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Free school milk program returns to Kenya

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  • County First Ladies Association has formed a partnership with Non-communicable Disease Alliance that will see a program for free milk rolled out to school children.

    The initiation of the program will begin with a pilot phase that will focus on the counties of Garissa, Makueni and West Pokot.

    The program will then spread to cover other deserving areas as time goes by.

    Counties in arid and semi-arid regions are nonetheless the main targets of the program since the children therein are more vulnerable and likely to suffer from non-communicable diseases (NCD).

    The program will also focus on areas that are poverty stricken with children who are exposed to unbalanced diets.

    The move of the program was announced by the First Lady of Makueni County, Nazi Kibwana, who is also the Chairperson of the First Ladies Association.

    Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana’s wife, Nazi Kibwana, with First Lady Margaret Kenyatta

    Ms Kibwana indicated that the primary goal of the initiative was the eradication of non-communicable diseases in addition to the implementation of NCD-prevention strategies.

    She was speaking at Makueni Boys during the launch of “Start a Library” program.

    During the occasion, Makueni County Education and ICT official Damaris Makau indicated that they had already engaged in meetings with various school heads over the subject matter.

    A boy drinking milk. FILE PHOTO

    She stated, “We had stakeholders meeting where we made consultations on the schools to target.”

    Makau communicated that the county was focussing on schools in areas that are considered the driest.

    It was also revealed that they will conduct a health review of the pupils prior to the launch of the free milk program.

    Constant reviews will also be made after every three months to evaluate the progress and its outcomes.

    According to statistics from the World Health Organization, unhealthy diets and physical inactivity form the main risk factors for NCDs, which contribute to the development of a significant percentage of disabilities in Kenya.

    Nazi Kibwana Speaking and Offering Aid at a past public function for school girls

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Community wants Baringo mother refund atheists’ funds

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The family of a needy student in Baringo County has welcomed the support of Atheists despite pressure from residents opposing the funding from the Godless.

A WhatsApp group which was used as a fundraising platform split and collapsed after realising the Atheist in Kenya Society had also offered to help pay for the boy’s high school fees.The contribution was aimed at helping Idriss Saidi Lutta whose family could not afford the required fees that would see him join Maranda High School.

Lutta was a student at Emining Primary School and emerged the best in Mogotio Sub-County, Baringo, after getting 401 out of 500 marks in the 2019 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCSE) exams.

His parent, Lilian Ayabei, is a single mother of four who sells vegetable to earn a living.A section of people in the group took an issue with the Atheists’ lack of belief in God asking the family to refund the atheists their money.

The society had cleared Lutta’s first term fees of Sh27, 000 and pledged to support him throughout his secondary school education.

“Sasa familia ikifanya hivyo, mtoto atasoma vipi na kwasababu hatujachanga pesa ya kutosha ya kusomesha mtoto,” said Lutta’s primary school class teacher madam Zipporah Rono.

The community had raised Sh52,000 for Lutta and according to Madam Rono, contributions from members have stalled since the atheists pledged to support the student throughout his secondary education.

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“This is a very delicate situation. The community wants the family to refund the atheists their money yet there is no assurance we will raise Lutta’s fee in full. On the other hand, the atheists have offered to support Lutta until form four,” said Ms Rono.

According to Rono, Lutta’s mother only wants to see her son in school regardless of where the money comes from.

“Why don’t we vet money being contributed in churches every weekend? Someone might be evil but hiding under Christianity. Yet, we always accept their help because we give them a benefit of doubt that they are doing it for the good,” said Ms Rono.

The single mother of four was left with a tough choice between heeding to the community’s pressure to refund the money and accepting the atheists’ help which would probably upset her community.After an informed understanding of the non-believers, Ayabei told Standard that she welcomes the society’s help as long as they have no plans to recruit Lutta into atheism.

“This is in the best interest of my son’s education. We have already counselled Lutta and cautioned him to shun anyone who would ask him to convert into atheism because of this favour,” she said.Lutta reported to Maranda Thursday last week with the escort of Madam Rono.

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Where it all started         

Last week Harrison Mumia, the President of the Atheist Society of Kenya, announced that the society had cleared Lutta’s first term fees and was committed to helping him throughout his secondary education.

Atheists in Kenya (AIK) president Harrison Mumia during a past interview. [File, Standard]

Before the announcement, Mumia was added to the group by Ms Rono.Upon realising his low-key presence in the group, a section of the members started lashing out at him, accusing him of having a hidden agenda against Lutta.

Madam Rono, the group’s inceptor, was not spared either as some members accused her of conspiring with the Atheists to raise funds for Lutta’s education.

