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Young people will invent their future

From: Yona Maro

Kelvin Doe found that batteries were too expensive for a project he was working on in 2009. He used acid, soda, and metal parts that he found in trash bins in his neighborhood to build his own battery. Doe, then a 13-year-old from Sierra Leone, constructed a generator to light his home and operate an FM radio station that he built. He now employs his friends at the radio station.

Doe’s inventions caught the attention of David Sengeh, a doctoral candidate at MIT Media Lab. Doe participated in a solutions challenge Sengeh launched in 2012 asking “students to invent solutions to problems that they saw in their daily lives.”

Sengeh, also a Sierra Leonean, wanted to enable youth in developing countries to find solutions to local problems. Sengeh arranged for Doe, one of three winners, to become a resident practitioner at the MIT Media Lab.

It is the very shift in values and access to technology that is empowering millions of youth like Doe and Sengeh to overcome present challenges. The idea of success is changing as youths work tirelessly for their collective future. Young people are bound to invent a brighter future!

Yona Fares Maro
Institut d’études de sécurité – SA

World University Rankings 2013-2014

From: Charles Banda

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2013-2014 powered by Thomson Reuters are the only global university performance tables to judge world class universities across all of their core missions – teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. The top universities rankings employ 13 carefully calibrated performance indicators to provide the most comprehensive and balanced comparisons available, which are trusted by students, academics, university leaders, industry and governments.

SSR Resource Centre – Call for Blog Contributors

From: Yona Maro

The Security Sector Reform Resource Centre is looking for talented academics, practitioners, analysts and researchers to contribute to the Resource Centre’s dynamic blog. Blog entries should focus primarily on security sector reform, but related issues such as disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR), transitional justice, and peace and statebuilding may be accepted if deemed appropriate.

The SSR Resource Centre is an informative and interactive website for statebuilding and security academics and practitioners. This is a great opportunity for you to discuss your work/insights and contribute to the Resource Centre’s collection of relevant material.

If interested, please contact the Centre for Security Governance at for further details.

Yona Fares Maro
Institut d’études de sécurité – SA

Mapping and analysis of the needs for petroleum related education in Tanzania

From: Yona Maro

Authors: Siri Bjerkreim Hellevik (Nordic Consulting Group Norway, NCG A/S), Farouk Al-Kasim (Petroteam A/S), Prosper Ngowi (independent), Harald Stokkeland (Sic International Consulting Ltd.) and Karen Sund (Sund Energy A/S)

Abstract: This study maps and analyses the needs for petroleum related education in Tanzania. This study represents an attempt to systematize the needs required at a detailed skills level, indicating gaps in demand and supply. The analysis is structured in a matrix that details skills needs at the professional and technical levels. The matrix is a useful tool that the government and the industry may use to plan for matching demand and supply of skills needed in years to come. Based on the findings, this study provides recommendations as to the type and level of education needed. There are many uncertainties as to the future as to the industry. Hence, the estimates given here have to be treated with caution and are likely to change as future decisions are made on development of the oil and gas sector in Tanzania.


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Guidelines on Open Access to Scientific Publications and Research Data in Horizon 2020

From: Yona Maro

Modern research builds on extensive scientific dialogue and advances by improving earlier work. Moreover, the Europe 2020 strategy for a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy underlines the central role of knowledge and innovation in generating growth. Fuller and wider access to scientific publications and data therefore help to:

• build on previous research results (improved quality of results);
• foster collaboration and avoid duplication of effort (greater efficiency);
• accelerate innovation (faster to market = faster growth);
• involve citizens and society (improved transparency of the scientific process).

For these reasons, the European Union (EU) strives to improve access to scientific information and to boost the benefits of public investment in the research funded under the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020 (2014-2020).


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By Agwanda Saye

MIGORI County Women Representative Danita Ghati has decried the attitude of some parents within the county who do not support the education of the girl child.

Ghati observed that Migori County is still lagging behind in terms of girl-child education because of lack of support from a number of parents.

She said parents must be ready to fully support the education of the girl-child within the region as this is their responsibility.

The women Representative singled out both Nyatike and Kuria districts where she said education of the girl child is still compromised due to several factors including cultural believes.

Addressing a gathering during the launch of a strategic plan for St. Joseph Alendo Secondary school-cum education day for Kosiemo and Alendo Primary schools in Karungu East of Nyatike Sub-County, Ghati said it is as if some parents are still living in the past where education for boys was given a priority unlike for girls.

She said both boys and girls should be given equal opportunities when it comes to issue of education because since both have same potentials which can make them excel academically.,

The women leader also took up issues with some teachers whom she blamed for contributing to early pregnancies and marriages of school going girls.

Ghati further announced that she will launch several mentorship centers in Migori County to fully support girl-child education.

The women Rep further said she plans to set up an education trust fund which will help in funding the education of bright but need school going girls within Migori County, urging the stakeholders to properly utilize both the UWEZO and CDF Funds, adding that there was still need for bursaries to improve education in the county.



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By Chak Rachar

AFRICAN Churches Foundation has embark on various community projects to improve the livelihoods of those people living in extreme poverty.

The Chairperson Bishop Phoebe Onyango said the foundation is undertaking subsistence farming in the seven constituencies of Kisumu county to ensure food sufficient.

Bishop Onyango disclosed that the foundation is training the residents on new farming methods after which they provide them with farm inputs.

She said the foundation also support education sector by funding the feeding programs and access to clean water in various schools in the county.

Onyango said the foundation targets the orphans and vulnerable children from the seven constituencies adding that they provide them with food and medical assistance.

She said the county has a population of 968,909 with 226,719 households saying that 45% of the populations are living below the poverty index.

The leader said the foundation also empowers women and youth economically to enable them start up small business activities.

Onyango asked the churches in the county to support the agricultural initiatives launched by the foundation to reduce food insecurity among the poor.

Speaking yesterday during the church leaders meeting in Kisumu, Onyango said churches have been lagging behind in development agenda.

The leaders were drowned from Muhoroni, Nyando, Kisumu West, Seme, Kisumu Central, Kisumu East and Nyakach constituencies.

Onyango called church leaders to initiate various development activities that can change the lives of the poor communities.


