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President Kenyatta Says He Won’t Hold Negotiations With Opposition

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President Uhuru Kenyatta today said he will not hold negotiations with the opposition, saying Kenyans should be allowed to vote in peace on October 26.

Speaking on the campaign trail at Saboti in Trans Nzoia County on Wednesday, President Kenyatta warned the opposition against intimidating the electoral agency IEBC.

“There will be no sitting in boardrooms to negotiate and share government. It is Kenyans who have the right to decide who will be president,” President Kenyatta emphasised.

The President said those who do not want to participate in the October 26 fresh election were free to do so but should not curtail the rights of those who want to vote on that day.

“The same way nobody is being forced to participate in the October 26 election, similarly no one has the right to stop those who want to participate,” President Kenyatta said.

The Head of State thanked the residents for voting for him on August 8 and urged them to turn out in large numbers to exercise their democratic right in the October 26 fresh presidential election to ensure they secure a firm position in the Government that cares for their welfare.

“We have come to thank you for supporting us in the August 8 election and to ask you to turn out in large numbers to express your supreme will on October 26,” President Kenyatta said, emphasising that the Jubilee Party stands for peace, unity and national progress.

President Kenyatta, who was accompanied by Deputy President William Ruto, also spoke on Jubilee’s development agenda for Trans Nzoia County.

President Kenyatta said more roads have been constructed in Trans Nzoia and electricity connection increased now than during previous governments, saying voting for him on October 26 will be entrenching the development trend.

“We have laid the foundations for progress. We are keen to complete the work we have started for the benefit of all Kenyans,” President Kenyatta said.

President Kenyatta also called on the residents to shun divisive politics, saying only in an environment of peace, unity and reconciliation – which are key tenets of the Jubilee Party – can development be achieved.

Before addressing the campaign rally at Saboti, the President and his deputy received to Jubilee Mr Martin Waliula, the Trans Nzoia Ford Kenya Secretary General, who together with other grassroots leaders decamped to Jubilee citing the ruling part’s development track record in the county and across the country.

“We want to assure you that we will mobilise Ford Kenya supporters from Trans Nzoia to vote for you overwhelmingly on October 26,” Mr Waliaula said.

Also present were Water and Irrigation CS Eugene Wamalwa, Senate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka, MPs Janet Nangabo (Trans Nzoia Women Rep), Michael Mbito (Senator, Trans Nzoia) and Didmus Wekesa Barasa (Kimilili) among others.

Malaria Cases Go Up as Over 1,000 Test Positive

More than 1,000 people have tested positive for Malaria in Marsabit, northern Kenya, weeks after the deadly disease killed more than 26 people in the expansive region.

A report handed to the country’s Health Cabinet Secretary Cleopa Mailu also showed that the 1,000 were from a sample of 2,500 people who sought treatment from hospitals in the area.

While presenting the report to Dr Mailu on Tuesday evening, director of clinical and referral services Boru Okutu said the number of malaria cases were rising in the Illeret ward.

He said more rains were expected in the region and, therefore, the outbreak might not end soon.

Malaria risk

“The county had always been considered a no risk zone for malaria until recently. For this reason, we had a shortage of drugs but we responded fast and now we are well equipped,” said Mr Okutu.

During his tour of the area, Marsabit Governor Mohamud Ali listed a number of challenges faced by the region’s health department, among them lack of specialists in the county and sub-county hospitals despite the facilities being equipped.

“Equipment in the hospitals is lying idle due to small logistical issues that I intend to solve by December,” said Mr Ali.

The governor also urged the Health ministry to help him with his plans to establish a branch of the Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC) in Marsabit.

In response to the request, Dr Mailu said a team from KMTC will go to Marsabit in two weeks’ time to meet with the governor.

He also promised that as per the request by the county leader, a CT scan machine would be installed in the county referral hospital in the next three weeks.

“On the issue of specialists, we can see how to solve and make appropriate use of the scarce human resource we have. Maybe, mobile operation can help us,” said the CS.

