A PRESS STATEMENT:-on the cost of basic commodities,the nurses strike,and the FOOD SITUATION IN THE COUNTRY.

A Press Statement JUNE  8TH. 2017.
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Cost of Basic Commodities
For the last 3 years East Africa, Southern Africa and the Horn of Africa have been experiencing the worst drought in the last 20 years, both in intensity and duration. As a result, the region is experiencing a shortage of key agricultural supplies pushing up the cost of basic food commodities.

In KENYA’S case, the worst affected commodity is maize due to the fact that it is a staple food.
It is against this background that the government has progressively put in place several measures to protect the vulnerable sections of our communities. We have also ensured that the public is kept informed of what the government is doing to avoid a situation where citizens are overrun by unnecessary anxiety and despondency.
It is therefore unfortunate that yesterday, Hon. Raila Odinga who is campaigning to be President made objectionable allegations about the government effort in this matter.

The same allegations have been widely circulated in the media.
1.

Hon Odinga is quoted as saying that the government of Kenya has frustrated the importation of cheap maize from Ethiopia. He went on to ask H.E. the President to travel to Ethiopia and negotiate for such importation.
2.

I wish to inform the public that as early as February 2017, H.E. the President Uhuru Kenyatta sent a delegation to Ethiopia to negotiate for maize imports from this friendly country. As a result, the Ethiopian
government has so far allowed the importation of 13000 metric tons of maize into Kenya.
3.

During negotiations with the mailers who had expressed interest to import maize, it became clear that a 90 kilograms bag of maize from Ethiopia would retail at between 4400 and 5000 shillings given the obtaining dependent variables. The notion that this maize will be cheap is therefore grossly misguided.
4.

Finally and of critical public interest, information to the public is  that the current approval for importation of maize is completely open and all government departments have been advised accordingly.

Once again the insinuation that anybody is frustrating certain importers is seriously misguided. The government has no preference whatever for maize from any destination or by any importer.
5.

The only condition is that the maize will pass a stringent test of fitness for human consumption and that with a subsidy of 1000 shillings per bag it will be able to reach mwananchi at a price of 90 shillings per 2 kilogram bag. Once you are able to meet this condition, all relevant government departments have been directed to facilitate you on priority basis.

We hesitate to note that Hon. Raila Odinga himself is a suave businessman and he can exploit this opportunity.

 

 
Nurses Strike.
From the onset,  it’s  apparent that the national government has no intention whatsoever to micro manage County Government as this is a devolved function. We however note that whatever technicalities there is in the current dispute, nothing either in the nursing profession or in the tenets of civilized society justifies the loss of human life in peacetime.

The message to nurses is therefore that whatever it is that you arguing about, don’t fall to the gimmicks of political tricksters who would deem it worthwhile to cause suffering or even sacrifice human life for temporary causes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PRESS STATEMENT BY THE HON. CABINET SECRETARY, MINISTRY OF
AGRICULTURE, LIVESTOCK AND FISHERIES ON THE FOOD SITUATION IN
THE COUNTRY.

07-06-2017.
Our attention has been drawn…….. to a  press conference addressed this afternoon 7-6-17
by the former prime minister and NASA presidential candidate with allegations  that the
hunger situation is a deliberate creation of the state.

1.

It is a known fact that the hunger situation is a regional matter not confined
to Kenya. As at now, Kenya is at a better position in terms of the prices that
are being offered for Unga.
2.

From the time government got early warnings on drought, it took the
following measures:

By August 2016, interventions were already ongoing through the
Ministry of Devolution, way before the much-acclaimed Hon.
RailaOdinga’s alternative assertions.

In November 2016, after reviewing the situation, the government upscaled
the intervention programme by putting in place a four-phased
National drought mitigation programme – running between November,
2016 to October 2017. This saw provision of relief food to over 3
million Kenyans in the 23 ASAL Counties.

Besides the Government
implemented;
1. Water tracking
2. Livestock off-take
3. Feed supplements and diseases control
4. Extended and up-scaled cash transfers to the most vulnerable in
the society.

