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ICC Senior Prosecutor reveals: Former Chief Prosecutor Moreno Ocampo engaged in fishing for evidence to fix Kenyatta, Ruto and Sang.

Posted by African Press International on November 10, 2018

The cases against President Uhuru Kenyatta, Deputy President Ruto and Journalist Joshua Sang has reached a stage where it should be discontinued.

The cases against 6 Kenyan suspects and withered to 3 accused should not continue owing to reasons well-known to the prosecution. Those in the know have already alerted the prosecution on the reasons that should cause the prosecution to discontinue the cases instead of merely allowing it to continue for the sake of face-saving.

The evidence as known to the prosecution was cooked and witnesses couched on what to say. Some witnesses were offered money and houses of the highest standard before they accepted to testify against the accused persons.

In all these, there is only one person to blame: Mr Ocampo, the man who when he discovered there was no genuine witnesses forthcoming initiated a campaign in his own office, as has been revealed by one of his own prosecutors, to go ahead to prosecute for the sake of saving the court’s name.

Money changed hands and promises of promotions were set in motion. Some were threatened that should they not cooperate, they will be left out of participation to prosecute high level cases in the future. There was also the issue of supporting or not supporting who was to take over as the next Chief Prosecutor after him – Mr Ocampo.

 

 

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Desiderata By Max Ehrmann 1927 American poetess

Posted by African Press International on October 27, 2018

Desidereta

Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

By Max Ehrmann 1927

American poetess

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Posted by African Press International on September 26, 2018

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Posted by African Press International on September 26, 2018

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THE DEBT RIDLED GLUK STRUGGLES TO STAY AFLOAT AMID CLAIMS OF FINANCIAL MISMANAGEMENT BY VC WHICH SHE HAS DISMISSED AS FALSE

Posted by African Press International on August 9, 2018

By Dickens Wasonga.

The Vice Chancellor of the debt riddled Great Lakes University of Kisumu Prof Amadi Otieno has denied various claims that paint her as having run down the struggling institution.

Addressing journalists from various media houses during a hurriedly convened press conference to clear her name over several allegations leveled against her , the VC told reporters that she cant take blame for the woes facing the university which she” merely inherited” from the past regime.

However, the VC appeared to have confirmed some of the allegations against the u8niversity administration under her watch. For example , it became clear that the institution was overwhelmed by its huge debts and even payment of staff salaries was becoming a nightmare to it .

Prof Amadi confirmed to journalists that they were behind, in salary payments to all the university staff although she attributed it to what she termed as factors beyond the administration’s ability.

She listed these factors as , inherited past challenges such as the Kenya Revenue Authority’s debt which is more than Ksh 95 million, Chase bank’s loans which she estimated at 240 million and staff salary arrears of over Ksh 60 million .

In her own admission to members of the press who turned up for her briefing , Prof Amadi said the University had six months of unpaid salaries and they have been struggling to pay staff salaries.

” This is due to the huge debt burden which has seen employees of all cadres earn half salaries”.

The University and KRA are embroiled in a terse legal battle over the tax arrears which it accumulated over the years forcing the tax man to freeze all the accounts of the university twice although the administration indicated that they are in talks with the KRA to have the issue discussed and agreed upon outside the courts.

” When I joined GLUK in March 2016 , I found a struggling institution which had accumulated huge debts including salary arrears to its staff, unpaid bills owed to suppliers and tax arrears . Within three months of my tenure , i reached out to KRA Kisumu domestic Tax Department with a view to meeting its officers to work out plan for paying the arrears . After an operation audit of the university by KRA between July 2016 and March 2017 , it as established that we owed KRA 117,727,989 shillings ” Said Prof Amadi.

The sum , according to the VC comprised Ksh 116, 798,084 and Ksh 929,906 being Pay as You Eran and Withholding Tax.

GLUK failed to honor the plan that they had discussed with the tax man and towards the end of 2017 , KRA froze all the university accounts .

But after paying 10 million sometime in November last year, and after committing to pay 10 million every semester until it clears its arrears, KRA Nairobi office wrote to the university’s bankers on November 30th 2017 suspending their appointment as agents of the authority for purpose of recovery of the said Ksh 117, 727,989 arrears owed to KRA.

The university accounts were thus unfrozen.

But this reprieve was short-lived when the tax man yet again froze the GLUK’S accounts about three months ago.

This time, angered by the move to freeze the accounts, the university management took KRA to court and the matter is still pending determination .

Prof Amadi the VC is not only battling the Tax man, and the accumulated debts owed to suppliers and the staff salary arrears headache.

During the conference the VC also had to respond to claims that she was the one supplying and running the university cafeteria and that she had allegedly hired out her personal car to the university which she uses to travel in and outside the country but allegedly bills the university, thus occasioning possible of conflict of interest.

Prof Amadi said she had nothing to do with the operations of the said cafeteria.

She revealed that ‘TICH NAM ‘ Enterprise which offers cafeteria services at GLUK is not operated by the university and is a registered business entity which makes its own independent decisions without involving her.

She also sought to clarify that the university policy provides that, when on official trip, she is entitled to daily allowance of Ksh.15,000 for local travel, and Ksh 35,000 for international travels.

