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WATCH LIVE: Waititu fails to show up on Citizen TV to answer questions about budgetary deceit



Who is fooling who?  Kiambu County Governor Ferdinand Waititu, who had promised to  shed light on recent allegations of misappropriation of funds and deceit by his government, has developed cold feet and will not appear on #NewsNight with Hussein Mohamed as earlier announced.

On Tuesday night, Mohamed announced that Waitittu had been prevailed upon by the Council of Governors not to answer questions on the contested budget allocations.

Meanwhile, the Auditor General’s report on Monday exposed four other Counties that may face grilling over ridiculous budgeting.

The County bosses from Kakamega Wycliffe Oparanya, Kitui Charity Ngilu, Nyeri Mutahi Kahiga and Laikipia Ndiritu Muriithi may face similar consequences to those of Kiambu Governor, Ferdinand Waititu.

The Auditor General report noted that the expenditures were approved and paid by the Counties in question.

Just like in Kiambu County, Kakamega used Ksh 173.5 million for Kenya-South Sudan advisory Services and Ksh 75 million on State House functions. The County also used Ksh 41.2 million on Leadership and Coordination of MDAs.

An undated image of Nyeri Governor, Mutahi Kahiga

Other expenses included Ksh 49 million to finance National Community Development Programme and Ksh 190.5 million on National Statistics Information Services.

In Kitui County, Ksh1.8 billion was used for General Administration Planning and Support Services, Ksh 245 million for Cabinet affairs, Ksh 30 million for Government Advisory Services and Ksh 30 million for State Corporation Advisory Services.

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Other expenses included Ksh 60 million on State House affairs and Ksh 50.8 million on TVETs.

For Nyeri, expenditures totaled Ksh 8 billion. They included Ksh 2.6 billion for Preventive and Promotive Health Services, Ksh 2.4 million for Non-Communicable Disease Prevention Control, Ksh 299 million for Cabinet Affairs, Ksh 910 million for Government Advisory Services and another Ksh 910 million for State Corporations Advisory.

Other Expenditures included Ksh 706 million for Public Service Transportation, Ksh 700 million for Human Resource Management, Ksh 197 million for International Trade and Ksh 264 million for Special Needs Education.

In Laikipia County, Ksh 490 million was used for National Statistical Information Service, Ksh 94.2 million for Economic and Financial Policy Formulation and Management. The County also allocated Ksh 51.5 million on Free Primary Education.

The County also used Ksh 480 million on Inter-governmental Revenue and Financial matters, Ksh 95.5 million to Cabinet Affairs and Ksh7 million to Economic Planning and Regional Integration.

An undated photo of Kakamega Governor, Wycliffe Oparanya

Other Counties include Kirinyaga County, where County expenditures were used on rail transport (Ksh 48.8 million), Government clearing services (Ksh 512.3 million), State House affairs (Ksh327 million), Health, Research and development (Ksh 1.76 million), marine transport (Ksh 3.2 million).

In Murang’a County, Ksh 2.95 million was used to build the Assistant Chief’s camp, refurbishing DCI and Deputy County AP Commander homes. They also transferred Ksh 502 million to other Counties and Repayment of domestic and foreign loans at (Ksh 16.5 million).

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Nyamira County allocated Ksh 6.9 million on State House affairs, Ksh 63.7 million on Cabinet affairs, Ksh 9.4 million on Coordination of Ministries, departments and agencies as well as Ksh271.5 million on primary education.

In Samburu County, Ksh 80.2 million was allocated to State House affairs, Ksh 13.2 million to East Africa customs, Ksh 74 million to Government chemist and Ksh 33 million for Health research.

Nakuru County used Ksh 44.5 million for loan repayment.

In Kilifi County, Ksh 11.7 million was allocated to Intergovernmental relations county support.

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Apply for KeNHA’s TVET scholarships, Waiguru tells Kirinyaga youth



Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru has challenged youth in her county to apply for scholarships being offered by the Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) in selected technical and vocational education and training (TVET) institutions.

Ms Waiguru Monday revealed that KeNHA has chosen Sagana Technical Institute and Kaitheri Youth Polytechnic as training centres for the skills sponsored programme targeting young people living along the upcoming Kenol-Sagana-Marwa dual carriage way.

The governor noted that the training will improve chances of the youth getting road construction jobs. She added that she has lobbied the national government for 30 per cent of the slots to be reserved for Kirinyaga residents.

“For the youth who have been seeking jobs, this is an opportunity knocking at your doorsteps and you should seize it by enrolling yourselves in either of these two institutions,” she said.

In an advertisement, KeNHA indicated that those who qualify for the skills training must be aged between 18 and 35 years and should register with their KCSE or KCPE certificates. The successful candidates will each receive a scholarship for three terms which will cater for tuition fees and accommodation.

