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Malawi: Tobacco Sales Start On Exciting Note

By Owen Khamula

Tobacco farmers in Limbe have started off on a good note as the leaf fetched US$1.50 soon after the opening of the auction floors.

As the day progressed, the tobacco prices went down to US$1.00, bringing a flicker of hope to the smoky industry but the main stay of the country’s economy.

However, buyers and tobacco authorities expressed concern over the presence of non tobacco materials in tobacco bails.

Tobacco Control Commission (TCC)board chair Paramount Chief Kawinga asked farmers to stop putting plastics, stones and other non tobacco materials in bail if the buyers were to offer good prices.

“There are some unscrupulous farmers who either buy or bring poor quality tobacco but expect better prices and if they do not get what they want, they end up saying they are being riped off yet it is their product that is of poor quality,” he said.

TCC chief executive officer David Luka asked the farmers to stick to their quota provided by the commission so that demand is high and supply is low to push tobacco prices up.

“We are excited with the start of this season and the commission is keen to ensuring that we continue with the pace at which we have started with.

“We have designed a system whereby there will be frequent engagements with all players not only when there is a problem but to monitor progress of the marketing season,” he said.

Last year the tobacco market was marred by low prices and high rejection rate of the leaf.


Sex Work ‘An Offence Punishable by Law’

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South Africa: Probe of Top Pharmaceutical Company Welcomed

The Competition Commission will conduct an investigation into the alleged anti-competitive conduct of Aspen Pharmacare, the Democratic Alliance said on Sunday.

“It is important that any possible anti-competitive behaviour, which would push up the price of medication for our people, must be fully investigated,” said DA MP Wilmot James in a statement.

Earlier this week, the DA asked the Competition Commission and the Medicines Control Council to investigate claims of anti-competitive behaviour by pharmaceutical firm Aspen.

According to Fin24, Aspen shares dropped after UK reports claimed it had secretly planned to destroy life-saving cancer medicines, as a threat to force countries in Europe to allow price hikes.

The company is already in an ongoing legal process with European regulators, as well as a court in Italy.

“The DA is concerned that the same practices may have been employed here in South Africa.”

Comment from the Competition Commission was not immediately available.

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South Africa

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Protesters Burn Jubilee Primary Ballot Papers in Laikipia, Trans Nzoia

Photo: Moses Muoki/CapitalFM

Jubilee members wait to cast their votes at Kiambu primary school polling centre.

By Mwangi Ndirangu By Philip Bwayo

Jubilee party nominations have been thrown into disarray in Laikipia County after ballot materials were burnt at five polling stations.

The affected centres are Kanyoni, Mugumo, Bungoma, Likii and Nyaregeno primary schools.

They are all in Laikipia East constituency.

At Baraka dispensary, voters tore up ballot papers and destroyed the boxes carrying them.

Jubilee party supporters in Trans Nzoia burned ballot papers on April 21, 2017 to protest the decision to close polling centres before the scheduled time. PHOTO | PHILIP BWAYO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Voters were angry that the ballot papers delivered were insufficient for the high number of voters who turned out.

They were also unhappy that polling officers were using the 2013 Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) register instead of the updated one.

In Trans Nzoia, protesters opposed to the closure of polling centres before the scheduled time burnt ballot papers being delivered to the Kwanza tallying centre.

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UN Human Rights Commission Condemns Human Rights Violation in Burundi

By Lorraine Josiane Manishatse

The United Nations High Commission for Human Rights says it is concerned about the video showing young men affiliated to the ruling party calling for rape against females from the opposition.

Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights expressed on 18 April a great alarm at an apparent widespread pattern of rallies in several provinces across Burundi where the Imbonerakure, the youth wing of the ruling party CNDD-FDD, repeatedly chant a slogan calling for the impregnation of females from the opposition parties.

A video circulating on social media shows more than 100 youths affiliated to the ruling party repeating dozens of times a chant whose message is to “make female opponents pregnant so that they can give birth to Imbonerakure”. The rally took place in Ntega commune, Kirundo province, in the northeast of the country.

Following the release of the video, CNDD-FDD issued, on 5 April 2017, a statement condemning the chant. “Whenever there are messages that conform to neither the morals nor the ideology of our party, we will denounce them. Sanctions could be envisaged. The party’s disciplinary committee is already at work to identify the culprits,” said Nancy Ninette Mutoni, the National Secretary for Information and Communication within CNDD-FDD.

