Kenya, Jamaica zajitolea kuthibiti zaidi uhusiano wa kibiashara

Kenya na Jamaica zimeahidi kuimarisha zaidi uhusiano kati yao na miongoni mwa raia wao kwa manufaa ya mataifa haya mawili.

Azma hiyo iliwadia huku Raid Uhuru Kenyatta ambaye yuko nchini  Jamaica kwa ziara ya kihistoria kufanya mashauri na mwenyeji wake Waziri Mkuu Andrew Holness mnao siku ya Jumatatu mchana.

Viongizi hao wawili ambao walikutana katika ofisi za Waziri Mkuu huko Kingston, walishuhudia kutiwa saini kwa mikataba minne ikiwemo  makubaliano kuhusu ushirikiano wa kiufundi katika maswala  ya utalii na nyanja ya michezo, utamaduni na turathi pamoja na mfumo wa ushirikiano kati ya serikali hizi mbili pamoja na mkataba mashauriano ya kisiasa.

Mbali na kusainiwa kwa mikataba hiyo, viongozi hao wawili na jumbe zao walifanya mashauri kati yao ambapo mipango ya suala la kuazisha uunganishwaji wa uchukuzi wa  ndege kati ya Kenya na Jamaica lilijadiliwa.

Viongozi hao wawili walisema usafiri wa ndege kati ya Kenya na eneo la kisiwa hicho cha Carribean utafanikisha zaidi ushirikiano wa kiuchumi ambao baadaye utasaidia kuboresha ushirikishi wa kiuchumi kwa manufaa ya raia wa mataifa haya mawili.

Kwenye mashauri kati yao, Rais Kenyatta na Waziri Mkuu waliangazia nafasi zilizopo kwa ushirikiano katika usafiri wa anga huku Kiongozi wa Kenya akisema ndege kutoka pwani ya Afrika Mashariki hadi Jamaica utasaidia kuboresha ushirikiano wa kiuchumi kati ya mataifa ya Carribean na bara la Afrika.

“Shirika letu la kitaifa la ndege limepanga safari za moja kwa moja kutoka Nairobi hadi  New York lakini tungependa kuona usafiri wa ndege kutoka pwani ya Afrika Mashariki hadi pwani  ya ya Afrika Magharibi na moja kwa moja hadi Jamaica na baadaye eneo lo la Carribean kupitia Jamaica kama njia ya ukweli ya kuimarisha zaidi ushirikiano wetu,” kasema Rais.

Rais Kenyatta alisema njia moja ya hakika ya kuimarisha ushirikiano kati ya Kenya na Jamaica ni kuchochea biashara zaidi kati ya mataifa haya mawili.

“Tunastahili kuimarisha biashara zetu  zaidi na kufanya hivyo tutainua uhusiano kati ya raia hadi kiwango kingine. Kenya kwa sasa ni kati ya chumi kubwa zenye nafasi nyingi barani Afrika,” kasema Rais.

Alisema Kenya inahudumu kama kitovu cha  mipango ya  huduma za ugavi na uchukuzi, huduma za  kifedha, ubunifu wa Teknolojia ya Habari na Mawasiliano alipowarai  wawekezji wa Jamaica kuleta rasilimali zao humu nchini.

Viongozi hao wawili  pia walijadili ushirikiano kati ya Kenya na Jamaica kuhusiana na uchumi wa rasilimali za baharini ambao walisema una uwezo mkubwa wa kuzalisha mali na kutoa nafasi za kazi.

Kuhusu masuala ya kimataifa, Rais Kenyatta alisema Kenya inaunga mkono kwa dhati mpangilio wa ushirikiano wa mataifa yanayostawi kwenye mfumo kati ya Afrika na mataifa ya visiwa vya Carribean na akatoa hakikisjo kwa mwenyeji wake kwamba Serikali yake itaendelea kupigia debe kukamilishwa kwa mkataba utakaochukuwa nafasi ya mkataba wa Cotonou utakaokamilika Mwezi Februari mwaka ujao.

Kenya itaandaa Kongamano lijalo la mkataba wa mataifa ya Afrika na visiwa vya Carribean baadaye mwaka huu ambapo Waziri Mkuu Holness anatarajiwa kuzuru Kenya.

Kama mojawapo wa sehemu ya mikataba iliyotiwa saini kati ya Kenya na Jamaica kituo cha Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management ambacho kina makao yake katika Chuo Kikuu cha West Indies kitafungua kituo chake cha kwanza karika CHuo Kikuu cha Nairobi.

