Sports.com Strikes a Blow in the Digital Sports Arena With Free Live Stream of Wardley vs. Clarke Bout

LONDON, March 28, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Sports.com, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lottery.com Inc. (NASDAQ: LTRY, LTRYW), announces that it has obtained the rights to live stream the March 31 heavyweight title fight between Frazier Clarke and Fabio Wardley. The live stream will now be available to view for free for millions of sports fans in Africa, via the Sports.com website.

Sports.com, in partnership with the fastest-growing UK boxing promotional company, BOXXER and Sky Sports in the UK and Ireland will live stream the highly anticipated boxing match between Wardley and Clarke at the iconic O2 Arena in London. Sports.com has entered into an agreement with BOXXER to provide live coverage through the Sports.com platform in Africa, working with local telecoms partners, such as Vodacom to give free access to many millions of viewers.

This partnership underscores Sports.com’s commitment to bringing inclusivity, innovation, and entertainment to sports. BOXXER, known for its commitment to the grassroots of the sport and for delivering sell-out world championship boxing events, aligns perfectly with our mission to enhance the sports viewing experience.

African based sports fans can sign up via local mobile operators, such as their Vodacom connection to watch the fight on the Sports.com platform. With a focus on providing more content to sports fans in underserved markets through regions including the Middle East and Africa, Sports.com is poised to be the leading provider of sports content in frontier markets to hundreds of millions of viewers.

Majed Al Sorour, President of Sports.com and formerly CEO of Golf Saudi, Managing Director of LIV Golf, and Board Member and Director of Newcastle United Football Club commented:

“Our partnership with BOXXER marks a significant step in making sport more accessible. Streaming the Wardley vs. Clarke fight in Africa showcases our commitment to enhancing the fan experience through digital innovation. This effort reflects our broader mission to connect and engage sports communities globally, particularly in emerging and frontier markets.”

Tamer Hassan, renowned actor, entrepreneur, undefeated amateur boxer, founder of The Tamer Hassan Academy of Acting and former owner of the Eltham and District Amateur Boxing Club where Sir Henry Cooper learned the ropes added:

“As a member of Lottery.com’s Board and someone with a deep connection to boxing, I see can see exactly how this initiative aligns with our aim to support talent and provide fans with engaging content. Streaming the Wardley vs. Clarke fight is just the start, and I am excited to contribute my experience towards expanding our content portfolio, particularly to broaden fan access in regions such as MENA and Sub-Saharan Africa.”

Matthew McGahan, Chairman and CEO of Sports.com, said:

“Our collaboration with BOXXER for the live broadcast of Wardley vs. Clarke is the first of what we anticipate will be many content partnerships. This deal is a model for future collaborations that will unify content owners, broadcasters, and mobile operators, broadening our horizons in the sports entertainment landscape.”

BOXXER Founder and CEO, Ben Shalom, said:

“We’re delighted to kickstart a partnership with Sports.com – both BOXXER and Sports.com are focused on innovation in their respective fields and bringing sport to wider audiences around the globe. The event this Sunday headlined by Fabio Wardley and Frazer Clarke’s mammoth clash will allow Sports.com’s audience to watch a heavyweight grudge match that fans have been clamouring for, for a long time. We can’t wait to get started.”

The Sports.com app is available for download from all major app stores and has been designed to transform how fans engage with sports content. It includes innovative features such as live streaming, interactive player engagement, and a social media ecosystem tailored for sports enthusiasts.

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About Sports.com

Sports.com is on a mission to become the premier destination for sports entertainment, offering an unparalleled array of interactive and engaging sports content. Our platform is designed to connect fans, athletes, and sports influencers in a unique digital ecosystem, making Sports.com the go-to destination for sports enthusiasts across the globe.

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Turkana County Address Malnutrition Through Pasture Production

Exciting developments are unfolding in Turkana South, after a group of 100 farmers from Namakat fodder production sites embark on a groundbreaking journey towards sustainable farming. Thanks to their collaboration with USAID Nawiri, they have expanded their fodder production efforts from initial 4 acres to 8 acres.

They now sell bales of fodder in the nearby markets and use mature pasture seeds to further expand their farms.

After a year of dedicated effort and determination, the farmers have successfully reclaimed additional 4 acres of land that was once dominated by the invasive Prospis Juli flora plant.

