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Students to select universities after Magoha orders KUCCPS to open portal

KBC - Sab, 21/05/2022 - 6:45am

The Ministry of Education has directed the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) to open its systems to allow applications for University and College placement and with regard to revision of choices.

Education Cabinet Secretary Prof. George Magoha ordered that the portal be opened for the next two weeks up to June 2, when students can apply or revise their university and college choices.

Magoha made the announcement today after rescuing six students from Kiandutu slums Thika who will be admitted to Thika Girls High School Karibaribi and Chania Boys high school today.

The CS encouraged the students to also consider applying for Technical, Vocational Training Institutions (Tvets) where they can get hands-on skills required in the job market.

“All 144,466 Kenyan children who attained the Grade of C plus and above are eligible to apply for a degree programme in 70 universities. However, I encourage those who are intelligent to apply for Tvets,” he said.

He asked the 671,000 students who are eligible for Diploma and Craft certificate courses to apply for consideration in the 191 government institutions in the country.

The CS called on students to stop glorifying university education saying Tvets offered opportunities to equip them with job demand skills.

“Every Kenyan thinks university education is the big thing in getting a job, which has not been the case. If you are intelligent enough, apply for Tvet education. Like last year, we had over 6,000 who had applied,” he said.

He disclosed that for the first time, KUCCPs will be admitting students in 32 government primary teachers training colleges and encouraged even non-citizens to apply.

While urging KUCCPS to strictly adhere to timeliness, the CS was however categorical that considerations will be made to those who will apply through KUCCPS.

On the mopping up exercise, the CS said they are almost at 100 transition rate from primary to secondary school warning school heads against denying students admissions due to lack of school fees.

“It is criminal to send a child home. You want the child back home to those homes where there is nothing? If we get the name of a school principal who has send a student home to collect school fees, that will be their end. Rest assured that we shall act immediately,” Magoha warned.

He said their target is to identify extra 4,000 children from the slums and another 5,000 who had attained good marks in KCPE from across the country to make sure they report to Form One.

On Competency-Based Curriculum class completion, the CS said 95 % of the classrooms were complete adding that they expect to start the construction of phase two, targeting an extra 5,000 classrooms from next month.

He called on the Department of Quality Assurance to inspect standards on private schools that have constructed extra classrooms for CBC in the next six weeks.

“I personally shall inspect standards on private secondary schools that have constructed CBC classrooms to ensure they have complied,” he said.

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Raila to vote hunt in Narok County

KBC - Sab, 21/05/2022 - 6:16am

Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya Alliance Presidential candidate Raila Odinga is expected to visit Kilgoris Constituency, Narok County for a vote hunting mission on Saturday, May 21.

The Alliance premiers and leaders from the region are expected to accompany him led by Narok North Legislator Richard Moitalel Ole Kenta.

Kenta is the Narok County Orange Democratic Movement gubernatorial aspirant.

In his vote hunting mission ahead of the August Poll, Raila is expected to address public rallies in Kilgoris Town, Keyian and Lolgorian.

According to the latest figures obtained from Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), the cosmopolitan Kilgoris Constituency has a total of 74,481 registered voters.

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Uhuru Kenyatta commissions new chancery in Bern to enhance trade ties between Kenya and Switzerland

KBC - Sab, 21/05/2022 - 12:21am

Speaking during the event the head of state said that the opening of the new chancery will invigorate the growing bilateral trade between Kenya and Switzerland by presenting opportunities for partnerships in trade, manufacturing, health and tourism exchange.

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Judiciary Prayer day | CJ Martha Koome leads judiciary in prayers

KBC - Sab, 21/05/2022 - 12:18am

The Judiciary intends to establish Service desks in 52 Huduma Centres across the country to ease access to justice. Chief Justice Martha Koome while leading the inaugural Judiciary National day of prayer and fasting, called on the Executive for adequate development budgetary support to build more courts and refurbish the courts infrastructure.

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Ruto urges Kalonzo to join his team

KBC - Sab, 21/05/2022 - 12:16am

Deputy President William Ruto and his allies have urged Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka to abandon any plans of regrouping with Raila Odinga and join the Kenya Kwanza Alliance. Speaking in Machakos County, the DP said Kalonzo has endured enough political betrayal and should cross isle and join his team.

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Dennis Karani Gachoki, a wanted man

KBC - Sab, 21/05/2022 - 12:14am

Detectives from the DCI are seeking information on one Denis Karani Gachoki who has been identified as skewed and working with rogue officers who tip him off when operations for his arrest have been launched. DCI recently discovered that the suspect had a fall out with his boss Muvota over sharing of proceeds from their pishori trade, and beautiful women who would first pay with their flesh before being enlisted in the mafia style organization. The fall out is attributed to the murder of Samuel Mugoh Muvota who left behind 7 widows and several children.