Kuhusu nyanja ya michezo, viongozi hao wawili walisema Kenya na Jamaica zitashirikiana kuimarisha nyanja hiyo hasa riadha ambapo mataifa haya mawili yanatambuliwa kimataifa huku Kenya ikiongoza katika mbio za masafa ya  kadri na masafa marefu nayo Jamaica ikiweka rekodi ya kila mara kwenye mbio za masafa mafupi.

Waziri Mkuu Holness alisema Kenya na Jamaica zimekuwa na ushirikiano thabiti kuanzia enzi ya Marcus Garvey ambaye mafunzo yake ya umoja wa Afrika yalikuwa na ushawishi mkubwa kwenye juhudi za Kenya za kujikomboa kutoka utawala wa Uingereza miaka ya 1960.

“Uhusiano kati ya Jamaica na Kenya ni thabiti. Imenakiliwa kwamba shujaa wetu wa kwanza wa kitaifa Marcus Mosiah Garvey alikuwa na  ushawishi mkubwa kwa hayati  Mzee Jomo Kenyatta, ambaye alikuwa Waziri Mkuu wa kwanza wa  Kenya ma baadaye Rais wa kwanza,” kasema Waziri Muu Holness.

“Kwa misingi hiyo, pia tunakumbuka hayati  Dudley Thompson kama Wakili wa kwanza wa Jamaica na mtetezi wa Muungano wa  Afrika katika  eneo la Afrika Mashariki. Alijizatiti kumtetea vikali hayati Jomo Kenyatta alipokabiliwa na mashtaka ya uhaini yaliyowasilishwa na Serikali ya kikoloni ya Muingereza,” kasema Waziri mkuu.

Alisema uhusiano thabiti wa kihistoria umetekeleza wajibu mkubwa kwa  ushirikiano kati ya Kenya na Jamaica, akiongeza kwamba mataifa haya mawili sharti yatumie msingi huo bora kubuni ushirikiano thabiti wa kiuchumi kwa manufaa ya raia wao.

Mapema, Rais Kenyatta ambaye ameandamana na Mama wa Taifa  Margaret Kenyatta, alikaribishwa na mwenyeji wake Waziri Mkuu Holness na Gavana Mkuu Patrick Allen katika sherehe iliyofana ya Kiserikali ikiwemo gwaride kamili iliyoandaliwa na Jeshi la Ulinzi la Jamaica pamoja na kufyatuliwa kwa mizinga 21 baada ya kuwasili katika Uwanja wa Ndege wa Kimataifa wa Manley huko Kingston.

Kesho, Rais lKenyatta atakuwa mgeni wa heshima katika sherehe  za 57 za uhuru wa Jamaica.

Kabla ya maadhimisho ya sherehe za uhuru, Rais Kenyatta atakuwa mgeni wa heshima katika maonyesho ya 67 ya Kibiashara, Kiviwanda na Vyakula mjini Clarendon.

Ziara ya Rais Kenyatta inawadia wakati ambapo kisiwa cha Carribean kinaadhimisha mwaka wa 400 tangu kuwasili kwa watumwa wa kwanza wa Afrika katika eneo la Marekani.

Watetezi wa kuimarisha zaidi uhusiano kati ya Wafrika wanaoishi ugaibuni na raia wa bara hili wanapigia debe maadhimisho hayo kama mwaka wa kurejea nyumbani.

Rais Kenyatta ambaye ameandamaan na Mawaziri Monica Juma (Mashauri ya kigeni), Amina Mohamed (Michezo) na Najib Balala (Utalii) ni miongoni mwa viongozi  wa kizazi kipya ambao wanaendeleza azma ya Muungano wa Waafrika mbali na kushinikiza  ushirikishi  ili kuboresha ufanisi wa Wafrika wote.

-PSCU

PICHA: Gwiji wa Liverpool Mo Salah azuru Kenya

Gwiji wa Misri na Liverpool, Mohammed Salah almaarufu Mo Salah anaaminika kuwa nchini Kenya ambapo anapaniwa kujivinjari kabla ya msimu mpya wa ligi kuu ya Uingereza.

Salah yumo nchini kujivinjari wiki chache tu baada ya nchi yake, Misri kubanduliwa nje katika awamu ya kumi na sita bora katika kipute cha AFCON.

Wanyama kupambana na Salah katika michuano ya kufuzu AFCON 2021

Misri ambao ndio walikuwa wenyeji wa mashindano hayo, walikuwa wamepigiwa upato kushinda taji hilo wakiongozwa na nahodha Salah, lakini wana Afrika kusini walikuwa na maoni tofauti.

