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WATCH LIVE: Mt Kenya BBI rally happening now [VIDEO]

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The Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) rally in Meru kicked off shortly after 12pm Saturday.

Governors from all the Mt Kenya counties including Meru, Kirinyaga, Nyeri, Tharaka-Nithi, Embu, Kiambu, Nyandarua, Laikipia, Murang’a and Nakuru are in attendance.

ODM leader Raila Odinga is the chief guest.

The meeting is expected to, among other objectives, provide a political solution to the future of Mt Kenya politics.

MPs allied to the Deputy President William Ruto are expected to attend the meeting.

But , several meetings held across the region in the run-up to today’s rally were boycotted by some MPs who support Ruto.

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

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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.

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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

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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.

By NN

 

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Kenyan-American teen accepted into 11 top US universities

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A Kenyan-American teenager has been accepted into 11 prestigious universities in the US after she completed high school.

Amidst the sad news associated with Covid-19, Sharon Njeri Wambu has a reason to celebrate after receiving acceptance into several prestigious universities in America.

Njeri, whose parents immigrated to the US from Kenya, received acceptance to 11 top universities including Harvard, Stanford, Columbia, Cal Poly Pomona, and Vanderbilt.

Others are University of South California (USC), University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), University of California Irvine (UCI), University of California, San Diego (UCSD), University of South Carolina, Beaufort (UCSB), and the University of California, Riverside (UCR).

In a recent interview with African Warrior Magazine, Njeri, who graduated from Norco High in Norco, California, said she wants to study Computer Science.

“I would like to use software engineering to work on platforms where people can share experiences with each other,” she said.

“I actually didn’t know I would venture into this field until the summer before my senior year. I feel that computer science gives me a tangible way to solve problems around me, and I appreciate the creativity that computer science requires.”

On how she felt after receiving acceptance to all these prestigious universities, Njeri said, “When I opened my college acceptances, I was incredibly excited and even a bit shocked. So many qualified applicants get rejected and I am grateful that the admissions committees saw something in me.”

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Njeri said that it makes her happy to know that wherever she chooses to go, she will have access to amazing resources and people who will push her and help her achieve her goals.

Njeri mother told the magazine that her daughter’s acceptance to the 11 prestigious colleges did not come as a surprise, saying that her daughter put in all the hard work.

So far, Njeri is yet to choose which university she will be going to.

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