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Death Toll in Kisii Building Collapse Rises to 7

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Collapsed three-storey building in Kisii.

Nairobi — A total of seven bodies were recovered Wednesday evening as rescues continued to search through the rubbles of a collapsed three-storey building in Kisii.

According to the police 22 people had been rescued as the evening approached with more than ten of those said to be admitted in hospitals with varied injuries sustained from the incident.

The police also stated that search and rescue efforts will still continue to ensure anyone trapped in the building is rescued.

Earlier on Wednesday, sources indicated that the contractors of the ill-fated building were inside when it collapsed.

It is not clear how many construction workers are confined in the collapsed building.

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Search for Survivors After Kisii Building Collapse

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Search for Survivors on After Kisii Building Collapse

Photo: Benson Momanyi/Daily Nation

The public at the site where a building collapsed in Kisii town on October 11, 2017.

By Magati Obebo

Rescue teams in Kisii town have pulled more than 12 people from a three-storey building, which collapsed at Mwembe area Wednesday morning.

The building was under construction and more than 25 workers are believed to have already reported to work at the time, County Disaster boss Julius Tinega told reporters at the scene.

“So far we have pulled out between 10 and 12 people and we have brought more personnel and equipment to aid in the operations,” he said.

He said more people were still trapped in the rubble.

Four people were pulled from the rubble when rescue operations begun at 8.30am in the morning by first emergency responders, among them bodaboda operators.

Mr Julius Orare, who lives in a residential near the collapsed building said he wa sin the showered when he heard tremors. He went to check and saw the building had collapsed.

Mr John Omori , another witness, said he was on his way to work at 8.15am when he saw the building collapsing.

“There were some people on top when the building came tumbling down,’ he said.

At least two women said their husbands had already reported to work at the site and they are yet to know if they have been rescued.

The incident comes barely a year after a seven- floor building collapsed in central Kisii killing eight people.

Kisii Governor Mr James Ongwae visited the scene and is expected to issue a statement.

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Search for Survivors After Kisii Building Collapse

Photo: Benson Momanyi/Daily Nation

The public at the site where a building collapsed in Kisii town on October 11, 2017.

By Magati Obebo

Rescue teams in Kisii town have pulled more than 12 people from a three-storey building, which collapsed at Mwembe area Wednesday morning.

The building was under construction and more than 25 workers are believed to have already reported to work at the time, County Disaster boss Julius Tinega told reporters at the scene.

“So far we have pulled out between 10 and 12 people and we have brought more personnel and equipment to aid in the operations,” he said.

He said more people were still trapped in the rubble.

Four people were pulled from the rubble when rescue operations begun at 8.30am in the morning by first emergency responders, among them bodaboda operators.

Mr Julius Orare, who lives in a residential near the collapsed building said he wa sin the showered when he heard tremors. He went to check and saw the building had collapsed.

Mr John Omori , another witness, said he was on his way to work at 8.15am when he saw the building collapsing.

“There were some people on top when the building came tumbling down,’ he said.

At least two women said their husbands had already reported to work at the site and they are yet to know if they have been rescued.

The incident comes barely a year after a seven- floor building collapsed in central Kisii killing eight people.

Kisii Governor Mr James Ongwae visited the scene and is expected to issue a statement.

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Kenyatta, Ruto Woo Gusii Community

By Ruth Mbula and Nyaboga Kiage

President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto returned to Nyamira and Kisii counties to woo voters ahead of the October 26 repeat elections.

The Jubilee leaders said members from the Abagusii community have been appointed to top positions in the government and urged voters to support them in the repeat elections.

Speaking at Sameta stadium in Kisii County, the Head of State pointed out acting Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i as one of the appointees from the region.

“After me and my deputy Ruto, Dr Matiang’i is the other most powerful person in government,” said President Kenyatta.

JOBS

He named Central Bank of Kenya Chairman Mohammed Nyaoga and Kenya Bureau of Standards CEO Charles Ongwae as other members of the community in holding top government jobs.

“Are they from Kiambu or Uasin Gishu? No, let us be honest here, they are from Kisii,” said President Kenyatta.

