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Tana River Governor Dhadho Godhana has lashed on Members of his county Assembly for throwing out his list of nominees to the county executive committee CeC’s.

Major (rtd) Godhana said it was not realistic for all the seven nominees to be rejected on claims that their academic and professional competencies are wanting and that they cannot head the various dockets.

Speaking to The Coast Newspaper over the phone, Major Godhana said he would have agreed with the county assembly if they had disqualified some of the nominees. 

“It may be true that some of the nominees do not meet the criteria set out in law but throwing the entire list out on the grounds that the nominees had failed the interviews shows there is more than meets the eye,” he said.

 He added: “The decisions arrived at by the committee may be genuine but I am aware some of these decisions were arrived at on personal differences between individual members of the committee on appointments and some of the nominees.”

 He said he was studying the report of the committee on appointments, which was supported by his side of the political divide and which recommended the rejection of the nominees, before deciding on his next move.

 According to Majority Leader Ibrahim Sala Adamow, Major Godhana has the option of either sending a new list of nominees to the county assembly or wait for six months before re-submitting the same list.

 Governor Godhana, who was out of the country when the assembly rejected his nominees, said he would consult more on the matter before taking the next course of action.

 He said the county assembly’s decision could have been brought about by a clash of perceptions brought about by ethnic politics dragged from the previous regime and urged leaders to look beyond their ethnic considerations and focus on developing the county.

“I urge leaders and the people of Tana River to look beyond their ethnic differences and focus towards developing the county that has for long been lagging in development and whose people are wallowing in abject poverty,” he said.

He said that when he took over as governor, he pledged to form an all-inclusive government, and that the list he had presented to the assembly was pegged on that pledge.

“When I took over as governor, I pledged to form an all-inclusive government, and that is what I have been doing, with a view to uniting the communities of Tana River,” he said.

 The county assembly’s decision has been condemned by the minority side of the national assembly, civil society organizations and a section of members of the public who read ulterior motives on the part of the MCAs.

However, Mr. Adamow said the county assembly would not be used to rubber-stamp illegal decisions from the executive. He called on the governor to follow the law if he wanted the assembly’s cooperation.

Tana River County Assembly Committee on Appointments threw out Major (rtd) Godhana’s list of seven nominees on the grounds that some had not been placed in dockets of their speciality while others had potential conflicts of interest.

In a twist of events, the committee’s report, which was tabled in the assembly by Majority Leader Ibrahim Sala Adamow (Bangale), was rejected by the minority side, which read malice and settling of scores in the list’s rejection.

 Deputy Speaker Saddam Hussein (Wayu), who appended his signature to the report, disowned and opposed it on the floor of the house saying he did not know that signing it amounted to agreeing with the committee’s decision.

Minority Leader Abdi Ergamso said he had declined to participate in writing the report and hence refused to append his signature to it on the grounds that the majority decision was meant to marginalize some communities.

 Moving the motion on the report, Mr. Adamow said all the nominees had passed the integrity test under Chapter Six of the Constitution but did not exhibit knowledge and competence in the dockets to which they had been nominated.

 He said the governor’s list of nominees had not met the constitutionally requirement of the two thirds gender rule and that it did not include persons with disabilities.

 He said all the seven nominees failed to reach the committee’s set pass mark of 60 percent, with the highest, Mrs. Mwanajuma Habwoka Hiribae (Water, Energy, Environment and Natural Resources), scoring 58 percent and the lowest, Mr. Shukri Sugow Adhan scoring 34 percent.

 “The committee observed that the nominees did not exhibit impressive and sufficient knowledge of topical and legal issues touching on their dockets and have no requisite abilities, qualifications and experience,” he said.

 Committee members said that some of the nominees exhibited arrogance at times he attempted to lecture members during the vetting process at the Laza Leisure Lodge in Hola Town two weeks ago.

 Mr. Adamow and Kinakomba Ward Member of County Assembly Sammy Malibe said for the county to develop, it needed competent CEC members who did not have any potential conflicts of interest.

 “In the last regime, this house was a mere rubber stamp of the executive. We will not allow this to happen again because in the end, it is this house that will be blamed if things do not go right,” Mr. Malibe said.

 Mrs. Rhoda Katisha Raha (Garsen South), Mohamed Gabo (Garsen West), Manasse Guyo (Kipini West) said they did not have any ought with the governor but urged him to follow the law and laid down regulations in appointing members of his county cabinet.

