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Ministry Revises School Calendar as Election Nears

Photo: Jared Nyataya/The Nation

Students at Moi Girls High School (file photo).

By Faith Nyamai

The Ministry of Education has issued a new calendar for the third term as it postponed the Home Science practical examination paper because of the presidential election.

Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i in a statement Friday said:

“Given the number of schools gazetted as polling stations and tallying centres for the election, it has become necessary to make minor adjustments to the third term dates.

“This is to free up the institutions for use during this important national exercise,” he said.

ELECTION

Dr Matiang’i said the Home Science practical paper that was scheduled for October 26 will take place on October 30.

“The Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) Home Science 441/3 examination paper scheduled to take place on Thursday, October 26, has now been moved to Monday, October 30,” he said.

The Ministry made the changes after the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) deferred the repeat presidential election from October 17 to October 26.

KCPE EXAM

This has equally affected the closing dates of primary and secondary schools.

All primary schools will now close on October 25; Form One to Form Three students will go on holiday on October 24 as the Form Four candidates prepare to sit the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education exam.

The Kenya Certificate of Primary Education examination will start on October 31 and end on November 2 while the KCSE theory papers will begin on November 6 and end on November 29.

Kenya

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Sierra Leone: Mobile Money Sent to Hundreds of Families Hit By Sierra Leone Mudslide

By Kieran Guilbert

Dakar — Aid agencies hope that these cash transfers mean families will not be forced to take their children out of school or sell their assets in order to ensure they have enough food to eat

Money is being sent via mobile phone to hundreds of families who survived a deadly mudslide on the outskirts of Sierra Leone’s capital Freetown last month, the United Nations said on Friday.

At least 500 people were killed and more than 3,000 left homeless when a mountainside collapsed mid-August in the town of Regent – in one of Africa’s deadliest mudslides in decades.

The mobile cash payments, which are being funded by Britain’s aid department, will help about 1,900 households hit by the mudslide to pay for needs from education and food to healthcare, and to enable them to resettle in safer areas.

“I am pleased that … we are able to give money directly to those affected so they can decide what is best to meet their immediate needs and take steps to rebuild their lives,” said Guy Warrington, the British high commissioner in Sierra Leone.

The U.N. children’s agency (UNICEF) has given mobile phones to the heads of households so they can receive their payments – which will total about $200 (150 pounds) over three months.

Those who choose to resettle elsewhere will receive an additional payment of $300 (220 pounds) and food vouchers from the U.N. World Food Programme (WFP), according to U.N. agencies.

Aid agencies hope that these cash transfers mean families will not be forced to take their children out of school or sell their assets in order to ensure they have enough food to eat.

The WFP said it is distributing rations of rice, beans, vegetable oil and salt to the affected households.

“Families have suffered, lives have been lost and property destroyed through these unprecedented disasters,” said Hamid El Bashir Ibrahim, UNICEF’s representative in Sierra Leone.

“The cash transfers could be a great relief … as they will provide a lifeline,” Ibrahim said in a statement.

The country of 6 million people is one of the poorest in the world and was ravaged by West Africa’s 2014-16 Ebola outbreak, which killed about 4,000 people in the former British colony.

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(Reporting By Kieran Guilbert, Editing by Ros Russell; Please credit the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, that covers humanitarian news, women’s rights, trafficking, property rights, climate change and resilience. Visit http://news.trust.org)

Charles Ssenkubuge ‘Siasa’ – Drama’s Living Legend

By Agnes Nantaba

Renowned stage and movie drama actor Charles James Ssenkubuge aka Siasa is cocky, with a loud laugh, and a natural suaveness – what is sometimes called swag. It is, therefore, not surprising that he is a dominant figure in Uganda’s entertainment industry circles. That he has spent 35 years in the limelight merely adds to his clout.

Kampala, Uganda | AGNES E NANATABA | Although he had for years been on stage with plays like “Ndiwulira” and TV with the 1990s series “Kigenya Agenya”, Ssenkubuge became a true household name when he took the radio airwaves by storm as part of the Radio Simba FM early morning show, ‘Binsangawano’ crew. His acting career is so powerful that even his contesting as a presidential candidate in 2001 – which many would highlight as a peak of their life, is a mere blip for Ssenkubuge. Today, he works as the General manager and Special Programmes Director for Salt Media.

