Sonko’s response to man seeking to fill Deputy Governor’s office

DEAR MR. PHILIP SOGOTI CHEPSAT. Thank you for your expression of interest in serving the great people of Nairobi alongside me as Deputy Governor. Thank you too for appreciating my commitment to openness and transparency. My office received your earlier communications and we were in the process of writing you a formal regret because like I promised, I shall only be ready to fill the Deputy Governor position once the legislation pending in Parliament on nomination and appointment of Deputy Governor is assented into law. It is worth of note…

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Al Shabaab attack army base in southern Somalia, casualties reported

Al Shabaab has attacked a government army base in southern Somalia with two car bombs and gunfire. BBC journalist Farhan Jimale said the military admitted there were casualties on both sides, but gave no figures. Earlier today, local media reported a suicide car bomb explosion followed by heavy gunfire reported in Awdheegle district in Lower Shabelle region. “We heard a huge blast and learnt that a military base was hit by a car bomb but we don’t know additional information,”  Dahir Hassan, a local resident, told Radio Garowe on the…

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Division of Revenue Bill: Sort yourselves out to get extra cash, Uhuru tells governors

President Uhuru Kenyatta has once again told the National Assembly and the Senate to end the Division of Revenue Bill 2019 stalemate to allow the release of funds to counties. Speaking in Nakuru during the opening of Ugatuzi Plaza that houses the County Assembly chamber, President Kenyatta told MPs that the government does not have unlimited resources and “should bear in mind that what the national government has been allocating to counties is much higher than the threshold set by the Constitution.” During the opening of Bicdo Industrial Park in…

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Take what we have or leave it, Uhuru adamant on county revenue sharing formula

Uhuru Kenyatta and Lee Kinyanjui

President Uhuru Kenyatta, on Wednesday afternoon, sustained his static stand on the possibility of increased allocation of money to counties. Citing monetary hardships faced by the national government, Kenyatta urged counties to work with the Sh 316 billion available and forget about accessing sh.331 billion. The Commission on Revenue Allocation (CRA) had settled on Sh.331 billion for the counties. Parliament, on the other hand, had set the amount at Sh. 316 billion. The national government has visibly elected to use parliamentary figures. Speaking during the opening of refurbished chambers at…

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Colleagues exhume officer’s body to retrieve work uniform

Burial Ceremony/Reuters

There was drama and surprise in equal measure when County Government enforcement officers in Western Kenya exhumed the body of the colleagues with the goal of retrieving his work uniform. Martin Shikuku had been laid to rest in full work regalia, probably as a sign of respect from his colleagues. However, his co-workers came back, at the dead of the night, unburied his body and left with his, former, work uniform. His family now saw that the colleagues went against traditions and their actions could anger the dead man’s forefathers.…

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Kibra MP seat is now vacant, declares Speaker Muturi

The Speaker of Kenya’s National Assembly, Justin Bedan Muturi, has declared Kibra MP seat vacant. The move is part of the formal electoral process following the demise of the immediate former MP Hon Ken Okoth. Okoth succumbed to colorectal cancer in July this year. The action by NA Speaker flags off the official by-election process and awards IEBC the legal mandate to set the stage for a by-election. Okoth was, until his death, an active member of ODM party, an outfit headed by Kenya’s former Prime Minister, Raila Odinga.  It…

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Resident advertises his availability for Nairobi Deputy Governor post

Kenyans woke up to a rather hilarious news item when a Nairobi resident ‘expressed’ interest to serve the city as a Deputy Governor. Philip Sogot Chepsat facilitated a paid-up advert in a local daily paper urging Nairobi governor Mike Sonko to award him the chance of deputizing the county chief. Citing his strong conviction. Sogot assured the governor, and Nairobians, of substantive service delivery. He made reference to his undergraduate qualifications combined with a 15-year experience portfolio in management and public service. He hoped that his new communication tactic will…

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African states challenged to own their peace processes

Peace and Security Department of the AU Commission has called for the African ownership of peace processes in the continent. This emerged during a meeting to review institutional relationships and partnership among the AUC, foreign states and international organisations in the implementation of the African Peace and Security Architecture and African Governance Architecture. The African Peace and Security Architecture and African Governance Architecture have The war in South Sudan, the regime change in Sudan, the collapse of the State in Somalia, and the conflicts in Burundi and DRC, the situation in Ethiopia as well…

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Ex-Raila aide Owalo resigns from ODM

Former Raila aide and Kibra MP aspirant has resigned from ODM. The Nairobi-based lawyer and consultant who worked as Raila Odinga’s strategist in 2007 and 2013 general elections wrote to the Registrar of Political Parties on Tuesday seeking to be struck out of ODM membership list. “My resignation is informed by the fact that my political ideology, convictions and belief no longer has convergence or depict any congruence and common denominator with that of the ODM party; its value –orientation and practices,” Owalo wrote. “I, therefore, request that you facilitate…

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Expanded Executive plan to steal more from Kenyans, says Muthama

Former Machakos Senator Johnson Muthama has dismissed the constitutional change clamour, saying it will only open more loopholes to loot. Instead, Muthama said the country needs a disciplined leadership rather than changing the constitution after every election. “I don’t see the reason why we want to rush to change the Constitution after every election. What we need in Kenya is not amending the Constitution but a strong leadership that can protect Kenyans’ public resources,” Muthama said. Muthama said even if the Constitution is changed a hundred times, but the leadership…

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