Former Chief Executive Officer in the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission (EACC) Halakhe Wako is now officially in active politics.
Waqo was at the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) headquarters Tuesday to meet party leader Raila Odinga and declared his fidelity to the orange party.
The Ex-EACC boss said his decision to join Raila was informed by his record as a leader describing Mr. Odinga as the “father of democracy, father of development and father of governance and human rights.”
“No one matches Raila Odinga’s record. No one has fought for our democracy and human rights as much as Raila.” He said as he led a group of leaders from Isiolo County who has decamped to ODM.
According to Waqo, Raila has done so much for the country, especially for the residents of North Eastern Kenya, and therefore deserves the support of all citizens in his quest for the presidency.
“The tarmac road we enjoy today from Isiolo to Moyale is courtesy of Raila. If he has done all he has done for us in the positions he has held, how much more can he do when he becomes President,? He posed
He also lauded ODM terming it a resilient party. He says other outfits only qualify as seasonal clubs.
“It (ODM) is a mature party and has excelled in many ways. Its leadership has a track record.” He said
Waqo, who will soon announce the seat he will be seeking in Isiolo County said the decision to join the former Prime Minister’s camp is right and that Kenya will be safe in Raila’s hands after the expiry of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s term.
EY Kenya projects the Kenyan economy to weather next year’s general election and the negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic to grow by 5% in 2022.
EY Kenya says Kenya will achieve the growth due to various intervention measures that have been rolled out by the government in fighting the Covid-19 pandemic.
The COVID-19 had had a negative impact on economies across the globe. In 2020, the global GDP contracted by 3.6%, Africa’s GDP contracted 2.4%.
The Eurozone contracted 6.7 per cent while the Americas contracted 4.3%. Like other countries, Kenya’s economy also contracted 0.3% in 2020 due to the negative impact of COVID-19 pandemic.
Kenya has implemented various intervention to help the economy recover which coupled with enablers such as the big infrastructural development, are expected to power the economy to register a growth of 5% in 2022.
Analysts at EY Kenya expect the effects of prolonged drought that has affected several parts of Kenya to roll into next year, slowing the economy.
He says technology, finance, health and hospitality industry need more government intervention that could hold the key for Kenya recording growth at a faster pace.
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Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) has hit out at the Independence Electoral and Boundaries (IEBC) chairman Wafula Chebukati over the decision to withdraw the agency from the election preparedness committee.
Party Secretary-General Edwin Sifuna castigated the IEBC boss for allegedly yielding to blackmail from Deputy President William Ruto-led United Democratic Alliance (UDA) instead of exercising autonomy.
“Chebukati made a huge mistake. You claim to be an independent body but you are intimidated by a party like UDA.” He charged
Sifuna, the spokesperson of Raila Odinga’s ODM, insists that the country’s electoral body cannot manage elections on its own. He said all stakeholders in the election committee have a role to play in ensuring next year’s polls are above reproach.
“IEBC needs the support of other agencies. It needs our security agencies. IEBC needs the support of our communication companies. IEBC needs the Judiciary because if anything goes wrong that is where all Kenyans run to.” He said
According to ODM, the move by UDA leadership to demand withdrawal by some of the actors is an indicator that it knows it will lose the eagerly-awaited poll.
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Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed launched the second basketball court put up by the Jonathan Jackson Foundation, at Riruta.
“The Bakee Mtaani project, which is undertaken by Jonathan Jackson Foundation, is one clear demonstration of just how many hearts we can touch and the lives that we can change when we work together,” said CS Dr. Amina
“I am confident that this court will expose young talents to infinite opportunities and impart them with life skills, grow their interest in the sport, and create a platform for excellence. This is the living link between their now and their tomorrow.
