State Evacuates Flood Victims From Schools In Kisumu County

The government has ordered a closure of all evacuation centers at learning institutions in Kisumu County to pave the way for reopening of schools on Monday.

Over 12,000 people who have been camping at the schools after their homes were swept by floods will now move to alternative spaces provided by the government.

Nyanza Regional Commissioner (RC) Flora Mworoa said the decision was arrived at in order to make schools ready for term two which kicks off on Monday.

‘We have asked our officers in the Ministries of Interior and Education to find alternative spaces for them because we are opening schools on Monday. I know many of them are complaining but we are going to find suitable places for them so that we clean up the schools for our children to go back on Monday,’ she said.

The decision will affect some 17 schools which have been home to flood victims across the county as the various school heads come to terms with the devastating effects of floods in the area.

The schools include Miruka Primary, Nyadina
Primary, Kanyalwal Primary and St. Alloys Primary in Nyakach Sub-County, Kogalo Primary, Nyahoto Primary, Kobura Primary, Rabuor Primary, Kalwore Primary and Ongeche Primary in Nyando Sub-County, Nduru Primary, Nyangande Primary, Ombaka Primary and Ayweyo RC Primary in Kadibo Sub-County and Kogalo Primary and Nyangoto Primary in Muhoroni Sub-County.

The Regional Commissioner said there was no cause for alarm, adding that the government has put measures in place to ensure the flood victims are supported in the new camps.

Kisumu Governor Prof. Anyang Nyong’o said some of the institutions including Early Childhood Education Centers (ECDE) will not be ready to reopen on Monday due to the devastating effects of the floods.

A total of 22 ECDE centers, he said, have been affected by flooding from River Nyando and the backflow from Lake Victoria and will not be ready for reopening unless the rains subside drastically by Sunday.

The county government, he added, will continue to support floods victims with food and
nonfood items and called on well-wishers to chip in to reach out to more victims.

Nyong’o who presided over the distribution of 800 bales of Unga, 50 boxes of soap, 500 pieces of 1-kg green grams, 20 boxes of milk to 3, 000 families, a donation of Rotary International said the humanitarian need was immense calling for more support from the national government and well-wishers.

‘We continue to appeal to well-wishers willing to donate food and nonfood items to visit our collection center at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Sports Complex in Kisumu,’ he said.

Source: Kenya News Agency

Political Parties Asked To Strengthen Democracy

Registrar of Political Parties Ann Nderitu has petitioned the leadership of political parties to transfer knowledge and good values to the younger generation to help strengthen democracy in the country.

The future of the parties and the country, she said was in the hands of the youth and called for their active engagement in the running and management of political parties.

Nderitu said intergenerational transfer of knowledge and values within the political parties was critical in shaping the future of the country.

She said the Office of the Registrar of Political Parties has rolled out capacity building programs for the parties adding that the youth must also benefit from the training as they prepare to take over the parties.

Her office, she said has decentralized its services by opening 12 regional offices through which political parties can benefit from the training opportunities.

The training which includes governance structures, good governance and fundraising for political parties, she said was crit
ical to build capacity for the political parties and strengthen democracy.

The training, targets Party officials and members to help build strong political parties.

‘All the training materials are available in our regional offices and any party that requires the training we are ready to bring our officers to train them for free,’ she added.

She challenged Youth and Women leagues of all the political parties to transfer advantage of the training opportunities as they fight for their space in the political arena.

‘My office is committed to the growth of political parties. That is why we have opened regional offices to bring our services closer to the people,’ she said.

Through the capacity building programs, the Registrar of Political Parties Office, she said targets to put in place structures to build strong political parties based on ideologies.

‘Most of our political parties don’t live up to the expectations of their ideologies as required by law. We want them to understand that a political party is no
t an institution you create and abandon. It has to be nurtured to grow and promote democracy in the country,’ he said.

Speaking in Kisumu during the United Green Movement (UGM) party National Delegates Conference (NDC), Nderitu asked Kenyans to join political parties and play an active role in shaping the country’s future.

‘The biggest challenge we have is that people join political parties expecting to be paid instead of them paying subscription fees to help grow the parties,’ she said.

She lauded the UGM party whose ideology is based on environmental conservation for complying with the law.

‘This party has membership in over 50 percent of the counties. In the 2022 General Election you fielded over 100 candidates and this is not a mean feat for a new party,’ she said.

