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Mumias East MP Peter Salasya was on Saturday December 2, caught up in yet another violent confrontation in Kakamega.

The first term lawmaker’s car was pelted with stones by rowdy youths, destroying its back window after attending the burial event of former nominated senator and Kakamega nominated MCA Godliver Omondi in Bulimbo village, Kholera Ward, Kakamega County.

According to Salasya, the group of the rowdy youth had been hired by his political nemesis to block him from attending the funeral.

The MP managed to attend the funeral, only for him to face the attack while leaving.

In a video posted on his official social media accounts, Salasya accuses Kakamega Governor Fernandes Barasa of planning the violent confrontation for “fear of the bitter truth” the lawmaker has been speaking.

He adds that the Kakamega county chief was afraid of the warm reception the MP would have received at the funeral.

“I told him the truth days ago and because he knew I would come to the burial and be treated to a warm welcome, he staged youths to block me,” Salasya is heard saying in the video.

“I am a protected leader. Let no one endanger the lives of the youth. What if they attacked me and my security team acted in defence?” he added.

ODM leader Raila Odinga who attended the funeral urged MP Salasya and governor Fernandes Barasa to embrace a handshake and work together.

Playing a mediator, Raila asked the leaders to shelve their differences and work together to the advantage of their respective subjects.

However, Salasya says there will be no any handshake between him and the governor after his car was destroyed in the violent confrontation.

“There will be even no handshake between me and Barasa after he did this to me. I can even leave Azimio if the leaders insist that we have a handshake,” Salasya said.

He went ahead to promise governor Barasa a fierce battle in the 2027 Kakamega gubernatorial race.

“In fact I will vie for the Kakamega gubernatorial race in 2027 and I will unseat you Barasa very early in the morning,” Salasya dared.

“There shall be no more handshake between me and this childish Governor and because of this I will vie for Governor 2027 nikipita ni Sawa Nikianguka ni Sawa,” he said.

This is not the first war the youthful MP is having with Governor Barasa.

A few weeks ago, Mr. Salasya was attacked and chased out of a church service at Bukaya Catholic Church by rowdy youths said to be supporters of Kakamega Governor Fernandes Barasa.

Mr Salasya’s bodyguards were forced to shoot into the air as they evacuated the MP.

Men allegedly allied to Kakamega Governor Fernandes Barasa snatched the microphone from him in an attempt to cut short his speech.

The first-time MP, who has become a fierce critic of Governor Barasa, was midway through his speech, which was highly critical of the governor’s performance and the county government’s handling of the Mumias sugar company, when he was shouted down.

Salasya’s fight against Barasa dates months back when the lawmaker accused the governor of suppressing efforts to revive the Mumias Sugar Company.

During President William Ruto’s meeting with the Western region’s leaders at Kakamega State Lodge in August, the lawmaker accused Barasa of presenting his own opinions as the resolutions made by legislators from Kakamega.

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Five people have died and 11 others injured in a grisly road traffic accident that occurred along Kericho-Nakuru Highway on Saturday December 2.

According to the police, the accident happened at about 0245 hours near Molo- Londiani Junction along Kericho -Total-Nakuru Highway.

The accident involved a PSV motor vehicle Reg. No. KDM 709Z Toyota matatu belonging to OBAMANA SACCO that was being driven from the Kericho direction towards Nakuru, and motor vehicle Reg. No. KAU 614V, Nissan UD Lorry that was in front heading towards Nakuru direction.

The police say the driver of the matatu is still unconcious.

As a result of the accident, four (4) male adult passengers on board the matatu and a juvenile aged about 2 years died on the spot.

Eleven of the passengers sustained serious injuries and were rushed to Molo and Londiani Hospitals whereby they are undergoing treatment.

The bodies of the deceased are preserved at Londiani Sub- County Hospital Mortuary awaiting postmortem.

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Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua has said the William Ruto-led government cannot deal with money launders and other fraudsters conning unsuspecting Kenyans.

Speaking in Uasin Gishu county on Saturday, December 2, on the sidelines of the inaugural Great Chepsaita Cross Country run, DP Gachagua said the government cannot offer any help on money laundering and other frauds.

Instead, the second in command advised Kenyans to exercise extra caution to avoid being conned.

He stated that the country is unable to come up with any legislation to cushion Kenyans against the rackets that perpetrate the frauds.

