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Chelsea's top four bid suffers blow as Huddersfield survive

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Antonio Conte admitted Chelsea had only themselves to blame after their bid to qualify for the Champions League suffered a hammer blow as Huddersfield secured their Premier League survival with a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.

Conte’s side fell behind to Laurent Depoitre’s second half strike and although Marcos Alonso bagged a fortuitous equaliser, the Blues couldn’t find a priceless winner as they wasted a host of chances.

Fifth placed Chelsea’s attempt to salvage a troubled season by finishing in the top four is now out of their hands heading into the final game of the season at Newcastle on Sunday.

“For sure we had so many chances and you must be good to take them. It is not the first time that we are not clinical,” Conte moaned.

“It is not a situation only for the strikers, but the whole team.

DROPPED POINTS

“Every team deserves the points they have in the table. We dropped many points. We are fifth and we must accept this.”

Tottenham’s 1-0 win over Newcastle on Wednesday means Chelsea can’t make up the four-point gap to their third placed London rivals.

Fourth placed Liverpool are two points ahead of Chelsea and, given their vastly superior goal difference, they will condemn the Blues to the Europa League next season if they avoid defeat against Brighton at Anfield on Sunday.

“I’m realistic. This situation wasn’t in our hands before this game and for sure the chances are less than before today. We have to try to do our best,” Conte said.

Missing out on the Champions League would be a suitably downbeat conclusion to a lacklustre title defence from Chelsea and could prove the last straw for Blues owner Roman Abramovich as he reportedly plans to part ways with Conte.

TRANSFER PLANS

Conte appears set to leave after just two years in charge following a contentious campaign marred by the Italian’s feud with the Chelsea hierarchy over their failure to back his transfer plans.

The 48-year-old has seen a host of leading managers linked with his job in recent weeks and added fuel to the fire this week when he said his future would be revealed after the FA Cup final against Manchester United on May 19.

“This is not my task, there is a club to judge the situation and then to take the best decision,” Conte said when asked if he would be in charge next term.

Huddersfield’s reward for a tenacious display is another season among English football’s elite after a superb result that seals their safety with a game in spare.

“If you have the passion, desire and spirit you can compete with top quality,” Huddersfield manager David Wagner said.

“We have done it. I am so unbelievably proud.”

In what could be Conte’s final home match, he made six changes to the side that beat Champions League finalists Liverpool 1-0 on Sunday, with Olivier Giroud and Eden Hazard surprisingly left on the bench.

WRONG DECISION

It was a gamble that backfired, but Conte refused to accept he made the wrong decision.

“When I make a rotation I play with players like Morata, Christensen, Willian. It is stupid to talk about the rotation,” he said.

“We are Chelsea. We have a big squad. We must win.”

Huddersfield took the lead with their first serious attack in the 50th minute.

When Aaron Mooy played a pass over the top of the Chelsea defence, Blues goalkeeper Willy Caballero came rushing to the edge of the area in a bid to clear.

But Depoitre beat Caballero to the ball and in the process left him sprawled on the turf, giving the Belgian striker time to net his first goal since December.

Conte responded by sending on Giroud and Hazard and Chelsea grabbed a bizarre equaliser in the 62nd minute.

Cesar Azpilicueta drilled over a low cross that prompted a panicked clearance from Mathias Zanka and the ball hit Alonso in the face before rebounding into the Huddersfield net.

Conte’s side to laid siege to the Huddersfield goal.

But the visitors, fighting for survival, threw their bodies in the way time and again before Jonas Lossl superbly pushed Andreas Christensen’s header onto the post.


