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Waiguru now says she supports lifestyle audit

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Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru has lauded measures introduced by President Uhuru Kenyatta to fight graft and abuse of office by public officials.

Ms Waiguru, who is the Council of Governors vice-chair, said the lifestyle audit ordered by the President is a big step forward in ending looting of public resources.

“A huge problem in Kenyan politics is the pressure from families that want to benefit from their relatives in office. This is why the President has rightly opted for the audit,” said Ms Waiguru at Chatham House in United Kingdom on Wednesday.

She, however, said there a danger is that the fight against corruption may be politicised and used by individuals to harm their rivals because structures put in place to ensure accountability in the country are weak.

MARGINALISED

“But the new Constitution was a key step forward,” she told the audience.

She observed that social media can be a key tool in the fight for greater transparency, but citizens need civic education so they can demand accountability in government.

In a talk titled “Five Years of Devolution in Kenya: Towards Inclusion, Gender Equality and Accountable Governance”, Ms Waiguru addressed the successes and challenges of implementing devolution in Kenya.

On women’s rights and participation in politics and leadership, Ms Waiguru told the forum Kenya is on the right track, as seen in the 2017 elections.

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However, she observed Kenya is still lagging behind other countries in East Africa on women’s representation, including Rwanda and Tanzania

“There were many challenges for me running for governor’s seat as a woman. But I knew that my campaign would have a wider significance for Kenyan women and girls who have traditionally been marginalised in politics,” she said.

MANDATES

“I am determined that after the next election, we will have at least 11 women governors in office. The problem with seeking support from male governors on this is that they think we are after their seats,” she told the audience.

And having been the first Cabinet Secretary for Devolution, Ms Waiguru admitted the first few years of devolution have not been easy.

“Initially there was contestation between central and devolved governments, as well as within county governments over mandates and functions,” she said.

She lauded Jubilee government, saying it remains committed to making devolution work.

“Central government assistance to counties has included capacity building, developing model laws, and conducting institutional reviews to ensure skills are matched to mandates,” she said.

-nation.co.ke

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Waiguru calls out Kirinyaga MCAs for slashing budget to settle political differences

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Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru has called out Kirinyaga MCAs for slashing the budget presented before them for approval to settle political scores.

The MCAs slashed Waiguru’s legal fee budget from Sh60 million to Sh1 million.

Further, they slashed money allocated to the office of the county secretary from a staggering Sh111 million to a paltry Sh1 million.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, June 1, Waiguru said the MCAs disregarded the law governing the allocation of budget to the county executive and county assembly as enshrined in the County Allocation of Revenue Act (CARA).

“The estimates for the County Executive and the County Assembly are covered by the ceilings which are contained in the County Allocation of Revenue Act (CARA) and therefore, these amounts are ring-fenced by the act and cannot be amended in the budget estimates,” she said.

Waiguru further argued the MCAs had no powers to arbitrary amend the budget by slashing some allocations to unacceptable levels as guided by CARA.

The governor lamented that besides failing to approve the budget on time and slashing money allocated to the executive, the assembly awarded itself the highest amount, totalling to Sh569 million.

The amount, according to Waiguru, was Sh200 million in excess of what is envisaged by the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA) of 2012.

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She called out the ward reps for playing politics at the expense of addressing issues affecting residents of Kirinyaga county.

“The Public Finance Management Act (PFMA) 2012 limits the expenditures by the County Assembly to lower than twice the amount of personal emoluments or 7% of total revenues of the county government,” argued Waiguru.

The MCAs also awarded the office of the deputy governor Sh15.6 million from up from zero allocation in the proposed budget of Sh5.5 billion.

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Shock of dead children in car at police station

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The bodies of two children reported missing 10 days ago were on Tuesday recovered from the boot of a car parked at a Machakos police station where they had been reported as missing.

The girl and the boy both aged four years went missing from their KMC Estate on June 11 while playing outside their house.

Officers in Athi-River Police Station where the matter was reported on the same day have been searching for the children.

The parents have also been conducting a search, including visiting hospitals and mortuaries until Tuesday afternoon when fresh clues emerged right under the nose of the police.

A Nairobi salesman who had gone to the station on Tuesday to pick his detained car informed the officers that there was foul smell from the boot of his Toyota Belta.

The vehicle had been lying at the station for over three months after it was involved in an accident on Mombasa Road on March 4.

