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Senator Peter Mositet Ditches Jubilee

By Joseph Ngunjiri

Kajiado senator Peter Mositet has ditched Jubilee party.

The Senator lost in the party’s nominations to a newcomer – Philip Mpaayei.

In the later dated April 27 and addressed to Raphael Tuju, the party secretary-general, Mr Mositet writes: “Following the party nominations in Kajiado County that were neither free nor fair, and were characterized by result manipulations, I hereby notify you of my resignation as a member of the Jubilee Party. The decision has not been an easy one and has been made after thoughtful consideration and meaningful consultation, with the people of Kajiado whom I serve.”

On Wednesday, Mr Mositet stormed the Kajiado County tallying centre, at the Maasai Technical Training Institute and engaged County Returning Officer Jeremiah Ole Ncharo in a heated argument and demanded to be shown forms that were signed by returning officers in the constituencies.

He was ejected from the tallying hall and the place cordoned off by armed policemen.

The results announced Mr Ole Ncharo, showed that Mositet polled 52,022 against Mr Mpaayei’s 62,077.

Mr Mositet was accompanied by Mr Tarayia ole Kores, who lost to former Internal CS, Joseph ole Lenku, in the gubernatorial nominations, and Parsimei Gitau, who lost to Joseph Manje in the Kajiado North Parliamentary nomination.

Kores and Parsimei also followed Mr Mositet in quitting JP. They promised to teach ‘Mr Ole Lenku a lesson’ in the August general elections.

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Nigeria: NAMA Commends Govt for Return of Flight Operations to Abuja

By Chinedu Eze

The Managing Director of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) Capt. Fola Akinkuotu has commended the Minister of State for Aviation Senator Hadi Sirika for the successful repair and delivery of the Abuja Airport runway, saying it was a major confidence booster for the air transport sector.

The NAMA boss said by delivering the revamped runway ahead of schedule, the minister was “sending an unambiguous message to stakeholders and investors, both foreign and local that Nigerian aviation industry is ready to do serious business, so the travelling should believe in the administration.

Akinkuotu, who made this remark in Lagos recently, also applauded the role played by the Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amechi, Minister of Finance Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, and other cabinet Ministers for their efforts in making the project a success.

“They all showed uncommon leadership here. They rallied everyone behind them. In fact, Senator Sirika worked round the clock. He took nothing for granted. He was on ground in Abuja and in Kaduna all the time. He has been exemplary. That’s why he succeeded,” Akinkuotu said.

Akinkuotu who noted that during the closure of Abuja, Kaduna Airport recorded well over 3, 000 domestic flights said the presence of NAMA’s air traffic controllers in sufficient numbers and the upgrade of landing aids by the agency engineers contributed in making that feat a reality.

He also commended technical and operational staff of the agency for ensuring that NAMA played a critical role in the smooth running of Kaduna airport.

“I must commend them for displaying such diligence. They are well trained and motivated and it showed in their commendable performance. I will continue to build their capacity to enhance our air navigation service delivery,” the NAMA boss.

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How ODM Primaries Officials Messed Nyanza Polls

By Angela Oketch

Returning officers in Nyanza for ODM primaries may have played a role in the confusion witnessed in most polling stations across the region.

In Kisumu, the county returning officer Tom Okong’o made tallying centre a top secret only for him to rush to Thurdibuoro Secondary School where he announced results as some polling stations were still counting votes.

Aspirants and journalists were kept in the dark and had to move from one centre to another looking for the tallying centre.

Immediately after Mr Okongo declared Senator Anyang’ Nyong’o winner in the gubernatorial race, Richard Kiyondo, the county deputy returning officer also announced Governor Jack Ranguma as the winner while at a different tallying centre.

Kisumu Senator Anyang’ Nyong’o casts his vote at Ratta Primary School in Seme in the ODM primaries for Kisumu County on April 25, 2017. PHOTO | ONDARI OGEGA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Prof Nyong’o was declared winner by Mr Okongo with 164, 110 votes against Mr Ranguma’s 91,480 votes. Dr Hezron McObewa was announced third with 62, 670 votes.

Mr Kiyondo declared Mr Ranguma winner with 118, 934 votes against Dr McObewa’s 47, 930. Professor Nyong’o came in third with 32,028 votes followed by Gordon Oyumba who garnered 14, 290 votes, Isaka Nyangara was fifth with 11, 936 votes.

