Sports.com Strikes a Blow in the Digital Sports Arena With Free Live Stream of Wardley vs. Clarke Bout

LONDON, March 28, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Sports.com, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lottery.com Inc. (NASDAQ: LTRY, LTRYW), announces that it has obtained the rights to live stream the March 31 heavyweight title fight between Frazier Clarke and Fabio Wardley. The live stream will now be available to view for free for millions of sports fans in Africa, via the Sports.com website.

Sports.com, in partnership with the fastest-growing UK boxing promotional company, BOXXER and Sky Sports in the UK and Ireland will live stream the highly anticipated boxing match between Wardley and Clarke at the iconic O2 Arena in London. Sports.com has entered into an agreement with BOXXER to provide live coverage through the Sports.com platform in Africa, working with local telecoms partners, such as Vodacom to give free access to many millions of viewers.

This partnership underscores Sports.com’s commitment to bringing inclusivity, innovation, and entertainment to sports. BOXXER, known for its commitment to the grassroots of the sport and for delivering sell-out world championship boxing events, aligns perfectly with our mission to enhance the sports viewing experience.

African based sports fans can sign up via local mobile operators, such as their Vodacom connection to watch the fight on the Sports.com platform. With a focus on providing more content to sports fans in underserved markets through regions including the Middle East and Africa, Sports.com is poised to be the leading provider of sports content in frontier markets to hundreds of millions of viewers.

Majed Al Sorour, President of Sports.com and formerly CEO of Golf Saudi, Managing Director of LIV Golf, and Board Member and Director of Newcastle United Football Club commented:

“Our partnership with BOXXER marks a significant step in making sport more accessible. Streaming the Wardley vs. Clarke fight in Africa showcases our commitment to enhancing the fan experience through digital innovation. This effort reflects our broader mission to connect and engage sports communities globally, particularly in emerging and frontier markets.”

Tamer Hassan, renowned actor, entrepreneur, undefeated amateur boxer, founder of The Tamer Hassan Academy of Acting and former owner of the Eltham and District Amateur Boxing Club where Sir Henry Cooper learned the ropes added:

“As a member of Lottery.com’s Board and someone with a deep connection to boxing, I see can see exactly how this initiative aligns with our aim to support talent and provide fans with engaging content. Streaming the Wardley vs. Clarke fight is just the start, and I am excited to contribute my experience towards expanding our content portfolio, particularly to broaden fan access in regions such as MENA and Sub-Saharan Africa.”

Matthew McGahan, Chairman and CEO of Sports.com, said:

“Our collaboration with BOXXER for the live broadcast of Wardley vs. Clarke is the first of what we anticipate will be many content partnerships. This deal is a model for future collaborations that will unify content owners, broadcasters, and mobile operators, broadening our horizons in the sports entertainment landscape.”

BOXXER Founder and CEO, Ben Shalom, said:

“We’re delighted to kickstart a partnership with Sports.com – both BOXXER and Sports.com are focused on innovation in their respective fields and bringing sport to wider audiences around the globe. The event this Sunday headlined by Fabio Wardley and Frazer Clarke’s mammoth clash will allow Sports.com’s audience to watch a heavyweight grudge match that fans have been clamouring for, for a long time. We can’t wait to get started.”

The Sports.com app is available for download from all major app stores and has been designed to transform how fans engage with sports content. It includes innovative features such as live streaming, interactive player engagement, and a social media ecosystem tailored for sports enthusiasts.

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Man rapes 10-year-old boy


The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the Oshikoto Region are looking for a man who allegedly sodomised a 10-year-old boy.

According to the region’s Head of Crime Prevention Deputy Commissioner Wynand Neels on Thursday, the incident happened on Monday around 14h00 at Ondombe yOmuthiya.

The victim is a Grade 5 learner.

‘It is alleged that the suspect who is a cattle herder and neighbour of the victim, went to herd cattle with the victim in the field,’ reported Neels.

It is alleged that while in the shade of a tree, the suspect asked the victim to remove his trousers so that he could have anal sex with him and offered the boy N.dollars 20.

‘The victim refused, but the suspect removed his trouser and forcefully raped the victim and the suspect repeated it again the same day, and warned the victim not to tell anyone,’ Neels said.

The victim the next morning informed his grandmother that he was experiencing pain.

‘The grandmother then checked and found bruises around the victim’s private parts and insisted
to hear the truth from her grandson,’ Neels added.

The grandmother took the victim to the police on Wednesday morning and opened a case the same day.

The victim was taken to Omuthiya District Hospital for medical attention.

The suspect’s age is unknown and he has not yet been arrested as he could not be found but the investigation continues.

Separately, two suicide cases were reported on Thursday in the region. A 24-year-old man allegedly committed suicide by hanging on Thursday at about 00:00 at Ondonga village, while a 46-year-old man was found hanging in a mopane tree on Thursday at 10h00 at Amukulungundju village.

Investigations into the incidents have been launched.

Source: Namibia Press Agency

Kenya And UAE Sign MOU On ICT Investment Cooperation

Kenya has signed a Memorandum Understanding (MOU) with the United Arab Emirates on a comprehensive framework for investment co-operation in digitalization and technology.

The MOU was signed by the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Information, Communications, and the Digital Economy Eliud Owalo, and the Minister for Investment of the United Arab Emirates Mohamed Hassan Alsuwaidi in Abu Dhabi.

