President Uhuru Kenyatta has today afternoon January 26 appointed a new team he will work with in his last term.
Uhuru retained some of the Cabinet Secretaries and Permanent Secretaries while those he has not have either been transferred in other dockets or deployed as ambassadors and higher commissioners.
Kenyatta has also created a new post Chief Administration Secretary in all ministries. Their duties will be to coordinate all affairs of the ministry.
Here is the full list of those appointed
CS Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs – Margaret Kobia
Chief Administrative secretary – Rachael Shebesh
CS Petroleum and Mining- John Munyes
PS – Andrew Kamau Ng’ang’a
CS Devolution and ASAL areas – Eugene Wamalwa
CAS – Hussein Dadho
PS – Michael Kowon
PS Devolution – Nelson Marwa
CS-Foreigh Affairs- Monicah Juma
Chief And Min- Ababu Namwamba
PS- Macharia Kamau
CS Trade- Chris Kiptoo
CS-Forestry- Kiriako Tobiko
PS Charles Sunkuli
CS Industrialization Aden Muhamed
PS- Betty Maina
CS Transport- James Mcharia
CAS- Chris Obure
PS transport- Paul Maingi
CS Health -Cecily Kariuki
CS Information- Joseph Mucheru
CS Sports and National Heritage- Rashid Mohamed
CS Tourism and Wildlife-Najib Balala
Education- CS- Amina Mohamed
CAS- Simon Kachapin
PS- Bellio Kipsang, Prof Japhteh Micheni Ntiba
CS Lands Farida Karoney
CS-EAC and Northern Corridor Dev- Peter Munya
CAS- Ken Obura
Ambassadors-Judy Wakhungu-France, Cleopa Mailu- Permanent Mission UN, Geneva, Kiema Kilonzo-High Comms Uganda, Dan Kazungu-Tanzania, Lazarus Amaiyo- UN,New York, Phyllis Kandie-Belgiun/EU Willy Bet- India Kaimeyi- UNESCO,Paris, Wario-Austria
“Do Not Loan Us!” Kenyans On Twitter react to IMF’s 254bn shillings loan
On April 2, 2021, the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) approved 38-month arrangements under the Extended Credit Facility (ECF) and the Extended Fund Facility (EFF) for Kenya in an amount equivalent to 254.41 billion shillings to support the next phase of the authorities’ COVID-19 response and address the urgent need to reduce debt vulnerabilities. Approval of the ECF/EFF enables the immediate disbursement of about 307.5 million dollars, usable for budget support. This follows Fund emergency support to Kenya in May 2020, 100 percent of quota, equivalent to 739 million dollars at the time of approval.
The IMF Executive Board has approved a three-year financing package of US$2.34 billion to support Kenya's pandemic response and economic reform program. More here: https://t.co/zsMzCe2szY #IMFAfrica pic.twitter.com/iwa37ncaEK
— IMF (@IMFNews) April 2, 2021
The IMF announcement was met with an online uproar with many online users wondering why the government would take up more loans when they are already feeling the debt burden. A section of politicians also took to the online platforms, questioning the government’s decision to request for funds to combat the Covid-19 pandemic while counties had hardly received any monies.
Good Morning Mr. President? Why did Kenya borrow Ksh 214Billion to fight Covid-19 yet only 7billion was sent to 47 County Governments in total?
— Sen. Ledama Olekina (@ledamalekina) March 31, 2021
Kenya’s public debt stood at Sh7. 6 trillion as of June 2020, according to the 2021 Budget Policy Statement. The IMF however maintains Kenya’s debt is sustainable but it was at high risk of debt distress, and authorities should focus their near-term agenda on urgent structural policy challenges. “The program supported by EFF/ECF arrangements with the Fund provides a strong signal of support and confidence. It is also subject to notable risks, including from uncertainty about the path of the pandemic, and steadfast pursuit of the program objectives will be essential also considering the upcoming political calendar. The Kenyan authorities have demonstrated a strong commitment to fiscal reforms during this unprecedented global shock, and Kenya’s medium-term prospects remain positive” Ms. Antoinette Sayeh, Deputy Managing Director and Acting Chair, stated.
Here are some picks from the Trending hashtags since Friday.
— Bullet_🇰🇪 (@ButterBullet_) April 5, 2021
Kibaki left a public debt of ksh630B in 2013.Since Uhuru took over,our current debt is at Ksh11.9T including parastatals debts. In 9years Uhuru has borrowed Ksh9.6T i.e Ksh1.07T per year&Ksh88B per month on average. All that money is in people's pockets #stoploaningkenya pic.twitter.com/WzFycoliqq
— DON ALI (@Kimanzi_Don) April 5, 2021
— Bullet_🇰🇪 (@ButterBullet_) April 5, 2021
I believe your organization doesn't endorse corruption but by lending money to the Jubilee administration, you're funding corruption. The President confessed his government steals ksh. 2B daily. Stop funding corruption.
— BRAVIN YURI (@BravinYuri) April 5, 2021
Kenya isn't poor BUT poorly-governed!
Kenya isn't asleep BUT governed by drunken idiots!
Kenya doesn't borrow to invest BUT to fatten her greedy pigs!
Plz,leave the pigsty! Let our pigs feed on what we have!
