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Two Nakuru students arrested over teacher’s murder

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A teacher in Nakuru West has died after he was allegedly attacked by two students for confiscating their mobile phone.

Police are also holding a third suspect in connection with the murder.

Peter Omare, the physics teacher at Hopewell High School was attacked while on his way to his house located within the compound.

The three were arrested at a nearby homestead known for selling illicit brews and drugs.

The school administration said one of the students was from the same school while the other from a neighbouring one.

The teacher was supervising evening studies on Thursday and was attacked as he walked to his house.

Area Chief David Kerui said the teacher was hit on the head with a blunt object that opened up his skull.

“He died a few minutes before we could rush him to the hospital,” Kirui said.

Learning was paralysed at the institution on Friday as learners and teachers come to terms with the gruesome murder.

The school director Vitalis Kahenda said the teacher had at around 6 pm confiscated a mobile phone from a student whom he spotted receiving it from two outsiders through the fence.

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“He had shared information on the confiscated mobile phone but had not yet handed it over to the management since it was late. The school policy is such phones are confiscated and handed over to the administration,” said Kahenda.

Nakuru OCPD Samuel Obara confirmed the three suspects were being held at Rhonda Police Station pending investigations.

“Several people have recorded statements on the matter and we have launched investigations. The suspects will be arraigned in court the soonest possible,” Obara said.

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Kenya: House Prices Decelerate as Demand Remains Depressed

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Nairobi — The price of houses continued to decline in the first quarter of 2020 in a trend compounded by constrained ability of potential buyers to afford homes

currently on offer in the market, according to the Kenya Bankers Association House Price Index (KBA-HPI).

According to the Index, house prices decelerated by 0.54 percent in the reviewed period,marginally reversing the decline by 0.07 percent from the 0.61 percent negative growth rate

reported in the fourth quarter of 2019. By the KBA-HPI measure, house prices have remained in the deceleration path for the fifth consecutive quarter.

“While the market remained largely depressed, the marginal easing was supported by the supply-demand interaction with a leaning towards more demand in a relative context,” the

KBA-HPI indicates, adding that demand shifts in the quarter were based on concluded sales, which rose by 13.95 percent.

The sale numbers point to a market where bungalows accounted for a 33 percent demand increase while the demand for bungalows and maisonettes went down by 95.9 percent

and 57.1 percent respectively during the quarter. The trend, according to the Index, reflects buyers’ adjustments with affordability being a key concern in the housing market.

“The decelerating price trend is evidence of a property market with a distinct lack of momentum and characterized by a sign of normalization of house prices as the market