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President Kenyatta calls on leaders to work in unity for a stronger nation

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KAJIADO, 5th October 2019, (PSCU) — President Uhuru Kenyatta today called on leaders to promote peace and unity saying that is the only way Kenya can achieve its development objectives.

The President, who spoke at the funeral of the former chairman of the defunct OlKejuado County Council Daniel Kasirimo ole Muyaa, said leaders should emulate the late civic leader and several of his peers who stood for the national values of peace and unity.

He said ole Muyaa’s contribution to national cohesion can be seen in the manner in which, as a Maasai community elder and opinion leader, he participated in laying the foundation for Kajiado to become a peaceful and progressive cosmopolitan county.

“Kajiado has never had any ethnic tensions and this is as a result of the leadership of people like ole Muyaa,” said President Kenyatta. 

The President narrated how the late Ole Muyaa mentored and ushered him into elective politics saying the former civic leader was a close family friend. 

“I have known him for many years as a friend and political teacher. He loved peace and unity,” President Kenyatta said as he called on leaders to emulate selfless leaders like Muyaa. 

The President reiterated that his cooperation with opposition leaders is underpinned by the understanding that national unity is important for the achievement of the country’s development objectives. 

He said growth and progress cannot be achieved when the country is divided.

“Let us unite, have peace, grow our economy, fight poverty and fight unemployment together,” said the President.

Former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka, Kajiado Governor Joseph ole Lenku, Kajiado East MP Peris Tobiko and COTU secretary general Francis Atwoli also spoke at the funeral service attended by thousands of Kenyans. 

Former VP Musyoka eulogized the late Ole Muyaa as an astute grassroots politician and leader who stood for national unity, peace and progress throughout his public life. 

Governor Lenku and MP Tobiko thanked the President for the development projects being implemented by the national government in Kajiado County including the recently completed Kajiado-Mashuru-Loitoktok road. 

Will Dr. Matiangi succeed Uhuru as Kenya’s 5th President?

Dr. Fred Matiang'i
Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i

BY HENRY MARETE – Whoever was sober on Friday evening must have read the mood of the Abagusii country during the burial of Dr. Hezron Manduku.

The Omugusii, as the community is affectionately referred to have smelt leadership coming their way. A permanent replacement for the aging Simeon Nyachae, whose word was the law to the community.

Leaders led by the two Governors of Kisii and Nyamira urged former premier Raila Odinga to endorse Super CS Fred Matiangi for the Presidency.

Opening the much-postponed debate on the role Dr.Fred Matiangi will play in the President Uhuru succession.

He has already taken over the Presidential Delivery Unit docket. He has the entire cabinet reporting to him. And he has the ear of the President himself and all key players in his administration including the security agencies.

The Matiangi power trajectory reminds one of the late Kenneth Matiba and John Michuki. Matiba was a political colossus who would have easily ruled Kenya had KANU not divided the opposition in 2002. Matiangi forced the ever sly Kenyan men to bond with their wives and girlfriends during the Census weekend. He closed bars and restaurants at 5pm for two consecutive days.

Now his community wants him to go for the ultimate prize.

So what are his chances? He starts off with approximately 600000 votes from the Omugusii country, spread over Gusii land, Nakuru, Transmara, Ukambani and Nairobi.

Should he get the backing of Raila- unlikely as Raila is widely expected to vie, he will easily run away with the greater Nyanza vote expected at close to 2 million and since age at the time are on his side.

Dr.Matiangi can forge an alliance with other leaders in a coalition of sorts…

Better for him, there is every chance that more powerful seats will be created after an expected referendum.

But Matiangi has major hurdles to navigate. Wherever a new political star emerges, political knives are aimed at that particular direction.

The DP Ruto camp must be watching the Matiangi evolution with concern…they will watch his every move as Gusii land has for long being a swing vote of sorts.

Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka, a political ally of the Abagusii will monitor Dr.Matiangi moves.

So will Musalia Mudavadi, Moses Wetangula and others.

All politicians now know Matiangi is not your idea of a “softee“,  as the generation he belongs to refers to indecisive leaders.

In 2013, when he was appointed the CS for Information and Communications, Dr. Matiangi took on the media head-on and created a Government Advertising Agency.

Prior to the  Uhuruto Government, mainstream media seem to lean heavily on the CORD brigade, then associated with Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka.

Then Matiangi struck where it hurt most and revenues to the media came tumbling down as Government received value for money. By the time Matiangi left the ICT ministry, he had hammered sense into the mainstream media by placing them where they rightly belonged.

When President  Uhuru punched his alleged corrupt ministers in Charity Ngilu, Felix Kosgey,  Davis Chirchir and Engineer Kamau, Matiangi acted as CS Lands. During that short period, he reigned on a murderous land gang in Murang’a and restored sanity in a disputed piece of land that had claimed more than 30 lives.

Then came his move to the Education Ministry. Here, Matiangi hit the ground running, cleaned all the cartels in the education system,  ended exam cheating and restored the credibility of secondary education.

He reversed the years of apathy in the education system, tamed apathy in Universities and placed Kenya’s education system to where it rightfully belongs.

