Connect with us

News

Digital vehicle number plates set for January

Published

on

Motorists will from January acquire new high-tech vehicle number plates after the government sought designs from three undisclosed countries.

Correctional Services Principal Secretary Zainab Hussein told Parliament that the State targets to replace the current plates by January with motorists expected to pay Sh3,000 for each.

The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) said it will directly issue a fresh tender to circumvent a legal hitch that blocked the Prisons department from picking a firm to supply smart number plates.

“We have sent a team to go to three countries to design a system that uses our own local material to produce the securitised digitised new generation number plates by January 2020,” Ms Hussein told the National Assembly Committee on Administration and National Security.

The push for the smart plates comes in the wake of increased duplication of the current ones by tax- evasion cartels and criminals.

source:nairobinews

READ ALSO:   NTSA: Why we suspended Little Shuttle, SWVL vehicles
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

News

How Ruto saved Duale from axe

Published

on

At the end of it all, it took the internal politics of Garissa County, deep family connections and a last-ditch effort by Deputy President William Ruto to save Mr Aden Duale from the ignominy of being kicked out as the majority leader on the day the purge in the ruling Jubilee Party finally reached the National Assembly.

Sources say the power matrix in Garissa is what saved the voluble politician, cemented by his conduct in the recent past, and an early morning meeting between President Uhuru Kenyatta, Mr Duale, Dr Ruto and Jubilee secretary-general Raphael Tuju.

Even as the Garissa Township MP appears to have registered significant victory, sources say it could be temporary.Another meeting is expected in three weeks, where Mr Duale’s fate will be decided.

“I was in the meeting and didn’t hear the mention of his name, because he had been removed,” Tiaty MP William Kamket said, his position opposing the dispatch issued by State House.

SHOWN THE DOOR

While Mr Duale sighed, his two colleagues were not lucky.Majority Whip Benjamin Washiali and his deputy Cecily Mbarire were shown the door during the parliamentary group meeting at State House, which was attended by Dr Ruto and 212 MPs, according to a dispatch from the President’s press team.Mr Washiali was replaced by Navakholo MP Emmanuel Wangwe while Igembe North MP Maoka Maore took over from Ms Mbarire.

READ ALSO:   Western MPs Sharply Divided Over Night Travel Ban

The presence of Dr Ruto and his allies was surprising as they have borne the brunt of the purgeBut more surprising was Mr Kenyatta decision to create the position of secretary of the Jubilee coalition joint parliamentary secretary, which will be occupied by Kipipiri MP Amos Kimunya.

The dispatch did not provide the job description of the holder of the position and its relevance in the party’s parliamentary leadership hierarchy.Some lawmakers, who did not want to be named, said the position is meant to check and infuse some energy into the office of the majority leader.

Another source said the President held a meeting with Mr Duale, the DP and Mr Tuju where Dr Ruto pleaded for the majority leader’s case.

POWER BROKERS

But it is the role of Garissa County politics that was more intriguing.

The Nation learnt that power brokers in the Abduwak and Abdullah clans lobbied for the retention of Mr Duale as majority leader.

“The two clans have controlled Garissa politics for four decades and would not want to lose power,” a source said.Garissa Senator Yusuf Haji comes from the Abdulla clan and is known to be close to the President.

Power brokers from the two clans are said to have approached Mr Haji and asked for his intervention.

READ ALSO:   Sacco to Sue NTSA over Suspension of Their License

The two clans, known locally as the Telemuge, control Garissa politics and its economy.The influence of the clans is such that the who’s who in the county hails from one or the other.Former Chief of General Staff Muhamud Mohammed, who is Mr Duale’s father-in-law, and Mr Hussein Maalim, a former long-time minister in the Office of the President, come from the two clans.Since becoming National Assembly majority leader, Mr Duale has styled himself as a defender of the rights of the Somali people and Muslims.If the clan lobbying was a success, it must have come with a compromise.

TANGATANGA TEAM

There is a possibility that Mr Duale will adopt a neutral tone or gravitate towards the President or even start denouncing the DP and his Tangatanga team, some lawmakers said.