Under the MOU that will be valid for five years, with provision for renewal, Kenya and United Arab Emirates commited to foster closer ties, while exploring Information Communication Technology (ICT) investment partnerships and advancing digital infrastructure projects.

Kenya’s digital economy has witnessed rapid expansion, propelled by a robust ICT sector.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, CS Owalo said that the partnership between the two nations is a game-changer that will pave way for significant ICT investments in Kenya’s data centre infrastructure besides creating new job opportunities and empowering Kenyan citize
ns with the latest digital tools.

‘The signing of this MOU lays the foundation for the development of state-of-the-art data centres, with the potential to significantly enhance Kenya’s digital infrastructure capacity and resilience,’ said Owalo.

In a press statement sent to newsrooms, Owalo added that the co-operation between the two countries will extend to the field of Artificial Intelligence and large Language Models.

The CS at the same time noted that the data centres, which are capable of serving millions of users, are fundamental to shaping Kenya’s digital future.

Owalo said the MOU is in line with the government’s Bottom-Up Economic Transformation Agenda which has prioritized the Digital Superhighway and Creative Economy, with a specific focus on equipping the youth with digital skills for digitally-enabled jobs and digital entrepreneurship.

In his remarks Minister Alsuwaidi, observed that a closer partnership between the two nations will create numerous opportunities in various fields thereby str
engthening and advancing their economies.

‘Through targeted investments in digital infrastructure and Artificial Intelligence, this Investment Memorandum is set to accelerate the development of a sector that has the potential to become a growth driver for other industries,’ he stated.

Alsuwaidi added that the investment will also set out a vision for the future which will be defined by prosperity and progress.

The CS further noted that in the spirit of mutual growth and shared prosperity, the MOU will be a stepping stone towards a brighter, more connected and digitally-empowered future for both the two countries.

‘It embodies our collective aspiration to bridge the digital divide, accelerate technological innovation and pave the way for a thriving digital economy that benefits the entire African continent and beyond,’ emphasized Owalo.

The Kenyan delegation led by CS Owalo, included the Principal Secretary, State Department for ICT and Digital Economy Eng. John Tanui, Mr. Cosmas Kimutai Sigei, Charge d’A
ffaires, Kenya Embassy, Abu Dhabi, Annette Kerubo Nyakora Senior State Counsel, State Department for ICT and Digital Economy and Lawrence Lelei, Trade Attaché, Kenya Embassy, Abu Dhabi.

The UAE delegation included Mohammad Abdulrahman Alhawi, Under Secretary Ministry of Investments, Abdalla Alobeidli, Director of Investment Policy and Legislation and Mrs. Farha Al Shamsi, Director of Communication Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Source: Kenya News Agency

Municipality Stakeholders Meet To Deliberate On Collaboration, Refugees

Kakuma Municipality management has held its first consultative meeting with key partners and stakeholders in Kakuma.

The meeting aimed at understanding the mandate of the various development partners serving the refugees and how their activities can be aligned with the core functions of the municipality.

Turkana County Chief Officer for Urban Areas and Municipalities, Marian Lotieng, reassured partners of the commitment of the Kakuma Municipality to work with them to deliver services in solid waste management, town planning and development control, management of emergencies, and provision of social services such as markets, parks and cemeteries.

Lotieng noted, ‘To effectively provide these services, the residents will be required to pay rates and charges to increase the municipality revenue base.’

The Chief said a team of technical officers will soon be deployed to join the municipality management to boost the provision of services in Kakuma.

She said the municipality management will closely work with t
he Turkana West Sub-county administration to fully operationalize the municipality.

The Kakuma Municipal Manager, Peter Emuria, took note of the huge task ahead of him to mostly deliver services to the residents and refugee community.

He requested for a paradigm shift in the planning and implementation of development projects in Kakuma

The Deputy Director for Urban Areas Management, Ngala Ekuleu, challenged both the UNCHR, its partners, and the people of Kakuma, to critically think and plan for Kakuma Municipality after the UNHCR presence.

Ekuleu reiterated the need to institute investments that can attract resources from outside Turkana County.

The Officer-In-Charge of UNHCR Kakuma, Janet Pima lauded the County Government of Turkana for establishing the Kakuma Municipality, an institution she promised to support in service for both the host community and refugees.

In the meeting, Pima raised the need for more additional land to accommodate the increasing population of the refugees. In addition to this,
she identified areas of joint partnership as; promoting trade and business between Kenyans and refugees, land use planning, support to water infrastructure, capacity and skills training for youth among others.

The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) Area Manager, Carolyne Wainaina expressed her readiness to partner with the Kakuma Municipality in areas of child protection and Early Childhood Development (ECD) services.

While meeting Peace Winds Japan, its management team pledged to support and strengthen the infrastructure of Solid Waste management as they explore ways of generating revenue from waste.

The PWJ team said through JICA, it will soon support in training and formulation of policy on solid waste management.

The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) Area Manager, Hasan Abdi, expressed confidence in the joint planning, fundraising, and implementation of development interventions in partnership with the municipality in child protection, peace, and economic empowerment.

Kakuma municipality is the latest munici
pality after Lodwar was fully operationalized in 2019. The Municipality Board is now in place.

