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Safaricom Foundation Allocates KES 100 Million For ‘Ndoto Zetu’ Initiative

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Safaricom Foundation has set aside KES 100 million for its Ndoto Zetu initiative which calls on Kenyans to partner with the Foundation to have their community dreams and aspirations brought to life.

Safaricom CEO Peter Ndegwa made the announcement at Salvation Army Joytown Secondary School in Thika, Kiambu County, where the foundation donated 10 laptops and 8 projectors worth over KES 1.5 million shillings.

Safaricom CEO Peter Ndegwa

“Ndoto Zetu aims to support Kenyans who are keen to make an impact in their communities through social investments. Through the initiative, we ask Kenyans to share their dreams and aspirations that they hope to achieve in the areas of health, education and economic empowerment. Each dream we help fulfil translates to thousands of lives being uplifted and transformed”, Said Peter Ndegwa, CEO, Safaricom.

Since its inception in 2019, Ndoto Zetu has reached close to 3 million Kenyans. This year, the Safaricom Foundation aims to reach a further 2 million with projects worth 100 million shillings.

Kenyans wishing to participate can send a written submission through Safaricom Foundation’s Ndoto Zetu website using the link  www.safaricom.co.ke/ndotozetu or visit any Safaricom Retail Shop and fill in an application form for a chance to have their community dream realized. Successful participants will be contacted by Safaricom Foundation through 0722 000 000

EFFORT TO CURB CRIME IN SUNA WEST, MIGORI

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Giribe residents who have been living in far-flung, crime-prone corner of Suna West in Migori county now have better access to police, local chiefs and other national government administration offices, thanks to efforts by National Government Constituencies Development Fund (NG-CDF) in building new police posts and refurbishing old ones. 

 

Giribe Police Post

For a long time now, police and government administrators, such as chiefs, have been operating from dilapidated, archaic buildings mostly built during colonial times.

Masara however told the residents to vote responsibly to foster development in the region.

Migori Shooting Incident

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Migori county security officers have launched investigations into a shooting incident involving former Nyatike Mp. Edick Anyanga that left one person nursing serious gun inflicted wounds in the abdomen .

Victim Of The Gun Shot

The county police Commander Mark Wanjala on a phone interview said the incident happened at Nyakweri shopping center, a few kilometers from Anyanga’s home.

He added that the former Mp who is out to reclaim Nyatike parliamentary seat allegedly shot at a group of young men he ran into from his campaign trails at night.

The police boss said that they did not recover any spent cartridge. However they recovered from Anyanga a firearm with 12 rounds of ammunitions which has since been kept as exhibit.

Nyatike constituency member of parliament Hon. Tom Odege condemned the incident and termed it as an act of political intolerance.

He said such acts of violence as barbaric and outdated and called on the security organs crack down of violent individuals ahead of the general elections

The Former Mp ,Anyanga has however refuted the claims saying he shot in the air to disperse a gang who had intercepted him on his way home with crude weapons.

Migori county has witnessed a spate of politically instigated violent attacks.

Last week , a coronation rally organized by suba elders in Suna West was disrupted when an unknown civilian lobbed teargas before fleeing on foot.

Bishop Wanjiru wants Bursary Fund allocation to be increased

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By Elijah Odanga

Bishop Margaret Wanjiru who is aspiring for the seat of Nairobi Senatorial seat has appealed to the Government to increase bursary fund allocation to cushion the high cost of living.

She further urged those responsible in the exercise to do it during day time to portray transparency.

Addressing the Muslim leaders drawn from various regions, Bishop Wanjiru condemned the demolition of houses, buildings , mosques,and markets without offering compensation.

“its inhuman for someone to demolish markets , mosques, buildings and business premises without offering alternative sites, when we take over God willing, UDA will stop all this demolitions and create a better conducive environment.”she noted.

The muslim leaders were led by Ustadh Hassan Ali Amir who is the chairman of the council of Imams & preachers of Kenya(CIPK).

A Man has Been Sentenced to 45 Years In Prison After Defiling a 2 Year Old In Church.

