January 2020


Surely life is a fight,it is a battle. The world is the arena..the below jobs has given me a bright future I can smell. But it all starts from within. I never thought one day I  will be student like others.

I was about to give up after my KCPE exam 2007 for shame results-171 Marks. Felt like the world was about to fall under my roof.I was discouraged by a some of my peers. They told me no need of advancing my knowledge since we thought education as no key to success as the rhythm of our Dads. 

I decided go have own life and be perfect for myself .God is faithful that after a hustle of 2 good months,the little I  was able to raise was good enough for tuition fees where I went for admission in one of  Primary school in Thika Town-Mugumo-ini primary and was admitted to Class 7, that is two years back. But as the wise men says Patience pays, I didn't give up. I had to swallow the bitter herbs. Very poor grades I recorded for the first exam.

But since this was my first exam, I didn't not lose hope. I went back to drawing board and planned how I could do to improve my grades since I was a repeater therefore was embarrassing. The faithful God came on time and showed to me that it was the right time.

I thank sir God for his grace.. He says that his grace is sufficient to our lives.. you never know what the future holds for.. You can only feel the pain through experience. Many especially my teachers encouraged me to work hand and others gave the tips for a better performance.I practiced day in day out..and finally I made it to my very best. After my KCPE results, I was able to double the previous KCPE marks.

The congratulatory messages flowed in and felt my day had come. Now the big task was approaching:to join the school of my choice. Unfortunately or fortunately did not make it. I had to enroll in a nearby Broadway Secondary School.

I still didn't give up. I followed the same route: working tirelessly throughout the four years. Success comes after hard work. The results were out. My hard work bore fruits. I celebrated.

After form four, I now embarked to my small business in order to raise some money to enable me to join University. I worked tirelessly day and night. My Faithful God did not let me down. At least I had something in my pocket. It was not enough."a child who like work,doesn't lack one to wash him". I had to seek help from my friends and people of well wishers whom also didn't let me down (Thank you all).

I now joined one of the leading universities in Kenya- Moi university Taking Mathematics and Business Studies.

Now the same job is taking part for my university school accommodation fee.

My dreams are now becoming real. Soon I will graduate and God willing enroll my Masters and there after PhD. "If you can't fly, then run.if you can't run, then walk, if you can't walk, then crawl but whatever you do, keep on moving forward "~ Martin Luther King Jr.


- Never underestimate yourself, you're wonderfully made in the image and likeness of God.
- Always trust in God for He cares for us.
- Always believe you can. What man can do, you can also do better
- Never give up if you still feel you have not achieved your dreams of live.
- Be yourself.you're your own boss.Be your own supreme court. Uphold what is right and nullify what is wrong.
- Don't ever belittle anything that your hand receives be it small or big . The impact of it in future is remarkable lets trust in lord and all shall be well. He is our financier.

Cecilia Njoki Mbugua receiving the certificate of lease for her parcel of land from the Ombudsman’s Chairperson Florence Kajuju on September 23, 2019.

One of the key pieces of evidence that helped convict Governor Ferdinand Waititu was that he dispossessed Cecilia Njoki Mbugua, a widow, of her Sh 100 million property in Thika town through blackmail.

Njoki only got her property back after the intervention of the Commission on Administrative Justice (Ombudsman).

Her predicaments started after she successfully applied for county approval to develop her property in 2013, only for the letter to be cancelled on grounds that it was public land, earmarked for construction of a jua kali market by the county government.

However, she successfully challenged the position at the Milimani courts in Nairobi but in another effort to frustrate her, Waititu forwarded her properties to the National Land Commission (NLC) for investigations as soon as the period for appeal was over.

Property surrendered In December 2017, she received a call from Waititu’s office informing her that the governor wanted to see her regarding the approvals, and during their meeting, he promised to approve them on condition that she surrendered two of the properties.

According to her testimony at the Ombudsman, Njoki said she agreed to surrender her land in Thika “under a lot of duress considering the fact that it had taken long to get the approval”.

A search conducted on the land on August 31, 2012 shows that it belonged to Njoki. A Green Card was tabled before the Senate as proof. But on January 2, 2018, a certificate of lease for land totalling to 0.135ha was issued in favour of Esther Wamuyu Nyatu, another woman alleged to be the governor’s second wife.

