Nandi County Calls for Ethical Journalism on World Press Freedom Day

Kapsabet, Kenya – During the International World Press Freedom Day celebrations held in Kapsabet town, Nandi County, journalists were urged to adhere to ethical standards in their reporting, especially in the face of challenges to traditional journalism. The event highlighted the critical role of accurate and balanced reporting in maintaining national unity.

According to Kenya News Agency, Chief Executive Officer of the Nandi County Government Public Service Board, who spoke on behalf of County Secretary Dr. Francis Sang, journalists in Nandi have a significant responsibility to provide trustworthy information to the public. The celebration, which took place at the Kapsabet AIC Bible College, brought together members of the media, church representatives, and various partners to underscore the importance of journalistic integrity.

Cheruto emphasized the media’s role in combatting fraud, particularly addressing the increasing issue of conmen exploiting locals with promises of non-existent jobs after collecting fees. She called on the Nandi Press Club and journalists nationwide to investigate and expose such fraudulent activities. Additionally, she expressed concern about the growing number of scams on mobile platforms, urging journalists to educate the public on safe mobile money practices.

Church representatives at the event commended the media for keeping the public informed and reiterated the call for journalists to maintain high ethical standards and continue to earn the trust of the Kenyan people.

The day also included a march through Kapsabet town organized by the Nandi Press Club, culminating in a tree planting exercise at the African Inland Church Bible College, led by the Kenya Forest Service. This year’s theme, “A Press for the Planet: Journalism in the Face of Environmental Crisis,” highlights the press’s role in addressing environmental issues.

Bobo Dioulasso Reports Successful National Culture Week, Credits Innovations

Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina Faso – The 21st edition of the National Culture Week (SNC) concluded on Saturday, May 4, 2024, with the Minister of Culture, Arts, and Tourism, Rimtalba Jean Emanuel Ouédraogo, praising the innovative approaches taken this year.

According to Burkina Information Agency, these innovations significantly enhanced the event, marking both its 40th anniversary and this year’s successful organization. “It’s already time to say goodbye. While waiting to take stock of the organization, I can assure you that the innovations contributed to giving a particular shine to the event, and we can affirm that we won the challenge of the organization,” stated Ouédraogo during the closing ceremony.

This year’s festival, held under the theme “Culture, historical memory, and patriotic surge for a new Burkina,” aimed to reflect on the country’s cultural heritage and future prospects. The Minister noted that the theme encouraged professional dialogue and creative presentations, aligning with the transitional government’s vision for Burkina Faso. Ouédraogo also highlighted the restructuring of the cultural administration, including the integration of the Anselme Titianma SANON House of Culture into the National Culture Week as a Public Establishment of the State of an Administrative nature, which has been part of broader state reforms for cost efficiency and effectiveness.

In his closing remarks, Ouédraogo expressed gratitude to the sponsors, participants, cultural professionals, and various ethnic communities who contributed to the festival’s success. Special thanks were given to Niger, the guest country of honor, for its active participation. The Minister also acknowledged the country’s Defense and Security Forces (FDS) and Volunteers for the Defense of the Fatherland (VDP) for their role in maintaining national security, which facilitated the smooth running of the event. Looking ahead, Ouédraogo extended an invitation to the 22nd edition of the National Culture Week scheduled for March 2026.

Kisumu County Faces Severe Flooding, Over 600 Families Affected

Kisumu, Kenya – Kisumu County is grappling with a severe flood situation as River Nyando has overflowed, submerging homes, businesses, and critical infrastructure. The flooding has affected several sub-counties including Nyando, Kadibo, Muhoroni, and Nyakach, leaving residents and traders facing significant losses.

According to Kenya News Agency, the flooding has been exacerbated by a backflow from Lake Victoria and continuous heavy rainfall in the nearby higher elevations of Nandi County. Over 600 families in the Nyando Sub County have been trapped in their homes or businesses, prompting a multi-agency response involving National Government Administrative Officers, the Coast Guard, Kenya Red Cross Society, St. Johns, and the County Emergency Disaster Management Unit to evacuate those affected.

The floods have also impacted transportation, with initial disruptions at Nyando Bridge in Ahero market, though vehicle movement has now resumed. Agricultural sectors report significant damage as well, with around 600 acres of maize and bean crops washed away in Kibigori Sub location, Chemelil. The healthcare infrastructure has not been spared; Bunde Dispensary and Ahero Sub-County Hospital are among the healthcare facilities that have suffered due to the floods.

