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Police, Egerton University students clash

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Police in Njoro, Nakuru County resorted to shooting in the air to disperse rioting students at Egerton University’s main campus on Sunday evening, coming a month after the school was closed following student unrest.

The university had announced the resumption of classes, but the management of the institution required students to pay Sh17,000 for damage to property from the previous demo, an amount the students have taken issue with, leading to Sunday evening’s drama.

According to Njoro Sub County Police Commander Mohammed Huka, students had tried to gain access to the institution through the main gate but were denied entry by security officers manning the entrance.

Police engaged the students who were hurling stones in running battles, with officers to shooting in the air to disperse them.

“The situation has been contained after the officers intervened,” said Mr Huka.

A Royal Media Services reporter had his recorder confiscated by officers at the main entrance when they realised that he was recording the incident.

“They noticed my gadget was recording and confiscated it as they locked me in a small office at the main gate for one hour” the journalist told Nation on phone.

The scribe, who recorded a statement at Njoro Police Station, said that his phone was also confiscated but was later handed back to him, leaving officers with his recorder.

In December, students had protested the administration’s move to block learners with arrears from sitting exams.

The institution had threatened to defer affected students for a year if they did not clear fee balances.

Student leaders had called for a meeting on December 4 but as they assembled at the student centre to hear from their leaders, police arrived and lobbed teargas at them, forcing them out of the institution and into Njoro town.

The university was then closed indefinitely.

By nation.co.ke

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Covid-19: US gives Kenya Sh5bn

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The US says it will provide Sh5 billion to support Kenya’s Health sector and economic recovery.

Through the US Agency for International Development (USAID), Washington announced the support for Kenya’s Covid-19 response and recovery efforts to meet immediate and longer-term challenges that the virus is posing.

US Ambassador to Kenya Kyle McCarter said that they are focusing on ensuring resources get to the counties and local communities.

“The American people have always been generous to those in need around the world, and today Kenya is facing the compound challenges of Covid-19, flooding and locusts,” he said.

Nearly Sh610 million of this cash will ensure children are educated through distance learning, young people gain jobs in emerging areas, and citizen-responsive governance helps mitigate possible conflict, violence, and civil unrest.

USAID Mission Director Mark Meassick said that the funds will directly benefit Kenyans.

“We partner with the Kenyan government, NGOs, civil society and local organisations and institutions to support the Kenyan people. The US requires our partners to adhere to rigorous reporting requirements and standards,” Mr Meassick said.

To date, and with support from the US, more than 1,600 health workers have been trained in 35 counties.

272,000 Ministry of Health posters on the prevention and symptoms of Covid-19 have also printed and distributed across 23 high-risk counties, personal protective equipment (PPEs) repurposed from the Ebola outbreak to protect health care workers and labs provided with diagnostic and capacity-building support.

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‘My parents were afraid I’d fail exams,’ Nameless remembers his graduation day at UoN

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Singer David Mathenge aka Nameless is one of the most learned musicians around. The father of two started his singing career back in the day when he was still studying Architecture at the University of Nairobi.

Nameless was among the talents behind the architecture of The Hub shopping Mall in Karen.

Just like any other parents, Nameless’ didn’t support his career at first and he revealed that they thought he would fail his exams at the university.

But shock on them on his graduation, he had passed with flying colours.

‘FBF to my graduation day…My parents were Sooo tensed that I may fail my final year exams because of my music career taking off while still in campo, ndio maana mum ana smile from ear to ear in relief😅😅!! Hawakuwa wanajua Mimi ni mnoma kwa design😎🤨… Otherwise musijudge look yangu , I had to look innocent infront of my paroz bana 🤷🏾‍♂️… Na hiyo ni durag under the graduation hat 🧐😂… After this nilivua specs Nika vaa shades nikaenda Carnivore kufunga show,’ he posted accompanied by the photo below.

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Nameless and his parents

Nameless met his wife Wahu Kagwi, a fellow artiste while still in campus. They studied at the same university.

Check out comments on his post

wahukagwi After all the transnighting I did with you half this degree is mine

karwaay Are we going to talk about that tie ama nikanyagie?😂😂

bienaimesol Always a G

miss.muya You kinda look like Bien of Sauti sol

derekmwai Icon, thank you for motivation back in Highie🤓 ride kwa Surf ilikuwa something💪

davidmuriithi This is how I remember you aki.

kaydeelethal @namelesskenya waaaaaay before u are aromat

matrieyann Mungu nifundishe kunyamaza😂😂😂

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Most teachers seeking treatment abroad suffering cancer – report

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ajority of teachers seeking treatment outside the country suffer from can-cer, a report by insurance provider Minet Kenya indicates.

The report dubbed Teachers Medical Scheme Statistics Summary indicates that cases that sort treatment outside the country for cancer stood at 50 per cent, while heart diseases stood at 8 per cent.

Aneurysm cases were 7 per cent, leukaemia was at 6 per cent, kidney diseases at 5 per cent, nervous system disorder also at 5 per cent and spinal cord problems at 3 per cent.Liver diseases were at 3 per cent, and so were hip replacement procedures.

Hearing loss cases were 2 per cent making.

The report indicates that a total of 1,036,022 members are benefiting from the medical scheme.Rift valley has the highest number of members at 295,896, while North Eastern has the least number at 15,537.Eastern has 191,474 members, Nyanza has 184, 938, Western (145,492) Central (116,679), Coast (65,791) and Nairobi (20,215).At the moment, the report shows that teachers enrolled in the scheme are 332,501, spouses are 183,135 while children are 520,386.

Last expense, which are payments made to meet burial costs, stood at Sh523 million from the 2015/2016 financial year up to May, while group life compensation stood at Sh1.8 billion.The amount paid for inpa-tient claims as at January, from 2015/2016, stood at Sh15 billion while outpatient, dental, optical and maternity spend as at Sep-tember 2019 stood at Sh16 billion.

Chronic diseases management enrolment stood at 2,648.The report indicates that the company has undertaken 284 international treatments.

“Most of the cases are referred to India where specialised treatment is not available locally. Cases that we evacuate include but are not limited to transplants, PET Scans, cancer, cardiac diseases, brain and spinal disorders,” states the report.

The medical scheme for teach-ers now stands at a budget of Sh9 billion and is expected to grow to Sh12 billion in the new financial year starting in July.

In the improved scheme, the Teachers Service Commission in-creased inpatient cover to between Sh750, 000 and Sh2.5 million from Sh500,000 to Sh1.5 million.

Optical services are now at Sh45,000 up from between Sh10,000 and Sh25,000, dental is at Sh35,000 up from between Sh10,000 and Sh25,000, while maternity is between Sh100,000 to Sh200,000 up from a previous Sh75,000.Group life cover is between Sh450,000 to Sh1 million, while the last expense is between Sh200,000 to Sh600,000.

Overseas evacuation is now at Sh1 million. Children eligible for the scheme are those aged zero to 18 years. Those in the 19–25 age bracket must provide evidence that they are enrolled in learning institu-tions school to access the benefits.

Teachers are now able to contact medical service providers through online platforms after the scheme administrator unveiled an online porta

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