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Sonko rejects Cabinet Post offered by Uhuru – Star

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Kenyan newspaper ‘The Star” is reporting that Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko has rejected a cabinet post offered to him by president Uhuru Kenyatta apparently in exchange for quitting the Nairobi governor’s race in favour of Peter Kenneth.

According to a report published Thursday, Sonko has said he is determined to go the top job, aiming for the Jubilee Party ticket in primaries on Friday.

“Multiple sources close to the presidency yesterday told the Star that a Cabinet position has been offered and rejected several times, wrote “The Star.”

Kenneth will face off with Sonko.

“Sonko could have been CS for the Nairobi Metropolitan Region, a new post created for him. He would oversee Kiambu, Kajiado, Murang’a and Machakos counties,” wrote Star reporter on Wednesday.

“We have given up on Sonko. We wanted him to back Kenneth and we even offered him many other options, but he has rejected all of them,” the paper quotes a source it says is familiar with the matter.

The new development comes a day after Jubilee Party secretariat denied media reports that president Kenyatta had endorsed Mr Kenneth for the City’s top job. Mr Kenyataa had, while on his way to the burial of the father to former Gatanga MP David Murathe, asked thge residents of Kirwra village to “pray for Kenneth to win the Nairobi seat.”

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SHOCKING BBC VIDEO: Kenyan women taken to India and forced to engage in illicit sex

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BY BMJ MURIITHI

British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)  has uncovered an illegal network that lures women from Kenya and other African countries to India, where they are then forced into sex work to satisfy the demands of the many African men living in Delhi.

In this episode of The Africa Eye, the UK-headquartered media organization reports that the women are mostly from Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, Tanzania and Rwanda.

According to the Global Slavery Index, 14.2 million of the 35.8 million people enslaved throughout the world are in India. The index singles out women and children as disproportionately affected. India is a major destination for sex trafficking, particularly from other South Asian countries.

“There are reports of women and children from India and neighboring countries being recruited with promises of non-existent jobs and later being sold for sexual exploitation, or being forced into sham marriages,” the index found, noting that only 13 offenders were convicted of sexual trafficking in 2013.

One woman, Grace, who was trafficked from Kenya, agreed to go undercover and here is the story:

 


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Ethiopian Airlines to build $5 billion mega airport 

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By JUDITH GICOBI

Ethiopian Airlines has disclosed a project plan to put up a large airport at a cost amounting to USD5 billion (KSh500 billion).

The construction of the present-day airport will start in the year 2020 in Bishoftu, a town situated 39 kilometers southeast of Addis Ababa, according to Ethiopian chief executive officer Tewolde Gebremariam.

The airport will extend over to an area of 35 square km, and it will be built in a way it can serve over 100 million passengers a year.

“Bole Airport is not going to accommodate us; we have a beautiful expansion project. The airport looks very beautiful and very large, but with the way that we are growing, in about three or four years we are going to be full,” the state-run Ethiopian News Agency quoted Tewolde.

Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa handles approximately 19 million passengers in a year. The chief executive officer announced that the construction will commence in the coming six months, but he did not reveal how the project will be financed or who will construct the airport.

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Akon gets the green light to build his own city in Senegal

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By JUDITH GICOBI

Aliaume Damala Badara Akon Thiam, alias Akon, an American-Senegalese singer, tweeted on the development of his own “Wakanda” city in Africa.

Akon gave an update on Monday via Twitter, that the deal for the city “Akon city” has been completed and “looking forward to hosting you there in the future.” 

“Just finalized the agreement for AKON CITY in Senegal. Looking forward to hosting you there in the future,” Akon tweeted.

Akon first shared the plans for “Crypto city” in 2018. The city would be built on a 2,000-acre land that he received as a gift from President of Senegal, Macky Sall. Business transactions in the city will be on its digital cash currency called AKoin.

In 2018, Akon said he believes Akoin could be the “savior of Africa.” “I think that blockchain and crypto could be the savior for Africa in many ways because it brings the power back to the people and brings the security back into the currency system. Cryptocurrency also allows the people to utilize it in ways where they can advance themselves and not allow the government to do those things that are keeping them down.”

 

 

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