The CS also urged nurses to return to work, saying Kenyans were suffering as a result of the ongoing strike.


He said their demands can be met but not under circumstances when Kenyans were suffering.

“We can have the demands of the nurses fulfilled but if we tell them that we can do that right now, we will be lying,” said Dr Mailu.

He further said the nurses’ demands can be met in the budget of the next financial year. The CS added that despite this, the health workers should realise that their jobs were a calling.

“The sooner the nurses see the challenges the government is facing and understand them, the better. The need for money does not warrant the kind of treatment we are giving Kenyans,” said Dr Mailu.

Nakuru County Nurses Vow to Keep Off Work Until Government Signs CBA

By Magdalene Wanja

Nurses in Nakuru have vowed to continue with their strike until the government honours their Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).

The nurses spoke on Wednesday evening after meeting their officials from the Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN).

137 DAYS

They said they will not report to work unless a directive is issued by the Knun secretary-general.

Nurses have been on strike for 137 days since June 5, demanding that their CBA be implemented.

KNUN Deputy Secretary-General Maurice Opetu, who spoke to the nurses at Railway grounds, urged them to remain on strike until their grievances are addressed.

“All nurses should remain on strike until the strike is called off from the national level and no one should be cowed,” he said.

The nurses led by Nakuru branch Secretary Syprine Odera said they will not go back to work despite the county government threatening to sack them.


“The visit by the national office leaders was meant to urge us to continue strengthening our strike in solidarity with our colleagues. We have promised our support to the national union leaders,” said Ms Odera.

In September when Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui took over office, he threatened to sack all the striking nurses unless they resumed duty.

He said the situation in public hospitals in Nakuru had been wanting and nurses should heed calls by the Council of Governors to return to work.

Mr Kinyanjui made the announcement after forming a health taskforce to address issues in the county.


The nurses blamed the governor for not honouring his campaign promise to address their grievances.

“During his campaign he promised to stand by us and that he would address our grievances once elected as governor. We are surprised by his recent threats,” said a nurse who sought anonymity.


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Stadium Works Affect Athletes’ Nyeri Training

By Joseph Kanyi

Professional athletes have complained of difficult training conditions at the Ruring’u Stadium in Nyeri as heavy machinery engaged in the stadium’s renovation works have left them with no alternative for track sessions.

The trucks are ferrying soil from the stadium that is being excavated in the Sh250 million upgrade project and have forced the runners to call off training at the stadium which has been left with deep trenches after a heavy downpour in the area.

“We cannot continue training under these conditions. We are competing with heavy, smoking lorries that leave huge trails of dust behind, making our training difficult,” said 10-kilometre road runner Paul Gitau.

They say their efforts to convince the drivers to avoid the running track and use an alternative route have fallen on deaf ears.

In some instances, the athletes have to give way or stop training altogether to avoid speeding lorries on the running track with some nonchalant drivers stopping in the middle of the track either to make calls or to speak with their colleagues.

The runners have either to put up with the situation or move to other counties since Ruring’u is the only running track in Nyeri on which they can do their speed work. Other stadiums in the county, namely Karatina, Gichira, Mweiga and Othaya, cannot be used for speed work since they do not have proper running tracks.

The contractor at Ruring’u, Sam Mwaniki, said he would look into the matter and see what could be done to help the athletes on an interim basis.

He spoke as Nyeri’s Athletics Kenya sub-branch revealed plans to provide local runners with standard training programmes and coaching assistance to help improve their local and international prospects.


In addition, the sub-branch said it would seek to reclaim the Ruring’u Stadium sports hostels.

In a statement, branch secretary Daniel Gachara said that the programmes would cater for seasoned and upcoming runners.

“We are drafting a professional programme that will take care of different events and ages as we aim to field more Nyeri athletes in many local competitions,” said Gachara.

The statement came two weeks after the AK’s Central branch, through its chairman, who is also the Nyeri Deputy Governor Mutahi Kahiga, announced plans to revive the Nyeri Half Marathon competition.

