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Malawi: Standard Bank in Girl Child Mentorship Initiative

By Brian Itai

Lilongwe — Standard Bank Malawi on Wednesday took a total of 120 school-going young girls through a mentorship exercise as a way of motivating the girl child to stay and work hard in school.

The group of girls were drawn from different schools from across Lilongwe and were paired with female staff members from the bank who played as their hosts at the Capital City branch. The hosts took them through different offices and departments while also giving them motivational talk.

Acting Chief Executive for Standard Bank, Temwani Simwaka, said the initiative was meant to compliment what they are already doing in Dedza where they are mentoring girl children.

“Us as standard bank, we believe that if you grow a girl child you grow a nation, and as a brand, we believe that our role is to drive the growth of mother Malawi. And to do that we have to be involved in the girl child,” said Simwaka.

She said it is our passion as the bank to make sure that each child is given an opportunity to be shown what they can be when they grow up, hence the idea of extending the initiative to the girl child in Lilongwe, Mzuzu and Blantyre.

“In addition to just talking to them, we said why not show them what they can be if they work hard, stay in school and concentrate on building their future,” she said.

She added that; “This is the first year we are doing this, at the end of it we will evaluate. We have made a long term commitment on the girl child and if this works out right and it makes a difference to the girls, then we will come back again next year.”

A total of 91 girl children from Blantyre and 22 from Mzuzu participated in a similar exercise in the two cities as well. The mentorship exercise coincided with the global commemoration of the Day of the Girl Child.

Standard Bank invited applications from parents and guardians who were interested for their girl children to undergo the mentorship exercise some months ago.

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Malawi:Standard Bank in Girl Child Mentorship Initiative

By Brian Itai

Lilongwe — Standard Bank Malawi on Wednesday took a total of 120 school-going young girls through a mentorship exercise as a way of motivating the girl child to stay and work hard in school.

The group of girls were drawn from different schools from across Lilongwe and were paired with female staff members from the bank who played as their hosts at the Capital City branch. The hosts took them through different offices and departments while also giving them motivational talk.

Acting Chief Executive for Standard Bank, Temwani Simwaka, said the initiative was meant to compliment what they are already doing in Dedza where they are mentoring girl children.

“Us as standard bank, we believe that if you grow a girl child you grow a nation, and as a brand, we believe that our role is to drive the growth of mother Malawi. And to do that we have to be involved in the girl child,” said Simwaka.

She said it is our passion as the bank to make sure that each child is given an opportunity to be shown what they can be when they grow up, hence the idea of extending the initiative to the girl child in Lilongwe, Mzuzu and Blantyre.

“In addition to just talking to them, we said why not show them what they can be if they work hard, stay in school and concentrate on building their future,” she said.

She added that; “This is the first year we are doing this, at the end of it we will evaluate. We have made a long term commitment on the girl child and if this works out right and it makes a difference to the girls, then we will come back again next year.”

A total of 91 girl children from Blantyre and 22 from Mzuzu participated in a similar exercise in the two cities as well. The mentorship exercise coincided with the global commemoration of the Day of the Girl Child.

Standard Bank invited applications from parents and guardians who were interested for their girl children to undergo the mentorship exercise some months ago.

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More Than 413 Girls Forced Into Marriage in 2016

By Bella Lucia Nininahazwe

Burundian girls still suffer the consequences of forced marriage especially when they are pregnant before adult age, say civil activists on the occasion of the International Day of the Girl Child.

Following a study made by a local women’s NGO fighting against malaria and HIV/AIDS-SFBLSP from July to September 2017 in the Bujumbura northern neighbourhoods, girls are still forced into marriage by their parents and families.

Esperance Ntirampeba, SFBLSP chairwoman, says girls still suffer from non-access to education, child marriage and other discriminatory challenges. ” We conducted a small survey in July and the results revealed that around 27.5% of girls under 18 are forced into marriage while 6.8 % of girls under 15 suffer the consequences of early marriage”

David Ninganza, spokesman for Youth Solidarity for Peace and Childhood-SOJPAE, says early marriage in Burundi society is a threat to face. “More than 413 cases of forced marriage were recorded last year,” he says.

Those activists say those cases of early marriage are mostly influenced by teenagers’ unwanted pregnancies.

They appeal to the government to take serious measures to avoid such marriage as it harms the whole society.