Those who opposed the motion included Saddam, Ergamso, Kipini West’s Musa Wario and Hirimani’s Ismael Bodha Kodobo.

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Civil Society Organizations in Mombasa County want the leader of National Resistance Movement NRM Raila Odinga to offer alternative products for those he called on his supporters to boycott them.

Led by Executive Director of the Kenya Community Support Centre (KECOSCE) Phylis Muema also Petitioned Raila to offer proof and factual account of how the alleged companies breached the election rules.

Muema wants Kenyans to be vigilant not to be dragged into war of business that they may not necessarily be part of it.

“If you call on Kenyans to boycott certain products then you must be bold enough to show them which other alternative products available for them to use. More so he must show to Kenyans the facts and figures on how the companies he claims to have been involved in the rigging scam” Muema said

She insisted that the current economic boycott initiated by the opposition will end up maiming the country’s economy which she claims is already at the knees.

“I believe the boycott is not good for the country considering the fact that the economy is already at the knees.” She insisted.

Meanwhile the human rights activist has called on Kenyans to remain patient as they wait for the Supreme Court ruling on the recently concluded fresh presidential polls.

The activist said as civil rights crusaders they have noted Kenyans throughout the country are in the quest for justice and not a mere peace campaign.

“Many Kenyans including the youth, women and religious groups are calling not only peace but the enactment of justice. They are tired of the everyday peace campaign.” Muema said

She added that as CSOs they are concerned in the prevalence of justice and upholding of human rights insisting that its part of their responsibility.

 “As CSOs we are so much concerned with how peace prevails in this country. How human rights are upheld.” The official insisted.

She noted that it is high time Kenyans reconciled due to what she termed as tribal divisions amongst Kenyans.

At the same time, the director accused a section of the religious leaders within the county on claims of aligning themselves to a particular party instead of being neutral.

 “I’m worried by some of the religious leaders. It is the responsibility of these leaders to remain as neutral as possible by providing a guide to the current political stalemate in the country.” She said

The human rights crusader outlined that they have full confidence with all the religious leaders throughout the country as they form an integral part in the reconciliation process.

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Taita-Taveta County Governor Granton Samboja has officially unveiled his cabinet after a swearing in ceremony held early this week outside the County Government offices in Wundanyi town.

The governor implored that its upon the seven County Executive Committee (CECs) members sworn by the Wundanyi Senior Principal Magistrate Nicholas Njagi to ensure that efficiency and effectiveness in service delivery was the order of the day.

“I have no doubt that the chosen CECs are the best among the best to tackle the challenges ahead of us. The local community expects much from us and I highly believe that the team is capable of meeting the citizen’s expectations to transform the county into a competitive economy,” he explained.

Governor Samboja vowed his young administration would not condone corruption amongst his new cabinet that is set to embark on its duties with immediate effect.

“Each of one of you will be fully responsible for whatever happens in your departments and shall be held accountable in case things went west.” Cautioned Samboja

“I have promised the electorates that my county administration shall not condone corruption, laxity, incompetence, nepotism among others malpractices that could jeopardize my administration.” Said the governor.

 Present at the function was County Commissioner Kula Hache, Deputy Governor Majala Mlagui, County Assembly Speaker Meshack Maganga and 33 members of the County Assembly.

Among those who took oath of office included Dr Vincent Masawi (Finance), Dr Frank Mwangemi (Health), Daniel Makoko (Education), Getrude shuwe (Trade), Davis Mwangoma (Agriculture), Bigvai Ouma (Youth) and Claries Gombe (Lands).

The deputy Governor H.E Majala Mlagui will serve in the department of Mining, Industrialization, ICT and Special Programs.

At the same time the governor told the CECs that they would be required to submit quarterly reports to his office and to the county assembly or any other time they would be required to do so.

“Your decisions on projects and programmes to be implemented should be informed by their priorities and needs. Each every one of you should strive to ensure that the County Integrated Development Plan is implemented as it captures the needs and the best interests of the citizenry,” Samboja directed the CECS.

On her part, Ms Hache said the county and national governments would continue complimenting each other to serve the people f Kenya better.

The county commissioner promised to continue consulting with the governor for the public good while at the same asking the CECs  to work within the law.

