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IMENDE BENJAMIN is an all-round reporter based in Nairobi, Kenya.
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Hilton fall is a shame but also opportunity

22 May 2022  |  The Star
The closure of the iconic Hilton Hotel in Nairobi's Central Business District evokes nostalgia and personal memories for the author. Despite the sentimental loss, the author sees an opportunity for urban redevelopment, suggesting the conversion of the Hilton building into a mixed-use development with apartments, shops, and entertainment centers. The article also reflects on the historical significance of the hotel and proposes a broader vision for revitalizing Nairobi's CBD by promoting city living and replacing slums with modern housing.

The article explains the status of the aviation industry and the causes of accidents.

Don't fund ghost populations, Cotu tells Senate

26 Aug 2020  |  The Star
The Central Organisation of Trade Unions (Cotu) has cautioned the Senate against allocating funds to 'ghost populations' and supports the new revenue sharing formula proposed by the Commission on Revenue Allocation, which bases fund distribution on population size rather than land mass. Cotu's secretary general, Francis Atwoli, argues that the new formula will correct past discrepancies where some counties inflated their populations to receive more funds. He urges senators to prioritize the needs of highly populated counties over personal and political interests, warning that the current 'win-win' formula is actually a 'win-lose' scenario.

Mothers with infants sleep on Beirut streets

21 Aug 2020  |  The Star
Hundreds of Kenyans, including mothers with young children, are stranded in Beirut, Lebanon, after losing their jobs due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the devastating August 4 explosion. They have been protesting outside the Kenyan consulate, which they accuse of refusing to refund their money and advising them to engage in prostitution for travel fare. The protestors are demanding the removal of the Lebanese staff at the consulate and the appointment of a Kenyan representative. Despite the Kenyan government's announcement of organizing their return, there has been no contact, leaving the group to rely on well-wishers for basic needs while sleeping on the streets.

Ex-MP Mungatana released on Sh20,000 bail

12 Aug 2020  |  The Star
Former Garsen MP Danson Mungatana and his co-accused Collins Waweru were granted Sh20,000 bail pending investigations into suspected fraud. They were arrested by detectives from Kilimani police station in Nairobi for allegedly obtaining money by false pretences. The case involves a scheme to defraud a woman by promising her a tender, with Mungatana and Waweru requesting payments to facilitate the deal. The woman became suspicious and reported the matter to the police.

Kagwe, Oparanya convoy stoned in Kakamega

08 Aug 2020  |  The Star
The convoy of Kakamega governor Wycliffe Oparanya and Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe was attacked by youths in Kakamega town, disrupting activities for 30 minutes. The youths accused Oparanya of demolishing their structures and implementing bad policies that harm local livelihoods. The incident highlights local dissatisfaction with the county government's handling of public health measures and economic policies. Oparanya, who has been positioning himself as a key political figure in the Western region, faces criticism from rival political factions.

Wamatangi's bodyguard disarmed, arrested

08 Aug 2020  |  the-star.co.ke
Kiambu Senator Kimani Wamatangi's bodyguard, Harun Mutwiri Mbaka, was disarmed and arrested after allegedly firing two bullets during a quarrel with a woman believed to be his girlfriend. The incident occurred in Drive Inn estate along the Outering Road in Nairobi, where police officers on patrol intervened. No injuries were reported, but a vehicle belonging to police corporal Fredrick Ndambuki was hit by the bullets. Ruaraka detectives recovered a Ceska pistol with 13 rounds from the scene, and Mbaka is being held at Ruaraka police station.

DPP Haji wants weak cases out of court to restore confidence in the justice system

Nairobi activist attacked after telling gang not to rob people

25 Jul 2020  |  The Star
A human rights activist, Samir Oloo, was severely injured by a gang in Nairobi's Kayole estate after he confronted them about robbing people. Oloo, who recently led a demonstration against water mismanagement, was attacked by a group of about 20 youths. He was taken to Kenyatta National Hospital and is currently in deep pain, struggling to eat and stand. No arrests have been made, and his security is being organized by friends and relatives. The incident highlights ongoing issues with crime and activism in the area.

