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Student loses eye in school

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A Form Three student of Igembe Boys Secondary School has lost his eye in unclear circumstances.

Speaking to The Standard from his hospital bed at Meru Level Five Hospital, the 17-year-old boy said a group of students who were playing caught him unawares and hit him with a belt before he fell to the ground.The incident occurred on Saturday night after dinner.

The boy, however, confirmed that he was not injured as a result of bullying.

“After having supper at about 7pm, I met some boys who were engaging in a funny game they were playing using belts. I was caught unawares. They hit me hard and I became unconscious,” he said.

“My eye was bleeding profusely when l was rushed to a health centre outside the school,” he added.

At Kimongoro Health Centre where the boy was taken, medics referred him for specialised treatment at the Meru Level Five Hospital where he was admitted before his right eye was removed on Sunday.

The boy is said to have been told his eye would have to be removed since the lens was damaged.

A medical report also indicated that eye could have been hit by a blunt object.

“I was attended to and a brain scan was taken, but I’m yet to get the results, a surgery was conducted and my eye was removed. The doctor told me the lens was badly damaged and the whole eye needed to be removed for me to survive. I had no other option,” he said.

The boy’s mother said she received the shocking news while in Mombasa where she works and had to travel to check on her son who was yet to undergo the surgery at the time.

She said she was called by a teacher who did not reveal her son was in such a bad state. She is now demanding justice for her son and wants to know the truth about what happened.

“I was shocked when I was told that the eye had to be removed. Some reports from the school administration are misleading. There are those saying he was hit by a window, but my son says he was hit by his fellow students. We hope the truth will come out,” she said.

Igembe South Police Commander Henry Akong’o yesterday told The Standard that they are investigating the case.

He added that three boys linked to the incident have already recorded statements with the police at Maua Police Station .

“In our preliminary investigations, we found out that as the boys were playing, one fell down and was injured. However, we have opened an inquiry file and recorded statements from the three boys. Our investigations will help us know if there was any foul-play,” Akong’o said.

The school principal Ephantus Murithi said the management was traumatised by ‘the unfortunate accident’.

Source:The Standard

 

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Family says Paul Manyasi not their son, sets record straight

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A Kakamega family has denied the report by a British TV that its firstborn could be the person whose body fell from a plane in the United Kingdom.

The family has revealed to Standard Digital that their son was called Cedrick Shivanji and not Paul Manyasi as extensively reported by Sky TV yesterday.

“My brother could be alive and they got the names of my parents’ and village name wrong,” Brian Beti told Standard Digital.Sky TV’s John Sparks said the parents were called Paul Manyasi and Irene Manyasi. Brian says his parents are Isaack Beti and Janet Khakali.

“He last posted on Facebook in July yet the man they were reporting about fell from the plane on June 30,” Brian added.

Asked if the family had contacted their son, Brian says he often changed phone numbers and it was hard to get hold of him.“Someone has told dad that he was last seen at Kibera Law Courts,” Brian said, adding that his father was preparing to travel to Nairobi to authenticate the information.

Sky TV reported that Paul, who was 29, was a cleaner for Colnet company at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi.Kenya Airport Authority (KAA) yesterday denied that they could not get any individual named Paul Manyasi in the JKIA register.

The authority further clarified that any person working at the airport required an access pass, but that the name Manyasi could not be traced from the airport pass biometric register.Today, Colnet Limited Kenya also denied that they had such an employee in their records.

“Colnet is aware of the incident by way of fact that there were investigations carried out on the stowaway incident and the company has provided its employees’ record and information to the investigative authorities which confirm that there is no employee by the name Paul Manyasi,” the cleaning company said.

More to follow.

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Janet Wanja announces engagement to Italian boyfriend

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Could the wedding bells be ringing for Kenyan volleyball star Janet Wanja?

The Kenya Pipeline setter on Tuesday took to Facebook and announced her engagement to Italian boyfriend Giulio Calauti.

This piece of news was received with excitement and congratulatory notes from her friends on Facebook with some asking when to expect her in a wedding gown.

VISIT HIS FAMILY

Wanja has been dating Giulio for the past year or so and at some point, the Italian invited the Malkia Striker to Italy to visit his family.

And perhaps to show her commitment, Wanja appears to be learning some Italian going by the recent birthday message she posted to her better half.

“I thank God for blessing you yet another year to celebrate. My prayer is He keeps watching over you as He Always Has. Grazie mio cuore (thank you my heart) for always being there for me and loving me in waits I could never have imagined,” wrote Wanja.

The development provides a triple celebration for Wanja who recently helped the national women volleyball team win the African Games title in Morocco.

She also landed a lucrative endorsement deal with a betting company believed to be worth millions of shillings.

Janet Wanja.

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17th body found floating on Nairobi River during clean-up

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A body of an infant has been found during the ongoing clean-up of Nairobi River in Korogocho area.

The discovery brings to 17 the number of bodies retrieved from the river since Governor Sonko launched the Nairobi River cleanup exercise early last year, according to Nairobi county government spokesman Elkana Jacob. So far, bodies of 13 infants and four adults have been retrieved from the river.

“Right now we are still in shock,” said Fredrick Okinda, chairman of Komb-Green Solutions, the organisation behind the clean-up. “One of us saw the floating baby and we rushed to save him as a team. We managed to recover him but he was already dead.”

This is the ninth baby his organisation has found in one section of the river in a few months. The team has buried the bodies in a makeshift grave next to the river.

PLASTIC BAG

Okinda believes that this was another aborted baby and has previously blamed illegal clinics for some of the bodies found.

In May, the clean-up crew found the body of an eight-year-old boy, just days after the bodies of twin babies were discovered in a plastic bag.

Abortions are illegal in Kenya, unless a woman’s life or health is in danger.

The news coincides with the first day of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), which sees thousands of experts in sexual and reproductive health gather in Nairobi.

Some 6,000 people – including heads of state, government ministers and donors – will gather to discuss everything from sex education to maternal deaths and child marriage.

The event has come under fire from Christian groups who claim that it is promoting abortion and homosexuality in Kenya.

At a press conference on Monday, Saitoti Torome, Principal Secretary at the State Department of Planning, said authorities had been engaging with faith-based organisations to ensure that concerns were addressed.

“There is no attempt to push issues like homosexuality and abortion at this conference,” he said.

“This is a global summit, not a Kenya summit,” added Arthur Erken, UNFPA’s Director of Communications and Strategic Partnerships.

“This is an important issue for women and girls and that is why we cannot shy away from these difficult issues. What to do with it afterward is the sovereign right of every nation.”

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