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British ex-army man found dead in Homa Bay widow's house

A 72-year old former British army man was found dead on Sunday at the home of a widow he reportedly inherited in Rangwe constituency, Homa Bay. Police officers found James Wilfred lying naked on Christine Achieng's bed. They were alerted by Kabuor villagers who said the couple's home was deserted. “The deceased relieved himself in his toilet and sitting room before he died,” said Homa Bay county police commander John Omusanga. Omusanga said unknown drugs were found near the man. “We’ve taken samples for examination to ascertain the cause of death. We also want to find out if he died as a result of an overdose,” he said. The deceased's passport, which was found in the house, indicated he once served as a military officer in the British Army. Omusanga said police had consulted the Foreign Affairs ministry over the incident. He said the Briton's wife's identification documents showed she once stayed in Islewoth GBR in Canada. The body was taken to Homa Bay County Referral Hospital mortuary and the woman to a hospital in Kisumu county. - The Star


 

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Jane Muthoni (left) at Memorial Community Church, Plaistow, (former Memorial Baptist Church), 395 Barking Road, E13 8AL, (opposite Plaistow Police Station) during our Sunday Service on 12th January, 2017 at 2.00PM. Therefore, remember to bring your dancing shoes to dance for the Lord.

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MARGARET WANJIRU LIDIOLO AND STEVE WILLIAMS PREWEDDING ON SAT. 14/01/17

You are all hereby invited to a pre-wedding 'chai' for Margaret Wanjiru Lidiolo and Steve Williams. Margaret is the daughter of the late Jane Waithera Timothy.  Venue will be at the Full Gospel Hall in East Ham, 91 Plashet Grove, East Ham, London E6 1AA, on Saturday 14th January 2016 starting at 5.00pm and ends 9.00 pm.  A special appeal is made to all the late Jane's friends and family to attend and bring your friends to make the occasion a success. For more information please contact 07762426770.

 

 


Deadly icy spell grips much of Europe, including Greek islands

Icy temperatures across Europe have left more than 20 people dead and blanketed even the Greek islands and southern Italy in snow. Italy saw ferries and flights cancelled and schools in the south are expected to close on Monday. Turkey has also been badly affected. The Bosphorus was closed to shipping as a heavy snowstorm hit Istanbul. At least 10 people died of cold in Poland. Night temperatures in Russia plunged to minus 30C. Normally milder Greece has witnessed temperatures of minus 15C in the north where an Afghan migrant died of cold last week and roads were closed. In Athens, the temperature failed to rise above 0C and several of the islands were covered in snow. Some of the Greek islands are home to thousands of migrants and many are being moved to temporary housing and heated tents. Homeless hostels in Italy are opening their doors day and night as the weather was blamed for the deaths of seven people, five of them living out in the open. Airports in Sicily, Bari and Brindisi closed on Saturday. Rome, too, saw freezing temperatures. Russia has experienced its coldest Orthodox Christmas in 120 years. Prague has had the coldest night so far this winter, Czech officials say, with three deaths reported, two of them homeless people. Reports from Bulgaria say two Iraqi migrants were found dead in a forest in the southeast of the country. The cold weather was expected to continue in much of Europe over the weekend.

 

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Tube strike: 24-hour London Underground walkout begins


LONDON: Sunday 8th Jan. - Tube staff have gone on strike across the entire London Underground network in a row over ticket office closures. Workers from the RMT and the Transport Salaried Staffs' Association (TSSA) unions are staging a 24-hour walk out. "Last-ditch" talks, called for by the Mayor of London, failed to materialise after unions rejected a "new offer" from Transport for London (TfL). Passengers have been warned that most Zone 1 stations are likely to be closed during the action. A few have shut since the strike began at 18:00. TfL has advised passengers to check for updates on its website. It warned there would be "severely reduced service across the Tube network" and no service at all on the Victoria or Waterloo & City lines. About 150 extra buses were set to be deployed and river services "enhanced" throughout the strike, with "travel ambassadors" deployed to help commuters, TfL. National Rail services will not be affected by the strike, but there will be no Tube services from key interchange stations such as Victoria, King's Cross, Waterloo, Paddington, Euston, Bank and London Bridge. Piccadilly line services will run between Hammersmith and Heathrow Terminals 1, 2 and 3, but there will be no service to Terminals 4 or 5. At the start of the strike London Mayor Sadiq Khan tweeted: "This tube strike will cause misery to millions of Londoners." Mr Khan said he has instructed TfL "to continue negotiating". The Labour mayor said TfL's negotiating team "will be available around the clock to resolve this dispute". Calling the strike "pointless" Mr Khan said TfL's offer "will ensure station safety and staffing levels across the Tube network".


 

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Sadiq Khan - who has been pictured using the Tube while mayor - said the strike was "pointless"

 

 

President Uhuru Kenyatta visits Joe Kadenge at his home

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Ghana’s New President Nana Akufo-Addo Borrows from Former

U.S Presidents Bush and Clinton’s Inaugural Speech

Nana Akufo-Addo was inaugurated as president of Ghana yesterday. It has however, been revealed that while addressing the gathering at the Independence Square, Akufo-Addo used the same words from a 1993 Bill Clinton inaugural speech, and a 2001 George Bush inaugural speech. “I ask you to be citizens: citizens, not spectators; citizens, not subjects; responsible citizens building your communities and our nation. Let us work until the work is done,” Akufo-Addo said. The words above were also contained in George Bush’s 2001 inaugural speech – verbatim. The president also said; “Though our challenges are fearsome, so are our strengths. Ghanaians have ever been a restless, questing, hopeful people. And we must bring to our task today, the vision and will of those who came before us”. Further checks revealed that these were the same words from Bill Clinton’s 1993 inaugural speech. - CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO

 

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Theresa May: UK cannot keep 'bits' of EU membership


The UK cannot expect to hold on to "bits" of its membership after leaving the EU, Theresa May has said. The prime minister's comment came after she was asked whether she would "prioritise" controlling immigration over staying in the single market. She told Sky News her approach was not "muddled", following criticism by the UK's former EU ambassador. Mrs May, whose critics have demanded more detail of her aims, promised to provide this in "the coming weeks". But Labour urged the prime minister to give "more clarity" ahead of the "most important negotiations for a generation". Brexit talks with the EU are expected to begin as early as April. There has been much debate in recent weeks about the nature of the deal the government is aiming for, in particular whether controls on the movement of EU citizens will mean the UK leaves the European single market and customs union.

 

Nana Akufo-Addo sworn in as President Of Ghana

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London Tube strike set to go ahead as talks over staffing and ticket offices fail

Talks to avert a mass strike on the London Underground have broken down, with a 24-hour walkout now expected to go ahead as from Sunday 8th January, 2017. Representatives from London Underground, the Transport Salaried Staffs Association (TSSA) and the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) met for negotiations amid a long-running dispute over staffing and ticket office closures. But the RMT has walked out of the last-ditch talks at conciliation service ACAS, meaning a one-day strike is set to go ahead from 6pm on Sunday. The union's regional organiser, John Leach, told Sky News that London Underground's offer was "a woeful, inadequate response to a crisis". He said: "We've been in with ACAS and London Underground all week long and basically their position hasn't moved all the way through. "Last year they withdrew 830 plus jobs from the frontline, uniformed station staff. "They de-staffed station control rooms and that has left a very dangerous and unsafe situation." Mr Leach said union representatives had pushed London Underground to reopen control rooms across the network. He added: "They need to put jobs back in and what they have offered is a band aid for a gaping wound." TSSA general Manuel Cortes said a last-minute offer had been made but it had to be put to the membership before any decision is made. The offer came after the RMT delegation had left.

 

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GITHINJI'S FAMILY

SUNDAY 8TH JANUARY 2017

MR & MRS. FRANCIS GITHINJI OF PCEA LONDON HAVE LOST THEIR MOTHER IN INDIA


It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing on of Jane Mugure Gitahi, mother to Mrs Lucy Githinji, (PCEA Church, London). Mother in law to Francis Githinji (PCEA Church, London) and grandmother to Evalyne and Sylvia Githinji. She is sister to Catherine Wambui Gitahi (Mama Gitahi) among others and aunt to Beatrice, Gitahi and Jackline of London. Family and friends are meeting for prayers at Githinji's residence, 51 Rose Lane, Romford RM6 5JT from Tuesday 03/01/17 to Friday 06/01/17 time 7pm - 9pm. In Kenya friends and family are meeting at Emmacra hotel basement near Tearoom Stage from 5:30 p.m. Person to contact is Grace Wangari 0722882347. Memorial service will be held on Sunday at 4:00pm on Sunday 8th January, 2017 at PCEA St Matthews Church, Dyson Road, Stratford E15 4JX. You can contact the family on: Mr Francis Githinji 07951013245 or Mrs Lucy Githinji 07949238898. The cottage will leave Kenyatta University Mortuary  on Thursday 12th January 2017 at 8.00 am for funeral service at Kiamariga, Mathira, Nyeri County. In God's hand you rest, in our hearts you live forever. Fare thee well.

 

 

 

Raila Odinga calls for KCSE results audit as unions differ over cancellation push


Opposition leader Raila Odinga has demanded a full-fledged investigation into the mysteries surrounding last year’s Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE). Raila wants President Uhuru Kenyatta to form a commission of inquiry to audit the 2016 KCSE examination results. He also wants disciplinary action taken against those culpable in perpetrating the mass failure. “We have to go past performance tables and ensure the students get the qualifications they deserve. The Jubilee government wants Kenyans to believe that of the over 577,000 students who sat KCSE in 2016, only 15 per cent had the brains to take up university courses in Kenya. This is where we were as a nation almost 30 years ago. Something has gone terribly wrong and we need to get to the bottom of it as a nation,” Raila said. The former prime minister insisted that the pattern painted by the results as released by Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i is abnormal. - Sunday Nation

 

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A WORD OF APPRECIATION

THE LATE DENNIS MBUGUA WHO PASSED AWAY IN NOTINGHAM, UK ON 9TH OCTOBER, 2016

 

The family of Mama Wanja of Luton would like to most sincerely thank friends and well-wishers from Luton, Nottingham, London and other parts of the UK for your generous support during the trying time we had after losing our brother and son the Late Dennis Mbugua. No words can express our gratitude for your kind gestures. May the Almighty God richly bless you and reward you a hundred folds. May you continue being rooted and grounded in this love of God forever and ever Amen.

 

 

 

A handgun taken from the suspect in Florida's deadly airport shooting during a mental health

evaluation last year was returned to him a month later, police say.

 

Sneak Preview of a Raila Presidency:

What Kibaki Revealed

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Tennis Courtship: Serena Williams Shows Off Her Giant Diamond Engagement Ring


Serena Williams stepped out with her fiancé trading the racket for a rock as she showed off her massive diamond engagement ring. While Serena Williams has stayed coy on Instagram about her recent engagement to Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian, the tennis champ has made good use of her fiancee’s platform when it comes to giving us precious morsels of information about their relationship. The 22-time Grand Slam champion announced her engagement to Ohanian via a Reddit post (where her username, serenawilliams, is listed as “verified GOAT”) and now she’s revealed what her engagement ring looks like to fans and Reddit users alike with a casual post in a sneakers subreddit.

 

 

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Woman in London finds she is missing £7m gold after Hatton Garden raid

John Collins, Daniel Jones, Terry Perkins, (bottom row left to right) Carl Wood, William Lincoln and Hugh Doyle

 

A woman has come forward after realising £7m of her gold is missing nearly two years after a heist at a London safety deposit box company. The woman claimed one of her safety deposit boxes had been stolen and she only realised it was missing after the trial of the gang who carried out the April 2015 raid. The claim, which is being treated seriously by police, would mean the total stolen in the heist stands at around £21m, Sky's Crime Correspondent Martin Brunt said. Seven men were convicted in March last year over the break-in at Hatton Garden Safe Deposit in London and jailed for terms of six and seven years. The gang ransacked 73 safe deposit boxes after using a drill to bore a hole into the vault wall during the meticulously-planned heist, taking gold, diamonds and sapphires. The raid, carried out over the Easter bank holiday weekend in the heart of London's diamond district, was the biggest burglary in English history. Ringleaders John "Kenny" Collins, 75; Daniel Jones, 61, and Terry Perkins, 67, were sentenced to seven years and Brian Reader, 77, was jailed for six years and three months.

 

Brian Reader, 77, the oldest man convicted in the Hatton Garden raid

 

Carl Wood was jailed for six years and William Lincoln for seven after they were convicted of conspiracy to commit burglary and conspiracy to conceal, convert of transfer criminal property. Plumber Hugh Doyle, 48, was convicted of laundering the stolen goods after he let the gang use his workshop forecourt to transfer bags of jewellery between vehicles. He was sentenced to 21 months, suspended for two years. The majority of the jewellery and gold stolen has not been recovered. Confiscation hearings for the gang members have been held up because it has not been possible to agree what is still missing from the raid. The gang members face longer sentences if the stolen goods are not returned. A statement from the Metropolitan Police said: "In June 2016, police received an allegation of theft from a security box relating to the Hatton Garden burglary in April, 2015. "The victim is alleging the loss of a substantial amount of property. The investigation is ongoing."

 

 

 

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Kenya struggles to scrap banned asbestos roofing

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US spy chiefs believe Russian President Putin ordered Russian hackers to help Donald Trump win the US election

 

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Luke 6:38

 

Start Giving to Others
We read in Luke 6:38: "Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Generosity isn’t just about money. Lots of people say, ‘As soon as I get rich I’ll become more generous.’ But the greatest givers often have the least money. Grandmothers on meagre pensions are sending a few pounds each month to help build orphanages. People barely making ends meet are giving to feed the hungry. Retired employees are mentoring younger workers. Single people with limited resources are spending their evenings working with the homeless or families in need. No matter where you are financially, you can begin a lifestyle of giving. If you can come up with the money for a nice car, dining out, movie tickets, dating, and other leisure activities, chances are you can find something to give if you really want to. Jesus said, ‘Give away your life; you’ll find life … not merely given back - [but] given back with bonus and blessing’ (v. 38 MSG). Want a bonus? Want a blessing? Start giving your time, treasure and talent to others. Jesus either lied or He told the truth, and you need to find out which. If you believe He told the truth you’d be foolish to withhold instead of giving. One writer said: ‘When you become detached mentally from yourself and concentrate on helping other people with their difficulties, you’ll be able to cope with your own more effectively. Somehow the act of self-giving is a personal power-releasing factor.’ Jesus said, ‘Giving, not getting, is the way. Generosity begets generosity.’ So start giving to others and see what happens.

 

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The senate passed the amendments and Gideon Moi reportedly voted in favour. During the debate,

26 Jubilee senators voted for the bill while only 10 from the opposition voted against it.

 

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Tiga wana! Gospel industry shaken

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Vote on election law rigged, says Cord

Cord on Friday dismissed as rigged the vote on thecontroversial election laws passed in the Senate on Thursday night and summoned over 10,000 opposition aspirants for elective posts to deliberate on the next move. The Election Laws (Amendment) Bill was passed after robust debate during which tempers occasionally flared up. Opposition politicians, led by Cord co-principals Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetang’ula, said voting in the Senate was rigged and criticised Speaker Ekwee Ethuro for presiding over what they termed an illegality. The leaders, who are set to meet at the Bomas of Kenya in Nairobi on Wednesday, are expected to discuss the way forward and decide on mass action and how it will be managed in all the parts of the country. The aspirants are expected to be the agents of any decision passed. According to Mr Musyoka and Mr Wetang’ula, a decision authorising Nominated Senator Hosea Ochwangi to vote on behalf of Senator Chris Obure, who was absent, despite the existence of a previous letter only authorising nominated Senator Janet Ongera to do so, was an electoral fraud. “What happened in the Senate was outright rigging and this is what we must ultimately stop despite the Jubilee government’s efforts to facilitate it,” said Mr Musyoka. He criticised Jubilee for attempting to raid the Constitution by overturning the will of the people for what he termed individual gains. - Daily Nation.

 

Residents of the Coast will vote for Jubilee because of the development projects the

government has implemented in the past four years, local leaders have said.

 

 


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Giant Antarctic iceberg 'hanging by a thread'

An iceberg roughly a quarter of the size of Wales is about to break off from Antarctica. A vast area of Larsen C ice shelf - the most northern major shelf in the Antarctic Peninsula - is said to be "hanging by a thread". Forecast to be one of the largest separations of its kind, the frozen mass has an area of 5,000 square km (1,930sq miles). An expanding rift, which has increased in size by 18km (11 miles) over the last few weeks, means the piece is now holding on by a strand of just 20km of ice. The iceberg will be 350m thick when it caves. Researchers believe the shedding of the shelf will lead to global sea levels raising by 10cm and could lead to the wider break-up of Larsen C. The MIDAS Project, based at Swansea University, has been monitoring the rift and is predicting it will shed over the next few months, depending on weather conditions. Project leader and glaciologist Professor Adrian Luckman, told Sky News: "This is going to be a big change to the geography of the Antarctic Peninsula." He went on, "There's no need to worry about this, but we have to keep our eyes on these things". Other shelves have broken away from the Antarctic Peninsula - Larsen A ice shelf in 1995 and the Larsen B in 2002. In the 2002 breakaway, the National Snow and Ice Data Center said the Earth had lost a major feature that had "likely existed since the end of the last major glaciation 12,000 years ago".

 

 

Five people shot dead by Florida gunman

Five people have been shot dead by a lone gunman at Fort Lauderdale airport in Florida, say officials. It happened at the baggage claim area in Terminal 2, just before 1300 local time (1800 GMT), the airport confirmed. There were five people dead and one person in custody, said Broward Sheriff's office. A second man was led away by police some time after. Hundreds of people were standing on the tarmac as dozens of police cars and ambulances rushed to the scene. Thirteen people have been injured and were taken to local hospitals, Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief told US media. One of the first reports of the incident came from former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer, who said in a tweet: "I'm at the Ft. Lauderdale Airport. Shots have been fired. Everyone is running." A witness told MSNBC that the gunman was a "slender man' who was wearing a Star Wars T-shirt. The gunman, who appeared to be in his 20s, did not speak and was shot by police as he attempted to reload, John Schlicher said. He added that his mother-in-law administered first aid to someone who had been shot in the head. Florida Senator Bill Nelson told US media that the gunman has been identified as "Esteban Santiago", but that has not been confirmed by law enforcement. A man in handcuffs was seen being escorted away from the airport by police nearly two hours after the shooting was first reported. A Miami TV station tweeted footage claiming to be filmed from inside the baggage terminal. The video shows several injured people laying on the floor, as witnesses shout for medical help. A witness told NBC News the gunman was shot by police less than a minute after the shooting began. "He was gunned down by police," Mark Lea from Minneapolis told the network. "It was absolutely surreal." - CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO


 

 

US election hacking: Putin 'sought to help' Trump

Russian President Vladimir Putin sought to help Donald Trump win the presidential election, a US intelligence report says. The declassified report says the Russian leader "ordered" a campaign aimed at influencing the election. The report was released shortly after intelligence chiefs briefed Mr Trump on their findings. Mr Trump stopped short of accusing Russia of interfering, saying only that the election outcome was not affected. The report says that the Kremlin developed a "clear preference" for Mr Trump. "We assess Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the US presidential election," it said. "Russia's goals were to undermine public faith in the US democratic process, denigrate Secretary [Hillary] Clinton, and harm her electability and potential presidency." The 25-page document is a cut-down version of the classified report presented to President Barack Obama on Thursday and to Mr Trump on Friday. The declassified version contained no detailed evidence of Mr Putin's alleged role. Since winning the election, Mr Trump has repeatedly questioned US intelligence claims of Russian hacking. US officials previously said the Kremlin was behind the hacking of Democratic Party emails aimed at damaging Mr Trump's rival, Hillary Clinton.
Russian agents are alleged to have sent stolen emails stolen from the Democrats to WikiLeaks to try to swing the vote for Mr Trump. Russia has denied any involvement in the hacking and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says Moscow was not the source for the site's mass leak of emails from the Democratic Party.

 

Shortly before his briefing with intelligence chiefs, Mr Trump dismissed the Russian hacking claims as a "political witch-hunt" by his opponents. He told the New York Times that US institutions had been the target of previous hacking attacks, but they had not received the same media attention as the alleged intrusions during the election campaign. The meeting at Trump Tower involved National Intelligence Director Gen James Clapper, CIA Director John Brennan and FBI Director James Comey. Mr Trump described their talks as "constructive". In a statement afterwards he declined to single out Russia and said he had "tremendous respect for the work and service done" by those in the US intelligence community. "While Russia, China, other countries, outside groups and people are consistently trying to break through the cyber infrastructure of our governmental institutions, businesses and organisations including the Democrat National Committee, there was absolutely no effect on the outcome of the election," he said. "Whether it is our government, organisations, associations or businesses we need to aggressively combat and stop cyber-attacks. I will appoint a team to give me a plan within 90 days of taking office." The identities of the Russian agents allegedly directly responsible for the hack are known to US authorities but have not been released publicly, reports say, citing intelligence sources.

 

 

 

Communications Authority of Kenya enforces penalty on unregistered sim cards


Other offenses attracting similar penalty include buying sim cards from hawkers and failure to report a lost sim card to a police station.

 

The Communications Authority of Kenya has set up tough measures to tame misuse of mobile phones in the country ahead of 2017 general elections. Under the new guidelines published in local dailies, the Authority says one is eligible to a fine of Sh100, 000 or six months in jail if one uses a sim card that is not registered. Other offenses attracting similar penalty include buying sim cards from hawkers and failure to report a lost sim card to a police station. “New regulation will also apply to people allowing strangers to use their sim cards. This should not happen even when the stranger is in distress and requires assistance,” says the Authority in the advertisement. CA Director General, Francis Wangusi also wants individuals to report any changes on the particulars as soon as possible to service providers (Safaricom, Orange, Airtel), and demand for the registration of particulars when buying a sim card from a vendor. “Provide a copy of your Identification Card and ensure correct particulars are registered,” he said. It is not the first time the regulator is enforcing the above rules. In 2010 while still operating under Communications Commission of Kenya it launched mandatory SIM card registration which was expected to capture personal details of the existing 20 million subscribers in the country by July 30, same year. The initiative was meant to boost national security and reduce phone related crimes. These include kidnappings where criminal gangs have in the past asked for ransom money to be paid through mobile money transfer services. – The Standard.

 

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Kenyan man from Lowell Massachusetts killed

in car crash (Eustace Mubia Wanjugu)

The late Eustace Mubia Wanjugu, 31-year-old Kenyan man from Lowell


Eustace Mubia Wanjugu, 31-year-old Kenyan man from Lowell, Massachusetts was on Friday evening involved in a tragic car crash that happened near Exit 32 of Interstate 495 South in Westford Massachusetts. The accident occurred when the car he was driving slid off the highway into a ditch, trapping him inside, according to state police. Westford firefighters disentangled the man from his 2005 Nissan Murano and loaded him onto a MedFlight helicopter for transport to Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston where he passed away. The accident happened around 8:15 pm and caused the highway to be shut down briefly during the rescue. The front hood of the man’s car was badly squashed from the crash. According to a relative who spoke to Jamhuri News, Mubia’s both legs were amputated from the accident causing excessive bleeding. ”We are very shocked and saddened by the news, he had just spoken to his sister on phone.” said Susan Muhoro, a cousin who also lives in Lowell MA.


Police visited Susan Muhoro’s house around midnight on Friday where they notified her of the accident. Susan later visited Brigham & Women’s Hospital where she was able to identify Eustace’s body. Police are still investigating the crash. Mubia’s parents, Mr. Ephantus Mwangi and Mrs. Margaret Mwangi of Tucson Arizona told Jamhuri News that they are disheartened by the news, but they believe God will give them enough strength to carry on during this painful time they’re grieving the loss of their son. ”It is God’s will and we can not question Him, He’s the one who gave him to us and so He saw it best to take him and we’re grateful for the years we had our son.” Said the mother. Other relatives in USA include a sister, Maureen Wangeci Karoki and her husband Zack Karoki both of Tucson Arizona. Mubia relocated from Arizona to Lowell-MA in December 2014 and lived with his cousin on 119 Pleasant Street for some time before moving in with a friend roommate on the same street. The family said their wish is to bury their son in Kenya and requested community support in all ways including prayers and financial help. – Jamhuri News

 

 

 

 

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Mr. Daniel Munyambu (left) and Dr. Isaac Newton Kinity


“Implementing intensive economic growth for full employment , establishing a universal healthcare system free for all, strengthening the rule of law , restructuring government and institutions will be my first priority and ending the rampant corruption that has overwhelmed Kenya”, said Daniel Munyambu who has been planning to usher in new leadership in Kenya based on Nolan principles. He is supporting Dr Isaac Newton Kinity , a human rights activist from Connecticut, USA who will be arriving in Kenya on 9th this month to protest against mysterious disappearance of Mr Dickson Bogonko Bosire, a Kenyan blogger and Mr Albert Muriuki who was a deputy director in charge of constitutional and legislative affairs at State House; the two were reported missing in 2013. Mr Munyambu who was once a Councillor in a white majority area of Basildon and in 2015 contested for MP in Thurrock as a carpetbagger is about to announce his political party that had previously sponsored a former President and coalition he will team up with to vie for President ; he said he will implement holistic transformation of the security system to ensure there is a shift from colonial policing system that has been serving the interests of those who are influential in the society to a new system that will operate in a manner that is consistent with democratic norms and sound principles of good governance ensuring 30% of security officers are women to promote gender equality from the current 14%. Munyambu further observed that there are huge obstacles ahead but working together with his dedicated team, they will overcome for the sake of our children and generations to come. For more information please contact: daniel.munyambu@yahoo.com

 

 

 

 

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Jubilee senators pass contentious election law


Senators debate on Election (amendment) Bill at parliament buildings Nairobi, on January 3, 2017. 


Jubilee senators left the Senate on Thursday midnight a delighted lot after successfully passing contentious Election Law (Amendment) Bill, without amendments, paving way for President Uhuru Kenyatta to assent it into law. This is despite spirited efforts by the opposition led by minority leader Moses Wetang’ula that the Election Law (Amendment) Bill was unconstitutional and could plunge the country into chaos. Senator Wetang’ula called for the voice of reason to prevail saying the Senate should rise above parochial interests that does not advance the interests of the country. “Bulldoze what you want but don’t drag our image into the mud. Let’s be bipartisan and salvage the image of this House,” Mr Wetang’ula said. But, the jubilee lawmakers, who appeared not ready to delay passage of the Bill by disagreeing with some clauses, used their numbers to defeat all the amendments fronted by the Opposition. 26 lawmakers voted in support of the Bill as 10 voted against it, rendering a blow to the Opposition's push to have the law struck out. Mr Wetangula said the process through which the laws were passed was not fair, saying that unauthorised senator had been allowed to vote. “This amounts to cheating. This is rigging,” he claimed.


CALL FOR MASS ACTION
Cord had warned that it would call mass action if the laws are passed after they claimed they were meant to introduce use of manual backup to rig the next general election. The Opposition wants electronic system used in the next general election whereas Jubilee has maintained that a backup must be used to ensure eligible voters are not denied the chance to vote. The joint legal affairs and ICT committee agreed that the use of technology in elections should be used in this year’s election and that a backup mechanism would only be triggered where there was a failure in technology in exceptional cases. However, the committee that sought public views before reporting to the House observed that there was need to define the type of backup system that would be used. The committee report indicated that most stakeholders’ submissions supported the need for a backup system but differed on the type of backup system to be deployed, which could be manual, electronic, a hybrid or a layered system. “There is need to clearly define the circumstances which may trigger the use of a backup mechanism,” the report said. - Daily Nation.

 

Chief executives of three breweries face a five-year jail term and a fine of Sh100,000 after they were fingered by

the film regulator for advertising alcoholic products on TV when under-age viewers are deemed to be awake.

 

 


 

Woman who claims Mark Too sired son seeks to stop burial

Fatuma Ramadhan Hassan

In death just as in life, controversy continued to stalk one of Kenya’s most charismatic politicians, Mark Too, Wednesday. Just a day after his lawyer, Simon Lilan, sensationally claimed in Eldoret that the politician had been murdered, a woman who claims she has a son with the deceased obtained court orders stopping the burial scheduled for Monday next week. Fatuma Ramadhan Hassan, in an application certified urgent by the High Court in Nairobi, wants the remains of the politician, who died on New Year's eve, to be preserved until her 16-year-old son is included in the funeral arrangements. Ramadhan claims Too was the undisputed biological father of her son, who therefore has a right to bury him. She alleges that in view of the "likely tumultuous, psychological and mental torture" the minor may face, the court ought to make a finding in his favour. The woman also wants the court to stop the distribution of Too's vast estate, and is demanding an immediate lump sum payment of the minor's school fees pending the hearing and determination of the suit. Too died on December 31 at Eldoret's St Luke's Hospital where he was rushed in critical condition. - The Standard


 

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Ruto building sh1.2bn home in Uasin Gishu

DEPUTY President William Ruto is building a plush, multi-million-shilling residence in Eldoret town, complete with a private airstrip, the Star has established. The stately home is estimated to sit on 20 acres, part of 700 acres bought by the DP in Moiben constituency. A Chinese construction company has already laid the foundation for the main house, a guest wing, two swimming pools, a library, gym and other lavish facilities. There are indications the DP may finally quit his Sugoi home in Turbo constituency and settle near Eldoret Town, the base of his political power. The upcoming home signals the self-described “Hustler’s” massive financial war chest as the country heads to the 2017 general election. “It will be a home befitting the status of a President,” a source familiar with the DP's political activities said, adding that Ruto plans to move into the new home before the next polls.

 

Ruto's wife Rachel is said to have shifted base from their plush Karen official residence and is mostly operating from Turbo as she supervises the ongoing work. Ruto bought the land early this year. The land was part of the 6,000 acres Jagir Farm, known locally as Kapkochir, whose owner was an Asian businessman. The businessman first sold the land to Mombasa businessman David Lagat, who then sold part of it to the DP, among other buyers. Lagat was engaged in a lengthy row with squatters on the farm, but they were also later allocated part of it. Part of the area bought by the DP has an airstrip, which is being rehabilitated as part of the home. The Star has established that Ruto prefers to keep the ongoing works confidential and always flies in and out of the compound. “Every time he travels to Western Kenya or the Rift Valley, he must pass by to check the status of the construction. However, even the security are always kept away,” the source said. At least eight armed Administration Police officers are guarding the construction site, which is located along the road from the Eldoret-Elgeyo border. It lies about 15 kilometres east of Eldoret town. - The Star

 

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China begins to ease its 2,000-year-old monopoly on salt


BEIJING (AP) — China has started an overhaul of its salt industry, easing a monopoly that has existed in some form for more than 2,000 years and predates the Great Wall.New regulations went into effect at the start of this year. Under a plan published by China's State Council last year, government regulators will allow private companies to enter the salt market. Existing wholesalers will be allowed to operate outside their previously designated areas, run marketing campaigns and introduce "modern ways of distribution." Government planners will retain supervision over retail pricing to "prevent abnormal fluctuations," but prices will otherwise be set by the market, according to the State Council.

