2019

Four of the six suspects held at the DCI over the fake 20 million US Dollars intercepted at the Barclays Bank, Queens Way Branch in Nairobi on Tuesday.
The Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) have released the identities of the four suspects arrested yesterday afternoon at Barclays Bank, Queens Way Branch in Nairobi with fake 20 million US Dollars stashed in a safe box.

The six suspects are:- Dr. Erick Adede - Owner of the Box, Mr. Ahmed Shah - Fake Investor, Ms. Elizabeth Muthoni, Ms. Irene Wairimu Kimani, Mr. Boaz Ochich - Bank official and Mr. Charles Manzi-Bank official.

Also held for statement recording is a witness who would have been conned.

The fake notes in 100 Dollar denominations were recovered from the Bank’s Safe Room.

Operations at the were temporarily disrupted after police investigated the presence suspected fake currency.

Later Barclays explained the police action in a tweet that said police had intercepted a customer who holds a deposit box at its Queensway branch in Nairobi this morning and were investigating its contents.

The bank said it was assisting the authorities to investigate the matter fully.

“A customer who holds a personal safe deposit box at our Queensway branch was this morning intercepted by police at the branch. Police are currently investigating the contents of his safe deposit box. We are assisting the authorities to investigate this matter fully.”
— Barclays Bank Kenya (@Barclays_Kenya) March 19, 2019


The following is a press notice as sent by National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) banning the use, manufacture and importation of substandard non-woven bags
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The Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources through a Gazette Notice No.2334 & 2356 banned the use, manufacture and importation of plastic bags used for commercial and household packaging.  
As the Ban on plastic bags came into effect on the 28th of August 2017, the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) made great strides in providing clarifications on acceptable alternative options to the plastic carrier bags which were affected by the Ban. It was during this period that the Kenyan market was flooded with Non-woven Polypropylene bags to replace the carrier bags in various retail outlets/stores/shops. The Non-woven bags are known to bear positive characteristics in terms of reusability and durability as opposed to the conventional plastic carrier bags.
However, due to the rising need of the non-woven bags in the market, it has been noted over time that Manufacturers of these bags are producing very ‘low gauge’ poor quality non-woven bags which cannot be used multiple times but are disposed of after single use. This single-usage of these bags will eventually lead to heavy environmental consequences due to poor disposal practices currently being experienced in the country coupled with the lack of requisite infrastructure to sustainably manage these bags.
In view of the above, the Authority directs that ALL manufacturers, importers, suppliers/distributors and users of these Non-woven polypropylene bags should STOP further manufacture, importation, supply and use of these bags in the Kenyan market effective 31ST MARCH 2019 until the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KeBs) gazettes a standard that will inform the quality of non-woven bags needed in the Kenyan market.
You are therefore advised to comply accordingly, failure to which the Authority will instigate Enforcement Action pursuant to the provisions of the Environmental Management and Coordination Act, Cap 387 of the Laws of Kenya.

Ekeza Sacco members scamper for safety after police lobbed teargas to disperse them on Kiambu road on Monday.
Detectives collecting evidence on the Sh1.5 billion Ekeza Sacco fraud on Monday were forced to postpone the exercise after being overwhelmed by the high number of complaints.

About 15,000 Gakuyo Real Estate, Ekeza Sacco and Gakuyo Investment Club members from Nairobi had reported at the DCI Headquarters along Kiambu Road to lodge official complaints over their loss of money with these trouble entities.

The cancellation of the exercise elicited ugly protests by the angry victims of the probe who resulted to blocking a section of Kiambu road, prompting the police to lob teargas to disperse them.

The members had complained of delay in service, forcing them to barricade the roads in a bid to paralyse activities until they were attended to.

The ensuing chaos caused a massive traffic snarl-up along Kiambu Road that went as far back as the Nairobi CBD on one end and Ridgeways mall on the other.

The DCI had called on all Ekeza Sacco members from Nairobi and Kiambu counties to avail themselves, with both counties estimated to host at least 60,000 members.

In a letter dated March 13, 2019 signed by John Kariuki on behalf of DCI boss George Kinoti, said his office has received numerous fraud complaints touching on the three organisations.

