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Bungoma school receives Young Scientists Kenya 2021 Trophy
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Bungoma school receives Young Scientists Kenya 2021 Trophy

By: Dishon Amanya and Ian Imbaiza A few months ago two form four students at the St. Mary’s Kamba secondary school in Kanduyi, Bungoma County won the 2021 Young Scientists Kenya (YSK) National Science and Technology Exhibition, health category. Valerie Wanjala and Claire Wesonga scoop the award for the most innovative project in health, after they presented an idea on reversible male family planning pill from Mondia Whitei, commonly referred to as Mkombero and another plant known as justica genderusa. The students made Kamba Secondary to appear on the map after defeating bigger schools like Alliance Girls who emerged the second best in the competition. The Celebration that took place at the Kamba school ground was attended by the Chairman of KUPPET, Bungoma  County, The A...
Gov Wangamati enrolls 540 birth companions on NHIF, monthly stipend
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Gov Wangamati enrolls 540 birth companions on NHIF, monthly stipend

By: Dishon Amanya, Kenya Governor Wangamati today enrolled 540 Birth Companions on NHIF. He also enlisted them on a monthly stipend of Sh2,000 and Sh300 for every hospital delivery. The move is part of Governor Wangamati's efforts to promote safe motherhood and the general primary healthare in Bungoma  County.  The birth companions, who previously served as Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs), have since been trained and redeployed to refer and accompany expectant mothers in their care to the nearest health facility either for antenatal care or even deliveries. In a drastic departure from the past where they conducted deliveries themselves, the Birth Companions now join the Community Health Volunteers (CHVs) in ensuring as many mothers as possible deliver in hospital...
Bungoma County Govt Signs MoU With AMREF Health Africa
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Bungoma County Govt Signs MoU With AMREF Health Africa

By: Dishon Amanya, Kenya Governor Wycliffe Wangamati has signed a pact with AMREF HEALTH AFRICA  that will formalise the working relationship between the two entities.  In the MOU, AMREF Health Africa commits to offer financial and technical support in the health sector to fight malaria and TB among other Neglected Tropical Diseases in the county.  Presently, AMREF  Health Africa is running an intensive campaign  to eradicate Bilharzia, tape worms and round worms by the year 2023.  The drive facilitated by END Fund,  in collaboration with the Ministry of  Health expect to reach all the 45 wards in the distribution of drugs to treat the two diseases.  Speaking during the function AMREF HEALTH AFRICA Deputy County Director Mr.  Alb...
Man stabs lover for rejecting his marriage proposal, hangs self in Kenya
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Man stabs lover for rejecting his marriage proposal, hangs self in Kenya

By: Dishon Amanya Residents of Rurare village, Musikoma ward Kanduyi constituency Bungoma County woke up to a rude shock after Evans Wanjala, 34, committed suicide after a girl he was dating dismissed his request of getting married to him. Preliminary investigations indicate that before the deceased committed suicide he raided the girl’s home stabbed her lover severally on the stomach on allegations that she has been conning him money but at last she turned down his offer of marrying him and that he found another man with her. Speaking through an interview, Fidelis Mechumo, brother to the deceased, said that the deceased has been having a love affair with Juliet Makokha, 29, for the past 9 months after he divorced his wife over ‘Mpango wa kando’. He added that his brother has ...
Reprieve for Gender Based Violence as Govt aims to Upscale Rescue Centers
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Reprieve for Gender Based Violence as Govt aims to Upscale Rescue Centers

By: Dishon Amanya The State Department for Gender in partnership with development partners and other stakeholders yesterday launched the 16 Days of Activism to End Gender Based Violence campaign at KICC, Nairobi. This year's theme, Orange the World: End Violence against Women Now will see Kenya stand with the rest of the world and in solidarity against GBV. The 16 Days of Activism to End Gender Based Violence is an international campaign that calls for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls. The campaign runs annually from 25th November to 10th of December. In Bungoma, CAS Ministry of Public Administration and Gender Hon. Rachael Shebesh,PS Gender Collete Suda, Country Director UN Women Ms. Ann Mutavati and Bungoma County Women Rep Hon. Catherine W...
Closure of Donkey Abattoirs, relief for Narok West farmers
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Closure of Donkey Abattoirs, relief for Narok West farmers

