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Thursday, January 10th, 2019

 

Raila blames courts for derailing war on corruption

By FAITH NYAMAI
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Opposition leader Raila Odinga on Thursday termed corruption the major contributor to inequality in the country.

Mr Odinga accused the Judiciary of failing to fully support the government in the war against corruption.

“It’s unfortunate that the Judiciary has not been helping Kenya as a country to fight corruption in our systems. We have seen people being arrested and taken to court where evidence is presented but our courts end up releasing these people on bail,” he said.

The opposition leader said that if the country is to bridge the inequality gap, then justice can only be a shield and defender if there is democracy.

He said that if the youth are empowered, they will be able to participate in wealth creation and will bridge the inequality gap.

Mr Odinga challenged universities to empower the youth with skills that will enable them to stand out.

He was speaking at the University of Nairobi where Ford Foundation president Darren Walker gave a public lecture on “Bridging the Inequality Gap in East Africa”.

In his lecture, Mr Walker said one of the challenges of democracy is the growing inequality in Africa, and called for civil society collaboration with the government to ensure that the youth, the disabled and the less fortunate are not left out in terms of development.

“Societies with growing inequalities are societies with growing hopelessness, the greatest danger to democracy and a society is hopelessness,” he said.

Mr Walker asked universities and other tertiary institutions to develop an education system that is generative to enable students create business after graduation and enable them to empower the society.

“Young people have to believe first and foremost in themselves and receive support from the respective organisations, including the government,” he said.

Mr Walker said the government must receive the necessary support from the civil society and the relevant institutions in dealing with corruption.

Former Chief Justice Willy Mutunga said that to fight inequality and bridge the gap, the government must fight all forms of corruption.


Are these articles ever edited?

By NATION REPORTER
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We have some leftovers of readers’ voices from last year. We cannot publish all of them, though, because of the limited space.

Anchors should keep religious comments to themselves

Nothing irritates and annoys me like the tendency by some news anchors to make religious statements before or after reading the bulletin.

By the time I stopped watching news bulletins of the mainstream media houses, some news presenters had become notorious for using religious statements such as “God bless”, “Hope you had a blessed day” and “Have a blessed night”.

Also, they were notorious for using offhand comments such as “We send our condolences to the bereaved families”.

“What an inspiring story” and “We hope action will be taken by the authorities and the suspects arrested” between stories.

Again, news anchors should keep their drinks hidden from the sight of viewers.

These juvenile, irritating and annoying habits of news anchors of the mainstream media houses will become our next tourist attractions.

Why can’t they emulate Al Jazeera or the BBC, where offhand comments between stories, religious slogans and drinks are not allowed?

— Njoroge Kibe, Kajiado.

News bulletins are far too long

Television news used to last about 30 minutes. In Europe and America, they last 10 to 15 minutes maximum, with no advertisements.

But in Kenya, TV news now takes 45 to 60 minutes. The anchor reads, say, three news items then a tsunami of adverts follows for 10 minutes.

In fact, you can travel from Limuru to Nairobi before the news resumes. This is making some viewers shift to other stations.

Radio stations are doing the same and, secondly, most TV and radio stations have stopped giving us foreign news.

No wonder few Kenyans, like Americans, know what is happening outside their country.

— Robert Musamali, Nairobi.

Are these articles ever edited?

The standard of writing, especially by those who report on county news, leaves a lot be desired these days. At times, one if left wondering if these are really writers within the Nation Media Group.

Take the article “Victims of fistula speak of suffering and stigma in battling the ordeal” by Kazungu Samuel (Daily Nation, October 12, page 26).

The lady interviewed was Dama Kanadzina, yet the writer goes ahead to refer to her as Ms Jumwa, which had not been given as part of her name. Then later he writes, “Mr Ruwa said he stood with her (sic) wife and gave her hope.”

Aren’t these articles edited?

