Business boom as Kenya National Music and Cultural Festivals kick off in Kitui

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The 95th edition of the Kenya National Music and Cultural Festivals kicked off over the weekend in Kitui County with participants from 47 Counties performing in the different categories.

The festival is set to run for a week until 7th December 2022 and has attracted participants in various genres of Music, Arts/Design, Folk dance, and instrumentalists among others.

The festivals being held at Kitui town Multi-purpose center have also been graced by institutions who have taken advantage and joined the participants from counties to showcase, market, and sell their cultural products, art/design, herbal medicine, modern culture attires, weaving products, honey products among others.

Several counties have set up stands to showcase a wealth of their different products from various cultural interests concerning their respective local communities including traditional food, traditional products, attires, and traditional medicine.

Stands of Vihiga and Siaya Counties with a display of numerous cultural products, artists’ products, and agricultural technology especially on food and cereals preservation are some of the attractions in the festivals.

Cabinet Secretary for Tourism, Wildlife, and Heritage Penina Malonza officially opened the National Kenya Music and Cultural Festival on Saturday 3rd December. In her remarks, CS Malonza extolled the participants drawn from different parts of the nation for showcasing Kenya’s rich cultural heritage.

“This 95th edition festival is playing an integral role in strengthening national unity while promoting a sense of belonging for all Kenyans even in the face of cultural diversity,” the CS said.

The CS also noted that it is only through the practice and celebration of our cultures that we are able to impart values and behavioral norms to future generations, who are tasked with continuing the legacy of our Kenyan identity.

Kenya’s cultural reputation has an enormous impact on our global standing, our reputation as a peaceful nation, a place worth doing business with, and as a place worth a visit to experience cultures in its many varied forms, added CS Malonza.

The event, being run under the theme “Embracing Cultural Diversity and Connections in the 21st Century and Beyond” has come with joy to the local business community who have cashed into such rare occasions of a business boom.

The business community set up stands to sell their goods as well as accommodation and other services needed by numerous visitors attending the festivals.

Spot check on various businesses by Mauvoo News revealed that all guest houses within the town and the suburbs were fully booked irrespective of the classes. Hotels and others food outlets were reporting unusually high numbers of visiting customers.

“We have a full booking of our Guest houses for the next six days by participants attending National Cultural and music festivals, thanks to the visitors, who came when business was blinking,” said Madam Syokau Nathan, a caretaker at Mbusyani Guest house.

A year later, the state of the Killer River Enziu Bridge

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The Enziu River accident happened on 4th December 2021 and claimed the lives of 33 people as they tried to cross the flooded river in Mwingi Central in an incident that shook the country.

Out of the 33 people who perished in the accident, 16 were members of the St. Cecilia choir of Good Shepherd Catholic in Mwingi and were traveling to a wedding of one of their members’ parents in Nuu Catholic.

The Catholic Diocese of Kitui on 3rd December 2022 held the first commemoration mass in Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Mwingi in honor of the departed souls of the melancholy incident.

After the incident, a lot of promises were made to fix the bridge but a year later nothing much happened.

Many people hoped that the horrific incident of December 4, 2021, would be the last one to happen there. However, in November 2022 just after the onset of the November-December rains, it was reported that the swollen river claimed the life of a middle-aged woman who was trying to cross the river from its feeder source on their way from the market.

The incident raised glaring questions about the safety of people and motorists using the bridge during the rainy season.

Jeremiah Mutua the MCA Nguni Ward in Mwingi Central has faulted the contractor who was given the mandate to construct the bridge at the killer Enziu River at his ward for being slow. The County Assembly legislator lamented that it is a year since the river claimed at least 32 lives yet no single visible progress has been seen since the contractor was awarded the tender to construct the bridge.

Speaking to Mauvoo News, Jeremiah called upon the National government in conjunction with the county government to intervene in the situation so that the bridge can be completed to avoid losing more lives, especially since it has started raining.

“The contractor has been slow because only some half-done pillars have been erected. The rains have started as an MCA from the place where the killer river passes though I fear that it might lead to the loss of more people. I urge the National Government to hasten the bridge construction so that our people can traverse from Nguni ward to Nuu ward without fear,” MCA Jeremiah Said.


