The Ministry of Interior and Coordination of the National Government will now be under the stewardship of Professor Kithure Kindiki.
Kindiki, a known President William Ruto’s-ally, will take over from Fred Matiang’i who has been leading the powerful homeland security docket since 2017.
Kindiki, a former Senator Tharaka Nithi County, was President Ruto’s Chief Agent during the August 9 2022 Presidential poll. He was also part of Ruto’s legal team at the Supreme Court during the Presidential Petition.
Ahead of the August election, it had been rumoured that Kindiki was going to be named as the Deputy Presidential running mate for Ruto, then UDA Presidential candidate.
While naming nominees to the Executive Tuesday, the Head of State also announced that current Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai will leave office, alongside the Directorate of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti who has relinquished his position and the two posts will have new people manning them.
“This afternoon, I have received communication from the Inspector General of Police, Mr Mutyambai of his request to proceed on terminal leave because of his health situation,” he disclosed during the announcement made at Statehouse at 4.00 pm
“I have also received the resignation of the Director General of CID Mr Kinoti and I have transmitted the same to the national police service to proceed with advertising that position and meanwhile they should get somebody to act in the place,” he added
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Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) Chief Executive Officer Rebecca Miano has been nominated as Minister for East African Community, Arid and Semi Arid Lands.
Miano is among corporate leaders who have been nominated to the Cabinet by President William Ruto during the announcement made Tuesday.
A lawyer by profession, Miano has been serving as KenGen CEO and MD since her appointment in November 1, 2017.
Previously, she served the power generator in the same capacity in an acting capacity since August 2015 before her confirmation.
She has been instrumental in overseeing major power generating projects being undertaken by KenGen focusing on green sources especially geothermal, wind and solar.
Miano has also led to expansion of the largest power generator in Eastern Africa region to become a multinational with presence in Ethiopia where its subsidiary, KenGen Ethiopia has been undertaking geothermal drilling services for Ethiopian Electricity Power having bagged part of the 7.6 billion contract in 2019.
The firms also signed a contract worth Ksh 5.2 billion with EPP to drill geothermal wells in the country.
Other contracts outside Kenya include Ksh 706 million to drill geothermal wells in Djibouti signed in 2020 under Miano’s leadership.
Other corporate leaders to get cabinet nomination include Communications Authority of Kenya Director for Legal Services and Former Acting Director General Mercy Wanjau has also been appointed Secretary to the Cabinet.
Others are Law Society of Kenya (LSK) Council Member Harriet Chigai who has been appointed Women Rights Agency Advisor in the Cabinet.
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President William Ruto has Tuesday appointed seven women out of the 22 positions available into his cabinet.
15 of the positions were allocated to men.
The seven women appointed include Aisha Juma Katamwa who will be in charge of the Public Service Gender and Affirmative Action docket, Alice Muthoni Wahome who will head the Water, Sanitation & Irrigation docket, Rebecca Miano who will head the East African Community and ASAL Development docket, Roselinda Soipan Tuya who will take charge of the Environment and Forestry docket, Peninah Malonza who will take over as the Tourism, Wildlife and Heritage CS, Susan Nakumincha Wafula who will head Health docket and Florence Bore who will be at the helm of the Labor and Social Protection docket.
In addition, the Head of State made Cabinet-level appointments in an apparent move to meet the two-thirds gender rule which he promised in his campaign manifesto launched on the 30th of June.
The three appointments which include Harriet Chiggai, Monica Juma and Mercy Wanjau will see the number of appointed women in Ruto’s government shoot up to 10.
The three women have been appointed as Women Rights Agency Advisor, National Security Advisor and Secretary to the Cabinet respectively.
Just before the August 9 elections, President Ruto reiterated his commitment to fulfilling his manifesto promise, saying women made up a big percentage of the Hustlers Nation, the slogan his campaign adopted to represent his support base.
A good number of women who played key roles in Ruto’s election have already won themselves elective and nomination seats in Parliament.
This was among seven of the pledges he made to women if elected.
