MPS SUE SRC OVER PAY CUT  

 

SRC Chariperson – Sarah Serem

The Parliamentary Service Commission (PSC) has moved to court under a certificate of urgency to have the Salaries and Remuneration Commission barred from gazetting a notice reflecting the new pay structure for Members of Parliament.

The MPs argue that the new pay structure, which SRC revealed in July, did not consider the high cost of living while trimming the pay for the 12th parliament.

According to the MPs SRC failed to conduct a study on labor market efficiency, dynamics on the prevailing economic situation and a comprehensive job evaluation before reviewing and setting the new structures of salaries, remuneration and benefits of state officers.

In July this year slashed salaries of top government officials in the latest effort by the commission to tame the ballooning public wage bill.

 Under the reviewed salary structures for 2017-2022, MPs’ salaries slashed from Sh 710,000 to Sh 621, 250 per month and scrapped off both sitting and mileage allowances.

The President’s monthly gross will now be Ksh1.4 million from Ksh1.6m; the Deputy President’s Ksh1,227,188, down from  1,402,500 while the salaries for Cabinet Secretaries will be Ksh924,000 from Sh1,056 000. Permanent Secretaries will be earning Sh765, 000 from Sh874, 000 while that of Speakers of both houses has been reduced to Sh1.1m down from 1.3 and Governors Sh924k.

If implemented, the new salary structure will save the country Sh 8.8 billion per annum, bringing down the wage bill to about 35% of the GDP.

SRC SLASHES SALARIES OF TOP GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS

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REPORT: POLICE GANG RAPED WOMEN DURING 2017 POST ELECTION CHAOS

There was widespread sexual violence against women and girls perpetrated by the Kenyan police during the post-election chaos that erupted after the August elections.

According to the report by The Human Rights Watch titled; “They were men in uniform”: Sexual violence against women and girls in Kenya’s 2017 elections” “majority of the victims were gang raped (both vaginally and anally), others were violated with objects and dirt inserted in their private parts and in at least one case, a girl died after being raped.

All the victims said that they were sexually violated by men in police uniform.

“About half of the women interviewed said that they were raped by policemen or men in uniform, and some described being attacked by men in uniform with beards and rastas (dreadlocks). Other survivors said they were raped by civilians, “the report observes.

The report further states that most of the attacks were accompanied by additional acts of torture and physical violence, and some attackers subdued their victims with verbal threats or by pointing guns or knives at them.

Lack of Goodwill To Prevent Sexual Violence

The report observes that state authorities have failed to prevent election-related sexual violence, properly investigate cases, hold perpetrators accountable, and ensure survivors of sexual violence have access to comprehensive, quality, and timely post-rape care.

Most of the victims of rape did not report the cases to the police as they largely felt they won’t get any help.

“I did not go to the police because even in 2007 we were abused by the police and we were told by police, ‘you cannot report the government to the government,” Said one of the victims identified by human rights watch as mercy Maina.

The Human Rights Watch report ges to recommend that Kenyan authorities should take measures to protect women and girls, as well as men and boys, against sexual violence, including by government security agents.

“They should ensure that there are clear codes of conduct and disciplinary measures in place with respect to police and security forces, and raise awareness and speak out against sexual violence. Kenyan authorities should ensure that all health workers have and follow a clear protocol for health services and referrals that should be provided to victims of sexual violence and that they and the police properly document and collect available evidence in all cases of sexual violence presented to them, and that the evidence is properly stored,” the report says.

The report; “They were men in uniform”: Sexual violence against women and girls in Kenya’s 2017 elections” “is based on interviews conducted by Human Rights Watch between September 25 and November 24, 2017 with 65 women, three girls, and three men who experienced sexual violence during the post-election period, and 12 witnesses to the election violence in some of Nairobi’s informal settlements, Kisumu, and Bungoma.

