Guard arrested for sexually assaulting female student in hostel at Moi University

A security guard has been arrested for sexually assaulting a female student in a hostel at Moi University in Eldoret.

The suspect is being held at Kesses police station following a complaint filed by the affected student who recorded a statement at the police station and with the university security officials.

The University Dean of Students J.S Ayieko says the incident occurred on Friday at Hostel J and further investigations are going on.

Courtesy Mathews Ndanyi

Touching! 17 Year-Old Student Blames The Devil For Going Blind After Taking Methanol Which Killed One In Baringo

A Baringo student died on Thursday while seven others were admitted in critical condition after drinking methanol at Kolowa Secondary School in Tiaty.

Philemon Limo, 17, narrated his ordeal at Mercy Private Hospital in Eldama-Ravine on Saturday, after taking the substance on Wednesday.

The form four student blamed the devil saying he tempted him to take the substance after it was sneaked into a dormitory by a form two student.

He said they earlier helped a lab technician move equipment to a better structure due to high temperatures in the area.

I tested a little to see the reaction. I got drunk and later developed abdominal complications that came with piercing pain.

Limo said he could only remember being rushed to Parpello Mission Hospital.

“I found myself on a Mercy hospital bed on Friday. I am feeling well again but I can’t see,” he told journalists while waiting for an optician to examine him.

“I want to see again and get well soon so I can go back to School and study for my final exam,” he continued, adding the rest of his body was in good condition.


Limo’s schoolmate died shortly after arriving in the hospital while another who was admitted with him was discharged today.

Mercy Hospital clinical officer James Orodi said they tried their best to save the life but could not.

“We saved the lives of the two students after administering ethanol which is an antidote,” he said and described what the students took as a highly intoxicating laboratory substance that easily causes severe side effects and death.

Orodi said they did not have clear information on what transpired at the school before the incident but he advised caution. Such incidents have been reported at several schools across the country.

“There must be a technician during practicals to ensure students don’t tamper with chemicals which are dangerous or take them outside the laboratory,” Orodi said.

He added that access to labs should be restricted.

Head teacher Zakayo Domokon said students broke into the laboratory and stole an entire container of methanol.

“They stole it, went to their dormitory and took it,” he said, adding those who mixed it with water suffered less than those who did not.

He said three with severe injuries were rushed to Mercy while the rest were treated at Barpello Mission Hospital and discharged on Friday.

Another student at the hospital
Joseph Kangongo/The Star

The rot in schools is a reflection of society’s moral standing, sociologist says

40 Students from various high schools were arrested for having sex, smoking tobacco and bhang in a Nairobi-bound bus on Wednesday. The students were travelling home for the August holiday when police intercepted the bus on Karatina-Nairobi highway.

A female student among the 40 arrested was Friday morning charged with being in possession of marijuana when a thorough search from police found bhang, matchboxes and tobacco hidden in the girls underwear. The driver and the conductor of the bus were also charged with several traffic offenses.

Tongues have been wagging on who really is to blame for the students behaviour with questions such as have society, teachers, parents failed in their roles in raising young adults?

According to Dr. Benair Muchocho, Sociologist and Senior Lecturer at University of Nairobi, society is to blame for who the youth are growing up to become. “The indiscipline of the students is a reflection of what Kenyans represent. It is an extension of what the society stands for whether it is the corruption in the police department, the cover-ups, the elections, it is just a sign of the overall moral decay in Kenya,” he says.

“How are the students accessing the drugs, what is the school authority doing to make sure there is no drug use in the school?” Dr. Muchocho asks. According to him the children begin to indulge in drugs and sex because we as a society have failed them like in the case of a school where it maybe a teacher, watchman, school employee who is the drug peddler.

The information age has also played a big role into the behaviour of our teenagers where the child has free access to anything they want to access of the Internet. The parents also need to stop burying their heads in the sand because, modern day children cannot live the way grandparents live because there are different norms and behaviour. “If you do not talk instill discipline in the children when youth, they will research on sex, how drugs are smoked on their mobile phones and that is how they get exposed,” he says.

Are the new education regulations by Prof. Jacob Kaimenyi realistic?

Kenya national union of teachers have already threatened to call for a national teachers’ strike when schools re-open to protest the new education regulations which were reportedly gazetted by education cabinet secretary, Prof. Jacob Kaimenyi.

KNUT secretary general Wilson Sossion is among the disgruntled education key players who are protesting the move by Jacob Kaimenyi to assume teachers service commission’s powers to hire and fire head teachers.