Human Rights Training, Quebec

From: Shem Ochuodho
Subject: Human Rights Training, Quebec, Canada (IHRTP 2014 – call for applications – deadline November 18)

Might interest some … Thanks Dada Flora for sharing.

For any queries, please contact the addresses given or Dada Flora.


—– Forwarded Message —–
From: flora terah
Sent: Wednesday, 9 October 2013, 18:01
Subject: IHRTP 2014 – call for applications – deadline November 18

Hallo Shem

Please circulate widely.I am an alumni/spokesperson and probably could endorse depending on the applicants criteria.

Flora Terah Igoki

Terah Against Terror

I am grateful for all my problems. After each one was overcome, I became stronger and more able to meet those that were still to come. I grew in all my difficulties.
J. C. Penney

On Wednesday, October 9, 2013 10:54:54 AM, IHRTP-PIFDH wrote:

35th International Human Rights Training Program (IHRTP)
Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Québec, Canada, June 8 – June 27, 2014

Dear Friend,

Greetings from Equitas!

We are delighted to contact you today with details about our next annual International Human Rights Training Program. We are looking forward to another inspiring three-week program and the opportunity to meet around 90 participants from about 50 different countries.

We are inviting you to forward the enclosed Application Form, Program Information and Memorandum of Agreement to your network of human rights educators/activists and encourage organizations who you think could benefit from the program to apply. It is also a good opportunity to share with your network your personal experience at the IHRTP. We always appreciate recommendations from IHRTP Alumni.

In circulating the information, please bear in mind that the IHRTP is intended for human rights workers and educators from Non-Governmental Organizations, National Human Rights Institutions, Government bodies and educational institutions. The goal of the IHRTP is to strengthen the capacity of human rights organizations to undertake human rights education efforts aimed at building a global culture of human rights. The curriculum is based on principles of adult experiential learning in which participants and facilitators engage in a process of mutual teaching and learning. The Program Information provides a detailed description of the Program.

We received more than 850 applications for the 2013 IHRTP and it is therefore unlikely that we will have enough spaces for all of the qualified candidates. The selection process and participant profile we are looking for are described in the attached document. The Equitas Selection Committee gives priority to the organisations best able to demonstrate their commitment and effectiveness in relation to human rights promotion and education. Consideration is also given to overall gender balance, geographic representation and the availability of bursaries.

Please note that the deadline for receiving applications is November 18, 2013 and that only the 2014 Application Forms will be accepted. You can also find the documents, in English and French, on our web site at:

Should you have comments or questions, please do not hesitate to contact the IHRTP Team at

Yours sincerely,

Chris Bradley
Program Officer, IHRTP / Chargé de programme, PIFDH

Equitas – Centre international d’éducation aux droits humains / International Centre for Human Rights Education
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Kenya: Very distrurbing information from a newspaper

From: Judy Miriga


I respect you. You are a good man. Like our ancestors you are educative, caring and informative. You spend your most valuable time to reach out a larger Kenyan community to save a situation because of the commandment of love.

Our loving God will surely reward you more in abudantly………..Keep the good work of blogging for purposes of sharing and we shall all reap the rewards of the seeds of Love when time is ripe……………The day of reckoning is nigh when God will decree the fates of all men according to the good and evil of their hearts and earthly lives………….

I am proud of you……………….

Cheers !!!!

Judy Miriga
Diaspora Spokesperson
Executive Director
Confederation Council Foundation for Africa Inc.,

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On Wed, Oct 2, 2013 at 12:52 PM, paul nyandoto wrote:

Nyamogo & Maurice

It looks that all what account146w writes is placed on my neck now. Are you guys insane?.

I can see that Maurice has gossiped around and got all about me and he is now out to tell people all about me. He started with my white wife and now my schoolings. I tell you Nyamogo that today it is my turn tomorrow it may be you. If I were you I would be worried about your clients if Maurice knows you well. Because he has caused you already and still causing you to lose a lot and lots of clients through his gossips. Be careful.

But did Maurice forget to tell you that I was just an ordinary luo boy who attended Sawagongo high school and in our year in that poor school by then, we were only 3 pupils who managed to get 3 principles in sciences ( mine were in Maths, Chemistry , Biology and 2 subsidiaries). Went to st. Petersburg first medical university named after the great scientist Ivan Petrovich Pavlov ( who lived 1849-1936): I was possessed with nuclear medicine already by then. Ivan Petrovich Pavlov made the first physiological experiment now known all over the world in the same laboratory I sat in during my education time. The university is now known as the St. Petersburg medical academy. In the same university I developed more interest in Radiation, nuclear and medical oncology.

Well Maurice is right my wife is white and she was my medical school classmate. She is also a medical doctor graduated with honors( may be Maurice has researched about that too but has not told you). In Finland i joined Helsinki University and did my specialization in Radiation , nuclear and medical oncology. Did Maurice tell you that I met president Moi face to face and you can call Moi to confirm that too. In the 1990s i drafted for Kenya almost the same medical structure & care as Finland to help in health care. This was given to the director of medical services called Meme. What he did with them hell knows.

Has Maurice told you that i was also the first Kenyan to put 2 scientific research work in the red journal. A record very rare in Africa , Even among south african whites, even in europe here. May be now there are a lot but I ventured into that when a lot were still sleeping.

I think Maurice has forgotten to tell you that I was the first foreign born doctor( white, green, red, asian, black, yellow etc) in Finland to win the best Oncology year award given after every 2 years in Finland by the Finnish cancer foundation to the best performing doctor in the land. All who had that before me were only finnish nationals. That was in the year 2008. By the way i have spent all the money I got, so do not beg me for that either. If I live longer I may surprise you one day with a nobel prize; or my kids will do it. So just wish us well.

Well I have 3 very bright kids. Their academic performance have surpassed me and my wife by far. So what else have i left out which Maurice is still having in store to tell the forum?. Well I speak and write luo, Russian, Finnish, very well and in our house we speak luo and Finnish mostly. Other languages we have around here and there is English, swedish,swahili we speak very rare, but practice it always towards our holiday journey to Kenya every time. By the way I am a jaluo from suba land. A very happy luo man. Maurice you can keep on gossiping and googling to find more and tell the forum. But I warn the forum that tell Maurice something at your own risk. The day you turn your back every body will know them including your medical records.

