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VIDEO: Uproar as Uhuru sacks all women CSs, including Amina Mohamed

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Many Kenyans online on Friday expressed dismay at the lack of inclusion of women in President Uhuru Kenyatta’s new cabinet and the dropping of such big names as CS for Foreign Affairs, Amb Amina Mohamed, who has, in the past, been termed as one of the most efficient government officials.

Though the president said he would name more CSs in the coming weeks, many wondered why he did not see it fit to retain or name at least one woman CS in the new look cabinet.

Some cheeky ones even roped in the exceptional performance of female candidates in primary and secondary national examinations!

 

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.

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.

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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.

 

“Fellow Kenyans, once again let me take this opportunity to wish each and everyone one of you a very Happy and Prosperous New Year.

Today, also, we celebrate our Kenyan children and indeed we should be proud of the achievements that we have made today.

Today being a historic milestone when we started the distribution of 33 million books to our children in our schools across the country.

For the first time in our history we have achieved a 1:1 ratio of book to child and this is first not just in Kenya but in many parts of the world. I am grateful that the Jubilee administration education reforms are gathering pace with the eventual roll out of our new curriculum.

Indeed as you may have heard, I have instructed the Ministry of Interior to work with the Ministry of Education to ensure that all our regional commissioners liaise with Regional Education coordinators to hold regional stakeholder meetings in all the regions of our country on education reforms, especially with regard to our new curriculum.

This will enable the public to participate and have a better understanding of the proposed new curriculum and its outcomes.

Indeed, all our children going to form one should start reporting next week and the Government has already released approximately Sh30 billion to all secondary schools in the increased capitation plan of supporting each and every learner with up to Sh22,400 to ensure that secondary education is accessible to all our children, and to ensure that we have equity across the country in terms of availability to education and equally to ensure that, as was there before, children who are still not of age and who couldn’t access secondary education are now able to access basic education until they are of a mature age.

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Today, I call upon prudence in the use of all public resources meant for our children and this is not an issue, as I said this morning, that is debatable.

We must avoid wastage and misuse of these resources.

Fellow Kenyans, further to this and as I stated to you in my new year’s address, I did say that in the following weeks I will be announcing names of men and women who will join me in delivering our promises to Kenyans and today I wish to name a few of those to join me in working together to fulfil our agenda for Kenya and our fellow citizens.

Therefore, in accordance with the powers conferred upon me by Article 131 and 152 of our Constitution of Kenya 2010, I wish to state that I am retaining the following persons in my cabinet and shall reassign them accordingly their duties in accordance with article 152 (v (a)).

These are, The National Treasury Mr Henry K. Rotich, the Ministry of Tourism Hon Najib Balala, the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure Development Mr James Macharia, the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of Government as well as Acting Minister for Education Dr Fred Matiang’i, the Ministry of Energy the Hon Charles Keter and the Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology Mr Joseph Mucheru.

Presidency reorganisation
Further, in accordance with powers conferred upon me by Article 132 (iv)(a), I have made the following appointments; Head of of Public Service will continue to be Mr Joseph Kinyua, the Deputy Head of the Public Service will Mr Wanyama Musiambu, the Chief of staff and Head of the Presidential Delivery Unit will be Mr Nzioka Waita, the Comptroller of State House will be Mr Kinuthia Mbugua.

New cabinet nominees

In addition and by the authority conferred upon me by article 152 (ii), I have nominated and forwarded the names thereof to the Speaker of the National Assembly the following persons for positions of Cabinet Secretary Hon John Munyes, Hon Ukur Yattani and Mr Keriako Tobiko.
For Ambassador to the Kingdom of the Netherlands, MrLawrence Lenayapa.

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I have today accepted the resignation of Mr Keriako Tobiko as Director of Public Prosecution under Article 158 (ix) of the constitution of Kenya 2010.

Kenya Police Service

Further, in order to enhance service delivery and efficiency within the National Police Service, I have, in accordance with Article 132 of the Constitution of Kenya and section 17 of the National Police Service Act, made the following changes in the National police Service.

For re-deployment, the following have been redeployed to the Police Service Commission for further re-deployment:

1. Joel Mboya Kitili – Former Deputy Inspector- General, Kenya Police.

2. Samuel Arachi – Deputy Inspector-General, Administration Police Service.

3. Ndegwa Muhoro – Directorate of Criminal Investigations.

Appointments

I would also like to inform the country that on the advice of the National Police Service Commission and in consultation with the Inspector-General (of Police) and (in line with) Regulation 26 of the National Police Service Commission Act Recruitment and Appointments Regulations 2015, the following officers are appointed in Acting capacity until processed by the commission in accordance with the said law and these are:
– Edward Njoroge Mbugua appointed to Acting Deputy Inspector-General-Kenya Police Service
– Noor Yarao Gabao (appointed) Acting Deputy Inspector-General, Administration Police Service
– George Maingi Kinoti (appointed) Acting Director, Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI).

Fellow Kenyans, as I have said, over the next few weeks, I will be making further announcements to fill cabinet positions, to fill the positions of Principal Secretaries as well as our Sagas (parastatals) as we continue to populate the government with those that will be charged with the responsibility of executing our agenda for the next five years.

I thank you and may God bless you and may God continue to bless the republic of Kenya.

Thank you very much.

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Retiree who drove Uhuru to school remembers young Uhuru loved riding bicycle

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Mugo Karuga looks like any other retiree who has retreated to the rural village after years of service, but interactions with him reveal a man who rubbed shoulders with one of the most powerful families in Kenya.

Karuga drove President Uhuru Kenyatta to St Mary School in Nairobi on a daily basis in a limousine when he was young.

The retired General Service Unit (GSU) officer recalls how he would drive the young Uhuru, his brother Muhoho Kenyatta and sister Nyokabi Kenyatta from Gatundu to school using a Mercedes Benz 280 SE model registration number KPS 810.

Karuga’s razor-sharp memory is still intact. He recalls that when the first family was on holidays, the young Uhuru spent most of his time playing.

“Uhuru loved riding his bicycle and at times he would ask me to ride it with him and feel its comfort, which I gladly did,” Karuga now aged 77 years narrates.

Karuga says during holidays, he would be in charge of manning the gate, but Uhuru would ensure the cooks served him with decent meals.

Removed shoes

“If there is something I miss, it is those delicious meals the first family used to serve since my young friend would never let me go hungry,” he says.

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Karuga who retired in 1997 at Wang’uru Police Station also remembers with nostalgia one incident where barefooted children from a school in Central Kenya came to Gatundu to entertain the president.

“As the children entertained the first President, I saw Uhuru rush to the dais and whisper something to his father and he immediately removed his shoes to join the choir,” he said.

The grandfather who has turned to farming, Karuga recalls how the President ordered him to take the children and after entertaining him to the nearest Bata shop in Thika where they were each fitted with a new pair of shoes, including their teacher.

“Had Uhuru not done what he did, perhaps his father would not have seen the need to have the children who had entertained him fitted with new shoes,” he noted.

Karuga remembers how he used to interact freely with the then Head of the Presidential Press Unit, Kenyanjui Kariuki within Mzee Kenyatta’s Gatundu home where many delegations visited on a regular basis.

Kind person
“Since I am from Kirinyaga, Kenyanjui and his friends fondly called me Nyaga, meaning, a man from Embu since our dialect is different from that of the Kikuyu community,” Karuga said.

At his rural Gatumbi village home, Karuga lives with his son Njiru who was born at the Gatundu District Hospital in 1972 soon after he was enlisted in the presidential guard squad. He joined the Police Force in 1966.

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Karuga’s wife Annet Njeri says Mama Ngina Kenyatta is a kind person who was always concerned with the welfare of those who served the family at Gatundu.

Karuga now practices mixed farming on his one-acre plot where he has planted coffee, tea, macadamia trees and subsistence crops .

He says he was separated from Uhuru following the death of the founding father of the nation in 1978.

“When Moi came to power, he brought his own presidential guards and those of us who served under Kenyatta were transferred to various police stations across the country where all of us have since retired,” Karuga says.

“One thing I would desire is to meet president Uhuru and laugh with him as we did when he was young,” Karuga says.

The last time the President visited Kirinyaga County at Kianyaga, he asked the county government to arrange how I could meet him but the meeting has not happened.

Karuga is, however, grateful to the government for recognising his efforts and giving him an honour credited for his service to the first family.

THE UHURU I KNOW
Mugo Karuga used to drive the first family’s children to school.

He says a young president Uhuru loved riding his bike during holidays

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The retired General Service Unit officer says President Uhuru Kenyatta would always ensure he got a decent meal when they were at their Gatundu home during holidays and one day made his father buy shoes for barefoot school children who had visited their home to entertain the late President Mzee Kenyatta

– KNA

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Nakuru suppliers of bad maize ‘will still get pay’

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Traders who supplied bad maize with high levels of aflatoxin in Nakuru county will be paid as no sample was taken to the Government Chemist for testing.

The revelation came during the interrogation of Disaster Chief Officer Ann Njenga by a county assembly committee on Tuesday.

However, Ms Njenga clarified that only two wards out of the 55 were affected.

“Going to tell a supplier now that the maize he or she supplied had aflatoxin and it was not examined by the Government Chemist is difficult right now,” she said.

Hard time answering

She added that, most of the food in Viwandani stores had a 10 per cent aflatoxin level, which is acceptable. However, other bags had a 19 per cent level of aflatoxin, but had already been distributed to residents.

Naivasha East MCA Stanley Karanja claimed a person died in the sprawling Kaptembwo neighbourhood of Nakuru town after consuming the bad maize.

However, Ms Njenga, who had a hard time answering questions from the ward reps said, “I’m not aware of any death during the food distribution.”

The MCAs faulted Ms Njenga for giving the committee “half-baked” information. For instance, she said that out of the Sh25 million the assembly allocated, 10 per cent went to logistics.

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However, when pressed to give a breakdown of the logistics costs, she failed to give the answers.

“We need to know which logistics costs were paid for and by how much in the next meeting,” Minority leader and Olkaria MCA Peter Palanga said.

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Rhonda MCA Timothy Kabutu said procurement was flawed as no advertisement was made in the local dailies as required by law.

The committee said that, Ms Njenga was not fully in charge of the Covid-19 food distribution, leading to the confusion in the process.

As a result, Mr Karanja, the Naivasha East MCA, said, “some of the produce was given to other beneficiaries such as internally displaced persons (IDPs), who were not identified by the ward committees.”

“Everybody wanted to have a [piece of] pie, and chief officers in the Education and Youth dockets interfered with the exercise.”

However, Ms Njenga defended the food distribution saying that apart from a few challenges, it was “transparent” and “a success”.

The committee was also concerned that the ward level committees had not been paid their allowances. Ms Njenga told the MCAs that, payment had been made in 20 wards. She blamed poor data entry, which was being corrected, for delays.

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Guards at Pumwani Maternity Hospital suspended

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Hatari Security Company that was operating at Pumwani Maternity Hospital has been suspended.

This is after a woman gave birth at the hospital’s gate after reportedly being denied entry at the facility. The woman is said to have been blocked by guards due to the nurses’ strike.

The Senate standing committee on health led by Michael Mbito visited the hospital and said they were not satisfied by the explanation the hospital gave on the events leading to the woman giving birth by the road side.

“They have attempted to explain, but we are not convinced. We are taking statements from the mother and the hospital,” said Mbito, adding that in seven days, the mother and hospital officials will appear before Senate committee.

The senate said most of the challenges of the hospital lay in the confusion on who they are answerable to. They said the security team was contracted by the county government, but the hospital has since been placed under Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS).

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