IEBC's Sh30M tour, Judges on the spot, Dying wetlands: Your Breakfast Briefing

In Summary

• The stories making headlines in the Star this morning.

IEBC Commissioners Wafula Chebukati, Abdi Guliye and Boya Molu
ON THE SPOT: IEBC Commissioners Wafula Chebukati, Abdi Guliye and Boya Molu
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Prison officers are neglected, with 84 per cent of the staff living in filth and misery despite government pumping in Sh1.15 billion towards their housing.

In an explosive performance audit report on the provision of housing to a prison officer, Auditor General Edward Ouko brings to light the shocking revelations of how the government has contributed to discrimination of prison warders in housing over the years.

Ouko points out a worrying trend where the government prioritises police officers over prison staff in the allocation of houses.

Here are the other stories making headlines in the Star this morning.

Weekend's top stories in the Star.

Chebukati's Sh30m benchmarking tours

The Wafula Chebukati-led Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission will embark on a Sh30 million tour of six countries to "benchmark on boundaries review."

The IEBC Commissioners commissioners - Chebukati, Abdi Guliye and Boya Molu - are planning to tour South Africa, a country that does not have constituencies, raising questions about the motive of the expensive visits.

Is it time for radical surgery at the Judiciary?

The scores of petitions filed against judges with the powerful Judicial Service Commission have lifted the lid on the endemic rot bedevilling the Judiciary.

Two key questions are pertinent: Should the country adopt another radical surgery? Does the Judicial Service Commission have the will and capacity to crack the whip on errant judicial officers?

Magoha: Antidote to Kenyan education reforms?

When Prof George Magoha was nominated by President Uhuru Kenyatta to head the Education ministry, opinion was unanimous that it was an inspired decision.

Kenyans were already fatigued with the myriad of crisis at Jogoo House and the ministry leadership appeared to be playing catch up games.

Those who had witnessed the overnight transformation at the University of Nairobi and later the Kenya National Examination Council breathed a sigh of relief.

The Professor of Urology and Surgery had established himself as a no-nonsense performer. He appeared as if he had a Midas touch for every national assignment he handled.

State eyes two million fishing jobs at Coast

The government will improve the fishing sector at the Coast, Vocational and Technical Training PS Kevit Desai has said.

Desai said the Kenyan Coast has the potential to employ up to two million people in the fisheries industry. Currently, the industry contributes 0.5 per cent of the GDP.

With proper management and investment, this can improve to five per cent.

Why Kenya could soon lose its ‘kidneys’

Under the eyes of several generations and the technological marvels of the modern age, the Ondiri wetlands have stood the test of time as a major source of food and shelter for the people relying on its services.

Located in Kikuyu of the present day Kiambu county, the swamp, which is a water-catchment area vital to Nairobi’s water supply, is crying.