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Professional football player McDonald Mariga was trapped in behind-the-scenes infighting for the soul of ruling party Jubilee ahead of a looming by-election in Nairobi’s Kibra constituency. The fight, which began on Monday, pits Jubilee party camps allied to President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto.

Dr Ruto’s camp – which favours Mr Mariga’s candidature – sensationally claimed that their rivals in the ruling party, led by Secretary-General Raphael Tuju, had hatched a plot to field a weak candidate for the Kibra election in order to help opposition leader Raila Odinga’s ODM candidate win.

The Uhuru wing of the party, however, insisted that it was in charge of party affairs even as it accused Ruto’s side of pushing for Mariga’s candidature through a fake list of candidates published on Monday evening to hoodwink the electorate.

A Jubilee operative who cannot be named because he is not the party’s official spokesperson said the controversial list of five had come from Ruto’s office and not from the party’s head office.

Contentious list

“It was meant to give the impression that selection of the candidate for Kibra by-election would be fair while the truth is that four aspirants on the list were mere pawns who would pull out at the last minute in favour of the footballer.

”The contentious list, which the electoral commission acknowledged receiving, went into circulation on Monday shortly after Mr Tuju invited Jubilee members interested in vying for the Kibra seat on the party’s ticket to apply.An MP close to the DP insisted that Ruto would supervise the nomination process, which they insist will at the least take the form of an electoral college (select delegates) to decide the party’s flag bearer.“We will not accept board room interviews announced by Tuju,” he said.

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The intrigues escalated yesterday even as it became clear that Mariga had not made up his mind to contest.Ruto and former Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale were said to have approached Mariga and asked him to run for the seat left vacant following the death of Ken Okoth but the football star was yet to respond to the request.

Jubilee party officials also dismissed the Mariga candidature as unfounded because the footballer is not a registered party member and had not applied to run on the party ticket.Ruto’s camp is said to be keen on Mariga’s candidature because of the Luhya population in Kibra constituency, which has traditionally voted for opposition ODM party.

Mariga did not respond to phone calls and text messages on his possible candidature in the Kibra by-election.Tuju has since dismissed as fake the document that listed Mariga alongside Morris Peter Kinyanjui, Walter Trenk, Said Ibrahim and Doreen Wasike as the Jubilee’s aspirants.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) said it had learnt that Jubilee had disowned the letter sent to the commission on August 26.“It has come to the attention of the Commission that Jubilee Party has denied authoring the said letter and termed it as fake,” said IEBC adding that it had written to the party forwarding a copy of the letter “for the party’s information and further action.”

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The development also lifted the lid on the split within the Jubilee party secretariat after Nicodemus Bore Menjo, who chairs the National Elections Board, clashed with Tuju over the list.Mr Bore had insisted that the list was genuine since it bore Tuju’s signature.The intrigues signal a looming fight for the party’s soul in the next couple of days ahead of Tuesday’s deadline for parties to submit their nominees to the electoral agency.

Kimilili MP Didmus Barasa vowed that they will not allow Tuju to preside over the nomination process, insisting the Ruto camp was aware of a plot to field a weak candidate in the race to help ODM recapture the seat.Mr Barasa demanded that Ruto be allowed to supervise the process of picking the party’s candidate as he is the one who will spearhead the party’s campaigns in the constituency.

“We are aware he (Tuju) wants to sneak in a weak candidate so that Jubilee loses in the poll. Since we know he is working for the Opposition we cannot allow him to run the exercise. We want Ruto to be involved since he will supervise the campaigns in Kibra,” said Barasa.

But Tuju insisted that picking a candidate is the role of the party’s National Elections Board and that the board had settled on interviews as the method of picking the candidate.

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He denied claims of a scheme to have a weak candidate in the race but declined to comment further, stating that he did not wish to engage in an altercation with party members.

“I never respond to party members, I only state party position. I cannot be involved in an altercation with party members because they are my employers,” Tuju said.

