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By ALLAN TAWAI

Kenyan Governors who defy summons to respond to county matters under probe will soon be arrested and arraigned in court.

This is after Senate watchdog committee said it will enact a law allowing senators to issue warrants of arrest to the insolent governors.

According to Senate Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Chairman Moses Kajwang, on Thursday, told The Star that his team will put the law proposed by the outgoing prosecutions boss Keriako Tobiko in place to deal with rogue governors.

The Director of Public Prosecutions last year asked PAC members led by former Kisumu Senator Anyang Nyong’o to introduce new provisions in the Parliamentary Powers and Privileges Bill, 2014 to issue warrants of arrest and fines to uncooperative governors.

Tobiko advised senators following Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya’s failure to honor the committee summonses to respond to audit queries on suspicious county expenditures from the time he assumed office in 2013.

“We will tighten loopholes in the Parliamentary Powers and Privileges law. There are big gaps in the law, hence, need to be strengthened in totality considering that our devolution is barely five years,” Kajwang said.

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Senators relied on the DPP to have governors defying committee summonses be prosecuted but the High Court barred the prosecution’s office from using the Penal Code provision to prefer charges on belligerent county bosses.

The court, instead, directed that uncooperative governors should be punished under the Parliamentary Powers and Privileges Act provisions.

The Act, however, lacks the provision for parliamentary committees to independently issue warrants of arrests and fines, among other penalties.

The Homa Bay Senator, reiterated that his committee will ensure all the 47 governors appear before them to account for billions of county funds they receive from the exchequer.

“If you have nothing to hide, why would you not want to appear before Senate? I want to ensure that governors are treated in a dignified manner when they appear before my committee because they are also elected leaders,” he said.

The committee is expected to grill former top county leaders who are now senior government officials.

The officials include Senate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka (ex Bungoma governor), Senate Majority Chief Whip Susan Kihika (ex Nakuru County Speaker), State House Comptroller nominee Kinuthia Mbugua (former Nakuru governor) and Cabinet Secretary nominee Ukur Yattani (former Marsabit Governor).

They are expected to respond to audit reports for 2015-16 financial years the Auditor General Edward Ouko presented to Senate last December.

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The reports accuse them for suspicious expenditures and irregular management practices while in office before the August 2017 general election.

“In the event the committee requires information, it will be proper for us to call people who were holding those offices,” Kajwang said.

“Whether it is Kihika, Lusaka or former Kisumu Governor Jack Ranguma, they still have a duty to respond to audit queries raised in their personal capacity. We will call them because we have constitutional powers to summon anybody.”

Kajwang put the auditor general on the spot for breaking the law by delaying to release audit reports for Senate to scrutinize and hold culpable public servants accountable.

“We received the 2015-16 audit reports in December; therefore we are one year behind. This is unacceptable and the auditor general will have to tell us challenges he faces in beating the constitutional timelines,” Kajwang said.

Article 229 of Constitution and the Public Audit Act require the auditor to release the reports to Parliament after six months of closure of the financial year for MPs to scrutinize within three months and write a report.

The County Public Accounts and Investment committee chair stated that they need to work closely with Ouko’s office in terms of building capacity for auditors to do proper auditing and release reports on time.

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“If he is fully convinced that there is need to amend the constitutional audit timelines, it should be put on the table,” Kajwang said.

He pointed out that Senate should also reinstate House committee on Implementation to ensure all resolutions members make in terms of recommendations are quickly and fully acted upon by relevant government agencies.

Kajwang disclosed that Senate had many challenges with investigating agencies such as the DPP’s office, EACC and CID in the last Parliament on acting on recommendations forwarded to them.

“We are sure the DPP will have new leadership, DCI already has new leadership and we will engage with them so that once Parliament makes a recommendation they act immediately,” he said.

 


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Kenya has the most expensive schools in Africa costing over Sh3M a year per student

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The International Schools Database 2020, has ranked Kenya’s cluster of schools as the most expensive in Africa.

According to the report, the most expensive international schools in Kenya charge an average of Ksh 3,245,932 in school fees per year.

Kenya has a well-established private, international schools sector serving both expatriates and local elites, with schools clustered around Nairobi, Mombasa, Nakuru and Kisumu.

The vast majority teach in English and offer a British curriculum but International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes are increasingly popular.

International Schools Report 2020.
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There are six IB World Schools in Kenya, all of which are authorized to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma.

Three IB programs are offered by Aga Khan Academy schools in Nairobi and Mombasa, while Braeburn Garden Estate School, which is part of the home-grown Braeburn education group, offers the IB Diploma alongside A-levels.