 

 

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A Kenyan Lady from USA has passed away while on transit in Amsterdam

Timothy Kairu and his late wife Faith Kairu


It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing on of Faith Mukami Kairu, who went to be with the Lord on January 2, 2017. Faith was the loving wife of Timothy Kairu Wanyoike (Tim), devoted mother to Mark, Ryan and Emma Kairu. She is a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Mugwe of Nakuru Kenya and a daughter in love to Mr. & Mrs. Wanyoike of Gatundu Faith and Tim formerly lived in Atlanta and Alabama. At the time of her death, they were living with their three children in College Station, Texas, where Faith was a pharmacist at the Physicians Center Hospital. Faith and her family had traveled to Kenya to be with their loved ones during the Christmas break. A couple of days before their departure for Texas, Faith begun to feel unwell. The family departed for the U.S. on December 28, via Amsterdam.. Her condition deteriorated during the flight from Kenya to the US. On arrival in Amsterdam, she was hospitalized and admitted to the ICU where she was diagnosed with septic shock. Despite the doctors’ best efforts, Faith passed away on the morning of January 2 2017. Family and friends are gathering in Atlanta, Alabama, Texas, Nakuru, and Gatundu for prayers and funeral arrangements. Details of the funeral arrangements will be communicated later. We are calling on friends and well-wishers to support the family through prayers for Tim, the kids and all their loved ones during this very difficult time.

 

We are also appealing for financial support to cover the enormous costs that the family has incurred and will continue to incur including but not limited to hospital bills, travel costs, funeral costs and the cost of sending Faith’s body home for interment. Financial support can be channeled via any of the following: GoFundMe https://www.gofundme.com/FAITHKAIRU. Bank deposit: Name of Account: Timothy Wanyoike, Bank: Wells Fargo, Account # 1010103179380; Email timkairu@gmail.com “CASH-APP” to Tim’s phone number 678-770-4086 or his email timkairu@gmail.com We will continue to meet for prayers, updates and planning each day at 8:00pm CST. Please call Conference line 1-605-475-2875, Access Code: 1192215,. If you have any questions, please direct them to any of the following contacts: Paul Kamondo – Atlanta, GA, 404 914 1746, Ed Kurgut, Birmingham, Alabama205-240-0222, Florence Munene, College Station, TX979-587-0560, Lydia Ngatara, Kansas City, Kansas913-207-9410, Waithaka Mwangi, Manhattan, Kansas979-571-2472 or Comfort Manyame, College Station, TX979-220-4218.

 

A KENYAN LADY HAS PASSED AWAY IN PORTSMOUTH, UK

THE LATE FLORENCE MUTHONI MWENJE

 

We are in deep sadness to announce the passing on to Glory of Mrs Florence Muthoni Mwenje in Portsmouth, UK on Monday 2nd January, 2017. Formally Florence Kiragu of Portsmouth. Wife of Samuel Mwenje Wamai mum to Annmarie Mwenje and baby Jayden Mwenje daughter of Mr and Mrs Moses Kiragu of Ngandu Village,Karatina, Nyeri, Kenya. Florence worked at Nairobi and Gertrude's hospitals before she moved to United Kingdom in 2003. She worked with NHS -QA Hospital Portsmouth and NHS Solent Portsmouth until 2016. Daughter in law to Mr & Mrs Joseph Wamae Mwenje of Nyeri. Sister to Sammy ,Tony and Carol among others. Sister in law to Emma and Jane Wamai among others. Cousin to Mumbi of Oxford UK.Among others. Family and friends are meeting at their residence in Portsmouth UKevery day from 5:00- 9:00.pm at 98 Gladys Avenue, Northend. PO2 9BH. For Prayers. In oxford Family and friends are meeting at 69 Preacher Lane. OX1 1RT from 6:00-8:00 pm. The Body of our sister Florence will be repatriated to Kenya where she will be laid to rest . Friends are contributing towards the repatriation cost. For those who would like to contribute, please use. Halifax Bank, Samuel Mwenje Wamai, Account Number 01138767 and Sort Code 110615. If you have any query, please feel free to call Wanderi-07570949445 (Committee Chairman) Sam-07884938939 (Husband) Mumbi - 07727017809 (Cousin) Annita - 07917404639 (Close Friend) and Margaret - 07568443957 (Close Friend and colleague of many years) or John. 07533815950. Remain blessed. Amen.

 

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A man was asked to paint a boat

He brought with him paint and brushes and began to paint the boat a bright red, as the owner asked him.

While painting, he noticed that there was a small hole in the hull, and quietly repaired it.

When finished painting, he received his money and left.

The next day, the owner of the boat came to the painter and presented him with a nice cheque, much higher than the payment for painting.

The painter was surprised and said "You've already paid me for painting the boat Sir!"

"But this is not for the paint job. It's for having repaired the hole in the boat."

"Ah! But it was such a small service... certainly it's not worth paying me such a high amount for something so insignificant."

"My dear friend, you do not understand. Let me tell you what happened.

When I asked you to paint the boat, I forgot to mention about the hole.

When the boat dried, my kids took the boat and went on a fishing trip.

They did not know that there was a hole. I was not at home at that time.

When I returned and noticed they had taken the boat, I was desperate because I remembered that the boat had a hole.

Imagine my relief and joy when I saw them returning from fishing.

Then, I examined the boat and found that you had repaired the hole! You see, now, what you did? You saved the life of my children! I do not have enough money to pay your 'small' good deed."

_So, no matter who, when or how. Just continue to help, sustain, wipe tears, listen attentively and carefully repair all the 'leaks' you find, because you never know when one is in need of us or when God holds a pleasant surprise for us to be helpful and important to someone_.

_You may have repaired numerous 'boat holes' along the way... of several people without realizing how many lives you've saved_.

*So Keep up Good work ...*

I want to thank Everyone who Repaired my boat this year 2016 in every way like Good Wishes, thoughts, love, care & prayers...


Blast & cheers 2017.

 

 

Court to try case seeking to halt Mark Too's funeral

The late Former nominated MP Mark Too

A woman has sued to stop the burial of former nominated MP Mark Too. Fatuma Ramadhan Hassan alleges that Mr Too is the father of her 16-year-old son. Justice Aggrey Muchelule certified the case as urgent but did not issue orders halting the burial, which is scheduled for Monday, January 9. He directed lawyer Danstan Omari to serve the suit papers on the two widows of the former chairman of Lonrho East Africa Company Limited for a hearing on Friday. Ms Hassan claims her son will suffer psychologically if he is excluded from participating in the burial of the businessman. – Daily Nation

 

 

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State makes Sh4 billion offer to doctors to end ongoing strike

The government has made an offer to doctors that will cost the exchequer an additional Sh4 billion to be shared among the country’s 5,000 doctors. State House spokesperson Manoah Esipisu said on Wednesday that the offer was made in recognition of the "important role played by doctors in public life." He said in a statement that the government is committed to continuing reforms to address challenges in the health sector. Doctors have been on strike for over a month demanding the implementation of the 2013 CBA, through which they will get a 300 per cent pay rise. Their working conditions, job structures and criteria for promotions will also be reviewed, and the matter of under-staffing addressed. The government said in response to the strike it would make the following offer:

• Raise the entry level grade into the public service for doctors to Job Group “M” from Job Group “L”. This is higher than the normal entry level for other public servants and recognizes doctors’ professional training

• Offered to raise the Enhanced Emergency Call allowance as follows:

- Increase to Sh66,000 from the current Sh30,000 for Job Group L – an increase of more than 100 per cent.

- Increase to Sh72,000 from Sh30,000 for Job Groups M-P -- also an increase of much more than 100 per cent

- Increase to Sh80,000 from Sh30,000 for Job Groups Q and above

In addition, Government also offered a new Doctors’ Risk allowance at a flat rate of Sh10,000 per month The sum total of the government’s offer means that the minimum gross salary for doctors will increase to Sh196,989 from the current Sh140,244 at full implementation at the current entry Job Group “L”. “The government believes that this is a responsible offer in the context of its obligations to properly manage the country’s finances, as well as taking into cognizance the critical role played by doctors in securing a nation’s health,” Esipisu said. But KMPDU secretary General Ouma Oluga said they had not reached a deal and they'll reconvene their meeting on Friday. "After lengthy discussions, we have not reached any deal.We shall reconvene on Friday at 10am at Treasury to continue with engagements". The meeting was convened by President Uhuru Kenyatta, in attendance was Treasury CS Henry Rotich, CS Health Cleopa Mailu, SRC’s Sarah Serem among others. Doctors were represented by KMPDU Chairman Samuel Oroko and Secretary-General Ouma Oluga. – The Star

 

 

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Iceland is drilling the hottest hole in the world to get electricity from magma


A new project in Iceland is drilling down into the molten magma that flows through volcanoes, in the hopes of establishing a powerful new sustainable energy source. The initiative involves drilling a 5-km (3.1-mile) deep hole in the south-west corner of Iceland, which by the end of this year is predicted to become world's hottest hole, hitting temperatures anywhere between 400 and 1,000 degrees Celsius, Fred Pearce reports for New Scientist. That's enough to generate supercritical steam that experts estimate could generate up to 50 megawatts of electricity - making it 10 times more efficient than traditional geothermal wells.


Geothermal energy has been around for decades, and involves drilling into the natural heat stored inside Earth to power turbines and generate electricity. Particularly in Iceland, which is famous for its geologically active hot springs,more than a quarter of the country is powered by geothermal energy wells, which tap into hot rocks below Earth's surface. (The rest of the country's electricity needs are powered by hydroelectric plants.) But there are limitations to how efficient geothermal can be, so the Iceland Deep Drilling Project (IDDP) is taking things up a notch, by attempting to bypass rocks altogether and drill into the source of Earth's heat - the magma oozing into volcanoes.


The idea for the new project actually came from a mistake back in 2009, when the IDDP accidentally drilled into a magma reservoir about 2 kilometres (1.25 miles) below the surface, while trying to construct a traditional geothermal well. As an experiment, they poured water down the hole to see how much energy it could generate, and they ended up creating the most powerful geothermal well ever, producing some 30 megawatts of power. The project was short-lived, seeing as it was only ever set up as an experiment, but the team is hoping this new attempt will be more sustainable. The drilling of the new hole began on August 12 in the geologically active Reykjanes region of Iceland. The researchers are hoping to reach the Mid-Atlantic Ridge - a major boundary between Earth's tectonic plates - where magma heats seawater to temperatures of up to 1,000 degrees Celsius. "People have drilled into hard rock at this depth, but never before into a fluid system like this," one of the team, Albert Albertsson, assistant director of an Icelandic geothermal-energy company called HS Orka, told New Scientist. Not only would the water down there be super hot, it's also under a lot of pressure (200 times atmospheric levels), which the team expects will generate 'supercritical steam' - a state of matter that's neither liquid nor gas, and holds way more heat energy than either.


That type of steam could have an energy capacity of up to 50 megawatts - around 10 times more than the 5 megawatts capacity of a typical geothermal well. To put that into perspective, that means 50,000 homes could be powered, versus 5,000 from just one geothermal well. "If they can get supercritical steam in deep boreholes, that will make an order of magnitude difference to the amount of geothermal energy the wells can produce," Arnar Guðmundsson from Invest in Iceland, a government agency that promotes energy development, told New Scientist. But before you get too excited, for now, this is all purely theoretical - we need to actually get the new well up and running first. The hole should be drilled by the end of the year, and in the months that follow, we'll get an idea of how much electricity such a set-up can generate. If it works, it will be exciting for other regions around the world that have their own bevy of young volcanoes, such as Japan and California. And, with Earth continually getting hotter, we're in desperate need of more powerful alternatives to fossil fuels, so we'll be watching the results closely.

 

A Kenyan lady has passed away in Portsmouth, UK. More later

 

 

Arsenal completed a dramatic comeback at Bournemouth as they rescued a point in injury time having fallen 3-0 behind.

 

 

 

A Kenyan lady in UK has published a book

Annah Kimani fromBirmingham, UK has (right) has written a book on left


A Kenyan lady in UK has written a book “Be Obedient to God’s calling; when He calls you, will you Answer?”. The author Annah Kimani or Mama Gloria lives in Birmingham, UK. The whole purpose of this book is to encourage the believers in Jesus Christ to reach out and do that which the Lord has commissioned or is commissioning them to do; for the Kingdom of God. “Heed (pay attention to) instruction and be wise, and do not ignore or neglect it.” Proverbs 8:33 (AMP). “And [His gifts to the church were varied and] He Himself appointed some as apostles [special messengers, representatives], some as prophets [who speak a new message from God to the people], some as evangelists [who spread the good news of salvation], and some as pastors and teachers [to shepherd and guide and instruct]. 12 [and He did this] to fully equip and perfect the saints (God’s people) for works of service, to build up the body of Christ [the church].” Ephesians 4:11-12 (AMP) Foreword: ….this is one of the most interesting and absorbing books I have read in a very long time. I know that when you read this small but comprehensive book, by the end of it, you will be encouraged and challenged; your life will never be the same again!

From the UK, you can also order from the following:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/sref=nb_sb_noss/254-3018017-2707569?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=Be+Obedient+to+God%E2%80%99s

 


Or by calling Annah Kimani on 07950133716.


You can also buy the book through AuthorHouseUK

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1524667935/ref=cm_sw_r_wa_awdb_JQbBybYFYRH7D



 

 

 

Our Kenya Elections are largely Manual...

1. We Queue manually (No electronic management of queues)

2. We Manually pick ballots

3. We Manually tick ballots

4. We Manually insert ballots

5. We manually unseal ballot boxes

6. We manually Count ballots

7. We manually verify the count

ELECTRONIC ASPECTS ...2% OF ELECTIONS

The Law has not changed.

1. Voter identification is PRIMARILY Biometric. That is how voters will be identified. Where it fails like it did in Ghana 2012 and Kenya 2013, a responsible electoral system must provide alternatives and the ammendments do exactly that.

2. Result transmission is Electronic (Via phone or email) - Counting is done manually at the point of voting in the presence of agents of the candidates across 6 elections. In the rare instance that fails the back up is physical tabling of ballots or relevant forms signed by all agents at the County Tallying centre.

NB: It is just communicating what has been done manually.

Most importantly the final result can only be announced by the chief returning officer, The IEBC boss.

A responsible leadership and Nation must always provide credible alternatives in a matter such as elections.

Now you know, our electoral system is largely manual.

 

 

 

 

 

A KENYAN HAS PASSED AWAY IN USA


The late Joseph Kagotho Kenja passed away in USA on Monday 2nd January, 2017.Due to the sudden death of our beloved friend Mr. Joseph Kagotho Kenja, family, relatives and friends are meeting at their home daily in Worcester. USA. However, Kagotho had many friends in the Lowell area many of whom may not be able to go to Worcester to lend their support. Please join us, as friends of Kagotho on Saturday, January 7, 2016 at 4pm at his sisters' house (Lucy Muthumbi aka Wasaimo) to pay our tributes and support his family during this sad time. Please pass on to other forums and your friends. God bless you as you purpose to come. Address: 169 Fort hill Rd, Lowell MA. More later.

 

 

 

Brown snake filmed swallowing python whole in Australia

A brown snake eating a python



This is the shocking moment a deadly brown snake was filmed EATING a python. Snake catcher Sally Hill, who was called to the incident in the state of Queensland, said she had never seen anything like it before. She added that the snake, spotted at a house near Brisbane, north-east Australia, took more than three hours to finish off its prey. “We’ve never seen something like this before, it’s very rare any snake catcher gets an opportunity to witness something like this,” she said. “We always heard the old saying ‘if you’ve got a carpet python you won’t have a brown’, so obviously that’s a myth.” “We just put him into the bag, if you disturb them too much they’ll regurgitate their meal and it’s just a waste,” she said.

 


A Kenyan who is a Paralympian in UK forced to wet

herself on train without accessible toilet

Anne Wafula Strike has gone public with her ordeal because ‘too many people with disabilities suffer in silence’.


Anne Wafula Strike says she was left humiliated after three-hour journey on CrossCountry train with no disabled toilet Anne Wafula Strike has gone public with her ordeal because ‘too many people with disabilities suffer in silence’. Photograph: Martin Godwin for the Guardian An award-winning Paralympic athlete and disabilities campaigner says she was “completely robbed of her dignity” after a train company failed to provide an accessible toilet on a three-hour journey. Anne Wafula Strike, 42, a British wheelchair racer who has no use of her legs, is a board member of UK Athletics, has an MBE for services to disability sport and serves as a patron of several charities supporting the rights of people with disabilities. The Kenyan-born athlete said she was left profoundly humiliated after being left to urinate on herself on a CrossCountry train, covering her face with her hoodie after the incident in case anyone recognised her. “I was completely robbed of my dignity by the train company,” she said. “I would like to ask the train company when will they give me my dignity back? As a disabled person I have worked so hard over the years to build up my confidence and self-belief.


“Having access to a toilet, especially in a developed nation like the UK, is one of the most basic rights. I tried to conceal the smell of urine by spraying perfume over myself. When I finally got home after my nightmare journey, I scrubbed myself clean in the shower then flung myself on my bed and sobbed for hours.” She added: “After thinking about it for a while I decided to go public despite the personal humiliation of doing so in the hope that it will bring about change for other people with disabilities who want to contribute to society but are prevented from doing so. Too many people with disabilities suffer in silence when this kind of thing happens because they feel too embarrassed to talk about it. “The whole incident made me feel as if I can’t play an active role in society and should just hide behind closed doors. Being forced to sit in my own urine destroyed my self-esteem and my confidence.


“People with disabilities don’t want perfection, we just want the basics and to have our independence. But lack of access and inclusive facilities make us feel as if we are an afterthought.” The incident happened when Wafula Strike was returning from a UK Athletics board meeting in Coventry on 8 December. She took a taxi from Coventry to Nuneaton station and from there boarded the 17.22pm CrossCountry train to Stansted airport, where she could catch a connecting train to her home town of Harlow. On the journey, which is usually scheduled to last two hours and 48 minutes, she needed to use the toilet but found that the accessible one was out of order. “If the able-bodied toilet had been closer I could have tried to crawl to it but it was too far away and my wheelchair could not fit in the aisles to get to it,” she said. A member of the train crew suggested she could get off the train when it stopped at a station, use the disabled toilet there and wait for the next train. This would have delayed her journey home but in the event there were no staff at the station to help her so she was unable to get off the train. She tweeted the train company’s customer service team to complain and in a series of exchanges Wafula Strike became increasingly distressed. - The Guardian.com

 

 

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Body of woman who went missing on a cruise four months ago is found in ship’s air vent

A woman who vanished while on a cruise four months ago has been found dead in an air vent on the ship she had been holidaying on. German pensioner Imelda Bechstein, 74, was on her way back from Sardinia, Italy, with husband Ernst to their home in Munich, Germany, after they had spent a week on the sunny Italian island to escape the gloomy German autumn weather in October. Mr Bechstein went to sleep on a sun lounger next to his wife but woke up to discover her missing without a trace. Now, four moths later, her body has been found inside a maintenance shaft after she apparently wandered into the engine room and toppled over. Shocked Mr Bechstein admitted his wife could sometimes become disorientated, but said that she might still be alive if the crew had carried out a proper search when he first reported her missing. Mr Bechstein said: “She should not have been able to enter the engine room area, it should have been curtained off.”

 

 

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Kenyan man in US charged with slapping an

elderly woman, tells police he is sorry

57-year-old Zephaniah Nyang’au who is accused of slapping an elderly woman

According to the criminal complaint, the reporting party said an 85-year-old resident had wandered out of her bed that night, which was typical because of her dementia. A staff member approached the woman and then turned off the lights, and the woman started banging on a table demanding that the lights be turned back on, police say. At that time, 57-year-old Zephaniah Nyang’au Ontere of Burnsville walked up to the woman and hit her in the face with an open hand, according to the complaint. Ontere then took the woman back to her room. Police say surveillance video shows Ontere hitting the woman. According to the complaint, a witness said she had heard two people arguing in the dining room area of the building and heard the sound of a loud slap. She said she then saw Ontere and the victim involved in a “tussle,” so she got between them and escorted the woman back to her room with Ontere behind her. The witness said she notified her supervisor about the incident after putting the victim to bed. The supervisor told police that Ontere had been fired over the incident, according to the criminal complaint.

 

In an interview with police, Ontere admitted to slapping the woman; police say he was apologetic and “begged for forgiveness.” Ontere has been charged with fourth-degree assault and disorderly conduct. If convicted, he faces up to one year in prison and $3,000 in fines on the assault charge and up to 90 days in jail and $1,000 in fines on the disorderly conduct charge. The facility released a statement in response to the charges: Due to privacy concerns we are not able to publicly discuss the details of this incident; however, we take the safety of our residents very seriously and have a no-tolerance policy for abuse. The behavior of the aide in question was egregious and intolerable, and Augustana Care responded swiftly by contacting the family, adult protection and the authorities. The employee was immediately terminated. Background checks are performed for all employees, and Augustana Care/Emerald Crest trains employees on vulnerable adult issues upon hiring and annually thereafter. Prospective employees are not allowed to begin work here until they successfully complete a background check. - kstp.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kaimenyi banks on biometric access cards to curb graft

Land Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi.


Lands Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi has directed staff at Ardhi House to immediately get biometric cards to access their work stations, a move aimed at curbing runaway graft. Prof Kaimenyi said the new measure is also aimed at improving staff output by ensuring they arrive on time and log out when they leave with special access given to certain floors to specific people where crucial land documents are kept. The new measure completely locks out civilians from visiting certain floors where access is restricted to avert an emerging trend where files go missing or details are altered to facilitate theft or deprivation of land. “We are serious about serving Kenyans and this means enhancing staff capacity to fight graft and be accountable for the work they do. Every ministry employee will now be required to have an identity card at all times to access their work stations and we will be able to question their frequent presence at other locations,” he said.


Digitise land records
Prof Kaimenyi spoke when he directed Survey of Kenya staff to immediately occupy a Sh840 million four-storey building constructed three years ago by the government that will soon help Kenya digitise its land records. Speaking at the Geospatial Data Centre in Nairobi, the CS said it was wrong for government staff to occupy congested old buildings that provide lush ground for graft to thrive. The new building will house cartography, Mapping, National Photogrammetry, Hydrography, Geodetic Technical National and International Boundary and the Geospatial Data Management divisions. “This investment was meant to improve services and it is sad to see that two years later after its completion, nothing has been done. We need to utilise it to better lives of all Kenyans. Any equipment that is lacking will be procured and provided before end of January,” he said. Director of Survey Cesare Mbaria said that new building is unoccupied since it lacks furniture and that some electronic equipment required experts to dismantle them and have them reinstalled at the new premises. – Daily Nation.

 

 

 

A university student leader in Kenya will hold office for a one-year term and be eligible for re-election once.

 

 

A Kenyan Professor has passed away in USA


A Kenyan has passed away in USA. The late Professor Joel Ongaro passed away on Sunday 1st January, 2017. The family statement said: Friends, brethren and well wishers. Thank you all that prayed and stood with the family of Dr Joel Ongaro. Thank you for every prayer that was said on his behalf and that of his family. It has come to our attention through the leadership of Muungano SDA leadership in Jersey City NJ that he RESTED last night of Sunday 1st January 2017 about 11.00 pm. Those of the Kenyan decent, well-wishers and more so of the household of faith continue to stand and pray for the family. Dr Joel gave exam to his students just before Christmas holidays, took a walk on Sunday on Christmas Day with his kids, was taken ill and rushed to hospital in an ambulance same day, a week later he is no more. A career teacher in Kenya, Prof in US and tried politics in the last elections in Nyamira/ Kisii. May his soul R.I.P

 

Drone photography: on top of the world

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Kenyan Army Major Found Hanged In The Bathroom In UK

A coroner has opened an inquest into Cyrus Karumba's death after his wife found his body at their

home on the site of the Cormorant Defence Academy in Watchfield, Oxfordshire

Detectives are investigating the death of a British Army major and former United Nations consultant, after he was found hanged in a barracks. The body of Cyrus Karumba who was originally from Kenya, was found in a bathroom of the house he shared with his wife on the site of an Army Defence Academy. The respected 36-year-old major, who joined the British Army in 2003 and had served in Afghanistan, Kenya and Germany, and his wife Suchada Karumba, who was also from Kenya, had moved to the site in September. A coroner has opened an inquest into his death after his wife found his body at their home on the site of the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom in Watchfield, Oxfordshire, on December 7. Assistant Coroner for Oxfordshire Nicholas Gardiner confirmed the major's name, age, address and cause of death registered following a post-mortem examination before he adjourned the inquest at Oxford Coroner's Court. 'Aside from expressing our condolences to his family and friends, it would be inappropriate to comment further at this stage.' Mr Karumba was leading a professional development course for Army officers at the academy at the time of his death . Mr Karumba was leading a professional development course for Army officers at the academy at the time of his death He was the Army's Telecommunications and ICT Director for more than 10,000 of his comrades during a two-year stint in Kenya and was a web consultant for the UN Convention to Combat Desertification before he joined became an Army officer. He had trained as an officer at the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst, Berkshire, and had also served in the Falkland Islands. On the dead soldier’s LinkedIn page a colleague wrote: 'Officer Cyrus is effortlessly ahead of the pack in physical tests and core military knowledge. A man of integrity who I trust implicitly.' The rank of Major is the eighth highest in the British Army. Out of the most senior ranks, the highest occupied by a black serviceman is that of Brigadier - but there is odailymail.co.uk

Kenya Airways “abandons” Kenyan passengers in the cold at Amsterdam Airport

 

The fortunes of troubled airline Kenya Airways keep dwindling by the day with fresh accusations emerging that it left 12 Kenyan passengers stranded at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. Worse still, the airline told the passengers to find their own accommodation in the Dutch capital, which was not their destination, without any apology. A passenger who identified herself as Joyce Murigi narrated at length via a Facebook post how they were frustrated and eventually abandoned by the airline after their flight to Paris was diverted due to poor visibility. The drama started on Friday at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) where the passengers were told that the flight had delayed and they were to come back the following day. The flight eventually took off on Saturday at 6.30am. Hours later, as they approached Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, the pilot was diverted to another airport within France due to poor visibility. But the second airport was also experiencing bad weather and they could not land. Eventually, the flight was diverted to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol where it landed safely.

 

FROM BAD TO WORSE
But things took a turn to the worse. First the passengers were locked in the airplane for more than hour after Dutch authorities refused to grant them permission to disembark. Eventually the passengers were allowed to access the airport, but on condition they must each obtain a day’s visa. At the security desk at the airport were told to contact Kenya Airways for assistance in getting the visa. According to Ms Murigi, the airline’s Station Manager in Hall 2 at the airport only organised the transportation of non-Kenyan passengers to Paris by bus. Kenyan passengers, 12 of them, were left unattended to and stranded, and were eventually locked up in the Passport Control Hall. They have so far endured two days of the European winter at the airport. They can not without the day’s visas because they were not supposed to land in Amsterdam in the first place.

 

UNSIGNED LETTER
The only support they have got from Kenya Airways, they claim, is an unsigned letter telling them to find their own accommodation and seek refunds later. “Unfortunately you are confronted with an unexpected overnight stay in Amsterdam. We advise you to arrange your own hotel as hotel capacity is extremely limited,” the letter reads. “Afterwards you may claim the hotel costs via KQ customer Care with a maximum of 120.00 Euro per night / per room.” “We sincerely hope that, despite the inconvenience, the rest of your journey will be a pleasant one and we thank you for choosing KQ,” it added. The letter was dropped at the hall and no KQ official talked to the stranded passengers. The rescheduled flight is set to leave for Paris on Tuesday. – nairobinews.nation.co.ke

 

Kenyan Woman in Atlanta, USA Dies Shortly after Giving Birth to Twins

An Atlanta-based Kenyan woman whose photo was circulated widely on social media has died at Emory hospital, the family announced Friday. The hospital had sought her kin after her condition deteriorated. The deceased lived in Alpharetta, Georgia. According to a family member, Susan Gacheri Eldad had been admitted in the delivery ward at the hospital and died soon after giving birth to twins. “It’s very sad but at the same time we thank God that the babies survived,” she told ksnmedia.com. Before the sad news broke on Friday, Lucy Kinyua, a friend of Susan’s and a former school mate at Muthambi Girls’ wrote the following message on Facebook: “Class of 1995 u all remember Susan Susan Eldad (known as Susan Gacheri ) she is in hospital in AtL USA fighting for her life ; she is On Saturday, Gacheri’s family released the following message: “Hello friends and family, As a team, we have all been praying and trusting God for devine healing for our dear Susan. On Friday morning, things took a turn for the worse and we were summoned by the Doctors. The condition worsened and at 2.31 pm Atlanta time Gaceri went to be with the Lord. Let us keep praying for her children, and family during this trying time.” Upon learning of the sad news, another close friend of Susan, Lucy Philip, wrote the following on Facebook on Saturday: “What a bad way to end the year…? Why did it have to be you… I’m really saddened by the news I got this morning… You were more than a friend to me… We did a lot together just like sisters would do and you trusted me a lot… My heart felt condolences to your family and more so your lovely son Jeff.RIP dear….#Susan Eldad … Till we meet again.” - ksnmedia.com

 

 

Dozens killed in Brazil prison riot involving rival drug gangs


Around 60 people have been killed in a prison riot in the Brazilian city of Manaus, security officials have said. Sergio Fontes, the head of security for Amazonas state, told a news conference he fears more dead will be discovered as the extent of the unrest becomes clear. The riot at Anisio Jobim prison was sparked by a fight between rival drug gangs on Sunday afternoon, and was quelled on Monday morning. Globo TV reported a group of inmates exchanged fire with police and held 12 prison guards hostage.

 

 

 

 

 

Prof. Abletor Sedofia from University of Ghana has this to say to us:


"Academic excellence is overrated..... I said it! Being top of your class does not necessarily guarantee that you will be at the top of life. You could graduate as the best student in Finance but it doesn't mean you will make more money than everybody else. The best graduating Law student does not necessarily become the best lawyer. The fact is life requires more than the ability to understand a concept, memorise it and reproduce it in an exam. School rewards people for their memory. Life rewards people for their imagination. School rewards caution, life rewards daring. School hails those who live by the rules. Life exalts those who break the rules and set new ones. So do I mean people shouldn't study hard in school?

