NCCK Empowers Peace Actors To Tackle Insecurity In Kerio Valley

To promote peace and stability in the North Rift region, the National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK) has taken a significant stride by empowering 30 peace actors with essential skills.

The training is aimed at equipping them with the ability to identify threats to peace, comprehend the underlying causes of insecurity, and devise practical solutions.

The 30 selected peace actors from Elgeyo Marakwet, West Pokot, and Baringo Counties, have been entrusted with the crucial task of promoting peace along the Kerio Valley belt. The initiative aims to mitigate conflicts that have plagued the region for years.

During a comprehensive 2-day training session held in Iten, Elgeyo Marakwet County, the peace actors delved into the complexities of the region’s socio-political landscape.

They identified the scramble for diminishing natural resources, exacerbated by the adverse impacts of climate change, as the primary driver of conflict and insecurity in the Kerio Valley belt.

The Chief Officer, Peace and Disaster M
anagement Elgeyo Marakwet Lawrence Mutwol noted that the peace actors would enhance the peace at the grassroots level, terming it a welcome initiative.

Speaking about the initiative, one of the trained peace actors Ronald Rotich emphasized the importance of grassroots involvement in resolving the region’s security challenges.

‘Our mandate is not just to receive training but to actively engage our communities,’ Rotich stated.

‘By sensitizing the public and fostering dialogue, we aim to find sustainable solutions to the issues plaguing our region,’ he added.

The trained peace actors have been tasked with organizing public sensitization forums within their respective wards. These forums will serve as platforms for community members to voice their concerns and contribute to developing viable solutions. Through these grassroots engagements, the initiative seeks to address insecurity from the ground up.

Furthermore, the communities will compile and present memoranda to relevant authorities, urging concrete act
ions to tackle critical issues related to peace, climate change, and governance in the region. The aim is to prompt tangible responses from duty-bearers and pave the way for lasting peace and stability in the Kerio Valley.

The training initiative and subsequent community engagements comprise the broader ‘Dumisha Amani Bonde la Kerio’ (Maintain Peace in the Kerio Valley) programme.

The programme is being implemented in collaboration with Tetra Tech International Development Services, reflecting a concerted effort to address the multifaceted challenges facing the region.

Source: Kenya News Agency


KWS Employs Technology To End Human-Wildlife Conflicts

Kenya Wildlife Service in Taita Taveta County has employed innovation and the use of technology in tracking wildlife movements to curb human-wildlife conflicts that have been rampant in the region in the recent past.

Speaking on Sunday at the Tsavo Conservation Area Headquarters in Voi during the commemoration of the 2024 World Wildlife Day celebrated on the third day of March every year themed: ‘Connecting People and Planet, Exploring Innovation in Conservation’, the Assistant Director in charge of Community Wildlife Service Josphat Erupe assured that KWS is up to the task of minimizing instances of beast versus human conflicts.

He noted that they have implemented technologies to save wildlife, including tracking gadgets for elephants and drones to monitor and locate wild animals.

‘The main objective of this move is to provide support to our people to prevent the damage to properties, injury, and loss of lives,’ said Erupe.

Further, he said, as a way to curb human-wildlife conflicts, KWS has also formed
youth groups that are tasked with linking communities with area wardens in case of stray wild animals, a move that ensures timely responses.

He stated through these efforts and in partnership with the devolved units, Community-Based Organisations (CBOs), and members of the public, communities in disturbed areas like Mwambiti, Kajire, Sagala, and Kasigau have barred elephants from encroaching, creating a buffer zone and allowing residents to have a bumper harvest this season.

‘This is a day-to-day challenge which the KWS or county government cannot handle on their own. This is why we are employing a multi-agency approach to address these issues. We will work with both private and public entities to ensure everything works the right way for the benefit of our people,’ he added.

He stated that the use of technology in conservation is one of the long-term measures to reverse the menace caused by wild animals and at the same time saving the agency millions of shillings used as compensation fees to victims affec
ted as a result of human-wildlife conflicts.

