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Kisumu Local Interactive Platform (K L I P)has received a massive financial boost from the Swedish Government

Posted by African Press International on December 4, 2013

  • BY JEFF OTIENO, Kisumu-Kenya

Kisumu Local Interactive Platform (K L I P)has received a massive financial boost from the Swedish Government to cater for the on going scholarship programmes.

Speaking during  a colourful event in a Kisumu Hotel the Director of the body who is also the Vice Chancellor of Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University Prof Stephen G Agong applauded the staggering 3.7 Swedish Cronar grant.Prof Maria Nystrom who is technical advicer of KLIP from Chalmers University Sweden also told the audience during her speech that its under the sterling tulelage of Prof Agong Nowander they will continue with their noble gestures to the body.

The body which is only two years old is so far offering 43 scholarships to PHD students from both Jaramogi University and Maseno University and their specialities covers Eco tourism and market places. Speaking on behalf of Kisumu Governor Jack Ranguma,the executive in charge of infrastructure Eng Vincent Kodero vowed to tackle the dilapidated state of roads in the county which he said are a hindrance to KLIP envisaged goals singling out Dunga Beach road as an example.

“We now have the money and the good will is there, count that  the said roads as done Kodera told the audience amid applause”.Dunga Beach has been identified as one of the tourist attractive sites.Also through KLIP initiative, another funding to the tune of millions to tackle waste management has also been received and it will soon roll out in the beginning of the year which will be a milestone.

“Ours is to purely champion for residents agenda and im singling out the July 2013 event in Dunga Beach where 25 locals were trained to market their products from within and without the borders”,Prof Agong said.Prof Agong concluded by hailing the county government under stewardship of Governor Jack  Ranguma and all the stakeholders for the support and conducive atmosphere which he said has enabled them achieve alot.”With the prevailing atmosphere expect more he crowned.”

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Kenya: Kisumu Governor suspends six officer accusing them of Corruption and mismanagement

Posted by African Press International on September 7, 2013

By   Dickens   Wasonga , Kenya

Kisumu County Governor Jack Ranguma has suspended six senior city officers over alleged gross corruption and mismanagement of resources worth more than Sh1.2 billion.

Ranguma’s action comes following an audit report on the county’s assets and liabilities carried out by the Transition Authority in all the counties..

He is the first governor to act on the TA findings from an audit exercise on assets and liabilities that started on July 15.

The audit was to also look at debts carried forward to the counties by the defunct local authorities abolished on March 4 as per the constitution.

The audit is aimed at providing mechanisms that will secure assets and liabilities formerly held by the councils.

The senior officers sent packing are Adrian Ouma (Engineering Department), Absalom Ayany (Planning) and Peter Kayila (IT Computer programmer). Clerical officers implicated in the scandal are Bertha Odera, Maurice Matunga and Peter Ogada.

The officers are alleged to have taken advantage of the transition period by attempting to sell over 500 houses and council estates valued at over Sh1.1 billion to private developers without following the due process.

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Kenya: Kisumu County Governor Jack Nyanungo Ranguma is a man under siege

Posted by African Press International on September 5, 2013

  • BY JEFF OTIENO.

Kisumu County Governor Jack Nyanungo Ranguma is a man under siege. Ranguma early this week arbitrary instructed acting Kisumu City manager Chris Rosana to indefinitely suspend 8 chief officers on alleged grounds of gross misconduct among other accusations. Topping the list of victims is the industrious Town Planner Absalom Ochieng  Ayany, Town Eng Adrian Ouma and acting administrative officer Engineering department Morris Matunga.

The report suspending the officers among others is  a culmination of an audit which was sanctioned by the Governor himself early this year.Its imperative to note that the two purported auditors were Rangumas errand boys during the campaigns and their qualifications to carry an audit of such a magnitude for a county like Kisumu is highly questionable and bordering fraud . And again, such a gigantic audit wasnt advertised for fairness,transparency and competitive bidding.Currently Rangumas blue eyed boys have pitched tent in the payment corridors demanding staggering millions from the cash trapped coffers of Kisumu county.

