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Essien in but Muntari, Appiah out

PARIS, December 22 – Chelsea midfielder Mickael Essien has been named in the Ghana team for next month's African Nations Cup but captain Stephen Appiah has been left out along with Sulley Ali Muntari.Essien, 29, limped off with a hamstring injury during Chelsea’s 2-2 draw against APOEL Nicosia earlier this month, and is not certain to be in top form for the Janaury 10-31 tournament.

Like Essien and Gyan Asamoah, Inter Milan midfielder Ali Muntari refused to play in a friendly against Angola on November 18 but has been punished for disciplinary reasons after failing to pay a fine.

Appiah has not sufficiently recovered from a right leg injury and will miss the tournament for the second time after already missing the 2008 edition in his homeland through injury.

Coach Milovan Rajevac called up six of the recent under-20 World Cup winners including Fredrikstad striker Dominic Adiyiah, the top scorer and player of the tournament.

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  1. viru5Detected

    July 22, 2013 at 5:31 am

    Please spare us! The wage bill doesn’t seem to be a problem when politicians are demanding unnecessary perks and allowances. The county budgets with governors chest thumping to build houses and drive cars “as befitting their status” doesn’t seem to be a problem to the Jubilee govt.
    What about the 100 million renovation of what is practically a brand new DP’s residence. Don’t preach to us about wastefulness when you’re the one leading the pack

    • Carey

      July 23, 2013 at 1:31 pm

      well stated

  2. Tong Fo

    July 22, 2013 at 9:28 am

    We haven’t anything from the likes of Greece, Argentina and Cyprus. Kenya is fast living beyond its means. It is imperative for Kenya to cut unnecessary spending or else we are headed to being another morality tale to the world. Kenya roughly sums up the political problems throughout the world, greed and theft. Refusal to live within their means usually ends up only in one place….Who was it who said history repeats itself ?

  3. Gabby

    July 22, 2013 at 10:23 am

    …….First of all…..inflation…..Secondly,….higher imports, and reduced competitiveness….. Couldn’t have said it better myself BUT Mr DP, one great enemy of economic growth is CORRUPTION and LAX ENFORCEMENT of EXISTING LAWS that perpetuate the two points you cite above in grievous ways than can be summed here on this blog and nips the life out of the many innocent poverty-stricken folks especially those who go into their early morning business in the rural areas with meagre returns to show for! It is also time for CLEAR CUT anti-importation spending especially in things that can be manufactured here and a wise eye on the new mineral wealth. A simple thing of displaying the directors of companies in ‘partnership’ with prospecting conglomerates can go a long way. It’s time for a whirlwind tour of the country to explain in economic laymen terms to the populace the very things you have written and more, rounded off by economic meetings with key industry players in the capital here in Nairobi. That is the crux of the matter!

  4. Kwessi Pratt

    July 22, 2013 at 11:37 am

    When traces of wastefulness are seemingly associated with you, your Excellency, and with no corresponding income, the spirit of your well founded argument disappears. And thats where the catch is. Can government spend wisely before crying? When jubilee came to power, we thought we had entered new territory of massive income generating enterprises! May be the bravado was after all not accompanied by well planned systematic attempts to industrialize the country?

  5. Carey

    July 23, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    I like the academic piece you penned,reality is this just cheap talk..the political class can have their cake and eat it while the rest are given false promises in the name of legal notices….if this was such a serious issue it should have been addressed in the first 100 days by the political class leading by example by cutting their wages,but wait more money is waited in endless bench marking trips,sessions in hotels and lodges……tell us how much has been budgeted for travel and accommodation expenses!

  6. Carey

    July 23, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    when you tax us at 30%,how does this spur economic growth….if you waived tax on income below 50,000….people will have more disposable income,increase spending…this will spur production creating more jobs…this is economics 101;Also consider making payments every 14 days and see the spiral effect

  7. Carey

    July 23, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    Give us specifics on cost cutting and by when

  8. Duncan Muchina

    July 24, 2013 at 1:28 am

    You said it your Excellency…stay on top of wage bill management. It’s your’s and HE Uhuru’s legacy at stake. You are the dynamic duo! We believe in you to deliver and spur the country to greater heights. May God be with you.

    • True Kenyan

      April 15, 2014 at 8:49 am

      eti dynamic me the BS

  9. nyakundi

    July 24, 2013 at 6:46 am

    What you say Mr. Ruto is true,all you’re saying would have been avoided if the MP’s never asked for an increase in their salaries. Now that they did, Kenyans who are earning low salaries like teachers and civil servants will want their salaries increased. Then some sectors will also ask for their salaries to be increased. The solution even for future governments is finding away of taming MP’s hunger for higher wages. If you do that at list some aspects of the wage cycle will be reduced, giving the government ample space to grow the economy. The MP’s since 2002 have always triggered the cycle by asking for higher wages. Find a way of taming them,and the cycle will be cut down!

  10. Anonymous

    July 24, 2013 at 11:22 am

    Nice school of thought,but alas,Your Excellency,you helped in negotiating for an increase to the MPs salaries. Their salaries are just astronomical and insulting to someone like me trying to make a living with way much less.Add to that the wasteful spending by government officials and the problem seems to be lying with the political class and not the civil servants.Politicians will run down this country.

  11. Nyangwes

    July 24, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    It is a fact that the very definition of if you want to spell waste, its “Government”. It is the text book definition. For government, it is not even the big ticket items. It is the fresh flowers everyday, that no one even glances at, and actually makes allergies worse. It is buying all the three daily newspapers for all rank and file. It is the “support staff” that ‘waheshimiwa’ seem unable to function without, and most of whom somehow have a connection with the office bearer. In Kenya we have a new money making scheme called “Commissions”. It is people doing the work that government ought to be doing, or at least pretending to do so. Like the CIC, trying to be the National Assembly and AG’s office combined, and yet these offices have office bearers. It is the Commission on Land, another on Reconciliation, another on Nation Building, 150 people now refer to themselves as Commissioners, and all these take out full page adverts looking for “Pre-Qualification of Suppliers” more fresh flowers, and milk, and furniture.

    It is the “refurbishment” of already plush living and work places. Russia has just banned the building and refurbishment of any official offices or residences for 5 years to cut spending. How about we borrow that leaf from the Moscow Book?

    The Huge wage bill is a scapegoat. There is enough waste in government, and that is why, beginning with the “people’s servants”, ie, our elected officials, they feel the need like the Israelites of yore, to take a basket and go collect as much manna as they can. Talk is cheap. If the government REALLY wants to curb waste, start by replacing all fresh flowers with plastic ones, and use the radio to make public announcements instead of taking paid out ads in the newspapers…..afterall, not that many of us afford to buy them anyway.

  12. peter

    July 24, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    Blame it on the MPs increased pay that you helped negotiate. Teachers deserve a better pay and so are doctors/nurses and the Police.

  13. viru5Detected

    December 17, 2013 at 9:18 am

    Says the man who negotiated higher salaries for an already overpaid legislature and chartered one of the most expensive private jets at taxpayers’ expense. Spare us the BS

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