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KNUT & KUPPET Stand On Wiper Party’s Allegations On Its Members Involvement In Machakos Senatorial By-electionFebruary 28th, 2021
Teachers and other civil servants have participated as elections officials in the history of Kenyan elections, not at any point the IEBC, TSC and PSC or any other constitutional commission has ever barred teachers and civil servants from participating in elections as officials.
When IEBC advertised for the election officials, it did not bar teachers from applying, in fact, there was a deficit in some areas and IEBC through social media appealed to the public to apply, especially polling clerks.
Why is wiper so bitter with teachers working for IEBC in this by-election when their payslips are still bleeding after the lifting of the tax relief?
Could Wiper be part of the historical system that has always prevented teachers from earning more?
Last general elections, wiper and MCCP fronted candidates, IEBC conducted the election; teachers and civil servants participated as officials and none of the political parties complained.
Why this time round? Therefore, we want to condemn the wiper party’s careless allegations of dragging our teachers in the machakos political tussles with the strongest words possible; teachers are professionals who have always remained non-partisan and operate within strict guidelines of CORT and Code of Ethics and dragging them in political competitions would be compromising their work and intimidating them.
As unions, we there fore call upon our teachers to ignore the Wiper party’s allegations and urge them to continue delivering their services without any fear or favour as provided in the Basic Education Act, 2015 and Code of Regulations for Teachers(CORT) 2015.
1. Martin Mutisya: KUPPET assistant Executive secretary, Machakos County.
2. Daniel Nginga: KNUT vice chairman, Eastern Region.
Dated 28. 2. 2021.
The association believe the Maendeleo Chap Chap Party’s candidate has enough experience to push for youth sensitive legislation in the senate.
Kamba Young Technocrats (KAYOTE) has formally endorsed Former minister of water Hon. Mutua Katuku for election in the Machakos senatorial by-election.
Led by national secretary general Alex Nzyoki the association’s officials gave their statement at a Machakos hotel clearly mentioning their intention to offer support through campaigning for the MCCP’s candidate.
“It calls for a person who has served in government since his youth to understand and represent our ideology in the national Senate”, read the statement.
“There was a reason our former president Mwai Kibaki entrusted Hon. Katuku for a ministerial position as a youth.”
“This is the same reason we believe he has the young technocrats and entrepreneurs needs at heart and can push for our agenda in the senate”, they further stated.
The KAYOTE association members dismissed the wiper party and URP candidates as mere political toys with no agenda for the youthful majority.
Majority of youths in Machakos County are formally educated but lack employment opportunities. This has lead to an influx of the youth in the various urban centres in the county looking for informal employment opportunities.
MCCP’s Katuku has promised to be at the forefront in pushing for legislation for youth focused investment in counties.
Muslims across the Country have continued to condemn the demolition of an 83 year old Jamia Mosque in Kibos in Kisumu County by the Kenya Railways.
The demolitions that are said to have been executed at 3am on Saturday morning also affected residential houses around the Mosque leaving many innocent Kenyans homeless.
Among those who condemned the act was former Leader of Majority in the National Assembly Aden Duale who on his Twitter handle termed it as immoral and barbaric.
“I condemn Kenya Railways who acted against an existing court order to demolish the Mosque and the residential houses. Even in heinous regimes non in history has ever demolished house of worship”, he said.
Duale reiterated, “Under any circumstance, it is unconstitutional, affront to the freedom of worship and abuse to the Muslim Umma”
He said that they shall protect all houses of worship including those of other Faiths and that Islam does not allow destruction of places of worship.
Leaders must be made to account for all the money spent on ghost projects in Nambale Constituency.
Residents of Nambale led by Aggrey Ongoma have now expressed concerns as to why tens of millions of shillings were spent on ghost projects and some whose costs were inflated.
“We cannot just sit down and keep quiet as some of our leaders continue stealing our money without shame”,said Ongoma.
His sentiments follows claims that a slaughterhouse built seven years ago in Nambale opposite Magnet School which costed Ksh15 million had been abandoned and left to rot.
He called on the former MCA for Nambale Township ward Mr. Godfrey Odongo to come out and shade light on the matter since the said project was built in his Ward and during his tenure terming it as misuse of public resources.
