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NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 22 – Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha is now calling for the inspection of degree academic qualifications for all Kenyans following complaints of fake degree certificates.

Magoha who was speaking during a school inspection tour in Migori stated that should he be given the mandate, he would ensure that matter is looked into to avert shortcuts in gaining academic qualifications.

“What’s is the problem, in fact I don’t have powers but if I had the powers, I would say that because of all this noise everybody’s degree should now be checked,” he said.

“So that we check if there is a problem because it is becoming a big issue. You can’t have a degree in six months or two years. The minimum is prescribed according to hours and units,” Magoha said.

The Education Boss further pointed out that the verification of academic qualifications should not be politicised arguing that is not a matter to be decided by the courts.

Magoha asserted that the issue of academic credentials verification should be only done by the Commission for University Education (CUE).

“This noise you are hearing is political and not professional at all. It is important to allow CUE to do its work. Unfortunately, when it comes to IEBC and they say you can’t go, then it becomes an issue. Remove politics from it “he said.

His statement comes in the midst of a tussle between United Democratic Alliance (UDA) gubernatorial candidate Johnson Sakaja and CUE over the authenticity of his academic qualifications. 

Meanwhile, Magoha assured that the government is looking into the preparedness of private schools to roll out the Competency Based Curriculum (CBC) education in junior secondary school.

He maintained that there is no crisis in terms of transition to junior secondary school due to lack of infrastructure.

“There is so much toxic opinion, we are serving our children without prejudice. We shall continue to look at private schools and encourage them,” he said. By Irene Mwangi, Capital News

 

East African Community (EAC) leaders on Monday ratified the formation of a regional military force whose mandate is to secure peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). 

Presidents Yoweri Museveni (Uganda), Paul Kagame (Rwanda), Evariste Ndayishimiye (Burundi), Salva Kiir Mayardit (South Sudan) and Felix Tshisekedi (Democratic Republic of Congo) made the decision at State House in Nairobi with instructions to the force to deploy immediately.

President Samia Suluhu Hassan of Tanzania was represented at the meeting by the country's ambassador to Kenya, High Commissioner John Stephen Simbachawene.

“The Heads of State accepted and adopted the concept of operation, Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA), Rules of Engagement (ROE) and other legal and technical regulations to facilitate the operationalization of the Regional Force and its various operational arms,” a communique issued after the meeting by the presidency in Kenya read in part.

The communique detailed that the regional force will be deployed particularly in the North and South Kivu areas of the DRC as well as in Ituri province, which are in urgent need of peace and stability.

Also in attendance at the meeting were the chiefs of defense forces of all seven countries of the East African Community Partner States.

The heads of state instructed that the regional force should work in cooperation with the military and administrative forces of the DRC and also cooperate in the implementation of the disarmament and demobilization process.

They also called for an immediate cease-fire and cessation of hostilities in the volatile areas of the DRC, including the withdrawal of forces from recently taken positions.

“In doing so, the political process should be intensified by all parties in order to allow the citizens of the DRC to feel safe and secure and be able to pick up and continue their respective social, cultural and economic activities,” the dispatch stated.

Tshisekedi and Kagame met for the first time in Nairobi on Monday since Kinshasa accused Kigali of supporting the M23 rebels, who are wreaking havoc in eastern DRC. Rwanda has denied any support for the rebels.

The security situation in the DRC has led to a humanitarian crisis, forcing aid workers to suspend humanitarian activities due to insecurity.

The DRC has been plagued by violence for decades as several rebel groups fight against each other or against the country’s military and UN forces for territorial control.

According to the UN, exploitation of natural resources continues to be a root cause and driver of conflict, with most armed groups having set aside their political demands and becoming involved in mineral trafficking.

More than 5 million people have been uprooted by insecurity and violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the last two years, with nearly 2 million displaced in North Kivu province alone, according to UN estimates.​​​​​​​ - Andrew Wasike, Anadolu Agency

 Mombasa gubernatorial aspirant Mike Sonko now claims he was unfairly locked out of the August contest by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

The former Nairobi governor was dealt a blow on Monday, June 20, 2022, after IEBC's Disputes Tribunal upheld a decision by Mombasa County Returning Officer who had rejected his bid for the polls slated for August 9.

The tribunal ruled that Sonko did not present a certified degree certificate on time and therefore fell short of the mandatory requirement.

"Any person seeking clearance must certify all the statutory requirements. The electoral process must be followed to the letter and non-compliance leads to disqualification," the committee ruled.

But reacting to the ruling on Monday night, the Wiper party aspirant alleged that the Commission had been compromised to unfairly disqualify him from the contest.

"We know money must have changed hands. Our case was supposed to be ruled on Saturday, it was moved to Sunday and then to today," Sonko said.

 

"(Tunajua hata wale proxies ambao wametumika na magunia ya pesa yale yamebebwa (We know even the proxies who have been used and the sacks of money they delivered)."

The flamboyant politician argued that he presented his papers to IEBC in good time and the only thing that was a setback was the argument that his appeal took time.