I have also a negative side and that is:

I hate people who can not feed their children and those who refuse to take jobs because the government will tax them for child support. I still believe in old tradition, that a good father should play his role well to kids, failure to do that you can not enjoy my kingdom. No matter how good you speak english. People do not eat english here where I live. So forgive me for my bad english grammar and I do not need any monkey gossiper on my back to tell people who I am..


Kenya: We are NOT ONE.

From: JohnPaul Mwangi

I refuse to suck up to this fake sense of Kenyan patriotism.

I grew up reading books on Kenyan history and singing to the tunes of patriotic songs that were constantly propagated by the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation. I went to school in a single party state when there was no difference between government and political parties. I was taught history that was cooked by the curriculum developers to deliberately make me become patriotic to the country Kenya.

At school, I was taught to sing the national anthem as well as recite the national pledge, which at the time, was coined to end up with pledging loyalty and allegiance to the president of Kenya. I was taught that Kenyatta was the Kenyan Jesus. I was taught how to sing for the president, and bow my head in respect.

In church, I was taught to obey and not question authority. I was taught to take it as-it-is, accept and move on, not to follow my emotions, and not to question. I was taught that I deserve nothing but grace. I was taught to pray with my eyes closed. I was taught to be silent in the face of injustice, by simply praying for bad people doing bad things – that they may be forgiven and go scot-free.

In reality, we are divided as the branches of this tree. Whereas we come from the same roots, we have made branches that ensure that we do not converge as we fight for sunlight and air.

Then I was brought to Nairobi, where I met pastors who steal from their congregation, in daylight. I met employers who sucked the last drop of energy from their employees, and gave them 2,000 shillings for end of year bonus. I met friends who made me believe “am looking out for you” while they meant “I am looking out for myself through you”.
Sadly, mid life clarity has taught me that – education, religion and a large part of Kenyan socialization is a well orchestrated ploy to manufacture a deeply complacent but very functional citizen, a hard working but extremely hopeful citizen – one that pays immense tax but does not question the government on how it uses it, one that should be easily duped by fellow citizens that calamity and disaster brings out “the best in us”.

And so, with time, I have come to make thread of Kenyan patriotism. It is inspired by disaster and calamity. We are happy to have calamity bring us together. It’s the only language we understand. It looks like a language that could finally unite Africa. It looks like a language that Africa can speak together. We seem to often get united by grief.

That said, I decide that I wont suck up to the fake sense of Kenyan patriotism that is currently being shared around. We are one? No we are not. WE ARE NOT ONE. We are not! We are not one. Let me remind all of us that, it is the season of pretending to be ONE. It has happened before and now it is here, fresh with lilies, graphics, hysteria, poetry and related paraphernalia.

In 1998 bombing of the US Embassy in Nairobi, We suddenly were ONE. I forget much of “We are or We are not ONE” events that happened between 1998 and 2008, but came elections in 2008, then we were NOT ONE all of a sudden. Came the Kikuyu + Kalenjin + Luo post election violence in 2008, and then we were ONE, immediately condemning attacks by our own terrorists.

When it came to taking suspected criminals to the International Criminal Court, We were not ONE, all of a sudden. Came hunger and starvation in Northern Kenya in 2011, and then Kenyans for Kenya campaign made us believe that were ONE again. Came elections in 2013, and then we were NOT ONE again. Came terrorist attack on 2013, and then we are ONE again, all of a sudden? wtf?

We are pretending to be one, and many of us are utilizing the limelight to gain political “I do good, I do well, I am also human” mileage for future prospects. Kenya is a cunning economy. We are NOT ONE, we are selfish individuals who sing at the pulpit when the song is nice to our ears, but we turn ruthless, aggressive, malicious and viciously greedy when the curtain closes on us.

Then I saw this list of these names and I wondered – how are we one? Michael Gichangi, head of National Intelligence Service; Julius Karangi, head of Kenya Defence Force; Ndegwa Muhoro, head of Kenya’s Criminal Investigations; Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta, THE head of Kenya. This list sounds like a public university graduation ceremony. …..Aketck, Akoth, Atieno, Atika…. Are we one? No we are not.

We are not one when police wielding guns and black radios continue to throw me out of the road so that a More Important Person (MIP) get a privileged pass. We are not one when priests and pastors continue stealing and fucking their own congregation. We are not one when the first agenda on the list of Kenyan leaders is to add more salary, even before beginning to work. No we are not one.

We are not one when Indians continue oppressing their African workers in the export processing zones and the manufacturing industries. We are not one when we do nothing to bridge the capitalism divide that continues to deepen in this country. We are not one until thieves stop raiding my village with guns.

We are not one when development organizations continue to spend almost half of the development grants traveling to Africa in the name of “safety & security, Africa travel, hardship allowance, and close monitoring of projects”. We are not one when development partners keep creating self-existence development cartels that distribute money, jobs and favors to friends, so they too may come, live and enjoy Africa.

Consciously and conspicuously, we are ONE against this mzungu (white person) court because it is targeting the Kalenjin and Kikuyu communities in Kenya and Africa at large. This is finally, Africa United, we are TRULY ONE. We are ONE in Africa, and now we see on the news, every often, another African president joining in frustrating the mzungu court and condemning how this mzungu court is undertaking the criminal proceedings on Africans. When Africans kill their own, we are ONE in accepting, forgetting and moving on.

I wont suck up to this WE ARE ONE facade. I often sign off greetings with “ONE Love”. What does ONE mean? One love to me means, unity, equality, peace, justice and fairness. It is a deep understanding and interpretation of “ubuntuism” a philosophy that I never learnt in any class, but one that I came to embrace. It is about “human kindness”, which is far from what we see, hear, speak and feel today. We are NOT ONE until UBUNTU.

I wish all of us calmness as we go to bury our dead. Life continues, it has a way of going on. I too lost a young friend to a different type of terrorism – terrorism of life. He took his own life. I knew he was carrying around a tough weight behind his back, one that he did not choose to hurl onto himself. He put on a brave fight for the days we talked. But at the end of it, terror attacked, and his walls caved in. We are Not One when young people choose to catalyze their departure from earth.

ONE Love and WiBO Life, Life Without Borders!

