November 2018

Your Excellency, Hon. Kivutha Kibwana – Governor of Makueni County The Cabinet Secretary for Education, Amb (Dr.) Amina Mohamed, All protocols observed

I take this opportunity to welcome the new Chancellor JKUAT and Professor Victoria Ngumi the new Vice Chancellor JKUAT. The county government appreciates the role JKUAT plays towards the livelihoods of the great people of Kenya and more so to the residents of Kiambu County given its location.

The county Government will give you unwavering support in areas within its mandate. Education is a driver for the big four agenda. The County Government in recognizing the need to support skills development, has greatly improved vocational training centres and has worked hard to increase the same from 33 centres to the current 40 centres. These centres are training personnel in various disciplines that feed into technical learning institutions and ultimately to University raising the enrollment. Therefore, I am calling on JKUAT to partner with the County government to develop courses that will equip these graduates with skills that are relevant to the global market needs.

JKUAT’s contribution to the improvement of infrastructure in Juja and its environs has inspired the County Government to come up with a modern market facility to boost food security and hygiene to avoid communicable diseases. The road between Juja and Gatundu is also under construction to ensure accessibility to Gatundu level 4 hospital by the members of the community and JKUAT students from the College of Health Sciences and other sectors of the university.

My Government is also working towards piping water from Karemenu dam for the university use and for the homes around. This will ease the perennial water shortage as the University may no longer rely on Ndarugo River which at times can be seasonal. Construction of the sewer system is almost complete and the university will shortly be connected. This will redeem the University plot near the highway which can be used for other purposes like research and academic development.

JKUAT is a Hub in ICT thus the County Government is calling upon the University to find ways to collaborate with it in the development of ICT solutions especially in the improvement of service delivery. My government is currently rehabilitating a big number of alcohol and drug abuse victims who are responding well and are currently undergoing training courses in our vocational centers in order to equip them with life skills and technical courses that will improve their livelihood and create positive attitude towards life in general. We call upon our students to restrain from this cancerous vice that has degraded lives of many gifted individuals leaving them hopeless and in severe cases costing their lives.

Finally, to our graduands, I am honored to be addressing you today, as I salute you as the group of scholars who have greatly sacrificed to reach this milestone. I believe besides learning the main course you have created networks and realized the importance of team work in order to change the world. As you graduate today, take note that your certificate is just a blunt instrument which you must all be committed to sharpen to befit global expectations. You must plan to work smart to enrich its worth. To do this, live a life of integrity. Do not conform to peer pressure and societal norms but be true to yourself and do not give in to life’s frustrations. Remember we all create our own environment, go out there charged to live a successful, peaceful and focused life. As we unfold the new chapter in our lives let's all dream big, start small and start now. I leave you with this simple question,

What impact do you want to have in your world? May God bless the graduands, Bless JKUAT and Bless Kiambu County and our great nation. Asanteni sana

The groundbreaking ceremony for the Sh1.3 trillion affordable housing programme by the government will be held on December 11 at Parklands, Nairobi.

The 500,000 units, to be built within the next 4 years, will be in three categories of houses that will be available to Kenyans depending on the level of income: social, low-cost and mortgage gap.

The social houses will be for people earning up to Sh. 14,999, low-cost (Sh. 15,000-49,999) and mortgage gap (Sh. 50,000-99,999).

Housing Principal Secretary Charles Mwaura told a parliamentary committee that the one-bedroom houses under the social housing programme will cost Sh. 600,000, with those buying them expected to pay Sh. 2,500 per month for 25 years.

Under the same house category, a two-bedroom house will cost Sh. 1 million, for Sh. 4,500 per month, while a three-bedroom house will go for Sh. 1.4 million, for Sh. 6,500 per month.

The houses will be located in all the 47 counties and will be constructed on both national and county government land.

Mwaura said that the national government will have a memorandum of understanding with county governments for delivery of 2,000 housing units per year.

Under the MoU, county governments will provide land while the national government will provide finances and capacity building.

The houses will be awarded through an affordable housing portal using a free and transparent system.

Members of the public will be required to register in the online portal, where they will be asked to indicate the preferred location of their houses and they will be provided with information on the type of home they qualify for based on their income.

According to the PS, some of the prequalification criteria to be used to award the houses will be income, family size, choice of preferred location of home, current assets owned and accumulated deposit.

“The system is designed to ensure every deserving applicant is allocated a house. However, it is expected that initially there will be significantly more demand than supply of affordable houses. In the event that an applicant is not allocated a house in the initial round of allocation, their names will remain on the waiting list,” Mwaura said.

Twalib Mbarak beat 13 other candidates to be appointed CEO. His appointment now awaits approval by Parliament. 
The Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission (EACC) has nominated ex-military intelligence officer Twalib Abdallah Mbarak to be the new CEO at the anti-graft agency.

Mbarak beat 13 other candidates including the current EACC deputy CEO Michael Mubea.

If approved by Parliament, he will be replacing outgoing CEO Halakhe Waqo who has served the commission for six years and his term is set to end in the next two months.

Mbarak is the current Security and Integrity Manager at the power generating firm Kengen.