The duo is Odida John who is Rangumas nephew and Haggai Hawi Kadiri,and Kadiri after handing in his half backed and malicious findings landed a lucrative and  powerful post of Director of county assistant without adverticement in the dailies as the law stipulates all in a desperate bid to reward his sycophancy and loyalty. And Odida is poised to take over from Interim county secretary Davis Nakitare in a deal recently hatched in Nairobi in one of the  top of the range hotels a couple of weeks ago which was graced by his close handlers and think tanks.

So far Ranguma has employed over 15 people  in posts that are not provided for in the county administrative manual, neither have they been advertised in the print as required by the law.  A governor is entitled to officially hire only four officers namely a legal officer,  driver, gardener, cook and an aide. Close to over staggering 400m Kshs is alleged to have been spent since he took the mantle  without procurement procedures being adhered to.

Kisumu is the only county in the entire republic where  cash is collected and spent directly without being initially banked in central bank as required by the constitutional provisions. County reps are equally up in arms with the former taxman wondering why he has failed to constitute a public service board to help in the running of the county affairs.

According to the devolution act,the board should be in place within a period of 60 days after the oath has been taken.Back to the suspended officers,Ayany has been given his matching orders for having been over heard telling a land beneficiary to clear council rates so that he can start developing his parcel Kisumu city being awash with housing crisis are a result of the bulging population.

The council gave out land in 2010 courtesy of a council resolution but proper policy mechanisms have not been put in place to urge or compel the beneficiaries to develop them.Town Eng Adrian Ouma was shown the door for heeding to Eng Koderas directive to relocate mushrooming kiosks from Gumbi road to Ondiek Highway.Kodera is the Executive in charge of Roads, Public Works and Physical Planning. And Moris Matunga was crucified for not accounting for a paltry Kshs 5000 in the year 2013 when he was in charge of single business permit yet he had left that department two years ago by time the alleged siphoning was done.”Matungas letter read in part,according to our investigations conducted between 15th April and 25th june 2013 it has been discovered that when you were working at single business permit in charge you committed several acts of fraud that were not only contrary  to suppose to be due and faithful discharge of you officially assigned duties but is also an offence under section 45(1) of the anti corruption  and Economic crimes act 2003″. Some members of the county are also contemplating putting the Governors high handedness and lack of consultation as an agenda this week.

 

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Kenya: A mining company applauded for participating in local development

Posted by African Press International on August 8, 2013

  • By JEFF OTIENO, Kenya

Residents of God Nyango in Oyugis town Homa Bay County have applauded a local iron ore mining company for ploughing back to the community by building schools, churches, and offering employment to the locals.

The consortium company operating under the flagship Skylight Ltd  which is the first one of its kind in Sub Saharan Africa extracts from iron ore products like twisted bars,deformed bars,angles iron,window section,nails and wire rods among others.

The exploration work in Oyugis started four years ago and the main processing plant is at Awasi in Nyando Kisumu County where over 1200 locals have been employed.

Speaking to the press during a tour by some foreign engineers in both facilities, the Managing Director Janteen Patel praised the local communities for their maximum cooperation and support adding that their attitude will spur development as envisaged in the memorandum of understanding. Mr Patel further emphasised that all the agreed development plans with the locals will be adhered to its entirety.

 

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Kenya: KLIP DIRECTOR URGES SPEEDY GROWTH

Posted by African Press International on August 5, 2013

  • BY JEFF OTIENO.