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School food, politics, and child health

From: Yona Maro

This paper reflects on how understanding of school feeding has changed since the 2009 analysis conducted by the UN World Food Programme, The Partnership for Child Development and the World Bank, which was published as Rethinking School Feeding. Data on school feeding programme outcomes were collected through a literature review. Regression models were used to analyse relationships between school feeding costs (from data that were collected), the per capita costs of primary education and Gross Domestic Product per capita. Data on the transition to national ownership, supply chains and country examples were collected through country case studies.

The authors found that school feeding programmes increase school attendance, cognition and educational achievement, as well as provide a transfer of resources to households with possible benefits to local agricultural production and local market development. Low-income countries exhibit large variations in school feeding costs, with concomitant opportunities for cost containment. Countries are increasingly looking to transition from externally supported projects to national programmes. With a global turnover in excess of $US 100 billion, the authors sustain that school feeding should remain a focus of study with a view to helping countries ensure that their programmes are as cost-effective as possible.


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From: Ouko joachim omolo
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Tomorrow is World Contraception Day, an annual event taking place on September 26 every year. Countries and regions around the world organize events to mark the day and to demonstrate their commitment to raising awareness of contraception and improving education regarding reproductive and sexual health.

The day is being marked when in Kenya the rising sales of emergency contraceptives commonly known as “morning-after pills” is worrying experts, following growing abuse by Kenya’s sexually active youth.

It is worrying that e-pills are being abused by many youth and underage girls. These pills are sold openly to young girls, including students by private chemists all over Kenya. Just as sex sells, so do the pills.

The drugs are supposed to be used twice per year but the girls take them almost every weekend without considering their side effects. This is because the pharmacists sell these drugs to these vulnerable young girls without doctor’s prescription. These pills are cheap and available. A packet sells for Sh150.

In a radio advertisement at the centre of a controversy in Kenya, a distraught teenage girl asks for help after having unprotected sex. “What shall I do? I’m still in college. What happens to my future, my friends, my family, my life?” she sobs.

Such advertisements have contributed a lot for the use of these pills among teenage girls. Some parents even encourage their girls to use them if they cannot overcome their sexual urges for intercourse.

Many young people are now using the e-pill routinely, some even buying the pills in advance in any case the boy friend insists on sex. College and university girls are using these pills irresponsibly.

Besides side-effects, like nausea, heavy bleeding and cramps, regular use of the emergency contraception may cause infertility and in some instances increase the risk of cancer, still this has not stopped these noble girls from using the pills.

The message these youth are getting is that what matters is that you go out and have fun because you won’t get pregnant. They don’t care about the side effect. The adverts are being sponsored by the US non-governmental organisation funding the campaign – Populations Services International in Kenya.

Besides that, frequent use of the e-pills affects your ovulation cycle and interferes with your fertility cycle. Yet taking the e-pill only solves a quarter of the problem, which is pregnancy, but leaves you susceptible to a myriad of serious STIs.

Furthermore, frequent consumption of the e-pill increases your chances of having an ectopic pregnancy. Again, since e-pills are used to prevent pregnancy within 120 hours of intercourse, girls who use them any time they have sex are at risk of terrible side effects.

E-pills are not supposed to be used as a regular birth control method due to their high hormonal content. Some of the most popular e-pills sold in Kenya are Postinor2, Pregno, Smart lady, Truston2 and Ecee2. Apart from nausea and dizziness, other side effects include vomiting and abdominal pain.

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Real change must come from ordinary people who refuse to be taken hostage by the weapons of politicians in the face of inequality, racism and oppression, but march together towards a clear and unambiguous goal.

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Tanzania: Reasons why Pres. Kikwete got an honorary degree from the University of Guelph

From: Abdalah Hamis

The Tanzanian president Jakaya Kikwete is going to receive an honorary degree during a visit to the University of Guelph today, Friday September 20th, 2013, during a 4 p.m. ceremony in the University’s War Memorial Hall, which will be followed by a public lecture on agriculture, food production and innovation.

A press release posted on the University’s website says the event is free and open to everyone.It lists the reasons to award the President with an honorary degree as recognition for:

His contributions as a politician, negotiator and humanitarian.

Helping lead efforts in Africa to improve agriculture and ensure food safety.

Becoming the continent’s pioneer and spokesperson for the “Grow Africa” initiative, and has promoted a green revolution Agriculture First – to update farming practices and increase productivity.

Championing community development, education and literacy

Fighting corruption

Promoting women’s rights, particularly by improving access to education and health care.

“President Kikwete truly exemplifies what it means and what it takes to build a better planet,” said Kevin Hall, vice-president (research).

Hall led the honorary degree nomination and has met Pres. Kikwete several times to discuss agriculture, food security, water and health in East Africa: “President Kikwete has a steadfast commitment to helping his people, country and continent. He is a model and inspiration for our University as we strive to improve life in Canada and beyond,” Hall said.

While in Guelph, he is expected to meet faculty, students and researchers working in East Africa, tour campus research facilities, and attend a dinner with local and national government leaders and dignitaries.

U of G is establishing a Guelph East Africa Institute to help solve regional problems. The institute, which will be located in Tanzania, will bring together academia, business, government and NGOs to support research and teaching in food, health, water, education, environment and community.


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By Agwanda Saye

Proffesor Peter Wanyande who is a Commissioner at the Commission on Implementation of the Constitution has censured the people of Nyanza for depending on handouts too much and wondered whether people don’t want to work or that they shun certain types of works.

Wanyande added that the new constitution ensures that resources are devolved to the counties hence the need to shun handouts

He said that Nyanza region is well endowed in human resources hence the need for the local people to work even harder.

Wanyande said the former Nyanza province is rich resources.

Many people in the region have gone to schools.

He said the people of Nyanza should now have a change of attitude and move away from handouts.

He said the region is still classified as among the poorest despite the inherent resources.

Wanyande who was speaking at a public lecture which was organized by the catholic University in Kisumu said that youths should take advantage of the new devolved government and empower themselves.

The don indicated that counties will be more resources depending on how they manage the already given ones.

Wanyande said that proper usage of the resources would guarantee more when funds are again disbursed.

He said the constitution facilities change of attitude towards work.

Wanyande said that they have gone to court in order protest against the CDF Act.