Ntirampeba says the government should take appropriate laws to protect those girl children. “Parents who oblige their teenagers to get married should be seriously punished as well as adult people who are involved in the whole process”, she says.

Ntirampeba reminds parents that single mothers especially when they are adolescents have the right to better treatment and education like others. “It is not because an adolescent is pregnant that she has to be abandoned. Parents should still treat her well and take care of her”, she says.

The same view is shared by Ninganza. The Government should review some laws namely the law that stipulates that only pregnant mothers with marriage certificate should have access to free public healthcare. “Preventing them from having the same healthcare is unfair’, he says.

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Class Six Girl Hangs Self Over Pregnancy

By Vivere Nandiemo

A Standard Six pupil committed suicide in Nyatike, Migori County, after realising she was pregnant.

Morine Juma, 12, of Kimai Primary School in Kanyarwanda area, hanged herself with a rope at her grandfather’s homestead on Sunday.

Family members said they found her body dangling on a rope in one of the deserted houses in the compound.

“She had gone missing since Saturday and we became worried about her whereabouts.

“We noticed that the door to one of the houses in the compound was locked from inside.

“When the door was broken and we gained entry into the house, we were shocked to see the body dangling on a rope and a note lying beside her,” Ms Mary Wangare, a relative, said.

STIGMA

According to Ms Wangare, the note indicated that life had become too hard for the pupil given that she was pregnant, and her parents and other family members were “too harsh” on her.

Ms Wangare said she had called the area chief Nashon Odira last week to report that the girl was pregnant.

Mr Odira noted that the girl had moved to her grandfather’s homestead.

“Her parents said they noticed she had gained weight and suspected she was pregnant, but they never asked her who had made her pregnant,” the chief said.

“We had started following up on the case when I was informed that she had taken her life,” he said.

INVESTIGATION

Morine’s parents and grandparents were too shocked to speak.

Migori police boss Joseph Nthenge said: “In the note that she left behind, she said that she was being frustrated by some of her relatives. On the fateful day, she locked herself in one of the houses in the compound and used a rope to commit suicide.”

Mr Nthenge said police had launched investigations that will involve questioning of the girl’s parents and relatives.

TEEN PREGNANCIES

The girl’s body was moved to Migori Level Four Hospital mortuary.

In the wake of the incident, residents of Nyatike decried the soaring cases of teen pregnancies in the region.

They called on the government and law enforcement agencies to help end the menace that has seen many young girls drop out of school.

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Two Held Over Abduction of 5 Children

By Rehema Matowo

Geita — The police are holding two men, one aged 35 years, and the other 53 years, for allegedly abducting five children and using them to graze their livestock.

The men, who are residents of Geita and Nyang’wale, were arrested recently.

Briefing reporters in his office on yesterday Geita Regional Police Commander Mponjoli Mwabulambo said one of the children, who had been abducted and who managed to escape, led the police to a forest, where the abductors were hiding.

According to Mr Mwabulambo, the police managed to rescue four children, all having been abducted.

“We have launched an operation in various forests in the region to find out whether there are more children hidden there after they were abducted,” noted Mr Mwabulambo.

Speaking to The Citizen one of the children said he was abducted in 2013, but escaped earlier this year from one of the forests, where he was being used to graze cattle.

“The day I was abducted I was going to a mosque. Suddenly, a man, who was riding a bicycle offered me a lift. The next thing I can recall is that I found myself in the forest grazing cattle,” said the 13-year-old boy.

Mr Mwabulambo added that the suspects would be taken to court after investigations.

Meanwhile, Police in Shinyanga are holding a sixty-two-year old man from Buduhe Village for allegedly forcing her 13-year-old daughter into marriage. Three other suspects were also arrested in connection with the incident.

The man (name withheld) on Sunday received 15 cows, two goats and Sh20,000 in cash as her daughter’s bride price, said Shinyanga Regional Police Commander Simon Haule.

The RPC told this reporter on Wednesday, September 27, over the telephone that the Standard Three girl was set to be married by an 18- year-old man from Mwime Village in Mwendakulima Ward in Kahama District.

He said that all the suspects had conspired to commit the crime.

“The father of the girl had already accepted the agreed livestock as bride price which had already been taken to his home,” he said.

He explained that police received the tip and went to save the girl from early marriage.

