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Kakamega schools saddled by
Sh800m unpaid fees arrears
by Dennis Lumiti
Secondary schools in Kaka-
mega county are owed Sh800
million in fees arrears.
The People Daily established
that some schools are operating
on negative accounts with prin-
cipals locked in cat-and-mouse
games with suppliers.
A number of school heads ad-
mitted they are having it rough
and have received demand
letters from suppliers’ lawyers
threatening them with lawsuits
The schools are owed be-
tween Sh2 million and Sh15
million each, affecting opera-
tions with some schools unable
to pay the teachers and subor-
dinate staff hired by Boards of
Some schools have resorted
to extra measures to compel par-
ents to pay the arrears.
Shikunga High School in
Ikolomani, has entered into an
agreement with parents to pay at
least half of the fees at the begin-
ning of every term to avert accru-
“The parents owe us
Sh2,296,495 affecting our pro-
grammes. We have agreed with
the parents to pay at least half of
their children’s fees at the begin-
ning of every term from Septem-
ber to address the problem. The
parents have promised to coop-
erate and we hope they will,” said
the principal Kefa Atsobwa.
Kakamega High School prin-
cipal oliver Minishi said the
institution is owed more than
Sh7 million fee balance from
Musingu Boys High principal
Aliva luvaso said the institution
Principals receive demand
letters from suppliers’ law-
yers threatening them with
lawsuits, auctioneers’ raid
is owed more than Sh5 million. He
said they are working on ways that
will see the institution recover the
money by engaging parents directly
instead of sending students home.
Kakamega County Secondary
Schools Heads Association chair-
man Godfrey owuor said the situa-
tion has made it difficult for schools
to heed the government order that
they release the withheld certifi-
cates to the students.
He urged the government to clear
the arrears first before schools are
ordered to release the certificates.
“The schools have committed
themselves to suppliers and other
creditors based on the arrears they
are yet to recover. Now if you tell
them to just release the certificates, it
will set a dangerous precedent as the
suppliers will come knocking. More
so, parents may not have incentive
to pay fees because the government
will secure certificates for them after
Form Four,” said owuor, who is also
St Peter’s Mumias Boys High princi-
pal. “We are only talking about stu-
dents who are still in school, you can
imagine the debt the schools are in if
you backdate it for even three years,”
County education executive Violet
Amugira said they are aware of the
state of affairs, adding that plans are
underway to help the schools board’s
Secondary School Heads Association chairman John Awiti (centre) addresses the press early this
week. The association has criticised the directive ordering schools to release certificates withheld from
students over fees arrears. PHOTO: JOHN OCHIENG
NAKURU: President Uhuru
Kenyatta will next month open
the country’s second Huduma
Centre—a one-stop-shop for key
government services—in Nakuru.
Located at Postal Corporation
of Kenya Central Rift headquar-
ters, the centre is set to revolution-
ise access to public services.
Yesterday, Governor Kinuthia
Mbugua toured the facility and ex-
pressed satisfaction with the work
done in the last few weeks.
—BEN AR D GITAU
KISII: A civil society organisation
has pledged to hire lawyers for poor
Gender- Based Violence ( GBV) vic-
tims to enhance justice.
Coalition for Violence Against
Women (Covaw) will partner with
Federation of Women Lawyers—
Kenya (Fida) to provide voluntary
services for victims.
Speaking during an awareness
forum at Suneka, Covaw programme
officer Felix Ogeta said they will roll
out the initiative to help victims get
— ROBERT OCHORO
SIAYA: County Assembly Public
Accounts and Investments Com-
mittee has urged Governor Cornel
Rasanga to suspend payment of
debts inherited from the defunct lo-
cal authorities, following the Auditor
The report revealed shocking
abuse of public assets, unauthor-
ised expenditures and false decla-
ration of county assets.
Committee member Leonard
Oriaro said the suspension will pro-
vide opportunity for scrutiny of the
defunct local authorities’ accounts.
—ER IC JUMA
NAKURU: A family of a Class Four
pupil in Naivasha are looking for their
11-year-old son who went missing in
For the second week running, the
search has not borne any fruit. The boy
disappeared from their home at Site Es-
tate in Naivasha.
The boy’s elder brother Erick Akoi
said Joseph Amilo left home on July 13
to play with his friends and that was the
last time he was spotted.
“His friends say they saw him play but
did not see him leave,” he said.
— KIRERA MWITI
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11-YeAR- oLd CLASS foUR PUPIL
by Winstone Chiseremi
Two students of Chepkemel Sec-
ondary School in Mosop died and
three others sustained injuries on
Wednesday after lightning struck
The incident occurred as students
were preparing to go for prayers.
School principal leonard Wanya-
ma said the lightning killed two Form
one students who are also cousins on
the spot and injured three others.
He said two students were taken
to the nearby Chepkemel dispen-
sary where they were treated and
discharged, while the third one was
rushed to Moi Teaching and Referral
Hospital in a critical condition.
“ The lightning killed two students
on the spot as they were crossing
the handball field headed to the hall
where the Christian Union prayer
session was to be held,” said Wan-
He said plans are underway to in-
stall lightning arrestors at the institu-
by Evans Nyakundi
Police in Nyamira have warned
boda boda operators against flout-
ing traffic rules.
Acting county police boss Seline
limo ordered operators to ensure
they have legal documents such as
driving licences and insurance.
Addressing more than 200 motor-
bike operators at Nyamira divisional
headquarters, limo gave the opera-
tors a week to comply with road safe-
ty measures and traffic rules, failure
to which the law will take its course.
“Most motorbike operators have
no helmets and speed, leading to
many accidents, but we will catch up
with the offenders,” she said.
It also emerged that most cyclists
have no identity cards, making it
impossible for them to get driving
Most motorbikes operators in
Nyamira have no insurances covers
and driving licences.
yet to re-
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