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Liberia: LEC Increases Power Supply, Campaigns Against Power Theft

By Omari Jackson

The management of the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) has announced the beginning of a campaign to engage in robust exercises that will ensure the provision of affordable electricity to the Liberian public and the prevention of power theft.

According to a press release, the current campaign is pursuant to the LEC’s mandate to provide affordable electricity to the Liberian public and to safeguard its use, so as to, among other things, maintain such affordability.

“The corporation in conjunction with the relevant Liberian authorities is engaged in a robust exercise to ensure the provision of these services and the prevention of the theft of the services,” the release said. In this regard, the LEC said a team has been established to conduct regular inspections; and in the event of suspicion, to allow and permit the relevant authorities of the government to take the necessary action(s) in keeping with statutory responsibility.

The release said, “In this regard, the Liberia National Police, in January 2017 arrested several customers and alleged customers of the LEC, on suspicion of theft of electricity, including the Mamba Point Hotel and its General Manager, Mr. Chawki Bsaibes.”

After a thorough investigation, the Liberia National Police issued its report in which it concluded that the Mamba Point Hotel was registered with the LEC as a customer, paying for power usage, but was supplying the electricity services to its subsidiary under the sole name of “Mamba Point Hotel,” instead of in the name of the subsidiary, Ocean View Residence.

The LEC said it recognizes the consumption capacity of electricity services of Mamba Point Hotel and its subsidiary, together with all of its large power consumption customers, who are paying and have the capacity to make huge payments to the LEC, both of its operations and to provide affordable electricity to the consuming public.

In view of the LNP findings, the LEC said it regrets any inconvenience caused to the Mamba Point Hotel and its General Manager, growing out of the incident of the arrest and handcuff of Mr. Chawki Bsaibes in January 2017, and therefore encourages the Mamba Point Hotel, Mr. Bsaibes and all other large consuming and other potential consuming customers to continue to be engaged with the LEC for the appropriate registration and utilization of its services in order to maintain cordiality between the LEC and the consuming public.

In a related development, the LEC has announced that new customers will no longer be required to pay the US$55 service connection fee as a perquisite for connection. The service connection fee would now be deducted after connection over a period and during the purchase of recharge tokens.

The decision was reached after a careful review of the customers’ connection procedures, and it will afford all regardless of status to access LEC services at an accelerated pace. The LEC said it is committed to increasing access to reliable and affordable electricity.

Managing Director Ernest R. Hughes said the overhaul of the recruitment procedures is a clear manifestation of government’s commitment to providing affordable electricity and giving more people access to the national electricity grid. “In order to increase access to electricity, we are taking this major step by canceling the down payment of service connection fees, which was a major bottleneck in our recruitment drive. The overarching objective of this policy is to reduce customers’ wait time for connection and to increase the number of customers,” said Mr. Hughes.

Meanwhile, the LEC has reiterated that inventories (wires, meters, light poles, streetlights, etc) are absolutely not for sale and anyone encountering any individual selling these inventories is encouraged to report to the management of the corporation, or the Liberia National Police.

Nigeria: Police Hunt Criminals With Crime Reporting APP

In furtherance of efforts to curb insecurity across the country, the Nigeria Police under the leadership of the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris, has partnered with leading technology firms to develop and deploy an innovative mobile app, Hawk Eye.

Hawk Eye is a mobile app that will allow users to report crimes anonymously to the Police by video, voice or text. It was developed by Lagos based tech firm, Web Assets Nigeria Limited, in partnership with U.S. based tech firms BBGN&K, and tech giant Microsoft, along with the active collaboration of the Nigeria Police. The solution provides key technologies such as facial recognition and KPI’s (Key Performance Indicators).

Speaking ahead of the launch in Abuja, the Chief Executive Officer, Web Assets, Kayode Aladesuyi, noted that Security of life and property is an indispensable ingredient for national growth and development.

