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Uhuru’s big love for the old

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Kenyans, especially the youth, have expressed displeasure with the appointment of former Othaya MP Mary Wambui to head the National Authority Employment Authority.

Ms Wambui, the woman who thrust herself into the limelight after claiming she was President Mwai Kibaki’s wife, was handed the big job by Labour Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yatani.

But this is not the first time President Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration is appointing retirees and perceived ‘old people’ to take charge of critical state agencies.

On Monday, Mr Kenyatta appointed Jeremiah Matagaro to the public service, raising questions about Jubilee administration’s knack for retired persons at the expense of youths in State appointments.

Mr Matagaro will chair the State Corporations Advisory Committee for a three-year period, an appointment many consider as a slap in the face to the youth.

Cyrus Gituai, who served as Internal Security PS in the first Kibaki administration, also makes a comeback to the public service. Mr Gituai has also served as a district commissioner.

But the return of the old guard in Kenyatta’s administration is hardly surprising as the trend has been there for all to see.

Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua is 68, well over the mandatory retirement age of 60.

The same goes for former Vice President Moody Awori, the man well into his 90s, chairs the Sports, Arts and Social Development Fund.

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President Kenyatta also picked Stephen Karogo to chair the Public Service Commission, even though at the point of his nomination, he was slightly over 60 years.

MPs vetting him for the position questioned his ability to adequately serve given that he has hit the mandatory retirement age of 60 years for the Civil Service.

“Do not focus on my age, rather at the wealth of experience I bring on the table in this new role,” he told the National Assembly Committee on Administration and National Security.

Retired General of the Kenya Defence Forces Julius Karangi chairs the NSSF Board after his retirement from the military, while 72-year-old Francis Muthaura is in charge at Kenya Revenue Authority.

Just last week, the National Assembly approved Esther Murugi to sit in the National Lands Commission, even though she is 66.

Back to Mr Matagaro, he is not exactly young. He was the police spokesman during the troubled times of agitation for political pluralism in 1990 to 1993.

He would later rise to become North Eastern provincial police commander in the mid 1990s.

When President Mwai Kibaki took over, he appointed him PS in the Ministry of Justice under Kiraitu Murungi before he was controversially appointed to the Electoral Commission of Kenya in total defiance of the 1997 Inter Political Parties agreements.

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Mr Matagaro was among ECK commissioners who were sent packing after a probe by an international commission established that they had bungled the presidential election.

In a bid to stop recycling and re-appointment of senior citizens to the public service, Starehe MP Charles Njagua has filed a motion in the National Assembly.

The youthful city MP is seeking to reduce the retirement age to 50 from the current 60.

He says his motion will help address the high unemployment rate among the youth.

“Noting the mandatory retirement age for public servants is set at 60 years, this House urges the government to review mandatory retirement age in public service from current 60 to 50 years,” reads the motion.

Documents presented to parliament by the Public Service Commission (PSC) detailing the breakdown of civil servants by age cluster revealed that at least 11,879 civil servants were aged between 51 and 60 years.

A further 12,057 civil servants were aged between 56 and 60 years, while there were about 399 civil servants who had attained the age of 60 years or above.

by nation.co.ke

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Autopsy on Ruto guard set for today

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Guards at the estate where an officer attached to the deputy president’s office used to live have said they last saw him three days before his body was found.

The six guards who were questioned by police yesterday said Sergeant Kipyegon Kenei was seen carrying mangoes on February 17 at about 4pm.

But they could not say whether any strange vehicles had driven into the estate or unknown people had accessed Kenei’s house in Villa Franca through two main gates.

“We don’t keep records of those coming in and out of the compound. We were shocked to learn about his death,” said an officer with knowledge of the investigation.

Kenei’s body was found in his house on February 20 with a gunshot wound to the head. A postmortem examination planned for today will hopefully shed more light on how he died.The guards were told they did not have to record statements until after the autopsy had been done.

Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) Director George Kinoti led a team of homicide detectives, doctors and a sketch artist back to the crime scene as investigations into the incident continue.

Kenei was scheduled to record a statement with the DCI on February 19 regarding an incident where former Sports Cabinet Secretary Rashid Echesa and his accomplices visited the second floor of Harambee House Annex and signed a fake Sh39 billion arms deal.The officer was in charge of security on that day and his death has thrown a wrench in the police investigation.

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Five junior officers have recorded statements with the DCI and claimed they were instructed to grant Echesa and his guests access to the office.

Separately, Kenei’s father John Chesang has said the family will not make any burial arrangements until they know what happened to their son.“I will be at peace to bury my son if I know what caused his death, who was behind it and what action has been taken against those who plotted the death,” said Mr Chesang.

The retired chief said he suspected Kenei might have been tortured, threatened with death and killed, and his body later taken to his house to conceal evidence.“My son did not show any signs of committing suicide. I therefore want to know who he was with, his last movement and why was he killed.”

Speaking to The Standard at their home in Chamasis village, Rongai, Chesang said the family had not been allowed to view Kenei’s body, which is being preserved at the Chiromo mortuary in Nairobi.

BY The Standard 

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Security guard commits suicide in classroom

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A security guard of a private school committed suicide today in a classroom at Shilongo area, Manda sub location in Kakamega North Sub County.

The lifeless body of Jacob Wera Bunuka, 35, was discovered by Brain Land Academy head teacher Jacob Bushuru at 6.00am when he reported to work.

“I reported to the school at 6.00am and didn’t find the security guard at the gate and thought he had already gone home. But while doing patrols around the classes, I was shocked when I saw his (security guard) lifeless body hanging from the rooftop,” Bushuru said in his statement to the police.

According to Kakamega County police commander, Bernard Muli, the police could not immediately establish his motive since he did not leave a suicide note behind.

“Police have launched investigations into the matter to establish why the security guard took his own life,” said Mr Muli.The police commander said the deceased body was taken to Webuye County Referral hospital mortuary awaiting postmortem.

By Standard.co.ke

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The day Kenya’s President was “dwarfed”

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As German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier visited the country, one tall man stole the show.

The man dwarfed President Uhuru Kenyatta when he posed for a handshake photograph with the head of state at State House, Nairobi, changing the conversation entirely.

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The man at the center of it all is none other than one-time NBA champion Dirk Nowitzki, who accompanied the German president on a three-day visit to Kenya.

Nowitzki is best remembered by many NBA fans in Kenya and around the world for guiding the Dallas Mavericks to their first and only NBA title in 2011.

During the same season, Nowitzki was voted NBA Finals Most Valuable Player (MVP).

What many Kenyans may not know though is that Nowitzki has a strong Kenyan connection.

The former NBA star is married to a half-Kenyan half- Sweden woman with whom he has three children.

Kenyans on Twitter had a field day as they expressed their amusement with the picture of President Kenyatta and the retired German professional basketball player.

UHURU DWARFED 

“President of Kenyan meets the cost of living in Kenya,” tweeted one Saddique Shaban.

“President Uhuru was literally looking up to the Diplomat,” Thomas Kan wrote.

“The man is simply looking down upon our president,” Fued Opondo said.

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“Now this marks the apogee of Handshakes during his 10 year tenure as the President of the Republic of Kenya,” posted Kenneth Omondi.

“Isn’t that man tall!! Uhuru is usually tall but looks like a dwarf next to him,” Leylah Lelesan tweeted.

“That dude is at least a whole foot taller than Uhuru!!” Karago D Mbiru said.

“Hi, Mr Dirk Norwiski, you have made a heinous offence of dwarfing my lovely president unconditionally. How can you be tall than our president?” Robert Ombaso posed.

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