“To further our investigations in to the matter, the general public who have been defrauded in the scheme and hail from Nairobi and Kiambu counties are advised to report to the DCI headquarters along Kiambu Road on March 18,2 019 at 9am,”reads part of the letter.

Members started streaming to the DCI headquarters as early as 4am and by 9am, hundreds had already queued outside the gates.

About an hour later, a team of officers came out and directed the crowd to record their details in forms they provided and they were to enter in groups of 10, to write their names, phone numbers and the amount of money they lost.

Some of the more restless in the crowd started fighting for the forms, which prompted the officers to ask those from Nairobi County to go home, assuring them that they would be given a new date to register their details.


Over the weekend, detectives have seized 48 double-cabin vehicles bought for transport services in the construction of the Kimwarer and Arror dams in Elgeyo Marakwet county but were reportedly diverted to private use.

Some of these vehicles had been diverted to undertake similar works at the stalled controversial Itare Dam in Nakuru County.

According to reports privy to the DCI headquarters, 30 of these vehicles were seized at a parking lot at Mitchell Cotts Building in Nairobi while the rest were traced at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).

Seizure of the vehicles comes on a day that reports emerged that the files on the two projects had now been taken to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to decide on the way forward.

Sources at DCI intimated that individuals, who include top government officials, could face at least four charges. They include conspiracy to commit an economic crime and that of aiding the commission of an economic crime, abuse of office and negligence of official duty whose punishment is life imprisonment.


The Kenya's Meteorological Department warns of imminent landslides in Murang'a and flash floods in Budalangi and Kano plains, says the long rain season is likely to affect agriculture, hence causing food insecurity.

According to the weatherman, the Climate Outlook for the March-April-May (MAM) 2019 “Long Rains” season indicate that most of the country are likely to experience slightly above average rainfall except for parts of Eastern Kenya and the Coastal regions. The seasonal rainfall onset is also expected to be timely over several parts of the country.

“Cases of flooding in flood-prone areas such as Budalang’i and Kano areas and also landslides/mudslides in areas such as Murang’a are still probable. The NDOC is, therefore, advised to be on standby in order to ensure mitigation of any negative impacts that may arise,” says the weatherman in their weekly updates.

The added that flash floods are still likely to occur in Western Kenya, Central Rift Valley and Central Highlands.

However, the expected prolonged dry spells are likely to result into reduced water levels in the Seven Forks, Turkwel and Sondu Miriu catchment areas.

In April 2019, near-normal to above-normal rainfall is expected over most parts of the country and more so in Western, Central Rift Valley, Northern Kenya (Marsabit, Moyale) and the Central highlands including Nairobi.

Depressed rainfall is, however, likely to occur over North Western Kenya.

In May 2019, most parts of the country are likely to experience depressed rainfall except the western, central Rift Valley and Central Kenya regions which are likely to experience slightly enhanced rainfall.

“The expected late onset and poor distribution of the MAM 2019 seasonal rainfall are likely to impact negatively on the agricultural sector leading to food insecurity,” says the statement.

They added that in Northwestern Kenya and other ASALs where poor rainfall performance is expected, problems related to water scarcity and lack of pasture for livestock is expected to increase following the poor rainfall performance observed during the October-November-December 2018 ‘Short-Rains”


A Nyeri Court has ordered a Thika-based company to pay a Nyeri widow Sh1.4 million as damages following her husband’s death in a road accident 19 years ago.
The court ruled that a Broadways Bakery’s canter was responsible for causing the death of Samwel Wachira Mwangi, a cyclist, on August 4, 2000 along the Nyeri-Karatina road.
The deceased’s wife Phyllis Wakonyu sued the company in August 1, 2003 seeking special and general damages.
She said on August 4, 2000, her husband was cycling on the road when the company’s driver negligently drove the Canter lorry that collided with him.
In  its defence dated September 24, 2003, the company  admitted the occurrence of the accident but denied any negligence on its part, attributing it to negligence by  Mwangi.
In her ruling though, Justice Teresiah Matheka said:  “This is a driver who had been on the road for 16 hours. His own turn boy was sleeping at the time of the accident, a clear indication of the fatigue the two must have had. He did not want to accept the natural fact that driving for 16 hours could impair one’s judgment.”

