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Utabeba msalaba wako mwenyewe, Uhuru awaambia maafisa wake

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BY BMJ MURIITHI

“You will carry your own cross,” a tough talking President Kenyatta told his senior government officials on Friday.

Kenyatta  told Cabinet Secretaries, Chief Administrative Secretaries and Principal Secretaries that when it comes to managing public resources under their respective dockets, the buck stops with them.

The President said this after the CSs, CASs and PSs signed two oaths that bind them to higher standards of integrity and fidelity to the law as regards the management of public resources.

The first pledge signed by the officials was on general leadership and integrity while the second was an accountability pledge.

“You come into high office to act as the guardians of public resources, you are expected to doing much with as little as possible. Kenyans want to see their tax shillings being used prudently, resourcefully and for maximum gain for the nation,” said the President.

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He stressed that the officials should know that he will take swift action against anyone found to be mismanaging public resources. “No amount of excuse will help. Each one of you will carry their own cross,” said the President at State House, Nairobi.

The signing of the pledges was conducted after the swearing in of the Chief Administrative Secretaries and new Principal Secretaries. The swearing in ceremony, which was conducted by Head of Public Service Joseph KInyua, was also witnessed by Deputy President William Ruto

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The Head of State told the new senior State officials that he will expect the highest standards of integrity from them.

“My decision today that the oath of office you have taken be accompanied by an integrity and ethics code, both signed in public, is my demonstration of this commitment,” said the President. “I want to repeat, no one will be spared if caught engaging in corruption and abuse of office. The law will take its due course.”

He said he expects the officials to provide selfless service and to be dedicated to duty as they play their part in achieving the Big Four Agenda of “ a roof over many more heads at affordable cost, affordable healthcare for all, value addition and manufacturing for jobs, and ensuring that hunger becomes the story of the past.”

The CASs who were sworn in included Patrick ole Ntutu (Interior) Chris Obure (Transport and Infrastructure) Ken Obura (East Africa Community and Northern Corridor), Hussein Dado (Devolution and ASAL Areas), Colleta Suda (Energy), Dr Rashid Abdi Aman (Health), Ababu Namwamba (Foreign Affairs), Rachel Shebesh (Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs), Winnie Guchu (Water and Sanitation), Gideon Mungaro (Lands), Simon Kachapin (Education), Andrew Tumour (Agriculture), Abdul Bahari (Labour and Social Protection) and Nelson Gaichuhie (National Treasury and Planning).

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The new PSs who took their oath of office were Gordon Khihalangwa (Immigration), Nelson Maria (Devolution), Macharia Kamau (Foreign Affairs), Kevit Desai (TVT), Peter Tum Kiplagat (Health), Charles Hinga (Housing and urban development), Hamadi Boga (Agriculture), Safina Kwekwe (Gender), Joseph Irungu (Water) and Julius Monzi Muia (Planning).

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Uhuru will not meet Kenyans in US as he visits New York

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President Uhuru Kenyatta, who is expected to arrive in the US for the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 73), has no plans to meet with Kenyans living there.

Speaking to the  Nation from New York on Saturday, Kenyan ambassador to the US Robinson Njeru Githae said neither the embassy nor the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has scheduled any meeting between the president and the Kenyans in diaspora.

“As far as I know, there are no such plans but the President will be attending so many meetings with heads of states and development partners while in New York,” said Mr Githae.

This is the second time President Kenyatta has shunned the diaspora during his trip to the US in less than a month.

Late last month, President Kenyatta was in Washington, DC for two days to meet with President Trump at the White House but did not meet with the diaspora.

TAX LAW

But analysts say the current politics is not right especially after the President signed into law the controversial bill that raised taxes.

“The president was bound to face a barrage of questions if not outright heckling from the diaspora. Many had planned to ask very tough questions,” said Dr Duncan Obare of Manchester, New Hampshire.

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The 73rd General Assembly opened on September 18.

The first day of the high-level General Debate will be on Tuesday September 25 and is scheduled to last for nine working days.

