Bad News to Civil Servants as Delay in July Payments is Inevitable; Relief For Kenyans as Maize Prices Drop & Ruto Expresses Willingness For Talks With Baba

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Kenya could see peace prevail if the current developments in the political arena are anything to by as President William Ruto has invited Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya coalition party leader for a one-on-one dialogue.

In a move that could end countrywide protests against the government, Ruto said that he was ready to meet the opposition leader at any time.

This comes moments after Raila accused the President of sabotaging talks which were to be facilitated by Tanzania President Samia Suluhu.

Speaking to the press on Tuesday, July 25, 2023, the Azimio honcho claimed that Suluhu was in the country for two days but her visit was in vain.

Raila told the media that President Ruto, who initiated the meeting, kept them waiting and was a no-show during the meeting despite efforts from Tanzania’s Head of State.

Do you think a one-on-one dialogue between the president and the head of opposition will take place eventually and peace prevail?

Meanwhile, here are news stories making headlines on Opera News today;

Relief for Kenyans as maize prices drop

Kenyans can now look forward to cheaper maize flour in the coming months after farmers from the Western region started harvesting the crop.

The prices of maize have already drastically dropped in Kakamega, Bungoma and Busia counties where the harvesting season has already kicked off.

The 2kg container of maize (locally referred to as gorogoro) which was retailing at Sh200 three weeks ago is now selling at between Sh80 and Sh100 in most parts of the region.

Early this month, the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) released a survey projecting a bumper harvest in maize production, estimated to reach 44.6 million bags, the highest since 2018, a move that it termed as a positive turnaround for the agricultural sector.

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CS Aisha Jumwa To Civil Servants: Prepare For Delay In July Payments Due To System Upgrade

Cabinet Secretary for Public Service, Gender And Affirmative Action Hon Aisha Jumwa has shared very important information with all civil servants concerning their salaries.

It is reported that all civil servants will have to wait for some time for their salaries following system issues. She explains that the delay is due to the migration of the old manual integrated payroll and Permanent Database to New online human resources. This system migration aims at boosting the management of payrolls that have been in the past marred by ghost workers.

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‘My friend Raila,’ Ruto expresses willingness for talks with Baba

In a recent Twitter statement, President William Ruto announced his openness to one-on-one discussions with opposition chief Raila Odinga.

The statement was made on Tuesday, July 25, as he informed the public about his trip to Tanzania for a human capital meeting, during which he extended an olive branch to the leader of the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Alliance.

“My friend Raila Odinga, I am off to Tanzania for a human capital meeting to harmonize the expansion of employment opportunities in our continent,” said President Ruto.

He continued, “I will be back tomorrow evening, and as you have always known, I am available to meet one on one with you anytime at your convenience.”

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