Kenya – Mombasa Info Mon, 27 Jun 2022 10:24:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Kenya – Mombasa Info 32 32 Kenya relies on drones to enforce building regulations Mon, 27 Jun 2022 10:24:47 +0000

Officials in Kenya will use drones over construction sites across the country as part of a surveillance program to both ensure full compliance with building codes and crack down on contractors working without proper permits.

Authorities in Kenya are taking action to halt a series of structural deficiencies across the country that have been traced to substandard construction or cheap and shoddy materials. The country’s Kiambu district has suffered five major building burglaries in the past three months alone, although the security problem is believed to be widespread. As a result, Kenya’s National Construction Authority (NCA) has announced it will fly drones over construction sites across the country to monitor compliance and identify fraudulent contractors at work without permits.

Speaking to local journalists this month, NCA officials said the drones would be deployed over construction sites, where onboard video, surveying and mapping sensors would be used to verify that the required construction methods and materials were being used. In some cases, the data collected from these flights can be used for verification as the structures progress and as references in the event of a later collapse.

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The NCA’s aerial innovation is an attempt to overcome two obstacles it faces in overseeing construction activity in the nation. The first challenge is the deregulated nature of the sector, which has been exposed since 1986 when lawmakers dissolved Kenya’s state-owned National Construction Corporation. In addition to this relatively free atmosphere, the NCA struggles with chronic understaffing, which limits its scope for action.

The use of drones to monitor construction sites across Kenya is an attempt to overcome both complications and increase safety by ensuring existing requirements and restrictions are met.

“Regarding the staffing issue, we can’t be present in every county,” NCA Executive Director Maurice Aketch told reporters regarding the use of drones as proxy inspectors. “When construction workers and contractors misbehave, there is a law to take action against them.”

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The NCA’s move to drones for construction supervision is the latest in a series of moves across Kenya to take advantage of UAV technologies.

For example, Kenya Airlines has launched a drone training program for people who want to get started with delivery, mapping, surveying and other air service businesses. The national carrier is also working on introducing air taxi services in 2025.

Several NGOs, meanwhile, are using watercraft to help prevent environmental damage, and many counties in Keyna are also using UAVs to combat serious malaria problems. Authorities have also joined colleagues across Africa, turning to specialist instant logistics companies like Zipline and Swoop Aero to conduct drone deliveries of health supplies to remote and underserved communities.

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Elections in Kenya: fear of unrest ahead of August election Sat, 25 Jun 2022 10:00:52 +0000
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WAJIR, Kenya –– A fleet of gleaming SUVs drove over the dusty town of Wajir in northeastern Kenya on a spring afternoon. Campaign workers with cell phones taped to their ears stepped out of the air-conditioned interior into the 100-degree heat. Former opposition leader Raila Odinga’s advance team set up a stage in a field usually populated by goats and the occasional donkey.

The campaign’s swagger stunned residents of a city so remote it’s not even connected to the country’s main power grid. Nairobi’s political bigwigs are rarely seen here, but they know how to draw crowds.

“Whenever the presidential candidates come to town, it’s like a mega-rally,” said Osman Mohamad Abdille, a 54-year-old engineer and community leader. “These politicians usually give handouts when they come.”

But this area is experiencing its worst drought in decades, and the small cash donations will do little for herders who have lost their livestock.

“You will find a lot of people who are unemployed,” Abdille said. “[The rallies] have no value to the common man.”

The Wajir event was a sign that the 2022 presidential race is heating up. Past elections have escalated into violence, with the most recent one in 2017 culminating in an annulled result, a runoff and street riots.

The upcoming August 9 election promises to be as contradictory as ever. It’s an unusual contest by all the usual names: Odinga has teamed up with former rival Uhuru Kenyatta, the acting president, against William Ruto, the acting vice president.

Experts are already predicting the findings could be challenged in the Supreme Court, and the decision could provoke violence and a prolonged period of unrest in this East African country – a pillar of democracy and a key US ally.