Speaker Maganga praised the new CECs saying they had good presentation and credentials to serve the county residents better.

“The good academic papers, presentation we saw during the vetting process should translate to output in terms of implementation of service delivery to the local community,” the Speaker told the CECs.

Maganga at the same time concurred with the county commissioner that the two arms of the government should continue embracing team work to cultivate synergy

The CECs were appointed after the MCAs adopted the report of the Public Appointment Committee last week on the vetting of the nine nominees presented to the House by Majority Leader Jason Tuja for appointment by the governor to their substantive positions.

The committee said the approved nominees had the requisite abilities, qualifications and experience which qualify them for appointment as CECs by Mr Samboja.

The appointment committee also recommended the disapproval of the two CECs nominees namely Evelyn Shighi Mngoda, the nominee for Public Service and Administration and Engineer Jafferson Wangai, the nominee for Public Works, Housing and Infrastructure.

The committee members said they had reservation on Ms Mngoda performance while deputizing as the chairperson in the County Public Service Board.

On Engineer Wangai, the report said the nominee could not highlight most of the challenges faced the Roads Department in the county.

Meanwhile,  Samboja has nominated a teacher as the County Executive Committee (CEC) member in-charge of Water and irrigation.

Gasper Kabaka Mshighati will replace a Dar es Salaam based water expert Dr Victor Kongo, who withdrew his nomination at the eleventh hour citing personal reasons.

The governor revealed that the nominee’s name had already been forwarded to the County Assembly for vetting and subsequent appointment.

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Taita-Taveta County Governor Granton Samboja has officially unveiled his cabinet after a swearing in ceremony held early this week outside the County Government offices in Wundanyi town.

The governor implored that its upon the seven County Executive Committee (CECs) members sworn by the Wundanyi Senior Principal Magistrate Nicholas Njagi to ensure that efficiency and effectiveness in service delivery was the order of the day.

“I have no doubt that the chosen CECs are the best among the best to tackle the challenges ahead of us. The local community expects much from us and I highly believe that the team is capable of meeting the citizen’s expectations to transform the county into a competitive economy,” he explained.

Governor Samboja vowed his young administration would not condone corruption amongst his new cabinet that is set to embark on its duties with immediate effect.

“Each of one of you will be fully responsible for whatever happens in your departments and shall be held accountable in case things went west.” Cautioned Samboja

“I have promised the electorates that my county administration shall not condone corruption, laxity, incompetence, nepotism among others malpractices that could jeopardize my administration.” Said the governor.

 Present at the function was County Commissioner Kula Hache, Deputy Governor Majala Mlagui, County Assembly Speaker Meshack Maganga and 33 members of the County Assembly.

Among those who took oath of office included Dr Vincent Masawi (Finance), Dr Frank Mwangemi (Health), Daniel Makoko (Education), Getrude shuwe (Trade), Davis Mwangoma (Agriculture), Bigvai Ouma (Youth) and Claries Gombe (Lands).

The deputy Governor H.E Majala Mlagui will serve in the department of Mining, Industrialization, ICT and Special Programs.

At the same time the governor told the CECs that they would be required to submit quarterly reports to his office and to the county assembly or any other time they would be required to do so.

“Your decisions on projects and programmes to be implemented should be informed by their priorities and needs. Each every one of you should strive to ensure that the County Integrated Development Plan is implemented as it captures the needs and the best interests of the citizenry,” Samboja directed the CECS.

On her part, Ms Hache said the county and national governments would continue complimenting each other to serve the people f Kenya better.

The county commissioner promised to continue consulting with the governor for the public good while at the same asking the CECs  to work within the law.

Speaker Maganga praised the new CECs saying they had good presentation and credentials to serve the county residents better.

“The good academic papers, presentation we saw during the vetting process should translate to output in terms of implementation of service delivery to the local community,” the Speaker told the CECs.

Maganga at the same time concurred with the county commissioner that the two arms of the government should continue embracing team work to cultivate synergy

The CECs were appointed after the MCAs adopted the report of the Public Appointment Committee last week on the vetting of the nine nominees presented to the House by Majority Leader Jason Tuja for appointment by the governor to their substantive positions.

The committee said the approved nominees had the requisite abilities, qualifications and experience which qualify them for appointment as CECs by Mr Samboja.