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RECIPIENTS OF 2017 HEAD OF STATE COMMENDATION A MOCKERY OF THE SPIRIT OF NATIONAL HONOURS

Dennis Itumbi, Jackie Maribe and Robert Alai conferred State Honour

By Winnie Kabintie

The recipients conferred with the National Honour by President Uhuru Kenyatta on Jamhuri day was a bad joke to say the least.

A “national honour” as defined by The National Honours Act, 2013 means an official recognition, decoration, status or award conferred by the President in line with Article 132(4) (c) of the Constitution.

According to the National Honours Act, 2013 which sets out the procedures and mechanisms for conferring of national honours, a person(s) shall merit the conferment of a national honour if the person is—

 (a) a person who exhibited or exhibits exemplary qualities, actions or achievements of heroism, sacrifice, bravery, patriotism or leadership for the defence, benefit or betterment of the country or a county;

(b) a person who has made an exemplary contribution to the country or a county in the economic, social, scientific, academic, public administration, governance, sports, journalism, business, security or other fields;

 (c) a State officer or public officer who has made an exemplary contribution to the betterment of the national or county governments, the executive, the judiciary, the legislature, an independent commission or an independent office;

 (d) a person who has otherwise brought honour, glory or pride to the Republic.

It was therefore mediocre and sadly laughable to see the 2017 list of recipients of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s commendation, a majority of whom DO NOT fit the bill based on the above-stipulated criteria.

The 2017 list of HEAD OF STATE COMMENDATION nominees included controversial bloggers, journalists and a musician whose “exemplary contribution” has not been to the Good of the Country or a County but by all means to the good of the JUBILEE GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION and it, therefore, wasn’t surprising to see the fury of Kenyans who took to social media to display their contempt on the recipients conferred with the State honour.

Bloggers Pauline Njoroge , Robert Alai and Dennis Itumbi who is also the director digital and diaspora communication at State House, are among the controversial people  awarded.

Others include, Citizen reporter Jackie Maribe, radio presenter Njogu Njoroge  and Martin Kamotho alias Githeriman – who came into limelight during the August 8 poll just because he was caught on camera on a voting queue eating githeri (a popular delicacy made of maize and beans) from a polythene bag.

What is even more tragic is that there is actually an advisory committee, which is tasked with recommending possible nominees to the president. The committee’s role in this particular function was either insignificant or misguided probably out of ignorance or sheer impunity.

Act Of Parliament Introduced Changes In Selection Of Recipients For State Honours

In the past, before parliament enacted the National Honours Act, 2013, the selection of recipients of national honours and the criteria used to identify them was unclear and as such beneficiaries would be awarded in an arbitrary manner mostly guided by political considerations, family connections other than merit.

In a country where jobs, tenders and even admission in government schools is awarded based on who you know and who, whom you know, knows (SIC) the last thing we expected to see is the government disregarding law just to pay homage to political cronies because this takes away the very sanctity of the very spirit of National Honours and belittles its value.

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ACTORS IMPRESSED BY SPECTACULAR ORGANIZATION AT KALASHA AWARDS 2017

KFC chairman Chris Foot and Kamene Goro (PHOTO Courtesy of Lady Photographer)

By Winnie Kabintie

I have had the privilege of attending several if not all Kalasha Awards but the 2017 edition of the event, which took place on Saturday at the Crown Plaza hotel Nairobi, was indeed worth its salt both in terms of organization and glamour; an observation that all actors who graced the occasion seem to be in accord with.

Kalasha Awards, christened “the Kenyan Oscars”, is presented by the Kenya Film Commission to honour the best in the industry.

Not only did the event kick off on time unlike in previous editions where the event would begin hours later as is the typical Kenyan style, and used to be hosted by clueless “outsider” hosts who knew nothing about the industry, the 2017 Kalasha awards was indeed outstanding.

Actors for once seemed happy with the process of nomination, which they said was more credible compared to previous Kalashas. They were also happy with representation in the event’s organization.

