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Irene Keino has resigned as a commissioner of the Ethics-Anti corruption Commission (EACC).In a letter to the president, the EACC deputy chair says her decision is informed by the need to protect her family from the pain of a Judicial process.

His resignation comes on the day formed to investigate her and her chair Mumo Matemu was being sworn in. This move effectively blocks the tribunal sworn in from investigating her.

Last week the EACC chairman Mumo Matemu and his deputy Irene Keino were suspended after parliament adopted a report by the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee that recommended that the two be removed from office.

Here is her full statement:

”In the words of my mentor Eleanor Roosevelt the distinguished first Lady and wife to the 32nd President of the United States…. “A woman is like a tea bag; you never know how strong it is until it’s in hot water.” The commission and I have found ourselves in the proverbial hot water that has characterized the war on corruption in the past. Although, I have enjoyed the privilege and honour of serving the Ethics Anti-Corruption Commission, the Government and People of Kenya, this is no longer tenable. For the avoidance of doubt, Public Service should always compliment and support the public interest. So even if, certain events causes one personal pain and anguish, the cardinal principle of the greater good should prevail. Given that the National Assembly and His Excellency, the President have inquired into my suitability and integrity through the formation of a tribunal, I feel that to continue serving on the board and holding this office is not useful without the full confidence of all stakeholders. Therefore, I wish to confirm today, that I have resigned with immediate effect from the EACC. I have done so in order to spare my family the anguish of a judicial process that will cause them unimaginable pain and also to lend my support in the fight against corruption. Although, I would have been pleased to step aside for a full public inquiry into any of the allegations made against me, I opt to resign because, Kenya can never win the war against corruption without personal sacrifice. My conscience is clear and I am not bitter. I wish the President well in the difficult task ahead of him and the country.”

Ms. Irene Keino, MBS

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On Monday, the government announced the first batch of appointments to state corporations in a special notice of the Kenya Gazette. A list that has seen old politicians take up new positions.

We have now seen the likes of Musikari Kombo, Kalembe Ndile take up new positions. Of course this is not going well with most kenyans who are now branding the appointments ”#PoliticalRecycling’

What do you think?

Here is the Full list of the parastatal appointments

By Nicholas Cheruiyot, Bomet

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President Uhuru Kenyatta political advisor Joshua Kuttuny: Source: Daily Nation

That Deputy President William Ruto has earned himself strong political nemeses in his backyard of Rift Valley is not in doubt. Leading the onslaught against him is Bomet Governor Isack Ruto. Governor Ruto has been at loggerheads with the Dp over what has come out clearly as turf wars with the former flexing muscles to cut himself a niche in South Rift which is slightly populous than North Rift where the Dp comes from.

Another challenger to the Dp is Baringo Senator Gedion Moi. It isn’t hard to know where the Ruto-Moi political comes from: The senior Moi has never forgiven Ruto for taking the political mantle from him in the region and lately in the national stage. Junior Moi is being used by his father as a proxy to put hurdles on the Dp’s political path.

As if the war being waged by the duo against the Dp isn’t enough, the Dp surprised both friend and foe recently when he went public about apparent hard knocks he has suffered from President Uhuru Kenyatta’s political advisor Joshua Kuttuny The Dp sensationally claimed that Kuttuny is part of a grouping of politicians praying that ICC incarcerate him so that they reap politically. The Dp went further to equate the President’s advisor to a witch!

Many were taken aback for two reasons by Ruto’s Emotionally-laced sentiments touching on Kuttuny. First, the two have been bosom friends since Kuttuny joined politics in 2007. Secondly, Kuttuny works directly under Uhuru and many wondered how Ruto can only afford to play victim instead of asking Uhuru to show him the door. Why is Uhuru keeping Ruto’s attackers under him.

Those in the know say that there is more than what meets the eye on the duo’s duels.