Below is a number of some of the new education regulations:

1. Learners transiting from a pre-primary school to a public primary one will no longer be subjected to interviews or entry examinations, the regulations further states that parents or guardians will no longer have to pay admission fees.

2. End term exams in all public schools have been scrapped. According to Kaimenyi, students will from today onwards be made to repeat classes only for medical reasons.

3. All schools will be required to have a first aid kit for each class. The new education regulations also require everyone within the school to have training on how to use the kit. Boarding schools will also need to have a qualified nurse.

4. Learners in boarding schools will now be allowed to rest from 9.30 pm to 6 am. The education regulations state that evening preps will be from 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm. 6 am to 8 am will be time for supervised routine activities.

5. Classes will now be ending at 3.30 P.M. Learners will use the time between 3.30 PM and 4.45PM for co-curricular activities. The regulations also bar learners from arriving in school before 7:15 A.M as learning is expected to start at 8A.M.


Five Kenyans, one Tanzanian held over university massacre: court

A Nairobi court on Tuesday ordered five Kenyans and a Tanzanian to be detained for 30 days while police investigate possible connections to last week’s university massacre.

The court agreed to state lawyers’ request for the extended detention period, which usually would last 24 hours before the detainee has to be presented in court. The Tanzanian suspect is still being held in the northeastern town of Garissa, where the massacre of 148 people took place.

The day-long siege was claimed by Somalia’s Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab insurgents, and was Kenya’s deadliest attack since the 1998 bombing of the US embassy in Nairobi.

Lawyers for the police said the five Kenyans were being investigated for supplying weapons to the attackers who carried out the killings on Thursday, without giving further details.

One of men was arrested on the university campus where he was a security guard. The others were arrested while trying to cross the border to Somalia.

The Tanzanian man was found “hiding in the ceiling” of the university campus holding grenades, interior ministry spokesman Mwenda Njoka has said.

Police are studying phone records of the men believing it shows they were in contact with the four gunmen who carried out the attack and were killed by Kenyan troops.

Authorities on Sunday named one of the four gunmen killed as a fellow Kenyan citizen, highlighting the Shebab’s ability to recruit within the country.

Abdirahim Abdullahi, an ethnic Somali, was a university law graduate described by those who knew him as an A-grade student and “a brilliant upcoming lawyer”, Njoka said.

Although losing ground in Somalia, the Shebab have stepped up attacks inside Kenya as well as its recruitment of Muslim youth in the country’s northeastern and coastal regions.

A $215,000 (200,000 euro) bounty has been offered for alleged Shebab commander Mohamed Mohamud, a former Kenyan teacher believed to now be in Somalia and said to be the mastermind behind the Garissa attack.

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Moi University student raped and murdered as she walked to her hostel

Two suspects were arrested on Monday over the rape and murder of a third-year student at Moi University. They are being held at Eldoret police station for questioning, officers said.

“We look forward to a speedy conclusion to the investigations so that the culprits are brought to book,” VC Richard Mibei said in a statement. He said security has been beefed up at the university.

Slain student Charity Maina was strangled by the attackers who also tore off her clothes, in the late Saturday night incident. Her body was found near a matatu terminus next to the gate of the main campus. Rioting students burned a police Land Cruiser that was to transport the body.

They had refused to release the body saying they would take it to the morgue using a college bus. Hundreds of anti-riot police were deployed to the campus amid threats for more protests.

“We have been asking the police to provide adequate security for us but nothing has been done. We have had many incidents of insecurity yet police do not act,” said student leader Rolex Riziki.

Maina, who was in the School of Arts, was reportedly attacked on her way from the university to a nearby hostel. Calm has returned to the institution.

Multimedia University Closed Indefinitely As Students Riot Over Wifi Outages

Multimedia University has been closed indefinitely after students rioted Sunday night causing destruction to school property and causing traffic on Mbagathi road because of internet outages in the school.

Amb. Prof. Festus Kaberia , the senate board chair issued the interno memo stating, “Following the student unrest that took place on 8th February, 2015 around 7.30pm causing extensive damage to University Property and disrupting traffic on Magadi road, the University Senate has met today 9th February, 2015, deliberated on the matter and resolved to close the University indefinitely.”

The school that gave the students up-to 12 noon to vacate the premises will communicate the official re-opening dates. Here are some photos of the damage and the internal memo.

