Jubilee’s ‘Kalongolongo’ Government Plans Return Of NYS For Pre-University Students

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National Youth Service officers during a pass out parade. Senators want the return of the mandatory National Youth Service training for Form Four graduates. Photo/WILLIAM OERI |FILE NATION MEDIA GROUP

Jubilee promised the youth high-tech jobs mostly in the IT industry instead of the youths being given manual jobs ala Raila’s ‘kazi kwa vijana’

Now they have realised just how difficult it is to create those high-tech jobs for the youth and what do they plan to do? They plan to force all Form Four leavers both pre-university and non-pre-university to attend a mandatory NYS training. Whereas the non-pre-university students will be trained to acquire very basic artisan skills (meant for manual labour), the pre-university students will simply be kept busy at the NYS training camp before proceeding for further education to reduce, inter alia, moral decadence/indiscipline amongst the youth.

Moi tried this route during my time where I was forced to attend a completely useless para-military training with most of the time spent on doing manual work on the maize plantations belonging to Moi’s cronies! We were never imparted with any useful job skills apart from the morning and afternoon para-military drills!

One of the reasons Moi had to stop the pre-university NYS ‘training’ was because it proved very expensive to feed all those students and it also generated a lot of resentment from the students against the programme culminating into frequent riots/indiscipline at the universities.

If Jubilee has got no idea on how to take the country to the next level economically and also solve the myriad problems facing the country, the best they should do is to handover the government to those who are capable of running it. They should stop playing ‘Kalongolongo’ (little boy and little girl acting father and mother respectively in a children’s play simulating the governance of the affairs of a household by adults in real life and which mirrors the governance of country affairs by politicians e.g. by Uhuruto) in matters national government.

Here below is the story:

Senate pushes for return of NYS training

Senators want the return of the mandatory National Youth Service training for Form Four graduates.

On Thursday, the lawmakers argued that school-leavers needed to be equipped with further training and also kept busy at the National Youth Service before proceeding for further education.

But the House asked the government to first ensure the NYS centres had improved services and were modernised.

Nominated Senator Beatrice Elachi (APK), in supporting the motion, called for establishment of NYS outlets in all counties to enable the youth who had completed secondary education to acquire necessary skills.

Moral decadence

Ms Elachi, the Majority Whip, argued that unemployment was a major cause of insecurity and moral decadence, and that mostly affected the youth, yet they remained the backbone of the economy.

“Many of them have become disillusioned and hopeless. Helping them get jobs would contribute towards attainment of economic and social rights,” Ms Elachi said.

The Senator proposed in the motion addressed to the department of Devolution and Planning that the NYS takes in youth who have completed secondary school and who may wish to enrol for courses offered there.

Further, Senator Elachi suggested that graduates from the service be given first priority whenever the government was recruiting in areas where they are qualified to serve.

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  1. More poll losers get state appointments

    Politicians who lost in the last General Election continued landing key public jobs, with more being appointed this week.

    Former Embakasi MP Ferdinand Waititu, who vied for Nairobi governor on a TNA ticket and lost to ODM’s Evans Kidero, has been appointed Chairman of Athi Water Services Board.

    The appointment is contained in a Gazette Notice dated January 10 and is signed by Water and Environment Cabinet Secretary Judy Wakhungu. Mr Waititu, who replaces Mr Reuben Ndolo, will serve for three years.

    Former Malindi MP Lucas Maitha, who lost on a URP ticket, was appointed Chairman of the National Standards Council board. He will also serve three years.

    Another poll loser rewarded with a top position is Mr Albert Mwilitsa. The former Turkana North DC, who quit his job to contest the Kakamega governor seat on a TNA ticket and lost to ODM’s Wycliff Oparanya, will now chair the Standards Tribunal for five years. He replaces Mr Aggrey Shitsama Ambwenga.

    Yet another election loser, Mr Tsuma Murabu Chaka, has been chosen to chair the Coast Water Services Board. Mr Chaka contested the Lungalunga parliamentary seat on a Kenya National Democratic Alliance ticket and lost.

    The four join a long list of politicians rejected in the last poll who have been brought back into public office.

    The appointments have attracted widespread criticism, with the latest coming from an association of MPs with disabilities which accused the Jubilee administration of violating the Constitution.

    The Kenya Disability Parliamentary Association said of the more than 40 appointments, none had been given to a disabled person.

    Association Chairman, Isaac Mwaura (Nominated, ODM), said the President had breached Article 54 of the Constitution.

    Westlands MP Tim Wanyonyi said the government should not forget that it is a signatory to the United Nations Convention on People With Disabilities.