“Pastor Bujingo had heard about me and loved my radio work but he also knew that I had accepted the Lord Jesus as my personal savior in 2007 so he called encouraged me to work with him,” says Ssenkubuge.

It all started at Kampala High School where Ssenkubuge and colleagues like Aloysius Matovu and Andrew Benon Kibuuka started acting to pass exams rather than make money. As students of literature, Ssenkubuge says they chose to live the characters in one of the plays, ‘The road’ by Wole Soyinka for an easier understanding.

The acting was a success and Ssenkubuge soon joined Kampala Dramactors. He recalls first foray was with a play titled ‘Mr. Kateete’; a political theme which did not please then-president Milton Obote and the group was disbanded and in 1982. It morphed into Bakayimbira Drammactors.

Ssenkubuge started writing his own scripts kicking off with ‘Agaali amakula’ that would later be picked on as a set book for A-level literature. It depicts a home suffering loss of one parent. Ssenkubuge says it had hints of autobiography.

“I lost my mother, Evan Norah Nakintu Mugambe in primary seven and the environment changed,” he says, “We got detached from our father.” He says play was a massive hit because many identified with the sorrow and tribulations depicted.

Ssenkubuge has maintained that trait of observing real life experiences keenly and arranging them into plays or performances.

Even at Makerere University as a student of Literature and Philosophy, Ssenkubuge still juggled school and acting. Four years after graduation and working with a clearing and forwarding company, Ssenkubuge was awarded a contract with ministry of health to write a play on HIV/AIDS. This was during the scourge’s peak. It was also personal as he had lost four siblings to AIDs. He came up with ‘Ndiwulira’ cautioning people about HIV/AIDS. It was so successful it was was commissioned by President Yoweri Museveni and toured the whole country.

“It was Bakayimbira’s greatest achievement,” Ssenkubuge says. Today, he boasts of writing over 50 plays/ scripts. He says he has retired from stage acting.

Born on December 2, 1962, Ssenkubuge is the last of 23 children of the late Fenenkasi Mugambe. He recalls fighting and killing snakes from as early as eight years as the home was located in the middle of the forest. But he says they are fond memories.

He went to Ssanda Primary school, where his fondest memory was when two helicopters landed in the neighborhood followed by truckloads of soldiers. He would later learn they were searching for of a British High Commissioner who had reportedly gone missing and was later discovered in hiding with an African girl. He went on to Uganda Air Force Primary School Entebbe, Old Kampala Senior Secondary School, Kampala High school and Makerere High School from where he joined Makerere University to pursue bachelors in Literature and Philosophy and later Masters in Drama.

Ssenkubuge is married to Agnes Lillian Ssenkubuge whom he met at Makerere University and they have four children. Ssenkubuge says although theatre seems to be fading, TV could be the savior as it is on the lookout for local content.

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Charles James Ssenkubuge’s Liteside

Any three things we don’t know about you?

It’s now ten years since I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal savior. I did it silently for not wanting to be overwhelmed and indeed, it has worked as people can tell the changed personality in me. I am a pastor at Gospel Lite Independent Baptist church in Kansanga. I am also a very kind person.

What is your greatest fear?

The fear of sin; I fear for if the Lord returns now, will he find me ready. As human beings, we make so many mistakes but repent less and that worries me a lot.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

I am a very shy person which many people can refute. However, being shy is one of the ingredients of a good actor.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?

Talking unnecessarily; I hate people who talk unnecessarily a lot although I’ve learnt to deal with the different characters in people. I don’t allow to be influenced by other people.

Which living person do you most admire?

I admire President Museveni for his ability to rule Uganda for more than 30 years.

What is your greatest extravagance?

I often give away my money but I pray to God to help me reduce because I can give away money when I too have pressing needs.

What is the greatest thing you have ever done?

It’s still under construction and just about to materialise. I have been working on it for so long so in a period not so far from now, it will explode.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

I may not know the most overrated virtue but one weakness I have observed about Ugandans is the growing begging culture. Many Ugandans have been made to believe that begging from one person to another is no problem and yet we have to instill a culture of hard work.

What does being powerful mean to you?

Being able to stand in for others like Jesus did.

On what occasion do you lie?

When someone needs money from me and I have not yet got the money, I would rather tell a lie especially when I am short of words. But we all tell lies especially on phone.