Covid-19 spike forces closure of more state offices

21 Jul 2020  |  The Star
Government departments and agencies in Kenya, including State House, the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission, Kenya Revenue Authority, and the National Assembly, are closing or scaling down operations due to a spike in Covid-19 cases among public servants. Affected employees are being isolated or hospitalized, with some departments ordering staff to work in shifts, take leave, or work from home. The National Assembly has suspended committee meetings for fumigation, and State House employees have been relocated after testing positive. As of the latest update, Kenya has 13,771 confirmed cases, 5,616 recoveries, and 238 deaths.

Aviation sector to operate under strict rules as flights resume

15 Jul 2020  |  the-star.co.ke
The Kenya Civil Aviation Authority has developed strict guidelines for the aviation sector to curb the spread of COVID-19 as flights resume. These include mandatory digital payment, online check-in, and the prohibition of non-travelers from terminal access. Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia stated that these measures are to contain the virus and safely reopen the sector. Passengers and crew must adhere to social distancing, wear masks, and undergo health screenings. Specific rows on aircraft are reserved for isolating symptomatic passengers, and there will be reduced in-flight services. The Kenya Airport Authority will implement additional security measures and signage to minimize contact and ensure compliance with preventive measures.

Why Raila made low-key return

13 Jul 2020  |  The Star
ODM leader Raila Odinga returned to Kenya quietly to avoid large crowds that could breach Covid-19 directives. His confidant, John Mbadi, explained that Raila wanted to prevent his supporters from gathering at the airport, which would risk spreading the virus. Raila will work from his Karen home for two weeks, limiting visitors. He returned after a minor surgery in Dubai, expressing gratitude to Kenyans for their support during his treatment.

First doctor to die of Covid-19 in Kenya was diabetic - family

13 Jul 2020  |  The Star
Dr Doreen Adisa Lugaliki, the first doctor to die of Covid-19 in Kenya, was discovered to be diabetic upon her hospitalization. She passed away due to complications from the virus on July 10, 2020. Dr Lugaliki had a distinguished career in medicine, working at various hospitals including Gertrude’s Children’s Hospital, Nairobi Women’s Hospital, Aga Khan University Hospital, and The Nairobi South Hospital. Her family and colleagues remember her as a dedicated professional who lost her life in the line of duty. The Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union stated she contracted the virus from a colleague. Her funeral will adhere to government directives, allowing only 15 family members to attend.

Doctors demand enhanced measures after losing colleague to Covid-19

10 Jul 2020  |  The Star
Kenyan doctors are urging the government to enhance safety measures in hospitals following the death of gynaecologist Doreen Adisa Lugaliki from Covid-19. Lugaliki, who worked at Nairobi South Hospital, contracted the virus at work and passed away at Aga Khan Hospital. The Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU) and the Kenya Medical Association (KMA) are calling for better protection for frontline workers, more health worker employment to reduce fatigue, and measures to address stigma. The article highlights the rising number of Covid-19 cases in Kenya, with a record 447 new cases reported on Thursday.

Atwoli hits out at KQ board, threatens to sue over move to dismiss 182 pilots

06 Jul 2020  |  The Star
The Central Organisation of Trade Unions (Cotu) has threatened legal action against Kenya Airways (KQ) over its plan to retrench 182 pilots without consulting the union or the affected employees. Secretary General Francis Atwoli criticized KQ's management for failing to consider employee welfare and called for a reshuffle to bring in younger management. The retrenchment, attributed to the adverse effects of COVID-19 on the airline's operations, also affects about 400 cabin crew members. Cotu is determined to stop the layoffs and ensure workers' interests are protected.

UoN plans to reopen in mid-November

03 Jul 2020  |  The Star
The University of Nairobi plans a phased reopening in mid-November, with full reopening expected in January. The institution will implement several measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19, including limited face-to-face lectures, expanded triage spaces, and the creation of isolation and quarantine centers. Final-year students in laboratory and clinical-based disciplines will return early, while others will return in phases. The university will also enhance mentorship, support, and counselling services, and involve the government to ensure safe travel for students.

