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VIDEO: Is Matiang’i the unofficial Prime Minister? Kenyans read 2022 succession politics in Uhuru move

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President Uhuru Kenyatta Tuesday appointed Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i to chair a committee mandated to supervise all government projects, including the Jubilee government’s legacy-driven ‘Big Four’ agenda.

Dr Matiang’i will chair the newly constituted National Development Implementation and Communication Committee, and will be deputised by his Treasury counterpart Henry Rotich.

The team will comprise of all the Cabinet Secretaries, Attorney-General Paul Kihara, and Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua.

Dr Matiang’i, long-seen by analysts as President Kenyatta’s Mr-Fix-It, will in the new position effectively be the prefect of his colleagues, and will report directly to the President.

“The committee will provide supervisory leadership throughout the delivery cycle of all national government programmes and projects. . .They will monitor and evaluate the follow-up mechanisms for resources allocated for national government priority programmes and projects, to ensure proper utilisation and realisation of the targeted outcomes,” the President said in his Executive Order Number 1 of 2019 dated January 21.

The committee will also provide “coordinated and strategic communication” to the public and other stakeholders on the progress of national government projects and programmes.

It will also “prepare accurate and timely progress reports for presentation to the president.”

In his speech in Mombasa before the Executive Order was made public, President Kenyatta said the changes were being made to align all ministries to adopt a ‘One-Government Approach Policy.”

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Besides the sweeping powers he will have as the chairman of the committee, Dr Matiang’i was also given a huge chunk of James Macharia’s Transport ministry.

The Interior CS, in President Kenyatta’s Executive Order No. 2 dated the same day as the first, will be in charge of the National Transport and Safety Authority.

This is seen as an attempt to align the President’s transport sector vision with what Dr Matiang’i had been doing with the implementation of the Transport Act, famously known as the “Michuki Rules”.

The rules came about during John Michuki’s tenure as Transport minister.

The interior ministry, in the changes, will also be in charge of motor vehicles inspection and certification, regulation of public service vehicles, development and implementation of road safety strategies, enforcement of the axle road control through weighbridges, as well as regulation and licensing of motor vehicles.

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Banda School told to improve hygiene

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The Banda School, an elite learning institution in Nairobi, has been put on the spot over its failure to adhere to basic hygiene regulations.

The National Environment Management Authority (Nema) has since warned that failure by the school to adhere to set regulations will have consequences.

Officials from Nema’s Nairobi office visited the school and directed the management, led by Mr George Githui, to implement several recommendations.

The school, which is situated on Magadi Road, 500 students.

Among the concerns raised by Nema is the lack of an environmental impact assessment report which expired on February 21, 2018.

“(An) Effluent treatment plant is in place but [it is] not treating effluent to the set standards and discharging grey and blackish discharge into environment and storm drain on Magadi Road,” reads the notice sent to the school dated May 17.

The environmental watchdog is also concerned that water analysis reports do not meet the set standards as laid out in the water quality regulations of 2006.

“Evidence of some waste management records in place but some missing (contracts, licences and tracking documents),” reads the report by inspectors Regina Kio and Veronica Maina.

The school has since been directed to immediately stop any further processing of waste which leads to discharge into environment.

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The international school is required to install a properly working effluent treatment plant within 7 days.

The school’s management also appeared before Nema on Tuesday.

The management is also required to liaise with relevant authorities to address the concerns raised by Nema, failure to which officers at the institution will be prosecuted.

“You have a right to appeal to the national environment tribunal if aggrieved by the order,” reads the notice.

On Tuesday, Mr Githui said the institution is doing everything possible to implement the Nema directives.

Mr Githui said Nema has already inspected the school and held discussions with the management.

“We have committed ourselves to do as per the recommendations,” said the manager.

The institution is one of the most expensive schools in the country and charges a pupil Sh1.5 million a year.

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Canadian agency warns about Visa fraudsters

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Kenyans are losing up to Sh2.15 million per person to well organised fraudsters selling fake Visa’s to Canada and non-existent job offers to Kenyan job-seekers, an international agency that processes the travel documents, warned on Monday.

The scheme has been targeting not only low income households seeking greener pastures abroad but the very wealthy, the agency warned in a statement.

The scammers net about Sh150 million from conning about 150 people, in about two or three months.

Beaver Immigration Consulting said the scams have left a trail of devastation among the hundreds of the affected.

Mr Nicholas Avramis a regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant with Beaver Immigration Consulting said the agency is now “frustrated” from the mounting incidents of fraud under the scheme.

“I am very frustrated as I continue to get calls from people that have been scammed. This is a global problem with Canadian immigration in general. It is prevalent in India and China, but now the fraudsters are moving into the African region to rip people off,” said Mr Avramis.

According to him, the scam works in two main ways.

“The first is where the fraudster promises to obtain a visa to enter Canada and work. Essentially, an open work permit. This, does not exist for people outside of Canada,” he explained.

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In another the scammers claim that they can find the victim a job, by securing a letter of employment from a Canadian company.

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Mumbi Girls matron of 33 years found dead, hanging in her sitting room

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Mumbi Girls High School in Murang’a County where the body of the institution's was found in her house on May 21, 2019. It is suspected that she committed suicide. PHOTO | NDUNG'U GACHANE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

A matron at Mumbi Girls High School in Murang’a County has been found dead in a case of suspected suicide.

Murang’a County Police Commander Josephat Kinyua told the Nation that the matron’s body was discovered Tuesday morning in her house in the living quarters situated within the school compound.

He said they have launched investigations to establish the cause of death of the 56-yaer-old woman.

“The principal of the school informed the police that they have discovered the body of the school matron identified as Joyce Mwinzi and we have sent officers to the school to collect the body and to start investigations,” Mr Kinyua said.

The body was found hanging in her sitting room on Tuesday morning by the school’s groundsman and a librarian after her husband called them asking about her whereabouts.

According to the school’s principal, Esther Njeri Wambugu, the matron did not report to work on Monday as it was her off day and was supposed to visit her husband in Gatanga Sub-County.

When she failed to show up at their home, her husband called the school’s workers who decided to check on her, only to find her body dangling in the sitting room.

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Ms Wambugu said the matron had worked at the school for 33 years and that she never showed any signs of depression or related illness.

“She has worked in the school for 33 years in different departments and had been giving wise counsel to the girls. I last saw her on Saturday during the school’s prize giving ceremony and she looked jovial and even completed her work as assigned,” the worried principal said.

She added that the matron attended students on Sunday night at 10pm who complained of stomach ache, saying that was her last encounter with the students.

The matron’s husband also worked as a cook at the school but retired at the beginning of this year.

The county police boss lamented over the increased cases of suicides in Murang’a and pleaded with locals to seek better ways of solving their issues instead of committing suicide.

There was tension at the school on Tuesday mid-morning as police officers visited the scene to pick her body.

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