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VIDEO: Kenyans want Matiang’i sacked over this woman



Stinging reactions from Kenyans have pushed Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i into an unfamiliar territory since Friday when news emerged of an airport guard suing after being sacked.

From someone who has been receiving praise at every turn, Dr Matiang’i is now neck-deep in murky waters.

There has been scathing criticism by Kenyans of different persuasions questioning the role he played in the sacking of Ms Daisy Cherogony from her post as a security supervisor at Kenya Airports Authority.


In papers she has filed at the Employment and Labour Relations Court, Ms Cherogony says she was fired because she asked Dr Matiang’i to queue like other passengers when he went to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in April for a flight to Kisumu.

After the drama, she says, Dr Matiang’i called his counterpart in the Transport ministry James Macharia, and what followed was her dismissal.

She alleges that her sacking was wrongful and she wants Sh2.4 million in compensation.


Mr Macharia, in an interview with NTV on Friday, confirmed having received a call from Dr Matiang’i that day but said that was not the only case the guard had with her employer.


“The complaint by the Education CS came through my office…  I forwarded information to KAA which investigated the matter.

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I am aware that this is the third incident that Ms Chepkurui (Daisy) was involved in,” Mr Macharia said.

Dr Matiang’i took to his Twitter account on Friday evening to fight off the claims by Ms Cherogony, also banking on the idea that the guard had other issues with her employer.

“I wonder if anyone has perused the severance letter of this officer. It refers to a disciplinary process in February,” wrote Dr Matiang’i.



“How could she have been disciplined because of me in April while the documents show a process started in February?”

The Education CS insisted that he has never gone through an airport “in and out of the country” without security clearance, adding that the new claims were “callous fabrications”.

But not many Kenyans are convinced by Dr Matiangi’s explanation.

“We want the footage for that day, then we shall decide for ourselves. Otherwise you will only write what favours you,” wrote Harry on Twitter.

“Matiang’i should apologise to the innocent woman who has become a victim of her own job regulations,” added Jacob.


Evah posted: “Don’t defend yourself. Own up and sort it out with the lady and her employer.

Don’t allow this to happen again.” And Samuel said: “I think that lady is an excellent worker, she has something many don’t to make the mighty queue. She needs a better job”.

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William noted: “Impunity. The boss should resign ASAP.”

One of the few people to come to Dr Matiangi’s defence is Mr Ezekiel Mutua, the CEO of the Kenya Film Classification Board.

“This matter is being politicised. So Matiang’i should not have complained? The lady has three other cases, why this one?” wrote Mr Mutua  on Saturday.


The case amplifies the plight of workers who have lost jobs for applying the law to “senior” people in the government.

Mr Moss Ndiema, the secretary-general of the Kenya Aviation Workers Union, said that anyone who is not recognised in writing as a special Kenyan should not expect preferential treatment.

Speaking to NTV, he said: “Our members are not required… to memorise and remember the faces of all the who-is-who in this country.”

Mr Ndiema added that in the past two months, a number of KAA workers had been fired in similar circumstances.

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Body of doctor who died in Cuba arrives



The body of a Kenyan doctor who allegedly committed suicide due to frustrations in Cuba has arrived at the Moi International Airport in Mombasa.

After arrival, the body of Dr Ali Juma was scheduled to be taken to the Coast Provincial General Hospital for a second post-mortem examination.

Family, relatives, friends, politicians and senior officials of the Mombasa County government were Friday morning at the airport to receive the body.

Likoni MP Mishi Mboko, who is the doctor’s sister, could not contain herself as the body arrived.

The family said Thursday that they were yet to receive a reports on the post-mortem which was done in Cuba.

“Post-mortem to ascertain the cause of death was conducted in Havana. However, as a family we are yet to get the details of the findings; we are still in the dark,” said a family member.

“The body of the late Dr Ali Juma arrives in the morning (Friday). Burial [will be] in Shikadabu Likoni after Friday prayers, post-mortem [will be done] at CPGH in the morning. We are doing an independent post-mortem here,” said a family source.

Changamwe MP Omar Mwinyi, Rabai’s William Kamoti were among politicians at the airport who went to receive the body for burial.

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County Chief Health Officer Khadija Shikely, Director of Media Services Shem Patta were among senior doctors in Mombasa at the airport.

Dr Juma was undertaking a postgraduate diploma in family medicine in Cuba.

His colleagues, friends and relatives are yet to come to come to terms with the fact that he could have taken his own life.

The Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU), led by Deputy Secretary-General Chibanzi Mwachonda, called for immediate termination of the doctors training in Cuba.

But in her tweet, Health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki said she had dispatched a team to Cuba to facilitate the ongoing investigations on the death.

“[I] held a meeting with the Cuban Ambassador to Kenya, Ernesto Gomez Diaz, on the circumstances pertaining to the death of Dr Hamisi Ali Juma in Cuba. I have dispatched a team from the Ministry of Health to facilitate ongoing investigations in Havana,” Ms Kariuki said.

In a statement, KMPDU Secretary-General Ouma Oluga said that doctors had expressed their frustrations over non-payment of allowances.

Dr Oluga said the Kenyan embassy exhibits high-handedness when concerns are raised.