Those presents were Halima Duba (Deputy Manager, Kakuma Municipality) and Jacob Ekuwom (Principal Administrative Officer) among others.

Source: Kenya News Agency

Christians Mark Easter With Call For Humanity

Christians in Kirinyaga joined others around the globe in observing Good Friday, a day that marks the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ at Calvary.

This solemn occasion prompts believers to reflect, pray, and honour Jesus’ sacrifice for humanity, with the faithfuls believing the crucifixion’s importance in Christian faith.

At Mary Immaculate Catholic Church, Kerugoya, Christians engaged in special services, and processions symbolizing Jesus’ journey with the cross to Mount Calvary.

A church member John Kabue said the day is a great opportunity to remember Jesus’ suffering for the sake of us all.

He added the procession was part of the tradition that would help renew faith, love and kindness toward one another.

Hannah Wangari, echoing sentiments of reflection and reverence shared by Christians worldwide, said the Good Friday is a day to learn to humble and sacrifice for others and urged everyone to follow the footsteps of Jesus Christ.

Another church member, Elizabeth Wanjiru, said as Christians the
y observed Good Friday, honouring the cornerstone of their faith, while reflecting on Jesus’ sacrifice and its profound implications for humanity.

Source: Kenya News Agency

State Push For Good Nutrition To Spur Growth.

the government wants players in food systems to ensure that the citizens were nourished with healthy food to spur economic growth and development.

Agriculture and livestock production Cabinet secretary Mithika Linturi expressed fears that the country continues to face the triple burden of malnutrition characterized by under-nutrition, hidden hunger and over nutrition which was counterproductive to efforts to accelerate desired progress..

‘Child under-nutrition alone is costing the country in excess of Sh 373.9 billion Which is equivalent to 6.9 percent of the Gross Domestic Product’, he said.

In a speech read on his behalf by Director Administration Rashid Khator during the launch of Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) Kenya’s business plan and food systems dashboard, the CS noted that access to good nutrition plays a fundamental role in stimulating economic growth and development and is not just a matter of personal health.

‘This calls for concerted efforts by all stakeholders to address malnu
trition. Sustainable food production systems should be recognized as an essential solution to existing social, environmental and health challenges’, Linturi said.

He noted that the launch of the GAIN Kenya Business Plan and the Kenya Food Systems Dashboard represents a significant milestone in the government’s collective journey towards achieving healthier diets for all Kenyans.

‘By aligning with key nutrition policies and fostering collaboration between the Government and key stakeholders, we can create a future where every Kenyan has access to safe, nutritious and affordable food’, Linturi said .

Ruth Okowa, GAIN Kenya Country Director said that they are collaborating with the Kenyan Government to reach over seven million Kenyans with healthier diets and address Kenya’s triple burden of malnutrition.

‘We will be looking at Sh 5.3 billion (USD 40million) target to reduce malnutrition among seven million Kenyans in the next four years and invest USD 8 million per year to improve access to healthier diets
through five key Strategic pillars that will strengthen the enabling environment for actions that improve the consumption of healthier diets’, she explained.

Additionally, Okowa said that innovative Food Systems Dashboard (FSD) will be a one stop shop to provide food systems data in Kenya and bring together much-needed data to inform decision making for food systems transformation

‘This Dash board will enable Kenyan users to consult the data on the global Food Systems Dashboard to understand how Kenya’s food system compares to others’, she said

Okowa explained that the GAIN Kenya Business Plan 2023- 2027 which seeks to increase access to healthier diets for all was informed by challenges such as weak policy and institutional frameworks to support consumption of safe, affordable, and healthy diets, high cost of healthy and nutritious foods and also limited funding to scale up operations at national and county levels.

The business plan has outlined five strategic areas that can help achieve healthier diets
for all namely; strengthening the policy environment for increased consumption of safe, affordable, nutritious and healthy foods; creating demand for safe, nutritious food for all especially for those at risk of poor nutrition.

Others are; advancing food fortification agenda through scaling up large scale fortification and bio fortification across national and county levels, strengthening supply chains for nutritious food and strengthening social inclusion, gender equity and empowerment for advancing nutrition among the vulnerable groups.

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, Deputy Country representative in Kenya Hamisi Williams said that matters of fortification, bio-fortification need to be followed by action.

He added that a lot needs to be done in sensitizing everyone so that at the consumer point, they exactly know what they are consuming and they can also start demanding on what they are consuming and this will be able to stimulate the producers on the other side of the chai
n to even grow what the market demands.

‘We are we are supposed to talk not just about food, but what we eat. We must eat healthy and it must be something that is of nutritious value to us. That way we are going to improve our lives, strengthening the vegetables value chain since they are easily available and one can have them at the bottom of the chain, affordable and easily accessible’.

Hamisi emphasized that FAO had a joint program for sustainable investments in food consumption and production that was looking at enhancing vegetable production currently at a piloting stage in Kiambu and Nyamira Counties

Director Administration at the State Department of Agriculture Rashid Khator representing CS agriculture Mithika Linturi during the launch of GAIN business plan

He observed that a team was working on the polices formulation and regulations apart from investment on ensuring availability of nutrition foods in collaboration with partners such as MasterCard who entrusted with the rolling out of programs and
projects in the counties that seek to sensitize the farmers, develop their capacity and support them with startups and inputs like the seeds to improve production.

