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Kenyan Presidential Hopeful Charged For Attempted Suicide

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A Kenyan man has been charged for attempted suicide after he broke a glass window of the Kenyan electoral commission’s office and attempted to jump off the building. Mr Gichira was believed to have wrongfully disenfranchised by his supporters.

Peter Gichira  was among 8 candidates disqualified from the August Kenya Presidential elections by the Electoral Commission. According the commission, Mr Gichira was disqualified because he did not meet the criteria for Kenyan Presidential Election.

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The commission said that Mr Gichira failed to obtain 2000 signatures from at least 24 of Kenya’s 47 counties.

He was charged for destruction of property, causing public disturbance and attempted suicide. He was granted bail at the cost of $2000. Police said he was arrested on saturday for attempting to jump from the 6th floor of the electoral commission’s office.

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Meanwhile, Raila Odinga who is running for Kenyan presidency for the fourth time and incumbent Uhuru kenyatta who will be running for the second term in office are the two major contenders in the forthcoming polls.

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Kenya – Reducing Cancer Risk, Solar-Powered Cookers To The Rescue

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Solar powered cooker used to reduce cancer risk in Kenya

Poor Africans resort to Solar-Powered Cookers to reduce the Risk of Cancer.
As the number of cancer cases continue to rise globally, developing nations are exploring alternative solutions to combat cancer-causing fuel sources. One such solution that has been introduced in Kenya is the use of solar-powered cookers.

Benefits of Solar-Powered Cooking

The solar cooker harnesses the Sun’s rays by using mirrors to focus sunlight onto a central point, making it an affordable and efficient form of solar power. The cooker can be built easily and cheaply with the use of cement and a metal mesh covered with a mosaic of shiny mirrors.

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Cancer survivor, Eunice Wanjiku, who uses the solar cooker, says, “Since it was brought here I have stopped using firewood. Firewood emits smoke, but when I am using the solar cooker, I do not encounter smoke and I breathe fresh air. The smoke from the firewood is dangerous to breathe. This cooker is good because we stopped cutting trees to get firewood.”

The Dangers of Traditional Firewood Cooking

Smoke from traditional firewood cooking contains a complex mixture of gases and fine particles that have been linked to cancer. Robert Motengo, a radiation oncologist at HCG Hospitals in Nairobi, says, “In relation to cancer, this has been linked to some of the respiratory diseases and cancer of the lung. A study that was done in the U.S. in 2021 has shown an association between these gases, the greenhouse gases, with lung cancer and also worsening the prognosis of cancer in those with breast cancer and even in pediatric cases.”

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Inventor’s Take on Solar Cooking

The inventor of the solar cooker, environmentalist Keziah Ngugi, says, “So, if you look at the sky, like now it is blue, that is potential for cooking with the sun. And because we live around the tropics, the potential is immense, it is really huge.”

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When the sun is not strong enough, conventional cooking fuels are needed, but the solar stove could go a long way in reducing pollution and saving lives.

The introduction of solar-powered cookers in Kenya offers a promising solution to reduce the risk of cancer caused by traditional firewood cooking methods. This technology has the potential to improve the health of communities and combat the increasing global cancer epidemic.

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Nairobi – Venezuelan diplomat convicted of murder

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Venezuelan Diplomat in Court

Nairaobi – A Kenyan court convicted a Venezuelan diplomat for the murder of the Latin American nation’s acting ambassador, Olga Fonseca, who was killed at her official residence in the capital, Nairobi, 10 years ago. The embassy’s first secretary, who had been serving as the head of the mission prior to Fonseca’s arrival, was found guilty of the crime. Three Kenyan nationals who had been charged alongside the diplomat were also convicted.

The Venezuelan diplomat had been tried for murder after his diplomatic immunity was waived by the Venezuelan government. The court found that the diplomat was angered by Fonseca’s presence at the embassy, as he had wanted to continue overseeing the mission himself. Fonseca, who was 57 years old, was killed less than two weeks after she had started her new role in Nairobi on July 15th.

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The conviction marks a significant development in the case, which has been ongoing for over a decade. The murder of a diplomatic official is a serious crime that undermines the principles of diplomacy and the safety of diplomats around the world. The conviction serves as a reminder of the importance of holding those who commit such crimes accountable for their actions.

However, the case also highlights the challenges that can arise when a diplomatic official is accused of a crime. Diplomatic immunity is a principle that is intended to protect diplomats from prosecution in the host country, in order to ensure that diplomatic relations can be conducted in a safe and secure manner. However, in cases such as this, where a serious crime has been committed, it is important for the host country to have the ability to waive immunity and hold the perpetrator accountable.