The appointment committee also recommended the disapproval of the two CECs nominees namely Evelyn Shighi Mngoda, the nominee for Public Service and Administration and Engineer Jafferson Wangai, the nominee for Public Works, Housing and Infrastructure.

The committee members said they had reservation on Ms Mngoda performance while deputizing as the chairperson in the County Public Service Board.

On Engineer Wangai, the report said the nominee could not highlight most of the challenges faced the Roads Department in the county.

Meanwhile,  Samboja has nominated a teacher as the County Executive Committee (CEC) member in-charge of Water and irrigation.

Gasper Kabaka Mshighati will replace a Dar es Salaam based water expert Dr Victor Kongo, who withdrew his nomination at the eleventh hour citing personal reasons.

The governor revealed that the nominee’s name had already been forwarded to the County Assembly for vetting and subsequent appointment.

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The government has assured Kenyans that it is determined, firm and ready to protect her citizens from both internal and external threats.

Government spokesman Eric Kiraithe confirmed it is confident in the professionalism and competence of all state institutions in carrying out their mandate of protecting Kenyans.

Speaking to journalists in Mombasa on Thursday, the government official assured Kenyans that the country is more stabilized and business is back to normalcy urging Kenyans to remain vigilant by protecting the general welfare insisting that terrorism is still a threat to the state.

“Government is determined and confident in the professionalism and competence of state utilities and therefore ready to defend Kenyans from both internal and external threats.” He said

Kiraithe stated that the national military wing is working in a more conducive atmosphere enjoying the best morale from the government.

The spokesperson said the government being determined to protect the democratic rights of her citizens and far more concerned on the ongoing political discourse.

He however argued that the country may be derailed to unnecessary political conflicts if Kenyans will not remain vigilant.

“This country may be derailed if Kenyans will not remain vigilant.” He stated

On the issue of Migingo Island, the government official said he is optimistic that the matter will not affect the relationship of the two countries though he urged both parties to abide by the law.

He called on those directly involved to handle the matter with care by initiate dialogue so as to arrive to a lasting solution.

“I urge both parties to abide by the law.” Kiraithe said

Kiraithe insisted NASA’s, resisting of state enterprises and the suspension of the constitution are aimed at maiming the economic power to millions of Kenyans.

Concerning the ongoing Kenya Certificate Of Secondary Education Examinations the government spokesperson urged Kenyans to provide a good learning atmosphere that will enable the candidates sit their examination without any interference.

He gave out a stern warning to all those who will disrupt the examination exercise insisting that they will face a full force of the law.

“Those who will disrupt the national exercise will face the law.” The official insisted

On the issue of Laikipia County where over 70 heads of cattle were shot dead, Kiraithe outlined that the government will conduct further investigations in a bid to whether discern whether the shooting was done by police officers.

Responding to the question of secession Kiraithe said the issue is politically inclined insisting that everything should be done within the frame work of the law.

He pointed out that those behind the call for secession are seeking for political relevance after sensing that they will be out of power come 2022

“I want to ask those behind the call to conduct their activities within the law and I insist that secession is not within the law and cannot serve the people of Kenya.” He said

Mombasa and Kilifi County governors Hassan Ali Joho and Amason Kingi respectively are demanding for secession citing marginalization of their people.

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Tana River Governor Dhadho Gaddae Godhana is the first to suffer a major blow after the local County Assembly rejected all his nominees for the County Executive Committee positions.

The County Assembly Committee on Appointments threw out Major (rtd) Godhana’s list of seven nominees on the grounds that some had not been placed in dockets of their speciality while others had potential conflicts of interest.

The governor, who is currently out of the country, will therefore have to submit to the assembly a list of new nominees for consideration.

 In a twist of events, the committee’s report, which was tabled in the assembly by Majority Leader Ibrahim Sala Adamow (Bangale), was rejected by the minority side, which read malice and settling of scores in the list’s rejection.

 Deputy Speaker Saddam Hussein (Wayu), who appended his signature to the report, disowned and opposed it on the floor of the house saying he did not know that signing it amounted to agreeing with the committee’s decision.

 Minority Leader Abdi Ergamso said he had declined to participate in writing the report and hence refused to append his signature to it on the grounds that the majority decision was meant to marginalize some communities.