After the two announcements were made, Kisumu residents were left confused who will legitimately carry the ODM flag in August polls.

Others questioned whose authority should be trusted. That of the county returning officer or his deputy.

Youths light bonfires on the streets of Kisumu town on April 26, 2017 following dispute ODM primaries results. PHOTO | ONDARI OGEGA | NATION

The returning officers at disappeared only to emerge with the results which they read under tight security.

Mr Okongo for better of the day was nowhere to be seen and was not picking calls from journalists.

In Kisumu Central constituency, as early as 5am in the morning in all the wards, Fred Ouda who is the MCA Gem Central was leading followed by Onyango Oloo and sitting MP Ken Obura was third.

At about 7am, tallying was stopped and short text messages were circulating claiming that the returning officer Laban Bosire had been kidnapped.

Few minutes to 8am, Kisumu Central returning officer Mr Bosire turned up guarded by security officers. He declared Mr Obura as the winner and was immediately escorted out by the same officers.

Kisumu residents took to the streets to denounce move to announce Kisumu Central MP Ken Obura as the winner in the ODM primaries on April 26,2017. PHOTO | ONDARI OGEGA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

The pronouncement of Mr Obura as the ODM nominee for the seat in the August elections sparked tension with Mr Ouda’s supporters going to the streets chanting his praises.

They protested Mr Obura’s alleged victory.

In Muhoroni consistency there were parallel tallying centers.

In Seme, the returning officer could not be traced and there was no one to announce the results.

In Homa Bay, returning officer Erastus Otieno could not explain the origin of the results after noting that he could not reach most poll officials across the county.

He explained that he had authority to announce whatever results he had which sparked violent protests in the town.

He declared Governor Cyprian Awiti the winner with 46,343 votes against Mr Oyugi Magwanga’s 14,661.

Kisumu residents took to the streets to denounce move to announce Kisumu Central MP Ken Obura as the winner in the ODM primaries on April 26,2017. PHOTO | ONDARI OGEGA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Flanked by Homa Bay County Secretary Isaiah Ogwe and top county officials, the returning officer was accorded heavy security by armed police officers who ejected journalists from the tallying centre as soon as the results were announced.

The poll official could not declare what each candidate got at the constituency level, saying that presiding officers had refused to give him the results.

The results were protested by agents of other candidates who argued that they did not reflect the true picture on the ground and were a sham.

Mr Magwanga’s chief agent at the hall Mr Lameck Okeyo Omollo rejected the results.

After the announcement, contingent of armed security officials began driving journalists and agents of other officials out of the tallying centre.

President Dismisses Opposition Alliance Line-Up As ‘Jobs for the Boys’

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President Uhuru Kenyatta addresses workers at the United Aryan EPZ factory, Baba Dogo, Nairobi County on April 12, 2017.

Thika — President Uhuru Kenyatta has dismissed the NASA power-sharing line-up as nothing more than a ploy to create jobs for its leading figures.

He said the Opposition politicians have lost focus of what leadership means by wasting their energy on how to create positions of power for themselves rather than spending their efforts to improve the welfare of Kenyans.

He said the Opposition has been hoodwinking Kenyans for a long time with a promise to provide an alternative only to end up with a blueprint for jobs for themselves.

“This was never about the country. It was about giving jobs to themselves instead of the millions of Kenyans who need jobs,” he said.

President Kenyatta said the Opposition leaders have also demonstrated they do not promote growth of democracy and respect for the Constitution by including non-constitutional positions in their line-up to hoodwink Kenyans.

“While they are lying to each other about Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister’s positions which is not in the Constitution, we in the Jubilee Party are committed to entrenching democracy to develop the country,” said the President.

He said the Jubilee Party has demonstrated its interest in deepening democracy by conducting free, fair and transparent nominations.

In contrast, the Opposition has conducted shambolic nominations that ended in anarchy and where certificates were dished out to preferred candidates, said the President.

President Kenyatta spoke when he toured his populous Kiambu home county where he addressed thousands of residents and thanked them for turning up in large numbers to participate in the nominations.

He also thanked the residents for exercising their democratic rights to give him a new team to participate in the August 8th elections.

Deputy President William Ruto said the difference between the Jubilee Party and the Opposition in terms of promoting democracy was clear like night and day.

He said the Jubilee Party has conducted transparent nominations where voters have made real choices whereas the Opposition literally auctioned nomination certificates.

The DP also dismissed the Opposition line-up as worthless as far as the progress of Kenya is concerned.

