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Anti-Polls Body Demos Protesters Back in the Streets

Photo: Mohamed Ahmed/Daily Nation

Police use tear gas on protesters in Mombasa along Moi Avenue during anti-IEBC demos.

Opposition supporters are back in the streets to push for electoral reforms even after National Super Alliance (Nasa) leader Raila Odinga pulled out of repeat presidential poll.

The Nasa supporters took to the streets of Kisumu, Mombasa and Nairobi in defiance of government ban on protests in central business districts of the three cities.

In Mombasa, police in full anti-riot gear lobbed teargas canisters to disperse the demonstrators.

Businesses along Moi Avenue were shut as police dispersed the protesters who were energised following a rally attended by Mr Odinga on Sunday.

During the rally, Mr Odinga, his co-principals Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetang’ula reiterated their call for daily demos starting this week.

The protesters were marching on Moi Avenue on their way to the Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission (IEBC) when police lobbed teargas at them.

They scampered for safety and it was not immediately is anyone was injured.

In Migori, shops, offices and hotels were closed as Nasa demonstrators took to the streets.

The protesters, led by ex-Migori MP John Pesa carried a mock coffin of IEBC CEO Ezra Chiloba as they marched along the deserted streets.

Police watched them from a distance and did not interfere with the demos.

The Nasa supporters marched to the IEBC offices in the county where they were addressed by their leaders.

In Siaya, business premises were closed as hundreds of residents thronged the streets.

The protesters, led by Siaya County speaker George Okode and a section of ward representatives, marched to IEBC offices to present their petition.

In an address to the protesters, Mr Okode said Siaya Count Assembly has adjourned indefinitely to join the daily anti-IEBC demos.

Mr Okode said that there will be no formal or informal sittings at the assembly until all Nasa reforms are met by the electoral agency.

More follows.

Reporting by Victor Otieno, Elisha Otieno, Mohamed Ahmed, Nelcon Odhiambo

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State Backs Matiang’i’s Stance on Violent Demos, Says Ruto

By Patrick Lang’at and David Mwere

Deputy President William Ruto has declared the government’s support for Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i’s firmness against violent anti-electoral commission protests.

This comes even as National Super Alliance MPs accused the government of formulating a policy to kill the opposition coalition’s supporters.

At the same time, Jubilee Party secretary-general Raphael Tuju called for the arrest of Nasa leaders following a threat to disrupt the October 26 repeat presidential election.

Mr Ruto, who spoke at the African Independent Pentecostal Church of Africa in Bahati, Nairobi, noted that even though every Kenyan has a right to peaceful demonstration, acts of violence that may lead to loss of lives, injuries and destruction of property will not be allowed.

STAND FIRM

“Matiang’i should stand firm because we will not accept instability disguised as violent demonstrations. We urge our competitors to respect the rule of law and they should know that the government will not sit back and watch,” Mr Ruto said on Sunday.

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He told the Opposition to stop spreading lies during their trips abroad that the country is facing threats to peace.

Speaking at the Multimedia University after the training of 823 agents and lawyers, Mr Tuju said: “The law requires the IEBC (Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission) to open its polling stations at 6am. Anybody who tries to disrupt voting in any way commits an offence and is liable to a jail term of five years.”

He went on: “If anyone thinks they can benefit from an illegality, what law is that? Our competitors are in a corner.”

ILLEGITIMATE LEADER

Mr Tuju described Mr Raila Odinga as “the most illegitimate leader” after comments by the Nasa co-principal that the scheduled poll will be an attempt to legitimise President Kenyatta’s second term.

“Even if we do the election after 60 days, or 90 or 1,000, the result will be the same. We won the election after the mass voter registration in February 2016. Nasa should forget about this and plan for 2022,” said Mr Tuju.

This came as Jubilee Senator Johnson Sakaja (Nairobi) and members of the National Assembly Kanini Kega (Kieni) and John Kiarie (Dagoretti South), who had accompanied the Deputy President on Sunday, urged President Uhuru Kenyatta to sign the controversial Election Laws (Amendment) Bill into law.

Mr Sakaja and Mr Kega were optimistic that the President will secure a resounding victory in the fresh election. “We have changed the law to ensure clarity in the elections and we are asking the President to sign the bill into law,” said Mr Sakaja.

