Kenya – Wankanyakla Self Help Group Tue, 11 Jan 2022 18:27:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Kenya – Wankanyakla Self Help Group 32 32 National blackout in Kenya after power line collapse Tue, 11 Jan 2022 18:27:42 +0000

Kenya suffered a power outage, the third of its kind in four years, after a power line connecting the capital Nairobi to a hydroelectric dam was shut down.

Kenya Power said the outage in its grid occurred after the collapse of the towers supporting the high-voltage power line connecting Nairobi to the Kiambere hydroelectric dam.

“We lost the power supply due to the collapse of towers on the high voltage Kiambere – Embakasi transmission line at 10:45 am (07:45 GMT) this morning,” Kenya Power said in a statement on its Twitter Account.

The company did not specify what caused the collapse of the transmission line, nor did it release an estimate of how long repairs would take.

The outage, which was reported at around 10:45 a.m., lasted about four hours before being reestablished in parts of the country after repair work by engineers at Kenya Power.

Reuters reports that electricity has been restored to all parts of the country except Kitui, Mwingi and Garissa, which he plans to reconnect by 6:00 p.m.

Kenya Power is the country’s sole electricity distributor and most of its electricity comes from the Kenya Electricity Generating Company.

Tuesday’s power outage comes just two weeks after the state-controlled utility company and the Kenya Electricity Transmission Company restored the transmission of 310.25 megawatts of wind power from Lake Turkana to the Loiyangalani line to Suswa substation which collapsed in December.

This led to electricity rationing in parts of the country, including Nairobi, while repairs continued.

In December, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta issued a directive to Kenya Power to reduce the price of electricity, with a 15% reduction in costs for December 2021 and an additional 15% reduction for the first quarter of 2022.

572 arrested during the Interpol operation in October – DCI Sun, 09 Jan 2022 12:08:00 +0000

572 people were arrested in Kenya during the month-long Interpol operation from October 1.

A statement from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) released on Sunday (January 8) said the operation had been launched to tackle illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing in Kenya’s internal waters and along the Kenyan coast.

According to a report on the operation launched by the Environmental Security Program and the Maritime Security Sub-Directorate of Interpol and coordinated at the national level by the Interpol National Central Bureau (BCN) based at DCI headquarters, l he use of illegal fishing gear and methods are the main factors that could cripple the lifeline of hundreds of thousands of people who depend on fishing.

Dubbed Ikatere, the overall objective of the operation was to monitor and combat illegal activities and took place between October 1 and October 31, 2021.

Some of the fishermen arrested being processed at the port of Kisumu in October 2021.


The report found that the illegal and unregistered activities were harming marine life and in some cases leading to conflict between Kenyans and their Ugandan counterparts.

“The report noted that the indiscriminate use of small seines intended for Omena finish, was the greatest threat to marine life, resulting in the destruction of fish breeding grounds, especially in Lake Victoria, Lake Naivasha and the Lamu Archipelago.

“This has, for example, led to a reduction in fish in Lake Victoria, leading to cross-border disputes between Ugandan and Kenyan fishermen who must scramble for the scarce resource,” the statement read in part.

The report further notes that human trafficking also flourishes in the country’s internal waters, particularly in Lake Turkana, where immigrants from Ethiopia illegally use fishing boats to travel to Kenya in search of more grazing land. green.

“The smuggling of goods has also become endemic, particularly in Lake Victoria and the coastal waters of Lamu where sugar, miraa, turtle meat and powdered milk are smuggled through criminals posing as fishermen.

“During the operation, a total of 572 arrests were made in targeted areas of the Indian Ocean and inland waters of Lake Victoria, Lake Turkana, Lake Naivasha and Lake Nakuru,” the statement continued.

Along with the arrests, thousands of seizures of non-personalized merchandise, banned fishing gear and unregistered fishing vessels were seized.

The operation was conducted in a multi-agency context that brought together Kenyan law enforcement agencies including the National Police Service, the Kenya Coast Guard Service, the Kenya Maritime Authority and the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA).

The others were the Department of Immigration Services, the Kenya Fisheries Service, the Kenya Wildlife Service, the National Environmental Management Authority and the Kenya Ports Authority.

It comes even as tension between Kenyan fishermen and their Ugandan counterparts continues to rage. In mid-December 2021, four Ugandans were arrested after harassing Kenyan fishermen.

The four were accused of having detained Kenyan fishermen and of having demanded 30,000 Ksh from each of them.

A file image of DCI headquarters along Kiambu Road.