“Hatuwezi kutengeneza sheria ya kuondoa ‘washwash’ na conmen, ni watu wajichunge na wajue kwamba yote amabayo inapatikana kwa urahisi si kweli (Loosely translates to We can’t come up with laws to deal with ‘wash wash’ and conmen, it is for Kenyans to be careful. They ought to know that nothing good comes easy),” DP Gachagua stated

He added that Kenyans should work hard for their success and avoid falling for get-rich-quick schemes which the fraudsters operate behind.

“We want to ask our people to be careful with those who take advantage of them. When they come to cheat you they will double your money, why can’t they triple theirs?” he added.

In September this year, President William Ruto signed the Anti-Money Laundering and Combatting of Terrorism Financing Laws Amendment Bill, 2023.

The bill would amend the Extradition (Contiguous and Foreign Countries) Act (Cap 76) and the Extradition (Commonwealth Countries) Act (Cap. 77) to allow the surrender of a fugitive criminal who consents to be extradited to a requesting State.

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ODM leader Raila Odinga’s staunch supporter Nuru Okanga has finally broken his silence on his 2023 KCPE results.

Soon after Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu announced the last KCPE results, screenshots started doing rounds on social media, indicating that Nuru Okanga had scored 401 marks.

However, the Bunge la Mwananchi member has distanced himself from the said screenshot.

Nuru Okanga became the number one trending topic across almost all social media platforms after the fake results estimated that he got between 401 and 405 marks placing him among the top 20 students nationally.

Nuru Okanga sat for the 2023 KCPE examinations at Mumias Muslim Primary School.

Okanga has, however, disclosed that he has not yet received his results after sending his index number to to 40054.

In a phone interview with Daily Trends, the index number 37610677055 doing rounds did not belong to him as his starts with the figures 379.

He said he will disclose his marks once he receives the sms.

The top candidate in the 2023 KCPE scored 428 marks out of a possible 500.

Only 8,525 candidates were able to score 400 marks and above with 352,782 students scoring between 300 and 399 marks. 

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Detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) have arrested four men linked to the theft of Ksh 94 million cash in transit by known Wells Fargo staffers on November 6.

The stolen cash belongs to Quickmart supermarket.

The four suspects were arrested in different parts of Nairobi, and Sh9 million believed to be part of the proceeds recovered.

The ffirst suspect Ismael Patrick Gitonga, was arrested in Rongai, Kajiado County following forensic-led clues.

He is believed to be the driver and accomplice who ferried Wells Fargo crew Mugetha, Nduiki and the stolen Sh94, 918,750 from the company truck in South C using his Toyota Fielder Reg no. KBM 751W.

The detectives extended their investigations to Njiru area in Kayole where they traced the motorvehicle in the hands of Michael Matoro Njeru and Samuel Onyango.

According to DCI, the duo was ambushed hands-on-tools modifying the vehicle for concealment. The two were equally cuffed and the vehicle detained.

Moments after a brief interrogation, detectives revved to a spot near the Thika Road Mall in Roysambu, where the 4th suspect – Martin Nderi Ng’ang’a was arrested.

He led the detectives to his rented house still in Roysambu, where a search therein saw the rocovery of Sh9.1 million in cash.

Having booked the four suspects, the sleuths proceeded to a forest near Gataka Market in Karen, where the cash box used in transporting the stolen money was recovered.

Detectives believe that the forest was the meet up point for the suspects, where the loot was shared before each one of them risked his way from the long arm of the law.

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The government has declared Monday, November 13, 2023, a special working holiday.

This follows the decision of the Cabinet sitting in Mombasa on Friday November 3, 2023.

Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki through a gazette notice number 15238 dated November 6, 2023, says the public across the Country shall be expected to plant trees as a patriotic contribution to the national efforts to save the Country from the devastating effects of Climate Change.

“Following the decision of the Cabinet sitting in Mombasa on Friday November 3, 2023, Cabinet Secretary for the@InteriorKE @KindikiKithure has declared a special working holiday on Monday, November 13, 2023, during which the public across the Country shall be expected to plant trees as a patriotic contribution to the national efforts to save our Country from the devastating effects of Climate Change,” reads a post by the ministry of interior on X.