Kenya is an important partner in the fight against al-Shabab fighters, who have terrorized the region for years and control large parts of neighboring Somalia. President Biden recently signed off on sending hundreds of Special Operations troops to Somalia, reversing President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw US forces at the end of 2020.

Kenya and the United States also have close economic ties. In recent years, more and more American companies have settled in Nairobi. The country also benefits from preferential treatment under the African Growth and Opportunity Act, an American program to improve trade relations amid increasing Chinese influence across the continent.

Kenya has a history of contested elections and political violence. In 2008, about 1,200 people were killed and more than 350,000 displaced in ethnic riots that devastated the nation. As a result, both Kenyatta and Ruto were brought before the International Criminal Court (ICC) to face charges of crimes against humanity, but the charges against Kenyatta were dropped and Ruto’s case dismissed.

In the 2013 and 2017 competitions, Odinga laced up and lost to Kenyatta, both times challenging the results in the Supreme Court. In 2013 the court upheld the election results, but in 2017, in a decision hailed as a victory for judicial independence in Africa, the court annulled the results on the grounds that the trial violated constitutional principles of a free and fair election. The court ordered a second vote, which Odinga also lost.

In an unexpected twist, Odinga and Kenyatta became allies after a widely publicized, carefully choreographed handshake in 2018 that was rumored to unite the country, though skeptics branded it a cheap political maneuver. The move allowed Odinga to transition from opposition outsider to political insider.

Today, Odinga and Kenyatta, both descendants of Kenya’s ruling elite, are united in their fight against Ruto, who grew up in poverty and coined the term “Hustler Nation” to appeal to Kenyans hoping to follow his rags-to-riches journey.

Ruto runs on a bottom-up economic platform to win votes from the 37 percent of people who live on less than $1.90 a day. Kenyans are still struggling to recover from the coronavirus pandemic while grappling with food shortages and rising inflation, partly due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

“[It’s] A difficult thing when people are still getting the same amount of money as they used to be,” says Peter Ndegwa, a driver in Nairobi. “Right now, as we speak, cornmeal is at 200,000 ($1.70), down from 120,000 ($1.02) at the start of the year.”

Kenyatta has accused Ruto of ruthlessly polarizing the country in his bid for the presidency, while Odinga is focused on fighting corruption and positioning himself as a peacemaker who can bring Kenyans together.

Meanwhile, Kenya’s independent Elections and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), which oversees elections, faces allegations of corruption and incompetence. Issues related to the integrity of the voter registration process and ballot handling remain in question five years after the systemic failures that led to the 2017 annulment.

“It is unlikely that the IEBC will be able to address everyone in this election,” said Mulle Musau, national coordinator of the Kenya Election Observation Group, a civil society coalition.

These concerns were echoed by Eric Watnik, a spokesman for the US Embassy in Nairobi: “It is the responsibility of the Kenyan Parliament to pass the necessary reforms to Kenya’s electoral framework in a timely manner, a process that is still incomplete this year.”

With international observers sounding the alarm and both campaigns already questioning the integrity of the election, the stage is set for a post-August legal battle.

“[T]There is a widespread expectation that there will be a petition challenging this election by each loser,” said Tom Wolf, policy analyst at Trends and Insights for Africa Research.

Threats of violence increased pressure on the Supreme Court and the IEBC.

Nine days before the August 2017 presidential election, a senior election official was tortured and murdered. In October of that year, IEBC Commissioner Roselyn Akombe resigned and fled to the United States, fearing for her life. And on the eve of a last-minute hearing on the cancellation of the re-election, the Supreme Court Deputy Chief Justice’s bodyguard was shot and injured.

If the election results are contested, controversy could spill out of the courtroom and into the streets. Any unrest could escalate if either Odinga or Ruto choose to use ethnic divisions to stoke anger among voters, although analysts say tribal violence is less likely due to the intertribal coalitions both candidates have built.

Regardless of the outcome, people like Abdille and his neighbors in Wajir have lost faith in the political process. They have little hope that this choice will improve their lives.

