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When the COVID-19 pandemic reached Kenya back in mid March, 2020, it shuttered each and every sector of the country. This, after the Government- almost immediately- put in place a raft of strict COVID-19 containment measures in a bid to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Measures such as the nationwide dusk-to-dawn curfew, ban on all forms of gathering of more than 15 people, introduction of inter-county lockdown, closure of all bars, restaurants and entertainment joints and suspension of all sporting activities were introduced.
Another controversial decision that the President Uhuru Kenyatta-led government did not hesitate to take was the closure of learning institutions. The education sector was brought to a stand still with this directive.
Children were forced to stay at home, waiting for the virus curve to flatten for schools to reopen. They have been waiting ever since, the Ministry of Education has already voided the 2020 academic calendar.
Embakasi East MP Babu Owino then decided to teach Form Four candidates online lessons to make up for time lost while at home. On every Fridays, the ODM lawmaker would lead KCSE candidates from all over the country in Chemistry and Mathematics virtual classes, via his Facebook and YouTube accounts.
Many students and parents were grateful for the youthful legislature. Even UNESCO, BBC na VOA recognised Babu’s efforts, by highlighting what he is doing for students.
Well, a delegation of Maasai elders on Monday, August 31 decided to recognise the MP by gifting him two goats. Babu received the goats at Parliament, and to the surprise of many, the controversial lamwker decided to name the mammals after his party leader and President Uhuru.
“Today at Parliament,I received a delegation from the Masaai community who gifted me with two goats for the good job we have been doing by teaching the Kenyan children.I named one goat Raila and the other Uhuru,” wrote Babu Owino.