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Helicopter illustration proper for children, publishers say

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The Kenya Publishers Association on Thursday came out to defend itself against public condemnation over illustrations in some newly published textbooks that people find inappropriate.

The association, led by its chairman Lawrence Njagi, said the illustrations are suitable for early primary school children but disowned others they claimed were falsely attributed to them.

During a press briefing in Nairobi, Mr Njagi in particular defended an illustration for the Grade Two textbook that depicts a flamboyant MP’s visit to a school.

The caption on the illustration reads: “Teachers and learners are cheering. I saw a helicopter. It was flying low. It was flying just above the trees. ‘Our leader! Our leader!’ we shouted. It was our Member of Parliament. He travels in a plane. It belongs to him. The helicopter landed in our school playground. Three big cars arrived in our compound. They too belonged to him. He came out and greeted us. His wife waved at us. She had golden rings in her hand. He told us if we do well, he will give us a treat. He will lift us up the skies. I will try my best.”

In response to the complaints by Kenyans, Mr Njagi said adults are interpreting this passage the wrong way and thus distorting the intended meaning.

“There is nothing factually wrong with that passage. The passage should be looked at [through] the eyes of the child not [through] the eyes of the politician or us the grown-ups,” he said.

 Lawrence Njagi

He said the media blew the passage out of proportion based on perception, rather that the facts.

But he disowned two books that have also been faulted for misleading learners.

In one of the books, a caption says the head is used to carry loads while the other illustration shows a couple in bed.

The publishers claimed the books are not local, but from Ghana and the United States but did not provide any proof.

“Saying we use our heads to carry loads, I completely concur that that is an unthinkable explanation of the use of an average African head. Our heads are not for carrying loads. We have a lot of uses for our heads. This is not a Kenyan textbook and is not used in our curriculum. This particular textbook comes from Ghana in West Africa. It has nothing to do with our curriculum or publishing houses,” Mr Njagi said.​

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Pressure mounts on Citizen TV to stop airing ’10 over 10′ show

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“A national television station such as Citizen TV should not bring a show which is more of a discotheque with all sorts of pornography, nudity and sexual provocation being promoted” said Kioko.

The director of Kenya Films and Classification Board Dr Ezekiel Mutua has in the past raised similar concerns about the show.

However, Dr Mutua says it’s impossible to cancel the show because it is comes on air after the watershed period.

The show, which is hosted by Willis Raburu, airs on Citizen TV every Friday night.

Here are some of online comments about the show:

Dr. Ezekiel Mutua, MBS

@EzekielMutua

I am very happy to see the campaign against 10/10 – the obscene crap run by @WillisRaburu on @citizentvkenya. Sometimes I wonder whether the owners of the station care about morality. Would they let their kids watch the discotheque on TV. Shame on the managment & owners too!

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Shem@Am_Shem

If you wouldn’t watch a show with your parents, then it shouldn’t be aired on Live TV

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NaiBlogger™@NaiBlogger

Royal Media Services Managing Director, Wachira waruru called cops to stop a team from @CitizenGoAfrica led by @annmtave from going to the studios to present the petition signatures to . Selling programs using teenagers nudity is a No. Kenyans are tired
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Ann Kioko

I would rather be in jail fighting for the right thing than remain relevant while doing nasty things like they do on Fridays @citizentvkenya . stop it @WillisRaburu . You can resign if you are forced into this

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Nyamogo Gogni@ejnyamogo

Thank you for standing up for the rights of the and their future. It is very unfortunate that mainstream media promotes today is tue name of Now!

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Kwale Gunner 🇰🇪@Sam_Lulli

This show parades tens of indecently dressed youth who dance and twerk live on television. The almost naked youth dance in sexually provocative styles while the disc jokey makes sure to spin the dirtiest of the songs.

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She’s The One@NikitaHemising

This show promotes teen pregnancy and diseases such as STIs and HIV and Aids. When the show ends it almost 1am in the morning. This where they engage in dangerous sexual activities

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Police chopper comes to the rescue of man who was stranded on rooftop

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An amateur video is making rounds on social media showing a police helicopter rescuing a man who is stranded on the rooftop of a house in Joska.

