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Ex-Funyula MP Otuoma Joins DP Ruto’s Camp

By Gaitano Pessa

Deputy President William Ruto returned to Busia County Monday where he received former Funyula MP Paul Otuoma to the Jubilee team, as the party intensified campaigns in areas perceived to be Nasa strongholds ahead of the October 17 repeat presidential poll.

Hosting the DP and more than 1,000 Jubilee delegates at his home, he announced that he had decamped to Jubilee and he would support the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The visit by Mr Ruto, who also addressed another delegation at the home of former Budalang’i MP Ababu Namwamba, comes a week after President Kenyatta received a delegation of politicians from Western region at State House.

MISTAKE

Mr Ruto also addressed residents of Bumula in Bungoma County during the homecoming of area MP Mwambu Mabonga.

Dr Otuoma, who vied for the governor seat as an independent candidate and lost to Mr Sospeter Ojaamong, criticised Nasa leader Raila Odinga and asked Busia people to ditch ODM.

“You cannot call yourself a national leader and behind closed doors you are dividing the same people supporting you,” he said.

“Nasa did not want me. Raila will realise that he made a mistake by deciding to take sides in Busia governorship contest.”

CIVIC EDUCATION

Dr Otuoma accused Mr Odinga of being self-centered and using those close to him to propagate his own agenda.

“We want to be in the government. We know we are going to surpass the 35,000 votes Jubilee got in Busia in last month’s polls as our contribution to Uhuruto,” he said.

Busia Elders Council said the decision to support Jubilee was arrived at unanimously following “wide consultation with the electorate on September 5, 2017”.

In a memorandum read out by secretary George Wesonga, the elders promised to deliver 71 percent of the votes through rigorous civic education.

“We are determined to deliver over 100,000 votes to Uhuruto’s basket in the repeat election slated for October 17. We also need to be pro-active and partners in the Jubilee government,” Mr Wesonga said.

PRIORITIES

The elders requested the Jubilee administration to, among other things, develop Malaba dry port, Mulwanda border point, which was commissioned by former President Mwai Kibaki, upgrade Bumbe TTC to a national polytechnic, and give a charter to Alupe University College.

They also requested the government to open Busibwabo and Olepito sugar factories, and tarmac major roads in the county.

Other leaders who attended the meeting were Senate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka, National Assembly Chief Whip and Mumias East MP Benjamin Washiali, Kimilili MP Didimus Wekesa and Water Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa.

ELECTION

Others were former MPs Mary Emase (Teso South), Arthur Odera (Teso North), Chris Okemo (Nambale), Fred Gumo (Westlands) and Agricultural Finance Corporation managing director Lucas Meso.

The Deputy President accused the Nasa team of sowing seeds of division and hatred among Kenyans.

He noted that despite disagreeing with the Supreme Court ruling that nullified President Kenyatta’s win in last month’s General Election, they were ready for a repeat election set for October 17.

“Who is he (in reference to Mr Odinga) to stop Kenyans from voting. The right to vote by Kenyans is not negotiable,” he said.

ROADS

At the same time, the DP said the government would complete the 120km Manyasi-Ruambwa-Port Victoria, Malaba-Moding-Lwakhakha and Malaba-Adunguso-Busia roads.

He added that upgrading of Matayos-Sio Port-Port Victoria road would start in the next six months.

“Sigiri and Mulwanda bridges are on our radar at cost of Sh400 million together with Mulwanda border post that will be constructed before the end of the year,” he said.

Additional reporting by Titus Oteba

Counties Start Advertising Nurses’ Jobs

County governments have begun advertising the positions of the nurses who are on strike, even as the caregivers vow not to resume duty.

This comes after governors issued a warning last week to take disciplinary action against the nurses who have been boycotting work for the past three months.

On Monday some counties advertised the posts of nursing officers and registered nurses in local dailies.

NEW CONTRACTS

While they have opted to advertise the posts, others have chosen to withdraw the caregivers’ salaries.

There are others that have resolved to sack the nurses.

At least two counties – Kirinyaga and Kiambu – have invited interested candidates to apply for the posts.

In a notice in the dailies, the Kirinyaga County Government says: “Successful candidates will be appointed on contract, renewable subject to proven performance.”

