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Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua Urges Kenyans to Appreciate President Ruto’s Performance.

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Deputy President Gachagua addresses the Pentecostal Evangelistic Fellowship of Africa (PEFA) Church in Mwea, Kirinyaga County.

He addresses the Consecration and Installation of the Regional Bishop Samuel Karimi and the ordination of 33 other church ministers.

He urges young people to stop peaceful protests to prevent criminal infiltration.

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua has urged Kenyans to shun negativity and appreciate the development strides achieved by President William Ruto’s administration, even as they criticize it.

Reaffirming the government’s commitment to rebuild the economy and lower the cost of living, Gachagua said the President has performed exemplary well in enhancing good governance and accountability, improving food production, streamlining the education systems and transport infrastructure and he needs support and acknowledgment on the progress.

“Let us not be negative throughout. There are exemplary things that the government has done in the development of the nation. For instance, employment of 56,000 teachers in one year, streamlining the CBC education system, waiver of coffee debts, and resuming construction of stalled road projects,” said the Deputy President.

He spoke in Mwea, Kirinyaga County, on Saturday at the Pentecostal Evangelistic Fellowship of Africa (PEFA) Church at the Mwea Cathedral during the Consecration and Installation of the Regional Bishop Samuel Karimi and ordination of 33 other church ministers.

He was accompanied by his wife Pastor Dorcas, Kirinyaga Woman Representative Njeri Maina, Kiambu Senator Karungo Thang’wa, Mukurwe-ini MP John Kaguchia, together with former MPs Alfred Nderitu, Peter Gitau, Kabinga Wachira Thayu and Wangui Ngirichi among other political leaders. MCAs led by the host Thiba Ward Representative Joseph Kiragu were also present.

DP Gachagua also asked young people to call off their peaceful protests to guard against infiltration by criminals who looted shops and destroyed property recently.

“To Gen-Z, we have heard you; you spoke clearly. But when you protest peacefully, goons are hijacking. You do not have to protest anymore. The President listened and heard you. Do not let people with criminal intent take advantage of the protest and cause mayhem and chaos and loot shops,” he said.

“The government is working on all the issues. We will also accelerate distribution of the subsidized fertilizer to rice farmers.”

The Deputy President added that the government will control the invasive snails and rats that have been ravaging Mwea Rice Fields to promote food production. 

The Deputy President was responding to a complaint by Kirinyaga Woman Representative Njeri Maina that the snails and rats have been a big threat to the rice production in the irrigation scheme.

“We know the challenges in Mwea including those of snails and mice and the Principal Secretary for Agriculture Dr Paul Rono will act on the issues. The government will also ensure that rice farmers benefit and have access to the subsidized fertilizer, the price of which is Ksh.2,500,” Gachagua said.

He added that the government is pushing for the amendment of cooperatives’ regulations to enhance the integrity and accountability of Saccos.

Pastor Dorcas urged the church to be on the frontline in the fight against alcohol and drug abuse. She commended the many clergy who had taken the call to fight addictions and opened their places of worship for hundreds of men lost in the vice.

“Let the church be on the frontline in the fight against alcohol and drugs. I commend those who have already taken up this fight,” said Pastor Dorcas.

The PEFA Church in Donholm, Nairobi County, was one of the first churches in Kenya that partnered with the Boy Child Program under community-based rehabilitation where hundreds of men were reformed, and mentored from a life of alcohol and drugs.

The Deputy President asked County Commissioners and police bosses to ignore politicians hindering the war on illicit brews, saying the menace must be stopped.

Kenyan Gen Z Plans Nationwide Protests Against President Ruto’s Cabinet Nominees.

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On July 20, 2024, the young generation in Kenya expressed their frustration on social media after President William Ruto named 11 nominees for his new cabinet.

The young generation in the country has expressed their frustration on social media after President William Ruto named 11 nominees for his new cabinet.

Addressing the state on Friday at State House, Ruto named an 11-member cabinet where many of the nominees were recycled politicians like Kithure Kindiki, Alice Wahome, Soipan Tuya, and Aden Duale.

Commenting on social media, Gen Z stated that they will demonstrate in all towns on Tuesday to reject Ruto’s cabinet nominees.

List of newly nominated cabinet secretaries and President Ruto on the left.

