5 things you need to know today

Imagine learning that you have been registered to a political party you have no affiliation to – and without your consent! Shocking? Well, it has emerged that thousands of Kenyans have been fraudulently registered as members of certain political parties – opening a can of warms that is data privacy wars.  As you ponder over this, here’s what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed With Your Sunday.

Kidnappings targeting Somali girls

Somali community leaders in the Coast Region have called upon the Directorate Criminal Investigations (DCI) to immediately investigate kidnappings and killings of Somali girls in the country.

Speaking during a press briefing at the Sakina Hall in Mombasa County, the leaders urged the police to seriously probe the matter, saying it has gone out of hand.

So far, two girls have already been buried in Mombasa County, while five others are missing in Nairobi County.

Nominated Senator Iman Dekow condemned the ongoing kidnapping menace, and called on security agencies to act on the matter.

Data breach? Voters registered in parties without consent 

Fears of data privacy breaches flared Saturday as a number of Kenyans discovered they had been registered in various political parties without their consent. Many who checked their party registration status on the government’s eCitizen platform – a process that was opened on Friday on a pilot basis – were shocked to learn that they were members of parties they have never heard of or applied to join.

The Office of the Registrar of Political Parties (ORPP) was put to task to explain how this happened. But in a social media post Saturday morning, the registrar appeared to throw the skunk at political parties arguing that recruitment of members is done by political parties in line with respective party constitutions.

A handbook available on the ORPP website notes that “it is an offence to register a person as a member of a political party without his/her consent”.

Secondary school fees reduction

The Ministry of Education has reduced the amount of fees paid by secondary school students in the new academic year commencing on July 26, 2021.

The decision was arrived at as a result of the shortened academic year which has 30 weeks reduced from the previous 39. In a circular dated June 16, Basic Education Principal Secretary Julius Jwan said students in Category A will pay a maximum of KSh 45,000. Category A contains all national schools and extra-county schools located in Nairobi, Mombasa, Nakuru, Kisumu, Nyeri, Thika and Eldoret.

The reduced amount is a relief of KSh 8,554 to parents and guardians who initially paid KSh 53,554. Category B will pay KSh 35,000 which is a KSh 5,545 relief. Category B contains boarding schools and extra county schools located in other areas other than towns listed in Category A.

Day school students will only cater for school uniforms and meal expenses. Parents whose children are in special needs schools will now pay a maximum of Sh10,860 yearly.

Father’s Day

Father’s Day is a holiday of honoring fatherhood and paternal bonds, as well as the influence of fathers in society. In Catholic countries of Europe, it has been celebrated on 19 March as Saint Joseph’s Day since the Middle Ages. Father’s Day is commemorated in most parts of the world on the third Sunday of June. This year – 2021- it is being observed on June 20.

Ksh 108 billion Eurobond

Kenya has raised Ksh 108 billion through the issuance of a 12-year Eurobond in the international financial markets following a three-day virtual roadshow, the Treasury said.

The bond was oversubscribed with over 5.4 billion dollars offered by investors to the new issue, Ukur Yatani, cabinet secretary at National Treasury and Planning, said in a statement. According to the Treasury, the new Eurobond was the first issue by the east African nation in two years.