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Even as Covid numbers continue to surge in the Country, residents of Nambale risk contracting Corona virus as the area Police commander has allowed the owner of ‘Status’ pub to operate with impunity without adhering to the laid down covid protocols.
Yesterday the club hosted a local Benga musician where revellers streamed in to their hundreds without wearing masks where they danced and hugged as clearly shown in the pictures.
According to one of the local revellers who didn’t want to be mentioned because of his own security, said the owner of the pub who is only known as Onyango enjoys full protection of the local police Commander who is said to have sanctioned yesterday’s disco.
“You cannot tell me that the Nambale police Commander whose station is hardly 100 meters away from the club is not aware that there is a disco in town when the noise can be heard as far as a kilometer away”, the source said.
“I was shocked to see that most of the people who were inside had come from outside Nambale with some having come as far from Nairobi, Siaya and Busia town under the invite of the pub owner and some who said had followed the performing artist as is the norm”, he said.
He added,”I decided to leave when I realised that the place had gotten filled up instantly so I feared for my safety keeping in mind that those inside had no masks hence high chances of attracting covid”.
The revellers started streaming into the pub as early as 2pm and by 7pm the place was parked to the brim where they danced, hugged and kissed carelessly as though Nambale was immune to the corona virus.
The Busia Sugar Industries (BSI) has declared a cold but vicious war against journalists operating in Busia County and in the Western Kenya region.
The affected Journalists said this follows the exposes the media fraternity in the region have been revealing concerning the company’s dealings with sugarcane brokers instead of officially contracted farmers to supply the raw material for processing at its facility at Busibwabo market, Matayos sub-county in Busia County.
The consequences have been that both the private and contracted farmers have been forced to sell the crop to BSI brokers at throw away prices, who then sell it to BSI at higher prices at virtually no cost otherwise hundreds of thousands of tonnes has ended up either rotting or getting over-age on the farms.
Matters came to a head on Thursday when a large press corps detailed to cover the Industrialization, Trade and Enterprise Development CAS David Osiany from the ministry of industrialization headquarters who was on an extensive tour of industries in the region landed at the BSI facility at Busibwabo market.
The Industrialization ministry boss who was accompanied by senior government officials including the county deputy governor Moses Mulomi among other County security bosses were expressly allowed through the main gate for the official tour of the facility.
However, the vehicles carrying the media brigades arrived at the gates they were stopped and totally denied entry to cover the proceedings though they had been covering the official the whole on a tour of other projects without a hitch.
Their representative who requested not to be named said: “Indeed we were shocked at this kind of rude development being locked out when we had been covering the ministry’s top official who had also been to neighbouring counties as well as sub-counties in Busia.”
He said they called the security manager to the gate who made inquiries to the top management and was bluntly told to tell that journalists were not wanted and they had also not been invited to cover the occasion.
The Journalist said rift between BSI can only be linked to the locally based media brigade’s wide coverage of the crisis facing sugarcane farmers with hundreds of thousands of their BSI contracted cane either rotting or over-aging and getting over-age and useless on their farms.
However it has since emerged that indeed the BSI management had earlier sent them an invite to cover the function only to rudely turn them away at the gates without any prior warning or cancellation of the invite by the management.
The invite reads: “Kindly provide coverage….CAS industrialization Hon. David Osiany will be visiting Busia, Thursday at 8:30am. He will pay courtesy call at CCs office thereafter visit OSBP Busia and later visit Busia Sugar factory.”
The Journalists in Busia County have condemned the manner in which Busia Sugar Industry handled them when they had gone to cover the factory tour by the CAS for Industrialization.
Patrick Ouma of Emuria Radio and Leonard Achari of West FM who were among the Busia based Journalists who went to cover the event expressed their anger accusing the management of Busia Sugar for being hostile to the media.
“We wondered why BSI had changed all of a sudden when knowing very well that they had earlier sent to us an invite to cover the function denying their own invite when it was already with us. What kind of working relationship is this?” Ouma posed.
Indeed it is on record that the same media brigade played a critical in turning BSI’s fortunes when it was embroiled in bitter vicious legal battles with its competitors who wanted to stop its factory’s construction in its infancy – they broke the battles and covered them to the end.
Police in Busia County yesterday raided Nambale Urban Secondary School in a flash operation to crackdown those who were suspected to be executing the national exam cheating.
Emerging facts indicate that the tight cartel led by the school’s principal Joseph Onyango have been secretly coordinating with operatives in Nairobi to compromise most of the papers of the ongoing Kenya Certificate of Secondary Examination (KCSE) by secretly leaking them to their exam sitting students.
It is said that Onyango whom upon realising that his illegal secret exam cheating operations had been leaked to the authorities, he fled and went into hiding fearing to be arrested and arraigned in a court of law to answer charges.