The Braeburn group runs seven schools in Kenya of which four are based in and around Nairobi, with the others are in Mombasa, Kisumu and Nanyuki. The schools follow the English national curriculum leading to A-levels and IGCSEs and two of them offer weekly boarding.

Other international schools in Kenya include: Kenton College Preparatory School, GEMS Cambridge International School, German School Nairobi, Greensted International Schools, St Andrew’s Senior School among others.

In late 2017, St Andrews Turi become the talk of social media after its fees structure and menu were leaked to the public.

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Year 7 and 8 full board students were recorded as paying Ksh 730,000 in school fees per term.

In the latest International School Fees report 2020, South Africa had the lowest maximum prices for international education in Africa (Ksh 627,798).

Kampala in Uganda was highlighted as the most affordable city in Africa for international schooling with the lowest minimum international school fees of Ksh 67,303 per year.

Below are the most costly schools in Kenya:

  • In Kenya, Education is seen as the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today. However, in Kenya, some of the ‘passports’ come at a cost that is enough to buy you a parcel of land and set up a nice bungalow upcountry.


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Comedian Flaqo opens up on rare condition he has been battling

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Popular Kenyan comedian, Flaqo born Erastus Ayieko Otieno has for the first time spoken about a rare condition that he has been struggling with for some time.

Turns out that despite the funny man the Kenyan audience and beyond has grown to know as Flaqo Raz, he has his fair share of battles behind the cameras.

Flaqo opens up

The Internet sensation shared a photo showing red, itchy welts like a form of skin reaction on certain parts of his body.

Depending on the reactions, the welts appear and fade repeatedly and vary in size.

The YouTuber shared his condition with fans in the hope that maybe one or two can relate to what he has been going through and maybe work out a solution on the same.

“Anyone with this condition, how do you go about it?” he posed.

Comedian Flaqo rare skin condition

“Sometimes I have to postpone my shoots because they are unbearable. Zangu zilipotea for 6 months straight. Now they are back…” he replied to a fan who shared a similar experience.

Funny enough, soon as he had put up the post, he got so much feedback, with so many individuals able to relate to his skin condition, to his amazement.

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“So far: try staying in the sun for a bit, bathe with warm water after taking antihistamines. To understand your condition better, make a point of seeing a dermatologist,” Flaqo shared with fans battling a similar condition, after gathering responses from his fan base.

Wrapping up urging fellow victims to take plenty of water, work out more often and avoid proteins since hives get triggered by things like particular foods, medication and stress.

By Ghafla.com


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REVEALED: How three teenage sisters were impregnated by a shamba boy – police

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Police in Tana River county in Kenya are looking for a shamba boy  (gardener) who fled after allegedly  impregnating all three of his employer’s underage daughters at around the same period.

The girls said the man would often lure them to their farm where he would sexually defile them. One of the sisters confessed to sneaking into the gardener’s room at night.

“I did not know he was having affair with my sisters as well because we didn’t share that part of our lives with each other, as we didn’t trust each other with secrets,” one of the teenagers told Daily Nation.

The further divulged that the man would entice them with gifts such as money and clothes.

“He used to give me pocket money and would sometimes buy me clothes. He was so nice to me. I did not know he was doing the same to my sisters,” another girl said.

Each of the three sisters gave birth to a set of twins at a Garissa hospital on Saturday through a Cesarean Section.

All the three are Class Eight learners and are expected to sit for their Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examination in March next year.

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On her part, the girls’ mother said she noticed her daughters had new sets of underpants but she did not suspect something was going on between them and the gardener.

“I noticed some funny set of underwear which caught my attention. But my last-born daughter kept saying she had bought them with her pocket money,” the mother explained.

“What I did not understand was why she chose that funny type of underwear,” she said.

She learned of the gardener’s affair with her daughters after she stumbled upon a message on one of the girls’ phone informing the man of the pregnancy.

She then discovered the two were planning to get rid of the pregnancy, prompting her to ambush all her daughters with a pregnancy test the following morning. Two of the girls admitted they were pregnant before the tests.

The shamba boy is said to have fled after learning that the three sisters were all pregnant with his children. Police are still looking for him.

The first-born daughter was expecting triplets but she could only deliver two children safely and without complications.

“They all had slim chances of survival, and that is why we looked for a specialist. But for the girl with the triplets to come out alive, we had to agree with the mother to choose between her daughter and the third infant,” a doctor said.

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The three were discharged from the hospital following the operations and are recuperating at home.

 


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