STRANGE as the number plate of killer bus mysteriously resurfaces on a lorry

STRANGE as the number plate of killer bus mysteriously resurfaces on a lorry

The registration number of a bus that was involved in a grisly road accident in October 2018 has mysteriously resurfaced on a lorry.

The strange happening has come to light after Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya posted on his Twitter account a picture of himself flagging off a lorry at a site in Shinyalu, Kakamega County where a water project worth Sh90 million is to be put-up.

However, Kenyans quickly raised concerns after it emerged that the lorry’s registration number (KBX 092J) is identical to that of a bus that was involved in a grisly road accident two years ago in Kericho.

The accident claimed more than 55 lives and a day after it happened police officers said that they had arrested the owners.

It remains unclear what really happened after the owners of the ill-fated bus were arrested and how the number plate was fitted on the lorry.

Reprieve for jobless Kenyans as the UK relaxes its skill level for job seekers

Reprieve for jobless Kenyans as the UK relaxes its skill level for job seekers

Attaining the work permits will enable local job-seekers to compete with citizens from the European Union and other regions.

Requirements for job applicants in 2021 have been lowered to a minimum skill level of A-level or an equivalent, from the prior degree level required under the 27-member EU bloc system.

According to Britain’s Home Office, the new system will ensure that the UK has a large pool of skilled workers.

“EU and non-EU citizens will be treated fairly and equally,” the Home office promised.

Points will be awarded to citizens who have a job at an appropriate skill level, those who meet the salary threshold, those who have a job in a shortage occupation, English language skills and educational qualifications.

Some of the Kenyans who might benefit from the relaxed rules are those from fields such as; plumbing, electrical works, IT and accountancy.

“An applicant’s job must be at the minimum skill level of A-level or equivalent, rather than degree level under the current system,” the British home office stated.

The opportunity serves as good news bearing in mind the negative economic effects that have been brought by the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to a census report released in February 2020, 38.9% of young Kenyans are jobless.

The report indicated that the youth were the hardest hit by unemployment compared to those who were above the age of 35 years.

“The conventional population of youth aged 18 to 34 was 13.7 million, out of which 61 percent were working while 1.6 million were seeking work or indicated that there was no work available,” KNBS Director-General Zachary Mwangi stated during the release of the findings.

 

MP Exposes DP Ruto Badly, Reveals How the DP Pockets Billions From Projects

MP Exposes DP Ruto Badly, Reveals How the DP Pockets Billions From Projects

Ainabkoi Member of Parliament William Chepkut has taken a swipe at the Deputy President William Ruto over corruption allegations.

According to the lawmaker, the second in command who has been witnessed implementing numerous projects across the country has been making an abnormal profit and not after helping common citizens.

Chepkut has also revealed that the Deputy President is incredibly preoccupied with fake projects that seize to exist before completion.

The lawmaker who has not stopped attacking Ruto over projects is reported to have threatened to expose the second in command for pocketing unreasonable amount of money from contractors.

“William Ruto has never been that serious on matters pertaining projects, he is only concerned with huge profits and contractors as in the case of KABUITO CONTRACTORS LTD,” said the lawmaker.

Chepkut also alleged that the second in command has been pocketing billions from government projects to help him in campaigns during elections.

“Rivertex-Kapkatembo road was projected with more than three billion but the work took less than a billion. The alter of profits is assassinating the role of integrity,” the lawmaker added.

DISTURBING: Over 900 schoolgirls are impregnated daily- survey

DISTURBING: Over 900 schoolgirls are impregnated daily- survey

Some 948 schoolgirls get pregnant every day, shocking statistics contained in a report by the Ministry of Health indicate.

The report further reveals that one in every 10 adolescent girls is either pregnant or have started the childbearing process.

Again, 13,000 girls drop out of school due to pregnancy every year, according to Demographic Health Information System; an online data platform launched by the Ministry of Health to map maternal and neonatal information countrywide

 The report also reveals that over 400,000 teenagers between 10 and 19 years of age get pregnant annually, a report by the Ministry of Health indicates.

“Some 378,687 adolescents between 15-19 years and 20,444 adolescents between 10-14 years presented with pregnancies in health facilities in 2019,” reads the report released over the weekend.

Another report released by the National Council on Population and Development (NCPD) in 2018, revealed that one in five girls aged between 15-19 years in Kenya is either pregnant or has already given birth.

The Kenya National Aids Council in separate findings reported that 430,825 teens aged between 10-19 years attended at least one antenatal clinic session in a public health facility.

