child abuse cases high in Nairobi county

More children are being abused in Nairobi more than any other County, a new report by ChildLine Kenya has revealed.

According to the Child Protection Report (2006-2016), which was launched yesterday, more than 30,000 cases of child abuse were reported in the last 10 years with child neglect (13,878), sexual abuse (7,832) and physical abuse (7,317).

ChildLine Kenya Executive Director George Kidenda said that child negligence exposes a child to all the other forms of abuse.

“The prevalence of child neglect is a gateway to other cases of abuse such as sexual and physical abuse,” he said.

Nairobi County takes the lead in reported cases of all forms of abuse on children, followed by Kiambu County. Semi-arid regions like Marsabit, Lamu and Wajir recorded the least incidents of child abuse.

The report attributes the high number of child abuse cases reported in Nairobi to there being more awareness.

Kakamega and Nakuru counties also recorded high cases.

According to Kidenda, Fathers and uncles were the biggest perpetrators of sexual abuse on their daughters.

Unfortunately, the most trusted people in a child’s life are the same people that lead in abusing them sexually. Within this reporting period, fathers took the lead in abusing their daughters sexually followed by the uncles. Age group 6-10 years seems to have been at the highest risk of being abused followed by 11-15 years,” said Kidenda.

Childline Kenya has been running a toll-free 24-hour National Child Helpline 116 that allows Kenyans to report child abuse.

Rape Cases on the Rise

Cases of rape have been on the rise in the country lately with children making up the highest number of victims. According to police statistics, rape of children (defilements) accounts for 78% of all rape cases reported.

Even though Kenya has legislation on sexual offences, there has been a lack of proper law enforcement in investigating such cases, such that perpetrators hardly face the law; an ill that has been attributed to the rising numbers of rape.

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A female traffic officer died at a Kisumu hospital last night after she was hit and run by a matatu that she had tried to flag down along the Kisumu-Busia road.

Constable Immaculate Ocholla, of the Maseno sub-base is reported to have been on duty in the company of her colleagues when the incident occurred.

The driver of the Matatu, belonging to Bungoma line SACCO is said to have speed off after hitting the traffic officer but dumped the vehicle with the passengers on board after he realized he was being trailed.

The vehicle was towed to Maseno police station.

Nyanza traffic boss Andrew Naibei confirmed the incident, saying that the officer sustained leg and head injuries and died at Avenue Hospital.

The driver is still on the run but the police are hunting him down. Naibei said that the owner of the matatu has given the police details that will aid the driver’s arrest.

Causing death by dangerous driving is a criminal offence according to the county’s traffic laws.

Section 46 of The Traffic Act, Chapter 403 of Laws of Kenya[1] provides that any person who causes death by reckless driving is “guilty of an offence”. This statutory provision is mandatory to the effect that any person who causes death by driving to be charged in court, where it would be determined whether the elements of the offence have been met.

 “Any person who causes the death of another by driving a motor vehicle on a road recklessly or at a speed or in a manner which is dangerous to the public, or by leaving any vehicle on a road in such a position or manner or in such a condition as to be dangerous to the public, having regard to all the circumstances of the case, including the nature, condition and use of the road and the amount of traffic which is actually at the time or which might reasonably be expected to be on the road, shall be guilty of an offence whether or not the requirements of section 50 have been satisfied as regards that offence and be liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding ten years


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The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) has summoned Mombasa governor Hassan Joho to record a statement over his allegedly forged KCSE certificate.

Pius Macharia, DCI regional coordinator Coast region, in a letter dated March 27 asked the governor to appear before a Samuel Nyambengi, an assistant inspector general of police, who is investigating the offence.

Pursuant to section 52(1) of the National Police Service Act, 1 do hereby require you,Ali Hassan Joho to personally appear before Mr Samuel O.Nyambegi, an assistant Inspector General of Police investigating the alleged offense on 28th of March at 10.00am at the regional DCI headquarter Mombasa for statement recording relating to the forgery of a 1992 examination result slip in your name which is the subject of this investigation,” the letter by Macharia read in part.

Joho is accused of forging his KCSE certificate to obtain admission at the university contrary to section 345 and 349 of the penal code. This is after the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) announced that the governor’s high school academic certificate is fake.

