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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

source:Daily Nation

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NTV news anchor Ken Mijungu fired

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One of Kenya’s most sought after news anchor Ken Mijungu has been sacked by the Nation Media Group.

The NTV prime-time news anchor broke the news to his fans through his Twitter page on Friday.

“The axe fell NTV newsroom and I was on its way. 7 years in those corridors summed up in a two page letter of termination. We live to fight another day.

“Thanks to God, He remains the greatest, thank you @ntvkenya for the opportunity and thank you for always staying tuned,” he said.

Mijungu is among NTV journalists sacked in the ongoing declared layoffs.

This comes two days after Nation Media Group announced mass firings.

In a media statement dated July 1, the company said it was going through hard times due to the effects of Covid-19 on the economy.

“In this journey, the Group seeks to be innovative, agile and adaptive with the objective to take up leadership in the mobile publishing landscape In Africa.

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“This will include focusing on resourcing people in new areas critical for the Group as it moulds itself to win in the future. Regrettably, this will result in a reduction of our workforce. This Is an extremely difficult decision in view of the prevailing circumstances,” the statement read.

NMG becomes the third Media House to sack employees amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Tears as Naivasha children buried

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Four children reportedly killed by their mother in Naivasha last Friday have been buried in an emotional send-off in Kinangop, Nyandarua County.

Those who attended the two-hour ceremony on Thursday could not hold back their tears as the caskets bearing the remains were removed from a hearse.

As the mahogany caskets were being lined up, forlorn looking locals followed the proceedings in obvious emotional turmoil.

The magnitude of the heinous killing was put into the open as villagers from the sleepy Murungaru village broke the Covid-19 protocols to attend the funeral ceremony in their numbers.

Administrators present were forced to work overtime to ensure social distancing, with the numbers continually swelling.

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During the funeral service, church leaders called on people undergoing stressful moments to speak out.

“They should reach out to their friends and relatives and pour their hearts out. The pandemic has affected the social setup but people should open up,” said Kenya Assemblies of God cleric Francis Kamau Mwaura.

The church leader admitted that the disease has taken toll on the population, voicing the need for people to bear the happenings with fortitude.

“Families are going through tough times but those affected should not suffer in silence,” added Mr Mwaura.

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The family was also incensed by social media users, with their spokesman, Macharia Kimotho, tearing at them for disrespecting them.

“Some of the online users even posted the picture of the dead children. It was unethical, uncalled for and openly disgusting,” he said

“It was the least we expected. It the high time that content on the social media is regulated,” added Mr Kimotho.

He defended the family, saying their sister who is linked to the killings, was at no point neglected.

“Some of the people are saying that she did not have food. The foodstuff in her house was enough to last her for months,” pointed out Mr Kimotho.

He accused the social media users of causing the family “irreparable damage,” by some of their postings, but was quick to add that they had forgiven their tormentors.

As the four bodies were being lowered to their final resting place, tears flowed freely, screams rent their air with a number of mourners fainting.

The children were finally laid to rest at around 1.15pm.

By Nation.co.ke

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Babu sio mtu mbaya! DJ Evolve’s father defends MP Babu Owino

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BY KEVIN KOECH

John Orinda, father of Felix Orinda, alias DJ Evolve has addressed claims that Embakasi East MP Babu Owino had not been supporting his son.

On Thursday, Orinda stated that Babu Owino has been communicating with the family after the the shooting incident that took place in January, this year.

He clarified that the legislator has been catering for the medical expenses incurred during his son’s home treatment.

“Vile aliingia kwa nyumba naona iko improvement na iko dawa analetewa, yule anayeleta hizo dawa ni Babu Owino (Since he came home I have noted some improvement and he’s being brought medicine, and the person bringing the medicine is Babu Owino),” Orinda stated.

“Nurses wako naye mchana na usiku na hao pia ni Babu Owino aliprovide. Naona kama Babu Owino si mtu mbaya sana ingawa hatujakutana naye tuongee lakini hajapotea (He has nurses during the day and at night and it’s Babu who provided them. I don’t think Babu is a bad person although I haven’t met him),” he added.

Orinda further stated that though his son is still in immense pain, he remains optimistic that he will gain his full health.

Orinda has on several occasions expressed his gratitude to the MP despite the shooting incident that has left Dj Evolve bedridden.

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