A file image of the DCI headquarters along the Kiambu road


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Maize production in Kenya drops 30% Sat, 08 Jan 2022 03:08:18 +0000

Maize production in Kenya is expected to drop dramatically across the country due to erratic rains, armyworms and disease, according to a food nutrition assessment report.

Agriculture PS Hamadi Boga confirmed an estimated drop of 30% and said the rapid mid-season food and nutrition assessment report carried out between November 28, 2021 and December 4, 2021, shows that the production of maize is expected to drop to 70% in marginal agricultural areas. In addition, the cultivated area nationwide is estimated to be between 50 and 65% below normal. Boga said the average long rainy season maize harvest is generally around 36 million bags.

“But we estimate about 28 million bags of the harvest from the long rains. This is due to erratic rains where most areas received 30% less rainfall, ”he noted.

Short rains production will also be low due to poor rains in parts of the eastern and central regions which are dependent on a harvest for this season. The PS said the expected crop for the short rains is generally around seven million bags, but this year the estimate is around 3.5 million bags.

Deferred planting

The 2021 short rains mid-season assessment was carried out by a multisectoral team of United Nations agencies and government through the National Drought Management Authority. The report says harvest is underway in high potential counties such as Uasin Gishu and Trans Nzoia.

“The late start of the current short rains seriously delayed or even postponed planting. The area planted across Kenya is estimated to be 50 to 60 percent below normal. Crops have wilted due to a lack of moisture and rainfall in arid and semi-arid counties, ”the short rains estimate.

In addition, the current growing season’s production has been further hampered by the infestation of FAW and the deadly necrotic disease of corn. Corn should be enough. Boga assured the country had enough corn until March.

“These issues will be factored into the planning for this year. We expect imports from Uganda and Tanzania between January and February, but we will continue to monitor the situation and production in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, ”the PS said.

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Groundbreaking app tracks essential family planning supplies in Kenya Thu, 06 Jan 2022 06:10:17 +0000

As the frontline health worker at Isiolo County Referral Hospital, Denis Mutirithia has a vital role to play in saving lives – and a new digital tool to help him do so. The pharmaceutical technologist is responsible for predicting and preventing shortages and stockouts of essential medical supplies, including contraceptives.

If he receives supplies from the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA) on time, patients in the hospital will have access to the medicines they need, when they need them. But delayed supplies can trigger a litany of crises, ranging from illness to unwanted pregnancies and increased risk of maternal and newborn deaths.

As the COVID-19 pandemic devastated health systems and closed health facilities, family planning and contraceptives were among the most disrupted services. The costs are borne by the the most vulnerable women and girls, with peaks of unintended teenage pregnancies reported in parts of Kenya.

“When a woman’s reproductive health is blocked, her life is also blocked,” said editor Ochieng, founder of a women’s shelter and a legal aid organization in Kibera, a sprawling slum in Nairobi. “Access to contraceptives is one of the most crucial empowerment tools that the women of Kibera need to improve their lives, but often it is not available.

Innovations that empower women

Now, a new mobile phone app is set to be a game-changer for healthcare workers like Mr. Mutirithia. The electronic proof of delivery, or e-POD app, tracks supplies to primary health facilities with the push of a button and was developed to improve essential deliveries across Kenya.

“By checking the app on my phone, I can tell when a particular shipment of family planning commodities is expected to arrive. This helps us advise clients accordingly, so that they get the method of their choice on their next appointment, ”he says.

The e-POD app received the award for Best Innovative Health Supply Chain Solution at the 2021 Global Health Supply Chain Summit in December 2021. So far, it has been deployed in ten counties nationwide and is expected to be available in all 47 counties by mid-2022.

The mobile application was developed as part of the Last Mile Kenya Program, implemented through a partnership between KEMSA and Coca-Cola Beverage Africa, with support from UNFPA. It uses GPS to make sure deliveries get where and when they’re supposed to arrive, and healthcare facilities can easily tell if they’ve received the correct specifications. The app also monitors order turnaround times to avoid delays that could lead to depletion of vital supplies.

Edward Njoroge, Interim Managing Director of KEMSA, said: “With this new system, we will be able to ensure deliveries to the right health facilities, in the right quantities and at the right time.

e-POD is one of two recent family planning tracking applications developed with support from UNFPA. The second is Qualipharm, created with the local public health organization HealthStrat, to track consumption of family planning products at the county, sub-county and facility levels. These are, according to Charity Koronya of UNFPA, “a game changer, not only for health workers but also for citizens who depend on public health facilities for access to life-saving commodities.”

