Kenya Gov’t to Foot Burial Expenses for Mandera Victims

Two first half goals ensured defending champions KCCA FC beat Kira Young as the home side bid farewell to their tactician George ‘ Best ‘Nsimbe on his route to Tanzania’s Azam FC.

Brian Umony netted a brace to give the home side all the 3 points as Nsimbe’s boys dominated the first half in a match played at the soggy Philip Omondi stadium Lugogo on Tuesday evening.

Umony, sickness William Wadri and Moses Birungi had tried their luck in front of Kira Young’s goal only to be let down by the visitors’ goalkeeper.

KCCA FC however staggered in the second half which gave chance to the visitors to dominate the game and eventually pulled a goal back through a Brian Nkuubi’s free kick.

Nsimbe bids farewell to fans

It was another moment of honor as KCCA FC officials led by former coach Bidandi Ssali applauded George Nsimbe for the job well done for the Lugogo-based team as they mounted a guard of honour before handing him a replica jersey as a form of appreciation.

A guard of honor mounted for Nsimbe

A guard of honor mounted for Nsimbe

“It has not been an easy journey for me but I thank management, players and supporters for the love they have shown me. I never had a professional career as a player but am happy to do it as a coach and I owe this to KCCA FC,” Nsimbe noted.

He however warned management at KCCA FC against bringing in another tactician but stick to his assistant Abdallah  Mubiru whom he said can move the team to another level in his absence.

George ‘Best’ Nsimbe was appointed Assistant coach for Tanzanian Premier League giants Azam FC before penned down a 2- year contract with the team.

Meanwhile, in other games elsewhere in the Uganda Premier League, Karim  Ndugwa’s  hat trick  and Erisa  Sekisambu’s strike sent record league champions SC Villa flying high past Entebbe FC  at Nakivubo stadium.

Nsimbe receives a plaque from Bidandi Ssali

Nsimbe receives a plaque from Bidandi Ssali

At Kakindi stadium in Jinja, home side BUL FC tipped newly promoted Rwenshama FC one nil thanks to a Joshua  Masene  free kick whereas Lweza FC were held to a one all draw by Fred Kajoba’s  Bright  Stars FC  in another battle for supremacy in the Ugandan top flight league on Tuesday evening.

Uganda Premier League results

KCCA FC2-1 Kira Young

Entebbe FC 0-4 SC Villa

Bright Stars FC 1-1 Lweza FC

BUL FC 1-0 Rwenshama

Vipers FC 2-1 Police FC
Rwanda’s most famous race, seek the Tour of Rwanda, concluded with a win by 20 year old Valens Ndayisenga over the weekend.

This is the first time a Rwandan has won the race since it was inducted into the International Cycling Union (UCI) calendar in 2009.

This year’s race included seven stages and one prologue, and covered a total distance of 911.6 kilometres.

Speaking to Rwandan riders and cycling federation staff, Minister of Sports and Culture, Joseph Habineza, congratulated them for being an example to other federations and pledged more support from government.

“Other sports associations should learn from the Cycling Federation because Rwandan cyclists have been improving year by year. We are grateful to the cyclists and the winner for their remarkable teamwork,” Minister Habineza said.

Valens Ndayisenga, winner of this year’s race, credited his win to the training and experience he has gained in Rwanda and abroad.

“I have gained lots of experience from training alongside good riders in Switzerland and France. Our coaches also gave us useful tips on how to work as a team in such elite races and we applied that resulting in our triumph,” a beaming Ndayisenga said.

Ndayisenga was also praised and congratulated by President Paul Kagame for the historic win.

Rwandan riders were grouped into three teams: Akagera, Karisimbi and Muhabura. They covered 911.6 km in seven stages. Other countries represented were Morocco, France, South Africa, Burundi, Eritrea , Ethiopia, Cameroon, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland and Mali.

Aimable Bayingana, President of Rwandan Federation of Cycling, said that the Tour of Rwanda gives the country the chance to shine on the international stage.

“The Tour of Rwanda has made, and it is still making important progress. We are doing our best to entertain people living in different parts of Rwanda by bringing the race to them. We are also sharing the beauty of Rwanda through cycling,” he said.
Kisii County Governor James Ongwae has announced that his government will foot the funeral expenses for the Mandera Massacre victims.

Kisii and Kakamega County have been deeply affected after they lost 20 out of 28 people massacred in the heinous act.

Speaking Tuesday when he received the 13th ‘Beyond Zero’ fully kitted mobile clinic from the First Lady Margaret Kenyatta, clinic Governor Ongwae said his government will support the bereaved families with transport and funeral expenses.

He called on all affected families to come forward and register in the County Offices so as to receive assistance.

Before addressing the gathering at Kisii High School grounds, store the First Lady, Margaret Kenyatta led the residents in observing a minute of silence in honour of the 28 victims.

Last week, Al Shabaab gunmen attacked a Nairobi-bound bus in Mandera before ordering passengers to read from a Quran.

Non-Muslims were immediately gunned down in cold blood.

The Kenyan army says it pursued the Al Shabaab terrorists in the mountainous areas along the Kenya-Somalia border before bombing their training camps in which over 100 militants were killed.

Al Shabaab rubbished the government claims as unfounded.

In her speech, the First Lady called on the Kisii County Government to coordinate its available resources so as to tame the high rates of HIV infections in the County.

She said the HIV prevalence in Kisii is above the national average with 60,000 people living with the virus, 10% of whom are children.

“Almost 2,000 people died of Aids related complications in 2013 translating to 40 people per week,” she affirmed.

She said the situation in the county is further aggravated by the practice of Female Genital Mutilation and early marriages amongst the Kisii community.

She therefore called on the Kisii leaders to help curb the retrogressive cultural practices and so as to inspire young girls and boys to achieve their dreams.

“These marriages deny our girls the opportunity to get an education, and contribute to national development,” she said.

She stressed the need to use modern medical technologies to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV, saying “We have an obligation to avail and promote access to these therapies.”

The ‘Beyond Zero,’ campaign, said the First Lady, is a vehicle being used to fulfil a personal commitment she made at the 2013 Organization of African First Ladies against AIDS (OAFLA) meeting held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

At the meeting, said the First Lady, African First Ladies committed themselves to the elimination of mother to child transmission of HIV and keeping mothers and children alive.

“There is no greater satisfaction as a mother, than to fulfil these commitments made on the Global stage, but more importantly to serve the people of Kenya,” she added.

She said the ‘Beyond Zero’ campaign is an initiative aimed at rallying leaders, business people and communities towards facilitating the efforts of the Ministry of Health to meet certain goals.

The First Lady commended the Kisii County Health Management Team for drawing up a good programme to utilise the clinic for the benefit of its residents.

This mobile clinic, she said will be used to deliver essential health services such as vaccination, antenatal care, treatment of sick children and parents, HIV testing and treatment.

On issues of health Governor Ongwae said the County government has allocated over Kshs 2 billion which is about 33 per cent of its budget to improve the county’s health sector.

“We have deliberately crowded out other sectors like Agriculture, trade and industry among others in order to support the health services sector,” said Governor Ongwae.


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