    “The government is not employing people with disabilities because it fears they are expensive, which is not the case,” he said.

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  2. Now, who is fooling who?

    Uhuru was misled on jobs – Ruto

    By DAVE OPIYO

    Deputy President William Ruto Wednesday admitted that President Uhuru Kenyatta was misadvised in making some appointments that contravened the law.

    Reacting to a question on the recent appointments of parastatal heads that have sparked criticism, Mr Ruto said “hard questions” will be asked to those who advised the President to approve them.

    “(This) should not have happened,” he said when he appeared on Citizen TV’s morning talk show, Cheche. “We will be asking them very hard questions.”

    Among the appointments that had provoked heated debate was that of gadfly 2013 presidential candidate Abduba Dida as chairman of the CDF board, and Mr Francis Muthaura as chairman of the Lamu Port Southern Sudan-Ethiopia Transport (Lapsset) board.

    The gazette notice appointing Mr Dida said he would hold the job from tomorrow until September 9. It also revoked the appointment of Ms Jennifer Barasa.

    Opposition leaders criticised Mr Dida’s appointment, saying the position required vetting by Parliament. Other leaders criticised Mr Muthaura’s appointment, arguing that the position should have been given to a youthful candidate. There were also murmurs among some URP legislators who claimed that Rift Valley had gotten a raw deal in the appointments.

    But speaking in Kericho later in the day, Mr Ruto, who is also the URP leader, said: “We cannot give all the jobs in government to two tribes alone… Our major aim is to enhance unity.”

    He criticised Rift Valley MPs who had complained about Mr John Mututho’s appointment as head of the anti-drugs agency, Nacada.

    “We have given you so many jobs and some are still complaining that John Mututho is the chairman of Nacada. What do they want? I don’t understand,” he said.

    Mr Mututho’s initial appointment was revoked because the law had not been followed. He was later re-appointed after the process was regularised.

    Mr Ruto’s statement that the President could have been misadvised is bound to turn the spotlight on some of Mr Kenyatta’s key advisers on legal matters who include Attorney General Githu Muigai, Solicitor General Njee Muturi and State House constitutional and legal affairs adviser Abdikadir Mohammed.

    Said Mr Ruto: “In the case of Mututho, the advice given to him was not correct because the process of appointing the chair of Nacada requires a certain process….Dida’s appointment also required the approval of Parliament.”

    Mr Ruto, however, said the confusion could have arisen from the fact that different laws were used to effect the appointments.

    Later in the day, an official at the State Law office who declined to be named, said the responsibility of advising the President on appointments lay with the respective ministers.

    “If, for instance, the President wants to make an appointment to a parastatal in the Ministry of Tourism or that of Industrialisation, the minister in charge of the docket is the adviser,” said the official.

    The latest appointments to parastatal boards have been signed off by the respective Cabinet secretaries while the bulk of those made on December 27 and 31 had been signed by the President.

    Mr Ruto also said the President should not be criticised for getting only two out of more than 50 appointments he has made so far wrong.

    “If you are to mark these appointments, the President has only got two out of the 50 wrong. He has been right in the 48 others, meaning that he has scored an A,” said Mr Ruto.

    The Deputy Head of State also defended President Kenyatta over accusations that he ignored the youth while appointing the chairs of various parastatal boards. He said the energy of the youth could better be utilised in other jobs.

    “Chairmen are non-executive positions. They only hold four meetings a year. You cannot give an energetic young man such a job,” Mr Ruto said, while claiming that 70 per cent of positions in government had so far been given to the youth.

    “We are progressively bringing the youth to these institutions,” he said.

    With regard to the appointment of Mr Muthaura to head Lapsset, Mr Ruto said the decision was made bearing in mind that Mr Muthaura played an important role in setting it up.

    He said it was felt that the previous chair, Prof Ali Abdulrazak Shaukat, already had another job at the National Council for Science and Technology. “It was then decided that Mr Muthaura should be given the job, which is not a Lamu project…it is a major transport artery for the region.”

    Later in the day, he said that he and the President were working towards making sure that the national cake was shared out across all the communities of Kenya to ensure that the constitutional requirement of regional balance was met.

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    • This is what the government’s chief legal adviser says:

      AG office defends role on top jobs

      By BILLY MUIRURI

      Attorney-General Githu Muigai cautioned the Presidency that there were certain guidelines to be followed on appointments of parastatal bosses.

      The AG’s office says it gave the Office of the President and that of the Deputy President advice on how to handle the appointments, especially for merged parastatals, following recommendations of a taskforce led by presidential adviser Abdikadir Mohamed.

