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100,000 beneficiaries reached by free meal from SCANN’s Hot Kitchen Project

During the event at Rhonda Posta,SCANN donated a Matress,blanket as well as food hamper to the 100,000th  beneficiary Zedrick Shimenga.

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Volunteers serve free meal to vulnerable children at SCANN Rhonda Posta Hot Kitchen.PHOTO/Pristone Mambili.

It was joyous moment at Rhonda Posta in Nakuru West as Street Children Association Network in Nakuru (SCANN) celebrated the 100,000 beneficiariey of the SCANN Hot Kitchen Project.

The Charity organization stepped in during the COVID-19 pandemic to provide free meal to vulnerable children and families in slum areas.

SCANN established a Hot Kitchen Project at Bondeni slums when COVID-19 pandemic struck where they serve free meals to close to 300 families daily.

The organization also added another Hot Kitchen at Rhonda Posta due to high level of poverty in the area rendering many families hopeless.

The meals are made possible through the help of well-wishers.

As at Tuesday,the two Hot Kitchens have been able to reach 100,000 beneficiaries.

During the event at Rhonda Posta,SCANN donated a Matress,blanket as well as food hamper to the 100,000th  beneficiary Zedrick Shimenga.

Shimenga who could not hide his joy narrated how life has not been easy especially in slums.

“I am grateful to SCANN and partners for stepping in to ensure that we have a meal daily.May God bless them” he said.

Ms Christine Wanjiku,a beneficiary also added that life as a widow has been with much pain.

She was however quick to note that since SCANN stepped in with the Hot Kitchen program,they feel some hope.

“As widows we have continued to suffer in this area with no employment.We are however grateful for the project where atleast we are sure of a meal” said Ms Wanjiku.

Sentiments echoed by Virginia Wangari.

According to her,due to family  problems and high levels of poverty they have been forced to engage in alcohol.

“Many of us have been forced into alcohol due to many problems we face.So we pray that the SCANN project will go on for long” she said.

SCANN Board of Trustees Chair Mr.Gilani Shamsher lauded the well wishers who have continued to stand with the project.

According to him,Ksh.10,000 is used in each of the Hot Kitchens daily.

He added that they stepped in after it emerged the COVID-19 pandemic had vast effects on families in slum areas.

He was however optimistic that the pandemic will be contained so that families can no longer suffer.

“We use 10,000 shillings per day in each hot kitchen.But we hope the pandemic will be over and families can enjoy normal lives” said Shamsher.

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Nakuru Town West

MP Arama sounds stern warning to dayschool heads over extra costs

Arama who was speaking at NG-CDF office on Thursday during issuance of bursary cheques worth Ksh.20 million for needy students, said he will take up the matter with relevant ministry.

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Nakuru Town West MP Samuel Arama addressing journalists after issuance of bursary cheques.PHOTO/Pristone Mambili.

Nakuru Town West MP Samuel Arama has hit out at section of Day School heads for charging parents extra costs.

The furious Arama said this was uncalled for and those doing so were contravening the government policy on free secondary education.

He revealed that some day schools were forcing parents to pay extra money and interfering with the 100 percent transition.

The second term MP was categorical that dayschool secondary education is free and no parent should be forced to pay extra fee.

According to him,the feeding program for students in Day Schools should be an agreement between parents and school and should not be used to keep students out of School.

Arama who was speaking at NG-CDF office on Thursday during issuance of bursary cheques worth Ksh.20 million for needy students, said he will take up the matter with relevant ministry.

He added that if action will not be taken,then he will lobby parents and assess situation in schools where complaints have been raised.

“As far as I am concerned and as far as Jubilee administration is concerned Education in secondary Day Schools is free.Its against the law for school heads to demand extra money in the name of lunch.I will personally deal with this in Parliament” said Arama.

He added that the government will not condone such acts from school heads whom he insisted had no authority at the moment to send away students.

The Jubilee Legislator maintained that that he will work closely with administrators to ensure full transition to secondary.

He called for dialogue with the ministry of education officials whenever a school is in crisis instead of sending learners away.

“We want to ensure all children are in school as per government policy” said Arama.

 

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Njoro

Egerton University student commits suicide over suspected depression

Confirming the incident,Njoro Sub county police commander Jonathan Kisaka said the deceased had tried several times to take his life before the Sunday incident.

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A 23-year-old Egerton University student on Sunday committed suicide over suspected depression.

Confirming the incident, Njoro Sub-county police commander Jonathan Kisaka said the deceased had tried several times to take his life before the Sunday incident.

The officer noted that the deceased identified as Edward Chege was living in a rental house just a few meters from the main campus.

“Yesterday we received a report of a suicide incident. The student might have been depressed for he had severally tried to take his life” he said.

The body of the deceased was taken to Egerton University Mortuary awaiting postmortem.

Mr Kisaka called on youths to share their problems with counsellors to avert such incidents.

“Depression is real and people should seek help,” he said.

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Nakuru

Kinyanjui calls on Tuju,Murathe to resign over Jubilee party’s predicaments

Kinyanjui who was elected on Jubilee party ticket and serving his first term said there is need for the party to b revived through new faces that can take it to the next level.

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Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui at a past function.PHOTO/NGPU.

Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui has slammed Jubilee party Secretary General Raphael Tuju and Vice Chair David Murathe over predicaments facing the party.

Addressing a press conference in on Friday,the furious Kinyanjui said time is now that the two quit for failing.

He added that as leaders elected on Jubilee ticket,they will not sit and watch the duo destroy the party.

“We have lost confidence in their leadership.Both Tuju and Murathe their days in Jubilee are numbered.The Party belongs to the people,we are the ones who were elected and stake is with us.We will not watch as the party is destroyed by afew people” said Kinyanjui.

Kinyanjui who was elected on Jubilee party ticket and serving his first term said there is need for the party to b revived through new faces that can take it to the next level.

Jubilee party has in the recent days faced wrangles with a aecrsec of legislators now subscribing to United Democratic Alliance associated with Deputy President William Ruto.

Former Majority leader Aden Duale afew days ago declared Jubilee party as structurally dead and that UDA was the party to watch in the 2022 polls.

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