According to Aladesuyi, “Hawk Eye is a demonstration of the commitment of the Nigerian Police to work in partnership with communities and the Nigerian public to continue to improve the security situation across the country.”

Hawk Eye is a revolutionary technology because of the enterprise tools it provides police to respond, address and manage crimes reported, he added.On the working of the app, Aladesuyi explained that the app is part of a comprehensive security solution that involves the equipping of patrol vehicles with Mobile Device Terminals, providing performance management, data as decision tools and the revamping of the police command and control centres. Essentially, the Nigeria Police, provided with the right resources can now provide effective and efficient response to crimes reported by citizens.

He explained that with Hawk Eye, citizens are empowered as source of human intelligence in the fight against crimes such as kidnapping, terrorism, robbery, human trafficking etc. The system is expected to enhance the community policing plan recently announced by the government to improve security in the country. The project is managed by DIG ICT, Foluso Adebanjo, of the Nigeria Police Force. All reporting is ANONYMOUS, as the app does not identify nor capture the information of the person filing the report.

Citizens can download the Hawk Eye Crime Reporting app for free, select crime type to be reported, capture image, video or call for help. The system uses GPS location services on the user’s mobile phone to identify user’s location for immediate police response.

The System is now available for reporting by citizens in FCT and coming to Lagos in September, with roll out planned for other States.Hawk Eye is available in English and Native languages (English, Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba and Pidgin).

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Atwoli Warns Governors Over Sacking Officials

Operations at the Siaya County headquarters were Tuesday paralysed after angry youth blocked a number of employees from accessing their offices, accusing them of campaigning against Governor Cornel Rasanga.

This follows a directive by Governor Rasanga who publicly asked all workers who campaigned for his opponents not to report to work.

ILLEGAL

A number of offices manned by chief officers and directors remained vacant as most of their occupants feared embarrassment by the youth.

Those who spoke to the Nation asked the governor to use proper channels to fire them.

Deputy County Commissioner Joseph Sawe condemned the move.

“Nobody should take the law into their hands. These are public officers and they should not be treated unfairly,” he said.

REFORMS

In Nairobi, the Central Organisation of Trade Unions threatened to move to court to bar governors from sacking workers.

Cotu boss Francis Atwoli said any sacking will be met with “equal force” from the organisation.

“You will be forced to pay heavily for such evil and illegal action and we will use all available means, including the courts to get justice,” Mr Atwoli said in a statement.

He accused such governors of overstepping their mandate as their decisions violate labour laws.

Governors who have already taken office have promised to effect changes in the county public service to enhance delivery.

SUSPENSION

Nairobi’s Mike Sonko has suspended the board of Nairobi Water and Sewerage Company following a one week workers’ strike.

The workers downed their tools after the board refused to renew contracts of the managing director and senior managers over alleged non-performance.

In Meru, Governor Kiraitu Murungi suspended members of the county executive to pave way for financial and human resource audit.

The human resource audit is meant to flush out ghost workers.

Those affected included the county secretary, county executive committee members, chief officers, directors of two county parastatals as well as sub county, ward and town administrators.

EACC PROBE

The financial audit would be conducted by the Auditor-General and those found culpable punished, Mr Murungi added.

The chairman of the County Public Service Board, Mr Patrick Gichunge, and a member, Mr Francis Kithure, were also suspended pending investigations by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission.

In Tharaka-Nithi, Governor Muthomi Njuki also suspended 1,061 workers in a move aimed at reducing the wage bill that currently stands at Sh200 million annually. He intends to cut the wage bill by half.

EMPLOYMENT

In Uasin Gishu, Governor Jackson Mandago, told the workers: “I’m aware that most of you were praying that I don’t come back.

“Now I’m back and I will deal with you decisively if you don’t serve the people.”

“I almost lost my job because some of you were not discharging your duties well. This will not be tolerated any more,” the county chief added.

