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Ex-IEBC vice chairman Consolata Nkatha on Monday defended the Commissioners’ involvement in the procurement of the multi-billion KIEMs kits claiming they had no option.

Nkatha, appearing before the National Assembly’s  Public Accounts Committee, said the Commission was fast running out of time and they had to make a bold decision regarding the procurement of the Sh4 billion KIEMS kits that were to be used in the last election.

Here are the stories making headlines in the Star this Tuesday morning.

Cold war erupts in Cabinet over Matiang’i elevated role

Turf wars have rocked President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Cabinet following his elevation of Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i to oversee all national development projects.

The Star has established that a number of CSs, some allied to Uhuru, some to DP William Ruto, are unhappy with the new arrangement which essentially makes hard-headed, results-oriented Matiang’i their boss.

Despite the disquiet, Matiang’i on Monday chaired his first meeting of six Cabinet secretaries and top political leaders from Nyanza.

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Ruto order Treasury CS to give names of government contractors

Deputy President William Ruto yesterday demanded that directors of all firms doing business with the government be published in 30 days.

Seemingly aiming his gun at big names controlling public tenders, the DP wants the National Treasury to compile and make public names of the companies for public scrutiny.

Ruto said, “I want to ask the Treasury to forward the list of the parastatals and government departments that have failed to comply with the directive so that we can take on the boards and CEOs. It’s not a request the President was making and it is an order to be implemented,” Ruto said.

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Lobbies sue Saitoti widow for blocking access road

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The widow of late minister George Saitoti has been sued for allegedly blocking an access road in upmarket Lavington area.

Margaret Saitoti is alleged to have blocked access road linking Mzima Springs Road to Olenguruone Avenue and two lobby groups now want her compelled to unblock the road until the case is heard and determined.

The lobby groups are Ukweli Usemwe, Uzalendo together with Joseph Kihanya 

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Three arraigned in a Nyeri in connection with Dusit terror attack

Three people were on Monday arraigned in a Nyeri court in connection with the Riverside terror attack in Nairobi recently.

Abdul Kibiringi, James Mwai and Habiba Hunshur appeared before Resident magistrate Nelly Kariuki.

Police requested for more time to allow them conclude investigations and the three will now  spend five days in police custody for further interrogations after the request was granted.

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SANY: The much-dreaded excavator will be back soon

Demolitions will resume but not anytime soon because of the need for consultations and landscaping, a Nairobi Regeneration Task-force official has said.

“Demolitions are not over. We will be back as we had listed approximately 4,000 buildings, structures and even facilities on riparian land in Nairobi that are up for demolitions,” Nairobi Regeneration Task-force operations manager Julius Wanjau said on Monday. 

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