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Schools at Risk of a Crisis – Head Teachers Warn Magoha

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  • Headteachers have warned Education CS George Magoha and ministry officials that schools are at risk of plunging into a crisis, a few days after students went back to school

    The school heads have flagged the release of Ksh 19.5 billion to schools, arguing that this amount falls short of what schools require.  

    Magoha’s ministry released Ksh 4.6 billion for primary schools and Ksh 14.6 billion for secondary schools after President Uhuru Kenyatta ordered the Treasury to expedite the realise of the funds

    The headteachers claim that the Ksh 19.5 billion is 25 percent of the funds that were supposed to be sent to schools. 

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    PS for Basic Education Belio Kipsang addresses Suswa Girls Secondary School students in Narok County on Wednesday, January 13, 2021
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    School heads want Magoha to explain how the money will be spread and how schools will cover financial constraints. They were directed to use the funds in all four terms in 2021. 

    “Last year, there was a balance of 30 percent of the money that should have been released. There was also a balance of 20 percent that is released in the third term. These monies have not been captured in the disbursed funds.

    “We need a meeting of school heads and the ministry so that they guide us on the criteria they used to disburse the funds,” Kenya Secondary School Heads Association chairman, Kahi Indimuli said. 

    CS Magoha had defended his ministry against critics demanding the government to release more money. The CS urged school heads to ensure the funds were used appropriately. 

    “Please use this money for what it is meant for. This time we want to thank God that we are alive, I have no plan to make any extra money this year, nobody should have any plans to do so.

    “This money belongs to the children and God will punish you severely if you even smell the money. It is not about how much the government gives but how it is used,” Magoha said. 

    Schools are racing against time to ensure that there is the availability of water and sanitising points as they also face challenges of enforcing social distance regulations.

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    Pastor Rebukes Uhuru Over Daily Ksh2B Theft

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  • Rev. Sammy Wainaina called out President Uhuru Kenyatta in his sermon that aired on national TV at the All Saints Cathedral Provost.

    In the Sunday January 2, sermon, the pastor took issue with the Head of State’s admission that Ksh2 billion was lost through corruption every day.

    He argued that the Head of State had enough agencies at his disposal to ensure no money is lost, which made his public admission shocking.

    “Mr President, thank you for the confession that we are all thieves minus the opportunities. Mr President, you have the EACC (Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission), DPP (Directorate of Public Prosecutions), NIS (National Intelligence Service) and every government mercenary at your disposal.

    All Saints Cathedral Pastor Sammy Wainaina
    All Saints Cathedral Pastor Sammy Wainaina.
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    “Either the government knows who steals Kenyans’ money, or the government is part of the stealing,” stated Wainaina.

    “What are you telling Kenyans when you confess such, that you are defeated? Who will then save this country when the president can’t?” he questioned.

    The Reverend further pointed out that the theft had become perpetual with the findings of KEMSA probe he (Uhuru) had ordered yet to be made public.

    “Up to now, Kemsa report is not out even after the President gave the ultimatum. Either the government knows the thieves or they are a part of the scheme.

    “No wonder, everybody these days wants to be a politician. The moment they are elected, the first thing they ask is, ‘what is there for me,'” he continued.

    He further noted that Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) would not solve problems, but was aimed at enriching a few individuals even as corruption continues to fuel the hustler narrative.

    Speaking on Monday, January 18, Uhuru defended government spending on the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI), noting that over Ksh2bn was being misappropriated daily.

    “These people should not mislead the public that Ksh2billion will be spent, yet what they steal every day is more than Ksh2 billion. These people are useless, and I will say it openly, how much do they spend every year?” stated Uhuru.

    The President was speaking in a radio interview that aired on Inooro, Kameme, and Gukena stations.

    Below is the video of Pastor Wainaina:

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    19,000 Motorists Wade Through Mombasa-Mariakani Traffic

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  • At least 19,000 vehicles are currently forced to wade through rough terrain between Mombasa city and Mariakani due to the ongoing dualling of the busy road.

    According to the Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA), the single-lane highway would witness traffic snarl-ups that lasted for hours on end.

    However, the situation has turned worse with long stretches of the road under construction since 2015, and yet to be tarmacked.

    According to the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) carried out by KeNHA, vehicle speed averages between 10-30km/hr across the road corridor.

    Ongoing construction along the Mombasa, Mariakani road.
    Ongoing construction along the Mombasa, Mariakani road.
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    During peak hours, it takes an average of 3-6hrs to traverse a distance of 16km from Miritini into the city centre.

    To cap it off, the pollution in form of dust being kicked up by the thousands of vehicles forced to go off-road at various sections of the highway is unprecedented. 

    The dualling of the major road has been riddled with problems from its early days. In 2015, KeNHA ordered the contractor to close a diversion and construct it to required standards as it proved impassable during the rainy season.

    At the time, hundreds of travellers, including tourists and truck drivers, spent the night in the cold and blamed the contractor for doing a shoddy job.

    The project road is approximately 41km and forms part of the 500 km Mombasa-Nairobi highway that also constitutes part of the Northern Corridor linking the Kenyan Coast with the neighbouring countries of Uganda, Sudan and Rwanda. 

    It runs in a northerly direction through Changamwe, Miritini and Mazeras before terminating shortly after Mariakani Weighbridge. 

    The major road is faced with the challenge of a rapid increase in traffic volumes including light vehicles and heavy trucks over the years.

    It is now being expanded to a six-lane highway and is largely expected to help decongest the city once completed.

    Traffic jam along the Mombasa, Mariakani road.
    Traffic jam along the Mombasa, Mariakani road.
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    Kenyan Businessmen Pour Ksh81B Into Govt Project

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  • A wealthy group of private investors helped the national government to raise Ksh81 billion after it put up the country’s infrastructural bonds for sale.

    According to the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK), the government was initially targeting Ksh50 billion.

    However, once the bonds were made available, there was an overwhelming number of bids totalling Ksh125 billion, of which Ksh81 billion was accepted.

    This is in line with the recent trend in which the country has witnessed a high investor appetite for government securities. 

    Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) building in Nairobi.
    Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) building in Nairobi.
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    The minimum amount to invest was tagged at Ksh 100,000 with interest payable every six months.

    Infrastructural bonds have proven to be very attractive for investors given they are tax-free as provided for under the Income Tax Act.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee administration has a long list of infrastructure projects that it had planned to execute during the 2019/2020 financial year.

    This is the second infrastructure paper being sold in the current fiscal year, following the Ksh70 billion, 11-year bond that was floated in August. It attracted bids worth Kshh102 billion, with the government taking up Ksh78.56 billion.

    They included the Ksh55.8 Billion Naivasha – Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway, the affordable housing plan, and the Ksh55.8 billion Lamu Port, South Sudan, Ethiopia (LAPSSET) transport corridor, considered Eastern Africa’s largest and most ambitious infrastructure project, among others.

    Kenya has successfully issued Infrastructure Bonds since 2009 when the first Bond was issued to Ksh18.5bn to fund specific projects in Transport, Energy, Water, and Irrigation Sectors.

    Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopia-Transport Corridor project.
    Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopia-Transport Corridor project.
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