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Raila questions the ‘northern collector tunnel’ project
Cord leader Raila Odinga has opened another scathing attack against the Jubilee administration accusing it of secretively implementing a disastrous mega project in the country.
Mr Odinga warned if fully implemented, the water project dubbed ‘ northern collector tunnel’ will turn parts of the country in to a desert within the next five years.
He questioned why the government has put it under secrecy and under heavy security with a total disregard of environmental regulations and public participation.
He now wants the project stopped until all environmental assessment issues are addressed based on all necessary data and impacts.
“The president needs to explain to the nation and more particularly the people of Murang’a why the project is run under secrecy and heavy security. We know this is a regime desperate to launch projects but on this one they remained silent,” the former PM said.
The projected being implemented in Murang’a County is funded by the World Bank at a cost of Ksh 6.8 billion.

Jubilees’ agenda will not be delayed by retrogressive politics: Ruto
Deputy President William Ruto has said the government will not be derailed in carrying out its development plans by politicians who engage in retrogressive politics.
Ruto said the Jubilee administration is striving in implementing its manifesto to the public hence has no time to engage leaders who have retrogressive ideas in terms of development.
“Jubilee is focused in its efforts to lift the lives of Kenyans and nothing will stop us from achieving our development targets,” the Deputy President said in Bomet County yesterday.
Ruto said the government has finalized plans to build three technical training instutions in Bomet County at a cost of Sh100 million each. “These technical institutions upon completion will help the youths to gain skills that will enable them to be economically empowered,”
“We are doing all this because we want to empower our youth with skills that will enable them play their part in nation building effectively,” he said.

I will uphold Media Freedom, Visram tells panel
Court of Appeal judge Alnashir Visram has assured members of the fourth estate that he will not curtail their freedom should he make it to the Supreme Court as a judge.
Visram who was the first to be interviewed this morning as the interviews for the Supreme Court judges kicked off, said he will not use his office to curtail the freedom of the media.
“I will not use my office to curtail media freedom,” he said. His confession is of utmost significance given that he has been viewed as not tolerant to the industry.
The appellate judge, known for having a flair for making landmark rulings, ruled a case in favour of former powerful minister Nicholas Biwott who had sued the Standard Newspaper for defamation, awarding him Sh30 million in the process.
He acknowledged that despite concerted efforts by former immediate CJ Willy Mutunga, there exists a lack of adequate dialogue between the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal and the High Court.
He noted that more still needed to be done to increase interaction among the three courts without having to wait for the annual colloquium that brings them together.
Also slated to appear before the Margaret Kobia-led commission today is High Court judge Mbogholi Msagha.

Sh50,000 fine awaits those flouting traffic rules in Nairobi

Road users who fail to observe traffic lights, zebra crossings or any other public directional signs will be penalised up to Sh50, 000, if a proposed law at the Nairobi City County Assembly becomes law.

The bill dubbed ‘Nairobi City County Public Nuisance Bill 2016’ proposes a raft of measures aimed among other things bringing to an end the perpetual flouting of traffic and recurring misconduct of Matatu touts soliciting for passengers at undesignated areas especially within the Central Business District(CBD).

Matatus who will be found on the wrong side of the law will also not be spared as the fine applies across the board.

The proposed law drafted by controversial Viwandani MCA Samuel Nyangwara seeks to penalise individuals who have continually turned a blind eye to the basic traffic rules.

“Any person who, on any street fails to observe traffic lights or the zebra crossing or any other public directional signs, commits an offence,” reads part of the Bill.

The bill which underwent its first reading on Tuesday last week during the assembly plenary session, also places a hefty fine of Sh50,000 on motorists who fail to obey traffic lights.

The proposed by-law will also cover littering offences.

CRA accuses Senators and MCAs of derailing devolution
The Commission on Revenue Allocation (CRA) has accused Senators and members of county assemblies (MCAs) of derailing and sabotaging devolution by starving counties of any additional funding.

In its annual report to Parliament, CRA says its frequent altercations with senators over its push for higher allocation to counties is because they are afraid of direct control of resources handled by county governors.

“Just like MPs, MCAs, Deputy governors and national government officials, senators have chosen to undermine devolution after realising that direct control of resources has handed Governors a lot of influence, ” CRA states in its report.

The commission said in the just ended financial year 2014/2015, the Senate frustrated its bid to raise the portion of revenue that devolved units would have received in the next three fiscal years starting July 2017 based on the development factor.

CRA had proposed to allocate 23 percent of 2016/17 shareable revenue to counties as their equitable share as a single and unconditional block grant to carry out devolved functions.


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