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Maseno High School principal on the spotlight – Weekly Citizen

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Concerns have been raised over allegations that Maseno High School principal has secretly increased school fees against the government guidelines.
The troubled principal is seen to be courting trouble with the no-nonsense Education CS George Magoha following claims of dirty tricks employed to increase school fees at the old school.
According to multiple sources the school, principal Andrew Buop recently convened a parents’ day meeting that left tongues wagging after the occasion was turned into a platform to hike school.
Buop who is fighting a tainted past following his style of leadership was the architect of a plan that may likely put him under the scrutiny of the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission and the ministry of Education.

EACC boss Twalib Mbarak

To make it appear as if the decision was a brainchild of the parents themselves, those in the know said that the principal hosted some parents perceived to be influential and communicated to them his agenda prior to the meeting day.
The said parents, ostensibly on his payroll strategically positioned themselves in every corner and their work was to maddeningly shout in support to the principal proposal for higher fees.
Despite warnings from CS Magoha against principals increasing school fees ahead of opening, sources told Weekly Citizen that Buop managed to outsmart innocent parents by approving additional fees, now haunting him.
Speaking at Kenyatta University where Equity Group was unveiling this year’s Wings to Fly scholarship beneficiaries, the CS told principals to adhere to the fee guidelines as indicated by the ministry adding those who violate the directive will face consequences.
Buop denied the allegations and in an SMS to this writer stated that the school only charges authorised amount and those complaining should challenge by proof if they use a different fee structure from that provided by the ministry of Education.

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It is a common knowledge that principals across the country have devised clever ways to increase fees after the government issued a standard package.
The government recommended fees is Sh53,554 but some crooked principals have blatantly defied the orders and devised ways to increase fees adding more burden to parents.
One of the tricks being used to swindle parents of their hardearned cash is through publishing fees structure for one term as opposed to the whole year, which is the requirement by the government.
For Maseno High School a section of parents are concerned following what appears to be a back to back negative news since Buop controversially joined the school from Homa Bay High school.
In 2017, Maseno school board of management grudgingly resigned following the replacement of former principal Paul Otula by Buop.
The board made up of 10 members, expressed disregard for the newly-recruited principal claiming he had a tainted past.
Otula was sent on a compulsory leave after a Form One student was allegedly sodomised by students.
This caused Maseno students to boycott classes demanding Otula be reinstated.
Board chairman Carey Orege said investigations over the sodomy claims were carried out in a crude manner

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Professional mourners,pickpockets invade Moi funeral service at parliament – Weekly Citizen

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Professional mourners and pickpockets are having a field day as thousands of Kenyans present themselves at the parliament grounds to view the body of the late retired President Daniel Moi.

The heavy presence of professional mourners, pickpockets is expected to be a security concerns for the next three days and would probably climax on Tuesday when the body would be taken to Nyayo stadium, the venue of the National Memorial Service.

Thousands of Kenyans on Saturday morning formed long queues along the City Hall Way waiting to enter Parliament grounds to view the body.

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Mzee Moi  body was ferried to Parliament grounds on a military truck with his casket was draped with the Kenyan flag as it made its way from the Lee Funeral Home to through Valley Road.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and the First Lady Margaret Kenyatta made their way to Parliament at around 10:20am and were the first people to view the body.

The Deputy President and other dignitaries also got a chance to view the body before members of the public were allowed to proceed.

 

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Kisumu bodas call for demos against Governor Nyong’o – Weekly Citizen

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A section of boda boda operators in Kisumu county has vowed to vote against Kisumu governor Anyang’ Nyong’o come 2022 should he defend his seat.

The riders have lambasted the governor of not living to his promise of not taxing them as one of his campaign pledges in 2017 when he was seeking to wrestle the seat from then Governor Jack Ranguma.

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They are now planning a demonstration on February 14 as his Valentine’s gift. They have invited Senator Fred Outa to grace the occasion.

Nyong’o during his campaign trails told the boda b oda operators on several occasions that he was not for introducing any tax to them or evicting them from Kisumu central business district as claimed by a section of Nyong’o’s, opponents who were equally campaigning on a platform that if elected as governor, he would drive the boda boda away from the city center.

Nyong’o even coined a song titled “Jamriambo” meaning a liar, while telling the public that those opponents propagating that he would chase away the boda boda operators from the CBD were liars who had nothing to offer for the electorates.

Addressing the press in Kisumu to register their predicament over the move by the county government to tax them Sh500 every month per boda boda operator, they said the county government is not offering them any tangible service that warrants it to charge tax.

The operators claim that they have just been victims of circumstances and have been caught between the political storm pitting the governor and some Kisumu county political leaders on the other.

They claim that after the Kisumu county women representative Rosa Buyu came up with a project to help the boda boda riders uplift their livelihoods by providing them with motorbikes while only paying Sh25,000 and the boda boda rider was to pay Sh300 daily and in the end after making the entire payment would later possess the motorbike for good.

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This move is said to have made the governor panic thinking that this was a ploy to score politically by those whom had fallen out with him politically in what was known as Team Kali which was his campaign team ahead of 2017 general election.

It is against this that the governor is said to have crafted ways of wanting to tax the boda boda operators with an aim of chasing them from the CBD should they fail to comply with the law.

A number of Team Kali campaigners who stuck with the governor and are now out and they include Outa who is the governor’s mentor turned tormentor, former chief of staff Ouya Kalausi among others.

They disagreed with Nyong’o after he was accused of mismanaging the county affairs where Senator Outa during the funeral service of the six youths from Nyando who were brutally murdered in Bumala in Busia county in November last year told the governor to his face that he was sleeping on the job while cartels were plundering the county coffers dry with impunity.

The boda boda operators have vowed to teach the governor a lesson come elections where he is expected to defend his seat.

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Kisumu bar owners furious over KBL faulty beer coolers – Weekly Citizen

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Bar owners in Kisumu and its environs now plot a boycott against Kenya Breweries Limited products over what they term as poor customer service that has seen faulty fridges dumped in the region.
Some of the bar owners while narrating their ordeal to Weekly Citizen pointed that most fridges supplied in the region are faulty and rarely operates for two months before breaking down after each repair service.
They noted that the development had impacted negatively on sales as most customers prefer cold beer.
A spot check by our under cover team in Kisumu revealed that KBL fridges in most entertainment joints at the Lakeside city have been abandoned and empty.
Kenya Breweries Limited competitors are said to be harvesting bountifully from the fridge crisis that has hit Kisumu as a number of customers rapidly shift their loyalty to other brands Sierra, Heinken, among others from the neighbouring Ugansda served in modern reliable fridges.

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Similarly, management of once top joints in the City, Club Barcadia and Janam had bitterly complained following an awful experience with KBL fridges before they respectively closed doors.
However independent investigations point that the experience could be a result of what’s suspected to be a questionable deal between crook officials within KBL and local contractors responsible for repair of fridges in the region.
The bar owners have demanded immediate intervention from the company’s top management intervention to arrest the matter before it spiraled out of control.

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