Elgeyo
Return body or forget about peace, Marakwet tell Pokot
Bandit attacks paralyse learning in 10 Kerio schools
Tension as three are killed along Marakwet, West Pokot border
Don’t force parents to buy uniform from hand-picked suppliers, principals warned
Exorbitant bride price fueling cattle raids in Kerio valley, leaders warn
Police detain two French nationals found with bhang in Iten hotel
Tolgos threatens to regulate liquor licensing over return of illicit brew to bars
Return body or forget about peace, Marakwet tell Pokot
2018-01-15 18:24:51 Marakwet residents have called for the release the body of a teenager killed nine days ago in a fierce gun battle in the West Pokot/Elgeyo Marakwet border on December 5. Resident Samson Lolis said locals had received reports that Nathan Korir, 19, was beheaded, the head hidden and others parts burnt by angry West Pokot bandits. He said failure to do so will complicate the search for peace on the volatile border   Read More ...
Man with photographic memory helps in police investigations
2018-01-15 13:44:02 Samuel Yatich, a resident of Marakwet East in Elgeyo Marakwet County is gifted with a photographic memory that grasps registration numbers of choppers and vehicles at a glance without forgetting any letter. Yatich has been helping police with investigations in finding vehicles and motorcycles involved in crime since he recalls registration numbers easily. As a result he has become a friend of police officers in the region, who often refer to him as ‘memory card   Read More ...
Story of man with a photographic memory
2018-01-15 07:39:51 Four years ago KTN highlighted the story of Samuel Yatich, who hails from Marakwet East in Elgeyo Marakwet County, a man who has nothing short of a photographic memory. Yatich can read your scratch card number in a glimpse and top up his mobile phone way before you feed the number and that not all he remembers at first glance. But despite his impressive mental capacity and his occasional assistance to the police, Yatich still lives in abject poverty   Read More ...
Frustrated Marakwet mango traders threaten to cut Eldoret water supply
2018-01-13 11:39:51 Marakwet traders have threatened to cut water supply to Eldoret to protest Uasin Gishu county's destruction of mangoes worth Sh1.7 million. The traders said they would disrupt supply to Eldoret town at Chebara dam, Marakwet West. The dam is the major supplier of water to the town and its environs. Marakwet mango buyers chairman Nahashon Kauka said the traders were frustrated   Read More ...
Kimaiyo asks Marakwet, Pokot leaders to calm high tension in Kerio
2018-01-12 08:07:20 Former IG of police David Kimaiyo has called for urgent measures to restore calm on the West Pokot/Elgeyo Marakwet border in Kerio Valley. Kimaiyo, a resident of the troubled Valley said tension is high in the area, noting that students and teachers are not going to schools. The former police chief told Marakwet and Pokot leaders to organize for dialogue and stop issuing press statements over the runaway insecurity   Read More ...
Bandit attacks paralyse learning in 10 Kerio schools
2018-01-11 12:13:36 Learning has been paralysed in a number of Kerio Valley schools following fresh bandit attacks at the West Pokot-Elgeyo Marakwet border. Several families, school children and teachers have fled from villages in the area following the killing of five people last week. Some of the affected schools are Kayla, Kameli, Liter, Chesogon, Kapkain primary schools; Liter and Kameli secondary schools among others   Read More ...
Kerio residents sleep in snake-infested caves as war brews
2018-01-08 14:41:55 Hundreds of residents at the border of West Pokot and Elgeyo Marakwet are sleeping in snake-infested caves following fresh violence in the Kerio Valley. Attackers from both sides have for the last three days been shooting in the air in preparation for war. This was after five people were shot dead after suspected Marakwet bandits raided Chesegon, West Pokot, on Friday   Read More ...
University student makes bricks in order to raise school fees
2018-01-08 13:41:44 A university student from Elgeyo Marakwet county is going against all odds to raise her school fees in the Kerio valley triangle. Brenda Kilimo Chesir, a first-year student at Kisii University has endured it all in trying to make ends meet by making bricks all by herself. Our reporter Elvis Kosgey now brings us the story of Chesir, the brilliant university student whose academic future is far from secured   Read More ...