Their hard work has paid off, as they have managed to harvest an impressive harvest Cenchrus Ciliaris grass. The hardworking farmers have managed to sell more than1500 bales of pasture, for Ksh. 350 to the local community and Ksh 500 to the major towns of Lokichar, Kalemngorok and Lodwar earning them a total of Ksh. 500,00.

Shadrack Ekitela, the Chairman of Namakat pasture production farm, is filled wi
th joy and optimism as he witnesses the promising signs of prosperity emerging from their recent economic activity.

‘You can’t compare pasture production with any other form of farming. Thanks to the initial certified seeds provided by the County, Department of Agriculture, and the training sessions facilitated by USAID Nawiri, we’re already witnessing promising strides towards economic prosperity, both collectively and individually. Our recent sale of 250Kgs of pasture seeds at Ksh 1,000 per Kg, resulting in earnings of Ksh 250,000, reinforces our dedication to this endeavor. We fully understand the importance of pasture production and remain steadfast in our commitment.’

According to Mr. Isaac Echapan, USAID Nawiri Resilient Livelihoods Officer for Turkana South, ‘The decision to support households in Namakat with pasture production arose from the community’s urgent need to tackle ongoing pasture shortages. These shortages, exacerbated by frequent and prolonged droughts, have left livestock malnourished a
nd unable to produce milk or fetch favorable prices in the market.’

In order to address the water-related obstacles impeding agricultural potential, USAID Nawiri is constructing a shallow well in Namakat. This initiative aims to promote climate-smart agriculture and increase the area available for horticulture farming on the 4 additional reclaimed acres, while simultaneously improving pasture productivity in the remaining sections. The farmers have also been provided with a storage facility where the remaining bales have been kept in anticipation of market availability thanks to their collaboration with the Kalemgorok Livestock Market Association.

It is noteworthy that during the few days that the animals would be kept in the saleyard facilities, the livestock dealers also purchase food for their animals to prevent them from wasting while they wait for the market. apart from this, USAID Nawiri has introduced the village savings and loan association concept to enable the farmers venture into various business
es with the money earned from seed sales.

One of the aspirations of the pasture producers is to acquire their own vehicle in the upcoming months, enabling them to transport fodder and seeds to potential buyers more efficiently.

‘We’ve come a long way from depending on others for seedlings. With the skills we’ve acquired, we’re now self-reliant and prepared to oversee our pasture production. Soon, we’ll be independently managing our farming and business initiatives,’ mentions Shadrack.

Source: Kenya News Agency

Kenya And UAE Sign MOU On ICT Investment Cooperation

Kenya has signed a Memorandum Understanding (MOU) with the United Arab Emirates on a comprehensive framework for investment co-operation in digitalization and technology.

The MOU was signed by the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Information, Communications, and the Digital Economy Eliud Owalo, and the Minister for Investment of the United Arab Emirates Mohamed Hassan Alsuwaidi in Abu Dhabi.

Under the MOU that will be valid for five years, with provision for renewal, Kenya and United Arab Emirates commited to foster closer ties, while exploring Information Communication Technology (ICT) investment partnerships and advancing digital infrastructure projects.

Kenya’s digital economy has witnessed rapid expansion, propelled by a robust ICT sector.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, CS Owalo said that the partnership between the two nations is a game-changer that will pave way for significant ICT investments in Kenya’s data centre infrastructure besides creating new job opportunities and empowering Kenyan citize
ns with the latest digital tools.

‘The signing of this MOU lays the foundation for the development of state-of-the-art data centres, with the potential to significantly enhance Kenya’s digital infrastructure capacity and resilience,’ said Owalo.

In a press statement sent to newsrooms, Owalo added that the co-operation between the two countries will extend to the field of Artificial Intelligence and large Language Models.

The CS at the same time noted that the data centres, which are capable of serving millions of users, are fundamental to shaping Kenya’s digital future.

Owalo said the MOU is in line with the government’s Bottom-Up Economic Transformation Agenda which has prioritized the Digital Superhighway and Creative Economy, with a specific focus on equipping the youth with digital skills for digitally-enabled jobs and digital entrepreneurship.

In his remarks Minister Alsuwaidi, observed that a closer partnership between the two nations will create numerous opportunities in various fields thereby str
engthening and advancing their economies.

