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A 22-year-old man has been sentenced to nine months in prison for failing to support his three-year-old child.
Justice Said Chitembwe, on Wednesday, ruled that although the man identified as AJK had been forgiven for defiling a 16-year-old girl and handed a non-custodial sentence to take care of the child, he has neglected his duties as a father and should suffer the jail sentence.
“It’s not clear why he isn’t supporting the child yet he is the father. He decided not to be responsible to his own child and seems not to have learnt any lesson from his mistake. A custodial sentence will sober him up. I sentence him to nine months in jail,” ruled Chitembwe.
AJK was charged with defiling a minor on December 23, 2015 at Sololo Division within Marsabit County.
The girl, in her testimony, stated she had visited her friend on the fateful night when AJK came to the house and defiled her. She became pregnant and gave birth in September 2016.
AJK denied defiling the girl. He told court they had been in a relationship from 2010. They attended the same primary school and that is where the relationship started, AJK said. He was in Class Seven while the girl was in Class Six.
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He swore that after sitting his KCPE in 2011, he joined secondary school and did not meet the lady again until 2014. After completing Form Four in 2015, they decided to continue with the relationship and the girl wanted him to marry her.
He testified that on the night of December 23, 2015, they had consensual sex at a friend’s house and continued seeing each other. However after a few months, he heard that the girl was pregnant. He was summoned by the area chief, arrested and charged with defilement.
The trial magistrate agreed with AJK, ruling that the two were in a relationship and that the lady lied she was defiled. The magistrate, however, ruled that she was a minor at the time of the incident and sentenced AJK to three years probation.
The DPP was, however, dissatisfied with the sentence and appealed. He wanted him jailed for 15 years.

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Kenya: Sonko Forms Coronavirus Emergency Team, Appoints Himself Chairman

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Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has formed a 13-member county emergency team tasked with responding to the coronavirus pandemic.

The team will be headed by the Governor as its chairman.

Other members of the team include acting County Secretary Justus Kathenge, Health Services Executive Hitan Majevdia, Finance and Economic Planning CEC Allan Igambi, Roads and Transport Executive Mohamed Dagane and Education CEC Lucia Mulwa.

Others are Nairobi County Commissioner Florence Mworoa, Chief of Staff Peter Mugo, Health Chief Officer Sahal Mohamed, Disaster Management Chief Officer Anne Mwenda, County Director for Health Dr Lucina Koyio, and two members of the Secretariat Bernard Mulwa and Magdalene Ndawa.

“Being a critical entry point into East Africa, I do hereby appoint the Nairobi City County Emergency Team for coronavirus,” read in part the letter by Governor Sonko.

The formation of the emergency team follows a meeting between the Council of Governors Health Committee, Ministry of Health and all the Health CECs from across the 47 counties in the country.

At the March 4, 2020 meeting, which came after the World Health Organisation declared Covid-19 a global pandemic, it was resolved that every county form an emergency team to combat the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

Nairobi is one of the hotspots of coronavirus with the majority of the confirmed cases in the country.

And as such, the county government has been carrying out fumigation exercise which is in its third week.