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Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission will start lifestyle audit for county government workers in a bid to fight corruption, EACC vice chairperson Sophia Lepuchirit has said.

Speaking at the Taita Taveta governor’s office in Wundanyi during the official launch of a two weeks Corruption Risk Assessment in the county, Lepuchirit said most county government workers have became millionaires overnight after being employed.

The corruption risk assessment report will enable the county governments to detect, prevent and combat corruption and unethical practices in the management of public funds.

She said that the auditor general report released recently implicated many counties adding that they will launch investigations on the use of public funds.

“As a commission we shall move with speed to investigate county government workers. We are going to check how much the staff earns and what they own compared to their salaries. You joined the county government without a bicycle but within a year, you own a fleet of Lorries and houses. You cannot bring down the county government through corruption,” warned Lepuchirit.

She challenged Taita Taveta governor Granton Samboja to kick out corrupt county officials to improve service delivery to county citizens.

Governor Samboja echoed the commissioner’s sentiments saying that the county has lost millions of money through unscrupulous revenue collection officials.

“Time has come for us to seek assistance from EACC in dealing with the challenges in our revenue collection. People are collecting revenue but the monies don’t reach the county government hence end up into individuals pockets,” said the governor.

The county boss said that he will collaborate with other stakeholders to establish robust mechanisms geared towards fighting corruption.

Samboja sent a strong warning to county staff using unorthodox means to acquire wealth at the expense of public service.

"I will not entertain corruption in the county government. All staff must maintain high standards of integrity. You were given the opportunity to serve the people but not misusing it to become a millionaire overnight," said Samboja

County assembly speaker Meshack Maghanga said that they will embrace the commission’s recommendations and strategies aimed at preventing corruption and enhancing accountability.

“Corruption has become a monster in many public institutions thus negatively affecting service delivery. The best way to curb corruption is through coming up with strict preventive measures,” he said.

By The Coast Reporter

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Lack of systems to combat corruption has led to the increase of Corruption in the county governments across the country. This is according to a research conducted recently by the Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission in the 47 counties.

Ethics and Anti-Corruption (EACC) Boss Halakhe Waqo says the research shows County Governments have not set up systems that would assist them in the fight against corruption.
Waqo noted that in the absence of such mechanism then the 47 governments face challenges in enforcing good practices that prevent corruption and unethical conduct.
The chief executive officer (CEO) noted other hindrances experienced in the devolved units included budgeting, project implementation, procurement, accounting for finances and recruitment of qualified human resources.

“These challenges ultimately lead to pilferage and loss of public funds resulting to poor services, dilapidated infrastructure and impeded growth,” he said.
He lamented that corruption was an issue that gravely affects the nation and citizens as it negatively impacts on human development, increases levels of poverty and weakens service delivery, leaving the average citizens vulnerable.
In Taita-Taveta County, Waqo said the most affected areas include provision of clean water, health and infrastructure adding that his office would partner with the current administration and endeavor to creating robust systems that make it difficult to perpetuate corruption.
In a speech read on his behalf by Mr. Patrick Ashiruma who is an assistant director, prevention in Wundanyi town on Friday, the anti-graft commission boss urged public and state officers to exercise high standards of integrity in the conduct of the offices they hold in trust of the public.
The anti-corruption official warned that state officers are also required to maintain public confidence in performance of the duties of such offices and in private engagements.

“Public and state officers, in the counties are key in the realization of the objectives of the constitution and national development by upholding ethics and integrity in their private and public spheres of life.” Waqo pointed out.
The CEO disclosed that his office had put in place various methods in the fight against the vice saying that the strategies include law enforcement, prevention, public education and promotion of ethical standards.
“The strategies place leadership at the driver’s seat in mainstreaming ethics and integrity and identifies top managers’ responsibilities in prevention of corruption”
Among the prevention strategies, review systems, policies, procedures and practices of work in organizations is key in ensuring that corruption loopholes are sealed and systems of work are strengthened such that there is no room for corrupt practices” continued Waqo.
He said the assessment will enable the two arms of the county government to detect, prevent and combat corruption and unethical practices in the management of public affairs.
“It is premised on the understanding that prevention of corruption works better than law enforcement,” said Waqo.
The Corruption Risk Assessments (CRA) into the policies, procedures and practices at the Taita Taveta county executive and assembly was launched by the EACC vice-chair Ms Sophia Lepuchirit on Friday.
The assessment exercise will identify existing structural weakness that can be exploited to perpetuate corrupt activities and recommend strategies for preventing corruption.

