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Kenyan-born professor dies in US, family seeks help to transport body home for interment

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DEATH ANNOUNCEMENT

It is with profound sorrow that we inform you of the death of our beloved Professor Joseph Muriuki Wahome of Mississippi Valley State University, a 1995 doctoral graduate of University of California Berkeley, 1987 and 1990 Bachelor and Master of Science graduate of University of Nairobi, respectively. Born and raised in Karatina, Kenya and passed on last week at his home in Mississippi.

He was a father, husband, son, brother, and wonderful teacher, and professor to many. An intellectual powerhouse of our time, our generation has lost one of it’s great minds. We will greatly miss him. Let us keep his family in prayer, and console them.

A team for his funeral arrangements is being put together here and in Kenya, and the family announces that Our Beloved Professor Muruiki Wahome shall be buried in his ancestral home in Karatina, Kenya.

A goFund account is being setup for well wishes to help in this journey. We will be informing you as plans develop. Please keep in touch and stay informed of any developments on this channel. On behalf of the family- Agnes Muruiki, Elizabeth, Mimo, and Wahome.
Contacts;
Agnes Muriuki – 478-919-6099
Martin Nganga 508-373-3496
Samuel Njoroge-770-906-1700
Dr. Joseph W. Wekesa 900-534-7508
Dr. Peter Gakunga- 210-501-4067
Mrs. Naomi Wanjiku
Mrs. Joan Wakoli

Kenya Satellite News Network will update as information becomes available.

 

 

 

 

A tribute from the University

Dr. Joseph Muriuki Wahome, a former associate professor of biology in the Department of Natural Sciences and Environmental Health Mississippi Valley State University, passed away last week in Greenwood, Ms.

A native of Kenya, the 55 years old Wahome will be remembered at MVSU for his love of science and research.

“He was brilliant,” said Dr. Kathie Golden, Wahome’s friend and former colleague. We would banter and argue, but we were never mad with one another. He always promised the take me to Kenya one day.”

Golden said Wahome was well-liked by students, particularly international students, and was always willing to help sponsor International Week activities.

“He was an international student, so he had an affinity for it and understood what it meant not to be able to go home for the holidays,” said Golden. He enjoyed helping students perform research, and did all he could to help student-athletes. I’ve never had a student to complain about him.”

Wahome joined MVSU’s faculty in 1995 as an Assistant Professor of Biology.  Prior to that, he was a post-doctoral researcher at the National Park Service’s Golden Gate National Park, Calif.

During his graduate career at the University of California-Berkeley (1990-1995), he served as a graduate student instructor, coordinator of the UC Berkeley Education Abroad International Outreach program and as an assistant in the Education Abroad Office.

During his tenure at MVSU, Wahome held positions with other universities and research organizations. He was a member of the research faculty at the National Marine and Fisheries Science Center in Miami, Fla., a master trainer at the University of Miami and Miami Museum of Science Technology Project, GEMS Associate at the UC Berkeley Lawrence Hall of Science, visiting researcher at Baylor University and associate faculty in the University of Pittsburg Semester at Sea program.

At MVSU, Wahome was engaged in several research projects and held a variety of positions.  From 2000 to 2001 and 2014 to 2015 he was vice-president of the Faculty Senate, and as senate president from 2015 to 2017.  Wahome served as chair of MVSU’s Natural Sciences and Environmental Health Department from 2002 to 2010, during which time he also served as chair of the IRB and Animal Care and Use committee, director of MBRS program, LSMAMP and MBRS Programs.

Wahome was an active researcher, conducting research with both students and faculty that was frequently presented at the Mississippi Academy of Science annual meetings. He published several articles that focus on animal behavior and environmental issues.

Wahome received a Bachelor of Science with honors in 1987 and a Master of Science in Biology of Conservation in 1989, both from the University of Nairobi Kenya. He earned a Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of California, Berkeley in 1995.

 

 

 

 

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History as UoN conducts virtual exams amid Covid-19 pandemic – VIDEO

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The University of Nairobi on Tuesday become the first Kenyan learning institution to conduct the country’s first ever end of semester examinations online owing to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The first examination saw 26 students pursuing a Master of Arts in Environmental Law and eight taking Master of Arts in Environmental Policy sit a four-hour exam.