On September 23, 2019, the transfers were cancelled in favour of the widow and a certificate of lease issued under her name following the Ombudsman’s intervention.

The Chairperson of the Commission Florence Kajuju presented two tittle deeds for Thika Municipality Block XI/877 and 878 to Ms. Cecilia Njoki Mbugua which had been irregularly transferred by officials from the County Government of Kiambu. They also Ombudsman also directed the Kiambu County Government to expedite the long overdue approvals of the development plans to enable Ms Mbugua embark on her project.

Further, the Commission has called upon Land Registrars to exercise due diligence while conducting land transfers including inviting all interested parties for consent.

In this matter, Waititu breached the Constitution, Article 40, the right to property and the law in terms of abuse of office.

Del Monte Kenya Limited (DMKL) has noted with concern false representation of facts by a section of the media in relation to the Competition Authority of Kenya (CAK) gazette notice.

In a statement sent to media houses by its Managing Director Stergios Gkaliamoutsas, DMKL clarified that the Competition Authority’s investigations were in relation to a missing wording on the packaging of one of their products.

This omission, Stergios said, had been corrected and the packaging amended long before the Authority contacted the company, a position that was acknowledged by both parties leading to a settlement.

“At no point did the quality, safety and integrity of Del Monte Kenya’s products suffer nor were the high production and hygiene standards in dispute,” he said.

The MD stressed Del Monte Kenya’s commitment to delivering the best food safety & quality.

“In order to guarantee this, the Company complies to the highest Quality standards, and voluntarily maintains the Food Safety System Certification (FSSC 22000:2011 Certificate), which incorporates the ISO 22000:2005 and ISO/TS 22002-1 standards.  In addition, the Company is certified as per the International Featured Standard (IFS) for foods and the BRC Global Standard for Food Safety,” concluded Stergios.

The construction of the Ksh. 30 billion Maumau road is set to start next month.
The 540km road will traverse Kiambu, Murang’a, Nyeri and Nyandarua through the Aberdares Belt and adjacent areas, with a link road to Njabini and to Naivasha and another link road from Kimende to Mai Mahiu. 
The construction of these roads will take approximately three years to complete. 
The road will be in several sections which will begin with lot 1A in Kiambu county where the road will start at Gataka, along the Kiambu-Limuru road, heading north through Gitiha-Iria-in-Kagaa-Matimbei to Kamahindi with the entire road project measuring about 105km. 
Lot 1B is still in Kiambu county and this section forms part of the larger road network along the Aberdare forest which is a major tea growing zones.  
The project starts at Kamahindu along Githunguri, Kimende, Gatamaiyu, Nduriri, Kagungo, Nyanduma, Wangui, Mundoro, Gaitete, Gacharage, Kuri, Kamunyka, Raini, Kariminu, Mataara and ends at Gatakaini. The entire project road is approximately 112km. 
Lot 2 of the road construction will be in Muranga County where the project will start at Mairi through Kinyona, Mununga, Ichichi, Thuthu, Wanjere, Kagongo, Mioro, Kiamuturi and ends at Kairo. 
Lot 3 of the road will be in Nyeri County where the road passes through Kairo, Ngaru, Kabebero, Kihome, Kirangi, Munyange, Gituiga, Ihithe, Wndumbi, Gatumbero, Kigogo, Ini-Huhoni, Gaithuri, Gathathini, Sunset, Chania/Kambi, Miagayuini, Kahigaini, Njoguini, Ihururu, Nyarugumu, Kihuyo and ends at Njengo.  
The total road sections are 109km. 
Gatakaini–Njabini road will make a direct link between Murang’a and Nyandarua counties while the Naivasha–Njabini road will improve the link between Nakuru and Nyandarua counties. 
Important market centres including Naivasha, Njabini, Kinyona, and Gatura will be well interconnected with tarmac roads.

Newly nominated Education CAS Zack Kìnùthia. has promised to devote all his energies to ensure all Class 8 pupils transit to the next level irregardless of their family backgrounds.

In an exclusive interview, Kinuthia also promised to devote efforts to ensure the success of the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) saying that the future of this nation depended on its implementation.

He appealed to all elected and appointed leaders from the Mt. Kenya region to shelve their differences and rally behind President Uhuru Kenyatta in his quest to actualise his Big 4 Agenda projects.

