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Pupil, 14, who hang self after period shame at school buried

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The girl reported to have committed suicide after a teacher humiliated her for soiling her dress was buried on Saturday amid calls for free sanitary towels in schools.

Jackeline Chepng’eno, who died aged 14, was buried at Kiptewit Village in Bureti Constituency in an emotional ceremony that also reunited her estranged parents, Robert Kirui and Beatrice Kirui, after years apart.

The Standard Six pupil at Kabiangek Primary School had been living with her maternal grandparents in Kabiangek village in Bomet County.An old pick-up truck that ferried her body from Kapkatet Hospital mortuary was one of the three vehicles in the funeral procession that had local boda boda riders flanking it as outriders.

When the cortège arrived in the compound, the white coffin was taken to a newly constructed tiny mud-walled house.

Chepng’eno’s body “rested” there for a few minutes.Hundreds of mourners stood and observed a minute of silence as the pallbearers brought the coffin out of the house and placed it under a shade for the funeral service.

However, there was a hitch, and mourners had to wait a little longer to listen to Chepng’eno’s eulogy because in the haste of organising the girl’s funeral, her family forgot to write it.

“Though we loved Chepng’eno dearly and wouldn’t have wished her to take her life, I would like to thank her since her death has reunited her parents. My daughter-in-law had left her house for far too long,” said Chepng’eno’s grandfather David Lang’at.

“I want my son and his wife to now learn to live in peace and harmony. Don’t be too quick to involve busy bodies in your marital affairs, including the chief. I welcome my daughter-in-law back,” he said.

Chepng’eno’s mother extended an olive branch to the teacher said to have provoked her daughter’s suicide.“What I really want is to see the teacher and talk to her so that my aching heart can heal,” she said.

Teacher’s role

Among the mourners was area MP Kiptergech Mutai, who called on the Ministry of Education to investigate the role of Chepng’eno’s teacher in her suicide.

“One of Chepng’eno’s teachers has been adversely mentioned as being the reason why she committed suicide. The Ministry of Education must come out clearly on the allegation. No other girl should be period-shamed ever again,” he said.

Mr Mutai called on the teacher to come out and clear her name.“Chepng’eno’s family would like to hear her version of the story and if she proves that she is blameless, the story will end there. If not, she will have to undergo traditional rituals, lest the death returns to haunt her children,” said the Bureti MP.

The MP also called on the Government to compensate Chepng’eno’s family.“The Ministry of Education should take full responsibility,” he said.

According to the MP, Chepng’eno’s death highlighted the need for the Government to supply free sanitary towels in schools.“Sanitary towels should be made readily available. The ministry has been allocated adequate funds to include the provision of the items as part of the free education. In essence, we should not be having schools without sanitary towels,” he said.

Mutai called on the Ministry of Education to ensure all teachers underwent refresher courses to understand girls who reach puberty.Human rights activist Lillian Cheptiony condemned the poor state of Chepng’eno’s school and appealed to Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha to visit it.

“The classrooms do not have windows. Cows sleep in one of the classrooms. Some of the teachers have overstayed there,” she said.

Mrs Cheptiony, who drew media attention to Chepng’eno’s death, accused Education officers in Bomet of plotting a cover-up.

“They are yet to interview Chepng’eno’s parents. They have also been threatening me, but I will not be intimidated for fighting for the rights of girls,” she said.“I will even write to President Uhuru Kenyatta to order investigation into Chepng’eno’s death,” she said.During the burial, Gertrude Chepkemoi of Golden Heart Foundation announced that the organisation would distribute sanitary towels at Chepng’eno’s school.

By Standard.co.ke

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There’s a good chance your tin of coffee contains ground-up cockroaches

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Some people can’t start a day without a coffee – and a lot of people might change their coffee habit for good after this.

For most of us who can’t afford a coffee shop-like monster machine to use whole beans, we often reach for big tins and jars of pre-ground beans to keep going for a couple of weeks at least.

A few people oddly develop an allergic reaction to this widely consumed type of coffee. Sucks for them but innocent enough, right?

Wrong. The reason why they start to experience this allergy will make your skin crawl.

That’s because if you’re drinking coffee made from pre-ground beans, there’s also a pretty high chance you’re swigging down ground-up cockroaches.

