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Parliament finally approved the appointment of Major-General Philip Wachira Kameru as the new Director General of the National Intelligence Service (NIS).

Major General Kameru had been nominated by President Uhuru Kenyatta to take over from Michael Gichangi who resigned last month. His approval now means he will be in charge of the country’s intelligence service which has always been blamed for the major attacks the country has been experiencing in recent times. Kameru is now awaiting official appointment by the president and what does this mean for him and the country? With more that fifteen years experience in the intelligence and military, he could just be the best man for the job, but this is what Kenyans are waiting to see. He must understand he has a huge task ahead of him.

For the longest time now, our country’s intelligence has always been politicized. This has contributed greatly to Kenya being open to threats and attacks and the consequences have always been dire.

Under Michael Gichangi’s reign at the National Intelligence Service, Kenya has received the worst terror attacks, interclass fights either from Alshabaab or other organized groups. These terrorist or attackers continued to have a field day in the country even with the intelligence in place. Most of these attacks have always caught the National Intelligence Service on the back foot, why? The NIS boss has been sleeping on the job and his performance has always come into question.

Even when foreign intelligence agencies warn of imminent attacks, NIS has always failed to rise into occasion. The red flag raised by these foreign agencies have always fallen on deaf ears. The new chief spy therefore has a lot to do. He needs to work so close with the foreign agencies to ensure any intelligence information shared is given the attention it deserves. This will help reduce Kenya’s vulnerability to frequent attacks.

General Kameru should understand that he now holds the key to our country’s security. Past mistakes from our intelligence should form a basis for him to revamp and bring some changes to our intelligence system.

Politicians too should let him do his work. Kenyans will be waiting to see if he is the right man for the job. How he will be able to transform our intelligence to a better agency as he takes over is what we are waiting to see.

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Press release by TNA in regard to Migor’ chaos yesterday

We strongly condemn the show of political intolerance displayed today(yesterday) in Migori during a function attended by H.E. The President, Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta, Migori Governor Okoth Obado and several other leaders from the region.

We are deeply perturbed and appalled at the lack of respect that was shown through the acts of clearly choreographed hooliganism that took place today in the presence of no less than the Head of State.

We have come a long way as a country to entrench political rights, freedom of expression and democratic space and will not allow these gains to be clawed back by immature politics of the yesteryears.

We hereby appeal to all Kenyans, and specifically our supporters, to exercise political maturity and tolerance and allow all leaders, including and especially our political opponents the respect they deserve as they traverse the country addressing meetings and collecting signatures.

We would also like to appeal to political leaders from all sides to desist from misusing the youth to settle myopic and short term political scores as witnessed today and even yesterday, (Sunday the 7th of September 2013) in Kibra Constituency. Instead, leaders should conduct themselves with decorum and show respect to each other despite political differences.

We reiterate our belief that all Kenyans are free to express their political opinions in any part of the country devoid of intimidation and/or undue interference.

Signed,

Hon. Sakaja Arthur Johnson, M.P.

National Chairman – TNA.
Sakaja J.

PRESS RELEASE

'Doctors without Borders staff carry the body of a person killed by Ebola virus in Guékedou, southern Guinea, on April 1, 2014. (SEYLLOU/AFP/Getty Images)

‘Doctors without Borders staff carry the body of a person killed by Ebola virus in Guékedou, southern Guinea, on April 1, 2014. (SEYLLOU/AFP/Getty Images)

President Kenyatta has announced that Kenya will donate Sh87 million to Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia to help in the fight against Ebola. 

This donation according to the president is in line with Kenya’s foreign policy on African solidarity. 

Standing in solidarity with our African brothers and sisters during times of adversity is part of our foreign policy,” President Kenyatta said.

Ebola has so far claimed over 2000 lives in Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Guinea and the World Health Organization IS warning that Liberia is set to experience more infections from the Ebola epidemic in the coming weeks. 

What say you?

