What Uhuru, Raila told party leaders

President Uhuru Kenyatta and other political party leaders including Gideon Moi (KANU), Musalia Mudavadi (ANC), Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper), Raila Odinga (ODM), Charity Ngilu (NARC) and Mosses Wetangula (Ford Kenya) at State House, Nairobi. [PSCU] President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM party leader Raila Odinga have set out the campaign roadmap for the Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) Bill, 2020, to be subjected to a public vote by May. Yesterday, sources close to Uhuru, Raila and other political leaders invited to a meeting at State House, Nairobi, told The Standard discussions were held…

National exams ready, says CS Magoha

Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha. National examination papers for the 1.9 million secondary and primary school candidates have been printed and brought into the country. Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha said the tests are ready and shall be done as scheduled. “I want to assure you the examinations are ready and in less than four weeks we shall start,” said Magoha. Sources revealed that Magoha led top examination and ministry officials to the printer two weeks ago to conclude the final touches. It emerged that some of the question papers have…

Confusion over Ruto office’s ‘request’ for 400 BBI copies

Deputy President William Ruto. There was confusion yesterday on whether Deputy President William Ruto’s office had requested for hundreds of copies of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) Bill from the government printer. Ruto has been ambivalent on whether he supports the Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) Bill, 2020, which seeks to change the 2010 law, maintaining that it is not a priority for the country. But according to a letter dated February 24 sent to the government printer, and whose copy The Standard has, the office of the DP, through an official…

ODM grants aspirants more time

ODM NEC Chairman John Mbadi (left) addresses the Press as other officials look on, on February 12. [File, Standard] The Orange Democratic Movement has extended its deadline for applicants seeking to fly the party’s flag for the presidential seat in the 2022 General Election. The party had initially given February 26 as its deadline. “Further to the notice of the National Elections Board of January 21, 2021 calling for submission of applications by individuals interested in consideration as the ODM party presidential candidate for the 2022 General Election, this is…

Parents to shoulder heavier cash burden in CBC roll-out

Nyali School Principal John Kombo and pupils admire a crop of cassava from the school’s farm on January 25. The school is using farming to teach pupils in line with the CBC. [Kelvin Karani, Standard] Parents will have to shoulder a huge part of the cost of implementing the new curriculum as the government phases out the 8-4-4-education system. It is now clear that billions of shillings will be required to prepare basic, tertiary and university institutions in readiness for the anticipated transition of learners under the new 2-6-3-3-3 curriculum.…

Uhuru, Raila face dilemma of picking team to sell BBI

South B ward representative Waithera Chege during a meeting to educate residents on the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report, yesterday. [Samson Wire, Standard] Regional supremacy and 2022 political ambitions could turn the exercise of picking a 10-member team to spearhead referendum campaigns into a nightmare for President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga. The perception that individuals who have been entrusted with the mandate could use it as a launch pad for the next election has created animosity that could lead to fallout among governors, MPs and other politicians.…

Covid-19 infections rise by 277

Some 277 people have tested for the coronavirus today, pushing the national tally to 105,057 confirmed cases. Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe (pictured) said the Ministry has tested 4,599 samples in the last 24 hours, to raise cumulative tests to 1, 282, 799. Two hundred and twenty-one of the new cases are Kenyans while fifty six are foreigners. According to CS Kagwe, Kenya has also recorded a total of one hundred and nineteen recoveries today, totaling to 86, 497 recoveries since the onset of Covid-19 in the country. Covid 19…

ODM extends deadline for candidates seeking presidential ticket

ODM party leader Raila Odinga at Chungwa house, Nairobi. [Edward Kiplimo, Standard] Candidates interested in seeking the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM’s) presidential ticket have until end of March to submit their applications. In a statement by ODM’s National Election Board, the deadline for the submission of application has been extended from February 26 (tomorrow) to March 31, 2021. “All interested candidates are required to submit their applications in the prescribed manner,” Catherine Mumma, the chairperson of the board said. Mumma noted that they planned to vet applicants before convening a…

Atwoli: I do not know who will be the President in 2022 but I know who will not be

COTU Secretary-General Francis Atwoli [Joseph Kipsang, Standard] COTU Secretary General Francis Atwoli on Wednesday said he does not know Kenya’s next President but he knows who will not emerge victorious. Speaking during an interview on Citizen TV, Atwoli said Kenya has never had a ‘chest-thumping’ president, adding that Deputy President William Ruto should look for good advisors. “I do not know who will be the President in 2022 but I know who will not be… I wish the DP had good advisors and would still be supporting all of President…

Virtual work parties: the good, the bad and the plain peculiar

Entertainers prepare for an online work Christmas party organized by events firm Hire Space, unknown location. [Reuters] Virtual work parties? You can’t really mingle with colleagues, or dance with them, and it’s tough to get in the disco mood in your home office. On the other hand, you can’t spread disease, you don’t have to traipse home and there’s no chance of an ill-advised amorous encounter. In the COVID-19 era though, gala options are limited. Companies are turning to events organisers to create virtual social events for staff. And with…