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Raila team’s fresh claim against Uhuru officials

Newspaper Raila team’s fresh claim against Uhuru officials CORD leaders produce letter by Kenyatta aide which

CORD leaders produce letter by Kenyatta aide which they claim is prelude to their arrest to face ‘treason’ charges

By GEOFFREy MOSOKU

Raila Odinga’s Opposition team has raised fresh claims against President Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration over a letter authored by a high-ranking State House official which they claim betrays Jubilee’s plot to have their leaders arrested and charged with treason. Though the alleged recipient of the letter waved by Raila’s team at a news conference yesterday, Solicitor General

CORD leaders Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetang’ula adress the Press at the coalition’s
CORD leaders Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetang’ula adress the Press at the coalition’s offices
in Nairobi. They accused the Jubilee government of plotting to arrest and charge them with treason.
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TSC officials boycott Ministry’s meetings over clash
By AUGUStinE ODUOR
Senior staff at the Teachers Ser-
vice Commission (TSC) plan to boy-
cott meetings called by the Ministry
of Education, escalating the tension
between the major players in the
education sector.
The Standard has established
that none of the 47 TSC county di-
rectors will attend today’s meeting
convened by the ministry to discuss
teachers’ training.
Sources familiar with the ongo-
ing turf wars indicated that the TSC
officials are angry at the ministry for
discrediting the commission.
“It is unfortunate that the invita-
tion letters came to us directly and
not through our boss. This means
that someone highly disrespects our
chief executive officer and for that
we shall not attend their meetings,”
said one of the TSC directors.
The officers said issues to be di-
scussed are currently their functions
and are now being taken away by the
ministry.
“How can you attend a meeting
to discuss taking away your job? We
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County directors snub ministry as turf wars escalate

Continued from P1

cannot do that and we hope rea- son will prevail,” added the source. A copy of the invitation letter to both the ministry and TSC county di- rectors invited the officers to a dis- semination forum for the In-Service Education and Training (Inset) Policy. The letter seen by The Standard is tagged ‘Dissemination of Inset Policy’ and signed by acting Education Secre- tary Leah Rotich. “The purpose of this letter is to in- vite you to attend the function, which will be held at Mathematics, Science and Technology Education in Africa (CEMASTEA) in Karen on 17th July 2014 starting 9am,” reads the invita- tion letter. The Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) yesterday said it was keenly watching the developments and will do all it takes to protect the teachers’ employer.

new POliCY

The invitation letter goes on to say that the new policy has been devel- oped to co-ordinate and harmonise Inset in primary, secondary and ter- tiary institutions. Previously, the provision has been carried out without harmonised pol- icy to provide direction and this has had its challenges on the education sector. The policy ostensibly seeks to strengthen Continuous Professional Development (CPD) and harmonisa- tion of Inset. Letters of correspondence be-

tween ministry and TSC officials re- veal that both claim to have the pow- ers to conduct teachers’ training, with each citing sections of the Basic Edu- cation Act. The National Education Board was the first to contest the functions car- ried out by TSC in their letter to the Attorney General. “The board’s attention has been drawn to the operations of the var- ious agencies that play a role in the implementation of the constitution- al provisions in the education sector,” reads part of the letter by board chair- man Erustus Kiugu. He accuses TSC of performing functions that are “overlapping and conflicting”. Kiugu also contests the extent to which teacher discipline is conduct- ed by TSC and notes that the County Education Boards have been left out of the critical decisions. But what is generating heat is the capacity building of teachers that has been done by TSC under the TSC Act

2012.

This is what is subject to today’s meeting at CEMASTEA that TSC offi- cers have said they will boycott. In his letter, Kiugu quotes section 54 (i) and 66 (3) of the Basic Educa- tion Act, and notes that the TSC Act under section 35 (1) only mandates the teachers’ employer to take all nec- essary steps to ensure that persons in the teaching service comply with the teaching standards prescribed by the Commission. This view is reflected in the docu- ment to be discussed today dubbed “Policy Framework for Teachers

Meeting to discuss teachers’ training

• The Ministry of Education has convened a meeting today to discuss teachers’

training

• Invitation letters were sent directly to 47 County Directors without informing TSC

• The letter seen by The Standard is

tagged ‘Dissemination of Inset Policy’

and signed by acting Education Secretary Leah Rotich

• Education Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kai -

menyi (right) says in the policy document that “despite the huge and enormous resources invested in continuous teacher professional development in Kenya, the initiatives have remained fragmented and unco-ordinated”

in continuous teacher professional development in Kenya, the initiatives have remained fragmented and unco-ordinated”

In-service Education and Training in Kenya”. The document lays out various

For the pur-

poses of ensuring effective and effi- cient management of Inset at county level, the County Directors of Educa- tion (CDE) shall oversee the imple- mentation of this policy in the coun- ty.”

functions that it says: “

CaUse OF DisPUtes

Some of the ministry’s directors of education who spoke to The Standard yesterday said the function has been performed by TSC and has been a ma- jor cause of disputes between minis- try and TSC staff in the counties. A letter by TSC Secretary Gabriel Lengoiboni to Attorney General Githu

the Commission, as the emploByer, has inherent mandate to ensure that teachers maintain and continuouslBy improve skills relevant in the teaching profession through capacitBy building — tsC secretarBy gabriel lengoiboni

Muigai, and seen by The Standard, says “the commission is mandated by the Constitution and statutes to deal with all issues of teacher management nationally. The Commission, as em- ployer, has inherent mandate to en- sure that teachers maintain and con- tinuously improve skills relevant in the teaching profession through ca- pacity building”. Education Cabinet Secretary Prof Jacob Kaimenyi says in the policy document that “despite the huge and enormous resources invested in con- tinuous teacher professional devel- opment in Kenya, the initiatives have remained fragmented and uncoordi- nated”. He says the trainings have not kept pace with the enormous changes in the education system and emerging issues. Also adding to the meeting boycott by the TSC officials is the preparation of the policy document. “If you look at the document, it has purely been prepared by ministry staff with total disregard of TSC and this is unacceptable,” said another TSC di- rector who asked not to be named. The document reads: “The entire writing process involved many expe- rienced and a dedicated team of of- ficials from the State Department of Education, development partners and teachers.”

Ruto, Jirongo linked to Ruai land grab

BY JaMes Mwangi

Deputy President William Ruto and former Lugari legislator Cyrus Jirongo have been been linked to ownership of disputed land in Ru-

ai. Nairobi County Assembly Ma- jority Leader Elias Otieno yester- day alleged Ruto and Jirongo were among the beneficiaries of about 5,319.9 hectares of land in Ruai. “The former YK ‘92 are the people who own this land. We tell Ruto and Jirongo that Nairo- bi County Assembly wants back their land,” said Otieno. The matter arose when the as- sembly sectoral committee on Planning and Housing chaired by Imara Daima representative Jairo Atenya tabled a report regarding public land taken by private de- velopers. Viwandani representative Samwel Nyangwara, however, faulted the move saying standing orders do not allow adverse men- tioning of names in the House without a substantive motion. The Planning committee re- ported that the said land was originally Government property but was transferred to the Settle- ment Fund Trustee on December 5, 1986. The trustee is still hold- ing 3,614.2 hectares while 1,054.78 hectares were transferred to two companies. The House has de- manded the names of the direc- tors of the said companies. The land at Ruai has for time triggered disputes that has seen many people lose their lives. Ruai Ward representative Dan- iel Mari urged the members to break the silence and reclaim the land that is meant for the county.

Investing in young people’s education will spur economic growth, says Uhuru

BBy Rawlings OtienO

Investment in education for the youth is set to transform the coun- try into a middle-income economy by 2030, President Uhuru Kenyatta has said. Uhuru noted with increased ac- cess to learning, many young people will benefit from acquiring skills be- fore entering gainful employment or business. “It is in recognition of this impera- tive and in pursuit of the goals set out in Vision 2030, that the Government has set aside very considerable funds including the Uwezo, Youth and Wom-

en funds for our youth and women,” said the President. The Head of State made the re- marks during the official launch of the Toyota Kenya Academy, Toyota Corporation’s Corporate Social Ven- ture Fund and Toyota Kenya’s new business park in Nairobi yesterday.

teCHnOlOgY tRansFeR

Uhuru noted the Toyota Tshusho Corporation (TTC) Social Venture Fund, with capital provided by Toy- ota Corporation, will promote and co-finance income generating proj- ects chosen by the youth. “This is providing technology

transfer and employment opportuni- ties for Kenyans at the assembly plant, and further opportunities for SMEs who supply various components and build bodies for buses and trucks,” said Uhuru. He assured Toyota Tshusho Cor- poration Chairman Junzo Shimizu that investors from Japan and other multi-national firms would not regret their decision to set up businesses in Kenya. The President was flanked by In- dustrialisation Cabinet Secretary Adan Mohamed, his Devolution counterpart Anne Waiguru and Nai- robi Governor Evans Kidero.

Anne Waiguru and Nai- robi Governor Evans Kidero. President Uhuru Kenyatta, Toyota Tshusho Corporation-Japan

President Uhuru Kenyatta, Toyota Tshusho Corporation-Japan Chairman Jun- zo Shimizu (left), Toyota Kenya Chairman Amb Dennis Awori (second right) and Japan Ambassador to Kenya Tatsushi Terada take rice wine at the Toyota Kenya Business Park in Nairobi, yesterday. [PHOTO: MBUGUA KIBERA/STANDARD]

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July 17, 2014 / The Standard NATIONAL NEWS / Page 3 A section of the Meru–Maua

A section of the Meru–Maua road was blocked for hours as irate youth protest- ed the outcome of Monday’s police recruitment, which they claimed was

marred by corruption. [PHOTO: PATRICK MUTHURI/STANDARD]

Meru, West Pokot youth protest ‘shambolic’ police jobs drive

BBy By PHAres MuteMBei

Traffic along the busy Meru–Maua highway between Muriri and Mutha- ra shopping centres was paralysed after angry youths blocked the road with stones, protesting the outcome of Monday’s police recruitment drive. They accused the police service of side-lining them. The youth from Muriri and Maua towns accused the recruiting panels of bias and corruption. Yesterday, candidates who had high hopes of being recruited al- leged that money exchanged hands, thus denying deserving candidates the chance to qualify for paramilitary training at the Kenya Police Training College in Kiganjo and the Adminis- tration Police Training College. The youths wondered why the re- cruitment exercise at Nguthiru Prima- ry School and Muriri Stadium in Tiga- nia East ended at 2am. But Tigania East police boss Charles Koskei said the exercise end- ed at 11pm because the turnout was very high and 75 candidates had to do the medical evaluation, adding that it was fair. “We had to distribute the positions fairly to the areas. We had 243 candi- dates but we only needed 25,” he said. Meanwhile, more than 200 youths

yesterday took to the streets of Sigor town in West Pokot County to protest against alleged corruption in the po- lice recruitment exercise. Led by Lomut ward representative Hellen Madio, the youths who car- ried twigs matched to the sub-coun- ty commissioner’s office chanting anti-corruption slogans, to seek au- dience. “More than 300 youths from my ward turned up for the exercise but not even a single one was recruited into the service. Those who were em- ployed did not even participate in the race and we wonder how that could happen before our eyes,” she said. Ms Madio alleged that two mem- bers of the same family were recruit- ed into the service while three others from a different family were also ab- sorbed and wanted to know if the jobs were only slated for some families. Madio further complained that leaders and observers were locked out at some point in the exercise which continued till late into the night. Elsewhere in Kapenguria, mem- bers of the minority Sengwer com- munity termed the exercise a sham. Former deputy mayor William Cheparko claimed the communi- ty was sidelined, saying elders were drafting an appeal letter to the Inte- rior Principal Secretary.

Placement body warns of fraudsters in admissions

At the same time, CEO says students who scored highly but were assigned to diploma courses had a chance to revise their courses

BBy Augustine OduOr

Students who sat last year’s Form Four examinations have been asked to look out for fraudsters out to con them using false university admis- sions. Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) Chief Executive Officer John Muragu- ri said his organisation is the only one mandated with student placement. “We warn them that our services are free and transparent and anybody asking for money is definitely not an employee of KUCCPS,” he said in his office. Muraguri said a text message is in circulation saying the KUCCPS has officially launched a cellphone num- ber where all applicants can confirm their admission details. “This is fraud and we ask parents and students to be wary,” said Muraguri. The text reads: “To all legible appli- cants please feed your details as fol- lows: Dial*140* the last digits of your in- dex number not including your school code, then the cell phone number ” The SMS says each text is charged

Sh10.

Yesterday, the CEO said all can- didates would know their courses by August 15. He also explained that no student who successfully applied for a degree course, would be assigned to a diplo- ma course if they complied with the second revision deadlines. “This year we have had several stu- dents who scored A and A- (minus) missing out completely on the high- ly competitive courses. Those who

WHAT CEO SAID

• KUCCPS Chief Executive Of-

ficer John Muraguri said his organisation is the only one mandated to carry out student placement

• Muraguri said a text messa -

ge is in circulation saying the KUCCPS has officially launched

a cellphone number where all applicants can confirm their admission details, which was false

• He said all candidates would know their courses by August

15

• The candidates were allowed

to revise the courses on June

26 and July 11, he added

scored this grade and chose diploma courses at the end were given the di- ploma courses,” said Muraguri. Muaraguri said the candidates were however given an opportunity to revise the courses during the sec- ond revision process that took place between June 26 and July 11. “Those who got diplomas and re- vised their courses will be given de- gree courses. So there is no cause for alarm because this process is high- ly automated,” he said. “We assume those who did not revise got the courses they wanted and the service cannot make choices for them.” high grades Muraguri was responding to calls by parents who said their children who scored high grades have been given diploma courses. He said of the 67,048 candi- dates who applied for the cours- es, 56,251 were placed in either di- ploma or degree courses during the first round of the process. “Only 10,797 were not placed in any programme,” said Muraguri. “We are cleaning data and validat-

ing it so that we can start processing

it and placing the students,” he said.

The CEO said the KUCCPS techni- cal team would then meet to look at the analysis that would be sent to the board for approval. “After this we shall call the univer- sity vice chancellors and college prin-

cipals to take them through the pro- cess followed and also give them the list of admitted students,” said Mu- raguri. The Standard came across a case where a student who scored an A of 82 points failed to secure a course. The student’s first choice was

Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineer-

ing, offered at the University of Nai-

robi (UoN), Jomo Kenyatta University

of Science or Technology (JKUAT) and

Technical University of Kenya (TUK).

However, the student failed to se-

cure the first course in all the three places as the cluster weight was high-

er than his.

At the UoN, the cluster weight was 44.899 yet the student’s cluster weight was 42.904. The cluster weight for the same course at JKUAT and TUK was 44.866 and 43.883 respectively. The student’s second choice of study was architecture at TUK but the cluster points for this was 44.051. The third was quantity surveying

at JKUAT but the cluster points for the

course was 43.686. The sixth and final choice of the student was Petroleum Engineer- ing at Kenyatta University. But he al- so missed out on this as the cluster points here stood at 43.793. This means the student who scored a straight A did not get any course after the first round of the placement. The second case is also of a stu-

dent who scored an A of 82 points. He also failed to get the first choice, ar- chitectural studies, at the UoN. He also failed to secure the same course at TUK. However, he was placed at the third choice, which was

a diploma course offered at Kabete Technical Training Institute.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014 / The Standard

