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Top 10 News in Brief: Why Uhuru, Raila Can’t Smile Yet After MPs Pass BBI Bill

by Robert Mwangi
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As you start your day, you need to power your mind with some relevant and useful information.

We have picked for you the Top 10 stories making the headlines on this day, 12th May 2021.

All Focus on Referendum Now, But…

After the Speakers of the National Assembly and the Senate submit the approved BBI Constitutional Amendment Bill 2020 to President Uhuru Kenyatta, he will notify the electoral commission to hold a referendum.

But after lawmakers in both Houses passed the Bill, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) cannot subject it to a referendum because of the numerous court cases challenging the constitutionality of the process to amend the supreme law.

The High Court has issued an order barring the commission from conducting the referendum until the suits are heard and determined.

The President, his ‘Handshake’ partner Raila Odinga and their allies are now waiting for the verdict before hitting the ground running to popularise the BBI referendum.

Police Spokesman Charles Owino Transferred

Long-serving Police Spokesperson Charles Owino has been moved to the Kenya National Focal Point Arms and Light Weapons Department in the latest changes made by Inspector-General of Police Hillary Mutyambai.

Although it looks like a demotion, Owino said he was okay with the change, noting that his announcement to join politics might have caused his boss to transfer him to a less sensitive docket.

A few weeks ago, Owino said he would retired later in the year to focus on his Siaya gubernatorial bid.

Isaac Mwaura Loses His Seat

Senate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka has declared vacant Isaac Mwaura’s seat after the Jubilee Party removed the second-term nominated lawmaker.

Mwaura rattled his party leader, President Uhuru Kenyatta, on New Year’s Eve after taunting him during a rally attended by Deputy President William Ruto in Msambweni constituency, Kwale County.

Speaking at funeral in Vihiga County weeks later, the President warned the nominated senator, telling him to watch his tongue.

What followed was his expulsion from the ruling party. He appealed against the decision in the Political Parties Dispute Tribunal, which endorsed his removal.

Girl With Albinism Shines Just Like Her Sister

Caroline Mwangi fought all odds to become one of the best performers in Nyeri County in the 2020 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exam results, emulating her elder sister’s feat.

Being a student living with albinism, stigma and discrimination were some of the challenges she encountered for the four years she was at Mahiga High School, but that did not stop her from scoring an A- of 76 points.

In 2019, her sister, Eveline Wambui, who also has albinism, managed to get a B+ of 73 points.

Student Who Collapsed During KCSE Exam Excels

Abdi Mohammed caused panic among his fellow 2020 KCSE exam candidates at Isiolo when he collapsed shortly after the invigilators issued the Mathematics Paper 1, the last laugh when the results were released on Monday.

During the incident. he was taken to a nearby health facility and luckily the medics managed to revive him minutes later. He then proceeded to write his exam at Isiolo Barracks Secondary School.

When the results were released on Monday, 10th May, Mohammed had scored an A plain in Mathematics and a mean grade of A-.

He said that this is the grade he had been working and praying for, adding that that he hoped to pursue a career in medicine.

Miriam Chepleting Couldn’t Allow Cancer to Stand in Her Way

Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha recognised Mary Chepleting for being the best performer in the special needs category after scoring an A of 84 points in her KCSE exam.

The former student of Moi Girls High School had her leg amputated in 2015 after she was diagnosed with bone cancer.

Chepleting thanked her teachers and fellow students for guidance and unwavering support that made her life at the school smooth.

Refugee With Leads Region in KCSE Exam

Abdikadir Mohamed joined Gedi Secondary School in Garissa after his parents left war-torn Somalia and settled in Ifo refugee camp.

Life was tough, but Mohamed was determined to succeed in his studies and this was evident when the Ministry of Education released the 2020 KCSE exam results.

He scored the highest marks (A- of 79 points) in the entire northeastern region.

Mohamed is keen to join a university in Canada to study software engineering.

Scoring A in KCSE Exan Becoming ‘Easy’ Again

Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i, who headed the Education ministry then, shocked the country in 2016 when he revealed that only 141 students had scored clean As in that year’s KCSE exam.

The mass drop of the top grade was attributed to the drastic and tough measures the government had put in place to arrest the rampant cheating and leakage of exam papers.

However, since Matiang’i left the education docket, the number of candidates who have scoring straight As has been on the rise, with 893 students attaining the elusive grade in the 2020 KCSE exam.

What is not clear is whether the students are studying harder or the cheating menace is back.

TSC to Unveil New System to Curb Exam Cheating

The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) is expected to launch a biometric system, as it seeks new ways to curb cheating in national exams.

The system will keep crucial details such as fingerprints to help nab teachers and supervisors who may tamper with exam papers before they are administered.

The commission also said it was investigating dozens of cases of exam cheating in the 2020 KCSE exam, noting some results might be recalled once a forensic audit is completed.

Counties Where No Single Student Scored an A plain

Educationists have appealed to the government to dig deeper and establish why no candidate registered an A plain in the counties of Garissa, KIlifi, Tana River, Lamu, Isiolo, Marsabit and Mandera in the 2020 KCSE exam.

Stakeholders argue that learners in these counties are affected by various factors, including retrogressive culture, terrorist attacks, and a shortage of teachers.

In Tana River, for instance, no student has ever scored a straight A in the KCSE exam in the last 30 years.

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