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Sonko apologizes for attacking Badi after Uhuru’s warning  

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko on Wednesday made a direct apology to Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) Director-General Mohamed Badi over his recent diatribe at the army man.

Sonko addressed a joint press conference with General Badi shortly after meeting President Uhuru Kenyatta during the issuance of title deeds at the KICC grounds.

“I want to say I have heard the President’s message and as the Governor I agree that Nairobi is ore important than politicians.

“I want to say sorry to my brother Badi for all the bad things I have said about the General and I promise to work with him so that we can deliver development to the people of Nairobi,” Sonko said.

Badi welcomed the truce saying he did not have any ill feelings against the Governor and that he was willing and committed to working with Sonko for the benefit of Nairobi benefits.

“I want to than the Governor because we have resolved the differences between NMS and the Governor’s team. We will work together towards ensuing that Nairobi residents get services close to them,” Badi said.

President Kenyatta, in his speech, warned Nairobi leaders against politicizing service delivery.

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The President also praised Badi’s NMS team which he credited for transforming delivery of certain delivery services, particularly in the slums.

“I want to congratulate NMS for their work in the past two months they have done more than 200 boreholes in the slums and we have more projects to ensure our people get free water and a clean environment with a functioning sewerage system.”

“This is why I want these two (Badi and Sonko) to work together. Sonko, stop playing politics. The General has no interest in your seat or that of any MCA. He is my General and when he finishes this work I will send him back to KDF to continue defending Kenyans,” President Kenyatta said.

The development came out only a day after Sonko attacked Badi referring to him as “Sadam Hussein” in reference to the assassinated Iraqi dictator.


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How I ended up in Grade 3 at age 24

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If Simon Peter, 24, was born without disability, he would have been in his final year at the University. But since he is a special needs child, he is now at Grade 4.

Born in Chikudum, South Sudan, Simon a refugee at the Kakuma Camp was born with a condition known as Hemiplegia: paralysis of half of the body. His disability made him join school at an advanced age as he had no wheelchair to help him reach a school, most of which were far from home. His chance to join school came only when his family moved to a city.

“Growing up with Hemiplegia has been challenging. I never got a chance to socialise and play with other children. I was indoors often. There was no school that could enrol me because of my condition. I started class one in 2016 at the age of 14,” he says.

However, due to political instability and war in South Sudan in 2018, Simon’s education was halted. When he came to Kenya in 2019, he immediately enrolled in Future Primary School in Kakuma Refugee Camp and joined Class Three through the help of Finn Church Aid Special Needs Education project. The organisation issued him with a wheelchair.

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“I used to carry him wherever he needed to go. It is a relief that I can wheel him to school, and he manages the school day by himself while I report to other duties. Then I pick him up after the classes”, says Simon’s guardian Mark Loyiel.

Simon now mingles with his classmates, all younger than him and has made new friends and family. His classmates are friendly and usually make sure they get to him to all the places he is supposed to be.

The project also trains teachers on inclusive education that bridges language barriers of refugee learners and prepares teachers to meet their needs.

So far the project has trained 69 teachers and supported 275 children and youth with disabilities that live in the refugee camp to go back to school by getting wheelchairs, stationaries, textbooks, school uniforms and food. They also actively involve parents and guardians in supporting the special needs education.

By PD.co.ke


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Police officer arrested for tearing, throwing into river already-signed BBI signatures collection book

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A police officer in Bomet County was on Wednesday, December 2 arrested for tearing and throwing into a river BBI signatures collection book.

Peter Langat is said to have committed the act in Lelekwet Village, Kipreres Sub-Location in Bomet East Sub-County.

According to area assistant chief, Robert Katam, the police officer came to where he (Katam) was overseeing the BBI signature-collection exercise at 1:30pm, and requested to be allowed to sign on the book.

Upon receiving the book, Langat is alleged to have torn it apart. Two pages of serial numbers 0685180 and 0685183 were completely ripped.

Langat, thereafter, threw the book in a nearby river, a police report states.

Assistant chief Robert Katam managed to retrieve the book, and went to Longisa Police Station where he reported the matter, which was filed at 2:27pm Wednesday.

“Police officers, in the company of the assistant chief, rushed to the home of the said-officer and arrested Langat, who appeared very drunk at the time,” says a police report recorded under the OB Number 10/2/12/2020.

“The motive as to why the officer committed the act was unknown,” adds the report.

Langat refused to reveal his service number, only saying that he was attached to a Bungoma police post.

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Police say they are investigating his claim.

By K24 Digital.


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Huruma OCS found dead in his house

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The OCS of Huruma Police Station, Chief Inspector Simon Ndeti, was on Thursday morning (December 3) found dead in his house in Huruma, Nairobi.

It remains unclear what caused the death of Ndeti, though officers from the Ministry of Health arrived at his home Thursday to collect his samples for COVID-19 analysis.

Ndeti had on Wednesday, December 2 complained of feeling unwell.

The OCS was living alone in his Huruma house, which is adjacent to the police station.

Ndeti was recently transferred to the current posting from Karatina Police Station in Nyeri County, where he had served in the same capacity.

At the time of publishing this developing news story, Ndeti’s body was still in his house awaiting police action.

BY k24 Digital


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