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Donald Trump defies odds to floor Hillary Clinton in White House race

Donald Trump will become the 45th president of the United States of America after a stunning victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton in the elections held yesterday.

Republican Trump cruised to victory by garnering 289 Electoral College votes against Mrs Clinton’s 218. A candidate requires at least 270 Electoral College votes to be declared winner.

On popular vote, Trump had garnered 58, 173, 271 votes against Clinton’s 57, 708, 523 representing a 47.8% against 47.4% of votes.

The Republican nominee’s victory came down to a handful of key swing states, despite months of polling that favoured Mrs Clinton.

The battlegrounds of Florida, Ohio and North Carolina cleared the way for his Brexit-style upset.

Trump’s running mate Mike Pence took to the stage just moments after the Electoral College votes of Trump hit 276 and officially declared Mr Trump the next US President.

Pence was introduced as the Vice President elect before he himself introduced the President-elect to give his victory speech.

In his acceptance speech that lasted12 minutes, Trump made a reconciliatory remark saying he needs everyone for America to be ‘great again’.

Trump in his speech at Trump headquarters in New York appreciated the work of his competitor and Democrat Candidate Hillary Clinton saying she has done great work for America.

Sack your deputy, Unionists tell Uhuru

Civil servants union has asked President Uhuru Kenyatta to sack high ranking officials in his government who have been linked to corruption.

And in an apparently reference to Deputy President William Ruto, the Trade Unions Congress (TUC) led by outspoken unionist Wilson Sossion said the president has to sack ‘the man hiding behind his back’ if he has to win the war against graft.

Sossion further argued that President Kenyatta cannot win the fight against corruption with his going round the country exchanging publicly with those facing graft cases.

The union now wants Mr Kenyatta to clean his cabinet without mercy and have persons of integrity to help him run the government.

During the weekend, Deputy President William Ruto and former Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru exchanged bitter words over the Sh791 million National Youth Service (NYS) scandal.

Mr Ruto told off Ms Waiguru to take responsibility for the scandal as she was the one in charge of the NYS project when the millions of shillings were stolen.

However, Waiguru hit back saying that the DPs accusations and defence were a enough telling of his involvement in the scam.

Governors blamed for disease outbreaks in counties
A lapse by county authorities to deal with solid waste management is to blame for the disease outbreaks that have hit the country, the ministry of health has said.

Speaking after meeting Council of Governors officials at his Afya House office, Director of Public Health Kepha Ombacho said that there was low implementation of policies including those enacted by county government that has posed a risk to public health.

The ministry now wants all county governments to take charge and address the poor state of both solid and liquid waste disposal and take measures that will restore the cleanliness and aesthetic value of towns and cities.

“The ministry urges counties to appropriately provide land and standard infrastructure to safely treat and dispose off wastes since this is their responsibility as provided for under the devolved Health, Lands and Environment functions,” Mr Ombacho said.

While the ministry is constitutionally directed to give policy direction and training on waste management, it is not its mandate to allocate land for garbage disposal.

Ombacho maintained that waste management was a devolved function and hence a mandate of the county governments.

According to the ministry, 15,681 cases of cholera and 250 deaths had been reported across 30 counties as of May 30 this year.

Many counties have been relying on the government to provide services but the Health ministry says waste management is a devolved function.

While the ministry is constitutionally directed to give policy direction and training on waste management, it is not its mandate to allocate land for garbage disposal.

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