By: Dishon Amanya Donkey farmers in Olposimoru area, at the border of Narok West Sub county and neighboring Tanzania country can now breathe a sigh of relief after the government closed slaughter houses that were a threat to welfare of their donkeys. The farmers who spoke to KNA when Africa Network for Animal Welfare (ANAW) officers visited them said since 2020 when the government ordered closure of donkey slaughter houses countrywide, cases of donkey theft have decreased tremendously and the number of the beast of burdens has increased gradually. Olposimoru Nyumba Kumi Initiative Chairman Mulinga Ngume lamented that he had lost eight donkeys between the year 2016 and 2019 when the slaughter houses were operational. Ngume said he had lost hope in rearing donkeys because no mat...
Bungoma stakeholders urged to champion fight against Child Labour
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Bungoma stakeholders urged to champion fight against Child Labour

By: Dishon Amanya Child Labour is a major problem affecting the Nation; it is with this regard that the County Commissioner Mr. Samuel Kimiti urged the stakeholders to be at the upper hand in curbing cases of Child Labour.  Samuel Kimiti, graced the Four-Day training that engaged members from the National Government, Civil servants and the media. The CC highlighted that it is not right when we don't look at the welfare of our children; a child is a precious being that needs to be healthy to have a successful society in the Nation.  "It is sad seeing children hawking in the streets selling goods, we have laws that govern children's rights and everyone needs to abide by the laws." Kimiti said.  However, the commissioner cited that the street children are not ...
Stakeholders in Bungoma join fight against Child labour
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Stakeholders in Bungoma join fight against Child labour

Cases of  forced child labour have been on the rise in Bungoma County, Children have been used to perform heavy duties instead of being in school. Stakeholders from Bungoma County held a 4-day Training  that was sponsored by the Ministry of Labour in partnership with the International Labour organization (ILO).The training was officially opened by the Asst. County Commissioner Mrs. Christine Chacha who pointed out that everyone one have a role to play in ensuring we eradicate  cases of child labour in the Country. Through the training the stakeholders were taken through different forms of child labour that the community needs to fight to enhance a free child labour and human trafficking society. Cases of children engaging in hawking in the streets, Sand harvesting ...
Former female circumciser honoured as one of Kenya’s heroes
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Former female circumciser honoured as one of Kenya’s heroes

As Kenya approaches it's 60 years of independence, patriotic men and women are adversely being recognized and rewarded. Unlike other years, this year's Mashujaa Day celebrations were held in Kirinyaga before counties continued awarding their notable heroes and heroines. In Bungoma county, a woman who used to perform female genital mutilation emerged as one of Kenya's heroes. Juliana Chebor says she used to sustain her family through income from the practice before she learnt of it's effects to young girls and quitted to become a christian. "I used to circumcise girls three times a year: in April, August and December," she told journalists. Juliana also pointed out that she had not received civic education and that is why she believed in it. "I now understand that FGM cau...
Mombasa Governor hopeful Shabal, faces backlash for supporting Homosexuality
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Mombasa Governor hopeful Shabal, faces backlash for supporting Homosexuality

After News Circulating on Social media and Mainstream media of one Suleiman Shabal a Businessman in Mombasa Supporting Homosexuality and Lesbianism in the County, He has of late received Criticism for supporting immorality and acts that go against the Spiritual teachings. Suleiman Shabal who will also  be vying For Mombasa Governorship seat through the ODM party was interrigated in an interview before whether he supports Gaysim and lesbianism and he clearly stated that he had no problem with it since those people doing it have a right and freedom to engage in the act.   This has drawn the attention of Churches and places of worship in Mombasa. Hon. Ali Menza Mbogo MP Kisauni Constituency who is also seeking to take over the county as the second Governor of the city ha...
Over 200 Kanduyi youths receive Driving School sponsorship
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Over 200 Kanduyi youths receive Driving School sponsorship

