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Why Nakuru Doctor wants men granted 3 months paternity leave

The doctor cited Attorney General (AG) Paul Kihara Kariuki as well as the Ministry of Labour as respondents in the petition. Justice Jacob Kageri received the petition and directed the respondents to reply within 21 days.

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A Nakuru doctor has moved to court seeking to have the paternity leave allocated to Kenyan men increased, from the existing two weeks to three months.

Dr Magare Gikenyi in the petition at the Employment and Labour Relations Court argued that the paternity leave should match their female counterparts.

He also argued, using scientific findings, that fathers play just as important of a role in parenthood as mothers in the first three months after the birth of a child.

“The matter being determined is not just mere discrimination of an individual employee, but it’s large-scale discrimination that will have an impact on the number of employees in an organization,” he noted.

He cited the ‘Father Involvement and Cognitive Development in Early and Middle Childhood’, a review by Rollè et Al to argue that a father has a role in childhood development and that the 1st few days of life are critical for child development.

The doctor cited Attorney General (AG) Paul Kihara Kariuki as well as the Ministry of Labour as respondents in the petition. Justice Jacob Kageri received the petition and directed the respondents to reply within 21 days.

Section 29 of the Employment Act, 2007 provides that a female employee shall be entitled to maternity leave on full pay if she gives not less than seven days written notice in advance, or a shorter period as may be reasonable in the circumstances, of her intention to proceed on maternity leave.

As for paternity leave, the law allows two weeks of fully paid paternity leave for men, but to extend it, they would have to part with salary cuts.

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Here’s IEBC’s 2022 Elections calendar

General Elections are slated for 9th August 2022.

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Jan 17 to Feb 17, 2022:

_~Voters ~Submission countrywide._

Feb 9, 2022:
_~Resignation of public officers intending to vie for elective posts._

April 9, 2022:
_~Submission of names of candidates for primaries._

APRIL16 to APRIL 22, 2022:
_~Party Primaries._

May 2, 2022:
_~Submission of independent candidates’ symbols, letter of intent to vie and clearance from the registrar._

May 9, 2022:
_~Time for those intending to run as independent candidates to resign from parties._

May 9 to May 13, 2022:
_~Gazettement of names of independent candidates and symbols._

May 30 to June 10, 2022:
_~Presidential candidates are nominated and candidates for other seats nominated._

June 20 to June 24, 2022:
_~Publication of names of all nominated candidates._

June 25, 2022:
_~Parties to submit party lists._

May 30 to August 6,2022:
_~Official election campaign period._

AUGUST 9, 2022: ELECTION DAY.

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2017 post-poll police brutality haunts former spokesman Owino

Kenyan police killed at least 33 people in the capital during a crackdown following elections in August 2017, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said.

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The fierce government crackdown on protestors during the disputed 2017 general elections has come back to haunt former police spokesman Charles Owino.

Owino, who is vying for the Siaya County governorship, says he is often reminded of his then hardline stance whenever he is out in his campaign trails.

“To date, the complaints that were there in 2017 affect my campaigns because I hear some people say you fought us. How come you now want to come and lead us?” he revealed.

Appearing alongside former Mombasa Senator Hassan Omar for Citizen TV’s News Night show, Owino said he was a police officer mandated to enforce laws and regulations.

Kenyan police killed at least 33 people in the capital during a crackdown following elections in August 2017, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said.

In the show opener with host Waihiga Mwaura, Owino said that as a policeman, and as a spokesman, most of the time he had to remain neutral and enforce the law as required.

Luckily, he said, he is transiting from being a police officer to a politician and has always had a way of feeding off the allegations, mostly from his competitors.

“You must understand that they’re just competitors and have nothing to offer. They have nothing to pin you down on and therefore have to get something in competition,” he said.

He said his nature of training has enabled him to handle his competitors, by always having an answer to what he termed as unfounded allegations.

Owino will face it off with former Rarieda MP Nicholas Gumbo, Senator James Orengo, Ugunja MP Opiyo Wandayi, among others to succeed governor Cornel Rasanga.

Owino has picked Rose Midiwo, the widow of former Gem MP Jakoyo Midiwo, as his running mate in the 2022 Siaya gubernatorial race.

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Makueni County Commissioner Maalim to replace Natembeya

In 2019, Maalim emerged as the best County administrator in Kenya.

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Mohamed Ahmed Maalim

Makueni County Commissioner, Mohamed Ahmed Maalim is set to replace Rift Valley Regional Commissioner, George Natembeya who resigned earlier today to pursue political interests.

A new transfer and deployment of regional administrators notice indicate that Natembeya will be stationed at the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government.

“I am no longer the Rift Valley Regional Commissioner,” Natembeya said on Wednesday after serving in public service for more than 25 years.

Natembeya, who has served as Rift Valley Commissioner for two-and-a-half years, is seeking to succeed Trans Nzoia Governor Patrick Khaemba in the August elections.

In 2019, Maalim emerged as the best County administrator in Kenya during the 2019 Public Service Excellence Awards (PSEA), having reposed public beaches in Mombasa County.

Another administrator who moves in the sweeping changes is Narok County Commissioner Evans Achoki, who was promoted to Regional Commissioner – Eastern.

Kang’ethe Thuku has been moved from the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government headquarters to Regional Commissioner – Nairobi. He was replaced by Wilfred Nyagwanga, who served in the Central region

Regional Commissioners Isaiah Nakoru has been moved from Eastern to the Western region, Esther Maina moved from Western to Central, James Kianda moved from Nairobi to North Eastern.

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