MPs claim plot to lock out hundreds from KDF jobsThe House yesterday ordered Defence Cabinet Secretary Raychelle Omamo (above) to appear before Defence and Foreign Relations Committee today after MPs protested the change of recruitment centres from sub-counties to counties. Lawmakers claimed it was a scheme to lock out hundreds of youths from joining the Kenya Defense Forces (KDF). Kamket wants the ministry to explain the criteria being employed in the upcoming KDF recruitment to ensure only deserving youths get the jobs. KDF recruitment will begin on October 28. Kitui South MP Rachael Nyamai said the recruitment by KDF and other services has been marred with bribery claims.
There is no place for youth in Civil ServiceThe Civil Service is dominated by an ageing workforce at a time young graduates are struggling to find jobs, reports by State agencies show. Human Resource Planning and Succession Management Strategy for Public ServiceA document prepared by the Public Service Commission (PSC) titledshows that the country had 69,445 civil servants by December 2016. Those over 50 years, who represent 23 per cent of job-eligible Kenyans, hold 35 per cent of public service jobs. A breakdown of civil servants by age cluster revealed that at least 11,879 civil servants were aged between 51 and 60 years. The audit was done under the Capacity Assessment and Rationalisation of the Public Service Programme.
The expressway will have 10 interchanges, including the SGR terminus at JKIA, Eastern Bypass, Southern Bypass, and Enterprise Road. Uhuru also revealed that not everyone was happy when he joined hands with Raila to form the BBI team. “That road (read BBI), Raila and I with other leaders shall complete. I am confident we shall accomplish the mission,” Uhuru said ahead of submission of the report by the BBI team. During the launch of the expressway, Uhuru was accompanied by Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko and his Machakos counterpart Alfred Mutua.
Tussle over burial of five Ethiopian plane crash victimsTwo conflicting programmes have revealed a fierce battle between a man and his son-in-law over the burial of five family members who died in the Ethiopian Airlines crash seven months ago. I loved my mother-in-law, but when it comes to burial, I am next of kin of my wife and children. I do not need an agreement with any person on their burial,” said Njoroge. According to Njoroge, the bodies of his wife and children shall be moved from Lee Funeral Home on Friday morning. He, however, said he would attend today’s burial of his mother-in-law at Kabatini, adding that talks on the matter were still on.
Younger wife wins big in a 25-year old succession battleA second wife has been awarded the lion's share of her deceased husband’s land in a case pitting her against her co-wife. Making the ruling yesterday, High Court Judge William Musyoka ordered that the property be shared in a ratio of 3:4 in favour of Susana Muchisu, the second wife. Justice Musyoka opined that Susana had more children than Damara Muchisu, the first of Ainea Muchisu Busula's widows. Damara argued that being the first wife, she possessed express permission to distribute the property. Damara was opposed to the proposed sharing formula, saying she was the first wife, thus the sharing formula suggested by her co-wife was unacceptable.
Park campaign bears fruit in region rattled by snakebitesBaringo Snake Park Curator Willy Limo holding Sand Boa a non-venomous Snake at the Park in Lake Baringo on October 10, 2019. [Kipsang Joseph, Standard]Perched on the shores of Lake Baringo, a little-known snake park is steadily gaining popularity.Besides promoting tourism, the Lake Baringo Snake Park has sought to aggressively battle the burden of snakebites in a county that records between 300 and 500 cases a month. “Our mandate here is to up the awareness campaign to bring down the high number of snakebite cases within this region. Cobras are considered the third-most dangerous snake species in Kenya. The venom of the black mamba, which is considered world’s largest venomous snake and fourth-most venomous, often takes hours to be fatal.
Jumwa to know fate today after spending night in cellMalindi MP Aisha Jumwa Katana (right) and Geoffrey Okuto Otieno at a Mombasa court on October 16, 2019. Police broke into Jumwa’s home early yesterday to arrest Okuto after several attempts to enter were rejected. State lawyer Alloys Kemo described Jumwa as a confrontational and violent person who should be restrained and kept away from today’s elections. According to an affidavit sworn by Chief Inspector of police Joseph Wambua Jumwa, Okuto and others stormed Katana’s home in a vehicle convoy, which sparked violence between supporters of ODM and the MP's. Jumwa, who is estranged from ODM, supports independent candidate Abdulrahman Omar against ODM’s Katana.Police said locals were baying for the MP's blood following Tuesday’s violence and killing.
