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Kenya: Two Secondary School Teachers Charged With Exam Malpractice



Two teachers from Shikhokho Secondary School were on Tuesday charged with being in possession of exam materials for the ongoing Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE). 

Ibrahim Anguria and Kelvin Muchalwa were accused of being in possession of photocopies of Biology Practical examination on November 16 contrary to Section 27(1) Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) Act 29/2012. 

On a second count, the two were accused of being in possession of photocopies of Physics Theory Paper One on November 19 without lawful excuse. 

According to the documents tendered in court, the two who were in a rented house near the school were arrested on November 20 following a tip off from the members of the public. 

Officers drawn from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) who rushed to the scene also recovered text books of Geography and Agriculture subjects. 


Two mobile phones and a tablet were recovered from the two and were forwarded to cybercrime unit in Nairobi for forensic analysis to establish whether the accused persons were in communication with the invigilators and students at the institution which may see them face additional charges. 

Handwritings of scripts recovered from the two were also forwarded to forensic document examiner to aid in the investigations. 

Anguria who teaches Physics and Maths while Muchalwa teaches Geography and Agriculture were released on a free bond on November 21 awaiting conclusion of the investigations. 

The two who were not manning the exams were linked with the offences since they were alleged to be formulating answers while the principal and other invigilators are being investigated and are reporting to the DCI to aid in the ongoing evaluation of evidence. 


They denied the charges before Kakamega Resident Magistrate William Lopokoiyit. 

Through lawyer Onsando Getanda, the two applied to be released on reasonable bond terms saying they are not fright risks. 

He insisted that the two are teachers whose places of residence are known to the investigating officers which may not make it hard for them to apprehend them if they fail to appear in court. 

They were granted Sh200,000 bond with a surety of similar amount or an alternative cash bail of Sh100,000 after which the matter was slated for mention on December 11 and hearing on April 9, 2019. 


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Colombo: Easter Sunday blast leaves over 190 people dead and at least 449 injured in a church.



EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / Sri Lankan security personnel walk past dead bodies covered with blankets amid blast debris at St. Anthony's Shrine following an explosion in the church in Kochchikade in Colombo on April 21, 2019. - A string of blasts ripped through high-end hotels and churches holding Easter services in Sri Lanka on April 21, killing at least 156 people, including 35 foreigners. (Photo by ISHARA S.  KODIKARA / AFP)

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Over 190 people were killed and at least 449 injured in bomb blasts that ripped through churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, the first major attack on the Indian Ocean island since the end of a civil war 10 years ago.

Seven people were arrested and three police officers were killed during a security forces raid on a house in the Sri Lankan capital several hours after the rash of attacks, some of which officials said were suicide bombs.

The government declared a curfew in Colombo and blocked access to social media and messaging sites, including Facebook and WhatsApp. It was unclear when the curfew would be lifted.

“Altogether, we have information of 207 dead from all hospitals. According to the information as of now we have 449 injured people admitted to hospitals,” police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera told reporters.

There were no immediate claims of responsibility for the attacks in a country which was at war for decades with Tamil separatists until 2009, a time when bomb blasts in the capital were common.

Local Christian groups have said they faced increasing intimidation from some extremist Buddhist monks in recent years. Last year, there were clashes between the majority Sinhalese Buddhist community and minority Muslims, with some hardline Buddhist groups accusing Muslims of forcing people to convert to Islam.

Dozens were killed in one of the blasts at St. Sebastian’s Gothic-style Catholic church in Katuwapitiya, north of Colombo. Gunasekera said the police suspected a suicide attack there. Pictures from the site showed bodies on the ground, blood on the church pews and a destroyed roof.

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Northern Ireland: Police arrest two in connection with the murder of a journalist



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Source: Reuters

Two men have been arrested in connection with the killing of Northern Irish journalist Lyra McKee during a riot in Londonderry on Thursday, police said, as politicians in the divided British region united to condemn the attack.

McKee, an award-winning 29-year-old journalist who was writing a book on the disappearance of young people during decades of violence in Northern Ireland, was shot dead as she watched Irish nationalist youths attack police following a raid.

“Major Investigation Team detectives have arrested two men, aged 18 and 19 under the Terrorism Act, in connection with the murder,” the Police Service of Northern Ireland said in a statement.

Northern Ireland’s political parties, which are broadly split between Irish nationalists aspiring to unite the British region with Ireland and unionists who want it to remain British, united to condemn the attack.

In a joint statement, six parties said they were “united in rejecting those responsible for this heinous crime.”

Hundreds gathered in cities across Northern Ireland on Friday to hold vigils for McKee, who was also known as an activist for lesbian and gay rights.

Politicians around the world condemned the attack, with former U.S. President Bill Clinton saying he was “heartbroken.”

“We cannot let go of the last 21 years of hard-won peace and progress,” Clinton, a key player in the 1998 Good Friday Agreement peace accord, said on Twitter.

The 1998 deal largely ended three decades of violence in the region, in which over 3,600 died, but several smaller militant groups remain active and launch occasional attacks.

Police said they believed the shooting was likely carried out by the small New IRA group of “dissident” Irish nationalist militants opposed to the Good Friday deal. The group was blamed by police for planting a car bomb outside a courthouse in Londonderry in January.

Politicians in Northern Ireland have also warned that Britain’s plans to leave the European Union could also undermine the peace deal and that any return of restrictive infrastructure along the Irish-Northern Irish border would become targets for militants.

Michel Barnier, the European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator, said the peace accord had to be preserved.

“The tragic murder of Lyra McKee is a reminder of how fragile peace still is in Northern Ireland,” he said.“SENSELESS”

Police said Thursday’s rioting began after a raid aimed at preventing attacks during Easter weekend.

Saoradh, a political party with links to dissident militants, said in a statement on Friday that it understood McKee was killed accidentally by a “Republican volunteer.

McKee was watching with a crowd of bystanders as local youths attacked police with petrol bombs and set cars on fire, video footage showed. Police said McKee was hit when a gunman opened fire in the direction of police.

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday described the attack as “shocking and truly senseless.”

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