● The government has set aside Ksh. 150 billion to settle all infrastructure pending bills will be settled early this year and aid the completion of all ongoing road and infrastructure projects across the country.
● Five commercial banks have set aside Ksh. 10 billion to lend to MSMEs at an interest rate of 9% per annum, in loan amounts ranging between Ksh. 30,000 to Ksh. 250,000.
● The president directed that 2019 Tea Regulations be gazetted within two weeks to allow tea farmers to sell their produce directly to prospective buyers. He further directed the Ministry of Agriculture to immediately explore the option of KTDA paying farmers no less than 50% of their deliveries as monthly payments with the balance being paid as annual bonus.
● The president directed the National Treasury to immediately operationalise the 3 billion shilling Cherry Revolving Fund within the next 30 days to cushion farmers from delayed payments, and enable them to the access finances to meet their daily cash flow requirements whilst awaiting payments for their produce.
● Treasury was directed to release 1.07 billion to the new KCC to purchase excess milk from farmers to convert it into powder milk for future use and to put up two milk plants, one in Nyeri and one in Nyahururu, to enhance their processing capacity.
● The government has impose 16% VAT on milk products that have originated from outside the EAC and also to impound any powdered milk or milk products that does not meet Kenyan standards.
● Treasury to release Ksh. 300 million to the Micro and Small Enterprises Authority for the construction of cold storage and processing facilities in Nyandarua, Meru and Kisii for storing excess potato and banana produce.
● Treasury to releases Ksh. 660 million to the Kenya National Trading Corporation to purchase all the excess rice from Kano Plains and Mwea for onward selling to our disciplined forces, prisons services as well as our boarding schools.
● To protect local artists, the government has eliminated content service providers who work with digital platforms such as SKIZA and Viusasa and all payments of royalties will be centrally managed at the Kenya Copyright Board.
● The ICT Ministry was also directed to ensure that musicians can now work directly with platforms such as Skiza without middle-men.
● It is now a basic requirement for the broadcasting houses, matatus, hotels, bars and other such premises to meet all their obligations in paying the required tariffs before their business licences are renewed.
● The government has set aside Ksh. 5.2 billion for relief food supplies, resettlement, reconstruction of homes, address health concerns and reconstruct critical infrastructure, including water supplies for floods victims.
● The president directed the Ministry of health to immediately stop the implementation of the recently introduced NHIF proposals to allow for further consultation.
● Uhuru demanded from the Judiciary convictions of graft suspects in the pursuit to win war against corruption. He also directed the NIS to undertake a rigorous review of all cartel groupings especially cartels operating in the public systems of budgeting, procurement, regulation and the illegal rigging of markets.
● On the BBI Initiative, he promised an all inclusive process where no voice will be wrong and all will be heard.

BY: Juma Hemedi

Today morning my friend called me to follow up on a matter we had been discussing about two weeks ago. But he was also calling me because he was worried. His worry was that a young girl known to him was on the verge of missing out on taking up her form one position in a school in Kiambu County.

Reason, she wears the Akorino turban. My friend told me that this was the fourth case they were dealing with in the past one week. That schools in Kenya in the 21st century, in a country that prides itself with diversity of communities, languages, cultures and religions can discriminate and fail to admit students because of their religious beliefs is not only sickening but threatens the very foundation and pillars that have held this country together for decades.

What is wrong with a Sikh man wearing a Turban or a Sikh woman wearing a Chunni?. What is wrong with a Muslim girl wearing a Hijab or the Akorino wearing their Turban? Why is it that those holding positions of principles in various primary and secondary schools feel the need to want to make students not only beg for admission but also torment their religious beliefs?

What was the whole purpose of enshrining the fundamental rights of an individuals right to religion, association and education? What is the need to pride ourselves as a country of diversity and one that has a progressive constitution and preaching tolerance while allowing overzealous school administrators to not only demean other people religious practice but also threaten the very right for which the student has come to the school to seek.

Why do we allow ourselves to treat others this way just because we are holding temporary positions? Indeed the Bible is on point about tolerance. The Holy Quran has an entire chapter about tolerance and allowing others to practice their religion. Asking a student to remove her hijab or turban is not only wrong but is a mockery to her religion and her faith. All this so that one would show who is boss in the school.

