Connect with us

General

Pastor Nga’ng’a says he will not surrender church land to Kenya Railways – Nairobi News

Published

on

Loading...

Neno Evangelism Centre leader James Ng’ang’a on Sunday announced that he is ready to fight tooth and nail with Kenya Railways to retain ownership of the land where the main church in Nairobi stands.

The controversial pastor scoffed at a letter from Kenya Railways Corporation Managing Director Philip Mainga claiming that the church on Haile Selassie Avenue stands on property meant for the agency.

IRREGULAR ALLOCATION 

In the letter he wrote on Friday, Mr Mainga notified the Neno church founder that the corporation is planning to reclaim the parcel because it was not converted from public to private use as per the law.

“(The church) encroaches on land initially reserved for railway use,” said part of the letter, which explained the tract of land was initially reserved for Kenya Railways. A number of other businesses, including churches and petrol stations, are also located on the mentioned section.

Mr Mainga demanded that Mr Ng’ang’a surrenders to Kenya Railways all the documents pertaining to the “irregular” allocation of the property.

The notification from the railways boss comes at a time when the Neno establishment plans to build a multistorey building dubbed the Neno Tower in the place where the current structure stands.

Already, the congregants have started contributing for the ground-breaking of the tower, which will have basement parking lots, among other features.

While addressing the congregants during a televised sermon on Sunday, Mr Ng’ang’a was categorical that Neno bought the property from Central Bank of Kenya.

RECLAIM PROPERTIES

Loading...

“The owner of this field had a bank that borrowed money from the Central Bank. The bank went under and Central Bank seized its property, which it sold to get money to pay back [the] depositors,” he said.

In his characteristic tough-talking, Mr Ng’ang’a promised dire consequences against anyone who would dare displace the church, which has been at the current location since 2003.

“You can go and change (the registration documents) if you are man enough,” he dared. “Go and backdate and say it belongs to the railway.”

He further threatened: “I swear before God, hutabakisha hata mjukuu duniani hapa (you won’t even have a grandchild left on the face of the earth).”

“Will I keep issuing blessings? We also curse. It is inconceivable that people wake up to joke with a man of God. Which God are you playing with?”

Kenya Railways says it is seeking to reclaim its properties across the country, working in partnership with the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission and the Assets Recovery Agency.

The reclamation has already happened in Kisumu, the result being the eviction dozens of businesses, and demolition of a number of structures on Kenya Railways premises.

Comments

comments

Loading...
Continue Reading

General

Macron says ‘not sure’ EU-UK trade deal possible before end of 2020 » Capital News

Published

on

Loading...

French President Emmanuel Macron said that trade negotiations between the European Union and Britain will “become more tense” © POOL/AFP / Ludovic Marin

, Paris, France, Feb 23 – French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday said he was “not sure” it would be possible for the European Union and Britain to reach a trade deal by the end of the year.

Britain and the EU are about to embark on negotiations aiming to hammer out a trade agreement by the time the post-Brexit transition period shuts at the end of December.

But France has made clear it thinks the negotiations will be particularly difficult, especially in such a tight timeframe.

“I am not sure that an agreement will be reached between now and the end of the year,” Macron said at a meeting with fishermen, who are concerned for their livelihoods after Brexit, at an agricultrual trade event in Paris.

“Anyway, it is going to become more tense because (the British) are very hard,” he said, adding that fishing rights would be a key point of contention.

Britain formally ended its 47-year membership of the EU on January 31, nearly four years after a majority voted to leave the bloc in a 2016 referendum.

France and several other countries want to be able to keep fishing in British waters, while London wants full autonomy and limited access for European fishermen.

The EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier has said the EU’s top priorities are fishing, security and maintaining fair trading conditions for European companies.

Loading...

He has also firmly rejected a British suggestion that City of London companies could be given broad, permanent access to EU markets without conditions.

Overall, French fishing boats generate 30 percent of their revenue from catches in British maritime territories, particularly rich in fish stocks.

French officials say that the UK exports the bulk of its catch to Europe, indicating that British fishermen have plenty to lose if the two sides fail to reach a deal.


