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Seven students have reportedly died and dozens others injured after a fire burnt down a dormitory at Moi Girls School Nairobi. Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i said 10 other students were injured and are admitted to hospital.

“Out of the 10, two are in critical condition, doctors have told us the other eight are out of danger,” he said.

He said the school has been closed for two weeks as investigations begin on the cause of the fire.

The CS, however, said Form Four candidates will resume on Friday and will be assisted to settle as they prepare for the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education examinations.

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He said a team of forensic experts, including the government pathologist are at the school to establish the cause of the fire.

He said the school principal has asked parents to pick their children. Dr Matiang’i, was accompanied by Education Belio Kipsang and Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko.

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Pastors drive out accident ghosts on Thika Road

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Christians from different denominations came together with the residents to pray at blackspot areas alongThika Super Highway on Friday November 17, 2017. PHOTO: Lorna Murithi/KNA

Church leaders and residents from Nyeri and Kiambu Counties Friday held prayers to cleanse and bless the busy Thika Super Highway, which has become a death trap, especially during festive seasons.

Christians from different denominations who have been holding prayers along the Nyeri-Nairobi highway, held prayer sessions to cleanse the stretch before heading to Witeithie and Njomoko area which are black spot areas.

The Christian Union members spent a couple of hours along the Highway, praying for divine intervention to reduce the high death rates that is believed to have had quite a number of people losing their lives, especially at Witeithie area.

Speeding of vehicles and reckless driving has been blamed for the frequent accidents. Maina Karanja, a resident and business Man at Witeithie, said that almost every week people lose their lives at Witeithie.

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“It’s really sad to see the high death rates that occur here, the government has acted minimally to improve the situation, these deaths are due to over speeding and reckless driving along this area since no safety measures are in place such as the Fly-overs and bumps where necessary,” said Karanja.

Residents of Witeithie have been complaining for quite some time now and are seeking for Government’s action to construct a fly-over along this stretches so as to reduce the deaths since Zebra crossing are not effective. They claimed that over speeding was due to lack of bumps and that the zebra crossing is often assumed by drivers hence causing accidents.

“Constructing a fly-over at this place will enhance the safety of not only residents but also children since the zebra crossing is not helpful as drivers assume it and recklessly drive past while over speeding and without caution,” said a resident.

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Three NASA MPs arrested ahead of rally

According to Homa bay Women’s Representative Glady Wanga, MPs Babu Owino, TJ Kajwang and Steve Mbogo, were taken to Kilimani police station after being arrested.

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Three NASA MPs have reportedly been arrested while on their way to a rally in Nairobi ahead of their leader Raila Odinga Friday from a tour of the United States.

According to Homa bay Women’s Representative Glady Wanga, MPs Babu Owino, TJ Kajwang and Steve Mbogo, were taken to Kilimani police station after being arrested.

“Hons Babu, TJ Kajwang’, Steve Mbogo already arreated and taken to Kilimani. Crime: Planning to welcome RAO tomorrow. ,” she tweeted.

NASA MPs led by Siaya Senator James Orengo and former Machakos Senator Johnstone Muthama had earlier attempted to hold a press conference at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport but were barred by security officers.

Police also sealed off the historic Kamukunji Grounds where the opposition formation intended to hold a curtain-raising rally forcing them to shift to Kibera.

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Speakers at the Kibera rally led by ODM Senator John Mbadi criticised Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet, saying he had no power to stop them from accessing the JKIA.

Mbadi said Raila was the winner of the August 8 election and claimed President Uhuru Kenyatta was no longer the legitimate President of Kenya. Muthama and Orengo addressed the rally by phone before joining the supporters at the venue.

NASA leader have hinted they plan to swear-in Raila when he returns to the country.

The Supreme Court yesterday finalised hearing petitions filed against Uhuru’s win with the Supreme Court expected to render a verdict by November 20. The Kibera rally is currently ongoing.

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Kenyan priest charged over Sh104,000 theft

Father Alexander Mutua Munyao is accused of stealing from the Lismore Diocese in northern New South Wales, Australia

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A junior Catholic priest from Kenya has been forced to surrender his passport after being charged with stealing more than Ksh 103,749.94 (US$1000) from a charity.

According to Daily Mail, Father Alexander Mutua Munyao is accused of stealing from the Lismore Diocese in northern New South Wales.

He has been charged with stealing Ksh 28,012 (US$270) between November and June this year, and another Ksh 90, 262 (US$870) in July – with both amounts adding up to Ksh 118, 274 (US$1,140).

The 35-year-old priest, who was charged on September 19, appeared in Ballina Local Court on Thursday morning before magistrate Robyn Denes for a first mention, the Daily Mail quotes Australian newspaper, The Northern Star, as reporting.

Munyao remains on bail and has been ordered to surrender his passport. His conditions also require him to observe a curfew and remain at the St Francis Xavier presbytery in Ballina.

Police bail papers noted he had ‘few community ties and no family ties in Australia’.

His case was adjoured until November 30.

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Envoy urges SA firms to aid Kenya’s poor children

High Commissioner Koleka A. Mqulwana stressed the need to work closely with the communities in a bid to raise their standards of living

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Students from Carolina for Kibera perform a dance for diplomats and corporates during the commemoration of Nelson Mandela International Day held at the South African High Commissioner Koleka A. Mqulwana 's residence. She challenged corporates to support the development of ​the less fortunate in society.

South African High Commissioner to Kenya Koleka A. Mqulwana has urged South African companies in Kenya to  support the children in informal settlements in a bid to improve the economic development of the country.

Speaking during the commemoration of the Nelson Mandela International Day at her residence, the envoy stressed the need to work closely with the communities in a bid to raise their standards of living.

“Poverty reduction in Africa is a universal effort towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. We have joined forces with South African investors in Kenya to honour former President Mandela and also show our commitment to inspiring our children to achieve their dreams as we prepare them for positions of leadership in future,”said  Mqulwana.

The Nelson Mandela International Day which rallies South Africans and others around the world to dedicate 67 minutes to serving the needy in the community serves as a tribute to the late President Nelson Mandela and his legacy.  The event which is celebrated globally every July 18th at the request of the United Nations was postponed in Kenya due to August 8th elections.

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The event was graced by top leadership of, among others, ENGEN, South Africa Airways, MTN Business-Kenya, NED Bank, Nairobi Bottlers and Kansai Plascon Kenya Limited.

The United Nations recognised Nelson Mandela’s values and his dedication to the service of humanity, in the fields of conflict resolution, race relations, the promotion and protection of human rights, reconciliation, gender equality and the rights of children and other vulnerable groups, as well as the fight against poverty and the promotion of social justice. It acknowledged his contribution to the struggle for democracy internationally and the promotion of a culture of peace throughout the world.

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