Angry Residents Lock Up MCA office!

Kitui, Wednesday, April 18

By Victor Vundi

Mutonguni Ward MCA elect, Hon. Musee Mati address irate residents of Mutonguni Ward after they locked up the Ward Rep offices in Tulia Shopping Centre earlier today.

Mutonguni Ward MCA elect Hon Eng Musee Mati in Tulia Shopping Centre, which hosts Mutonguni Ward Offices, today made an impromptu visit to the offices accompanied by enthusiastic residents to demand for accountability on spending of ward funds.

Speaking to a charged crowd gathered outside the office, which unanimously demanded accountability and agreed with the MCA elect that the office should be closed indefinitely pending determination and the outcome of the appeal before a Kitui judge, Hon Mati made it clear that he will not relent until the supreme will of the people of Mutonguni is respected.

The political drama in Mutonguni is far from ending and it appears to be gaining momentum to high voltage politics never witnessed before in Kitui West.

On Monday this week, the MCA issued a press statement at a Kitui Hotel, condemning the defiant move by the County Assembly speaker George Ndoto of allowing his opponent, the dethroned MCA Baridi Mbevo to continue attending assembly seatings and conduct house business in the name of the Mutonguni Ward Representative. Displaying his IEBC certificate, gazette notice, and copies of the appeal ruling by the High Court of Kitui; Hon Mati called upon the national government anf the Devolution Ministry to step in and quell the situation. He demanded accountability and transparency in the matter, disclosing that he had information that Mr. Mbevo was still recieving salaries from public coffers, despite having been degazetted as an MCA and the Kitui High Court denying him stay orders after filing an appeal.

Follow the link below to view the full video of Mutonguni Ward MCA’s press statement:

https://youtu.be/6AjaCECEGO0Ghost MCA in Kitui County Assembly!

Am Beginning to Get Tired with Wiper: Governor Kibwana

The makueni governor, H. E. Kivutha Kibwana today expressed his discomfort with the Wiper Party, hinting his possibility of ditching the party.

In a post in the OKM Whatsapp group, governor Kibwana made it clear that he was beginning to tire with the never-ending fights inside the Wiper Party, and moreso the newly formed outfit, One Kenya Movement. He accused top leadership in Wiper of deriving pleasure from abusing and intimidating the very own people who are responsible for drumming support for Hon. Kalonzo Musyoka.

Kibwana accused the Mwingi Central MP Hon. Mulyungi of ill-will on the idea of unifying Ukambani region.

“I am disappointed that after we did a lot of work to help Party Leader to bring our community together Hon. Mulyungi saw it fit to virulently attack Gov. Ngilu. Other Wiper leaders relish in abusing some of the Makueni people who are working day and night to help (Hon. Kalonzo). They continue to view those who came to Wiper recently as outsiders. Personally, I am beginning to be fatigued,” read the 7.21 PM post by kibwana.

Hon. Mulyungi has been trending all over social media in the last two weeks following a tirrage of insults he unleashed on the Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu, and was also among the top Wiper leaders who met Hon. Kalonzo at JKIA when he returned from a foreign trip a few days ago.

A screenshot of the post made by Governor Kibwana in the OKM Whatsapp group earlier this evening. The governor expressed his growing displeasure with the top Wiper leaders and hinted a possibility of quitting Wiper Party

Could the idea of unifying Ukambani politically be just another lame duck for Hon. Kalonzo Musyoka? Kindly share your opinion with us by leaving a comment.

EXPOSED: THE DETAILS OF MINISTRY OF HEALTH REASSIGNMENTS

Saturday April 14, Kitui. By Kitui NewspaperTeam

Former Kitui Health CECM consults with the Governor H. E. Charity Ngilu during a past event.

Kituinewspaper investigative team set out a 3 day’s hunt for information around the reassignment of Kitui Health CEC Rosaita. The former Minister, was shelved aside because of the following reasons,Kitui Newspaper can authoritatively report:

1. Given her background in crowd sourcing among NGOs, the talented profession lacked basics skills on drugs and key hospital machinery. Sources reveal she could have lied in her CV that she worked within leading Health providers like the WHO arm in South Africa. As such, this led to lack of adequate coordination of flow of clinical information and command along the sensitive health docket.

