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Pomp as SCANN-sponsored boys shine in KCSE

The centre that has turned into ‘a small heaven’ for former street boys in Nakuru had two of their sponsored-children scoring B minus (B-) of 57 and 56 points respectively.

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SCANN fraternity celebrating their best in KCSE 2020.PHOTO/Pristone Mambili.

It was great joy and pomp at Street Children Assistance Network Nakuru (SCANN) in Kisulisuli estate, Nakuru Town East on Tuesday morning as they joined hands in celebrating their best students in KCSE 2020.

The centre that has turned into ‘a small heaven’ for former street boys in Nakuru had two of their sponsored children scoring B minus (B-) of 57 and 56 points respectively.

Speaking to members of the press at the centre, Ronny Otieno Onyango who scored B minus of 57 points from Langalanga Secondary attributed his success to the discipline instilled in him by SCANN.

Born in Kisumu slums, Otieno noted that SCANN stood with him all through his primary and secondary school education leading to his success.

He is optimistic that he will go on with his studies at the university and study a course of his choice courtesy of SCANN.

“Life was not easy especially when my parents died but then my aunt connected me to SCANN and that they have been sponsoring my studies until now that I have excelled,” said Otieno.

The script is similar for Stephen Kirangu from the same centre and who scored a B minus of 56 points at Langalanga Secondary.

Kirangu joined SCANN in 2018 when he was on the verge of dropping out of school into the streets for lack of school fees.

However, Langalanga School head intervened and that is how he found himself at SCANN – a place he now calls home.

“I almost dropped out of school while in Form 2 due to lack of school fees but then my school head intervened and brought me to SCANN that has sponsored me all through leading to the good results,” he said.

The boys at the centre who study in different schools now have a place they can call home or perhaps small heaven on earth where they come to after school

Joint Officer at SCANN Mr Abdul Omweno on his part lauded the sponsors for the great role played in shaping the lives of the needy boys through education.

“We are very happy these boys have passed the exams. We thank the sponsors for the efforts and support” he said.

The centre is home to many vulnerable children, the majority of who were rescued from the streets of Nakuru Town.

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Court sentences Kiru principal’s murder suspects Muthoni, Ng’ang’a to 30 years in jail

While delivering the sentencing, Justice Ngugi noted that the court considered the two as first offenders and had spent some time in custody.

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Jane Muthoni, formerly the principal of Icaciri Girls Secondary School, has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for murdering her husband Kiru School Principal Solomon Mwangi, four years ago.

The High Court in Nakuru presiding judge, Justice Joel Ngugi also sentenced her co-accused Isaac Ng’ang’a alias Gikuyu sentenced to 30 years.

While delivering the sentencing, Justice Ngugi noted that the court considered the two as first offenders and had spent some time in custody.

Justice Ngugi said the prosecution proved its case against the duo beyond any reasonable doubt.

The court found out that there was an intention to murder, with plans being hatched from as early as January 2016. The court added that the victim was stupified and strangled and thrown into a thicket, never to be found again.

“A stiff custodial sentence against the accused is merited,” he said while delivering the verdict that lasted less than 20 minutes.

During the pre-sentence hearing before Justice Joel Ngugi, Muthoni maintained her innocence and pleaded with the court for a lenient sentence arguing she was the only remaining parent to her four children and sought to be released to take care of them.

Her first-born daughter, June Valentine Mbuthi, pleaded with the court to forgive her mother, citing traumatizing challenges that she and her siblings are enduring in the absence of both parents.

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Military items recovered in Nakuru, two suspects arrested

“We are on the ground in pursuing the other suspect who is at large  and we urge the public to assist” said Nakuru East subcounty Police Commander Ellena Kabukuru.

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The impounded millitary items at Mwariki, Nakuru EastPHOTO/Courtesy.

Police in Nakuru have recovered military items and arrested two suspects in connection to the same.

According to Nakuru East sub-county, Police Commander Ellena Kabukuru said the items were recovered by police officers who were on patrol at Mwariki area.

The suspects identified as Christopher Juma and Lawrence Omondi were wearing a military jacket and had handcuffs and military boots.

She added that the suspects were using a motor vehicle registration number KAA169R Peugeot 505.

“We arrested the suspects at midnight with the military items,” she said.

According to the officer, police are pursuing one suspect from Mwariki area who is at large.

She called on residents to help the police on the same.
“We are on the ground in pursuing the other suspect who is at large and we urge the public to assist us,” she said.

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PS Hinga tells off individuals politicizing Government Projects

Principal Secretary (PS) State Department of Housing and Urban Development Charles Hinga decried that there is tendency of individuals moving to courts to challenge major projects initiated by government.

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Principal Secretary (PS) State Department of Housing and Urban Development Charles Hinga,Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui and other guests during the groundbreaking ceremony for the affordable Housing project in Kivumbini.PHOTO/Courtesy.

Kenyans have been warned against politicizing key government projects that are aimed at transforming livelihoods.

Principal Secretary (PS) State Department of Housing and Urban Development Charles Hinga decried that there is tendency of individuals moving to courts to challenge major projects initiated by government.

He said such a move is hindrance to achieving the big 4 government’s agenda including affordable Housing.

Speaking in Nakuru on Thursday when he officiated groundbreaking of affordable housing project at Kivumbini Ward, Nakuru East,the PS called on Kenyans to support government in achieving the Big 4 Agenda.

“We have individuals who have been moving to courts with huge money to block some of these projects but we shall not be intimidated as a Government. If we can stop politicizing key projects and focus on delivering in big 4 agenda in bridging the gap of those who have and those who do not have” said Hinga.

The PS lauded the Project in Kivumbini, terming it the first project under the affordable housing agenda that will show how the national government shall partner with private developer to achieve the same.

He reiterated that the focus is now on governments partnering with private sector in a move aimed at enabling private sector thrives in the country.

“Affordable Housing is not about low quality but high quality to deliver on article 43 on fundamental rights which are no negotiable. Today heralds a new chapter for Nakuru county” he said.

According to the PS the government is working towards addressing the challenges that have been there in the housing sector.

Kings Developers Limited has been awarded the project that will see 605 units constructed on the 7.5-acres-piece of land at PIDA estate of Kivumbini Ward.

Director Yusuf Hassan Ali assured that the project that will offer job opportunities to many locals will be complete within 30 months.

“This is a 605 units-project with many extra amenities and shall be completed within 30 months” he said.

Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui on his part welcomed the project stating that it will see Kivumbini transformed.

According to Kinyanjui, lower part of Nakuru has been marked for urban renewal program hence called on locals to work closely with government.

“In another 20 years, we won’t have these slums anymore. Vertical space development Housing is key in ensuring enough land for agriculture. We have marked this lower part of Nakuru for Urban renewal program” he said.

Similar sentiments echoed by Area MCA Wilbur Onyango who termed the project as one of its kind in Kivumbini Ward.

The MCA appealed to the developer to also consider Corporate Social responsibility(CSR) activities towards schools and other amenities in the area.

“This is the best project ever in this Ward.My appeal is that the developer will also consider CSR for the area. As leaders from Kivumbini, Biashara and Flamingo we support this and the community will also benefit” said MCA Onyango.

The ceremony was also attended by Nakuru Deputy Governor Dr.Erick Korir,Nakuru CECs,Nakuru County Commissioner Erastus Mbui among others.

 

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