CORD alleges plot to arrest leaders

Raila moves to seal cracks over referendum

Continued from P1 Njee Muturi denies any knowl- edge of it, the Coalition for Re-
Continued from P1
Njee Muturi denies any knowl-
edge of it, the Coalition for Re-
forms and Democracy (CORD)
leaders claimed it was a pre-
lude to their arrest and was au-
thored by the President’s Chief
of Staff and Head of Public Ser-
vice Joseph Kinyua.
The leaders claimed their
fears were informed by a res-
olution allegedly made by the
National Security Advisory
Council (NSAC), as spelt out
in the letter, which met two
weeks ahead of their Saba Sa-
ba rally on July 7. They said
that the letter suggested that
some of them may be arrest-
ed and charged with treason
over claims of plotting to take
over power unconstitutionally.
CORD Principals Kalonzo
Musyoka, Moses Wetang’ula
andRailaconvenedanews con-
ference and released the letter
allegedly from NSAC to solic-
itor General Njee Muturi fol-
lowing the top security organ’s
meeting held on the June 23.
“We are in possession of a
copy of a letter dated June
24, 2014 written by Mr Jo-
seph Kinyua and addressed
to Mr Njee Muturi and cop-
ied to Attorney General Prof
Githu Muigai whose contents
are extremely disturbing and
constitutes a drastic reversal
of the democratic gains at-
tained by the enactment of the
new Constitution,” Kalonzo
charged on behalf of CORD.
According to Kalonzo, the let-
ter demonstrates the desire
and scheme of the Jubilee ad-
ministration “to use the law of
treason to achieve political ob-
jectives, unrelated and extrane-
ousness jurisprudence of Ken-
ya’s criminal justice system”.
“This letter is the clearest indi-
BBy JAMES MBAkA
THE LETTER IN
CORD’S POSSESSION
The leaders claimed
that decision to arrest
them was made by the
National Security Advi -
sory Council which met
The Coalition for Reforms
and Democracy (CORD) has
convened separate parliamen-
tary group meetings today to
iron out emerging differences
sparked by the push for a na-
tional referendum.
Several governors, sena-
tors and MPs allied to the co-
alition have taken issue with
the ‘wanting’ level of consulta-
tions within the coalition start-
ing from its rallies and now the
call for a referendum.
STEM REBELLION
Consequently, to stem im-
two weeks ahead of their
Saba Saba rally
CORD leaders Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetangula after adressing the Press in
Nairobi yesterday. [PHOTO: PIUS CHERUIYOT/STANDARD]
minent rebellion likely to bog
down the coalition’s push for
The letter dated June
a
referendum, CORD prin-
24, 2014 is alleged to
have been written by
Joseph Kinyua and ad -
dressed to Solitor General
Njee Muturi
mer Vice President, added.
In the letter, Kinyua is quoted
reporting that NSAC met to de-
liberate on various issues and
had recommended, among
others, a crackdown on poli-
Njee, however, said he
had not seen the said
letter
cation that the Jubilee admin-
istration wants to arrest and
detain the leaders of CORD
on charges that have no ba-
sis in the Constitution and the
law in order to emasculate the
Opposition and give the re-
gime an opportunity to intro-
duce imperial presidency and
despotic rule,” Kalonzo, a for-
ticians allegedly planning to
overthrow the Government.
“On political incite-
ment, the Solicitor Gener-
al, State Law Office, to ad-
vice NSAC on the application
of the law on treason in rela-
tion to political incitement
aimed at taking over pow-
er through unconstitutional
means,” the letter marked ‘SE-
CRET’ recommended in part.
The NSAC also asked the So-
licitor General in conjunction
with the Inspector General and
Director of Criminal Investiga-
tions Department to facilitate
the protection of witnesses
who have recorded statements
following the Mpeketoni attack
in Lamu County under the Wit-
ness Protection Programme.
Yesterday, the Solicitor General
said he could not comment on
the letter since he had not seen
it. “I am not aware of that let-
ter,” Njee told The Standard on
phone from Switzerland where
he is on an official visit.
National Assembly Major-
ity Leader Aden Duale, in re-
sponse asked: “Why is CORD
panicking if the letter they
have shown you is not list-
ing their names?” He went on:
the coalition after differenc-
“The NSAC letter only talks of
general political incitement
and in any case if they commit
any crime, the Director of Pub-
lic Prosecutions, who is inde-
pendent from the purview of
Jubilee and the Executive, will
discharge his duties as per the
law and will not be directed by
anybody.”
During the Press confer-
ence held at CORD secretariat
in Upper Hill, Nairobi, the Op-
position leaders said they were
concerned that NSAC had not
copied the letter to the Director
of Public Prosecutions, who is
mandated by the Constitution
to steer prosecution processes.
“We are also concerned that
the initiative by NSAC excludes
the office of the DPP, a constitu-
tional and independent office
with the mandate to under-
take or to withdraw and termi-
nate criminal prosecutions.”
The Opposition complained
that NSAC’s composition does
not reflect the face of Kenya,
which they said could have in-
fluenced the decision to appre-
hend them.
“We are concerned about
the membership of National
Security Council and Nation-
al Security Advisory Commit-
tee which does not portray
the face of Kenya and is prone
to fall prey to the advance-
ment of a parochial and hege-
monic agenda in the country
to the detriment of nation-
al unity,” Kalonzo added.
The principals were accom-
panied by senators Boni
Khalwale (Kakamega), James
Orengo (Siaya), Johnstone
Muthama (Machakos), Any-
ang’ Nyong’o (Kisumu) and
MPs Eseli Simiyu and Junet
Mohamed as well as Kisumu
Deputy Governor Ruth Odinga.
The Opposition leaders
said that it was unfortu-
nate that the State was re-
turning the country to dark
days of detention by seeking
to use the treason law that
was repealed in 1997 along-
side detention without trial.
CORD, which had been hold-
ing rallies to push for Nation-
al Dialogue, ahead of the July
7 (Saba Saba) deadline, aban-
doned the demand after the
rally in Nairobi and is now
planning to collect one mil-
lion signatures to push for a
referendum.
cipals Raila Odinga (ODM),
Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper)
and Ford Kenya leader Mo-
ses Wetang’ula will this morn-
ing chair parliamentary group
meetings for their parties sep-
arately to whip their members
who have allegedly rebelled
against them over funding of
political functions.
The three principals will
seek to rally their troops to
support the referendum call
amid simmering tension with-
in
es
emerged from a section of
governors and Members of
Parliament who have accused
the principals of driving the
referendum agenda without
involving them.
Governors and MPs allied
to
CORD who spoke to The
Standard on condition of an-
onymity complained that the
principals had gone ahead to
plan the unveiling of a national
referendum committee with-
out their input.
They complained that they
were being left out of the pro-
cess despite the fact that they
will be required to unleash
huge resources to mobilise
grassroots support.
DRIVING AGENDA
“We are left wondering why
the principals are driving the
referendum agenda as a per-
sonal issue. We have not been
called by the secretariat nor
been approached by anyone
on
how they want to involve us
along the way,” said one of the
governors from Nyanza.
Another governor from the
Coast area said they will not
entertain a repeat of the CORD
rallies when they were report-
edly instructed to foot all the
bills of mobilisation, meals,
decoration and entertainment
at
the rallies.
“We were forced to get in-
to
our pockets to finance a po-
litical function that we did not
plan for. That cannot happen
this time round. We want them
to
tell us where the money will
come from,” he said, adding
that some of them were left
with huge bills to offset after
the rallies.

Thursday, July 17, 2014 / The Standard

NATIONAL NEWS / Page 5

Jubilee to counter CORD with words, deeds

Among others, President will be more involved in launching key projects with the objective of building public confidence

BBy James mBaka

President Uhuru Kenyatta’s ad- ministration has devised new strate- gies to counter pressure from the Co- alition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD). In the wake of CORD’s renewed vigour, the Government looks to have adopted emphasis on develop- ment projects that impact on the so- cial-economic well being of Kenyans. The Standard has learnt that the political wing of the presidency led by the President’s adviser on political matters Joshua Kutuny has designed a three-pronged approach to counter CORD’s demands, which include calls for a national referendum. One of Jubilee’s strategies is to have Mr Kenyatta personally open or launch key development projects with the objective of building public confidence and boosting the Govern- ment’s appeal among Kenyans. “We know how exactly we want to connect with Kenyans. Those who voted for us and those who voted for

with Kenyans. Those who voted for us and those who voted for Government’s strateGy • The

Government’s strateGy

• The President will personal -

ly open or launch key develop - ment projects with the objective of building public confidence and boosting the Government’s appeal among Kenyans

• On the political front, the Gov-

ernment will involve Jubilee leg- islators in the Senate and the Na - tional Assembly to respond to po - litical attacks from the Opposition

• Ruto will visit various parts of

the country and attend communal functions to maintain government presence and establish connection with Kenyans

President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto inspect the Kisumu-Kakamega road construction at Ikolomani. The President will be seen more and more launching similar projects. [PHOTO: FILE/STANDARD]

the Opposition. The President is lead- ing the way from the front and that is what makes the difference,” National Assembly Majority leader Adan Duale told The Standard. “The President and his depu- ty will be seen more actively engag- ing in matters of building the nation than before because that is the way we want to go; address what is ailing our economy to improve the lives of all Kenyans,” he added. The ruling alliance hopes to ride

on some of the multi-billion-shilling projects launched during its tenure to seek a second term in office, a move the opposition aims to thwart by ex- posing possible corruption and eth- nic appointments in government. “The Government is aware that expectations among Kenyans are very high. We only have four years remaining to quench their thirst. We shall because it’s on that platform that we were elected and we shall be eval- uated in 2017,” Kikuyu MP Kimani

Ichung’wah. The President’s busy diary involves visits to construction sites of the Gov- ernment’s key flagship projects meant to directly impact on the social-eco- nomic welfare of Kenyans and boost investor confidence in the wake of heightened security threats. Of particular interest was the Pres- ident’s decision to tour two key gov- ernment projects in Nairobi while CORD was holding a Saba Saba rally at Uhuru Park. On the political front, the Govern- ment wants to involve Jubilee legisla- tors in the Senate and the National As-

sembly to respond to political attacks from the Opposition. “We have mounted our soldiers in both Houses to appropriately and

when necessary address the concerns and issues raised by the Opposition to ensure that our communication is co- herent, systematic and harmonious to shield ourselves from falling vulner- able to attacks from our opponents,” Senate majority leader Kithure Kind- iki said. He said the Government was

committed to ensuring that its devel- opment agenda remains on course. On the other hand, Ruto is leading the social support wing of the Gov- ernment, visiting various parts of the country to attend communal func-

tions to maintain government pres-

ence and establish connection with Kenyans. Ruto is duty-bound to attend fund- raisers and other strategic events that give an opportunity for the Govern- ment to showcase its plans and hold consultative meetings with commu- nity leaders on the best solutions to various issues affecting communities, including cattle rustling in parts of the Rift Valley and northern Kenya. The Government is riding on the fact that top opposition leaders rarely attend fundraisers and when they do, it’s mostly in their strongholds. The Standard has also learnt that the Government will buy five police helicopters to deal with the cattle rus- tling menace. Ruto’s order to schools to release all KCSE certificates has been viewed as part of the Governments’ strategy to connect with the poor.

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RoundUp

ncPb clears sh103 million due to maize farmers

The National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) has paid out the last tranche of Sh3.4 billion to farmers who delivered maize last year. NCPB Public Relations Manager Evans Wasike said yesterday that Sh103 million was released last week to clear payments for farmers who had not received their dues. “The board has now paid for all deliveries for the last season. This was after Sh103 million was released last week to pay balances for farmers countrywide and also cess for respective counties,” said Wasike.

and also cess for respective counties,” said Wasike. aG opposes importation of aromat products Attorney General
and also cess for respective counties,” said Wasike. aG opposes importation of aromat products Attorney General

aG opposes importation of aromat products

Attorney General Githu Muigai has supported a decision by the Kenya Bureau of Standards (Kebs) to ban importation of Aromat products. Githu wants the High Court to reject a petition by Uneliver seeking to import the products from South Africa on grounds that they contain Genetically Modified organisms. The AG told Judge Isaac Lenaola that the application by Unilever was made out of commercial interests. Justice Lenaola ordered the two parties to file their responses to the petition and have them heard together.

State seeks more time to investigate Timamy

by Willis Oketch

The State yesterday failed to charge Lamu Governor Issah Tima- my with any offence linking him to the killing of 60 people at Mpeketoni mid June and instead asked for two more months to carry out more inves- tigations. Mr Timamy now has demanded to be set free since the State does not have evidence against him. The governor was arrested in La- mu on June 26 and arraigned in court in Mombasa the next day but was not charged. He was set free on bond on June 30 when the State requested for two weeks to conclude investigations on mass murder and deportation of a population, among other grave crimes. The court set July 16 for the prose- cution to state whether it had enough evidence to charge the governor. But yesterday, the State requested for two more months alleging that the probe on Timamy was still ongoing due to “emerging circumstances”. Timamy’s lawyer Abdulahi Abdul- hinassir opposed the application. Justice Martin Muya will today rule on whether to allow the State’s appli- cation. State lawyer Edwin Okello told Justice Muya that the police want two more months to investigate if Ti- mamy was involved in the killing be- fore making a decision on whether to charge him or not. The application came in the wake of reports that the police investigators are camping at the Ministry of Lands offices in Mombasa and Nairobi in a bid to get the names of the land grab- bers who own big chunks of land which have been turned into ranches

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Lamu Governor Issa Timamy (left)
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June 30 when the State re -
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murder and deportation of
a population, among other
grave crimes

believed to have been one of the caus- es of killings in Lamu. “We have only managed to get the names of four owners of four ranch- es between Witu and Mpeketoni who are believed to have financed the kill- ings of squatters who were violently

evicted from these lands,” said a se- nior police officer who did not want to be named. Meanwhile, Justice Muya has al- lowed the police to detain Lamu ty- coon Ali Bujra for 10 days starting from the time he was arrested last week to enable the police investigate him in connection with the killing of 60 people at Mpeketoni and Hindi. The judge ordered that the suspect be brought to court tomorrow when the police will either charge him with any offence or set him free.

KPC pulls out of talks with fire victims

by kurian M. Musa

The Sinai fire victims in Nai- robi will have to wait longer for compensation after talks meant to strike a deal collapsed, the High Court heard yesterday. Justice Isaac Lenaola heard that negotiations for compensa- tion had stalled after Kenya Pipe- line Corporation (KPC) withdrew from the talks. The victims’ lawyer told the court that the corporation had pulled out of the talks despite hav- ing reassured that an out-of-court agreement would be reached. One hundred people died three years ago in the Sinai fire tragedy.

Gave nod High Court Judge David Ma- janja, who heard the case from the beginning, had given a nod for out-of-court talks between the Government, Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko, Kenya Pipeline, the National Environmental Manage- ment Authority and the victims. However, Judge Lenoala who is now presiding over the case heard that with Kenya Pipeline having left the talks, the Government was apprehensive that a deal on pay- ments would be reached. The Nairobi Senator, who filed the case while serving as an MP for Makadara, said he had evi- dence that negligence by KPC led to the loss of lives of innocent Kenyans and destruction of prop- erty worth millions of shillings. Sonko wants the KPC to com- pensate the victims for the suffer- ing they went through.

erty worth millions of shillings. Sonko wants the KPC to com- pensate the victims for the
erty worth millions of shillings. Sonko wants the KPC to com- pensate the victims for the
erty worth millions of shillings. Sonko wants the KPC to com- pensate the victims for the
erty worth millions of shillings. Sonko wants the KPC to com- pensate the victims for the
erty worth millions of shillings. Sonko wants the KPC to com- pensate the victims for the
erty worth millions of shillings. Sonko wants the KPC to com- pensate the victims for the
erty worth millions of shillings. Sonko wants the KPC to com- pensate the victims for the
erty worth millions of shillings. Sonko wants the KPC to com- pensate the victims for the
erty worth millions of shillings. Sonko wants the KPC to com- pensate the victims for the
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erty worth millions of shillings. Sonko wants the KPC to com- pensate the victims for the

Thursday, July 17, 2014 / The Standard

NATIONAL NEWS / Page 7

Sonko wants CORD leaders jailed

Senator claims politicians disobeyed court orders and made inflammatory remarks during Saba Saba

BBy Caroline rwenji

Nairobi Senator Mike Mbuvi alias Sonko wants senators James Oren- go, Johnstone Muthama, Otieno Ka- jwang, Elizabeth Ongoro and politi- cian Reuben Ndolo cited for contempt of court. Mbuvi accuses the Coalition for Reform and Democracy (CORD) pol- iticians of disobeying court orders is- sued on July 4 and 7 this year that re- quired them to maintain peace and refrain from making inflammatory remarks during the Saba Saba rally. The matter was certified as ur- gent by High Court Judge Justice Isaac Lenaola who directed that it be heard on Monday. In his suit, Sonko also wants Orengo (Siaya), Muthama (Machakos), Kajwang (Homa Bay), Ongoro (Nominated) and Ndolo com- mitted to prison for a period not ex- ceeding six months for disobeying the said orders. He noted that Justice Lenaola had directed CORD leaders to exer- cise their rights to assembly peace- fully during the Saba Saba rally. The court, he said, required the politicians to assemble peacefully without being armed and without uttering inciting, inflammatory or defamatory remarks.

“They uttered defamatory state- ments during the public meeting held at Uhuru Park on July 7 in contraven- tion of the court orders. He attached transcripts of alleged defamatory statements made by each

politician detailing what each said “to incite the crowd”. “The politicians were aware of the said orders and intentionally and willingly disobeyed them knowing the consequences of disobedience

and uttered

against the President and the Deputy President of the Republic of Kenya in contempt,” he stated. The court orders by Lenaola, he said, were advertised in the local me- dia from July 5 to July 7. He told the court that he has ob- tained clips and video recordings which he has transferred to DVD for the purpose of submitting in court. The electronic media, he further said, captured and aired the said de- famatory statements uttered by the politicians. Court orders, he explained, are not made in vain and urged the High Court to enforce their compliance. Lenaola on July 4 issued an or- der stating that, “the respondents aforesaid shall proceed as scheduled during which participants there shall be at liberty to exercise their consti- tutional right to assemble peacefully without being armed in any manner and without any incitement, inflam- matory or defamatory rhetoric being uttered during such meeting.” He further ordered that the meet- ing should not interrupt business ac- tivities of the day.

statements

defamatory

business ac- tivities of the day. statements defamatory Nairobi Senator Mike Mbuvi alias Sonko (left) and

Nairobi Senator Mike Mbuvi alias Sonko (left) and Siaya James Orengo. Sonko wants Orengo and four other CORD politicians jailed for allegedly disobeying

court orders. [PHOTO: FILE/STANDARD]

RoundUp

Bid to reverse sector’s devolution opposed

An MP has opposed a motion proposing to reinstate to the national government health functions that were devolved to counties. The Motion by Charles Nyamai (Kitui West) seeks to repeal the County Government Act. Langata MP Joshua Olum, however, urged other MPs to counter the Motion, saying health services can be made better if placed under county governments. Speaking during the launch of a new maternity unit at Mbagathi District Hospital, Olum said counties should be left to handle issues affecting them.

Police kill four suspected robbers in nairobi

Four suspected gangsters were shot dead by police in a botched robbery

along Thika Road, Nairobi. Police said the four were headed to Ngumba estate for a robbery mission when they were confronted by officers from Flying Squad near Kenya Breweries Limited.

It is not clear what the suspects

planned to steal. Police said they had been tipped off of the planned robbery.

A pistol with six bullets and a toy gun

were recovered during the 11.30am incident. “We are investigating to know

if the men had been involved in other

robberies in the city,” Nairobi police boss Benson Kibue said.

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Don’t hire new staff, TA tells counties

Authority boss asks governors to freeze process until shake-up in public service ends in November

BBy Nikko TaNui

The Transition Authority (TA) has asked governors to freeze recruitment of new staff and cooperate with the nation- al government in the rationali- sation and harmonisation pro- gramme currently underway. TA Chairman Kinuthia Wamwangi (pictured) remind- ed county chiefs that once the shake-up exercise is complet- ed in November, it would be easy for them to identify and hire new workers. “The national and coun- ty governments reached an agreement for inter-govern- mental rationalisation and harmonisation programme to be conducted and there- fore counties must freeze the

to be conducted and there- fore counties must freeze the recruitment of new staff until the

recruitment of new staff until the exercise is concluded,” said Wamwangi. The TA boss said county administrators will be trained on how the initiative would be conducted. The programme to reform the public service is being spearheaded by the Devolu- tion ministry, the TA and the devolved units. Devolution Cabinet Secre- tary Anne Waiguru on Monday explained the process is aimed at restructuring and reform- ing the public service to make it more effective and efficient. The exercise will involve carrying out capacity assess- ment, restructuring, undertak- ing human resource and skills

audit, staff deployment and transfers where necessary, af- ter capturing and analysing biometric data. Wamwangi said several re- gions had been downgraded but TA was in the final stages of making proposed amend- ments on a Bill to be tabled in Parliament aimed at mapping out urban areas and cities. “The threshold for urban areas and cities was very high and several cities were demot- ed and municipal councils re- duced to town councils. But we are in the process of proposing amendments on a Bill that will set the formulae for the for- mation of village administra- tions,” he said. Wamwangi said though county governments are free to make their own laws, members of county assemblies (MCAs) must ensure they are aligned to national policies and stan- dards. He said they would ensure there is no ambiguity between county government legislation and national laws. He reminded MCAs that the authority’s advisory role should not be construed as an attempt to supervise county assemblies.

be construed as an attempt to supervise county assemblies. Excutive board members of Cotu Ernest Nadome

Excutive board members of Cotu Ernest Nadome (right), Kudheiha Secretary-General Albert Njeru (centre) and Kuppet Secretary-General Akelo Misori address the Press at a Nairobi hotel yesterday.