      In a detailed letter to Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua and Chief of Staff at Deputy William Ruto’s office, Ms Marianne Kitany, Prof Muigai said qualification for appointments had to be confirmed by the respective ministries.

      Prof Muigai’s letter, which the Nation has seen, also said all proposed appointments had to be verified under the “vacancy announcement procedure”.

      The AG had also warned that revocation of appointments of board chairpersons or members meant their replacements would only serve the remainder of the former incumbents’ terms.

      The letter, dated December 11, 2013 was in response to a request for legal advice by Mr Ruto’s office on December 6 and which Mr Kinyua was also copied.

      The AG’s letter also cautioned on appointments to five parastatals in the Agriculture ministry, saying rules governing former institutions had to be observed as detailed in the first schedule to the Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Authority Act, 2012 (No 13 of 2013). The parastatals are the Pests Control Products Board, Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service, Horticultutral Crops Development Authority, Pyrethrum Board of Kenya and the Coconut Development Authority.

      Yesterday, Prof Muigai was not available to comment on the advice his office had given to Mr Kenyatta’s and Mr Ruto’s offices.

      His letter, however, had asserted that “Cabinet Secretaries ought to have reviewed all legal notices establishing merged institutions so they be revoked by respective authorities to enable transfer of functions, assets and liabilities of former institutions to the authority or successor companies.”

      Revelations of the AG’s input in advising the President and his deputy on the ongoing State jobs appointments came as Mr Ruto claimed that the President was misadvised by some officials.

      Some of the appointments that are said to have violated the law were that of former State House candidate Abduba Dida as CDF board chairman and former head of Public Service Francis Muthaura to chair the Lamu Port South Sudan Ethiopia Transport (Lapsset) corridor board.

      The appointments of office holders Jennifer Barasa (CDF board) and Prof Abdulrazak Shaukat (Lapsset board) were revoked.

      Mr Dida’s appointment has, however, been revoked.

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    • And Uhuru continues to be misled! Who put these two clowns in power? Even kids playing ‘kalongolongo’ make better decisions!!

      Govt on the spot over yet another ‘illegal’ appointment

      By LUCAS BARASA

      Lawyers have rejected Friday’s appointment of an election loser to chair the Standards Tribunal of the Kenya Bureau of Standards as illegal as appointment goofs continued to haunt the Jubilee administration.

      Through a gazette notice, Industrialisation and Enterprise Development Cabinet Secretary Adan Mohamed revoked the appointment of Aggrey Shitsama Ambwenga and appointed Mr Albert Mwilitsa as the chairman of the Standards Tribunal.

      (Read: More poll losers get state appointments)

      But the Law Society of Kenya chairman Eric Mutua said the appointment is illegal as the chair of the tribunal must be either an advocate of at least seven years standing or a former judge of the High Court.

      “Mr Albert Mwilitsa is not a lawyer. Either someone is sleeping on the job or there is a deliberate attempt to flaunt the law,” Mr Mutua said.

      Mr Mutua also said the removal of the chair of the Tribunal requires a tribunal.

      “Unless there has been an amendment to section 16A (3) of The Standards Act the action by the CS is illegal. I hope somebody will advise the CS to revoke this appointment before we move to court,” Mr Mutua said.

      Mr Mwilitsa quit as Turkana North DC to contest the Kakamega governor seat on a TNA ticket and lost to ODM’s Wycliffe Oparanya.

      The Tribunal acts as an independent quasi-judicial body and its main objective is to dispense justice through a fair, open and expeditious manner without recourse to undue technicalities.

      Their job is to hear appeals from “any person aggrieved by a decision of the Kenya Bureau of Standards or the National Standards Council”.

      The second function of the Tribunal is to act as a point of reference to the managing director of Kenya Bureau of Standards by giving general directions to the Director on matters involving a point of law or matters of unusual importance or complexity upon reference to it by the director.

      PARLIAMENTARY APPROVAL

      President Kenyatta has also come under heavy criticism over the appointment of gadfly 2013 presidential candidate Abduba Dida as chairman of the Constituency Development Fund, replacing Ms Jennifer Barasa whose appointment was revoked.

      (Read: Dida lauds bid to revoke CDF post)

      However, for one to chair the CDF Board he or she must be a board member nominated by one of the nominating bodies and be vetted by the relevant House team.

      All board members must also secure Parliamentary approval prior to gazettement.

      According to the CDF Act 2013: “The Cabinet Secretary shall appoint the Chairperson of the Board from amongst the four persons appointed in accordance with paragraph (d) of subsection (2).

