February 13, 2016

DP William Ruto wins ICC witness ruling


International judges in the case of Kenyan Vice-President William Ruto have barred the use of recanted testimony. The decision means prior recorded witness statements cannot be used by prosecutors at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in this case. Key witnesses in the case changed their statements, which prosecutors said was due to intimidation and bribery. Mr Ruto, who is being tried over unrest that erupted after elections in 2007, charges of crimes against humanity. About 1,200 people were killed in the violence. The latest ruling overturns a previous decision by judges to allow five of the witnesses’ original statements to…

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Double taxation for motorists as road toll looms on key Kenyan highways


Kenyan motorists are headed for tough times as the government prepares to introduce a new tax on four major roads to raise extra cash for road maintenance. The Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) has erected billboards on key roads, notifying motorists of the intention to introduce user fees commonly known as tolls – to boost the pool of cash it is currently collecting through fuel levy. The list of highways, where motorists may soon start paying includes Nairobi-Nakuru, Nairobi-Mombasa, Thika Superhighway and Nairobi’s Southern by-pass. The new charges, which amount to a new layer of taxation, are curiously being introduced under…

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Turban-clad girl denied Form One admission in Bunyore


A girl who was to join Form One is pondering her next move after the school she was admitted to declined to do so because she was wearing a turban. Faith Wanjiru garnered 374 marks out of 500 marks in last year’s KCPE and was admitted to Bunyore Girls School. She claims that upon reporting to the school everything was normal until they went to pick the school uniform. “I was even given an admission number, but when we went to pick the school uniform I was told I can’t stay in school with the turban,” Wanjiru said. She says…

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KQ, Fastjet on the spot over misleading ticket price ads


National carrier Kenya Airways and Fastjet are among airlines in the crosshairs of the aviation regulator, who has warned against publication of misleading adverts which indicate ticket prices that are exclusive of taxes and fees in a bid to attract customers. The Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) has ordered airlines to advertise the full price that passengers should pay when booking flights. The regulator says failure to abide by existing aviation, consumer protection and competition laws could see the airlines fined or even have their licences revoked. “Kenya Airways, Fastjet, Skyward Express and many other airlines are advertising their tickets…

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Kenyan man accuses daughter in UK of cheating him out of his Nairobi office building


The father of a lawyer who fled Kenya in the wake of a fierce family feud over a prime building in Nairobi’s Westlands has accused his daughter of cheating him into transferring to her most of his shares in the property. Anil Mandevia reckons that his daughter, Akshata, lied to him that she needed a majority stake in a family company that owns Westlands-based Viking House to secure from Barclays Bank UK a mortgage she needed to buy property in Central London. Mr Mandevia says in court papers that he learned his daughter’s claim was merely aimed at taking full…

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Death Announcement: Peris Wairimu Kamami, mother to Lydiah Macharia of McKinney, TX


It is with deep sorrow and acceptance of God’s will that we announce the death of Peris Wairimu Kamami, wife to late Peter Kamami Gitangu, of Ng’enda, Gatundu South Kiambu County. She was beloved mother to David Gitangu, Winnie Kamami, Lydiah Macharia, Alice Mumbi, Ruth Wanjiru and the Late Wilfred Mbuku Mother in law to Anthony Macharia and David Gachau, Grandmother to Maureen Macharia & Sam Kibara and Roy Macharia among others. Family and friends are invited to the celebration memorial service this coming Sunday February 14th @ 2pm @ Highland Park Presbyterian Church, 3821 University Blvd, Dallas, TX 75205. Daily prayers continue…

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Kenyan photographer shares wife’s last moments on earth


– Joe Makeni, art director and photographer who runs Frontlite Photography, shared moments leading up to his wife Njeri Riitho’s death – Njeri was pregnant and was suffering from hypocalcemia – Makeni said that he shared the images so as to encourage someone out there Kenyan photographer Joe Makeni, celebrated by many in and outside the arts industry for his creativity, has shared with fans the last moments before his wife’s passing. According to the posts shared by Makeni on Instagram, his wife Njeri Riitho, who was pregnant, was taken to hospital on January 20, 2016 unable to walk, and was later…

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Kenyan among entrepreneurs welcomed by Philadelphia Mayor as Immigrant Innovation Hub launches


Mayor Jim Kenney helped to celebrate the public launch of a new hub for immigrant entrepreneurs in Mt. Airy on Thursday evening. The mayor, who earlier this month reinstated the city’s status as a “sanctuary city,” told the 20 inaugural participants to tune out the ugly national noise condemning immigrants. “Here in Philadelphia, you’re home. You’re home,” he said. Located in a rehabbed former post office building at 6700 Germantown Ave., the Philadelphia Immigrant Innovation Hub is an 18-month pilot initiative that provides one-on-one business coaching, loan assistance and cooperative workspace for immigrants who have or want to develop their…

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Meet the Nairobi Police Constable who has left Kenyans starstruck


A picture of Police Constable Emma Brenda Wanjiru at her work station has endeared her to Kenyans who have been captivated by her youthful looks and taste of fashion. Conversation on social media on the picture has centred on her ‘wasted beauty’, with many wondering why she is working in a profession long associated with hardiness and brutality. Her admirers have trooped to her Instagram and Facebook accounts to view more photos of the modelsque constable Unknown to many though, the 26 year-old constable started off as a sales person for Procter and Gamble before she joined the police force. “My father was…

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[VIDEO] Teachers to form political party, Sossion team seeks to take over LPK


The giant Knut’s chiefs are laying the ground for the creation of a third political force before the 2017 polls, amid reports they could take over the Labour Party of Kenya. The plan by the trade unionists has quietly been endorsed by an inner circle. It is understood the LPK could field a candidate for President to challenge Uhuru Kenyatta and the Cord candidate – Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka or Moses Wetang’ula. Union insiders say forceful Knut boss Wilson Sossion is the man behind the political move after the frustrations teachers have had to endure at the hands of the…

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