He said there are safeguards which prevents mps from making unnecessary amendments to the new constitution.

Wanyande said that the current constitution takes care of all aspects of life including gender and the youth.

He said marginalized groups are also taken care of.

He said Kenyans must have a change of mind set

.Wanyande said the new constitution has what makes people change.

He devolved systems would lead to competition for resources from the centre.

Wanyande said region should not overlook certain aspects.

He said when you don’t elect women then they are nominated to satisfy the two third rule.

Wanyande said the constitution recognizes both the county and national government.



From: Samwel Amos Wangwe

Dear Diaspora.

There is this time I walked into this shoe shop in Dublin, Ireland. It was winter and cold as a hyena’s snout. I had on this hoodie with “Safaricom” emblazoned on its front in green. So, there I was checking out these shoe when I heard someone ask, “Wewe ni Mkenya?” I looked up to find this grinning miro guy. I said, yes, I was Kenyan. Boy, was he happy to make my acquaintance! He bear hugged me, which is something I try to reserve for the opposite sex. He then rattled on, asking about home and how it was “back there.” Asking about politics and things. He told me he watched Citizen news online most of the time, but that still left him shelled with homesickness. He lived in Northern Ireland, which is really next to the end of the world, and he is probably the only black guy for thousands of miles before you run into a Nigerian.

I asked him when was the last time he was home and he said 11years ago. That depressed me more than the weather. I asked him what he missed most about being home and he surprised me by saying, “attending funerals for close ones.”
He said he had missed his father’s funeral (it was cheaper to send money for burial), something that seemed like a monkey on his back. In fact, he had missed tons of funerals for close relatives. And he missed Mukimo (he was okuyu). On a light note I asked him if he had a kiosk in Belfast and he laughed, that distinct Kenyan laugh that starts from the diaphragm and doesn’t leave it. We chatted for a bit, in Swahili, mine markedly tattered.

I remember feeling such gutting sympathy for him when we parted. Him, out there, in that bleeding cold that makes your nails pale and your tongue blue, so far away from home, wondering who else will be buried in his absence. Wondering when he would next feel the balminess of the African sun on his forehead and the warmth of our own soil under his feet. It must be tough, this life in absentia. I would die of depression. No really, I would.

It’s easy to feel sympathy for fellows living abroad, right up until they land at JKIA, then the bottom falls off. Let’s first talk figures before my spiel.

Do you know how much guys living abroad ploughed into the economy in the first five months of this year? Ksh45 billion! That’s a lot of dough, about 10% of what Kamwana is bringing back from the East! And we appreciate this contribution, guys. We could use every yen, dollar and rupee we can lay our hands on now, especially during these trying moments that some of our governors have decided to conduct county matters from plush hotels where they live.

But your financial contribution notwithstanding, we need to straighten out some issues, guys. It’s about your conduct when you come back home for vacation.

First off, please don’t whine about how nothing works in this country. Nobody wants to host a whiner. Thing is, traffic cops will control traffic at traffic lights that work. That’s just how it is. Service in eateries might not be as swift as it is in Toronto. That’s just how it is. Matatus are a law onto themselves. That’s just how it is. It’s illegal to burn music for local artists, so don’t ask us to. Oh, and Kalamashaka doesn’t sing no more.

Secondly. You know, we love having you back home. And we don’t mind taking you to look for artefacts at Masai Market. But can you imagine that since you left life also happened to us? Hard to believe, I know. We got and changed jobs. We dated and we got married. We got kids. Most of us grew up and that came with different priorities. Life is a moving wheel. I know it might seem like we have lots of time on our hands back here but we don’t. We can get very busy between spending time in traffic jams and Facebooking.

And because there is work and there is school and there is family we can’t take you out partying on the daily. And just because you are back in the country after 10 years doesn’t mean all these things stop and we have to lay banana leaves on your path to Mercury Lounge. Or fetch you coffee. You are on holiday, we aren’t. If we have time, we will take you to do your rounds. But it’s not your right, so don’t sulk and brood and feel unappreciated.

Secondly, the legal tender of Kenya is Kenyan Shillings. Not the dollar. Not the Euro. Don’t go to Mama Oliech’s for fish and when the bill lands you ask the poor waitress if they can accept dollars! That waitress is from Kochia, the dollar is a currency she isn’t well acquainted with. And FYI, the only people who accept dollars or rands are the forex bureaus.

Talking of going out. A few years back my cousin landed in the country from Jersey (you should have heard how he pronounces “Jersey”). This time I took him to Havana in Westlands and he kept asking the deejay to play some song by T-Pain. I wasn’t that acquainted to T-Pain at that time because he was new-ish in the scene and I’m not exactly hot for that genre of music. You should have seen how after harassing the deejay he would come back to the seat complaining how the deejay wasn’t with it because he didn’t have a particular song by T-Pain. And so the whole whole night it was T-Pain this, T-Pain that. What a royal pain!

And guys, if you are going to have the deejay play your favourite jams at least buy him a drink, will ya? And be sure to use Kenyan Shillings, if that’s no trouble.

Then there is politics. Isn’t it flattering that every guy in diaspora has a solution to our political problems? And this is only because, I suspect, they have read Obama’s “Audacity of Hope.” Guys, like Mikhail Gorbachev once said, if you really want to change things back home, you got to go back home. You just can’t change things during your tea break at Starbucks. I‘m afraid it’s a bit more complicated than that. This animal called African politics needs time and energy, not a quote from Malcolm X.

It’s not like we are sitting here allowing the politicians to shaft us without as much as dinner first. It’s not that we have become so politically numb and inept. No, we make noise. On twitter. We stoke Boniface Mwangi’s fires on Facebook then we go on Youtube to see if he survived the fracas. We have realised that the only way we can fight these politicians and their endless plunder and greed is through the mighty power of Retweet! So don’t judge us, not until you walk 140 characters in our tweets.