      “The names and curriculum vitae of the persons nominated to be appointed as members of the Board pursuant to paragraph (d) of subsection (2) shall be submitted to Parliament for approval before appointments are made.”

      The government has also been criticised for appointment of Mr Francis Muthaura as chairman of the Lamu Port Southern Sudan-Ethiopia Transport (Lapsset) board.

      (Read: Raila backs Uhuru on Muthaura job)

      The Head of State had also blundered when he appointed Mr John Mututho as head of the anti-drugs agency, Nacada, only to later revoke the move before proper procedure was followed through involvement of Parliament.

      Generally, the appointments have been criticised for ignoring youth, regional and gender balance and only rewarding President Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto allies and political losers.

      Mr Ruto admitted that President Kenyatta was misadvised in making some appointments that contravened the law.

      (Read: Uhuru was misled on jobs – Ruto)

      Reacting to a question on the recent appointments of parastatal heads that have sparked criticism, Mr Ruto said “hard questions” would be asked to those who advised the President to approve them.

      “(This) should not have happened,” he said when he appeared on Citizen TV’s morning talk show, Cheche. “We will be asking them very hard questions.”

      Meanwhile, Pokot leaders have welcomed recent parastatal appointments made by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

      Led by Pokot South MP David Pkosing, the leaders signalled out the appointment of former Cabinet Minister Samuel Poghisio to chair the Civil Aviation Authority as a major recognition of the community.

      “We are happy for having been given one parastatal. We Pokot leaders and community are very grateful because there’s a saying in our community that when you go to hunt and manage to get something but one of you is injured, you must pass at the home of the person who was injured and leave one cow.

      In this case, Poghisio was injured during the last General Election and we are happy he has been given something. We assure the government of our unwavering support,” Mr Pkosing said.

      The MP told the Nation by phone that the community was also happy with development projects initiated by the government in the larger Pokot region including tarmacking of roads, water and electricity supply.

      He said the government had also promised to establish a public training college in West Pokot this year as there was none in the area.

      “We want to assure the government that we will fully support the projects,” Mr Pkosing said.
      Mr Poghisio was among 36 parastatal chairmen appointed by President Kenyatta in December

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  3. Jubilee scores poorly in first eight months

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    President Uhuru Kenyatta (Right) with his Deputy William Ruto shortly after announcing the Cabinet at State House, Nairobi on April 25, 2013. PHOTO: BILLY MUTAI/NATION

    By Editorial

    When the history of the Jubilee government is finally written, will Mr Uhuru Kenyatta turn the pages on his first year in office with a smile or hang his head in shame at the cacophony of missteps cataloguing his early months as Kenya’s fourth president?

    It may be too early to judge this government, but if the past eight months are a pointer to the future, President Kenyatta will have a lot to be embarrassed about, and little to be proud of. Why?

    His MPs have turned their majority in Parliament into a curse of our elections.

    With the help of the President they have assaulted press freedom, attempted to strangle the civil society, gutted independent commissions and turned the august House into a bastion of incompetence.

    When MPs are not devaluing our nationhood, they are robbing the economy by raising their salaries and scavenging for allowances through the so-called committee sittings where profiteering is the password.

    Perhaps the threshold for shame is too low in Parliament, but this is no licence to behave as if we are a country of zombies.

    The security agencies are in a shambles. The fiasco that was Westgate rescue is still raw in our minds.

    The police seem overwhelmed by runaway crime, our roads have become deathtraps and terrorists attack almost at will in the city and northern Kenya.

    We expected the government would come up with a coherent strategy to address this.

    Instead the military is being deployed to do police chores, duplicating the mandate of the agencies even further and being given a role it is neither trained nor equipped to handle.

    Whether by default or not, national institutions are fast losing the confidence of Kenyans. Recent polls indicate that the Executive, Legislature and Judiciary are no longer trusted by Kenyans. Almost 70 per cent of citizens think the country is headed to the dogs.

    The instinctive reaction of a discerning leadership would have been to sit up and remedy the situation. But will President Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto? Or will they only read mischief in such surveys?

    Matters are not helped by the fact that the so-called technocratic Cabinet has been clueless to say the least. Bar none, the Cabinet Secretaries seem overwhelmed by the call of duty.

    It’s not surprising, therefore, that some civil servants are running a parallel government. The problem is not that we have a rogue civil service, as some State House operatives claimed last week, but the bureaucracy is rudderless.