THIWASCO Managing Director Eng. Moses Kinya speaking to the press during a tour to assess the repairs and replacement works of the old trunk sewer line.
Plans are underway to construct two more sewage treatment plants for Thika town residents to cater for the ever-increasing population that currently overwhelms the existing one that was constructed in the early 70s. 

This was revealed by Thika Water and Sewerage Company (THIWASCO) Managing Director Eng. Moses Kinya during a tour to assess the repairs and replacement works of the old trunk sewer line.
Kinya added that, with the assistance of the World Bank and the Nairobi Metropolitan Services Improvement Project (NaMSIP), the old wastewater treatment plant in Kang’oki area was being expanded and upgraded to cope with the increased demand for sewerage services.

“Plans are at an advanced stage to construct two modern sewerage treatment plants at Pilot area and at the Nanga Sewerage Plant area in Gatuanyaga division. Upon their completion, and the existing one at Kang’oki area, we will be in a position to adequately serve our catchment area very comfortably,” explained the MD.

He added that with the completion of these projects, areas currently not connected with the main sewer line would start getting these services.

“These projects will increase our wastewater treatment capacity and quality, reduce sewage spillages and chokes and reduce environmental pollution that has been the case now when the old trunk line collapse due to old age thus causing blockages as experienced over the weekend,” he said.

Drinking water supply.

Kinya admitted that even though they have stored enough drinking water in their reservoirs, the current drought had affected their supply as there was very low intake into their water treatment plant.

He attributed this partly to diversion of water from Rivers Chania and Thika by large scale farms living upstream.

He advised these companies to instead investing in construction of water storage dams which they could store enough water during the rainy seasons.

Major water projects.

The MD also added that plans were at advanced stage to construct more reservoirs to help increase their water supply in future.

“We have proposals to construct the Thika 3A Dam to supplement another one being financed by the Danish Business Financing. And with the help from the World Bank and Kiambu County Government, we are going to construct a new treatment plant at Maryhill area that will tap water from Kariminu River and supply it downstream to most of those areas that currently experience water shortages in Thika,” he said.


A tweet by activist Scheaffer Okore under the hashtag, #MyAlwaysExperience has led to hundreds of women sharing their unpleasant experiences with Always sanitary towels.

In their tweets, some have complained of itching, rashes, boils and burns with others telling tales of embarrassing “leaks.

This prompted to the Kenya Bureau of Standards (Kebs) to initiate investigations into US multinational Procter & Gamble’s (P&G) Always brand of sanitary pads.

The move could result in the withdrawal of the products if they are found to be sub-standard.
Kebs investigations will include extensive market surveillance and testing of these products to ascertain if there exists any breach of quality standards.

The outcomes of this analysis will determine the next course of action, including market withdrawal of any substandard products.

In response to these complaints, P&G has refuted in statements saying that all their products were safe and met the same safety and quality standards globally.

The company, whose range in Kenya includes Always Ultra-Thin, Always Maxi Thick, Always Ultra Soft, Always Maxi Soft, and Always Platinum however acknowledged that a section of its users were reacting to their products.

“We acknowledge and understand that there have been women who have had different experiences with our products. We appreciate that women have varied & unique period experiences and as such our broad portfolio is designed to cater to these needs. Our Always product range consists of eight different pads, each befitting a specific need. In fact, we are receiving very positive feedback on our recently launched Always.” read the P&G statement.