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected women’s access to family planning information and services around the world, some 12 million women have experienced disruptions in family planning services since their inception, especially in low-income countries and marginalized communities.

UNFPA works with local and international partner organizations across Kenya to strengthen efforts to ensure universal access and rights to sexual and reproductive health care, reaching more than 900,000 people with family planning services in 2020.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

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Kenya: Ambulance service for the poor helps residents of Nairobi’s largest slum Tue, 04 Jan 2022 06:02:13 +0000

Nairobi – A community health service in Africa’s largest slum is helping poor people get affordable emergency services during the COVID pandemic.

The Kibera Community Emergency Response Team in Nairobi is offering a monthly fee of $ 1 for access to emergency services, including an ambulance.

The poor – like those who live in Nairobi’s Kibera slum – struggle to access emergency health care.

Even when public services such as clinics and hospitals are provided in the slums, the high cost prevents most residents of Kibera from calling an ambulance.

It’s a challenge Moses Omondi – who was born and raised in the slum of Kibera – took on.

He formed a community emergency response team that provides services to slum dwellers for $ 1 per month, including ambulance transportation to hospitals.

“If you have an ambulance you can easily get to a hospital because no hospital should deny you services when you have been taken there by an ambulance,” said Moses Omondi. requires emergency care. “

Annet Okumu is one of some 300 ambulance service subscribers. She said she received potentially life-saving care in an ambulance after an accident last year.

“The condition I was in was not that good,” Okumu said. “My head was really bad, I was bleeding. So maybe I could have bleed too much if I hadn’t been able to get first aid.”

Nonprofit groups and other benefactors support the service. So far, there is an ambulance for about 250,000 residents of the slum. Authorities hope to increase the number to five.

Ambulance services in Kenya typically cost up to $ 400 depending on a patient’s needs, such as a ventilator and distance to travel.

Officials say arrangements that provide public access to affordable emergency services are especially important in the era of COVID-19. Judith Okech is the head of Ambulex Kenya service.

“It is a service that people recognize that they really need, and you will find that people living in such environments, some of them have never called an ambulance because they know that if you call an ambulance, it’ll never make it, or you’ll be asked for a lot of money that they can’t afford, ”Judith said.

Residents say the Community Services Emergency Response Team hopes they will have better access to the health care they need.

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From Kenya to Mississippi: the teacher dreams of being an engineer Sun, 02 Jan 2022 08:38:13 +0000

Cyprian Ng’etich, a native of Kenya turned teacher from Mississippi, has always had his head in the clouds.

With his childhood home near a hospital and an airstrip built by foreign missionaries, small planes came and went often. From time to time, government officials would arrive by helicopter to tour the area.

As far back as he can remember, Ng’etich has always been fascinated by “any object that flies”. The desire to build, design or fly these objects once supported him.

“When I was in high school, I sometimes had a tendency to lose my concentration. So I had a photo in front of my desk of a jet fighter, ”Ng’etich said. “Whenever I felt like I was a little demotivated, I would just open the office, look at this, and instantly, I would get some motivation.”

Despite growing up with one eye raised to the sky, Ng’etich had never set foot on a plane before coming to the United States in 2014, a moment he had dreamed of.

To date, his trip to America is the only time he has flown.

“I had never seen such a big plane in my life until we boarded,” Ng’etich said. “I could just feel this happiness, this joy of flying in a Boeing plane for the first time.”

Ng’etich fell asleep a few hours after the flight started and woke up several hours later to a marvelous view – a blanket of massive clouds outside his window, glowing gold in the morning sunlight. on the United Kingdom.

From the UK, he flew to Dallas, Texas, and finally to Monroe, Louisiana, where he began his studies at Grambling State University.


Ng’etich’s trip from Bomet, a town in Kenya‘s Rift Valley Province, to Blue Mountain College is an interesting story.

He attended the Mother of the Apostles minor seminary in Eldoret, Kenya, for high school, where he learned to speak English and Swahili in addition to his native language, Kalenjin.

In 2014, two years after graduating from high school, Ng’etich arrived in the United States.

He spent a single semester studying at Grambling State University in Louisiana before transferring to the Vicksburg campus of Hinds Community College. While at Hinds, he began training for cross country, running at Vicksburg National Military Park.

Towards the end of 2017, he attended a cross-country race at Choctaw Trails in Clinton, where he ran the race as a ‘unattached’ runner, meaning he was not affiliated with any school. .