— Chris Otieno

Methuselah lives on in ‘Nation’ obituaries pages

Charles Otieno points out that a funeral announcement of Clement Gathuku Pancrasio of Kiawaita Village, Nyeri, which appeared on page 52 of the Daily Nation of October 28, had a picture caption that read: “Sunrise 1395-Sunset 27/10/2018.”That made Gathuku 623 years when he died!

That puts the deceased in the league of Old Testament patriarchs such as Methuselah, who died at the age of 969.

But did Methuselah really live that long? Some scholars believe his age — like that of Gathuku — was the result of an error or mistranslation that converted months to years, making him 969 years old instead of 80.

There were other errors in the Gathuku funeral announcement, most likely written by a family member.

His body was to be collected from the mortuary seven days before the date on which he was said to have died while the fundraising took place four days before he died.

The Nation transition pages continue to exhibit the nation’s literacy.

How can one have his items published in your newspapers, which have a wide coverage and are good for educative purposes and are highly read and sought after?

I would gladly welcome the chance of writing for you.

— Moses Mutie


Improve data-driven school selection

By TIMOTHY ORIEDO
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Launched in 2017, the National Education Management Information System (Nemis) has met the dream of managing and automating education data and other related administrative functions.

The main objective of the portal was to help the Ministry of Education to gather accurate and real-time information on learners and learning institutions.

Such a system is meant to gather statistics from schools by following people, models, methods, procedures, processes, rules and regulations.

It also relates with the emerging computer technology to get all these functions to work together to provide comprehensive, integrated, relevant, reliable, unambiguous and timely data to education leaders, decisions makers, planners and managers to efficiently achieve the set goals.

Nemis, as is typical of any new technological intervention that is deployed en masse, has had some bottlenecks ranging from data incompleteness to technical incapacity of users and lack of synchronisation with data on the Integrated Population Regulations Systems (IPRS).

The IPRS was launched in 2015 to store the data of all Kenyans at a central location for easy electronic access by institutions, including private corporations that provide crucial and sensitive services.

This year, the ministry activated a module for Form One admission to secondary school.

There was, however, a backlash and this offers valuable lessons as we drive forward in adopting a culture of data-driven decisions in both public and private corporations.

Lesson 1: Digital transformation is driven by consumer education.

The ministry directed that all admission letters for three categories of schools, apart from sub-county schools, be downloaded from the Nemis website.

Bearing in mind the remote location of many parents and their level of digital literacy, it will be worth the effort for the ministry to look at the data from the portal and ascertain how many of them actually downloaded it as directed.

There was a need to provide prior education through mass media on how to download the letters.

Lesson 2: Behavioural metadata is critical.

What story does the data speak? From the previous data in the ministry’s possession, what is the admission trend?

Do students report to the schools which they were selected to join?

For those who don’t, how do they settle on the school they eventually report to?

For schools with a substantial number of no-shows, how do they fill the void?

Who is the key decision maker in selections — the student or the parent?

Why do many parents prefer to take their children to schools of their choice? Who, then, should the selection target?

Lesson 3: Weigh algorithmic versus humagorithmic selection.

The ministry states that the selection is computer-generated.

Well, but the data is input by humans, and the algorithms are tuned by humans, too.

To what extent do the human and algorithms work together?

How optimised is the selection algorithm to avoid true positives and false negatives — that is, instances where one is posted to a school they didn’t select?

Does the selection criteria match the parents’ preferences? How involved are parents during the selection criteria?

Can the enforcement happen at this stage, which is usually at the beginning of the final Standard Eight term, where the consequences of selection are clearly spelt out to manage anticipations?

Lesson 4: Location intelligence is important.

How well does Nemis make use of geographical information mapping?

In the spirit of regional balance and cultural adaptation as a criteria, it would be worthwhile to analyse longitudinal impact of education performance of learners from different environments for future placement considerations.

There are instances where pupils were selected to join county day or mixed schools far away from home, practically forcing a parent to rent a house for them.

Lesson 5: Technology enables strategy.

Availability of data does not necessarily mean the data will speak for itself.

Despite the good work so far in setting up an efficient data collection system, it’s time the ministry invested in the right technology to scale the usage of the platform for multiple access.

