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Prof. George Magoha comes clean on claims he fired Matiang’i at UoN

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President Uhuru Kenyatta‘s Education CS nominee Prof George Magoha, on Thursday, finally came clean over claims that he fired Interior CS Fred Matiang’i during his tenure at the University of Nairobi.Appearing before a parliamentary committee, the no nonsense former KNEC chairman clarified that as much as Matiang’i dramatically left the institution, he did not have anything to do with his firing.

He, however, explained that since he was the one who came up with the policy, the firing must have been justified and that it followed the law.“I as the Vice Chancellor at the University of Nairobi… I was in charge of policy and I gave those under me orders to do everything possible to make sure it was followed by all.

“If you ask me, I may not be aware why Matiang’i was sacked but I know those under me had all the powers to make decisions against anyone who went against the official policy,” he told the vetting committee led by Speaker Justin Muturi.

Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i

Magoha was responding to a heavily worded question posed by Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichung’wa especially considering that Matiang’i was placed as the first referee on his CV.

The outgoing Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) chairman explained that Matiang’i was a better placed referee considering that he had recommended him to the President for the KNEC chairmanship position.

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He further divulged that he had been appointed for a ministerial job he had not applied for and was not experienced in.

“I want to declare that he is my friend but I did not appoint him as my referee on the basis of that, I appointed him based on the fact that this is a ministerial job which I never looked for and he has been one,” he noted.

“He is the one who recommended me to the president to go to KNEC, he would be able to tell you what I did when I was there,” disclosed Magoha.

During the session, the professor also stated he trusts no one when it comes to the delegation of duties adding that his goal is working backwards.

“When I took over at the University of Nairobi, there were many stalled projects, we completed them,” he stated.

Below is a video of Magoha defending his choice of CS Matiang’i as his referee:

 

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The last words of John DeMathew

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The late Kikuyu Benga musician John Mwangi Ng’ang’a, popularly known as John DeMathew left a message to Mt Kenya region and to the upcoming musicians ten minutes before he met his death on Sunday when his car rammed a lorry.

DeMathew, who spoke shortly after conducting a fundraiser in aid of fellow musician Petr Kigia’s sons at Metro Fill club in Thika town, urged the upcoming musicians to humble themselves and unite in order to succeed in life.

In an audio recorded by his friends, DeMathew stressed on the need for unity and humility amongst musicians.

The popular artiste, who is also regarded by many as the Agikuyu seer and prophet, urged Mr Kenya region not to be deceived to reject proposed changes in the Constitution to pave way for the establishment of a prime minister’s position, saying the seat does not belong to ODM leader Raila Odinga but to all the communities in Kenya, central Kenya included.

“The new upcoming artistes must humble and unite to grow and learn how to interact with each other so that they can succeed in their later life. In politics, I urge the community not to be deceived that the position of prime minister belongs to ODM party leader Raila Odinga. It can also be taken by any other community and it is good for peaceful coexistence after the presidential election,” DeMathew said.

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He added that should Mr Odinga clinch the proposed premier’s seat, a time for him to leave would come where other leaders from other communities would clinch the position

“Even if Mr Odinga gets the premier’s seat, he will come and go but the seat will belong to other communities. We should understand that the system we want for the country is for cohesion to prevail and we must ensure that we establish the prime minister’s position to avoid the winner-takes-it-all situation and to avert post-election violence.

“Today its Raila who is protesting over the presidential election, tomorrow it will be Mr Kalonzo (Musyoka) and the next day it will be Mr Kenyatta. The (prime minister’s) position is good for the country,” he said.

He added that if that will be done, peace will prevail and the Agikuyu traditional ceremonies like circumcision of boys and other meetings will be peaceful.

One of his closest friends, Mr Gilbert Maina alias Maina Baba, said they did not know that he was bidding them goodbye when he talked to them about the issues.

“He insisted on the two main issues – about upcoming artistes and the debate on a referendum – and we did not know that those were his last words. Ten minutes after leaving us at the venue, we received the sad news of the tragic accident,” Mr Maina told the Nation.

He added that DeMathew was jovial and excited since Saturday, something he found unusual about the musician.

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“He has not been talkative but since Saturday, he had developed excitement which we could not tell where it came from. In fact, during the harambee, DeMathew even greeted everybody and took over the ceremony despite his shy character. It is like he knew he was leaving us for good,” Mr Maina said.

DeMathew’s producer Thomas Ndegwa alias Ndegwa Wa Gatiti said the musician had about 15 songs which he was planning to release this year.

On Monday, the funeral planning committee visited his Mukurwe home in Gatanga, Murang’a County and announced that DeMathew’s two wives had agreed to cooperate to give their husband a descent send-off.

The committee’s chairman Muheria Kairuki said the two wives – Sarafina Wairimu and Caroline Waithira – would be informed of everything that will be done during the planning of the burial ceremony. He added that a post-mortem examination will be done Tuesday.

“We have agreed that we shall involve the two wives in the burial plans and that we shall do it together,” he said.