Post Views:
8


Comments

comments

Loading...
Continue Reading

General

Atheists dismiss census data, say they have1.5m members

Published

on

Loading...
NICHOLAS KOMU

By NICHOLAS KOMU
More by this Author

Atheists have rejected census data showing that 700,000 Kenyans do not believe in deity insisting they are twice as many.

Following the release of detailed census data, Atheists In Kenya (AIK) now claims that the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) deliberately failed to count atheists and the actual number of non-religious Kenyans is 1.5 million.

According to the detailed report on the Kenyan population based on their religious beliefs, 755,750 Kenyans do not believe in any religion. That is about 1.6 per cent of the total Kenyan population.

Kilifi County leads in the number of nonbelievers with 146,669, more than double the number of atheists in Nakuru which stands at 67,640.

Nairobi has the third highest atheist population with 54,841 followed by Narok (45,617), Kiambu (30770), Kitui (23,778), Meru (20,985) and Mombasa (11,148).

Advertisement

However, AIK now insists that the data is inaccurate and that KNBS enumerators deliberately failed tally atheists during the 2019 census.

“We find these statistics to be grossly inaccurate and not fit for purpose. We contend that we have well over 1.5 million atheists in Kenya, and the number is growing steadily. An independent survey of our members has revealed that some KNBS employees deliberately skipped asking whether one is an atheist during the 2019 census. We have evidence that many atheists were undercounted and miscounted,” AIK said in a statement on Saturday.

The statement dated February 23 was signed by the group’s President Harrison Mumia and recently elected Assistant Secretary Kio Kinuthia, questioned the statistics bureau credibility in the 2019 census. Now the atheists’ society is questioning the entire census data, terming it as inaccurate.

According to the 2009 population census report released by the same institution, the number of Kenyans who said that they were not affiliated to any religion was said to be 922,128.

Loading...

We find it odd that the 2019 census report indicates that the number of atheists has declined by almost 200,000 in a span of 10 years, yet the population of Kenyans has increased by 10 million over the same period. This undermines the accuracy of not just the atheist data, but the entire KNBS 2019 census report,” AIK said.

While Christianity and Islam are the predominant religions in Kenya, atheism has been attracting quite a following in the past few years.

This has, however, been a tough rise in popularity for the movement under the leadership of Mr Mumia, an Information Technology specialist.

AIK was registered on February 17, 2016 but, just two months later, it was suspended by Registrar of Societies.

The final census report shows there are 15,777,473 Protestants in Kenya, the majority religious group.

Catholics are 9,726,169 in total while 9,648,690 people attend evangelical churches.

About 3,292,573 go to African Instituted Churches, Orthodox (201,263) and other Christian (1,732,911).

Islam has a following of 5,152,194, while Hindu has 60,287. About 318,727 Kenyans are traditionalists.

Atheists in Kenya now wants a review of the census data by KNBS.

“We reject the figure of 755,750 atheists reported by the KNBS 2019 census report. We call for an independent review of how the KNBS collects, analyses, and reports census data,” the society leadership said.

Comments

comments

Loading...
Continue Reading

General

MPs summon Magoha, Mutyambai over teacher crisis in North Eastern

Published

on

Loading...
FAITH NYAMAI

By FAITH NYAMAI
More by this Author

KARIUKI WAIHENYA

By KARIUKI WAIHENYA
More by this Author

Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha will on Tuesday appear before the National Assembly’s Education Committee to shed light on the staffing crisis in North Eastern schools.

Also summoned is Teachers Service Commission (TSC) chief executive Nancy Macharia and Inspector-General of Police Hillary Mutyambai.

“We expect them here on Tuesday and we will then table a report on the matter before the whole House on Thursday,” said the committee’s chairman Julius Melly.

The summons come after Wajir West MP Ahmed Kolosh, on behalf of leaders from the region, sought a ministerial statement over the crisis.

He said TSC has transferred more than 3,000 non-local teachers from the region following a wave of terror attacks, paralysing learning.

Advertisement

According to Ministry of Education figures, 32 teachers have been killed in terror attacks in the region over the past five years, prompting a wave of transfers and desertion.

