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Mixed views greet Uhuru’s choice for new city sheriff

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The picking of Major-General Mohamed Abdalla Badi as the Director General of the newly-created Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) adds to a long list of appointments of military and intelligence officers into the public service for the past six years.

They include Public Works principal secretary Maj-Gen (Rtd) Gordon

Kihalangwa, National Transport and Safety Authority chairman Lt-Gen (Rtd) Jackson Waweru, Kenya Ports Authority chairman Gen (Rtd) Joseph Kibwana, Kenya Wildlife Service Director-General Brigadier (Rtd) John Waweru, National Intelligence Service (NIS) Director- General Maj-General (Rtd) Philip Kameru, Government Spokesman Colonel (Rtd) Cyrus Oguna and Kenya Maritime Authority (KMA) DG Maj (Rtd)George Nyamoko, Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji, Immigration Services director Alexander Muteshi, the Financial Reporting Centre director general Saitoti Maika and anti-graft boss Twalib Mbarak were fished out of the intelligence community.

The NMS, a State corporation, will take over governance and administrative duties of Nairobi City County after Governor Mike Sonko surrendered key City Hall responsibilities to the national government.

Badi, a Senior Directing Staff officer in charge of Kenya Air Force at the National Defence College (NDC),will have the primary responsibility of ensuring that they deliver services to the citizens of Nairobi.

“I will task them first to bring an end to corruption and dismantle the cartels. This is a tall order, but I pledge that I will ensure that they are fully supported by the government in whatever way possible to achieve this goal,” Uhuru said as he commissioned the Nairobi Metropolitan Service on Wednesday.

Run for office

But Maj-Gen Badi’s appointment has sparked debate on the President’s preference for the men in uniform for civilian appointments. While his supporters said Uhuru was keen to tap into the military discipline in public service, others argued that the move was irregular.

Law Society of Kenya President Nelson Havi noted that appointment of Badi was a demonstration that Uhuru has lost faith in lay appointed and elected leaders.

According to him, only distinguished professionals should run for elective office in 2022.

“In that case, therefore, let us have only distinguished soldiers, lawyers, doctors, teachers, and engineers, et alia on the ballot for President, governor, senator, women representative, Member of National Assembly and MCA,” he suggested.

“Let all career political charlatans retire with President Uhuru,’’ he added.

Value for taxes

However, lawyer Kimathi Mwirichia, differed with Havi and Senior Counsel Ahmenasir Abdullahi who described the move as unconstitutional.

According to Mwirichia, there is nothing unconstitutional or illegal about the appointment of the two-star general of Kenya Airforce to manage Nairobi City County.

“What Nairobians need is provision of better services. Even if this was achieved by someone from Mars that would be perfect,” Mwirichia said.

Machakos Deputy Speaker Nganga Wa Ngangani came to the defence of the President. “Uhuru is opting for KDF and intelligence officials because of their unwavering, non-accosted honesty, truth and non- biased enforcement of j fair government decision,” he said.

Lawyer Kenneth Wanyama said: “Kenyans aren’t interested in two or three star generals. We need value for our taxes and if this general 1 can be of help to the I President so be it.”

On their part, former chairman of the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI) Kiprono Kittony and former Tnde pendent Electoral Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Roselyne Akombe said the appointment of the military chief was an indictment on the status quo.

“Anybody else concerned with militarisation of civilian institutions?” Akombe asked on twitter.

Kittony replied: “Very sad to see military officers take over City Hall. It’s an indictment to the status quo,” Others attributed Uhuru’s appointments to the training in the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) and the National Intelligence Service (NIS) colleges that emphasise on values such as discipline and integrity.

“I task NMS to work on streamlining urban renewal projects such as Jevanjee, Pangani, and others, which had been previously awarded

before 2018 and have continually been delayed,” said Uhuru on Wednesday.

In December 2014, Uhuru appointed Joseph Boinnet as Inspector General of Police. Previously, Boinnet had served as an Assistant Intelligence Principal Officer at NIS.

Boinnet, was succeeded by the current Inspector-General of Police Hillary Mutyambai, who is also a former NIS man.

Boinnet is credited with restoring the relationship t between NIS and the police, which led to a decline in terror attacks in the country — In March 2018, Uhuru appointed Noordin Haji a Deputy Director of Counter Organised Crime at the NIS as the Director of Public Prosecutions following a successful interview by the Public Service Commission (PSC) and vetting by National Assembly.

IN OWN WORDS

• “Uhuru is opting for KDF and intelligence officials because of their unwavering, non-accosted honesty, truth and non-biased enforcement of fair government decision” -Machakos Deputy Speaker Nganga Wa Ngangani

• “Let us have only distinguished soldiers, lawyers, doctors, teachers, and engineers, et alia on the ballot for President, governor, senator, women representative, Member of National Assembly and MCA”-Law Society of Kenya President Nelson Havi.

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Kenyan Minting Money From Selling Muratina in UK

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A Kenyan man is minting money in the UK by brewing and selling the locally produced alcoholic drink, Muratina.

