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Nairobi News : December 23rd 2013
12 LACK OF TOILETS COSTS CITY SH12BN A YEAR BERNADINE MUTANU, NairobiNews email@example.com tation, an amount that could be used to develop the county and achieve many of the Millennium Development Goals and the Vision 2030. This is according to a Ministry N of Health Report released early this month. The report ranks Nairobi among the bottom counties. It was ranked position 42 just above Meru, Garissa, Wajir, Turkana and Mandera in that order having scored only eight out of a maximum of 120 points. “With this, it is obvious that the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of halving the proportion of the world’s population without access to sanitation by 2015 will not be achieved,” indicated the Report. Flying toilet The survey was done in August 2013 by the Ministry of Health through funding from the Water and Sanitation Programme of the World Bank. The criteria used to rank the city in the red zone (below average) included the number of toilets, the number of open defecation zones, number of pupils per toilet, hand washing facilities and the amount of funds used to solve sanitation related problems. Time spent looking for a place to empty the bowel for the city residents who do not have a latrine or the time spent in a line waiting for one’s turn at a community toilet was taken into consideration and quantified into monetary terms. People who lack latrines or toilets spend at least 2.5 days per year finding a private location to defecate. “This leads to serious economic losses,” says the report. Killedd power fixer’s true colours ‘discovered’ Mukuru. Residents of Mukuru Kaiyaba are still in shock after one of their own was killed in puzzling circumstances. He was shot dead after what some said was disagreement over division of robbery loot. He was popular as he was behind the illegal power connections in the area. “We are shocked to learn that he was part of the gang that killed him,” said a resident. His body was taken to City Mortuary. Solomon Mwasame, NN airobi losses Sh1.7 billion each year due to poor sani- Emmanuel Maingi: I have not migrated since I am not a TV fan. If they decide to switch us off, then it may make me consider buying the digital box. Tabitha Muthoni: I do not have the digital box at home yet since its not cheap for anyone. Not all can afford it. The way things are, many people will be switched off. Noor Aden: I migrated last year, but the costs I have incurred since then are not pleasing. I foresee a situation where Nairobians will default since there was no civic education at all about this digital thing. Beryl Aoko: I’ m willing to buy the digital box, now that the deadline is here. The only question is whether I will get value for my money after buying all these things. Monday, Dec 23 - Sunday, Dec 29, 2013 nairobinews.co.ke Poll: Are you ready for the migration? news Row over parking fees drags on as county sues CBD. The row over parking fees seems to be far from over after the county government moved to court seeking to have the suspension of the execution of the increment granted put on hold. Through its lawyer Tom Ojienda, the county government said at no point during determination of the petition did matatu Saccos seek an order of the stay that would prevent it from increasing the fees. Justice Isaac Lenaola declined to Viewers to be cut off TV as migration D-day here Time up. Only 600,000 city residents have migrated as deadline that was pushed to today after media owners contested the December 13 date, finally arrives JOHN NJIRU, NairobiNews @john_njiru firstname.lastname@example.org H undreds of thousands of Nairobians could from tomorrow be cut off from television unless the High Court postpones the digital migration date, yet again. The court, at the behest of the media owners, who contested the December 13 deadline, pushed the deadline to today. The Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) could take advantage if the court does not issue a fresh order to shut off those who have not migrated. It would mean families spending Christmas without TV at a time when children are at home with eyes most likely glued to cartoon programmes and other holiday time entertainment. Nairobians were yesterday rushing to beat the digital deadline with the middle-class already spoilt for choice. Pay TV firms Star Times of China and GoTV, a DStv subsidiary, on Sunday pitched camp on the streets, shops and top supermarkets targeting customers whose purchases were likely to bite deep into their Christmas budgets. CCK officials say over 600,000 Nai- stay as sought by the county government and directed that it serves the saccos with the suit papers for hearing on January 2. The county government says it cannot collect parking fees in arrears. “If the petitioners succeed in their appeal, this court can direct the county government to reimburse them any monies levied,” said Mr Ojienda. On Thursday, the judge stayed the execution of parking fees increment by city authorities. The stay was issued pending hearing and determination of an application by saccos which appealed against the decision to dismiss their petition. Philip Muyanga, NN We’ll keep an eye on you, guards told A viewer tries to decide whether to buy a digital set-top box. File, NairobiNews robians have migrated with the trend likely to accelerate this week. This comes as survey showed major- ity of Kenyans could not afford the settop boxes and were seeking postponement of the deadline to June 2014. Star Times is offering DVB-T2 with CCK officials: Over 600,000 Nairobi residents have migrated with the trend likely to accelerate this week” a few subscriber channels at Sh4,999. The set offers free to air channels even without subscription, meaning you can make a one-off payment if you do not require all the channels. The cheaper version at Sh2,999 requires regular subscription. GoTV has a special offer of Sh3,399 loaded with two-month of GoTV Plus Nai-ona is a new android app that allows you to record great Nairobi moments using your smart phone. Download the app and send us pictures, videos and short stories to20667. Share your stories with the world for FREE. Nairobi News @nairobi_news package. The Digital Migration Survey 2013 by Infotrak has revealed that more than a million Nairobi residents who own a television set could be left with blank screens. A thousand individuals surveyed by a research firm between November 27 and 30 in 17 constituencies showed 64 per cent would prefer regulator CCK to switch off the analogue signals mid next year. TO COMMENT ON THIS STORY GO TO www.nairobinews.co.ke/migration Umoja. Estate watchmen will be monitored closely by the police during the Christmas festivities. A framework placed to keep vigil and maintain security in the city during the holiday season has put guards on the spot as they are suspected of colluding with criminals to break into houses of residents who go away for Christmas. Nairobi Deputy Police Commandant Moses Ombati said police officers’ mobility has been enhanced and that a good number of them will be on duty during the season. “They will keep moving from place to place to see what is going on in the estates and the city centre” Mr Ombati said. Stella Cherono, NN To view video of any story, download the NMG PLAY android app on Google Play and scan the picture Our digital-first mission includes a robust online presence on www.nairobinews.co.ke which will be updated regularly throughout the day, every day.
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