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President Uhuru’s new Cabinet


President Uhuru Kenyatta has unveiled his new Cabinet

In an address to the nation on Friday, the President retained Cabinet secretaries Fred Matiang’i (Interior), Charles Keter (Energy), Najib Balala (Tourism), Henry Rotich (Treasury), Joe Mucheru (ICT) and James Macharia (Transport).

The President only announced names of those he has retained and some of those he has nominated.

Kenyatta sent packing more than half of his Cabinet which included all female CS.

Among those dropped are Environment Cabinet Secretary Judi Wakhugu, Water and Irrigation CS Eugene Wamalwa, Willy Bett (Agriculture), Jacob Kaimenyi (Lands), Mwangi Kiunjuri (Devolution), Cleopa Mailu (Health), Sicily Kariuki (Gender), Phyllis Kandie (Labour), Amina Mohamed (Foreign), Ali Wario (Sports), Racheal Omamo (Defense) and Adan Mohamed (Industrialization).

He, however, did not name their replacement.

Those retained in Cabinet are Dr. Fred Matiang’i who will head the Interior docket, Charles Keter (Energy), Najib Balala (Tourism), Henry Rotich (Treasury), Joe Mucheru (ICT) and James Macharia (Transport).

The head of state appointed new Cabinet secretaries who include Director of Public Prosecution Keriako Tobiko, former Marsabit governor Ukur Yatani and former Turkana Senator John Munyes.

Former Nakuru Governor Kinuthia Mbugua replaces Lawrence Lenayapa as State House Comptroller. Mr. Lenayapa has been appointed Kenya ambassador to Netherlands.

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In the National Police Service, President Kenyatta dropped Ndegwa Muhoro as Director of Criminal Investigations and George Kinoti appointed to the position in acting capacity.

Mr. Joel Kitili and Samuel Arachi were also dropped as heads of Kenya police and Administration Police and were replaced by Mr. Edward Njoroge Mbugua and Mr. Noor Gabow.

Rift Valley Regional Coordinator Wanyama Musiambo has been promoted to deputy Head of Public Service.

Joseph Kinyua was retained as Head of Public Service while Nzioka Waita will serve as Chief of Staff.


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Uhuru called me after ‘Wajinga Nyinyi’ dropped -King Kaka



Kenyan singer King Kaka has revealed the pressure he was under following the release of his political song Wajinga Nyinyi earlier this year.

The song was the talk of the town among Kenyans for weeks as it recounted the ills that bedevil our country.

Hiyo time ilikuwa noma sana. I never experienced something like that in my life as it got so intense to a point where I couldn’t even eat in a restaurant due to the many threats I was receiving because of the song” King Kaka said on Friday.

He says he wrote the song out of anger because the nation was reporting one scandal after another.

The singer says he does not regret doing the song because of the feedback he got.

He revealed that he got calls from senior government officials among them President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Nairobi News could not independently authenticate the claim.

He said the purpose of the song was to enlighten people on their rights.

King Kaka also addressed rumours that he might join politics, saying: “Every party has called me and when I’m ready to vie if they support me but not now.”

“I evaluate myself every year on my birthday, I look back on what I haven’t done and what needs to be done, I had a lot of plans for this year from family to business and my music but we shall get back to normalcy again.”

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The debate of his two personalities came up -that is Rabbit Kaka Sungura of the hit song Jam na kam and King Kaka of Kaka Empire.

He said the two personalities are a portrayal of how he has grown musically and how he has evolved from his earlier days of music till now as he is inspired by his past and where he is headed to musically.

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Kibera slum set for ‘major face lift’



Kibera slum is set for a major facelift after the Nairobi Metropolitan Service (NMS) declared the informal settlement a special planning area and suspended any further development in the area for two years.

NMS Director General Mohammed Badi suspended any development in Lindi, Makina, Laini Saba and Sarang’ombe Wards, with exception of Ayany and Olympic Estate, in the sub-County for a period of not more than two years.

The move is aimed at allowing for the formulation of harmonised standards and guidelines for buildings and other forms of development in the area as defined under laws governing land use and planning.

“Consequently, there shall be no more development in the mentioned areas and developments are hereby suspended for a period of not more than two years from the date of this notice,” read the May 26, 2020 notice.

Permission granted six months prior

He, however, stated that the declaration does not affect development permission granted six months prior to the notice.

Kibera slum, reportedly the largest urban informal settlement in Africa, has been synonymous with sprawling shanties teeming with thousands of people crammed up in crammed structures.

It is in light of this that Major General Badi said the move to declare the mentioned areas special planning area is to enable preparation of a participatory, economically feasible, socially and environmentally sustainable physical development plan in accordance with the provisions of physical and Land Use Planning Act, 2019.

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He explained that the declaration would guide the implementation of strategic interventions for improvement of socio-economic and environmental aspects of the area as well as providing for a framework for enhancing people’s fundamental rights to live with basic dignity and in decent conditions.

The plan will be reference framework for developers and regulatory agencies with regard to development control processes and infrastructure provision within the planning area.

The public will be able to have a view of the physical map of the affected areas after it is posted at the precincts of the county government offices at City Hall, the county’s official website and the offices of the Ward administrators of the respective wards.

The declaration of Kibera as a special planning area now brings to three informal settlements in Nairobi County that have undergone such status.

The four informal settlement areas join
Mukuru slums, running all the way from Marigoini all the way to Ziwandani, and Mji wa Huruma near Runda special planning areas after a similar declaration in August 2017.

The declaration also put a stop to any further development in the area for a two year period until a Mukuru Intergrated Development Plan was formulated.

A total of Sh56 million was set aside for the pilot programme with Sh20 million going towards the facilitation of planning of the informal settlements upgrading while a further Sh36 million for land surveying, registration, roads and sewers and planning of Mukuru Special Planning Area.

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On February 14, 2020, City Hall together with the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure declared the Nairobi Central Railway Station and its surrounding bound by Haile Selassie Avenue, Uhuru Highway, Bunyala Road, Commercial Street and Landhies Road measuring 172 hectares, a special planning area.

The plan was to complement the existing Central Business District and transform the main Central Railway Station and its immediate environs into a world-class railway city.


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DIFFERENT: Kenyatta to lead Madaraka Day celebrations via Video link



This year’s Madaraka Day celebrations, which had been scheduled to be held in Kisii on June 1, will be marked virtually in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Given that public gatherings have been banned and Kenyans advised to observe social distancing, the government has put in place mechanisms for a virtual celebration which will be streamed through all media houses and social media platforms.

In a circular to all regional commissioners, Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho said the virtual celebrations will run from 8am and will culminate in the live address by President Uhuru Kenyatta from State House, Nairobi.

He said the prevailing situation, with regard to the Covid-19 pandemic, has made it difficult to have public gatherings to mark the day.

Since the Covid-19 pandemic started, President Kenyatta has been holding national events at State House. This includes the Labour Day celebrations on May 1.

The Madaraka Day production will be packed with entertainment and documentaries that highlight Kenya’s culture and development milestones, he said.


“This is therefore to ask you to advice the public to remain at home and follow the celebrations on radio and television,” directed Mr Kibicho.

Sources said that Kisii County might host the Mashujaa Day celebrations on October 20 if the pandemic will have been contained.

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