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Even before it made landfall, Hurricane Dorian was pounding much of the Carolina coast with heavy rain Thursday evening.

The rain was accompanied by strong winds and  tornadoes which were responsible for widespread power losses and flooding. The Category 2 storm was about 45 miles from Myrtle Beach, S.C., by sunset on Thursday.

As the National Hurricane Center was keeping a keen eye on the storm, experts predicted that it was most likely going top make landfall on the Outer Banks of North Carolina on Friday. Meteorologists said it was slowly weakening as it moved northeastward up the East Coast.

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First-time governors struggle to fulfill pre-election pledges

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By JUDITH GICOBI

Two years in office, many first-time governors in the North-Rift region are struggling to achieve their pre-election plans.

A finance audit report shows that there is a lot of wastage and loss of millions of tax payers’ money in stalled projects.

The electorate is criticizing the governors for failing to achieve their development and fight against corruption plans committed by the former leaderships.

Nandi’s County Governor Stephen Sang is struggling with the residents who term his tenure being characterized by stagnated development projects despite receiving a colossal amount of money by the Treasury to improve the local economy.

“We fail to understand why it has taken the governor too long to reorganize education, health, infrastructure, among other sectors, which have a negative effect on the delivery of goods and services to residents,” said Ms. Mary Too from Mosoriot.

According to residents, the shortage of drugs has affected about 150 out of the 196 health facilities while education and infrastructure departments are experiencing similar challenges faced by previous administration.

The last Auditor-General’s office blamed the devolve units for not using Kshs 2.5 billion when several projects stalling due to financial challenges.

In West Pokot County, Governor John Lonyangapuo, a first-time governor also, is battling graft in the awarding of tenders in the past regime, which led to a huge loss of public funds. He has sort help from the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) to investigate the inflated tenders, something that the residents say remains unresolved ever since the administrator took office.

Prof Lonyangapuo has suspended 23 projects started by former governor Mr Kachapin to enable scrutiny.

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Uhuru: We are returning river to its course

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State officers with a penchant for having one leg in public service and another in private practice will now have a choice to make between the two or risk being sacked over conflict of interest.

While addressing the country during the 55th Jamhuri Day celebrations on Thursday in Nairobi, President Uhuru Kenyatta said it is against the leadership and integrity for state and public officers to dabble in private practice whether gainful or not at the time their services is required for the nation.

Consequently, the President directed Attorney-General Kihara Kariuki to fast-track the submission to Cabinet for approval and transmittal to Parliament for consideration the Conflict of Interest Bill, which has been subject to stakeholders’ consultation.

And this could be the first proposal from the Building Bridges report that the President has sought to implement.

Under the chapter on corruption, the report proposes to address conflict of interest by reducing public officer involvement in business with the government.

Senior public officers who represent the government on the boards of private companies should clearly indicate any personal conflicts of interests in matters under deliberation.

“The position is simple; you either serve the public in the role you signed up for or you serve the republic as a private practitioner. It is a profound conflict of interest to do both,” President Kenyatta said.

The President said State and public officers are not above the law and that “our constitutional order is a jealous one”, which demands government officers serve no other master but the public.

Deputy President William Ruto, ODM leader Raila Odinga, National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi and his Senate colleague Ken Lusaka, Kalonzo Musyoka of Wiper, ANC’s Musalia Mudavadi and leader of majority in the National Assembly Aden Duale are among dignitaries who attended the celebrations as did former first lady Mama Ngina Kenyatta.

Barbados Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley was the country’s special guest at the celebrations.

In a 52-minute speech delivered at the Nyayo National stadium, President Kenyatta said judges and magistrates must cease completely any legal practice while in office.

He said doctors, engineers, accountants and other professionals who take up state or public office, should give up private practice and devote their full time and energy to public duties.

This, according to the President, is important to rid any perception that they are using state or public office as a platform to advance other interests.

The President’s pronouncement is a big blow to lawyers who are actively engaged in private practice yet they are elected people’s representatives in Parliament and county assemblies.

It also targets individuals who are gazetted as teachers yet they serve as MPs or members of the county assemblies (MCAs).

