December 9, 2016

Work kept me away from Kenya, Lupita Nyong’o says


Hollywood star Lupita Nyong’o has blamed work commitments for the delay in coming to Kenya. Speaking at a breakfast briefing at the Villa Rosa Kempinski, Nairobi, Lupita said her job requires her to be physically present in order to “make a career”. Lupita, who is in the country to promote wildlife conservation, spoke on the harms done to the economy by poaching of elephants. “My first connection with elephants started when I was 6 years old. It’s a lifelong passion… Talking about elephants, every 15 mins an elephant is killed. We lose so much revenue as a country,” Lupita said….

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Ambassador Robinson Githae to attend Kenya Diaspora Homes Expo in Dallas on July 4 weekend


Kenya’s ambassador to the United States Robinson Githae will be a guest at this year;s Kenya Diaspora Homes Expo in Dallas Texas scheduled to take place over July 4th weekend. According to the organizers, the Expo introduces  the gateway to building your Kenyan Economic Profile while you don’t have to travel back home. It is the first of a kind in Dallas. The event will be on July 4th and 5th and will be held at 500 West Las Colinas Blvd in Irving, TX, the same venue where H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta addressed Kenyans during his visit of Dallas last year….

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Kenyan government sued after botched abortion injures raped 15 year old girl


NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The mother of a 15-year-old rape survivor, who needs a kidney transplant following a botched backstreet abortion, filed a case against Kenya’s government on Monday for denying women and girls safe access to terminations. The girl, who said she became pregnant when she was raped by an older man, started vomiting and bleeding heavily after an unsafe abortion. Rape survivors have difficulty accessing safe abortions in Kenya, despite being allowed to under the ministry of health’s guidelines on managing sexual violence, the petition said. Kenya has rolled back its limited access to abortion over the…

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Obama’s letter that his Kenyan brother sold to the US media


President Barack Obama’s half-brother Malik Abongo ‘Roy’ Obama has sold a decades-old letter the US President sent him. The letter was sent in 1995 when President Obama hinted that he’d run for Illinois State Senate “to deal with serious issues blacks face here”. He also talks about his then ailing mother, Malik’s “other” wife and US First Lady Michelle, among other things. UK’s Daily Mail reports that the letter was sold for an undisclosed amount of money to Gary Zimet, an American collector and head of historical blog Moments in Time. Malik has previously sold two other letters from the…

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British MP branded as a coward for cancelling summer trip to Kenya


A British MP has been accused of giving in to terrorism by cancelling his holiday plans to Kenya after the Friday Tunisia attack. Nigel Farage, UK Independent Party leader told Sky News presenter Dermot Murnaghan on Sunday that his was a personal choice to avoid putting himself in harm’s way. “Well I was going to go deep sea fishing way out in the Indian Ocean and of course Somalia is the bordering country and I just thought, do you know what, I don’t want to take the risk,” said the legislator. The Friday attack in Tunisia left 38 people dead,…

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[VIDEO] Jaguar threatens to quit NACADA over corruption


Nacada board member Charles Njagua, popular known as Jaguar, has threatened to quit the board over claims of massive corruption. Jaguar said he would quit Nacada in two weeks time if Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery and EACC fail to take action against claims of corruption at the organisation. While addressing the press at NACADA offices, Jaguar accused Nacada’s management of massive corruption including claims of an irregular withdrawal of Sh500 million without the board’s approval. This comes amid wrangles among top officials of the anti-drug agency after the board differed with Nacada Chair John Mututho’s suspension of CEO Wiliam…

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Shocker as Nairobi allocates Sh8 million to buy iPads for MCAs


Nairobi’s 127 county assembly members (MCAs) are set to receive free iPads after funds for their purchase were included in a budget to be presented on Tuesday. Each of the tablets costs about Sh60,000, meaning that the assembly will spend nearly Sh8 million. Budget and Appropriations Committee chairman Michael Ogada last week told the assembly that the iPads would eventually save the county money in printing costs. “The use of papers in the official county assembly business should be a thing of the past, not only because they are environmentally unfriendly but also because they are more expensive in the…

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You urgently need to store water if you live in these Nairobi estates


Nairobi residents have been asked to store water to tide them over between Wednesday and Thursday when supply of the commodity to most parts of the city will be cut off. In an advert, the Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company Ltd says there will be a scheduled shutdown of the Ng’ethu Water Treatment Plant on Wednesday, 1 July 2015 from 6am to Thursday, 2 July 2015 at 6pm. “The shutdown will enable maintenance works to be done at the plant inlet – phase dividing chamber which will further enhance water production”. The areas that will be affected include: •…

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Ghanaian artist Stonebwoy wins “Best International Act (Africa) on BET Awards


Ghana’s Dancehall artiste, Stonebwoy beat out a field of four other nominees to scoop the award for Best International Act at the 2015 BET Awards. He beat out fellow African artistes who included Sauti Soul of Kenya, Sarkodie (Ghana), South Africa’s A.K.A, and Nigeria’s Yemi Alade. Stonebwoy won the award on his first ever nomination for the international award. The Ghanaian was presented with the award at the pre-taped ceremony ahead of the main awards tonight. Kenyans in the US waited in anticipation to hear a word on Sauti Sol not realizing that there was a section that is pre-taped…

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Tyranny of figures and chats comes to haunt Mutahi Ngunyi


He is credited with some pithy, if not sometimes unpalatable, political analyses. Mr Mutahi Ngunyi, the man at the centre of the National Youth Service (NYS) storm at the Devolution ministry, has not been short of ideas and comments on nearly everything. After allegations emerged of irregular tendering and payments at the NYS, which has been undergoing restructuring, Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru said she had stopped an attempt to steal Sh826 million through the government’s Integrated Financial Management Information Systems. The Consulting House, which is associated with Mr Ngunyi, was brought on board to work on the reform blueprint…

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