FAIR THEE WELL BLACK MAMBA!

RIP Mamba and Mambacita

The world is mourning the legendary Kobe Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash on Sunday together with his daughter Gianna and seven other victims. The tragedy occurred in the hills of Calabasas, California.

The deceased were reportedly traveling to Kobe’s Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks, California, where he was to coach Gianna’s school basketball team.

Among those dead is a family of three; Orange Coast College baseball coach John Altobelli, 56; John’s daughter Alyssa and wife Keri.

Since he retired from the National Basketball Association in 2016, Bryant had been coaching Gianna’s middle-school basketball team.

THE WORLD EULOGIZES KOBE 
Barack Obama: Kobe was a legend on the court and just getting started in what would have been just as meaningful a second act. To lose Gianna is even more heartbreaking to us as parents. Michelle and I send love and prayers to Vanessa and the entire Bryant family on an unthinkable day.
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra

Priyanka Gandhi: The world has lost a legend, and a family has lost its light. May the prayers of millions of people from around the world give #KobeBryant ’s family and those of the others who died in this heartbreaking tragedy courage and strength. #RIPMamba

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Billy Dee Williams: The impact Kobe had on so many lives in so many ways… unimaginable heartbreak#ripmamba
Rich Eisen: I still can’t believe what happened today actually happened. I’m sure

is there to welcome him, comfort him and talk hoops and fatherhood of daughters with him. #RIPMamba and to everyone lost today.

 
NICHOLAS Trump OSEKO: Death may have taken you away from us, but it could never take your memories away. You will always be in my heart in your own special place. #RIPMamba Kobe Bryant

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SCHOOL UNIFORM CARTELS BIGGEST IMPEDIMENT TO 100 PERCENT TRANSITION

The high cost of school requirements preventing poor students from joining secondary school

By Winnie Kabintie

Despite efforts made by the government to realize 100 percent transition from primary to secondary schools, poverty is still locking out many students from joining secondary schools and the situation has been made worse by exorbitant costs of school uniform.

Over the years, cartels working in cohorts with school heads have made school uniforms such a taxing affair to parents and in most cases, the cost of the uniforms is even more than the school fees.

As seen in one list of school uniform issued to parents by a school in Kiambu county, parents are required to buy several items in different quantities e.g., three skirts and five pairs of socks among other items and sets Sh 18, 535 as the total cost of the uniform. The school further declares that the uniform will be provided in school after a banker’s Cheque is made to a supplier, whose details are indicated at the bottom of the list.

The school goes further to direct that parents pay an additional Sh 400 for labeling of the school uniform.

Last Week as the official form one admissions kicked off, the media was awash with headlines of students who reported to their respective schools with empty school boxes (zero school requirements including uniform).

Poverty

One such student is Levis Otieno, who got admission to join Kanga High School in Migori County.  He had scored 391 marks in KCPE at Pala Kojwanga primary school in Karachuonyo, Homabay county and he was not ready to let poverty stand between his dream of joining high school. He reported to the school with only an empty box and two bars of soap.

Other than school uniform, students joining form one in boarding schools are required to have other requirements such as stationery, personal effects bedsheets, buckets, mattresses, blankets, just to mention a few.

The government has been trying to achieve a 100 percent transition and last year, The Ministry of Education said that there has been an 85 percent enrolment in secondary schools for pupils who sat for the 2018 KCPE, a 7 percent improvement from the previous year.

Indirect Costs Of Secondary Education

Former education Education Cabinet Secretary, Amina Mohammed had last year cited indirect costs of secondary education and extreme poverty in households alongside teenage pregnancies and early marriages as some of the major challenges that have hindered the attainment of 100 percent form one enrollment.

Same School Uniform

Last year, Basic Education Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang made public a proposal by the Kenya Parents Association (KPA) proposing that all schools adopt a standard uniform for students as one of the measures to deal with the school uniform extortion.

The idea is to have the same uniform and fabric and Kipsang, who was then speaking at the Rivatex Mills in Eldoret said that the Moi University-owned firm will be used to manufacture the uniforms.

We are not sure that having students wear the same uniform is a solid plan but what we are certain of is that It’s high time the ministry of education comes up with drastic measures to deal with school uniform cartels otherwise the country’s ambitious plan to guarantee education for all will remain a far-fetched dream.

MINISTRY OF EDUCATION RECORDS 85 PER CENT FORM 1 ENROLLMENT

 

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No VIP Protection For Leaders Charged with Crime

VIP protection scaled down

The National Police Service has announced that it will no longer provide security to those involved in crime until they are cleared by courts.

“To avoid compromise and demeaning the very essence of which the police is mandated, the NPS shall not provide security detail to VIPs who are involved or suspected to be involved in crime until they are cleared by the courts,” a statement from the office of the IG reads in part.

The announcement comes in the recent arrest of Embakasi East MP Babu Owino after he shot a DJ in a city Club early this week.