Algeria ndio waliotwaa taji hilo kwa mara ya pili baada ya kupiga Senegal kwa bao moja bila jibu.

Inaaminika Mo Salah alikuwa nchini kwa mda mfupi sana alipotembelea hoteli moja jijini Nairobi kabla ya kuendeleza safari yake hadi nchi nyingine.

Mo Salah alikuwa na msimu wa kufana na klabu yake ya Liverpool ambapo alishinda taji la Champions League baada ya kumaliza wa pili kwenye ligi kuu, nyuma ya Manchester City.

Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Aubameyang share Premier League Golden Boot award

Hata hivyo, alikuwa miongoni mwa wafunga bao bora kwani alitikisa nyavu mara 22 mabao sawa na mwenzake Sadio Mane na Pierre-emerick Aubameyang wa Arsenal.

Tazama picha ifuatayo.

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Klopp in admiration for Salah after his TIME Magazine cover

Kenya yavunja rekodi huku Rais Kenyatta akizindua mradi mkubwa zaidi wa kawi

Rais Uhuru Kenyatta hapo jana alizindua mradi wa Ziwa Turkana unaozalisha kawi kutokana na upepo na ambao ndiyo mkubwa zaidi barani Afrika.

Mradi huo una uwezo wa kutoa megawati 310 za nguvu za umeme safi, za kutegemeka na pia wa gharama nafuu.

Wakati huo huo Rais Kenyatta alizindua laini ya nyaya za kusafirisha umeme yenye urefu wa kilomita 428 na vile vile akazindua mradi wa kuboresha barabara kutoka Loiyangalani hadi South Horr.

Laini hiyo yenye uwezo wa megawati 1,200 iliyojengwa na kampuni ya usafirishaji wa umeme ya KETRACO unatoa stima inayozalishwa katika mradi huo hadi Suswa ambako inaingizwa katika mtandao wa kitaifa.

Katika miezi minane iliyopita, mradi huo wa nguvu za umeme umepunguza matumizi ya stima yenye thamani ya zaidi ya shilingi 8 kwa kupunguza matumizi ya kawi inayotokana na mashini zinazotumia mafuta ya petroli. Katika kipindi hicho hicho, mradi huo ulitoa nguvu za umeme za kilowati milioni 1.2.

Rais Kenyatta, akizungumza katika hafla hiyo iliyohudhuriwa na Naibu wa Rais William Ruto, alisema kuzinduliwa kwa mradi huo ni fahari kuu kwa Kenya.

“Kwa kuafikia jambo hili kuu, huku Kenya ikivunja rekodi barani Afrika, natoa changamoto kwa Wakenya wote waendelee kuwa wajenzi wajasiri wanaofanya kazi vyema zaidi wanapotakiwa kutenda jambo kuu,” kasema Rais Kemnyatta.

Kenya ni mojawapo ya mataifa ytanayoongoza ulimwenguni katika ustawi wa kawi mbadala hasa katika sekta inayotengeneza kawi kutokana na mvuke.

Rais ambaye alifanya matembezi katika mradi huo alisema serikali imeongeza juhudi za kustawisha miradi ya kukuza kawi kutokana na upepo na vyanzo vingine vya kawi mbadala na safi inayotekelezwa na Shirika la KenGen na sekta ya kibinafsi.

Uwezo wa Kenya wa kawi iliyostawishwa umeongezeka kutoka Megawati 1,738 katika mwaka wa 2013 hadi kiwango cha sasa cha Megawati 2,713 huku mradi wa Kawi wa Ziwa Turkana, Mradi wa kawi kutokana na jua wa Garissa (54 MW) na mradi wa Kawi kutokana na upepo wa Ngong (26 MW) ikiingia katika mtandao wa kawi wa kitaifa katika mwaka mmoja uliopita.

Rais Kenyatta alisema kuzinduliwa kwa mradi huo ni dhihirisho la kujitolea kwa Kenya kuimarisha vyanzo vya kawi safi na isiyo na madhara kwa mazingira. Pia inaimarisha ahadi ya Kenya katika nyanja za kimataifa ya kupunguza athari za gesi hatari kwa mazingira.

Alisema Kenya inasherehekewa kuwa mojawapo ya mataifa yanayoongoza ulimwenguni kwa matumizi ya kawi ya hadi aslimia 85 kutokana na vyanzo safi na visivyodhuru mazingira hasa kawi kutokana na mvuke na kwa kutumia teknolojia ambayo imefanya Kenya kuwa kituo cha ufanisi mkubwa barani Afrika.

