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Prof Thiong’o, Amina bashed for championing mother tongue education

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Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed might be considering to implement usage of mother tongue in primary schools but Kenyans on Twitter seem to hold a different view.

Ms Amina, in a tweet highlighted on her meeting with award winning author Prof Ngugi wa Thiong’o, where she says some of the things they discussed was ways of improving the use of mother tongue language as a mode of instruction in PP1 and 2 and its teaching in Grade 1 to 3.

“At my meeting with Prof Ngugi wa Thiongo, we discussed ways of improving the use of mother language as a mode of instruction in PP1 and 2, and its teaching in Grade 1 to 3. Indeed, our mother language transmits identity, values and ethos for a better nation,” tweeted Ms Amina Mohammed.

On Tuesday, the professor of English and Comparative Literature in the United States was at Maseno University to launch Somo Ber, a book in Dholuo published by East African Educational Publishers (EAEP).

FOREIGN LANGUAGE

In his speech Prof Thiong’o said that people who have mastered foreign languages, but are not conversant with that of their ethnic group, are enslaved.

However, on Twitter Kenyans expressed their divergent views on the matter, with most of them terming it a bad idea.

Stanley Miheso asked, “What about those who are working in areas that are not their home town, will they be forced to use another language or leave their families in their villages?”

Muthama nick said, “Why should a renowned literature scholar stoop so low. The old Prof has been overtaken by events n stayed outside foreign land for too long. Kenya has moved on digitally on the global map. How will vernacular language assist our youngsters to develop their skills.”

NOT A GOOD IDEA

Liz Amoth asked, “So in urban areas… which mother language should be used? Asking for some kid.”

Varosa Alambo commented, “In this here time and age… I doubt it’s a good idea. Parents can instruct their kids in whatever language they want. Schools however should instruct as uniformly as they possibly can. Preferably in English and/or Kiswahili.”

Pal Jeff said, “Use of mother language as proposed is possible in rural setups and has been used ever since. But how do you use the same in a city class that comprises almost all the 43 tribes Kenya found in Kenya?”

George M said, “Sometimes it’s better to be silent. We are still playing catch-up as a country, exactly how is mother/father tongue going to give our kids leverage in a global economy? Am I missing something? While at it, start this proposal with the high end schools.”

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City detectives turn probe on G4S to unravel bank’s Sh14m ATM robbery

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No bullet was fired, no machines were broken into but Sh14 million was gone. As the puzzle of the Barclays Bank ATM theft deepens investigators have narrowed the analysis on two probabilities.

The robbers who stole millions of shillings from four ATMs belonging to Barclays Bank during the Easter holiday were so clever that they chose off-site machines, which would have taken time for the bank to discover that money had been stolen.

This comes as an initial forensic analysis of the four affected ATMs on Tuesday raised the amount of money stolen to Sh14 million from the initial Sh11 million.

This is after it emerged that the Kenya Cinema ATM lost Sh3 million during the heist. The other three ATMs lost a total of Sh11 million.

HIGH TRAFFIC AREAS

Offsite ATMs are not hosted next to or inside banking halls. They are located in high traffic areas where banks think they have a clientele base that would make financial sense.

On Tuesday, police turned their attention to G4S, the security group contracted to man the four ATMs, in order to understand how the money disappeared.

It is said the bank’s internal security unit, on being questioned by the police, attempted to absolve themselves from blame by saying all the ATMs that were robbed were under the jurisdiction and management of G4S.

They were, however, hard pressed to explain why the bank had not installed CCTV cameras at the Mutindwa ATM, an oversight that is likely to place the financial institution in trouble with its customers.

By Tuesday, detectives from the Cyber Crimes Unit at the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), who have taken over the investigations, had narrowed down to two theories on how the cash was stolen within three days.

“I can’t comment on an ongoing investigation, which has been taken over by another unit. All I can say is, investigations are ongoing,” Nairobi police boss Rueben Ndolo told the Nation.

However, a physical investigation on the ATMs showed that apart from the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) ATM, the rest had not been tampered with.

PHYSICAL TAMPERING

The ATMs at Mutindwa, Mater Hospital and Kenya Cinema were found to be in good condition with no evidence whatsoever of any physical tampering.

This has led detectives to believe that the ATMs might have been hacked into, by a cyber-crime ring that has become a headache to banking systems of late.

In order to evade detection, the robbers chose to strike during a holiday when there was very little movement of people.

Additionally, they chose to strike just after two of the ATMs had been reloaded with cash. This has heightened suspicion that someone on the inside must have tipped them off. On-site ATMs, which are located at banking halls, are loaded directly by the bank.

