A video of a man on cloth lecturing young girls and boys over early pregnancies has gone viral on social media eliciting mixed reactions from netizens.
The seemingly irked Bishop David Kipsoi advises young girls against falling for small promises then later getting impregnated and dumped.
“Wewe msichana, unakua mjinga unatungwa mimba dakika ya mwisho, unaitwa mtumba, unatupwa na yule kijana anajiendea,” he said.
He then advised girls to deny boys sex as they are the ones approaching them.
“Nani mwenye nguvu? Mwenye kuombwa ama mwenye kuomba, sasa kama wewe msichana ndiye unaombwa, si ukatae,” added the Bishop.
Finally, Bishop Kipsoi advised the girl child to take care of themselves, and their sexuality adding that they will achieve a lot in life.
“Ningependa kuomba mtoto mschana ya kwamba, uweze kujitunza na utunze sexuality yako na utafika mbali maishani,” he said.
This comes weeks after a government survey showed that a total of 3, 964 girls aged 19 years and below were reported pregnant since March this year.
The survey also showed that Athi River is the most affected area while Kalama has the least number of reported pregnancies among girls of school-going age.
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Machakos County Children Officer Salome Muthama said the reported pregnancy cases are less than the actual numbers.
The increase in unwanted pregnancies was partly linked to the coronavirus pandemic which has seen schools closed not forgetting carefree guardians.
Also, authorities have partly blamed parents and an effective justice system for the crisis.
“Most of these cases you will find involve children who were taken from urban centres in the wake of COVID-19 and left in the hands of their grandmothers in the countryside as the parents returned to the towns,” Muthama told reporters in Machakos Town.
Laikipia County and Co-op Bank in a joint venture to fund over 7000 entrepreneurs through the Laikipia Enterprise Fund
The Laikipia County Government and the Co-operative Bank of Kenya (Co-op Bank) have today launched the Laikipia Enterprise Fund with an initial kitty of Ksh 300 million, to offer affordable financing and business support to co-operatives and entrepreneurs in Laikipia County.
To kick-off, the Fund, the bank and the county government have entered into an Interest-Sharing and Guarantee Arrangement. This is aimed at supporting two key segments;
First, to empower co-operatives in Laikipia County through affordable financing and Consultancy Services, to enable them to have sufficient liquidity for lending to members, and strengthen their management structures, and
Second, to support over 7,000 entrepreneurs in Laikipia County recover from the challenges of the Covid-19 Pandemic by way of affordable financing and training.
Borrowers will pay single-digit interest rates, which makes this arrangement perhaps the most affordable lending program in Kenya today.
The low-interest-rate has been made possible by the interest-sharing arrangement, whereby the Laikipia County Government will be offering an interest subsidy of 5 per cent, thereby reducing the bank lending rate from 12.1 per cent to 7.1 per cent per annum for all borrowers.
Besides, borrowers will enjoy a reduced appraisal fee at 1.5 per cent of the approved loan amount.
Co-op Bank will match three times the amount that the County Government will place in the Enterprise Fund, to ensure as many borrowers benefit from the opportunity. In addition to financing, the bank will make available the full basket of services that include digital banking tools, workshops for business training, and capacity-building consultancy services for co-operatives.
The repayment period for the loans will be up to 12 months for SMEs and up to 18 months for co-operatives.
The county government shall undertake initial vetting of loan applicants as provided for in the Laikipia County Enterprise Fund Regulations 2020. Co-op Bank will further appraise for qualification.
The Laikipia Enterprise Fund commences operations immediately.
We must fight, fight and fight harder in curtailing the efforts of the corrupt in this country. This is the message that Kagwe has relayed to Kenyans on several occasions as he is in the process of ‘building a team of trusted people, who are against corruption’. Teamwork and a forthright spirit and heart are critical in this fight against corruption, and Kagwe is likely deliver a corrupt free Ministry of Health that has been for years run by cartels. Cartels that have infested and infected every sector of the country’s health care system.
When Kagwe joined the Ministry of Health, he chose not to turn a blind eye that the Ministry had an underlying problem which had overburdened the country’s health care system. This problem was, as he pointed out, corruption initiated by cartels who run the show at all levels including the management at Afya House. This has dearly cost the health of Kenyans from all walks of life including the old, young, children, women giving birth and the many who are ailing from conditions and diseases.
From time immemorial, various cartels have wreaked havoc in the Ministry of Health. These cartels have denied Kenyans the right to affordable medicine, free maternal healthcare, and even denied health care workers their much needed remuneration in some instances among other issues. Riddled with corruption the Ministry back in 2017 was denied a direct aid of $21 million dollars by the US government which had cited corruption reports and weakened accounting procedures within the Ministry. This weakened structure was deliberately created by cartels who were siphoning public funds from the Health Ministry. In this instance, Sh5 billion had disappeared which were sadly funds meant for free maternity care for the millions of Kenyan women who directly depended on it.
The scourge has ravaged the Ministry to the extent that hospitals are often left without basic health care equipment such as drugs of ENT equipment, to an artificial shortage of drugs and even just gloves. This has also denied health workers a chance to have an increased pay besides grappling with a lack of sufficient appropriate equipment to conduct short medical procedures and surgical operations. Over the past years, Kenyans have watched in disbelief of how patients have suffered in various county and public hospitals and indeed it is not that money for the requirements is unavailable but only that it flows in the wrong hands of cartels who feel no sense of moral obligation in ensuring Kenyans access and receive, affordable and quality healthcare.