“Utekelezaji uliofana wa mradi wa kawi kutokana na upepo wa Ziwa Turkana unadhibitisha sifa za Kenya kuwa kituo bora cha uwekezaji barani Afrika na mfano mwema wa fursa kubwa ya ushirikiano kati ya sekta ya umma na ya kibinafsi katika utekelezaji wa miradi ya maendeleo,” kasema Rais.

Rais alisema kustawishwa kwa kawi safi nchini Kenya kutahakikisha urembo wa mandhari yake na mazingira bora yamehifadhiwa na kulindwa kwa manufaa ya vizazi vya sasa na vijavyo.

Alisema kukamilika kwa mradi huo na kuanzishwa kwa shughuli zake ni dhihirisho la jukumu kubwa inayotekelezwa na ushirikiano kati ya sekta za umma na kibinafsi katika ustawi wa nchi hii.

“Nawakaribisha waekezaji, sio tu kwa sekta ya kawi lakini pia katika nyanja zote za uchumi, kuungana na serikali kubuni na kutekeleza miradi yenye kuleta mabadiliko yanayoleta faida kwa watu wetu na pia waekezaji,” kasema Rais.

Naibu wa Rais Ruto alisema ufanisi wa mradi huo unatokana na umoja na kujitolea kwa washika dau wote wakiwemo jamii ya eneo hilo, wafadhili wa maendeleo na sekta ya kibinafsi.

Dkt Ruto alimshukuru Rais kwa binafsi kusimamia mradi huo, ambao una mitambo 365 ambayo kila mmoja unazalisha megawati 850 za umeme, na kuhakikisha umetekelezwa kwa ufanisi.

Waziri wa Kawi Charles Keter alisema wizara yake inahakikisha wenyeji wa sehemu hiyo wameunganishwa na mtandao wa umeme wa kitaifa haraka iwezekanavyo. Mwenyekiti wa mradi huo Mugo Kibati alisema mradi huu ulio chini ya Ruwaza ya Maendeleo kufikia mwaka wa 2030 unadhibitisha kukomaa kwa Kenya kuwa kituo kipendwacho cha uekezaji barani Afrika.

Wengine waliozungumza ni Gavana wa Marsabit Mohamud Ali na mwenzake wa Samburu Moses Lenolkulal. Viongozi hao wawili walimpongeza Rais Kenyatta kwa kujitolea kwake kuboresha maisha ya wakenya wote kwa kutekeleza miradi ya maendeleo inayoleta mabadiliko kote nchini.

-PSCU

Viwango vya maambukizi ya HIV vyapungua Mombasa

Viwango vya maambukizi ya HIV mjini Mombasa vimepungua pakubwa kutoka asilimia 7.5 hadi asilimia 4.1%.

Tathmini za kaunti hiyo zinaonyesha kuwa kuna maambukizi mapya elfu  1,700 kila mwaka huku kwa sasa wati elfu 41 wanaishi na virusi hivyo.

PATANISHO: Mke wangu ndiye alifanya nilete wanawake kwa nyumba

Mkurugenzi wa afya ya umma katika kaunti hio Shem Patta anasema kaunti hio inanuia kupunguza unyanyapaa katika jamii kwa asilimia 50% kupitia kuhamasisha umma.

Ametoa ushauri kuhusu umuhimu wa ntu kujua hali yake na wale wanaoishi na virusi hivyo tayari kuhakikisha kwamba wanatumia dawa za kuppunguza makali za ARV’s ambazo zitasaidia kupunguza maambukizi.

Serikali yajitenga na mbunge wa Starehe, Jaguar

Zaidi ya watu milioni mbili huambukizwa virusi vya HIV kila mwaka, kulingana na takwimu za shirika la kitaifa la kuzuia maambikizi ya HIV na maradhi ya zinaa, NASCOP.

Takwimu kutoka kwa taasisi za afya kwenye kaunti ya Mombasa pia zinaonyesha kwamba zaidi ya watu elfu 18 wanapokea matibabu ya kupunguza makali ya virusi hivyo, kati ya hao elfu 17,955 ni watu wazima, 977 ni watoto na 944 ni vijana wanaobaleghe.

Mwanamume ahukumiwa miaka 5 baada ya kukamatwa na pembe za ndovu

Mwanaumme mmoja amehukumiwa kifungo cha miaka 5 au alipe faini ya shilingi milioni moja na mahakama ya Voi, baada ya kupatikana na hatia ya kuwa na kilo 13.7 za pembe za ndovu.