MONITORS CASH LEVEL

However, off-site ATMs, like the ones that were robbed, are loaded by the security company contracted to man them. The security company monitors the cash level inside the machine on a daily basis and then requests for money or technical assistance from the bank whenever required.

In case an off-site ATM needs to be reloaded, all the security company does is to make a requisition and then go pick the money. Like a day before the ATM at Mutindwa was robbed, G4S personnel had just loaded it with Sh7 million. Out of this, Sh6.2 million was discovered missing 24 hours later.

The bank has, however, declined to say how much money was in the four ATMs at the time of the robbery.

source:nairobinews

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Woman chops up vegetables to feed family for a YEAR – including 20kg of potatoes

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Most of us give ourselves a nice pat on the back when we make a menu for the whole month or have our food shopping for the week done.

But one Australian mum has put us all to shame by chopping a YEAR’S worth of vegetables for her family to save herself time every evening.

Her freezer is now stuffed full of zip-lock bags containing an incredible 65kg worth of veg.

Her stash includes, 20kg of potatoes, 15kg of carrots, 15kg of sweet potatoes and 10kg of tomatoes as well as courgettes and pumpkins.

The former chef splashed out Sh. 6,000 (£45) on the vegetables at a wholesale market and says she will use it all in the months to come, reports the Sun.

Posting on Facebook, she writes: “Veg prep for what feels like the next year.

“Carrots: sliced, roast chunks and chopped. Potatoes: chunks, sliced and diced for mash. Onions: sliced, chunks and onion rings.

“I do it so I don’t have to waste time every night chopping up veg for dinner, as we all work and I have university and the two kids have after school sports.

“It’s not pre-cooked, just raw, and the roast vegetables turn out great. Just thaw them out the night before – and the diced up vegetables are perfect for the slow cooker and spaghetti etc.”

She’s not the only mum who impressed other parents with her incredible prep skills, and earlier this year people were wowed by a woman’s snack organisation.

The mum-of-two spent 11 hours prepping a staggering amount of food for her kids to enjoy over the next few weeks. Describing herself as a “first-time kindy mum”, she says extreme preparation made her feel like she had “sold her soul”.

She now has bags filled with 60 pizza scrolls, 28 sandwiches, chopped oranges, cookies and snack bags of grapes.

She’s frozen all the food and will just take out whatever she needs for her two kids each morning.

 

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I was warned against building my mother a house – Comedian Jalang’o

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Comedian Felix Odiwuor alias Jalang’o has revealed that he was warned against building his mother a house.

Addressing Alex Mwakideu, Jalang’o narrated that after his father passed away, he decided to build his mother a house but was told it was against Luo traditions.

Jalang’o explained that according to the Luo, it was taboo for him to build her house and flouting it meant courting death.

The only remedy, he said, was for her to get another man before moving to the house. The funny bone, however, shrugged the demands aside and went ahead.

Mwakideu mimi naweza kwambia hakuna kitu kama uganga. Hakuna kitu kama hiyo. Sijawahi amini kwa sababu unajua kuna zile tamaduni za ndani kabisa ambazo watu wanakuambia hii haiwezi fanyika kabla hii ifanyike. Kama wajaluo tuko na utamaduni mwingi sana ya kwanza ilikuwa siwezi mjengea mamangu nyumba.

“Nikawaambia kama mungu ambaye namatumikia ataniua kwa sababu nimemjengea mamangu nyumba, wacha nife. Mpaka sahii nangoja kufa kwa sababu nimemjengea mamangu nyumba.

“Kwa sababu wanasema kijana mkubwa ndio anafanya sijui nini na unapomjengea kwa sababu babako alikufa lazima apate mzee mwingine ndio awe mzee wa kambo ndio aweze kumtoa mama kwa nyumba yake kwenda kwa hio ingine…

“So mimi na kichwa yangu mbaya nikamnunulia mamangu shamba na nikamjengea watu wa kijiji wakalia najiingiza kwa shida nikawaambia wacha nife. Mpaka sahii niko na wewe hapa,” said Jalang’o.

Touted as one of the richest radio presenters in the republic, Jalang’o lost his father just hours after landing his first gig at Kiss 100.

“When my dad died he told me one thing, I have a letter from my dad before he died because I could not even afford to go bury my dad when he died.

“The same day I got my very first gig at Kiss 100 is the same day my dad died. Caroline called me and told me Jalang’o you are replacing Nyambane when she hung up my mom called and told me your dad is gone. That’s how sad it was for me,” he narrated.

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