By The Coast Newspaper Reporter
A total of twelve Wiper Democratic Party leaders in Mombasa County have decamped to the Jubilee party in support of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election bid scheduled for October 26 citing lack of agenda by the WDP and the opposition at large.
Speaking to journalist at the Jubilee presidential co-ordination office in Tudor on Thursday, Zubeda Ali the chairperson Mombasa county urged members from both the WDP and Jubilee parties to work together as a team to ensure re election President Uhuru.
She accused the opposition for what she termed as lack of development agenda who mainly concentrate on petty and divisive politics.
“You are most welcome in this party. As jubilee members we work together as a team and it is my expectation that you will cooperate with us and reach our goal.” She said
She applauded President Uhuru Kenyatta for the diversified development projects implemented across the county over the past four and a half years in power ranging from construction of major infrastructural facilities, issuance of thousands of title deeds and the electrification program.
Earlier in September, Wiper Secretary General and Mombasa gubernatorial candidate Hassan Omar resigned as Wiper Democratic Party S-G claiming that the party is weak, fluid unfocused and feeble.
The vocal senator said that he decided to take the move after conducting a series of consultative meetings with his political advisors and after an inner soul search.
Hassan further castigated NASA Principal Raila Odinga for incompetency, immature and unconstructive politics in a politically oriented and dynamic society entertaining gross election mal-practices ranging from ballot stuffing and more discrepancies.
“I must admit that even Raila Odinga himself knows that Mombasa County experienced election discrepancies during the August eighth elections.” Sarai said.
The former human rights crusader has so far filed a petition challenging the election of Governor Hassan Ali Joho with hopes of carrying the day for he boasts around for mounting well-researched evidence by prominent and competent lawyers.
The former Wiper Secretary General however did not declare his political stand but promised to do so in few days.
On the other hand, Andrew Musakhale, one of the high ranked officials at the Jubilee office called on the defectors to avoid politics that will end up dividing the party and focus on reinforcing the party at the grass root level.
He noted that Mombasa county residents have not benefitted from the being members of the opposition since time immemorial pointing out that it is high time they remove the political blanket on their faces.
“Welcome in the party and what urge you is avoiding politics that will divide the party into pieces. I believe there is nothing that you have received all those years.” Andrew outlined.
At the same time, Susan Wanjiku one of the defectors from Changamwe business club in Changamwe Sub County stated that the group has over 800 members who work closely with government officials, having benefited from the women empowerment funds disbursed by the government within the sub county.
“Our group consists of about 800 members whom we work together as a business club. We shall support you at whatever cost.” Susan insisted.
On Thursday, the Independent and Electoral Boundaries Commission re-scheduled the presidential re-election date to October 26 after conducting an elaborate consultation with all the stake holders.
By The Coast Newspaper Team
Over one thousand pupils from Malindi and Kilifi Counties are the latest beneficiaries from a partnership between Safaricom Foundation, Tinga Tinga Tales Foundation and the Coca Cola Company through the Know and Grow initiative.
The 1227 pupils from Tsangatsini Primary School in Kaloleni, Kilifi County and 250 others from Chasimba Primary School in Malindi sub County each received an ECD classroom, a block of latrines and a 10,000 litre water tank for rain water harvesting all valued at over Kshs 1.7 million.
“Safaricom Foundation has since inception dedicated millions of resources to empowering schools in marginalized areas. Our work is driven by the Sustainable Development Goals, a set of goals that aim at reducing poverty in the world. They are objectives that we aim to achieve as we strive to place Kenya in the world map as a nation that has attained the said goals for its people. In line with our Twaweza spirit, we believe in coming together to make great things happen and making a child’s life easier is a great start,” said John Kinoti, Senior Manager, Finance, Safaricom Foundation.
Mr. Kinoti said that through the Know and Grow Initiative, the three organisations’ are working towards meeting Goal 17 of the SDGs that calls for partnerships geared at achieving the set targets.
“We are grateful to Safaricom Foundation, Tinga Tinga Tales Foundation and the Coca Cola Company for coming together and making a huge impact to this school and the community too. The pupils now have a conducive learning environment which will further boost their morale for learning,” said Nelson Toya, headmaster, Tsangatsini Primary School.
“We are glad that our children now have room for learning and will not have to go to the bushes to relieve themselves as we now have good facilities,” said Christopher Karisa, headmaster, Chasimba Primary School.
