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US Embassy in Nairobi to stop accepting old Sh1,000 banknotes



The U.S. Embassy in Nairobi has urged those applying for visas at their consulate that they would stop accepting the old generation Sh1,000 banknotes after next week, September 12, 2019 ahead of the October 1, deadline.

The old generation bank notes will cease to be legal tender on September 30.

The embassy, in a notice on Thursday through their Twitter account, said the decision was because of the directive by the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) that the old notes will no longer be legal tender.

In June, just days after the new generation currency was unveiled, the US embassy had announced that they would not be accepting the new banknotes, but retracted the statement a day later and said they will be accepting both the old and new Kenyan banknotes.


At the time, the embassy explained that it would not accept the new generation banknotes as they were still  developing procedures to accept them.

CBK unveiled the new generation banknotes on Madaraka Day as part of constitutional requirements as well as a measure to curb fraud and money laundering.

The lesser bills of Sh500, Sh200, Sh100, and Sh50 will, however, be accepted by the embassy as per the CBK directive.

During the launch, CBK Governor Prof Patrick Njoroge said Kenyans have until September 30 to exchange any Sh1,000 notes, which will thereafter cease to be legal tender.

“All the older Sh1000 series shall be withdrawn. All persons have until October 1, 2019 to exchange these notes, after which the older ones will cease to be legal tender,” he said.

However, the governor said that the Sh50, Sh100, Sh200 and Sh500 notes will be phased out slowly.


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Deaf teacher excels in online video making



When you meet 31-yearold Samwel Buuri Muriithi the first thing you notice is a warm, polished demeanour and ease of manner.

Then an infectious smile and dead silence. He does not respond verbally.

The best he can do is respond in sign language.

This is the life he has lived since he was 10 years old. He was in Class Three then, in a regular school.

Despite being deaf Muriithi is now a music video producer with a stream of hits under his belt.

He uploads them under the YouTube name Deaf Media K.

“I now edit videos on my phone, I get reviews on my phone too. It has made my work easier,” says Muriithi.

But it has not always been like this.

When he woke up one morning, he says, he could not hear properly from his right ear.

What he describes as the fluttering of butterflies obstructed his hearing.

He thought those close to him were whispering. Sadly though, his sense of hearing was failing.

Muriithi later realised that he was developing a hearing problem.

Soon his left ear developed similar complications. Then he lost the sense the hearing.

He comes from a humble background and did not notice his talent early.

Solace in music

“My love for art developed later, after joining a school for the deaf and interacting with various social groups,” he says.

When his mother died in 2007, he found solace in music and art. “They calmed my emotions wherever I was overwhelmed,” he says.

His love for drama, poetry, music and art blossomed at Machakos Teachers Training College.

“Drama was my new love,” he says. In 2018 a friend asked him to help infuse sign language in a Kiswahili song.

“Since sign language is taught in English, we had to translate the song from Kiswahili to English.

It was difficult,” he recalls.

When the new version of the song was released, he says, feedback was overwhelming.

“The audience was impressed.” Uploading videos on YouTube was rife then.

But, uploading substandard quality videos on the platform was frowned upon.

This necessitated learning how to edit high quality videos.

It was a tedious process and he almost gave up. But when he uploaded the debut Kiswahili video on YouTube the feedback was gratifying. This motivated him to continue the pursuit.

Together with a friend he simulated jokes, translated songs and produced short plays.

He was entrusted with editing videos and posting them on YouTube.

To interpret musicians’ messages he either reads lips or relies on people who can hear.

“Another friend who was conversant with video editing joined the team. His appetite for success kept us on track,” he says.

He practised the art studiously until his editing skills improved. Sometimes he browsed the internet to watch tutorials on video editing. “Before I upload a video I give it to a random friend to review.
He critics and flags where I need to make adjustments.
“The reviewer checks the quality of sound, relevance of subtitles and

actions. Such reviews help me to fine-tune the final output,” he says. Supporters applaud his work.

Then there are critics, mostly from the deaf community, who tell him areas to improve in subsequent uploads.

Last year he was the lead actor in the movie The City Girl.

The “opportunity taught me how persons living with disability can use art to change society,” he says.

During production an interpreter was hired to help people with disability understand the director’s commands.

“When shooting we must have the hearing community. We cannot do it alone,” he says.

As a director, how do you know that a video is good for the audience? I ask.