I’m overeating? Just look at the Facebook pages of Kenyans in diaspora, with their breathless streams of political consciousness, tinged with Machiavellian teachings hoping that will change the political panorama. They won’t, guys. Because politicians don’t read. And the few who do don’t care. Your tweets will drown in the churning sea of social media melee, never to be seen by them. And their social media tools are managed by busybodies that only retweet comments that favour them. And so the most they can do, in response to your Facebook updates is to poke you. And you don’t want a politician poking you, trust me. And if you don’t believe me, ask…

And why are you guys shocked at poverty in Kenya? Poverty is the same as you left it. Poverty is still spelled the same way you left it. This is Africa; some folk eat only one meal, yes, even here in the city. And they aren’t on a diet; they just can’t afford to eat square meals. Fast food? Do you know that KFC is a luxury back here? Yes, back here it’s the hoity-toity who throng there, with their iPhones and their monstrous Guci shades coifed in Gussii-land. Poverty is part of this social fabric, even the middle-class are poor, only their poverty is the worse kind.

You know what we secretly laugh at behind your backs, dear Diasporas? When you come visiting and you tell us smugly, “ You know, back at home…” Back at home? Excuse us. United States of America is not your home, son! Your home is Nyansore, South Mugirango. Isn’t that where the remains of your dear mother lies? I’m sorry, was your grumps buried in Brookhaven, Atlanta? You are called Moguche, how many native Londoners are called Moguche? And please don’t ever say “you Kenyans,” That’s just racist.

And here is one of my favourites. I had this retarded conversation one day with some diaspora.

Kenyan from Texas (KT): Biko, I want to go to the Barclays in Loita Street, is it safe?

Me: What is safe, Barclays? Yes, it is.

KT: No, I mean Loita Street.

Hehe. Did he just ask if Loita Street is safe? Tell me, how can I be so wrong about my friends?

No, I told him, Loita Street is not safe. Get police escort. Hell wear a Flak jacket and lower your hat to your face in case they suspect that you are a foreigner because your eyebrows are different from ours. Hire security if you can (but not G4S). Loita Street is very dangerous. People get killed there every day, especially Kenyans visiting from abroad. And don’t wear your fancy cologne; it might draw attention to yourself.

Doesn’t that just make you sad? Here is a guy who grew up in Umoja and shopped at Mutindwa scared of being mobbed in Loita Street. A guy who lived in Kenya for 27yrs – taking matatus and eating roasted maize by the roadside- before he flew out. A typical Kenyan. This is the same fellow who asks you if Loita Street is safe because he now has an iPhone 5? While odiero backpackers are fearlessly trolling downtown Nairobi this guy is debating if he should leave his damned wallet at home before venturing into town?! If he should remove his watch before going to Kimathi Street?! Do they imagine we are super humans not to get killed by the numerous, mines, IED’s and snipers outside Loita Street? Do we, as Kenyans, have a special contract with God?

One last thing. Let’s be honest. We know you aren’t as loaded as you once was. No, we do. Central Bank Of Kenya told us. The diaspora remittance to Kenya declined by 9.4 per cent in June from Ksh 9.66billion to Ksh8.75billion in May owing to inflows from North America, Kenya’s biggest source of the dollar injections. Life, indeed, is hard everywhere. If Detroit declared itself bankrupt, really, things are hairy. Europe isn’t any better financially as we speak. So no need to keep appearances. It’s unnecessary. When you come down don’t drag us to the champagne bar at Sankara and get mild dementia after one look at their menu. And don’t call Sankara thieves. They aren’t. Sankara isn’t McDonalds. Shit is expensive there.

This city has its owners, mate. They dine at the Tribe Hotel and sleep in Laikipia. They never look at the bill after their meal and they can put three actuarial science students in a room with all their money and those kids will grow beards before they finish counting that cheese. So Sankara guys aren’t stealing from you, it’s just a different pond for a different kettle of fish. Try Tamasha, they have a happy hour. Look, we are just happy you are home, we don’t care much that you can splash money because we know it wasn’t handed to you easy back there.

And one last thing. You couldn’t have schooled in Durban, South Africa and picked an American accent. It’s unfathomable and ludicrous. We can understand you having an Indian accent because Durban has the largest population of Indians outside India, but they don’t speak like Americans last time I was there. And if you came back to Kenya from abroad more than 3 years ago you can’t prefix all your statements with “When I was in the UK…” It negates everything you will say after.

I love Kenyans in diaspora because of their uncanny ability to summon amnesia. You guys forget fast. You forget so quickly where you came from. You forget how the machinery back here runs. You forget that this is motherland and no matter how broken this place is, this place still remains your place.

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By Our Investigative Reporter

A couple whose form two daughter has been expelled at Joel Omino Secondary School which is within Kisumu East District within Kisumu County ostensibly under the recommendation of the school’s Principal’s James Aggrey Otieno wife who teaches in the same school have moved to court to compel the school to re-admit their daughter school and produce evidence in court proving that the said student (name withheld) is a devil worshipper.

Narrating the incident to “Citizen Weekly” the girls’ parents Carren Adwenya and Paul Odoyo Agutu said that the secured admission for their daughter on 8th May 2013.

Documents within our possession shows that the school was paid ksh 10,000 on 15th May 2013 with balance of kshs 14,150 to be paid on admission after an admission letter was issued on 8th May 2013 .

“We discussed with the school Principal before admission reasons why we were changing for our daughter school as she used to previously school at Asumbi Girls and the Principal advised us that since the girl could not fit in a boarding school the best was for her to be in a day school” the girl’s mother said.

The parents say that on 17th may 2013 they received a call from a Mrs Otieno who introduced herself as the teacher in charge of counseling at Joel Omino who further said that she was counseling their daughter but the daughter refused to open up.

“At that point I asked her to talk with my daughter upon whom she said that the teacher was forcing her to admit what was not true and when I spoke with the teacher she told me to go and see her in school” said Mrs Adwenya.

When they went to Joel Omino the said teacher said that she had given their daughter an opportunity to write her life history before arriving at Joel Omino Secondary School but she failed to write that she was a devil worshipper.

We got agitated and all our efforts to explain to her that our daughter is a social and kind person who is always outgoing could not bear fruit.

“Upon realizing that she was adamant and arrogant ,the father excused himself as going to the bank and I the mother remained in school , I insisted that the allegation was not fair and I insisted that my daughter to giver her version of the whole issue” the mother further said.

Her daughter said that the said Mrs.Otieno had harassed her on 8th /06/2013 before her fellow Form two class and told her that she was in Joel Omino Illegally as the said teacher is the one who determines who iks to be admitted at Joel Omino.