[PHOTO: BEVERLYNE MUSILI/STANDARD]

Unions against public service job cuts

By LoNah kiBeT

Trade unions affiliated to Central Organisation of Trade Unions (Cotu) have urged the Government to come out clear on the public service staff ra- tionalisation programme. The unions’ officials ac- cused the Government of plan- ning to retrench civil servants during the process and now want to be involved in the ex- ercise in a bid to protect the in- terests of their members. “From the face of it, the Government looks like it wants

to send the workers home. It cannot take a unilateral deci- sion on the matter. We need to sit down together and chart the way forward that will not re- sult in any job loss,” said Ken- ya Electrical Trades & Allied Workers Union Secretary Gen- eral Ernest Nadome. Speaking during a press briefing, Nadome said the Government should deliver on its promise of creating thou- sands of jobs as pledged in the Jubilee manifesto. Nadome was accompa- nied by secretary generals Akelo Misori (Kenya Union

of Post-Primary Education Teachers), Albert Njeru (Ken- ya Union of Domestic, Hotels, Educational Institutions, Hos- pitals and Allied Workers), Wa- fula Musamia (Kenya Quarry Mines Workers Union), Boni- face Munyao (Kenya Union of Commercial, Food and Allied Workers) and Gilbert Otieno (Kenya Petroleum Oil Workers Union). The unionists said they would convene a meeting next week to chat the way forward if their grievances are not ad- dressed by the Government.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014 / The Standard

NATIONAL NEWS / Page 9

Top Nacada officials clash over roles

But Mututho defended himself, saying he is fighting menace of alcoholism out of passion and conscience

ALLy JAMAh

Turf wars between two top offi- cials at the anti-drug agency are not about to end. National Authority for the Cam- paign against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (Nacada) Board Chairman John Mu- tutho and Chief Executive Officer Wil- liam Okedi have been embroiled in a dispute. The chief executive accused Mututho of taking over his role. Yesterday, Mututho told The Stan- dard that even though board mem- bers are not required by law to be on call on a daily basis, he would not sit around while Kenyans die because of alcohol and drugs. The law requires that board members meet at least four times a year. “I can easily sit back and wait for the few board meetings that the law requires us to have. But my con- science cannot allow me to sit back like that. I am not in Nacada for a po- sition or a salary. I am there because I am passionate about fighting alcohol and drug abuse,” he said. This comes as the country reels from the latest deaths from toxic

brews that have killed at least 29 peo- ple in the last two weeks in Nandi, Ua- sin Gishu, Nairobi and Narok. However, Okedi insisted Mututho was overstepping his mandate by seeking to intervene in the activities of the management, terming it a mis- understanding in their different func- tions. “Mututho may be having good abilities in advocacy. However, as the CEO, my job is to implement board decisions because I am limited by var- ious laws that govern State corpora- tions,” he said. He said the State Corporations Act and Nacada Act spell out differ- ent roles of the board and manage- ment led by CEOs.

LIMITATIONS OF LAW

“We have had a bit of misunder- standings not because of disrespect or anything but because of the lim- itations of the law. Mututho wants to work as an executive chairman and that is not provided by the law. This has ramifications for me as the CEO. I am the one who will be required to respond during audits. “I have no ill-motive against Mr Mututho and I want to work closely with the board to implement their de- cisions. That is my role,” said Okedi. He said Mututho should work within the provisions of Nacada’s stra- tegic plan and budgets. In May, the Mututho-led board sacked Okedi but Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph ole Lenku reinstat- ed him last month.

Secretary Joseph ole Lenku reinstat- ed him last month. AP charged with heist Administration Policeman Manasses

AP charged with heist

ole Lenku reinstat- ed him last month. AP charged with heist Administration Policeman Manasses Ndung’u at

Administration Policeman Manasses Ndung’u at the Milimani Law Courts yes- terday where he was charged with stealing Sh82,230,000 that was on transit to CBK last month. He will be remanded at Parklands Police Station for seven days to allow police complete investigation. [PHOTO: FIDELIS KABUNYI/STANDARD]

complete investigation. [PHOTO: FIDELIS KABUNYI/STANDARD] Businessman guns down robbery suspect By CyruS OMBATI A

Businessman guns down robbery suspect

By CyruS OMBATI

A businessman licensed to carry a gun on Tuesday shot and killed a suspected thug along Lim- uru Road in Nairobi. Police said Paul Kobia alias Paul Ilunga Ngoei gunned down the suspect in Park- lands at around 7.45pm. Nairobi police boss Benson Kibue said the suspect had al- legedly snatched Kobia’s mobile phone, a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 valued at Sh74,000, during a traf- fic jam. He told The Standard he was driving home near City Park when a gang of three attacked him and grabbed his phone. Kobia in- formed the police he pursued the gang and shot one dead, but did not recover his phone. “He says he was defending himself and trying to recover the phone and had to shoot at them. Unfortunately one died,” said Kibue. Kobia, also known as Prez- da, was summoned to Parklands Police Station yesterday to re- cord a statement. The body of the 31-year-old man identified as Wanjohi Mugwanja was taken to the mortuary.

to re- cord a statement. The body of the 31-year-old man identified as Wanjohi Mugwanja was

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Thursday, July 17, 2014 / The Standard

COUNTIESAUDIT

Report reveals wastage and poor record keeping

Kiambu to tackle graft by hiring auditors

Counties hit back at SRC, CRA over extravagance claims

BBy michaEl ollinGa

The County Assembly forum has threatened to seek legal redress over the move by three constitutional bod- ies to regulate their expenditure fol- lowing a recent audit report that cit- ed massive wastage and extravagance. The forum, bringing together county assembly speakers, said the Salaries and Remuneration Commis- sion (SRC), Commission on Revenue Allocation (CRA) and Controller of Budget are overstepping their man- date by checking on their expenditure. Uasin Gishu Speaker Isaac Terer said the three bodies tasked with re- muneration, allocation and expendi- ture are poking their noses “on mat- ters that are constitutionally beyond their jurisdiction”. “We have severally been accused of frustrating devolution by playing our oversight on the Executive but the three bodies have actually proven that they are against smooth transfer of functions,” Terer said. Terer wondered why so much focus had been directed to county assem- blies yet the Senate and the National Assembly have not been targeted, yet they are the greatest spenders as far as foreign trips are concerned. “We are going to remain firm and resist any attempts from all directions aimed at derailing them (county as- semblies) from efficiently discharging their mandate,” he said. Terer said county assemblies did not misuse public funds, adding that they are required to follow standard legal procedures while approving al- locations and expenditures. Earlier on, some Members of County Assemblies from the North Rift region criticised SRC for planning to cut their allowances, saying it is de- meaning to their status. The county legislators accused SRC chairman Sarah Serem of por- traying them negatively to the elector- ate on grounds that they are squan- dering public funds on irrelevant foreign trips. Uasin Gishu County Assembly Ma- jority Leader Josephat Lowoi said it is unfair to portray the legislators as hav- ing spent public funds on leisure, hir- ing support staff and on non-develop- ment foreign trips when it is not true. Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich, who was in the region over the weekend, revealed that they had en- gaged the SRC, COB and CRA to put in place tough measures to curb wasteful spending of public funds in counties. Rotich said they will forward an array of financial management poli- cies to the National Assembly for de- bate to ensure that county assemblies consider prudence in public funds ex- penditure.

County has introduced automated payments through financial institutions for all goods and services

BBy Eric Wainaina

The Kiambu County Government will hire internal auditors among oth- er measures to strengthen account- ability and curb wastage of public funds. The Governor William Kabogo-led administration will recruit internal audit staff and establish offices at the sub-county level to ensure proper es- tablishment and functioning of inter- nal audit arrangements in line with international practices. The plan, formulated by the de- partment of finance and econom- ic planning, is expected to promote integrity, transparency and account- ability, and curb corruption. Mary Nguli, the County Secretary in charge of finance, said a propos- al has been made to recruit auditors who will be charged with preparing and submitting timely audit reports to accounting officers in various de- partments, who will then institute prompt action for any detected cas- es as per the set policy. Ms Nguli said accounting officers and other senior staff will be trained on corruption risk assessment, in- tegrity testing and best practices in financial management to ensure the plan is effective. “The plan envisages specific mea- sures and activities necessary for the implementation of our strategic ob- jectives, sets the time limits, the re- sponsible entities and resources re- quired for its implementation,” she said.

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TA on the spot over deals

BBy Silah KoSKEi

Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago has turned the heat on the Transition Authority (TA) over the recently released audit report which accused his administra- tion of misappropriation of funds through irregular payments. This was in reference to pay- ment of Sh37 million for the supply of furniture, computers and hard- ware materials. The Governor said the procure- ment was conducted soon after they assumed office last year and the key staff overseeing the pro- cess were seconded by the TA. “I’m aware of the payment of Sh37 million and the auditors are aware that we recommended dis- ciplinary action against the em- ployee soon after we took office. It is now up to the TA to explain whether any steps were taken,” he said. The report revealed the coun- ty failed to close 13 bank accounts operated by the defunct Municipal Council of Eldoret.

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The plan explains how certain ac- tivities will be used to assess achieve- ment of set objectives. She said corruption prevention fo- rums have already been held and fur- ther consultations will be undertaken between her office, the County Sec- retary in charge of public service and the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Com- mission. “Corruption fosters incompetence and ineptitude, increases costs, dis- torts resource allocation, destroys public trust, and undermines good governance and the rule of law. As leaders, we have a special responsibil- ity to prevent and tackle corruption, to establish legal and policy frame- works that promote efficient service delivery and a clean business envi- ronment. Corruption is an evil that eats from inside, we must face it head

on,” she said. The plan introduces automat- ed payments through banks for all goods and services and a circular has already been issued to all chief offi- cers and accounts officers directing that all payments be made through the automated system. The county has undertaken a com- plete payroll cleansing and states that this will be performed every two years. All salaries will now be chan- neled through financial institutions. The county is also in the process of securing land ownership documents. The plan lays out guidelines for public procurement process which will include conducting market sur- veys and compiling an updated price list on common user items to curb collusion that may lead to inflation of prices.

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Ojaamong’ dismisses auditor’s report

BBy KEnnEdY oKWach

Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong’ has dismissed the Auditor Gener- al’s report, which alleged misuse of public funds by the county government. Ojaamong’ said the report is not conclusive because it lacks useful information from county governments, adding that most of the irregularities happened during the transition from defunct local governments to county governments. “Most of the money spent by county governments is approved by the coun- ty assemblies. So there’s no governor who decides what to spend, when to spend and how to spend. When we were transferring assets from lo- cal governments, various accounting and other errors happened but that does not show we have embezzled any public funds,” said Ojaamong’. On the issues of overspending on renovation of the governor’s office, he said his government was not involved in the procurement process as the funds were sent to the Transition Authority.

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Tolgos justifies accounts decision

BBy raEl JElimo

Elgeyo Marakwet Governor Alex Tolgos has defended the move to contin- ue operating bank accounts of defunct local authorities as detailed in a recent report released by the Auditor General. His county is on the spot for failure to close six bank accounts maintained by the defunct County Council of Keiyo as directed by the Transition Authority. He said the county had to reconcile its books with financial institutions, hence the delay in closure of the accounts.”There was no way we could close them yet we had a lot of financial withdrawals and TA was aware,” he said.

nandi coUnTY

‘Most challenges now addressed’

BBy Silah KoSKEi and raEl JElimo

Most of the observations made by the Auditor General in a re- cent report have already been ad- dressed, Nandi County Executive Member for Finance and Econom-

ic Planning Charles Muge has said.

Mr Muge explained that the audit was conducted during the transition period when county governments were still grappling with governance and streamlining of systems. The audit report painted a damn-

ing image of the county financial management, where the county government was faulted for failure to pick up efficiently during the transition period due to poor book keeping. The report censured the county government for inability to ensure full accountability for pub-

lic resources. “While the audit report is partly true, we now have policies that en- sure public accountability and prop- er financial control,” Muge said. The Auditor General’s report al- so revealed the existence of weak financial controls due to failure by the county treasury to formulate new policies to strengthen the per- meable ones from the defunct local authority. “We have since enacted policies to ensure proper financial control. It is worth nothing that finance is

a fast-evolving docket. We are mak-

ing adjustments and changes to the policies to ensure our finances as a county are well utilised,” he said. The auditor general’s report re- vealed that the county has main- tained a single cashbook that was used to record transactions for both the Executive and the County As- sembly.

Thursday, July 17, 2014 / The Standard

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Thursday, July 17, 2014 / The Standard

RoundUp

Bill proposes change of industrial Court status

The status of the Industrial Court

is set to be enhanced under new

provisions contained in the Statute Law Miscellaneous (Amendment) Bill 2014. The Bill proposes far reaching measures that will raise the status of the court and bring it in conformity

with its role as an arbiter of industrial disputes. The court will be referred to

as the Labour Relations Court. It will

also cease holding the status of a High Court and instead perform functions of

an appellate court.

Court and instead perform functions of an appellate court. Senator warns of attack A senator has
Court and instead perform functions of an appellate court. Senator warns of attack A senator has

Senator warns of attack

A senator has warned of an impending attack on Turkana County

and called for quick intervention by relevant security agencies. Yesterday, Turkana Senator John Munyes sought

a statement from Senate Security

Chairman Yusuf Haji on measures put in place by the Government to avert a looming massacre like what was witnessed in Mpeketoni, Lamu County. Munyes warned specific

villagers were grouping to engage each other, and many lives could be lost

if no action is taken. Senate Speaker

Ekwe Ethuro directed clerk Jeremiah Nyegenye and Senator Haji convene an urgent meeting with relevant security agencies to address the matter.

Senators laud directive on held KCSE certificates

They say move will

open up chances for poor candidates, want principals who violate law prosecuted

BBy ROSELYNE OBALA ANd MOSES NjAgi

Senators have hailed the Govern- ment’s directive to school heads to re- lease certificates of Form Four leav- ers. They said the move will open up opportunities for the less privileged candidates. The legislators, who had passed

a Motion urging the Government to

give a blanket waiver to candidates unable to clear their fees, argued it was unlawful for the head teachers to retain the documents and called for the prosecution of those involved. They also called on the relevant state agencies to move with speed and apprehend head teachers who ig- nore the directive, stressing that the law states it is illegal to withhold the

certificates. Kitui Senator David Musila issued

a personal statement hailing the Gov- ernment’s move and allayed fears that schools could face cash crisis if the certificates are released without heads demanding for fees clearance. “In 2006, the former government of President Kibaki released even more certificates that had been held by schools following a Motion by the Na- tional Assembly and a High Court ac- tion. Similar claims were made that schools would not function but the

claims were made that schools would not function but the Kitui Senator David Musila Government did

Kitui Senator David Musila

Government did not pay the money

and no school collapsed,” said Musila. However, Senate committee on Education Chairman Daniel Kara- ba differed with his colleagues and warned that releasing the certificates without payments will seriously affect the operations of schools. “We are talking about Sh14 billion in arrears. How do we expect these schools to function without recover- ing their debts?” He posed, adding:

“Parents/guardians had committed to offsetting the fees balance and if this

directive is effected to the letter, many schools will grind to a halt.” Karaba (Kirinyaga) urged the Gov- ernment to establish why the monies have accumulated. He called on State to come up with modalities to offset the arrears instead of issuing a blan- ket directive. Mutahi Kagwe (Nyeri) concurred with Karaba, saying many school heads might choose to ignore the di- rective until the balance is paid. He thus petitioned the Government to

the balance is paid. He thus petitioned the Government to Nyeri Senator Mutahi Kagwe come up

Nyeri Senator Mutahi Kagwe

come up with a mechanism to trans- fer the funds to the affected schools and a threshold of those that will be assisted. But Minority Leader Moses Wetan- gula termed the decision to withhold certificates as criminal, noting that it affects the country’s economy when the potential workforce is denied the chance to get meaningful em- ployment. “The certificates must be released as a matter of duty. Many young people are jobless. They are al- so locked out of available opportuni- ties due to lack of the vital document, just like in the case of the Monday Po- lice recruitment exercise,” he said. Senator Mongare Bogonko (Nyam-

ira) warned that school heads who de-

fy the directive risk prosecution. Senators Kimani Wamatangi (Kiambu), Chris Obure (Kisii), Lenny Kivuti (Embu), Stephen Sang (Nan-

di) and (nominated )Zipporah Kit-

tony stressed that the move will re- lieve tension among parents and the candidates.

Team trashes petition against IEBC

BBy WiLfREd AYAgA

A petition seeking to send nine commissioners of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commis- sion packing has been dismissed by the National Assembly Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs. The committee, which has been probing the competence of the pe- tition by activist Wafula Buke has recommended that the same be dismissed due to lack of merit. The committee will now table the report before the House for adoption or rejection or amend- ments. Buke filed the petition on April 29 this year seeking the removal of the commissioners, accusing them of gross violation of the Constitu- tion and incompetence in the way they handled the March 2013 dis- puted elections. The committee adopted the de- cision to trash the petition despite strong opposition from CORD al- lied members, who are now threat- ening to table their own dissenting report in the House. Earlier, CORD members led by Homa Bay Town MP Peter Kaluma had scheduled a press conference on their paral- lel report but it did not materialise. Jubilee coalition enjoys majori- ty membership in the 29-member committee, chaired by Ainabkoi MP Samuel Chepkonga. CORD MPs, who registered their dissent on the report, includ- ed Kaluma, David Ochieng’ (Ugen- ya), Christine Ombaka (Siaya) and Agostino Neto (Ndhiwa). Committee member William Cheptumo (Baringo North) said the petition failed the test of the Con- stitution.

