Jubilee unity in Kakamega is threatened by feuding between former TNA and UDF members. Former TNA members in Kakamega claim they have been short-changed by those who formerly identified with UDF, led by Mumias East MP Ben Washiali. Former TNA county coordinator Khatete Mumia yesterday said he was short-changed by Washiali after his appointment as JP county coordinator early this month and wants justice. “The youths complained Washiali pushed former TNA county chairman Desmond Shinaka out and now wants to kill Mumia’s aspirations,” the source said. Despite the wrangles, Western Jubilee regional coordinator Mwongo Chimwaga said his office was ready to welcome the President.
Four years later, the incumbents are being called upon to give an account. The incumbents should account for the Sh24 billion each county has received, on average, from the National Treasury and other sources, over the past four financial years. Some of the ghosts are double employees, feeding from the same public account. The incumbents must account for this cocktail of corruption and impunity before demanding votes through violence. How do you convince victims of official misrule to vote when they are suffering the consequences of misinformed leadership?
NLC chairman Muhammad Swazuri will be questioned today after a petitioner seeking his removal from office over fraud told MPs he bribed him with Sh1 million. Swazuri was to be questioned by National Assembly Lands Committee chaired by Alex Mwiru (Tharaka MP) yesterday afternoon over claims he received the sum. “I received instructions two hours ago and I have no sufficient time to defend Swazuri. Njeru accompanied by his lawyer Ndegwa Njiru told MPs Swazuri agreed to a Sh1 million bribe after informing him that he could not raise an extra Sh200,000. He told the committee a surveyor from the Lands ministry surveyed the disputed land and wrote a report confirming that he was the owner.
“You are soon going to get information on how to adopt a polling station,” he told members of the Bunge La Mwananchi caucus. The agents will also send immediate results from polling stations to the NASA presidential tallying centre. I have been hearing them say nobody is allowed to have a parallel tallying centre. The Jubilee brigade, led by Deputy President William Ruto, said the parallel tallying system is illegal. He said, “You saw in America, they showed results in polling stations, Trump verses Clinton.”
The Sh62.3 billion Thwake Dam project was thrown into doubt after Water PS Patrick Mwangi defied advice and awarded the contract to the second-lowest bidder. The ministry’s Tender Evaluation Committee recommended the contract be awarded to China Gezhouba after its Sh36.9 billion bid. Overruled decisionBut the Ministerial Tender Committee appointed by Mwangi overruled the decision to award Gezhouba citing integrity concerns. These included the blacklisting of its subsidiary firm by World Bank but AfDB wrote to the committee and PS clarifying the company had been cleared. The multi-purpose water project is set to supply Makueni and Kitui county residents.
The IEBC has opened a window for aspirants who lose at the primaries to run as independent candidates. Parties are to complete their primaries for all seats by April 26, while independent candidates should present their names by May 10. “Candidates intending to participate in the General Election as independent candidates should not be members of any political party by May 8, 2017, being three months before the election,” the notice reads. Aspirants who lose at the primaries have 12 days to resign from their parties and run as independent candidates. The changes, however, did not affect the timelines for the submission of papers by independent candidates, creating a window.
The banking industry regulator expects growth in loans to the private sector to start edging up next month. Growth in private sector credit has stabilised at about 4.5 per cent since December 2016 after a steady slowdown from about 17 per cent in December 2015, largely on rising default levels. Private sector credit growth fell to 4.3 per cent in December 2016 compared to more than 17 per cent a year earlier, Central Bank of Kenya data show. The regulator, however, hinted at a possible reversal of the interest cap law to allow more SMEs access credit. Njoroge said CBK will be conducting a survey to determine the impact of the amended law on credit markets.
By FRED MUKINDAMore by this AuthorTwo Kenyan trainee doctors on the police list of wanted terrorists have been killed in a sting operation in Libya. Before the trainee doctors fled, investigations linked them to a terrorism network comprising young doctors that was planning biological weapon attacks in the country. Police offered Sh4 million to anyone with information that could lead to the arrest of any of the young doctors on the list of most wanted terror suspects. Kenyan doctor trainees killed in Libya Hiish Ahmed Ali (left) and Farah Dagane Hassan. In Libya, Mohammed was asked by the smugglers to pay an extra $7,000 (Sh700,000) through a hawala agent in Nairobi to a contact in Dubai.