UGM Co-party leader Augustino Neto said the meeting approved new party members, discussed fundraising models, party logo, party manifesto, green politics, social justice and equality.

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Siblings Retrieved From River Ndarugu In Njoro

Local divers in Silibwet village in Nessuit, Njoro sub-county managed to retrieve the bodies of two girls who were swept away by flood waters at river Ndarugu four days ago.

Addressing the press, the chair of the local divers, John Kirui said that the bodies of the two sisters identified as Sharon Chepngetitch, 17, and Faith Cheptoo, aged 15, were trapped under the rocks hence took them longer to retrieve their bodies.

Chepngetitch’s body was found a kilometer away from the site of the tragic accident while that of Cheptoo was found 500 meters away.

Kirui however urged the national and county governments to provide training opportunities for local divers so that they gain the necessary expertise that will enable them provide their services professionally when need be.

‘Most of us have locally trained themselves due to interest or even the proximity of the river to our homes. For this, we at times fear to dive in deep waters for lack of proper gear,’ said Kirui.

He said that it was unfortunate that out of
the more than ten local divers who helped retrieve the bodies, none of them was a professional diver to help arrest the situation in time.

‘We also have our own challenges when retrieving bodies and fear that we could slip into the water thus the need for both levels of government to look into our issues and address it well,’ added Kirui.

Additionally, they requested the county government to construct a bridge for the local residents to enable them cross over the other side of the river comfortably as they go about with their day to day activities since the one constructed, is located at a far off distance.

‘Most people find it difficult to use a longer route and use the bridge thus opt to cross the river and this is life threatening especially with the ongoing floods as children resume learning next week,” he said.

Due to this, he cautioned the learners and locals against crossing the river but make use of the neighbouring bridge until the rains subside.

The area chief, Douglas Mutai, said it was a gre
at sigh of relief for the family and the community at large that the search effort for the duo had come to a close and now plans are underway for their burial.

Mutai said that the bodies of the deceased were taken to Egerton University mortuary.

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Body Of A Businessman Retrieved From River Sagana

The body of a 42-year-old businessman who drowned in river Sagana 10 days ago was retrieved on Saturday evening.

The body of Samuel Kamau Kagwanja commonly known as Chakaka was found one kilometre downstream from where his car plunged into the deep river at 11pm on May 9.

Kagwanja met the accident at the river which borders Murang’a and Kirinyaga County while he was traveling home from Murang’a side.

On Saturday a multi-agency team comprising officers from the national disaster operation committee, defense forces disaster response battalion, the police and officers from the Ministry of Interior camped along the river to search for the body.

The body was found along a river bank near Mijini slums of Sagana town but the rescue team could not retrieve the ill-fated vehicle.

For the past seven days, the rescue mission faced challenges posed by raging waters with divers estimating the river depth at 60 feet.

Murang’a county disaster management officer Bilha Wanjiku said since Sunday, they have been trying to
search for the body but in vain.

One of the deceased’s friends Njoroge Mwangi observed that he was in communication with Kamau prior to the accident.

‘I was waiting for him at Sagana town and we were talking through the phone but the last word I heard from him was a cry for help. This prompted me to go to the Roibon hotel which is at the side of Murang’a where I was informed, he had already left towards Sagana. This made me suspect he had plunged in the river. I informed his family and the mission to search for him commenced,’ lamented Mwangi.

Wanjiku said when a rescue team from the Kenya Navy arrived last Tuesday, the divers could not do much due to the high speed of the flowing water.

‘The river is deep and there were heavy currents which hindered divers from getting to the bottom of the river,’ added Wanjiku.

Some of the leaders who were at the scene cast doubts of finding the vehicle saying in the past several vehicles which have plunged in the river have never been found.

‘Some years back, three v
ehicles plunged in this river and up to now they have not been traced. We want the Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) to redesign this bridge and also the road to save travelers’ lives,’ said Murang’a MCA Isaac Chefman Njoroge.

Njoroge also called for a formation of a well trained and equipped disaster management team to serve counties of Murang’a, Kirinyaga and Kiambu saying the counties have deep rivers and the team will be readily available to save lives.

‘We can’t continue waiting for rescue teams all the way from Mombasa or Nairobi. We need a local team to help in case of disaster,’ he added.

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Bandari FC Draws With Posta Rangers

Bandari FC failed to win against Posta Rangers after securing a goalless draw at Mombasa Sports Club in the FKF Kenya Premier League (KPL) match on Saturday making it their fifth consecutive match without a win.