Then his sojourn at Internal Security. He inherited the docket after the demise of Gen Nkaissery, a no-nonsense soldier poached from ODM by President Kenyatta to deal with terrorism and other security threats.

Dr. Matiangi has not disappointed. He took the job on his gusto and has since made Kenya one of the safest places to live in East Africa.

Towards a healthy nation, a doctor’s advice on how you can stay healthy, and wealthy

Health is wealth

They say health is wealth; – which simply means our good health is our real wealth. Good health enables us to face the challenges of life. If we are not in a good state of physical, mental and social well-being, we will not be able to create wealth and the wealth we have will not mean much to us.

We spoke to Dr. Timothy Kingondu, a physician specializing in infectious diseases on a wide array of issues pertaining to our health. 

Q: What, in your view, ails Kenya’s health sector today?

A:  The biggest problem affecting our health sector has to do with resource allocation, or should I say, misallocation. We have a sizeable budget allocated to health, but the money is not always spent on priority areas, leading to a lot of wastage and less than desired end results.

Q: So where do you think more resources should be channeled in order to ensure a healthy and wealthy Kenyan population? 

A: I have four main points in that regard and I think the first and most important is the provision of

Clean water for all; – it will not matter how many hospitals we build, so long as a majority of the population does not access clean drinking water, which does go a long in curbing the spread of diseases.

Secondly, I think we should ensure proper nutrition –a person exposed to poor nutrition has a very low immune system hence stands a higher chance of falling sick

The there’s health education; – it’s time people took responsibility of their own health, being in control over their own lives, this way we will be able to stop most of these chronic diseases

And finally, there is need to strengthen government regulations; – the Government needs to strengthen public health policies so as to ensure harmful or suspect quality products do not find their way into the market.

Q: Specifically, given changes in society, what challenges do you think lifestyle diseases pose?  

A: No, personally I don’t think lifestyle diseases pose the biggest threat but infectious diseases do.

For example in children you find diseases like diarrhea, pneumonia, typhoid and cholera and in

trying to combat infectious diseases, water quality is the first thing.

I believe poor quality water is responsible for the spread of most of these diseases we are facing including major ones like cancer. If the water we consume daily has impurities there are high chances that people will end up with cancer at their old age, and even before cancer kills you, you will die of

Diarrhea so it important to take into consideration the quality of the water we consume. 

Q: Take us through some of the major diseases affecting Kenyans today, starting with HIV/Aids, what do you have to say concerning the HIV menace?

A: I think the HIV menace is not gone and it is driving cancer in our population because you find

that illness like cervical cancer are on the increase because of HIV infections.

We should also not focus on treatment alone as the way to get rid of HIV but also consider other

Preventative measures like health education, even before treatment comes into the

picture. Young people should be educated on the importance of abstinence and condom use during sexual contact as some of the ways of ensuring they do not contract HIV.

Q: The prevalence of cervical cancer, as you have said is on the increase, why is this so? 

A: Cervical cancer is mainly caused by HPV which is a sexually transmitted infection, especially if

One are infected with HPV 16 and 18 which is responsible for 70% of all cancer cases, but this is

not to mean that we are doomed because WHO is actually advising and advocating for young

girls to get vaccinated against HPV, but this should happen before sexual contact for it to be

effective.

Q: Hepatitis B is also on the rise….

A: Well, first of all 6% of Kenyans have it, and it is a liver infection. It can either be caused by a

virus or intake of substances like alcohol. Hepatitis that is viral is either hepatitis B or C which is the worst, Hepatitis B is transmitted through body fluids such as saliva, semen, sweat, and even water…  it severely affects the liver causing inflammation and when it gets to the chronic stage it leads to liver cirrhosis. Some of the symptoms of hepatitis are

– Fever

– Weakness of the joints

– Shaking

– Vomiting

– Yellow eyes and in severe conditions, swollen face and abdomen

For chemical hepatitis during treatment one will be advised to withdraw from alcohol as for the

Viral, one yes there is treatment but it really takes a long time to heal.

Q: Is malaria still one of biggest killer diseases in the country?

A: Yes, it is still a major killer disease but there have been interventions like distribution of mosquito nets and drugs to mitigate its risks

Q:  Earlier on, you made reference to the prevalence of low quality, sometimes even dangerous products in the market….how can this be contained? 

A: I’m not saying that Kenyans are killing themselves because of greed but continued production of

Low-quality foods and other products is increasing the clinical burden. The regulatory authorities have

to realize that if you pass down products of low quality they will be responsible for diseases

spreading and they, themselves will get sick in the process.

Q: You have stated that infectious diseases pose a greater risk than lifestyle diseases…please elaborate

A: I think that people are, so to speak planting these lifestyle diseases on themselves. They are found mostly in urban areas, primarily because people in rural Kenya consume natural food hence they are healthy, so you will find someone living in Turkana very healthy and free from diseases like hypertension but if brought to the urban in 5 years they might suffer from it due to a change in environment.

Q: Your parting shot, matters health?

A: I think that, instead of waiting for people to get sick and hospitalized, we should take the initiative of going to meet them, in their places of residence, examine factors which may lead to them contracting diseases and address these factors …. Remember, prevention is better that cure!

