President Kenyatta and Deputy President William reshuffle cabinet

President Kenyatta and Deputy President William reshuffle cabinet

President Uhuru reshuffled his cabinet yesterday, increasing the ministries from 19 to 20 and state departments from 26 to 41.

He said that the move was aimed at enhancing service delivery  in the public sector as more ministries would allow cabinet secretaries to focus better on their deliverables and drive the economic growth of the country. The president also said that he will announce reorganisation of the executive office of the President within the next two weeks.

Former assistant minister Mwangi Kiunjuri has been nominated to the docket of Planning and Devolution, which was headed by Ann Waiguru who resigned last week,citing health issues.

Fred Matiang’i who has been moved from Ministry of ICT will now take over the Education docket from Jacob Kaimenyi, who has been moved  to the Lands Ministry.

Here’s the full list of nominees;  Mwangi Kiunjuri (Devolution and Planning), Dan Kazungu (Mining), Willy Bett (Agriculture) Cecille Karimi Kariuki (Public Service, Sports and Youth) Joe Mucheru (ICT), Charles Keter (Energy), Cleophas Mwinzi (Health), Judi Wangalwa Wakhungu ( Environment, and Natural Resources), Eugene Wamalwa (Water), Henry Rotich (Treasury), Hassan Wario (Sports), Fred Matiang’i (Education), James Macharia (Transport),Joseph Nkaisserry ( Interior), Amina Mohammed (Foreign Affairs), Najib Balala (Tourism), Phylis Kandie (Labour), Rachel Omamo (Defence), Prof Jacob Kaimenyi (Lands), Adan Mohammed (Industrialisation) and Githu Muigai for Attorney General.

Uhuru urged Parliament to fast track the vetting and approval of the new cabinet nominees in order to allow efficiency of public service.

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Pope Francis

Pope Francis

The government has finally declared Thursday the 26th November a public holiday to the joy of many employees.

State House Spokesperson Manoah Esipisu said in a statement the government has decided to dedicate the day as a national day of prayer and reflection.

“The Government of Kenya has declared 26th November 2015 a Public Holiday and a National Day of Prayer and Reflection.

As we are privileged to be hosting His Holiness the Pope at the time, he will set the tone for the day,” Esipisu said.

Pope Francis will arrive in the country on Wednesday evening for a three day visit, the first leg of his historic African tour. On Thursday he will hold a public mass at the University of Nairobi grounds where thousands of Catholics from across the country are expected to converge.

He will also address the youth in a forum at the Kasarani Stadium in which thousands are expected to attend and also visit the poor at Kangemi slums.

Its 20 years since Kenya had a papal visit  after the late Pope John Paul II last visit in September 1995.

It’s feared that the traffic inconvenience that will come with the Holy Father’s arrival in the country will be worse than that witnessed during Obama’s visit in July this year considering the major roads that will remain closed according to the details released by the Nairobi County Traffic Department on the roads expected to be affected by Pope Francis’ visit.

After his visit in Kenya, Pope Francis will depart to Uganda and thereafter to  the Central African Republic.

Below is the pope’s itinerary in Kenya;

Pope Francis itinerary in Kenya

Pope Francis itinerary in Kenya

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CS Sports,culture & Arts Hassan Wario

CS Sports,culture & Arts Hassan Wario

Cord leader Raila Odinga has called for the resignation of Sports Cabinet Secretary Hassan Wario following the incompetence showed last week, which disrupted the national team’s travel to Cape Verde for a return match in the 2018 World Cup qualification, which Harambee stars lost.

Raila, who was Speaking to the press yesterday in Kisumu after launching two motor boats to boost tourism in Lake Victoria, termed the situation ‘absurd’ and maintained that it ruined the spirit of players and football fans who ended up losing the match.

“That was a do-or-die fixture and if the ministry (Sports) had no money, the Cabinet Secretary would have gone to treasury himself to get money to allow the players travel to Cape Verde. All we needed was a draw,” he said.

He accused the ministry and Federation of Kenya Football (FKF) of negligence and also wants the later to be overhauled.

“The fixture between Harambee Stars and Cape Verde was released early enough and the Cabinet Secretary could have allocated money one month before the date having known that it was to be played in two legs,” said Raila.

After winning 2-0 against Cape Verde last week, Harambee stars were forced to travel for 22 hours to Cape Verde via a chartered plane for their return match following dramatic mismanagement issue that left FKF’s chairman Sam Nyamweya and the ministry shifting blame.

Wario is also under fire on social media where the hashtag; #ArrestWario has been trending.

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Al-Shabaab 3Terrorists have launched a terror attack in Radison Blu Hotel in Malian capital of Bamako in an execution similar to that of Kenya’s Westgate Mall in 2013.

Reports indicate that jihadists screaming ‘Allahu Akbar’ launched grenade and went on a shooting rampage in the hotel before taking 170 people hostage. It’s also alleged that they released a handful of guests who could recite the Koran.

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Ruto & SangKenya’s  delegation to the Assembly of States Parties has threatened to lead a mass walkout and even withdrawal from the Rome Statute should the International Criminal Court (ICC) dismiss their case seeking to have rule 68 suspended.

The contentious rule allows the use of recanted evidence at the ICC and Kenya with the support of the African Union and several other countries (AU) is against the rule being used in the ongoing cases of deputy president William Ruto and journalist Joshua Arap Sang.

Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Ms Mohamed said Kenya’s position on the use of the Rule 68 adopted during the 12th Assembly’s meeting has been violated after Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda was allowed to use recanted evidence by six witnesses.

“We are here to restate that rule will not be applied to the case against the Deputy President and Sang. That was the agreement during the meeting in 2013,” Ms Mohamed said.

Mr Ruto’s lawyers protested against the rule in August, arguing it was detrimental to the survival of their client and have appealed for its reversal. ICC Judge Sanji Monageng Maseno who promised Rule 68 would not apply in Kenya case stepped aside from hearing appeal.

Kenya is also seeking to have an audit of how the ICC witnesses in the two cases were procured in the apparent drawn-out battle against the ICC, which has seen the prosecutor Fatou Bensouda lobby against the country’s agenda.

Foreign affairs cabinet secretary Amina Mohammed told the 14th session of the national assembly of state parties that Kenya was disappointed with the conduct of the ICC with regard to the two cases.

“Our expectations have been dampened by the activities of the court. The decision of the judge to apply Rule 68 in the case against the deputy president was regrettable. We are equal members of the assembly and we should be made to feel equal through equal application of the law,” Ms Mohammed said.

“The court’s current disposition must be challenged by all those with goodwill… It was a regrettable decision by the trial chamber to apply the amended Rule 68 in the Ruto case. Amendments to rules of procedure should not prejudice the accused. The myth that Africans are complacent in the face of impunity is unwarranted,” she added.

The 14th Session of the Assembly of State Parties in The Hague, Netherlands brings together countries that have ratified the Rome Statute, its financiers and the UN Security Council.




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