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Online data desk to boost planning : The Standard

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Elgeyo Marakwet Governor Alex Tolgos.
The county has unveiled a data desk, which is an ICT platform where residents can monitor ongoing projects in real time.

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The data desk, established in collaboration with the World Bank and Open Institute, a non-governmental organisation based in Nairobi, also enables residents to obtain information on all county departments.
Governor Alex Tolgos said the initiative will result in better planning, as it will make data easily available.
“We have been carrying out public participation and residents have been proposing projects, but there was no data to show available projects and guide priorities,” Mr Tolgos said yesterday in Iten during the launch.
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The platform uses data from the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics and other agencies to enable the county to plan development projects based on the needs in every ward.
Tolgos said establishment of the data desk is part of the county’s commitment to the Open Government Partnership (OGP), a global reform movement that champions public participation in project identification and implementation.
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“When we made this commitment, we thought it was a tall order. Next time when we go to the people for public participation, we will ensure that we allocate money where there is need,” he said.
Tolgos said through the platform, residents can access all data on the county, including health, water, agriculture and education statistics, among other services at the click of a button.
Co-founder and CEO of Open Institute Al Kags said the data desk will help the county overcome governance challenges.
Mr Kags added that Elgeyo Marakwet is among six counties, including Baringo, Makueni, Kilifi and Taita Taveta, that are establishing the open data portal.

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Thika Kisiiki village flood victims call on govt to relocate them

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Dozens face displacement by floods in Nakuru County

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Hundreds of flood victims of Kisiiki village on the shores of Athi River, Thika East Sub County have called for government intervention to fast-track their relocation to plots it gave them in 2017.

The call comes amid floods that have ravaged the area leaving them homeless.  Over sixty households have been displaced after Athi River burst its banks.

The allocation of the plots to the farmers and fishermen was disrupted after some people went to court blocking the process claiming ownership of the land.

They have since been forced to continue living in the area despite experiencing floods each rainy season.

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Thika East Deputy County Commissioner Thomas Sankei, however, refuted claims by the residents saying they refused to relocate despite the government setting aside some piece of land for the exercise.

He said the residents rely on the river water for irrigation and fishing, thus relocation would affect their livelihoods.

Thika West MP Patrick Wainaina promised to follow up the matter to its logical conclusion to ensure that all residents get some plots.

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Wavinya: Twitter account used to attack King Kaka not mine : The Standard

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Former Machakos Gubernatorial candidate Wavinya Ndeti has disowned a twitter account used to attack Rapper King Kaka over his new hit song Wajing Nyinyi. [File, Standard]
Former Machakos Gubernatorial candidate Wavinya Ndeti has dismissed reports doing round on social media that she has condemned Rapper King Kanga over his latest hit ‘Wajinga nyinyi’.

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Speaking to Standard Digital on phone, the former Kathiani MP disowned the Twitter handle Wavinya Ndeti Press team @WavinyPress that purported to have condemned the rapper over his new song.
Wavinya said she only has one twitter account @Wavinya_ Ndeti and urgied members of the public to ignore any other twitter account purpoting to be hers.
“I only have one twitter account which is known to everyone, it is not clear to me why some people are using my name to talk about things I don’t know,” she said.
SEE ALSO :Why it is important to fix Kenya’s sanitation problemsAccording to Wavinya, the fake account was being used by people out to ruin her good name for political reasons.
“I believe the account is operated by individuals who are out to ruin my reputation and so I distant myself from anything posted under the aforementioned handle. I have reported the issue for it to be brought down.”
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She said she was surprised when Kenyans started attacking her online over the tweet which purported to condemn King Kaka and the song yet she doesn’t know anything.
Wavinya also condemned a section of the media for falling for the fake tweets and attributing them to her.
“It is wrong for the media to use fake tweets to paint me in bad light. They should have contacted me before believing these fake tweets.”
Fiery Lawyer Miguna Miguna is among those who attacked Wavinya online after falling for the fake tweet.
Wavinya urged Kenyans to stop being abusive and instead learn to communicate with decorum even when expressing divergent opinions.
She accused some youths of being used by her political detractors to tarnish her name and vowed to protect her name through legal channels.
Wavinya who currently chairs the governing council Kenya Institute of Water said she has already reported the matter to the police to investigate the account in question.
“I want the police to get to the bottom of this account, because I am fearing my opponents could be using them to tarnish my name,” she added.
On the new King Kaka’s song, Wavinya said she is yet to listen to the said song and cannot elaborately comment on it.
“Unless you tell me about it, I only hear people talk about a hard-hitting song by King Kaka but I haven’t listened to it,” she said adding that police are on the matter.
She, however, said from the name of the song alone, she fears listening to it, adding that being abusive is not the best way to communicate to others.

