January 31, 2015

Audio: Caroline Mutoko and Mike Sonko interview turns nasty as Sonko hurls insults


An interview this morning with Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko turned salty resulting to insults on air. In an interview with KISS 100’s Caroline Mutoko this morning, the Mike Mbuvi hurled obscenities on air in an interview meant to discuss the development of Nairobi. During the interview, Ms Mutoko asked Sonko what he was doing to ensure that development was sustainable as opposed to dishing handouts to residents. Ms Mutoko wanted to know what next in the pipeline for Nairobi and whether the Senato had any plans other than handing out cash to Nairobians. Sonko reacted strongly saying that handing out…

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OP-ED: My prayer for Kenya

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By Elizabeth Ekakoro East, west, Home is best. As the adage goes, it can never be over emphasized that yes indeed, in as much as there could be better places, home is always the best. I have this soft place for my country. The mention of it alone gives me makes me feel good; and sometimes gives me this bitter sweet feeling. Sweet because there is no place like my motherland, Kenya. So what makes me bitter? I cry for my country because I see, deep inside me, the need for national transformation. I see the need for each and every Kenyan to desire…

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Letter to Biko Zulu: Why I act the way I do when I come back home from Diaspora


By Jalis Lagong Dear Mr. Biko Zulu and comrades, I hope this letter finds you in good health back home. We are doing quite well here  except for the economic crisis that is depriving our pockets. This year, we might  not be indulging as usual. But we will still make sure we send enough money for school fees, food and funerals. However, we might not be able to visit the  motherland in large numbers as our tradition mandates. We recently received your letter nanoseconds after you sent it:  http://bikozulu.co.ke/a-letter-to-kenyans-abroad/. Thanks to our fast Internet  speeds. First we would like to…

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Complaint:How Kenya Airways treated customers when JKIA was on fire


I’m appalled by how you handled your customers when the airport was on fire. KLM/KQ  4141 was supposed to land at 0630hrs on 08/07/2013. Plane diverted to Mombasa  international airport. The Captain communicated to your customers that for our safety and the airline’s, we had to land in Mombasa with the assurance that, KQ  customer service will assist everyone with accommodation and means back home. After  4 hours on the plane, all the customers whose final destination was Nairobi were  asked to disembark the plane. I personally had been on the journey from Dallas for  14hrs not mentioning 8hrs layover…

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A smartphone that’s a sight for sore eyes in Kenya


AFP – Simon Kamau, 26, has been in almost constant pain since he was a playful three-year-old and accidentally pierced his eye with a sharp object, but smartphone technology now offers hope. His family live in an impoverished part of rural Naivasha in Kenya’s Rift Valley region and could not afford the 80-kilometre (50-mile) journey to the nearest specialist hospital, leaving the young Kamau blind in one eye ever since. Today, 23 years later, Kamau has a chance to better his quality of life thanks to a team of doctors from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine armed with…

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Kenya among 100 most competitive nations – report


NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 4 – Kenya is now among the 100 most competitive nations in the world according to the World Economic Forum. The Global Competitiveness Report 2013-2014 released by the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Wednesday confirms that Kenya has edged up 10 slots in the Global Competitiveness Index (GCI) rankings. Kenya managed to score the most improved African and sub-Sahara country on the GCI top 100 rankings. At position 31, Kenya’s economy scored well on the back of support from the well-developed financial markets by international standards. Kenya, also scored well on its innovative capacity and is ranked…

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Yes, you can call me ‘learned friend’

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Those who come from needy families will tell you that there is little to smile about, especially if there are many of you. Nothing is ever enough, and the little there is has to be shared with your many siblings — food, clothes, sleeping space, everything. I, Steve Ogolla, was brought up in a family of nine children, and as the second-last born, I watched my older siblings drop out of school, one after the other, since our parents could not afford school fees. Young as I was, I knew that the same fate would befall me eventually. It was…

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Kaya elder killed in accident after installing Uhuru as fellow elder


One of the elders who installed President Uhuru Kenyatta as an elder on Monday died minutes after the ceremony as he was going home. The Kaya elder Omar Koro Mwamkondoo died when the boda boda taxi he was using was hit from behind by a vehicle at Matairini area in Matuga. The vehicle was heading to Kombani from Kwale town. Kwale deputy police boss Sammy Nyongesa said the motorist was trying to overtake the boda boda taxi when the accident happened. Mwamkondoo died from bleeding as he was being taken to Msambweni District Hospital. The motorcyclist was admitted at the…

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Kenyan MPs to spend Sh84 million at the Hague


MPs and Senators planning to travel to the Hague to give Deputy President William Ruto moral support as he starts his trial are expected to spend around Sh84 million for the four weeks they will be away. Meanwhile MPs have been recalled to discuss a motion for Kenya to withdraw from the Rome Statute that set up the International Criminal Court. The National Assembly will reconvene on Thursday to discuss the crimes against humanity cases against President Uhuru Kenyatta, Deputy President William Ruto and journalist Joshua Sang. The Senate will reconvene on Tuesday next week, the day that Ruto and…

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How to bargain with a Kenyan thief


Benson Kariuki of 0723587757. He stole money from me and is absolutely confident that I will never find him. #MPesatheft is rampant in Kenya and there seems to be no way to stop it. Safaricom previously implemented automatic transaction reversals when a customer reported  having sent money to the wrong number, but our ingenious thieves then started recalling money they had paid to merchants and Safaricom had to stop the service. The thugs won….I don’t think so!!! BECAUSE,  you and I are about to do something about this menace. You have, at least once, sent money to the wrong number. Before…

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