The issue came up following her visit to Tanzania where she traveled to Dar salaam for three days workshop early last month.

Her accusers, alleged that the VC used her personal car a KBU 636Q which she allegedly hired to the university at the rate of Ksh 3000 per day for 14 days.

But the VC said she was only in Tanzania between the 4th of July and 7th July 2018 and the university management discussed and it was agreed the it hires a vehicle contrary to traditional travel by Air .

The vehicle, (not hers), was hired at Ksh 14,000 per day for four days which according to the VC was a cheaper option compared to Ksh 135,000 if she was to travel by air.

But there is another twist to this transport and university car saga at GLUK.

In March 2017 , the VC claims that four of the university vehicles , were allegedly taken,”illegally” to Bishop Okullu College , a college which according to her, is no-longer associated with the university, by a group she describes as an imposter management who took charge when the legitimate VC was illegally dismissed on 10th March this year.

Prof Amadi said that one of these vehicles , was designated to her , and as a result , the university Senate endorsed the hiring of the VC’s personal vehicle registration number KBU636 Q to support her office for official duties .

Further, it was resolved that the university pay Ksh 100,000 per month for use of the said vehicle which she personally owns.

We established that the university has since moved to court to claim the four vehicles and to further seek compensation for the loss the university has incurred for lack of putting into use the said vehicles , which according to the VC has continued to be inaccessible to the university.

Amadi also refuted claims that she arbitrarily fire staff and allegedly replaces them with her cronies and that so far 150 staff members had been allegedly fired.

”Arbitrary dismissal of staff is untrue . Staff reduction issues are guided by specific policy guidelines , drawn from the CUE Audit report of Dec 2017, The governing council recommendations ,2017 ,the university management board decisions ,senate decisions ,among others relevant processes guiding personnel management .” She said.

Problems at GLUK are hurting the students as well. For example, the university has allegedly have had to postpone its graduation ceremony on three occasions this year. This, according to a student who was expecting to graduate, has complicated matters for many.

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Kemsa to back  State in provision of healthcare

Posted by African Press International on July 30, 2018

By Dickens Wasonga

Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (Kemsa) has embarked on a strategy to enhance efficiency in the provision of timely and affordable medical commodities.

As a specialised medical logistics provider for public health facilities, this is to ensure there is improved access to healthcare.

This, according to the new Chief Executive Officer Dr Johana Manjari, is to enable it play a critical role in the government’s vision of providing Universal Healthcare Coverage (UHC).

Provision of efficient and cost effective healthcare to Kenyans is part of the government’s Big 4 Agenda launched by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

To achieve this, Dr Manjari said the authority will closely work with county governments as its valuable partners.

The Kemsa head has been holding meetings with the country’s county government governors to explore new ways of improving service delivery.

Kemsa currently serves more than 400 hospitals, 4500 rural health facilities and over 5000 sites that offer rapid testing across Kenya.

The authority is the main driver in the procurement, warehousing, distribution, supply chain services and sales and marketing of medical commodities.

With a good working relationship with the board, the top management is out to ensure that the right systems are in place to ensure that it achieves its core mandate.

Dr Manjari who succeeded Mr. Fredrick Wanyonyi, who was serving in an acting capacity from December 2017, becomes the first medical doctor to serve as the Kemsa head.

The board of directors has affirmed to support the new head to ensure the organisation works effectively.

KEMSA Board Chairman Mr. Andrew Onyach said Dr. Manjari is an experienced advisor in the health industry and is uniquely suited to lead KEMSA in its next phase of transformation and spur exponential growth.

“We have selected a strong leader at a time when KEMSA is expected to effectively support the Ministry of Health in implementing Universal Health Care coverage by providing quality medical supplies,” noted Mr. Onyach.

On his appointment, Dr Mwangi Dr promised to inculcate a culture of efficiency within the authority by ensuring that the management works as a united team.

“KEMSA is a premier organisation with a big mandate and we must ensure that we do our best to fulfil it,” he said.

Prior to his appointment Dr. Manjari was the Nakuru County Healthy Executive.

Before joining Nakuru County, Dr. Manjari served as Kiambu County Government CEC in charge of health.

During his tenure, in Kiambu County, Dr Manjari transformed the health sector where he streamlined health service delivery and spearheaded the upgrading of Kiambu and Gatundu Level Four hospitals respectively to Level Five status.

Besides, he oversaw the construction of new health facilities and ensured all maternity wings in all health centres across Kiambu County were fully functional.

Dr. Manjari holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery University of Nairobi (UoN). He also has a Masters in ENT Surgery from UoN and over 20 years work experience.

With an efficient ICT infrastructure in place, this will build on its transparency besides ensuring there is seamless flow of data and its accuracy is guaranteed.

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KENYA: MORE SCHOOLS BURN IN SIAYA

Posted by African Press International on July 6, 2018

By Dickens Wasonga.

News just in, two schools in Siaya have experienced another round of students unrest that now seem to get out of control.

Reports indicate Maliera boys in Gem sub county in Siaya was closed Thursday evening after two attempts by the students to burn down the school.

The regional coordinator of Education Nyanza Mr Richard Chepkawai confirmed the closure.
He said tension was high in the school leading to the decision to close the school.

