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Wangeci Waruire, a Kenyan woman living in the United Arab Emirates, has earned accolades online for her kind, generous gesture. She has been making food and distributing it to fellow Kenyans who are jobless – for free. There are 40,000 Kenyans in the UAE. About 30,000 live in Dubai, while the rest are spread out in Sharjah and Abu Dhabi. The unemployed Kenyans lost their jobs during the coronavirus pandemic. She is quoted by the BBC as saying that she thought of easing the strain of the unemployed by providing free food. Wangeci makes about 50 plates of food every week, which…

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Smarting from a recent lowly ranking in approval ratings, a county boss has banned the use of social media by staff during office hours. Tana River Governor Dhadho Godhana has also directed all staff not to switch off their phones, or divert phone calls during office hours. The move is aimed at improving concentration at work, and enhancing service delivery to county residents. In an internal memo sent out this week, Major (Rtd) Godhana has also directed the staff members to be present at their work stations from 8am to 5pm, with a one-hour lunch break. No Reporting Late, Leaving…

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A 29-year-old Kenyan-born semi-professional basketball player has been arrested in Perth, Australia, on suspicion of murdering his girlfriend. Chudier Thowath Pal was seized after the body of Stephanie Lee Robinson, 30, was found inside a burning house at around 7:15 am last Saturday. The couple shared a home in Doubleview, Perth, earning the case the moniker “Doubleview Death” in Western media. Grew Up In Kenya “Mr Pal, who stands at 206cm tall, grew up in Kenya before moving to Western Australia where he played in NBL1 teams including the Rockingham Flames and the Mandurah Magic,” writes UK newspaper Daily Mail.…

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Rwanda has announced new Covid-19 prevention measures following a spike in deaths and infections. Public and private transport is prohibited to and from Kigali, as well as between different districts, says a statement from Dr Edouard Ngirente, Prime Minister, released yesterday. “All business establishments including restaurants, shops, markets and malls will close operations daily from 6PM,” adds the statement. The new measures come into effect today. They were prompted by a rise in number of cases, “with half the total deaths occurring in December.” Rwanda has had 8,676 cases, and 101 deaths. It has conducted about 726,000 tests. According…

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TV47 has won two awards at the prestigious Fresh Entries Music Awards (FEMA). The awards ceremony was held last evening at Nairobi Cinema. TV47, one of Kenya’s most vibrant television stations, was named the “Supportive Media Station of the Year”, while host of the hit gospel show Sifa Sunday got 1st runners up award for “Best TV Host of the Year.” “These awards signify victory also for the fresh talent out there looking up to TV47 to tell their untold stories, and to partake in their journeys to greatness,” said David Muthoka of TV47. “If feels amazing. A big thank…

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Former Kiambu Governor Ferdinard Waititu says his strategy for clinching the Nairobi gubernatorial seat is targeting Sonko’s “hustlers.” Speaking in Nairobi, Waititu, who was ousted from the top political office in Kiambu County last January said, “One big challenge is winning over Sonko’s ‘hustlers’. You can’t ignore them because they are a huge voting bloc.” ‘Hustlers’ are a vote-rich constituency drawn from slums and other low-income areas of Nairobi. They are engaged in meagre income-generating activities, but often speak in one political voice. Their plight is political capital and even the Deputy President William Ruto is milking it with his newly-fangled…

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Five suspected con artists have been arrested in Ruiru. Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) detectives seized Salome Njuguna, Rahab Mburu, Naomi Njuguna, Peninah Wanjiru and Hilary Waweru at Rainbow Hotel, Kiambu County, last evening. All are aged 24 – 30 years. “Mobile phones and several bottles bearing labels of various brands of alcohol, and which are believed to contain stupefying substances were also confiscated from the five,” said DCI. Social media user Chris Sambu who has encountered the suspects says, “most of them are rental cons. They lure unsuspecting house hunters into paying for invisible houses or rather paying for…

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US President Donald Trump has signed into law a coronavirus relief and spending package bill, averting a partial government shutdown. Mr Trump had initially refused to sign the bill, saying he wanted to give people bigger one-off payments, writes the BBC. The delay meant that millions of Americans temporarily lost unemployment benefits. The relief package worth $900bn was approved by Congress after months of negotiation. It is part of a $2.3tn spending package that includes $1.4tn for normal federal government spending. Race Against Time Had Mr Trump not signed the bill into law by midnight on Monday, a partial government…

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Six suspects have been arrested for illegal possession of pangolin scales. The six were apprehended this afternoon by Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) officers. They were driving along Mombasa Road to an undisclosed destination. “The boxes containing the pangolin scales were stuffed in one of the vehicles while the suspects distributed themselves in either of the two motorvehicles,” said KWS in a statement. The vehicle loaded with the contraband, a Toyota Premio Registration number KCF 922J is said to belongs to a clearing and forwarding agent based at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. The six suspects were arrested along Mombasa Road and…

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On the first week of New Year 2014, retired Chief Justice Evan Gicheru who died yesterday went to the Aberdare Country Club in Nyeri. He was in the company of his wife Margaret and other family members, and was looking forward to a quiet start to the year. The Country Club is perched on one of the hills of the Aberdare Highlands. It was crafted from an old colonial house called ‘The Steep’, expanded to accommodate more bush, game, and a motley of leisure activities including swimming, golf and tennis. Gicheru settled down for a cup of tea. Afterwards, he…

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