He dismissed opposition leaders, who have been claiming that his government is not all inclusive saying they are deceitful.

“We have nominated Senator Millicent Omanga. The Commissioner of Prisons Mr Isaiah Osugo, are also from Gusii community. Are they from Nyeri or Baringo?”he posed.

The President urged residents to vote for them in the October 26 elections.

MAJORITY

The President also welcomed senior politicians, who decamped from the opposition to support his re-election bid.

They included Mr Isaac Onchogwa, who had contested the Kisii senatorial seat, Mr Edgar Onsongi and Mr Richard Atemba, who also ran for Senator seat on Kenya National Congress ticket among others.

Deputy President William Ruto said the repeat elections will give President Kenyatta an opportunity to win majority votes in Kisii County, which was one of the handful of counties where he did not command a wide majority.

The Deputy President said Nyamira and Kisii residents voted for President Kenyatta because the community chose development and progress instead of the tribal propaganda peddled by the opposition.

VOTES

“We won the August 8th elections because Kenyans voted for progress. Here in Kisii more than 500 kilometers of tarmac road are being constructed. We increased homes with electricity from 13,000 in 2013 to 60,000 within four years,” said Mr Ruto.

Former Senator Chris Obure and former chairman of the Constitutional Implementation Commission Charles Nyachae said President Kenyatta is assured of getting more votes in Kisii and Nyamira Counties in the repeat poll.

In the August 8 election, President Kenyatta garnered 52.07 per cent (106,894) of the votes in Nyamira County while in Kisii he got 43.2 per cent (175,415) of the votes.

Additional reporting by PSCU.

Kenya: Pupil, New Mothers Hit Hard By Nurses’ Strike

By Nyaboga Kiage

A Class Eight pupil in a Kisii school is among eight women forced into a congested ward at Christa Marriane Hospital because they have nowhere else to go.

Speaking to the Sunday Nation, the pupil, who is scheduled to sit the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education examination, burst into tears as she narrated how she was forced out of the maternity ward with her one-week-old daughter and into the detention ward.

“They told me they were letting me go, which was good news for, me only to realise that they were bringing us to this room,” the distraught girl said.

‘HOSTAGES’

In the wards, they are forced to sleep on three thin mattresses joined together, which she shares with the rest of the mothers and their infants.

She said in most cases they end up not sleeping because they all cannot fit on the tiny mattresses with their babies.

“We are not even allowed to get out of this room. We ask for permission to go to the toilet as we do in school and come back,” she said.

The hospital administrator Beatrice Sabato said they were compelled to take patients there because of congestion in the wards.

“All our hospital beds are occupied and we are planning to release them,” she said. “We are trying our best to deal with this.”

MATERNITY

The hospital in Kisii County has become the most available rescue centre for many after nurses in public hospitals went on strike three months ago.

Patients from Kilgoris in Narok County, Nyamira, Migori and Kisii are thronging the private facility, forcing the hospitals to put beds even on corridors in the wards.

A spot check revealed that the facility is overstretched, especially in the maternity wing, forcing mothers to share beds.

It emerged that the situation is so bad that some patients who have not paid medical bills were detained in the hospital’s boardroom.

STALEMATE

Mr Kelvin Ochieng’, whose wife had given birth, said you have to follow doctors and request them to attend to your patient because they are overwhelmed.

“They provide quality services but the number of patients here is so high that you have to be very close to the doctors so that they listen to you,” he said.

Mr Ochieng’ urged the nurses who are on strike to agree with the Council of Governors for the benefit of Kenyans.

A similar call was made by Ms Shelvin Sabina who went to see a patient at the facility.

She said there was a need for the government to end the stalemate.

“Patients are not even allowed to heal well before they are discharged. Those at the maternity wards stay for three days and they are asked to leave,” Ms Sabina said.

RECOVERY

Patients also expressed concern about the little time they are given to heal.

For instance, the pupil said she was still experiencing lower abdominal pain after delivering through Caesarian section. The rest of the mothers in the detention room also expressed similar sentiments.

In the same room is yet another Form Two girl who has been there for close to two weeks.

She painfully explained how they were forced to share a meal whenever any one of them received a visitor because the hospital feeds them only once a day.

