Government Confirms Control and Security of Kenya’s E-Citizen Portal


NAIVASHA — The Kenyan government has addressed concerns surrounding the management and security of the E-Citizen platform, with Principal Secretary for the State Department of Information, Communications Technology (ICT) and Digital Economy, Eng. John Kipchumba Tanui, affirming government oversight. Recent allegations suggesting private control of the system were dismissed, clarifying that the platform, under development since 2013 with World Bank support, securely facilitates digitization of government services. To date, over 15,000 services have been integrated into the platform.



According to Kenya News Agency, the government formally assumed operation of the E-Citizen system last year, following contractual agreements with local innovators to align with governmental interests and standards. This move comes in response to Auditor General Nancy Gathungu’s concerns over the platform’s private management potentially compromising fiscal accountability. Eng. Tanui highlighted the system’s critical role in the digital transformation agenda, enhancing service clarity, transparency, and revenue collection across government agencies.



Speaking at a stakeholders’ workshop in Naivasha, Eng. Tanui addressed the State Department for ICT and Innovation’s significant budget shortfall of over Sh.79 billion for the 2023/24 financial year, against an allocation of only Sh29 billion aimed at supporting the government’s digital agenda. He underscored the Digital Master Plan 2022-23’s goal, a Sh500 billion investment expected to yield substantial national benefits, including job creation for the youth.



Eng. Tanui mentioned efforts to secure additional funding through the Kenya Digital Economy Acceleration Fund and a partnership with a South Korean government department for the Konza Technopolis project. With Sh1.9 billion targeted from internal collections, of which Sh782 million has already been gathered, the government also aims to establish a digitization fund to support the digitization of over 74,000 mapped institutions.



Further discussions at the workshop revealed the State Department’s pending bills of Sh2.578 billion, now under review for legitimacy. Eng. Tanui also highlighted the ICT Infrastructure Bill, intended to protect critical digital infrastructure from threats. Additionally, the government’s initiative to set up 25,000 WiFi hotspots and 1,450 digital hubs across constituencies, with funding support from the National Government-Constituency Development Fund (NG-CDF), was outlined.



The workshop, which reviewed the ministry’s progress and challenges, was deemed productive by Dagoretti South MP and chair of the National Assembly Committee on Communication, Information Innovation, John Kiarie Waweru. Alongside committee members, Kiarie commended the digital transformation efforts, recognizing their potential to significantly impact youth employment and pledging legislative support for the initiative.

Kenya Industrial Estate Boosts Migori Entrepreneurs with Training and Mentorship Programs


AWENDO, Kenya — The Kenya Industrial Estate (KIE) is spearheading initiatives to support women and young entrepreneurs across Kenya, with a recent focus on Migori County, as highlighted by KIE Board Chairperson Ms. Lilly Ng’ok. Speaking at an entrepreneurs training forum in Awendo Sub County, Ng’ok underscored KIE’s role as a pivotal financial institution offering loans at low interest rates to nurture the growth and improvement of Small and Medium scale Enterprises (SMEs).



According to Kenya News Agency, the training session aimed to enlighten and mentor entrepreneurs on enhancing their businesses. She stressed the importance of value addition to products and services and the indispensable role of industrialisation and processing in job and wealth creation. Ng’ok urged entrepreneurs, particularly women and youth in Migori, to leverage KIE’s loan facilities for economic empowerment. She highlighted a disparity in loan uptake within the region, noting that Migori has the lowest borrowing from KIE compared to its Nyanza counterparts, Kisii and Kisumu, with disbursements of 11 million, 69 million, and 45 million shillings respectively.



Tom Odhiambo, Awendo Sub County Assistant County Commissioner, praised KIE’s efforts in educating the community about the government’s loan opportunities. He encouraged the local business community to engage with government financing options, including those offered by KIE, the Women Enterprise Fund, and hustler’s funds to foster business growth. Odhiambo also advocated for the establishment of a KIE operational office within Migori County to alleviate the logistical challenges and costs associated with accessing KIE services in neighboring counties.



Entrepreneur Anne Akinyi from Awendo town expressed gratitude for the government’s initiative through KIE in training and mentoring local businesses. She shared concerns over fraudulent financial advisors exploiting the business community and echoed the call for a KIE office in Migori to facilitate easier access to loan services and support the socio-economic empowerment of SMEs.

National Assembly Speaker Wetang’ula Calls for Patience as Economy Shows Signs of Recovery


CHAVAKALI, Kenya — During a fundraising event at Chavakali High School grounds for the Sabatia Empowerment Initiative, Speaker of the National Assembly Moses Wetang’ula urged Kenyans to remain patient with the government’s efforts to revitalize the economy. Despite acknowledging the current economic challenges, Wetang’ula assured the public that measures are being taken to improve the situation. The event, championed by Sabatia Member of Parliament (MP) Clement Sloya, aimed to gather resources to support local empowerment projects.



According to Kenya News Agency, the country’s leaders must unite and collaborate across political lines to ensure resources are effectively distributed to benefit common interest groups and foster collective prosperity. He emphasized the importance of unity among the political class for the country’s economic recovery and development.



Lugari MP Nabii Nabwera echoed Wetang’ula’s sentiments, calling for mutual respect and unity among political leaders, regardless of party affiliations, to enhance the living standards of Kenyans. Nabwera specifically highlighted the significance of supporting Wetang’ula’s leadership to ensure a cohesive political direction for the western region.



Clement Sloya, the area MP, highlighted his efforts towards fulfilling his campaign promises, focusing on the economic empowerment of women and youth within his constituency. The initiative reflects a broader commitment to addressing economic challenges through community-driven projects and political cooperation.

