News making headlines in Kenya

News making headlines in Kenya

State cautions against violence during campaigns

The government has warned those stirring emotions ahead of the general elections of stern action.

Government Spokesman Eric Kiraithe said they will not allow anyone to put the country in violence mode.

While acknowledging the democratic rights of any individual to support a political party of their choice, he cautioned against violating the rights of those in opposing camps.

While commenting on Monday’s heckling of Deputy President William Ruto by unruly youths in Bungoma, Mr Kiraithe said it’s unfortunate that people decided to cause unnecessary mayhem.

Kiraithe termed any form of violence as criminal and unconstitutional.

Kiraithe said security agencies will identify the perpetrators before taking them to court.

Treasury: We don’t have money to pay doctors

The Treasury has slammed the door shut on any hopes of doctors getting the salary increase they are demanding.

Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich said today that they can only afford to give the striking medics a 40 percent pay increase which they rejected early this month.

Speaking during a breakfast interview on Citizen TV today, Mr Rotich asserted that the government was currently unable to give in to the doctors’ pay demands

This comes even as officials of the Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU) remain adamant to have the government honour a collective bargaining agreement signed between the two parties in 2013.

The officials yesterday rejected an offer presented to them by the Ministry of Health that considered the 40 percent offer given by President Uhuru Kenyatta as the minimum requirement for doctors to resume work.

They have vowed to stay put despite having less than 24 hours to conclude negotiations with the government to end the medics strike, now in its 52nd day, or serve a suspended one-month jail term.

Health Cabinet Secretary Cleopa Mailu yesterday tabled among other demands accepted by the government a new risk allowance of Sh10000 and a 100 percent increment of call allowance from Sh30,000 to Sh66,000.

Corruption in Kenya getting worse: Report

Corruption in the country could be moving from bad to worse according to a new report released today.

The Corruption Perception Index report by the Transparency International shows Kenya has dropped six places in global corruption survey, moving towards the list of the world’s most corrupt countries.

Kenya dropped from position 139 in 2015 to 145 in 2016 after garnering just 26 points out of a possible 100 in the process.

The survey was conducted in 176 countries with the index according a score of between 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean).

The global average score for 2016 was a paltry 43, indicating endemic corruption in almost all countries’ public sectors.

The report noted that Kenya has failed to improve its scores on the index along other big African nations such as South Africa and Nigeria..

It further noted that President Uhuru Kenyatta needed new strategies to fight the vice despite expressing frustrations that his anti-corruption efforts were not yielding much.

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