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Daily Nation : February 7th 2014
DAILY NATION Friday February 7, 2014 NAROK Matemu asks governors to step up war on graft BY NATION CORRESPONDENT County governments have been asked to put in place measures to boost service delivery and stop misuse of public resources. Ethics and Anti-Corrup- tion Commission chairman Mumo Matemu (right) said the measures would ensure accountability, transparency and good governance. Mr Matemu spoke yester- day during the launch of an advisory programme on corruption prevention in Narok County. He said the programme would help in fighting and preventing corruption in the 47 devolved units. Through the initiative, MOMBASA | Transporters launch portal to share information New online forum to ease goods movement Portal will have data on policies, regulations, procedures for trade to improve logistics for movement of freight BY WACHIRA MWANGI @wachiramwa2000 email@example.com A transporters association has launched an online forum for collection and dissemi- nation of information on policies, regulations and procedures for trade with the main focus being road transport. Kenya Transporters Association online portal or e-portal, supported by Trademark East Africa, is aimed at contributing to improved professionalism, access to information and services on transport logistics for trade and movement of goods in the East African Community. National Transport and Safety Authority chairman Lee Kinyanjui (below) told the launch that the government had made facilitation of trade a key priority. He said the myriad initiatives and flagship projects currently undertaken under Vision 2030, sought to position Kenya as the preferred business destination. “Transport costs are significantly high, contributing to 30-50 per cent ‘‘ of export value and accounting for at least 40 per cent of the cost of doing business in Kenya. The portal will provide all the information in a single window,” Mr Kinyanjui said. Transporters association chief ex- ecutive officer Wellington Kiverenge said the launch was in line with the association’s mandate of promoting growth, development and cooperation in the transport sector. The portal launch was at Whitesands Beach Resort in Mombasa. Well informed drivers “Lack of information or minimal access to information is now considered a non-tariff barrier to trade. A survey on the Northern Corridor established that one of the causes of delay at the border points was poorly informed drivers and transport operators. Drivers lack requisite travel documents and those that have them have no clue of the immigration procedures,” Mr Kiverenge said. He said the e-portal would play an instrumental part in increasing the efficiency of service delivery and compliance in transportation. It will also act as a single window for accessing relevant documents and information from other stakeholders in the transport industry. Transporters association chairman The portal will provide all the information on one window ” National Transport and Safety Authority boss Lee Kinyanjui Paul Maiyo said the e-portal would encompass regional laws and regulations, vehicle load control laws and the Traffic Act. It would also allow interested companies or individuals to make online applications for membership. The portal was developed in partnership with Trademark East Africa who provided technical and financial support. NAIROBI City estates to be upgraded in varsity, county deal BY NATION CORRESPONDENT Nairobi’s Eastlands area is set to get a new face as the county government targets its colonial estates for renewal. Old estates including Bahati Mbo- tela, Uhuru, Kimathi, Jericho, Pangani and Ngara are among those that will be revamped. A memorandum signed between the county government and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology spells out a structured collaboration between the two institutions. The city’s face-lift will be con- ducted based on research on urban planning from the university’s centre of urban studies. The county and the institution will further collaborate in training on governance and sharing of professionals, including qualified architects, according to the agreement. Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero said deal would promote local talent instead of consulting overseas. “We want to cooperate on research and recent knowledge from JKUAT to tap into their resources on urban planning. This will also see us breed home grown skills and talents,” he said. The governor noted that the houses had been run down and it would be better to build new structures than repair them. The city is currently undergoing the first phases of an integrated development plan, funded by the Japanese government. The county is seeking views from the public on how best to restructure the city. Mr Kidero said the partnership with the university would help its students access internship opportunities in the county government. The Siaya County Assembly has rejected the appointment of Mr Stephen Kopot to the position of executive member in charge of legal and administrative matters. Mr Kopot, a lawyer who represented Governor Cornel Rasanga (above) in a case challenging his win in last year’s General Election, was rejected by the majority after a heated debate. The assembly however approved Mr Ismael Onyango for the position of member of the County Public Service Board. counties will map out corruption hotspots and develop strategies to deal with the vice that is slowly being devolved. “We will roll out this pro- gramme in all 47 counties, with the first phase targeting Bungoma, Uasin Gishu, Meru, Narok, Kakamega and Nairobi,” Mr Matemu told the one-day workshop for civil servants in Narok Town. He said this would help counties to strengthen the weak leadership structures inherited from local governments. Governor Samuel Tunai pledged to draft an anti-corruption law and audit county personnel to flush out ghost workers. ALL IN A DAY’S WORK | Selling grass County News 19 BRIEFLY TURKANA Rapist to spend rest of his life in prison A man has been convicted of defiling an eight-year-old girl and sentenced to life imprisonment. Makoven Fantu, who appeared in a Lodwar court, had been accused of defiling the child on October 26, 2011 at Kakuma refugee camp in Turkana West sub-county. The court heard that he committed the offence in a house while armed with a knife. The girl told the court that the man used a piece of cloth to cover her mouth and eyes as he committed the offence. NYAMIRA Woman suspected of selling baby arrested A woman in Nyamira County was arrested for allegedly selling her baby to another. County children’s officer Samwel Masese yesterday said the woman was apprehended at Bondeka village of West Mugirango Constituency, following reports that her baby had disappeared. Preliminary reports alleged that the woman conspired with her husband to sell the newborn to an elderly childless woman, as the couple already had five children. The woman will be taken to court. KAKAMEGA Power transformer explodes, kills worker A Kenya Power employee died and another one suffered severe injuries when an electricity transformer they were repairing exploded. Mr Fidelis Babu, a district officer, said the victims were part of a team that was repairing the machine at Bumwende Primary School in Mumias East. Breakdown in communication could have caused the accident, he said. A team at the main control line switched on power while the two were still repairing the faulty equipment, he said. SIAYA Rasanga petition lawyer rejected for county post SULEIMAN MBATIAH | NATION A man takes grass on a motorcycle at Maili Saba on the Nakuru-Nyahururu road yesterday. The grass, harvested at the Menengai Crater in Nakuru, is sun-dried, packed in bales and sold to dairy farmers in towns.
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