State wasting your taxes, Raila told to quit local politics, Debts push Kenyans to suicide: Your Breakfast Briefing

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State wasting your taxes, Raila told to quit local politics, Debts push Kenyans to suicide: Your Breakfast Briefing
President Uhuru Kenyatta departs from JKIA for the G7 Summit in Italy. /FILE
President Uhuru Kenyatta departs from JKIA for the G7 Summit in Italy. /FILE

Good Morning.

The Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education ex amination kicks off today with practical examinations.

The practicals will end on November 1 with the braille and home science practical test.

Here are the stories making headlines in the Star this Monday as we wish all the candidates sitting their national examinations from today.

How government is wasting your taxes

Despite public outcry over the broadening tax burden and President Uhuru Kenyatta's tough talk on graft, a new report has exposed the lavish expenditure of billions by government agencies on non-essential goods and services.

Parliament, the presidency and IEBC top the list of profligate expenditure, according to the latest report by Controller of Budget Agnes Odhiambo.

Parliament alone gobbled Sh4.3 billion on both domestic and foreign trips, making it the single largest spender on travels.

The presiden cy, comprising Uhuru's office, DP Ruto and the Cabinet office spent Sh725 million on local travels and a further Sh99.4 million on foreign trips.

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Audit report unearths possible loss of millions at public Universities

Public universities cannot account for millions of taxpayers money, Auditor General Edward Ouko’s report indicates.

In his 2016-17 audit report, Ouko flagged suspicious transactions in seven public universities.

The systematic pilferage ranges from missing crucial transaction records, unexplained expenditures, violation of procurement regulations, unsurrendered imprest and abandoned projects.

Maseno University, Kenyatta University, Kabianga University, University of Eldoret, Multimedia University, Moi University, Cooperative University of Kenya could not explain some of their transactions amounting to millions.

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DP Ruto allies ask Raila Odinga to quit local politics after getting AU job

Allies of DP William Ruto in Rift Valley have asked opposition leader Raila Odinga to quit local politics after being appointment as peace envoy for the AU.

More than 20 MPs allied to the DP attended a church function in Eldoret where they said Odinga should now concentrate on his new job and avoid meddling in local politics.

The MPs included Sylivanus Osoro, Lilian Tomitom, Didmus Barasa, Githua Mashukuru, Alpha Ondiek ans Dr Robert Pkose.

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'Cartels' blamed for bringing back street children in the city centre

The Nairobi County Inspectorate department has accused cartels of bringing back street children in the city centre.

Nairobi county chief security officer Tito Kilonzi said cartels are using children to beg f or money in the streets.

He spoke before a joint sitting of the assembly's Justice and Legal Affairs and Children, Early Childhood Education committees.

"They use children to lure people because they target the emotions aspect and people react by giving them money," Kilonzi said.

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Suicides rise as economic crunch stresses Kenyans

Last year, amid election tensions, Kenya had the highest inflation in five years of eight per cent. This coincided with its highest suicide rate of 421 in every 100,000 people.

This year, increased taxation by a government burdened with debt has further raised the cost of living. And as times get harder, more suicides are being reported.

With less money in circulation, businesses are crumbling, marriages are shattering and frustration is mounting to lethal levels.

For instance, James Nderitu, 40, has attempted suicid e three times since last year after his properties were auctioned by two banks for defaulting on loans. He terms financial stress “nerve-racking”.

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