October 8, 2015

Kenya Airways receives second Dreamliner aircraft


Kenya Airways (KQ) has received 5Y-KZB, its second Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft as it steps up efforts to expand and modernise its fleet. The aircraft landed at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi on Sunday, flown by Captain John Mathias Kimani. “We are excited about the delivery of this second Dreamliner aircraft. It will only grow our long haul capability further, “Kenya Airways’ Chief Operating Officer Mbuvi Ngunze said after receiving the aircraft. The second Dreamliner aircraft is expected to commence operations in July, flying between Nairobi and Johannesburg. The National airline expects four more Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircrafts…

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Now Raila seeks to meet Uhuru alone


The Cord leadership yesterday appeared to tone down its demand for dialogue with the Jubilee administration, as it shifted gear to seeking a direct meeting between Raila Odinga and President Uhuru Kenyatta. Cord leader Raila said this was the best way to end the stalemate between the two sides, as he indicated the wish to meet the President without his Jubilee team, whom he accused of derailing efforts to have a national dialogue. Raila said he was optimistic that the President would respond to a letter he wrote to him last week. Raila made the call as several political voices…

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Nairobi County ODM chairman George Aladwa arrested


Nairobi County ODM chairman George Aladwa has been arrested over his statement at a CORD rally threatening to swear in Raila Odinga as Kenya’s President should CORD’s demands for a national dialogue with the government are not met. He is currently recording a statement at the Central Police Station. Aladwa was reported in a section of the Kenyan media threatening to swear in former Prime Minister Raila Odinga as Kenya’s “President” should the Jubilee government refuse to come to the table for a national dialogue before July 7. CORD leaders have been agitating for talks with the government in the…

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MPs Mary Wambui, Maina Kamanda face probe over hate speech


The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Keriako Tobiko has ordered police to probe two MPs over alleged hate speech. This follows a complaint by the Law Society of Kenya (LSK). LSK Secretary Apollo Mboya who wrote to the DPP asking him to instruct Inspector General (IG) David Kimaiyo to probe Starehe MP Maina Kamanda and his Othaya counterpart Mary Wambui. “The allegations by the two MPs in the mainstream media has the potential to incite the public to violence and in our estimation, constitute hate speech, which if not curbed, can plunge the country into chaos,” Mboya said. Mboya said that the…

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Al Shabaab hired for Lamu killings


A week after the bloody attack which left over 60 people dead in the sleepy village of Mpeketoni, security intelligence on the ground has hinted to The People Saturday that the killings were carried out by hired Al-Shabaab. They included Kenyans, Somalis from neighbouring Somalia and a white man whose nationality remains unknown. Detectives say that majority of the attackers were Kenyans and were hired to execute a political agenda. Al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the two-day attacks but the government said the killings were politically instigated. President Uhuru Kenyatta blamed “local political networks” for the violence. Security sources have…

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Kakamega man gets wife back after paying Sh900 debt


A man who gave up his wife over a Sh 900 debt in Likuyani sub-count of Kakamega County has taken back his wife after clearing the debt. Francis Kevogo astonished many in February this year when he offered his wife to Patrick Andabwa,22, after he was unable to pay him a Sh900 debt he accrued after he assisted him bake bricks. Andabwa accepted the offer and went away with the woman Jones, 43, to his home in Kona Mbaya in village in Matunda location where they have lived for the last four months. Kevogo paid the debt on Tuesday. Witnesses told…

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US to move some diplomats out of Kenya following Mpeketoni attacks

Residents of Mpeketoni view damage left behind at Equity bank after unidentified gunmen attacked coastal Kenyan town of Mpeketoni

The United States said it would move some of its diplomats out of Kenya and has banned all embassy staff from travelling to its Indian Ocean coastline, where about 65 people were killed in attacks on Sunday and Monday. Islamist militants from neighbouring Somalia claimed responsibility for the indicriminate shootings and execution-style killings but Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta said they were instead the work of his domestic political rivals. Kenya has seen a spate of gun attacks and bombings by Somali al Shabaab militants who want it to pull its troops out of Somalia. “Due to the terrorist attack on…

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ODM officials to Swear In Raila If There Are No Talks by July 7


ODM officials in Nairobi county yesterday said they will swear in Raila Odinga as President if dialogue between the opposition and the government does not take place by July 7. Led by ODM Chairman in Nairobi county George Aladwa, they warned Jubilee members against using Raila Odinga’s name in the Mpeketoni attacks. “We are warning Jubilee leaders to stop using Raila’s name when they talk of Mpeketoni, we are ready to demonstrate or politic to protect the name of our leader,” he stated. “The President must meet our leader Raila Odinga or at least send emissaries to discuss like he…

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Open letter to Raila Odinga from a Diasporian

Dear Baba

By VINCENT NJENGA in DALLAS, TEXAS I would like to take a moment to inform Mr Raila that he has been in the ‘cloud-cuckoo-land’ for far too long. It’s high time he wakes up from his fantasyland where he has been optimistically out of touch with reality. The days are gone when Kenyans were enticed by political gimmicks and comical theatrics. When he sees multitude turning up for his rallies, he should not be fooled to think they are coming to listen to his rhetoric but rather to enjoy his comic moments. While the freedom of speech is enshrined in…

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15 Things Kenyans Miss Most While Living Abroad


You never know what you’ve got until it’s gone. That saying takes a whole new meaning when one decides to search for greener pastures abroad; the little things that we take for granted seem to mean so much more when we’re far away from home. As ironic as it sounds, sometimes we have to live away from home to appreciate it more. We talked to a few Kenyans living in the Diaspora and they shared with us a few things that they miss back home. Succulent Fruits and Vegetables Fresh, succulent vegetables that your mother had to force you to…

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