27 Constituencies Risk Being Scrapped Off; KNEC Hiring From Seven Tribes Only; and How Rich Criminals Buy Police Protection

Kenya National Bureau of Statistics Director General Zachary Mwangi during a press conference on the upcoming census, July 8, 2019.
Kenya National Bureau of Statistics Director General Zachary Mwangi. This month’s census might spell doom for underpopulated constituencies

Good morning!

We are almost at the half-mark of August and pockets are already longing for the end of the month. The good thing is, as far as interesting stories as concerned, the Opera news desk does not run dry.

Today we kick off with the question, where do you come from? Why is that important? Well, because if you come from a small constituency, your area could be scrapped. If you live in an area with a high population, you have nothing to worry about. Read that story here to find out if you need to move base.

In other news, the mtu wetu syndrome just made its way to the national examination body, Knec. According to MPs, you should neither be fooled by the word national nor depend on your academic performance if you are looking to work at Knec. What counts is your tribe. If you applied and failed, now you know why.

And now for the icing on the cake. Did you know that to get certain benefits in this country, you must be a criminal? This third story is living proof. While innocent citizens are living in fear because of insecurity, drug lords are protected using state police. Unbelievable but true.

Have a look at these and other stories making the rounds on the internet streets, here.

27 Constituencies Risk Being Scrapped Off After Census

Former Interim Independent Boundaries Review Commission chairman Andrew Ligale in consultations with former commissioner Rosa Buyu. The forthcoming census could lead to scrapping of some constituencies

The national census, scheduled for later this month, could sound the death knell for small constituencies.

Some 27 constituencies that were allowed to exist despite not meeting the population criteria are in the spotlight once more. According to new regulations, the population of a constituency should be a minimum of about 170,000.

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KNEC Accused of Hiring Staff from Seven Tribes Only

Education PS Belio Kipsang with KNEC CEO Mercy Karogo during the meeting with education stakeholders forum on the preparedness of the 2019 KCPE, KCSE examinations at KICD, Nairobi,June 24, 2019.
Education PS Belio Kipsang With KNEC CEO Mercy Karogo/ COURTESY

The National Assembly has blasted the Kenya National Examination Council for perpetuating ethnic imbalance at the examinations body.

Parliament’s Cohesion and Equal Opportunity Committee yesterday faulted Knec for favouring certain communities in its recent recruitment, a move that worsened an already bad situation.

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How Rich Criminals Buy Police Protection

Ali Punjani’s Palatial Home in Nyali/ COURTESY

The revelation that Ali Punjani had been assigned 19 Administration Police officers to guard his palatial home in the upmarket Nyali is bound to elicit debate on police patronage.

The complicity of elements in the police force in the narcotics trade at the Coast has been shared in leaked US diplomatic cables. The hold the drug lords have on local authorities was recently laid bare in a US court.

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Many people opt to file nil returns to avoid KRA penalties despite earning an income during the year. KRA will be reviewing files of those who filed nil return and those found to have abused the system will face the law. Do you think KRA has done enough awareness to mwananchi? 

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