Migori Governor Okoth Obado who is facing a host of legal and political challenges on Tuesday sought divine intervention during the County’s prayer day which was skipped by most local leaders.
The inter-denomination prayer day held at Migori County stadium was attended by the Governor, his wife Helen and several county assembly leaders among them MCAs.
It was a prayer meeting that its organizers said was to cleanse the alleged shuttered image of Migori County and its leadership following numerous bad press.
The Tuesday inter-denomination prayer day held at Migori County stadium called to among others pray for embattled Governor Okoth Obado who is facing two court cases, among them the murder of Rongo University student Sharon Otieno and the illegal possession of guns allegedly found in his Rapogi rural home
But the prayer meeting, which was mostly attended by the governor’s loyal supporters and preachers who have been part of his campaign team, was skipped by all national elected leaders
All ten county legislators skipped the function despite being invited, with only Uriri MP Mark Nyamita sending his apologies and Women Representative Pamela Odhiambo saying she was still recuperating in hospital
Obado’s political nemesis, senator Ochillo Ayacko skipped the function but sent his office manager Richard Solo to represent him at the function
Besides the court cases, the Governor is being investigated by the Ethics and Ant-corruption commission over alleged corrupt dealings in his administration amounting to 2.5billion shillings.
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The Director of Public Prosecution Noordin Haji has called on all stakeholders in financial institutions and banking sector to work together to strengthen the fight against mobile money fraud and cybercrime.
Speaking during a forum that brought together stakeholders in banking and financial sectors, Haji noted that there was need to fortify governance and law enforcement to fight crime.
“There is need to include critical components of mobile money and fraud prevention strategy in order to collaboratively fight this crime which is evolving by the day,” said Mr. Haji.
He noted that while all measures have been put in place to prosecute criminals, there was need to train officers and share intelligence which will be necessary to curb the crimes.
Speaking at the same forum, Safaricom Chief Corporate Security Officer Nicholas Mulila said that a lot of progress has been made in reducing mobile money losses, a move which has been driven by strengthening controls around the system and collaborating with all stakeholders.
“We have made significant progress in the last one year, with mobile money losses moving from Ksh 90Million down to Ksh 20Million this year. We will continue to collaborate with investigative arms of government to ensure that we seal all loopholes that may expose our customers to criminals,” said Mr. Mulila.
This was the fourth Mobile Money Fraud forum organized by Safaricom this year with an aim of bringing together stakeholders in financial and banking sectors as well as Fintechs in an effort to discuss ways to curb mobile money fraud and cyber crime activities in the Country.
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Kenya Stadia Safety and Security Committee has banned five stadiums from hosting league matches until recommendations for the face lift are met.
The five banned include Ruaraka Sports Ground, Mumias Sports Complex, Thika Sub County Stadium, Camp Toyoyo and Chemelil Sports Complex.
The committee stated that Toyoyo; its location has turned out to be a security risk, not only to fans but also players who sometimes get mugged and or forcefully compelled to surrender valuables.
Thika Municipal stadium was found to have uneven playing surface and faded markings while Ruaraka sports ground was found to have Water ponds on playing surface which is bumpy and goal area has no grass.
Elsewhere, in aggressive measures by Athletics Kenya, the federation has embarked on a series of educational and awareness campaigns across the country.
Also to be wrap-up in the Anti-Doping activities is the Athletics Support Personnel namely the Coaches, Athletics Managers, Athletics Officials and Physiotherapists as the war against doping intensifies.
The Athletics Kenya Anti-Doping Day, launched in November last year is meant to educate athletes on the negative effects of doping.
Similar activities will be held on April 12th next year at the Lornah Kiplagat’s Stadium in Elgeyo Marakwet County, all aimed at restoring the image of the sport.
Political leaders and security officers from both West Pokot and Turkana Counties held a peace meeting at Kainuk in Turkana County to try and contain tension in the area after six was people were killed by cattle rustlers last week.
In the meeting 52 goats which were stolen from Kainuk during the raid were returned to the owners with the leaders promising to help recover all the livestock still missing.
