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Speaker assures governors of respect amid threats to skip Senate summons: Governors attending Senate sessions will be accorded security and decorum that they deserve, senate Speaker Ekwee Ethuro has said.  Ethuro said that he is yet to receive a letter from the Council of Governors (CoG) over alleged mistreatment of county chiefs in the senate committee sessions. It is a requirement that the conduct of members, as well as their witnesses, must be dignified, and that applies to all parties, according to the Speaker, urging Governors not to demonize the Senate over last week’s brawl between Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero and Senator Mike Mbuvi.  CoG Chairman Peter Munya had earlier hinted that governors will not attend the senate committee summons until their security is guaranteed and be treated with respect and decorum, asking the committee to deal with the accounting officers and not governors. In a rejoinder, Chairman of the Senate Public Accounts Committee Anyang’ Nyong’o said that the county bosses must appear before the Senate or risk being jailed or fined Sh5 million for defying the summons as prescribed in the Public Audit Law.

Ruto: CBA will end unnecessary industrial action: Deputy President William Ruto has hailed the signing of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between Teachers Service Commission (TSC) and teachers, assuring teachers that the government will fully implement the agreement. The DP said the pact will end unnecessary industrial action and enable the public to regard teachers with high dignity as ugly scenes witnessed during strikes by the teachers will no longer be witnessed again. The CBA that signed on Tuesday in Mombasa during the ongoing conference of the Kenya Secondary Schools Heads Associations introduces seeks alternative dispute resolution mechanism that will end perennial strikes witnessed in the past. President Uhuru Kenyatta said the move is a huge boost to the country’s education sector, as the purpose of working together is to ensure the children are given firm foundation on which to build their future.

Another nightmare for MPs on hate speech charges: Eight MPs facing hate speech charges may be barred from contesting for any political seats in the next General Election if the court approves application filed by a man seeking to render the legislatures unsuitable to hold public office. Charles Kivuva Kioko wants the court to stop the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) from clearing them to run for public office. He also wants the legislators who belong to both Cord and Jubilee coalitions bonded to maintain peace from now until after the August 2017 General Election, saying they have caused anxiety in the country. Through his lawyer Charles Ongoto, the petioners wants the court to hold that the eight MPs Moses Kuria, Junet Mohamed, Aisha Jumwa, Florence Mutua, Kimani Ngujiri, Ferdinand Waititu, Timothy Bosire and Senator Johnson Muthama who were charged for incitement have abdicated their duties as well as offended provisions of Chapter Six of the Constitution. He reason that the utterances made by the lawmakers and any continued hate speech may lead the country into more violence that may eventually lead to genocide if not stopped.

You risk 10 years in jail over exam cheating, Uhuru warns: President Uhuru Kenyatta has warned that anyone found engaging in or abetting cheating during national examinations will face a jail term of 10 years. The penalty is among the measures being taken to streamline examination administration so that cases of cheating are eradicated, Uhuru told secondary school head teachers in Mombasa, pointing out that school heads should take the lead in ensuring the vice does not spread. The Head of State urged the school heads to embrace prudent management of the funds now that the government injects colossal funding in education. “Prudence is not limited to funds disbursed by the government – this includes funds collected from parents as well. As accounting officers in your institutions, you are fully responsible for management of the resources,” he said. He challenged the school heads to sharpen the social skills and attitudes of the students for the benefit of the nation.

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