News highlights-April 18 2017 All set for President Kenyatta’s visit to Kisumu today

News highlights-April 18 2017 All set for President Kenyatta’s visit to Kisumu today

All set for President Kenyatta’s visit to Kisumu today

All is set for President Uhuru Kenyatta’s visit to Kisumu County where he will attend the National Drama Festival and meet local leaders to discuss development issues.

State House spokesman Manoah Esipisu on Monday told a news conference that President Kenyatta’s tour is not political, but will be used to highlight some of the key development projects the Jubilee Government has initiated since taking over power four years ago.

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President Uhuru Kenyatta with his deputy William Ruto at the government delivery portal launch at the KICC on April 10 (Photo: PSCU)

“The President will be here at State Lodge to preside over the 9th Music Festival Gala…as you know the culture and art is an integral part of this administration priority areas and is an integral part of Kenya’s economic asset,” he told journalists.

Preparations were underway at the Kisumu State House lodge on Monday ahead of the Tuesday visit, with thousands of seats being transported to the meeting venue where a large tent was set up.

Government assures workers of minimum wage increment

The Government has assured workers that an increment in the minimum wage is on the way despite doubts owing to statements from some stakeholders. Last week, President Uhuru Kenyatta asked the private sector to increase salaries of workers.

The Government, the Central Organisation of Trade Unions (COTU) and the Salaries and Remunerations Commissions (SRC) are in discussions about an increment in the minimum wage for public sector workers.

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Kenyan protesters covered in cow blood shout slogans against the decision by Kenyan members of parliament to increase their own salaries in front of Parliament on 11 June 2013. Kenyan MPs passed the vote last month to increase their pay to more than 130 times the minimum wage. (Photo: EPA)

State House Spokesperson Manoah Esipisu, who addressed the press at the Kisumu State Lodge Sunday, April 17 said workers, should have no doubt about the expected minimum wage increment.

State House spokesman Manoah Esipisu during the Spokesperson’s Weekly Briefing at the Kisumu State Lodge, 9 April, 2017 (Photo: PSCU)

Blow to Chirau Mwakwere as running mate dumps him for opponent

Former Kenyan Ambassador to Tanzania Ali Chirau Mwakwere who is eying the Kwale County gubernatorial seat on a Wiper Ticket has been dealt a blow after his running mate, Simon Mkalla, ditched him for Issah Chipera of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) a day before the party conducts its nominations in the county.

This comes as a boost for Chipera who will be facing off with Kwale County Assembly Speaker Sammy Ruwa, former Permanent Secretary for Forestry and Wildlife Mohammed Mwarapayo wa Mwachai and Businessman James Gereza Dena in tomorrow’s ODM nominations.

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Former Ambassador to Tanzania Chirau Mwakwere with Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho during a meeting on February 14, 2017. (Photo: The Star Kenya)

Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka had endorsed the Mwakwere and Mkalla pair at a rally in Kinango a week ago.

Mkalla did not immediately say why he made a U-turn despite the fact that Mwakwere will not be subjected to a nomination.


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