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Daily Nation : January 28th 2014
DAILY NATION Tuesday January 28, 2014 too much time and money on non-essential activities at the expense of passing county laws shillings on foreign travel In Nakuru, delegations from the county made several trips to various countries between July and October last year. These included the United States, Finland, Israel, China and Spain. Governor Kinuthia Mbugua, defended the trips, saying, they were important in making contacts with investors. In Uasin Gishu, the County Assembly and the Executive continue to trade accusations on how to manage the foreign trips. The Governor, Mr Jack- son Mandago, criticised the MCAs for spending too much time on foreign trips at the expense of passing the relevant legislation to facilitate the work of his executive. Assembly budget “These county reps These county reps recently went to Rwanda at a cost of Sh20 million. The money could have been diverted to other projects such as roads” LABAN WALLOGA | NATION Mombasa MCAs address a press conference on the problem of hawkers in the coastal town’s CBD. They are among the few who have not made foreign trips since they were elected. Kibuu, said the trips had been budgeted for. Interestingly, the trip to Ethiopia did not involve a select group, but the entire assembly, including staff. During the trip, the members were divided into two groups with the first group being led by the Deputy Speaker, Mr Joel Gichuru. A representative said the team did not visit any coffee farm although the coffee industry in Ethiopia was one of the reasons for the Sh11.6 million mission. Another MCA said every member on the trip was paid Sh172,000 as per diem amounting to Sh8.6 million for the 50 members. A return Air ticket for each member cost Sh60,000. Early this month, the MCAs also toured Tanzania to learn how that country has managed to make mountain climbing a top revenue earner for its economy. “We want to make good use of our two natural resources— Mt Kenya and the Aberdare Ranges—just like Tanzanians are benefiting from Mt Kilimanjaro,” Mr Kibuu said. Uasin Gishu governor Jackson Mandago However, a week-long trip to Uganda by MCAs in July drew protests from the public and the civil society after it emerged that the officials had spent Sh16 million. The trip came at a time when Mr Mbugua was dealing with the rejection of his county executive committee nominees by the MCAs. In Mandera, the minority leader in the county assembly, Mr Abdirashid Maalim, has raised the red flag over a trip to Israel, which is estimated to have cost Sh15 million. The 14-day trip by 27 MCAs was paid for by the County Assembly. Foreigners rake in Sh10bn yearly from Kenyan waters BY NATION REPORTER Kenya loses Sh10 billion an- nually to foreigners who fish in its waters, President Kenyatta said yesterday. The Head of State noted that the foreigners carry out illegal fishing in the country’s exclusive economic zone, depleting the country of valuable fish stock like tuna. The fish, he said, end up being sold to the country at exorbitant prices. Unreported Mr Kenyatta noted that foreigners were capable of exploring the Exclusive Economic Zone since they have deep-sea fishing vessels. “We lose up to Sh10 billion of fish annually as a result of illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing,” he said. “After robbing us of fish of great value, they later come and sell the same fish to us at exorbitant prices,” he added. The President was speaking at the port of Mombasa when rial waters. To fight the fishermen, the President said, the government had released funds to buy an offshore patrol vessel. He said the patrol ship was under construction, adding, it would be commissioned soon. However, the President did not indicate the cost of the vessel or when its construction would be completed. Apart from trying to solve he commissioned the Sh3.5 billion research vessel RV Mtafiti, which was donated by the Belgian government. He thanked Belgium for the donation and said the vessel would help the country conduct research on its territo- Sh3.5bn Value of the ship that was commissioned by President Kenyatta the illegal fishing challenge, he said the patrol vessel would help stop drug traffickers across the coastline. “This way, we shall stamp out the drug menace,” he said. Mr Kenyatta said that al- though the Coast region had vast marine resources, it only contributed five per cent of the 174,000 metric tonnes of fish produced in the country. He noted that 30 years ago, the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations indicated that the country had the potential to produce more fish per year. A Marine Fisheries Taskforce four years ago estimated that the country could earn Sh12 billion annually from the marine fisheries. Fisheries Cabinet Secretary Felix Koskei said the marine has the potential to generate between Sh100 and Sh200 billion annually. Kilifi governor Amason Kingi and Mombasa senator Omar Hassan also attended the event. recently went to Rwanda at a cost of Sh20 million. The money could have been diverted to other projects such as roads,” he said. But assembly speaker Isaac Terer and leader of Majority Josephat Lowoi said on phone from Rwanda that the trips were financed from the assembly budget that had been approved in line with the law. “Our trip is for the bet- terment of the people, he” said. The MCAs will spend six days in Rwanda. In Baringo, MCAs toured Rwanda and Uganda mid last yea to learn best practices. The cost of the trips, which involved 30 MCAs could not be established. Kisumu County was also on the spot over a private trip to Germany for 11 MCAs who were paid Sh33,000 each unprocedurally. Last year, 47 county representatives spent Sh7.5 million on a six-day study tour to Uganda. According to the Hansard of August 6, the assembly also approved Sh694,847 for Speaker Anne Adul to attend the National Conference of State Legislature in Atlanta, Georgia between August 11 and 15. The only MCAs, who have not been out of the country since they assumed office last year are from Mombasa. Reported by Patrick Nzioka, John Ngirachu, Bob Odalo, James Ngunjiri, Stephen Muthini, Copperfield Lagat, Wycliff Kipsang, Tom Matoke, Daniel Nyassy, Abdimalik Hajir, Jonathan Manyindo, Moraa Obiria, Moses Odhiambo, Maurice Kalouch Geoffrey Rono, Benson Amadala, Derick Luveg, Farouk Mwabege and Kitavi Mutua National News 5 BRIEFLY MWINGI Kalonzo critics urged to shut up or leave Cord leader Moses Wetangula has warned MPs critical of Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka to stop or leave the party. Speaking during a fundraiser in Tseikuru, Mwingi North at the weekend, the Bungoma senator said the Wiper party was part of the Cord coalition and its leader would be involved in deciding the Opposition’s 2017 flag bearer. Mr Wetangula said the coalition’s unity would be critical for the next elections and if Cord leaders Raila Odinga, Mr Musyoka and Mr Wetangula split it would be to their disadvantage. EMBU Man who damaged son’s bicycle freed A man who was handed 18 months for damaging his son’s bicycle is now free after a judge set aside the sentence. Lady Justice Hedwig Ong’udi overturned the sentence yesterday, saying, sending Mr Joseph Mburia to prison would break up his family. She criticised the probation officer who handled the case, saying, he misguided the magistrate and failed to disclose that there was a conflict between Mr Mburia and his son. Justice Ong’udi ordered Mr Mburia to repair his son’s bicycle and return it to him in 30 days.
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