Category Archives: Politics

State House Hijacks Linus Kaikai’s move to Royal Media Services

State House has blocked former NTV general manager Linus Kaikai’s move to Royal Media Services where he was set to replace Lands Cabinet Secretary Farida Karoney, who was the media house’s Chief Operations Officer before her appointment to join President Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration. The Nairobi Observer can reveal that Kaikai, who was sacked from Nation Media […]

Britain says former Russian spy poisoned with nerve agent

SALISBURY, England (Reuters) – A nerve agent was used to deliberately poison a former Russian double agent and his daughter, Britain’s top counter-terrorism officer said on Wednesday, in a case that threatens to further damage London’s ties with Moscow. Sergei Skripal, once a colonel in Russia’s GRU military intelligence service, and his 33-year-old daughter, Yulia, […]

Ruto’s hand in the demolition of popular joint, Simmers

On the morning after the sudden closure of Simmers, one of the most popular restaurants in Nairobi’s CBD, the streets around are busy as usual. The taxi men are talking of how the closure has affected their business as curious passersby marvel at the work down by the eviction squad and begin to understand why […]

Ghosts of graft haunt nominees

Allegations of impropriety returned to haunt Judicial Service Commission (JSC) nominees as they appeared before the parliamentary committee on Justice and Legal Affairs for vetting. Former Agriculture Cabinet secretary Felix Koskey and former Kenyatta University vicechancellor Prof Olive Mugenda were tasked to explain their role in past cases where they were mentioned. In 2015, Koskey […]

Nasa jolted as Wiper disowns House team deal

The Opposition was yesterday thrown into disarray after one of its affiliate parties, Wiper, refused to back a coalition agreement to replace its nominee to the Parliamentary Service Commission (PSC). Wiper party had been asked by the National Super Alliance to replace Borabu MP Ben Momanyi with Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo Jnr. In the morning […]

LSK divided over plan to protest ‘court contempt’

Divisions have emerged within the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) over the planned boycott of court proceedings to protest disregard of court orders. A section of lawyers have opposed LSK president Isaack Okero’s call for a week-long boycott of all court proceedings terming it counterproductive. Speaking to The Nairobi Observer, senior advocate James Mwamu said […]

Atwoli dismisses Duale suggestion to have him fired

Central Organisation of Trade Unions (Cotu) secretary general Francis Atwoli has faulted Leader of Majority in the National Assembly Aden Duale’s “veiled threat” to eject him from the National Social Security Fund Board (NSSF). Atwoli (pictured) said Duale’s remarks were erroneous, misleading and called on him to desist from spreading hearsay statements. “It is regrettable […]

NCCK urges dialogue, creation of PM position

The National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK) has called on President Uhuru Kenyatta and Opposition leader Raila Odinga to drop their hard line stance and dialogue to bring down political tensions in the country. NCCK general secretary Rev Canon Peter Karanja (below) told a media conference the country is in a crisis “despite the […]