Authorities in Busia County confirmed that police in Busia were looking for Mr. Onyango over allegations of KCSE exam leakage.
However the police who were acting on a tip off in collaboration with the County Education Office, raided the school yesterday morning but did not manage to arrest anyone as those involved had already disappeared after being alerted about the raid.
Impeccable sources told Angaza News that the Principal was working with some University Students who are believed to be the originators of the said leaked papers and that the police had started pursuing the leads to bring the suspected executers to book – right from Nairobi to Busia County.
Confirming the incident the Busia County Director of Education Mr. Thaddeus Awuor said, “I am aware of the alleged exam cheating and I want to assure you that no one shall be spared if the ongoing investigations proves otherwise.”
Some independent sources within the County Education Office also revealed that several teachers including the Principal at Nambale Urban had been moved and the some officials from the Ministry left to man the exams.
In the recent past years some highly respected high schools in Busia have been caught flat footed involved in exam cheating. At the beginning it hit Butula National High School before spreading to Nambale High School which is less than two kilometers from Nambale Urban Secondary and whose 2016 KCSE
results were cancelled.
Just as recently as six days ago, a secondary school teacher suspected to be the mastermind behind the KCSE examination leakage in Nyanza had been arrested in Homa Bay County.
The 32-year-old teacher at Nyagwethe Secondary, Suba sub-county was arrested in Mbita town on Wednesday last week evening.
Right from 1st of this month ,at least 15 people, among them a University student had been arrested in Busia for aiding cheating in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examinations.
Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha said 8 students were also arrested when they were found with mobile phones in the examination room.
“A total of 15 cell phones have been confiscated from various examination centres and are in the hands of our law enforcement agencies as investigations continue to reuse the cell-phones and find out what is inside the phones,” he said during a tour of Upperhill School in Nairobi.
He called on parents and guardians to be careful of people selling fake examination papers and ordered that the teachers who were found culpable will be automatically sacked.
The biggest irony is the fact that though one of the youngest secondary schools in Busia since its students started sitting for the KSCE, Nambale Urban Secondary School has been steadily doing a sterling job, outperforming even veterans like St. Paul’s Amukura High School in Teso South sub-county.
Now parents have expressed fears that the exams could be cancelled but appealed to Ministry not to punish innocent students but instead deal with the Principal and his group involved in the planning and executing the scam.
Efforts to reach the Nambale police Commander for comments were futile.
Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamon’g now becomes the first Governor to come out publicly to say that he will not be taking the Covid jab anytime soon.
Speaking on a vernacular station Mulembe FM early today, Ojaamong said, “I will not take the covid vaccine because my immunity is perfect”
His remarks comes amid fears of the side effects caused by the Oxford, AstraZeneca vaccine which landed into the country a month ago.
A mother and her two months old baby have been separated following the lockdown announced by President Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday.
The woman who had travelled from Nairobi accompanying her Mother’s body which was buried yesterday in Lwanyange area in Nambale Sub-County of Busia County, decided to leave the infant behind with hope that she would travel back after the burial only for the President to abruptly announce that he had locked down Nairobi among other four Counties.
Some members of the public who were caught unaware with the lockdown are now appealing to the President to give them a day or two to reorganize themselves saying some of them had either travelled home for weekend leave or attended various ceremonies including burial rituals.
“Some of us risk losing our jobs as a result of the lockdown something the President should just intervene by giving us at least a day to reorganize ourselves”, John Nyongesa said.
He wondered why the common mwananchi should always carry the burden of the Corona virus while those in power are left to continue spreading it through endless campaigns which do not add any value to the lives of “wanjiku”.
Kenya has ordered closure of Kakuma and Daadab refugee camps citing National security threats posed by some of the refugees at the camps.
The government on Tuesday gave the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees a 14 day ultimatum failure to which it will ensure that all refugees are transported to the border witb Somalia.
The two camps whose population stands at almost half a million were established in Kenya in early 90s.
The move comes hardly a week after Kenya withdrew from an International Court of Justice (ICJ) on maritime border dispute with the neighbouring Somalia and is seeking for the matter to be resolved by AU.
Teachers have vowed to quit Mwalimu National Sacco enmasse after the once giant sacco lowered the dividends payable on the teachers savings to 9.3%.
The members who are mainly teachers from across the country became bitter and teamed up on social media to start the journey of quitting the sacco citing mass corruption by the sacco directors.
The delegates had vowed not to approve the budget until the dividends are paid at at least 12% but they accused bribery of a section of some delegates by the sacco directors to approve the budget.
Members have then threatened to leave and join other young but well performing Saccos such as WINAS and STIMA sacco.