POLICY

The bill, which was passed in the National Assembly and the Senate last week, proposes, among other things, that in the absence of the IEBC chairperson and vice-chairperson, any commissioner shall announce the winner in a presidential election.

The Constitution requires only the commission chairperson to perform this role.

On Saturday, some opposition lawmakers, led by Siaya Senator James Orengo, accused Dr Matiang’i and Inspector-General of Police Joseph Boinnet of formulating a policy to kill and maim Nasa demonstrators.

Mr Orengo invited Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, among other lobbies, to investigate the killings with a view to charging Dr Matiang’i and Mr Boinnet with genocide committed against unarmed protesters.

Citizens Remember Their Country’s Founder Nyerere

opinionBy Anaclet Rwegayura

Tanzanians this week are commemorating the life of their nation’s founder Mwalimu Julius Kambarage Nyerere. They do it not by grieving but contemplating and discussing the legacy he left behind 18 years ago.

Since Mwalimu Julius Kambarage Nyerere’s deathin 1999, Tanzania’s population has shot up and many young people, who constitute half of population, never saw the man in his lifetime. Others, who are in leadership positions, young as well, only reach out to people to share stories they have read about Tanzania’s first president though they may have a remote memory of him.

Nyerere’s global standing for justice, equal humanity and egalitarian economic policies still holds today. His passing is commemorated every year in Tanzania with academics, politicians and development analysts debating and mulling over his ideology, which put national interests first, while they, at the same time, reflect on the nation’s future.

The elderly, who were close to the humble and modest national leader, sometimes express anguish over what transpired under Nyerere’s successors. They claim there was no real continuity of what he extolled to overcome social, political and economic problems.

Following his death, Tanzania crashed and his success quickly descended into chaos. The country got swept away from Nyerere’s socialist principles by the storm of globalization, liberalization and privatization of the world economy.

Mushrooming mass media, not to mention their professional inefficiency, started directing public attention while the powers that be obviously failed to pass correct information to the press.

A fish out of water

Obviously, Tanzania was like a fish out of water. It found itself adopting policy measures, including legislation, which in some ways were controversial. Wealthy foreigners who had the money and the means took the opportunity to invest in the country to create new wealth, but for their own gain.

Addressing delegates at the 33rd Annual General Meeting of the Association of Local Authorities of Tanzania on October 3, President John Magufuli expressed bitterness about the way primary interests of the nation were overlooked in government contracts with foreign mining firms.

President Magufuli has been accused of governing in an increasingly authoritarian style, as members of the opposition become concerned for their safety. (08.09.2017)

It looks as if Tanzania’s push to get its citizens and foreign investors to pay more taxes and reduce donor dependency is working, writes Anaclet Rwegayura. (20.07.2017)

In his view, many contracts signed by preceding administrations would cause disorder. Having that in mind, Magufuli recently took action to amend the legislation on mining in order to ensure the country benefits from its natural resources.

“We have been doing things in imitation of others. We simply copy and paste,” he remarked, stating that the original legislation passed by Nyerere to manage the mining sector was perfect and had taken national interests into account. “I am not blaming anybody, but I must always tell the truth.”

In July 2017, the National Assembly passed new laws to raise mining taxes and to require mining firms to renegotiate their deals. Under the legislation, the state will control not less than 50 percent interest in mining companies. Magufuli wasted no time to put his signature on the law.

Despite some human mistakes, Nyerere took for his compatriots what many are now convinced were the right steps. Comparing him with those who assumed the mantle of the presidency after he stepped down in 1985, Tanzanians have said Nyerere was unique and close to ordinary citizens.

His uniqueness was in his lifestyle and in the strategies he advocated and put in place as matters of principle. True to his religion, Nyerere extolled justice and peace wherever he went. He denounced violence, describing it as “a confession of failure” because it “does not solve the basic problem of injustice nor put suffering in a positive context.”

Now in Magufuli, some people say there is a trait of Nyerere’s that gives them hope and optimism about the future of the nation. Others describe him as a rare person sent by God to remind Tanzanian citizens of their responsibility to the nation and of their own dignity.

