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Rousing welcome for teacher who bagged top world prize

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Elated students and teachers from Keriko Secondary School in Nakuru County broke into song and dance when their teacher, Mr Peter Mokaya Tabichi, arrived at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport yesterday.

The 36-year-old maths and physics teacher on Sunday won the prestigious Global Teacher Prize 2019, sponsored by the Varkey Foundation, in an event held in Dubai.

“I’m so happy and delighted to have won the award. I am here to testify that Africa has great people. This win is not just for me or Keriko Secondary School, it’s a victory for Kenya and Africa at large. It’s also an award for teachers in Africa,” said the Franciscan brother.

“If we believed in our children and encouraged them to take up STEM subjects and be creative, we can solve Africa’s many challenges. This award has given me a platform to play a role in creating solutions,” he added.

Mr Tabichi received the Sh 100 million award for extraordinary work in his profession. He beat top finalists from across the globe, and has promised to use the money to develop his school and the community.

“There are several projects that I wish to undertake. First, I will ensure that the school has access to clean water and secondly, build a well-equipped computer laboratory. I will also promote kitchen gardening in the community and support bright but needy children,” he said. Ms Nancy Macharia, the CEO of the Teachers Service Commission, who was among the people who received him, said he will be promoted, given a certificate of recognition and his name forwarded to the office of the Presidency for state commendation.

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Mr Tabichi has been described by many as hardworking, humble, intelligent and hardworking. His colleagues, in particular, say his dedication, passion for his work and humility are unrivalled.

He is reputed for contributing in two areas: Donating 80 per cent of his salary to help needy students in his school as well as the families in Pwani village, and motivating students to take up science subjects.

“His dedication, hard work and passionate belief in his students’ talents has led to our poorly-equipped school emerging victorious, especially in national science competitions. Mr Tabichi, for instance, revamped the science club and became our role model,” Mr Benjamin Buluku, a mathematics and chemistry teacher told the Nation earlier this week.

“Mr Tabichi is humble and committed to his work. Apart from teaching, he also spares time to advise and inspire us. We love him very much,” said Dennis Ngige, a Form Four student said

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Form Two girl stabs man to death

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A Form Two student stabbed a man to death following a quarrel, Bomet officials said.

The girl, 18, stabbed the 29-year-old shoe-shiner at Boito Trading Centre on Monday night.

Boito chief John Cheruiyot said a scuffle ensured after the girl rejected advances from the man.

“The man is said to have attempted to seduce the girl and his advances were spurned leading to the scuffle,” Mr Cheruiyot said.

Konoin police boss Alex Shikondi said the suspect was arrested and is being detained at Mogogosiek Police Station.

The body of the victim was moved to Kapkatet Sub-County Hospital mortuary.

Meanwhile in Gem, Siaya, a 15-year-old girl was on Monday evening stabbed to death by her boyfriend.

Gem police boss Harriet Kinya said the suspect, Fredrick Akula Onyango, 23, has a pending defilement case in court.

The suspect is in police custody and will be arraigned once investigation is complete, the police boss said.

In another incident a 35-year-old man committed suicide by jumping into a well after a domestic disagreement with his wife.

Ms Kinya, who confirmed the incident, said the body of the victim was moved to Bondo Sub-County Hospital mortuary for post-mortem.

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Man was ‘victim of domestic abuse’

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The family of a man who died after he drove his vehicle into the Indian Ocean last weekend, claims he had endured years of domestic abuse by his wife.

On Tuesday, the victim’s mother, Musangi Mutinda, accused her son’s wife of misrepresenting issues and being economical with the truth.

In an interview with the Nation newspaper at her Kyanika village home in Kitui County, the grieving mother said her son had been recovering from severe burns inflicted when his wife scalded him with hot water in November.

“My son died out of depression and despair because of the domestic violence and marital anguish he endured at home.

“It is, therefore, wrong for his wife to insinuate he had gone mad,” said Mrs Mutinda.

Mrs Musangi Mutinda, John Mutinda’s mother, during the interview on December 10, 2019. PHOTO | KITAVI MUTUA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

On Saturday, the man stormed out of his house in Vanga Estate, Mombasa, at around 4 am, got into his vehicle, sped off towards the Likoni crossing, and drove into the ocean.

According to his relative, Bernard Kieti, he told his wife that he had ”received a call from his late father” before leaving the house in a huff.

“He was saying things that his wife could not comprehend when he left. The wife tried in vain to stop him,” Mr Kieti, who spoke on behalf of the family, said during an interview at the crossing.

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But a visibly angry mother said the woman was the reason her son decided to take his own life. She said that life with her was unbearable.

While displaying photographs of her son, with burn wounds all over his chest, Mrs Mutinda said the wife’s misrepresentation of facts aggravated the pain of losing the father of three children.

“After she scalded him with hot water, she rushed to lodge a complaint at Central Police Station in Mombasa, prompting police to lock up my son for four days,” the mother said, adding that he was released without charges.

Mrs Mutinda urged police in Mombasa to investigate her daughter-in-law over the alleged domestic abuse and release the findings of the post-mortem for the truth to be known.

Her story was corroborated by the victim’s siblings, who rejected the narrative of mental disturbance but regretted not intervening earlier to keep him from giving up on his life.

Ruth Mueni breaks down after her husband’s body was retrieved from the ocean at the Likoni Channel on December 7, 2019. PHOTO | WACHIRA MWANGI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Contacted for comment, Ms Mueni acknowledged they had marital issues but insisted the media should let her mourn her husband in peace.

She declined to discuss why she scalded her late husband with hot water, only saying she needed time to explain the circumstances to her mother-in-law and other family members who complained about her.

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“Who has given you those photos? This is a private family issue. I cannot talk at the moment because I am at a police station organising the postmortem,” she said, adding the media should not bother her as she mourns her husband.

According to the Kenya Ferry Services, Mr Mutinda, 46, drove straight into the sea at around 4.20 am Saturday without paying for the ticket.

Soon after the incident, officers from the Kenya Navy and the Kenya Police Marine swung into action.

The victim’s body was retrieved shortly after 9 am and taken to Jocham Hospital mortuary.

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Justin Muturi’s encounter with Uganda’s famous kneeling culture

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Speaker of the National Assembly, Justin Muturi, was recently treated to a famous Ugandan culture when a male adult knelt before him.

Muturi is currently leading the Kenya contingent that is competing at the East Africa Assembly Games in Kampala.

While on a tour of the Vipers Stadium, alongside his Ugandan counterpart Rebecca Kadaga, Muturi sat and watched as a smiling chap knelt before Kadaga in a bid to help her sign the guest book at the venue.

Kneeling before adults, especially prominent personalities, is a common occurrence in Uganda.

As part of the practice, women are encouraged to kneel before their husbands while exchanging greetings and when serving them food.

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