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Lawyer Ahmednassir Abdullahi.  Image: FILE
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• His sentiments comes days after Public Service Commission short-listed 477 names for the post of Principal Secretary to serve in President William Ruto’s administration.

• There were 9,154 applicants for the position.

Lawyer Ahmednasir Abdullahi has said that politicians who failed in the last regime and lost in the August 9, polls, should not be be employed as Principle Secretaries.

In a statement on Saturday, Ahmednasir said that leaders rejected by voters should not be in government. 

"Failed politicians rejected and found unfit for public office in the August elections by voters should not be employed as Principal Secretaries in ministries," he said. 

His sentiments come days after Public Service Commission shortlisted 477 names for the post of Principal Secretary to serve in President William Ruto’s administration.

There were 9,154 applicants for the position.

PSC announced the interviews for Principal Secretaries' positions will be held from October 12 to October 22.

Shortlisted applicants were published in the print media on Friday October 7.

Kenya Kwanza administration will have 49 Principal Secretaries who will each head a state department in the 22 ministries.

Six ministries - Mining, Trade, Education, Lands, Roads and Interior - will each have three Principal Secretaries.

The Ministry of Defence will have only one PS. 

Some of the notable names shorlisted includes Former Narok Governor Samuel Tunai, former Langata MP Nixon Korir, Former nominated MP Isaac Mwaura among others.

Among the 477 potential candidates are the current principal secretaries and former legislators.

They are Charles Hinga, Andrew Tuimur, Chris Kiptoo, Jerome Ochieng, Saitoti Torome, Belio Kipsang and Kevit Desai.

Others are Zeinab Hussein, Julius Jwan, Margaret Mwakima, Fred Segor and Esther Koimett. By PERPETUA ETYANG, The Star


NAIROBI, Oct. 7 (Xinhua) -- Kenya's population will hit 58 million by 2030 and 70 million by 2045, up from the current 50 million, the national statistics bureau projected on Friday.

The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) in its Analytical Report on Population Projections 2022 said that the bulk of the population during the years will comprise people aged 15-64 years.

"These projections are based on 2019 Kenya Census Data for a period of 25 years from 2020 to 2045. The projected population is expected to increase from 48.8 million in 2020," said the government agency.

However, despite the projected surge in population, KNBS said that Kenya's annual population growth rate would continue to decline during the period. The annual growth rate would fall from 1.8 percent in 2020 to 1.2 percent in 2045, according to KNBS.

Ukur Yatani, outgoing cabinet secretary, National Treasury and Planning, said in the report that the projections provide pragmatic evidence for use in the formulation of policies and plans to help Kenya achieve sustainable development goals. - Xinhua


Former South African President Jacob Zuma on Friday completed his 15-month sentence for contempt of court, the Correctional Services department said.

Zuma was sentenced by the Constitutional Court to 15 months in prison for contempt of court for refusing to appear before a judicial commission investigating corruption during his nearly decade-long presidency.

He was admitted into the Estcourt Correctional Center on July 8, 2021, but due to ill health, he was released on medical parole after two months before a court rescinded the “unlawful” parole in December and ruled that he should be returned to prison.

His lawyers, however, successfully challenged the ruling and Zuma served his remaining prison term under house arrest.

“Mr. Zuma complied with his conditions for medical parole as set out during his placement. All administrative processes have now been concluded and sentence expiry date marks the end of him serving his sentence under community corrections,’’ the department said. By Hassan Isilow, Anadolu Agency


The Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to jailed Belarus human rights activist Ales Bialiatski, the Russian campaign group Memorial and Ukraine's Center for Civil Liberties.

The winners were announced in Oslo by Berit Reiss-Andersen, chair of the Norwegian Nobel Committee.

She said the judges wanted to honour "three outstanding champions of human rights, democracy and peaceful coexistence in the neighbour countries Belarus, Russia and Ukraine".