“There is a difference between sharing positions between the elite and creating wealth for our people,” said the Deputy President.

The Deputy President said the Opposition has for more than a year promised Kenyans they would announce a new line-up but ended up naming the same people who vied for elections in 2013.

“These are people who are only interested in fake stories and lofty positions,” said the Deputy President.

The President and the DP were accompanied by a host of leaders including Governors Ken Lusaka (Bungoma), Hussein Dado (Tana River), Salim Mvurya (Kwale) and Taita Taveta Senator Dan Mwazo.

They were also accompanied by candidates nominated for various positions in Kiambu County led by Ferdinand Waititu who is vying for the governorship on a Jubilee ticket.

The President addressed rallies in Githurai, Ruiru, Juja and Thika town.

Musila Quits Wiper, Accuses Kalonzo of Mischief After Gubernatorial Loss

By Laban Wanambisi

Nairobi — Senator David Musila has resigned as the Wiper Democratic Party Chairman, a day after Governor Julius Malombe was announced winner of the party’s Kitui nomination.

Musila blamed Wiper Party Leader Kalonzo Musyoka for his loss in the contest and promised to consult his supporters on his next political move.

Musila claimed that the party leader ordered the results generated by the governor’s team be announced as legitimate.

The Senator insists he won after garnering 81,234 votes against Malombe’s 70,889 votes.

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Nigeria: Early Childhood Development – a Tool to Achieving SDG for Nigeria

By Martins Ifijeh

With the inclusion of Early Childhood Development in the Sustainable Development Goal, Martins Ifijeh writes that unlike MDG, Nigeria can meet most of the goals if priority is given to all-round development of children below five years.

While Rukayat Abba, 20, from Otukpo Local Government Area of Benue State is grateful she is able to successfully give birth to her first child without the challenges associated with childbirth in many rural and sub urban areas, especially in the face of unaffordable and unaccessible healthcare in a typical rural community in Northern Nigeria. She is currently not a happy woman. She is faced with the inability to provide the basic needs for her daughter’s proper early life development.

Unlike some other families who can provide food, education, social lives, and other essential things for their young children, Rukayat and her husband considers these luxuries, hence their daughter, Jumai, who is almost two years old, is not getting all she needs for a proper early life development. They only live on about a dollar per day.

Even at an early life, Jumai wakes up to hunger almost every morning, eats from the little the parents can afford from menial jobs they do. Other children, like her, are obviously in nursery or kindergarten at age two. But school is not Jumai’s parents’ agenda for her. Malnourishment is the first thing the parents are hoping to overcome, but the more they try, the more their daughter is losing time to underdevelopment. By age five, she must have ended up loosing a significant part of what she needs to tackle life as an adult.

Rukayat’s family is not the only one suffering from inability to provide at least the basic needs for their children under five years old. Thousands of Nigerian families continue to grapple with, majorly, malnourishment in their children. In fact, over 11 million Nigerian children are malnourished in the country, with a major chunk of the figure tilted towards those living in Northern Nigeria. Partly due to the activities of insurgents that have ravaged the region in recent years.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says an infant or an under five-year-old who is not well fed, or exposed to learnings needed for optimal development of the brain, may end up growing up without a well developed mental, physical and psychological capacity required to go through life properly.

The world health body says when a child is not getting the required nutrients, brain and physical developments will be impeded and will most likely affect his or her performance in school, level of critical reasoning, and life challenges.

According to a nutritionist and a child health advocate, Dr. Eunice Oleghe, the inclusion of early childhood development in the sustainable development goal (SDG) means that government must now focus on developing the millions of early lives through education, health and adequate nutrition, adding that this would go a long way in also benefitting the country in many ways.

“The best investment anybody can give to the society is to invest in early childhood as it provides ripple and positive effects later on in life.”

But how will Investment in early childhood help Nigeria achieve its SDG? Oleghe provides a guide. She says with goals one to four focusing on hunger, health, and education, if a government focused on providing inclusive, quality education for all and promoting

lifelong learning, at the end of the day, government must have succeeded in tackling hunger, education and health.

“A child whose brain is well developed would most likely not have to grapple with certain types of diseases later in life. And by so doing we are also building a healthy nation and reducing mortality rates. So this goal is very important to an all-round development of not just a people, but a country in general.

“There is increasing evidence that delivering quality interventions in the early years is cost-effective, reduces health inequities, improves learning and academic attainment, lowers crimeandviolence and can improve adult healthand economicproductivity,” she added.

