Kitui County
Aflatoxin may hit Kitui and Meru next month
Wiper nominee for Kitui West paliamentary seat Vethi Nyenze speaks following her win
Kitui West by-election: Wiper primaries marred by delays, low voter turnout
Nyenze's widow, Nyiva Mwendwa's son to fight for Wiper Kitui West MP ticket
Nyenze's widow joins Wiper in bid for Kitui West MP
Kitui MCAs’ induction in Mombasa a waste of money
Ngilu sends 10 top county officials on compulsory leave
Aflatoxin may hit Kitui and Meru next month
2018-01-17 18:44:10 Eastern is likely to experience an aflatoxin outbreak, the Famine Early Warning Systems Network has said. A report released last week lists Kitui, Makueni, Tharaka Nithi, lower Meru and Embu as the areas likely to be affected. “Inadequate on-farm storage and limited preventive measures could cause aflatoxin poisoning in maize and pulses. Loss of crop could happen from February to May,” the report reads   Read More ...
Wiper nominee for Kitui West paliamentary seat Vethi Nyenze speaks following her win
2018-01-17 16:45:07 KTN Newsdesk | Wednesday 17 Jan 2018 1:46 pm To the Eastern region now and we take you back to Kitui West where our political reporter Murimi Mwangi has been speaking to Vethi Nyenze following her win of Wiper ticket. The Kitui West by election is scheduled for 26th march.   Read More ...
Edith Nyenze wins Wiper ticket for Kitui West MP
2018-01-17 09:09:01 Late Kitui West Member of Parliament Francis Nyenze’s widow, Edith will fly the Wiper Party flag at the Kitui West parliamentary seat by-election slated for March 26, 2018. Edith clinched the ticket with 13,338 votes against her sole rival Maluki Kitili’s 2, 663 votes. The nominations was dubbed to have rekindled an epic political battle that dated to the 1970s when the Nyiva-Nyenze families were pitted against each other   Read More ...
Nyenze’s widow wins Wiper support to keep Kitui West MP-ship in the family
2018-01-17 07:42:22 The last Kitui West Member of Parliament Francis Nyenze’s widow Edith Vethi Nyenze has clinched the Wiper Democratic Party Movement ticket to defend her late husband’s seat in the by-elections scheduled for March 26. Parties have until the end of the day to conclude the primaries having been required to notify the IEBC of the dates of their primaries and contestants by January 10   Read More ...
Nyenze's widow thrashes Maluki in Wiper's Kitui West nominations
2018-01-17 06:51:55 Results for Kitui West MP nominations show Edith Nyenze has won the Wiper party ticket. The final tally for 65 polling stations, as announced by constituency returning officer Francis Kivindu, indicated she got 13,388 votes. Her main rival Kitili Maluki got 2,663 votes. The results were announced at Maendeleo Multipurpose Hall at Matinyani market at about 11 pm on Thursday. "Thirty one per cent of the 52,000 registered voters took part," Kivindu said   Read More ...
Low voter turnout marks Wiper Kitui West nominations
2018-01-17 05:54:03 Maluki Kitili (left) and Edith Nyenze cast their vote at Matinyani and Kyondoni Chiefs’ offices during the Wiper party nominations in Kitui West yesterday. Photo/DENNIS KAVISU and CHARLES MUASYA Wiper Democratic Movement members yesterday took part in the nomination exercise to pick the party’s candidate for the Kitui West parliamentary seat by-election scheduled for March 26. Results of the primaries were being tabulated by the time of going to press last evening   Read More ...
Kitui West by-election: Wiper primaries marred by delays, low voter turnout
2018-01-16 13:43:19 Delays in distribution of voting materials and low voter turnout characterised Wiper primaries in Kitui West on Tuesday. The constituency's 65 voting stations were opened hours later after the initial 6am when the organisers planned the exercise to start. The party is seeking to field a candidate who will face off with others during the March 26 by-election to replace the late MP Francis Nyenze   Read More ...
