Archive for April, 2016

 

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This week has been one of those weeks Nairobians have spent hours in traffic.  Reason? Heavy rains that made roads in some parts of Nairobi impassable. Photos circulating online show what can only be described as a disaster, flooded roads and cars being washed away were the scenes we saw yesterday.

Sad thing is, even the Central Business District is one of those affected areas.

So here is the thing, why I am talking about this? I should have just gone straight to the point. #NairobiFloods was the hashtag that was trending on Twitter for the better part of yesterday evening. It should be trending today too. Kenyans took to social media attacking the Nairobi County Government led by The Governor Evans Kidero for its failure to protect these floods from causing the kind of havoc it caused yesterday.

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Photo Credi: Lewis Bett (@MrLewisbett on Twitter)

During the last rains which worse than what we are seeing now, the County Government set aside a huge chunk of money for repairs.

To be exact, Kidero sets aside Sh50m to unclog Nairobi drainage. The government described the allocation as  emergency recovery fund for clearing blocked drains in a bid to avert a repeat of flooding and power blackouts experienced during the heavy rains.

We are now experiencing the same rains and the flooding is just bad. The effects are the same, from the flooding, the blackout just to mention a few. How was the Sh50m used? We don’t know…Was the unclogging done?..Well, maybe yes… Remember during the previous rains, apart from Kidero’s Sh.50m allocation,  the Ministry of Devolution also deployed 100,ooo National Youth Service servicemen to help  clear trenches.

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Back to yesterday. We threw all manner of insults at the County Government, what we failed to understand is that we also have a role to play here. Early this year we had a huge online debate on how we Nairobians have become so careless and are littering all over. We don’t care about the environment…the future. It is until disaster happens, when we start feeling the effects of us contributing to this mess. It is then that we remember oooh..we have the County Government that should have done this and that…oooh Kidero should explain to us how the El Nino disaster funds was utilised….Ooooh Corruption is why Nairobi County has poor drainage. Yes we have a right to ask all these questions, I mean Kidero is the governor and he needs to be accountable for every penny spent. But why are forgetting our roles in this? Or we just don’t care….

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Do we need more accountability from the County Government? Yes, money was allocated and we need to know where and how it was used.

What can we do? As much as we are blaming Kidero we should stop littering. We are the biggest contributors here too.

So Governor Kidero do your job and show us how our money was used. Nairobians help keep the city clean to avoid seeing the scenes we are seeing now. Even if we have a good drainage but we have all these plastic bags and bottles being thrown all over, what difference is that going to bring?

 

 

 

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April 28, 2016

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”I am very pleased to address you this morning, and to inform you of an important milestone in our country’s industrial history.

When the Jubilee Administration took office three years ago, we promised to improve the lives of our people. As a Government, we were, and remain convinced that empowering the private sector is the surest way to hasten economic transformation, and to achieve this noble goal for every Kenyan. Uchumi and usawa, are indeed, our watchwords.

Our manifesto didn’t confine itself to promoting only local investors but also sought to position Kenya as the continent’s manufacturing and technology hubby tapping from the international investors.

Ladies and Gentlemen, it is our strategy to make Kenya the preferred gateway to Africa for investors; and the natural home for a thriving army of local and international entrepreneurs.

Then, as now, that meant that we needed to attract fresh investment. It also meant that we would have to take full advantage of the growing demand for manufactured goods in the region.

That is the ambition that drives our efforts to reduce the cost of doing business, as well as to address every challenge that holds back our innovators. That’s why my Administration has put in place elaborate programmes to make Kenya’s business environment more attractive and globally competitive.

Some of the initiatives we are implementing include: the 40-month programme to substantially expand power generation, largely from environmentally friendly and less expensive sources in order to reduce its cost. Other important measures worth mentioning, is the fast tracking of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) project; and the 10,000km road and infrastructure programme.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Today marks a major milestone in that journey to industrialization and prosperity.

This morning, I have been briefed by Price Waterhouse Coopers, who are the joint receivers of Pan Paper Mills, about an agreement they have reached with a strategic investor to purchase the assets of a plant that would have otherwise been to waste.

The agreement provides not just for the purchase of the mill, but also for the revival of an industrial icon in western Kenya, a major source of livelihood for our people from this region.

For Kenyans born in the 60’s and 70’s, Panpaper represented a symbol of Kenya’s progress. Webuye was a vibrant town, with a diligent, productive population of workers, traders and their families. Over the years the mill suffered a number of business set-backs — in spite of spirited efforts by the previous Administration, which injected billions of shillings. This took a toll on the economy of the region and rendered many of our people from this region without reliable source of livelihood.