However, the country should be optimistic as the cartels that have rocked the Ministry of Health shall indeed be dismantled. Health Cabinet Secretary has vowed to dismantle these cartels who are working also in collaboration with the Judiciary. With the ongoing war on corruption, CS Kagwe has the right backing from the government right from the President. It is business unusual as these cartels who have frustrated the country’s healthcare system will be uprooted from their hideouts.
As you struggle to raise the rent for your bedsitter, a family in Runda has dedicated a whole bedroom to folding clothes.
This is what has surprised most Kenyans as one Joan Kubai shared a video of her luxurious home on Snapchat.
The teen took her virtual friends to a tour of her humongous home in Runda which has five bedrooms, four living rooms and a library in the artic.
Outside the home, you are greeted to a lush green garden and swimming pool. There is also a garage for the family’s numerous vehicles.
Where does one get the money for all these? It seems that Joan’s parents just like most rich Kenyans got their wealth through backdoor means.
The famous Twitter Detectives have dug deep and revealed some details about the Kubai family that Joan would wish they remained buried. Joan Kubai is the daughter of city tycoons Peter Macharia Kubai and Isabella Wairimu Kubai.
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Peter Macharia Kubai and Isabella Wairimu Kubai are joint directors of Benisa Limited, a firm which at the centre of two separate investigations by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) into Murang’ a Governor Mwangi wa Iria’s alleged violation of the public procurement law and ghost projects in the county.
Benisa had been hired by the now-bankrupt Italian firm CMC Di Ravenna on May 15, 2015, as a subcontractor to do several works on the Itare dam project for Sh360 million.
At the time, the Italian firm accused Benisa of deploying inadequate staff and resources on-site and terminated the contract on June 22, 2018.
The company is believed to be part of a network of companies Mr Peter Macharia Kubai and his family have been accused of using to secure double payment for the same work, and in most instances, no work is done.
On this basis, Benisa Limited was, for instance, paid twice to construct a single water pan at Kangutu in Kakuzi Mitubiri ward.
According to documents, the first tender that was paid through LPO number 2835/2014 was worth Sh3.97 million while the second that was paid through LPO number 2724-2775/2 was worth Sh3.99 million.
Mr Peter Macharia Kubai is also being investigated for allegedly giving juicy kickbacks to Governor Mwangi Wa Iria to secure lucrative road repair tenders.
While digging up through the file, sleuths from EACC also stumbled onto Benisa Limited while investigating the stalled Marsabit Stadium, where the firm was paid over Sh88 million with only 20 per cent of the work done.
On July 30, 2019, Benisa Limited obtained a default judgment in a suit it filed against CMC Di Ravenna to recover Sh31.5 million for rock blasting works it did in the Itare dam project, which has also collapsed and is at the centre of a Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) probe.
Documents at the Companies’ Registry show that Benisa Limited is owned by Peter Macharia Kubai (50%), Isabella Wairimu Kubai (25%) and Jadiel Macharia Kubai the remaining percentage.
All the three are said to be business associates of Murang’ a county Governor Mwangi Wa Iria.
Miraa traders in Kenya are up in arms after Somalia turned back an aircraft that was delivering 13.6 tonnes of khat to Hargeisa, the capital of the breakaway Somaliland region.
Nyambene Miraa Traders Association (Nyamita) chairman Kimathi Munjuri said the cargo plane was turned back on Saturday despite having received clearance to leave Nairobi and deliver the highly prized commodity to Hargeisa.
Hargeisa, a major consumer of Ethiopian khat, is experiencing a shortage of the stimulant due to ethnic unrest that has hit Ethiopia’s expansive Oromia region for the last five days.
Flight 5YMSA, which had overflight and landing clearance from Somaliland Civil Aviation and Airports Authority, turned back and landed at Wajir International Airport.
According to Somalia based news sites, the cargo plane was denied entry due to the country’s air Somalia banned miraa imports three months ago to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Despite Somaliland declaring unilateral independence in 1991, the issue of air traffic control is yet to be agreed on between Mogadishu and Hargeisa.
The semi-autonomous state is in talks with Somalia, spearheaded by Djibouti, to resolve longstanding differences.
Airspace control is one of the issues Somaliland wants to be solved in the talks that resumed late last month in Djibouti.
The move by Somalia was reportedly received with protests in Hargeisa by expectant miraa chewers who are hit by the shortage.
Mr Munjuri said traders’ losses would run into Sh8 million if the khat is not delivered on time.
“The miraa is valued at about Sh3 million, Sh2.5 million goes to transport. There are other logistics costs, which cannot be refunded. We had approvals from Somaliland Civil Aviation Authority to deliver the miraa. Everything was in order until the aircraft entered the Somalia airspace. The pilot was told that he was carrying illegal cargo,” he said.
Mr Munjuri decried the slow pace of the Foreign Affairs ministry to address the trade stalemate with Somaliland.
“We have even been trying to have the Somalia border reopened to facilitate trade but nothing seems to be moving.
“The Ministry of Trade and Agriculture have been engaging Foreign affairs on various issues. All miraa trade issues seem to be stuck at Foreign Affairs,” he said.
Somaliland withdrew all Covid-19 restrictions including public gatherings and international flights on June 23.
The incident came a day after Kenyan investors and State officials held talks with Somaliland President Muse Bihi in Hargeisa.