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About Barack
BARACK ODUOR is a journalist based in Homa Bay, Kenya.
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Until three weeks ago, Nation journalist, Barrack Oduor, was just following up a story of love gone sour. A former civic leader in Homa Bay contacted him telling him he had a story about a relationship involving Migori Governor, Okoth Obado, and 26-year-o


Court remands 5 in Homa Bay Sh27.8m graft case

17 Aug 2018  |  nation.africa
Arrest warrants were issued against Homa Bay County Assembly clerk Bob Kephers and accountant Maurice Amek following orders from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions. They are wanted in connection with the alleged loss of Sh27.8 million of public funds in the assembly. Both individuals disappeared after the arrest orders were issued.

Ford-Kenya, ANC merger on course, says Moses Wetang’ula

29 Jul 2018  |  nation.africa
Moses Wetang'ula stated that the merger between Ford Kenya and ANC is still under discussion by the individual parties. He also mentioned that other parties within Nasa are currently concentrating on strengthening their structures and grassroots support.

Governor Awiti to appeal nullification of his re-election

21 Jul 2018  |  nation.africa
Homa Bay Governor Cyprian Awiti announced his intention to appeal the nullification of his re-election at the Supreme Court after consulting with ODM leader Raila Odinga. The Court of Appeal had upheld a High Court ruling that canceled his win in the August 2017 election, following a petition by former Kasipul MP Oyugi Magwanga. County Secretary Isaiah Ogwe assured that county operations are continuing normally, while ODM chairman John Mbadi stated that the party's top leadership would discuss the way forward.

Pollution in Lake Simbi Nyaima sends away flamingos

19 Jul 2018  |  nation.africa
Lake Simbi Nyaima in Homa Bay County, known for its seasonal flamingos, faces threats from pollution and human encroachment, leading to a decrease in flamingo numbers. Environmentalists and local conservation groups are concerned about the lake's ecosystem and tourism potential. The National Environment Management Authority and Homa Bay County officials have plans to protect the lake and promote eco-tourism, but measures such as fencing to prevent encroachment have not been implemented. The lake is recognized by the Lake Region Economic Bloc as an untapped tourism site in western Kenya.

School fires: 3 dorms razed down

09 Jul 2018  |  nation.africa
Fires at three secondary schools in Meru, Homa Bay, and Kakamega counties destroyed dormitories and property, with no injuries reported. The incidents at Kathera Boys, St Mary's Girls, and Kandiege Mixed Secondary Schools are part of a wave of school unrest. Investigations are ongoing, with some students previously charged with arson. The fires have been linked to management disputes and misuse of school resources.

Remba Island: Where East Africans co-exist peacefully

06 Jul 2018  |  Nation
Remba Island is a place of peaceful coexistence among East Africans, with a division of labor that contributes to the harmony. Ugandan women are particularly noted for their polite behavior while selling beer and other beverages.

Leaders oppose former MP’s Sony Sugar appointment

24 Jun 2018  |  businessdailyafrica.com
Former MP Owino Likowa's appointment as the head of the South Nyanza Sugar Company Board has been met with opposition from Migori Governor Okoth Obado and Uriri MP Mark Nyamita, citing his lack of competence. Obado expressed concerns that Likowa would not resolve the issues facing the Awendo-based miller. Despite the criticism, Likowa defended his appointment and the Kenya Federation of Sugarcane Farmers Secretary-General Ezra Okoth supported him. The company, which used to crush Sh6 to 7 billion worth of cane annually, is now facing a raw material shortage and financial challenges.

Birds and rain wreck KBL sorghum plans in Nyanza

11 Jun 2018  |  Business Daily
Kenya Breweries Limited's plans to procure sorghum for its Kisumu plant are threatened by heavy rains and bird attacks, affecting over 12,000 farmers in Kisumu and Homa Bay counties. Farmers express concerns over reduced harvests and the need for better bird control techniques. Despite the challenges, East African Breweries Ltd continues to support farmers with inputs and training to boost sorghum production.

County, State sign deal to build low-cost houses

10 May 2018  |  nation.africa
Kisumu's residential sector is experiencing growth, primarily due to government decentralisation, urbanisation, and the expansion of the middle class. Most of the significant developments are relatively new, being less than five years old, and are located on the outskirts of the CBD. The county and state have signed a deal to construct low-cost houses.

Evans Kidero eyeing bigger seat, won’t run in Homa Bay poll

06 May 2018  |  nation.africa
Former Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero announced he will not run for the Homa Bay gubernatorial seat, aiming for a higher position, amid speculation he might contest following the nullification of Governor Cyprian Awiti's election. Kidero criticized his successor, Mike Sonko, for failing to transform Nairobi and supported the development initiatives of Awiti. He also praised the political pact between Raila Odinga and President Uhuru Kenyatta for uniting Kenyans.

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