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BBy WiLfREd AYAgA

Mem-

bers of a House committee have claimed that power- ful people may have influenced the award- ing of a consultancy contract to a Chinese company. The firm is at the centre of controversy over a conflict of interest relationship with China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) that won the tender for the construction of the Mombasa-Nairobi Standard Gauge Rail- way. MPs sitting in the Public Investment Committee claimed that corruption may have played a role in the awarding of the con- tract to Third Railway Survey Design Institute Group (TSDI), a sister company to CRBC for the consultancy work. TSDI is part of a consortium that also in- cludes two Kenyan entities, Apec Consor- tium and Edon consultants, which won a tender for the railway design review and oth- er related work. MPs have questioned both the ownership of the two local entities and the relationship between CRBC and TSDI, arguing that it rep- resented a conflict of interest. TSDI is owned by China Railway Con- struction Investment Company, which in turn is owned by China Railway Corpora- tion. The remaining 30 per cent is owned by

China Railway Group Limited. Transport Cabinet Secretary Michael Kamau, his Principal Secretary Ndu- va Muli and Kenya Railways Corpora- tion Managing Director Athans Maina were asked to confirm if any money was paid to influential people who may have had a hand in the award of the tender. Irungu Kangata (Kiharu) wondered if peo- ple in Government may have received kick- backs before the contract was awarded and demanded to know who the beneficiaries may have been. “Is it not true that the Chinese give a five per cent kick back to people who help them get contracts? Who were the beneficiaries in relation to this project?” he asked. Mithika Linturi (Igembe South) claimed that the awarding of the contract to the Chinese Government was suspicious. “The whole thing was choreographed for a partic- ular person. The system was designed to ap- pear clear, but the whole issue was predeter- mined from the beginning,” claimed Linturi. The claims were made even as Kamau in- formed the Adan Keynan-led committee that the Government was powerless in reversing the award as this would have grave conse- quences on the fate of the project. He said potential legal landmines prevent the Gov- ernment from taking any action.

Bill wants small parties to get funding

BBy ROSELYNE OBALA

Small parties could soon get a share of the Political Parties’ Fund after the Senate backed a Bill by Ka- kamega Senator Boni Khalwale. Senators voted to allow parties with one elected member to ben- efit. The proposed law aims to re- move a clause in the initial Act that bars parties that get less than five per cent of the national vote from benefiting. Presently, the Act only recognis- es the Orange Democratic Move- ment, The National Alliance and United Republican Party, which met the cut. “It is only fair all parties benefit from the fund instead of just larger parties,” argued Khalwale. The draft law now moves to the National Assembly, which is domi- nated by TNA, ODM and URP MPs as lawmakers express reservations. National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale is already op- posed to the Bill.

Thursday, July 17, 2014 / The Standard

NATIONAL NEWS / Page 13

New diagnosis found for TB in children

Test uses genes to solve stalemate on symptoms common to many other diseases

by Hezron ocHiel

Scientists have discovered

a new diagnosis method for

a bacterium causing Tubercu- losis (TB) in children. Unlike earlier ineffective diagnosis where saliva or tu- berculin skin tests were exam- ined to check the presence of the disease, the new test in- volves use of genes. Scientists say the sys- tem, which is still at laborato- ry stage, if adopted will solve the current unreliable clinical diagnosis in children where symptoms and signs of child-

hood TB are seen in a range of other conditions. ‘’It has been hard to know the difference between a child who is infected and not suffer-

ing from TB and a child who is infected and suffering from TB. The new system, however, will solve the problem,’’ said Jo- seph Sitienei, the Head of TB, Leprosy and Lung Diseases

at the National Aids and STIs

Control Programme (Nascop). He added: ‘’TB symptoms in children have signs com- mon to many other childhood diseases, hence making it dif-

ficult to establish the existence

of the infection. The new diag-

nosis, if adopted, will solve the stalemate.’’ In a study published in the

New England Journal of Medi-

cine, more than 2,800 children with TB symptoms admitted to hospitals in South Africa, Ma- lawi and Kenya were exam- ined. The researchers then iden- tified those proven to have TB and those in whom TB was ex- cluded as the cause of their ill- ness. Blood samples from the South African and Malawian children were then examined

TB symptoms in children have signs common to many other childhood diseases, hence making it difficult to establish the existence of the infection. The new diagnosis will solve the stalemate— Joseph Sitienei

new diagnosis will solve the stalemate— Joseph Sitienei to see which genes were acti- vated or

to see which genes were acti- vated or suppressed in those with the disease. After blood examination, the researchers found that TB could be distinguished from other diseases by looking at

just 51 genes from over 30,000

in the human genome and see-

ing whether they were activat- ed or suppressed. This information was then used to give a single TB risk

score for each child, which, when tested in the Kenyan pa- tients, accurately diagnosed over 80 per cent of those with

TB. Though the disease is treat-

able, at least half a million chil- dren worldwide contract TB in

a year and more than 74,000

children die of the disease. This makes it the second kill-

er disease after HIV and Aids. The new system, however, could see the turnaround time

in diagnosing TB drastically re-

duce, hence lead to reduction in number of deaths. The system comes as a new strain of TB — Extensive drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) — is reported in the country. This strain, health of- ficials say, is resistant to first and second-line drugs. For HIV patients who have TB, health officials say death

rate will drastically come down. Suzanne Anderson of Brighton and Sussex Medical School, who led recruitment in Malawi, said: ‘’This study has highlighted the benefit of

research institutions in Europe collaborating with hospitals in Africa to apply sophisticat-

ed technology to major public health problems.’’ The study was conducted by a collaborative team of re-

searchers from the Kenya Med- ical Research Institute (Kemri), UK Imperial College London School of Hygiene and Tropi- cal Medicine, Sussex Universi- ty, Liverpool University School

of Tropical Medicine, Universi-

ty of Cape Town, Malawi Col- lege of Medicine and Mala- wi-Liverpool-Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Programme. The study was fund- ed by the European Union and carried out at Wellcome Trust-supported units in Af- rica. Dr Sitienei said the finding is a boost for the health sec- tor and will help reduce child mortality rate and hence at- tainment of Millennium De- velopment Goal number three. “Kemri should now speed-

ily scale up the tool for adop- tion by investigating its use- fulness outside the lab. The finding is proof to the world that Kenya can also develop

a diagnostic system,’’ he said.

Kenya can also develop a diagnostic system,’’ he said. Former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of

Former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Planning, Vision 2030 and National Development Dr Edward Sambili hands over a certificate to Stacy Maliti during the 4th Annual International Con- ference held at Kabarak University. [PHOTO: BONIFACE THUKU/STANDARD]

Former President to open research, innovation forum for 47 universities

by Vincent Mabatuk

Former President Daniel Moi is today expected to offi- cially open an international re- search conference at Kabarak University. The conference, which is taking place for the fourth time, is attended by represen- tatives from 47 universities globally. Moi who is the Uni- versity’s chancellor is expect- ed to address students and researchers from USA, Aus- tralia, France, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda among other countries participating in the four-day conference whose theme is ‘Addressing the challenges facing human- ity through research and inno- vation’. Yesterday, students from both public and private uni- versities in Kenya showcased their different and unique in- novative ideas expected to ad- dress current obstacles and challenges in life. While addressing the par-

ticipants, former deputy gov- ernor Central Bank of Ken- ya and Planning Permanent Secretary Dr Edward Sambili said attainment of the coun- try’s vision 2030 will only be achieved if research and tech- nology is given first priority. “Kenya is expected to be glob- ally competitive by that time with citizens’ lives expect- ed to have improved to high- er standards. This will only be achieved through serious and intensive research work,” said Dr Sambili. Dr Sambili reiterated that Government must put more and constant efforts on sci- ence and technology by de- veloping focus on strength- ening it through improved infrastructure, acquisition of new equipment and proper networking around the globe. However, the former PS warned that transfer of land sector from the National gov- ernment to the counties would slightly slow down some of the vision’s projects like the Kon- za Technology City and oth- er mega investment proj- ects across the country. “Most of the plans were to be carried out at the national lev-

el, with land expected to play a major role but now counties are the land managers thus the plans will require a lot of nego- tiations,” he explained. Dr Sambili who is cur- rently a senior lecturer at Egerton University asked the Government to ensure that projects under Vision 2013 are implemented and sus- tained to the conclusion. However, he commended Government’t efforts to set up more universities across the country, saying to attain the country’s vision, many Kenyans must be facili- tated to access quality and affordable learn- ing to the possible attainable level. The former PS said industrialsa- tion had been ig- nored for long and urged the Govern- ment to consider it, saying it holds a lot of significant to de- velopment progress in the nation.

Nema moves to boost green economy

by JospHat tHiong’o

The National Environment Management Authority (Ne- ma) has launched a new ini- tiative aimed at turning the country into a vibrant green economy. Nema is putting up green points across the country with demonstration centres that will be used to exhibit best practices in green technology. Nema Director Gener- al Geoffrey Wahungu said the green point approach aims at combining a more decen- tralised approach to environ- mental awareness and sustain- able use of natural resources. The first phase of the ini- tiative includes establishing green points in Embu, Isiolo, Homa Bay, Taita Taveta and Kilifi counties. The green points are to be used in demonstration of green practices and will addi- tionally serve as interfaces for dialogue with the county gov- ernments, business sector and local communities in matters pertaining to environmental management and green busi- ness. Wahungu stated that Ne- ma was taking various inter- ventions to ensure the coun- try achieves a green economy. The green points will also serve as regular Nema offices where all its services will be of- fered.

a green economy. The green points will also serve as regular Nema offices where all its
a green economy. The green points will also serve as regular Nema offices where all its
a green economy. The green points will also serve as regular Nema offices where all its

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Thursday, July 17, 2014 / The Standard

Page 14 / OPINION Thursday, July 17, 2014 / The Standard Knut wrong on school management

Knut wrong on school management guidelines

The Kenya National Union of Teachers ap- pears to have a non-conformist policy to any- thing new that the Government proposes for the teaching fraternity. The latest bone of contention is the Minis- try of Education’s proposal to hire head teach- ers on contract basis in five-year terms that would cumulatively add up to 15 years upon renewal. These recommendations are con- tained in the Basic Education Regulation 2014 Draft. The existence of the Teachers Service Commission and its constitutional mandate should not be the reason why positive chang- es in the education sector cannot be undertak- en by the parent ministry. There are times the Government must be allowed to play its role, which, in a democracy, is to help the ‘little’ guy, the man who groans under heavy burdens, but cannot speak for

himself. Truth be told, the Government has not been kind to teachers who, despite being cat- egorised as civil servants, do not enjoy benefits and allowances at par with their compatriots in other sectors. In 2009, Dalmas Otieno, then Minister for Public Service issued a circular on allowances that left out the teachers. The Government has also procrastinated in implementing a negoti- ated pact. This attitude does not bode well for mutual trust between the two. That, perhaps, explains why teachers dis- trust the government and resort to making de- mands and threats instead of sitting down to dialogue. Unfortunately, these shouting matches impact negatively on the growth of education standards in the country. In the current case, the intention of the Government is to enhance accountability and

efficiency. The fear by Knut that the implemen- tation of the proposal could allow incompetent people to lead schools is largely unfounded. The impression one gets from this argument is that currently, schools are the best-run institu- tions in the country. Far from it, many schools that were once shining examples in the country have been run aground by head teachers. The level of mana- gerial ineptitude at most schools is baffling. Absenteeism, corruption and misuse of school funds are the order of the day in schools across the country and because head teachers are not accountable, parents are made to cov- er for their indiscretion through unexplained levies. Familiarity breeds contempt. Many school heads have stayed at one station for far too long that their default position is busi-

ness-as-usual. The role of a school principal is basically administrative. The ministry proposes that any person ap- pointed to run a school must either be a prac- tising teacher registered with the TSC or a serv- ing quality assurance or education curriculum development assessor. The danger of quacks coming in does not therefore arise as suggest- ed by Knut. Throwing the provisions of the Constitution in the face of the Government could be counterproductive considering that it could easily marshal Members of Parliament to amend those offending laws and leave teachers with nothing to hold onto. Parliamen- tarians have shown they can change laws at will. What the public demands is efficiency, competence and accountability. Unfortunately, these are the issues that teachers are trying to run away from.

Bank an alternative where others faltered

The international financial system, which is a West- ern-dominated, is set for a major shakeup. The Brics, an acronym coined over a decade ago to refer to the emerging economies of Brazil, Russia, India and Chi- na and South Africa have launched a $100 billion develop- ment bank. The launch is certainly welcome news for developing countries, especially those from Africa that need enormous capital to invest in infrastructure to grow their economies and without the annoying conditionalties from the West. Of late, most countries in Africa are finding allies in Asian powers such as China, which targets to spend $1 trillion in Africa in the years to 2025. The bank to be headquartered in Shanghai, China is ex- pected to act as an alternative to International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank. The World Bank has a capital of $223.2 billion, paid in or payable by 188 countries. The IMF has $315 billion in available resources. Although the new fund is smaller compared to the two Bretton Woods Institutions, it no doubt signals a start of a journey to create a new force in the international financial market. The bank is set to start lending in 2016 and will be open to membership from other countries. The five countries represent about 42 per cent of the glob- al population and accounts for roughly one-fifth of the world economy. That is a huge number. But even as we welcome the new fund, it is frightening to imagine it may be an attraction for rogue states whose pri- mary objective is to run away from accountability for their actions across the globe. The new alliance must ensure respect for human rights, good governance, accountability and equality for them to qualify to address global shortcomings. The globe is safe if this hidden agenda has brought these allies together. However, we must give Brics the benefit of doubt that their intention is noble and meant to improve their well-be- ing of humanity across the world especially in less developed corners.

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Sarah Palin right about Obama

It is possible that David Ross, the co- founder of Carphone Warehouse, would make a good chair of Ofsted, the schools inspection service. His trust sponsors 20 academies, and no doubt he cares deeply about the power of excellent state schools to give all children the chance to be liberated by knowledge. His qualifications for the job must be subject to a more stringent test, however, because he is a Conservative Party donor and a friend of the Prime Minister and the Education Secretary. We should be clear what it is that sets the bar higher in his case than for other possible candidates. That he has been a successful business person, or that he has had a colourful private life, is neither here nor there. It is Mr Ross’s financial support for the Tory party, and his social connections with Tory politicians, for which he has to account.

The tech industry is improving the way we connect, work and play thanks to an innovation revolution that is powering America’s economy. But the tech industry has a diversity challenge that needs the same transformational approach to improve our workforce. We see it as our imperative to do just that. We are not interested in sugarcoating or defending the indefensible; in fact, we are shining a spotlight on the problem. That is why leading tech companies are voluntarily disclosing their diversity numbers. We are owning up to it and are working hard to figure out solutions. Those solutions must be well thought out and authentic to the tech industry. We cannot simply redo what the newspaper industry or Wall Street did in the 1990s.

No, not that the president should be impeached. But Palin is correct in arguing that, for those who assert that Obama has grievously abused his executive authority, impeachment is the proper course of action. Of course this won’t happen, for the obvious reason that this tactic didn’t go so well for Republicans last time. Hence House Speaker John Boehner’s curt dismissal of Palin’s call for impeachment: “I disagree.” Boehner’s alternative — a lawsuit — o ers the political benefits of draining impeachment fever from the more rabid Republican precincts while rallying the base against Obama-as- evil-overlord, sans electoral downside. “This isn’t about Republicans versus Democrats; it’s about the legislative branch versus the executive branch,” Boehner pronounced.

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OPINION / Page 15

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Bank lOans

On loan rates, the devil is in the details

The Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) has come up with a new policy directing all banks in the country to use a common base lending rate, Kenya Banks’ Refer- ence Rate (KBRR), and disclose their base rates for the general public to know what they should expect when they want to apply for a loan. The run-up to its implementa- tion saw frenzied speculation on its impact, especially on loans for the borrowers. However, before we discuss its effect on loans, it will be instruc- tive to understand the meaning of the base rate and its importance in the overall lending rate a bank would charge its customers. The key drivers of a bank’s lending rates are 1; The bank’s base rate 2; the industry of the borrower and 3; the borrower’s specific risks. The base rate is the minimum rate of interest that a bank will lend money to its ‘best’ customers. For example, if your business is stable and well-managed, you have very good collateral and your credit rating is good, then you are viewed as a low-risk client. So the bank does not need to make a huge provision for the probability of default. Your risk margin will be low and you will borrow at near or the base rate. Previously, banks used to de- termine interest rates on the loans they offered using their own base rates. Each bank had its own base rate. It was thus difficult for bor- rowers to compare lending rates across banks. Now CBK has come up with a formula that will stan- dardise the base rate across all the commercial banks.

The CBK’s base rate formula,

or KBRR, will be computed as an

average of the CBR (the Central Bank Rate which is currently at 8.5 per cent) and the weighted two- month moving average of the 91-

day Treasury Bill rates. The first KBRR was set at 9.13 per cent, last week.

Will this lead to lower borrowing rates? Not necessarily. No doubt, KBRR will help in improving cred-

it market efficiency as it will create

a common benchmark for easy

comparability of the lending rates.

It will also help with transparency

and customer choice based on relevant information. It will not, however, lead to any significant reduction in the lending rates. The actual lending rates charged would be the Base Rate

plus borrower-specific charges. According to CBK, the lending rate banks will charge their cus-

tomers will now be determined using the formula; KBRR + K, where K will take into account these other risks. CBK will not regulate K, which represents the borrower-specific charges, which would include product-specific operating costs, credit risk and tenor premiums, but expects it will not add a lot on-

to KBRR.