Tension as three are killed along Marakwet, West Pokot border
2018-01-07 15:07:16 Tension remains high along the Elgeyo Marakwet – West Pokot counties border following a bandit attack that left three people dead and hundreds of livestock stolen. West Pokot County leaders led by Governor Prof. John Lonyangapuo is calling on the national government to beef up security in both counties noting the unequal distribution of national police reservists between the two counties had left county residents vulnerable   Read More ...
Don’t force parents to buy uniform from hand-picked suppliers, principals warned
2018-01-04 18:11:08 Elgeyo Marakwet secondary school head teachers have been warned against involving themselves in the purchase of school uniform. County education director Joseph Wamocho said the school heads will be monitored to ensure parents are not asked to buy uniforms at high prices from certain suppliers handpicked by principals. He said yesterday parents should be allowed to buy uniform from suppliers of their choice   Read More ...
Panyako slams 13 counties yet to honour 2017 nurses CBA
2018-01-04 14:43:28 The Secretary General of the Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) Seth Panyako has called on nurses from 13 counties that are yet to honour the return-to-work formula signed on November 2 to prepare themselves for salary parades from January 11 if their dues are not paid by Thursday close of business. Among the counties Panyako is calling out include Bungoma, Nyeri, Nakuru, Laikipia, Homa Bay, Elgeyo Marakwet, Tharaka Nithi, Makueni, Kakamega, Wajir, Kirinyaga, Murang’a and Kericho counties   Read More ...
Exorbitant bride price fueling cattle raids in Kerio valley, leaders warn
2018-01-04 09:05:50 Payment of high bride prices during marriages has become a major trigger of cattle rustling among communities in Kerio Valley. Leaders from warring Pokot and Marakwet communities want elders to review the tradition on dowry amended, to reduce the number of livestock paid as bride price. The leaders who met at Lelan along the border of Elgeyo Marakwet and Pokot counties yesterday for an annual prayer cum peace meeting, expressed concern over the high number of livestock a man has to raise in order to be allowed to marry from the Pokot community   Read More ...
Elgeyo parents protest poor KCSE results, want head teachers moved
2018-01-03 10:07:31 Parents of two Elgeyo Marakwet primary schools staged protests on Tuesday over poor results in last year's KCSE examinations. They paralysed learning at Cherota and Kapsoiya schools in Keiyo South and Keiyo North respectively, saying performance had deteriorated. At Cherota, the protesters blamed blamed the head teacher and tutors. Elijah Tanui said performance started declining in 2015 and that despite their "numerous requests", the Teachers Service Commission refused to transfer the school head   Read More ...
Parents to blame for boy child's failure, says Elgeyo woman rep
2018-01-02 13:40:14 Parents should not complain about poor academic performance because they are a "bad example for the boy child", a politician has said. Elgeyo Marakwet woman representative Jane Chebaibai said parents are to blame for the massive failure by boys in KCPE and KCSE examinations. “We can’t complain that boys are not performing better than girls yet parents are the problem,” Chabaibai told the press in Kapsait on Monday   Read More ...
Equity sponsors fewer students due to ‘tough economic times’
2017-12-28 18:22:52 Equity Bank has reduced the number of scholarship beneficiaries in Elgeyo Marakwet because of "tough economic times". The bank reduced the number of needy KCPE candidates for the Wings to Fly programme from 25 candidates in 2016 to 16 in 2017. Iten branch manager Albert Kiprop said 348 candidates applied for full secondary school scholarships but that they could only sponsor 16   Read More ...
Police detain two French nationals found with bhang in Iten hotel
2017-12-23 11:05:56 Police in Iten, Elgeyo Marakwet county are holding two French nationals found in possession of bhang of unknown value in a hotel. Rondel Florent, 43, and Tllie Ayun, 19, who identified themselves as athletes, were apprehended on Thursday evening at Kilima Resort near Kamariny stadium. Keiyo North police boss Mwenda Meme on Saturday said they received a tip-off from members of the public who discovered the two had the banned substances   Read More ...