 

Oh, no, you should. But don't sacrifice every other thing on the altar of First Class. Don't limit yourself to the classroom. Do something practical. Take a leadership position. Start a business and fail. That's a better Entrepreneurship 101. Join or start a club. Contest an election and lose. It will teach you something Political Science 101 will not teach you. Attend a seminar. Read books outside the scope of your course. Go on missions and win a soul for eternal rewards... Do something you believe in! Think less of becoming an excellent student but think more of becoming an excellent person. Make the world your classroom........Happy new year

 

 

KUNGU NGIGI WINS KSHS. 100 MILLION IN KENYA


Kenyans are currently an angry lot after Lotto announced its KSh 100 million jackpot winner on Saturday night on new year’s eve. Geoffery Kungu Ngige from Ol Kalau, Nyandarua county was announced the winner and social media users caused a storm. This is the biggest win in the Sub Saharan Africa. CLICK HERE FOR MORE

 

 

Geoffrey Kungu from Nyandarua wins Ksh 100 million Lotto Jackpot

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Dennis Itumbi surprises Jacque Maribe on live at 1 – CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO

 

 

Death Announcement for Jennifer Wanjiku

Wainaina of Knightdale, North Carolina


Please pray for the repose of the soul of Mrs. Jennifer Wanjiku Wainaina who entered eternal life on 26-Dec-2016. She was the wife of Stanley Boro Wainaina of Knightdale, North Carolina. Mother to Everlyn Njeri (Knightdale, NC), Alex Nyaga (Raleigh, NC) and Margaret Wanjiku (Alexandria, VA). Mother-in-law to Shera Boro and grandmother to David Boro Nyaga. Family and friends are gathering for prayers and support at UBRC-Restoration Center, 124 Luther Rd., Raleigh NC 27610 on Thursday 29Dec2016, Friday 30Dec2016, and Tuesday 03Jan2017 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Funeral program is as follows: Viewing: Sunday, 01Jan2017 (3:00 PM to 5:00 PM). Montlawn Funeral Home, 2911 S. Wilmington St. Raleigh NC 27610. *Please respect the family’s wishes, absolutely NO photography*. Memorial Service: Wednesday, 04Jan2017 (10:00 AM), St. Timothy Episcopal Church, 4543 Six Folks Rd., Raleigh NC 27609. Burial: (Immediately after the memorial service), Montlawn Funeral Home, 2911 S. Wilmington St., Raleigh NC 27610. For more information contact: Njoroge Makumi: 919-414-2596 and Dr. Pst. Andrew Muthemba: 919-971-4435. – Diasporamessenger.com


Six killed after car ploughs into a market crowd in Busia – CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO

 

 

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OLD POUND COINS TO BE REPLACED IN 2017


LONDON — The government has urged the British public to raid their savings jars ahead of the launch of the new pound coin. Chief Secretary to the Treasury David Gauke announced on Sunday that the new 12-sided pound coin will enter circulation 28 March 2017, meaning existing versions of the coin will become worthless on 15 October. The government estimates that £1.3 billion ($1.6 billion) worth of coins are stashed away in home piggy banks, around a third — or £433 million — of which are pound coins. These will have to be spent or returned to the bank before they expire as legal tender by the October deadline. Gauke said: "Our message is clear: If you have a round one pound coin sitting at home or in your wallet, you need to spend it or return it to your bank before 15 October." The new pound coin was unveiled in March 2016 and former Chancellor George Osborne described it as the "most secure circulating coin anywhere in the world." It is 12-sided and has a hologram-like image under the Queen's head which changes from a '£' symbol to the number '1' at different angles. More than 1.5 billion new pound coins will be produced by the Royal Mint in Llantrisant, Wales, at a rate of up to 2,000 a minute. Some of the round pound coins returned by the public will be melted down and reused to make the new pound coin. "This is a historic moment as it’s the first time we’ve introduced a new £1 coin since 1983, and this one will be harder to counterfeit than ever before," Gauke said.

 

Drunk pilot arrested in Canadian cockpit before take-off

 

 

GOSPEL SINGER JANE MUTHONI NEW YEAR'S CONCERT IN NORTHAMPTON

Popular Kenya Gospel Singer Jane Muthoni (left) performing at the New Year Eve at

Ebenezer Gospel Centre in Northapton on Saturday evening 31st December, 2016

 

Other guest singers at the celebrations were Rosemary wa Sam (left) Shiru Stuart (centre) where they were hosted by Pastor Daniel Mwirigi (right). Jane Muthoni's contact in UK is 07440563956 and through her Kenya Whatsapp +254 722634555.

 

 

More than 8,500 performers from 20 different countries have taken part in London's New Year's Day Parade.

 

 

 

The bodies of two men and a woman have been found at the cliffs at Dover, Kent Police have said.

 

Your £5 note may be worth as much as £50,000

Someone has just found a £5 note worth £50,000 in a Christmas card

 

The second of four rare £5 notes engraved with an image of author Jane Austen and thought to be worth £50,000 has been found in Scotland. The note was discovered inside a Christmas card on Thursday. The new owner wants to remain anonymous and has decided to keep the note, frame it and hang it on their wall. The note is the second of the four Bank of England notes to be found after one was handed over in change from a cafe in south Wales earlier this month. Two more special £5 notes, spent in England and Northern Ireland, remain in general circulation and their serial numbers are AM32 885552 and AM32 885554. The images on the notes were created by specialist micro-engraver Graham Short. Each image of the ‘Pride and Prejudice’ author is surrounded by a unique quote from some of Austen’s most celebrated novels. Anyone who finds one of the notes should contact the Tony Huggins-Haig Gallery in Kelso, Roxburghshire, which launched the project. He told the BBC: “When somebody opened their Christmas card from a loved one, it was contained in that Christmas card. “The person who put it in didn’t necessarily know what they were doing. “That’s two down and there’s still two out there. Keep checking your change.” He added: “We’ve let the £5 notes go out there and it’s been brilliantly received by people.” He said the project has generated worldwide interest and he has been contacted by Russian, Chinese and Indian television companies.

 

 

Crowds celebrate New Year across UK amid high security


Crowds have celebrated the start of 2017 at events across the UK, under tightened security following the lorry attacks in Berlin and Nice. Around 110,000 tickets were sold for the annual fireworks display along the River Thames in London. Celebrations also took place at popular city locations across the UK, including the mass Hogmanay events in Edinburgh, under a more visible police presence. Security has been stepped up following terror attacks in Europe. In London, around 12,000 fireworks producing 50,000 projectiles lit up the city as part of a 12-minute display. As part of the display, London mayor Sadiq Khan's voice was mixed into music accompanying fireworks around the London Eye, with him booming out: "London is open." Earlier, Mr Khan said the display would be the "best fireworks London's ever seen" and will pay tribute to artists who have died in the past year. He added: "We are going to make sure that we have fireworks where the theme is hope and optimism going forward, but they're going to be brilliant." Mr Khan said the capital was also sending a message to the world that "London is open", particularly post-Brexit, as part of its New Year's Eve celebrations.


He added: "We've always been a city open to talent, to people, to ideas and that is not going to change. "One of the great things about the New Year's Eve fireworks is that it showcases our great, great city." Singer Robbie Williams staged a live concert from the Central Hall Westminster in London, which was shown on BBC One as part of the New Year celebrations. After taking a brief break to allow people to take in the Big Ben chimes, Williams returned to the stage to the strains of Auld Lang Syne and restarted his show with his most famous hit Angels, before belting out a version of the traditional New Year favourite New York, New York. He then wound the clock back as he performed his debut single Freedom. Initially released in 1996 after Williams left Take That, it was a cover version of the 1990 hit written and released by George Michael who died on Christmas Day. As he started the song, he told the audience: "This is dedicated to the legendary George Michael."

 

 

 

 

London rings in 2017 with spectacular fireworks display

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The world has failed to end, despite predictions and calculations by some doomsayers.

 

'Santa' gunman kills 35 and injures 40 at NY party in Turkey


At least 35 people have been killed after a gunman reportedly dressed as Santa Claus attacked a nightclub in Turkey. The governor of Istanbul has described the incident, which also injured at least 40 others, as a "terrorist attack". It is believed the gunman shot at police officers outside the Rezia nightclub before opening fire at random inside the building.

 

 

 

 

Former legislator, Kanu member Mark Too dies in hospital – CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO

 

 

Concrete bollards to prevent copycat London lorry attack on New Year's Eve


Concrete barriers will block traffic from crowds in central London on New Year's Eve to prevent a potential lorry attack. Extra security measures are in place ahead of tonight's celebrations after a Christmas market in Berlin became a terror target earlier this month. A record number of concrete bollards will be placed at junctions to keep vehicles out of central London. More than 100,000 are expected to line the banks of the River Thames for the capital's sold-out firework display. The countdown to midnight, ushering in 2017, will also last longer than usual with an extra so-called "leap second" added to compensate for a slowdown in the Earth's rotation.

 

 

Sydney celebrates New Year 2017!

As Sydney, Tokyo and other cities bid goodbye to 2016, countries around the world tighten security following terror attacks.

 

 

 

Flight delays after fog hits UK airports

Dozens of flights have been cancelled or delayed in and out of UK airports after fog hit parts of the country. Heathrow, Gatwick, London City, Southampton and Cardiff airports all warned passengers to check with their airlines before travelling. The Met Office expects the fog to clear by New Year's Day, when rain is expected to sweep south across England. Meanwhile, Public Health England (PHE) warned that temperatures could plummet as low as -5C on New Year's Day.

 

 

Sydney welcomes New Year

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Freezing fog cancels Heathrow and Gatwick flights


Flights have been cancelled at the UK's two biggest airports because of freezing fog. Easyjet said it had cancelled 56 flights at Gatwick airport, which has drafted in extra staff and ground handlers to keep people moving. Heathrow said more than 100 flights had been cancelled. A spokesman for Gatwick said dense fog had caused delays and cancellations and apologised for the "unavoidable and unfortunate disruption". He said air traffic control restrictions had been imposed because of the heavy fog over south-east England and parts of Europe, where many aircraft were headed. "Passengers are strongly advised to check with their airline as to the status of their flight before travelling if possible," he added. Heathrow told the BBC 119 flights had been cancelled and more may be cancelled later. London City airport said about 26 flights had been diverted, and more than 60 arriving and 70 departing flights had been cancelled. Easyjet said all airlines had been advised by Gatwick to cancel some flights. An airline spokesman said: "While these circumstances are outside of the airline's control, Easyjet apologises for any inconvenience caused and would like to reassure passengers that we are doing everything possible to minimise the disruption." The National Air Traffic Control Service (Nats) said the fog had caused disruption because greater spacing was required between aircraft to ensure safety when visibility was poor. A spokesman for Nats said: "We are working closely with our airline and airport customers to minimise disruption to their operations."

 

There have been long queues outside many banks in India as people tried to deposit discontinued banknotes ahead of a deadline

that has now passed. An estimated 40% of cash dispensers are empty, meaning people are unable to withdraw

new notes to replace the old ones they have handed in.

 

 

GOSPEL SINGER JANE MUTHONI ARRIVES SAFELY

IN LONDON AFTER 3 HOURS DELAY

Kenya Gospel Artist Jane Muthoni arrived in London on Friday evening 30th December 2016 after a 3 hour days because of fog problems at Heathrow Airport. She was welcomed by her host Pastor Daniel Mwirigi. The popular Gospel Singer will be one of the guest singers on Saturday 31st December 2016 at the New Year’s Eve Celebrations at Ebenezer Gospel Centre, Caroline Chisholm School, Wooldale Road, Northampton, NN4 6TP as from 9.00 p.m. Other guests singers will be Rosemary wa Sam and Shiru Stuart. The concert will be free. For more information please contact 07578171252.

 

 

“What irony! Students in Kenya burn 141 Schools - Nature stabs you right in the

face and gives you 141A's. LESSON; Nature always pays back.” – Joseph Ngugi

 

Hundreds of mourners attend burial of John Keen in Namanga

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DENNIS NJIIRI VISITS HOLLYWOOD

The Fascinating History of the Hollywoodland Sign – CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO


Before retiring to celebrate Christmas with family friends in Florida, USA, Dennis Njiiri visited Los Angeles in California. He visited Hollywood Sign, the worldwide symbol of the entertainment industry, was conceived as an outdoor ad campaign for a suburban housing development called "Hollywoodland." After all, despite the high profile of the film biz, real estate has always been Hollywood's primary economic driver. Although the Sign's appearance and purpose have evolved over the years, its basic aspirational message remains the same: This is a place where magic is possible, where dreams can come true. Back then, the dream was a beautiful home and lifestyle. Today, the Sign's promise is more subtle - and can only be described as the parade of images, desires and ideas conjured by the word "Hollywood." Come explore the fascinating past and present of this icon, town, industry, and idea in our detailed History of the Sign. Baby Seed as he is well known left UK for Kenya at the beginning of October for Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, Dubai, Australia, South America, US (five states) and ending his tour in Canada coming back to UK in February 2017. The Seeds family and friends wish him a safe journey.

 

Who is financing Dennis Njiiri World Tour?: Before going to the University, Dennis wanted to have a gap year and tour the world. The parents refused and advised him to join the university, work and pay for his dream tour and then proceed. He agreed and he has been planning for his tour for the last one year paying the travel agent by instalments. To reduce the costs he shopped for both hotels and hostels. He got an expert who helped with advice when travelling for several months - travel light, avoid carrying expensive items to avoid attraction and be disciplined. The parents advised him to print for them the entire tour programme so that they can always located his whereabouts. A Kenyan travel agent in Nottingham, UK Ease Travel booked the tour for him. Their contact is Grace Kamau 07557945963.

 

 

Shock as traditional giants fail Matiang’i test – CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO

 

 

President Uhuru Kenyatta has directed that with effect from 2017, the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) should cease the use of index numbers and instead ensure all Registered Examination Candidates have Unique Personal Identifiers (UPIs) and Student Registration Numbers (SRNs) that they will use throughout their presence, at all levels, in the Kenya education system.

 

KENYA RE-BIRTH

A very sad day for Kenyan Universities....

Now that the Government will absorb all the 88,000 students whom scored a C+ plus and above...N.B ALL OF THEM( The current government university capacity is 96,500)

And as you remember the 2008 education Reforms states that the MINIMUM University enrollment is a C+....in all courses....THAT IS THE RULE.

Universities are now crying foul after today results....

1. Parallel Degree Programs will now cease to exist and will close...because no C+ student is left out there to join as self sponsored.( no more money making business with our kids)

2. All Private Universities will have no one to admit for a degree because the government has catered for all of them...(you can only admit a C+ and above for any degree)

 

MOMENT OF SILENCE


Maranda High School.
* 2015 ----- ----------- 156 As.
* 2016 ------------------- 3As.

~ Moi Kabarak High School.
* 2015 -- ---- ------- 202 As.
* 2016----------- ----- 2 As.

~ Chavakali High School.
* 2015--------- - ------- 300 As
* 2016------------------- 23 As

~ Starehe Boys School
* 2015------------------- 55 As
* 2016-------------------- 3 As

~ Mang'u High School
* 2015-------------------- 89 As
* 2016------------------------ 39 As

~ Alliance High School.
* 2015--------------- -------- 200 As.
* 2016------------------------ 25 As

WHAT MATIANG'I HAS DONE TO KENYA TODAY

By 2020 there will no longer be flooding of degrees....and more graduates than job market.

By 2020 a degree will have regained its RESPECT and accolade as in the 1990's

By 2020 a Diploma will be a significant paper to possess in this country...

By 2020 Graduates will be getting jobs posting before they complete their university courses...

By 2020 Professionals will be true and quality professionals...

Doctors will be quality doctors...treating cancer and doing Kidney transplants...

Teachers will be quality teachers....producing intelligent and academic sound students...

Engineers will be quality engineers whom will build roads and the Chinese will no longer get local tenders....

All this because a cure for our ill education system has been found....

 

Official results from Knec
Mang'u39As
Alliance 25
Kenya high24
Chavakali23
Nairobi school 10
Kabarak 2As
Starehe 3As
Maranda 3As
Nyamira high 2As
Rang'ala 4
Kakamega high 1A
Murang'a 2As
Booker high 2As
Mbale 1A

KCSE GRADE SUMMARY
Nationwide

A 141
A- 4,645
B+ 10,975
B 17,216
B- 23,745
C+ 32,207
C 44,792
C- 61,026
D+ 80,951
D 112,135
D- 149,929
E 33,399

 

 

 

 

How top exam positions were shared in 2016

From right: Students of Alliance Girls High School Nyabuto Joyce Bochere, Kadivane Joy Mumbua and Mwaura Letita Wangare jump in celebration for being among the top performers in their school in this year’s Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education exams on December 30, 2016.

 

Details on how schools and candidates performed in this year’s Form Four examinations can be revealed. Alliance Girls which had 25 As posted the highest number of candidates — seven — in the top 20 nationally, followed by Kenya High with 21 As overall but only six candidates among the leading scorers. Alliance High School was third, having 14 candidates with grade A and placing one among the chart leaders. Fourth was Kisii School which had six candidates with straight As, followed by Nairobi School with four. Mangu High, Loreto Limuru and Kagumo, all from Kiambu, tied in the sixth position with three candidates apiece scoring grade A. They were followed by Moi High School Kabarak, Moi Girls Eldoret, Orero Boys in Homa Bay, Sheikh Khalifa in Mombasa, Kapsabet Boys, Maranda High and Lenana School – all with two candidates attaining A grade. The others in the sequence were Utumishi Academy in Gilgil, Starehe Boys Centre, Kanga High in Homa Bay, Friends Kamusinga in Bungoma, Litein High in Bomet, Agoro Sare of Homa Bay and Bahati Girls in Nakuru. Each had a single candidate with grade A. According to the information from the Kenya National Examinations Council (Knec), the best overall candidate was Bernard Mwangi Maina of Nairobi School, who had a performance index of 85.999, followed by Joyce Wambui Kibugi of Alliance Girls with a performance index of 85.833. Third was Benadetta Aoka Ogolla of Lugulu Girls with 85.539 followed by Sharon Chebet of Alliance Girls with 85 and Veronicah Wairumu Muriga of Kenya High with 84.987.


HARD WORK
Nairobi School Principal Paul Kibet commended the boy for the top performance, attributing it to discipline, hard work and commitment to academic excellence. “We are pleased to have produced the top candidate nationally. It shows our work was not in vain,” said Mr Kibet. But the glaring reality is the variance between last year’s and this year’s results. Alliance High had 207 As in 2015 but managed only 14 this year, while Moi High School Kabarak that had 202 As realised only two this time round. Top names such as Maseno, which had 137 As last year did not get any in 2016 just like Sunshine which had 76, St Joseph Boys, Kitale (71), Rang’ala Girls (5), Asumbi Girls (57), Karima Girls (49), Muranga Boys (46), Sacho (38), Kapsabet Girls (36), among others. Releasing the results on Thursday, Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i said the number of candidates scoring A grade reduced from 2,685 in 2015 to 141 this year. Similarly, the number who obtained grade C+ and above, which marks the cut-off for university admission, went down by half — from 169,492 to 88,929. The marked drop was attributed to stringent rules introduced in setting, administration, marking and processing of results, that cut off charlatans who had thrived on leaking the exams. The rules also eliminated cancellation of results.


CHEATING ELIMINATED
“We are not cancelling results of any candidate compared with 2015 when results for 5,101 students were cancelled,” said Dr Matiang’i. “This is confirmation that security measures put in place during the administration and management of the 2016 KCSE examinations helped nip in the bud any forms of cheating.” A total of 33,399 candidates scored grade E, representing 5.8 per cent of the total candidature. In addition, there were 295,463 candidates who obtained grades D and below. Cumulatively, these candidates cannot proceed with higher education or even secure low-end jobs. Statistics also reveal that the number of underage candidates — those below 16 — was on the rise, raising question of how such learners progressed in the school cycle. In 2016, there were 12,767 candidates below the age, a rise from 9,789 last year. The ideal age for a Form Four candidate is 17-20. Having many under or overage candidates leads to wastage in the education system. “The percentage of underage candidates increased from 1.86 per cent in 2015 to 2.21 per cent in 2016, with Kisii County having the highest number (1,194) followed by Bomet (925) and Kericho (838),” said Dr Matiang’i. In total, there were 574,125 candidates who sat the examinations this year, up from 522,870 last year. Thirty subjects were on offer. – Daily Nation.

 

 

"Kenya's education system is on the move to the right direction. If we maintain this approach then our education system will be streamlined to compete the international standards. Dr. Matiangi may now consider introducing back A levels" - Sam Ochieng

 

 

London shares hit year's high at end of 2016 trading


London's benchmark FTSE 100 index reached its highest level to date on the last day of trading for 2016. The move upwards was tiny - 22.5 points or 0.32% - but it left the FTSE at an unprecedented 7,142.83. The last trading day of the calendar year in London is a short one, with dealings ending at 12:30 GMT. Among the top 100 companies, there were no major daily moves. Rolls-Royce was the biggest faller, notching up a decline of 1.47%. Oil ended in London flat, with Brent at $56.67 a barrel. The commodity has almost doubled from this year's low of $30 a barrel. Oil has gained 53% since the start of the year, the biggest annual rise since 2009, with the promise of production curbs from major oil-producing countries giving a late surge to the price.


Sterling influence
Mining companies have largely been winning investments, in sterling terms, with many gaining about 30% over the year. The FTSE 100 has benefited from the fall in the pound since the Leave vote, because the many international companies whose shares are traded in the UK tend to benefit from it. Profits earned abroad by multinationals such as drugs giant GlaxoSmithKline and major mining companies are worth more when converted into sterling. That makes a company's shares appear better value when compared with the higher profits it will make, prompting a revaluation of the stock.

 

 

 

 
“That is true of what we call in statistics normal distribution. The rule being that any part of the population randomly selected should hold true that our intellectual ability should be distributed such that we have a minority top, a large (normal average and another very weak minority on the tail end. Yes we may need 1 neurosurgeon for every 100,000 of population but we say need a primary school teacher for every 500 pupils which is consistent with our country. Infact if you add all the students with grades A to B, they add up to 32,977 while those with grades E are 33,399. ALL the others (average in this case are the bulk - obeying this rule to the letter . Previous results defied this well known statistical theorem which has held true from Nicaragua to Nigeria and from India to Indonesia. Numbers JUST DON'T LIE.” – Mwalimu Alex Kamau, London

 

 

 

 

New Year delayed by one second

A "leap second" will be added to this year's New Year's countdown to compensate for a slowdown in the Earth's rotation. The extra second will occur as clocks strike midnight and a time of 23:59:60 will be recorded, delaying 2017 momentarily. A leap second last occurred in June 2015 and this will be the 27th time it has occurred. The change is required because standard time lags behind atomic clocks. The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) - responsible for the UK's national time scale - uses the atomic clock to provide a stable and continuous timescale. Along with other clocks across the globe, it provides the world with its coordinated universal time. NPL senior research scientist Peter Whibberley said: "Atomic clocks are more than a million times better at keeping time than the rotation of the Earth, which fluctuates unpredictably. "Leap seconds are needed to prevent civil time drifting away from Earth time. "Although the drift is small - taking around 1,000 years to accumulate a one-hour difference - if not corrected it would eventually result in clocks showing midday before sunrise." Atomic clocks use the change of electron energy levels to tell the time. The time created by the clocks is used in GPS location devices and is used to control the wave frequency of television broadcasts. The International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Service in France tracks the Earth's rotation and announces the need for a leap second.

 

 

Mary Wananu Moore of London UK has lost her mother in Kenya

Lucy Waceke Ndungu
Born in 1948 and went to be with the Lord on 24th December 2016


It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing on of Lucy Waceke Ndungu; Wife of Peter Wananu Ndungu of Mombasa Kenya. She was the mother of Mary Wananu Moore (London UK), Florence Ndungu Gichuhi (USA), Irene Wangari Karanja, (Nairobi, Kenya) Thomas Kungu Ndungu (Mombasa Kenya), Margaret Nyambura Wananu (Nairobi Kenya) and Alfred Mungai Ndungu (USA). She was the sister to Ann Gathogo (Manchester UK), Margaret Lane (London UK), Lydia Gathogo (London UK), Elizabeth Kangethe, Jane Gathogo, James Kamau, Joseph Kamande, Bernard Ngugi, and Peter Mbugua (Kenya). The late Lucy Waceke Ndungu was diagnosed with a brain tumor (glioblastoma multiforme) in November 2016. She underwent treatment but her general condition deteriorated. Lucy took her last breath and died peacefully on 24th December 2016 at 9am surrounded by her family members. The medical bill outstanding is 4.3 Million Kenya Shillings (£34,351), we the family are appealing to friends to join hands with us to clear the medical bill. We are also accepting donations via Mpesa, Margaret Wananu (+254) 722691451
Jane Gathogo (+254) 722792001. The Burial will be held on January 3rd in her home in Nakuru. We appreciate all your prayers and contributions. You can also contribute or donate by paying in your contributions to the just giving link below.

 

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Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery reveals 90 deadly criminal gangs in Kenya

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Kenyan shilling seen steady, Nigeria's naira could weaken


Kenya's shilling and Zambia's kwacha are seen holding steady against the dollar in the next week to Thursday, while Nigeria's naira will likely weaken, traders said.


KENYA
Kenya's shilling is seen holding steady in the week to Thursday due to slow activity before weakening due to a resurgence in dollar demand. At 0800 GMT, commercial banks quoted the shilling at 102.30/50 to the dollar, compared with last Thursday's close of 102.25/45. "We might not see too much play at the outset, because it is the beginning of the year. But (in) my view, the shilling ... is going to be under pressure. I do not see anything meaningful that will cause the shilling to strengthen tremendously," a trader at one commercial bank said.


NIGERIA
Nigeria's naira is set to witness another round of decline against the dollar in the days ahead as an increase in dollar flows from Nigerians living abroad coming home for holidays fell short of expectations, traders said. The local currency was quoted at 490 to the dollar on Thursday from 495 against the dollar last week on the parallel market. In the official interbank window, the naira was quoted at 310.25 to the dollar on Thursday, but it was expected to close at around 305.5, the same level it has traded at since August. "We see the naira depreciating against the dollar by the time more businesses resume operations next week after the festive season as dollar liquidity remains thin in the market," one currency dealer said.


TANZANIA
The Tanzanian shilling is seen trading in a tight range in the days ahead, helped by a slowdown in demand for greenbacks due to the year-end festive season. Commercial banks quoted the shilling at 2,173/2,183 to the dollar on Thursday compared with 2,178/2,182 a week ago. "The shilling is expected to remain range-bound next week. There usually isn't much activity at this time of the year," said a dealer at a commercial bank in Dar es Salaam.


GHANA
Ghana's cedi is seen flat in the coming days amid an expected slowdown in market activity as the West African nation inaugurates a new president on Jan. 7. It was trading at 4.24 to the dollar at 1100 GMT on Thursday, up from 4.277 a week ago. The currency has been fairly steady in recent weeks and is likely to end 2016 down 11 percent compared with an 18 percent depreciation last year. "We are expecting to see some dormancy as markets reorganize after the holidays while offshore investors gauge the posture of the new president after the inauguration," a currency trader at one of Accra's leading commercial banks said.


ZAMBIA
The kwacha is expected to remain range-bound next week due to relatively subdued trading conditions at the beginning of the new year. At 1038 GMT, commercial banks quoted the currency of Africa's No.2 copper producer at 9.8300 per dollar, from a close of 9.8000 a week ago, according to Thomson Reuters data. "The kwacha is likely to continue trading flat going into 2017, it seems to have found its place," independent financial analyst Maambo Hamaundu said.


UGANDA
The Ugandan shilling is seen trading with a weakening tone, hurt by appetite for dollars from commercial banks. At 0955 GMT, commercial banks quoted the shilling at 3,610/3,620, weaker than last Thursday's close of 3,562/3,572. A trader at a leading commercial bank said inflows from sources like charities and commodity exporters would remain tight with the tempo of activity in both sectors seen remaining slow until around mid January. The trader said the shilling would oscillate between 3,610-3,625 against the dollar in the coming days. – The Star

 

Gospel Artist Jane Muthoni coming to UK for New Year Concert

Popular Gospel Singer in Kenya Jane Muthoni is coming to the UK. The artist arrives with KLM at Heathrow Airport on Friday evening 30th December, 2016. He is being hosted by Pastor Daniel Mwirigi of Ebenezer Gospel Centre, Northampton. Jane will be one of the guest singers on Saturday 31st December 2016 at the New Year’s Eve Celebrations at Ebenezer Gospel Centre, Caroline Chisholm School, Wooldale Road, Northampton, NN4 6TP as from 9.00 p.m. Other guests singers will be Rosemary wa Sam and Shiru Stuart. The concert will be free. For more information please contact 07578171252. -

 

 

According to the data, 25,000 Asylum seekers were deported from German in 2016 compared to the voluntary

exit of 55,000. Why 55,000 migrants left Germany voluntarily, more than were deported in 2016

 

WORD OF TODAY

1 Corinthians 13:4

 

What it Means to Really Love

We read in 1 Corinthians 13:4: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.” Some of the greatest insights on what it means to love someone come from the pen of the apostle Paul: ‘No matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love. Love never gives up. Love cares more for others than for self. Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have. Love doesn’t strut, doesn’t have a swelled head, doesn’t force itself on others, isn’t always “me first,” doesn’t fly off the handle, doesn’t keep score of the sins of others, doesn’t revel when others grovel, takes pleasure in the flowering of truth, puts up with anything, trusts God always, always looks for the best, never looks back, but keeps going to the end. Love never dies’ (vv. 3-8 MSG). John had been married to Mary for fifty years. One night in bed she said, ‘When we were young you used to hold my hand.’ A little irritated, he slowly reaches out his hand. ‘When we were young you used to snuggle up to me,’ Mary said. Even more slowly, John’s body creaks and turns, nestling against hers. ‘When we were young you used to nibble on my ear,’ she whispered. Abruptly he throws back the covers and jumps out of bed. Bewildered, Mary asks, ‘Where are you going?’ ‘To get my teeth!’ he grumbles. To nibble on an ear when you’re full of romance and bubbling hormones is one thing. To nibble on that same ear years later when it holds a hearing aid, when the scent in the air is vapour rub, and when you have to get up to get your teeth - that’s love!

 

Our guest singer today is Jane Muthoni  from Kenya currently on flight to UK – CLICK HERE

 

 

  “The integrity of a country's exam and assessment system is central to so much else that these two Kenyans (Dr. Matiangi and Prof. Mahgoha deserve our highest congratulations as true patriots of our republic. I have said again and again that only the brightest and the best should lead us otherwise we descend into self inflicted mediocrity with dreadful consequences. Using money to access exam papers ahead of the exam date must never be allowed to happen again in Kenya. Our congratulations to those who earned the grades they honestly worked for. The government must work to ensure those many who managed below a grade C have opportunities for training and employment as university must not be the only way. Indeed university is not for everyone .” – Mwalimu Alex Kamau, London

 

 

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Uhuru forwards IEBC nominees to House for assessment


Advocate Wanyonyi Wafula Chebukati appears before the Selection Panel to be interviewed

for the position of IEBC chairperson. He has been nominated for the post.


President Uhuru Kenyatta has presented the nominees to head the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to Parliament for approval. If Parliament approves of the candidates, Mr Wafula Chebukati will become the chairman. Other members are Ms Consolata Nkatha Bucha, Mr Boya Molu, Dr Roselyn K Akombe, Ambassador Paul Kurgat, Ms Margaret Wanjala Mwachanya and Prof Abdi Guliye. The Selection Panel chaired by Ms Bernadette Musundi had last Thursday presented the final shortlist, which included 11 candidates. The change of guard at the polls body was precipitated by the Opposition, led by the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (Cord), which said the commissioners were incapable of properly managing the forthcoming General Election. As a result, protests were carried out nationwide leading to the removal of Issack Hassan and his team. Religious leaders have said that hate mongers and those who have been involved in corruption should not be on the ballot in the 2017 elections. – Daily Nation


 

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A record 55,000 migrants to Germany left the country voluntarily in 2016

A record 55,000 migrants to Germany left the country voluntarily in 2016, according to data from the Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF). The large amount of voluntary departures was more than twice the amount that were deported by German authorities. The news comes during the ongoing Syrian war that spurred the arrival of more than one million refugees and asylum seekers to Germany during the past two years. Over the last several months, anti-immigration sentiments have reached a high in that country, with widespread criticism of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's "open door" policy for refugees that initially contributed to the influx. But in recent months, attempts to stem the flow of refugees into the European Union have attracted considerable international attention, even as the numbers of asylum seekers to Germany begin to fall. While the Syrian refugee crisis is far from over, the news of an increase in voluntary deportations may be indicative of a shift in how asylum seekers are handled in Germany, with financial programs that incentivize potential migrants to return to their countries of origin. In light of the anti-immigration attitudes continuing to build momentum across the continent, it is also possible that asylum seekers may wish to try to build their futures elsewhere as Europe looks for ways to limit the numbers of migrants.

