Leaders from the Embu and Meru communities are pushing for national assembly speaker Justin Muturi to be the region’s spokesman.
Their push comes as the contest to State House picks momentum with leaders from different communities retreating to their tribal cocoons to sharpen their political weapons ahead of 2022.
Reports indicate leaders from Embu and Meru communities have been meeting secretly to come up with a comprehensive arrangement that will see them in the next government.
The leaders have been engaging William Ruto pleading with him to choose Muturi as his running mate.
Speaking at a function in Siakago Secondary School, national assembly deputy chief whip Cecily Mbarire said they want the next deputy president to come from Embu county.
“We want our brothers from Kiambu, Murang’a, Nyeri and Nyandarua to support us this time round. We are pleading with DP Ruto to work with Muturi,” said Mbarire.
Her sentiments came at a time when the DP has been traversing the country seeking support from Kenyans in the pretext of launching development projects.
Others who have urged Ruto to pick Muturi as his 2022 running mate include Mbeere North MP Muriuki Njagagua.
The noted that Mount Kenya region will fully support Ruto if he picks Muturi as his running mate.
Muturi, according to the MPs, has not been implicated in any corruption and has a wealth of experience gained in public service for many years.
But Muturi was however charged with soliciting for a Sh1 million bribe in 1997 when he was a senior resident magistrate. He was acquitted, but the Judicial Service Commission did not reinstate him.
Speaking during a thanksgiving ceremony for Manyatta MP John Muchiri, Njagagua said Muturi would be ahead of the pack of those eyeing the running mate slot in Ruto’s presidential bid.
Ruto attended the function.
On his part, Tharaka Nithi MP Murugara Gitonga said he will speak to Senator Kithure Kindiki who is also eyeing runningmate position to allow Muturi to be Ruto’s running mate.
But Ruto has already endorsed Muturi for the Embu gubernatorial seat. The current Embu governor, Martin Wambora is serving his second and final term in office.
Speaking during Muchiri’s thankgiving ceremony, the DP said Jubilee party will decide who will be the flagbearer for every seat when the time comes.
Ruto agreed that Muturi has a wealth of experience as he was the chief whip when they were the leaders of the opposition and urged the lawmakers to support him fully to work for the people of Kenya as speaker in the remaining years.
JB as Muturi is popularly known, was first elected to the national assembly in a 1999 by-election to represent Siakago constituency on a Kanu ticket after the death of Silas Ita.
Masinde Muliro varsity new acting VC disapproved – Weekly Citizen
A section of staff at Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology is opposed and have dismissed a move by Education cabinet secretary George Magoha to appoint Solomon Shibairo to act for six months as the university’s vice chancellor.
Apart from challenging Magoha to reach at a compromise and have cases filed in court withdrawn as it happened at University of Nairobi where Julia Ojiambo is the chair of the council, they dismissed Shibairo as an outsider whose current duties are wanting.
Shibairo is the deputy vice chancellor in charge of Academic and Student Affairs at Kibabii University. Those who have worked under him say that he cannot manage an institution of the magnitude of Mmust.
There has been concern Mmust current situation of having acting VCs is distabilising the institution academically and rendering its worthiness as a leading institution in the region. The interviews were held to fill the position sometimes back. Then PS Corretta Suda is said to have blocked the appointment and it was part of the reason she was removed from her portfolio. Morris Amutabi had emerged the winner during the interviews. Prof Amutabi served DVC Kisii University and vice chancellor Lukenya University.
Shibairo is third acting VC named within 18 months. In December 2018, then Education CS Amina Mohammed, named Joseph Bosire as acting VC. Bosire was the DVC Academic Affairs at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University in Siaya. He acted for six months and his contract was not extended.
Bosire was replaced in July 2019 by Asenath Sigot as acting VC, courtesy of Magoha, for six months. Sigot tenure was extended for another three months. Two cases are pending at the Labour and Relations Court challenging the process of appointing substantive office holders by the Public Service Commission.