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IRI and NDI call for concerted efforts to instill public trust in electoral process

KBC - Sab, 21/05/2022 - 12:12am

International election observers have called for concerted efforts in building public trust in the electoral process in the run up to the August polls in a bid to avert election-related violence. According to the International Republican Institute and the National Democratic Institute, parliament’s failure to approve limits on campaign financing, increased use of hate speech on the campaign trail and exploitation of the youth by the political class are among issues of concern that may undermine public confidence in the 2022 general election.

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Azimio keen to deliver services to Kenyans, Karua says

KBC - Ven, 20/05/2022 - 8:02pm

Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition running mate Martha Karua Friday promised Kenyans a Government that will deliver services if she and Raila Odinga win the August General Elections. 

Karua, who took the Azimio la Umoja agenda to Nyeri and Murang’a Counties also promised to deal with corruption using the Ministry of Justice if they clinched the top seat.

Central Kenya leaders accompanying Karua on the second day of combing the Mountain drummed support for the combination of Raila and Karua saying they were a trustworthy pair.

Karua who used a mixture of the vernacular language and the national language to describe to the mountain electorate how the Raila Odinga led government would change the country.

She called on the electorate from her backyard to listen to both presidential front-runners and make an informed choice devoid of intimidation and fear.

In Nairobi, Martha Karua’s Narc-Kenya party assured its aspirants of a fair chance to contest under Azimio la Umoja One kenya coalition party.

Meanwhile, the Orange Democratic Movement party has called for calm after the names of various aspirants were not transmitted to the respective Returning Officers for verification.

The Raila Odinga led party, however, assured them that their names would be transmitted overnight blaming a technical glitch for the missing names.

“Due to some technical hitches beyond our reach, some of our aspirants’ names have not been transmitted to their respective Returning Officers’ for verification of details. H’ever, we have been assured this will be done overnight. We call for calm and patience,” said.

Candidates are required to present themselves to the respective Returning Officer on the appointed dates for Commission nominations.

The Commission’s Returning Officers are expected to start registering candidates to contest for various elective seats from the 29th of May to 7th June 2022.

At the same time, the electoral agency will also hold a pre-nomination meeting with all the presidential aspirants (or their authorized representatives) on the 23rd of May 2022 at the Bomas of Kenya from 8:00 am.

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Fall army worms detected in Uasin-Gishu and Elgeyo Marakwet Counties

KBC - Ven, 20/05/2022 - 7:14pm

Kenya is staring at a looming food shortage following the spread of the fall army worm in parts of the western and rift valley region. While seeking assistance from the government, farmers in Uasin-Gishu and Elgeyo Marakwet counties say the pests are posing a threat to food production as the worms have so far invaded farms in the two regions.

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Electric vehicle demand spike presents new service gap

KBC - Ven, 20/05/2022 - 7:11pm

Kenya’s electric car market continues to grow with the number of electric vehicles expected to more than triple in the next five years. This has seen investors continue to roll out infrastructure to support the growing electric vehicles market in Kenya. Experts say the lack of charging stations is still a major challenge in the local market with less than 10 charging stations being located in Nairobi.

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NTSA improves self-service mobile APP to enhance service delivery

KBC - Ven, 20/05/2022 - 12:35pm

The National Transport and Safety Authority has re-launched the NTSA self-service mobile application to enhance access to information.

In a statement, NTSA says the move will offer an elevated experience to members of the public when verifying the validity of licences.

“The free App which is currently available on Google Playstore is fast, simple to navigate and designed to provide real time information to clients,” NTSA said.

The Authority further says the launch of the innovation has seen an expansion of the NTSA’s App capabilities from supporting the public transport sector to accommodating verification of Boda Boda licences and driving school instructor’s licences.

’The roll out comes at a time when the Authority has re-engineered its operational processes, revamped the Transport Integrated Management System (TIMS), synchronized all services and provided access through the Authority’s website to provide quality serve to the public,” NTSA said.

To verify the name of a matatu sacco or company, Kenyans will use the information provided on the body of the vehicle and the App will generate the name as provided in the system.

On the other hand, to verify motor vehicle inspection status, enforcement officers will use the registration number of the said vehicle to find out whether it has been presented for inspection as required by law.

To verify the road service license enforcement officers will use the registration number of the vehicle while to check the validity of a driving licence they will use the Identity Number of the driver.

NTSA has urged drivers whose particulars are incomplete to contact the Authority while Boda Boda operators are supposed to visit Huduma centers where they registered to provide additional information.

 

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Envoys Vetting | National Assembly, Defense and Foreign Affairs Committee vets nominated Ambassadors

KBC - Mer, 18/05/2022 - 11:46pm

The ambassador nominee for Somalia Retired Major General Thomas Chepkuto has called on Kenyans to change their perception on Somalia and invest in the country that got a new government just last week. General Chepkuto who is currently the deputy head of mission in Somalia said that contrary to the misconception that it is a war-torn country, itis a fast rising country.