Here are some comments from Gen Z

We are going to finish what we start! Next week, protests will be bigger, like the ones you saw in Bangladesh! Tupatane Tuesday!!,” Cornelius Rono

Baddies are Mad!!!! They are all saying Tupatane Tuesday !!! Ni Kumoto Mazeee,” Kenya vigilante.

THE END OF AN ERROR !!! July 23rd, 2024 will be a Tuesday. Revolution continues; we can’t be slaves in our own country. We finish what we started. Tupatane Tuesday. ALUTA CONTINUA!,” Austine

Tupatane Tuesday, 23rd July! Kitaeweka, what do you mean you’re nominating Linturi PA to occupy the same office? 

 “And 2022 Machogu running mate to be education CS? Aiiiih watu si wajinga buana!” Anini Barasa.

Breaking News! President William Ruto believes that out of the 56,203,030…These are the only souls fit to lead this country…Tupatane Tuesday..”Henry Kabogo.

“Disappointing Cabinet Nominations” Letter to President Ruto, Raila, and MPs.

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The letter expresses disappointment and disappointment over the recent cabinet nominations.

It criticizes Ruto for ignoring the country’s protesting Gen Zs and for sacking Cabinet Secretaries only to reappoint them in the first batch of nominations.

The letter questions Ruto’s sincerity in sacking all Cabinet Secretaries and reappointing many of the same faces in the first batch of nominations.

It criticizes Ruto for sacking Ezekiel Machogu, the former CS for Education, and appointing Mithika Linturi, the “fake fertilizers man,” who helped implement detrimental policies.

The letter calls for solutions from those who recognize the issues and speak for Gen Z and millennials.

It also criticizes Raila Odinga for his frequent title changes and his actions, stating that he is taking advantage of the situation.

The letter also criticizes the Members of Parliament for serving political party masters instead of the people who elected them and for not thinking independently.

The letter urges the Members to stand up to the president and vindicate themselves by limiting nominations to two names: one recall and one new, legitimate face.

The letter concludes with a cry for Kenya’s people.

During a standoff at a Moyale gold mine, two people were killed, including a policeman, and rifles were stolen.

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Two people have been confirmed dead and others injured following a deadly shootout between police officers and gold miners at the Walikiti gold mining site in Dabel, Moyale Marsabit County. Marsabit County Commissioner James Kamau confirmed the incident, stating that the two who died were a police officer and a middle-aged man.

A group of about 3,000 people breached security and forcibly gained entry into the site, overpowering the police. An altercation ensued, and people started pelting the officers with stones before they were repulsed.

In a second attempt, the locals regrouped armed with crude weapons and attacked the police officers before invading the site again. The attackers also stole two G3 rifles with 40 rounds of live ammunition belonging to the deceased officer and his seriously injured colleague.

The incident brings the total number of casualties at the Dabel Gold site to 23. In March this year, then Interior Cabinet secretary Prof. Kithure Kindiki ordered the closure of the Dabel Artisanal Mining sites citing security concerns.

The government is currently working on a plan to register locals in different co-operative societies for proper management of the site and smooth operation.

For caning a 9-year-old student 104 times, a Nyamira teacher is accused of attempting to kill the student.

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The teacher was accused of using a plastic pipe to administer the severe punishment, and on Friday, July 19, the charge was brought against the teacher in court. The young student’s ordeal began with what appeared to be a minor offense: losing his school uniform.

The teacher’s reaction, on the other hand, was anything but minor. The educator is said to have canned the understudy multiple times on the rump. The child sustained severe buttock injuries as a result of the excessive caning, requiring immediate medical attention.

The arraignment uncovered troubling insights concerning the understudy’s condition. The understudy supported a haematoma, a risky gathering of thickened blood inside his tissues. A witness for the prosecution claims that this condition could have resulted in his death if the blood clots had reached his heart.

“Assuming the blood coagulations would have ventured out to the vein, it might have unstuck in the heart,” the observer affirmed, featuring the extreme gamble presented by the educator’s activities. The prosecution argued that the severity of the injuries and the possibility that they would lead to death made it attempt murder.

The educator, who was available in court, still can’t seem to introduce his protection. The case, which has attracted a lot of attention, is going to go on. Yet again this episode has acquired the issue of beating schools into the spotlight.