Onjiko High School Triumphs Over Maseno in Inaugural CS Eliud Owallo Basketball TournamentErongo Police Highlight Challenges in Gender-Based Violence Case Withdrawals

KISUMU, Kenya — Onjiko High School emerged victorious in a closely contested match against Maseno High School, with a final score of 39-37, at the first Cabinet Secretary (CS) Eliud Owallo’s basketball tournament held Saturday. The game, which took place with CS Eliud Owallo, the sponsor through the Eliud Owallo Foundation, in attendance, concluded with Onjiko, the reigning Nyanza Basketball champions, claiming victory.

According to Kenya News Agency, the tournament aimed to revitalize basketball in the Nyanza region, which has historically been a significant contributor to the national basketball team. CS Owallo, responsible for Information, Communication, and Digital Economy, highlighted the region’s legacy in producing top-notch players and the need for a resurgence in the sport’s local prominence.

During the event, Owallo called for the formation of two Nyanza-based basketball teams, one male and one female, to represent the region. He urged former basketball players, tasked with organizing the tournament, to select the best players for these teams, promising support throughout the process. “We cannot watch our teams sink to the lowest ebb but we must work to nurture fresh talent as we strive to revive this game in Nyanza,” Owallo stated, emphasizing the importance of developing new talent to regain the sport’s stature in the area.

The tournament saw participation from 26 schools across the Nyanza region, with 13 boys’ and 13 girls’ teams from counties including Kisumu, Homa Bay, Siaya, Nyamira, Kisii, and Migori. A total of 390 student-athletes took part, under the supervision of some of Kenya’s most esteemed basketball players. The Eliud Owallo Foundation provided uniforms for all participating teams, underscoring the event’s commitment to fostering sportsmanship and talent development.

Kenya Academy of Sports (KAS) Director John Okwemba mentioned that scouts were on the lookout for talented players to join a team representing Kenya in the USA later this year. Onjiko’s head coach, Joseph Were, expressed confidence in his team’s capabilities and their prospects for winning the Eliud Owalo basketball trophy, despite facing stiff competition from rival teams.

ERONGO — In Erongo, the Namibian Police Force’s concern over the frequent withdrawal of gender-based violence (GBV) cases by complainants has been voiced by Chief Inspector Ileni Shapumba, the Unit Commander for Community Policing. Despite clear instructions that withdrawals of GBV-related cases should only occur in court, there continues to be a trend of complainants retracting their accusations, leading to the release of suspects who have previously faced charges.



According to Namibia Press Agency, recent incidents in Okombahe and Swakopmund have underscored the severity of this issue. Two repeat offenders were implicated in grave crimes of murder and attempted murder, respectively, soon after being released from custody due to the withdrawal of cases by their alleged victims. In a crime report issued on Sunday, Shapumba detailed a harrowing incident occurring between 02:00 and 03:00 on Saturday in the Okombahe settlement, where a heated argument between a woman and her boyfriend culminated in the latter allegedly striking her with a rock, causing fatal injuries.



The police have lodged charges of murder and obstruction or defeating the course of justice against the 26-year-old male suspect, who attempted to erase evidence of his act. The suspect’s court appearance is forthcoming. The victim has been identified as 34-year-old Beverly Theresia Nanus, and her family has been notified.



Another case of attempted murder unfolded in Swakopmund’s DRC Informal Settlement around 18:00 on Thursday, where a 33-year-old woman was reportedly assaulted by her ex-boyfriend, sustaining stab wounds across her body and face with a bottle. She is currently receiving medical care at the Swakopmund State Hospital, while the suspect has been taken into police custody with investigations ongoing.



These incidents highlight the critical challenges faced by law enforcement in addressing GBV, with case withdrawals undermining efforts to prosecute offenders and protect victims in the region.

Onjiko High School Triumphs Over Maseno in Inaugural CS Eliud Owallo Basketball Tournament

KISUMU, Kenya — Onjiko High School emerged victorious in a closely contested match against Maseno High School, with a final score of 39-37, at the first Cabinet Secretary (CS) Eliud Owallo’s basketball tournament held Saturday. The game, which took place with CS Eliud Owallo, the sponsor through the Eliud Owallo Foundation, in attendance, concluded with Onjiko, the reigning Nyanza Basketball champions, claiming victory.

According to Kenya News Agency, the tournament aimed to revitalize basketball in the Nyanza region, which has historically been a significant contributor to the national basketball team. CS Owallo, responsible for Information, Communication, and Digital Economy, highlighted the region’s legacy in producing top-notch players and the need for a resurgence in the sport’s local prominence.

During the event, Owallo called for the formation of two Nyanza-based basketball teams, one male and one female, to represent the region. He urged former basketball players, tasked with organizing the tournament, to select the best players for these teams, promising support throughout the process. “We cannot watch our teams sink to the lowest ebb but we must work to nurture fresh talent as we strive to revive this game in Nyanza,” Owallo stated, emphasizing the importance of developing new talent to regain the sport’s stature in the area.

The tournament saw participation from 26 schools across the Nyanza region, with 13 boys’ and 13 girls’ teams from counties including Kisumu, Homa Bay, Siaya, Nyamira, Kisii, and Migori. A total of 390 student-athletes took part, under the supervision of some of Kenya’s most esteemed basketball players. The Eliud Owallo Foundation provided uniforms for all participating teams, underscoring the event’s commitment to fostering sportsmanship and talent development.

Kenya Academy of Sports (KAS) Director John Okwemba mentioned that scouts were on the lookout for talented players to join a team representing Kenya in the USA later this year. Onjiko’s head coach, Joseph Were, expressed confidence in his team’s capabilities and their prospects for winning the Eliud Owalo basketball trophy, despite facing stiff competition from rival teams.