In an effort to prop up learning in the region, TSC has made the hiring of teachers willing to work there continuous, besides hiring retirees who are below the age of 65 years.

It has also introduced a rule that all non-local teachers working in North Eastern be posted only in urban centres, which are considered safer, and reduced the compulsory service period for teachers in one area to three years instead of five years.

The Kenya Union of Post Primary Teachers (Kuppet) has condemned a push by the region’s MPs to get teachers deployed there without assurances about their security.

Kuppet on Saturday also supported a TSC move to transfer thousands of teachers from the region following a terrorist attack.

“For more than a week now, the politicians led by Majority Leader Aden Duale have strived to shift responsibility for the region’s education crisis from terrorists who target non-local teachers to the victims of the attacks,” said Secretary-General Akelo Misori.

Mr Misori said Mr Duale’s efforts to intimidate government officials over the transfer of teachers from the region should be resisted at all costs.

“We urge all leaders, including parliamentarians, to demand that Duale and other North Eastern region leaders pay more attention to the protection of teachers and all non-locals working or doing business in the region,” said Mr Misori.

He added that repeated claims by Mr Duale that non-Somali officials are responsible for the disruption of teaching services across the region do not bode well for national cohesion.

The Kuppet secretary in charge of secondary schools, Mr Edward Obwocha, said TSC should redeploy all non-local teachers from Northern Eastern counties and start posting them in their home counties.

In exchange, he said, senior teachers from the North Eastern region working in other regions should be redeployed to head schools in the five counties in that region.

“Kuppet is not prepared to mourn even a single teacher who might lose his or her life at the hands of terrorists again. We urge the North Eastern leaders to work closely with the government to ensure the security of teachers in their area instead of blaming the victims,” Mr Misori said.

Loading...

For their part, the Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) has asked leaders from the region to back a proposal to lower the entry grade of candidates to teacher-training colleges from C-plain to D+ as a solution to acute staffing of teachers in the region.

The proposal by former Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed to lower the entry grade for marginalised counties saw 3,000 students admitted to teacher training colleges.

While addressing education stakeholders at Granada Hotel in Mandera Town, Knut Secretary-General Wilson Sossion also proposed that the admission grade for teachers at the university be lowered from C+ to C.

For diploma training, the entry grade had been lowered from C+ to C. Mr Sossion said this was the most suitable way of dealing with staffing challenges in the region.

“Affirmative action should be the way forward in ending the perennial teacher shortage in these areas,” said Mr Sossion.

Last year, the 3,000 teacher trainees admitted with lower grades were dismissed after TSC set the minimum entry grade for P1 teachers at C-, and C-plain for diploma teachers.

“As an immediate measure to curb the current crisis in the region, we demand that the students are recalled, in-serviced and posted to institutions,” Mr Sossion said.

He also said that there is a justified need to continue the quest to elevate the status of education in the region by having native teachers posted there.

The counties that had the entry grades lowered were Turkana, Samburu, Wajir, Marsabit, Isiolo, Mandera, Garissa, Lamu, Baringo, Narok, Kajiado, Kwale, Kilifi, Taita-Taveta, Tana River and West Pokot.

This lowering of grades was made in accordance with legal provisions and following the 2018 Kenya National Qualifications Framework Regulations.

TSC threatened not to hire the teachers, prompting officials to reverse the decision. The agency’s boss, Dr Nancy Macharia, said at the time that lowering the entry grades would undermine the quality of education in the affected counties.

Knut is also urging the ministries of Education and Interior to work on a master plan that will ensure every school is provided with permanent security all year round.

Mr Sossion said the transfer and withdraw of teachers from North Eastern counties had undermined the free education policy for both primary and secondary schools.

The region has faced increased cases of insecurity occasioned by banditry, acts of terrorism and cattle rustling.

“This has adversely affected the security and welfare of teachers hence diminished their performance and general productivity,” said Mr Sossion.

Comments

comments

Loading...
Continue Reading
Advertisement
Loading...
Advertisement
Loading...

Trending