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KPA lands Sh450m in new partnership deal

Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) and TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) have developed a partnership to increase capacity in container trade and improve efficiency at the port. The project funded by the UK and the Netherlands Government to the tune of Sh450.5 million ($53 million) comprises ten components, including infrastructure and facility improvement. The funds will be used to improve capacity of East Africa’s largest port and support the setting up of future port operations. To unlock the trade potential of the Mombasa Port corridor, TMEA CEO Frank Martsaet said KPA and other stakeholders had developed a Mombasa Port Community Charter to guide trade facilitation through the port for national and regional economic growth. Mr Martsaet spoke during a presidential roundtable on the Mombasa Port Community Charter attended by Deputy President William Ruto at State House. He regretted that poor infrastructure, delays in cargo clearance and customs procedures at the port contributed to high cost of doing business. TMEA is a non-profit organisation that supports East African integration through partnerships with national governments, the private sector and civil society. Martsaet acknowledged the ongoing infrastructure developments at the port, which are bound to increase its capacity to handle growing volumes and associated demand for port services. President Kenyatta, who is expected to launch the Community Port Charter later this month, said the Government remained committed to measures and projects that improve productivity at the port of Mombasa. “I’m happy to note that the port stakeholders came together and developed the port charter to increase efficiency of the Mombasa port corridor,” the President said. The Mombasa Port Community Charter spells out a number of broad goals, which include transforming the port to a highly performing landlord port by 2016, and integration of all port community members systems into the Kenya National Electronic single window system by December this year.

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DP William Ruto warns corrupt public officers

KERICHO, KENYA: Jubilee government has declared an all-out war against corrupt government officers out to undermine its development agenda. Deputy President William Ruto greets students of Litein High School after a church service at AIC, Litein Speaking during a church meeting at AIC Litein, Kericho County, Deputy President William Ruto warned Government officers who would dare to test the Government’s resolve to fight corruption that stern action will be taken against them. “We are clear that we want to transform the country and if you have been given mandate and authority by Kenyans, you must know that authority comes with responsibility and accountability and therefore, you must serve the interests of Kenyans because we are not going to sit back and let you misuse your authority and do as you wish,” Mr Ruto said. He said the Government would work with all institutions of governance to ensure that corruption, theft, mismanagement and wastage of public funds and other resources do not undermine the country’s development agenda. “It is very clear that unless we rein in on wastage, mismanagement and corruption in Government, our agenda to develop the country will be undermined and we won’t be able to grow the economy by double digits and expand the economy in an effort to create jobs for the unemployed youths,” Ruto said. He said the Government would work with county assemblies, the Senate and Parliament to ensure that corruption and theft of public funds do not derail Government development plans. The deputy President challenged every citizen to demand for prudent use of Government funds and other resources. Ruto told MPs to pass regulations allowing for the disbursement of the Sh6 billion Uwezo Funds, saying the Government was ready to disburse the funds but was being held back by Parliament. Ruto at the same time told parliamentarians to put in place committees in their constituencies that would identify orphans, people with disabilities and between 500-1000 senior citizens above the age of 65 who will benefit from the government’s social welfare kitty that is set to be rolled out beginning March. By NIKKO TANUI, The Standard

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ODM convenes meeting to stem discord ahead of polls

NAIROBI, KENYA: ODM has convened a parliamentary group meeting tomorrow to step up efforts to build consensus among aspirants for various leadership positions ahead of elections. Seated: Senators Otieno Kajwang’ (left), Agnes Zani (right) and MP Paul Otuoma with other leaders after meeting delegates from Bomet, Narok and Kericho counties Sunday in Bomet County. PHOTO: CHARLES NGENO/STANDARD The meeting will also address grievances raised by Coast MPs, who last week threatened the party of dire political consequences if Kilifi North MP Gideon Mung’aro is replaced as Minority Chief Whip. Fifteen MPs from the region, who met party leader Raila Odinga last week, protested a move to relieve Mung’aro of his duties. Mvita MP Abdulswamad Nasir was touted to replace Mung’aro. The meeting comes hot on the heels of fresh appeals by some party members to postpone the national elections set for February 28 and March 1. Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero, who quit the race for the deputy chairperson’s position, warned that the elections could plunge the party into chaos if the current divisions are not tackled. “I plead with Raila to postpone the elections and ensure unity prevails before we elect the next officials. ODM is for all of us and we are in it to stay,” Kidero was quoted saying in Butere during a funeral. But Sunday, ODM executive director Magerer Langat said the elections will go on as planned. “Preparations are on course for the delegates conference and as of now, there are no plans to push forward or call off the elections, delegates will converge to elect the new leadership as scheduled,” Langattold The Standard. Tomorrow’s meeting will also be briefed by a technical committee working on a new leadership structure to increase national slots from the current 26 to 31. Last week, nine MPs from Nyanza called for the creation of a leadership structure that will accommodate ‘senior’ and valuable members. REGIONAL BIGWIGS “The Constitution is not cast in stone, what we are saying is that the party comes up with a leadership structure that will ensure both generational and geographical representation,” Gwassi MP John Mbadi said. The committee has proposed the adoption of a leadership structure that was created in the run up to the 2007 General Election, which accommodated the party’s then regional bigwigs. The structure had two deputy party leaders (Musalia Mudavadi and William Ruto) and four deputy chairpersons. By JAMES MBAKA, The Standard

