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PHOTOS: Speaker Muturi launches Huduma Namba drive for Kenyans in Ukraine, meets Prime Minister



Kenya’s Speaker of the National Assembly, JB Muturi, has launched Huduma Namba registration exercise in Kyiv, Ukraine.

This follows the announcement earlier this week by Interior Minister, Fred Matiang’i, that the registration of Kenyans in the Diaspora will run up to June 19th.

On Tuesday, Mr Muturi, who is on an official visit to the country tweeted:


Meanwhile, Kenya and Ukraine are set for high level Parliamentary engagements, following an agreement by the respective heads of the two legislatures towards enhanced Parliamentary collaboration and sharing of experiences with regard to Parliamentary practices and procedures. On Tuesday, Muturi met with the Ukranian Prime Minister, Volodymyr Borysovych Groysman,in Kyiv where they deliberated on “improving our trade balance which currently stands at $70 Million,&the need to enhance our cooperation in Agriculture & Tourism.”

And during a bilateral meeting Tuesday, Mr Muturi and his host counterpart, Chairperson of the Verkhovna Rada (Speaker of the Parliament of Ukraine), H.E. Mr. Andriy Parubiy, underscored the place of Parliamentary engagement in advancing bilateral relations in modern diplomacy. In this regard, the two agreed to the establishment of  a Kenya-Ukraine Parliamentary Group, as the first step towards enhancing their bilateral engagements.

The two further noted that Parliaments world over have a crucial role in advancing their respective national interests at the international arena, adding that Legislators hold the highest degree of legitimacy as they represent people from all walks of life. They observed that increased inter-parliamentary interactions would facilitate the development of cooperation in the political, social, economic, humanitarian and other areas of mutual interest.

Mr. Parubiy took the opportunity to thank Kenya for her continued stance in recognizing the terrotorial integrity of Ukraine in the international fora, adding that Ukraine regards Kenya as a strategic partner in her bid to earn a foothold in Africa. Kenya was among the first African countries that Kyiv established bilateral relations with,  soon after Ukraine’s independence in 1991. Although Kenya is yet to establish a Mission in Kyiv, Ukraine currently has a mission in Nairobi and an Honorary consulate in Mombasa city.

On his Part, Speaker Muturi, accentuated that Kenya has immense veneration for the right of a people to self determination as a cardinal principle in modern international law, adding that the government of Kenya adheres to the principle of respect for territorial integrity of other nations.

On Parliamentary collaboration,  Speaker Muturi noted that the National Assembly of Kenya would be interested in tapping from the Ukranian Parliamentary unique budget making model and as well as from their progressive taxation regime, both forming part of the Ukraine’s Public Finance Management reforms, that Kyiv has made a key priority.

” Mr. Speaker, I have seen an impressive report of the Members of the Budget and Appropriations Committee who in March 2017, visited the Parliament of Ukraine on a study tour, and I hope that the Departmental Committee on Finance and National Planning could undertake a similar tour to study your very progressive Public Finance Management system”, Speaker Muturi observed.

Speaker Muturi is in Ukraine on a 4-day visit on the invitation of Mr. Parubiy. He is scheduled to meet the Prime Minister of Ukraine, H.E. Mr.Volodymr Groysman, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Mr. Pavlo Klimkin today.

Editor’s note: contributed to this story

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Citizen TV anchor denies pocketing Sh100K allowance for Rio Olympics trip



Citizen TV anchor Waihiga Mwaura has denied receiving facilitation fee from a government agency during the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Waihiga on Tuesday appeared before a Nairobi court where he testified in the ongoing trial of government officials over misuse of state funds in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

The journalist told Magistrate Elizabeth Osoro that he was among journalists whose names were listed by the National Olympics Committee of Kenya (Nock) as recipients of USD 1,000 (Ksh.100, 000) without his knowledge.

According to Waihiga, his travel and accommodation was paid for by his employer and he never had a conversation with Nock officials or any other agency involved in the preparation on Rio Olympics.

He also told the court that some people listed as part of Team Kenya were non-Kenyans. He said it was easy for him to notice because he was conversant with most Kenyan athletes as well as Nock officials.


