Parents refunded for failed KCPE SMS query

Challa Communications, the firm contracted by Safaricom to relay KCPE results via SMS, has started refunding customers for double billing and unrendered services.

This was after Safaricom ordered the firm to effect the refunds after some 424,011 requests never returned results.

Candidates, guardians and schools were asked to send index numbers to short code 22252 to receive their results at Sh25 per SMS.

This means Challa will have to part with at least Sh10.6 million.

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Challa will refund Sh50 to parents whose children did not get results through its SMS query platform. /FILE

Challa will refund Sh50 to parents whose children did not get results through its SMS query platform. /File

 

“Dear customer, we apologise for your recent inconvenience using the KCPE short-code. We have refunded Sh50 for deductions done without service delivery,” an SMS from Challa to a customer read.

The refunds are for customers whose queries never received a response and those who sent requests more than once due to delays.

Safaricom director of strategy Joe Ogutu said in a statement on November 23 that Challa had informed them the problem was caused by a technical hitch on its systems.

The late Nyenze to be buried on Tuesday as leaders pay tribute

Former Kitui West MP Francis Nyenze will be buried on Tuesday in Kyondoni, Kabati, the family has announced.

This will be preceded by a requiem service at Citam, Karen, today. Kitui Senator Enoch Wambua on Wednesday evening attended a harambee convened for Nyenze. The fundraiser was was attended by leaders from across the political divide.

Wambua, who is also the family’s spokesman, said all arrangements for the send-off are on course. “We have received overwhelming condolences from across the country and abroad. We are grateful. It is now our turn to give condolences to the country for losing a great leader in Hon Nyenze,” he said.

Political Leaders from across the divide attending a fundraiser towards the burial of the late Kitui West MP Hon. Francis Mwanzia Nyenze at the KICC Nairobi last evening. the family of the Late Nyenze Widow Edith Nyenze, Childrens Eric Nyenze, Ruth Nyenze and Grace Nyenze also attended the function PICs 1, 6, 7. The Late MP will buried on 17th Dec 2017. (PICTURE BY DENNIS KAVISU)

Political Leaders from across the divide attending a fundraiser towards the burial of the late Kitui West MP Hon. Francis Mwanzia Nyenze at the KICC Nairobi last evening. the family of the Late Nyenze Widow Edith Nyenze, Childrens Eric Nyenze, Ruth Nyenze and Grace Nyenze also attended the function PICs 1, 6, 7. The Late MP will buried on 17th Dec 2017. (PICTURE BY DENNIS KAVISU)

 

NASA leaders , who where represented by Minority leader in the Senate Moses Wetang’ula, sent his condolences. Speaker Justin Muturi, Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana and Foreign Affairs PS Monicah Juma also attended the fundraiser.

Nyenze died at the age of 60 on December 6 while undergoing treatment at the Nairobi Hospital.

An ally to former President Daniel Moi, Nyenze served as Environment minister.

He served as the Kitui West MP and the minister for Heritage and Sports in 2001.

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Kiambu MCA’s respond to criticism over controversial employment law

Public and private institutions and companies will henceforth be required to employ 70 per cent of locals or face losing their licences.

The decision was passed unanimously by the county assembly yesterday. The motion was moved by leader of majority Anthony Ikonya (Kiambu Town).

Section 65 ( 1 ) (e) states that in selecting candidates for appointment, the County Public Service Board shall consider the need to ensure that at least 30 per cent of the vacant posts at entry level are filled by candidates who are not from the dominant ethnic community in the county

From Left) Kiambu county assembly leader of majority Anthony Ikonya Nominated MCA Emma Wanjiku and Ndeiya ward MCA Gideon Gachara outside the kiambu assembly having a word after passing a motion which compel public and private companies and institutions to employ 70% of kiambu peopleFrom Left) Kiambu county assembly leader of majority Anthony Ikonya Nominated MCA Emma Wanjiku and Ndeiya ward MCA Gideon Gachara outside the kiambu assembly having a word after passing a motion which compel public and private companies and institutions to employ 70% of kiambu people

The MCAs said companies and industries violate the law by hiring more outsiders while many locals are unemployed.

“I have noted with a lot of concern that Kiambu has been generous to people from outside this county to the extent that we do this at the expense of our very own,” Ikonya said.

“An example is Quickmart Supermarket on Kiambu-Thindigua road. There are many youths idling there but those employed are from outside the county yet we provide infrastructure.”

MCAs were teargassed when they went to compel a Chinese contractor building a road to employ locals.

“We have to legislate to the effect that we do not have to compel people to employ our people, but the law should be followed and [we should] make sure employers comply,” Ikonya said.

Ndeiya MCA Gideon Gachara, who seconded the motion, said, “Our people should come first since they stood by us and we need to stand by them by making sure they have jobs which are well paying and are favourable.”

Nominated MCA Emma Wanjiku said many companies do not employ women. “Women are working in construction sites, industries and other male-dominate fields. It is time they also get a stake,” she said.

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Outspoken Kenyan lawyer Nelson Havi barred from contesting LSK presidency

Lawyer Nelson Havi has been disqualified by the LSK from contesting for the President’s seat during the forthcoming elections.