Leaders who attended the commemoration mass led by Pope Francis’s representative in the country and South Sudan His Excellency Most Rev. Hurbertus Ven Megen assisted by Rt Rev Joseph Mwongela, the bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Kitui said that they hope that the bridge will be completed in the shortest time possible.

Mwingi Central MP Gideon Mulyungi confirmed that the bridge had taken a long time to be completed, he faulted the current government for not ensuring that they accelerate the construction of the killer bridge.

“The bridge should have been completed by now, if it was my money we would now be passing on top of the water through a bridge unfortunately it is not my money. The money belongs to the government and since there has been a change of guard in the national government we will continue pushing even through our Governor as much as we can for the bridge to be completed. Right now the foundation of the bridge is laid, as you know a lot of money goes to the foundation before seeing what comes out of the foundation because it is a special construction and we need your prayers so that we can be assisted,” Mulyungi affirmed during the commemoration mass.

Kitui Governor Julius Malombe promised that he will offer assistance where possible for all those who were affected by the tragedy and also ensure the bridge is completed.

“We will continue praying for the departed souls and their families, and where possible I will be there to assist. I won’t say what kind of assistance but as we go on we will deliberate to see what we can do,” Governor Malombe said.

Q construction the contractor blamed the ministry for the delays saying that there were variations in the design of the bridge that altered the overall contract, including additional costs that had to be approved and hence delays. The new contract sum is 750 million.



Tears as Peter, Candidate who drowned 3 days before KCPE buried in Mwala

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14-year-old Peter Mwangangi Musau who was a KCPE candidate at Comejuu Premier Academy Githunguri was Saturday 3rd December laid to rest at their Maweli home, Mwala in an emotional send-off.

Peter and his classmate Russel Mihingo drowned at Theta dam, Kiambu during a school trip. His family described the death as a big blow.

Speaking to the media, the mother Esther Wangui said Peter was his secondborn and was very jovial.

“He was my second born, always full of laughter. I really loved him and he loved me as well. It is not easy, ‘My Peter, Peter my Guy’, May you rest in peace.” Peter’s mother said as she held back tears.

“Peter ameenda, he was like a father and a son to me. Sa hii nimebaki bila baba yangu, naomba mungu amueke mahali pema peponi.” Peter’s father Dominic Musau said in his short speech as he sobbed.

During Russel Mihingo’s burial at his parents’ home in Ithanga, Murang’a County, on Friday, December 2, mourners could hardly come to terms with his demise. The family said he had a bright future and dreamt of being an excellent soccer star and an engineer.

Ngilu makes first Public Appearance after Elections, here’s what she has been doing

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Former Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu has for the first time after the August General elections appeared in public.

Before the elections, Ngilu declared that she won’t be defending her seat in the last general elections and pledged full support for Azimio leader Raila Odinga. After Azimio lost, she has been missing in action since then.

Many people have been questioning her absence and silence since then because she was an active social media user who was one of the top critics of President William Ruto.

In November 2021, Ngilu said that she is forced to switch off her TV whenever Ruto appears. Missed that story? check it out below;

On Friday, December 2nd, she was spotted with Kitui Governor Julius Malombe at a function in Nairobi. The duo was attending an autobiography launch of Titus Mbathi in Gigiri.

Ngilu and Malombe shared light moments during the launch of the My life’s Journey book from Mbathi who served as Kitui Central MP at one time. Titus Mbathi was among Kenya’s pioneer technocrats at independence who also served as a Principal Secretary and later a Cabinet Minister for Labour in Moi’s government.

Sources close to ex-Governor Ngilu told Mauvoo News that she has since decided to concentrate on her businesses, especially in the media industry where she owns two vernacular radio stations.

“Nowadays she is concentrating on her businesses since she had been rooted in politics but now she is free. The workers are very happy especially that she engages them day in and day out because she doesn’t have a very busy schedule,” the source told Mauvoo News.

Ngilu has her own office in Westlands, Nairobi where she manages her businesses from. She is also said to own buildings and other properties.

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Producer and Artist Bisengo nominated to Represent Eastern Region in Prestigious Awards

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Talented producer and legendary artist Tobby Bisengo has been nominated to represent Eastern Region in the annual Pulse awards.

