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Rejected Starehe boy, welcomed in Mang’u



A boy who was turned away by Starehe Boys Centre has now been admitted by Mang’u High School after the intervention of Education Secretary Amina Mohammed.

Starehe Boys Centre was trolled over the weekend after pictures of the boy and his parents, who had travelled from Isiolo to Nairobi for admission to the school, showed them stranded in the city.

For 10 days, David Babu, his wife Christine Ngare and their son slept in a hotel room in Nairobi, according to media reports.

The boy scored an impressive 417 marks in last year’s Kenya Certificate for Primary Education (KCPE) examinations.

According to the Starehe Boys Centre acting director Josphat Mwaura, who spoke to Citizen TV, the boy had not been selected to join the school, but was one of 24 students recommended for consideration by the ministry.

The school also accused the boy’s father of behaving inappropriately and failing to meet admission procedures.

Kenyans online were ecstatic after it emerged that the boy had secured admission at Mangu High school.


Prince martin said; “I think the boy will never forget the experience. One day he might revisit that bad experience…Who knows he might be the principal of the same institution that denied him a chance to study there.”

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Chisano Joaquim wrote; “Starehe lost its glory ..they take pride in a name and infrastructural development lakini masomo wako down ! You’ll triumph young man even from a village school, your destiny is shaped regardless of the school, it’s all about hard work.”

Mark Makau commented; “Mang’u is even better than Starehe.”

Fyson Sese said; “This kid should excel and beat even the leading Starehe boy. Let him show them that it’s not the name or the place but it is the head that matters.”

Tes Terry said; “One door closes, another one opens, such is life. Young man, get up, dust yourself, and show Starehe that they didn’t even deserve u in the first place.”

Imeldah Agnes said; “God brings some problems in your life inorder to give you the best. I believe Mang’u is much better than the so called “starehe”.”


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2 Schools in Mombasa shut down as 15 teachers test positive for COVID-19 




Two schools at the Coastal region have suspended learning after 15 teachers tested positive for the drwaddd dreaded COVID-19 disease.

Eleven teachers at Tononoka High School and four teachers at the Star of the Sea Primary School including the headteacher tested positive for the covid-19 virus.

The teachers said they decided to take private tests after they began showing covid-19 symptoms.

Mombasa Education County Commissioner confirmed the two schools would resume learning after two weeks.

However, learners from both schools are yet to undergo testing for the virus.

The news comes at a time when standard eight and grade four pupils are to begin their assessment tests.

Students from the affected schools won’t sit for the assessment tests administered by the Kenya National Examination Council.

A Wednesday morning spot check raised concerns because some schools had missed out on the exams.

At Nyali school Mombasa, the headteacher said exams were on the way. At Moi Avenue Primary School in Nairobi, it was a quiet morning as students sat for exams one week after reopening schools.

Some teachers have raised concern after learning that some of their colleagues tested positive for the deadly virus.

In Uasin Gishu county, teachers said they had not received the examination papers.

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The assessment tests were postponed because of Tuesday Mashujaa day celebrations.

KNEC has said grade four pupils exams will last from 10 minutes to two hours. The timetable also shows that class eight exams will last between 40 minutes and three hours.

The partial reopening of schools for form fours, standard eight, and grade four students signals second term session that will go for 11 weeks.

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Tweeting chief Francis Kariuki is dead



Nakuru’s Lanet Umoja location Chief Francis Kariuki, popularly known as the ‘tweeting chief’, is dead.

His family said he died at the Nakuru Level Five Hospital, where he was rushed to for emergency treatment after experiencing breathing difficulties.

The tweeting chief died at the age of 55 years.

“My father fell ill on Tuesday and we first took him to Evans Sunrise Hospital in Nakuru before he was referred to the Nakuru Level Five Hospital, where he passed on, while receiving treatment,” his son, Ken Kariuki, told the Nation on phone.

His daughter revealed that Chief Kariuki has been ailing from diabetes for a long time.

The tech-savvy village chief of Lanet Umoja was known for using Twitter and other social media platforms to discharge his duties.

He received global attention in 2014 for using Twitter to fight crime.

Mr Kariuki led a community of more than 30,000 residents.

