September 4, 2015

Caster Semenya to marry girlfriend


South African Olympic silver medallist, Caster Semenya, is set to marry her girlfriend, according to a news report. The Daily Sun reported that the 23-year-old athlete had sent her parents to girlfriend Violet Raseboya’s family in Polokwane to negotiate lobola. The report said that both families were happy with the negotiations. Semenya’s family will reportedly pay R25 000 for Raseboya’s hand in marriage. Semenya was embroiled in a controversial gender testing row following her victory in the 800m at the 2009 IAAF World Championships in Berlin. The athlete bounced back from the controversy to claim a silver medal in the 800m event…

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[VIDEO] Hero who saved lives during Thika road terror blasts


When people helped Mr John Kamoshe Murimi after he was injured during the 2007/8 post-election violence, they unknowingly planted a seed that finally bore fruit on May 4. It was that fruit that led him to disregard his safety to help others when a blast went off on a Githurai-bound bus on Thika Road, just 100 metres from his car. Murimi, 32, a self-employed electrician was driving with a friend and had not realised what was going on until he saw a human leg on the road and immediately brought his car to a halt. Crying for help “During the…

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[VIDEO] Why do this to me? Kenyan girl asks mother who eloped with lover who raped her


At Kaloo village in Mwingi Central sub-county, Kitui County, a girl is tethered by cruel life. Mwende (name changed to protect her identity) is only 15 years old but she has been to hell and back. With her improvised crutches, the emaciated girl wobbles out of their mud hovel with sunken eyes bearing a blank, agonising look. She sits on a piece of wood and coils herself as if scared of life. The stench emanating from within her is evidence of untold horror. She bends her head and feebly begins to swat a swarm of houseflies hovering over her. Her…

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Kenyan family searching for missing kin in US


A family in Kenya is searching for their missing kin who lives in the United States. Carne Mururi Mwangi, 32, has lost communication with his family back home and the family has been worried about his safety and welfare. Speaking to from Kenya, Mururi last spoke to them in August 2013 where he informed them that he would travel home in December 2013 which he never did. There was no communication as to the cancellation of the trip and the family has lost contact since. Mururi is said to have been living in the Seattle, Washington area before moving…

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Most Kenyans don’t want Raila to contest again


Majority of Kenyans want former Prime Minister Raila Odinga not to contest again for presidency. According to a research by the Ipsos Synovate, 40 percent of Kenyans want Raila to quit politics completely while another 21 percent want him to remain active but not to vie for presidency again. Only 35 percent want Raila to remain active in politics and even contest if he chooses. This puts the number of those who want Raila to vie again at 35 percent against 61 percent those who want him not to seek for an elective post again. The poll also shows that…

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Kenya Governors plot new political party for 2017


Governors are now plotting to form a new political party. They have already agreed on the name Chama cha Ugatuzi or Devolution Party of Kenya. The governors have tasked certain individuals to proceed with the process of registration. Bomet governor Isaac Rutto, who was last week re-elected as the chairman of the Governor’s council is said to be instrumental in formation of the new party. Those who have agreed to be part of the new scheme fear that they may be frustrated by Jubilee leaders due to the positions they have taken on devolution hence the need for a plan…

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Homeowners flee Ngong as thugs terrorise estates


Hardcore gangsters have taken over a neighbourhood on the outskirts of the city, forcing home owners to abandon their mansions and rent houses in safer locations. Mr Isaac Parashina is one such homeowner. In just five months, the gangsters have attacked him three times, forcing him to abandon his newly built three bedroom mansion in the Bondeni area of Ngong and rent a house in the relatively safer Ongata Rongai. In the latest attack two weeks ago, a gang of five broke into his home after shooting the night guard. “The guard narrowly escaped death; they shot him at the…

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Ruth Matete: So what if I am broke?


Friendly, cheerful, and outgoing could all start to describe her even though she has been on the receiving end of bad publicity. But this has not killed Ruth Matete’s jolly character. Ruth has been enveloped by controversy from the minute she was announced winner of the music reality show Tusker Project Fame. After a year away from the media spotlight, she has finally come out of her cocoon ready to take on her haters. “I have come to accept the media. Although they slander me all the time, I realise that I need them in my music career,” she begins,…

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Maina Njenga goes into hiding as his brother leads Mungiki ‘coup’


The former leader of the banned Mungiki sect Maina Njenga has gone into hiding following attempts on his life by disgruntled followers of the group. The Nairobian has reliably learnt that Njenga’s older brother, Peter Kamunya, is leading a splinter group that is dissatisfied with his leadership. The splinter group was responsible for a deadly attack on May 4 in Kitengela town in which Njenga escaped death by a whisker. Five people were seriously slashed with pangas in a fight, which sparked a spate of night-long retaliatory attacks between the supporters of the two brothers. The chaos spilled into Monday…

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Oburu alleges plot to assassinate Raila Odinga


An ODM nominated MP has sensationally alleged that there is a plot to assassinate former Prime Minister Raila Odinga. Addressing the Press in Bondo after attending the inaugural graduation ceremony at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology in Siaya County, Dr Oburu Oginga claimed there were ‘senior’ people in East Africa who were plotting to assassinate his brother, who is Coalition for Reforms and Democracy leader. “I am reliably informed that a president of a neighbouring country alleges the many problemsKenya currently faces are caused by Raila Odinga,” said Oburu. He said the allegations cannot be taken lightly. Oburu said he…

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