Raila meets Indonesian President, discusses infrastructure development

African Union High Representative for Infrastructure Development Raila Odinga today met Indonesia President Joko Widodo during the Indonesia-Africa Infrastructure Dialogue in Bali. Earlier, Raila held talks with Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi on “increased and improved collaboration between Africa and Indonesia in various sectors”. Present during the meeting were the host nation’s Ambassadors to Ethiopia, Kenya and South Africa. The Indonesia-Africa Infrastructure Dialogue is a platform for the business community, government officials and other stakeholders from Indonesia and Africa aimed at ensuring collaboration in the infrastructure sector. The forum will be…

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Crisis Group warns of hurdles in implementing Sudan agreement

The International Crisis Group has given caution over the implementation of the Sudan power-sharing deal. In a statement, the organisation said the Junta might not let civilian authorities audit or control the sources of foreign exchange. “Caution is warranted, however. The junta signed the agreement only under intense external pressure from parties that included the AU, the U.S., the UK and the EU. Many of its members are beneficiaries of the patronage-based economic system that Bashir created,” they said in a statement. The Crisis Group is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organisation…

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Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei arrested over hate speech

Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei has been arrested at in his Eldoret home. Senator Cherargei’s arrest comes a day after the Directorate of Criminal Investigations summoned him over hate remarks he made at the weekend during the funeral of the late teacher Dominic Kiptoo Choge at Lelwak in O’lessos. Detectives had surrounded his home for hours after the senator reportedly refused to open the gates. He was driven to the DCI offices in Nandi to record a statement. Speaking at the funeral, Cherargei said supporters of Deputy President William Ruto were…

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I will run for Presidency, declares Kivutha Kibwana

Professor Kivutha Kibwana, the current County Governor of Makueni, on Thursday, declared his interest in running for the country’s top seat. Speaking during the Fifth Annual Tobong’u Lore (meaning welcome home) in Turkana County, Kivutha reminded the audience that he had, earlier, mentioned the same thing. He reinforced this announcement in the presence of Deputy President William Ruto, a man who is leaving no chances in his quest to succeed his boss, Uhuru Kenyatta. Kivutha Kibwana implored on Ruto to join the handshake bandwagon and join Raila Odinga in uniting…

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Huawei facilitated spying of Bobi Wine in Uganda, Wall Street Journal

Bobi Wine in court

According to the Wall Street Journal, Huawei Technologies aided the Ugandan government in amplifying surveillance on Bobi Wine’s private communications. According to the publication, technicians from the Chinese company intercepted encrypted messages in a Whatsapp group that had the membership of Bobi Wine. Bobi Wine, popularly identified as Robert Kyagulanyi, is a fierce critic of President Yoweri Museveni. His #PeoplePower movement is seen as a prominent threat to Museveni’s hold of power. Upon interception of the messages, the Huawei technicians shared them with Ugandan authorities. Security agencies used the messages…

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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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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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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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