NYAOGA COMMISSION CALLS FOR DISSOLUTION OF MAKUENI COUNTY GOVERNMENT

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Governor Kibutha Kibwana

The fate of Makueni County government hangs in the balance following the recommendations of a commission of inquiry, which had been appointed by president Uhuru to look into the matter, called for its suspension and subsequent dissolution

The Mohammed Nyaoga- led commission handed its report to the President in State house Mombasa yesterday, who is expected as per the constitution, to give his verdict within 7 days and send the report to the Senate.

“Today I received the report of the Commission of Inquiry into the petition to suspend Makueni County Government. In line with the County Government Act, I will render my decision on the report and its recommendation within the statutory timeline of 7 days”. As posted on president Uhuru’s Facebook page.

Early this year, more than 50,000 residents of Makueni County petitioned the president to suspend the county following incessant wrangles between Governor Kivutha Kibwana and Members of the County Assembly.

In their petition, the residents had argued that the protracted infighting between the two arms of government had paralyzed operations in the county and that dissolution was the only solution to end the impasse.

Governor Kibutha Kibwana welcomed the report and through a Facebook post, said that his government was ready for the Nyaoga commission verdict and would respect it.

“When our lawyer made his final submissions to the Nyaoga commission he stated that the county government submits itself to the mercy of the people of Makueni and the Senate. The People of Kenya are sovereign according to Article One of the Constitution. Let us all accept the verdict of the commission.Whatever the verdict our people have proved to themselves worthy defenders of devolution.They have made history.”

SENATE TO HAVE LAST WORD ON FATE OF COUNTY

The final verdict on the possible dissolution of the county however lies with the senate, which after receiving the report from the president, is also expected within seven days to give its verdict on the same.

“The President has seven days to send the report to the Senate, which also has seven days to dispense it. Upon receipt of the same, the Senate will either pass or reject it,” said Makueni senator Mr Kilonzo Jnr.

The county can only stand suspended if at least 24 out of 47 elected Senators vote in favour of the recommendation. If the county is suspended, Governor Kibwana, his deputy, the executive and Members of the County Assembly will be barred from transacting county business but will be entitled to half pay for 90 days.

An interim County Management Board shall be appointed to take charge. If the suspension is not lifted within 90, then the Governor, his deputy and Members of the County Assembly will lose their jobs, and a fresh election held. All nominated MCAs will also lose their jobs.

Senate Minority Leader Moses Wetang’ula (Bungoma) said that the senate will observe fairness and provisions of the law in handling the report.

“We will treat this report fairly and justly, taking into account the provisions of the law. We will consider the facts available and the interest of the county as the Senate seeks to defend and entrench devolution,” said Mr Wetang’ula.

Under article 192 of the Constitution, the President may suspend a county in an emergency arising out of internal conflict or war or any other exceptional circumstances.

If disbanded, Makueni County government will go down in history as the first to be dissolved under the new Constitution.

 

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MULTICHOICE ON THE SPOTLIGHT AS KENYANS CALL TO BOYCOTT DSTV

DStv-digitalSouth Africa based MultiChoice has hit a nerve in another African country following an announcement to its Kenyan DSTV subscribers that the monthly subscriptions has been increased to sh 9,400 per month starting from next month.

“Dear DSTV subscriber, due to currency depreciation, please is advised that from 1st October, the subscription for DSTV premium will be Kes 9,400 pm” reads the text by DSTV.

Kenyans, who are already grappling with the high cost of inflation, did not take this lightly and have taken to social media in protest with the Consumer Federation of Kenya (COFEK) starting an online petition to call for the boycott of DSTV until Multichoice addresses the issue.

“Calling on all DSTV consumers in Kenya, even if you can afford, please sacrifice for the rest of Kenyans consumers’ #BoycottDstvKErenewal for the month of September until we receive answers,” Cofek’s petition reads in part.

DSTV’S popularity and loyalty  in Kenya and across Africa is largely because of the European Premier League as multichoice enjoys the exclusive rights to air but its uncompetitive prices has seen the product remain elusive to majority of Kenyans even after the  big switch off from analog to digital transmission.()

DSTV LIMITS EPL TO PREMIUM BOUQUET

In July this year, multi choice made it even worse after moving all EPL matches from super sport 3 to the DSTV Premium bouquet, which is the most expensive, a move that was largely critiqued by Soccer fans across the continent.

Kenya becomes the latest country to air out its discontent with multichoice after other African countries like Nigeria, Zambia and Ghana took to social media under a similar hashtag “boycot Dstv” early this year following an ad hoc increment in the Dstv subscription fees. (jaguda.com/2015/03/05/nigerians-on-twitter-call-for-a-boycott-of-dstv-after-price-increase/)

According to most critics, mutlichoice “exploitation”of its subscribers is largely Due to lack of competition.

#BOY COTT DSTV KE

Below are some of the tweets under Kenya’s trending hashtag # #BoyCottDstvKe;

Sewe frankline :  I am so angry with @DStv_Kenya your packages are not worth what you are charging us you got to sort it out quickly #BoycottDstvKE

Tony ‏:  I haven’t seen even a single tweet from professor Bamba! Where are you Jackton? We are in distress yawaa, We need your wisdom #BoycottDstvKE

stanley karanja ‏:   #BoycottDstvKE am not boycotting, i simply won’t pay, it is no longer sustainable to pay 9400 for TV which i only view during weekends!

