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Former freedom fighter Wambui Otieno-Mbugua dies in Nairobi

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Former freedom fighter and controversial politician Virginia Wambui Otieno Mbugua died in Nairobi August 30, 2011. FILE

Former freedom fighter and controversial politician Virginia Wambui Otieno Mbugua died in Nairobi August 30, 2011. FILE

Former freedom fighter and controversial politician Virginia Wambui Otieno Mbugua died in Nairobi Tuesday.

Mrs Wambui Otieno Mbugua, 75, captured the attention of the entire nation in July 2003 briefly when she married stonemason Peter Mbugua who was then only 25.

She first rose to prominence in 1986 following the death of her husband and prominent criminal lawyer SM Otieno when she waged a court battle against the Umira Kager clan over Mr Otieno’s final resting place.

She claimed that he had wanted to be buried at his farm at Ngong on the outskirts of Nairobi but the Umira Kager clan, represented by retired Appeal Court judge Justice Richard Kwach citing longstanding tribal traditions claimed the body.

The case was fought both within the court corridors as well as outside in the political arena. The Umira Kager clan eventually prevailed in court when the Court of Appeal granted their wish to bury SM Otieno.

Source: http://www.nation.co.ke/News/politics/-/1064/1227910/-/89qm3b/-/index.html

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President Obama’s uncle had Social Security ID

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President Obama’s accused drunken-driving uncle — who was busted after a near collision with a Framingham cop — has had a valid Social Security number for at least 19 years, despite being an illegal immigrant ordered to be deported back to Kenya, the Herald has learned.

The president’s 67-year-old uncle, Obama Onyango, has had a valid Massachusetts driver’s license and Social Security number since at least 1992, said Registry of Motor Vehicles spokesman Michael Verseckes.

Onyango, whose sister, Zeituni Onyango, made headlines when it was revealed she was an illegal immigrant living in public housing in South Boston, was wobbly legged, “slurring” and had “red and glassy eyes” when he was pulled over at 7 p.m. Wednesday on Waverly Street in Framingham.

A marked cruiser pulled him over just past the Chicken Bone saloon, about a mile from Onyango’s single-family home. Onyango, the half-brother of the president’s father identified in some press accounts as “Uncle Omar,” initially denied drinking but admitted having “two beers” after police said they smelled booze on his breath, according to a police report.

“It was clear that he was moderately unsteady on his feet,” Framingham Officer Val Krishtal wrote.

Onyango’s white Mitsubishi SUV was pulled over after the vehicle made a sudden right turn in front of a cruiser at a stop sign, causing Krishtal to slam on the brakes to avoid a collision. Onyango blew a .14 on the Breathalyzer and continually interrupted the officer, the report states.

“(Onyango) spoke English well, albeit with a moderate accent. I detected what I believed to be some slurring as he spoke,” Krishtal wrote.

Onyango was ordered held without bail on a federal immigration warrant after his arraignment Thursday in Framingham District Court. Court papers show he was the subject of a previous deportation order. He was being held in the Plymouth House of Correction last night.

Mike Rogers, a spokesman for Cleveland immigration attorney Margaret Wong, who is representing Onyango, said he “wouldn’t know how” Onyango obtained a Social Security number. Wong is the same lawyer who represented the president’s aunt, Zeituni Onyango, in her fight to win asylum last year. Reached at her apartment in a South Boston public housing complex yesterday, Zeituni Onyango said of her brother’s arrest: “Why don’t you go to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. in Washington, D.C., and ask your president? Not me.” She then hung up on a reporter.

The bust came just days after another illegal immigrant was charged with running down and killing a 23-year-old man in Milford.

Asked about the issue yesterday, Gov. Deval Patrick said: “You know my stance: Illegal is illegal. We need comprehensive immigration reform.”

Source: http://www.bostonherald.com/news/regional/view.bg?articleid=1362374

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Musaimo arrives in Dallas

Posted by Administrator on August 30, 2011

Musaimo has arrived in Dallas. He arrived on Monday night around 6pm.

