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Nairobi MCAs will have to wait longer to have their own offices after the proposed construction of a Sh500 million administration block has been pushed back to next year.

This comes after the County Assembly dropped plans to build the office block to accommodate ward representatives without work offices as a result of unavailability of the land that had been earmarked for the project.

The new development is contained in the Assembly’s supplementary budget report for the financial year 2018/2019 tabled by the County Assembly Clerk Jacob Ngwele last week Thursday before the House.

PROJECT DROPPED

Mr Ngwele explained that the County Assembly had planned a three year phased approach of construction of the administration block where the first phase was planned for the current financial year but this is no longer feasible as the land earmarked for construction was reported as not available by the county executive.

“This project could therefore not take place and had to be dropped. The county assembly is considering other feasible acquisition methods to address the programme objective,” said Mr Ngwele.

In Nairobi County’s Annual Development Plan (ADP), the county was to spend Sh400 million on building new offices for its ward representatives to ease the pressure for space from other county government workers with a further Sh100 million on furniture and computers for the new offices.

RENTED OFFICES

The new block was to be constructed at the parking space between Taifa Road and City Hall Way starting this year with the aim of providing work spaces for nominated ward representatives, 39 in number, and chairpersons of various House committees.

According to the ADP report, a majority of the members of the county assembly are operating from rented offices with only 53 ward representatives out of 85 are accommodated in rented offices. The remaining 32 offices are dilapidated and therefore in need of quick attention to save the situation.

The Sh500 million has now been diverted towards other development expenditures such as the refurbishment of the official residence of the county speaker and provision of funds for the participation of all members of the county assembly at the ongoing County Assemblies Forum (CAF) summit estimated to cost Sh16 million.



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Condolence message to the family of Mr Jonathan Kipkemoi Toroitich arap Moi : The Standard

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The late Jonathan Kipkemoi Toroitich arap Moi.

The Standard Group has condoled the family of Retired President Daniel Toroitich arap Moi following the death of his son Jonathan Kipkemoi Toroitich arap Moi.

Below, the full statement:
The Standard Group Board of Directors, Management and Staff join Kenyans in condoling the family of Mzee Daniel Toroitich arap Moi, and the people of Baringo County, following the sad loss of his son, Mr Jonathan Kipkemoi Toroitich arap Moi, this morning.
The Standard Group learnt with profound shock of the passing on of Mr Jonathan, the second-born child and first son of the Second President of the Republic of Kenya, Mzee Daniel Arap Moi.

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Jonathan will be remembered for his sporting prowess as a Safari Rally icon, as a large-scale farmer, an astute businessman, and for a short period, a political aspirant seeking the Eldama Ravine parliamentary seat.
His courage behind the wheel and his amiable and charming personality endeared him to many, especially the youth, who were his fan base.
May Almighty God grant the family the strength and fortitude to bear the loss. May his soul rest in eternal peace. ?
ORLANDO LYOMU
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

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Kakamega Diocese Catholic Bishop Joseph Obanyi Sagwe leads his Kakamega St. Joseph Cathedral Catholic faithful on procession while carrying Palm leaves at Kakamega town to their way to Kakamega Catholic Cathedral to mark Palm Sunday. Picture taken on April 14, 2019. [File, Standard]

Catholic bishop Joseph Obanyi has cautioned fellow church leaders to help stop politicians from carrying on their activities in churches.

Speaking during the Easter Celebrations in Kakamega, Obanyi said politicians will always come in the guise of supporting the word of God and when given a chance they turn it into political rallies.
“They use the platform to hit at each other what amount to abusing holy temple. This should be stopped for the purposes of Christ,” he said.
He also asked politicians to realize the need to lead this country in the right direction saying all churches must be free of division created by the presence of politics.

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He asked them to be a better example in the society to save the current generation from following the same dirty ways of living.
Obanyi said as church leaders they will not allow such political activities to continue in their churches just because of love for money.
He said politicians had turned to churches after realizing that most churches require support and therefore vulnerable for anything.
Obanyi also faulted those hell-bent on fronting a bill which is yet to be tabled in parliament seeking to check on errant churches in the country.
“That bill may not give a lasting solution but what must be done is to mark those churches sprouting up every day with bad intentions for regulation.
He also asked the government to weed out fake men in clothes whom he said have been enriching themselves from unsuspecting flock.