There, he met Blue Mountain College cross country coach Phillip Laney, who offered him the chance to tour the Blue Mountain campus.

The small town atmosphere of the college charmed Ng’etich.

By the end of the following week, he had initiated his transfer to Blue Mountain College.

“I feel like it was a matter of God,” Ng’etich said.


Even before arriving in America, Ng’etich had consumed American, even southern, culture.

“I already knew about country music,” Ng’etich said. “It’s the kind of music I love to listen to.”

He grew up listening to “Coat of Many Colors” by Dolly Parton and “Coward of the County” by Kenny Rogers.

“When I listen to music, I will look for the message,” Ng’etich said.

His favorite track is “Humble and Kind” by Tim McGraw, a song whose title and message Ng’etich strives to embody.

He also enjoys gospel music, often listening to K-Love on the radio while driving.

A struggle for Ng’etich was to adapt to the Mississippi climate.

Coming from Bomet, where the temperature typically hovers between 50 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit year-round, northeast of the Mississippi, where the temperature steadily drops below 30 degrees in winter and above 90 degrees in summer, has been a tough adjustment.

“Over time, I was able to adapt, especially with the cold,” said Ng’etich. “Because I don’t like the cold. I am a warm person. So with the cold, it was a challenge to try to adapt.

Being active in sports and running helped him cope with climate change, but it wasn’t the only thing he had to adapt to.

While there isn’t a huge difference between the types of food Africans and Americans eat, there are differences in the way the food is prepared, in the spices, and in the cooking methods.

He enjoys most of the dishes he’s tried in the South, but by default orders a burger if there’s nothing else on the menu that’s particularly appealing.


Ng’etich’s first salary in the United States did not come from a job, but from a pencil.

During his second week in the United States, Ng’etich showed some of his artwork to a man who was fixing his laptop. The man was so impressed that he asked Ng’etich to draw a portrait of his granddaughter.

The man paid Ng’etich for the portrait; Ng’etich used the money to pay for the repair of his laptop.

“After that, I felt something inside me that pushed me to do more,” said Ng’etich.

From that day on, Ng’etich invested more time and money in his art. He bought some materials and now draws on a daily basis.

“I knew I had the talent when I was 8,” said Ng’etich. “But back in Kenya, most people don’t appreciate talent. They tell you ‘Go to school’. Find a good career. Find a job and get married and so on. I didn’t really find more support with my art until I came to the United States.

Ng’etich specializes in pencil portraits and hyperrealistic drawings.

Most of the pieces produced by Ng’etich are orders. He has made a hundred since 2014.

But prints and original versions of his art are also currently for sale at Relics Antique Marketplace in Tupelo and Rip Jax Mercantile in Ripley. They include portraits of Elvis Presley, Nelson Mandela, and William Faulkner, among others.

A website is in the works, but Ng’etich is promoting his work through Facebook and Instagram at the moment.


Although he loves to draw, Ng’etich’s future is not on paper, but in the sky.

Growing up, Ng’etich always wanted to be an aerospace engineer. But he felt he had to consider the most logical steps to build his career.

So he started teaching eighth grade math at the East Union Attendance Center, a subject that fits his future career plans.

As a teacher, Ng’etich also follows in the footsteps of his father, Anthony Kipngetich Rutto. Rutto was an English teacher in Mathematics and Religious Studies in Grades 5-8 at several schools around Bomet.

Ng’etich graduated from Blue Mountain College in December 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a minor in secondary education, which earned him a place as a teacher at East Union.

The 2021-22 school year is his first as a full-time teacher, and it’s been amazing, he said.

Having moved to Mississippi from outside the country, Ng’etich said his students, who called him “Mr. Cyp ”, are curious and want to know more about him.

“This is an opportunity and I am so blessed to be among them, being their math teacher,” said Ng’etich. “I love their wit and that the majority of them, if not all, are ready every time they come to class wanting to learn.

Ng’etich is not only a teacher, but he is also the head coach of the East Union Archery Team. While attending Blue Mountain, he joined the archery team in 2019. Although he only competed for a year, he had the knack for it and was part of a group that competed at regional, state and national levels.

Ng’etich said he was grateful to work for a school administration that has been patient with the visa transition.

“The school was so gracious. They waited for me, ”Ng’etich said. “When I received my papers, they said ‘Welcome’. It’s something that I really enjoyed being at East Union.

At the moment, Ng’etich is here on an optional practical training visa. In January, he will seek a two-year extension available to students who have graduated in science, technology, engineering and math.