Computer technology gives technical support to the education management information systems only when provided with the right people, with the right information and at the right time to make the best decisions, planning and monitoring in the best interest of organisation.

Mr Oriedo is a data scientist at Predictive Analytics Lab and an author. [email protected]


Not everyone dressed in a ‘kanzu’ and ‘kofia’ is an imam or sheikh

By PETER MWAURA
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This is my belated New Year message: Not everyone dressed in a kanzu and kofia is an imam or sheikh. We can find many applications for this wisdom, not just in the world of Islam.

But the aphorism is not mine. It is from the high priest of media affairs at Nairobi Jamia Mosque.

Abu Ayman Abusufian took umbrage at the following story published by the Daily Nation last year.

A Malindi court sentenced a man to life imprisonment for sexually abusing his nine-year-old stepson. The assailant’s name was not given, but he was said to be a madrasa teacher, an imam, 37 years old.

Was the Nation trying to protect the imam by not naming him? That was not Mr Abusufian’s concern.

The Jamia Mosque head of media was concerned that the “imam” may not have been an imam, after all.

One can’t be an imam without a mosque, he says. “An imam is a Muslim scholar attached to a mosque, where he leads the prayers and also has a larger role in providing spiritual advice and leadership to the community.”

I checked everywhere. I found at least the Nation Stylebook agrees with him, defining ‘imam’ as “leader of congregational prayer in a mosque”.

Mr Abusufian’s beef with the Nation is that the story, headlined Imam gets life sentence in child sex assault case, emphasises the fact that the sexual offender is an imam but does not name his mosque.

In the body of the story, published on November 16, we are told that he is “an imam in Malindi”. But there are many imams and mosques in Malindi.

The sexual offender might very well have been a madrasa teacher, but that didn’t necessarily make him an imam.

Some madrasa teachers, Mr Abusufian said, “only possess a basic understanding of Islam and cannot be referred to as imams or sheikhs”.

However, a survey of the literature shows the term imam can also be an honorific for eminent scholars of Islam, or leaders of Muslim communities or villages.

Depending on the usage of the word and whether or not it is written with a capital “I”, it can have many different meanings and connotations.

Examples: “Muhammad Swalihu is the imam of Nairobi Jamia Mosque,” “The Aga Khan is 49th hereditary imam of the Shia Ismaili Muslims,” “Imam Mohammed Al-Bukhari is one of the most distinguished scholars of Hadith in Islamic history.”

DISTINCTION

However, in the context of the Nation story, Mr Abusufian is right. An imam is the person who leads prayers in a mosque.

“Unfortunately, it has become the trend for the media to describe anyone dressed in a kanzu and a kofia, who is associated with a Muslim institution, as a sheikh, an imam or Muslim leader,” he says.

“It’s important for a proper distinction to be made regarding these titles by your journalists to avoid misrepresentation of facts.”

I think we can agree with Mr Abusufian. A sheikh is also a Muslim honorific for heads of religious orders, organisations and colleges, chiefs of tribes and headmen of villages.

It’s also applied to Muslim scholars recognised as having specialist knowledge of Islamic law and theology, and men who are important or wealthy.

Examples: “Sheikh Khalifa Mohamed is the organising secretary of the Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya”; “Former Chief Kadhi Sheikh Hammad Kassim led the mourners in the final prayers before the burial of Mombasa billionaire Twahir Sheikh Said”; “Sheikh Abeid Amani Karume was the first president of Zanzibar,” and so forth.

But what Mr Abusufian did not consider — and this does not nullify his argument — is that, if the Nation had named the mosque where the offender held prayers, that could have led to his identification — and hence that of his stepson.

The NMG editorial policy forbids the identification of children in sexual offences cases.

According to the policy, editors have a moral obligation to ensure they leave no margin whatsoever that could lead to identification of such victims.

This is also in conformity with the Children’s Act. But, when all is said and done, Mr Abusufian is asking journalists to use Muslim honorifics correctly.


