Raila and Kalonzo Attend Hearing Petitions to Remove Four IEBC Commissioners.

Azimio la Umoja party leader Raila Odinga and Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka  attended the hearing of petitions seeking to oust four Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) commissioners.

The four commissioners are IEBC Vice Chair Juliana Cherera and commissioners Irene Masit, Francis Wanderi and Justus Nyang’aya.

The Republican Party, Dennis Nthumbi, Geoffrey Langat, and Owuor Steve Gerry petitioned for their removal on grounds of gross misconduct, abuse of office, violation of the Constitution, and taking sides in the August 9th presidential race.

The hearing, being held at the County Hall in Nairobi, was  chaired by a 15-member Justice and Legal Affairs Committee (JLAC).

Raila and Kalonzo were accompanied by Azimio’s communications director Makau Mutua.

According to a statement issued by the National Assembly clerk Samuel Njoroge, the hearings will see the Republican Party appear first before the committee to present his petition, followed by Dennis Nthumbi.

Geoffrey Langat and Owuor Steve Gerry will appear before the JLAC committee on Friday.

The four commissioners will the be allowed to respond against the petitions on Monday, November 28, starting with Vice Chair Cherera

Kenya Power Announces Nationwide Power Outages.

Kenya Power and Lighting Company (KPLC) announced on Thursday, afternoon November 24, 2022 loss of power supply  that has left many parts of the country in blackout..

The utility firm, in a statement, said it experienced a ‘system disturbance’ that caused the blackout in various parts of the country.

“We have lost bulk power supply to various parts of the country due to a system disturbance and we are working to restore normalcy within the shortest time possible,” KPLC said.

Kenya Power further apologised to Kenyans for the blackout and promised to give an update on the restoration progress.

“An update on the restoration progress will be issued in due course. We apologise to our customers for the inconvenience caused,” KPLC added.

Kenya and South Korea Ink Deal to Boost Trade.

Kenya and South Korea business organisations have signed a partnership agreement to boost  trade and investment.

The deal was signed by the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Korea Institute of Procurement and South Korea’s SDG Youth.

The organisations agreed to prioritise investments that will fast track the realisation of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

“We have agreed to pursue development-oriented policies that support job creation, entrepreneurship, creativity, innovation and encourage the growth of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises,” the statement read.

The agreement also seeks to promote effective Public-Private Partnerships and address youth unemployment.

President William Ruto welcomed the country’s business community to invest in major sectors  in transport, infrastructure, agriculture, health and ICT in Kenya.

He spoke on Wednesday in Seoul, South Korea during a business forum.

“Kenya has created an enabling environment to attract investors. We have tremendous human talent, you can get any skill you need,” Ruto said.

Man Shot to Dead by Unknown Assailant at his Home in Kirinyaga.

Stephen Kariuki a man based in Nairobi   was on Wednesday shot to dead by unknown assailant at  his home at Karuti village in Kirinyaga County .

A lone gunman sprayed bullets on Kariuki, 41 as his family watched in shock.

It was around 1:00 pm when the incident happened.

Stephen was shot five times   and after the attack, the gunman escaped  leaving the victim seriously wounded.

The family rushed Kariuki to Kerugoya Referral Hospital where he died while undergoing treatment.

Mr Kariuki is said to have  left Nairobi to his rural home in a fielder Toyota car and arrived home safely.

But as he was taking tea with his family, the gunman stormed into the main house while cocking his pistol.

The unknown assailant warned Mr Kariuki’s family against raising alarm  saying his target was only on Kariuki.

It was then that the assailant pumped bullets into the trader’s chest, sending him to the ground as family members watched in shock.

Kirinyaga East Sub-county Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), Millicent Ochuka said after the beastly attack, the assailant took off without stealing anything from the trader.

Reasons as to why Kariuki was eliminated is yet to be established but the DCI said  investigations into the case are underway.

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” We would like to know why the trader who hails from this area was murdered,” she added.

Residents said they heard gunshots, three kilometres from the scene.

” I was at home when the sound of gunshots hit my ears and I was shocked. Later I learnt that a trader who works at the city had been killed,” one of the residents said.

Miguna Miguna Jets out of the Country for London

Lawyer Miguna Miguna on Wednesday announced that he has left  the country for London, United Kingdom, but did not say much details about the purpose of his trip.

His trip  just comes  a month after he had  arrived back in Kenya from Canada where he had been living in exile.

 

Taking to his official Twitter account, Miguna shared photos of himself looking cheerful, as he posed alongside two Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) employees.

“To London, with love. I’ll be back soon! Viva!,”he wrote

Kenyans on Twitter were quick to react on the lawyer’s unexpected trip abroad with many intimating that the lawyer was ‘fleeing’ after failing to ‘liberate’ Kenya as he had claimed he would when he returned from exile.