    The Principal Secretaries, too, are ineffective, groping in the darkness for clues on leadership. The public seem to be paying a high price for appointments that rewarded loyalty above merit.

    Yet it has not been all gloom. Devolution was always going to be a headache, but it has proceeded well so far. There have been deliberate attempts to boost infrastructure and a lot of talk about economic growth with little action to match.

    A lot of national resources have been thrown at managing the cases at The Hague. There have been a few victories for Mr Kenyatta and many humiliations for Kenya in the courts, but the bureaucrats have not despaired.

    Four years is a long time to mend a reputation. The challenge now is to expend at least as much effort towards securing far more important national policy interests than just the freedom of two men.

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    • Raila: Kenya cannot grow with job cuts and high cost of living

      By RAILA ODINGA

      We began 2013 with anxiety about the elections, which passed peacefully, but left Kenyans divided in almost equal halves.

      One half felt happy while the other felt deeply disappointed and cheated.

      However, the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (Cord) resolved to accept the verdict and move on with the task of holding the government to account.

      As we enter 2014, the high and rising cost of living that set in immediately after elections persists and has become the new anxiety.

      A raft of taxes on petroleum products, banking and electricity has led to a rise in cost of living as was expected. A rise in the cost of transport and electricity always results in a rise of everything else.

      Cord intends to make reduction of the cost of living its primary agenda in 2014. We will follow this with a sustained focus on deteriorating security, the re-emergence of corruption in government, rising unemployment and defence of democratic gains and civil rights that are being reversed.

      The Jubilee administration significantly reduced the number of ministries compared to the Grand Coalition Government in order to cut the cost of running the country. We welcomed it hoping it meant we would be taxed less and served better.

      Instead, the cost of running the government has only risen and everything is being taxed.

      Jubilee said it would create jobs. Where a sign stood proclaiming Hakuna Kazi, Jubilee promised to mount new ones saying Kuna Kazi.

      A year later, they are talking of retrenching civil servants. They have stopped the counties from recruiting staff. Joblessness is on the rise while anxiety has gripped the civil service. The 30 per cent procurement quota for the youth is being undermined by a provision that gave government officials room to explain why the youth could not get the tenders.

      We will vehemently oppose retrenchment of civil servants and push for counties to be given money to recruit new staff from outside the civil service.

      The government also appears to be procuring goods and services at exaggerated prices. Wheeler-dealers in the system are reopening old tenders and awarding them to those willing to part with bribes.

      We are going to constitute a Procurement, Taxation and Cost of Living Committee of Cord to examine whether Kenyans are getting value for money.

      We are going to demand further amendments to the Finance Act of 2012, which introduced a 10 per cent excise duty on transaction fees for financial as well money transfer services. We shall also demand a thorough reduction or even abolition of taxes on fuel and electricity.

      Kenyans deserve a compassionate, caring government, not the one-size-fits-all, take-it-or-leave-it being applied. In any case, Jubilee promised that there would be no increase in power tariffs; a promise they have quietly betrayed.

      We are less secure today than we were at this time in 2012. The Westgate attack, the most vicious on our country in over a decade, is yet to be fully investigated. We will be demanding a detailed report on Westgate and a more systematic and methodical approach to making Kenya secure.

      The Nyumba Kumi programme, shoot-to-kill order and deployment of the military in purely homeland security operations are not the answers in our view.

      In fact, we will be demanding a complete withdrawal of the military from our streets. The solution lies in reforming our police force in line with our changing challenges and security demands. But Jubilee has undermined the exercise at every turn.

      We expect Jubilee to abandon all attempts to sneak in a demi-god head of police who alone decides who is a criminal and who is not, who should be arrested and who should be shot dead on sight. Police reforms must proceed in line with the Constitution.

      You can tell how a government wants to run a country by how it handles the media and the civil society. Jubilee has abused its tyranny of numbers by passing an oppressive media law and attempting to frustrate the civil society. The government is continuing this trend with the forced digital migration that is keeping Kenyans in information darkness.

      It is pushing for a shoot-to-kill law that will leave Kenyans at the mercy of the police. Cord intends to rally Kenyans against these bad moves to the bitter end.

      We expect Jubilee to run Kenya as it is today not as it was 49 years ago. This means fully recognising and supporting county governments in an open and transparent manner.

      We will push for governors to be involved in security and infrastructure development. We want the national government to designate all class D, E, F and other roads to be managed by county governments with appropriate funding. The county governments are scouting for investors in vain if they cannot guarantee security and a functioning infrastructure.