He has an upcoming concert in Dallas as per below

Date: Sunday September 4th 2011
Time: 9pm – 3am
Where: United Banquet Hall

Address: 9560 Skillman Street, Dallas, TX 75243
Door: $20
Dress: Classy casual (no sagging jeans)

DJ: DJ Famol, Dallas’ grown folk favorite DJ!

For show bookings and tour details contact us at olschoodivas@yahoo.com

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Graduates to take extra courses in degrees row

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A past graduation ceremony. The Engineers Registration Board (ERB), Kenya Medical Laboratory and Technicians Board (KMLTB), and the Council of Legal Education have refused to recognise degree qualifications from some universities, citing low quality curricular that omit core units and lax student supervision. Photo/FILE

A past graduation ceremony. The Engineers Registration Board (ERB), Kenya Medical Laboratory and Technicians Board (KMLTB), and the Council of Legal Education have refused to recognise degree qualifications from some universities, citing low quality curricular that omit core units and lax student supervision. Photo/FILE

Thousands of university graduates may be forced to go back to class for remedial courses after failing to secure practising certificates in a bitter dispute over the quality of degrees offered by some universities. (Also read: MWAURA: Beware who you employ, some have fake university degrees )

At least three professional regulatory bodies that check the quality of teaching in local institutions of higher learning are locked in disagreements with university administration officials over the matter.

The Engineers Registration Board (ERB), Kenya Medical Laboratory and Technicians Board (KMLTB), and the Council of Legal Education have refused to recognise degree qualifications from some universities, citing low quality curricular that omit core units  and lax student supervision. (Also read: What now for students caught in degree crisis?)

The Commission for Higher Education- which regulates the sector-  has stepped in to arbitrate between universities and the professional bodies that grant practising certificates, with focus being on revising the affected curricular and finding recourse for those that have already graduated in the disputed disciplines. (Read: Kenyan varsities ordered to review courses )

“Each professional body will take individual action of resolving the issue,” said Prof Everett Standa, chief executive of the Commission for Higher Education (CHE). Graduates of some of the disputed degree courses could be forced to go back to class for remedial courses that will give them full professional qualifications.

“We are looking at each case individually and some who have graduated may require workshops and internship programmes,” said Prof Standa.

The affected universities have been advised to review their course units, incorporating the recommendations of the professional regulatory bodies.

Some of those affected are graduates and current students of Kenyatta University (KU) who  are taking courses such as energy engineering, water and environmental engineering, manufacturing engineering and law degrees.

The ERB has refused to recognise some of the engineering specialisations offered by KU, arguing they only recognise four major engineering disciplines; mechanical, civil, electrical and agricultural.

Majority of the disputed engineering courses offered by KU were started less than a decade ago, with the first batch of students reportedly graduating in 2007.

Engineering courses offered at Masinde Muliro, Egerton University and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology are also affected.

Approximately 2,400 engineering graduates are said to be affected by the standoff. Mr Gilbert Arasa, the registrar of the Engineers Registration Board, said they were in negotiations with affected institutions on how to resolve the crisis.

“We have agreed on the issue with some institutions, the standards cannot be breached,” said Mr Arasa.

The board holds that some of the engineering degrees in dispute are sub-units of conventional engineering disciplines of mechanical, civil, electrical and biosafety engineering that cannot be awarded as full degrees.

Kenyatta University’s acting Dean for the School of Engineering, Maina Mambo, declined to comment on the matter,  saying he would do so on Wednesday this week.

The Business Daily learnt that the faculty members had gone to Mombasa last week to prepare a new curriculum streamlining the disputed courses with those of other institutions approved by the industry body.

A senior lecturer at the faculty said over 400 students who had graduated from KU’s engineering programmes had been denied practising certificates by the ERB. A proposal had been made for the graduates to be recalled to take bridging courses, he said.