Assistant County Commissioner James Ole Seneyia highlighted the need for wildlife and humans to coexist stating that wildlife contributes to foreign currency and livelihoods.

On his part, the County Executive Committee Member (CECM) in charge of Water, Sanitation, Environment, Climate Change, and Natural Resources Grantone Mwandawiro reiterated the county’s commitment to partnering with both the national government and KWS in ensuring lasting solutions to human-wildlife conflicts which would consequently ensure coexistence between the residents and wildlife.

Mwandawiro emphasized the importance of dialogue in ensuring the benefit-sharing of Tsavo National Park royalties.

‘The Constitution allows for the national government and county government to have meaningful discourse to ensure the realisation of the 50-50 revenue sharing model from the park, a vital natural resource occupying 62 percent of our land,’ he said.

Meanwhile, Mwandawiro noted that climate chan
ge remained a significant threat in the fight against human-wildlife conflicts.

The CEC however stated that to offer a solution, together with KWS, they were working with the Water Sector Trust Fund (WSTF) to build water pans in the extremity of conservation areas to reduce these conflicts.

Source: Kenya News Agency


Two men nabbed for alleged possession of cannabis at KarasburgAgoro Sare, Ngiya Girls Lift Eliud Owalo Foundation Secondary Schools Basketball Title

ROSH PINAH: Two men aged 39 and 49 years are expected to appear in the Karasburg Magistrate’s Court on Monday after they were allegedly found in possession of Cannabis worth over N.dollars 300 000.

According to a crime report issued on Sunday by the Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s, crime investigations coordinator for ||Kharas region, Deputy Commissioner, Nikodemus Mbango on Sunday, the suspects were arrested on Friday around 02h00 at the southern town.

‘An intelligence led operation pertaining to drugs was conducted by Ariamsvlei and Karasburg police officers and about 1km outside Karasburg, the vehicle in which the suspects were travelling was stopped. However, the driver tried to drive off, but police managed to stop them from fleeing,’ he said.

One of the suspects allegedly jumped out of the vehicle in attempt to flee, throwing a big parcel out of the vehicle in the process. The parcel was found to contain 7 815 grams of cannabis, with an estimated street value of N.dollars 309 750.

The men each face
one count of dealing in illicit drugs.

In a separate incident, a 23-year-old man is expected to appear in the same court on Monday after he was allegedly found in possession of 1990 grams of Cannabis worth N.dollars 99 500.

The deputy commissioner said the man was arrested on Friday morning around 10h00 at his residence at Ariamslvei.

In another incident, NamPol at Karasburg are investigating a case of culpable homicide after a 25-year-old man was hit and killed by a vehicle some nine kilometers outside the southern town.

The deceased has been identified as Roberto Petrus Kooper, who’s next of kin have been informed of his death.

Kooper was allegedly struck by the vehicle at around 03h30 on the Karasburg/Grnau road. The driver of the vehicle, who faces a charge of culpable homicide once located, allegedly fled the scene after the incident.

Meanwhile, a 90-year-old man allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself at Noordoewer on Saturday, after his body was found hanging from the roof of his room with
a black belt around his neck at around 09h00 on Saturday.

The incident happened at the Paaiekamp residential area at the border town and no foul play is suspected.

In a separate incident at Lderitz a teenage boy who was being held in custody allegedly attempted to commit suicide by hanging himself in a cell. According to Mbango, the incident occurred at around 17h00 on Saturday, however, police officers on duty discovered him hanging from a blanket strap and cut him down while still conscious.

Mbango further said the boy was taken to the Lderitz hospital for observation, while a social worker has referred his case to a to a psychologist.

Last week the teenager escaped from custody and was rearrested on Friday.

Police investigations in all matters continue.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency

Agoro Sare High School from Homa Bay County is the winner of the inaugural Eliud Owalo basketball tournament played in Kisumu over the weekend.