‘Through targeted investments in digital infrastructure and Artificial Intelligence, this Investment Memorandum is set to accelerate the development of a sector that has the potential to become a growth driver for other industries,’ he stated.

Alsuwaidi added that the investment will also set out a vision for the future which will be defined by prosperity and progress.

The CS further noted that in the spirit of mutual growth and shared prosperity, the MOU will be a stepping stone towards a brighter, more connected and digitally-empowered future for both the two countries.

‘It embodies our collective aspiration to bridge the digital divide, accelerate technological innovation and pave the way for a thriving digital economy that benefits the entire African continent and beyond,’ emphasized Owalo.

The Kenyan delegation led by CS Owalo, included the Principal Secretary, State Department for ICT and Digital Economy Eng. John Tanui, Mr. Cosmas Kimutai Sigei, Charge d’A
ffaires, Kenya Embassy, Abu Dhabi, Annette Kerubo Nyakora Senior State Counsel, State Department for ICT and Digital Economy and Lawrence Lelei, Trade Attaché, Kenya Embassy, Abu Dhabi.

The UAE delegation included Mohammad Abdulrahman Alhawi, Under Secretary Ministry of Investments, Abdalla Alobeidli, Director of Investment Policy and Legislation and Mrs. Farha Al Shamsi, Director of Communication Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Source: Kenya News Agency

Legislator Lauds State Move To Introduce A Passenger Train In Mombasa

Member of Parliament for Jomvu constituency Badi Twalib has welcomed the introduction of commuter rail services in Jomvu and Changamwe by the Kenya Railway.

The project, the Legislator said, will revolutionize transport and enable traders and passengers arriving or departing with the Madaraka Express train at the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) Mombasa terminus to save time.

‘I want to inform you that our commuter train will be completed by the end of May. As residents of Jomvu especially Miritini this is your year of transformation,’ stated the Jomvu MP.

The MP revealed that the Managing Director of Kenya Railways has assured him that residents whose houses were affected by the project have been compensated.

Last year November, The Principal Secretary of the State Department of Transport, Mohamed Daghar, announced in Mombasa that the government had allocated Sh1.1 billion for land compensation to facilitate the rehabilitation of the Mombasa Metre Gauge Railway (MGR) to Miritini.

The Sh4.2 billion project
commenced in September 2022 but was derailed by land acquisition challenges.

‘It will have 16 passenger coaches, each with a capacity of 85 passengers. It will enable our businesses to thrive by facilitating the transportation of goods. We are lucky, the train will unlock Jomvu’s business potential. Our learners will commute safely,’ said Twalib.

He thanked the government for rerouting the railway line saving Maganda Primary School from demolition.

PS Daghar said the government would give concession rates to passengers for a seamless commuter experience.

The second part of the project involves the rehabilitation of the Mombasa Central Railway Station and the setting up of four mini-stations in Changamwe East, Changamwe West, Miritini, and Shimanzi.

It also entails the construction of a pedestrian bridge linking the SGR and MGR platforms, a locomotive turntable and a railway bridge with a length of 480 metres across the Makupa Causeway.

The commuter train will enable Mombasa residents to have an alternat
ive mode of transport easing pressure on road transport.

‘Commuter rail is part of the Mass Rapid Transit System (MRT) that the Ministry of Roads and Transport is determined to establish alongside other MRT, including the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRT) so that people are moved safely and efficiently and they can save time and other commuter-related costs,’ said PS Daghar.

Source: Kenya News Agency

Christians Mark Easter With Call For Humanity

Christians in Kirinyaga joined others around the globe in observing Good Friday, a day that marks the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ at Calvary.

This solemn occasion prompts believers to reflect, pray, and honour Jesus’ sacrifice for humanity, with the faithfuls believing the crucifixion’s importance in Christian faith.

At Mary Immaculate Catholic Church, Kerugoya, Christians engaged in special services, and processions symbolizing Jesus’ journey with the cross to Mount Calvary.

A church member John Kabue said the day is a great opportunity to remember Jesus’ suffering for the sake of us all.

He added the procession was part of the tradition that would help renew faith, love and kindness toward one another.

Hannah Wangari, echoing sentiments of reflection and reverence shared by Christians worldwide, said the Good Friday is a day to learn to humble and sacrifice for others and urged everyone to follow the footsteps of Jesus Christ.