“As the area MCA then Odongo should explain to the public how a small structure of that kind could cost a whopping Ksh15m and never condemned or questioned”, he said.
Some of the questionable projects that residents are demanding for answers which money was allocated but never kicked off or their costs were exaggerated include; Nambale Mortuary, Lab, Theater, Ward and Empowerment Youth Center.
Efforts to reach Mr. Odongo for comments bore no fruits as his phone went an answered.
The handshake between Teso South MP Hon. Geoffrey Omuse and former MP Hon. Mary Emaase is something that residents must fully welcome and be proud of.
Residents of Teso South led by John Omachar said that the handshake should be embraced by all in order to steer development in the area to another level adding that the news about Emaase agreeing to support Omuse had been received with great joy.
The residents further said that the development records of the two leaders is unmatched compared to the ten years Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong served as the area MP.
“We hear that Ojaamong wants to come here again and vie for MP seat in 2022. He is our son and we love him but he should go and join his fellow Governors in contesting for Presidency and not this small seat we shall support him”, Omachar said.
The residents who were addressing the Press in Simba Chai yesterday further reiterated that Ojaamong should use his position to give guidance to Hon Omuse to help him deliver to the people of Teso South instead of undermining his work.
“Let Ojaamong come out in the open and tell us what is it that he is going to do for us that he was unable to do for the 10 years he served as the MP including being an Assistant Minister”, they said.
There are no enough material (writings) for creating awareness about Covid-19 among pupils in schools especially those with disabilities.
Beatrice Nakholi, an author of Spotlight English Activities a book for Grade 1, 2 & 3 and a teacher has encouraged children not to untie the government rules on Covid-19.
Nakholi who spoke during the International Day of Education celebrated yesterday said that Covid-19 has taught Kenyans that learning can also be done out of schools as it has been witnessed in the last 9 months where children were learning virtually.
She has however raised concerns over the rate at which school going children are now failing to follow Government guidelines on Covid-19 pandemic.
“I urge our pupils to continue following the guidelines because the disease is still with us, they should not trust anyone because anyone could be having the disease,” she added.
She however noted that schools are lacking enough reading books that may creat awareness on Covid-19 from Grade 1 to 3 noting that some classes are still clouded.
Nakholi who was speaking to the Press by way of phone applauded the Government for creating awareness about Covid-19 through various media outlets and also ensuring that schools are adhering to those guidelines but she was quick to say more was needed.
“Even before covid-19 schools started experiencing many challenges there were still no enough equipment’s meaning one should take it as his or her responsibilities to protect themselves” she added.
She said that for three weeks now, Kids are no longer tightening the measures something she said may be as a result of them not having seen anyone getting sick.
“All schools should also ensure that they have an aspect of psychological programs to carb the increased cases of violence against teachers,” she added.
Nakholi reiterated that children needed to be counseled because they could be afraid of exams which may lead to violence.
“Schools are doing their best and everyone is trying what they can while some are doing it very well but others are not doing very well to carb the disease,” she added.
Challenge that came with covid is that everything was shut down and Government did a lot of effort but the challenge was that all people were unprepared.
“To students note that Covid is your responsibility, so please ensure you follow the rules and what the teachers are telling you,” she added.
Former Minister for Water Hon. Mutua Katuku is set to present his nomination papers to Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission tomorrow 26th January, 2021 at 8am.
Katuku who is running on a Maendeleo Chap Chap Party’s ticket is the frontrunner in the Machakos by-election to be held in March.
Katuku will be accompanied by Machakos County Governor, H.E. Alfred Mutua, several ukambani legislators, members of county assembly and other politicians drawn from various political parties.
This comes after today’s endorsement by Yatta MP Charles Kilonzo, former county MP Dr. Susan Musyoka, Hon. Grace Mwewa and several Machakos MCAs from Wiper Party.
Hon. Katuku together with the leaders will then address rallies at Machakos bus park, Wamunyu, Kithimani and Matuu towns.
More to follow.
15 police officers attached to Nambale police station and 6 Busia County enforcement officers are set to be charged for seriously assaulting a family in Nambale and causing malicious damage to properties during curfew hours.