Bisengo who is a household name has been nominated in the Best Music Video of the year 2022 with his hit song Salute Aka Maitu. On YouTube, the song has over 700,000 views months after its release.

Some of his other hits include; Dilemma, Itumi 7, Umunthi Wiwakwa among others.

As the CEO Elevax media, a company he established to help upcoming musicians, Bisengo has several musicians who have come through his mentorship and has produced Music for some of the household names in the region like Wilberforce Musyoka, Zipporah Eric, Justus Myello, Justina Syokau among others.

The Pulse Influencers Awards aims to reward influencers who showcase exceptional ties with their fans and create great content that is creative and innovative.

How to vote for the song;

To vote for Salute Aka Maitu as the best Music video of the year 2022- Eastern, SMS PMVA11E to 22845.

Emotions High as Kangundo lady burnt with acid in Saudi Arabia is finally buried

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Mercy Sakim, the lady who was burnt in Saudi Arabia with acid, and her body got stranded there was laid to rest Friday 2nd December in Kangundo – Machakos county.

Speaking during the burial, Former Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko who assisted in bringing the body to the country along with other two girls said that it was sad to see lives being lost when people are just going to hustle.

Sonko called on leaders to come up and help such desperate families because many of them fail to bury their loved ones because it is expensive to bring them back home.

“I never knew mercy or anyone in this family but a few people reached out to me and asked me to assist in bringing their loved one home, who died in Saudi Arabia. This Saudi Arabia thing has angered me a lot, how our brothers and sisters go there to hustle but many return while in coffins,” said Sonko.

“I thank CS Mutua for his efforts in assisting our people in foreign countries and I would like to urge all leaders to ensure they serve all Kenyans without boundaries because the majority are vulnerable and they are not able to do such things. That is my request,” he added.

His words were echoed by former Nairobi governor Ann Kananu who asked the government to ensure they investigate the agents who take people to other countries to work without knowing the work conditions or how they are doing.

“My request is for the government to take a keen investigation on the agents who contract people to go outside. Many of them do not care what the people they have taken are eating or how they are doing,” Kananu said.

Mercy died in Saudi Arabia while in hospital after acid was thrown at her in an alleged love triangle. Her body remained in Saudi Arabia as the family could not afford to bring it home until Mike Sonko intervened and helped them bring it this week.

Mercy left behind a son who Sonko promised to sponsor for his education.

Stephen Kasolo graduates from Multimedia University

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Kamba Gospel artist Stephen Kasolo graduated from Multimedia University Friday 2nd December 2022.

The singer graduated with a Bachelor of Applied communications degree.

Taking to Facebook, Kasolo said it has been a journey of devotion and commitment thanking his guardian and God for seeing him through.

“After a long journey of passion, devotion, and determination at the Multimedia University of Kenya with a Bachelor of Applied Communication. I am honored to speak on this very day flaunting to you my Supportive parents Mr. And Mrs. Shem Nyamai based in Mombasa. Mummy and Daddy, This win is for you. Your Pearls of wisdom have been my daily encouragement.” Kasolo said.

“I thank every one of you who has made this university what it is and every one of you who has supported my fellow students and me along the way. We have received an excellent education here, which makes it far more than a step between high school and the real world but rather a stepping stone to our futures.” He added.

What do you want to tell Kasolo on his big day, let us know in the comment section below;

UDA Chair Muthama backs creation of a Powerful office for Raila

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UDA chairman Johnson Muthama has welcomed a proposal seeking to create a powerful taxpayer-funded office of the Leader of the opposition.

Speaking during an interview with a local media House, Muthama said that it would be unfair for the Kenyans who voted for ODM leader Raila Odinga not to have somebody to air their grievances.

Muthama added that he was in full support of the creation of the office for the opposition leader because it would also keep the government in check.

“President Ruto got 7.2 million votes, Raila received 6.9 million votes, look at that following behind Raila, are you telling me that that person does not deserve to have an office, to have his car fueled up to be able to reach the Kenyan who voted for him, it would be unfair to those Kenyans,” Muthama said.

“Let us recognize the efforts of the Kenyans that have elected the president with the majority votes and the leader of the opposition with fewer votes,” the UDA chairman added.

This comes after Azimio drafted a bill seeking to have a powerful office for ODM leader Raila Odinga funded by the Exchequer and with an annual address to parliament among other benefits.

