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 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…

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…

Jubilee ponders on fielding Kibra nominee as race hots up

Jubilee Party Secretary General Raphael. He says the party is holding consultation to decide whether it will field a candidate or not. [File, Standard] The Kibra by-election race could be thrown wide open after Jubilee Party indicated it was considering fielding a candidate. Party Secretary General Raphael Tuju said yesterday the party was holding consultation and will soon make a pronouncement whether to field a candidate or not. “We are yet to make a decision on the matter. We are still consulting before we can issue the official position of…

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…

Uhuru’s allies back handshake

President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga during the official launch of the regeneration and waterfront project at Mama Ngina Drive in Mombasa County in January. [File, Standard] MPs allied to President Uhuru Kenyatta and Opposition leader Raila Odinga yesterday stepped up their support for constitutional reforms. The Building Bridges Initiative (BBI), which is expected to propose wide-ranging changes, will table its report in October. MPs Maina Kamanda (nominated), Samuel Atandi (Alego-Usonga), Jared Okello (Nyando), Mark Nyamita (Uriri) and Tom Kajwang (Ruaraka) who spoke separately rallied Kenyans to support the initiative that…

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,…

MP named Pokot spokesman

Tiaty MP William Kamket joins traditional dancers after being installed as Pokot elder at Katungura village in Tiaty. [Kipsang Joseph, Standard] Tiaty MP William Kamket has been installed as the Pokot spokesperson, a move that could cause friction between him and West Pokot Governor John Lonyangapuo. In 2017, Prof Lonyangapuo was installed as the community spokesperson, 16 years after the death of fiery Cabinet Minister Francis Lotodo who last held the position. Elaborate ceremony The two leaders are from Kanu, but the governor has lately backed Deputy President William Ruto’s…

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…