If implemented, this will be the first time Nyeri runners will enjoy a common programme crafted through the AK office.


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Nigeria:Buhari Was Adequately Briefed On Poor State of State House Clinic – CMD

By Ebuka Onyeji

About two months before the wife of the president, Aisha Buhari, publicly criticised the management of the State House Medical Centre, SMHC, for not having basic facilities, the head of the hospital had written her husband, President Muhammadu Buhari, complaining about the poor funding of the hospital, a correspondence seen by PREMIUM TIMES show.

In a letter written to Mr. Buhari’s chief of staff, Abba Kyari, on October 3, the chief medical director, Hussain Munir, made reference to the letter he wrote Mr. Buhari on August 22, as well as two other ones he wrote to other officials in 2015 and 2016 including Mr. Kyari.

According to the October 3 letter, all those correspondence centred on the inadequate funding of the hospital including non-provision of funds for basic necessities such as drugs.

Mr. Munir indicated that out of N290.4 million approved for the purchase of drugs and consumables for the SHMC in 2017, only N29 million has been spent with no amount spent on capital projects.

Mr. Munir, who was responding to a recent report by Daily Trust Newspaper on how state house clinic patients groan over drug scarcity, said the hospital has been facing challenges of drugs availability since 2016.

The director also said out of the N3.8 billion approved for the clinic in 2016, only N25 million was spent on drugs that year, a lesser amount compared to the N73 million and N63 million expended on same item in 2015 and 2014 respectively.

It is not clear if the amounts spent on drugs, referenced by Mr. Munir, is the total released for that purpose by the administrations in those years.

However, the presidency on Sunday admitted the hospital was underfunded saying it received N1.2 billion (N1, 195,257, 021) between 2015 and 2017, as expenditure.

President Muhammadu Buhari at FEC Meeting

The Permanent Secretary, State House, Jalal A. Arabi who also confirmed there was zero capital allocation for the hospital in 2017 said, “while out of the N331 million being recurrent appropriation for 2017, the actual amount released up to September was N91million (representing only 27.54 per cent).”

Mr. Arabi emphasised that the figures are verifiable from the Ministries of Finance, Budget and National Planning.

In her October 9 public complaint, Mrs. Buhari criticised the poor state of the clinic and asked that it should be probed.

She lamented that she wanted to do an x-ray at the clinic a few weeks ago but was told the machine was not functional.

In his October 3 letter, however, Mr. Munir said the X-ray machine has not been functioning for over nine months.


In the October 3 letter, Mr. Munir said the attention of the state house had been drawn to the challenges of the clinic on numerous occasions without any response.

The SHMC director said he wrote complaint letters on several occasions, to outline the condition of the hospital.

He said letters were written on November 13, 2015 to Mr. Kyari; on April 18, 2016, to Mr. Arabi and on August 22 to President Muhammadu Buhari all to no avail.

Abba Kyari

To resolve the funding challenge, the presidency has indicated it would commercialise the operations of the clinic.

Mr. Arabi, the state house permanent secretary who supervises the management of the SHMC, while reacting to the issue last Wednesday said the management will “among other things seek the commercialisation of the centre to boost its revenue and augment the appropriation it receives from the government in the quest for a better qualitative service.”

The SHMC offers largely free medical services to patients in the presidential villa including top civil servants and members of security agencies.

Drugs and consumables are purchased on a quarterly basis at the clinic. However, no drugs and consumables were purchased in the first and second quarters of 2017, according to Mr. Munir’s letter.

“This is why ‘STOP GAP procurement method’ (emergency purchase) was used to purchase N14,786,736 of drugs and N15,000,00 of consumables,” he explained.

The SHMC boss said the third quarter request for drugs and consumables were submitted in August, but “no response was received as of the time of the letter was filed on 3/10/2017.”

Efforts made by this paper to contact the state house were unsuccessful.

A mail seeking clarification sent to Deputy Director, Information in the State House, Attah Eseh, on Wednesday morning was not responded to as at the time of filing report.