Mungara Gathogo:  You can only enjoy one channel at a time. Most of the middle class are at work from 8-5pm daily. You need internet,not TV #BoycottDstvKe

It’s Kevin™ ‏:  I echo the words of Professor Jackton J. Omollo aka Profesa Bamba…. “Pay for RENT, pay for UNGA but do not pay for TV!” #BoycottDstvKE

Collins Mutiso ‏: When the Dollar reduces against Kshs u don’t reduce the price. When the Dollar increases against Kshs you increase the price #BoycottDstvKE

 

 

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ATHLETES ARRIVE HOME TO CHAMPS WELCOME

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Athletes jet into the country after a historic show in the IAAF World Championships in Beijing

Kenyan athletes who were competing in the just concluded IAAF world champions in Beijing have arrived back in the country to a grand welcoming early today at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).

Deputy President William Ruto, Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko and Sports CS Hassan Wario led other leaders together with friends and relatives of the athletes to welcome the World Champions.

“You have made us proud and made history in the whole world. Kenya is magical, Kenya is a country of tremendous opportunities.

“We have always done well but this is exceptional,” said Ruto.

Bikers from the super Bikers Club, led by blogger and activist Boniface Mwangi, added glamour to the occasion by providing to escort the runners, who were  transported by posh vehicles from Chrysler Owners Club together with the fleet of Sonko Rescue Team limousines.

The athletes bagged 16 medals in Beijing (7 gold, 6 silver and 3 bronze) emerging top of the medal table in the World Championships, beating heavyweights Jamaica and the United States of America, a first in history.

The convoy left for the KICC where the athletes had breakfast with Ruto and other leaders. The team is on scheduled to have breakfast with President Uhuru Kenyatta at Statehouse on Thursday.

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KENYA APPLAUDED FOR MILESTONES IN GIRL CHILD EDUCATION

first ladyKenya has been acknowledged in the just concluded World Assembly for Women (WAW) conference in Japan for the progress made in the girl child education and also for the recognition of its women in politics.

The country’s First Lady Margaret Kenyatta, who was one of the delegates in the conference   attributed Kenya’s greatest pillar on girl-child education to the constitution, which recognizes the importance of education as a basic right for all its children

“Our experience in Kenya has been that increasing girl’s participation in schools over time yields some of the highest returns of all development investments, with private and social benefits accruing to individuals, families and society,” she said.

Other interventions by the Government include Free Primary Education and Free Day Secondary Education introduced in 2003 and 2008 respectively and whose overall objective is to increase access, equity, quality and relevance in basic education.

WOMEN IN POLITICS

The first lady also stated that the government was keen on implementing the constitution in order to meet the two thirds gender rule and maintained that women in the country continue to assume top leadership and managerial positions previously dominated by men.

The WAW conference, now in its second edition, is a brain-child of the Japanese Premier.

Margaret Kenyatta also launched the third edition of the ‘Beyond Zero’ first lady’s marathon, which is scheduled for March 6th 2016.

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CHEAP SUGAR GOOD FOR MWANANCHI- WORLD BANK STUDY

Import sugar prefered option by World Bank

World Bank supports importation of sugar in Kenya

A study by World Bank indicates that importing of cheap sugar would save Kenyan consumers some substantial amount of money.

According to the ‘Competition in Kenyan Markets and Its Impact on Income and Poverty: Case Study on Sugar and Maize’, which seeks to investigate the link between competitive, well-functioning food markets and consumer welfare, the prices of local sugar is considerably above world prices due to current policies aimed at shielding the domestic industry from competition.

The study observes that from 2009 to 2012, Kenyan wholesale prices were on average 149 percent above the international wholesale sugar price.

Consequently, the burden falls on poor consumers who have no choice than to contend with the high prices because sugar remains a basic necessity for most households.

“On the contrary, it is precisely this protection against competition from more efficient producers that allows the sugar sector in Kenya to remain so unproductive,” authors Jonathan Argent and Tania Begazo said in the study.

CHEAP SUGAR IMPORTS FROM UGANDA NECESSARY

Apparently, the study was published in January by the World Bank’s Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice Group months before the now controversial sugar deal signed by president Uhuru and Uganda’s Museveni a few weeks ago, allowing for the importation of cheap sugar from Uganda to Kenya.

The authors argue that if Kenya cannot become a low-cost producer of sugar, then in the long-run, it would be better to lower trade barriers and allow other countries to subsidize Kenya’s consumption of cheap sugar.

“Tariff and non-tariff barriers such as the suggested locking out of Uganda sugar, are no panacea for the domestic challenges in the industry. On the contrary, it is precisely this protection against competition from more efficient producers that allows the sugar sector in Kenya to remain so unproductive,” the authors maintain.

REDUCE POVERTY

The paper shows that relaxing trade barriers to allow sugar prices to fall by 20 percent could reduce poverty by 1.5 percent and see just over 40,000 families cross the poverty line.

This, they argue, will happen because low sugar prices will help the consumers to channel the saved shillings to other household commodities.

According to the last household survey (KIHBS of 2004/5), at least 89 percent of households regularly consume sugar and going by the current cost of inflation its almost certain that mwanachi will no longer be keen on remaining loyal to the local sugar at the expense of their already stretched pockets,  when there is an alternative of cheap sugar.

 

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