He holds a Masters of Arts degree in armed conflict and peace studies.

Others who were shortlisted for interviews were Ms Sarah Kilemi, National Police Service Commission board official Murshid Mohamed, Mr James Warui, Mr Vincent Omari, Mr Jillo Kasse, Mr Chege Thenya, Mr Reuben Chirchir, Mr Cyrus Oguna, Mr Abdi Mohamud, Mr Twalib Mbarak, Mr Joel Mabonga and Ms Lucy Wanja.

Qualifications for the post include a post-graduate degree from a recognised university, and clearance certificates from the Kenya Revenue Authority, Directorate of Criminal Investigations, Higher Education Loans Board, Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission and the Credit Reference Bureau. 

The EACC chief executive post is a one term, non-renewable contract of six years.

A file photo of General Kago Road Funeral Home in Thika
The body of a bodaboda operator who went missing on last Saturday was discovered dumped in a pit at a forest in Muguga, Gatuanyaga in Thika East. 
The decomposing body of Moses Nduati was discovered by area residents who notified the chief.
The deceased, who used to operate at Muguga, is said to have been hired by two men alleged to be his neighbours but made it to his destination. 
It is alleged that his assailants smashed his head with a big stone, dumped him in a pit and made away with his new motorbike.
Area MCA Joseph Kahira who visited the scene gave the authorities a one week ultimatum to apprehend the culprits’ failure to which the residents would mobilise the area residents to demand justice.
“If the police will not have apprehended the before Nduati's burial, then I shall lead the residents to go for them because we know them and their hideouts,"
The county legislator condemned the heinous act, blaming the locals for not exposing the bad elements within their midst to the authorities. 
The deceased's father Mr. Peter Munyua Ngugi narrated how they have been searching for his son since Saturday 
"Those who murdered my son are known and we suspect that it might have been because of his  motorbike which was still very new. It had not even been fitted with number plates," he said.
Residents decried the state of insecurity in the area, describing it as crime prone with drugs being peddled at the nearby forest.
However, these allegations were denied by Thika East OCPD Julius Kyumbule who assured the residents of their security saying the culprits would be nabbed very soon. 
Kyumbule called for patience and promised them that the police would do everything at their disposal to apprehend those responsible.
The body of the deceased was taken to General Kago Road Funeral Home in Thika.

Effective December 3, no matatu will be allowed to access Nairobi’s Central Business District (CBD).

This follows an order by acting county secretary Pauline Kahiga who says that the ban will be in line with a May 12, 2017 gazette notice.

In the gazetted notice, matatus from Thika Superhighway, including Ruiru and Kiambu Road, will break their journeys at Fig Tree terminus B. All PSVs that go past Ruiru but branch off before Kenol town on Nyeri/Meru-Nairobi Road will stop at Desai Road.

Those accessing the CBD from Jogoo and Lusaka Roads will drop passengers at Muthurwa terminus while commuters using Waiyaki Way, Uhuru Highway, Kipande and Limuru roads will have their final stop at Fig Tree terminus A.

Ngara Road terminus will be the final stop for vehicles using Juja Road, Ring Road Ngara and Park Road to access CBD.

All vehicles on urban and peri-urban routes from Mombasa Road and Langata Road will use Hakati terminus.

Railways terminus will be used by vehicles from Ngong Road whereas all high capacity PSV vehicles from upcountry will be stationed at the Machakos terminus.

The PSVs such as City Hoppa, Kenya Bus Services - which are on a diametric route, will be stationed at Central Bus Station.

All previous gazette notices allocating any other place as picking and dropping areas within CBD are hereby revoked and become null and void as from Monday.

Jeremey Karemeri the Chairman Broad Borders Housing and Cooperative Society.

A real estate investor has expressed his fears over the rising cases of unclaimed properties in the country.

Jeremey Karemeri the Chairman Broad Borders Housing and Cooperative Society says that cases where people bought property without informing either their spouses or their children were on the increase, leading to the loss of such investments in case they died.

Speaking while issuing title deeds to members at Kayuyu in Murang’a County, Karemeri reckoned that time was ripe for young adults and children to get involved in family investments.

He said that his organisation had embarked on a program to educate and sensitise members on the need to involve the young generation in matters investment and also inculcate a culture of investing among the young people. This, he said, will go a long way in protecting family investments for generations.

Karemeri cautioned people to be extra careful while buying land and property as the sector had now been infiltrated by so many fraudsters and cons who disguised as property agents only to end up fleecing unsuspecting investors of their hard earned money.

“Before committing to buy any property, you need to do due diligence to know the authenticity of the land and also the integrity of the agent or the seller in question. That is why you need to buy land from reputable cooperative societies where members are guided by common rules and principles of operation,” he said.

The chairman hailed the concept of devolution in the country as it had opened up so many area through the provision of essential amenities.

“Previously, Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu were the only urban setups that could be regarded as cities. However, devolution has offered opportunities to the other 44 counties to upgrade into cities,” he pointed out.

He appreciated the fact that the development of social amenities such as roads and electricity has opened up rural areas. 