Present at the launch was the governor Granton Samboja who expressed his commitment towards working with EACC to effectively fight corruption in his administration which he lamented that it had brought about under development and lack of investment in the region.

 

By Yahya Ahmed

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A storm is brewing in Barsuba area within Lamu County with a section of residents questioning the citizenship of the current ward representative Dekoo Bana Barisa whom they allege is a Somali refugee.

Some residents have alleged that Dekoo obtained his citizenship status fraudulently through the then provincial administration in 1991 when his family allegedly came to Kenya from Somali because of the then Siad Barre instigated conflict in Somali.

Bario Godana, a Barsuba resident who spoke to The Coast newspaper in Kiangwe, stated that the current ward representative may have not been born in Kenya since area residents saw him come with his family to Kiangwe in 11991.

Sentiments echoed by Jillo Abdi who stated that the current MCA was adopted by a Kenyan named Bana Barisa.

Though according to documents which are under the custodian of the MCA, indicate that Dekoo was born in Barsuba in early 1993.

Further investigations revealed that his adopted “step mother” Mama Amina who was also interviewed denied any knowledge of where Dekoo Barisa came from.

She said according to the best of her knowledge she met Dekoo after being married by Bana Barisa.

“Dekoo was not  born in Barsuba 1991 as it was documented but he came to Kenya from Somali that year,”   Jiba Kimango, a Barsuba resident insisted.

However, Barsuba MCA Dekoo Bana Barisa refuted the claims that he is not a Kenyan citizen terming those behind that crusade are his political detractors out to malign his name.

“These are schemes being hatched by my political rivals to malign my name, they’d rather take the matter to court if they don’t trust me,” Barisa stated.

He reiterated that Barsuba residents know where he was born terming the allegations that he was born in Somali as untrue.

“Some politicians have resorted to hatching underground schemes meant to detract my development agenda  for the Barsuba ward which is one of the most marginalized areas in the country but there is no way they will win this course” Barisa said.

An affidavit by a village elder Mzee Salat lodged with the Lamu County District Criminal investigations officer further questioned the place of birth of the ward representative.

This is the first time the MCA to be elected in office after he trounced his opponents in the August elections and announced the winner through a NASA affiliated party Amani National Congress ANC which is headed by Musalia Mudavadi.

The government has not come clear on the allegations leveled against the MCA though fully aware of the truth of the matter.

By Yahya Ahmed

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Lamu County Governor Fahim Twaha has revealed that the previous county government may have embezzled Kshs 477 million, money meant for proposed projects within the county.

Governor Twaha claims that though the projects were fully paid for none of them can be traced.

He accused the former county chief Issa Timamy’s administration for not being able to account for the monies allocated for the projects.

Speaking to The Coast Newspaper in an exclusive interview at his Lamu offices, Twaha said according to an Auditor General’s report it is evident that there are gaping holes in terms of accountability of funds meant for the public projects.

Fahim now wants the National government to hold the former governor accountable and pay back all the monies he is suspected to have misappropriated during his tenure in office.

He said his administration will not provide amnesty for county officials who may have been involved in awarding contracts to unscrupulous individuals pointing out that those found culpable will be arrested and face the law once conclusive investigations are done.

“The law is very clear that for individuals who have embezzled county funds, will face prosecution,” the governor stated.

“Initially we noticed that there was a Kshs 250 million loss in terms of funding for projects that could not be accounted for by the Timamy administration, yet on further investigation by the Auditor General’s office, no projects that were not done at all” Twaha stated.

