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Kagwe: Ministry of Health received 15 percent of COVID-19 funds 

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The country’s Ministry of Health now says it only received about 15 per cent of the total funds set aside for combating COVID-19.

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe and PS Susan Mochache made the revelation when appearing before the National Assembly’s Health Committee to answer questions regarding the disbursement of funds to counties in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic on the backdrop of an expose by a local media outlet.

Kagwe sought to clarify that his ministry was not responsible for the entire COVID-19 funds wallet, tossing that ball over to the Treasury’s court.

“COVID-19 funds are not health ministry funds…Money assigned to MOH is about 15 per cent of the COVID-19 fund…it is being made to look like 15 per cent is 100 per cent,” said Kagwe.

PS Mochache said Ksh.3 billion of the ministry’s supplementary budget is what was disbursed for treatment to various facilities across the country among them Coast General Hospital (Ksh.500 million), JOOTRH (Ksh.400 million), Kitui hospital (Ksh.300 million), Mandera hospital (Ksh.300 million), KNH (Ksh.600 million), MTRH (Ksh.400 million) and KU Hospital (Ksh.500 million.)

The PS added that MOH received Ksh.1.5 billion from Treasury which it released to KEMSA for the provision of testing kits and reagents.

The ministry then received another Ksh.300 million which it also transferred to KEMSA for the procurement of reusable masks to vulnerable people.

Treasury yet again disbursed a further Ksh.200 million which was meant for operations in quarantine facilities.

PS Mochache added that the ministry received Ksh.5 billion from the national government which was disbursed to all the 47 counties as conditional grants.

“As MOH released the funds, it communicated accordingly to counties that the money was expected to be spent on counties to prepare emergency response plan, building capacity for isolation and quarantine support and training of health workers,” she said.

CS Kagwe, on his part, said,” On the issue of accountability, when we (MOH) disburse funds, there is clarity on what should be done…it is not conditional…as a ministry we do not have accountability on it as it comes from Treasury.”

The CS said investigations are still ongoing over KEMSA procurement issues as well as medical equipment donated by Jack Ma, however urging the public to avoid “fiction and innuendos.”

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CJ Maraga rejects Senator Malala’s three-goat gift 

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Chief Justice David Maraga on Friday turned down Kakamega Senator Cleaophas Malala’s three goat gift citing the Judicial Service Commission code of conduct that bars him from receiving a gift worth more than Sh20,000.

CJ Maraga had graced the Grand opening of the new Kakamega Law Courts building when he was presented with the gift.

“Today on behalf of the people of Kakamega and as the Senator for Kakamega. I want to present to you a symbolic gift that is going to help you achieve this legacy.

“I have three animals here representing three arms of the government. I want to present it to you as a symbolic gift representing unity among the the three arms of the government.” said Senator Malala

The CJ who instead handed the goats to Kakamega law courts users’ committee chairman Sylvester Mambiri also sited Malala’s ongoing court case.

“If am not wrong, the senator has donated a gift to me but he has put me in trouble because I think he has a case in court, secondly under the Judiciary code of conduct I am not allowed to take a gift which is more than 20,000 shillings and this goats look like they are more than 30,000.” the CJ said

During the event, the CJ steered clear of the controversy over his advisory to President Uhuru Kenyatta to dissolve Parliament for failure to legislate on the two-thirds gender rule.

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ODM MP suspended for attending Ruto’s meeting

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party has suspended Kilifi North Member of Parliament Owen Baya days after he attended Deputy President William Ruto’s meeting.

The MP was accused of switched alliances and teaming up with DP William Ruto and the party had resolved to take action on the MP over what they called “recent political alignments.”

In a statement through the Party’s Secretary-General Edwin Sifuna, the party announced that the National Executive Committee (NEC) had also decided to suspend Baya from his position as the Deputy Organizing Secretary.

The party explained that the decision was made after his recent move which has cast doubt on his commitment to this party and its objectives.

“Cognizant of the central role that the party’s NEC plays in the management of the party and the need to maintain the probity of its deliberations the NEC resolved to suspend MP Owen Baya from membership of this critical organ and from his position as the Deputy Organizing Secretary given his recent public utterances and conduct that have cast doubt on his commitment to this party and its objectives,” read a statement from the party.

On Wednesday, Baya was part of a delegation of Coast MPs that escorted Feisal Abdallah Bader, an aspirant for the Msambweni parliamentary seat, to meet Deputy President William Ruto at his Karen office.

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Atwoli intensifies fight with DP Ruto over hustler tag

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BY KEVIN KOECH

The Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU) Secretary-General Francis Atwoli has once again put Deputy President William Ruto on blast for using the ‘hustler’ tag.

Speaking during a press conference, the Atwoli stated that the tag hustler had a negative meaning which translates to someone who uses mischievous ways to get wealth.

He added that all Kenyans are yearning for is an organized system of government that could provide employment and not creating hustlers.

He pointed out that William Ruto was not poor as he makes his supporters believe and he is just using them to climb to the top. He disclosed that William Ruto owns choppers, mansions, and every space in the country.

Atwoli went on to call out the DP for the donations he has been giving out to the youths and women stating that they were just peanuts compared to the amount of wealth he has amassed over the years.

“The person telling you about being a hustler owns five choppers, a mansion and owns every empty space in the republic of Kenya. You are calling yourself a hustler and yet you are not. Even God cannot allow. Then you go to the church to cheat about being a hustler,” he said.

A few days ago, Atwoli blasted William Ruto for using the tag while asking Kenyans to reject him stating that no one should allow themselves to be called a hustler. He claimed that hustlers are thieves.

Atwoli who claimed that he would disown his children if they referred themselves as hustlers stated that people should go to school, get an education and get jobs in reputable companies instead of hustling.

“You then become a branch manager of Kenya Breweries, get a house allowance, a car loan, and have a nice house. You are not hustlers. We cannot have a nation of hustlers because it is a man eats man society,” Atwoli said.

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