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Heavy rains are coming and Sonko is yet to fix city’s drainage

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Motorcyclists ride through a flooded section of a road in Nairobi on March 15, 2018. PHOTO | EVANS HABIL

By EVELYNE MUSAMBI

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has ignored warnings from the weatherman on imminent heavy rains that will pound the city from October through to December.

Two weeks to the expected flooding, the city’s drainage is still clogged despite early warnings by the Kenya Meteorological Department of unusually high rainfall.

Underground drain lines in the city centre are heavily silted following decades of neglect, while manholes are clogged with solid waste.

Flooding hotspots like South C, Ruai, Thome and parts of Kasarani drainages have not been attended to and drainages there are filled with plastic waste and vegetation.

SONKO’S APOLOGY

During the March rains, Governor Sonko apologised to Nairobians for the unclogged drainage, but blamed Evans Kidero’s led administration for misappropriating funds meant for the same.

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“Rains are supposed to be a blessing and not a curse. Towards this end, my government has hit the ground running to mitigate against the adverse effects we have seen since the rains started. As a start, I have today directed the Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company to hasten the process of unlocking the drainage system all over the county.

“In the same vein, I am shocked that some Sh10 billion set aside by the previous administration for unblocking the drainage system did not go to the intended use but ended up in the pockets of some unscrupulous characters,” he wrote on Facebook.

The directive was never enforced.

During the same month, Nairobi’s Roads and Infrastructure County Executive Mohamed Dagane said the county had allocated Sh32 million for improvement of drainage system in the county.

UNCLOG DRAINAGES

The money was meant for procuring additional equipment as well as paying casuals who would unclog drainages across the county.

In April, the county government received drainage unclogging machines from the Ministry of Transport and Urban Development.

The cabinet secretary John Macharia, during the handover ceremony, said the equipment was part of the World Bank-funded Nairobi Metropolitan Services Improvement Project (NAMSIP) worth Sh500 million in which 75 per cent of the funds (Sh375,000) have been allocated to Nairobi to solve its drainage problem.

No works have been carried out yet.

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Over 700 applications received for four IEBC commissioners job – KBC

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Panel chairperson Dr Elizabeth Muli says they will now proceed to collate the applications received. Photo Courtesy

The Selection Panel for the Appointment of Commissioners of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) commissioners says it has received over 700 applications for the four vacancies in the position of Member of the IEBC.

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In a statement Tuesday, Panel chairperson Dr Elizabeth Muli says they will now proceed to collate the applications received.

The deadline for receiving applications was on Monday.

” Pursuant to the provisions of paragraph 3(1) of the First Schedule to the IEBC Act, 2011, the Selection Panel shall publish the names of all the applicants whose applications were received by the close of the application period, together with their qualifications, in the Kenya Gazette, in two (2) newspapers of national circulation and on the website of the Parliamentary Service Commission.” Said Muli 

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She noted that after the publication of the long-list, the Selection Panel will commence the short-listing exercise and shall thereafter publish the names of the short-listed candidates.

The panel is expected to forward the name of successful candidate to the president on or about June 9.

“In this publication, the Selection Panel shall also invite the views of the public on the suitability of the short-listed candidates to serve in the position of Member of the IEBC.” She added 

The serving six members of the selection panel are Dr. Elizabeth Muli – Chairperson; Mr. Awori James Achoka – Vice- Chairperson; Mr. Gideon Solonka – Member; Ms. Elizabeth Odundo Meyo – Member; Rev. Fr. Joseph Ngumbi Mutie – Member and Dr. Faridun S. Abdallah – Member.

The electoral agency has not been fully constituted since the controversial departure of Roselyn Akombe, Paul Kurgat, Margaret Mwachanya, and Consolata Maina from the commission.

The commission currently has three commissioners. Chairman Wafula Chebukati;  commissioners Boya Molu and Abdi Guliye.

 

 

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Sauti Sol’s Polycarp says he cried like a small child after meeting his son for the first time

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Sauti Sol’s guitarist Polycarp Otieno and his wife Lady Mandy have opened up about the birth of their child.

The two were featured in a recent episode of ‘Sol Generation’ aired only on Showmax.

Speaking about their experiences as first time parents, they both revealed how they reacted after meeting their son for the first time.

Polycarp said he wailed like a baby and left everyone in the room wondering what was wrong.

Lady Mandy on other end said that the minute she heard the midwife says she could see the head of the baby, she knew she had made it to the final stage.

“The moment the midwife said she could see the head of the baby. I think that was the magical word I have ever heard. Coz I knew finally this is our end.

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Polycarp said that he could not control himself when he met his son.

I fell on the flour wailing like a small child. Everyone was looking at me wondering what was wrong with me.
I took him and held him on my chest, I cannot forget that feeling. It was the most amazing feeling ever.

Lady Mandy added that when she saw the baby she felt like she had known him forever.

It like I have known you. I could not believe that I was holding someone who I have had conversations with, I have had moments with that were only for us

She then thanked her husband for being there the whole process.

‘I would not have done that without Polycarp.

We held each others hands and As tried and exhausted as I was, I got the energy to keep going. You did well Papa.

More details are available on Showmax season 2 episode 9.

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Angry Diamond Platnumz calls list of Africa’s Richest Musicians ‘Stupid’

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By Emmaline Owuor

Tanzania’s leading artist Diamond Platnumz has joined in the long list of African musicians who have protested a list of Africa’s richest musicians.

The list doing rounds on Social Media has placed Diamond at number 20 with a net worth of 5 Million dollars.

The artist has described the list as stupid further asking Forbes to Google him to know his worth.

“FORBES: next time Google me to know what am really worth of, before putting me on your Stupid Richest African Musicians List!!!” read the post.

Last week, Gospel Artist Ringtone took to his instagram page and disapproved with the list claiming he was the richest musician in East Africa.

Ringtone claims that he is the number one artist followed by Tanzanian musician Diamond Platinumz and Kenyan Musician Akothee.


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