Jubilee Party collects Ksh800 million as aspirants fight for election ticket
- The Jubilee Party has received more than Ksh800 million in a nominations windfall, with more than 8,000 aspirants jostling for its ticket in the August elections
- A total of 8,012 aspirants will be battling it out for the rights to carry the Jubilee flag, during its nominations to be carried out on April 21, 2017
- The party as many as 25 aspirants for MCA in one ward, 17 for MP in one constituency, 15 for Senate, 13 for Women Representative, and nine for governors in a county
An analysis of the number of aspirants that have shown interest in various seats shows that the Jubilee Party collected as much as Ksh715 million from the aspirants who paid a generous price to contest in the nominations. This, added to the Ksh150 million the party had collected from selling 7.5 million Ksh20 cards, comes to a conservative Ksh865 million.
Ms Winnie Guchu, the party’s executive director said in a statement that the positions are quite competitive.
With the increased interest in the governor race, a seat that goes with billions in the counties and the title of a regional President, a total of 106 aspirants in 42 of the 47 counties have shown interest in contesting for the seats.
And with the party demanding half a million shillings from each of them, the team collected Sh53 million from the governor aspirants.
In the Senate race, 171 candidates in 45 counties want to fly the Jubilee ticket.
MPs oppose award of Ksh3 billion survey tender to Chinese firm
- Parliament has once again opposed the award of a Ksh3 billion contract to a Chinese firm to survey Kenya’s minerals
- The National Assembly’s Environment committee insists that the project be undertaken by Kenyan geologists as recommended in its report on the consideration of the 2017/18 Budget Policy Statement (BPS)
- The committee recommends that the project be funded through the Exchequer for oversight and transparency of the award
Ms Amina Abdalla, who chairs the committee, said in the report on the budget estimates approved by Parliament two weeks ago that the committee objected the award of the project to the Chinese firm, Geological Exploration Technology Institute (Geti).
The committee at the same time demanded the reinstatement of Ksh3 billion for the Nationwide Geophysical Survey, which has been removed from the budget for financial year starting July.
The Mining ministry was allocated Ksh3 billion for the first phase of the national airborne geophysical survey meant to establish Kenya’s quantity and distribution of minerals in the current financial year but the allocation has not been factored in the budget for the coming year. Parliament has differed with the Treasury over the directive to the Mining ministry to seek foreign funding for surveying the minerals, arguing this would compromise the country’s interests.
The Treasury advised Mining officials to source for external financing, a move disputed by the Environment and Natural Resources committee through submissions to the Budget and Appropriations Committee (BAC). MPs approved the BAC report two days to the presentation of the 2017/18 budget highlights by Treasury secretary Henry Rotich on March 30.
The Treasury and the Ministry will be required to report back to Parliament after six months.
Airtel stops pan-African scratch card top-ups
- Telecommunications firm, Airtel has discontinued the service that allowed customers to top-up airtime using local scratch-cards whenever they travelled in Africa
- The roaming top-up service was terminated last month and customers advised to use their mobile money for top ups while travelling to countries within the One Airtel footprint
- The decision is in line with recent trends that have seen mobile telephone firms encourage customers to buy airtime through mobile money platforms to cut down on distribution expenses associated with scratch cards
Airtel has a presence in 20 countries in Africa and Asia. In some of these markets, the company runs the One Airtel service, which treats roaming customers as local subscribers. This means that an Airtel user from Kenya could travel to Nigeria, and be charged local rates.
Statistics from the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) show that Kenyans roaming abroad made 36.9 million minutes of calls in the quarter to December 2016, a marginal increase from the 32.13 minutes recorded the previous quarter.
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