Moving the motion on the report, Mr. Adamow said all the nominees had passed the integrity test under Chapter Six of the Constitution but did not exhibit knowledge and competence in the dockets to which they had been nominated.

He said the governor’s list of nominees had not met the constitutionally requirement of the two thirds gender rule and that it did not include persons with disabilities.

He said all the seven nominees failed to reach the committee’s set pass mark of 60 percent, with the highest, Mrs. Mwanajuma Habwoka Hiribae (Water, Energy, Environment and Natural Resources), scoring 58 percent and the lowest, Mr. Shukri Sugow Adhan scoring 34 percent.

“The committee observed that the nominees did not exhibit impressive and sufficient knowledge of topical and legal issues touching on their dockets and have no requisite abilities, qualifications and experience,” he said.

Committee members said that some of the nominees exhibited arrogance at times he attempted to lecture members during the vetting process at the Laza Leisure Lodge in Hola Town during the vetting time.

Mr. Adamow and Kinakomba Ward Member of County Assembly Sammy Malibe said for the county to develop, it needs competent CEC members who did not have any potential conflicts of interests.

“In the last regime, this house was a mere rubber stamp of the executive. We will not allow this to happen again because in the end, it is this house that will be blamed if things do not go right,” Mr. Malibe said.

 Mrs. Rhoda Katisha Raha (Garsen South), Mohamed Gabo (Garsen West), Manasse Guyo (Kipini West) said they did not have any issue with the governor but urged him to follow the law and laid down regulations in appointing members of his county cabinet.

Those who opposed the motion included Saddam, Ergamso, Kipini West’s Musa Wario and Hirimani’s Ismael Bodha Kodobo.

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Former Tana River County Assembly Majority Leader Masha Dela Boru has been suspended from the assembly’s chambers for one month for grabbing the assembly’s mace.

County Assembly Speaker Michael Justin Nkaduda suspended Mr. Masha for alleged gross disorderly conduct after the Garsen Member of County Assembly (MCA) grabbed the mace and walked out with it two weeks ago.

 Mr. Nkaduda said the House Privilege Committee found the MCA guilty of violating Section 112 of the County Assembly’s Standing Orders and recommended that he be suspended for one month in accordance with section 113 or the standing orders.

The MCA grabbed the mace and disrupted the business of the assembly during debate on the composition of the County Assembly Service Board, which according to him and other members of the opposition excluded some communities.

The sergeant-at-arms had to pursue the MCA and wrestle the mace out of hands. Business continued after the mace, which is the assembly’s symbol of authority, was returned to its position.

Yesterday, Nkaduda said the member was suspended from the house after he carried the instrument of power (the mace) from the house and that even after the sergeant at arms wrestled the mace out of hand, the member was not remorseful and decided to walk away.

“The committee gave the member an opportunity to defend himself but he did not and neither did he heed the committee’s order to write an apology letter to the house for his misconduct,” Mr. Nkaduda said later during an interview in his office.

However, Mr. Boru lamented that the punishment was too severe and that it violated the standing orders.

 He said since it was his first offence in the session, he should have been suspended for only four sittings according to section 115 of the standing orders and not a whole month as ordered by the speaker.

 Section 115 of the Standing Orders states: “If any Member is suspended, the suspension on the first occasion shall be for four sitting days including the day of suspension; on the second occasion during the same session for eight sitting days, including the day of suspension; and on the third or any subsequent occasion during the same Session for 28 sitting days, including the day of suspension.

Mr. Boru accused the speaker of high-handedness and that he (speaker) was leading the house on ethnic and party grounds.

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Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinett issued a stern warning to those who engage in Maritime crime insisting that security has been beefed up and the law will take its course.

Addressing the Media on Wednesday after launching 6 new surveillance motor boats in Mombasa Port, the Inspector General said the boats will assist the police force in fighting terror related incidences, drug trafficking, combating contraband/counterfeits, domestic and transnational crimes.

Boinett outlined that the boats are capable of plying across the deep seas in a bid to curb domestic and international crimes.

“These boats I’m advised are capable of plying in the deep seas. Let those people be warned because we shall not spare suspect” He said

The IG pointed out that the procurement of the surveillance boats from South Korea is part of a greater modernization process within the police department including among others the recruitment of new military personnel, increasing security tools and equipment.

He applauded the South Korean government for the mutual cooperation that has existed between the two countries in ensuring in promoting security within the territorial waters in both the two countries.

