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Mudanyi in one-shot lead at Uganda Amateur

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By LARRY NGALA
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Kenya’s top amateur golfer Edwin Mudanyi produced an excellent round of five under par 66 to grab a one-shot lead from two times champion Ronald Otile of Uganda, as the first round of the 2018 Uganda Open Amateur Championship came to a close at the century old Entebbe Golf Club Uganda on Wednesday.

Mudanyi from Vet Lab Sports Club, birdied the third, fourth, seventh and ninth in the opening nine, started the back nine with a birdie at the 10th, then parred all the way to the 18th, where he birdied, to jump to the top of the leader board in the event, which comes a week before the main Uganda Open.

Otile, a winner of the event in 2015 and 2016, picked up a total of eight birdies, three on the first nine’s first, second, and seventh, as well as at the back nine’s 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th and the par five-18th for a brilliant four under par 67.

On the other hand, Limuru Country Club’s John Karichu and youngster Mutahi Kibugu of Muthaiga tied for the third place after firing one under par 70 each

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Karichu, who is chasing the Kenya Amateur Golf Championship (KAGC) title, birdied the first, 11th, 13th, 14th and 18th, but against four bogeys over the second, fifth, ninth and 17th holes.

The youngster Kibugu, picked up birdies on the first, third, and 17th, with two bogeys on the second and ninth holes to join Karichu in third place as the opening round of the event was closing to an end.

Another Kenyan player, Samuel Njoroge was tying in fifth place with Uganda’s Joseph Cwinyaai, Herman Mutebi and Dennis Asaba on level par 71. Njoroge birdied the fourth, ninth, 11th, 14th and 15th , to remain in close contact with the Karichu and Njoroge.

A total of 13 Kenyan amateurs are participating in the championship, which like the pro event, has attracted players from different parts of Africa.

The second round is set for Thursday morning, followed by the third and fourth rounds on Friday and Saturday. Meanwhile, most of the Kenyan pros are set to leave this weekend for Entebbe ready for the championship being sponsored by Castle Lite.



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Better living conditions for incarcerated children and women

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A day care center officially unveiled by Winnie Guchu, the CAS Ministry of interior and coordination. [Muriithi Mugo, Standard]

The prisons’ service, in partnership with Faraja Foundation, has rolled out a rehabilitation programme for inmates.
The programme targets enhancing structures at the correctional facilities and making them friendlier to prison staff and inmates.
Jane Kuria, the CEO of Faraja Foundation, says the non-governmental organisation aims for successful reintegration of inmates to the community upon release from prison.
“Faraja Foundation wants to be remembered for supporting former convicts to reintegrate back to the community,” Kuria noted.
She added that many ex-convicts had to start lives afresh after jail terms, hence the need to help them fill the gap in reintegrating with society.
Donating beds and other items was a way of helping inmates survive and get rehabilitated in preparation for their return to society, she added.
The foundation aims to distribute 2,160 beds to the 43 women prisons that hold about 2,615 inmates and 210 children accompanying them.

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Daris Kangi the Officer in charge Embu women’s prison (L) chats with Winnie Guchu, the CAS Ministry of interior and coordination at the newly unveiled daycare at the Prison. Through a partnership with Faraja Foundation, the Prisons service will also distribute 2160 beds to all Women Prisons across the country. May 13, 2021. [Muriithi Mugo,Standard]

Speaking during the unveiling of day-care built by Faraja at Embu Women’s prison, Kuria said children jailed with their mothers did not deserve to undergo hardship.

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David Bett, chair of Faraja Foundation, challenged stakeholders to consider a review of the open-door policy that will also see prison staff benefit more.
Winnie Guchu, the Ministry of Interior and Coordination CAS, said the government had targeted to have day-care centres in all women’s prisons.
“Women convicted with children lacked caretakers of their children at home and this forced them to carry the babies along for the duration of their sentences,” said Ms Guchu.
She said the children were innocent and that they had the right to a conducive environment for growth through the day-care centres.
“These children should have places for entertainment, playing as well as good sleeping areas,” said Guchu.
She unveiled the day-care center and received 160 of 2,160 beds from the Faraja Foundation, destined for distribution in all the 43 women’s prisons countrywide.
Also present was Commissioner of Prisons Wycliffe Ogallo. 

 

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What you need to know about the Juja by-election

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The late Juja MP Francis Waititu aka Wakapee.

The Juja parliamentary seat became vacant after MP Francis Waititu succumbed to brain cancer on February 22, 2021 at MP Shah Hospital.
Waititu was elected on a Jubilee ticket during the 2017 General Election. He garnered 66,190 votes.
According to IEBC, Juja constituency has 114,761 registered voters.
The 2017 General Election had an 80 per cent voter turn-out which saw 91,801 Kenyans casting their votes in the region.  
The by-election
On Tuesday, May 18, 2021, voters in the Juja constituency will head to the polls to elect their next member of parliament.
A total of eleven candidates will square it out in the mini poll.

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Jubilee Party By-election Juja MP Nominee Susan Njeri Waititu during certificate issuance at the Party’s Headquarters in Nairobi on Wednesday, March 24, 2021. [Boniface Okendo, Standard]

Main contenders

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1. Waititu Susan Njeri – Jubilee Party
2. Ndung’u George Koimburi – Progressive Empowerment Party (PEP)
Others:
3. Mwangi Kariuki Chege – Independent
4. Kagera Eunice Wanjiru – The New Democrats (TND)
5. Kariuki Joseph Gichui –  Independent
6. Kariuki Rashid Iregi –  Independent
7. Marungo James Kariuki – Independent
8. Mburu John Njoroge – People’s Party of Kenya (PPK)
9. Ndung’u Antony Kirori – Maendeleo Chap Chap Party (MCCP)
10. Ndung’u Kennedy Gachuma – National Liberal Party (NLP)
11. Zulu Julius Thiong’o – Independent

 

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19-year-old boy charged with defiling girl three years younger

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A 19-year-old teenager is in trouble with authorities for allegedly defiling a 16-year-old girl.
Tyson Ongaki has been charged before a Kisumu Chief Magistrate’s court and accused of intentionally defiling the minor on various dates. The crime was allegedly committed in Bomet.
The teenager who appeared before Chief Magistrate Peter Gesora however denied the offence and has been released on a Sh100,000 bond.
The court heard that after committing the offense on diverse dates between March 26, 2021 and May 14, 2021, the teenager moved to Kisumu.
He has also been charged with committing an indecent act with a minor.
An investigating officer handling the matter told the court that the suspect was arrested in Kisumu.
The magistrate directed that the matter be heard on June 15, 2021.

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