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Shitemi is the Kenya Monitor Managing Editor. He trains journalists on basics of journalism, storytelling, conflict sensitive journalism and devolution.

The message Pontiff left Kenyan youth and families

Pope Francis on his arrival at JKIA for a three day visit to Kenya.

By Cyrus Kioko The three days visit to Kenya by Pope Francis has been celebrated nationally with thousands of people attending his public mass at University of Nairobi on Thursday. Overwhelmed Kenyans trooped to the different venues to catch a glimpse of the Pope despite heavy rains on the early morning. None was disappointed, as the pontiff matched their expectation ...

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What should be done to tame hate speech in Kenya?

George Aladwa.  He has been accused of inciting Kenyans against each other. [Photo: radiojambo.co.ke]

By Cyrus Kioko Increasing number of political leaders association in hate speech has reignited debate over how valid hate speech law is as set by the National Cohesion and Integration commission (NCIC). In a span of around one and half moths, more than four political leaders have been involved in hate speech allegations where some have their cases in progress  ...

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Primary school that is a hallmark of success in Narok County

Jacob Losikany is the Nkoilalel Primary School headteacher.

By Florence Gichoya In the serene Mara plains, Nkoilalel Primary school stands out as a shining example of academic excellence. It is the best performing school in Mara Division, Narok County. This is attributed to committed teaching staff and a local community that has tirelessly supported the school. The institution was built in 1992 by Siana Spring Tented Camp when ...

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Internal security should be devolved to counties

Meru County Governor Peter Munya who is also the chair of the Council of Governors.

By George Githinji Article 187 of the Constitution provides a mechanism for the transfer of functions between both levels of government, that is, the national and the county governments. The transfer is only possible, however, under two conditions: if the function or power would be more effectively performed or exercised by the receiving government and the transfer of the function ...

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Corruption is the Kenya government’s lifestyle

Photo courtesy of www.zdnet.com

By George Githinji Corruption in Kenya is rife from the top echelons of government to the grassroots level of public service and other organs of government. It affects all ministries of national government (and recently ‘devolved’ to the county governments). The National Police Service (NPS), for example, is often declared the most corrupt institution of government. It has been accused ...

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How to impeach a Governor in Kenya

Murang'a Governor Mwangi wa Iria. Photo credit www.nation.co.ke

Two Governors have so far been impeached, Murang’a and Embu Governors and while none has yet to lose their seats, the process and what happens next is a discussion George Githinji shares in this post. Grounds for the removal of a county governor Article 181 of the Constitution provides for the removal of a county governor. A county governor may ...

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Water project puts a smile on faces of community members in Narok County

Faith Sei fetching water from Ochorro Le Koiyiaki water point

By Florence Gichoya Twelve-year-old Faith Sei broadly smiles. She draws clean water from a point that is connected from a natural spring, about 200 metres away; then drinks it. Faith is from Eluai Village, Mara Division, Narok County. “I live there. It takes me about five minutes to walk to this water point,” the Standard Four pupil, at Endoryo Erinka ...

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COFEK criticizes Hilton hotel and Sarova Stanley for closing public sidewalks

Consumer Federation of Kenya Secretary General Stephen Mutoro. Photo courtesy of www.businessdailyafrica.com

By Cyrus Kioko Consumer Federation of Kenya (COFEK) has launched a 14-day campaign against Hilton and Sarova Stanley hotels for blocking public sidewalks for private use. The federation, which is seeking 10,000 signatures from the public, has threatened to move to court after 14 days if the two hotels would not have complied with their plea to open them.   ...

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The Role of Women Representatives in Kenya

Some of the women legislators in Kenya. Photo courtesy; www.capitalfm.co.ke

By George Githinji Each of the 47 counties has an elected women representative. The 47 women representatives are situated in the National Assembly. While the public perceives them as a different group of legislators, the women representatives are in fact Members of Parliament (MPs) just like the members representing the Constituencies and those in the Senate. It appears that they ...

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Where do County Governments get their Money?

By George Githinji For counties to run, they need resources and knowing the source of these resources is crucial to know how to run a county. Political analyst George Githinji shares the sources of these revenues. They are; Local Revenue Article 209 (3) of the Constitution empowers the counties to impose two types of taxes and charges, that is, property ...

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Maseno University politics turns tragic as a student is killed

By Cyrus Kioko Maseno University has been closed indefinitely following a night incident where a student was killed and 17 others injured where seven are admitted at a referral hospital in Kisumu. A circular pinned in notice board , which is signed by acting Vice Chancellor, indicated that the institution has closed due to unfavorable conditions caused by the incidence. “The University ...

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Public schools have adequate infrastructure, reveals report

There are enough toilets in public schools for both boys and girls considering the high numbers schools have recorded since the free primary and subsidized secondary education started. Going by the pupil to toilet ratio, the facilities are not only adequate, but also favorably comparable to those in private schools. The 2014 Basic Education Statistics booklet reveals that while public ...

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Coast school girls develop black stone that sucks poison out of snake bites

Students at Coast Girls School have developed a small black stone that is saving lives following snake and scorpion bites in Kongowea and Likoni in Mombasa County, through a school project led by Aga Khan Academy, Mombasa, and supported by Intel and the Aga Khan Foundation (USA). Educating Girls in Science (EGIS) is a two-year pilot project launched by the ...

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Motivate the Police Service to improve work performance

By George Githinji The National Police Service has on numerous occasions threatened to take part in go-slows in order to pressure the government to increase their salaries. Both the Kenya Police and the Administration Police (AP) have often lamented about being underpaid and under-resourced. The result of this blatant neglect of the police service by the government is severely reduced ...

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