In Elgeyo-Marakwet, Governor Alex Tolgos announced plans to reorganise his government, signalling impending job losses.

“I wish to inform you that in the coming days, there will be a major reorganisation of the county government to make it more effective, efficient and more responsive to the public,” the governor said.

POLITICS

However, in Taita Taveta and Laikipia, Governors Granton Samboja and Ndiritu Murithi, respectively, assured county employees that they would not be fired.

“We will deal with evidence, not rumours. Please let us not sabotage each other based on political affiliation,” Mr Samboja said.

“Only political appointees will exit, but the other cadre of employees will continue providing services,” Laikipia county boss Ndiritu said.

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Waiguru Sworn Into Office as 2022 Succession Politics Play Out

By George Munene

Kirinyaga County Governor Anne Waiguru was Tuesday sworn into office in a colourful ceremony.

The event saw the Kirinyaga governor asked to offer herself as the Jubilee presidential running mate in the 2022 elections.

In what was seen as a move to rekindle the succession debate, Ms Waiguru was praised as a person who had made Kenyan women proud and asked not to shy away from going for the deputy presidency position.

During the event, which was attended by Deputy President William Ruto, women leaders said Ms Waiguru’s victory had demonstrated that women could easily ascend even to the second highest national political office.

RUNNING MATE

Peris Tobiko, the Kajiado MP-elect, was the first to spark off the debate saying Ms Waiguru could become the running mate of Mr Ruto in 2022.

“I would like to congratulate Ms Waiguru for being elected as the first female governor of this region. She has made the women of Kenya proud and I have faith in her to bring development in the area and thereafter become the Deputy President of Kenya,” she said.

The event was held at Kirinyaga University during the swearing ceremony, which attracted thousands of residents and guests from the region and other parts of the country.

Former Governor Joseph Ndathi handed over the instruments of power to Ms Waiguru and wished her good luck.

Twelve other elected and nominated women MPs and senators among them Beth Mugo shared the same sentiments as Ms Tobiko.

They urged the Deputy President to take Ms Waiguru as his running mate once President Uhuru Kenyatta retires after completing his second term in office.

SUCCESSION DEBATE

Ms Tobiko pleaded with Mr Ruto to help Ms Waiguru rise to national politics by picking her as his running mate.

“It is true Ms Waiguru is fit to be the Deputy President and she should go for the seat in the next General Election,” said Ms Mugo.

However, Mr Ruto steered clear of succession debate and instead congratulated Ms Waiguru for her election.

“In a special way I would like to congratulate Ms Waiguru for being elected as one of few women governors in Kenya,” he said

He also termed as historic the victory of Ms Waiguru, Dr Joyce Laboso (Bomet) and Charity Ngilu (Kitui) adding that as a nation we were proud of them.

The DP called on Kenyans to shun tribalism and noted that the Jubilee government was working hard to get rid of politics of tribalism and divisions.

“For the first time we have Jubilee MPs in Nyanza, Coast and Kisii. Kenya’s politics is changing. Kenyans are no longer voting along tribal lines,” he said.

CHALLENGE

Mr Ruto challenged all elected leaders to focus on improving the lives of the electorates or be weeded out in the next polls.

“Those who failed to deliver have been shown the exit. Therefore the newly elected leaders will face the axe if they fail to deliver,” he said.

Ms Waiguru, who took the oath of office together with her deputy Peter Ndambiri promised to fulfill all her pre-election pledges.

She singled out poor roads, low returns for farmers, poor health facilities, unemployment and lack of clean water as some of the problems facing the residents and promised to fix them.

She thanked the residents for breaking the ceiling of prejudice and bias against women leaders and promised that she will not let them down.

SERVE

“I shall serve all without discrimination now that the residents made history by electing me as the first female governor in the region,” she said.

