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Father, son jailed for 20 and 15 years respectively for raping neighbour: The Standard

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Rift ValleyCourt rules prosecution had submitted enough evidence against the two

A man and his son have been handed 20 and 15 years-jail terms respectively for raping a woman in Kuresoi North in 2018.
John Chirchir, 58 and his son Vincent Lang’at, 28 were found guilty of raping the 28-year-old woman from Telowa village.
According to the court, the two jointly violated the woman who was their neighbour against her will on June 27, 2018.
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The two were arrested on the same day and produced before court on the following day for plea taking.
While delivering his judgement, Molo Resident Magistrate Emmanuel Soita said the prosecution led by John Limo had submitted enough evidence against the two.
The Magistrate noted that five witnesses were called on testifies against the suspects.
The same court also handed a ten-year jail term to Samuel Kiprono who is accused of defiling a nine-year-old girl at Keringet area in Kuresoi South.

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Kenya loses first doctor to Covid-19 – Nairobi News

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Kenya has lost the first doctor to Covid-19.

Dr Doreen Adisa Lugaliki, a gynaecologist, died on Friday morning at the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH).

In a statement posted on its official Facebook account, the Kenyan Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU) mourned the death of one of their own.

“We have lost a hardworking obstetrician/gynaecologist, a mother, a friend and a colleague to the devastating effects of Covid-19. Our condolences to the family and friends of Dr Doreen Lugaliki,” the post read.

Ms Doreen was also mourned by her colleagues who described her as hardworking.

Dr Mercy Korir of KTN said:

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Dr Mumbi Kimotho said:

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Thousands of youth to benefit from Kazi Mtaani project » Capital News

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NAIROBI, Kenya July 10 – The government has stepped up plans to ensure the timely kick-off of the National Hygiene Program (NHP) dubbed Kazi Mtaani early next week, State Department of Housing and Urban Development Principal Secretary Charles Hinga has confirmed.

An inter-ministerial team has already developed grassroots work plans that will see more than 270,000 Kenyans absorbed in the national programme with a Kshs 10 billion budget outlay as recently announced by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The second phase of the Kazi Mtaani program, Hinga said, will feature a more robust corroborative framework at the county level. The national government through Kazi Mtaani, he said will underwrite the labour costs while county governments will provide resources for the project’s development including materials and technical designs.

In the first phase of Kazi Mtaani set to close at the end of this month, Hinga confirmed that 31,689 Kenyans in eight counties worked on the national initiative designed to cushion the most vulnerable but able-bodied citizens living in informal settlements from the effects and response strategies of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Speaking when he announced the Kazi Mtaani second phase readiness plans, Hinga said that from eight counties, the initiative is expanding to all 47 counties and will employ workers primarily drawn from the informal settlements in urban and rural settings.

The programme rollout will be overseen by the County Implementation Committees (CICs) led by the respective County Commissioners, with County Secretaries as deputy chairs and County Directors of Housing serving as secretaries to the CICs.  Adopting a truly multi-agency approach, the CICs will incorporate membership of County Executive Committee members from various county dockets, Municipal Managers, implementing agencies such as the Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA), Kenya Rural Roads Authority (KeRRA), National Youth Service (NYS), and other partners working on projects within the program.

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“The Kazi Mtaani national technical committee has prepared robust works plans that will see more than 270,000 Kenyans earning a Kshs 455 daily wage and engaged in more community and infrastructure development projects,” Hinga said.

Targeted initiatives such as Kazi Mtaani, he noted, provide employment opportunities to underrepresented groups and provide platforms to mitigate the negative economic impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

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“The objective of the Kazi Mtaani program is to provide a form of social protection for workers whose prospects for daily or casual work has been disrupted by the containment policies put in place to limit the spread of COVID-19. This benefit cannot be overlooked as is it essential to the resilience of informal settlement dwellers during this time and after,” Hinga said.

The first phase of Kazi Mtaani focused on informal settlements in the counties of Nairobi, Mombasa, Kiambu, Nakuru, Kisumu, Kilifi, Kwale, and Mandera.  These counties were hard hit by the first instances of COVID-19 and the subsequent cessation of movement policy initiated to contain the spread of the virus. 

The containment strategies have affected economic activity, making it difficult for those reliant on daily work to meet their basic needs. NHP will, therefore, focus on putting people back to work in the short-term as a measure to alleviate the economic impact of the pandemic within informal settlements.

In Nairobi, over 12,000 Kenyans living in Mathare, Kibera, Mukuru and Korogocho were enlisted in the Kazi Mtaani first phase and undertook daily sanitation and environment preservation duties in the respective settlements.

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Communities call for inter-state joint efforts to combat banditry – KBC

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Pastoralist communities living along the Kenya-Ethiopia border have proposed an inter-state approach in addressing cattle rustling and banditry menace in the area.

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The residents from Moyale and Sololo sub-counties have for a long time borne the brunt because the border is porous which makes it hard for adequate policing from both sides.

According to peace committees in the sub-counties negotiations between the two Countries could help in tackling the problem which has not only cost locals property but also lives.

The Chairperson of the Sololo sub-county peace committee Galmah Dabaso said during a peace meeting between the local Borana community and the Degodia ethnic group from Wajir at Bori in Moyale sub-county that the free movement of people and livestock across the border was an enabling environment for cattle rustling.

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Mr Dabaso regretted that the illegal livestock trade along the border had also encouraged the proliferation of illegal firearms that were normally used to execute the livestock raids.

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“Unless the free movement of people and livestock across this border is put under check these cartels will continue to thrive,” he told the meeting that was also attended by Moyale MP Qalicha Gufu, his Eldas counterpart Adan Keynan, Moyale DCC Patrick Mumali, Sololo DCC Dennis Kyeti and the DCC for Eldas Vincent Lamachar.

The peace committee members asked the Government to facilitate talks with the Ethiopian authorities for a long-lasting two-sided agreement that would assist in keeping check on those who cross the border with animals.

Moyale Peace committee Chairman Mohammed Nurr called on the Kenyan and Ethiopian Governments to device a method that would see bilateral efforts applied in curbing the menace along the border.

It was noted at the meeting that most of the cattle rustlers were capitalizing on the porosity of the border because the Kenyan security agencies can hardly trace stolen animals once the rustlers cross into Ethiopia.

The meeting between representatives of the two livestock herding communities agreed to foster a harmonious co-existence where conflicts arising from grazing resources would be resolved amicably.

A combined effort between security agencies and elders helped in the recovery of 620 camels, 300 goats and four donkeys that were stolen from the Degodia community on June 6, this year.

 

 

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