Social media companies on the spot as Manchester United’s Paul Pogba suffers racist abuse

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Pressure is mounting on social media companies such as Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to act decisively against individuals subjecting football players to racist abuse after Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba became the third black player inside a week to be abused online.

The three players all had one common denominator; – they bravely stepped up to take penalty kicks on behalf of their teams, but unfortunately missed.

Paul Pogba had a penalty saved in the second half as Manchester United were held to a 1-1 draw by Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday Night.

Last week, Chelsea condemned “abhorrent posts” aimed at Tammy Abraham after his decisive penalty miss in the Super Cup against Liverpool.

Then on Sunday, Reading striker,Yakou Meite called out racist abuse sent to him social media after he had a spot-kick saved.

Following the racist abuse aimed at Paul Pogba, one of the more visible players on social media with over 37 million followers on Twitter, the global football community rallied around the French world cup winner.

Manchester United’s new 80-million-pound defender Harry Maguire called on social media companies to “stop these pathetic trolls” while striker Marcus Rashford also expressed support for the France midfielder.

“Manchester United is a family. Paul Pogba is a huge part of that family. You attack him you attack us all,” England forward Rashford said on Twitter.

United said they are “working to identify” those responsible for the racist abuse directed at record-signing Pogba, while Greater Manchester Police said they were working with the club to help identify and apprehend the culprits once a formal complaint was received from a member of the public.

“The individuals who expressed these views do not represent the values of our great club and it is encouraging to see the vast majority of our fans condemn this on social media also,” read a United statement.

England women’s manager Phil Neville, the former United player and coach, suggested footballers should “boycott” social media for six months in order to send a “powerful message” that such abuse is not acceptable.

“It’s not going away,” he said. “We need to take drastic measures in the football community.”

Sports minister Nigel Adams added: “The football season is only a few weeks old and yet we’ve already witnessed sickening examples of racist abuse against players.

“We have been clear that social media companies must do more and the government will hold them to account.”

For the social media companies, it’s a dicey, catch 22 situation; – they’ve been reluctant to take drastic action such as deleting messages or deregistering faceless users who make comments deemed offensive, citing free speech and the risk that they would hurt their bottom lines by limiting traffic on their platforms, which is key to attracting advertising revenue.

Central Bank firm on October 1st deadline for retiring old Ksh.1000 notes

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New Kenyan Bank Notes © Getty Images

Central Bank of Kenya Governor Dr. Patrick Njoroge has reiterated that the October 1st deadline set during the Madaraka Day launch of the country’s new generation currency for those holding Ksh.1, 000 denomination notes to retire them, is cast in stone.

Speaking in Kwale County over the weekend as he inaugurated a nationwide sensitization campaign on the ongoing demonetization dubbed “Badilisha Noti Za Elfu Moja Sasa”, the Governor once again warned that the old Ksh.1, 000 will be rendered valueless, as at the stroke of midnight, September 30th

“I want you to take this message to every corner of the country that people have to dispose of their old Sh1, 000 banknotes by September 30. We shall not extend the period,” Njoroge said.

Without providing exact figures, the Governor regretted that the Central Bank, the country’s sole issuer of currency and custodian of its monetary policy, had not received enough of the old banknotes as it had anticipated.

The new notes are identifiable through a number of ways including touching, identifying a distinctive watermark and pictures.

They each bear a unique theme depicting significant aspects of the Kenyan nation, with the Ksh.50 note symbolizing green energy, Ksh.100, agriculture, Ksh.200, social services, Ksh.500, tourism and the Ksh. 1,000, governance.

Additionally, they all bear an image of Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) and features meant to make them user-friendly to the visually – impaired. 

The banknotes also embody each of the big five game animals –lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, and buffalo.

During the June 1st launch presided over by President Uhuru Kenyatta in Narok County, Dr. Njoroge had noted that the new generation bank notes were also meant to curb counterfeits, money laundering and other illegal financial flows which were hurting the formal economy.

“To deal conclusively with these concerns, all the older one thousand shilling series shall be withdrawn. By a Gazette Notice dated May 31, 2019, all persons have until October 1, 2019, to exchange those notes, after which the older one thousand-shilling banknotes will cease to be legal tender”, the Governor said.

However, the design of the new Ksh.1, 000 banknote is currently subject of court petitions lodged by a number of litigants, among them activist Okiya Omtatah who is contesting the inclusion of the portrait of Kenya’s founding President Jomo Kenyatta outside the KICC, arguing that it flew in the face of a 2010 Constitutional provision stipulating that Kenyan currency shall not bear the image of any individual.

EPL Match Day 3: Man Utd, Spurs stunned, another two-horse race on the cards?

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Marcus Rashford missed a penalty for the first time as United failed to win at Old Trafford. Source: AP

What an electrifying English Premier League we had over a weekend when Kenyans were forced by ‘Matiang’i law’ to follow proceedings from the comfort of their homes (rather than in bars and other social places), for ease of enumeration as the 2019 census kicked off. 