It advertised 469 vacancies – five nursing officers and 464 registered nurses.

SALARIES

Last week, the Kiambu County Public Service Board announced plans to fill the vacancies left by the striking nurses.

On September 7, Kwale County advertised vacancies for six registered nurses for job group H.

It also advertised six community nurse posts for a six-month contract.

The health workers are pushing for improved pay, better working conditions as well as promotions.

ILLEGAL STRIKE

Council of Governors (CoG) chairman Josphat Nanok, who insists that the ongoing strike is illegal, last week directed the county bosses to take action against the nurses.

Heeding this directive, some county governments in the North Rift have withdrawn the nurses’ salaries.

In Embu, Kenya National Union of Nurses county secretary Joseph Ngwasi said several of his colleagues had received text messages from a sub county medical officer, asking them to go to their offices to pick up letters on why they should not be disciplined.

“Threatening nurses with sacking is not a solution to the deep-seated nurses’ problems,” Mr Ngwasi said.

RESUME WORK

At the same time, other counties are about to sack the striking nurses, making private hospitals in Nandi, Uasin Gishu, Elgeyo-Marakwet, Kakamega and Bungoma bear the brunt of congestion.

In Nandi County, Governor Stephen Sang said officials are compiling data to establish the number of nurses who were back.

“We will proceed forthwith to engage nurses on contract basis to replace those who deserted duty,” Mr Sang said.

In Murang’a, county director for health Wilfred Kanyi said they are set to advertise vacancies for over 400 nurses who defied the CoG order.

TALKS

Tharaka-Nithi Governor Muthomi Njuki has been engaging the nurses in dialogue and has opposed the sacking directive.

Meru, Isiolo and Marsabit governments were yet to give any communication on the fate of the striking nurses.

Half of the nurses in Laikipia County have resumed work voluntarily.

Acting county chief officer in charge of health Donald Mogoi said 235 out of the 460 health workers reported to their work stations Monday.

CLINICAL OFFICERS

Last month, Governor Ndiritu Muriithi convened a meeting with the nurses, where they expressed their willingness to go back to work but were not ready to defy a directive from their union bosses who called the strike.

Elsewhere, the Federation of Women lawyers (Fida) asked the national and county governments to find a lasting solution to the nurses’ strike, even as clinical officers downed tools from Monday, demanding better pay.

ISSUE

Fida said the decision by the clinical officers was disheartening, coming amid the nurses’ strike.

“Fida Kenya is disturbed by the inefficient approach with which the government has continued to address the problems in the health sector,” Ms Josephine Mong’are, the chairperson, said.

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Nyeri Governor Says Striking Nurses Won’t Be Sacked

By Irene Mugo

Nyeri Governor Wahome Gakuru has said he will not fire nurses who have been on strike for three months now.

He has broken ranks with his colleagues in Kiambu and Kirinyaga who have already advertised for the vacant posts and said he will engage the nurses in dialogue.

He said the striking nurses only need to be appeased, insisting that firing them will not provide a better solution to mitigate the situation.

The Nyeri referral hospital has been running since the nurses’ strike in June.

Though congested, it has accommodated patients from neighbouring counties and from as far as Lodwar, Turkana and Mombasa.

Patients in the female and male wards have been sharing beds while some get discharged to create space for patients with serious ailments.

The maternity wing is also full beyond capacity with new-born babies having to share incubators.

Health experts say putting two babies in one nursery is unsafe.

“Our hospitals are running and I have pleaded with several of them who have already returned to work,” Governor Gakuru said.

REPLACE NURSES

The Council of Governors directed county bosses to replace nurses in their regions who did not report to work by Friday last week.

Both Kirinyaga and Kiambu counties have placed advertisements in local dailies seeking qualified people to apply for the vacant positions.

“I do not have much of a crisis in the health department. There is no need to take such drastic measures when you can engage the nurses in a dialogue for the common good of the County,” said Dr Gakuru.

The governor had last month held a meeting with the nurses urging them to return to work.

But the nurses defied his calls and insisted they would not call off the strike until the national government addresses their grievances.

“We shall only call off the strike when our grievances are met and the unions’ Secretary-General Seth Panyako calls it off. We have the goodwill to go back to work,” said Ms Anne Nyawira, the unions’ Nyeri branch chairperson.