The Know and Grow initiative is a partnership where Safaricom Foundation, Tinga Tinga Tales Foundation and Coca-Cola bring together funding, technical and project management expertise to transform disadvantaged schools.
This project comes in two phases whereby in the first phase, 37 schools had a number of their amenities renovated or constructed from scratch. With this second phase, selected schools will benefit from the construction of pit latrines and the installation of a 10, 000 litre water tank.
These schools are selected with the help of the National Poverty Index report (2009), where beneficiary Primary Schools in areas with limited education opportunities are identified.
Safaricom Foundation partners with Kenyan communities, organizations and institutions to improve and transform lives.
With a footprint in all of Kenya’s 47 counties, and a strong history of partnerships dating back to our inception in 2003, the Safaricom Foundation has worked with Speed, Simplicity and Trust to implement over 1,000 community projects, impacting over 3 million people, through our thematic areas of Health, Education, Environmental Conservation, Economic Empowerment, Water, Disaster Relief, and Arts & Culture.
By Peter Kombe
Civil society organizations in Mombasa County dubbed Mombasa County Health Advocacy Network (MCHANE) have decried the challenges facing the health sector in the country arguing that the sector is not fully devolved.
Speaking to journalists at the Wesley Methodist Church in Mombasa on Tuesday Tom Nga’r the programs officer at Coast Women In development CWID said initially the health sector was a national function but was partially devolved with ushering in of the new constitution.
The CWID official attributed the nurses’ strike to the deteriorating health sector throughout the country.
“This has led to the ongoing nurses’ strike that has been going on throughout the country.” Ngar insisted
He outlined that counties currently counties do not have a full mandate to execute the health function as they rely on the national government in laying out their health strategies.
On the other hand, Naima Omar, a community health volunteer from Shimanzi area pointed out that most of the people they attend to hail from poverty stricken families where the CHVs are forced to provide for their basic needs.
“Most of the people we deal with come from poor backgrounds and as CHVs we are forced to provide for them. Surely this is pathetic.” Naima lamented.
She urged the county governments, and the national government at large to come to an agreement so that the nurses’ strike can be terminated decrying the high number of Kenyans who have lost their lives throughout the country for lack of medical care.
She called on the western donors, local donors and community health volunteers to go back to the grassroots level where there are many medically related deaths.
At the same time, Charity Chahasi the Executive Director of Tunaweza Women With Disabilities urged the county governments to construct disability friendly health facilities where the disabled groups will have a quicker access to them.
“I urge the counties to construct environmentally friendly health facilities so that the disabled groups can have an easy access to.” She said
She further urged the county governments to employ more sign language interpreters who will assist the disabled groups.
The event which was organized by Mombasa County Health Advocacy Network aimed at explaining to the public how to access good health facilities, how the Mombasa county health bills and their benefit to the society and the overall management function.
Over thirty civil society organizations attended the two day training session spear-headed by Tom Nga’r, the programs officer at Coast Women In Development.
Prof. Dr. Halimu Shauri
Kenya concluded its August 8th 2017 general elections in disarray at the presidential level, whose results were contested and resolved at the Supreme Court, the highest court of the land. Why the highest you may ask? Because there is no room for appeal once a ruling is made. The Court decision on the presidential petition by NASA was a subject of anxiety and it affected the social, economic and political life of the country. You may be asking how? The whole country was fearful of what would be the outcome of the Supreme Court Judgement. The Jubilee side was confident that their win based on “numbers” will not be annulled. Why? Because Supreme Court annulments of presidential elections, all over the world, historically had only been done three times and Kenya would join the league of democratic nations with respect on the rule of law if it would have done so. Indeed, Kenya became the fourth and first in Africa to annul a presidential election, making history especially after the international observers had declared the elections free and fair based on orderly ques and peaceful voting only. The observers failed to know that observing an election is not equivalent to looking. They must have known the difference between observing and election and looking. I will write another article soon to expound on this idea so that I don’t lose focus here.
During the Supreme Court proceedings, the NASA side was exuding confidence that this time around things MUST be different. They were not ready inside the court and outside to accept a verdict reminiscent of the 2013 Supreme Court ruling in favour of President Uhuru Kenyatta. Indeed, the Supreme Court ruling was a big surprise to all and sundry, Jubilee and NASA alike. The whole country, which was at the verge of bursting in tension, breathed a sigh of relief. The country was like a huge balloon full of hot air ready to burst but alas, the President of the Supreme Court saved the country from the outcome of the contested presidential poll. Justice Maraga and his team immediately entered the books of history in the world, especially Africa, by saving and making Kenya proud. Why you may ask? By making Kenya the first country in Africa to nullify a presidential election and in the world where it joined the league of other three great democratic nations to nullify a presidential election. What followed and is ensuing after the ruling is something that is in the public domain and worrisome to many of us. How? You may be wondering.