The United Nations Human Rights Commission report indicates that similar larger rallies have been organized across the country. These organized rallies come to corroborate the reports of ongoing serious human rights violations by local and international organizations, according to Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein.

“The Government needs to stop pretending that the Imbonerakure are nothing but a community development group,” said Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein.

Conspiracy against the Government of Burundi

Hamza Burikukiye, Chairman of the collective of associations of people living with HIV/AIDS (CAPES +) says statements by Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, are part of a conspiracy against Burundi.

“This is dictated by the fear of the CNDD-FDD party’s strength. “The popularity of the party in power continues to spread throughout the country. This commissioner does not appreciate it,” says Burikukiye.

Tatien Sibomana, a member of UPRONA party, says every person living in Burundi witnesses the fear caused by the Imbonerakure. He says Burundian authorities support these young people.” They arrest police officers and soldiers, torture people and rape women with impunity,” says Sibomana.

This political opponent warns of a probable genocide if nothing is immediately done to stop this situation,


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Works Takes Lion’s Share of Shs29 Trillion Budget

By Isaac Imaka, Ibrahim Manzil & Joseph Kato

Parliament — Works and Transport docket will take a lion’s share of the next financial year budget, with more than Shs4 trillion, going towards major infrastructure development projects such as roads and the railway.

The new figures contained in the budget estimates for Financial Year 2017-2018 presented to Parliament’s Budget Committee show that Shs22.03 trillion will be allocated to the various sectors of the economy, with the Shs7 trillion earmarked for recurrent expenditure, debt financing (domestic and foreign) among others.

Energy and Mineral Development where key infrastructure projects such as hydropower dams fall will take more than Shs2.3 trillion, health Shs1.8 trillion while security will take Shs1.4 trillion. However, the agriculture budget has been cut from Shs209.7b in the current Financial Year (FY) to Shs195.3b in the next FY, recording a decrease of Shs14.4 billion.

The Education ministry has also remained one of the big earners with a Shs2.4 trillion budget. The allocation represents a 11.3 per cent share of the national budget. More than half of the ministry’s budget, Shs1, 455.86 trillion, will go to paying wages.

Despite the ministry’s budget growing by Shs26.58b up from Shs2.447 trillion, the ministry can’t still find Shs14b for menstrual pads for primary school- going girls in the villages.

As a solution, the ministry notes in its policy statement that, “there is a need to increase the unit cost for UPE capitation by Shs2,000 to cater for distribution of menstrual PADs to girls in primary schools totalling to an addition shs14.38b.”

While discussing the agriculture financing at a workshop organised by Civil Society Budget Advocacy Group (CSBAG) on Tuesday, MPs, farmers and civil society organisations (CSOs) called for increased budget for agriculture sector and complained that the reduction in the budget would hamper economic growth in the coming financial year.

Mr Patrick Katabazi, CSBAG’s consultant, said the budget reductions would not only incapacitate sensitisation on good agriculture practices but also the quantity and quality of output is likely to be affected.

“The wage budget should be growing to the level of the staffing in the sector following the ongoing recruitment of the extension staff. The non-wage budget should be restored at least to the level of the FY 2016/17emphasising facilitation for extension staff,” Mr Katabazi said.

Presenting the estimated before the House’s budget committee yesterday, State minister for Planning, Mr David Bahati, however, announced a raft of tax measures starting in July this year as part of revenue measures.

The new taxes are expected to help government raise at least Shs452b.

Bahati said that although the new tax measures will leave government with a Shs105b hole in the budget– because of the tax exemptions– the new taxes will plug the gap in revenue collections. The key entity in tax exemptions is Bujagali Hydro Power Project which amounts to Shs80 billion. The power projects will, if Parliament approves, enjoy a 13- year tax breather. With that respite, Minister Bahatai said, government will “reduce the cost of power supplied by the project to the national grid.”

The minister also announced a Shs5m levy on the importation of firearms, regardless of the quantity. The government has however, kept the annual gun permit at Shs200,000.