The team trounced Nyanza basketball champions Anjiko Boys by 55-29 points to lift the boys’ title which was hotly contested.

Maseno School beat Nyanchwa Boys by 37-27 points in the third-position playoff played at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Sports Grounds in Kisumu.

In the girls’ category, Nyiya Girls from Siaya County were crowned winners after beating Tuk Jowi Girls from Migori County by 65-38 points.

The tournament sponsored by the Eliud Owalo Foundation brought together 26 teams from Kisumu, Siaya, Homa Bay, Migori, Kisii, and Nyamira Counties with a total of 390 players participating.

The winners were awarded trophies, uniforms, and cash prizes with all participating teams taking home Sh 20, 000 and Sh500 airtime for each player.

Information, Communication and the Digital Economy Cabinet Secretary Eliud Owalo who is the patron of the foundation said the tournam
ent targets to scout and nurture talent to restore the region’s past glory in the sport.

Nyanza region, he said produced some of the country’s prolific basketball players adding that through the tournament which shall be played annually, the foundation and partners will identify, nurture, and support upcoming players to play in top-tier leagues.

Scouts from the Kenya Academy of Sports and the Kenya Basketball Federation, he added have identified the best players in the tournament whom he said will constitute a team for Nyanza to play in the top-flight basketball league.

The tournament comes barely two months after a successful football tournament organized by the foundation in December last year.

The CS said the initiative shall be extended to cover other disciplines to help scout and nurture talent across the board.

Source: Kenya News Agency


Langat And Jepnge’tich Wins Betika Kapsabet 15km Road Race

Bernard Langat and Judith Jepng’etich were crowned the winners of the Betika Kapsabet 15km Road Race held in Nandi County on Sunday.

Langat who trains in Keringet, Nakuru County set the course record with a time of 44:13.7 to win the men’s category followed by Kiprotich Langat who timed 44:26.9 while the third position went to Felix Kirui from Baringo County.

Speaking after winning the race, Langat who has never competed in any marathon race said he was happy to have emerged as the winner adding that he would now concentrate on working hard to ensure he wins future races.

‘I am so happy with the results. It is a good preparation ground for future races. The training that I have been doing contributed greatly to my success,’ he said.

Kiprotich who came in second place said the race was tough but he enjoyed the course adding that it was not easy to compete in Kenya because everyone is good and talented.

‘I thank God for the second position and I believe next time things will work out better. This was my fi
rst race and I have gained a lot of experience,’ he said.

In the women’s category, Jepng’etich who has been training in Nyahururu and later changed her base to Iten in Elgeyo Marakwet, broke the tape winning the race with a time of 50:45.1 followed by Janeth Jepkosgei at 51:02.0 while the third position went to Joan Jepkosgei who clicked 51:24.2

Jepng’etich too said she has never participated in a 15km road race apart from a 5,000m race adding that the race has motivated her to stick to marathon.

‘The race was tough but I thank God for the victory. I believe this win will open new avenues for me,’ she said

Betika Managing Director Mutua Mutava said they would continue supporting upcoming athletes through such races which give them a chance to showcase their talent.

‘Betika na community’ is about going to the grassroots. There is a lot of talent which is not tapped at the grassroots. Many people organise races with champions but we are doing it differently. We pick people with different talents who have n
o opportunities in counties and uplift them,’ he said.

The winners received Sh250,000 while second and third-place finishers pocketed Sh150,000 and Sh100,000 respectively.

The fourth and fifth-place finishers went home with Sh.50,000 and Sh.40,000 respectively while the sixth to tenth-place finishers in both the men’s and women’s categories got Sh20,000.

Source: Kenya News Agency


Robber Chanties extend their advantage after weekend triumphs

OPUWO: Khorixas-based Robber Chanties FC collected a maximum of six points over the weekend to expand the margin at the top of the Kunene Football League standings to four points.