Waihiga was testifying in a case in which former Nock officials Pius Ochieng, Francis Kanyiri and Stephen Arap Soi have denied involvement in Sh25 million theft and fraud.

Mr Mwaura said he is ready to cooperate with investigators.

“I wish to state that I appeared before a committee formed to investigate graft allegations during the Rio Olympics and I shared my side of the story,” he said.

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During the Rio Olympics 2016, athletes complained about kits going missing as well as poor travel and accommodation arrangements.

There were also allegations that officials took their friends at the expense of coaches.

The complaints forced President Uhuru Kenyatta to call for investigations into the matter.

Then Sports Secretary Hassan Wario has since been charged with six counts of abuse of office. He was released on a Sh1 million bail, with a personal bond of a similar amount.

He is currently Kenyan Ambassador to Austria.


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Ezekiel Mutua opens up on medical condition that has given him sleepless nights



Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) CEO Ezekiel Mutua on Monday opened up about a heart condition that has been giving him sleepless nights.

Through a post on Facebook, Mutua stated that last week he checked into hospital for a checkup but doctors told him that he had a serious condition and needed to see a cardiologist.

“My BP was 157/86 against the normal of less than 120/80. My heart rate was 115 beats per minute against the normal of 60-80.

“A flurry of tests would follow and the medical team attending to me recommended admission and a subsequent heart operation.

“It was the scariest news I had ever received,” he said. Adding that he thought about his family and all those who depended on him.

He, however, vowed to remain strong but also sought a second opinion from medical professionals.

One of his friends who happens to be a doctor referred him to Dr Saleem Bagha, a Consultant Physician/Cardiologist at the Aga Khan University Hospital Doctor’s Plaza.

“I gave him a call and he asked me to go over to his clinic right away. A man of impeccable integrity and professionalism, Dr. Bagha has managed me in a way that I know God is using him. He has restored hope where others planted fear.

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“He has put professionalism before money and with his calm and assuring demeanour has been used by God to save my life. I am grateful to have a second chance.

“This is the kind of experience that makes one to have an introspection on what truly matters in life,” wrote Mutua.

He also thanked all those who supported him through prayers and assured the public that he is stable and Dr Bagha is taking good care of him.

“People like Dr. Bagha represent the best of humanity. They use their expertise to give hope and not fear. I am grateful to have ended up in his hands.

“I am being attended to as an outpatient and in two days there’s so much change. Dr. Bagha has even become a family friend, the kind you want to keep for life. May God bless him for me!” he said.


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Eagle-eyed Kenyan has noted something interesting about this picture



A sharp-sighted Kenyan on social media has noted something interesting about a picture from the awkward moment DP William Ruto met his archrivals ODM leader Raila Odinga and Industrialisation CS Peter Munya.

The three met on Monday during the official opening of the Kenya Trade Week and Expo 2019, Kenyatta International Convention Centre, Nairobi County.

Pictures shared on Dr Ruto’s social media show him sandwiched between Mr Odinga and Mr Munya.

The DP has publicly accused Mr Odinga of seeking to wreck Jubilee Party and Mr Munya of planning to assassinate him.

A video from the event shows the DP chatting with Mr Odinga and the CS at different times.

But what has caught the eye of one social media user, John Riaga was the number of water bottles placed in front of each leader.

In the pecking order, DP Ruto would ideally be the most senior leader on the table. But while Mr Odinga had three bottles of water, Dr Ruto has two and CS Munya one.

Mr Riaga shared his observation on his Facebook.

It attracted various comments from his friends.

Edward Ochieng said: “Donge I wish Kenyans could be creative in matters of development like in social media. We could have joined the league of G8 countries.”

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Okumu Kennedy noted: “Ruto had the longest day sitting between Aman he attacks daily and another he accused of planning to kill him or assassinate him.”

Sharon Gerald quipped: “Ahahahahaha… Kumbe it’s that serious?! Mpaka maji?!”

Ken Arek said: “A bottle of water, two bottles of water and three bottles of water. Sasa wewe.”

Absalom Ochuka added: “Eyiii. Un keen to details…”

By Nairobinews

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