“Further, through projects such as this, I believe we will be able to steer our youth in the informal settlements – many of who have, unfortunately, experienced first-hand the ravages of neglect and substandard living conditions – away from the life of crime and drug abuse and into a life of hope and purpose.” added Dr. Amina
On his part, Jonathan Jackson, the owner of Premier League side Nairobi City Stars, said;
“We want to really engage the youth much more. Our main aim is to help the youth grow their talent in the field of basketball especially in the informal settlements,”
“This is what I want to do; to create basketball groups in one community so we can have active tournaments here,”
“It is our hope that in future, off the courts and tournaments, Bakee Mtaani will produce Basketball players of international repute.” added Jonathan
The court follows on the first Bakee Mtaani basketball court launched in Gatina Primary School, Kawangware, in November 2020.
A third Bakee Mtaani court is already underway at the BP/Riruta Stadium as is set be launched before the turn of the year.
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The Italian government has committed to fund key blue economy and infrastructural projects worth over Kshs. 780 million (6.5 million Euro) in Coast region.
Italian Ambassador to Kenya Alberto Pieri has said the projects identified include tarmacking of Mjanaheri-Ngomeni road that links Malindi to the Italian Space Agency San Marco, construction of schools, and key blue economy projects in Kilifi County.
Over the weekend, Malindi town hosted the 2021 Annual Week of Italian Cuisine in the World held at Plan group of hotels Dreams of Africa.
Pieri indicated that hey are currently in the final face of signing agreements with the Kenyan government to enable release of the funds to kick-start the projects.
“We presented projects that focus on blue economy which will help the community of fishermen and in general the sector which are related to the sea but we have a lot of other projects in the coast,” he said.
He said his government has prospected other future projects in infrastructure and education with the signing of agreements also expected in due course.
He further commended Kenya’s efforts in increasing COVID-19 vaccination exercise which targets 10 million people by end of the year.
“Our message is that Kenya is perfect destination we have to increase the efforts particularly by the government we have to prepare the ground for facilitation the removal of the restrictions,” said Pieri.
Kilifi County Governor Amason Kingi appealed to the Treasury Cabinet secretary to ensure he speeds up the signing of the agreement so as to enable the projects to kick off.
“There was a programme that was running in a number of years it expired but that agreement has since been renewed by the foreign affairs ministry, its a programme that the Italian government is rolling out an integrated development plan building schools, dispensaries, one of the projects is tarmacking of Lamu-Ngomeni road,” he said.
Kingi also backed the mass vaccination exercise to uplift tourism which has been affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
“We are partnering with the hotels just to release their workers because they are the ones that come into direct contact with our guests, ours is to make sure all hotel workers in Kilifi County are vaccinated,” he said.
They were speaking during the 2021 Annual Week of Italian Cuisine in the World held in Malindi.
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Africa’s 100m record holder Ferdinand Omanyala has been selected as an OPPO Kenya ambassador, joining the O Stars team for the Reno6 5G that comprises actor Pascal Tokodi, artist Avril Nyambura, media personalities Lulu Hassan and Jalang’o.
Omanyala, who clocked 9.77 seconds at the Kip Keino Classic Tour in September and setting the African record will spearhead the ‘Embrace Speed Campaign’.
The campaign recognizes the Reno6 5G’s battery capability to achieve 100% charge in just 28 minutes.
This is thanks to the 65W SuperVOOC 2.0 and a large 4,300 mAh battery that enables all-day usage even with a very low battery. Ultimately, Reno6 5G delivers speedy performance with balanced power consumption.
With strong performance foundations, OPPO has also optimized Reno6 5G to support a more immersive gaming experience.
When entering the virtual world of mobile gaming, the detailed and expressive tactile feedback of vibrations with Z-axis linear motor will draw you into the game.
Customized gaming features like Quick Startup, Game Focus Mode, and OPPO’s own Hyperboost 4.0 technology all contribute to creating a more immersive experience.
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The Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) Monday launched the Forestry Business Sustainability Action Plan that seeks to shed more light on the policy and legislative framework guiding the Forestry sector value chain in Kenya.