As a result, his organisation has heavily invested in research to enable them identify high potential area they can invest in so as to help their members to reap high returns in their investments.

“Profit is key in any investment. That is why we offer our members investment opportunities in such areas before such development comes. This is what we have done here at the Kayuyu Project,” he explained.

Tuk-tuk operators in Thika have launched a mobile taxi application in a bid to offer a reliable, instant and truly fast service to their customers.

Speaking exclusively to Thika Town Today on Wednesday, the Chairman Thika tuk-tuk Supreme Organisation Mr.  Raphael Karanja Mwagu said that their main focus is to provide efficient transport service to people.

He said that they came up with the idea after realising the challenges faced by most of their clients when they couldn’t get a tuk-tuk or get a driver's attention.

The “Safiree App” is intended to fill the gaps of an informal transport system that make tuk-tuks hard to find for customers in quiet neighborhoods, or leave drivers and clients sparring over the price of a trip. According to the chairman, it will help take a lot of inconveniences like this out of the traditional ways of taking a hiring an auto rickshaw or tuk-tuk for a short ride which at times led to an exasperating argument over the price.

“Anyone with a smartphone can download the application for free and use it to get a tuk-tuk anywhere within Thika town and its environs. All it takes is a tap of your finger, and within a few seconds, you can locate the nearest tuk-tuk rider to you and the App will give you the amount you need to pay to your preferred destination,” explained Karanja.

Karanja added that since the system is connected to their main server, the management is able to track the operations of each and every operator, in case of any challenges or complaints.

“This App will help us to follow up on individual operators and in case any one of them is in trouble or if a customer has a complaint against any operator, we will be in a better position to chip in with a tangible solution. This way, we will be able to minimise cases of insecurity among the tuk-tuks,” he said.

(Related story: Thika Tuktuk operators go digital to self-regulate and empower members.)

So far, since its activation this week, about a hundred tuk-tuk operators have already installed the App and are ready to offer their services to anyone who requests for them via the App.

The chairman says that they intend to have activated almost 90% of their members into the system within the next two weeks.

The organisation, which incorporates all the tuk-tuk association within Thika East and West sub-counties has a membership of 604 operators.

At the moment, the operations of this system is in cash or as in whichever way both the client and the rider will agree. However, Karanja reckons that plans are underway to install a mobile money payment system where clients can pay via M-PESA or any other electronic mode of payment.

Karanja says that in future, they plan also to incorporate bodaboda riders so as to help regularise the town’s transport system.

The 12-floor building in Nyali estate has premium class serviced apartments, a fitness centre, a restaurant, swimming pool and a penthouse.

Mount Kenya University (MKU) has ventured into the real estate and hospitality market with the opening of a multimillion-shilling mixed-use facility in the coastal town of Mombasa.

This 12-floor Nyali Golf View Residence is part of the university’s efforts to diversify its income streams and ultimately establish an endowment fund that will help finance its activities in the long term.

The facility that is located in upmarket Nyali estate has premium class serviced apartments, a fitness centre, a restaurant, swimming pool and a penthouse.

Chairman Simon Gicharu says that the investment, which was initially meant to host MKU’s Mombasa campus, offers residence and recreation services to the growing demand for premium tourism and hospitality services.

“We wanted to invest in something that Mombasa will be proud of and also introduce a new product mix for our tourism industry, which has greatly benefited from recent security improvement in the coastal city,” he said.

Thika Sub-County Forester Mr. Simon Chege addressing participants during a tree planting exercise by Equity Bank’s ‘Wings to Fly’ scholars at the historical site Mugumo Gardens in Section 9 Estate Thika. He is flanked by Thika Branch Equity Senior Business Growth & Development Manager Mr. Sammy Karanu.

Kenyans have been encouraged to take advantage of the ongoing short rains and plant more trees in their homes and surroundings in a bid to save dwindling green cover and ensure an increase in forest cover which has suffered tremendously as a result of wanton felling of forests.

This message was delivered by Thika Sub-County Forester Mr. Simon Chege during a tree planting exercise by Equity Bank’s ‘Wings to Fly’ scholars at the historical site Mugumo Gardens in Section 9 Estate Thika.

Chege said the County Government of Kiambu had taken this initiative very seriously and encouraged more and more people to join.

“Currently Kiambu is leading in tree planting with a forest cover of about 16% and we are targeting to hit about 20% by the year 2022. To achieve this, we are encouraging more and more people to plant trees in their homes and even on public road reserves and we are ready to give out free seedlings to all those who want to support the exercise,” said Chege.

The country’s forest cover currently stands at 8% and it is expected to reach 10% by the year 2020.
On behalf of the Equity Group, the scholars and members of the Thika East and West sub-county Community Scholar Selection Board (CSSB), Thika Branch Equity Senior Business Growth & Development Manager Mr. Sammy Karanu lauded the ‘Wings to Fly scholars’ for taking up the initiative to plant trees which he admitted, can make a big difference in reclaiming the country’s forest cover.

About 200 scholars who are beneficiaries of Equity ‘Wings to Fly’ programme from both Thika East and West sub-counties planted indigenous trees in the event dubbed “Tree is Life”.