Story top KCPE student in Elgeyo Marakwet whose academic future is not secured
2017-12-23 09:38:06 . Friday Briefing | Friday 22 Dec 2017 9:21 pm Story top KCPE student in Elgeyo Marakwet whose academic future is not secured   Read More ...
Little-known Sing’ore fells Marakwet giants
2017-12-21 22:08:49 Elgeyo Marakwet Governor Alex Tolgos joins Sing’ore Girls students in celebration after the school topped the county in the 2017 KCSE exam. Photo/COURTESY Jubilation and songs of joy rent the air at Sing’ore Girls’ High School yesterday after the school topped the county in the just announced KCSE exam results. The Extra County school that is tucked away next to Elgeyo forest beat the National schools in Elegeyo Marakwet including St Patricks Iten and Moi Girls Kapsowar   Read More ...
Vaccination drive, 312,000 targeted for foot-and-mouth
2017-12-21 18:43:33 Veterinary officers in Elgeyo Market on Wednesday begun vaccination of at least 312,000 cows following foot and mouth disease outbreak in the county. Livestock and fisheries executive Joseph Kiyeng, said the vaccination has started in Kimnai and Chepkorio areas where foot and mouth incidents were reported in December 5. At least 11 cases were reported in parts of Kimnai (Marakwet West), Sitotwa and in Senetwo areas of Keiyo South, prompting the county government to impose quarantine in all Elgeyo Marakwet’s four sub-counties   Read More ...
Tolgos threatens to regulate liquor licensing over return of illicit brew to bars
2017-12-20 17:42:32 ELGEYO MARAKWET/SECOND GENERATION BREW. Tolgos vows to regulate liquor licensing over return of illicit brew to bars. BY STEPHEN RUTTO. Elgeyo Marakwet Governor Alex Tolgos yesterday said he will personally issue liquor licences to stop a return of second generation alcohol. He has ordered that licensing certificates have a provision for the governor's signature. He said second generation alcohol could return to local bars during the festive season   Read More ...
Three girls rescued from undergoing cut in Marakwet
2017-12-18 12:43:05 Three girls were rescued from undergoing circumcision in Kapyego, Marakwet East on Saturday morning.Assistant deputy county commissioner Andrew Mutuma said police stopped the exercise after a tip off from residents."The circumciser and parents ran away and the girls were taken to the chief's office for protection," he said on Monday.He said investigations have been launched as police pursue the suspects."Security agencies are on high alert to enforce anti-FGM law and stop any attempts to circumcise girls," Mutuma said   Read More ...
'Possessed' man poisons boreholes in Marakwet to kill relatives
2017-12-16 12:39:32 A man has been arrested for poisoning water in a borehole in Kaplenge, Marakwet West on Thursday. Hillary Kiprono poured acaricide, a poisonous chemical used to kill ticks, into the water point leading to the death of a 19-year-old man. "We interrogated him after committing the offence and he told us that he was being pushed by a disturbing devil to pour poison into the borehole," said area assistant chief Abraham Chemisto   Read More ...
Charcoal burning, use of powersaws banned in Kerio Valley
2017-12-15 16:42:08 The government has banned the burning of charcoal in Kerio Valley following reports that some traders are illegally felling indigenous trees in the area. Elgeyo Marakwet county commissioner Fredrick Ndambuki has said wanton destruction of the trees will worsen effects of drought in the region. The administrator also banned use of power saws adding that the security teams will also arrest charcoal transporters operating in Kerio Valley at night   Read More ...
Big Read: Arror dam row stalls Elgeyo’s plan to promote farming and end banditry
2017-12-14 08:40:07 At least 100,000 hectares of land is expected to come under irrigation in the Kerio Valley, as plans to establish three mega dams in Elgeyo Marakwet begin. The projects will set the stage for commercialisation of agriculture in the valley, which has long been infamous for banditry attacks and cattle theft. Establishment of two of the dams — Kimwarer and Embobut — has received the much-needed backing from surrounding communities   Read More ...