The Deputy country representatives at the same time confirmed that the World Vegetable Centre that has been housed in Arusha and has been enhancing its capacity in Africa is now moving and will now be headquartered in Nairobi and this shows the importance that is already being put in the area of vegetables in the continent.

Nyandarua County Governor Moses Badilisha Kiarie said ‘Counties are producing a lot of food; we do not see the reason why people should go hungry or even have to take food which is not nutritious’.

The governor called on the government to increase budgetary allocation to counties towards post-harvest losses. . ‘It would not be fair that again even after gaining the food we again lose it. This is an issue of budgeting. We should be able to have enough budget to mitigate these kinds of things.’ Kiarie said.

The recent Kenya De
mographic and Health Survey (KDHS, 2022) shows 18 percent of children between 6-59 months are still stunted, 5 percent are wasted, 10 percent are underweight and 3 percent are overweight. The evolving face of malnutrition demands a multi-faceted response that supports nutritious and healthy diets across all the stages of the food system.

Source: Kenya News Agency

Mombasa County Rolls Out Waste Segregation Project To Reduce Pollution

Residents of Likoni and Mvita sub-counties in Mombasa County are set to benefit from a waste collection and maintenance project by the County Government through the Department of Environment and Solid Waste Management.

Clean Oceans Project Identification and Preparation (COPIP) is a pilot project funded by European Investment Bank (EIB) in partnership with the Department of Environment and Governance that involves collection of separated waste.

At least 800 households in the selected areas have been identified to segregate waste using three bins to separate dry, wet and hazardous waste.

During the launch, protective gear (gloves, masks, and safety boots), 3-bins, bin liners, and electric tuk-tuk were handed over to youths and women in waste management groups to empower them and also promote ease of movement and transfer of waste.

The project will promote a recycling culture, boost circular economy and reduce the volume of waste transferred to Mwakirunge dumpsite, a major dumpsite in Mombasa.

Addressing
the media after the launch, Chief Officer Department of Environment and Governance Pauline Oginga said that the project is a major step towards ensuring they reduce, recycle and reuse waste through waste segregation.

She said the county government left 56 percent of waste at Mwakirunge dumpsite and this cost around Sh550,000 per day.

‘If we reduce this waste through segregation it means that we will only take 5 percent of waste to Mwakirunge which we are trying to turn into a sanitary landfill. The volume of waste that goes there is something that can be re-used in the economy for self-employment and ensure that food security is enhanced as people will get money to buy food,’ she said.

She added that in partnership with WWF, the county government has had sensitization for households and waste managers with WWF procuring bins, bin bags and electrical tuktuks to reduce carbon emissions.

‘When the project kicks off, there is also a behaviour change that we are going to see. The habit of mixing waste end up p
olluting the environment so if we go this direction, those that are dealing with segregated waste will have an easy way of accessing this product for recycling and the county will save money on ferrying waste to the dumpsite and the same will be redirected for development,’ she added.

WWF Head of People and Culture Bernard Tonga said that there is a need to address the problem of waste management in the country, thus the start of the pilot project to see the behavior of the people in terms of managing their waste.

Tonga said they have identified 800 households which they are training and are going to pilot the project since it’s a new one and see how it is going to work and be able to scale it to other parts of the county.

‘For us to have sustainable waste management, we have to start from the source. We need to segregate the waste from the source to reduce the stress that usually takes place at the dumpsite. A lot of training has been done to the waste managers to ensure its success,’ he said.

He noted t
hat the problem in waste management has necessitated the need for the project as it’s evident during heavy rains where the county experiences flooding.

Tonga said they have donated bins for solid waste, wet waste, and for the waste that they currently do not have the technology to recycle, bin bags and electric tuktuks to show their commitment in terms of environment conservation.

Tonga said Sh8.7million was spent for the pilot project, with only 800 households to benefit but for sustainability, the county government will be taking up and moving forward to ensure it is sustainable.

Source: Kenya News Agency

Ministry Of Health To Adopt Technology In Efforts To Increase Efficiency

The Ministry of Health is increasing its technological adoption as it seeks to increase efficiency, be cost effective, reduce wastage and expand its reach at the grassroots level.

Health Cabinet Secretary (CS) Susan Nakhumicha said that in October 2023, President William Ruto assented to the Digital Health Act No.15 of 2023.

The CS explained that the Act, which formally commenced on November 2, 2023 is in line with both Global and local trends on embracing digital technology in the health sectors to both increase operational efficiency and enhance delivery of health services.

Speaking on Friday at Afya house during a ceremony to receive tablets donated by the World Health Organisation (WHO), Nakhumicha said ‘As a government we are in the race to deliver the promise of Universal Health Coverage (UHC)’.

Nakhumicha explained that the initial investment in the infrastructure and equipment to drive the digital transformation can be expensive and may be a bit prohibitive.

‘But we can all agree that where we h
ave deployed these technologies and the results have proven us right,’ said Nakhumicha.

The CS explained that they firmly believe that with collaborations with development partners like WHO, they can increase the adoption of technology and increase efficiency.

‘I wish to sincerely thank WHO for responding to our request for support in this area and 940 tablets are quite a boost for the work of the National Vaccines and Immunization Programme,’ said Nakhumicha.

The CS explained that provision of high quality maternal and child health services is a key part of their focus to enhance primary healthcare as they work towards eliminating preventable maternal and child deaths and accurate data on immunization is essential.