The meeting was convened by leaders to help tone down tension that was boiling in the area after six people were killed by cattle rustlers believed to be from West Pokot.
Leaders calling on locals to preach peace and harmonious co-existence saying the killings and the raids are archaic and out of touch with the current reality.
The Pokot leaders promised to return the remaining 66 goats stolen from Kaakong while Turkana elders promised to return 5 cows stolen from Masol in West Pokot County.
Turkana South MP James Lomenen called on the government to arrest and prosecute the perpetrators of the banditry in the region with West pokot.
West Pokot Governor John Lonyangapuo urging the government to increase security officers in the region, as well as equipping the police reservists in banditry prone areas.
West Pokot County commissioner Apollo Okello and his Turkana Central Deputy County Commissioner Alexander Mativo called on residents not to hide criminals causing insecurity in the area but report to the government.
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Police in Mombasa have launched a manhunt for gunmen who killed former Kilifi Deputy Governor Kennedy Kamto at his Nyali residence early Wednesday morning.
Kamto’s widow, Fauzia Kamto said three hooded gunmen killed him at his home along Beach Road around 3am.
She said the gunmen forced their way into the house and demanded that the lights be put on.
Kamto was shot as the wife, his mother and the house help watched.
Fauzia said the gunmen stole 6,000 shillings, her phone and other personal belongings.
The deceased’s elder sister, Chiku Kamto, said this was the third time that gunmen pursued her brother.
Mombasa County Commissioner Evans Achoki said police have begun investigations and more details will be provided later.
The body of the deceased was taken to Pandya Hospital Mortuary.
Kamto served as ODM Kilifi branch chairman before ditching the party for Jubilee and was Gideon Mung’aro’s running mate in the 2017 General elections.
They however lost to incumbent Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi.
Lucas Moura’s 85th-minute equaliser earned a priceless point at Barcelona, as Spurs completed an unlikely turnaround in Group B having collected only one point from their first three games.
They needed to match or better Inter Milan’s result at home to PSV Eindhoven and had faced elimination when Mauro Icardi cancelled out PSV’s early goal.
Moura’s goal swung the advantage back in Spurs’ favour but an agonising wait followed before it was confirmed Inter had failed to find a winner against the group’s bottom side.
“I am so happy for the fans – this is a massive, massive achievement for the club,” said Pochettino.
“We suffered because when we finished the game we did not know the result at Inter. It was two very difficult minutes, but in the end of course we were so happy. It’s so important for the club.”
The Premier League side had gone behind to Ousmane Dembele’s early strike but then peppered Barcelona’s defence with wave after wave of attacks, with both Harry Kane and Son Heung-min going close.
They finally made the decisive breakthrough five minutes from the end when substitute Moura, who moments earlier had a header cleared off the line, fired in.
Spurs become only the eighth side to qualify from the group stage after claiming only one point from their first three games.
Meanwhile, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said he “could not be prouder of a team” as Mohamed Salah’s goal and Alisson’s brilliant late save earned a place in the Champions League knockout stage with victory over Napoli.
The Reds needed to win with a clean sheet or by two clear goals to make the last 16 – and in-form talisman Salah obliged by beating David Ospina at his near post in the 34th minute.
Liverpool fully deserved their victory as Ospina partially redeemed himself with fine saves from Salah and Sadio Mane, with the latter and Virgil van Dijk also missing clear chances to extend the home side’s advantage.
The clean sheet was the key, however, and Liverpool survived a huge scare in injury time when Alisson made his crucial save from Arkadiusz Milik in a rare Napoli opening.
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The government has suspended the rollout of the competence based curriculum 2-6-3-3 pending and external evaluation of the preparedness in implementing the program.
This now means pupils in grade three who were undertaking the program on pilot basis will for now revert to the 8-4-4 system pending the outcome of a national conference on curriculum reforms.
As Kenya works towards attaining education for the entire Cabinet Secretary for Education Amina Mohammed appearing before the senate education committee revealed the government had temporarily suspended the pilot phase of the 2-6-3-3 curriculum.