By February 2017, after a further review of the situation through our
monthly food security assessments, H.E. the president declared the
drought a national disaster.

In April 2017, theGovernment removed VAT on maize flour and bread
as an incentive to lower the prices for the benefit of consumers.

Further, after another review of the situation, the Government waived
duty on the importation of maize.
Contrary to the assertions that this was a preserve of a few importers, this opportunity is open to everyone as long as they meet the quality standards.
So far, the process has been successful and we have stocks from all over including Ethiopia. In addition, all the other agencies of Government have been sensitized to facilitate the process.
Other essential food commodities;
By virtue of the Government’s intervention and being a responsible Government;

The price of maize flour will continue retailing at Kshs. 90 until the situation normalizes. Interventions and supplies are being up-scaled and this is set to reach every corner of the Country including posho mills.

From last week, milk started retailing at Kshs. 50 per half litre packet.

Sugar prices have been addressed and by next Monday, the price of 1 kg of sugar will start retailing at Kshs. 120.
In conclusion,  the Government is on top of the situation and is being handled in the most professional, proficient and transparent manner.As a Government, we refuse to be derailed by sideshows for political expediency. It would therefore be very unfortunate for anybody of whatever status in society to use the food situation due to natural causes, for political millage.
HON. WILLY BETT
CABINET SECRETARY, MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE, LIVESTOCK AND FISHERIES.

AFRICANS RISING MEDIA RELEASE

MEDIA RELEASE

March 2017

Africans Rising Releases Fact-Finding Mission Report Into Crisis In Cameroon
Africans Rising for Peace, Justice and Dignity

In October 2016, associations representing teachers, educators and lawyers in two of Cameroon’s Anglophone South West and North West Regions embarked on a strike action. Their demands centred on greater inclusion and promotion of English-speaking Cameroonians in the teaching and legal sectors as well as across government and society in general, both regionally and nationally.

The strikes were followed a few weeks later by public protests in the two regions’ main cities, Bamenda and Buea organised by leading civil society organisations in the regions in support of the strikes and against the general “marginalisation and deprivation” of Anglophone Cameroonians by the Francophone authorities and government of President Paul Biya. The protests were broadened to include “ghost town” actions – stay-at- home boycotts enacted twice a week that led to major disruptions of schooling, judicial processes, private and public businesses and other services.

The government responded to protests with a security crackdown that led to reported human rights violations by the authorities and security forces including killings, arbitrary arrests, detentions, torture, harassment and intimidation. An internet blockade that was instituted in January and has denied millions of people in the Anglophone regions access to the internet, remains in effect. Together with militarised security operations, this has produced a pervasive climate of repression, fear and intimidation across the

South West and North West Regions. Concerned about the worsening human rights situation, a four-member delegation from Africans Rising embarked on a fact-finding mission to Cameroon to understand the nature of the conflict, its context and its impact on the people of Cameroon and to help seek lasting peaceful and just solutions to the crisis for the Cameroonian people. The delegation met discreetly with a range of stakeholders, many of whom requested

anonymity out of fear for their safety, who shared eyewitness accounts of many of the reported human rights violations and the impact of these violations on them and their communities.

We observed the devastating economic impact of the internet blockade, disrupted cellular communications and the closure of businesses as well as the equally devastating social impact on education, healthcare and safety and security that the government’s crackdown and protest actions have brought to bear in this crisis. The repressive response by government also has had serious political impacts, most notably the shrinking of space for civic and political action that in turn undermines citizens’ fundamental rights to freedom of expression, assembly and political association.

In order to resolve this deepening crisis, the Africans Rising mission recommends that the government immediately act to end the repressive actions and fear by ending its militarised security operations in the Anglophone regions with immediate effect. Other recommendations include the immediate unconditional release all people – including children, civil society leaders, and journalists – arrested and detained in connection with the process; the immediate restoration of internet access; the resumption of schooling; and the establishment of an open, independently-mediated dialogue process between government and Anglophone civil society to address all grievances.