“ It was lit..it was amazing to say the least. Organization top notch. Presentation Top Notch. Flow of events Top Notch. People brought their A-Game on the red carpet. Food and drink in plenty. It was an industry affair for the industry to reward the industry without all that corporate mambo jambo the previous years Kalashas have had..my lord…i think this was without a doubt the best @kalashakenya Awards I’ve had the honour of attending.

To all the awarded winners of the night, congratulations. To the Kalasha Organisers…well done,” actor Gerald Langiri shared on his Facebook timeline.

“I really loved the organisation, today’s Kalasha now befit the title of “Kenyan Oscars”. the event was well organised, the glamour was all out and am happy to be among the winners crowned in this particular Kalasha,” Said actress Catherine Kamau, who was crowned best actress in a TV Drama.

“Thank you so much Kalasha for the nomination! I didn’t win the award but I already felt like I already did just by being nominated! 
I’m so honored to have been in the category with such amazing Kenyan actors! ,” said actress Mumbi Maina, a nominee in the Best Supporting Actress category.

According to KFC CEO Caroline Njoroge,  the visible transformation in the organization of the 2017 Kalasha was occasioned by interest from the industry to deliver a Kalasha brand that works in the current times.

“There is a lot of interest from the industry to deliver a Kalasha brand that works in the current times and the interest has been both local and international as well where embassies and international partners have been pushing for Kenyan content thus the need to ensure we deliver a product that is relevant to both,” said CEO Caroline Njoroge

Ms Njoroge also cited that Lack of government funding has been the biggest obstacle in delivering a world class event as the commission fully depends on the exchequer for its activities.

KENYA FILM COMMISSION AND THE KALASHA AWARDS 2012: BAD DAY AT BLACK ROCK OR ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOOS NEST?

 

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HORROR AS MORE THAN 60 KENYANS DIE IN ROAD ACCIDENTS IN THREE DAYS

The country was in shock on Tuesday afternoon following reports of yet another horrific accident in the Sachangwan along Nakuru-Eldoret Highway that left 30 people dead and scored injured just when the country was still coming to terms with news of the Monday night, accident at Kamukuywa Bridge along Webuye-Kitale Road that claimed 19 lives after the 14 seater matatu they were travelling in rammed into a tractor that was transporting sugar cane.

AT LEAST 30 KILLED IN SACHAGWAN ACCIDENT

The Sachagwan accident, which involved multiple vehicles, occurred after a truck driver who was being chased by NTSA lost control of the vehicle and hit oncoming vehicles. The crash involved a Modern Coast Bus, four Nissan matatus, a truck and several other private vehicles.

22 people died on the spot, 8 while receiving treatment.

23 DIE IN BARINGO ACCIDENT INVOLVING AP VEHICLE

On Saturday afternoon, 23 people were also killed and 15 injured after people died in a  road accident at Moinonin area along Marigat-Loruk Road in Baringo County after an Administration Police lorry veered off the road and rolled several times.

Most of the victims were Turkana residents who had hitched a ride on the truck and were headed to Kapedo from Marigat town. The victims boarded the police vehicle for safety, following attacks between the Pokot and Turkana at Kapedo and Lomelo, on the border of Baringo and Turkana counties.

According to witnesses, the victims actually thought that rescuers who came to their aid shortly after the accident occurred were bandits and started pleading with them not to kill them

SEVEN MUSICIANS KILLED IN GRISLY ACCIDENT

Hours later, seven musicians from the popular Kenene international band, a well-known Kalenjin music group, died in a grisly road accident at Maraba near Total along Nakuru-Eldoret highway after the car they were traveling in collided head-on with an oncoming truck.

There has been a public outcry to convert the Salgaa/ Sachangwan, a notorious black spot, to a dual carriage that road in order to curtail the numerous accidents that have been an issue along that stretch since the 90s.

 

 

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