Kenyans should not expect sig- nificant relief from higher lending rates because of this policy. Why? First, commercial banks determine their true base rates based on several factors, includ- ing Weighted Average Cost of Funds (WACF), operational costs, inflation and profit expectations. If you look at these variables that make up the base rate, you will notice that there is little any

up the base rate, you will notice that there is little any Real and significant reduction

Real and

significant

reduction

in lending

rates will

be achie-

ved only

when other

structural

and fun-

damental

causes of

expensive

credit are

tackled

bank can do to change the basis of computation. The only vari- ables within the control of the banks are to a certain extent pro- jected profits, which is also ap- proved by their board and which reflects the cost of capital. The main ones are externally determined. The cost of funds, for example, which is a key ingredi- ent of the base rate, is not some- thing that can be set using a for- mula. It is market-driven. You would normally hear many Ken- yans including politicians ask why banks are charging high in- terest rates when they are getting peanuts for their own deposits. What they fail to understand is that bank deposits are not all sourced from the common mwa- nanchi. Most is sourced from big depositors who are in a position to negotiate very good rates for their often-big deposits. In fact, majority of Kenyans do not bank and only a small per- centage save with banks, making the pool of funds available for lending rather small. This means banks have more fixed deposits from the interbank markets and large corporates than current ac- counts and the interest that is paid on fixed deposits is usually high. These big investors who prefer to place their money with com- mercial banks at ridiculous rates would thus weigh on a bank’s WACF. Second, banks know that true inflation is way higher than the official 7.4 per cent. It is probably higher than 10 per cent. At these levels, inflation would not allow them to reduce their cost of deposits which will make

it difficult for them to bring down their true base rates. Banks, by their nature, are rep- utation-sensitive. They would not come out in the open to challenge Government regulations. They will comply. But they are also clev- er.

What they will most likely do from now is to price ‘KBRR risk’ and push the difference between KBRR and their true base lending rate to the K. So if for example a bank was

previously charging a base rate of

13 per cent and a risk premium of

7 per cent giving a lending rate of

20 per cent, it could now charge

9.13 per cent (KBRR) and 11 per cent risk premium and lend at the same 20 per cent. Real and significant reduction in lending rates will be achieved only when other structural and fundamental causes of expensive credit are tackled and not through this ‘academic’ formula. Banks, for example, face lack of reliable identification systems, inappropriate residential address system, slow legal process for set- tling business disputes and the difficulty in validating the authen- ticity of collateral. The Government would also need to bring down the high cost of doing business in the country which impacts on banks and which ultimately translates into higher borrowing costs.

Mr Hussein is Senior Vice President, Financial Risk at Riyad Bank, Saudi Arabia wehliyem@gmail.com

Dalmas OkenDO }

Time to re-examine the reporting of graft

Among the roles of a govern- ment is effective provision of public goods and services, and the promotion of inclusive and equitable development for the people. Therefore, a government must be accountable to the people and corruption must be prevented. While anti-corruption is every- body’s business and everyone must take concrete measures to counter corruption, there are three problematic issues on the involvement of the general pub- lic.

First, sometimes citizens are part of the problem of corruption, believing that side payments and bribes are the only way to get things done. Second, some mem- bers of the public benefit from corruption and resist efforts to stamp it out. Third, passivity by the same public in the face of endemic cor- ruption in Kenya has allowed cor- ruption to thrive and if the same situation ensues with devolution, corruption will be entrenched in the nascent county governments.

At least half of those who said they would not report said they would not do so because it would not make any difference

All these challenges must be sur- mounted and the citizens refo- cused and re-energised to remain the guarantors of integrity. While it is widely acknowl- edged that reporting corruption is a major step in fighting the vice, Transparency International’s Global Corruption Barometer 2013 indicates that a majority of the respondents (68 per cent) said they were willing to report inci- dents of corruption, while 32 per cent indicated unwillingness to report. At least half of those who said they would not report said they would not do so because it would not make any difference. Another 37 per cent feared the consequences of reporting. Other people do not report corruption for a variety of reasons including lack of knowledge of reporting av- enues and general unresponsive- ness of reporting institutions. Tipping the authorities about corruption in Kenya – as in many places – is a high-risk endeavour. People have been fired, harassed, driven from their homes and even lost their lives for daring to

speak out about bribery and oth- er abuses of power. There is a fairly elaborate an- ti-corruption infrastructure in the country, including laws and insti- tutions. In the latter, there are both state and non-state agencies that receive corruption and relat- ed complaints from the public and provide some sort of legal support to those who report. In 2012, the Commission on Administrative Justice, Kenya Na- tional Commission on Human Rights, Ethics and Anti-Corrup- tion Commission, National Cohe- sion and Integration Commission and, the National Anti-corrup- tion Campaign Steering Commit- tee came together to form the In- tegrated Public Complaints and Referral Mechanism (IPCRM). This platform aims to enable state agencies to receive and refer complaints to each other to im- prove responsiveness in handling complaints. It also purposes to ease the burden of citizens from moving from one office to another to fol- low up complaints as reports can

be lodged with any of the partic- ipating agencies. The complaints and referral mechanism has also spread the services of these agencies to areas where they do not have a pres- ence. It has contributed towards greater accountability in han- dling complaints within the spec- ified time thus improving the re- sponsiveness and resolution of complaints. Transparency International Kenya is part of this platform. Even as these structures are applied, and with the transition to devolution, the perception of Kenyans still points to increasing incidents of corruption in both magnitude and complexity. This calls for concerted effort to im- prove corruption reporting. The first step would be a thorough as- sessment of the existing mecha- nisms.

Mr Okendo is the Head of Programmes, Transparency International Kenya

Palaver

One of the places that used to be safe in Kenya is no longer safe. That place is the church. Crimi- nals have no respect for it. They kill inside churches. Drunken youths having too good a time have no respect for it either. Worst of all, some ‚pastors‘ have turned it from a praying to a preying facility. A Sunday School teacher in Nakuru is serving a life sentence for defiling a minor, only ten years old. A bishop and church elder in Kirinyaga have been excommunicated over alle- gations of eloping with minors. Verily, I say unto you, these are the last days!

It is an insult to the Kenya Police Service that even when they are

concentrated in

numbers at the Coast ostensibly to provide security, thugs still have the audacity to attack

to provide security, thugs still have the audacity to attack a police station and steal guns

a police station and

steal guns to use to kill another day. They (thugs) have the cheek to raid a farm, harvest crops, get into a granary, steal food and burn it down. They have the guts to come back and burn deserted buildings just to stress a point.

Oh, the police, the police. Some of them are so singularly incapable of having a coherent thought process they do things that end up killing. Imagine a policeman giving chase to a ramshackle matatu held together by rope and wire. Consider the consequences to road users and the passengers. Why not just radio ahead? In Kakamega, a panicked cyclist lost his life after jumping off a moving cycle with police chasing him. And one got a thorough beating from the public for his trouble. Ouch!

Scientists looking for a drug to make humans immune to the effects of alcohol have created

a worm that can‘t get drunk,

reports UK‘s Daily Mirror. The worms, Caenorhabditis elegans, were mutated by biologists to withstand the side effects of consuming so much of the liquid.

The warms start to crawl slower and, unlike the average clubber on a Saturday night, they move in

a STRAIGHTER line!

Some things are easier said than done. The intent might be good, but the execution bad. So it was that Deputy President William Ruto ambushed head teachers with the order to release all detained school leaving certifi- cates. How do they recover the billions owed? Helping the needy

is

noble, but in a society that

is

highly politicised, Ruto was

simply playing politics. He knows better than that. Why couldn‘t he do this through a ministerial di- rective? Was Prof Jacob Kaimenyi consulted? Chances are he was not. Period. Hence the furore. oped@standardmedia.co.ke

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Thursday, July 17, 2014 / The Standard

Revive fish project to boost incomes

Kisumu residents are feeling let down by the government’s failure to

actualise a fish project that was pro- posed three decades ago. The project that was proposed in 1980 to boost fish farming in western Kenya, meet development needs and

to act as a training centre for the re-

gion has stalled. The multimillion project was expected to boost the liv-

ing standards of the residents. The Kano Kabonyo Fish Farm in Nyando District, on the eastern shores of Lake Victoria near the West

Kano Rice irrigation paddies, died as

a result of poor management and

lack of implementation. The government acquired 200 hectares of land from the local com- munity through Gazette notice num- ber 3460 of November 1 1982. Residents had hoped the project would create job opportunities for them, act as a source of food, and bring up other development projects. It is therefore imperative for the national government and the Kisumu county government to revive the project.

{Erick Okoye, Kisumu}

Ruto’s order on held certificates populist

The directive by Deputy President

William Ruto that all head teachers release all certificates any fees arrears notwithstanding is a populist one. The move would be good only if the government would be ready to pay schools upfront before these cer- tificates are released to the owners. This directive is not new. The former government was unable to keep its word on the same. The order is going to put heads in difficult situations as they contend with parents not paying school fees, knowing their children will still get the certificates. With Ruto’s pledge that the State is committed to reduc- ing the cost of education, it remains

to be seen whether it will happen.

{Philip Mbindyo, Ukwala}

Poor roads a ecting tourism industry

Anyone who has been to Narok town can bear me witness that the roads in this area are deplorable. The Narok-Bomet highway is great, but the infrastructure inside the town is discouraging. It should be put into consider- ation that this is a major tourism town due to the wildebeest migration -once billed the seventh wonder of the world. The move by the county govern- ment to allow Kenya Airports Parking Services to operate in the town was wrong since Narok has several cabs and the revenue could be used to de- velop the town’s infrastructure.

{Jepkorir Cynthia, via email}

 

YOUR SAY

 

Potentially painful civil service

shake-up:

Jubilee government said

it

would create thousands of jobs per

year. Therefore, it beats logic for the same government to start sacking employees. Was the pledge just a plot to hoodwink Kenyans into voting them in? The Government must walk the talk on the pledge and avoid the temptation to sack desperate

wananchi. Dennis Nyagowa

President Uhuru Kenyatta has emphatically stated the size of the

public sector wage bill is currently unsustainable and unacceptable and even the Government convened

a

national wage bill conference

to discuss the crisis. Therefore, the writing on the wall is clear that government wants to lay o thousands of workers. Njeru Ndwiga

The time to face the multifaceted fiscal problems that has bedeviled this country’s economy is now. Otherwise, the Government cannot realise economic transformation and rejuvenation by giving austerity measures a wide berth. Joe Muthama

It

is understandable that public

wage bill consumes 13 per cent of internally generated funds, that is, 55 per cent of government revenue goes to settling the public sector wage bills. Needless to say, our parliamentarians, ministers, MCAs and some senior civil servants take the lion’s share of the Government’s recurrent expenditure, In fact, they are among the well paid in the world hence zero-sum game. So, the move is laudable. Joseph G

Mututho links KRA to killer

brew: We, just like Mututho can’t rule out the possibility that the killer brews that have killed 29 people in the last two weeks may be linked to the deadly methanol auctioned by a Government agency early this year.

It

is unbelivable that 20,000 litres

of methanol sold o by the Kenya Revenue Authority at Kilindini Port in Mombasa in March, this year, may be causing the countrywide havoc.

Book_Runner

The Nacada boss should visit Arabian countries to understand the solution to the crisis. The only remedy is to outlaw alcohol, shut all drinking dens, and make it a criminal o ence to drink and handle alcohol. Musa

Wambua

It

is no wonder KRA surpassed its

target with Sh 100 million. Frank Njeru

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Sta lay-o s not instant panacea to wage bill crisis

The proposed staff rationalisa- tion and ultimate reduction of gov- ernment workers should not be treated as an instant solution to lowering of public wage bill and im-

pline to curb any wastage of public funds. And back home, a lot needs to be done. The question remains whether our government has sealed all the loopholes that lead to pilfer-

through the public spending with a fine pencil and close all loopholes and widen the tax bracket since he has enough funds to run the coun- try. Investing in capacity building

provement in service delivery. This

age of public funds.

and matching skills with right job is

a

better approach.

is not the first time the State is re- ducing its manpower. Kenyans should remember we had the Inter- national Monetary Fund-pre- scribed Structural Adjustment Pro- grammes which ended up causing more pain and suffering to Ken- yans.The State ended up reducing the workforce but failed to act on wastage or enhancing efficiency in utilisation of resources. This there- fore begs the question: Will the Government get it right this time round? When the US and the world at large faced the global meltdown, the Obama administration did not jump to downsizing. Instead, Pres- ident Obama opted for stimulus funding of public operations. By injecting more funds into cir- culation, Obama managed to stim- ulate public consumption. Econo- mies grow when there is increased spending by consumers.That

worked for the Americans. At the same time, the US govern- ment instilled tight financial disci-

Kenyans must demand zero tol- erance to graft so as to save funds for development.To push public servants out of work without tack- ling leakage of public funds is un- fair. It is unjustified to send the small workers packing every time we have a financial problem. The Government must as a matter of fact exhaust other options before jumping to laying-off workers. As the exercise gets underway, Ken- yans will be keenly watching how the process is undertaken. Resorting to the process as an excuse or scapegoat is unaccept- able.One thing that the Govern- ment is not saying is that President Kibaki presided over an expanded government but managed to ex- pand the economy. Jubilee inherit- ed a thriving economy. So, let them devise innovative and creative ways of raising funds without hurting the already overburdened mwananchi.

We can grow the economy through prudent utilisation of available re- sources. The President should go

{Amaya, via mail}

It is said that desperate times call for desperate measures. As a matter of fact, the Jubilee adminis- tration has been grappling with a ballooning public wage bill, thus the decision to rationalise the civil service is laudable. The govern- ment’s inability to tame expendi- ture on public sector wage bill, fis- cal indiscipline, economic mismanagement, overspending, rising inflation and weakening na- tional currency has resulted in a huge fiscal deficit. The government cannot reinvigorate the economy which is in shreds by paying lip ser- vice only. If it is downsizing or re- trenchment that will tame the bal- looning wage bill, so be it.The time to face the multifaceted fiscal prob- lems that have bedevilled this country’s economy is now.

{Ochieng Odongo, via email}

Feedback

The state of a airs from the 2007 and 2008 post-election violence to the recent Mpeketoni raids seems to suggest that Kenya is simply being sucked into political games with the rising threat of insecurity and terrorism. Ultimately, it is Kenya as a country and its citizens in general who will pay the price as the time bombs of insecurity and the threat of terrorism tick away towards explosion. In the aftermath of Westgate attack, we have never been

In the aftermath of Westgate attack, we have never been one as we lied. It has

one as we lied. It has become popular for the government and opposition to publicly politicise

internal insecurity problems. This has even assumed an ethnic dimension, which, viewed in the context of Kenya’s history of negative ethnology-political polarisation and violence, adds potency to the ticking time bombs. What Kenya requires is national resolve to depoliticise security issues. There must be a well-structured approach towards insecurity, devoid of narrow, partisan political and ethnic interests.

{Auchi Ngonela, Nairobi }

Depoliticise security issues to win this war

Kenya faces a serious internal threat as a result of the rising insecurity. It is becoming evident that the government is either ine ective at utilising the resources and capabilities at its disposal, or has no political will to e ectively respond to increasing threats.

Lessons for our leaders from World Cup

After a month of World Cup matches, the big day finally came with Argentina losing to Germany in a glittering final. The 32 teams went to Brazil with the aim of win- ning, but it is just one that carried the day. So, what are the leadership lessons Kenyans can draw from this international event? Soccer and politics are intertwined and resonate with our lifestyle. To start with our African team, Ste- phen Keshi resigned after Super Eagles lost to France. The bottom line is that whether you are a coach or a politician, how you handle a loss and deal with adversity adds value your character. It enhances

your competitiveness and your commitment to excellence. The price of success is hard work, ded- ication to the job and applying one’s best to the task. That is why when one loses; they get hurt. Some of our political leaders never believe in responsible politics. Nei- ther do they believe in the virtue of stepping down after they are impli- cated in malpractices, yet stepping aside in such a case would be to show responsibility. We know why Germany was considered the best team from the beginning to the end. Even when injuries and yellow cards took the team’s starters out, the Germans

had an answer. When they disman- tled Brazil in the semis with seven goals scored by different players, there was no specific hero. This was a lesson of efficient coordination. I wish our legal and security system could emulate this to end insecuri- ty in our country. Honesty is a rare virtue.

I am sure it is worth trying after

investing an inordinate amount of time, resources and effort in a con-

test. When some teams lost, their coaches had no option but to re- sign. Any failure should be consid- ered as part of learning.

{Ngala Joshua, via email}

coaches had no option but to re- sign. Any failure should be consid- ered as part

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By KEVIN TONUI

After The Standard and KTN high- lighted the plight of children in Ua-

sin Gishu County who risk their lives crossing a makeshift bridge in order to get to school, well-wishers have come forth to assist the school. The stories titled ‘Where Chil-

dren Court Death In Their Eagerness

To Learn’ and ‘Across The Bridge’ told of how toddlers studying at St Mary’s Tach Asis Early Child- hood Development School have

to cross a slippery makeshift bridge in order to get to school.

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nerve-wrecking

experi-

ence did not end at the other side of

the bridge but also unfolded in class

where the pupils scrambled for the

best sitting position and those who

failed to secure a place on makeshift

desks had to sit on rocks scattered

across the classroom floor.

Now, the Kenya Power Compa-

ny has pledged to build two class-

rooms and provide 25 desks per class

once construction is complete, a staff

room, as well as put up toilets for girls

and boys.

The firm’s communications offi-

cer, Kevin Sang, said they were moved

by the story and decided to make a difference in the children’s learning experience. “The children are crowded into a single room and the two classes sep- arated by an iron sheet which makes concentration very difficult. To make matters worse, the teachers share one toilet with the students. This cannot be allowed to continue,” he said.

NEW BRIDGE

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nated 22 desks for the pupils and two chairs for the volunteer teachers. “I pledge to ensure that this school gets all the assistance it needs to be able to provide these children with quality education which is their fun- damental right,” he said. The MP asked the Teacher’s Ser- vice Commission (TSC) to consider hiring teachers with immediate ef- fect. The Uasin Gishu county govern- ment was not left behind. Deputy governor Daniel Chemno said the

immediately create a temporary footpath to allow construction of the main bridge as well as a road and classroom

government will construct one class- room and build a road and bridge to the school. “We will immediately build a tem- porary footpath across the river to re- place the makeshift bridge. This will stay in place while the main bridge across the river is gradually worked on,” Chemno said.