President Kenyatta Approves Budget for Repeat Poll

President Uhuru Kenyatta has signed into law the Supplementary budget that allocates Sh12 billion for October 26 fresh presidential poll and Sh 25 billion for free secondary education that kicks off in January next year.

The Supplementary Appropriation (No. 3) Act, 2017, also allocates Kshs 6.7 billion for maize subsidy to ensure Kenyans continue to get the staple food at affordable prices.

DROUGHT FUND

Other provisions of the Act includes Sh6.7 billion set aside for the Inua Jamii cash transfer programme that caters for senior citizens aged 70 years and above. The supplementary budget Act also allocates Sh4 billion for security operations as well as Sh3.9 billion for drought mitigation.

Deputy President William Ruto, National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale and Solicitor General Njee Muturi witnessed the signing of the Bill presented to the President for his signature by National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi at State House, Nairobi.

Also present were Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua, Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka, Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich and PS Kamau Thugge among others.

Although Nasa leader Raila Odinga pulled out of the fresh presidential race, plunging the country into an election crisis, Kipkelion East MP Joseph Limo, who chaired a special House committee that processed the supplementary budget, said preparations must go.

The signing comes as the Opposition carried on with protests against the poll agency.

They are pushing for systems and personnel changes at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission before repeat presidential election, including the dropping of Dubai-based ballots printer Al Ghurair and French technology supplier OT-Morpho.

Nasa also wants IEBC CEO Ezra Chiloba and 10 other top officials accused of bungling August 8 poll , which was quashed by the Supreme Court, shown the door.

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Nigeria:Govt to Review Power Sector Privatisation

By Ndubuisi Francis

Abuja — The federal government disclosed Thursday that it is considering a review of the power sector privatisation, commencing with the 11 electricity distribution companies (Discos) in the country.

The Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, unveiled government’s new thinking in Abuja at the question and answer session with journalists, which drew the curtains on the 23rd Nigeria Economic Summit (NES) organised by the Nigeria Economic Summit Group (NESG) in collaboration with the Ministry of Budget and National Planning.

Ahmed stated that the government and other stakeholders had come to the realisation that something critical needed to be done quickly in the power sector.

The review of the power sector privatisation, she stated, would commence with the Discos.

Ahmed said: “The power sector has been privatised but I’m sure every Nigerian can attest to the fact that the privatisation has not worked well, in the sense of what we sought to achieve in terms of power efficiency.

“It has not yet happened. We have now come to the point where government which is a stakeholder in the power sector and other stakeholders must come together and decide and cede some of their holdings to new investors that will inject new funding; investors that have the expertise to grow the power sector that will serve Nigerians.”

She continued: “It’s a process that is on-going, it involves negotiating with the existing owners and also with the government in deciding the right level of holdings that will go up for another round of sale.

“The privatisation has not worked out. We discovered that many of the companies are indebted to the banks, making it difficult for them to make fresh investments in their infrastructure.

“All stakeholders must come together to grow the sector, especially in discussing with the existing owners.”

The minister explained that before any new investment is made in the sector, the contentious issue of tariffs must also be discussed and agreed by all stakeholders in order to attract new investors.

Explaining the government’s thinking to attract fresh investments in the power sector, given the tariff quagmire, she said: “We said the power sector would be opened up to new investors. But it’s very clear that many won’t be convinced with the level of tariff.

“That’s a discussion that has to be held with the new investors. It’s very clear to us that the level of tariffs that we have now is not sustainable but where the tariffs will go will be the subject of negotiations between the government, the existing investors, the new investors and consumers.

“We will try to attain some optimal level that will make an impact on the tariff structure. The starting point will be the Discos.”

On the 2018 budget proposals, the minister said her ministry was ready to meet the October deadline it announced earlier for its submission to the National Assembly.

“The 2018 budget will be presented to the National Assembly in October and we are still on course. The budget is ready, it will be going to the Federal Executive Council (FEC) first of all for approval before Mr. President now conveys it to the National Assembly.

“We are on course to deliver the 2018 budget in October. We hope that working together with the National Assembly, the 2018 budget will be passed on time in December so that in January, we can start with a fresh budget going forward,” the minister said.