“There is no civilized way of voting,” Abdille lamented. “There is no civilized way of campaigning. There is no civilized way of persuading the common man.”

]]> Jaishankar meets with Kenyan cabinet to discuss war food security Thu, 23 Jun 2022 02:26:00 +0000

Foreign Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar, who is visiting Kigali, met with Raychelle Omamo, Kenya‘s Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs, and held talks on the aftermath of the Ukraine war, including food, fuel and fertilizer security.

Taking to social media, Jaishankar tweeted: “So nice to meet my friend Raychelle Omamo from Kenya. Our discussions focused on the impact of the Ukraine conflict on food, fuel and fertilizer security for the Global South. Reaffirmed our continued collaboration at the UNSC.”

Jaishankar is in Kigali to attend the 26th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), previously postponed twice due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

On the sidelines of the CHOGM, Jaishankar also met Belize’s Foreign Minister Eamon Courtenay.

Jaishankar wrote: “Glad to meet FM Eamon Courtenay from Belize on the sidelines of #CHOGM2022 in Rwanda. Say hello to the Center of Engineering built with Indian support. India will continue to provide vaccines in the global fight against the pandemic.”

Jaishankar will represent Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the June 24-25 Commonwealth Summit and will attend the pre-CHOGM foreign ministers’ meeting in Kigali on June 23.

A series of forums including the Commonwealth Youth Forum, the Commonwealth Women’s Forum, the Commonwealth Business Forum, the Commonwealth People’s Forum and other side events are also planned on the fringes of the CHOGM by the new Chairman of the Commonwealth, i.e. the Government of the Republic of Rwanda .

The theme of the 26th CHOGM Summit is “Delivering a Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming”. and health issues and are expected to adopt the following four outcome documents: CHOGM communiqué; Kigali Declaration on Child Care and Protection Reform; Sustainable Urbanization Statement and Commonwealth Living Lands Charter: A Commonwealth Call to Action on Living Lands (CALL).

During the visit, EAM is expected to hold several bilateral meetings with its Commonwealth member-state counterparts and other visiting dignitaries, and also interact with members of the Indian community at a reception hosted by the Indian High Commissioner’s Office in Kigali, he told MEA in a statement .

The Commonwealth provides an important platform to deepen India’s cooperation with Commonwealth members, particularly the Small States (SS) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

India is also one of the largest contributors to the Commonwealth and has supported the organization with technical assistance and capacity building. In 2018, India announced the establishment of a Commonwealth Window, providing US$50 million for development projects and assistance to Commonwealth developing countries.

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Kenya to review details of global minimum tax Sun, 19 Jun 2022 21:03:33 +0000


Kenya to review details of global minimum tax

Kenya is right to demand more clarity on revenue sharing before committing to a global deal on minimum taxation for multinationals.

Companies operating in multiple jurisdictions have taken advantage of differences in tax rates, locating their headquarters and operating units in locations that help them pay the lowest overall taxes.

A series of progressive global tax reforms have been proposed under the auspices of the Paris-based Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

This includes introducing a minimum tax rate of 15 percent on profits for multinational companies in all countries from next year.

If a company has an effective tax rate that is below the minimum rate in a particular jurisdiction, it must pay additional taxes to the authorities at its headquarters.

The OECD estimates that the minimum tax can generate $150 billion a year in new revenue worldwide, a prospect endorsed by more than 130 countries.

But the big question is how the larger pie will be shared and whether countries like Kenya will lose out in the concessions they have to make to participate in the global deal.

The pact includes clauses forcing Kenya to cut the digital services tax from 1.5 percent of sales from tech giants like Google, Facebook and Amazon, which are among the main targets of the reforms.

The Kenya Tax Agency (KRA) says it will first assess whether participation in the agreement will result in growth in revenue collection.

This is prudent and logical, especially for countries that have been on the losing side of digitally-enabled companies that derive significant revenues and profits from the local market but report their earnings in low-tax jurisdictions like Ireland.