Kieleweke, Tanga Tanga just a chess game being played on us

By MUTUMA MATHIU
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The Kieleweke and Tanga Tanga drama is a storm in a tea cup. The election is not until 2022 and the debate is not about how our lives will be made better, the tax burden lighter and the future of our children brighter.

It is mainly jostling for power and influence within the political class.

And I believe, and I could be wrong, that the money being used to run around the country, print T-shirts, buy protesters and so on is straight out of our taxes.

From my armchair, it appears as if Deputy President William Ruto enjoys the support of many elected leaders in central Kenya.

President Uhuru Kenyatta’s governor in Kiambu, Mr Ferdinand Waititu, sings the Ruto chorus.

Hell, Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria, one of Mr Kenyatta’s earliest and most fanatical court poets, is now reading from the Ruto anthology! So, what’s going on and why shouldn’t we care?

Allow me to speculate. This is my own personal theory — for your entertainment, not information. Don’t sue me if it’s wrong (it most likely is).

I think Dr Ruto has executed a brilliant, well-timed political coup against Mr Kenyatta, calculated to render the President politically irrelevant and push him into a lame-duck mode early in the second term.

That places the DP in pole position to succeed Mr Kenyatta — and on his own terms.

That would mean Dr Ruto would not need Mr Kenyatta to get elected and would, therefore, be entirely his own man, beholden to no one.

In this scenario is an interesting twist of fates, where the President would serve at his deputy’s pleasure.

SUPPORTERS

It boggles the mind the strategy and sheer resources required to recruit and finance the nomination and election of such a huge number of governors, senators, MPs and MCAs in Central. It speaks of a very committed politician with a huge war chest.

I don’t know whether the ground — as they call it — in Central is with Mr Kenyatta or Dr Ruto.

But having been around for a while, I’d not write off Mr Kenyatta in Central.

If he got out, worked hard and mobilised his political base, he would have few problems getting the voters behind him.

But what he needs is not the support of voters; he is not in an election.

It is numbers in Parliament, so that he can implement his agenda and stay in office.

And to manage his exit, so that he remains politically relevant and influential in retirement — assuming, of course, he does not have a power extension scheme under his sleeve.

Was the pre-emptive strike against the President an inspired move or a monumental blunder?

Only time will tell. Generally speaking, power is never given. It is taken … fought for.

If you sit back and wait to be given at the pleasure and out of the generosity of other politicians, you will either sink into irrelevant sycophancy or become a lapdog leader.

But if you must make a move against the pack leader, you have to be certain you are strong enough to strike a knockout blow.

I think Mr Kenyatta’s counter is not bad. By bringing opposition leader Raila Odinga and his Nasa band into play, he scored two good goals.

First, he got himself a good pair of political legs. He can mix it up in Parliament, move his agenda and avoid impeachment — if it comes to that.

Secondly, he pacified the country and got a chance to take the political high ground, where he is seen to be fighting corruption and unifying and developing the nation.

This is good chess, I think. A partnership between Mr Kenyatta and Mr Odinga, especially with the benefits of incumbency, is politically lethal.

If you throw in the other senior politicians gravitating around the ‘handshake’, then you have a formation with the political talent and resources to lock Dr Ruto out of the presidency.

And thus, Mr Kenyatta recaptures the initiative, gaining the leverage to dictate the course of events.

Assuming, of course, that Mr Odinga, the ruthless grandmaster, does not pull off the mother of all upsets and do a deal on the sly with Dr Ruto, isolate and knock out Mr Kenyatta.

But, like I said, none of it is a matter of life and death for the average Kenyan.

And none of it is really about lightening the tax burden or lighting up your street.

Speaking of chess, Congolese President Joseph Kabila is feared to have pulled a fast one on the opposition.

He apparently had a candidate in the race — only it was not necessarily that of his party, Mr Emmanuel Shadary.

According to some, it was Mr Felix Tshisekedi, the eventual winner with seven million votes.

The other opposition candidate, Mr Martin Fayulu, who got 6.4 million votes, says he has been robbed of victory and that Mr Tshisekedi struck a deal with Mr Kabila.