2,499 personas en albergues a causa de enjambre sísmico en El Salvador

La Dirección General de Protección Civil, comunica al pueblo salvadoreño sobre el desarrollo a la atención en el marco de la ALERTA NARANJA PARA LOS MUNICIPIOS DE CHIRILAGUA, INTIPUCÁ Y EL CARMEN. ASIMISMO, EMITIÓ ALERTA AMARILLA PARA LOS DEPARTAMENTOS DE SAN MIGUEL Y LA UNIÓN CON EL PROPÓSITO QUE SE ACTIVEN PARA PROPORCIONAR EL APOYO NECESARIO A LOS MUNICIPIOS AFECTADOS POR EL ENJAMBRE SÍSMICO, emitida el domingo 6 de mayo de 2018.

  1. En su Informe Especial N° 12, el Ministerio de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales denominado “Continúa enjambre sísmico en los municipios de Chirilagua e Intipucá”, emitido este día a las 06:00 a.m. de 2018, indica que la Red Sísmica Nacional de El Salvador ha registrado entre las 6:33 p.m. del sábado 5 de mayo y las 06:00 a.m. de ahora miércoles 9 de mayo de 2018, un total de 733 sismos. El área epicentral está ubicada entre los municipios de Chirilagua, departamento de San Miguel, e Intipucá en La Unión. Del total de sismos registrados, 107 han sido reportados como sentidos por la población; las magnitudes oscilan entre 2.4 y 5.6. El sismo de mayor magnitud se registró a la 1:02 p.m. del domingo 6 de mayo, con una magnitud de 5.6 y una intensidad de VII en los municipios de Chirilagua e Intipucá.

  2. El informe preliminar de afectaciones a esta fecha indica que tenemos un total de 289 viviendas dañadas, 11 viviendas destruidas y daños en 9 centros escolares.

  3. Afectaciones humanas: actualmente de acuerdo a la Comisión Técnica Sectorial de Albergues están activos 26 albergues y los albergados son un total de 2,499 personas que corresponden a 653 familias.

  4. Se ha presentado una reducción de la magnitud, intensidad y periodicidad de los sismos en las últimas 24 horas, pero no significa una tendencia a la normalidad; por lo que hay que es necesario seguir monitoreando la actividad sísmica.

  5. Se ha realizado una actualización de los albergues existentes, así como de la cantidad de personas albergadas.

  6. Este día se ha realizado una reunión con las Comisiones Departamentales de Protección Civil de San Miguel y La Unión y las Comisiones Técnicas Sectoriales del nivel nacional con el fin de garantizar una adecuada atención de las necesidades de la población afectada por los sismos.

  7. Esta Dirección General, comunica a los pobladores de la zona mantengan la calma, tomen en cuenta el Plan de Emergencia Familiar en caso de terremoto, y apliquen las medidas que ahí se plantean para evitar riesgos innecesarios.

  8. Se recomienda a la población tomar precaución, mantener especial cuidado de adultos mayores y niños, así como mantenerse pendiente de la información que emita esta Dirección.

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5 killed, families displaced as Patel Dam bursts its banks

By MAGDALENE WANJA
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At least five people have been confirmed dead and several families displaced, after Patel Dam in Solai, Nakuru County, burst its banks on Wednesday night.

The dam burst its banks, sweeping away hundreds of homes in the neighbourhood including those on the expansive Nyakinyua Farm that borders the dam.

Property estimated at millions of shillings was also destroyed by the raging waters.

Several people, among them children, are feared trapped in the mud even as a rescue operation by Kenya Red Cross and the Nakuru County Disaster Management is still underway.

Already about 40 people have been rescued from the mud and rushed to various health facilities including Bahati Sub-County and Nakuru Level Five hospitals.

The place is currently covered by the dam water and mud extending to a radius of nearly two kilometres.

Area Member of County Assembly Peter Mbae told the Nation that more than twenty families have also been evacuated.

“We assure residents that the rescue teams are doing their best to evacuate affected families to safety,” said Mr Mbae.


Tullow ready to truck crude oil to Mombasa

By JEREMIAH KIPLANG’AT
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Tullow is ready to transport oil from Turkana to Mombasa before the end of this month and is only waiting for the government’s go-ahead, Country Manager Martin Mbogo has said.