Tolgos threatens to sack Elgeyo officers over declining revenue
2017-12-13 12:10:19 Elgeyo Marakwet county has threatened to sack revenue officers over declining collections. “Very soon you will see your brothers and sisters employed as revenue officers coming home. We better fire them and use the little revenue we get to implement development projects,” he said during Jamhuri Day celebrations on Tuesday, without giving details. he said and noted the county must save cash through staff reduction   Read More ...
Ksh 70m mango processing plant to be operational in Elgeyo Marakwet
2017-12-11 15:10:22 A 70 million shillings mango processing plant will be operational in Elgeyo Marakwet by April next year. Kerio Valley Development Authority (KVDA) Managing Director David Kimosop says the authority has procured the plant which has a capacity of processing five tons of mangoes per hour to cushion farmers against loses by adding value to their fruits. For mango farmers in Elgeyo Marakwet, West Pokot and Baringo, each season of harvest has often translated to losses other than preempted benefits as market access for their produce becomes a major economic setback   Read More ...
Boda boda rider killed, motorbike stolen in Marakwet East
2017-12-09 12:39:56 A bodaboda operator was on Friday found murdered in cold blood in Marakwet East. The body that was not immediately identified was discovered in Kimanich area, along Chesoi-Kapyego road by residents heading for a wedding ceremony in the area. It is suspected that the rider was killed and his motorcycle stolen by the unknown assailants. Marakwet East police boss Lemmy Njiru said the victim had serious head injuries   Read More ...
KFS, EU clash over indigenous communities' return to forests
2017-12-08 19:07:40 Kenya Forest Service clashed with the European Union on Friday over the return of indigenous communities to Cheranyany water tower in Elgeyo Marakwet. The EU representative said the union may withdraw funding for a Sh4 million shillingwater catchment project if KFS continues harassing residents. The union sent Ruth Malleson to assess the project but sharp differences emerged during a meeting of the EU, KFS and Elgeyo Marakwet county government officials   Read More ...
Elgeyo vaccinates cows after foot and mouth disease outbreak
2017-12-07 12:11:43 The government has banned the sale of livestock in Elgeyo Marakwet following an outbreak of foot and mouth disease. County livestock and fisheries executive Joseph Kiyeng said the quarantine has been imposed in all the four sub-counties to contain the spread of the diseases to other areas. The CEC added all animal auctioning yards will be closed for three to four weeks as the county government begins a vaccination drive   Read More ...
Save us from maize imports, say farmers
2017-12-06 22:08:00 Winstone Chiseremi @Wchiseremi. North Rift maize farmers have urged the government to investigate unscrupulous traders behind cheap imports of the produce from a neighbouring country. They claimed most of the maize being delivered to the National Cereals and Produce Board Eldoret depot was hoarded and not from local farmers. The farmers drawn from Elgeyo Marakwet, Nandi and Trans Nzoia counties spoke at the Teachers Advisory Centre (TAC) on Tuesday during a stakeholders forum which focused on the challenges facing the sector   Read More ...
Elgeyo orphan set for Starehe Boys' with Murkomen's sponsorship
2017-12-06 11:44:11 Moses Kiptanui, the 14-year-old orphan who emerged top in KCPE in Elgeyo Marakwet, is set to join Starehe Boys' Centre.He scored 419 marks after the test that he wrote at Mizpah Academy. Kiptanui's father died while he was in nursery school and his mother in 2015.   Read More ...
Henry Rotich an asset, deserves CS job, Elgeyo MCAs tell Uhuru
2017-12-04 09:40:47 Henry Rotich is the third minister to receive support ahead of the President's formation of his second-term Cabinet. Elgeyo Marakwet MCAs have urged President Uhuru Kenyatta to retain the Treasury Cabinet Secretary because of his record in the office and during campaigns. They said on Sunday that he is a "performer" and an "asset" to Uhuru and Deputy President William Ruto, who deserves to keep his job   Read More ...