Another church member, Elizabeth Wanjiru, said as Christians the
y observed Good Friday, honouring the cornerstone of their faith, while reflecting on Jesus’ sacrifice and its profound implications for humanity.

Source: Kenya News Agency

Municipality Stakeholders Meet To Deliberate On Collaboration, Refugees

Kakuma Municipality management has held its first consultative meeting with key partners and stakeholders in Kakuma.

The meeting aimed at understanding the mandate of the various development partners serving the refugees and how their activities can be aligned with the core functions of the municipality.

Turkana County Chief Officer for Urban Areas and Municipalities, Marian Lotieng, reassured partners of the commitment of the Kakuma Municipality to work with them to deliver services in solid waste management, town planning and development control, management of emergencies, and provision of social services such as markets, parks and cemeteries.

Lotieng noted, ‘To effectively provide these services, the residents will be required to pay rates and charges to increase the municipality revenue base.’

The Chief said a team of technical officers will soon be deployed to join the municipality management to boost the provision of services in Kakuma.

She said the municipality management will closely work with t
he Turkana West Sub-county administration to fully operationalize the municipality.

The Kakuma Municipal Manager, Peter Emuria, took note of the huge task ahead of him to mostly deliver services to the residents and refugee community.

He requested for a paradigm shift in the planning and implementation of development projects in Kakuma

The Deputy Director for Urban Areas Management, Ngala Ekuleu, challenged both the UNCHR, its partners, and the people of Kakuma, to critically think and plan for Kakuma Municipality after the UNHCR presence.

Ekuleu reiterated the need to institute investments that can attract resources from outside Turkana County.

The Officer-In-Charge of UNHCR Kakuma, Janet Pima lauded the County Government of Turkana for establishing the Kakuma Municipality, an institution she promised to support in service for both the host community and refugees.

In the meeting, Pima raised the need for more additional land to accommodate the increasing population of the refugees. In addition to this,
she identified areas of joint partnership as; promoting trade and business between Kenyans and refugees, land use planning, support to water infrastructure, capacity and skills training for youth among others.

The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) Area Manager, Carolyne Wainaina expressed her readiness to partner with the Kakuma Municipality in areas of child protection and Early Childhood Development (ECD) services.

While meeting Peace Winds Japan, its management team pledged to support and strengthen the infrastructure of Solid Waste management as they explore ways of generating revenue from waste.

The PWJ team said through JICA, it will soon support in training and formulation of policy on solid waste management.

The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) Area Manager, Hasan Abdi, expressed confidence in the joint planning, fundraising, and implementation of development interventions in partnership with the municipality in child protection, peace, and economic empowerment.

Kakuma municipality is the latest munici
pality after Lodwar was fully operationalized in 2019. The Municipality Board is now in place.

Those presents were Halima Duba (Deputy Manager, Kakuma Municipality) and Jacob Ekuwom (Principal Administrative Officer) among others.

Source: Kenya News Agency

Mombasa County Rolls Out Waste Segregation Project To Reduce Pollution

Residents of Likoni and Mvita sub-counties in Mombasa County are set to benefit from a waste collection and maintenance project by the County Government through the Department of Environment and Solid Waste Management.

Clean Oceans Project Identification and Preparation (COPIP) is a pilot project funded by European Investment Bank (EIB) in partnership with the Department of Environment and Governance that involves collection of separated waste.

At least 800 households in the selected areas have been identified to segregate waste using three bins to separate dry, wet and hazardous waste.

During the launch, protective gear (gloves, masks, and safety boots), 3-bins, bin liners, and electric tuk-tuk were handed over to youths and women in waste management groups to empower them and also promote ease of movement and transfer of waste.

The project will promote a recycling culture, boost circular economy and reduce the volume of waste transferred to Mwakirunge dumpsite, a major dumpsite in Mombasa.

Addressing
the media after the launch, Chief Officer Department of Environment and Governance Pauline Oginga said that the project is a major step towards ensuring they reduce, recycle and reuse waste through waste segregation.

She said the county government left 56 percent of waste at Mwakirunge dumpsite and this cost around Sh550,000 per day.

