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Gloomy faces as Uhuru signs Finance Bill into law

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President Uhuru Kenyatta after signing the Finance Bill, 2018 at State House Nairobi on September 21, 2018. PHOTO | PSCU

By HARRY MISIKO and HILARY KIMUYU

President Uhuru Kenyatta has signed into law Finance Bill, 2018 which was passed by the National Assembly in a chaotic debate on Thursday.

In a Twitter post on Friday, Mr Kenyatta, who whipped Jubilee MPs to ensure the bill that raises the cost of living is passed, vowed to ensure proper use of public funds.

“I give my commitment that I will ensure proper utilisation of public resources for a better Kenya. I will not relent on the war against Corruption,” he said.

Present during the signing of the bill at State House, Nairobi, were Deputy President William Ruto, National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale and Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua.

Others were National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich, Attorney General Paul Kihara Kariuki, Principal Secretary Kamau Thugge and Solicitor General Kennedy Ogeto.

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The House on Thursday endorsed the presidential reservations on the bill, giving Mr Kenyatta the chance to raid Kenyan’s pockets to plug holes in his nearly Sh3-trillion budget.

With the victory, the Executive has the power to raise up to Sh130 billion through the eight percent levy on fuel products that will see about Sh17.5 billion realised from sugar confectioneries (Sh475 million), money transfers (Sh11.4 billion), betting companies and winners (Sh30 billion), housing fund (10 billion) and kerosene (Sh9.8 billion).



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Harira from Morocco Eve woman

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Let’s be honest, the weather has not been on its best behavior and we are all in need some comfort food, anything to keep the cold away.

But as it stands, tea and coffee can only work their magic for so long before they get boring and monotonous.

If you feel this way, then you should probably try the Moroccan soup, Harira.

What is Harira?

This a popular traditional North African soup prepared mainly in Morocco and Algeria.

Harira comprises of a number of proteins, vegetables and spices that all help this soup burst out in zesty flavours.

You can have this bowl of soup as a starter, light snack or for the main course dish depending on what time of day you are preparing it.

Harira takes time before it achieves culinary perfection but the best part is that once you stir everything together, all that will be left for you is to wait as the heat does its magic.

Here is everything you will need to prepare this flavourful meal:

 To save time, prep all the ingredients in advance to make your work easier (Image: Shutterstock)
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Ingredients:

Beef, lamb or chicken meat, cubed

Vegetable Oil

One large onion, finely chopped

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Three tomatoes- ripe and finely diced

Two table spoonful of tomato paste

A glass of dry chickpeas, soaked and peeled

Three table spoons of lentils

One bunch of coriander leaves, finely chopped

One tea spoonful of salt

Ginger, crushed

One tea spoonful of black pepper

½ tea spoonful of turmeric

One cup of flour

One Lemon

 Harira can be served with bread, rice or pasta depending on your preference (Image: Shutterstock)

Method

Once all your ingredients and prepped and ready, the whole process is much easier from here on. In a large pot, heat your cooking oil and add your meat and let it brown.

Next, add your peeled chickpeas, tomatoes, onion, all the spices and three cups of water, stir for a little while and bring to boil. Let it cook on medium heat for about 30 minutes.

Once simmered, add your lentils, tomato paste and 7 cups of water to the mixture, cover and let it continue boiling for another 30-40 minutes.

When preparing this soup, you will need to regularly stir and taste your soup to adjust the ingredients and seasoning accordingly.

For that thick, creamy finish, the final step is to add your flour mixture moderately to your soup and stir constantly until you reach your desired consistency.

Let your soup simmer for another five minutes while stirring, this to ensure it doesn’t stick to the pot. Once ready, serve on a bowl and garnish it with coriander leaves and lemon wedges.

You can serve your bowl of soup with some bread, rice, noodles or pasta but you can also indulge this meal as it is. Happy cooking!

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Angry students of St Paul’s Diploma Teachers Training College in Bumula Constituency, Bungoma County, Monday, took to the streets to protest the killing of a third year student at the institution by unknown assailants.