Kisumu Local Interactive Platform (KLIP) Programme Director Prof Stephen Agong has urged both local and International investors,and entire stake holders to join hands for the aims of KLIP to be achieved as envisaged.Speaking during a colourful dinner party held in Dunga Beach Kisumu in honour of the local populace who have so far exhibited consistent cooperation with the body,

Prof Agong who is also the Vice Chancellor of Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University  stressed the need for unity and cooperation among key stake holders in the region in order to achieve the said goals.During the party all the traditional luo dishes were availed ranging from dried fish of tilapia(Obambo), Osuga, mito, omena, busaa,brown ugali, among other delicacies. Local traditional dancers were also not left out to flavour the attentive audience.

Kisumu Governor who is in a foreign trip in the United States was represented by his Deputy Ruth Odinga. Executives of the county like Eng Vincent Kodera of Roads and infrastructure, Tourism Rose Kisia and Education docket were also in attendance. Ruth Odinga vowed to tarmac the dilapidated Dunga route in order to open the area for development and sports tourism.

Dunga Beach is one of the tourism attractive sites of Kisumu.Rose Kisia urged other partners to join hands to ensure that within two years Kisumu is ranked together with Mombasa tourism wise. KLIP was launched in Nov 28th last year by acting Swedish head of Embassy in Nairobi Bjorn haggmark.Sweden has strong engagement for urban development in Kenya through urban cooperation and it also supports cooperation around Lake Victoria.The participation of  Kisumu in the work of Misra Urban Futures another link has been established between Kenya and Sweden.

At present research institutions in Shanghai China,Cape Town South Africa,Greater Manchester in addition to  Kisumu and Gothenburg take part in the global network.Activities in Kisumu will be spear-headed by Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University, Maseno University among other key stake holders.

The research will be conducted on the basis of KLIP.Environmental degradation,poverty are still the challenges Kisumu  share with other rapidly growing urbanization.The infrastructure development and service expansion has not matched the rapid population growth thus proving great challenges to city authorities. KLIP concluded its busy week by a mammoth symposium which all the stake holders attended and fully participated in Kisumu museum.

 

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Lawyer for Nyando petioner has no certificate

Posted by African Press International on July 25, 2013

  • BY JEFF OTIENO.

Kisumu High court witnessed a rare drama this week when it emerged that a lawyerrepresenting Nyando election petitioner Jared Okello doesn’t have a practicing certificate.Okello went to court early April on alleged grounds that the incumbent Mp Fred Outas victory was shrouded with election malpractices.

Pascal Odhiambo the lawyer victim was conspicuously absent when the presiding judgeAggrey Muchelule ruled that all the applications done by him during the trial period be srtuck off with costs.However both parties will brace for 45 minutes each of submission before Muchelule on 8th August next month.

Its imperative to note that the lawyer who filed the case Bruce Odeny is different from Pascal Odhiambo who has been arguing the case. The press could not however immediately establish whether the duo who are based in Kisumu are from the same law firm.

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Kenya: Veteran journalist hospitalised

Posted by African Press International on July 18, 2013

Kisumu City based veteran journalist Leo Odera Omollo has been hospitalised. Odera now aged 76 was hospitalised a fortnight ago at Milimani hospital Kisumu ailing from multiple ailments like mild stroke, hypertension, brain tumour, and diabetes. The mercurial scribe known for his prolific political analysis is a freelance and subscribes to both local and International media outlets.

He has locally worked for the Nation media Group,the then East African Standard,defunct Kenya Times and the Weekly Citizen. In the foreign outlets he is affiliated to the Guardian Newspaper of London, the New York Times (USA), among other online media. Odera has also written for this Online media outlet (API). During his hey days he was closely associated with the late Thomas Joseph Mboya, The doyen of Kenyas opposition politics the late Jaramogi Oginga Odinga, former President Daniel Arap Moi, Kanu mandarins the late Dr Taita Arap Towett and Ezekiel Barngatuny.

Odera hails from Uriri constituency Migori County. During a visit by the press early this week Odera was looking frail though stable and could recognise some of his colleagues. “Mzee has now made a bit of progress comparatively”, said his wife who was glued besides him in his hospital bed.