The governor said that the previous administration had failed to account for unfinished projects which had also been paid for in full.

“These accountability issues have affected our operations in terms of funding stalled projects with some contractors refusing to account for monies paid for non-completion of projects,” the visibly agitated Twaha stated.

He added that the health sector had mostly been affected by the previous administration’s embezzlement of funds which he said had a number of projects that are yet to be completed.

“Some clinics especially in Lamu East had been shoddily done despite heavy funding from the county government,” the governor lamented.

Efforts to reach Timmamy on the said allegations leveled against him were rendered futile as he is said to not reside in Lamu have changed residence and more so his phone calls went unanswered.

Tamamy’s personal assistant popularly known as Mbwana said his boss cannot comment on the issue.

However in an earlier interview with Timamy he always maintained that they spend 40 percent of their annual county budget on health care provision and service delivery.

Speaking separately over the issue of accountability of county funds, County Executive Committee Health Raphael Munyua said he will be carrying out a separate audit and tour of all the county government health facilities to ascertain their status.

“In case a clinic has been fully paid for and the contractor has failed to finish the project, we will consider asking the national government to prosecute,” Munyua said.

Timamy lost his seat in the August polls to Twaha in a hotly contested elections.

By Peter Kombe

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Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Devolution and Planning Mwangi Kiunjuri has called on the opposition Coalition NASA to stop politicking and embrace the Judicial ruling delivered by the Supreme Court early in the week.

Addressing delegates at the ongoing 6TH annual monitoring and evaluation week in Mombasa on Wednesday, the senior government official insisted that the matter pertaining presidential election came to a close after the judicial ruling and it is the responsibility of every Kenyan to respect the rule of law.

“Every Kenyan has a responsibility of respecting the rule of law or else the law will catch up with you. The Supreme Court made its ruling the other day and all is over.” He said

He outlined that reforms are prime in any democratic and administrative society and therefore urged Kenyans across the political divide to front any constructive reforms through the appropriate constitutional channels.

Kiunjuri pointed out that the country has a unified symbol of presidency and thus called upon the opposition coalition to play their responsibility well.

He said the work of any opposition in any democratic state is to monitor, evaluate and keep a track record of performance in any sitting government.

“The work of the opposition is to monitor and evaluate on the performance of the government in question. Go ahead.” He said

On the issue of Sustainable development goals SDG’s the CS outlined that Agenda 2030 recognizes the significant role of eradicating poverty within the country and that it remains a global challenge.

He highlighted that the agenda requires a more revitalized global partnership to ensure its implementation and an effective evaluation system that focuses on progress, challenges and lessons learnt for it to be achieved.

“Agenda 2030 requires a revitalized global partnership in order for it to be implemented.” Kiunjuri stated.

At the same function, the Principal Secretary Ministry of devolution and planning Department for planning and statistics Irungu Nyakera reiterated the plan to build on foundations and achievements of the first second MTP's which are all aimed at moving the economy towards a high growth trajectory of 10 per cent annual economic growth by the end of the plan period.

He said the third MTP builds on the gains made so far in implementing the previous MTPs.

Meanwhile, Mombasa County Commissioner Evans Achoki assured Kenyans of their safety and security.

“I assure you that you are safe here. You are most welcome in Mombasa” Achoki said

The county security boss urged all the attendants to share the knowledge gained during the conference in their respective areas including counties national and international spheres in a bid to transform their economies.

Over 250 delegates are attending the one week event organized by the Ministry of devolution and planning.

Some of the delegates who attended the event include among others representatives from the international community, development partners – the United Nations family USAID representatives from the Academia, Private Sector and Civil society.

By The Coast Newspaper Reporter

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Tana River Governor Dhadho Godhana has lashed on Members of his county Assembly for throwing out his list of nominees to the county executive committee CeC’s.

Major (rtd) Godhana said it was not realistic for all the seven nominees to be rejected on claims that their academic and professional competencies are wanting and that they cannot head the various dockets.