My 15 year-old daughter, Ebbie Noelle Samuels, just recently joined Form 1 at Gatanga CCM school. On Saturday 9th March, at 7:47am, I was called by the principal of the school, Ms.Veronica Wanjiku Mwangi, with news that my daughter was unwell and I should rush to Naidu Hospital in Thika and that I shouldn’t go alone. I left for Thika, accompanied by my friend, but on the way I decided to call my cousin to check on the situation before I got there, since she lives in Thika.
On arriving at the school at about 9:35am, I found my daughter's lifeless, ice cold, body with a swollen tummy. She also had foam in her nostrils. On inquiring to know what had happened, the principal told me that my daughter had gone to sleep the previous night, but failed to wake up in the morning.
She went on to add that my daughter had run a cross country the previous day, finishing among the first 10, out of 900 girls. Later on, she ate dinner, went for evening preps, then did her laundry before saying goodnight to all 1st Form students from 3 dorms and going to bed. When she failed to wake up the following morning, her dorm mates alerted the matron, who came and found her to be unresponsive.
The Principal of Gatanga CCM says that the matron called the Deputy Principal at 7:05am, who then issued instructions to have my daughter's clothes changed and then taken to the hospital. The hospital note indicates that they received a dead body, meaning she had been dead all along. I made plans to move her body to Nairobi and then proceeded back to the school. I met the Deputy Principal and asked her what had happened and she quickly replied, "It’s what the principal told you" and then she left. We met the Principal and asked her if we could see where my daughter slept, but she refused, saying we would cause anxiety to the students. We then asked her to allow us take her belongings, which she allowed us to do, after we insisted. We collected her stuff and left.
Among the things we collected was a bucket of wet clothes, which the Principal had said were clean clothes, yet they were mixed with dirty ones. This, even after the Principal, Ms. Veronica, had earlier said that my daughter had washed her clothes and hung them on the lines.
3 different autopsies conducted by the government pathologist, the school’s pathologist and an independent one, hired by the family, have all proven that my daughter died from a head injury inflicted by a blunt object. She bled at the vertex of her brain on the left side and right side. Why is the school giving scant information? What is the Principal, Ms. Veronica, hiding? How is it that our daughters can’t be safe even within a school compound? Who hit my daughter on Friday night and left her for dead at the school dorm? Please help me get justice for my daughter. 


Angry Ekeza Sacco members on Thursday beat up a lawyer they accused of representing them without their instruction.

Drama ensued at Milimani Commercial Court after the irate members attacked Lawyer Samuel Mburu as he left the court prompting court orderlies to act swiftly and rescue him before the situation could get out of hand.

The furious members retorted that they had lost millions of shillings and would not allow anyone they didn't know to represent them.

Both Mburu and Duncan Okatch claimed they were acting on instructions from the Sacco. It emerged that the duo represented different factions of the Sacco with Okatch representing the interim board members that was last week barred from taking office until the case filed by 11 members is concluded.

Mburu is allegedly representing another group.

The following is a notice of water interruption by Thika Water and Sewerage Company THIWASCO....

THIKA WATER & SEWERAGE COMPANY LTD.

WATER SUPPLY INTERRUPTION NOTICE

We regret to inform our esteemed customers that our DN 250mm UPVC pipe has been damaged by a road contractor at Athena / Kiangombe.

Consequently water supply in Kiandutu, Kiganjo, New Sewerage Works, Muthaiga all the way to Witeithie Gwaka  Estates will be affected.

We wish to assure our customers that our team is on the ground working on it to ensure that water supply will be restored soon.

We highly regret  the inconvenience caused and look forward to your kind understanding and support.

Signed this 14th day of March 2019 at 11am.
THIWASCO MANAGEMENT


A contractor has moved to court to protesting M-Pesa Foundation Academy’s refusal to have an arbitrator from presiding over a dispute in which he is demanding Sh143 million for work done on the school between January 2015 and June 2016.

In his objection, Lalji Meghji Patel & Company, who was fired midway through construction of the Sh3 billion school in Thika, says an application filed by the Safaricom’s elite school was a ploy to delay the case.

Last year, moved to court seeking stop the arbitrator, Mr Tom Oketch, from presiding over a dispute. They argued that Lalji waived his right to pursue arbitration after agreeing to settlement talks, and that Mr Oketch’s appointment was irregular as the school was not given a chance to voice its opinion on the decision.

However, the contractor says the clause on the arbitration is binding to both parties in the dispute and argues that it resorted to that option after talks failed to bear any fruit.

After they fell out in 2016, the school terminated Lalji’s contract and they both did a joint inspection of the works that had been done by Lalji but failed to agree on how much was owed to the contractor.

Following the deadlock, Lalji notified M-Pesa Academy of a dispute to be referred to arbitration.

The two parties could, however, not agree on who to preside over the proceedings.


Kenyans will no longer need to go to court to seek consent for own cash or by beneficiaries of a deceased whose estate is declared unclaimed after a more-than-two-year stay at a bank, company, pension dues or mature insurance policies, among other amounts surrendered to the Unclaimed Financial Assets Authority (Ufaa).

Likewise, those seeking reimbursement of less than Sh500,000 from Ufaa will now apply for payment through the deputy county commissioner’s office.