Voting underway in Kitui West Wiper primaries
2018-01-16 12:23:49 Voting is currently underway in Kitui West Wiper Party primaries, where the widow of the immediate former MP Francis Nyenze, Edith Vethi is battling it out with Maluki Mwendwa son to a veteran politician and former Cabinet Minister Nyiva Mwendwa. Voters in Kitui West constituency are today picking a candidate to run on a Wiper Party ticket during the March 26th by-elections   Read More ...
Party primaries for Kitui West by-election start Tuesday » Capital News
2018-01-16 07:03:42 Political parties are set to hold primaries for the Kitui West by-election on Tuesday and Wednesday. After the polls, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission will receive the nomination papers on Thursday and Friday next week. The electoral commission says it requires all interested political parties to submit names of contestants for the poll. The seat fell vacant after Francis Nyenze died on December 7 at the age of 60 after battling with colon cancer for almost a decade   Read More ...
Nyenze's widow, Nyiva Mwendwa's son to fight for Wiper Kitui West MP ticket
2018-01-15 12:42:25 Edith Nyenze, widow of the late Kitui West MP Francis Nyenze, will fight out for the Wiper ticket Maluki Kitili in primaries slated for Tuesday. IEBC set March 26 for the by-election which followed Nyenze's death on December 6. Kitili is the son of Kitui woman representative Nyiva Mwendwa. The county is considered a Wiper stronghold. On Saturday, he asked Kitui West voters to give him a chance to serve them as their legislator promising to bring development to the area   Read More ...
Maluki Kitili endorsed for Kitui West seat as Nyenze's widow jostles for ticket
2018-01-15 08:40:15 Three Wiper party Members of the County Assembly have backed Nairobi businessman Maluki Kitili, who hopes to replace the late Kitui West MP Francis Nyenze. Mr Kitili's bid to secure the Wiper ticket for the seat received a huge boost on Saturday, when the three out of four elected MCAs from the constituency endorsed his candidacy. The aspirant's father, the late Kitili Mwendwa, and mother, Nyiva Mwendwa, once served as MPs for the area   Read More ...
Kalonzo dilemma in Kitui by-election
2018-01-14 22:39:11 Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka (second right) with acting Wiper chairman and Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana (right) when he visited the late Kitui West MP Francis Nynze’s home in Kabati, Kitui. Photo/COURTESY Wiper Democratic Movement leader Kalonzo Musyoka appears caught in yet another political dilemma as kindred of his close allies face off in today’s primaries to contest in the Kitui West by-election   Read More ...
Ngilu sets aside Sh180 million for bursaries
2018-01-14 22:05:46 Kitui county government will use Sh180 million to provide bursaries for bright children from needy families who risk missing places in national secondary schools. Governor Charity Ngilu said no bright student who sits Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examination in the county will miss secondary education as her administration had come up various measures to cushion students from poor families   Read More ...
Ngilu pledges Sh180m for bright but needy Kitui students
2018-01-13 13:39:36 No bright students in Kitui county will stop learning because of lack of money, governor Charity Ngilu has said. Ngilu announced on Saturday that she will ensure all the learners get help. "I assure that as long as I am governor, no children will fail to go to school because their parents are poor. The county has already set aside Sh180 million to help needy students   Read More ...
Row brewing on Kitui-Tana River border over pasture, water
2018-01-11 22:09:29 A row is brewing between Kitui and Tana River leaders over the fast-diminishing water and pasture resources along counties’ border. While Kitui East MP Nimrod Mbai keeps to his directive that the herdsmen leave his constituency in 10 days or face unspecified consequences, his Balambala counterpart Abdi Shurie and Tana River Women’s Rep Anna Subow say the order is inconsequential and should be retracted   Read More ...
Wiper Party fronts Nyenze’s widow for Kitui West seat
2018-01-11 10:44:19 The Wiper Party has thrown its weight behind Francis Nyenze’s widow Edith Vethi who is expected to battle it out with other candidates for the Kitui West parliamentary seat. The seat has attracted more than 10 candidates in the by-election slated for March 26. The Wiper party already has three candidates who have expressed interest and Vethi will face off with two other candidates in the party nominations   Read More ...