Even though the government outlawed corporal punishment in schools in 2001, old ways of doing things never go away. The training, profoundly imbued in the nation’s set of experiences, traces all the way back to the pioneer time when it was utilized by evangelists and colonizers to declare authority.

The 2019 Violence Against Children report, a recent national household survey, revealed a troubling statistic: more than half of 18- to 24-year-old Kenyans still believe that teachers must use corporal punishment.

On the condition of anonymity, a Teachers Service Commission (TSC) employee shared additional information with BBC Africa Eye in 2023. They revealed that there have been 29 reports of severe school beatings in the past three years, an increase of more than four times.

Surprisingly, many incidents are not reported, indicating an even greater problem’s true scope. The dismal the truth is that passings coming about because of school beatings are not unfathomable in Kenya.

More than 20 of these deaths have been reported in the media over the past five years. Although many people are unable to comprehend the possibility that educational professionals, who are responsible for the care and development of children, could cause such harm, this is still a troubling fact.

Gov’t Revises Degree Fees for 2024 New University students.

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Higher Education Principal Secretary Beatrice Inyangala has announced the revision of the fees to be paid by students joining universities to undertake degree programmes.

In a communique, Inyangala stipulated that the fees previously allocated for the programmes and which were outlined in the invitation letters would not be paid by the students.

She said the new revised fees would be communicated by the respective institutions.

“The Ministry of Education wishes to inform the public, particularly parents/guardians of students, and, students that the fees to be paid by students and their families/guardians as relates to the full cost of each degree programme as previously communicated in the admission letters is hereby nullified, and, does not apply any more,” said Inyangala.

“Beginning the 5th Day of August 2024, the respective universities will communicate the new fees to be paid by each student as a household contribution,” she added.

The PS assured students and their parents/guardians that their placement in the respective academic programmes remained unchanged.

Nigeria Fines Facebook’s Meta Ksh.28.3B For Violating Consumer, Data Laws.

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Nigeria fined Meta Platforms $220 million (approx. Ksh.28.3 billion), its competition watchdog said on Friday, after investigations showed data-sharing on social platforms violated local consumer, data protection and privacy laws.

Nigeria’s Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) said Meta appropriated the data of Nigerian users on its platforms without their consent, abused its market dominance by forcing exploitative privacy policies on users, and meted out discriminatory and disparate treatment on Nigerians, compared with other jurisdictions with similar regulations.Meta did not immediately comment, but the FCCPC said in a statement that the company had provided some documents and have retained counsels who have met and engaged with the agency.

FCCPC chief Adamu Abdullahi said the investigations were jointly held with Nigeria’s Data Protection Commission and spanned over 38 months.

The investigations found Meta policies don’t allow users the option or opportunity to self-determine or withhold consent to the gathering, use, and sharing of personal data, Abdullahi said.

“The totality of the investigation has concluded that Meta over the protracted period of time has engaged in conduct that constituted multiple and repeated, as well as continuing infringements… particularly, but not limited to abusive, and invasive practices against data subjects in Nigeria,” Abdullahi said.

“Being satisfied with the significant evidence on the record, and that Meta has been provided every opportunity to articulate any position, representations, refutations, explanations or defences of their conduct, the Commission have now entered a final order and issued a penalty against Meta,” Abdullahi said.

The final order mandates steps and actions Meta must take to comply with local laws, Abdullahi said.

In May, Turkey’s competition board fined Meta 1.2 billion lira (approx. Ksh.4.7 billion) following investigations on data-sharing on its Facebook, Instagram, Threads and WhatsApp platforms.

Meta has faced pushback in Europe and other jurisdictions over alleged breaches of data protection laws. Meta’s plan to use personal data to train its artificial intelligence models without seeking consent has come under fire in Europe.

Meanwhile, South Africa’s competition watchdog have announced plans to investigate whether digital platforms, including Meta unfairly compete with news publishers by using their content to generate ad revenue.

Reprieve as a man who went missing during anti-government protests is found alive after nearly a month – See where RUTO’s government had taken him (PHOTOs).

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A middle-aged man who went missing following the anti-government protests has been found alive.

