Ethiopia, Russia Vow to Consolidate Gov’t and People to people Ties


Addis Ababa: Ethiopia and Russia will further strengthen their people to people and Government to Government (G2G) relations, said Democracy Building Center Coordinator Office with the rank of Deputy Prime Minister and Vice President of Prosperity Party (PP) Adem Farah.

A High-level Ethiopian delegation led by Adem Farah is participating at the ‘World Majority for Multipolar Order’ forum hosted by Russian from 16th -19th June 2024.

On the sidelines of the forum, the vice president engaged in a productive discussion with Andrey Klimov, Undersecretary of the General Council of the United Russia Party.

In their discussion, Adem mentioned a strong and an age-old relationship between Ethiopia and Russia.

The vice president also appreciated Russia for its support and standing by the side of Ethiopia during several difficult occasions.

Noting Ethiopia’s membership in the BRICS is a breakthrough in its the diplomatic arena, he extended his gratitude for the government of Russia and the ruling United Russia Party
in their support Ethiopia to become a member of this emerging global bloc.

Adem further reaffirmed the commitment to cement the existing relationships between Ethiopia and Russia both in government to government and people to people ties.

Speaking on the economic aspects, he also stressed the need for creating an enabling environment that would be indispensable for exporting coffee, horticultures, sesame, various grains and other Ethiopian agricultural products directly to the Russian market.

Adem has also invited Leaders of the United Russia Party as well as the Russian investors and members of the business community to visit Ethiopia.

Andrey Klimov, Undersecretary of the General Council of the United Russia Party on his part expressed his party’s desire to further strengthen the collaboration with Ethiopia’s Prosperity Party.

Underscoring the unwavering and historical relationship between Ethiopia and Russia, the undersecretary pledged to work together and elevate bilateral ties to new heights.

Congra
tulating Ethiopia for joining BRICS as a new member country, Klimov renewed the determination of the United Russia Party to strengthen cooperation with Ethiopia’s Prosperity Party in various spheres, ENA learnt from Russia.

Source: Ethiopian News Agency

Ethiopian High-level Delegation Led by Prosperity Party Vice President Adem Farah Arrives in Russia


Addis Ababa: Ethiopian High-level delegation led by Adem Farah, Democracy Building Center Coordinator Office with the rank of Deputy Prime Minister and Vice President of Prosperity Party (PP) has arrived in Vladivostok, Russia.

The delegation is anticipated to participate in a four-day BRICS countries of political parties’ international forum.

The forum will be held from 16th to 19th June 2024 under the theme: ‘World Majority for Multipolar Order’.

The Head of Prosperity Party Capacity Building, Sema Tiruneh and Head of the Party’s International Public Relation, Addisu Arega traveled with the delegate to participate on the forum.

Besides, Prosperity Party delegates are expected to hold party bilateral discussion with other counterparts within the BRICS bloc on the sidelines of the forum, ENA obtained the information from the spot.

Source: Ethiopian News Agency

NCCK Urges Government To Consider Public Opinion On Finance Bill


Religious leaders from the Nyanza Region have urged parliament to consider the sentiments and feedback from citizens when developing the Finance Bill 2024 to establish a financial and economic dispensation that enables citizens to engage in dignified livelihoods.

National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK) Nyanza Region chairperson, Rev. John Mark Godia, commended the National Assembly’s Finance and Budget committee for extensive public participation in the Finance Bill 2024.

This, he says, underscores the importance of incorporating public opinion to ensure that the contested issues are addressed effectively and the enacted bill is people-driven.

Taking citizen engagement input seriously in the important process, Rev. Godia noted, fosters a sense of ownership and increases acceptance of the proposed tax system.

‘We urge the committee members to take the sentiments expressed by the citizens seriously. Our position remains that the Finance Bill 2024 should inspire hope, not one that brings frustration and
despair by increasing taxes,’ Rev. Godia stated.

The government is conducting public participation forums nationwide to gather public views on the proposed Finance Bill 2024. The bill seeks to introduce additional taxes as part of the government’s plan to raise Sh3.9 trillion for the financial year 2024/25.

He made the remarks during the induction workshop for officials elected to the NCCK County Coordinating Committees and the Regional Committee in the Nyanza Region, held on June 10-11 in Kisumu.

Additionally, the Council encouraged the government to work together with all segments of society, including the clerics, to promote unity within communities. They also called for collective efforts to tackle the pressing issues currently affecting the nation.

Rev Godia raised alarms about the deteriorating state of the healthcare sector in the region due to the shortage of medicines and the lingering effects of a prolonged doctors’ strike.

‘Quite devastating is that the church-owned and private health faciliti
es have been crippled as a result of the failure of the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) to remit the funds due to them. We call upon the Cabinet Secretary for Health to speedily address this matter, before transitioning from the NHIF to the Social Health Insurance Fund (SHIF),’ he stated.

At the same time, he highlighted the delay in the release of school capitation funds and the recent strike by Junior School teachers, which disrupted the education of the young ones.

‘We call upon the Ministry of Education to ensure equality of all counties and schools concerning disbursement of the capitation funds. The Ministry needs to speedily address the strike by Junior School teachers since these learners are expected to do the same exams as the learners whose learning has not been interrupted,’ Rev Godia noted.

Source: Kenya News Agency

County Impeachment Bill Set For Publication


Kiambu Senate Speaker has approved for publication of a County Impeachment Bill that seeks to remove county officials.