Speaking to The Coast Newspaper over the phone, Major Godhana said he would have agreed with the county assembly if they had disqualified some of the nominees. 

“It may be true that some of the nominees do not meet the criteria set out in law but throwing the entire list out on the grounds that the nominees had failed the interviews shows there is more than meets the eye,” he said.

 He added: “The decisions arrived at by the committee may be genuine but I am aware some of these decisions were arrived at on personal differences between individual members of the committee on appointments and some of the nominees.”

 He said he was studying the report of the committee on appointments, which was supported by his side of the political divide and which recommended the rejection of the nominees, before deciding on his next move.

 According to Majority Leader Ibrahim Sala Adamow, Major Godhana has the option of either sending a new list of nominees to the county assembly or wait for six months before re-submitting the same list.

 Governor Godhana, who was out of the country when the assembly rejected his nominees, said he would consult more on the matter before taking the next course of action.

 He said the county assembly’s decision could have been brought about by a clash of perceptions brought about by ethnic politics dragged from the previous regime and urged leaders to look beyond their ethnic considerations and focus on developing the county.

“I urge leaders and the people of Tana River to look beyond their ethnic differences and focus towards developing the county that has for long been lagging in development and whose people are wallowing in abject poverty,” he said.

He said that when he took over as governor, he pledged to form an all-inclusive government, and that the list he had presented to the assembly was pegged on that pledge.

“When I took over as governor, I pledged to form an all-inclusive government, and that is what I have been doing, with a view to uniting the communities of Tana River,” he said.

 The county assembly’s decision has been condemned by the minority side of the national assembly, civil society organizations and a section of members of the public who read ulterior motives on the part of the MCAs.

However, Mr. Adamow said the county assembly would not be used to rubber-stamp illegal decisions from the executive. He called on the governor to follow the law if he wanted the assembly’s cooperation.

Tana River County Assembly Committee on Appointments threw out Major (rtd) Godhana’s list of seven nominees on the grounds that some had not been placed in dockets of their speciality while others had potential conflicts of interest.

In a twist of events, the committee’s report, which was tabled in the assembly by Majority Leader Ibrahim Sala Adamow (Bangale), was rejected by the minority side, which read malice and settling of scores in the list’s rejection.

 Deputy Speaker Saddam Hussein (Wayu), who appended his signature to the report, disowned and opposed it on the floor of the house saying he did not know that signing it amounted to agreeing with the committee’s decision.

Minority Leader Abdi Ergamso said he had declined to participate in writing the report and hence refused to append his signature to it on the grounds that the majority decision was meant to marginalize some communities.

 Moving the motion on the report, Mr. Adamow said all the nominees had passed the integrity test under Chapter Six of the Constitution but did not exhibit knowledge and competence in the dockets to which they had been nominated.

 He said the governor’s list of nominees had not met the constitutionally requirement of the two thirds gender rule and that it did not include persons with disabilities.

 He said all the seven nominees failed to reach the committee’s set pass mark of 60 percent, with the highest, Mrs. Mwanajuma Habwoka Hiribae (Water, Energy, Environment and Natural Resources), scoring 58 percent and the lowest, Mr. Shukri Sugow Adhan scoring 34 percent.

 “The committee observed that the nominees did not exhibit impressive and sufficient knowledge of topical and legal issues touching on their dockets and have no requisite abilities, qualifications and experience,” he said.

 Committee members said that some of the nominees exhibited arrogance at times he attempted to lecture members during the vetting process at the Laza Leisure Lodge in Hola Town two weeks ago.

 Mr. Adamow and Kinakomba Ward Member of County Assembly Sammy Malibe said for the county to develop, it needed competent CEC members who did not have any potential conflicts of interest.

 “In the last regime, this house was a mere rubber stamp of the executive. We will not allow this to happen again because in the end, it is this house that will be blamed if things do not go right,” Mr. Malibe said.