At 29, Ng’etich doesn’t see age as a problem in reaching his goals. He always looks to the future. And up to.

“If you’ve got a longing inside you that’s still burning,” he said, “I feel like this thing isn’t going to stop until you satisfy it.”

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]]> Kenya Railways announces the resumption of commuter buses Fri, 31 Dec 2021 17:00:59 +0000

Kenya Railways announced the resumption of commuter buses on January 3, 2022 with the aim of ensuring an efficient transport system.

According to a statement released by KR, Nairobi Commuter Rail buses will drop passengers off at Westlands, Yaya Center and Upper Hill upon arrival in the CBD in the morning.

For those taking the Westlands route, the trip will include key stops at Jeevanjee, Museum Hill, CFC Stanbic, Chiromo .. Westlands Bus Terminus (WBT), Brookside, Safaricom, ABSA, ABC Place and James Gichuru.

Commuter City Rail System buses unveiled by Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) in 2020


For those traveling the Upper Hill route, buses will pick up and drop off passengers at Meladin, Kenya Medical Association (KMA), CIC Insurance Offices, Britam, Teachers Service Commission (TSC) Offices, Kadhis Court, CBC, KASNEB , Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH).

While the Yaya Center itinerary involves pickups and drop-offs in Serena, Integrity Center, Chancellery, Maktaba Kuu, Nairobi Hospital, DOD, Hurlingham, Chaka Place, in the center of Yaya.

“Buses also pick up passengers from the same locations in the evening and drop them off at Nairobi Central Station as they board the train home,” part of KR’s statement read.

The commuter bus has been an affordable way for many passengers. Buses have also come in handy when the demand for trains is high and they are packed.

This was evident on Christmas Eve when the company chose to use the buses to transport hundreds of passengers who found themselves stranded after arriving at Nairobi-Nanyuki station.

It was after the road was totally exhausted even as Kenyans were heading to various destinations for the festivities. The passengers were charged the same amount as the train. According to the train price schedule, Kenya Railways charges 200 Ksh for economy class from Nairobi to Nanyuki.

The company said the rail service would still operate after Christmas Day to allow Kenyans to return to town.

Inside a commuter bus in Nairobi

Inside a commuter bus in Nairobi


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Kenya inaugurates shipyard in Mombasa Wed, 29 Dec 2021 23:46:56 +0000

Kenya has inaugurated the facilities of Kenya Shipyards Limited in the port city of Mombasa.

The Maritime Executive reported that the nation has said the new shipyard will have the capacity to handle vessels over 4,000 tonnes and 150 meters in length.

According to the report, the shipyard is a strategic infrastructure asset, enabling it to tap into the global multi-billion dollar shipbuilding and repair market.

President Uhuru Kenyatta, at the inauguration of the facility, said: “The key sub-sectors of the blue economy, which include shipping and logistics, fisheries, as well as construction and repair of vessels, represent handy fruit that must be tapped.

The report says KSL Mombasa’s new shipyard facility has the longest slipway in the country for construction, repair, overhaul and maintenance.

It also has two shipbuilding hangars, one 150 meters long and 30 meters high and a smaller one 120 meters long, 20 meters high and 13 meters wide.

The report adds that the shipyard has four main workshops – an electronic repair shop, a marine and general engineering shop, a fitting and carpentry shop, and a hull and superstructure repair shop.

He said Kenya had already trained teams of workers specializing in shipbuilding and welding to meet the manpower needs of the yard.

Kenyatta added, “The direct, indirect and induced impacts of the Mombasa shipyard will create many jobs, generate various investment opportunities and increase the country’s income.

The report adds: “The Kenya Defense Force has been involved in the development of the facility for the past two years, and it is expected to be granted access to a local maintenance center for the Navy and Coast Guard. from Kenya.

“The facility is expected to save the country considerably in terms of foreign currency needed to maintain its vessels in foreign shipyards. The new yard is part of Kenya’s plan to strengthen its status as a regional maritime hub. It follows the operationalization of the port of Lamu in May.

“The first three berths for the new port were built at a cost of $ 367 million. The port of Kisumu on Lake Victoria was also renovated at a cost of $ 30 million. However, plans to revive the now defunct Kenya National Shipping Line remain in limbo, fearing the line may not compete on a global scale. ”

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From Langley, Kenya, 3 Girls Helping Friends Miles Away – Aldergrove Star Tue, 28 Dec 2021 04:00:00 +0000

Three students from Langley Fine Arts School joined hands to help their friends who live miles away in Kenya.