 

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Kenya: Crackdown on drugs and illicit brew

Posted by African Press International on July 4, 2013

  • By Maurice Alal in Kenya

KISUMU County Commissioner Lorna Odero has today directed the district commissioners to crack down drug and illicit brew peddlers in the county.

Odero asked the DCs to make their areas drug free and warn of any laxity to arrest those involved.

She also orders the police in the county to ensure thorough inspections of public vehicles and suspected cars that are used to ferry the drugs and alcohol.

“I have instructed all the security agents in the county to deal strictly with cases of drugs,” she said.

Odero also warned those chiefs alleged to be colluding with changaa brewers and remind them of their responsibilities.

The county boss said the county recorded high usage of alcohol and drugs nationally and called all the chiefs to apprehend all the dealers.

Odero also warned the DCs and chiefs who are reluctant in fighting the drug peddlers in their areas saying they risk loosing their jobs.

“We cannot sit back and watch our youths being rendered useless by people with vested interest,” Odero stated.

She further asked young people in the county to desist from drugs and engage in productive activities.

The administrator urged members of the public to be vigilant and volunteer information to police to apprehend those involved in drugs.

This comes just a day when Kisumu West DC, Gilbert Kittyo impounded over 700 litres of illicit brew in Sunga village.

The brew included changaa and molasses which they poured down and intercepted the equipment that they use in brewing.

Kittyo warned the chiefs in his area that they will face stern action if they fail to eradicate the drug menace.

“I will sack those chiefs who fail to perform their duties before I am sent packing by my bosses,” he warned.

 

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Kenya: Polio vaccination targetting 750,000 children

Posted by African Press International on July 3, 2013

  • By Maurice Alal, In Kenya.

THE government targets to vaccinate 750,000 children under the age of 5 years against polio infection in four counties out of the six in Nyanza region.

The outgoing Nyanza Director for Public Health and Sanitation Dr Jackson Kioko said the vaccination will kick off on July 6 to July 10, 2013.

Dr Kioko said the exercise will be conducted in Migori, Homabay, Kisumu and Siaya counties to prevent the children against polio infection.

He disclosed that extensive mapping is being carried out by district public health officers in these counties to identify where the children are.

He said awareness campaign is going on in the markets, schools, public chief barazas and churches to encourage parents to avail their children for the vaccination.

“We want parents to understand the importance of polio vaccination to protect the children against the infection,” he said.

He stated that the vaccination will be conducted door to door saying they will mark the households that children have already been vaccinated.

According to Dr Kioko polio prevention has improved tremendously since 2010 which is above the national index.

He disclosed that Nyanza region stand at 90% under the Oral Polio Vaccine 1 and 81% under the Oral Polio Vaccine 3.

He said the national index stand at 80% under the Oral Polio Vaccine 3 and called upon health providers in the counties to ensure they hit 90% target.

The medic appealed to the parents, chiefs and other stakeholders to bring their children under the age of five for the vaccination.

He said the street children will not be left out in the exercise saying they are working closely with the children departments in these counties see them vaccinated.

“Street children need a lot of medical attention given the risk they undergo in their daily lives,” he said.

 

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Kenya: Kisumu County Government has launched an anti-litter monthly clean up initiative

Posted by African Press International on June 17, 2013

  • By MAURICE ALAL, API,Kenya

Kisumu County Government has launched an anti-litter monthly clean up initiative targeting a 75% reduction in litter in all the seven constituencies.

The clean up initiative dubbed “don’t trash Kisumu” aims to improve collection, public awareness and enforcement of environmental by laws.

According to Governor Jack Ranguma, the effort is not only for aesthetics but also to reduce trash flowing into the drainage system, thus decreasing repair costs.

He said every first Saturday of the month will be a clean up day, within the County and the inaugural exercise will be launched on the 6th July.

The program focuses on education and behavioral change and involves sustainable programs for business, educators and the community.