The brew is largely illegal in Kenya, however, for King’ori Wambaki, the Kikuyu traditional drink has made him a household name in Cheshunt, UK.

Wambaki has spent over 27 years in England, shifting from studies, working for foreigners and unveiling his own business.

He packages the drink, dubbed Muratelia, as wine spiced with honey. It contains 12 percent alcohol and is sold to customers under the age of 35.

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King’Ori Wambaki (right) enjoys his drink. On the left is a fashion icon marketing a branded Muratelia bag
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Muratelia is sold at between £10 (Ksh 1,491) and £25 (Ksh 3,727) depending on whether it’s sold on counters, retail shops, or restaurants.

“Cheshunt is located outside London. We used ingredients that are available here in the UK as we have not yet reached a point where we can import products from Kenya.

“The business provides income better than what I can earn while being employed, Wambaki who hails from Othaya, Nyeri stated while speaking with a local daily.

He disclosed that he made in-depth research and business plans on how to market his product. It has also been incorporated in the modeling and fashion industry through branded bags and clothes.

He has also created employment for the youth in the UK as he owns three restaurants and four shops.

What worked for him was that he had no competition as the drink was a new entity in the UK market. Wambaki is keen on expanding his business and the entrepreneur targets the local Kenyan market.

He said that he had applied for a business permit and license in Kenya, seeking to introduce his upgraded brand.

“The whites love it despite it being a Kenyan drink. In June we may start producing it in Kenya,” he added.

According to his LinkedIn page, the economist holds a Master of Science in Finance and Management and a Bachelor of Science in Economics.

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A bottle of Muratelia in an advert posted on the company’s website
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Coronavirus-burdened US warns its citizens against travel to Kenya

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The US government has issued a travel advisory to Kenya, citing an increased risk of contracting Covid-19, this despite the country being among those leading globally with the virus infections.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in an updated health notice on Wednesday warned American citizens against travelling to Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Burundi.

CDC placed the four nations under Level 4 Alert, meaning there is a very high level of Covid-19 and all non-essential travel should be avoided.

“Travelers should avoid all travel to Kenya. Travel may increase your chance of getting and spreading Covid-19,” said CDC in a notice.

If one must travel to these countries, they must strictly adhere to the health protocols on Covid-19 including wearing masks and keeping six feet distance from other people, CDC added.

“Travel may increase your chance of getting and spreading Covid-19,” stated the US health institute on its website.

“During travel, wear a mask, stay at least six feet from people who are not traveling with you, wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer, and watch your health for signs of illness.”

CDC further urged American travellers to get tested for Covid-19 one to three days before travel and only leave the country after receiving the results.

Those returning to the US must also undergo testing one to three days earlier and adhere to all Covid-19 regulations.

According to the CDC, a Level 3 Travel Health Notice is the highest risk level and means citizens should strive to avoid all non-essential travel.

A CDC Level 2 Travel Health Notice advises American citizens to practice enhanced precautions while a Level 1 Travel Health Notice advises Americans to practice usual precautions.

The warnings come as US reported its highest number of Covid-19 deaths in a single day on Wednesday with 3,157 new fatalities and more than 273,799 people having died due to the virus and more than 13.9 million infected, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

On Thursday, Kenya registered the highest recoveries on a single day after 11,324 patients were discharged in 24 hours bringing the total number of recoveries to 67,788 since April 1.

Similarly, 1,253 patients tested positive after 10,170 samples were analyzed in the same period.

Kenya’s caseload rose to 86,383 on Thursday out of 911,596 samples analyzed since March.

The Covid-19 death toll also rose to 1,500 after 16 more patients succumbed to the disease.

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Former Belgut MP Kiptarus Kirior dies

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Former assistant minister for Culture and Social Services Kiptarus Kirior has died.

The former Belgut Member of Parliament died while undergoing treatment at the Nairobi Women’s Hospital on Thursday.

“Mzee passed on at Nairobi Women’s Hospital after a short illness. He had blood pressure and was also diabetic,” said Mr Abraham Kirior, one of the former MP’s sons.

He added, “For the record, he was Covid-19 free according to tests undertaken and released to us at the hospital,”

He served as Belgut MP between 1983 and 1988 before he was beaten by the late Ayub Chepkwony. He, however, made a comeback to the National Assembly between 1992 and 1997.

“Kirior was an astute leader, who had the interest of his constituents at heart as demonstrated by his development track record which spans decades,” said Kericho Governor Paul Chepkwony

Professor Chepkwony said “besides his legislative roles, Kirior was a great farmer who agitated for various reforms in the sugar industry, earning him leadership position in the Kenya Sugar Board and the Kenya Sugar Growers Association,”

Belgut MP Nelson Koech said Kericho residents had lost “a dedicated, down to earth leader who put the interests of the people he led ahead of his own,”

“It is unfortunate that Mzee Kirior has departed at a time when his wisdom was needed the most by members of his family and the society in general,” said Mr Koech in a statement.

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