The Gambian leader, President Adama Barrow, yesterday, Wednesday, began an official visit to Sierra Leone, Liberia and Ghana.
The president departed at Banjul International Airport at 17:00.
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By Ndanki Kahiurika
OVER N$9 million worth of food and N$2,1 million in cash was donated to government’s food bank during 2016.
This was revealed by poverty eradication minister Zephania Kameeta while motivating his ministry’s N$3,3 billion budget in parliament on Wednesday.
He said the food bank has inspired individuals and companies to participate in the war against poverty.
“The ministry has to date received food items valued at N$9,5 million,” he said, adding that the food bank was one of the range of initiatives geared towards addressing hunger and eradicating poverty.
According to Kameeta, whose ministry’s budget has increased by 59% in the current financial year, most of the donated food was distributed amongst charitable and community organisations.
“Hunger is the lowest level of poverty, and the ministry will continuously implement programmes in close collaboration with relevant stakeholders to ensure that no Namibian will go hungry to bed,” said the minister.
He added that youths have been recruited and organised into street committees to handle the distribution of food, in an emulation of the model used in Cuba.
Kameeta furthermore informed parliament that N$2,1 million in cash donations have been received by the ministry.
During his state of the nation address, President Hage Geingob mentioned that the food bank would be rolled out in other parts of the country, and beyond the seven constituencies in the Khomas region.
“About 19 000 households, or roughly 80 000 Namibians, receive monthly food parcels. The testimonies we received from some of these beneficiaries are simultaneously heartwrenching and heartwarming. In some instances, as many as 18 individuals in one household benefit from food parcels,” said Geingob.
The fifth National Development Plan (NDP5), which will be launched soon, states that poverty and inequality persist, despite a significant reduction in poverty from 28% to 18% between 2010 and 2015, with the target being 10% by 2022.
According to NDP5, poverty and inequality are driven by a lack of access to basic services such as electricity, water, education and trading opportunities. In order to address poverty and inequality, the development plan calls for the conducting of research, distribution of social grants, provision of national documents, provision of basic services and strengthening poverty reducing programmes.
Moses //Garoëb constituency councillor Martin David told The Namibian yesterday that 5 000 families in his constituency have benefited from the food bank.
“It has changed a lot of people’s lives. Even those who are on medication, like ARVs, can take their medicine on time because they have food. I am telling you, really, I am so happy about that programme. We do not want people to suffer because of hunger,” said David.
Apr 24 2017 | Posted in Health
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opinionBy Elvis Ondieki
At the end of a brief article on Wikipedia about Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko, readers are informed that the entry is a stub, that is, it needs additional material to make it a worthwhile entry.
Perhaps, if his dream of becoming the Nairobi governor comes true, there will be no shortage of contributors to add details on Governor Sonko.
But for now, the capital’s populist Senator is providing a different kind of headache to the ruling Jubilee Party, whose key leaders are perceived to support former Gatanga MP Peter Kenneth to beat the incumbent Evans Kidero.
That Mr Sonko is audacious in his words, actions and sense of style is not a secret — from punching walls during demonstrations, making a call to the President on speaker phone for all to hear and dressing in the manner of a hip-hop artiste to confronting land grabbers and admitting in a television interview that he was once the “biggest thief”.
Perhaps it is such candour, controversy, unpredictability and perceived common touch, especially among the city’s low income earners, that make him a tricky politician.
HES BEEN A THIEF
Gidion Kioko Mike Sonko is probably the only Kenyan politician to ever admit publicly that he has been a “thief”, rare candour that came out in a prime-time television interview.
And in October last year, he incredibly declared himself to be the acting Head of State –since President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto were out of the country and he was representing them at a funeral in Machakos County.
Mr Sonko captured the nation’s imagination as an unlikely winner of the Makadara Constituency by-election in 2010 with stories swirling about the source of his wealth and his background. Since then his star has been rising, and the nickname “Sonko” has become his official name.
A few weeks after his lawyers announced on the Kenya Gazette that he had switched names from “Mbuvi Gidion Kioko” to “Mbuvi Gidion Kioko Mike Sonko”, he gave a promise to Parliament.
“Mr Deputy Speaker, Sir. I am also in the process of adding the initials MBT to my names,” the Hansard of March 1, 2012 quotes him saying.
