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Nairobi News : December 20th 2013
news leaves many with a confident smile. Samson Musyoka and his colleagues sell Some youths in Eastleigh have em- well-trimmed sticks and roots for use as toothbrushes. Musyoka says the tree they get the sticks from is called mkayau, in his native Kamba language. “I cannot buy manufactured toothbrushes. I love these sticks because they reach all my teeth,” said a man who requested anonymity. He bought 50 sticks for his family. Private developer accused of grabbing land belonging to Highridge Girls School in Parklands. Jeff Angote, NairobiNews Schools to get back stolen land Urgent steps. County government says it has began the process of repossessing the land, but is being held back by a court order BRIAN WASUNA, NairobiNews @brianwasuna email@example.com N airobi County Government and the Land Commission will give back a piece of land, currently being used as a parking lot by Diamond Plaza Shopping Mall to Highridge Schools in Parklands. Governor Evans Kidero said the county government had written to the Lands Commission to aid return of all land belonging to schools, hospitals and the Fire department. Smoking “The only hitch with Highridge is that the matter is still in court, but we have embarked on the first step to get the land back,” he said. The Parliamentary Com- Background • Diamond Plaza shopping mall users start using Highridge Mixed School playground to park their cars following a MoU between the school’s primary section and the mall in September last year. • Highridge board of directors refuse to let shoppers into the school, and lock the gate. • The mall sends guards to break the padlock and direct shoppers into the grounds. Mwendwa: The students are at a very impressionable age and exposing them to such behaviour is dangerous” mittee on Education visited the school last month. It then summoned the governor, asking him to act fast on the issue. The committee said the students were being exposed to morally degrading behaviour. Students have had to share their playground with shoppers who were permitted by law to use the grounds on weekends since September last year. Efforts by the schools to fight off shoppers were met by a court order issued by Justice Francis Andayi. Not only was the school ordered to leave the gate open on weekends, but the use of the ground by shoppers was also extended indefinitely. Diamond Plaza is to pay about Sh50,000 every year to City Hall for using the ground. Shoppers have since made their presence felt, as they turn the field into a sea of beer cans and used condoms, and the mess is left to the school to clear. Students are also forced to put up with distractions during their study time on weekends as some shoppers sit in their cars, playing loud music, smoking and drinking. There have been reports of some of them having sex. barked on a new venture — one that Friday, Dec 20 - Sunday, Dec 22, 2013 nairobinews.co.ke 9 PAIR MAKES A LIVING OFF ‘TOOTHBRUSH’ TWIG Musyoka is excited because the sticks are popular with many residents. “I get most of them from our shamba at Makueni, but I also buy from other people to ensure a constant supply for my customers,” he said. Mkayau grows naturally in Makindu, Mashinari and Kiboko, he explained. Unlike Musyoka, Patrick Kimenye buys Patrick Kimenye. Jeff Angote, NairobiNews three sacks of the twigs every week, trims them and sells them in retail. One twig goes for Sh10. The traders usually supply either in bulk or in small quantities.
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