As an emerging movement of people and formations, working for peace, justice and dignity we call on African organisations such as the African Union as well as other solidarity social justice groupings to engage this crisis in order to help bring about lasting peaceful and justice solutions for the people of Cameroon.

THE End.

THE DROUGHT SITUATION ……………………A STATEMENT.

A PRESS RELEASE………

The Government met development partners to review drought crisis;and
secures funding for drought intervention.
February 16,2017.
The National Government held a consultative
meeting with donors, international humanitarian agencies and a
range of development partners to discuss and streamline collaboration
towards dealing with the ongoing drought which Kenya recently
declared a national disaster.
In attendance of the event were:
1. Chief of Staff and Head of Public Service: Dr. Joseph Kinyua
2. Principal Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Ambassador
Monica Juma
3. Principal Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and
Fisheries: Dr. Richard Lesiyampe
4. Principal Secretary Irrigation; Dr. Peter Nduati
5. Principal Secretary Social Protection: Susan Mochache
6. The European Union Regional Coordinator: Ambassaddor
Stefano Dejak
7. The United Nations Resident Coordinator: Mr. Siddhartha
Chatterjee
8. US Ambassador to Kenya: Ambassador Rodert Godec
9. Chinese Ambassador to Kenya: Ambassador Liu Xianfa
10. Turkish Ambassador to Kenya: Ambassador Deniz Eke
11. German Ambassador to Kenya: Ambassador Jutta Frasch
12. Representatives from the United Kingdom’s Department
for International Development (DRID)
13. Representative from DANIDA
14. Representatives from Africa Development Bank; amongst
others.
15. The Kenya Red Cross Secretary General, Abbas Gullet
16. Members of Kenya’s Private Sector
The meeting was attended by all invited donor partners and international
humanitarian agencies. All present expressed a keen interest
in partnering with the Government to bridge the Ksh 11 billion
gap in financing required to effectively and comprehensively address
the drought through short, medium and long term measures.
Donors present were satisfied that the government was doing all it
can to mitigate the unprecedented drought which has affected the
IGAD region.
Speaking immediately after the meeting, The European Union Regional
Coordinator Amb. Stefano Dejak said ,”The European Union will be
contributing Ksh. 1billion for cash transfers, which seems to be the
most effective manner of reaching the most vulnerable. We commend
the Government of Kenya for the speed in which they have responded
in mitigating this dramatic drought whose severity was unpredictable
and affects the whole IGAD region”.
UNDP Regional Resident coordinator echoed Amb. Dejak’s remarks,”
The scale of this challenge has doubled both in the area and numbers
of those affected. This was unexpected. The UNDP remain at hand to
continue supporting government, which can request the UN through
a gazette notice, to redeploy existing resources to respond to the
drought”.
According to the Kenya Meteorological Department, Kenya will continue
to experience depressed rainfalls during the period March-May
2017 which is commonly known as the “long rains” season. Kenya,
Ethiopia, Uganda and South Sudan have declared the drought national
disasters; while the impact in Somalia is severe and has been
declared a famine.
Having recognized that the scope and magnitude of Kenya’s drought
crisis have escalated, Government of Kenya has sought to escalate its
response in tandem. The Government has allocated Ksh 7.4 billion
towards a second phase of drought mitigation interventions and cabinet
has approved this allocation. However, to deal effectively and
comprehensively with the crisis, a further Ksh 11 billion is required.
During this morning’s meeting, Kenya successfully solicited the support
of its development partners to bridge this gap in drought intervention
financing.
The P.S. in the Ministry of Agriculture,who
chairs the inter agency national coordination committee explained thus
“Scientific empirical evidence is needed to declare a national disaster
of this magnitude. The number of those affected has doubled since
August last year. Those affected are now 2.7 million across 23 counties out of the 47 counties.
The government has already expended Ksh. 5.5 billion in various
interventions so far”.
The Government wishes to thank all the partners and stakeholders
who attended this morning’s meeting. who have been unwavering
in their commitment to bring relief to Kenyans across the
country affected by drought.