Unfunded priorities

As Parliament goes through the budgets from the different sectors, there is a cocktail of unfunded priorities that the ministries have presented for consideration by Parliament. The revenue shortfalls in the 2017/18 budget were mainly caused by President Museveni’s directive to cut sectoral allocations by at least 10 per cent so as to raise counterpart funding for oil roads.

Mr Museveni’s government has staked a Shs2 trillion infrastructure project to support oil production in the Albertine Graben. The President has promised to transform Uganda from a low income country and a middle income status by 2020.

Further scrutiny of the 2017/18 budget allocations revealed that the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development alone has unfunded activities to a tune of Shs138b. It’s not clear whether Parliament will close the funding gaps in the face of competing priorities in the upcoming budget.

The KCCA’s unfunded priorities are estimated at more than Shs206.5b among which is the budget for the compensation of Usafi market claimants and the rehabilitation of roads works in the city.

In the Water and Environment ministry, Shs90b for the construction of piped water supply systems in the rural areas has not been provided for. In the Public Administration sector, the Shs15b needed for onward transfer to political parties has not been provided.

Tax measures

Value Added Tax (VAT) on wheat is to be reinstated, from which government hopes to raise Shs30b revenue. In his justification for the reinstatement of VAT on wheat, Mr Bahati said the move will “minimise revenue leakage arising from VAT exemption of wheat grain and promote wheat growing in Uganda.”

Tax administration measures are to yield Shs228.46b through strengthening of debt recovery, implementation of the receipt utilisation campaign and revenue from the real estate sector, which will bring an additional Shs40b.

A 10 per cent import duty tax on Crude Palm oil will be reinstated, from which government hopes to realise additional revenue of Shs50b.

According to the document, government plans to bolster the resource envelope with increased collection in domestic revenue from Shs12.9 trillion in Financial Year 2016/2017 to Shs15 trillion in 2017-2018.

The government hopes to raise Shs954b through domestic borrowing; Shs125b will be come from the Petroleum Fund while budget support will bring in an additional Shs35b. Project external financing will bring Shs7 trillion, appropriation in aid, Shs7 trillion and domestic debt financing, Shs4.9 trillion.

Government’s strategy for revenue enhancement will be achieved, reads the document, “through enhancing the efficiency of tax administration by providing Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) with additional budget to invest in the identified tax compliance initiatives.”

Ministry criticised

The House’s Budget Committee chairperson, Mr Amos Lugoloobi and other committee members, however, criticised the Finance ministry over failure to factor in recommendations of changes to the Budget Framework Paper made by Parliament. They instructed ministry officials to bring the explanation next week.

“The question is whether the minister recognises the role of Parliament on the Budget Framework paper because nothing was picked from Parliament,” Mr Lugoloobi said.

Mr Muwanga Kivumbi, (DP, Butambala), also criticised Mr Bahati for “deviating from the Budget Framework Paper approved by Parliament.”

Mr Bahati however, defended the Finance Ministry from the attacks, telling MPs “there are some recommendations that we have addressed in the BFP and there are some that we have failed to address [due to unavoidable circumstances]… we shall bring a matrix of what we have adopted.”


Works ministry (4.631.2 Trillion)