He couldn’t immediately reveal reason behind attempted arson but other sources claimed students were demanding a new bus.

And in at Ambira high school also in Siaya, students allegedly burnt down a dormitory.

Cause of the riots could not be immediately established. This brings to five the number of schools affected so far by the students unrest in just within a week.

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THREE NATIONAL SCHOOLS IN NYANZA CLOSED INDEFINITELY DUE TO STUDENTS UNREST, MARANDA INCLUDED

Posted by African Press International on July 5, 2018

By Dickens Wasonga.

What could be ailing the giant a academic institutions of Nyanza? This appears to be the elephant in the room that education stakeholders from the region are now grappling with.

In just one week , three national schools in the area have been closed down indefinitely and students sent packing due to students unrest.

And what appears to be a departure from the previous such incidents, accusations are leveled against none other than the school’s principals.

Maranda Boys national ,known for its excellent academic performance, was closed on Wednesday last week after top education officials from Nyanza got wind of a plan by students to go on rampage.

According to the regional coordinator of education Mr Richard Chepkawai , it was the intelligence they received from a neighboring school that they acted upon to swiftly avert what he described as an incident that would have led to serious destruction in the school.

The unrest began at the Kisumu girls, also a national school where the students on the rampage caused a lot of damage . The girl’s school was closed on Tuesday indefinitely.

And in Siaya county the students of Ng’iya girls also went on the rampage forcing the school’s administration to close the school .

Those at the top management of education affairs from the ministry of education in Nyanza say the upsurge in school riots has a common thread- one that they believe has everything to do with the changes effected by the teachers commission early this year dabbed delocalization.

Under this move, Teachers who were had been working in their home schools and had worked at one station for over nine years were to be transferred and most of the schools so far affected in the ongoing student skirmishes had their principals moved , apart from Ng’iya girls .

” This is a clear manifestation of resistance to change. There exists a cartel in this region that would not want changes being implemented. They were benefiting from corruption and they are the ones scheming this again. We can see the pattern and the timing , given they know there is another intended transfers that they feel might affect them ” Said an education officer involved in the investigations.

Others however disagree with this assertion and instead are blaming the new administrators of being the reason for the unrest.

At Kisumu girls for example , students accused the principal of being inaccessible according to Mr Chepkawai, allegations which he promised will be investigated and a conclusive report obtained to inform action.

The education coordinator said the students also claimed the principal had introduced instant changes that met resistance.

” They said that entertainment was scrapped without any alternative form being introduced. we have information that earlier there was uncoordinated approach to the issue of entertainment which the principal sought to regulate to be able to regulate the students duding such occasions.” He added.

He also noted that what was happening was a clear case of people who are resisting changes which are otherwise intended to improve performance and the general management of these institutions.

He said he was aware that changes introduced at kisumu girls targeted to streamline how funds were being managed .

” The principal is strict and has sealed loop- holes that would allow pilferage of school funds as it were. We have information,although we are still probing this, that some teachers and even a section of the board would get opportunity to trade with the school through proxy firms. This is what we are seeing , a case of graft fighting back. The unrest points to incitement by some teachers.” He said.

Chepkawai said the same was the reason for problems at Maranda where he alleged some teachers and a section of the board would supply items to the school through phony companies. He said the current principal was putting measures in place to protect the interest of the school.

The coordinator said he was not aware of allegations that the principal was supplying sugar to to the school as alleged and promised to investigate the claims. The Principal Mr Edwin Namachanja was also alleged to be inaccessible, exhibiting high highhandedness and allegedly doesn’t involve other key leaders of the school while making critical decisions. Before he was moved to Maranda he was the principal Kamusinga high in Western region.

The regional education boss said he was only aware that students were protesting food ration and quality of food served. He however appeared to suggest there was nothing wrong if schools would procure items like sugar directly from factories if doing so would be for the benefit of the school as a way of saving money.

He clarified that no damage was witnessed at Maranda adding that the plan by the students was foiled before it could be executed.

But at Ng’iya, those who are opposed to the leadership of the principal Mrs Florence Okut say she has over -stayed and was not in charge of the happenings at the school she heads and wants her removed to another school.

They claim she has been trading with the school , a claim we could not independently verify as she never responded to our inquiries .

Unconfirmed reports indicated that a section of students were opposed to one of the ICT teachers and also had issues with the acting Dormitories mistress .

However it is not clear why , if these issues raised by the students were true , it never got to the attention of the school’s administration through the school council for immediate redress.

Was the issue of delocalization being implemented by the ministry through TSC rushed? And why would teachers gang up and plot unrest across the region , to ensure the changes are frustrated and as away of blackmailing their employer into retaining them in certain work station?

The PS Education added a new twist to the matter when he appeared to suggest the unrest was motivated by the fear to face exams by the learners.

Could this be the case and who should be responsible for adequate preparations ahead of the national examinations ?

As at last week, Nyakach girls tension remained high although the regional education coordinator insisted the situation had been put under control and there was no reason to panic.

He said security personnel were guarding the institution round the clock .

Mr Chepkawai also disclosed that security was on high alert in the rest of the schools and he had conducted impromptu visits to a number of them to talk wit the principals on the need to remain vigilant.

