Presidential hopeful Kennedy Mong’are has urged retired ACK Archbishop Eliud Wabukala to decline his appointment as anti-graft czar. “Wabukala has done the biggest mistake of his life. He has served this country for more than 50 years as a man of God. Mong'are said Wabukala’s appointment is a strategy by the ruling Jubilee to "baptise, sanitise and glorify" massive corruption depleting the country. In the event the retired archbishop does not voluntarily turn down his approval by Parliament, Mong’are urged President Uhuru Kenyatta not to formally appoint him to the helm of the EACC.
General Motors East Africa maintained its grip on new motor vehicle market last year even as industry sales fell on higher excise duty in the first half, data showed on Tuesday. Dealers sold 6,097 units less in 12 months through December 2016 than 19,966 units in 2015, Kenya Motor Industry Association said. This was a result of Sh150,000 duty on vehicles aged less than three years and Sh200,000 on manufactured earlier, a policy that hurt low-priced cars. The new duty effected in December 2015 under the Excise Act was last June scrapped in favour of 20 per cent duty of vehicles value. GM East Africa sold 4,751 units in 2016 giving it a market share of 35.1 per cent, followed by Toyota with 19.4 per cent (2,632 units), while Simba Colt (largely Mitsubishi and Fuso) held 16 per cent share (2,164 units).
More than 100 Jubilee members and officials, led by former TNA secretary general Onyango Oloo, have defected to ODM. The members drawn from eight counties accused Jubilee of betrayal and sidelining them after affiliates merged into the Jubilee Party. Oloo said they have decided wisely to join ODM under Cord to form the next government. Oloo said more defectors will be witnessed across the country from Jubilee to ODM. “We have 28 counties whose former TNA officials and Jubilee members have expressed their interest to join ODM.
Territorial carve-upsThe epicentre of the invasions has been in Laikipia North, but violence spills over into both Laikipia East and West. The extraordinary passivity of the government in the face of the Laikipia invasion is partly due to the reluctance of the police to confront the armed pastoralists. The meeting led to some police deployment, but the police tended to shoot in the air rather than confronting the armed Samburu herdsmen. Nevertheless, the Mugie cattle business faces closure, with the loss of 35 to 50 jobs. Laikipia North MP Matthew Lempurkel has repeatedly said people are dreaming if they think the Samburu will leave Laikipia.
The opposition should stop the malicious criticism of Jubilee and focus on its mandate and issues, two leaders in West Pokot county have said. They are West Pokot Governor Simon Kachapin and Deputy Governor Titus Lotee. Kachapin said many opposition leaders are obsessed with Jubilee affairs. “They should stop meddling in our affairs and focus on Cord or NASA issues. Kachapin said the opposition is unable to address issues in its parties and wants to interfere with the Jubilee Party.
Two leaders in Kitui county have urged the government to reintroduce the school feeding programme to keep children in school. The prolonged drought has caused some children to drop out of school in search of food and water in various counties hard-hit by the dry spell. Starvation is looming and students will remain in school if there is food, Musila said. We are not sure if the next rain season will be sufficient, so the state should plan fully,” he said. On security issues, Munuve urged the government to arm residents as armed Somali herders have killed more than 20 people now.
My first generalisation is that it is really very difficult to beat an incumbent Kenyan President seeking reelection. As of this point, we see no superhuman effort by the opposition coalition, and President Uhuru Kenyatta has yet to trip up really badly. So we could say Uhuru is well on his way to victory, unless he suddenly messes up. And in any event that any key leader bolted from the main opposition grouping, they ended up a distant third to the two main protagonists. All the top opposition leaders are men who had earlier served as Vice President, Prime Minister, or in a key Cabinet office.
These bandits have made the lives of farming communities in the Kitui and Laikipia counties literally a hell on earth. Who is trying to make Kitui scream during the election year, and what are the dimensions of the nefarious conspiracy at work here? Kitui county, which occupies the former Eastern province, covers 30,500 km2 to the nearest round figure. The county administration is ultra-sensitive regarding any encroachment in Kitui county. Surprisingly, Musila, Kitui South MP Rachael Nyamai and Mwingi Central MP Joe Mutambu swiftly and unreservedly concurred with Governor Malombe’s decision.