2. Her soft approach to lagging staff and mother-like treatment to lazy employees greatly compromised servitude among the staff. It is reported that at one time she simply “advised” several nurses and clinical officers working in the larger Mwingi, who had absconded duty for 2 weeks. A no-nonsense CEC would have prescribed more severe professional punishment to such errand staff.

3. The health Ministry remained a major Ministry that awarded tenders that were never advertised. Caught in the act, she had became too busy to notice that several Procurement Officers especially in Kitui Level 4 Hospital operate with proxy companies to award themselves tenders. A case is quoted of an intern in Kitui Level 4, who earns kshs 15,000 a month, yet recently purchased a car worth kshs 850,000. The procurement team is accused of, ensuring that they pay their proxy companies first before paying other contractors, thus hurting the budget. Some suppliers have debt arreas stretching back for months.

4. Irregular employment that hurts regional balance. The last recruitment in the ministry including the casuals were conducted with utmost obscurity.

5. Others are unprintable for the sake of litigations and trepidation of opening a can of worms that might see more heads roll.

Several opinion leaders have however acknowledged Rosaita’s gift in crafting excellent funding proposals. Others have lauded her on her new coordination job hoping she will tap in her expertise and bring more donors on board.

According to clientele reports, the Kitui Level 4 hospital service delivery has improved. This, according to reports, has been necessitated by the Kitui Governor’s constant and impromptu visits to the hospital. Many health workers, who have in the past slowed service delivery in the hospital, are afraid of being caught red handed slagging on the job. Such employees have been suspended and others fired in recent past.

“The governor came here and found us living in deplorable conditions. We now have adequate attention and we are being served without delay. Look around, you will not find any long queues like before,” quiped Mercy Mutual from Kyaango who has been admitted at Kitui General Hospital for four months.

According to a social media contributor dubbed ” The People’s Waziri”, the governor has been called upon to step up tours in order to improve service delivery in sub county hospitals.

A screenshot of the social media post by blogger “People’s Waziri”

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INCLUDE LOCALS IN COMMUNITY PROJECTS: KITUI CENTRAL MCA HON. NDOO URGES

Kitui, Thursday April 12, By Brian Peter

Kitui Central Member of County Assembly Hon. Ndoo addressing trainee representatives from all over the county at the Kenya Water Institute Kitui Town earlier in the afternoon. The trainees were attending the governor’s launch of a project aiming at achieving capacity trainings for locals for sustainability of county water projects at the community level.

The Kitui central member of the county assembly Hon. Ndoo has asked the county government to consider including the local community in the ongoing projects within Kitui Central Ward.

Addressing over 300 trainees from various sub-counties, who had turned up for the Launch of Water Resource Persons Training on Governance and Sustainability of Water Supplies held at Kenya Water Institute grounds today; Hon. Ndoo questioned the minimal benefits the institution was awarding to the locals of Kitui central Ward. He tasked the Principal KEWI, Mr. Kaburi, to make public the local admission rate at the institution.

Hon. Ndoo also expressed concerns that local tenders were being awarded to non-locals, despite the residents of Kitui Central having the capacity to deliver. He also tasked the office of the governor to ensure security lights in and around town were installed and maintained to standards to curb the rising crime rate witnessed in the recent past.

The governor H.E. Charity Ngilu, the Deputy Governor Dr. Wathe Nzau, the CECM Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Livestock Development Hon. Emmanuel Kisangau, The CECM Ministry of Tourism Patrick Koki Musau, among other ministry officials and County Assembly legislators graced the launch. This training will encompass the entire county, and seeks to achieve capacity building for community water projects sustainability.

The 11 million project will be fully funded by the County Government of Kitui and will initiate community trainings, carried out by KEWI, in the following order:

From Monday 16th to 21st April the trainings will be carried out in Mutomo, Kitui South Sub-County

On 22nd to 28th April the trainings will be held at Zombe, Kitui East Sub-county

From 30th April to 5th May the trainings will be held in Kyusyani, Kitui Rural; and concurrently at the KEWI Institute Kitui Central.