Loans are burdening our descendants!#stoploaningkenya
— Wa-akili 👨⚖️ (@realThuranira) April 5, 2021
One Jefferson Murray has started a petition to the International Monetary Fund Board and is urging Kenyans to join in signing it. Part of the petition reads “Our President, Uhuru Kenyatta, is even on record as saying that Kshs.2 billion is lost daily to corruption in Kenya. The same President recently approved a luxury car grant bribe to junior lawmakers to pass controversial changes to the Constitution, punching another hole to an already strained budget. Some of the President’s close allies have been adversely implicated in the so-called “Covid Billionaires” scam, where billions of shillings from international donors was lost in irregular tenders for PPE at the height of the first wave of the Covid -19 pandemic. Nothing ever came out of the President’s commissioned probe into the scam. We are therefore calling on the IMF to suspend the disbursement of the loan package it recently approved until proper accountability mechanisms to ensure it will be prudently managed and accounted for are put in place!”
You can find the petition here: http://chng.it/qVr7QsyRVt
Senators Reach Consensus To Approve Third Basis Revenue Sharing Formula.
On Thursday, September 17, Senators unanimously voted to approve the third basis for sharing revenue among counties after a record 10 failed attempts to reach a consensus. All the 41 senators present in the House on the afternoon session voted to approve the formula.
From the proposed formula, no county loses revenue allocation.
“The motion for approval of the Third Basis Formula for Revenue Allocation among County Governments has be carried. The Ayes 41, Abstention 0, Nays 0,” Senate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka announced.
The Moses Wetangula and Johnstone Sakaja chaired 12 member committee that was tasked with a win-win formula had reached a consensus on the formula and briefed the rest of the house before the official sitting.
The proposed formula takes into account eight parameters; Basic share (20%), Population (18%), Health (17%), Poverty Level (14%), Agriculture (10%), Roads (8%), Land (8%) and Urban (5%).
In the new formula, Nairobi is the gains the highest amount with Ksh 3.3 billion. This will push it’s total allocation to Ksh 19 billion. Nakuru gains Ksh 2.5 billion, Kiambu Ksh 2.2 billion, Turkana Ksh 2 billion and Kakamega Ksh 1.9 billion. Tharaka Nithi is gaining the least amount of Ksh 289 million.
The Council of Governors through its Chairman Wycliffe Oparanya (Kakamega Governor) released a statement making a treat to shutdown operations in the counties stating it had been occasioned by lack of resources after senators failed to agree on the revenue sharing formula.
Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi To Remain Behind Bars For Seven More Days.
Oscar Kipchumba Sudi appeared before Nakuru Chief Magistrate Josephat Kalu on Wednesday, where he is charged with hate speech, offensive conduct, resisting arrest, being in unlawful possession of a firearm and assault of a police officer.
The legislator will now remain in police custody for 7 more days pending completion of investigations into allegations against him.
Sudi had already spent two days behind bars at the Nakuru Central police station pending a bail application ruling.
Before his arrest, the Kapseret MP insisted he had insulted no one and would not apologise.
The National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) and the police who are the prosecutors made an application in court seeking to hold Sudi for 14 days to conclude investigation. The prosecution said the MP is a flight risk having failed to surrender himself soon after he learnt he was being sought by the police. These claims were opposed by the accused lawyers who include Gladys Shollei(Uasin Gishu Women Representative) and Kipkoech Ng’etich.
Some leaders came to show solidarity with Sudi at the Nakuru law Courts. The leaders present included Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen and Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika, MPs Kimani Ngunjiri, Aisha Jumwa (Malindi), William Cheptumo (Baringo North), Charles Kamuren (Baringo south) and Caleb Kositany (Soi).
Governors Suspend all Non-Essential Services in Counties.
Governors have shut down Non-essential services in counties due to lack of funds.
In his statement, the Council of Governors (CoG) chair Wycliffe Oparanya said that because ongoing stalemate on funds flow, county governments have no choice but to shut down and suspend all non-essential services.
“All non-essential services are hereby suspended and county employees are advised to proceed on leave for two weeks,” Mr Oparanya said.
He went ahead to state that counties were going through tough times and are unable to effectively discharge their functions and general operations including implementation of development projects and payment of salaries to county staff especially in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
He further said that county hospitals will not offer inpatient services but will provide minimal outpatient care.
“We express our discontent with Senate’s failure to build consensus on the third generation formula which has consequently delayed the approval of the County Allocation of Revenue Act, 2020. This is tantamount to killing devolution similar to what happened in 1964,” added Mr Oparanya.
Kiambu Politician Kenn Gachuma honors his promise to gift the aged with Christmas Gifts.
Kenn Gachuma made headlines in 2017 when he was campaigning for the toughest Juja Constituency parliamentary position. The MP has gone to the internet and written that he has delivered his Christmas gifts as he promised.
In an event when very few people would expect gifts at this time, Juja residents have been amazed by this great move. Alot were found unaware and rewarded the gift hampers. Kenyans have been amazed as nobody would have expected gift hampers from any politician in 2019. As usual, many would have waited for campaign period.
Juja residents have urged other politicians or aspirants to emulate Kenn Gachuma and serve without expecting anything in return.