Speaking during the launch at a Nairobi hotel, the Forestry Conservation Secretary, Alfred Gichu, said the government fully recognizes the role of private sectors in delivering the national aspirations in the forest sector.
Gichu noted that the government has made a number of international commitments in regards to forestry which relates to climate change, biodiversity conservation and combating desertification.
“This commitment requires that we do things differently and therefore the action plan will provide opportunities for private sectors to significantly contribute to sustaining our forests,” he said.
Kenya Forest Service Chairman Peter Kinyua, said that the development and launching of the action plan is a demonstration of the private sector commitment to support the government and the forest institutions in revitalizing the forest sector and making it more vibrant and competitive in the region.
“We are keen on supporting the private sector through conducting training programs aimed at enhancing their skills on sustainable forest management,” Kinyua stated.
He noted that the action plan sets the stage for enhanced collaboration between forestry institutions and forestry industry players through a common strategic approach of addressing the challenges.
Kinyua added that the State Department of Forestry was leveraging on technology to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of their service delivery to citizenry, and has plans to automate all the processes and integrate the systems it uses.
Kenya Forest Research Institute Senior Deputy Director for Research and Development, Dr Jane Njuguna, expressed the institute’s commitment to increasing the country’s forest cover, for sustainable economic development.
“We have developed and deployed various technologies and innovations to enhance production, processing and distribution of tree seed in the country,” she said.
She added that most of the innovations are ready to be commercialized by the private sector investors under various investment policies and legislation to cater for SMEs and large corporations to serve various users ranging from large scale to small scale operators.
She urged Kenyans to focus on planting and nurturing more trees to safeguard the environment, as well as work in partnership to develop sustainable policies aimed at improving the forest sector.
Speaking at the event, the KAM’s Chief Executive Officer Phyllis Wakiaga, said the research on Forestry Business Sustainability Action Plan for Kenya was commissioned as part of an inquiry seeking ways to enhance the sustainability of Kenya’s forestry sector through a multi-stakeholder approach.
Wakiaga said the action plan comes in the wake of the realization that forests should be managed sustainably to yield social, economic and ecological goods and services for the current generation without compromising similar rights of future generations.
KAM Chairman, Mucai Kunyiha noted that the Plan is a local industry initiative towards restoring and replenishing the environment, and singled out knowledge management, smart forest approaches, multi-stakeholder engagement, innovation for sustainable use of resources, standardization of timber and wood products and lifting of the ban on logging as steps that would drive sustainable forest business growth.
The Forestry Business Sustainable Action Plan is an initiative of uKAMilifu, the Environmental, Social and Governance arm that houses social impact programmes, provides insights on the extent to which the forestry sector strategies and programmes have been implemented, and level of sector-actors collaboration and coordination towards enhancing the sustainability of the forestry sector, and areas of improvement.
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A man executed five members of his family in Kirinyaga County Monday night and surrendered to authorities.
In an incident reported by a local administrator, the 35-year-old man, identified as Paul Murage Njuki, had killed his wife and four children even as the motive behind the gruesome murder remained a mystery to the villagers.
“Police officers led by the SCPC and SCCIO Kirinyaga East visited the scene at around 2230hrs and found the scene intact where the bodies of Millicent Muthoni Rungu aged 38yrs, Nelly Wawira aged 13yrs, Gifton Bundi Muthoni aged 7yrs, Sheromit Wambui Muthoni aged 5yrs, and Clifton Njuki Murage aged 1year were found lying lifeless on their beds with multiple cut wounds on their heads,” Information in the Police Occurrence Book indicated.
According to authorities, a slasher tool was recovered at the scene and is believed to have been used to kill the five.
“The suspect is yet to lead the officers to where he claims he threw the axe he used to hit them on their heads.” Police said
The bodies were moved to Kerugoya County Hospital Mortuary.
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Paris St-Germain and Argentina forward Lionel Messi won the Ballon d’Or – awarded to the best footballer of the year – for a record seventh time.