Nyenze's widow joins Wiper in bid for Kitui West MP
2018-01-10 14:42:35 Francis Nyenze's widow Edith Vethi has joined the race to succeed him as Kitui West MP.Vethi paid the Sh200,000 nomination fee and the Sh50,000 life membership fee to Kalonzo Musyoka's Wiper party on Wednesday.Kitui Senator Enoch Wambua, who was the family's spokesperson for Nyenze's burial, confirmed the widow's move. He said the party gave Vethi the green light to seek the ticket   Read More ...
Kalonzo dilemma on who will carry Wiper ticket in Kitui West by-election
2018-01-09 10:36:57 Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka is faced with a difficult moment on his party’s choice in the Kitui West parliamentary seat by-election slated for March 26. The seat fell vacant barely three months after the former MP, the late Francis Nyenze, was sworn in for another term. Daggers have already been drawn with a swelling list of candidates contemplating to replace Mr Nyenze, who was first elected MP in 1997-2002 and 2013 to the date he died   Read More ...
Pastoralists urge arrest of Kitui East MP over eviction threats
2018-01-08 13:05:22 Somali pastoralists from North-eastern Kenya want the government to arrest Kitui East Member of Parliament Nimrod Mbai for threatening to forcefully evict them from Kitui County. Led by their spokesman Mowlud Bill, they accused the legislator of threatening to evict them from Malalani, Kyamatu and Endau. “The MP warned us if we don’t vacate the area in 10 days he will take appropriate action to get us out,” said Mowlud   Read More ...
Somali herders given ultimatum to migrate livestock from Kitui County
2018-01-08 09:05:41 Somali herders have been given a 10 day’s ultimatum to migrate with their livestock from Kitui County following a series of peaceful negotiations between Somali elders and area leaders led by Kitui East Member of Parliament Nimrod Mbai. The perennial conflicts between the two warring communities have in the past contributed to adverse insecurity and deaths in the area.   Read More ...
Kitui West MP by-election to replace Nyenze set for March 26 - IEBC
2018-01-05 17:44:09 Kitui West by-election will be held on March 26 following the death of MP Francis Nyenze, IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati has said. ach political party must finalise its primaries and resolve intra party disputes on or before the January 2018," he said. "IEBC shall publish the names and symbols of the independent candidates at least 14 days before the nomination or before January 12," he said   Read More ...
Kitui West by-election slated for March 26
2018-01-05 16:43:17 The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has scheduled the Kitui West parliamentary by-election for March 26. The seat fell vacant after the demise of Francis Nyenze who died on December 7 at the age of 60 after battling with colon cancer for almost a decade. The widow to the late lawmaker Edith Nyenze has been fronted by the Wiper Party as the front-runner to succeed her late husband though she is yet to publicly declare her interest in vying for the position   Read More ...
Kitui to build stadium to nurture talent and host global tourneys
2018-01-02 18:42:36 Kitui Tourism executive Patrick Koki ,alias Kuvasila, has said the county will build a stadium to host international games and nurture talent. Speaking at Nguutani during the Nguna Cup final, Koki said staging frequent tournaments would help in identifying talent. Nguna Cup was sponsored by Mwingi West MP Charles Nguna. “We have talented youth who can play in international leagues,” added Koki   Read More ...
Kitui County to establish all-inclusive bursary program
2017-12-29 15:07:52 The County Government of Kitui is planning to establish a robust bursary program to ensure that all children in the county regardless of their economic backgrounds access quality education. Speaking in Mwingi town when he saw off eight students who qualified for the Equity Bank’s Wings to Fly program, Kitui Deputy Governor, Dr. Wathe Nzau, said that youth empowerment is a key pillar in their manifesto, adding that there was no way to empower the youth without giving them adequate education   Read More ...
