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KICD to forge ahead with new curriculum plans


The Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development has said it is proceeding with the implementation of the new curriculum after getting approval from the Education ministry.

Director Julius Jwan on Sunday said that the activity is being conducted within globally acceptable standards.

“Claims that the reform agenda had stalled are misleading and meant to cause unnecessary panic,” he said, adding that findings of an audit done by the agency were not conclusive.

“We cannot only rely on an internal evaluation. We need a third eye to generate comparative findings on our state of preparedness for a full rollout. That is why even piloting was necessary to bring out gaps so that they can be fixed.”

By CR

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Kenya’s Gor Mahia to play Everton


Kenyan football club Gor Mahia will play English Premier League side Everton at the Goodison Park in the UK in November.

Former Everton player Wayne Rooney(L) and current Everton team players Jonjoe Kenny (C) and Kevin Mirallas (L) with Masaai warriors during Everton’s visit to Tanzania last year.

The 6 November match is part of Kenyan betting firm SportPesa’s sponsorship deal with Everton.

“The historic fixture will kick-off at 7pm and will mark the first occasion an East African club side has contested a match in the UK,” Everton said in a statement.

The match is part of the SportPesa Trophy, which is contested by clubs in Kenya and Tanzania. Winners of the competition play Everton in the final.

Last year, Everton travelled to Tanzania for the inaugural SportPesa Super Cup and played Gor Mahia at the National Stadium in Tanzania

The Kenyan betting company is Everton football club’s main sponsor. It also sponsors Torino FC in Italy as well as Hull City and Southampton FC in England.

Since its inception in 2014, it has supported various sporting disciplines and teams at home and abroad.

Obama announces ‘African summer read’


Former US president Barack Obama has tweeted a list of books by African authors that he recommends for his annual summer reading list.

They include: Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, A Grain of Wheat by Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela, Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and The Return by Hisham Matar.

Mr Obama said the authors were the “best writers and thinkers – each of whom illuminate our world in powerful and unique ways”.

He made the announcement ahead of his trip to the continent, which will see him visit his ancestral home in Kenya and then head to South Africa where he will deliver the annual Mandela Day lecture.

Caf bans Kenyan referee Aden Marwa from all football for life


The Confederation of African Football (Caf) has banned Kenyan referee, Aden Marwa, from all football activities for life.

The ruling comes after the referee was filmed by undercover journalist, Anas Aremayaw Anas, accepting money ahead of the Russia World Cup.

Marwa, who had been chosen to officiate in Russia, was dropped from the World Cup list following Anas’ investigation.

Marwa has denied any wrongdoing in response to the corruption allegations.

Ten other referees have been handed bans of between two and ten years.

Caf announced the sanctions following a meeting of its disciplinary board.

According to a brief statement, Caf said a total of 22 referees have been punished by African football’s ruling body with Togolese Yanissou Bebou and Gambian Jallow Ebrima banned for 10 years each.

Kenya fire: ‘Parents search for children’


Distraught parents have been going from ward to ward at the main hospital in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, to find their children, following the fire which raged through a market in the city, AFP news agency reports.

Betty Kaveke was looking for her three missing children at the Kenyatta National Hospital.

“I have only found one, aged 14, the rest are nowhere to be seen and the house is destroyed,” she was quoted as saying.

At least 15 people were killed and 70 wounded after a blaze ripped through Gikomba market, one of the largest in Nairobi.

By AFP

Kenya ‘seizes illegally imported sugar’


Kenyan officials have confiscated 3,000 bags of what is suspected to be illegally imported sugar from a warehouse in Meru town in the east, local media reports.

The sugar, which was imported from Brazil, was being repackaged into bags to indicate it was sourced from Zambia, Meru County Commissioner Wilfred Nyagwanga was quoted as saying.

At least 13 workers, along with the manager of the warehouse, had been arrested, the Daily Nation newspaper reports.

‘Trump pressures Kenya to seize South Sudan assets’


Kenya’s Daily Nation news site says that the country’s government has resisted pressure from the US to seize assets and wealth belonging to South Sudan’s elite.

The newspaper quotes Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary Macharia Kamau as saying:

Kenya knows its obligations in regards to corruption and money laundering, and is working closely with the international community on the same. However, we work with multilateral platforms and don’t take instructions from other sovereign states.”

The Trump administration’s actions follow the publication of a report in 2016, commissioned by actor George Clooney, which accuses South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir, opposition leader Riek Machar, and top generals of making themselves rich while the country has struggled under a civil war of their making.

The report found that family members of President Kiir and Mr Machar reside in luxurious homes outside South Sudan, including homes in one particular upmarket neighbourhood of Kenya’s capital, Nairobi.

Daily Nation