The introduction of the digital services tax, paid on revenue, was a means of responding to the tax avoidance ruled by multinational companies. This levy should only be sacrificed if participation in the global minimum tax framework generates more revenue.

It is therefore up to supporters of the global tax to convince holdouts like Kenya that it makes financial sense for them to join the bandwagon.

Tanzanian grain stuck at Kenya border due to new import regulations Fri, 17 Jun 2022 06:23:13 +0000


Tanzania has imposed a new requirement on grain traders to obtain an export license before shipping corn out of the country, in a policy move that has locked grain supplies already bought from Kenyan millers at the border.

Kenyan millers say the new requirement could shut down their operations at a time when grain shortages and other production costs are pushing the price of flour to Ksh200 (US$1.70) for a two-kilo packet.

Millers say the requirement wasn’t there before, after the two countries settled their trade dispute last year.

This has resulted in hundreds of trucks getting stuck at the Namanga border post, disrupting Kenya‘s grain supply as Tanzania is the only source of corn from which processors source grain after local supplies have dried up.

“Our rails have been prevented from continuing into Kenya and we are currently incurring more costs in delay charges even though our milling facilities have stopped due to lack of stock,” said John Gathogo, the animal feed manufacturers’ advertising secretary.

Grain Belt Millers Association chairman Kipnge’tich Mutai said over 400 trucks were stuck at the border following a standoff between traders and authorities.


“Although there is some corn in Tanzania, the strict conditions for obtaining an export permit make it difficult for our members to import the grain into the country,” Mr Mutai said.

Kenya relies mainly on corn supplies from Tanzania to meet rising demand for flour after supply in the local market has dwindled. Most stocks from Uganda go to South Sudan because of the high prices.

Corn from Tanzania and Uganda supplements available stocks as the country does not produce enough to meet annual needs.

The price of flour in supermarkets last week peaked at Ksh 186 (US$1.58) against Ksh 150 (US$1.28), one of the steepest weekly increases in the market.

This was caused by high corn prices with a 90-kilogram bag now selling for Ksh 5,500 (US$46.55) from Ksh 5,000 (US$42.59) last week, a move that will hurt consumers.

The government last month waved off levying a 50 percent tariff on corn imported outside the East African region and allowed millers and traders to ship 540,000 tonnes in a bid to control currently high flour prices.

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Forex Trading in Kenya: Regulation and Brokers Tue, 14 Jun 2022 21:45:53 +0000

Kenya is one of the most populous countries in East Africa. With a population of over 53 million, the country is also fast becoming a major hub for forex trading as its regulator, CMA and traditional brokers have begun to see the markets potential. Here is everything you need to know about regulation in Kenya and the brokers operating there:

The CMA and the regulatory framework it created

The regulator in Kenya is called the Central Markets Authority (CMA). It regulates the country’s markets as a whole – so it also takes care of regulating its growing Forex markets. Prior to 2017, Kenya did not have a solid legal framework. This has changed and the CMA has introduced a number of measures that brokers wishing to trade in the country must comply with.

In order to get a license, a company must first and foremost prove that it has what it takes to operate in the highly competitive Forex markets without failing and taking its clients’ funds with them. To prove this, most regulators require companies to hold a certain amount of capital – and the CMA is no different. For a license there, a company must prove that it holds between 30 and 50 million Kenyan shillings, depending on the type of license. Businesses that require a commercial license will need to purchase the more expensive license, which is worth around $500,000 at the time of writing. The cheaper license, reserved for non-dealing licensees, still requires them to hold around $300,000. This is quite a high requirement – it’s almost the same as what brokers are required to hold in the EU – €730,000 to be issued a licence.

