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‘I put this country into economic revival, take off – Kuria says as he exits Trade docket



Moses Kuria, the cabinet secretary for public service, performance, and delivery management, claims that during his 11-month tenure as cabinet secretary for trade, he helped the nation’s economy recover.

Kuria asserted in a statement made upon his transfer of power to Kenya’s new Trade CS Rebecca Miano that he had revised Ministry policies to support the Kenya Kwanza agenda while in office.

“It has been 11 months marathon for me and my team at the Ministry of Investments Trade and Industry(MITI) as I redrafted and aligned the ministry to our Kenya Kwanza administration agenda,” Kuria stated.

“I have done the foundation and put this country into an Economic revival and take off. The wheels of production have started to roll as investors are ready to industrialize the country from all corners through our revolutionary County Aggregation and industrial parks (CAIPs).”

Kuria was transferred by President William Ruto last week from the Ministry of Trade to the Ministry of Public Service.

Miano, who had been the Cabinet Secretary for the East African Community, was reassigned to the Trade docket, moving Arid and Semi-Arid Lands and Regional Development, a decision that caused mixed emotions among Kenyans.

Kuria now claims that the Ministry of Trade’s foundation he built will enable the nation to become an export powerhouse rather than perpetually dependent on imports.

“The trade negotiations and investment partnership that we’ve initiated from all parts of the world like Indonesia, US, UAE, Saudi Arabia and others, will see this country move from an importing one to an export giant,” he added.

In his new Ministry, Kuria says he is going to unlock walls that would be interfering with the speedy delivery of services and projects to Kenyans.

“I thank my Boss His Excellency President William Ruto for the new role he has assigned to me as the CS for Public Service, Performance and Delivery Management where I’ll take a lead role as the coordinator of all inter-ministerial projects and unlock any walls that would be interfering with a speedy delivery of services and projects to Kenyans,” he added.

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Ex-cop Rashid’s murder trial to start on March 14



On March 14, 2024, the murder trial hearing for former Eastleigh police officer Ahmed Rashid will begin.

This comes after the state finished providing the defense side with a partial disclosure of witness statements and documentary evidence on Thursday.

Rashid was accused in April of killing Mohammed Dhair Kheri and Jamal Mohammed, two adolescents, on March 31, 2017, in Amal Plaza in Eastleigh, Nairobi.

After denying the two murder charges in front of Justice Diana Kavedza, he was freed on a Sh200,000 bond.

Prosecution attorney Alla Mulama informed Justice Kavedza at pre-trial on Thursday at the High Court in Kibera that the state will call 25 witnesses to testify during the trial, 12 of whom were prepared to do so.

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CS Machogu says no exam printing contract was cancelled in reply to Raila



Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu has denied assertions made by Raila Odinga, head of Azimio La Umoja One Kenya, that anomalies in the recently revealed results are due to the termination of the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) tests printing tender to a UK firm.

During his appearance before the Parliamentary Education Committee, Machogu stated that tenders for publishing national tests are sent out every year.

”We have not terminated anybody’s contract. Each and every year a contract is made,” he said.

He insisted that Kenya, like any other nation, is capable of producing exam papers domestically.

The Education CS said that his ministry did not violate any laws and that the examinations printing tender was awarded using due process.

However, Machogu recognized that applicants’ difficulties receiving their results were caused by the company’s noncompliance with KNEC guidelines regarding the management of the QR code used for transmitting and accessing the KCPE results.

“As a CS I have learnt lessons because basically you can see as a ministry everything was right. Somebody we can call an outsider was given the contract but did not really conform and do to the required standard. Moving forward when we release the KCSE examinations we will not be able to make use of the same service provider,” he added.

Odinga had on Wednesday alleged that the government illegally revoked the printing tender from a UK based firm to a printer based in Mombasa road and later to India.

”We have established that early this year, the Kenya Kwanza administration suddenly and abruptly stopped this contact because the UK firm refused to give kickbacks. Without following any legal procurement processes, due diligence procedures and attention to examination timelines, the Kenya Kwanza administration awarded the KCPE and KCSE exam printing contract to a politically correct printing company based in Mombasa road,” Odinga said.

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Ex-KCB top manager Leonard Mwithiga arrested in US trying to kill wife



A Kenyan man is being charged in the US with murder-for-hire after authorities thwarted his plan to have a woman, with whom he has a long-running legal dispute, assassinated.

The 52-year-old former top banking executive Leonard Thuo Mwithiga was charged in Putnam, Connecticut, after he instructed a friend to find a hitman for him so that he could “finish that woman” or “inject something into her food or water to kill her slowly like cancer.”

In order to avoid being connected to the woman’s death, Mwithiga allegedly intended to have her killed between January 28 and February 3 of the following year while he would be in Kenya. He assured the hitman he would give him $4000 (Sh609,000).

Mwithiga, the prosecutor claims, found a would-be killer, whom he gave $300 (Sh46,000) “in good faith”, not knowing he was dealing with an undercover police officer. He had also given the associate $100 (Sh15,238).

Both the associate, an Uber driver, who turned informant for the police, and the woman who was supposed to be the victim have not been identified.

According to local media sites, the informant informed a state police officer, who then went up to Mwithiga and pretended to be the hitman-for-hire he required.

According to investigation files submitted to the court, the undercover police officer “spoke with Mwithiga for more than an hour on Monday night, finalising the details of” the scheme while wearing audio and video monitoring, according to CT Insider, a Connecticut-based news site.

The Kenyan man was apprehended right away by the officer after they met at a motel in Putnam, the capital of Connecticut.


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