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Diposting oleh On 07.14

19 arrested in Kisii and Bomet for defying plastic bag ban

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  • The use of plastic bags was banned in Kenya on August 28, 2017.
  • Those found defying the ban risk a fine of up to Sh4 million or a four-year jail term.
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Nineteen plastic bag dealers were arrested at the weekend in a swoop by officials from the National Environment Management Authority (Nema).

Nine people were seized on Saturday evening in Kisii and Keroka towns, while 10 more were picked in Bomet Town on Sunday by Nema officials.

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The suspects will be arraigned in court on Monday for defying the ban on plastic bags, according to Kisii Nema executive Tom Togo.

He said they were also targeting individuals still hoarding the plastic bags and selling them late at night.

Mr Togo said traders wrapping food in the banned bags would not be spared.

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“We have stepped up these operations to ensure 100 percent compliance with the law. This is just the beginning and we are not going to relent,” he warned.

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Mr Togo said those found with plastic bags risk jail terms and hefty fines.

“The agency is not going to relent in the efforts to ensure our environment is free of these papers,” he said.

Mr Togo said environmentally friendly bags are now in the market and urged customers to use them instead of using the banned bags.

The Government on August 28, 2017 banned the use of single-use plastic carrier bags and flat bags used in household and commerci al packaging.

Those found defying the ban risk a fine of up to Sh4 million or a four-year jail term.

Kenyans have been encouraged to use alternative bags such as those made from paper, cloth and sisal.

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    Diposting oleh On 06.07

    Wiper plans 'make-or-break' meeting as Kalonzo restrategises

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    Wiper plans 'make-or-break' meeting as Kalonzo restrategises
    NASA Principals Musalia Mudavadi, Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka in a show of solidarity during the ODM National Delegates Conference at Orange House in Nairobi, February 23, 2018. /JACK OWUOR
    NASA Principals Musalia Mudavadi, Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka in a show of so lidarity during the ODM National Delegates Conference at Orange House in Nairobi, February 23, 2018. /JACK OWUOR

    Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka has convened a make-or-break meeting with delegates next month to review the party's relationship with Nasa affiliates.

    The March 16 summit in Nairobi’s Komarock area will audit the party's position in the coalition and consider available options after the disputed 2017 polls.

    Officials claim members of Raila Odinga's ODM party bully their colleagues. Wiper also believes it got a raw deal in the alliance after losing a number of leadership slots in Parliament.

    Read: ODM, Wiper clash in Parliament over PSC slots

    Wiper leaders said 10,000 delegates have confirmed they will attend the summit.

    The officials added that the party will hold two meetings in Kitui and Makueni ahead of the summit to be hosted by Johnson Muthama.

    "We will meet al l opinion leaders from Ukambani and take a position on our future," Kathiani MP Robert Mbui said by phone on Friday.

    The National Assembly Deputy Minority Leader said the party was planning a series of activities to activate the grassroots as part of the revamping strategy.

    "We have been talking to grassroots leaders and the clergy as part of our plans to consolidate Ukambani," he said.

    The grassroots tours are meant to solidify the vote-rich base but pundits believe it might also lead to parting ways with Nasa.

    INSULTS AND BACKLASH

    Amid the speculation about the future, Kalonzo declared the National Super Alliance was intact during the ODM National Delegates Conference on Friday.

    But top officials in his party, who requested anonymity, said its position in Nasa is unpredictable following name-calling and insults.

    They said focus turned to the future partly because of the backlash against their leader a fter he missed Raila's self-inauguration as the People's President.

    The absence, they noted, resulted from an agreement by Raila, Kalonzo, Musalia Mudavadi (ANC) and Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang'ula (Ford Kenya).

    More on this: I wasn't mad to swear by Bible, delayed oath a strategy - Raila

    The sources noted Wiper is free to dialogue with other political players including those in President Uhuru Kenyatta and DP William Ruto's Jubilee Party.

    “It is sad that when ODM engages Jubilee it is called dialogue but when Wiper does, they call us traitors,” a top official noted.