ONLINE EXAMS

The university shifted to online examinations in order to provide students with options to complete their studies at a time when face-to-face exams are impossible to be held because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Speaking to the university’s communications team, Centre for Advanced studies in Environmental Law and Policy (CASELAP) Director, Dr Collins Odote said:

“We used Google platforms to administer our exams-first we invited our students to Google Classroom so that we are able to see all of them and then we used Google Meet to monitor or invigilate the process.”

According to the University, the successful online examinations process followed intense weeks of teaching and learning also conducted virtually via Google Suite, Zoom and Webex among other eLearning platforms.

UoN Vice Chancellor Prof Stephen Kiama said that over 5500 virtual classes had already taken place and were still going on.

E-LEARNING

He said that the mechanisms had been put in place to ensure the quality of the online exams is not compromised in anyway.

“As a world class university all our examination guidelines and procedures have been benchmarked against the global best practice and we shall continue to ensure that they are reliable, consistent and of integrity,” said Prof Kiama.

As part of the quality assurance process the university organized a series of training sessions in mid-March for faculty and administrative staff on eLearning in an effort to ensure students continued to receive high quality education while staying safe from the coronavirus pandemic.

The learning institution added that, in a bid to bridge digital divide and ensure that no one is left out, the university negotiated deals with network provider Telkom to provide free data bundles for faculty and students.

“However for students with poor internet connection, the UoN continues to provide them with playback lecture videos and courseware packages,” the university said.

Prof Kiama has also acknowledged that students with special needs and other disadvantaged groups may face difficulties in undertaking online exams but said their issues shall be addressed individually as they arise.

By Nairobi News

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VIDEO: Mom to Kenyan lady in US murdered in cold blood

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With great sadness we wish to inform you of the sudden and unexpected passing of Jackie Koli‘s mom, Beatrice Wanjiku Gitura.

She went missing on Friday May 22 and later found murdered in her car. Her throat had been slit, hands tied with a rope and a piece of cloth tied across her mouth.

The body was in the passenger’s seat and the car was abandoned on the roadside. Beatrice, 57, went missing on Friday after leaving work. Her body was found in Njukiri, Embu, about 20km from her residence.

The late Beatrice Wanjiku

It’s a double tragedy since the sister to her mom (Jackie’s auntie) passed on the same day- Friday morning after battling with cancer.
Jackie, an only child, needs our financial support as she prepares to bury her mom and seek justice. Any help will be highly appreciated.
Jackie Koli lives in Seattle, Washington State.

Kindly make your donation through either of these channels:

GoFundMe-Help Jackie bury her mom and seek justice

CashApp:

253-245-6057 – ($PriscillaMuiruri)
206-372-2899 – ($Jacklinekoli)
Zelle: 206-372-2899 – (Koli Ann)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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KCB employee tests positive for Covid-19

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KCB Bank has temporarily closed its Mvita branch in Mombasa after an employee tested positive for the new coronavirus.

In a press release, KCB Group CEO Joshua Oigara said the outlet was closed for three days for immediate cleaning and disinfection of the premises.

All staff who came into contact with the infected colleague are currently undergoing counselling and screening, the CEO said.

“Our priority remains safeguarding the safety and wellbeing of our staff, customers and other stakeholders,” said Mr Oigara

He said the bank had taken precautionary measures internally in line with guidelines issued by government agencies.

The bank encouraged customers to access services using digital channels including mobile banking, KCB M-Pesa, Vooma and internet banking

Customers can also use alternative options like KCB Mtaani agents, cash recyclers, ATMs and cash deposit machines.

KCB is the largest commercial bank in Kenya with branches in Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda and a representative office in Ethiopia.

The bank says it has deployed screening and quarantine to manage the incident.

It becomes the second bank to close its branch after Diamond Trust Bank (DTB), which temporarily closed an outlet in Kilifi when a staff member was suspected to have the coronavirus.

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