Some Jubilee leaders in Nairobi have demanded that the party uses universal suffrage in deciding who will fly its flag in the race for governor. Senator Mike Sonko, MPs Dennis Waweru (Dagoretti South), Johnson Sakaja (Nominated) and former Starehe MP Margaret Wanjiru said they will reject "boardroom candidates". He was given money by foreigners to campaign against President Uhuru Kenyatta. Keter and Sudi urged the residents to vote for Uhuru and Ruto. The leaders asked residents to register in large numbers and ensure they re-elect Uhuru and Deputy President William Ruto.
Political divisions among KANU members is rocking the party ahead of today's National Executive Committee meeting at its headquarters in Nairobi. Members' conflicting stand with their Secretary General Nick Salat's recent sentiments that KANU is "deeply" in opposition ahead of August 8 polls has further elicited divided opinion on the meeting's agenda. KANU secretary general Nick Salat yesterday confirmed "a major political announcement" will be made during the National Executive Committee meeting. Top KANU officials including the chairman Gideon Moi, members Kittony and West Pokot Senator John Lonyangapuo sent press statements dismissing Salat after making the remarks. She added that taking action against the secretary general is "our in-house issue and will be sorted out."
I am now convinced that President Uhuru Kenyatta is always exasperated because he is mostly clueless that he gets lies published. Second, the insult is then actually directed at retired Presidents Daniel Moi and Mwai Kibaki, under whom Mudavadi served. Wasn’t Mudavadi Uhuru’s running mate in 2002? Wasn’t it Uhuru, realising he wouldn’t cut it as President, who ran to Mudavadi as his substitute presidential candidate in 2012? However, there is the little matter of grey areas in President Uhuru's life.
Nairobi residents will face more water rationing as water levels at the Ndakaini Dam continue to drop, Water CS Eugene Wamalwa has said. Areas that have been receiving water four times week will now only get it three times, while those that have been getting water three times will now have it twice, he said. This is after water levels at the dam that supplies 80 per cent of domestic water in Nairobi dropped to an all-time low of 41.5 per cent. Wamalwa said the last time water levels at the dam dropped to such levels was in 2011. He spoke on Tuesday during a tour of the Ndakaini Dam, the Northern Collector Tunnel and the Aberdare Forest.
VPresident Uhuru Kenyatta will today kick off a countrywide tour to urge Kenyans to register to vote. Uhuru will visit Murang’a, Nyeri, Meru, Laikipia and Kirinyaga counties this week. Today, Uhuru will be in Murang’a county. On Saturday, Monday and Tuesday, the President will tour Meru, Laikipia and Kirinyaga counties respectively. That is why the participation of all stakeholders is needed,” Transport CS James Macharia said during a strategy meeting in Murang’a county on Monday.
More than 100 permits allowing chicken and poultry product imports from Uganda have been cancelled because of an outbreak across the border. The move is part of efforts by the government to stop bird flu reported in Uganda from spreading to Kenya. “Let them report these deaths and unusual behaviour in chickens to the nearest veterinary authorities or to the police,” he said. Director of veterinary services Dr Kisa Juma said the highly pathogenic avian influenza, commonly referred to as avian flu or avian influenza, can kill both humans and animals. Ugandan authorities said it was brought by migratory birds from Europe.
Lands CS Jacob Kaimenyi yesterday denied claims that documents issued by the ministry after 2013 are illegal. He said the court gave the ministry a window of one year to fine-tune land laws in tandem with Land Laws (Amendment) Act 2016. He urged the Standard newspaper to apologise for creating fear and doubt on land ownership documents. The judge said the 12 months window had taken effect from December 19 last year and failing to effect his orders will make the documents stand annulled. Kaimenyi said the ministry will continue giving services in regard to land transactions within 12 months granted by court.