Following the mixed reactions, Miguna took back to the social networking site to defend his right to travel in and out of the country at will.

“President William Ruto is in South Korea on a state visit. He has travelled out of Kenya more than 15 times since his inauguration. Please Kenyans, allow General Miguna Miguna to exercise his rights and travel out and into the country whenever necessary. Freedom is here! Viva!,”Miguna Miguna wrote

At least 22 People Hurt after an Earthquake Struck Northwest Turkey

At least 22 people have sustained injuries after  magnitude-6.1 earthquake struck northwest Turkey on Wednesday morning,according to health chiefs.

The shallow tremor struck about 170 kilometres (105 miles) east of Istanbul, the country’s largest city, according to the US Geological Survey.

Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu took to Twitter saying  that no death cases have been reported so far.

Health Minister Fahrettin Koca tweeted that 22 people were injured — including one who was seriously hurt after jumping from a building out of panic.

Turkish authorities said the quake’s epicentre was in Duzce province’s Golyaka district, though it was also strongly felt in Istanbul.

Initial images showed people covered in blankets outside their homes during the early morning.

Harmonize to Perform in Nairobi,Kenya.

Tanzania Singer  Rajab Abdul Kahali  populary known as Harmonize will be performing live in Nairobi, Kenya.

Harmonize took to his Instagram account and posted a short clip saying he will be performing this December 17 at Nairobi Sol Fest class of 2022.

Bongo music has become  popular in Kenya.

Rayvanny,Diamond,Zuchu,Harmonize, Mbosso among others have dominated the music industry of Kenya.

Woman Murdered by her Boyfriend in Lang’ata was Laid to Rest in Kajiado.

The body of deceased Naneu Muthoni was laid to rest at Bisil, Kajiado on Tuesday afternoon.

The 31-year-old was murdered by her boyfriend in Langata, Nairobi on Sunday, November 13.

The murderer Thomas Muthee, was arrested on November 18, five days after Muthoni’s body was found in his house in Onyonka Estate, Lang’ata, Nairobi.

Those who spoke during the burial ceremony, including Muthoni’s mother, Grace Naisesoi and father, Sam Muturi, urged the youth to employ tolerance to each other in their relationship.

Muthee was on hunt by police officers until he was arrested in Malaba – along the Kenya-Uganda border.

At the time of his arrest, some of the deceased’s personal effects were recovered from the suspect, according to DCI reports.

“The suspect is believed to have masterminded the gruesome murder of his lover, whose lifeless body was found sprawled on a sofa with a deep cut on the forehead and blood oozing from her nose,” the DCI said in a statement.

Ukraine Donates 25,000 Metric Tonnes of Wheat to Kenya.

Deputy  President Rigathi Gachagua has announced that Ukraine has donated 25,000 metric tonnes  of wheat.

The  wheat will be distributed to counties severely affected by the ongoing drought.

The donation was presented to the office of Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua by the Ukrainian envoy to Kenya Andriy Pravednyk.

“Ukraine continues to play a key role in global food security amidst the ongoing Ukraine-Russia conflict,” Gachagua said in a statement after hosting the Ukrainian ambassador.

The donation comes in   after President William Ruto  called appealed to development partners to step in and help Kenya to fight the effects of drought and boost food security.

Ruto who described the current drought situation as ‘particularly worrying’, called for concerted efforts in addressing it.

“We have not witnessed a drought situation like this in our country for the last 40 years. We ask for more support from our development partners and other non-state actors in containing the situation,” said Ruto on November 5 during his tour of Turkana and Baringo Counties.

President Ruto said at that time development partners had so far donated Sh 20 billion towards the drought kitty, adding that the Government has raised Sh 4.5 billion.

Quack Doctor Mugo wa Wairimu Sentenced to 29 Years in Prison.

Quack Doctor Mugo wa Wairimu has been sentenced to 29 years in jail.

He was found guilty of running an illegal clinic and  administering drugs to patients at his clinic in 2015 and raping them.

Milimani chief magistrate Wendy Micheni on Monday found that Mugo, 47, who was charged with 12 counts was guilty of 10 counts.

Magistrate Webdy said that Mugo was a danger to society, especially women, and needed to be kept away.

“I have considered the accused persons need to be back to the society but he endangered the female patients and would administer to them drugs and rape them. He made himself a gynecologist”, the magistrate ruled.

In his mitigation, Mugo said he was remorseful as he started his career to serve the community and the country but he regrets it since he is behind bars.

“I regret that what I started as a noble ambition took me to where I am. I pray for a lenient sentence that will allow me to join my family and continue serving my community as a citizen,” he told the court.