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Vicky Kones’ family opens up about her alcoholism

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Religious and political leaders on Friday praised the family of the late Vicky Chebet Kones for stating openly that she died due to alcoholism.

Vicky, the daughter of the late powerful, Moi-era Cabinet minister Kipkalya Kones, died on April 17 at a Nakuru hospital.

During her burial at her father’s Sirikwa farm in Kuresoi North, Nakuru County, hundreds of mourners were surprised when the family revealed the cause of death.

“It is in the public domain that Chebet bravely battled alcoholism, drug and substance abuse. Perhaps this should serve as a wake-up call to the many, especially the youth, who are currently under the influence,” read part of her eulogy.

Lily Kones (L) with her co-wife Beatrice Kones (R) during the burial of Lily’s daughter Vicky Chebet Kones at their Sirikwa farm in Kuresoi North on April 26, 2019. PHOTO | FRANCIS MUREITHI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika led the other leaders in heaping praise on the family for speaking openly about the matter.

“This is a good example to families that hide the truth even when their children are dying because of alcoholism, which is tormenting our young people,” she said.

Kericho senator Aaron Cheruiyot echoed Ms Kihika’s remarks, saying most families would have spoken of short illnesses.

“Vicky’s death is not in vain .. the Kones family courageously revealed the cause of death … this should be a big lesson to other families.”

As such, Mr Cheruiyot said, families should also speak openly about other social evils.

“The Kipsigis community never reveals such a family secret but with the Kones family leading the way, communities and the nation can win.”

The coffin bearing the remains of Vicky Chebet Kones, daughter of Nominated Nakuru MCA Lily Kones, during the burial on April 26, 2019 at their Sirikwa farm in Kuresoi North. PHOTO | FRANCIS MUREITHI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Bomet East MP Beatrice Kones, Vicky’s step-mother, said she had undergone a long rehabilitation process at Haven Recovery Centre in Eldoret, Uasin Gishu County.

“We must do something as a government and leaders to fight alcoholism and drug abuse because it will kill all our children,” she warned.

Soy MP Caleb Kipkemei  Kositany urged youths to shun drug abuse and instead engage in income-generating activities to transform their lives.

Bishop Philip Rono of United Pentecostal Evangelistic Church in Eldoret urged the government to declare alcoholism and drug abuse among youths a national disaster.

“The future of this nation depends on the youth, who form more than 50 per cent of our population. Since majority engage in drug abuse, the government should declare the problem a national disaster and tackle it head-on,” said Bishop Rono, who is also the director of Haven Recovery centre.

source:nation.co.ke

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Education PS revealed number of learners, teachers who tested positive for COVID-19

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Education PS Belio Kipsang on Wednesday reported that 17 learners and 33 teachers have been infected with Covid-19 since schools re-opened.

Dr Kipsang stated that the cases had been recorded in 35 schools countrywide

He, however, clarified that the numbers are not worrying to the ministry and as such there are no plans to close the schools.

“We are not about to close schools unless advised by the Ministry of Health, but we are putting our heads together to work our modalities of reopening other classes,” the PS stated.

The PS further blamed the cases on parents, citing recent political campaigns as the breeding ground for the virus.

“Our challenge is our parents attending political rallies and other social gatherings without masks, let’s not blame our children, why tell us to achieve social distance in schools if parents are attending rallies without observing measures?” he posed.

Dr Kipsang was giving a report to the National Assembly Education Committee.

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Ole Sereni hotel win big in road reserve land case

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BY KEVIN KOECH

The Kenya National Highways Authority has lost a case over a parcel of land on which the 5 Star Ole Sereni hotel was built.

According to court documents, the National Land Commission (NLC) awarded the hotel a notice to vacate the land on which a road to the Internal Container Depot in Nairobi is being built.

Justice Bernard Eboso, however, reversed NLC decision explaining that the owners of the hotel had not been granted a proper hearing.

He also observed that the commission had produced conflicting dates when the directors were offered a chance for a hearing.

In a gazette notice, the commission had claimed that it invited the directors between January 30, 2017 and February 2, 2017.

NLC’s verdict before the revocation, however, indicated that the directors had been invited on March 27, 2017.

In its defense, Ole Sereni argued that it had purchased the land in question from a company identified as Swan Carriers Limited in 2007.

“Upon acquiring the two properties, the applicant obtained relevant development approvals and established the hotel thereon.

“The development took about three years. Ole Sereni Hotel is a reputable facility in the hospitality industry,” the hotel’s representatives told the court.

In July 2017, the state revoked titles for 136 parcels of land it intended to acquire for the construction of the Southern Bypass.

The bypass connects Mombasa Road and the Nairobi-Nakuru Highway.

At the time, the state explained that it had ruled the parcels as belonging to the public after listening to several parties in the matter.

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Murkomen speaks how the BBI might end Raila’s political career

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Elgeyo-Marakwet County Senator Kipchumba Murkomen has explained a theory on how the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) could end Orange Democratic Movement party leader Raila Odinga’s political career.

The former Senate Majority Leader explained that the position of an imperial President could potentially lead to the end of Raila Odinga’s career.

“When you are making law, imagine your worst enemy as the person who will be implementing that it. I want to tell those who are pushing for an imperial presidency, please, just imagine your worst competitor as the next president.

“Will you be comfortable if he gets all those powers? If you are comfortable, then bring it (BBI report) tomorrow and we will pass it,” he added.

Murkomen went on to warn Deputy President William Ruto’s rivals not to support the revision of a section of the law stating that the DP’s camp has gone through the document and know what works for them and what does not work.

He added that President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy Ruto are still together and people will be surprised when the next step is taken.

“Sisi si wapumbavu, tunakuangalia tunapanga tunasema iko nini hapo ndani. Ok hii si mzuri hii si mzuri lakini ata ikipita tutanyorosha hii na hii.

“Mtashangaa nini itafanyika kutoka kesho na siku zitakazo fuata. Acha nisiseme zaidi lakini jueni ya kwamba our captain President Uhuru Kenyatta hawezi kuhepa,” he added.

The Senator went on to warn Raila Odinga’s supporters not to come back after the 2022 general elections to protest against the same change of law they are trying to implement forcefully.

“Let them not come after 2022 protesting against the very laws they are trying to implement forcefully,” he asserted.

In the BBI report, the presidential model of governance involves empowering the President to appoint a Prime Minister, which Murkomen pointed out as some of the privileges, which if bestowed upon his preferred presidential winner in 2022, could mark the downfall of his political rivals.

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