Sonko tells Babu Owino, KJ, Jaguar to ensure bhang is legalised to honour Ken Okoth

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has challenged youthful MPs to take up former Kibra MP Ken Okoth’s campaign to legalise bhang. Speaking at Okoth’s funeral service at Moi Girls on Thursday, Sonko told Embakasi East MP Babu Owino, Dagoretti South’s John Kiarie and Starehe’s Charles Njagua aka KJ to ensure the proposed Bill is passed. “Ken had a very good bill. Don’t let his good work to go to waste. Push that bill so that bhang is legalized,” Sonko said in Swahili as mourners cheered. “You can also see the President…

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Burundi opposition offices ‘smeared with faeces’

BBC More than 10 offices of Burundi’s main opposition party have been set alight or defaced with human faeces over the last two months, a party official has told the BBC. Therence Manirambona, the spokesperson for the National Congress for Freedom (CNL), said it was part of efforts to discourage democracy and terrify the opposition ahead of 2020 presidential elections. The interior ministry has not commented on the incidents. The CNL spokesmen said the latest office to be vandalised was on Tuesday night in Gatete in western Rumonge district. He…

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Kenya denies entry to Somalia Deputy Minister, Senators, triggering another diplomatic row

There is yet another brewing diplomatic tiff between Kenya and Somalia. This is after reports that Somalia Deputy Minister of Water and Energy Osman Libah, Senators Ilyas Ali Hassan and Zamzam Dahir were on Monday denied access into Kenya, and were stranded at the JKIA airport and returned to Mogadishu on Tuesday morning. According to sources in Somalia, the country’s embassy in Nairobi unsuccessfully intervened on their behalf. The officials were scheduled to attend the launch of the European Union Trust Fund for Africa programme “Collaboration in Cross Border Areas…

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Senator Arrested in a Dramatic Ambush

Kakamega Senator, Cleophas Malala, was on Friday afternoon, arrested in Kisumu by detectives from Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI). At the time, the sleuths did not state reasons behind the Senator’s arrest. Multiple reports from news sources indicate that Hon. Malala may have attracted the interest of security officers due to his alleged role in the current skirmishes taking place in Matungu, Kakamega. Matungu, has for the past few days, experienced mysterious cold blood murders. The Mayoni Member of County Assembly, Libinus Odour was earlier arrested in connections to the…

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The Rising Cases of Homicides in Kenya, Why are we failing at capturing our Mental Realities?

This month serves as the World Mental Month. The last one year or so has activated shocking revelation of cold blood murders. A body count of fallen Kenyans at the hands of fellow country men and women, over the period, can shock the souls out of killers based in the notorious Caribbean death hotspots. On September 4 th , 2018, Kenyans woke up to the news of discovery of a mutilated body belonging to Sharon Otieno. The, then Rongo University student, had been murdered, while carrying a pregnancy, and body…

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Chief Justice Cites Discrimination of Boys in the Sexual Offences Law

The boy-child has been listed as the biggest victim of the Sexual Offences Act. The Chief Justice, while launching peer review training on criminal justice systems, indicated that the statute was biased towards girls even at a time when gender-based crimes were on a gradual rise. Mr. Maraga indicated that Parliament was frustrating judicial bids to decriminalize teenage sex and termed such barriers as an impediment to the dispensation of justice in the country. He further indicated that it was wrong to fill Kenya’s correctional centers with teenage boys yet…

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Opposition Honcho in Hot Soup over a Massive Fake Gold Scandal

Moses Wetangula, the current Bungoma Senator, and former Leader of Minority, in the Senate is set to meet detectives for answers on his role in a gold scandal, currently rocking the nation. The now infamous fake gold scam, involving leading political figures in the country, is taking a new twist at the turn of every hour. On Thursday, detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigation, questioned Jared Otieno, over his role in the scandal. Now, sleuths from the directorate have lined up Bungoma senator for questioning over the same issue.…

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Did Njiraini plan arrest of KRA staff to stay longer?

Could Kenya Revenue Authority Commissioner General John Njiraini have stage-managed staff arrests to remain in office? The Daily Nation on Thursday reported that KRA had “recalled from retirement to ‘manage the crisis’ after the agency was rocked by one of the biggest corruption purges to hit a State corporation in the country”. Njiraini was to vacate office at the end of June, but had already proceeded for his terminal leave. According to sources, some KRA employees are accusing Njiraini of orchestrating the crackdown that has so far seen more than…

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Kenya-Somalia finally resume diplomatic engagements after maritime row talks

Kenya and Somalia have resumed diplomatic relations after talks on the maritime row. Kenya’s Foreign Affairs PS Ambassador Macharia Kamau tweeted, “With the #Somali Ambassador in my office. Welcoming him back to Nairobi. Hoping for even better days ahead.”   Kenya ordered Somali envoy Mohamoud Ahmed Nur alias Tarzan out of the country over alleged auctioning of oil and gas blocks in Kenya’s maritime territorial area that borders Somalia on February 16 in a hard-hitting press statement read by PS Kamau. Kenya’s Ambassador to Somalia Lieutenant-General (Rtd) Lucas Tumbo was…

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IGAD states sign Kampala-Juba-Addis-Djibouti Corridor implementation deal

Djibouti, Ethiopia, South Sudan and Uganda on May 15 signed an MoU on the implementation of the Kampala-Juba-Addis-Djibouti Corridor. The signing ceremony happened during the closing of the Steering Committee meeting in Nairobi in presence of IGAD Executive Secretary Amb. Mahboub Maalim and Africa Development Bank representatives.   According to the AfDB, the proposed road corridor was identified during the TRIPARTITE and IGAD Infrastructure Investment Conference.   It is in line with the objectives of the Almaty Action Programme of the United Nations for landlocked countries, the regional integration initiatives…

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