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A 39 year old man has been sentenced to 45 years imprisonment for defiling a 2 year old child in Church during a service in Zimmerman grounds Kasarani.

Erastus Kariuki was arraigned in court on Tuesday, 5th July 2022 before a Milimani Senior Principal Magistrate Wandia Nyamu. He pleaded Guilty to one count of assaulting a child against the law.

He even blamed witchcrafts for his horrific act. The man confessed that he indeed defiled the child claiming it was an evil spirit that entered his body which made him commit the crime.

The court heard that Erastus had entered the Church compound and even went further to contribute Ksh 100 at the church before grabbing the young child aged 2 Years and 11 Months and defiled her.

“‘In some few minutes, the mother of the child heard her daughters crying only to be directed by her cry. She found the suspect who is unknown to them raping her child. She quickly grabbed her away from him and ran towards the church to alert members who had already ran out to check.”

The members were able to apprehend him and he was beaten up by the public who were angered by his actions but he got lucky after some members of the church rescued him and took him to Kasarani Police station.

He got lucky from being lunched after some members of the church rescued him from the mob and took him to Kasarani police station.

By Beryl Atieno.

Nyong’o To Turn To Roads In His Second Term

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Kisumu Governor Anyang Nyong’o has promised to prioritize building of roads to bitumen standards if elected for a second term in the next month’s polls.

KISUMU GOVERNOR ANYANG’ NYONG’O DURING HIS MANIFESTO LAUNCH 2022

Nyong’o says most roads in the county have been impassable during rainy seasons forcing him to enlist road maintenance teams.

He says in his second term, he will dedicate the county resources in putting up tarmac roads in each sub county annually.

He however challenged the local contractors to rise up to the occasion and take up contracts on building of the roads.

The Governor says in case they lack the capacity then he will turn to the National Government through the National Youth Service to put up such roads.

Speaking on Thursday in Kisumu when he launched his manifesto ahead of the polls, Nyong’o announced that the Azimio Government, if it wins, will institute reforms in the roads ministry.

Nyong’o noted that the National Government retained a number of roads functions that were meant for the counties.

Under the Azimio Government, Nyong’o says such functions will be returned to the counties to address the need for better roads in the counties.

Governor Nyong’o who is going to battle for the seat with the former Governor Jack Ranguma announced that his manifesto in the first five years was to awaken a sleeping giant.

He says in the next five years, his government will focus on building for the future by consolidating the gains made and initiating new projects.

KCB Bank and Deluxe Trucks & Buses ink Asset Financing Deal

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KCB customers will now be able to access flexible financing options in a deal with Deluxe Trucks & Buses East Africa Ltd. The partnership announced today, will see customers enjoy up to 95% funding with an extended repayment period of 72 months as well as a comfortable 60-day payment holiday.

In addition, customers will have the privilege to access an embedded tracking and insurance package and access to unsecured working capital of up to 3 million among other bank products available at the bank.

Also catered for are KCB SAHL Banking customers who under the Shariah-compliant banking model, will be able to purchase trucks from Deluxe Trucks & Buses at affordable rates.

KCB Bank Director of Corporate Banking, Esther Waititu

Speaking during the event, KCB Bank Director of Corporate Banking, Esther Waititu noted that the arrangement is in line with the Bank’s vision to leverage partnerships that seek to provide value to its customers. “We are delighted to partner with Deluxe Trucks & Buses as is a reflection of our commitment to supporting key customers to derive value from their long-standing loyalty,” Waititu said.

On his part, Deluxe Trucks & Buses E.A. Managing Director, Mr. Ameet Shroff said: “The partnership targets individuals, Small Medium Size companies, and large commercial businesses for flexible financing of up to 95% of the vehicle cost. Delivering uptime to customers is our key objective and we will ensure that our customers are continuously served with complete satisfaction.”

