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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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Why Uhuru loves the Barka Restaurant in Mombasa

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The Barka restaurant, a Swahili hotel serving mostly Coastal cuisine, has always been the place President Uhuru Kenyatta and other government VIPs go for lunch while in Mombasa.

It’s said to be his favorite.

On Thursday, Uhuru while in company of several government dignitaries arrived at the eatery and caught the hotel staffs and other guests without notice.

Hotel staffer Tiny Mzee said the abrupt visit forced the staff to request other guests in the VIP lounge to move to the common area and make room for the President.

On previous occasions, the hotel administration was notified in advance and given time to prepare.

The President’s protocol team would also arrive early and inspect the area and the food to be eaten by the head of state and his companions.

Why does the hotel attract VIPs?

The hotel in Old Town is a few metres from the Central police station and presumably the security of guests is guaranteed.

The hotel management says quality services and food has made them a preferred venue in the CBD area.

The management also said Barka is the only hotel where its guests, including the political class, are guaranteed privacy.

The eatery has three lounges, including a common lounge, a VIP lounge and a VVIP lounge.

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“Our taste has never changed, our services have remained the same and we have always maintained a clean environment,” a manager said.

Barka is one of the few places serving the majority, not all, the Swahili dishes.

Though the hotel is famous for its biryani and pilau, visitors can have a taste of other dishes rarely found in restaurants.

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Top Kenyan athlete runs away from doping testers

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A top Kenyan athlete ran away from anti-doping testers who had visited their training camp unannounced to take samples, a senior athletics authority official said, as the East African nation ramps up efforts to combat doping.

Kenya is famous for its long and middle-distance running prowess, but it has been caught up in a series of doping scandals over the last five years, a period over which around 60 of its athletes have been sanctioned for anti-doping violations.

A World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) report in September 2018 said 138 Kenyan athletes tested positive from 2004 to August 2018.

Barnaba Korir, Athletics Kenya Executive Committee member, said a top athlete had escaped when anti-doping testers from the Athletics Integrity Unit visited their camp this week in Kapsabet, Nandi County in the country’s west.

“After testers introduced themselves and why they visited the camp, one athlete left as if to answer a call of nature only to jump through the window and over the fence,” Korir told Reuters by phone late on yesterday.

“They won’t escape from the tough measures put in place, however fast they run away and however long it takes.”

Korir declined to divulge more details and say whether or not the athlete being sought had won any international races.

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“He is a fairly well known athlete,” he said when asked for more details.

In the latest doping related case, the AIU said on its website on Tuesday it had issued a charge against Kenyan middle distance athlete Alfred Kipketer for what it said were whereabouts failures.

The AIU did not give any more details on the case. Kipketer was not immediately reachable for comment.

Under anti-doping regulations, athletes have to inform testing authorities of their whereabouts for a one-hour window of every day and three failures — not being present at the said time — within 12 months leads to an automatic ban.

In 2016, WADA put Kenya on its Category A list of nations on watch for anti-doping violations.

Kenya plans to impose criminal penalties – including possible jail terms – on athletes caught doping, and was preparing new laws to deal with this, its sports minister said in December.

Last week, the AIU provisionally suspended Wilson Kipsang, Kenyan former marathon world record holder for failing to report his whereabouts and tampering with samples.

Kipsang’s handlers denied the case involved use of doping and tampering with the doping test.

By Standard.co.ke

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Young girl excites netizens with hilarious explanation on why she’s tired of school

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A young Kenyan girl’s hilarious video explaining why she is tired of going to school has gone viral.

In the short video, the innocent girl was explaining to her mum the events that transpired during her second day in school.

The young girl, identified as Zarina, warmed hearts of many social media users with her words which could easily be mistaken for those of a grade two pupil.

“About the school, yesterday I went to school, today I have just come from school. The bus picked us. But things to do with school have filled up my mind,” she said.

Young girl excites netizens with hilarious explanation on why she's tired of schoolZurina explaining to her mum she is fed up with school.
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When her mum enquires what will happen to the school fees that has already been paid, the little angel just insists she is tired of school.

She exclaims in a famous Kisii language phrase ‘gakii’ as she shows how she does not care.

Young girl excites netizens with hilarious explanation on why she's tired of schoolThe girl hilariously responds in a famous Kisii phrase, ‘gakii’
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Zurina was dressed in a beautiful pink jacket and her hair tied in a cute ponytail.

She delivered her point home using body language that simply showed she was done with school.

By Tuko.co.ke

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