Matiang’i: This is what happens after Huduma Namba registration expires on Saturday

Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i says the government will not extend the deadline for the Huduma Namba mass registration exercise which concludes on Saturday, May 18.

In a press briefing on the progress of the registration exercise, Dr. Matiang’i on Monday said 31 million Kenyans have so far registered on the National Integrated Identity Management System (NIIMS) to obtain the Huduma Namba.

“This phase of registration ends on May 18 and we have no plans to extend this registration exercise at all,” said Matiang’i.

“This exercise has been going on for the last five weeks, during which time we have registered 31 million Kenyans. That is a very impressive number which represents about 65% of our projected population in the country in terms of registration.”

The Interior CS said after the mass registration exercise concludes, the registration kits will be handed to the assistant chiefs where anyone who will not have registered can do so.

“If for some reason someone misses out they may go to the assistant chief. But I’m afraid whether he or she (assistant chief) will be having enough time to deal with you,” said Matiang’i.

Who will win the Golden Boot?

While being part of a team that lifts the FIFA World Cup trophy will always be the ultimate dream for footballers, the tournament’s individual award for the top scorer brings more great prestige for goalscorers to strive for.

Who will end up being the leading scorer in Russia?

CLUB FORM GOING INTO THE FIFA WORLD CUP

Of all the players going to the World Cup, Lionel Messi led the way at club level with most goals scored in all competitions in the recently completed season. The Argentinean scored one goal more (45) than Egypt’s Mohamed Salah and Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo.

Other notable players who will be in Russia who hot the 40-mark for their clubs include England’s Harry Kane, Poland’s Robert Lewandowski and Uruguay’s Edinson Cavani.

Messi has also been prolific in his last few appearances for Argentina with two hat-tricks in his last three international appearances, including one against Ecuador that sealed a place in Russia for the two-time champions.

With all the personal honours that Messi has won in his career, could he add the Golden Boot to that list?

CHANCE OF A TWO-TIME WINNER?

The past two Golden Boot winners will both be in Russia with James Rodriguez embarking on another campaign with Colombia and Thomas Muller turning out in his third FIFA World Cup with defending champions Brazil.

Could one of them go on to become the first ever two-time Golden Boot winner?

It would take quite a turnaround in form for Rodriguez to reclaim the top scorer prize as he only managed 8 goals throughout the season for Bayern Munich. However, going into his successful 2014 World Cup campaign in Brazil, he had only managed 10 in the season leading up to it for Monaco. Could it be prolific scoring is brought out of him when it comes to the big stage?

As for Muller, he’s consistently contributed in his two previous tournaments scoring 5 goals in both the 2010 and 2014 tournaments. With the Germans tipped to go far again in Russia, he could have ample opportunities to be the leading scorer again.

As an extra motivation for Muller, he’s six goals behind Miroslav Klose’s all-time record of 16 World Cup goals. If he’s in contention for the Golden Boot in Russia, he’ll be a contender for that prestigious record too.

STARS MAKING THEIR WORLD CUP DEBUT

In six of the last eight tournaments, the Golden Boot winner was making his first ever World Cup tournament appearance (including the previous two winners mentioned above).

If we are to have another tournament debutant lead the scoring charts, there are certainly some heavy hitters that spring to mind which are set to grace the biggest stage for the first time.

Three players that fall into that category are Harry Kane, Mohamed Salah and Robert Lewandowski. Will one of them keep up the trend shining in their first tournament appearance?

ANOTHER GOLDEN BOOT WINNER FROM LALIGA?

While playing for a nation that could go deep into the tournament would obviously help a player’s chances to win the Golden Boot, a look back in history shows that certain leagues breed more top scorers in the tournament than others.

Since the 1966 tournament in England, La Liga has produced the most Golden Boot winners (4) even though it has never produced a Spanish winner. With both Messi and Ronaldo plying their trade in Spain, could the league increase their tally of top scorers?

Interestingly, the English top flight has only provided the tournament’s top scorer once with Gary Lineker’s win in 1986 (before the Premier League era). If Harry Kane were to win, it would buck a trend of Premier League strikers falling short of expectations at a World Cup.

While winning the Golden Boot rarely goes hand in hand with winning the World Cup (Brazil’s Ronaldo was the only one to win both in the last 32 years), Russia should see a mighty individual battle for who will join the immortal list of tournament top scorers.