Robber Chanties, one of Kunene’s oldest and most successful clubs, have been toying with their opponents this season after winning all six of their opening games, scoring 23 goals and conceding only four. They lead the league with 18 points.

They outclassed their long-time rival Kunene NamPol FC on Sunday at the Herbert Conradie Stadium in Khorixas in a game that ended 2-1 in their favour, following Saturday’s victory against Opuwo-based Okarindi Komutati with two goals to one.

Other Saturday matches featured Green Dangers defeating Pubs FC 7-2 in Kamanjab. At the same time, Okaukuejo’s Etosha United crushed Khorixas Football Academy 5-0.

Before their loss to Robber Chanties, Kunene NamPol earned three points by defeating Gariseb Orlando Pirates 1-0 at Khorixas. Young Eagles also won 1-0 against Sixty Eleven FC, while Khaibasen
and !Ugab FC drew one-all on Saturday.

On Sunday, Khaibasen gained three points over Sixty Eleven in a 1-0 victory, Young Eagles and !Ugab drew one apiece, while Green Dangers lost 1-0 to Khorixas FA at home.

Gariseb Orlando Pirates, who are yet to find their footing, suffered another humiliating setback on Sunday when they were smashed by Okarindi Komutati in their own home, resulting in a 6-1 thriller in favour of the Opuwo-based team. Etosha United gained a point at home after a 2-2 draw with Pubs.

With just six games played, Robber Chanties are the only unbeaten team in the league, with 18 points at the top of the log ranking, followed by Khaibasen with 14 points after four wins and two draws. Young Eagles and Green Dangers are third and fourth, respectively, with 10 points. Etosha United, Okarindi Komutati, and Khorixas FA all have nine points, ranking fifth, sixth, and seventh, respectively.

Kunene NamPol are ranked ninth with seven points, followed by !Ugab with six points. Sixty-Eleven and Pubs FC
are tied on four points in 10th and 11th place. Gariseb Orlando Pirates, yet to secure a win after five defeats and a tie, are in the relegation zone with one point.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency


CP3 Stakeholders To Scale Up Their Services To A New Sub County In Narok

Community epidemic pandemic preparedness programme (CP3) stakeholders plan to scale up their services to the new Trans Mara West sub county in Narok.

Dr. Francis Kiio, the director of Public health Narok County said scaling up of these services will support the communities to be able to prepare, detect and manage public health threats.

Kiio also said the programme will support the government and other partners in strengthening one health approach and save the communities.

The Red Cross county coordinator, Elijah Wachira, noted that the programme will support in the sustainability of the status; shared border between Migori and Kisii counties which reports incidences of Zoonosis including rabies and Anthrax.

Wachira also said the programme will also help in addressing the solid waste management issues associated with sugar planting.

The programme will benefit the community through economic empowerment and over 200 Communuity Health Promoters will be trained.

Additionally, the Director of Disaster Managem
ent, Nancy Laboso identified key issues that brought calamities included El Nino including floods, fire lighting, thunderstones and strong wind.

Laboso said among the services to be scaled up by the stakeholders including the emergency response to the disasters in the area.

The department of health services in Narok therefore feel the need to create awareness through educating communities on One-health.

Source: Kenya News Agency


Twin brothers found dead in trunk

OMUTHIYA: The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the Oshikoto Region has reported the death of four-year-old twin brothers, after they were allegedly left home alone by their mother who went to collect wild fruit.

According to NamPol Regional Commander, Commissioner Theopoline Kalompo-Nashikaku on Monday, the incident occurred on Sunday at Okatope village in Oshikoto’s Okankolo Constituency.

‘It is alleged that their mother went to a family house in the same village Sunday morning and joined the people there to go and collect wild fruit (Eembeke) in the forest. She arrived back at 18h00 and found the children lying dead in a trunk which was in the sleeping room,’ she reported.

Kalompo-Nashikaku said the trunk was closed but not locked.

The deceased were identified as Magnes Simaneka Angula and Salom Panduleni Angula.