He pledged that his administration would implement the two-thirds gender rule within the first three months in office.
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Amani National Congress (ANC) leader Mudavadi Prime has been named the Prime Cabinet Secretary in the government for the next five years.
That position is the most senior after that of the President and Deputy President’s.
Speaking while naming the new cabinet, President William Ruto spelt out roles to be undertaken by the Prime CS that include; assisting the President and the Deputy President in the coordination and supervision of Government.
“In liaison with the Ministry responsible for Interior and National Administration, he will oversee the implementation of National Government policies, programs and projects.” Announced President Ruto.
He has also been tasked to Chair and Coordinate National Government legislative agenda across all ministries and state departments in consultation with and for transmission to the Party/Coalition Leaders in Parliament.
Mudavadi will facilitate inter-ministerial coordination of cross functional initiatives and programmes.
Additionally, the Prime Cabinet Secretary will coordinate and supervise the technical monitoring and evaluation of Government policies, programs and projects across Ministries.
Mudavadi will perform any other function as may be assigned by the President.
Born on September 21, 1960, in Sabatia, Vihiga District, Kenya, Musalia Mudavadi is currently the Party Leader of Amani National Congress (ANC) and a principal in the Kenya Kwanza Alliance.
He served as the Seventh Vice-President of Kenya in 2002 and Deputy Prime Minister (2008–2012 May) when he resigned to contest for the Presidency in 2013 and emerged third.
He was the Deputy Party Leader of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) (2005-2012) and Party Leader of the United Democratic Front (UDF) (May 2012 – 2015 July).
Kenya Tea Development Agency-KTDA Chairman David Ichoho wants former directors of KTDA-affiliated factories and the former KTDA board members to desist from interfering with the running of the agency, terming them as persona Non Grata in all KTDA affiliated facilities. His remarks came after former KTDA board members went to the agency’s boardroom.
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Importers have been given the leeway to choose whether to ferry their cargo from the Port of Mombasa by road or via the Standard Gauge Railway. Kenya Ports Authority Acting Managing Director John Mwangemi says the latest announcement is in compliance with a directive by President William Ruto to revert all port operations to the Port of Mombasa.
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Drought that is ravaging Mandera county due to prolonged rainfall failure, has rendered 400,000 people vulnerable. Governor Mohammed Khalif said the situation has caused an acute water shortage and food insecurity.
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The Registrar of Political Parties Anne Nderitu now says Kenya is on the right path in realizing gender parity. Speaking during a high level meeting for female decision makers on emerging scenarios during the 2022 general election, Nderitu however said much needs to be done to achieve the two third gender rule as enshrined in the constitution.
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The Supreme Court now wants Parliament to tighten the statutory and regulatory framework establishing the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission to clearly stipulate how the commission should be managed. In a full judgment on the verdict that upheld President William Ruto’s win in the August 9th general election, the apex court wants clear roles for the seven commissioners and the Secretariat on issues of policy and administration to avoid any future boardroom wrangles.
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A section of Azimio la Umoja legislators has given the Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission 24 hours to reinstate deputy Chief Executive Officer Ruth Kulundu. led by Ruaraka MP Tom Kajwang the legislators accused IEBC Chairperson Wafula Chebukati and Commissioners Boya Molu, Professor Abdi Guliye and IEBC Chief Executive Officer Marjan Hussein Marjan of victimizing Kulundu for what she did in last month’s presidential election.
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At least eight people died after a six-story building under construction collapsed at Kirigiti in Kiambu County. Rescue efforts were underway to rescue three more people feared to be still trapped in the building. Engineers cited poor workmanship in the construction of the building.
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President William Ruto now says 3.5 million Kenyans are facing severe effect of drought but promised that no Kenyan will die of hunger. The head of state who flagged off 50 trucks containing relief food and animal feeds to 10 Counties worst hit by drought said the government is in the process of mobilizing water boozers to enhance water supply to those affected.