The government has indicated that it was preparing to have the oil trucked under the Early Oil Pilot Scheme by the end of May, although that faces a number of obstacles.

Responding to questions on Tullow’s preparedness for the piloting, Mr Mbogo told the Nation that they were still engaging the government to ensure its success.

“From a technical perspective, Tullow is ready to commence the Early Oil Piloting Scheme trucking. However, stakeholder engagements led by the government are ongoing and we are awaiting the government’s greenlight to proceed,” said Mr Mbogo.

PETROLEUM DEAL

Despite the assurance, the probability of that happening has been set back by the suspension of the new Petroleum Bill that was being formulated in Parliament. Majority Leader Aden Duale said MPs had proposed too many changes, necessitating its temporary withdrawal.

Under the scheme, the oil will be taken by road to the Kenya Petroleum Refineries in Mombasa as it awaits exportation.

The piloting programme, however, faces a number of challenges.

There has been an uproar over what the Turkana people should get, following a contested proposal in the new Petroleum Bill before Parliament, which is sponsored by the national government.

OIL REVENUE

The proposed law gives Turkana County 25 per cent of the oil revenue but that is capped, such that the amount given does not exceed what the county gets from the national Treasury each year. Of the amount, 20 per cent will go to the county government and the remaining to the host community.

But the residents and their leaders want 10 per cent for the host community. They said any attempt to lower the percentage will be an act of provocation.

Mr Malcon Lopatio from Lepese village in Turkana South was more candid, saying they were ready to fight for their rightful share. “We are always being called for meetings, but nothing comes out of them. If they do not want to listen to us and address our problems, they should be ready for a difficult time,” said Mr Lopatio.

Another challenge is the delayed construction of Kainuk bridge without which transportation of the oil will be next to impossible.


Wrong to ban school-based programme for teachers

Teachers have been dealt a major blow in their quest to acquire university degrees after their holiday study programme was banned.

The Commission for University Education (CUE) cited academic shortcomings in abolishing the school-based programme. It argued that shrinking the programme from the initial eight years to two-and-a-half years compromised quality.

In a report, the CUE recommends that existing programmes revert to the original duration to allow adequate delivery and internalisation of the material covered with the teaching period or practicum designed to 12 weeks.

These are good arguments. However, they may have deep consequences for those completing their studies, having spent a lot of money.

The programmes have been running in the full glare of the Ministry of Education and TSC for years and most of the teachers and administrators in the institutions went through them, including university lecturers.

A blanket death is inhuman and may require a recall of degrees.

Jack A. Kanyandong, Kisumu.

The school-based programmes are necessary for teachers to go up the grades and add value to their professional requirements.

Teachers are always in school and the only time they can go to class is during the holidays. They can’t take study leave.

Machoka Simion, Bungoma.


Kenya and Djibouti strengthen security and trade links

By SAMWEL OWINO
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By AGGREY MUTAMBO
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Kenya is reaching out to Djibouti in a bid to benefit from the Horn of Africa nation’s strategic location for security and trade links.

On Wednesday, President Uhuru Kenyatta and Djibouti leader Ismail Guelleh signed a number of agreements, mainly centred on boosting trade, but also  influenced by security concerns.

It is the second attempt by Kenya to woo Djibouti, a country which has traditionally not featured on Kenya’s trade links map.

President Kenyatta in January held a meeting with Mr Guelleh when the two met during the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa. At the time, they spoke of their readiness to improve trade and security ties.

The meeting in Nairobi was influenced by security concerns by both countries.

TERRORISTS

They both contribute troops to the African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom) and have been targeted by Al-Shabaab terrorists. It came just two days after new Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed also visited Nairobi on a similar mission.

“We have talked about how to strengthen our cooperation and secure our nations. Both our nations are in a very troubled region and we talked about how to ensure the safety and prosperity of our people,” said President Kenyatta.