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Former Machakos Gubernatorial candidate Wavinya Ndeti (pictured) has dismissed reports doing round on social media that she has condemned Rapper King Kanga over his latest hit ‘Wajinga nyinyi’.
Speaking to Standard Digital on phone, the former Kathiani MP disowned the Twitter handle Wavinya Ndeti Press team @WavinyPress that purported to have condemned the rapper over his new song.
Wavinya said she only has one twitter account @Wavinya_ Ndeti and urged members of the public to ignore any other twitter account purpoting to be hers.
SEE ALSO :Why it is important to fix Kenya’s sanitation problems“I only have one twitter account which is known to everyone, it is not clear to me why some people are using my name to talk about things I don’t know,” she said.
According to Wavinya, the fake account was being used by people out to ruin her good name for political reasons.
“I believe the account is operated by individuals who are out to ruin my reputation and so I distant myself from anything posted under the aforementioned handle. I have reported the matter to the police to take quick action.”
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She said she was surprised when Kenyans started attacking her online over the tweet which purported to condemn King Kaka and the song yet she doesn’t know anything.
Wavinya also condemned a section of the media for falling for the fake tweets and attributing them to her.
“It is wrong for the media to use fake tweets to paint me in bad light. They should have contacted me before believing these fake tweets.”
Fiery Lawyer Miguna Miguna is among those who attacked Wavinya online after falling for the fake tweet.
Wavinya urged Kenyans to stop being abusive and instead learn to communicate with decorum even when expressing divergent opinions.
She accused some youths of being used by her political detractors to tarnish her name and vowed to protect her name through legal channels.
Wavinya who currently chairs the governing council Kenya Institute of Water said she has already reported the matter to the police to investigate the account in question.
“I want the police to get to the bottom of this account, because I am fearing my opponents could be using them to tarnish my name,” she added.
On the new King Kaka’s song, Wavinya said she is yet to listen to the said song and cannot elaborately comment on it.
“Unless you tell me about it, I only hear people talk about a hard-hitting song by King Kaka but I haven’t listened to it,” she said adding that police are on the matter.
She, however, said from the name of the song alone, she fears listening to it, adding that being abusive is not the best way to communicate to others.
The new song
King Kaka took the country by storm yesterday with his new song Wajinga Nyinyi (you are fools) calling out Kenyans for their hypocrisy.
Through a hard knuckle approach, he lays bare the corruption that has mauled all sectors of the economy, provoking some political leaders who responded fiercely through social media platforms.
He boldly says Kenya is being run by thieves, chiding Kenyans that they are yet again set to elect such politicians in 2022. “2022 already si mnajua nani ni prezzi, si mnajua Nyinyi voters ndio washenzi,” he sings.
He uploaded his performance in two versions on You Tube: a black and white video of the artist and sign language interpreter performing, and another is a lyrics video. By yesterday afternoon, the six minutes 47 seconds video on YouTube had more than 58,000 views while the lyrics version had 14,000.
The artist does not mince words as he devises a provocative technique to drive his point home, revealing the ugly skeleton structure of Kenya fractured by evil of corruption that has permeated all sectors.
Like Kenya’s national anthem, the spoken word poetic performance opens with a prayerful salutation to God whom he thanks for giving him life. It is followed by the gist of the performance where the artist pours his bitter heart out with disheartening observations about the failing leadership.
Cases of parody accounts being created under names of politicians have been on the rise in the recent past with nearly all politicians cmplaining of the vice.

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