Of course there are other requirements. Businesses must submit a detailed business plan to the CMA to demonstrate that they are operated by qualified individuals who are best qualified to handle client funds. These assurances include detailed documentation outlining the company’s board of directors, an external audit, a three-year short-term business plan and more. What’s more interesting is that companies that have received a license must also hold a certain amount of liquid capital to be able to cover their operating costs. This has been set at a minimum of 30 million Kenyan shillings or around $300,000 at the time of writing. Both commercial and non-commercial licensees must hold this amount of money.

Overall, the regulations in place at the time of writing are quite strict, proving that the CMA takes a rigorous approach to monitoring the markets and proving not only the liquidity but also the transparency of the brokers in place. So you not only know who you are dealing with, but also what he has to offer you! Compared to other major FX markets in Africa like Nigeria and South Africa, Kenya is really at the forefront of regulation at the time of writing.

The country’s regulation, however strict it may be at the time of writing, still has measures that are exempt from its framework – for example, brokers licensed in the EU must maintain a negative balance policy, making it impossible to lose more money than you have invested with a broker. At the same time, there are other restrictions in these traditionally strict jurisdictions – there is a limit on the maximum available leverage in the EU of up to 1:30, and bonuses are prohibited. Kenya does not currently have such measures in place.

Local forex brokers

In this comparison, it is easy to see that Kenya is somewhere in the middle when it comes to regulation. The measures in the country are very strict and aimed at demonstrating the liquidity and transparency of brokers. The firms that trade there are therefore safe and transparent, but there is less protection when it comes to protecting the retail investor from the volatility of the markets. Overall, Kenya is a market worth pursuing and the rigorous approach the CMA takes has put it ahead of other states in Africa. We suspect that the trend towards regulation will continue in the years to come and will help make Kenya a reliable and respected center for forex trading.

Having thoroughly examined the country’s regulatory framework, we would now like to introduce you to some of the best companies operating there – these Kenyan Forex brokers are duly licensed by the CMA, but most of them hold other licenses as well. Here are the top five CMA licensed brokers, in no particular order:

1. Pepper Stone

Licensed under Pepperstone Markets Kenya Limited, this broker is a forex trading staple. It also holds licenses in Cyprus, Australia, Dubai and the United Kingdom. Therefore trading with the broker is quite safe.

2. Exinity East Africa Limited

Exinity is the company behind a broker that needs little introduction – FXTM. This company has offices around the world and the most recent office in Kenya is the newest addition. This branch is licensed under Exinity East Africa Limited.

3. HfM

HFM or HotForex as it used to be called is another major broker that is a mainstay in the markets. It holds licenses in Cyprus, UK, Dubai and more recently in Kenya. The broker’s Kenya branch is registered with the CMA as HFM Investments Limited.


FXPesa is another broker that has received a license from the Kenya regulator. The company is also licensed in the UK and offers good trading conditions.

5. Scope Markets

Scope Markets has recently obtained a CMA license with the broker being licensed under SCFM Limted. . The company is licensed in Kenya but also in Belize and is once again a good broker to trade with.

Kenya’s new tax on Ugandan eggs sets the stage for another trade war Mon, 13 Jun 2022 06:14:15 +0000


Kenya and Uganda are staring at another round of trade wars after Nairobi reinstated a levy on eggs imported from the neighboring country.

Uganda says Kenya is now taxing its eggs at a rate of Ksh72 ($0.6) per tray, bringing back a levy that was suspended last December following bilateral talks between Kampala and Nairobi.

Ugandan traders have protested the move, saying it does not bode well for trade between the two countries.

“Kenya’s imposition of levies on Ugandan eggs is bad policy and goes against the East African Community’s policy of free movement of goods and services from member states,” Godfrey Oundo Ogwabe, the chair of Uganda National Cross-Border Trade, said daily monitor.

Read: OBBO: Why Ugandan chicken is causing trouble in Kenyan markets

Kenya’s Livestock PS Harry Kimtai said the fees could be a normal levy levied on imports.


“I don’t have any specific information about the tax, but this could be the normal levy that the Kenyan tax authority levies on imports,” he said.

The new trade dispute comes at a time when the two countries have yet to settle a long-running dairy row after Kenya banned Uganda’s dairy products in 2019.

