September 1, 2014

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China at work in Africa again as first Addis Abeba tram rolls out -

Monday, September 1, 2014

Motorcycle-drawn ambulances to offer relief to patients in the Kenyan countryside -

Monday, September 1, 2014

[VIDEO] After being denied a US visa, Kenyan student thrives in computer programming -

Monday, September 1, 2014

Raila to Jubilee: Tell Kenyans where you took their millions -

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Kenyans in the UK trooping back home -

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Why dying abroad is such a costly affair -

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Kenyan parents seek justice after daughter’s death in Saudi Arabia -

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Death Announcement-Mrs Grace Nyambura Macharia mum to Evans Kagombe of Dallas, TX -

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Governor Kidero can now sleep tight -

Friday, August 29, 2014

The story that will never see light of day: President’s courtship -

Friday, August 29, 2014

Kenyans in the UK trooping back home

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An interesting phenomenon is taking place in Britain — many Kenyans are packing their bags to return home. Decades ago, when Britain was a land of opportunity, everyone took a flight to London and to enjoy a share of the UK’s cake but times have changed. The slow economic recovery in Britain has left many foreigners and Britons out in the cold. The cost of living has escalated four times than wages. The threat of job losses hangs over them. The rapid rise in poverty levels is giving rise to fears of a social crisis. A shock report by the food giant Kellogg reveals…

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Why dying abroad is such a costly affair

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If you have been paying attention to newspaper obituary pages lately, you may have noticed a surge in the number of Kenyans dying abroad. Obviously, as more Kenyans go overseas for education, greener pastures or sheer adventure, the more their presence is likely to be noticed, felt and reported in those countries. However, a keen observer would also have noticed that quite a number of the deceased are either buried or cremated in those countries. A spot check by Saturday Nation revealed that the cost of transporting a body from, say, the United States, back home for burial is simply prohibitive. We…

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Kenyan parents seek justice after daughter’s death in Saudi Arabia

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Leaders from Kabete in Kaimbu County have been asked to sensitise the residents over the dangers of working in Saudi Arabia. This was after the mysterious death of Eunice Wanjiku, 38, in the country. Wanjuku’s body remained in Saudi Arabia for nearlythree years and was marked as that of an unidentified person. Her distraught parents, Chege Kahiga and Grace Gathoni, asked the government to work with the Kenyan and Saudi Arabia embassies in both countries and investigate what exactly happened to their daughter. “For years we wondered what had happened to our daughter. We grieved over her not knowing whether she was dead or alive.”…

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Death Announcement-Mrs Grace Nyambura Macharia mum to Evans Kagombe of Dallas, TX

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It is with humble acceptance of God’s will that we announce the promotion to glory of Grace Nyambura Macharia (Kagombe’s mum) which occurred on 08/28/2014. She was the loving wife to Michael Macharia Muraguri, mother to Evans Kagombe Macharia of Dallas Texas, the late Tirus Muraguri, Ruth Waithira , Jackson Mburu, Leonard Mbugu, Beatrice Wambui, and Florence Wanjiru. She was Mother in-law to To the late Caroline Mumbi Muraguri, Josephine Magiri Mugo of Dallas Texas, Mr Daniel Gathanwa. Grandmother to Michael Macharia, Ivy Nyambura, Lily Mugure, Angel Nyambura and Baby Andrea Wambui. Family and friends in Dallas are meeting daily…

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Governor Kidero can now sleep tight

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Nairobi governor Evans Kidero is firmly on the saddle after the Supreme Court yesterday upheld his election. The Cord leadership, led by former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, escorted Kidero from the Supreme Court to City Hall and expressed satisfaction with the outcome. His supporters also broke into song and dance after the ruling. The six-member bench ruled that Kidero’s main rival-former Embakasi MP Ferdinand Waititu- lodged his appeal in the Court of Appeal challenging the dismissal of his petition beyond the 30-day statutory period. However, Lady Justice Njoki Ndung’u said Waititu was a victim of judicial administrative bureaucracy for the…

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The story that will never see light of day: President’s courtship

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There are many stories which a journalist comes across which never see the light of day. Sometimes the story is never published because it goes against the policies and principles of the employer, or it might be defamatory, libellous and therefore legally actionable. Other times the news source requests that it be so, and it is professionally binding that this wish is respected. One such episode involved a memorable encounter with a future president. The emissary was very clear in her message: The invitation was personal. It was from the local MP himself that I attend the function at Gatundu…

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Fare thee well, Nairobi’s home of song and sin

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The demolition of that iconic building on Nairobi’s Koinange Street that housed New Florida Night Club has been met with sorrowful reactions on social media. The tears of those who knew the space in the 1990s as F1 or Mad House are by no means sufficient to capture the memories of all those who have walked through the doors of that club, from its inception in the 1960s when it was known as Bonanza Club and was run by a colourful businessman called Jack “The Jew”. Bonanza Club threatened to overshadow the evergreen Starlight Club on Valley Road, the place…

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Look at the new “Muthaiga” at the coast and a rally man who is driving it

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Rallying bigwig Alastair Cavenagh calls it “the Coast’s Muthaiga”, and it is easy to see why. His Sh21 million mansion is considered modest in this neighbourhood that oozes opulence. The houses are set in the nooks of a bushy ridge that overlooks the distant sea and gently slopes towards rows and rows of sisal plants. Cabro-paved roads snake through the 600 acres that have been opened for development, with the subtle but visible presence of security guards a reassurance for the well-heeled that their huge glass doors and windows do not need steel bars. Vipingo Ridge is one of the…

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US reduces visa fees, hikes other consular charges

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The United States government has reviewed fees for visa applications and for other consular services. The Department of State will start charging the new fees from September 12, 2014. A statement posted on the US Department of State website stated: “We have found it necessary to adjust fees for some consular services.” Foreign nationals applying for visas to travel to the US will now pay $65 (Sh5,720) less. The new charges are $205 (Sh18,040), down from $270 (Sh23,760) All other immigrant and special visa processing fees will decrease. These include Employment-Based Applications, Determining Returning Resident Status and Waiver of Two-Year…

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Uhuru, Ruto offices emerge top spenders on cars

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The offices of President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy spent nearly Sh1 billion on new vehicles in the year to June amid the call for austerity measures. The Presidency, which includes State House, the executive office of Mr Kenyatta and Deputy president William Ruto, spent Sh838.2 million buying cars, says the latest report from Controller of Budget. President Kenyatta’s office and that of Mr Ruto topped the list of departments that spent the most on cars with their budget being nearly four times spent by the police under the Interior Ministry docket. “The Presidency had the highest expenditure on purchase…

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