What do you most dislike about your appearance?

I believe that I don’t look bad and I don’t know how it feels like to be taller or shorter so I am comfortable.

Which living person do you most despise?

Presidents Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump for being careless yet they are in control and have the ability to avoid havoc. One of them should come out smarter to avoid havoc.

What is the quality you most like in a man?

Caring, hardworking, loving, comforting, listening, problem solver and protective of others.

What is the quality you most like in a woman?

Loving and listening .

What or who is the greatest love of your life?

My wife, Agnes Lillian Ssenkubuge is ever there for me and even before I got born again, she used to understands me and the environment around me. God manufactured her specifically for me.

When and where were you happiest?

I am.

Which talent would you most like to have?

Nothing beats being an actor.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Being an actor for the last 35 years is not a mean achievement.

Where would you most like to live?

Uganda but particularly in my home village for the green vegetation and relaxed environment.

What is your most treasured possession?

My art and talent of communication; I always thank God for my voice and even when I went for insurance, I only insured my voice.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

I have been very lucky to have come out alive and never hit during the hardest political times. But being tortured is incomparable .

What is your favorite occupation?

Being a servant of God.

What do you most value in your friends?

No betrayal, caring, and straight forward.

Who are your favorite writers?

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o and Chinua Achebe talk about things happening around us. They organise events and write about them to address issues affecting people.

Who is your hero of fiction?

Alex Mukulu has managed to put up spectacular performances to an international level and Marian Ndagire is persistent and tells good stories.

Which historical figure do you most identify with?

Mahatma Gandhi’s thinking about humanity, Nelson Mandela’s selfless efforts as a visionary leader and Princess Diana.

Who are your heroes in real life?

The world is without heroes.

What is your greatest regret?

I don’t regret anything.

What is your motto?

Do you see someone skilled in their work? They will serve before kings; they will not serve before officials of low rank.

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Rwemalika Calls for More Support in Girls’ Football

By Peter Kamasa

The Rwanda Football Federation’s Executive Committee member in charge of women football, Felicitee Rwemalika has called for more support in girls’ football.

Rwemalika who is also the pioneer of Rwandan women football noted that girls are reluctant to play competitive games.

Citing the example of Live Your Goals Festival, she called on parents, leaders, media, teachers and coaches to encourage girls to take up football as a sport.

“The Live Your Goals Festival is meant to encourage these young girls to love the sport and play football just like boys. It’s every girl’s’ right to play football, football should not only be played by boys and men,” Rwemalika said.

“To be able to achieve the dream of having girls playing at top level, we need the support of everyone. In our culture we used to think that girls cannot play football, which is not true,” added Rwemalika.

The festival attracted 600 young girls aged between 6-12 years in Ruhango, Muhanga and Kayonza. The girls participated in a range of activities under the watch of regional technical advisors and other volunteers.

The festival was also aimed at improving the skills of the school instructors and teachers who received appropriate exercises to implement during classes to effectively develop students’ abilities.

The event was launched at the 2011 Women’s World Cup and is part of FIFA’s long-term commitment to support women’s football worldwide. The objective of the campaign in Rwanda is to increase the number of girls/women playing football and to create new opportunities for girls through football.

The next sessions will be held next week on Tuesday, September 19 in Kayonza District; Gicumbi district on September 21 before concluding in Musanze District on September 22.

Rwanda

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Makerere Recalls 69 Degrees

By Patience Ahimbisibwe

Makerere University has recalled 69 degrees after a comprehensive audit of marks of students over the past several years following allegations of forged or altered results.

The university has also summoned the recipients of the recalled degrees to appear before the committee that’s investigating irregularities in marks and academic awards.

The decision follows the scrutiny of 60,000 degrees the institution has awarded and recommendations from the committee led by Dr Damalie Naggitta-Musoke, the former dean of the School of Law.

The university deputy vice chancellor in charge of Finance and Administration, Prof William Bazeyo is due to address at 4pm on Tuesday.

The Naggitta-Musoke committee in its preliminary report linked the disparities to students’ results being altered at Senate level after lecturers and college and school registrars’ submissions.

Ahead of last February graduation, some lecturers at the last minute alerted authorities that ineligible students had been cleared to graduate, prompting the university management to remove names of 50 graduands from the graduation booklet and block conferment of degrees on them. The university withheld transcripts of thousands more out of the 14,000 who graduated, pending verification of their results. Without transcripts, many of the affected alumni have had headache applying for scholarships or jobs.

