Press Review; Top news at a glance

Today is Monday, November 14. Here is what is making headlines.

Weeklong PS vetting begins today

President William Ruto’s nominees for Principal Secretary positions will meet MPs today to demonstrate their fitness for the positions.

The nominees will appear before several National Assembly committees throughout the week-long vetting process, which concludes on Friday, November 18.

Unlike Cabinet Secretary nominees, who appeared before the appointments committee chaired by Speaker Moses Wetangula, PS nominees will appear before their respective departmental committees.

From 9 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. on Monday, 11 nominees will face vetting panels.

Cabinet Affairs PS Julius Korir, as well as his Crops and National Treasury counterparts Philip Harsame and Chris Kiptoo, will be vetted between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.

The three will testify before the Administration and Internal Affairs Committee, the Agriculture Committee, and the Finance and Planning Committee, in that order.

Retired President Uhuru Kenyatta in Kinshasa for peace talks 

The East African Community (EAC) is working to bring peace to the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Former President Uhuru Kenyatta landed in Kinshasa a day after Kenyan troops deployed in Goma, North Kivu, on a two-day visit. East African Community Secretary General Peter Mathuki is accompanying the EAC facilitator.

Évariste Ndayishimiye, President of the Republic of Burundi and chairperson of the East African Community heads of state summit, has also been invited to the talks.

The Eastern bloc is preparing for the third session of the Nairobi conversation, which will bring the Congolese government and Congolese armed groups together.

The Kinshasa negotiations follow a high-level meeting in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, with Burundian President Evariste Ndayishimiye, Rwandan President Paul Kagame, and Kenyan President William Ruto.

Kenyatta will visit President Felix Tshisekedi in Kinshasa.

Nairobi County to retire aging workforce

The Nairobi County Assembly has begun a voluntary retirement process to replace its elderly personnel with young, dynamic employees.

According to a report presented in the county assembly, 60% of the estimated 14,000-strong Executive workforce is between the ages of 50 and 60, with an average of 651 officers retiring each year.

The report further indicates 550 county employees retired in 2020 and 535 in 2021. This year, 682 people have already retired, and 950 more are anticipated to do so by 2023.

MPs turn their gun on Uhuru-era legislation

Members of Parliament are taking aim at a number of laws and regulations enacted under President Uhuru Kenyatta’s tenure, arguing they are unconstitutional since they were not brought before the House for approval.

The legislators identified various regulations put in place by Cabinet secretaries and State agencies that have now become legislation, claiming that they did not go through the proper channels before implementation.

Speaker Moses Wetang’ula has already been summoned to rule on the subject after members of the National Assembly accused the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) and the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) of usurping Parliament’s authority.

Without parliamentary approval, the CBK is putting the contentious big cash withdrawal and deposit policies in place to combat illicit financial flows like money laundering and terrorism financing, among others.

TSC has yet to publish regulations regarding teacher delocalization. Speaker Wetang’ula stated that the issue addressed by the MPs is serious.

“Many Kenyans are victims of illegal directions in the name of regulations. There is no shortage of facts. There is no shortage of laws. I will give a considered ruling on Thursday next week,” Speaker Wetang’ula said at the House plenary session last Thursday.

Nakuru, West Pokot, Nyandarua top list of counties hooked on betting

Nakuru has emerged as the county with the highest proportion of people participating in betting and gambling activities, indicating a strong penetration of the craze that promises quick money.

According to a county poll, one out of every four people of Nakuru, Kenya’s fourth city, participated in betting, gaming, and reward competitions last year.

According to the findings of the Financial Access (FinAccess) Household survey performed by the Central Bank of Kenya, Kenya National Bureau of Statistics, and the Financial Sector Deepening Trust – Kenya, Nakuru has the highest betting or gambling prevalence in the country at 25.6 percent (FSD Kenya).

It is followed by West Pokot, where a quarter of residents have joined up for betting sites or apps or have purchased a lottery ticket, Nyandarua (23.7 percent), Busia (22.3 percent), and Trans Nzoia (22.3 percent) (20.9 percent).

Siaya (19.3%), Nairobi (19%), Machakos (18.5%), Murang’a (17%), and Kajiado (17%) round out the top ten betting counties (16.9 percent).

According to the study data, Garissa has the lowest prevalence of gambling in the country, with only 0.5 percent of its population participating in the activity, followed by Marsabit (0.7 percent), Wajir (1.5 percent), Nandi (3.8 percent), and Tana River (3.8 percent) (4.1 percent).

Kwale (4.6 percent), Meru (5.1 percent), Mandera (5.1 percent), Samburu (6.4 percent), and Narok round out the bottom ten (6.6 percent).


KPL Clubs look forward to the league start

Football Kenya Federation Premier League and Women Premier League coaches are looking forward to the start of the 2022/23 season after the fixtures were released last Friday.

The men’s top flight begins on Friday, while the WPL and FKF Division One begins on December 3. The National Super League is set to begin on November 26.

However, some clubs who were dissatisfied with the FKF National Executive Committee’s (NEC) decision to nullify last season’s league have decided to take the matter to court, which may delay the start of the new season if their petitions are granted.

Gor Mahia coach Johnathan McKinistry expects hard competition in his first season in Kenya’s top division league. He believes Gor has the talent to recover the title from Tusker.

In their first game of the season, Gor Mahia will face Nzoia Sugar at Nyayo National Stadium.

“This will be my first season in the Kenyan league and I expect very competitive matches. My players have been training well though some are out because of the flu. We have young guys in the team and their contribution, blended with that of senior players will help us to fight for the title,” said the Irish tactician who has coached Uganda Cranes before.

Tusker coach Robert ‘The Lion’ Matano is itching to defend the title.

“We can win it back on the pitch and are happy that football is back. Our focus is on the game,” said Matano.

Manchester United have betrayed me, says Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo slammed Manchester United and manager Erik ten Hag in an explosive TV interview, stating he feels “betrayed” by the club and that senior executives have tried to force him out.

The interview is scheduled to air this week on TalkTV in the United Kingdom, but early clips were published late Sunday – only hours after United’s final pre-World Cup encounter.

Ronaldo was left out of the squad for the second match in a row due to an undisclosed illness, but the Portugal star’s latest comments will fuel speculation that he has played his final game for the club.

When asked on the program “Piers Morgan Uncensored” whether United’s hierarchy was trying to force him out of the club, Ronaldo said: “Yes, not only the coach, but another two or three guys around the club. I felt betrayed.”

When quizzed again if senior club executives were trying to oust him, the 37-year-old Portugal star said: “I don’t care. People should listen to the truth.

“Yes, I felt betrayed and I felt like some people don’t want me here, not only this year, but last year too.”

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