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Forget Hamisa Mobetto, This Burundian Model is Diamond’s Newest Baby Mama

Photo: Jesca Honey/Instagram

Jesca Honey.

Diamond Platinumz is facing a fresh infidelity storm after with a Burundian woman now claiming that the Tanzanian entertainer is the father of her twin babies.

The 24-year-old Jesca Honey, who is a former Miss Burundi made the claims in Instagram, saying she met Diamond in 2013 when he travelled to the country for a concert.

She has also alleged that Diamond sent one of his boys nicknamed Mafya to approach her and directed her to a hotel room where they got intimate.

And that ‘ s not all. Honey Jesca has also accused Zari Hassan of snatching the Salome hit maker from her and influencing him to abandon the two children he fathered with her.

She also accused Zari of hacking her Instagram account which had 450,000 followers.

Jesca Honey, who shared photos of her twin daughters on Instagram, says she is ready for DNA tests to confirm her babies paternity.

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Moi Girls Tragedy Demands Action, Leaders Agree at Requiem Mass

By Muthoni Waweru

Nairobi — A Somber mood engulfed the requiem mass for the nine students who perished following the devastating inferno that razed a dormitory at the Moi Girls School in Kibera, Nairobi county.

The ceremony comprising of the Board of Management, students and friends of the school and government officials took place at the institution.

The school’s principal Jael Mureithi termed the ceremony as a sad event and the fire that claimed their lives tragic as it robbed the young girls who perished of a beautiful future.

“Our way of life has been disrupted; the incident has left us shaken as no parent would bear to lose their child in such a painful way,” she said, “It is sad to have lost young promising lives.”

Kibera Member of Parliament Ken Okoth stated that he will work to ensure that contributions made go towards rebuilding school.

“We will work together with the Ministry of Education (MoE) and the county government to see to it that the dormitory is put up, and normalcy resumes,” said the Kibera MP.

Okoth also stated that he will kick off a discussion to highlight on the need to boost safety standards and preparedness in case of fire in learning institutions.

“Going forward, the challenge and the areas that I see we need to focus on is to pay attention to the issues such as the well-being of the students particularly their mental health by offering counseling,” he added, “for safety in our schools, we have the standards; what are the specifications for dormitories, evacuation ways, corridor sizes, rules about grills and windows. This calls for us to move these standards from the papers to actual implementation in schools.”

Okoth also proposed for schools to annually file a preparations and preparedness starter plans on issues to do with safety evacuation of their wards.

When he spoke, Education Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang assured parents that the Ministry was taking seriously the reforms it needed to undertake to ensure a safe, conducive boarding school environment.

“At what age do we allow our children to be in boarding schools? This may affect our primary schools because we would want to be sure that when our children are in boarding schools at primary school level, they are of such an age that in case of challenges they can be able to take care of themselves,” he told mourners.

Kipsang also described the loss of life as heart breaking and a tragedy that could have been prevented.

Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja, who was among leaders who joined the school in the mass, emphasised the need for a mentorship program to be initiated by schools’ alumni to advise those still in school.

He stated that this will provide the needed guidance and counseling to ensure students are able to deal with any challenges they may encounter.

On Tuesday, all the nine girls were positively identified following the completion of DNA examinations.

A form one student accused of having started the fire that burnt her colleagues at the school has been charged with nine counts of murder.

The girl who is aged 14 was arraigned before Justice Luka Kimaru before whom she denied the charges and was freed on a Sh200,000 cash bail.

She was represented in court by lawyer Stanley Kangahi who assured the court that she will cooperate and turn up in court whenever required, until the case is heard and determined.

The media was barred from covering the proceedings in court in the interest of the girl’s rights as a minor.

Government Mulls Setting Minimum Boarding School Age as Part of Reforms

By Simon Ndonga

Nairobi — The Ministry of Education is mulling setting a minimum age at which parents will be allowed to enroll their children in boarding school.

Speaking at the requiem mass for the nine girls killed in a fire at the Moi Girls School, Education Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang said they should be competent enough to handle themselves in case of emergency.

“At what age do we allow our children to be in boarding schools? This may affect our primary schools because we would want to be sure that when our children are in boarding schools at primary school level, they are of such an age that in case of challenges they can be able to take care of themselves,” he told mourners.

Kipsang described the tragic loss of life in the Moi Girls fire as heart breaking as it is something that could have been prevented.