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  • The International Day of the Girl (IDG) is marked annually on October 11 as a platform to advocate for girls’ rights while reflecting on the milestones attained in championing their welfare.
  • Kakenya’s Dream has been joining the rest of the world annually in marking the day.
  • The event themed “Invest in Girls’ Rights: Our Leadership, Our Well-being” brought together more than 1200 residents

Kakenya’s dream, an organization based at the heart of Narok County in Kenya on Tuesday October 10, 2023, led the celebration of the International Day of the Girl at Poroko Primary School in Kilgoris.

The International Day of the Girl is a day dedicated to raising awareness and educating people about empowerment and rights of girls in the society.

The event themed “Invest in Girls’ Rights: Our Leadership, Our Well-being” brought together more than 1200 residents to remember the unique challenges and barriers girls face in the community and the urgent need to break down these obstacles for their well-being and self-development.

The International Day of the Girl (IDG) is marked annually on October 11 as a platform to advocate for girls’ rights while reflecting on the milestones attained in championing their welfare.

Kakenya’s Dream has been joining the rest of the world annually in marking the day.

The organization invests in girls through education, health and leadership to create agents of change.

Speaking during the event, Kakenya’s Dream Director of Programs Mr. Daniel Korinko said the organization’s vision is to create a world where African women and girls are valued and respected as leaders and made equal in every way.

He noted that women and girls in Narok County are still struggling with teen pregnancies and female genital mutilation (FGM), the issues that Kakenya Dream has been fighting for decades.

“As wemark this important day, we are alive to the fact that statistics in the 2022 Kenya Demographic and Health Survey (KDHS) show that women and girls in Narok County are still struggling with issues we have been addressing as an organization for more than a decade, among them is teen pregnancies and female genital mutilation (FGM),” said Mr. Korinko, adding that Narok county is ranked as fourth with the leading cases of pregnant women aged 15-19, posting 28% with Samburu County leading with 50%.

Korinko further noted that Narok county has cases of female genital mutilation (FGM) at 51%, urging attendees to remain conscious of the threat that lies ahead as schools closing date draws near.

“As you may be aware, this is the time that our girls are exposed to vulnerabilities. Agents of retrogressive culture, FGM, are on standby waiting to mutilate our girls, and destroy their future. Every time a girl undergoes FGM, they are likely to abandon their pursuit for education and get married as a child,” he said.

He observed that future leaders, doctors, nurses, teachers, and other professionals are lost through such issues.

Korinko also warned that FGM agents have invented tricks to avoid detection, among them being activities disguised as chama meetings, worship sessions or any other, urging residents to remain vigilant.

Kakenya’s Dream is using the year’s celebration to advocate for the rights of girls, especially from remote/marginalized communities.

As the organization marks this year’s event, it will be centering girls in protection and promotion of their rights; whether it is in schools, churches or any other institution, girls should raise their voices and champion for their rights.

They are also calling for support to create spaces and platforms where girls’ voices are heard, for instance governments, donors and well-wishers to provide funding to girls’ movements and networks.

“As Kakenya’s Dream, we have been encouraging child participation through child-led conversations where the minors speak about the issues they face and suggest solutions,” the Director of Programs said.

The organization is also encouraging girls to access essential services, such as sexual and reproductive health, attending school if they pregnant and speaking out against /reporting any form of sexual harassment to relevant authorities.

They have been distributing sanitary pads to several schools in Narok and Kisii counties, with a total of 30,000 pads having been distributed this year alone.

Addressing students and other attendants of the 2023 IDG, Hon. Mary Moranga, Senior Principal Magistrate at the Kilgoris Law Courts said she has handled cases on FGM in the court and those brought are girls who have undergone the cut.

According to Hon Moranga, they are accused of undergoing FGM despite knowledge that it is against the law.

However, she noted that the cutters are never brought to court.

“I have realized the court system is not enough to address the issue, everybody in the community should be involved. If we put the proponents of FGM on probation and turned them into ambassadors, it really works. We have them speak to society and condemn FGM to help in fighting the practice,” she said.

She urged residents to abandon the retrogressive practices and have alternative rites of passage.

She further urged parents to engage children during school holiday to avoid cases of defilement and teenage pregnancies.

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  • The iTel S23 4G, recently launched in Kenya, offers a range of impressive features at
    an affordable price.
  • With 4G connectivity, a color-changing back, and a glass front, it combines style and functionality. In this blog post, we’ll provide iTel S23 price in Kenya and take a closer look at what it has to offer.

itel, the global leading smart life brand committed to providing affordable and good quality consumer electronic products with an excellent user experience, has officially launched its first-ever color-changing smartphone S23, which combines premium design with reliable features, offering users with large memory capacity and a smooth user experience.

