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3 pupils, boda boda face charges over abduction saga

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The three pupils from Nyali who disappeared from their school and their ‘abductor’ will be arraigned on Monday over the saga.

Mombasa police said they are also investigating Rise and Shine Academy, the day and boarding school from which the pupils sneaked out leading to a long-drawn drama to find them.

“The security of the children under your hands is purely on you. Children should not be allowed out of school without permission,” Mombasa police boss Johnston Ipara warned.

The three Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) candidates disappeared from their school on Wednesday only to be found days later loitering in Mavueni, Kilifi County.

During interrogation, the girls revealed that the boda boda rider who was hosting them had found boyfriends for each of them.

Mr Ipara said the school’s head teacher has been interrogated to establish how the minors sneaked out.

“Since one is a day scholar, we are wondering whether they could have hatched something.  But we will establish the truth,” he promised.

On Saturday night, the girls who were interrogated at both Nyali and Dog section Kisauni police stations are said to have been tested to establish whether they were sexually abused.

The minors ‘walked out’ of Rise and Shine Academy on Wednesday and it was later alleged that they were abducted by a boda boda rider from school

The girls, two boarders who are cousins and a day scholar, were taken from the school while in uniform and taken to a house in Kwa Bulo, a crime-ridden slum in Nyali.

The script changed with accusations and counter accusations between police, the school administration and minors’ parents.

This is after the school head teacher insisted the girls sneaked out from and that they had not been abducted as claimed by the parents.

“They just sneaked out while the watchmen were guarding this institution. I reported the matter to the relevant authorities who are handling it. I am also surprised because they are among the brightest pupils. Pupils are not allowed to have mobile phones,” insisted the head teacher when interviewed by Nation.

The head teacher said the two cousins joined the school early this year.

But their friends told Nation the trio asked the watchman to allow them to go out to buy and buy viazi karai (deep fried potatoes) in the nearby kiosk.

“Two days later, we were told they three had sneaked out. We were surprised,” a class eight pupil and a friend of the girls revealed.

The suspect, Mr Wilson Katana, also denied the head teachers and parents’ claims, saying the girls walked out of the school willingly.

“I did not abduct them. They called me to pick them from school on Wednesday evening and I ferried them to my house. The three girls and others form the school are my friends and frequent customers,” he told Kisauni Sub County police boss Christopher Limo.

The 21-year-old youth insists he is innocent even though he did not seek the school or their parents’ permission before picking them up from school.

“I never touched them. I just took them to my house and they slept. The following day, they gave me Sh350 to buy them breakfast and toothpaste and brushes later. I dropped them off at Mamba,” he revealed.

The suspect also claimed the girls warned him that the police would be looking for him after word spread that they had been abducted.

“They told me to swallow my SIM card after they destroyed theirs. They did not want to be traced. Everything was okay until I was nabbed by their relatives. My only mistake was housing them,” he said.

But the boda boda rider said he has been fetching many girls from the school to take them ‘out to have fun’ especially in the public beach.

He said the girls have a mobile phone which they use to call him every evening at around 6pm.

The suspect said sometimes the girls go to Malindi with an unidentified man to have fun. Police already have details of the vehicle and its driver.

“When I pick them, I either I drop them at Mamba or take them to Nyali beach to enjoy their evenings or swim. Two weeks ago,” he said.

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Sudan’s public prosecutor has begun investigating ousted President Omar al-Bashir on charges of money laundering and possession of large sums of foreign currency without legal grounds, a judicial source said on Saturday.

The source said that military intelligence had searched Bashir’s home and found suitcases loaded with different currencies: $351,000 (Ksh.35,591,400) and €6million (Ksh.684,237,060), as well as SD5million (Ksh.10,630,522).

“The chief public prosecutor… ordered the (former) president detained and quickly questioned in preparation to put him on trial,” a judicial source told Reuters.

“The public prosecution will question the former president in Kobar prison,” the source added.

Relatives could not be immediately reached on Saturday for comment about the investigation.

Bashir was ousted on April 11 by the military following months of protests against his rule and had been held at a presidential residence.

He is also being sought by the International Criminal Court (ICC) over allegations of genocide in the country’s western Darfur region,

Bashir’s family said this week that the former president had been moved to the high-security Kobar prison in Khartoum.

As president Bashir often played up his humble beginnings as the child of a poor farming family in Hosh Bannaga, a small village consisting mainly of mud houses on the eastern bank of the Nile some 150 km (93 miles) north of Khartoum.

The Sudanese Professionals’ Association, leading the protests, has called for holding Bashir and members of his administration to account, a purge of corruption and cronyism and easing an economic crisis that worsened during Bashir’s last years in power.

On Wednesday, Sudan’s transitional military council ordered the central bank to review financial transfers since April 1 and to seize “suspect” funds, according to state news agency SUNA.

The council also ordered the “suspension of the transfer of ownership of any shares until further notice and for any large or suspect transfers of shares or companies to be reported” to authorities.




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Migori doctors on strike, demand that county enforces CBA

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Doctors in Migori county have gone on strike demanding that authorities implement the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) the move has seen public health services in the region affected.

The doctors have been pushing for the implementation of the CBA that was to be signed on March 1, 2019 which bound the county government to increase pay, allow for study leave and restore dilapidated public health facilities, among other issues.

The medics downed their tools on Thursday and are demanding job promotions, a good working environment and proper medical cover.

The Kenya Medical Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU) Nyanza region chairperson Kevin Osuri confirmed that the strike is set to include over 52 doctors and that the same had been communicated to Governor Okoth Obado.

Migori county executive committee health (CEC) Dr. Isca Olouch however insisted that the county had implemented most of the doctors demands and requested them to get back to their duties.

Their counterparts in Kisumu County went on a 7-day strike in March that over similar issues.

They claimed that the Kisumu County officials had not shown any commitment in meeting their demands which range from promotions, payments and insurance cover.




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The Nairobi Hospital has said seven patients affected by cholera are still admitted at the facility.

A statement dated Saturday, April 20, 2019 said the patients are receiving treatment at The Nairobi Hospital.

“…they are stable for discharge within the next 24 hours,” the statement signed by M.D. Christopher Abeid reads.

The hospital has however assured the public that proper measures have been taken to ensure that the wellbeing of all their patients and staff is paramount.

Together with the Ministry of Health and other relevant Nairobi County agencies, the hospital’s management reiterated that the situation is under control.

This comes a few days after it emerged that the number of staff at The Nairobi Hospital affected by cholera rose to 52.

Cholera is spread by ingesting faecal matter; symptoms include effortless watery diarrhoea and sometimes vomiting.

Below are guidelines from the County Health Department on how to avoid contracting the disease:
1. Use treated water for hand washing, washing vegetables and drinking.
2. To only eat food licensed premises and to avoid suspicions food establishments.
3. To observe general hygiene to minimise infection.
4. Do not eat food from suspicious joints which include all roadside vendors.

 




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