Chief executive Mercy Wambua wrote to the lawyer stating that he lacks the prerequisite experience to run for the top seat.

LSK will hold fresh elections in February next year upon the completion of Isaac Okero’s two-year term.

“Upon considering the application for the position of president, we have concluded that Havi Nelson Andayi is unqualified to vie for the said position as he is yet to attain 15 years in practice from the date of his admission as provided for under Section 18 of the advocates Act.”

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A file photo of lawyer Nelson Havi at the Milimani law court. /THE STAR

A file photo of lawyer Nelson Havi at the Milimani law court. /THE STAR

 

“Given the circumstances mentioned above, the aforementioned shall not be eligible to contest in the forthcoming elections and any other similar exercise until, he meets all the required qualifications,” Wambua said.

Havi was among the group of lawyers who drafted NASA leader Raila Odinga’s presidential petition that led to the invalidation of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s win in the August 8 election.

36 women raped by police in post poll chaos – report

Police officers raped more than 36 women during the chaos that followed the August 8 General Election, a new report by Human Rights Watch says.

The report called ‘They Were Men in Uniform: Sexual Violence against Women and Girls in Kenya’s 2017 Election’ was released yesterday.

It documented 71 victims; 68 women and three men. HRW faulted the government for failing to prevent election-related sexual violence. It also said case presented to the government were not properly investigated the state failed to hold attackers accountable.

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There were also no measures to ensure survivors have access to comprehensive, quality and timely post-rape care. “The impact of sexual violence on survivors is devastating,” HRW senior rights researcher Agnes Odhiambo said.

“Almost all women and girls we spoke to suffered physical harm and profound mental trauma. They feared their attackers may never be held accountable,” Odhiambo added. The victims were recorded and interviewed in Mathare, Dandora and Kibera, in Nairobi. Some were recorded in Kisumu and Bungoma.

Twelve witnesses were also interviewed. Twelve Kenyan and international civil society activists and community volunteers provided services to the victims.

Most women and girls said the violence was committed by brutal gangs, often involving two or more attackers.

“Many said that they were raped vaginally and anally. They were penetrated with objects. Some were raped in the presence of family members, including young children,” the report says.

Most women said they were raped by policemen who were in uniform. Many of them carried guns, batons, teargas canisters, whips and wore helmets and riot gear. “In one case, a girl died after being raped,” the report says.

Many victims did not report their attack to police for fear of stigmatisation and lack of confidence in the service.

“For the few who reported, police were not supportive and sometimes refused to even book the incidences,” Odhiambo said.

HRW called on the government to institute a judicial commission of inquiry to investigate the cases. It also wants the government to give a public apology to the victims.

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Why your MP’s salary won’t be slashed anytime soon

The Parliamentary Service Commission has moved to court to challenge the Gazette notice by the Salaries and Remuneration Commission which reduces MPs’ pay.

The PSC wants the court to suspend the decision by the SRC pending determination of the petition.

The parliamentary agency accuses the SRC of intruding into its constitutional mandate to provide services to ensure efficient functioning of Parliament.

It also says the salaries agency aims to hurt the well-being of MPs and Parliament staff.

“The impugned decision unlawfully seeks to vary to their advantage and detriment, the remuneration and benefits payable to the state officers … contrary to basic labour law,” the PSC says.

It adds that the salaries team has no mandate to revise or set the daily allowances payable to state officers in Parliament or the Judiciary.

“This mandate falls under the powers of the Parliamentary Service Commission and the Judicial Service Commission,” it claims.

The Parliamentary Service Commission says the SRC decision in the impugned Gazette Notice is unreasonable and ignored the law.

The PSC also claims that, by seeking to reduce MPs’ pay, the salaries agency has not taken into account the rising cost of living since the remuneration and benefits were set in 2013.

According to the PSC, the salaries team ignored the mandatory requirement of conducting a survey of the prevailing economic situation and comprehensive job evaluation at least one year before the pay review.

The PSC adds that the decision to reduce the mortgage fund for MPs from Sh40 million for the speaker and Sh35 million for MPs to Sh20 million is without proper basis and not preceded by a market survey to determine the prevailing market rates.

According to the PSC, the review was unfair and motivated by bad faith as it was undertaken when the persons interested in becoming MPs had undergone political party nominations and were in the middle of campaigns.

Be mindful of your decisions – President Uhuru to Judiciary

President Uhuru Kenyatta has asked the judiciary to be mindful of the effects of its decisions on the other arms of government.

He asked the courts to also consider how their actions, while exercising the judicial mandate, affect the lives of ordinary Kenyans.

The president said any decision that negatively affects the desire of a better, prosperous life of the average Kenyan or their safety and well-being should be carefully interrogated before being undertaken.

Uhuru pointed out that the administration of justice should not be shrouded in intrigues that only the elite may understand saying the citizenry as a whole should be fully engaged in the same.

“Judicial authority is sovereign power of the people delegated to the courts through the Constitution,” he said on Friday.

“On this next matter, I speak from my experience as a politician. You ought to accept that criticism comes with the office. Whether in media, in the journals, in the public baraza – and these days, social media –Kenyans will have their say, and little of it will be flattering, or even sensible,” the President said.