The County, Ranguma said will also impose heavy fines for illegal dumping, and told everyone to be responsible in managing their liter within the surrounding environment they live.

“We will review environmental by laws to help us enforce these anti-litter efforts and make our county one of the cleanest in East Africa,” said Ranguma.

“If people don’t see me and my deputy or the City Council picking up trash, they are going to think it’s not an issue. We must lead them,” the Governor said

Deputy Governor Ruth Odinga said they will work closely with line environmental organizations, Universities, Churches, business Community to undertake cleaning.

“We will get that graffiti cleaned up. If there’s one person that hates graffiti,” Odinga said, pausing for emphasis, then“it is me.”

The Program will involve an annual litter audits and measurement of collected litter as a way to evaluate the progress toward achieving the 75% reduction goal.

Ranguma and Odinga asked employees from various county departments, workers in private offices, and business elites to join in the effort to clean up Kisumu on the 6th July.

Yesterday, a meeting held at Odinga’s office chaired by the Executive member for Environment Ms Rhoda Ahono resolved to mobilize residents to join the don’t trash Kisumu Campaign.

The County Director of Environment John Sunday said they had an anti-litter strategy designed to raise awareness of litter. Ahono set up a clean up committee.

The clean up initiative Committee vowed to reduce litter through education, maintenance and enforcement and is collecting statistics to measure its progress.

The team includes, officers drawn from various County Departments and will be charged with the task of driving the campaigns.

Additionally, the County also will maintain contact with the business community, Universities, churches and with land owners to help keep the areas clean.

So far, more than 45 business communities and real estate owners have jumped onboard, and pledged to join the Don’t trash Kisumu initiative.

Sunday said the exercise will revitalize community pride and create litter awareness.

The program was developed to include individuals, businesses, organizations, schools and City departments among others.

County secretary Humphrey Nakitare said he will be in charge of monthly audits of the clean up exercise.

“We want to ensure that Kisumu County emerges as the role  model in cleanliness,’’ he said.

 

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Kenya :Fish Production has reduced drastically due to excess fishing pressure

Posted by African Press International on June 10, 2013

  • BY MAURICE ALAL,API Kenya

Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Felix Koskei yesterday said fish production has reduced drastically due to excess fishing pressure in the country.

Koskei said the production has reduced from 220,000 in the year 2000 to 130,000 metric tons in 2012.

He stated that Lake Victoria has been a major contributor of fisheries resource in Kenya, accounting for 85 percent of the fish production in the country.

According to Koskei the current fish demands cannot be achieved as the lake can no longer support any more fishing pressure.

This, he said called for immediate action and asked for cooperation from all stakeholders to observe the Dagaa (“Omena”) closed season to enable fish to mature.

www.africanpress.me/ Fish harvesting demonstration in Kolwa Sub-location, Kisumu County. (photo by Mr Alal)

http://www.africanpress.me/ Fish harvesting demonstration in Kolwa Sub-location, Kisumu County. (photo by Mr Alal)

“The demand for “Omena” for animal feed industry poses challenge in as far as availability of fish for human consumption is concerned,” he said adding that anyone found breaching the ban will face full force of the law.

Koskei further urged stakeholders to make concerted efforts to ensure sustainable utilization of fisheries resources to reduce post harvest loses and increase production from aquaculture to meet the increasing fish demand.

In a speech read on his behalf by Permanent Secretary Prof Micheni Ntiba during fish farming projects tour in Kisumu County, he called small scale fish farmers to take advantage of Trilateral Tilapia Cooperation and do fish farming as a business.

The Trilateral Cooperation is funded by Kenya, German and Israel governments at a tune of Ksh 262.2M. The project is to enhance suitable ways of protecting the Lake Victoria environment by creating alternative livelihood for the community living along the lake.

Through the program a total of 132 extension officers out of the targeted 130 and 58 farmers out of 300 fish farmers have been trained.