President Guelleh said: “We are in a troubled region, where we are confronted by extremism and violence. That is why our militaries are in Somalia to help it regain stability because what happens in Somalia has an immediate impact on all of us.”

The leaders supported for Somalia’s bid for stability in the wake of recent announcements by donors that they will cut funding to Amisom.

Djibouti, the third smallest country on mainland Africa, and with an economy of just $1.7 billion, has been the hub of major international military powers.

The US has a military base run by the Africa Command (Africom) and often uses it to monitor aerial attacks on militants’ bases in Somalia.

Other countries with bases there, include France, China and Japan. Spain and Germany also have troops, but are housed at the French base; in an arrangement meant to secure merchant ships.

With a population of less than a million, according to the World Bank, Djibouti’s strength is its location in a volatile area bordered by Somalia and Eritrea and across the sea to Yemen.

Djibouti is also strong in the livestock production industry, selling live animals, meat and leather to the Middle East.

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES

Meanwhile, Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Monica Juma has urged Kenyan investors to take advantage of the existing business opportunities in Djibouti to expand their markets. Addressing members of the business community drawn from Kenya and Djibouti at the Inter-Continental Hotel, Nairobi, yesterday, Dr Juma said Djibouti is strategically located, making it a prime destination for investments.

“I want to challenge the Kenyan business sector to visit Djibouti and set up companies there,” Ms Juma said.

She noted that trade between Kenya and Djibouti had been extremely low over the years, but expressed optimism that President Guelleh’s visit to Kenya would lead to the signing of a number of bilateral trade pacts to boost business.


Safaricom makes Sh1,778 per second

By CHARLES MWANIKI
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For every second that passes the financial behemoth that is Safaricom adds another Sh1,778 to its bottom line.

This is money earned from various services to its 29.6 million subscribers going by the results the company announced yesterday for the year ended March 2018.

The company made a record net profit of Sh55.3 billion on the back of M-Pesa and mobile data revenue growth.

The profit by Kenya’s largest listed firm by capitalisation was a growth of 14.3 per cent above the Sh48.4 billion in the previous year. Total revenue grew by a tenth to Sh233.7 billion, also a record by a Kenyan company.

Safaricom’s net profit is now more than twice that of the next most profitable listed firm, KCB’s Sh19.7 billion.

The firm added 1.4 million customers to its books, taking its total base to 29.6 million, with 20.5 million active 30-day M-Pesa users. This means that the company earned a net of Sh1,868 per customer in the 12-month period.

Safaricom chief financial officer Sateesh Kamath on Wednesday said M-Pesa revenue grew 14.2 per cent to Sh62.9 billion while mobile data was up 24 per cent to Sh36.4 billion in the period.

Voice revenue growth remained relatively low at 2.4 per cent to Sh88.9 billion while SMS revenue was up 6.2 per cent to Sh17.7 billion. “M-Pesa and mobile data continued to be the drivers of growth in the year. Contrary to global trends, voice revenues also grew. We also recorded revenue growth in fixed data, a relatively new business, which is already accounting for three per cent of our service revenue,” said Mr Kamath.

Voice and SMS revenue has been hurt by competition from Internet-based communication applications like WhatsApp, which have become popular with users due to lower cost and widespread access with the growth in usage of smart phones.

SURPRISE MESSAGE

Safaricom chief executive officer Bob Collymore also sent a surprise message via video link during the investor briefing at the company’s headquarters yesterday, saying he is nearing a return from his extended medical leave in London.

Mr Collymore said he has started the final phase of his treatment and will come back to the country as soon as doctors in London clear him to travel.

He has been away from office since October last year, receiving treatment for an undisclosed ailment.

“I have just entered the final phase of treatment and expect to be back in Nairobi as soon as doctors feel that my immune system is sufficiently robust to withstand the infection risks that are usually associated with airline travel,” Mr Collymore told investors in the video message.

