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Meet Baringo teacher giving hope to girls rescued from retrogressive cultures

Born and raised in the area that for many years has witnessed retrogressive cultures such as Female Genital Mutilation as well as early Marriages, Ms Lomariwo  took the bull by horns to try and save the Girl child in the area from these harmful vices.

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Chemolingot Day and Boarding Primary School Head Ms Florence Lomariwo admires a donation from Gilanis Foundation in partnership with Rotary Club of Nakuru.PHOTO/Pristone Mambili.

Chemolingot Day and Boarding Primary School head Ms Florence Lomariwo is one teacher that should be emulated by all for her role in safeguarding the rights of girl child in Baringo county.

Born and raised in the area that for many years has witnessed retrogressive cultures such as Female Genital Mutilation as well as early Marriages, Ms Lomariwo  took the bull by horns to try and save the Girl child in the area from these harmful vices.

It is through her though that Chemolingot Primary School in Baringo County became not just an ordinary school.

The school which is located in Nginyang’ Division acts as a rescue centre to young girls who have been rescued from retrogressive cultures such as Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and early marriages.

Ms Florence Lomariwo says the primary school has become home to over 200 Pokot girls who ran away from their homes to avoid circumcision and early marriages.

“The girls in this area have been going through a lot and that is why I decided enough is enough. I converted a section of the school to a rescue centre” she said.

Pupils at Chemolingot Day and Boarding Primary School in East Pokot have a feel of the new furniture donated to them by the Gilanis Foundation in partnership with Rotary Club of Nakuru in 2019.PHOTO/Pristone Mambili.

The move has however not been that of roses as she admits that on many occasion she has received threats from even government officials after raising several issues that the girl child is undergoing in the area.

She however states such threats cannot deter her mission to save the girl child from such retrogressive cultures.

“I have even received threats for advocating for the rights of the girl child. But this is a mission I started and will not give up” she said.

Ms Lomariwo notes that the school’s population has increased to over 700 pupils with the majority being girls, hence the need for support to ensure that the pupils have a good learning environment.

The school has 13 dedicated teachers.

“The school has been absorbing girls who have run away from the retrogressive cultures such as FGM and early marriages since 2003,” said the head teacher.

Her appeal is to well-wishers to emulate Gilanis Foundation and the Rotary Club of Nakuru who have joined hands in supporting the school so that the dreams of the girls can be achieved.

 

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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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