Five MPS-elect, Munene Wambugu (Kirinyaga Central), Gichimu Githinji (Gichugu), George Kariuki (Ndia), Kabinga Wathayu (Mwea), Moses Kuria (Gatundu-South) and Kanini Kega of Kieni assured the Deputy President that leaders from the region will back his 2022 presidency bid.

“You have stood with President Kenyatta and we shall also back you to takeover power after the Head of State retires,” said Mr Kega.

Governor Laboso Sets Out Priorities in Bomet as Isaac Ruto Concedes

By Simon Ndonga

Nairobi — Newly elected Bomet Governor Joyce Laboso has attributed her success to the huge support given to her by President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto.

Speaking after her swearing-in ceremony attended by President Kenyatta, Laboso said she will use the opportunity to serve the people of Bomet effectively.

She stated that key among her areas of focus will be unemployment, agricultural production and provision of efficient service to all.

“I am here today to tell you, I have heard you loud and clear. I campaigned on a platform of change and from August 8, we got the mandate to change the way things were being done in this beloved county,” she stated.

Isaac Ruto conceded defeat during the ceremony and wished Laboso all the best as the new county boss while urging all to work together with her.

He stated that the most important thing is for all leaders to respect each other despite the results of the just concluded General Election, and move forward.

“From today please move forward to ensure that our people have been served well. That is the most important thing, to ensure that we fight poverty,” he stated.

“And we cannot do this if we fight among ourselves. I want to urge that you start working hard, let us respect one another and let us move forward.”

President Kenyatta attended the inauguration of Laboso whose win is one of Jubilee Party’s major achievements having been considered an Opposition stronghold.

President Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto’s intense campaigns in the region are credited for Laboso’s victory against Isaac Ruto who was one of the five principals in the Opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition.

The Deputy President on the other hand attended the inauguration of former Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru who defeated Martha Karua in Kirinyaga.

“I shall diligently discharge my duties and perform my functions in the said office to the best of my judgement. That I shall do justice to all so help me God,” Waiguru stated.

Waiguru is one of only three female governors in the country following the recent elections the others being Laboso and Charity Ngilu who took over office in Kitui Tuesday.

In Mombasa, Hassan Joho also took oath for the second term in office, at a ceremony attended by NASA leaders Raila Odinga and Musalia Mudavadi.

“You have once again put your trust in me. In my hands, in the hands of a boy coming from a humble home who never believed in his wildest dreams that such a dream was ever possible. But you the people of Mombasa made this possible. This victory is not ours but for the people of Mombasa.”

More than 30 governors took over office on Monday with a pledge to transform counties, with most of them identifying corruption as the major hindrance to development.

In Nairobi, Mike Sonko took over from Evans Kidero, with an assurance to reclaim the city’s lost glory.

In Kisumu, newly elected Senator Anyang Nyong’o too pledged to root out corruption at the lakeside county, while assuring of accelerated development.

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Uganda: Mobile Money Loans Exceed Shs30b Mark

By Jonathan Adengo

Kampala — Commercial Bank of Africa (CBA) has released Shs30 billion in form of loans to subscribers on its mobile banking platform dubbed Mokash.

In August Last year, CBA and MTN Uganda commissioned a platform allowing mobile money subscribers to apply for loans and save money using their phones. Borrowing is currently capped at Shs1m a month with interest of 9 per cent for a month.

“Since the launch of MoKash a year ago, 2.5 million customers have enrolled onto the service. Over 1.2 million of these are actively saving on MoKash,” a statement from MTN reads in part.

Mokash, a micro savings, and loans platform accessible by all MTN customers via phone enables MTN Mobile Money customers to save regularly, and provides customers with a platform to borrow unsecured loans from as low as Shs3,000 to a maximum of Shs1 million using their phones.

“With the introduction of additional services on the MTN Mobile Money platform, it has transcended the basic sending and receiving functionality to more advanced services like payments, international remittances, saving and borrowing via the phone. We anticipate that the increased penetration will enable us achieve our bigger financial inclusion vision,” Ms Elsa Muzzolini, the general manager of mobile financial services at MTN Uganda said.