A section of Equity ‘Wings to Fly’ scholars drawn from Thika East and West Sub-Counties planting a tree at  Mugumo Gardens Thika.
They were joined by Equity staff, CSSB members, and staff from the Kiambu County Environment and Forestry departments.

Mugumo Gardens is a historical site in Thika, located along Mugo-Kibiru Road, next to Thika West Administration Police residences

It is named after the giant fig tree, which had a 15-foot diameter, where the ancient legendary seer Mugo wa Kibiro prophesied.

Believers claim that all of his prophesies have come to pass. According to legend, the fall of the tree would symbolise the fall of British rule in Kenya.

The British Government reinforced the tree to prevent it from falling, but it split into two parts and fell in two stages in 1963 in the months of May and November, 1963.

Apostle Francis Kilango of Springs Of Life Apostolic Church and Ministries based at Kabati in Murang’a County.

A Murang'a-based bishop has dismissed as outdated, awkward, unbiblical and unacceptable, the 'erroneous' rite of passage that has been taking place in parts of the country inside the precincts of church compounds.

Apostle Francis Kilango of Springs Of Life Apostolic Church and Ministries based at Kabati in Murang’a County terms this exercise as quite anti-Christian and taking people in backwardness. 

He has condemned the ongoing circumcision of boys in churches saying churches are places of worship and should never been converted to traditional shrines where blood of the foreskin is shed in the name of circumcision.

Apostle Kilango claims that rite of passage is among a host of other traditional cultures where the elders perform the rituals on behalf of the ancestors which as part of ancestral worship.

“These practices have no bases in the Christian doctrines. The book of Titus 1-10-11, says, ‘For there are many rebellious people, idle-talkers and deceivers, especially those of circumcision who must be silenced because they mislead whole families by teaching for dishonest gains what ought not to be taught.’ In the new International version says, ‘They are ruining the whole households merely for the dishonest gains, sought in fact for money, the love of which Apostle Paul in 1st Timothy 6-10 is the root cause of all evil,” explains the prelate.

Kilango blames parents and church leaders for being ignorant and negligent of abdicating their role, leaving the boy-child at the mercy of strangers.

“Parents and the church have abdicated the responsibility of parenthood and spiritual guidance to strangers,” he says.

Apostle Kilango who has written a book on, “Family curses” depicting on how the devil establishes evil altars through rituals such as rite of passage to the boys, initiation to eldership to the grown up men and traditional dowry to the girls where blood has to be shed saying the ongoing rite of passage should be stopped henceforth and the boys taken to hospital for proper cut and guidance. 

However, Apostle Kilango says if the boys must undergo the cut, then it should be done professionally in the hospital instead of the demonic, torturous erroneous cut which has led many boys being circumcised twice.

“Though I don’t propagate for men not to be circumcised, circumcision is not biblical and not a must according to the scriptures, instead of this demonic torture, better the boys stay uncircumcised,” says Apostle Kilango.

He says circumcision should be done in a humane way and the boys should be taught about the doctrine of Christ and not traditional doctrine.

Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu addressing the residents of Kiandutu on Sunday afternoon where he kick-started the process to issue them with title deeds to their land.
Over 30,000 residents of the sprawling Kiandutu slums in Thika West Sub-County have a reason to smile after the Kiambu County Government started the process of registering them for acquisition of title deeds to their informal settlements.

Speaking at the Mbururii Grounds near Garissa Road Primary School on Sunday, Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu said that his administration had directed surveyors and land officers to fast track the process adding that his move had been occasioned by indiscriminate grabbing of public utilities in the area.

Waititu noted that once the residents got full ownership to their land, this would be the end of political brokers who have been hoodwinking locals by defrauding them.

“The surveyors will establish space for access roads, erection of public facilities such as hospitals and markets. Thereafter, my government will construct modern markets where you will be operating from. This is a great opportunity for growth and we want our youngsters to progress and do business like other people,” he said.

“Like we recently did with president Uhuru in Soweto, Ngomongo and Korogocho in Nairobi, we are committed to issuing every one of you a permanent settlement which can only be sealed by a title deed,” he added.

He promised immediate commencement of Kiandutu’s rehabilitation program stating that he would start by establishing a modern sewerage system and lighting program.

The governor was accompanied by MCAs Julius Macharia (Witeithie) and Joakim Mwangi (Ngoliba).

A family in Gatitu Village, Muruka Location of Kandara in Murang’a County is appealing for justice following the mysterious death of their son who was allegedly beaten to death by some young men who were “initiating him into manhood” after undergoing circumcision.

15-year old Juliano Kanyonyo, who sat this year’s KCPE exam and attained 376 marks, was found dead on Monday morning in his bed.

According to family members, some young men visited the teenage on the fateful night to “welcome him into manhood” and are said to have attacked him for allegedly giving them a gift token of an immature chicken.

Beth Nyambura, the teen’s mother, said she saw four men enter her son’s house before she went to bed on Sunday night.

She admits to have earlier received complaints that the chicken which her son had bought from the proceeds of casual labour was not mature and had even planned to get a more mature one the following day so as to appease these ‘mentors’.