Messi, 34, helped his country win the Copa America, his first international honour, and has scored 40 goals in 2021 – 28 for Barcelona, four for Paris St-Germain and eight for Argentina.
Bayern Munich and Poland striker Robert Lewandowski came second, Chelsea and Italy midfielder Jorginho was third and Real Madrid’s French striker Karim Benzema finished fourth.
The Ballon d’Or is voted for by 180 journalists from around the world, although there was no award in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Either Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo (five wins) collected the award every year from 2008 to 2019, apart from in 2018 when Croatia midfielder Luka Modric won it.
Messi had already won the trophy more times than any other player and his seventh success comes after wins in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015 and 2019.
“It’s incredible to be here again,” he said at the ceremony, held at Paris’s Theatre du Chatelet.
“Two years ago I thought it was the last time. People were starting to ask me when I was going to retire but now I’m here in Paris and very happy.
“It’s a special year for me with this Copa America title. It meant a lot to win [1-0 against Brazil in the final] at the Maracana stadium and I was so happy to celebrate with the people from Argentina.
“I don’t know if it’s the best year of my life – I’ve had a long career – but it was a special one with the title with Argentina after the tough times and the criticism.”
Messi also had warm words for the runner-up, 33-year-old Poland captain Lewandowski.
“I wanted to say to Robert that it was an honour to go up against him,” said Messi. “He deserved to win it last year.”
Lewandowski scored 53 goals in all competitions in 2021 for Bayern and was awarded the Striker of the Year prize, a new award that was only announced hours before the ceremony began.
Paris St-Germain’s Gianluigi Donnarumma, who helped Italy win Euro 2020, won the Yashin Trophy for best goalkeeper, while Champions League winners Chelsea were named Club of the Year.
Barcelona midfielder Pedri, 19, won the Kopa Trophy for the best player aged under 21, with England internationals Jude Bellingham, Mason Greenwood and Bukayo Saka coming second, fifth and sixth respectively.
Fourteen of the 30 players shortlisted for the Ballon d’Or currently play in the Premier League.
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Five students from Machakos County have been arrested in connection to a fire incident that gutted down a dormitory at their school.
The five students from Masaani Girls Secondary School were arrested following investigations by DCI detectives in Machakos and are believed to be involved in setting ablaze a dormitory at the school leading to the destruction of students and school property estimated at Ksh 4 million.
The incident took place early this month.
“The five were arrested following investigations by DCI Machakos and are believed to be involved in setting ablaze a dormitory at the school leading to the destruction of students’ and school property estimated at 4 million,” said the DCI.
In a statement through their Twitter handle, the DCI said that the five students will be charged in court for Arson and other related offenses.
“It is worth noting that contrary to some myths and believes, being a student does not absolve one from criminal responsibility. Arson is a serious offense and is punishable by life imprisonment. We ask parents and teachers to continuously remind students on the wages of every act of criminality,” cautioned the DCI.
The DCI said that the National Police Service will take tough action against any perpetrators, their accomplices, and vendors of petroleum products and other flammables who are connected to fire incidences in schools.
They urged security agencies to ensure fire incidences in schools are expeditiously investigated and culprits charged promptly.
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Amani national congress party leader Musalia Mudavadi has emphasized the importance of adherence to policies and laws of the country.
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The ODM party leader Raila Odinga has promised a comprehensive medical cover for all Kenyans if he is elected President in 2022.
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Deputy President William Ruto has asked politicians seeking elective positions to conduct their campaigns peacefully. Ruto called on leaders to desist from using youth to cause chaos and instead focus on offering solutions to problems bedeviling Kenyans.
Kenya has so far vaccinated over 6.93 million people against COVID-19. According to the ministry of health 4.28 million have been partially immunized while over 2,65 million have received both doses.
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Chinese President Xi Jinping will attend and deliver a keynote speech to the opening ceremony of the Eighth Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) on Monday via video link.