Immediately, Justice Maraga received his accolades for setting history in the world, the losers went on the grieving mode. You are aware, as I am that in any contestation there is a winner and a loser. The winner celebrates and the looser cries. When IEBC announced the Jubilee presidential candidate as a winner, the Jubilites went on celebration mood and the NASArists went on a grieving mode. This
celebration was not long lived and the aggrieved went to court, whose aftermath made the losers winners in their petition and the tables of celebration were turned. This was important for Kenya, especially where the tension had reached and it was historic in electioneering space where both competing sides had a chance to celebrate a win in the same election. You may be wondering why am saying this? Kenya was at a crossroad especially with regard to the presidential elections because the same contenders who ended in the Supreme Court in 2013 were head to head in the election again. Additionally, the events happening in between such as the cruel death an election official the late Cris Msando, heightened the tension and suspicion for a free and fair elections.
The events as they unfolded were a test of independence of institutions in Kenya. From the foregoing IEBC seemed to have had challenges managing their independence then. This confirmed the English saying, that he who laughs last laughs longest after the Supreme Court ruling. However, a little correction to the saying that NASA should not think that longest laugh is ideal. They need to get serious and strategize and campaign seriously. In fact, the events and ruling have seen the country being treated to swaggers from all sides. The Supreme Court has been a subject of vilification by Jubilee leaders, which was expected. Why was it expected? Because any mediator or referee, whether guided by culture, tradition, law or a holy book, makes their judgement not pleasing to the loser. However, the country was very lucky for the double celebrations. IEBC, without due regard to the process announced the winner based on “numbers”, while the Supreme Court said the loser (the petitioner) is the winner not based on numbers but on the process. They punched holes on the entire electoral process. You may be wondering are numbers and process equal in weight in making a judicial ruling? You may be wondering!!
This question reminds me of my high school mathematics teacher, whose name I will not mention here because of the obvious reasons of not marketing my school to you here. More precisely, he used to tell us the answer is nothing in a mathematical computation than the way you arrive at the answer. Indeed, he used to award a lot of marks for the process of reaching at the answer and only one mark for the correct answer. This way some of us learnt that the process is more important than the result. This skill has helped me and many others in my class that everything has a process and the process is not only important but more important than the result. In fact, all things in the world are guided by two things, theory and practice, akin to process and result. From the moment of birth to death we learn processes and practice those processes. We learn how to call members who bring us to the world correctly, aka dad and mom, and many others due to the process of socialization. Indeed, fathers are called fathers because theoretically we are told they are called so and mothers are called so because we are socialized so. Have you wondered that fathers could have been called mothers and mothers’ fathers if we were told they are called so in the process of learning as children? What about the day and night? If day was said to be the night and night as day during the process of our socialization, believe me you, it would be so today and no one would contest. You may ask how is this possible? This is because reality, such as a stone, day, night, mother, father, sister, brother etc is socially constructed. This means that society construct this reality guide by its culture, traditions, norms among other guidelines. Our cultures prescribe that we cannot do this or that and we comply, sometimes without question and says you can do this and nobody questions because it is the expected norm. Let Kenyans know and learn that the process is as weighty as the result, and probably weightier. Why am I giving this long lesson here? You may be asking.
Yes, allow me to answer by saying that Kenya was at a crossroad after the declaration of the winner of the presidential election and animosity was simmering till when the Supreme Court ruled in favour of the petitioner. Immediately, the IEBC winner went into a grieving mode, and as all grieving people do, got involved in many blunders putting the country in post-Supreme Court ruling tension and that of a fresh presidential election, never been witnessed in the history of Kenya. This is because the win was declared null and void by the Supreme Court, meaning there was no winner in the presidential race. Jubilee had the “numbers” as claimed but the IEBC but the Supreme Court ruled that the process was flawed. For once Kenyans, Africa and the world was brought to the reality that the process is as good as the result. That anything acceptable, just and authentic must meet the criteria of integrity and validity of the process. It is then that the product becomes reliable and of good quality. The fresh presidential election has put the country into another situation of tension, anxiety, name calling and threats. You may be wondering how?