Currently the government has already invested a lot in aquaculture sector by financing the establishment of a bout 40,000 fish ponds across the country through Economic Stimulus Program.

However, the German Ambassador Margit Hellwing-Boette and her Israel counterpart Gil Haskelat said the program is to reduce excess fishing pressure adding that the projected started in June 2012 and will end by June 2014.

www.africanpress.me/  Left,Permanent Secretary Prof Micheni Ntima with German Ambassador Margit Hellwing-Boette and Israel Ambassador Gil Haskelat during fish farming projects tour in Kisumu County.

http://www.africanpress.me/ Left,Permanent Secretary Prof Micheni Ntima with German Ambassador Margit Hellwing-Boette and Israel Ambassador Gil Haskelat during fish farming projects tour in Kisumu County. (photo by Mr Alal)

They also said fish project is to improve tilapia aquaculture in Western and Nyanza regions saying Kenya contributed Ksh. 7.98M, German Ksh. 159.6M and Israel 2.3M.

 

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Kenya: Trouble at Nzoia Outgrowers Company

Posted by African Press International on June 9, 2013

  • By Godfrey Wamalwa,Bungoma,4/6/2013
Cane farmers from Bungoma county are appealing to Ethics and Anti corruption commission to institute investigation against Nzoia ougrowers Company(NOCO)Chairman Joash Wamang’oli over the disappearance of sh 10million under shade circumstances.
The irate farmers led  by Makarios Wanyama muse they alleged that  Mr.wamang’oli and his directors cannot account for 37million shs belonging to farmers.
They have also sold off all tractors brought by the former prime minister hon. Raila Odinga. Sources have also claimed the farmers files got lost to confuse them from getting the correct payments of their cane proceeds and this also gave way for them not to complain about illegal deductions.
He blamed the managing director and chairman for not giving right information on the disappearance of the records leading to the  farmers suffering and poor pay.
“Wamang’oli and his cronies are now planning to sale NOCO ‘s  land and all property with their ill  intention to wound up the farmers company to an Asian tycoon Mr.Shkhimandakh from Kisumu ”lamented farmers.
Farmers have joined the workers calling for the removal of the chairman saying that he has failed to clear the  accumulated debts.
Their representatives maintain that not all farmers benefited from the million company because its employees tampered with the records leaving out most of them in financial cold.
Mr Wanyama commenting on the controversy between workers and management said it requires sanity to reach a lasting solution which will be only arrived if graft team probe the officials behind the loss of money.
Documents availed to weekly citizen show massive corruption and non-payment to staff and farmers retention money.
However, Bungoma senator Moses Wetangula has vowed to bring fight tooth and nail and bring those behind the million scandal to book. The senator assured cane farmers that the outgrowers firm will not be sold.
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Kenya: Kisumu County Assembly approves Executive Nominees for appointment

Posted by African Press International on June 3, 2013

Members of Kisumu County Assembly have approved 10 executive cabinet nominees for the appointment by the Governor Jack Ranguma.

The members adopted the vetting report table before the assembly by the Leader of Majority Samuel Ong’ou after the Speaker Mrs. Anne Adul revoked Standing Order No. 60 following a stand-off among the members.

www.africanpress.me/ - Kisumu County Assembly in Kenya

http://www.africanpress.me/ – Kisumu County Assembly in Kenya

This was after members could not come to the agreement over the standing order for adopting the report tabled.

The cabinet nominees who underwent vetting by the county vetting committee chaired by the speaker of the County Assembly had earlier found two nominees unsuitable to hold the dockets.

Mohammed Hannif Rana and George Okoth who were nominated for industrialization, Enterprise and Transport and Information, Communication and Planning Development were found unsuitable by the vetting panel over their capability.

However the two have the members of the assembly to thank for after they went for voting through division method.

Despite section of the members raised concern over regional balance and exclusion of people living with disability the nominees report was overwhelming passed 100 percent. The County Assembly has 35 ward representatives exclusion of 9 nominated members whose fate still lies in the court.

