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.
“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.
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.
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.
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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