On 7th to 12th May the trainings will be held in Kabati, Kitui West; and Migwani, Mwingi West

And from 14th to 19th May the trainings will be held in Mwingi town, Mwingi Central sub-county; and Kyuso in Mwingi North.

The governor also launched a 24-hour hotline for reporting water issues and related emergencies: 0702615888.

GRAND SCANDAL: WHY THE KITUI COUNTY CHIEF OFFICERS’ VETTING WAS UNCONSTITUTIONAL AND ILLEGAL

Kitui, Wednesday March 28, By Kitui Newspaper Team

The just concluded vetting of chief officers by the Kitui County Assembly is as much illegal as it is out of order; going by the Kenyan constitution, Kitui Newspaper has unveiled.

Investigations into the vetting process have revealed several instances where the County Government executive, speaker of the County Assembly and the entire house deliberately chose to disregard the laws governing the vetting of county COs last week:

First, it was outright nepotism when the house vetted and approved Mr. Geoffrey Changangu; who coincidentally, and to the house’s full knowledge, is the Speaker’s first nephew. Mr. Benjamin Kioko also, is a close maternal relative of the governor. Kioko unsuccessfully vied for an MCA seat in Mutito Andei , and comes from Makueni County.

Second, sources inside the county assembly, who sought anonymity for fear of incarceration, have confided that the MCAs were ‘tipped’ amounts to the tune of 50,000 shillings each to coerce the successful vetting of the list of CO nominees. Some of the successfully vetted Cos also fail to meet the constitutional thresholds on gender, youth, or people living with disabilities. One of the vetted officers is also lacking clearance from the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Committee owing to bad books in the past.

Copies of the Auditor General’s report for the previous regime. Some of the successfully vetted COs’ names featured in the implications

The tip of the iceberg is: the Chief Officers were vetted by a citizen, literary!

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KITUI COUNTY TAKES FRONT ROW IN SENSITIZATION AND CONSULTATION MEETINGS ON NATIONAL ADDRESSING SYSTEM (NAS) FRAMEWORK FOR MACHAKOS, NAIROBI, KITUI, KAJIADO COUNTIES

Kitui, March 23rd                   Courtesy of the Kitui Governor’s Press Service

Fat Ngesa

Participants Pose for a group Photo At The NAS Workshop held On 21st to 23rd March 2018 At the Gelian Hotel Machakos.

Kitui county officials from ICT, Roads and Communications took part in a Communications Authority Of Kenya (CA) driven workshop that sensitized four counties’ on guidelines in adopting a National Addressing System (NAS) to be implemented by all counties. Already Nairobi and Kiambu are ahead of the pack in this endeavor.

A National Addressing System (NAS) is a framework that provides for among others the naming/numbering of street and/or numbering of properties and/or buildings/parcels of land to facilitate easy identification and location of such places on the ground. It involves the development of digitized maps and urban communities. An accurate NAS is critical to the quality and cost-effective provision of innumerable services provided by governments such as emergency response and management, administration, research, publications, mapping, routing, navigation as well as  facilitation of trade and commerce, efficient delivery of goods and many other purposes.

What Are the Key Benefits of NAS?

Besides easy identification and location of places, the NAS is also expected to boost the e-commerce in the country. With this system, online retailers will be able to offer door-to-door deliveries efficiently.

Cab hailing services will be able to locate their passengers with more precision, while food deliveries and supermarket online grocery shopping will be made a lot easier.

Other benefits include increased revenue collections by both the National Government through Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) and the County Governments from the expanded tax base because the system will register and identify persons, businesses, properties and their precise locations.

Participants

Participants were drawn from the NAS Steering Committee and representatives from Machakos, Kajiado, Kitui and Nairobi counties.

Kitui County was represented by Mr George Mutua(ICT) , Eng. Sebastian Yumbu(Property Valuer), Eng. Jeremiah Kisilu(Principal Engineer/Roads)  and Ms. Fatuma Ngesa(Communications Advisor).

CA Initiative

The Communications Authority of Kenya(CA) has brought together various key stakeholders from both government and private sector to form a Steering Committee on National Addressing System. This multi-stakeholder steering committee has developed draft National Addressing System (NAS) Policy, Bills (National & County), Naming and Numbering Standards, Database management framework now undergoing stakeholder consultations before adoption. The meeting was meant to sensitize the above-mentioned relevant county technical officials and incorporate their inputs on the draft NAS framework before subjecting the same to a national validation workshop in due course.