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Security officers shield President Uhuru Kenyatta (in red tie) when he rose to address a meeting in Migori which turned chaotic (Source: Nation)

Security officers shield President Uhuru Kenyatta (in red tie) when he rose to address a meeting in Migori which turned chaotic (Source: Nation)

So yesterday, President Uhuru Kenyatta received a very hostile reception in Migori County. A public rally he was attending together with other leaders ended prematurely after charged youths started heckling and throwing objects at the dais.

The youths began chanting ODM slogans soon after Migori Governor Okoth Obado moved to the microphone to address the gathering and also welcome political leaders to speak.

This commotion left scores of people with minor injuries after they were trampled upon at the main exit gate as they rushed to get out of the Migori Primary School grounds, the venue of the meeting.

So just why did these youths decide to heckle at a presidential function? did they have issued withe the president or their governor? 

The president was in the county for a very noble mission, to launch a Sh7 billion mosquito net distribution campaign that will cover 25 mosquito infested counties. Why did the meeting suddenly turn chaotic?

The presidency is an office of honour and a presidential function should be accorded the dignity it deserves. What happened in Migori is not only shameful but also primitive, backward & barbaric.

It is obvious Migori county is an opposition zone, but that does not mean people are allowed to just act the way they want. The prudent thing the agitated Migori residents would have done is  to sort out their issues with Gov. Obado once the President left. 

ODM has condemned the chaos and asked ODM  supporters to accord the President the respect he deserves.

‘On behalf of the ODM and the people of Kenya as a whole, I would like to condemn this type of behavior and to plead to our people to always give the President the respect he deserves,’ ODM said

Such things are outdated, incidences where citizens could turn rallies into chaos just because they do not agree with a leader are a thing of the past. After the 2007/08 post election violence, Kenyans have been crying for peace and harmony among themselves. Thus, hooligans who poison the countries political landscape by inciting others and causing chaos stand condemned.

Bottom line is, respect the presidency, What happened in Migori should not be tolerated anywhere in Kenya 

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President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto with Jubilee Senators at State House (Standard)

President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto with Jubilee Senators at State House (Standard)

Your Senator could soon be earning a total of Sh2.4 million a month from their current  Sh532,000 basic salary if a proposal by 67 legislators to increase their allowances is accepted 

The Senators are asking for an increase in their allowances running into millions of shillings. This allowances they say is necessary to serve the public. This new demands will cover their office expenses and a special allowance, one-off allocation to furnish their offices and buy off-road vehicles.

According to a proposed pay structure seen by the Nation Newspaper which  is expected to be submitted to the PSC on Thursday for approval,each senator will get Sh780,000 for “personnel emoluments”, while senators in counties with more than four constituencies will earn 10 per cent more for each additional constituency, meaning, a senator representing a county with 10 constituencies will be paid an additional Sh468,000.

Another proposal is Sh420,000 a month for “office consumables and operations”. This will presumably go to pay for office items such as stationery and tea.

They are also demanding for a Sh500,000 “county allowance” to be given to the 47 elected senators. Now they want a Sh168,000 monthly allocation for office rent in Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu, and Sh140,000 for other counties.

Elected senators are asking that taxpayers buy them four-wheel-drive cars, which will remain parked at the county offices when the lawmakers are in Nairobi.

In total, the lawmakers could get at least Sh2.4 million — and a nice car. (Source: Nation

Well, welcome to Kenya, This are the same Senators who have in the past condemned MCAs and governors for being greed. Does greed have a different meaning now?. Come to think of it, What have senators done for us lately or even since it was set up?

Now they want to milk Kenyans off their money by asking for this hefty perks. Doctors are going on strike for nor being payed. Teachers also have issued a 21 day notice for the same reason, not being payed. 

 

 

kenyaschoolreport

Schools are set to start this term with imminent disruption of studies and exams should the Government fail to conclude negotiations with teachers over the new Collective Bargain Agreement (CBA).

Source: www.standardmedia.co.ke

See on Scoop.itKenya School Report – 21st Century Learning and Teaching

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