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Flying bell and tobacco trees: Where Easter is celebrated differently : The Standard

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The first real sense of festivity since Christmas’ merriment and New Year jubilations is finally here.
A hybrid mixture of itching anticipation and joy unspeakable dangles in the warm air enveloping households as yet another tour upcountry awaits for family members; an opportunity dissevered by distance to reunite in fond embrace.
In other quarters, it promises to be a prolonged weekend, of days and nights out boozing, painting the town red, as though Earth’s feet stand at the edge of the end of time.

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To some churchgoers, it shall be a pure Christian affair; that which no fleshly gratifications should defile.
Round-the-clock devotions, revamping children’s minds with religious dogmas, and a communion with the underprivileged; reasonably condenses these faithful’s four days into a nutshell.
For all the aforementioned sets of celebrants, it is not uncustomary to mark the events with chicken, goat or cattle bloodshed as that makes the fete all the more memorable.
These are the variant scenes of Easter observance as played on the Kenyan stage.
However, the inquisitive among us may well ask about what goes on beyond our homeland, beyond the mountains, beyond the seas.

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Flying bells
Just across the Mediterranean in France; while the rest of the Christian nations repose; to the French worker, Good Friday remains an ordinary working day.
However, ordinary stops right there! Starting Good Friday, all through to Easter Sunday morning, church bells make no sound.
Legend going back to the twelfth century, has it that church bells in all villages and towns across France; in bearing all the grief from mourning Christ’s crucifixion, develop wings and set out on a pilgrimage to the Vatican in Rome, to collect the Pope’s blessings.
Come early Easter Sunday morning, the church bells fly back from their respite: just in time for celebration of the resurrection, bringing with them chocolate and Easter eggs for obedient children, and hiding the goodies in the house and garden for them to find upon waking.

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The first bong is welcomed with bear hugs and kisses among the congregants; who drown the bell’s deep, reverberating sound with uproarious shouts of: “He is risen! He is risen!”  to signify Jesus’ tremendous victory over death.
Burning of Judas
Heading to Brazil, South America: a life-size effigy of Apostle Judas Iscariot, handcrafted from straw or papier-mâché, and stuffed with fireworks; is hanged at the gallows where explosion by the fireworks from within takes place.
Instances of flogging and burning of effigies also do occur; but traditionally, effigies have been hanged on Good Friday, and then burnt on Easter Sunday night.
Although anthropologists have branded these events a scapegoating ritual; to the cheerful spectators, this symbolic punishment of Judas’ betrayal of Christ for monetary reward is believed to exorcise corruption, death, evil spirits; and cleanse their souls from all traits Judas.

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Tobacco tree
In the Oceanian islands of Papua New Guinea, trees outside houses of worship are decorated with sticks of tobacco and hanging packets of cigarettes.
Inside churches, a small tree is set up at the front and the same is done. If unable to have a tree, several branches bound together could still serve.
At the end of the service, the smokes are handed out to the congregants and the atmosphere literally lights up.
People then split off into groups, for a feast of leftovers from the Friday festivities, in their family homes.
Good Friday kites
Once upon a time, in the mysterious land of Bermuda, a teacher tried explaining to his Sunday school students how Jesus elevated himself to Heaven by self-power. They did not believe him.
So he constructed a cross kite and adorned it with the image of Jesus; then led his charges to a hilltop, set the kite flying, and cut the string as the disciples watched it sail upwards, into the heavens.
Since then, colourful, multi-sided kites made of strings, sticks and tissue paper; have dotted the skies all over Horseshoe Bay Beach on Good Fridays.
Self-crucifixion
Far Easter, to the province of Pampanga, Philippines, tourists flock to witness the uncommon reenactment of Jesus’ torture as depicted in the final hours of the Passion of Christ. There, the Good Friday is the most solemn day of the year.
Penitents lash their backs with whips made of bamboo or paddles with pieces of broken glass to draw blood.
Their faces are covered with white cotton hoods, stained with blood dripping from the crowns of thorns pressed upon their brows.
They drag heavy crosses and crawl on bloodied hands and knees: a recreation of the Stations of the Cross; as men clad in Roman centurion attires, wait to hammer real nails through their palms and feet, and into the wooden cross, to complete the rite.
These voluntary participations in the sufferings of Christ, are believed to cleanse the devotees’ souls of worldly sins, and are a fundamental part of a vow to engage in certain devotions in search of divine intervention.
 It may also be an expression of thanksgiving for granted prayers and miracles experienced in their lives.

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