‘It is therefore fitting that the tablets will be deployed at the National Vaccines and Immunization Programme where they will help enhance data quality for decision making on our immunization programme. It is my desire and hope that these tablets will go a long way in ensuring that the gaps t
hat we have experienced before on data collection and transmission,’ said Nakhumicha.

WHO Country Representative to Kenya Dr Abdourahmane Diallo applauded the Ministry of Health for rolling out an electronic data management system called the Chanjo-KE.

Dr Diallo said that the electronic system enabled vaccinators to record individual data and the vaccination status of vaccines using handheld devices while empowering those who have been vaccinated to print out their vaccination certificates.

‘In order to support this endeavour of going digital, WHO is making available handheld devices for data entry and management that will extend to all other vaccines offered in the immunization schedule,’ he said.

Dr Diallo explained that they have handed over to the Ministry of Health 940 tablets with screen protectors and covers.

‘Each of the 940 units has a KNOX ID for traceability through remote tracking. The IT admins can remotely track, manage, configure, and send messages to the devices. These 940 tablets will go
a long way to contribute to improved quality of immunization data and hence provide verifiable data. These data elements include vaccination records and vaccine supply stock at vaccination points. Data is the cornerstone to inform decision making and hence the need for quality data,’ said Dr Diallo.

He at the same time congratulated the Ministry of Health for the resilience of its health system and more so the immunization programme during the Covid-19 pandemic.

‘Although the country has made strides to reach more than 80% of the target population with most of the vaccines offered in its immunization schedule, there are populations that remain unreached. Also, coverage of some vaccines is below 80% such as HPV for adolescent girls and the second dose of measles rubella vaccine,’ said Dr Diallo.

He highlighted that using paper-based documentation, some children, adolescents and adults are vaccinated, but the data is not recorded or recorded erroneously or missed during compilation as he explained that with
the use of the electronic devices, these data errors will be reduced significantly if not completely eliminated

Source: Kenya News Agency

NTSA Partners With Watu Credit Kenya To Train Bodaboda Riders

The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) in partnership with Watu Credit Kenya has embarked on a campaign dubbed ‘Tujenge Msingi’ aimed at having a positive narrative in road safety issues in the boda boda sector through enhanced safety trainings.

NTSA Director in-charge of Road Safety Programmes Samuel Musumba said that the training seeks to address the emerging road safety challenges encountered by the motorcycle riders in their day to day businesses including responsible and proper usage of the road, securing their bikes, savings, importance of possessing an insurance cover, logbooks, joining SACCOS to actively engage in empowerment projects among others.

He attributed the hiccups experienced in the sector to lack of proper leadership since its onset but now that they have improved on this, their issues were well articulated and the government is coming up with more policies and providing an enabling working environment where they could thrive.

He recognized a reduction in the number of road
accident fatalities which stands at 1000 with 230 being the riders since the onset of the year compared to those that have occurred in the previous years.

However, he was quick to note that life is precious and thus the need to continue on conducting training for the riders and sensitizing them further on road safety matters to reduce the number of deaths.

Watu Kenya Country Director Erick Massawe said that the sector is key in the transport industry in Kenya in providing employment opportunities, transporting goods among offering other essential services thus the need to promote a culture of responsible financial behaviour and economic empowerment.

The duo was speaking in Molo sub-county during a financial literacy clinic for the motorbike riders held at Molo stadium hosted by the Watu Credit Kenya who mainly offers financial literacy clinics to the riders.

The riders were urged to be extra cautious during this Easter holiday, ensure that they adhere to the road safety rules to the letter and be in their
safety gears whenever on the road.

Source: Kenya News Agency

Strong Wind Blows Off Roofs Of 10 Classrooms At Sikinga Primary School

Learning was disrupted Thursday at Sikinga Primary School in Nambale Sub County, Busia County after strong winds blew off the roofs of 10 classrooms.

Properties worth millions were destroyed in terms of learning aids, books, furniture and food stuff for school lunch programmes for ECDE learners and JSS students.

Speaking to the press, the school Principal Phanice Ngaira noted that over 600 learners were forced to do their end term exams under trees while ECDE and grade 1 and 2 shared the only remaining 4 classrooms in the school compound.

‘Today we were shocked when we arrived at school only to find only 4 classrooms remaining, over 10 classrooms were destroyed beyond renovation owing to the fact that the structures were built over three decades,’ said Ngaira, the school principal.

‘We have incurred massive losses. The infrastructure was damaged, furniture and food for the lunch programme were destroyed. We fear naked electricity wires will harm us. We advised teachers to do classes under trees,’ she add
ed.

Her sentiments were echoed by BOM chairperson Joseph Matini who called on government and non-state actors to come to the rescue of the school enable learners learn under conducive environment.

‘The structures here were built in 1970 and early 1980. Infact we thank God it happened at night when teachers and students were at home, otherwise we will be counting live losses,’ said Matini, the BOM chair.

Parents at the school lead by Wilfred Wandera are now appealing to government and well-wishers to join hands and ensure normalcy resumes at the school.

‘The rains began at 9pm last night, it was accompanied by strong winds and thunderstorms which led to the massive destruction of properties within the area,’ said Wandera.

Parents are now urging the ministry of education to visit the school and assess the state of the structure to avert impending danger.