According to the Finscope III, MTN Mobile Money was the largest contributor to the nonbank financial services in Uganda.

The additional feature of being able to borrow and save (Mokash), means The unbanked can be served with financial services that have previously been a privilege of traditional bank account holders.

With more than 9 million registered subscribers on MTN Mobile Money, which represents 80 per cent of MTN Uganda’s total subscriber base, MoKash has an immediate potential reach that extends to all MTN Mobile Money customers wherever they might be.

Mobile money services were introduced in Uganda in March 2009.

Currently, there are six mobile money schemes: MTN mobile money, Airtel money, M-Sente, Ezee money, M-cash, and Africell money.

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Police Chief Calls for Corruption Probe At Headquarters

Photo: Andrew Bagala/Daily Monitor

Police officers conduct drills during the pass-out at Police Marine Headquarters in Kigo, Wakiso District on Tuesday.

By Andrew Bagala

Wakiso — The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Gen Kale Kayihura, has ordered the Police Professional Standards Unit commander to investigate corruption at police headquarters.

Gen Kayihura, who was passing out 210 officers from Kampala Metropolitan Police at Kigo, Wakiso District yesterday, said the corruption at police headquarters needs urgent investigations.

“You must start with headquarters. You have done well in other areas but you must have a team that should investigate police headquarters.

Start with the directorates of human resource development and logistics and engineering,” Gen Kayihura said.

Police headquarters is the seat of the IGP, his deputy, police directors and their deputies. Heads of departments also sit at police headquarters. They manage a Shs550b budget annually.

The directorates of human resource and logistics and engineering have the biggest budgets in the Force. This is not the first time Gen Kayihura has accused senior officers at police headquarters of mismanagement and corruption. This is, however, the first time he is ordering an investigation of the police headquarters.

The IGP also said he has been hearing of reports that some officers are buying ranks in the police.

The last major investigation into corruption in the police was during the inquiry by Justice Julia Sebutinde in 1999.

The Justice Sebutinde Commission found massive corruption in the police, leading to sacking of senior officers.

Gen Kayihura said the professional laxity and discipline are causing problems in the police.

“There is a lot of laxity at station level and it was exemplified by the break-in at Kampala Central Police Station (CPS). I don’t think this was a break-in, there was connivance. I have ordered the Deputy Inspector General of Police to investigate. We are going to establish the truth,” he said.

Last Saturday, two guns and six bullets were stolen at CPS, which is the main station in Kampala. Six police officers were arrested for neglecting their duties. The guns were recovered in Iganga District by civilians but the prime suspect was killed by a mob.

Overhaul

Gen Kayihura added that the Child and Family Protection Unit is also going to be overhauled because they have failed to deal with crimes in their unit.

“Women are being killed yet in many cases you find that the victims reported to the police before they were killed. We are going to overhaul that unit as we did to the Land Police Protection Unit,” he said.

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Businessman Behind ‘Ritual’ Murders of Women – Police Chief

Photo: Michael Kakumirizi/Daily Monitor

General Kale Kayihura addresses residents of Nansana.

By Joseph Kato

Kampala — The Inspector General of Police, Gen Kale Kayihura, has said a businessman is behind the Nansana and Entebbe women murders for his ritual sacrifice.

While speaking to Wakiso residents at Kabumbi Zone, in Nansana Municipality yesterday, Gen Kayihura said a suspect in connection to the murders revealed that a businessman in Nansana hired him to collect women’s blood for his ritual satisfaction.

“The suspect confessed that he had killed eight women on orders of a businessman here in Nansana. The blood is to feed his rituals to get more wealth,” Gen Kayihura said.

At least 17 women have been killed in Nansana Municipality and Katabi Town Council on Entebbe Road between May and August. Nine women have been killed in Katabi and eight in Nansana.

