GITHU MUIGAI APPEALS COURT RULING ON REGISTRATION OF LOBBY FOR GAYS AND LESBIANS

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LGBT rights group to be registered

Attorney General Professor Githu Muigai has filed an appeal against the Friday court ruling, which gave a nod allowing for the gay and lesbian rights’ group to register as an NGO.

Githu Muigai has maintained that he is only following the law as the proposed NGO for the gays and lesbians has a composite name that includes words which are legally unacceptable.

The High Court of Kenya, in a groundbreaking decision by judges Isaac Lenaola, Mumbi Ngugi and George Odunga, on April 24, 2015, ruled that members of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights group could formally register their organization.

The ruling came about following a petition filed by the National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (NGLHRC), which sought to be allowed to register under the Non-Governmental Organizations Coordination Board Act.

In March 2013 the Non-Governmental Organizations Coordination Board, rejected the group’s request on grounds that the name of the organization was “unacceptable,” and that it could not register it because Kenya’s penal code “criminalizes gay and lesbian liaisons.”

CHURCH CONDEMNS RULING ON REGISTRATION OF LOBBY FOR GAYS AND LESBIANS

The church has vehemently condemned the high court ruling arguing that it doesn’t take into consideration the rich African and Christian tradition that has formed and still continues to form. Church leaders have also blamed the decision on president Obama’s anticipated visit to Kenya in July.

“The coming in July of Obama has a suspect relationship with the ruling because wherever he has visited in Africa those countries adopted lesbianism as a pre condition to aid,” said Bishop Mark Kariuki, Presiding Bishop and General Overseer of Deliverance Churches Kenya.

Archbishop Eliud Wabukala of the Anglican Church urged the Registrar of Societies not to honour the court order.

MPS CALL FOR APPEAL

Earlier in the week four MPs had petitioned Attorney General Githu Muigai and the Non Governmental Organization Co-ordination board, to appeal the High Court ruling.

The MPs led by leader of minority Francis Nyenze (Kitui West), minority whip Thomas Mwadeghu (Wundanyi), Abdulswamad Nassir (Mvita) and Irungu Kangata (Kiharu) faulted the court’s ruling and rallied Christians, Muslims and the Hindus to condemn the move.

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PASSPORT APPLICATION MADE EASY AS MINISTRY EMBRACES TECHNOLOGY

You can now apply passport online

You can now apply passport online

Applying for a Kenyan passport has now been made easier following the introduction of an electronic system by the immigration department, which will allow citizens to make their applications and payments online.

The eCitizen, platform will replace the traditional lengthy and hectic process of queuing at the immigration office.The online passport application platform allows citizens to make payments via Visa or Mpesa.

Tomorrow is expected to be the deadline for the manual applications as stated by the ministry.

“PLEASE NOTE; Manual passport applications will not be accepted as from 30th April 2015. A new queuing system has also been introduced. “The immigration department tweeted.

HOW THE ONLINE PASSPORT APPLICATION WORKS

In order to apply for your passport online, you will follow this link https://immigration.ecitizen.go.ke/index.php. Once you have filled everything online, you will also be required to make the payments online as well. Once you have done all that, then you can now go the immigration office and head straight to the e-citizen teller where the remaining bit will be finalized in just five minutes. You will then get live updates of your application progress via SMS and Email.

KENYA TO INTRODUCE E-PASSPORT

The immigration department has also announced that a new E-passport, which will contain a chip that has every detail of an individual, will be announced by November this year.

DON’T BE DUPED

The PS has cautioned Kenyans to beware of crooks who might be out to con them and has through a tweet warned against sending money to individuals.

“DON’T give/send money 2 other individuals/entities when doing an application at our offices, EXCEPT at the cashier’s then get a receipt,” he tweeted.

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JAGUAR JOINS NACADA AS UHURU APPOINTS 302 CIVIL SERVANTS

Jaguar appointed in the NACADA

Jaguar appointed as a board member in NACADA

Kenya’s celebrated singer and philanthropist Jaguar has been appointed as a board member of the National Authority for Campaign against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NACADA).

Jaguar, who has had close relations with Uhuru joins 302 officials named by the president to the 79 state corporations.

UHURU APPOINTS 302 TO FILL PARASTATAL JOBS

State house announced yesterday that the president had made 302 appointments to the civil service.

According to the statement by statehouse, the changes are part of reform and transformation of the Parastatal Sector as a key ingredient for enhancing the quality and timeliness of service delivery and accelerating economic development as a critical link to building technical capacity and transfer of knowledge in our country.

“Following the Presidential Taskforce on Parastatal Reforms, the administration has systematically assessed the strengths and weaknesses in the Structure and Operations of Parastatals, interrogated the policies on the management and governance of the parastatals with the aim of determining how best they would contribute to the pursuit of national development aspirations, facilitating the transformation of our country into a great land of prosperity and opportunity for all, “read the statement, which was signed by State House spokesman Manoah Esipisu.

