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Personifying the environmental tragedy of Nairobi’s garbage

The Dandora dumpsite receives more than 3.5 tonnes of garbage from across the city every day. Photo courtesy of www.businessdailyafrica.com

By Alex Njeru I met the young man at Kenyatta National Hospital ward, where my dad was convalescing from an operation. Years and years of smoking tobacco cigarettes had done things to my dad’s body and this time round arteries in his lower limbs had constricted and reneged on their function to supply enough blood to his right leg muscles. ...

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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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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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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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Sexual abuse against children on the rise in Makueni, says children officer


Makueni Children Officer Rasto Omollo has decried the rising number of sexual abuse cases committed against young boys and girls in the county. Omollo said in every two weeks a child related sexual abuse case is reported and attributed the increase to lack of awareness on children rights. Addressing a stakeholder’s forum held on Wednesday at Kwakathoka Agricultural Training Institute, ...

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How lack of water denies Kenyans the ‘right to life’ in West Pokot

One of the sand dams in West Pokot used for collecting water during the rainy season and which purifies it through natural filtration. [Photo: Njenga Hakeenah]

‘Pusu poltoy cho relach’ meaning, like clouds in the sky, new people will replace old ones but people will continue to exist. This Pokot saying shows they believe in a future. As the climate change debate continues and with COP 21 coming to an end in France this weekend, this future is at stake. In a place where basic necessities ...

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Nakuru woman with strange disease appeals for medical support


By Njeri Kimani For two years, 55 year old Priscilla Kaniaru has been confined to her house in Kiamunyi area in Nakuru. What started as an off and on loss of vision ended up in a battle to survive. In an interview, Kaniaru said that she fell ill after the delivery of her last son 19 years ago, but the ...

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FGM is a tool to protect the spread of HIV, Maasais say

A group of Maasai women. Some believe that FGM helps keep a woman chaste. [Photo: Malachi Motano]

By Malachi Motano “Cutting girls is something our people have done for hundreds of years,” Nashilu Lenteiyo, the senior Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) ‘surgeon’ in the Maasai community of Ol Donyo Nyokie, tells a reporter. She adds, “No one can convince us that it is wrong.” The women believe that an uncut woman has sexual feelings for every man she ...

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Senate Committee on Energy orders for medical screening of Thange residents

A section of an oil pipeline
Photo:Lolwe TV.com

The Senate Committee on Energy wants residents of Thange Village in Kibwezi Sub County affected by a massive oil spillage screened for possible petroleum products poisoning. Under the leadership of Baringo Senator Gideon Moi, the committee in a recent tour of the affected region said the spillage was a serious environmental disaster and called for thorough investigations to determine the ...

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Parents advised to embrace family planning for better education

Vihiga MP Yusuf Chanzu addressing participants at the forum. [Photo:Malachi Motano]

By Malachi Motano Parents have been advised practice family planning in order to offer quality education to their children. Teachers must also enhance good teacher-pupil interaction so as to create a good environment for learning and allow the students to open up to them. Vihiga MP Yusuf Chanzu speaking at an education forum organized by Uwezo Kenya Educational researchers at Mbale ...

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Is nyama choma consumption exposing Kenyans to cancer?

Nyama Choma which is a common delicacy in Kenya's events. Consumption of red meat has been flagged as a risk for increased cancer. [Photo: commons.wikimedia.org]

Did you know that each 50 gram portion of processed meat eaten daily increases the risk of colorectal cancer by 18 percent? In a recent report, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the cancer agency of the World Health Organisation (WHO), has evaluated the carcinogenicity of the consumption of red meat and processed meat and for meat lovers, ...

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