Both sides created multiple scoring opportunities throughout the game, but failed to capitalize on them, a factor that could have significantly impacted the outcome of the match.

The draw is a setback to Bandari who were on home ground.

Since their last victory against Gor Mahia in March, the team has encountered difficulties in securing a win, managing only three draws at home and suffering two defeats away.

Posta Rangers’ Coach, Bernard Kawinzi, expressed satisfaction with the point his team secured, acknowledging the challenges in earning it stating it is not easy to come away with a point from Mombasa.

On his part, Bandari’s Coach, John Baraza, once again lamented his team’s inability to convert scoring opportunities.

‘It is another game in which I am concerned having the same issue we’ve fa
ced in our past matches. Failing to score has cost us three points today. If you create numerous opportunities but fail to convert, it amounts to nothing,’ Baraza said.

Baraza revealed that he had introduced a new tactic aimed at improving Bandari’s scoring ability, particularly considering their position as the team with the least goals scored among the top five in the league.

Baraza declared his commitment to pushing Bandari to secure a podium finish.

Currently, Bandari occupies the fifth position with 46 points from 29 games played while Posta Rangers sit closely behind in sixth place with 43 points, having played the same number of games.

Bandari’s upcoming fixture is against Muhoroni Youth while Posta Rangers will take on Sofapaka, who are currently battling relegation.

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Embu’s 3K FC Celebrates Promotion To National Super League

Song and dance rented the air in Embu Town on Saturday when 3K FC that had been promoted to National Super League after emerging victorious in Division One Zone A League officially brought the trophy home.

The team sealed the title win last weekend with a 3-1 win against Kibra United while their closest rival, Fortune Sacco that was also vying for the top spot separated by a single point suffered a 1-0 loss to OMAX FC.

The squad gathered at their Embu Stadium home ground to celebrate the win with their fans and supporters as they also presented the trophy to Governor Cecily Mbarire who raised it aloft to cheers and jubilation of the fans.

They later embarked on carnival procession along the streets of Embu Town parading the trophy of what they termed as a milestone victory for a team that started as a village team in Kagumori area of Nginda Ward in 2013.

Governor Mbarire who also gifted the team Sh50, 000 prize money congratulated the team for the victory adding that it will motivate other upcoming teams.

‘We are glad that for the first time in the history of Embu, we have been able to grow champions that can get to that level and we are happy as a county to be associated with them,’ Mbarire said.

She said they also had four teams in Division Two that they are supporting in every way possible to have them scale new heights as well.

Team Chairman Charles Njagi said it has been a long journey and struggle that has finally paid off for the club that has beaten all odds to get to the national limelight.

He exuded confidence that the team will in the near future qualify to play in the top-flight Football Federation Kenya (FKF) league.

‘We have good players, a good coach and technical bench who have been doing well and we believe the team is destined for bigger wins,’ he said.

The team Head Coach Francis Chege attributed the win to sacrifice, discipline and hard work as they were not the favorites at the initial stages of the league having started at the relegation zone.

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Coffee Farmers To Benefit From Training On Crop Diversification

Up to 10,000 small holder coffee farmers in the Gusii region are poised to benefit from a training on crop diversification to maximize crop production in the highly populated area through a project dubbed Gusii Regenerative Agriculture Landscape (GuRAL).

The project which is supported by an international non-profit organization, Rainforest Alliance, has undertaken a three-day training of trainers exercise to equip a section of the farmers with knowledge and skills on how to improve production and maximize profits.

Speaking at the end of the training at Nyamache Coffee Farmers’ Cooperative society, in Nyamache town, Nyamache Sub County, GuRALProject Manager Peter Okong’o said the training on regenerative agriculture aims to create healthy and productive farms, to restore

fragile ecosystems and boost farmer incomes in the area.

Okong’o decried poor performance of the Coffee crop in Kisii and Nyamira Counties, and urged the farmers to upscale and cascade the skills to other farmers.

Applauding the President
‘s call to set aside a national tree planting day, Okong’o urged the farmers to plant trees that can blend well with the coffee.

He noted that the Presidential directive coincided well with the activities of the alliance which included training farmers the importance of planting grevillea trees in the coffee farms.

The farmers’ training has also been carried out in Marani, Kiomoncha, Nyanchogu and Namakoma among other areas in the County.

