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5 schools shut in Kapedo over banditry attacks

Addressing media in Nakuru on Friday afternoon, Natembeya also took an issue with political leaders from the area.

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Security in Baringo.PHOTO/Courtesy.

A total of 5 schools in conflict-prone Kapedo area on the border of Baringo and Turkana Counties have been shut due to the recent attacks by bandits.

Rift valley Regional Commissioner George Natembeya says the banditry attacks in the area have seen teachers flee.

He was however quick to note that they are in talks with the Ministry of Education to have localization of teachers in the area.

“I want to confirm here that due to the banditry attacks in Kapedo,5 schools are affected and as we talk now they are shut. We are engaging the Ministry to see on how we can have teachers from that area” he said.

Addressing media in Nakuru on Friday afternoon, Natembeya also took an issue with political leaders from the area.

His sentiments come barely a day after Tiaty Member of Parliament William Kamket was arrested and interrogated by DCI.

According to Natembeya, Political class in the area has been a great challenge on matters security with their animal herders in the area are armed with firearms supplied by the politicians.

He called on the political leaders to cooperate with the government in ensuring peace and security is restored in the area.

As at Thursday, 4 police officers have lost their lives in the recent banditry attacks in Kapedo on the border of Baringo and Turkana Counties.

And now, Natembeya says enough is enough and that no police officer will die due to the banditry attacks and that the government has now embarked on forceful disarmament.

“We cannot continue to lose officers. As a government we are now doing forceful disarmament in the area” said Natembeya.

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Atheists fault petition seeking to deregister society

Atheists in Kenya have protested a petition that they say seeks to create a notion that Kenya is a nation by and for believers in God only.

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President of the Atheists in Kenya Society, Harrison Mumia

Atheists in Kenya have protested a petition that they say seeks to create a notion that Kenya is a nation by and for believers in God only.

Former Juja MP, Dr Stephen Ndichu has moved to court seeking to have the Atheists in Kenya Society suspended on grounds that its continued existence is unconstitutional.

In a statement, the society’s president, Harrison Mumia says the petition is an assault on religious freedom and an insult to the diversity of the Kenyan people.

“We find the petition repugnant to a good conscience,” he stated adding that Dr Ndichu is a Christian fundamentalist who seems to harbour paranoid fantasies about the dangers of atheists existing in Kenya.

He further accused Dr Ndichu of seeing enemies where there is none and that the society was surprised, but not shocked as religion has historically inhibited progress.

He vowed that the society would do everything within its power to defend its right to remain a registered society and urged Kenyans to support fighting the petition.

On Sunday, the society said it will be writing to President William Ruto seeking an invitation to State House, just like the evangelical denominations.

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Uhuru Gardens ready for Madaraka Day fete, says PS Kibicho

The principal secretary said they would be visiting the gardens every Thursday until June 1 to ensure all loose ends are tied up properly, promising that the celebrations will be very colourful.

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Madaraka Day

This year’s national Madaraka Day celebrations at Uhuru Gardens in Nairobi County will be open to 30,000 people, up from 10,000 in 2021.

Permanent Secretary in the State Department for Interior, Dr Karanja Kibicho, said this follows the relaxation of COVID-19 containment measures.

“Children will also be allowed in on the celebrations this year, and we expect county celebrations to happen too,” the PS said while on an inspection tour of the venue.

The PS said the government decided to move the celebrations from the County rotational back to Nairobi because it will be the last event for the current administration before it exits office.

“Because of the significance of this particular Madaraka day, being the last for this regime, we decided to celebrate it at Uhuru Gardens to break the tradition of celebrating it in counties,”

He revealed that preparations were currently at 90 percent complete and expressed confidence that all will be set for the event as the country marks 59 years of self rule.

The principal secretary said they would be visiting the gardens every Thursday until June 1 to ensure all loose ends are tied up properly, promising that the celebrations will be very colourful.

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Queen Elizabeth mourns Kibaki as a great Statesman with commendable legacy

Kibaki will be buried at his home in Othaya, Nyeri County on Saturday.

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Queen Elizabeth II has mourned former President the late Mwai Kibaki eulogizing him as “a great statesman”.

“I was sorry to receive the news of the death of Mwai Kibaki. He had a lifelong record of service to the Kenyan people. It will be of deep sadness to your country to have lost a great statesman, but Kenya can take pride in the legacy of his leadership. I send you and the people of Kenya my condolences at this loss,” the message read.

The British High Commission further affirmed its close ties to Kenya and renewed its assurances to the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“The British High Commission avails itself of this opportunity to renew to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kenya the assurances of its highest consideration,” the High Commission said.

The late Kibaki passed away on 21 April 2022, aged 90.

President Uhuru, who issued a proclamation that he would be granted a state funeral with full civilian and military honours, announced his death.

Kibaki will be buried at his home in Othaya, Nyeri County on Saturday.

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