Late yesterday, Mr Duale held a press briefing, discounting reports that he had survived the purge in the ruling party.“I did not survive. My work stood out. I have served the country diligently and with dedication as the first holder of this office,” he said at Parliament.“These positions come and go.

The office of majority leader was not carved out for me. I should be judged when my term ends.”State House Deputy Chief of Staff Njee Muturi was seen with another group of 40 MPs in Senate Majority Whip Irungu Kang’ata’s office yesterday.

READ ALSO:   14 injured after City Shuttle overturns in Nairobi’s CBD

Mr Kang’ata said some lawmakers, whom he did not name, went to consult him on what to do “but I declined because I did not want to meddle in the affairs of the National Assembly”.“I told them I cannot assist unless with express permission from the President,” he said.

The early afternoon meeting brought together MPs who were not satisfied with Mr Duale’s remaining the majority leader.

By Nation

Continue Reading

Business

Top Notch Security with ongoing installation of Razor Wire Fencing

Published

on

We are extremely thankful to the various professional teams that are currently engaged at Amani Ridge the Place of Peace together with our suppliers and customers. Indeed, there is great progress that is taking place in this unique gated community.

Amani Ridge the Place of Peace was birthed with the inhabitants of this place squarely in mind.

That is why, we are always engaging the best supplies, who have been doing great in delivering top quality workmanship with high quality materials, to make this project a habitable haven.

From the magnificent walls that are shaping up, to the awe-inspiring landscaping that includes an intelligent water fountain now known as – The Relaxation Spring, to the solar street lighting, the quality of ongoing value additions is simply impressive.

Some of these supplier are also eying to become owners of property in this project; no wonder their delivery is top notch. Watch this video expounding on this gated community’s architectural projections: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=os3nubny8Vg&t=1s

We are now extremely pleased by the quality of the razor wire fencing that is currently being installed. The colour of this razor wire symbolizes prosperity- the delightful Optiven green.

As this is happening, the Wall of Peace is now coming to a completion. We truly thank God for this.

READ ALSO:   Be ready for tighter traffic enforcement by NTSA

The Wall of Wisdom has now kick-started fast and furious. This workmanship would have appeared like some form of fantasy, a very enthralling movie or drama; however this is currently the reality that is unfolding on the ground.

We invite you to visit this project and get inspired by what is happening here. Come ready to book your very own plot of super value added land.

It is now also confirmed that Amani Ridge the Place of Peace plots will be going up by 30% in coming weeks. Book now and be counted among those who have a piece of property in Nairobi Metropolis.

Would you wish to own a property at Amani Ridge the Place of Peace? Take advantage of the current offer: https://www.optiven.co.ke/newsblogs/buy-any-property-and-get-6-months-interest-free/

Get in touch with Optiven Today:

Contact Optiven Group: 0790 300 300 Email: admin@optiven.co.ke Website: www.optiven.co.ke George Wachiuri Blog: www.georgewachiuri.com
YouTube: https://bit.ly/2VdSuFJ

Continue Reading

News

Vote-rich Luhya now a Tower of Babel

Published

on

Two new community spokesmen, a grieving former spokesman, a dethroned party leader, a de-whipped chief whip and a boisterous schemer.

This surmises the situation unfolding in Western, following a chain of events in the last few days, which has upset the region’s political order and invoked a new wave of political soul searching.

It is a multi-pronged fight; different leaders fighting for different causes, but all carrying with them the destiny of the vote-rich Luhya basket. Amani National Congress (ANC) leader Musalia Mudavadi is staking his all to reclaim his fast slipping community spokesman role.

Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya and Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa are sticking their necks to give their fresh coronations as spokesmen, a meaning. Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang’ula is firing on all cylinders to save his dear Ford-Kenya from take-over by Eseli Simiyu team.

And while Cotu Secretary General Francis Atwoli is regaling in his new “kingmaker” status, having triggered recent events, Mumias East MP Benjamin Washiali is staring at a bleak political future, following his demotion by Jubilee. The region is wailing in every direction as President Uhuru Kenyatta, Deputy President William Ruto and ODM leader Raila Odinga’s shadows loom large.