Lizzie Porter, along with her friends, Beatrix Koch and Adia Richert – all 10 years old – spent a vacation weekend selling handmade items on the streets of Fort Langley. The move was to raise money for Pa-Moja, a North American charity working with the Langley School District Foundation.

Although the December 18 sale was not as successful as expected, the girls are determined to keep pushing to raise funds for their friends, said Beatrix’s mother Laura Koch, award-winning musician and artist. residency at Langley Fine Arts School.

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Lizzie and her friends raised $ 20, which Koch says is not enough. She hopes for active community participation in the future.

“We really want to help as much as we can,” said Lizzie, who is in 5th grade and determined to continue fundraising until the New Year.

Through their partnership, Pa-Moja and Langley School District have undertaken several projects to connect students in Langley with those in Kenya. The Langley School District website says the projects are intended to provide a global education experience.

The charity also offers scholarships to students living around the Ol Pejeta Wildlife Conservancy in the Laikipia region of Kenya. The volunteer-run organization saw Langley Fine Arts students visit Kenya and Kenyan students visit Langley Fine Arts.

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Amber Illis, grade 5 teacher at Langley Fine Arts School, puts the contributions into context.

“A Kenyan student who visited [Langley] a few years ago, said the total raised that year – $ 800 – would cover her entire year of college, including tuition, accommodation and meals, and all of her supplies. She was amazed that the Langley students so willingly contributed a dollar each to help Kenyan students, ”Illis said.

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Ntombura: I am still bishop of the Methodist Church of Kenya Sun, 26 Dec 2021 11:31:10 +0000

African Methodist Council President Reverend Joseph Ntombura speaking to reporters in Narok. [Robert Kiplagat, Standard]]

Bishop Joseph Ntombura said he still heads the Methodist Church in Kenya.

In a statement, Bishop Ntombura condemned an attempt to wreak havoc on the church by some of the leaders.

“There is nothing new that they are bringing here. The same old story that they took to the courts, the Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) and our partners and they failed because everything is wrong, ” Ntombura said.

He accused the faction of breaking into his office while on the move.

They broke into my office through the back door. I thank God that they were arrested, ” Ntombura said.

The bishop also condemned a decision to install an interim leadership, saying he is fully responsible. He said there is no such position in the constitution of the church.

The bishop assured church members that he was in complete control, adding that his administration had taken steps to resolve the issue once and for all.

“They will know that there is a God who takes care of his people. It is no longer a cooperative society for political drama,” he said.

At a December 15 press conference in Nairobi, the faction claiming to be the interim leadership led by Dr Stephen Kanyaru said Bishop Ntombura had been ousted from his post as presiding bishop and chairman of the African Methodist Council.

They claimed this was done by delegates on December 3 at the Methodist Church Center in Lavington, Nairobi.

However, a few days later, in a paid communication in the local dailies, the administration of Ntombura denounced the interim management. The opinion listed eight defrocked ministers and seven excommunicated members.

Among those listed as defrocked ministers in the ad are Dr Charles Makonde, Jacob Ibuatha, Maingi Ruaria, James Muriki, Ronald Nzai, Richard Abio and Cosmas Tuji.

The excommunicated members are Dr Gerishon Mwiti, Goeffrey Kathurima, Dr Gladys Mwiti, Hellen Kamencu, Kobia Michubu, Martin Muriuki and Mathews Kaburu.

“The Kenya Methodist Church Conference Standing Committee wishes to inform all of our esteemed members and the general public that the individuals whose photographs appear above (Misheck Kanake, Dr Stephen Kanyaru and Isaiah Deye), as well as those whose names are listed below, have ceased to be ministers (defrocked) and members (excommunicated) of the Methodist Church in Kenya, ” the ad read.

On Friday, a section of the church in Meru supported Ntombura.

Led by the bishop of the synod of Kaaga, Bishop Nicholas Mutwiri and Bishop Lawi Imathiu, they urged church members to ignore other groups led by Dr Kanyaru as what they called undermines church leadership.

This group which represents the 39,000 members of the Kaaga Synod is here to say that Presiding Bishop Ntombura is the official spokesperson for the Methodist Church in Kenya, East and Central Africa and also the spokesperson for the African Methodist Council, ” they said.

They also denied the existence of an interim leadership in the church, claiming that Bishop Ntombura is still legally in office, continuing the church’s work in missions and church planting.

“The Kaaga synod members note that every official communication will go through the synod office through their constituency superintendents and this is the message that you must take it seriously,” they said.

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