The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission cannot be entrusted with overseeing the next general elections, Cord leader Raila Odinga has said.

According to Mr Odinga, some members of the IEBC have lost credibility in the eyes of Kenyans.

He said there is also need for an independent Judiciary composed of men and women of integrity if they are to regain confidence for election disputes.

"Cord accepted the Supreme Court Ruling because its verdict is final but did not agree with it," he said at the London Russel Hotel on Wednesday.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has pledged his commitment to the welfare of Kenyans living and working in the diaspora. In his labor speech today at Uhuru Park in Nairobi, the president announced the creation of a special unit in his administration to deal with matters of Kenyans working and living abroad. He also urged Kenyans in the diaspora to continue investing and putting their saving in Kenya’s financial institutions.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has pledged to offer full education sponsorship up to University level to Daniel Owira, the high school student who gained national attention when he performed a play titled Otonglo for the president at State House, Mombasa last week. Daniel paid a visit to the president at State House, Nairobi today.

A former law professor at the University of Buffalo Law School has filed a federal lawsuit against Prof Makau Mutua, the dean of the law school for “firing him without cause and breach of contract,” reports The Spectrum.

Jeffrey Malkin, who taught at the law school from 2000 to 2009, seeks $1.3 million from the state of New York for back pay and reinstatement to his old job. He claims Mutua illegally fired him from his tenured position and denied him his due process under the 14th Ammendment and barred him access to a mandatory faculty review procedure.

The sole Kenyan detainee at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility in Cuba has joined the hunger strike by over 100 prisoners protesting their indefinite incarceration, his family in Nairobi and Mombasa claimed on Wednesday.

Family members who live in these towns told The Standard that they have spoken with the prisoner who has been detained by the Americans since February 2007 about the hunger strike and other conditions in Guantanamo through the assistance of the Red Cross Society.

Cord leader Raila Odinga says Kenya should shift from a Presidential to a Parliamentary system to deal with the ethnic divisions that routinely accompany election seasons.

Mr Odinga says the Presidential system is ill suited for ethnically divided societies because communities pin their hopes on individuals and rally behind them, relegating other factors such as policy issues and merit to the back burner.

Kenyan activist Boniface Mwangi was today roughed up and arrested for shouting down COTU boss Francis Atwoli at a Labor Day event at Uhuru Park. He is being held at Parliament Police Station.

Boniface has strongly criticized Atwoli for supporting MPs’ move to increase their salaries and had yesterday promised to deliver his displeasure at the Labor Day. “Tomorrow, 9am, Atwoli will be at Uhuru Park to celebrate Labour Day. I will be there to tell him he is wrong on MP’s perks,” said Boniface earlier yesterday through his twitter account.

Mutula Kilonzo Junior on Wednesday recounted his last moments with his departed father.

“I am going to the paradise (meaning Kwa Kyelu ranch) home at Maanzoni”, were the last words the late Mutula Kilonzo had with his name sake son as he prepared to drive off from the law firm compound on Friday morning.

He said they met briefly at the car park as he went to meet with one of their longest serving Kilonzo and Co advocates employee Mzee Zephania.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has ordered minimum wage for workers to be increased by 14 per cent with immediate effect.

He reiterated that his government would work towards reducing the cost of basic commodities and promote the SME sector.

Speaking during the Labour Day celebrations at Uhuru Park on Wednesday, the President also urged Kenyans in the diaspora to continue investing in local banks to boost the economy.

He noted that industrial protests have recently been on the rise but assured workers that the government would protect their rights.

The government is reviewing the traffic law to enforce the use of cashless payment in a bid to revamp public transport.

In a press briefing on Tuesday, Transport permanent secretary Karanja Kibicho said the ministry is finalising a review of the New Traffic Act 2012 to make way for cashless payment of fares by commuters using a card.

“Adopting electronic payments will save investors millions of money lost at the hands of drivers and conductors and further reduce corruption on the roads,” Mr Kibicho said.

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