Kenyans from all walks of life woke up as early as 2am, braving the chilly conditions across the nation so as to make it in time to cast their votes in this year’s general elections.
With the presidential battle being regarded as one of the hotly contested races in Kenya’s history, Kenyans took the chance to vote in their preferred candidate.
The historic day also saw a number of Cabinet secretaries, governors as well as the First Lady Her Excellency Margaret Kenyatta join the long queues in a bid to exercise their democratic right.
In the photos below, Tourism CS Najib Balala is pictured shortly after casting his vote at Mwembe Tatari PHD,Mvita Mombasa county.
Honourable Ken Okoth Kibra MP voted at Ayany Primary School Polling Station, while Siaya senator James Orengo did cast his vote at Urenga in Ugenya Siaya county.
Busia county governor Sospeter Ojaamong and his wife Judy Onamu Ojaamong were pictured arriving at Busia township primary, Busia town at around 8:30am.
Nairobi governor Evans Kidero is seen casting his vote at the Pumwani Social Hall in Kamukunji Constituency.
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Two Governors and several MPs stormed Moi University to stop newly appointed acting Vice Chancellor Professor Laban Ayiro from taking over.
Cabinet secretary for education Fred Matiangi appointed Ayiro to replace outgoing Vice Chancellor Professor Richard Mibey, but Governors Jackson Mandago of Uasin Gishu and Alex Tolgos of Elgeyo Marakwet led the MPs at the university to reject the appointment.
Mandago said they want Professor Isaac Kosgey who “topped recruitment interviews” for a new VC to take over. He said they will stop the university’s graduation ceremony on Friday unless Kosgey is installed as VC.
“We want to be very clear on this. There will be no graduation on Friday if Kosgey is not the VC,” he said in address to workers at the institution. “We have told Matiang’i to immediately release his appointment letter.”
He said they could not understand why Kosgey was being “blocked” yet he came second in similar interviews at Egerton University.
Others who took part in the protest were MPs Oscar Sudi (Kapseret), Sila Tiren (Moiben), James Bett (Kesses) and Uasin Gishu county assembly speaker Isaac Terer.
Isaac Ruto. | picha: the-star.co.ke
Magavana leo watamchagua mwenyekiti mpya baada ya muda wa kuhudumu wa Isaac Ruto kufika ukingoni.
Magavana watatu Peter Munya, Salim Mvurya na Wycliffe Oparanya wanawania kiti hicho.
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7 governors, 5 cabinet secretaries and four permanent secretaries are to be arraigned in the anti corruption court in two weeks.
Ethics and anti corruption commission Chairman Mumo Matemu says 93 cases out of 175 have been dealt with, 16 are already before court while 15 others are under review by the Director of Public Prosecutions office.
President Uhuru Kenyatta inspecting medical equipment that will be distributed to counties at State House on Friday. | image source: PSCU
Governors on Monday insisted that they would not be party to the KES 38 billion healthcare plan launched by President Uhuru Kenyatta last week.
Governors are in charge of the devolved units and their refusal to support the Managed Equipment Service (MES) Programme by the national government could jeopardise its roll-out.
Hospitals and medical staff are under management of county governments since heath is a devolved function.
Addressing the press after a Council of Governors’ meeting in Nairobi, the county chiefs said they prefer the equipment be bought, not leased, because that would cut costs by a quarter.
“The cost of leasing the equipment for 10 years is enough to buy our own equipment over a period of three years. Spending Sh38 billion to lease equipment is a colossal amount,” the governors said in a statesmen read by Meru Governor Peter Munya.
See more at: http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/governors-reject-uhuru-sh38-billion-health-plan
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Nairobi governor Dr Evans Kidero and his Kisumu counterpart Jack Ranguma have been ranked as the worst performing county heads in a report released by the Constitution and Reform Education Consortium.
According to the CRE-CO report that covered 10 counties, 53 percent of Nairobi residents interviewed said they are dissatisfied with Kidero’s performance since his election. The number of voters dissatisfied with Ranguma is higher with the report showing 67 percent of respondents being unhappy with Ranguma.
In contrast, respondents in Murang’a and Bomet counties have expressed general satisfaction with their elected governors Mwangi Wa Iria and Isaac Rutto respectively.
Iria scored a 71 percent approval rate while Ruto got an endorsement from 63 percent of those interviewed by CRE-CO.
The other governors studied in the opinion survey were Mombasa county’s Hassan Joho who came third with a 61 percent approval rating, Trans Nzoia’s Patrick Khaemba who scored 59 percent, Julius Malombe of Kitui county with 57 percent, Issa Timamy of Lamu county with 50 percent, and Kenneth Lusaka and Salim Mvurya of Bungoma and Kwale scoring 34 percent and 31 percent respectively.
Kidero and Ranguma further scored poorly in road management, resource management and employment creation.
Kidero was marked lowly on roads, resources and jobs at 41, 40 and 51 percent respectively, while Ranguma scored 39 percent, 68 percent and 80 percent respectively of those who voted against his handling of the three key sectors.
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