There were two absolute shockers of results, new Chelsea manager Frank Lampard finally has a win under his belt, a firm case for yet another two-horse race for the EPL title is already building up, one manager is under intense pressure, while the early race for the golden boot (scorer of most goals) has one unusual suspect.

Man Utd stunned in injury time

Looks like all manner of (unwanted from Man United fans’ viewpoint) records are tumbling at the Theatre of Dreams (Old Trafford). Now, late (injury time) winning goals were a common occurrence during the 26-year reign of legendary Scotsman Sir Alex Ferguson, but on Saturday Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Man Utd were on the receiving end of a 93rd minute Patrick Van Aanholt strike, as lowly Crystal Palace stunned the 20-time English league champions 1-2.

For the second time in as many matches, a lethargic display and a missed penalty (this time Marcus Rashford the culprit) capped a largely lethargic display by the same team that wowed the Old Trafford crowd with ruthless counter-attacking display as they dismantled fellow top four competitors Chelsea 4-0 on the opening weekend.

Granted, Crystal Palace, without a win or a goal before this match were overly defensive and have an impressive away record, but pundits are now beginning to question Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s tactical shrewdness; – why for example did he play with only one defensive midfielder (Scot McTominay, whom he replaced with Juan Mata in the 85 minute) leaving United exposed to Crystal Palace’s route one football and swift counter-attacks which led to both goals, despite dominating possession (71-29%, 22-5 total shots, 3-3 shots on target, 8-1 corners)? 

Newcastle shock Spurs at their new stadium

Tottenham-Hotspur-v-Newcastle-United 0-1Come Sunday and another shocker, this time in London, at the new Tottenham Hotspur stadium to be specific. Straight from holding champions Manchester City 2-2 at their own stadium, Spurs were left ruing missed chances as Newcastle beat them 1-nil, with manager Mauricio Pochettino appearing to blame an ‘unsettled squad’ (star midfielder Christian Eriksen is thought to still ‘want out’ with the European transfer window still open) for the lackluster display, despite spurs boasting of a 79.8% ball possession. Just like for Man Utd, the win was new Newcastle manager Steve Bruce’s first of the season.

Criminalize missing penalties then…..!

Over the weekend, what is emerging in these early days as the soft underbelly of the new EPL season reared its ugly head again. Marcus Rashford, who alongside Raheem Sterling (also a previous victim albeit under different circumstances), is seen as the future of English football, became the fourth black player to suffer racist abuse upon missing a penalty, after Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham, fellow Man Utd midfielder Paul Pogba and Reading’s (Championship club) Yekou Meite— begging the question; – has it suddenly become a crime for a black player to miss a penalty which is part and parcel of a football match anywhere in the world?

The affected players are however adamant the racist online taunts will not keep them down. Paul Pogba, his toddler in his arms and against the background of portraits of his late father Fassou Antoine Pogba and American civil rights activist Martin Luther King, posted this on his Instagram account on Sunday;

“My ancestors and my parents suffered for my generation to be free today, to work, to take the bus, to play football. Racist insults are ignorance and can only make me stronger and motivate me to fight for the next generation.”

Well said, Pogba!

Business as usual for Liverpool, City as they cruise out of the starting blocks

Liverpool vs ArsenalOn Sunday, champions Manchester City won 3-1 at Bournemouth to move within two points of early pace-setters Liverpool who had walloped Arsenal by a similar margin 24 hours earlier. Raheem Sterling helped himself to a goal to take his season’s tally to 5, his goal sandwiched in between Sergio Aguero’s brace.

On Saturday, Liverpool had laid down the marker, beating Arsenal 3-1 at Anfield, thanks to a Joel Matip header and a brace from Mo Salah including a scintillating second where he paced all the way from the halfway line, leaving Arsenal’s new defensive acquisition (from Chelsea) David Luiz dead on his tracks… David Luiz had earlier on stupidly pulled Salah’s shirt, leading to the award of a penalty which Mo Salah cool-ly converted.

For Liverpool, the only (negative) talking point from the match was that their defense stalwart Virgil van Dijk appeared human for only the second time since he joined Liverpool in January 2018: – Arsenal’s new record signing Nicolas Pepe actually outsmarted VVD, becoming only the second player after Newcastle United’s Mikel Merino (in 2018) to successfully dribble past the 28-year-old Dutchman!

It might be early days, but judging from performances on the pitch and consistency, few would argue with the pre-season prediction by most EPL football experts, that 2019/20 will be a replica of the 2018/19 season; – with Liverpool and Manchester City the only two contenders for the Premier League title.

‘Starling’ Raheem, Aguero and a certain Teemu Pukki lead early Golden boot race

Leading the early race for the golden boot, are Raheem sterling with 5 goals and a certain Teemu Pukki of Norwich City, also on five. No one has ever scored more than 5 goals in the opening month of the season (August) but with City and Norwich each having a match left, to be played on Saturday August 31st, a new EPL record could be set by Raheem, Pukki, both or one other!

By the way, the little-known Norwich City striker, formerly of Celtic (Scotland) and Schalke (Germany), by scoring in the 3-2 defeat by Chelsea, became only the second player after ex-Fulham striker Pavel Pogrebnyak, to score 5 goals in his first three Premier League appearances! Kudos to him.