Via text message

His Twitter account shows he has about 60,000 followers and those who receive his tweets via text message are said to be in the thousands.

Subscribers get his tweets in real-time via free text messages and don’t need to have a Twitter account or an internet connection.

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The chief could send them at any time of the day or night using his smartphone.

By the time of his death,

‘s tweeting had reduced the crime rate in Lanet Umoja.

He also used Twitter to encourage unemployed youth through messages of hope.

Early life

He was born and raised in Nakuru and attended Mereroni Primary School. He later joined Lanet Secondary School and Kigari Teachers Training College later.

He taught for 21 years in different schools as a teacher, four years as a deputy head teacher and six years as a head teacher at Lords School, Kambi Moto in Rongai Sub-County.

In 2009, he became the first chief of Lanet Umoja.

In 2015, he graduated with a degree in Counseling Psychology from Mount Kenya University, which he had been pursuing through virtual learning.


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Keeping our family coffee business picking



When 41 -year-old Gitau Waweru Karanja was a boy, he recalls spending his school holidays in his grandfather’s coffee farm with his cousins. His late grandmother would push them to pick berries to earn pocket money. Though he took up his parents’ passion in interior design and studied Interior Design in Kwa Zulu Natal University in South Africa, he did he know that one day he would wake up and smell the coffee and participate in running his grandfather’s coffee farm.

Gitau is the third generation of his family to manage Karunguru Farm, which belonged to his late grandfather Geoffrey Kareithi. Kareithi had bought the 300-acre farm in Ruiru, from a white settler in 1972. Gitau is married to Wangeci Gitau who grew up in Maragwa, in Murang’a where they also had a coffee farm.

Values instilled

For Wangeci, despite growing up in the coffee fields, she was more passionate about tourism and was a travel consultant before becoming a tour manager at a local company.

In 2012, she got an ectopic pregnancy, which put her on bed rest and thus was compelled to quit her job. When she recovered, she began assisting her husband. “By that time, my husband was selling modern house doors, but the business took a while to pick. Then we began selling milk from Karunguru Farm, but the milk production went down in 2016. The management, comprising of family members, told us to address the issue by becoming dairy managers. But when we joined the management of Karunguru Farm, we saw an opportunity in coffee tours,” she says.

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Taking cue from South Africa where they do wine tourism and also export wine, Gitau and his wife sought to use that knowledge in their coffee farm. “We started Karunguru Coffee and Tours after we found out that despite it being our main export, it was being underutilised when it comes to tourism. So, here we take visitors through the journey that coffee has to go through before getting to your cup,” explains Gitau. Everything is done in Karunguru Farm— including value addition such as processing coffee, drying and even roasting. “We have our very own packaged Karunguru Coffee, which is available in the market,” he adds.

Their late grandfather instilled in them a love for each other and every holiday it is the family culture to meet and bond as a family. The grandpa also ensured that the farm management is shared amongst all his seven children who meet every week to discuss the business of the farm. Once they come to an unanimous decision, it is then passed on to their children, who implements their decision.

Before one is given any role, you have _ . to be qualified for the position. “It’s not about being favoured, but your qualification. I am in tourism, so I handle the tourism aspect, my husband is in operations. In fact, one applies for the position and then you are interviewed. If you qualify, you are placed on probation until the management is satisfied that you can handle the role well,” says Wangeci.

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No entitlement

What makes family business go down is the fact that people who are less qualified are employed. Other people have to cover up for their messes and this creates bitterness and conflict. Gitau sometimes watches his nephews and nieces in the farm, giving them roles to check out whether they have interest in the farm or not before beginning to mentor them. Everyone begins from the lowest level and must know how to roast, pack, as well as prepare a cup of Karunguru coffee. This is to en inculcate the spirit of appreciation and value for the workers employed to do the role.

“My uncles always tell us that we didn’t come in the business because we are their children, but because of the passion we had in the business. With that, entitlement is killed and we ensure that we do our best to take the farm to higher levels,” says Gitau

They don’t entertain gossip,  ‘‘ but if someone has an issue, I then the person is invited ‘ to a meeting where one is confronted and told in love where they have missed the mark.


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