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Magoha finds empty seats on first day

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Newly appointed Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha yesterday arrived at work to find more than 100 employees absent.

A video that went viral on social media captured Prof Magoha questioning ministry employees after he established that many of their colleagues had not reported to work.

In the office he had visited, the ministry official who was taking Prof Magoha around had a difficult time explaining why the occupant of that office was yet to report to work.

Most of the work stations at the ministry’s Jogoo House ‘B’ headquarters were also empty, with only a few employees spotted at their desks as the CS was being taken round.

“That is the seat, there is the boss,” the ministry official taking Prof Magoha struggled to explain while pleading with the CS to visit other floors of the building, promising that the situation might be different.

But a visibly irritated Prof Magoha cut him short: “Unafikiri itanibadilisha kichwa (you think that will change my mind),” he said, laughing.

“If I start coming here at 10am, what will these people do? They will start coming in at 10am. That’s it. So, is there a need for me to continue seeing this, si nitakasirika bure (I will just get annoyed). “People have to sit up and work otherwise I will remove them. Utapata wengine wale wanafanya kazi (you will find others who can work). They can go to a ministry where they can sleep,” he said. He proceeded to greet a few of the ministry staff who were present as those guiding him around watched, visibly frightened.

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“Hatupigani, si ni kazi tu, na mimi nafurahi nimewapata kwa kazi, lakini onyeni hao wengine (we are not fighting, it is just work, and I am happy that I’ve found you at work but warn these others),” he told the employees.

Ministry staff interviewed by Saturday Nation regarding the incident expressed surprise at Prof Magoha’s early morning visit.

“Many of us are not used to reporting to office that early. We are used to reporting at around 9am to 10am. We were shocked to be told that he was already in the building,” said one staffer who did not want to go on record discussing his new boss.

A junior official expressed fears that those who were not at their desks when the CS arrived could face dire consequences. “We do not know what will happen to those of us who were not present when he came. We hope nobody took a roll call. Looks like the honeymoon is over,” she said.

When he gave his first press briefing on Thursday, Prof Magoha warned lazy employees at the ministry and in the education sector in general that they would face the sack.

source:Daily Nation

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Chebukati weighs in on BBI report  

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BY KEVIN KOECH

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman Wafula Chebukati has given his two cents on the controversial BBI report.

Chebukati criticized ODM leader Raila Odinga and other stakeholders who came up with the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report, for portraying the election body as single handedly being the issue in every divisive election cycle.

He further lashed out at the BBI team for using the IEBC as a scapegoat through a statement on Friday the 23rd of October 2020.

He also condemned the changes the BBI report is proposing on the IEBC.

“IEBC notes that it has been singled out as the only independent commission and indeed entity whose establishment is sought to be removed by way of the proposed changes in the bbi report under divisive elections thematic area,” he said.

According to Chebukati, the BBI is counteracting some of Kenya’s gains in the election process.

“Additionally, the report claws back on the gains made over the years on electoral management in kenya. This targeted onslaught against the commission is not new as it has been occurring after every general election since 1992.

The sustained campaigns weaken and interfere with the independence of the commission which is guaranteed under article 88 as read together with article 248 and 249 of the constitution of Kenya 2010,” he added.

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Raila has repeatedly called for changes on IEBC starting with commissioners.

According to him, this will increase people’s faith in the independent Commission.

The ODM leader also proposes that IEBC officials should only be in the office for only a three-year term.

They can, however, renew it only once if their tenure was transparent and effective.

The BBI also proposes to do away with the IEBC vice chairperson post who acts when the chairman is absent.

The report also proposes the change of titles to fewer titles such as Head of Department instead of the Director.

Returning officers should also only serve for one general election according to the BBI.

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Ezekiel Mutua hits at Pope Francis after endorsing same-sex civil unions

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Kenya Film Classification Board C.E.O Ezekiel Mutua has hit out at Pope Francis following his remarks on same-sex marriage.

In an interview for his upcoming film dubbed “Francesco” which premiered on Wednesday, October 21, the head of the Catholic Church endorsed same-sex civil unions.

He pointed out that homosexuals are also children of God who need families and should be protected by law.

“Homosexual people have the right to be in a family. They are children of God. What we have to have is a civil union law; that way they are legally covered,” he was quoted in CBS News.

KFCB boss took an issue with the Pope stating that a leader of such stature cannot endorse what is against the order of nature and God’s creation.

He added that Pope Francis should be condemned.

“A leader of the stature of the Pope cannot endorse what’s clearly against the order of nature and God’s plan for family and procreation.

“If he did, he should be condemned and his statement taken with a pinch of salt,” he stated on Saturday, October 24.

Ezekiel Mutua went on to defend Pope Francis saying that he does not believe that he meant to endorse gay union and he might have been misquoted.

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He added that however if he indeed meant what he said then his advice should be ignored.

“I honestly do not believe that Pope Francis meant to endorse same-sex marriage, but if he did, then he’s grossly wrong and his advice should be ignored. I believe his statement was in the context of “gay human rights” but not the practice of homosexuality,” he added.

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Churchill speaks tough on people accusing him of being behind comedians’ woes

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Churchill Show host Daniel “Churchill” Ndambuki has rebuked Kenyans who blame him for the comedians’ woes.

Addressing mourners during the burial of the late Ben Maurice Omondi, popularly known as Othuol Othuol, the laugh industry director said that he started the Churchill Show with the aim of realizing opportunities among talents and not oppressing them.

Ndambuki previously attracted backlash from his fans when Churchill comedians are faced with depression or misfortunes.

He said that the wrath should be directed to the government and not him.

Churchill noted that he is just a common Kenyan who had a small dream and whose ambition was to change the lives of as many Kenyans as possible by helping them realize their dreams.

He added that the government had shown less effort in nurturing and supporting talented young Kenyans.

The comedian stated that the reason Kenyans bash Churchill Show each time something happens to the comedians is that it’s the only platform that they get to be seen, yet the government should be doing a lot to the comedians and added that he is neither the government nor has he ever been funded by the government.

Ndambuki also urged the comedians to make use of the social media platforms to build their brands and let their content known as well as earning a living.

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Churchill has a number of times found himself on the receiving end with Kenyans recently accusing him of ‘misusing’ comedians resulting in depression that leads to their death.

In July, Female Churchill Show comedian Zeddy alleged that comedians in the Show only get paid if their art is aired on TV.

According to Zeddy, some comedians perform for months, but their shows never get aired, despite the expenses they incur trying to get on TV, which has thrown many into depression.

Othuol Othuol died on Sunday last week after a long battle with pulmonary Tuberculosis and brain Tumor.

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