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Uhuru in Canada as Kenyans plead with him to give Miguna a ride home

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BY BMJ MURIITHI

Upon learning that President Uhuru Kenyatta had travelled to La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada, where he will attend the G7 Summit, some Kenyans took to social media to plead with him to give embattled lawyer Miguna Miguna an air ride back home.

Miguna, who is currently based in Ontario, Canada, has been deported twice over a row with the Immigration Department on his citizenship status.

James Odhiambo wrote on Twitter: “Tafadhali mhurumie ndugu Miguna. Mpatie lift arudi kwao.”

John Kaimenyi wrote on Facebook: “God works in mysterious ways…Miguna had asked the gvt to buy him a ticket lakini sasa watarudi na Prezo.”

Cate Ndegwa tweeted: “In the spirit of handshake, take your brother home with you. Na wewe Miguna u-behave kuanzia leo.”

In the past, the Kenyan government has maintained that Miguna is not a Kenyan citizen but the controversial lawyer has has insisted that he never lost nor renounced his Kenyan citizenship despite incessant such claims from varied quarters.

The opposition activist, in an interview with a local television station, maintained that he was forced into exile in 1987, and his then passport confiscated.

A photo session soon after President Kenyatta arrived in Quebec on Wednesday. PHOTO/PSCU

President Kenyatta’s visit to Canada to attend this year’s G7 Summit follows Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s invitation when the two leaders met in April at Lancaster House, London, on the margins of the Commonwealth Heads of Government (CHOGM) meeting in the United Kingdom capital.

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This is the second G7 summit that the Kenyan leader will be addressing.

Last year, Kenyatta was among the African leaders invited to the G7 summit, which took place at Taormina on the Italian Island of Sicily.

This year’s G7 Summit in Quebec, which will take place on Friday and Saturday, will focus on economic growth, climate change and security.

Kenyatta will address the summit on issues of the blue economy and the environmental management.

Kenya is among the first African countries to effect the ban on plastics.

The G7 nations include, Canada, United States of America, United Kingdom, German, France, Italy and Japan.

Speaking ahead of the summit, Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Cabinet Secretary, Monica Juma said the G7 Summit is crucial to Kenya, as it will focus on the issues that are critical to President Kenyatta’s ‘Big Four’ agenda.

She said the Summit, which is one of the exclusive meetings of the global leaders, would among things discuss gender inequality, equity, climate change, security and the blue economy.

The CS pointed out that the Summit will discuss on how to bridge the inequality gap by looking for innovative ways of ensuring women participate more on productive activities.

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“For a long time, work policies have never really been favourable to women. Whether it is young mothers, whether it is women that need to train, it has been the question of balancing between work and family life,” said CS Juma.

She said the Summit will seek to come up with innovative technology to involve more women as they are more than half the population of the world.

“Gender equity has been a matter of campaign for a long time and we all know this is a fundamental issue of human right, the involvement of women to participate in society’s activities. It is also a matter that makes economic sense because women are more than half of the world’s population,” she said.

Adding: It is important that we include half of the population in productive activities. So the whole issue of gender equality is the primary agenda of the Canadian Government as the chair of the summit.”

CS Juma pointed out that peace and security are also key to President Kenyatta, and the Summit would delve on them because no meaningful development would take place without a secure environment.

“The matter of peace and security has been key, particularly in view of the new threats. Threats about terrorism, radicalization and transnational crimes – whether it is drugs, or human trafficking,” said the Foreign Affairs CS.

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Apart from attending the G7 Summit, President Kenyatta will also hold talks with the Canadian Prime Minister.

Ambassador Juma said Kenya and Canada will be co-hosting the Blue Economy Conference to be held in Mombasa in November this year and the two leaders will consult widely on the same.

She also said President Kenyatta will be talking on the environmental management as Kenya is a global leader, having been among the first African countries in the world to do a plastic ban.

PSCU contributed to this report

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Rip-off as school uniform cartels charge Sh1,000 for underwear

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By JUDITH GICOBI

Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha is under pressure to put an end to school uniform cartels that are doing well in public schools. 

According to the sector stakeholders, the high cost of the uniform is causing many students from being admitted to high school despite the government pushing for 100 percent transition to secondary school. 

Many of the required school items apart from the uniform have exaggerated prices, and the number of items such as trousers, skirts, shorts and blouses, needed is too high. 

Another issue is the mandatory requirement for parents to purchase some things from specific suppliers. 

The cost of uniforms from various schools is ranging at Sh9,000 to Sh 20,000 for day school and boarding schools, respectively. This would cost almost half if parents bought the items from other sources other than the pre-approved list of suppliers. 

“The above uniform should be bought in cash from the supplier(s) who will be selling them at the school during the admission period,” reads the admission letter.

A girl’s school in Nairobi has asked the parents to buy six panties at Sh1,000, each against a market price of Sh100. 

When reached out for a comment on the matter, Prof Magoha said: “I will issue a statement in due course.”

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I was scared my son would stop me from shining- Bridget Achieng

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By JUDITH GICOBI

Bridget Achien’g, Kenyan popular reality TV star, is a happy mother since having her son. 

But before welcoming her son, the actor had fears concerning her career. She had doubts about whether she will remain popular or relevant after having the baby.

She shared this on Instagram, Bridget reveals how she was scared that Sekani would dim her shining star.

However, that did not happen, instead, the son helped in adding more meaning and increased opportunities life in a way she hadn’t thought.

“Wow and to think that I was scared to death @sekani_rich_ was going to stop me from shining, so far as I look closely to his birthday next month ….and the fire that this boy has put in me it can only be God,” wrote Bridget.

In the aim to ensure her son gets a good life, Bridget had also registered three businesses in her son’s name, which will help in paying for his education and expenses.

“He is covered for life his three business empire will see him through school until when he says he can’t do it anymore…I got you my prince for life,” she wrote.

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Victor Wanyama-sponsored students report to schools

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The six students sponsored by Harambee Stars captain Victor Wanyama under his foundation have all reported to their respective schools.

Sammy Oriko and Landgreen Makhoha have joined Maranda School, Eva Moraa and Zawadi Tamara reported to Sironga Girls High School, Esther Achieng is in Asumbi Girls High School while Trizah Shem has enrolled in St Brigid’s High School.

The six reported to their new schools this week and Wanyama has urged them to work hard.

“I am very proud of the scholarship programme, above all I am proud of the students we selected. Looking at their results, their background and the schools they attended, you can see great potential in them. I pledge to support them as I had stated earlier, to enable them to reach their potential. It is also important to motivate them to work hard in school,” Wanyama told Nation Sport.

The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder formally registered the Victor Wanyama Foundation late last year and is building the foundation’s main centre in a 20-acre piece of land in Busia which will also house the Victor Wanyama Academy.

He is also supporting his former club County Bus FC and the Muthurwa Boxing Club having recently bought a 40-seater bus for the two entities.

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