Attaching great importance to China-Africa relations, Xi has been consistently pushing for the building of the China-Africa community with a shared future. The following are some highlights of his remarks in this regard.
June 21, 2021
In a phone conversation with Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan, Xi said that China is ready to work with Tanzania to consolidate political mutual trust, strengthen mutual support, jointly safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of developing countries, and make positive contributions to the building of the China-Africa community with a shared future.
June 17, 2020
“In the face of COVID-19, China and Africa have offered mutual support and fought shoulder to shoulder with each other,” Xi said at the Extraordinary China-Africa Summit on Solidarity against COVID-19.
“In the face of COVID-19, China and Africa have enhanced solidarity and strengthened friendship and mutual trust,” Xi added.
“To help Africa achieve sustainable development is what matters in the long run. China supports Africa in its effort to develop the African Continental Free Trade Area and to enhance connectivity and strengthen industrial and supply chains. China will explore broader cooperation with Africa in such new business forms as digital economy, smart city, clean energy, and 5G to boost Africa’s development and revitalization,” he said.
June 25, 2019
In a congratulatory letter for the opening of the Coordinators’ Meeting on the Implementation of the Follow-up Actions of the Beijing Summit of the FOCAC, Xi said the FOCAC Beijing Summit is a milestone in the history of China-Africa relations.
He said he hopes that the two sides will uphold the principle of consultation and collaboration for shared benefits, enhance communication and synergy, deepen solidarity and cooperation, and make solid progress in pushing for the implementation of the FOCAC Beijing summit’s achievements and joint construction of the Belt and Road.
In doing so, he added, the two sides can continuously improve the well-being of the 2.6 billion people in China and Africa and make unremitting efforts to build an even stronger China-Africa community with a shared future.
Sept. 3, 2018
Delivering a keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Beijing Summit of the FOCAC, Xi said, “With similar fate in the past and a common mission, China and Africa have extended sympathy to and helped each other throughout all the years. Together, we have embarked on a distinctive path of win-win cooperation.”
“Marching on this path, China has followed the principle of sincerity, real results, amity, and good faith and the principle of pursuing the greater good and shared interests. China has stood with African countries. Together, we have worked in unity and forged ahead,” Xi said.
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ODM presidential hopeful Jimi Wanjigi says he will take his quest for the ODM Presidential ticket to the wire without fear of intimidation.
This even as Wiper Party Leader Kalonzo Musyoka warned him to prepare for a stormy ride ahead saying he doubts the primaries will be free and fair.
The two were speaking in Machakos, after attended a fundraising meeting at AIC Daystar in Lukenya, with Kalonzo recounting his dramatic parting of ways with Odinga in 2007.
Wanjigi has however vowed to stand his ground saying, “the party does not belong to anybody. It does not belong to any individual, and we must have a fair and democratic contest.”
He reiterated his demand to party leader Raila Odinga to open up the party for free and fair nominations.
Wanjigi implored Raila to retire saying his last bullet was spent in 2017 saying time is ripe for a new team to lead the country to another level.
In the meantime Kalonzo hinted at a possibility of working with Wanjigi ahead of 2022 general elections.
Kalonzo says after his nomination by Wiper Movement last week, he is ready to traverse the country to sell his agenda on economy and governance.
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ODM Party Leader Raila Odinga says he will implement a comprehensive medical cover for all Kenyans if he is elected President in 2022.
Speaking at the Jacaranda grounds in Nairobi, Raila said access to quality healthcare is a right for all Kenyans irrespective of their social background.
Raila was back in Nairobi after a two day tour of Nyeri County to popularize Azimo La Umoja initiative.
He attended a church service in Donholm Estate Sunday morning accompanied by Embakasi East MP Babu Owino, Makadara MP George Aladwa ODM Secretary General Edwin Sifuna among others.
He would later tour Eastlands before addressing thousands of his supporters at the Jacaranda grounds.