The office will also have the powers and discretion necessary to solicit and mobilize for funding from all such sources, including donor funding to supplement its budgetary allocations to finance its various activities.

Machakos county Government on the spot for carrying out Chief officer interviews without Public Service Board

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On Tuesday 29th November 2022, Machakos County Assembly voted to impeach 3 Members of the public Service Board; Onesmus Muia Mutisya, Cecilia Mbinya Sereka, and Stella Nduku Muthoka.

Earlier on the same day, the Assembly received communication from the County Attorney that the chair George Kioko Luka had resigned. A day later, Governor Wavinya degazetted the 4 and Jane Mutheu who had resigned earlier;

The Gazette notice;

According to Chapter 13, article 235 of the 2010 constitution, the county public service board should comprise a chairperson, 3-5 members, and a certified public secretary. This means the county public service board currently lacks a quorum.

Mauvoo news has established that the county has been carrying out interviews of the shortlisted chief officers from the day the Assembly was impeaching the 4 members and the exercise will go on until 9th December 2022.

Over 174 people had been shortlisted in the different departments. With the board expected to carry out the interviews, concerns have been raised about the legality of the ongoing interviews.

Spotlight is also on Machakos County Assembly if they will agree to vet nominees who have not been interviewed by the Public service board as per the law.

Machakos county senator Agnes Kavindu’s has not commented on the matter despite having the role to oversight excesses of the executive.

Earlier on, in their petition, the board had accused Governor Wavinya of illegal hiring of 52 officials in the office of Governor and Deputy Governor and the chief of staff.

Missed the story? check it out below;

Ex-Radio presenter Jacqueline Kalenga rises to Kitui Assembly Majority leadership

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Kitui County Assembly speaker Kevin Kinengo Wednesday (November, 30)announced changes to the House majority leadership.

The Speaker announced that Endau/Malalani MCA who was the Deputy Majority Leader has been replaced by former Musyi FM radio presenter Jacqueline Kalenga from Zombe/Mwitika ward nominated by the Wiper Party.

“Honourable members allow me to issue a communication regarding the change of leadership in the majority party, the county assembly leadership of the third assembly was constituted on 12th October 2022 an exercise taken in accordance with section 10 of the County Government Act 2012.Standing orders no. 15 (8)and (9) provides for the procedure for removal of a member of the county assembly leadership,” the Speaker stated while issuing the communication.

Speaker Kinengo noted that the Majority Party Whip and Kanyangi ward MCA Boniface Mukwate Katula wrote a letter to the Speaker on 30th November 2022 communicating a decision by the party to change the Deputy Majority Leader.

“The letter referred above addressed to my office informed the decision made by the majority party in regard to the position of the Deputy Majority leader and I wish to communicate that the Hon. Erastus Mbuno has ceased to be the Deputy Majority leader with immediate effect and has been replaced by Hon. Jacqueline Cate Kalenga. I wish to thank the Hon. Musyoka Mbuno for service to this house and congratulate Hon. Kalenga and wish her all the best,” Speaker Kinengo stated.


This comes after speculations that the Endau/Malalani MCA went against the Wiper party by publicly faulting the County Assembly for not going on with the vetting of the CECs nominated by Governor Malombe. According to a source from the Wiper Party, at least 20 Kitui Wiper MCAs signed for the removal of MCA Mbuno from the Majority Party leadership.

Biez Kaviru welcomes Newborn, fans suggest names

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Netizens have congratulated Kamba Artist Biez Kaviru on the arrival of his newborn yesterday.

Taking to his Facebook, Kaviru revealed that he had been blessed with a baby and asked his fans to help him give a name to his bundle of joy.

“Sasa mnaeza niita mubaba .wolululuu!!!! Welcome to the world toto. Nisaidie kumpa jina mwanangu ,” Kaviru on Facebook said.

