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Sameta High School 2020/2021 KCSE Ranking And Results
Sameta boys high school is a learning institution based in Kisii county. The school is located in Gucha Sub-County, Sameta only accommodates boys.
Over the past years, the school has been referred to as a sleeping giant by local villagers. But last year Sameta recorded a gradual comeback by recording a mean score of 5.3030. 25 students managed to score a C+ and above and got a direct entry to university.
This year the school has recorded a mean score of 5.580 and 62 students scored a grade C+ and above. It is the leading in the whole sub-county. Sameta high managed to outshine their greatest rivals Nyamagwa boys and girls and others like Sameta Mixed Secondary.
Last year Sameta was the only School that recorded an A grade in the entire Gucha sub-county. According to the standard newspaper, the top boy in the school was ranked position 116 nationwide. In an interview with the school principal, Kenaz Rakiro said there was maximum corporation among teachers and students. He also added that the students showed high standards of discipline since his debut in 2018.
5 Reasons Why President Uhuru Kenyatta Should Rule Kenya For Another 10 Years
His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta has been the Kenyan President since 2013 after he was handed over power by his predecessor Emilio Mwai Kibaki. His term currently ends in 2022 which is now under 12 months from now. Although he is seeking to retire from office next year, I think he should be added another 10 years mainly because of the following.1. To Finalize the Universal Health care program
His Excellency should be allowed to finalize the universal healthcare program which he started back in 2018. In those counties where this program has been launched, many people have benefited through the provision of free treatment by the government. If this program is implemented nationwide, then many Kenyan citizens who cannot afford private hospitals will benefit most.
2. Finalize the SGR construction
His Excellency had a good idea of launching the standard gauge railway in the country to replace the old system which was used since the colonial period. This has eased the transportation of goods and passengers from one point to the other.
3. Achieve the goal of free education in Kenya
Since its implementation in Kenya, many school children have benefited from free education at both primary and secondary levels. If President Uhuru Kenyatta runs his term for another 10 years, then no child will miss school, and that one I can guarantee you.
4. Finalize the transition to Huduma number
In 2019, President Kenyatta ordered the interior ministry which is led by Dr. Fred Matiang'i to come up with the Huduma registration system which was to replace the ID cards as from 12 December this year. But not all Kenyans have received their cards. If Uhuru is to be added to another term, he will speed up the exercise.
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Impact of drought on Kenya's internal security : strategies for action
By Gerald Minishi Mutebesi, Maseno Univesity,
Department of International Relations, Kisumu Kenya.
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Environment is a security issue in global politics. Climate change has transboundary effects and can only be solved through cross boarder coordination. Kenya just like many countries globally is facing this externality. The overwhelming drought in Kenya and specifically in Laikipia county has posed a serious threat to it's internal security. This problem has been quite elusive to deal with because Kenya has failed to address historical cross - cutting issues such as ; land reforms, historical injustices and ethno - politics. Kenya needs to effectively actualize the land reforms Act, deal with historical injustices through a transformative approach among other robust mechanisms so as to end drought, improve it's internal security and realize her vision 2030 agenda.
On the 9th of September 2021, president Uhuru Kenyatta declared drought a national disaster in Kenya. It is apparent that this is not the first time Kenya has declared drought a national disaster because unfettered evidence from the pages of history indicate that Kenya has been grappling with this challenge for a lengthy period of time. For example between 1993 - 2010, the government of Kenya declared 7 national disasters of which 5 were drought related ( Huho M.J, Mugalavai E ; 2010). The pervasiveness of drought especially in the northern parts of Kenya and the rift valley region has posed an existential threat to Kenya's internal security. Laikipia county exemplifies one of the few counties which has been negatively affected ( Njeru B ; 2021). Something to ponder is that the sporadic killings and unrest that has ensued in Laikipia county was instigated by drought. Jason Burke ( 2017) argues that hundreds of poor tribesmen seeking grazing lands for their cattle have invariably galvanized violence in Laikipia county. This policy brief solely aims to explain the impact of drought on Kenya's internal security and possibly give relevant recommendations and strategies for action. Kenya must adopt robust strategies to end drought which will ultimately improve Kenya's internal security. Nevertheless, Kenya will also leverage on achieving her vision 2030 agenda of ending drought emergencies and food insecurity.
