December 1, 2015

Bored with pace of soccer game, Mauritania President orders penalty shootouts in the 63rd minute


The Mauritanian federation has been forced to deny that the country’s president, Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, ordered a penalty shootout in the 63rd minute of the Super Cup final out of boredom. Abdel Aziz was in attendance to watch the final between FC Tevragh-Zeina and ACS Ksar last weekend which was abruptly called to a halt with the score level at 1-1, to the astonishment of the rest of the crowd, before the referee signalled for a shootout. The decision has provoked outrage in Mauritania amid accusations that Abdel Aziz had become impatient with the slow tempo of the match, eventually…

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[VIDEO] Boniface Mwangi among activists arrested over ‘knocking out’ corruption


Activist Boniface Mwangi and 23 other people were arrested on Tuesday after police thwarted their attempt to access State House to present a petition. More than 300 activists gathered for a ‘Team Courage’ march from Uhuru Park’s Freedom Corner to State House to petition the President over corruption. “We have been arrested for telling President Uhuru Kenyatta to stop corruption. We were on the right side of history,” Mwangi said via Twitter on Tuesday. “If we get charged tomorrow for whatever, just know we broke no law. We were exercising Article 37 [of the constitution. All we want is to…

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KRA nets Range Rovers ferried as household goods at Port of Mombasa


Three Range Rovers were discovered in a cargo container said to have household goods during routine scanning at the Port of Mombasa on Tuesday. The container with the sports utility vehicles, with a market value of more than Sh28 million, had been declared as having items including baby car seats and bed sofas. Other goods said to have been in it were toys, used personal clothes, beach beds, shoes, women’s belts, party decoration items and handbags. “As declared, the items would have attracted less than Sh1 million customs duty and related taxes, denying the Authority more than Sh19 million chargeable for…

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Kenyans in Diaspora eye counties for investment


Kenyans living in the diaspora are now targeting multi-billion investment opportunities in the county governments as a way of contributing to economic growth in the country. Kenya Diaspora Alliance, a lobby group bringing together several diaspora caucuses, is organizing a huge conference that will bring together Kenyans living abroad to discuss investment and political issues affecting the diaspora. Event’s organizing team chairman Prof Kefa Otiso said over 1,000 Kenyans living in over 50 countries around the world will attend the conference scheduled for next week at the Daystar University. Several Governors and county governments  officials are expected to participate in…

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Ongata Rongai Girl wins Sh22 million to complete secondary school in US


In a small market lined road in Ongata Rongai, a young girl in a bright green uniform walks to school beaming. She has every reason to be smiling — she has just been awarded a Sh22 million scholarship to complete secondary school in the United States. Meet Josephine Mweni Nyakundi, the class eight head girl of Bridge International Academies in Ongata Rongai, who will leave Kenya in December to begin her life long dream to study in the United States. Josephine was selected from Bridge’s top performing class eight students to interview for a full scholarship to The Rabun Gap…

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Highest number of births in November as a result of Kenya TV blackout in February


Hospitals across the country have recorded the highest number of births in the month of November, which medical experts say are as a result of the digital migration TV blackout that left millions of Kenyans with intimacy as the only form of entertainment, nine months ago! Following news that hospitals are now facing an acute capacity crisis, panic-stricken Ministry of Health is engaged in a war of words with the Ministry of Information, blaming the latter for switching off television broadcasts earlier this year. By bungling the digital migration exercise, leaving the country in TV blackout, the health ministry argues…

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Why Kenya Police think suspects are planning terror attacks from Kamiti prison


Police intelligence reveals that some prisoners are planning terror attacks in the country while in custody at Kamiti Maximum Prison. The suspects are working in cohorts with unscrupulous warders. At least two terror suspects in Kamiti Maximum Prison are being monitored closely, according to the intelligence reports. Commissioner General of Prisons Isaiah Osugo on Sunday however denied any such plans. “I am yet to receive such information. In case there are such reports, police would be the best to deal with that,” he said. Security agents are also focusing on international organisations, embassies, prisons, colleges and major towns, especially in…

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US Slaps visa bans on top ‘corrupt’ Jubilee leaders


The United States (US) has slapped visa bans on a number of Kenyan individuals who have been implicated in corrupt deals. US ambassador Robert Godec Monday said that theBarack Obama administration made the move to support President Uhuru Kenyatta’s effort in fighting corruption. The US ambassador was among Western diplomats who on November 9 vowed to ban corrupt Kenyan officials from visiting their countries. Mr Godec was speaking during the preparation of World Aids Day to be marked on Tuesday December 1. CANNOT GO “There are individuals who cannot go to theUnited States as a consequence of involvement in corruption,”…

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Defaulters on insurance premiums in Kenya to be denied bank loans


Insured persons who fail to keep up with their insurance premiums will be listed with the credit reference bureaus beginning next year, the Association of Kenya Insurance (AKI) has said. Tom Gichuhi, chief executive of the association said a memo had already been sent out to all insurance companies asking them to upgrade their systems so as to be able to generate the required information. “This information will be shared even with the banks because we are going to join the general platform so that if you owe an insurance company premiums and are trying to access a loan, the…

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[VIDEO] Kenyan author Binyavanga Wainaina suffers stroke and needs Ksh4.5m for treatment


Renowned Kenyan author, Kenneth Binyavanga Wainaina, suffered a stroke at his home near Bomas of Kenya in October 31st and needs to travel to India for treatment. “Binyavanga was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit at Karen Hospital. His speech was affected, and he needed to undergo MRI and CT scans, in addition to round the-clock observation. The doctors recommended medicinal treatment and specialized speech therapy. Binyavanga was discharged on November, Friday 6th,” says a press statement by Kwani Trust dated November 20th. On Friday November 13th, the skilled writer developed some physical difficulties arising from the stroke. Following a…

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