“We have to share the little we get each day. We just have to bear with the situation as we wait for our relatives and friends to foot the bill,” she said, adding that it would be unfair to eat alone as the rest watch.

MISTREATMENT

According to her, there is always a watchman standing by the door of the room and never allows them to take their children outside.

“With this cold and rainy weather in Kisii, we do not understand how they could be so inhuman and prevent us from taking our children out in the sun, especially when most of us don’t have warm enough clothes for them,” she said.

Ms Christine Omondi, 23, who has been detained at the medical facility for a month, termed some health workers heartless.

She said that despite some of them being in severe pain, the health workers ignored their requests for checkup or change of dressing.

Kenya National Union of Nurses Asks SRC to Treat Nurses as Professionals

Nurses have remained adamant that they will not resume duty even as governors threaten to sack them.

Speaking Wednesday in Nairobi, Kenya National Union of Nurses Secretary-General Seth Panyako said the workers will not go back to work until their grievances are addressed.

“Nobody can coerce a worker to resume duty without having satisfactory agreements,” said Mr Panyako.

The official added that the strike will only be called off when the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) implements their Collective Bargaining Agreement like what was done for doctors.

DISCIPLINARY ACTION

“We are all professionals, therefore, you cannot pay one cadre up to 400 per cent increment while lowering the salaries of the other cadres, dismissing them as semi-skilled workers,” said Mr Panyako.

But in some counties, governors have threatened to move ahead with the disciplinary action against the nurses who have been on strike for the last three months.

Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui has threatened to lay off more than 1,200 striking nurses if they fail to return to work by Friday.

Mr Kinyanjui on Wednesday said those who will not have reported to their respective areas by the end of the week will have their positions advertised for replacement.

DIALOGUE

He spoke as the nurses, through their national association, pleaded with the Council of Governors to give room for more dialogue.

“For three months now, hospitals have not been operational and patients have been forced to seek services in private facilities which they can’t afford. This is totally unacceptable,” said Mr Kinyanjui.

Three weeks ago when he assumed office, the governor formed a taskforce to look into issues affecting the county’s health sector, including the nurses’ strike. The team had 30 days to table its report.

The same case applies to Nandi and Baringo counties where the respective governors have issued a warning that those who will not resume duty by Monday next week will be dismissed for “engaging in an illegal action” that has affected provision of healthcare.

STRAINED SERVICES

Nandi Governor Stephen Sang said the nurses’ strike had strained services in the region’s public health facilities.

“Our health facilities are suffering from inadequate personnel. The current strike by the nurses has been declared illegal by the courts since it is not protected,” said Mr Sang in an address to the Nandi County Assembly.

Mr Sang said the striking nurses must abide by a directive from the Council of Governors which ordered all workers to return to work by September 8 failing which the county government will dismiss them summarily.

“We are in the process of compiling data in order to establish how many nurses are back at work and will proceed forthwith to engage nurses on a contract basis to replace those who deserted duty,” he said. Last month, Baringo County Health Executive Andrew Kwonyike said they had stopped the salaries of nurses who were still on strike.

WILLING

The nurses, led by their union secretary Francis Koros, said they were willing to return to work after the Collective Bargaining Agreement is signed.

The governors’ council had threatened to take disciplinary measures against the nearly 26,000 nurses who have been on strike for the last 102 days.

Despite the threats, the nurses accused the national government of delaying a solution to the strike by failing to listen to their demands.

Nurses from Kisii, Migori, Homa Bay and Nyamira, who staged a demonstration along the streets of Kisii town on Wednesday, said they will not be cowed by the governors’ threats and will only resume work when the CBA is signed. The union’s Kisii County Secretary-General Moses Riang’a said the national government, the governors’ council and SRC had conspired to prolong the strike situation.

DEMANDS

The nurses are demanding Sh25,000 in monthly allowances, Sh15,400 in risk compensation, Sh5,000 in extraneous allowances as well as Sh5,000 responsibility allowance.

They also want Sh50,000 annual allowance for uniform.

But both the governors’ council and SRC have said the caregivers must return to work and await an evaluation of their job descriptions.