Jubilee is saying that they are ready to go for the repeat presidential poll with the same referee, while NASA is saying that the referee, in the language of the Court that I learned during the proceedings, the first respondent (IEBC) should be reformed. In my earlier Article in this newspaper, Scenario Building in Kenya’s presidential election 2017: Is it Uhuru or Raila Or Kenya is going to the ballot again? Available online, I predicted this repeat election hypothetically and provided the possible scenarios that will help the country come out of this quagmire in case it happened. The Almighty actualized my hypothesis; indeed, it is no longer speculation as was insinuated in my 24th August 2017 Article, its real we are going to the presidential polls afresh. Read what possible scenarios I proposed then because I asked the question, who will be the possible referee? I also gave the demerit of each of the possible referees is the hypothesized rematch between Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga, which has become a reality. I know some of you don’t like reading much and are wondering why don’t you repeat it here?
I will only fire one salvo here for those who don’t want to get the details I gave in the Article in the Coast Newspaper, available online or on my Facebook page. I intimated that the best way is to reform IEBC to accommodate the worrying parties, NASA and Jubilee. As at now, the later wants status quo in IEBC and are claiming to be ready for the elections because probably status quo served them well. However, the Supreme Court in its ruling punched holes on IEBC as currently constituted that they were not able to make the process credible. They delivered results yes, the results showed Jubilee to be the winners yes, but the process was put in doubt by NASA in a presidential petition and this was beyond reasonable doubt as proved in court to the conviction of the Judges and this led to the nullification of the winner. NASA has now made demands based on the ruling that IEBC must be reformed and those who committed crime by subverting the process be removed and prosecuted. This is the reason why I say Kenya is at a crossroad!! Why? You may say as this is normal.
I would not personally look at this as normal. Apparently, I call for serious thought in law and action by the director of public prosecution with regard to the alleged crimes by IEBC officials. Why you may ask? Because subversion of an election is not just a simple crime like stealing groundnuts from a peasant farmer!!! It’s a serious crime that can lead criminal proceedings in the International Criminal Court (ICC). It is actually a crime that borders and can trigger genocide or crimes against humanity as happened in the aftermath of the 2007 elections. Have we thought seriously as Kenyans what IEBC would have put the country into? Suppose President Uhuru Kenyatta behaved badly and refused the
Supreme Court judgement!! What would have happened? Your guess is better than mine. Where would Kenya be now according to your intelligent guess? I don’t want to tell you because the lessons of Post-Election Violence are still fresh in your mind. If it did happen this time, it would not have been President Uhuru Kenyatta nor the Right Prime Minister or even the Supreme Court to blame but IEBC. I leave you to internalize this and ask a final question of my article. Which is the way forward then?
Both Jubilee and NASA should first tow down on their competitive remarks by conducting their campaigns maturely and soberly. Uhuru and Raila and their teams should show maturity and decorum in the conduct of their repeat campaigns. It is one thing to make history by having our Supreme Court becoming the fourth in the world to nullify a presidential election and it is another thing when such an eventuality will break the country into pieces due to irresponsible political rhetoric. It is only logical and objective that IEBC is reformed to the satisfaction of the contenders. From an objective point of view IEBC should reform because this is what the Supreme Court of Kenya demanded. If the Supreme Court, an Independent Institution said the election was flawed and due process should be followed, it should be followed. Let our leaders’ respect the process and IEBC has no choice but to comply. The law is clear if you make a mistake you must answer your charges in a court of law and if in your work place you are subjected to a disciplinary process. IEBC without, fear or favour, should do the honourable and expected thing in any organization by following the law and its policies. One is left wondering if IEBC has a disciplinary mechanism for its employees! Employees make mistakes and they are told to continue, imagine! I would suggest sobriety and objectivity of the top leadership of IEBC, Jubilee and NASA on who conducts the repeat poll and what are the minimum reforms that will make the two parties, Jubilee and NASA, satisfied and comfortable.