“When I returned home at about 8am I noticed that my son had not woken up and I decided to go to his house, which is against the norms and tradition, to check what was up only to find met by his lifeless body lying in bed,” she explained.

An autopsy report at the Thika Level 5 Hospital is said to have revealed a blood clot in the boy’s brain.

His uncle, Joseph Kamande, said his nephew was circumcised on Monday last week and was having bed rest when he passed away. 

Kamande claimed that he deceased had some heavy foam oozing out of Kanyonyo's mouth and nostrils.

“I cannot explain the shock we have gone through because he was a perfectly healthy boy and his circumcision wounds were almost healed,” he said.

Gatitu Primary School headteacher Robert Muchara said Kanyonyo's death was shocking. He described him as a bright and disciplined pupil.

The OCPD Kandara Wilson Kosgey has however assured the family of their resolve to pursue justice for the victim and they would follow up on the four suspects who visited the teenager on the fateful night..

Traditionally, within the Kikuyu culture, initiates were required to offer a gift token of a chicken and cigarettes to those who had undergone this rite of passage earlier than him to appease them and ease his assimilation into the “men’s club”.

The initiate would be roughed up in his house by his "counsellors" and was not supposed to share his predicaments with his parents as “he was being trained to withstand the challenges ahead of him as a man and a warrior in the society.

14-year-old Emmanuel Njenga from Stepping Stones Preparatory School in Thika can be described as one of the many miracles. 

Njenga, who scored 445 marks in the just-released KCPE results to emerge top in the sub-county and fourth nationally, was born prematurely and only weighing 1.8kg.

According to his father Michael Wathiomo, the boy had to be given neonatal intensive care for two months something that almost took a toll on the family.

"We fed him milk using syringes. He gained 10 kilograms in a span of two months. He has been a survivor and has fought his way to where he is now. We thank God because it was not our doing but His doing," Wathiomo said in excitement.

His mother Lydiah Wathiomo recounted how she was ridiculed for birthing a seemingly 'abnormal child'.
"The results are just amazing. I cannot better express how I feel about my boy. We thank God for this success. We are just very happy," she said.

School Director Chris Irungu described him as a hardworking and disciplined boy and praised teachers and parents for the good work.

Njenga who now hopes to join Alliance High School wants to be a neurosurgeon when he grows up.

“I would like to go to Alliance Boys High School after which I would go to university to study medicine. I want to be a doctor to save lives. There is no secret to success, one only needs to be focused and disciplined,” he said.

The boy was enrolled at Stepping Stones preparatory at the age of three and a half years, naive, of featherweight and unsure of what the future held for him.

Over 40 out of the 100 registered candidates scored 400 marks and above, results the directors attributed to discipline, hard work, and responsible parenting.
A 13-year-old Grace Mwende Kamau outstandingly scored 438 marks at the same school. She told the Star of her dreams to become a doctor.

Kenya will host the next International Macadamia Symposium also known as the "Oscar" of Macadamia industry, in the year 2021.

This was revealed by the Thika Town MP Eng. Patrick Wainaina on Sunday after leading a Kenyan delegation of macadamia farmers at the 8th edition in Lincang, Yunnan Province Southwestern China.

Speaking exclusively to Thika Town Today, Wainaina said that as farmers, they had resolved to dislodge South Africa and Australia from the helm of the world’s macadamia production.

“After dislodging the US from the 3rd position, our target now as Kenyan macadamia farmers is to get to position one and this can only be made possible if we manage to plant at least a million macadamia seedlings annually within the next 5 years,” said Wainaina.

Kenya was ranked third this year after South Africa and Australia respectively in the world largest producers of macadamia.

Delegates at the symposium who included growers, processors, scientists, experts and marketing professionals drawn from 20 different macadamia producing and consuming countries shared knowledge and discussed on macadamia industry's present and future.

The Thika legislator who is also a macadamia farmer admitted to have learnt a lot from China, lessons he said if applied in Kenya, would catapult the country to greater economic heights.

“The China visit was an eye opener for me. Most of these products we import from China are produced by individuals within their own backyards. These things are very workable in Kenya. In fact, we have an added advantage in that we have the Jua Kali yards which can be improved to maximise production,” he said.

However, he noted, unlike Kenya where young entrepreneurs lacked enough government support, the Chinese government fully supported these cottage industries through provision of very cheap loans payable in just 3% interest.

“The Chinese government also supports business clusters with incentives to export their goods across the world, making it very cheap to produce and sell their goods,” he said.

He appealed to the Kenyan government to protect its young entrepreneurs by limiting cheap imports that ended up killing our cottage industry.

He hailed the recently signed Kenya-China Economic and Investment Cooperation Agreement saying that it will open doors for the exportation of more than 40% of Kenya’s fresh produce to the expansive Chinese market.

“China has a population of about 1.3 billion people. That’s a very big market that Kenyans need to take advantage of,” explained Wainaina.

Let’s agree that we have all become a bunch of internet addicts. If we are not religiously checking on our favourite social media platforms (WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram etc) every 15 minutes or catching up on the latest entertainment news, we are looking for love, new clothes or hilarious cat GIFs online. 