“We are used to their threats to sack nurses but we are not afraid. Our stand remains strong and we will not go to work until our demands are met,” said Mr Riang’a.

Reported by Elizabeth Merab, Magdalene Wanja, Elgar Machuka, Philip Bwayo and Flora Koech

Kenyatta – I’ve Got No Issue With Abagusii Community

By Caroline Wafula and Francis Mureithi

President Uhuru Kenyatta opened up about why he was bitter with the Supreme Court and Chief Justice David Maraga as he and his Deputy William Ruto hosted members of the Abagusii community at State House Nakuru Wednesday.

The President said that being human, he had the right to get angry and bitter that his clear victory had been taken away from him by Justice Maraga and his court.

He told the more than 15,000 delegates from Kisii and Nyamira counties that he had no issues at all with the community, of which the CJ is a member, and that his only problem was the Chief Justice and the Supreme Court for nullifying his election because he believed he won fairly on August 8.

“They stole my victory in broad daylight. The Supreme Court should have ordered a repeat count of the votes in an open ground like Kasarani Stadium,” said Mr Kenyatta, adding that it would be hypocritical of him to hide his feelings and bitterness at the court’s verdict.

He added: “It is true some of us were really pained … we were hurt … just imagine someone snatching your victory from you just like that,” he said.

BITTER PILL

The President said the decision was a bitter pill for him to swallow, equating himself to someone whose cow had been stolen and after police recover it, deny him possession of the animal because he did not fill some form at the police station.

“I cannot lie to you that I was happy with the decision by the Supreme Court led by Maraga. I was very angry with Maraga and his court … that does not mean I have a problem with the Kisii community. It would have been better if they called for recount.”

The President criticised Nasa leader Raila Odinga whom he accused of rushing to Nyamira and Kisii to turn his (Mr Kenyatta’s) anger on the Supreme Court into a tribal issue — as an attack against the community.

“When he attacked (Cabinet Secretary) Fred Matiang’i, did he not know that he was also a Kisii?”

REITERATED

The Deputy President reiterated the president’s message that they had nothing against the community.

“We are the ones who put Maraga in office, didn’t we know he was Kisii?” Mr Ruto asked.

He too accused Mr Odinga of spreading propaganda that they were fighting the Abagusii.

“Raila should stop hate politics and setting communities against each other,” said the DP and added: “Let us be gentlemen and sell policies so that we are able to change Kenya.

GUSII DELEGATION

Among those who led the Gusii delegation were Kitutu Chache North MP Jimmy Angwenyi, Nominated Senator Millicent Omanga, former CIC chairman Charles Nyachae, Mr Chris Obure, former East Africa Legislative Assembly member Joseph Kiangoi, former MPs Walter Nyambati and James Magara, Ms Jerusha Momanyi, representing Kisii women and Mr Joel Gisuka, speaking on behalf of the Abagusii in the diaspora.

Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui was also present.

The delegation pledged to marshal Abagusii votes for the president.

Several elected MPs from the two counties who did not support the President on August 8 pledged to support him this time round. They include PDP’s Oroo Oyioka (Bomachari), Ezekiel Machogu (National Agenda Party, Nyaribari Masaba) and Prof Zadock Ogutu (Independent, Bomachoge Borabu).

Other MPs from the community who will spearhead the campaign for President Kenyatta’s re-election are Shadrack Mose (Kitutu Masaba), Mr Joash Nyamoko (North Mugirango), Mr Samuel Arama (Nakuru Town West) and Mr Richard Tongi (Nyaribari Chache).

The President garnered 52 per cent of the votes in Nyamira and 48 per cent in Kisii in the August elections.

Kenyatta Meets Delegation From Kisii, Nyamira

By Caroline Wafula and Francis Mureithi

President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto on Wednesday met a delegation from Kisii and Nyamira counties at State House, Nakuru.

Elected leaders and politicians from the Gusii community present at the meeting promised to campaign for President Kenyatta in the repeat presidential elections.

Some of the leaders who addressed the meeting include Nakuru Town West MP Samuel Arama, who assured President Kenyatta that the community will back his re-election in the October 17 elections.