      It is our expectation that Kenya will reclaim leadership of the region and its ambition to lead the entire continent this year. In the past year, this leadership and ambition have been jeopardised and Kenya has seemed to follow, rather than lead.

      We look forward to seeing Africa use its voice for the sake of its long-suffering people. Africa has always used its voice on the global stage to champion anti-people agenda and protect the interests of the leaders. This must change.

      A number of trade negotiations under the EPA are set for conclusion in 2014. We wish to see our leaders display the kind of resolve and unity with which they protect each other during these negotiations for the sake of the people.

      Mr Odinga is the leader of Cord, and was Prime Minister between March 2008 and March 2013

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    • Ruto: We’ve laid ground for a better Kenya

      By William Ruto

      In less than a fortnight, the Jubilee administration will be nine months old. In terms of mankind’s cycle of life, such a duration is significant in a familiar, optimistic, affirming way.

      For this reason, I have taken this opportunity to share with you my expectations for the New Year.

      The work of government centres on three phases: constitutional implementation, Vision 2030 and delivery of the pledges in the Jubilee manifesto. The first entails the discharge of the sovereign mandates of the people of Kenya instituted on August 27, 2010.

      It is our duty and honour to have this opportunity as government to serve the people and observe their sovereignty at all times.

      We take this solemn duty very seriously, and are keen to see it through in full. The letter as well as the spirit of the constitution is going to be manifest in the programmes and policies of the government.

      There is no turning back on this one. In 2014, therefore, we intend to actualise those programmes and strategies that will ensure that the rights of the citizen are optimally realised.

      At the same time, it is our desire that devolution takes root and becomes a fully-fledged national culture. I expect to see the full social, economic and political benefits of devolution demonstrated in the coming year.

      The confusion surrounding the philosophy and logistics of devolution have nothing to do with its impracticality. Rather, it has everything to do with the fact that devolution is easily the most visionary, potent and transformative innovation in our constitution, requiring a dramatic about-turn in the way we have handled various issues as a country. Therefore, I see the contestations surrounding devolution steadily resolving into seamless governance. We will, therefore, be keen to continue giving devolution the push required to impart a transformative momentum.

      Our government pledged to be the Trustee of Kenya Vision 2030. I am sure that few Kenyans doubt the sincerity of this pledge given the priority we have assigned to projects connected with the Vision 2030.

      As I have continued to participate in activities touching on Vision 2030, I have become more and more persuaded that as it stands, the development roadmap is our best opportunity to turn our backs on a past of wasted opportunities and head towards a future replete with promise.

      Moreover, I am utterly convinced that Kenya can, with discipline and unwavering focus, execute the Vision well before 2030. In fact, I see 2020 as an attainable target.

      Naturally, there is quite a bit of political self-interest in accelerating the implementation of the constitution, and of Kenya Vision 2030. First of all, it will do no harm at all if, in a very short time, we are able to offer Kenyans an enriched social, economic and political space to realise their individual and collective aspirations.

      Everybody wins in such an outcome. Additionally, we have purposively evaluated the constitutional implementation programme as well as the Kenya Vision 2030 and found plenty of opportunities to execute the Jubilee manifesto and secure “quick wins”.

      For this reason, expect us to be dead earnest about the pledges we have made and our stated commitments in terms of the constitution and Vision 2030. I disclose this interest on our part to demonstrate the seriousness of our commitment. For our government, there is no turning back.

      There are many challenges to these expectations. We need a stable political environment in which to work. Nothing distracts and enervates as effectively as volatile, high-stakes political contest in the middle of a constitutional term. The President and I have consciously moved to foster a cordial and sedate political environment.

      OFFICIAL OPPOSITION

      We are reaching out, and are reluctant to engage in the sort of drama solely aimed at demonstrating superiority for its own sake. We want bipartisan, constructive engagement, which does not infringe on the mandates of Official Opposition.

      In the midst of all the wrangling, posturing and confrontation, I believe that there is opportunity for leadership to engage in a forward-looking, statesmanlike manner.

      Another challenge we face is insecurity. Whilst we are taking comprehensive measures to combat domestic criminality, I want all Kenyans to consider the fact that our external threats increase every day, and to reflect on their role in securing the nation. Terrorists have not hidden their desire to inflict destruction and suffering on our land. We are doing all we can as a government, and as a member of active multilateral coalitions to contain the threats regionally and domestically. This effort will be duly escalated to guarantee national security, which we need to develop.

      As we celebrate the pact recently signed in State House, Nairobi, which effectively brings peace to the DRC and bolsters the stability of the Great Lakes, we must lament the threat of relapse into civil war in South Sudan.

