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A family from Kimangao, Kitui County is mourning the death of their son killed by suspected Al Shabaab militants on Sunday in Garissa County.
Twenty-nine-year old Samuel Muthui (pictured), a teacher, died under a hail of bullets when the militants stormed Kamuthe Primary School in Fafi Constituency, Garissa County, as the teachers slept within the school compound. Also killed were teachers Caleb Muthangya Mutua from Malalani Location, also in Kitui County and Titus Sasieka Mushindi, 29.
On Thursday, Muthui’s father Bernard Kimanzi described the death of his last-born as a big loss and appealed to the government to compensate the family.
Kimanzi revealed that his son was employed by the Teachers Service Commission(TSC) in 2018 and posted to Kamuthe Primary School as his first posting where he met his death.
“It is sad to lose a child we invested so much in. He was a very big asset to us. We expect answers from the government,” the bereaved father said.
Kimanzi said the government should compensate families of civilian victims killed by Al Shabaab the same way it compensates KDF officers who are killed or maimed.
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He described his son as obedient and a devout Catholic who was set to wed in April this year.
“During the December holidays, we discussed a lot about his wedding that was scheduled for April. All that is now gone, we don’t even know what to tell his young fiance,” Kimanzi said.
His brother Victor Mutinda, a bodaboda operator said that Muthui had promised him a new motorbike for his business.
“He was my young brother but very promising and hardworking. We call on the government to act on the Al Shabaab menace so that we do not lose innocent people in society,” the brother said.
Mwingi North MP Paul Nzengu who knew Muthui condemned the killing, saying the teacher was a renowned football player and a referee in the area.
“Muthui was not involved in any war. It is cowardice for Al Shabaab to target innocent people going about their work. The government should come with a policy to ensure some level of compensation on civilians killed or injured by Al Shabaab,” the legislator said.
During the attack, the militants burned down the Kamuthe police patrol base and destroyed a Safaricom mast at Kamuthe market.

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The Labour Court has nullified the appointment of former Othaya MP Mary Wambui (pictured) as chairperson of the National Employment Authority (NEA) board.
Justice Onesmus Makau yesterday said Wambui was unqualified and dismissed her appointment as irregular and unconstitutional as she does not meet the qualifications for the position.
The court quashed the Gazette notice on the appointment, with Justice Makau saying the authority needs a person with academic expertise.
SEE ALSO :Kenyans mock ex-MP Mary Wambui’s appointment”Her appointment to the board does not meet the constitutional requirements; it is therefore null and void. The Gazette notice is quashed. It is unlawful. A permanent injunction is issued barring her from being appointed to the post,” ruled the judge.
The case was filed by Kenya Young Parliamentarians Association, a lobby headed by Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja.
According to the lobby, the former MP had severally admitted that she had limited education background.
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Section 10(2) of the National Employment Authority Act provides that a person shall be qualified to serve as the chairperson of the board if they have at least seven years’ experience in Human Resource Management or its equivalent.
However, there is no age limit.
SEE ALSO :A country of old peopleThe court heard that she did not have academic and professional qualifications to allow her run the office.
In a Gazette notice dated October 14, 2019, then Labour CS Ukur Yatani picked Wambui for the job, triggering an outcry from Kenyans.
Following the appointment, Wambui was expected to lead a team that will create job centres in all constituencies where youths would register, detailing their skills.
The authority is also expected to be a link between employers and potential employees by posting available vacancies on social media. 

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Rwanda sets aside $10m for CHOGM sprucing of Kigali

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Rwanda is pulling all stops in its preparations to host the 26th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) slated for June 22 to 27. The biennial summit was last held in East Africa in 2007 in Kampala.

The government has set aside up to Rwf10billion ($10.5 million) to improve and build infrastructure needed for the event.

“We have various committees working on the different aspects of CHOGM preparations, from infrastructure, hotels, to protocol, we are moving well and we have put up various mechanisms to ensure that we are ready by that time,” said Rwanda’s Minister for Foreign affairs Vincent Biruta.

Kigali will be the biggest beneficiary as authorities construct inter-city and connecting road network roads that will see the free flow of traffic.

There is new Mulindi Road, Kabeza-Alpha Palace Road, Rwandex Network Road, Nyabisindu-Nyarutarama Road and Migina Network Road connecting Gasabo district headquarters to Sports View Hotel.

All the roads under construction are situated in areas surrounding the airport, and are aimed at decongesting the main Kigali International Airport Road, which will be mostly used during the event.

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“We have different on-going construction projects around the city, many of which are infrastructure, we are also working on recreational sites and green parks such that guests have a great experience. Preparations are at 55 per cent,’’ said Ernest Nsabimana, City of Kigali vice mayor.

Up to 10,000 delegates from all the 53 Commonwealth countries are expected to attend the event. It is expected that the event will stretch the limit of city’s roads, conference venues as well as accommodation.

The Rwanda Convention Bureau did not respond to our questions on the progress on ensuring that the country has adequate accommodation for the CHOGM delegates at the time of going to press.

But it is expected that the existing high-end conference facilities like the Kigali Convention, the Kigali Conference and Exhibition Village, Intare Arena will all be put to good use.

The airport is key in the CHOGM preparation process, and currently the construction and modifications are ongoing to increase the number of parking space for aircraft and passengers lounge at the terminal.

“The event is expected to raise Rwanda’s profile as a tourism and MICE destination, and the country already has up to 25 events lined up for 2020.

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IPOA launches investigations into Majengo, Mwiki killings by police

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The running battles between police and irate demonstrators in Kasarani and Mwiki areas this week resulted in the death of one person who is alleged to have been shot dead by anti-riot police officers.

Following public outcry, the Independent Policing Oversight Authority has launched investigations into the incident.

In a statement, the authority says it has deployed a Rapid Response team to institute investigation into the incident and another separate one where police are said to have shot dead a young man on 16th January in Nairobi’s Majengo estate. 

IPOA says it seeks to establish circumstances that led to the shootings and if the security officers were justified to use excessive force.

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It is after the intense investigations that the authority will forward its recommendations to relevant institutions for further action. 

The policing oversight body assured the public of its commitment to ensure independent, impartial and fair investigations.  

 

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