Monthly Archives: February 2014

Moipei Quartet USA Tour Cities

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The Moipei Quartet of Kenya on tour at a concert hall near you!
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In celebration of 20 years of cultural programming, African Musical Arts, in collaboration with our endearing partners, presents The Moipei Quartet first US Tour!

Moipei Quartet Tour Cities
New York, Memphis, Jonesboro
Dallas, San Antonio, Saint Louis
Chicago, Minneapolis

Blanche Touhill Performing Arts Center St. Louis, Missouri.  Saturday, March 1, 2014. Time: 8:00 PM

 

At the young ages of 17 and 19, they have already been singing and performing for more than a decade. They have represented Kenya in quite a number of international events in Uganda, Tanzania, South Africa, China, South Korea, Canada and Venezuela. In 2006, the girls were appointed the first ever UNICEF Child Ambassadors in Kenya and since then won the prestigious 4th SABC Crown Gospel Music Award in Durban, South Africa, for “Best of Africa” with their first album, In the Land of the Lion. Known for their knowledge of a wide variety of music styles, the quartet perform all styles of music from classical, African, opera, gospel and pop.
Sponsored in part by the University of Missouri-St. Louis

 

March 8-11, 2014 (in Chicago)

These young musical talents appear to be on a skyrocket to success with no end in sight. Their beautiful “angelic” voices were featured in a recent performance at the inauguration ceremony of the Kenyan President in April 2013. Now they are embarking on their first U.S. concert tour beginning this February in major cities including stops in New York, Memphis, Jonesboro, Dallas, San Antonio, St. Louis, and ending in Chicago. Besides performing at A-State’s Fowler Center, the girls will be performing at the Touhill Performing Arts Center in St. Louis. And in Chicago, their tour will culminate with workshops with the Chicago Community Chorus and the Chicago Children’s Choir and performances for the 7,000+ members of Trinity United Church of Christ.

 

 

These young musical talents appear to be on a skyrocket to success with no end in sight. Their beautiful “angelic” voices were featured in a recent performance at the inauguration ceremony of the Kenyan President in April 2013. Now they are embarking on their first U.S. concert tour beginning this February in major cities including stops in New York, Memphis, Jonesboro, Dallas, San Antonio, St. Louis, and ending in Chicago. Besides performing at A-State’s Fowler Center, the girls will be performing at the Touhill Performing Arts Center in St. Louis. And in Chicago, their tour will culminate with workshops with the Chicago Community Chorus and the Chicago Children’s Choir and performances for the 7,000+ members of Trinity United Church of Christ.

The unique musical talent of these siblings was noticed early on. “Our parents discovered our talents when we were two and three years respectively. They tell us they hummed a tune and we hummed back.” Besides their vocal talents, the girls each play instruments including flute, saxophone, violin and clarinet. Even with their daily practices, which tend to last over three hours, it was not lost to them that they needed to excel in school. “Balancing school and music has not been easy, but our parents made sure we learn how to.”

 

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I am dying but you will live to regret; woman on her death bed tells doctors

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“I am dying but you will live to regret,” these were the last painful words of an expectant woman who died in a mysterious circumstance in a hospital in Taita-Taveta County.

The tearful words of the late Justinah Kililo were directed to health authorities at a local public hospital where she was last admitted in labour.

According to her parents, the 24-year-old developed labour pains and was rushed to the hospital for medical assistance but later died under mysterious circumstances.

Her death is still shrouded in mystery as relatives wait for explanation from the hospital authorities.

The deceased’s mother Agnes Kililo who accompanied her to the hospital said she died while talking and condemning health authorities for failing to save her life while in hospital.Thrifty Rent-A-Car System, Inc.

“The medical staff took time to attend to her leading to her death and that of her undelivered baby,” she tearfully narrated to The Standard.

While linking her death to professional negligence, Ms Kililo who is a primary school teacher said a doctor booked her for caesarean section but the medic did not show up.

“When we took her to the hospital the deceased was in labour pains. The doctor who was at the time in Mombasa had booked the patient for operation. Unfortunately the medic did not keep to his promise and the woman later died,” said the mother of six.

The deceased was a single mother and was expecting her first child when the tragedy befell.

Speaking to The Standard at her home in Werugha location in Taita district, the grief-stricken woman said had the doctor arrived on time to carry out the operation as he had earlier promised the woman’s life would have been saved.

“We want thorough investigations to be conducted so that justice can be done. We were wondering why the doctor told his staff to book the patient in the facility in anticipation of the caesarean but turned up late after the patient had died,” said Ms Kilolo as tears rolled down her cheeks. Thrifty Rent-A-Car System, Inc.

The deceased family however disputed the statement claiming they took the deceased to the hospital on time.

“The hospital authorities should stop lying to Kenyans about the death. They should take full responsibility for failing to act fast. We came early and there was no doctor to conduct operation. There was no vehicle to transfer the deceased to Voi for caesarean section,” said Ms Kililo.

A catholic priest Fr Joseph Mwashighadi while condemning the incident said the constitution requires that nobody should be denied emergency treatment.

“People are wondering what actually went wrong. It is a case that has baffled residents and should not be taken lightly,” he noted.

Fr Mwashighadi asked the government to thorough investigate the matter and take necessary action to those found to have gone against the constitution.

The health authorities have refused to comment on whether the patient died of professional negligence or natural death.