Approaches and Results
Cases of insecurity in Laikipia county have been skyrocketing in direct proportion to the increase in drought in the region. The Rift Valley Regional Commissioner Mr. George Natembeya while addressing the press on 8th of September 2021 alluded that the Morans were the main instigators of conflict in the region. He further reiterated that due to drought, the rich who had more cattle hired bandits to evict innocent civilians from their land so that they could graze on the land ( Njuguna S ; 2021). According to ," The New Humanitarian", 2009, the raids over grazing lands in Laikipia are always motivated by drought when the rains are inadequate to accommodate the grazing needs of the pastoralists. The death tolls flaring up from these wrangles has left many families hopeless and homeless ( Phakathi M ; 2017). In a recent report released by Mr. Martin Wambora, the chair of the council of governors, it stated that the current drought has affected 946,494 people in Kenya. It is imperative to note that the rising cases of sporadic attacks especially in Laikipia county has put Kenya's internal security on the line.
It is indeed palpably clear that drought has negatively affected the internal security of Kenya. Climate change in Laikipia county has induced tensions between pastoralists and farmers hence the consequences of this bitter struggle has left many innocent civilians to be homeless and millions of other Kenyans to live with apprehension. It is important to note that there can be no military solution to the conflict in Laikipia. Deployment of military and other security personnels will only be a temporary solution and this is evident as witnessed from past skirmishes. A range of issues such as ; land reforms, historical injustices, ethnicity among others need to be addressed with a sober and robust approach.
Key Policy Recommendations
a) The short term policy recommendations to address the challenge of drought vis à vis Kenya's internal security include :-
i) Drilling of boreholes across Laikipia county
ii) Reinstating curfew from 6:00pm to 6:00am for a period of six months.
iii) Arresting bandits and political leaders behind the unrest in Laikipia county.
b) The medium to long term policy recommendations includes :-
i) Implementation of the land Reforms Act of the Constitution of Kenya 2010
ii) Addressing historical injustices by adopting transformative justice model.
iii) Re - afforestation and mass adoption of irrigation schemes in dry areas.
The following are the implications if the above recommended policies are adopted :-
i) Drilling boreholes will be time consuming and costly
ii) Curfew time from 6:00am to 6:00pm will inconvenience business traders hence will reduce economic output in the region.
iii) Arresting politicians connected to Laikipia political enigma can fuel ethno - politics.
iv) Adopting a transformative approach to historical injustices will need a revolutionized independent judiciary system.
Much appreciation to the works of ; Burke J, Njeru B, Njuguna S, Phakathi M, The New Humanitarian, Huho M.J and Mugalavai E. Without their insightful works maybe writing this policy brief won't be possible. This policy brief was broadly guided by their robust arguments backed with statistics.
1)Burke J ( 2017)." Inequality, Drought and the deadly fight for precious grazing land in Kenya".
2)Huho. M. J, Mugalavai E ( 2010)." The effects of drought on food security in Kenya". The International Journal of Climate Change Impact and responses. 2 ( 2) : 61-72.
3)Njeru B ( 2021). " Laikipia insecurity : Eight killed in a month". Retrieved on 8th September.
4)Njuguna S ( 2021)." Kenya : Locals flee as bandits torch 50 houses in Ol Moran, Laikipia."
5)Phakathi M ( 2017)." Violence spreads ahead of election in drought - hit Kenya".
6)The New Humanitarian ( 2008)." Kenya : Tracing roots of conflict in Laikipia".
'I Will Not Lead Kikuyus To UDA, It's Not Our Party.' Moses Kuria Shocks Ruto's Team.
PEP Party Leader Hon Moses Kuria has pulled a shocker announcement, stating that he will not lead his Kikuyu community in joining Ruto's UDA party.
Speaking on Wednesday, July 21, Kuria explained that he will drum up support for Deputy President William Ruto but he will not join the party that many pundits are speculating he will use to contest.
Kuria told Senator Irungu Kang'ata that they will be answerable to their community if they decide to support other people. He added that they will form their own party to represent people from their region as other politicians have done.
"We have done the bigger thing by supporting someone that isn't from our community but when we start planning ourselves and form our own party we should not be called tribalists," Kuria stated.
The MP who is not new to controversy has been embroiled in a silent superiority contest with Mathira Mp Rigathi Gachagua.
Their rivalry played out during the Kimabaa by-elections where Moses Kuria fronted Mr. Raymond Kuria through his PEP Party but was prevailed upon to support Rigathi Gachagua's choice, John Njuguna.
Kuria's latest announcement is set to cause disquiet in the Deputy President's camp and reignite the 'mole' tag that Mr. Kuria had been labeled.