“The best way is for the universities to take in the graduates during semester breaks as they need those bridging courses.

Some of the courses may require two semesters to undertake the core units that were not included in the curriculum,” said the lecturer on condition of anonymity.

The Kenya Medical Laboratory and Technicians Board has refused to recognise qualifications for graduates who were not supervised by the body during their final year internships, according to Prof Standa.

A high proliferation of new courses taught in universities in recent years has seen Professional bodies seek a bigger say in the development of graduate programmes.

Kenyatta University has for example introduced multiple courses in the schools of engineering, agriculture, economics and law.

Prof Standa said his commission does not have regulatory oversight on courses taught in public universities, creating a legal vacuum that has caused the current rift between the public institutions and professional bodies.

Currently,  the commission’s powers for approving new courses are limited to private universities.

The Senate- universities’governing bodies- are in charge of approving new courses that are taught by the respective schools or departments.

“The functions of the commission shall be to examine and approve proposals for courses of study and course regulations submitted to it by private universities” states the Universities Act. Prof Standa said an amendment Bill is being prepared by the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology.  “We need a change in the law to be able to move close to public universities in matters of accreditation,” said Prof Standa.

The commission has also been at loggerheads with private universities that open un-accredited college campuses or start new, un-approved courses.

Other professional bodies such as the Institute of Surveyors of Kenya, the Chartered Institute of Accountants and the Association of Nurses have in recent years rejected college graduates on the grounds of holding certificates from un-recognised institutions.

If they go back to class, the graduates will not be the first to undergo such an ordeal. Some Bachelor of Education degree graduates were forced to do so in the early 1990s.

The teachers were trained to tutor one subject while the minimum requirement by the Teacher Service Commission was at least two subjects.

The graduates may have to incur extra tuition fees, an unfair turn of events given that it was not the students’ fault in the first place.

While concurring with the professional body on the need to protect the quality of degrees developed by universities, the senior KU lecturer said it is important for the ERB to recognise new engineering disciplines that have been necessitated by technological advancements.

Such new disciplines in engineering include the divisions of computer engineering, telecommunications engineering and renewable energy whose industries are proving to be key economic drivers.

“ERB needs to move out of the box as they are stuck in the traditional disciplines of engineering.

We need a blend between the traditional disciplines and the emerging areas that have a place in the world arena,” said the lecturer.

Industry players have complained of graduates who do not have sufficient practical experience.

“Our graduates are very bookish and need a practical experience as you need to look at social, economic and political angles in business,  which you can’t get from the books,” said Mr Vimal Shah, CEO of Bidco Limited.

Kenyan universities have ranked poorly in the list of global institutions of higher learning with only three of them making it to the top 5,000.

The 2011 Ranking Web of World Universities by the Spanish National Research Council placed University of Nairobi as Kenya’s top college at position 2,452 globally and in position 26 in Africa, while Kenya’s second, Strathmore University finished in position 3,445 globally and 40 on the continent while Kenyatta University ranked 4,803 globally and 58 in Africa.

Educationists blame the ongoing dilution of the quality of Kenyan degrees on uncontrolled expansion in the last 10 years that has seen public universities open multiple campuses, putting to doubt the quality of teaching in the units.

Though the number of qualified lecturers has been growing, it lags far behind the student enrolment rate forcing many universities to hire unqualified staff for academic positions. It has, for instance, become common to find university departments staffed by non PhD holders and in most severe cases first degree holders teaching post-graduate classes.

Source: http://www.businessdailyafrica.com/Graduates+to+take+extra+courses+in+degrees+row+/-/539546/1226998/-/5uuvuhz/-/index.html

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Samsung targets rural folks with solar charged laptop

Posted by Administrator on August 30, 2011

South Korean electronics maker Samsung has launched a solar powered laptop in the Kenyan market with the capacity to run for 15 hours, nearly double the seven to eight hours lasting power of rivals .