Nyong'o sacks three County MinistersKisumu Governor Prof Anyang' Nyong’o (in white shirt above) has sacked three executive committee members. The health docket was, however, not affected in the changes, given the current executive, Prof Judith Atyang, was appointed only three months ago. For vettingThe county boss forwarded Omondi’s name to the county assembly for vetting. He also sacked Health executive Dr Rosemary Obara, who was succeeded by Prof Atyang. Just last month, he appointed former Kisii County Commissioner Geoffrey Kigochi as county secretary, replacing Dr Oloango Onudi.
My road to presidency in 2022 is clear, says DP RutoDeputy President William Ruto (above) has told his supporters that his 2022 presidential bid is on course. Addressing a crowd while heading to the Kericho Golf Club yesterday to board a helicopter, Dr Ruto said his road to the presidency is clear. It is upon you to have faith in me," Ruto said in the local dialect. He said his opponents in the Jubilee Party had lost their foresight and would soon end up being political lightweights. Ruto also took a swipe at his political rival, ODM leader Raila Odinga, saying he would send him to political retirement in the next elections.
Political super alliance is coming in 2020, says Kabando Wa KabandoFormer Mukurweini MP Kabando wa Kabando speaking to Tony Gachoka during the recording of Point Blank show. [Wilberforce Okwiri, Standard]A political super alliance is shaping up and will be unveiled in 2020, a former MP has claimed.Former Mukurweini MP Kabando wa Kabando said major political players in the country would come together to form the alliance, and that President Uhuru Kenyatta and Opposition chief Raila Odinga would be influential in the formation of the outfit. A super alliance is coming and coming fast,” said Mr Kabando last night on KTN News’ Point Blank interview. There will be no more niceties for those politicians stretching the patience of President Kenyatta. He added that come the 2022 elections, the super alliance will pave way for the fight between the proverbial dynasties and “hustler nation”.
What happened to plans to construct a wall to separate external aggression from Somalia-based al Shabaab militia? Kenya is constantly under attack by terror cells from Somalia. An idea was hatched to build a highrise wall and a three-metre deep trench next to the wall, to keep away terror militia at bay, but the idea seems to have quietly been abandoned and instead, a mesh wire fence erected. This wall was what could have been the country’s long-term solution to the problem of constant attacks from the terror group, especially around the border. Perhaps the money to construct was wired or siphoned into individuals’ pocket.
The country has always had tragedies with the rains. Cases of flash floods washing away homesteads, vehicles and animals have been witnessed in the past. But Kenyans seem to forget this and engage in activities that endanger them during this season. We need disaster preparedness mechanisms that can quickly come into action in case of any eventuality. We have to stay safe in order to be productive.
In a nutshell, in Pochettino Spurs have a coach who will look at and evaluate players on the basis of what they can do for the team, while also having one eye on the business. It is hard to question Levy, who believes he has always done what is in the club’s very best interests. The youthfulness and vigour of the side when Pochettino first arrived, if not totally a thing of the past, has diminished. Put another way, where can Levy find another Pochettino? The club believe a positive turnaround in fortunes is inevitable and that Pochettino will soon start maximising his team’s potential once again.
It is high time the Likoni ferry management put in place measures which will avert future tragedies. Kenya Ferry Services should repair the ramps immediately to avoid any more misfortune. Let KFS also employ in each ferry four divers instead of disco bouncers and every ferry user educated on safety inside the ferry. All Kenya ferry employees should be trained to dive and swim. It was also meant to offer search and rescue services and prevent illegal commercial activities like in Kenyan waters.
Defense ministry blocked auditors from scrutinizing questionable contractsDefence PS. Mohamed Ibrahim when he appeared before the National Assembly Public Accounts Committee on audit queries in Parliament. [Boniface Okendo, Standard]MPs are outraged with revelations that the Defence ministry blocked the Auditor General from conducting a special audit on alleged skewed awarding of tenders running into millions of shillings. House Public Accounts Committee (PAC) had last year ordered a special audit following claims of misuse of restricted tendering by the Department of Defence (DoD). The orders that we gave for special audit must be complied with...
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