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Police Constable Jairus Mulumia who volunteered to teach mathematics to pupils after teachers failed to show up due to conflict has been recognized.

Mulumia’s sacrifice and efforts on the Kenya-Ethiopia border were recognized by the Public Service Commission (PSC) during its annual excellence awards on Friday, December 6.

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Government rewards officer who traded his gun for chalk to teach class five pupils

Mulumia’s sacrifice and efforts on the Kenya-Ethiopia border were recognized by the Public Service Commission during its annual excellence awards. Photo: Citizen TV.
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Speaking during the ceremony, Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua congratulated Mulumia and all the winners saying that the awards recognize the efforts by public servants, KNA reported.

“We will forward Mulumia’s name to the President and recommend him for an award so that he becomes a role model to be emulated by others,” said Kinyua.

PSC chairman Stephen Kirogo said that this year’s awards were unique in that public servants in far-flung parts of the country who work to address the challenges afflicting Kenyans were feted.

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Kirogo said that the Commission has aligned its mandate in order to contribute the development of the country and achievement of Vision 2030 from which the Big 4 agenda is derived.

The ministry of Interior scored big at the award ceremony with a team of Chiefs from Kibra scooping the citizen-centric service award for their gallant efforts in fighting crime.

Others who were recognized were Joseph Nanzala from the survey department at the ministry of lands.

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He was awarded for his efforts in reconstructing mutilated land maps and helping those with land problems get their title deeds.

Makueni County Commissioner (CC) Maalim Mohamed was also recognized for serving citizens with dignity, courtesy and opening beach access road in Mombasa while he was serving there.

Hussein Abdullahi an Information officer at the Ministry of Information Communications and Technology emerged the Second Runner-up in the Public Service Values and Ethics category.

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He was recognised for his informative and well-articulated news stories which appear in My government weekly pullout.

Said Umi Athman, the Lamu County Huduma center manager was recognized for conducting over 16 outreach programs which have successfully brought government services closer to the citizens.

In 2017 she was awarded as the best Huduma center manager and was rewarded with a trip to Morocco.

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Speaking on behalf of all the awardees, Athman said that service is from the heart and they are all servants in the community at their own different capacities.

“Everyone has a role to play in the community and in the country at large and we should strive to do it to the best of our ability,” she said.

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Europe beckons for South African rugby after Kiwi snub

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JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Jul 20World Cup-winning Springbok Schalk Brits believes the future of South African rugby lies in Europe after New Zealand said there was no room for sides from the republic in Super Rugby.

“All of this jet lag and flying across different time zones just does not work,” said the hooker who retired after the triumphant 2019 World Cup campaign.

“We have got so many South Africans playing in Europe and it would be awesome to see them in action here for European clubs.”

With New Zealand favouring a trans-Tasman Super Rugby competition, South Africa Rugby chief executive Jurie Roux will address the media Tuesday about the way forward.

There has been no rugby in South Africa since mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic, which claimed 5,033 lives by late Sunday, the most in an African country.

Here, AFP Sport looks at the possibilities for the world champions Springboks and Super Rugby teams the Bulls, Lions, Sharks and Stormers.

Rugby Championship

There has been speculation that the six-round annual tournament will be cut to four matches with New Zealand and Australia playing in South Africa only every second year.

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That would be a huge blow for SA Rugby coffers as the century-old rivalry with the All Blacks makes them a huge drawcard.

South Africa might consider abandoning the Championship and pursuing a suggestion by former All Blacks Justin Marshall and Jeff Wilson for three-Test tours between the great rivals.

“British and Irish Lions tours are so successful because we look forward to them,” noted another ex-All Black, John Kirwan. The same could be said of an All Blacks-Springboks series.

‘Seven Nations’

Should South African franchises move north, would the Springboks follow suit and apply to join England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales in a ‘Seven Nations’ championship?

Having the world champions on board would surely excite the organisers and costs would be greatly reduced if the Springboks played their three away matches on consecutive weekends.

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England, Ireland, France and Wales, in particular, would bring freshness for rugby followers, who have not rushed to the turnstiles for Championship visits by Australia and Argentina.

Ask the SA Rugby treasurer for his ‘dream’ line-up and he would surely say a multi-Test tour by the All Blacks and participation in the ‘Seven Nations’.

Super Rugby

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Although not official yet, the reality is that New Zealand want to play some Australian sides and the Pacific Islands in a new competition while excluding South Africa and Argentina.

The original version, a Super 10 between 1993 and 1995, was a superb competition, but constant tinkering and expansion has led to waning interest in a difficult-to-follow event.

Even those supporting the Golden Lions of South Africa could not have derived too much satisfaction from a 94-7 thrashing of Japanese visitors the Sunwolves three years ago.

South Africa sides often battled with time differences in Australasia — New Zealand is 11 hours ahead of the republic — and were weary after four-match tours.

‘Pro16’

Pro14 chief executive Martin Anayi says he would welcome Super Rugby ‘rejects’ the Bulls, Lions, Sharks and Stormers into an expanded edition.

“The tournament works well but could be even better if we added some South African teams,” he said, referring to a competition that also includes Irish, Italian, Scottish and Welsh teams.

But there may be no room for the two current South African Pro14 participants, the Cheetahs and Kings, who have experienced very different fortunes.

While the Cheetahs have been competitive, the Kings won just four of 55 matches in three seasons with some of the losing margins embarrassing.

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Currie Cup

The domestic competition has survived constant format changes to remain the vital ‘nursery’ from which Springboks emerge.

First staged in 1892, it was the bedrock of South African rugby until the dawn of professionalism after the 1995 Rugby World Cup.

As Test and Super Rugby fixtures took up an increasing amount of the season, the Currie Cup often battled for calendar space.

But it survived and this year could feature the four Super Rugby sides plus the Cheetahs, Kings, Griquas and Pumas, if play is possible amid the coronavirus.

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Kenya’s coronavirus cases rise to 13,771 after 418 more infections

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Kenya on Monday reported 418 more Covid-19 infections, raising the country’s tally to 13,771 since the virus was first confirmed on March 13.

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Health Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Rashid Aman also reported four more deaths, raising the toll to 238. He rectified an earlier report about 19 deaths in a single day, which would have been the highest number ever recorded in Kenya.

The 418 new patients were found following the testing of 2,474 samples in the last 24 hours.

Four hundred and eight of them were Kenyans and 10 foreigners while male patients numbered 263 and female patients 155.

Dr Aman also announced that 494 patients had been discharged, raising the country’s total number of recoveries to 5,616.

Of the recovered patients, 465 were under home care and the rest in hospitals.

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