Okong’o said their advocacy to preserve the environment was to ensure there was biodiversity to enrich the soil for regenerative agriculture and offer firewood to farmers.

He said the training empowered the farmers with information and skills on coffee farming geared towards better yields and profits by improving quality of the crop.

He appealed to farmers to also plant variety of crops under the coffee trees, like beans, vegetables and indigenous trees which promote environmental conservation by utilizing minimum water.

Okong’o discouraged farmers from blending their
crops with eucalyptus trees or other water guzzlers saying they are not environmental friendly.

According to Okong’o, one acre of land can be able to accommodate 1000 coffee seedlings and grevillea trees at intervals of 10 meters from each other.

He encouraged the farmers to also plant fruits trees like bananas and avocados to cover risks from loss precipitated by harsh weather, disease outbreak and lack of market.

This, he said, increases diverse income earning opportunities to cushion the farmers from severe losses during crop failure.

He said Rainforest Alliance had procured 3,000 Avocado seedlings especially Hass variety which is high yielding.

One farmer, Christopher Nyabuto said the three days training had equipped them with good agricultural practices and pledged to be a good ambassador.

He appealed to the Alliance to offer more assistance claiming Nyamache had more coffee cover compared to other areas in the county.

Eunice Moraa from Suguta in Nyamache applauded the Alliance for the training sa
ying improved productivity will enable the farmers meet their daily needs including paying school fees for their children and clothing among others.

Rainforest Alliance is an international non-profit organization that works to restore the balance between people and nature for both to thrive in harmony.

The Alliance partners with small holder farmers and local supply chain actors to create healthy and productive farms by restoring ecosystems in a bid to boost farmer incomes.

Rainforest Alliance had earlier noted a decline in Kenyan coffee production by 50 percent over the last 25 years, stagnating at around 40,000 metric tons per year.

Various factors that have led to the decline include climate change, unsustainable water use, ageing coffee trees, soil degradation and inability by many cooperatives to support members with essential services like, soil analysis, training and financial credit among others.

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Electricity Connectivity To Hit 95 Percent By 2027, PS Energy

The government is committed to ensuring 95 percent connectivity to Electricity by Kenyans by the year 2027, State Department for Energy Principal Secretary Alex Wachira has assure

‘We are working together with the government of Kenya, KPLC and Kengen to increase electricity supply from the current 78 percent to 98 percent of thepopulation before the next General Election,’ PS Wachira said.

The PS made the remarks on Friday at Narasha forest, Eldama Ravine Constituency in Baringo County during this year’s national tree planting exercise.

Wachira also informed the residents that the cost of electricity had gradually decreased compared to previous years.

He called on the residents to support the President’s vision for the country instead of criticizing his agendas.

Mr. Wachira promised the residents of the area that they will benefit from the Last Mile electricity connectivity programme which is rolling out in the coming financial year.

The PS was responding to Eldama Ravine Member of Parliament Musa Sirma
who complained of low connectivity rates in his constituency and called for the Last Mile effort from Tugumoi to Molo River.

Mr. Wachira reiterated the importance of environmental conservation as a mitigation measure for climate change whose effects have caused disasters in the recent past.

‘Planting trees is the only medicine to mitigate the effects brought about by climate change; seven months ago we had a serious drought and now we have floods, these are the effects of climate change,’ said the PS.

The PS also said planting trees will reduce importation of timber while the good climate caused by forest will lead to good food harvests and reduce importation of basic items and in turn strengthen the foreign exchange reserves.

Wachira promised to work with community forest associations since they are an integral part in planting and taking care of the trees.

The PS stated that the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum has a target of planting 5 million tree seedlings per year in Kericho and Baringo counties a
nd added that this will only be realized with all the partners working together.

He called on the CFAs and other stakeholders to help the Ministry realize the target which translates to about 462,000 tree seedlings per month.

The PS stated that also to meet the target, his department has donated 25,000 tree seedlings to be distributed to the residents of the area so that they can plant in their homes.

Baringo County Deputy Governor Felix Kipng’ok urged the residents to continue planting trees even in their homes, ‘we can also plant fruit trees like macadamia, coffee and avocado which will give economic benefit.

Several state agencies participated in the exercise with State department for Energy donating 50,000 tree seedlings, Kenya Pipline led by their MD Joe Sang donated 20,000, Kenya Power led by its board members and MD donated 10,000 seedlings and adopted a tree conservancy in the forest.