Before the reports of the unrest, 26 schools mainly from Luo Nyanza had converged at Kisumu girls for inter school debate.

One of the officials from the ministry who is part of the ongoing probe said they suspect the plot to cause mayhem could have been possibly discussed during the function.

” Ideally schools attending such occasions must ensure they leave early so that they are all back in their respective schools by 6 pm . It is curious that a school like Maranda left Kisumu at 6 pm . What was the reason for the late departure and we would want to establish who was the accompanying teacher”

He said the Maranda boys had to be forced to leave the girl’s school by the security guards when it became apparent it was getting late.

Even the information about the impending attack at Maranda was reportedly brought to the attention of the education officials by an intelligence source from Ngiya girls,which points to a clear sign of conspiracy.

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IMPLEMENTATION OF ALTERNATIVE FAMILY  CARE GUIDELINES FOR CHILDREN LAUNCHED BY THE GOVERNMENT IN KISUMU

Posted by African Press International on July 3, 2018

  • By Dickens Wasonga.

    The Government has launched a pilot project that will see the state  provide alternative family care services for children in the country. The objective of the of the implementation of the alternative family care services will be to strengthen the overall promotion and protection of  the best interest and equal rights of children who are denied family and community care currently Launched in Kisumu county as a pilot,  the project will be rolled out countrywide so as  to support and improve alternative care provision to children deprived of  parental care .

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    According to the principal secretary, state department for social protection , pensions and senior citizens affairs Ms Susan Mochache,  the program is in line with the alternative family care guidelines 2014 and the national plan of action on children in Kenya 2015-2022.
    The PS told a stakeholder  meeting in Kisumu  recently that Kenya is steadily moving away from residential care of children to family and community based care .
    This she noted was due to the recognition of the adverse effects that institutionalization has on the developmental outcomes and well-being of children ” It is in this regard that efforts ere being made to encourage family and community based care so as to reduce the numbers of children living in institutional care ” she said

    The  United Nations guidelines for alternative family care of children 2009 encourages efforts to have children taken care of within their families and where this is not possible , the state should provide for appropriate alternative family care services .

    These includes adoption, guardianship, kinship care , foster care and other forms of family based care, or supervised independent living arrangements as a way of promoting the child’s well-being.
    The government recommends that, in order to mitigate on the negative effects of institutionalizing child protection  and care, efforts by various stakeholders must be channeled towards addressing the underlying reasons for decisions to place children in residential care in the first place. Factors such as poverty, family breakdown , disability and the lack of alternatives to residential cares requires holistic responses , according to the ministry so as to identify families at risk and address their needs to avoid placement of children in residential care facilities. As a step into ensuring the best interest of children is safeguarded , the ministry of labor and social protection under the state department of social protection , jointly with stakeholders , developed the alternative family care guidelines for children in 2014
    The guidelines are in tune with the the United Nations Convention on the rights of the Child .

  • These guidelines provides harmonized national guidance for child welfare and protection practitioners in order to improve the quality of family support and alternative care services in the country.
  • The PS stated that the government will continue to provide social assistance to vulnerable groups such as children through cash transfers to orphans and other vulnerable children which currently cover over 353,000 households countrywide.

    Kisumu county, currently has a total of 12,460 households benefiting from the cash transfer program for orphans and vulnerable children .

    Although such efforts has greatly had a positive impact on the lives of our children, a lot more still  needs to be done.  Issues of child abuse and molestation, high pregnancy cases among teenagers, child neglect and other forms of  child labor especially in the fishing communities is still a worrying trend that need to be looked at.

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INSECURITY WITHIN KISUMU IS NOW WORRYING THE CITY RESIDENTS, WANTS THE POLICE TO ACT.

