Nairobi’s majority leader challenges new Public Service Board to solve labor menace

By Erick Ludeya The approval of five nominees for the Nairobi County Public Service Board by the county assembly will help in fast tracking labor related challenges at the county. Majority leader Abdi Guyo has asked the nominees to speed the employment of qualified personnel in understaffed departments like health. The five who were approved are former Kakamega deputy speaker Abdihakim Mohamed who will be the chairman, Aisha Wanjiku, Sharon Mirella, Consolata Muthoni and Thomas Mweu. Guyo said that the board should also work on retirement plans for employees who…

Greenpeace: 2019-20 Budget Fails to Cater For Kenyan’s Electricity Needs

Responding to the budget speech by Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich, Greenpeace Africa’s Senior Campaign Manager, Renee Olende has said: “The Ministry of Energy has failed Kenyans yet again. The budget has a narrow focus; catering for manufacturers will not ensure adequate accessibility and efficient supply of electricity to urban, peri-urban and rural communities. Approximately 40% of Kenya’s population has access to electricity, in contrast, only 15% of rural inhabitants benefit from electricity supply. Even in urban areas,  the quality of power is low and supply is unreliable. “Kenya’s renewable…

Sonko advices youths to shun criminal life

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has called on Kenyan youths, and specifically those in Nairobi to keep off criminal activities. The Governor has urged juvenile criminal gang members in the county to stop their ways or risk painful death. Sonko said he is ready to help them transform their lives and become useful members of the society. Speaking at Dandora where he addressed  youths in an impromptu visit,Sonko said he still relates with youths because he was once in their shoes. “I was in that life but left. If I can…

Maritime and Shipping PS calls assures Seafarers Union of government protection

Maritime and Shipping Principle Secretary Nancy Karigithu addressingjournalists during the inauguration of board members of Bandari Maritime Academy held at Bandari College in Mombasa County. By  Tobby Otum Maritime and Shipping Principle Secretary Nancy Karigithu said the Seafarers Union of Kenya (SUK) is a validly registered party under the trade unions act. She insisted the government won’t allow the affairs and welfare of the seafarers to be handled casually. “The splinter group under the name of Kenya Seafarers Welfare Association [KSWA] was formed as a result of an election despute,” she pointed out. Karigithu said the government won’t recognize the…

Nairobi First Lady calls on leaders to support menstrual hygiene

Story by Correspondent Nairobi City County First Lady Primrose Mbuvi has called on leaders to support menstrual hygiene programs. Speaking during the World Menstrual Hygiene day at Daniel Komboni Primary School in Korogocho, Nairobi, the First Lady said ignoring menstrual hygiene is a violation of girls’ rights. “It is a violation of young girls’ rights to miss twenty percent of school days in a given year due to lack of sanitary products. Let us all take a minute and imagine how inconvenient, uncomfortable and embarrassing it is for women and…

New bill pushes for creation of County Revenue Authority

By Erick Ludeya Nairobi County could soon have its own taxman similar to the Kenya Revenue Authority if a new bill pushing for the establishment of Nairobi City County Revenue Authority is approved by the county assembly. The Nairobi City County Revenue Administration bill, 2019 that has already undergone the first reading at the assembly advocates for the appointment of the County Revenue Administrator who shall be competitively recruited by the County Public Service Board. The bill authored by Finance, Budget and Appropriations Committee chairman Robert Mbatia will see a…

City Hall unable to collect Sh300 billion from defaulters

By Erick Ludeya The County has admitted to internal working challenges that have made it difficult to reign in on defaulters who owe it a staggering Sh300 billion in debts. This emerged on Wednesday during an enquiry by the Budget and Finance Commitee which was infomed that the county has only collected Sh627,511,966 million in the current financial year, from a target of Sh3.1billion. The amounts accumulate from rates, Single Business Permits,Fire,adverts,medicals,loading zones and way leaves. Officers from the Debt Collection Unit(dcu) headed by James Lempaka cited lack of operational…

One year more for general in the office

President Uhuru Kenyatta on the advice of the Defence Council has extended the term of service for the Chief of the Defence Forces General Samson Jefwa Mwathethe for one year effective 6th May 2019. According to a statement by KDF spokesperson Bogita Ongeri Monday, the President at the same time also upheld recommendations by the Defence Council, Chaired by Defence Cabinet Secretary Amb Raychelle Omamo various promotions, appointments and postings of the officers of the Kenya Defence Forces. Major General Adan Kanchoro Mulata was promoted to Lieutenant General and appointed Commandant…

Young legislators decry sidelining of youth in presidential appointments

A section of young parliamentarians has decried failure by President Uhuru Kenyatta to consider young people in his recent appointments. Speaking to the media, the lawmakers said such exclusion was unconstitutional and wanted the president to rope in the youth in his next round of appointments. We are surprised that young people were excluded from appointments to top government jobs. We expect that in his next round of appointments, the president considers the young population since it makes the greater percentage of the country’s population,” said Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja.…

Majority of Nairobians confident the City county on the right path

Majority of Nairobi residents have expressed confidence that Governor Mike Sonko’s administration is moving in the right direction. According to city residents, who are attending the ongoing public participation for the 2019/20 County Fiscal Strategy Paper, the Nairobi County government is doing well in terms of delivering on its mandate. Simon Leboo, Nairobi Deputy County Secretary, said preliminary feedback reports on the County Fiscal Strategy of 2019/20 has been positive. “Overall, the feeling among the majority of Nairobians is that they have confidence in our ability to do better,” said…