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Global teacher prize winner Peter Tabichi gets new appointment

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Peter Tabichi, the Kenyan science teacher who won the US$1 million(100million) Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize 2019 has been appointed as the first “Champion for Children in Conflicts and Crisis” for Education Cannot Wait, the global fund for education in crisis.

Tabichi will champion the cause of the 75 million children whose education is disrupted by conflicts and natural disasters.

Travelling to the world’s most crisis-affected children and with planned engagements at the 2019 United Nations General Assembly and other high-level events, it is hoped his inspiring story and powerful voice will help raise the urgency on the world stage to invest in the future of children in crisis.

He will join actors Will Smith and Rachel Brosnahan who are advocates for Education Cannot Wait’s cause.

Former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown, the UN Special Envoy for Global Education and Chair of Education Cannot Wait’s High-Level Steering Group, has described Tabichi as an inspiration to all involved in teaching and learning, and said he is looking forward to working with him.

Vikas Pota, Chairman of the Varkey Foundation said: “Every day a child is out of education is not just a tragedy for the child, it is a tragedy for the world they will inherit. To tackle the education crisis, most severe in those places plagued by conflict and natural disaster, it is vital that we learn from teachers like Peter Tabichi, who are working on the front line to give young people born into the most challenging circumstances the skills they need to face the future with confidence.”

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Tabichi did not hide his joy of being appointed.

“The students I teach see true hardships every day, from poverty to drought and hunger. But I also see in them raw talent and great creativity, hard work, a determination to defy the odds, and be the best they can be. Every child, everywhere in the world deserves the chance to fulfil their full potential,” he said.

“It is heart-breaking to know that 75 million children around the world see their educational chances disrupted by conflict and natural disasters. Education Cannot Wait is doing vital work to make sure these children are not left behind. It will be my great honour to help them ensure children whose lives have been blighted by war and catastrophe are given their birth right; a decent education.”

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Meet Governor Oparanya’s handsome son (Photos)

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Kakamega Governor Oparanya’s son Ian Emmanuel, issa shnack.

The young man is smart upstairs. He graduated from the University of Bradford last week with first class honours in BSc Economics.

 

The excited governor could hide his joy and took to social media to share the good news with the world.

I’m a happy man today because God my Heavenly Father has blessed the work of my hand…I have made my Dad Wycliffe Oparanya and My Mum Tabitha Ambetsa proud parents…I have made my family and friends proud…there are people out here on facebook who believe in me more than I even believe in myself thank you so much for your motivating comments and once again Thank you God for this first class honours.

In another post, he wrote,

Honestly, I want to thank God once again for raising me up to more than I can be…many thanks to everybody who has congratulated me…it means a lot to me…for those who believe in me I will not let you down…THANK YOU ONCE AGAIN!

Unlike most rich kids, Oparanya’s son keeps a low profile away from the spotlight and little is known about him.

His fashion sense is loved by many.

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CS Henry Rotich, PS Kamau Thugge face 24 charges

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National Treasury CS Henry Rotich, PS Kamau Thugge and other officials on Tuesday pleaded not guilty to charges in the multibillion-shilling Kimwarer and Arror dams’ scandal.

The officials are facing 24 charges among them abuse of office, conspiracy to defraud and engaging in a project without planning.Dressed in grey suits, CS Rotich in a polka-dotted yellow tie and PS Thugge in a similarly dotted maroon one appeared before Chief Magistrate Douglas Ogoti

The prosecution team is led by Taib Ali Taib and assisted by Alexander Muteti, Victor Owiti and Emily Kamau.The defence team comprises Katwa Kigen, Kioko Kilukumi, Philip Nyachoti, Kipchumba Murkomen, Anami Mugo, Stephen Kimathi, Mahat Samane.

The officials had spent most of the morning in the cold cells of Milimani Law Court as they awaited to be arraigned over the multibillion-shilling Kimwarer and Arror dams scandal.The two were among the 28 officials who spent a night in police custody following yesterday’s arrest.

