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Kenya: The Catholic University of Eastern Africa donates drugs worth Ksh 210.000 to help flood victims in Kisumu County

Posted by African Press International on May 15, 2013

  • By: Maurice Alal, API – Kenya

A great gesture of good-will for the benefit of flood victims has been realised. The Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) has donated drugs worth Ksh 210,000 to for evacuation centers in Kisumu County where flood victims have been camping after floods invaded their homes.

The University’s Community Service Deputy Director Phyllis Gichimo who toured the area to assess the flood situation said they have provided the drugs to for evacuation centers in Kisumu County to assist the victims of floods who have been affected after the River Nyando burst its banks causing major floods in the areas.

The Centers are Sango Rota, Asawo Urudi, Gem Rae and Nyakwere all in Nyakach Constituency in Kisumu County.

She said about 1300 flood victims from the four evacuation centers have benefited from the program which is part of the University’s Corporate Social Responsibility.

The Kenya Red Cross Assistant Secretary General Emmanuel Owako said the situation had been overwhelming but they are monitoring it for any eventuality.

He said already teams were dispatched to the various evacuation centers where the society has donated food and other essential items to the flood victims.

Owako said the number of families who have been affected as a result of the flood is increasing in the region thus making the society to be overwhelmed in its volunteer work of helping the flood victims

Kisumu Deputy Governor Ruth Odinga who assessed the flood situation in the region said the County Government of Kisumu will work to ensure that the issue of flooding in the region is fully addressed.

She said the County Disaster Management Team will ensure the various regions within the county which are normally affected by the flood are looked into properly.

The flood situation in Kisumu County has led to closure of a secondary school in Nyando District making its nearly 1,000 students sent home as the floods continue to cause havoc in Western Kenya Region.

The Management of Ahero Girls Secondary School was forced to shut it down after River Nyando burst its banks and its waters submerged the institution.

The residents also said they lost many properties including livestock as a result of the floods.

 

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Kenya: One person died with scores injured in Nyando area.

Posted by African Press International on May 10, 2013

  • By Maurice Alal, API Kenya

One person died and 10 others suffered serious injuries following a road accident at Awasi on the Kisumu-Nairobi road.

Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) West Kenya region assistant manager Emmanuel Owako said the victim’s body was removed to the Ahero District Hospital Mortuary.

“The accident took place at around 5 am Tuesday morning and we responded immediately by carrying the victims to Ahero District Hospital, most had sustained head injuries, fractures on limbs and were later taken to Aga Khan Hospital in Kisumu for treatment”, Mr Owako said.

The accident involved an Easy Coach bus travelling from Nairobi to Busia. The driver lost control on reaching Awasi. The bus had 35 passengers on board.

“The accident was heightened by the fact that the Awasi road is very steep and under construction and there was a heavy downpour at the time of the accident.

This worked against the driver,” Western region Easy Coach Operations Manager Samuel Nyakundi said.

Mr Nyakundi said the bus rolled several times and the injured were receiving treatment at the Aga Khan Hospital in Kisumu.

“So far, I have been able to talk to one girl who sustained a fracture. The rest have been taken for surgery,” said Mr Nyakundi.

Nyando police boss Elias Gitonga confirmed the accident saying that investigations had been launched.

“We cannot, of course, rule out the situation of the road and the heavy downpour, one sure thing is that there was no other vehicle involved in the accident, the driver just lost control,” Mr Gitonga said.

