Kenya smallholder tea farmers earn Sh63.6 billion from tea exports
President Kenyatta addresses parliament, decry high wage bill
President Uhuru Kenyatta Tuesday addressed a joint session of national parliament and the senate where he decried high public sector wage that stood at Sh458 billion in the last financial year.
The president said the bill that accounts for 12 per cent of the GDP is very high and must be tamed before it take funds meant to fund development projects. However pressure is still mounting from Mps and other groups of the civil service for higher pay.
The newly elected Jubilee government outlines economic plan
The Jubilee government will tackle endemic corruption, fight insecurity, modernize agriculture and create a vibrant transport logistic hub to enhance trade. It also promises a double-digit economic growth from the current four per cent growth.
President Uhuru Kenyatta also says the government would support devolution that would create new growth centres in the 47 counties. Social services such as health and education would be improved.
Supreme Court calls government to probe IEBC’s electronic system
The Supreme Court has asked relevant government agencies to investigate why Information and Communication system used by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission during the last election held on March 4, 2013 collapsed.
The court that released Tuesday detailed ruling of the presidential petition filed by former Prime Minister Raila Odinga challenging the election of President Uhuru Kenyatta said though the election was credible, the system needs to be probed.
President Uhuru Kenyatta expected to unveil his cabinet this week
President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to unveil his new cabinet this week; two weeks after the Supreme Court upheld his election that was challenged by former Prime Minister Raila Odinga. The national parliament has also constituted a committee to vet the appointees as required by law.
The new cabinet that should not exceed 22 members is expected to take up duties of 42 ministers that served under the coalition government headed by retired President Mwai Kibaki and Mr Odinga. President Kenyatta has promised a lean but effective government. Expected in the line up are former ministers Charity Ngilu and Najib Balala.
Floods continue to wreck havoc across the country
Floods continued to cause havoc across the country with some roads now becoming impassable. The rains have also caused shortage of tomatoes and other products that cannot reach the markets.
The government has formed an inter-ministerial committee to seek permanent problem to the floods especially in the flood-prone areas at the coast, western and northern Kenya. Last week, the government set aside Sh1.6 billion to mitigate the disaster.
Supreme Court releases details on presidential petition ruling
The Supreme Court has released details of their presidential ruling that was delivered a fortnight ago. The details will provide both the petitioners and respondents a glimpse of the facts that led to a unanimous decision by the six judges to dismiss two petitions that sought to nullify the election of Mr Uhuru Kenyatta (now president) as elected president.
The court however ruled in favour of three petitioners closely associated with the ruling Jubilee coalition who wanted the court to rule that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission that conducted the poll ought not to have included rejected votes in the final tally of the presidential vote.
Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga to offer leadership outside parliament
Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga will lead the Coalition of Reforms and Democracy from outside parliament after he declined offers to join either parliament or the senate.
However, former vice president Kalonzo Musyoka is tipped to join parliament though efforts to have Mwingi Central Mp to resign in order to create a chance for him seems to have hit a snag after the youthful legislator maintained there was no such a deal.
Ruling Jubilee Coalition picks Prof Kithure Kindiki as majority leader in senate
Law professor Kithure Kindiki who is also Tharaka senator is now Jubilee coalition majority leader in the senate while Adan Duale takes the mantle in parliament. Immediate former Internal Security minister Katoo Ole Metito becomes the chief whip.
The coalition that brings together President Uhuru Kenyatta’s TNA party and Deputy President William Ruto’s URP have majority in both houses. Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga led Cord is the official opposition in both houses.
Twin explosions hit Boston marathon
Two explosions hit world famous Boston Marathon in what is expected to dampen the spirit of the races dominated by Kenyan runners. The explosion that killed three people and injured scores was reported close to the finish line in Boston city.
No Kenyan runner was hurt during the incident that US President Barack Obama condemned and promised thorough investigations. So far no terror group has taken responsibility.
Compiled by TF News Team
IMF Recognizes Somalia government after 22-year
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has recognized the Federal Government of Somalia, headed by President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, paving the way for the resumption of relations after a 22-year interval.
However, the country is ineligible to borrow from the Fund due to its outstanding arrears which currently amount to about US$352 million (Sh30 billion).
President Uhuru Kenyatta to address parliament Tuesday
President Uhuru Kenyatta will address parliament and senate on Tuesday where he will state the first legislative agenda of his new government.
President Kenyatta who is yet to unveil his cabinet is expected to also give a hint on his economic policies though experts say he is likely to confine himself to the priorities set out in the Vision 2030 development plan.
Kenya imports 27,000 bags of fertilizer
The government has imported 27,000 bags of fertilizer worth Sh1.3 billion to be sold to small scale farmers at subsidized prices.
Agriculture Permanent Secretary Romano Kiome says the consignment that has already landed at the Port of Mombasa should get to the depots of the National Cereals and Produce Board within the week. The board is expected to distribute the commodity
Government set aside Sh1.6 billion to contain floods
With thousands of people displaced by raging floods across the country, the government has set aside Sh1.6 billion to rebuild roads and bridges washed away as well as cater for the displaced people.
According to the Kenya Red Cross, some of the worst affected areas include Tana River, Isiolo, Nyatike, Nyakach and Yatta.
All ambassadors and high commissioners recalled
The newly elected government headed by President Uhuru Kenyatta has recalled all the 52 ambassadors and high commissioners who served under the coalition government headed by retired President Mwai Kibaki and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga.
Head of civil Service Mr Francis Kimemia issued the directive. President Kenyatta is expected to make fresh appointments though unlike before, the nominees will be vetted by parliament.
Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga ponder next move
Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka are expected to reveal their next political move after losing the March 4 presidential poll to President Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto.
The leaders are currently meting with elected senators and Mps under the CORD alliance to strategize on their next move with unconfirmed reports saying they are eyeing a chance to bounce into parliament and senate
Oil prices drop marginally
The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) announced Sunday new pump prices for all petroleum products to run until mid may.
According to the new prices, the cost of premium petrol dropped by four cents to retail at Shh117.65 in Nairobi while diesel dropped by 93 cents to retail at Sh105.76. Kerosene dropped by Sh4.71 to retail at Shsh83.83 a litre.
By Ben Kinyanjui
Barely a year before the next general election, Kofi Annan led team of Eminent African Personalities will be in town next week to push for crucial reforms ahead of the elections.
Among those expected in the country are former Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa and former South African First Lady Graca Machel who will all address a two day conference organised by Kofi Annan Foundation on Monday and Tuesday.