 Mrs. Rhoda Katisha Raha (Garsen South), Mohamed Gabo (Garsen West), Manasse Guyo (Kipini West) said they did not have any ought with the governor but urged him to follow the law and laid down regulations in appointing members of his county cabinet.

Those who opposed the motion included Saddam, Ergamso, Kipini West’s Musa Wario and Hirimani’s Ismael Bodha Kodobo.

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Civil Society Organizations in Mombasa County want the leader of National Resistance Movement NRM Raila Odinga to offer alternative products for those he called on his supporters to boycott them.

Led by Executive Director of the Kenya Community Support Centre (KECOSCE) Phylis Muema also Petitioned Raila to offer proof and factual account of how the alleged companies breached the election rules.

Muema wants Kenyans to be vigilant not to be dragged into war of business that they may not necessarily be part of it.

“If you call on Kenyans to boycott certain products then you must be bold enough to show them which other alternative products available for them to use. More so he must show to Kenyans the facts and figures on how the companies he claims to have been involved in the rigging scam” Muema said

She insisted that the current economic boycott initiated by the opposition will end up maiming the country’s economy which she claims is already at the knees.

“I believe the boycott is not good for the country considering the fact that the economy is already at the knees.” She insisted.

Meanwhile the human rights activist has called on Kenyans to remain patient as they wait for the Supreme Court ruling on the recently concluded fresh presidential polls.

The activist said as civil rights crusaders they have noted Kenyans throughout the country are in the quest for justice and not a mere peace campaign.

“Many Kenyans including the youth, women and religious groups are calling not only peace but the enactment of justice. They are tired of the everyday peace campaign.” Muema said

She added that as CSOs they are concerned in the prevalence of justice and upholding of human rights insisting that its part of their responsibility.

 “As CSOs we are so much concerned with how peace prevails in this country. How human rights are upheld.” The official insisted.

She noted that it is high time Kenyans reconciled due to what she termed as tribal divisions amongst Kenyans.

At the same time, the director accused a section of the religious leaders within the county on claims of aligning themselves to a particular party instead of being neutral.

 “I’m worried by some of the religious leaders. It is the responsibility of these leaders to remain as neutral as possible by providing a guide to the current political stalemate in the country.” She said

The human rights crusader outlined that they have full confidence with all the religious leaders throughout the country as they form an integral part in the reconciliation process.

By The Coast Reporter

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Taita-Taveta County Governor Granton Samboja has officially unveiled his cabinet after a swearing in ceremony held early this week outside the County Government offices in Wundanyi town.

The governor implored that its upon the seven County Executive Committee (CECs) members sworn by the Wundanyi Senior Principal Magistrate Nicholas Njagi to ensure that efficiency and effectiveness in service delivery was the order of the day.

“I have no doubt that the chosen CECs are the best among the best to tackle the challenges ahead of us. The local community expects much from us and I highly believe that the team is capable of meeting the citizen’s expectations to transform the county into a competitive economy,” he explained.

Governor Samboja vowed his young administration would not condone corruption amongst his new cabinet that is set to embark on its duties with immediate effect.

“Each of one of you will be fully responsible for whatever happens in your departments and shall be held accountable in case things went west.” Cautioned Samboja

“I have promised the electorates that my county administration shall not condone corruption, laxity, incompetence, nepotism among others malpractices that could jeopardize my administration.” Said the governor.

 Present at the function was County Commissioner Kula Hache, Deputy Governor Majala Mlagui, County Assembly Speaker Meshack Maganga and 33 members of the County Assembly.

Among those who took oath of office included Dr Vincent Masawi (Finance), Dr Frank Mwangemi (Health), Daniel Makoko (Education), Getrude shuwe (Trade), Davis Mwangoma (Agriculture), Bigvai Ouma (Youth) and Claries Gombe (Lands).

The deputy Governor H.E Majala Mlagui will serve in the department of Mining, Industrialization, ICT and Special Programs.

At the same time the governor told the CECs that they would be required to submit quarterly reports to his office and to the county assembly or any other time they would be required to do so.