As Mr Fayulu cries foul, Mr Tshisekedi is singing Lingala in praise of Mr Kabila: “I pay tribute to President Joseph Kabila and today we should no longer see him as an adversary, but rather, a partner in democratic change in our country.”

Meanwhile, Mr Shadary has conceded defeat and welcomed the election of Mr Tshisekedi as a victory for democracy, saying “the Congolese people have chosen and democracy has triumphed”.

Smells to high heaven, methinks, but much better than bloodshed or a refusal to hold elections.


All is not well at City Hall

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Whatever Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko says, with several recent resignations of members of his Cabinet, the city county leadership is in a crisis.

The latest to exit is Education Executive Janet Muthoni-Ouko, whom Governor Sonko ironically praises for having done a good job in the docket.

As a result of the resignations, several key portfolios have been left without stewardship at a time when there is increasing demand for the city county to provide adequate services to its residents.

But perhaps the most significant departure was that of technocrat Polycarp Igathe, as Deputy Governor.

It will be recalled that Mr Igathe, who left City Hall in January last year, had been tapped to complement politician Sonko’s apparent lack of managerial experience and provide the expertise to steer this most complex county, being the national capital.

Mr Igathe left saying he had failed to win his boss’s confidence. Mr Sonko has been promising to unveil his choice new deputy and will, hopefully, do so today.

The governor has tried to put on a brave face, reminding his critics that he has his unique style of managing affairs and that he won’t tolerate his juniors who get involved in graft.

He has warned that nothing will stand in his way as he goes about delivering services to residents.

That is laudable. But with the frequent changes, reliable service delivery remains elusive.

As the fights rage on, sticking out like a sore thumb is the silence of both the opposition and ruling party members of the city county assembly.

Part of their role is oversight over the executive, and it’s quite surprising that they do not seem bothered about the raging crisis.

The governor should put his house in order and let his officers do their work.


Leaders must uphold image of public life

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The Constitution spells out values and ethical standards required of national leaders and public officers. These include integrity, common decency, honesty and accountability.

Underlying these are self-restraint, personal discipline and trustworthiness. The upshot is that leaders must be moral standard bearers, paragons of virtue and beacons of hope. They have to lead by example.

However, this largely exists on paper. We have leaders who cannot pass muster. This is because the electoral process is, itself, deficient.

People who should not be anywhere near public office are allowed in through manipulation and deceit.

Hence, we have a crop of reckless and indisciplined leaders; those with the penchant for spewing vitriol and toxic utterances. Unfortunately, they thrive and even get support from undiscerning individuals.

In the past few days, we have been assaulted by insults and offensive utterances from some political leaders, bringing to shame the positions they hold and, subsequently, raising questions as to their suitability for the offices.

They become impudent when they take to the rostrum and throw caution to the wind as they churn out venom with reckless abandon.

Such leaders cause hatred, ethnic tensions and divisions and undermine national cohesion and integration.

Yet, when confronted, they turn around to blame the media for misreporting or quoting them out of context.

Still, they accuse imaginary enemies for plotting their downfall.

Some even have the effrontery to play victim and feign threats on their lives — which are simplistic theatrics for seeking public sympathy.

It is because of the potential for such chicanery that the drafters of the Constitution included a clause on recall: That voters can petition to pull out elected leaders if they fail to live up to the public expectations.

Hardly, however, has this clause ever been invoked. But increasingly, it is becoming pertinent that voters consider this option.

DISCIPLINE

Better still, parties ought to rein in the reckless leaders in their ranks.

There ought to be a system through which rogue and errant leaders can be tamed. Discipline in public life is paramount — never is it a show of meekness.

Freedoms of speech and expression are etched in the Constitution. Everyone, irrespective of station in life, has the liberty to criticise the government and its leaders.

Democracy thrives in an environment where citizens express themselves freely. Even so, it is a cardinal principal that freedoms come with responsibilities.

Public pronouncements have to be measured, respectful and not in any way calculated to antagonise or offend others.

