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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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Parents of students yet to join Form One in Embu face arrest

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By JUDITH GICOBI

Parents of kids in Mbeere North, Embu County, who fail to join secondary school, will be arrested.

This is a directive by the areas’ Deputy County Commissioner, Mr Siele. The chiefs in the area have been instructed to implement the directive immediately.

“Chiefs should compile a list of children who have not reported to Form One so that their parents can be arrested and prosecuted,”

He reminded the residents that government wants all the pupils who completed their K.C.P.E in 2019 to be enrolled in High School.

“President Uhuru Kenyatta was categorical that all children who did KCPE should be accommodated in high schools and parents should stop joking,” he stated.

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Kitui school re-opens one week after teacher’s gruesome murder

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By JUDITH GICOBI

A primary school in Kitui County, Ndooni Primary, has finally re-opened school. This is one week after a teacher, Daisy Mbathe Mbaluka, was lynched by a mob, apparently for poor performance.

Teachers Service Commission(TSC) has since withdrawn its remaining six teachers from the school.
The Parents Teachers Association Chairman of the school, Mr. Mutua Mutingu, reported that at the moment, they are working with the school-based teachers.

“We had a meeting with education officials and the security team yesterday (Tuesday), and we agreed to have the school re-opened for pupils to continue with their studies. They are in school as we talk. Tutors employed by parents would continue teaching.”

He went ahead to say that the Sub-County Director of education had promised to send them new teachers in a week’s time
“They told us they will first post a headteacher then others will follow. The school is doing fine; there is no tension at all.”
So far, eight suspects have appeared in court in connection to Daisy’s murder, one of them being her husband.

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William Ruto’s daughter Abby Cherop joins Form One at Alliance Girls High School

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By JUDITH GICOBI

Deputy President William Ruto is a happy father after his daughter, Abby Cherop, joined Alliance girls high school. Abby reported to school on Monday the 13th of January.

Abby sat for her K.C.P.E in 2019 and she managed to score a total of 406 Marks out of the possible 500 marks.

She was accompanied to Alliance girls by her mother, together with three other women and one man.

Abby made headline in the year 2017, after her mother, Prisca accused the Deputy president of being a deadbeat dad. Howe ever, His excellency, the deputy president denied those claims and made it clear that he provided for his daughter.

 

 

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