The present scenario of Jubilee to go on as it were and NASA to boycott the election is not healthy for the country. These two hard stands are setting the country into an irreparable path of damage. There will be no Kenya to be proud of if the two contenders don’t sober up. Why would two people hold the country at ransom? Let them be statesmen and agree to minimum reforms, akin to those held in the yesteryears under the Inter Party Parliamentary Group (IPPG) arrangement. Why don’t we borrow, not from outside the country, but from our own IPPG history? Why don’t our leaders agree to disagree on the constitution of the New IEBC that will make all of them satisfied on the credibility of the repeat presidential polls? They need to cede ground each and meet at the middle. Why? This is because any competition requires the rules that guide it to be known, free, fair and acceptable to all the competitors. Let Jubilee, NASA and IEBC dialogue on an IPPG arrangement. Let Kenya be above all of our personal interests. Kenya was there; it is there and let it be there after the fresh presidential elections. Let the advisers of the two top leader show them that Kenya is larger than the two of them and that they must desist going down in history for tearing the country apart and killing democracy in pursuant of their political interests. Let them cease from making Kenya a Demon-crazy and not a democracy. Those who dialogue and agree on contentious issues attain peace in their hearts because they are doing the right thing. Such wisdom is Solominic and closer to the Lord. Let IEBC, Jubilee and NASA sober and style up; long live Kenya.
By The Coast Newspaper Reporter
A section of the Abagusii community political leaders have warned leaders aligned to the Jubilee government to stop what they term as insults to the Chief Justice David Maraga.
Speaking to Journalist in at the Coast Car Park in Mombasa on Friday, West Mugirango Member of Parliament Vincent Kemosi said utterances against the judicial chief are uncalled for.
The legislator urged the Nyeri Town MP Ngunjiri Wambugu to apologize to the Abagusii community and Kenyans at large for belittling CJ Maraga through his petition which he urged him to withdraw.
“The utterances leveled against Maraga have no basis and as Abagusii leaders we strongly oppose the petition.” The legislator said.
He pointed out that the decision made by the Supreme Court has brought in trust among Kenyans after losing public trust to millions in the 2013 presidential election petition.
The legislator insisted that David Maraga was only executing his official duties as per the highest law of the land a decision that received applause from millions of Kenyans throughout the country.
“The Chief Justice was only exercising his constitutional power as per the constitution of Kenya, a decision that received so much applause from millions of Kenyans.” The MP stated
On the other hand, Sara Monyoncho, one of the leaders from the Abagusii Community urged the community to remain united to a cause and vote in for the National Super Alliance presidential hopeful Raila Odinga during the October 17 presidential poll.
She outlined that the community will not be shaken by self-seeking politicians who look at their own interests instead of the entire Kenyan population.
“It is my humble request that the community will remain united for a single cause and vote in the president of our choice.” She added.
The section of the political leaders in Mombasa is seeking for the re-election of the NASA chief principal Raila Odinga on the October 17 presidential election.
On Friday President Uhuru Kenyatta urged Nyeri Town MP Ngunjiri Wambugu to withdraw his petition against Chief Justice David Maraga
By Peter Kombe
The government has applauded Kenyans for maintaining peace as the presidential re- election draws near urging them to be vigilant so that terrorists may not take advantage of the prevailing peace in the country.
Addressing the press at Mbaraki Hall in Mombasa on Friday government spokesperson Erick Kiraithe said as the political campaigns gain momentum throughout the country Kenyans ought to maintain peace as they exercise democratic right in the country.
Kiraithe stated that the government is fully committed to providing security to all Kenyans regardless of their political affiliations and religious backgrounds.
“As the political heat gains momentum throughout the country Kenyans should remain vigilant so that terrorist may not take advantage of the same. The Kenyan government is committed to ensuring that security of all Kenyans is guaranteed.” Kiraithe said.
The government spokesperson urged all Kenyans to take part in presidential re-election scheduled for October 17 in order to elect their preferred leaders.
Concerning the drought ravaging certain parts of the country, Kiraithe noted that the government is monitoring the situation in every corner of the country so that no Kenyan will undergo starvation.
He called on Kenyans to report any drought related cases to government officials so that necessary action may be taken to curb the menace.
“Once again the government is monitoring the drought situation in various parts of the country.” He observed
He expressed his confidence in the judiciary noting that the government respects all the arms including the legal arm which administers justice to all Kenyans regardless of social class.
He called on the judiciary to remain focused, committed and adhere to professionalism while administering justice and the rule of law to Kenyans across the political divide adding that justice is the hallmark of any democratic institution in the world.
“The government has total confidence in the legal arm of the government. We therefore urge the judiciary to remain focused, committed and solely professional in its mandate.” The spokes person explained
On the issue of the Boni Forest the government official said that the government fully supports the operation against any terrorist attacks pointing out that security is a national concern and that the government is committed towards providing security to her citizens.