Chief executive John Mwangi says payment of unclaimed assets through Public Trustee apply only in instances of beneficiary claim — when the apparent owner is deceased which means beneficiaries that the Public Trustee only receives unclaimed assets (cash) as the administrator of the estate of the deceased.

The Public Trustee may issue a certificate of summary administration stating that the estate is below Sh500,000 is thus entitled to administer the estate without a grant of representation from a court.

The move will see the agency pay out the claim to the Public Trustee as administrator of the estate for onward submission to the beneficiaries.

Ufaa holds Sh13.1 billion in cash surrendered by banks, corporate firms, insurance companies among others with 1,451 safe deposit boxes containing jewellery, cash and even firearms while custodial registrars surrendered 555.5 million shares, thought to be worth about Sh40 billion.

President Uhuru Kenyatta's appointee for Inspector General of Police Hilary Mutyambai.

In an Executive Order number 4 of 2019 of March 13, President Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday appointed Joseph Boinnet as the Chief Administrative Secretary in the Tourism ministry and nominated Hilary Mutyambai to succeed him as Inspector-General of Police.


But who is this Hilary Mutyambai?

Until his new appointment, Mutyambai was an assistant director with the National Intelligence Service (NIS) attached to National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC).

The new police boss, himself a former police officer, has vast experience in operations having worked at senior levels, especially in counter terrorism besides serving as a diplomat.

Mutyambai is best remembered within security circles during his tenure as the Coast Regional NIS boss where he launched a crackdown against Islamic extremism and radicalisation between 2015 and 2016 before he was promoted and transferred to Nairobi.

He is a carrier policeman who was enlisted in the then Kenya Police Force in 1991 and rose in ranks to the rank of Superintendent of Police before joining the then Directorate of Security Intelligence that was a department within the Kenya police Force in 1998.

Mutyambai rise in ranks continued in the new intelligence outfit and saw him rise to the top management of the National Intelligence Service where he was a Deputy Director in charge of Counter Terrorism.

As the deputy Director incharge of countering Terrorism, the new IG used to work closely with the NPS formations and the Military units in mounting intricate CT operations that have seen the country experience a downward trend in incidents of terror and several disruptions of planned attacks.

The new Inspector General holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Nairobi and a Master’s of Arts degree in National Security Policy from the Australian National University. Interestingly this is the same University the out-going IG acquired his Master’s degree as well.

Hilary Mutyambai comes to the helm of NPS with a vast of professional training and experience in the area of counter terrorism a skill that the National Police Service requires given the prevailing threat environment of terrorism.

The new appointee has had several professional training both locally and abroad .

They include

• Counterterrorism Training – In New Orleans, United States of America

• Operational Management - United Kingdom

• Advanced Security Analysis - United States of America

• Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism- Israel

Locally the new IG has attended several senior management training programs that include:

• Performance Management at the Kenya School of Government

• Senior Management - Kenya School of Government

• Detection and Prevention of Frauds and Forgeries - at the Kenya School Of Revenue Administration

His professionalism in counter terrorism came in handy during the 14 Riverside terror attack.

He was the unseen force that was coordinating the rescue operations that saw over 700 Kenyans safely rescued from the siege and the attackers neutralized.

Prior to becoming Deputy Director of counter Terrorism, Mutyambai served as the Regional Intelligence Coordinator, Nairobi County, Regional Intelligence Coordinator, Coast Region and County Intelligence Coordinator in Mombasa.

The new Inspector General also served in the Kenya's Foreign Service in the Kenya High Commission in Kampala Uganda as a Political Attaché from the year 2000 to 2004.

The President, for the second time, appointed an officer from the NIS.

Boinnet, who had taken over from David Kimaiyo who resigned on December 2, 2014, was also from the intelligence outfit.

The outgoing police boss had worked closely with his successor and both are said to enjoy cordial working relationships, prompting security experts to read Boinnet’s hand in Mutyambai’s nomination and the appointment of the chairman of the National Police Service Commission (NPSC) Eliud Ndung’u Kinuthia .

Mutyambai now joins Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji and Director of Immigration Alex Muteshi as some of the high profile individuals Uhuru has appointed from NIS.