    Related: Backing 'flip-floppy' Kalonzo in 2022 a bad idea - Ukambani youths

    "KALONZO STRONG ENOUGH TO FIGHT"

    The officials further noted that Kalonzo is strong enough to fight his battles and that

    On Saturday, the Star exclusively reported growing conflicts in Nasa after Raila's 'sw earing-in' as the People’s President on January 30.

    The conflict was driven by sibling rivalry, 2022 presidential ambitions, turf wars and secret schemes by Jubilee.

    The wrangles have watered down the fight for electoral injustice. However, Wiper has embarked on rebuilding its image and putting in place mechanisms to remain strong.

    In a statement on Saturday, the party said: “Kalonzo has been consulting widely on issues which has been fueled by the coalition partners and resulted in name-calling and insults."

    On Friday, Kalonzo held a meeting with leaders from Kitui County at his Yatta farm. They included the clergy, opinion and elected leaders from Machakos, Makueni and Kitui Counties.

    Kalonzo is also troubled as the Jubilee administration has recalled his security and his farm could be taken over amid claims of witch-hunt.

    Lady Justice Aburili ordered IG Joseph Boinnet to restore the security but this has not been the case.

    The Nasa principal says the witch-hunt has gone on for a while but notes he has always been vindicated.

    "This is the only thing they try to use to malign me. They have been frustrated because I am corruption-free so no shoddy deals can be traced back to me," he said in a statement on Saturday.

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    Diposting oleh On 05.06

    Backing 'flip-floppy' Kalonzo in 2022 a bad idea - Ukambani youths

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    Vincent Luka (C), chairman of Ukambani Youth Forum, addresses the press in Machakos town, flanked by youth leaders from counties in the region, February 24, 2018. /GEORGE OWITI
    Vincent Luka (C), chairman of Ukambani Youth Forum, addresses the press in Machakos town, flanked by yout h leaders from counties in the region, February 24, 2018. /GEORGE OWITI

    An Ukambani yough group has trashed Wiper party Kalonzo Musyoka's 2022 presidential bid saying he will nothave any support.

    The Ukambani Youth Forum said on Saturday that it is clear the Nasa principal cannot be supported by coalition chief Raila Odinga.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta or Deputy President William Ruto also can't support him, chairman Vincent Luka said.

    “As young people, the major part of our lives is ahead of us. To rely on Kalonzo, yet we know he cannot go beyond where he is currently, is to give up on our lives. We are not ready for this."

    There has been speculation about where Kalonzo's loyalties lie since he skipped Raila's January 30 'swearing-in' as the People's President.

    Raila says their troubles are a simple case of sibling rivalry. Uhuru and Ruto, on the other hand, have asked several times that Kalonzo join their Jubilee Party. He said he never will and that his support for Raila is unwavering.

    More on this: Nasa troubles a case of 'normal sibling rivalry', says Raila

    Also read: I can't join sinking Jubilee ship, Kalonzo tells 'panicking' UhuRuto

    But Luka said the Wiper leader has no chances of forming alliances.

    Kalonzo burnt all bridges due to his "flip-floppy nature", he said, adding “he continues to be seen as a betrayer who has no stand on any issue".

    "How can one become President without the support of other communities?” the chairman asked in Machakos town, where he spoke on behalf of youth leaders from Machakos, Makueni and Kitui Counties.

    Luka noted "the ordinary mkamba in the village" wants unity that is not based on one man's interests but on development, poverty eradication as well as wealth and employment creation.

    The yo uths further condemned resolutions at a Wiper leadership meeting in Athi River, Mavoko Sub-County, last Thursday.

    They said they were saddened by the generational composition of the leadership "that continues to purport to speak on behalf of the Kamba community".

    “Young people make over 80 per cent of our voting population yet in that meeting, only those hired to carry out menial jobs were involved. It is our feeling that majority of those present are either directly or indirectly responsible for the suffering and poverty being witnessed in Ukambani today," the chairman said.

    Luka added that most of the Wiper leaders from the region served in the colonial government of founding President Jommo Kenyatta and those of former Presidents Daniel arap Moi and Mwai Kibaki.

    He noted "the same people who caused the community to be in a sorry and worrisome state of poverty and disunity cannot, obviously, be the ones to redeem them from these situat ions".

    Luka urged the community to support Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua’s bid for State House in the next five years.