I know this matter of especially hijab found its way in the Kenyan courts and the court pronounced itself. While the matter was only about whether Muslim students schooling in non Muslim school should be allowed to wear Hijab, there was very little support at that time from our Akorino brothers and the Sikh community. But little by little it is affecting them too and we need to stand up for them and say NO to these school administrators.

It is very unlikely that one would find an Akorino only school or a Muslim only secondary school in Kenya. The Akorinos may be Christians but they are a minority so are Muslims in this country and the rights of the minority should not only be respected but also protected.

Juma Hemedi

Fellow Kenyans,
As our Children settle back in schooL after the December holidays, and as all 2019 KCPE candidates report to their respective Secondary Schools – in the Second year of 100% Transition, I again convey my best wishes for the New Year.

Today, I will spell out the areas that my administration intends to focus on over the next few months. The primary thrust of that strategy is economic. I want the economy to be a more important focus than politics. And this is because our practice throughout our history has been to pursue the political kingdom as opposed to the economic kingdom.  But that focus has been wrong. It is the reason we still have remnants of poverty despite the years of progress we have made.

Political Power pursued for its own sake will not make us the great nation we want to become.   We must, therefore, use politics to shift the economy and address the plight of the most vulnerable members of our society.  We must use politics to better the livelihoods of Kenyans. If we use politics as a means to a greater end, we will give politics meaning. And this is my intent for this year.

On the first area of focus to revitalize our economy so as to increase circulation of money in the economy. Clearing Pending Bills: I am pleased to note that following my directive in November 2019, that all verified and genuine pending bills be paid immediately, about 70 percent of pending bills owed by national and county government, and verified as payable, had been paid by 31st December.

Similarly, with the planned infrastructure bond of 150 billion shillings all infrastructure-related bills will be settled early this year and aid the completion of all ongoing road and infrastructure projects across our homeland. 

On this, I appreciate the support I have received from Parliament, in appropriating budgetary resources that made it possible to make these payments.

Removal of the interest rate cap:  You will recall that the law capping interest in Kenya came into force in 2016 and set the maximum lending rate at no more than four percentage points above the Central Bank Rate. 
The law was introduced following a public outcry against the high cost of credit.  The implementation of the law was expected to lower the cost of credit and also increase access to credit. 

Unfortunately, the law has had an adverse effect on the economy and reduced the amount of available credit.

The removal of the interest rate cap in November last year will facilitate the availability of more credit to businesses which will in turn increase the circulation of money. I urge the Central Bank to use the full range of instruments of regulation and policy at its disposal to prevent predatory lending and ensure that banks can offer loans at affordable interest rates.
 Removing Constraints to the Growth of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). MSMEs are the lifeblood of our economy.

The sector accounts for more than 80 percent of all businesses in Kenya, create around 75 percent of the jobs and are key contributors to broad-based and inclusive economic growth. But MSMEs face many challenges, which reduce their competitiveness and constrain their growth and sustainability.

As a result, the contribution of MSMEs to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) is only 30 percent, a figure that could be much higher if we were to realise their full potential.

We are, therefore, putting several measures in place to re-start this powerful engine of our economy. 

They include:
·               Increasing access to affordable credit:  Measures to enable MSMEs access affordable credit include the recently launched Stawi. This will provide unsecured credit to MSMEs, which, because of their informal nature and lack of collateral securities, had been locked out of the formal credit market. 
·               Five commercial banks have set aside 10 billion shillings to be lent to MSMEs at an interest rate of 9 percent per annum, in loan amounts ranging between 30, 000 to 250,000 shillings.
·               Partnership between the government and MSMEs in the construction industry to provide doors and windows for the affordable housing programme.
·               In line with one of the recommendations for policy change in the Building Bridges report, Biashara Centres will be established across the country to provide a huduma type of one-stop shop to provide business development services under one roof. The first Biashara Centre is fully functional at Kariobangi in Nairobi.
Fellow Kenyans,
My second intent for the year is to increase the money in the pocket of the farmer. This will be achieved by directing our anti-corruption efforts against those managing the agricultural sector and exploiting their positions for illegal gain and trading in conflict of interest. I am also directing action to increase the revenues to the farmer as opposed to the middle men and brokers.

Today I want to specifically deliver solutions on these issues to the tea and coffee sector.