Joseph Mwangi alias ‘Mwas’ went missing in unclear circumstances on June 18, 2024, leaving his family worried.

He left home to participate in the protests but did not return.

His mother looked for him in hospitals, mortuaries, and police stations in vain. 

The victim was found alive after being locked up at various police stations.

He left Muthaiga Police Station on Tuesday and according to his family, he is weak but recovering at home.

When the victim’s mother was asked by KTN journalist Francis Ontomwa whether she is planning to press charges against the police for holding her son incommunicado, she replied,

 “No, my heart is now at peace. It’s all I wanted,”

Joseph Mwangi was among the victims that the Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) registered as complaints of unlawful arrests, abductions, and disappearances.

Hundreds of motorists spend night in cold after traffic snarl on Nairobi-Nakuru Highway.

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Hundreds of motorists travelling to and from Nairobi faced a horrible ordeal on Friday night after being trapped on the Nairobi-Nakuru Highway for over 12 hours.

Some had to light fires on the road to warm themselves. The stretch is cold and can drop to six degrees.

Police blamed the situation on earlier protests by locals in Kijabe area who had blocked the road to protest against Kenya Power and Lighting.

They claimed a transformer had been stolen hence the situation.

The chaos went on affecting the traffic flow.

This caused a jam on the road prompting impatient motorists to overlap.

Overwhelmed police officers withdrew from the road leaving chaos spiraling for kilometers as motorists rushing for a weekend to western Kenya remained trapped.

The traffic chaos began near Limuru at around 5 pm and continued throughout the night, forcing many to spend the night at Kimende, Sokomjinga and other shopping centers on the highway.

The traffic gridlock extending beyond 12 hours, left hundreds stranded.

As temperatures dropped, desperate travellers lit bonfires to keep warm, with scenes of the night captured and shared widely on social media.

The Kenya National Highway Authority (KeNHA) has not explained the issue.

Affected motorists used social media to express their frustrations and anger over the issue.

Travellers continued to share their predicaments in real-time, highlighting the dire need for a prompt and effective response from the authorities.

As dawn broke on Saturday, there was still no sign of relief. The highway, a vital artery connecting Nairobi to other parts of the country, remained clogged.

North China Bridge Collapse Kills 11, Leaves Over 30 Missing.

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A bridge collapse caused by torrential rains in northern China has killed 11 people and left more than 30 missing, state media said Saturday.

The bridge over a river in Shaanxi province’s Shangluo buckled at around 8:40 pm Friday (1240 GMT) “due to a sudden downpour and flash floods”, state news agency Xinhua said, citing the provincial public relations department.

State broadcaster CCTV said nearly 20 vehicles and more than 30 people remained missing after the highway bridge collapsed into the river below.

All 11 confirmed victims were found inside five vehicles that had so far been recovered from the water, the broadcaster said.

Images on state TV showed a partially submerged section of the bridge with the river rushing over it.

One witness told local media that he had approached the bridge but that other drivers started “yelling at me to brake and stop the car.”

“A truck in front of me didn’t stop” and fell into the water, the witness, surnamed Meng, said.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has urged “all-out efforts” to find those still missing, CCTV said.

Large portions of northern and central China have been battered since Tuesday by rains that have caused flooding and significant damage.

On Friday, state media reported at least five people dead and eight missing after the rains sparked flooding and mudslides in Shaanxi’s Baoji city.

State television broadcast images of neighborhoods completely flooded by muddy water, with excavators and residents attempting to clear the damage.

– Extreme weather –

The semi-desert province of Gansu, which neighbours Shaanxi, and Henan in central China were also hit by heavy rains this week.

In Henan’s Nanyang city, the equivalent of a year’s worth of rain fell at the start of the week, according to CCTV.

And in southwestern Sichuan province, two people were reported killed and seven others missing Friday after heavy rain triggered landslides, Xinhua said.

China is enduring a summer of extreme weather, with heavy rains across the east and south coming as much of the north has sweltered in successive heat waves.

Climate change, which scientists say is exacerbated by greenhouse gas emissions, is making these types of extreme weather phenomena more frequent and more intense.

In May, a highway in southern China collapsed after days of rain, leaving 48 dead.

Earlier this month, a tornado passed through a town in eastern China killing one, injuring 79 and causing significant damage.

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