“Your decisions on projects and programmes to be implemented should be informed by their priorities and needs. Each every one of you should strive to ensure that the County Integrated Development Plan is implemented as it captures the needs and the best interests of the citizenry,” Samboja directed the CECS.

On her part, Ms Hache said the county and national governments would continue complimenting each other to serve the people f Kenya better.

The county commissioner promised to continue consulting with the governor for the public good while at the same asking the CECs  to work within the law.

Speaker Maganga praised the new CECs saying they had good presentation and credentials to serve the county residents better.

“The good academic papers, presentation we saw during the vetting process should translate to output in terms of implementation of service delivery to the local community,” the Speaker told the CECs.

Maganga at the same time concurred with the county commissioner that the two arms of the government should continue embracing team work to cultivate synergy

The CECs were appointed after the MCAs adopted the report of the Public Appointment Committee last week on the vetting of the nine nominees presented to the House by Majority Leader Jason Tuja for appointment by the governor to their substantive positions.

The committee said the approved nominees had the requisite abilities, qualifications and experience which qualify them for appointment as CECs by Mr Samboja.

The appointment committee also recommended the disapproval of the two CECs nominees namely Evelyn Shighi Mngoda, the nominee for Public Service and Administration and Engineer Jafferson Wangai, the nominee for Public Works, Housing and Infrastructure.

The committee members said they had reservation on Ms Mngoda performance while deputizing as the chairperson in the County Public Service Board.

On Engineer Wangai, the report said the nominee could not highlight most of the challenges faced the Roads Department in the county.

Meanwhile,  Samboja has nominated a teacher as the County Executive Committee (CEC) member in-charge of Water and irrigation.

Gasper Kabaka Mshighati will replace a Dar es Salaam based water expert Dr Victor Kongo, who withdrew his nomination at the eleventh hour citing personal reasons.

The governor revealed that the nominee’s name had already been forwarded to the County Assembly for vetting and subsequent appointment.

By The Coast Reporter

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Taita-Taveta County Governor Granton Samboja has officially unveiled his cabinet after a swearing in ceremony held early this week outside the County Government offices in Wundanyi town.

The governor implored that its upon the seven County Executive Committee (CECs) members sworn by the Wundanyi Senior Principal Magistrate Nicholas Njagi to ensure that efficiency and effectiveness in service delivery was the order of the day.

“I have no doubt that the chosen CECs are the best among the best to tackle the challenges ahead of us. The local community expects much from us and I highly believe that the team is capable of meeting the citizen’s expectations to transform the county into a competitive economy,” he explained.

Governor Samboja vowed his young administration would not condone corruption amongst his new cabinet that is set to embark on its duties with immediate effect.

“Each of one of you will be fully responsible for whatever happens in your departments and shall be held accountable in case things went west.” Cautioned Samboja

“I have promised the electorates that my county administration shall not condone corruption, laxity, incompetence, nepotism among others malpractices that could jeopardize my administration.” Said the governor.

 Present at the function was County Commissioner Kula Hache, Deputy Governor Majala Mlagui, County Assembly Speaker Meshack Maganga and 33 members of the County Assembly.

Among those who took oath of office included Dr Vincent Masawi (Finance), Dr Frank Mwangemi (Health), Daniel Makoko (Education), Getrude shuwe (Trade), Davis Mwangoma (Agriculture), Bigvai Ouma (Youth) and Claries Gombe (Lands).

The deputy Governor H.E Majala Mlagui will serve in the department of Mining, Industrialization, ICT and Special Programs.

At the same time the governor told the CECs that they would be required to submit quarterly reports to his office and to the county assembly or any other time they would be required to do so.

“Your decisions on projects and programmes to be implemented should be informed by their priorities and needs. Each every one of you should strive to ensure that the County Integrated Development Plan is implemented as it captures the needs and the best interests of the citizenry,” Samboja directed the CECS.

On her part, Ms Hache said the county and national governments would continue complimenting each other to serve the people f Kenya better.