Source: Kenya News Agency

Kilifi County To Receive Sh 950 Million Windfall As Share Of Mining Royalties

The government is set to release Sh 950 million to Kilifi County government as a cumulative share of royalties collected from multi-billion shillings’ investments licensed to operate in the region.

Mining, Blue Economy and Maritime Affairs Cabinet Secretary Salim Mvurya said that the money had already been allocated in the budget after the completion of computation of the amount of sharable to counties from the proceeds of mining operation.

Speaking at Mngamunyi village in Nyari area of Ganze Constituency, the CS said the Mining Act of 2016 had adopted the mining royalty sharing formula with 70 percent of total royalties going for the national government, 20 percent to the county and 10 percent to the communities in the mining areas. An additional one percent of the gross total sales from a mining investment would go to the community for projects under the framework of Community Development Agreement Committees (CDAC).

The CS stated that mining ventures must be beneficial to the communities and their impa
cts should be towards betterment of their lives.

‘Kilifi County is set to receive an additional Sh 950 million as revenue from mining activities. This money can be used to improve facilities and help the county streamline service delivery,’ he said.

Mvurya added that more money was expected to flow in the mining counties as communities within mining areas would also receive their share of royalties.

Based on the value and volumes of minerals exploited by investors, the CS disclosed that the one percent of the total gross sale might translate to hundreds of millions.

He said that Kenya’s mineral endowment was primarily meant to help uplift communities and better the lives of residents where the minerals were located.

The CS added that the reforms in the mining sector were intended to make the mining profitable and beneficial for miners, communities and government at both county and national levels.

‘The minerals must have a positive impact on communities and this is why the sector is being streamlined to
ensure people get tangible benefits,’ he explained.

The Nyari meeting was also attended by Kilifi Governor Gideon Mung’aro, Ganze MP Tungule Charo and Members of County Assembly. The national government officials in the county led by the County Commissioner Josephat Biwott were also present.

Governor Mung’aro said the county would use the revenue from mining royalties to primarily develop social amenities, infrastructure and public facilities for communities in mining areas of Ganze, Mtondia and Kitengeni. He said the money would establish a 50-bed capacity hospital at Kitengeni and expand facilities at Bamba and Kalolenyi.

‘The County will plough back this money to improve facilities and amenities in most of these mining areas where the royalty comes from. From hospitals, to roads and classes, this money will transform our people’s lives,’ he said.

Noting that transformational abilities of mineral investments in triggering development and creating employment for the local residents, the governor said the
county was open to supporting initiatives that will benefit the communities.

However, a section of Nyari communities represented by officials of Nyari Community Based Organisation (CBO) expressed their reservations with the proposed titanium mining project citing obscurity and scant details.

Mr Peter Fondo, the CBO’s secretary, said the community members had several unaddressed concerns over the project. He added that uncertainties over issues of land use, potential disruptive impact and opaqueness in some of the activities touching on the project had made residents wary of the mining investment.

‘We are not being fully involved yet this project is meant to be undertaken where we live. Villagers are not aware of what is going to happen with their land and lives. We need to know so that we can make informed decisions,’ said Fondo.

While acknowledging the communities’ right to be involved in such mega projects, the CS reiterated the role of public participation in avoiding future disruptions of mining opera
tions.

He clarified that Nyari community’s apprehension towards the investor arose from misinformation on what the project entailed. He said that the investor would not be engaged in any mining activity contrary to widespread claims.

‘The investor has a prospecting license. They are here to search for minerals, establish the location and if those minerals are commercially viable. There is no displacement or land being taken away’ he explained.

CS Mining, Blue Economy and Maritime Affairs Salim Mvurya interacts with residents of Nyari area in Ganze constituency in Kilifi County.

To enhance community’s involvement in the project, the CS directed more public participation activities be held and the community be sensitised on what prospecting entailed. Such forums, he said, will bring together the investor, county government, national government administrative officers and other mining stakeholders to address many concerns and avoid potential hostilities between investor and locals.

The investor, Jialin East
Africa Mining Company Limited, had applied for a prospecting license for construction and industrial minerals in Kilifi County in October last year. The prospecting activity covers an area of approximately 79,000 acres. The company was issued with a prospecting license and also got consent from the county government.

Part of the prospecting area falls in Nyari; a densely populated rural zone and home to a dozen villages with an estimated 5,000 residents. Fear over mass displacement and loss of land forced the residents to petition several state agencies asking for the entire process to be made transparent.

Mr Toya Sighe, the chair of Nyari CBO, admits they were spooked by the possibility of being displaced and conned by strangers under the guise of mining. He however said the planned public participation activities are avenues for knowledge and information sharing to make the communities understand the project in detail.

‘We are happy that the government has understood our predicament. Now that we are invo
lved, we will ask all the questions we have and make our decisions from a point of knowledge,’ said the chair.

Source: Kenya News Agency

Turkana County Address Malnutrition Through Pasture Production

Exciting developments are unfolding in Turkana South, after a group of 100 farmers from Namakat fodder production sites embark on a groundbreaking journey towards sustainable farming. Thanks to their collaboration with USAID Nawiri, they have expanded their fodder production efforts from initial 4 acres to 8 acres.

They now sell bales of fodder in the nearby markets and use mature pasture seeds to further expand their farms.