Government Spokesperson

A PRESS STATEMENT December 16th ,2016(death of a kenyan abroad)

                                       
                                         A PRESS STATEMENT

It was with deep regret that  the government received the news last Sunday, of
the death of Mr. Zakayo Muriuki Gatimu, in an Ethiopian hospital.
The Ethiopian authorities arrested the late Zakayo Muriuki Gatimu
on 10 th January, 2015, in Jijiga, Ethiopia. He was arrested walking
out of the compound of the client who had contracted his employer
company, BSS Ltd, to install a VSAT Satellite in Jijiga. Jijiga is
about 381 miles East of Addis Ababa near the Somalia boarder. On
the same date, another Kenyan, Mr. Jedrick Mugo (Radio Frequency
Engineer of Space Engineering Company alongside a Mr. Ali Basir
was also arrested in the same region of Jijiga.
The Government has been aware of the imprisonment of Mr.
Muriuki in Ethiopia, and our Embassy in Addis Ababa has been
engaged with both his family and the Government of Ethiopia in a
bid to resolve the case and have Mr. Muriuki and his colleague
return home.
We can confirm that investigations to establish the circumstances
of his death are underway and we have been assured of full
cooperation from the Ethiopian authorities.At this time, our primary concern is with the family of Zack
Muriuki, who we have been assisting to repatriate the body. We will
continue to stand with them as arrangements for the funeral are
finalized.
We express sincere condolences to the family and assure them of
continued government support at this difficult time.
Government remains engaged in efforts to secure the release of Mr.
Muriuki’s colleague, Mr. Jedrick Mugo.

We continue to urge their
employers to come forth with critical information needed by the
Ethiopian Government to shed more light into the case. Their
continued silence threatens to cripple the Embassy’s efforts to
secure Mr. Mugo’s release.
Government would like to issue a cautionary reminder to citizens
living in foreign countries, especially those which are politically
volatile and conflict prone, to maintain the highest levels of
vigilance. It is incumbent on Kenyans living abroad to be cognizant
of laws in those countries and make every effort to observe them.
The liberties enjoyed under the Kenyan constitution are not
standard across the  board.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is always at hand to advice Kenyans
considering or pursuing opportunities outside the country. They
are able to advise citizens on appropriate pre-cautionary measures
to take, laws to observe, and avenues to pursue for assistance in
the event of certain possible eventualities. Citizens worldwide are
always in better standing seeking such guidance before leaving
their home countries. This places Government in a better position
to adequately assist Kenyans who find themselves in difficult,
dangerous or compromising situations while in a foreign country.

KIRAITHE E.K. (MBS)
Government Spokesperson

A press release-JAMHURI DAY CELEBRATIONS.

DECEMBER 9 TH 2016
PRESS RELEASE
NATIONAL JAMHURI DAY CELEBRATIONS

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Nairobi, Kenya—On Monday 12 th December 2016, official Jamhuri day celebrations will be held
at Nyayo Stadium, Nairobi. The function will begin at 10am. President Uhuru will preside
over the day’s festivities. All Kenyans are welcome to participate in the shared celebrations. The
stadium will be accessible to the public from 7am. The overall theme of this year’s celebrations will
be peace, unity and patriotism among Kenyans.
As Kenyans all over the country mark our 53 rd Jamhuri Day, events will take place both in Nairobi
and across all counties led by county Commissioners. Stringent security arrangements have been
made and traffic management measures effected to ensure the safety of our citizens, as well as safety and efficiency on our roads.
With respect to the use of roads for the main function at Nyayo Stadium in Nairobi, the public is
advised as follows:
1. Aérodrome road will be closed to the general public. The road shall be accessible to accredited vehicles only. Other vehicles will be diverted to other routes as appropriate.
2. Heavy commercial vehicles coming from Nakuru and/or Mombasa will not be permitted onto Uhuru Highway on the material day. They will instead be required to use the Nairobi
Southern Bypass.
We wish all Kenyans an enjoyable and peaceful Jamhuri Day.