Former Constitution of Implementation Commission Chairman Charles Nyachae said the community has opportunity to double the number of votes they gave President Kenyatta in the August 8 General Election.

VOTES

The Chairman of people Democratic Party Omingo Magara said his party had made a decision to support the President and urged the community to follow suit.

Nominated Senator Millicent Omanga assured the President that she will marshal Kisii women vote for him in the repeat poll.

President Kenyatta has in the recent past attacked the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice David Maraga over its decision to nullify his election.

The President and his deputy have questioned the reasoning of the nullification of their win and threatened to “deal with” the Judiciary should they be re-elected.

There have been protests in part of Kisii and Nyamira counties to defend the CJ.

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Jubilee, Nasa All Out to Win Over Voters in Election Countdown

With the Supreme Court having nullified President Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory, Jubilee and National Super Alliance politicians in various regions have hit the ground running in readiness for the repeat election.

In Bungoma, MPs elected on a Jubilee Party ticket are under pressure to deliver more than half of the votes in the county in the coming presidential poll, set for October 17.

Senate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka is leading the onslaught for more votes and is being assisted by four Jubilee MPs who are targeting more than three quarters of the votes available in the region, considered a Nasa zone.

The MPs in the campaign team are Mr John Waluke (Sirisia), Didmus Barasa (Kimilili), Fred Kapondi (Mt Elgon) and Daniel Wanyama (Webuye West).

They have been joined by Bumula MP Moses Mabonga, an independent candidate who declared on Thursday that he would back the President’s re-election.

STRATEGIC MEETINGS

The team has been holding several strategic meetings since the annulment of the presidential election results, as they seek to frustrate Nasa candidate Raila Odinga, who secured a huge number of votes last time.

The meetings are meant to ensure Mr Odinga and Nasa do not win massive votes from the 559,000 registered voters in the devolved unit.

“We have been instructed to deliver more than 250,000 votes to the Jubilee basket. Several meetings we have held are meant to make sure that we deliver the needed votes. Pressure is so high that leaders are not sleeping. The President says he has given us the top seat and we have to reciprocate by ensuring he is re-elected in October,” said an MP who asked not to be named for discussing Jubilee strategy secrets.

THANKING RESIDENTS

President Kenyatta toured Kimilili Constituency on Thursday in what he said was a trip aimed at thanking Kimilili residents for voting for Mr Barasa of Jubilee. He used the opportunity to ask for votes in the coming polls.

“You made us proud by electing Barasa and three other Jubilee MPs — including Kapondi, Wanyama and Waluke. We want to show Nasa that Bungoma is no longer an opposition zone because we already have many MPs here and Bumula MP Moses Mabonga is also campaigning for us,” he said.

Mr Lusaka, who was recently picked by Jubilee senators to become the House Speaker, pledged to ensure the President gets the majority of votes in the county.

In Laikipia, Devolution Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri hit out at his critics, who have been accusing him of interfering with the county’s politics.

The former Laikipia East MP said those behind the condemnation are actually beneficiaries of the campaign he launched for the Jubilee Party ahead of the August 8 election.

CAMPAIGN TOGETHER

“A few weeks to the General Election, we teamed up with Jubilee candidates to campaign together and urged the electorate to vote for President Uhuru Kenyatta.

“I am shocked they are now criticising me after securing their seats,” the CS said in an interview.

Mr Kiunjuri mounted a vigorous campaign for Jubilee candidates in the county soon after the President’s visit in July.

The Head of State had asked the people of Laikipia to vote for Jubilee candidates — from the MCA to the President.

“If campaigning for Jubilee candidates is interpreted to be interference, then be it. I also campaigned for Jubilee candidates in Kwale, Turkana, Taita-Taveta and Samburu and I have not been accused of interference,” said the CS.

PULLED SURPRISES

The campaign mounted by Mr Kiunjuri pulled some surprises not only in Laikipia but also at the Coast and in Rift Valley, where Jubilee won some seats against the expectations of many.

In Laikipia North, combative ODM lawmaker Mathew Lempurkel was defeated by Ms Sarah Korere. Many had expected the controversial politician to retain his seat after community elders from the Maasai and the Samburu communities said they were not ready to be led by a woman MP.

