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Twist of events: Brookhouse School fees fiasco turns ugly



Brookhouse School is now accusing parents of interfering with their programmes and wants the court to set aside an order that slashed fees for online classes by half.

The back and forth between parents and the international school over school fees discounts took a new twist on Saturday after a section of parents reaffirmed their plans to distance themselves from the Brookhouse Parents Association (BPA) which secured an injunction ordering the school to lower fees by half pending the hearing and determination of the matter.
In a press statement which came hot in the heels of revelations that the school had refused to lower school fees demands, the institution expressed regret at how details of a meeting meant to iron out the kinks between the institution and BPA had been leaked on social media dealing a blow to any hopes of the two parties reaching an amicable agreement.

Brookhouse maintains that the leak compromised the integrity of the negotiations saying that the issue was blown out of proportion as the school “had not developed a hardline stance” as was couched in the leaked minutes.

The school wants the court to lift an order that stopped it from offering online lessons for kindergarten children, arguing it is affecting parents willing to pay full fees and have their children taught online.

Through lawyer Aisha Abdalla, the school claimed that a section of parents who challenged the online classes lied in court that they were charging exorbitant fees when the management had already put in place measures to cushion the parents over coronavirus pandemic.

“There were several consultative sessions between the parents and the school in an effort to address the disruption brought about by Covid-19 and a number of measures taken which were not brought to the court’s attention,” said Ms Abdalla.

According to the lawyer, the school had already agreed to give up to 30 per cent discount on tuition fees, waived all fees for boarding and transport and allowed parents to pay fees in installments.

Additionally, she said the school established a hardship fund to support parents affected by Covid-19 and unable to pay the discounted fees.

The school, which offers British curriculum, charges tuition fees of between Sh300,000 for kindergarten to Sh2.3 million for Grade 12 students each term.

Justice Weldon Korir on April 30 ordered the school to slash fees by 50 per cent and stopped online classes for kindergarten and lower primary learners following a petition by some parents claiming that it was unreasonable to charge the fees when the schools were closed because of Covid-19.

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He is a very dangerous man! Sonko’s daughter accuses senator of attempting to kill her



Lamu Senator Anwar Loitiptip and Saumu Mbuvi, daughter of former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko, have announced their separation following wrangles and disagreement.

The reports were fuelled by photos and videos of Senator Loitiptip hanging out with a female friend.

Saumu, on Instagram, announced that the two have separated, claiming that she has undergone domestic violence under Loitiptip.

“These are the things he did to me,” wrote Saumu, in one of her photos showing a swollen face and bruised lips.

“He almost killed me. I will forever fight for women to stand for their rights. Never allow a man to be violent to you.”

She also claimed that the senator had neglected their child, leaving Saumu as the primary caregiver.

Loitiptip told that Saumu shared her father’s traits and was suffering from bipolar disorder, threatening to expose her past to prove his claim.

The two have been dating for months and at one point planned to get married. However, Sonko’s daughter clarified that the two had split before officiating their union.

“Wedding date confirmed,” she captioned a picture of herself and the senator in June 2020.

Her previous relationship with businessman cum politician Ben Gatu also ended after she accused him of being violent.

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US raises alarm over Covid-19 cases surge in Tanzania



The US government has revealed that there are significant cases of Covid-19 in Tanzania.

This is just a week after it advised its citizens against travelling to the East African country.

“The US Embassy is aware of a significant increase in the number of Covid-19 cases since January 2021,” the Embassy said.

In a Health alert, the US said the practice of Covid-19 mitigation and prevention measures remains limited.

The Tanzanian government has not released aggregate numbers on Covid-19 cases or deaths since April 2020.

“Healthcare facilities in Tanzania can become quickly overwhelmed in a healthcare crisis. Limited hospital capacity throughout Tanzania could result in life-threatening delays for emergency medical care,” US said.

The Department of State’s travel advisory level for Tanzania is Level 3.

The US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention says that travellers should avoid all travel to Tanzania.

The Embassy continues to recommend that all individuals take caution in day-to-day activities.

President John Magufuli assured the 58 million inhabitants that they need not worry about observing Covid-19 preventative measures.

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Siwachii wezi! Uhuru vows not to leave the country to thieves in 2022



President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday made a surprising stop to lecture Nairobi residents after finishing his engagement at the National Cargo Deconsolidation Centre (NCDC-Nairobi).

The Head of State said he was angry at Nairobians for being against the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) Bill stating that the report has given Nairobi more constituencies.

“If we have a BBI that says the people of Nairobi will have more constituencies and if it’s bursaries a child in Mathare who today receives Ksh500, how will that child study up to university level,” President Kenyatta said.

“But there is another child who gets Ksh100,000 in Busury per year is that right?… BBI is not for helping Raila or Uhuru it is for you,” he continued.

Uhuru went on to disclose that he has no plans to rule after his term is over and his interest is in finishing the job that Kenyans elected him to do.

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