The unearthing of the anomalies prompted the suspension of six staff in the Office of the Academic Registrar, and they remain under police investigation.

Weeks after the graduation, Makerere in March closed the online marks system and suspended the issuance of academic transcripts. The online marks system was being used to enter and store student’s examination scores.

“We decided to investigate the results for the past five years,” the incoming Vice Chancellor Prof Barnabas Nawangwe said recently, adding: “And where need be, we shall go deeper because all the colleges are affected and we shall continue investigating the results if there is anyone suspected to have cheated.”

Uganda

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Cameroon: Becoming More Than Just an Asset

opinionBy Jonathan Mbiaoh

The growing interest in the ICT domain was noticed by the Head of State, Paul Biya who made available the necessary requirements for youths to keep abreast with modern technologies

The transformation of the National Advanced School of Posts and Telecommunications (NASPT) to the National Advanced School of Posts and Telecommunications and Information and Communication Technologies (NASPT-SUP’PTIC) was a strong message by the Head of State President Paul Biya. The number one Cameroonian who encouraged the specialised courses of ICT was out toarouse the interest of more youths inInformation and Communication Technology (ICT). In his speech to the youth on February 10, 2016 PaulBiya called on youths to tap from the many opportunities available in the ICT sector, in order to contribute to the economic development of the country. Calling youths the “Android Generation” and to give his vision for youths more impetus, 500,000 computers were promised to students of the public and privateinstitutions of higher learning. The construction of nine computer development centres, that is, one for each of the state universities and one for the Cameroon- Congo interstate university of Sangmelima was also announced. In line with the strategic plan for Digital Economy in Cameroon, the International Forum on Digital Economy was held in Yaounde from May 17-18, 2016with the participation of about 200 young entrepreneurs who came to showcase their talents in the ICTs. One of the aim of the forum was to favour partnerships between institutions, Cameroon project holders, North American companies and national investors.These partnerships would help increase the GDP from 5% in 2016 to 10% in 2020, create direct jobs from 10,000 in 2016 to 50,000 by 2020 and increase taxes from CFAF 136 billion in 2016 to CFAF 300 billion in 2020. The promotion of Cameroon’s digital economy has permitted talented ICT inventors like Arthur Zang (Cardiopad), Alain Nteff (Gifted Mom) to gain international recognition. Tenentrepreneurs recently returned to Cameroon afterone week training on ICT’s sponsored by a Chinese power house in Shenzhen. Technology, especially the internet, has made the world to “become a global village”. This innovative style of communication has set the pace for a form of “business communication” which is now practically inevitable.

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Lack of Reliable Water Transport Puts Schoolgirls At Risk

By Geofrey Kimani

Ukerewe — At least 180 schoolgirls studying at Bwiro Secondary School on Bwiro Island in Ukerewe District, Mwanza Region, risk their lives whenever they cross Lake Victoria using canoes operated by fishermen.

This is dangerous especially during windy weather. Besides risking their lives, lack of reliable transport to and from school makes them miss at least 76 lessons per month.

On the other hand, school pregnancy and lack of sanitary towels contributes to poor school attendance and academic performance.

Because of this, only one girl manages to qualify for the advanced certificate of secondary education annually.

This was said last week by school head Kayola Kayola.

He noted that most of the students arrived at the school very late and found their colleagues had already started classes and such late coming made them miss at least 10 lessons per week. He also noted that they missed 36 lessons in four days of every month during their periods.

Commenting on school pregnancy cases, Mr Kayola said most of the schoolgirls got easily cheated by men and engaged in premarital sex, while returning home.

He thus appealed to the government to help construct dormitories at the school to help improve girl education.

For his part, the chairman of Ukerewe District Council, Mr George Nyamaha, said plans were underway to construct dormitories at schools in marginalised areas. He said some of the problems would be solved after the construction of dormitories.

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At 108, Iganga Man Still Going Strong

Photo: Yazid Kyolisigira/Daily Monitor

Sefatia Kyirongero attends to his maize garden recently. He grows traditional crops such as maize, beans and cassava.

By Yazid Kyolisigira

Iganga — At 108 years, Mr Sefatia Kyirongero, a resident of Busowobi Village in Nakigo Sub-county, Iganga District, is believed to be one of the oldest people in the area.

