August 25, 2016

Rosemary Odinga on the good, the bad and the slimy of snail farming


Snail meat is tantalising and super nutritious. Before you say “yuck”, read on. Not only is the meat amazingly sweet (it tastes like fried gizzard dipped in butter) it has a high demand from the high-end market that is so huge; farmers who have ventured into it cannot satisfy that market. Now, before you dash to your farm to collect all those random snails that have been ravaging your crops, find out what it takes to be a successful snail farmer. Smart Harvest caught up with Rosemary Odinga the only one of her kind in Kenya (according to Kenya Wildlife…

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Horror as hoax SMS sent by Garissa attack victim turns ‘prophetic’


A hoax text message sent by one of the Garissa terror attack victims on April Fools’ Day turned out to be prophetic, her sister has said. Winnie Mandela said she received an SMS from her younger sister Annetor Oliech, a student at Garissa University College, saying the institution had been raided by terrorists. Winnie said Annetor wrote that attackers had surrounded students and were hurling grenades. Annetor said she was safe and in class for morning preps. Winnie was speaking during Annetor’s burial in Lwak village, Rarieda constituency, on Wednesday. Annetor was killed in the April 2 al Shabaab attack…

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President Uhuru to be in California next week, meet with Kenyans in LA


President Uhuru will  meet with Kenyans living in California on Saturday April 25th, 2015 at Hilton Los Angeles Airport, International A Ballroom 5711 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045 The venue will be opened at 4pm and guests are expected to be seated by 5pm. For those wishing to attend the President’s meeting with Kenyans in Diaspora, see for info and registration.

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South Africa’s new black-on-black apartheid: Africa Reacts


The upsurge in xenophobic violence in South Africa that started in the port city of Durban a few weeks ago has angered African countries, many of whose citizens have been targeted. Foreign-owned shops have also been attacked and looted in Johannesburg, which experienced the worst of similar violence in 2008. African nations feel particularly affronted by the attacks, given the support the continent gave to South Africa during its long fight against white-minority rule. Here are some reactions: Zambia: Music blackout and boycott Zambia’s biggest private radio station Q FM has announced on its Facebook pagethat it has “indefinitely blacked…

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[VIDEO] Kenyan joins race for MP seat in Britain


A Kenyan will be in the race for a parliamentary seat in the UK when the Britons go to the polls next month. Independent candidate Daniel Munyambu is seeking to enter the British House of Commons as the representative for Thurrock constituency. The constituency is represented by Ms Jackie Doyle-Price of the Conservative Party. The seat has attracted seven candidates in the elections scheduled for May 7. The race includes Mr Timür Mark Aker, the current member of the European Parliament for the East of England, Mr Jamie Barnes, who is running on Cannabis is Safer than Alcohol movement, former…

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Let’s Talk Family: Demystifying Diaspora Marriage Myths


“Marriage is the only war where you sleep with the enemy” screamed a car sticker. “Marriage starts when she sinks into his arms and end with her arms in his sink” read another one. Memorable quotes, these ones, if only the grim statistics of marriages on life support or worse could tell a different story. Theories abound as to why thriving happy marriages are such a mirage, especially for many African (read Kenyan) immigrants here in America. I have lost count of the number of young, vivacious and confident adults who tell me “there is nobody to marry in Dallas”-…

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New security app “Kaarada “developed in Kenya as a result of Garissa killings


A new app has been developed in Kenya to help crowdsource information on security around the country. The app “Kaarada” was designed by Makeshift, a subsidiary of Nairobi-based Nailab. The app was developed to enable  Kenyans to crowdsource security information. According to the product description information on Play Store by the app’s developers “the app was built as a result of the killing of 147 Students in the Garissa University attack,” Kaarada, which means “stay alert” in Swahili allows users to reports suspicious activities by posting photos as well as videos of the events they capture. The contact lines of the Kenya…

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Uhuru names new General, nominates Eugene Wamalwa to Cabinet


President Uhuru Kenyatta named Lieutenant-General Samson J. Mwathethe as the Chief of Defence Forces-Designate. This move comes with the pending retirement of General Dr Julius Waweru Karangi. Gen Karangi will commence the handover process starting next week. During the announcement, President Kenyatta thanked General Karangi for his” dedicated service to Kenya that was marked by diligence, great commitment, humility and patriotism.” Lieutenant-General Joseph K. Kasaon was appointed as the Vice Chief of Defence Forces-Designate. Uhuru also promoted Major-General Leonard M. Ngondi to Lieutenant-General and appointed him Kenya Army Commander-Designate The President also made several changes in the government which included…

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ODM reacts to Ipsos Synovate survey on Presidential candidates


The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) has reacted to the recently released opinion poll results which named Uhuru Kenyatta as the most favourite presidential candidate in Kenya today. According to a poll by Ipsos Synovate, if presidential elections were held today, 52% of those who voted in 2013 wouldvote for Uhuru. Raila Odinga would apparently get 29% of the vote whereas DP William Ruto would get votes from 3% of the total voters. The poll also says the other candidates-Kalonzo Musyoka, Musalia Mudavadi, Peter Kenneth and Moses Wetang’ula-would each get one per cent of the presidential votes were Kenya to go…

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Larry Madowo: I haven’t found a woman who deserves me


High-flying NTV news anchor Larry Madowo has finally revealed why he is not dating: he has not found awoman who deserves him. Larry, 28, dropped the bombshell Thursday night when he appeared at the Jeff Koinange Live show on KTN. Here’s how the interview went: Jeff: Do you have a girlfriend? Larry: I don’t have an official girlfriend. Jeff (stunned): Is there an unofficial girlfriendsomewhere? Larry: I don’t have an unofficial girlfriendeither for avoidance of doubts. Jeff: Reason being? Larry: I haven’t found somebody who deserves me and who can keep up with me coz I’m a handful….we can do…

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