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Kenya: CBK Monetary Policy Committee Leaves Interest Rates Unchanged

By Nairobi

Kenya — Central Bank of Kenya’s monetary policy committee has retained the central bank rate at 10 percent effectively leaving interest rates unchanged.

The committee says the decision to maintain the CBR is to anchor inflation expectations even as the regulator continues to closely monitor developments in the global and domestic economy.

CBK Governor Dr. Patrick Njoroge has said the committee has welcomed the preliminary results of the studies on the slowdown in the growth of private sector credit, and the impact of the interest rate caps.

He says the committee has welcomed the results of the studies and made recommendations which will be finalized in the near term.

Meanwhile, the growth of credit to the private sector recorded a slight increase to 1.6 percent over the 12 months to August 2017 from 1.4 percent in July 201, reversing the downward trend since August 2015.

Average commercial banks’ liquidity and capital adequacy ratios stood at 45.6 percent and 19.0 percent, respectively, in August 2017.

“The distribution of liquidity in the sector is expected to continue to improve but credit risk remains elevated as some large corporates continue to restructure their borrowings,” said Dr. Njoroge.

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Kirinyaga Residents Want Karua to Stop Case Against Waiguru

By George Munene

Hundreds of Kirinyaga residents Monday demonstrated at the Kerugoya High Court demanding that Narc Kenya leader Martha Karua withdraws an election petition she filed against Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru.

Tension was high for the better part of morning as the demonstrators attempted to storm the court where the case was set for hearing.

However, they were repulsed by anti-riot police who were on standby.

The protestors were accompanied the thirty-three members of the Kirinyaga County Assembly and vowed to remain put until their demand is met.

UNHAPPY WITH PETITION

The demonstrators said they were unhappy with Ms Karua’s decision to sue Governor Waiguru and swore to pile pressure on her until she withdrawals the petition.

They insisted that Ms Waiguru was elected by the people and that Ms Karua should leave her alone.

Mr Murango Kamau, a ward representative, said all the MCAS were in solidarity with Ms Waiguru.

“We had come to court to prove that we are supporting our governor who was validly elected,” said Mr Kamau.

The demonstrators confronted and booed Ms Karua when she arrived for the hearing of her case.

But undeterred, Ms Karua, who was accompanied by her lawyer Gitobu Imanyara, said the demonstrators were hired by her political rivals.

CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT

“There is no amount of intimidation that will discourage me from pursuing my constitutional rights,” Ms Karua said.

Later while making his submissions in court, Mr Imanyara said that he and his client were late for the session after they were blocked by hired goons.

“Your honour, as we were coming, we were blocked by hired goons and that is why we were not able to arrive in court on time,” he said in reference to the demonstrators.

Ms Karua moved to court a fortnight ago and filed a petition challenging Ms Waiguru’s win.

While filing the petition, Ms Karua urged the court to issue orders compelling the IEBC to provide available electronic information of the gubernatorial poll.

UNFIT FOR OFFICE

She also sought to have Ms Waiguru declared unfit to contest for governor or any other elective post for allegedly committing electoral offences.

In her sworn affidavit, Ms Karua said the governorship poll was not credible, free and fair since there was cheating and intimidation of voters.

Further, Ms Karua said voter bribery was rife while her agents were locked out of the polling stations.

She observed that tampering with ballot boxes and forgery of ballot papers were widespread during the August 8 polls.

Ms Karua said that the poll results transmitted by the presiding officers to the county tallying centre were based on forged forms and did not bear the signatures of her agents.

Governor Waiguru garnered 161,373 votes while Ms Karua got 122,091 votes.

Nigeria: Betty Akeredolu Takes Fight Against Cancer to Lagos

Lagos State will play host to the Convener of Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria, BRECAN, Mrs Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu.

BRECAN is set to launch and raise funds for its Lagos chapter on September 22, 2017 at the Sheraton Hotel Lagos by 4pm.

The convener, Mrs Betty Akeredolu, who is also the First Lady of Ondo State is leading the Non Governmental Organisation to motivate action against breast cancer in Nigeria.

She set up BRECAN in 1997 after her experience with breast cancer which motivated her to join the fight against the killer disease.