By Peter Kombe
The National Environment and Management Authority (NEMA) has kicked off a crackdown to all plastic manufacturing plants in Mombasa county in a bid to ensuring that they comply with the new law.
Addressing the press on Tuesday at the Mombasa Polythene Limited during the onset of the crackdown Irene Kamunge the NEMA director of legal services insisted that the new law will not only benefit the current generation but also the generations to come.
The director pointed out that the risks posed by plastic bags range from cancer related risks, blockage of sewerage pipes to endangering the aquatic ecosystem.
“The plastic law will be of a prime benefit not only to you, your generation but also the coming generations. Plastics generally have environmental impacts including causing cancer, blocking sewerage pipes and threatening marine life.” Kamunge insisted.
Kamunge noted that since the enforcement of the new law, several plastic making plants have complied with the new law with some factories processing and recycling plastic bags to more re-usable products.
Pointing out an example, the official applauded the Mombasa Polythene Limited for spearheading the recycling of waste plastic bags within the county adding that currently the plastic manufacturer has a recycling capacity of 50 tonnes every month.
“I must say that the Authority is happy about the general reception of the new law by plastic making factories. Some of these companies use the same waste product to recycle the products to a more useful product. Mombasa Polythene Limited is a good example of those companies.” She exclaimed.
The director however uttered that authority officials have arrested a few individuals and promised to charge them before a court of law in the next few days for breaching the plastic law.
On the other hand, Eric Omolo a Likoni sub county resident said the new law will not only ensure a safe, clean and healthy environment but also minimize on the quantity of carbon emitted by these products when burnt.
He highlighted that currently Mombasa County is bracing up for an environmental change as most of the plastic bags have been taken back to the factories.
“The new law will ensure a cleaner, safer and healthy environment and more so ensure the reduction of carbon produced by these products when burnt.” Omolo said.
Since the new law came to force in August this year, Kenyans have gone for an alternative usage including among others raffia sacks and khaki bags with millions of them still lodging complaints that the new alternatives are still retailing at relatively higher price.
By The Coast Newspaper Reporter
Interior Security Ministry has put in place effective security measures across the country as the October 17 presidential re-peat polls draws nearer assuring Kenyans of a secure, free, fair and credible election.
Addressing the Media at Uhuru Na Kazi building in Mombasa on Thursday after holding a long closed door security meeting, Cabinet secretary Fred Matiang’i confirmed that the government is fully prepared to facilitate the Independent and Electoral Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to conduct a more credible poll.
The security boss noted that the ministry will provide among others security to al IEBC commissioners, returning officers and harness the transportation of election materials to their required destinations.
Matiang who was flanked by several security chiefs among them Inspector of police Joseph Boimet, Coast Regional Coordinator Nelson Marwa as well as all county commissioners in the Coast Region said he has conducted an assessment of the preparedness of every sector in the country and he is pleased with the situation at hand.
“I want to confirm to all Kenyans that my ministry is prepared to facilitate the IEBC as they prepare to conduct a repeat of the presidential polls. We shall provide security to all IEBC commissioners so as the country to conduct the best polls ever.” Matiang’i affirmed.
He however issued a stern warning to all those who will engage in criminal activities insisting that they will not be spared by the strong arm of the law.
“I wish to warn all those who will be found in the wrong hands of the law. The law will have no mercy on them. Everyone is equal before the law and no one will be spared regardless of the social status in society.” He insisted
Matiang’i noted that the overall responsibility of the security ministry is to provide security to all Kenyans regardless of their social classes, religious backgrounds, and political inclinations.
The CS also assured Kenyans that security apparatus are well in place to handle the forth coming National Examinations in accordance with the set standards.
“Security is a major concern to all of us and especially our students and pupils in schools during the examination period. We have been working closely with the ministry of education over the few past years and we can assure Kenyans that we can deliver what we say.” The CS said
Concerning the political sentiments uttered by politicians in the public arena Matiang’i pointed out that Kenya is a politically democratic state where everyone is free to exercise his/her political rights and obligations noting that it has the best constitutional framework throughout the world where everyone is entitled to enjoying the various rights and freedoms.
“Kenya is a democratic country where everyone enjoys his or her democratic rights which very smart for any democratic country.” He noted.