    “Mutua, of Maendeleo Chap Chap Party, is the only Kamba leader who has declared interest in the presidency come 2022. He is seen by many as visionary and youthful."

    Details on Mutua's ambition: [VIDEO] 'Prepare for shock': Alfred Mutua announces 2022 presidency bid

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    Diposting oleh On 04.03

    Two dead, 15 admitted in Murang'a after drinking polluted water

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    "The Executive said they were yet to find out the cause of the disease but believe it is waterborne." /FILE
    "The Executive said they were yet to find out the cause of the disease but believe it is waterborne." /FILE

    Two people died while more than 15 were hospitalised after reportedl y drinking contaminated water in Gatanga Sub-County, Murang’a.

    Health Executive Joseph Mbai said they exhibited symptoms similar to those of cholera patients on Saturday night.

    The county set up a crisis centre at Kiunyu Dispensary in Kiunyu village, where tens of locals went for treatment.

    "Fifteen people were referred to the nearby Thika Level Five Hospital as medics rushed to ensure no other lives were lost," he said on Sunday.

    “We sent the patients to Thika before setting up our own treatment centre at Kiunyu Dispensary to separate them from other patients."

    He added that a team of medics from several local hospitals was sent to the centre to help.

    Ambulances were dispatched to fetch patients unable to go to the facility.

    The Executive said they were yet to find out the cause of the disease but believe it is waterborne.

    He appealed to residents experiencing diarrhea, vomiting, stiffness, headaches and g eneral weakness to rush to the dispensary for treatment.

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    Diposting oleh On 04.03

    Let locals teach in North Eastern to curb al Shabaab attacks - Knut

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    Let locals teach in North Eastern to curb al Shabaab attacks - Knut
    A file photo of an Administration Police officer keeping guard during Madaraka Day celebrations at Garissa Primary School. /STEPHEN ASTARIKO
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    Knut's Garissa branch has proposed steps, including the untrained teachers programme, to end al Shabaab attacks on non-locals in the North Eastern region.

    About a week ago, teachers were killed at Qarsa Primary School in Wajir County, an incident that caused many to leave.

    More on this: Suspect arrested after al Shabaab attack on Wajir teachers

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    Members of the Kenya National Union of Teachers in Garissa want Uhuru Kenyatta to issue a presidential decree, lowering the grade for entry to local teachers' colleges to C-.

    Secretary General Abdirizak Hussein said on Saturday that high school leavers interested in the profession should then be allowed to join as untrained teachers.

    They can teach class one to five and pursue their three-year P1 training at Garissa Teachers' College. Upon completion, he said, the Teachers Service Commission can absorb t hem.

    The official added that non-local teachers should be posted to schools in urban areas and where necessary, the county security organ should assign Kenya Police Reservists to guard the institutions.

    “We are telling the government this; please, if you have the education of Northern Kenya at heart, let the UT programme be rolled out. Let our children be taken care of by our people who know the terrain,” said Abdirizak.

    He addressed the press in Garissa town after touring several schools in the county.

    The Secretary General said the 88 local teacher-trainees expected to graduate this year should be posted to at-risk schools.

    “We suggest this be done if the government is really serious about addressing this problem. Let non-local teachers be moved from areas prone to war at the border and taken to safer areas."

    Abdirizak further asked the national and county governments to work out a formula for teachers to be trained and paid a t their expense.

    He also noted the acute shortage of professionals that has seen 13 schools face closure. The schools include Bulla Golol, Fafi, Dekaharja, Alinjugur, Amuma, Kulan, Maleilei 1 and 2 and Damajaley Primary schools.

    Seven hundred and ninety primary teachers are needed to fill the gap in 195 schools while 33 secondary schools in the entire county require 214.

    Livestock Marketing Council chair Dubat Amey said the county should come up with long term solutions and that the three Governors in the region should urgently convene a leaders' conference to discuss problems in the education sector.

    The counties should also give incentives to boost teachers' morale, he said.

