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Daily Nation : January 30th 2014
16 | National News BY BMJ MURIITHI Nation Correspondent in Atlanta Kenyans were among those stranded in traffic and at airports after a rare storm gripped southern United States. The storm, which caught many Kenyans in the Metro Atlanta area by surprise, caused massive traffic jams and the cancellation of over 3,000 flights at one of the world’s busiest airports. Winter Storm Leon struck on Tues- day, stranding children overnight at their schools and leaving at least five people dead. Yesterday, the Nation caught up with at least a dozen Kenyans who were stranded at Hartsfield Jackson International Airport. “My family and I were travelling to Kenya via Amsterdam, but no plane was departing from this airport. We were forced to spend the night here,” said Ms Lilian Ogeti, who was accompanied by her husband and three children. But Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed sought to assure the families that the situation would improve in the next two days. Normal services “Thousands are stranded at the airport and we are doing our best to resume normal services,” he told a media briefing in Atlanta. Many Kenyans spent the night in their cars on Tuesday night after they were caught up in the traffic snarl-up witnessed on all the major roads in the State of Georgia. “Thousands of us got stuck on the road in this frigid weather because traffic ground to a halt at around 11pm last night,” said Peter Kuria, a resident of the city of Marietta in Georgia. On Tuesday, businesses and schools closed early, sending hundreds of thousands of people onto the snowy roads at the same time. The roads were crowded, commute times jumped, and people who ran out of fuel on the road were forced to ditch their cars and walk. DAILY NATION Thursday January 30, 2014 Kenyans among those stranded as storm strikes southern US “This is the worst storm I have experienced in the 10 years I have lived here,” said Ms Edith Muriithi, who took six hours driving home from work — a distance of three Kilometres. Authorities rescued about 50 schoolchildren in Atlanta, whose buses were stranded overnight on an icy roadway, district officials said. Most Kenyans who spent the night in the cold weather used social media to update family and friends on their situation. EDUCATION | Case certified as urgent PS ordered to explain exams hitch Parents say ministry omitted Kisumu school pupils from selection for Form One by mistake BY ELVIS ONDIEKI @OndiekiMogere email@example.com to explain why 96 pupils from a Kisumu school were not selected to join Form One. The PS is required to re- A spond to a case filed by the chairman and the parents of Kibos Prison Primary School, who say the 2013 KCPE candidates from the school were omitted in the Form One selection after the institution was mistaken for a prison. The school’s lawyer, Mr Ri- chard Otieno, was yesterday granted permission by the High Court in Kisumu to draft a notice of motion seeking an explanation from the PS through the Attorney-General. Not a prison The goal of the case is to compel the ministry to treat the former pupils of the school “as children from any other primary school and not as prison inmates” as is indicated in one of their court documents. The parties allied to the school moved to court on January 24 and Mr Justice Hillary Chemitei certified it as urgent. The court heard that some of the pupils lost scholarships from Equity Bank and other institutions due to lack of admission letters to secondary schools. Due to such inconvenience, they told the court that they wanted compensation from the ministry. “The (principal secretary) should be compelled to compensate pupils for the judge has directed the Principal Secretary in the Education ministry ‘‘ The principal secretary should be compelled to compensate pupils for the loss incurred,” Kibos prison school lawyer Richard Otieno Jan 24 The date parents filed the suit asking the ministry to compensate them for the mishap loss incurred. Some were awarded scholarships by various financial institutions but lost out,” they said in their submissions. Mr Newton Okech, the chair- man of the school, further informed the court that the Education ministry issued an order early this month which barred the selection of candidates from the institution for secondary school slots on grounds that it was a school for inmates. Mr Okech swore in his af- fidavit that the Kibos Prison Mixed is a public school whose pupils risked being denied their constitutional right to education. The government was not represented during yesterday’s mention of the case before Mr Justice Aggrey Muchelule. The hearing was adjourned until the Kibos lawyer can file and serve the Attorney-General and the Education Principal Secretary. The next hearing date shall be fixed by the High Court registry.
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