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The white elephants of Nyanza counties



Taxpayers risk losing millions of shillings in projects that have been abandoned by contractors in county governments within Nyanza.

Some of the projects date back to the 2014/2015 financial year. With focus having shifted to battling Covid-19, residents fear that the projects will become white elephants and turn into campaign issues for politicians every election. The projects include dispensaries, early childhood education centres, roads, resource centres, colleges and Huduma centres.

A spot check by the Saturday Standard across the region established that some of the projects that have stalled have been vandalised.

Yesterday, a section of ward representatives blamed their predecessors, accusing them of initiating projects that were never a priority to residents. In Kisumu, despite attempts by the county government to improve infrastructure, several projects inherited from the former regime have stalled.

At Kajulu, construction of a market where Sh10 million has so far been spent by the county government was abandoned in 2018. The site is now a playground for children while women sell their wares in the open. Area MCA Roy Samu described the market as an eyesore, saying attempts to push the Executive to complete it had been futile.


“It is a shame that a market that should be serving our people is lying in ruins. There are several projects that have stalled and it is very unfortunate,” said Mr Samo.

At Kindu Primary School, construction of a Sh4.5 million ECD classroom has also stalled. Residents complained that some stalled resource centres and village polytechnics had become hideouts for criminals. In Central Nyakach ward, the construction of a Huduma Centre stalled following disagreement between the national and county government over the ownership of the land.

The project has been at the centre of controversy after it was allocated millions of shillings by the county government while critics argued that it was a national government function. In the same ward, the construction of Sh10 million theatre at Pap-Onditi hospital has stalled.

“There are a lot of pending bills and that is why we are having stalled projects,” said area MCA Philemon Ojuok. He noted that lack of proper contract management had seen contractors abandon projects after being paid some money. Other projects that have stalled include the Sh6 million Gombe Kokulo Resource Centre in Kisumu West, which kicked off in 2016. Yesterday, County Director of Communication Aloyce Ager defended Governor Anyang’ Nyong’o’s administration and faulted his predecessor for “poor project allocation.

Measures in place

Ager assured that the administration was fast-tracking completion of the projects. “We found out that the projects were funded in stages, but we are working on their completion,” said the County Director of Communication.

In Homa Bay, several multi-million shilling projects have stalled. The projects include a Sh160 million maize milling plant at Kigoto village in Suba South Constituency. Construction of the maize miller started in July 2015. In August 2015 the county government launched construction of a Sh500 million factory for manufacturing animal feeds in Arujo village, Homa Bay Town Constituency.

The project has since been abandoned. Locals were optimistic the factories would create employment opportunities. “Our youths had hope in these projects. They should be completed soon to enable residents to benefit from them,” said Walter Opiyo, a resident.

Antipas Ng’ete, the Chief Officer for Trade, said the county government was putting measures in place to complete the projects. “We are re-advertising the tender for construction of the roof in the animal feeds project,” said Mr Ng’ete. In Siaya, construction of markets, health facilities and water projects has stalled – some since 2014.

In Bondo Sub-county, the construction of Migwena sports complex and a modern slaughter house has stalled despite millions of shillings being allocated them every financial year.According to the financial year 2019/20 budget, Sh10 million was set aside for the sports complex, with an additional Sh20 million in the proposed budget for 2020/21 fiscal year. In Usenge market in West Yimbo ward, traders were forced to demolish their temporary structures to create room for construction of a Sh5 million modern market in 2015, but it is yet to be completed.

Allocated funds

The modern facility was expected to benefit at least 200 traders. At Got Agulu hospital, weeds and bats have taken over a mortuary that has stalled for more than five years. Area MCA Willis Ochieng’ assured that Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of the project had been completed and that the facility would soon be completed and equipped.

In Siaya town, a modern toilet that was allocated Sh300,000 for completion in the fiscal year 2017/18 is not in use.Construction of Sh3.4 million ECDE centre at Central Primary School has also stalled even after it was allocated funds in the 2017/18 financial year budget.Pressure is mounting on the counties’ leadership to complete the projects

By Saturday

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Official video of Kenyan MPs participating in ‘Jerusalema Challenge’ released



The awaited video of Kenyan politicians dancing to the ‘Jerusalama’ hit song has finally been uploaded on their Kenya’s National Assembly YouTube.

