Where did the rain start beating poll commission?

George Kebaso @Morarak The controversy surrounding Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) took a fresh twist yesterday after three commissioners resigned from the agency. But where did the rain start beating the poll body? It all started during the 2013 General Election. In April 29, 2014, one year after the Jubilee administration came to power, …

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Weta, Mudavadi launch bid to lock Raila out of Western

George Kebaso @Morarak Another duel is brewing in Nasa with two estranged leaders plotting political assault against the alliance leader Raila Odinga. Musalia Mudavadi of Amani National Congress (ANC) and Ford Kenya’s Moses Wetang’ula have signalled a plan to form a new political alliance to bring together the entire Western Kenya region with the aim …

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Task force reveals graft, impunity in forestry service

George Kebaso @Morarak Kenya Forest Service (KFS) directors, including former ones, risk prosecution and possible jail terms for allegedly presiding over plunder and mismanagement of the country’s forest resources. The taskforce investigating the wanton destruction of the country’s forests has recommended the immediate sacking of all KFS board of directors in its interim findings that …

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Task force reveals graft, impunity in forestry service

George Kebaso @Morarak Kenya Forest Service (KFS) directors, including former ones, risk prosecution and possible jail terms for allegedly presiding over plunder and mismanagement of the country’s forest resources. The taskforce investigating the wanton destruction of the country’s forests has recommended the immediate sacking of all KFS board of directors in its interim findings that …

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Bishops laud truce, warn against weak Opposition

George Kebaso @Morarak Catholic bishops have commended President Uhuru Kenyatta and Nasa leader Raila Odinga’s unity plan, but warned the move must not kill opposition politics. The Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) said the Opposition is integral in any country’s development as it helps keep the government of the day in check. Addressing a …

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ODM unveils five-member task force to audit polls

George Kebaso @Morarak The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) has unveiled a five-member task force that will audit the party’s performance in the previous elections and assess the relationship with other political entities it has Coalitions with. ODM’s move is also meant to help the party tighten loopholes that have seen members raise credibility issues in …

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2017 polls eroded democratic gains, observer reports

George Kebaso @Morarak The Carter Centre, one of the key observers in last year’s General Election has blamed the tension that engulfed the country on political confrontation and police brutality. Regrettably, as a result, the centre observes that the twin 2017 elections – August 8 and October 26 – were major setbacks to the country’s …

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Overhaul IEBC or we boycott 2022 election, say Nasa principals

George Kebaso @Morarak National Super Alliance’s (Nasa) principals yesterday held a meeting in Nairobi and demanded the reconstitution of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), failure to which they will boycott the 2022 election. They also said IEBC does not have the capacity to carry out the boundaries review scheduled for next year. The …

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State starts crackdown on drugs, illicit brew

The Interior ministry will not let the Judiciary and County governments frustrate the war against manufacture, distribution, sale and consumption of illicit alcohol, Internal Security Cabinet secretary Dr Fred Matiang’i said yesterday. Speaking when he and his Principal secretary Dr Karanja Kibicho launched the national crackdown on illicit drugs and alcohol, the CS gave a …

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ODM leaders meet to decide its future with Nasa partners

The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) delegates are expected to converge in Nairobi tomorrow to decide whether the former Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s party should remain in the National Super Alliance (Nasa). In its first meeting since Raila’s controversial mock oath on January 30, the National Governing Council (NGC) is also scheduled to discuss the party’s …

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Ndii, Magaya innocent, Nasa leader to Miguna

George Kebaso @Morarak The National Super Alliance (Nasa) leader Raila Odinga yesterday defended his top strategist David Ndii and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Norman Magaya against allegations that the duo were working for the Jubilee Party. Before departing to Zimbabwe for the burial of his longtime friend, Morgan Tsvangirai, the Nasa leader expressed his unconditional …

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Matiang’i re-shuffles county bosses in major shake-up

George Kebaso @Morarak Interior Cabinet secretary Fred Matiang’i has redeployed regional coordinators and county commissioners across all 47 counties in a re-shuffle. In the new changes, Bernard Leparmarai stepped into Nelson Marwa’s shoes at the Coast. Marwa was nominated by President Uhuru Kenyatta as one of the Principal Secretaries at the Devolution ministry. Former Busia …

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Three killed in crackdown on crime in city

Photo of Nairobi police commander Japheth Koome

Police in Nairobi shot dead three suspected gangsters on Saturday night and arrested about 100 others in response to rising crime in the city. County police commander Japheth Koome yesterday assured residents that the police were in control of the situation. “Things have not got out of hand. I am assuring residents and visitors that …

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Uhuru allies rewarded with CAS position

George Kebaso @Morarak President Uhuru Kenyatta has accommodated political losers who supported him by fixing them in a newly introduced position of Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) to be in charge of co-coordination of ministry affairs. Rachael Shebesh, Ababu Namwamba, Chris Obure, and Simon Kachapin are the CAS nominees to coordinate affairs of the ministries of …

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Mandera leaders want apology over linkage to ‘People’s Assembly’

George Kebaso @Morarak Leaders from Mandera county have demanded an apology from the Attorney General (AG) for linking them to Nasa’s ‘People’s Assembly’ intiative. Yesterday, the leaders protested a move by the AG, listing the county as one of the 15 that have adopted the Assembly. At the same time, the five MPs drawn from …

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KeNHA moves to end Salgaa carnage

George Kebaso @Morarak The Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) has embarked on road marking, installation of signs and construction of a dual carriageway along the Salgaa stretch on Nakuru-Eldoret highway. These improvements, the authority said, will help curb road accidents that have claimed dozens of lives at Salgaa and Sachang’wan black spots. In a statement, …

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Ministry, NLC set to establish land bank, reveals Kaimenyi

George Kebaso @Morarak The Ministry of Lands in conjunction with the National Land Commission (NLC) plans to establish a land bank, Cabinet Secretary, Prof Jacob Kaimenyi has said. Speaking during a joint meeting with the NLC commissioners at Ardhi House in Nairobi yesterday, he said the move is in line with President Uhuru’s Big Four …

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Opposition, State lock horns over Raila oath venue

George Kebaso @Morarak A standoff looms between the police and the National Super Alliance (Nasa) over the planned swearing-in of Raila Odinga as the Peoples’ President slated for January 30 at the historic Uhuru Park. Police in Nairobi have warned that they will not tolerate any person who will try to invade the venue that …

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Nominated senior cops take oath of office

Three top police officers, who were nominated by President Uhuru Kenyatta to key posts, have been sworn in. Former police spokesman George Kinoti yesterday became the new Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) boss, a post he had been holding on acting capacity for two weeks, after taking oath at the Supreme Court. Edward Mbugua and …

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Police take over highways after President’s order

George Kebaso @Morarak It is now official; Traffic police department has taken charge of all road safety regulation duties, safe for policy formulation which remains the core mandate of the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA). This comes a day after President Uhuru Kenyatta ordered NTSA to keep off the roads. Police spokesman Charles Owino …

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