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How 10-month break will hurt children



Last Wednesday, two teenage boys who were being chased by administration police officers were knocked down and injured by a car as they crossed the road at Pakawa Estate in Nakuru County.

They were running away from police officers, who had raided illegal gambling premises in the area.

A few kilometres in Mau Forest, two teens were found dead after being shot with bows and arrows by unknown assailants who made away with tens of head of cattle.

The bodies of the two – aged 14 and 15 – were found in the forest on Wednesday morning, after they failed to return home the previous day.


Just a month ago, tens of teens were arrested in Nakuru as they shot pornographic videos and held a party in total disregard of government directives to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

These are just but a few of the ways children – who Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha says should be learning online – are spending their time at home. Already, some have fallen into the traps of social delinquency and are indulging in immorality and other vices.

In Kisii County, for instance, school heads are under pressure from parents following discovery that some children have turned their classrooms into sex dens.

Mr Dominic Magori, a parent in Nyamemiso village, Kegati Location, Nyaribari Chache, said children sneak into the classrooms in the nearby primary school, often dodging the guard whose movements they monitor.


On a rainy afternoon, he had dashed into one of the classrooms to seek shelter and was shocked at what he saw.

“I ran into two youngsters, aged between 14 and 16, having sex. They vanished into a nearby bush immediately they saw me,” he said.

His curiosity stirred, he took a walk around other unlocked classrooms and found wrappings of used condoms scattered on the floors of two classrooms.

A guard at a neighbouring school, who sought anonymity for fear of reprisals, confirmed Mr Magori’s story.


Across Nyanza, Western and South Rift regions, the effects of Covid-19 on families have seen parents push their children into mining, hawking, fishing and boda boda businesses.

In Ikolomani constituency, children are flocking to goldmines to join their parents in crushing rocks from the underground shafts.

Ikolomani Assistant County Commissioner 1 Cromwell Mutuku said efforts are being made to sensitise parents to avoid involving children in mining activities. “We are literally forced to police the mines to keep away the children, who are being encouraged by their parents to join them in mining activities,” said Mr Mutuku.

In Kakamega, Kisumu, Migori and Mumias towns, children are freely hawking an assortment of goods.


Every morning, tens of children can be seen carrying packets of sweets, small containers with roasted and boiled groundnuts, chewing gums, ripe bananas, boiled and roasted maize, mandazi and other food items.

Mr Fadhili Mulaa, a barber in the town, said the children hawkers are very aggressive.

Kisumu Children’s Department director Humphrey Wandeo warns that hawking not only exposes children to Covid-19 but also sexual abuse.

“We have warned parents several times that they are risking the lives of their children. This exposes them to sex predators who will destroy their lives. Some of the children work past 7.30pm,” he said.


In Bomet, Kericho and Kisii counties, it is common to come across underage boys dangerously riding motorcycles on main and feeder roads.

We found 16-year-old Brian, a Form Three student at Daraja Mbili Secondary School in Kisii town, waiting for customers at Daraja Moja stage at around 9pm on Monday.

He hires the motorcycle from a former school mate, who dropped out of school. He sends Sh200 daily to him for a ‘squad’ and keeps the rest, taking home up to Sh400 for his family’s upkeep.

“I hardly find time to do my assignments, which are sent online,” he said.

Kisii Town Boda Boda Association chairman Mike Mose said many of the accidents witnessed in the town are caused by young, inexperienced drivers.

Masaba North OCPD Robert Ndambiri said: “These children are courting death and we will arrest them.”


In Bomet and Kericho counties, children are also engaged as tea pickers in small and large scale farms. Some schoolgirls have been sexually exploited.

“As a result of closure of schools, children are engaged in all manner of things and it is difficult for parents to monitor them,” said Mr Paul Kimetto, the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers Bomet County executive secretary.

In Migori, a spot check by the Nation in Siri and Muhuru towns revealed that an increasing number of children are engaged in fishing expeditions in Lake Victoria.

“They come here as early as 5am seeking casual work, such as drying fresh omena (sardines) for a token. We give them tins of omena in return,” said Ms Priscah Awuor, a fish monger.

Along the gold belt of Masara, Mikeyi Osiri Matanda and Opasi mines in Nyatike and Sauna West sub-counties, young learners are involved in prospecting for gold.

Last month, a 14-year-old boy died at a local mine in Awendo when the walls of the mine caved in.