Posted by African Press International on July 3, 2018

  • By  Dickens Wasonga
    Residents of Kisumu wants the police to stem the spiraling cases of thuggery within Kisumu city and its satellite towns.
    Members of the public are now a worried lot over  the increasing  attacks  of the gun wielding gangsters which has left some people dead and others nursing serious gun wounds .
    The outcry comes hot  in the wake of an incident along Kisian- Kisumu highway on Friday night  last week that saw thugs shoot dead a lead research scientist attached to the KEMRI – CDC Kisian center.
    Prof Odada was shot and wounded by thugs at night ,around 11 PM and later succumbed to the gun shot wounds while receiving treatment at the Aga Khan hospital in Kisumu.
    He is said to have been accosted by the gunmen who had earlier attempted to raid the home of Kisumu based  top surgeon  Dr James  Otieno Obondi.
    The incident was reported just a few days following another one where a man who was alleged to  have picked up a Woman in Kondele area allegedly killed her before the suspect was also killed by a mob.
    The body of the slain woman was reportedly discovered  in the suspect’s house at Car -Wash area   by neighbors while  hidden in a suit- case. The  reason behind the killing was yet to be established.
    And in Muhoroni,   a woman and her baby were allegedly killed by a house -help who later escaped.
    The woman was said to be from one of the neighboring countries .Police are following leads to arrest her .
    Cases of house breaking are also becoming common in most of the estates within Kisumu City  with the criminals targeting electronic appliances and other valuables .
    Estates such as Lolwe, Car wash, Migosi, Mamboleo, Riat, Nyamasaria are some of the worst -hit by the current  wave of the burglary attacks where residents have repeatedly reported loss of household goods.
    Not long  ago a Kisumu based TV journalist working at the nation media group Kisumu office  had her residence raided . Namukabu Werunga of NTV lost most of her household goods at Migosi estate.
    The thugs sneaked in at her house at  night and the TV journalist  got a rude shock when she woke up in the morning to an empty living room.
    Earlier, Justus Ochieng , also of  Nation Kisumu bureau  lost items of unknown value in a similar  attack at his Mamboleo residence forcing him to relocate to another estate within the city .
    Justus immediately  reported the matter to the police at the  Mamboleo patrol base and a suspect was later arrested with a lap top following a police swoop.
    The case which has also been rocked with controversies over claims of exhibit alterations is still  pending in court awaiting hearing and determination at Winam law court although the prosecution on one hand has been pushing the complainant to have it withdrawn in Kisumu
    In some instances, the daring thugs attack even when the occupants of the houses are still awake and violently cart- away the priced items with lap top , flat screen TV sets ,  micro waves, and gas cookers forming the list of the most sought – after items by these gangs.
    Residents suspect that they could also be using chemicals that they  spray so that their victims sleep soundly as they stage the break- in .
    Motor – cycle riders, especially those who operate in the town and within the estates at night have also fallen victims of the attackers some of whom pose as passengers only to turn ion the riders at gun point.
    Many have been injured while several others have lost their motorbikes to the marauding gangs who seems to be having a field day.
    Unconfirmed reports also claimed that two weeks ago, thugs held petrol attendants and unsuspecting clients  hostage for several hours at Mamba filling station before making away with thousands of shillings of looted cash after the ordeal.
    The thugs, according to unofficial reports were armed with  guns and  also wore police uniforms.
      However, the top police command   in the region remained tight lipped on the matter declining to respond to our efforts  to have them confirm or deny the allegations about the petrol station takeover.  Efforts to get comments over the same bore no fruits from the police who had texts messages sent to them .
    Cases of people losing mobile phones especially at the main bus park and and at the Kondele round- about where thugs on foot roam and  ambush unsuspecting phone users and snatch their handsets while in matatus is no longer news to write about. This even with the advanced technology that can help police to tack down and nab suspected mobile phone snatchers
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EAC TO IMPLEMENT A 500 MILLION PROJECT TO BOOST CLIMATE CHANGE MITIGATION EFFORTS AND SAVE LAKE VICTORIA BASIN FROM DEGRADATION

Posted by African Press International on June 30, 2018

By Dickens Wasonga.

Five   East African countries are set to implement a 500 million shillings climate change adaptation  project across the region .

The project whose implementation will adopt a multi-sectoral approach is  funded by the United Nations Environment Program  and will be executed by the EAC’s Lake Victoria Basin Commission in areas identified as hot spots among the five regional countries.

Addressing delegates drawn from Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda during the project scoping workshop on Wednesday, the Commission’s Executive Secretary Dr. Ally Said Matano said the project will focus on implementing activities that will tight reduce the impact of climate change in the region .

”The funds will support mitigation efforts and other sustainable social- economic practices to reduce effects of climate change . The identified interventions will be linked to Agriculture, Aquatics , Health, energy,  transport and institutional capacity strengthening.” Dr. Matano Said.

Community groups and community based
organizations will be sensitized on the best human activities and after the awareness creation they will be given grants to support their activities.

According to the the executive Secretary, the
money was given under the adaptation fund in line with the Kyoto protocol which the EAC states ratified and will further complement the current regional projects being coordinated and managed by the commission on behalf of EAC such as Lake Victoria Environmental management program LVEMP.

”We shall ensure the communities living within the basin , to whom this project seeks to empower are fully brought on board right from the beginning to the end of implementation ”  Dr. Matano said.

The fifteen sites where the project will be implemented includes Katonga  catchment in Uganda, Nyando in Kenya, Rweru in Burundi among other sites which were picked due to their vulnerability and marginalization based on the climate change vulnerability  assessment conducted by the LVBC.

The region has been facing a number of challenges occasioned by the adverse weather patterns which has led to untold sufferings such as  drought and floods
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Over 200 people are said to have died due heavy rains during  this year alone with an unknown number of livestock, crops and houses being swept away because most countries in the region were never adequately prepared to mitigate the impacts of climate changes.

In most of the countries , River banks have been transformed into farming lands, wetlands destroyed and the many people have constructed houses on the Lake’s riparian areas practices which only compound an already bad situation.

The bad management practices has led to depletion of fish stocks as weeds such as water hyacinth thrive .

The water levels have continued to recede as pollution and silting of the Lake water which supports about 45 million people continue to face increasing stress.

The EAC Deputy Secretary General who officially opened the meeting asked the implementing entities to ensure they involve Members of Parliament in during the process of implementation and recommended that the regional assemblies should have a harmonized legal frame work and policy which will be critical dealing with those who destroy water catchment areas.

”It will be important to enact laws which will be enforced in a harmonized approach to address some of the environmental challenges to protect the basin .  We should work together to implement the trans-boundary measures that will enhance sustainable utilization of the regional resources.” He said

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Convicted for crimes committed – fraudulent  loan disbursements to themselves

Posted by African Press International on June 3, 2018

Dickens Wasonga.