But while distrust of refugees continues to climb, German magazine Süddeutsche Zeitungreleased BAMF data on Wednesday that indicated that more asylum seekers are choosing to leave than at any time during the refugee crisis, which was later confirmed by BAMF officials. According to the data, 25,000 seekers were deported in 2016 compared to the voluntary exit of 55,000. In 2015, by comparison, only 37,220 left voluntarily compared to 20,914 deportations. Anti-immigration critics will likely remain unimpressed by these figures. More than 890,000 asylum seekers entered the country last year alone, and many of them manage to remain in the country despite official asylum refusals. Expensive deportations of large numbers of immigrants have made it difficult for the German government to remove migrants with criminal histories from the country, including Anis Amri, the man suspected of committing the Berlin Christmas market attack. Mr. Amri was not deported from the country due to a lack of proper documentation from his home country, Tunisia, a fact which has attracted a louder call to step up deportation procedures against other disqualified asylum seekers. Of the 55,000 immigrants who left Germany voluntarily this year, the largest category consisted 15,000 Albanians who returned to Eastern Europe. About 5,000 immigrants each from Serbia, Iraq, and Kosovo, also returned to their countries of origin. Part of the reason for the mass voluntary exit from Germany is the financial incentives provided to individuals and families who choose to leave before an asylum claim is rejected. A family of five, for instance, could receive 4,200 euros, or about $4,383, to return home. In addition to these individual sums of money, Germany is also set to spend $155 million in development aid for countries that are home to many of the migrants who seek asylum in Germany, according to the Washington Post. It is hoped that by revitalizing the local economies of these areas, there will be less reason for immigrants to come to Germany in the first place.

 

 

 

Tributes paid as triplets' mum Rachel Park dies

Tributes are being paid to a mother of triplets who died after spending her first Christmas at home with her children. Poppie, Mollie and Evelyn Park were born prematurely in March and spent several months in hospital in Newcastle and Whitehaven. Their mother Rachel, 39, died at the family home in Bransty, Whitehaven, on Tuesday. Police described her death as "unexplained but not suspicious". Friends have launched a Facebook appeal to help Rachel's husband Steven care for the youngsters who were born 10 weeks early.

 

 

Some of the top performers in KCSE 2016


Joseph Alexis Mukuria of Njoro Central Secondary School, Nakuru County. He scored a mean grade of A- in this year's KCSE exam.

 

Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i has released the 2016 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination at Shimo la Tewa High School in Mombasa. Only 88,928 candidates out of 577,253 attained C-plus and above. This number is higher than the 522,870 who sat for the examination last year, an increase of 54,383 candidates. There were 9,158 centres across the country. The following is a list of some of the top achievers:

Moses Nduati
Mean grade A
Kagumo High School (Nyeri County)
****
Cheruto Doreen
Mean grade A
Moi Girls High School (Uasin Gishu County)
****
Ondieki Moraa Angela Melody
Mean grade A
Alliance Girls High School (Kiambu County)
****
Muli Raymond
Mean grade A
Moi High School (Embu County)
****
Omego Okerio Solomon
Mean grade A
Nyambaria Boys (Nyamira County)
****
Lokwee Chepkemei Phoebe
Mean grade A
Tirioko Alliance Girls High School (Baringo County)
****
Saikwa Waweru Brian
Mean grade A
Kapsabet High School (Nandi County)
****
Muthini Brian Kaindi
Mean grade A
Alliance Boys High School (Kiambu County)
****
Ahmed Maryam Mohamed
Mean Grade A-.
Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed (Mombasa County)
****
Tanui Derrian Kandie
Mean grade A-
Kapsabet High School (Nandi County)

****
Nyaboga Ann Joan
Mean grade A-
Alliance Girls High School (Kiambu County)
****
Sangura Lucas Owen
Mean grade A-
St Joseph's Boys High School (Trans Nzoia County)


****
Oyuko Mathias Olweny
Mean grade A-
Chavakali High School (Vihiga County)
****
Ajwang Quinter Otieno
Mean grade A-
Kisumu Girls High School (Kisumu County)
****
Mathenge Michelle
Mean grade A-
Precious Blood Riruta (Nairobi County)
Kilimo Isaac
Mean grade A-
St Patrick's Iten (Elgeyo-Marakwet County)
****
Macharia Gregory
Mean grade A-
Alliance Boys High School (Kiambu County)
****
Ahmed Mohamed Ali
Mean grade A-
Light Academy (Mombasa County)
****
Joseph Alexis Mukuria
Mean grade A-
Njoro Central Secondary School (Nakuru County)
****
Qaliti Roba Halakhe
Mean grade A-
Alliance Girls High School (Kiambu County)
****
Kariuki Lord Duncan Ndegwa
Mean grade A-
St Mary's Boys (Nyeri County)
****
Chebet Faith
Mean grade A-
Mary Hills Girls High School ( Kericho County)
****
Nyaboga Ann Joan
Mean grade A-
Alliance Girls High School (Kiambu County) – Daily Nation.

 

 


Are high street shops secretly tracking your movements through your phone?

Privacy concerns have been raised after it emerged that a number of major high street chains are tracking customers using their mobile phones. Marks and Spencer, Dune, Topshop and Morrisons are among the stores using technology to keep tabs on shoppers using a small white box, usually fixed to the ceiling, which is constantly gathering data provided by your phone. They are using a new technology that picks up the signals your phone gives out as it searches for a Wi-Fi network to join. This allows them to track the number of customers in and out of the shops and also builds a picture of how customers move around the shop itself. This data is then used to redesign the store layout to make it easier to get around – or to steer you towards specific goods. It also allows retailers desperate to make sales to push special offers to your phone as you shop. At some Westfield outlets, the Telegraph reports, the technology can tell if you check the price of a certain product in another store, allowing rivals to lure you back with personalised offers.

 

 

US expels Russian diplomats over cyber attack allegations


"We need to take action and we will," Mr Obama told an interviewer earlier this month


The US has expelled 35 Russian diplomats as punishment for alleged interference into the presidential election. It will also close two Russian compounds used for intelligence-gathering, in Maryland and New York, as part of a raft of retaliatory measures. President Barack Obama had vowed action against Russia amid US accusations it directed hacks against the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton's campaign. Russia has denied any involvement. The US state department declared the 35 Russian diplomats from the Washington DC embassy and the consulate in San Francisco "persona non grata", giving them and their families 72 hours to leave the US. The Russian government is expected to respond in turn by expelling US diplomats. The move follows calls from senior US senators to sanction Russian officials who are believed to have played a role in the hacking, which some lawmakers referred to as America's "political Pearl Harbor". President-elect Donald Trump has dismissed the claims as "ridiculous" and saidAmericans should "get on with our lives" when asked about the possibility of sanctions before the announcement on Wednesday.

 

 

 

Shocking drop in 2016 KCSE results as only 141 students score A

Only 141 candidates managed a mean grade of A-plain in this year’s Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination, a shocking drop from 2,636 candidates who attained the grade last year. Releasing the results at Shimo la Tewa High School in Mombasa on Thursday, Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i had even more shocking news – that only 88,928 candidates attained C-plus and above in the 2016 examination. This number compares with 68,126 candidates who managed higher grades of B-plain and above in 2015. The shocking results could indicate the culture of examination cheating that has clouded national examinations. Dr Matiang’i also said no results were cancelled in this year’s examinations. The results of 5,000 candidates were cancelled last year because of irregularities. – Daily Nation.

 

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Cord mistaken on how polls will be conducted, IEBC says

Ezra Chiloba, the commission secretary and chief executive officer of the Independent Electoral and

Boundaries Commission, at Parliament Buildings in Nairobi on May 17, 2016.


The coming General Election will be conducted manually, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has said. While responding to a case in which the court temporarily suspended a Sh2.5 printing ballot paper tender award to a Dubai based firm, IEBC’s executive officer Ezra Chiloba said that allegations by the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (Cord) over how the August 8 polls should be conducted are mistaken. In the case documents filed on Wednesday, Mr Chiloba explained that the elections will be conducted in a manual way since physical ballot papers will still be required for the voting process. He claimed that the polls will be manual because the election result declaration forms and registers are still necessary in providing records of the IEBC. He also defended the security and delivery tender award to Al Ghurair Printing and Publishing Company. “The misconception of Cord is that the General Election will be wholly electronic, it will substantially be manual and the goods subject to the procurement in point do meet tender requirements,” Mr Chiloba said. According to IEBC, the Elections Laws (Amendment) Act 2016 came into effect on October 4, a month after the disputed tender for delivery of ballot papers, results declaration forms and poll registers was closed. “There is no logic in the proposition that the tender in question could have contravened the said law which was neither in force nor in existence,” he added.


Cord had moved to court on December 19 challenging the procurement process in the award and sued the IEBC as well as the Public Procurement Administrative Review Board. Al Ghurair Company together with Parl Media Limited are listed as interested parties in the case in which Cord claims that the tender was awarded contrary to the Election laws and the Public Procurement and Assets Disposal Act. Through lawyers James Orengo and Antonny Oluoch, Cord argued that the specification of the ballot papers for elections, declaration forms and poll registers as contained in the tender documents are not in conformity with the requirements of the Election Laws (Amendment) Act 2016 and the integrated electronic electoral system as established by law. According to Cord, the Election Laws (Amendment) Act 2016 state that an integrated electronic electoral system has to enable voter identification and electronic transmission of results. But IEBC, through lawyer Anthony Lubulella, want the case struck out. High Court judge George Odunga suspended the award and extended the order on December 21. The case will be heard on January 19. – Daily Nation.

 

*CONSIDERATIONS FOR 2017*
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*1. ON EARNING:*
Never depend on single income. Make investment to
create a second chance.
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*2. ON SPENDING:*
If you buy things you do not need, soon you will have to sell things you need.
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*3. ON SAVINGS:*
Do not save what is left after spending, but spend what is left after saving.
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*4. ON TAKING RISK:*
Never test the depth of a river with both feet.
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*5. ON INVESTMENT:*
Do not put all eggs in one basket.
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*6. ON EXPECTATIONS:*
Honesty is a very expensive gift. Do not expect it from cheap people.
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*7. Past* is a waste paper, present is a newspaper, and future is a question paper.

Come out of your past, control the present, and secure the future.
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*8. When bad things happen* in your life, you have three choices. You can either let it define you,

let it destroy you or you can let it strengthen you.
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*9. Our eyes are in the front* because it is more important to look ahead than to look backwards.
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*10.* We use pencil when we were young, but now we use pens. Do you know why?

Because mistakes in childhood can easily be erased, unlike now.

*Wish you a prosperous 2017 !!*

 

 

Why low-income housing holds the real estate future


Tax incentives for developers of at least 400 cheaper residential units, which come into operation this weekend,

could make the lower income housing segment the next big investment frontier in the real estate sector.

 

Tax incentives for developers of at least 400 cheaper residential units, which come into operation this weekend, could make the lower income housing segment the next big investment frontier in the real estate sector. The Finance Act 2016 was signed into law by President Uhuru Kenyatta in September, handing developers who put up the units a corporate tax rate of 15 per cent, down from the normal 30 per cent. “Tax has been a big expense hence increasing the costs incurred by developers, which in turn discourages developers from developing low cost housing,” said Cytonn Investments Management Ltd. During the Budget in June, Finance Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich indicated that those who construct at least 1,000 low-cost units would be eligible for a tax break and would pay corporate tax at a rate of 20 per cent.


But later the government lowered the number of units to 400 after developers said 1,000 units target was too ambitious. According to Cytonn Investments, homes exhibitions events held this year indicate most participants have been targeting the lower middle and low-income housing segments. This is mainly attributed to the enhanced tax incentives and poor performance of the high-end market. “There is a stagnation in prices in some high-end property due to too much supply that had hit this segment of the market,” the firm said. “The lower-income housing segment is thus the next investment frontier for the real estate sector as developers embrace it and the market gets enlightened on the available products in the market through increased advertisements and events like expos.”


New innovations
The investment company expects healthy competition among market players as they get to see new innovations and trends such as use of alternative building materials such as prefabs. Prefabs are specialist dwelling types of buildings made off-site in advance, usually in standard sections that can be easily shipped and assembled. The Kenya Bankers Association (KBA) Housing Price Index for the three-month period ending September, showed that middle income apartments still have the largest share of market transactions at 58.6 per cent, while maisonettes and bungalows account for 24.3 per cent and 17.1 per cent of total sales respectively. They also had the largest number of transactions in lower and middle income markets. “Apartments in middle income areas such as Kiambu Road, Waiyaki Way, Lang’ata and Ngong Road recorded a 3.4 per cent price change during the quarter compared to high-end areas at 1.8 per cent,” KBA said. KBA added: “This can be attributed to their affordability and, therefore, they are preferred by the low and middle income earners. "The slow rise in apartments’ prices in the high end areas is due to relatively slow uptake indicating a possible oversupply in this market.” – Daily Nation.

 

 

Kenya Embassy in Washington DC Warns of

‘Fraudulent E-Visa Application

 

The Embassy of Republic of Kenya wishes to alert all potential e-visa applicants to Kenya of the existence of scam sites “http://www.kenya-evisa-online.com and https://www.kenyaonlinevisa.org“. These sites which are designed in such a way that can be mistaken for the official Government of Kenya e-visa website, charge USD 120 and USD 99 respectively for normal e-visa cases as opposed to the USD 50 charged by the Government of Kenya.


This is therefore to encourage prospective Kenya e-visa applicants to make their application through the official Government website http://evisa.go.ke/evisa.html

Note: the Government of Kenya will not be responsible for any loss of monies or extra charges occasioned through the use of the unofficial scam site. For further inquiries contact the Embassy of Kenya in Washington DC.

 


Senate Speaker’s key ruling calms election Bill seas


Senate Speaker Ekwee Ethuro after Deecember 28, 2016 special sitting of the Senate, in which he ordered the Legal Affairs and Human Rights Committee to collect views before debate on the election laws Bill.


The Senate on Wednesday shelved debate on the contentious amendments to electoral laws until relevant public views have been taken into account, raising hopes for a compromise on an issue that had threatened to ignite chaos in the country. Speaker Ekwee Ethuro directed the Standing Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights to invite human rights lobbies, members of the public and other stakeholders to air their opinions and table a report in the Senate on January 4 — the very day that Cord had threatened to begin nationwide mass protests over the laws — so as to give room to the bi-partisan committee process. This signalled the possibility of the Raila Odinga-led coalition shelving its plans to hold demonstrations against the Election Laws (Amendment) Bill 2016, which was gleefully passed by Jubilee Party Members of Parliament in a chaotic National Assembly sitting last Thursday, prompting a walk-out by their Cord counterparts.


Jubilee senators led by Nandi’s Stephen Sang, Mutahi Kagwe (Nyeri) and Kimani Wamatangi (Kiambu) asked Cord to call off the protests. “As we discuss this, we cannot forget the cardinal rule of any democracy, that the majority will have their way and the minority might have their say,” said Mr Sang, the vice-chair of the committee. “Therefore, I plead with my colleagues, let us not go into this committee with threats that if our side does not win we will hold demonstrations.” However, the head of the Cord secretariat, Mr Norman Magaya, said the coalition’s top leadership will meet today to deliberate on whether or not to call off the demonstrations.


“We will meet tomorrow to decide on that, although the developments at the Senate do not fundamentally change our position,” Mr Magaya told the Nation on telephone. Earlier, Speaker Ethuro had called for a sober debate as he directed the Amos Wako-led team to talk to all stakeholders who had complained that their views had been ignored by the National Assembly. “Debate robustly. Hold different views. It is your prerogative. But please, do so with decency and decorum and in accordance with the Constitution, the laws and the rules of this House,” Mr Ethuro said during a heated but controlled special sitting that stood in sharp contrast to the chaotic National Assembly session that gave passage to the amendments.
The Speaker added: “As we process this Bill, I would like to make a special appeal to you to display the same level of maturity and sobriety that this country has come to expect from the Senate.

“The people of Kenya are looking up to the Senate.” In making his ruling, Speaker Ethuro said it was not possible for the House to read a Bill through four stages — the First and Second Reading, the committee stage and the Third Reading — at a go. Legal Affairs Committee chairman Wako (Busia, ODM) said public participation was a cardinal principle of the Constitution and should not be subverted by the hustle to pass the amendments. “When the sitting was called, I was afraid that we will be hurried to debate the amendments, therefore ignoring public participation by the people who represent the sovereignty of Kenya,” said Mr Wako. The former Attorney-General said the committee would start sitting immediately and asked the clergy, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and civil and human rights groups to appear before it. IEBC Chief Executive Ezra Chiloba, Law Society of Kenya (LSK) president Isaac Okero, Kenya Private Sector Alliance chairman Vimal Shah and civic leaders from the Mkenya Daima group were present in the gallery.


“Even for politicians, please come to our committee instead of discussing these things at funerals, churches and other places,” said Mr Wako. The contentious amendments at the centre of the controversy allow the IEBC to have an “alternative mechanism” for the identification of voters and transmission of election results should the deployed digital technology fail. The ruling Jubilee has argued that that will ensure no voter is locked out of the ballot if machines malfunction. Cord however called for street protests from Wednesday, saying the amendments to a law they spent weeks negotiating were a scheme by Jubilee “to resurrect dead voters to vote”. Yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Kithure Kindiki (Jubilee), who moved the Bill, said: “There have been extraordinary discussions from both sides of the divide since this issue threatened to tear the country apart.”
Senate Minority Leader Moses Wetang’ula (Ford-Kenya) said the fate of the country lay in the Wako-led team and asked it to show the way forward. “Please, I plead with you, the Legal Affairs Committee, live to the billing of the expectations of Kenyans and be free of any ethnic abuse,” said Cord co-principal Wetang’ula, who asked that the committee of Information Technology be included in the deliberations. Siaya Senator James Orengo (ODM) said: “In the new Constitution, it is no longer about the majority just making a law even if it is wrong.” Mombasa Senator Hassan Omar, the Wiper Secretary-General, weighed in: “This discussion that we can have people bulldozing their way because they are the majority should stop. We need to let reason prevail.”


Nominated Senator Elizabeth Ongoro called on the committee to find “ways of coming up with a variety of solutions to the problem”. Earlier, at 2.30pm, Mr Orengo had tried to have the sitting declared null and void with support from Senators Ongoro, Mutula Kilonzo Jr (Makueni, Wiper) and Martha Wangari (nominated) saying the Mace — the House’s symbol of authority— had been removed and, therefore, the afternoon session was different from the one gazetted for 10am. Prof Kindiki and Kipchumba Murkomen (Elgeyo-Marakwet, Jubilee) however opposed the proposal. In the morning, the senators had, in a rare show of unity, demanded that Speaker Ethuro calls off a police barricade outside Parliament Buildings, saying it sent the wrong message. “This is not a police state. This is a democracy. The instructions were very clear that we don’t need any police presence,” Mr Ethuro ruled. – Daily Nation.

 

 

 

THATCHED HOUSE CROWNS 2016 EAST LONDON POOL CHAMPION

Left is Ayieko receiving the winners trophy and centre is Ayieko at the World Pool Championships.

Far right is Ayieko with the 2013 Thatched House "Big One" winner, William Wango.

 


The popular Kenyan Restaurant and Pub Thatched House in Barking East London recently crowned the
East London 2016 pool champion in their popular end of year Champions of Champions pool competition
held at the Nyama Choma venue on 22nd December 2016.


Every week on a Thursday evening, the Thatched House hosts a Pool competition, open to all able and
willing Pool players who meet to fight it out over a weekly prize fund often in the region of £200.00, with
prizes for the first 4 places. It is a popular competition attracting players of many different nationalities,
and has been running every Thursday for almost 7 years continuously almost without fail. The
competition format is knockout Pool, where competitors play one single frame of pool with the winner
advancing to the next round, while the loser goes home. This format therefore means skill alone will not
guarantee you the win as luck often plays a big part over just 1 pool game.


Every end of year the Thatched House hosts what has come to be know as “The Big One”. This is where
the competition is only open for the various competition winners of that year, who meet to play each
other in order to crown the true Champion Of The Champions. The standard of this battle therefore is
much higher, as all the year's winners play each other.

 

Ayieko with the Woolwich Hustlers elite Pool team.


This years competition, the 6th such was won by a Kenyan, Naftali Ayieko, who was one of only 5 Kenyans
out of almost 40 players who were eligible to enter the fiercely fought battle, played well into the early
hours of the next day. Only one other Kenyan has won these finals, William Wango, who won it in 2013.
As the winner Ayieko took home the handsome £1,500.00 first place cash prize, a special trophy
modelled on the 2012 Olympics torch, which are a legacy of East London, a winners medal and a bottle of
Moët Chandon Champagne.


The management and staff of Thatched House are all avid pool fans and players themselves, and their
consistent support for the competition has become a talking point of the local area. Thatched House is
now a long standing well run pub and restaurant which successfully caters for the needs of food diners,
disco revellers, business and family meeting point and even sports fans who come to watch all manner of
sports matches in the multiple big screens provided. What started out as just a Kenyan pub a few years
back is now a top destination for most Africans living in London and locals too. Their menu has all the
common Kenyan delicacies you can think of ordering, like authentic charcoal roasted Nyama Choma,
Sukuma Wiki, Irio, fried Fish and even tasty Matumbo. In the past, many Kenyan VIP's have visited and
dined at the venue while in London, including Hon. Kalonzo Musyoka, Ababu Namwamba, Martha Karua,
Francis Atwoli and countless other Kenyan MP's, MCA's and Governors who always stop by. The venue
always marks most Kenyan national holidays and is also the meeting point of choice after the annual
Rugby-7's London leg of the international tournament.

 

LEFT PHOTO: Thatched House directors Benson (left) and P.K (right) And right photo

is Ayieko at a race event in UK, driving for the Uniroyal Tyres Race Team.

 


The Thatched House is also a responsible business which does its share for the community. In UK they
are a regular sponsor of Sunny Days Children's Fund which helps raise funds for children with adverse
medical conditions including Leukaemia, Cerebral Palsy, the Deaf, Blind and other terminal illnesses. In
Kenya, Thatched House is a proud sponsor of the Limuru Children's Centre which provides needed care
for many abused, abandoned, ill and orphaned children. This December, Thatched House sent the Centre
a Christmas donation of Kshs 40,000/=.


Meanwhile, the 2016 competition winner Ayieko is no stranger to competitions. He has a past career as
the first black African Rally-Driver in Europe, doing national UK Rally Championships a few years back
which was supported and even sponsored by many Kenyans in the UK at the time as he flew the Kenyan
flag. He now plays regular team league Pool for the Woolwich-Hustlers, a leading London Pool team from
Greenwich South London which was one of 4 teams that represented London County in the English Pool
Association UK National Champions Of Champions Pool team competitions held in Great-Yarmouth every
November. Ayieko has in the past also captained the County Of Sussex Pool team, as well as captained
the Kenyan National Pool team for 3 years at the World Pool Championships. This is a competition where
countries from all over the world send a national pool team and is held annually over 2 weeks in
Blackpool. He is the only UK based Kenyan team player.
Thatched House Pub and Restaurant is open till late daily and is located on Ripple Road, Barking, IG11
9PG. Telephone 0208 2204389.

 

 

 

33 scholars from Equity Leaders Program

Scholars Admitted to Global University

 

33 scholars from the 2016 class of Equity Leaders Program Scholars Admitted to Global Universities in Early Decision. Total admissions expected to double with Regular Decision

Nairobi, 28th December 2016..…. 33 scholars in the 2016 class of the Equity Leaders Program (ELP) have received admissions to study in top Global Universities during the Early Decisions application round. This number is expected to more than double when the regular admissions are released in March 2017. This brings the total number of ELP scholars studying or alumni in global universities to 362.

Of the 33 admissions, 18 are alumni of the Wings to Fly program bringing the total number of Wings to Fly scholars who have transited to global universities to 32.

“We are very proud of our ELP scholars who are increasingly demonstrating capability to compete for the most competitive positions in some of the top universities globally. In Early Decision application, scholars submit an application to only one university. This year, 98 ELP scholars attempted the early decision application translating to 34% admission rate as compared to last years’ 20%. This shows how our Kenyan children are academically competitive on the global scale,” said Dr. Mwangi, the Executive Chairman of Equity Group Foundation that implements ELP on behalf of Equity Bank.

Dr Mwangi further added; “while it was expected that best performing students would ordinarily come from national schools, we are seeing a trend where scholars joining ELP are distributed across national, county and district schools. This performance should serve to encourage students from all secondary schools in Kenya that no matter which school they attend, they can achieve their dreams if they focus, are determined and aim high.”

ELP admits the top performing boy and girl in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (K.C.S.E.) exams from each district in Kenya. Wings to Fly scholars who also score an A in K.C.S.E. also qualify to join the ELP. The program aims at empowering young academically gifted scholars by supporting their access to education in public universities in Kenya and around the globe, as well as equipping them with leadership skills.

To date, ELP has benefited 4,490 scholars who are studying both locally and abroad or alumni. Of these, 2,057 are Wings to Fly scholars who have successfully transited to the university.

“The objective is to develop a generation of servant leaders who will think globally; are inspired to fight poverty in the African continent; embrace sustainable development; improve living standards and coexist peacefully as a people while being fully committed to giving back to society.”, Dr. Mwangi added.

Universities that have offered scholarships to the top performing students this year are spread across the USA, South Africa, Germany and Mauritius. They include Amherst College, Brown University, Cornell University, Duke University, Princeton University, University of Cape Town, University of Pretoria, among others.

ELP scholars have distinguished themselves as mentors and role models to secondary school students when they inspire and encourage students to aim at academic excellence. They also take leadership positions in their universities as well in local communities where they participate in decision making.

The ELP scholars return to Kenya from their universities abroad during their summer holidays to team up with their colleagues in local universities and spend their time mentoring the incoming ELP scholars on how to apply for college admissions, as well as preparing them for life in the university and abroad in global universities.

About Equity Leaders Program.
Founded in 1998, Equity Leaders Program (ELP) is an internship program that selects the most academically gifted secondary school graduates from across Kenya and develops them into world-class leaders to transform society. The program selects the top boy and top girl in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination from every district where Equity Bank has a branch. Wings to Fly scholars who also score an A in K.C.S.E. also qualify to join ELP. The program aims at empowering young academically gifted scholars by supporting their access to education in public universities in Kenya and around the globe, as well as equipping them with leadership skills
ELP has now benefitted 4,490 young people, including 362 scholars and alumni at global universities. The programme is centered on a rigorous internship experience that allows scholars to work as members of staff at Equity Bank branches around the country before they join university. The internships/program develops the scholars professionally, gives them real-world working experience, as well as college savings scheme which allows scholars to fund their university education in Kenya with their internship stipends. In addition to the pre-university internship experience, the program provides internships and leadership development experiences to scholars throughout their time in university and beyond.
The program’s leadership development model seeks to develop scholars across four program areas:


1. Personal and Professional Development to enable scholars to identify their unique talents and strengths and to match their individual interests with meaningful career opportunities
2. Global Exposure to encourage scholars to expand their horizons and become world class-leaders who can compete and succeed in a global marketplace
3. Creativity and Innovation to empower scholars to think creatively about providing solutions to the challenges and opportunities facing communities around the world
4. Community Engagement to inspire scholars to use their abilities for good and to make a positive impact on society

While developing individual scholars across these four thematic areas, the program also endeavors to create a strong network of scholars who work together across disciplines and sectors to transform their communities, their country, and the world at large.

 

Some useful facts
• 2016 Early Decision: 33 ELP scholars (18 boys and 15 girls) gain admission to global universities during Early Decision bringing the total number of scholars in/alumni in global universities to 362. Among the universities with the highest number of ELP scholars include;
o Harvard University (USA)
o Africa Leadership Academy (South Africa)
o University of Toronto (Canada)
o University of Pretoria (South Africa)
o Yale University (USA)
o Duke University (USA)
o University of Pennsylvania (USA)
• So far 4,490 scholars have benefited from the Equity Leaders Program, out of which 2,057 scholars are alumni’s of Wings to Fly program. 4,128 of the scholars are studying/alumni of national universities in Kenya the following taking the highest number of scholars;
o University of Nairobi
o Kenyatta University
o Moi University
o Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology
o Egerton University
• Among the most popular courses include;
o Business and Economics
o Pure and Applied Sciences
o Engineering and Architecture
o Health Sciences
o Arts and Social Sciences
Below is a table showing the early decision beneficiaries in 2016 Early Decision

 

 

Name

Admitted to

High School

Selection to ELP

Drake Ezekiel Kufwafwa

Amherst College

Nairobi School

Top District

Valary Cherotich Kones

Brown University

St. Brigids Kiminini

Top District

Joan Nyambura Ndichu

Bryn Mawr College

Moi Girls' School Nairobi

Wings to Fly

Millicent Auma

Bryn Mawr College

Loreto High School Limuru

Wings to Fly

Franklin Omullo Otieno

Cornell University

Rapogi Secondary School

Top District

Samuel Mbugua

Cornell University

Ituru High School

Top District

Cynthia Jeruto Bundi

Dartmouth College

Alliance Girls School

Top District

Brian Kimutai Sawe

Davidson College

Alliance High School

Top student

Ahmed Salat Birik

Duke University

Alliance High School

Wings to Fly

John Meshack Rotich

Ecole Centrale - Mauritius

Mang'u High School

Top District

Dorris Nduku Waeni

IFY Scholarship - Brookhouse School

Karima Girls'high school

Wings to Fly

Jackline Kasisi

Minerva College

Statehouse Girls

Wings to Fly

Simon Waweru Mumbi

New York University

Nanyuki High School

Wings to Fly

Lily Nyaruai Muindi

Princeton University

MaryHill Girls High School

Top District

Willie Macharia

University of Capetown

Njiiri School

Wings to Fly

Bredah Nzuki

University of Capetown

Machakos Girls High School

Wings to Fly

Joan Namalwa Wanjala

University of Gannon in Erie, Pennsylvania

Alliance Girls High School

Wings to Fly

Frida A Aloo

University of Pennsylvania

Kenya High School

Top District

Monica Marika

University of Pretoria

Karima Girls'high school

Wings to Fly

Jesse Mwiti Mwirigi

University of Pretoria

Meru School

Wings to Fly

Maria Ashley Gogo

University of Pretoria

St.Yermo Girls Secondary School

Top District

Kevin Lubembe

University of Pretoria

University of Eldoret

USAID Alumni

Onesmus O. Mong'are

University of Pretoria

University of Nairobi

ELP Alumni

Naomi Nyambura Theuri

Vanderbilt University

Alliance Girls School

Top Specialty - Arts & Design

Annjoy Gichane

Washington & Lee University

St Anne's Girls' Sec School

Top District

June Wangari Nyaga

Spelman College

Kabare Girls

Top District

Pius Kimathi

Michigan State University

Ikuu Boys High School

Wings to Fly

Allan Kieha

Michigan State University

Machakos Boys' High School

Wings to Fly

Ronny Ng'ethe Wanjiku

Michigan State University

Kanunga High School

Wings to Fly

Helstine Ochieng Opondo

Michigan State University

Kiaguthu Boys' Secondary School

Wings to Fly

Inness Lilian Amollo

Agnes Scott College

Moi Girls' High School- Eldoret

Wings to Fly

Benson Kimani Mwaniki

Jacobs University Bremen, Germany

Alliance High School

Wings to Fly

Musa Sheikh Salah

Ripon College

Moi Forces Academy, Nairobi

Wings to Fly

 

ABOUT EQUITY GROUP FOUNDATION
Equity Group Foundation was established by Equity Group to create the financial and operational infrastructure for social programs aimed at low income population. This innovation and creative vehicle has fully transformed the concept of philanthropy and corporate social responsibility. While Equity Group Foundation champions the social economic transformation of the people of Africa and seeks partnership along seven cluster thematic areas, Equity Bank provides the infrastructure of delivery hence reducing the operational cost of the Foundation and increasing the rate of return on any social investment. The Foundation focuses on seven key social thematic areas of Education and Leadership development, Financial Literacy, Financial Inclusion, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Agriculture, Health, and Environment.
www.equitygroupfoundation.com

 

 

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A Kenyan arrested in Saudi Arabia for playing Christmas Songs

Despite it globally being known that the celebration of Christmas is banned in Saudi Arabia, as well as other Arab countries–7 Africans living in Saudi have found themselves in trouble for slightly celebrating Christmasthis year. Associated Press reports that 4 Nigerians, 2 Ghanaians and 1 Kenyan who all work as domestic workers in Saudi Arabia have been arrested by police for playing Christmas songs on their mobile phones. Apparently, the Africans were stopped randomly when the police saw them with earphones stuck to their ears–and found out that they’ve been playing carols. The Africans face up to 10 years in jail–a punishment the Kingdom introduced last year for anyone who celebrates Christmas within its jurisdiction. Singing a Christmas Carol or playing any will fetch you 1000 lashes – so would just wishing a friend or a family Merry Christmas, even if you are heard doing so on the phone. Amnesty International has as usual condemned this, “it amounts to gross human rights violation.” But considering the fact that Saudi Arabia, despite its numerous human rights violations, continues to be America’s good friend – they are not bothered about any sort of condemnation. Human Rights Watch has called the Christmas ban insane and ridiculous, but then, these two words are synonymous to Saudi Arabia – so that’s nothing new. - nationalaccordnewspaper.com

 

 

The Federal of Women lawyers has defended the controversial bill that aims to lower the age of sexual consent

from 18 to 16 citing that it is meant to protect teenage boys. This comes after some members of the public

signed a petition seeking to stop parliament from revising the age of sexual consent.