Family and friends of the late John Kisoi gathered in Kuikui village in Baringo County to mourn the loss of their kin. The deceased was among GSU officers killed in a banditry attack two days ago in Turkana East. They could not hold back tears when narrating the fateful day when they received the devastating news of his passing. The deceased was a father of four and the family’s only breadwinner. Plans for his burial are underway. Seven other police officers, a local chief and two civilians were among those killed in the banditry attack.
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Kenyan lawyer Paul Gicheru who is facing charges of interference with witnesses at the International Criminal Court is dead.
It is confirmed that Gicheru died on Monday night at his home in Karen, Nairobi.
The cause of his death however remains unclear.
Police have since arrived at his home pending the release of an official statement on the death of the lawyer.
A hearse belonging to Lee Funeral Home was seen leaving his home a few minutes before midnight.
In March 2015, a warrant of arrest was issued against Gicheru and another Kenyan Philip Kipkoech Bett for allegedly corrupting witnesses.
This later led to his surrender to authorities of The Netherlands on 2nd November 2020 before he was surrendered to the ICC custody the next day.
His first appearance before the ICC took place on 6 November 2020.
On 11 December 2020, Pre-Trial Chamber A severed the cases against Gicheru and Philip Kipkoech Bett. The confirmation of charges procedure was conducted in writing.
He was accused of bribing witnesses to either recant their testimonies or refuse to testify in the crimes against humanity case that faced President William Ruto and former journalist Joshua Sang.
Cases against the two (Ruto and Sang) were officially terminated in April 2016 after they were found to have no case to answer.
The Office of the Prosecutor completed its presentation of evidence on 29 March 2022. The Defence announced on 25 April 2022 that it will not present any evidence.
The chamber is expected to within reasonable time, pronounce its decision on the conviction or acquittal of Gicheru.
Disciplined officers drawn from the lower Eastern counties of Machakos, Makueni, Kitui and Kajiado Saturday took part in a thanksgiving service organized for them and their families at the Lady of Lourdes Cathedral Church in Machakos County.
The event was graced by Machakos County Commissioner Rhoda Onyancha who used the occasion to express appreciation to the officers for their hard work and dedication as they perform their duty to the country.
She acknowledged the efforts made by the officers in the just recently concluded General Election that saw the nation emerge without any major incident.
The day’s thanksgiving event themed “Do not fear for I’m with you” was conducted by Rev. Fr. Kimani, who encouraged the officers to serve their country with pride with the knowledge that their efforts and sacrifices are not in vain.
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Eliud Kipchoge sliced half a minute from his own world record to win the BMW Berlin Marathon, clocking a sensational 2:01:09 at the World Athletics Elite Platinum Label road race on Sunday.
Just when it seemed Kipchoge had achieved everything he possibly could over the classic distance, the legendary pushed the world record further out of reach for the rest of the distance-running world.
Unlike his last world record run, the double Olympic champion went out hard on this occasion, passing through 5km in 14:14 and 10km in 28:22 – not just comfortably inside world record pace, but also well inside a projected two-hour finish.
Kipchoge maintained that pace through half way, which was reached in 59:50, but his pace started to drop slightly from then on, and by 25km (1:11:08) his projected finish had slipped to just outside two hours – still more than a minute inside world record pace, though.
Ethiopia’s Andamlak Belihu was just about staying level with Kipchoge up until this point, but the Kenyan superstar then gradually pulled clear and was out on his own.
He passed through 30km in 1:25:40, then reached 35km in 1:40:10. By the time he passed through 40km in 1:54:53, his lead had grown to move than four minutes with Mark Korir having moved into second place.
His victory – and world record – nor a formality, Kipchoge went on to cross the line in 2:01:09, taking 30 seconds off the world record he set in the German capital four years ago. Korir held on to second place in 2:05:58 and Ethiopia’s Tadu Abate came through to finish third in 2:06:28.
By contrast, several runners were in contention for most of the women’s race. A group of six women passed through half way in 2:08:13 – well inside course record pace – but by 30km, reached in 1:36:41, just three women remained at the front: Assefa, along with Ethiopian compatriots Tigist Abayechew and Meseret Gola.