First Kenyan elected senator in Australia found in corruption scam, forced to repay public funds

– Lucy Gichuhi was accused of using about KSh 216, 327 (USD 2139) on plane tickets for her family
– Gichuhi celebrated her 50th birthday in Adelaide when he billed taxpayers


– She has accepted to refund the amount explaining it was an administrative error – The senator said she had already raised an invoice to settle the amount Barely six months into office, Kenyan-born Australian politician Senator Lucy Gichuhi is fighting off claims of misuse of public funds. Gichuhi who represents South Australia won the February election on the Liberal Party
According to reports by the Daily Telegraph on Sunday, June 17, Gichuhi used part of taxpayers’ money amounting to about KSh 216, 327 (USD 2139) on plane tickets for her two family members to Adelaide for her 50th birthday celebrations

Exactly 1 year since Mombasa-Nairobi SGR line was inaugurated.

Today, May 31, 2018 marks exactly 1 year since Mombasa-Nairobi SGR line was inaugurated.

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During that time it has served close to 1 million Kenyans and tourists while thousands of tonnes of cargo has been hauled from the Port of Mombasa to various destinations in Kenya and across the region.

Phase 2A (Nairobi-Naivasha) is 3 months ahead of schedule and will be launched by October 2019 while phase 2b (Naivasha-Kisumu, including a Mega Port)and 2c (Kisumu-Malaba) are at advanced stages of planning.

I feel proud to be Kenyan and to witness the coming together of Kenya’s largest infrastructure project.

 

 

President Kenyatta meets US senators to discuss regional security

 

NAIROBI, 30 May 2018, (PSCU)— President Uhuru Kenyatta this evening held a meeting with a team of US senators led by James Inhofe of the Armed Service Committee.

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Their discussions with President Kenyatta revolved around security in the horn of Africa and the threats posed by radical terror groupings like Al-Shabaab and ISIS.

President Kenyatta meets US senators to discuss regional security

NAIROBI, 30 May 2018, (PSCU)— President Uhuru Kenyatta this evening held a meeting with a team of US senators led by James Inhofe of the Armed Service Committee.

Their discussions with President Kenyatta revolved around security in the horn of Africa and the threats posed by radical terror groupings like Al-Shabaab and ISIS.

President Kenyatta said Kenya and Somalia are working in partnership to contain insecurity in the later country which is now controlling its own security systems.

“Somalia is still very fragile but we continue partnering on matters of security,” said President Kenyatta who was accompanied by Deputy President William Ruto and Cabinet Secretary for Defence Raychelle Omamo.

The other senators were Michael Enzi ( Homeland Security Committee), John Boozman and Shelley Mooore Capito , both of the Appropriations Committee.

The senators were accompanied by Tim Walberg of the House Committee on Energy and US Ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec.

The lawmakers arrived in Kenya from Uganda before they head to Kigali, Rwanda tomorrow and Ethiopia later next week.

The Head of State said Kenya has plans to modernize its military and would appreciate any assistance from the US in this regard.

The President told the US lawmakers that the country is now enjoying enhanced political goodwill since he started building political bridges with opposition leader Raila Odinga during the historic handshake on March 9, this year

The President said since the handshake the two sides have now agreed to address fundamental issues facing the country.

On the President’s invitation, the US team agreed to attend tomorrow’s Prayer meeting.

President Kenyatta said he had also invited Somalia President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, with whom he had held bilateral talks earlier in the day, and Mr Odinga to the prayer event.

The National Prayer Breakfast in an annual inter-denominational event where the country supplicates to God , thanking him for his mercies and continued blessings.

President Kenyatta meets US senators to discuss regional security

NAIROBI, 30 May 2018, (PSCU)— President Uhuru Kenyatta this evening held a meeting with a team of US senators led by James Inhofe of the Armed Service Committee.

Their discussions with President Kenyatta revolved around security in the horn of Africa and the threats posed by radical terror groupings like Al-Shabaab and ISIS.

President Kenyatta said Kenya and Somalia are working in partnership to contain insecurity in the later country which is now controlling its own security systems.

“Somalia is still very fragile but we continue partnering on matters of security,” said President Kenyatta who was accompanied by Deputy President William Ruto and Cabinet Secretary for Defence Raychelle Omamo.

The other senators were Michael Enzi ( Homeland Security Committee), John Boozman and Shelley Mooore Capito , both of the Appropriations Committee.

The senators were accompanied by Tim Walberg of the House Committee on Energy and US Ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec.

The lawmakers arrived in Kenya from Uganda before they head to Kigali, Rwanda tomorrow and Ethiopia later next week.