Emmanuel Kibet, the Eldoret East sub-county Parents Teachers Associ- ation (PTA) chairman said residents are elated by the pledges that have been made towards development of the school.

SCHOOL FEEDING

Kibet said there are talks with the county government and area MCA to ensure that a school feeding pro- gramme is introduced to assist the children.

“Some of these children come from farflung areas and commuting to and from school is tough for them, which makes them bring their own food to school. We want to remove this burden from the parents and en- sure the children are catered for,” Ki- bet said. Pledges were still streaming in by the time we went to press with some benefactors saying they are assessing the situation in order to determine how best to help the school.

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NAKURU COUNTY

Class Eight girl goes missing from school

BBy MERCY KAHENDA

Anxiety has gripped a family in Echariria area in Mbaruk Ward Na- kuru County after their 13-year-old Kenya Certificate of Primary Educa- tion went missing five days ago. Mary Nyambura Jane, a pupil at Josnem Academy in Ngorika in Nyan- darua County is reported to have mysteriously disappeared from the school last Sunday. According to Josnem Academy Manager John Ng’ang’a, they realised the girl was missing at around 2pm after being absent from class. He said they reported the in- cident at several police sta- tions in the area but they were yet to establish her whereabouts. Ng’ang’a described Jane as a hard- working and dedicated pupil who got along well with her colleagues and teachers.

MACHAKOS COUNTY

Machakos University closed indefinitely

BBy DANIEL NzIA

Machakos University College has been closed indefinitely following riots by students that lasted several hours. The riots began on Monday night when enraged students vented their anger by stoning unsuspecting motorists plying the Machakos-Wote road, while another group allegedly petrol bombed two dormitories where property of an unknown value was razed down. It was not immediately clear what triggered the unrest but College Principal Francis Mathooko said a power blackout that hit Machakos town from 3pm on Monday could have angered the students. Prof Mathooko said investigations are underway to establish the cause of the riots.

KAJIADO COUNTY

Pastor arrested for ‘defiling’ girl, five

BBy PETERSON gITHAIgA

A renowned middle-aged pastor is being held by police for allegedly de- filing a five-year-old girl at Sholinke village in Kitengela, Kajiado County. Plainclothes policemen arrest- ed the pastor at his residence after a nine-day search. Residents had protested the delay by police in the area to arrest the pas- tor, with some expressing fears that he may have compromised the offi- cers. The pastor is said to have lured the girl to his house and defiled her while she was heading home from school. Area OCPD Stephen Wenda said the suspect would be arraigned in court today. ‘’We have been pursuing the sus- pect and we have finally brought him to book. The suspect will be ar- raigned in court today to answer to the charges he is accused of,’’ said Wenda.

LAIKIPIA COUNTY

charges he is accused of,’’ said Wenda. LAIKIPIA COUNTY Monica Onyango, a clerical officer at Kisumu

Monica Onyango, a clerical officer at Kisumu East registration office.

a clerical officer at Kisumu East registration office. KISUMU COUNTY 12,000 IDs yet to be collected

KISUMU COUNTY

12,000 IDs yet to be collected

BBy MAUREEN ODIWUOR

There are more than 12,000 uncollected identity cards lying at Kisumu East District Registration office, Nyanza Deputy Registration Officer Aoko Ogutha has said. Mr Ogutha said some of the cards have never been picked since the year 2010, and reiterated the need to sensitise residents on the importance of collecting the documents. “We only consider our job done when we see empty identity cards’ collection trays,” he said. He said double application for ID cards was partly to blame for non-collection of the documents. “There are people who apply for the cards in one station and then move to a different station and do it all over again,” he said.

MERU COUNTY

Thousand of families face starvation

BBy MOSES NJAgIH

Residents of semi-arid parts of Ti- gania West in Meru County want the Government to introduce irrigation projects in the area to alleviate hun- ger. Kianjai, Akithi and Athanwa wards are currently experiencing se- vere drought after failed rains in two seasons. They called on the Nation- al Irrigation Board (NIB) to increase the acreage of land under irrigation in a bid to increase food production in Meru County. “The three wards border Isiolo, and face perennial food shortage. If an irrigation project is established, it would at least help 5,000 house- holds, currently under threat of star- vation. Many families are affected and unless they are supplied with relief food, they could succumb to hunger,” said Area MP David Karithi.

they could succumb to hunger,” said Area MP David Karithi. Rebecca Cheli, a teacher at Lorubae

Rebecca Cheli, a teacher at Lorubae Nursery School in Il Motiok area in Laikipia County at work in class. Children here learn in the open due to lack of classrooms. Their former ‘classroom’ which was under a tree was invaded by a herd of

elephants. [PHOTO: JOB WERU/STANDARD]

e l e p h a n t s . [PHOTO: JOB WERU/STANDARD] Kisii Governor James

Kisii Governor James Ongwae

. [PHOTO: JOB WERU/STANDARD] Kisii Governor James Ongwae KISII COUNTY Ongwae launches Sh46m stadium redo BBy

KISII COUNTY

Ongwae launches Sh46m stadium redo

BBy ERIC ABUgA

Kisii Governor James Ongwae has launched a Sh46 million plan for renovation of Gusii stadium in six months. The contractor has already ferried all the construction materials to the site with the project engineer promising to finish the job within the stipulated time. Mr Ongwae said the construction process will be supervised by the county works officer, who has already inspected the project. “We have observed the tendering process. We sent out our team to visit Kisumu, Nairobi and Mombasa stadiums and I am sure they have come up with the best design,” said Ongwae.

THE FIgURES

500

The number of people the proposed VIP dais of the gusii Stadium will accommodate.

THE FIgURES

46 The amount of shillings in millions it will cost to put up gusii Stadium.

HOMA BAY COUNTY

Grieving family buries ‘wrong man’

BBy MARK OLOO

A family in Homa Bay County is reeling in shock after it was forced to exhume a body it had just interred. Relatives of Cosmas Wangaya Odongo had apparently buried the wrong body after mistaking it for that of their kin. Relatives and neigh- bours, who blamed the confusion on mortuary workers, braved tears as they hastily exhumed the ‘wrong body’ and buried the ‘right one’. The two bodies had been pre- served at Rapcom mortuary in Awen- do, Migori County, and bore the same age. Odongo died at his Anding’o Pa- la home in Homa Bay County two weeks ago. The other man hailed from Kamagambo, Migori County and had been lying at the facility for a week. Odongo’s family failed to notice they had taken the wrong body, since the two old men somehow looked alike, and were of the same age. “The experience is shocking,” said Mrs Rose Kagose, a family friend.

NAKURU COUNTY

Officers challenge transfer in court

BBy VINCENT MABATUK

Three police officers have filed a suit at the Nakuru High Court seeking to stop the Inspector General of Police, David Kimaiyo from transferring them from Nakuru to hardship areas. The three officers said their medical conditions cannot allow them serve in areas experiencing serious armed combat. Samuel Mungai and Joseph Karanja told Justice Anyara Emukule they suffer from chronic depression after serving for more than six years in hardship areas, while Teresah Muthoni is pregnant and has for the last six months borne pregnancy-related complications. Justice Emukule certified the matter as urgent and directed it to be served to the IG and Attorney General Githu Muigai directly before July 24 when the suit will be heard.

Muigai directly before July 24 when the suit will be heard. UDF party leader Musalia Mudavadi.

UDF party leader Musalia Mudavadi.

the suit will be heard. UDF party leader Musalia Mudavadi. KAKAMEgA COUNTY UDF MPs opposed to

KAKAMEgA COUNTY

UDF MPs opposed to referendum calls

BBy ALEx WECHULI WAKHISI

MPs Benjamin Washiali (Mumias East) and Emmanuel Wangwe (Navakholo) have said they are opposed to calls for a referendum, saying it is ill-timed and a waste of resources. The MPs, allied to United Democratic Front Party (UDF) leader Musalia Mudavadi, said the national government should instead address the many challenges Kenyans are facing “since a referendum will not offer solutions”. They said the referendum will require a huge amount of the taxpayer’s money, yet the Government needs these monies to fund projects across the country. “The idea behind having a referendum is good but the call is ill-timed and will only create more challenges to the country’s economy,” Wangwe said.

HOMA BAY COUNTY

to the country’s economy,” Wangwe said. HOMA BAY COUNTY Homa Bay Governor Cyprian Awiti displays a

Homa Bay Governor Cyprian Awiti displays a Sh24 million cheque for school fees for orphans in the county by a local NGO-Aphia

Plus. [PHOTO:

COLLINS ODUOR/

STANDARD]

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NAKURU COUNTY

Residents storm police station

BBy MERCY KAHENdA

Angry residents of Chigamba ar- ea in Kuresoi Sub County stormed Olenguruoni police station demand- ing the transfer of a police officer for alleged involvement in the death of a middle aged woman two weeks ago. More than 400 area residents carrying twigs and placards held demonstrations outside the station and demanded justice for the family of the Mercy Jepn’geno, who died un- der mysterious circumstances. “The police officer linked to the killing of the woman should be trans- ferred or interdicted because he is a criminal,” they demanded. The deceased was accosted by po- lice officers while preparing to close a pub at Olenguruoni trading centre before she was found dead later. They claimed post-mortem done on the deceased body show that Jepngeno died after sustaining head injuries.

MERU COUNTY

Workers’ demo against blackouts

BBy pHARES MUTEMBEI

Silverspread Hardware Limited workers, led by their director Rajesh Hirani, yesterday staged peaceful demonstrations along the Meru-Maua Road as they marched to Kenya Power offices to register their complaints over frequent power blackouts. Simon Gitau, the company’s power technician, said the power outages has made the firm incur huge losses. He said they have also been forced to lay off staff since they are no longer able to sustain salaries. However, Meru Kenya Power business branch manager Phineas Marete, said the frequent blackout are due to vandalism of the firm’s transformers. “The weather here is sometimes not favourable due to strong winds which affect supply. We are however aware of our client’s frustrations and are willing to sit with them and explain,” he said.

NAKURU COUNTY

Comedian in court over sms

BBy BOAz KIpNGENOH ANd REBECCA ABANGA

A renowned comedian and director of an entertainment companBy ByesterdaBy told a Nakuru court that his ex-lover sent him abusive text messages. GeoffreBy Otina popularlBy known as pengle wuon Otiato told Senior principal Magistrate NByakundi Maroro that his ex-lover, Richline Kasa, also known as Richline Atieno, a KenByan citizen residing in NorwaBy, sent him several abusive messages to his phone before she burnt his house in Nairobi. Atieno, who had been barred from travelling back to NorwaBy pending hearing and determination of the case, was ByesterdaBy allowed to travel. The court also established that the two had a child together and advised them to reconcile.

UASIN GISHU COUNTY

Photographers petition county

BBy MICHAEL wESONGA

A group of photographers have petitioned the Uasin Gishu County Assembly against their abrupt evic- tion from their operational area at the townhall grounds. The nine, who say they have gen- uine permits, argue that they risk prosecution by their clients for lack of availability at their accustomed operational area of designation. They are also seeking audience with the county government as stake- holders because they have no alter- native place of relocation. David Kemboi, who has operat- ed from the same area for the last 18 years and consistently renewed the yearly licence that recently rose from Sh1,400 to Sh2500 said they were is- sued with a short verbal notice. But Trade CEC Philip Meli said he had given the traders an alternative operational area.

SIAYA COUNTY

Ugenya’s first nursing school

BBy LAwRENCE ALURU

plans are at an advanced stage to open a nursing school at Matibabu Foundation in UgenBya to help avert the persistent shortage of nurses in SiaBya CountBy. The MarBy Ann Van dam School of nursing will be one of a kind in the region. Two Byears ago, the four constituencies of SiaBya CountBy: UgenBya, Ugunja, Gem and Alego Usonga had to emploBy nurses from other regions. Matibabu Foundation CountrBy director daniel Ogola saBys alreadBy there are manBy applicants for the few vacancies in the September intake, Byet theBy need onlBy 40 students for a start. The school, whose courses were recentlBy approved bBy the Nursing Council of KenBya, has five lecturers readBy to start work.

Council of KenBya, has five lecturers readBy to start work. NAKURU COUNTY Clearly animals have no

NAKURU COUNTY

has five lecturers readBy to start work. NAKURU COUNTY Clearly animals have no rights. If they

Clearly animals have no rights. If they did this chicken trader whom we caught up with on Nakuru-Kabarnet Road might have been more careful in his business. [PHOTO:BONIFACE THUKU/STANDARD]

careful in his business. [PHOTO:BONIFACE THUKU/STANDARD] VIHIGA COUNTY Akaranga ordered out of premises BBy ERIC

VIHIGA COUNTY

Akaranga ordered out of premises

BBy ERIC LUNGAI

Vihiga Governor Moses Akaran- ga has been directed by area Coun- ty Commissioner Boaz Cherotich to vacate offices allocated to the county government at the national govern- ment premises in Mbale. He said the national government intends to strengthen its human re- sources department and other oper- ations and would require more office space for its officers. “The purpose of this letter is to ask you to hand over all the offices, including the one oc- cupied by the governor,” the notice read in part. Cherotich pointed out that the of- fice occupied by the governor would be reverted back to the deputy coun- ty commissioner. Akaranga said he had received the notice and would soon vacate the premises.

KILIFI COUNTY

County dismisses audit report

BBy jOSEpH MASHA

Kilifi County Government has denounced an audit report alleging misuses of Sh12.5 million public money by the office of the governor. According to the County Executive Committee Member for Finance John Kombe, the report by the Auditor General dated early this year is “an old report” filled with inaccuracies. Kombe claimed the auditor made many conclusions in his report without all documents, and that he hurriedly compiled it before receiving all requested papers. “The report the auditor general is speaking about is an old one. Most of it’s concerns have so been addressed when we forwarding the the procurement documents to their office,” said Mr Kombe. The finance committee member further said most of the expenditures were done during the transition period from the former local authorities.

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First lady launches rotavirus vaccine

2014 / The Standard First lady launches rotavirus vaccine First Lady Margaret Kenyatta administers rotavirus vaccine

First Lady Margaret Kenyatta administers rotavirus vaccine to baby Debra Kerubo during the official launch of the vaccine at Machakos People’s Park, as the baby’s mother, Mrs Esther Momanyi, looks on. [ PHOTO: PSCU]

MACHAKOS COUNTY

BBy ViCTOr NzUMA

First Lady Margaret Kenyatta yes- terday launched the first vaccine against rotavirus in Machakos Coun- ty. The virus is the most common cause of severe diarrhoea among in- fants and young children. Accompanied by Health Cabinet Secretary James Macharia, Machakos governor Dr Alfred Mutua and area MPs, the First Lady toured the Mach- akos Level Five Hospital, where she inspected the maternity wing, before proceeding to the ‘People’s Park’ for the launch. She called on mothers to ensure their babies are vaccinated at the right time, to protect them from treatable diseases such as diarrhoea. The initiative is part of her “Be- yond Zero” campaign, which is ex- pected to support county health management efforts through mo- bile clinics, provision of incubators

Assembly proposes partnership for free pads

NAirOBi COUNTY

BBy JAMES MWANGi

The Nairobi County Assembly has passed a motion that could see school-going girls in informal settle- ments get free sanitary towels. The motion implored the coun- ty administration to consider col- laborating with Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and sanitary towel-manufacturing companies to implement the noble cause. “Menstrual hygiene management is a challenge that confronts millions of girls in informal settlements and schools in Nairobi. These girls cannot afford sanitary pads regularly, forcing them to use rags, feathers and other in- appropriate items,” said Kayole South Representative, Elizabeth Manyala. Manyala moved the motion, saying most girls in primary school miss classes for two weeks in a term and about 24 weeks in four years for those in secondary school. “These vulnerable girls often choose to skip school during their pe-

girls often choose to skip school during their pe- Nairobi County Assembly Speaker Mr Alex Ole

Nairobi County Assembly Speaker Mr Alex Ole Magelo addresses members at Charter Hall. The assembly is imploring the county to collabo- rate with NGOs to get sanitary towels for needy school

girls. [PHOTO:file/

STANDARD]

riods and at times some of them are forced or lured into extra-marital sex in order to get resources to buy sani- tary towels,” she said.

SCHOOL GIRLS

Members of the County Assembly supported the move, though the cost of the pads has not been catered for in the 2014/15 budget. They said the county government should also approach private estab- lishments willing to carry out their

Corporate Social Responsibility to get in touch with schools. “Nowadays even men buy the pads for their wives and daughters and they know how expensive they are. We need the number of vulnera- ble girls in Nairobi primary and sec- ondary schools,” said Clay City MCA, Erastus Muiruri. Sarang’ombe Representative, Pi- us Otieno said improving reproduc- tive health of the girls was imperative in building a bright future for them.

and community health sensitisation, among others.

MILLENIUM GOALS

The campaign is also meant to drive international action with a view to accelerating the realisation of three Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). “Through the ‘Beyond Zero Foun- dation’ campaign, we are determined to enlighten mothers on the impor- tance of the vaccine for children’s safety. We plan to roll out the pro- gramme to all the 47 counties, and ensure no baby dies from prevent- able diseases,” she said. She said she was impressed with the health facility at Machakos, and called on other county governments to emulate the work being done at the Machakos Level Five Hospital. Governor Mutua thanked the first lady for choosing Machakos to launch the vaccine, and said his government was committed to working closely with the national government to fos-

 

MACHAKOS COUNTY

Police hunt for keBy suspect in fake cash sByndicate

 

Police in Matungulu have launched

a

manhunt for a suspect linked to fake

currency printing syndicate. The suspect, who escaped police dragnet last Saturday, is being pursued

after one of his accomplices was nabbed

in

a house in Nguluni market, Machakos

County, and Sh1.5 million fake currency was found in the house. Matungulu AP Commander, John Karanja told journalists the fake-money syndicate could explain numerous cases of fraud reported by M-Pesa agents and leading business outlets in Tala and its environs. “We suspect these men are the ones behind the many cases of fraud involving fake currency transactions that have been reported in Tala and and small trading centres around it,” said Karanja. The arrest followed an early morning operation mounted by local security officers to flush out aliens who are believed to have rented houses in Nguluni and Tala.

ter development for the country. “Kenyans don’t have the luxury for playing petty politics at the expense of the citizens. We must ensure what we do is for the benefit of the country and its people,” said Dr Mutua. He called on all leaders, both in the national and county government to show commitment in what they do. ‘’We should not forget that those who elected us did so because they wanted to see development in the country. This is not the time for poli- tics,” he said.