Odinga hit out at the Deputy President William Ruto, accusing him of insincerity in his campaign for the Presidency.
He urged Kenyans to embrace peace and shun divisive leaders saying the 2022 contest should be based on what one can do for Kenyans not which tribe he belongs to.
The leaders accompanying him said they will mobilize support for him across the Country once announces his bid on 10th December.
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Kenya National rugby 7s team Shujaa have been drawn with Coach Mike Friday’s USA again in the second event of the 2021/22 World Rugby Sevens Series (Dubai II) slated for December 3 to 4.
Shujaa who sit eighth on the standings with 10 points will also face Australia and Canada in Pool “B”.
The team closed out their Dubai 7s campaign in eighth place, going down 7-29 to Ireland in the seventh place final at The Sevens Stadium in Dubai, UAE on Saturday 27 November 2021.
Much was expected from Coach Innocent “Namcos” Simiyu’s men in Dubai Sevens I after completing the two-leg 2021 Series in third place behind champions South Africa and runners-up Great Britain.
However, Shujaa won just one match out of the six the team played.
South Africa won the tournament with a 42-7 win over the USA.
Pool “A” comprises Dubai I winners South Africa alongside Great Britain, Ireland and Japan, while Argentina, Fiji, France and Spain complete Pool “C”.
Deputy President William Ruto has accused a section of Mt Kenya leaders of betrayal for campaigning for ODM Party leader Raila Odinga in the region.
Speaking in Kirinyaga after attending a church service, Ruto said it is unfortunate that the same people he campaigned with in the last elections are now campaigning for Raila who was their opponent then.
“We traversed this Country with President Uhuru Kenyatta and all those leaders in 2013 and 2017, both times we won the election. What has come of us that after mobilizing millions of votes in those elections we don’t have someone to lead us now such that they have brought Raila as the alternative leader?” He posed.
Ruto said he is the only one who stood with President Uhuru during his time of need and together they have implemented various development projects across the Country.
“It’s unfortunate and deceitful for leaders to tell you to support Raila now yet 5 years ago the same leaders were telling you how bad he was,” He said.
In a bare knuckle attack on Raila, Ruto said the ODM Party Leader was behind the chaos against him during his visit of Kisumu, saying no one can trust him with leadership.
“We must remain united like 2013 and 2017 you shouldn’t accept to be hoodwinked by the same people who told you how bad Raila was in 2013 and 2017,” H e said.
He reiterated that UDA party primaries will be free and fair urging Kirinyaga leaders to foster peace and desist from using the youth to perpetrate violence against their opponents.
DP Ruto said once elected next year, he will focus on changing the economy not changing the constitution to increase positions in the government.
“Next year’s agenda is to put Ksh 100b in housing, manufacturing, agro- processing and value addition in order to create jobs for our youths. They are the greatest resource we have as a country,” He said.
Governor Ann Waiguru who is seeking re-election on a UDA ticket said Kirinyaga is united behind DP Ruto’s 2022 presidential bid, saying they will not succumb to intimidations and threats.
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The Government has no plans to deny people from Countries hit by the new Omicron COVID-19 variant entry into the Country.
Health Principal Secretary Susan Mochache says they have not thought of such a decision at the moment even as she sounded an alert on the new variant calling for caution among Kenyans.
Mochache said the government is prepared to prevent the ’Macron’’ virus from spreading should it be detected in the Country.
The PS who was speaking in Kisii during an inspection of Nyaura mixed secondary and primary school said there could be re-introduction of screening against the virus at selected entry points.
She urged Kenyans to continue observing the COVID-19 safety precautions urging Kenyans to take personal responsibility in the fight against the disease.
Mochache further implored on Kenyans to get vaccinated saying the vaccines are effective against all variants.
Already the Government has taken necessary precautions with passengers from South Africa, Hong Kong and Botswana subjected to strict surveillance measures.
And following reports of the new variant in the said Countries, the UK has already banned flights from a host of African Countries which will be added into the red list.
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