Uhuru also appointed Wycliffe Ogalo as the Commissioner-General of Prisons, replacing Josiah Osugo, Brigadier Vincent Naisho Loonena as the Director-General of Kenya Coast Guard Service and Brigadier John Migui Waweru as the Director-General of Kenya Wildlife Service.

Ms. Lilian Mutio Kiamba, Mr. Eusebius Karuti Laibuta, Mr. Naphtaly Kipchirchir Rono, Dr. Alice Atieno Otwala, Mr. John Tentemo Ole Moyaki have been nominated as members to the commission.


The Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) has called on members of public from both Nairobi and Kiambu Counties who might have lost money with Ekeza Sacco Limited, Gakuyo Real Estate or Gakuyo Investment Club to report to the DCI Headquarters along Kiambu Road on Monday the 18th of March 2019 at 9am.

In a press release, the DCI has asked all those with complaints to carry with them the bank statements showing all withdrawals/deposits, agreements, deposit slips, receipts and any other documents relevant to their dealings with the said entities.

The statement promises to communicate a date to collect complaints from members from other counties.


Hospital ward MCA Dunson Mburu was forced to flee for safety after angry residents of Gachagi slums in Thika West Sub-County confronted him accusing him of being behind their woes.

Trouble started when a group of the residents stormed Makongeni Police Station where the MCA had a meeting with some of the village elders over a controversial 40-acre piece of land along the Thika-Garissa Highway.

The villagers shouted them down and threatened to be chaotic, forcing the conveners of the meeting to call it off. This prompted the OCS Makongeni to calm them down, allowing the county legislator to leave the venue.

The land in question, which lies between the Kenya Vehicle Inspection Unit yard and Gachagi Slums, has been entangled in court dispute for the last 19 years between the slum dwellers and Kandara Investment Limited.

They claim that the controversial parcel was awarded to them by Retired President Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi.

Responding to their allegations, Mburu said that, as their elected representative, his sole responsibility was to ensure they got their right to own the land and had no intention of acquiring any plot in the land.

“I am not interested in the piece of land at all. As their representative, my sole duty is to see this matter settled amicably,” said Mburu.


Police in Juja early last night gunned down 5 suspected gangsters in an a foiled armed robbery attack at a petrol station along the Thika Superhighway in Highpoint area.

According to police, the suspects drove into Lexo Petrol Station in a Touareg Volkswagen vehicle at around 8:30am and immediately brandished pistols and an AK-47 rifle.

Luckily, for the victims, police officers on patrol were alerted and ambushed the thugs, killing five of them on the spot.

One of the thugs managed to escape with the AK-47 firearm.

Three firearms were recovered from the felled gangsters.

The National Assembly has given Central Bank Governor Dr. Patrick Njoroge a 14-day ultimatum to draft and submit banking regulations prescribing customer deposits and withdrawals worth a Ksh. million shillings or more.

The House committee on Implementation chairman, Motalel Ole Kenta, has warned that the governor of unspecified sanctions should he fail to submit the regulations before the committee in two weeks.

Last week, the MPs warned that his failure to publish the banking regulations as provided for in the Banking Act, which was amended in August last year through the Finance Act, was contemptuous of parliamentary proceedings and reason enough to send the governor home.

The Finance Act mandates the CBK boss to publish the regulations and submit them to the National Assembly within 30 days of its coming into force for consideration, in line with the Statutory Instruments Act.

The MPs have expressed their concerns about new conditions on bank transactions worth Ksh 1 million or more noting that it was an obstacle to economic development.

In June last year, the central bank published regulations informing banks that customers seeking to withdraw or deposit more than Ksh 999,999 would need to submit a three-day notification about the transaction.

When he appeared before the committee last month, Dr Njoroge defended his actions, saying, the law as it is could not be implemented as it would be akin to relaxing money laundering and terrorism laws.

He also warned that doing so would frustrate the war against corruption and cut off Kenya’s banking sector from the best practices in the global banking system like Financial Action Task Force (FATF).


The Transport ministry has drafted amendments to the Traffic Act and the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) Act seeking to control fares charged by PSVs across the country.

While doing his presentation to the National Assembly's Transport and Housing committee on Tuesday, CS James Macharia said that these proposals are aimed at cushioning the public against being overcharged.

