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VIDEO: How Echesa talked himself out of CS job



The first sign that the continued stay of the sacked Sports Cabinet Secretary Rashid Echesa was no longer tenable was when President Uhuru Kenyatta publicly took him on at the mausoleum of the late opposition leader Jaramogi Oginga Odinga in Bondo last year.

In the company of ODM leader Raila Odinga and other aides, Mr Kenyatta was unhappy that the tomb looked deserted yet its maintenance falls under Mr Echesa’s docket.

Those who were present said Mr Odinga had to intervene to save him from the President’s wrath.

Today, he became the first minister to be outrightly sacked by the President. In the past, Mr Kenyatta has relieved ministers of their duties, but without saying so.


They have either been redeployed, or suffered a similar fate such as that of current Kajiado Governor Joseph ole Lenku who was replaced by the late Joseph Nkaissery without a word about his fate.

Mr Echesa has had endless gaffes, with the most notable one being his public spat with Mr Odinga.

He failed to read the signs of the time after his boss embraced Mr Odinga following the March 9 political truce at Harambee House.

The former minister dared Mr Odinga to go ahead and sack him if he thought he was the appointing authority.

While the truth is that Mr Odinga has no such powers, Mr Echesa may however want to reflect back to see where the rains may have started beating him.

“We have one Government led by Uhuru and William Ruto, and those are the only people I will pledge my priority to and not to you, Raila Odinga. I want to dare you Raila, if you have the appointing authority, come and sack me,” he said.

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And recently when Mr Kenyatta warned his Cabinet members to concentrate on working and stop politicking, the minister was believed to be one of the targets.

Mr Echesa was fond of addressing rallies in western Kenya compared to his frequency of making policy statements.

“During today’s Cabinet meeting I reminded our Cabinet secretaries that there are many young Kenyans who are willing and ready to work if they felt they are not up to task.

“Those who have chosen to keep politicking instead of serving the people should be ready to give way,” President Kenyatta said on January 31.

At one point he asked ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi to forget about 2022 presidential ambitions arguing he could not raise Sh200 billion as campaign finance. He endorsed Dr Ruto’s candidacy.

Mr Echesa has been embroiled in a number of violent exchanges in western Kenya in the past, with the most notable being a face-off with Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala in Mayoni where scores were injured and vehicles damaged.

Against swirling claims that he may have been involved in some inappropriate conduct and that the Directorate of Criminal Investigations was treating him as a person of interest in some live case, the former firebrand ODM youth leader warned that he would seek legal redress.

“I will sue anyone who accuses me of money laundering,” he said.

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Another embarrassing moment for Mr Echesa came when eight Pakistani club dancers were arrested for being in the country illegally.

Defence lawyer Evans Ondieki told Senior Principal Magistrate Kennedy Cheruiyot that the girls who were arrested at Balle Balle Club in Parklands were in the country legally with full permission of Mr Echesa.


In his supremacy fights with Senator Malala, he was also linked to manufactured nude photos allegedly of the lawmaker which were circulated online.

Last October, police at the KICC station summoned Mr Echesa after three journalists who had been arrested concerning the matter dragged his name in the saga.

“KICC police station has a reason to believe you, Hon Rashid Echesa, have information that may assist in investigation of [an] alleged offence [contrary to the] Cybercrimes Act 2018,” the summon read.

In August Mr Echesa was caught up in a near fist fight with Alego Usonga MP Samuel Atandi at Kisumu Airport.

The MP was reported to have started the argument with Mr Echesa over the CS’s comments linking Mr Odinga to an alleged plot to kick him out of the Cabinet.

After the incident, some of his colleagues complained that he was an embarrassment to the Cabinet.

At ministerial level, reports have been abound that he had a poor working relationship with his juniors. Sports Principal Secretary Kirimi Kaberia was at some point forced to fight back claims that he had fallen out with the minister.

“I enjoy the best relationship with my CS because we are both tasked and determined to improve the state of sports in the country,” he said.

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For the last one year he has sat in the Cabinet, Mr Echesa and controversy have been almost synonyms.

During his vetting, some MPs felt he was not the right man for the job. His humble education background was also subject of heated debate yet there is no education requirement for one to be appointed to the Cabinet.

The debate emanated from the fact that while there is no such requirement, an appointee expected to preside over complex matters needs to possess professional background that allows them to process delicate issues in the line of duty.

Meanwhile, this was the second time President Kenyatta was sacking Principal Secretary Fatuma Hirsi in less than a year.