Nyiva Mwendwa’s son mulls entry into Kitui West MP race
2017-12-28 07:05:51 The Kitui West MP race could turn into a battle royal as more hopefuls express interest in the seat. The seat was left vacant following the death of MP Francis Nyenze on December 6. In the latest turn of events, it has attracted Maluki Kitili, the son of former legislator Nyiva Mwendwa. The entrance of Kitili came to the fore on Tuesday, when he invited residents to his Matinyani rural home and disclosed that he was ready to throw his hat into the ring once the seat is officially declared vacant   Read More ...
Kitui West MCAs oppose calls for Nyenze's wife to succeed the late MP
2017-12-21 13:43:07 Two Kitui West MCAs have opposed a proposal for the widow of the former MP Francis Nyenze's widow Edith to succeed her husband. The proposal was floated during Nyenze’s burial at Kyondoni village in Kauwi ward on Tuesday. Kauwi MCA Jane Mutua, while addressing the mourners, said that Edith was fit to inherit her husband’s position as MP. Kitui governor Charity Ngilu and her Mukueni counterpart Kivutha Kibwana backed the suggestion that the widow should take over   Read More ...
Kalonzo heartfelt tribute to the late Kitui West MP Francis Nyenze
2017-12-20 11:42:04 SUMMARY Kalonzo Musyoka has a moving tribute after the death of Kitui West MP Francis Nyenze The Wiper leader said Francis Nyenze was a great family friend Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka sent a moving tribute after the death of Kitui West MP Francis Nyenze who was buried on Tuesday 19 November at Kyondoni village in Makueni County. My Musyoka was absent from the burial as he has been away in Germany attending to his wife in the hospital   Read More ...
Uhuru, Kalonzo absent from Nyenze's burial
2017-12-19 13:43:43 The burial ceremony of Kitui West Member of Parliament Francis Nyenze is underway at his Kabati Home in Kyondoni village, Kitui County. Among those attending the burial are NASA principles Raila Odinga, Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetangula who flew in at around midday, Tuesday. Also in attendance is Speaker of the National Assembly Justin Muturi as well as Governors Charity Ngilu (Kitui), Kivutha Kibwana (Makueni) and a number of MPs   Read More ...
Kitui MCAs’ induction in Mombasa a waste of money
2017-12-19 11:07:55 The new season of benchmarking is here. And the first off the blocks are the Kitui Members of the County Assembly, who flew to the Coast with their Governor, Charity Ngilu, for induction. If not curbed, this waste of public resources is likely to be repeated. In the first five years of devolution, MCAs earned international notoriety for gallivanting all over the world in the name of benchmarking   Read More ...
Ngilu sends 10 top county officials on compulsory leave
2017-12-16 20:40:18 Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu has sent all eight subcounty administrators on compulsory leave.Others also sent on the 45-day leave are Kitui administrator Nathan Vungo and Mwingi's Hesbon Kang'e.The officials served in former governor Julius Malombe's administration.Ngilu has ordered deputy subcounty commissioners to act in the positions until advised otherwise.The County Public Service Board wrote letters to the suspended officers notifying them of restructuring   Read More ...
Supporters of Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu, Julius Malombe clash outside court
2017-12-15 06:38:41 Supporters of Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu and those of his predecessor Julius Malombe clashed outside a court in Nairobi on Thursday, leading to arrests. Three people were arrested following the disturbance at the Milimani Law Courts during the hearing of a petition against Ms Ngilu's election filed by Mr Malombe who was cross-examined yesterday. One man allegedly attacked Kitui Chief of Staff Crispus Ileli and was taken to Capitol Hill police station to record a statement   Read More ...
Nyenze to be buried on Tuesday 17th at his rural home
2017-12-14 12:11:16 The Late Hon Francis Mwanzia Nyenze will be buried on Tuesday 19 at his rural home in Kyondoni, Kabati in Kitui County, the family has announced. Nyenze, who is former National Assembly Minority Leader suffered from colon cancer. Signs of his failing health came to the fore when he was sworn in to the 13th Parliament with an oxygen tank strapped on his body   Read More ...