“Luhyas are not like other communities like Luo, Kalenjin or Kikuyu that follow their kingpins blindly. For them, they determine what they want and the leaders have to follow them and articulate their wishes,” Prof Egara Kabaji told The Standard yesterday on the new wave of fight for the soul of Western. Disappointed by Monday’s coup in Wetang’ula’s Ford-Kenya, a group of 22 MPs from the region, together with Mudavadi, told Raila to forget the region from his political considerations. They said he has consistently taken their support for granted.

READ ALSO:   Dusit hotel attack forces second major shake up at NTSA

The coup was preceded by a luncheon hosted by Atwoli last week, where about 40 regional leaders endorsed Oparanya and Atwoli as co-spokesmen of the community to replace Mudavadi.

“We state categorically that Oparanya, Atwoli and Eugene can’t speak for the Luhya community. Our issues can’t be canvassed outside our native land. Nobody is to organise us or presume to speak for us,” the leaders allied to Mudavadi and Wetang’ula said. They later said they the two were the community’s spokespeople.

No support at home

However, Oparanya and Atwoli responded immediately, dismissing the Mudavadi/Wetang’ula axis, saying some of them do not have support at home.

Oparanya, who is also the chairman of the Council of Governors (CoG), maintained that he has always worked together with Luhya leaders and was amazed at the accusations levelled against him.

“We have been supporting other candidates for presidency for years. Now is not the time for noise. Our opportunity is with the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) where review of the law will allow the winner of a presidential contest not to take it all,” Oparanya said.

He faulted Mudavadi and Wetang’ula for putting roadblocks on the path for Luhya unity and always behaving as if they own the community.

“I am a governor who runs the county from Kakamega. I am always on the ground. No one can accuse me of not knowing what is happening with our people. Show me the supporters of the two leaders. Western has four counties. Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) has three governors. Ford Kenya has one. Can Mudavadi and Wetang’ula claim to have support in Western?” Oparanya posed.

READ ALSO:   Drivers to sit written test in NTSA changes

He said the two leaders were at first reluctant to attend the BBI meeting hosted in Kakamega. “When they realised that is what people wanted, they dashed there at the last minute. Mudavadi is always addressing media alone at his centre in Nairobi. He can’t claim to be speaking for Luhyas,” Oparanya said.

Atwoli was more scathing, dismissing the duo and their allies as sell-outs working for Ruto.

Popular leader

“I used my own resources to carry out research done by the University of Nairobi to find out a popular leader among the Luhyas. I used the same resources to make Mudavadi our Luhya spokesperson prior to the 2017 General Election. He can’t turn round and accuse me,” he said. At that time, Atwoli said, Wetang’ula was furious about naming Mudavadi the Luhya spokesperson.

“He called me names but I want to assure them that I have nothing to do with what is happening in Ford-K and ANC. My party is Kanu and I shouldn’t be dragged into local parties belonging to fence-sitters who have no idea of what is happening in Kenya,” he said.

Atwoli said the two do not have the majority support among Luhyas and his wing has the numbers. He is now accusing those who assembled at Wetang’ula’s home as brigades of Ruto, out to use the Luhya community for selfish reasons.

READ ALSO:   14 injured after City Shuttle overturns in Nairobi’s CBD

“Dr Chris Wamalwa and Ben Washiali are Ruto men. That is why they were removed from parliamentary positions. They can’t purport to speak for Luhyas. We will resist them,” he said.

He said he is currently working on issues affecting workers and has no time for failures. According to Mudavadi, Western leaders need to own their space and not be intimidated into taking positions.

He likened the quick succession of events in the region to people being forced to make choices at gun point: “We are being cocooned into a corner of loyalty for pledges. Today it is Wetang’ula, tomorrow it will be me and when you continue laughing at this unfortunate scenario, tomorrow it will be you and we will watch you suffer,” Mudavadi said.

On the Jubilee side of things, the battle between Ruto and Kenyatta has split the Jubilee pointmen in the region down in the middle. Senate speaker Kenneth Lusaka and Washiali can hardly see eye to eye.

Navakholo MP Emmanuel Wangwe was made the National Assembly Chief Whip, replacing Washiali at yesterday’s Jubilee coalition PG. Others like former CS Rashid Echesa and former Kakamega Senator Bonny Khalwale are lying low for now.

By Standard.co.ke

Continue Reading

Trending

error: Content is protected !!