A senior journalist from Rift Valley working for the State Broadcaster who sought anonymity says that Kuttuny is being used by a powerful clique of conservative Mt. Kenya Mafia who are against possible ascendancy to State House of Dp Ruto after Uhuru regime, in what could be a replay of 70s where a similar grouping burnt mid night oil in a bid to stop Daniel Moi from being automatic heir to the then sickly Jomo Kenyatta. To the journalist, Kuttuny, is being fronted as one way of cutting Ruto to size right from his backyard.

Eric Sitonik, a Urp official in charge of communication, says he also suspects that Kuttuny that some Central Kenya politicians may be pulling strings on Kuttuny to fight Ruto. To him, its clear that Kuttuny is keen on setting up another centre of political power in Rift Valley to run in parallel to that of Dp. He suggests that Kuttuny be sent into inflation so that tranquillity prevails in Jubilee family .

Carren Kiki Kimkung, a political activist from Trans Nzoia County, says the two’s fight is as old as the Jubilee government and is born of apparent betrayal of Kuttuny. She says that after loosing his Cherangany parliamentary seat, Kuttuny unsuccessfully lobbied Ruto to reward him with a Cabinet Secretary post and became bitter when he lost what could have been his soft landing.

During the run-up to the last General Election, Kuttuny used to joke in campaign rallies that Uhuru will find a Kiti Moto for him at State House. And true to his wishes, Uhuru appointed him as an advisor based in the revered Harambee House.
To a number of Cherangany constituents , Kuttuny felt that William Ruto never campaigned hard for him in the constituency yet he( Kuttuny) transversed the country vouching for UhuRuto.

Currently, it is said that Dp Ruto prefers one Mark Limo to take over Charangany seat widening the wedge between Kuttuny and the Dp. Limo is said to be a business associate of Dp Ruto and has deep pockets.

There is no sight to the end to the rivalry because whereas the Dp is a well established juggernaut, Kuttuny is no push over in political arena. He has a gift of garb with ability to effortlessly use street slang to impress the youth as well as perfect Kiswahili to woo a general audience. He is also unmatched in the use of flowing Kalenjin language punctuated with matching wise sayings and idioms of the community.

Those who were with Kuttuny in Moi University before he cleared in 2005 talks of a rabble rouser who liked playing ethnic politics. Joash Mutai an alumni of Moi University says Kuttuny was the de facto leader of Mosop, an association that aimed at uniting Kalenjin students studying in the university. “The association was at its peak during Kuttuny’s time only to crumble when he exited campus proving that he was the driving force,” Mutai claims.

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It is now official, the chairman of the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC), Mumo Matemu and his deputy Irene Keino have been suspended. This is after parliament adopted a report by the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee that recommended that the two be removed from office.

Here is  the statement from the government in regard to their suspension:

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STATEMENT BY STATE HOUSE SPOKESPERSON ON THE EACC

FOLLOWING the Petition of ORIARO GEOFFREY dated 12th March 2015, desiring the removal from office of the Chairperson and Vice Chairperson of the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) on grounds specified in the said petition;

AND FOLLOWING the Consideration of the said Petition by the National Assembly and the resolution that the petition discloses sufficient grounds for their removal to the satisfaction of the Assembly;

NOW THEREFORE, pursuant to Article 251 (4) (a) of the Constitution, His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta has today suspended from the Office of Member and Chairperson, Mr Mumo Matemu; and from the Office of Member and Vice Chairperson of the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission, Ms Irene Keino.

They are suspended from undertaking all functions and duties of those offices with immediate effect pending the outcome of the tribunal, which will be set up in accordance with the law.

This process in no way hinders the work of the organization which remains constitutionally established and operational.