Calls and texts made and sent to both presidential media aides, Garba Shehu and Femi Adesina, were also not responded to.

Aisha Buhari

Meanwhile, Mr. Arabi has said “no matter how much was spent on the supply of drugs at the clinic, they finish and there would be a problem if there is no allocation.”

Following the nationwide complaints on the status of the hospital, the House of Representatives has asked an ad-hoc committee to investigate the condition there as well as alleged irregular deductions from the salaries and allowances of the staff.

Zimbabwe:First Lady Donates to Women’s League

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ZANU-PF Harare Province Women’s League chairperson Cde Joyce Kasinamunda expressed gratitude to the First Lady for the programme. Dr Mugabe’s countrywide campaign is focussed on capacity building and entails training programmes for would-be beneficiaries. The training programme is meant to impart proper poultry rearing skills to ensure successful projects.


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Nasa Abandons Protests as It Takes Up New Strategy

Nasa leader Raila Odinga has said he is ready for talks with President Uhuru Kenyatta, but pointed out that they should be on a free and fair election and not a coalition government.

Mr Odinga made the remarks as he announced the suspension of the anti-Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) demonstrations.

He said the National Super Alliance will, instead, hold public rallies from Wednesday to explain to its supporters why a fresh presidential election should not be held on October 26 as planned by the IEBC.


He said his team is ready for dialogue “as soon as yesterday” as long as the meeting is on how a free and credible election can be conducted in line with the Supreme Court orders, and not on forming a coalition government.

“The impression that has been created is that it is me who wants nusu mkate,” he said.

This was in reference to claims by the Jubilee leadership that the Nasa protests were a ploy aimed at ensuring that Mr Odinga and his colleagues are included in a coalition government as was the case after the 2007/2008 post-election violence.

“I have never called Mr Kenyatta to demand a coalition government. Such claims are, therefore, preposterous.

“If it is a free, fair and credible election, I am ready at any time. Nasa wants to form the government. We want a full loaf because we earned it. We won the August 8 election,” he said at Wilson Airport in Nairobi.


In Meru County, the coalition’s anti-IEBC rally was marred by protests from rival youths, leading to its cancellation.

Tension ran high throughout the day as Jubilee and Nasa supporters clashed ahead of the rally.

Youths chanting Jubilee slogans lit fires at the entrance to the Laare coffee factory grounds, where the meeting was to be held before the opposing camps started pelting each other with stones.

Police officers had to use tear gas to disperse the increasing number of pro-Jubilee youths who kept surging towards the venue.


However, at 2pm, it became clear the rally had been cancelled after organisers started removing tents, chairs and the red carpet from the grounds.

Meru County ODM chairman Robert Kathata said the meeting had been cancelled since Mr Odinga and other Nasa co-principals could not fly due to bad weather.

“We will announce another date for our rally. However, we maintain that there will be no election on October 26,” Mr Kathata said.

Mr Odinga and the other co-principals were expected to address the rally in the afternoon.


Trouble started at dawn on Tuesday after unknown individuals lit fires and burnt a wooden dais at the venue.

As Nasa supporters made preparations at the venue, pro-Jubilee youths started arriving in vehicles.

They brandished Jubilee placards and vowed to block the rally.

The two camps threw stones at each other before six police officers arrived to restore calm.


Addressing the Nasa supporters under the watch of anti-riot police, lawyer Kirimi Mbogo said the opposition would not be deterred by intimidation from Jubilee.

“We ask the Jubilee supporters to respect the opposition in Meru.

“We are peace lovers and urge the police to ensure we enjoy our constitutional rights. We are ready to rescue this country from bad leadership,” Mr Mbogo said.

As part of its plans, Nasa will Wednesday hold a public rally at the historic Kamukunji Grounds, Nairobi, to explain how it will proceed with its anti-election demonstrations in central business districts after the High Court ordered the lifting of a ban imposed by acting Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i.

The court also restrained the police from arresting Nasa CEO Norman Magaya.