 

 

 

Kenya rises in business tourism ratings, with over 240 global forums held in 2016


A delegate is fitted with traditional Maasai regalia by traders at the close of the 6th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) at KICC on August 27, 2016. Kenya hosted 243 global and continental meetings in 2016 that attracted multi-billionaires and many heads of State and government.


Kenya hosted 243 global and continental meetings in 2016 that attracted multi-billionaires and many heads of State and government. According to a just-released report by conference marketing and consultancy firm, Mkutano Business Travel, the mainly State-led foreign visits helped the country market itself as a tourism and business destination. The firm’s business development executive, Ms Angela Mumbi, said visiting presidents signed trade pacts that boosted inter-country business among private sector players, with some nations seeking the establishment of embassies in Nairobi to handle emerging challenges. Ms Mumbi said Kenya’s active promotion of an expanded East African Community that enjoys free movement of goods, people and services, as well as capital made it a popular hub for foreign companies seeking a free trade area status for their regional operations targeting 150 million people. “Heads of State came visiting and this gave Kenya a free marketing tool to reach television audiences in Israel, Jordan, India, South Africa, Japan, Uganda, Tanzania, Somalia, Rwanda and Central African Republic, among others,” said Ms Mumbi.


NAIROBI LEADING DESTINATION
The report, which looks at Kenya as a global conference brand, identified Nairobi as a leading destination followed by Mombasa and Kisumu. Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC), Safari Park and Radisson Blu were the most popular destinations in Nairobi, while in Mombasa, Sarova White Sands and Paradise Hotel emerged top, with Enashipai (Naivasha) and Kisumu’s Acacia Premier identified as the upcountry favourites. Kenya hosted the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD), the Global Partnership on Effective Development Co-operation’s High-Level Meeting and the African, Caribbean and Pacific Assemblies Association, bringing together parliamentarians from 79 countries. “Kenya’s expanding economy has attracted an array of investors who bring in trade delegations to conduct hands-on interrogations and eventually hold strategic meetings,” Ms Mumbi said.

 

NETWORKS CREATED
She said conferences and meetings promote trade as participants drawn from Kenya and abroad created networks, showcased innovation, exchanged knowledge while getting a view of Nairobi’s fast life that rolls greatly on a cashless mobile platform. Enter Uber and Kenya joined the global ‘Uber’ world, enabling visitors to enjoy local rates while transiting from their hotel rooms to meeting venues. About 55 per cent of attendants at these meetings and fairs were Kenyans, 22 per cent were from African countries, 15 per cent were from East Africa and 8 per cent were from across the world, the report says. Ms Mumbi added that while September and November were the busiest months, Kenya could enjoy higher tourism earnings in 2016 from conference tourism.

 

NATIONAL CONVENTION BUREAU
She added that the formation of a private sector-led national convention bureau to drive marketing strategies locally and abroad would help steer united efforts to attract tourists. The bureau will identify ways of growing leisure, sports, agriculture, wildlife and business tourism by engaging private and public sector players at all levels. The study said Kenya’s move to digitise visa processing and increased infrastructural investments have helped lure more visitors to the country. “Nairobi and other major towns have seen new four-star hotels built to accommodate visiting entrepreneurs who demand quality service with a known tradition of internationally known hotel brands,” she observed. Ms Mumbi said Kenya has its best chance to triple its tourist market during the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) Destination Expo to be held early 2017, as well as during the Aid and Development Africa Summit, Modern Airports Africa and the Africa Sugar Conference, which have confirmed bookings. – Daily Nation.

 

Thousands of doctors will go without their December salaries following a

strike that has paralysed operations in public hospitals since December 5.

 

 

 

 

Argentina ex-leader Cristina Fernandez charged in corruption case


Former Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has been charged over corruption allegations. A federal judge approved charges of illicit association and fraudulent administration against Ms Fernandez. Judge Julian Ercolini also ordered the freezing of $633m (£516m) of Ms Fernandez's assets. She has previously denied any wrongdoing. It is alleged that her government steered public contracts to a businessman close to her family. Ms Fernandez has said the case is politically motivated and accused current President Mauricio Macri of plotting against her. "Illicit association is a legal concept used by all dictatorships to persecute their political opponents," she tweeted.

 

 

 

Fake goods sold on social media are seized in UK

Counterfeit goods being sold by traders using Facebook and Instagram have been seized during a series of raids. Thousands of items including dangerous cosmetics, electrical products and chargers were seized. Counterfeit footwear, leather goods and tobacco were also found in various raids across the UK. The operation, led by the Trading Standards e-crime team, targeted markets where the suppliers of these traders were thought to operate. The raids were the result of intelligence work including information recovered from mobile phones and satellite navigation systems found during previous raids. "When criminals infiltrate and undermine social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram consumers are put at risk of injury and harm," said Graham Mogg, who chairs the Anti-Counterfeiting Group. "Targeting the wholesale suppliers at markets and retail premises, as well as the traders operating on social media, has removed tens of thousands of unsafe and other counterfeit goods from the market place." Details were released on the same day as Christmas shoppers were warned to check their presents after a raft of fake goods were seized on their way into the UK. More than 83,000 items were confiscated by the Border Force at airports in one operation over six days in December.

Year 2016  in pictures

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Kenyan football legend Joe Kadenge admitted at Meridian Hospital – CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO

 

 

Traffic offenders at Sachang'wan black spot forced by NTSA to carry 'observe lane' sign


A traffic offender holds the signage introduced by NTSA at Sachang'wan black spot on Tuesday, December 27.


Transport regulator NTSA on Tuesday devised a new way of punishing traffic offenders at Sachangwan black-spot on Nakuru-Eldoret highway. The authority used a billboard with inscriptions "Kindly observe lane discipline, don't be like me". Drivers who violate the traffic law were forced wear a reflective jacket, carry the signage strategically for other drivers until another offender is arrested. The pictures, which were shared widely in social media, showed male and female drivers carrying the billboard. Through its official twitter account, the National Transport and Safety Authority said: "All drivers must observe discipline on the roads". The new form of punishment drew mixed reactions from Kenyans where most Twitter users applauded the agency for the good work. "Sachangwan normally trends for horrific reasons but today is safety measures kudos NTSA. Such a good gesture. The best ever," Mercy Ngei ‏said. A user identified as Chris said" "For once NTSA have got it right... What they are doing at Sachangwan is too amazing...BigUp NTSA that's the way to go," Another user Simon Barack said: "I fully support NTSA for what they are doing at Sachangwan. In fact, culprits should be forced to carry their vehicles instead of placards," "Sachangwan; hilarious but good punishment @ntsa_kenya," Selestus Mayira said through a tweet. Another user said: "Interesting what NTSA are up to. Just curious, this thing NTSA are doing at Sachangwan, is it legal?" Sachangwan is an infamous blackspot that has left hundreds of motorists and road users dead over the years. – The Star

 

 

 

 

Brexiteers push EU business groups to agree trade deal


Campaigners for an early Brexit have asked business groups across Europe to put pressure on their governments for a free trade agreement with Britain. Leave Means Leave has written to the chambers of commerce in all the other 27 EU states, asking them to call for a "sensible agreement regarding the terms of Britain's exit from the EU". The letter warns that trade barriers would have a "detrimental effect". It also calls for uninterrupted trade as well as near-zero tariffs. John Longworth, the former director general of the British Chambers of Commerce and co-chair of Leave Means Leave with his co-signatory of the letter, Richard Tice, said there are "many important elections taking place in EU member states" next year. "Businesses across Europe will want trade with the UK to continue as usual after Brexit and any hint of trade barriers by the European Commission will be rejected," he claimed. Mr Longworth added: "It is vital that these business leaders make representations to their national Governments to ensure that the EU is open for business."

 

 

 

 

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Electoral fraud: Voters in UK will have to show ID in pilot scheme


Voters in UK will have to show proof of identity in a government pilot scheme to reduce electoral fraud. Some councils in England, including Birmingham and Bradford, will trial the scheme at local elections in 2018. Constitution minister Chris Skidmore said the pilot would "ensure the integrity of our electoral system". But former London mayor Ken Livingstone said it was a "political" move and would make life more difficult for most people because of a handful of crimes. A full list of the participating councils has not been released, but the government wants to use the pilot scheme to see if it should be rolled out across the whole country. Different councils will trial different types of photo ID, including driving licences, passports or utility bills to prove addresses, although the creation of a new form of ID specifically for voting has been ruled out by ministers. Northern Ireland already requires voters to show ID before casting their ballot. Mr Skidmore said fraud was unacceptable and he wanted to protect the rights of voters to have their say. He defended the plans against allegations they could disenfranchise poor people who do not have ID, telling BBC Radio Four's Today programme: "Voting is one of the most important transactions you can make as an individual. In many transactions you need a proof of ID." The pilot would test which form of ID worked best, he said, bringing the UK in line with some other countries. The minister added: "I'm determined to ensure, when it comes to groups who are under-registered, that they get the opportunity to exercise their vote. "Ensuring those communities are protected, that the risks of electoral fraud are diminished, will ensure those individuals are represented fairly across this country."


Pickles' plan
The reform was first touted by former cabinet minister Sir Eric Pickles in August, when he released recommendations amid growing concerns about electoral fraud. He tweeted that the government was "right to give greater powers to electoral officials and the police to deal with intimidation and other unwanted behaviour". Labour's shadow minister for voter engagement and youth affairs, Cat Smith MP, said the party supported the plan. However, she said more needed to be done to ensure eligible voters were registered after a change to the rules by the Conservatives in February meant people had to register as individuals, rather than as a household - a move that saw thousands of people drop off the register. "The government's priority should be to ensure the integrity of the system, but also to address the fact that under them hundreds of thousands of people have fallen off the register due to their unnecessarily rushed changes," she said. "Despite what the Tories say, they have been more interested in fixing the rules to suit themselves, rather than helping the many eligible voters who are not on the electoral roll."


'Not justified'
Mr Livingstone, who was suspended from the Labour Party and is currently an independent, said the Conservative government was the driving force behind the idea. "The real problem is the people most likely not to have a passport or a driving licence are going to be the poorest and that I suspect will basically hit the Labour Party," he told Today. He continued: "It's really bad to make life more difficult for the vast majority of people when you're dealing with a handful of dodgy council people... "If we had a real problem with fraud, as you've got in some dodgy countries around the world, it would be justified, but it really isn't." As well as the trials, election officials and police will be given new powers to tackle intimidation of voters by activists, who will also be banned from collecting postal votes for submission - a practice known as "harvesting". And the government has said it is also considering plans to check the nationality of voters to stop fraudulent registrations. There will also be reforms to improve the security of the postal ballot system, such as requiring postal voters to re-apply every three years.

 

 

Uhuru passes law punishing bribery with Sh5m fine, 10-year jail term


The new law prescribes severe penalties against public and private sector bribery.


President Uhuru Kenyatta has assented to seven Bills Friday, among them the Bribery Bill 2016 passed by legislators in December which prescribes severe penalties for public and private sector bribery. Tabled by Leader of Majority Aden Duale in April, the Act reprimands those convicted of bribery with a Sh5 million fine or 10 years in jail alongside other punitive measures. The new law, which extends the graft fight to Kenya's private sector, also provides for certain requirements businesses must have in place to prevent the vice. The Bribery Act 2016 also legally obligates every Kenyan that is aware of an act of corruption to report to the anti-graft watchdog. Other Bills signed into law include the Witness Protection (Amendment) Bill 2016, Competition (Amendment) Bill 2016, Contempt of Court Bill 2016, Universities (Amendment) Bill 2015, Insurance (Amendment) Bill 2016 and the Kenya Defence Forces (Amendment) Bill 2015.


Target cartels
The Competition (Amendment) Act 2016 empowers the Competition Authority of Kenya (CAK) to impose fines on and penalise industry associations that operate like cartels. It also includes trade associations, individuals, companies and trusts under the CAK's mandate.
The new law is also expected to shake up some industries, especially powerful trade bodies in the financial and agricultural sectors that have been accused of frustrating efforts to regulate their undertakings. The CAK has in the past called for the disbandment of the Kenya Bankers Association and the Cereal Millers Association, arguing that they colluded to set market prices. The Universities (Amendment) Act 2015 now allows the Commission for University Education (CUE) to accredit universities and approve university programmes. It also allows the president to revoke a university’s charter despite getting the nod from the regulator. Deputy President William Ruto and National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi witnessed the signing of the Bills by Mr Kenyatta at State House Nairobi on Friday. – Daily Nation

 

 

 

 

Kenyan economy grows by 5.7 percent in 3rd quarter

Kenya’s economy is estimated to expand by 5.7 percent in the third quarter of 2016 compared to 6 percent in the same quarter of 2015, the national statistics agency said on Sunday. Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) Director General Zachary Mwangi said generally, the economic growth was well spread although most of the sectors of the economy recorded slower growths compared to last year. The growth of the agriculture, forestry and fishing sector is estimated to have slowed to 3.9 percent in the third quarter compared to 5.5 percent during the same quarter in 2015, Mwangi said in a statement. “Growth in the sector was dampened by poor performance in the production of tea and coffee that declined by 0.3 and 4.0 percent,” Mwangi said. The slowed growth in agricultural sector was also aggravated by slowed external demand as reflected by a 36.7-percent decline in the volume of fruit exports, he added. He said that the activities of the manufacturing and the construction industries also recorded notable slowdown in growths. However, the hospitality, transport, storage, wholesale and retail trade, information and communication, health and public administration all registered improved growths during the third quarter. KNBS also reported that Kenya’s current account deficit narrowed by 10.4 percent from 1.1 billion U.S. dollars in the third quarter of 2015 to 986 million dollars in the third quarter of 2016. - news.xinhuanet.com

 

 

MARIKA MA GIKUYU

Manjiri   1512 – 46 ± 55
Mamba   1547 – 81 ± 50
Tene       1582–1616 ± 45
Agu        1617 – 51 ± 40
Manduti 1652 – 86 ± 40
Cuma     1687–1721 ± 30
Ciira       1722 – 56 ± 25
Mathathi1757–1791 ± 20
Ndemi    1792–1826 ± 15
Iregi       1827–1861 ± 10
Maina    1862 – 97 ± 5
Mwangi 1898?

   

 

 

 

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Senate to debate contentious amendments to election law


Senate's Majority Leader Kithure Kindiki in Nakuru on February 2, 2015.


The Senate will on Wednesday debate the contentious amendments to the election law. Senate Speaker Ekwee Ethuro called Wednesday’s special sitting a week after the chaotic session in which opposition MPs walked out as their Jubilee colleagues passed the amendments. In his notice, Mr Ethuro said that the senators will discuss 11 other matters apart from the election law in the session that will start at 10 am. On Monday, Senate Majority Leader Kithure Kindiki, who will move the amendments in the House, said that though divisive, he does not expect the debate to degenerate into chaos. “We expect very heated discussions on Wednesday but I do not foresee cases of illegal activities like members engaging in fist fights,” Prof Kindiki told the Nation. The Senate has set itself as the “sober” House able to sit down and come to an understanding easily, compared to the National Assembly which has seen fist fights, name-calling and unparliamentary behaviour during heated discussions. “When the discussion on the exit of the electoral commissioners became violent, it is two senators who provided leadership. We will do the same on Wednesday,” added the senator. Prof Kindiki was referring to the 14-member bipartisan joint select committee co-chaired by senators Kiraitu Murungi (Meru) and his Siaya counterpart James Orengo that came up with the now disputed law. On Monday, Mr Orengo said that the law should not have stepped foot in the National Assembly, but added that “there will be sense and sensibility” in the Senate. “The way this law has been piloted through the National Assembly is an abuse of power and an unconstitutional process,” he said. Mombasa Senator Hassan Omar (Wiper) has rooted for the Bill to fail in the House to allow the formation of a mediation committee. – Daily Nation.

 

Laura Kuenssberg, the BBC's political editor, has said that the Queen did back Brexit ahead of the UK's referendum on its membership of the EU. However, she said she could not report it at the time because it had only come from one source instead of the two required by BBC editorial policy.

 

Storm Conor brings snow and wind to Scotland

Parts of Scotland have been hit by heavy snow showers and strong winds as Storm Conor swept across the north of the country. Winds speeds of 94mph have been recorded on Shetland, with Orkney seeing gusts of up to 80mph. Snow has also fallen across parts of northern Scotland, including Moray and Aberdeenshire. An amber warning of high winds across the far north-east and the Northern Isles is in place until 18:00. Lesser yellow warnings have been issued for much of the rest of Scotland. The highest wind gust recorded so far was 94mph at Sella Ness on Shetland, with Lerwick seeing speeds of up to 87mph. Orkney was facing peak speeds of 75-80mph. Met Office duty forecaster Matt Roe said: "It's pretty windy elsewhere. We've got around 60mph on the west coast. Elsewhere, it's a pretty blustery day, up to around 40mph, maybe 50mph. "We've got some fairly heavy showers too and these are falling as snow across central and northern parts of Scotland. There are some fairly heavy snow showers across the Highlands as well. "It's basically a cold, windy day across Scotland with a mix of everything. There's frequent lightning as well with some of those showers in the north." The worst of the wind should have eased by midnight. There has been some disruption to power supplies, with more expected as Storm Conor reaches its peak on Monday afternoon. Supplies were said to be being restored quickly in affected areas and extra staff, equipment and welfare facilities have been put in place. Transport Minister Humza Yousaf chaired a further meeting of the Scottish government's resilience team on Boxing Day morning.

 

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Stunning waterfalls on Uluru after freak storm hits the Australian rock


A freak storm has turned one of Australia's most famous and driest attractions into a series of spectacular waterfalls. Uluru in Central Australia normally gets on average just 22cm of rain a year. But a huge Christmas night storm saw more than 23cm fall in 24 hours - a record amount - sending water cascading down the enormous sandstone rock and turning small canyons into raging torrents. Described as a once-in-50-year event by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, the downpour was photographed by school teachers Bianca and Lee Hewes. Their pictures, posted on social media, show the dramatic change in an area where the average daytime temperature in December is more than 36C. Uluru, formerly known as Ayers Rock, lies 208 miles (335km) from the nearest large town, Alice Springs, and is sacred to the Pitjantjatjara Anangu, the Aboriginal people of the area. It is visited by up to 500,000 tourists each year.

 

 

 

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BRAZIL WOMEN DANCING

In the run-up to the Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil was beset by political upheaval with vast crowds turning out to demonstrate for the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff, and crowds of almost equal size turning out in support of the beleaguered leader. This image is of a group of women heading to a rally supporting Rousseff - why they should be dancing, I don't know, but nor do I care. I simply love the image. The light, the setting, the sense of energy, and the steely determination in the eye of the woman in the green skirt - just brilliant. I want it for my wall.

 

 

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George Michael has "passed away peacefully at home", his publicist has said. Thames Valley Police, who are

investigating the 53-year-old's death, said officers were called to a property in Goring-on-Thames in

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Blow to opposition as MPs reinstate MANUAL ELECTION RESULTS TRANSMISSION

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Veteran politician John Keen dies at 90

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President Kenyatta’s Christmas message to Kenyans

 

President Uhuru Kenyatta has sent a Christmas message to the nation reminding Kenyans that it is time for reconciliation, love and compassion. In a statement to newsrooms, the Head of State said: “As Christians, we believe that on this day, God sent His son for our salvation.” He said that the message is not for Christians only, saying: “Many who are not Christians also celebrate with us the message of hope and reconciliation that Christmas brings”. President Kenyatta asked Kenyans to reconcile and to recommit themselves to healing and uplifting of this nation. He added that it is a good moment to ask whether we have been worthy of this great gift. According to the President, as Kenyans, if we look deep into our hearts, we will accept that we have not always maintained the highest standards this year. “If we look deep into our hearts, we will see that we could have been better fathers, better mothers, better sons and daughters and better Kenyans.” He also asked Kenyans to take the greatest care on the roads as they travel to meet their family and friends this Christmas. “My Government will do all it that it can to enforce the rules of the road, so that we can all celebrate in safety with those we love.” The President also reminded Kenyans that in the New Year  we will choose our leaders. He has asked every Kenyan to vote saying it is their right for which our fathers fought for and has said that we should honor their memory by exercising these rights in a spirit of grace and peace. “May God bless you, and your families and loved ones, in the New Year and many God guide the Republic and all its leaders in 2017,” he said. -citizentv.co.ke

 

 

 

DP Ruto talks about Jubilee Gov't Score Card

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Letter to Uhuru on why Raila is Winning

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Kamba Community UK ( KITHITO UNITED) celebrating Christmas


Kamba Community UK ( KITHITO UNITED) celebrating the Christmas party at the Kenya Coffee House on the

17th December. Front left: Thomas Musau, Founder and Secretary to the group.

 

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101-year-old woman allegedly gives birth to baby


A 101-year-old Italian woman, Anatolia Vertadella, has given birth to a 9-pound baby. According to World News Daily Report, this was made possible through ovary transplant even when medical professionals were against the procedure due to the age of the woman involved. The whole procedure was illegal, but private clinic in Turkey made it possible, reports the Rivista Napoli.

 

“I am very grateful to all the team of doctors who decided to go on with the operation. I am so grateful to have given birth to my 17th child. This is a true blessing and a testament to the power of the creator. “For so long I have felt useless to God, I could not procreate since I turned 48 years old when I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. For a long time I believed God was punishing me for only bearing 16 children, but in his godly generosity, he has granted me with fertility once again,” the new mum who is a fervent Catholic told Rivista Napoli. Vertadella’s husband died in 1998, but the oldest mum was said to have managed to find a sperm donor to make the birth possible.

“I met Francesco’s father on the internet while trying to find a father to my child. This 26-year-old man is a Catholic and that is all that is important to me. I wanted my child to be born in a union sanctified by the Catholic church. I know we are not married and that he will not play a part in Francesco’s life, but I have written to the pope to ask his absolution. I have also named my child after the pope in his honor and so I believe he should find a place in his heart to forgive me in this particular situation. I still love my deceased husband and desire to stay a widow until I leave this earth, but I needed the seed of this young fervent Catholic to fulfill God’s will,” she explained.

 

 

 

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The world’s oldest mother was previously believed to be Malegwale


Malegwale Ramokgopa allegedly gave birth to her 25th and 26th child in 1931 at the venerable age of 92


The world’s oldest mother was previously believed to be Malegwale Ramokgopa, a woman born in South Africa in 1839 who allegedly gave birth to twins three days after celebrating her 92nd anniversary on October 3, 1931, which made nation-wide headlines at the time.

 

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Uhuru signs law targeting graft in private sector


President Uhuru Kenyatta signing into law the Bribery Bill 2016 together with six other Bills at State House, Nairobi.


The government has officially roped private companies and individuals into the war on corruption after assenting to a law requiring them to participate in taming graft. By the stroke of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s pen, private entities will now face stiff penalties if they allow their senior managers to bribe, receive inducements bribes or witness a bribery incident and look the other way. The Bribery Act 2016 specifically criminalises corruption anywhere on Kenyan soil, but it is the first law to target private firms who for long have been outside the ring of graft purge. The new law brings in penalties like directors of companies being barred from serving in any other company for up to a decade, being banned from contesting in elections and being fined up to five times the bribe received or given. The law first introduced by Majority Leader Aden Duale is the brainchild of contributions from the private sector and government officials, following years of debate on what role the private entities can play. While it was agreed that these entities participate in giving bribes especially in procuring government deals, there wasn’t specific laws that forced them to take part in the fight. Already, there are laws that forbid corruption such as the Public Officer Ethics Act of 2003, the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Act of 2003 and the Leadership and Integrity Act 2012. But they all target public or state officers. “The principal objective of the Bribery Act 2016 is to extend the fight against corruption to the private sector by equally criminalising bribery in the sector,” said a statement from State House after the President signed the Bill into law. “It provides for specific requirements that private entities must have in place in the prevention of bribery,” the statement says.


The Act provides for penalties of up to Sh5 million for anyone found giving or receiving bribes or be jailed for ten years. In addition, Courts will have leeway to decide whether to add more penalties if “quantifiable gain” to the suspect or “quantifiable loss” to the victim is proven. They may include fines of up to five times the gain you received by taking part in corruption, your property being confiscated or you being blacklisted from serving in any office in Kenya. It also requires anyone who witnesses corruption to report to the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission within 24 hours of seeing it. That means if you saw a police officer receiving a sweetener to let a speeding motorist go, you must report him to the EACC. “A state officer, a public officer or any other person who despite being aware of or suspicious of the commission of an offence under this Act, fails to report the act to the Commission within the specified period commits an offence,” it says. This also means that it will be illegal to bribe a foreign official to gain a service and it will be illicit to accept or request a financial or other type of favour in exchange for service. Whether this law will be fully implemented remains to be the next challenge, especially since existing laws have had little fruit in jailing the culprits. – Daily Nation

 

 

 

 

Raila family's interest in vying in 2017 election causes anxiety in ODM


Cord leader Raila Odinga (left) and his brother Oburu at Kirembe Grounds in Kisumu on June 2, 2016.


Anxiety is growing in the Orange Democratic Movement over a host of candidates from party leader Raila Odinga’s family who want to vie in the 2017 elections. Sources at the ODM secretariat and parliamentary group revealed that at least eight members from the Odinga family had declared interest in contesting various seats with some running against party leader Mr Odinga’s allies. While Mr Odinga is fighting to become the Opposition’s flagbearer in the next elections, his elder brother Oburu Odinga, a nominated MP, will vie for the Bondo parliamentary seat. On Monday Kisumu Deputy Governor Ruth Odinga said she is determined to vie for the Kisumu governor’s seat which is held by Mr Jack Ranguma and has also attracted Senator Anyang’ Nyong’o, an ally of Mr Odinga. The ODM leader’s eldest daughter, Rosemary Odinga, has declared her interests in vying for the Kibra’s seat in Nairobi which is now held by Mr Ken Okoth. The seat has also attracted Mr Odinga’s presidential campaign manager in the 2013 elections Eliud Owalo. Sources also say that Ms Winnie Odinga, the last born in the family, is interested in being nominated to the National Assembly to represent interests of the youth. In Siaya, Mr Carey Rege who is a cousin to the ODM leader, has joined the race for the county’s governor’s seat, while former Kenya ambassador to the United States Elkana Odembo, a brother in-law to the former PM, is also said to be interested in Siaya senator’s seat. And even though he has curved out his own political path, Gem MP Jakoyo Midiwo, a cousin to Mr Odinga, will be defending his seat. – Daily Nation

 

“With immediate effect, all those companies that do not meet minimum wage requirements should be shut down,” said Uhuru.

 

 

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THE FAMILY OF KIM LAID TO REST IN KIJABE, KENYA

The of three bodies of Mr. Kimani’s family were buried on Friday 23rd December, 2016 in Kijabe (Viewpoint) at brother Daniel Kimani's rural home. It's about 6 kilometers from Viewpoint. Hundreds of mourners including tens from Diaspora attended there ceremony. This was after the tragic accident on Saturday the 10th December 2016, that claimed several lives of hard working Kenyans, and devastated hundreds of families and friends. It also almost wiped out three of family of our close friend and brother Daniel Kimani a resident of London who have since travelled home. You can pass on your condolences to Mr. Kimani's in Kenya is 0701231349 and his wife's Violet Kim is 0711110658.

The three coffins of the of Kim's family on left where hundreds of mourners attended the burial service

 

Three bodies of the decased being escorted to the grave for the final rest

 

UK third quarter GDP growth revised up to 0.6%


The UK economy grew by 0.6% in the third quarter, according to official figures, faster than previous estimates. Growth for the July-to-September period had originally been estimated at 0.5%. New data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) suggested that the business and financial sector was more active than previously estimated. The ONS also said that growth in the third quarter of the year was helped by "robust consumer demand". However, the ONS trimmed its estimates of growth in the first and second quarter of the year. It now says the economy grew by 0.3% in the first quarter, compared with an earlier figure of 0.4%, and cut its estimate for second-quarter growth to 0.6% from 0.7%. Ruth Gregory, UK economist at Capital Economics, said the figures suggested that June's Brexit vote had had little impact on the economy and that growth in the final quarter of the year would be positive.

 

 

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Bitcoin enjoys end of year price surge

The value of the Bitcoin virtual currency has hit a three-year high with each one now worth about $900 (£730). At the start of 2016, single coins were only worth around $435 but their value has climbed steadily all year. The steady upward progress has continued despite regular hack attacks on virtual currency exchanges in which coins have been stolen. Experts said the rise in value was linked to the long-term depreciation of the Chinese Yuan. The Chinese currency has dropped about 7% in value during 2016, said Reuters. The majority of Bitcoin currency trading takes place in China as it allows people to skirt restrictive local laws that limit how much money Chinese people can swap. Charles Hayter, founder of the Cryptocompare website that watches virtual currencies, said global political uncertainty and Indian moves to control paper currency were also driving people to buy Bitcoins. If those trends continued, he told Reuters, many more people may be tempted to buy Bitcoins as they could be seen as a "flight to safety". Hackers have also been tempted by the rising value of the virtual coins. In August Hong Kong-based digital currency exchange Bitfinex suffered a major hack attack in which bitcoins worth $65m were thought to be taken. Bitcoin values dropped about 10% when the news of the hack attack was made public The virtual currency has yet to reach the heights it managed in late 2013 when each coin was worth more than $1,000. The total value of all bitcoins in circulation has now surpassed $14bn.

 

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Disruption as Storm Barbara starts moving across Scotland


Storm Barbara has started crossing Scotland, causing power cuts, school closures and difficult travelling conditions. The highest wind speeds are forecast for the Western Isles, Skye, the north west coast and Northern Isles, with gusts expected of 80-90 mph. Wintry showers and ice have also been forecast for large parts of Scotland. An amber alert has now been issued for the Northern Isles and part of north Caithness on Boxing Day. The Met Office has named it Storm Conor and is forecasting winds gusting to 70-80mph - possibly reaching 90mph in some areas. It also has an amber "be prepared" warning for Storm Barbara and yellow "be aware" warnings in place for high winds at the weekend and Monday and wintry showers and ice for large parts of Scotland on Friday into Saturday. A wind gust of 91.5mph was recorded at Scalpay Bridge in the Western Isles at about 16:00 on Friday, according to the Western Isles' local authority Comhairle nan Eilean Siar.