To introduce this new product, itel organized an offline launch event, allowing customers to have a firsthand experience of S23.

itel’s first-ever color-changing backboard design

itel is confident in delivering a highly fashionable smartphone with a color-changing rear panel.

itel S23 white edition features a photochromic layer on the rear, which automatically changes colors from mystery white to dreamy pink when exposed under sunlight or UV rays.

Its exquisite design, coupled with the vibrant 3D composite panel, helps users to show their unique sense of style.

A combination of overall high-efficient experience

itel S23 comes with a 6.6” HD+ waterdrop display, achieving a 91% screen-to-body ratio.

Its 90Hz high refresh rate brings an excellent viewing experience, while the 120Hz responsive touch rate ensures seamless scrolling and gaming.

S23 is powered by 128+8GB large memory, providing ample space for daily applications and more than 30,000 photos.

Additionally, the 8+8GB memory fusion can effectively integrate ROM space with RAM running space, providing ultra-high performance with less latency.

Also it is equipped with a 5000mAh battery, accompanied by 10W Type-C charging, enabling up to 15 hours of social media usage and 112 hours of music playback.

Here are three reasons why you should buy the Itel S23:

  • Powerful Processor: The S23 is powered by the Unisoc Tiger T606 processor, which is one of the most powerful processors on the market today. This means that you can enjoy smooth and lag-free performance, even when you’re multitasking or playing demanding games.
  • Stunning Display: The S23 has a large 6.6-inch HD+ display with a 90Hz refresh rate. This means that you’ll enjoy crystal-clear visuals and smooth scrolling, no matter what you’re doing.
  • Long-Lasting Battery: The S23 has a massive 5000mAh battery that will easily last you a full day on a single charge. This means that you can stay connected all day long without having to worry about your phone running out of power.

In addition to these three great features, the Itel S23 also has a number of other amazing features, including:

  • A triple rear camera system with a 50MP main sensor.
  • A 16MP front-facing camera.
  • 8GB of RAM.
  • 128GB of internal storage.
  • A fingerprint sensor.
  • A face unlock feature.
  • Android 12 operating system.

The Itel S23 is the perfect phone for anyone who wants a powerful, stylish, and affordable smartphone. Order yours today!

Morocco offline event offers firsthand experience for clients

In celebration of S23’s arrival, itel’s Morocco team hosted a local press conference, inviting nearly a hundred guests, including important figures from ITI&IWACO, KRS store owners in Casablanca, and key media personnel.

The event showcased the S23 new product launch, highlighted the technology behind color-changing panel, and featured an exciting lucky draw. The guests showed great interests in the new itel S23, impressed by the device’s color-changing function and large memory.

They expected S23 to become the most cost-effective smartphone with color-changing capabilities and
large memory in the market.

By combining stylish design with noteworthy features such as expanded storage, battery efficiency, and smooth operation, S23 is set to captivate the market with an affordable price!

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  • Jaswant Singh Rai hails from the Rai family, one of Kenya’s richest, controlling major interests in edible oils and sugar
  • Jaswant Rai entered the sugar sector, founding the West Kenya Sugar Company in 1989, now among Kenya’s biggest sugar producers.

Billionaire Jaswant Singh Rai has been making headlines in Kenya after he was apprehended by gun-toting men in Nairobi, forced out of his car in traffic, and bundled into a pick-up that had blocked him on Friday last week.

He was released on Sunday, August 27, 2023, after his search was launched following concerns from his family.

But who is this Jaswant Singh Rai?

Jaswant Singh Rai Family

Jaswant Singh Rai hails from the Rai family, one of Kenya’s richest, controlling major interests in edible oils and sugar.

Jaswant whose father died on December 28, 2010 in Mumbai India, is the son of tycoon Tarlochan Singh Rai.

He is a cousin to Sarbi Singh Rai of Sarrai Group.

Sarbi’s father migrated from his native India to Kenya before being joined by Jaswant’s father who also opened his own chain of business.

After the death of their fathers, the two sons expanded and separately diversified their business before Sarbi moved to Uganda to set up Sarrai Group. It also has operations in Malawi.