Direct nomination

He explained that the party has the option of using direct nomination, interviews through NEB or conduct primaries involving party delegates.Jubilee aspirants have until Friday to submit their applications to enable the NEB to conduct interviews on Saturday or Sunday, he said.

“There is no way I could make an announcement at 3 pm inviting interested aspirants, and within two hours meet all conditions set and close receiving applications. This would be tantamount to rigging,” said Tuju.

“This is why in my communication I was very clear that the aspirants get in touch with directorate between now and Friday,” he added. Yesterday, ODM submitted to IEBC names of 11 aspirants who will contest in the party primaries on Saturday for a ticket to vie in the November 7 by-election.

By Standard.co.ke


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Shock as man admits to killing his wife and her lover

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He came home, found his friend in bed with his wife, picked up a panga and murdered them in cold blood before handing himself over to the police.

At least that is what a 40-year-old suspect only identified as Lorumeta wants the police to believe after making a deranged and shocking entrance to Karuna Police Station while brandishing a bloodied machete with a murderous look in his eyes and babbling incoherently.

The incident has left residents of Karuna village in Moiben Sub-county in shock amid claims of a salacious love affair between the man’s wife and his friend.

Both Lorumeta and his friend were employed as casual labourers at Kaptebei Farm, locals said.

Members of the public who had gone to seek services at the station were forced to scamper to safety as police disarmed the suspect before locking him up in the cells.

Motive of murder 

On interrogation, Lorumeta told police he was fed up with his cheating wife’s shameless actions.

Confirming the Saturday afternoon incident, County Police Commander Ayub Ali said the bodies of Nancy Cheruto and Cheruiyot Lomorian, which had deep cuts, were taken to the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital mortuary awaiting a postmortem examination.

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The police boss said investigations are underway to establish the facts. He said the suspect will be charged in court as soon as the investigations are complete.

“For now, the motive of this killing is yet to be known. We are not going to speculate as to the cause of this shocking murder until the investigations are complete,” said Mr Ali.

He added that police cannot rely on the allegations of the suspect until they conduct in-depth investigations.

by nation.co.ke


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By going the solar route, I save Sh140,000 per month, says restaurateur

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Kenya Power was in the news recently complaining that their clients are increasingly transitioning to use of solar energy.

Solar has emerged as a favourite source of power to many homeowners due to its reliability and low cost compared to electricity.

But that is not limited to homes as businesses are also embracing solar energy.

One such business is the new Café Deli branch along Koinange Street.

When the restaurant relocated from Kenyatta Avenue in September, Mr Obado Obadoh, the Managing Director and founder of Nanjala Ltd –the parent company that owns the chain of restaurants — says he wanted to have glass roofing at his new establishment.

This, however, came with its challenges and the option turned out to be expensive since, apart from the glass roofing, they would need ultraviolet (UV) light protectors.

For humans, suntan and sunburn are familiar effects of exposure of the skin to UV light, along with an increased risk of skin cancer.

Solar panels are installed at New Cafe Deli along Koinange Street in Nairobi in this file photo.

Amina Wako | Nation Media Group

But, after consultations with experts, Mr Obado settled for solar panels.

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“When we were designing the Koinange Street branch, we had experts come in and give their opinions. With the Covid-19 situation, we were also looking for ways to cut costs. With solar, we spent less money than all the other available options,” Mr Obado told the Nation.

“When the costing was done by the quantity surveyor, it came down to almost half of what we would have spent on putting up the glass roof.”

Savings important

 

To Mr Obado, saving even a shilling means a lot and so solar was the welcome option.

“At the Kenyatta Avenue (branch), the cost of electricity per month was between Sh250,000 and Sh280,000. Based on the plan we have, we will use Kenya Power as a backup. This means we will save close to Sh140,000 which is half of what we used to pay before,” he said.

 Mr Omondi Lumbe, the electrical contractor who was in charge of the project, says he installed 96 panels on the roof that coves 250 square meters.