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Students sit for their exams in hospital

Two candidates sat the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education examination at the Kenyatta National Hospital.

Charles Gitau and Edwin Wandera wrote the exam from their hospital beds.

The exam begun on Tuesday and ended yesterday.

A third female candidate also admitted at the hospital did not sit all papers due to lack of preparations.

KNH management set aside two cubicles, where the pupils sat the exams.

Gitau and Wandera are aspiring to become pilots.

A supervisor, invigilator and policeman were deployed to the exam room.

“I am giving my best and am confident that I will pass the exam,” said Wandera, admitted at KNH on October 20 after falling from a moving vehicle.

The Dandora Primary School pupil said his condition motivated him to sit the exam with confidence.

Wandera, admitted in KNH’s Ward 5B is scheduled to undergo a second surgery.

“I have been preparing for these exams for a long time and the thought of not doing them. I am happy to have been given a second chance.”

Gitau, a pupil at Mangoto Primary School, Gatundu, is admitted in KNH’s Ward 4D.

He is a victim of kerosene lamp explosion.

“I was in the room alone studying, when I suddenly found myself surrounded by darkness, which was preceded by a loud bang,” Gitau said.

He suffered facial burns and 27 per cent burns on the abdomen and neck.

The nurses in charge of the two wards praised the boys whom they described as “warriors with strong hearts”.

“They are aggressive with books and are always confident. They used every single minute to revise for the exams,” said Owuor Ochieng the nurse in charge of Ward 5B.

“The hospital set aside two special rooms and ensured the TV remained off until the exam was over,” Kochumba said.

Yesterday the boys sat for the Social Studies and Religious Education paper to mark the end of the exams.

“With the support from the management, the hospital has set aside two special rooms and even ensured that the [ward] TV remains shut until the day’s exams are over,” said Phelesia Kochumba, the exam supervisor.

Yesterday the boys sat for the Social Studies and Religious Education paper, which marked the end of the three-day rigorous exercise.

Source :The Star

Candidates do exams while seated on the floor

Lack of enough desks on Monday forced more than 60 candidates sitting for their PLE Exams in Agago district to spread their exam papers on mats laid on bare ground or on their laps.

The candidates sitting at Ajali Anyena Primary Schools in Agago town council were drawn from the host school, Ajali Atede and Ajali Lajwaa primary schools.

They are part of 124 pupils merged from the three schools to sit at the center by Uganda National Examination Board (UNEB).

Andrew Okidi, the head teacher of Ajali Anyena Primary School said that the school could manage to get desks for 56 pupils.

Okidi said attempts to borrow extra seats from neighbouring Ngora Primary school also failed due to inadequate number of furniture at the school.

Left with no option, UNEB officials deployed at the center asked the candidates to improvise some mats on which to sit on and spread their papers on the dusty classroom floors.

John Ocaya, the senior UNEB scout deployed at the center said the inadequate preparation delayed the start of the exams by at least 30 minutes.

Ocaya said he compromised on UNEB standards requiring such a center to be closed down to allow the pupils sit their exams after 7 long years of study.

Jusper Ocaya and Eddie Omollo, a UNEB invigilator and supervisor said that sitting pupils on the floor during exams has become a usual business happening at the center every year.

Walter Knox Otim, the UNEB examination monitor at the center explained that the candidates had to be brought together for ease of supervision instead of only 25 candidates per class. He swiftly ruled out malpractices from the center.

Grace Apio, the Agago district inspector of schools was so furious when she visited the schools during the examination. She said another nine pupils were also affected in Abone Primary School.

Apio described the situation as negligence of duty on the parts of the school administrators for their failure to craft solutions to the problems.

She ordered Police to record statements from the three school head teachers to justify why they should not be subjected to disciplinary measures for flouting UNEB regulations and negligence of duties.

photo credits : The Monitor

Five students in court for gouging colleague’s eye

Five form four students from Terige High School in Nandi were on Monday charged with gouging out the eye of their colleague.

Abednego Kipnyango, Abdiburhan Abdikadir, Denis Kipkemboi, Michael Kibet and David Kibet are accused for assaulting Collins Kiprop, a form one student, and causing actual bodily harm.

They appeared before Kapsabet senior principal magistrate Beatrice Mosiria and were charged that on June 19 at Terige High school, they assaulted Kiprob using a water pipe.

Witnesses narrated to the court how they were forced to kneel and whipped by the five. Kiprop, 16, lost his left eye as a result of the beating.