The university has a new council chaired by Jane Mutua. Other members are Stephen Mutoro, Gathu Kiragu, Connie Mogaka and Peter Ogango.They will serve for three years with effect from March 10 2020.
Kenya University Staff Union Mmust chapter chairman Onzere Mulingo is questioning the acting VC syndrome management style at Mmust, claiming it not effective to steer the education of higher learning to its expectations
Graft unearthed at Embu Level Five Hospital shocks – Weekly Citizen
The county assembly of Embu has suspended all the payments to non pharmaceutical supplies and food commodities at the region’s Level Five hospital after discovery that it was ridden with extreme cases of graft.
According to deputy speaker of the county assembly Steve Simba, MCAs discovered a scheme where massive inflation of purchase prices of basic items during the tendering process was factored in.
MCAs want investigations into tender awards that favour certain firms at the behest of the hospital’s head of procurement department.
Runyenjes Central MCA wants Governor Martin Wambora to crack the whip on an officer suspected to be corrupt and replace him immediately. Weekly Citizen has documents showing, the hospital purchased one kilogramme of maize flour at Sh340 when the market price of Sh75. Document folders used for record keeping were tendered at Sh275 when the retail price in local bookshop is Sh30.
MCAs want county treasury boss John Njagi impeached if he fails to submit a list of the county’s verified pending bills as gazetted by the Office of the Auditor General. It has emerged; the assembly’s liaison committee has failed to obtain the list.
Embu county has secretly been paying a number of pending bills which were not verified by the assembly, resulting in some questionable expenditure. A number of the firms paid directors are parting with kickbacks to be considered for payment. The finance department is to submit a list of all pending bills to suppliers, which were not factored in the supplementary budget passed recently for scrutiny before payments.
The assembly has decided to form an ad-hoc committee to probe use of public funds on payment of staff salaries after allocating over Sh2.8billion to personnel emoluments in a supplementary budget.
Of great concern is the Sh1.5 billion salaries and allowances for the health department, staffing levels for all the public health facilities, the entire procurement process for the goods and services for the health docket at Embu Level Five Hospital and other relevant matters.
The county public service board, department of public service, administration and devolution will conduct a physical headcount for the entire staff of the county government with an aim of establishing the actual staff establishment, staff needs and staffing gaps within the next sixty days and submit a report to the assembly.
Another ad-hoc committee is to probe personnel emoluments for the entire county government which swallows Sh1.3 billion in annual budget, excluding the health department, with an aim of establishing the actual staffing, staffing needs and the quality of service delivery to citizens.
Report by county assembly liaison committee on the first supplementary budget for the 2019/2020 financial year reveals that expenditure for the personnel emoluments had continued to increase despite the fact that a number of employees have exited through natural attrition.
Reports from departments reveal that approximately Sh114 million being annual payroll reductions as a result of employees who had exited through natural attrition was reallocated from the personnel emolument to finance other components of the county budget.
Ex-Nandi woman rep fake corona sanitizers – Weekly Citizen
Former Nandi woman representative Zipporah Kering is in trouble after donating hand washing sanitizers to locals that they say are not genuinely meant to fight corona but her political battles.
The ex-woman rep is a director at Kenya Power and Lighting Company.
Kerring said she is focused and determined to complement ministry of Health efforts to fight spread of corona virus pandemic by sanitizers.
Residents read politics after she branded the sanitizers with her image. “As the Kenya ministry of Health under Jubilee government is trying to find more ways of curbing the ongoing widespread of Covid-19, I’m more focused and determined in ensuring all industrial centres, car and motorbike stages and parkings are equipped with sanitizers as one way of maintaining high hygiene,” she said. On one of the brands, the politician wrote: “stay safe beyond corona” followed by her image then her name at the bottom.
To many, Kering who boasts to be close to deputy president William Ruto is using the crisis to rebrand herself politically ahead of 2022.
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