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CAJ accuses Wambora of building road on private land

The Office of the Ombudsman is monitoring the conduct of Embu Governor Martin Wambora with a view of declaring him unfit to hold office. The Commission on Administration of Justice has accused Wambora of gross violation of the law. Wambora is alleged to have encroached into a private land and built a road. The county government is said to have encroached into Margery Marigu’s land and build the road and a bridge without…

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Court ruling relief for Kakamega reps

TWO Kakamega executives facing the sack might keep their jobs. The High Court in Bungoma on Wednesday declared unconstitutional sections of the County Government Act that allow MCAs to fire executives. Minority leader Titus Kwoma had filed motions to fire Finance executive Paul Otsola and his Education counterpart Violet Amugira. The debate was scheduled for next week. Kwoma argued Otsola’s vetting was questionable and accused Amugira of being involved in financial irregularities at…

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Makueni MCAs drop motion against Governor Kibwana

THE impeachment motion against Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana that was to be tabled in the assembly was deferred the last minute on Wednesday. The MCAs, led by speaker Stephen Ngelu, met the County Assemblies’ Forum subcommittee picked to reconcile them with Kibwana. The MCAs had threatened to impeach Kibwana on allegations of abuse of office and corruption. On the other hand, Kibwana had started collecting signatures to dissolve the county government. But as…

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Pay cut threat over audits

Ministries that do not avail their accounts books in time for audit may have their budgets reduced. National Assembly Public Accounts Committee chairman Ababu Namwamba on Tuesday said they will recommend to the National Treasury and the National Assembly Budget and Appropriation Committee to cut back budgets of ministries overlooking audits. “In future, this committee will be extremely hard on accounting officers that do not take their responsibility seriously,” said Namwamba on the…

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Reps criticise health boss

KISUMU county assembly has turned away Health executive Elizabeth Ogaja over lack of information on her docket. Ogaja was summoned on Tuesday to present a report on the status of projects under her docket but only quoted budget allocations. “The executive is out of touch,” East Seme MCA Aggrey Ogosi said. Wawidhi MCA Moses Ochele asked if she left all the work to her juniors.
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The Nakuru County Public Service Board has defended itself over allegations of corruption, bias and favouritism in staff recruitment. Chairman Waithanji Mutiti said he was not aware of any complaints raised against the board or its members. He addressed journalists yesterday during a breakfast meeting in Nakuru town. Mutiti said the board is awaiting a report of a preliminary investigation conducted by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission in August. “Any aggrieved Kenyan should…

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Refugee crisis 'heavy for Kenya'

THE Nairobi county government, in partnership with Sadolin, will train youth in painting. Once trained, the youths may be hired by the county government for painting works. Youth Oversight Board governor Jeremy Ochieng said in the first phase, 54 youth will undergo a two-day training. Other 64 youth and women from slums will be trained in the second phase, Ochieng told the Star yesterday.
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Six fishermen have been sentenced to death by the High Court. David Opiyo, William Ayugi, Tilleny Odhiambo, Silas Odongo, Tiberius Nyangero and Peter Otieno were found guilty of killing Lameck Olima and Felix Odhiambo. They committed the offence at Dhogunda Beach, Usao sublocation, Gatembe East location, on the night of August 16-17, 2010. A witness, who escaped from the attackers, narrated to the court how his colleagues were killed. The attackers accosted them…

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Review on water goals

HALF of Kenyans will mark the expiry of Millennium Development Goals next year without safe drinking water, a review indicates. A new review of the water services shows that half of Kenyans do not have sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation as required by MDG seven. The 2012-13 review by the Water Service Regulatory Board says even though there is some improvement, it will be difficult to attain the MDG…

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