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Aisha Jumwa Secures Ksh 751M for Ruto’s Govt

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Public Service, Gender, and Affirmative Action Cabinet Secretary Aisha Jumwa on Wednesday, November 23, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Finish government to boost the fight against Gender-Based Violence (GBV).

The multi-million bilateral program between Kenya and Finland will see both governments inject over Ksh751 million into the kitty.

Three counties have been selected, including Bungoma, Kilifi, and Samburu to be involved in the fight against GBV as well as other harmful practices in the regions.

The MoU was signed between the two governments at Pwani University in Kilifi County and attended by Finland Deputy Ambassador to Kenya Otto Kivinen and Kilifi Governor Gedeon Mung’aro.

Details from the event indicate that the Kenyan government contributed more than Ksh125 million while the Finish government raised at least Ksh626 million to the kitty.

The program is expected to run between 2022 and 2024 and is designed to fight GBV both at the national and county levels with the three counties being selected due to their unique context as well as the high prevalence of GBV.

Speaking at the event, Jumwa warned police officers against demanding money to fill out P3 forms for GBV survivors. She indicated that survivors should be provided with P3 whenever needed.

“I will discuss the matter with Interior Cabinet Secretary to make sure officers do not traumatize victims by asking for money to fill out the legal documents,” Jumwa indicated.

While speaking at the same event, the Finland Deputy Ambassador to Kenya commended the Kenyan government for embracing a step towards eradicating GBV cases and efforts to achieve gender equality.

“I am pleased to be part of the local launch of this bilateral program and we look forward to cooperation between us and the County Government of Kilifi”, Otto told the stakeholders at the event.

Kilifi County Governor Gideon Maitha Mung’aro on his part revealed that GBV in the region has been a disaster that should be eradicated.

He ordered the health department in collaboration with the gender department in Kilifi County to ensure that no one is charged during treatment of any form of sexual abuse in all the public hospitals in the area.

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Prices of These Commodities Dropped in November

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A report by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) on the state of the consumer economy has revealed that the cost of living slightly eased in November.

KNBS, on Wednesday, November 30 placed the inflation rate at 9.5 per cent, a 0.1 per cent drop from the previous month of October.

Among the factors that contributed to the slight dip was the reduction in the cost of basic commodities. Cooking oil, recorded an average drop of Ksh21.93 per litre.

“During the same period, prices of cooking oil (salad), tomatoes and fortified maize flour dropped by 6.0, 2.2, and 1.0 per cent, respectively.

“The month-to-month Food and Non-Alcoholic Beverages Index increased by 0.6,” the statement read in part.

The cost of maize flour dropped by Ksh1.83 per two-kilogram packet while the same unit of tomatoes cost Ksh1.98 less.

Some of the non-food commodities whose prices dropped include the electricity bought on a small scale (Ksh46.48 per 50 kilowatts) and Ksh184.2 for 200 kilowatts.

The cost of fuel super petrol, diesel and kerosene also dropped by Ksh1.10, while a 13-kg cylinder of liquefied petroleum gas retailed by Ksh79 less. Commuters also paid less for their travel, according to the Bureau.

Kenyans coughed up more cash for rent, alcoholic beverages and fresh farm produce during the month under review. The consumer price index (CPI) increased from 127.86 to 128.31.

However, in comparison to the same period in 2021, the rate of inflation leapt by 3.7 points from 5.8 per cent.

“The rise in inflation was largely due to increase in prices of commodities under food and non-alcoholic beverages (15.4 per cent) transport (11.7 per cent) and housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels (6.1 per cent),” KNBS disclosed

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The Martyr? Preacher Jailed For 8,658 Years

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A court has sentenced a televangelist, who surrounded himself with young women he referred to as his “kittens”, to 8,658 years in prison.

The court in Turkey sentenced Adnan Oktar, who has been described as a cult leader, and was convicted of sexual assault and abuse of minors.

Oktar, 66, fronted his own television channel, through which he delivered religious sermons.

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He is a fierce opponent of the theory of evolution, and wrote a widely mocked book on creationism.

He was originally given a jail sentence of 1,075 years but an appeal court ordered a retrial involving 215 defendants.

Ten of them were also given 8,658 years in prison by the court in Istanbul. Many of the other defendants were given shorter terms.

Oktar and hundreds of his followers were arrested in 2018 from his home on a litany of charges, including running a criminal organisation, tax offences, sexual abuse, and counter-terrorism laws.

During his arrest, Oktar told journalists that the allegations made against him were “lies” and “a game by the British deep state”, a topic he had frequently spoken about in the past.

In January 2021 he was convicted of 10 separate charges, including leading a criminal gang, engaging in political and military espionage, sexual abuse of minors, rape, blackmail and causing torment.

He was also charged over alleged links with exiled cleric Fethullah Gulen, who the Turkish government accuses of masterminding a failed military coup in 2016 which killed 251 people and injured more than 2,000.

An upper court overturned that ruling.

Oktar’s views have earned him a degree of notoriety both in Turkey and abroad, having been arrested multiple times before 2018 and having spent time both in prison and a psychiatric unit over the years.

Multiple copies of his widely ridiculed book “the Atlas of Creation” were reportedly shipped unrequested to academics and libraries. In the book he claimed Darwin’s theory of evolution lay at the root of global terrorism.

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