Guard public plots, Uhuru tells Kenyans

on Thursday, 29 January 2015.

Guard public plots, Uhuru tells Kenyans

President Kenyatta has asked Kenyans to stand up against grabbers of public land, irrespective of their position in the society.

The President said Kenyans should defend public property, including school plots, without fear. “Kila mtu ni mkubwa (Every person is important),” he said.
He challenged people who want to amass wealth to do so in the right way instead of going for public property.

Mr Kenyatta was speaking Wednesday at Ruai Primary School in Nairobi during the launch of the Tusome literacy programme (see separate story on page 8).

Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko and former Embakasi MP Ferdinand Waititu had raised concern that several properties, including land belonging to public schools and markets, had been hived off by private developers.

Mr Sonko said Kamukunji Secondary School, Embakasi Girls High School, Buruburu Girls High School and St Catherine South B School were some of the affected institutions.

He urged the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission to take action to reclaim the property.

Two weeks ago, pupils at Lang’ata Road Primary School in Nairobi protested at the institution to reclaim their playground that had been irregularly acquired by a private developer.

The corrupt land dealings were perpetuated by county government officials acting with impunity, Mr Sonko said. “Suspension of such officers at the county government is not enough as they are the source of all our problems.”.


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Hue and cry over Form 1 selection

on Wednesday, 28 January 2015.

Outcry greeted Form One selection after it transpired that a large number of students who scored more than 400 marks at KCPE have missed out on their choice of secondary schools.

The students and their parents are now querying the criteria used to select students to top national and county schools. Albert Ochieng from Siaya County, who scored 407 marks has not secured a place in either a national school or an extra-county school.

Ochieng, who sat his KCPE exam at Karapul Primary School, has been selected to join Ramba Boys’, a county school, despite having wanted to join Alliance, Maranda, Lenana or Maseno High schools.

In Kakamega, former Lubinu Primary School pupil Witney Nyachoti got 412 marks, but could not secure a place in either Kenya High, Alliance, Moi Girls or Loreto — her national school choices.

She has been selected to join Sacred Heart Mukumu Girls, an extra- county school.

Shelmith Nyagoha from Vihiga County scored 384 marks at Chavigani Primary School, but has not been selected by any national school.

In Mombasa, Michael Oduor, who scored 407 marks, has been selected to join a sub-county (formerly harambee) school — Mrima Secondary School — in Likoni Constituency.

Davis Mwebi, who scored 403 marks from Ekerubo Gietai ELCK Boarding Primary School in Nyamira North district, has been selected to join Menyenya SDA Secondary School, an extra county mixed institution in Borabu District.

He had picked Maseno and Kisii schools.

“Children had high hopes of joining top schools... it never occurred to them that they will end up at county (formerly district) schools. The children are the most affected with this whole process,” said Ms Maureen Muchei, a parent.

Ms Muchei’s daughter scored 350 marks and has been invited to join a county school in Kakamega.

“My daughter was hoping to pursue a career in medicine or engineering, but now she may never realise her dream. She is disappointed with the selection exercise.”

Only 5,584 pupils scored over 400 marks in last year’s KCPE and parents are asking why some were not picked for the 20,000 slots in national schools.
During the 2014 KCPE examination, 55,491 candidates scored between 351 and 399 marks.

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Nyachae wants rogue senators, MPs punished

on Wednesday, 28 January 2015.

Violent and unruly leaders should be punished, the Constitution implementation commission says.

Those to be punished include governors, MPs and other leaders who have engaged in violence and other dishonourable acts.

Commission for the Implementation of the Constitution Chairman Charles Nyachae has asked the anti-corruption agency to start disciplinary proceedings against leaders who have been involved in unruly behaviour in recent times.

The letter cited leaders such as MPs Alfred Keter (Nandi Hills), Sunjeev Birdi (nominated), Gladys Wanga (Homa Bay), Moses Kuria (Gatundu South), Kimani Ngunjiri (Bahati) and John Mbadi (Suba).

Others are senators Mike Sonko (Nairobi), Boni Khalwale (Kakamega), Moses Wetang’ula (Bungoma), James Orengo (Siaya), Johnstone Muthama (Machakos) and Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero.

“Sometime in 2013, one of the governors was recorded by the media slapping a member of Parliament in full view of television cameras. Whereas the matter is said to have been settled out of court, the act by the governor is unaffected by any private settlement,” the commission said in the notice.

This is in reference to an altercation between Dr Kidero and Nairobi Woman Representative Rachael Shebesh. The matter went to court, but was settled when the two leaders publicly announced they had forgiven each other.

The commission also cited ugly scenes witnessed in Parliament last month during debate on the controversial security laws, when some MPs exchanged blows and hurled insults at each other in December 2014.

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