July 25, 2016

Al-Shabaab release propaganda video on Mpeketoni attack


The Al Shabaab terror group on Tuesday released a propaganda video on the Mpeketoni attacks detailing how more than 60 people were butchered in cold blood. The 34-minute-long video, done in three languages –Arabic, English and Swahili- has been produced in high-definition, Hollywood quality. It opens with coverage by international media on the attacks, followed by  President Uhuru Kenyatta’s address to the nation that termed the attacks as political. This is followed by an interview of government spokesman Manoah Esipisu affirming that the attacks were not by Al Shabaab militants. A three-minute sermon by the late radical preacher Sheikh Aboud…

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Woman’s body in Kericho to be exhumed over dowry dispute


A family exhumed its kin’s body from her husband’s ancestral home over a pending dowry payment and suspected foul play in her death on Sunday. Lilian Tunoi’s family from Kericho, went to Elias Mwangangi’s home at Gachaviri Village in Mbeere South subcounty with a court order authorising the exercise. They were accompanied by regular and AP officers from Kiritiri, led by OCS Magdalene Chebet and subcounty AP deputy commander John Njoroge. The exercise was delayed for about eight hours by Mwangangi’s family who termed it traditionally wrong since he was not at home. They said Mbeere traditional rites needed to…

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TV stations to resume broadcast on Thursday


Kenya’s four main television stations are set to return on air on Thursday at 6.50pm. NTV, KTN QTV and Citizen TV will return on air as free to air channels on digital platforms. The regulator had switched off the three stations — which control over 80 per cent of local viewership — three weeks ago, disregarding a Supreme Court order reinstating their digital broadcasting licence. The government wants to force the media houses to put their content on two digital platforms, Pang and Signet. Pang claims to be a Chinese company, but has secret shareholders registered in the British Virgin Islands….

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In sickness and in health, until death do us part: A man’s heartache at the loss of his wife


On February 25 this year, a man logged onto his Facebook account at 4:55am and posted a most heart-wrenching message. His wife had died just a few hours earlier, and in that trying moment he felt compelled to vent out the emotions coursing through his veins. “My wife, the late Janet Ciru Akolo, was experiencing severe attacks that made it difficult for her to breathe, stand or walk,” Walter Akolo typed. “They resembled the attacks she gets with her mental health condition. They got so bad Monday evening that we had to rush her to hospital. The doctors did the…

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Four Kenyan tourists drown at rough beach in the Dominican Republic


Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.- Four tourists from Kenya who came to the country drowned Sunday afternoon at Macao beach, in eastern La Altagracia province. The deceased were identified as Cushs Patel, 31; Cajal Patel, 31; Shivang Ramanbhi Jayendra Patel, 30, and Yay Patel, 32, all natives of Kenya and US residents. The tragedy occurred when three of the victims tried to save a woman who was drowning. According to the National Police the victims were vacationing in the country. Civil Defense divers pulled the bodies out of the Mona Passage waters at Macao beach, known for rip currents and high…

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Equity Group set to open chain of health clinics


Equity Bank has begun hiring health professionals ahead of plans to open a chain of clinics across Kenya, as the lender seeks to cash in on the increased demand for healthcare. The Nairobi bourse listed bank is currently recruiting a chief nursing officer, chief laboratory technologist, finance manager and an IT manager to set up and run its network of health centres dubbed ‘Equity Afia’. The ‘Equity Afia’ chain of clinics will offer diagnostic services, laboratory tests, outpatient care, pharmacy dispensing, dental services and health screening to individuals and companies. The health business will be run as a franchised network…

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A family in Kakamega so poor, it feeds on soil


It is lunchtime in Makutano village, Kakamega county, but a desperate family caught in the jaws of hunger, seeks salvation in eating soil. The plight of the poor family is compounded by the current high cost of food. For it, even a plate of ugali and sukuma wiki is beyond its means. Musa Musulwa, 52, who shares a single-room with his wife and their 10 children, says life has been tough for him and his family forcing them to sometimes go for days without a meal. “When my wife has nothing to cook, the children go to the back of…

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Dennis Itumbi, Jacque Maribe steal show at colleague’s wedding


State House man Dennis Itumbi and Citizen TV’s Jacque Maribe graced a colleague’s wedding on Saturday and took a photo that once again created a buzz online. The two, who have been rumored to be an item after a photo of them kissing emerged online, looked cozy in the photo with Itumbi throwing his arms around Maribe. The picture was taken on Saturday during the wedding of The Star political reporter and popular blogger Oliver Mathenge and Njeri. EX-BOYFRIEND Mathenge, a close friend of Itumbi, once dated Maribe but their relationship ended after a few months. Itumbi wore a red…

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Namibia ex-President Pohamba beats Kibaki to win Sh450 million Mo Ibrahim award for 10 years


Retired Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba has been declared the winner of the 2014 Mo Ibrahim foundation Prize for Achievement in African Leadership. Pohamba pipped two other retired African heads of states, including former President Mwai Kibaki, to the award which came with a Sh450 million prize money. The other leader in contention was Mozambique’s former President Armando Guebuzza who left office on January 15, 2015. Pohampa is set to receive Sh450 million per year for 10 years and Sh18 million annually thereafter for life. The prize, which was founded in 2006, seeks to recognize and honour exceptional African leaders who…

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Al-Shabaab ‘Is Plotting to Blow Up Parliament’


At least 12 suspected terrorists are believed to be plotting an attack against Parliament, police sources have warned, prompting all government institutions to be put on heightened security alert. Intelligence reports indicate that six of the suspects could be in Nairobi already although the whereabouts of the other six are yet to be established. Reports about the possible attack came as it emerged that the Egyptian embassy in Nairobi had also asked Kenya’s security agents to heighten security measures around Egyptian installations, including the embassy itself, its envoy’s residence and other sensitive Egyptian organisations and premises. “The Embassy kindly requests…

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