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Will governors survive Jubilee MPs onslaught?

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The ruling Jubilee coalition’s 216 MPs are set to discuss how ‘governors undermine the national government’ in a planned retreat in Naivasha.

This comes amid claims by governors that the Senate Committee on Finance, Commerce and Economic Affairs, had summoned nine county bosses and those targeted were members of the Council of Governors.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has however defended the Senate against any wrong doing and told governors to stop playing politics and account for public funds.

The President chairs the Governors Summit and during the first National and County Government Co-ordinating Summit on June 19, last year, he emphasized the need for the two levels of government to work together closely in order to deliver to Kenyans.

Said the President: “We have a common mandate given to us by the people and this mandate will not be achieved by talking at each other but by talking with each other.”

The President said the national and county governments should look at each other as partners not competitors.

The Standard on Sunday has since established that the conduct of governors will be among the agenda when Jubilee MPs meet for a retreat in Naivasha between March 5th and 7th.
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The decision to have the retreat was reportedly reached by President Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto during a Jubilee Parliamentary Group meeting (PG) at State-House Nairobi on February 10th ahead of re-opening of Parliament.

“At the State House meeting, MPs told the President and his Deputy that Governors were not giving any credit to the national government when launching development projects in their areas of jurisdiction, despite county governments receiving funds from the National Treasury,” Kajiado West MP Moses ole Sakuda told The Standard on Sunday.

Several issues were raised by legislators during the State House meeting, and because they could not be effectively dealt with, Kenyatta and Ruto suggested they be discussed at the retreat where they will be in attendance.
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Among some of the issues to be discussed, The Standard on Sunday established, include how to improve working relations between MPs and Cabinet Secretaries, accessibility of the President and Senior State-House staff by MPs, and balance of power between TNA and URP political parties in and out of Parliament.

Governors summoned by the Senate Finance Committee headed by Billow Kerrow include Isaac Ruto (Bomet) who is also Council of Governors’ Chairman, Ken Lusaka (Bungoma) who is the Secretary of the Council, William Kabogo (Kiambu), and Ahmed Abdullahi (Wajir) who is the council’s Finance Chairman.

Others are Kitui County Governor Julius Malombe, Jack Ranguma (Kisumu), Samuel ole Tunai (Narok) and Hussein Dado (Tana River) who is the Council of Governors’ chair of the Security committee.

“Kerrow made it clear to me that the nine of us summoned randomly had not committed anything peculiar as compared to other counties, but we question why the random summons mostly targeted members of the Governors’ council,” said Governor Lusaka.

The Charles Nyachae-led Constitutional Implementation Commission (CIC) has since advised each of the governors summoned to write to the Senate seeking deferral of the summons until the Supreme Court and CIC provide a ruling and advisory respectively on the matter.

From March last year, there has been no smooth working relationship between the government and governors, despite they governors and President Kenyatta having the Governors’ Summit which the President chairs.

After the March 4th General election, governors were on a warpath with the Government over His Excellency title and the flying of the National flag.

Their Naivasha induction meeting saw Attorney General Githu Muigai and CIC give in to the demands by the governors, a move that did not go down well with Senators and MPs. The National flag, Emblems and Titles Bill is in its First reading in the National Assembly after being discussed in the Senate.
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For the better part of last year, the Governors and Senators engaged in supremacy battles, with the former being uncomfortable with the governors’ powers.

Governors led by Rutto had last month accused Senators of singing the Government’s tune instead of propagating issues affecting counties.

And while reacting to an audit report by the office of the Controller of Budget which painted most counties as wasteful, Senators accused Governors of using all the money allocated to them by the Central Government on salaries and travelling instead of focusing on long-term projects.

“The Governors have spent the money on salaries, foreign travelling and holding conferences. This has to stop and we will bring a law to reduce these expenses and help in developing the counties,” Senate Majority Leader Kithure Kindiki said.

Coincidentally, when Rutto announced last month governors had not abandoned their push for a referendum to boost county revenue allocations, Elgeyo/Marakwret County Senator Kipchumba Murkomen and his Nandi county counterpart Stephen Sang, revealed a Bill was on the way to control expenditure within counties.

Source; Standard

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To education matters now and pupils at Kabuto Primary in Nyatike constituency Migori County are enduring some of the worst conditions in school. Pupils are forced to sit on dusty floors, logs and stones, while others skip classes to go for fishing and mining so as to get money for stools to sit on in class. Our reporter Bernard Ojwang visited the dilapidated school.

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African Catholic Ministry -Swahili Mass with Fr. Nyumba

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African Catholic Ministry invites you!!

The Catholic African Ministry will be having a Swahili Mass next month and would like to invite volunteers to help prepare for the Swahili Mass. The first meeting to start celebrations will be this coming Sunday 2/23/14 at 12pm. The preparation will involve music, lectors, Altar servers, instrument players etc, the Mass will be presided by Fr. Nyumba. Please come and let’s share our gifts in serving the Lord.

More details on the date and time for the Mass will be coming soon…….

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”” Acts 1: 8

Venue: Holy   Trinity Parish 3500 Saint Luke Lane, St. Ann, MO 63074

For more info contact:

                                         Patrick Kabiro 314-359-2198

                                         Murungaro Kimotho 314-898-7834

Fr. Nyumba 314-243-1954

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