Mr Sarbi and Jaswant took different paths in the wake of family disagreements that culminated in a vicious court fight for the control of the Rai family’s multibillion-shilling estate.

Sarbi’s two brothers teamed up with their mum to take on their brother Jaswant over the distribution of wealth left behind by their father.

At the centre of the dispute is the will dated December 17, 1999, allegedly left behind by Tarlochan.

The widow, Sarjij Kaur Rai, together with her sons, Jasbir and Iqbal, have objected to the will, saying the patriarch could have been coerced in crafting the document that distributed his assets among his eight beneficiaries.

Jaswant Singh Rai Businesses and Wealth

Jaswant Rai entered the sugar sector, founding the West Kenya Sugar Company in 1989, now among Kenya’s biggest sugar producers.

Under Jaswant’s watch, the Rai family has extended its dominance in the sugar sector by accounting for nearly half of the entire production of the sweetener.

He is the chairman of the Rai Group- a conglomerate with interests in the sugar, real estate, and hospitality industries- he is thought to control at least 43 per cent of Kenya’s sugar business.

With the opening of a new milling factory in Naitiri, Bungoma County, data from the Sugar Directorate indicates that the four firms owned by the business mogul account for over 45 per cent of the total sugar sales in the country.

Group which also runs West Kenya, Olepito and Sukari Industries has straddled the turbulent industry like a colossus to establish itself in Western and South Nyanza sugar belts.

Jaswant Singh Rai is also the founder of the Raiplywood Group, Kenya’s leading producer of plywood and other wood products.

The Rai family has interests in cement production (Rai Cement), edible oils and soaps (Menengai Oil refineries), sawmilling (Timsales, Raiply and Rai Paper formerly known as Webuye Panpaper), wheat farming, horticulture and real estate (Tulip Properties).

According to Sugar Directorate Data from 2020, Rai Group held 45% of the nation’s total sugar sales. Sukari Industries came in at 11%, West Kenya at 29%, and Olepito at 2%.

Jaswant Rai lifestyle

Jaswant Rai is renowned for his stylish suits.

The suits are made by renowned British stylist and designer Ozwald Boateng.

Boateng  is the first and youngest black tailor to have a shop on London’s prestigious Savile Row, where the world’s royalty go for their clothing.

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  • Prior to his appointment to Kenya Power, Siror was General Manager for System Operations at the Kenya Electricity Transmission Company (KETRACO).
  • Eng Joseph Siror was appointed as the managing director and chief executive officer of KPLC in May 2023.

The Kenya Power and Lighting Company (KPLC) Board of Directors in May 2023 appointed Eng Joseph Siror as the managing director and chief executive officer of the company.

The President William Ruto-allied man took over from Geoffrey Muli who was serving in an acting capacity.

Following his appointment, Siror pledged to steer KPLC towards greater efficiency and profitability and to ensure that the company continues to provide reliable and affordable electricity to all Kenyans.

Prior to his appointment to Kenya Power, Siror was General Manager for System Operations at the Kenya Electricity Transmission Company (KETRACO).

Joseph Siror Academic Qualifications

Siror has a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Nairobi.

He also holds a Master’s in Business Administration from the United States International University (USIU).

Siror also holds a Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) in Engineering from Shanghai Jiaotong University (China) majoring in Radio Frequency Identification (RFID).

He also holds a bachelor’s degree in law from the University of London, a pre-Kenya School of Law certificate from Riara University and a Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Radiation Protection from the University of Nairobi.

Joseph Siror Job Experience

Joseph Siror is widely regarded as one of Kenya’s most experienced energy professionals.

He has experience spanning over 30 years ranging from telecommunications, income tax and customs, manufacturing, ICT and energy transmission.

Siror has held various senior positions in the energy sector, including serving as the CEO of the Geothermal Development Company (GDC) and the Chief Manager in charge of Power Planning and Design at the Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen).

He has also worked as a consultant for various international organisations, including the World Bank and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

He also served as a Senior Assistant Commissioner at the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) and worked at Kenya Posts and Telecommunications Corporation as well as a Senior Systems Analyst at Firestone East Africa Limited.

He previously worked as a Director of Science, Technology Innovation and Communication at the National Economic and Social Council (NESC).

He is a registered engineer with the Engineers Board of Kenya (EBK) and a member of the Institution of Engineers of Kenya (IEK).