“Mrs.Otieno had wanted my daughter to confess that she was a devil worshipper who had gone to recruit students at Joel Omino for her cult after doing the same at Asumbi Girls where she was before “she added.

The mother says that her daughter was officially released from Asumbi Girls to pursue further treatment on tonsillitis which she had.

The mother says that all that never augur well with her (Mrs.Otieno) as she claimed that we parents were siding with girl and she advised her daughter to ignore the allegations and concentrate on her studies and she further advised that the said Mrs.Otieno to stop counseling her daughter but the teacher insisted that she was going to continue.

“All was well not until 30th May 2013 when I got communication through an sms that my daughter should stay at home till Wednesday the 5th June 2013 when we her parents accompany her to school and according to the school Principal who is the husband of the said Mrs. Otieno our daughter had disobeyed a teacher at the evening assembly and caused disturbance” the mother further said.

The father says that her daughter despite having been released from school at 7.45pm arrived home at 8;15pm weeping and upon being asked what the problem was said that Mrs.Otieno who is the wife of the school’s Principal had highlighted that her daughter was a girl with evil spirits and asked her to read the bible so that evil spirits in her could go away and students were cautioned not to associate with her.

“Surprisingly she ordered my daughter to go for prayers in her office after assembly (for divine intervention) and at school Mrs.Otieno had convinced other students to isolate her resulting to us going to school to seek audience with the school principal “the father said.

Upon entering the Principal’s office they found a visitor whom they later discovered was a District Children Officer in Kisumu East and had come to investigate the case of a child who was being accused of being a devil worshipper ands was not in school.

The father says that the children’s officer insisted that all parties to the case be called in but it took her a lot of time to convince the school Principal who only allowed the Deputy Principal ,class teacher of my daughter and Mrs.Otieno” the girl’s father added.

Details which emerged from that meeting says that the Children’s officer wanted to know why Mrs.Otieno (the Principal’s wife) was the only teacher with problems with the said student yet she was not taking her in any subject; she lamentably defended herself that she was a senior counselor in the school from whom the principal relies on for admission.

“Surprisingly the school principal told us to go back with our daughter saying her admission was cancelled as she had a trial admission which I had never heard of and my daughter was not now being accepted at Joel Omino.

The children’s officer insisted on a written letter showing whether his daughter was a student or had been sent away but the Principal was adamant she advised them that the only way forward was to move to court since basic education was a constitutional right and one of the responsibilities of school principal is enforcing the said law.

In their papers to be filed in court, they demand to know the source of power the Principal’s wife has which makes her push innocent children out of Joel Omino yet allow their own biological children to learn and teach in Joel Omino while innocent children are being denied their right to education and to give protection to her while schooling at Joel Omino.

Contacted for comment the school Principal denied the allegations saying the student had been sent home to bring the fee balance and what she never brought on her admission while referring us to the head of his wife church Dr.David Owuor in regard to his wife’s spiritual prowess.

“The County Education Officer Mrs.Beatrice Adu knows the role my wife plays in this school, so refer all such questions to her” he added.

Kisumu County Education Officer did not respond to the numerous sms we sent to her before going to the press.


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The News Dispatch with Omolo Beste

Homa Bay County Governor Cyprian Awiti expressed concern over the weekend about cases of school pregnancies and early marriages in his county. This is the county where cases of teachers defiling their students have proved uncontrollable. Many schoolgirls have dropped out of school after getting pregnant.

The problem extends to the neighboring Migori County where Suba and Nyatike districts have has been mostly affected. Other districts include Homa Bay, Ndhiwa, Mbita and Rachuonyo. These districts have been hit hard by the vice where a school could record up to ten cases of pregnancies in a year.

Efforts by authorities including chiefs to prevent parents from encouraging their daughters to get married at early age have not worked out either. Parents have also encouraged sexual relationships between their underage daughters and the miners in the areas because these miners have some money to spend both on the girl and on the parents.

According to Emily Waga, a senior children’s officer in the area this is happening because where poverty is common, girls become the best way out of it for many families. Many girls according to Ruth Adero, a maternal and child health nurse at Nyatike District Hospital are younger than 18 account for 48 percent of all expectant mothers visiting the Hospital.

Speaking to reporters in his Kisumu office recently, the area director of education Mr.Geoffrey Cherongis said the whole Nyanza Province is affected. Many of these girls are vulnerable because they are orphans and can easily be abused by men.

Apart from mining areas, the worst affected are those who hails from the fishing communities along the shores of Lake Victoria. Up to 13,000 Kenyan girls drop out of school every year as a result of pregnancy, and around 17 percent of girls have had sex before they turn 15.

Even though school’s policy in Kenya is to encourage girls to return to school after they give birth, many felt too stigmatised or had no help to look after their children and therefore stayed away or got married.

Many pregnancies have been reported from the slums. This is because many parents in the slum had inadequate control since work kept them away from their children, sometimes for days.

As a result, children learnt about sex from the wrong sources, such as the numerous video halls that allowed children to view pornographic films.

The girls also have to live in one room with their parents until they are mature, and many of them witness their parents having sex, so they learn about it early.

It is not only Homa Bay County or Nyanza that is affected but Kenya in general. It is reported that in Kenya, teenage pregnancies remain high at 18 per cent though with regional differentials.

In most cases, boda boda riders and relatives are accused of luring young girls with money and other goodies. Other culprits include amorous teachers, male pupils and members of the public.

Perhaps the most recent shocking incident is that of Chepkurkur Primary in Mt Elgon, Bungoma County where 18 pupils got pregnant and dropped out of school in June this year.

In the same month in Cheplanget Primary in Buret, Kericho County, five girls aged between 11 and 16 dropped out of school for similar reasons and boda boda riders were said to be the culprits.

Similarly, a survey by Plan International last year showed a total of 120 schoolgirls in Kilifi County dropping out of school due to early pregnancies.

Another survey by the National Council for Population and Development (NCPD) indicates that the Coastal region has the second highest teenage pregnancy rate in Kenya after the former Nyanza province.

The report shows that 26 per cent of teenagers in the former Coast province become pregnant after Nyanza which has a rate of 27 per cent rate. The teenage pregnancy rate for Central is 10 per cent. This statistics were not provided for other regions.

