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Governors And Cabinet Secretaries Skip Ruto Meeting

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Deputy President William Ruto held a meeting of the Intergovernmental Budget and Economic Council (IBEC) which was attended by nine governors, one Cabinet Secretary, and Two Principal Secretaries.

The meeting was held on Monday, November 22  where DP Ruto has invited five Cabinet secretaries and the Council of Governors.

Unfortunately, only Devolution CS Charles Keter showed up from Cabinet.

County chiefs were represented by Council of Governors Chairman and Embu Governor Martin Wambora, Ndiritu Muriithi (Laikipia), Anne Waiguru (Kirinyaga), Prof Anyang Nyong’o (Kisumu).

Sospeter Ojaamong (Busia), Stanley Kiptis (Baringo), Josphat Nanok (Turkana), Prof Paul Chepkwony (Kericho), Jackson Mandago (Uasin Gishu), and Dr. Barchok Hillary (Bomet).

Controller of Budget Dr. Margaret Nyakang’o, Chairperson of the Commission for Revenue Allocation Dr. Jane Kiringai, PS Treasury Dr. Julius Muia, PS Devolution Julius Korir, and County Executive Committee Members were also in attendance.

Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya, the ODM’s Deputy Party Leader, had previously indicated that he would not attend the meeting, citing Ruto and Raila’s animosity.

I will not be present…The battle lines have been set, and each person must stay in their designated lane. Raila Odinga has my complete support,” he said in a November 14 interview.

The first county to do so since devolution began when the council approved Laikipia County’s request to borrow nearly Sh1 billion from the international market.

The meeting also approved a Sh370 billion allocation to counties.

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President Kenyatta Set To Open New Chancery In Switzerland

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President Uhuru Kenyatta is set to open a new chancery in the Swiss Capital of Bern. To enhance trade tries between Kenya and Switzerland.

Speaking ahead of President Kenyatta’s official visit to Switzerland, Ambassador Andrew Kihurani said.

The opening of the new chancery will invigorate the growing bilateral trade. Which has been on the upward trend with Kenya’s exports standing at Kshs 4.8 billion.

Imports from Switzerland

While imports from Switzerland standing at Kshs 8 billion annually. “Another primary issue we engage in is promotion of trade.

You may be aware that there’s significant bilateral trade between the two countries. Kenya is Switzerland’s 16th biggest trading partner in Africa,” Amb. Kihurani said.

The Kenyan Ambassador pointed out that, despite the balance of trade being tilted in favor of Switzerland, Kenya has continued to increase its export of coffee, tea and horticultural produce.

Bilateral trade in 2021

He added that bilateral trade in 2021 was extensive. With Kenya being Switzerland’s major source of cut flowers.

Imports from Switzerland to Kenya include herbicides, fungicides, chemicals, paints, machinery and pharmaceuticals.

“So our mandate is to be able to see how to enhance that trade. Between the two countries. Not only in terms of the volume but also in terms of the breadth.

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Other different items

To see what other different items we can be able to trade between the two countries,” he added.

Ambassador Kihurani further said that the two nations have had significant cooperation in the tourism sector.

Noting that Kenya used to receive over 9,000 tourists annually from Switzerland prior to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Ongoing Covid19 vaccination process

He expressed hope that the ongoing Covid-19 vaccination process will revive the tourism sector with Kenya receiving an increasing number of tourists from Switzerland.

“Switzerland has done about 70% of vaccination of its population. And of course in Kenya we are continuing to increase the level of vaccinations.

We expect the level of tourism will start growing once again. And it is the responsibility of this embassy to enhance growth of that tourism exchange,” said Amb. Kihurani.

Kenya envoy to Switzerland

The Kenyan envoy to Switzerland also noted that President Kenyatta will visit Geneva. He is scheduled to address the World Health Assembly on May 22.

He said the address by the President at the World Health Assembly, will outline how Kenya has been at the forefront in championing health issues globally.