But did you know that every time you post to social media you reveal so much about yourself than you actually realise?

The internet isn't just changing our view of the world, but also how the world views us too. You can tell a lot about a person just by what they decide to share on their social media accounts.

In so many ways, our status updates say a lot about our personality. What you choose to share on social media reflects a lot about what kind of person you would like to create online and different types of status updates suggest different personality traits.

These posts show whether the user wanted attention and acceptance, an outlet for self-expression or the ability to communicate information on their channel or webpage.

One other thing that is also evident in our posts and comments is that they expose our levels of education and in essence can tell if one was a dump head in class.

God forbid you disagree with someone on the internet or have a stance that opposes theirs. It’s at that point, out moves the semi-intelligent and constructive conversation and in moves the cowardly go to low hanging fruit. 

Exposing your frustrations through your tone.

Further still, your social media presence could suggest whether you are contended with life or are depressed.  Your posts and comments if well analysed, do send signals of what exactly is transpiring in your own life.

People can get a sense of your personality and how you treat others by the way that you phrased your comments. Are you kind and positive or rude and demeaning when you comment?

These are the kind that scour the internet for anything they can leave a mean or insulting comment on, primarily and presumably because of how they feel about themselves as people. They hate themselves so much they can’t help but project it onto others. Especially if the person whose content they are commenting on is doing the thing they wish they were doing but are too afraid to actually try.

Majority of those who send very offensive and negative posts or comments betray their inner suffering and expose how life is quite hard on them, thus they tend to vent their anger and frustrations to the rest of the people whom they feel that aren’t going through the difficult times as the do.

What they feed off of is trying to make us feel as bad about ourselves as they do.

You reveal your values.

Whatever you post or comment can give a stranger a glimpse into what you fundamentally believe in. Though it is usually okay in a private account, if you are posting very opinionated articles on social media, you may push away possible job opportunities or potential relationships.

Based on your comments, a viewer can learn a lot about your beliefs and values. People can tell what you find entertaining and what you find frustrating. For instance, if you are the kind of person who glorifies crime (whichever the kind), comments to the affirmative in cases of violence or openly speaks ill or disrespect leaders or your seniors, one is able to pick the kind of character you are even before meeting you physically.

Wanting to be popular.

Most people, especially those in their teens and in their early 20s (and more so the ladies), want to be very popular and so, they are very conscious of the likes they are getting. This is the reason why they will delete photos that don’t get enough likes or pull down posts that ignite too much negative reactions.

Teenagers tend to interact with more photos than adults but they also seem to post fewer photos themselves.

Adults tend to post photos with more diverse topics in mind, while teens mostly post photos that reflect their mood. 

Posts about social activities, life and achievements usually receive the most likes and comments as compared to those about deep thoughts and intellectual ideas which usually attract very few reactions. 

Most people want to congratulate someone on an achievement or connect with them socially but will shy away from debates and deep topics.

Mr. & Miss “Selfies”.

Those who post selfies because they are satisfied with the way they look tend to run the risk of negatively affecting their relationships with others. Sharing pictures of yourself in various stages of dress, or undress, can result in significant threats to your future relationship and career opportunities.

Narcissists also wrote more status updates about their diet and exercise routine, suggesting that they use social media to broadcast the effort they put into their physical appearance

It turns out that just as you are more likely to share things that make you happy, your down days can become pretty evident on social media too. 

Posting too much about your “bae”.

Everyone knows that one person on Facebook who spouts endless chat about their “bae” and how they have got “all the feels”, right?

Posting too much about your relationship is an indicator of your insecurity. Profound and repeated declarations of love don't show how happy one is, but instead highlight their not-so-hidden insecurities. Those who drop endless L-bombs and cutesy pictures are actually fighting off low self-esteem, insecurities within their relationship and their own ability to make their partner happy.

People are more likely to post relationship-relevant information on Facebook on days when they feel insecure. It is reasonable to surmise that people with low self-esteem update about their partner as a way of laying claim to their relationship when it feels threatened.

Single and searching.

Being single and ready to digitally mingle can offer plenty of teasing insight, including whether you are a little bit desperate or even embarrassed to be using online dating in the first place.

Oversharing photos on your profile is a sign of desperation. On the contrary, being standoffish is a sign you feel like online dating is a last resort.

Filling your dating profile with comments like "My life's great. I just need someone to share it with," is a sign of online reluctance. Apparently it's an over-compensating way of saying, "I'm not desperate, I'm not needy, I'm not lonely. I'm a very happy, full person," and that "being on here does not mean that I have deficits as a person."

High/low self-esteem. 

People who have lower self-esteem have a tendency to post updates about their romantic relationship “as a way of laying claim to their relationship when it feels threatened.” Narcissists on the other hand enjoy posting status updates about achievements in order to receive validation, which proves “consistent with narcissists’ tendency to boast in order to gain attention.”

Extroverts generally post more about social activities and everyday life as a way of connecting with others. They usually enjoy new experiences and have an open mind generally and will generally use social media to share intellectual ideas and post their opinions about topics in order to share information.

