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Number of flood related deaths reaches 200

The Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) says the number of deaths resulting from the ongoing heavy rains has risen to slightly over 200.Secretary General Abbas Gullet revealed that those displaced are about 300,000 and 22 counties have been placed under floods watch.“Those who have died as a result of the raging floods are slightly over 200 and many more have been displaced. We are continuing to assist the affected families and we will go on doing so until the rains cease,” he stated.Gullet told Capital FM News that some of the affected counties include Turkana, Marsabit, Samburu, West-Pokot, Elgeyo-Marakwet, Trans-Nzoia, Nakuru and Bomet.

Senate Speaker calls for quick disbursement of County funds

Senate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka has appealed to the State to ensure county funds are disbursed promptly.Speaking during the weeklong third Annual Legislative Summit, Lusaka noted that inordinate delay translates into costly overdrafts and political ill will from disillusioned service providers.Lusaka cited his experience as former Bungoma Governor as he advised the devolved units should intensify their revenue collection and seal all financial loopholes.

Wote Town gets boost following years of water insecurity

Wote Town is now almost water secure after the commissioning of two treatments plants for the town, one constructed by the Government of Makueni County and the other by the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS). The two plants commissioned on Wednesday by Governor Kivutha Kibwana and Kenya Red Cross Society Secretary General Abbas Gullet, have an output capacity of 90 cubic meters of water per hour, but with an installed pumping capacity of 70 cubic meters per hour.Water Executive Committee Member Robert Kisyula has said the installation will be able to pump for 20 hours a day, guaranteeing Wote residents 1,400 cubic meters of clean water.

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NBK, KRA sign agreement to support AGPO suppliers

Business suppliers under the Access to Government Procurement Opportunities (AGPO) programme are set to receive a major boost from a Memorandum of Understanding signed between the National Bank of Kenya and Kenya Revenue Authority.Following the signing of the agreement National Bank will establish a financing facility focusing on qualifying suppliers to KRA. The bank will also provide KRA with data of the suppliers financed under the partnership.

Cimate and disaster risk financing get fresh boost from AfDB

The President of African Development Bank, Akinwumi A. Adesina, and the Bank’s Board of Governors held a high-level session on “Climate and Disaster Risk Financing” focusing on the Role of the African Risk Capacity (ARC) and the Africa Disaster Risk Financing Program (ADRiFi) on Wednesday in Busan, Korea. The high-level session, part of the 53rd African Development Bank Group Annual Meetings underway in Busan, Korea, provided a platform for African Ministers of Finance, the Economy and Planning, who form its Board of Governors, to extend ongoing discussions between the Bank and regional member countries on the importance of disaster risk financing solutions in building resilience and protecting development gains.

African Legal Support Facility Governing Council and Management Board meets in Busan

The African Legal Support Facility (ALSF) held its 25th Management Board and 9th Governing Council meetings on 20 and 21 May 2018 respectively, on the margins of the 2018 African Development Bank Annual Meetings in Busan, Korea. The members reviewed the 2017 activities of the ALSF and discussed the future plans for the institution.The Board approved, and the Governing Council subsequently endorsed the 2017 Annual Report and Audited Financial Statements. Regarding the implementation of ALSF projects, the members took note of the increased volume and effectiveness of the Facility’s work. The Board and Governing Council members also recognized the growing demand for ALSF’s services. They underscored importance of the Facility in the years ahead. To respond effectively to the Regional Member Countries (RMCs) needs, the Board and Governing Council members observed that it will be imperative for the Facility to meaningfully engage with various stakeholders as well as continue to be creative, innovative and efficient.

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FKF to discontinue KPL contract in 2020

The frosty relations between the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) and the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) has just taken a new twist after FKF boss Nick Mwendwa revealed the contract between them and the league managers will not be renewed when the current term expires in 2020.Mwendwa announced this decision on Wednesday night, just moments after the Sports Disputes Tribunal (SDT) ruled that FKF should not interfere with KPL’s running of the league.“This contract ends in 2020. It was signed by our predecessors and there’s nothing we can do.

Wayne Rooney to hold further talks in Washington ahead of move to DC United

Wayne Rooney is expected to hold further talks with DC United officials on Thursday after travelling to Washington to discuss a move to the MLS side.The Everton striker arrived in the USA on Wednesday and met club executives at Audi Field, DC United’s new stadium that is still under construction.

Tottenham in talks with Manchester United for Toby Alderweireld

Tottenham have opened negotiations with Manchester United for Toby Alderweireld. Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho is known to have targeted the Belgium international defender as part of the defensive revamp he is planning at Old Trafford this summer. Alderweireld is reportedly set to out of contract in 2020 and has failed to reach agreement with Tottenham over a new deal.

 

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