Why politicians want you to go upcountry during census

The push to influence resource allocation, boundary review and 2022 political strategy are fuelling the campaign by politicians to rally people to go back to their areas of birth for census. Governors and MPs are urging Kenyans to return to their rural areas to be counted during the National Population and Housing Census set for the night of August 24/25. The county chiefs have their eyes on the billions that are allocated to the counties based on population size while MPs, especially those from small constituencies, are keen to shore…

Ruto pushes Raila to make promise before 2022 polls

Deputy President William Ruto meets the people after attending a service conducted by Full Gospel Church at Timau Stadium in Meru County yesterday. [DPPS] Deputy President William Ruto wants opposition leader Raila Odinga to promise that he will respect the law and concede defeat if he loses in the 2022 General Election. Ruto, who spoke yesterday at Full Gospel Church in Timau, Meru County, said he does not fear running against the former prime minister. “I have heard that the man who loves vitendawili (riddles) wants to run against me in 2022.…

CBK: Deadline for return of old notes fixed on stone

Central Bank Governor Patrick Njoroge has said the deadline for the withdrawal of the old Sh1,000 notes will not be extended. Speaking in Kwale on Friday, Dr Njoroge said after September 30, the old generation Sh1,000 bank notes will be rendered valueless. “I want you to take this message to every corner of the country that people have to dispose of their old Sh1,000 bank notes by September 30. We shall not extend the period,” Njoroge said. SEE ALSO :CBK chief should use last term to make financial sector impact…

CBK: Deadline for return of old notes is fixed

Central Bank Governor Patrick Njoroge has said the deadline for the withdrawal of the old Sh1,000 notes will not be extended. Speaking in Kwale on Friday, Dr Njoroge said after September 30, the old generation Sh1,000 bank notes will be rendered valueless. “I want you to take this message to every corner of the country that people have to dispose of their old Sh1,000 bank notes by September 30. We shall not extend the period,” Njoroge said. SEE ALSO :CBK chief should use last term to make financial sector impact…

Early campaigns meant to fight BBI, Raila says

Opposition leader Raila Odinga (left) with Siaya Senator James Orengo (centre) and Gem MP Elisha Odhiambo during the burial of former Gem MP Joe Donde’s mother in Siaya on Saturday. [Collins Oduor, Standard] Premature 2022 presidential campaigns are designed to undermine the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) and scuttle envisaged constitutional reforms, Opposition chief Raila Odinga has said. Mr Raila denounced reports that he had declared his candidature for the presidency in an election in which he would face off with Deputy President William Ruto. He described the reports as an attempt…

Big shots linked to Akasha duo

Ali Punjani, Vijayghiri “Vicky” Goswami and Baktash Akasha. [File, Standard] Wanted tycoon Ali Badruddin Punjani will return to Kenya next Monday, according to his lawyer amid fresh allegations linking a Principal Secretary, an MP and a Kenyan diplomat to Indian drug felon Vijayghiri “Vicky” Goswami and the Akasha brothers. The High Commissioner and the MP allegedly held a secret meeting with a drug trafficking suspect in Mombasa on January 1, 2017. The suspect allegedly would later bribe a top Government official with millions of shillings to evade prosecution. The PS,…

TSC to promote 6,000 teachers

TSC Chief Executive Officer Nancy Macharia. [File, Standard] The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) will promote some 6,043 teachers to positions of head teacher and deputy head teacher. TSC is seeking to fill 2,310 vacant positions in the head teacher category, and 3,733 that have fallen vacant in the deputy headteacher category. The positions that will be advertised tomorrow, come as per the career progression guidelines for teachers. According to TSC Chief Executive Officer Nancy Macharia, the vacancies are available for head teachers who fall under C5 T-Scale 10 and deputy head…

Raila: I’m not in 2022 presidential race

ODM leader Raila Odinga has dismissed media reports indicating that he plans to run for the president in 2022 polls. [Denish Ochieng, Standard] ODM leader Raila Odinga has dismissed reports appearing on the Sunday Nation indicating that he will run for presidency in the 2022 General Election. The AU special envoy said he is disappointed with the reports for deliberately twisting his calls for grassroots elections in the Orange party to link him to the 2022 presidential race. In a statement to newsrooms on Sunday, Odinga dismissed the reports stating that he…

Akasha Lawyer- Goswami sold us out

Criminal lawyer Cliff Ombeta. [David Njaaga/Standard] Criminal lawyer Cliff Ombeta has revealed intricate details of the events that led to the 25-year jail sentence slapped on convicted drug baron Baktash Akasha. In an exclusive interview by the Sunday Standard, for the first time since the extradition of his former clients to the United States, Ombeta talked of a series of abductions, threats, a near-successful escape by Baktash and a fallout among his clients as the noose of justice tightened around the Akasha family and their associates. He blames one of…

Panic as US to cut Sh120 billion HIV kitty

Thousands of jobs are at stake as the US government reduces funding and reorients its HIV programme in Kenya. The US President’s Emergency Plan for Aids Relief (Pepfar) has drawn various redlines giving Kenya tough minimums to be met by October and next year or risk further funding cuts.  Some of the minimums include Kenya taking more than 40 per cent ownership of the Sh120 billion per year HIV juggernaut by October and 70 per cent by 2020.   One of the about 15 minimums, all emphasising on transparency, accountability, and efficiency is to transfer all the Penfar supported…