We hereby call for discipline in public life. Leaders must desist from making repulsive and antagonistic statements. Those who cannot control themselves should be forced out.


Dedza police records 19 percent drop in crime cases

Dedza, January 10, 2019. Dedza Police Station Officer in Charge (OC), Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Emmie Soko has disclosed that in 2018, they have recorded a 19 percent drop in crime cases.

She disclosed this Wednesday during a meeting she had with heads of branches at Dedza PoliceStation and attributed the success to both Police Officers and community members’ hard working and team spirit.

“In 2017, Dedza Police Station registered 1,304 cases, while in 2018 it registered 1,056 cases making the difference of 248 cases, representing 19 per cent decrease. The Station registered 97 cases of accidents in 2018 while in 2017 the station registered 99 cases giving the difference of two representing the decrease of 2 per cent,”the OC said.

Soko attributed the decreaseon holistic approaches that were incorporated in combating crime during the year of 2018.

She said that,”Westrengthened CommunityPolice sensitization campaigns, various forms of patrol, using whistleblowers and radio programmes at Bembeke community radio to make the people in the district well informed on how best they can prevent crime by working hand in hand with the Police.”

“Let me appreciate the hard working spirit among the officers that has put us on the map. In the year 2018, we were recognised as the best station and emerged position two in C category amongst Police Stations of Central Region and this is a huge achievement, I am really grateful” Soko added.

She was worried with cases of road accidents, saying she has since orderedtraffic policeofficers to increase checks and patrols in all accident prone areas especially around Linthipe along M1 road from Blantyre to Lilongwe.

The Dedza Police Station Officer In-Charge has been appraised as an outstanding officer in charge by Association of People Living with Albinism (APAM),President Mr. Overton Kondowe because of the strategies she has put in place to ensure that people living with albinism are secure in the district.

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Malawi: Mzimba North prepares for cervical cancer vaccine campaign

Mzimba North District Health Office (DHO) has said that it is prepared to roll out Cervical Cancer Vaccine campaign

Mzuzu, January 10, 2019. Mzimba North District Health Office (DHO) has said that it is prepared to roll out Cervical Cancer Vaccine campaign which is scheduled to start from January 14 to 18, 2019.

Ministry of Health and Population, in a bid to combat cervical cancer in the country, is introducing a vaccine for  nine year- old girls throughout the country and the launching ceremony is scheduled for January 10,2019 in Mangochi District.

In an interview Wednesday, Mzimba North DHO Public Relations Officer, Lovemore Kawayi said the office has oriented all personnel who are expected to be involved in the vaccination exercise.

“Health workers, school health and nutrition teachers, head teachers, Primary Education Advisors and traditional leaders have already been oriented ahead of the exercise.
“We are already in the process of orienting drama groups which will help raise awareness about the exercise to complement our officer’s efforts on the same so that we reach out to as many girls as possible,” he said.

Kawayi could not disclose the exact number of girls targeted for the exercise as mobilization is underway.

In December, 2018, Ministry of Health and Population announced that among its routine vaccines, the Ministry said that it will national wide introduce Cervical Cancer Vaccine for   nine year-old girls.

According to Assistant Director of Clinical Services responsible for Non-Communicable Diseases in the Ministry, Hastings Chiumia said that the vaccine is not recommended for order women as the vaccine may not have any preventive effects on them.

“The vaccine which protects girls child for life, will only work effectively in girls below age of 14 particularly those who have not engaged in any sexual debut, otherwise if already involved any form of sexual activities it will mean that they are already exposed to the virus which causes cervical cancer,” he said.

Chiumia said the vaccine would be taken in two doses within a space of six months.

“Let me warn the girls that the vaccine will not protect them from pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections including HIV as the vaccine is only meant to protect from cervical cancer,” he added.

Chiumia said redness of the skin, pain, itching, swelling and soreness of the vaccine injection site are some of the side effects which are expected to disappear few days after the vaccination.