In his absence, Mr Kamath has primarily filled in for him, supported by the company’s director of strategy and innovation Joseph Ogutu. Mr Collymore said he had been engaging with Safaricom’s management team and Board of Directors as well as participating in meetings via video link from London.

He added that the company will continue to invest in growing the M-Pesa and data products.

The huge profit announced by Safaricom will translate into billions of shillings in dividends for shareholders, led by the government and South African telecoms firm Vodacom who hold a 35 per cent stake each in the firm.

The 2017/18 dividend has been set at Sh1.1 a share, up 13.4 per cent from the dividend paid for the year ending March 2017.

The total payout this year to the more than 500,000 Safaricom investors stands at Sh44.1 billion, compared to Sh38.9 billion in the previous year.

The Treasury holds a total of 14 billion shares in Safaricom, and is therefore set to pocket a dividend cheque of Sh15.4 billion from the company, as will Vodacom.

In addition to the dividend, Safaricom said it has also paid Sh24.6 billion in taxes to the government, taking the total earned by the State from the firm during the financial year to Sh40 billion.

In the previous financial year, the Treasury earned Sh35.8 billion from Safaricom in tax and dividends, making the company one of the most lucrative sources of investment revenue for the government.

British telco Vodafone, which is the parent company of Vodacom, will pocket Sh2.2 billion from the five per cent stake it holds in Safaricom.

Vodafone previously held a 40 per cent stake in Safaricom, but ceded 35 per cent to Vodacom last year in a share swap deal worth about Sh266 billion.

The remaining shareholders, two thirds of whom hold less than 1,000 shares each, will together pocket Sh11.1 billion in dividends.


Chebukati: Stop pay for IEBC officials who resigned

By SAM KIPLAGAT
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Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission chairman Wafula Chebukati wants the payment of salaries for the three commissioners who resigned last month stopped.

Further, in a letter to Treasury PS Kamau Thugge and Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua, Mr Chebukati wants the three – former vice-chairperson Consolata Maina, Margaret Mwachanya and Paul Kurgat – asked to return any properties belonging to the commission, which is still in their possession.

In a response filed in court, Mr Chebukati said he wrote to the three commissioners on April 20, asking them why they have never reported to their offices or issued the commission with letters confirming their resignations. But since then, they have never responded or reported to their offices at Anniversary Towers. “It is clear that the three have absconded duty unlawfully,” he said in a sworn statement.

“In view of the foregoing, the commission is of the opinion that the salaries of the said commissioners be stopped from the said date,” reads the letter sent to Dr Thugge by Mr Chebukati. The letter has been annexed to the court documents.

According to Mr Chebukati, a commissioner resigns from office by sending a letter to the President, gives a one month notice or pay one month’s gross salary in lieu of the notice. But the three never followed the procedure.

And if it is confirmed that they tendered their resignations to President Uhuru Kenyatta, they should be compelled to settle any outstanding liabilities and return all properties belonging to the commission, in their possession.

He also wants them to return all original documents and copies belonging to IEBC, computers – both hardware and software – any written and training material, keys and security passes.

Mr Chebukati also wants them to sign a certificate of clearance with various departments in the commission to avoid being surcharged and to facilitate their clearance by the Treasury and the commission.

While enumerating how the commissioners fell out, Mr Chebukati said the commission held a plenary on January 16, 2018. In the meeting, they resolved that he writes to the accounting officer Ezra Chiloba, seeking an explanation on the concerns raised. He said this was done by way of a memo issued on January 16.


Raila pact ruining Uhuru-Ruto amity, lament Jubilee MPs

By PATRICK LANG’AT
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Jubilee-allied MPs have accused opposition leader Raila Odinga of a spirited attempt to drive a wedge between President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto.