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    Diposting oleh On 03.01

    The damage has already been done, Kenyans rebuke DP Ruto's ban on logging

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    • Kenyans shared their sentiments after DP Ruto imposed a 90-day ban on timber harvesting
    • The DP said the move is aimed at reassessment and rationalization of the entire forest sector in Kenya
    • Majority of Kenyans feel it is too late as many forests have already suffered deforestation in the name of tree harvesting

    Deputy President William Ruto on Saturday, February 24 imposed a three-month logging ban in the country following the widespread outcry over the wanton and consistent loss of forest cover to logging.

    The DP ordered The Ministry of Environment which is headed by Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko to ensure timber harvesting in all public and community forests is put on hold due to the effect the activities bring to climate. ​


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    In face of unprecedented water crisis, government has imposed a 90-day ban on timber harvesting in public and community forests. Deforestation, degradation, encroachment on water towers, logging are undermining efforts to attain food security. We are pursuing a lasting solution. pic.twitter.com/j87STtKwAGâ€" William Samoei Ruto (@WilliamsRuto) February 24, 2018

    In a statement, Mr. Ruto noted that the country is facing an acute water shortage for the past three years due to the destruction of forests and encroachment of water towers.

    “The Government has with immediate effect imposed a moratorium on timber harvesting in all public and community forests for a period of ninety days to allow reassessment and rationalization of the entire forest sector in Kenya,” he stated.

    See Also: DP Ruto sends strong message to Kenyans after Raila’s ‘swearing-in’


    CS Tobiko, on the other hand, said that his ministry would do its part in protecting the country’s flora and fauna. He gave assurance that his ministry will also protect the country’s forests and water towers. This will be accomplished through partnering with different players to facilitate the execution of key programmes touching on climate change, solid waste management, and afforestation.

    “We shall relentlessly maintain our focus on environmental conservation matters including a total ban for plastic carry bags and action against unscrupulous persons engaging in environmental degradation acts such as illegal logging,” Tobiko said.

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    The directive, however, has been received with varying reactions from Kenyans as many accuse the government of taking too long to decide. Here are some response DP Ruto received on Twitter;

    And in 90 days we shall have trees all matured and restoring / conserving an ecosystem killed by over 50 years of wanton destruction? Please.â€" George Wasike (@GeorgeWasike) February 24, 2018

    My cousin headed the Forest Inspection Protection Unit (FIPU) back in 1992. He hit illegal loggers hard including influential politicians. He was unceremoniously interdicted and FIPU disbanded. We lost it a long time ago sir, we must now endure the pain!!â€" Crispus Wachira (@wachira_crispus) February 24, 2018

    The Enigma warned government against deforestation and you branded him "yule mzee wa kitendawili".It's now too little too late.The damage has already been done.Nature doesn't here our https://t.co/8VdUiJYMKT hits hard https://t.co/LJolKgduyG country is suffering poor leadership.â€" Patrick (@Patrick40458585) February 24, 2018

    I believe Kenyans must be encouraged to plant trees ??? ? it must be a national duty for everyone and Logging stopped for years . 90 days won’t do much. We got a crisis in our hands.â€" Geoff (@njogugioche) February 24, 2018

    Too late. In 90 days trees would have matured salvage the situation? Y wait until the situation is this bad and government is now pretending to intervene?â€" Bonareri Moke Mat (@mat_moke) February 24, 2018

    Really?? Where on this planet earth can a tree grow within 3 months to replace the fallen trees, it should be banned for over a half decade.. Or what's your purpose on this ban?? #DroughtNiReal #environmentâ€" Edwin Wangu (@wangu_edwin) February 24, 2018

    suspend and audited all the forests, we have been complaining but we are now happy, we have been heardâ€" Greenlife Nature_KE (@GlifeNature_Ke) February 24, 2018

    We need more than this. We are almost losing Kieni forest in Kiambu, p eople have encroached pole pole now maize planted inside.the forest.â€" joycemurungi (@joycemurungi1) February 24, 2018

    kwani umejuwa Leo kwamba #climatechange is real? In Kenya we have to wait for disaster for us to act.â€" Abubakar Baasba (@AbubakarBaasba) February 25, 2018

    This is a very absurd measure to deforestation, the danger of not engaging experts on the matter, in my view all the forest lands should be gazeted, all people encroaching the forests evicted and begin the reforestation plans. This would work.â€" MR. MWANGI (@kiragupaul2008) February 25, 2018


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