“The panels produce close to 33 kilowatts per hour and are in use for eight hours a day, hence produce close to 264 kilowatts daily,” said Mr Lumbe, who is a partner at Kev & Lum Construction and Electrical Company Ltd.

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Solar panels are installed at New Cafe Deli along Koinange Street in Nairobi in this file photo.

Amina Wako | Nation Media Group

To avoid more spending, they opted to use solar power directly instead of using batteries to store more energy.

Today, Café Deli only relies on Kenya Power services for between three and four hours, which is mostly at night when the solar panels are off.

“We are only using Kenya Power at night for three to four hours. That means solar power will be used for most of our 12 hours,” Mr Obado said.

He also has plans to install the solar panels at his other branches on Moi Avenue and Nkurumah Lane, Behind Kencom in Nairobi’s Central Business District.

Business effects

 

This is, however, not the first time the businessman is opting to go the solar power route.

Six years ago, when he wanted to install electricity at his rural home in Busia, he says he was slapped with a quotation of Sh800,000.

“I thought about it and wondered why I would pay such a high figure, buy a transformer which is going to be Kenya Power’s property, and still pay them every month. I settled for solar panels and it’s a decision I don’t regret,” he said.

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According to Mr Obado, the high cost of power in Kenya has rendered businesses uncompetitive compared to other countries in East Africa.

The new Cafe Deli along Koinange Street in Nairobi, which uses solar energy.

Amina Wako | Nation Media Group

Café Deli has joined several companies, universities and factories that have turned to solar power  and, in the process, cut operational costs.

This, according to Kenya Power, has dealt a blow to their already dwindling finances.

“The company operated in a challenging environment over the financial year under review, where demand growth at 3.7 per cent remained below the projected level of five per cent. The dampened demand growth is further compounded by increased threats of grid defection by the industrial category as decentralised renewable energy options are becoming more available and cheaper,” Kenya Power revealed in its latest annual report.


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Kenya has the most expensive schools in Africa costing over Sh3M a year per student

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The International Schools Database 2020, has ranked Kenya’s cluster of schools as the most expensive in Africa.

According to the report, the most expensive international schools in Kenya charge an average of Ksh 3,245,932 in school fees per year.

Kenya has a well-established private, international schools sector serving both expatriates and local elites, with schools clustered around Nairobi, Mombasa, Nakuru and Kisumu.

The vast majority teach in English and offer a British curriculum but International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes are increasingly popular.

International Schools Report 2020.
International Schools Report 2020.
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There are six IB World Schools in Kenya, all of which are authorized to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma.

Three IB programs are offered by Aga Khan Academy schools in Nairobi and Mombasa, while Braeburn Garden Estate School, which is part of the home-grown Braeburn education group, offers the IB Diploma alongside A-levels.

The Braeburn group runs seven schools in Kenya of which four are based in and around Nairobi, with the others are in Mombasa, Kisumu and Nanyuki. The schools follow the English national curriculum leading to A-levels and IGCSEs and two of them offer weekly boarding.

Other international schools in Kenya include: Kenton College Preparatory School, GEMS Cambridge International School, German School Nairobi, Greensted International Schools, St Andrew’s Senior School among others.

In late 2017, St Andrews Turi become the talk of social media after its fees structure and menu were leaked to the public.

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Year 7 and 8 full board students were recorded as paying Ksh 730,000 in school fees per term.

In the latest International School Fees report 2020, South Africa had the lowest maximum prices for international education in Africa (Ksh 627,798).

Kampala in Uganda was highlighted as the most affordable city in Africa for international schooling with the lowest minimum international school fees of Ksh 67,303 per year.

Below are the most costly schools in Kenya:

  • In Kenya, Education is seen as the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today. However, in Kenya, some of the ‘passports’ come at a cost that is enough to buy you a parcel of land and set up a nice bungalow upcountry.


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