Kenya remains a leading exporter of Black tea, accounting for nearly 20 percent of total global exports.

However, lately, the industry has been experiencing difficulties, particularly with regard to diminished earnings for the farmers. The following actions will be taken to address these concerns:
Pricing policy and mechanisms for smallholder farmers. The key concerns are on low tea prices, delayed payments, low initial payment by KTDA and fluctuations in net income of tea farmers.

Smallholder sub-sector management:  Kenya Tea Development Agency (KTDA) Ltd has delivered a lot of value to farmers in the past but some operational and governance challenges have emerged in the last few years. Key among these is conflict of interest by directors and lack of clarity in the declaration of dividends by subsidiary companies.

It is clear the governance of KTDA and entire marketing of tea will require to be restructured if we are to assure our tea farmers get more revenue from their tea sales.

Empirical evidence abounds; as a result of poor corporate governance farmers who would be earning about 91 shillings per kilo for their tea, are currently earning about 41 shillings with 50 shillings per kilo going to brokers and middle men.

I hereby, direct the Competition Authority to take decisive and conclusive action to bring these practices to an end. I further direct the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Trade to take immediate measures to ensure that each of the subsidiaries has separate Governance structures; and that the profits from each of the subsidiaries is reflected in farmers’ incomes.

Direct sales versus auction sales: For the longest time in the history of tea farming in Kenya, farmers would deliver their tea to tea buying centres, from where it was collected for delivery to the tea factories.

In the context of market liberalisation, farmers have the option of selling their tea to whomever they choose. The concern here is that certain people have taken advantage of this option to exploit farmers.

These middlemen, variously known as “soko-huru” or “mukohoro”, purchase tea from the farmers on a cash-on-delivery basis, and then sell it to KTDA in their own names. I direct the ministry of agriculture to ensure that the Tea Regulations 2019 incorporate appropriate mechanisms to ensure that, no one who is not a registered tea grower is allowed to sell it.

I further direct the Ministry of Agriculture to immediately explore the option of KTDA paying farmers no less than 50% of their deliveries as monthly payments with the balance being paid as annual bonus.

Value Addition: In 2018, Kenya exported 476 million kilograms of tea, earning 140 Billion shillings. Sri Lanka on the other hand exported 288 million kgs, which is about 60% of our exports. However, they earned an equivalent of 150 billion shillings.

The higher earning for lesser tea than ours is largely due to their ability to export close to 50% percent of their teas in value added form, compared to us who export 98% of our tea in bulk form.

To earn more value from our tea, we need to add value to it before exporting it. Going forward, I have directed the National Treasury, the Ministry of Trade and Industry, the Ministry of Agriculture and the Attorney General to finalise and gazette the newly developed Tea Regulations (2019) within the next two weeks.

These regulations include: establishment of the Green Leaf Pricing Formula Committee to determine the formula for pricing of green leaf; the establishment of a self-sustaining stabilisation fund to cushion farmers against price fluctuations and ensure implementation of guaranteed minimum returns;  establishment of Kenya Tea Council; and regulation of the volume of teas sold through the Auction and through Direct Sales/ Direct Contracts to be set at 80% Auction and 20% Direct Sales window.

Fellow Kenyans,

The same problems of governance, conflict of interest, unscrupulous buying methods that are bedeviling our tea sector are very similar to those in the coffee sector. The Coffee Task Force, which I established in 2016, completed its work and I am aware that the recommendations have not been implemented. I direct the Ministry of Agriculture to immediately implement the Task Force recommendations.

In addition to the above measures, for the coffee sector, I have directed the National Treasury to immediately operationalise the 3 billion shilling Cherry Revolving Fund within the next 30 days to cushion farmers from delayed payments, and enable them to the access finances to meet their daily cash flow requirements whilst awaiting payments for their produce.

My third intent is to support Producers and makers of entertainment. And this intent is both medium and long-term in outlook. In particular, I will focus on milk, potatoes, rice and banana producers in the agricultural sector and producers in the music and entertainment sectors.

In the agricultural sector, our farmers have continued to get high milk yields.  However, due to the excess supply, they are receiving very low prices for their milk.  The situation has been exacerbated by the incursion of powdered milk which is smuggled into Kenya from outside our Eastern Africa Region. This has caused financial hardship to dairy farmers.