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In this case, the Venezuelan government cooperated with the Kenyan authorities by waiving the diplomat’s immunity, which allowed for a fair trial to take place and justice to be served. This cooperation between nations is crucial for ensuring the safety and security of diplomatic officials and upholding the principles of diplomacy.

The conviction of the Venezuelan diplomat and the Kenyan nationals involved in the murder of Olga Fonseca sends a strong message that such heinous crimes will not be tolerated. The families of the victims, as well as the international community, will expect that the convicted will be brought to justice and serve the punishment for their heinous crime.

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The conviction of a Venezuelan diplomat for the murder of an ambassador highlights the importance of holding those who commit serious crimes accountable, even when they have diplomatic immunity. It also emphasizes the importance of cooperation between nations in order to ensure that diplomatic relations can be conducted in a safe and secure manner. The conviction serves as a reminder of the importance of upholding the principles of diplomacy and the safety of diplomatic officials around the world.

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President Uhuru Kenyatta To Kongowea Traders – Only Pay For Services Offered To You

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President Uhuru Kenyatta has told traders at Mombasa’s Kongowea market to only pay for services offered to them. The President said the new market was built by the national government at a cost of Shs 500million and that the National Youth Service will from next week embark on cleaning of the market.

Addressing traders at Kongowea on Monday, the Head of State said there was no need for the county government to continue taxing the traders and yet it doesn’t provide services to them.

“There is no need for the county government to continue taxing the traders and yet they do not provide the services they have paid for,” said Mr Kenyatta.

He said the Government has launched investigations to establish claims that traders at the Kongowea market were not being served despite paying taxes.

He said the national government would not hesitate to take action against those who failed to deliver.
“We cannot allow the people to suffer in the hands of some few individuals. Wananchi should only pay for services offered to them,” said President Kenyatta.

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He warned police against harassing wananchi if they don’t pay for the services not offered. The President and Deputy President William Ruto, at the same time, told opposition candidate Raila Odinga that Kenyans will go to the polls on October 26 whether he participates or not.

The leaders said the Opposition leaders were scared of the elections because they have sensed defeat, saying they were scheming to have the elections delayed in another three months for their selfish gains.

They said the Opposition was bent on inciting Kenyans through demonstrations to cause confusion with the hope of getting into power through the backdoor.

“We know their games and we have said enough is enough. There will be no postponement. Mr Odinga should retire and honourably go home,” said the Deputy President.

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President Kenyatta and DP Ruto told Mr Odinga to retire from politics if he was not ready to participate in the October 26 polls.
Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala (Tourism), Governor Mike Sonko (Nairobi), Nyali MP Mohammed Ali, among others, also spoke at the meeting.

The Deputy President said Opposition leader was now opposed to the elections because he knows that he will win.
President Kenyatta said Jubilee was ready and prepared to face the Opposition at the ballot and will not allow any attempts to have the elections postponed.

“The Opposition should stop sideshows and prepare for the next elections. Kenyans want to move away from elections to concentrate on development activities,” said President Kenyatta.

DP Ruto said the mass exodus of Kenyans who supported Nasa during the August 8 elections has shaken the Opposition and that’s why they want to interfere with the elections.

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“We are tired of their rhetoric and stories and the country wants to move on. We must conclude elections on October 26. If those in Opposition are not ready, they should retire from politics,” said DP Ruto.

He added: “There is exodus of Kenyans from Nasa because they are tired of their empty rhetoric and want to support Jubilee which is committed to improving their lives.”

Mr Balala and Mr Sonko urged residents in coastal region to turn out in large numbers and support the reelection of President Kenyatta.

“It is time for us to move away from politics of propaganda and support Jubilee that is committed to improving our lives,” said Mr Sonko.

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Kenya To Hold Re-election On October 17 – IEBC

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The Supreme Court of Kenya had annulled the August 8th presidential election in which incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared winner by the IEBC having obtained 54% of the total vote cast. Kenya’s Independent Electoral And Boundary Commission (IEBC) has set the date for re-election on the 17th of October 2017.

Recall that a similar incident  took place in 2007 and sparked  a chain of violence which claimed the lives of about 1100 persons. The election violence that took place on August 8th was mild in comparison to that of 2007 as about 20 persons were reported dead.

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Why the first election was cancelled

The August 8th election was cancelled by Chief Justice David Maraga on Friday, saying that the Independent Electoral And Boundary Commission had failed to hold a lawful poll, as a result, the outcome of the election is invalid, null and void.

The Chief Justice added that IEBC had committed irregularities and illegalities during the process of collation of results from polling units  and transfer to central counting center.

