Tuesday, 20th August – Good morning! This is your daily edition of our brief, but salient Kenyan news properly selected for you.
Uhuru Spent Ksh4m Every Day For a Year
The latest report from the Controller of Budget shows that the State House would spend a whopping Ksh4 million every day in the final year of retired President Uhuru Kenyatta’s rule.
According to the report, a big chunk of the money was used to run political errands, as the number of delegations and meetings to State House and State lodges increased.
Uhuru did this in an attempt to manage his succession. He failed spectacularly after his choice successor was floored by William Ruto, the new President of Kenya.
We Are in Control, Gachagua Assures Kenyans
Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua has assured Kenyans that the prices of food and fuel will fall before the end of the year.
While admitting that the next three months could be painful for the ordinary Kenyans, the second in command asserted that President William Ruto’s administration was working on long-term solutions.
He reiterated that their government did away with subsidies because they were increasing the burden on taxpayers and channeling billions of shillings to cartels.
“The pain will be short-lived. The prices of fuel will come down before the end of the year. If it does not come down, the reduced cost of agricultural production will leave farmers will more money to spend,” said Gachagua.
MPs Unite to Demand Allowances
Members of Parliament from across the political divide yesterday ganged up against the chairperson of the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC), Lyn Mengich, after some of their allowances and mileage claims were scrapped.
The legislators declined to be addressed by Mengich during their first day at an induction retreat at the Safari Park Hotel, in Nairobi, saying that she must first listen to their concerns.
National Assembly Speaker Moses Wetang’ula calmed the lawmakers down, telling them that he was engaging Mengich to reinstate their allowances.
Koome Skips MPs’ Induction After Azimio Warning
Chief Justice Martha Koome avoided the ongoing induction retreat for lawmakers at the Safari Park Hotel on Thika Road, Nairobi, which started yesterday. Instead, Koome sent Court of Appeal judge Daniel Musinga to represent her.
The top judge’s decision was triggered by a protest by parliamentarians allied to the Azimio la Umoja, who had vowed to walk out on her if she attended the five-day workshop.
The Azimio MPs said Koome disrespected their supporters when she delivered the judgment on the presidential election petition on September 5. The MPs said the language the president of the Supreme Court used was abusive and insulting
While slaying the petition lodged by Azimio leader Raila Odinga, Koome incorporated terms such as “fool’s errand”, “foolish”, “wild goose chase” and “hot air”.
Avoid Subsidies, CBK Governor Tells MPs
Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) Governor Patrick Njoroge has advised MPs and the government of President William Ruto to only consider subsidies under very unique circumstances.
Speaking during the first day of the lawmaker’s five-day workshop in Nairobi, the top banker revealed that subsidies often distort the markets and result in high inflation.
“Any subsidy is a cost that somebody needs to be taxed to cater for it. Subsidies are very good at the time but later they reflect on the inflation rate as it is likely to go up,” he said.
President Ruto has eliminated fuel and food subsidies, noting that they are expensive and not sustainable.
Don’t Do Away With CBC, Magoha Advises New Government
Outgoing Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha has implored the new government of William Ruto not to scrap the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC).
Speaking at the 94th Kenya Music Festival in Kisumu yesterday, Prof Magoha advised Ruto to empower the new system to create room for the development of talents and teach leaners to earn from them.
“Our children must now consider focusing on how they can use their talents as a way of creating jobs rather than just studying to sit for exams,” he said.
World Says Goodbye to Queen Elizabeth
The world joined Britain yesterday to pay the last respects to the long-reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, who died 10 days ago at her summer home in Scotland.
Over 2,000 heads of state and dignitaries from across the world, including Kenya’s President William Ruto gathered at Westminster Abbey to bid her the final farewell.
The Queen’s coffin was draped in a Royal Standard and topped with her crown. It was sparkling with not less than 3,000 diamonds. A solemn King Charles III led a procession of her 96-year-old mother’s descendants to the church for the final rites.
Kenyans Amused as Lesser World Leaders Packed in Bus For Queen’s Funeral
Kenya and Africa were treated to a rare scene where Africans saw their leaders traveling by bus for the first time.
Lesser world leaders from second and third-world countries were ordered not to travel with private jets and security details for the State Funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
When they arrived in the UK aboard commercial planes, the “unimportant” heads of state, among them President William Ruto were bused in school-like coaches to Westminster Abbey.
However, powerful world leaders like US President Joe Biden, German Chancellor, and Israeli and Japanese Prime Ministers arrived for the funeral in their armoured limousines because their security means so much to the world.
Why Sakaja is Yet to Call 1st Sitting
Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja has deliberately refused to convene the first sitting of the Nairobi County Assembly for political reasons, a section of city MCAs have lamented.
Led by Kilimani Ward Representative Robert Alai, the MCAS said Sakaja was in the business of buying Azimio la Umoja-allied MCAs in a bid to control the County Assembly because his Kenya Kwanza side does not have enough numbers to elect a Speaker.
The outraged MCAs said Sakaja should know that he is punishing city dwellers because at the end of the day laws cannot be passed to implement certain policies that would alleviate suffering among traders.
Wafula Wakoli to Fly Ford-Kenya Flag in Bungoma By-election
National Assembly Speaker Moses Wetang’ula’s Ford-Kenya has settled on Wafula Wakoli as its candidate for the Bungoma senatorial mini-poll. Wakoli has been a long-serving aide to Wetang’ula.
The by-election was occasioned by the resignation of Wetang’ula, who successfully contested the National Assembly Speaker’s position. He is now the third in command after President William Ruto and his deputy, Rigathi Gachagua.
Ford-Kenya enjoys a fanatical following in Bungoma County, and, therefore, Wakoli is likely to win easily.
At least four other electoral areas could also have by-elections after President Ruto indicated that he would select several MPs to join the Cabinet.