Joseph Siror Net Worth

The KPLC CEO has an undisclosed net worth which is believed to be millions of Kenyan shillings.

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Kileleshwa Member of County Assembly Robert Alai has listed Cabinet Secretaries who he says President William Ruto must fire for him to succeed in his first term.

Taking to his official social media handles Thursday morning, the blogger-politician listed CS Eliud Owalo ICT), Florence Bore (Labour and Social Protection), Aisha Jumwa (Public Service, Affirmative Action and Gender), Alfred Mutua (Fireign Affairs) and Roselinda Soipan Tuiya (Environment, Climate Change and Forestry).

He further accused Dr. Mutua of lacking truth and honesty.

“Ruto, if you want to succeed in your first term; Fire Eliud Owalo, Florence Bore, Aisha Jumwa, Alfred Mutua and Roselinda Soipan. Give them other jobs like directors elsewhere but the CS job imewashinda. Mtu kama Mutua I think doesn’t have any affinity with truth or honesty. His character is to exaggerate and tell petty fibs,” Alai posted on Twitter.

Alai’s comments comes amid speculations of a looming cabinet reshuffle.

The speculations are based on the attacks on some Cabinet Secretaries by President Ruto’s close allies.

Embattled Jubilee Party Secretary General Jeremiah Kioni told one of the leading local dailies that the ongoing happenings are most likely being informed by an approaching cabinet reshuffle.

MPs allied to Ruto have been attacking ministers, the latest one being Sports Cabinet Secretary Ababu Namwamba.

Namwamba has found himself under heavy criticism over claims he failed to facilitate the Kenyan team that participated in the Special Olympics in Germany.

According to Kioni, these are not just MPs holding the minister to account, but possibly people being used to paint him and the others who have been accused black to give Ruto a reason to switch them.

Ruto’s MPs have also had issues with Owalo, Kithure Kindiki (Interior), Susan Nakhumicha (Health) Florence Bore (Labour) and Alfred Mutua of the Foreign Affairs Ministry.

Do you think Robert Alai’s advice to the head of state is as a result of the actions of the above-mentioned MPs?

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Media personality Willis Raburu has joined TV 47.

Sources privy to the arrangements have disclosed that the journalist-cum artist is set to be unveiled today Tuesday August 22, 2023, at the Cape Media Limited-owned TV station.

He will be hosting a show dubbed WabebeXp that will be airing every Friday from 10pm.

In June, Raburu quit Royal Media Services after 13 years. He used to host the famous 10 over 10 show among other shows on Citizen TV.

While announcing his exit from Royal Media Services (RMS), the ‘Kalale’ hit maker said he would be taking a break to continue with his Masters at the  United States International University (USIU). 

TV47  on Tuesday, July 18 relaunched and unveiled its new state-of-the-art studios in Muthaiga, Nairobi, and unveiled new renowned news anchors and reporters in a move to set the bar high in the broadcast media space.  

Willis Raburu will be joining Fred Indimuli, Grace Kuria, George Maringa, Victor Mukayane, and Hibaq Said who were recently unveiled. 

Raburu had joined Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja’s office after he left RMS.

Raburu while announcing his role at Sakaja’s office had described himself as a strategist and consultant, indicating that he would be involved in various projects for the governor’s benefit and other companies.

He expressed excitement about this new endeavor while still considering his options, including a potential return to the screen, acknowledging the growth of the digital space.

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The real Mathe wa Ngara whose official name is Nancy Indoverie Kizungu, a popular bhang seller in Ngara, Starehe Sub-County in Nairobi is on the run.

This is after the police launched manhunt for her moments after arresting her accomplice Teresia Wanjiru on Tuesday August 15.

Detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) arrested Wanjiru alongside three minors.

The arrest came after Anti-Narcotics Unit and the Trans National Organised Crime Unit raided her place in the slums of Karuia which are sandwiched between Ngara and Parklands.

A consignment of cannabis sativa and Sh13.4 Million in cash was recovered during the raid.

Wanjiru allegedly works for Nancy Indoverie alias Mathee, who is said to be the main bhang distributor with associates from Isebania, Busia, and Moyale where the products come from.

Mathe wa Ngara is said to have a powerful influence that has seen her be in business without any police interference.

Reports indicate that she could use her connections to influence the transfer of police officers within Parklands, Central, Ngara, and Kamukunji Police Stations as well as influence the transfer of friendly and cooperative officers to desired stations.