She added: "Through their consistent efforts in favour of human values and anti-militarism and principles of law, this year's laureates have revitalised and honoured Alfred Nobel's vision of peace and fraternity between nations, a vision most needed in the world today."

The award traditionally recognises the work of groups and activists seeking to prevent conflict, tackle hardship and protect human rights.

Last year's winners have faced a difficult time since receiving the prize.

Journalists Dmitry Muratov of Russia and Maria Ressa of the Philippines have been fighting for the survival of their news organisations and defying government efforts to silence them.

They were honoured last year for "their efforts to safeguard freedom of expression, which is a precondition for democracy and lasting peace."

A week of Nobel Prize announcements kicked off on Monday with Swedish scientist Svante Paabo receiving the award in medicine for unlocking secrets of Neanderthal DNA that provided key insights into the immune system.

Three scientists jointly won the prize in physics Tuesday.

Frenchman Alain Aspect, American John F Clauser and Austrian Anton Zeilinger had shown that tiny particles can retain a connection with each other even when separated, a phenomenon known as quantum entanglement, that can be used for specialised computing and to encrypt information.

The Nobel Prize in chemistry was awarded on Wednesday to Americans Carolyn R Bertozzi and K. Barry Sharpless, and Danish scientist Morten Meldal for developing a way of "snapping molecules together" that can be used to explore cells, map DNA and design drugs that can target diseases such as cancer more precisely.

French author Annie Ernaux won this year's Nobel Prize in literature on Thursday.

The panel commended her for blending fiction and autobiography in books that draw on her experiences as a working-class woman to explore life in France since the 1940s.

The 2022 Nobel Prize in the economics will be announced on Monday.

The prizes carry a cash award of 10 million Swedish kronor (nearly $900,000) and will be handed out on 10 December.

The money comes from a bequest left by the prize's creator, Swedish inventor Alfred Nobel, in 1895.  Source: Sky News

  • One of the women arrested at the JKIA for smuggling over Ksh102 Million into the country on October 7, 2022. CAPITAL GROUP 
  • Customs officers at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) arrested six women accused of smuggling over Ksh103 million on Thursday, October 6. 

    The six women of Somali descent were reportedly travelling from India with the money stashed in their luggage in the form of US dollars. 

    Customs officers from the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) detected the presence of the money after scanning their luggage. The cash, according to the statement from the authority, was hidden in shoes and clothes. 

    "Customs officers based at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) have intercepted Kshs102 million in foreign currency from six female travellers. The suspects had arrived in the country from India," a statement issued by investigative agencies read. 

    Fake gold bars seized at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA)
    Fake gold bars seized at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) TWITTER

    Travellers were urged to observe the set routines for the declaration of items upon departure and arrival at the various entry points. "Passengers should correctly declare all cargo and items at the ports of entry and exit as required under the provisions of the Second and Third Schedules of the EAC Customs Management Act, 2004," the statement read.

    Customs rules stipulate that travellers should declare, among other items, money exceeding Ksh1 million.

    Gifts brought home for relatives, items meant for resale in the country and liquors exceeding one litre or wine exceeding two litres should also be disclosed. In addition, passengers must declare perfumes and toiletries exceeding one litre. 

    The law further states that all passengers must allow customs officers to scan their luggage. Giving false information to the officials is considered an offence. 

     “It is an offence under the East African Community Customs Management Act 2004 to give false information to a customs officer, and it is punishable under Section 203 of the said Act, including forfeiture of the subject goods and other relevant laws," investigative agencies state. 

    Passengers are further required to pay customs duty for any goods brought into the country at the point of entry. 

    However, some categories of goods and passengers are exempted, including those that are meant for goods for personal and household use, as well as used goods. 

    The duty is paid to customs officers stationed at the airports or seaports. 

    An undated image of Times Tower which houses Kenya Revenue Authority offices
    An undated image of Times Tower which houses Kenya Revenue Authority offices. By Robinson Ndungu,

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