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MP Tim Wanyonyi Builds Four Classes at Kihumbuini Primary in Kangemi

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Westlands MP Tim Wanyonyi through CDF has constructed four state of the art classrooms at Kihumbuini Primary School in Kangemi.

The MP had laid the foundation stone for the first two classes on April 2, 2019.

Hon Wanyonyi who is currently serving his second term as MP has prioritized the construction new classrooms to ease the high congestion experienced in many public schools.

“We intend to build ultramodern classes fully funded by NG-CDF in most public schools to ease congestion in our schools, improve the learning environment and increase the educational outcomes,” the MP says.

Kihumbuini is one of the three public primary schools serving the expansive Kangemi location. The others are New Kihumbuini and Kangemi primary schools.

The population of pupils grew by 11.7% from 1369 in 2019 to 1530 in 2020 precipitated the closure of many informal private schools in Kangemi after the government’s directive in December 2019.

At least 86 private schools in Westlands whose buildings are considered unsafe were closed. Many of the pupils have since sought admission in public schools.

The government cracked the whip on schools with substandard structures after classrooms collapsed and killed eight students at Precious Talent Primary School in Dagoretti in September, 2019.

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KCB finances Mt Kenya Moutain Running Championships

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Meru County Governor, Kiraitu Murungi (right) receiving a sponsorship cheque from the Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) Director of Corporate Banking, Peter Kathanga, towards the 2020 Mt. Kenya Mountain Running Championships

The Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) Bank Kenya has channeled KShs 2 Million sponsorship towards the 2020 Mt. Kenya Mountain Running Championships which will be held on the 22nd of this month in Meru County.

The Championships, which will feature a 12KM, 8KM, 6KM and a 2KM race, will be flagged off from the Kenya School of Adventure and Leadership (KESAL) along the slopes of Mount Kenya and ascend to the highest point of 3,128 metres.

The event, which is being organized by the Meru County Government, is the first of its kind in Kenya and seeks to raise funds towards the fight against cancer in Meru, enhance environmental conversation and profile the county as the preferred tourism and investment destination in the country.

Speaking at the sponsorship announcement in Nairobi, KCB Bank Kenya’s Director of Corporate Banking, Peter Kathanga, affirmed the Bank’s full support in the forthcoming event; adding that KCB is proud to be associated with such a worthy venture is looking forward for more engagements.

“We are pleased to be part of the initiative to fight against cancer and conserve the environment by the Meu County Government. It speaks to the County Government’s focus to enhance the welfare of its people, and by extension that of the country. We affirm our commitment to continue supporting such initiatives in the future,and look forward to a successful event in two weeks’ time,” he said.

On his part, Meru County Governor, Kiraitu Murungi, thanked KCB Bank Kenya for the support towards the event, saying that the financial boost will go a long way in helping the county attain its objectives which include setting up the first cancer institute in the county.

“KCB Bank’s gesture today signifies its commitment towards supporting the fight against cancer and conservation of the environment; not only in Meru County, but also across Kenya. I thank the bank for its support and look forward to future partnerships on similar engagements,” he said.

The 12KM race category will feature elite runners with the winner taking home KShs 500,000 while runner-up will take home KShs 250,000; while the second runner-up will take home KShs 100,000.

Preparations for the event are in top gear with event organizers having completed mapping out and clearing the route for all the races. Registration continues at mtkenyarun.co.ke and closes on Friday, February 14, 2020; with over 1,000 participants having already registered to take part in the event.

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Floods delay Power restoration Efforts in Lamu and Tana River

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4th February 2020…. Efforts to restore reliable power supply to Lamu and Tana River counties have been slowed down by flooding from river Sabaki following heavy rains experienced in the area.
Normal electricity supply to the two counties was affected when a power transmission tower fell on 2nd January due to flooding on river Sabaki.

This affected the 220KV Kakuyuni-Garsen-Lamu transmission line serving the area. Alternative supply was sought on a 33KV line pending restoration of the transmission line.

The restoration exercise commenced on 13th January and is being carried out jointly by teams from Kenya Power and KETRACO. However, heavy rains and flooding has been a major hindrance to the exercise.

The alternative supply is a temporary solution that lacks the technical capacity and efficiency of the affected transmission line and as a result, customers are experiencing voltage drops and current fluctuations.

Kenya Power wishes to assure all affected customers that the issue is being addressed and will be resolved as soon as weather conditions are favourable.

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13 Kakamega Primary Pupils Killed in Stampede

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Monday is not everyone’s favorite day of the week.For the parents of 13 pupils from Kakamega Primary School, this is especially a sad Monday evening.The 13 were killed when a stampede broke out at the school. Kakamega Central OCPD David Kabena said 39 were injured and 20 treated and discharged.The number may go higher.More than 100 are nursing serious injuries as others are in critical condition.

The stampede broke out after the bell rang to signify the end of classes.The children were headed home.Unconfirmed reports indicated two may have been taken to the ICU at the Kakamega County Teaching and Referral Hospital.Parents have camped at the hospital as there are fears more may have succumbed to the injuries.Most got injured while trying to come down from the three-storey building.

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