Kenya smallholder tea farmers earn Sh63.6 billion from tea exports
A showdown between the police and Cord supporters is looming as the planned opposition rally on Saturday is cancelled. Cord leaders have vowed to hold the rally at the city.
Inspector-General of Police David Kimaiyo Tuesday cancelled the planned Cord rally aimed at welcoming back its leader former Prime Minister Raila Odinga who has been in the United States for almost three months. Police cited security concerns and the on-going Madaraka day celebrations for the cancellation.
President Uhuru Kenyatta heads to Rift Valley even as jitters increase
President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto are expected to meet Kalenjin leaders during his visit to Eldoret in a bid to stem an impending rebellion by some leaders who claim that they have gotten a raw deal from Jubilee coalition. President Kenyatta is also expected to preside over a military passing out parade in the town.
CS Ann Waiguru is not out of the woods yet as Linturi pledges to table motion
Opposition party ODM Monday distanced itself from the motion saying it was purely as the ruling Jubilee coalition issueThe fate of Devolution cabinet secretary Ann Waiguru may still be determined on the floor of the house as Igembe Mp Mithika Linturi insists on tabling a censure motion against her. The Mp has defied efforts by the executive led by Deputy President William Ruto to leave the official alone.
The ongoing purge on terrorists will not stop until the country is freed of their threat, President Uhuru Kenyatta has said.
He urged those politicising the crackdown on the criminals to stop criticising the Government for doing the right thing.
“We are not fighting any religion or community. Our fight is against criminals who kill innocent children, women and men going about their everyday activities including praying,” the President said.
The President was speaking during an inter-denominational thanksgiving service at Madende Primary School in Nambale, Busia County.
Jubilee government unable to fight corruption, says Raila Odinga
Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga (pictured with Kalonzo Musyoka-right) has dismissed assertions by Jubilee that it has done well in the last one year it has been in office. The former PM says insecurity has escalated while the cost of living is unbearable to most people due to VAT imposed on most basic goods last year.
However President Uhuru Kenyatta says his government has laid the ground for higher economic growth though the runaway wage bill remains the single most pressing issue after insecurity.
Former President Mwai Kibaki dismisses war in South Sudan
Former President Mwai Kibaki (pictured) accused fighting political leaders in South Sudan for being selfish. He said the differences between President Salva Kiir and his former deputy turned rival Riek Machar was due to personal ambitions.
President Kibaki played a crucial role in resolving the South Sudan conflict when he was the chairman of IGAD between 2006 and 2008.
Muslim religious leaders supported by a section of elected leaders mainly from Northern Kenya are opposed to the on-gping crackdown on terror saying it was targeting muslims. Leader of the majority in parliament Adan Duale(pictured)has come up strongly to condemn the crackdown and threatned to resign from jubilee unless it was stopped.
However, President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto have vowed that the government would not relent until security was restoted and terror attacks stopped.
Rongo Mp Dalmas Otieno to launch new party
Rongo Mp Mr Dalmas Oteino has announced plants to launch a new political party ahead of 2017 general elections. The move by the seasoned politician is likley to rub ODM supporters the wrong way considering that the legislator hails from Nyanza region that is considered an ODM stronghold. Former Prime minister Raila Odinga (pictured) who is ODM party leaders hails from Nyanza.
Jubilee marks one year in power but its presence still to be felt
President Uhuru Kenyatta (pictured-left) led Jubilee administration marks one year Tuesday with Kenyans expressing difering opinion over their leadership. While the team has brought in a new style of leadership that is simple and approachable, Kenyans are yet to feel its presence in many sectors. Devolution that was viewed as the solutions to all problems has not raised much hope while insecurity has reached all-time high.
In what appears to be a concerted efforts by the judicially to break cartels in its ranks, the Judicial Services Commission (JSC) Thursday sent home four senior officials to pave way for investigations over corrupt practices.
The four includes deputy chief registrar, head of ICT, human resource and procurement. This comes barely six months after the former chief registrar Ms Gladys Shollei was sent packing over corruption allegations. Chief Justice Dr Wily Mutunga (pictured) has pledged to clean the judiciary.
PCEA church defrocks former moderator over devil worship
Former PCEA moderator Mr David Githii fell to his own crusade over devil worship after his church excommunicated him over his claims that some members of the church were involved in devil worship and homosexuality.
Rev Githii now joins another controversial preacher Rev Timothy Njoya (pictured) who has had several exchanges with his church due to his active involvement in civil society activities that included the clamour for multiparty and new constitution.
Governors’ forum pushes for more money for counties
Governors meeting in Kwale County have called for higher allocation of funds to the counties amidst discomfort in government that they were engaged in extravagant spending. Both the president and his deputy boycotted the event that was meant to assess governors’ performance in the last one year.
Even the senators who have not enjoyed a very cordial relationship with the governors boycotted the event. The governors have challenged some oversight powers that senators exercised over the counties at the Supreme Court. Bomet governor Isaac Ruto (pictured) is leading the campaign
Tension remains high in Mombasa city ahead of Friday's prayers which analysts fear can turn violent as nobody has been arrested with Tuesday murder of controversial Muslim preacher Sheikh Makaburi. Security organs at the coastal city has warned the youths aganist participating in illegal demonstrations.
This comes barely a day after mulsim religous leaders and activitst demanded quick investigations and prosecutionof those behind the killing. the preacher was gunned down outise Shanzu law courts where he had attended a court hearing. The government has denied any involvent in the killing.
National government boycotts governors' fete
The national government has boycotted a governors' fete at the coast in what may strain an already cold relationship between the national government and the devolved units. While the governors through the chairman of the governors' council Bomet governor Isack Ruto has accussed the government of trying to 'kill' devolution, the government seems to be uncomfortable with the lavish expenditure by the governors at a time when it is trying to save money to implement crucial projectgs such as infrastructure.
DP william Ruto wins reprieve at ICC
Deputy President William Ruto was Wednesday allowed by Judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) to continue to skip trial sessions. Chief prosecutor Bensouda had petitioned the court to compel Mr Ruto to attend the on-going sessions. Mr Ruto is sitting in for President Uhuru Kenyatta who is attending EU-Africa Summit at Brussels. He will later visit Rwanda.