A sombre mood engulfed the ceremony as students, friends, families came together to remember the students.

Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja who was among leaders who joined the school in the mass empasised the need for a mentorship program to be initiated by schools’ alumni to advise those still in school.

He stated that this will provide the needed guidance and counseling to ensure students are able to deal with any challenges they may encounter.

He sentiments were echoed by Kibra MP Ken Okoth who stated that he will kick off a discussion that will see to it that all school present annual reports to do with safety, evacuation and preparedness.

Okoth stated that there is need to pay attention to issues such as mental health as well as carry out fire drills.

On Tuesday, all the nine girls were positively identified following the completion of DNA examinations.

A form one student accused of having started the fire that burnt her nine colleagues at Moi Girls High School has been charged with nine counts of murder.

The girl who is aged 14 was arraigned before Justice Luka Kimaru before whom she denied the charges and freed on a Sh200,000 until Friday when her case will be mentioned.

She was represented in court by lawyer Stanley Kangahi who assured the court that she will cooperate and turn up in court whenever required to until the case is heard and determined.

The media was barred from covering the proceedings in court in the interest of the girl’s rights as a minor.

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14-Year-Old to Face Murder Charges for Fire That Killed 9

By Simon Ndonga

Nairobi — A girl suspected to have started the fire that killed nine of her colleagues at Moi Girls High School in Nairobi is expected back in court Wednesday to face murder charges.

The girl was first arraigned in court last week when the court allowed police to detain her for seven days to complete investigations.

The orders were issued by Senior Principal Magistrate Theresa Nyangena following a request by Senior Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions, Alloys Kemo, who had asked for 10 days to allow further investigations.

According to an affidavit filed by the Milimani DCIO Phylis Kanina, the minor who has been codenamed T.W.G in court papers was arrested on Tuesday, at her parent’s home in the city.

Kanina told the court that the student was found in possession of a Tecno phone whose SIM card was registered under her mother’s name.

A laptop was also recovered from the home which is currently undergoing forensic examination.

Family lawyer Stanley Kang’ahi told Capital News that minor will continue to cooperate with authorities if released on bail.

On Tuesday, all the nine girls were positively identified following the completion of DNA that was led by Government Pathologist Dr Johansen Oduor.

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has pledged to assist the bereaved families transport the bodies to the various counties as per the family plans and is planning to attend the funerals.

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Dad Accused of Turning Daughter Into Sex Slave

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(file photo)

By Betty Ndagire

Kampala — The prosecution of a 44-year-old man who turned his daughter into a sex slave has started in the High court in Kampala.

The suspect, Deo Graceous Sserunjogi is charged with aggravated defilement of his 16-year-old daughter. He appeared before Justice Wilson Kwesiga.

State prosecutor, Mr Isaiah Wanamama told court that Sserunjogi between May and July 2013 in Simbwa Zone in Kansanga, a suburb of Kampala unlawfully had sexual intercourse with his biological daughter.

An uncle of the girl Mr Charles Ssemakula told court that his niece complained to his wife (aunt) that she had severe pain in her stomach.

“… At the time the girl started complaining of pain she was sharing the bedroom with her father and her other siblings. Sserunjogi started sharing the bedroom with his children after the death of his wife,” Mr Ssemakula testified.

He explained that the girl confided in her aunt that every night, Sserunjogi would sneak into her bed and sexually molest her.

Mr Ssemakula said when he was briefed by his wife about the incest incident, he reported to the local defence officer. He said the local defence officer advised him to report the matter to Kasawe Police Station in Nsambya and Serunjogi was subsequently arrested.

The case was adjourned to August 24 for further hearing.

Meanwhile, during the same court sitting, Justice Kwesiga reproached the state for failing to produce witnesses in several cases for trial to start.

Justice Kwesiga’s wrath was provoked by the several cases which were mentioned in court but instead of Mr Wanamama presenting witnesses for the trial to start, he sought further adjournments on ground that the witnesses were not present.

“… It is clear that the state cannot prosecute the accused person. Let us be considerate, the accused persons have been in court since 2013. Allowing them to be in prison for one extra day is miscarriage of justice,” Justice Kwesiga said.

The judge dismissed several cases where witnesses were not presented for hearing to proceed and in some cases, he gave the state last adjournments.

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