This saw lots of his fans giving suggestions for the names while congratulating him. Here are some of the reactions:

Irene Ndis said, “If it’s a boy muite gift mwendwa na kama ni gal muite blessing kaviru be blessed,”

Faith Rolland said, “Welcome to the sweetest part of life… being called a dad or mum is sooooo sweet. karibu tena to parenthood kaviru,”

Emmanuel Muokih said, “Congratulations, the month legends are born, how about calling him Michael or Mike like my son born in the same month,”

Mwongeli Dorcus said, “Usikubali kupewa jina ya moto, biblically it’s the father’s responsibility and mandate to name his children,”

Joseph Muema said, “Congrats…nousisya kabudget as per your song…hii song ungwataa candy vangi,”

Meshack Mwengei said, “Congratulations bro! Welcome to fatherhood. You’ll love it here!”

Bonnie Ke said, Unataka kusema hii sio ya Valentines day?? anyway, congratulations Kaviru.”

Patrick Ngali said, “Jina swafi- Boy=Ngwate, Girl= Mukwate.”

Kaviru’s announcement comes just a day after his fellow artist Alex Kasau Katombi welcomed a newborn. Missed the story? check it out below;

Makueni Gender, Children, Youth, Sports & Social Service CEC – Who is Nicholas Masila

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Nicholas Masila was born in Mbitini ward in 1978 and resides in Kasi Keu ward – Kilome.  He started school in Kalumbi Primary and later joined Starehe Boys center from 1992 to 1995.

After Starehe, Nicholas joined JKUAT to pursue a Bachelor of Science Degree and graduated in 2001. He worked with Mark Pharmaceuticals as a production supervisor and thereafter Biodine Laboratories in the same capacity.

He then proceeded to Nobel Chemicals Ltd as a production manager and later to Kenyatta university Kitui campus as an Administrative assistant. From 2014, he worked as the county office manager office of senator Makueni. From 2017 to August 2022 he worked as a Personal Assistant to then-Senate Minority Whip Mutula Kilonzo Junior.

The seemingly Mutula right-hand man was also a political advisor to Governor Mutula.

During vetting by Makueni County Assembly, he informed the panel that he will get a database of all People living with disabilities in Makueni county and work with the Department of Devolution and well-wishers to ensure PWDs get funding and capacity building.

On the rampant cases of defilement in the county, Nicholas said he was ready to take on those who defend defilers of children and the defilers so that the habit ceases in the county.

He also vowed to do away with drug and substance abuse like Muguka and negative traits from the west.

Nicholas Nzioka is worth 12 million.

Katombi welcomes newborn son, fans react

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Kamba Benga artist Alex Kasau alias “Katombi” Tuesday 29th November announced the arrival of his son.

Taking to Facebook, Katombi said, ” Welcome to the world Prince K.A -29.11.2022.”

The announcement received a lot of reactions from his fans congratulating him. Here are some of their reactions;

DJ Biado said, “Congratulations sir. Eka nzyoke wíí onakwa nimanthe ka prince“.

Nico Kyalo said, “Congratulations 29th is always a special day.”

MCA Tricky said,”Iyaaa! Kasau Jr tyuu muisilile ! Congratulations Bazu!”

Kihobe Kihobe said, “Congratulations bro, a lion is born to us .”

Francis Kakyewa said, “That’s awesome! Congratulations!… welcome to the World, my dear Nephew.”

Munyoki Hamington said, “Just when the Lions of Teranga have done us proud as a continent, what a day!”

Seba Whites said, “Congratulations!! Uncle wa mitoto.”

Jane Robert said, “Kabazuu…Congratulations to you both. Great health to mother and baby.”

Producer and Artist Toby Bisengo said, “Congrats bazu, it’s always amazing to be a daddy.”

Melis morgan added, “Congratulations!!Welcome to this World Kabazuu kadogo”

What’s your message to Benga artist Katombi on the arrival of his son? Let us know in the comment section below;

Machakos Health CEC gives an update on Cholera outbreak

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Machakos health CEC Dr. Daniel Yumbya issued an update on the Cholera outbreak in the county.

According to Yumbya, who spoke while visiting Machakos people’s park ahead of the staff headcount commencing today, the disease has so far claimed 3 lives but has been suppressed and normalcy returned.

“We have lost 3 people to Cholera last month, In November, no one died from the disease. The disease came from central but has been contained.” Yumbya told the press.

The CEC also announced a lift on the ban on hawking of food items calling for locals to continue exercising caution.

“I had banned hawking of food items 3 weeks ago. The report I received in the morning shows last week no one contracted the disease and those in hospitals have been discharged. I have now lifted the ban. But let’s be careful and maintain cleanliness and ensure we wash our hands and that the food being hawked is clean and well-cooked.” The CEC added.