Joho has acknowledged receipt of the letter and has responded to the DCI saying that he has had prior commitments on the said date and will therefore not appear for the summons as required. He, however, said that he would avail himself on Wednesday.

As I explained to you by the time you delivered this letter, I had already scheduled activities for the following day, 28th March 2017, in view of this, I will not be in a position to appear in your offices for the said statement recording. I shall appear on Wednesday 28th March,” Joho said.

Serani Principal Comes to Joho’s Defence

Serani secondary Principal confirms Joho sat for KCSE in the institution

The principal of Serani secondary school, where Joho schooled, yesterday in a letter confirmed that the governor indeed attended the school and sat for his national exams in 1993.

 “Joho was a bonafide student in our institution between February 1990 to November 1993. He enrolled in our institution in 22/02/1990 under admission number 326,” Abbas Juma Ulaya said.

“He sat for his KCSE examination in November 1993 under index number 16032063.”

“As an academic institution, we take matters of students’ status with utmost seriousness,” the principal said.





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Governor Joho’s controversial KCSE certificate

Education CS Fred Matiang’i has said that his ministry will work with IEBC in authenticating academic papers of political aspirants in the upcoming general elections.

The CS is expected to set up a team to oversee the vetting this week.

“We are going to put forth a team that will be available to you on a 24/7 basis to assist you to process whatever credentials you need to authenticate,” he said.

Matiang’i maintained that only candidates with authentic academic papers will be allowed to contest in the august elections, adding that those found with fake papers will face the law accordingly.

“And where we find documents that are not genuine, we shall not only tell you that they are fake but we will immediately also liaise with the Criminal Investigations Department because those people who will be presenting them are essentially fraudulent.”

Candidates running for president, deputy president, governor and deputy governor must have a university degree, which is the highest requisite academic qualification for any elective post as stipulated in the constitution.

KNEC Says Governor Joho Academic Papers Fake

The Kenya national examinations council (KNEC) has said that the KCSE certificate of Mombasa governor Hassan Joho is fake.

According to KNEC’s acting chief executive, Ms. Mercy Gathigia Karogo, in a letter to the Director of Criminal Investigations Ndegwa Muhoro, the copy of the governor’s results slip presented to the council for authentication was obtained from a forged document.

“Following your request for verification and confirmation of examination results Joho Hassan Ali results slip as per the letter referenced CID/SEC/4/4/3 dated 25th January, 2017… Joho Hassan Ali did not register nor sat for the year 1992 KCSE examination at Serani Secondary School under index number 160092024,” said Ms. Karogo.

the letter by KNEC saying Joho’s KCSE certificate is a forgery

Joho’s academic qualifications have been publicly questioned by his opponents since he was elected governor in 2013 but he has maintained that he holds a degree from Kampala University and another in Commerce from Gretsa University.

The KCSE certificate is the requisite academic paper for enrolling in the university, having met the essential grade so if Joho’s Form Four certificate is forged, as KNEC claims, then it would render his degrees invalid and probably lock him out of the upcoming elections.

His opposition counterparts have however lashed out to the government for trying to intimidate the governor through all means as he’s become a headache to the ruling elite.


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Kenyan athletes made history yesterday at the IAAF world cross country championships at Kololo grounds in Kampala, after they did an unprecedented 1-2-3-4-5-6 clean sweep in the women’s senior 10km marathon.

Irene Cheptai crossed the finish line first in a record 31:57 to lead Alice Aprot and Lillian Kasait to the first ever podium sweep before Hyvin Kiyeng, Agnes Tirop and Faith Chepng’etich closed in on the historic sweep.

“I am very happy to win my first ever World Cross-Country title. This means a lot to me and I am looking forward to competing at the World Championships in London. It was a deep field because we had 3,000m steeplechase record holder Jebet as well as 1,500m Olympic champion Chengetich,” said Cheptai.

Geoffrey Kamworor also made history for the country when he defended his title in the men’s 10km race in the World Cross Country Championships, making him the first man in 11 years to defend his world cross country crown in 28: 24.

Kamworor finished the race ahead of Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei who was seemingly headed for victory.

More than 550 athletes from 59 countries took part at the world’s Cross Country Championships, where Kenya dominated the race.

Kenya was at the top of the medal standing with total 12 medals; 4 gold, 5 silver and 3 bronze.


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