‘If we reduce this waste through segregation it means that we will only take 5 percent of waste to Mwakirunge which we are trying to turn into a sanitary landfill. The volume of waste that goes there is something that can be re-used in the economy for self-employment and ensure that food security is enhanced as people will get money to buy food,’ she said.

She added that in partnership with WWF, the county government has had sensitization for households and waste managers with WWF procuring bins, bin bags and electrical tuktuks to reduce carbon emissions.

‘When the project kicks off, there is also a behaviour change that we are going to see. The habit of mixing waste end up p
olluting the environment so if we go this direction, those that are dealing with segregated waste will have an easy way of accessing this product for recycling and the county will save money on ferrying waste to the dumpsite and the same will be redirected for development,’ she added.

WWF Head of People and Culture Bernard Tonga said that there is a need to address the problem of waste management in the country, thus the start of the pilot project to see the behavior of the people in terms of managing their waste.

Tonga said they have identified 800 households which they are training and are going to pilot the project since it’s a new one and see how it is going to work and be able to scale it to other parts of the county.

‘For us to have sustainable waste management, we have to start from the source. We need to segregate the waste from the source to reduce the stress that usually takes place at the dumpsite. A lot of training has been done to the waste managers to ensure its success,’ he said.

He noted t
hat the problem in waste management has necessitated the need for the project as it’s evident during heavy rains where the county experiences flooding.

Tonga said they have donated bins for solid waste, wet waste, and for the waste that they currently do not have the technology to recycle, bin bags and electric tuktuks to show their commitment in terms of environment conservation.

Tonga said Sh8.7million was spent for the pilot project, with only 800 households to benefit but for sustainability, the county government will be taking up and moving forward to ensure it is sustainable.

Source: Kenya News Agency

State Push For Good Nutrition To Spur Growth.

the government wants players in food systems to ensure that the citizens were nourished with healthy food to spur economic growth and development.

Agriculture and livestock production Cabinet secretary Mithika Linturi expressed fears that the country continues to face the triple burden of malnutrition characterized by under-nutrition, hidden hunger and over nutrition which was counterproductive to efforts to accelerate desired progress..

‘Child under-nutrition alone is costing the country in excess of Sh 373.9 billion Which is equivalent to 6.9 percent of the Gross Domestic Product’, he said.

In a speech read on his behalf by Director Administration Rashid Khator during the launch of Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) Kenya’s business plan and food systems dashboard, the CS noted that access to good nutrition plays a fundamental role in stimulating economic growth and development and is not just a matter of personal health.

‘This calls for concerted efforts by all stakeholders to address malnu
trition. Sustainable food production systems should be recognized as an essential solution to existing social, environmental and health challenges’, Linturi said.

He noted that the launch of the GAIN Kenya Business Plan and the Kenya Food Systems Dashboard represents a significant milestone in the government’s collective journey towards achieving healthier diets for all Kenyans.

‘By aligning with key nutrition policies and fostering collaboration between the Government and key stakeholders, we can create a future where every Kenyan has access to safe, nutritious and affordable food’, Linturi said .

Ruth Okowa, GAIN Kenya Country Director said that they are collaborating with the Kenyan Government to reach over seven million Kenyans with healthier diets and address Kenya’s triple burden of malnutrition.

‘We will be looking at Sh 5.3 billion (USD 40million) target to reduce malnutrition among seven million Kenyans in the next four years and invest USD 8 million per year to improve access to healthier diets
through five key Strategic pillars that will strengthen the enabling environment for actions that improve the consumption of healthier diets’, she explained.

Additionally, Okowa said that innovative Food Systems Dashboard (FSD) will be a one stop shop to provide food systems data in Kenya and bring together much-needed data to inform decision making for food systems transformation

‘This Dash board will enable Kenyan users to consult the data on the global Food Systems Dashboard to understand how Kenya’s food system compares to others’, she said

Okowa explained that the GAIN Kenya Business Plan 2023- 2027 which seeks to increase access to healthier diets for all was informed by challenges such as weak policy and institutional frameworks to support consumption of safe, affordable, and healthy diets, high cost of healthy and nutritious foods and also limited funding to scale up operations at national and county levels.

The business plan has outlined five strategic areas that can help achieve healthier diets
for all namely; strengthening the policy environment for increased consumption of safe, affordable, nutritious and healthy foods; creating demand for safe, nutritious food for all especially for those at risk of poor nutrition.