“President Kenyatta visited Laikipia North and in my presence put it clearly that he preferred Ms Korere to be the next MP. It was upon me to assist her in the campaigns and sure enough, she won and now we don’t have any leader in the county elected on an opposition party ticket,” said the CS.

The win by Senator John Kinyua under Jubilee against former Mungiki leader Maina Njenga is attributed to the campaigns conducted by Mr Kiunjuri. For the first time, none of the 15 MCAs was elected on an opposition party ticket unlike in the last county assembly.

TWO LEADERS

Mr Kiunjuri questioned why only two leaders had come openly to criticise him while others, including Governor Ndiritu Muriithi, whom he campaigned against, had struck a reconciliatory tone.

At the same time, the Nasa brigade returned to the Kisii region on Tuesday using the criticism of Chief Justice David Maraga by President Kenyatta and his cronies as a campaign weapon to lure the community to its side.

Nyamira was the first region the Nasa team toured outside Nairobi after the Supreme Court nullified the August 8 presidential results in a calculated move to capitalise on the onslaught by Jubilee leaders on the CJ.

“We have taken the earliest opportunity to thank you for voting for us and plead with you to continue supporting us. But we are here to tell the President and his team to stop the continued attacks on Maraga,” said Mr Odinga.

It was clear from the speeches by the Nasa bigwigs at various stopovers in the two counties — Nyamira and Kisii — that the Gusii vote will play a big part in determining the winner of the repeat election.

REPEAT ELECTION

While Jubilee had used Nasa’s criticism of Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i to great effect ahead of the August 8 election, it was clear that Mr Odinga and his team are determined to exploit President Kenyatta’s onslaught on Mr Maraga to reclaim Nyamira County come October 17.

The Jubilee criticism against Mr Maraga following his landmark ruling annulling President Kenyatta’s election sent shockwaves across Gusii land, including his rural home — Bonyamatutu Village in Nyamira County.

His close relatives came out strongly to defend him.

Some residents went onto the streets for three consecutive days to protest against what they termed disrespect from Jubilee leaders after the Supreme Court ruling.

Former Kitutu Chache South MP Richard Onyonka said the August 8 election results that indicated that the Kisii region had shifted its stance were manufactured and do not reflect the true position of the people.

“Let him respect our son if he is to be respected,” said Mr Onyonka.

Reported by Mwangi Ndirangu, Boniface Mwangi, Titus Oteba and Ruth Mbula

KCB Drop as Big Guns Advance to Quarters

By Timothy Olobulu

Mombasa — Kenya Cup and Enterprise Cup champions KCB found the going tough in the shorter version of the game when they failed to make it to the Main Cup Quarters at the Driftwood Sevens in Mombasa, finishing third in the group and dropping to the Challenge Trophy on Saturday.

Not even the presence of seasoned national team players like Darwin Mukidza, Davies Chenge and Jacob Ojee could hold their piece together as lowly fancied Mean Machine found their rhythm back to sneak into the quarters courtesy of KCB’s final loss against Impala.

The Bankers had started the tournament well, winning their first two games, but their 15-7 loss at the hands of Impala meant Machine, who had won two and lost one advance in second position on points difference.

“It is disappointing because we came here of course with the minimum target of getting to the Main Cup quarters. Our team has too many stars but unfortunately we could not translate that into the pitch today. We now focus on the Challenge Trophy and hopefully we get to win something,” KCB Sevens coach Dennis Mwanja told Capital Sport.

It was not only KCB who registered lukewarm performance as Mwamba RFC who have won the Driftwood four times also dropped into the Challenge Trophy after failing to win any game, losing two and drawing one.

Meanwhile, Kabras Sugar who finished second to KCB in both 15’s tournaments last season made it safely into the last eight with a perfect record and did not concede even a single try.

-Main Cup Quarters pairings-

The Charles Cardovillis side will face off with Menengai Oilers who finished second in Pool B having sailed through with a 17-0 thrashing over Kisii RFC in their final match.

