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Complete report on Afya House ‘scam’ to be out in seven days
A complete audit report on the alleged loss of over Sh5 billion at the ministry of health will be ready in a week’s time, Cabinet Secretary Cleopa Mailu has said.

Dr Mailu told senators today that there is a team from the Treasury that is currently completing the audit report and Kenyans will know the truth once they are done.

While appearing before the Senate Health Committee earlier today, the CS maintained that the amount of money in question at the ministry of health is Sh3.1 billion and not the Sh5 billion widely reported by the media based on the leaked audit report.

Mailu told the committee that he will only take action on those implicated in the report after getting the complete report which is expected to be ready anytime this week.

“I cannot act on an interim report but as soon as I get it, I will act on it,” Mailu said.

He castigated the initial auditor, accusing him of not giving the ministry a chance to respond to the questions raised as is the standard practice in all ministries.

KCSE candidate dies after collapsing in Nakuru
A student at the Jomo Kenyatta High School in Nakuru collapsed and later died on Monday, moments after arriving in school for the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examinations.

The school principal, John Mureithi says the candidate said he was unwell and was taken to the nearby Nakuru North District Hospital where he collapsed and died.

“He had talked very well with the doctors a few minutes before he collapsed and the doctors were wishing him all the best in his examinations. They had thought that Gikonyo would start his exams but unfortunately he did not make it,” the school head said.

“It is unfortunate that just a few minutes before the exams started we lost Gikonyo,” he added.

The deceased was identified as Francis Gikonyo who had been diagnosed with Hypertension, according to the Principal.

“His parents had taken him to the same facility a few weeks ago where he was diagnosed with hypertension,” he said.

Ex-PS, IEBC managers among 500 seeking to become electoral agency bosses
Senior managers at the secretariat of the Independent Boundaries and Electoral Commission (IEBC) are among some 500 individuals who have applied to fill the vacant positions of the agency’s chairperson and seven commissioners.

The IEBC selection panel chaired by Bernadette Musundi has been receiving applications for the positions over the last two weeks.

X News has learnt that by close of yesterday’s deadline for applications, several senior officials of the electoral agency had reportedly applied to be commissioners citing their vast experiences in management of various departments in the secretariat.

Lobbying for the top jobs is now at top gear with political rivals Jubilee and Cord having a keen eye on who makes the cut for the team to manage next year’s general election.

Among those who applied to be considered for the position of IEBC commissioner is former Industrialisation Principal Secretary Wilson Songa. Dr Songa served under President Uhuru Kenyatta administration between 2013-2015 before being axed from government in the 2015 mini-reshuffle.

He holds a BSc. in Agriculture from the University of Nairobi; MSc. in Crop Science from Wageningen Agricultural University, Netherlands and a PhD in Plant Pathology from University of Reading, UK.

Dr. Songa served as the Chairman of the Executive Board of the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural cooperation ACP-EU in the Netherlands from 2008-2011.

Another applicant is Katasi Grace Nekoye, a former member of defunct OKOA Kenya secretariat and who also served as the Chairperson of the Media Council Complaints commission. She also applied to be nominated as a commissioner.

Katasi is an advocate of the High Court with 24 years standing on the Roll of the Advocates. She will be trying her luck with the commission yet again after being beaten by IEBC CEO Ezra Chiloba to the position in 2014.

Ms Katasi is a holder of a Master of Laws (LLM), Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degrees from the University of Nairobi and a Diploma in Law & Practice from the Kenya School of Law.

She also has a post-graduate diploma in Forensic Accounting and has several certifications including: Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Policy and Legislative Drafting, Project Management just to mention but a few.

The selection panel led by its chairperson Bernadette Musundi retreats as from today to scrutinise the applications.

The panel shall then publish their qualifications of all the shortlisted candidates for public examination.

The list of the shortlisted candidates for the commissioner’s position is expected to be out by 15th November, 2016 when members of the public will be given seven days to give their views on the suitability of various candidates before interviews commence on November 22. 2016.

The interviews are expected to conclude on November 26.

 

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