University of Nairobi to readmit students who were expelled

27 Jun 2020  |  The Star
The University of Nairobi will readmit students expelled on disciplinary grounds, aiming to reform and harness their talents for societal benefit. Vice Chairman Stephen Kiama emphasized the importance of dialogue over confrontation and announced the formation of a committee to review student discipline regulations. The university has received government funds for enhanced clinical allowances and arrears settlement, and has successfully conducted online exams for postgraduate programs amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

KRA to focus on debt recovery to bridge revenue collection gap

25 Jun 2020  |  The Star
Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) plans to enhance debt recovery efforts to meet revenue collection targets, focusing on pending bills, non-compliant suppliers, and dispute resolution. KRA's Commissioner for Domestic Taxes, Elizabeth Meyo, highlighted a 16% decline in revenue collection compared to the previous year, attributing the performance to the current uncertain times. Meyo emphasized the importance of managing debt collection procedures to avoid disputes and advised staff to support taxpayers affected by the pandemic. She also cautioned against allowing unqualified taxpayers to apply for refunds and stressed the need for thorough returns reviews.

Ruto promises to support 5,000 small enterprises

19 Jun 2020  |  The Star
Deputy President William Ruto has pledged to fund 5,000 small enterprises in Kenya affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. The support will be phased over four months to help businesses such as car washes, mechanics, and farmers remain operational. This initiative is part of a broader economic stimulus programme by the government, which includes employing 10,000 youths and teachers. Ruto emphasized the importance of following government health directives to curb the spread of the virus.

State probing Kariobangi North evictions, says Oguna

17 Jun 2020  |  the-star.co.ke
The Kenyan government is investigating the evictions in Kariobangi North, Nairobi, which left 5,000 families homeless amid the Covid-19 crisis. Government Spokesman Cyrus Oguna stated that a committee is looking into the evictions, particularly as some evictees had title deeds to the land owned by the Nairobi Water and Sewerage Company. The evictions, which occurred in May, were executed with heavy police presence, leaving residents vulnerable to the cold and the virus, unable to maintain social distancing or adhere to the night curfew. The Nairobi Metropolitan Services is reportedly seeking ways to assist those affected.

KRA orders staff in domestic taxes department to return to work

15 Jun 2020  |  The Star
The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has mandated that staff in the domestic taxes department return to work immediately, with exceptions for those with preexisting conditions. This decision follows the successful implementation of Covid-19 safety measures. The announcement coincides with the unveiling of the Sh3.2 trillion Budget by Treasury CS Ukur Yatani, highlighting KRA's role in tax collection. Kenya has reported 3,594 Covid-19 cases, 1,253 recoveries, and 103 deaths. KRA also reminded citizens to file their 2019 tax returns by June 30.

Western MPs fault Uhuru's Sh28bn Nairobi allocation

14 Jun 2020  |  The Star
Western leaders criticize President Uhuru Kenyatta's new budget for allocating Sh28 billion to the Nairobi Metropolitan Services, arguing it marginalizes other regions. They call for reallocation to sectors like farming, health, and education, which are struggling in various parts of the country. The leaders emphasize the need for equitable budgetary allocations and express concerns about the neglect of urban youths, pastoralists, and key industries such as sugar and fishing. They also highlight the potential Covid-19 outbreak risk at border communities and call for more investments to address these issues.

You'll be sacked and jailed, OCS tells wayward police officers

12 Jun 2020  |  The Star
Police officers in Laikipia East have been warned by OCS PK Macharia against brutalizing the public, with threats of dismissal and prosecution. Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i has also cautioned officers, emphasizing individual accountability for brutality. This follows a meeting with civil society representatives concerned about the rule of law, and recent demonstrations in Nairobi after police killings during Covid-19 curfew enforcement. The Independent Policing Oversight Authority has received numerous complaints and promises prosecution for culpable officers.

Save Waiguru for BBI's sake, Atwoli urges Senate

11 Jun 2020  |  The Star
Francis Atwoli, a trade unionist, has urged the Senate to save Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru, who was impeached by MCAs, to ensure the continuity of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) in Mount Kenya. Atwoli emphasized Waiguru's loyalty to President Uhuru Kenyatta and her role in the BBI campaign. He suggested using other constitutional channels to address any allegations against Waiguru, rather than impeachment, to maintain political stability and peace in Kenya.

