Savings of almost $300 million by the Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) administration have been reinvested into realising a number of transformational projects across the Region, to the benefit of residents.According to Regional Executive Officer (REO) Rupert Hopkinson, the savings were made possible through prudent resource management and vigilance by the Regional Administration in 2017.Works continue on the Anna Regina Health CentreThe projects realised from the ground-breaking achievement are a new boat landing for students and teachers at the Liberty Nursery and Primary School, a bus shed at Dartmouth, a fence at Unity Park, a seating area at Cotton Field and renovation and extension of the Anna Regina Health Centre.Currently, there are 46 pupils attending the Liberty Primary School, some 18 miles down the Pomeroon River. Headteacher Pansy Garraway-Allen said the new school’s landing was extremely necessary.“Previously, the situation was very bad. It was almost a threat to any person who would have used the landing. The lower part of the stelling, some parts were rotted, a few threaders from the step were missing because the foundation was no more. … At times we had to choose spots to step on to avoid going underground in any serious state. It was also not good enough for the students. Many times, we had to tutor the children, guiding them where to walk and avoid any sort of running on it,” Garraway-Allen explained.The newly-extended landing is a boon for the female staff, the Headteacher continued, since “before during the spring tide in the mornings, the tide would be rather low causing some trouble to us. The flats were very far out and the boats in which we travel to school are large and when we get to school, we would normally have to stick our skirts in the tights and pull boat ropes to get up to the stelling which was very strenuous to us as females.” According to Garraway-Allen, the students were also forced to step from one boat to another to reach the landing.The REO said the decision to do the work was influenced mainly by the pleas of the Headteacher and the threat the dilapidated facility posed to students and teachers alike.“Because of the danger and imminent threat to life and limb, we decided that we must have this thing done. The beautiful thing is that we had savings.I am elated to know that we were able to rescue the situation at Liberty. It is a good job done not only for Liberty but for the Region as well,” Hopkinson explained.
Stars will now play Zanzibar in the final match looking to win and top the group.From the team that won against Tanzania on the opening day, Stars made two changes with Moses Mudavadi starting ahead of Abdallah Hassan while Whyvonne Isuza started in midfield ahead of Anthony Wambani who was ruled out with illness.Stars la led the fluidity they had on the opening day against Tanzania and the closest they came to goal was via a Mudavadi shot from the right that went over while Oscar Wamalwa had another deflected off a David Owino cross.Harambee Stars defender David Owino surges forward under pressure from Sudan’s Ammar Yasser during their CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup match at the Lugogo Arena on December 10, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluSudan were a much improved side from the one that drew 1-1 with Zanzibar on the opening day and they were ,more confident on the ball and with their passing.They got into the lead on the half hour mark off a counter, Namir hitting the back of the net with a low shot off a counter after Stars lost possession in the attacking third.They almost double led their tally just three ,minutes later but Montasir Osman Yahia’s shot from the right hit the upright with the Kenyan defense caught napping.In the second half though, stand in coach Zedekiah Otieno made changes, Abdallah Hassan coming on for Mudavadi while Timothy Otieno was introduced for Isuza.Stars were better, spread the ball with more comfort and 20 minutes into the second half, they were level. Hassan headed home Kenneth Muguna’s cross from a freekick after he had been appended to take the scores to 1-1.Harambee Stars forward Abdallah Hassan is tackled by Sudan’s Ahmed Ibrahim during their CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup match at the Lugogo Arena on December 10, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe goal was the motivation Stars needed and they pressed the Sudanese inside their own half.Wamalwa thought he had scored his first international goal when he tapped home a Muguna cross, but the second assistant referee’s flag was up for offside.But there was no denying him seven minutes later when he threw himself strongly to tap home a cross from Otieno to give Stars the lead.He had a chance for his second in the 83rd minute when Kevin Kimani’s cutback from the right found him inside the box but his shot was deflected for a corner.Harambee Stars forward Oscar Wamalwa is tackled by Sudan’s Ahmed Ibrahim during their CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup match at the Lugogo Arena on December 10, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluStars were forced to defend deep for most of the final five minutes of the game with Sudan dumping high balls inside the area.They had shouts of a penalty downed in added time after Mounir Yunis went tumbling inside the box with Joash Onyango clearing the ball.0Shares0000(Visited 87 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Oscar Wamalwa and Abdallah Hassan celebrate a goal during the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup at the Lugogo Arena on December 10, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluKAMPALA, Kenya, Dec 10 – Timothy Otieno and Abdallah Hassan stepped off the bench to inspire Harambee Stars to a come-from-behind 2-1 win against Sudan and progress to the semi-finals of the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup with a match to spare.Mohamed Abbas Namir scored for Sudan in the second half but Hassan stepped off the bench to score the equalizer before another sub, Timothy Otieno set up Oscar Wamalwa for the winner with 13 minutes left on the clock.