Governor Anyang’ Nyong’o confirmed the county’s efforts to address the crisis, highlighting the multi-agency team’s role in rescue operations. A command center has been established at Ahero Sub-County Hospital to coordinate these efforts, and the Kenya Defense Forces are providing aerial rescue support.

The educational sector has seen numerous schools including St. Anne’s Primary, Ahero Girls Secondary, and others experience flooding, although the Nyando Deputy County Commissioner Elijah Maranga noted that public utilities like schools and hospitals have sustained minimal damage overall. However, Ahero Police Station has been severely affected, with water reaching waist-high in officers’ residences, and the office of the Nyando Assistant County Commissioner has been partially submerged.

Bogandé Residents Informed About Community Shareholding Opportunities

BOGANDÉ — On Saturday, May 4, 2024, the Agency for the Promotion of Community Entrepreneurship (APEC), through its Gnagna focal point, held an awareness session in Bogandé to educate local residents on the benefits and opportunities of popular shareholding. The event was presided over by Oumarou Tindano, the 2nd vice president of the special municipal delegation of Bogandé, and received support from a visiting delegation from Fada.

According to Burkina Information Agency, the APEC focal point for Gnagna, the session aimed to provide comprehensive information to all stakeholders to enhance their engagement in community savings for the purpose of business financing through popular shareholding. The agency’s goals include the creation of over 1 million direct jobs and achieving food self-sufficiency in Burkina Faso, a priority for President Ibrahim Traoré.

Participants were introduced to the concept of popular shareholding, which allows Burkinabè both at home and abroad to invest in local projects and businesses, gaining financial returns through dividends. This initiative seeks to make citizens both shareholders and workers in these ventures. The minimal investment required is 10,000 F CFA, with an additional 5,000 F CFA for membership, which includes a membership book.

Potential subscribers can invest through the APEC website, via Western Union, or through specific USSD codes provided during the session. Local municipal focal points have been established to streamline the subscription process. At the end of the event, the first subscribers received their membership books, and Tindano encouraged all attendees to promote massive subscription within their communities.

Kisumu Launches Sanitation Project to Transform Conditions in Informal Settlements

Kisumu, Kenya – Two informal settlements in Kisumu, Manyatta and Obunga, are set to receive modern sanitation facilities in a project costing approximately 19.5 million shillings. This initiative aims to enhance the living conditions similar to successful outcomes in Nyalenda and Nyamasaria slums.

According to Kenya News Agency, the organization implementing the project in collaboration with the national government, the initiative is funded through the Lake Victoria South Water Works Development Agency (LVSWDA) with significant involvement from the Kisumu Water and Sanitation Company. Caroline Mwangi, a sanitation expert at Seureca, shared at a public forum held at Magadi primary school that the project offers two types of sanitation facilities: a modern pit latrine and a power flush toilet system.

The modern pit latrines, slated for a pilot introduction in the Koyango area, cannot connect to sewer lines due to specific challenges like the low water table. Conversely, the power flush system holds potential for future connection to sewer systems, offering more sustainable benefits. Mwangi emphasized that these initiatives are part of broader efforts to engage local property owners in environmental management and prevent degradation.

Discussion at the forum also touched on the environmental impact of disposable diapers and sanitary towels, which frequently clog toilets and drainage systems, exacerbating pollution in Lake Victoria. The meeting addressed the urgent need for proper waste management to combat these challenges.

Mwangi further explained the technical specifications of the VIP latrines, designed to accommodate the high water table in Kisumu, limiting excavation depths to between 2.5 and 3 meters. The project also plans to introduce a large public ablution block, measuring 20 meters by 20 meters, managed under a community-driven model termed “Dwellers Drive.” Local ward and village administrators, alongside elders, will oversee the facilities’ usage to ensure they serve the community effectively.

Additionally, there have been concerns about misuse of the facilities, with instances of landlords converting public toilets into private assets, thereby denying access to the intended beneficiaries. Mwangi highlighted the importance of contractual agreements with landlords to safeguard the communal nature of these projects and ensure ongoing public benefit.

Legal safeguards are also being put in place, including stipulations on land sales within the project area to ensure the continuity of public benefits from the sanitation facilities.