“It is ironical how Cuban doctors in Kenya receive royal treatment with chauffeured transport and lavish living funded by taxpayers’ money,” Dr Oluga added.

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The union, which says the programme has not benefited the health workers, has recommended that the sponsorship be provided in Kenyan universities.

Governor Hassan Joho is expected at CPGH during the post-mortem examination.

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PHOTOS: Here’s the heartbreaking update of the Sh1b #KenyansForKenya initiative



The Kenyans for Kenya hunger initiative in Turkana has come a cropper after projects developed under it were abandoned long time ago.

The famed project sponsored by the Kenya Red Cross in 2011 and supported by a number of corporate organisations and celebrities – and boosted by millions of Kenyans who contributed as little as Sh10 –  ran for only three years before it grounded.

More Sh700 million in cash and Sh300 million in kind were collected from the initiative and most of the money was invested in farm projects that were to serve as a long-term solution to the often deadly hunger in the arid county.


Later, the initiative won Kenya Red Cross Society, Gina Din Corporate Communications, Safaricom Foundation and KCB Foundation the overall PR Campaign of the Year 2011 Award for their joint entry.

James Ngorpus shows a signpost at the Kenyans for Kenya Turkana North Food Security and Livelihood Project at Nakinomet. PHOTO | JARED NYATAYA

Nation journalists visited one of the abandoned farms in Nakinomet in Kibish Sub County on Thursday and found hundreds of rusting poles that once held shade nets for flourishing crops beneath them.

Black pipes that once let flow millions of litres of water into the farm have been destroyed and were strewn all over the farm. A wire mesh around it went down years ago.

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Camels have since made the farm their home as they feed on the shrubs that have sprouted from it since it grounded in 2017.

Residents of Nakinomet village who benefitted from it said they had been thrown into starvation since the project went down.

“We cannot lie that we did not benefit from the project because we made money from the crops we planted here. We had enough for ourselves and then extra to sell,” said Mr James Ngorupus, who said he once made Sh12, 000 from crops he planted within the farm.

At least 30 residents were roped in by Red Cross to put up farms within the site. They planted tomatoes, sorghum, kales and some maize.



The residents said the nets that were protecting the crops from the scorching sun were torn and were not replaced. A pipe that let in water from a nearby tank also malfunctioned.

They are now using the torn nets to cover the rooftops of their manyattas.

“There were no deaths from hunger here when the project was on, now deaths are back. So far we have lost eight people to hunger this month alone,” said Mr Richard Ekal, one of the beneficiaries.

Eyanai Hezron (left) and Eyanai Elim show a water pipe at the abandoned Kenyans for Kenya Turkana North Food Security and Livelihood Project at Nakinomet. PHOTO | JARED NYATAYA


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Uhuru is offline. This is why



You will not be able to follow, like or comment on President Kenyatta’s social media accounts, at least for now.

This is after the head of state suspended all his social media handles on Friday morning over hacking by some staff in his office.

The first to go was his Twitter account, @UKenyatta, with its 3.62 million followers and 12,300 tweets.

Moments later, his verified Facebook account, #Uhuru Kenyatta, was blacked out.

This sparked off speculation that one of Africa’s Twitter presidents had been suspended by the microblog.

But Mr Kenyatta had not violated any of the rules and Twitter was not giving that explanation for the missing account.

“Sorry, that page doesn’t exist!” that is the response Twitter was giving.

The rumours of Twitter taking action against the president were fanned by the fact that hours before the suspension, he had tweeted a stern warning on corruption.

“If you are corrupt we will fight you. You can be my brother or my sister or my closest political ally, but if you are corrupt we will fight you,” Mr Kenyatta tweeted from Windhoek, the Namibian capital, where he is on a state visit.

Analysis of comments by Kenyans on Twitter (KOT) shows that many believed an administrator with ill intentions had fired the tweet to put Mr Kenyatta at loggerheads with his deputy William Ruto.

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Mr Ruto, Mr Kenyatta’s close ally and marriage partner in the ruling Jubilee Party, has made it clear that the ongoing war on grand corruption and brazen theft of public resources is targeting him and his 2022 presidential ambitions.

But after hours of speculation, his Chief Of Staff Nzioka Waita tweeted that the accounts had been deactivated.

“On account of unauthorised access to the official social media handles of H.E the President of the Republic of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta .All official social media handles for the President have been temporarily suspended to allow for the necessary remedial measures to be undertaken,” he said.

It is not the first time social media accounts associated with the president, State House and his office are being hacked and misused.

In July 2018, two Twitter accounts; @PresidentKE and @PSCU_Digital, which had been used for disseminating information to the public on behalf of the president, were pulled down.

“In this regard and with immediate effect the only official digital media channels that will convey information for and on behalf of the President, Her Excellency the First Lady and State House are as detailed below: Twitter: @StateHouseKenya, @UKenyatta, @FirstLadyKenya @KanzeDena; Facebook: State House Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, @Office of the First Lady Kenya,” Mr Waita said then.

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President Kenyatta is the most followed leader in Sub-Saharan Africa on Twitter with more than three million followers.

This is according to a study released last year and dubbed Twiplomacy by Burson Cohn & Wolfe (BCW), an international communications agency.


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