Here are the stories that hit the headlines, today:
CEMASTEA- 102 SCHOOLS SELECTED TO BE USED AS STEM MODEL SCHOOLS
102 schools have been selected and are being transformed into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Model Schools.
The CEMASTEA STEM Model Schools programme is in tandem with the Basic Education Curriculum Reform Framework (BECRF) by Kenya the Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) which introduces science and technology as a learning area to enable learners to prepare for STEM pathway in subsequent levels of education cycle.
KENYA- SOMALIA MARINE OIL, GAS BLOCKS ROW:
Kenya’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Monica Juma, says Kenya will not give up an inch of its territory to any state. Monica says Kenya will pursue peaceful resolutions with her neighbours on any territorial disputes.
POLICE PROBE HEINOUS ACT IN WHICH MAN KILLED WOMAN, RAPED HER 3 DAUGHTERS:
Police are investigating an incident in which a Maseno University graduate graduate was beaten to death by villagers after he admitted killing a woman, raping her 3 daughters in Litein.
UNAPPROVED UNIVERSITY DEGREES’ FIASCO
Tom Mboya University College students in Homa Bay went on rampage after the Commission for University Education, CUE, reports indicated that the institution is offering 25 unapproved courses. The institution was among the 26 mentioned in the report; which cumulatively offer a total of 133 unapproved courses. Meanwhile, the Commission for University Education (CUE) has assured members of the public, especially students, not to panic about the programmes they are already enrolled in and which were classified as unapproved. CUE has in the meantime directed universities with unapproved programmes to seek accreditation. Some universities with unapproved programmes (but which they are currently offering) have been directed to commit themselves in writing to have the programmes accredited even as they continue offering them. In a rejoinder, CUE has warned the universities against declaring courses (options) within already approved programmes as separate degree programmes for placement of students.
STORM IN KISUMU COUNTY ASSEMBLY
26 Kisumu County Members of County Assembly, MCAs, have signed a petition to kick out Majority Leader Ken Onyango, Chief Whip Gad Olima as leadership row at the assembly escalates.
MPs DIDO, CHACHU OFF THE HOOK OVER INCITEMENT CHARGES:
The High Court has acquitted Legislators: Dido Ali (Saku), Chachu Nganya (North Horr) of incitement charges in last year’s Marsabit clashes that left 14 people dead.
REPRIEVE FOR PATIENTS AS SOME NURSES SUSPEND STRIKE:
Kisumu and Homa Bay Counties’ nurses have suspended their strike as the Kenya National Union of Nurses, KNUN, and county governments sign return to work deal. Elsewhere, Kakamega County’s nurses have called off their strike to allow the conciliatory process take place; no disciplinary action/punitive measures will be taken by the County Govt against the striking nurses.
JOMO KENYATTA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT’s TAKE OVER SUSPENDED.
Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee, PAC, has today recommended the suspension of a KSh. 150 million tender award to an advisor in KQ’s (Kenya Airways) JKIA takeover.
WHAT IS UP MR DEPUTY PRESIDENT! HARAMBEE STARS YET TO RECEIVE WHAT YOU PROMISED!
Deputy President, Hon William Ruto, faces the wrath of Kenyans for failing to give the National soccer team, Harambee Stars, a token of kshs 50 million promised last year.
THE DISHONORABLE MCAs
Four Nairobi Members of County Assembly, MCAs, have been suspended over gross misconduct last year. Nominated MCA Mary Ariviza has been suspended for 21 calendar days, while nominated MCAs Mary Njambi of the famed ‘Piri piri Kwa macho’ rant, Laura Mwende and Nancy Muthami have each been suspended for 10 days.
ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS NABBED
9 Eritreans have been detained in alleged human smuggling case. The 9 foreigners were arrested en-route to Nairobi from the border town of Moyale in Marsabit County.
KENYAN TEACHER SHINES GLOBALLY:
A Kenyan teacher, Mr Peter Tabichi, has made it to the final top ten teachers’ list who will be competing for Dubai’s $1 Million US dollars (about 100 million Kenya Shillings) Global Teacher prize.
BABU OWINO TAKES ON CS AMINA OVER HELB LOANS’ DEFAULTERS
Fiery Embakasi East Member, Hon Babu Owino, has told off Education Cabinet Secretary, Dr Amina Mohammed’s, directive to have defaulters for the Higher Education Loans Board, HELB, beneficiaries cracked down. ” We all MUST stop Amb A. Mohammed from criminalizing poverty and unemployment in Kenya. It must not happen during our time. It is a patriotic call to all jobless Kenyans out there!” says Owino.
KTDA- FARMERS TO GET KSHS 16 PER KILO IN ADVANCE PAYMENTS
The Kenya Tea Development Agency, KTDA, has announced that farmers will this year receive a Kshs 16 per kilo advance payment. This is an increase by Kshs 1; up from Kshs 15 per kilo paid out last year.
PRESIDENT KENYATTA CHAIRED A CABINET MEETING TODAY, HERE ARE THE RESOLUTIONS FROM THE MEETING:
- Discussed and agreed on a roadmap for resolving the maritime border dispute with Somalia and measures for safeguarding Kenya’s territorial integrity.
- The Cabinet also discussed and approved the Sectional Properties Bill 2018. The Bill simplifies the process of registering sectional properties and creates an enabling environment for investors and property owners.
- The Cabinet discussed and approved the operationalization of the Kenya Commodities Exchange (KOMEX). This will address the constraints faced by farmers and consumers by providing an organized market through a single platform which will ensure better farm gate prices for farmers.
- Cabinet also approved the hosting of the 12th Commonwealth Women Affairs Ministers Meeting in September 2019 which provides a platform for delegates to strategize on topical gender issues. The event is expected to attract over 1000 participants globally including 53 Ministers.