Mr Kyirongero, who aspires to surpass 200 years, says he has never fallen sick in the last 55 years.

He takes herbs and wild plants to fight diseases.

According to Dr Angela Namala of Jinja Regional Referral Hospital, it’s possible for a person to live longer if they take good care of their bodies.

“Herbal intervention and nutrition are crucial for one’s body,” she says.

Mr Kyirongero says he has never had any kind of sickness, not even a simple cold and hasn’t taken medicine or visited a health facility since.

Even when he comes in contact with someone with any airborne disease such as flu and cough, he would not contract it.

This, he attributes to, among others, eating traditional foods such as potatoes, cassava, maize, yams and vegetables as well as wild fruits.

With a few strands of grey hair, his teeth are relatively intact and very few people can tell his age.

However, when asked about his age, Mr Kyirongero says: “I was born on September 3, 1909 – during the reign of chief Nsobani.”

This reporter caught up with Mr Kyirongero when he was working on his maize garden. At his home, you are welcomed by a picture he took with the Bishop of Central Busoga Diocese Patrick Wakula, on his birthday party on September 3, which he said was organised by his grandchildren.

During the celebrations, Patrick Izimba Gologo, the hereditary Chief of Kigulu Chiefdom, one of the 11 chiefs that make up Busoga Kingdom, corroborated his age and so have some residents.

Last week, a senior official from Uganda Bureau of Statistics, who requested to remain anonymous, told Daily Monitor Mr Kyirongero was indeed 108 years based on the information obtained during the 2014 population and census.

He digs with considerable energy for about 15 minutes without taking a break on his garden which comprises crops such as maize, beans and cassava.

He is also still going strong at his carpentry workshop where he makes products such as hoe holders, wooden doors, windows, mingling sticks and mortars. These products are made from trees that he planted around his home and are sold by his grandchildren.

“I am still strong and I don’t see why I should remain seated at home. Digging helps me remain healthy and physically fit,” he says while twisting his elbows and head to show his fitness levels.

Mr Kyirongero adds that in his 30s, he was an avid wrestler, who rarely lost fights.

His wrestling exploits, he explains, took him across competitions in Busoga sub-region; and it was because of his tactics and winning skills that his fans nicknamed him ‘Wakayima’.

“I was so good at marking my opponents and whenever we had a fight, revellers would chant: Wakayima, teach him a lesson,” he says.

Work and education

Mr Kyirongero has ever worked as a casual labourer at Kakira Sugar Works. He says he studied up to Junior One at Bukonte Junior School in Nakalama Sub-county, Iganga District.

He dropped out of school to help his parents with farming, adding that his father, the late George Kyirongero, was a carpenter and while at home, he used to train him in crafts and carpentry where he gained skills.

He has a lot of history to tell across the political, social and cultural spectrum. Notably, how men of the colonial era barred women from eating chicken until the Europeans came and banished the practice.

“Men made it a taboo for women not to eat chicken; but one day, a European man came and told a rural gathering that refusing women from eating chicken was the reason why some of them were not producing children. It was from then that women started eating chicken and nothing happened to them,” he narrated.

Pressed for the origin of the taboo, Mr Kyirongero explains that men were simply gluttons, stereotyping women as inferior and denied them chicken because it was a delicacy.

His opinion about Land Bill

The elderly, who owns several acres of land in the village, says he used to admire President Museveni, but the proposed Land Amendment Bill before Parliament has made him rethink his obsession for him.

The Bill, he says, reminds him of former President Apollo Milton Obote, who allegedly wanted to grab his land.

“I used to love (President) Museveni of all the Presidents; but I hate his policy on land. People started grabbing our wetlands and now they want to take even where we stay like what Obote wanted to do,” he says.

This newspaper could not independently verify this.

Family

The widower, father of seven and grandfather of 30 children, lost his two wives: Getrude Babiwemba and Norah Kanseka, 28 years ago.

Form One Students Back After School Fire Tragedy

By Pauline Kairu and Barack Oduor

A section of parents at Moi Girls School, Nairobi, on Saturday asked why four girls said to have been part of the plot to burn the school have been allowed back to the institution.

The parents spoke as Form One students reported back to the school Saturday.

The students underwent counselling within the school before being re-admitted.

