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Why Taita Taveta MCAs are worried lot – Weekly Citizen

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The stance taken by Taita Taveta governor Granton Samboja to dissolve the county government following disagreement with county assembly over usage of funds has won him support across the county.
Area MPs Andrew Mwadime (Mwatate), Jones Mlolwa (Voi), Danson Mwashako (Wundanyi) and Senator Jones Mwaruma have supported Samboja. Residents have turned out in large numbers to sign the petition.

MCA Mwashako

At one time, residents heckled MCAs who tried to block them from endorsing the dissolution petition. Samboja has accused the assembly of failing to meet budgetary timelines for the financial year 2019/2020.
According to the governor, the county assembly demanded Sh670 million which is 16pc of the over Sh5.4 billion budgetary estimates instead of adhering to the prescribed maximum of 7pc of the estimates.
The MCAs increased allocation for each department by 10pc, demanding Sh41.6 million to each ward development fund totaling to Sh839 million. This happens as main hospitals and dispensaries are not adequately supplied with drugs due to debts owed to suppliers.
It has since emerged that the MCA plotted to impeach Samboja and all county executive committee members due to fight against graft.
The move has come as Devolution cabinet secretary Eugene Wamalwa initiated mediation talks between the Taita Taveta county executive and county assembly in efforts to resolve the current stalemate and avert dissolution.
The stalemate had led to an announcement by Governor Samboja that he wants to petition Uhuru Kenyatta for the resolution of the county government.
“Involved in the deliberations are Commission on Revenue Allocation, the Auditor General’s office, National Treasury and we are looking at what has happened and why we have a threat of dissolution of the county government,” explained Wamalwa. Wamalwa is said to have met county assembly leadership in Nairobi recently.

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According to Wamalwa, there are other counties facing difficulties like Kisumu where Governor Anyang Nyong’o had a standoff with the county assembly, in Nairobi governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko has also had problems with the county assembly and there are three others including Kitui of governor Charity Ngilu.
Local Anglican Church bid to broker a deal between the governor and assembly has hit the rocks. MCAs are worried after the petition received more than required signature.

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Professional mourners,pickpockets invade Moi funeral service at parliament – Weekly Citizen

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Professional mourners and pickpockets are having a field day as thousands of Kenyans present themselves at the parliament grounds to view the body of the late retired President Daniel Moi.

The heavy presence of professional mourners, pickpockets is expected to be a security concerns for the next three days and would probably climax on Tuesday when the body would be taken to Nyayo stadium, the venue of the National Memorial Service.

Thousands of Kenyans on Saturday morning formed long queues along the City Hall Way waiting to enter Parliament grounds to view the body.

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Mzee Moi  body was ferried to Parliament grounds on a military truck with his casket was draped with the Kenyan flag as it made its way from the Lee Funeral Home to through Valley Road.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and the First Lady Margaret Kenyatta made their way to Parliament at around 10:20am and were the first people to view the body.

The Deputy President and other dignitaries also got a chance to view the body before members of the public were allowed to proceed.

 

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Kisumu bodas call for demos against Governor Nyong’o – Weekly Citizen

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A section of boda boda operators in Kisumu county has vowed to vote against Kisumu governor Anyang’ Nyong’o come 2022 should he defend his seat.

The riders have lambasted the governor of not living to his promise of not taxing them as one of his campaign pledges in 2017 when he was seeking to wrestle the seat from then Governor Jack Ranguma.

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They are now planning a demonstration on February 14 as his Valentine’s gift. They have invited Senator Fred Outa to grace the occasion.

Nyong’o during his campaign trails told the boda b oda operators on several occasions that he was not for introducing any tax to them or evicting them from Kisumu central business district as claimed by a section of Nyong’o’s, opponents who were equally campaigning on a platform that if elected as governor, he would drive the boda boda away from the city center.

Nyong’o even coined a song titled “Jamriambo” meaning a liar, while telling the public that those opponents propagating that he would chase away the boda boda operators from the CBD were liars who had nothing to offer for the electorates.

Addressing the press in Kisumu to register their predicament over the move by the county government to tax them Sh500 every month per boda boda operator, they said the county government is not offering them any tangible service that warrants it to charge tax.

The operators claim that they have just been victims of circumstances and have been caught between the political storm pitting the governor and some Kisumu county political leaders on the other.

They claim that after the Kisumu county women representative Rosa Buyu came up with a project to help the boda boda riders uplift their livelihoods by providing them with motorbikes while only paying Sh25,000 and the boda boda rider was to pay Sh300 daily and in the end after making the entire payment would later possess the motorbike for good.

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Buyu

This move is said to have made the governor panic thinking that this was a ploy to score politically by those whom had fallen out with him politically in what was known as Team Kali which was his campaign team ahead of 2017 general election.

It is against this that the governor is said to have crafted ways of wanting to tax the boda boda operators with an aim of chasing them from the CBD should they fail to comply with the law.

A number of Team Kali campaigners who stuck with the governor and are now out and they include Outa who is the governor’s mentor turned tormentor, former chief of staff Ouya Kalausi among others.

They disagreed with Nyong’o after he was accused of mismanaging the county affairs where Senator Outa during the funeral service of the six youths from Nyando who were brutally murdered in Bumala in Busia county in November last year told the governor to his face that he was sleeping on the job while cartels were plundering the county coffers dry with impunity.

The boda boda operators have vowed to teach the governor a lesson come elections where he is expected to defend his seat.

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Kisumu bar owners furious over KBL faulty beer coolers – Weekly Citizen

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Bar owners in Kisumu and its environs now plot a boycott against Kenya Breweries Limited products over what they term as poor customer service that has seen faulty fridges dumped in the region.
Some of the bar owners while narrating their ordeal to Weekly Citizen pointed that most fridges supplied in the region are faulty and rarely operates for two months before breaking down after each repair service.
They noted that the development had impacted negatively on sales as most customers prefer cold beer.
A spot check by our under cover team in Kisumu revealed that KBL fridges in most entertainment joints at the Lakeside city have been abandoned and empty.
Kenya Breweries Limited competitors are said to be harvesting bountifully from the fridge crisis that has hit Kisumu as a number of customers rapidly shift their loyalty to other brands Sierra, Heinken, among others from the neighbouring Ugansda served in modern reliable fridges.

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Similarly, management of once top joints in the City, Club Barcadia and Janam had bitterly complained following an awful experience with KBL fridges before they respectively closed doors.
However independent investigations point that the experience could be a result of what’s suspected to be a questionable deal between crook officials within KBL and local contractors responsible for repair of fridges in the region.
The bar owners have demanded immediate intervention from the company’s top management intervention to arrest the matter before it spiraled out of control.

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