Despite running significantly quicker than she ever had done before, Assefa – a former 800m specialist – maintained her relentless pace and opened up a gap of about 20 seconds by 35km.
She continued to pull away from the rest of the field and crossed the line in an Ethiopian record of 2:15:37 – a time that has only ever been beaten by world record-holders Brigid Kosgei (2:14:04) and Paula Radcliffe (2:15:25).
Kenya’s marathon debutante Rosemary Wanjiru came through to take second place in 2:18:00, finishing just three seconds ahead of Abayechew.
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High-ranking officials from the African Union Headquarters and the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS), have visited injured soldiers from the mission at various hospitals in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, to check on their wellbeing and welfare.
In its mission to support the Somali National Army (SNA) and security forces in the fight against terrorism, some soldiers from ATMIS have suffered various forms of injuries with those in critical need evacuated from Somalia to various hospitals in Nairobi for specialized care and treatment.
AU officials conduct regular hospital visits to check on the brave men and women of the mission as they recover from various injuries and illnesses.
Leading the team on a visit to two Nairobi hospitals was Zinurine Alghali, the Acting Head of the AU Peace Support Operations Division (PSOD), who carried a message of hope and goodwill from the Headquarters of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
“We have two clear messages; one is that we thank these officers as individuals who are part of our peace support mission in Somalia. Secondly, we thank the troop and police-contributing countries that provide the human and material contributions to support the efforts of the African Union in Somalia,” said Alghali.
“The AU has standard procedures in place to ensure that if our serving officers are sick or injured, they receive adequate medical care. We also do hospital follow-ups to ensure they have the right support and as they undergo treatment,” he added.
After visiting the hospitals in Nairobi where the soldiers are receiving specialist treatment, Alghali said his team was satisfied with the level of support and care the soldiers were receiving from dedicated and committed medical officers.
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Players in the alcoholic value chain have implored the government to abolish plans to increase taxes on alcoholic products saying the move would be detrimental to the struggling industry.
Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) seeks to adjust the excise duty by 6.3 percent on alcoholic drinks by October 1 in the government’s desperate measure to respond to the soaring inflation.
This would see the sector experience two major successive excise tax increases in less than three months.
In July, the government effected the Finance Act 2022 which proposed an increase in the excise rates for beer and spirits by 10 and 20 percent respectively.
This trend has precipitated a surge in the prices of beer, bottled water, cider, fruit juices and other fermented drinks.
Alcohol manufacturers through their umbrella body of the National Bar Hotels Liquor Traders Association of Kenya (BAHLITA) have called on the state to cushion the sector against the steady increase in the cost of running their businesses.
“We oppose any further price increase of public goods, especially in the face of the current difficult economic conditions. There is a need to give time to investors in the bar and restaurant industry to recover from the effects of COVID-19,” said Erick Ogutu, National Vice Chairperson BAHLITA during a presser in Kisumu.
The sector, Ogutu added, has been adversely affected by the incessant tax levy increase forcing consumers to shift their demands to cheaper illicit brews.
According to BAHLITA, alcohol consumption has declined to below 32 percent in favour of illicit brews with beer brands majorly affected.
Ogutu pointed out that upward tax adjustments negatively impact the distribution of locally manufactured finished goods and alcohol retail trade, thus, leading to Sh15.7 billion in employment income loss and over 35,000 people directly employed rendered jobless.
BAHLITA urged KRA to adhere to public finance principles that encourage tax predictability to make Kenyan industries competitive and curb the entry of contraband from neighbouring countries.
“Proliferation of counterfeit alcohol increases the premium for tax evasion among unscrupulous players in the informal market. As a result, compliant businesses and indeed the Government must expend resources in enforcing compliance to protect revenue and market share,” observed the Vice Chairperson.
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Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi this week chaired the Ministerial Meeting of the Group of Friends of the Global Development Initiative (GDI).
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres addressed the meeting via video link, and the meeting was attended by nearly 40 foreign ministers and heads of international agencies.
