Stories making headlines

1. 400 public officers with secret offshore accounts

As the nation awaits President Uhuru Kenyatta’s comprehensive statement on his family’s wealth held in offshore accounts, it has emerged that at least 400 state and public officers have opened such accounts over the last decade. The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has given more than 435 officers approval to run such accounts since 2012, but 58 officers failed to furnish the commission with their annual bank statements – Nation

2. Uhuru awarded Barbados’ highest state honour

The highest State honour conferred on outstanding Barbadian citizens and foreign nationals for extraordinary service to Barbados, Caribbean Diaspora or to humanity at large was presented to President Kenyatta by the country’s Governor at Government House in Bridgetown. Uhuru was recognised for strengthening relations between African and the Caribbean countries. Uhuru can now include the initials FB to his name – Pulse

3. Brace for a fifth Covid-19 wave, official now warns

The government has sounded an alarm of a possible Covid-19 fifth wave, particularly in areas where people are not taking vaccines. Counties in Western Kenya and Nyanza, which were hit hardest at the end of the third wave and subsequent fourth spike of the virus, have been singled out as the areas likely to be affected. National Covid-19 vaccine deployment task force cited end of November as the earliest possible period the fifth wave could strike – People Daily

4. Auditor General probes Sh7.7trn public debt

The Auditor-General has launched a comprehensive audit of Kenya’s public debt to determine the accuracy of the Treasury’s records of Sh7.7 trillion loans and whether they are being serviced in time. The Auditor-General says her office has finalized the June 2020 audit and started conducting the next round of yearly audits this month. The June 2020 audit had revealed a Sh30 billion gap in the Treasury figures in bonds, bills and the government bank statements – Business Daily