Pokomo Council Of Elders (Gasa) Endorses Leaders At Historic Town Of Wenje

It’s now official. The Pokomo Council Of Elders (Gasa), has at long last held the much anticipated historic meeting to endorse the team that will be taking on the incumbent during the upcoming general elections of 8/8/2017. The elders are drawn from different parts of the Best Tana River County from Kipini at the serene coastal shores at the end of the lengthy river Tana to Mbalambala, deep in the hinterland.

The leaders meeting on 20 May 2017 endorsed Hon. Maj.(Rtd) Dhadho Gaddae Godhana as the Governor nominee and Hon. Kea Batuyu Salim as his running mate. Amongst other leaders, Hon. Michael Nkaduda has been nominated to contest as Senator, while Hon. Said Hiribae, aka Said Posta was nominated to contest as member of parliament for Galole Constituency. Hon. Ali Komora Wayu will officially be contesting as member for parliament for Garsen Constituency. The women sitting at Mikameni also nominated Hon. Rehema Namasa and by extension the Hasa has endorsed her to contest as the Women Representative for the community. A more striking feature during the ceremony to unveil this leadership team was evident when Mother Nature blessed the occasion with a heavy downpour, a blessing that couldn’t have come at a better time.

The elders observed that Tana River County has for the past five years had a questionable leadership that lacked any meaningful development agenda.

While addressing the well attended ceremony, Hon. Maj.(Rtd) Dhadho Godhana and his running mate Hon. Kea Batuyu, promised to spearhead a robust, viable, and predictable development agenda as has been envisioned in Chanamaro community’s development plan that has already been finalized. The duo called on all residents of Tana River County to join hands and emancipate the county from years of economic, social, and political impoverishment. They said unlike in the past where leaders took the electorate for granted, the next county government would be the ‘servant of the people’ in ensuring all development goals are achieved through prudent utilization of the county’s fair share of devolved funds.

The occasion certainly ushered in a new dawn of optimism never witnessed in recent times in the county. There were calls to launch what was dubbed OPERATION GIDO (Godhana In Dado Out). As to whether or not OPERATION GIDO will be embraced is a matter of wait and see. What can certainly be deduced for now is that the push for change in Tana River County has officially started in earnest.

Joho Free To Present Papers To Defend Seat

Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho is now free to present his nomination papers to enable him to defend his seat.

Yesterday, the High Court rejected a renewed attempt to bar the IEBC from accepting Joho’s nomination papers, saying doing so would violate his rights.…read more…

Why NASA Is Not About To Name Its Candidate

NASA has delayed naming a presidential candidate for tactical reasons, not because of discord or inability to decide, insiders say.

The alliance will wait until the last possible moment to unveil its ticket, Machakos Senator Johnson Muthama told the Star yesterday. He is on NASA’s 12-member National Coordinating Committee …read more…

Schools Will Not Be Closed Until Official Date

Education CS Fred Matiang’i has ruled out early closure of schools over arson saying the arsonists should face stern action.

“We’ll not cave in to pressure to close schools; term dates will be followed to logical conclusion,” he said.

At a meeting with various stakeholders on Thursday, the CS said the destruction of school infrastructure is likely to undermine the gains that the country continues to make towards improving access, equity and quality of education for the Kenyan child…read more…

Scientists Develop Sh200 Test Kit To Detect Aflatoxin In Maize Within 15 Minutes

Scientists have developed a new technology that detects aflatoxins on location.

The rapid test kit will cost less that Sh200 and comes with a mobile extraction kit that will be ready in two months.

Dr Anitha Seetha from the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) said this will be the first portable, cost-effective way for farmers to detect aflatoxins instantly…read more…

Governors’s Council Illegally Gobbles Sh1 Billion County Allocations

Governors have illegally splashed more than Sh1 billion to fund the Council of Governors in Nairobi money that should be funding development.

Documents seen by the Star show Sh333 million has been contributed annually to the council for three years.

The money spent on the Nairobi headquarters at Delta House and governors’ own liaison offices, some quite posh, is not approved by county assemblies, as required by law…read more…

Shot In The Arm For Malaria, TB And HIV Fight As Kenya Gets Sh34 Billion From Global Fund

HIV, TB and Malaria programmes in Kenya got a boost following receipt of Sh34.7 billion from the Global Fund.

The cash is expected to be spent for the next two years starting this Financial Year 2015/16.

HIV/ Aids programme got the lion’s share of the grant amounting to Sh21.9 billion, fight against tuberculosis will take up Sh6.6 billion while malaria Sh6.2 billion …read more…