Kanduyi Constituency M.p Hon. Wafula Wamunyinyi met over 200 Youths selected from bodaboda, Lorry transporters and touts who had no driving licence to be sponsored to undertake driving lessons. Speaking to the press Wamunyinyi pointed out that this training is of importance to Kanduyi Youths and they should take it seriously.  "I encouraged them to  seriously  embrace the opportunity in a bid to enhance their safety and that of other road users. "Wamunyinyi highlighted. The Legislator further highlighted  that the step was taken having realized that the transport sector is a key component in economic development.  From the total of  Kshs. Each beneficiary will receive Kshs. 15,000 for  driving training which will help them learn traffic ...
Ksh.600M water project launched in Bungoma
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Ksh.600M water project launched in Bungoma

By: Ian Imbaiza and Lydia Wafula South Korea and Bungoma County have launched a Ksh. 600M water project in Bungoma that will see residents' access to clean water for domestic use. The launching exercise was presided over by Korean ambassador Yeonghan Choi. Addressing the media at the county headquarters, Bungoma Governor Wycliffe Wangamati noted that the project will see construction of some 86.3km water supply pipeline, the erection of a water treatment plant and five service tanks and 25 water collection kiosks across Mt. Elgon, Kabuchai and Kanduyi constituencies serving a population of approximately 100,000 people. Wangamati assured that project is aimed at improving the state of sanitation and hygiene by increasing water supply and access and reducing the walking distance to...
Bungoma RMNCAH Network Launches ANC advocacy campaign
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Bungoma RMNCAH Network Launches ANC advocacy campaign

Bungoma Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescents health network has inaugurated it's Antenatal clinic campaign advocacy trail. The network advocates for the health of expectant mothers and their children upon delivery. In a colourful ceremony and procession in Bungoma town, members of the network went through the town with banners and shirts with writings portraying the necessity of proper ANC attendance among pregnant women in Bungoma county. The network chairman Samuel Nakitare told journalists that the advocacy campaign was necessitated by an upsurge in Maternal and Newborn deaths in Bungoma county. "Losing a single mother during and after delivery is detrimental to our population, this is why we are asking all stakeholders within and outside the health system...
Relief to Bungoma residents as integrity Justice Centre is launched
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Relief to Bungoma residents as integrity Justice Centre is launched

A feeling of reassurance has engulfed Bungoma following the launch of an Integrity Justice Centre, which aims at fighting against social injustices in the community. The luncheon which was attended by 68 Conveners from other Injustices Centres from Western region took place in Bungoma Town where the first Justice centre office was launched. "The co-mandate of launching a Justice Centre in Bungoma is to educate the community on their rights so that they can liberate themselves because it is their right to fight injustices in the community." Dorothy Adongo, Convener for Social Justice centre in Bungoma said. Adongo added that there was a need to have a community voice that was going to speak on behalf of the community in a neutral manner. This centre targets more on women b...
Family cries for help as student goes missing for 2 weeks in Nairobi
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Family cries for help as student goes missing for 2 weeks in Nairobi

A family in Bungoma County is appealing to the general public to help them get their son who has been missing for the last three weeks. Brian Wanjala Wabwile, a 21 year second-year student pursuing Bachelor of Applied Communication at Multimedia University is reported to have gone missing on the eve of Wednesday 4th October 2021. It is alleged that he was looking uneasy a few days before he disappeared following a debt of Ksh.8000 he owed his friend. His roommate Timsheldon Ayiecho who reported Wanjala's disappearance at Ongata Rongai police station told the police that his friend left his phone charging at their Maasai Lodge hostel and never returned. In addition, he told the police that Brian had just left his female friend Eda Gachue on the sam...
3 dead as Truck crushes protesting farmers in Haryana
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3 dead as Truck crushes protesting farmers in Haryana