I'll announce Luhya spokesman soon, says Atwoli

09 Jun 2020  |  www.the-star.co.ke
Francis Atwoli, Cotu secretary general, has announced plans to host a rally at Bukhungu stadium to declare the Western Kenya spokesperson, following a University of Nairobi poll. Despite differences in Luhya leadership, Atwoli is confident in President Uhuru Kenyatta's handling of the Covid-19 pandemic and intends to include all communities in Western Kenya in the event, dubbed Bukhungu II. Atwoli previously declared Musalia Mudavadi as the Luhya spokesperson in 2017 after a survey.

Landlord denies beating two touts over arrears

08 Jun 2020  |  The Star
Landlord Antony Njoroge was accused of beating two matatu touts, Maxwell Kiminja and Antony Nderitu, over unpaid rent in Kiambu town. The victims, both 25, suffered severe injuries and claimed Njoroge and a gang attacked them near their home. Njoroge denied involvement, while neighbors corroborated the victims' account. The touts attributed their inability to pay rent to the economic impact of COVID-19 on the matatu business. A police report was filed, and the incident is under investigation.

Jubilee kicks out Kuria, Ichung'wah from House Committees

03 Jun 2020  |  the-star.co.ke
Emmanuel Wangwe, the newly-appointed Majority Chief Whip, has notified 16 Jubilee MPs, including Moses Kuria and Kimani Ichung'wah, of the party's intention to discharge them from key National Assembly committees. This follows a Jubilee Parliamentary Group meeting at State House, chaired by President Uhuru Kenyatta, where he warned against sabotaging his development agenda. Majority Leader Aden Duale survived the purge after secret talks between Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto.

Uhuru, Raila make impromptu visit to CBD at night, inspect projects

02 Jun 2020  |  The Star
President Uhuru Kenyatta and AU envoy Raila Odinga conducted a nighttime inspection of development projects in Nairobi's Central Business District, taking advantage of the curfew due to Covid-19. They inspected various infrastructure elements such as drainages, street lighting, roads, and pavements. The visit follows a disagreement between Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko and Nairobi Metropolitan Services boss Major General Mohamed Badi over fund allocation. Neither Sonko nor Badi were present during the inspection. Uhuru has a history of making impromptu inspections, including visits to Nyayo Stadium and the Inland Container Depot.

Mudavadi, Karua, Kenneth work on Third Force ahead of 2022

01 Jun 2020  |  The Star
Musalia Mudavadi, Martha Karua, and Peter Kenneth have formed a secretariat to establish a third political force in Kenya ahead of the 2022 General Election. This movement, supported by civil society groups, aims to promote national interests and prevent tribal barons from exploiting ethnic divisions for political gain. The group criticizes current and former leaders for failing to implement the Constitution and plans to unveil its activities after the state of nation address. The Third Force could challenge Deputy President William Ruto and Raila Odinga in the upcoming elections.

Details of Madaraka Day virtual celebrations

30 May 2020  |  The Star
The virtual Madaraka Day celebrations in Nairobi will be held at Nyayo Stadium and State House due to the coronavirus pandemic. The event will feature a show by the Kenya Defence Forces and a live address by President Uhuru Kenyatta, with no crowds allowed. Deputy President William Ruto, Cabinet Secretaries, and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga will attend. The celebrations will include recorded entertainment and documentaries highlighting Kenya's culture and development since 1963. Interior PS Karanja Kibicho urged the public to follow the event on radio and television.

Kalonzo urges stakeholders to agree on school reopening modalities

27 May 2020  |  The Star
Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka calls for a delay in school reopening in Kenya until stakeholders agree on safe modalities, citing the need for equitable decisions for all learners. He criticizes the current digital learning process for disadvantaging students in remote areas and urges the Ministry of Education and related parties to resolve the stalemate. Kalonzo also expresses condolences for the lives lost in the ongoing floods.

