TEDROS ADHANOM: WHO ELECTS FIRST AFRICAN AS GENERAL

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, a health expert from Ethiopia, has been elected by the World Health Organization (WHO) as the new Director General.

Tedros, who will be the first health official from Africa to serve as director-general, takes over from Dr. Margaret Chan, who has been overseeing the agency since 2006.

He beat two other candidates; Britain’s Dr. David Nabarro and Dr. Sania Nishtar, the first female cardiologist in Pakistan to clinch the position.

Tedros key achievements include; drastically cutting deaths from malaria, AIDS, tuberculosis and neonatal problems when he was Ethiopia’s health minister. He has also trained 40,000 female health workers, hired outbreak investigators, improved the national laboratory, organized an ambulance system and oversaw a tenfold increase in medical school graduates.

He promised as the head of W.H.O. to pursue health insurance in even the poorest nations, strengthen emergency responses and make the agency more accountable and transparent.

Tedros who is also a former foreign affairs minister will serve a five-year term in the new position which will be begin on July 1.

 

 

 

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THREE POLICEMEN KILLED IN IED ATTACK IN LIBOI, GARISSA COUNTY

3 police officers killed in Liboi, Garissa county

Three police officers have been killed after a vehicle they were travelling in hit a landmine today at 6am in Liboi, Garissa County.

The vehicle belongs to Kulan AP Post, which is said to be 8 kilometres away from the scene of crime and the officers were part of the heightened surveillance to secure the area, following reports that Al Shabaab was planning attacks in the border areas.

The attack comes a day after Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet warned that Al Shabaab terrorists are planning to cross over into the country to launch attacks at the border areas.

Last week Suspected Al shabaab militants killed a chief and abducted two Kenya Police Reservists (KPR) in Omar Jillo village, Mandera County just days after killing two miners in a quarry in Elwak.

According to the IG, the militia is desperate following heightened operation by KDF in Somalia and have resorted to break into small groups and sneak in the country.Boinnet has urged the public across the country to be vigilant and report any suspicious activities to the police.

AL SHABAAB ABDUCT TWO POLICE RERVISTS IN MANDERA ATTACK

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UHURU JOINS WORLD LEADERS IN CONDEMNING MANCHESTER ATTACK

Manchester arena attack

President Uhuru Kenyatta has joined the list of leaders across the globe, who have come out to condemn the terror attack in Manchester,UK, that has left 22 people dead and scores injured.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the United Kingdom after the tragic incident in Manchester last night” Uhuru said on his facebook page.

“Kenya knows what it is like to suffer a tragedy such as this, so our hearts go out to the U.K., and especially to the families which have woken to devastating news this morning.

We share a long history with the UK; we remain allies and partners. I have assured the Prime Minister, Rt Hon Theresa May, that she will have any help we can give; and that we will stand with her and with her country in the fight against extremism,” He said.

Manchester Arena Blast

Theresa May referred to the atrocity as an “appalling terrorist attack”.

All our thoughts are with the victims of the attack and the families of those who have been affected. We are working to establish the full details of what is being treated by the police as an appalling terrorist attack,” May said.

The attack, which occurred after a suicide bomber blew himself up at a jam-packed American pop singer Ariana Grande concert in the Manchester arena on Monday night, is the deadliest in the country since the bombing of London’s transport system in July 2005.

British Prime Minister Theresa May

Most of the victims were children, and their families. The attack comes weeks ahead of the snap General Elections called by Theresa May ahead of formal talks for Britain to exit the European Union.

“We stand in absolute solidarity with the people of the United Kingdom. So many young, beautiful, innocent people living and enjoying their lives murdered by evil, losers in life,” US President Donald Trump said.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted: Pained by the attack in Manchester. We strongly condemn it. Our thoughts are with the families of the deceased & prayers with the injured.”

 “The incident will only strengthen our resolve to…work together with our British friends against those who plan and carry out such inhumane deeds.” German Chancellor Angela Merkel said.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said: This incident, this attack, is especially vile, especially criminal, especially horrific because it appears to have been deliberately directed at teenagers. This is an attack on innocents. Surely there is no crime more reprehensible than the murder of children. This is a direct and brutal attack on young people everywhere, on freedom everywhere.”