Their bodies were taken to the Onandjokwe State Hospital mortuary for post-mortem examinations to be conducted. Police investigations continue.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency


Mbumba undertakes first bilateral visit since taking office

WINDHOEK: Namibian President Nangolo Mbumba on Monday travelled to Angola for his first bilateral visit since taking office on 04 February 2024, where he is expected to hold talks with his counterpart, João Lourenço, in Luanda.

Mbumba, who marked one month in office, said his visit was about upholding the custom in the region of new elected heads of state reporting to their counterparts.

Prior to his departure from Eros Airport, the president told the media that he was also going to thank President Lourenço for his solidarity throughout the period of mourning and the funeral of former President Hage Geingob.

‘In terms of tradition, if you’re the head of state and new in the office, you must report yourself to others. First, I am going to Angola; next time, I am going to another country. So there is nothing particularly special. It is only that you are duty-bound to perform these things to honour the SADC tradition and honour the friendship we have enjoyed so far with our neighbours,’ he said.

‘And for the
Angolans, to have their president here [for the funeral], sleeping two nights and being among the last to leave with the president of Botswana. We have to thank them in their own territories, not while they are here,’ Mbumba said of his one-day visit to Luanda.

He said Angola was among the countries that donated equipment for the funeral, including vehicles. ‘You’ve seen their planes in the air,’ said Mbumba, referring to the Angolan fighter pilots who participated in the flypast on 25 February 2024, the day of Geingob’s funeral at Heroes’ Acre.

Detailing the president’s bilateral visit to Angola, presidential spokesperson Alfredo Hengari told Nampa that Angola and Namibia are important bilateral partners.

He noted that the robust people-to-people interactions, strong trading, and peaceful shared borders are indicators of the long-standing ties between the two southern African countries.

‘And there are issues in the bilateral relationship that President Mbumba would like to take up with his counterpart, P
resident Lourenço, that include the question of grazing along the common borders,’ he said.

Hengari added that the matter was also discussed by former deputy prime minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah and Angolan External Relations Minister Tete Antonio.

During their meeting at Helao Nafidi on 12 January 2024, the Angolan government agreed to allow Namibian farmers to graze in the neighbouring Angolan territory.

‘But I also need to emphasise that shortly before the passing of President Geingob, Namibia and Angola were discussing a date to hold a bi-national commission. Unfortunately, that has been overtaken by the events. So these are issues that President Mbumba would like to discuss with President Lourenço,’ Hengari said.

‘There are other issues in our bilateral relations with President Mbumba to learn from Angola as an old oil economy, with Namibia just discovering oil, so there are synergies and commonalities in our relations with Angola.’

President Mbumba is accompanied, among others, by the Minister of
International Relations and Cooperation, Peya Mushelenga, and Defence and Veteran Affairs Minister Frans Kapofi.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency


Otjiwarongo residents submit petition against Cenored tariffs

OTJIWARONGO: More than 60 residents of Otjiwarongo on Monday walked to the Central North Regional Electricity Distributor (Cenored) offices where they handed in a petition, demanding a reduction in the prepaid electricity tariffs at the town.

The residents accused Cenored of selling electricity to them at an exorbitant price of N.dollars 2.08 per unit. They accused Cenored of buying luxury vehicles, double storey office buildings and paying exorbitant salaries to employees instead of selling more affordable electricity to consumers and investing the profits into electrifying all informal areas.

They further said the company which was created in 2005 to generate money and pay dividends to its shareholders such as the regional and local authority councils, has failed to do so, and instead operates like a ‘mafia style’ organisation where millions are channelled into less priority areas.

The aggrieved residents further claimed that Cenored continues to deprive the local authorities of finances, saying before i
ts establishment in 2005, the Otjiwarongo Municipality which was handling the affairs of electricity on behalf of Government, would generate over N.dollars 43 million a year from the sales of electricity.

‘We demand a decrease in prepaid electricity charges, for instance N.dollars 10 which is fetching less than four units, should give us about seven units,’ they said.