The latest victim in Katabi was killed last weekend while Nansana’s last victim was recorded on July 24.

At least six suspects are in police custody in regard to the murders.

Gen Kayihura attacked the media for exaggerating the murders and branding the police as stuck on tracing the murderers.

He said police was doing well in investigations and promised that the crime will soon be over.

The police chief said police would work with Gen Salim Saleh to extend Operation Wealth Creation (OWC) to the youth in Nansana by giving them boda bodas (motorcycles) since unemployment is one of the major reasons driving them into criminality.

“Some girls doing prostitution have told me that they have children they have to look after. They decided to use their bodies for survival. One girl told me she was chased from a home after conceiving in school and she is now doing prostitution. We are planning to help such girls,” Gen Kayihura said.

Nansana Division mayor, Kizito Nsubuga, asked Gen Kayihura to assure the residents that they would be protected when they share information about the suspected criminals.

He said one of the reasons why the locals were scanty on telling police of the people they suspect to be wrongdoers was because they fear to be exposed.

“My residents have a lot of information they can share but they don’t have trust in police. At times their shared information is revealed back to the suspects and that creates enmity,” Mr Nsubuga said.

Gen Kayihura tasked Kampala South Regional Police Commander (RPC), Siraje Bakaleke, to continue exposing officers who dose off while on duty. He said that would help officers to change.

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By Michel Nkurunziza

In a bid to increase internal revenue generation, some districts have started to recycle and make products from waste materials.

This move also supports efforts geared at protecting the environment and optimal utilisation of all resources to create new jobs and boost development initiatives among rural local government, according to Ngoma District vice-mayor in charge of finance and economic development, Jean Marie Vianney Rwiririza.

Rwiririza told Business Times that the district has, for instance, set up a Rwf700 million plant that will recycle garbage and briquettes. The plant is scheduled to start production soon, he added.

Promoted by conservationists and proponents of sustainable development, briquettes are more efficient in cooking compared to charcoal. They can be made from garbage or saw dust, among others. The vice-mayor explained that the district is now seeking a firm to manage and operate the plant under a private-public partnership scheme.

“We are optimistic that the project will create more jobs along the value chain when production of briquettes starts in coming months,” he said. The facility’s initial production capacity during the pilot phase will be about 1,200 tonnes of briquettes per day. This will be scaled up at a later stage.

SERCO Company, which installed the equipment at the plant is currently training personnel who will work in the plant.

The plant needs 10 tonnes of garbage to start operations, but only 2.5 tonnes have been collected since the beginning of the year. Most of the waste is supplied by garbage collection cooperatives, and there is a plan to buy them at Rwf7 per kilogramme to able to attract more suppliers according to district officials. Rwiririza said the district is seeking ways to get more recyclable waste from neighbouring districts to ensure sustainable production. Already, garbage collection firms in those districts have been contacted to supply the factory.

Phillipe Rubayiza, the director of SERCO Company, said the firm will train 15 people to kick-start operations as the district waits to privatise the plant.

Rwanda is committed to the development and implementation of landfill regulations in all urban areas, extraction and utilisation of landfill gas (LFG) for power generation by 2030. This would reduce approximately 586,000 tonnes of carbon emissions and create off-farm jobs, according to the Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA). The dangers posed by garbage will, however, be reduced as districts and private investors strengthen ties to exploit the potential of landfills for economic purposes.

Some of the districts are not only constructing landfills but also target to turn garbage into resources such as energy and organic manure.

In Kamonyi District, garbage is used to make organic manure, while some waste is sold to local and regional recycling plants, Thaddee Tuyizere, the district vice-mayor in charge of finance and economic development, said.

The district contracted COPED to make fertilisers from the waste. Aimable Rwantunga, the general manager of COPED, told Business Times that the firm collects over 50 tonnes of waste per day, and has so far produced 100 tonnes of manure. They sell the manure to farmers at Rwf100 per kilogramme.

