Uhuru’s cousin named to Exports agency board

President Uhuru Kenyatta’s cousin Kathleen Kihanya has been appointed to the Kenya Export Promotion and Branding Agency board as a member. “The Cabinet Secretary for Industry, Trade and Co-operatives appoints Jacqueline Muga, Kathleen Kihanya, Mark Bichachi, to be members of the Kenya Export Promotion and Branding Agency Board, for a period of three years, with effect from August 9, 2019,” CS Peter Munya said in the gazette notice on Friday. Kihanya runs Aces Ahead, a public relations and marketing consultancy, and is also a director and partner at 24 Hours…

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US political secretary in Sudan to push for implementation of peace deals

  US Under Secretary for Political Affairs David Hale will on Wednesday meet with representatives from the Transitional Military Council and Forces for Freedom and Change and civil society. The State Department said the meeting will “encourage full and timely implementation of the agreements reached on July 17, and August 4, to create a civilian-led transitional government, and underscore our expectation that the transitional government will reflect the will of the Sudanese people.” John Prendergast, Founding Director of the Enough Project, and Co-Founder of The Sentry, said the US has a unique opportunity…

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Kenya risks losing Sh11bn over Itare Dam contract – CS Chelugui

Water CS Simon Chelugui has said Kenya risks losing Sh11bn if it cancels the contract with CMC di Ravenna for construction of the Sh35.39 billion Itare Dam. Already, Sh11.5 billion has been paid to the contractor in advance installments and part-payments for work done. “Even if we were to terminate the contract now we will still need to pay the contractor Sh2.5 billion,” the CS said, insisting that the contractor has already done more work than what has so far been paid for. The numbers he gave, however, contradicts the…

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I don’t care who will be President in 2022, Uhuru now says

President Uhuru Kenyatta has said he is not bothered by whoever will succeed him in 2022. Instead, the President said, petty politics should be stopped and focus shifted to development. “This is the only way to end poverty in Kenya. And I urge all Kenyans, lets come together and unite, work together, end corruption and ensure the taxes we collect on behalf of Kenyans is used to improve the lives of Kenyans, not politicking all the time,” Uhuru said at he Bidco Industrial Park in Ruiru, Kiambu County, during the…

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From the ghetto to Entebbe, Bobi Wine formalizes his bid for the Presidency

Robert Kyagulanyi, popularly identified as Bobi Wine, has officially joined the race to replace President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. Bobi Wine, serving as the current Member of Parliament for Kyadondo East announced this decision during an event at his Magero home in Kampala. The musician turned politician has consistently displayed indications of providing an opposition figure in a country led by a military strongman. “On behalf of the people of Uganda, I am challenging you (Museveni) to a free and fair election in 2021,” announced Bobi Wine. He was wearing a red…

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Ukur Yattani: From Marginalised Marsabit to the Finance docket

  Labour Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yattani, 52, is the surprise pick for President Uhuru Kenyatta to take charge at the latest corruption crime scene in Kenyatta — the National Treasury — at least for the short term. This follows the arrest and prosecution of immediate former CS Henry Rotich and his PS Kamau Thugge, among other officials, on Tuesday over the Mimwarere and Arror dams scandal, in which Sh19 billion is was lost. Yattani was born in 1967 in Forole of North Horr sub-county and went to Maikona and North…

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DCI launches investigation into ‘suspicious’ letter over controversial Division of Revenue Bill

Kenyan investigative agency, the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), has launched investigations over a letter, allegedly directed to the Attorney General over the now controversial Division of Revenue Bill. The letter, with a letterhead denoting the Office of The President, in Kenya, calls for a political truce over the now contested division of revenue. The text within the duly signed document appears to note that a constitutional process may get derailed to due to various clauses that impede the Office of Budget Controller. The letter also warns that Presidential authority,…

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Thirdway Alliance’s Punguza Mizigo gets IEBC nod, now headed to counties

A constitutional amendment Bill fronted by the Thirdway Alliance Party has met the required threshold for consideration, and will now be presented to the 47 counties, the EBC has said. In a statement on Thursday evening, the IEBC confirmed receiving and verifying that the Bill garnered over a million support of registered voters. “The Commission has since verified that the initiative has been supported by 1,222,541 registered voters. This is, therefore, to notify the public and stakeholders that the initiative has met the requisite threshold as required by the said…

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Duale threatens to sue Daily Nation over Sh2.6bn scandal link story

Garissa Township MP and National Assembly Majority leader Aden Duale has threatened to sue Daily Nation over an expose linking him to a Sh2.6 billion tender scandal. Duale on Wednesday night sent several tweets warning against the publication of the report carrying the byline of Vincent Achuka. “In 2015, August Nation Media Group ran a fake story on some companies allegedly associated with me. LINK: https://www.nation.co.ke/news/Duale-geothermal-contracts/1056-2817002-9xrnwpz/index.html … They are again trying to extort money and blackmail me by running another fake story by one Journalist Brian Wasuna tomorrow,” Duale tweeted. “The…

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Governors implicated in corruption should step aside, Raila says

Governors implicated in corruption should step aside, ODM leader Raila Odinga has said. Raila made the remarks when he met outgoing UK High Commissioner Nic Hailey at Capitol Hill office. “Saying farewell to Rt Hon @RailaOdinga this morning. It was good to hear him say, as the UK has also done, that leaders charged with corruption need to step aside from their offices, including those Governors who have been indicted,” Hailey said. This is a position held by the UK government and Hailey in March said the government should scale…

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