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Divergent views emerge on fate of IEBC: The first week of the joint parliamentary committee has been characterised by divergent views from different stakeholders on the electoral reforms at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC). While some institutions want the current commissioners to immediately vacate office over lack of confidence from the public, some have cautioned the committee against sending the commissioners home. Religious leaders on Monday kicked off the storm telling the Orengo-Kiraitu led commission to send the commissioners home and have a new team in place as soon as possible. Led by the Secretary General of the National Council of Churches Peter Karanja, the religious leaders told the joint committee to give the electoral commissioners an exit package as they had already expressed interest of vacating office voluntarily. “The commissioners are ready to leave office, all they told us when we had a meeting with them is that they should not be held culpable of anything as they have a reputation to protect,’’ Karanja said on Monday.

Student radicalisation linked to ongoing unrests in schools: A number of students mostly in secondary schools have been radicalized a factor that could be contributing to the increase of school unrests in the country, Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has said. The Cabinet Secretary, however, did not divulged more details on the names of schools. saying he will share the report in camera with the Senate Education Committee later. “You will be shocked on what is happening in our schools if the reports of what I have is anything to by, I will share with you on what is happening to our children in camera,” Matiang’i said when appeared before the senate education committee on Tuesday. The CS was responding to question by Isiolo Women Representative Tiya Galgalo who wanted to know measures taken by the Ministry to tackle rising radicalisation of students especially in Isiolo. “In Isiolo young boys and students just disappear, parents don’t know where they are and our fear is that our children maybe are being radicalized. Does the ministry have a plan to tackle this problem because it might also be a contributing factor the schools unrests in our country? Galgalo asked. Matiang’i said they are working with the Inspector General Joseph Boinnet and Interior Cabinet Secretary on how to address the school unrests and other security related issues.

3,000 more to join the job market as KeMU holds its 16th graduation: At least 3000 people will join the job market this weekend as Kenya Methodist University releases graduates who have completed their studies in various fields at the institution. The university will hold its 16th graduation ceremony tomorrow at its main campus in Meru town. Vice Chancellor Joseph Ntombura has urged their graduates to drive growth onec they get to work. Rev Ntombura has also urged their alumni to set the pace in revving up community development. “I must remind the graduates that they are a powerful young generation in human history,” he said. This is your opportunity to use that power to drive growth and change in society,” he added.

MPs postpone debate on committee report clearing IEBC chiefs: Members of Parliament yesterday struck a deal to shelve a debate on a report by the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee that exonerated Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission commissioners of any wrongdoing. The House Business Committee which is a key decision making organ, is said to have reached a consensus after it become apparent there was a sibling rivalry between the Chepkonga-led committee and the Parliamentary Joint Select committee on IEBC reforms. The two House teams tussled over parallel investigations into the conduct of electoral commission. Majority Chief Whip Katoo ole Metito while moving the procedural motion said; “I wish to move this motion to defer debate on a report by the departmental committee on Justice and Legal Affairs to give time to Parliamentary Select Joint Committee to conclude their proceedings,” Metito said Parliament had decided to give direction in the matter after it become obvious perceptions had been created that parliament was out to jeopardise the work of the select committee.

Four killed as wall collapses in Westlands: Four people died after a wall at a construction site on General Mathenge Road in Westlands, Nairobi collapsed. Those who were killed were said to be a carpenter, steel structure fixer, and two casual labourers. Ten people injured during the Thursday incident were rushed to Avenue Hospital. Nine were discharged, while one remained admitted and is recuperating. Witness said the 5pm incident occurred after the wall adjacent to the construction site crumbled due to loose soil. The Site Project Manager Clement Moi said there were 200 employees at the site. The rescuers led by a team from the Kenya Defence Forces pulled out the bodies which were buried under rubble of the collapsed wall.




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