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Corruption features in Kenyatta’s speech at UN as Kenya signs Sh 1.3b deal to build 100,000 cheap houses

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Kenya’s president, Uhuru kenyatta, who has been under fire at home over widespread corruption in East Africa’s economic hub, is now blaming graft on a “globalised financial and legal system.”

Mr Kenyatta told the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday that the “trust deficit grows” with governments as the free press and social media share news of fraud.
He said Africa has lost trillions of dollars in illicit outflows in recent decades.

Earlier this year, 18 Western nations including the United States urged Kenya to take strong action against corruption after scandals were revealed around several government ministries.
Kenyatta at the time vowed “there will be no mercy for the thieves.”

He declared corruption a national security threat in 2015.
On Wednesday, Kenyatta also denounced the inequality of nations in the UN Security Council, adding that Kenya joins in the demand for two permanent seats for Africa.
“Africa is under represented in the non-permanent category of the Security Council and we are totally not represented at all in the permanent category”, he said, calling it “historical injustice”.

Meanwhile, Kenya and the United Nations have signed a deal that will have 100,000 cheap housing units constructed in the country.

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The project will be financed through a partnership between the Kenyan government and the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS).

The signing of the deal was done on the of the sidelines of the ongoing 73rd session of United Nations General Assembly in New York and was witnessed by President Kenyatta.

“Our Affordable Housing Program seeks to implement interventions that will ensure that developers can produce housing units at scale, homebuyers can access affordable financing facilities that allow them to buy homes, and that the enabling environment facilitates innovation, embraces technology, and commercial arrangements that can bring down the cost of construction,” President Uhuru noted when he witnessed the signing of the agreement.

The 100,000 affordable houses will be built in different parts of the country at a cost of 1.3 billion shillings. The President said government looks to deliver the affordable housing pledge without putting much pressure on Kenyan taxpayers.

“We are therefore focusing on financing and investment frameworks that will unlock private sector financing for this program,” said President Kenyatta.

“We believe that we will be able to utilize our labor and create 3 to 5 direct jobs and up to 8 indirect jobs per unit we build,” he added.

Meanwhile, corruption and off-shore accounts featured prominently in his speech at the plenary on Wednesday. Watch:

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-Mwakilishi.com contributed to this story

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Just like at home, getting passport for Kenyans abroad is a tough task

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Kenyans in diaspora note they are taking up to eight months to renew passport in an energy-sapping exercise

Like many Kenyans living abroad, Justin K Wangila in Tanzania was excited by the announcement in Nairobi in 2017 that the government would start issuing “new generation” passports.

“This was a dream come true because, for a long time, most of us Kenyans living in other countries, especially those in East Africa, had yearned for an East African Community passport … we were in a hurry to apply,” said Mr Wangila in an interview with the Sunday Nation. Mr Wangila was told the application process started online after one opened an account on the internet portal e-Citizen.

“That is where problems start. I wasn’t applying for a passport for the first time. I was renewing one. But this process makes you start from scratch because, like in my case, they had none of my records,” he said.

He needed several documents, such as his national identity (ID) number, his personal identification number (PIN) and his parents’ ID numbers.

“I got stuck because I did not have my late father’s ID. In its absence, the process required the number on the death certificate. My father died a long time ago and I wasn’t even sure a death certificate had been issued. I was forced to take some days off from work to travel home to try and find my father’s death certificate,” he added.

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SHOCKING: PR officer collapses and dies right after press briefing-VIDEO

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A Public Relations officer suddenly passed away while addressing a press conference on Tuesday evening.

Glory Mziray, who worked for the Tanzania Forestry Services (TFS) excused herself towards the end of her address saying she was feeling unwell.

According to journalists and government officials present at the event, Mziray started off her address speaking well but her condition deteriorated towards the end.

She was rushed to a nearby hospital where the doctors pronounce her dead.

“She started to become unconscious as she was taking questions from reporters and we were forced to take her out of the room so that she could get fresh air,” a reporter present at the press conference told The Citizen.

Source: SDE

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Uganda’s ruling party endorses Museveni for sixth term as President

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Uganda’s ruling party National Resistance Movement (NRM) top organ has endorsed President Yoweri Museveni as its flag bearer in the upcoming presidential elections.

The decision gives Museveni a shot for a sixth consecutive five-year term in office. Should he win, Museveni will have an opportunity to rule for a record four decades.

Uganda’s next presidential and general elections are two years away.

NRM party members had at a recent retreat christened President Museveni the ‘theoretician and principal strategist of the movement’.

“To emphatically recommend to the membership of the Movement and its organs that Yoweri Museveni, our leader and General of the African resistance, continues leading the Movement in 2021 and beyond as we eliminate the bottlenecks ‘to transformation’, the members noted in resolution after the retreat,” the party announced.

Asked whether the party had given Museveni the nod,  NRM spokesman said; “Exactly. That is what it means. I can only say that there is no danger in doing that. There is no law breached. This matter can continue to be sold to other party members as we get closer to the National Delegates Conference in November, this year.”

Suspicision that Museveni would seek re-elections gained momentum when he strongly supported a contentious Constitutional Amendment Bill, now law, to remove 75 years as the upper threshold age beyond which a person would be ineligible to stand for President.

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The provision meant that Museveni, now 74 years old, would have been unable to contest.

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