“In making the appointments, the administration has tapped into the wisdom, experience and knowledge of our senior citizens, while embracing the energy, enthusiasm and innovation of our young people,” it added.

 FORMER CABINET MINISTERS 

Several former cabinet ministers are among the individuals appointed by President Uhuru Kenyatta to chair various parastatals.

Among the appointees is Soita Shitanda who will be the chairperson of the Agricultural Development Corporation, Omingo Magara as chairperson of the Kenyatta International Convention Centre, Former Cabinet Minister Samuel Poghisio as chairperson of the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority Board and Musikari Kombo as chairperson of the Water Services Trust Fun for a period of three years.

Also in the list is Raila Odinga’s Sister Dr Wenwa Akinyi Odinga who previously served as a diplomat in the United States.

She has been appointed alongside Dr Joseph Mutai to be members of the Board of the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI).

Veteran conservationist Richard Leakey (70) was also appointed as chairman of the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) Board. Leakey helped slow poaching in the country two decades ago.

All the appointees will serve for a period of three years.

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KENYANS CONTINUE TO DECRY HIGH COST OF LIVING

 

3rd-may-world-press-freedom-day-352013The high cost of living is on top of serious problems facing Kenyans after corruption and unemployment according to a new poll.

The poll by Ipsos Synovate, which was conducted between March 28th and April 7th this year, shows that 26 per cent of the 1,964 people interviewed were concerned about inflation, followed by corruption (19 per cent) and unemployment (16 per cent).

HIGH LEVELS OF POVERTY

Poverty remains a huge challenge for a significant number of Kenyans with 78% saying there is poverty in their area.

44% of households in Kenya earn less than 10,000 shillings a month while 33% earn between 10,000 and 25,000 shillings, with Only 6% Kenyans earning more than 40,000 shillings.

Eight-in-ten Kenyans (78%) of those sampled in the report said that poverty exists in their locality, with two in every five (43%) respondents (households) stating that they do not get enough food to eat every day.

COUNTRY HEADED IN WRONG DIRECTION

52 per cent of those interviewed are not happy with the direction the country is headed with only 29 per cent saying that the country is heading in the right direction.

When dived along political party affiliations, the opinions differed with Jubilee supporters expressing a higher level of confidence in the government compared to those allied to Cord.

According to the poll, 41 per cent of Jubilee supporters said the country was headed in the right direction, compared to 35 per cent who disagreed. Among Cord supporters, by contrast, 74 per cent said they thought the country was headed in the wrong direction compared to 35 per cent who disagreed.

The results of the latest poll are somehow parallel to a similar poll by the same firm, conducted between August and September last year. In the later poll, Kenyans had also identified the high cost of living and unemployment as the two most serious problems facing the country.

 

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MATEMU SUSPENSION AND WHY GRAFT BODY IS BASICALLY A TOOTHLESS DOG

Mumo Matemu and his Deputy suspended by the president

Mumo Matemu and his deputy Irene Keino suspended by the president

President Uhuru Kenyatta has suspended the chairman of the Ethics and Anti- Corruption Commission (EACC) Mumo Matemu and his deputy Irene Keino after parliament voted yesterday to have the duo sent home.

State House spokesperson Manoah Esipisu said in a statement the two would remain out of office pending investigation by a tribunal to be formed by President Kenyatta.

“They are suspended from undertaking all functions and duties of those offices with immediate effect pending the outcome of the tribunal, which will be set up in accordance with the law. This process in no way hinders the work of the organization which remains constitutionally established and operational,” read part of the statement by State House to the media.

130 MPs against 52 voted to send home the EACC bosses, while three MPs abstained from voting. The legislators also recommended the President to set up a tribunal to probe the matter.

Matemu and his deputy Irene Keino are also accused of incompetence and abuse of office.

IMPUNITY FIGHTS BACK ANTI CORRUPTION BODY

The crisis facing Matemu and his deputy is not new and it has somehow become the norm for the anti-corruption body to be targeted whenever it rattles some untouchable elements while exercising its mandate to tackle the massive corruption within the government.

The two had told the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee that their woes set in when they went for the Anglo Leasing files.

Matemu is suffering the same fate as his predecessors, who have been kicked out of office by MPs in acts of vengeance.

The last man to serve as Kenya Anti-Corruption Commisison (KACC) boss before it was scrapped and replaced by the EACC was Lawyer Patrick Lumumba, popularly known as PLO.

PLO, who was appointed in September 2010 only to be shown the door barely a year later (August 2011) had introduced a new vigour into the graft war but was removed from office along with his team in 2011 after MPs voted to disband the KACC, allegedly in order to fulfill a constitutional requirement to create a new commission.

Prior to being ousted, KACC had launched a number of probes including an investigation into the management of the Constituency Development Funds (CDF) where MPs act as patrons. PLO was also probing the Anglo-leasing scandal as well as inquiring some Members of Parliament during that time, who had been linked to corruption scandals. Read more

Such deliberate intrusion by parliament absolutely incapacitates the anti-graft body; rendering it a toothless dog as far as its mandate to fight corruption in Kenya is concerned.

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