Mortuary attendant snitch to DCI how police used virus to cover murder

23 May 2020  |  The Star
The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) is investigating the death of Makau Mutinda, a 24-year-old man, after police allegedly used COVID-19 protocols to force his burial within 24 hours without a postmortem. A mortuary attendant revealed that Mutinda's body had injuries inconsistent with drowning, prompting further investigation. The DCI obtained an exhumation order, and a postmortem conducted by chief government pathologist Johansen Oduor confirmed that Mutinda died from a head injury. The investigation aims to uncover the motive behind the murder, the neglect of public duty, and the cover-up by the police.

Witnesses recount last moments before aircraft crashed

22 May 2020  |  The Star
A Kenyan aircraft on a humanitarian mission was shot down while attempting to land in Bardale, Somalia, resulting in six fatalities. Witnesses reported that an Ethiopian military vehicle blocked the runway, and the aircraft was hit by an Ethiopian ZU-23 anti-aircraft missile. Ethiopian military officials admitted to the incident, citing suspicions of a suicide attack. The Somali Civil Aviation Authority had authorized the flight, and Kenya is collaborating with other agencies to investigate the incident.

Chinese firm to build Sh1.5bn Likoni floating bridge

21 May 2020  |  The Star
China Road and Bridge Corporation will construct a Sh1.5 billion floating bridge in Mombasa, aimed at reducing congestion at the Likoni channel. The project, funded by the Kenyan government, includes a 660-metre pedestrian bridge and is expected to be completed within six months. The bridge will complement existing ferry services, which currently face frequent breakdowns, and is part of measures to alleviate pressure on ferry traffic due to pandemic-related restrictions.

Judiciary reunites 500 strained families through mediation

19 May 2020  |  The Star
The Judiciary in Nairobi, Kenya, has successfully reunited 500 strained families through the Court Annexed Mediation (CAM) program, part of a broader initiative funded and supervised by the World Bank. The program has handled 4,250 cases, concluding 3,207 through mediation and injecting Sh8.1 billion into the economy. The mediation process, which is confidential and legally binding, has significantly reduced the time to settle cases compared to traditional court proceedings. The initiative has also contributed to Kenya's improved ranking in ease of doing business. The Mediation Task Force, chaired by Justice Fred Ochieng, is now in its third phase of rollout across 12 regions.

Why you need a personal trainer

18 May 2020  |  the-star.co.ke
Having a personal trainer can provide numerous benefits, including a customized training program tailored to individual body responses and goals. Trainers help set realistic goals, monitor progress, ensure proper workout form to avoid injury, and provide motivation and accountability. They can also accommodate unique requirements such as past injuries or phobias. The writer, a workout enthusiast, attests to the advantages of working with a trainer, especially with the shift to online training during lockdowns.

Magufuli: Prayers and lemon juice can cure Covid-19

17 May 2020  |  The Star
President John Magufuli of Tanzania claims that prayers and home remedies like lemon juice can cure Covid-19, citing his son's recovery as evidence. Despite criticism and a border closure by Kenya, Magufuli refuses to impose a lockdown, emphasizing the importance of socio-economic growth and religious faith. He plans to reopen schools and tourism soon. Raila Odinga criticizes Magufuli's approach, warning it could worsen the regional crisis.

WHO warns of depression, anxiety after virus pandemic

14 May 2020  |  The Star
The World Health Organization has urged countries to significantly invest in mental health services to prevent a crisis following the COVID-19 pandemic. A policy brief highlighted that frontline healthcare workers, children, adolescents, women, older persons, and those with pre-existing mental health conditions are particularly vulnerable to psychological distress. The WHO emphasized the need for collective responsibility from governments and civil society, supported by the UN System, to address the mental health impact. The report noted increased symptoms of depression and anxiety globally, with specific studies from Ethiopia and the UK showing significant mental health deterioration. The pandemic has also disrupted mental health services, exacerbating the situation.

Kenyans in Tanzania to be evacuated on Monday

07 May 2020  |  The Star
The Kenyan Embassy in Tanzania has arranged for the evacuation of Kenyans stranded in Tanzania, with buses scheduled to leave Dar es Salaam on May 11, 2020. The embassy has urged those willing to be evacuated to register by Friday. The Kenya Diaspora Alliance chairman, Shem Ochuodho, emphasized the need for the government to cover quarantine costs as mandated by the constitution, highlighting the financial struggles faced by many in the diaspora. Concerns were also raised about the accuracy of COVID-19 testing and the potential risks of infection in quarantine centers.

