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I’m embarrassed, says Kenyatta as he refuses to read his speech

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President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday declined to read his speech when he officially closed a two-day small and medium enterprises (SMEs) forum saying his government had failed the sector.

Mr Kenyatta said most government officials tasked with ensuring better conditions for SMEs have never visited the traders in their working areas to see the difficulties they face.

He said both the national and county governments have failed to deliver on past pledges made to the traders, citing promises made in 2014 to build roads the populous Gikomba market but are yet to be implemented.

“I will not read my speech because it is shameful for the government. “I’m embarrassed to stand here in front of you people to be reminded of what we should have done many years ago,” Mr Kenyatta said.

The President also hit at Nairobi governor, Mike Sonko for City Hall’s failure to construct proper drainage systems for the traders at the popular Gikomba market.

The market is home at least 14,000 traders but it is a nightmare whenever it rains due to the poor drainage and flooded thin roads making it hard for buyers to access.

Mr Kenyatta was responding to numerous concerns raised by SMEs at the two-day event, with most hitting out at the government for lack of proper infrastructure, high power tariffs and lack of protection from international players.

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He instead directed a similar meeting be held in a month’s time where the relevant state agencies will update the small scale manufacturers on the measures put in place to provide an enabling environment.
SMEs are the country’s biggest employer with the government banking on them to create more jobs and reduce the unemployment rate amongst the youth which stood at 22 per cent according to a United Nations Human Development report released last year.

Data by Kenya National Bureau of Statistics indicates that there are more than 17 million SMEs registered in Kenya with 98 per cent of them contributing about 25 per cent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

-nation.co.ke

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Teen hangs self after parents disciplined him over stealing sweets

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A 13-year-old boy hanged himself in a neighbour’s house at Shaviringa village, Hamisi Sub County, after his parents disciplined him.

It is alleged the Class Five pupil had stolen some sweets in a kiosk.

The owner then reported the matter to the boy’s parents who disciplined him over the same.

Shiru location Chief Josephine Khalwale said after the parents disciplined him, the boy disappeared from their home on Saturday morning, without saying where he was going.

“The parents thought he was remorseful of the offence committed and had only run away and would be back later in the day. That did not turn out to be the case,” Ms Khalwale said.

She noted when evening came, the parents started searching for the boy and after the endless search at school, the entire village andneighborhood, his body was discovered in a vacated house.

“The body was found hanging in the house at around 10:30pm on Saturday. It seems he hanged himself earlier in the day, only to be discovered late in the night,” she said.

It has not been established whether there is any other reason that led the boy to hang himself. The body has been taken to Vihiga County Referral Hospital mortuary in Mbale.

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Njoro Boys High School closed indefinitely

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Njoro Boys High School in Nakuru County has been closed indefinitely.

Ministry of Education official in Nakuru County made the decision today afternoon after a teacher on duty discovered a dormitory where some 70 students were sleeping doused with petrol.

The closure comes three days after a dormitory was set on fire destroying property of unknown value.

All students were sent home after a consultative meeting between the school management, local security team and education officials at Njoro sub-county.

Rift Valley Education director Mary Gaturu said investigations have been launched to establish who was behind the arson attack that occurred on Thursday last week and also to find out who doused the dormitory with petrol.

“All students have been directed to go home until further notice as we conduct investigations to avert cases of arson,” said Dr Gaturu.

On Saturday night, suspected arsonists believed to be students, doused a dormitory where students were sleeping with petrol

source:standard.co.ke

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My king has not been born yet – Lilian Muli

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Citizen TV anchor Lilian Muli has called on women to “do better” by evaluating their worth in order to reject what she said was “monkey business” in relationships.

While throwing her weight behind a post that urged women to resist conforming to the mentality of accepting to be side chicks, Muli stated that there are good people out there who have no time for games.

She posted that her ‘king’ was yet to be born but at the same time noted that she was “forever hopeful.”

The anchor reiterated that “relationships should be exclusive and uncluttered.”

“I find that females nowadays are completely ok with being someone’s side chick. I don’t think I can ever conform to that mentality. I’ve discussed it with women numerous times and they always argue with me. Nobody wants to be a priority anymore? In that case, I’m greedy. I want one man and I want to be his only woman,” read the post.

To which Muli responded, “I believe it’s possible; relationships should be exclusive and uncluttered and there are good men and women out there who don’t have time for monkey business so don’t settle for crap know your worth. My king hasn’t been born yet though but I’m forever hopeful. Ladies what do you think??? I believe we can all do better.”

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