In June 2022, Mathe was arrested with her associates and arraigned at Kahawa Law Courts where she was fined Sh525,000 before being released.

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Uasin Gishu County Senator Jackson Mandago has run into hiding as police continue to hunt him down over the controversial Finland and Canada Overseas Education Programme.

The National Police Service has called on Kenyans to furnish them with details of the whereabouts of the former Uasin Gishu governor.

The senator together with three other top county officials, are wanted by police for prosecution over the county’s scholarship fiasco.

The police on Wednesday obtained warrant of arrest after Mandago went under.

According to the police, Mandago has been hiding since Tuesday night.

“The National Police Service is in the process of executing a Warrant of Arrest against Uasin Gishu Senator Hon. Jackson Mandago, who has gone underground since yesterday, and calls upon the Senator to present himself at the nearest police station,” the NPS said through its official social media handles.

Mandago had earlier on dismissed reports that he was hiding from the police.

He said he is available for summoning should the DCI come for him.

“There are rumours all over Eldoret Town that DCI Officers have been looking for me the whole night. As a law abiding citizen, I am available once summoned. I have met with the leadership of parents and agreed on the way foward as per their press statement issued last evening.

“I have met with the leadership of parents demanding refunds and agreed on the way foward as per their press statement issued last evening,” Mandago posted.

The Office of the Director of Public Prosecution gave consent for the prosecution of the officials in the fiasco.

They are supposed to face charges of conspiracy to commit a felony, stealing and abuse of office.

They are also accused of forgery.

They are accused of conspiring to steal Sh1 billion from an account domiciled at the Kenya Commercial Bank in Eldoret registered under the Uasin Gishu Education Trust Fund meant for overseas university fees for students under Uasin Gishu County Overseas Education Programme.

Mandago and the other officials were summoned to the Directorate of Criminal Investigation headquarters last Friday where they were grilled by a team that is investigating the Finland and Canada overseas education programme.

He confirmed the grilling but did not disclose what he told the officers about his possible role in the saga.

EACC is probing allegations of embezzlement of over Sh837 million by officials of the Uasin Gishu county government collected from parents for the facilitation of scholarship programmes for their children to Finland and Canada. 

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Northern Suburbs Women skipper Bernadette Olesia is dead.

Olesia was a key member of the Lionesses squad that finished second at the Rugby Africa Women’s Cup held in Madagascar in May, 2023.

News about her death was announced by the Kenya Rugby Union on Tuesday morning.

According to reports, Olesia succumbed while undergoing treatment at the Nairobi Women’s Hospital on Tuesday morning.

Bernadette worked at the Shamas Rugby Foundation and played her club rugby for Shamas Rugby Foundation as an office administrator and Northern Suburbs Ladies Team.

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Mzalendo Trust, a non-partisan entity that keeps an eye on Kenyan Parliament has released its first scorecard for the Members of the 13th parliament.

The report has detailed the most active MPs, and those who have never spoken on the floor of the house since being elected in August 2022.

The most active MPs were Makali Mulu (Kitui Central), Beatrice Elachi (Dagoretti North), James Nyikal (Seme) and Ken Chonga (Kilifi South).

Among the youthful MPs, Gitonga Mukunji (Manyatta) of the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) stood out as the most active, having contributed a noteworthy twenty-one times. 

Mukunji’s engagement was followed, though at a distance, by Nominated MP Irene Maka, who also made a respectable twelve contributions. Not far behind, Jesses Lelmengit of Emghwen made eleven valuable contributions.

Additional youthful MPs who left their mark with substantial contributions included; Robert Ngui Basil (Yatta), Jushua Kamilu (Kaiti), and Amos Mwango (Starehe).

Over at the Senate, Samson Cherargei (Nandi) from the United Democratic Alliance made his presence felt as the most vocal member, closely trailed by Eddy Oketch (Migori), John Kinyua (Laikipia), and Mohamed Faki (Mombasa).

On the opposite end of the spectrum, the least active Senators were Mirah Abdullahi, Joyce Korir, and Shakilla Abdalla, all of whom are nominated. Also included among the less active were George Mbugua (Nominated) and Issa Boy Juma (Kwale).

Mzalendo Trust noted that the report covers only plenary proceedings, whose information is readily available to the public, and not committee sittings.

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