On Thursday, the coalition will be in Bungoma County.

On Friday, it will be remembering individuals killed in the recent demonstrations in Siaya, Kisumu and Bondo counties.

On Saturday and Sunday, the coalition will have various events that will be addressed by its leaders separately before heading to Nyamira and Kisii counties on Monday.

Reported by Ibrahim Oruko, David Muchui and Silas Apollo

ICC Has Raila-Kalonzo Probe Petition, Will Issue Verdict

By Jeremiah Wakaya

Nairobi — The International Criminal Court (ICC) has acknowledged receipt of a petition seeking to have it investigate National Super Alliance (NASA) presidential candidate Raila Odinga and his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka for incitement.

In a response to the petition filed by a Canadian lawyer David Jacobs, the ICC’s Head of Information and Evidence Unit, Mark Dillon, said ICC will consider the application in accordance with provisions of the Rome Statute.

“This communication has been duly entered in the Communications Register of the Office. We will give consideration to this communication, as appropriate, in accordance with provisions of the Rome Statute of the ICC,” Dillon wrote in a letter dated October 17.

“Please note this acknowledgement letter does not mean an investigation has been opened, nor that an investigation will be opened by the Office of the Prosecutor,” Dillon added while noting that the petitioner will be informed in writing, with reasons provided on why a decision to commence investigations against the two NASA leaders would have been reached, or otherwise.

In the petition, lawyer Jacobs acting for International Policy Group (IPG) argued that Odinga and Kalonzo intended to commit crimes against humanity while citing incidences in which they are said to have made utterances meant to radicalize NASA supporters.

“We have strong grounds to assert that Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka and their cohorts in NASA are planning to plunge Kenya into violence in pursuit of political power,” the petition backed by the IPG’s Chairperson Kenneth Orengo and the Secretary Martin Nkari reads.

According to IPG, the global networks the two NASA leaders have coupled with their clout as former senior government officials could make it difficult for any cases to be instituted, with their supporters likely to turn violent.

The petitioner cited a particular incident in which Odinga and Kalonzo are accused of having incited indigenous Kajiado residents against non-Maasai’s living in their midst on claims that they had invaded ancestral land belonging to the Maasai community.

“There is reasonable basis to believe that Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka, as principal conspirators and part of a criminal organization and enterprise referred to as NASA, have intended to incite and instigate the crimes of murder, torture, persecution, forceful evictions, rape and damage to public and private property of innocent Kenyan citizens and residents who do not belong to the Maasai tribe in Kajiado County,” the petitioner states.

NASA lawyers led by Siaya Senator James Orengo have however stated since the filing of the application became known to the public that they were ready to face any court of law to defend Odinga.

This even as Odinga’s Spokesperson Dennis Onyango announced a suspension of daily demonstrations against the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission while blaming security agencies for perpetrating injustices against its supporters.

“This is a temporary step to enable the coalition to attend to the supporters who were brutalized and hurt and families that lost loved ones today after police and State-protected goons descended on protesters and NASA leaders,” Onyango said in a statement.

“NASA condemns the unfolding policy of ethnic profiling and use of brutal and lethal force being meted out on protesters,” he added while appealing to human rights groups to “take a keen interest in the atrocities” being committed against its supporters across the country.

Nakumatt Store Shut Over Rent, Empty Shelves

Photo: The Citizen

The management of Mlimani City closed Nakumatt’s shop after failing to comply with contractual requirements, including paying rent.

By Alawi Masare

Dar es Salaam — The management of Mlimani City closed Nakumatt’s shop on yesterday after failing to comply with contractual requirements, including paying rent.

Nakumatt has not paid rent to Mlimani Holding Ltd, the owner of Mlimani City Mall, for three months, according to Mlimani City General Manager Pastory Mrosso.

“In three months, Nakumatt should have paid Sh300 million, but it has not yet done so,” Mr Mrosso told The Citizen by telephone yesterday.