 

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NANOK ELECTED CHAIRMAN COUNCIL OF GOVERNORS

Josephat Nanok elected chairman, Council Of Governors (COG)

Turkana Governor Josephat Nanok was yesterday elected as the new Council of Governors (COG) Chairman to replace Peter Munya whose term has ended after serving for two years.

Nanok becomes the third governor to hold the seat after Peter Munya and Bomet governor Isaac Ruto.

Taita Taveta Governor John Mruttu retained the deputy chairman’s position while William Kabogo is the new chief whip, replacing Ukur Yattani of Marsabit County.
In his acceptance speech, Nanok stated that the influence of the COG in government has grown substantially.

“Our influence in government affairs has grown substantially in recent years, a result of persistent and well-considered work and thanks to a dedicated team of Governors and a very capable Secretariat. We are rapidly realizing our mission of becoming a global benchmark of excellence in devolution that is non-partisan,” he said.

“I will do all that is within my power to push the devolution agenda forward. I am going to work with all the stakeholders in devolution. I have seen the benefits in partnerships and understand that they enable us amplify our effectiveness. We will source for alliances where practical. We will promote teamwork and mutually beneficial outcomes.
I thank you” Nanok said.

Governor Munya highlighted his achievements as the council of governors chairman which include; signing an agreement with the National Treasury to allow county governments to get conditional grants from donors directly from the National Treasury, rather than through the Ministries.

“This allows counties to avoid perennial shortages and protects the distinctness of the county governments,” Munya said.
“In March 2016, the Kenya Devolution Support Programme-for Results was approved by the World Bank. The World Bank approved an International Development Association (IDA) credit of US$200 million for the programme, which is aimed at boosting the delivery of devolved services to citizens in the counties, with particular emphasis on these five core sectors: public finance management systems: human resource management; planning and monitoring and evaluation systems; civic education and public participation, and intergovernmental relations,” he added.
Munya added that under his tenure, COG managed to get $191.1 million from the World Bank to support the Transforming Health Systems for Universal Care project.

“The project seeks to improve the efficiency, effectiveness and quality of primary health care services for reduced health costs, increased workforce participation and increased productivity,” he said.

 

 

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SHOW OF MIGHT AS POLITICIANS FLEX FINANCIAL MUSCLES IN 2017 ELECTION CAMPAIGNS

The upcoming august 2017 general elections have been touted to be the most flashy and competitive in the country’s history and going by the massive numbers of heavily branded cars and choppers that candidates used ahead of the just concluded party nominations, it’s evident that politicians are out to engage each other in a show of might.

The official campaign period as stated by IEBC kicks off on 8th May to 5th August, ahead of the August elections and in a country where money plays a big role in polls, Kenyans can only expect the show off to heighten.

In September last year, ODM unveiled branded 47 buses and over 800 vehicles that will be used in the campaigns after Jubilee unveiled 47 SUV’s ahead of its party launch.

Battle In The Skies

The chopper has remained the ultimate campaign tool for the wealthiest politicians, with those who don’t own them opting to lease.

Last year, The Kenya civil aviation authority (KCAA) issued At least 59 newly imported helicopters with operating licenses.

Uasin Gishu governor aspirant Zedekiah Buzeki, who is running as an independent candidate against the incumbent Jackson Mandago, plans to use six helicopters branded and 100 vehicles.

politicians who own choppers include; former Mathira MP Ephraim Maina, president Uhuru Kenyatta’s family Raila Odinga, William ruto, Peter Kenneth, Nicholas Biwott, Kalonzo Musyoka, Musalia Mudavadi and the Moi family.

Hiring a chopper reportedly costs between sh 150,000 -180,000 per hour.

Small passenger helicopters cost between Sh100 and 200 million in Europe or America but the cost of import duties and final assembly in Kenya can easily double the cost to Sh400 million plus. The more upmarket Eurocopter EC135 which is also used in Kenya carries 7 passengers for 620 kilometres and costs $3.9 million (Sh390 million).

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