 Overall objective of the workshop

The overall objective of the workshop was to develop a common understanding among stakeholders on the need of NAS and their respective roles in its development. It was also to share the proposed NAS framework for comments/input as per the constitutional requirement.

Opening Remarks

National Addressing System Steering Committee Chairman, in his remarks acknowledged the participants present and invited them to  the workshop. He highlighted the purpose of the workshop and emphasized that NAS project was critical for the country’s development agenda for vision 2030, and aimed at meeting our national vision, aspiration and goals.

He further stated that an accurate NAS is critical to the quality and cost-effective provision of innumerable services by both national and county governments, which is key to the development of e-commerce.

He assured the audience that the National Steering Committee and Communications Authority were committed to work with all stakeholders particularly the counties as implementing Units to develop a robust Addressing System for the country.

Program

The workshop program included:

  • Video presentations.
  • Presentation from Nairobi County on Pilot NAS Experiences.
  • Presentation on draft NAS policy and County bill.
  • Presentation on NAS Standards.
  • Presentation on NAS Financing Model.
  • Presentation on NAS Database Management.

Day 1: Introduction of NAS, Experience from Nairobi County and draft Policy presentations

The session began with presentations on:

  • Early efforts on NAS.
  • ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru and CA Director-General Francis media Wangusi interviews on NAS.

Click on Video 1, Video 2, to view the full video presentations.

Introduction of NAS

Presentation done by CA; addressed the following issues:-

  • Definition of NAS and the benefits.
  • The mandate of the CA in NAS.
  • The objective of NAS.
  • Mandate and responsibilities of counties in NAS.
  • Milestones Achieved.

This gave a clear understanding of NAS and its role in the counties and participants were able to relate and be fully involved in the discussions.

Experience from Nairobi County

Presentation done by Postal CA addressed the following issues:-

  • Importance of physical addresses.
  • Nairobi physical addressing system.
  • Challenges experienced in Nairobi NAS activities.
  • Areas covered by the project.
  • Project Funding.

Click on to Doc 2 to view the full presentation.

Draft Policy and County Model Bill

Presentation done by CA; it addressed the following issues:

  • Legal framework guiding NAS
  • Institution arrangement to the county level; functions and responsibilities of the proposed county Addressing Units (CAU)
  • NAS Compliance and Reporting
  • Challenges of establishing NAS

Click on to Doc 3 to view the full presentation

Day 2: Standards presentations and Draft NAS Database Management

The second day started with a video presentation depicting need for a centralized data management, with the key learning being data access and license should be restricted based on the usage.

NAS Standards Presentation.

 The presentation done by MOICT addressed the following issues:-

  • NAS Standard alignment to the UPU International standards.
  • Review of the current postcode system.
  • Street Naming address Standards.
  • Responsibility for street name and property number signage.
  • Responsibilities of National and County Governments.

Click on to Doc 4 for the full presentation.

Click on Video 8 to view the video presentation.

Database Management

Presentation by CA addressed the following;

 Why we should manage data.

  • Data management pitfalls.
  • Data security.

Click on to Doc 5 to view the full presentation.

The key issues highlighted by the participants were:

 There is need to be clear on ownership of database and laws on who should be responsible for changing or replacing signs used for addressing

  • Most of the counties don’t have database management systems in place and the few that have are available are in analogue format.
  • The available data will need to be re-looked and validated against the standards specified by NAS as counties don’t have the capacity and technical expertise.

Day 3:  Group Discussions & workshop recommendations Key Issues highlighted by participants in their presentations included:

On the third day the participants were split into two groups that went through the draft NAS policy & County Model bill and NAS National Bill, NAS Standards, NAS Database management and NAS Financing model.

 

At the end of the discussions, groups were required to present on the gaps noted in the draft documents, identify areas of improvement and provide recommendations.