The leaders said Mr Odinga, in his March 9 handshake with President Kenyatta — which he on Tuesday said could only come to fruition if the Constitution is amended to restructure the Presidency — had a sinister agenda to divide the Jubilee Party from within.

“There is no doubt that he sees William Ruto as his competitor, and that is why he is disdainful of the Deputy President and his lieutenants,” said Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen, summing up the discomfort within the Ruto camp. “He is trying to be cosy with the President but at the same time is hostile to the DP. His is a perfect example of divisive politics.”

POLITIKING

But Kisumu Town Central MP Fred Ouda said this is not the right time for the Ruto camp to start politicking as “the main agenda of any leader at the moment is to support the handshake”.

“It is sad that some leaders, led by Mr Murkomen, are busy giving the President ultimatums. We cannot keep talking about William Ruto and 2022 all the time.”

Mr Ruto was locked out of consultations until the Uhuru-Raila pact was announced on March 9 and, although he has publicly backed the deal as a great shot at uniting the country, he is opposed to suggestions by Mr Odinga to change the Constitution in order to fix the nation.

Mr Odinga widened the rift between him and Mr Ruto on Tuesday when he rallied his Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) troops behind his pact with President Kenyatta and insisted that the Constitution must be amended to bring on board an executive prime minister as proposed in the 2005 Bomas draft, and also introduce a third tier in the devolution governance structure.

REFERENDUM

This, Nandi senator Samson Cherargei says, is the problem the Ruto camp has with the referendum proposal by Mr Odinga as it is only geared towards blocking or undermining a Ruto presidency.

“They know Ruto is going to be president, and now they want to sneak in a referendum to block his way by introducing the post of a prime minister selected by a few people and not by a majority of Kenyans through universal suffrage,” said Mr Cherargei, who has been one of the most vocal legislators against the bid to amend the Constitution.

Deputy President William RutoDeputy President William Ruto (right) and Nyali MP Mohamed Ali at Mr Ruto’s office in Nairobi on May 9, 2018. PHOTO | DPPS

At the heart of the Ruto camp’s suspicion of Mr Odinga is the strong belief that any change of the structure or powers of the Presidency will severely hurt the DP’s chances of having as much control and authority as his boss President Kenyatta should he win the post in 2022.

POLITICAL MOVEMENTS

They are also wary, sources say, of the fact that referendum pushes often birth political movements that could complicate Mr Ruto’s 2022 game plan. But Mr Odinga disagrees:

“Without the changes we envisage in the MoU, 2022 will be messy,” he said on Tuesday in Gilgil. “It will come with the same confusion, heartbreaks and, possibly, chaos. We are trying to forestall such eventualities.”

Mr Cherargei’s comments echo those of National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale, who two weeks ago declared the handshake “dead”.

“There is no handshake any more,” said Mr Duale on the floor of the House in reference to Mr Odinga’s referendum push. “We do not want a referendum but they want one, so we can’t go to bed together. We also cannot agree to another level of devolution. It is expensive!”

ETHNIC ANTAGONISM

Mr Odinga and President Kenyatta, in their March 9 deal, agreed to address ethnic antagonism, lack of national ethos, inclusivity, strengthening devolution, ending divisive elections, ensuring safety and security of Kenyans, ending corruption, and ensuring shared prosperity — some of the issues the ODM leader now says require a referendum.

“This talk of a referendum is even worse than the elections in 2022 because it brings politics forward,” Mr Murkomen said. “Raila wants it in the next one year. The tone and language of his statement denotes politics of chest thumping, dictatorship and brinkmanship.”

STIFLE OPINIONS

Senate Deputy Majority Whip Irungu Kang’ata said he also does “not trust Mr Odinga” as he could be having “ulterior motives”, but Jubilee Secretary-General Raphael Tuju took a more conciliatory tone.

“It is a good thing that Kenyans are talking,” said Mr Tuju, “and we should not stifle opinions that are different from ours. Let us all put these things on the table. If there is no table, let us make one.”