The irate students say the body of their colleague was discovered along the railway line, a few meters from the main college on Sunday night.

Martin Ambani, a student of Geography and Kiswahili was expected to graduate this year 2021 after the completion of his Diploma course.

The students blocked vehicles at Kimaeti along Bungoma-Malaba highway for almost one hour and appealed to Interior Cabinet Secretary, Fred Matiang’I, to intervene and find lasting solution to high incidents of insecurity rocking the area, particularly involving students fraternity.

St Paul’s Diploma Teachers Training College was previously located in Kibabii area in Kanduyi Constituency before it was relocated to Syombe in Bumula Constituency with Mr Saul Barasa heading the institution.

The students led by Patrick Kemei, blamed Bungoma security team for laxity
and failure to beef up security around the College.

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“This is not the first student to be murdered in such unclear
circumstances, if this situation is not going to be addressed then this
college should be closed down,” they stated.

Patrick Kemei, also a third year student said villagers have been sneaking into the institution at night.and stealing students’ linen, phones and other personal effects.

| “Since we were relocated to Syombe, insecurity and theft cases
have been on the rise in our institution, I appeal to relevant authorities
to make sure that we are safe while here,’’ he said.

Bungoma County Police Commander, Dr Mutungi Mutiso, confirmed the incident
and asked students to remain calm as railway police investigate the brutal
act.

“I appeal to relatives and students to remain calm, demonstrations will not
add value, we have lost a life and let the investigations be completed so
that justice can be dispensed,’’ appealed the County Commander.

The School Principal, Saul Barasa, declined to comment on the matter, saying that it was under probe by police officers.

KNA/By Roseland Lumwamu

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Wasafi Records ink new deal with Warner Music – KBC

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The deal will see WCB-Wasafi incorporated into Warner Music South Africa and Ziiki Media

Warner Music has announced a new 360 partnership with East Africa’s number one artist Diamond Platnumz and his leading independent record label WCB-Wasafi. The new deal will see WCB-Wasafi incorporated into Warner Music South Africa and Ziiki Media, while Warner Music’s global network will help propel Diamond Platnumz and the label’s artists to a worldwide audience.

Diamond Platnumz is one of Africa’s most successful artists, having released more than 30 hit songs, and is one of the region’s most recognisable figures, which has led to him becoming a brand ambassador for companies such as Pepsi, Parimatch, Nice One Brand and Coral Paints. He has the number one artist YouTube channel in Sub-Saharan Africa, with more than five million subscribers, and also has more than 12 million Instagram followers. Over the course of his career, Diamond Platnumz has won numerous awards from the likes of MTV and Channel O.

Diamond Platnumz founded WCB-Wasafi and turned it into one of the top labels in Africa. The label has enjoyed success with artists such as Lava Lava, Mbosso, Rayvanny, Zuchu, and Queen Darleen.

The new 360 strategic partnership will see Warner Music, Diamond Platnumz, Ziiki Media and WCB-Wasafi artists collaborate on new releases, catalogue, brand partnerships, live and sync deals.

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Speaking about the new partnership Diamond said, “I’ve built WCB-Wasafi from the ground up and believe that Warner Music and Ziiki are the right partners to help further grow our reach. I’m also looking forward to plugging into the Warner network myself. We’ve got some exciting plans and I can’t wait to share more music with the world.”

“Diamond Platnumz musical talent is undeniable and he’s become one of Africa’s most successful artists. On top of that, he’s proven to be an incredible businessman, as he’s grown WCB-Wasafi into a formidable record label. The East and Central African music scene has exploded over the last few years and we believe by working together, we can help promote Diamond and his artists to more fans around the world and introduce Bongo Flava scene to a broader audience. This 360 partnership establishes a new way to engage with artists in Africa and our ambition to bring African talent to the rest of the world. I’d like to thank WM South Africa and Ziiki Media for their outstanding support in making this deal happen,” said Alfonso Perez-Soto, President, Emerging Markets, Warner Music.

Diamond’s music is available to stream on all digital channels.

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