Boinett assured Kenyans that the national police service is committed to fulfilling its mandate of providing security to all Kenyans.

“The national police service is ready to serve all Kenyans as security is our mandate.” Boinett said

At the same time, Kwon Young Dae the South Korean ambassador to Kenya said the commissioning of the marine boats marks a mile stone within the police service adding that it will cement the relations between the two governments.

The diplomat outlined that with the help of the new marine equipment the police force will be able to conduct an effective maritime security operation in the Kenyan inland waters and along the coastline.

“The launch of these boats will not only cement the relations between the two countries but also boost marine security.” He said

The official said the Indian Ocean, being the gateway to East and Central Africa is prone to both domestic and transnational crime thus the need to protect it saying the economic stability and prosperity of any nation depends on its ability to protect its territorial boundaries.

The ambassador however admitted that despite going through a variety of challenges, the South Korean government has been able to develop high technology marine equipment of protecting their territorial waters.

“We have hi tech security apparatus to protect our territorial waters.” Dae insisted

The launching and commissioning of the security equipment was attended by high profile security personnel within the county and senior Kenya Ports Authority officials.

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Tourism cabinet Secretary Najib Balala wants those who filed petition challenging the re election of President Uhuru Kenyatta to be bold enough and accept the ruling once the Supreme Court issues its verdict on the same.

Balala said he is optimistic that the petitions filed yesterday by former Kilome legislator Harun Mwau and Kelvin Njihia will die a natural death because they lack sound evidence to justify nullification of the repeat presidential elections.

“Just like what Uhuru did when the court nullified his election during the September 1 Supreme Court Ruling, these petitioners should also accept the same because they will lose miserably” Said Balala

Balala who was speaking after witnessing the opening of exams at Mama Ngina girls High school on Tuesday where 174 candidates are sitting for their Kenya Certificate of Secondary Examination KCSE, lashed on the petitioners saying they are dragging the economy of the country to the docks for no apparent reasons.

“Every time we go to elections our economy suffers a notch back and as we keep on waiting for these petitions to be cleared in court our country faces a lot of economic huddles due to the uncertainty of the situation” Balala added.

He singled out the Tourism sector saying the future is gloomy due to the political temperatures in the country and it must be brought to an conclusive end.

He said “Though Kenya remains to be a best tourist destination; tourists and Investors in this sector are not willing to take on chances for they are not sure of the eventuality of the political status in the country and have developed cold feet in initiating any investment programs in the country”  

On Monday former Kilome Member of Parliament Harun Mwau filed a petition at the Supreme Court challenging the validity of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election in the October 26 fresh presidential elections.

Mwau claims the electoral commission and its chairman Wafula Chebukati failed to conduct the fresh elections in accordance with the Constitution and electoral laws as directed by the Supreme Court, hence, acted in contempt of court.

Petitioner Kelvin Njihia also filed an application at the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) saying that the current Supreme Court bench, as constituted, is unfit to hear and determine a fresh presidential election petition on grounds that it does not meet both the constitutional threshold and technical aspect.

 The Tourism CS has however advised Kenyan’s to engage and practice good politics for the country to economically grow hence called on locals to shun away from baseless and rhetoric politics that add no value to their lives.

Balala who was accompanied by the Mombasa County Education Director Abdikadir Kike and the County Commissioner Evans Achoki among others castigated the crusaders of the secession agenda terming them as spent force that are out to redeem their political careers.

He warned Kenyans to trade careful with the secession issue saying it’s likely to turn to be chaotic if recklessly handled.

“The secession call will create war amongst us hence divide the country at centre stage. There is no way you can talk of secession and fail to talk about eviction that’s why I warn you in advance to desist from engaging yourselves in such baseless talks” Balala insisted.

He added that those agitating for the secession are out to redeem themselves politically at the expense of the Coastal people adding that the 2010 Constitution review largely addressed the plights of marginalized people and there is no reason for the secession.

He said the law is now very clear and that there is no room for such like calls adding that the crusaders are just but championing their own selfish interests.

“These people have realized that they will be rendered politically redundant come 2022 that’s why they pretend to be fighting for the people through secession but I want to tell them that they are wasting their time because their call will never come to pass” the charged CS stressed.