People high in conscientiousness write more frequently about their children to communicate and share information, perhaps in an indirect form of competitive parenting.

Neurotic people have a tendency to post updates for validation and to seek the attention and support that they lack offline.

Getting into political rants.

It is okay to promote what you believe in and stand up for your values, but when you get to the point of screaming, you probably need to take a breath and consider another way to contribute to the world, offline.

Name calling and speaking in a condescending manner to those who have different political beliefs than your own can ostracize friends (even ones who agree with you). It is one thing to be passionate about your beliefs but it is another thing to be rude. It is also important to remember that diversity is everywhere, whether you like it or not. Not everyone is going to think the same way as you and you’re not going to change that.

Perpetual liars.

These are the people who always post to paint a picture that their lives are perfect. 

Everyone has struggles, and it’s often comforting to know your friends also had a bad day at work, quarreled with their partner, spilled coffee down their shirt, or didn’t lose those last five pounds as planned.

You are always posting the things you are doing right, the things that are being done for you and all the ways your life is amazing, just to paint a picture of how wonderful you and your life are, when it is probably as average as the rest of ours.

Even if you’re rockin’ it at your job, in a loving, fulfilling relationship and your friend group is basically #goals, everyone has days where they feel like they’re being rained on, with no umbrella in sight.

This is something that comes up a lot in therapy. People tell me how great everyone else is doing based on what they post on social media, and I have to explain they are only posting the good, and not the whole reality of their lives.

Being a sad sack.

If you find yourself complaining, moaning, and using that hysterical emoji more often than you are posting about the good stuff in your life, you might be signaling to others that you’re borderline depressed.

Posting things like ‘ugh, I hate Monday’ or ‘of course this would happen to me…’, tell the world that you are not a happy person. There is enough negativity in our world, and while there may have been five bad things that happened to you that day, there were also probably five good things.

Choose to post those and focus on those—or at least do half and half. Doing so will change your social media feed and your outlook on life. 

The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) detectives on Friday arrested two women in Thika for allegedly drugging and robbing people.
The suspects, Mary Nyaguthii Mathari and Mary Nyamwea Gathiaka were accused of drugging unsuspecting victims before robbing them off their valuables.
During the operation, the detectives recovered tablets of Stilnox drugs used to stupefy people in clubs.
Several SIM cards registered in different names were also recovered. Police believe they were used to withdraw money from the victims’ bank accounts.
“Detectives working on intelligence Today arrested two ladies; Mary Nyaguthii Mathari and Mary Nyamwea Gathiaka in Thika for drugging unsuspecting victims before robbing them off. Several Tablets of Stilnox Drugs used to stupefy people in clubs & several SIM cards recovered,” said the DCI.
The two suspects will be arraigned in court on Monday.

Education PS Belio Kipsang hands over examination materials to one of the school principals in Thika West Sub-County. Looking on is AG Kihara Kariuki (holding a bundle of exam materials), Thika West Sub-County Director of Education Ronald Mbogo (partly hidden), Thika West  DCC Douglas Mutai (extreme right).
Education PS Belio Kipsang has emphasised on the need to create adequate confidence among professionals in the teaching faculty in a bid to reduce the huge investment during the delivery of examinations.

This year alone, the government invested sh 4.2 billion for management of national exams and close to sh 1 billion will be spent to pay the 264, 446 field officers who include centre managers, supervisors, invigilators and security agents with another sh. 2 billion going to the examination markers.

The balance is expected to be used in logistics such as hiring of choppers fueling vehicles as well as paying allowances to various government officers involved in the exercise.

Speaking at the Thika examination center where he opened exam container, Kipsang said going forward, the ministry will not have to go through the long process of witnessing the opening of examination containers.

He emphasised on the need to instill confidence among the examiners where in coming years, the examination will not be given so much focus and attention.

He said for the last three years, there has been tremendous improvement on the way examinations has been managed, terming this as a clear indication that the sector is moving towards the right direction.

Kipsang challenged parents to responsibly play their role of giving their children an opportunity to give their best. He also called on teachers to give the students an opportunity to give their best instead of focusing on what they think the students should deliver.

However, he blamed the society for expecting too much from the teachers adding that this exerted pressure on these tutors forcing some schools to employ unorthodox means to meet the set targets.

He assured Kenyans that all was well in the 12,000 examination centres around the country noting that cases of exams malpractices had drastically reduced.

He assured Kenyans that those contracted to do the marking of these examinations will do their work professionally and that the results will be translated from the script and the knowledge acquired in their respective schools.

He commended the media for conducting themselves professionally and engaging with the society during their reporting on exam matters adding that this has played a great role in ensuring the country moves in the right direction.

Those who accompanied the PS included Attorney General Kihara Kariuki, Thika West Sub-County Director of Education Ronald Mbogo, Thika West  DCC Douglas Mutai among others.