Mr Githae said President Kenyatta will, among others, reaffirm multilateralism and shared responsibility, discuss peace and security, champion youth leadership and entrepreneurship, promote investment in Kenya and promote the launch of direct flights to New York.

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Clues that linked Obado to murder

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BY OLIVIA MUNGWANA

A statement by one of Migori Governor Okoth Obado’s aides assisted detectives to break the deadlock that led them to arrest him over the murder of Rongo University student Sharon Otieno.

Although detectives say phone records show the governor communicated with some of those arrested before him at around the same time Sharon went missing, the police were under pressure to conclude the case that was nearly going cold.

Casper Otieno who runs errands for the governor presented himself to the police on Tuesday after a Toyota Fielder he drives was identified as having been used in the kidnap two weeks ago. The governor’s other assistant, Michael Oyamo, has been in custody since September 2 and has already been charged with Sharon’s murder.

What was remaining was to determine whether the two assistants to the governor together with three others in custody acted on their own or there were other people involved. It is said the police tried to convince them to confess and get a lesser charge in return.

This will be seen in the coming week as it has not yet been determined whether to compile the six suspects into one case or charge them separately. Oyamo and former Kanyadoto MCA Lawrence Mula have already been charged with the murder.

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Among the options being considered is to charge those who have cooperated with a lesser offence of conspiracy to commit murder and turn them into state witnesses against the rest.

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Domestic violence deaths on the rise in diaspora

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Zachary Moitui, a Kenyan-born resident of Jersey City, New Jersey, thought he had seen the worst of human brutality when he found himself at the centre of a gruesome murder in America that made headlines around the world.

On October 2010, Evans Kebabe bludgeoned his wife and their two children to death in their Vadnais Heights apartment in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The bodies of his wife Bilha Omare, 32, and their two children then aged 12 and 9 were found on October 14 in their apartment.

Kebabe, who is now serving a jail term handed down to him on January 2011, was arrested after his car ran out of gas while trying to flee.

Mr Moitui, a respected elder of the Kenyan community in Jersey, led plans to move the bodies from Minneapolis to Jersey City for burial.

“It was a heartbreaking time for our diaspora community because in all honesty, we had never witnessed such brutality and never imagined we had such people among us.

“That was until of course recently, when something eerily similar happened right here in Jersey City,” said Mr Moitui.

MURDER/SUICIDE
Mr Moitui was referring to the news early in the week that another Kenyan couple had been found dead in their home and that the husband was suspected to have shot his wife before turning the gun on himself.

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The local press reported that authorities in Jersey City were investigating a murder-suicide after police discovered bodies of a man and woman dead from gunshot wounds.

It turns out that the couple — Henry Okong’o and Lydiah Okong’o — were in fact people Mr Moitui was not only familiar with but also related to one of them.

“The late Lydia was my niece. Fourteen years ago when they started having domestic issues, Lydia moved out and lived with me for five months.

“She went back after we helped them to reconcile. Little did I know it would turn out as it did on Monday,” Mr Moitui said.

RECONCILIATION
He added: “I’m not only feeling devastated by her death, I’m also wondering whether reconciling them was the best thing to do.

“What I did then to reconcile them was what any parent would do for the good of the family, especially the children but, here we are!”

The couple has been living in the 2 Mina Drive property for over a decade and neighbours are still confounded by the incident.

“Three children have been left without parents. This is so sad,” one neighbour was quoted by the local press as saying.

Dr George Omburo, one of the Seventh day Adventists church elders, said the couple “had a tough marriage”.

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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
This incident and many others that seem to have escalated in the recent past involving the Kenyan Diaspora have left many wondering what exactly is going on within the community that is usually reluctant to discuss issues of domestic violence openly.

“Having lived in the US for more than 10 years, and having witnessed a lot of these cases, I can confidently say that the major cause of domestic disagreements among Kenyans is the reversal of gender roles as we know them,” Mr Chris Majani, a Kenyan-born resident of Dallas, Texas, said.

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