Farmers in Mandera county say floods have left them destitute after all their crops were washed away. "The proceeds we get from selling some of the cash crops we plant are what we use to educate our children and feed our families.”Abdi is the farmers’ chairman. Crops that have been destroyed include maize, cowpeas, onions, tomatoes, kale, pawpaws, watermelons and bananas. Crops such as onions and cabbages that used to go for less than Sh50 are now going for more than Sh200. Flash floods from Ethiopia early this week wreaked havoc on farms along River Daua in Mandera.
There is no denying Deputy President William Ruto and his erstwhile political friend Baringo Senator Gideon Moi have a political influence in the Rift Valley and beyond. The fact that Ruto shares the same dream should not hinder the Baringo Senator from actualising his aspirations just because he is retired President Daniel Moi’s son. What happened during the burial of Baringo South MP Grace Kipchoim in Mochongoi, Baringo county, on May 5 was unfortunate. The highly placed source believes the meeting was planned to fail so that Gideon could be blamed for being hostile to the DP. If he had met Mzee Moi, he would have used the meeting as an endorsement of his presidential dreams.
The trade has led to destruction of Dakatcha Woodland Forest in Kilifi county. Reports indicate that Dakatcha Woodland, a community forest supported by the Kilifi government, has lost 49,421 acres in 10 years. She made the announcement after touring the area and meeting county and KFS officials. For two weeks, there have been reports of a huge number of trucks transporting charcoal from Dakatcha Woodland. Francis Kagema, the Nature Kenya Coast regional coordinator, termed the Dakatcha Woodland destruction devastating.
Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho (pictured) on Thursday was elected co-president of an international maritime trade and investment committee. The 21st Century Maritime Cooperation Committee on trade and investment routes covers âcities and governments of Asia-Pacific, South East, South Asia and Africa. Joho was elected âduring the first General Assembly of the committee in Fuzhou City, Fujian province, China. Joho said on Friday the appointment will improve the county’s economy. County director of communication Richard Chacha said economic and trade initiatives are being undertaken by Kenya and China.
The Sh2.5 billion gas drilling exploration in Lamu’s Pate Island is at 300 metres. Three weeks ago Zarara Oil and Gas Limited, a subsidiary of Midway Resources International, announced the start of the onshore gas exploration. Zarara Oil and Gas country manager Peter Nduru on Thurday said drilling of the Pate-2 well top-hole is complete. We are only drilling gas,” Nduru said. In April, Nduru said the company had contracted a top-hole drilling rig from Drilling Spares & Services Ltd, an experienced Kenyan drilling company.
Some 700 families have been displaced in Nyakach subcounty, Kisumu county, after the River Sondu Miriu burst its banks. Residents suspect it might have rained heavily in the Rift Valley and the water made its way to the river. Area MCA George Oluoch appealed for help from well-wishers for the 700 families in six evacuation centres. Oluoch said many families continue to lose their homes and have been left helpless and homeless. More than 1,500 families in Kisumu county were displaced by flash floods last month after the River Nyando burst its banks following a downpour.
Mt Elgon MP Fred Kapondi has praised the government for arresting Timothy Kitai, alias Cheparkach. Kitai, suspected to be the ring leader of a gang terrorising Mt Elgon residents, was arrested in Eldoret on Monday. “Finally justice for the Mt Elgon victims will prevail. Many people have lost their loved ones and those who lost their lives can’t be replaced,” Kapondi told the Star on Friday on the phone. On March 6, Interior CS Fred Matiang’i imposed three months dusk-to-dawn curfew in Mt Elgon to help flush out criminals.
But one farmer from India shared with me her experience about growing fish and plants together — aquaponics farming. As the plants suck up these nutrients, they purify the water, which benefits the fish. The outcome is locally produced fish and plants that will give the customer the peace of mind that the food they are eating is healthy, free from pesticides and herbicides. However, there are a few factors you should consider when choosing fish for your aquaponics system. The aquaponics system happens to be the most efficient and eco-friendly way to grow plants and raise fish in a small space.
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Kenya Hockey Union men’s Premier League side Greensharks hope to scale to the top of the log when they battle a win-less and bottom-placed Nakuru Club at City Park Stadium tomorrow. Sharks, who are unbeaten in their five matches, have 13 points and trail Police, who are not in action this weekend, by two points. Sharks have a match in hand and a win against the struggling Nakuru side, will catapult them to the top of the standings with 16 points. Prior to the match, Nakuru head coach Anthony Agesa hopes to stop the on-form Sharks. Today, Jaguars face 2016 league champions Strathmore University Gladiators, who are currently ranked sixth.
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Former International Catherine Mabwi has tipped youngster Immaculate Nekesa to take the setting mantle from regulars Jane Wacu and Janet Wanja. The Kwanthanze Secondary School player is part of the national Under-18 girls’ team currently preparing for next week’s Zonal 5 African Volleyball Confederation qualifier in Uganda. Mabwi, who is attached to the team alongside Justin Kigwari, will be seeking to qualify for the African Youth Championship scheduled for Algeria in July. She said Nekesa has all the credentials for the settling department. She has the height which is an added advantage as far as the setting department is concerned.
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On Thursday Burundi held a referendum to extend presidential terms from five years to seven years. In Rwanda President Paul Kagame, who has been in power since 1994, has tweaked the constitution so he can remain president until 2034. Debate has recently opened up on whether Kenya should switch to a parliamentary system. The present all-powerful executive presidency definitely encourages ethnic bloc voting and a parliamentary system might remove the bitterness of winner-takes-all. But a parliamentary system would make it much easier for a Big Man to entrench himself.
Restaurants and hotels are private producers of public goods by virtue of the services they offer. But I choose to address another right: The right of private property. The intention is to ensure neither the client nor the business owner are condemned unheard; or their rights violated without recourse. However, there is a pervasive faulty reasoning that a private business offering public goods is public property. This perception is perverted because it implies the private owner automatically loses his or her rights to be guided by principles in business management.
In increasing number of countries, laws give women a right to breastfed wherever they themselves have a right to be. THE CONSTITUTIONIn fact, there is a good case that there is already a right to breastfeed, under the Constitution. But courts in some countries have protected breastfeeding women, and their babies, under constitutions that ban simply “sex discrimination”. Such an argument would continue: If a restaurant refuses to allow all women to breastfeed, it is not discriminating; it treats all breastfeeding women equally. Even without any new law, women should be recognised as having the right to breastfeed anywhere they are allowed to be.
If Kenya is serious about the new 2-6-6-3 Curriculum, it needs to start investing in school libraries. As all parents of primary school children are aware, Kenya is currently transitioning from the 8- 4-4 system of education delivery to the new 2-6-6-3 system. With this transition will be the introduction of a new syllabus for ECD, primary, and secondary schools. This is an important pivot when considering the 2018 Next Generation Kenya Report, which found that youth who dropped out of primary school or only finished primary school are more likely to be employed or self-employed than those who completed secondary school. If the government is serious about succeeding in the implementation of this curriculum, and realising its ambitious learning outcomes, it must start investing in school libraries.
The majority of them are from the vast Rift Valley, and have been working round the clock to have their prince occupy State House. The Rift Valley, on the other hand, votes as a bloc and has determined the outcome of every election since 2007. However, the unity project may be derailed and risks being counterproductive if not handled with utmost care. It is in the perspective of this tribal triumvirate that the risk of losing the Rift Valley should be seen. It is not out of the ordinary that concerns have been raised about the involvement, stakes and participation of the Rift Valley.