“Thereafter my names shall read: Mbuvi Gidion Kioko Kivangulya Kivyatu Nangelesi, MBT – meaning ‘Mkamba Born Town’. Thank you.” To Mr Sonko’s admirers, his style of doing things is the solution Nairobi needs, as he has previously intervened when people are being evicted from their houses, offered “rescue” services to those in need, rewarded achieving sportspeople and adopted needy children, among others.
To his critics, however, his seemingly unrefined methods leave him as exposed as his legs were when he attended a presidential event wearing “torn” trousers in 2014; or leave him as unwanted as when he was ejected from Parliament in 2011 for wearing earrings.
This is a man who had the audacity to throw insults at Governor Kidero during a grilling session before a Senate Committee in June 2016, which led to a physical confrontation that saw the day’s programme abandoned.
This is the same man whose supporters in August 2016 crashed into a gathering organised by Water Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa, who had then announced his desire to vie for governorship, and left everyone scampering for safety.
It remains to be seen if he will win the gubernatorial nominations as he seems confident of doing or he will be convinced in the boardroom to step down and seek other positions.
Apr 24 2017 | Posted in Kenya
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Jubilee members wait to cast their votes at Kiambu primary school polling centre.
By Joseph Muraya
Nairobi — Voting is currently ongoing in some parts of Kiambu County, despite late arrival of voting materials at the start of Jubilee Party primaries.
Long queues were witnessed in various polling stations within Kiambu, as members of the Jubilee Party eagerly waited for their chance to cast votes.
The party members have however castigated their officials over what they term as “confusion and disorganisation.”
“We started voting late due to their disorganisation, “one of the voters at Kiambu Primary school told Capital FM News.
Some who stayed long in the queues however opted to call it quits.
“I can’t stay here for the whole day and yet the process is extremely slow, ” Anne Wanjiku said.
Others in the same polling station wondered why the party had one stream despite the thousands of voters registered there.
“The queue has not been moving for more than 30 minutes, ” another complained.
Voting has also started in Kabete Constituency.
Police officers have been deployed in all the polling stations to ensure law and order prevails.
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By Tshepo Mongwa
Serule — The Assistant Minister of Agricultural Development and Food Security Mr Kgotla Autlwetse has called on farmers to retrace their steps and start planting indigenous field crops alongside open pollinated and hybrid ones.
He raised a concern that indigenous field crops seemed to be disappearing and they needed to be preserved for future use.
Addressing a kgotla meeting in Serule recently, Mr Autlwetse who is also Member of Parliament for Serowe North explained that indigenous field crops were good for field crop production in the country as they could withstand harsh climatic conditions experienced in the country.
On other issues, he noted that beef measles was still a concern in the country. He said it had a negative impact on beef industry citing that in most cases, 10 per cent of beef from cattle slaughtered at the Botswana Meat Commission (BMC) was rejected due to measles.
He indicated that measles was caused by human waste advising farmers to build toilets at their fields and cattle posts.
Mr Autlwetse also touched on the issue of administering ear-tags.
He said government had also come up with a decision that livestock without the tags would not be vaccinated or be allowed to be sold at the BMC.
He said such measures had been put in place to motivate and encourage farmers to administer ear-tags on their livestock. He explained that ear-tags played an important role in tracing where beef came from and who the cattle owners were.
The legislator went on to indicate that government had decided to make purchase prices of small livestock in all citizen empowerment programmes such as the Poverty Eradication Programme, LIMID and Youth Empowerment Programmes to be uniform.
He said the price tag for goats and sheep had been raised from P700 to P1000 while billy goats and rams had been upgraded from P1500 to P2000.
In regard to the P10 million constituency development fund, Mr Aultwetse explained that his constituency had eight wards and each ward would receive P1.1 million for community projects.
He said Serule and Gojwane will be entitled to P1.1 million because the two villages make one council ward.
He noted that earlier on he held a series of meetings with community leaders such as dikgosi, Village Development Committees, councilors and other community committees to prioritise on which projects should be implemented in the villages/ward.
Regarding the project to provide Damochujenaa, Gojwane, Serule, and Moreomabele with water from Letsibogo Dam, Mr Aultwetse said research to determine the magnitude of project and how the project would be implemented was still ongoing.