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TNA coup imminent as Sakuda leads MPs to oust Sakaja, Oloo from leadership

Plans for a leadership coup in The National Alliance (TNA) is slowly gaining momentum with a caucus of party MPs set to meet tomorrow to brainstorm over convention of the party’s Parliamentary Group meeting in coming days. Kajiado North MP Moses Ole-Sakuda Kajiado North MP Moses Ole-Sakuda, one of those pushing for leadership overhaul in the party, told The Standard on Sunday, “The first move is to strengthen TNA’s Parliamentary capacity as the party is dwarfed in Parliament by its Jubilee coalition partner URP. Sakuda also said a lot needs to be done at the party and that elections are inevitable in the near future. Earlier in the week, eight MPs had told the TNA chairman, nominated MP Johnson Sakaja, and secretary general Onyango Oloo to leave the party positions to permit the setting up of structures in readiness for 2017 elections. “We begun TNA actively during the by-elections in Kajiado and Kangema and have marched on to win the Presidency. We cannot stop now because somebody is moving out — for if we do we shall be swallowed” Sakuda told The Standard on Sunday. Some of the MPs pushing for change in the party alongside Sakuda include Kanini Kega (Kieni), Jamleck Kamau (Kigumo) and Kimani Njungiri (Bahati). Kega said their plans were intact and that they would remain focused in achieving their objective of seeing a stronger TNA. Most popular Other pro-change legislators are Francis Waweru (Ndaragwa), JM Waiganjo (Ol Joro Orok), Tirus Ngahu (Kangema), Joseph m’Eruaki (Igembe North), Njogu Barua (Gichugu) and Kathuri Murungi (South Imenti). Current TNA officials include chairman Sakaja, Onyango Oloo who was recently appointed chairman of Lake Basin Development Authority (LBDA) and Vice chairman Lydia Mokaya who now works in the President’s political office. But TNA MPs feel the party needs a more vibrant leadership given the party leader, President Uhuru Kenyatta is overwhelmed by State affairs. “We need people who can dedicate their entire time in popularising the party. We have not seen any TNA rallies around the country since the March 4 general election,” noted Sakuda. It is believed MPs pushing for change have also been buoyed by opinion polls showing the party is now the most popular party in the country, having overtaken ODM. According to a recent survey by Strategic PR firm, TNA tops as the most popular party followed by ODM, with Deputy President William Ruto’s URP party — a member of the ruling Jubilee coalition — coming third.  It is the first time  TNA has overtaken ODM in popularity. “We need to sustain this kind of popularity until 2017 and beyond. We have the ability to make TNA the party of choice for Kenyans for decades to come,” adds Sakuda. By Stephen Makabila, The Standard

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ICC to decide future of Kenyan president trial

The fate of the politically fraught trial of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta could be decided on Wednesday, when prosecutors at the International Criminal Court plead for more time. President Uhuru Kenyatta Kenyatta’s lawyers hope the case will be thrown out, putting an end to a trial that has driven a wedge between African countries – which criticise the ICC for targeting their continent – and the court’s Western backers. The Kenyatta trial is crucial to the ICC, which has secured only one conviction and suffered a string of collapsed cases since it was set up 11 years ago...

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President Uhuru Kenyatta launches Sh12b welfare programme

Kenya: President Uhuru Kenyatta Tuesday launched a Sh12 billion social welfare programme to benefit the poor and the disabled. ...

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William Ruto’s lawyer ‘not referring to me’

Deputy President William Ruto lead counsel Karim Khan has been asked to provide full identification details of the individuals who he claimed collaborated with former US envoy Michael Ranneberger to ‘fix’ Ruto. Ruto’s lead counsel Karim Khan Thomas Kipkemoi Ngetich, a Marakwet West constituency Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission official from Kericho County, who shares a name with one of the individuals Khan claimed worked through USAID to procure witnesses to testify against Ruto at The Hague, said the news had led him to suffer mental anguish as people viewed him with suspicion. Khan made the disclosure during the cross-examination of witness 356. “Khan should give the full identification details about the Thomas Ngetich he is talking about and end this speculation once and for all,” Ngetich, 45, told the press in Kericho town, yesterday. By NIKKO TANUI, The Standard

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