Sagana Technical Institute is offering carpentry, electrical wiring, masonry, welding and fabrication while Kaitheri Youth Polytechnic is offering motor vehicle mechanics, electrical installation grade three and hairdressing and beauty courses.

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According to the advert, applications are to be submitted to the Kirinyaga County commissioner’s office by November 3.

The upcoming 84-kilometre dual carriage highway is part of the Great North Road that connects Mombasa port to Addis Ababa through Nairobi, Isiolo and Moyale.

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Death of festivals dims Lamu hope to revive ailing tourism



Maulid. Food and Expo. Art, yoga and kite festivals. These are just a few of a slew of art and culture experiences that Lamu County used to dish out to the world and which boosted its tourism profile.

Lamu Old Town, also known as “the island of festivals”, had a splendid array of events and festivals ranging from Eid-Ul-Adhar to the Lamu Fishing Competition, Lamu Art Festival, The Lamu Cultural Festival, Lamu Yoga Festival, the Kite Festival, Shella Hat Contest and the Lamu Painters Festival.

But these events were put on the back burner as the tourism sector took a nosedive.

Coming on the backdrop of the Mpeketoni terror attacks in 2014 that also hit tourism hard, hospitality industry players say the vital sector is in the doldrums and want the festivals reinstated. Speaking during a forum in Lamu at the weekend, hoteliers and other players questioned why the county government has not been keen in reviving the events.

Hotelier Salim Abubakar said the county’s tourism sector was on the decline after the festivals were lifted. He urged Governor Fahim Twaha to restore the events and revive the sector.

“All the festivals that were introduced in the calendar of events are crucial. They served to attract visitors, both domestic and international, to Lamu. We need them back so that the tourism sector can be improved,” he said.

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Marketing strategy

Former Lamu Tourism Association (LTA) deputy chairman Ghalib Alwy said the body, in partnership with the county tourism office started the festivals to attract more tourists. Mr Alwy said it is important that the events are retained.

“We launched those events as a marketing strategy for Lamu tourism. Through them, we were able to attract tourists from Kenya, East Africa and the world. This is after the terrorism attacks led to an almost 90 percent decline of the sector. It’s only through the festivals that tourists got the confidence to visit Lamu again. The events must be reinstated,” said Mr Alwy. Mr Mohamed Hassan noted that local tourism was still doing badly, attributing the situation to a section of foreign countries that are still having active travel advisories against their citizens visiting Lamu.

“The travel advisories still play a big role in scaring away tourists. We want as many festivals as possible as they have the ability to ensure the tourism climbs back on its feet,” said Mr Hassan.

Some of the festivals known and which are still being celebrated by many in Lamu includes the annual Lamu Cultural Festival that is marked between November and December, the Maulid Festival marked every January, New Year’s Dhow Race marked on January 1 and Eid Ul-Fitr marked every July.

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The festivals are said to attract more than 30,000 visitors from around the world.


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Drama as delegates heckle DP Ruto during BBI launch 




Delegates heckled Deputy President William Ruto during the launch of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report at the Bomas of Kenya over his remarks on the report

The DP was forced to pause his speech after the delegates started booing him after he appeared to express his dissatisfaction at the Youth leader Trans Nzoia County Alex Matere’s remarks about his wheelbarrow donations.

Ruto said by saying that Kenyans should not adopt 16th-century technology, Matere was referring to the wheelbarrows he has been supplying to Kenyans.

However, Ruto noted that the discussions Kenyans should have is why a 16th-century tool has millions of citizens still dependent on it in the 21st-century.

The DP’s remarks didn’t sit well with most of the delegates, which resulted in them openly expressing their displeasure and forcing him to stop talking.

Mbita Member of Parliament Millie Odhiambo appeared mainly pissed by Ruto’s remarks as he stood and jeering Ruto, drowning his speech.

He went on to ask for a minute to conclude his speech but the crowd couldn’t hear of it as they continued to jeer him after he appeared to hit out at the former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka.

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Ruto concluded his speech by calling on leaders to refrain from contests pitting the rich and the poor by quoting former US President Abraham Lincoln.

DP Ruto then proceeded to welcome his boss President Uhuru Kenyatta to make his remarks with the delegates still shouting “respect the president,” as he took his seat.

Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga also hit on the DP for engaging in early campaigns instead of supporting the President in delivering the Big-4 Agenda.

Raila said that Kenyans expect to be united for now but not campaigns of who will be the President in 2022 as they will handle that when the time comes.

The ODM Party leader noted that Ruto and President Uhuru Kenyatta should be working as a pair to bring a difference in the country.

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