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Raila Odinga’s Concerns

Having conducted an election viewed by the supreme court as marred by illegalities and irregularities, Odinga has no trust on the IEBC as a result. He is demanding that the head of IEBC and other big shots in IEBC be replaced before the nation polls.
They are also demanding that a different company should be given the contract to print the ballot papers for the forth coming elections.

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Meanwhile, the incumbent president, Uhuru Kenyatta has continued to campaign for the for coming October 17th election

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Kenya – Supreme Court Nullifies Presidential Election

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Raila Odinga, the National Super Alliance coalition leader, told a press conference that projections from his own team showed he was ‘far ahead’. Photograph: Jerome Delay/AP Raila Odinga, the National Super Alliance coalition leader, told a press conference that projections from his own team showed he was ‘far ahead’. Photograph: Jerome Delay/AP

Kenya’s supreme court has declared Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory in presidential elections last month invalid and ordered a new poll within 60 days.

The six-judge bench ruled 4-2 in favour of a petition filed by Odinga, who claimed the electronic voting results were hacked into and manipulated in favour of the incumbent. Kenyatta had won a second term with 54% of the vote.

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“The declaration is invalid, null and void,” said Judge David Maranga. “The first respondent failed, neglected or refused to conduct the presidential election in a manner consistent with the dictates of the constitution.”

The hearing followed a petition filed by Odinga in the aftermath of his defeat last month.

Opposition officials repeatedly described the election results as a “fraud” and claimed that Odinga, who leads the National Super Alliance (NASA), was the “legitimate” winner.

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Odinga was jubilant as he welcomed what he called a “precedent-setting ruling” by the court

“For the first time in the history of African democratization, a ruling has been made by a court nullifying the election of a president,” he said. “This indeed is a very historic day for the people of Kenya and by extension the people of the continent of Africa.”

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A lawyer for President Kenyatta said the decision had been “very political” but had to be respected.

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Again, Heavy Post Election Violence Hits Kenya

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Violence erupts in Kenya as Opposition Party President RAILA Odinga claims Uhuru Kenyatta has rigged elections by hacking Computers at the totalling Center.

The figures at the Constituencies are not matching with the figures at the totalling centres.
19 registered voters in Kenya, and the turnout was good, many People casted their votes.

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This happened in Zambia too, Emmanuel Mwamba was in a hotel with a computer which was linked to the totalling Center, he had a pass words and was able to manipulate figures. The ECZ was announcing figures which didn’t match.

This is the time to appeal to African UNION and SADC to change the way elections are conducted in Africa. This will help to Promote DEMOCRACY in AFRICA. It will also help to save lives, to alleviate poverty and CORRUPTION. A PROSPEROUS AFRICA will emerge once AFRICAN UNION CLEAN UP THEIR HOUSE.

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Kenyan Beauty, Vera Sidika’s Nudes Leaked By Her Nigerian Ex (Viewer Is Discretion Advised)

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By Mwende Kasujja

Socialite Vera Sidika has finally spoken out after her ex-boyfriend Yomi leaked her nudes online.

Vera who dated the Dubai based businessman lamented how after calling it quits with the man he said he would make her life miserable.

The man told Vera that he would use her enemies to bring her down and true to his word nudes shared by the socialite in confidence ended up in blogs.

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“I remember him saying he ‘ s gonna use people, my enemies etc for drama to bring me down coz doing it himself would make him look bad. I never wanted to believe all this until I got numerous screenshots a week back that he ‘ s being going about blogs claiming he dumped me. Which is a lie. I ended the relationship. But that doesn ‘ t matter, that ‘ s why I ignored when people sent me the story. But dude! I shared images with u in confidence and u do this? ???????????? really! Honestly, whether u leaked my nude pics to blogs or sent to your friends who passed it around & amp; it ended up on blogs. It ‘ ; s just WRONG!! Nobody should do such to someone they claim they once loved. No one!” wrote Vera.

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Yomi has however in a quick rejoinder denied Vera’s accusation commenting on her post that he never had any nude photos.

Vera responded to the comment in a separate post calling her ex a fraud who has fake documents, fake cheques and a fake life.

She went on to share screenshots of their conversation after the break up in May.

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Kenya – Bridge Collapses 2 Weeks After Uhuru Kenyatta Commissioned It

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Kenya Election Violence – Mbita MP’s Home Torched After She Was Declared Winner

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Mbita MP Millie Odhiambo’s house has been torched a day she was declared winner in the constituency ODM party primaries.

The house in Urianda village was burnt on Wednesday morning by a mob, reportedly over political reasons.

