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CABINET: Jobs for the boys? Why does Uhuru need 22 Chief administrative Secretaries as well as Principal Secretaries???



President Uhuru Kenyatta’s expanded cabinet will cost taxpayers almost half a billion each year in salaries alone. The 22 Cabinet Secretaries (CSs) including a part-time one and the new 21 Chief Administrative Secretaries will cost Sh486.4 million each year if they earn the same pay.

The State functionaries are also expected part with Sh285.78 million in gratuities, pensions and insurance which is 60 per cent of their gross pay – bringing the total cost to over Sh772 million a year. The CSs earn fixed salaries of Sh924,000 down from Sh1.056 million while Principal Secretaries (PSs) earn Sh765,000 from Sh874,500 as per the new pay structure the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) announced on July 10. President Kenyatta has appointed 38 PSs, who will be paid an estimated Sh348.8 million a year with Sh209.3 million in gratuities.

This brings the total cost of running the Executive to Sh1.33 billion. It comes at a time when Treasury is trying to cut down spending after warning that recurrent expenditure demands could affect the economy. “Recurrent expenditure is a risk and we are having pressures on the wage bill from unions and if you allow me Chairman Budget from parliament,” Treasury PS Dr Kamau Thugge said during the presentation of the 2018 draft budget. He made the remarks after MPs overturned SRC cap on mileage which would pave way for the 416 MPs to pocket Sh668,000 extra in allowances and salary at the end of this month.

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According to the 2018 Budget Policy Statement by the Treasury, the public sector wage bill has increased by nearly Sh100 billion over the last three years despite the Government’s efforts to tame recurrent expenditure. Treasury predicts the wage bill, which stood at Sh307 billion in 2015 and has since risen to Sh401 billion, will hit Sh444 billion next year. Treasury data shows Kenya will pay Sh304 billion as interest on loans and Sh76 billion as pensions next year leaving less for development.

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Another foreigner arrested at JKIA with ivory bangle



A Spanish national was on Monday arrested at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) with an ivory bangle weighing 0.025g.

Pich-Aguilera Maria, 50, was arrested moments before departure from Nairobi to Dar es Salaam Tanzania by Precision Air.

According to Kenya Wildlife Service officials, Maria will be arraigned at the JKIA Law Court at the Cargo Section near KAA head office

Her arrest follows a similar one of a Frenchwoman last week on Wednesday night at JKIA for being in possession of an ivory bangle, weighing 0.85 grams.

The French national, Laazibi Amal, who was transiting through JKIA from France to Dzaoudzi Island, has since been arraigned in court and fined Sh1 million.

Last year, a Chinese national was arrested at JKIA with two elephant ivory bangles weighing 150gm.

The bangles had been concealed inside the suspect’s check-in bag.

Zhang Ninighua, 52, was on transit from Lagos, Nigeria to Guangzhou, China and was smoked out by the Kenya Wildlife Service canine section.

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Patient dies after ambulance veers off the road



An on board patient died after an ambulance belonging to Kirinyaga County veered off the road and landed in a ditch on Friday evening.

The accident reportedly occurred near Shell Petrol Station at JMB on the Kerugoya-Kutus road.

The ambulance driver is said to have been overtaking a saloon car on his way to Kerugoya Hospital.

According to Isaac Kiragu, a Good Samaritan who was among the first responders, the patient in the ambulance died on the scene.

Four other people, including the driver, were seriously injured.

Barely 30 minute after the ambulance accident, another accident occurred at the very same spot involving a matatu and a Toyota Fielder.

According to Benjamin Maganjo, who witnessed the accident, one person was seriously injured and he rushed him to Kerugoya Hospital

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Kenyan female bodybuilder wins coveted women’s championship title



Female bodybuilder, Evelyn Owala, has put Kenya on the world map for the second time this year after winning the coveted Women Bodybuilding 2019 Championship title in Angola.

Owala was awarded the title by the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB) on Saturday.

Her latest victory follows the two trophies she scooped during the annual Arnold Schwarzenegger Sports Festival held in South Africa in May.

Owala, a personal fitness trainer and proprietor of Eveal Health and Fitness, took to social media to share the news about her victory with her Instagram fans.

“To all the people who keep asking if they are good enough; YES, YOU ARE! You are seasoned for the season! African championship wellness 1st place,” she wrote.

She went on to thank her support team.

“In my country, there exists good people, people like my better half who puts up with my prep sunny and dull days but still kisses me on the forehead and says, it is ok,” she added.

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In my country, there exists good people, people like my better half @carlmc79 who puts up with my prep sunny and dull days, but still kisses me on the fore head and says,it is ok. People like my siblings who go out of their way to let me be, and support me where they actually don’t even understand what it means. People like @adnan_empiree who find it in their heart to go out of their way to partially sponsor a passion. A company like @usnkenya who knows what an athlete needs. A federation that is ready to assist athletes step on stage in different places in the world. @kenyabodybuildingfederation A community of Evealians led by my one and only @lucynfit . I just want to say THANK YOU! THANK YOU to everyone who has been of support! . My coaches @personalandretorres and @dennisspinfit one meal at a time, one rep at a time, God has favoured us! . . @usnsa @usnkenya @usnuk @usncz #USNtransformationchallenge #celebritytrainer #addictedtoiron #bodybuilding #divasnlifters #GAINS #restday #fitchicksalsoglam #usnkenya #usnfit #bluelabwhey #poweredbyusnkenya #teamUSN #kenyangirls #bikinibody #figurecompetitor. #figureathlete #fitchickdiaries #fitness #strength #beautyinthebeast #beautyandthebeast #Mskenyafigure

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Owala quit her banking career to pursue her passion of keeping fit.

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