It is after he opened the boot of his car that he noted the strange ‘cargo’ covered in a black paper bag.

The officers then opened the bag and found the two bodies.

“When the owner came to pick the car, he realised that there was a strange cargo in the boot of the car, which was wrapped in a black paper bag,” said an investigating officer familiar with the matter.

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Yesterday, government pathologists were called to the scene to help DCI with the investigations.

Investigators from the DCI Homicide Unit based at the DCI headquarters yesterday took over the investigations.

Parents of the children were also summoned to the police station to confirm that the bodies were those of their loved ones, Alvina Mutheu and Henry Jacktone.

Mutheu and Jacktone, who have been described as ‘best friends’, also happen to have been in the same school and sat next to each other in class. They were both the first born in their families.

No blood stains

The pathologists and DCI officers could not immediately establish whether there were any visible injuries on the bodies.

There was also no blood stains either on the minors’ clothes or in the vehicle.

Investigators said the bodies were decomposing and could have been inside the car for well over a week.

Strangely no one at the police station had complained of foul smell at the busy parking yard. Traffic police use the yard to park vehicles that have been detained or those involved in accidents.

Civilians and police officers also use the same grounds to park their vehicles. A traffic police officer, who on May 1 was tasked to move the vehicle from where it was initially parked, has since recorded statements with the DCI.

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In his statement, the officer said there was no foul smell from the vehicle when he moved it to create more spare for other vehicles.

He said the boot of the car and all the doors were firmly locked. What has baffled the investigators is how the two children may have ended up in the boot of the car, which was already in hands of the police at the time they were reported missing.

Motive

How did the killer access the vehicle inside the police station and what was their motive?

These are some of the critical questions that the investigations team will be seeking to answer in the next one week when they are expected to present a preliminary report to DCI boss George Kinoti.

An investigator yesterday told The Standard the police were following two theories that will help them solve the murder mystery.

First is the possibility that the children could have been killed and their bodies sneaked into the car inside the police station. They will also be looking into the possibility that the minors could have strayed from their homes into the police station and while playing at the yard, locked themselves in the vehicle where they suffocated.

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Some investigators have, however, said the second line of argument is weak and should be dropped. The police station is about two kilometres from the estate where the children are reported to have gone missing.

By Standard.co.ke

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It wasn’t COVID-19: MP Jude Jomo claims tests on late mother were wrong

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It has now emerged that the mother of Kiambu MP Jude Jomo did not die from coronavirus as had been claimed.

Jomo said Margaret Njomo who passed away early in June, got inaccurate COVID-19 diagnosis which led to her hurried burial at the night.

The late Margaret fell ill on June 8 and was rushed to a Nairobi hospital where he passed. Photo: Jude Jomo.
Source: Facebook

Speaking in the National Assembly when he demanded explanation from the House Health Committee, the MP said the government notified the family that the mother had tested positive for the virus.

“I tried to beg for more time but in line with the law, we received a call at 3pm we buried her by 8pm, for the 82 years she had lived we felt that we did not give her the dignity,” the MP explained.

Jude Njomo

It wasn’t COVID-19: MP Jude Jomo claims tests on late mother were wrong
Source: Facebook

The lawmaker told the House his mother fell ill on June 8, and was rushed to The Mater Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

However, the government had instructed the late mother be buried withing the stipulated period as she had apparently been sick with coronavirus.

He explained tests done at the Lancet Labs on behalf of The Mater Hospital showed the late was positive.

The family then ordered two other tests at the National Influenza Centre and the Nairobi Hospital both of which returned negative verdicts.

“I asked myself how many Kenyans have gotten wrong results, how many other Kenyans go through quarantine because of a wrong outcome, how many labs are careless, there are many Kenyans who are voiceless and let me the voice for those who have been offended by the careless laboratories, I wrote to KMPDB to inquire what is the problem of Lancet?”the MP asked.

The Mater Hospital boss Dominic Mwenje told the Sabina Chege-led committee that neither did the institution reach out to Lancet nor follow up on the contentious results.

“I believe that we didn’t contact Lancet about the negative result, being a national credited lab used by many hospitals and institutions, when the two returned negative results we did not follow up on this case,” Mwenje said.

Sabina said her team will summon the Lancet management to shed more light on the discrepancies.

By Tuko.co.ke

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