According to report tabled before the house gender balance was not well observed as per the vetting committee.

The cabinet nominees approved for appointment in various dockets include Joseph Okal (Treasury), Dr. Barack Abonyo (Water, Energy and Natural Resources) Dr. Rose Omondi Kisia (Commerce, Tourism and Heritage, Roda Aonobadha (Environment Management), Elizabeth Ogaja (Health Services) Dr Stephene Orot ( Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries).

Other nominees are Jenifer Okere (Education, Youth, Culture and Social Services), Eng Vincet Kodera physical planning roads and public works, George Okoth Communication Planning and Development), and Hanif Rana ( Industrialization, Enterprise and Transport Development).

Margrate Mbuya was also approved to be appointed to County Assembly Service Board.

However, the speaker directed the vetting panel to submit the adoption report of nominees to the Governor appropriately and immediately for appointment.

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Kenya: Worried Parents from Nyanza region – Are teachers able to handle laptop challenges in class?

Posted by African Press International on May 31, 2013

  • By Maurice Alal,API Kenya

PARENTS from Nyanza Region have called the government to equip teachers with the Information and Communication Technology skills in readiness for the laptops that are yet to arrive in the country by November this year.

www.africanpress.me/ - Nyanza Parents Association chairman Mr. Jackson Ogweno

http://www.africanpress.me/ – Nyanza Parents Association chairman Mr. Jackson Ogweno

Nyanza Parents Association chairman Mr. Jackson Ogweno said the laptops will only be effective if teachers have the necessary skills to train the pupils joining class one.

This follows the promise by the Jubilee government that all pupils joining class one shall be given a laptop for their studies. Cabinet Secretary for Education Prof. George Godia recently said that laptops will be brought in phases as from November 2013.

While addressing the press in his Kisumu office Ogweno said it is shocking that about 80% of teachers are computer illiterate and called for immediate action by the government to implement the project fully.

He argued that despite the past education skills in most schools laboratory the move by the government to equip class one pupils will transform the education through E-learning.

Ogweno commended President Uhuru Kenyatta for introduction of laptop project in schools saying this will lead to massive development in the education sector.

However, he stated that this now call for additional employment of teachers to meet the current demands in schools across the country.

 

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Kenya: Kisumu Court Upheld the Petition challenging the election of Kisumu West MP

Posted by African Press International on May 30, 2013

  • By Maurice Alal, API Kenya

Kisumu Law Court has upheld the petition challenging the election of Kisumu West Member of Parliament Olago Aluoch following his prayer for the dismissal of the case citing delays of bond payment by the petitioner.

Justice Hillary Chemitei dismissed the request on the ground that the petitioner Rosa Buyu made the payment within the stipulated time.

The Judge said April 19, 2013 being the last day to remit payment the petitioner did not breach the law as claimed by the respondent.

Olago had earlier argued that the petitioner Buyu represented by lawyers Stephene Mwanesi and Millicent Ogutu deposited the checks late.

Because April 19, 2013 fall on Friday he argued that technically the cheque will take three days to mature.

Buyu presented 2 bankers cheque of Ksh. 250,000 as the security for case challenging the election of Olago. An affidavit by Buyu through her lawyer Millicent Ogutu states that the deposit was made on April 19, 2013 in line with Election Act.

The Act states that payment for the bond should be made within ten days this therefore Justice Chemitei find it necessary for the case to proceed.

However, Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) lawyer Jude Ragot seek for judge’s permission for application in the Court of Appeal to challenge the ruling on payment of the bond by the petitioner. The application was also requested by Olago.

Chemitei allowed the request by the respondents saying the petition has to proceed citing that the cases has to be concluded within 6 months as by the Election Act.

Buyu through her lawyer Mwanesi supported the prayer by respondents saying the case will proceed until the Court of Appeal will issue an order to stop the case.

 

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