President Uhuru Kenyatta during the launch of the SOJAR report at the Supreme Court, Friday December 15, 2017. /PSCU

President Uhuru Kenyatta during the launch of the SOJAR report at the Supreme Court, Friday December 15, 2017. /PSCU

 

He spoke at the Supreme Court in Nairobi where he witnessed the official release of the report on the state of judiciary and administration of justice by Chief Justice David Maraga.

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The President said all three arms of government have been given mandate to serve Kenyans and thus need to work together to fulfil that mandate.

“We are all one government, serving one people and the national interests. We are independent but interdependent,” he said.

The President further said he will work with Parliament to allocate additional funds to enable the judiciary relocate the Court of Appeal.

While encouraging the judiciary to guard its independence jealously, the Head of State urged it to talk to people within the law to hear their viewpoint also.

He cited the example of Parliament, which has mechanisms of consultation both with other branches of government and with the people.

“Follow suit. Kenyans are reasonable; what they want is to be heard,” Uhuru said.

“For instance, the business community looks forward to fair and timely decisions from the courts on the matters that may need judicial intervention.”

He added that delays in the resolution of commercial cases is hurting business.

“According to World Bank data, it takes an average of 459 days to resolve one case. We have to find a way to reduce this sharply,” Uhuru said.

In the same spirit of inclusiveness, the President said all parts of government should work in concert towards realisation of justice within the community.

He observed that the administration of justice is attained when the Legislature, Executive and Judiciary work together and not just when the Judiciary acts in isolation.

“The administration of justice is a national responsibility for all organs of Government and all citizens of Kenya.”

“It thus has to be pursued and promoted jointly, across government and at all levels, as a public good,” the President said.

Maraga assured the President that the Judiciary is committed to working with other arms of government and independent commissions to tackle the daunting challenges that confront the country, top among them being corruption.

“We in the judiciary have our own challenges with corruption, which we continue to address within our human resource function as well as through the Judicial Service Commission,”  the Chief Justice said.

Others who addressed the forum included Speakers of National Assembly and the Senate Justin Muturi and Kenneth Lusaka respectively, Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu and Judiciary Chief Registrar Anne Amadi.

‘Odi Dance’ Songwriters Reveal How They Turned An Ordinary Dance Style To A National Treasure

On Friday morning, Gidi and Ghost hosted talented artists, Timeless Noel, Hype Ochi and Jabidi who are behind ‘Odi Dance’ the popular gospel song that features a unique dancing style which has become the new craze in town.

According to Timeless Noel, the man behind the online ‘Odi Dance Challenge’ which has spread it’s roots across borders, he took it upon himself to popularize the dance style which has been evolving since it’s inception five years ago.

“Odi Dance simply means ‘ordinary’ which was shortened to ‘Odi’.” Said Noel.

This dance style which has evolved from the likes of ‘Kuku Style’ started out five years ago from the ghetto before it blew up recently. Each and every time I visited schools in my mission work I noticed everyone loved it but the funny thing is it had no name, despite it being a national dance. 

So one time I sat down and started the viral ‘Odi Dance Challenge’ which saw Kenyans across all divides post their best dance videos and it went viral.” He added before his colleague Jabidi revealed how together with Hype Ochi decided to record a song about the dance style.

Before this project,  I had done the song, ‘Shoot Satan’ which did very well. Noel started the Odi Dance Challenge and it went viral and everyone would dance to it with any song. So we decided to make it bigger by doing a song about it, so we met in studio and everyone did their verses and our minds were blown by how people loved it! Said Jabidi.

The viral song was listed as among the most searched videos by Google with it’s video already amassing over 800,000 views on Youtube.

Listen to the interesting video below.

 

 

PATANISHO: Nilimpiga Mke Wangu Kwani Alikua Anafuatana Na Afisa Wa Polisi

Paul Collins alituma ujumbe akiomba apatanishwe na mkewe bi Miriam akidai kuwa alimpiga baada ya kugundua kuwa mkewe aalikuwa anafuatana na askari wa polisi ambaye alitaka amsaidie kuingia katika kikosi cha polisi.

PATANISHO: Babangu Alidai Atanikatakata Baada Ya Kutoweka Nyumbani

“Kuna jamaa fulani ambaye anataka kumsaidia kuingia katika idara ya polisi. Bado nafuatilia hayo maneno kwani jamaa hawezi kuja kwangu na aanze kumpeleka anakotaka. Sasa nikamuuliza mke wangu kuwa ningependa kukutana na yule jamaa na hapo ndio ugomvi ulianza.

Huku nikimuulize mke wangu alidai kuwa yule jamaa alimuahidi kuwa atamsaidia kuingia kwa idara ya polisi. Nikimuuliza mke wangu ananuna na hapo nikamzaba kofi.” Alieleza Collins akidai yule jamaa ameachana na mke wake na anashuku kuwa anataka uhusiano na mkewe.

PATANISHO: Bwanangu Aliniacha Baada Ya Kugundua Kuwa Sote Tuna Virusi Vya Ukimwi 

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