The police service has in the past been accused of designating a high number of police officers to VIP protection consequently leaving general members of the public with minimal police to civilian ratio.

Devolution did not make things any better as the increased number of leaders came with a demand for VIP security detail.

VIP-I-ZATION OF SECURITY IN KENYA

After the 2013 elections, the Daily Nation reported that the number of officers assigned to VIP protection shot to about 10,000, from an estimated average of 3,000 to 5,000 before the election.

Former chairman of the Independent Policing Oversight Authority Macharia Njeru had been among leaders who were vocal on criticizing the “VIP-i-zation” of police officers saying it was leaving citizens exposed.

Macharia Njeru had in a previous interview with the Kenya Forum called for a reassessment of The deployment strategy of VIP security as a matter of urgency.

“The current mode of operation has seen almost 10,000 police officers Deployed to non-core work, which leaves the public exposed. The deployment strategy should also be done based on risk assessment and not to merely satisfy ego-trips of politicians,” Mr Njeru said.

Scaling down the number of police officers attached to VIP protection was one of the major recommendations of the 2009 Ransley report on police reforms.

VIP SECURITY DETAIL SCALED DOWN

last year, interior CS Fred Matiang’I issued a directive to scale down VIP security detail.

“We have to rationalise the way we deploy our police resources in the country. There is no County Government official anywhere in this country that needs 26 security officers to guard you. We cannot move a police station to your office,” then said Matiang,i , while speaking during the Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) end -term report handover ceremony.

Governors were the first leaders to feel the impact of Matiang’I’s directive and their security detail was scaled down to five police officers.

Prior to the directive, some governors are said to have had as much as 26 police officers in their security detail.

NO POLICE ESCORT FOR CASH IN TRANSIT

Matiang’i at the same time had also announced to private security firms that the government will withdraw armed police from the Cash In Transit (CIT) business from July 2019.

VIP SECURITY DETAIL SCALED DOWN

 

 

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Public Uproar on Cost of Digital Driving License as Government Sets July Deadline

Digital Driving License Kenya

By Winnie Kabintie

Motorists have been given until the end of July 2020 to shift from the traditional driving license to the digital one.

Last week, interior Cs Fred Matiang’i announced a new 10 – point plan strategy aimed at enhancing service delivery to the public and the roll-out of the Smart Driving Licenses is part of the plan.

The cost of acquiring the digital driving license has been set at Sh 3,050 to the disdain of wananchi, who feel that the price is extremely exaggerated.

Wanachi are also questioning how the government will handle cases of drivers whose current DLs still have s0me way to go before their expiration dates.

As one Kenyan lamented on Twitter; he has just renewed his driving license and parted with Sh 1400, what happens to the money now that by July he’s expected to acquire the digital one as Sh 3,050?

Kiprono: Hey @ntsa_kenya I just renewed my license for 3 years today at a cost of 1450. Only to log in and find that again i have to acquire a smart DL at a cost of another 3050 before July 1st 2020. How will you account for the Ksh. 1450 that i paid today? #SmartDLDeadline

The new digital DL has been designed like a standard debit card and included personal details of the bearer including their blood type.

Motorists will now pay for minor traffic offenses with the new licenses, which will be structured like a standard debit card. According to the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA), the smart licenses will have a payment wallet that will enable traffic officers to collect fines from motorists via a gadget. The wallet can also be used for other payments like fuel.

The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) had first announced plans to introduce the much-touted smart driving licenses in 2017 but the plan never took off.

Below are some of the reactions shared on twitter today under the trending hashtag #SmartDLDeadline

Jared Ontita: This smells like #HudumaNumber fraud.. we’re making individuals rich.. What happens to those that have renewed for 3yrs? Is there a refund? #SmartDLDeadline

Dickson Kemboi:#SmartDLDeadline,we are a *** up state of some sort, stop cheating people by telling them the chip is special, its the same tech as ATM or any other out there, pricing it at 3050 is another epic scam, in fact with the numbers, this card should cost around 100 Ksh, or free.

RickyMozzartBecause I have a money tree growing in my garden! Why 3,050/-? This is another scam loading.

NTSA TO ROLL OUT DIGITAL DRIVING LICENCES NEXT MONTH

 

 

 

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MP Babu Owino Arrested for Shooting B-CLUB DJ

Babu Owino arrested for allegedly shooting a DJ at B-Club

Embakasi East Member of Parliament, Babu Owino has earlier today been arrested for allegedly shooting a DJ at B-Club in Nairobi’s Kilimani estate.

According to the police, the victim, who has since been identified as Felix Oduor alias DJ Evolve, is admitted at Nairobi Hospital ICU in critical condition.

According to witness accounts, a confrontation ensued between Babu Owino and the DJ around 7 am today, and the MP pulled out his pistol and shot the latter in the neck.

Detectives are yet to recover the gun and spent cartridge expended during the daylight shooting.

 

DEVELOPING STORY….MORE TO FOLLOW

 

 

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