      Our brothers and sisters should be able to enjoy the respite from conflict afforded by the Comprehensive Peace Agreement. Homemade political solutions are required to restore stability in South Sudan.

      A significant worry is the effect of a scramble for the country’s natural resources in catalysing instability. All I can do at this point is to call for all international players to be responsible, and remember the humanitarian gravity posed by a volatile region.

      Kenya is involved in a number of infrastructural and other bilateral collaborations with South Sudan. Our development agenda is staked on a stable region. We will stand by our brother state as usual, and do our part in contributing towards its greater progress and stability.

      Our economy is looking up. Everything we do now – each one of us – adds to the generation of greater wealth for our nation. I urge all Kenyans to work with the energy and urgency that the President and I share because we are at a unique historical juncture.

      We are continuing to lay a foundation for greater growth throughout the country. The youth, women, the disabled and the traditionally marginalised now have the space they need, together with appropriate affirmative amenities to play a full part in generating double-digit economic growth.

      With God’s help, therefore, I expect us to generate surplus agricultural production. I also expect that industrial output will bolster our balance of payments.

      Our private sector will continue to lead in innovation, production and economic governance. I want, more than anything else, to see significant movement in our economic growth projection, taking us as close to the double-digit promise as possible. I expect less corruption and wastage, and a more robust law enforcement to protect economic activity. I expect Kenya to maintain its exemplary pace in regional integration initiatives, and to be an integral part of an energised Pan African charge.

      In 2014, I want Kenyans to be more secure, better fed and healthier.

      More children will spend more time in school, and more workers will be engaged in production.

      The President and I will do everything we can to put more shillings in each Kenyan’s pocket in 2014.

      Happy New Year.

      William Ruto is Deputy President of the Republic of Kenya

      http://www.nation.co.ke/oped/Opinion/Weve-laid-ground-for-a-better-Kenya-/-/440808/2127838/-/14pv9qd/-/index.html

  4. An insight into the management of the affairs of the ‘Kalongolongo’ Government. This is purely Management By Blackmail (MBB), Management By Threats (MBT), Management By Crisis (MBC), Management By ‘Sonko’ (MBS), na kadhalika!

    Somebody should chase these children out of town! What jokers!

    Mike Sonko & KNUT Secretary General Leaked Video

    • finally am back here.

      have been listening to this video clip, although the audio is a little fuzzy

      i dont get the conversation, i also dont get who recorded this clip, (independent person or some Sonko stooge) it looks like Sonko was trying to get the KNUT leader to incriminate himself by asking for a bribe or something

      on the other hand, the KNUT leader appears genuinely concerned about his or his teams safety. like he is quite spooked.

      looks like what we predicted here about dictatorship is coming much faster than anticipated.

      history does not lie

      any youthful person in a position of powerful authority is unable to negotiate or conform to standards and eventually resorts to arm twisting and ultimately become despots

      countdown to dictatorship

      • TNK,

        Below is the whole story. Really dirty and cheap if you asked me. So a Kao was set to catch another Kao?!

        Video of Sonko, Nzili meeting goes viral
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        PHOTO | STEPHEN MUDIARI Knut acting secretary-general Mudzo Nzili (seated second from right), chairman Wilson Sossion (centre) and other union officials during a Press conference in Nairobi on July 14, 2013 NATION MEDIA GROUP

        Did Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko ‘midwife’ the end of the teachers’ strike last week?

        A video posted on YouTube shows the Senator giving a ‘legal opinion’ to Kenya National Union of Teachers acting Secretary-General Mudzo Nzili.

        In the same video, Sonko warns Mr Nzili that his only choice was to agree with the government offer and avoid civil jail which as hanging over Knut officials during the strike. The Senator promises to act as a go-between to ensure Knut officials and all teachers are “free and safe.”

        Teachers called off their strike last week on Wednesday following negotiations with Deputy President William Ruto. They were given Sh16.2 billion to settle their commuter allowances in two phases.

        However, an industrial court had ruled earlier that the strike be called off and negotiations go on to avoid disadvantaging public school pupils.

        Knut disobeyed the order and their employer, the Teachers Service Commission, went to court to have Knut officials committed to civil jail for contempt of court.

        But it now appears the last-minute call-off, which came three hours after the government closed down schools was a road teachers were told to travel on.

        The road was supposedly engineered by Sonko who invited Nzili for “lunch” at the Intercontinental Hotel but then bugged the venue with cameras. That is where Nzili scored an own goal, agreeing to the demands of Sonko for a five-point proposal in exchange for a contempt-of-court case withdrawal.