VC put on the spot over grabbed varsity land

05 May 2020  |  The Star
South Eastern Kenya University Vice-Chancellor Geoffrey Muluvi has been given 30 days by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission to recover 5,000 acres of university land that has been encroached upon by private developers. The EACC has demanded an explanation for the lack of action to secure the land and ensure it reverts to the university. The commission emphasized the legal and ethical responsibilities of public officers to protect public property, highlighting the failure to address the issue despite previous reports and protests from stakeholders.

Police killed 11, tortured 41 during curfew - NGO

29 Apr 2020  |  www.the-star.co.ke
The Independent Medico-Legal Unit reported that Kenyan police killed 11 people and injured 30 while enforcing a curfew to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Additionally, 41 people were tortured by police during the curfew period starting March 27. The NGO criticized the use of lethal force and excessive force by police, while also acknowledging the efforts of officers working under difficult circumstances and the public's compliance with health advisories.

Ipoa readies 'strong case' on Kiamaiko boy's killing

28 Apr 2020  |  The Star
The Independent Policing Oversight Authority (Ipoa) is finalizing a report on the police shooting of 13-year-old Yassin Moyo, who was killed while playing on his balcony in Kiamaiko, Nairobi, during curfew hours. The incident occurred on March 27, just before the 7pm curfew imposed to curb COVID-19 spread. Ipoa has gathered evidence for a strong case, and upon completion, recommendations will be made to the Director of Public Prosecutions or other state agencies. Yassin's father, Yusuf Moyo, recounted the events leading to his son's death. The Inspector General of Police and the Director of Public Prosecutions have both ordered investigations into the matter.

New officers take over Kenei death probe

27 Apr 2020  |  The Star
New officers have taken over the investigation into the death of Sergeant Kipyegon Kenei, a guard for Deputy President William Ruto, after previous investigators were transferred due to flaws in their report. The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) is leading the new probe, which is supported by data retrieved from Kenei’s mobile phone. The investigation focuses on understanding Kenei’s last movements and interactions, with key suspects being identified. The DCI has ruled out suicide, confirming Kenei's death as a murder linked to an ongoing fake arms scandal.

Ruth Matete's husband died from multiple organ failure - postmortem

23 Apr 2020  |  the-star.co.ke
Gospel artist Ruth Matete's husband, John Apewajoye, died due to multiple organ failure resulting from burns, as stated by chief government pathologist Johansen Oduor. Matete, who is two months pregnant, had previously announced her husband's passing on social media. She was interrogated for three hours by the DCI-based homicide unit regarding her husband's death.

Ruth Matete quizzed for three hours over husband's death

22 Apr 2020  |  The Star
Gospel artiste Ruth Matete was interrogated for three hours by the DCI homicide unit regarding the death of her husband, John Apewajoye, who succumbed to burns sustained in their home. The investigation is ongoing, with a postmortem scheduled. Matete, who is pregnant, confirmed her husband's death on social media, while her friend Milly Chebby provided an account of the incident involving a gas cylinder.

Activist Okiya Omtatah's daughter dies of acute malaria

Ruto allies to move to court to force Jubilee elections

16 Apr 2020  |  The Star
Jubilee Party lawmakers allied to Deputy President William Ruto plan to take legal action to force national elections within the party, aiming to resolve internal conflicts and prepare for the 2022 General Election. They demand audited financial results and transparency in party dealings. The party faces internal strife, with Ruto's allies opposing recent appointments to the National Management Committee by Secretary Raphael Tuju. The Political Parties Act empowers the registrar to enforce compliance, but the party has yet to meet its obligations due to ongoing leadership battles.