They are seeking to amend Section 119 (1) of the Traffic Act by introducing a new sub-section that will allow the Cabinet Secretary to prescribe the regulation of PSV fare tariffs.

Once effected, the CS will have legal authority to determine the formulae for establishing the tariff, review mechanism of the tariff and penalty for non-compliance.

The ministry further wants amendment of section 4(2) of the NTSA by introducing a new sub-section that will allow for establishment of PSV fare tariffs.


Nairobi County yesterday held a ground breaking ceremony for 2,720 affordable housing units at River Estate in Ngara, Nairobi County.

The 3-year project will see the construction of 1 and 2-bedroom houses under the big four housing agenda.

In the programme, a 2-bedroom house will sell at a maximum of Ksh. 1.5 million with the 1-bedroom unit going for Ksh. 1 million.

A bedsitter would be sold at Ksh. 600,000 while a 3-bedroom unit would cost Ksh. 2 million.

In July last year, the government launched a national housing project aimed at constructing half a million affordable housing units across the country by the year 2022.


Thika town and all other urban centres with a population of 250,000 people and above will from now acquire city status after President Uhuru Kenyatta signed the Urban Areas and Cities (Amendment) Bill 2017 on Tuesday.

The new law enables county governments to review the criteria provided for classifying an area as a city, municipality, town or market centre.

The law has reduced the number of people required for an urban set up to become a city from the current 500,000 to 250,000.

The current population of the town is estimated to be over 300,000.

This law also allows counties to declare an urban area a municipality if it has a resident population of at least 50,000 residents.
An area qualifies as a town if it has at least 10,000 residents with a market centre requiring only 2,000 residents.

The law also proposes the establishment of boards to govern and manage cities and municipalities and outlines specific requirements for appointment to the boards.

The president also signed into law two other bills; The Petroleum Bill 2017 and the Energy Bill 2017.
The 2017 Petroleum Act will provide a framework for contracting, exploring, developing and producing petroleum.

The new energy law establishes three key national entities to manage and regulate the sector. These are;- The Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority, The Rural Electrification and Renewable Energy Corporation and The Nuclear Power and Energy Agency.

Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu unveiling a plaque to officially launch the storm water drainage project in Landless estate on Monday.

Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu on Monday launched a massive Ksh. 1 Billion worth of infrastructural projects in Thika and Ruiru Municipalities that are scheduled to be completed within the next 12 months.

Speaking in Thika, Juja and Ruiru towns, Waititu revealed that the county had received Ksh. 1.8 billion this fiscal year from the World Bank for infrastructural developments within their 6 newly formed municipalities.

Among some of the projects earmarked to be developed include construction of bitumen roads, street lighting, expansion of the towns’ sewerage system, improvement of the drainage systems as well as town beautification programmes.

“Within the next one or two years, Kiambu County will never be the same again. We want to improve these towns to city status will all the infrastructural facilities needed for growth into a 24-hour economy,” said Waititu.

Thika Municipality.

Thika Municipality, which composes of Thika East, Thika West and Juja Sub-Counties, will benefit from Ksh. 300 million annually for the next 5 years, translating to Ksh. 1.5 billion in total.

In this first phase of the programme, about Ksh. 50 million has been set aside to improve on the storm water drainage system in Landless estate within Kamenu Ward and the upgrading of 2.1 kilometre-long Mugo Kibiru Road in Section 9 to bitumen standards at a cost of Ksh. 79 million.

They have also set aside Ksh. 42 million for the supply and installation of integrated solar street lighting and high mast lighting in Thika Town, Hospital Ward, Makongeni, Gatuanyaga, Ngoliba, Juja, Witeithie and Kalimoni.

This project will see 140 solar street lights and 11 floodlights installed in the area. Thika alone will get 35 solar lighting installations that will be distributed across the dark alleys of each ward.

Ruiru Municipality.

Ruiru has been allocated Ksh. 73 million to upgrade the 2 Kilometer Kihunguro-Full Gospel Road to bitumen standards.

Second Phase.

Within the second phase of this programme, The World Bank and Kiambu government will spend about Ksh. 50 million on the beautification of Thika Town and a further Ksh. 50 million each for the expansion of the sewerage system in sprawling Kiganjo estate and Landless estate.

The governor also promised that the county would erect at least one high mast street lighting in each ward with a view to improve on security.

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