A PRESS STATEMENT:blog post.(the health strike).

A PRESS STATEMENT ON HEALTH STRIKE
6 TH DECEMBER 2016

 

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The Ministry of Health deeply regrets the prevailing Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists
and Dentists Union (KMPDU) organized strike. The Ministry recognizes and deeply values the
critical role medical practitioners play in Kenya. The Ministry also acknowledges that the
fundamental issues being raised by the trade union are valid. They are part of a conversation that
has spanned several administrations and constitutional dispensations. The Ministry of Health
assures the medical community that it indeed agrees, in principle, with the need to improve
service conditions for doctors in public health institutions who provide invaluable service to our
Nation.
This therefore necessitates robust engagement between the KMPDU, The National Treasury, the
Salaries and Remuneration Commission, the Council of Governors, and the Ministry of East
African Community, Labor and Social Protection, in order to reach satisfactory solutions that are
ethically acceptable and legally and fiscally practicable. The Ministry of Health remains ready to
facilitate good-faith discussions between all the concerned parties. To that end, The Ministry of
Health has convened a meeting between the afore mentioned parties, which is scheduled to take
place this afternoon at Afya House. It is our hope and confidence that this meeting will yield a
workable agreement.
The Government notes with grave concern that the strike has disrupted the enjoyment of basic,
fundamental rights for citizens across the country, and is causing incalculable pain and grief
across the country. Countless Kenyans—mothers, fathers and children—in need of emergency
attention are unable to access it. Many have been left teetering on the precipice of death. Some have succumbed to ailments through the lack of medical attention. This cannot continue. We
believe that the issues raised can be solved.
In light of the above, and in view of the acute suffering which the ongoing strikes are causing to
Kenyans across the country, the Ministry of Health continues to urgently appeal to the KMPDU
to call off the strike, and return to work.
The Government trusts that members of this esteemed medical community—who have served
Kenyans with distinction over the years—will continue to hold their call to service and their oath
of office in good conscience, by returning to the negotiation table while allowing critical health
services to resume.

A PRESS statement,about:-the HEALTH CRISIS.

 

 

 

 

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The Ministry of Health deeply regrets the prevailing Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists
and Dentists Union (KMPDU) organized strike. The Ministry recognizes and deeply values the
critical role medical practitioners play in Kenya. The Ministry also acknowledges that the
fundamental issues being raised by the trade union are valid. They are part of a conversation that
has spanned several administrations and constitutional dispensations. The Ministry of Health
assures the medical community that it indeed agrees, in principle, with the need to improve
service conditions for doctors in public health institutions who provide invaluable service to our
Nation.
This therefore necessitates robust engagement between the KMPDU, The National Treasury, the
Salaries and Remuneration Commission, the Council of Governors, and the Ministry of East
African Community, Labor and Social Protection, in order to reach satisfactory solutions that are
ethically acceptable and legally and fiscally practicable.

The Ministry of Health remains ready to
facilitate good-faith discussions between all the concerned parties.

To that end, The Ministry of
Health has convened a meeting between the afore mentioned parties, which is scheduled to take
place this afternoon at Afya House. It is  hoped and  with confidence that this meeting will yield a
workable agreement.
The Government notes with grave concern that the strike has disrupted the enjoyment of basic,
fundamental rights for citizens across the country, and is causing incalculable pain and grief
across the country.

Countless Kenyans—mothers, fathers and children—in need of emergency
attention are unable to access it. Many have been left teetering on the brink of death. Some have succumbed to ailments through the lack of medical attention. This cannot continue.

We believe that the issues raised can be solved.
In light of the above, and in view of the acute suffering which the ongoing strikes are causing to
Kenyans across the country, the Ministry of Health continues to urgently appeal to the KMPDU
to call off the strike, and return to work.
The Government trusts that members of this esteemed medical community—who have served
Kenyans with distinction over the years—will continue to hold their call to service and their oath
of office in good conscience, by returning to the negotiation table while allowing critical health
services to resume.