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An Executive Order by President Uhuru Kenyatta

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An Executive Order by President Uhuru Kenyatta has abolished the Presidency and instead put the office of the Deputy President under the office of the president.

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THE PRESIDENT
EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 1 OF 2020
THE ORGANIZATION OF GOVERNMENT

IN EXERCISE of the powers conferred by Article 132 (3) (b) of the Constitution, as read with all other enabling Laws, I, UHURU KENYATTA, President and Commander-in-Chief of the Kenya Defence  Forces, order and direct:

(i) THAT the Government shall be organized as set out in this Order;
(ii) THAT this Order contains portfolio responsibilities and changes made in the structure of Government;
(iii) THAT this Order assigns functions and institutions among Ministries and State Departments; and
(iv) THAT this Order supersedes Executive Order No. 1 of 2018 (Revised) issued in July 2018.

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ISSUED under the HAND AND SEAL of the President of the Republic of
Kenya at State House, Nairobi this 11th day of May, 2020.

UHURU KENYATTA,
PRESIDENT.

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30 years in jail for three over land killings

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By RUTH MBULA

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Three people have been jailed for 30 years over land-related violence in Trans Mara. 

The High Court in Kisii found the three guilty of killing two people in April 2018 in a long-standing land dispute at Mashangwa area.

Jones Wambura, Tagane Mwita and Stephen Mahigara appeared before Lady Justice Roseline Ougo. They were  accused, jointly with others not before court, of killing Samuel Magige and Samuel Nyamuroni at Kenyamangari village.

Justice Roseline Ougo said evidence presented in court by the prosecution had proven beyond reasonable doubt that Wambura, Mwita and Mahigara had attacked Magige and Nyamuroni on the said date with the intention of causing death or grievous bodily harm.

“This court has ruled that the three accused people are to each serve a 30 years’ jail sentence for each of the two offences they committed, with both sentences running concurrently and they have a right to appeal within 14 days,” ruled Justice Ougo.

The prosecution told the court that the three were involved in a land dispute with Nyamuroni and that there was an altercation that resulted in the deaths.

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Dr Peter Momanyi said a postmortem on the bodies of Magige and Nyamuroni showed they suffered multiple stab wounds and deep cuts.

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Counties in trouble as virus destroys economies

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By KENNEDY KIMANTHI

By REGINA KINOGU

The Covid-19 pandemic will impact negatively on budget implementation for the counties in the last quarter of the 2019/20 financial year, which ended on Tuesday, a report by Controller of Budget Margaret Nyakang’o says.

The report, which presents the counties’ budget performance in the first nine months of the current financial year (July 2019 to March 2020), says measures put in place to contain coronavirus will slow down economic growth, which will have a ripple effect on development.

Kenya’s first Covid-19 positive case was reported on March 13.

Already, counties have reviewed their spending plans in the 2020/21 financial year as a result of the pandemic, with most revising their budgets to reprioritise spending towards mitigating the negative economic impacts of Covid-19.

“Given the disruptions occasioned by the actions taken to contain the spread of the Covid-19 disease, it is clear that the measures will negatively impact on all county governments in implementation of the FY 2019/20 budget.

“Therefore, there is need for continuous monitoring of this impact by county treasuries and departments of health. Counties should develop frameworks for action aimed at saving lives, protecting households, businesses, and the economy,” the budget implementation review report for the first nine months of 2019/20 financial year indicates.

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In the document, Dr Nyakang’o warns that the pace of the disease’s disruption is likely to accelerate in the months ahead as the diseases spreads to more counties.

“Counties should develop frameworks for action aimed at saving lives, protecting households, businesses, and the economy,” she said.

The report’s findings show some counties absorbed less than 50 percent of their development budgets, meaning taxpayers were being denied services despite the availability of fund.

Development spending is critical to building infrastructure like roads and sewerage and putting money in private hands through demand for raw materials, which ultimately creates new jobs.

Nairobi, Samburu and Nyandarua had the lowest absorption of development budget at 11.1 per cent, 6 per cent, and 4.1 per cent respectively. Other counties with low absorption of development funds are Nakuru (14.3 percent), Taita Taveta(12.7 percent) and Migori (15.8 percent).

Top performers were Murang’a, Tana River, and Marsabit at 60.2 per cent, 45.6 per cent, and 43.5 per cent respectively.

In Murang’a, Sh2 billion out of their Sh3 billion allocation was used in the stocking of pharmacies, construction of roads, school feeding programmes and a number of agricultural projects.

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Real Estate sector struggling due to effects of COVID 19

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Urithi Housing Cooperative Society has dispelled fears that the multibillion organization is financially constrained, but admitted that business has significantly declined due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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The Society Chairman Samuel Maina however assured that the real estate firm is still on course to deliver pending projects to its members this year amid the disruption caused by the virus.

Maina says Urithi is purely concentrating on delivering pending projects and will not initiate new projects as the market prospects are not promising.

“We were doing so many projects across the Country, but for the last few months we have embarked on delivery pending projects which we intend to hand over then focus on our business model without restructuring it,” Maina said.

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Speaking in Mombasa during a ceremony to hand over about 100 tittle deeds to property buyers, Maina assured the society members that all pending projects will be delivered within the next six months without delays.

“In the coming few months you will see us handing over title deeds to members across the Country as we promised. We want to finish the projects so that they can be off our back,” Maina added.

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Maina however revealed that Urithi is owed more than 2.5 billion shillings in unpaid contributions by members adding that while the situation is fully understandable, it would be prudent for members to pay their dues to enable the society complete the projects and hand them over.

The real estate sector has significantly suffered an economic down turn this year as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic but Maina said they have no plans to audit properties belonging to defaulters.

“There are financial challenges and as Urithi we will continue delivering projects to investors because that is our duty. We will give our members time to clear their dues instead of auditing their properties,” He said.

The delivery of projects comes as members raise concerns over delays in acquiring the important documents to prove ownership of their land.

“There are challenges in acquiring the tittle deeds as a result of cessation of Movement, and access to National offices. We know many investors are suffering financial challenges and that is why there is slow growth,” he added.

Beneficiaries of the tittle deeds applauded the company for delivering the project on time at a time when the cost of acquiring in the Coastal region continues to increase as a result of overpopulation and rise in demand.

“It has been my dream to own land for investment. This is a big boost for me as a woman,” said Juliet Karagu, after she received five tittle deeds for different parcels of land worth an estimated Ksh 2 Million.

Maina expressed optimism that the sector will emerge from the pandemic stronger saying the Government allocation of a whooping Ksh 15.5 billion into the ambitious Affordable Housing Programme is an indicator that there is goodwill from the stakeholders to ensure it’s back on its feet.

“This can stimulate the property economy that is stagnant owing to economic shocks orchestrated by the Covid-19. This is a very significant move if implemented well,” said Benedict Mutuku, the executive director of Goldwyn Consult Company.

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