Report indicates that girls aged 15-19 years within coast region had already begun child bearing, while in Murang’a County the highest number of teenage pregnancies accounts for 18 per cent of teenage pregnancies within Central Kenya region.

While according to national figures the youth who are below the age of 18 account for 46 per cent of the national population, about 16 million girls between the age of 16 and 19 give birth a year, this is despite the fact that the Children’s Act provides for children’s rights to education.

In Section 7(1) it states, “Every child shall be entitled to education, the provision of which shall be the responsibility of the Government and parents.” Section 7(2) affirms the right and entitlement for every child to free basic education, which shall be compulsory in accordance with Article 28 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Yet the numbers of those teenagers visiting clinics for ante-natal services are few since many cannot afford the services or live too far from the clinics. For others, affording a single meal is a problem.

Before he became pope, Francis spoke his mind about many of the most sensitive topics the Roman Catholic Church faces today and sex abuse among minors was one of them. From “On Heaven and Earth,” published in 2012, and his authorized biography “The Jesuit,” published in 2010 and republished last recently as “Pope Francis, Pope calls for sex education to help curb the mess.

But he warns; this is only if done holistically, with love and not just sex in mind.

“I think it should be done throughout the growth of children, adapted to each phase. … What happens now is many of those who raise the banner of sex education understand it as separate from the person’s humanity. So, instead of counting on a sexual education law for the entire person, for love, it’s reduced to a law for sex.”

The church had initially argued that it was too risky introducing the subject in schools because of suspicions that teachers and organizations that have been campaigning for the use of condoms could use the forum to supply the students with such devices.

In other words, sex education in schools should be handled by teachers of integrity and high morals and who are themselves trained on the issues so as to avoid a negative effect or influence on impressionable minds while trying to shape the lives of the young people.

In Sub-Saharan African by age 20, at least 80 percent youth are sexually experienced. For instance, 73 percent of all Liberian women aged 15 to 19 have had intercourse, as have 53 percent of Nigerian, 49 percent of Ugandan, and 32 percent of Botswanan women.

In many sub-Saharan countries, first sexual activity takes place before marriage. Among Kenyan women, the median age at first marriage is 18.8 years, while the median age of first intercourse is 16.8 years. Data also show that four percent of Kenyan men are married by age 18, although 64 percent report sexual intercourse before that age.

Factors that influence the median age at first intercourse include residence and education. In Kenya, rural young women engage in intercourse earlier than urban women, and the median age at first intercourse for women with no education, three years earlier than women with at least a secondary school education.

In a Ugandan study, 17 percent of young women ages 15 to 18 have undergone an abortion. Most of them are not prepared to take care of the children because the reason for having intercourse was not for having babies.

A review of 13 studies in seven sub-Saharan African countries show that adolescents between the ages of 11 and 19 years account for 39 to 72 percent of all abortion-related complications.

Young men often begin sexual activity earlier and have more sexual partners than young women. In Guinea, the mean age for first sexual intercourse among young men is 15.6 and among young women, 16.3. Further, Guinea’s sexually active young men report a mean lifetime number of four sexual partners, compared to 2.1 partners among sexually active young women.

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Real change must come from ordinary people who refuse to be taken hostage by the weapons of politicians in the face of inequality, racism and oppression, but march together towards a clear and unambiguous goal.

-Anne Montgomery, RSCJ UN Disarmament Conference, 2002


By Our Reporter

Residents of Kisumu County and teachers risk loosing millions of shillings on pieces of land they are thinking that they have comfortably bought as it emerges that they were sold hot air by the Vice Chairman of Mwalimu Sacco Solomon Amute who operates a parallel society called Nyando Development Group which he claims is associated with Mwalimu Sacco.

Several unsuspecting members of the public who are not members of the society and who have bought parcels of land through the society are now coming to terms with the fact that they were indeed duped by companies which operate on a parallel basis with the body.

Kisumu Mwalimu SACCO chairman Mr Daniel Omoto who was shocked condemned the scam among some of his officials and says the police have been harassing him with arrests with aview of getting money from him yet he has all along said that Amute is the culprit.

“At a certain point Kisumu DCIO Henry Ndombi demanded half a million shillings from me to drop the fictitious charges they had wanted to trump on me, but I gave them all documents showing how my two officials Sande Ochieng and Amute are obtaining money from unsuspecting people through false pretence but they never did anything “Omoto lamented.

He says that Kisumu police knows what is happening as he says they have never taken any action against anyone including his officials whom he has personally lodged complaints about and recorded even a statement.. Omoto said that he is not aware of the existence Nyando Development Group (NDG) which purports to give out parcels of land on behalf of his organization and anyone who paid money to the said should either report to the police or count his money lost.

He was reacting to complaints from the public that some officials have duped members of the public under the guise of giving them parcels of lands at Kogony/kanyakwar which turned out to be non existent.

Omotto said he not aware of a subsidiary company within Mwalimu SACCO which gives out parcels of lands to members who are not teachers in Kisumu.

Amute while conducted blamed Omoto for witchunt saying Omotto is envious of his material achievements.

“He (Omoto)is not happy that I have build a house, bought car and I presently operate from town to my working station in Awasi” he said Omoto said the issue of the Nyando development group will be tabled in his next meting where action will be taken against the concerned officials.

A prospective buyer last used the services of private security to get back his money totaling to some 700,000/- after being duped by some Mwalimu SACCO officials where he could not trace a parcel of land bought at Kogony/Kanyakwar area.

The victim ended up a swampy area in Kogony while tracing the said parcel.

Outgoing Nyanza PCIO Mr Joseph Mugwanja last year launched a probe into such claims where some 32 parcels of lands were in dispute at Kogony,Dago and Kanyakwar.

Kisumu district lands registrar Mr George Gachihi has confirmed that there exists a cartel in his office where members of the public are duped.

Officials of the Kenya National Highway Construction Authority last week gave members of the public who have encroached into its road reserves to vacate those areas before structures there are pulled down.

The said Amute is regular patron at Victoria Hotel based near kwala Supermarket where he spends the whole day transacting his businesses at the expense of teaching as he is an employee of TSC.