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County Director of Education, Joshua Kaga addressing the media at the Nyamira County Headquarters where JSS textbooks were dispatched to various schools. The books were earlier abandoned along the road at Kaptagat forest. Photo/Arnold Ageta


By Arnold Ageta

JSS textbooks that were abandoned at Kaptagat forest in Elgeyo Marakwet have finally arrived in Nyamira County.

The books, which were in transit to Nyamira County, were discovered dumped along the road in Kaptagat forest in Elgeyo Marakwet County two weeks ago.

The books were received at the County headquarters by the County Director of Education, Joshua Kaga, and Nyamira South Deputy County Commissioner, Florence Obunga.

“We are happy to report that we have received 540 cartons of Junior Secondary Schools textbooks that were destined for our County but found their way elsewhere. This implies that students in junior secondary throughout the county will continue with their regular learning activities,” Kaga said.

The 540 cartons were recovered from Keiyo South Sub County, Elgeyo Marakwet, dumped along the road in Kaptagat forest last week.

Teachers from across the County were at the County headquarters and received the books for Junior Secondary for their respective schools.

Nyamira South Sub County DCC Florence Obunga appreciated the efforts from the government through the DCI in Elgeyo Marakwet for ensuring the books find their way back to Nyamira.

“This is a good effort from our colleagues from Elgeyo Marakwet. We are now happy that our children will continue with normal learning even as police carry out investigations to establish how the books got to a different County,” Obunga added.

Peter Momanyi, Moran Publishers logistics officer, addressing the media in Nyamira where he attended the dispatch of JSS books to schools. Photo/Arnold Ageta

Meanwhile, Moran Publishers, responsible for book delivery, has indicated their inability to trace the driver and the truck a day after dispatch from the company. According to the company’s logistics officer, Peter Momanyi, they received a report from Kaptagat Police Station about the abandoned books along the road.

“We acted swiftly and rushed to the police station, and since then, we have been collaborating closely with the DCI from Kaptagat Police Station. They have been assisting us, and the matter is still under investigation,” Mr. Momanyi stated. “Last Friday, we successfully transported the books to Nyamira, and today they are being distributed to the schools.”

Addressing the media in Nyamira, Mr. Momanyi assured teachers that such incidents would not recur because they have implemented measures to enhance the logistics process.

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