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SDA students suspended for failing to take exam on Sabbath : The Standard

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Some of the suspended Kabianga Boys High School students.
Seventeen Form four students at Kabianga Boys High school have been suspended after the Seventh Day Adventist adherents refused to sit for their examination on Sabbath.

In a letter addressed to the parents of the affected students, the school Principal Dr Joash Oloo stated that the students were kicked out of the school for “failing to write an assessment test offered on schedule.”
But the students in a quick rejoinder through their lawyer, Julius Mongare Matonya, gave the school’s administration a seven-day ultimatum to unconditionally rescind the decision.
“The constitutional allows freedom of worship. Even the Education Act recognises the fact that each and every student must be allowed a day for worship and it must be respected,” he said.
But Dr Oloo argued that they had expected that parents keen on their children’s education would have immediately accompanied their sons back to school.
“We notified the parents through SMS. In a situation where we are neither suspending nor expelling a student, we expect the parent to come over to the school so that we can engage,” he said.
He reminded the Adventists that there are specific missionary schools for parents who feel aggrieved by the school action.
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“The Seventh Day Adventist students don’t do anything on Saturdays from 8am to 6pm. Where then is the problem for them to sit for their examination between 5am and 7:30 am,” asked Dr Oloo.
He added, “Why do they want to remain in the dorms sleeping whereas Muslims and Protestants didn’t sleep on Friday and Sunday respectively?”
The principal said that they expect students to be rational.
But Matonya argued Dr Oloo off, saying the issue of seventh-day Adventist students was a matter which has been settled in a number of cases in the past culminating in the Civil Appeal No 172 of 2014.

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Humphrey Kariuki’s trial yet to kick off 7 months later » Capital News

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, NAIROBI, Kenya Feb 27 –  Businessman Humphrey Kariuki’s tax-related cases failed to take off yet again Wednesday, after the prosecution failed to supply all documents required in the trial.

Defence lawyers Kioko Kilukumi and Cecil Miller, who are acting for Kariuki in the matter, complained that they are unable to adequately prepare their client’s defence following the continued delay in supply of witness statements, supporting documents and exhibits.

“One year after investigations begun and seven months after taking plea, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has not supplied us with all the witness statements and exhibits,” defence lawyer Kioko Kilukumi told Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi.

Kilukumi told the court that he wrote to the DPP in January seeking to be supplied with statements and exhibits to enable him prepare for the pretrial.

Kilukumi said there was a lot of fanfare when the suspects were charged but the DPP has failed in his duties to avail evidence in the multibillion tax evasion case and was giving documents piece meal.

The lawyers said they were called to the DCI office two days ago and given statements of 29 witnesses out of 37. Witness statements of 8 witnesses were missing.

Kilukumi stated the inventory shows that there are 37 witnesses among them unnamed bank officials. Kilukumi says there is indication that witnesses from National Bank and Equity Bank were to testify but their details and witness statements were not supplied so there is no way they can prepare the defence of their clients. Some of the 160 documentary exhibits in the case had also not been provided.

He wondered how the defence will go about preparing for the defence of the accused persons without full disclosure of the prosecution’s case.

“Kariuki is an international businessman and any delay in prosecuting the case means his businesses are being destroyed,‘’ Kilukumi said.

The magistrate heard that the seven months which the DPP has delayed in supplying evidence to the defence is enough time to have heard and concluded the case. Kilukumi urged the court that the delay of months was a clear violation of the accused person’s rights under Article 50(2)(e) of the constitution to a fair trial conducted without unreasonable delay.

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Other lawyers also protested the delay in supply of crucial documents with Mannases Mwangi for Africa Spirits Limited saying that since a year ago when the factory was closed, over 500 employees have not worked and as such they were suffering due to the delay in the matter.

He asked the court to bring to a halt the issues of evidence.

The court has directed DPP to convene a joint pretrial conference where all the evidence was pre-arranged and availed to Defence counsel and any issues sorted out. This was against the background that some of the counsels have not received any of the documents.

Lawyer Rubeena Dar also informed the court that there was not one single original document that had been sighted in her review that was used to form the basis of the charges facing the accused persons and she said in the absence of such the case is as good as dead.

Ben Nzacho said they have not been given a single sheet of documents or witness statements.

Counsel took issue with the lack of numbering of the voluminous documents and said this would impact a smooth trial. The inspection of exhibits by the Defence teams was also identified as an outstanding issue.

The court found that the matter was not at all ready for pre-trial and it was as if the accused persons had just taken plea.