On his part, the Senate Committee Chairman, Senator, Lanre Tejuosho, says the toll malnutrition takes on Nigeria’s economy cannot be ignored, especially when it affects children who would later in life run the economy. According to him, poor nutrition impedes cognitive and physical development, which translates to decreased learning ability, reduced productivity in adult years and increased healthcare costs.

“African countries lose an average of eight per cent of their annual GDP due to malnutrition. Micronutrient deficiencies alone result in a USD 1.5 billion loss in Nigeria each year. On the flipside, every dollar invested in nutrition in Nigeria has an average return of nearly USD 7. These figures leave little doubt of the economic potential of nutrition. If Nigeria is to compete in the global economy and supercharge the potential demographic dividend, it will need to ensure its children are well nourished.

“Progress is possible, and we now know what works. Targeting women and children especially during the first 1,000 days of life with interventions like food fortification and breastfeeding promotion, has proven to yield significant results and end the corrosive cycle of multi-generational malnutrition.”

He said conversely inaction in those first 1,000 days likely means that any later interventions will be too little, too late, and too costly. Adding that policymakers have structured the National Food and Nutrition Policy on this knowledge selecting and costing nutrition programmes to maximise impact, all but guaranteeing a strong return on investment and improving the health of Nigerian’s population.

“But investments in these interventions in Nigeria remain much too low and significantly lower than neighboring countries.

“Scaling up such proven interventions could help Nigeria reach the World Health Assembly (WHA) target of reducing stunting by 40 per cent by 2025 and add USD 29 billion to our economy. It is encouraging to note that rates of chronic malnutrition vary considerably between states in Nigeria, with some stunting rates among children at more than 50 per cent and with several others with rates around 20 per cent. This indicates that it is possible to address malnutrition even in the complex Nigerian environment,” he said.

Tejuosho said policymakers now need to marry the political will that gave rise to the National Food and Nutrition Policy with the actions needed to achieve impact. “The recent high-level policy dialogue, “Nigeria’s Nutrition Crisis,” which I chaired, hosted by the Nigerian Senate Committee on Health and Federal Ministry of Health, resulted in a call for a USD 305 million (N1 billion) investment in nutrition in the 2017 budget at the very least, which closely aligns with the government’s costed plan to scale-up a set of effective nutrition programs across the country. The Senate Committee on Health will be on the lookout for this as we deliberate on the 2017 budget proposals.

According to him, Nigeria can no longer afford to let policies gather dust on a shelf; “government leaders must invest in and implement strong nutrition policies. Nigeria has an ambitious vision of becoming one of the largest economies in the world and establishing itself as a significant player in the global economic and political arena. This vision will not be realised unless we follow through on our commitments to improve nutrition. With increased leadership and action, Nigeria has the potential to make unprecedented progress that will be evident for generations to come – that is the change we promised. There is no time like the present,” he added.

Jubilee Cites Infiltration Plot, Orders Use of Party Register in Nairobi

By Joseph Muraya

Nairobi — Only members of the Jubilee Party in Nairobi County will be allowed to participate in Wednesday’s nominations, the Elections Board Chairman Andrew Musangi has declared.

Musangi says the party had received intelligence reports that some people planned to infiltrate the process in a bid to interfere with the outcome.

“Ultimately, our aim was not to deny any voter the chance to vote and we even resorted to ultimately checking their identification of the voter with a view to seeing what location they come from and thereafter allowing them to vote,” he pointed out.

“Having said that, credible intelligence has emerged and we were constantly monitoring this even yesterday, that there were particularly concerted efforts to infiltrate the Jubilee Party voting in Nairobi.”

In other areas where the Jubilee Party has a massive following, people were allowed to vote despite their names missing in the register, but on condition, they had their national ID cards.

Musangi says the move will ensure the true will of the party members in Nairobi will be reflected in the outcome.

“This is a very cosmopolitan county and it holds Kenyans from all corners of the country and in the circumstances, we have instructed our presiding officers in Nairobi given the real and present of such danger in such infiltration to avert the will of the Nairobi voter, to use the party’s register until and unless any advice come from the party headquarters,” he stated.

Despite the exercise going on smoothly, key competitors in the seat for the governor’s position have raised concerns over some of their supporters missing in the register while others claim that some people are being allowed to vote twice.

