October 10, 2015

Comic but tragic story of fake top cop Joshua Waiganjo


As convicted police imposter Joshua Karianjahi Waiganjo begins his five-year jail term at the Naivasha GK Prison, his story – how he was arrested, the prosecution and incarceration – remains a puzzle for many a Kenyan. Describing Waiganjo as a master of disguise would be an understatement. He would be a perfect fit for any rank in the police structure and his script would be great material for a blockbuster movie of Hollywood standard; a plot rich in comic and fantasy but a tragic indictment of the country’s security. Testimonies from witnesses called by the 2013 commission set up to…

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Patient dies after spending 18 hours in an ambulance outside Kenyatta Hospital


An accident survivor who spent 18 hours in an ambulance passed away on Friday after his heart stopped beating at 1:50 p.m. He was still in the life support machine at the time of his death. Mr Alex Madaga, 37, had gone into a coma on Thursday and doctors at Kenyatta National Hospital had counselled family to accept his possible death. However, the doctors on Friday rescinded an earlier decision to allow family members switch off life support machines and let the patient to die. Mr Madaga was knocked down by a speeding car on Waiyaki Way on Monday at…

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Medical appeal by a Kenyan in Dallas after his sister and cousin involved in tragic car accident


A Kenyan in Dallas is appealing to the community to assist in meeting medical expenses towards the treatment of his sister and cousin after a car accident in Nakuru. George Mokuasi, a former Kenyan national team rugby player recounted the horrifying ordeal that befell his sister Brenda and cousin Naomi as they waited for a matatu. On Sunday afternoon, Brenda and Naomi were waiting for a matatu to Nakuru at a bus stop when a vehicle approached a curve at a high speed. Immediately after, the driver seemed to have lost control and aimed directly at the two ladies. Brenda…

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Rosalia Mbugua MD: Your Breast, Your Health. Be an Advocate


October is traditionally known as the breast cancer awareness month. Some people raise awareness by wearing pink, by participating in the Susan G Komen 5K run and in many other awareness programs. For others, October is a month when they remember loved ones they have lost from breast cancer and others celebrate victory in the battle against breast cancer. Although breast cancer is the most common cancer among women, it is also one of the most treatable of the cancers if diagnosed early. How can I get screened? Screening for breast cancer includes Mammograms, clinical breast exams and breast self-awareness….

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KQ pilots lose bid to stop sale of planes

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National carrier Kenya Airways (KQ) has won a court battle to sell part of its fleet despite protests from pilots who fear the disposal could render them jobless. High Court judge Monicah Mbaru has lifted an order stopping the airline from disposing of the aircraft, arguing that the sale of the planes has no bearing on the pilots’ employment status. The judge held that KQ would have to follow guidelines of a collective bargain agreement that it has with the pilots before sacking them. The Kenya Airline Pilots Association (Kalpa) had asked the court to stop Kenya Airways from offloading…

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Kenya entangled in UN bribery scam


Kenya was on Wednesday entangled in a Sh136 million bribery scam involving a former United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) president, who was on Tuesday charged with corruption in a New York court. John Ashe was charged alongside five people for taking bribes from a Chinese realtor billionaire to facilitate the award of UN real estate contracts to the businessman. American prosecutors handling the case listed Kenya among the countries that backed the real estate plan with Mr Ashe’s tacit support. “Mr Ashe also set up meetings with government officials in Antigua and Kenya to help the real estate developers land…

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Bill seeks Sh5,000 fine for owners of barking city dogs in Nairobi


Owners of dogs that bark for more than six minutes within an hour will pay a Sh5,000 fine if a Nairobi County Assembly Bill is approved. The proposed law seeks to eliminate the noisy canines from city estates. Dogs can bark for extended periods when, for instance, an unknown person or animal comes into their territory, when they are afraid, lonely or bored, hungry, when they play or are sick. “A person shall not keep any dog which barks, yelps, howls or whines for more than six accumulated minutes in an hour or more than three accumulated minutes in half…

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Kenyans imprisoned abroad to serve sentences back home under new law


Kenyans convicted of criminal offences abroad will now be able to serve their prison sentences back home thanks to a new law. President Uhuru Kenyatta Thursday signed into law the Transfer of Prisoners Act aimed at facilitating arrangements for the transfer of persons serving sentences of imprisonment for criminal offences committed in Kenya or countries outside Kenya. “The purpose of this Act is to facilitate the transfer of prisoners between Kenya and countries which it has entered into agreements with,” State House said in a statement. The arrangement can be helpful especially if the home country feels the sentence was…

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Kenyan counties spent Sh9.15 billion on foreign trips last year


Counties have spent Sh9.15 billion on domestic and foreign travel in the last one year alone. This is against an annual budgetary allocation of Sh10.05 billion, which represents an absorption rate of 91.0 per cent of the budget. In its Annual County Budget Implementation Review Report for the 2014-15 financial year, the Controller of Budget says the figure is an increase from Sh7.70 billion or an absorption rate of 76 per cent in 2013-14. The report shows Kiambu county had the highest expenditure on domestic and foreign travel at Sh370 million followed by Kajiado county at Sh354.72 million. Nairobi county…

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Mzungu lover makes up with Kenyan wife after dumping her via Facebook


Barely a month after a bitter breakup on Facebook, a German man has reconciled with his Kenyan wife of four years through the same platform which he used to call her unprintable words. “Nakupenda Eva Karwitha she is the one and only forever in my heart,” are the words that Pleschke Heinz-Georg used to declare his love for his wife on his Facebook page on Wednesday. This was after a series of posts that he had written last month accusing his wife of stealing Sh1 million from him. The particular post which Mr Heinz uploaded to announce the couple’s separation…

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