Five people, among them teachers who had been accused of defrauding the giant Kisumu Teachers Sacco of over sh 2.5 Million between the year 2003 and 2006 were on Wednesday last convicted by a Kisumu Court.

Bernard Kasavuli of Winam court found the five individuals guilty of various offenses including making fraudulent withdrawals of cash from the Sacco accounts. They had been charged that on diverse dates, in collusion with some staff members they orchestrated fraudulent loan disbursements to themselves. Some of those who were loaned were not even Sacco members .

The court confirmed that others earned salaries repeatedly from the once vibrant teachers’ Sacco although they were never employed KITE.

Prosecution of the controversial case began way-back in 2008 when KITE board of directors under the leadership of the then CEO Mr Joseph Oganga reported the scam that scared away most members from the SACCO to the police.

The matter was so sensitive that at one point some judicial officers at the registry were suspended following the mysterious disappearance of the case file .

Even some of the top Sacco officials who were pushing for the recovery of the stolen cash legally were reportedly threatened by those who were believed to have been the main architects of the scandal.

last week, the Sacco CEO Mr Alan Kawa on Thursday welcomed the last week’s court ruling and assured members that his focus would be to provide prudent management of the resources of the organization and ensure the money lost was recovered.

” This now marks the closure of this matter, now we must focus on service delivery to our members.”Mr Kawa said.

Those who were convicted included Mr George Onyango, a non member of the Sacco who was ordered to pay 400,000 sh or be jailed for six years in default.

Carolyne Adhiambo also a non member of the SACCO will face a four year jail term if she fails to pay back 200,000 sh to the teachers outfit while Nicholas Onyango Kokongu who was a member will serve a one year suspended jail term.

Kokungu will continue offsetting the balance of what he owes the organization. He has been paying what he took from the SACCO even as the case was underway.

Janet Ogutu Abon’go, a staff was ordered to pay 150,000 sh or face one year in jail if she doesn’t pay the fine while Benter Anyango also a former staff will be jailed for six years if she fails to pay a 400,000 sh fine . They all have up to August to pay the cash.

The court also directed that they compensate the teachers Sacco the 2.5 million which was lost within that same period.

Kisumu teachers Sacco serves teachers across the region which was formerly Nyanza province.

ENDS.

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The clique of public servants on special terms

Posted by African Press International on March 16, 2018

SATURDAY, MARCH 15, 2014 Daily Nation

The clique of public servants on special terms

 

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PSC chairperson Margaret Kobia addresses civil servants at the Kenya Institute of Administration in Nairobi in September. She has defended the hiring of the new officials, many of whom were party activists before Jubilee came to power. PHOTO | FILE

PSC chairperson Margaret Kobia addresses civil servants at the Kenya Institute of Administration in Nairobi in September. She has defended the hiring of the new officials, many of whom were party activists before Jubilee came to power. PHOTO | FILE

In Summary

  • New crop of special advisers continue to draw huge salaries and hefty allowances even as the President leads campaign to reduce wage bill
  • A former Energy PS and a retired managing director in the energy sector joined State House as informal advisers
  • Some high-earning advisers are duplicating the roles of career civil servants
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A new cadre of public servants hired on super salaries is contributing to the ballooning wage bill, enquiries by theSunday Nation reveal.

The big number of advisers, consultants and quasi-state officials recruited by the Jubilee government on special terms in the last one year further puts to question President Uhuru Kenyatta’s message of austerity following revelations that the unsustainable wage bill of almost Sh500 billion needs to be cut.

But the chairperson of the Public Service Commission (PSC), Prof Margaret Kobia, defended the hiring of the new officials, many of whom were party activists before Jubilee came to power. Many of the advisers, she said, bring special skills.

“They (advisers) are both in the office of the President and the office of the Deputy President. It is something in the law. That doesn’t take away the work of the Cabinet Secretaries though. Even the Cabinet Secretaries can also seek advice from the special advisers,” Prof Kobia told us.

“When this administration came in it established the executive office of the president that has the offices of the president and deputy president and in that structure they included advisers,” said Prof Kobia, adding that PSC approved the structure.

POLITICIANS IN PAYROLL

The President’s and Deputy President’s offices seem to be the main culprits as many of the Jubilee campaigners, financiers and politicians who lost in the 2013 elections have been included in the payroll, with some becoming the new powerbrokers operating behind the scenes and parallel to the Cabinet Secretaries and career civil servants.

The Sunday Nation has established that many of these “super-paid” public officers have ended up duplicating the functions of career civil servants. For instance, State House has long had the office of the Chief Government Receptionist.

But now, it seems the function has been overshadowed by the Directorate of Events and Branding. In addition, the diaspora issues have usually been handled at the ministry of Foreign Affairs which has the skills and the necessary expertise.

The Kenyan taxpayer also pays a director of digital and new media yet there is the Information ministry as well as the ICT board.

In the Presidency, advisers are accountable to former Treasury Permanent Secretary Joseph Kinyua who is the Chief of Staff and Head of Public Service.