The Independent Police Oversight Authority (IPOA) has said that during the incident the police allegedly lobbed teargas into a private home and seriously assaulted the owner Mr. Benard Orenga his wife and children and other neighbors afterwards.
In a statement signed by the chairperson of IPOA Anne Makori and send to the newsrooms today she said, “in the course of monitoring police enforcement of Covid-19 curfew rules, IPOA learned of an incident that happened on 30th March 2020 at 1915hrs in Nambale town of Busia County,”
She further said that after receiving the complaints from the victims, IPOA immediately launched its own investigations into matter.
Makori said that after completing the investigations and upon independent review and concurrence with the recommendations, the Directorate of Public Prosecutions Mr. Noordin Haji directed that the 15 officers and 6 County enforcement officers attached to Nambale Sub County who were assigned police duties be charged.
She reiterated that additionally, the Ward Commander who led the operations will also be charged with additional offense of negligence in the discharge of duty. The officers are set to take plea on 1st February in Bungoma.
The Busia County Government has been marred with cases of nepotism where two women senior officials have been accused of employing over 30 of their own relatives in total disregard of the law.
Topping the list is the chairperson of the County Service Board Asumpta Obore who is alleged to have abused her position and went ahead to employ 18 of her close relatives.
The other one is the CEC for Finance, ICT and Economic Planning Phaustine Barasa who is also alleged to have colluded with Obore to employ at least 15 of her relatives as Revenue clerks on permanent and pensionable terms.
Barasa, a former Secondary school Principal is loved and loathed by Cabinet colleagues in equal measure due to her her extra ordinary pride and arrogance.
Following these revelations, some county government officials in the department of finance are now asking the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) to move with speed and investigate the matter including the recently concluded recruitment of Revenue Clerks.
Last year’s recruitment had serious irregularities where atleast 60 percent of the Clerks came from Teso region while the Luhya side which comprises of Nambale, Matayos, Butula, Samia and Bunyala sub counties shared the remaining 40 percent with Barasa alone taking the lions share.
“ It is true that, at least 15 close relatives of Madam Phaustine and at least 18 of Madam Obore are here with us in the county. What baffled many of us is how 15 relatives can be employed under one directorate ,” said an official in the department of Finance whose name we have concealed for fear of victimization.
The official further said that the county government has in the recent years recorded low revenue collections something that if left unquestioned the County may end up losing a lot of money.
“The reason as to why Barasa employed 15 of her relatives as Revenue clerks is something that should be investigated not forgetting that she has already declared her interests to vie for Matayos MP seat come 2022”, the official reiterated.
It will be recalled that last year MCAs pointed fingers at the Revenue Clerks whom they accused of pocketing collected revenue leading to a decline in tax.
A resident we talked to who didn’t want to give his full name but only told us to call him James said, ” the issue of Obore employing her own relatives is very true because it is out there in the public domain”.
James further added in her own family alone she employed about 10 people including helping her elder brother get lucrative County contracts. “What is more disturbing is the fact that most of those she has employed have bribed their way through her agents who are well known figure”, he claimed.
When contacted for comments, Barasa dismissed the allegations as False asking any person who may feel aggrieved to forward the matter to the EACC.
Efforts to reach Obore were futile as her phone was permanently engaged by the time of publishing this story.
Traders proceeded to shout ‘Ruto’ as Raila tried to calm the crowd down. He was accompanied by former Starehe MP Maina Kamanda.
ODM leader Raila Odinga faced a hostile crowd when he made a stop at Burma market on Wednesday, with a section of traders carrying a ‘wheelbarrow’ – a symbol synonymous with Deputy President William Ruto.
The traders proceeded to shout ‘Ruto’ from afar as Raila addressed the crowd.
Raila was accompanied by former Starehe MP Maina Kamanda.
On Twitter, Raila said he made a stop at the market ‘to say hello to the people’.
Earlier, Raila met youths to drum up support for BBI.
Taking to Twitter, he said, “I had a dynamic and insightful engagement with youth hailing from Nairobi county who pledged their full and unwavering support for the BBI process. The referendum train continues to garner speed unabated. It’s now all systems go!”
More to follow…