Thika traffic base commander Hellenah Wamuyu together with other traffic police officers checking vehicles along Thika Superhighway near Vincentian Retreat Centre. 
Commuter services within Thika and its environs was on Monday paralysed as the police made good their threat to crackdown on unroadworthy PSV vehicles and those which have not complied with the provisions of the NTSA Act and the Traffic Act (Michuki Rules).
Passengers were  forced to alight at and walk on foot as traffic police officers assisted by administration police mounted a roadblock along Thika superhighway near Vincentian Retreat Centre.
Every vehicle that was on the road got checked whether they compliant with those that were found faulty being towed to the area police station.
Motorbikes and tuktuks were not spared either as any rider or passenger found without helmets or lifesaver reflectors were arrested and motorbikes impounded.
During the operation led by Thika Traffic Base Commander Hellenah Wamuyu, about 50 including public and private motor vehicles were nabbed and taken to Thika police Station waiting to be arraigned in court.
Commuters forced to alight PSV vehicles as traffic police make a thorough inspection on the matatus' compliance to "Michuki Rules".
Majority of the PSVs that operate within the town and its environs kept off the road probably in fear of arrest with some claiming that they had pulled off in support of a matatu strike that had been called by the operators to protest over the stringent rules.
Makongeni area and the Thika superhighway were the most affected as very few vehicles hit the road.
The few that operated took advantage of the scarcity of means of transport to exploit the stranded and very frustrated commuters. Fare to Nairobi raged from Sh. 200 to Sh. 300 instead of the normal Sh. 70 and sh. 100.
(Related story: List of new NTSA fines and penalties for traffic offences.)

Those getting to town from Makongeni had to part with Sh. Sh. 50 instead of the normal Sh. 20 and so were those from Witeithie and Ngoingwa. 
Commuters from Landless, Muguga, Kiganjo and Kisii were forced to pay Sh. 100 to Thika Town.
Bodaboda riders and tuktuks took full advantage of the situation to make a kill, with some charging as high as three times the normal prices.
Hundreds of residents were forced to walk to work after seeing no hope in sight, some as far as from Kisii  and Kiganjo estates.
However,majority of them were in support of the government's action saying they were ready to sacrifice until sanity was restored in the matatu industry.
As we went to press, normalcy was slowly returning with buses charging about sh. 150 to Nairobi.

The National Transport Safety Authority (NTSA) has announced new fines and measures to curb road accidents and instill discipline in the sector. 

And with the 'Famous Michuki' traffic laws coming in force starting tomorrow Monday November 12 2018, it is wise to be in the know to avoid getting yourself into trouble with the boys in blue.

Here is a compilation of NTSA Fines and Penalties For Traffic Offences in Kenya :-

1. Driving a vehicle that does have identification plates affixed or if they’ve been placed incorrectly – Ksh. 10,000

2. Driving on or through a pedestrian walkway or pavement – Ksh. 5,000

3. Causing obstruction on the road with your vehicle in a manner that inconveniences other motorists or prevents flow of traffic – Ksh. 10,000

4.Failure of a driver to obey traffic signs – Ksh. 3,000

5. Failure of a driver to stop when asked to do so by a police officer in uniform – Ksh. 5,000

6. Driving without a valid driving licence that corresponds to the class of the vehicle being driven – Ksh. 7,000

7.Failure to renew a driving licence -Ksh. 1,000

8. Failure to produce a driving licence on demand – Ksh. 1,000

9.Driving while using a mobile phone – Ksh. 2,000

10.Learner failing to exhibit ‘L’ plates on front and rear of the vehicle – Ksh. 1,000

12. Failure of a vehicle to carry lifesavers – Ksh. 2,000

13. Failure to display lifesavers in the case where any part of the vehicle remains on the road in a 
position to obstruct or cause obstruction – Ksh. 3,000

14. Failure of vehicle to have seat belts – Ksh. 10,000 for every seat that doesn’t have a seat belt or if the the seat belts are not of the proper standard.

15. Failure to wear a seat belt while the vehicle is in motion -Ksh. 500

16. Driving a PSV while being unqualified -Ksh. 7,000

17. The driver of the PSV who lets an unauthorized person drive – Ksh. 5,000

18. An unlicensed individual acting as the conductor or driver of the PSV – Ksh. 5,000

19. PSV picking and dropping passengers at areas that are not the designated bus stops – Ksh. 1,000

20. Failure to fit prescribed speed governors in vehicles – Ksh. 10,000

21. Travelling with a part of the body outside a moving vehicle – Ksh. 1,000

22. Touting – Ksh. 3,000

23. Motorcycle rider riding without protective gear -Ksh. 1,000

24. Motorcycle passenger riding without protective gear – Ksh. 1,000

25. Rider of a motorcycle carrying more than one passenger – Ksh. 1,000

26. Failure to keep seat belts in a clean and wearable condition – Ksh. 500

For speeding, the fines are as follows:

Exceeding the speed limit as prescribed to the class of the vehicle by;
  • 1-5 kph: Ksh. 500
  • 6-10 kph: Ksh. 3,000
  • 11-15 kph: Ksh. 6,000
  • 16-20 kph: Ksh. 10,000
Exceeding the speed limit shown on a traffic sign by;
  • 1-5 kph: Ksh. 500
  • 6-10 kph: Ksh. 3,000
  • 11-15 kph: Ksh. 6,000
  • 16-20 kph: Ksh. 10,000

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