Mumia was left defending the society’s contribution urging the members to embrace differences in beliefs.“Irrespective of our beliefs, we are all human. The air you breathe is the same air I breathe. When my brother is in need and I can help, I will help,” he said replying to the agitated group members.

He added: “I want all of us to be accommodative and realise we cannot be all the same. But when one suffers we must put our beliefs aside and help.”The community members were against the Mumia-led kind gesture insinuating that the atheists want to convert Lutta to atheism.

Mumia, however, maintained that the organisation had no such intention and was helping because it is the humane thing to do.

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“I am only interested in educating Idriss. He is bright and must complete his education. The Atheist in Kenya Society will help him achieve his dream” he posted in the group.Contrary to earlier reports that Mumia was unceremoniously ejected from the group, he left on his own after realising that the group members were uncomfortable with his presence.

Ms Rono told Standard Digital that she was forced to shut down the group due to “negative energy” which stalled the contribution after Mumia’s atheism came to light.

BY Standard Digital

 

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State seeks to seize luxury cars from gold scam suspect, Jared Otieno

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By JUDITH GICOBI

A case filed by the Asset Recovery Agency (ASA) wants to reposes the vehicles that Jared Otieno has on the basis that he could not have bought the vehicles legally since he does not have a legitimate source of income. 

“The respondent is part of an international syndicate which has been in existence since 2012, fraudulently obtaining from investors monies on the pretense that they have precious metals including gold,” the document filed before the Anti-Corruption Court read in part.

It continues: “The respondent has no source of legitimate income and has been filing nil returns with the Kenya Revenue Authority since 2014 to date, which is the period the said motor vehicles were acquired.”

The vehicles in question are Porsche Panamera GTS and a Bentley Continental GT.

An investigator, Jeremiah Matipei, believes Jared has hidden the ownership of one of the cars by registering it under Yugni Holdings Ltd.

A search at the registry shows that Otieno owns a fifty percent stake at the company while the other partners, Mary Anyango and John Kaisa, owns twenty-five percent each. 

“The transactions depict a scheme of money laundering meant to conceal, hide and disguise the source and usage of funds contrary to the provisions of the Proceeds of Crime and Anti-Money Laundering Act,” said Mr Matipei.

According to the assets recovery body the vehicles were paid for in installments. They are valued at Ksh45 million for the Bentley and Ksh 30 million for the Porsche. 

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Stop insulting Uhuru, Waiguru tells Tangatanga MPs

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Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru has criticised Deputy President William Ruto’s allies in Mount Kenya region.

The governor on Tuesday accused politicians allied to Tangatanga group of insulting President Uhuru Kenyatta.

She said the legislators claimed that President Kenyatta was using the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) to cling to power after his term ends in 2022.

She told Kirinyaga County residents to reject leaders who insult the Head of State.

She said: “Who told the MPs opposed to the BBI that the President is interested in getting a political seat after his term of office expires in 2022?”

Ms Waiguru said President Kenyatta had not shown his intention to cling to power after his term in office ends in 2022.

She claimed that the Tangatanga MPs were out to humiliate the President and divide Mt Kenya region to ensure the BBI flops.

“If a dog barks at you, then you will definitely know who its owner is,” she said.

She warned that the President was unhappy and would soon ‘divorce’ those who attack him.

“There is no way the President can continue working with members of Jubilee (Party) who abuse him and frustrate (his) efforts to have BBI succeed,” she said.

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However, Ms Waiguru expressed confidence that the BBI will succeed.

Ms Waiguru, who is coordinating BBI in Mount Kenya, vowed to continue drumming support for BBI despite opposition by Tangatanga group.

The region, she added, would benefit immensely if the BBI is implemented.

“The BBI will ensure that more resources are allocated to improve coffee, tea, rice and dairy farming in the region. There will also be employment for our youths,” she said as she flagged off a garbage collection exercise in Kagio town.

She cautioned that the region risks being locked out of national leadership in the next government should the leaders remain disunited.

“If the (Mt Kenya) leaders are not careful and continue travelling in different buses, we shall not be in the government and other regions whose leaders are united in support of BBI will benefit,” she said.

She accused former Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri of incompetence.

“Following the sacking of Mr Kiunjuri, the prices of milk have increased, the President is not sparing inefficient government officials,” she said.

Kirinyaga Deputy Governor Peter Ndambiri called on the residents to support the BBI.

Majority Leader Kamau Murango told off local leaders who undermine Governor Waiguru’s leadership.

By nation.co.ke

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