Sector Allocation

1. Works ministry Shs528.942b

2. UNRA Shs3.8trillion

3. Road Fund Shs417.413b

4. KCCA Shs95.605b

5.Local Governments Shs22.840b


1. Education Shs538.157b

2.Busitema University Shs25.585b

3.KCCA Shs33.564b

4. Muni University Shs11.329b

5. UNEB Shs29.819b

6. Education SC Shs5.720b

7. Makerere University Shs134.242b

8.Mbarara University Shs31.366b

9.MUBS Shs22.434b

10. Kyambogo University Shs40.988b

11.Uganda Man. Institute Shs3.521b

12. Gulu University Shs24.864b

13.Lira University Shs7.816b

14. NCDC Shs6.699b

15. Kabale University Shs8.101b

16. Soroti University Shs10.912b

17. Local Govts Shs1.384.906T


1. Energy Shs2.519.140T

2.Rural Elect Agency Shs480.507b


1. Health Shs468.324b

2.Uganda AIDS Commission Shs7.315b

3. Uganda Cancer Institute Shs45.443b

4. Uganda Heart Institute Shs 11.796b

5. National Medical Stores Shs237.964b

6. KCCA Shs5.806b

7. Health Service Commission Shs4.512b

8. UBTS Shs8.877b

9. Mulago Hospital Complex Shs61.437b

10. Butabika Hospital Shs10.879b

11. Arua Referral Hospital Shs5.641b

12. Fort Portal Hospital Shs6.025b

13. Gulu Hospital Shs5.466b

14. Hoima Hospital Shs6.595b

15. Jinja Hospital Shs7.123b

16. Kabale Hospital Shs5.194b

17. Masaka Hospital Shs7.037b

18. Mbale Hospital Shs11.484b

19. Soroti Hospital Shs5.201b

20. Lira Hospital Shs5.669b

21. Mbarara Hospital Shs6.219b

22. Mubende Hospital Shs5.426b

23. Moroto Hospital Shs4.781b

24. Naguru Hospital Shs6.293b

25. UVRI Shs1.661b

26. Local Governments Shs337.570b

Security (Shs1.463.5 t)

1. Office of the President Shs59.2b

2.Ministry of Defence Shs1.8trillion

3. ESO Shs26.565b

Public Sector (Shs1.440.5t)

1. Office of the Prime Minister Shs213.187b

2.Ministry of Public Service Shs22.504b

3. Local Govt ministry Shs285.658b

4. East African Community Shs28.657b

5.National Planning Authority Shs21.340b

6. KCCA Shs35.825b

7. Public Service Commission Shs5.878b

8. Local Govt Fin Commission Shs4.993b

9. Local Governments Shs555.486b

Kiambu County Ranked the Country’s Crime Hotspot

Photo: George Sayagie/The Nation

Narok police boss Paul Kiogora displays some of the items recovered from four suspected robbers who were lynched on January 4, 2017.

By Fred Mukinda

Kiambu County is Kenya’s crime capital going by the cases reported to police.

Of the 76,986 cases reported to police countrywide last year, 6,006 were in Kiambu followed by Meru (5,117), Nairobi (4,954) and Nakuru (4,133).

The figures are contained in a government survey on serious crimes like murder, robbery with violence and sexual offences.

Murder in Kenya is on the increase, according to the survey. Some 2,751 homicides were reported in 2016.

The report puts murder and suicide under one category – homicide.


According to the survey only a handful of murder cases made it to the courts suggesting many are either being investigated or have gone cold.

At the High Court in Nairobi, 184 murders cases were registered.

In Eldoret, the county that came second in registered murder cases, the courts are trying 92 cases of murder.

Other counties with high numbers of murder are Meru (77), Kakamega (55), Nakuru (52), Kisii (34) and Murang’a (32).

Of all the total, 1,248 men and 198 women were listed as murder suspects by police.

“The number of persons reported to have committed the offences may differ with that of crimes reported to police because a person may commit more than one crime or a crime may be committed by more than one person,” the survey explained.


The findings, contained in economic survey 2017, also show the number of convictions for murder is low, suggesting the cases either drag in court or no convictions.

In Nairobi, the High Court had only 11 convictions, one in Mombasa, 13 in Eldoret and 35 in Meru.

In Total 940 murder cases were registered in high courts across the country while there were 207 convictions.

The survey further shows that Kenyans are reporting more crimes to police.

“The number of crimes reported to the police increased by 6.2 per cent from 72,490 in 2015 to 76,986 in 2016. The main categories were offences against person and stealing which rose by 1,121 and 833 crimes in 2016. However, declines in the number of reported crimes were mainly recorded in robbery and stock theft during the review,” the survey also says.

On the other hand Bungoma, Trans Nzoia and Kisumu counties recorded declined numbers of crime reported.

Regarding the war against corruption it says that Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission traced and recovered stolen public assets.

“The commission traced public assets valued at Sh3.6 billion compared to Sh3.7 billion in 2014/15. In same period, the value of public assets recovered stood at Sh420.6 million. In addition, the commission averted a loss of assets worth Sh2.6 billion in 2015/16,” according to the survey.

Path to Universal Education Clear But More Money Needed

analysisBy Jakaya Kikwete

It may be true that every journey begins with a single step. But when it comes to education, especially in low and middleincome countries, we have a long way to go.