After a year of dedicated effort and determination, the farmers have successfully reclaimed additional 4 acres of land that was once dominated by the invasive Prospis Juli flora plant.

Their hard work has paid off, as they have managed to harvest an impressive harvest Cenchrus Ciliaris grass. The hardworking farmers have managed to sell more than1500 bales of pasture, for Ksh. 350 to the local community and Ksh 500 to the major towns of Lokichar, Kalemngorok and Lodwar earning them a total of Ksh. 500,00.

Shadrack Ekitela, the Chairman of Namakat pasture production farm, is filled wi
th joy and optimism as he witnesses the promising signs of prosperity emerging from their recent economic activity.

‘You can’t compare pasture production with any other form of farming. Thanks to the initial certified seeds provided by the County, Department of Agriculture, and the training sessions facilitated by USAID Nawiri, we’re already witnessing promising strides towards economic prosperity, both collectively and individually. Our recent sale of 250Kgs of pasture seeds at Ksh 1,000 per Kg, resulting in earnings of Ksh 250,000, reinforces our dedication to this endeavor. We fully understand the importance of pasture production and remain steadfast in our commitment.’

According to Mr. Isaac Echapan, USAID Nawiri Resilient Livelihoods Officer for Turkana South, ‘The decision to support households in Namakat with pasture production arose from the community’s urgent need to tackle ongoing pasture shortages. These shortages, exacerbated by frequent and prolonged droughts, have left livestock malnourished a
nd unable to produce milk or fetch favorable prices in the market.’

In order to address the water-related obstacles impeding agricultural potential, USAID Nawiri is constructing a shallow well in Namakat. This initiative aims to promote climate-smart agriculture and increase the area available for horticulture farming on the 4 additional reclaimed acres, while simultaneously improving pasture productivity in the remaining sections. The farmers have also been provided with a storage facility where the remaining bales have been kept in anticipation of market availability thanks to their collaboration with the Kalemgorok Livestock Market Association.

It is noteworthy that during the few days that the animals would be kept in the saleyard facilities, the livestock dealers also purchase food for their animals to prevent them from wasting while they wait for the market. apart from this, USAID Nawiri has introduced the village savings and loan association concept to enable the farmers venture into various business
es with the money earned from seed sales.

One of the aspirations of the pasture producers is to acquire their own vehicle in the upcoming months, enabling them to transport fodder and seeds to potential buyers more efficiently.

‘We’ve come a long way from depending on others for seedlings. With the skills we’ve acquired, we’re now self-reliant and prepared to oversee our pasture production. Soon, we’ll be independently managing our farming and business initiatives,’ mentions Shadrack.

Source: Kenya News Agency

PSC Signs MOU With Africa Leadership Academy To Train Youth

The Public Service Commission (PSC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the African Leadership Academy (ALA), an Institution based in South Africa to train young Kenyans who are Alumni’s of ALA.

The objective of the partnership under the MOU is to implement an impactful high-level public service and government leadership fellowship programme seeking to identify young leaders with potential for next generation public service leadership and to train and develop the capacity of emerging leaders for government and public service.

It also seeks to place leadership fellows into mentorship and learning opportunities within senior ministerial government offices and to support the professional growth of the Fellows and their transition from potential to leadership.

Kenya has been selected by the Academy as the pioneering country where the first cohort of young leaders will be seconded to the civil service in the country to serve alongside senior government officials in leadership positions for a period o
f two years starting June or late July this year.

The cohort which has nationalities from Nigeria and Tanzania will see the placement of Kenya nationals in the country after undergoing pre training from May 17th to 26th 2024 in South Africa in the areas of policy, communication, protocol and wellness among others.

Speaking at the signing ceremony held at Commission House in Nairobi, the PSC Chairperson Amb. Anthony Muchiri said the partnership will transform the services offered to the masses and enhance leadership content.

He said the leadership training will have a regional and global implication as those who have passed through the training can be selected to work at the United Nations and other countries.

‘The Public Service Leadership Programme embraces leadership from people who do not emanate from their country and values leadership of integrity,’ said Muchiri.

He said value leadership is all about selfless service to serve people who put the officers in the offices they occupy to serve them, noti
ng such is the kind of leadership public service expects from employees.

In her remarks, Ms. Valarie Wiggeti, the African Leadership Academy Senior Director of Career Programmes thanked the Commission for accepting to partner with the Academy and wished that other public service organizations’ across the continent emulate PSC.

She said the youth are the future of Africa and there’s need for both public and private sectors to bring about change amongst that generation.

Wiggeti said the institution values integrity, humility and curiosity which are the key elements the African continent is building on the next generation of African leaders.

‘Our youth are the future, we need to ensure we empower them. Being in the public service is the most impact as it is an important space where they can learn and gain skills,’ she stated and added’ We need change and we need to bring it to the table.’

PSC Commissioner Amb. Salma Ahmed lauded the partnership noting that the MOU has come at an opportune time when Africa i
s growing to be the largest workforce rivaling China.

‘There is a lot of potential in Africa, what we should ask ourselves is what we are going to do with it to meet the challenges which are important for the partnership,’ she stated.

Commissioner Salma noted that the partnership is vital as it will assist to bring the right potential to the continent, adding that the Commission will take the challenges of the programmes and its values and align them with Kenya’s Constitution in relation to integrity.

‘We will also bring our strength, feel honored and proud, we will walk with you in the long journey,’ assured the Commissioner.