Reacting, Cenored Public Relations Officer Charlie Matengu on Monday afternoon said Cenored has a dividend policy approved by the shareholders who are mostly the local authority councils.

‘It is based on this policy that we pay them money on a monthly basis in surcharges or reinvest the surcharges into electrification of the towns’ informal or newly created suburbs,’ he said.

The surcharges refer to the money Cenored collects from the sales of electricity units on their behalf, said Matengu.

He added that two other levies are also added to its electricity charges and that of the surcharges in the form of the National Energy Fund and Electri
city Control Board (ECB) charges, which in total would collect N.dollars 7 from the electricity units of N.dollars 10 paid by a client.

Cenored Executive for Commercial and Customer Services, Ignatius Komomungondo who received the petition, told the residents the company would respond to their grievances within seven working days.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency


Minor girl raped in Omusati Region

OSHAKATI: A five-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a 38-year-old man at Onaanda village in the Omusati Region on Sunday.

The Namibian Police Force’s Omusati crime investigations coordinator, Deputy Commissioner Moses Simaho, said the incident occurred around 15h00.

It is alleged that the suspect, who is a cattle herder, was looking after livestock with the girl near their house at the time of the incident.

Simaho said a case has been opened and the suspect was arrested.

Police investigations into the matter continue.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency


Science subjects training underway in Zambezi

KATIMA MULILO: Eighty-nine teachers from the Zambezi Region are receiving training in chemistry, physics, biology and mathematics this week.

Zambezi Regional Education Director Josty Kawana welcomed the training which started Monday and concludes on Friday, and which trains science teachers to be confident in practical teaching.

‘This training is going to expose us to do our practicals in terms of critical work and to capacitate us even further in the areas our teachers still need to be capacitated in. We are fortunate to have this programme,’ Kawana stated.

The training workshop which is being conducted by the Education, Arts and Culture Directorate in the Zambezi Region is made possible with the assistance of Risk-Based Solutions through Dr Sindila Mwiya.

‘Education is the greatest equaliser and if we can 100 per cent empower our science and maths teachers, then you get the benefit of producing the best learners who will become the knowledgeable and well-equipped leaders of tomorrow,’ Mwiya emphasised.

e further insisted that training such as this is vital as it provides support to the teachers as they also get cutting-edge understanding of new concepts and new ways of doing things.

The 89 selected teachers are from all secondary schools in the Zambezi Region who are responsible for science and maths.

They are being trained by lecturers from the Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) under the leadership of Professor Sylvanus Onjefu.

This is the second time the training is being offered.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency


Kalkrand Village Council has no hopes of recovering debt of N.dollars 24 million

WINDHOEK: The Kalkrand Village Council currently has no prospects of recovering N.dollars 24 million owed by residents in rates and taxes, its chairperson, councillor Helenie Auses, has said.

Responding in an interview with Nampa recently, Auses said the council has no reasonable expectation to recover the astronomical debt from its residents due to persistent unemployment and high levels of poverty in the community.

She said the debt affects the council’s ability to undertake new infrastructural development and acts as a hindrance to timely responses to the demands of the local people.

‘In turn, the council also owes NamPower and NamWater huge amounts and is seeking the permission of the National Government for these debts to be written off as generational debts,’ she said.

She noted that out of every 10 unemployed residents, only three are absorbed in the labour market or participate in some kind of economic activity. The low number is attributed to the virtual absence of tangible economic sectors in Ka
lkrand, which in ideal situations could stimulate the local economy.

Auses further noted that in the previous financial year, the council installed 210 prepaid water devices and three standpipes at a cost of N.dollars 1 130 000 to curb the escalating water debt and enhance revenue collection.

She also said the leadership of the council resolved in late 2023 to formulate a smart economic development strategy aimed at re-branding and attracting serious economic players to the village, offering a beacon of hope for the community’s economic revitalisation.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency