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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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SAD: Former Kenyan Powerful Minister’s son who was deported from US after being jailed for 30 years now living in squalor [VIDEO]

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They say looks may be deceiving, well Peter Oloo Aringo may look like that ordinary man with limited means. When The Standard team got to his home, he’ was going about with his activities.

Aringo is the first born son of former Alego Member of Parliament and minister for education Peter Oloo Aringo and a Jamaican mother. He attended the prestigious Consolata Primary School in Nairobi and St. Marys Yala where he had begun drinking and later proceeded to the United States where he pursued a business administration course at Lona College.

While in the US, Aringo opines life was good, on the first lane. His drinking habits right back from high school in Kenya however grew not only as a consumer but now as a peddler which endeared him to his peers but little did he know he was on the radar of the New York Federal government authorities.“I became a dealer.

I decided if I want to make more and use more, I needed to get into the business. And that’s where my downward spiral began,” Aringo narrated to this reporter. Being an alien and on the left side of the law, he was a marked man.

Former Cabinet Minister Peter Oloo Aringo.

Authorities finally pounced on him. He was arraigned and sentenced to 30 years in jail but he was too lucky to be given an option of deportation which he opted for. As it is the norm, a deportee, he came back home empty-handed without even his travel documents, his wife and three children. “I had no money. I had nothing,” he added.

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Back home his appetite for alcohol and drugs only increased but he could only access and afforded cheap liquor which eventually caused him throat cancer. His wife Catherine Boyane, also a reformed drug addict with whom they got married in May this year narrated how it all began.“The day we started noticing a swelling on his neck, we thought it was a sore throat. We never thought it would be cancer,” she said.

Throughout the interview, Aringo kept sipping tea or water as there is totally no saliva in his mouth.The man who grew up in opulence has only a wall clock with his father’s name permanently inscribed on it triggering nostalgic memories.The couple is now quietly living at the heart of a posh estate in Nakuru but in a shanty sandwiched between high-end houses.

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Diaspora demands more after Mwende Mwinzi victory

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The diaspora is banking on a recent court decision on the dual nationality issue to push for more reforms targeting Kenyans living abroad.

On Tuesday, the Kenya Diaspora Alliance called on President Uhuru Kenyatta to appoint Ms Mwende Mwinzi as the designate ambassador to South Korea as the High Court has cleared her of the need to renounce her US citizenship.

The group also issued a petition to the National Assembly, asking for specific policy changes.

“The ruling has given the diaspora confidence. This is a landmark decision for our children,” said Shem Ochuodho, the Global Chairperson of the lobby that includes 12 diaspora associations.

“We are hoping Parliament can go further and create an environment that will attract the diaspora to participate fully in the economic development of this country.”

Last week, the High Court ruled that Kenyans born abroad, of Kenyan parents, can retain their foreign passports while serving in public office, a decision that could protect those holding multiple passports but with local descent.

The ruling was on a case that Ms Mwinzi filed in protest to the conditional approval of the National Assembly which demanded that she only gets appointed after she renounces her US nationality.

Though Justice James Makau said the National Assembly can approve nominees conditionally, he said those born of Kenyan citizens abroad are protected from being forced to relinquish their foreign nationality because it is their birthright.

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“The Parliament here cannot force or demand that the petitioner renounces her US citizenship unless she voluntarily decides to do so,” he said of Ms Mwinzi.

“Citizenship by birth is an alienable right which cannot be taken away from anyone,” the judge said after reviewing Kenyan and US case decisions on the subject of citizenship by birth.

The judge ruled the nominee could formally be appointed once the President acts on the parliamentary report, as is tradition.

Following the ruling, the KDA is now fronting a petition to the National Assembly, arguing it could cement their unhindered participation in the country’s public service.

The alliance says such a policy must include establishment of a State department of diaspora affairs as well as a clear policy that will allow Kenyans abroad to vote electronically.

At the moment, only Kenyans in select countries have been able to vote manually and their affairs are managed through the department of consular and diaspora affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Though Kenya passed the Diaspora Policy in 2015, the KDA says it should be given incentives similar to foreign investors and be included in census reports.

Specifically, the associations have demanded that Kenya’s foreign missions provide services for replacement or application of national IDs and certificates of good conduct, and be allowed to be interviewed for public service jobs.

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At the moment, embassies may provide temporary travel documents and Kenyans abroad can only get the equivalent of certificates of good conduct through Interpol.

On Wednesday, nominated MP Godfrey Osotsi is expected to table a motion in the National Assembly for formulation of a “comprehensive policy” to harness the diaspora’s contribution.

It is expected that the policy will be ready within a year for parliamentary approval.

“[The] contribution by the Kenyan diaspora to the country’s development goes beyond personal remittances to include increased trade links, better access to foreign capital markets, skills and technology transfer, diaspora investment funds, knowledge exchange among others enormous potential benefits,” the MP said in his notice of the motion.

“Cognizant that Kenya has an obligation to counter challenges hindering the diaspora’s contribution to national development, this House resolves that the government review and formulate a comprehensive policy and structure to harness the ever-increasing diaspora resources for national development.”

by nation.co.ke

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Why school kept news of student’s family members’ death a secret for 22 days

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A school in Tanzania decided not to inform a 16-year-old girl that her entire family of five had been wiped out by flash floods last month to enable her complete her examinations.

Anna Zambi’s parents and siblings were on their way to visit her in school for prayer day ahead of her final secondary school examinations when they met their death.

TRAGIC INCIDENT

A private car in which they were travelling in was swept away in floods following incessant rains in Handeni District, Tanga Region.

According Tanzanian daily, The Citizen, the school chose to keep the tragic incident a secret to enable Zambi complete her exams in peace.

The incident happened just two days before the start of the examinations.

The head teacher of Mother Teresa of Calcuta Girls Secondary School revealed how he managed to ensure the student was kept in the dark over the tragedy that took the lives of her parents and three other siblings on October 26.

GRAVEYARDS

In breaking communication at the school, he said, all students were no longer allowed to watch TV on the pretext that it was examination time and that they must always be busy with their books.

On Monday, almost a month after the incident, she traveled back home to be with her family after finishing the exams, only to learn that her parents and siblings were no more.

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It was not until Saturday, November 16, when a wave of grief and deep sorrow rolled through relatives and mourners who had gathered for hours to receive Zambi and take her to the graveyards of her parents and three siblings.

At the same time, the Tanzanian government has pledged to support the bereaved teenager, saying that it would pay for her psychological rehabilitation and education.

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