Mpenzi Wa DK Kwenye Beat amuenzi siku yake ya kuzaliwa

Hakimu Hellen Nderitu alimpata na hatia hiyo Clinton Warunga ambaye alikamatwa na maafisa wa KWS akijaribu kuuza pembe hizo Oktoba mwaka jana katika eneo la Zongwani huko Mgheno, Taita Taveta.

Uhuru hatamkubalia mwizi kukalia kiti cha urais – Murathe

 

Akitoa hukumu hiyo, hakimu Nderitu ameitaka jamii kulinda wanyamapori.

 

‘Beach Boys’ wanawakera watalii huko Pwani

 

Imebainika sasa kwamba Kenya hupoteza asilimia 90 ya watalii wanaotembelea eneo la pwani kutokana na usumbufu unaosababishwa na vijana wajulikanao kama ‘beach boys’.

 

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Kauli Ya Siku 10th June 2019

Mwenyekiti wa kamati ya kilimo na uvuvi Adan Haji amesema ili kuimarisha sekta ya utalii, suluhisho linahitajika la kuwaondoa vijana hao kutoka kwa fukwe za bahari na kupelekea kuboreka kwa sekta hio kwa asilimia 25.

Ufisadi ni kama mbwa ‘kubwa Nono’-Balozi wa Marekani Kyle McCarter.

Anasema suluhu hilo linatakiwa kuwa kuanzishwa kwa njia za kutumika na wanunuzi bidhaa katika barabara zinazoelekea ufuoni, ambazo zitahakikisha kua biashara zipo kwenye barabara hizo na kuwawacha watalii wa kigeni kufurahia wakiwa likizoni.

From olunga to Salah: African stars set to shine at the 2019 AFCON

After months of looking for 24 countries that will battle it out for the African cup of nations trophy, the qualifiers curtains finally drew over the weekend.

Kenya who lost their final qualifying match to Ghana had already booked their ticket way before the match.

Harambee Stars are set to appear at the continental showpiece for the first time after a 15-year absence.

East Africa will be represented by four teams including; Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Burundi with the latter making their debut in the tournament set to be staged in Egypt in June and July.

Other teams set to make their debut include Madagascar and Mauritania.

Below is a list of teams which managed to book their tickets for this year’s AFCON tourney.

Egypt, Madagascar, Tunisia, Senegal, Morocco, Nigeria, Uganda, Mali, Guinea, Algeria, Mauritania and Ivory Coast.

Kenya, Ghana, Angola, Burundi, Cameroon, Guinea-Bissau, Namibia, Zimbabwe, DR Congo, Benin, Tanzania and South Africa.

I take a look at a number of stars across these nations who are set to light up the much anticipated tournament.

  1. Michael Olunga – Kashiwa Reysol Forward, Kenya
  2. Francis Kahata – Gor Mahia midfielder, Kenya
  3. Eric Bailly – Manchester United defender, Ivory Coast
  4. Alex Iwobi – Arsenal forward, Nigeria
  5. Musa Ahmed –  Al-Nassr forward, Nigeria
  6. Sadio Mane – Liverpool midfielder, Senegal
  7. Kalidou Koulibaly  – Napoli defender, Senegal
  8. Denis Onyango – Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper, Uganda
  9.  Adama Traoré – Wolves winger, Mali
  10. Saido Berahino – Stoke City forward, Burundi
  11. Mohammed Salah- Liverpool forward, Egypt
  12. Medhi Benatia – Al-Duhail centre back, Morocco
  13. Kwadwo Asamoah – Inter Milan defender, Ghana
  14. Tomas Partey – Atletico Madrid midfielder, Ghana

Mesut Ozil wows Kenyans after sending signed jerseys and boots to young herder

There is a reason Mesut Ozil is known as the king of assists! He effortlessly helps his team mates score a few goals on the pitch as well as assist the needy in the society, off the pitch.

The Arsenal midfielder, is the talk of the nation right now after he sent a number of signed Arsenal jerseys bearing his name and sleek Adidas boots to a young Kenyan herder named Lawrence and his brother.

Arsenal ‘weigh up selling Mesut Ozil for just £25m in January’ with Inter Milan interested

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This comes months after one journalist Erik Njiru captured a moving photo of a young herder wearing a self made Ozil shirt while grazing in Nairobi, went viral.