Pressure eases on Lampard, is Watford’s Javi Gracia likely to become the first manager axed? 

Frank Lampard’s start as Chelsea Manager had been humbling before Saturday’s 3-2 win away at Norwich City. He had suffered a heavy loss at Man United, a luckless home draw against Leicester and a penalty shootout loss to Liverpool in the UEFA Super Cup, played between the previous season’s winners of the UEFA Champions League and the Europa Cup. However his youthful team (Chelsea is currently under a 2-season EUFA ban on signing new players) turned up, Tammy Abraham (2) and Mason Mount on the score sheet as Chelsea narrowly edged out newly-promoted Norwich City.  Breathe easy, at least for now, Frank!

But, on the other end of League table after Match Day 3, one manager is already feeling the heat. The soft-spoken, amiable Javi Gracia, who took Watford to an impressive 8th – place finish last season, saw his side beaten 1-3 at home by West Ham United, the third defeat in a row after earlier losses to Brighton and Everton.

Watford, with zero points, is presently perched at the bottom of the EPL table and Javi Gracia is now the bookmaker’s favorite to become the first manager to be sacked this season.

Next weekend’s EPL fixtures

Saturday: Southampton v Man Utd (2 pm), Man City v Brighton, Chelsea v Sheffield Utd, Newcastle v Watford, Crystal Palace v Aston Villa, West Ham v Norwich City, Leicester v Bournemouth (all at 5pm), Burnley v Liverpool (7.30 pm)

Super Sunday: Everton v Wolverhampton (4 pm), Arsenal v Tottenham (6.30 pm). Liverpool (7.30 pm)

The first international break of the new season takes after place next week’s action, so there will be no EPL football matches on the weekend of 7th-8th September. Live action returns to a screen near you on 14th September with Liverpool taking on Newcastle at Anfield, 2.30 pm.  

The End is Near, Senator Kiio Tells Ngilu

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When I say Gov Ngilu stands out as the most incompetent governor in Kenya and that she has presided over arguably the most corrupt administration in the history of devolution, a few of her supporters read malice. They hurl insults at me, and I have come to accept these insults as a small price to pay for standing up to impunity.

Those who don’t support her see in my statement a perfect opportunity to rally more support for the leaders of their choice. Both teams have a right to ride on my statement to advance their cause. But whichever way one looks at it, irrespective of whether one supports Ngilu or not, I have reason to believe that Ngilu has miserably failed the test of leadership and has engaged top gear on a steep, slippery road to nowhere.

She is behaving like a person who has made the determination that she is leading clueless and desperate people who will, in season and out of season, sing praises to her even when she is stepping hard on their toes. But I have some news for her; the end is near!! The writing is clearly and boldly on the wall; her mischief in leadership must come to an end whether law enforcement agencies rise to the occasion or not. The burning of the Finance offices was the straw that broke the camel’s back.

The alleged appointment of a new County Secretary is the latest evidence that she has ZERO regards for the abundant human resource excellence in Kitui County. I am happy that the Majority Leader of the Kitui County Assembly has called her out on this matter and especially on the issue of due process. The CA must not stop there, I believe the Speaker knows what to do should the governor officially communicate the alleged unlawful appointment. She MUST follow the law as long as she is governor of Kitui County. And now even our mothers in Kitui are speaking out.

I am particularly keen to listen and decisively act on the cry of our mothers because they are speaking candidly about their suffering under Ngilu. In fact, you realize that out of her Cabinet, there is only ONE woman. And she comes from Makueni. NONE from Kitui County. How can Ngilu say she has the interest of Kitui women at heart? Don’t we have qualified women from Kitui who can join her Cabinet? I will act, in close partnership with like-minded leaders and people of goodwill in Kitui, within the law, to make sure that Ngilu either reforms or leaves office.

The people of Kitui can’t endure another three years of impunity, blatant theft of public resources, oppression, intimidation, the extreme radicalization of our youth and disregard to the rule of law under a governor they elected into office.

Enoch Kiio Wambua,
Senator, Kitui County.

Ruto Takes Chopper to Beat Westlands Traffic Jam

Deputy President William Ruto was forced to board a chopper to avoid a huge traffic jam in Westlands.


The Deputy President had gone to Consolata Shrine in Westlands for a function.


This was immediately after attending his daughter’s graduation at Strathmore School.
The private chopper picked the DP at around 3pm and flew him to an unknown destination.


On Monday’ Ruto made sensational claims that three cabinet Ministers namely Joe Mucheru, Cecily Kariuki and Peter Munya were plotting to kill him.

The three have denied the accusations but admitted they had variously met at La Mada Hotel to discuss development projects in Central Province.

Have you registered for Huduma Namba?

In an effort to further the government’s agenda on serving its people, The government launched National Intergreted Information Management System.

The Government initiated the National Integrated Identity Management System (NIIMS) program through Executive Order No. 1 (2018). The purpose of this initiative is to create and manage a central master population database which will be the ‘single source of truth’ on a person’s identity. The database will contain information of all Kenyan citizens and foreign nationals residing in Kenya and will serve as a reference point for ease of service delivery to the people of Kenya. (Huduma Namba kwa Huduma Bora).