As part of my intent and pledge to the milk farmers, I have given three practical directives.

One, I have directed the National Treasury to release 500 million shillings to the new KCC to purchase excess milk from farmers to convert it into powder milk for future use.

Two, I have directed the National Treasury to release a further 575 million shillings to new KCC for two milk plants, one in Nyeri and one in Nyahururu, to enhance their processing capacity. In sum, my intent is to boost the milk industry with 1.07 billion shillings in the immediate run as a way of supporting their efforts.

Three, and to protect our milk producers from illegal imports, I have directed the National Treasury to impose 16% VAT on milk products that have originated from outside the EAC.  I have further directed KEBSs, Customs and the DCI to impound any powdered milk or milk products that does not meet Kenyan standards.

Fellow Kenyans,

Our potato, banana and rice farmers have been blessed with bumper harvests. And because their products are perishable in nature, they suffer immense loses when they cannot sell them on time.

As part of my intent and support to producers of perishable goods, I have issued two practice directions.
One,  I have directed that the National Treasury to release 300 million shillings to the Micro and Small Enterprises Authority for the construction of cold storage and processing facilities in Nyandarua, Meru and Kisii.

Two, I have directed that the National Treasury releases 660 million shillings to the Kenya National Trading Corporation to purchase all the excess rice from Kano Plains and Mwea for onward selling to our disciplined forces, prisons services as well as our boarding schools. The two regions experienced bumper harvests and found themselves with excess rice in their stores.

Fellow Kenyans,

Producers in the entertainment industry are also a critical plank of our economy. Kenyans are highly talented and the music industry is potentially one of the most lucrative. Hundreds of our young men and women have invested an incredible amount of effort in the industry but are getting very low returns from their investment. We must allow their investments to pay off so that many more can follow them into one of the industries that we can do exceptionally well in. 

Following numerous complaints from the producers in the industry, I directed the Ministry of ICT to work with all stakeholders to resolve the legacy issues that have plagued rights holders for decades.

I am pleased to note that progress has been made and an agreement has been reached between all the key stakeholders. The MoU signed on 20 December 2019 proposes a range of measures that will ensure genuine rights holders are appropriately compensated for their compositions.
Regarding Content Service Providers, my intent is to support the sector using a multi-pronged approach.
Content Service Providers who work with digital platforms such as SKIZA and Viusasa, will be eliminated. And this is because they sit outside the Collection Management Organisations. My practical direction on this is to have all rights holders register on the National Rights Registry.

To receive royalties, Content Service Providers will be required to channel all payments of royalties through a single, centrally managed account at the Kenya Copyright Board. This will enable oversight by the regulator and ensure that the collection and distribution accounts are easily auditable.

The Kenya Copyrights Board, with assistance of the Ministry of ICT, has already reviewed and agreed on the Tariffs for 2020.  These tariffs are to be gazetted and will form the basis on which compliance will be monitored.  In this regard,  I direct the Ministry of ICT, in consultation with the AGs office, to ensure the tariffs are gazetted within the next 30 days. 

Further, I direct the Ministry to remove conditions requiring digital platform to only work through licensed Content Service Providers. This will enable musicians to work directly with platforms such as Sikiza. 

I further direct the Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife, and Ministry of ICT to ensure that public service vehicles, the hospitality industry, and broadcasters respectively, meet all their obligations in paying the required tariffs.  This will be a basic requirement for renewal of any business licences for the broadcasting houses, matatus, hotels, bars and other such premises.

These new measures will see the rise of tariffs collected and will create immense savings on the processes of collecting royalties. It is estimated that the new system will see an increase in collections from a previous Sh. 200m per year to an estimated 2 billion shillings per year, a tenfold increase.
Fellow Kenyans,

My third intention is to provide support to Kenyans afflicted by natural disasters such as the recent floods and the ongoing locust invasion.

The unusually heavy rains that hit the country late last year, resulted in heavy flooding and landslides, which in turn caused at least 40 fatalities, displacement of families, loss of livestock and health risks. Most counties in the Coast, Eastern, North Eastern, North Rift, Mount Kenya, Western and Nyanza regions were severely affected.

My administration has mobilised funds and made available 5.2 billion shillings to provide relief food supplies, undertake a resettlement programme for the displaced communities, support reconstruction of homes that have been destroyed, address health concerns and reconstruct critical infrastructure, including water supplies.