Amina says the decision to suspend the rollout of the new curriculum was aimed at ensuring adequate preparation and teacher training.
The government plans to undertake an audit so far and the new proposed curriculum would be rolled out after the ministry carry’s out a national stakeholder conference on curriculum reforms.
An external evaluator is expected to issue findings that will guide conservations on implementation.
The new curriculum is learner based and nearly 20,000 teachers have been trained.
Construction of a railway between the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and Nairobi City Center is expected to start in March next year.
Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia says the 20 kilometer line will be financed by the government at a cost of 10 billion shillings and will take 15 months to complete.
Once complete the line is expected to cut the 3hr journey from Jomo Kenyatta airport to the CBD to 20 minutes.
The project has been shelved multiple times due to lack funds.
Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia has said the 10 billion shillings project will involve the expansion of the Haile Selassie and Moi avenues to cater for a rapid bus system.
A contractor for the project is expected to be picked by January with actual works starting in March.
Speaking on the sidelines of the ICAO agreement negotiations forum, Macharia said the project will see 60 buses procured to shuttle passengers from the Central Railway station in the CBD to various hotels and meeting venues in town.
In a bid to ease transport along the northern corridor, Macharia has also said the government is in consultation with various financiers for the construction of the much awaited Mombasa road/Westland overpass will.
During the meeting 13 African countries have signed the African airspace charter that seeks to liberalize the aviation industry in the country.
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The Kenyan delegation to the ongoing 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) commonly known as COP 24, have affirmed the Government’s commitment to ensure a speedy implementation of climate change action plans.
The Kenyan delegation to the ongoing COP24 talks in in Katowice, Poland, is led by Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary, Keriako Tobiko and will be championing local and Africa focused agendas at the crucial convention.
At the talks, the Kenyan delegation, Tobiko further assured, will be speaking in one voice with the rest of the African Group of Negotiators (AGN) to UNFCCC; to ensure a continental unity of purpose and the addressing of Africa’s special needs.
Speaking in Katowice, Tobiko who addressed a Kenya COP24 Side Event for international delegates attending the talks shared Kenya’s experience in developing the National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP).
The recently developed four-year NCCAP (2018-2022) plan, aligned with the global climate action plans as per the Paris Agreement, he said provides an actionable plan, for the local environment. In 2015, Kenya submitted and is actively implementing its NDCs commitment to a 30% GreenHouseGases (GHG) emission reduction by 2030.
“Under the National Climate Change Action Plan, we have domesticated our Nationally determined contributions (NDCs) which are at the heart of the Paris Agreement. The Kenyan NDCs embody our commitment to reduce the national emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change,” Tobiko said.
The Kenyan economy, Tobiko reiterated is highly dependent on climate sensitive sectors such as agriculture, tourism, water and energy. Unmanaged, climate change, he said, poses potential economic consequences including lower productivity in agriculture, stresses on health, biodiversity, water supply systems and lower GDP.
In recognition of the serious threats posed by climate change, the government, Tobiko said through various agencies including the National Treasury has been leading the process of developing instruments for climate proofing vulnerable sectors of the economy.
By enhancing mitigation and adaptation measures including the development of the NCCAP, the government, has also focused on the development of the framework of the National Policy on Climate Finance, Climate Public Expenditure and Budget Reviews (CPEBR), Development Climate Change Budget Coding for tracking and reporting climate finance flows and expenditure and the establishment of requisite structures for the private sector to support government efforts in financing both mitigation and adaptation actions.
“This we plan to do through issuance of Sovereign Green Bonds, establishment of the National Treasury as the National Designated Authority (NDA) for Green Climate Fund (GCF), establishment of the Climate Change Fund (CCF) and the Disaster Risk Financing Strategy all aimed at cushioning the economy from fiscal risks arising from the effects of climate related shocks and natural disasters,” Tobiko reiterated.
The effects of Climate Change on developing countries, vulnerable members of the community, women, youth, indigenous persons and persons living with disability Tobiko stressed need to be urgently addressed to guarantee environmental sustainability and quality of human life.