Kenya has restricted exports of poultry and dairy products from Uganda for the past two years, straining relations between the two countries. The poultry problem was solved after Uganda threatened to ban Nairobi from exporting its goods to its landlocked neighbor.

Uganda’s cabinet in November ordered its agriculture ministry to identify and list Kenyan products that Kampala will ban “soon” in retaliation for Kenya’s continued restrictions on its agricultural products.

Read: Kaheru: The trade war between Uganda and Kenya is misguided protectionism

The top agricultural exports from Kenya to Uganda include palm oil valued at Ksh 7.2 billion (US$61.5 million) in 2020, sorghum (Ksh 1.4 billion or US$12 million), vegetables (Ksh 311 million Ksh or $2.6 million) and legumes (Ksh 200 million or $1.7 million). .

Kenya and Uganda have long had trade wars, but recent hostilities between the two East African Community states began in December 2019, when Kenya stopped importing Ugandan milk, particularly the Lato brand.

In 2020, Kenya blocked Ugandan sugar and cane, costing traders who exported raw cane to sugar mills billions of shillings as the raw material had to rot on trucks at the border.

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Jonathan Leakey: The man who shaped millions of snake farms in Kenya Sat, 11 Jun 2022 13:25:37 +0000

Jonathan Leakey is credited with introducing the lucrative snake breeding business to Kenya. Most publications, both local and international, have described him as the father of snake breeding in Kenya.

He made a fortune hunting and selling rare viper snakes to many companies in Europe and parts of South America.

Preliminary reports before the government imposed restrictions on snake farming suggested the rare vipers were selling for nearly Ksh10,000 apiece in South America and China.

Among the most desirable were the Horned Viper (Bitis Worthingtoni) and the Mt. Kenya Bush Viper or Ashes Viper (Atheris desaixi). Venom is extracted for chronic disease research and drug development and manufacture of anti-venom medicines.

File photo of tourists visiting a snake farm in Baringo


Leakey is credited with founding the country’s first snake farm. The son of Louis Leakey and Mary Leakey, he decided to hunt snakes and supplied venoms to South African and US antivenom manufacturing companies.

He founded the Nairobi Snake Park in 1961 and was its first curator. After that, Leakey settled in Baringo, where he started his own snake farm in the 1970s.

In 1990 he hired his father to work on his snake farm in Baringo. His father worked for him until 2001, when he also started his own farm.

But Leakey, who was always out running various errands, decided to close down his own farm. He was already an established snake farmer.

In 2003, the government raided and confiscated all of his father’s snake collections. He was also imprisoned for nine days, forcing the family empire to collapse.

To honor its contribution to the snake farming industry, scientists named the Baringo carpet viper Echis Pyramidum Leakeyi, the most commonly found snake in Baringo’s harsh environment.

Before venturing into snake breeding, at the age of 26, Leakey found the fossil remains of a 10-year-old Homo habilis child in the Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania, then nicknamed Jonny’s Child.

Leakey died on July 12, 2021 and was cremated on July 28 at a private ceremony in Nairobi, leaving behind a rich history in snake breeding. Coincidentally, one of his closest allies who helped him breed snakes, Nankorot Ewoi, died 12 days later.

His ally’s funeral made headlines after a wild, two-meter-long python slithered into the family compound and went straight to his grave and later his home.

While the two remain the fathers of snake farming in Kenya and have reportedly made millions, recent comments by Roots Party presidential candidate George Luchiri Wajackoyah have reignited debate about this unique form of farming.

Wajackoyah pledged to revive snake farming and raise over Ksh84 billion, which will be used to repay Kenya’s foreign debt.

At the moment, snake breeding is restricted. Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) grants licenses to people who are willing to get involved in this business.