I am closely monitoring the implementation of this disaster recovery operation to ensure that the affected households are able to regain some stability as soon as possible.
If you have any concerns about the implementation of the programme, I encourage you to share it with your county administration.

On Kenyans’ health insurance. I am aware of proposed changes in the fees and structure of insurance benefits of the NHIF. Given my administration’s commitment to providing affordable health care, I am directing the Ministry of health to immediately halt the implementation of this proposal to allow for further consultation.

My fourth intent speaks to the issue of corruption. Fellow Kenyans, I want to renew my pledge to you on this fight. I will not turn to the right or to the left. I will not soft-pedal or backpedal. I will make no covenants with evil doers or show mercy to those who rig our markets to enrich themselves.

As we soldier on in this fight, I seek the indulgence of the Judiciary. And I do so because no administration in the history of this country has prosecuted corruption cases the way I have.

From ministers to governors, senior government officers to procurement officers, I have been on the front line. And since I respect the principle of separation of powers, I have no powers of convicting the accused. I have done my part. And I will continue to do so.

Now the Judiciary should give us convictions as an indication that we are winning in this war.  And to that extent I think it is a shame on our country that we prosecuted a case against drug traffickers and we could not get a conviction and within a year of them being arraigned in the United States they have been jailed for no less than 25 years.   That is something that our Judiciary must come to terms with.

That said, however, I must note that my fight against corruption has given me one joyous result – deterrence! Public officers are now reluctant to engage in corrupt practices because they are afraid. And instead of dealing with corruption after it has happened, our fight against corruption has ensured that we fight it at source.

More must be done. I direct the NIS to undertake a rigorous review of all cartel groupings that have become leeches sucking away the blood and sweat of hardworking Kenyans.

I want the review to pay particular attention to cartels operating in the public systems of budgeting, procurement, regulation and the illegal rigging of markets. It should also put the agricultural sector under the microscope.

 Once this review is completed, I further direct the DCI to take necessary action, working alongside the DPP, to confront these cartels with every instrument available.

We cannot be a country where those who work hard are robbed of their profit by those too lazy to invest and produce. This is why I am and will continue to fight corruption to ensure that the fruits of our labour fill every heart with thanks giving. I invite all of you to continue working with me on this noble fight.

Finally, the sixth intent is political. We must give ourselves a different political template if we are to truly prosper and not be dragged down by never ending squabbling. Every so often, the nation must come together and renegotiate its nationhood. We did it in Lancaster in the 1960s leading to the Lancaster Consensus. We did it in the 1990s, then in 2008.

It is time for a new consensus. We are doing it through the BBI process. In this process of renegotiation, no voice will be wrong and all will be heard. The BBI process is inclusive, it should spell the end of ethnic majoritarianism.

It will be the end of winner-take-all politics. We are on a path to end the cycles of election crises. This is the only path to winning the economic kingdom.

The above outlined actions are just but the beginning.  I want you to hold me accountable for delivering these intentions, and I want every leader in the country, at every level, to stand and work to make the lives of our people better and more hopeful.  Over the next few months, I shall be coming to you with further actions.

This will work will be carried out by the framework I established last January to coordinate and expedite the implementation of programmes and projects with potential to transform the lives of the Kenyan people. This framework, outlined in Executive Order No 1, 2019, provides a structured One-Government Approach” to the implementation of national government programmes; and is intended to enhance efficiency, speed of delivery, and reduce wastage and leakage of public resources.

I am pleased to note that under this framework, major progress has been made in unblocking constraints to delivery, streamlining processes and fast tracking implementation in areas such as cargo logistics, contracting, local content in procurement, and processing of payments for works and goods procured by the government.

I thank the Cabinet Secretaries, Principal Secretaries, Governors, Regional and County Commissioners, and, indeed, the Private Sector and other stakeholders, who have worked, as a team, to deliver on these key milestones.  