Eminent Nigerians expected at the occasion include; Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs Bolanle Ambode as special guest of honor, Chief Yomi Otubela, chief launcher, Olufunmi Olateju, Guest speaker, Dr Adeyemi Onabowale, Chairman of the day, HRM Awosunle Babatunde, Elejesi of Ejesi-Ife Kingdom as Royal father of the day, Dr Idiat Afebule, Deputy governor of Lagos as mother of the day, Princess Toyin Kolade, Iyalaje, Apapa as guest of honour, among others.

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Team of 100 to Spearhead Kenyatta Re-Election Bid

By Grace Gitau

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday constituted a team of 100 politicians from the Mt Kenya region to spearhead his re-election.

But his appeal to winners in the August 8 election to work with losers has sparked disquiet among elected leaders.

A Laikipia MP said forcing the two factions to work together will jeopardise the campaigns.

CAMPAIGNS

In the meeting at the Sagana State Lodge, it was resolved that MPs will concentrate on leading campaigns in their regions assisted by MCAs.

“The campaigns will be constituency based. I will be in charge of the campaigns in my area,” Kieni MP Kanini Kega said.

The governors will co-ordinate with senators and woman representatives to campaign for the president in their respective counties, it was also agreed.

COMMITTEE

In attendance were leaders from the counties of Nakuru, Kirinyaga, Kiambu, Nyeri, Murang’a, Tharaka Nithi, Meru, Laikipia and Nyandarua.

After the President’s address, leaders from each county went into separate meetings and later regrouped, with each county coming up with a 10-member committee to oversee campaigns in their regions.

“I do not want to be the one to decide who will lead the campaigns in your regions. You know each other so pick among yourselves those who will seat in that committee,” Mr Kenyatta had said.

KARUA

But Narc Kenya Leader Martha Karua and former Kirinyaga Governor Joseph Ndathi walked out of the meeting and did not take part in the teams’ formation.

The two lost to former Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru.

Others who did not succeed in their elections bid, who attended the meeting include former Kiambu Governor William Kabogo, former Meru Governor Peter Munya and former Dagoretti South MP Dennis Waweru.

INCLUSIVITY

The President told governors, who will be the team leaders, to hit the ground running and ensure that every voter in their county participates in the October 17 election.

The teams, he said, must be all inclusive incorporating the youth, the disabled, women and losers.

To election losers, the Head of State appealed to them to support his campaigns, noting that there are many positions in the national and county governments.

“There is no need of bitterness or animosity, let us move forward. Do not be like Raila Odinga who takes us back to campaigns and derails development,” he said.

Nasa Develops Campaign, Votes Safety Strategy

By Justus Ochieng’

The National Supper Alliance (Nasa) has developed a campaign and votes protection strategy ahead of the presidential poll scheduled for next month.

Officially titled ‘Linda Kura Operation’, the strategy will be headed by governors, in coordination with a secretariat that will have its presence on the polling station level.

Kisumu Governor Anyang’ Nyong’o on Friday said the plan will ensure Nasa’s flagbearer Raila Odinga gets maximum votes in the October 17 election.

“We have resolved to push for a 100 percent voter turnout in the coming election to enable our leader Raila Odinga win the presidential seat,” Prof Nyong’o said during a planning meeting with the county’s campaign team.

PATRONS

The governor is coordinating campaigns in Nyanza and Western regions.

In the structure, the secretariat will work with the county organising committee comprising the governor, county party chair, all MPs, speaker, senator, woman reps, and community representatives.

Under the sub-county coordinator (MP), shall be ward coordinators (MCAs) who will work with the polling centre coordinator.

At the bottom shall be two polling station agents, per station, who will monitor the campaigns in the areas and also ensure election integrity.

Prof Nyong’o was accompanied by MPs James Nyikal (Seme), Fred Ouda (Kisumu Central) and county ODM officials led by Prof Ayiecho Olweny (chairman).

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Matatus Barred From Nairobi CBD

By Lillian Mutavi

Public Service Vehicles (PSVs) will not be allowed into the Nairobi Central Business District from Wednesday.

The Nairobi County government made the announcement in a move to decongest the city.

Over 30,000 vehicles will not access the CBD starting September 20.