Focus on Marakwet MP Kangogo petition shifts to KIEMS, votes scrutiny
2017-12-03 15:06:53 Votes from four Marakwet East polling stations will be recounted on Monday following the High court order in a petition challenging MP Kangogo Bowen's win. Judge Kanyi Kimondo granted orders for recount of votes from polling stations at Cheptany, Mungwa, Kumbulul primary schools, and Mungwa dispensary. Sammy Kipkeu, in his petition, filed a motion for the scrutiny and recount on grounds the August 8 general election was marred by massive irregularities and illegalities   Read More ...
Alarm after sloppy FGM backers cut over 2,000 Marakwet girls
2017-12-03 15:06:50 Chiefs in Marakwet have complained of women and girls who secretly conduct FGM in bushes in new strategies to outwit security agencies. The lot said they fear that at least 2,300 girls have been circumcised for the past one month despite spirited efforts to end the practice in the area. The revelations came a day after reports of at least 2,000 girls being cut in Tiaty, Baringo county   Read More ...
Police arrest two women for circulating fake money in Marakwet West
2017-12-02 08:06:19 Police on Friday arrested two women for possessing and circulating fake money in Marakwet West. The two, aged 20 and 22, were arrested at Cheptongei trading centre after using the fake Kenyan currency to buy goods at a retail shop. Area police boss Apollo Onyonyi said the women had the fake notes in Sh1,000 and Sh500 denominations. He said the two suspects had purchased various commodities using the fake notes as they kept the genuine change from unsuspecting traders in the area   Read More ...
HIV rates high among Elgeyo newborns as mothers shun hospitals - experts
2017-12-01 18:42:27 Elgeyo Marakwet health officials have sounded an alarm following the high rate of HIV infection among newborns. Most expectant mothers in rural villages, they said, are not disclosing their HIV status, worsening the spread. They blamed the problem on shortages of ARVs for prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission (PMTCT). It emerged during the World Aids Day on Friday that about 220 children have been born with HIV since January   Read More ...
Jubilee rewards election losers with EALA slots
2017-11-30 09:45:10 Majority leaders Aden Duale and Kipchumba Murkomen (Senate, Elgeyo Marakwet) presented the list to the National Assembly on Thursday. Former MPs Wanjiku Muhia (Nyandarua), Mpuru Aburi (Tigania East) and Simon Mbugua (Kamukunji) are among the candidates. Duale said President Uhuru Kenyatta's party jointly considered gender and regional balance. "I wish to convey our final decision...we have five slots and are submitting fifteen members," said the Garissa Town MP   Read More ...
Murkomen wears NASA's 'resist' cap and KOT goes wild
2017-11-26 11:04:55 Kipchumba Murkomen wore NASA's 'resist' cap during a football with the Siaya team on Saturday. he Nairobi team lost, the Elgeyo Marakwet Senator said in a tweet accompanied by a photo on Saturday. "Our football team beat Nairobi county in the round of 16&W. Pokot in 1/4 finals. We lost to Siaya county by 1 nil at the semifinals [sic]," he wrote   Read More ...
Orphan who scored 419 gets sponsorship
2017-11-25 16:00:22 An Elgeyo Marakwet orphan who scored 419 marks and was the county’s best boy in this year’s KCPE exam has landed a sponsorship from Senator Kipchumba Murkomen. Moses Kiptanui, 14, studied at Liz Academy Kapcherop. He was sponsored from nursery school to standard eight by the Liz Academy director. STAR COMMUNITY POLICY AND PARTICIPATION GUIDLINES   Read More ...
Mob attacks Marakwet man who attempted to kill self, daughter
2017-11-25 12:07:29 A man was attacked by irate locals in Marakwet West for attempting to kill himself and his child in a house fire.Residents said Kenneth Lotikamba locked himself and his young daughter in their house in Kaptabuk village and set it ablaze.A crowd broke into the house and attacked him using machetes as he started burning the house from inside.   Read More ...