The burnt Kabarnet dormitory has been fenced off with iron sheets and the Form One students who previously used it have been moved into two halls and two Form One classrooms.

EAGER

Ms Mary Mabwa, the mother of Chelsy Nyakoa, one of the girls who had been admitted in hospital for a week following the incident, said her daughter was still limping but was eager to re-unite with the rest of the girls.

“She has been undergoing counselling; other than the limping she is fine. The school has also said the girls who were more adversely affected will continue with counselling at the Kenyatta National Hospital,” she said.

Ms Fridah Kaburu, another Form One parent, expressed concern that four girls allegedly linked to the burning of the dormitory had been allowed to return to the school.

“Why didn’t the school wait until the case is concluded before re-admitting these four girls?” she asked. She, however, added that they had been assured security at the school has been beefed up.

LAID TO REST

Meanwhile, the remains of one of the nine girls who perished in the fire three weeks ago were Saturday laid to rest at her parents’ home in Homa Bay county.

Speaking at Ng’oche village in Rachuonyo North Sub-County, Homa Bay County, during the burial of Hawa Awuor Aziz, the head of parents at the school, Philip Onyango, and Karachuonyo MP Adipo Okuome blamed laxity on the part of the Education ministry for frequent fire outbreaks at learning institutions.

“The Ministry of Education should act to prevent deaths from frequent school fires,” said Mr Onyango.

Mr Onyango also blamed poor parenting for the arson incidents in schools.

“Parenting of today is key to all of us. If we all brought up our children well, we would not have lost this young life,” said Mr Onyango.

BECOMING A LAWYER

Hawa’s teachers at Moi Girls School heaped praise on her, saying she was outgoing and loved calligraphy and art.

According to her teachers, she dreamt of becoming a lawyer.

Her mother Judy Aziz described her daughter as diligent, saying she was passionate about studying languages particularly Kiswahili.

“Of all my children, Hawa was the only one I had through caesarean section. You have left a permanent scar on me. I expected to see you join a law school but all is in vain,” said Ms Aziz.

Poor Rains Deepen Drought, Children Go Hungry – UNICEF

By Sebastien Malo

New York — Kenya has been ravaged by what the United Nations calls the worst drought since the 2011 Horn of Africa food crisis that led to famine in parts of Somalia

The number of children in need of life-saving aid continues to grow in Kenya amid one of most punishing droughts in years and another disappointing rainy season, the United Nations’ children agency said on Friday.

With crops failing and livestock producing too little milk, nearly 370,000 children across the East African country aren’t getting enough to eat, an increase of 30,000 from February, UNICEF said.

Kenya, despite having the highest per capita income in the region, has been ravaged by what the United Nations calls the worst drought since the 2011 Horn of Africa food crisis that led to famine in parts of Somalia.

Kenya’s northern Turkana and Marsabit counties, home to pastoralist communities, have been hardest hit, with one in three children there acutely malnourished.

UNICEF, which is giving aid to the Kenyan government to overcome the effects of the drought, said hunger was spreading faster than its humanitarian assistance.

“We have reached 60 percent more children with life-saving assistance in the first half of 2017 compared to 2016, yet more and more children are becoming malnourished,” said Werner Schultink, UNICEF’s representative in Kenya, in a statement.

The deepening crisis is largely due to another disappointing rainy season, the third since early 2016, UNICEF said.

And the already dire situation is compounded by a nationwide nurses’ strike, it said.

Now in its third month, the strike over poor pay has led to patients being sent away from some hospitals.

UNICEF called for more resources not only to keep children healthy and nourished, but also tackle knock-on effects of the food crisis, such as children being pulled out of school as their families flee the drought and others being sent to work.

“We need to make nutritious food, safe water and basic health care far more accessible to vulnerable children and families,” said Schultink.

Nationwide, nearly one in five people in Kenya, or 9 million people, are undernourished, according to a report on the state of nutrition worldwide which the United Nations released on Friday in Rome.

Kenya has lowered its 2017 economic growth forecast to 5.5 percent due to drought and political uncertainty, a top official said on Friday.

(Reporting by Sebastien Malo @sebastienmalo, Editing by Ros Russell; Please credit the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, that covers humanitarian news, women’s rights, trafficking, property rights, climate change and resilience. Visit http://news.trust.org)

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