On the issue of the Boni forest Matiang’i hinted that the special mission which is handling the issue is so far well alert and is combing to flash out the terrorists who are perceived to be hiding in the forest and causing havoc to innocent citizens.
He dismissed any possibility of mushrooming of internal conflicts amongst locals saying the focus is on the terrorists who are behind all acts of hooliganism witnessed in the area.
Matiang’i later visited several police stations in the town among them Central Police and the Makupa police stations where he said the government is committed in providing better housing facilities to its officers.
By The Coast Newspaper Reporter
Striking workers who failed to resume work by Tuesday stand are fired.
Kilifi County governor Amason Kingi said all striking Nurses must have reported to their working stations latest by Tuesday midnight failure to which they will automatically be declared redundant.
Addressing wananchi at Kilifi health complex ground breaking ceremony, Kingi said his government has done enough as per the requests of the nurses in resolving the stalemate and that none will be tolerated anymore.
“You asked for promotion and good working environment which I can today report that I have fully complied by your demands and I don’t see any reason as to why you should remain out of work while my people go on suffering” said Kingi.
Kingi lashed on the striking nurses for putting the lives of the locals in a balance as they claim to stand in solidarity with their colleagues in the fight for the implementation of the common bargaining agreement CBA.
“Why do you go on boycotting work when your demands are fully looked into…standing in solidarity with your colleagues when patients go unattended to? I want to tell you if you don’t report to work by Tuesday midnight just consider yourself jobless because you will be fired” Kingi who was visibly angry said.
In a spot check conducted on Wednesday evening it was evident that none of the striking nurses had resumed their duties. Patients were still languishing in pain with no one attending to them.
Health Chief Executive Officer Dr Timothy Malingi said in a text message to The Coast News desk that none of the striking nurses had resumed duties by Wednesday evening.
It is also not clear whether governor Kingi had made good of his sacking notice now that the striking nurses had defied heeding his last warning.
Nurses are said to have traveled to Nairobi to join colleagues in demonstration as they push the government to implement their CBA.
The governor also put on notice cowboy contractors whom he accused of fleecing county resources for no apparent gains.
He said he will terminate all contracts that are time barred and are yet to be completed hence re advertise them.
Kingi took issue with specific contractors whom he said are fast in seeking for tenders but become slippery once they receive their cheque.
“Be warned, I have no business with anyone who takes the county money and fails to do the job as required. You either deliver or we part ways and this time round am very serious about it” Kingi said
He singled out the county morgue and the warehouse as some of the projects that are said to have stalled moments after they were initiated four years ago despite having been paid for.
He said the county is investing quite a large chunk of the budget allocation to the health sector so as to offer affordable services to the people.
According to him the county has set aside 500 Million for the construction of Kilifi Health complex which will be completed in two years time.
The 8 storey project which will be implemented in two phases once completed it will have an accident and emergency centre, cancer unit, modern theatres, 6 Intensive care and 6 High dependency units (MRI.CT Scan), Mammography and ultra sounds.
The County Executive Member CeC Health Rachael Musyoki said cancer patients who had to undergo chemotherapy and radiotherapy sessions abroad will now access the services locally once the project is realized.
A section of employees are said to be undergoing training in various universities around the globe to undertake the management of the project once in completion.
The project which is being implemented in partnership with other stakeholders will also be used as referral institute as well as a teaching centre.
By Mwakera Mwajefa
Campaigns for the Nasa presidential candidate Raila Odinga and his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka are threatened with derailment if the Nasa coalition fails to address political demands made by seven newly-elected ODM legislators who want either Governor Hassan Joho (Mombasa) or Amason Kingi (Kilifi) made a coalition principal.
In a candid interview with the Coast Newspaper Reporter, one of the MPs questioned why the region was being taken for granted when it had more elected party members compared to other regions.
“The times of hewallah bwana are long gone and now it is – scratch my back I scratch yours! Either the Nasa coalition appoints Hassan Joho or Amason Kingi principal or forget about us campaigning for the October 17 presidential re-run,” warned the legislator who pleaded for anonymity.
Apart from this, the ODM legislators are not happy of being ‘slapped’ with Sh200,000 for first-timers and Sh500,000 for second-timers saying most of them are wallowing in debts from the grueling August 8th polls.
This notwithstanding the legislator, according to him, is required to foot the bill of the Nasa candidates when they visit your jurisdiction in search of votes making it a very expensive affair.