In June last year the Head of State fired her as Tourism principal secretary.

In a letter dated May 30, 2018, Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua informed her that her contract was not renewed.

“Your employment contract has been terminated forthwith,” Mr Kinyua told her. “You will be paid your salary up to June 30, which will be your last working day.”

However, a month later when the President effected a mini Cabinet reshuffle he appointed her as principal secretary for Broadcasting.

Prior to her appointment to the Tourism docket in 2015, Ms Hirsi worked in the United Nation’s Universal Postal Agency.

Ms Hirsi, who hails from Wajir South, has previous experience in various companies including the Nation Media Group, Communications Authority of Kenya, and Gulf African Bank.

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Kura called this newly opened road a masterpiece, Kenyans having none of it



Kenya Urban Roads Authority (Kura)

Kenya Urban Roads Authority (Kura) has bragged about the newly opened Waiyaki Way-Redhill link,  calling it a master piece.

The Sh3 billion dual carriageway starts from Waiyaki Way and passes through Kyuna, Spring Valley, Kitisuru and Peponi to end at Redhill.

It is supposed to give access to Westlands

Kura’s brag triggered anger from Kenyans who swiftly pointed out glaring design anomalies of the new road.

The road lacks space for non-motorized transport, signage, trees and many more.

Here is what Kenyans want fixed before it can be called a masterpiece.


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US government releases the number of Kenyans sworn in as Citizens last year – 2,685



2,685 Kenyans became naturalized United States citizens in the first three quarters of the 2018 fiscal year, data from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) indicates.

Over the same period, a total of 544,475 foreign nationals holding US permanent residency became naturalized, with 44,095 of them being from African countries.

A total of 4,348 Kenyans became US citizens in the 2017 fiscal year, and 4,834 in fiscal year 2016.

In 2017, a total of 707,265 immigrants got naturalized in the United States.

To qualify for naturalization, immigrants must have been permanent residents (hold a green card) for at least five years, or at least three years if married to a US citizen.


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Meet the young Kenyan pastor with a vibrant church in USA



Pastor Kariuki

Pastor Evans Kariuki of Eternal Life Harvest Centre is currently changing lives in the United States thanks to his church ministry.

Unlike most young men who would prefer to venture into other well paying careers: Evans Kariuki, a firebrand is using his heavenly gift of preaching to spread the word of the Lord around.

His Firebrand ministry has created a platform for him to reach out to both the young and old. Apart from running his ministry in the United States, pastor Kariuki has also been moving to different countries where he uses his ministry to reach out to many.

Pastor Kariuki

Youthful pastor

Judging from his social media pages, it is clear to that he also has a huge online following that admires his work. Being young has also made it easy for him to relate with the youth in his church.

Apart from running this successful ministry pastor Kariuki also happens to be a an award-winning author and world traveler who enjoys meeting people from different backgrounds and cultures!

Pastor Evans and Ashley Kariuki are two ministers of God on a quest to bring about the power, presence and purposes of God into the earth.

Ashley, a native of Knoxville, TN USA and Evans a native of Nairobi, Kenya, Africa, the two set out on this journey together heading Jesus Is Alive Ministries USA with the blessing of the headquarter ministry Jesus Is Alive Ministries – Nairobi Kenya under founder and Bishop, Dr. Margaret Wanjiru.

JIAM USA is one of four international branches of Jesus Is Alive Ministries throughout the world. Evans and Ashley maintain a standard of excellence in life, family and in ministry. Both are graduates of Valor Christian College (formerly World Harvest Bible College) where both received ordination into ministry.

Most recently Pastor Evans and Ashley both received Masters Degrees; Pastor Evans from The Ohio State University and Ashley Kariuki from Liberty University.

The focus of JIAM USA is simply put as 3G – GO, GET, GROW. By awakening firebrands for God, it is essential to send them out as Jesus declared in the great commission of Mathew 28:19

Secondly there must be a compelling draw for them to come in accordance to Luke 14:23. This is accomplished through meeting the needs of those we encounter spiritually and physically.

Finally, we must make disciples of them all, by raising up Holy Ghost filled, Biblical based, and Gospel dominated churches and bodies of believers. Doing all this according to the Great Commission and in the name of Jesus.

You can easily reach out to the pastor through;

Instagram: Evans Kariuki
Facebook: Evans Kariuki
Twitter: Firebrandnation
Youtube: Firebrandnation

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