Mr Mrosso noted that, the Kenyan retail chain had also been operating below standard with almost empty shelves even as it enjoyed privileges of being an anchor tenant in Dar es Salaam’s most popular mall.

“As anchor tenant, Nakumatt enjoys some privileges, including lower rent because such occupants are expected to attract visitors and benefit other business operators within the mall. However, they are operating below average… their shelves are almost empty and at the same time, they are not paying rent,” stressed Mr Mrosso.

This comes almost one month since senior government officials from Tanzania and Kenya agreed to work together to address Nakumatt challenges.

The meeting, which was held in Dar es Salaam early last month, was co-chaired by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, Prof Adolf Mkenda, and the Principal Secretary in Kenya’s Department of Trade, Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives, Dr Chris Kiptoo.

During the meeting, Dr Kiptoo is on record as having assured his Tanzanian counterpart that Kenya would do everything to ensure Nakumatt and Uchumi Supermarkets flourished.

He said the Kenyan government had asked the two companies to provide it with a detailed analysis of the debts by October so that it (the government) could be able to see how to help.

Figures, produced by Prof Mkenda showed the retail chain had not paid Sh1.6 billion to its suppliers for a couple of months.

According to Mr Mrosso, the decision to close the retail chain’s outlet was not surprising.

“Our decision is not surprising because we earlier met Nakumatt together with Prof Mkenda, the supermarket promised to sort out its problems with suppliers, including Mlimani City. However, nothing has happened so far. Even when we served Nakumatt with a 10-day notice, they didn’t show up,” he said, noting, however, that the ultimate goal was that they should be able to sit down and discuss a way forward.

Apart from Mlimani City, Nakumatt’s other outlets are still running dry and suppliers claim they have not been paid for services offered for almost one year now.

Before the closure yesterday, the Mlimani City outlet had virtually no products to the extent that in places, where one would expect to see cooking equipment, detergents, toi·let·ries and body oils, among others, there were only biscuits. Similarly, while normally one would find a section of the shelves containing packets of biscuits, they have now been spread in one row in a majority of the shelves replacing other products.

Most of the shelves were empty except for those furnished with clothes, television sets, novels and home equipment, among others.

Speaking to The Citizen yesterday, Mr Joseph Mlay, who chaired a taskforce for suppliers of goods to Uchumi Supermarket (another Kenya-based retail chain that closed shop in Tanzania and Uganda in 2015), said the Nakumatt situation was worrying.

“I have just been informed about the closure and I am on my way to Prof Mkenda’s office so as to know a way forward. What is happening is contrary to what we had agreed upon last month,” he said.

He said it was disheartening to note that losses were for the very same people.

“Those of us, who were supplying to Uchumi are the very same people that Nakumatt might also go with our money… .this are discouraging,” he said.

Opposition Nasa Suspends Demos

By Silas Apollo

The National Super Alliance on Tuesday suspended its demonstrations against the electoral commission amidst claimed of police brutality on protestors across the country.

Nasa leader Raila Odinga said the coalition will give the way forward after the Mashujaa Day celebrations on Friday.

The decision, Mr Odinga said, was reached following the death of some of its supporters, who he claimed had been shot by police.


Mr Odinga, in a press statement, also pointed an accusing figure at the acting Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matinag’i and the Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet accusing them of “facilitating security officers to execute a murderous expedition against unarmed and innocent civilians”.

“In honour of the innocent victims of the State, our protests will stay suspended. On Friday, we will mark the memory of these victims as heroes of the struggle for electoral justice at a venue to be disclosed later. On that day, we shall communicate our next course of action,” said the opposition chief.

Nasa, he said, is demanding police to immediately stop the brutality, which he termed as ill-advised and costly for the country.


“The government must stop this alliance between thugs and security officers and the unconstitutional and reckless deployment of troops to annihilate NASA supporters,” he said.

Earlier Tuesday, the High Court had temporarily lifted government ban on anti-IEBC demos in the central business districts of Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu.

The suspension follows a case filed by National Super Alliance Chief Executive Officer Norman Magaya.

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