17 years later, How Raila turned Kasarani into a political ‘butchery’

Some 17 years ago today, the political careers of former Vice President Professor George Saitoti and former KANU Secretary General went South.
The venue was Kasarani Stadium. The event merger of KANU and Raila Odinga”s National Development Party

The build up to the event was pitch tense. Then President Moi, who was due to retire in 9 months time was in the political market for a successor. And he was already clear that Saitoti was not on his plans.
And so on 18th March 2002, Saitoti and his cronies were kicked out of KANU by delegates.

Saitoti and Moi during National Celebrations

In came Uhuru Kenyatta; Kalonzo Musyoka, Musalia Mudavadi and Katana Ngala as Vice Chairman. A stunned and visibly angry Kamotho was replaced by Raila Odinga.
During the full day drama, Joseph Nyagah and John Harun Mwau were prevailed to step down for Kalonzo after wheeler dealers convinced Moi that Kalonzo should remain in top KANU leadership. William Ruto was elected Organising Secretary.

Political realignments over President Uhuru Kenyatta succession are in top gear. The Kasarani event mad as well have launched Uhuru Kenyattas March to State House which he eventually entered in 2013.
But it is his battles with Raila Odinga and the eventual handshake in 2018 that will define his memoirs once leaves office in 2022.
Pundits are comparing the Kasarani debacle the handshake.

In both cases Raila aka ‘tinga’ aka ‘jakom’ aka ‘baba’ is a prime mover. In both cases, there are huge political prizes to be traded. In 2002, Raila had hoped the KANU deal will thrust him to State House with Uhuru as his deputy. But Moi wanted Uhuru in state house with Raila as one of the pillars. The professor of politics had wanted the constitution to be changed and a non executive Prime Minister position to accommodate Raila created but only after Uhuru takes over.
Raila did not trust Moi…and so he refused to take the bait, struggled the KANU cockerel and backed Mwai Kibaki.

Raila Odinga and William Ruto


The political season and succession in now back. A change of the constitution has been proposed. The Post of Prime Minister is key to these changes. It is this change of the constitution business that has informed the current bad blood between DP Dr. William Ruto and Raila.
Allies of the DP feel that the creation of a PM amounts to mutilation of the Presidency at a time when the DP is warming up for the Big seat up the hill.


Raila men know the pain of losing. 1997. 2007. 2013. 2017. They would rather share seats via a new constitution rather than continue waiting. And so they have convinced Kalonzo to back the new deal with a firm promise of a deputy PM.
In Mombasa, Hassan Joho has been roped in, Gideon Moi is also in the stable. Musalia Mudavadi political mood is unpredictable but he appears nearer those for constitutional change.
The move is complicating political mathematics and science for the DP. But he appears to be spoiling for a mother of all political battles. He is banking on his die hard supporters to soil their hands since he is already part of the Presidency.

Problem is Raila is a political mammal with hands everywhere in Kenya.
One thing is however clear. Some political careers may be consumed by the time the handshake is becomes an embrace.

Senate Committee To Investigate Impeached Wajir Governor

An 11-member Senate committee will investigate Wajir Governor Mohamed Abdi Mohamud’s impeachment.

This comes after 28 Senators voted in favor of the committee, while 14 voted against having the Wajir Governor defend himself in front of a committee.

The Wajir County Assembly impeached the Governor last week for alleged gross incompetence, misuse of office, and constitutional violations.

Five Dead In A Bizarre Hearse Accident

Five people have died after a hearse collided with a tractor at Mariakani on the Kilifi-Mombasa highway, injuring five others.

The hearse was ferrying mourners from a funeral in Kitui town, while the trailer was headed in the opposite direction towards Mariakani.

Two people are said to have died at the scene of the crash, while three others died in the Mariakani hospital as a result of their injuries.

The wounded is taken to the Mariakani hospital for treatment.

Kilifi County Closes All Open Air Markets for 30 Days

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Kilifi County Commissioner Kutswa Olaka(Centre) accompanied by Governor Amason Kingi(left) and his Deputy Gideon SAburi(right) during a press conference at the Govenror's office in Kilifi town. | PHOTO CREDIT - Ramadhan Kambi for Uzalendo News

The Kilifi County government has with immediate effect suspending vending of wares in open markets because of the increasing cases of Covid-19 infections. – By Ramadhan Kambi.

In a letter by the County health executive committee member Charles Karisa Dadu and directed to all the all-sub county medical officers, Mr Dadu sighted that with the increasing cases, the open-air markets provide a conducive environment for the spread of the pandemic and hence it should be addressed. 

“The leadership of the Kilifi intergovernmental Covid-19 management committee has been closely monitoring the Covid-19 epidemiological situation in the county. During this third wave, we have tested a total of 5349 samples of which 640 turned positive. As of today, we have 21 cases isolated in government facilities while 131are on home isolation. In this third wave, we have lost three lives and the prevailing positive rate is still at 10 per cent,” he said in the statement released on Wednesday. 

Mr Dadu said that open air (non-stall) markets provide one of the opportunistic environments for Covid-19 infection. 