However Lawrence Onduu, an official of the Sacco’s Kisumu-Nyando branch has refuted the claims hereby issuing the following statement;
“Today 23rd march 2021 MNS held it’s 42nd Annual Deletes Meeting at Bomas of Kenya. We wish to inform you of the following resolutions that were passed during the ADM.
1. Rebates to be paid at 9.3% No dividends pay out to enable the sacco move towards meeting the core capital ratios as required by the regulator.
2. The share capital has been moved from previous ksh. 20 000 to ksh 30 000 in 2 years of ksh 5 000 each year . This is to meet the SASRA requirements of 10%.
3. Members who used the 5% PAYE to secure loans will not suffer, MNS has made considerable conditions on how to recover the loans without affecting the members negatively
4. MNS SUBSIDIARIES. The board has embarked on the sales of Kisaju houses by reducing the cost . This has been done to ensure that this year 2021, the SACCO offloads this properties and refocus its energy to the SACCO core business.
The board has already received suitors interested in taking up the majority share holding of the Spire bank , discussions are on going and hopefully the matter will be brought to a close during this year 2021.
5) On MNS risk and Insurance Brokers, It is important to note that this subsidiary doesn’t depend on SACCO support and in the year 2020 it performed well”, he stated.
Meanwhile members from various branches in the country are continuing in mobilization for mass exodus from the giant teacher’s Sacco.
More to follow.
Tyranny and terror have taken a deadly grip hold in the running of St. Thomas Aquinas Madende Secondary School, Nambale sub-county in Busia County.
It is a situation where the students are living in fear and terror of their teachers who have turned out to be their tormentors in a dictatorship hell on earth instead of their protectors entrusted to them by their parents.
Especially orphaned students who are supposed to be given extra care and attention while at the day boarding institution for God decreed that He will Protect Orphans – punish them at your own peril whether you might have mighty powers as a teacher.
Two weeks ago, a form two orphan student at Madende Secondary school was seriously brutally beaten by a teacher whose name the student only gave as Simiyu. Though caning of students in schools is banned by the government, Simiyu hammered the young boy more than thirty lashes.
It is emerging that at the institution caning is one of the tools of tyranny and terror that the teachers are using on innocent students against whom they look for flimsy reasons to mete out heavy brutal corporal punishment.
After the heavy brutal lashing at night in the teachers’ staff room, the orphan whose name we cannot publish for both legal and his personal security reasons had left his buttocks and back completely lacerated to the extend that sitting was impossible, lying only on the stomach. His classmates were so shocked by the violence meted out by Simiyu that they broke down into tears as they tried to administer first aid to their badly injured classmate whose night prep-studies had been rudely, crudely and violently disrupted by another teacher.
During the night prep time of that fateful night the brilliant orphan student had walked across the classroom to confer some questions to his fellow student on the subject he was studying at that particular hour instead of shouting that could distract his classmates from concentrating on their studies.
As fate could have it a teacher who was lurking outside in the darkness spotted the boy and rushed into the form two classroom shouting that the orphan was making noise and before he could respond the teacher whom the boy only referred to as Mr. Colo slapped the orphan hard across the face before his classmates who stared in silent horror and terror.
This teacher then dragged the boy from the classroom to the staffroom where he handed over the boy to Mwalimu Simiyu who immediately ordered the student to go flat on the floor before he started mercilessly raining brutal lashes on the hapless who started screaming and crying for mercy to no avail.
According to the students who were counting the number of the deadly lashes in the deadly silence of the night it lasted for about thirty minutes in which they counted thirty lashes meaning measured deadly lash per minute. One of the students whose name cannot be published for his personal security and legal reasons said: “That night our preps time was completely destroyed by this action.
We could not go on studying when our fellow classmate was screaming out for mercy that he was not getting from Simiyu. We cowered horrified in total fear and terror.”
He said that what was happening to the brilliant innocent orphan student could happen to any of them by any of the teachers at the institution at any time.
“When our classmate eventually came back to the classroom after the deadly lashes, we all broke down in tears as we tried to apply first aid to his swollen hands, back and buttocks. His trusers and shirt were completely torn- This guy is an orphan who is going to replace his destroyed uniform?” said the student.
The worst aspect of the whole incident is the fact that the following day when the brutalized orphan sought a leave out-chit from the Deputy Principal he says is new at the school to go to hospital, he was denied and forced to depend on painkillers from the school’s health facility.
The orphan said that the teachers never gave time or a simple opportunity to explain himself as to why he had left his desk to go to his friend’s desk on that fateful night, but the teachers landed on him like he was an animal not a human being.
When given chance to comment on the incident, the school’s Principal Clement Kudaka said that no teacher or student has ever reported the matter to him something he promised to investigate and take necessary action.
“I have always told these teachers not to cane students but it seems they have not taken my warnings seriously. I will investigate the matter and take the necessary actions”, he said.
