May 28, 2016

Plane crash-lands at JKIA, runway closed


A plane has crash landed at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi this morning. The plane, a Fokker 50 operated by Skyward skidded on the runway with gear up upon landing. The plane was arriving from Wajir. 6 passengers were aboard and all are safe. The runaway which is covered in foam which was sprayed to prevent any fire is closed for now. All incoming flights have now been diverted to Mombasa International Airport according to the Kenya Airports Authority. No word on when the runway is going to reopen.

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Raila’s son Fidel Odinga found dead in his residence

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Fidel Odinga son to former Prime Minister Raila Odinga is dead. Fidel was found dead this morning. Fidel is said to have gone out with friends on Saturday night and is the last known activity. He had earlier had lunch with his father Raila before going out to meet friends. He came back at around 1am. He was reported to have had difficulties in breathing upon returning. He was found unresponsive in the wee hours of the morning at his Karen home in Nairobi. The Scene of Crime (SOC) police unit arrived at Fidel’s house, soon after the family reported…

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Kenya civil servants to get car, house loans


All public servants will from this month have access to cheap car loans and mortgages. According to a circular by the Salaries and Remuneration Commission, the car loans will range from Sh600,000 to Sh10 million while the mortgage scheme will range from Sh4 million to Sh40 million depending on the grade of an individual. The circular, signed by SRC chairperson Sarah Serem and dated December 17, 2014, is addressed to principal secretaries, county governments and heads of various public institutions. The interest applicable to both the car and mortgage schemes is three per cent per annum on reducing balance. The…

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Kenya embassy bombing suspect dies before US trial

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NEW YORK, United States, Jan 3 – A Libyan accused over the 1998 Al-Qaeda bombings of US embassies in Africa died on Friday, days before he was to stand trial in New York, his lawyer said. Abu Anas al-Libi, 50, was on the FBI’s most-wanted list with a $5 million price on his head when he was captured by US troops in the Libyan capital Tripoli in October 2013. He and Saudi businessman Khalid al-Fawwaz were due to stand trial on January 12 over the attacks in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 244 people and wounded more than 5,000. But…

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Njoki Chege: Why I cannot date a man who uses Instagram


There is a certain level of shallowness that comes with using Instagram in this country. “KE Instagrammers”, as I will call the “bunch of losers” on Instagram, are worse than those shagsmondoz who wear plastic Timberland shoes, fake leather jackets and cheap sunglasses upon arrival in the city. Oh, and for those unsophisticated Kenyans who do not know what Instagram is all about, I will explain. Instagram is an annoying social media platform where wannabes, ne’er-do-wells, and riff-raffs post photos of their food, new shoes, cheap watches and cut-rate blue Subarus, among other Photoshopped pictures. To make these otherwise ordinary…

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[VIDEO] Cultural Shock And Domestic Violence In The US

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Domestic violence is a subject that is considered a private affair if not a conversational taboo amongst many individuals, communities and especially in african cultures. Yet, this is a social vice that if left unresolved threatens to maintain its dragon head in a vicious circle of occurrence including amongst our diaspora families and in many a case result in serious bodily harm and sometimes death. In fact in the last few years, Kenyans living in the diaspora and indeed those back home have been shocked by extreme cases of domestic violence in the US that have come to public knowledge only after resulting…

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Mike Gathecha: He had the rich look, and a fat cheque book to boot


We were on our way back from Naivasha the other weekend in a small white Colt. My ‚homeboy‘ Hillary was happily speeding along Mai Mahiu Road, overtaking trucks that crawl the highway when one of the ladies in the car gasped, after looking at her smartphone, ‘OMG! Gathecha is gone.’ She passed her phone and I felt that chill of recognition. I had hung out with Gathecha once, in the late noughties, but more on that in a minute. Here, now, was a picture of a wrecked Toyota Crown. Mike ‘Money’ Gathecha, the 29-year-old cousin of President Uhuru Kenyatta and…

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Kenyan man found dead in his bathroom in Tacoma, Washington


We are saddened to announce the death of Peter Mburu Karoki of Tacoma, Washington. Mr. Mburu was found dead in the bathroom of his apartment. He was working with Accres of Tacoma and Lifeforce of Tacoma. The cause of his death is unknown. Friends, family and GCPC Church are appealing to well-wishers for his fundraising to be able to transport the body back to Kenya. The fundraising will be held on01/11/2015 at Great Commission Presbyterian Church at 24823 Pacific Hwy S, Kent, WA 98032 suite 106-108 at 2:00PM. For more information you can reach: Rev. Josphat Weru:- (206) 832-9326 Or (206) 832-9755 James Njuguna:-…

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Kenyan businessman in Sh217m row with Chinese goat skins buyer


A Kenyan businessman has accused a Chinese buyer of colluding with the police and a city court magistrate to defraud him of a Sh217 million ($2.4 million) debt that arose from a shipment of goat skins he exported to Hong Kong in 2012. Eric Mbaabu has filed a petition in the High Court alleging that Wu Ji bribed detectives and the Judiciary official to put him on trial for allegedly defrauding the Chinese national of $205,303 (Sh21.7 million). He wants the criminal charges dropped, arguing that a judgment delivered by the commercial court in his favour for the Sh217 million…

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How ‘academic genius’ became a killer


As one of the most well read men from Olaare village in the Burnt Forest area of Uasin Gishu County, Robert Lesiew was considered a public asset. Not only did he have a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management, but also a Master’s degree in economics, both from a respected university. However, when he fired 17 bullets that killed his brother’s wife, Mary Chepkemoi, on the evening of Monday, December 29, as she prepared a meal for her family, his neighbours forgot all about his impressive academic credentials. Hours after he committed the shocking crime, they descended on him in his…

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