Fortunately, many efforts are now underway to help these countries cover the distance and reach the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) of ensuring quality education for all by 2030. As a special envoy for the International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity, I have led highlevel delegations to 14 countries across Africa. On those visits, I witnessed firsthand the commitment of the continent’s leaders to undertake reforms and boost investment in education.

But if the SDG on education is to be achieved, African leaders’ commitment must be matched by commensurate support from the international community, potentially through an International Finance Facility for Education (IFFEd). As matters now stand, the international community is falling short in this area – particularly when it comes to financing.

Even as many countries in the developing world have stepped up their commitment to improving and expanding education opportunities, education has remained chronically underfinanced, with funding levels far below what is needed to achieve education benchmarks.

Since 2002, education’s share of official development assistance (ODA) has actually fallen, from 13 per cent to 10 per cent. The Education Commission’s groundbreaking Learning Generation report makes clear what is at stake, particularly for African countries that have long suffered from education shortfalls.

By 2050, Africa will be home to a billion young people. By 2030, if current trends persist, only one in ten young people will be on track to gain basic secondary-level skills in low-income countries, the majority of which are in Africa. Simply put, we now risk compromising the future of an entire generation.

But that outcome can be avoided. The Education Commission’s report also shows that progress on education reform, coupled with more effective spending, could increase access to education, boost completion rates, and improve learning outcomes considerably.

To advance these goals, the Education Commission proposes a financing compact whereby low- and middle-income countries would agree to increase domestic public expenditure on education from an average of about 4 per cent of GDP today to 5.8 per cent of GDP by 2030, while implementing reforms that ensure the efficient use of resources.

In exchange, the international community would increase its financing over this period, from about 16 billion Dollars per year to some 90 billion Dollars, as well as provide coordination mechanisms to ensure the most efficient use of funds.

ODA would have an important role to play in delivering on the compact. And, indeed, the Education Commission calls for increasing education’s share of ODA to 15 per cent. But even with such an increase, more funding will be needed. That is where the IFFEd comes in.

The IFFEd would bring together bilateral donors, the World Bank, and regional development banks in a coordinated manner, enabling them to pool their resources and leverage idle capital where appropriate. Once in operation, the IFFEd could, by 2020, mobilise 13 billion Dollars annually in additional resources for education in countries determined to invest in and reform education.

The IFFEd would not be a handout. It would support countries, many of which already invest a significant portion of their national budgets in education, in their efforts to achieve the SDG on education.

It is the biggest, boldest, and most profound step we can take to ensure that the next generation is not lost, but learning. In partnership with Education Commission Chair and former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, I have taken several steps to advance the creation of an IFFEd.

The first step was to determine which countries, if any, saw the need for it and would be willing to do the work needed to benefit from it. So, when visiting an African leader, I would ask a simple question: In light of the Education Commission’s report and action plan, would they be willing to commit to the levels of education investment and reform required to qualify for IFFEd assistance? The leaders of all 14 countries I visited said yes.

Indeed, they not only expressed their interest in becoming “pioneer countries”; all of the leaders I met declared that such a breakthrough was both critical and long overdue. Now comes the hard part: turning rhetoric into reality and commitment into progress.

With the demand for an IFFEd well established, we are ready to bring the call for a mass mobilisation of international finance for education to those who can make it happen. We will do so at the IMF-World Bank Spring Meetings this week, at the G20 summit in July, and at the United Nations General Assembly in September.

We will continue taking steps to advance education reform and development where it is needed most. We hope that, before long, the international community will join us, by participating in the IFFEd.

Only if we all work in unison can we fulfil our promise to have all children in school within a generation. As we take further steps to achieve this vital goal, we should be inspired and guided by the words of Nelson Mandela: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

We can achieve a world-changing education revolution within a generation. But everyone needs to play their part. The author is the former President of Tanzania and member of the International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity

Govt, SRC in Talks to Increase Civil Servants’ Income

By Silas Apollo

The more than 700,000 civil servants are expected to enjoy increased salaries in a new plan by the government to improve the minimum wage of workers.

State House Spokesperson Manoah Esipisu said the government was in negotiations with the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) and the Central Organisation of Trade Union to improve the pay ahead of the closure of the current financial year.

Speaking at the Kisumu State lodge, Mr Esipisu said: “The government has not increased the minimum wage for two years and the President favours an increase for this year. So it is something that workers can look forward to.”


