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Magoha orders schools to refund second and third term school fees to paren

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Education CS George Magoha has directed both primary and secondary schools to refund second and third term fees to parents who had already paid.

Addressing members of the press on Wednesday, the CS, however, noted that the parents and the institutions are free to enter into an agreement to carry forward the monies to cater for school fees when learners resume classes next year.

The CS spoke a day after he declared the 2020 academic year “lost” due to the coronavirus pandemic threat.

In a press briefing on Tuesday Magoha announced that primary and secondary schools will reopen in January 2021.

The CS said there will be no Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) and Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examinations this year as they have all been pushed to 2021.

“In consultation with the Ministry of Health, we have agreed schools to reopen when daily Covid-19 cases reduce consistently for 14 days. Social and physical distancing is the most critical factor in ensuring the safety of learners,” said Magoha.

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2 Homabay MCAs who robbed colleagues while armed with stones and clubs charged

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Two members of the Homa Bay County Assembly were on Tuesday, July 7, charged after allegedly robbing their colleagues while armed with clubs and stones, the Daily Nation reported.

The two, Kendu Bay Township MCA Morris Ogwang’ and his Kibiri counterpart Michael Odira, reportedly robbed property worth Ksh 272,500 from their victims.

The duo were said to have been in the company of other people and stole cash as well as other valuables from Homa Bay Town East MCA Juma Awuor and Homa Bay Town Central’s Julius Nyambok.

The incident took place on May 7 at Kendu Bay, Rachuonyo North Sub-county.

Awuor was reportedly robbed of Ksh 75,000 and had his wristwatch worth Ksh 15,000 and open shoes worth Ksh 2,500.

In another count, the two were accused of robbing Nyambok of Ksh 180,000 and later injured him.

The publication further indicated that the lawmakers also damaged a car belonging to Awuor, a Toyota Land Cruiser whose rear left window cost Ksh12,000.

While appearing before Homa Bay Senior Resident Magistrate Joy Wesonga, the two pleaded not guilty to the charges and were released on Ksh150,000 bond each.

Hearing of the matter is scheduled for July 28, 2020.

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Autopsy offers zero clues on how Athi River children died

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It will take about three to four weeks to establish when exactly two children who were discovered in the back seat of a car at Athi River Police Station died, after they went missing for three weeks.

This is after an autopsy conducted on the bodies of Alvina Mutheu (3) and Henry Jacktone (4) yesterday returned inconclusive results.

Chief Government Pathologist Johansen Oduor said that the two bodies were too decomposed for him to find out the reason for their death.

“We could not establish the cause of the deaths of the children because their bodies had decomposed and had experienced a lot of deterioration. There has been massive tissue loss and maggot infestation that hindered us from drawing a firm conclusion,” Dr Johansen said.

It also emerged that there were no signs of injuries on the two bodies, and consequently, the government pathologist said he has forwarded samples to the government chemist for further tests.

A forensic entomologist will be able to analyse the samples and tell exactly when the two children died, a process that will take another three to four weeks.

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“There were no fractures on their bones and we cannot attribute their deaths to any specific cause. We now rely on the police and further results from the government lab to figure the details of the deaths,” he added.

NO PEACE

The Executive Director of Haki Yetu activist group Hussein Khalid asked the police as well as the Directorate of Criminal Investigations to fast-track investigations into the deaths.

Baby Jackton’s father, Stephen Mulinge, said he was not yet at peace and would only rest when the truth surrounding the deaths of the children is found.

“We are still waiting for the results from the government chemist. I am not yet satisfied with the autopsy done today. We want justice to prevail. For now, we will wait,” Mr Mulinge said.

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Clinton Odhiambo and Finny Aoko parents to Henry Jacktone. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

This development will now see the burial of the two children postponed further because the bodies were retained until the government tests are completed and results given.

TOUGH QUESTIONS REMAIN

Many questions remain after their bizarre deaths, including who killed the two children and how they got to the backseat of a car that had been towed to the police station.

It is also not clear how the officers based at the station did not detect the smell emanating from the decomposing bodies.

The two children had gone to play near the Kenya Meat Commission (KMC) in Athi River but never came back home, prompting their parents to report their disappearance on June 11 at the same police station.

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Stephen Muthiani and Cathrine Musembi, parents to Alvinah Mutheu. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

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