It is with great sadness, solemn hearts, and humble acceptances of God’s will that we announce the sudden death of Mr. Daniel Nyamiaka. He passed away in his sleep on Friday November, 22nd, after battling with Parkinson Disease for several years.
Mr. Daniel Nyamiaka is the father to Hellen Nyamiaka and Justus Nyamiaka of Jersey City, New Jersey, and many other siblings in Kenya. Brother to Mr. John Momanyi Mototo of Texas and among others.
He was the Uncle to Jackie, Sarah, Miriam, Judith, Jo, and Kristine of Huston, Texas. Caroline and Pauline Kingoina of New Jersey. Fernandez Bob Obinchu of Michigan and Zipporah Obinchu of Oklahoma. Father in-law to Bill Nyamongo, May Ann Justus, Richard Ogutu and among others. Grand- father to Olem, Samson, Jayden, Alden, Angel, Sharon, Emma, and Eric of New Jersey and among others.
In New Jersey family and friends are meeting daily in Jersey City at 196 Orient Avenue, Jersey City, New Jersey 07305.
There will be a fundraising on Saturday 11/30/2013 to assist the family to travel to Kenya at:
Muungano SDA Church
1799 Kennedy Boulevard, Jersey City NJ 07305
Starting at 6pm
Hellen Nyamiaka? 201-388-0095
Justus Nyamiaka? 201-779-7961
Bill Nyamongo ?201-988-0411
Elder Shem Onditi ?201-532-2026
Aminga Ongeri ?973-986-8032
Kepha Nunda ??201-780-7253
Faith Maina?? 201-920-7621
Zachary Moitui ?201-889-3636
Richard Ogutu?? 201-304-1008
Prof. A. Nyaboga ?201-432-5937?
Thanks you, and be blessed
There is no doubt, the current constitution is better than the one we had. However, the crafters failed to adhere to one fundamental aspect on the ramifications of the bloated legislature and its impact on the national exchequer.
So far, we need to applause the Jubilee government for crafting a lean Cabinet, but the raging debate on the wage bill isn’t something that can be wished away when the national economic indicators reflect a downward trend.
Just recently, the Controller of Budget Ms Agnes Odhiambo, publicily expressed how the Country is being drained on paying salaries instead of development projects. This was the clearest indication that a small government is a panacea for Kenya’s economic success.
It’s through downsizing the public workforce and scrapping unnecessary bureaucracies nationally and at the County levels that Kenya can move forward to become a developed Country.
On the current constitution, we all know that laws are not carved on stones but formed by humans to be changed, augmented, scrapped or improved to suit prevailing governance systems and processes.
It can be remembered that former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, hinted during the referendum that any anomalies can be rectified after the passage of the current constitution.
Therefore, since it was not a perfect document during its passage by the Kenyan masses, it means that it can be subjected to amendments to suit the needs of the Country.
The debate to downsize the national assembly has come at the right time when the country is gearing to celebrate 50 years of nationhood. It’s therefore healthy for Kenyans to point out the pros and cons of the current constitution in order to streamline the faulty areas through a referendum.
We need to look at how to scale down the bloated legislator, especially Parliament and see if the country real needs the Senate. There is no reason why Kenya; a nation of 40 million people should have 358 Members of Parliament and 67 Senators. It will make a lot of sense if we either scrap the Senate or reduce the current constituencies by merging them.
Additionally, weird as it may sound; if we had transformed the 8 provinces into Counties, it would have saved the treasury huge expenditure costs because, as it stands today, funding 47 Counties has proved to be a toll on the Country’s exchequer. Besides, it’s emerging that the Counties, once touted as the pillars of development are proving to be pillars of disunity and clanism especially the counties with one ethnic group like Gusiiland where we have Kisii and Nyamira Counties.
Secondly, we need to abolish the apportioning of seats to special interest groups in the Senate and Parliament because, it doesn’t serve any purpose. Laws are not made to benefit a particular group but to serve all every Kenyans fairly, justifiably and with impartiality.