The Head of State said Kenya has plans to modernize its military and would appreciate any assistance from the US in this regard.

The President told the US lawmakers that the country is now enjoying enhanced political goodwill since he started building political bridges with opposition leader Raila Odinga during the historic handshake on March 9, this year

The President said since the handshake the two sides have now agreed to address fundamental issues facing the country.

On the President’s invitation, the US team agreed to attend tomorrow’s Prayer meeting.

President Kenyatta said he had also invited Somalia President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, with whom he had held bilateral talks earlier in the day, and Mr Odinga to the prayer event.

The National Prayer Breakfast in an annual inter-denominational event where the country supplicates to God , thanking him for his mercies and continued blessings.

President Kenyatta said Kenya and Somalia are working in partnership to contain insecurity in the later country which is now controlling its own security systems.

“Somalia is still very fragile but we continue partnering on matters of security,” said President Kenyatta who was accompanied by Deputy President William Ruto and Cabinet Secretary for Defence Raychelle Omamo.

The other senators were Michael Enzi ( Homeland Security Committee), John Boozman and Shelley Mooore Capito , both of the Appropriations Committee.

The senators were accompanied by Tim Walberg of the House Committee on Energy and US Ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec.

The lawmakers arrived in Kenya from Uganda before they head to Kigali, Rwanda tomorrow and Ethiopia later next week.

The Head of State said Kenya has plans to modernize its military and would appreciate any assistance from the US in this regard.

The President told the US lawmakers that the country is now enjoying enhanced political goodwill since he started building political bridges with opposition leader Raila Odinga during the historic handshake on March 9, this year

The President said since the handshake the two sides have now agreed to address fundamental issues facing the country.

On the President’s invitation, the US team agreed to attend tomorrow’s Prayer meeting.

President Kenyatta said he had also invited Somalia President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, with whom he had held bilateral talks earlier in the day, and Mr Odinga to the prayer event.

The National Prayer Breakfast in an annual inter-denominational event where the country supplicates to God , thanking him for his mercies and continued blessings.

MOMBASA DEVELOPS ; KENYA GROWS

Construction of Port Reitz and Moi International Airport Access Road has enhanced access, efficiency, and reduced congestion, as well as operating costs and improved the turnaround time at Port of Mombasa.

Port Reitz Road provides access to the Moi International Airport and a link to the 2nd container terminal at the Port of Mombasa to the Northern Corridor.

The Government of Kenya and UK’s Department of International Development (DFID) through Trademark East Africa (TMEA) jointly financed the road project at a cost of Ksh. 5.2 Billion.

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Traffic congestion at the area was identified as one of the key non-tariff trade barriers affecting businesses in the East Africa region, hence there was need to construct and expand the road.

Construction of the road entailed expansion of the road to a dual carriageway in order to improve the existing Port Reitz and Moi International Airport Access Roads covering 6.4km in length. Improvement of traffic movement at intersections, construction of grade separated junctions at Magongo/Airport Access Road Interchange and Airport

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Access Road/Port Reitz Road Interchange, providing Mombasa County with its first two grade separated interchange traffic intersections. Additional works undertaken entailed installation of road drainage facilities and sidewalks along Port Reitz road and Moi Airport Access Roads.

The Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) contracted China Wu Yi Co. Limited in JV with Howard Humphreys (EA) Limited and MultiScope Consulting Engineers Limited to undertaken the road works for a project period of twenty four (24) months.

Phase II and III is under procurement process and will be packaged as follows:

PHASE 2 – Entails Dualling of the Magongo Road
PHASE 3 – Entails improvement of Bomu Hospital and Changamwe Refinery Access Road

Once the Mombasa West Integrated Urban Roads Network Project is complete, it will reduce the cost of doing business and boost trade volumes, hence increasing the region’s overall trade competitiveness.

BY DAVID MAINA NDUNGU

 

Government declares Solai Dam that killed 44 in Nakuru illegal

There are seven illegal dams on the coffee estate in Nakuru .

The dams have not been cleared by state engineers .

Efforts by the government to have the dams regularised have been thwarted by the estate management .

The dams were built in the early 1980s according to government reports

Solai dam that killed 44 in Nakuru illegal - government

At least 44 people were confirmed dead following the tragedy The Solai Dam that broke its walls and killed 44 Nakuru residents is illegal, the government has declared. Efforts by the government to have the dam and six others on Patel Coffee Estates Limited regularised hit a snag as the management of the farm has been reluctant in doing so for many years.

