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Ugandan official arrested with ivory worth Kshs.3M in Busia – KBC

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Busia DCIO, Benard Wamalwa, displaying the three pieces of ivory in his office on Monday. He urged the local residents to volunteer information of suspected individuals dealing in the illegal trade

Police in Busia have arrested a Senior Security Officer from Uganda in possession of three pieces of animal trophies worth Kshs 3 million street value.

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Kennedy Wabwire, was arrested on Friday at around 2.00 pm through a tip off from members of the public.

“We got information that some Ugandan Nationals were on a mission to traffic ivory into Kenya with the aim of selling,” said Busia DCIO, Benard Wamalwa.

Wamalwa said that police officers liaised with the informer and lured the suspects that the buyer was waiting for the items at one of the Mosques in Busia town.

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“The suspects arrived in two motorbikes and we managed to arrest one as the other one fled,” he said, adding that the arrested suspect is a lieutenant working in the Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UBDF) in Uganda.

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The suspect, Kennedy Wabwire, after being arrested by police officers in Busia.

He stated that the suspect has been taken to court and will be charged with being in possession of wildlife trophies contrary to Section 95 of the Wildlife Conservation Management Act of 2013.

Efforts are still underway to arrest the other culprits who escaped on another motorcycle with a sack of ivory,” he said, adding that the suspect disclosed that they used the Mariachi route to access the Mosque.

The officer further said that the boda boda rider who was carrying the suspects has also been arrested and has recorded statements with the police as a witness.

Wamalwa urged the local residents to report suspected people dealing in the any illegal activity, adding trade in ivory was affecting both Kenya and Uganda negatively through loss of revenue that could be gotten from tourism.

“If we fail to report such cases, we will not only lose elephants but also other animals,” he said, adding that security officers cannot succeed without collaboration from the local residents.

The official who addressed the press in his office expressed concern that trade in ivory was becoming rampant at the border, stating that this is the third incident.

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Sewage Menace in Pipeline, Residents Cry For Help

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By Milo George

Residents of Pipeline Transami area are decrying poor drainage system that has caused sewage water to overflow in their area of residence.

The residents claim that the overflowing sewage is not only putting their lives at risk but also causing air pollution.

They have called on Nairobi Metropolitan Services and Nairobi City Water and Sewage Company to come on board and expand the sewer lines before more areas are flooded with raw human wastes coming from the blocked pipes.
“We want Major Badi and our leaders to resolve this menace immediately. It’s terrible many have been forced to shift their businesses because of the foul smell,” they said.
Pastor Joe Ndivoh of Word Evangelistic Explosion Ministries says that they have been forced to call off the Sunday School Service to protect the children from the smelly sewage.
‘‘We now fear that if prompt action is not taken then we will have a bigger health problem than this because we fear there could be an outbreak of water-borne disease anytime,’’ Pastor Ndivoh added.


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At Kenyan University, a Paradox In Shortage Of Professors

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A total of 118 graduands were awarded Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees during the JKUAT’s graduation ceremony in 2019, raising questions about the quality of those academic qualifications. [ Photo / Mwakilishi.com ]

Kenyan professors: If you have an under graduate or master’s degree, you may just want to go back for your PhD. Apparently, there a growing demand for professors at Kenyan universities than the same universities can supply!

Kenyatta University Vice Chancellor, Paul Wainaina, revealed this when he recently raised concern over the low number of professors at the institution of higher learning, worried that it might affect the quality education and research. It is an irony as the university is the custodian of churning out academics such as professors and doctors.

He said Kenyatta University has not had a full professor for the past four years to replace those who retire or leave through other causes. He noted, for example, that the Department of Education has only four full professors and two associate professors.

Prof. Wanaina said that most of the remaining professors will be all gone in the coming years, leaving the university at cross roads in terms of education quality and research.

“The future of every university lies with its thinktanks who are the professors. There used to be a time when we used to be like eight full professors and several associates. Now it is worrying because I have just a few years left before I leave and I have not seen anyone close to a professor level,” he said.

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He said it may seem like dark days in the education industry since the mainstay of quality education is evidence-based knowledge brought by professors.

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The Don called on lecturers to further their studies through doing more research to attain professorship to save the future of the departments and the quality of education in the country.

“Professors are the apex of scholarship in any university. We need to get more lecturers promoted into professors to save the quality of education starting with teaching, doing research for solving problems of this nation,” said Wainaina.

He was speaking as one of the lecturers, Dr Rubai Mandela, launched a book, Before Two Become One, at a Ruiru hotel.

He said the university would support those in the field of research to attain high education accolades to ensure they bring out qualified scholars, who will hold up the university in future.

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Sanctions: It is said that even the meekest of cats can fight back fiercely when pushed against the wall. Well, the same goes for human beings. Even those we deem cowards can engage in unexpected ways to safeguard their interests and survival. In the last several years, the West has been on China’s case over […]

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