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Mbooni MP wants officers involved in graft in Makueni sacked

    By Daniel Kituku Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana should relieve off duties officers arraigned in a Machakos court over graft allegations. Speaking on Saturday in Nduluku, Mbooni Sub County during the launch of Hon. Kisoi Munyao talent search MP for Mbooni Michael Kisoi Munyao and three Members of the Makueni County Assembly (MCAs) gave Kibwana a 21 -day ultimatum ...

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The gap in MDGs that SDGs will fill

Exit Millenium Development Goals usher Sustainable Development Goals Photo by UNPD

It is only a few months to the deadline of the attainment of the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs). MDGs were an 8-pointer development framework that was launched in 2000. As the countdown begins some people have questioned the structure of the MDGs and highlighted a few loopholes that could have led to the challenges that faced their implementation. The MDGs ...

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Arrest of eight Makueni executive officials creates frenzy on social media

Last evening, officials of the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) arrested eight Makueni County executive officials over allegations of graft. County Secretary Rael Muthoka, Director of Tourism Diana Muli, Agriculture Chief Executive Officer Mary Muteti, Roads and Infrastructure Chief Officer Martin Kitavi, Finance Director Justus Suka, Director Procurement Alex Kyalo, former Chief Executive for Water Daniel Mututa and his former ...

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Mombasa Senator launches human dignity Bill

Senator Hassan Omar

It is no secret that Kenya is one of the most unequal societies in the world. It is also one of the most corrupt nation ranking poorly in corruption for the last two decades. Indeed, it is one the worst places in the world to be poor or underprivileged as the government does little in terms of bridging the gap ...

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Makueni court acquits Priest charged with attempting to murder fellow Priest

A Makueni court has set free a Catholic priest accused of attempting to kill his colleague in March 2010. Senior Resident Magistrate Richard Koech acquitted Fr. John Makewa for attempting to kill Fr. Fidelis Nzuki at the Makueni parish house. The magistrate in his judgment cited lack of sufficient evidence and proceeded to declare the accused innocent. “I do not ...

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Kenya’s first budget after rebasing; what are the implications?

Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich PHOTO TREASURY

When the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics released the new Gross Domestic Product Figures in September last year, Kenyans were happy after the country was pronounced a lower middle class economy. According to the Wordbank, a lower middle income economy is one whereby the total value of all goods and services produced by a country in a year (divided by ...

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Senator Mutula Jnr’s remarks ignite Makueni-Kajiado border row

Leaders from Kajiado and Makueni County are embroiled in war of words over a border dispute between the two counties. The dispute was triggered by Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo Junior recent remarks that a piece of land measuring 800 metres from the railway line in Emali town falls under Makueni County. The senator’s declaration has sparked protests among the Kajiado ...

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Kenyans’ quest for constitutional reform revisited

A report by a Working Group that carried out a socio-economic audit of the Constitution of Kenya (2010) has identified the effects of having an all powerful Presidency in the country as the main reason why Kenyans sought to have a new constitution. Besides noting the lack of institutions to check the all powerful Presidency, the report also identifies the ...

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Makueni residents on Facebook fault Governor Kivutha over his stance on reconciliation

Last week, Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana, while testifying before the commission looking into the possible dissolution of the county said that he could not reconcile with his enemies. The governor who has been at loggerheads with Members of the County Assembly (MCAs) and Speaker Stephen Ngelu cited his alleged assassination attempt and constant budget stalemates between him and the MCAs ...

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Makueni MCAs hired witchdoctor to settle budget stalemate

Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana told the Commission of Inquiry looking into the possible suspension of the county that Members of the County Assembly (MCAs) hired the services of a witch doctor to help resolve a budget stalemate in which the MCAs were demanding Sh1.4B. The Governor told the commission currently holding its sitting in Wote town, that his refusal to ...

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Makueni Senator castigates National Assembly over Sh1B budget cut

Last Thursday, the National Assembly slashed Sh1B allocated to the Senate for oversight. The move has caused uproar especially among Senators who have termed it as irrational and malicious, aimed at blackmailing the upper house not to effectively discharge its constitutional mandate of oversight. One of the senators, angered by the slashing of the Sh1B is Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo ...

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Rains badly damage roads in Mombasa

Ongoing repairs of roads in Mombasa

The state of the roads following the heavy rains in Mombasa is dire. Roads that had been previously patched up now have massive water filled potholes that are a nuisance and sometimes dangerous to motorists. Some of the roads  that are in poor condition include the entire Lumumba Road in Island, Mombasa Malindi Road from Kongowea to Bombolulu, Jomvu Miritini ...

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Civil society decries harassment by government

Press Conference on the de-registration of HAKI Africa and MUHURU

  Members of the civil society have criticized the government for intimidating its members, parts of the media, trade unions and independent constitutional offices. In a press statement, The Civil Society Organizations Reference Group (CSORG) and the National Civil Society Congress (NCSC) blamed the government for harassing the civil society organizations in the name of fighting terrorism. Their complains come ...

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Finally dongo kundu bypass construction starts

As Kenya prepares to launch its logistics and industrial hub in Mombasa, the much anticipated construction of the Sh25 billion Dongu Kundu bypass is currently underway after the government handed over the site to the contractor a month ago. Dongo Kundu is a strategic location in which the government plans to create an economic engine and a regional production hub ...

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