“The meeting in Geneva is the World Health Assembly which takes place every year. His Excellency the President shall address the meeting on this particular occasion.

First time to address the assembly

“This will be his first time to address the Assembly. This is important in terms of showing the support that Kenya has.

For issues which will be discussed with Assembly on the issue of health,” he said. The 75th World Health Assembly will kick off. With a high-level segment on May 22.

With speeches from the elected Health Assembly President, Heads of State, special guests and an address by the WHO Director-General.

As well as presentation of the Director-General’s Health Awards. The theme of this year’s World Health Assembly is “Health for Peace, Peace for Health”.

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The dynamic duo played the Azimio – One Kenya Alliance Presidential Candidate Raila Odinga

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Tension developed in the Uhuruto relationship before the 2017 Elections. Then, Murathe warned that Uhuru will be a different man. And ruthless if he won the second and last term.

The Supreme Court dropped a bombshell by voiding the 2017 Presidential Election results. The dynamic duo reunited and vowed to revisit the Judiciary.

If they won. The Court-directed a re-run. Raila boycotted the Re-run and the duo were sworn-in. Raila swore himself in as the People’s President.

All hell broke loose

All hell broke loose and the country became ungovernable. Then, the Dynamic Duo conceived the idea of the handshake. To cool political temperatures.

And play Raila in the Uhuru succession race to fulfill their Uhuru 10-Ruto 10 covenant. After the handshake, the bond between the handshake partners grew stronger and alarmed Ruto.

He sensed betrayal in the succession matrix to derail his ambitions to succeed his boss. He embarked on sensitization tours. To nip in the bud the perceived mischief.

Uhuru noted

Uhuru noted and sarcastically cautioned him through the demeaning term of Tangatanga (loitering).

He played in Ruto’s hands who is an expert in turning such negatives into political slogans and positive campaign strategies.

Uhuru was slow in his response. He gazetted Executive Order No. 1 of 2019 that rendered Ruto idle.

Let his government go overboard

He, then, let his government go overboard in destroying the livelihoods of the lowly in society. Small businesses were targeted.

Especially East of Nairobi’s Tom Mboya street that affected trade in Nyamakima, Kiamaiko and all the way to Ruai. Evictions left many destitute.

Most of the traders affected were natives of the Mountain. Regular and arbitrary fires in Gikomba market. Didn’t help matters with government mandarins suspects.

It provided Ruto

It provided Ruto with the ammunition to attack Government. Now that he felt sidelined from the centre.

Uhuru took it lightly and casually. Not knowing that his Deputy was serious in the scheme to render him a lame duck president.

He procrastinated, allowing Ruto to camp in the Mountain and run away with Uhuru’s bastions.

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Knowing that Raila

Knowing that Raila was the Mountain’s bogeyman, he introduced the Hustler-Dynasty narrative.

The line between the Have-nots (Hustlers) and Haves (Dynasties). Was drawn to inform the Uhuru succession debate.

The rest is history. Uhuru ignored his Deputy and concentrated on building roads and water infrastructure. In the Mountain and Raila’s backyard.

That was not enough to appease

That was not enough to appease the masses suffering under the high cost of living. They would quip, “We don’t eat roads” and urged on by Ruto’s lieutenants.

It reached a point where Ruto exuded confidence and declared. That he was now the kingpin and gatekeeper of the Mountain. It’s not a joke.

Uhuru became restricted to holding Sagana Lodge meetings. With elites from the Region for fear of backlash if he ventured into the rurals, Ruto-style.

These Uhuru actions

These Uhuru actions demonstrate that the Dynamic Duo played Raila. They feign differences in public but Uhuru’s actions and emotional utterances attract sympathy votes for Ruto.

He ignored former NASA strongholds in the distribution of the handshake projects. Leading to alienation of Raila from his NASA principals.