On the federal government’s domestic borrowings which is crowding out the private sector, the minister said government had reviewed its loan strategies.

“Government does not go to borrow at 20 per cent. The market actually determines the borrowing, but the point we are making is that because government is borrowing heavily, the financial sector is now concentrating on lending to the government and the private sector gets little or no attention at all.

“Why would the financial sector want to lend when they can buy Treasury Bills at 22 per cent? So we have come to the conclusion that government must reduce its domestic borrowing to free the space so that the financial sector is enabled to borrow to the private sector,” she explained.

On the NES as a platform for the exchange of ideas on the economy between the private and public sectors, she said recommendations arising from the summit would continue to form the nucleus of government’s policies.

“The NES has become a tradition; an institution, if you like, and every year we look forward to it. This is a summit that is undertaken in partnership with the NESG, the Ministry of Budget and National Planning, and indeed the government,” she said.

This year’s summit with the theme: “Opportunities, Productivity & Employment – Actualising the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan,” the minister noted had intense deliberations for three days.

“We had discussions that centred around strengthening skills and competency, access to finance; we also had discussions around the legislation required to unlock opportunities to grow the economy,” she said.

She added that at the end of it, “we have a summit report, a draft of which has been handed over to us today to government”.

“We will begin to work again in partnership with the NESG and its organised committees on how to address all of the various recommendations that have come out of this session,” she explained.

Responding to a question on the chaotic traffic situation in Apapa, Lagos, the minister said the reconstruction of very critical roads in the port city had been approved.

She stated that the level of degeneration of the roads in Apapa had led to recommendations for total reconstruction, noting that the federal government was determined to do so.

On what the government was doing to ensure optimal performance of the ministers, she said a monthly performance chart with set targets had been prepared by her ministry.

She said there would be consequences for failure to meet set targets.

Also speaking at the event, Mr. Nnanna Ude of the National Assembly Business Environment Roundtable (NASSBER) described the consensus reached at NES 2017 as fruitful, calling for quick legislative actions on them.

He said: “There are pending bills and we always try to carry out the economic impact on them. For instance, the Competition Bill has the capacity to create 381,000 jobs annually, generate revenue of N148.3 billion yearly.

“It will also lead to a 10 per cent reduction in the prices of goods. For the National Transportation Commission Bill, it will also boost job creation and government revenue.”

Election Laws Await Kenyatta Assent After Senate Approval

By Davis Ayega

Nairobi — Two Bills making amendments to electoral laws now await presidential assent after the Senate agreed with the National Assembly which passed the two Bills on Wednesday.

Senators approved the Election Offences Amendment Bill and the Elections Laws Amendment Bill without making any changes.

The laws will now be transmitted back to the National Assembly which is the originator of the Bills for onward transmission to President Uhuru Kenyatta to give assent.

The Bills were passed even as Opposition lawmakers snubbed the Thursday afternoon session.

The Head of State is on record stating that he will assent to the election laws once passed by Parliament, saying the Bills seal loopholes that may lead to future annulment of a presidential election.

The laws require electoral management officials who fail to do their work in accordance with the laid down regulations to face a penalty of Sh2 million and a five year jail term.

On the transmission of the results, the bill gives manual transmitted results prominence over the electronic mode of transmission.

The bill also provides that a presidential candidate who remains in race after the withdrawal of his or her opponent will be declared President-elect.

Earlier on Thursday morning, a Special Senate Committee formed on a short notice to analyse the controversial electoral laws wrapped up its public hearings.

The bills were passed in both Houses of Parliament despite Opposition from western diplomats and other key stakeholders who had asked the lawmakers to shelve the legislation of the laws.

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Muturi Quashes Mbadi’s Nomination as Minority Leader

By Davis Ayega

Nairobi — National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi has quashed the nomination of Suba East MP John Mbadi as the House Minority Leader, saying due process was not followed.

In his communication to the House, Muturi directed the NASA Coalition to re-submit their fresh list of leaders by November 17 when the House resumes from recess.

The Speaker explained that he took the action after he had received conflicting letters from the NASA-affiliate parties over the alliance’s House leadership.

Muturi further issued guidance that he will only receive official communication from the Minority Whip.

