Some members of the ACK Maseno West Diocese have threatened to stop remittances to the diocesan headquarters. The members from Ng’iya archdeaconry want the diocese divided into three. Maseno West diocese has been dogged with wrangles since the retirement of Bishop Otieno Wasonga, who was succeeded by Godia last year. Members from Ng’iya archdeaconry say they want to join their counterparts from Regea archdeaconry who have been calling for the creation of a new diocese in Gem constituency. Ong’injo said if the diocese is divided into three, the current Ng’iya archdeaconry will retain the name Maseno West, Regea will be renamed Maseno Central while Mudhiero archdeaconry will come up with a new name.
June 03, 2020 18:56 UTC
National Assembly Leader of Majority Aden Duale has dismissed legislators said to be collecting signatures to remove him from office. Duale was spared in the purge which has claimed 16 in the political bloodbath that is the latest of the deep rift in the President Uhuru Kenyatta led party. “I am aware Kega is allegedly collecting signatures to impeach me and supersede the decision of the HE the President and the party leader of Jubilee Party,” he said in a statement. He restated that the party approved his position as Majority Leader, further accusing the Kieni lawmaker of using the opportunity to get to him. Duale said the team was collecting signatures in vain, referring to the Standing Order outlining the process of removal of the Majority Leader.
June 03, 2020 18:56 UTC
Dr Githinji Gitahi, the Amref Health Africa CEO, said learning should not go back to the ordinary curriculum when schools re-open. He wants the government to create a special module on Covid-19 to empower learners with knowledge on the viral disease and how to deal with it besides sharing experiences. “We need to pay attention to the experiences we have had and what is expected in future as far as Covid-19 is concerned. SEE ALSO: Premier League clubs given go-ahead for friendliesHe said teachers too need training to offer psychosocial support to learners. Last month, Knut, Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union, Kenya Human Rights Commission and Forum for African Women Educationalists made their submissions on effects of Covid-19 on education to the National Covid-19 Education Committee.
June 03, 2020 17:56 UTC
[Wilberforce Okwiri, Standard]BusinessAfrican carriers are staring at Sh858 billion ($8.1 billion) revenue loss this year due to the impact of the virus. Close to 200,000 jobs in Kenya’s aviation industry are on the line as the coronavirus pandemic continues to ground operations. IATA also said that 193,300 people working in the sector could lose their jobs while the Kenyan economy stands to lose Sh169 billion ($1.6 billion) contribution by the aviation sector. The African Airlines Association (AFRAA) – a regional lobby – said African carriers are staring at Sh858 billion ($8.1 billion) revenue loss this year due to Covid-19. It currently operates cargo flights and has since the ban on international flights, run a few evacuation flights.
June 03, 2020 17:31 UTC
BusinessAirlink has started taking bookings on its website for flights from June 8, while Safair is taking bookings for flights resuming on June 15. Airlink has started taking bookings on its website for flights from June 8, while Safair is taking bookings for flights resuming on June 15. Amid a halt on operations for around two months due to the coronavirus lockdown, airlines have seen their revenues fall close to zero while continuing to spend money on aircraft maintenance, salaries and debt-service. SEE ALSO: Court rules lockdown restrictions unconstitutionalComair, another private airline, is under bankruptcy protection and only plans to restart operations around November. SAA is also under bankruptcy protection and has not yet said when it plans to restart flights.
June 03, 2020 17:15 UTC
CommentaryIn many ways, the pandemic has magnified persistent gender inequalities in societyThe Covid-19 pandemic continues to ravage the world causing untold suffering and misery. Millions of people have fallen critically ill. Thousands more, including health workers, have died after contracting the virus. This underscores an urgent need to safeguard these gains by addressing the disproportionately negative impact of Covid-19 on the health and well-being of women and girls. The guidelines for African States to Protect the Rights of Women and Girls during the Covid-19 Pandemic', (+Link) launched on May 7, 2020, provide a roadmap for governments and regional organisations to take the necessary measures to protect the rights of women and girls, who are often disproportionately affected in crisis situations. SEE ALSO: America must walk the talk on human rights
June 03, 2020 16:46 UTC
[File, Standard]CommentaryFact-checking: Three ways to tell the accuracy of newspaper cover pages circulating onlineIn the final week of May 2020, Kenya’s mainstream media suffered an avalanche of fake newspaper front pages. All the fake headlines targeted politicians. These were saved as images and circulated online on social media platforms such as WhatsApp, Twitter, Facebook and Telegram. The mimicking of mainstream media platforms in political disinformation is not new. In dealing with false information, media literacy should always be the answer.
June 03, 2020 16:41 UTC
Sci & TechThe tax proposal in Kenya’s digital market space is likely to influence the adoption of technology in the coming years if adopted. The tax proposal in Kenya’s digital market space is likely to influence the adoption of technology in the coming years if adopted. The Kenya Revenue Authority has sent an invite to the public for comments on the changes seeking to introduce taxes on downloadable digital content including e-books, movies, and mobile applications. Supply of music, films, and gamesSupply of search-engine and automated helpdesk services including supply of customized search-engine servicesTickets bought for live events, theaters, restaurants, etc. If adopted, a person supplying taxable services through a digital marketplace shall be required to register for VAT in Kenya where the digital marketplace supplies are supplied by a person from a place of export country to a recipient in Kenya in a business to consumer transaction.
June 03, 2020 15:56 UTC
Facebook Inc said Tuesday it has suspended accounts associated with white nationalist groups after some advocated bringing weapons to the current wave of anti-racist protests. Company officials also said they removed accounts falsely claiming allegiance to antifa in order to bring discredit to the anti-fascist movement. Some of the removed white nationalist accounts were associated with the Proud Boys, which Facebook previously classified as a dangerous group. The company said it was looking closer at accounts discussing protests when it saw what it deemed white nationalist accounts encouraging violence. The misleading antifa accounts were removed for “inauthentic behavior,” because they purported to be something they were not, Facebook said.
June 03, 2020 15:56 UTC
Local leaders led by over 15 ANC Kakamega County Assembly ward reps yesterday pointed an accusing finger at the Central Organisation of Trade Unions (Cotu-K) Secretary General Francis Atwoli and ODM leader Raila Odinga over the Wetang'ula party woes. Four days ago, a coup in Ford Kenya saw Wetang’ula replaced by Kanduyi MP Wafula Wamunyinyi as the acting party leader. SEE ALSO: Curse of parties that preach democracy but practise noneThe ward reps have vowed that anyone seeking the support of the Luhya community must first go through Musalia Mudavadi and Wetang’ula and not Atwoli or Governor Oparanya. We demand respect for Mudavadi and Wetang’ula," said Mr. Andati. SEE ALSO: Bromance, then boom: The parallelsAt the same time, Bishop George Mechumo has called on Atwoli to stop creating divisions in the Luhya community but instead unite them.
June 03, 2020 15:21 UTC
By MAUREEN KAKAH More by this AuthorSeven activists have moved to court to stop reopening of learning institutions during the Covid-19 pandemic. The activists, Michael Otieno, Evance Oloo, Mary Akach, Irene Ojwang, Robert Oluoch, Millicent Adhiambo and Evans Odhiambo claim that many children from poor and rural areas are disadvantaged by the ongoing virtual learning. They opposed the reopening of schools without consideration of guidelines issued by UNESCO. In the said guidelines, governments have been urged to prioritise education for all children including the marginalised and strengthen distance learning and establish support for reopening of schools. They want the case certified urgent and the ongoing broadcast on learning programmes to primary and secondary students as set by KICD be temporarily suspended.
June 03, 2020 15:15 UTC
Home & AwayIraq is second-worst, with travel permitted to 28 countriesKenya's passport remains the best to own in East Africa compared to its six peers. Passports were ranked on visa-free travel, international taxation laws, global perception, dual citizenship, and personal freedom. Early this year, The Henley Passport Index ranked Kenya at number 72, eight places lower than its position in 2010. South Africa ranked position 99 with 60.50 scores. Passports from Sweden, Luxembourg, and Ireland are the best in the world to own.
June 03, 2020 14:41 UTC
This was a decision made to avoid the institution of marriage and the violence she had come to associate it with. Her father, a teacher in a local school, supported her choice and changed how he looked at girls and their place in society. She would make the first false start into sisterhood when after her O-Level education at St Francis Girls School Mangu, she joined Little Sisters of the Poor, a religious community. From the funds they collected, they bought hygiene effects for vulnerable girls. Wangari says that through the initiative, girls have learn skills while other have gone back to complete their formal education.
June 03, 2020 14:36 UTC
A 3D printed Google logo is seen in this illustration taken on April 12, 2020. The lawsuit seeks at least $5 billion, accusing the Alphabet Inc unit of surreptitiously collecting information about what people view online and where they browse, despite their using what Google calls Incognito mode. Jose Castaneda, a Google spokesman, said the Mountain View, California-based company will defend itself vigorously against the claims. While users may view private browsing as a safe haven from watchful eyes, computer security researchers have long raised concern that Google and rivals might augment user profiles by tracking people’s identities across different browsing modes, combining data from private and ordinary internet surfing. The complaint said the proposed class likely includes “millions” of Google users who since June 1, 2016, browsed the internet in “private” mode.
June 03, 2020 14:26 UTC
Seven children are currently being treated in a Covid-19 ward at Red Cross War Memorial Hospital in Cape Town. Two of the minors who have died since the pandemic hit, were also patients at Red Cross, but had underlying medical conditions. Seven children are in a dedicated Covid-19 ward at the Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital in Cape Town. And the hospital also confirmed that two of the minors who have died of the virus so far since the pandemic hit the country, were also patients at Red Cross. READ | Children and Covid-19: What the latest study saysAccording to a recent BBC report, children are at "extremely low risk" of becoming ill from the virus.
June 03, 2020 14:12 UTC