The President’s message comes as two senators, Mutula Kilonzo Junior (Makueni) and Kipchumba Murkomen (Elgeyo Marakwet), and Makueni MP Dan Maanzo appeared for Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko, who was arraigned on Monday over misuse of public funds.

Curiously, the same senators are charged with the responsibility of supervising the expenditure of public resources at the counties, prompting the President to pose whether it is fair and right for legislators who have control over funds and exercise oversight over the Judiciary to appear in courts as counsels.

“Is it fair on the judicial officer hearing the case or the other parties that one party in the case is represented by persons who can literally change the law applicable to the dispute, control the career progression of the judge or magistrate, or are able to speak with the voice of an entire arm of government?” he posed.

But even as the senators appeared for the embattled governor, the President reminded them that no magistrate, judge, or any other state or public officer who has abused public trust should be allowed to hide behind the veil of autonomy and independence.

In 2017, Siaya Senator James Orengo led a team of lawyers serving as MPs — Tom Kajwang’ (Ruaraka) and Peter Kaluma (Homabay Town), among others — in the petition challenging the election of President Kenyatta at the Supreme Court.

Interestingly, in 2013, then-Makueni senator, as Senior Counsel, the late Mutula Kilonzo, a renowned stickler for the rule of law and due process, bolted out of a team of lawyers representing Mr Raila Odinga in the petition he filed against President Kenyatta because of the risk of conflict of interest.

Mr Kilonzo Senior, however, played behind the scenes as a consultant during the case. The current Makueni senator is the son of the late politician.

Things are also not looking up for MPs Omboko Milemba (Emuhaya) and Wilson Sossion (nominated).

Despite being teachers with leadership positions their unions — Kenya Post Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet) and Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) respectively — they are also MPs.

The President’s move, therefore, is a win for the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) boss Nancy Macharia, who has had her previous decision to deregister Mr Sossion as a teacher swiftly overturned by the courts.

Speaker Justin Muturi hailed the President’s remarks, saying the issue of conflict of interest is against the leadership and integrity act under Chapter Six of the Constitution.

“We will deal with the bill when the time comes. But it is wrong to engage in private work when knowing that you are a government officer,” Mr Muturi said.

by Nation.

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Photos of Grace Msalame’s dad the legendary Tony Msalame who marks birthday during Kenya’s Jamhuri day

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Today would have been the birthday of Grace Msalame’s dad. The veteran Kenya broadcaster Tony Msalame died aged 57 after a sudden illness.

Tony passed away after suddenly collapsing at his Sheki Studios in Mombasa after he complained of chest pains.

Grace took to her social media to celebrate her dad as Kenyans celebrate the 56th Jamhuri day celebrations.

‘9years on… Today would have been your bday so I celebrate My number one Hero today & always Papa♥️ Happy Jamhuri Day 🇰🇪 #TheBestToEverDoIt #Papa #ShekiLegi

Tony Msalame.
The late Tony Msalame,father to Grace Msalame
The late Tony Msalame,father to Grace Msalame
The late Tony Msalame,father to Grace Msalame
The late Tony Msalame,father to Grace Msalame

Below are some reactions from People who knew him back in the day when he was a host on Radio.

namelesskenya:Yoooo… Was your dad’s major fan from days of Tushauriane!!!!!💯. May he continue resting in peace as we celebrate his legacy on his bday!

kalekyemumo: What an amazing man, he contributed so much and gave us you… an amazing soul. Happy birthday to his greatness ❤️❤️❤️.

yamusau:A man who inspired us to the direction we eventually took, and a namesake. In high skool as entertainment captain, I went by his full names…I honor him today, I bless his soul, forever! May God watch over u Grace, and your offsprings, and his offsprings. Forever.

nyambura8387: Sheki legi was the in thing back then, truly missed… Continue resting in peace Tony Msalame.

cathythuo75: I loved his sheki leggi. Gave me morale when I was spring cleaning on Saturdays. He is missed🙏.

missnthigab:We got to know about Kenyan based series cz of him amazing 🙌 respect mad respect rip

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