The court has directed that the defence counsels write to the DCI and DPP and indicate documents and witnesses statements that they have not been served with in the next seven days. Thereafter the DPP is required to respond in writing to the lawyers on the evidence within 2 weeks.

A case conference will then be convened by the DPP to iron out any remaining issues.

The matter will be mentioned on May 21st to confirm compliance by the DPP.


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Kenya to participate in top Tourism Trade Fair – KBC

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Tourism and Wildlife Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala will lead a delegation of 45 travel trade exhibitors from the country to the International Tourism Bourse (ITB) travel show which is being held in Berlin, Germany from the 4th to the 8th of March2020.

The event which is held annually is touted to be one of the largest tourism trade fairs in the World presenting the perfect opportunity for the country to showcase its diversity in tourism products offerings.

The Kenyan delegation which includes Marketing Agency Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) will have an opportunity to interact with 10,000exhibitors from over 180 countries, including all the top decision-makers, experts, buyers and young professionals from the tourism industry across the world.

The expo attracts tourism players such as hoteliers, travel tour and companies and marketing agencies from across the globe.

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Commenting on Kenya’s participation, Balala said that global tourism events and expos provide a good opportunity to interact with world tourism players and assert the significance of Kenya in the tourism space. He added Kenya would use the opportunity to assure international source markets including Germany that the country is safe for holiday.

“Kenya recently participated in the Outbound Travel Mart in Mumbai India, which is an important outbound market for Kenya. ITB is also a perfect platform to not only meet the best minds in the industry but to also showcase the diverse tourism products we have to offer our visitors as a destination,’’ said Tourism CS Balala

“Our success in tourism is attributable to product diversification, value for money and enhanced infrastructure in the country. Not only that, the government is also making efforts to improve the business environment and encourage foreign investors to set up their businesses in the country,’’ he added.

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The German market is Kenya’s 5th most important international tourism source market with a market share of 3.87% as at December2018 and is the second largest source market in Europe after UK contributing to the region’s market share by 13% as at the same period. Tourist arrivals grew from 49,247 in 2017, to 78,388 in 2018 and closed with a slight drop to 73,150in 2019.

Germany remains in the top travelling destinations globally with 72 % of travels made by Germans in 2019 being abroad, spending almost 74B Euro on travelling and holidays.

KTB CEO Dr Betty Radier said that ITB Berlin provided a great opportunity to showcase Kenya’s tourism products and services to hosted buyers and visitors from across the world, she added that the marketing agency would market the destination at the Berlin fair to attract more tourists from Germany and other international markets.

“KTB will continue to leverage on global platforms like ITB that present an opportunity for the destination, hoteliers and tourists product sellers to exhibit and promote destination Kenya and our offerings to the world. This event will also provide the chance to not only strengthen our existing relationships but also forge new ones” said Dr Radier

The platform will be used to promote Kenya’s tourism trends such as that of Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE) which is now a key part of the tourism as well as sports tourism which is set to get a significant boost this year with Kenya hosting the Magical Kenya Open golf championship, World Athletics U20 Championships and the World Safari Rally making a comeback in the country.

 

 

 

 

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Chinese Embassy confirms more flights to land in Kenya – Nairobi News

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The Chinese Embassy has confirmed that there will be more flights arriving at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport over the coming weeks amidst concerns of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

This comes despite the Kenyan government’s refusal to evacuate Kenyans stuck in China due to the Coronavirus outbreak, Chinese citizens continue arriving in droves unhindered.

The Embassy released a statement on Wednesday confirming that the China Southern Airlines resumed flights from Guangzhou to Nairobi.

The airline’s flights are now reduced to once a week until March 25, 2020.

According to the Chinese Embassy, they notified the Ministry of Health in advance, and that all passengers on board were screened, cleared and advised to self-quarantine for 14 days.

While the statement is not clear on what the 14-day self-quarantine entails, the Embassy said that they have provided information to the Ministry for monitoring.

The Ministry of Health issued a travel advisory to all Kenyans against visiting countries experiencing mass infections.

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“Kenyans are advised against non-essential travel to countries experiencing the outbreak. This is in view of expanding geographical of the outbreak across the world,” the statement read in part.

Kenyans were also urged to maintain hygiene and avoid contact with persons exhibiting suspicious symptoms like fever, cough, difficulty in breathing and sneezing.

With the global number of those diagnosed with the illness is estimated at 80,000, Kenya is exposing her people to adversity of an unknown magnitude.

While reports indicate that Covid-19 numbers have stabilised in China, there is no telling what the virus could do in countries that are vulnerable due to poor healthcare systems.

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