Four news making headlines today

1. Nairobi road closed to allow footbridge installation

A section of Outering Road around Pipeline area will be closed today Sunday, August 1, to allow for footbridge installation. The road work, that will take eight hours, will happen between 8am-4pm. In a statement, the Kenya Urban Roads Authority’s Director-General said urged motorists to use alternative routes. KURA advised motorists heading to Nairobi to use Mombasa Road and Quarry Road, while those heading to Thika Road to use Eastern Bypass  – People Daily

2. Parents in last-ditch efforts to secure Form One slots

Form One parents have engaged in last minute preparations for their children to join secondary school, with some moving around in search of alternative schools. Some parents have complained that their children had been placed in schools they did not select while others said their children were called to schools far from their homes. The frustrations, some said, had forced them to secure opportunities in expensive private schools. In some schools, parents reported that principals are asking as much as Sh10,000 as commitment fees to secure placements – Nation

3. Reuben Kigame’s promise to Miguna Miguna if elected president

Presidential hopeful and celebrated gospel singer Reuben Kigame has promised to facilitate exiled lawyer Miguna Miguna’s return to Kenya if elected as president in the 2022 General Election. In April 2021, the singer announced that he would be going for the top seat, having experienced what he termed as “bad governance” by the current regime. Kigame took to his social media platforms to pledge the facilitation of Miguna’s return to Kenya should he ascend to the top seat. The preacher said being a brilliant mind, the lawyer should be at home serving his countrymen and if he committed a crime, he should be tried in Kenya – Tuko

4. Maasai Mara University ordered to pay landlord Ksh24 million

Maasai Mara University has been ordered to pay Ksh24 million to a landlord over rent arrears arising from a building that the institution had occupied in Kisii town. According to court documents, the university had set up a satellite campus within the building to be used for students who resided within the town. The university entered into a six-year tenancy agreement, in 2015, with the landlord, Ram International Limited, but the university illegally terminated the contract after two years with rent arrears of Ksh13.2 million. “As a result of the breach, Ram International was deprived of rental income for a total of 88 months.” The court affirmed that the company had presented enough evidence to reveal that the university had not paid the amount within the stipulated time – Kenyans.