 

 

 

Cabinet freezes renewal of land leases, wants grabbers arrested

 

The government has frozen renewal of land leases in a bid to rein in cartels that are forging ownership documents and renewing others illegally. The Cabinet has also directed Interior Secretary Joseph Nkaissery to immediately arrest and prosecute individual found forging land ownership documents. “The Cabinet was concerned that there has been an emergence of cartels who are forging land ownership documents and renewing leases illegally,” a brief from State House said. Cases of brazen land grabbing have recently hit the headlines, with an interwoven and a complex web of cartels taking over people’s property with utmost impunity.


LAND GRABBERS
In Nairobi, the cartels have been taking undeveloped lands, and sometimes bringing down homes, in broad daylight. In a meeting held on Thursday, the Cabinet directed Lands Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi to stop any renewal of leases until the system is streamlined. “(This will) ensure that priority is given in renewal of leases to hose occupying the land and in the event that they do not wish to renew the land in question, the land will revert to the government,” the statement said. The Cabinet also asked striking doctors to "show compassion” and return to work as their grievances were being looked into.


DOCTORS' STRIKE
The doctors have been on strike for 17 days now, demanding a 300 per cent pay rise as part of the implementation of a 2013 Collective Bargaining Agreement. They have said that they will only resume work if the negotiated document is implemented in full. “The Cabinet expressed great concern on continued suffering by Kenyans following the doctors’ strike,” State House said. “In this regard, the Cabinet urged the doctors to return to the negotiating table so that an agreement can be reached in earnest.” The Cabinet also approved the Nairobi International Financial Centre Bill to be submitted to the National Assembly.


OXFAM HQs
“The primary purpose of setting up the NIFC is to develop an efficient and globally competitive financial services industry that will contribute to the overall economy and drive the high levels of savings and investments that Kenya needs to achieve the economic growth targets as envisioned under Vision 2030,” the Cabinet said. Also approved in the meeting was a progress report on the Public Procurement and Asset Disposal regulations, the President’s Awards Bill that will provide for guidelines for the State to help marginalised to access training and employment. The National Trade Policy, which also got the ministers' nod., will ensure coordination of trade between county and national government. In its bid to increase its ranking in the Ease of Doing business Index, the Cabinet said it was on the right track to “the country attain its objective of being among the top 50 globally in the next two years.” The Cabinet also approved the hosting of Oxfam International Headquarters in Kenya, East African Community protocol on cooperation of meteorological services, The Hague Convention on Private International Law, as well as the African Charter of Statistics. – Daily Nation.

 

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Berlin attack suspect Anis Amri killed in Milan

 

The Berlin market attack suspect, Anis Amri, has been shot dead by police in Milan, Italy's interior minister says. The man, who opened fire on police who asked him for ID during a routine patrol in the Sesto San Giovanni area in the early hours of Friday, was "without a shadow of a doubt" Anis Amri, Marco Minniti said. One police officer was injured in the shootout but his life is not in danger. Monday's attack on a Berlin Christmas market left 12 dead and 49 injured. The fingerprints of the dead man match Amri's, reports in the Italian media say. German officials have confirmed Amri's fingerprints were found inside the truck that was used in Monday evening's attack. The attack took place at a Christmas market at the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church in the west of the German capital. According to the Italian news agency Ansa, Anis Amri had travelled by train from France to Turin, and then taken another train to Milan. From the central station he travelled on to Sesto San Giovanni, a working class area. He was on foot when he was asked to show his documents, Ansa reports.


Amri, a Tunisian national aged 24, had served a prison sentence in Italy after being convicted of vandalism, threats and theft in 2011. He was known to Italian authorities for his violent behaviour while imprisoned. After his release he was asked to leave the country. He arrived in Germany where he applied for asylum in April of this year. He was named as a suspect in the Berlin attack by German federal prosecutors, and a reward of up to €100,000 (£84,000; $104,000) was offered for information leading to his arrest. A spokesman for Germany's interior ministry would not comment on reports in the German media that Amri had been filmed at a mosque in Berlin in the hours after the attack. Separately, police arrested two people in the German city of Oberhausen on suspicion of planning an attack on a shopping centre. Mr Minitti praised the two police officers who had apprehended Amri, and said the operation showed how Italy's security system was working well. "As soon as this person entered our country, a fugitive wanted across Europe, we immediately identified him and neutralised him," the minister said.

 

 

Court reinstates orders against ex-CBK governor Nyaga over Tatu City land

 

Sanctions imposed against former Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) Governor Nahashon Nyagah over the transfer of property in the Tatu City project will remain in force, the High Court ruled on Tuesday. The court reinstated an order that had blocked the sale and transfer of more than 2,000 acres of rich farmland estimated to cost Sh5.3 billion to third parties. Commercial court Judge Francis Tuiyot ruled it was in the interest of all the parties “to preserve the property” in Kiambu County which has been at the centre of a bitter fallout between local investors and their foreign counterparts with each side accusing the other of effecting fraudulent transfers of ownership and directorship of real estate company. Justice Charles Kariuki had issued conservatory orders on March 24. The sanctions, which were first imposed before Mr Nyagah’s lawyers challenged it. The international investors have accused their Kenyan minority partners of attempting to alienate and sell the land in Kiambu County to interested parties in a deliberate attempt to swindle them before the ownership dispute is heard and determined in court. Senior Counsel Ahmednassir Abdullahi, who had represented the parent firm Tatu City Ltd and its subsidiary Kofinaf Company Ltd, had argued before that the properties were at risk of “being off-loaded to prospective buyers and the foreign investors were likely to suffer great financial loss.” The conservatory orders had lapsed on March 15 when the matter was mentioned before the deputy registrar without the knowledge of representatives of the international businessmen. They had protested about the likelihood of the property changing hands illegally. The investors say they had already sold the prime land to a local developer -- Daykio Plantations -- but have been unable to transfer ownership upon discovery that their local rivals had unlawfully secured possession of the property through Purple Saturn Properties Ltd. Proceedings are set to resume on March 1. – Daily Nation.

 

 

 

 

Chief Justice David Maraga has condemned National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale’s attack on

High Court Judge George Odunga, saying the Judiciary will not be intimidated and blackmailed.

 

Jubilee opens new battlefront with Cord

Jubilee Members of Parliament celebrate at Parliament Buildings on December 22, 2016 after the passing of changes to the Election Laws (Amendment) Act, 2016.


Jubilee coalition MPs on Thursday opened a new battlefront with their Cord counterparts after forcing through contentious amendments to the law that will guide how the 2017 General Election will be conducted. The MPs used their numerical strength to endorse changes to the Elections Act to allow for alternative voter identification and results transmission should the electronic system fail. They also voted to suspend the implementation of the Elections Campaign Financing Act until after the 2017 elections, effectively giving a leeway for politicians to enjoy limitless spending during next elections. The changes must now go through the Senate for another round of approval before the president gives assent to them. There were claims that some MPs had been assaulted by their colleagues, with some showing their wounds during press conferences called by both Jubilee and Cord. However, the media was barred from covering part of the acrimonious session while the traditional live coverage of the proceedings was switched off, a move that was roundly condemned by Catholic Bishops. “The act of media blackout set a bad precedent ahead of the 2017 General Election,” the said the Catholic Justice and Peace Commission in a statement signed by Bishop Cornelius Korir. On Wednesday, Cord leader Raila Odinga had warned that there will be no elections if the changes are forced through Parliament. On Thursday, he said that other countries, such as India, Nigeria and Ghana had used electronic gadgets in their elections successfully and there was no reason why Kenya could not do the same. He said the clause on manual voter identification would give room for dead voters to cast their ballots and rig the elections in favour of Jubilee. He and other Cord leaders said they would not legitimise a flawed election.


WALKED OUT
At Parliament Buildings, Cord MPs walked out of the debate session, claiming that their colleagues from Jubilee had carried guns to the chamber and that some had assaulted them. Others claimed that they had been harassed by security officers. Jubilee MPs later claimed that their own colleagues were also assaulted in a session that was blacked out of the media for the first half hour. Parliamentary sources told the Nation no weapons were allowed in although they admitted that there had been a scuffle among MPs. “We want to abhor and condemn in the strongest terms possible, the assault on the parliamentary democracy in our country. The Speaker of Parliament was escorted to the chamber by armed policemen not numbering less than 50,” Senate Minority Leader Moses Wetang’ula told journalists at Parliament, where he was accompanied by about 60 MPs who had walked out of the Chamber. “Our members have harrowing stories from the House where members are carrying guns into the Chamber.” As the opposition lamented about the situation in Parliament, Jubilee MPs passed the amendments with gusto. They endorsed the changes suggested by Justice and Legal Affairs Committee Chairman Samuel Chepkonga and House Majority Leader Aden Duale. “Cord seems to have sensed defeat and now want an excuse to cause chaos. The intention is to insist on electronic system so that when it fails they demand for a nusu mkate (coalition) government,” Dagoretti North MP Dennis Waweru claimed.


START PREPARING
Mr Duale accused Cord of “believing in the culture of violence” and challenged them to start preparing for elections or be defeated again. “Kenyans will go to the polls in 2017, Raila Odinga apende asipende (whether Raila Odinga likes it or not,” Mr Duale told journalists outside the House, flanked by Jubilee MPs after passing the amendments. When the session started at 9.30 am, journalists became a target after the switch-off of the live broadcast of the proceedings at the media centre in Parliament Buildings. There were unusually mean-looking security men who denied them access to the press gallery. At one point, NTV’s Kennedy Muriithi had his phone confiscated and a video he had taken of MPs being frisked by armed policemen before entering the chamber was deleted. At 10.43am, Mr Duale walked out of the House with Jubilee MPs and said that he will move in January 24 when the House resumes, to discuss Mr Justice George Odunga. Cord, which had demanded consultations first, termed the new move part of a scheme “to allow dead voters to vote” by allowing ballot stuffing. In 2013, the electronic voter identifying gadgets largely failed, and the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission resorted to manual registers. – Daily Nation.

 

 

In his harshest attack yet on the Judiciary, National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale on Thursday

accused High Court Judge George Odunga of playing tribal politics and being partisan.

 

 

“INSULTING PRESIDENT UHURU IS INSULTING ALL OF US”-DANIEL MUNYAMBU

Presidential hopeful Daniel Munyambu , a former Thurrock parliamentary candidate who also served as a Councilor in Basildon observed that elected officials needs to be a role model in the community they serve and should be guided by ethical standards. He was commenting on the current anti-social behaviour by Mbita MP Millie Odhiambo who was this week caught insulting President Uhuru. Munyambu is of opinion that freedom has limitation and Hon. Odhiambo should apologize to her electorate and all Kenyans at large.

 

 

Fog hampers Christmas travel amid Storm Barbara warning


Fog across the south east has disrupted flights at Heathrow, Gatwick and City airports, British Airways says. The delays in London come as people travelling for Christmas were warned to expect disruption across the UK as Storm Barbara approaches. The Met Office said the worst of the weather was expected on Friday and Saturday, with gusts of up to 90mph forecast in parts of Scotland. Though the fog has now cleared, a spokesman for Heathrow said some early morning flights had been been pushed back and there could be knock-on delays throughout the day. British Airways urged passengers to check their flight status online, adding that some flights to and from London were being affected. Gatwick was forced to divert five or six flights in the fog overnight, but has since resumed normal service. A spokeswoman said it was accepting flights diverted from London City. The Met Office said Thursday would see a split day for the UK - wet and windy in the north with blustery showers, but mostly dry in the south. Looking ahead, pockets of Northern Ireland, north Wales and the north of England are also set to feel Barbara's force. Grahame Madge, spokesman for the Met Office, said: "We have had the good fortune to be able to issue the weather warnings ahead of Storm Barbara coming, with plenty of time hopefully for people to change their plans if they need to. "But the nature of the storm means it still has the potential to have an impact on power supplies, structures, and disrupt bridge and ferry crossings." Expecting widespread disruption, the UK Coastguard issued a coastal safety warning, advising people to check the weather and tidal conditions before they set out. Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks said it was moving engineers to areas it expected to be hit by the storm, while Northern Powergrid said it was bringing in extra engineers. Storm Barbara has been named in line with the Met Office's alphabetical policy of naming storms when they are deemed to have the potential to cause a substantial impact in the UK or Republic of Ireland.


 

 

 

House adopts changes to poll laws as Cord takes battle to court

After passing the changes in a record 45 minutes, Jubilee MPs walked out of the House chanting victory songs.

The National Assembly has passed all proposed amendments to the elections Act amid protests from ODM leaning MPs. MPs on Thursday morning debated changes proposed by the Legal Affairs Committee, which among other things, reinstated provisions for manual identification of voters in case the electronic system fails. The House also adopted a proposal for manual transmission of results, which the Orange party had opposed. The Jubilee Party took advantage of its numbers in the House to push through the changes to Elections Laws (Amended) Act.


CORD IN COURT
But by the time the amendments were being passed, ODM MPs were on their way to the High Court where the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy has filed a case challenging revision of the negotiated poll regulations. Cord, represented by lawyer James Orengo, has sued the National Assembly and Attorney-General . The hearing before Justice George Odunga was attended by Cord leader Raila Odinga who on Wednesday vowed that there will be no elections if Jubilee passed changes to the poll laws.

 

Cord MPs walk out of the House in protest


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ODM termed the new move "part of Jubilee's scheme to allow dead voters to vote, as well as ballot stuffing in 2017." "How do you have a thriving multi-billion mobile money sector, file our tax returns online, have a Sh150 billion fully online gambling industry, and then you want to tell us that a 12-hour election once every five years cannot be done electronically?" said ODM director of elections Junet Mohamed (Suna East). In a dramatic development, Parliament passed amendments to provide for "complementary" transmission of results and identification of voters if technology fails. Earlier, a live broadcast from the Parliamentary Broadcasting Unit was cut off, journalists blocked from accessing the gallery, and the chamber cordoned off.


ROADS CLOSED
NTV Reporter Kennedy Muriithi was arrested and his phone confiscated for taking photo of the MPs as they went into the House. He was later released. In the morning, MPs were forced to walk after Parliament Road and Harambee Road were cordoned off. The legislators used the public entrance opposite the County Hall with their usual entrance opposite the Kenyatta International Convention Centre blocked by anti-riot police. After passing the changes in a record 45 minutes, Jubilee MPs walked out of the House chanting victory songs. The celebration was a hit-back at their Cord counterparts who broke into song and dance after frustrating discussion of the changes during the Tuesday sitting.


SECURITY
National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi convened the Thursday sitting minutes after the chaotic Tuesday session. Security was stepped up around Parliament Buildings early in the morning in anticipation of chaos that marred the Tuesday session. Officers from the General Service Unit were stationed at the intersections of Uhuru Highway and Parliament Road, and that of City Hall Way, Parliament Road and Harambee Avenue. Officers on horses also patrolled the roads around the Parliament, as uniformed police officers patrolled on foot.

PEPPER SPRAY
Nairobi County Police Commander Japhet Koome said officers drawn from the Kenya Police Service, the Administration Police Service and the Directorate of Criminal Investigations had been mobilised to keep vigil. “We have been experiencing some slight chaos among Members of Parliament and we do not want to take chances. We want to ensure there is peace, even as the conduct their sitting,” Mr Koome said. The Tuesday sitting was marred by war of words, push and shove and alleged pepper-spraying of some lawmakers. – Daily Nation.

 

 

 

Berlin attack: Christmas market reopens following lorry rampage


The Berlin Christmas market where 12 people were killed on Monday by a suspected Islamist extremist who drove a truck into a crowd has reopened. Police have installed concrete barriers to prevent a repeat attack. Meanwhile police have raided homes in the city of Dortmund, but prosecutors denied reports of arrests linked with the Tunisian suspect in the case. Anis Amri's residence permit was found in the lorry at the Breitscheidplatz, which killed 12 and injured 49 more. The victims included at least six Germans and an Israeli tourist.

 

 

 

UHURU LEADS RAILA IN OPINION POLL


President Uhuru Kenyatta at National Youth Service College in Gilgil on December 20, 2016

 

President Uhuru Kenyatta would be re-elected if elections were held today, according to an opinion poll released on Wednesday. The survey by Ipsos predicts that President Kenyatta would get 50 per cent of the votes, way ahead of Cord leader Raila Odinga, who trails him in second place at 22 per cent. The poll is likely to generate controversy especially from the opposition as it shows that Mr Kenyatta would defeat the Cord leader even in their perceived strongholds of Western, Coast and Eastern. The poll was conducted between December 17 and 19 and sampled 1,083 respondents. It has a margin of error of error of +/- 3.1 per cent with a 95 per cent confidence level. The margin of error is attributed to sampling. According to the survey, Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka would finish third with a paltry two per cent of the total votes cast followed by Amani National Congress leader Musalia Mudavadi with one per cent. Sixteen per cent of the respondents were undecided on which presidential candidate they would vote for while another seven per cent refused to divulge their preferred candidate to the pollsters. According to the survey, the President would triumph in the Coast region — perceived to be an Opposition zone — with 45 per cent of the support, ahead of Mr Odinga’s 24 per cent. The poll shows that Mr Musyoka would garner only get three per cent.


SOLID SUPPORT
In Eastern, the President would garner 47 per cent of the votes ahead of Mr Odinga (23 per cent), and Mr Musyoka (nine per cent). This, in spite of Mr Musyoka’s solid support especially in lower Eastern over the last three general elections. The poll also shows that Mr Kenyatta would carry the day in Western, another opposition zone, with 34 per cent, followed by Mr Odinga with 22 per cent and Mr Mudavadi with seven per cent. Mr Musyoka, the poll shows, would only manage one per cent of the votes in this region. Speaking during the release of the poll results, Ipsos lead researcher Tom Wolf was at pains to explain the sudden upsurge in Mr Kenyatta’s fortunes and the opposition’s dwindling prospects. Mr Wolf suggested that the President would benefit immensely from his incumbency status which accords him vast resources to initiate development projects across the country. “Do not underrate the power of incumbency because it is a very powerful tool,” he said. “Mr Kenyatta has also been travelling a lot across the country launching infrastructural projects and this could be bearing fruits”. He attributed the opposition’s dwindling fortunes to the failure to name the candidate to take on the President in the 2017 election. “Whereas everybody knows Mr Kenyatta will be the Jubilee presidential candidate, the opposition does not have a presidential candidate as we speak and this could be the reason why the results are the way they are,” he said. – Daily Nation

 

 

 

ABC BANK "Diaspora Mbuzi Party"

The Christmas season, a time of celebration and sharing, is upon us again. ABC Bank Diaspora Department in Partnership with Center for Diaspora Affairs, Blue Inventure Ltd and Highstreet Property hosted the diaspora Kenyans, who are in the country to celebrate the festive season with their family and friends for a party, filled with Kenyan delicacy "Mbuzi Choma" and drinks. The party dubbed "Diaspora Mbuzi Party" was held on 15th December at Upper town Grill restaurant.

Joseph Waithaka, welcomes the guests

 


Sammy Kimani of ABC Diaspora takes guests through ABC Bank Diaspora Products while Ann Gitonga of ABC Insurance goes over the popular ABC Diaspora Insurance Products and Sam Ndonga, Blue Inventure (Event Co-sponsors), Kate Mugo of Highstreet (Event Co-sponsor) and Brian Singora of Blue Inventure concluded the day

 

Uhuru responds to Millie’s insults with a Christmas Card

NAIROBI, Kenya Dec 21 – President Uhuru Kenyatta has sent a Christmas Card to Mbita MP MillieOdhiambo even a day after she insulted him publicly within Parliament buildings. The card seen by Capital News beat is also wishing Millie a Happy New Year, coming just a day after she hurled insults at the Head of State. Remarks by the Opposition MP have drawn sharp reactions from a section of Kenyans and leaders–including MP Moses Kuria who posted scathing comments against the law maker. There has been no reaction from President Kenyatta himself or State House over Millie’s remarks. - capitalfm.co.ke

 

How ministry officials used forgery and technology to evict Kurji family

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Reward of 100,000 euros to find Berlin lorry attack suspect

 

 

 

'Heavy colds' delay Queen and Duke's Christmas travel plan

The Queen recently announced she will step down as patron of 25 organisations


The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have "heavy colds" and have decided not to travel today for the start of their Christmas break. They were due to make their traditional train journey this morning from Kings Cross in London to Norfolk to begin their holiday at Sandringham. However, despite police and staff at the station in numbers, they did not show up and have decided to stay at Buckingham Palace for the time being, where the Royal Standard is still flying. A palace spokesperson said: "The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh have heavy colds, and so have decided not to travel to Sandringham today." The Queen and Duke normally take the same first-class service every year from the capital to King's Lynn, from where they travel on to the royal estate. Sky Royal Correspondent Rhiannon Mills said there was still time for them to travel before Christmas. "We'll all be watching out to see whether or not they make that train journey or whether it's decided that because they are feeling under the weather they decide to travel by car instead," she said. "I don't really think they will want to give a running commentary on their health but you have to remember that the Queen this year turned 90, her husband is 95 years of age, so whenever you hear of anyone that age being unwell it is undoubtedly going to cause some degree of concern." The Queen and Prince Philip hosted a traditional Christmas lunch for the Royal family on Tuesday. Also on Tuesday it was announced that the Queen is to step down as patron of a number of organisations. The list of 25 included Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, Barnardo's, the Rugby Football Union, the British Cycling Federation and the NSPCC. Other members of the Royal Family will take them on from 2017, Buckingham Palace said. The Duke of Edinburgh broke formal ties with some of his patronages when he turned 90 in 2011.

 

 

 

 

  Keep smiling.....on "Trip" called LIFE...

An old man has 8 hairs on his head. He went to the barber shop. The barber in anger asked: shall I cut or count? The old man smiled and said: "Colour them".

LIFE is to enjoy with whatever you have so keep smiling.

If you feel STRESSED,
give A Break. Enjoy Some..
Ice cream, Chocolate, Candy, Cake.

Why? because STRESSED spelled backwards is DESSERTS ...enjoy
Alphabetical advice for us:

A B C
Avoid Boring Company..

D E F
Don't Entertain Fools..

G H I
Go for High Ideas .

J K L M
Just Keep a friend like ME..

N O P
Never Overlook the Poor

Q R S
Quit Reacting to Silly tales..

T U V
Tune Urself for your Victory.

W X Y Z
We Xpect You to Zoom ahead in life.

Very ....beautiful lines please store it.

ONE Good FRIEND is equal to ONE Good Medicine.

Six Best Doctors in the World

1. Sunlight
2. Rest
3. Exercise
4.Diet
5.Self Confidence
&
6.Friends

Maintain them in all stages of Life and enjoy healthy life.

If you see the moon ..... You see the beauty of God .....

If you see the Sun ..... You see the power of God .....

And ....

If you see the Mirror. You see the best Creation of GOD .

So Believe in YOURSELF.

We all are tourists and God is our travel agent who has already fixed all our Routes, Reservations and Destinations based on our personal choices.

C So, Trust Him and Enjoy the "Trip" called LIFE...

This Life, will never come again. .. .Live Today. . . I will surely see u in 2017,pass d light to whom u wish to see in 2017,if am included am waiting.


 

 

No elections if laws are changed, Raila warns

Coalition for reforms and democracy (Cord) co-principal Raila Odinga has warned there will be no elections in August next year should Jubilee insist in changing the electoral laws. Mr Odinga warned that should the Jubilee coalition attempt to use its high numbers in Parliament to change the law, then Kenyans will resort to other means to stop them. "Kenyans love peace. They have tolerated Jubilee government for long but tolerance has its limits," he said in Homa Bay during the Luo Cultural Festival. Mr Odinga said if President Uhuru Kenyatta wanted electoral laws changed, he would have consulted the opposition. The Opposition was making reference to the determined effort by Jubilee MPs to amend the electoral laws in Parliament on Tuesday. However, the campaign was frustrated by Opposition MPs. Among other proposals, the Jubilee MPs sought to change the electoral laws to allow for use of manual means to identify voters, count and transmit results. But the Opposition objected saying the move will create room for fraud.


"It is an insult for Uhuru to attempt to use his MPs in Parliament to alter laws that were agreed upon after negotiations between the Jubilee and Cord sides,” said Mr Odinga. Speaking at Lwanda Nyamasaria beach in Mbita during the last day of the Luo cultural festival in Homa Bay, Mr Odinga termed Tuesday's parliamentary special sitting as illegal. "Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi did not follow these rules," he added. Mr Odinga expressed dismay that another special sitting had been called on Thursday, again, claiming it was in complete violation of the Standing Orders. The Opposition chief said he has been a Member of Parliament for over 20 years and has a good understanding of parliamentary rules and procedures. He said Jubilee's move to use Parliament to change the electoral laws was frightening because the Legislature was independent. Mr Odinga claimed that the action by Jubilee MPs was tantamount to putting the county in a state of emergency. "We will not surrender and will continue to fight for the rights of the people of Kenya," he said. Mr Odinga said the Kenyan people deserve a free, fair and transparent election. While praising opposition MPs for having given a good account of themselves during Tuesday's chaotic session, he warned the President against threatening Mbita MP Millie Odhiambo with arrest. An unapologetic Ms Odhiambo on Tuesday fired insults at President Kenyatta at Parliament. – Daily Nation

 

 

 

UN raises alarm on hunger in Kenya and Eastern Africa


Mzee Karisa Charo (left) from Bandari Village, Kilifi County, is assited to save one of the cows that got stuck in the mud at Giriama ranch water pan due to hunger and emaciation. Mzee Charo said he had lost 56 goats and 55 cows to drought that has ravaged Ganze and Kaloleni sub counties. UN has warmed of more hunger.

Persistence of severe drought is likely to push the number of hungry Kenyans beyond the 1.3 million already considered “food insecure,” a United Nations agency has warned.

“Based on the latest predictions, the impacts of the current drought in the southern part of the country will lessen by mid-2017, but counties in the north — in particular Turkana, Marsabit, Wajir and Mandera — will steadily get worse,” the UN's Food and Agricultural Organisation said.

“Production prospects for the current crops are highly unfavourable and households are expected to enter the next lean season much earlier than usual,” FAO added in an alert covering parts of Kenya and other East African countries.

In Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia, a total of nearly 12 million people are currently in need of emergency food assistance, FAO calculated.

5 MILLION SOMALIS
It included five million Somalis in that number, along with 5.6 million Ethiopians. Eastern Tanzania and southeastern Ugandan are also experiencing crop failures due to rainfall amounts far below average this year, the agency noted.

“Production prospects for the current crops are highly unfavourable and households are expected to enter the next lean season much earlier than usual,” FAO said in regard to the affected regions of East Africa.

Terms of trade are becoming increasingly poor for livestock keepers in northern Kenya due to the weakened condition of their sheep, goats and cows, which are bringing lower market prices, the UN agency said.

FAO is helping local officials improve management of livestock markets, in addition to providing feed, water and veterinary support in drought-afflicted pastoral areas of Kenya, the agency reports. - Daily Nation.

 

DEATH ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE LATE ELIZABETH KANYI MUIGAI IN KENYA

We are grieved to announce the passing on to glory of Elizabeth Kanyi Muigai of Githunguri kamwanya village. Wife of the late Muigai Mwaura. Mother to Mary Wangari (Wabuiya), Margaret Wambui ( Wagaturi), John Mwaura ( Mwajom) of Gikomba market, Jane Mumbi Ndiba of UK, Jane Mwihaki Njuguna , Bernard Kamau, Grace Njeri and Henry Chege of Ireland. Mother-in-law to Grace Muthoni Mwaura, John Ndiba (Okello) UK, The late Peter Njuguna, Lucy Ngina and Frida Chege from Ireland. Grandmother to Beth Nyambura of U.S.A., Sarah Muthoni, Peter Muigai, Edwin Muigai,Elizabeth Njeri and many more. She was a great grandmother to many. Prior to her passing on she was admitted in Agha Kan hospital where she left behind a bill of Ksh 5 million. The family is calling for friends to join hands with them with contributions toward the bill left behind.


Family and friends are having prayer meetings daily at Henry's house in Galway Ireland and at No. 30. Fingal Close, Willenhall, Coventry, CW3 3AW from 18.00 to 20.00 from Tuesday 20th December 2016 to Thursday 22 December 2016. Your most appreciated contributions can be made to the following account: Name: Henry Chege. Bank: Bank of Ireland. Branch: Industrial Estate Galway. Acc No. 28824343. Sort code: 90-40-42. IBAN: IE69BOFI9O382428824343. OR Name: Simon Waweru. Bank: HALIFAX BANK Sort code: 11-8-11 Acc No.32647505. Burial will be on Friday 23rdDecember 2016 at her home Githunguri, Kamwanya Village. The cottage will leave Mukoe Funeral Home at 9.00 AM, for a service at A.I.P.C.K. Githunguri Memorial Church. R.S.V.P Ireland,Frida chege: +353864084915. Chege Wa Njihia: +353868891223. England: John Kuria Okello :00254797157611.

 

 

 

59 lawyers struck off roll of advocates, 32 suspended


Chief Justice David Maraga who has asked lawyers to discharge their duties diligently and uphold civility which he said is eroding very fast between the bar and bench. 


A total of 59 lawyers have been struck off the roll of Advocates while 32 are on suspension, Advocates Complaints Commission Beuttah Siganga disclosed on Tuesday. While addressing 103 lawyers who were admitted into the role of Advocates by the Chief Justice (CJ) David Maraga at the Supreme Court, Mr Siganga said failure by lawyers to observe law and conduct led to move. “I urge all lawyers to ensure they uphold good practice and observe honesty to remain in the Roll of Advocates. Avoid misconduct which will render you a statistic,” Mr Siganga said. He said the commission receives at least 700 claims against lawyers every year. Mr Siganga who represented the Attorney-General during the second admission to be presided over by the CJ, required lawyers to live up to the oath administered to them by communicating with their clients aptly to avoid complaints being raised against them. The President of the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) Isaac Okero told the newly sworn advocates that “a lawyer’s primary raw material in the profession is integrity.” Mr Okero said once a lawyer loses integrity then “he is left with nothing.”