The man seems to have climbed to the rooftop following floods that are being witnessed in the area due to the ongoing heavy rainfall.

In the video, the helicopter is seen descending above a house marooned in flood waters.

It then stops mid-air to allow the man to get on board.

In the background, people are heard shouting as they praise the pilot for saving a life.

“Today Ndung’u has boarded a plane and he does not have a passport,” a man is heard saying.

On Wednesday the meteorological department warned that the rains pounding several parts of the country will persist until the end of December.

The department asked Kenyans to be on the lookout for overflowing river banks and landslides.

Western Kenya, the Lake Basin, and Rift Valley were named as areas that will experience more rainfall.

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Houses flooded in Ruiru

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Developers of an upcoming city, owned by the Kenyatta family in Ruiru, are on the spot after their dam caused rain water to flood homes in surrounding areas in the small hours of Thursday.

Northlands City, a mega urban development comprising of residential, industrial and commercial units, is being set up using water from Uhuru Dam, which is also called Sukari Dam.

There has been a simmering conflict between residents and owners of the project, conceived in 2016 and planned by Triad Architects, since 2015.

This was after the height of the wall at the dam’s spillway was raised to accommodate more water.

Ruiru residents stand outside their flooded homes on December 5, 2019. PHOTO | MARY WAMBUI | NMG

According to residents, the raised wall was put their lives at risk and exposed their property to damage by floods.

“In our various meetings with you, we expressed our reservations on the ‘containment wall’ blocking storm water from our estate into the natural course, which is within your property,” the residents said in a letter dated September 17, 2015.

The protest letter was addressed to Northlands City under the care of Brookside Dairy, a milk processor owned by the Kenyatta family, and was received by a Ms Angela Kyungu on September 25, 2015.

“It (the wall) restricts the natural flow of the water thereby causing flooding in our estate during heavy raining periods,” the letter signed by Varsityville Residents Association Secretary Francis Kiarie adds.

Their fears were confirmed on Thursday morning when storm waters flooded their houses as they slept.

Homes surrounded by water on December 5, 2019. There has been a simmering conflict between residents and owners of the Northlands project belonging to the Kenyatta family. PHOTO | MARY WAMBUI | NMG

One of the affected residents, Ms Caroline Gitari, told the Nation that their houses were flooded a few minutes after 1am.

“There is an obstruction that has forced water to flow into Varsityville estate and other surrounding areas,” she said.

She said she could count close to 10 houses that were affected by the raging waters.

“We have not slept. As we speak, we are stranded with children. Our houses are a big mess,” she added.

Varsityville estate in Ruiru. PHOTO | GOOGLE MAPS

According to the locals, the wall, which they say was erected without consultations, first caused floods in 2015 and it has remained a nightmare since.

“In the last rainy season (2015), flooding was experienced on the plots neighbouring your property,” the residents say in their letter.

“The few homes around here were greatly distressed by this abnormal flooding and we informed you this.”

Mr Kiarie asked Northlands City to “lower the spill way level and remove or improve what you are calling the containment wall so that we can revert to the conditions that pertained earlier or apply any other conditions that do not pose any threat of flooding to our homes”.

However, it is emerging that the developers of Northlands City and the dam owners did not take any action despite residents’ threat to hold them accountable for any damages caused by storm waters.

The dam is situated along the Eastern Bypass next to Brookside collection and cooling centre in Kiambu County. It is located about a kilometre Clay Works factory on Thika Road.

Once complete, the Kenyatta family-owned Northland City will sit on 11,800 acres of land and will accommodate an estimated 250,000 people working and living within its boundaries.

It will feature residential homes, recreation facilities, a stadium, commercial centres, industrial estates, farms, schools, civic buildings and hotels.

Recent heavy rains have caused flooding across the country with tens of thousands displaced and more than 100 dead.

Cars caught up in floods along Kangundo Road Bypass intersection on Thursday morning. PHOTO | COURTESY

River Sabaki in Kilifi County recently broke its banks thereby displacing about 1,000 people in Malindi and Magarini constituencies.

According to Government Spokesman Cyrus Oguna, about 30,000 people have been affected by the heavy rains.

The meteorological department has issued flood alerts while urging Kenyans to be on the lookout for landslides and overflowing river banks.

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