Going forward in line with the strategy l have outlined above and in order to enhance service delivery, make it more efficient and better to the Kenyan people, l have made changes and re-organized Government as follows:

1.            Moved the State Department of Cooperatives from Ministry of Industrialization, Trade, Enterprise Development and Cooperatives to Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries and renamed them as;
i)                        Ministry of Industrialization, Trade and Enterprise Development and;
ii)                       Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Cooperatives.
2.            Moved the State Department of Youth Affairs from Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs to Ministry of ICT and Innovations and renamed the Ministries as;
i)                        Ministry of Public Service and Gender and;
ii)                       ICT, Innovation and Youth Affairs.
I have made the following nomination for consideration by the National Assembly;
1.            Hon Mutahi Kagwe, Cabinet Secretary for Health;
2.            Ms Betty Chemutai Maina, Cabinet Secretary for Industrialization;
3.            Amb Johnson Weru, Principal Secretary for Trade;
4.            Dr Jwan Ouma, Principal Secretary for Vocational & Technical Training;
5.            Mrs Mary Kimonye, Principal Secretary for Public Service;
6.            Amb Simon Nabukwesi, Principal Secretary for University Education and Research;
7.            Mr Solomon Kitungu, Principal Secretary for Transport and
8.            Mr Enoch Momanyi Onyango, Principal Secretary for Physical Planning.
I have today re-assigned duties of Cabinet Secretaries and Principal Secretaries as follows;
1.            Amb Raychelle A Omamo, Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs;
2.            Mrs Sicily K Kariuki, Cabinet Secretary for Water & Sanitation and Irrigation;
3.            Hon Peter Munya, Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries & Cooperatives;
4.            Amb (Dr) Monica K Juma, Cabinet Secretary for Defence;
5.            Mr Simon K Chelugui, Cabinet Secretary for Labour;
6.            Hon (Amb) Ukur K Yatani, Cabinet Secretary for National Treasury and Planning;
7.            Mr Joe Okudo, Principal Secretary, for Sports;
8.            Dr Chris Kiptoo, Principal Secretary for Environment & Forestry;
9.            Dr Kevit Desai, Principal Secretary for East Africa Community;
10.        Dr Margaret W Mwakima, Principal Secretary for Regional Development;
11.        Mrs Esther J Koimett, Principal Secretary for Broadcasting & Telecommunications;
12.        Mr Peter Kaberia, Principal Secretary for Mining;
13.        Ms. Safina Kwekwe, Principal Secretary for Tourism;
14.        Prof Colletta A Suda, Principal Secretary for Gender.
Finally, l have made appointments of the the Chief Administrative Secretaries as follows:
1     Hussein Dado, Chief Administrative Secretary for Interior and Coordination of National Government;
2     Patrick ole Ntutu, Chief Administrative Secretary for Labour & Social Protection;
3     Andrew Tuimur, Chief Administrative Secretary for Water & Sanitation and Irrigation;
4     Abdul Bahari, Chief Administrative Secretary for Devolution & the A.S.A.L.S;
5     Lawrence Karanja, Chief Administrative Secretary for Industrialization, Trade and Enterprise Development;
6     Peter Ondoyo, Chief Administrative Secretary for Defence;
7     Maureen Magoma Mbaka, Chief Administrative Secretary for ICT, Innovation & Youth Affairs;
8     Winnie Guchu, Chief Administrative Secretary for State Law Office;
9     Wavinya Ndeti, Chief Administrative Secretary for Transport;
10 Zacharia Kinuthia Mugure, Chief Administrative Secretary for Education;
11 Mumina Bonaya, Chief Administrative Secretary for Education;
12 Linah Jebii Chelimo, Chief Administrative Secretary for Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries & Cooperatives;
13 Anne Mukami Nyaga, Chief Administrative Secretary for Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries & Cooperatives;
14 Mercy Mukui Mwangangi, Chief Administrative Secretary for Health and
15 Nadia Ahmed Abdalla, Chief Administrative Secretary for ICT, Innovation & Youth Affairs.
I would want Kenyans to note that seven of these appointments to the positions of Chief Administrative Secretaries are young people and some below the age of 30 years. 

These Chief Administrative Secretaries will work with, and understudy their more experienced colleagues in Government with the aim of readying themselves to assume senior leadership positions in the near future.

 I expect that these young trainee ministers, so to speak, will model to their fellow young people the high ideals of patriotism, excellency in public service and most of all, intergrity.  I congratulate them for this appointment and look forward to working with them.

Fellow Kenyans,

I urge all of us to stay focused on our development path, and be guardians of our heritage and splendour.

Asanteni .   God Bless Kenya

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