Others are; advancing food fortification agenda through scaling up large scale fortification and bio fortification across national and county levels, strengthening supply chains for nutritious food and strengthening social inclusion, gender equity and empowerment for advancing nutrition among the vulnerable groups.

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, Deputy Country representative in Kenya Hamisi Williams said that matters of fortification, bio-fortification need to be followed by action.

He added that a lot needs to be done in sensitizing everyone so that at the consumer point, they exactly know what they are consuming and they can also start demanding on what they are consuming and this will be able to stimulate the producers on the other side of the chai
n to even grow what the market demands.

‘We are we are supposed to talk not just about food, but what we eat. We must eat healthy and it must be something that is of nutritious value to us. That way we are going to improve our lives, strengthening the vegetables value chain since they are easily available and one can have them at the bottom of the chain, affordable and easily accessible’.

Hamisi emphasized that FAO had a joint program for sustainable investments in food consumption and production that was looking at enhancing vegetable production currently at a piloting stage in Kiambu and Nyamira Counties

Director Administration at the State Department of Agriculture Rashid Khator representing CS agriculture Mithika Linturi during the launch of GAIN business plan

He observed that a team was working on the polices formulation and regulations apart from investment on ensuring availability of nutrition foods in collaboration with partners such as MasterCard who entrusted with the rolling out of programs and
projects in the counties that seek to sensitize the farmers, develop their capacity and support them with startups and inputs like the seeds to improve production.

The Deputy country representatives at the same time confirmed that the World Vegetable Centre that has been housed in Arusha and has been enhancing its capacity in Africa is now moving and will now be headquartered in Nairobi and this shows the importance that is already being put in the area of vegetables in the continent.

Nyandarua County Governor Moses Badilisha Kiarie said ‘Counties are producing a lot of food; we do not see the reason why people should go hungry or even have to take food which is not nutritious’.

The governor called on the government to increase budgetary allocation to counties towards post-harvest losses. . ‘It would not be fair that again even after gaining the food we again lose it. This is an issue of budgeting. We should be able to have enough budget to mitigate these kinds of things.’ Kiarie said.

The recent Kenya De
mographic and Health Survey (KDHS, 2022) shows 18 percent of children between 6-59 months are still stunted, 5 percent are wasted, 10 percent are underweight and 3 percent are overweight. The evolving face of malnutrition demands a multi-faceted response that supports nutritious and healthy diets across all the stages of the food system.

Source: Kenya News Agency

DCC Order Closure Of Gold Mining In Marang’ar Forest

Deputy County Commissioner David Boen of Pokot South has issued a directive to stop all illegal gold mining operations in Marang’ar area situated within the government forest between Tangasia and Tapach location.

During his visit to the mining site, Boen expressed concern over the miners’ disregard for the environment and potential harm caused to both humans and animals.

He observed that miners in the region put their lives at risk in search of a few grams of gold, all in the pursuit of striking it rich.

He expressed concerned about the environmental, health, safety risk linked to the ongoing illegal gold mining activities in the forest area between Tangasia and Tapach location.

The administrator ordered residents to stop any further mining in the area until they receive approval from the appropriate government authorities.

He said their objective in shutting down illegal operations and keeping out miners was to prevent incidents leading to death and injuries in mines.

‘During our inspection of the min
ing sites, we noticed that miners were digging deep holes in order to extract gold, disregarding the adverse environmental consequences of their artisanal activities. Unfortunately, we experienced a tragic loss of life last year when an individual was buried under soil as a result of illegal gold mining. After we visited the region, it became evident that this activity poses a significant danger to human life and there is need to stop further illegal mining activity in the area to avert further loss of lives,’ Boen noted.

DCC Boen highlighted that the gold mines have not only resulted in an increase in child labour, as children disregard the risks and laws prohibiting work under the age of 18, but also contributed to the occurrence of early marriages.

Furthermore, DCC Boen noted that there have been reports of young boys discontinuing their education and young girls opting to marry miners, along with marriages falling apart because of the impact of mining activities.

Additionally, he emphasized that the on
going influx of miners in the area has severely compromised sanitation and hygiene, as miners openly defecate, posing a potential threat of a cholera outbreak.

He encouraged the locals to adopt pyrethrum and potato farming as a viable income option, while also discouraging illegal gold mining practices that posed a threat to the environment, health, and safety of the community.

