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Kenya signs 8 key agreements with South Africa to usher new dawn

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On Tuesday November 23,Kenya and South Africa,signed eight key bilateral agreements, ushering in a new dawn of cooperation between the two African nations.

The signing of the agreements was witnessed by President Uhuru Kenyatta and President Cyril Ramaphosa shortly after they led their delegations in bilateral talks at Union Buildings in Pretoria, the official seat of the South African Government.

The eight agreements included MoU’s in transport, health, diplomatic consultations and training as well as tourism and migration.

Others were a Bilateral Air Services Agreement (BASA) as well as MoU’s on Government Printing Works and the return of nationals refused entry and illegal entrants.

In addition to strong bilateral relations which span a wide range of areas, Kenya and South Africa are close partners at the regional and global stage,” said President Kenyatta.

President Kenyatta reaffirmed Kenya’s commitment to work with South Africa in driving the aspirations of the people of the two countries through the promotion of the African agenda.

“…you will agree with me that it is only by working together that we can achieve the desired outcomes for closer bilateral cooperation and strategic partnerships.

 We have definitely made good strides. However, there is scope to even do better,” President Kenyatta said.

President Kenyatta commended President Ramaphosa for his exemplary leadership during his tenure as chairman of the African Union last year.

The Africa Bureau that you led, and which I was delighted to be a part of, established the Africa Joint Continental Strategy for COVID-19 which continues to guide our successful response to the pandemic to date,” President Kenyatta said.

The President further thanked his South African counterpart for the support that enabled Kenya to join the United Nations Security Council.

President Ramaphosa said President Kenyatta’s State Visit has provided an opportunity to take stock of the current state of bilateral relations

It has also allowed the exploration of new areas of mutual interest and benefit for the people of the two countries.

President Kenyatta was formally received by his host President Ramaphosa in an elaborate state reception.

This reception included a 21-gun salute, a military ceremony reserved for Heads of State and Government.

Thereafter, President Kenyatta was invited to inspect a guard of honour mounted by a detachment of the South African military 

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22-year-old female terror suspect makes shocking revelations about Alshababb after being arrested

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According to a police, OB report number 27/30/11/2021 filed at Songhor police station in Tindiret sub-county.

The 22-year-old Sheril Vugusta Lodenyo was arrested at Kamalambu village in Songhor ward following a tip-off from members of the public.

Sheril, who hails from Chavakali in Vihiga county, told the police that indeed she had links with the Al Shabaab group who she says kidnapped her in 2019 and trained her on conducting their illegal operations.

“The suspect alleged to have escaped through Lamu/Mombasa and headed to her home county where she allegedly stayed until August 2021 and later to Kamalambu to date.

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Information received is that she has been attending recent KDF recruiting centers. Motive yet to be established,”

The suspect was taken to Kapsabet police station for detention before being moved to Eldoret where the Anti Terror Police Unit (ATPU) will pick her from for further processing.

The suspect, who was cohabiting with her boyfriend, is said to have later escaped from the death-dealing terror group after which she retreated to her rural home in Vihiga before moving in with her boyfriend in the Nandi village.

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Exciting times for teachers as TSC launches digital leave application system

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On Wednesday, December 1, 2021 The Teachers Service Commission automated its leave application and approval process.

Teachers can now apply for leave and have their applications approved online.

“Our leave application and approval process is now automated. You can apply on this link https://hrmis.tsc.go.ke/tm-app/apply_leave,” the commission announced.

TSC employed teachers are entitled to a 42 days annual leave, often taken during school holidays.

Female teachers are entitled to 90 calendar days of maternity leave from the date of confinement as their male counterparts get a 10 day leave within the period of their spouse’s maternity leave.

Teachers are also allowed a maximum of 15 days compassionate leave to attend to bereavement, sickness, or hospitalization of dependents.

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Thika residents staring at huge losses after floods destroyed properties worth millions

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Several families in Kisii estate in Thika, Kiambu County will be forced to seek alternative areas to shelter after heavy rain wreaked havoc in the area, flooding their homes.

The last few days heavy downpour that has been witnessed in the area have destroyed properties worth millions of shillings.

According to them, poor and old drainage systems are the major cause of flooding in the area. 

Residents now blame political leaders for their misfortunes.

They noted that flooding in the area is a perennial crisis they ought to have addressed a long time ago.

They said that they filled several complaints to both the National and County governments to address the issue but all have fallen on death ears.

“Most of our businesses are now flooded and items therein destroyed. We have lost stock and can not even open the stalls to salvage what has remained,” another local added.

They claimed that cases of Arthritic have been on the rise due to the severe cold in the area.

Parents noted that the raging waters on their children’s way to school forces them to skip school.

The residents are afraid they might contract various diseases including waterborne diseases such as Typhoid and Bilharzia.

To solve the problem, the residents have vowed to fundraise to enable them to construct modern drainage systems.

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