Equity Signs MoU with the Kenya Private Schools Association as schools re-open

Equity has entered into a partnership with the Kenya Private Schools Association (KPSA) through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

This will see the lender support and provide financial solutions to all private schools under the KPSA umbrella.

KPSA members will enjoy affordable financing for project development, working capital financing and for moveable asset financing cushioning them from the adverse economic effects of COVID-19.

Through this partnership, KPSA members will now access development and mortgage financing solutions of up to Ksh 200 million and unsecured facilities of up to Ksh 3 million.

KPSA Chairperson Mutheu Kasanga recognized the role played by Equity in supporting the development of the education sector.

“As KPSA, we have partnered with the Ministry of Education and other stakeholders to set up a framework that will enhance the quality of education for our children as well as address compliance issues. I wish to thank Equity for partnering with us especially during this period and for providing a variety of solutions that will meet the individual and corporate needs of our members.” she said.

Charles Nyoro, Equity’s General Manager, Asset Finance said that the partnership will see the lender strengthen its relationship with KPSA and deepen its support to the education sector.

“As schools re-open we are offering them integrated financial services that socially and economically empower our customers operating within the education sector enabling schools to recover from the adverse economic effects of COVID-19” he said.

KPSA represents private schools across the country including; kindergartens, primary and secondary schools, and private teacher training colleges, which are duly registered by the Ministry of Education and offering a curriculum approved by the Government.


Youths urged to take responsibility in the fight against COVID-19

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe at a past update to the nation on COVID-19.PHOTO/Courtesy.

The government has called on youths to use their various respective groups to help in the war against corona virus.

Speaking on Saturday during updates on the COVID-19 pandemic in the country, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said youth are crucial in the society.

He said the population of youths cannot be taken for granted and that is why the government is banking on them.

“The youth are a very important component of the society, that is why we want them to work with authorities in their respective regions to help in the fight against coronavirus,” he said,

The CS added, “the youth have worked very well through groups and that is what we want them to do in this fight.”

While citing the various welfare groups and saccos in the matatu, boda bodas, tuk tuks among other ventures,the CS said can be replicated in the war against COVID-19.

“If they bring that synergy in this war we will definitely succeed,”

The CS was addressing when released new data for the virus infection in the country.

“We want to see the youth organizing themselves on the ground and ensuring they are enforcing social distancing and other measures put in place” he said.

Operationalise Constitutional 2/3 principle, lobby group tells MPs

The two thirds gender Principle is a constitutional requirement and should be operationalized through the Bill before the national assembly.

Nakuru Based Midrift Human Rights Network Chief Executive Officer Mr.Joseph Omondi in an exclusive interview slammed MPs whom he says have a mission to do away with the Bill.

According to Mr.Omondi, since the Principle of 2/3 is constitutional, the only way to do away with it is through a referendum.

“The Bill should be operationalized since it is a Principle in our constitution. We cannot do away with the Bill before the house unless we go for a referendum” he said.

He said both genda are paramount for the development of the nation adding that research has shown that the two gender sitting together can deliver as far as good legislation and policies are concerned.

However, he is quick to note that female gender is yet to be fully embraced in the political arena and much has to be done to ensure such.

According to him, the constitution of Kenya 2010 was not negotiable and that the crisis being felt now is because of the poor process of nomination slots.

“The constitution of Kenya 2010 was not negotiable and the nomination process in meeting the gender requirement is what should be looked into” said Omondi.

He also took an issue with MPs over the Parliamentary Service Commission Bill 2018 that has elicited mixed reactions.

According to Omondi, Kenyan MPs are among the best paid legislators across the world and that is saddens when they say they deserve salary hike.

He noted that Legislature as an arm of government does not contribute to the growth of the economy to guarantee more resources to the Institution.

“It saddens when Kenyan MPs say they are underpaid. They are not special lot in our economy and as a matter of fact they do not even account for the numerous funds they have under their docket” he said.

He said the Constitution has mandated Salaries and Remuneration Commission with salary matters and MPs should respect that rather than coming up another commission for their salaries and remuneration as legislators.

He said as civil society groups they might be forced to move to court over the behaviors of MPs adding that the Parliamentary Service Commission Bill 2018 was not subjected to Public participation.

On the achievements of Civil society groups since independence, Mr.Omondi is categorical that there is need for more civic education since majority of Kenyans still sing the tune of politicians even when they do wrong in society.

He says many a times the civil society and lobby groups have tried to push for some policies but then the public will sit back instead of supporting such development.

“My perception is that a time there is apathy when you fight for masses but then they live you hanging. There is therefore need for more civic education” he said.

Photo/Ambole Okata: MIDRIFT’s Executive director Joseph Omondi.He wants MPs to operationalise the two thirds gender Principle.

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