He further confirmed all healthcare workers had returned to work following last week’s strike citing delayed salaries.

EACC goes after Wavinya’s Government over alleged irregular staff recruitment

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The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has written to Machakos County Government over allegations of irregularities in the recruitment of staff.

According to a letter dated 22nd November addressed to the CEO County Public Service Board Machakos county, the board is required to facilitate investigations by providing documentation on recruitment done from 1st September 2022.

“To facilitate the investigation, Please provide us with documents in respect of all recruitment done by Machakos county Government for the period starting 1st September 2022 to date as follows;” part of the letter reads.

“Requisitions/need made by accounting officers, advertisement, list of shortlisted candidates for each position, Interview minutes and score sheets, panel report, copy of appointment letter, and any other relevant documents.” The letter went on.

The letter;

This comes barely a week after Machakos county Public Service Board members in a petition to the high court accused the governor of irregular recruitment of the chief of staff and other staff in the office of the Governor and Deputy Governor. Missed the story? check it out below;

Meet Dr. Daniel Yumbya, the no nonsense Machakos Health CEC

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Dr. Daniel Yumbya was born in 1960 in Ngoleni, Kathiani. In a family of 9, Yumbya was the fourth born and hilariously attributes the depression in the middle of his head to the firewood he used to carry as a kid.

 He started his career as a Swahili teacher in the 1980s. In 1994, he was appointed District officer attached to General Mulinge as Lands and Health Minister then. In 1998, he was appointed ministry liaison officer – Parliamentary business and in charge of the protocol in the Health ministry.

In 1999, he was promoted to Executive officer/Secretary KMPDB from then to 2011 and he thereafter rose to be the CEO of Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentist Council until 30th September 2022. Yumbya has had a career spanning over 2 decades as a regulator and policy developer. He has been instrumental in the development and dissemination of various policies nationally, in the East Africa Community, and in the African continent.

Dr. Yumbya holds a Masters of Business Administration from Edith University in Australia. He also has an honorary doctorate from Mt. Kenya university among other certifications.

Yumbya serves as director of International Medical Regulatory Authorities representing Africa.  He has served as a Consultant with the IFC/World Bank on Kenya Patients Safety Impact Evaluation (KePSIE) Project between 2016 and 2017.

During vetting, he faulted the decision by the National Government to restrict procurement of drugs from KEMSA alone saying they use “Push approach” and the county can get more value if they go directly to the manufacturers.

He revealed the county has a shortfall of about 4000 workers but that can only be verified after the audit of Human Resources. His dream he said would be for all leaders in the county to get treatment in public hospitals without going to private hospitals.

Apart from addressing staffing needs, he also vowed to improve infrastructure and equipment and educate the population to register as NHIF members and hold Cancer screening campaigns.

On drugs missing from hospitals, he promised to have all health facilities fenced off and to have a single entry and exit point, and to have suppliers brand all drugs. He vowed to close chemists near hospitals that are doing illegal business. Dr. Yumbya vowed that any businesses dealing with government drugs will have their licenses permanently revoked.

On 12th December 2018, he was awarded the Moran of the Order of the Burning Spear (M.B.S).  On 12th December 2021, he was awarded Elder of the Order of the Burning Spear (E.B.S) for his role in Healthcare Regulation in the local, Regional, and International arena.

He unwinds by preaching in church. Every year from the 23rd to the 27th of December he flies his wife out for a special holiday where he also enjoys swimming.

Why I stopped participating in Awards – Wilberforce Musyoka

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Gospel artist Wilberforce Musyoka has spoken about why he stopped taking part in Awards.

Speaking during an Online TV show Inuka, Wilberforce said during his last 10 years in ministry he has learnt not to compete with anyone because everyone has a different level of grace.

“At some point, I quit Awards, I don’t like them, I don’t engage in them and I don’t want those things. They will make me at some point feel like I am defeating someone and I don’t want to feel like I’m beating someone in the ministry.” Wilberforce said.

The singer noted that he wants to have the original idea of spirit in his mind clarifying that he didn’t say Awards are not good but his ministry wanted a different direction.