Already, the Cabinet had approved a Sh100 billion budgetary increase to cater for the pay rise in the proposed 2017/18 budget estimates.

The government allocation is aimed at making the civil service more attractive dissimilar to previous structure where it was marred with unfair promotions and tribalism.

Mr Esipisu also said there were plans to improve allowances for police officers with the National Police Service Commission (NPSC) in the process of reviewing pay for the officers.

While announcing the planed review of salaries last December, the Sarah Serem-led SRC also recommended harmonised salary grades for the civil servants.


In the communication dated December 6, 2016 and addressed to Public Service Commission Chairperson Margaret Kobia, employees in both the national and county governments will benefit from a review that will see the salary of the least paid civil servant in grade B1 rise from Sh11,553 to Sh14,442.

The highest paid civil servant in grade E4 with a starting salary of Sh292,765 will earn up to Sh576,120 per month. SRC also graded the public service into 19 categories.

Wages and allowances of State officers cost taxpayers Sh627 billion annually, accounting to half of the revenues the government collects.

Wages of public workers is about 13 per cent of the gross national product.

“We have noted in the last few days stories about salaries for security agencies and especially the police and we can confirm that the Johnston Kavulundi-led team (NPSC), the SRC and other relevant stakeholders are in negotiations on this matter and the government awaits final recommendation on the matter,” said Mr Esipisu.


He added: “But it is common knowledge that the welfare of our men and women in uniform is of paramount concern to his Excellency the President.”

Last week, the Nation revealed that the Kavuludi-chaired commission has held a series of meetings with Ms Serem to defend its recommendations.

“It is true that the Kavuludi recommendations on a new police service scheme are what is being reviewed by the SRC for pay rise of all people in the security sector,” said a top government source privy to the process.


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Kenya: Regulator Reverses Its Ban On Night Travel By Petrol Tankers

By Edwin Okoth

The government has rescinded the ban on night transport of petroleum products between 6.30pm to 6.30 am.

The Energy Regulatory Commission, which had issued the ban now says the move has been relaxed to allow transporters to find “safe” parking should they be on the road after 6.30 pm when the ban is supposed to begin.

ERC acting director petroleum Edward Kinyua said the move which was meant to enhance safety may turn counter-productive if truck drivers are allowed to park where dusk finds them, posing even more danger to the public.

“By 6.30pm, some tankers found themselves in populated areas without safe parking. If these tankers were to be parked in such areas, this would have posed even greater danger to the same public which the law was trying to protect. For this reason, it was resolved that tankers on the road by 6.30pm should be driven to the next safe parking point which is currently the practice,”Mr Kinyua said.

The Energy (Licensing of Petroleum Road Transportation Business) Regulations, 2013, however, stipulates that tankers are to be driven between 6.30am and 6.30pm.

An attempt to implement the law in January sparked a standoff between petroleum distributors and the ministry of energy.

A meeting between Energy cabinet Secretary Charles Keter, the Kenya Independent Petroleum Distributors Association resolved the issue.


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Kenya: Contractors’ Bank Loans Stall As Probe Halts Cheques

By Kitavi Mutua

Contractors affected by the ongoing investigations into tendering corruption in Kitui are facing rough times with banks, even as the county government called for calm.

Most of the merchants have difficulties repaying bank loans taken to fund the Sh1.3 billion infrastructure contracts being investigated by Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission.

Detectives raided county offices last week and carted away heaps of documents in two pickup trucks.


Most contractors have defaulted on their loans as payments, including for 89 questionable local service orders (LSOs), cannot be processed until the investigations are complete.

The wide scale of the inquiry means it could take several weeks.

“Most of us are in deep trouble with banks and could be auctioned anytime,” said one of the contractors who spoke to the Nation.

With the General Elections in August, said the trader, the matter could drag on for months if the government suspends financial operations.


Credit managers at Equity Bank and KCB said they had stopped financing LPOs from the county due to rising cases of default.

Acting County Secretary Alex Kimanzi has, however, urged the affected contractors to remain calm.

He cautioned politicians against fuelling propaganda around the issue.

In a press statement, Mr Kimanzi confirmed that 89 LSOs relating to development projects had been cited in allegations of improper procurement procedures and that the county was cooperating with EACC officials.


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