Kilifi and Homa Bay counties, who collectively in 2019 had 32,583 cases, have been identified as the hotspots.

Experts have expressed concerns about emerging hotspots like Nairobi, Bungoma, Nakuru and Kakamega counties.

The scaring statistics have forced youth groups to come up with mitigating ventures to contain the menace.

AMREF Digital Communications Officer in charge of the Youth-led Sexual Education Programme Patricia Wasuna, who presided over presentation, expressed hope that there would be a more sustained effort in addressing young girls’ plight.

“Research has shown us that sex education has the most impact when school-based programs are complemented with the involvement of parents and teachers, religious leaders, training institutes and youth-friendly services through a community-based approach,” said Wasuna.

Ghost project? Chinese Contractor Deserts Ksh2.1B Road Launched By DP Ruto

Ghost project? Chinese Contractor Deserts Ksh2.1B Road Launched By DP Ruto

The contractor disappeared after receiving Ksh 2 million as an advance payment having only constructed 10% of the project.

He had only done some earthwork and bush clearing in preparation for the groundwork. For the 21 months at work, not even a single kilometre of tarmac was laid.

“The project is already way behind schedule and the contractor has not shown any intentions to complete the project on time,” Uasin Gishu County Commissioner Abdirisack Jaldesa lamented.

Uasin Gishu County Development Implementation Coordination Committee, (CDICC) accused the engineer of violation of contract terms after he demobilized his machinery, equipment and staff and abandoned the site in early March 2020 without notice.

Jaldesa further warned the contractor to return to the site lest his contract is terminated.

A representative of the contractor, however, argued that the Coronavirus pandemic forced them to desert the site. He added that they were facing financial constraints after the Chinese Government delayed to allocate funds to the project.

“We have since overcome the difficulties and will be mobilizing back to the site by next week Friday. We have also hired a new site agent who can conversantly communicate in English to ease communication,” the representative stated. 

A team from the President’s Delivery Unit (PDU) led by Rift Valley regional director Truphosa Awuor toured the site and urged the contractor to hasten the construction to ease transport between the two counties.

On Tuesday, July 7, President Uhuru Kenyatta ordered his Cabinet Secretaries to take over the inspection of government projects across the country.

The Head of State took the role away from DP Ruto who he had been delegated the task. 

The DP was accused of advancing his political mileage through inspection of government projects.

Pessimistic Okoth Obado Allocates Ksh4.1M for Coffins for Migori

Pessimistic Okoth Obado Allocates Ksh4.1M for Coffins for Migori

 The County Government of Migori under Governor Okoth Obado allocated Ksh 4.1 million to the purchase of coffins in the 2020/21 financial year on Wednesday, July 8.

Migori County Assembly Budget and Appropriation Committee stated that the allocation would aid locals grappling with arranging funerals for loved ones who succumb to natural disasters.

Out of the Ksh 4.1 million, the Department of Public Services Management was allocated Ksh3.6 million to purchase coffins with Ksh500 million given to the Department of Disaster Management for the same.

 “The County Government is given an opportunity to accord its members befitting send-offs. We based our allocation on the Public Service Commission Act of 2012. Every action undertaken is therefore lawful and a replica of what happens in the National Budget,” Tom Akungo, Chairperson Budget Committee Migori stated.

Akungo added that Migori County was prone to natural disasters such as tragedies witnessed in gold mines. The committee further stated that the allocation would also aid local families and families of Migori County Staff.

This came a few days after counties were tasked to take care of their own Covid-19 patients, with President Uhuru Kenyatta directing Governors to heighten the fight against the virus after he reopened the country on Monday, July 6.

As of June 30, the Council of Governors detailed that Migori County had acquired 125 isolation beds as focus shifted to county health systems to manage the virus.

“Firstly, the order to re-open is given conditionally.  Should the situation deteriorate and pose a challenge to our health infrastructure, it shall be ‘clawed back’.  In the next 21 days, we shall study patterns of interactions and the spread of the disease.

“Any trends that signal a worsening of the pandemic, we will have no choice but to return to the lock-down at zero-option,” Kenyatta warned.

Only 12 counties out of 47 counties have surpassed the 300 bed mark stipulated by the Ministry of Health.

Hospital beds at a Coronavirus isolation and treatment facility in Mbagathi District Hospital on Friday, March 6, 2020.

Hospital beds at a Coronavirus isolation and treatment facility in Mbagathi District Hospital on Friday, March 6, 2020.