Among the senior advisers in the President’s office at State House are Ms Nancy Gitau, an old hand in government carried over from the Kibaki era as the senior political adviser. She is deputised by former Cherangany MP Joshua Kutuny who lost the seat to world-renowned athlete Wilson Korir.

DISAPPEARED

Former Mandera Central MP Abdikadir Mohammed is the senior constitutional and legislative adviser to the President and was deputised by Albert Muriuki who disappeared mysteriously two months ago. His whereabouts remain unknown.

The Presidential Strategic Communication Unit, which replaced the Presidential Press Unit, is headed by Mr Manoah Esipisu and has four directors: Mr Munyori Buku (public communications), Mr James Kinyua (events and branding), Mr Eric Ng’eno (speech writing and messaging) and Mr Dennis Itumbi (Digital, New Media and Diaspora Affairs).

PSCU also has two deputy directors, namely, Mr David Nzioka (Innovations, New Media and Diaspora) and Mr Thomas Kwaka “Big Ted” (Events).

Sunday Nation also understands that a former Energy PS and a retired managing director in the energy sector had joined State House as informal advisers. It is not clear what their terms of engagement are.

First Lady Margaret Kenyatta has Ms Connie Gakonyo as the Chief of Staff while former Treasury head of communication Maina Kigaga is the PSCU deputy director in charge of the First Lady’s Office.

The deputy president’s office has a separate communication unit.

In the office of the Deputy President, among the prominent special advisers on PSC payroll are Ms Maryanne Keitany (Chief of Staff). Ms Keitany is understood to have been a key player in the Jubilee elections win alongside Energy Secretary Davis Chirchir who was previously the URP secretary general, Mr Reuben Maiyo (private secretary), Dr Chesang’, in Pcharge of policy, Lang’ata parliamentary loser Nixon Korir (adviser on youth) and former MP from the Coast region Anania Mwaboza, who is adviser on parliamentary matters.

Another loser in 2013 elections, Dr James Nyoro, is adviser to the presidency on food security and climate change based in the office of the Deputy President.

The legal adviser in the Executive Office of the Deputy President is Dr Korir Sing’oei and is deputised by Ms Patita Tingoi (Intergovernmental Relations Secretary) and TNA legal secretary Jasper Mbiuki (Legislative Affairs Legal Advisory Secretary).

The Government Coordination Unit in Mr Ruto’s office has four offices of the LAPSSET coordinator, Oceanic Management, Efficiency Monitoring Unit and the Inspectorate of State Corporations. Other advisers in Mr Ruto’s office include Ms Anne Masibei (social security), Mr Kariuki (governance). Once again, the Sunday Nation established there are other advisers whose terms of service are not clear.

The situation in the Presidency has been replicated in some of the 18 ministries as Cabinet Secretaries brought in new staff from the private sector and included them in the payroll. This is despite there being career civil servants in most roles.

In the Devolution ministry, for example, there are about six advisers. Among them are Mr Erastus Wamugo, Ms Betty Maina (not Ms Betty Maina of Kenya Association of Manufacturers), and Jester Nkoroi.

Prof Kobia said that about Seven Cabinet secretaries had made requests for special advisers.

“There are some cabinet secretaries who particularly need advisers who are placed on shorter contracts of two or three years. Not all of them require advisers but they can request because that is provided for within the law,” she said.

The trend has been replicated in the counties where governors arrived with their political cronies unknown to the Transition Authority who were later placed on the payroll.

According to Prof Kobia, most of the advisers join the service at job groups P, Q, R, S and some T “depending on the qualifications and experience”. These are senior positions in the structure.

MORALE

However, the Sunday Nation understands that some are in job group V, the highest in the public service structure previously reserved only for the head of public service.

Among those in Job Group V are secretary to the cabinet Francis Kimemia who was the head of public service in the Kibaki regime, Mr Kinyua and two other officers in Mr Ruto’s office. A number of the secretaries fall in job group T. The directors are mostly in job group S.

Consumer Federation of Kenya (Cofek) secretary Stephen Mutoro said these super-paid public servants end up killing the morale in the civil service by duplicating duties and earning huge salaries.

“The super-paid civil servants are basically in their own world – they are paid so highly for doing so little to the extent that they adversely kill the morale of the mainstream public servants who in return do everything in their ability to sabotage such newcomers instead of serving the public,” said Mr Mutoro.

According to Mwalimu Mati of Mars Group Kenya, if the special advisers must be retained, they have to accept the government wage structure to help in partly plugging the budget deficit.

“There is not going to be fiscal discipline if it is left to the advisers to choose what they want,” he said.

A former civil servant who left office after the 2013 elections described the advisers brought in by the political executives as “high-consuming offices within the government structure” who are like demi-gods.

Their offices are well-furnished besides getting cutting-edge mobile handsets and accompanying monthly top-ups, water dispensers. There is also a retinue of staff assigned to them including secretaries, personal assistants, drivers, messengers and armed guards. In addition, they have government cars at their disposal and draw huge per diems and travel allowances.

Former Ethics Permanent Secretary John Githongo discounted the assertion that these advisers are imparting specialist skills. According to Mr Githongo, the reality that has emerged is that political loyalty is the key qualification for this cadre of staff.

