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Governor Awiti sacks 400 revenue officers : The Standard

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Homa Bay Governor Cyprian Awiti.
More than 400 revenue commission agents in Homa Bay County have been sacked over theft allegations.

The collectors, who were employed by the county last year, were being paid on commission as per money collected but were not remitting all the money collected, creating a shortfall in revenue targets.
Speaking when he presided over the swearing-in of four chief officers at the county headquarters on Wednesday, Homa Bay Governor Cyprian Awiti vowed to sack more officers.
“There are people who collect revenue and keep the money in their pockets instead of submitting them to county bank accounts,” Awiti said.
SEE ALSO :County Commissioner residence on fireAt the same time, the governor directed each of his executive members to identify people from their departments to act as revenue collectors as a lasting solution is being sought.
The governor also banned a trend in which some county departments have been keeping their revenue in departmental accounts. Such revenue is collected in the form of payment for land rates, liquor licenses, plot rents among others.
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This now means the departmental heads who want to spend revenue collected must request for the funds through the county treasury.
“Any money collected from tax payers must be deposited in one account to avoid pilferage of public funds,” Awiti said, adding that anybody found stealing will be prosecuted.
SEE ALSO :MCAs’ Sh348m office block work begins in Homa Bay“I have no more time to answer hard questions about poor revenue collection,” he said.
Governor Awiti was grilled on Thursday last week by the Senate Public Accounts and Investments Committee over poor revenue collection by the county.
The chief officers sworn in are Noah Otieno (Finance), Moses Buriri (Sports), Prof Donald Ogweno (Water) and Robert Sangori (Lands).

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Public Procurement Administrative Review upholds tender awarded by KEMSA: The Standard

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Kenya Medical Supplies Agency (Kemsa) CEO Jonah Manjari before Senate. [Boniface Okendo, Standard]
The Public Procurement Administrative Review Board (PPARB) has dismissed an appeal by Tunasco Insaat Anonim Sirketi (Tunasco) seeking to nullify a tender awarded by Kenya Medical Supply Authority (KEMSA) to China Railway No.10 Engineering Group.

“The Public Procurement Administrative Review Board (PPARB) has dismissed an appeal filed by Tunasco against an award by KEMSA for the tender for Supply Installation and Commissioning of Racking System and Associated works on grounds that the appeal lacked merit,” read a statement by KEMSA.
Tunasco cited breaching of sections of the procurement act in evaluating the company’s application and even argued that an additional item, Addendum No. 1 dated April 30, 2020, 15 days after advertisement of the tender, omitted the requirement for manuals and materials certificates from the tender document and the criteria for evaluation.
However, KEMSA confirmed that the Addendum No.1 only removed manuals and material certificates from the mandatory preliminary examination requirements.
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“All bidders were required to include comprehensive manuals and materials certificates in response to the specifications and bills of quantities contained in the tender document,” read the statement by KEMSA.
“The Applicant breached Clause 3.1 and Clause 2.17 of Section Il. Instructions to tenderers of the tender document since the manuals and materials certificates provided by the applicant were not in the English language and had no reference to the prescribed standards,” contended KEMSA faulting the applicant for not meeting all set requirements.
PPARB has emphasized the need for bidders must to comply with all technical specifications provided in the tender documents, failure to which bidders would end up facing consequences.
“It is the Board’s considered view that the product proposed by a bidder must meet the technical specifications of the tender document and this was a critical requirement to the effect that a bidder’s failure to meet the same would render such a bid non-responsive and the same would not be evaluated further,” read the ruling in part the ruling by PPARB.
KEMSA, Chief Executive Officer Dr Jonah Manjari has expressed his commitment in following the law and procurement rules while upholding the highest ethical standards of accountability and transparency in health services.
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The ruling by PPARB is a sigh of relief and sanitizer for KEMSA which has faced sharp criticism for weeks over claims of unprofessionalism and bias in offering tenders.
“In fulfilling our mandate, it is important to uphold fair play and this means that we encourage healthy competition in our processes,” said Mr. Manjari.

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47 counties have over Ksh 110B in assets, Ksh 57B in liabilities

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The 47 counties have assets worth over Ksh 110 Billion according to the latest report by the Intergovernmental Relations Technical Committee (IGRTC).

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It has emerged that the committee had used Ksh 400 million to identify the assets against a budget of Ksh 4 Billion that had been projected by the defunct Transition Authority (TA).

This came as the committee tenure ended with a new team taking over the running of the committee on a six-year tenure.

According to the CS for Devolution Eugene Wamalwa, the outgoing team had done a commendable job in identifying the assets which were at risk of being grabbed.
Wamalwa noted that the committee had managed to identify 62,342 parcels of land, over 70,000 buildings and 2,600 cars owned by defunct councils.

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“According to the new report, Counties have assets worth Ksh 110B and liabilities running to Ksh 57B and we are grateful to this committee for a job well done,” he said.

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He questioned the budget proposal by the defunct Transition Authority which stood at Ksh 4B noting that the outgoing committee had used Ksh 400m.

“The rehabilitation of the old Nairobi-Nanyuki railway line used Sh1B from the proposed Ksh 21B and it seems that there is a big problem in some departments,” he said.

Speaking in Panorama Hotel in Naivasha during the handing over ceremony, he expressed his concern over an increase in cases of inter-governmental disputes.

“We are grateful that the IGRTC has helped solve some disputes between government institutions as the government has paid millions to lawyers during court cases,” he noted.

On the current revenue allocation impasse, Wamalwa was optimistic that Senate would help resolve the issue soonest possible.

“We hope that there will be sobriety in the manner that the senate debates and resolves this issue which is very critical in the running of counties,” he said.
On her part, the outgoing vice-chairperson Allyce Kureiya said that during their tenure they had managed to resolve eleven out of the 23 disputes between counties.

“The biggest challenge we faced was interference from other bodies and we hope the new team will get full support from the State,” she said.

On his part, the new acting chairman John Burugu was optimistic that they would deliver after their term tenure was confirmed to six years.

“We are ready to tackle the pending disputes between counties and we shall seek the support of the State in reaching our objectives,” he said.

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Kenya: Suspected Ethiopian Cattle Raiders Kills Herdsboy in Turkana

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Suspected Ethiopian raiders on Sunday evening killed a herdsboy in Lokamarinyang village in Turkana North Constituency.

Turkana County Police Commander Samuel Ndanyi said that the raiders were targeting to steal livestock during the 5pm attack.

“The boy died while receiving treatment at Lokamarinyang Dispensary,” he said.

Mr Ndanyi said that the raiders are taking advantage of the vast, remote and poor terrain to launch attacks on Turkana herders.

“Herders grazing their livestock near the border are vulnerable to attacks because despite the several security patrols, vastness and poor road network is still the main challenge,” the police boss added.

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He said that they have planned for a meeting to review the security operations along the expansive border with Ethiopia and South Sudan.

Turkana North MP Christopher Nakuleu condemned the attack, noting that the security situation along the border has deteriorated.

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Mr Nakuleu said that the raiders are using the well-executed attacks to instil fear among villagers so that they can move away from water points and grazing fields.

“How can raiders cross eight kilometres into the country, kill a boy and go back. The State should urgently boost security at the border to prevent incessant external attacks,” the legislator said.

He said that the recent disarmament that targeted national police reservists worsened the security situation.

But Mr Ndanyi assured residents that they will recruit new police reservists who will be working with police units because they understand the terrain.

Last month, the raiders killed a woman who was searching for wild cassava in Kibish near River Natodomeri.

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