He explained that it is recommended that after receiving the vaccination, the girl child should linger around the vaccination site for at least 15 minutes before leaving so that incase an emergency, the health officers present could attend to her.

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KPA roll out the red carpet for fastest woman Ta Lou in Mombasa

By PHILIP ONYANGO
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Sports Personality of the Year Awards (Soya) chief guest Ivorian track star Marie-Josee Ta Lou had a busy day two in Mombasa County as she was taken on a tour of Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) before conducting sprints clinics at the Mbaraki Sports Grounds courtesy of cosponsors New KCC and KPA.

Ta Lou was on Wednesday evening joined in light training by Nairobi governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko on the sandy beaches of the Indian Ocean at Whitesands Beach Hotel.

She had earlier been treated to a sumptuous welcome by Kenya Ports Authority Managing Director Daniel Manduku at the Galaxy Chinese restaurant located on Mama Ngina Drive. Soya top brass including founder Paul Tergat were also in attendance for the lunch.

Bernard Osero, KPA’s head of co-operate affairs took the sprinter through a tour of the Container Terminal Two where she watched cranes being loaded and offloaded from ships docked at the port.

An excited Ta Lou took time to take photos with the KPA officials and Soya guests as she brought activities at the busy container department to a standstill for a while as workers tried to catch a glimpse of the sprints sensation.

At the KPA Mbaraki Sports ground, Ta Lou collaborated with former Kenyan 100m champion Grace Kidake to demonstrate how to hand over the relay baton in the 4x100m relay race.

She was met by among others KPA sports officer Lenox Safari and top AK officials led by Coast chairman Kimoni Kisalu, Beatrice Taita, Isabela Mushila and Dina Anyango.

ALL SET FOR EVENT

Meanwhile, all is set for Friday’s Safaricom Sports Personality of the Year Awards (Soya) gala at the historic Fort Jesus, Mombasa.

Nominees for the various categories arrived in the coastal town yesterday and were enjoying the sights and sounds of the famous tourist town.

The National Social Security Fund (NSSF) was among the sponsors who presented their funds in support of the event giving out a sponsorship cheque of Sh2 million.

“NSSF has sponsored Soya for the last five years and we are glad to be on board yet again this year” said Corporate Affairs manager Dr Chris Khisa adding that they have focused on sports as one of the Corporate Social Responsibility areas as they seek to help enhance youth talent and tap it from the grass roots level.

Sports personality of the year awards (Soya)

*Selected categories*
Sportswoman of the Year

Fatuma Zarika (Boxing)

Janet Okello (Rugby)

Hellen Obiri (Athletics)

Beatrice Chepkoech (Athletics)

Celliphine Chespol (Athletics)

Sportsman of the Year
Willy Ambaka (Rugby)

Patrick Matasi (Football)

Eliud Kipchoge (Athletics)

Conseslus Kipruto (Athletics)

Elijah Manangoi (Athletics)

Team of the Year – Men
Gor Mahia

Harambee Stars

Davis Cup (Tennis)

KANBIS Sports Club (Cricket)

Kenya Deaf team (Handball)

Team of the Year – Women

Kenya Lionesses (Rugby)

Telkom (Hockey)

Malkia Strikers (Volleyball)

Equity Hawks (Basketball)

KPA (Basketball)

Most Promising Personality of the Year – Boy
Edward Zakayo (Athletics)

Carlos Ochieng (Judo)

Rhonex Kipruto (Athletics)

Piston Mutamba (Football)

Jackson Kavesa (Athletics)

Most Promising Personality of the Year – Girl

Teresia Engesha (Harambee Starlets)

Beatrice Chebet (Athletics)

Angela Okutoyi (Tennis)

Maria Brunlehner (Swimming)

Edinah Jebitok (Athletics)

Coach of the Year

Rosemary Owino (Tennis)

Kevin ‘Bling’ Wambua (Kenya Lionnesses – Rugby)

Jos Openda (Telkom – Hockey)

Curtis Olago (KCB – Rugby)

Josp Barasa (Prisons – Volleyball)

Federation of the Year
FKF, AK, KSSSA