Both Mombasa and Kilifi Governors Ali Hassan Joho and Ammason Kingi respectively have since launched a campaign seeking to detach the coast region from the larger Kenya republic citing marginalization of their people.

Already Kilifi North law maker Dr Owen Baya has a bill at hand that he intends to table in parliament once it resumes its sittings to move for the secession of the coast Region.

The secession call has so far ignited a heated debate amongst the Coastal leaders with a section of them dismissing and terming it as ill advised agenda that seeks to benefit few individuals politically.

Mombasa Republican council MRC which went to court to seek orders to govern the Coast region as a self entity has so far distanced its self with the leaders calling for the secession.

 

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Tana River County Public Service Board has shortlisted 179 people for interviews for the 14 positions of County Chief Officers.

The board is set to interview the prospective officers from November 20 to December 2 2017, according to an advertisement placed in the county government’s website by board secretary Eunice Juma.

Among those shortlisted are two immediate former county executive committee (CEC) members Yusuf Adow Kuno Roads and Public Works CEC member) and Sofia Oblia Wedo (former Education CEC member), who aspire to take the lower position of Chief Officer for education.

 There is also a host of immediate former chief officers and unsuccessful parliamentary aspirants in the list of shortlisted candidates published by the board on Friday November 3, 2017.

The department of education has the most shortlisted candidates, standing at 27, followed by that of Youth Affairs, Gender and Culture with 24 candidates and Trade with 21 candidates.

 The lucrative department of finance has 19 shortlisted candidates who include the County Director of Development Planning, Mr. Lenox Chilumo Mbwana and assistant director of Revenue Frankjoy Kase Ddaiddo.

The Departments of Roads, Public Works and Lands has only four shortlisted candidates each.

Meanwhile the Tana River County Assembly is on Tuesday set to discuss and possibly approve the nomination of seven county executive committee members.

The County Assembly Appointments Committee vetted all the seven nominees of Governor Major (rtd) Dhadho Gaddae Godhana two weeks ago.

Leader of Majority Ibrahim Sala is expected to table the committee’s report on Tuesday Morning for members to give their input before either approving or rejecting some or all the nominees.

The nominees include current County Budget Controller Suleiman Yesse Buko (Finance) and a member of the County Public Service Board Abass Kunyo (Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries and Livestock Development and Veterinary Services.

The governor also nominated Mwanajuma Habwoka Mabuke of Action Aid Kenya to the department of Water, Energy, Environment and Natural Resources, Mrs. Khadija Harufa Algi (Public Service Management, Administration and ICT) and Mr. Adan Siyat Khalif to the Trade, Cooperative Development, Tourism and Industrialization.

Others are Eng. Stephen Wachira Kariuki (Roads, Public Works, Housing and Urbanization and Mr. Shukri Sugow Adhan (Education, Youth, Sports, Gender and Social Services). The governor is yet to present a nominee for the department of Health and Sanitation.

If approved, the names will be taken back to Governor Godhana, who is currently in the United Kingdom, for formal appointment.

Operations at the County Government have been left in the hands of directors after all the former CEC members and Chief Officers in the former regime were sent packing.

The County Public Service Board is set to interview 179 shortlisted candidates for the 14 departments from November 20, 2017 to December 2, 2017.

 In Kilifi former gubernatorial candidate Prof Katana Gona is among a number of people who are to be vetted by the County Assembly for the positions of CeCs.

Katana had been earmarked for the position of County secretary but it’s not clear at the moment what transpired that led to the change of position.

Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission IEBC Returning officer for Changamwe Constituency Luciana Jumwa Sanzua is also short listed for the position of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries CeC.

Others are Samuel Kombe Nzai Finance and Economic planning, Mwachitu Karisa Kiring Water – Water, Environment, Natural Resources and Forestry, Dr Anisa Omar Health, Maureen Munyazi – Gender Social Services, Culture and Sports.

Former Technical University of Mombasa Vice Chancellor Prof Josphat Kazungu Mwatela is set to head the Roads, Public Works and Transport Docket while Charles Dadu Karisa will handle the Lands, Energy Housing and urban Development Department.

Devolution, Public Service and Disaster Management is earmarked for Rachael Musyoki who is currently heading the Health Department.

Nahida Mohammed Athman will be at the helm of the trade, Tourism and Cooperative docket when all goes well at the county assembly vetting exercise that is set to take place anytime from now.

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