They include KVDA acting MD Francis Kipkech and other senior officers named in the dams scandal DPP Noordin Haji ordered their arrest following a nine-month probe into the stalled Sh65 billion dams that were to be constructed in Elgeyo Marakwet.

The Scandal

The multi-billion-shilling scandal involves the construction of two dams. Rotich first recorded a statement with the DCI over the stalled Sh65 billion dam projects in the country in February.

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On March 6, the CS was again grilled for a day as investigations into the dam projects intensified.He appeared before detectives at the DCI headquarters to explain what he knew about the controversy-ridden Arror and Kimwarer dam projects.

According to insiders, the CS responded to many questions that saw him record statements of more than a dozen pages.On March 27, CSs Mwangi Kiunjuri (Agriculture), Peter Munya (East Africa and Regional Development) and Adan Mohamed (East African Community) were also questioned.Kiunjuri was appearing before the team of investigators, with sources saying he was summoned to “clarify a number of issues that had emerged”.

Kiunjuri was at the helm of the Devolution ministry when contracts awarding the construction of the Kimwarer and Arror dams in Elgeyo Marakwet to CMC Di Ravenna were signed.Wamalwa, on the other hand, was the minister for Water and Irrigation from July 2015 to January 26 last year when he was handed his current docket.

All past and current principal secretaries from the time the projects were conceptualised were also summoned and questioned.

The dams scandal, which DPP Haji termed as one of the biggest corruption cases in the country in recent times, saw Kenya enlist the help of Italy, UK and Dubai to finally crack the case and get much-needed evidence to commence prosecution.

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Photos do not prove marriage, court tells woman

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Married people cannot use photographs as evidence of their union, the High Court in Embu has ruled in a dispute pitting a woman against her stepdaughter.

The pictures can only be used to tell a story about people and their interaction, Justice Florence Muchemi said on Monday.

The case involved the distribution of Mr Njeru Njagi’s estate.

It was filed by Njagi’s daughter Annete Wandia against Ms Irene Waithira, who claimed to be her stepmother.

Ms Wandia said she did not know about the relationship between her father and Ms Waithira.

While urging the court to revoke the letters of the administration of the estate issued to Ms Waithira, she maintained that the woman is not her stepmother.

Ms Wandia added that Ms Waithira did not participate in her father’s funeral arrangements and burial.

She said the circumstances surrounding the relationship between Ms Waithira and her father did not give the impression of a married couple.

Ms Wandia’s uncle Isaac Mugambi told the court that his brother’s known wife was Ms Wandia’s mother and she had died.

He, however, added that he knew Ms Waithira.

But Ms Waithira fought back, maintaining that she was married to Njagi in a traditional ceremony though she was not aware if dowry had been paid.

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She produced 13 photographs taken with Njagi in her efforts to prove that she was his wife.

One of the photos was that of herself and Njagi and another was of a birthday party of her grandchild where Ms Wandia appeared to be served a cake by the child.

Ms Wandia did not explain to the court why she was at the birthday celebration.

On the claim that she did not attend Njagi’s burial, Ms Waithira tabled a photograph of her laying a wreath on the grave.

Justice Muchemi dismissed Ms Waithira’s use of the pictures to prove the marriage, though she said they demonstrated a deep interaction between Njagi and the respondent.

The court was told that Njagi took Ms Waithira as his companion in 1997 after his wife died a few years earlier.

By the time of his death, the two had cohabited for about five years, she said.

She added that they did not have children but Njagi adopted her daughter, named Rahab.

Justice Muchemi, however, said there was no customary marriage between the respondent and Njagi.

She added that there was cohabitation “whose circumstances can be presumed to be marriage”.

The judge said the parties conducted themselves in such a manner that a marriage could be presumed.

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She said a long period of cohabitation may give rise to a presumption of marriage in favour of the party, as previously held by the East African Court of Appeal.

Due to the cohabitation, the court found that Ms Waithira was Njagi’s wife at the time of his death and not a stranger.

She said Ms Waithira is legally entitled to apply for a grant.

The judge ordered that a fresh grant be issued in the names of Ms Waithira and Ms Wandia.

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