Focusing on Kenya’s experience in the development of the first and second National Climate Change Action Plan, Tobiko advised delegates at the Kenya COP24 side event on the need to foster political commitment and leadership in matters climate change.
African countries including Kenya, he acknowledged will also require bilateral and multilateral support from the developed world to address their special needs. Such support he noted will include financial and technical capacity building.
COP24 is the informal name for the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
The UNFCCC is a “Rio Convention”, one of three adopted at the “Rio Earth Summit” in 1992. The UNFCCC entered into force on 21 March 1994. Today, it has near-universal membership. The countries that have ratified the Convention are called Parties to the Convention. Preventing “dangerous” human interference with the climate system is the ultimate aim of the UNFCCC.
The Conference of the Parties (COP) is the supreme body of the UNFCCC Convention. It consists of the representatives of the Parties to the Convention.
It holds its sessions every year. The COP takes decisions which are necessary to ensure the effective implementation of the provisions of the Convention and regularly reviews the implementation of these provisions.
In accordance with a decision of the 22nd Session of the Conference of the Parties to the Climate Convention (COP22) in Marrakesh in November 2016, the successive climate summit is currently underway in Poland and closes on Friday.
Poland was selected to host this event within the framework of the Eastern European Group (EEG).
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Barcelona have abandoned plans to play a La Liga fixture against Girona in Miami due to a “lack of consensus”.
The Catalan club had proposed the 26 January fixture would take place in the US city and had support from La Liga.
But the Spanish Football Association (RFEF) and players’ union (AFE) were vocal in objecting to the move.
Barca said it had “agreed to withdraw” the proposal, adding: “This project will not prosper until there is agreement between all parties.”
A club statement added: “FC Barcelona were and remain willing to play a La Liga game in Miami, and accepted that income from the game would be shared among all Primera Division and Segunda Division clubs, following the same criteria of television rights money distribution.”
La Liga has signed to play one game a season in the US as part of a 15-year deal with media company Relevent. Catalan neighbours Girona and Barcelona had agreed to move their game to the Hard Rock Stadium.
La Liga said it was still planning to stage a league match outside Spain.
“We regret to disappoint our fans in the US and will work to, in the shortest possible time, stage an official La Liga game in the US,” a statement read.
“La Liga will continue the planned action so an official game can be played outside of Spain.”
The Spanish top flight had filed a lawsuit with a civil court in Madrid in a bid to force the RFEF to approve the match, while David Aganzo – president of the country’s players’ union – believed the fixture would not go ahead in 2019 but could be “possible” in the future.
The match also needed the approval of UEFA, US Soccer and the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (Concacaf).
La Liga had previously said it would go to the Court of Arbitration for Sport if UEFA blocked the move.
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Kenya was part of the 150 members of the United Nations who endorsed the Global Compact for Migration (GCM) that came to a close on Tuesday.
This is even as the Women’s in Migration Network launched Marrakech Women’s rights Manifesto urging Governments to place women’s rights and voices at the center of implementation of the Global Compact for Migration by the United Nations.
The seven point Manifesto stressed the need to allow women to participate more in policies, have safe pathways for women in offering them permanent residence in their receiving countries as well as end violence against women, a major contributor to migration.
Catherine Tactaquin from the Women in Migration Network says 70% of women globally are poor and prone to violence and discrimination.
She says for the GCM to work, governments, business community and private sector must include women in the policy framework processes.
This even as data from UN Women indicates that there are approximately 260 million migrants globally with half of that being women.
The statistics further states that women account for around 44 percent of the estimated 150 million migrant workers worldwide.
Migrant women workers send back to their countries USD 300 billion annually which is half of the Global remittances.
However the report on women also paints a grim picture where it says that 2 million women and children are trafficked yearly on the global arena with women and girls constituting 98 percent of all sexually exploited victims of trafficking.
“Governments therefore must fulfill their pledges and promises of ensuring that women voices and rights are central to the development of Migration policies”, Sarnata Reynolds from Oxfam international says.
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