Mr Chacha Mwita, a resident of Guitembe village in Kuria West, said boys have been crossing over to Narok County to seek work as cattle herders.


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Tricky’s not-so life experience funny



Dressed in his characteristic baggy grey coat, a red shirt and a short trouser that barely reaches his ankle, Francis Munyao aka MCA Tricky convincingly brings the street boy persona to the stage. But not many people know that behind his chokora persona, the stand-up comedian is a university graduate, a radio host, and a master of ceremonies (MC).

His mother, Anne Kasivi, a farmer in Makueni still marvels at her last born’s achievements. Tricky has managed to settle the family in a good house and make their lives comfortable, one of the things that he considers to be his greatest achievements in life.

For now, his stunt as a social media influencer has been his anchor during this tough Covid-19 period. His YouTube channel MCA Tricky TV has 250,000 subscribers, while both his Instagram and Facebook channels have over one million followers, which has made the 27-year-old a highly sought out influencer.

“He has an upcoming YouTube talk show that has a touch of comedy dubbed ‘Step by Step’. The show is meant to inspire young people to make use of their talents,” narrates Anne

Anne recalls how tough life was raising her three children. Together with her husband, they did menial jobs in the village. As their children grew older, they would too join in the hustle.

“We would clear bushes and cultivate a farm for Sh100,” she says.

Borrowed stuff

But though her son’s childhood was riddled with poverty, Tricky was a bright student. He began school at Ikungu Primary School, Makueni in 1998 until 2005 when a headmaster from Kiambani Primary School, Makueni, poached him.

“He received full scholarship in the boarding school. I remember borrowing my brother’s old bag for Tricky to carry his school belongings with since I couldn’t afford a new bag,” she recalls.

Even with the hardships, Tricky still managed to hold first position. Since Anne had sold all their goats and chicken to pay for Trickys’ elder sibling’s fees, she had no extra money for bus fare to visit his son, hence she would walk 50 kilometres to see him.

“When at Ikungu, there was one time pupils were going for an educational trip to Mombasa and they were paying Sh600. That was a large sum of money for us to raise, but the headmaster surprised him by paying for his trip. I remember packing for him some sticks to brush his teeth since he didn’t have a toothbrush. For shoes, we borrowed my neighbour’s, but they were big in size,” he says.

The stand-up comedian passed his national exam with flying colours, emerging top two in Makueni county in 2007.

He was sponsored to study in Masai Boys High School in Nairobi, but after Form One, the scholarship ended and that’s how he found himself in the streets of Nairobi.

“The year 2008 was one of the darkest moments in his life, something he doesn’t want to talk about. I didn’t know about him being a chokora. I guess he didn’t want to worry us or feel like he was troubling us,” she says.

He returned home in 2009 and joined Kiangini Secondary School, Makueni. But after an year, he got scholarship again and went back to his former secondary school in Nairobi. Come final exams, Tricky scored an A. He was absorbed in his alma mater as a teacher teaching science subjects.

“The challenges he has passed through in life equipped him to assist his students with their assignments as he would stay with them until late at night,” she reveals.

His monthly salary was around Sh6,000 from which he rented a house and further supported his family. Tricky later received his admission to join Kenyatta University (KU) and was required to pay Sh20,000, an amount he didn’t have. As a result, he deferred his studies.

“He was supposed to join KU in 2012 to pursue biochemistry, but he deferred and changed to mechanical engineering in 2013,” Anne says.

“He was the first person in our village to go to university. Here, he still was an A student and was loved by his lecturers. During long holidays, he would go back home and continue teaching.

It was in his second year that he became the vice chair of the Mechanical Engineering School Association. It was also in this year that his comedy and MC’s skills were honed when he joined the drama club,” she continues.

Breakthrough came

In 2014, Tricky joined Kenyatta University Travelling theatre, which was started by comedians Walter Mong’are and Tony Njuguna.

He became the chairman of the group after a year and through it, he would end up performing for president Uhuru Kenyatta, the former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and many other dignitaries such as former US president Barack Obama in 2015.

He auditioned for Churchill Show in 2016. Though he failed in his first attempt, he sailed through the second audition.

What made him get the part was remembering a character who made his life bearable during that dark 2008 year.

“He wanted to show people that even during tough times, there is something one can learn from the situation,” she says.