Several household items including chairs, beddings and utensils, were destroyed in the incident

The MP told the Star on phone that the incident was meant to intimidate her following her victory in the ODM nominations.

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“It is true that my house has been destroyed by a mob that wanted to threaten and even kill me over political reasons.”

She said she has recorded a statement at Mbita police station.

Millie said some residents started having bad blood with her on grounds that she was not born in the village.

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“I was given that land by my sister but some of those people had been calling me a stranger. That is why they are looking at every means to harm me,” she said.

“Earlier they intended to attack my vehicle at Koyani village but I evaded them after which they resorted to burning my house,” she added.

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She could not be able to quote the exact value of property destroyed in the fire incident.

Homa Bay county police commander John Omusanga said they are investigating the incident.

He also asked residents with information about the arson to record statement with them.
Via The Star!

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Baringo Revenge Attacks 11 Dead, 9 Injured, Mainly Women And Children

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An injured girl is assisted by Red cross official at Marigat sub-county hospital in Baringo county. (Photo: Kipsang Joseph/Standard)

The killing of 11 people in a wave of retaliatory attacks in Baringo County has raised fear that insecurity in the area has got out of hand.

The fresh attack on Tuesday evening left nine people, including two minors, nursing serious injuries after bandits raided the Ilchamus community. Among the dead were four children and five women.

During the 5pm attack, suspected Pokot bandits besieged villagers in Mukutani location and sprayed them with bullets.

Emotions ran high Wednesday morning as the two young children and one adult were received at Marigat Sub-County Hospital following the attack.

The minors, who were visibly in pain when they were received at the hospital, were holed up at Mukutani Primary School for more than 12 hours awaiting evacuation by Kenya Red Cross officials.

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Reports indicate that the heavily armed bandits attacked a convoy led by Baringo Governor Benjamin Cheboi and Regional Co-ordinator Wanyama Musiambo that had gone to evacuate the children.

According to Lagat Chirchir, a clinical officer at the hospital, the two children and the adult were stabilised before being referred to St Mary’s Hospital in Gilgil. Others were taken to Kabarnet County Hospital.

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According to Red Cross official Anwar Saidi, tension in Mukutani and Kiserian was high following the attack, with hundreds of residents fleeing the area.

A statement by the Kenya Red Cross Secretary General Abbas Gullet said the attacks were triggered by cattle thefts blamed on llchamus attackers who killed two women inside a police vehicle in Mosuro.

Following the killings, the Pokot retaliated, killing 11 people – seven women and four children.

“We responded with our team of paramedics and managed to stabilise the casualties on site. All had taken cover in one of the dormitories at Mukutani Primary and Boarding School,” Mr Gullet said.

According to Gullet, the children bore the brunt of the attack.

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“One of the children had severe head injuries and another was hit in the stomach by two bullets. The other child was hit in the buttocks while the adult was shot in the stomach,” he said.

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In Kiserian, armed Kenya Police Reservists clutched new G-3 rifles as they pensively watched residents conduct their activities.

“We fear these attacks could drive us out of the area if the Government does not act decisively. Our neighbours have been pushing us out daily, leaving many dead and property destroyed,” one reservist remarked.

Ilchamus spokesman Amos ole Mpaka said the attack had affected mostly women and children, and had been expected.

“We had given police intelligence about the impending attack after two earlier incidents. We thought they were in charge of the situation as they had assured us, only for us to be caught up in the deadly attack,” said Mr Mpaka.

He said despite an ongoing security operation in Baringo, the bandits still managed to raid the area.

“We are blaming the police for taking long to respond. We fail to understand how the attacks have been carried out in a security operation area. The injured were left for several hours without help,” he said.

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Residents in Mukutani, Kiserian and surrounding areas are now living in fear with hundreds, mainly women and children, leaving the area for safer ground.

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“The only solution to these perennial attacks is full disarmament of our Pokot neighbours, who have caused havoc in the county. We wonder why it is taking the Government ages to end this,” said Stephen Lekarakoi, a resident of Kiserian.

Mr Lekarakoi said despite assurances from Deputy President William Ruto, the attacks had persisted.

In Kiserian, tension remained high for the better part of the day as armed police officers moved bodies.

“We have had sustained attacks in the area for several months. We have had police officers and they failed to take charge,” said Tyon ole Kichep, a resident.

Mr Kichep claimed residents first sought refuge at an Administration Police camp in Mukutani but the officers directed them to Mukutani Primary School.

Area MCA Renson Parkei blamed the Government’s delayed response after the bandits laid siege in Mukutani on Tuesday evening.

Seniors police officers in the county remained tight-lipped over the incident as armed security personnel made their way to the troubled area to collect bodies.

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