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Why Women Should Remember Mwl Nyerere

opinionBy Sauli Giliard

THIS has been ‘The Mwalimu Julius Nyerere week’. As the nation is set to commemorate the 18th anniversary since Mwalimu Julius Nyerere departed on October 14, 1999, a lot have been discussed about him in his legacy.

The Arusha Declaration has been part and parcel of the discussions in radio and Television stations and feature articles in local newspapers written.

The 1967 declaration, famously known as ‘Azimio la Arusha’ contained the key features of socialism and Mwalimu Nyerere, the founding father of the nation’s philosophical point of view is well contained in it.

Though former Tanzania Assembly Speaker, Pius Msekwa says there are some weaknesses during the implementation of Socialism and Self-reliance backed by the Arusha Declaration, he admits that there are a lot to learn and still to be implemented.

Decades have passed since the Arusha Declaration came into effect as the nation has been commemorating 18th anniversary since Mwalimu Nyerere passed away in London Hospital, United Kingdom.

Currently, right groups in the country have invested heavily in supporting gender parity movements in the country. Education, economic empowerment, domestic violence and gender based budget have been top on its agenda.

On the other side, Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan has been very supportive to women on the right movement geared towards rescuing women from all forms of segregation.

However, did Mwalimu Nyerere’s brain child-Azimio la Arusha laid foundation for women rights? Examining the content of the Arusha Declaration, the Tanganyika African National Union (TANU) had stipulated principles that entail a lot about the women’s rights.

In this article, some of these principles are going to be discussed in relation to gender movements in the country.

It was declared that “all human beings are equal” and the Arusha Declaration believed that there should not be segregation in respect to their sex, religion and tribe affiliation. Hence, in accessing social services, or utilizing available resources available in the country, women were not been left behind in the declaration.

Therefore, gender movements aimed at bringing equality should be ongoing process, until all traditional forms which act as obstacles toward eradicating gender inequality in the society being addressed. For many years now, Tanzania has been struggling for women empowerment on economic, social and political spheres. As of now, women are seeking a 50-50 per cent of representation in the Parliament.

It was during Mwalimu Nyerere tenure that it was declared through the Arusha Declaration of 1967 that “every citizen is an integral part of the nation and has the right to take an equal part in government at local, regional and national levels.” The term “citizen” does not omit woman.

Mwalimu Nyerere treated all human beings equally, hence the 50-50 demand of representation in the Parliament or any posts in the public and even private sector can also be traced from the Arusha Declaration.

“Every individual has a right to dignity and respect,” is another loaded phrase proclaimed in the 1967’s declaration. Everyone needs to be respected regardless of gender, religion or tribe affiliation. There are some traditions that affect women causing endless domestic violence in the community.

Stakeholders from both public and private institutions should spearhead to build the society that treats woman with respect and dignity.

The Arusha Declaration stated that all citizens together should own all the natural resources in the country in trust for their descendants. But in this context, land has been a contentious issue in many tribes in the country and left women behind in owning it.

Women have mostly been engaged in agricultural activities, but denied the land ownership. Rights’ activists have been fighting for this for many years in vain. Though, there have been positive outcome out of the movement seen in some tribes, where women have been allowed to own land for agriculture and other economic activities. In both formal and informal sector, women are earning little in comparison to their counterparts, men.

A CNBC feature titled “Men still earn more than women with the same jobs,” published last year states that studies have shown that even when a woman has the same level of education with a man, the latter can be paid higher.

“Even when comparing the sexes with the same job title in the same company and using similar education and experience, the gender pay gap still persists: Men earned 2.4 percent more than women on average, down slightly from last year,” PayScale was quoted by the CNBC. Since inequality in pay between men and women has been a global issue, TANU spotted this and insisted on economic justice for all.

It is the role of the leaders and local activists now to team up and make sure that everyone in the society enjoys basic human rights and women’s position recognized in the society not as mere observers.

Election Laws Bill Await Kenyatta Assent After Approval By Senate

By Ibrahim Oruko

The Election Laws (Amendments) Bill 2017 is to be sent to the president for assent after the two Houses passed it.

The National Assembly passed the bill on Wednesday and send it to the Senate.