        Sonko himself says he was not surprised that the video was recorded.

        But Nzili appeared on NTV Tonight on Wednesday evening to “clarify” that he was only “expressing my feelings” with a friend.

        “In very good faith, when you are invited by a person you have known and you have no issue against him and he has no issue against you, you go,” he told NTV Tonight. He could not remember the day or date but he understands it was “shortly” before the strike was called off.

        “We were mentioning issues of the day, because when you are on strike, you meet a friend, he will ask you, ‘how are you going on with the strike?”, he would want to know.”

        On Wednesday, Nzili was asked by our reporters to explain whether he had sneaked out on his Knut steering committee with which he was negotiating the teachers’ deal. And remained firm, arguing the “lunch” had no impact on the direction of negotiations.

        “In my own understanding, I was sharing my experiences, my feelings, with a person who I would have trusted and who I still trust. I cannot discern the motive behind those video tapes.”

        “The person and the people who midwifed our negotiations was the Labour Cabinet Secretary, Mr Kimemia, and thereafter the Deputy President William Ruto. These were done in full glare of the lights and I was with the Steering committee because we never negotiate as individuals.”

        Knut, despite calling off the strike, was still fined Sh5 million as Nzili and his colleague Wilson Sossion were fined Sh500,000 each for disobeying a court order handed down three weeks earlier.

        “I want to clarify here that he did not play any crucial role. He did not play any role, either major role or small role. Nothing like that.”

        “If there are people to be given credit, is honourable Kazungu Kambi, mheshimiwa Kimemia (Secretary to the Cabinet Francis Kimemia) who in our own understanding is the person and they are the people who made headway towards our negotiations and final settlement.”

        The video shows the two sitting at a table, with Nzili eating what looks like a fruit salad.

        Sonko picks a call on his mobile as Nzili opens up a book to write something. Nzili agrees but adds that they would only call off the strike as long as they are “safe and free.”

        Sonko offers five suggestions suggestions that Knut calls off the strike, that they would not be committed to civil jail and that negotiations would continue and that no teacher would be sacked and all teachers would get their pay.

        “If you accept all that, we are done!” Sonko is heard telling Nzili. Sonko boasts that he has handled many cases before including MRC in which he bailed out its leaders. Nzili insists that he wants the case wound up before they call off the strike, but Sonko insists the court would first want to hear “our” position.

        He prevails upon Nzili insisting that “this is the only” way to resolve the matter.

        http://www.nation.co.ke/News/politics/Video-of-Sonko-Nzili-meeting-goes-viral/-/1064/1925940/-/hc2sm0z/-/index.html

  5. Law on school leavers training at NYS passed

    Secondary school leavers will be trained at the National Youth Service before joining university or other higher education institutions.

    Senators resolved on Thursday that National Youth Service centres be set up in all counties to train the youth on unskilled jobs and in patriotism ahead of further studies after sitting Form Four examinations.

    The House unanimously passed a motion by nominated Senator Beatrice Elachi asking that secondary school leavers be facilitated to join NYS for courses offered by the service to enable them acquire necessary skills.

    Ms Elachi, also the Majority Whip in the Senate, proposed in her motion that those who graduate from NYS be given the first priority during recruitment for jobs by both the national and county governments.

    In the proposal, directed to the department of devolution and planning, the House noted that the youth needed to be assisted to access employment.

    The legislators argued that enrollment in NYS would also keep the youth busy from engaging in alcohol and drug abuse and other anti-social behaviour resulting from idleness.

    “The youth who are the backbone of our society are the most affected and as a result, many of them have become disillusioned and hopeless,” said Senator Elachi in her Motion.

    Implemented

    Senate Majority Leader Kithure Kindiki said the House will follow through to ensure the proposal by the Senate is legislated.

    Prof Kindiki, the senator for Tharaka, said the House Implementation Committee would ensure implementation of the new law. He said it was crucial in empowering youth at the county level.

    http://www.nation.co.ke/News/politics/Law-on-school-leavers-training-at-NYS-passed/-/1064/1919062/-/r643pk/-/index.html

  6. einstein

    as a forward thinking (digital) person am guessing that those big spoons they are toting in that picture actually have a tablet on the other end so what they are wielding is nothing but pure code. “i believe” this is how tablets will get distributed to staddy 1

    anyway on a serious note, when you get a new government that regurgitates ideas from a regime that is singularly blamed for a majority of the woes of a country ….. .

    • just read the stories, hehehe truly funny.

      reminded of that command “aboutana” amzee lef’ righ’ lef’ righ

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