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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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King of parody Eric Omondi catches CS Kagwe’s attention – Nairobi News

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Celebrated Kenyan comedian Eric Omondi might just have tickled the funny bone of the Cabinet Secretary for Health following his hilarious viral video in which he mimicked the CS.

While making his daily updates on Thursday, April 9, the CS who has, recently, endeared himself not only to Kenyans but internationally as well, started with a disclaimer by mentioning the comedian on a light note.

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Kagwe said that he would try as much as possible to issue the briefing in a different manner from the one portrayed by the comedian, who imitated him on the video which was trending on Wednesday.

“I will try very much not to do it the Eric Omondi style,” Kagwe told the media before commencing his address.

Omondi left netizens in stitches after he recorded a video in which he presented himself as the Health CS making his daily address to the media.

From the three gentlemen accompanying him wearing masks who posed as health officials, the tone, and manner of speech, the comedian undoubtedly demonstrated that he was the king of imitation by showing how the government official delivers his daily updates to the country.

Just like the CS, Omondi started off by detailing measures which the government had instituted in efforts to contain the spread of Covid-19.

In attempts to show the casual manner in which Kenyans were taking the global pandemic which has since infected over 1.5million people and killed more than 90,000 others, the comedian gave an illustration of a patient by the name Kevin Omondi.

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According to the comedian, the patient entered Kenya from abroad sometime in March and refused to self-quarantine.

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In a span of less than 48 hours, the patient had made contact with more than 10 people, all of them females, from different parts of the country.

The patient had later tested positive for Covid-19 but his wife had not been infected since the husband had not yet arrived home.

He also touched on the much talked about lockdown, which some Kenyans have been calling for, by humorously referring to a local hit song Nikikupea Utawezana.

“Hii lockdown mnaitisha Wakenya tukiwapea mtawezana?” he posed.

Omondi’s viral video comes in the wake of Sh100,000 kitty set aside by the Ministry of Sports, Culture, and Heritage, following President Uhuru Kenyatta’s directive on Monday, April 6, to facilitate local artistes as they entertain Kenyans as they remain indoors over Covid-19 pandemic.

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State to keep Sh18m seized from suspended NLC chief : The Standard

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A former National Lands Commission (NLC) senior official has lost over Sh18 million that was recovered from her house.
Suspended Director of Valuation and Taxation Salome Munubi (pictured), who is facing graft charges, failed to explain the source of the money that had been retrieved from her house by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) sleuths during a search on May 4, 2017.
But the court declined a request by EACC to have her property seized by the State, with the judge saying the agency’s lead investigator, Pius Maithya, had not proven that the wealth was proceeds of crime.
Justice John Onyiego ruled on Wednesday in a case pitting EACC, Ms Munubi, her husband Sostenah Ogero Taracha and alleged daughter, Priscila Nyambura alias Risper Bwari.
The cash – Sh1 million and USD 168,900 (approximately Sh18 million) – was found in one of the homes raided by the EACC as part of investigations into a compensation scheme involving the Standard Gauge Railway project.
“The over Sh18 million recovered from Ms Munubi and Mr Taracha’s house amounts to unexplained assets hence I do hereby direct the same to be forfeited to the government,” reads Justice Onyiego’s judgement.
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Munubi’s husband and purported daughter were also directed to bear the cost of the suit.
The former NLC officer disowned the money found in her house, claiming it belonged to her husband, who is a businessman with a monthly earning of Sh2 million.
Munubi told the court her husband had borrowed the money from his step-daughter.
But during interrogation by EACC sleuths, Nyambura claimed it was part of Sh21 million given to her by her Sudanese step-father to purchase a house for herself and her siblings.
“Accordingly, I am satisfied that EACC has proved its case on a balance of probability against Taracha and Nyambura and judgement is thus entered against them jointly and severally with a determination and finding that the amount of money listed as recovered is unexplained assets,” ruled the judge.
He noted that even though Munubi’s husband and purported daughter were asked to justify acquisition of the said amount before May 4, 2017, the information given was conflicting.
He said further probe went beyond the said date and this was necessitated by the peculiar nature of the case in which parties not targeted originally came into the picture claiming proceeds reasonably suspected to be those of crime or generally money that could not be lawfully accoutered for.
According to Maithya, he and other officers of the commission were tasked to investigate allegations of irregular compensation of land following compulsory acquisition of land along the SGR line by the government through NLC.
“We were in receipt of credible information that Munubi was engaged in corrupt conduct and had amassed assets well beyond her known legitimate sources of income,” Maithya told the court.
He also said they were investigating Munubi over claims of involvement in a case of fictitious acquisition and compensation of four land parcels in Embakasi, Nairobi County, despite falling within the Kenya Railways Reserve and therefore not subject to compulsory acquisition.
The case took a different turn when the investigators probed the millions found in the house. The evidence adduced saw Nyambura interrogated, only to emerge as the in-law of Munubi and the husband, who hails from Murang’a County.
Munubi was then detained alongside her chairman Muhammad Swazuri, chief executive officer Tom Chavangi, Finance Director Francis Mugo and his deputy Ben Cherutich.
Besides the homes, the detectives raided the commission’s offices at ACK Bishops Annex and took away documents and electronics they said were crucial in the investigations.
More officers are under investigation after complaints that some of the payments made were riddled with corruption.
Parliament and the police are also investigating the claims.
On April 17, 2019, Munubi was arrested alongside several other NLC top officials and charged with conspiracy to commit economic crimes and money laundering, among other charges, according to a statement from the Director of Public Prosecutions office.
Swazuri and Munubi were later released on a cash bail of Sh3.5 million.
Evidence gathered by the prosecution showed how fake compensation claims, double payments, overpayments, inflation of land values and payment of people whose land was never on the corridor were used to loot taxpayers’ money.
However, crucial data that was key in the investigations mysteriously disappeared after a break-in at the commission’s offices. Following the burglary, the NLC stated that what got lost was a central processing unit in one of the computers within the Directorate of Valuation and Taxation.

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Always assume everyone is COVID-19 positive: Kagwe » Capital News

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NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 10 – The Ministry of Health has urged Kenyans to take extra precautions by adhering to government regulations of social distancing in order to protect themselves from contracting coronavirus.

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said everyone, including small-scale traders operating in the open-air markets should always assume that everyone has contracted the virus.

“Just assume that everybody is positive,” the CS told a news conference Thursday.

Kagwe further told Kenyans to be each one’s keeper even as the traders are asked to maintain thorough hygiene when dealing with their clients.

Five more positive cases were confirmed in the country Thursday, raising the total to 184.

“I want to urge Kenyans to take care of themselves and look out for each other as well because this virus is transmitted from one person to another,” the CS added.

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The government has issued a directive on salons, barbershops, vegetable vendors and the Jua kali sector to always put on masks and ensure their clients have done the same as a protective measure.

Kenya has imposed a dusk to dawn curfew nationwide, with travel restrictions to and from counties of Nairobi, Mombasa, Kwale which were classified as high risk areas.

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