Kenya smallholder tea farmers earn Sh63.6 billion from tea exports
The cabinet approved a plan by the NSSF to construct 30,000 Housing units on its 1,000-acre farm in Mavoko. This is a Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement. A strategic partner will be identified to construct houses and build other amenities.
The project is key to Government delivering on its pledge to reduce the acute shortage of houses in our nation's capital in line with the Jubilee manifesto.
Cabinet also agreed a cabinet sub-committee to explore the creation of an industrial park on a PPP model to produce building materials to cater for low-income earners.
NSSF revenue collection
In order to improve efficiency in revenue collection by the NSSF, Cabinet authorized a request by the Ministry of Labour for Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) to collect members' contributions on behalf of NSSF. This will boost revenues from the current Sh600 million to Sh12 billion.
The cabinet directed all other State Corporations and agencies that levy charges on their services to partner with KRA in the collection of such levies.
Cabinet was briefed on the progress made in the implementation of the free maternity services in Public hospitals. Cabinet noted with satisfaction gains made since the programme started 1 June 2013.
Preference for delivery in public hospitals has almost doubled to 80 per cent from 44 per cent previously. So far, there has been no deaths reported arising from delivery complications.
Cabinet directed the National Treasury to ensure funds earmarked for the programme are released on time to enable public health facilities cope with the increased number of users.
The cabinet approved the recruitment of 40 new health workers per constituency (including 30 nurses) - making for a total of 11,600 officers that accelerate service delivery in this area. The number will be scaledto achieve the ideal number of nurses required in the country.
Port of Mombasa
The cabinet was briefed on the progress made in improving services at the Port of Mombasa. Cabinet was pleased with improvements achieved in decongesting the Port. It noted the increase in cargo cleared at the port 200,000 tonnes so far in July from 160,000 tonnes in June. There are also improvements in truck movement between Mombasa and Malaba.
Cabinet directed that a similar be applied with immediate effect to improve services in the country's airports and border points in order to ensure a smooth flow of goods, services and passengers.
The cabinet approved a proposal by the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum to withdraw charges imposed on electricity generation, transmission and distribution by Local Authorities and other Government agencies as these have had the effect of escalating the cost of power.
The cabinet noted that Kenya is focusing on being a low cost energy country as a way of propelling industrialization and attracting investments to the country.
It asked the Ministry to focus on adding an additional 5000kws of power to the National Grid in the next three months. This move will effectively reduce the cost of power to below 10 cents per kilowatt.
The cabinet approved bilateral air service agreements between Kenya and Angola, Kenya and Canada, and Kenya and Mozambique. This will allow code sharing between Kenya Airways and national carriers of the three countries
The IEBC was not able to have his name printed together with the others due to lack of time.Voters in Makuenti County will elect their senator tomorrow after the High Court upheld IEBC decision to administratively include Wiper party candidate Mr Mutula Kilonzo Jr on the ballot papers .
On Friday, a three bench Judge allowed Wiper party to nominate another candidate to replace their former nominee Ms Kethi Kilonzo, only seven days to the election scheduled for July 26.
Bomet County governor Isaack Ruto in trouble
A section of Mps allied to the United Republican Party (URP) of Deputy President William Ruto now want Bomet County governor Isaack Ruto to resign over his criticism of government on devolution.
Led by Deputy Speaker Ms Joyce Laboso, the Mps want Ruto to resign and seek fresh mandate on another party, a move that the governor has rubbished as trivial. Mr Ruto is the chairman of the governors’ council that brings the governors together. He has on several occasions accused President Uhuru Kenyatta’s government of trying to frustrating devolution.
Kisii leaders condemn politicians
A section of Kisii leaders have distanced themselves from Tuesday fiasco where a cabinet minister was heckled during a funeral service for students and teachers who perished in a road accident a fortnight ago.
The leaders who included Mp Ricahrd Onyonka pointed an n accusing figure on politicians who turned the service into a political rally. Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga who attended the event claimed that he won the March 4 poll but he was rigged out. Church leaders boycotted the event.
The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) was fined Sh5 million for engaging teachers in a strike that palalysed teaching in all public schools. KNUT chairman Mr Wilson Sossion and secretary general were also fined Sh500, 000 each or serve 30 days in jail.
The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) had moved to the industrial court to challenge the legality of the strike. The union was ordered to call off the strike before they could negotiate with the government but they remained adamant.
Mr Eliud Owalo declines to record statement with the police
Mr Eliud Owalo had gone to the CID headquarters for the second time in a week Monday where he was quizzed over his activities.Aide to former Prime Minister Raila Odinga has declined to record a statement with the criminal investigation department over the alleged March 4 Revolution.
He however refused to record any statement arguing that he was not aware of such activities. Coordination and Interior secretary promised to issue a statement once police completed their investigations.
Former Prime Minister says his cord coalition is not planning any uprising against Jubilee government headed by President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto. Instead Mr Odinga says the duo is fanning fears in order to convince the International criminal Court (ICC) to postpone their cases that start in September.
The two leaders are facing crimes against humanity charges at the ICC for their alleged involvement in the 2007/08 post election violence. The government has summoned Mr Odinga’s aide Mr Eliud Owalo for question over the alleged March 4 movement.
Who among retired President Mwai Kibaki and Raila Odinga won 2007 election?
While a commission headed by retired South African judge Justice Klingler concluded that it was impossible to tell who won the 2007 bungled elections, former Prime Minister Raila Odinga now says Klingler told him that he was the winner.
In a televised interview with a local TV station Sunday, Mr Odinga said Kingler however persuaded him to accept that it was impossible to tell the winner due to the gross mismanagement of the election. The two contestants were later persuaded to form a coalition government where they were principals.
Governors call for referendum to amend constitution
They also want the role of senate strengthened.All the 47 county governors have resolved to initiate a national referendum to amend the constitution to among other things raise revenue allocation to counties from the current 15 per cent to 40 per cent.
They also want bursaries and infrastructure maintenance and development of primary and secondary schools devolved to the counties. This comes at a time when some governors are on the spotlight for ‘lavish’ expenditure revealed in their budgets.
Jubilee leaders defend embattled elections body
Jubilee coalition leaders led by Deputy President William Ruto and majority leader in the National assembly Adan Duale have defended the Independent Elections and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) that CORD leaders say is corrupt and inefficient and should be disbanded.
The two says CORD leadership is insincere considering that most its leaders were elected during elections supervised by the IEBC. IEBC chairman Mr Isaak Hassan and his commissioners are expected to appear before the parliamentary legal and justice committee Tuesday.
Lawyer Kethi Kilonzo will not contest the Makueni senatorial seat after she lost a legal battle in Court Friday.
A High Court in Nairobi upheld an earlier decision by IEBC dispute resolution committee that she could not run because she was not a registered voter as required under the law.