By, Friday, May 11, 44 people were confirmed dead and over 2,000 displaced after the Solai Patel Dam broke its walls.  Water Resources Management Authority (WARMA) through its Rift Valley regional manager Simon Wang’ombe has been engaging the owner to regularise the dams in vain. The destruction left behind after the Solai dam burst its banks. Photo: Mwenda Njoka.

Wang’ombe disclosed that they had raised the matter with Patel as the dams looked weak as they were constructed long ago and had not been cleared by state engineers. “For the last one year, we have been trying to engage the company on how to legalise the dams but they have been reluctant. As far as we are concerned, the dams are illegal,” Wang’ombe was quoted as having said.

The report reveals that one of the dams burst in 2015 causing massive destruction and demonstrations by locals did not yield much.Homes, property and many lives were lost following the Wednesday, May 9, 9pm tragedy. Over 2,500 residents were displaced after several homes were washed away by the raging waters from the dam.

report by; https://www.tuko.co.ke/273514-solai-dam-killed-44-nakuru-illegal-government.html#273514

DPP to Appeal Acquittal of Pastor James Ng’ang’a

The Director of Public Prosecutions will appeal the acquittal of poster James Ng’ang’a and three others in a case in which the pastor was charged with killing a woman by dangerous driving three years ago.

This is after Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i  wrote to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji and Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet requesting them to appeal the acquittal of Pastor James Ng’ang’a.

Matiang’i said that the government was dissatisfied with the ruling arguing the evidence implicating the pastor was overwhelming.This is after the court on Monday absolved Poster Ng’ang’a of wrong doing.

 

Safaricom profits hit Ksh.55B

Safaricom has announced Wednesday that its net profit for the year ended March 2018 grew to Sh55.3 billion, compared to Sh48.4 billion the year before on the back of M-Pesa and data revenues.

This represents a 14.3 per cent growth of its full-year after-tax earnings. M-Pesa revenue grew 14.2 per cent to sh62.9 billion while mobile data was up 24 per cent to sh36.4 billion in the period.

Defying boycott calls associated with the prolonged 2017 presidential elections, Safaricom revenue grew 10 percent to Ksh. 224.5 billion.

Safaricom plans to spend between Ksh. 35-38 billion in infrastructure expenditure. The board has proposed a dividend payout of Ksh. 1.10 per share pushing the firm’s dividend payout to Ksh. 44.1 billion.

Miguna expected to touch down at 2:30 pm today.

Lawyer Migina Miguna is expected to arrive in Kenya at around 2.30 pm from Canad.
Miguna Miguna at the airport on his way back to Kenya from Canada
The controversial barrister is reportedly aboard an Emirates EK 19 flight
Miguna was deported to Canada about two months ago amid claims he had renounced his Kenyan citizenship.
High Court later reversed the government’s decision to revoke his citizenship and ordered for his return
The government also held he was a threat to national security Controversial lawyer Miguna Miguna is expected back in Kenya on Monday, March 26, at around 2.30 pm from Canada.
The self-proclaimed National Resistance Movement (NRM) general already left Canada and is currently on his way to Kenya aboard an Emirates EK 19 flight.
Miguna Miguna at the airport on his way back to Kenya from Canada National Resistance Movement’s self-procliamed general Miguna Miguna expected back in the country at 2:30 pm.
The barrister is expected to land at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) at the stipulated time and will be received by friends and family.
Its not clear whether or not NASA leaders and supporters will also be at the airport to welcome their ‘general’. Miguna expected to touch down at 2:30 pm today Miguna Miguna at the airport on his way back to Kenya after about two months away.Miguna was dramatically deported to Canada on February 6, 2018, after the government revoked his Kenyan citizenship and confiscated his passport.
The government argued the NRM general had renounced his Kenyan citizenship and never bothered to formally reapply for it. It also claimed Miguna, who was arrested and detained for participating in the contentious swearing-in of NASA leader Raila Odinga on January 30, 2018, was a threat to national security.
Miguna quickly moved to High Court to challenge the government’s decision to deport him and the court ruled in his favor. The court not only suspended all criminal proceedings against the barrister but also ordered the government to return his passport and facilitate his return to Kenya.
While abroad, Miguna criss-crossed the world in attempts to sell NRM’s agenda, which included radical electoral reforms and justice. The NRM general has also been critical of the Raila-Uhuru meeting. It will be interesting to see how the two will relate moving forward upon Miguna’s return.