His chokora role would eventually catapult him to fame. But some of his villagers and critics question his fast rise to fame and fortune. Some naysayers in the village think that he belongs to the famous illuminati cult. Some even thought that they had a jinni something that has made

Anne go slow with her neighbours. “Presently, the people he used to farm for are the ones farming for him. My son always tells us to never treat them the way they treated us and when he does shopping, he always tells us to share with those who stood with us during our tough moments,” Anne says in conclusion.


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Three qualities needed to succeed in the tech consulting space




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A-book-a-week project boosts reading culture, _ in Nyandarua ‘



Josephat Muhia had always toyed with the idea of starting a library. Deep down his educator’s mind, he knew there was room for a community library in his part of Nyandarua county, a brook from which would flow the knowledge and succor that book lovers yearned.

But Mwalimu, as he is known, would always shelve the idea, figuring that it wouldn’t work, or that the timing was wrong, or that people in his neighborhood would give his concept a lukewarm, disheartening welcome. So, when Covid-19 struck in March and the fate of schooling hung on the precipice, Mwalimu knew time was ripe; the iron was hot, and he promptly struck his hammer “I started in April,” Muhia told People Dally. “For subscriptions, I started by approaching people I knew. They were convinced, and it worked.”

Thus was borne the Masomo Bora Community Support Library, located along the Flyover-Njabini highway, just a stone’s throw away from the junction to Thika. This library caters to the needs of all readers, with specific emphasis on school-going children. It stocks a growing array of books, ranging from storybooks to Christian and motivational literature.

Inside the library, which is partitioned to accommodate a general supplies shop on one side, Muhia has stacked volumes of books from floor to ceiling.

”come pick read and return ”urgesa notice that Muhia has circulated in the neighborhood of Magumu ward, Nyandarua county. Due to Covid-19 rules, he has been cautious not to accommodate readers in the space; so, he strictly operates on a take-away policy. Learners can borrow books for a maximum of one week, and Muhia explains why.

f you exceed one week, then that book isn’t helping you. I usually tell parents that I give one week because it compels the learner to read during that [short] period.

If you bought the same book for your child, they would probably never read it knowing the book belongs to them, and they have all the time in the world,” he says.

The one-week deadline, Muhia says, also lessens wear and tear, as it minimises handling and discourages borrowers from giving books to third parties. He says that, thankfully, his borrowers have so far maintained the books well.

“Kids can be careful with books, so I don’t’ have much to worry about. It is, especially so with children with the initiative to come and borrow. Such children are likely to know the value of books and respect them,” adds Muhia.

A teacher by training, Muhia has also published a book, You Believe, You Achieve, a motivational treatise that urges one to scale the heights of their ambition buoyed by sheer belief in their competencies, and not to be discouraged by fleeting distractions along the way.

Boxing referee The library was easy to start. Given that he already operated a bookshop in the area, the launch was almost effortless. He says it is more a product of his magnanimity rather than rapacious drive

of an entrepreneurial mind in the face of calamity. Admitting the bookshop offered more handsome financial returns,muhiasays the library accords him the benefit of greater fulfillment when he sees the social impact.

“Today, I can lend a dictionary worth thousands of shillings to multiple learners. It works better that way, for everyone’s good.” The concept, he says, is grounded on this personal philosophy.

“When a boxing referee raises the winner’s hand, the referee is also part of the winner’s victory, despite not being an active participant in the bout. People will acknowledge that two hands were in the air. When people benefit from your initiative, you, too, become part of their success, and the world will honour you for that.”

Some of the library’s staunch members include college students and the elderly, particularly the retired senior members of society.

“I get occasional request from shopkeepers for recreational books to read as they while the time away. Some retirees have stayed home for long, without access to books.

Recreation centre Such a person may visit the library and pick a volume by Chinua Achebe, to read and recollect their memories from days gone by. An elderly friend made me look for Abunuwasis Tales, saying it would remind him of his childhood, and that inspired my books collection catering for the elderly,” Muhia explains.

Membership fee to join the borrowers’ list at Masomo Bora Community Support Library is Sh500.

“The principal reason for this fee is for the child to appreciate the seriousness of this initiative. We actually don’t charge seniors, because the assumption is they can be responsible,” he explains. At the time of our interview in late August, the library’s membership was at 48 children.

In future, Muhia envisages a larger space to serve as a recreational centre, to incorporate the library and a few fun activities, mostly tailored for the young and the young at heart. The recreational centre shall be drug free, he emphasises.


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