The Baringo Forest Conservator Ann Nyaoke said they have reduced the backlog of bare forest land which stood at 7
00 hectares last year when the program was launched by the Energy CS Davis Chirchir to current 300 hectares.

She said they have received 120,000 tree seedlings from partners for this year’s tree planting exercise.

Source: Kenya News Agency

MP Mobilizes Exhausters To Drain Flooded Toilets Ahead Of School Reopening

Kieni Member of Parliament Njoroge Wainana has reassured his constituents of their childrens’ safety against contracting waterborne diseases ahead of the school re-opening.

Wainana who has mobilized exhausters to drain flooded school pit latrines in his Constituency, said that he is collaborating with the Ministry of Education at the county to ensure that they restore schools to their habitable status before the learners resume on Monday.

‘We want to ensure that no child in Kieni Constituency fails to report because of flooded classrooms or a flooded toilet,’ Wainaina said.

On Wednesday President William Ruto, while announcing the new school reopening dates, also instructed MPs to use the NG-CDF for repairs of classrooms and other learning facilities.

In Nyeri, an assessment report by the Ministry of Education on the impact of the floods showed that more than 60 schools in the county had flooded toilets. Kieni Constituency recorded the highest number where 40 schools had flooded pit latrines.

From the as
sessment, the floods affected two secondary schools and five primary schools in Nyeri South while Mukurwe-ini recorded flooding in seven secondary schools.

Mathira, Tetu and Nyeri were least affected with each of the sub-counties recording less than five cases of flooded toilets and classrooms.Wainana said they had also roped in parents to help drain water from some of the flooded classrooms.

‘The classrooms were not badly affected. We have committed ourselves to work throughout this weekend, with our parents helping us to drain the flooded classrooms while we work on the sanitation because we don’t want our children to contract infections associated with exposure to sewage,’ said Wainaina.

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Parents Asked To Exercise Caution, Escort Children To School

Parents have been asked to monitor the weather and keep a watchful eye over their children to ensure their safety as schools reopen on Monday.

Tinderet Member of Parliament (MP) Julius Melly said the rains were expected to continue across the country and asked parents to escort their children especially when crossing rivers to ensure they get to school and back home safely.

‘We have floods allover including places that have never experienced this before. Therefore, we have to be vigilant and escort our children to school especially where they are crossing big rivers so that their safety is guaranteed as schools resume,’ Melly said.

Speaking during a tree planting exercise at Gotnelel Girls Secondary School in Tinderet Constituency, the MP said the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) has released emergency funds to repair infrastructure in schools affected by floods in the area.

This, he said will ensure the institutions are ready for the second term which starts on Monday.

As a long term measure to mitig
ate floods, he added, two percent of the CDF kitty will go towards the tree planting drive to boost forest cover in the constituency.

The initiative, he said will target the youth to produce seedlings which shall then be distributed to schools and religious institutions to help attain the national target of planting 15 billion trees by the year 2032.

He added that the tree planting initiative also targets riparian areas to ensure they are properly rehabilitated to control flooding and landslides.

‘This program is going to help our youth to earn income. We are going to engage them in the production of seedlings which shall be bought by CDF for distribution,’ he said.

Tinderet Deputy County Commissioner (DCC) Esther Oyugi asked people occupying riparian land and those living in areas prone to landslides to move to safer grounds to avert loss of lives.

‘Recently we had a rock fall at Torondo area and I am appealing to our people to watch out and move away from these areas,’ the DCC said.

She reiterated cal
ls to escort children to school especially in areas affected by floods to guarantee their safety as schools reopen on Monday.

Kenya Forest Service (KFS) Tinderet Sub-County Manager Fredrick Lito said 20, 500 seedlings were planted in the area during the National Tree Planting Day.

‘In Tinderet Forest we have planted 10,000 trees at Kebenet, 8,000 trees at Kunyak and 2, 000 trees at Teodet and Nyayo Tea Zones,’ he said.

KFS in partnership with One Acre Fund and Tinderet Community Forest Association (CFA), he said has enough seedlings asking the community to take advantage and plant trees during this rainy season.

‘At KFS we are giving out the seedlings for free and others at a subsidized fee to support the national tree planting drive,’ he said.

Tinderet and Nandi County as a whole, he said was progressing well with the exercise saying the area now has over 20 percent forest.

Source: Kenya News Agency