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MPs collude to fleece Kibos Sugar millions – Weekly Citizen

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Humanitarianism subscribes to employment and health care of all, components that are key to mankind. However, compared, health is more instrumental than employment for one cannot work when his or her ill health is poor.

Many people live without employment with health taking a toll on them. Like in the case of Kisumu county, especially in Muhoroni constituency, locals appreciate contribution done by Kibos Sugar Company in giving employment and stimulating the economy of the area. However, the concern is the health risk to the locals.

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Many locals argue, it does not pay man to lose life but accumulate wealth on earth. It is emerging, Kibos Sugar was not constructed as per Nema specifications hence the current controversy surrounding its operations.

The locals Weekly Citizen talked to, revealed that the current controversy is not political but scientific. As a result, it needs scientific solution and not a political way of life to fix things.

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Sources within Nema reveal that Kibos Sugar management has a list of Nema concerns that need to be addressed.

Instead of spending money to solve the beckoning environmental headache, the funds are instead being chanelled to politicians to seek political solution, and not based on scientific authority and findings.

Money hungry politicians are capitalising on current Kibos stalemate with Nema to make a fortune and a kill.

As a result, politicians from the county of Kisumu have abandoned representing interests of the electorate and instead of addressing health hazards and other human concerns, they are now on attacking Nema right, left and centre.

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A case in point is that of Kisumu women representative Rose Buyu. She was recently busy in parliament lobbying for Kibos Sugar to be cleared by the parliamentary committee.

When asked her role in the Kibos survival strategy, she tried to reach out to Luo MPs to meet a powerful cabinet minister to intercede for Kibos Sugar.

When asked what her role in the Kibos crisis entailed, she claimed that being Kisumu women rep, she was not happy with the happenings. When pressed to name MP of the area, Buyu surprised many when she claimed, Shakeel Shabir was the MP.

However, those present were surprised when Shabir interjected and claimed, Onyango K’oyoo of Muhoroni is the area MP.

The confusion ended with a plan to have legislators meet the CS. The most laughable aspect of Buyu conspiracy is that after parliament adjourned, and speaker Justin Muturi slapped a ban on all parliamentary committee meetings due to corona virus crisis menace, Buyu together with Kasipul Kabondo MP Charles Ong’ondo and Kipkelion’s Hilary Kosgey, all who are members of parliamentary environment committee, purportedly held a meeting with Nema director general where they took him to task on why Kibos Sugar should not be left alone to operate.

They argued that the Kibos Sugar woes were due to politics and outside interference by the powerful Asian Rai family.

Sources within parliament reveal that no committee meeting took place and the act was to justify they were doing the best to rescue Kibos Sugar from its current quagmire.

Apart from environmental committee, Buyu has also been lobbying to have parliamentary committee on education drop summonses on Kibos Sugar management.

Locals are asking why Buyu has not intervened for Agro-Chemical Factory in the same county closed by Nema on similar grounds like Kibos sugar.

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Agro-Chemical Factory has employed many staff compared to Kibos and has existed for over 50 years, contributing towards social corporate responsibilities, and building of schools and other social amenities.

Word has it that Kisumu governor, Anyang Nyong’o, who was initially backing Kibos management, has made a 90 degree retreat. The governor had been briefed that Agro-Chemical was closed earlier than Kibos.

For now, Buyu has support of Senator Fred Outa and Kibos sugar hunter dog former MCA John Ongau.

Kisumu county MPs said to be backing NEMA move are Olago Aluoch (Kisumu West), Shabir Shakeel (Kisumu East), Fred Ouda (Kisumu Central), James Nyikal (Seme) and Onyango K’oyoo (Muhoroni) while Jared Okelo (Nyando) is said to be playing it safe.

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Fear in Kisumu as night thugs regroup – Weekly Citizen

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Police in Kisumu are trailing suspected thugs behind  a trail of bizarre robbery incidents that have left  residents of Nyamasaria Estate living in fear.

The gangsters on Friday night made away with assorted household items mainly electronics in a  simultaneous raid that also targeted the home of a senior county government officer.

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The officer who did not wish to be named reportedly lost his TV and home theatre after the thugs disconnected electric fence and gained entry into his house through the window.

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‘’After cutting the window they left with the window bar ostensibly on fear the police would rely on it for fingerprints’’, the shaken officer told Weekly Citizen.

Police have been blamed for laxity in pursuing the thugs even after recording statements from other victims.

However a suspect linked to the crime was escaped death narrowly after he was shot by an arrow. 

Suspected thug shot by an arrow

The ugly incident is a clear pointer that thugs who spray their victims with chloroform at night to put them into a deep sleep could be regrouping to terrorize Kisumu dwellers.

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Ford-K to discipline rebel MCAs harshly – Weekly Citizen

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Ford-Kenya party has vowed to take action against its MCAs who were at the forefront of the impeachment motion of its leaders. The impeachment saw majority leader Florence Wekesa and majority chief whip Evelyn Mutyembu toppled. They were replaced by Joseph Nyongesa as the majority leader, Tongaren MCA Elizabeth Tindi as his deputy, Meshack Simiyu alias Museveni as the majority chief whip and Bungoma Township MCA Joseph Maguda as the deputy chief whip. However, Ford Kenya party secretary-general Eseli Simiyu says the impeachment is illegal as there was no wide consultation before the action was reached. Eseli stated that there was no Gazette Notice giving MCAs a go ahead to make any changes in the assembly dominated by FK leaders.

Eseli Simiyu

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The Tongaren MP says he wrote to the assembly speaker Emmanuel Situma to stop the changes because the top organ wasn’t consulted. Eseli named the rebel MCAs Elizabeth Tindi (Tongaren), Joseph Nyongesa (majority leader), Joseph Kawa (Bokoli) and Meshack Museveni (majority chief whip) as those who were not paying a party subscription fee of Sh5,000 a month. He says that he has written to them to pay their subscription up to May or else the party top organs will meet to decide their future in the party. “We don’t need people who aren’t loyal to the party! We will need to reorganize ourselves. The removal of the former leaders can affect the party effectiveness in 2022 and there is no legality in their removal. Wekesa of Kimilili and Mutyembu from Sirisia, should not be undermined,” he said. Eseli says that the change of leadership needs to be done in house meetings. He says he has been intimidated and blackmailed and even tried to be bribed to give in to some burning issues affecting the party and the county government.

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Queries as budget is tabled at Kirinyaga assembly – Weekly Citizen

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The Kirinyaga county assembly has received the revised supplementary budget for the year 2020/2021 for consideration. The revised budget was tabled at the assembly by nominated MCA Lillian Wanjiku on behalf of the leader of majority Kamau Murango. Immediately, Tebere MCA Gudson Muchina said he will raise issues why the county executive brought a second supplementary budget yet a similar one had been brought and tabled 40 days ago.

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Also tabled were the financial estimates for the 2020/2021 financial year which the MCAs will be debating on before passing or rejecting it. Budget committee chairman Peter Njomo said he was concerned that the ECD teachers had not been paid despite a supplementary budget being tabled and passed 40 days ago. A letter forwarding the 2020/2021 financial estimates from the executive was read by the speaker which was dated April 30, 2020.

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