In Nairobi, the leading candidates for the governor’s seat, Senator Mike Sonko and former MP Peter Kenneth raised similar complaints.

The two raised concerns over why their supporters were being barred from voting just because they do not appear on the register, which Musangi later explained.

Ironically, in other areas where party members are being allowed to vote using their ID cards, some aspirants have complained about it.

In Muranga County, Governor Mwangi wa Iria says some of his key polling stations have fewer ballot papers for the governor’s position.

He has urged the party to swiftly rectify the anomaly.

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Sonko Alleges Rigging Plot As Name Not in Jubilee Party List

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Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko.

By Aggrey Mutambo

Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko who is aspiring to the next city governor on a Jubilee ticket has alleged a plot by his party to rig him out by preventing his supporters from voting in the primaries.

In a sensational claim he made after he cast his ballot on Wednesday, Mr Sonko said that certain names have been “strategically omitted” from the party list in places where his supporters were to vote.

“The party must allow everyone who is registered by the IEBC to vote,” he argued.

The Senator was allowed to vote at Bidii Primary School despite his name missing from the Party list.

But he claimed other voters had been barred for the same reason.

IEBC LIST

“I had received assurances that in case the name misses on the party register, one should be allowed to vote using the IEBC register.

“You cannot blame the voters for missing on the party register. They have no right to deny my supporters the right to vote in the nominations,” he insisted.

The senator, who is battling for the Jubilee ticket with former Gatanga MP Peter Kenneth, said he expected the party to follow the law.

His rival had earlier claimed that there was no uniformity in the voting and that there were numerous irregularities.

However, Mr Sonko claimed the irregularities were targeting his support base where names were not on the register.

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Potty-Mouthed Kuria Denies Soiling Jubilee Primaries in ‘Sexy’ Gatundu

RESOURCE: Kenyan Politician Swears on Live TVBy Simon Ndonga

Nairobi — Gatundu South Member of Parliament Moses Kuria has defended himself against accusations of orchestrating chaos in the ongoing Jubilee party primaries in an effort to steal the vote.

Kuria termed the accusations a smear campaign, “I’m now suspecting the hand of the opposition. You just have to go to Twitter right now and see the kind of roasting that I’m getting. But hey, I don’t represent Twitter, I represent the great people of Gatundu South.”

He went on to accuse the media of, “jumping like puppies,” every time Gatundu South comes up. “Of course Gatundu is an exciting place, you know it’s a sexy place to mention in the media.”

Nonetheless, he said, it was unwarranted notoriety and insisted the Gatundu South Primaries would go forward without incident.

“I want to assure that we are peaceful, nominations are going on and by the end of the day, we will have a Jubilee nominee for MCA, MP, Senator, Women Representative and for Governor,” he said.

He also cautioned against the naïve consumption of propaganda.

“Everything else is propaganda. I have to say that the final determinant of this game is actually the Kenyan. At the same time I would like to caution the media that there are many other areas you can cover,” he said.

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Liberia: Find Begins New Post-Ebola Project in Nimba

By Webmaster Admin

The Foundation for International Dignity (FIND), with support from the Government of Japan through the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), has started a new project in Nimba County.

“FIND will conduct situational analyses of the socioeconomic and cultural status, as well as local economic development opportunities and challenges, in Nimba County. It will make recommendations on how the local economies can be stimulated for growth and development,” according to a press release signed by FIND’s Executive Director, Roosevelt A.K. Woods.

FIND is a pro-democracy and human rights organization working to promote peace, good governance, the rule of law and access to justice in Liberia.

Woods said a series of focus group discussions, awareness activities and training in peace building as well as conflict prevention mechanisms will also take place.

The project, which is titled: ‘Supporting and Strengthening Sub-regional Post-Ebola Medical Surveillance and Socio-Economic Recovery Initiatives in West Africa,’ is designed to provide technical assistance and support at sub-regional, national and grassroots level to the three Ebola affected countries (Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea), and Côte d’Ivoire.

The project will also assist the countries to address urgent needs in health, social and economic recovery, and conflict prevention and peace building in common border areas.

“In addition, the project will strengthen coherence and coordination between the UNDP Country Offices on cross-border recovery and resilience initiatives in order to assist border communities to better respond to disasters,” said Woods.

“Under the initiative, FIND will work alongside six strategic border towns in Nimba County, including Dubuzon, Buutuo, Gborplay, Luguato, Kissiplay and Duoplay,” he added.

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