October 13, 2015

Uproar as Satao, Kenya’s and World’s biggest elephant killed by poachers


Conservationists around the world were up in arms Saturday following reports that poachers have killed two iconic elephants in the last two weeks using poisoned arrows. The latest was 45-year-old male elephant that was poached at an area called Mulka near Taveta town. The Kenya Wildlife Service deputy spokesman Mr Paul Muya said the elephant was shot with a poisoned arrow and both tusks were missing. “It was discovered on June 12 and tests indicated that it could have been killed four days earlier,” said Mr Muya. On social media, animal lovers around the world raged after renowned conservationist Dr…

Read More

UK court convicts Goldenberg scandal mastermind Ketan Somaia for $19.5m fraud


The man at the centre of the Goldenberg scandal in Kenya during the 1990s has been found guilty of fraud at a trial at the Old Bailey in London. Ketan Somaia, who is now based in London, presided over the collapse of the Delphis bank and is best known for his involvement in the Goldenberg affair, a corruption scandal that helped wreck Kenya’s economy and implicated former President Daniel arap Moi. He was found guilty of a multi-million pound fraud on Friday and will be sentenced next month. In 2003, Somaia was ordered to give evidence to an inquiry into the Goldenberg scandal, an export scam allegedly sanctioned at…

Read More

CORD declares Saba Saba a national holiday in Kenya


Cord alliance leaders have declared July 7 a national holiday as they kick off countrywide tour to push the government to have a national dialogue in the country. Speaking in Migori town today, the leaders led by Raila Odinga and Bungoma senator Moses Wetang’ula said that Kenyans should not go to work on Saba Saba day but should come out across the country in mass action. But the constitution vest the power to declare a holiday on a minister through a gazette notice. The two leaders said they will continue with their countrywide tours and have planned for Saba Saba…

Read More

We want to cut our girls, Maasai women tell government


MORE than 2,500 women from eight Maasai clans in Kajiado yesterday said they are on strike until the government repeals the Female Genital Mutilation Act and allows them to circumcise their daughters. They told their husbands to support their cause or they will be denied their conjugal rights. The women were speaking at Enkorika location in Dalalekutuk ward, Kajiado Central district. They blocked their husbands from attending their meeting. County commissioner Albert Kobia and journalists were not allowed into the meeting, in which they deliberated on their demands. “Let them stand against us and they will go dry for a long spell…

Read More

Kenyan court bars Zuku, StarTimes from airing World Cup

Brazil-World Cup

A Nairobi court Friday restrained two digital television companies from airing World Cup content after government-owned media house KBC sued them for broadcasting without authorisation. In an application, Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC), which has exclusive rights to broadcast the World Cup in the country, sued Star Times Media and Wananchi Group Limited. Both firms are digital content providers through pay television. The national broadcaster claims that the companies hacked into their signals and broadcast the Thursday night match along with the adverts paid for to be aired during the match. “The companies broadcast the World Cup tournament and related events…

Read More

UK closes Mombasa consulate over security fears


The United Kingdom on Friday shut down its Honorary Consulate in Mombasa over security concerns. A statement on the UK government website said all consular services will be offered from the HighCommission in Nairobi. The UK was among the first European nations to issue a travel advisory to its citizens, leading to the evacuation tourists from the coastal city by tour operators, for fear of attacks. The Kenyan government has advocated against such advisories, and instead urged the concerned nations to work closely with security agencies in mitigating terror threats. To ensure the security has been enhanced, the government has made massive allocations to improve security in…

Read More

Gross: What you might be drinking when you buy bottled water in Kenya


A video widely circulating online has sent chills among those avid drinkers of bottled water in Kenya. In the video, a woman is captured pouring water into bottles for resale. The woman is then to hawk the bottles of “purified” water which customers are then to consume unaware of the danger that lurks. Post by Joseck Matheri Chege.

Read More

He left Kenya jobless in 2008 but came back as an oil and gas company manager


Erick Odongo, the training manager of the newly established Oil and gas division of the KK Group, left the country six years ago as a jobless Diploma holder from the then Mombasa Polytechnic, now Mombasa Technical University. He says he was lucky to land a job opportunity in Middle East on a Sunday after missing the cut on another job interview on a Saturday. He had studied instrumentation and control engineering, part of the wider electrical engineering. When he ended up in Saudi Arabia in 2008, he switched to Environmental, Health and Safety career line after a now valued advice…

Read More

Woman: Senator Sonko ruined my life and that of our son


Nairobi Senator Mike Mbuvi Sonko has earned a reputation for splurging cash on the poor and is often moved to tears by the sight of Kenyans in distress. But Josephine Wanjeri Thuku, his former girlfriend, claims the senator is not genuine. “Sonko is a heartless man who has destroyed my life and devastated the mental health of our son so badly that he has had to undergo therapy,” she told The Nairobian. Wanjeri claims that while charity begins at home, Sonko, whose philanthropy is renowned, has neglected his child to punish her. “He proved that he is not interested in…

Read More

Full World Cup Schedule (Kenyan and US/Canada Times)

Brazil-World Cup

The 20th edition of the FIFA World Cup begins today with a match between the hosts and five-time champions Brazil and Croatia in Sao Paulo. It is the culmination of a seven-year buildup to football’s global showpiece which has been plagued by mass protests about the estimated $11 billlion cost of staging the tournament and concerns that stadiums and crucial infrastructure would not be completed in time. Here’s the full schedule in Kenyan time. GROUP A: 12/06/2014 Brazil vs Croatia (11:00 PM) 13/06/2014 Mexico vs Cameroon (7:00 PM) GROUP B: 13/06/2014 Spain vs Netherland (10:00 PM) 14/06/2014 Chile vs Australia…

Read More