Today is a great day marking the start of the revival of this Mill. Gathered here with me today are representatives of the people of Western Kenya, including Members of Parliament, the Governor of Bungoma, Government officials and private sector players — all of whom join us to witness the first step of the revival.

This mill has for the last decade been plagued by massive debt, and improper management, all of which have conspired to deprive Bungoma, and Western Kenya more widely, of the jobs and prosperity it deserves.

The handover of the Mill to the new investor is scheduled to happen next week; and plans are to re-start its operations within the next three months.  The investor has also pledged to inject over the next few years 60 million US dollar, which, at the current exchange rate, is about 6billionKenya shillings.

I am informed this investment will yield close to 1,500 jobs for the people of Bungoma and Western Kenya within the next 3 years. The good news also is that the investor has given an assurance that former employees of Pan Paper Mills will be given priority as the initial employees to be re-absorbed into the business.

I would like to add that the people of Western Kenya can be certain that my Government will be at hand to support them as they reclaim their jewel.

Indeed, the Jubilee Administration will fully support the revival of the mill. In this regard, I direct all relevant agencies of Government to expeditiously play their role in the process.

Let me close by setting out the next major step of the revival. The Cabinet Secretary for Industry, Investment and Trade, together with other stakeholders, will convene a further briefing session in the coming days to share more details on this great and important milestone.

I also want to thank the Investor for the confidence he has shown our country and the economic policies and structural reforms we are implementing to promote private sector. I also wish to reassure the people of Western Kenya that this Administration stands for them, and that we will continue to support them throughout this process.

God bless you all. God bless Kenya.”

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There was a hashtag, #WaitituExposed that has been trending on Twitter for two days now. The reason behind this is the validity of Kabete MP Ferdiand Waititu’s University Degree.

Waititu is a ”Graduate” of Punjab University in India, well, at least that is according to him. Nobody knows the truth about this apart from Punjab University who have come out denying having Hon.Waititu as their student.

Kiambu Governor William Kabogo has filed certification documents which show Ferdinand Waititu never stepped into Punjab University.  The documents are contained in affidavit filed by Kabogo’s lawyer Issa Mansur which allege that Waititu used his brother’s name Clifford Waititu in the certificates he is claiming are his.

‘’The name of Ferdinand Waititu is not in on record as a student of B.Com Degree course during the academic sessions 1985-86 to 1987-88.” The documents say.

“The name of the student having registration No. 85-GC-555 is Clifford Ndung’u Waititu during the academic session 1985-86, 1986-87 and 1987-88 for B.Com through degree course.”

It’s actually not the first time Waititu’s university degree has raised questions, I also remember it generating a huge debate before the last general elections. If these allegations are true then this means Waititu has been using his brother’s degree certificates all along.

Well, it looks like this debate is not going to end anytime soon.

Source: Capital FM

 

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One of the topics that has dominated the headlines this weekend was the disbandment of IEBC. Leaders from different quarters, lead by the opposition are calling for its disbandment claiming it cannot be trusted.

One thing is clear though, IEBC lost credibility after the much publicized Chicken Gate Scandal where the chair Issack Hassan and his were linked to a Sh50 Million corrupt deals with Smith & Ouzman ahead of 2013 General elections. Little has been done to prosecute those involved and IEBC should stop thinking Kenyans have forgotten about this.

After the scanadal, the opposition listed down some demands. You can read about those demands here.

One of the demands the oppositing gave was the immediate resignation of all the officers and former officers mentioned in this scandal, their immediate arrest and their immediate prosecution. What has been done so far? Little if nothing.

The opposition made it clear that the IEBC should show cause why it cannot be disbanded, something which the electoral body has not done.

The opposition, the  NCCK, Catholic Church and even the Civil Society have already indicated their lack of trust the commission. If an institution loses trust in the people, what is so hard for them to resign? You cannot expect an institution which has been linked to a massive corruption scandal to be trusted to even conduct the next General election.

The Deputy President and other leaders have come out strongly attacking the opposition over the calls to disband IEBC. The DP yesterday said they don’t need IEBC to win the next elections. Honestly, no one cares about who wins the next elections or not, Kenyans want a credible institution which can be trusted to manage these elections. Kenyans are asking for impartiality, inclusiveness, transparency, integrity and accuracy which IEBC has failed to prove it is capable of doing.

On Monday morning, the opposition camped at the IEBC offices to call for its disbandment, it might have not been the right channel for CORD to use, well. The Jubilee coalition has on the other hand told CORD to use the legal means in disbanding the commission.  Bottom line, the  opposition needs to go home unless they show cause why they should remain in office.