“I want to have the original idea of ministry, in my spirit. To others it is okay and I’m not saying it is bad, it encourages others but for me, I don’t want that direction, I don’t want to feel at any point I have defeated someone… I’m not saying awards are not good.” He added.

“It is ministry, it is personal. When I was called, you were not there. There are some things I might have heard during my call and may not be okay with everyone but they align with my call.” Wilberforce reiterated.

He noted that it would be better for Awards to facilitate ministry for the artist may be through sponsoring their albums or recording.

Kalonzo speaks for the first time on his 2027 presidential bid

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Wiper Party Leader Kalonzo Musyoka has for the first time spoken of his 2027 presidential bid.

Speaking at Kisiiki Primary school grounds during the homecoming of Ndalani MCA Francis Kitaka, Kalonzo said that nothing will stop him from being president in 2017.

“The Kamba community should be ready and know that nothing will stop me from becoming president in 2027. The only obstacle is Ruto and he said he knows I will face him in 2027.” Kalonzo said.

The Wiper party leader said that the Luo community was disappointed with Kikuyu’s after the 2022 elections and they had now promised to hold his hand in 2027.

“I love my country so much, and that’s why I told our people for the 3rd term continuously I will step aside for Raila. All Luos are saying Kalonzo 2027. That’s what they are saying, lets hope they will fulfill that pledge .” Kalonzo added.

He further lauded the 425B High grand falls dam saying that it will provide job opportunities to locals and benefit the community immensely.

Missed our earlier story where Kalonzo praised Ruto for the implementation of the High Grand Falls dam? check it out below;

Machakos county set to carry out a head count of all staff

The Machakos county Government Human Resource Audit Taskforce is set to conduct a headcount of all the county employees.

In a letter dated 25th November 2022 addressed to all CECs and Chief officers from Dr. Muya the county secretary, all employees are required to avail themselves for the exercise seeking to weed out ghost workers.

“There are no exceptions and any employee who does not comply will be expunged from the payroll and disciplinary action commenced against them.” The letter reads in part.

Further, for employees on study leave outside the country, the Letter directs that they be processed under the different departments.

The letter;

The exercise will begin on Tuesday 29th November at Machakos people park and below is the schedule for the different departments;

In 2018, then Machakos Governor Dr. Alfred Mutua admitted to the presence of ghost workers in Machakos county. Missed the story? check it out below;

While commissioning the Human Resource Audit Taskforce last month, Governor Wavinya exposed some national government findings on the payroll including cases of double salaries, shared bank accounts, same payroll numbers, and different pins, under 18s on the payroll among other issues. Missed the story? check it out below;

Makueni ICT, Education and Internship CEC – Who is Elizabeth Ndunge Muli?

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Elizabeth Ndunge Muli was born in 1985 in Kasikeu – Kilome, Makueni county. She started school at Muani Primary in Nguuni. She proceeded to Tala Township in Machakos county.

After Primary she joined Muthetheni Girls in Machakos county and sat for KCSE in 2002. Thereafter she joined Strathmore university for a Diploma in Business Information Technology in 2005 and started the degree in 2005 November.

In her third year, she was placed for a job at Focus publishers and she graduated in 2009. She switched to KEMSA as an ICT officer. She started pursuing an MBA from 2012 to 2014 at the University of Nairobi. At KEMSA she rose through the ranks to be assistant ICT Manager.

Elizabeth is a certified project manager by the Project management institute, a certified information systems auditor (CISM), and a certified information systems auditor (CISA). At KEMSA she oversaw the growth and transformation of ICT.

During vetting, she promised to automate and use innovation in the county which mostly has manual operations by use of e-administration like in Nairobi. On vocational training institutions,  she vowed to work to equip them and use partnerships, to motivate their trainers to address low motivation.

During the swearing-in of the new CECs, Governor Mutula said that the county will be ICT-driven going forward asking all staff to comply. Missed the story? check it out below;

On ECDE teachers’ remuneration, she pledged to implement the Council of Governor’s scheme of service on their payments which has been implemented in some counties. This she says will help motivate them.

On Bursaries, Elizabeth expressed the intention to work with MCAs, Education coordinators, and stakeholders to ensure that bursaries go to the deserving.

Elizabeth’s net worth is estimated at 24.5 million.