The reason of all these deadly violence a source says was because some unidentified teachers who were hugging and kissing outside the same class room the night of the previous day may have felt offended when they noticed that some students were peeping through the window to see the drama that was happening outside.
The teachers must also know that it is against the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) and ministry of education regulations for teachers on the same staff to engage in love affairs – a deed that could easily draw disciplinary action against those involved from the TSC.
This is happening when in the year 2019 a teacher at the school was caught red-handed with a female student for sexual exploitation in his house at the staff quarters of the institution that drew the anger of not only the students of the mixed school, but also the stakeholders, the teaching and education fraternity even the security administrators.
Busia residents have welcomed the transfer of Busia Traffic police Base Commander Gerald Gitau with joy after he was moved to Naivasha.
The residents had protested through Angaza News where they had called for his immediate transfer noting that he had overstayed in Busia.
The locals also claimed that Mr Gitau was aiding and abetting smuggling of goods from Uganda to Kenya during his tenure as a Base Commander in Busia.
Some residents had earlier claimed that Gitau also owned some of the notorious Toyota Wish and Probox which are normally driven on very high speed while ferrying contraband goods to various towns outside Busia with Some allegedly causing accidents along Busia-Kisumu highway.
Boda boda operators who had earlier petitioned Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai to transfer Gitau from Busia told Angaza News that they were happy the National Police Service has finally heard their concerns and acted.
They had said that for the war against smuggling in Busia to be won, Gitau must be transferred.
“There has been a formidable team of police officers who do things like they want in Busia and collect bribes day and night,” said a boda boda operator.
“Arbitration between family of a person killed in an accident and owner of the vehicle involved in a given accident has been the order of the day instead of taking the case to court for justice to be served,” he maintained.
Gitau thanked his colleagues, leaders and residents for their cooperation during his time as Base Commander in Busia.
“Busia is a cosmopolitan county and i want to thank residents for their support apart from the spirit of team work to manage security challenges,” said Gitau.
Politicians led by Busia governor Sospeter Ojaamong and his Kakamega counterpart Wyclife Oparanya organised for a farewell party for Gitau at the Itoya hotel in Busia.
Presence of Ojaamong and Oparanya sent tongues wagging with many locals wondering why the two decided to throw a party for Gitau who has not been in good terms with the residents.
It is alleged that Gitau was a darling of smugglers with politician particularly Cabinet Secretary for Devolution Eugene Wamalwa.
Sources claimed that whenever the CS was around, he would ride in Gitau’s black Prado. Some of the traffic police officers who worked under Gitau told Angaza News that they can now breath a sigh of relief.
“Many of my colleagues were fought by Gitau until they sought for transfer away from Busia. Some are in Kakamega, ” said a traffic police officer.
Oparanya regretted that some police officers still treat Kenyans as if they are not human beings.
“We are bidding farewell a man who discharged his duties diligently evident by this good turn out,” said Oparanya.
He continued, “How will they get crucial security leads without interacting with people. Even we leaders engage the people to gauge our performance.”
Ojaamong on his part challenged security agencies in Busia to treat residents in a humane way even as they enforce law and order.
“I urge our officers to have a human face when dealing with locals. Some of the offences committed are petty and just need civic education to get rid of them,” said Ojaamong.
KNUT & KUPPET Stand On Wiper Party’s Allegations On Its Members Involvement In Machakos Senatorial By-electionFebruary 28th, 2021
Teachers and other civil servants have participated as elections officials in the history of Kenyan elections, not at any point the IEBC, TSC and PSC or any other constitutional commission has ever barred teachers and civil servants from participating in elections as officials.
When IEBC advertised for the election officials, it did not bar teachers from applying, in fact, there was a deficit in some areas and IEBC through social media appealed to the public to apply, especially polling clerks.
Why is wiper so bitter with teachers working for IEBC in this by-election when their payslips are still bleeding after the lifting of the tax relief?
Could Wiper be part of the historical system that has always prevented teachers from earning more?
Last general elections, wiper and MCCP fronted candidates, IEBC conducted the election; teachers and civil servants participated as officials and none of the political parties complained.
Why this time round? Therefore, we want to condemn the wiper party’s careless allegations of dragging our teachers in the machakos political tussles with the strongest words possible; teachers are professionals who have always remained non-partisan and operate within strict guidelines of CORT and Code of Ethics and dragging them in political competitions would be compromising their work and intimidating them.
As unions, we there fore call upon our teachers to ignore the Wiper party’s allegations and urge them to continue delivering their services without any fear or favour as provided in the Basic Education Act, 2015 and Code of Regulations for Teachers(CORT) 2015.
1. Martin Mutisya: KUPPET assistant Executive secretary, Machakos County.
2. Daniel Nginga: KNUT vice chairman, Eastern Region.
Dated 28. 2. 2021.