“Imagine we have not yet even received our first salaries but already somebody is budgeting for it without the courtesy of involving you in the decisionmaking,” the first-timer MP lamented.
Elected leaders and their campaign teams are also up on arms against Orange House in Nairobi for ‘imposing’ four MCAs nominees as nominated members of the Kilifi County Assembly without their involvement.
A source told this writer the elected leaders are at pains to explain how and why ‘outsiders’ had been given four out of the 14 slots while the locals have been left out of the matrix.
“Four names have been sent from ODM headquarters to be included in the nomination list with total disregard of our promise to our campaign teams of benefiting from such appointments,” the source decried.
On Tuesday evening (September 5), seven Kilifi County MPs called on the Nasa principals include one of their own among them arguing that their preferred luminaries – Hassan Joho (Mombasa) or Amason Kingi (Kilifi) – had delivered in the just concluded elections.
Flanked by Aisha Jumwa (Malindi), William Kamoti (Rabai), Paul Katana (Kaloleni), Teddy Mwambire (Ganze), Michael Kingi (Magarini) and Gertrude Mbeyu (Woman representative),
Kilifi North MP Owen Baya questioned why the region lacked a principal while it had delivered to Nasa coalition.
In a press conference at the governor’s official residence in Kilifi Township, the legislators said it was high time one of the two governors was named a principal in the coalition.
“We appreciate the principals bringing on board other principals as they did with PNU’s Peter Munya but as Kilifi people and in Coast as a whole we say that Governor Joho or Kingi muts be part of the team called principals,” Mr Baya said adding that the two have added more value to Nasa than all the other principals combined.
As such, the MPs demanded that one of their own be included in Nasa top organ claiming the two individuals are not only acceptable locally but also nationally due to their political contribution for this country.
They want this demand to be meant immediately so that as they campaign in the re-run for the presidential election they can tell their supporters and Coast people that they have stakes in the Nasa fraternity.
Kaloleni MP Katana noted that former Meru governor just joined the coalition the other day and was named a principal while Mr Joho and Mr Kingi have marshalled votes for ODM leader in 2013 and 2017 respectively.
“Their tough stand for Nasa and Odinga has led them into altercations with President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Jubilee government,” he said adding that their supporters were asking them why they were being ‘sidelined’ in Nasa hierarchy.
His Rabai counterpart Mr Kamoti complained that they have shown their allegiance to Cord since its formation and had campaigned for it but the region was yet to benefit from this sacrifice.
According to him they aired these concerns to Cord and now Nasa but to their chagrin and shock people are coming to the coalition with ‘empty’ political parties and named principals while ‘ignoring leaders who have brought votes to Mr Odinga and Nasa in general’.
In her view, Malindi MP Jumwa claimed the entry of Mr Munya to Nasa was not adding any value at the moment reiterating that the recent move has only managed to anger Nasa supporters whom she warned would no longer keep quiet.
“It’s no secret that Kingi and Joho delivered votes for Odinga and the country knows their efforts. What is surprising use is that a person is joining the coalition today and is named a principal only because they own a political party! Do we need empty political parties that add no value to Nasa or people who deliver votes to Nasa?” she posed.
Efforts to get a comment from ODM deputy leader Joho were fruitless as he declined to answer his phone or respond to text message on his mobile phone.
Contacted for comments over this new development, two political analysts Bozo Jenje and Philip Mbaji from Technical University of Mombasa say that is the ‘price to pay’ when you ride on somebody’s political vehicle.
“The Kilifi leadership has no option but to play ball after getting their positions through ODM! They cannot turn round and start making demands that they know are at the discretion of their party leader,” says Mr Jenje.
In his view, the region is handicapped by the factor that the majority of those who vote during general elections are mostly from upcountry especially in urban areas of the region.
“Both Mombasa and Kilifi counties got their big chunk of votes from upcountry people living there so the elected leaders have no locus standi to demand for anything period!” he said.
After benefiting from Raila Odinga’s political demeanuor, Mr Mbaji said the elected Kilifi leadership should stop issuing ‘unrealistic demands’ that show their ignorance of realpolitik that define Kenya’s politics.
“Either they toy the line or they ship out instead of making fools of themselves through demands that they can sorted out internally rather publicly within their party ranks and files,” he added.
For region to survive future political realignments, according to him, there is need to form a formidable political party that will carry all the coastal people as one unified front and voice for posterity saying 2022 is beckoning.