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Will Quins end their losing streak?

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By AYUMBA AYODI
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Kenya Harlequin is the third most successful rugby club in the country, having won eight Kenya Cup rugby league titles eight times.

The last time the club won the prestigious title was in 2012, with back-to-back victories in 2010 and 2011.

However, the Rugby Football Union of East Africa (RFUEA) ground-based club has found itself at unfamiliar territory in the Kenya Cup league.

Quins are placed at the bottom of the 12-team league.

It’s simply the worst start for Quins to a Kenya Cup season, having lost all their four matches to emerge with only two bonus points.

Quins lost to Homeboyz and defending champions Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) away 26-13 and 32-20, before going down to newcomers Western Bulls 21-19 at home.

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Quins also succumbed to Nakuru 25-18 away.

Will Quins end the drought when they host sixth-placed Menengai Oilers at the RFUEA ground on Saturday ?

The Pool “A” match will mark the end of the respective Pool “A” and “B” first phase before the teams meet their opponents from different pools. They will then return to face off in the second leg in the pools before paving way for the knockout.

Head coach Dominique Habimana, who returned to Quins for this season, is confident that Quins will rediscover its grove for victories that will see them avoid relegation.

Habimana said the general playing and training environment and the new structures that he introduced are slowly improving. “It’s quite unfortunate where we are but no situation is permanent,” said Habimana.

Habimana said the situation between Quins and Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) where politics crept has in a way contributed to the poor results at the club.

“There could be issues with sponsorship but teams can still perform well without money,” said Habimana.

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“The place where the Union is and the club has brought in big competing interests and it’s these external opinions that I want players to disregard and focus on play.”

Habimana said Quins has great and skillful players that should turn their fortunes around adding that positive results can be achieved without money issues playing a role.

However, Quins chairman Michael Wanjala downplayed the politics between his club and KRU, saying that it still early days hence no need to panic.

“That’s far from the truth but of course you will hear a lot of nonsense from disgruntled elements. The relationship between us and the Union has never been better,” said Wanjala, explaining that Habimana came few weeks before the start of the season and players have taken long adapting to the new methods.

“It will come good as we progress since we are looking at getting the right combinations,” said Wanjala noting that even though things are tough in terms of cash flow, it’s a problem that is cutting across board especially for clubs that are not backed by corporates.

“We are confident we will be able to get some sponsorship. We are talking to some companies and we see some light at the end of the tunnel,” said Wanjala.

KCB v Homeboyz (The Den, Ruaraka), Harlequins v Menengai Oilers (RFUEA), Western Bulls v Nakuru (The Bullring, Kakamega), Kabras Sugar v Blak Blad (Kakamega Showground), Mwamba v Nondescripts (Railway Club, Nairobi), Kisumu vs Impala (Mamboleo Showground, Kisumu).

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World hunger worsening as Covid-19 weighs and obesity rises: UN

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Nearly one in nine people in the world are going hungry, with the coronavirus pandemic exacerbating already worsening trends this year, according to a United Nations report published Monday.

Economic slowdowns and climate-related shocks are pushing more people into hunger, while nutritious foods remain too expensive for many, contributing not only to undernourishment, but to growing rates of obesity in adults and children.

“After decades of long decline, the number of people suffering from hunger has been slowly increasing since 2014,” said the State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World annual report.

Not only did people need enough food, but nutritious food, the study said, citing costly “health and environmental consequences” of sub-par diets.

Nearly 690 million people, or 8.9 per cent of people around the globe, are hungry, the UN found.

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That number rose by 10 million people in just one year to 2019, and by 60 million in the past five years, found the study, which said eradicating hunger by 2030 – a goal set five years ago – will be impossible if trends continue.

By 2030, over 890 million people could be affected by hunger, or 9.8 per cent of the world’s population, it estimated.

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Five United Nations agencies co-authored the report: the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Food Programme (WFP) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

Last year, the report estimated that over 820 million people were going hungry, but estimates were recalculated following revised data from China for prior years.

When measuring both moderate and severe food insecurity in 2019, the number balloons from 690 million to 2 billion people without “regular access to safe, nutritious and sufficient food”.

POVERTY

The Covid-19 pandemic, which has hit hard in nations with widespread poverty, could cause another 83 to 132 million people to become undernourished this year, the report said.

Global trends had already been worsening before coronavirus, it said.

About a quarter of Africa’s population could go hungry by 2030 from 19.1 per cent today, already twice the world average.

In Asia, the number of hungry people fell by 8 million people since 2015, although the continent remains home to more than half the world’s undernourished people.

Trends in Latin America and the Caribbean are worsening, with 9 million more hungry people last year than in 2015.

“A key reason why millions of people around the world suffer from hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition is because they cannot afford the cost of healthy diets,” found the report.

OBESITY

In all regions, adult obesity is on the rise, with healthy diets of fruits, vegetables and protein-rich foods unaffordable to some 3 billion people.

Over 57 per cent of people in sub-Saharan Africa and Southern Asia cannot afford a healthy diet.

Low-income countries rely on starchy staples like cereals and tubers that can cost 60 percent less than healthy diets, but lack necessary proteins and key vitamins and minerals to reduce infections and ward off disease.

The report found 21.3 per cent of children under five, or 144 million, experienced stunted growth due to malnutrition, most of them in Africa or Asia.

Another 6.9 per cent were “wasted” with nutritional imbalances, while 5.6 per cent were overweight.

Of the overweight children, 45 per cent come from Asia, and 24 per cent from Africa, underscoring how malnutrition takes the form of both undernutrition and obesity.