By VERAH OKEYOMore by this AuthorMale circumcision reduces the colonies of bacteria found on the penis which increase the risk of contracting HIV, a new study has shown. The research added that circumcision “reduces the risk of HIV infection by about 60 per cent”. According to the 2014 Kenya Demographic Health Survey, men from Nyanza are less likely to be circumcised (72 per cent). VOLUNTARY MALE CIRCUMCISIONKenya implemented the voluntary male circumcision for HIV prevention programme after studies showed that non- circumcising regions such as Nyanza, Turkana, Teso and West Pokot had the highest prevalence of HIV. It was not until the Odinga family, notably Oburu Odinga, endorsed the cut that many people in the region accepted the programme.
By EDWIN MUTAIMore by this AuthorIrrigation Principal Secretary Patrick Nduati Mwangi has defied his boss Eugene Wamalwa and gone ahead to award a controversial dam construction tender to a Chinese firm that could see taxpayers lose more than Sh3 billion. China Gezhouba won the Tender Processing Evaluation Committee (TPC) stage after putting in a bid of Sh36.9 billion for the first phase of the multi-billion shilling dam. But the Ministerial Tender Committee (MTC), appointed by Mr Mwangi went ahead and awarded the contract to (Sino Hydro) at a cost of Sh39.5 billion. Mr Wamalwa and Mr Mwangi have been at loggerheads over the award of the tender that the two Chinese firms—CGGC and Sino Hydro—have been battling for. Mr Wamalwa last week warned Mr Mwangi that he would be held personally responsible if his decision to award the tender will result in an extra cost of Sh3 billion from the lowest evaluated bidder.
By JOHN NGIRACHUMore by this AuthorParliament on Tuesday rejected a Sh29 billion increase in counties’ allocation in the next financial year as requested by Senate. The Senate had voted to increase the amount to counties from Sh323.7 billion to Sh352.8 billion. The equitable share was increased from Sh291 billion approved by the National Assembly to Sh314 billion. Also, the conditional allocations — money meant for specific functions — had been increased from Sh32.6 billion to Sh38.1 billion. “We are not getting sufficient revenues from county governments,” said Mr Musyimi.
This raised the budget ceiling from Sh31 billion proposed by Treasury to Sh36 billion. According to budget estimates tabled before the National Assembly yesterday, the budget committee appeared to agree with Treasury’s proposal to maintain the budget ceiling at Sh36 billion. PS Thugge last Wednesday told the committee they must maintain Parliament’s budget cap at Sh36 billion, not Sh40 billion that PSC proposed. “We hope they will stick with the Sh36 billion budget ceiling so we don’t cut other expenditures,” Thugge had said. "We discussed this with the budget committee two days ago and agreed with the earlier ceiling of Sh36 billion, which didn’t include severance pay.
By OUMA WANZALAMore by this AuthorMore than 25,000 students missed their degrees of choices in first revision of courses that was concluded last month for 70 public and private universities. Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (Kuccps) — the body charged with admitting students to public and private universities — has since invited the students for second revision of courses which started on Tuesday and will go on until April 2. Statistics from Kuccps indicate that 63,538 students out of 88,929 candidates who scored between A and C+ in last year’s Form Four examination secured their degrees of choice. “The index numbers of these candidates are listed in the Placement Service website www.kuccps.ac.ke. The placement service board has set the cut-off for placement in degree programmes at a minimum aggregate of C+ (46 points).
Kinangop residents have agreed to vote for one of their own to be Nyandarua governor. Addressing a rally, Gathimba said the Kinangop part of Nyandarua South has more than 120,000 voters while Kipipiri has about 50,000 registered voters. Gathimba said that the governor's position is the powers that will enable the residents of Kinangop achieve their dreams and aspirations. The principal casualty of Kinango declaration, if it holds, is Nyandarua deputy governor Waithaka Mwangi. But residents regard him as inconsequential in the Nyandarua South politics.
Ford Kenya secretary general Eseli Simiyu and Bungoma county chairman Wafula Wamunyinyi said the leaders are misleading the community. Simiyu is Tongaren MP, while Wamunyinyi is the MP for Kanduyi. Wamunyinyi asked the four NASA co-principals to stick together for Kenyans to have confidence that the alliance will take over leadership in August. Eseli said Jubilee is lying to Water CS Eugene Wamalwa and Lusaka that one of them will be Deputy President William Ruto’s running mate in 2022. He asked Luhyas to unite and support NASA.