Manoah Esipisu

State House Spokesperson

CORD leaders at the Bomas Of Kenya for the launch of the ‪#‎OkoaKenya‬ Bill

CORD leaders at the Bomas Of Kenya for the launch of the ‪#‎OkoaKenya‬ Bill

Today the Orange Democratic Movement today launches the #OkoaKenya referendum campaign at the Bomas of Kenya. Cord leader Raila Odinga and his co-principals Kalonzo Musyoka and Mr Moses Wetang’ula are present at the function are leading the launch.

Cord has twice postponed the launch with the first was being in February, when the government switched off the main TV channels to compel them to migrate from analogue to digital broadcasting. The second one was two weeks ago in honour of 148 people killed by Al-Shabaab terrorists at Garissa University College.

One of the top twitter trend in Kenya right now is #OkoaKenya and Kenyans are expressing themselves on why the initiative is necessary.

One thing is clear though, as a country we are really headed in the wrong direction. Tribalism, Insecurity, Corruption continue to drag us back. The people who are supposed to be helping us protecting us from such evils are the same people contributing to to this evils.

In terms of security, terrorism continues to see many lives being lost in the country. A recent case being the Garissa University attack which saw 147 innocent student being massacred by Alshabaab militia groups. The blame fell on top security officers in the county with recent revelations showing how these top officials collaborate with the terror groups, allowing them to sneak into the country and move freely.

Corruption also continues to be another big vice. Top government officials including governors and Members of parliament have been linked to big corruption scandals in the country. In fact, just the other day, the president while making a state of the Nation address in parliament ordered government officials who had been implicated in corruption scandals to step down to allow for investigations, some of them actually stepped down while some have been busy visiting the anti-corruption commission to shade light on the allegations that have been made against them.

The presidents order might not have  not gone well with Members of Parliament. The same fate that befell previous heads of the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has befallen the current chair Mumo Matemu and his deputy Irene Keino.

This week parliament adopted a report by the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee that recommended that the two be removed from office and on Thursday (today) President Uhuru Kenyatta suspended the two from their offices pending a tribunal hearing.

This begs the question, how committed are our leaders, including the president himself committed in fighting corruption. Robert Alai, a Kenyan blogger asked a very good question this morning on his social media pages. ”You launch #ListOfShame and ask EACC to investigate the suspects within one month , then you disband EACC in 2 weeks” and this is what many Kenyans just like Alai are wondering.

When are leaders implicated in corruption ever going to be prosecuted in this country? Corruption has seen us being attacked by terrorists simply because some security officer somewhere in Garissa took a bribe to allow the terrorists walk freely into the country.

Now that CORD is launching Okoa Kenya, we have so many things that we as a country need to be ”Okoad” from. Starting with corruption, tribalism/Ethnicity, insecurity among many others, but who will do it?

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Another revelation after the Garissa Terror Attack by KTN, how police officers in Garissa knew of the impending attack and what they did to prevent it. In case you missed it here is the link

Corruption continues to be a major contributor to the terrorism activities activities in the country.

As some Kenyan on Twitter said, corruption kills more than terrorism. It has more victims & its bloodshed floods the land every day. Some public servants , especially our police are hellbent to take this country to the dogs and we don’t know how long they will keep doing this.

Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee Ababu Namwamba when he appeared before the National Assembly’s Powers and Privileges committee, (Source:Daily Nation)

Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee Ababu Namwamba when he appeared before the National Assembly’s Powers and Privileges committee, (Source:Daily Nation)

Former Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee Ababu Namwamba has sued the National Assembly and the Powers and Privileges Committee, according to a report published by the Standard.
Namwamba, wants the court to stop the National Assembly from implementing the report saying it was used as a sacrifice to clear the name of the already tainted House.

He is also claiming that there are strangers in the Powers and Privileges Committee thus rendering their recommendations null and void.

In the application, Namwamba says that Speaker Justin Muturi has already admitted that Parliament has no powers to investigate theft and especially corruption. He has requested the case be certified as urgent.
The House dissolved the Public Accounts Committee and ordered it be constituted afresh. Some of its members were barred from being part of the new team.