DEVELOPMENT RECORD

He expressed concern that his de- velopment record in the county had attracted enemies, who he felt were only bent on pulling him down. “Let me tell them that the people of Machakos picked me to bring them development. Because of their bless- ings, no amount of threats or intimi- dation will derail me from the course. Let them join me in building Macha- kos,’’ he said.

MAKUENi COUNTY

MCAs accuse Speaker, clerk of unethical conduct

Some Makueni County Assembly members are up in arms against the

assembly Speaker and the Clerk, whom they accuse of alleged abuse of office and unethical conduct. The representatives claim Speaker Stephen Ngelu and the Clerk, Edward

Libedi have been operating outside the guidelines of the Salaries and Remuneration Commission. In a letter dated July 3 addressed to the chairperson of the SRC, the MCAs who include Samson Vaati, Paul Malinda and Martin Masila claim the two officials have removed some MCAs from certain committees and frustrated efforts to discuss the assembly budget. The MCAs have also protested the procedure of awarding of sitting allowances as well as opportunities for foreign trips, which they said are dished out cronies of the two officials. The petition has been copied to the Controller of Budget, the Auditor General and the Transition Authority chairman.

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Assembly rejects Ruto’s request to amend Bill

BOMET COUNTY

BBy GilBErT KiMUTai

Members of the Bomet Coun- ty Assembly are headed for a clash with Governor Isaac Ruto after they rejected a memorandum seeking an amendment to the County Appropri- ation Bill 2014. In the memorandum, Ruto re- quested the assembly to amend the Bill to conform with the ceiling set by Commission on Revenue Alloca- tion (CRA). The MCAs unanimously rejected the memorandum, saying the execu- tive had failed to give specific reasons for the proposed amendment. They also said Ruto’s refusal to assent to the Bill on grounds that if passed in its current form it would deprive the county funds for devel- opment was aimed at blackmailing the assembly. Defending the Bill and amend- ments passed on June 30, the MCAs said they based changes to the pro- posed law on the county fiscal strat- egy paper and the ceilings set by the Commission on Revenue Allocations.

swIFt reJoINDer

But in a swift rejoinder, statement from the governor’s office faulted hir- ing of 50 staff by the assembly against the recommended 17. “MCAs indicated that their bud- get would include foreign and do- mestic travels and training which totals Sh130 million. In effect, the as- sembly would take the lion’s share of the budget beating the health depart- ment which has 500 employees and whose allocation was slashed by the

assembly from Sh719 million to Sh683 million,” the statement read. During a recent Kamukunji with MCAs, Ruto maintained that the al- location for the Assembly would be capped at Sh265 million as recom- mended by CRA. While defending the Sh1.3 billion budget, the executive had said the of- fice of the Governor would give part of the money for construction of 16 ward offices and completion of five sub-county offices. “I did not sign the Appropriation Bill because it was not in tandem with the ceilings provided by CRA. We have to exercise prudence in management of public resources,” Ruto said. During the three hour session, 29 MCAs voted to reject the memoran- dum while 2 supported it.

DIsregarDeD ceIlINg

Budget and Appropriation Com- mittee Vice Chairman Bernard Nge- no said it was misleading for the gov- ernor to allege that the assembly had disregarded the ceilings set by CRA, noting that they were prompted to make the changes to the Bill as the ex- ecutive allocated money to the vari- ous departments in blocks. The MCAs also defended their de- cision to allocated the assembly Sh699 million, saying they needed funds to build a new chamber and basic ame- nities like toilets. They also said they arrived at the figure after factoring in Sh70 million car loan and mortgage for the mem- bers. Kimulot Ward Representative Samson Towett, while poking holes into the memorandum, said the exec- utive promised to build a new cham-

What MCas said • The MCAs defended their de - cision to allocate the assembly
What MCas said
The MCAs defended their de -
cision to allocate the assembly
Sh699 million, saying they need -
ed funds to build a new chamber
and basic amenities like toilets
They said they arrived at the
figure after factoring in Sh70
million car loan and mortgage
for the members
Bomet Governor, who is also Gover-
nors Council Chairman, Isaac Ruto,
during a recent public function. [PHO-
TO: KIPSANG JOSEPH/STANDARD]
They said although the execu -
tive had promised to build a new
chamber for the assembly in the
last financial year, it did follow
up on the matter

ber for the assembly in the last finan- cial year but never followed up on the matter. “We can no longer depend on promises, which are not forthcom- ing. The executive should come to its senses and realise that we cannot continue sharing a single toilet,” said Mr Towett. Other members who opposed the memorandum during the debate

that lasted three hours are Julius Ko- rir (Kembu), Robert Serbai (Embo- mos), Robert Bett (Boito), Reuben Langat (Konongasis), John Ngetich (Kipsonoi) and Kipsiele Kirui (Sigor). Langat accused the executive of taking the House for granted. The executive also said the assem- bly’s allocation surpasses that of the Office of the Governor which over- seas several departments. The assem- bly had slashed the allocation to the governor’s office from Sh536 million to Sh396 million. Agribusiness department had its budget also reduced from Sh482 mil- lion to Sh468 million.

Youths in West Pokot, Sengwer protest ‘sham’ police intake

WEST POKOT COUNTY

BBy WilBErFOrCE NETYa

Over 200 youths yesterday took to the streets of Sigor town in West Pokot County to protest against alleged cor- ruption in the police recruitment ex- ercise carried out Monday. Led by Lomut Ward Representa- tive Hellen Madio, the youths, cary- ing leaves and twigs matched to the sub county commissioner’s office to seek audience. Business was interrupted for a while as the protestors marched across the township chanting anti-corrup- tion songs while waving placards with inscriptions that expressed their bit- terness. They complained that those who were recruited in the service were for-

eigners while others were from the same families. “Over 300 youths from my ward turned up for the exercise but not even one was recruited. Those who were employed did not even participate in the race,” Ms Madio said.

two slots

She called for a repeat of the exer- cise in the area pointing out that each ward and location should be consid- ered to ensure balancing. “My parents sold everything to educate me. I became position one in the race during recruitment and sailed through all the stages success- fully. However, I was perplexed to be rejected without any explanation,” lamented Jane Loriwo. Musa Tekelezi, a former councilor observed that the 28 positions offered

were sufficient for each location in the area to get at least two slots.

great shame

“It was a great shame that some few people tend to perpetrate corrup- tion,” he said. Security bosses in the area could not be reached for comment as they were said to be out of office. Elsewhere in Kapenguria, mem- bers of the minority Sengwer commu- nity claimed the exercise was a sham. Former deputy mayor in the de- funct municipal council, William Cheparko claimed the community was sidelined in the recruitment ex- ercise. He said elders from the community were drafting an appeal letter to Inte- rior Principal Secretary which he said will be delivered soon.

Principal Secretary which he said will be delivered soon. Inspector General of Police David Ki- maiyo

Inspector General of Police David Ki- maiyo addresses the Press in Nairobi on July 10 over the then approaching police recruitment exercise. [PHOTO:

COLLINS KWEYU/STANDARD]

NarOK COUNTY

Ogieks fault police hiring for leaving them out

BBy CHarlES NGENO

Leaders from the Ogiek commu- nity in Narok South have fault- ed the police recruitment exercise that took place on Monday, say- ing the community was locked out. Spokesperson Sophie Tanki and the Ogiek Council of Elders Vice Chair- manWilson Mumuse said the exercise violated the Constitution that recom- mends the promotion of the margin- alised and minority communities. “The recruitment exercise must have the face of Kenya. We are demand- ing our rightful share,” said Tanki. “We read this as an attempt to con- tinue marginalising us. The commu- nity does not have even a single assis- tant chief yet we have children who have gone to school,” said Mumuse. Narok County Assembly Mi- nority Leader Bob Maren has al- so threatened to move to court and have the exercise nullified. “It cannot be possible that on- ly candidates from two out of the five divisions were consid- ered. Regional balance should have been considered,” said Maren. Area OCPD Isaac Meme, however, said the exercise was above board.

UaSiN GiSHU COUNTY

County, Nacada launch sensitisation programme

BBy JOaN lETTiNG

The Uasin Gishu County Govern- ment in collaboration with the Na- tional Authority for the Campaign Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (Nacada) have flagged off a sensitisa- tion caravan on the effects of consum- ing banned alcohol. The caravan, which is expected to criss-cross the three constituencies in the county will inform the residents on the brands of spirits and wines un- fit for human consumption. Speaking during the ceremo- ny, County Secretary Peter Lelei said the county will ensure residents only drink alcohol from accredited sourc-

es. “So far, the county government has closed down over 400 outlets that were distributing toxic liquor. I urge residents to report to the po- lice if they come across pubs selling banned brands, or Meakins, that led to the deaths of some people in this county,” said Lelei. Last week, 13 people lost their lives, while 55 were admitted in hos- pitals after taking lethal brews.

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Joho, Omar blast CORD ‘traitors’

MOMBASA COUNTY

BBy WilliS OkeTCh

Mombasa Governor Hassan Ali Joho, Senator Hassan Omar and Changamwe MP Omar Mwinyi have launched a scathing attack on some leaders affiliated to CORD for alleged- ly “kowtowing to President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President Wil- liam Ruto for personal gain.” Speaking on Monday evening at

a Ramadhan fast breaking ceremony which was attended by former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang’ula, Kakame- ga Senator Boni Khalwale and Nya-

li MP Hezron Awiti Bolo, the leaders

said CORD leaders leaning towards Jubilee should resign and seek a fresh mandate. Less than 24 hours after the speeches, Kwale Woman Represen-

tative Zainab Chidzuga declared she has no plans to ditch CORD for the

kWAle COUNTY

kwale school girls to get free sanitarBy towels

Girls from 190 primary schools in Kwale County will benefit from the supply of free sanitary towels and underwear courtesy of an initiative by the Miss Tourism Kwale (2013-2014) Fatuma Khamis and the County First Lady Christine Mvurya. The initiative is supported by Teens Watch Centre, a community based organisation that cares for hopeless youth and children. “We noticed that unlike condoms, which are free and easily available in university bathrooms, clinics and other public places, pads remain unaffordable and inaccessible for most girls,” said Miss Khamis yesterday during the launch in Diani yesterday.

WAjiR COUNTY

 
 

Wajir governor saBys he isn’t facing anBy charges

Wajir County Governor Ahmed Abdullahi has refuted allegations that he was battling abuse of office charges. Governor Abdullahi, who was responding to a story carried in The standard this week, said at no time has he been probed for abuse of office as there were no such charges or investigations against him. In the story, a Mohamed Abikar, who claims to head an anti-graft body, accused the governor of abuse of office and urged the President to dissolve Wajir county government.

ruling coalition and denied claims that she is rallying women voters to support President Uhuru Kenyatta’s bid for a second term. She spoke a day after attending a function at State House where the President’s communication agen-

cy quoted her as saying she will sup- port Kenyatta’s presidential bid come

2017.

DISTORTED SPEECH

Chidzuga claimed her speech was

distorted, and is still firmly in the Op- position, but will work with the Gov- ernment of the day to ensure women’s issues are addressed. “We as women leaders are willing

to work with the Government of the day for the sake of peace and prosper- ity of our women. That does not mean we are going to support the Presi- dent’s bid in 2017,” she said. Joho, Omar and Mwinyi have ac- cused Kenyatta and Ruto of attempt- ing to weaken county governments

and the Opposition. “Let them first address historical land injustices at the Coast which is the cause of insecurity in this region,” Omar said. The senator accused President Kenyatta of trying to promote impu- nity and said he should not be accord-

ed blind loyalty.

“Our mothers will no longer line up in the streets to sing praises for the President as it happened in the past,” he said. Joho said that Mombasa Coun-

ty Commissioner, Nelson Marwa, is

“belittling Coastal leaders at the Pres-

ident’s behest”. He accused the President of mar- ginalising Muslims and lacking the will to solve land problems. Mwinyi said he was shocked to see leaders in Kwale “jumping to Jubilee’s side and seeking favours from them”. Development from the national government is not a favour and must not be treated as such,” he said.

is not a favour and must not be treated as such,” he said. Mombasa Governor Hassan

Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho (right) and Senator Omar Hassan (left) host- ed CORD principals Raila Odinga and Moses Wetang’ula, and Senator Boni Kha- lalwe among other leaders in an Iftar (breaking fast) at the Serani Grounds in

Mombasa on Monday. [PHOTO: MAARUFU MOHAMED/STANDARD]

Row over Taita Taveta headquarters solved

TAiTA TAVeTA COUNTY

BBy ReNSON MNYAMWeZi

The controversy surrounding the location of Taita Taveta County head- quarters has been resolved after the County Assembly settled on Mgeno in Mwatate District. Construction was put on hold af- ter a section of leaders disagreed on the location of the site. Wundanyi MP Thomas Mwade- ghu, who had been opposed to Mge- no, claimed residents and leaders had not been fully involved in identifying the new county headquarters. According to a resolution passed by leaders in 2011, the county headquar- ters was supposed to be in Mwatate town and not Mgeno, as identified by County Governor John Mruttu. Yesterday, Mruttu said the row over the disputed land had been resolved, and that construction work would start soon. “We have resolved the problem over the construction site. We have to

move on with the project,” said Mrut-

tu. Addressing the Press at his Wun- danyi office yesterday, the governor said the county government has set aside more than Sh50 million to im- plement the project.

SUITABLE LAND

He clarified that the lands depart- ment had interrogated all the parcels within Mwatate town and found that none qualified for the purpose of a county headquarters. “The parcels of land within the town were too small for the purpose of the proposed headquarters and com- plementary services. That is why we moved to Mgeno,” said Mruttu. In a letter seen by The Standard addressed to the governor and signed by the Speaker of the County Assem- bly Maghanga Meshack Maghanga, the Members of the County Assembly agreed to adopt Mgeno land, which was spacious and suitable for con- struction purposes. The letter read in part: “This is

con- struction purposes. The letter read in part: “This is Taita Taveta Governor John Mruttu to

Taita Taveta Governor John Mruttu

to inform you of the decision by the plenary session of the Coun- ty Assembly that deliberated on the task force report concerning Mge- no land. The parcels of land were of- fered by members of the commu- nity for the purpose of the project.”

of the commu- nity for the purpose of the project.” Stray elephanthave become a men- ace

Stray elephanthave become a men- ace to farmers in Bamba, Kilifi Coun-

ty. [PHOTO: FILE/STANDARD]

Tsavo elephants invade Kilifi farms, destroy food crops

kiliFi COUNTY

BBy jOSeph MAShA

Stray elephants from Tsavo Na- tional Park have destroyed at least 20 acres of maturing farm crops in Bam- ba division of Kilifi County. Ganze Deputy County Commis- sioner, Mr Issiah Tanui confirmed

a herd of eight elephants and two

buffaloes invaded bamba location. Mr Tanui said the marauding wild an- imals have been sneaking into peo- ple’s farms where they have been de- stroying crops since last weekend. “Families in the location are threatened with starvation following the destruction of their crops by wild

animals from Tsavo National Park,” said Mr Tanui.

CAUSINg HAvOC

Kilifi County KWS director Dick- son Korir said marauding wild ani- mals, mostly elephants, have been causing havoc in the farms for a month now. Korri said at least 15 acres of crops

have reportedly been destroyed in one month , adding that more could be destroyed as the animals go out looking for food. “Wild animals from Tsavo East National Park have been destroying farm crops. About 15 acres of matur- ing crops, mostly maize, have been re- portedly destroyed,” said Korir.

MOMBASA COUNTY CountBy government to take over kMC abattoir The County Government of Mombasa is

MOMBASA COUNTY

CountBy government to take over kMC abattoir

The County Government of Mombasa is planning to take over the struggling Kenya Meat Commission’s (KMC) Kibarani abbatoir. Mombasa County Executive Committee member in charge of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Development Anthony Njaramba said the county government would take over all the operations at the plant. ‘’We are ready to assume management of the KMC abbatoir and turn it around to provide employment and also make meat accessible to residents,’’ Njaramba said. The abbatoir is located off the Makupa Causeway and serves the entire Coast region.

lAMU COUNTY

lAMU COUNTY Mruttu proposes meeting to discuss peace in lamu Taita Taveta Governor John Mruttu has

Mruttu proposes meeting to discuss peace in lamu

Taita Taveta Governor John Mruttu has proposed a meeting of county leaders and national government officials to end bloodletting in Lamu and Tana River counties. Speaking at a church service in Wundanyi, Mruttu said politicians might complicate problems facing the two counties if left alone to tackle ongoing insecurity issues in the region. “National and county government leaders should sit together and find a lasting solution,” he said.

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CENTRAL NEWS / Page 25

School head acquitted of pedestrian death

nYeri counTY

BBy Dennis MBae

A school head who was accused of causing a hit-and-run accident that resulted in the death of a pedestrian has been acquitted by a Nyeri court. Joseph Kiraithe, the head teach- er of Nyamachaki Primary School is now a free man thanks to the insuffi- cient evidence provided by the pros- ecution. The court heard that Kiraithe, while driving dangerously, knocked down and killed Stephen Kimotho on the night of January 12, 2013 along Nyeri-Nyahururu road. But Kiraithe denied driving care- lessly saying the deceased was hit when he suddenly jumped on to the road. “It was a foggy and dark night.

The deceased suddenly appeared on the road and it was too late to avoid him. I was driving within the legal limit,” he said. Asked why he did not stop or report the accident to the po- lice, Kiraithe said there were ma- ny people flashing torches and he was in shock. “I reported the matter to Nyeri base commander three days lat- er after overcoming the shock,” he

testified.