This comes just a few weeks after Suba North MP Millie Odhiambo proposed this motion in parliament; hoping to be the first parliament in the world to take part in the challenge. And for a minute many assumed that this could not work; until the video finally surfaced on online on Wednesday, 21 October.

Probably because this challenge had already been exhausted by many judging from the many videos of the challenge circulating on social media.

Kenyan politicians participate in Jerusalema video

Anyway, whether you like it or not, Kenyan politicians have gone ahead to release a new video; showing off their dance moves in their ‘Jerusalama challenge.‘ In a video shared less than 2 hours ago, the many politicians are seen grooving to the South African hit song….. and we love it!


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Governor Kingi tell off DP Ruto over hustler movement




Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi has torn into wheelbarrow initiatives by Deputy President William Ruto terming it a political gimmick that has no benefit to Kenyans.

While addressing Kilifi residents during this year’s Mashujaa Day celebrations at Pwani University grounds the governor said Kenyans will only be freed from poverty, tribalism, and unemployment through the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI).

“The same that are opposing the BBI are the ones going out to give out wheelbarrows as handouts. So they are blocking you from getting the benefits of the BBI and think that they can blindfold you with wheelbarrows,” he said.

Kingi who was in the company of Kilifi County Commissioner Kutswa Olaka said that the BBI report has outlined various interventions including increasing money to counties from the current 15 per cent they are receiving, a situation he said will improve the lives of the residents in counties.

“We have been pushing for the increase of funds to counties from the current 15 per cent and that has been addressed in the BBI report. But it baffles me that someone would go to an extent of opposing the document with all these interventions and then the only thing he gives is wheelbarrows. This is unfair and such people should be ignored,” the governor added.

Kingi downplayed the hustler narrative saying that the DP is far away richer than the people he wants to lie to always.

“If you are hustler like him, then show me your chopper, your luxury houses not one and the luxury cars you own and then we shall know that you are like him. Other than that, then you are cheating yourself away,” he said.

He called on President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga to immediately release the contents of the BBI report to Kenyans so that the speculative agenda by the Tangatanga team can be silenced.

“If we continue to withhold the report, the prophets of doom will continue to speculate and continue to lie to Kenyans about its contents, I am asking the President and Mr Odinga to release the report,” he added.

Kingi also promised to help deliver and explain the BBI document to his residents, insisting that he will lead in ensuring that Kilifi gets to know the importance of what is contained in the document.

“I will move out as a Governor in 2022 and another person will come in but if BBI is not addressed then the challenges that are there will still exist. I will be in my most pains when after retirement, the only thing I will see in Kilifi is wheelbarrows. That is not what we want as Kilifi residents,” he said.

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Jacob ‘Ghost’ Mulee named the new Harambee Stars coach




Celebrated coach and media personality Jacob Ghost Mulee has made a return to the National team.

This comes just a day after Head coach Francis Kimanzi and his entire technical team was shown the door.

Football Kenya Federation (FKF) confirmed the appointment of Jacob ‘Ghost’ Mulee and has since unveiled him.

Mulee first assignment is to prepare the team that will face Comoros in AFCON Qualifier match that’s set to be played in November.

Kimanzi left the scene after he masterminded what had been tipped to be an unlikely friendly win against Zambia on October 9 at Nyayo Stadium.

He was appointed in 2019 to replace Sebastien Migne who he worked with as an assistant coach.

Mulee return reminds Kenyans when national team charges helped to qualify for the 2004 Afcon edition in Tunisia.

He is also credited to have mentored the current J1 League top scorer Michael Olunga and his appointment has provided an opportunity for the duo to work again at national level.

Under Nick Mwendwa Mulee becomes the fifth coach to have been appointed since he took office in 2016.

Stanley Okumbi took over in February 2016 and exited in October 2017 while Paul Put who led Kenya to Cecafa title took over in November 2017 and left in February 2018.

Migne who led the country to the 2019 Afcon finals but, a Chan qualifying setback against Tanzania saw him part ways with the team on mutual consent paving the way for Kimanzi’s rise to the helm.

Kimanzi remained in charge from August 2019 to October 20, 2020, and he left just days after Mwendwa had secured another four-year term as the FKF president.

Mulee and his technical bench are expected to help Harambee Stars fight for back-to-back Afcon qualifications with two matches against Egypt and Togo already played.

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