“Given that the incidence of Covid-19is still high, it was resolved on public health grounds that all open-air non-stall markets be suspended for 30 days from the date of this notice when there shall be a review on the same,” Mr Dadu said in the letter which was also copied to the chief officers in charge of public services and medical services and also copied to directors of public health and administration. 

He further called for the public to strictly to the Covid-19 public protocol in order to bring the situation to safe ground (flattening the curve). 

The Covid-19 pandemic has continued to affect lives and pushing many Kenyans to the oblivion of hard life and tough economic situations. 

SRC Okays New Allowance for Administrative Officers

The National Government Administrative Officers’ Field Service Allowance has been authorized by the Public Service Commission (PSC) and the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) on Thursday.

The sanction of the extraneous allowance came after detailed consultations on recompensing the administrators – from the Assistant Chief to the Regional Commissioner – commensurate with the quality of their job and the risks they pose in the sector, according to the Ministry of Interior.

The discussion focused on the conditions of employment for administrative officers at the Ministry’s headquarters and in the sector.

PSC and SRC considered the extra duties, extraneous nature of their positions, justice and justice in comparison to the other civil servants, and broad effects on the fiscal viability of the pay bill in the entire public sector when assessing the compensation.

Dr. (Eng.) Karanja Kibicho, Principal Secretary, also took the opportunity to thank both the PSC and the SRC for accepting the allowance.

At the same time, the Interior Ministry met with PSC to discuss succession planning and filling vacancies within the Ministry’s existing frameworks using internal resources.

How RDU Cop Neutralized Pokot, Turkana Skirmishes

Cattle rustling is nothing new in Kenya. From the times of our forefathers different tribes have been raiding each other to obtain cattle and women. – By Daniel Mulila.

This was a story of the past for most tribes but not so for the Turkana and West Pokot tribes. Being neighbors and coming from a semi arid region they kept up this practice for a while until the government stepped in to quell the insecurity.

This in the writers view was sparked when banditry was introduced.

Uzalendo News banditry came about as a result of the Turkana peoples inability to raid and sell cattle belonging to the West Pokot while the West Pokot had no problem in executing the raid and selling of the Turkana cattle. 

For you to understand this it is important to get the lay of the land. West pokot is the county just before Turkana.

As such the West Pokot used to raid the Turkanas and cross into their land heading to sell the cattle in other counties while the Turkanas would raid the West Pokot but cannot sell the cattle because for them to access the market they have to transverse across West Pokot county.

This was no easy task as this two tribes new each other so well they can tell even via a footprint whether an individual is from their tribe. 

I found this interesting and enquired how a footprint could identify someone’s tribe. It so happens that the West Pokot live in a hilly region while the Turkana live on plains.

Because of the hills the West Pokot tend to dig deeper in the ground as they are used to climbing uphill and as such exert more pressure on their toes than the Turkanas. 

The Turkanas were loosing their livelihood with no real means of earning them back and the government was doing nothing to help.

They then opted to rob anyone traversing through their county. Due to bad roads and availability of guns for cattle rustling they took over the roads in their county killing, stealing and raping anyone travelling the roads.

This was a wake up call to the government who now sent security forces to escort tourists, donors and other road users. This was an exercise in futility because they were not dealing with the root cause. Cases declined but did not stop.

Enters the super cop Inspector Sala of the RDU unit. He had seen first hand the horrors perpetuated by the bandits and wanted to end it all. His first task was to rid the county of bandits.

Within a short period of time they all faced the long arm of the law. He involved the local communities in making sure there was lasting peace by confiscating the guns and engaging the communities on dialogue. 

As we speak the West Pokot are now grazing their cattle in Turkana and vice versa. There’s not a single bandit on the road and it is now safe for travel.

Newspaper To Pay Nyali MP Moha ‘Jicho Pevu’ 1 Million

Mohammed Ali Nyali Member of Parliament has won a defamation law suit against the Radio Africa group. – By Stephanie Mwangi.

The verdict, delivered by Magistrate Gitonga, said The Star Newspaper had misinterpreted the facts in a story which was carried on their March 10th 2018 edition.

The story claimed that Moha was involved in money misappropriation of money from the constituency development fund kitty.

The author of the article denied the allegation and he said that the article had no intent of harming anyone either in their natural or ordinary way.

The magistrate ruled out that the publication issued a correction and also sought clarification from Moha but ordered them to pay for the damages caused by the initial publication.

“The plaintiff was ordered the right of reply and a clarification was published on May 11th and 12th 2019  which sought to make clarification  and directly apologize to the plaintiff and taking into consideration  the provisions  under section  16A  of the defamation act Cap 36 of the laws of Kenya  I award the plaintiff a sum of 1 million Kenya shillings for the damages caused.”

The defendants were also asked to pay for the legal fees.

Mohammed Ali challenged aspiring reporters to check their stories before releasing them to the media.

South African Artists to Receive Royalties From Facebook, TikTok and Netflix

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Registered South African songwriters, composers and publishers whose music is on Netflix, Facebook, and Tiktok will now be receiving royalties. By Stephanie Mwangi.