University of Montana biology professor Douglas Emlen first spilled the beans on the gross finding in a 2009 interview about his research into dung beetles, as reported by news.com.au .

Dr Emlen described how, as a student, he drove across the country with his professor who was ‘fiercely addicted to caffeine’ and often made them drive up to 45 minutes off route to find somewhere that served whole bean fresh ground coffee.

“I remember giving him a really hard time because we were wasting a lot of travel time trying to feed his addiction because he needed a coffee every couple of hours,” said Dr Emlen.

“And he finally explained to me he had to drink only whole bean fresh ground coffee — and it was because of cockroaches.”

After years of teaching entomology, the study of insects and their relationships with humans, the professor became badly allergic to cockroaches from handling them so often.

He couldn’t touch a cockroach without getting a reaction and suffered similarly when he drank coffee made from pre-ground beans.

When the professor looked into it he found pre-ground coffee is all processed from huge stockpiles that get infested with cockroaches.

He explained that little can be done to filter out the creatures, so they all get ground up along with the beans. Feeling ill yet? Here’s a little more.

Dr Emlen said at the time US defect standards allowed coffee beans to contain as much as 10 percent’ insect filth and insects’.

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Boda boda criminal gang giving residents of Kahawa Wendani sleepless nights

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Residents of Kahawa Wendani estate are slowly losing the trust they have had with boda boda operators following a series of robberies that involve the riders.

For the last two weeks, area residents have experienced an upsurge in crime and are now asking the police to step up and stop the spate of muggings that has hit the area.

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Mr Jairus Kipkorir, who lives in the area, says last weekend he witnessed two men on a boda boda snatching a phone from a woman and then speeding off.

“They did it so fast and before the woman could do anything they had already disappeared,” Kipkorir told Nairobi News.

Such incidents have become common in recent times in the area, according to the residents.

Another area resident, Ishmael Makau, narrated to Nairobi News how on Thursday last week, two men on a motorbike snatched a handbag from another woman just a few meters from the Kahawa bus terminus.

“Some people saw the incident attempted to give chase but the thugs somehow managed to escape,” he said.

Lucky Summer residents have also raised similar concerns over a gang that is unleashing terror on them at night.

ATTACKED AND ROBBED

On Sunday night, a woman who was walking from Baba Dogo estate, was accosted, attacked and robbed by two men as members of the public watched in dismay.

Ms Tabitha Karungu said that her attackers wrestled her to the ground and stole and made away with her handbag.

“The number of touts famously known as Makanga is high in this estate. Something should be done about it,” she said.

She also narrated how on Sunday she saw touts beating up a man because he vomited in a bus.

“The man looked sick and we were forced to intervene and stop the touts from beating him up,” she said.

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WATCH: Mariga struggles to answer questions from journalists

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McDonald Mariga appears to be encountering challenges in his bid to transition from a star footballer to a politician.

On Sunday, the former Harambee Stars player appeared to struggle to respond to questions from journalists while on the campaign trail.

Mariga had organised a football tournament involving the local teams and took that opportunity to push for his sports agenda in the event he is elected to office to succeed the late Ken Okoth on November 7.

It took the intervention of Langata lawmaker Nixon Korir to help the former Inter Milan midfielder to respond to a question from NTV journalist Seth Olale on live TV.

Seth Olale: Mariga, it is just three weeks to the by-election, so far, in terms of your strategy, is it working for you? And in terms of some of the issues raised by your campaign team in terms of security, have they been addressed? And so far how is the ground in Kibra?

Mariga (responds in Swahili): Ground iko poa but today ilikuwa mambo ya sports sitaki kuongelea mambo mingi. Nataka tulaunch sports Kibra, na tu-nurture talents. (The ground is okay, but we are focusing on sports today, my aim is to nurture talent).

At this point Koriri interjects and continues answering the question, despite indications from the journalists present that Mariga should field the questions.

Korir: Generally, we are doing well… you know where the violence is coming from. We are not a violent group. You can see right now all the players that are playing today are from different political parties but we’ve been unified today by football.

ODM’s Bernard ‘Imran’ Okoth, Eluid Owalo of ANC and Khamisi Butichi of Ford-Kenya alongside Mariga considered front runners in the Kibra race which has attracted a total of 26 contestants.

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