This legislation strives to provide a direct framework and guidance for the removal from office of Governors, their deputies, County Executive Committee (CEC) and County Speakers in Kenya.

The bill has received its first nod from the Senate Committee on Justice, Legal Affairs and Human Rights, with a few recommendations and amendments

Kiambu Senator Karungo Wa Thang’wa, who tabled the bill expressed his excitement on the publication of his bill and stated that the public would now have an opportunity to provide their input once it is published.

‘I am excited to announce that the Speaker of the Senate has approved my County Impeachment Bill for publication and the public will now have the opportunity to provide their input and opinions after the bill is published,’ Karungo said.

Karungo emphasised that the bill aimed at addressing the lack of procedural safeguards guaranteed by Articles 4
7 and 50 of the Constitution, concerning fair administrative action.

He added that the bill would provide a fair hearing to the accused making it harder for the accused to be impeached on flimsy, emotional or purely political grounds.

‘The new law makes it harder to impeach anyone on flimsy, emotional, or purely political grounds. Instead, it provides a fair hearing to the accused, ensuring that due process is followed and the rights of all parties are protected,’ he said.

The Kiambu Senator also added that the bill would lead to transparency and accountability at the county level, and urged the public to take part in contributing their opinions once the bill is published.

‘I am confident that this bill will contribute to a more transparent and accountable system of governance at the county level. I look forward to the public’s engagement and the continued support of my fellow legislators as we work towards its enactment,’ he said

Prior to the introduction of the county impeachment bill, Kenya’s framewor
k for the removal of county officials was seen as inadequate and lacking in procedural safeguards.

Existing laws did not sufficiently address the need for fair administrative action as mandated by Articles 47 and 50 of the Kenyan Constitution. This often led to impeachments based on political, emotional, or insubstantial grounds, causing instability and perceived injustices at the county level.

The absence of a clear, structured process for impeachment created loopholes that could be exploited for political gains, undermining transparency and accountability in county governance.

This legislative gap highlighted the necessity for a more robust and equitable system, prompting the development and eventual introduction of the County Impeachment Bill by Senator Thang’wa.

Source: Kenya News Agency

UDA Party Holds Elections In Homa Bay County


UDA party delegates in Homa Bay County went to the polls Sunday to elect twenty officials to coordinate the party affairs in the county.

The Party concluded its grass root elections in Home Bay County as one of the strategies for battling ODM party in its stronghold.

The Party’s National Election Board representative Halakhe Dida said the election was free, fair and verifiable and would strengthen the party in the county.

The officials elected included County Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer and other 17 officials.

Dida said the election was conducted peacefully and that a total of 159 delegates participated in the exercise.

He said they had a total of 44 candidates vying various positions in the election.

Dida said every delegate got an opportunity to cast their vote electronically and that there were no technical hitches experienced during the election.

‘The election has taken place in a peaceful environment and every delegate had an opportunity to cast their vote.’ Dida said.

He expressed optimism
that the conducive environment experienced during the voting exercise would enable the will of the people to prevail.

‘The transparency in the election will enable the majority to have their way and the minority to support the winners for the party to grow stronger,’ Dida said.

Jakakimba said UDA had put in place working systems to ensure it gains ground in the county.

Jakakimba who was vying the post of UDA secretary in the county said the stiff competition he was facing was an indicator that UDA had become strong in the county.

‘I am facing a stiff competition in this race because UDA is becoming stronger by the day. I urge Homa Bay residents to join UDA because the party leader, President William Ruto, means well for us,’ Jakakimba said.

Kennedy Obuya who vied for the party Chairmanship expressed confidence that UDA would register more than 300,000 members by 2027.

‘We are committed to undertaking membership registration and we are going to resume immediately after the elections,’ Obuya said.

Sourc
e: Kenya News Agency

UDA Elects Leaders In Busia County


Maurice Chetambe has been elected as Busia County United Democratic Party (UDA) chairman.

Chetambe was declared the winner after garnering 85 votes out of the possible 90.

He was followed by his immediate opponent Maxmillah Ouma who garnered four votes and Victor Masombo with one vote. Ouma was declared as the Deputy Chairperson

Joyce Auki was declared Farmers’ Representative after scooping all the 90 votes leaving her immediate opponent Arunda Ochieng’ with no vote.

The position of representative of the professional group was awarded to Michael Juma who bagged all the 90 votes, leaving the three other opponents with no votes to take home.

Ronald Engurat was elected as a male youth representative while Benard Nandieki secured the post of the representative of the Micro Small and Medium Enterprises.

Fredrick Oundo was elected as the Party’s branch treasurer while Stephen Buluma and the former Chief Officer for ICT Lydia Nabwire clinched the posts of Secretary and Deputy Secretary respectively.

The forum
also saw the election of various group’s representatives; Hawkins Ouma (Male Rep), Wilkister Pamba (Female Rep), Zilpa Bett Chepkemoi (Women Rep), Stephen Owalet (Religious Rep).

The results were announced by Busia County UDA Returning Officer Raphael Macharia who said that the process was smooth with 90 out of the 136 registered delegates turning out for the exercise.

In his address to the press during the close of the exercise, Macharia stated that the voter turnout stood at 66.1% adding that the new leadership would now embark on an active membership recruitment drive for the political party in preparation for the 2027 General elections.

Source: Kenya News Agency