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Eyes on top spot as Mathare tackle Homeboyz

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By VINCENT OPIYO
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Former Kenyan champions Mathare United will be seeking to reclaim the top spot when they take on struggling Kakamega Homeboyz at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani on Saturday.

Bandari leapfrogged Mathare at the summit of the SportPesa Premier League standings on 18 points after their 1-0 win over Posta Rangers in Mombasa on Thursday. Mathare are one point behind in second place.

Under-pressure Paul Nkata leads Homeboyz, who drew 1-1 at home with Zoo Kericho last weekend, come up against high-flying Mathare – who beat 11-time champions Tusker 2-1 in their last outing last Saturday.

Both sides have won two matches each while four games have ended in a draw in their last eight meetings.

“It’s going to be tough but we are ready for them, we know they are enjoying a good form unlike us who are rebuilding after losing 12 players,” said Nkata, whose charges have garnered eight points in seven games.

Homeboyz fell 2-0 away to Mathare and drew 0-0 at home last season.

Mathare coach Francis Kimanzi is enjoying his youthful side’s seven-match unbeaten run after three years of assembling the squad. The other sides yet to taste defeat in the league this term are Bandari and Kariobangi Sharks.

“They’ve to show passion to win more matches having been together for a while,” noted Kimanzi.

In other matches, Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) will be out to win their second successive win against cash-strapped Vihiga United at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.

The bankers shocked AFC Leopards 1-0 last weekend in Nakuru for their first win of the campaign.

Veteran John Baraza leads Sofapaka from the dugout after being handed the reigns on interim basis following the resignation of Medo Melis in the late kick-off against Sony Sugar at the same venue.

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On Sunday, sixth-placed Tusker visit four-time champions Ulinzi Stars at Afraha Stadium where a win will send them back to third position on 16 points.

“We are definitely going for three points,” Tusker coach Robert Matano confided. “We’ve rectified the mistakes that cost us in the last game (against Mathare United) and we are ready to revisit the standards we’ve set for ourselves this season.”

The soldiers coach Dunstan Nyaudo is wary of the threat posed by the brewers.

“Their coach, Matano (Robert) was here and he knows a few things about Ulinzi Stars and he will want to exploit that. The advantage is two – way though; we also know his tactics and we will try counter them,” said Nyaudo, who led Ulinzi to a 2-1 win away to Sony Sugar last weekend.

KCB v Vihiga United (Kenyatta stadium, Machakos, 2pm)

Sofapaka v Sony Sugar (Kenyatta stadium, Machakos, 4.15pm)

Mathare United v Kakamega Homeboyz (MISC Kasarani, 3pm)

Western Stima v Nzoia Sugar (Moi stadium, Kisumu, 3pm)

Ulinzi Stars v Tusker (Afraha stadium, 3pm)



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No decision yet on when schools will open, says Magoha

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By FAITH NYAMAI

Learning institutions will not reopen on June 4 as was earlier scheduled, Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha has said.

Speaking after he received an interim report from the 10-member Education Response Committee on Covid-19 at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development yesterday, Prof Magoha said schools will remain closed until the Covid-19 situation is contained.

“Parents should prepare to stay with their children longer until the health situation in the country stabilises. As at now, I cannot say when schools will resume. For me timelines and national exams are not a priority, they can even stay until January,” Prof Magoha said.

The Ministry of Health projected that the rates of Covid-19 infections are likely to hit a peak in August-September.

“The ministry takes these projections seriously, especially in view of the fact that more than 359 of our schools are currently designated as quarantine and isolation centres.”

The CS asked parents to be prepared to face the reality of an extended closure of schools.

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He said the government cannot sacrifice the health of children for the sake of an education that can wait to be offered later, when the safety and health of children can be guaranteed.

“The ministry will desist from focusing on schools’ reopening dates and instead give priority to putting in place solid mitigation measures.”

Prof Magoha downplayed some of the recommendations of the task force and said the report is too preliminary to be acted on.

The ministry, he said, will review the report before advising the country on the steps to be taken regarding the academic calendar and the level of preparedness that will be required of all stakeholders involved in the running of schools.

“There are several committees set up by President Uhuru Kenyatta on the response to the pandemic. I will look into the report and we will have to remove some of the recommendations made by the Education task force and retain others.”

The ministry of Education, he said, will table some of the proposals before the National Emergency Response Committee this weekend for further consultations to inform the decision on reopening schools

“These consultations will also take into consideration the fact that the current government restrictions announced by President Kenyatta will expire on June 6,” he said.

Details in the committee’s report revealed that the team is proposing that this year’s national examinations be pushed to a date not earlier than February next year.