In a gazette notice dated May 2017, City hall had notified the PSVs and the public that changes would be made on the omnibus termini and routes.

GRACE PERIOD

Speaking to the Nation, Roads and Transport Chief Officer Fredrik Karanja said the grace period they gave PSVs had elapsed.

“We have all realised we cannot keep living like this, something must be done to decongest this city by moving this vehicles to the public terminus,” said Mr Karanja.

He said that they have modified and rehabilitated the terminus that will be used from Wednesday.

He said the terminus will not be parking bays vehicles will only have a limited time of 40 minutes before they exit.

He said traffic jam is normally caused by vehicles that wait for passengers at off-peak hours.

Mr Karanja said there will be vehicles that will be operating in diametric route–moving from one part of the city and crisscrossing through the CBD and they will only stop a maximum of five minutes.

SONKO

“Someone travelling from Kawangware to Dandora, or Ruiru to Kenyatta (hospital) will not necessarily have to stop in CBD,” he said.

The mass transit buses will now ply the circular routes by connecting all termini to CBD and Upper Hill.

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko also revoked gazette notice and letters allocating pick-up and drop -off points to matatus in the city centre.

The points include all streets and link roads from Tom Mboya, Accra, Ronald Ngala and Moi Avenue.

Acting county secretary Leboo ole Morintat said the directive will be enforced by police and National Transport and Safety Authority.

“Maximum cooperation is expected from all PSV operators and compliance to avoid inconvenience and other consequences thereof,” he said.

BUSES

All matatus from Waiyaki Way, Uhuru Highway, Kipande Road and Limuru will stop at Murang’a Road(Fig Tree) now dubbed terminus A.

PSVs from Thika Road and including Kiambu Road up to and including Ruiru will stop at Murang’a Road (Fig Tree) or terminus B.

All those vehicle that operate past Kenol on Nyeri/Meru-Nairobi Road and all upcountry vehicle on Uhuru Highway now stop at Park Road terminus.

All vehicles using Juja road, Ring Road Ngala and Park Road to access CBD will stop at Ngara Road terminus.

Matatus from Mombasa Road, Langata will stop at Hakati, those from Ngong Road have a new terminus at Railways, while those plying Jogoo Road route will be picking and dropping passengers at Muthurwa.

Buses from upcountry will operate from Machakos Country Bus stage.

Sonko Says Matatus Ban From CBD Will Streamline the Sector

By Simon Ndonga

Nairobi — Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko says the re-organisation of Public Service Vehicles (PSVs) set to take effect from Wednesday next week is aimed at streamlining the sector to improving revenue.

In a statement, Sonko stated that decongesting the Central Business District (CBD) will translate to more revenue for the Matatu sector, while at the same time ensuring residents move faster and more freely thus building the economy.

The Governor observed that during the pilot phase of the project, there will be “engagements between the PSV sector and the County Government so that challenges that may arise in the implementation of the Gazette Notice are addressed.”

In the new change, matatus in Nairobi County will be required to pick and drop passengers in specific zones outside the central business district from next week as part of measures to decongest the city.

Acting Chief Officer for roads Engineer Fredrick Karanja said passenger vehicles from Waiyaki way, Uhuru highway, Kipande road and Limuru road will be required to end their trips at Fig Tree A in Ngara on Murang’a Road.

Those from Thika road and Kiambu road have been allocated a terminus which will be known as Fig Tree B.

All the vehicles that go past Ruiru but branch off before or at Kenol town on Meru-Nairobi road their terminus will be at Desai service road terminus while all upcountry vehicles on Uhuru Highway will Park on Park Road.

Public Service Vehicles from Ngong road their termini will be Railway, vehicles from Jogoo road and Lusaka road will be terminating at Muthurwa while all high capacity from upcountry will station at Machakos terminus.

“This is only going to be possible by all players agreeing to cooperate to adopt a new way of operating, especially in the way passengers are picked and dropped, which contributes to nearly half of the traffic snarl-ups in the Central Business District,” Sonk o said.

He further announced plans by City Hall to employ over 1,000 Traffic Marshalls in the next few months to ensure the enforcement of the regulations.

He stated that this will ensure self-regulation within the industry.

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