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The Crowded Ballot Paper | IEBC

KBC - Mer, 18/05/2022 - 11:43pm

A record 55 presidential aspirants will square it on the August 9th general election. The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission says out of the 55, 40 will contest as independents, one as a coalition political party aspirant and 14 seeking the seat on various political parties.

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Raila promises to revive housing levy | Levy to fund infrastructure development

KBC - Mer, 18/05/2022 - 11:40pm

Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Presidential nominee Raila Odinga now says his government will revive the implementation of housing levy that was proposed by President Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration but opposed by the Central Organization of Trade Unions. Raila says the levy will be crucial in his bid to initiate massive infrastructural development in urban settlements across the country to avert a housing crisis occasioned by the rural-urban migration.

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Martha Karua on the campaign trail | Azimio presidential running mate tours Meru

KBC - Mer, 18/05/2022 - 11:38pm

Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Alliance presidential running-mate nominee Martha Karua has pledged to fight graft and open up youth employment should the Alliance form the next government. Karua made the pledge during a campaign rally in Meru County to back support for Raila Odinga.

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TIFA Polls | Polls name Raila as most preferred presidential candidate at 39%

KBC - Mer, 18/05/2022 - 11:34pm

Azimio la umoja-one Kenya coalition party presidentialflag bearer Raila Odinga and his running mate Martha Karua are the most preferred pair among voters at 39 percent if elections were held today. According to the latest survey by research firm TIFA, Kenya Kwanza’s William Ruto and Rigathi Gachagua comes second at 35 percent.

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Wrong place, wrong time | Two men perish as building collapses in Ruiru

KBC - Mer, 18/05/2022 - 11:31pm

Two people have died while three others have sustained minor injuries after a two storey building collapsed at Membley area of Ruiru in Kiambu County. The casualties are reported to have been pilfering building materials from the building that had been partially demolished by the Kenya National and Highways authority to pave way for the expansion of the Eastern By-Pass.

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Captain Ruweida to initiate teachers welfare program if elected Lamu East MP

KBC - Mer, 18/05/2022 - 10:05pm

Lamu county woman representative Captain Ruweida Obo Mohamed has promised to introduce a welfare programme for all the teachers in Lamu East constituency should she be elected area Member of Parliament during the next General Elections.

Ruweida who noted that the area has lagged behind in terms of Education which has slowed down its development urged residents to endorse her candidature in becoming the first ever female MP in the county.

“Because of insecurity in the constituency teachers want to be transferred to other areas where they are sure of stability.Current area leadership has failed to adress problems leading to lack of academic growth in the region and when I take over I’ll motivate our trachers.As we speak only 5 schools exist in the constituency and this so embarrassing because our growing population keeps running to other areas for enrolment of secondary education ” she said.

She vowed to work with all education stakeholders in the constituency in a bid to improve the worrying education standards in the area whose most ECDE teachers were reported not to be familiar with the Competency-Based Curriculum.

Lamu County woman representative Ruweida Obo addressing teachers during one of the interactive sessions/Pic courtesy

She noted it was a pity for the constituency which was receiving huge sums of CDF money for mega development projects from the central government yet it has no human resources capacity to take up the opportunities geared towards improvement of performance in national examinations.

“It’s so sad our top student in last year’s KCSE exam got a C plain and this average performance is attributed to lack of good will from the incumbent MP.We need proper investment in our education sector.There are no enough teachers and bursary allocation to the our needy children is skewed and inequitable.School infrastructure is in a bad state hence need for change” she added.

Lamu East is a region marred by marginalisation and neglect with Kizingitini Primary School becoming one of the few public schools to break the barriers and shine after producing a pupil who scored 400 marks in last year’s Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education(KCPE) exams

The region is also notorious for drugs and brutal machete gangs and Ruweida,a pilot who permanently quit her prestigious career to focus on politics is optimistic that under her reign sanity and order will be restored.

She first joined politics in 2017 while still flying and successfully contested for the Lamu Woman Representative seat on a Jubilee Party ticket, flooring five other contestants, including Shakilla Abdala, the former holder of the position. 

She will be using the ruling party Jubilee hoping to unseat the current legislator Athman Sharif, for the parliamentary seat in the August 9, 2022 polls. 

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Farmers reap big from hybrid coconuts imported from India

KBC - Mer, 18/05/2022 - 8:17pm

Kenya has begun harvesting the first batch of hybrid coconuts imported from India, boosting farmers yields to three times their initial harvests. The 6000 seedlings have borne fruits two and a half years after planting, a long shot from normal coconut trees which typically take six or more years to mature.

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Construction of Ronald Ngala Utalii College stalls due to insufficient funds

KBC - Mer, 18/05/2022 - 8:13pm

The Tourism Fund is seeking 1.9 billion shillings to complete the construction of Ronald Ngala Utalii College and Hotel in Kilifi County. The project was to be completed in 2018 at a cost 4.9 billion shillings but is now scheduled to consume up to 11 billion shillings by August 2023.

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