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Mango farming changing fortunes for Makueni farmers

A mango tree. The fruit is changing fortunes for farmers in Makueni. [Photo: Malachi Motano]

By Malachi Motano Farmers in Makueni are adopting modern mango farming in agribusiness, a new venture that is shaping livelihoods for most families in the county. The county has for the last few years reported massive planting of new mango trees attracting attention of agriculturists in the county. According to baseline survey of mango trees census report carried out in ...

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Small scale farming earns Bungoma farmer financial independence

Musombi on his farm. He is able to cater for his needs from this plot. [Photo: Njenga Hakeenah]

Michael Musombi, has a big reason to smile owing to the financial benefits he has accrued from his 50 x 100ft sukumawiki farm his family owns. The resident of Kanduyi Constituency in Bungoma County ventured into farming after completing his degree course in Environmental Horticulture and Landscaping Technology at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. The 25-year-old decided to ...

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Wangari Maathai’s legacy lives on through Bungoma environmentalist

Weboya waters some of the seedlings he produces. He has sold millions of seedlings since he started five years ago. [Photo: Njenga Hakeenah]

His passion for environmental conservation led him to delve into a tree nursery project, which five years later has attracted several organizations. This is to further sensitize other youths to engage in activities that safeguard the environment. Peter Wafula Weboya from Sikata, Bungoma County narrates how he started engaging the youth at Mechimeru sub location on several ways on how ...

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Prophet Owuor, Ruth Odinga keep Kisumu in the social media spotlight

Prophet David Owuor. He is in Kisumu where his spending has been the talk of town. [Photo: shamblerambles.wordpress]

Kisumu has been the centre of attention these past few days thanks to Prophet Dr. David Owuor who is in the town for a revival crusade. It has been one week of good business for hoteliers as most of them are said to be fully booked for the Repentance and Holiness Ministry faithful who have flocked the lakeside city. Plans ...

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Polio survivor abandoned by parents beats odds to become Senator

Harold Kipchumba. He survived polio to become a famed activist. [Photo: Malachi Motano]

By Malachi Motano Meet Harold Kipchumba, a polio survivor and a nominated Senator. At the age four he was abandoned by his parents after developing polio, a preventable disease. The father counted him cursed while the mother knew he had been bewitched. “I was born over 50 years ago. I used to run a lot and I had a brother ...

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Is bamboo the answer to polluted rivers in Kenya?

A farmer explains about the Giant Bamboo at his farm in Njoro. The plant is at the banks of River Njoro in Nakuru County. [Photo: Njenga Hakeenah]

When the late John Michuki said he wanted to drink water from Nairobi River, most people never thought it could be possible. Unfortunately, the environment minister died before he could see his dream come true. And Nairobi River is still filthy. But there could be an answer to cleaning the messy river and many others in the country using bamboo. ...

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As the world dithers on climate change, hotter weather could extinct Africa

From left, France Foreign affairs minister Laurent Fabius, France President Fracois Hollande, United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon at the COP21 talks. Photo courtesy of www.theguardian.com

As the Climate Change Summit concluded in Paris, the resolution was a pleasing one if it is carried through and implemented. For the first time, the world gathered to agree on cutting carbon emissions and to discuss cutting-edge production technologies to keep average global temperatures below two degrees. Africa, a continent which is among the poorest of continents, has its ...

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Ombudsman wants Lands PS fired over incompetence

Mariamu el Maawy (R) with former Lands acting CS Dr. Fred Matiang'i. The Ombudsman wants Maawy relieved of her duties. [Photo: mygov.go.ke]

The Commission on Administrative Justice, Ombudsman, has asked the President to remove from office Lands Principal Secretary, Arch. Mariamu el Maawy. The Ombudsman says this is on grounds of prejudicial and improper conduct through inaction, unresponsiveness, inefficiency and ineptitude. In a statement, the commission said “The Commission has noted with concern that the Principal Secretary has failed in her ultimate ...

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Does Narok chaos portend expectations for 2017?

Major Gen (Rtd) Joseph Nkaissery. He has ordered the police to ensure peace prevails in Narok. [Photo: trending.co.ke]

It is like a tradition that every end of the year, a section of Kenyans has to be uprooted from their homes due to ‘inter-community’ skirmishes. In what is seemingly a deeply programmed malaise in the national psyche, these displacements are a pointer to the deep-rooted problems that Kenyans have when it comes to relating with each other. Despite voting ...

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Equity Bank to give 2,000 comprehensive scholarships to needy students

Some of the Wings To Fly beneficiaries from Turkana. This year 2,000 students will benefit. [Photo: turkanatimes.co.ke]

The Equity Group Foundation has announced that 2,000 comprehensive scholarships will be available for needy but bright students. This comes just a day before the release of the 2015 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) results on Wednesday. The comprehensive secondary school scholarships under the Equity Group Foundation’s Wings To Fly Program are designed to provide financial and related relief ...

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Will garbage in Nairobi send Governor Kidero home?

One of the garbage trucks operating in Nairobi. The city is however becoming one big  dump site. [Photo: YouTube]

Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero is the talk of Twitter town following a report aired on Citizen TV detailing how the City in the sun has become one big dump site. The accumulation of garbage in Nairobi has become synonymous with the county government as collection and disposal seem to have died with the coming of the county government. Most people ...

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WTO Nairobi conference ends with UNEP launching Trade Hub but who wins?

Foreign Affairs CS Amina Mohammed (L) with WTO's DG Roberto Azevedo during the 10th WTO Conference in Nairobi in December.  The Conference registered mixed reactions from different quarters. [Photo: WTO Secretariat]

As the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) 10th Ministerial Conference concluded in Nairobi, many felt that it failed to earn the poorest countries any advantage. Activists at the meet felt that the poorest nations were short-changed and that the rich nations came out the winner – again. Several organizations, especially Non-Governmental entities protested but it remains to be seen what will ...

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KDF soldiers shoot 2 in Mandera creating rift with locals

The vehicle the victims were travelling in. Locals say KDF soldiers erred in shooting the two and injuring several others on Monday. [Photo: Twitter]

On December 21, headlines of reputable publications worldwide brought to the fore an unusual view of a rare act in the fight against terrorism in Kenya. The BBC headlined their story, Kenyan Muslims shield Christians in Mandera bus attack while USA Today headlined it; Muslims shield Christian passengers in attack on Kenyan bus. Al Jazeera aptly put it thus: Muslims ...

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