TSC to work with residents for teachers' security

16 Apr 2020  |  The Star
The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) in Kenya is seeking the support of communities in Northern Kenya to ensure the safety of teachers posted in the region. Following attacks on non-local teachers by al Shabaab militia, the TSC had previously considered not posting teachers to the area due to security concerns. However, the TSC now plans to collaborate with local communities and government agencies to prevent learning disruptions. Despite the transfer of 2,340 non-local teachers from Garissa County after an attack, the TSC insists on maintaining education quality without compromising standards. The commission also aims to encourage local residents to join the teaching profession and provide security for those serving their communities.

Returning Kenyans tell of ordeal in quarantine centres

26 Mar 2020  |  The Star
Quarantined individuals in Kenya, including those with chronic illnesses, have reported severe hardships such as lack of medical help, food, and proper accommodation. Complaints have been directed towards the government and quarantine facilities like Pride Inn Hotel and Kenya Medical Training College. Health CS Mutahi Kagwe acknowledged the issues and apologized for the inconveniences caused by the quarantine measures.

Tuskys allows 68 vulnerable employees to stay home

20 Mar 2020  |  The Star
Retail chain Tuskys has allowed 68 vulnerable employees, including pregnant mothers and those with special conditions, to stay home to avoid exposure to Coronavirus. CEO Dan Githua announced a 20% pay cut for himself and cost-cutting measures for the company. Tuskys has adopted a Covid-19 contingency plan in partnership with Amref Health in Africa and AAR Health to provide public health support. The company has also expanded its home delivery services in Nairobi, working with logistics provider Sendy, which has increased its delivery workforce to support the initiative.

Matatus pose great challenge in stopping spread of Covid-19, says Moi

20 Mar 2020  |  the-star.co.ke
Baringo Senator Gideon Moi highlighted the challenges posed by matatus in controlling the spread of coronavirus and urged the Kenyan government to take additional precautionary measures, including regular disinfection of public service vehicles and training operators on Covid-19 symptoms and emergency response. He praised the government's efforts in keeping the public informed and commended President Uhuru Kenyatta for his actions to prevent the spread of the virus.

Rape, defilement and intimidation: The pain behind teenage motherhood

10 Jan 2020  |  The Star
The article discusses the plight of teenage girls in Kenya who become mothers through traumatic experiences such as rape, defilement, and forced early marriage. It highlights individual stories of girls who have suffered sexual violence and the subsequent challenges they face, including health complications, stigma, and disruption of education. Civil society organization Haki Jamii and other experts emphasize the serious consequences of sexual violence on adolescent girls, including the risk of serious health complications and the impact on their right to education. The article also touches on the societal stigmatization and the lack of support for young mothers, which often leads to further discrimination and difficulty in resuming their studies. Despite these challenges, some girls strive to continue their education with the help of activists and organizations advocating for their rights and welfare.

Rape, defilement and intimidation: The pain behind teenage motherhood

10 Jan 2020  |  The Star
The article discusses the plight of teenage girls in Kenya who become mothers through traumatic experiences such as rape, defilement, and forced early marriage. It highlights individual stories of girls who have suffered sexual violence and the subsequent challenges they face, including health complications, stigma, and disruption of education. Civil society organization Haki Jamii and other experts emphasize the serious consequences of sexual violence on adolescent girls, including the risk of serious health complications and the impact on their right to education. The article also touches on the societal stigmatization and the lack of support for young mothers, which often leads to further discrimination and difficulty in resuming their studies. Despite these challenges, some girls strive to continue their education with the help of activists and organizations advocating for their rights and welfare.

UN Report: Kenyan Women Forced into Marriage, Sexual Slavery in Somalia

31 Oct 2019  |  The Star
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has released a report detailing the exploitation of Kenyan women through forced marriage and sexual slavery by armed groups, including al Shabaab, in Somalia. The report, titled 'Trafficking in persons in the context of armed conflict,' reveals that women from Kenya's Coast region were lured with job promises but ended up being trafficked into territories controlled by al Shabaab. They were subjected to sex slavery or forced into marriage. The conflict in Somalia has led to significant displacement, creating refugee flows and camps where people are vulnerable to trafficking. Children are also being trafficked by various armed groups, including al Shabaab, for combat and sexual slavery. Other groups, such as Ahl al-Sunna wal-Jama'a, the Somalia National Army, and clan militias, have been involved in recruiting children, though to a lesser extent.

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