The Senate passed the bill without amendments and returned it to the National Assembly Thursday evening, paving way for presidential assent.

Temporary Speaker Chris Omulele delivered the news of the return of the bill to the National Assembly as members were debating an adjournment motion.

He promised Speaker Justin Muturi will forward it to President Uhuru Kenyatta for assent.

President Kenyatta had earlier this week said he will sign the bill once it is passed by Parliament.

ADJOURN

The two Houses have adjourned and will resume business on November 7.

The National Assembly passed the bill on Wednesday with seven amendments arising from submission following the public hearings conducted by the parliamentary select committees of both Houses.

Should the president assent to the bill, the vice chair of the commission will now take over in acting capacity in the event there is a vacancy in the office of the chairman or when the chairman is absent.

Further, IEBC will be forced to transmit results of the elections electronically and manually deliver them to the constituency and national tallying centers.

Another amendments states that a court shall not declare an election void for non-compliance with the law if it appears that the election was conducted in accordance with the principles laid down in the Constitution and that the non-compliance did not substantially affect the result of the election.

The financial penalties on election officials who fail to do their job will also be doubled from Sh1 million to Sh2 million in addition to a five-year jail term.

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Nakuru Governor Kinyanjui Unveils Cabinet

By Francis Mureithi

Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui on Thursday unveiled a list of 10 county executive nominees.

Among those selected include Mr Kinyanjui’s close aide Mr Raymond Komen Kimutai, who has been proposed for the position of Education, ICT and e-government.

Mr Komen served as the Chief of Staff under former governor Kinuthia Mbugua administration before he was sacked in controversial circumstances.

TASK FORCE

Also appointed is former Health executive member in Kiambu County, Dr Jonah Manjari Mwangi. He will head the Health docket.

Dr Manjari is coming at a time when a Health Task Force appointed by Mr Kinyanjui released its findings and painted a gloom picture of the sector.

While releasing the names, Mr Kinyanjui said Dr Manjari is a resident of Nakuru County and hails from Naivasha.

Another notable nominee is the Kenya Agricultural Livestock and Research Organisation (Karlo) Centre Director at Njoro Food Centre, Dr Immaculate Njuthe Maina. She has been nominated to head the Agriculture docket.

The head of Health, Safety and Environment in charge of the Western Region at the Kenya Pipeline Company Ms Lucy Wanjiku Kariuki is the nominee for the Lands, Housing and Physical Planning docket.

COUNTY COMMISSIONER

The Deputy County Commissioner in Turkana Mr Lawrence Mwangangi Mwania has been nominated to become the next executive member in charge of Public Service, Training and Devolution.

The former Chief Executive officer of Britam Insurance Company and Real Insurance Company Mr Joseph Wainaina Kiuna has been nominated for the position of Finance and Economic Planning docket.

The regional Roads Engineer at the Kenya Rural Roads Authority (KERRA) Mr Joseph Irungu Mburu is the nominee for the Infrastructure.

Nakuru County Senior Public Health Officer in charge of development Control Ms Halima Gababa Abdullahi has been proposed for the position of Youth, Culture, Gender, Sports and Social Services.

The Manager in charge of Water Treatment Division at Davis and Shartliff Limited and former Managing Director Kericho Water and Sanitation Company Mr Festus Ng’eno has been proposed for the executive position in charge of Water, Environment, Energy and Natural Resources.

ASPIRANT

The Kuresoi South parliamentary aspirant Dr Peter Evans Kiplangat has been proposed for the position of Trade, Industry, Marketing and Tourism.

Mr Kinyanjui said he has submitted the list to the county assembly for vetting.

“I hope that within reasonable time, the assembly will approve the list so that we can start service delivery to Nakuru residents,” said Mr Kinyanjui.

He said he has appointed three women to his cabinet and three others represent the minority.

Mr Kinyanjui said his government is working round the clock to submit a list of chief officers to the assembly.

“The chief officers list will be submitted to the assembly on Thursday next week,” said Mr Kinyanjui.

He said he was optimistic that the assembly will approve his nominees.

“My list of nominees has respected professionals in their respective fields and we expect no challenge at the assembly,” said the governor.

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