News headlines July 11 2017

The Late Biwott News headlines July 11 2017

Uhuru backs SRC move to cut pay for State officers
President Uhuru Kenyatta has thrown his weight behind the Salaries and Remuneration Commission’s (SRC) move to slash salaries of top state officers and civil servants.

In his address to the nation earlier today, Kenyatta commended the SRC for its new public sector pay review recommendations, saying the new structure will tame the country’s ballooning public wage bill.

“SRC pay review has my unequivocal support,” the President Kenyatta said.

Uhuru stated that cutting of monthly gross pay and scrapping of some plump allowances would ensure prudent use of public resources.

“The SRC report will go a long way in guiding and ensuring prudence in the way we manage public funds,” he recommended.

The Head of State called on Kenyans to support and cooperate with the commission as it seeks to save Kenya over Sh8 billion a year.

“I call upon Kenyans to support SRC’s recommendation,” Uhuru said, adding that days of wasteful allowances for state officers were long gone.

Kenyatta commended the SRC for the bold actions it took in making new salary recommendations for State officers.

“….. peculiar and inexplicable payments are behind us. Better and prosperous days lie ahead,” the president noted.

President Kenyatta, the highest-paid civil servant, is among state officers who were hit in the new pay structure.

Should he retain the presidency in the upcoming polls, Uhuru will take home a gross pay of Sh1,443,750 down from Sh1,650,000 million while his Deputy William Ruto’s monthly salary will be Sh1,227,188 down from a previous Sh1,402,500 while governors will earn Sh924,000 down from Sh1,056,000.

Nicholas Biwott dies aged 77
Former powerful Cabinet minister Nicholas Kipyator Biwott is dead.

Biwott, popularly known as ‘Total Man’, passed on at a Nairobi hospital after a long illness.

Sources indicate his health had taken a downward spiral in the last one year. He has been in and out of hospital.

The late politician’s body has been taken to the Lee Funeral Home this afternoon.

Biwott demise comes as another loss for President Uhuru Kenyatta, less than a week after the death of Interior CS Joseph Nkaissery last Saturday.

Until his death, he was the party leader of National Vision Party of Kenya (NVP).

The party had endorsed Mr Kenyatta for a second term in office and he was one of the key opinion leaders he was relying on to campaign in the North Rift.

Biwott, who served as Member of Parliament for Keiyo South for 28 years before losing his seat in 2007, had been out of the public limelight in recent times as the country gears to hold its general election in under a month’s time.

The 77-year-old who served as a civil servant, MP and government minister during which time he has held eight senior ministerial positions, had a career spanning over three decades.

Biwott previously had to refute rumours over his death peddled on social media, at one point threatening to take legal action against those behind the false claims.

Uhuru to take Jubilee campaigns to Raila’s Kisumu home turf

President Uhuru Kenyatta will on Wednesday take his presidential campaigns to Kisumu County, the political bedrock of NASA’s Raila Odinga.

Kenyatta’s visit comes barely a week after Odinga made a similar visit to Kiambu County the home of President Uhuru Kenyatta.

If elected in the August polls, Odinga promised Kiambu residents that his tenure as president shall be all-inclusive and no community will be treated as inferior to the other. Uhuru will be facing off with Raila in the August General elections.

On Wednesday, the president is expected to launch a host of developmental projects including EABL plan to set up a Sh15 billion brewery in Kisumu.

The Head of State is also expected to tour Homa Bay, Migori and Siaya counties this week.

According to Kisumu County Jubilee Party chairman Zuberi Liete, Uhuru will receive ODM defectors to Jubilee Party.

“We are very pleased he has heeded to our calls to visit the region to launch projects and ask for votes for his reelection bid,” Liete said on Tuesday assuring Uhuru of an exciting welcome from residents.

Liete urged residents to come out in large number to welcome the Head of State and listen to his Party’s agenda.

During the visit, the President will also commission the construction of Ahero-Kisii road approximately 84km.

The road is designed alongside feeder roads namely Oyugis – Kendu bay (20Km), Oyugis- Rangwe-Rodi Kopany (30 Km), Misambo- Ekerenyo (15 Km), Sondu – Nyabondo/ Nyakach (11 Km), Oyugis- Gamba (7 Km) and other access and link road totalling 25 km.

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