A terrible vehicle accident took place near the India’s capital Delhi today. A speeding truck ran over a divider resulting in the death of three women near the farmers' protest site at Delhi- Haryana border.  The women were reportedly sitting on the divider, waiting for an auto-rickshaw when the truck hit them.  The driver of the truck ran away from the accident scene, police said.   Those were protesting women farmers demanding repeal of Farm Laws. Two women farmers died on the spot and another female farmer died after being taken to hospital.  Farmers have been protesting in Tikri area of Haryana for the last 11 months. The incident took place on the Delhi-Haryana border near Tikri.  According to sources, the women were sitting on a divi...
Kenya, Finland partner on GBV and FGM issues
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Kenya, Finland partner on GBV and FGM issues

Kenya and Finland have ratified a bilateral partnership that will see both countries strengthen their intervention measures in response to Gender Based Violence (GBV) and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). The three year programme that will be rolled out nationally will be unveiled in the three pilot counties of Bungoma, Kilifi and Samburu to the tune of 6,000,000 Euros of which Kenya will contribute 1,000,000 Euros and Finland Government 5,000, 000 Euros. The programme is aimed at advancing the on-going efforts to develop a preventive, protective supportive, responsive and transformative environment for the elimination of Gender Based Violence in the country. The launch and signing of the programme was officiated and witnessed by the Cabinet Secretary for Public Service, Gender, S...
Bungoma Coffee farmers urged to take their products to cooperative societies
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Bungoma Coffee farmers urged to take their products to cooperative societies

Coffee farmers in Mt .Elgon constituency, Bungoma County have been urged to take their products to cooperative societies instead of selling cheaply to Ugandans at a lower cost. Speaking to the press, after attending a special forum of farmers organized by Kimama Cooperative society in Mt .Elgon, Eric Kiso said that police along the borders have been instructed to make sure that coffee is sold legally in the country through marketing cooperatives and associations to enhance a better market. “Our neighbors’ in Uganda are exploiting us by buying coffee at low prices and using fake weighing scales which is affecting us ,'' he said , adding that coffee smuggling has increased amongst farmers and it's high time it should  be stopped. Kiso added that farmers should implement a budg...
UDA aspirants now ready to receive Ruto in Bungoma County, Kenya
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UDA aspirants now ready to receive Ruto in Bungoma County, Kenya

United Democratic Alliance grassroot supporters have expressed their preparedness to receive Deputy President William Ruto in Bungoma. Speaking to journalists after a planning meeting in Bungoma town, the party aspirants reaffirmed their unwavering support for Dp Ruto and called upon Bungoma residents to show up and welcome him. The team also urged youths to maintain discipline and peace in DP Ruto's visit to Bungoma county in order to avert confusion and unnecessary confusion. "Bungoma is a peaceful county, the incitement of a few individuals like what happened in Busia has no place in Bungoma," said Innocent Sikuku Wabwile, MCA aspirant East Sang'alo ward. His sentiments were reiterated by Mulunda Khaoya who assured small scale business holders that their secu...
Bungoma Governor Hosts Head of USAID in East Africa
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Bungoma Governor Hosts Head of USAID in East Africa

Bungoma County and USAID East Africa today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in a meeting designed to improve the state of healthcare and agriculture in Bungoma County.  In a radical departure from the past, the MoU places a premium on locally defined gaps and solutions in a philosophy dubbed "co-owned, co-led and co-managed".  Governor Wangamati signed on behalf of Bungoma County while Mission Director Mark Meassick signed on behalf of USAID. Mark Meassick Speaking shortly after exchanging the signed MoU, Mark said the new philosophy seeks to strengthen transformational partnership for community-led development and redefines bilateral relations from a paternalistic approach to a structured partnership.  Governor Wangamati lauded the new approach of...
A Memory of The Gallant Shujaas of Chetambe
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A Memory of The Gallant Shujaas of Chetambe