South Korean electronics maker Samsung has launched a solar powered laptop in the Kenyan market with the capacity to run for 15 hours, nearly double the seven to eight hours lasting power of rivals .

Korean electronics giant Samsung has launched a solar powered laptop in the Kenyan market targeting thousands of potential consumers currently locked out of the computer revolution by lack of electricity.

Kenya, with a large rural population that is not connected to the national power grid, is among the few countries Samsung picked for the global launch that began last week.

The Samsung Netbook NC215S lap top is priced at Sh35,000 and is also targeting consumers who are connected to the  national electricity grid but suffer erratic power supply.

The solar-charged laptop is loaded with a front cover panel that captures energy from the sun and automatically recharges the battery. When fully charged, the lap top can run for up 15 hours – nearly double the capacity of its closest competitors that have seven or eight hours stand-by capability.

“With Netbook NC 215S Samsung is demonstrating its capacity to bring to the consumers technology that satisfies their needs and takes care of the environment,” said Samsung Electronics East Africa Business Leader Robert Ngeru.

The Korean firm is building consumer electronics and mobile technology for sub-Sahara Africa where it set a $10 billion revenue target by 2015. Samsung’s sub-Saharan Africa market is currently worth $1.23 billion.

Launch of the Netbook NC 215S comes as Kenya’s four mobile telecoms firms, Safaricom, Airtel, Telkom’s Kenya Orange and Essar’s Yu have intensified their activities in the data market and are looking for affordable  internet enabled devices such as laptops and mobile phone handsets to expand the number of data users.

Growth of the data market is particularly critical to the long term survival of the telecom operators who have had to contend with steep decline in voice revenue in the past couple of years.

Samsung is among the hardware vendors who have partnered with Safaricom in the laptops market.

Available only in black, the netbook’s solar panel can also be used to charge a smartphone, MP3 player and other devices via its USB port, even when the PC is switched off or in power-saving mode.

The Netbook NC 215S also features an ultra-portable and stylish design, weigh–ing just 1.3kg and featuring a slim display rim that is as thin as a finger.

The new solar powered Netbook will be launched in Russia, the U.S, Europe, and South Korea this month.

Source: http://www.businessdailyafrica.com/Samsung+targets+rural+folks+with+solar+charged+laptop++/-/539552/1227422/-/q64uj3/-/index.html

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Homeless Kenyan soccer star

Posted by Administrator on August 30, 2011

The national football team Harambee Stars may enjoy the luxury of the best training facilities the country can offer, but not even their experience has taken them to the world cup. The team’s failure does not necessarily mean Kenyan football is in the ruins — Kenya is well represented in the ninth Homeless World Cup,in Paris France. The team is comprises homeless football players who are undergoing rehabilitation. The national team currently in France has one Luka Msoja, who works in the Dandora Dumpsite. Msoja, who works at the Dandora dumpsite. Watson Karuma tracked the former drug addict before the team departed and filed this story which demonstrates the results of sheer will and drive.

 

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Kenya’s Rudisha wins world men’s 800m

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DAEGU, South Korea Aug 30 (Reuters) – World record holder David Rudisha of Kenya won gold in the men’s 800 metres at the world championships on Tuesday with a dominant display of front running.

The rangy Rudisha, who broke the world record twice in a week in 2010, took the title in Daegu in a time of 1:43.91 ahead of Abubaker Kaki of
Sudan.

The bronze medal went to Russian Yuriy Borzakovskiy.

Rudisha is unbeaten over the distance in two years, his last loss coming when he failed to qualify for the 2009 world championship final in Berlin.

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The strength of a woman

Posted by Administrator on August 30, 2011

A group of women in Siaya have vowed not to rest until the orphans in that county find a place to call home.  The Ruma Women Development Group currently takes care of 200 orphans and as Rita Tinina found out, they are not the only ones thinking about empowering the county.

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