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IEBC announces date for Kibra by-election

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The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has gazetted November 7, 2019 as the date for Kibra parliamentary by-election.

The seat fell vacant following the death of former Member of Parliament Ken Okoth, who succumbed to cancer on July 26, 2019.

In a gazette notice dated August 16, 2019, the IEBC said each political party intending to participate in the by-election has until August 26, 2019 to submit names of candidates set to take part in the nominations.

The nomination exercise, according to IEBC, will be held on September 9 and 10 even as Jubilee and Wiper parties indicated they will not field a candidate but will support the ODM candidate for the seat.

ASPIRANTS

The campaign period shall commence on, Monday September 9, 2019 and end on Monday, November 4, 2019 being 48 hours before the by-election day.

Campaign time shall run from 7am to 6pm during the campaign period.

The seat has already attracted more than 20 aspirants from ODM which is planning to meet and pick its preferred candidate for the seat.

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Mukhisa Kituyi: Why I think I can be a good President

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He is considered one of Kenya’s finest brains and has held several high positions both locally and internationally.

Currently serving as the Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Dr Mukhisa Kituyi’s decorated CV is impeccable.

In an interview with a local TV station on Wednesday, Kituyi spoke of his desire to occupy Kenya’s top seat, saying rising from adversity during his childhood days is a huge motivation.

“As I have gone to 119 countries around the world, I am constantly asking myself what they are doing better than us that makes them shine.

“I feel my body still has the energy…my head still has the intellectual capacity to make that contribution in a practical way…” he said.

Adding: “I have a sense of shared empathy with the vulnerable, not only a desire to give hope to the hopeless but a burning ambition that through enterprise Kenya, I can be part of the solutions to build Kenya for the next generation.”

Kituyi said once he leaves his position at the UN he will share his ideas with Kenyans and he strongly believes he will be the right person for the job.

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“In the increasingly likely case that I will be offering candidature for President of this country after I leave my position with the UN, I think I will give the Kenyan population reason why I think I will be the right person for that job.

“I cannot do it while I am still winding down my international obligations but I think I am the face of a set of Kenyans who believe in purposeful Kenya,” he said.

Responding to those who claim he is not in touch with the realities on the ground due to extensive travel, Kituyi said he believes in constant learning and does not have all the answers but wants to be part of a team that will engage in structured positive conversations.

Mukhisa has also had stints in the political arena having been elected to the Kenyan Parliament for the first time in 1992 on a Ford-Kenya ticket and was re-elected in 1997 and 2002 as Kimilili MP.

He was also Kenya’s Minister of Trade and Industry from 2002 to 2007. During this period, Kituyi chaired the Council of Ministers of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and the African Trade Ministers’ Council for two years.

He also served as chairman of the Council of Ministers of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States, and was the lead negotiator for Eastern and Southern African ministers during the European Union-ACP Economic Partnership Agreement negotiations.

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He was convenor of the agriculture negotiations carried out at the World Trade Organization’s Sixth Ministerial Conference held in Hong Kong, China in 2005.

From 2008 to 2012, Kituyi was a member of a team of experts advising the presidents of the nations of the East African Community on how to establish more effective regional economic links.

From 2011 to 2012, he was a consultant for the African Union Commission, where he helped to develop the structure for a pan-African free trade area.

Immediately before becoming UNCTAD Secretary-General, Kituyi was Chief Executive of the Kenya Institute of Governance based in Nairobi.

by Standardmedia.co.ke


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Cause of Tunai helicopter crash ‘still unknown’

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The cause of the helicopter accident in which Narok Governor Samuel Tunai and Narok East MP Lemanken Aramat survived is still unknown, with a preliminary report showing that everything checked right for the ill-fated chopper.

The report, which has been released about a month after the accident, deepens the mystery on what caused the crash.

“Investigation of the accident involving 5Y-MEP is still ongoing to determine the facts, conditions, and circumstances in order to establish the probable cause(s),” the report signed by Martyn Lunani, the chief investigator of accidents at the Ministry of Transport Aircraft Accident Investigation Department reads.

The accident involved a Robinson Helicopter R44 Raven II passenger chopper, registration 5Y-MEP, owned by the Karen Blixen Camp Trust and was piloted by a 35-year-old Kenyan, Marc Goss.

No known defects

By the time of the accident, the aircraft technical records indicated that the helicopter had been maintained as per its maintenance schedule and there had not been any significant airworthiness problems.

A review of the aircraft logbook indicated that the helicopter had no known defects before the accident flight, the report says.

The pilot also established that the weather conditions, in general, were fine, with light and variable winds and that there was good visibility.

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The wreckage of the aircraft in which Narok Governor Samuel Tunai travelled to Enkipejus village in Melili, Narok North Sub-county, for a burial on October 17, 2020.

George Sayagie | Nation Media Group

Further, the helicopter was fitted with VHF radio communication equipment and the radio was serviceable on the day of the accident.

The pilot had no evidence to suggest that he suffered from any pre-existing illness that might have contributed to the accident and from his statement, he was not taking any medicines prescribed by a doctor or purchased over the counter.

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Linus Kaikai praises Larry Madowo for his brilliant work in covering US election

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In two years, former NTV newscaster Larry Madowo has experienced tremendous growth and success in his career.

The witty and equally entertaining journalist has brushed shoulders with top dogs in the international community and got to experience the other side of life. His former boss Linus Kaikai was pleased by how easily the hardworking scribe fit into his new role and delivered stellar results when sent out to report on the hugely televised US election.

The BBC journalist now based in the US was congratulated for his ability to curve his own niche during the tug of war between presidential hopefuls Joe Biden and Donald Trump.

Linus described the BBC journalist as “an editorial hurricane and a truly global Kenyan talent.” All of that and more was the truth and nothing but the truth. “Proud of our own, homegrown Larry Madowo for his journalistic affirmation during this unique American election.”

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“Covering the east coast with the efficiency of an editorial hurricane and engaging subjects with the ease of a truly global Kenyan talent,” he wrote in a Twitter post sighted by TUKO.co.ke.

Linus was not alone, nearly every Kenyan on Twitter avowed that Larry’s journalistic greatness came to life during the election.

He informed his viewers about intricate details of the race with a smile on his face and smarts in his brain. As per prior reports, the former The Trend show host shared a video of himself presenting on BBC and could not hide the joy of being watched in the whole world.

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