Njiru posted the photo on Twitter and narrated Lawrence’s story, highlighting his love for Mesut Ozil, with hope that the picture would one day reach the German midfielder and in return send the young boy a real Arsenal shirt.

“He wants to make everything perfect,” says Mesut Ozil of manager Unai Emery

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He tweeted;

I saw this kid today grazing in the streets of Nairobi – a city without really grass for cows. He told me he loves so much(You can see his shirt). Maybe one day this can reach Ozil and get a real shirt.

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The tweet blew up, attracting over 9,000 retweets and 12,000 likes with thousands of Twitter users tagging Ozil.
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Three months later, the World Cup winning star reached out to Njiru and sent the merchandise much to the delight of Lawrence and his family. Call it the power of social media!
Ozil tweeted;
The picture of a Kenyan boy with a self made shirt on Twitter touched me so much. 🇰🇪❤ And look at Lawrence now – it’s so heartwarming to see him and his brothers happy🙏🏼😘 💪🏼
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Ozil also thanked Njiru for making Lawrence’s dream come true!!

Thank you @Erik_Njiru for making this possible 🙏🏼 #M1Ö

This sweet move by the Germany legend saw Kenyans even rival fans flood his post with praise.

Read some of them below.

Romanna: Months later, it actually came to pass. Good job

 

Smooth operator: Touch of class as always.

Noel: 🇰🇪🇰🇪 thank you mesut.

Binti Baraka: Asante, na karibu Kenya.

Atwoli: Kenyans will hunt down corrupt officials

Kenyans will take the law into their hands and hunt down people looting public resources and punish them if the government fails, Cotu boss Francis Atwoli has said.

Atwoli said people who “are taking advantage of us and stealing the resources meant for our children seek to make our children languish in poverty as they swim in wealth” must be stopped at all cost.

He spoke on Wednesday during the Pan-African Trade Unions conference held in Hilton Hotel, in Nairobi.

Atwoli said workers in the country toil to earn resources which are hardly enough for them and it is unfair to have a few people looting a way easy.

The vocal trade union boss also blamed unnamed politician with presidential ambition of being “linked to every corruption scandal.”

“You cannot surround yourself with every corruption person and also be named or suspected to have a hand in every corruption case and still expect to be a leader,” he said.

There have been unending reports of mega corruption scandals in the country running to the tunes of billions of shillings involving senior government officials, including Cabinet secretaries and even the aide to DP William Ruto.

He said workers will take matters into their own hands if people accused of corruption are left to roam free.

“If some of them will not be put in jail, I can tell you, your Excellency, that citizens are going to take action,” Atwoli said.

Atwoli told the participants from various countries in the continent that the workers support President Uhuru’s war on corruption.

“I want to tell the President of this country that workers are behind him in the fight against graft,” Atwoli said.

The conference was attended by AU envoy Raila Odinga who opened it.

Others included Education CS Amina Mohammed and the labor chief administrative secretary Abdul Bahari.

Siaya senator James Orengo also attended.

Nurses’ strike is off, Panyako tells court

The Kenya National Union of Nurses has called off the nurses strike that has paralyzed operations countrywide for the better part of the month.

Union’s Secretary General Seth Panyako told a labor court on Tuesday morning that  the countrywide nurses’ strike has been called off.

The outspoken union leader had been summoned to court to show cause why he should not committed to jail for contempt, for disobeying orders stopping the strike.

Panyako, in his defense, told the court Justice Nelson Abuodha that he had not been served with court papers requiring him to have the industrial action stopped, adding that the strike had been called off.

The judge cautioned him not to disobey court orders in future.

With the explanation by the union boss the that the strike was now off thereby complying with the court order, justice Abuodha discharged all KNUN officials from the contempt.

But speaking to the press after the court appearance, Panyako said that he was not the one who called off the strike.

He said that a lot of misinformation was given to the judge during the hearing.

He maintained defiance, saying the union will only negotiate with their employers and not anyone else.

“The issue of conciliation is very tricky. We want to talk with the council of governors who are our employers,” Panyako said.

“The employer must come back into the court and declare that the strike is ongoing and declare it illegal. We will not backtrack on the issue of the return to work formula..the government must respect it,” he added.

Panyako insisted that they have only suspended the strike to pave way for the ongoing reconciliation with governors but have not called it off altogether.

He warned that no one is above the law in Kenya. “Even the president is not above the law. You cannot wake up and fire the employees,” said Panyako.

On February 13, President Uhuru Kenyatta ordered all nurses to return to work or face dismissal by the county government and the Health ministry.