Leaders from across the country led by President Uhuru Kenyatta have mourned the artiste as a brilliant one who played a big role in promoting the African cultural heritage.

by nation.co.ke

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Census: What you need to know and expect

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With only three days to the 2019 National Census, many Kenyans in different parts of the country are still unaware on how the exercise will be conducted and the type of questions to expect from enumerators and supervisors.

This will be the sixth population census since Independence and it will be conducted from the night of August 24 to Aug 31, 2019. The previous population censuses were held in 1948, 1962, 1969, 1979, 1989, 1999 and 2009.

The survey being carried out by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) will involve 138,572 enumerators, 22,268 content supervisors and 2,467 ICT supervisors.

Here is an easy-to-understand guide on the census and what to expect.

A population census is the process of counting all people in a country at a specified time. It involves collecting, compiling, evaluating, analysing and publishing demographic, social and economic data pertaining, at a specified time, to all persons in a country or a well-defined part of a country.

  • Why is the census important?

The data collected during census is the primary source of reliable information on the size, distribution of the population in the country, as well as their living conditions and access to basic services at a specified time. The information helps to guide in resource allocation as well as inform planners on policy formulation and targeting of development plans.

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Data from this year’s census will be captured using electronic gadgets such as tablets. It will be different from the 2009 census where data was filled in a piece of paper and this will minimise the amount of time taken in each household. Using the digital mode will ensure privacy, faster processing and data safety.

  • At what time of the day will the census officer call at the household?

Counting of people will start on the night of August 24 and continue up to the August 31 when it is scheduled to end. People will be counted with reference to where they spent the night of August 24. This is known as the Reference Night.

  • How long will it take to complete an interview for a household?

It is expected that enumerators will spend about 30 minutes in each house, though this may be shorter or longer depending on the size of the household.

  • How will I know who the census officers are?

Enumerators will have official identity cards and reflector jackets for ease of identification. Also, they have been recruited from where they live. Therefore, they are known by the locals. Enumerators will also be accompanied by village elders, leaders of residence associations or assistant chiefs who are well known by the heads of households.

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The key questions that will be asked include: age, sex, marital status, births, deaths, migration, forms and severity of difficulties in performing of daily life activities, educational attainment, labour force particulars, access and ownership of ICT equipment and services, crop farming, livestock and aquaculture, housing characteristics, and ownership of assets.

  • Will data on ethnic composition be collected?

Yes. All previous censuses conducted in Kenya have collected data on ethnicity, reflecting a long-standing and continuing widespread demand for information about ethnic and cultural. Characteristics of the Kenyan population.

The supervisors and the enumerators will put a mark of a number at the door step of each house to show that the exercise has been conducted. Families have been urged not to erase the mark till the census is over.

  • What happens if one is not counted on the night of August 24?

Those who shall have not been counted by the end of the census shall be required to report to the local administrative office.

  • Whom do I contact in case my household is not covered?

KNBS will provide a toll-free number that citizens can call so that enumerator is sent to households that shall not have been covered.

  • Will Kenyans in the diaspora be counted?
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No. Kenyans in the diaspora will not be counted. However, household members will be asked some questions about members of their households who migrated to other countries in the last 15 years.

  • When will the results be released?

It is expected that preliminary results will be released three months after the end of the exercise. The basic reports of the census are expected to be released within six months, while the detailed analytical reports will be released within one year.

  • If I have visitors on the night of the August 24, will they be counted as part of my household?

Anyone who will be present in your household on the night of 24th/25th August 2019 will be counted together with your household. Everyone will be counted depending on where they will be on the night of 24th/25th August 2019. Those who will be on duty working such as nurses on that night will be counted with his/her household that he/she will return to the following day after work.

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VIDEO-Man who murdered his father freed after 18 years behind bars

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A murder convict who was found guilty of killing his father, has been set free after 18 years in prison.

Mzee Mboya Ndindi’s story was highlighted three months ago by Citizen TV’s Lulu Hassan in her feature Prison Diaries.

Mboya was 37 years old when he threw a panga at his brother but instead missed and fatally wounded his father on the spot over family land dispute.

When his story was aired in March, remorseful Mboya regretted his actions and was granted his wish to meet two of his sisters for the first time since his imprisonment.

The reconciliation meeting was duly arranged for by the Citizen TV team.

During the emotional encounter, Mboya sought forgiveness from his sisters, who unconditionally pardoned him.

His conscience finally cleared and the heavy load of guilt lifted from his shoulders, Mboya then commenced the journey to appeal to have his sentence reduced or waivered altogether.

His prayers were finally answered this month when the court released from prison after serving 18 years behind bars at Kamiti Maximum Prison.

GRANTED FREEDOM

“I was the first one to enter the court chamber and I was told the years I served in prison were in enough. I was set free. I almost fainted because of how I felt. My legs were weak,” Mboya narrated.

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Mboya said he had waited for long for his chance to walk back to freedom.

He added that he never lost hope in God to answer his prayers and grant him freedom.

Now a free man, Mboya is determined to make amends even with the many changes he now faces in his life after almost two decades in jail.

He however remains grateful for the chance to reunite with his family.

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