October 25, 2016

How a Nairobi principal navigated the floods


While many Nairobians wondered what to do with their vehicles while unable to navigate the flood water in Nairobi, one man was having no problem. The Braeside School principal was caught on camera rowing away in a new mode of transport in Nairobi. According to the school’s website, the principal’s name is Andy Hill. They say necessity is the mother of all invention as so there you have it. But where did he get a boat from?   Photo courtesy of Alvin Ochola @AlvinOchola

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Kenyan joins the race for city council seat in Federal Way, Washington


P.K. (Paul Kirehu) Thumbi recently announced he will run for Federal Way City Council Position 7, the seat currently occupied by Councilwoman Dini Duclos. “[Duclos] is a very fine Councilwoman but we need some new leadership,” Thumbi said in a phone interview. “She’s been here two terms and I think it’s time for some new leadership, for a new approach.” Thumbi, 35, serves on the city’s Arts Commission and Parks and Recreation Commission and applied to be appointed to the vacant Council seat, Position 1, in early 2014 but the seat was filled by his good friend Lydia Assefa-Dawson. “I’m…

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An architects’ paradise at the Kenyan coast as builders try to outdo each other


Mombasa’s real estate landscape is changing as luxury developments slowly spring up along the coastline and developers cash in on the region’s world-acclaimed beaches. A cursory look at new developments such Vipingo Ridge, English Point Marina, Ocean Seven and the latest kid on the block, Crest Apartments, leaves one with no doubt that the property offerings at the coast are changing for the better, and as a result attracting world-class architecture and clientele. When the English Point Marina was launched at the coast five years ago, it was the first of its kind in the region. Some people whispered that,…

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How to buy a house in Kenya without paying any deposit


To the vast majority of urban Kenyans, owning a home remains is a pipe dream. In fact, according to the National Housing Survey Report released earlier this year by the Cabinet Secretary for Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Mrs Charity Ngilu, only 4.2 per cent of Kenyan households could borrow money to buy or build a house. This explains why the number of households paying rent rose from 17.25per cent in 1994 to 23.8per cent in 2005/06. It is with this in mind that one property developer, Kings Pride Properties, has come up with what it calls the “zero deposit…

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I was joking about mass action over gender rule- Raila


Cord leader Raila Odinga has said the call for mass action over the two thirds gender rule debate should not be taken seriously. “The issue of mass action was a joke which was blown out of proportion. The first line of action would be moving to court,” he said during an interview on Citizen TV on Wednesday. During a visit to Bondo on Saturday, Raila said Cord would rally women in mass protests should the state fail to fully implement the gender rule by the August 27 deadline. He said the gender issue was one Cord wanted to solve through…

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The shame of being 16 and pregnant in Kenya


Growing up, Jane Otieno, 25, stood out among her peers, often being given leadership roles. For instance, she was a class prefect throughout primary school, from Class One to Class Eight, and when she joined secondary school, she was made prefect. “I noticed that whenever I made a suggestion, most people seemed to be in agreement with me, and whenever I championed a cause, a majority would rally behind me,” she says, adding that  everybody paid attention when she spoke. Leadership seemed to come naturally for this second born  in a family of four children. Jane was not only a…

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Court orders arrest of Jeff Koinange and Tony Gachoka for failing to respect its orders


A Nairobi court on Wednesday issued a warrant of arrest against journalist Jeff Koinange and businessman Tony Gachoka for disobeying its orders. Nairobi Senior Resident Magistrate Maisy Chesang issued the arrest order after Mr Koinange and Mr Gachoka failed to appear in court to answer charges of discussing the conduct of a company in the media despite a court order barring the same. The offence was allegedly committed on ‘Jeff Koinage Live’ show that the journalist hosts on Kenya Television Network (KTN) “A warrant of arrest is issued against the two respondents for failing to honuor the summons to appear…

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[PHOTOS AND VIDEO] Despair over Nairobi floods


Heavy rain in Nairobi on Tuesday evening rendered many city roads impassable. And as Kenyans took to social media to lament the deplorable state of drainage systems in the city, a school bus with children on board near the South C Mosque was almost swept away by the raging waters that followed a two-hour downpour. Emergency workers also found it difficult to reach those who were stranded. Kenya Red Cross Secretary-General Abbas Gullet told the Nation his team and that from the county fire department had been dispatched to the stuck bus, but were finding it difficult to move through…

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Diaspora vote an avenue for rigging, says forum


AN electoral institute has raised the red flag that the anticipated diaspora voting could provide a window for massive rigging of the 2017 presidential polls and plunge the country into chaos. The Institute for Education and Democracy sounded the alarm just days after the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced the opening of five Consulates across the United States to facilitate voting- a process IEBC disowned. Yesterday, it also emerged that the Judiciary has endorsed the increase from 14 days to 30 days the timeline during which a presidential petition is heard and determined. “We have noted that the diaspora voting…

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Reports linking William Ruto and Raila Odinga to graft touch off Twitter frenzy


Twitter was on Tuesday awash with hash tags reacting to mentions of Deputy President William Ruto and Cord leader Raila Odinga in a mega corruption scandal. #PleaseForgiveRuto and #RailaIsclean trended for the better part of the day, with Twitter users being satirical about the innocence of Mr Ruto and Mr Odinga. The two have been adversely mentioned in Sh28 billion project to upgrade the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital. @Bonifacemwangi tweeted “#PleaseForgiveRuto hashtag won’t sanitise Ruto. Let him resign from public office…” Another @Mbotedenis tweeted: “#PleaseForgiveRuto He’s just a guy who started from the bottom; he’s still on the ground…

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