CONSUMPTION PATTERNS

Current patterns in food consumption are estimated to result in health costs of over $1.3 trillion per year by 2030.

But healthier diets could lower those costs by up to 97 per cent, the report estimated, citing a vegetarian diet with associated health costs of less than $100 million.

Costs are also associated with greenhouse gas emissions caused by today’s food production system which could also be reduced by alternative diets.

While acknowledging high prices for healthy food are due to a variety of factors from insufficient diversification and inadequate food storage to domestic subsidies that favor staples, the report called an “urgent rebalancing of agricultural policies and incentives.”

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Lobbying intensifies as MCAs set to table Ngilu impeachment motion

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By KITAVI MUTUA

The motion for Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu’s impeachment will be tabled Wednesday following the High Court’s decision against stopping the process.

Justice Weldon Korir’s ruling last week, okaying the motion by majority leader Peter Kilonzo, kicked off a series of meetings, with both sides lobbying for support to either pass or defeat the motion.

Ms Ngilu is facing a spirited effort for her removal from office that was engineered by MCAs in the Wiper party, whose leader is politician Kalonzo Musyoka.

In the 54-member county assembly, Wiper enjoys the majority of 30 elected and nominated MCAs but two members – Kasee Musya (Kisasi) and James Musyoka (Kiomo Kyethani) broke ranks with their party and announced they’ll oppose the motion.

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With 28 members remaining, the mover must win the support of eight MCAs from other parties to gather the requisite two thirds majority of 36 votes to see the motion through.

NGILU’S CAMP

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Ms Ngilu’s party, Narc, has 12 members but enjoys the support of MCAs from smaller political parties and independent lawmakers.

Members of the governor’s camp say they have the backing of about 25 MCAs and are sure the motion will fail but Mr Kilonzo said his camp has more than 36 supporters.

Lobbying for numbers has intensified with a caucus of 10 women MCAs throwing their weight behind Governor Ngilu.

The ward reps, led by Anastasia Mwathi of Mutito/Kaliku ward, said the motion is ill-motivated and aimed at distracting Ms Ngilu from the goals in her manifesto.

Ms Mwathi noted that MCAs must be allowed to represent the interests of the people who elected them, not political parties.

“We can’t allow bullying by big parties against a leader who was popularly elected by more than 170,000 votes” she told the Nation on Monday.

She said their proponents will face a huge embarrassment as the impeachment bid will collapse for lack of numbers.

The ten female MCAs include six from Ms Ngilu’s party, three from small political parties and an independent.

The assembly has 18 women MCAs out of the 54 elected and nominated members.

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US-based law scholar Makau Mutua waded into the controversy at the weekend, criticising the assembly for seeking to oust the governor.

In a tweet, Prof Mutua urged MCAs to put Kitui people before “politics of personal destruction”.

“Think before you commit irreversible errors. Respect women leadership,” the law don said.

Meanwhile, Speaker George Ndotto has summoned Ms Ngilu to appear before the assembly Wednesday with strict instructions to bring only two legal counsels.

In a letter dated July 9, Mr Ndotto said if the governor chooses to appear in person, only two lawyers will be allowed at the county assembly grounds.

The letter rekindles memories of last week’s scuffle that saw Governor Ngilu’s lawyers assaulted and thrown out of the assembly by orderlies.

Lawyers Martin Oloo, Morris Kimuli and Stanley Kiima had gone to respond to summons issued by the Speaker.

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Woman accused of killing JKIA engineer freed on Sh1m bond

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By JOSEPH WANGUI

A woman accused of murdering her boyfriend in Umoja, Nairobi, has been released on Sh1 million bond with two sureties of the same amount.

Ms Vigilance Shighi, 29, is accused of killing Edward Budoyi Okello, an aeronautical engineer at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), at Amani Court in Umoja II Estate on May 9.

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Police reports indicate that she stabbed the 33-year-old man in the chest and abdomen several times using a knife after a domestic squabble.

Mr Okello died at Mama Lucy Kibaki Hospital in Kayole where he was taken after the incident.

In court on Monday, Ms Shighi, who has denied the charge, was given the alternative of Sh500,000 cash bail.

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The prosecution opposed Ms Shighi’s application for bail, saying investigating officer Veronica Waithera was apprehensive that, being jobless, she would likely abscond.

“Being a resident of a border county (Kenya-Tanzania), she is likely to flee to the neighbouring country to avoid trial and being called to account for what she is being charged of,” said Ms Waithera.

She added, “The deceased was killed in a horrific manner. It would only be just and fair for the accused to be denied bail pending trial.”

The officer added that the accused would likely interfere with witnesses.

THE RULING

But Milimani Judge Luka Kimaru said there were no compelling reasons to deny Ms Shighi bail as police failed to give evidence to prove she was a flight risk.

“The circumstance under which the crime is said to have occurred, in the absence of other evidence, cannot form a basis for this court to deny the accused the constitutionally guaranteed right to be released on bail pending trial,” Mr Kimaru said.

He added that the accused cannot be discriminated against by virtue of the location of her home country.

Justice Kimaru also said the prosecution’s fears can be addressed by the court’s imposition of conditions that will ensure her presence during the trial.

“The courts are under a constitutional imperative to lean towards granting the accused persons bail, pending trial, unless it is established, to the satisfaction of the court, that the trial would be frustrated by the accused’s prior conduct or failure to attend court during trial,” he explained.

He directed the accused to provide the names of two close relatives who ensure she goes to court for the trial.

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