Some of the garbage, such as sawdust, dry agriculture waste, and rice husks, are used to make briquettes which they sell to prisons, schools, and military barracks.

“We also make plastic bags from recycled polythene materials, while waste such as papers is supplied to paper recycling plants; plastic bottles are sold to recycling firms in Uganda, and metals are sold to steel industries,” he added.

The firm currently produces one tonne of briquettes per day.

Commenting on the two projects, Oreste Niyonsaba, the manager for clean cooking and biogas solutions at Energy Development Corporation Limited (EDCL), said that turning garbage into different energy solutions is one of the ways that will help ease pressure on the country’s forests and support sustainable development.

Niyonsaba added that local governments and institutions in charge of sanitation are mandated to support such initiatives. City of Kigali authorities recently said they were seeking $14 million to develop another landfill where garbage will be treated and turned into energy.

The project will be developed with support from United Nations and Development Programme (UNDP), Green Climate Fund (GCF), and Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA), according to city officials. At least 300 tonnes of waste is collected in the City of Kigali a day.

Cost-effective

One kilogramme of briquettes could be sold at Rwf30. This is much lower compared to Rwf300 for a small basket of charcoal or a bundle of firewood.

Supporting green growth

Landfills emit methane gas, representing the largest source of air emissions at about 70 per cent that escape into the atmosphere. This threatens the ozone layer and causes global warming.

Local governments are expected to integrate the green growth strategy in their development plans under an ongoing three-year project financed by the Rwanda Green Fund.

The project, that started in 2015, also seeks to help them develop green growth strategies and investment plans to attract funding.

Raila Odinga Launches Truth and Electoral Justice Drive

National Super Alliance (Nasa) leader Raila Odinga says he will not bow to internal and external pressure to move on after the August 8 poll, which he insists was rigged.

Speaking during the inauguration of Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho on Tuesday, Mr Odinga launched what he termed “national campaign for truth and electoral justice in Kenya”.

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“We have reached a point that Kenyans must wake up. Stealing of elections must stop and this was the last time,” he said at Mama Ngina Drive gardens.

“From Mombasa to the entire country, I call on Kenyans to reject a stolen poll. The way Kenyans voted should be respected by the court and those who were defeated,” he said.

He claimed local observers had put pressure on Nasa to concede defeat and insisted that they would not until justice is done.

“We shall not accept and move on so today we launch a campaign for truth and electoral justice in Kenya,” he said.

Mr Odinga reiterated his claim that August 8 General Election was rigged in President Uhuru Kenyatta’s favour, alleging that IEBC computers were programmed to reflect a 54 per cent win for the incumbent and some selected governors.

Mr Kenyatta was declared winner with 8.2 million votes while Mr Odinga got 6.7 million votes, results the Nasa leader rejected as “fake”.

He said “experts in electoral fraud” were the ones who supervised the tallying of votes at Bomas of Kenya and alleged that President Uhuru Kenyatta’s votes for Mombasa county were inflated.

Poll results, he said, were manipulated to give rise to what he has branded as “computer-generated leaders”.

OBSERVERS

Mr Odinga, who has challenged Mr Kenyatta’s win at the Supreme Court, has been under pressure to control his supporters, some of whom staged street protests in the aftermath of the poll.

The demos led to the deaths of more than two dozen people in Kibera, Mathare, Kisumu, Siaya and Homa Bay.

The majority of both local and international observers said the elections were free and fair but the opposition leader maintains hackers infiltrated the servers of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission and manipulated results.

The IEBC has denied the claim and is preparing to defend the results it announced at Supreme Court.

In his petition, Mr Odinga has sued the IEBC and Mr Kenyatta.

Mr Odinga reminded Kenyans that they had fought for the Second Liberation, introduction of multiparty politics and the new Constitution, and asked them to continue soldiering on.

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