Ngilu bribed voters to win Kitui seat, Malombe tells court
2017-12-14 03:40:03 Former Kitui Governor Julius Malombe on Wednesday accused Charity Ngilu of bribing voters to win the August 8 election. He told the High Court that the election was neither fair nor credible and that it was marred with violence, claims that were dismissed by Ngilu's lawyer Kioko Kilukumi. Malombe testified that there were some instances where some of his agents were not allowed into polling stations hence could not know what was happening   Read More ...
Fence all dams to stop cases of drowning, residents tell Ngilu
2017-12-12 16:22:19 The government of Kitui has been asked to fence all earth dams in the county to curb cases of drowning by residents who go to swim in them. Kitui West politician Mutiso Leli on Sunday urged Governor Charity Ngilu to fence off all dams in the region to prevent children from drowning. "There is need to also have people watch over the dams, especially now that schools are closed," Leli said   Read More ...
Ngilu, Sudi publicly differ on presidency
2017-12-10 23:45:39 Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu differed with Kapsaret MP Oscar Sudi over Kenya’s presidency with the legislator saying Nasa leader Raila Odinga abdicated his chance at the top seat when he pulled out of the October 26 poll. Speaking at Kwa Vonza in Kitui during the burial of the father of the area MCA John Kisangau, who is also Leader of Minority in the County Assembly, the MP urged the Kamba community to support Jubilee administration for the sake of development   Read More ...
Ngilu asks Uhuru to vacate office for Raila
2017-12-10 12:06:31 Kitui governor Charity Ngilu on Saturday said President Uhuru Kenyatta should vacate State House immediately for he is "illegitimately in office". Ngilu said Uhuru lost fair and square to NASA leader Raila Odinga during the August 8 elections. "We are firm that whoever lost the election should go home and whoever won should occupy statehouse and run the country. On December 12 the winner will no doubt be sworn into office," Ngilu said   Read More ...
How Nyenze recaptured Kitui West parliamentary seat on 'bended knee'
2017-12-10 08:38:14 Until his death on Wednesday, Kitui West MP Francis Mwanzia Nyenze had distinguished himself as a sweet-tongued, smooth operator who had warmed his way to the hearts of his constituents through unmatched humility and mastery of the Kamba langauge. But the legislator popularly known as ‘Shabiki’ by supporters, might have been humbled by a 10-year stint in the cold when his constituents voted him out after serving for only one term between 1997 and 2002   Read More ...
Want to run for Kitui West MP? Then you need to hold a degree
2017-12-09 17:05:26 All aspirants in the Kitui West by-election must have a degree. The seat fell vacant after MP Francis Nyenze died on Wednesday morning. The requirement that MPs should have degrees had been suspended in the Election Laws until after the August General Election. This means aspirants in any by-election that will be held between now and the 2022 must be university graduates   Read More ...
He spoke his mind no matter the situation, Governor Ngilu says
2017-12-07 20:42:32 Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu joined other leaders in paying tribute to Kitui West MP Francis Nyenze who passed away yesterda. Ngilu eulogised Nyenze as a man of couragious and selfless leader who served the people of Kitui with dedication. "I have learned with deep sorrow and regret the sad news of the departure today of Hon Francis Nyenze, the Member of Parliament for Kitui West," said a statement issued throu gh Ngilu's spokesman Martin Masai   Read More ...
Leaders unite in mourning death of Kitui West MP Nyenze
2017-12-06 22:08:43 Seth Onyango @SethManex and Charles Muasya @PeopleDailyKe. Leaders were yesterday united in mourning the death of Kitui West MP and former Minority Leader Francis Nyenze who passed on while receiving treatment at Nairobi Hospital. President Uhuru Kenyatta, opposition leader Raila Odinga and former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka led the country in mourning the departed politician. Nyenze was last seen in public during the swearing-in of MPs in the National Assembly in August, where he appeared wearing an oxygen mask   Read More ...