Credible sources on the committee also revealed they have advised that schools be reopened in September.

The report prepared by the Dr Sarah Ruto-chaired committee recommends that the Ministry of Education change the academic calendar to start in September and provide all resources required to keep schools running.

Other recommendations are that school funds that were meant for first term, second and third term should be released in whole in September once classes resume.

Prof Magoha, who seemed to have disagreed with some of the details of the report, said the decision to reopen schools should not be hastened.

He said even though Covid-19 may linger, the ministry has started putting in place measures to ensure children are safeguarded and high levels of hygiene are maintained in schools.

“We will start putting water in our schools and put all the other measures in place for both learners and teachers,” he said.

On private schools, the CS said all learning institutions are closed and those enrolling learners for second term are going against the ministry’s regulations.

He, however, said parents who choose to pay for their children to attend online classes should do it voluntarily.

“Private schools depend on parents and those that have their children studying online should pay,” he said.

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 Nation, DTB help needy families

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By JOSEPH OPENDA

Hannah Muthoni, 39, has not smiled for months. The hard economic times occasioned by Covid-19 pandemic has made life unbearable for her and her family.

When the disease was first reported in the country, she was among the first people to feel its pinch. She was among the casual labourers who were laid off when the flower firm she was working for grounded operations after the government announced containment measures to stem its spread.

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Since then, the mother of seven has been depending on her relatives for help to provide for her family.

But she smiled yesterday, thanks to the initiative by the Nation Media Group (NMG) Board chairman Wilfred Kiboro and Diamond Trust Bank (DTB) to provide relief food for the vulnerable community members.

Ms Muthoni was among the 4,000 residents of Subukia who benefited from the relief food worth over Sh1 million, which was distributed across the three wards in the constituency.

She could not hide her joy after receiving her relief package.

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“It has been a very difficult period for me since my husband and I were sent home from work due to the pandemic. Getting food on the table has been a matter of luck. But, with this package, I’m assured of a meal for two weeks,” said Ms Muthoni.

Dr Kiboro said he took the initiative to look for donors to assist the families who have been negatively affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.He said DTB came in handy and agreed to support the initiative.

“Subukia is my rural home and I realised that most families are suffering in silence. I therefore took it upon myself to use the connections that I have to mobilise support. I thank DTB for supporting the initiative,” said Dr Kiboro.

He called on individuals and corporate organisations that can help to join in the donations to help the vulnerable members of the society.

“This is just a matter of standing up to be counted. I believe everyone can give something to help a neighbour who is in need. I urge everyone to support these families,” said Dr Kiboro.

DTB Nakuru branch manager Lucy Rotich said the bank is committed to supporting poor families in the times of need.

“As DTB, we want to stand in solidarity with our clients in all times since we understand that most people are affected by this pandemic,” said Ms Rotich.

Magdalena Nthenya who was among the beneficiaries, thanked the bank for the donations, saying that it was timely.

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Raphael Lekolool appointed Postbank Managing Director

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Postbank Board of Directors’ Chairman, Mr. Ntoros Baari Ole Senteu, Friday announced the appointment of Raphael Lekolool as the new Postbank Managing Director effective June 1, 2020.

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This follows the retirement of Ms. Anne Karanja from the Postbank after serving in the position of Managing Director for the last six years.

Prior to this appointment, Anne had served in different senior management positions in the same Bank.

In his role as the Managing Director, Mr.Lekolool will be riding on a strong foundation of the existing customer base and digital platforms in pursuit of growing the Bank’s market share while executing the Bank’s strategic Plan.

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The financial world is going digital and one of Postbanks’s priority areas is to exploit technology to ensure customers can handle most of their financial transactions online.

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With his vastexperience in banking, micro finance and insurance sectors, Lekolool is well placed to drive the Bank’s business to the next level while offering customer driven products.

“I have full confidence that my successor, Mr. Lekolool will steer Postbank to greater heights. I take this opportunity to wish him a successful tenure.” said Ms. Karanja.

“We appreciate the stewardship of Ms. Anne Karanja which kept Postbank focused on inculcating a savings culture among Kenyans.” reflected Mr. Baari Ole Senteu, the Board Chairman. “We wish her well in her endeavors as she continues serving the nation in different capacity”added Mr. Senteu.

Prior to this appointment, Mr. Lekolool was the Enterprise Risk Manager at UAP, Old Mutual and Head of Internal Audit at Faulu Microfinance.

He is an MBA graduate of Cardiff Business School and holds a BSc. Degree in Banking from University of Manchester.

 

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