FORMER MSONGARI GIRLS STUDENT SUES SCHOOL FOR SH28M COMPENSATION

Madikizela Otieno (RIGHT) and her mother Photo courtesy

A 19-year-old former student of Loreto Convent Msongari Girls Primary School has sued the institution for Sh28 million compensation for an accident that affected she and her classmates in 2011.

Madikizela Otieno, currently a law student at Nottingham University in the United Kingdom, wants the school compelled to pay the amount as compensation for the pain she underwent, her injuries and for offsetting future medical expenses.

She told the Court the accident cost her parents Sh14 million in local hospitals, Sh2.1 million in a UK hospital, and that she was yet to recover fully.

“I was admitted at Nairobi hospital for 42 days and was later referred to Bupa Cromwell Hospital in London. I suffered serious multiple injuries and incurred heavy expenses for which I seek compensation,” she said in a sworn statement.

Ms Otieno blamed the school for the accident saying the bus was overloaded on that fateful day that pupils were ordered to sit on each other’s laps, adding that it also had faulty brakes and that the driver was reckless.

“I remember hearing screeches as the driver tried to apply brakes,” said Ms Otieno, adding that the bus rolled several times.

Three pupils were killed while 69 others and seven teachers were injured in the accident along the Meru-Nanyuki Highway on July 27, 2011.

The case will be heard on October 30, 2017.

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FIVE KENYAN GIRLS TO FLY TO GOOGLE HQ AFTER INVENTING APP TO FIGHT FGM

The Five Kenyan girls who have invented app to fight FGM

Five teenage Kenyan girls who have invented an app for fighting female genital mutilation (FGM) will be flying to Google headquarters in California, USA, where they hope to win $15,000 for I-cut, an app to end Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

The girls, namely;  Stacy Owino, Cynthia Otieno, Purity Achieng and Macrine Atineo, aged 15 to 17, are the only Africans selected to take part in this year’s international Technovation competition, where girls develop mobile apps to end problems in their communities.

I-CUT APP

Their “I-cut” app seeks to help connect girls at risk of FGM with rescue centres and gives legal and medical help to those who have been cut.

“FGM is a big problem affecting girls worldwide. I”t is a problem we want to solve,” Stacy Owino, told the media, adding that the opportunity is one that will change their lives, whether they win or not.

“Whether we win or not, our perspective of the world and the possibilities it has will change for the better,” Owino said.

The girls are expected to fly out on August 6.

FGM Stats in Kenya

Although FGM  is outlawed in Kenya, the vice is still wide spread especially in the pastoral communities.

One in four Kenyan women and girls has undergone FGM, which involves the partial or total removal of the external genitalia.

FGM affects the physical and psychological health of girls and women; decreases their attendance and performance at school; fails to meet their gender equality rights; and risks their lives at the time of FGM, at marriage and during childbirth.

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COUNTIES SPEND SH8BN ON TRAVEL

The controller of budget chief Agnes Odhiambo

The controller of budget has in a report revealed how counties blew Sh 8.59 billion on foreign and domestic travel in the first nine months of the last financial year against an approved annual budget allocation of Sh 13.17 billion.

According to the controller of budget, the Sh 8B spent by counties is an increase of Sh 3.31 billion from the Sh 5.28 spent in the mid-year report for the fiscal year 2016/17.

Nairobi, Machakos and Nakuru Counties Biggest Spenders on Trips

Nairobi, Machakos and Nakuru counties had the highest expenditure on trips having spent a total Sh449.01 million, Sh340.66 million and Sh322.82 million, respectively.

Elgeyo Marakwet, Laikipia, and West Pokot were the least spenders at Sh64.45 million, Sh65.09 million and Sh91.31 million, respectively.

Meeting And Travel Allowances Taking Huge Chunk Of County Revenues

The controller of Budget chief Agnes Odhiambo has warned that meeting and travel allowances are taking a huge chunk of county governments’ revenues.

“County representatives spent Sh1.73 billion on sitting allowances in the period to March, with each of the country’s 2, 266 MCAs earning on average Sh84, 874 monthly,” she said.

Since the inception of devolution, County governments have been facing numerous challenges in observing the Public Finance Management Act 2012. Last year February, governors had agreed to cut on travel expenses by 50 per cent.

 

 

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TEA FIRM FILES INSOLVENCY SUIT AGAINST NAKUMATT OVER SH 60M DEBT

Tea firm sues to have Nakumatt liquidated over Sh 60M debt

A tea company has filed an insolvency suit against the struggling supermarket chain, Nakumatt, over a Sh Sh60 million debt.

Tea Brewer Gold Crown Beverages is seeking to have the retailer liquidated in order to recover the money, which Nakumatt has not paid since January 2016. The firm further states that Nakumatt has committed various bankruptcy offences within the last two years

“The debt amount owed to the petitioner by Nakumatt is within the prescribed insolvency level in accordance with the Insolvency Act, 2015,” reads the court documents.

The tea firm argues that they have made repeated requests to the company for the payment or part payment of the debt but Nakumatt has refused to pay the debt amount.

“As at June 28, 2017 Nakumatt was justly and truly indebted to Gold Crown Beverages (and remains so indebted) in the aggregate sum of Sh60,738,069.47 being the amount due for payment of Gold Crown Beverages’ invoices in accordance with the joint business plan, March 2016-February 2017 of Nakumatt,” says Gold Crown.

Under Kenyan law a firm or an individual served with a statutory demand must within 21 days pay all or part of the liability due, or face court action that could end in an order for liquidation.

Gold Crown Manufacturers is the processor of Kericho Gold, Baraka Chai and London Fruit and Herb brands of tea.

High Court Deputy Registrar, Elizabeth Chepkoich Tanui, directed Gold Crown to advertise its petition to the public before the liquidation proceedings can continue.

The case will be mention on 17th September 2017 before both parties to verify compliance with orders and for further instructions.

Nakumatt’s Financial Woes

Nakumatt, as Kenya’s largest supermarket chain, has been having a financial crisis and is reported to have accumulated a huge debt from Sh4.7 billion in 2012 to an estimated Sh18 billion as at April 2017.

NAKUMATT’S FADING GLORY

 

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RUGBY PLAYER SHOT DEAD

KCB rugby player James Kilonzo shot dead

Rugby Player, James Kilonzo, who plays for the Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) was shot Dead in Kasarani estate on Monday night by unknown assailants.

According to witness accounts, Kilonzo was shot by two armed men around 8pm at an Mpesa shop. The gunmen fled after the incident without stealing anything from the rugby player.

Kilonzo (23) was rushed to St Francis Community Hospital where he died while undergoing treatment.

The Kenya Rugby club in a statement said they had lost a “rising star and devoted club member”.

“We are saddened to announce the untimely passing on of one of the pride, James Kilonzo, around 8.30pm last night (24/07/2017). Join us in mourning a rising star rugby player and devoted club member. We shall update you as further news reaches us,”

He had just returned from a tour of South Africa where he was named the ‘man of the tour.’

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