The county commissioner promised to continue consulting with the governor for the public good while at the same asking the CECs  to work within the law.

Speaker Maganga praised the new CECs saying they had good presentation and credentials to serve the county residents better.

“The good academic papers, presentation we saw during the vetting process should translate to output in terms of implementation of service delivery to the local community,” the Speaker told the CECs.

Maganga at the same time concurred with the county commissioner that the two arms of the government should continue embracing team work to cultivate synergy

The CECs were appointed after the MCAs adopted the report of the Public Appointment Committee last week on the vetting of the nine nominees presented to the House by Majority Leader Jason Tuja for appointment by the governor to their substantive positions.

The committee said the approved nominees had the requisite abilities, qualifications and experience which qualify them for appointment as CECs by Mr Samboja.

The appointment committee also recommended the disapproval of the two CECs nominees namely Evelyn Shighi Mngoda, the nominee for Public Service and Administration and Engineer Jafferson Wangai, the nominee for Public Works, Housing and Infrastructure.

The committee members said they had reservation on Ms Mngoda performance while deputizing as the chairperson in the County Public Service Board.

On Engineer Wangai, the report said the nominee could not highlight most of the challenges faced the Roads Department in the county.

Meanwhile,  Samboja has nominated a teacher as the County Executive Committee (CEC) member in-charge of Water and irrigation.

Gasper Kabaka Mshighati will replace a Dar es Salaam based water expert Dr Victor Kongo, who withdrew his nomination at the eleventh hour citing personal reasons.

The governor revealed that the nominee’s name had already been forwarded to the County Assembly for vetting and subsequent appointment.

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The government has assured Kenyans that it is determined, firm and ready to protect her citizens from both internal and external threats.

Government spokesman Eric Kiraithe confirmed it is confident in the professionalism and competence of all state institutions in carrying out their mandate of protecting Kenyans.

Speaking to journalists in Mombasa on Thursday, the government official assured Kenyans that the country is more stabilized and business is back to normalcy urging Kenyans to remain vigilant by protecting the general welfare insisting that terrorism is still a threat to the state.

“Government is determined and confident in the professionalism and competence of state utilities and therefore ready to defend Kenyans from both internal and external threats.” He said

Kiraithe stated that the national military wing is working in a more conducive atmosphere enjoying the best morale from the government.

The spokesperson said the government being determined to protect the democratic rights of her citizens and far more concerned on the ongoing political discourse.

He however argued that the country may be derailed to unnecessary political conflicts if Kenyans will not remain vigilant.

“This country may be derailed if Kenyans will not remain vigilant.” He stated

On the issue of Migingo Island, the government official said he is optimistic that the matter will not affect the relationship of the two countries though he urged both parties to abide by the law.

He called on those directly involved to handle the matter with care by initiate dialogue so as to arrive to a lasting solution.

“I urge both parties to abide by the law.” Kiraithe said

Kiraithe insisted NASA’s, resisting of state enterprises and the suspension of the constitution are aimed at maiming the economic power to millions of Kenyans.

Concerning the ongoing Kenya Certificate Of Secondary Education Examinations the government spokesperson urged Kenyans to provide a good learning atmosphere that will enable the candidates sit their examination without any interference.

He gave out a stern warning to all those who will disrupt the examination exercise insisting that they will face a full force of the law.

“Those who will disrupt the national exercise will face the law.” The official insisted

On the issue of Laikipia County where over 70 heads of cattle were shot dead, Kiraithe outlined that the government will conduct further investigations in a bid to whether discern whether the shooting was done by police officers.

Responding to the question of secession Kiraithe said the issue is politically inclined insisting that everything should be done within the frame work of the law.

He pointed out that those behind the call for secession are seeking for political relevance after sensing that they will be out of power come 2022

“I want to ask those behind the call to conduct their activities within the law and I insist that secession is not within the law and cannot serve the people of Kenya.” He said

Mombasa and Kilifi County governors Hassan Ali Joho and Amason Kingi respectively are demanding for secession citing marginalization of their people.

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