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Tim Wanyonyi Sponsors Boy Who Walked From Nandi to Kakamega High School

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Westlands MP Tim Wanyonyi (R), George Ingatwa (C) and Kakamega School Principal Gerald Orina (L) when Hon Wanyonyi visited the school on Wed, Jan 29, 2020

Westlands MP Tim Wanyonyi has accomplished his promise of paying full school fees for George Ingatwa who walked from his home in Nandi County to report to Kakamega High School.

Hon Wanyonyi took his time to visit the boy in school on Wed,Jan 29, 2020, where he presented a cheque to cater for the boys full year school fees.

He also committed to sponsor the boy through his four years in school. He encouraged the boy to work hard to pursue his dreams.

The boy scored 390 marks in KCPE 2019. He had trekked for 57 km to report to his secondary school.

Ingatwa’s mother who had no means to pay her son’s school fees, had sent him off to Kakamega School without any money for upkeep or transport.

Upon arrival in Kakamega, the boy met the school’s principal Gerald Orina and gave him his admission letter.

“He had a letter in his hand and he said,”I have come to school,”.The boy looked needy and was barefooted,” stated Orina, the principal.

Touched by his quest for education, Mr Orina inquired further about the boy’s background.

“They are living in a very poor state. The mother looked sickly,” observed the principal. Ingatwa lives in a tiny grass-thatched house with his mother and five brothers and sisters.

The matter reached Westlands MP Tim Wanyonyi who promised to cater for the boys school fees.

The boy would like to pursue a career in journalism.

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Two People Isolated at Kirinyaga over Coronavirus Symptoms

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The main gate and entrance to Kerugoya County Referral Hospital in Kirinyaga County on June 13, 2019. PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Two people have been admitted at the Kerugoya Level Four Hospital isolation ward in Kirinyaga County with coronavirus-like symptoms.

Speaking on Thursday evening County Director of Health George Karoki said the two women are from Kirinyaga but one has been living in Rongai, Nairobi.

Karoti said blood samples have already been taken to KEMRI laboratories for testing:

“We are waiting for results, but right now the two patients have been quarantined in the hospital isolation ward,” He said

Kirinyaga county has donated 100 small water tanks at designated areas to help locals wash their hands frequently.

Additionally, mortuaries in the country will now only allow less than 10 people in accordance with the government directive on social distancing.

The new coronavirus has infected 246,181 people worldwide and killed 10,049.

In Kenya, which has seven confirmed cases, the government will start doing random screenings for the coronavirus, Health Minister Mutahi Kagwe said.

Kenyans are advised to maintain hygiene by washing their hands regularly with soap and water or alternatively, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

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KRA Takes Over Revenue Collection in Nairobi

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The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has introduced new bank accounts to be used for revenue collection in Nairobi.

This is likely to revert payment of services at City Hall to the manual system.

The taxman, who on Monday took over revenue collection in Nairobi, said business owners, motorists and residents will now be required to pay revenue to the county through banks.

The public notice said the services will be paid through Cooperative Bank Account number 01141709410000 (City Hall) and National Bank Account number 01071225251100 (Times Tower) under the name Nairobi County Revenue Collection.

The takeover by KRA follows the signing of a deed of transfer agreement between the county and the national government last month, which took effect on Tuesday, March 16, 2020.

The authority was earlier this month gazetted to take over revenue collection at the county in line with a February 25 Gazette notice.

KRA will now oversee all streams of revenue and administer the taxes through the normal process of assessment, payment, accounting, remission and enforcement through both compliance and debt recovery.

National Bank has been collecting parking revenue on behalf of City Hall after JamboPay’s contract ended in June 2019.

On Tuesday, KRA sent a warning to any staff from City Hall found collecting revenue on behalf of the county starting Monday next week that they risk prosecution.

The authority said that it will henceforth be in charge of revenue collection in Nairobi as well as deployment of revenue staff who were asked to report to Times Tower Tuesday for redeployment.

“Any other person purporting to collect revenue on behalf of Nairobi County government with effect from Monday, March 23, 2020 shall be impersonating a public officer and shall be liable for prosecution in accordance with the law,” said the notice by KRA Commissioner-General James Mburu and Devolution Principal Secretary Charles Sunkuli.

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Youth hired to disrupt BBI rally demand pay

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A group of youths in Meru county is baying for the blood of a senior politician, who reportedly hired them to disrupt the, Meru BBI rally a fortnight ago.

The youths say they did the duty assigned to them by the politician but they have not received their payment todate.

The politician has not been picking their calls and even efforts to send their representatives to his Nairobi office have not yielded fruit after security officials turned them away at the gate.

The youth have threatened to expose the politician should he fail to meet his part of the bargain.

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