“Compared to regular civil servants, hiring consultants allows you to by-pass the usual employment processes so they are tailor-made for certain people because of a variety of considerations: their specialised skill, experience, nepotism, corruption,” said Mr Githongo.

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Prison walls will not lock out daughter’s love for father

Posted by African Press International on March 14, 2018

POSTED  THURSDAY, MARCH 13, 2014 |  BY- JOYCE KIMANI, Daily Nation

Prison walls will not lock out daughter’s love for father

Despite serving a life sentence, Kabaria Itaaru remains the best dad 26 year old Felicity Naitore

Felicity Naitore and her father Kabaria Itaaru during her recent visit at the Naivasha Maximum Prison. For the past ten years, she has faithfully visited him and shared a lot. For her, he remains the best dad even though he is in prison. Even prison walls will not separate father and daughter. PHOTO/JOYCE KIMANI.

Despite serving a life sentence, Kabaria Itaaru remains the best dad 26 year old Felicity Naitore will ever have.

As the world prepares to celebrate the World Father’s Day, Naitore and her father will spend the day at the Naivasha Maximum Prison with the man she shares all her secrets with.

The love and chemistry between father and daughter is evident, as the two share updates on the world “outside” and “inside” prison.

Their conversation ranges from politics, religion and the state of national security. Kaberia was sentenced to life imprisonment for robbery with violence more than thirteen years ago by a Meru court.

TEN YEARS

And so, for the last ten years, they have strived to keep the father-daughter relationship alive.

Every month, the devout Naitore travels from Nairobi to visit her father carrying for him the basic necessities that he needs. These include tooth brushes, tooth paste and tissue papers and sandals.

She also carries homemade meals, including delicacies like mukimo, irio,roast chicken and pilau to “remind him of home.”

Her father was arrested when she was at a very tender age but her mother kept it a secret, fearing that the children might be traumatised once they knew the fate of their father.

Naitore claims that she discovered that her father was behind bars through one of her school mates while she was still in primary school.

SHOCKING REVELATION

That revelation shocked her and still traumatises her up to today.

“We had an argument with one of the pupils in my class who shouted at me and told me she would have me arrested and taken to where my father was.

I was shocked at first since I knew my dad was an international business man and my mum always told me that he was outside the country on one of his business trips,” said Naitore.

She was only sixteen at that time. She confronted her mother with the new information who then admitted that her father was behind bars at the Kamiti Maximum Prison.

She vowed to look for her father when she finished high school, a promise she fulfilled on the last day she cleared her exams.

On his part, Kaberia recalls that when he met his daughter, all they did for more than one hour was to hug and cry.

“I really wanted to calm her and tell her all was well but I could not. I was trapped and I hated myself for creating the distance between us,” said Kaberia.

NOTHING WILL SEPARATE THEM

The two then vowed that nothing was going to separate them anymore.

“I had always wanted a father figure. I am lucky that I still have one, even though he is not always reachable. Many people do not know their fathers. Having mine is a blessing from God,” she says.

For Naitore, her father has become her wisest source of knowledge.

Even during her first heartbreak, the first person she could think about was her father.

Naitore boarded a bus to Naivasha crying until she arrived at the prison. She then begged the warders to let her in, saying she “just needed to talk to her father.”

Her father sat shocked as he tried to console her for hours, watching her pour out her heart without uttering a word.

“I never knew what to do. I had never been in such a situation and watching my daughter heartbroken was devastating, to say the least.

All I could tell her was that she would eventually find the right man in her life,” said Kaberia.

SEEKS ADVICE

She seeks his advice in everything that she intends to do, especially on matters concerning education.

“Even when I was in college, I would carry my books and we would discuss some of the questions I considered hard. We would revise together then afterwards he would set for me mock questions before marking them and we would eventually discuss the ones I got wrong,” she added.

Her father, who was a former teacher, is strict with school work and is keen on her progress with books.

“It always tears my heart to imagine that when children are asked in school the professions of their parents, many say that their dads are teachers, lawyers and doctors, my children say I am a prisoner,” said Kaberia.

His daughter has also been of great help to him.

AUTHORED BOOKS

Kaberia, who has authored three books behind bars, relied on his daughter for the typing and printing of his work.

He gave her the raw copies of the stories and asked her to type them before looking for a publishing house that would oversee the final print.

She did this gladly, knowing that at least she was helping him become busy and also assisting him in telling his story.

She was also among the chief guests when her dad graduated with a Diploma in theology at the Institution. She baked him a cake to celebrate the occasion and gathered all her relatives for the occasion.

“It was a great opportunity to interact and celebrate his achievements. It was a clear indication that one can achieve much if you put your mind to it,” she added

Kaberia, who has another daughter and a son who are both perusing degrees in universities, says that he still fights to maintain the friendship between the family and his children.

ONE FAMILY

“I still love them. I cannot buy them fancy clothes or shoes, neither can I shower them with gifts but I love my children from the bottom of my heart,” he adds.

“Even though he is behind bars, my father and I share more than most people whose fathers are free. Some people cannot even talk to their father even though they sleep in the same house.

I am glad I can open up to my father regarding everything. My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me,” she concludes.

For her, everything is possible given time and chance.

 

Source: Daily Nation,Kenya

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