ERODING FAST
Justice Maraga asked the lawyers to discharge their duties diligently and uphold civility which he said is eroding very fast between the bar and bench. He said civility has been overtaken by an increase in antagonism that all members of the bar (lawyers) must recognise and asked the LSK leadership to deal with it. The CJ lamented that the “escalating lack of civility everywhere has also spilled over, to an escalating extent, to include disrespect of the bench (judges) by the bar.” He said this trend has led to members of the public to lose confidence in the judiciary. Justice Maraga also announced that an Arbitration Division of the High Court will be launched April 2017. Out of the 104 lawyers Gazetted to be sworn in only one Nyanchoka Brenda Victoria failed to turn up. She had excused herself to travel abroad. - Daily Nation

 

 

 

 

 

MARY NJONJO OF HERI HOMES IS THE EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR

With a record sales of properties in UK this year, Mary Njambi Njonjo of Heri Homes has been declared the Employee of the Year During the Diaspora Party in Nairobi on Friday 16th December, 2016. The party was attended by a large number of Kenyans from the Diaspora where they took turns to praise the transparency of Heri Homes. While in UK Mary said that their Sacco helps you to raise the deposit. Whether you are buying a property from them or not it is advisable to join Heri Homes Sacco where the loan is 1 per cent per month. Mary came to the UK with a lot of goodies for those interested to invest in Kenya. Her company is offering one of the most unique concept ever introduced in the diaspora. Their properties which are around Nairobi and Mombasa South coast Diani area  ranges from KShs. 1.6 million to Kshs. 8 million. With as little as KShs. 300,000 deposit, you can now own a house in Nairobi balance payable slowly over construction period. If you don't have a deposit, you can join their housing society whereby you will save and borrow three times amount saved and can use this as deposit. HERI HOMES IS OFFERING A UNIQUE CONCEPT NONE LIKE WHAT HAS BEEN SEEN IN THE MARKET. IT'S THE MOST PRACTICAL SOLUTION TO OWNING A HOME EASILY USING THE EQUITY MODEL, WHICH MAKES THE PRICES AFFORDABLE WITH HIGH RETURNS ON INVESTMENT. For more information please contact Mary (her WhastApp Kenya no. is +254737265816 - email: mary@herihomes.co.ke), Mr. Seed on 07951220695 to make an appointment during her short stay in UK. - For more visit http://www.herihomes.co.ke

 

 

 

 

 

 

Berlin Christmas market attack: Killer on the loose as suspect released


Police are hunting the driver of the lorry that ploughed into a busy Christmas market in Berlin as Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack. The extremist group said one of its "soldiers" carried out Monday evening's deadly crash "in response to calls for targeting citizens of the crusader coalition". It comes as officers released without charge the only person arrested over the atrocity - a Pakistani asylum seeker. Prosecutors said there was not enough evidence to link him to the rampage in which 12 people were killed in the German capital. It means the main suspect, who is believed to be armed, is still on the loose. Witnesses were able to follow the truck's driver from the scene but lost track of the perpetrator. The arrested man, who denied any involvement, matched descriptions of the driver, according to prosecutors. But investigators have not been able to prove he was in the truck's cab at the time of the atrocity. German publication Welt earlier quoted officers as saying of the detained asylum seeker: "We have the wrong man. "The real culprit is still armed, at large and can cause new damage." Ariel Zurawski, the owner of the company which operated the truck, said the original driver, Lukasz Urban, 37, who was also his cousin, was found stabbed and shot in the passenger seat.

 

 

 

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A Whispers from London (Remembering Christmas Season of those days)

Written by: Man ManKambugua        E-mail: manman@fsmail.net     Facebook: Man Man Kambugua

 

I was born and brought up in a village where there was no rent, council tax, water bill or electricity bill to pay. We did not have to go to supermarkets to buy to buy bottled water or food. Our food was grown in the fields and any time we needed meat, all we had to do was to kill a goat or a bull for that matter depending on the size of the family. This does not mean that village life was Heaven. No, not all. The fact we never fed our bellies with food from the supermarket meant that we primarily fed on traditional foods mostly a mixture of maize and beans, arrow roots, sweet potatoes and any other tubers that suggested that their origin was village. Obviously we knew that nice food was served to the city dwellers, it is for those reasons that we all admired those people who lived in the city.

The only time we in the village came to mingle with the city dwellers was during Christmas time. They came to visit us with nice foods that not only smelt good but also tasty. For the past eleven months, our jaws were punished by hard foods day in day out so one can imagine how important city dwellers were to those in the village when they brought softer foods. For the first time, us in the village will see very big and long breads that measured the size of a three year old kid. The would tell us how life was in the city, how it was nice but all what we would do was to dream about some fantasies. Listen to one city dweller;-


‘You know what? I alighted at the bus stop near my house and guess who I saw? Seven thugs all armed to the teeth. I looked at them and told them that I could chew them one by one. I snatched a sword from one of them, brandished it in the air all within a split second, they all ran away! I am bad news!’ he would say. The truth of the matter was that he saw that episode in a movie theatre in River road but now his grandiose delusion makes him think he is the one. Devil we know you!

There was another group of people who to us were equivalent to small gods and those were people from diaspora. These were the people who had left the village as well as the city and had entered in the belly of an aeroplane to faraway lands where according to us, 'money used to fall from the sky.' We respected them, we worshipped them in the sense that it was uncouth to talk when a person from diaspora was talking. When they came for Holidays, everybody bowed to them because they had money and eloquence that could give President Obama a run for his money. They talked big, drove big vehicles and they had a very good sense of style. They never talked of doing dirty jobs. Obviously those were the days when they could hide their lives because it was before the coming of smart phones. Now we know that their neighbours in diaspora think that they feed on snow when they see them eating ugali. We know they go through rough times just like anybody else.

Before I talk about good things that came on Christmas day, allow me to go back a bit and touch a sensitive issue that was associated with Christmas season. This issue was circumcision for boys and girls. If one was not circumcised in the village, he or she was a nobody and there was no respect accorded to that person. Traditionally, it was done in the month of December two or three weeks before the wonderful day of Christmas.

All the boys had to assemble in a certain Health centre clinic. Sometimes they could even number to fifty or one hundred. One by one, they could enter and get their foreskins removed surgically. To the other parents, the method was okay but to my grandfather, that was stupidity of the highest degree. He could not imagine how a full grown up boy could go and queue in health centre with other out patients when he was going to be circumcised. He declared that in his homestead, all those boys who had reached the age of circumcision would be circumcised traditional style. This was a situation where no anaesthetic would be used just like the way they used to do it during his time. Anytime he heard that a certain wife had ran away from the husband, he would say that the cause of the woman running away was because the husband was not performing his best in matrimonial matters.

He would advise those who cared to listen that he himself had thirty nine breathing wives and none of them had dared to run away. Why? Because all of them shared a part of his body that underwent traditional circumcision and so if they ran away, it was like throwing away the chance of winning lottery prize! In other words, our grandfather welcomed traditional circumcision with one hundred hands. In this regard, all boys of age had to go traditional way so that their wives would stick with them in times of good or bad harvests. With many people circumcised, the village now was welcoming the Christmas season with style. The only problem was that we did not know the hour or the time when the circumciser would come because he used to come all the way from Arusha. We would pray that he die before setting his foot in our homestead but he never used to die. Once he parked his Ford Cortina near our house, it was do or die.

People from the city would arrived a few days before the big day. They would come in clean, new, fine clothes that symbolised that they were urbanites. For those who were married, they would come with their wives and children. The wives carried themselves with city mannerisms which made them appear like they had just been dropped from Heaven through DHL or FedEx. According to them, they were finding it very hard to communicate in their mother tongue because in the city where they lived, there were many tribes to speak to so in the process mother tongue got lost (The devil is a liar!) Another thing was that they avoided so much to greet the village dwellers with their clean, innocent hands to avoid germs from the village seeking asylum in their bodies. On a serious note, as compared to the villagers, women from the city looked elegant and cultured. For us young boys, we could only look at those ‘Angels’ and start arguing within ourselves whether those city women ever experienced the urge of doing number two in their lives. With that enormous beauty, how was that possible? Once again, tell the devil to stop confusing you because you and he have no debt and the debt that was there was paid by Jesus Christ on Calvary.

To us young boys, we tried very hard to impress girls of our age without success. Every city girl thought that we were dirty and that our eating habits were bad. For one, we liked to feed on roasted goat’s head and its intestines and the liver because we were told that the liver was rich in vitamins. It was common courtesy in the village to share food with others especially visitors so this was a very good way of approaching a girl from the city. Armed with all those goat delicacies and having rehearsed a few lines as introduction, we would approach the beautiful girls with a big smile. Remember that our teeth had never come into contact with tooth paste or tooth brush since we were delivered in a cowshed or our mother’s rat ridden bedrooms so the first thing that the city girl saw in us was a fossil that refused to be extinct. Secondly, our feet had never seen shoes and since they were our only means of transport, they had a very hard uneven surface that was visible by a naked eye. For a village boy to come with a full roasted goat head and ask the city girl to cut a piece was interpreted by the girl as a cardinal sin.

If a city dweller owned a car, he would find a multitude of people waiting to greet him with all manner of personal problems. For example, Uncle Tom would tell the rich urbanite that he had something very confidential to share with him. The conversation would go like this:-
‘Hi, my son, son of the soil, son from the city of many lights, welcome to the village. How is the city? Is it raining there? No worry son, only mountains don’t meet. Welcome, welcome, welcome!’
‘Nice to meet you too UncleTom. Its long time since we met…’


‘Now my son, you know Wabithoromu (corrupt name for Absalom)? I smell a rat that he and the mother of my children have something going on.’
‘Why do you say that uncle?’
‘Now, this Wabithoromu person is a butcher in our shopping centre. Any time I come home, I would find that he has brought bones for Bobby and Janet my faithful dogs. I have a feeling that this is a calculated move to see my wife and eventually show her ‘wrestling.’ Another thing, he can sometimes come with his motorbike and take my children to his sister who lives three miles from here. He would say that he is just being kind. Don’t you think that when he comes back, his intention is to throw stones in my garden?’
‘I can’t comment on that uncle because I don’t have the facts.’


‘What facts do you need? Does the sun shine in the village or is the grass green or is Jesus the son of God? This is obvious! People tell me that my second born son is a photocopy of Wabitholomu. Look at the shape of the head of my son…it is shaped like the peak of Mount Kenya just like that of Wabitholomu!’
‘So uncle what do you expect me to do?’


‘I have to cut this Wabitholomu’s tummy that is full of human waste as revenge! Can you find me a good lawyer from the city of many lights?’
After listening to Uncle Tom, the urbanite would tell him that he did not want to be involved in his weird plans. In return, the old man would go cursing and swear by the gods of the nearby hill that the urbanite will never see Heaven.

Meanwhile celebrations will be going on in the village. There would be a lot beer and meat for all. All nice food like chapatti which has all along been missing in the menu is there for anybody with teeth to eat. All of a sudden everybody is good to each other. The previous eternal enemies would once again become friends again. More and more people would still be arriving from the city to join in celebration. In the nearby shopping centre those with money would be buying those who could not afford. Everybody would be on the floor dancing to the latest hot number.

After sometime, everybody in the bar or at home would be drunk and so everybody would feel equal to the other. There would be an old man at the corner of the bar and has called son of so and so to join him. It is at this time when he would inform him that the one he calls his father was not his biological father. His real biological father was his own grandfather who died during the last El-Nino rains. He would continue to tell him that his grandfather and he used to take cattle to drink on the same spot in a certain river so he would not just be talking to exercise his jaws.

When celebrations would be over, there are those who will have made new friends or even enemies. Some would come out with a lot of information that had been hidden to them for long. At whatever angle one looked at Christmas season, it was a season worthy waiting and celebrating. As you celebrate this Christmas, find every reason to be happy. Celebrate as if it is your last Christmas season because one day it will be your last. My wife Mama Michelle, I and the children wish you a Merry, Merry Christmas and a happy New Year 2017.

 

 

 

Free, fair and credible poll is all we want for Kenya, say donors

Donors have refuted claims that they are financing electoral programmes to influence the outcome of next year's polls. In a statement, envoys from major western countries on Tuesday said they were only supporting Kenya's bid to have free, fair and credible elections. "To be clear, we do not provide electoral assistance to any organisation, governmental or non-governmental, to influence the election results for any side, political party, or candidate," the ambassadors of 10 countries and the European Union said in a joint statement. "Rather, our assistance supports the Kenyan people to independently exercise their right to vote and have their voice heard.  The Kenyan people alone have the sovereign right to choose their leaders, and we fully respect this right." The ambassadors were responding to President Uhuru Kenyatta's Jamhuri Day speech in which he condemned an alleged plan by unnamed donors to influence elections. On Monday, the government stopped a Sh2 billion electoral programme by an American NGO, IFES, citing breach of laws. NGO Coordination Board Executive Director Fazul Mahammed said the organisation had not been registered and therefore could not operate in the country.


PUBLIC AFFAIR
IFES was to receive financing from the USAid and the money would to be channelled to various local NGOs. But the diplomats said any programmes their countries support are done in the open. "We operate with full transparency. Our solicitations for project proposals are, and always have been, publicly available. " In accordance with our bilateral agreements, we have created our electoral assistance programmes in consultation with government, political party, and civil society leaders, who identified weaknesses in the 2013 electoral process that would benefit from international support.  "We provide our electoral assistance to support the Kenyan people in making their choices freely in an environment of transparency and peace." The envoys who signed the statement include Robert F. Godec (United States), Mette Knudsen (Denmark), Stefano Dejak (European Union Delegation to Kenya), Frans Makken (the Netherlands), Tarja Fernández (Finland), John Murton (Chargé d’Affaires a.i., UK), Victor Conrad Rønneberg (Norway) and Johan Borgstam (Sweden). Others are John Feakes (High Commissioner, Australia), Jutta Frasch (Germany) and Sara Hradecky (High Commissioner, Canada) - Daily Nation.

 

 

Lorry kills nine at Christmas market in Berlin, Germany


An articulated lorry has ploughed into a busy Christmas market in the heart of Berlin, killing nine people and injuring many more, police say. Berlin State Interior Minister Andreas Geisel said it was still unclear if it had been an attack or an accident. A suspicious person was arrested nearby, policy say, while what they describe as a passenger was found dead. The market is at Breitscheidplatz, close to the Kurfuerstendamm, the main shopping street in the city's west. Chancellor Angela Merkel has been in contact with the interior minister and the mayor of Berlin, her spokesman, Steffen Seibert, tweeted. "We are in mourning for the dead and hope that the many injured can get help," he added. German President Joachim Gauck said in a statement that it was an "awful evening for Berlin and for our country". As emergency vehicles filled the area, Berlin police said they had "no indications of further dangerous situations in the city near #Breitscheidplatz". They also appealed to the public to avoid the area and stay at home. They issued a number for those concerned about loved ones to call: +49 30 54023 111. Facebook has set up a "Safety Check" page for people affected to let others know they are safe. France has stepped up security at its Christmas markets. According to the DPA news agency, police believe the lorry drove 50-80 metres (54-87 yards) through the market area during the incident, which occurred at 20:14 local time (19:14 GMT). "The sequence of events points to either an accident or an attack," Berlin State Interior Minister Andreas Geisel said. Images of the lorry show it was registered in neighbouring Poland and Polish media are suggesting it may have been stolen earlier on Monday. It is being reported that the dead passenger in the lorry was Polish while the nationality of the suspect under arrest has yet to be confirmed. - CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO


 

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Russian ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov shot dead in Ankara

Andrei Karlov was visiting a photo gallery in the Turkish capital


A Turkish policeman has shot dead Russia's ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov, apparently in protest at Russia's involvement in Aleppo. The killer has been identified as Mevlut Mert Aydintas, 22, a member of the Ankara riot police. It was not clear if he had links to any group. The incident happened a day after protests in Turkey over Russian support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Turkey's President said the attack was aimed at hurting ties with Russia. Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke to Russian President Vladimir Putin by phone and, in a video message, said that they both agreed it was an act of "provocation". He said that those who wanted to harm relations between the two countries "would not achieve it". In televised remarks, Mr Putin said the act was "undoubtedly a provocation aimed at disrupting the normalisation" of bilateral ties and the "peace process in Syria". A group of Russian investigators will arrive in Turkey to look into the case, Mr Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov has said. The UN Security Council strongly condemned ambassador Andrei Karlov's murder, while Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he was appalled by "this senseless act of terror". While there were protests in recent days about the situation in Aleppo, on a political level the Turkish and Russian governments have been co-operating in the ceasefire operation, the BBC's Turkey correspondent, Mark Lowen, reports. Before the attack happened, a meeting of the Russian, Turkish and Iranian foreign ministers had been planned in Moscow for Tuesday. But now it seems the political fight over Syria's future has spilled over into public hatred, our correspondent says. The attack was swiftly condemned by other countries:
US Secretary of State John Kerry: "We stand ready to offer assistance to Russia and Turkey as they investigate this despicable attack, which was also an assault on the right of all diplomats to safely and securely advance and represent their nations around the world"


* UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson: "Shocked to hear of despicable murder of Russia's Ambassador to Turkey. My thoughts are with his family. I condemn this cowardly attack"


* German Interior minister Thomas de Maiziere said his country stood with Turkey in a common fight against terrorism


* French President Francois Hollande "strongly" condemned the killing


The movement of US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen has also condemned the attack and rejected any links to the attacker, according to an adviser quoted by Reuters news agency. Turkish officials blame the movement for July's failed coup aimed against Mr Erdogan.

 

Monday Night News: Two Chinese companies set to invest 20 Million Industrial park in EPZ-Athi River - CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO

 

 

KENYA HIGH COMMISSIONER IN THE UK ADDDRESSING

GUESTS AT THE KIMANI'S FAMILY MEMORIAL

Kenya High Commissioner in the UK HE Lazarus Amayo addressing guests at the memorial service of the late Kimani's family in London on Sunday 18th December, 2016 at Revival House, London. Kimani's family in Kenya received the go ahead from the government to make burial plans on Monday 19th December, 2016. There will be a memorial service tomorrow Tuesday, 20th Dec, at ACK Membley church (St Mathews), which is near Membley police station, starting 2pm. The burial is scheduled for Friday 23rd Dec in Kijabe (Viewpoint) at our brother Daniel Kimani's rural home. It's about 2kms after Viewpoint, then you turn left at the junction. Follow the rough road which will be marked using chalk (about 4 kms).  Mr. Kimani's no in Kenya is 0701231349 and his wife's Violet Kim is 0711110658.

 

 

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A Kenyan man has passed away in Houston, Texas, USA


We regret to announce the sudden death of Dr.Samson Lwaki of Houston, Tx on Monday 12th December, 2016 at North Cypress Medical Hospital, Houston, Texas, USA. Dr.Lwaki was found unconscious in his house by his daughter who rushed him to  hospital. He is survived by his Wife Jane and two daughters Noel and Moldrine (above). Remember his family in your prayers during this sad and difficult time. May God rest his soul in eternal peace. For more information please contact. Jane Lwaki 832-660-3182 Daniel Atianyi-8324834652 or Albert Musasia-8322845812. - Diasporamessenger.com

 

British police step up Christmas market patrols:

Eleven forces send out anti-terror squads in bid to stop extremists carrying out 'hostile reconnaissance'.

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ABC BANK ARE LOOKING FOR AGENTS IN THE DIASPORA

ABC Bank Diaspora Manager Mr. Joseph Waithaka

 

ABC Bank of Kenya looking for Agents in the Diaspora which include UK, USA, South Africa, Germany, France, Australia, Canada and Sweden. You can contact Diaspora Manager Mr. Joseph Waithaka on WhatsApp +254 701303731 or email: joseph.waithaka@abcthebank.com or Mr. Seed in UK on +44 7951220695.

 

 

ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi on Sunday faced resistance from residents of Mumias town after he dismissed projects launched by the Jubilee administration.

 

Tunisian girl, 13, is forced to marry a 20-year-old 'rapist' relative who got her pregnant

 

A 13-year-old Tunisian girl who was impregnated by a 20-year-old relative has been forced to marry him after it was approved by a court. The court gave the green light for the relative to wed the victim on 13 December, sparking public outrage. The ceremony between the girl, who comes from the northwestern city of Kef, and her brother-in-law took place in front of their parents, despite attempts to stop it, according to CNN. The age of sexual consent in Tunisia is 18. However, article 227 of the Tunisian penal code stipulates that sex with a female under 15 is punishable by six years imprisonment if it is carried out "without violence". However, the perpetrator can stop the prosecution by marrying the victim.

 

JAMHURI DAY CELEBRATIONS AT WEMBLEY ON SATURDAY 10TH DECEMBER 2016

Jamhuri Day celebrations was celebrated in different parts of UK on Saturday 10th December and on 12th December 2016. These

are the photos of Jamhuri day by Kenyans in the UK in Wembley. - CLICK HERE FOR MORE

 

 

Girl, seven, finds 'deadly scorpion in supermarket-bought tangerines'

A seven-year-old has been left traumatised after finding what is believed to be a potentially deadly scorpion in a bag of tangerines. The terrified youngster came across the arachnid, possibly a venomous ‘Deathstalker’, after reaching for a snack. Her 34-year-old mum said: “She opened the netting to get out a tangerine when she saw something crawling. “She screamed so I sent my 13-year-old son downstairs to see what was the matter and he shouted up to me ‘there’s a scorpion’. He knew what it was straight away. “I went to the kitchen and it was scurrying round, close to the bag of fruit on a work surface. “I froze when I saw it, but knew I had to get the kids safe. “I don’t know now how I did it, but after I closed the door I got a knife and a plastic lunch box and managed to pick it up with the end of the blade and seal the box. “I couldn’t risk losing sight of it or it getting behind the cupboards.” The tangerines were bought at a branch of Morrisons in Blackburn, Lancashire, UK.

 

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Fog at London airports causes second day of disruption


Fog is causing a second day of delays and cancellations at London airports. Heathrow and Gatwick are both experiencing problems due to heavy fog across England and elsewhere in Europe. London City airport opened on Sunday afternoon with a full schedule but, as with the other airports, advised passengers to contact their airline before leaving home. Further fog is predicted for Monday which could again cause travel disruption, according to BBC Weather. Travellers also face further disruption over Christmas due to planned strikes by cabin crew and baggage handlers. A Heathrow airport spokesman said about 30 flights, selected by the airlines, had been "tactically cancelled" because of reduced runway capacity, and delays to other flights were likely to continue all day. British Airways also warned there would be delays to some of its flights at other airports due to disruption at Heathrow. A Gatwick airport spokesman said 23 flights had been cancelled there on Sunday due to "knock-on" problems caused by Saturday's fog. The Met Office has a yellow severe weather warning for fog in place until 10:00 GMT on Monday, saying reduced visibility would continue in southern England and south Wales and creep into the Midlands. The fog is likely to be thickest to the west of London - potentially making driving hazardous in places - but the Met Office said there was some uncertainty about how long it would last. BBC Weather, though, said conditions on Monday morning were likely to be similar to the previous day, bringing the threat of more disruption.

 

Flight delays: Your rights
You can claim compensation on flights covered by EU law - this includes any flight departing from the EU, or flights arriving at an EU airport and operated by an EU airline.

* But if the delay was caused by an "extraordinary circumstance" you will not be entitled to compensation


* Events likely to fall into the category include acts of terrorism, security risks and weather conditions.


* You can claim only if the delay was severe - more than three hours - and could have been avoided by the airline


* If your flight is delayed for two or more hours you have the legal right to food, drink, access to phone calls and emails, and accommodation if it is overnight - Source: Civil Aviation Authority.


On Friday, BA cabin crew based at Heathrow said they would strike on Christmas Day and Boxing Day in a row over pay and conditions. The disruption to flights also comes days before a planned 48-hour strike at UK airports called by the Unite union over pay and conditions. More than 1,500 check-in staff, baggage handlers and cargo crew employed by Swissport will walk out on 23 December. It is unclear how many airports will be affected, but airlines at Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Glasgow, Leeds/Bradford, Liverpool, Newcastle, Heathrow, Stansted and Manchester airports all employ Swissport staff. Swissport said it had made numerous offers to Unite since April 2015 to resolve the dispute. It said the planned strike was "another in a series of recent examples where a minority of trade union members are acting in a cynical fashion". The company said it would do "everything within its power to limit any impact of the proposed industrial action on the airlines it serves and their passengers". Virgin Atlantic pilots have also voted to work to rule from 23 December in a row over union recognition.


 

 

 

 

HIGH COMMISSIONER ATTENDED KIM'S FAMILY MEMORIAL IN LONDON

Kenya High Commissioner in the UK HE Lazaras Amayo was among the guests who attended the memorial/fundraising event on Sunday evening 18th December, 2016  to support the family of Daniel Kimani of South London who perished in a road accident.  Mr. Kimani lost 3 members of his family in the road accident which happened in Naivasha on Saturday 10th December, 2016. Seen above left the High Commissioner being welcomed by Mayor Elizabeth Kangethe, Simon Muracia and Sam Ochieng and on right from far right is Veronicah Kararwa, High Commissioner, Sam Ochieng and Mayor Elizabeth Kangethe. The ceremony was officiated by Father Stanley Njoka (far right) Chaplin of King's Hospital, London.  Over £9,000 was raised at the ceremony where the Kenya High Commissioner gave his contribution.

 

 

 

 

WORD OF TODAY

1 John 3:18

 

 

How to Improve Your Relationships

We read in 1 John 3:18: "Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth." Here are five scriptural ways to improve the quality of your relationships: 1) Always show appreciation. Who are the people that really matter in your life? Let them know you love them, and do it often. Practise the ten-to-one rule: ten compliments to every one criticism! Many of us think the best way to help people is to ‘straighten them out’. No, the best way to help others is to look for the best in them. The best principle is ‘the 101 Percent Principle’. Look for one thing you admire in somebody, then give them 100 per cent encouragement for it. That’ll help you to like them and vice versa. 2) Put others first. ‘Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men’ (Ephesians 6:7 NIV 1984 Edition). If you adopt that mindset in your dealings with others, you will go far in life. 3) Serve others gladly. Talking about how difficult it is to hire and train people, an airline executive said, ‘Service is the only thing we have to sell, but it’s the toughest thing to teach because nobody wants to be thought of as a servant.’ 4) Forgive it, resolve it, and move beyond it. If someone has hurt you and you need to address it, do it immediately. Then forgive it, resolve it, and move beyond it. And if it’s not worth bringing up, forget it and move on. 5) Make time for the people who matter. Don’t give away your time on a first-come-first-served basis. Don’t devote so much energy to ‘a car that is not kick starting’ that you short-change the people in your life who matter most.

 

 

Our guest singer today is O Holy Night - New Kenyan Gospel - Christmas Carol by Wasike Creations -  CLICK HERE

 

 

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Hunter Becomes The Hunted - Attack On Lion Compilation - CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO

 

 

 

 

 

 

DENNIS NJIIRI HELICOPTER TOUR OF GRAND CANYON

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While Les Vagas, Dennis Njiiri tour the Grand Canyon. One of the world's natural wonders, the iconic Grand Canyon draws oohs and aahs from visitors perched at the edge of its towering cliffs. Carved by the copper-colored Colorado River, the colorful rock layers record billions of years of history and hide many unique species. Here are seven amazing facts about the Grand Canyon. Baby Seed as he is well known left UK for Kenya at the beginning of October for Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, Dubai, Australia, South America, US (five states) and ending his tour in Canada coming back to UK in February 2017. The Seeds family and friends wish him a safe journey.

Who is financing Dennis Njiiri World Tour?: Before going to the University, Dennis wanted to have a gap year and tour the world. The parents refused and advised him to join the university, work and pay for his dream tour and then proceed. He agreed and he has been planning for his tour for the last one year paying the travel agent by instalments. To reduce the costs he shopped for both hotels and hostels. He got an expert who helped with advice when travelling for several months - travel light, avoid carrying expensive items to avoid attraction and be disciplined. The parents advised him to print for them the entire tour programme so that they can always located his whereabouts. A Kenyan travel agent in Nottingham, UK Ease Travel booked the tour for him. Their contact is Grace Kamau 07557945963.

 

 

7 Amazing Grand Canyon Facts


A natural wonder
One of the world's natural wonders, the iconic Grand Canyon draws oohs and aahs from visitors perched at the edge of its towering cliffs. Carved by the copper-colored Colorado River, the colorful rock layers record billions of years of history and hide many unique species. Here are seven amazing facts about the Grand Canyon.
It's not the world's deepest canyon
Though widely considered one of the world's most spectacular canyons, the Grand Canyonis neither the world's longest or deepest gorge.

Its average depth is about 1 mile (1.6 kilometers), though the canyon ranges from 2,400 feet (731 meters) deep below Yavapai Point on the South Rim to 7,800 feet (2,377 m) deep at the North Rim. The canyon wends 277 miles (446 km) along its sinuous path. In 1994, the Guinness Book of World Records crowned the Yarlung Tsangpo Grand Canyon in the Himalayas as the world's longest and deepest canyon. Its depth reaches 17,567 feet (5,382 m) and its length 308 miles (496.3 km).

 

On average, the canyon is only 10 miles (16 km) wide from rim to rim, but crossing by foot takes 21 miles (33 km), and driving by car is a 251-mile (403 km), five-hour odyssey. At least the trip is through scenic backcountry. Australia wins the prize for the world's widest canyon, with its Capertee Valley edging out the Grand Canyon at a little more than 18 miles (30 km) wide.

1. A canyon plane crash gave rise to the FAA
In the 1950s, passenger flights would sometimes detour over the Grand Canyon for a better view. On June 30, 1956, two planes flying from Los Angeles to Chicago, a United Airlines DC-7 and a TWA Constellation, had both requested permission to fly into the Grand Canyon's airspace. The planes collided directly over the canyon, killing everyone on board. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) was created in 1958 as a result of the crash.

2. It reveals 40 percent of Earth's history
The Colorado River cuts through schist, a type of metamorphic rock that is 1.75 billion years old. That's nearly half the age of the Earth (which is 4.5 billion years old). Because they are metamorphic rocks, which form from the alteration of other rocks under high temperatures and pressures, these schists represent even more ancient marine and volcanic rocks.

3. Geologists are drawn to the record of Earth's history contained in sedimentary rocks blanketing the Vishnu schist. These relatively unaltered sediments stopped accumulating about 230 million years ago, and are older than the dinosaurs. Though no dinosaur bones have ever been found in the park, geologically recent fossils, including 11,000-year-old sloth bones, have been found in canyon caves. Many marine fossils and animal tracks also appear in the National Park's rock layers.


4. Its snakes are pink
Of the six rattlesnake species spotted in the park boundaries, one has an unusual pink hue that matches the local rocks. The Grand Canyon pink rattlesnake is the most common snake in the park, startling hikers as it suns itself on rocks and sandy trails, searching for lizards to eat.


5. The story of the canyon's names
The Paiute Indian tribe calls the canyon Kaibab, which means "mountain lying down" or "mountain turned upside down." The creamy white Kaibab Limestone forms the surface on which the park's 5 million visitors stand while viewing the canyon. One-armed war veteran John Wesley Powell, who charted the Colorado River's course in 1891 and 1892 in a wooden boat, was the first to consistently use the name "Grand Canyon."


6. Scientists still don't agree on how it formed
Strong geologic evidence suggests the Colorado River broke out of the west end of the Grand Canyon about five million years ago, and no sooner. But with that constraint, there is heated debate about what the canyon looked like in the millions of years before this anchor. Did the river carve the canyon all at once? Or was there an ancient gorge waiting for the young river, ready to capture its flow? One recent study found some rocks at the western end were eroded and exposed at the surface 70 million years ago. Active debate continues, with scores of research studies ongoing in the canyon.

7. It's also not the world's widest canyon
At its narrowest, at Marble Canyon, the Grand Canyon is only 600 yards (548 meters) across. At its widest, the gorge spans 18 miles (29 kilometers).

 

Five killed, scores injured after matatu rams oil tanker at Timboroa black spot


Five people were killed on Saturday after a matatu rammed an oil tanker at Kahoya near Timboroa on the Eldoret-Nakuru highway. The matatu, belonging to Eldoret Sacco, was on its way from Nairobi while the tanker was heading towards Nakuru. The drivers of the two vehicles died on the spot. The injured were rushed to Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret. Locals said the area is classified as a black spot. The accident comes hot on the heels of an incident where a lorry with flammable chemicals rammed 14 carsbefore exploding at Karai, Naivasha. The December 10 accident has so far claimed 44 lives, among them 11 GSU officers attached to the Presidential Guard unit.

