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Report shows Kenyan women Parliamentarians on equal footing with male counterparts

Despite many Kenyans feeling that women representatives are unnecessary baggage for the Kenyan taxpayer, a report released by Mzalendo Trust shows that women are invaluable. A good number of Kenyans feel that the constitution, which they overwhelmingly approved, created some positions to appease political allies who lost in the elections. The creation of the requirement for women reps was such ...

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Cassava farmers in Makueni County to benefit from solar power plant

Close to 300 cassava farmers under the Mbuvo Commercial Village Cassava plant in Kathonzweni, Makueni County are set to benefit from a solar power project funded by the World Bank through the Kenya Agricultural Productivity and Agribusiness Project (KAPAP). The off grid solar power project constructed at the cost of Sh8.7 million at Mbuvo trading center will operate the high ...

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How your taxes will be spent in this financial year

By George Githinji The government came up with an ambitious budget in the 2015/16 financial year of sh2.234 trillion to finance its programmes and activities. Of the two trillion shillings, sh784.2 billion will finance the recurrent expenditure of government ministries whereas sh721.3 billion will be used on capital expenditure, also known as the development expenditure. The government will also spend ...

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Kenyans divided as pressure mounts for Waiguru to resign

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Kenya is a country where every day is an intrigue. When the calls for Devolution CS Anne Waiguru were made that she resigns, there has been a lot going in the blogosphere and on social media that cannot go without mention. For starters, many people-especially women leaders- feel that the CS is being targeted unfairly for her ‘exemplary’ performance in ...

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Mandela Washington Fellowship 2016 applications open this week

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 01: U.S. President Barack Obama speaks to the media after meeting with House Speaker John Boehner at the White House, March 1, 2013 in Washington, DC. President Obama said that no agreement was reached with Republicans to avoid the sequester that will trigger automatic domestic and defense cuts. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

The Mandela Washington Fellowship 2016 applications open this week with the fellowship increasing the intake numbers from 500 to 1,000 participants. The secretariat says that the selection process is conducted as a merit-based open competition. After the deadline, all eligible applications will be reviewed by a selection panel. Chosen semi-finalists will be interviewed by the U.S. embassies or consulates in ...

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Looting by Migori County Assembly officials jolts the ombudsman into action

Migori assembly speaker Gordon Ogolla. Photo courtesy of www.the-star.co.ke

By Nelson Mathews The Commission on Administrative Justice (CAJ) says it has concluded investigations on the alleged misuse of public funds by four members of the Migori County Assembly. The Ombudsman commenced investigations after receiving an anonymous letter of complaint in October 2014. The letter stated that four Migori County Assembly members (MCAs) signed for per diem and other travel ...

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Move to close schools elicits mixed reactions in Makueni

  The move by the National Government to close all public and private schools on Monday 21 over the ongoing teachers’ strike has elicited mixed reactions from different education stakeholders in Makueni County. County Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) Secretary General Justus Kimeu addressing the press in his office in Wote town shortly after the Ministry of ...

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Makueni Woman Representative initiates a water tank project

Makueni County experiences erratic rainfall due to the harsh climatic conditions. As a result perennial droughts and acute water shortages are the norm and many residents walk for long distances in search of water. Women by the virtue of being home care takers bear the brunt of the biting water shortages and spent valuable hours scouring dry river beds in ...

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Political aspirants should have a university degree to qualify for election

By George Githinji Before the last general elections that took place on 4th March 2013, the 10th parliament decided to lower the academic bar for political aspirants that were nominated to compete for the parliamentary and county assembly seats. These aspirants were the MPs, Senators, Women Representatives and Members of the County Assembly (MCAs). Yet, the move to lower the ...

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Makueni County Government slowly returns to normalcy

Normalcy is slowly returning to Makueni County after President Uhuru Kenyatta declined to suspend the County Government contrary to the recommendations made by the Mohammed Nyaoga-led commission that was tasked to look into a petition to dissolve the county. The decision by President Kenyatta to quash the commission’s decision has left the warring parties with no other option but to ...

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Together we can fight corruption

By Violet Mbiti Corruption can be likened to a virus that devours its citizens to the core rendering them helpless with no hope in sight. To combat this virus an antidote is required that will restore human dignity and propel the nation to greater heights. President Obama while making his maiden speech stated that it is rather unfortunate that 250,000 ...

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President Uhuru declines to suspend Makueni County

President Uhuru Kenyatta receves the findingd of the commission of inquiry inrom to the posssibe dissolution of Makueni County from commission chair Mohammed Nyaoga 
at Satehouse in Mombasa

  President Uhuru Kenya has declined to suspend Makueni County saying that the county does not meet the constitutional threshold for suspension. Barely three days after the Mohammed Nyaoga – led commission looking into the possible suspension of the county handed its report at State house in Mombasa recommending for the dissolution of the county, President Uhuru through a press ...

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Governor Joho Challenges Mombasa Youth to take up opportunities

Governor Joho and other Mombasa leaders walk with  President Kenyatta through the streets of old town. (facebook.com/myuhurukenyatta)

By Davis Mwandawiro Youth in Mombasa are being challenged to take up opportunities shun crime, radicalisation and drug abuse. This call was made by Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho during the launch of the National Youth Service programmes in Mombasa by president Uhuru Kenyatta. During his speech, Mr. Hassan Joho condemned the rise of petty crime in the region “There ...

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