to the Supplementary Budget tabled in Parliament last week, the Treasury chopped off personal allowances allocated for the Office by Sh2.64 million and reduced funds reserved as basic salaries for permanent employees by Sh490,020.

All permanent secretaries (PSs) have been asked to vacate their offices Wednesday, the same day the vetting of principal secretaries who will replace them is scheduled to begin.

In a letter copied to all PSs, Mr Francis Kimemia, who is the Secretary to the Cabinet, asked the outgoing PSs to hand over their offices to the senior most head of department in their ministries by Wednesday.

Handing-over notes, Mr Kimemia said, should contain the status of projects as well as the financial and human resource statements for the ministries they were serving.

Deputy President William Ruto on Monday directed the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) to urgently convene a meeting with the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) to avert a looming strike.

Speaking when he met officials from the Ministry of Education, Ruto said the government would not want to see teachers go on strike at this time because it will impact negatively on students and pupils.

“There is no need for them to continue planning the strike as their funds will be available as agreed,” he asserted.

Tarrus Riley

Big Tunes Live were the promoters behind last Saturday’s Big Tunes Festival of Music 2013 held at Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC).

In Kenya we pride ourselves in delivering successful and safe live music events with a major focus on reggae music and artists. We also produced last year’s Big Tunes Festival of Music featuring Tarrus Riley, Etana including Jah Cure’s ‘Call on Me’ Tour. All our events have been successful and that has been our standard.

The real estate sector is expected to experience significant growth in the year 2013, according to Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya Chairman Benson Okundi, citing dropping interest rates.

Okundi said lower rates were likely to spur an uptake of mortgages, which would fuel the housing market boom.

The Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) early this month lowered its rate by one percentage point to 8.5 percent, a signal that commercial banks should lower their lending rates to push up demand for credit and spur economic growth in the country.

Kenya will host a major international conference in August to discuss on modalities of repatriating more than one million Somali refugees to their country.

The conference, which will be held in the second week of August, will be co-hosted by the Governments of Kenya, Somali and UNHCR with the International Organization for Immigration (IOM) being invited.

Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga is scheduled to hold talks in Washington on Tuesday with the second-highest-ranking State Department official, Kenya's US Ambassador Elkanah Odembo has confirmed.

US President Barack Obama should cancel his planned visit to Tanzania later this month in protest against the government’s failure to settle a “slavery” case, a Washington Post commentator urged on June 10.

At issue is a US court’s ruling in 2008 that Alan Mzengi, then a diplomat in Tanzania’s Washington embassy, should pay USD1,059,349 in damages to a young Tanzanian woman who worked as a servant in his home.

Wiper Democratic Movement party has launched a major campaign to ensure it retains the vacant Makueni County senate seat.

Party leaders pitched tent in the county at the weekend where they campaigned for the late Senator Mutula Kilonzo’s daughter Kethi in absentia.

“We are going to abandon all other activities and camp here to campaign for Kethi ahead of the July 22 by-election,” declared Machakos County Senator Johnson Muthama.

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