ICPD25 Summt Opens in Nairobi Amidst Criticism From The Church

ICPD25 opens in Nairobi

The International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) christened, ICPD+25, has opened up in Nairobi, 25 years since the first…

His President Uhuru Kenyatta, officially opened the summit on Tuesday, alongside Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, Deputy Secretary-General of the UN and Dr. Natalia Kanem, Executive Director UNFPA.

The ICPD Nairobi summit brings together 4000 delegates to deliberate on Sexual and reproductive health rights.

What is ICPD+25?

The ICPD in reference was held in Cairo, Egypt in 1994 and from it a Program of Action was developed that changed the whole perspective of development by placing population issues at the center of development and shifting the main goal of national population policies to that of improving the well-being of citizens.

ICPD also identified enhanced access to reproductive health as critical to the development and Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3.7 has years later reinforced this view and given prominence to improved reproductive health.

Kenya is one of the 179 member countries that committed to the ICPD 1994 PoA and has consistently worked towards achieving the PoA objectives and has been conducting ICPD reviews every five years. The country Kenya is also a very active member of the FP2020 movement and has achieved remarkable progress by surpassing family planning targets and continuously seeking ways of improving the family planning program as a pathway towards the management of population growth and consequently attaining a quality life for its population.

The secretariat for the ICPD Nairobi Summit is the National Council for Population and Development (NCPD).

Church Leaders oppose ICPD Summit on Abortion Claims

Church leaders have condemned the summit, arguing that it’s aimed at pushing the country to legalize abortion and homosexuality.

The clergy told the organizers that the Country is a God-fearing nation and will not welcome any plans to legalize abortion and homosexuality.

Deputy President William Ruto also over the weekend joined religious leaders in cautioning, organizers of the upcoming International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD25) against using the platform to advance homosexuality and abortion.

Ruto e assured Christians that the Government would not allow the introduction of practices that contradict the teachings of the Bible.

“We would stand firm as leaders to oppose any teachings and issues that go against our stand as Christians,” he said.

ICPD organizers have however maintained that the summit advocates for the quality of life and giving people the necessary rights and choices to acquire it.



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Youth Employees Making a Difference in Public Service – DPP Nordin Haji –


By Winnie Kabintie

Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji has acknowledged the role young people can play in transforming the Public Service.

The DPP was speaking to youth participants with interests in the Public Service, at a round table forum, which was organized by the Emerging Leaders Foundation (ELF)  together with the Emerging Public Leaders foundations (EPL) with the aim of discussing youth inclusion in the public service.

According to the DPP, young people who comprise 60% of the staff at ODPP, are notably making a difference in the institution.

Noordin Haji further revealed that were it not for the unspirited drive and energy of these youthful employees, recent high profile cases his office has been investigating including the Dams scandal, would not have seen the light of day.

Integrity and Honesty

The DPP also urged the youth who are interested in venturing in the public service to exercise high levels of integrity, shun corruption and refuse to be complacent.

“Aspire to be leaders of integrity, principled & hardworking. No shortcuts! In the Public Service, you will always encounter people who are resistant but that should not discourage you. Stand firm and bring change. Don’t be complacent,” He said.

Team Work

Noordin Haji further encouraged the youth to embrace the spirit of teamwork and always work to empower each other.

“When you get the chance and the exposure you need, give a chance to another young person and advise them. Build each other, don’t tear each other down, that way you build a team that you can succeed with,” the DPP added.

The DPP thanked the Emerging Leaders Foundation (ELF)  together with the Emerging Public Leaders foundations (EPL) for organizing the forum, which allowed youth to deliberate on how they can get involved in the public service.

Emerging Leadership Foundation is established in Ghana & Liberia with the aim of overall mindset change on youth in leadership in Africa.

“I believe this platform will serve as the seed that will grow the cadre of youth that will transform public service,”  said the DPP.


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Senate Gives Green light to raise Kenya’s debt ceiling to Ksh.9 trillion

The Senate voted on Wednesday, to raise the government’s borrowing ceiling to 9 trillion shillings ($87.29 billion).

The motion to raise the government’s debt ceiling garnered the support of 30 of the 47 senators.

The Ksh.9 trillion borrowing ceiling will replace the current threshold of debt in net present value (NPV) at no more than 50 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) as outlined in the Public Finance Management Act of 2012.

In June this year, Kenya’s total public debt rose to 62.3% of the gross domestic product in June this year, surpassing the recommended threshold 50% of GDP in the 2015/16 financial year.

According to the senators, the increase in the ceiling will also unlock 421 billion shillings worth of loans with foreign development agencies, which have been agreed but are yet to be signed due to the current breach of the ceiling.


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7 Arrested For Impersonating KCSE Candidates in Kisii

Two of the suspects arrested for impersonating KCSE candidates in Kisii

7 men were arrested on Tuesday at a private school in Kisii County for impersonating candidates sitting for the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE).

The culprits were nabbed at Milimani Ramasha Academy in Nyaribari Chache constituency.

According to Education Cabinet Secretary Prof George Magoha, the incident is part of a wider exam cheating plot in the ongoing examinations in Nyanza region.  Magoha has pitched tent in the region since the KCSE exams kicked off on Monday. Last week, the CS named Kisii as one of the examination cheating hotspots in the country.

The CS warned that anyone found colluding to cheat in the exams will be dealt with accordingly, saying that he was aware some parents in Homa Bay, Migori and Kisii counties have made contributions to buy examination papers.

The CS also cautioned school managers found engaging in examination malpractice by opening the exam papers ahead of the stipulated time.

“Keep watching to avoid earlier exposure, this morning we told them in every container to read and read again and these are people who managed schools, so you can’t say you opened it by mistake, that one we cannot hold and that why you will be responsible for your own mistake,” Magoha warned.

A supervisor was on Tuesday arrested in Nairobi West where an English Paper 2 examination was opened prematurely under unclear circumstances.

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CJ Maraga Says Executive “Frustrating” Judiciary

Chief Justice David Maraga

Chief Justice David Maraga has decried what he calls “high level intimidation and frustration” from the executive, saying it’s crippling the operations of the Judiciary.

Maraga cited among other things, budget cuts by the Treasury, which he says have an effect on court sittings.

According to the CJ, a circular communicating budget cuts, which was shared by Treasury on September 24 has brought most court operations to a halt, the most affected being Court of Appeal sittings outside Nairobi and mobile courts which he said were designed to serve inaccessible areas.

Maraga further stated that the judiciary cannot even afford fuel for judges.

“We have a huge backlog of cases which continue to pile because of lack of funds to even move judges around. Some judges are not able to get fuel for their cars and we are having to ask them to get money from their pockets so that we can refund them.” he said.

State Functions

Maraga, who was speaking in a press conference, also  threatened to boycott State functions citing frustrations in the just concluded Mashujaa Day celebrations in Mombasa County.

The last Mashujaa Day, the CJ was allowed to walk to the dais through a sidewalk and the MC did not acknowledge his arrival despite doing it to other people,” he said.

“I’ve decided that unless I’m treated with dignity due to my office, I will choose which of those functions to attend,” Maraga further stated.

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