Instead of apportioning seats for special interest groups, we need to strengthen our laws so that every person is empowered through equity and equality. In fact, when the interests of all Kenyans are catered for in the constitution; irrespective of their status, gender, creed, age, physical or mental abilities, we don’t need affirmative action in the legislature for women, youth or persons with disabilities.
Take for instance if our electoral body ensured that vulnerable candidates like youth, women and persons with disabilities were provided with a level playing field during the election campaigns, we shall not be talking about merely nominating these groups to the Senate or Parliament.
Otherwise, if the trend is not halted, it will continue to reflect us as a Country with no regard to her vulnerable population. It’s just a piecemeal to merely nominate these people to the Senate or Parliament under the aegis of addressing their interests when we don’t have solid laws which protects all them across the board.
On restructuring our legislature to save tax payers, I support the deputy Chief Whip Jakoyo Midiwo, who brought up the debate during the burial of former Juja MP George Thuo last week. We need such mature bipartisan approach to scale down government expenditure.
This united spirit to reduce government expenditure is pegged on the national good to help the growth of our economy and therefore, must be pursued from all political aisles – Cord and Jubilee.
I believe that our legislators will help us pursue a path to reduce government spending if they truly care about Kenya. As it stands, we will gnash our teeth to service the current structures under the aegis of devolution if we can’t revise status quo.
The duplication of roles is also another area that needs to be looked into both at the national and county governments. At the County level, we have glaring waste where there is no definite role for the County commissioners when we have an elected governor. This has often created not only a waste of funds but also a big conflict of interest between the two offices; thereby hampering service delivery.
It’s also worthy to note that the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) need to be given more muscles to restructure the salaries of public servants without unnecessary contests especially the one we experienced recently from the members of Parliament.
Finally, a stitch in time saves nine. Flaws in the current constitution have emerged before Kenyans can eat its fruits and the best way is to go for a referendum in order to fix the anomalies.
By SILAH KOSKEI
TURKANA, KENYA: He has sat for the Kenya Certificate of Education (KCPE) and scored over 300 marks but has never made it to secondary school.
By MICHAEL MUMO |
THE HAGUE, Netherlands, Nov 26 – The International Criminal Court still expects Kenya to hand over Walter Barasa – who is wanted for alleged interference with witnesses – “as soon as possible” to face charges in The Hague.Read More: http://www.capitalfm.co.ke/news/2013/11/barasa-belongs-in-the-hague-icc-registrar/
A brave teenager has spent the last few months battling an aggressive form of leukemia. But last week her dreams came true when she married the love of her life in a deeply emotional ceremony. Leslie Rivera, 18, of Murrieta, California, was diagnosed with the terminal disease in April. Since then she has been loyally looked after by boyfriend Daniel Mendez.
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Dearest Kenyans, East Africans and Everybody,
You are invited to attend Tanzania’s Independence day on 7th December 2013. As East Africans there is a need to get together and celebrate when it comes to special events like this one. The Tanzanian Community welcomes you all to celebrate Tanzania’s Independence Day.
How to get to the venue? By Train take N or Q to Queens. Get off at 36th Street then walk one block to 37th Street. From Harlem you may also take bus 60 to LaGuardia Airport and get off at Astoria near 36th street.
Tickets are available:
- For adults a ticket is $ 30
- For Children under 15 years a ticket is $ 10
For tickets please call the Preparation Committee using the following numbers:
- 347 663 0781;
- 347 475 4313.
Please, leave a message if we miss your call.
Please get your ticket earlier so we may be able to know the number of people coming to the event. This will help us organize the event to reach its deserved standards.
For more information please do not hesitate to call us using the above provided numbers.
Best Regards and enjoy the rest of your weekend.
The Executive Secretary
New York Tanzanian Community
c/o Tanzania Mission to the UN
201 East 42nd. Suite # 425
New York, NY 10017