He said Tapach area in West Pokot County is famed for pyrethrum with the highest content and if residents could focus on farming, they would be able to earn a living and avoid the dangers posed by illegal mining.

‘The Tapach region has a rich volcanic soil that possesses immense potential for cultivating pyrethrum with the highest pyrethrin content in the world. Secondly, the region is suitable for cultivation of potato,’ DCC Boen said.

Pokot South Sub County Police OCPD Said Shungi emphasized that the Tapach area plays a crucial role as a water catchment area while noting that police would not tolerate any illegal mining activitie
s that could harm the region’s water source.

‘Such activities which lack government approval will not be allowed,’ OCPD Shungi said.

He expressed their desire for the local community to participate in lawful livelihood activities instead of resorting to illicit endeavors that could pose greater risks to the environment, health, and their own well-being.

Forest Station Manager for Lelan Ward in the Kenya Forest Service Lenan Division Gordon Anyiko expressed gratitude to the on-site government officials for promptly informing the government authorities about the environmental deterioration caused by miners in the region and potential consequences that may arise if not controlled.

Anyiko stated that the local community has given their consent that would assist in the refilling of all the mining open holes with soil that were excavated during gold mining in order to prevent any incidents of injuries and loss of lives.

He cautioned about the detrimental effects of forest destruction and urged them to actively
monitor and report any illegal activities such as mining, charcoal burning, overgrazing, and other unauthorized actions taking place inside the forest.

Tangasia Location Chief Samuel Katumon urged residents to embrace the closure of mining sites in a positive manner.

He emphasized that the decision to shut down mining sites was made to protect the well-being of both animals and humans, as well as preserve the environment and promote good health.

The chairman for peace initiative in Pokot South Sub County Clement Kilipa encouraged people to avoid activities that brought about more harm than good.

He encouraged residents to explore alternative sources of income such as selling of milk, potatoes, and pyrethrum farming.

A survivor of a tragic gold mining incident Emmanuel Ting’anur recounted his harrowing experience of narrowly escaping death when the gold mine collapsed.

He described the entire ordeal as horrific, emphasizing how being trapped in a gold mine leaves one with nothing but hope, prayers, and t
he agonizing wait to either be rescued or face death, entirely dependent on the mercy of the rescuers.

‘To those involved in illegal mining activities, I want to encourage you that you stop it and wait for experts’ approval on where to engage your activities. Failure to do so could result in losses and further harm than good,’ Ting’anur warned.

Source: Kenya News Agency

Auditions For Kisumu’s Fish Fiesta Festival Kick Off

Auditions for this year’s Fish Fiesta celebrations in Kisumu County has kicked off with the organisers banking on the events to promote tourism, create business opportunities and foster cultural exchange.

The exercise, to be conducted in all the eight sub-counties, has attracted contestants in boat racing, body building, traditional wrestling, beauty competition (Mr., and Miss Tourism), and traditional art among others.

Kisumu Deputy Governor Mathew Owili said the auditions which kick off at Nyang’oma Hall in Muhoroni County on Saturday will showcase talent and the rich Luo cultural heritage ahead of the main event slated for April 25-27 at the Jomo Kenyatta Sports Grounds.

Contestants will audition for Mr and Miss Tourism, Mr and Miss Flex, Mr and Miss Strong, traditional Luo wrestling and traditional art.

Dr Owili said the Fish Fiesta, which is Kisumu County’s signature tourism event, would also showcase Kisumu as a vibrant hub for fishing tourism besides giving an opportunity to various stakeholders a
nd visitors to explore existing opportunities in the sector.

Dr Owili said the event’s theme ‘Flavours of the Lake: Fishing tourism as an opportunity for sustainable development’ was a testament of the county government’s commitment to harness the potential of the blue economy to improve the living standards of the community.

‘Through this event, we aim to highlight the significance of our fisheries industry, promote responsible fishing practices and explore untapped opportunities within the fishing tourism sector,’ he said.

He urged all government agencies, Civil Society Organisations (CSO’s) and stakeholders to join hands and make the event a success.

‘Together we can leverage the unique flavours of the Lake, promote tourism, create employment and ensure the long-term sustainability of our natural resources,’ he said.

Source: Kenya News Agency