Schools Will Not Be Closed Until Official Date

Education CS Fred Matiang’i has ruled out early closure of schools over arson saying the arsonists should face stern action.

“We’ll not cave in to pressure to close schools; term dates will be followed to logical conclusion,” he said.

At a meeting with various stakeholders on Thursday, the CS said the destruction of school infrastructure is likely to undermine the gains that the country continues to make towards improving access, equity and quality of education for the Kenyan child…read more…

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Scientists Develop Sh200 Test Kit To Detect Aflatoxin In Maize Within 15 Minutes

Scientists have developed a new technology that detects aflatoxins on location.

The rapid test kit will cost less that Sh200 and comes with a mobile extraction kit that will be ready in two months.

Dr Anitha Seetha from the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) said this will be the first portable, cost-effective way for farmers to detect aflatoxins instantly…read more…

Governors’s Council Illegally Gobbles Sh1 Billion County Allocations

Governors have illegally splashed more than Sh1 billion to fund the Council of Governors in Nairobi money that should be funding development.

Documents seen by the Star show Sh333 million has been contributed annually to the council for three years.

The money spent on the Nairobi headquarters at Delta House and governors’ own liaison offices, some quite posh, is not approved by county assemblies, as required by law…read more…

Shot In The Arm For Malaria, TB And HIV Fight As Kenya Gets Sh34 Billion From Global Fund

HIV, TB and Malaria programmes in Kenya got a boost following receipt of Sh34.7 billion from the Global Fund.

The cash is expected to be spent for the next two years starting this Financial Year 2015/16.

HIV/ Aids programme got the lion’s share of the grant amounting to Sh21.9 billion, fight against tuberculosis will take up Sh6.6 billion while malaria Sh6.2 billion …read more…

TANA DELTA WOMEN DEMONSTRATE AMID RISING INSECURITY AND TENSION

More than 50 women from Chara in Tana Delta yesterday braved the scorching sun, distance, hunger and thirst and walked all the way from Shirikisho and adjacent villages of Chara location to the District Officer’s office at Tarasaa in Ngao location, 25 kilometers away.

They wanted to formally present their grievances to the District Officer following cases of cows being allowed to enter farms and destroy maize crops. On Tuesday,24 May 2016, the women reported that a whole herd of cattle spent the night on the farms destroying crops.

Cases of stray cows being left without shepherds is normally the cause of conflict in the Tana Delta District. Similar occurrences happened in 2002, 2012. The trend appears to be another beginning of the cycle of clashes in the District. It would be recalled that in 2013, clashes in Kilelengwani and Riketa left 52 persons dead and thousands others left homeless following similar incidents. Is this a case of history repeating itself?

It is also important to note that the pastoralists have also reported cases of cow theft to the administrators. The pointing of fingers in the district is normally a sign of worse things to come. Nonetheless, the timing of these events is suspect since, as is usually the case, general elections are scheduled to be held in 2017. With the flooding and plenty of rain, it is indeed highly unlikely that ‘scarcity of grass and drought’ is the cause for these hostile actions.

Only the other day, the County Commissioner addressed the people on the issue of insecurity and the need to keep peace. He appealed for calm and resilience as solution to the problem is being sought. These calls have been recently repeated. It is hoped the powers that be will read from this script to thwart any mischief to spoil the reigning PEACE.

The women were accompanied by other women from Laini, Oda, Golbanti and Tarasaa withtheir leaders who included Mzee Hussein Galole, Gasa Elder Chara Location, Samikaro Njovu Shirikisho Elder, Magasani Gasa Elder Tarasaa, and Mr. Said M Rova community development specialist.

The Deputy County Commissioner assured them that he will take necessary action to bring about cohesion in the community. The women were given food and transport back home by their counterparts in Tarasaa and the area DO.
{Report by Said Kofa. Further reporting by Abiyo Maddabbassa}