Amanda Chembezi, Senior Programme Manager Governance and Arts at the African Leadership Academy said the Academy’s leadership programme focuses on young leaders in Africa who have a first degree or master’s degree by giving them a chance to serve in the public service along senior members in the Public Service.

The candidates are highly talented and very keen to work with the leade
rs they will be given.

She said the Academy has a strong monitoring and evaluation course where they keep in touch with the trainees to check the impact of their work and whether they add value to the host organization.

‘After the first year we will cement the relations between the two sides and then scale the programme as it is a long term’ added Chembezi.

She at the same time noted that ALA’s value of the programme is to see the young people who are eager to learn get essential leadership skills in the public service which is the driver of the economy in the African continent.

Arising from the common goals of the leadership programmes at PSC and ALA, on identifying potential and developing capacity and capability for emerging public service leaders, the parties have identified policy level mentorship and learning as an exceptionally defining component of an effective leadership programme with Africanist ambitions.

The African Leadership Academy founded in 2004 is a residential, secondary institution lo
cated in Johannesburg, South Africa and seeks to transform Africa by developing a powerful network of over 6,000 leaders who will work together to address Africa’s greatest challenges, achieve extraordinary social impact, and accelerate the continent’s growth and development trajectory.

Source: Kenya News Agency

Auditions For Kisumu’s Fish Fiesta Festival Kick Off

Auditions for this year’s Fish Fiesta celebrations in Kisumu County has kicked off with the organisers banking on the events to promote tourism, create business opportunities and foster cultural exchange.

The exercise, to be conducted in all the eight sub-counties, has attracted contestants in boat racing, body building, traditional wrestling, beauty competition (Mr., and Miss Tourism), and traditional art among others.

Kisumu Deputy Governor Mathew Owili said the auditions which kick off at Nyang’oma Hall in Muhoroni County on Saturday will showcase talent and the rich Luo cultural heritage ahead of the main event slated for April 25-27 at the Jomo Kenyatta Sports Grounds.

Contestants will audition for Mr and Miss Tourism, Mr and Miss Flex, Mr and Miss Strong, traditional Luo wrestling and traditional art.

Dr Owili said the Fish Fiesta, which is Kisumu County’s signature tourism event, would also showcase Kisumu as a vibrant hub for fishing tourism besides giving an opportunity to various stakeholders a
nd visitors to explore existing opportunities in the sector.

Dr Owili said the event’s theme ‘Flavours of the Lake: Fishing tourism as an opportunity for sustainable development’ was a testament of the county government’s commitment to harness the potential of the blue economy to improve the living standards of the community.

‘Through this event, we aim to highlight the significance of our fisheries industry, promote responsible fishing practices and explore untapped opportunities within the fishing tourism sector,’ he said.

He urged all government agencies, Civil Society Organisations (CSO’s) and stakeholders to join hands and make the event a success.

‘Together we can leverage the unique flavours of the Lake, promote tourism, create employment and ensure the long-term sustainability of our natural resources,’ he said.

Source: Kenya News Agency

Crack Down Of Illicit Brews Intensifies In Homa Bay County

Over 190 people have been arrested and charged in courts over production and consumption of illicit brews in Homa Bay County.

The County Commissioner (CC) Moses Lilan said the crackdown of the brews have been intensified with 203 no-compliant alcohol outlets closed down.

The outlets include bars, wine shops and dens which sell alcohol without following the due process.

Lilan said that following the raids conducted in the last 20 days, security officials also confiscated various illicit alcoholic drinks.

They include 43,830 liters of Kangara, 1468 liters of Changaa and 340 liters of Busaa.

‘We have arrested close to 200 culprits abetting consumption of the illicit brews and have been charged in various courts in the county,’ the administrator said.

Lilan spoke Thursday while touring Rachuonyo North, Rachuonyo South, Rachuonyo East and Rangwe sub-counties to meet security officials and inspect government projects.

The CC who was accompanied by the County Police Commander Samson Kinne and Prisons Officer
in Charge Robert Basigwa said they will not relent in the fight against illicit brews in the area.

‘We must win the war against illicit brews because we have all the machinery needed to subdue it,’ Lilan said.

The administrator said he had organised a multisectoral approach between Chiefs, Assistant Chiefs and the police to ensure seamless operations in combating the vice.

‘We are fighting this war through concerted efforts of our security apparatus to end the illicit brews in our county,’ Lilan said.

However, he warned Chiefs and police officers against being compromised by those producing or selling the brews.

Lilan warned that any officer involved in any misconduct will lose their jobs.

‘I want all our officers to uphold integrity by standing firmly against the brews. At least 99 per cent of our officers are honest but the remaining one percent is on notice that they have to support this war or lose their jobs,’ Lilan said.

He said their objective is to establish illicit brew free sub-locations. Thi
s will help to weed out production and consumption of the brews in the county.

He told residents to shun alcohol since it is a recipe for crime and under development.

‘Consumption of alcohol is an enemy of economic development. It also encourages crime. Let residents desist from alcohol,’ Lilan said.

The administrator also told residents to be on high alert over expected flooding in some parts of the county.

He told farmers to source subsidised fertilisers to boost production.

Lilan however told the farmers to report to authorities any suspicious fertilisers which could be fake.

Source: Kenya News Agency