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Mukhisa Kituyi to Quit Posh UN Job, Here Why

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  • United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Secretary General Mukhisa Kituyi has announced his decision to leave the organisation. 

    Speaking during a ceremony in Matungu, Kakamega County on Friday, January 8, 2021, he stated that he would return to Geneva headquarters to clear in two weeks. 

    “I cannot participate in politics directly because of my international obligations. I will, however, announce my departure from Geneva in the next two weeks to start the presidential campaign,” he said.

     United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Secretary-General Mukhisa Kituyi
    United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Secretary-General Mukhisa Kituyi
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    His term at the UN agency was expected to end in August after his 7-year stint since he took over in 2013. 

    He noted that Kenya suffered a crisis of leadership which he vowed to help solve.

    In a message to the local community, Mukhisa stated that the Western region lacked representation in the national leadership. 

    “The secret of accessing resources from the government is not to wait for appointments. You need to be among the conveners of the round table where resources are shared,” he advised. 

    Kituyi has an extensive background as an elected official, an academic, and Minister of Trade and Industry from 2003 to 2007.

    During this period, he chaired the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Council of Ministers of the and the African Trade Ministers’ Council for two years.

    He also served as chairman of the Council of Ministers of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States, and was lead negotiator for Eastern and Southern African ministers during the European Union-ACP Economic Partnership Agreement negotiations.

    Mukhisa plans to use his experience and insights in the trade industry to drive Kenya’s economic growth. 

    “I have a sense of shared empathy with the vulnerable, not only a desire to give hope to the hopeless but a burning ambition that through enterprise in Kenya, I can be part of the solutions to build Kenya for the next generation,” he expressed during an interview in late 2020.

    UNCTAD Secretary-General Mukhisa Kituyi speaking during a past forum
    UNCTAD Secretary-General Mukhisa Kituyi speaking during a past forum
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    Pastor Rebukes Uhuru Over Daily Ksh2B Theft

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  • Rev. Sammy Wainaina called out President Uhuru Kenyatta in his sermon that aired on national TV at the All Saints Cathedral Provost.

    In the Sunday January 2, sermon, the pastor took issue with the Head of State’s admission that Ksh2 billion was lost through corruption every day.

    He argued that the Head of State had enough agencies at his disposal to ensure no money is lost, which made his public admission shocking.

    “Mr President, thank you for the confession that we are all thieves minus the opportunities. Mr President, you have the EACC (Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission), DPP (Directorate of Public Prosecutions), NIS (National Intelligence Service) and every government mercenary at your disposal.

    All Saints Cathedral Pastor Sammy Wainaina
    All Saints Cathedral Pastor Sammy Wainaina.
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    “Either the government knows who steals Kenyans’ money, or the government is part of the stealing,” stated Wainaina.

    “What are you telling Kenyans when you confess such, that you are defeated? Who will then save this country when the president can’t?” he questioned.

    The Reverend further pointed out that the theft had become perpetual with the findings of KEMSA probe he (Uhuru) had ordered yet to be made public.

    “Up to now, Kemsa report is not out even after the President gave the ultimatum. Either the government knows the thieves or they are a part of the scheme.

    “No wonder, everybody these days wants to be a politician. The moment they are elected, the first thing they ask is, ‘what is there for me,'” he continued.

    He further noted that Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) would not solve problems, but was aimed at enriching a few individuals even as corruption continues to fuel the hustler narrative.

    Speaking on Monday, January 18, Uhuru defended government spending on the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI), noting that over Ksh2bn was being misappropriated daily.

    “These people should not mislead the public that Ksh2billion will be spent, yet what they steal every day is more than Ksh2 billion. These people are useless, and I will say it openly, how much do they spend every year?” stated Uhuru.

    The President was speaking in a radio interview that aired on Inooro, Kameme, and Gukena stations.

    Below is the video of Pastor Wainaina:

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    19,000 Motorists Wade Through Mombasa-Mariakani Traffic

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  • At least 19,000 vehicles are currently forced to wade through rough terrain between Mombasa city and Mariakani due to the ongoing dualling of the busy road.

    According to the Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA), the single-lane highway would witness traffic snarl-ups that lasted for hours on end.

    However, the situation has turned worse with long stretches of the road under construction since 2015, and yet to be tarmacked.

    According to the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) carried out by KeNHA, vehicle speed averages between 10-30km/hr across the road corridor.

    Ongoing construction along the Mombasa, Mariakani road.
    Ongoing construction along the Mombasa, Mariakani road.
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    During peak hours, it takes an average of 3-6hrs to traverse a distance of 16km from Miritini into the city centre.

    To cap it off, the pollution in form of dust being kicked up by the thousands of vehicles forced to go off-road at various sections of the highway is unprecedented. 

    The dualling of the major road has been riddled with problems from its early days. In 2015, KeNHA ordered the contractor to close a diversion and construct it to required standards as it proved impassable during the rainy season.

    At the time, hundreds of travellers, including tourists and truck drivers, spent the night in the cold and blamed the contractor for doing a shoddy job.

    The project road is approximately 41km and forms part of the 500 km Mombasa-Nairobi highway that also constitutes part of the Northern Corridor linking the Kenyan Coast with the neighbouring countries of Uganda, Sudan and Rwanda. 

    It runs in a northerly direction through Changamwe, Miritini and Mazeras before terminating shortly after Mariakani Weighbridge. 

    The major road is faced with the challenge of a rapid increase in traffic volumes including light vehicles and heavy trucks over the years.

    It is now being expanded to a six-lane highway and is largely expected to help decongest the city once completed.

    Traffic jam along the Mombasa, Mariakani road.
    Traffic jam along the Mombasa, Mariakani road.
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    Kenyan Businessmen Pour Ksh81B Into Govt Project

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  • A wealthy group of private investors helped the national government to raise Ksh81 billion after it put up the country’s infrastructural bonds for sale.

    According to the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK), the government was initially targeting Ksh50 billion.

    However, once the bonds were made available, there was an overwhelming number of bids totalling Ksh125 billion, of which Ksh81 billion was accepted.

    This is in line with the recent trend in which the country has witnessed a high investor appetite for government securities. 

    Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) building in Nairobi.
    Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) building in Nairobi.
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    The minimum amount to invest was tagged at Ksh 100,000 with interest payable every six months.

    Infrastructural bonds have proven to be very attractive for investors given they are tax-free as provided for under the Income Tax Act.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee administration has a long list of infrastructure projects that it had planned to execute during the 2019/2020 financial year.

    This is the second infrastructure paper being sold in the current fiscal year, following the Ksh70 billion, 11-year bond that was floated in August. It attracted bids worth Kshh102 billion, with the government taking up Ksh78.56 billion.

    They included the Ksh55.8 Billion Naivasha – Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway, the affordable housing plan, and the Ksh55.8 billion Lamu Port, South Sudan, Ethiopia (LAPSSET) transport corridor, considered Eastern Africa’s largest and most ambitious infrastructure project, among others.

    Kenya has successfully issued Infrastructure Bonds since 2009 when the first Bond was issued to Ksh18.5bn to fund specific projects in Transport, Energy, Water, and Irrigation Sectors.

    Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopia-Transport Corridor project.
    Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopia-Transport Corridor project.
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