AMEET SHROFF, MANAGING DIRECTOR, DELUXE TRUCKS AND BUSES

Deluxe Trucks & Buses E.A. Ltd, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Simba Corp, was appointed the sole authorized distributor of the full range of Ashok Leyland brand of trucks and buses. The vehicles are locally assembled at Associated Vehicle Assemblers (AVA) which is also owned by Simba Corp. The firm recently opened a modern sales, service equipment center at Xylon Complex, located along ICD Road, Off Mombasa Road, Nairobi,, in a move that will ensure that customers get access to specialized services post-purchase, given the rising demand for vehicles used by SMEs and MSMEs.

Lack of good will to blame for no safe houses in Kisumu

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The Civil Society in Kisumu has blamed the politicians for the failure to establish safe houses to help in cases of Gender Based Violence (GBV).

STOP GBV

Civil Society Organization coordinator in Nyanza region Betty Okero says the lack of political goodwill has made it difficult to come up with safe houses.

Okero says as a civil society, they have tried for the past 15 years to have safe houses without success due to lack of interest from the politicians.

She says politicians must be made to understand why the region requires safer houses, for instance, as the country now heads to the next polls.

Speaking to the press in Kisumu during a meeting convened by UN Women to look into the case of GBV, Okero says they will not tire of pushing the duty bearers to set up such houses.

She says it is not the duty of civil society to establish safer houses noting that counties have allocations for that work.

Okero says the devolved structure gives Governors the opportunity to allocate funds to equip the safer houses.

Lawyer Ojienda to represent juakali over their land

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Kisumu County Senatorial ODM nominee Lawyer Tom Ojienda has assured Kisumu Juakali Artisans that he will offer pro bono services to fight off Kenya Railways from their land.

The Artisans and Kenya Railways are embroiled in a court tussle over land where they operate.

Ojienda who accompanied Governor Anyang Nyong’o during a campaign in the juakali area says he will be part of the lawyers’ pursuing the case on behalf of the artisans.

He noted that the law of the land allows those who have stayed in a particular land for over 12 years should not be thrown out.

However, Nyong’o blamed the artisans for refusing to move to a land that was donated to them by the national government.

He says he had approached President Uhuru Kenyatta who offered the space but the artisans say they wanted to remain where they are as they battle the matter in court.

Nyong’o disclosed that his government had funds to build working spaces for the artisans in the land that was given out by President Kenyatta.

Earlier, the artisans had challenged Governor Nyong’o to come clear on rumors that should he be elected for the second term then he would evict them from their land.

HOMABAY BODA BODA RIDERS ON TEENAGE PREGNANCY

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Homa Bay county boda boda riders have come out to protect and unleash their anger on perpetrators of teenage pregnancy in the lakeside county.

Amref Africa officer Beatrice Oluoch said that there is need for the county and the country to be vigilant and offer directions on issues related to teenage pregnancy and sexuality in Homa Bay County that has been ranked second at 40% after Narok.

She said that all stakeholders that include boda boda riders and other players should come together and find an amicable solution that will help reduce and even eradicate teenage pregnancy in Homa Bay and the country at large.

She called on all the boda boda riders to spread the gospel of denounce and help protect teenage girls in the county who are also at the risk of getting HIV/AIDS.

She said the next county Government of Homa Bay should prioritise and create a budget to deal with emerging issues related to escalating cases of teenage pregnancy.

Harrison Ochola said that there is needto bring the boda boda riders on board in order to help end the vice that put the county on the national limelight.

He said that the riders have for many times been implicated as the ones involved in the cases of teenage since they are employed by parents to take the children to school and also other places like church and mosques.

He said that cases of teenage pregnancy are so much rampant in Ndhiwa and Rachuonyo sub county and most boda boda riders are always blamed for being perpetrators of the unlawful crime.

The chairman of the boda boda riders in Homa Bay County Evans Odhiambo Otieno said that they will walk in all the 6 sub counties of Homa Bay county to ensure that the educate their fellow riders on the issues related to teenage pregnancy.

He called on the county Government to create a budget that will enable the girls from poor families get essential items like sanitary pads and pants that they sometimes miss and if given by the riders or even older person they get lured so easily into unprotected sex that is even risk for their future life.

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