“So the argument in the Court of Appeal took time and we served the returning officer with the direction from the Supreme Court in the presence of the media,” he added while urging his supporters to remain calm. 

Sonko's legal team led by lawyer John Khaminwa said they will be heading to court today (Tuesday) in a bid to stay the ruling. By Wycliffe Nyamasege  By , K24 Digital

Monkeys snatched a breastfeeding infant from his mother on June 18, 2022 in Mwamgongo village in Kigoma, northeastern Tanzania. File

Residents have been left in shock after a troop of monkeys snatched a breastfeeding infant from his mother in Mwamgongo village in Kigoma, northeastern Tanzania. 

The village borders Gombe National Park.The mother was breastfeeding her one-month-old baby outside her house on Saturday afternoon when the monkeys invaded her home, snatched the baby boy and attempted to run away with him.

“She screamed for help and villagers rushed to her house to assist her in getting her child…back from the troop of monkeys,” Kigoma Regional Police Commander James Manyama told The Citizen on Monday.

The villagers attempted to rescue the baby and eventually had to use force to get him back. “He got injured on the head and the neck,” Mr Manyama said.

The baby was then rushed to a nearby hospital but died while receiving treatment. By The Citizen

The President urged school principals to respect the religious beliefs, norms and traditions of all students

President Uhuru Kenyatta has asked school administrators to stop discriminating students on the basis of their religious beliefs, saying the Constitution of Kenya 2010 guarantees freedom of worship. 

Speaking on Sunday at the Moi International Sports Complex, Kasarani, during celebrations to mark 100 years of the Akurinu Church, the President urged school principals to respect the religious beliefs, norms and traditions of all students.

“If you look at all religions, they observe certain beliefs, norms and traditions. For instance, our Muslim brothers and sisters have particular attire, which reflects their beliefs. The same applies to the Sikhs.

“I want to insist to the school principals that have been discriminating our Akurinu brothers and sisters because of wearing their turbans at school that they should stop that habit. It is not justified. There is no law that says that a person doesn't have the right of identifying themselves in school, at the hospital and in the office according to their religion.

President Kenyatta said students should be allowed to express their religious beliefs so as to build their confidence in God.

“Everyone has their rights guaranteed in our constitution and they should be safeguarded. Everybody has a right and we want to protect that right so that our children can grow as confident people who understand that their faith is their right,” the President said.

He commended the Akurinu church for being at the forefront in spreading the gospel, noting that since its inception in 1922, the church has grown its membership to 1.5 million.

“We are here to thank God for guiding and bringing us to a place where we are celebrating 100 years of his work. Akurinu Church was started by one of us, a Kenyan who managed to spread the gospel and now we have a membership of 1.5 million. It has not been an easy journey. It has been tough but by God’s grace we have been enabled to be where we are now,” he said.

Everybody has a right and we want to protect that right so that our children can grow as confident people who understand that their faith is their right

The President further applauded the church’s leadership for promoting education and spearheading various development activities that have been part and parcel of the country’s socio-economic growth.

“You have a generation which not only preaches the gospel but also practises different professions in various fields of human development. Some are doctors, engineers, civil servants, police officers and lawyers among others.

“As we celebrate 100 years, we say thank you to God. Thank you to all who began this journey and we pray that just as the Bible has been handed over from an elder who recently celebrated 100 years of birth to a young person, we trust that this gospel will continue for another 100 years,” President Kenyatta said.

During the ceremony, President Kenyatta announced the appointment of various leaders of the Akurinu Church to public institutions among them David Kiarie Mburu as chairperson of the Kenya Tea Development Authority.

Others were the Secretary General of the Akurinu church Ibrahim Jeremiah Macharia who was appointed as a Board Member of the Postal Corporation of Kenya, Samuel Thiong’o as the Chairman of the National Water Harvesting and Storage Authority and Eunice Njeri Njau as Council member of the Kenya Institute of Mass Communication (KIMC).

Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya Alliance Presidential candidate Raila Odinga commended the Akurinu Church for championing Kenya’s liberation from the yoke of colonial masters, noting that their foresight in integrating Christianity to the African culture has enabled the country to witness progress even as it conserves its heritage.

“The Akurinu began as a group of freedom fighters for our independence. They started by saying Christianity must be entrenched in the African culture and must be preached in an African way. There are people who were killed because of their faith and some went to the forest to fight for our freedom but they were Akurinu.

“Later after independence they didn’t involve themselves with grabbing other people’s property such as land and now they have their children and grandchildren who have gone to school and are fully in charge of God’s work,” he said.

The Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya running mate Martha Karua urged the Akurinu Church to pray for the country during this electioneering season, saying the Alliance is ready to work with the church for the country’s development.

The Akurinu Church national chairman, archbishop Apollo Gachau, thanked President Kenyatta for his support to the church and assured him of the organization’s commitment to the unity of all Kenyans.

The ceremony was also attended by several leaders and senior Government officials.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Presidency of the Republic of Kenya.

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