This announcement was made by the Southern African Music Rights Organization (SAMRO).

“(SAMRO) is pleased to announce to you that we have entered into licensing agreements  with shirt form video content  on social media platforms Tiktok ,Facebook, Netflix and it is meant to benefit it members.”

According to the chairperson SAMRO will collect royalties on behalf of it members for all copyright protected content featured across all platforms.

In February this year Warner Bros a company that has signed Master KG demanded license fees to use his song ‘Jerusalema’ in dance videos.

The record label wrote to many organization across Germany asking them to pay up.

ODM Storm: Otiende Denies Sending Abusive SMS To Raila

Otiende Amollo, a member of Parliament from Rarieda, has denied sending an insulting text message to ODM party leader Raila Odinga.

This came after Otiende Amolo was ejected from the Justice Legal and Affairs Committee (JLAC) on Wednesday, May 5th.

He dismissed the allegations made by ODM party Chairman John Mbadi, saying he frequently communicates with his party leader, and has not been in bad blood with him.

“The day my party leader talks of any specific text is the day I will need to answer but how any third party can begin talking about communication between me and my party leader who is my client I do not understand,” Otiende Amolo said during an early morning talk show.

He added that the party chairman would have raised it as an issue during the motion that saw him kicked out of the key committee.

“And certainly if it (text message) was the issue then it would have been the issue when John Mbadi moved the motion,” he said.

Why Otiende Amollo has not been pushing BBI

After James Orengo and Hon. Omogeni disagreed with the BBI on addition of 70 constituencies, Otiende Amollo backed them up.

The duo, who are a long-time supporters of ODM chief Raila Odinga, have also demanded that the draft be amended before it is passed.

Junet Mohammed, the Suna East MP who is also the co-chair of the BBI secretariat, accused Orengo of trying to disown a paper he and National Assembly Majority Leader Amos Kimunya helped draft.

Banks Relieved As Treasury Trashes 20 pc Excise Tax on Loans

The Treasury has eliminated the 20% excise tax on bank loan payments, potentially lowering the cost of borrowing for businesses and consumers.

According to bankers, the cut would relieve pressure on lenders to lift credit yields, as excise duty fees account for an average of 2.5 percent of total lending prices.

This will save banks up to Sh7 billion annually in taxes raised by fees paid on loan processing.

On November 7, 2019, the government lifted the lending rate limit, which had been blamed for stifling credit growth over its three years of existence.

To decide how much they can charge a certain client, banks use a base rate, which is usually the cost of funds, plus a margin and a risk premium.

Following the implementation of the cap, lending rates fell from 17.66 percent in August 2016 to 13.86 percent in September 2016, and averaged 12.02 percent in February, according to CBK statistics.

The removal of the tax comes as the government tries to figure out ways to increase taxes without harming the vulnerable.

In the coming days, Parliament will vote on the tax bills, with the Finance Bill becoming law immediately on July 1.

India Allocates Billions To Finance Hospitals and Vaccine Makers

India released $6.7 billion in cheap financing for vaccine makers, hospitals and other health firms on Wednesday, to counter the devastating coronavirus surge gripping the country.

Reserve Bank of India governor Shaktikanta Das also vowed to deploy “unconventional” measures if the crisis worsens.

He spoke as India announced a record 3,780 deaths in 24 hours as well as 382,000 new cases.

This week it became the second country after the United States to pass 20 million cases and hospitals across the country of 1.3 billion people have complained of chronic shortages of beds, oxygen, vaccines and key drugs.

“The devastating speed with which the virus affects different regions of the country has to be matched by swift and wide-ranging actions,” Das said.

The new measures — making it easier for banks to give cheap loans to hospitals, oxygen manufacturers and even patients — aim to improve access to emergency health care, he said.

The central bank will also give some general business borrowers more time to repay loans to help underpin the economy, Das said.

“The immediate objective is to preserve human life and restore livelihoods through all means possible,” he added.

India’s underfunded health care system has struggled to cope with the latest Covid-19 onslaught, with patients dying in hospital parking lots due to a lack of beds and oxygen.

Experts have warned that case numbers will keep rising until the end of May and could reach 500,000 new infections a day.

While New Delhi and other major cities have imposed curfews and other restrictions, the government has resisted opposition calls for a nationwide lockdown.

Even the Supreme Court has called on the government to consider tougher measures.

The Indian Premier League — the world’s richest cricket tournament — shut down this week because of the spread of the virus among players. Many foreign stars are now struggling to get flights out.

Two more players, Delhi Capitals spinner Amit Mishra and Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Wriddhiman Saha, were recently infected.

The country has tried to claw back lost ground after a stringent, months-long lockdown caused the labour market to collapse and the economy to contract by nearly a quarter between April and June last year.

Asia’s third-largest economy was in the throes of a prolonged slowdown even before the pandemic, and the hit to global activity from the virus and one of the world’s strictest lockdowns combined to deal the country a severe blow.

Fearing a repeat of last year’s economic devastation, authorities have so far imposed limited restrictions, trying to strike a balance between keeping the economy going and targeting outbreaks in the hardest-hit regions.
AFP