Presidential hopeful Prof. George Wajackoyah addresses reporters from the nation at his office in Karen on February 17, 2022

Presidential hopeful Prof. George Wajackoyah addresses reporters from the nation at his office in Karen on February 17, 2022

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Kenya’s national beach volleyball coach Salome Wanjala misses the World Cup Tue, 07 Jun 2022 13:39:41 +0000

The Volleyball World Championship will be held from June 10th to 19th in Rome, Italy

Coach Wanjala is currently in Mombasa to prepare other team members for the upcoming 2022 Commonwealth Games, scheduled from April 4th to August 31st in Birmingham, UK.

However, the African champion has to count on the services of beach volleyball coach Patrick Owino.

The men’s team failed to qualify for the biannual tournament as South Africa, Gambia and Rwanda took the only qualifying spots at the qualifiers in Accra, Ghana in March of that year.

There were concerns as to whether the duo would be ready to take part in the nine-day tournament as Makokha was the only player to train with coach Wanjala in Mombasa.

From May 19 to June 1, 2022, Agala competed in the African Women’s Volleyball Clubs Championships. At the continental tournament, KCB beat Al Ahly of Egypt 3-1 to claim the title for the first time since 2006.

“Makokha left for Nairobi today (yesterday) to join Agala for the Rome tournament. The duo have performed together before and there is no need to worry about the preparations.” Wanjala told the Standard when asked if Agala’s participation in the club championships will affect her performance in Italy.

At the World Cup, Kenya was placed in Pool L alongside hosts Italy, Germany and Poland. Other representatives of Africa include; Morocco and Mozambique and Egypt are in pools C and K, respectively.

Alfred Mutua & Amason Kingi omitted as registrar share official Kenyan Kwanza partners Sun, 05 Jun 2022 05:56:57 +0000

Maendeleo Chap Chap, led by Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua, the Pamoja African Alliance (PAA) led by Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi were among the parties conspicuously absent from an official list of parties in the Kenya-Kwanza coalition.

In a statement on Sunday June 5, the Office of the Register of Political Parties (ORPP) confirmed that only 11 parties formed the Kenya-Kwanza-Kwanza coalition.

Led by Deputy President William Ruto, Kenya Kwanza has three founding parties including the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) led by Ruto, the Amani National Congress (ANC) led by Musalia Mudavadi and Ford Kenya led by Moses Wetangula .

The other eight parties later included in the coalition party include Moses Kuria-led Chama Cha Kazi, the Communist Party of Kenya (CPK), the Devolution Party of Kenya (DPK) and the Economic Freedom Party (EFP).

Governor Amason Kingi with DP William Ruto, Speaker JB Muturi, MP Aisha Jumwa, ANC Leader Musalia Mudavadi and Senator Moses Wetangula in Karen on Tuesday May 10, 2022.


Others include the Farmers Party (FP), Mwangi Kiunjuri’s Service Party (TSP), the Tujibebe Wakenya Party (Jibebe) led by William Kabogo, and the Umoja na Maendeleo Party.

“The Registrar of Political Parties announces to the public that the 11 political parties listed below have been confirmed as genuine members of the Kenya Kwanza Alliance (KKA) under the Political Parties Act 2011,” reads part of the notice.

The notice effectively omitted three key members who had publicly shifted their allegiance to DP Ruto’s camp, including Maendeleo Chap Chap’s Mutua, PAA’s Kingi and National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi of the Democratic Party.

At Kenya Kwanza, Alfred Mutua and Kingi had negotiated top positions, including serving as deputy chief minister if the Kenya Kwanza Coalition won the August 9 general election.

In his role, Mutua would report directly to Amani National Congress (ANC) party leader Musalia Mudavadi, who would serve as chief minister.

Mutua further indicated that his position would also include a ministerial portfolio in infrastructure development.

However, the duo have faced hurdles since plotting their exit from Azimio la Umoja after claiming they were not treated as equals.

In particular, their agreement with Azimio tied them to the coalition for at least six months – three months before and after the general election – although they have since questioned the legality of that provision.

National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi (left) and billionaire Mary Wambui Mungai surprise birthday party on May 6, 2022..jpg (4

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