He’s struggling to regain support from the regions. Uhuru hasn’t led Raila to campaign trail in the Mountain. Attracting hostility to his Azimio affiliated candidates.

They don’t dare have Raila on their campaign posters. To avoid being associated with the bogeyman. Uhuru has taken over the leadership of the Azimio-One Kenya Coalition.

Overall chair of Azimio One Kenya

As the overall chair of its council, making Raila look like his puppet. There’s no way a presidential candidate. Can be subordinate to another mortal in an alliance.

The way Uhuru wants us to believe. Uhuru is imposing candidates in strategic elective positions in strategic places like Nairobi.

The majority of Azimio affiliated parties are aligned to Uhuru’s Jubilee. The strategy is for Uhuru’s side to command majority. In the legislature and gubernatorial seats.

Regardless of who wins the presidency

Regardless of who wins the presidency. Some of the direct tickets to unpopular candidates will gift the seats to Raila’s main opponent.

The issue of Raila’s running mate was a foregone conclusion the moment Kalonzo joined the Coalition. But Uhuru’s interference has sent the matter.

To boardroom decision that is not grounded on any law. The scheme is so crafted that it leaves no room for Raila to blame Uhuru for his waterloo at the ballot.

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This issue of being legislators and salaried employees at the same time is a dilemma for Kenya

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It is not possible to be, physically, found in different places at the same time. You cannot have your cake and eat it.

The work for members of Parliament and county assembly is part time. The Constitution does not oblige them to be salaried (full time employees).

They should only be remunerated by being paid appropriate allowances whenever they avail themselves for representation, legislation and oversight activities.

Earn Appropriate Allowances

Therefore, MPs, rightly, earn appropriate allowances but use their privileged position to steal from the public by making themselves salaried.

It is unconstitutional and irregular for legislators to be salaried. The Constitution presumes that those offering themselves for election or nomination.

To legislative Chambers are patriotic leaders, ready to sacrifice for Kenya without strings attached.

Required To Renounce

This is why they are not required to renounce their means of earning a living unless they are public service employees who must, voluntarily, resign.

In this context, those who offer themselves for election or nomination to Parliament and County Assembly should be the unemployed. Resignees, retirees, self-employed, or consultants in their own professional fields.

They have the power and authority to allocate their time to allow for representation, legislation and oversight roles of elective offices.

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Lack of Quorum

Lack of quorum experienced in political Chambers is, mostly, a result of the absentee legislators having prioritized their time on personal ventures as opposed to legislative duties.

Full time employees/workers answer to their employers for all the 30 days in a month. They cannot leave their places of work.

To engage in political office work for which they also get remunerated. It is double standards and double payment.

The MPs and MCAs

The MPs and MCAs who are still on payrolls of their former institutions are stealing time from their former employers by being paid salary for 30 days.

Of work per month while some of those days are spent in political Chambers for which they are also paid salaries and allowances.

In short, salaried people are full time employees. They do not qualify to offer themselves for election or nomination.

To Parliament or County Assembly

To Parliament or County Assembly unless they resign from their salaried posts. Or take leave of absence without pay that guarantees them to get back their jobs in future.

They cannot be in political Chambers and other designated offices at the same time. For public information, we have already petitioned the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC).

To abolish salary for MPs and MCAs and only recommend payment of appropriate allowances. In strict compliance with Article 230 (4) (a) of the Constitution.

On Remuneration and Benefits

On remuneration and benefits of State Officers. This is read with Article 230 (5) (a) on public compensation as a fundamental principle in fiscal sustainability.

This is in line with the understanding that among elected leaders, only the Presidency is, constitutionally, barred from holding any other office (Article 131 (3)) and, therefore, entitled.

To earn salary for a livelihood. Unfortunately, the tenure of the pioneer SRC commissioners expired in December 2017. The new team has not been constituted to consider this long overdue petition. What do others say on this sensitive but grave matter?

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