Great heroes are recognized in the world ever because of their role in making their countries progress. Bungoma has not been left behind and follows in the footsteps of awarding its heroes. The heroes are awarded based on their Knowledge, Spiritual perspective, cultural values, Environmental basis and Entrepreneurship. The ranking was last done in the year 2016. "The rankings are done based on the community, they choose people whom they think they are their heroes and we get their data and call them for further assessments. " Alice Wafula, Director of Sports and Culture Said.  Bungoma County has history of heroes who are remembered till today. In  March-May 1985 arrival of Charles William Hobley, the ruler-ruled relationship between Nabongo and the Bukusu had much deter...
Shincheonji Church of Jesus to hold Sensitization on Covid 19
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Shincheonji Church of Jesus to hold Sensitization on Covid 19

The upsurge of Covid 19 Pandemic has triggered a lot of misunderstanding among the general public across the world. The pandemic which came up as an abrupt uncertainty has also caused confusion among the religious world especially in the medical field alongside daily life. In the United states for instance, rumours are percolating that coronavirus Pandemic is the mark of the beast written in apocalyptic scriptures of Revelation 13. People are now attaching COVID 19 woes to Satan and diverging them from God. The religious groups have also been rendered into a dilemma on whether Covid 19 is a sign of end times or not. Due to this, Shincheonji Church of Jesus, the Temple of the Tabernacle of the Testimony is holding a round of weekly sensitization seminars entitled Testimony on P...
Bungoma learners win 2021 Young Scientists Health Category Award
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Bungoma learners win 2021 Young Scientists Health Category Award

Two form four students at the St. Mary’s Kamba secondary school in Kanduyi, Bungoma County are the 2021 Young Scientists Kenya (YSK) National Science and Technology Exhibition, health category award winners. Valerie Wanjala and Claire Wesonga won the award for the most innovative project in health, after they presented an idea on a reversible male family planning pill from Mondia Whitei, commonly referred to as 'Mkombero' and another plant known as justica genderusa. Ezekiel Murani who teaches biology and chemistry from form one to form four at the remote school was the student’s patron in the project. He said the work of justica genderusa was to cause infertility in the male rabbits, while Mkombero’s role was to reverse the infertility. “We used rabbits whereby we extracted liqu...
60 mothers in Bungoma to undergo Obstetric fistula surgery
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60 mothers in Bungoma to undergo Obstetric fistula surgery

At least 60 women suffering from Fistula will undergo corrective surgery in Bungoma County during the Fistula operation campaign week which was initiated by Bungoma county health department in collaboration with the Safaricom foundation, the office of the first lady, Amref health Africa, Flying doctors service and the United Nations population Fund (UNFPA). Speaking at Webuye County hospital, Bungoma county governor Wycliffe Wangamati lauded the move by the organizations and the office of the first lady for initiating the Fistula campaign so that the affected mothers can be attended to and restore their dignity as women after giving birth. Bungoma governor Wycliffe Wangamati and Safaricom Sales rep Sophy Onyango when they visited Fistula patients at Webuye County Hospital, Bungoma C...
Police arrest two suspects with elephant tusks in Kenya
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Police arrest two suspects with elephant tusks in Kenya

Two suspects, James Wandili and Moses Crusho on Saturday were arrested after they were found with elephant tusks in Bungoma town. Benjamin Kimwele, Bungoma south OCPD told the press that the two were arrested in Bungoma town while escaping police arrest who had received a tip-off from residents in Bungoma town. Kimwele added that the suspects were carrying the elephant tusks in the bag but their destination has not been established yet. "After they were arrested, officers from Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) came and confirmed that it was elephant tusks," he said, adding that KWF officers are yet to establish the cost of the tusks. The police boss assured that the suspects are detained at Bungoma police station waiting to be arraigned in court on Monday. "The suspects are deta...
Unite behind President Uhuru, Raila – NG-CDF Director urges Kenyans
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Unite behind President Uhuru, Raila – NG-CDF Director urges Kenyans