  • Counties should come up with integrated ICT systems to be able to have structures, which can run concurrently.
  • Composition of proposed County Addressing Units (CAU) in all counties should be clearly defined to ensure that relevant people or departments are represented; proposal on the key members of the CAU; Surveyors, ICT, GIS officer/expert, Finance, KEBS, Postal corporation Regional office representative, County commissioner’s office, land Registry and County attorney.
  • They proposed the establishment of a County Addressing Steering committee whose functions will be
  • To offer support to the CAU on matters of public participation and generation of name bank
  • Approval of Names; the CAU in consultation with county addressing steering committee will generate names and forward them to the County Assembly, then committee in charge of physical planning shall within an agreed specified time-preferably 30 days, approve/reject with reasons the proposed names. Upon approval the names should be gazetted.

 

  • More information to be captured in the proposed requirements of building plans i.e. Name of developer, Plot No. Acreage, Location/street/Road, Major land mark and ID owner
  • It was proposed that the implementation time frame should be derived from the county challenges, such as availability of resources.

 

Click on to Doc 6 to view the draft County Model Bill and proposed amendments.

 

  1. Recommendations
  2. There is need for more training and sensitization of NAS to the counties especially the senior level for them to give NAS a priority and be included in the County Integrated Development Plans (CIDPs) for funding. Counties were urged to plan for this as training curriculum on NAS has already been developed by AFRALTI situated on Waiyaki Way in Nairobi. Those planning to attend are requested to liaise with CA/COG on this matter.
  3. Given the now available national property and street naming and numbering standards, Kitui county should start preparing for the formation of its County Addressing Unit (CAU) andcommence naming and numbering all streets and property in line with the national guidelines thereby joining Nairobi and Kiambu that are already ahead. This will facilitate ecommerce (online trade) , enhance revenue collection and security among other benefits.
  • The NAS project should be included in the CIDP under spatial planning for it to be budgeted for, since the 47 counties have varied resource and infrastructural situations.

Fatuma Mueni Musau

COMMUNICATIONS, KITUI

KITUI WOMEN LEADERS LAUD UNIFICATION MOVE BY NASA and JUBILEE, ENDORSE RUTO 2022 BID

Kitui, March 20 By Brian Peter

The Chairlady Wamama Na Uhuruto-Kitui Chapter: Hon. Esther Kalunda Ndile addresses the media in a press briefing that was held at Kiembeni Country Resort today. This group of the most vocal women leaders in Kitui County has vowed to support the Deputy President William Ruto’s 2022 presidential bid. Hon. Esther Ndile is an MCA Kitui County Assembly and the Vice-chairperson County Assemblies Forum (CAF)

A group of the most vocal women in Kitui County; Wamama Na Uhuruto Trust, today congratulated his Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta and Hon. Raila Odinga for reaching out to each other for the sake of the country’s unity.

Led by their chairperson Hon. Esther Kalunda Ndile, MCA Kitui County Assembly and Vice-Chairperson County Assemblies Forum (CAF), the women leaders termed the gesture of unity by NASA and Jubilee as proof that Kenya is bigger than any single individual. Speaking today in a press briefing held at the Kiembeni County Resort, Kitui Town; Hon. Ndile announced that Wamama Na Uhuruto Kitui Chapter members were in full support of the Deputy President Hon. William Ruto’s 2022 presidential bid.

“We promise and commit to rally our supporters behind the deputy president’s candidature for 2022,” stated the chairlady. “Wamama na Uhuruto vow to fully back Hon. William Ruto for the country’s top seat come 2022.”

The women leaders also appealed to President Uhuru Kenyatta and the Jubilee administration to ensure that Kitui County gets its fair distribution of resources. They expressed confidence in the Jubilee administration, pointing out that out of the three Ukambani counties Kitui County stood out in giving unwavering support for the reelection of the Jubilee government to office. The leaders implored Jubilee to consider more appointments into the government as a gift pack to the Kitui residents for their outstanding loyalty.

Responding to the issue of Moses Wetangula, Hon. Esther Ndile pointed out that what Kenya needs right now is unity. She expressed confidence in the mechanisms NASA has put in place for achieving that peace and unity.

“If there are elements in NASA who are against the unification of this great nation, then it is for the best that such people don’t hold positions of leadership,” Hon. Ndile said in her parting shot. “Such people are enemies of the republic of Kenya and want to keep dragging Kenyans back to the dark ages of hatred and tribal animosity.”