WAS SOBER

Ibrahim Gitungi, a witness who was with the deceased hours before the accident, said the deceased used to take alcohol but was sober on the material night.

In the post-mortem report, pathol- ogist Raphael Obiero indicated no tox- icology test was conducted. “The toxicology test could have as- sisted the court arrive at a fair judg- ment as it would have established whether the deceased was drunk or not,” said Obiero. The investigating officer, Corporal John Munguti, told Nyeri Senior Res- ident Magistrate, Joane Wambilyanga that he received an anonymous call re-

porting the hit-and-run accident. “I proceeded to the scene and found a dead body in the middle of the road having been run over by sev- eral motor vehicles,” he said.

CONTACTED INSURANCE

The officer found an insurance sticker of the vehicle on the scene and contacted the insurance company to establish the vehicle’s owner. Through his lawyer, Kiraithe chal-

lenged the prosecution to prove whether the deceased died on the spot or as a result of being ran over by ma- ny vehicles. In her ruling, Ms Wambilyanga lamented failure by the prosecution to produce in court the person who reported the accident, the insurance company contact and the base com- mander who could have corroborat- ed the investigating officer’s evidence.

KWALE INTERNATIONAL SUGAR COMPANY LTD. EXPRESSION OF INTEREST FOR DISTRIBUTION OF SUGAR EOI No.: KISCOL/SD/2014/001

KWALE INTERNATIONAL SUGAR COMPANY LTD.

EXPRESSION OF INTEREST FOR DISTRIBUTION OF SUGAR

EOI No.: KISCOL/SD/2014/001

Kwale International Sugar Company Limited (KISCOL) invites applications from competent distributors and supermarkets for the distribution of its Sugar brands. The invitation is open to all candidates meeting the qualification criteria outlined below:

1)

INTEREST: Bidders must provide an Application Letter, clearly indicating the market/region/ county of interest.

2)

FINANCIAL CAPABILITY: Bidders must provide the estimated annual turnover of their existing business.This must be supported by three (3) years audited accounts for the years 2012, 2011 and 2010. They must state existing working capital and the level of bank credit available. A letter from the bidders’ banker(s) confirming the stated amounts should suffice.

3)

VOLUME OFF-TAKE: Bidders must have an existing and well-developed network of off-takers and, if currently wholesaling sugar, bidders must tabulate monthly volumes sold for the last twelve (12) months. Bidders must also provide projected monthly sales of sugar for their stated territory in tonnes, bags or bales.

4)

STORAGE: Bidders must provide evidence of available storage space and plinth areas. This must be accompanied by certified ownership, lease or rental documents for the warehous- ing facility and indicate what area will be dedicated to sugar storage.They must also provide proof that the spaces have been certified suitable by competent authorities for the storage of human foodstuffs.

5)

TRANSPORTATION: Bidders must specify the details of the number of vehicles/trucks currently owned by the business to distribute sugar. Logbooks and current insurance details must be provided. Bidders must also indicate the number of vehicles fitted with tracking devices.Where the business has a transportation arrangement, a certified copy of the transportation agree- ment must accompany the proposal.

6)

LEGAL STATUS: Bidders must attach Certified copies of the Certificate of Incorporation/Regis- tration, Memorandum and Articles of Association, VAT and PIN registration Certificates plus a Copy of a current Tax Compliance certificate and a brief statement indicating their litigation history relevant for the last three (3) years.

Applications clearly marked: APPLICATION FOR SUGAR DISTRIBUTION: EOI No.: KISCOL/SD/2014/001, should be hand-delivered to the tender box and addressed to:

The Director - Projects Kwale International Sugar Company Limited, Unifresh Building, Baba Dogo, Ruaraka, P.O Box 46279-00100, Nairobi

So as to reach him/her on or before 1400 Hrs East African Time on Thursday the 31st of July, 2014.

County co-ops edge closer to owning mills after publishing tender

eMBu counTY

BBy Joseph Muchiri

Coffee cooperatives in Em- bu have inched closer to mill- ing and marketing their own coffee after the county govern- ment tendered for Sh73 mil- lion milling machinery from Brazil. The 24 cooperatives came together to start their own coffee mill last year and ap- proached the county govern- ment for partnership and fi- nancing. The county government spearheaded formulation of policies to regulate ownership and running of the mill.

GRACE PERIOD

The county has set aside Sh10 million to invest in the mill and become a partner and is arranging for a Sh63 million loan from Coffee Development Fund to fund purchase of mill- ing equipment. Governor Martin Wambora said the county has tendered for the machinery from Brazil and were waiting for the loan to be processed to award the tender. He said construction of buildings, offices, sampling units, stores and other facil- ities that was initiated by the parent cooperative society, Murue, is complete at Kavuti- ri, Embu North. Agriculture Executive Pa- trisio Njiru said the process of acquiring the loan is at an ad- vanced stage after a series of meetings with the financier who is now evaluating the bid. “Once we order the milling machinery, we expect delivery within four months. After in- stallation and testing, we may start milling our own coffee by December or on the subse-

start milling our own coffee by December or on the subse- A farmer picks coffee berries.

A farmer picks coffee berries.

quent harvest,” said Dr Njiru. He says after the grace pe- riod offered by the financier, the loan would be offset grad- ually by cooperatives societies through their shareholding. Njiru said Murue, which came up with the idea will get the majority shares, but not more than 20 per cent, while the rest of the shares would be divided among the other coop- eratives and the county gov- ernment. He said they also plan to form a marketing agency for the county which will be tasked with ensuring farm- ers get the money that usual- ly goes to marketers and oth- ers through the value addition chain.

BRANDED COFFEE

The county is working on a legislation to have all the cof- fee produced in Embu milled through the county miller. That way, the county hopes to benefit from economies of scale and have a higher bar- gaining power when selling their branded coffee. In 2012, Embu produced six million kilogrammes of coffee cherry.

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Kenya Bureau of Standards Standards for Quality Life 40th Anniversary
Kenya Bureau of Standards
Standards for Quality Life
40th Anniversary

A s Kenya seeks to attain and sustain a double digit

economy as envisaged in its Vision 2030 economic

blueprint, it is important that standardization

be part of the economic processes. In these

times of increased globalization and rapid technological advancement, the role of standardization cannot be overemphasized especially in opening up new markets. Indeed, it has been argued that whoever makes the standards controls the market. According to American industrialist and the founder of the Ford Motor Company Henry Ford, quality means doing it right when no one is looking. At the end of the day, good quality means more customers translating to more sales and hence more profits for businesses that conform to approved standards. The Kenya Bureau of Standards has for the last forty years been in the forefront in ensuring that Kenyan goods and services are up to international standards raising the profile of the country both regionally and internationally. KEBS has developed over 7,000 Kenyan Standards that facilitate market access of Kenyan products into regional and global markets. In the East African region, KEBS’s Standardization Mark and Diamond mark bring immense benefits to a business. For instance, a product is assured of market access within the EAC member countries due to mutual recognition of the marks issued by the respective National standards body in the region. In addition, the product enjoys consumer confidence not forgetting that the product quality is underpinned by the national quality system. KEBS was established in July 1974 under the Standards Act Cap 496. The KEBS Board of Directors is known as the National Standards Council (NSC). It is the policy-making body for supervising and controlling the administration and financial management of the Bureau. The Managing Director is the Chief Executive responsible for the day-to-day administration of the Bureau within the broad guidelines formulated by the NSC.

KEBS mandate include the following:

§

§

§

§

(a)

to promote standardization in industry and commerce;

(b)

to make arrangements or provide facilities for the testing and calibration of precision instruments, gauges and scientific apparatus, for the determination of their degree of accuracy by comparison with standards approved by the Minister on the recommendation of the Council, and for the issue of certificates in regard thereto;

(c)

to make arrangements or provide facilities for the examination and testing of commoditiesand any material or substance from or with which and the manner in which they may be manufactured, produced, processed or treated;

(d)

to control, in accordance with the provisions of this Act, the use of standardization marks and distinctive marks;

(e)

to prepare, frame, modify or amend specifications and codes of practice;

(f)

to encourage or undertake educational work in connexion with standardization;

(g)

to assist the Government or any local authority or other public body or any other person in the preparation and framing of any specifications or codes of practice;

(h)

to provide for co-operation with the Government or the representatives of any industry or with any local authority or other public body or any other person, with a view to securing the adoption and practical application of standards;

(i)

to provide for the testing at the request of the Minister, and on behalf of the Government, of locally manufactured and imported commodities with a view to determining whether such commodities comply with the provisions of this Act or any other law dealing with standards of quality or description.

VISION

To be a global leader in standards based solutions that deliver quality and confidence

MISSION

To provide standardization solutions for sustainable development

OBJECTIVES (2012 – 2017)

§

SO1: Improve Operational Efficiency for Delivery of Services by 30%

SO2: Improve Customer Satisfaction by 5% by providing Standards Metrology & Conformity

(SMCA) Assessment solutions that support Vision

2030

SO3: Increase accessibility of Services by 25%.

SO4: Align the Legal Framework to international best practices and address the current limited mandate

SO5: Attain international recognitions and sustain Partnerships in Africa in SMCA through institutional strengthening and alignment

KEBS Organs for Implementation of KEBS Mandate The following Departments were set up to implement the KEBS Mandate 1) Standards Development and Trade – Drafting and publication of standards and is the notification point for WTO Technical Barriers to Trade 2) Metrology – Provides measurement solutions in the region 3) Testing – Provides product testing services which form the basis for product Certification 4) Quality Assurance and Inspection - Provides support to the local industry, conducts import inspections for consumer protection and quality assurance through product certification. 5) Market Surveillance – provides market surveillance solutions to protect Kenyan consumers. 6) KEBS Certification Body – Provides system certification services for Quality Management Systems, Food Safety Management Systems, Environmental Management Systems, Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems amongst, and Hotel Hygiene certification amongst others. 7) National Quality Institute – is charged with entrenching a culture of quality in Kenya and provides capacity building solutions for industry in productivity and quality management.

Kenya Bureau of Standards Achievements 2013 - 2014

DIVISION

DEPARTMENT

Vision 2030

Projects

All

DIVISION DEPARTMENT Vision 2030 Projects All ACHIEVEMENT IMPACT ON KENYAN ECONOMY Departments Arc Welding
DIVISION DEPARTMENT Vision 2030 Projects All ACHIEVEMENT IMPACT ON KENYAN ECONOMY Departments Arc Welding

ACHIEVEMENT

IMPACT ON KENYAN ECONOMY

Departments Arc Welding Machines A Certification Scheme has been completed and KIRWELD machines were certified

Departments

Arc Welding Machines

A Certification Scheme has

been completed and KIRWELD machines were certified

The standard will help transfer technology

to SMEs to manufacture export grade Arc Welding Machines as part of contribution to the manufacturing sector

Hospital Beds

The standard reached the final stage.

The standard will help transfer technology to SMEs to manufacture export grade hospital beds as part of contribution to the manufacturing sector

Training Module for Fertilizer Cost Reduction

The module has been developed and is ready for use by SMEs.

The module will assist SMEs to blend fertilizers for local use thus reducing costs of production in Agriculture

Standards

thus reducing costs of production in Agriculture Standards New Standards: A total of 412 new standards
thus reducing costs of production in Agriculture Standards New Standards: A total of 412 new standards

New Standards:

A total of 412 new standards

were published and are ready for use by the industry. Another 268 standards were approved in 2014 making a total of 680 Standards.

Reviewed Standards

A total of 751 standards were

reviewed. This ensures that published standards are up to

date

Dissemination of Standards Information

Sixteen seminars and workshops were held to disseminate standards to the industry

Standards form a basis for international

trade as they translate the market conditions into a precise set of requirements to be met. Development of 680 new standards will assist industries meet the basic market requirements

Standards form a basis for international

trade as they translate the market conditions into a precise set of requirements to be met. Review of 751 standards will

assist industries meet the basic market requirements and ensure continued market and regulatory relevance

Propagation of Standards through seminars and workshops enables users of standards to utilize the standards to improve their processes and products. This improves the competitiveness of Kenyan products

Continued on next page

QISJ is a partner with KEBS in Pre shipment inspection of road vehicles. We provide
QISJ is a partner with KEBS in Pre shipment inspection of road vehicles. We provide
inspection services to companies, private importers and dealers.
QISJ are experts in;
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Mechanical, and electrical systems inspection,
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Radiation inspection
*
Structural and bodywork
*
Vehicle data and history checks
*
Mileage verification
*
Emission check
QISJ wishes to congratulate Kenya
Bureau of Standards during the commemoration
of their 40th Anniversary.
Contacts: JAPAN, YCC 1608; Daikou Futou
Tsurumi, Yokohama T: +81455 006 033:
E: info@qisjp.com www.qisjp.com
Contacts: JAPAN, YCC 1608; Daikou Futou Tsurumi, Yokohama T: +81455 006 033: E: info@qisjp.com www.qisjp.com

KEBS celebrates 40 years of quality standards towards Vision 2030

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Kenya Bureau of Standards Standards for Quality Life 40th Anniversary
Kenya Bureau of Standards
Standards for Quality Life
40th Anniversary

Continued from previous page

Kenya Bureau of Standards Achievements 2013 - 2014

Metrology

Calibration

KEBS achieved a calibration TAT of

KEBS provided measurement solutions that ensure traceability of measurements done in Kenya to International Standards.
KEBS provided measurement solutions that ensure traceability of measurements done in Kenya to International Standards.

KEBS provided measurement solutions that ensure traceability of measurements done in Kenya to International Standards. This facilitates international trade.

that ensure traceability of measurements done in Kenya to International Standards. This facilitates international trade.
that ensure traceability of measurements done in Kenya to International Standards. This facilitates international trade.
that ensure traceability of measurements done in Kenya to International Standards. This facilitates international trade.
that ensure traceability of measurements done in Kenya to International Standards. This facilitates international trade.

97.8%

Upgrading of temperature laboratory:

The Temperature Lab was upgraded through acquisition of Fixed Point Cells. This now means that KEBS can achieve the SI unit of Temperature in-house.

Installation of Calibration benches

KEBS partnered with Time Electronics to assemble, install and commission scalable calibration benches for Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital and Kenyatta National Hospital

KEBS is the Middle East and Africa Distributor for the scalable calibration benches and served clientele in Ghana and Sudan.

The benefits of this to KEBS are:

1. Having direct traceability to the SI unit

eliminates the need to have our standards calibrated externally, saving KEBS close to KES 600,000 annually.

2. KEBS now becomes a centre of traceability

for national metrology institutes in the region and thus an avenue of both knowledge transfer and revenue generation from fees charged for calibration of their national standards.

This has enabled the two hospitals to

improve reliability of medical and related equipment and ensure patient safety.

Ensuring traceability of measurements to International Standards thus making certified Kenyan goods to be accepted in international markets

Provide the skills that will be required to steer Kenyans to the economic and social goals of Vision 2030.

Quality

Assurance

Quality Assurance
Quality Assurance Permits for SME Products A total of 1590 permits were issued for SME products
Quality Assurance Permits for SME Products A total of 1590 permits were issued for SME products
Quality Assurance Permits for SME Products A total of 1590 permits were issued for SME products
Quality Assurance Permits for SME Products A total of 1590 permits were issued for SME products

Permits for SME Products

A total of 1590 permits were issued for SME products

Permits for products from Large Enterprises

A total of 5,900 permits were issued for products from large firms

This will increase market access for

the 1590 SME products locally and internationally.

This will increase market access for the 5,900 products locally and internationally.

Continued on next page

This will increase market access for the 5,900 products locally and internationally. Continued on next page
This will increase market access for the 5,900 products locally and internationally. Continued on next page
This will increase market access for the 5,900 products locally and internationally. Continued on next page
This will increase market access for the 5,900 products locally and internationally. Continued on next page

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Kenya Bureau of Standards Standards for Quality Life 40th Anniversary
Kenya Bureau of Standards
Standards for Quality Life
40th Anniversary

Continued from previous page

Testing

Testing Turnaround Time (TAT)

KEBS achieved a TestingTAT of 96.4%. This was an improvement of 6.4% over the previous year’s results

The improvement in compliance will increase the rate of issuance of permits which will improve the competitiveness of Kenyan products in local and international markets.

Acquisition of state of the art testing equipment

ICP-MS: Has greatly increased the speed, precision, and sensitivity in detection of metallic

KEBS acquired the following testing equipment

minerals thus providing a shared resource for research in Kenya in liaison with universities.

Inductively Coupled

MP-AES: Has greatly increased the speed and

Plasma Mass

capability of testing minerals in food thus

Spectrometer (ICP-MS)

enabling food safety (testing of heavy metals),

Microwave Plasma

food nutrition (food fortification with minerals.)

Atomic Absorption

to be assured across the country. The equipment

Spectrophotometer (MP-

can also be used by the mining industry to

AES)

determine the economic feasibility of exploiting

Spark Emission

mineral deposits such as Gold, Aluminum,

Spectrometer (SES)

Cadmium, Platinum, Uranium and copper.

 

Cadmium, Platinum, Uranium and copper.   • National Quality Institute Training and Capacity Building
Cadmium, Platinum, Uranium and copper.   • National Quality Institute Training and Capacity Building
Cadmium, Platinum, Uranium and copper.   • National Quality Institute Training and Capacity Building
Cadmium, Platinum, Uranium and copper.   • National Quality Institute Training and Capacity Building

National Quality Institute

National Quality Institute

Training and Capacity Building for Industry

The training will assist firms to improve their processes and production systems to comply

The institute trained 226 firms on process management systems among which were 16 SMEs

with market requirements thus improving their competitiveness in local and international markets.

Certification Body

System Certification

Certification to ISO Management Systems improves the processes of the certified organizations and improves productivity thus enabling the organizations to meet market requirements.

The Certification Body certified 36 new firms during the year.

Kenya Bureau of Standards Achievements 2013 - 2014

Testing Capacity

(a)

Gas

leak

detection

capability

will

Gas Leak detection

improve

safety

of

trade

in

gases

KEBS now has the

in

portable

cylinders

and

fixed

capability for Gas leak detection

.