Defending circuit champions Homeboyz will take on Nondiescript, Impala Saracens lock horns with 2015 circuit champions Nakuru RFC while Mean Machine will square it out with Driftwood defending champions Kenya Harlequin.

Quins topped their pool with a 100 percent record, winning all their matches after seeing off Oilers 17-7, Kisii 17-0and Mwamba 7-0.

After starting off the day well against Oilers, Quins got into higher gear in their second match against Kisii. Edward Shitanda touched down on the right for the defending champions after powering his way past the Kisii defense.

Pius Shiundu the stretched the lead further despite failing to convert his own try, using his devastating speed to stretch the Kisii defense on the right before going over convincingly. Herman Mumwa then used his body well to bump away his markers before going down under the posts as Quins went 15-0 up.

Shiundu added in the extras to see the holders all but confirm their place in the quarter finals.

However, they found their second game against eternal rivals Mwamba tougher, but they still managed to rake away a converted try to win.

The burly Ginton Adongo darted away from his chasers from the middle of the pitch, a few stopovers to get away from his final man and a dive to finish off the wonderful run with Shiundu converting to give Quins their third win of the tournament.

-Homeboyz cruise-

Homeboyz were also in great form winning all their three games. They shook off their cobwebs early morning with a 28-5 win over Kenyatta University’s BlackBlad before showing their real prowess with a 36-7 whitewash of Western Bulls.

Cyprian Kuto opened up the successful harvest for the Deejeys with the first try touching down under the posts after finding space at the back following a neat offload from Michael Wanjala. The latter then stepped up to convert as Homeboyz went 7-0 up.

Keith Wasike then added a second with a try on the left and despite Wanjala failing to kick in the bonus, Homeboyz still looked comfortable at 12-0.

A quick setpiece start found the Western Bulls backline sleeping on their guard and Charles Omondi made no mistake taking advantage and dotting down for Leonard Mugaisi to convert.

Towards half time, Western Bulls crossed the halfway line for the first time in the game to make a converted try as they pushed the game to a 19-7 scoreline at half time.

However, three tries one converted in the second half from skipper Jeff Oluoch, Mugaisi and Stanley Isogol saw Homeboyz stay clear.

Their toughest match of the afternoon was against arch rivals Nakuru but they managed to advance to the last four with a late converted try to win 14-12 to ensure they top the group.

Kuto danced away from the Nakuru defense to dot down while Wanjala converted as Homeboyz went 7-0 up. But Casius Omolo ensured his team reduced the deficit at the break with a try of his own on the right.

Wanyore came into the second half and fired straight from kick off, as Brian Maina touched down and converted the try for his side to leap into a 12-7 lead.

However, a lapse in concentration saw Kuto complete his brace in the game and Wanjala converted to ensure an outright 14-12 win.

Quarters pairings:

Main Cup

Homeboyz v Nondies, Kabras v Oilers, Impala v Nakuru, Kenya Harlequins v Mean Machine

Challenge Trophy:

BlakBlad v KCA, KCB v Kisii, Strathmore v Western Bulls, Mwamba v Mombasa

Collated results

Menengai Cream Homeboyz 27 Blak Blad 5

Top Fry Nakuru 12 Western Bulls 0

SportPesa Quins 17 Menengai Oilers 7

Mwamba 17 Resolution Kisii 17

Resolution Impala 5 Mean Machine 7

KCB 25 Mombasa 7

Strathmore 12 Nondies 17

Kabras 24 KCA 0

Menengai Cream Homeboyz 36 Western Bulls 7

Top Fry Nakuru 10 Blak Blad 10

SportPesa Quins 17 Resolution Kisii 0

Mwamba 0 Menengai Oilers 14

Resolution Impala Saracens 25 Mombasa 0

KCB 7 Mean Machine 5

Strathmore 29 KCA 0

Kabras 17 Nondies 0

Blak Blad 17 Western Bulls 0

Menengai Oilers 17 Resolution Kisii 0

Mean Machine 17 Mombasa 0

Nondies 27 KCA 0

Homeboyz 14 Nakuru 12

Quins 7 Mwamba 0, Impala 17 KCB 7

Strathmore 0 Kabras 17

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