He called on residents of the villages to be patient noting that the implementation of the project was anticipated to take place after two years after all research, Environmental Impact Assessment and budget had been made. In the meantime, he said the villages would continue receiving water from boreholes. BOPA
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Deputy President William Ruto (left) and President Uhuru Kenyatta at the launch of Jubilee Party at Safaricom Stadium Kasarani in Nairobi on September 10, 2016.
By Nation Team
Two gubernatorial aspirants have quit Jubilee amid rigging claims ahead of high stakes party nominations in Mt Kenya region today.
Murang’a gubernatorial aspirant Moses Mwangi and Isiolo Senator Mohamed Kuti said they had left the party over fears of unfair nominations.
Votng is expected to start from 6am.
Mathira parliamentary aspirant Rigathi Gachagua said he was confident the party would live up to its promise of delivering transparent nominations.
“We do not want voting running into the night, counting and tallying of votes should be done quickly,” said Mr Gachagua.
The political battle is particularly intense in Murang’a, Kiambu, Kirinyaga, Nyeri, Tharaka-Nithi, Embu and Meru counties where securing the party ticket almost guarantees one victory in the general election or consign one to political oblivion.
Dr Mwangi defected from Jubilee barely hours to the nominations.
He cited a plot by his opponents — Governor Mwangi Wa Iria and Kigumo MP Jamleck Kamau — to rig the nominations.
“In view of the prevailing circumstances where emerging information suggest potential massive rigging… I hereby tender my resignation from being a member and candidate for the Jubilee Party,” he said during a press conference.
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Apr 21 2017 | Posted in Kenya
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By Alex Njeru
Some residents of Chuka Town Wednesday night stormed Chuka/Igambang’ombe Constituency offices on claiming that the MP Muthomi Njuki who is seeking Tharaka-Nithi gubernatorial seat and his supporters were marking ballot papers for the Jubilee primaries, which the MP denied.
The residents also claimed Mr Njuki and Chuka MP aspirant Patrick Munene were also meeting some presiding officers and clerks to plan on how to rig the primaries.
Speaking to the Nation by phone, Mr Petkay Miriti who is also seeking to be the next Tharaka-Nithi governor accused the MP of having plans to cheat in the nominations.
“I have reliable information that MP Njuki is plotting to rig primaries using presiding officers and clerks and that is why he is meeting them at mid-night,” said Mr Miriti.
A resident, Mr John Micheni, said some presiding officers who were recruited and trained had been dropped and the MP’s supporters given the positions in order to aid stealing.
“We will not accept some known MP’s supporters to administer the nomination exercise,” said Mr Micheni.
Contacted, Mr Njuki denied having ballot papers or meeting presiding officers but instead said he was meeting his supporters from Maara Constituency.
“I have a meeting with 24 aged men from Maara Constituency who are helping me to pick my agents for the nomination exercise,” said MP Njuki.
He accused Mr Miriti of mobilising youths to storm his office on vehicles mounted with public address systems announcing that he was marking ballot papers
“Mr Miriti is claiming that I am marking ballot papers two days to nominations,” he said.
The lawmaker said his opponents had sensed defeat and are doing everything to taint his reputation ahead of the primaries.
Police had a hard time trying to disperse the people who threated to break into the office and eject the MP.
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Zanzibar — A Chama cha Mapinduzi (CCM) Central Committee member who is also a Union Vice-President, Ms Samia Suluhu Hassan, has asked party leaders and executives to present the challenges that afflict citizens to public leaders for lasting solutions.
The Vice-President made the remarks when speaking with the political branch and district committee members in South Unguja.
The directives came after the party’s Southern District Secretary Mr Hamdan Haji Machano read a report on the party manifesto’s implementation and the political situation within the district.
The report pointed out the challenges facing the residents including sexual abuse, bureaucracy, delay of case judgments as well as shortage of clean water in some areas.
The VP said the behaviour should be rebuked since it did not build the party’s strength but promoted fear among party leaders versus government officials while it was the former who put the latter into power.
“It is impossible for the citizens to face social, political and economical challenges while there are public leaders responsible to seek solutions,” said the VP, adding that: “You are the bosses of all those public leaders. It is impossible that you were the ones who brought them into power and you stay silent simply because there are unresolved challenges facing the citizens due to bureaucracy.
Call them and if they ignore your call, go to Zanzibar President Dr Ali Mohamed Shein who is also the Deputy Chairman of our party.” She also directed the leaders to present sexual abuse cases to the responsible minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs who should supervise his/her officials to carry out their duties.
The VP said all CCM members must be strong with a firm stand within and outside the party by avoiding running their institution (party) on ‘ business as usual’ concept.
She clarified that it was important to implement the concept ‘New CCM and new Tanzania’ so as to match it with the recent amendments of the party’s constitution, made with the aim of increasing efficiency within the party.
At the same time, she urged CCM members, especially the youth, who are emerging in to contest for various positions in the on-going intra-party elections at grass-root level.
Similarly, the VP insisted on CCM members’ importance of reading the party’s constitution and its rules to know their responsibilities, including discussing challenges and coming up with solutions through official meetings.
Earlier, Samia visited construction projects for two schools in Kajengwa na Kizimkazi villages, worth 217m/-, one of her pledges she declared when was Member of Parliament for Makunduchi Constituency.
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By Ouma Wanzala
More than 4,000 participants, among them presidents and heads of government from Africa, will attend the annual Innovation Conference in Rwanda from May 10-12.
African leaders endorsed the meeting at the 2013 Transform Africa Summit.
It lays the foundation for a connected smart Africa based on ICT and access to broadband to improve accountability, efficiency and openness, put the private sector first and leverage ICT to promote sustainable development. Africa will attract $300 billion ICT investment in 10 years.
“This will set the right stage for development in their economic, social and governance sectors,” said Dr Hamadoun Toure, the Executive Director, Smart Africa.
In Education, the initiative is looking beyond ICT as a tool for better access to knowledge and an enabler to impart the right skills needed for economies, such as coding and promotion of sciences related subjects in all levels of education.
In health, technology will enable better planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of health care delivery, resulting into improved people’s quality of life.
In governance, elected leaders are able to better reach out to their constituency and increase transparency and accountability in policy implementation and delivery of their promises.
He said partnership with private sector will be key in implementing the ambitious yet realistic and achievable goals set by the Smart Africa leadership.
“Business-friendly environments are of paramount importance to reach the maximum investment potential in Africa. And this is achievable as demonstrated by several countries such as Rwanda, which has been leading in doing business rankings in Africa for the past 5 years,” said Dr Toure.
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By Jeremiah Wakaya
Nairobi — Orange House has exuded confidence in its party primaries despite a false start in Taita Taveta, Trans Nzoia, Nyamira, Nakuru and Kajiado counties.
The Orange Democratic Party which is embarking on the third tier of nominations Tuesday after a similar exercise in Bungoma, Busia, Machakos counties (Thursday) and Turkana, Samburu, Narok counties (Saturday) is facing a challenge managing expectations of its followers as aspirants battle for party tickets amid accusations and counter accusations of interference.
On Monday, supporters of two rivals camps clashed at the Mwatate CDF Hall in Taita Taveta County over rigging claims just a day before the exercise.
The supporters belonging to incumbent Governor John Mruttu and his competitor National Assembly Minority Whip Thomas Mwadeghu (Wundanyi MP – ODM) also clashed Sunday as Mruttu’s stalwarts questioned the partiality of election clerks picked to oversee the exercise.
Rita Oyier, the party’s communications adviser told Capital FM News that necessary measures had been put in place to ensure the exercise continues uninterrupted.
“The police are on site and everything is in control. As we speak the materials are on the way to the various polling stations,” she said admitting that the chaos witnessed earlier “caused some delay in relaying polling materials to voting stations.”
“In terms of the technical aspect of the election, everything is in order,” she added.
A low voter turnout has been reported in several parts of the county but more visible is the turnout in Voi Town, the county’s commercial hub where most primary schools acting as polling centers remained largely abandoned.
While the Voi Constituency MP Jones Mlolwa has been given the party’s nomination to defend his seat, his colleague Andrew Mawdime in Mwatate constituency will face Chris Mwambingu for a slot in the August 8 contest.
In Taveta and Wundanyi constituencies ODM has handed direct tickets to Ruth Lelewu anad Ray Mwangola respectively.
Jones Mwaruma and Richard Tairo are contesting for the party’s senate ticket whose holder, Senator Dan Mwazo, moved to Jubilee Party.
Mwazo will be seeking JP’s gubernatorial ticket.
The Woman Representative race has attracted Hope Anisa and Anastacia Wakesho both of who are seeking to replace current Woman Representative Joyce Lay who defected to JP to run for the Senate seat.
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