The National Government Constituency fund director Peter Anyanga has called upon leaders and Kenyans to remain united as the country approaches it's general elections. Speaking in Bungoma county when his board toured several schools to access progress of CDF projects in Kanduyi constituency, Anyanga said no level of development can ever be achieved amidst political intolerance. "It is high time for all of us to shun name calling, incitement and bad politics the way President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga have done so that we achieve a peaceful and progressive country," he said. Anyanga also insisted on the need to support ODM leader Raila Odinga and his ambitions for unity in the country, terming it an avenue for good politics in the country. "This will spearhead love for on...
University don urges students to be innovative, more creative
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University don urges students to be innovative, more creative

Kibabii University lecturer in Bungoma County, Kenya has asked University students to be more innovative and creative in applying what they learnt in class into practicals and initiate it into the community. Speaking to the press during the boot camp that brought together students from various Universities, Cleophas Chesoli, a lecturer and the coordinator of the venture for change initiative said that the aim of the boot camp is to make sure that there is food security in the society. He noted that before the commencement of the innovation activity students from various Universities formed groups to research and find a lasting solution to the scarcity in food. “Different research groups have presented their findings on food safety and security in the community,” he noted, adding ...
Breaking: Kenyan President re-assigns Ministers
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Breaking: Kenyan President re-assigns Ministers

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday re-assigned four ministers and Principal Secretaries in new changes to his Cabinet. Amb. Dr. Monica Juma was, in the reshuffle, moved to the Ministry of Energy from Defence, where she is replaced by Eugene Wamalwa who leaves the Devolution docket. Charles Keter will now step into Wamalwa’s shoes at the Devolution docket as he paves way for Dr. Juma at the Energy ministry. Prof. Margaret Kobia will head the newly reconstituted Ministry of Public Service, Gender, Senior Citizens Affairs and Special Programmes. President Kenyatta also re-assigned Principal Secretaries, among them Maj. Gen. Rtd Gordon Kihalangwa who moves to the State Department for Energy from Public Works. Dr. Eng. Joseph Njoroge moves to the State Department for Transpor...
Big Win for Bungoma as British High Commissioner lands with a grant
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Big Win for Bungoma as British High Commissioner lands with a grant

Governor Wycliffe Wangamati received British Deputy High Commissioner H.E Julius Court, and Cabinet secretary for Devolution, Hon. Eugene Wamalwa, at County Headquarters, Bungoma. The envoy’s visit kicks off an exercise that will see the County sink a staggering Sh1 billion in opening up its town, upgrading the market and expanding critical infrastructure and improving social amenities to support growing urbanization in Bungoma Municipality.  Managed through the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), SUED is a £70 million five-year programme that will support up to 12 fast growing municipalities in Kenya to plan their urbanization better, improve links with larger markets that were previously inaccessible and prepare for climate-resilient and sustainable growth. ...
Woman in trouble for falsely accusing Area Chief of rape
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Woman in trouble for falsely accusing Area Chief of rape

A woman in Kericho, Kenya is in trouble with the law after detectives discovered that she falsely accused her area chief of forcing himself on her, after her husband discovered that the two have been having sexual affairs since August. According to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) in Kenya, a serious case was lodged at Londiani police station on Tuesday afternoon. “The woman from Kimasian location who was accompanied by her husband alleged that the area chief had stormed her homestead earlier in the day and ordered her out of the house,” the police report seen by Citizen Digital in Kenya explains. The woman alleged that when she obliged, the chief then forced her into a nearby maize plantation where he raped her repeatedly.  “Detectives launched immed...