 

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Kenya rice farmers suffer huge loses

Posted by African Press International on April 13, 2013

  • By Maurice Alal, API Kenya
Farmers continue incurring losses estimated to run into millions of shillings as last season’s rice crop kept in poor conditions at Ahero National Irrigation Board (NIB) rots away in Nyando District of Kisumu County .
www.africanpress.me/ - A grain dryer

http://www.africanpress.me/ – A grain dryer

www.africanpress.me/ -Extreme state of negligence

http://www.africanpress.me/ -Extreme state of negligence

www.africanpress.me/ - Who will save the rice farmers?

http://www.africanpress.me/ – Who will save the rice farmers?

www.africanpress.me/ - Torn sacks pours rice on the dirty floor

http://www.africanpress.me/ – Torn sacks pours rice on the dirty floor

www.africanpress.me/ - Cooperative officials (Walter Angura (Vice Chairman), Emmanuel Nudi (Chairman) and Francis Nyamache alongside Ben Opolo and Oguma Kibondo at the facility

http://www.africanpress.me/ – Cooperative officials (Walter Angura (Vice Chairman), Emmanuel Nudi (Chairman) and Francis Nyamache alongside Ben Opolo and Oguma Kibondo at the facility

www.africanpress.me/ - Clearing the blocked drainage

http://www.africanpress.me/ – Clearing the blocked drainage

www.africanpress.me/ - Removing grass

http://www.africanpress.me/ – Removing grass

www.africanpress.me/ Serious state of negligence witnessed when API toured the facility

http://www.africanpress.me/ Serious state of negligence witnessed when API toured the facility

www.africanpress.me/ - Rice germinating due to the poor storage at the facility as one of the officials displays

http://www.africanpress.me/ – Rice germinating due to the poor storage at the facility as one of the officials displays

www.africanpress.me/ - Proper drying of rice should be as seen in this picture.

http://www.africanpress.me/ – Proper drying of rice should be as seen in this picture.

A survey by African Press International (API) established that the neglect at the rice drying and storage facility was not only attributable to failure by the local NIB top brass but also persistent wrangles threatening to balloon into a full-scale conflict.

It emerged that elections held on April 3, 2013 at the facility presided over by Muhoroni District Cooperative Officer (DCO), E. L. Tolo elected Moses Wayumba as the new Chairman, Sylvanus Munga (Vice Chairman), Clakson Abiero (Secretary), Ben Odhiambo (Treasurer).

Others members to the executive include; Ben Orimba, Camlus Onyango, John Odola, M/s Syprose Ojwang and Apollo Ayoo.

The cooperates also mandated the supervisory team to be headed by; Emmanuel Nudi (Chairman), Walter Angura (Vice Chairman) and Francis Nyamache with Ben Opolo and Oguma Kibondo as the support.

However, the former office bearers were only two people; Laban Akeyo (Chairman) and Mathews Ogallo Dodo (Secretary) who sidelined everyone else and took up all the responsibilities allegedly for narrow, selfish interests thus perpetuated corruption.

Ahero NIB storage facility has a storage capacity of approximately 80, 000 bags but in he last harvest season this was over-stretched prompting some farmers to sell their produce at a throw-away-prices for lack of storage space to curb losses.

The titanic battle for supremacy has seen the former officials lock out the new team by neither showing up at the agreed venue (facility) nor sending an apology explaining why they didn’t turn up for the meeting.

Ahero NIB is now over-grown with grass with the plastic sacs containing the rice yet to be milled torn, pouring most of the content on the dirty floor without any hope of anyone moving in to clear the mess.

Attempts by the writer to seek audience with Ahero NIB Manager, P. N. Langat proved futile as he was said to be away on official duty outside Kenya.

The whereabouts of the Engineer in whose hands Langat was said to have entrusted the management of Ahero NIB while away could not be traced, even though some of his apprehensive colleagues insisted that he was out for lunch with his jacket on the chair.

Inside sources confided to API that Ahero NIB drying and storage facility receives annual allocation of Kshs.1.5million for maintenance but the funds usually goes to line the pockets of a few corrupt people.

Nyando District Agricultural Officer (DAO), Tabitha Ajwang referred the writer to her Muhoroni counterpart, J. T. Kagunza but his phone went uanswere several times thus making it difficult to get the official position.

Muhoroni District Commissioner, Solomon Abwaku promised to take up the matter with the DAO (Kagunza) and DCO to chart the way forward on how best to navigate the rice farmers out of the poverty cycle attributed to poor management.

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Photos By: Maurice Alal -API Kenya

 

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