“My intention is to educate the hearing community on sign language and give them a reason to watch by incorporating humour,” he says.

Muriithi is a teacher by profession.

“Teaching does not tickle my fancy. I teach to survive while I act to find fulfilment,” he says.

“Interests of the deaf are not fully represented in the mainstream media. This is the gap I envision to fill.”

Love for arts

When Samwel Buuri Muriithi woke up one morning he could not hear properly from his right ear.

Soon his left ear developed similar complications. Then he lost the sense of hearing altogether.

When his mother died in 2007, he found solace in music and art.

His love for drama, poetry, music and art blossomed at Machakos Teachers Training College.

By Sunday Nation

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Eldoret landlady on the spot for removing iron sheets from tenant’s house over KSh 500 rent arrears



An Eldoret landlady is on the spot after she removed iron sheets from the roof of a tenant’s house over KSh 500 rent arrears even as other kind landlords in some counties were waiving rent for their clients due to tough economic conditions worsened by COVID-19 pandemic.

The tenant identified as Elijah Okumu, a bodaboda rider could no longer afford to pay rent due to the dawn to dusk curfew and strict safety measures the government has imposed on boda boda operators to reduce the spread of coronavirus.

Eldoret landlady on the spot for removing iron sheets from tenant's house over KSh 500 rent arrearsElijah Okumu, a boda boda operator in Eldoret, Uasin Gishu county. Photo: KTN News.
Source: UGC

Speaking to KTN News, the operator said he could no longer fend for his family.

“When the landlady came she told me to pay the KSh 500 rent arrears but I told her I did not have cash at the moment. After a few minutes, she sent a fundi who came and removed all the iron sheets leaving us in cold yet we have a young one month-old child,”

“The economy has deteriorated, the most I can get after a long day handwork is KSh 300 out of which I have to buy food, purchase fuel for my motorbike and pay for its loan,”Okumu said.

Eldoret landlady on the spot for removing iron sheets from tenant's house over KSh 500 rent arrearsOkumu’s wife Bosibori was at the house when the incident happened. Photo: KTN News.
Source: UGC

Okumu’s wife Bosibori said the incident happened on Friday, March 3, at night.

“Yesterday as we were asleep, I heard a bang outside as soil particles were dropping down on my baby. I asked my son to go and check what was going on and he confirmed someone was on the roof busy removing the iron sheets,” she said.

Recently, a Nyandarua landlord, on the other hand, excited his tenants after waiving their two months rent in addition to helping them stock food in preparation for a lockdown.

Michael Munene said he was well aware of the harsh reality his tenants were facing as some of them worked in flower farms which have since been closed after the ban on international flights was announced by the government.

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School where Kindiki was filmed building mud-walled classrooms gets Sh10m



A Tharaka school where Senate Deputy Speaker Kithure Kindiki was in 2018 filmed building mud-walled classroom leading to mockery has received Sh10 million infrastructure funds from the Ministry of Education.

Speaking to media yesterday, Tharaka Member of Parliament Gitonga Murugara said they had also made sure that Kamutuandu Primary School, which was founded by locals is registered and government teachers deployed.

He said the money would be used in the construction of classrooms and an administration block to ensure that the local children get quality education like their counterparts in the rest of the country.

Tharaka Nithi senator Kithure Kindiki and Tharaka Member of Parliament Gitonga Murugara (left) join Kamutuandu Primary School pupils in a dance on February 17, 2018. The school has received Sh10 million for infrastructure from Ministry of Education. PHOTO | ALEX NJERU

“We are happy to announce that although we were ridiculed for constructing mud-walled classroom, the school has received Sh10 million infrastructure funds,” said Mr Murugara.

He said the school is expected to bring a great change in the area that had been disadvantaged in many ways.

He added that peace had also resumed in the region which is prone to banditry attacks after the deployment of police in Kamutuandu police post.

0080: Tharaka Member of Parliament Gitonga Murugara receiving mud from a local during construction of mud-walled classroom at Kamutuandu Primary School on February 17, 2018. The school has received Sh10 million for infrastructure from Ministry of Education. PHOTO | ALEX NJERU

After the photos of Prof Kindiki and MP Murugara constructing mud-walled classroom went viral on social media, the senator defended himself saying that they would be temporarily occupied by pupils who were using the police post’s buildings, until they get permanent tuition block.

Kindiki promised that he would make sure that the school becomes a centre of excellence in the region.



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