Wang said ever since Chinese President Xi Jinping put forward the GDI, more than 100 countries and many international organizations including the UN have voiced support for the initiative, and over 60 countries have joined the Group of Friends of the GDI.
“The group has become an important force for solidarity, coordination and common development, he said, adding it has also become an effective platform for common consultation on the implementation of the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” Wang Yi said after the meeting
“Global economic recovery is becoming more difficult every moment, and developing countries face severe challenges in the realization of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. The more difficult things get, the more we need to work together,” the Chinese FM added
In June, President Xi presided over the High-level Dialogue on Global Development, announced 32 important measures taken by China to implement the GDI, and worked with leaders of other countries to put development back to the center on the international agenda, injecting strong impetus into accelerating the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, Wang said.
He said China is ready to strengthen strategic synergy with UN development agencies, and work with the other countries of the Group of Friends to take seven more steps to implement the 2030 Agenda.
In specific, China and the other countries of the Group of Friends will release a list of the first 50 projects within the pool of GDI projects, which cover such areas as poverty reduction, food security, and industrialization, advance a special action on promoting food production, promote the Global Clean Energy Cooperation Partnership, advance cooperation on “Smart Customs, Smart Borders, Smart Connectivity,” initiate a global alliance of digital education, launch the Bamboo as a Substitute for Plastic Initiative jointly with the International Bamboo and Rattan Organization, and announce that China will share data obtained from its satellite SDGSAT-1 launched in November 2021 with the world.
Wang also called on the international community to make joint efforts to advance the GDI, putting forward a three-point proposal in this respect, including to promote greater coordination and efficiency, and strengthen the leading role of the UN development system, to uphold extensive consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits, and pool collective wisdom and strength, and to champion inclusiveness and common progress, and reinvigorate global development partnerships.
“China will continue to share development opportunities with countries around the world and achieve common progress for all mankind, Wang said, adding that China will also stand firmly with other developing countries to make every effort to promote the implementation of the GDI and to jointly build a better community with a shared future for mankind,” He said
On behalf of the Chinese government, Wang presented to the UN six sets of data products for global sustainable development, including data on global arable land and forest.
Guterres and participants of the meeting spoke highly of Xi’s vision, and welcomed China’s 32 practical measures and the release of the first batch of projects within the pool of GDI projects.
They expected that the international community will strengthen solidarity and coordination, uphold multilateralism, focus on the central task of development, achieve economic recovery and inclusive transformation and development, create a fair development environment, and better cope with such common challenges as food and energy security as well as climate change.
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Renowned blood donor Ambassador for the Kenya National Blood Transfusion Services (KNBTS), Alpha Sanya on Friday donated his historic 100th pint of blood at the Nakuru regional blood center.
Sanya who started donating blood in 1983 when he was a form three student at Jamhuri High school in Nairobi, has continued with the practice, which made him declared a blood donor ambassador by the ministry of health.
Speaking at the Centre, he said at first he used to donate only once a year, but in the last ten years, he has been donating three times per year.
Sanya said while there are several physical benefits of donating blood such as free screening, the most powerful health advantage is the psychological excitement of knowing that someone, somewhere, will get the help they needed desperately.
The blood donor ambassador added that donating blood regularly has made him appreciate and embrace a number of volunteer works for his community because giving one’s time freely was the greatest reward for humanity.
Appealing to other Kenyans to follow his selfless example, he said, seven people require blood transfusion every ten minutes according to the KNBTS database.
However, he said the country suffers a shortage of supply with only 16 percent of the blood needed in the country is collected annually.
The officer-in-charge of Nakuru blood center, Irene Orgut, said it costs them Sh.10, 000 to collect a pint of blood, through transportation, advertising, cajoling donors, and screening.
Hence, she added, if the 100 pints of blood Sanya has donated were to be monetarized, he has willingly donated Ksh 1,000,000 to the government, without earning anything back and without complaining.
Sanya said it was important for every citizen to consider participating in any volunteer work that they value because it improves the image of the country.
He said: “My simple act of regularly donating blood has earned me an ambassadorial status in the country, what more would l ask?’’
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