 

A Kenyan man has been killed in an accident in Columbus, Ohio, USA


A Kenyan man was killed in a single-vehicle crash in Columbus, OH on Saturday 10th December, 2016. 40-year-old Biko Wambugu Wachira was killed after his vehicle veered off the road and hit a concrete wall. Wachira’s vehicle then went across the freeway, crashing into guardrail and into the median. The accident happened on SR315 in the area of the Bethel Road overpass about 3:30 a.m. He was declared dead at the scene of the accident. The cause of the deadly crash had not been determined at the time of the report. The police are still investigating the cause of the crash site and hope to learn the cause of the incident as the investigation concludes. Mr Wachira is a nephew to Mike Wambugu of Dallas, TX. - Diasporamessenger.com

 

 

KIM'S FAMILY MEMORIAL FUNDRAISING IS ON SUNDAY 18TH DEC.

THOSE WHO PASSED AWAY

The late Eva Wambui Kimani

The Late Mary Ann Kimani

The Late David Muturi who was the driver and Kimani's younger brother married last year


 
Following the  news of the  tragic accident  on Saturday the 10th December 2016, that  claimed  several  lives of hard working  Kenyans, and  devastated hundreds of  families and friends. It also  almost  wiped out the family of  our close  friend and  brother  Daniel  Kimani  (Kim: please  see earlier  post on www.misterseed.com). A committee  sitting  at Kim 's  home  managed to  facilitate  his travel to  Kenya  on Tuesday.  There are high bills  pending to  clear the  hospital  bill  and funeral expenses. ..leave alone  the  kitty we who have known  kim for  years  and well  wishers too, would  like to  extend  to him to facilitate the above and  maybe  give him a  boost to start life again. A memorial  and  fundraising  fete has been  organised on Sunday December 18th at the Revival House Church in Manor Park, London E12 6QN. Time: 4pm - 8pm This event has been organised by the Kenyan community in the UK and well wishers to help one of us Mr. Kimani Daniel (Kim) who has lost his two daughters and a younger brother through the terrible road accident which happened in Naivasha on Saturday 10th December, 2016.  Another daughter is still in the hospital.  Mr. Kimani needs our support* both financially and prayers during this difficult time.  We are also praying for other victims and our country. Your presence will be highly appreciated and if you cannot make it, then please help by contributing  through Maureen Kabutu,  Natwest Bank, Sort code; 60-14-55 and A/C 60744839. For more information please contact: Richard Heho, 07771390567, Morris Njuguna 07949531238, Julius Mwangi 07897235765, Mayor Kangethe 07958 612632 or Father Njoka 07531159262

 

 

 

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Mr. Daniel Munyambu (left) and Dr. Isaac Newton Kinity


“Reforming the state, strengthening the rule of law, restructuring government and  institutions will be my first priority in ending the rampant corruption that has overwhelmed  Kenya”, said Daniel Munyambu  who has been planning to usher in new leadership in Kenya  in 2017. He is supporting  Dr Isaac  Newton Kinity, a human rights activist  from Connecticut, USA  who will be in Kenya on 12th  January  to protest against mysterious disappearance of Mr Dickson Bogonko Bosire, a Kenyan blogger  and  Mr Albert Muriuki  who was a deputy director in charge of constitutional and legislative affairs at State House; the two were reported missing in 2013.  Munyambu said  the officers who break their social contract to engage in extrajudicial killings will face full force of the law. Kinity  will also  present a petition to the President requesting him to constitute a commission of inquiry to investigate  the disappearances of the duo.  For more information contact: daniel.munyambu@yahoo.com

 

 

 

JAMHURI DAY CELEBRATIONS IN LONDON ON 12TH DECEMBER

Kenya's 53rd Jamhuri Day Celebrations in London was held on Monday 12th December, 2016 at Delegates Lounge, International Maritime Organisation (IMO), 4 Albert Embankment, London. The ceremony was hosted by the Kenya High Commissioner in the UK HE Lazarus Amayo and his wife Mrs. Nelly Amayo together the Kenya High Commission staff in London. The celebrations which were well organised was attended by many High Commissioners, Ambassador and Diplomatic teams from other countries. While addressing the guests the High Commissioner asked the guests to observe a one minute silence in remembrance of those who died at the Naivasha accident on Saturday night. The commissioner encouraged investors to invest in Kenya where many foreigners have decided to live and work in Kenya. Master of the ceremony was Acting Deputy Head of Mission Madam Grace Cerere. Food and drink was in plenty. Full speech coming up soon.

 

The chairman of Kenya Society Mr. Patrick Orr (far left) and his wife (4th from left) joined the Kenya High Commisisoner He Lazarus Amayor and his wife Mrs. Nelly Amayo for the celebrations. On right are the East African Ambassador and Kenya High Commissioners who attended the ceremony.

Former DC Mr. Gilbert Kirera (left) posing with Kenya High Commissioner at the ceremony and on right is Mrs. Rose Claw with High Commissioner

 

BYE BYE LAWYER STEVE KIMEMIA NJIRU

The memorial service of the late Stephen Kimemia Njiru took place in London on Thursday 15th December, 2016. The ceremony was conducted at Saint Marks Church, Beckton, London. Rev. Peter Ngugi of St. Marks Church and Rev. Kibathi of PCEA UK Outreach officiated the ceremony where 4 members of the family attended the ceremony. Those who attended were the mother of the deceased Mrs. Njiru who presented a farewell song to her son. She also thanked God for the life of her late son, 2 sisters and a brother Mr. Ken Njiru. Mr. Benson Wekhule represented the Kenya High Commission. The body of the late Njiru will leave London for Nairobi on Friday 16th December, 2016. Burial takes place on Wednesday 21st December, 2016 in Kirinyaga, Kenya.

The family of the late Stephen Njiru, 2 sisters, and their mother (in white) and the late

Stephen's brother Mr. Ken Njiru reading the eulogy at the memorial

 

Mrs. Njiru (far left) mother of the late Stephen Njiru presented a farewell song to his late son at the memorial service.

The ceremony was officiated by by Rev. Peter Ngugi (far right) and Rev. Kibathi of PCEA UK Outreach.

 

 

 

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CJ David Maraga issues new rules on graft cases

Chief Justice David Maraga. He has directed all applications challenging corruption

charges to only be heard by the corruption High Court in Nairobi



Chief Justice David Maraga has directed all applications challenging corruption charges to only be heard by one High Court in Nairobi. The CJ said such applications will be handled by the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Division, which he launched Thursday. He said the move will speed up hearing of applications that are usually filed by suspects facing corruption charges. He said the determination of such applications used to delay because judges in other High Courts have other cases to handle. Moving the cases to the anti-corruption division will speed up hearing and determinations, he said. The CJ said Kenyans should be forgiven for thinking that the rich and powerful facing corruption charges cannot be convicted because of the numerous application they file in court to delay the cases. “The Judiciary will not be a sanctuary or shelter for the corrupt,” he said adding that the new division will not entertain unnecessary adjournments. He said applications will be determined within a month and any institution that delays the cases will be exposed. “We will tell the public if it’s the office of the DPP (Director of Public Prosecution) or any other institution that is delaying the cases,” he said.


EVIDENCE
The CJ further urged institutions involved in investigating and prosecuting corruption cases to give credible evidence to the court. “If you give us evidence, we shall convict, if you don’t give us evidence to prove a case beyond reasonable doubt, we shall acquit,” he said. According to new practice directions for the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes division, all corruption cases will now be determined within three months. The new rules were published in a gazette notice. “All urgent applications shall be fast tracked, heard and determined within 60 days, all other ones shall be dealt with within 90 days,” the CJ said. In the new rules, corruption cases would exceptionally be allowed to exceed that period if only there is good reason to extend the allocated time. The guidelines require that mention of cases be limited to only deserving cases and that if need be, parties would have to write to the Deputy Registrar so as to be given the discretion to have such. And to enable judges prepare rulings and judgments on time, parties will be required to send to the court soft copies of the case documents using the court email address. The rules also encourage Alternative Dispute Resolution in settling matters before they are dragged to court. Parties who fail to comply with the new set of rules will face a penalty from the court for being non-compliant. A schedule of corruption related cases will also be posted online every Friday. The Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Division was set up by retired Chief Justice Willy Mutunga earlier this year and is being headed by Lady Justice Hedwig Ong’undi. Other additional ten new magistrates appointed to serve in this division include Lucas Onyina, Litizia Wachira, Martha Mutuku, Liz Gicheha, Godfrey Oduor, Rose Makungu, Jared Magori, Anne Mwangi, Peter Ooko and Florence Macharia. - Daily Nation.

 

 

DENNIS NJIIRI HELICOPTER NIGHT TOUR OF LAS VEGAS

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As Dennis Njiiri continues with his USA tour, he took time to tour Les Vegas City with a Helicopter at night. He saw the bright lights of the Las Vegas Strip and the surrounding region on a 15-minute helicopter flight. Soared over this famous stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard with an exclusive sightseeing tour of Sin City’s downtown skyline and beyond, including the Bellagio, the Mirage, the Fremont Street Experience and much more. His flight covered approximately 20 miles and includes a celebratory glass of sparkling drinks. The tour include Hotel pickup and drop-off. Baby Seed as he is well known left UK for Kenya at the beginning of October for Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, Dubai, Australia, South America, US (five states) and ending his tour in Canada coming back to UK in February 2017. The Seeds family and friends wish him a safe journey. - CLICK HERE FOR LAS VEGAS NIGHT HELICOPTER TOUR

 



A trailer has been involved in a nasty accident along Kenol-Makutano-Mwea Road on Wednesday morning, December 14. Three people were injured in the accident and rushed to a nearby hospital. Firefighters were called to the scene of the accident to prevent a potential fire disaster. Road users were urged to stay clear from the scene, as the tanker had leaked fuel and posed danger. The incident comes days after a deadly accident in Naivasha, that involved a canter carrying fuel which hit several vehicles and exploded. The tragic accident left more than 40 dead including 11 GSU officers. - nyumbanitv.com

 

 

THE LATE KENYAN LAWYER TO BE BURIED ON WEDNESDAY 21ST DEC.

The body of the late Steve will leave London on Friday 16th Dec

The late Steve Kimemia Njiru


The body of the late Steve Kimemia Njiru will leave London for Kenya on Friday 16th December, 2016 and the burial takes place on Wednesday 21st December, 2016 in his home county of Kirinyaga. A Kenyan lawyer has passed away in UK. The late Dr. Steve Kimemia Njiru passed away at Princess Alice in West London on Friday 9th December, 2016. His family have been very supportive to him and they have been on his bedside since he became unwell. Steve Kimemia is the son of the former MP for Kirinyaga East the late Hon. Njiru. Dr. Stephen Njiru is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya with over 20 years international experience as a lawyer, and in private practice, with government (Public sector) and in Academia.  He has undertaken all aspects of Legal Practice including Criminal, Civil and Commercial Litigation. His main fields have been Constitutional and Public Law, International Economic Law, Legal Systems and Services, Municipal and International Law. Dr. Njiru who is the Chairman of the Legal and Regulatory Committee of the GDC Board of Directors, is also a member of the Finance Committee of the Board. He has advised governments (including the Government of Kenya as a State Counsel and also as a Special Consul and Legal Adviser to the Government), public bodies, International Corporations and other firms. He has also been a lecturer of Law, having taught at the University of Manchester. Njiru is also widely experienced in the areas of Public / Constitutional Law, Legal Systems and Methods, Law of Contract, Torts, Criminal Law, International Economic Law and Human Rights. He has Worked and conducted research on the Bretton Woods Institution including the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, World Trade Organization and World Intellectual Property Organization. He was the Head of the Technical team on the Constitution of Kenya which oversaw the Constitution Review Process leading to the promulgation of the New Constitution in Kenya. He was appointed to the GDC Board as an Independent Director on the 10th day of February 2012. For more information please contact 07519913080 or 07467305271.

 

 

 

WORD OF TODAY

Romans 8:31

 

Five All-Important Answers

We read in Romans 8:31"What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?" Paul asks five all-important questions: 1) ‘If God is for us, who can ever be against us?’ The assurance of God’s presence tilts the scales in your favour. So whatever you’re facing today, remind yourself, ‘God is for me.’ 2) ‘Since [God] did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t [God] … give us everything else?’ (v. 32 NLT). Think about it: would God save your soul, then leave you to fend for yourself? Or address your eternal needs and not your earthly ones? No! 3) ‘Who dares accuse us…? No one - for God himself has given us right standing with himself’ (v. 33 NLT). Every accusing voice, including your own, counts for nothing in the court of heaven. God’s acceptance trumps everybody else’s rejection - and He accepts you because He sees you ‘in Christ’. 4) ‘Who then will condemn us? … Christ Jesus died for us … he is sitting in the place of honour at God’s right hand, pleading for us’ (v. 34 NLT). When your accusers rise up and speak against you, Jesus, your defence lawyer, silences them. Why? Because His blood covers you! 5) ‘Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love?’ (v. 35 NLT). Paul answers his own question: ‘Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow - not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love … nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord’ (vv. 38-39 NLT). Knowing these five truths will help you enjoy your day and sleep better at night!

 

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The biggest rise in clothing prices in six years helped to drive the UK's

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Speech by HE Lazarus O. Amayo, High Commissioner of Kenya to the United Kingdom During the Jamhuri Day Celebrations(National Day) to be held in London at the International Maritime Organisation Headquarters on 12th December 2016

Kenya High Commissioner in the UK HE Lazarus Amayo addresing Kenyans during the Jamhuri Celebrations


• The Chief Guest, Lord David Chidgey, Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Africa,
• Sir Bill Cash MP, Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Kenya
• Hon James Duddridge MP, Former Minister for Africa
• Baroness Patricia Scotland, Commonwealth Secretary General
• Mr. Kitack Lim, Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization
• Excellencies the High Commissioners and Ambassadors Accredited to the United Kingdom
• Senior Government Officials from Her Majesty’s Government,
• The Dean of the Diplomatic Corps
• Corporate Chief Executives
• Distinguished Guests
• Fellow Kenyans, Ladies, and Gentlemen


First and Foremost, I would like to warmly welcome you and thank you most sincerely for joining us in this year’s Jamhuri Day celebrations.


Today, we are celebrating yet another year of our nation’s tremendous development as illustrated by impressive economic growth and improved welfare of our people. It is a time to reflect on the progress made in our economic, political and social spheres, a journey that began on 12th December 1963 when Kenya became an independent state.

 

Lord David Chidgey, Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Africa addressing the guests


Excellencies, Ladies, and Gentlemen
In the midst of the global economic downturn and financial crisis which have impacted many countries, our economy has remained resilient and very dynamic. The economy has undergone steady growth registering a 5.6 percent growth in 2015, and it is projected that it will expand by 6% in 2016. This can largely be attributed to significant growth in some key sectors notably agriculture; construction; real estate; and financial services.

 

On left is High Commissioner welcoming Baroness Patricia Scotland, Commonwealth Secretary General and on right welcoming Uganda's High Commisisoner


The Government has continued to improve the Country’s investment climate and undertaken wide-ranging business regulatory reforms aimed at enhancing efficiency and significantly reducing the cost of doing business.
According to the latest World Bank report, Kenya has moved from position 113 to 92 on the ease of starting a business. This is credited to the implementation of business regulatory reforms in 5 indicators namely: ease of starting a business, protecting minority investors, resolving insolvency, getting electricity and registering property. These reforms have made the country stand out as one of the most attractive and favored destinations amongst emerging economies demonstrating Kenya’s readiness to do business and attract investors.

 

 

All Kenya High Commission Staff attended the celebrations


Excellencies, Ladies, and Gentlemen;
The country, which is a regional communication and financial hub, has also leveraged its political and diplomatic conferencing prowess and is attracting major international events and conferences. This year, Nairobi hosted among others the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCATD 14) and the 6th Tokyo International Conference on Africa’s Development (TICAD VI).


On matters of peace and security, the government has continued to support initiatives for peaceful resolution of conflicts and promotion of stability in the Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes Region. This has been in collaboration with regional organizations such as the East Africa Community (EAC), the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) under the umbrella of the African Union. This is out of the realization that peace and security are prerequisites for any meaningful development.
Excellencies, Ladies, and Gentlemen

 

Mrs. Cecilia Muchemi (right) wife of the former Kenya High Commissioner in the UK HE Joseph Muchemi with current High Commissioner at the celebrations


At the bilateral level, you will recall that 54 years ago Great Britain lost a colony in the name of Kenya, but it also gained a real friend and partner. Kenya and the United Kingdom enjoy cordial relations which have continued to grow from strength to strength. These ties are supported by the shared history, language, legal System and values.
The close bilateral relations are further manifested in concrete co-operation in a number of mutually beneficial fields largely trade, investment, tourism as well as collaboration in matters of peace and security. Trade between the two countries has grown from less than Stg. £500 million in 2004 to Stg. £1.51 billion in 2015, making it the leading trading partner outside the East African Community.

 

From far right is Journalist Julius Mbaluto, High Commissioner and Pauline Long


The number of British companies investing in Kenya has grown from around 70 in 2008 to over 210 in 2015, and the value of investments stands at around Stg. £2.5 billion. The United Kingdom is also the largest source market for Kenya tourism.


These statistics, of course, are way below the potential in the two countries. We are therefore looking forward to expansion of the volume and value of bilateral trade and investment. In this regard, the Government of Kenya is keen to continue creating a business friendly environment and committed to keeping the economy open to investors including the Kenyan Diaspora.

 

Mr. Simon Muracia (left) with Kenya High Commissioner and on right Prince Otach and Pauline Long


It is out of these close economic relations that we become interested in the Brexit. We recognize that the EU referendum was a democratic process undertaken by a sovereign state, and the outcome reflects the will of the people. Kenya is keen on the outcome of the negotiations for withdrawal after triggering article 50 and subsequent framework that the UK and the EU will agree on for future trade and general economic relations between the two parties.


It is worth noting that Kenya trades with the UK through the East African Community-European Union, Economic Partnership Agreement (EU-EAC EPA) which allows most exports from Kenya to access EU market largely duty-free –quota-free. We are, therefore, looking forward to a framework that will not disrupt trade between our two countries. This is important to Kenya because the UK being the 5th largest economy in the world, is a very significant development, trading, and investment Partner for Kenya.


In the field of education, I wish to also acknowledge with appreciation the collaboration that happily exists between the two countries. There are currently about 3,050 Kenyan students enrolled in various Universities and institutions of higher learning in the UK, and 31 of them are recipients of the annual Chevening scholarships that are fully funded by the British Government. Another 30 are recipients of the annual Commonwealth scholarships while the rest are self-sponsored students. This goes a long way in supporting Kenya’s Human Resource development agenda.


In conclusion, let me reiterate that the Kenya Government values the contribution of the Kenyan Diaspora and has taken deliberate efforts to incorporate and mainstream the Diaspora into the socio-economic development of our country. In this regard, it is worth noting that the Diaspora Diplomacy is now one of the pillars of the Kenyan Foreign Policy. We look forward to continued collaboration with the UK diaspora and friends of Kenya and would like to wish you a merry Christmas and happy new year.


Excellencies, Ladies, and Gentlemen
May I now request you to be upstanding and fill your glasses as we propose a toast to the good health of Her Majesty the Queen, to the well-being and prosperity of the people of the United Kingdom and continued friendship between our two nations.
I Thank You.

 

 

 

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JAMHURI DAY CELEBRATIONS IN LONDON ON 12TH DECEMBER

Kenya's 53rd Jamhuri Day Celebrations in London was held on Monday 12th December, 2016 at Delegates Lounge, International Maritime Organisation (IMO), 4 Albert Embankment, London. The ceremony was hosted by the Kenya High Commissioner in the UK HE Lazarus Amayo and his wife Mrs. Nelly Amayo together the Kenya High Commission staff in London. The celebrations which were well organised was attended by many High Commissioners, Ambassador and Diplomatic teams from other countries. While addressing the guests the High Commissioner asked the guests to observe a one minute silence in remembrance of those who died at the Naivasha accident on Saturday night. The commissioner encouraged investors to invest in Kenya where many foreigners have decided to live and work in Kenya. Master of the ceremony was Acting Deputy Head of Mission Madam Grace Cerere. Food and drink was in plenty. Full speech coming up soon.

The Master of the Ceremony was Deputy Head of Mission Madam Grace Cerere (left) who arrived very early in the morning to

make sure everything was in the right place. On right from far right is Col. Muteti the Defence Attache, Mrs. Nelly Amayo,

HE the High Commissioner Lazarus Amayo welcoming the guests at the celebrations

 

Byron Consort Choir from Harrow School who had taken alot of time to study Kenya National Anthem lead the guests to sing the Kenya National Anthem.  East Africa ambassador joined the celebrations. Seen from far right standing behind is the Ambassador of Rwanda, Kenya High Commissioner, Uganda's High Commissioner, and Master of Ceremony Madam Grace Cerere.

 

Mrs. Mary Njonjo from Heri Homes Kenya (2nd from left) currently in the UK attended the ceremony and was caught on left talking to the Kenya High Commissioner in the UK HE Lazarus Amayo. On right from far right is Col. Peter Muteti the Defence Attache, Mrs. Nelly Amayo, Bishop BK Kariuki, High Commissioner, Mayor Elizabeth Kangethe, and Mrs. Pastor Karuri and Rev. Karuri. More later.

 

 

 

 

JAMHURI DAYS CELEBRATIONS IN LONDON ON MONDAY 12TH DECEMBER

Kenya's 53rd Jamhuri Day Celebrations in London was held on Monday 12th December, 2016 at Delegates Lounge, International Maritime Organisation (IMO), 4 Albert Embankment, London. The ceremony was hosted by the Kenya High Commissioner in the UK HE Lazarus Amayo and his wife Mrs. Nelly Amayo together the Kenya High Commission staff in London. The celebrations which were well organised was attended by many High Commissioners, Ambassador and Diplomatic teams from other countries. While addressing the guests the High Commissioner asked the guests to observe a one minute silence in remembrance of those who died at the Naivasha accident on Saturday night. The commissioner encouraged investors to invest in Kenya where many foreigners have decided to live and work in Kenya. Food and drink was in plenty. Full speech coming up soon.

Kenya's High Commissioner in the UK HE Lazarus Amayo (far right) addressing guests during the Jamhuri celebraitons in London

 

Kenya High Commissioner in the UK welcoming the Korea's Ambassador (far left) at the celebrations and on right welcoming Rwanda's Ambassador

 

Education Attache at the Kenya High Commissioner Mrs. Margaret Lesuda posing with Mrs. Nelly Amayo wife of the

Kenya High Commissioner and on right High Commissioner welcoming a diplomat for the celebrations. More later.

 

 

 

A KENYA LADY IN USA OPENS AN AMERICAN SHOP IN NAIROBI

A Kenyan Lady living in USA has opened an American Shop in Nairobi, Kenya. The only first kind of shop selling Exclusive American products in Kenya. Lucy Kinyanjui has opened a shop by the name Lukinya International Enterprise which is located on the ground floor of Greens House Mall on Ardams Arcade on Ngong Road. The shop was opened 2 years ago. The only shop of its kind selling Exclusive American products For those in the Diaspora its perfect one stop shop for Family wedding, specialized gifts any Diaspora wanting to give wedding, Anniversary Birthday or any special gifts we are Also doing cosmetics and consumable products. Lukinya International inc is a registered import Export company in USA that. can assist Individuals and companies wanting to export or import products from and to USA and Kenya and other African countries. Among products are Beddings , kitchen accessories, bath towels and accessories, furniture, consumables such as Olive oil, peanut butter, original Ketchup, barbeque sauce, and many more. For more information please visit ground flood of Greens House Mall at Adarms Arcade Or call Rose on 0726466397 or Lucy USA +1 206 293 2841. or Lucy Kinyanjui, CEO, Lukinya international inc. 22125 112 PL SE Kent wa 98031. Email: kinyanjui37@yahoo.com and website is www.lukinyainternationalusa.com - CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO

 

 

 

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REV. PETER KINYANJUI TOURS HERI HOMES PROJECTS IN KENYA

Heri Homess are holding a Christmas Party for Diasporas visiting Kenya this coming December, 2016. The party takes place at Rasi Gardens in Hurlingham near Barclays Bank starting from 2.00 p.m.

Rev. Kinyanjui (far left) in the offices of the Heri Homes with the company CEO where he insisted to see the documents and on  the right is the daystar hostel construction site which started on 16 th of july this year.progress is quite on schedule.

 

Mr. David Kuria of Pinnacle Projects company in Nairobi came to the UK in 2006 to sell Kenya Ports Authority properties located in South C, Nairobi by the name Bandari Villas. The price was going for KShs. 6 million for a four bedroom  maisonette. Out of 140 units Kenyans in the UK managed to buy 18 units. Many people in UK commented that the units were expensive. Today the houses are going for KShs. 22 million. One Kenyan doctor living in Surrey bought 3 houses. Two months ago in the month of October 2016 a Kenyan lady by the name Mary Njonjo from Heri Homes in Nairobi arrived in London with offers on several upcoming properties in Nairobi. The properties were sold off plan where you give a deposit of 20 per cent and pay the balance after the construction is complete. The construction takes between one year to 18 months. Over 50 people committed themselves with these properties some of them going for KShs. 1.4 million for some Hostels at the Daystar University. Now 3 months down the line the same properties are going for KShs. 1.8 million and expected to fetch KShs. 3 million when the property is complete.There is something for everyone,in their kitisuru  projects,they have 3 bed with dsq strategically situated 250 metres from new kitisuru  nakumatt and 3 bedrooms without dsq.Phase one has been sold out and ground breaking for kitisuru phase two upcoming on january 21st,prices are quite low now,3 b/dsq is 8 million,3 bed 7m,ground breaking prices.One of the buyers, Rev. Peter Kinyanjui of Church of England took one property. Two weeks ago Rev. Kanyanjui visited Heri Homes in Kenya to see the progress of the project where he had committed himself.

 

Rev. Kinyanjui was taken round the project and was very impressed to see the progress of the project and to learn how much his property has appreciated within 3 months. He also visited Heri Homes offices in Hurlingham where he asked the manager to show him the documents of the property. Rev. Kinyanjui seen above with Heri Homes Manager with the documents. You can speak to Rev. Kinyanjui for more information on 07557223160. Mary Njonjo of Heri Homes will be arriving back in UK on Wednesday 7th December 2016 for a one week visit in Scotland where she will be attending Jamhuri Day Celebrations in Edinburgh, Scotland on Saturday 10th December, 2016. Mary will be in Swindon on Thursday 8th December before going Scotland. Mary will be doing a presentation in Edinburgh, Scotland on Sunday 11th December, 2016 at Holiday Inn, Edinburgh, 107 Queensferry Road, EH$ 3HL as from 10.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m. She will be attending Jamhuri Celebration in London on Monday 12th December, and then she will conclude her UK tour on Tuesday 13th December at Thatched House London before leaving for Kenya on Wednesday 14th December, 2016. If you cannot be able to raise money for the deposit, you can join their Sacco and they will help you to acquire their upcoming projects in future. You can make an appointment to see Mary through her WhatsApp +254 737265816, her UK no. 07424581241 or Mr. Seed on 07951220695.

 

 

 

 

HERI HOMES TO HOST A PARTY FOR DIASPORA VISITORS IN NAIROBI
Mary Njonjo is coming to Scotland for a week during the Jamhuri Celebrations on 10th Dec.


A team from Dubai seen above visiting Construction sites early this month


Heri Homes a property developer company based in Nairobi Kenya is holding a Christmas Party for Diasporas visiting Kenya this coming December, 2016. The party takes place at Rasi Gardens in Hurlingham near Barclays Bank starting from 2.00 p.m. The party is only for those from Diaspora. The party has been organised as Heri Homes recognised the support they have received from those in the Diaspora and especially those in the UK where their Marketing Manager Mrs. Mary Njonjo managed to sell over 50 properties in one month and over 60 people joined their Sacco. All those who bought their properties have already been issued with their Sales Agreements. After returning to Kenya at the end of last month, Diaspora clients visiting Kenya have been visiting their construction sites and are very happy about progress of their work in different sites. There several other off plan projects which has come up this month. Mrs. Mary Njonjo of Heri Homes Nairobi arrived in London on Friday 9th September, 2016. She arrived in the morning and by the close of the day she had sold 6 properties. The Sacco helps you to raise the deposit. Whether you are buying a property from them or not it is advisable to join their Sacco where the loan is 1 per cent per month. Mary came to the UK with a lot of goodies for those interested to invest in Kenya will be in UK for the next few months. Her company is offering one of the most unique concept ever introduced in the diaspora. Their properties which are around Nairobi and Mombasa South coast Diani area which ranges from KShs. 1.6 million to Kshs. 8 million. With as little as KShs. 300,000 deposit, you can now own a house in Nairobi balance payable slowly over construction period. If you don't have a deposit, you can join their housing society whereby you will save and borrow three times amount saved and can use this as deposit. HERI HOMES IS OFFERING A UNIQUE CONCEPT NONE LIKE WHAT HAS BEEN SEEN IN THE MARKET. IT'S THE MOST PRACTICAL SOLUTION TO OWNING A HOME EASILY USING THE EQUITY MODEL, WHICH MAKES THE PRICES AFFORDABLE WITH HIGH RETURNS ON INVESTMENT. Mary is coming to Scotland for one week as from 7th to 13th December 2017 where she will be visiting Jamhuru Day Celebrations in Edinburgh on Saturday 10th December, 2016. For more information please contact Mary (her WhastApp Kenya no. is +254737265816 - email: mary@herihomes.co.ke), Mr. Seed on 07951220695 to make an appointment during her short stay in UK.
- For more visit http://www.herihomes.co.ke


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MEET ELIZABETH - A KENYAN SOLICITOR BASED IN LONDON


Elizabeth Okinda has an office on 29th  floor of Canary Wharf

 

Elizabeth Okinda is a Kenyan from Nyanza province, born and raised in 3 different cities, Kisumu, Mombasa as well as Nairobi. Started primary education at, Ganjoni Primary school, Mombasa until age 9 and finished her primary education at Lower Kabete primary school in Nairobi. Completed secondary studies at State House Girls high school. In 2003, Elizabeth travelled to the United Kingdom to complete her LLB degree at University of Huddersfield and went further to complete Law School at BPP Law School in London with a Distinction. Elizabeth is a qualified, disciplined and results orientated solicitor.

Elizabeth benefits from eight years’ experience working with individuals, corporate clients as well as Governments in a highly pressurised environment and having multiple priorities to manage; known for a deep understanding of business needs and trained to ACCA standards in Accountancy. Elizabeth is currently practicing at KGIA Solicitors based at 29TH Floor, One Canada Square. Canary Wharf, London E14 5AA.

She specialises in all areas of Commercial practice, including commercial leases, Immigration law, Employment, Family and all aspects of Litigation. Elizabeth also advises on funding for Government projects across Africa; trustworthy, with integrity and respect for confidential information, an articulate communicator with the ability to influence and interact with stakeholders at all level.

 

Personal website: www.lizokindalegalconsultancy.com 

LinkedIn: Liz Okinda, Twitter: @lizokinda, Mobile: 07729898851.

Company website: www.kgia.co.uk E-mail: eo@kgiasolicitors.co.uk and Office: 0203 290 4068

 

 

UK outreach church has moved to memorial community church, Plaistow

The PCEA UK OUTREACH LONDON congregation has moved from ST. MATHEWS CHURCH, DYSON ROAD Stratford to MEMORIAL COMMUNITY CHURCH (The former Memorial Baptist Church, Plaistow), 395 BARKING ROAD, Plaistow, E13 8AL, opposite Plaistow Police Station. It held its first Sunday Service on Sunday 6th, November, 2016 from 2.00pm. For more information please contact Rev. Kibathi on 07946700301 or Mrs. Grace Koimburi - 07908227728.

 

 

 

   


   

 

 

 

 

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