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BREAKING NEWS: History made as Kenyan presidential election is nullified

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The Supreme Court has nullified the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta.

A seven-judge bench, by majority decision, on Friday found that the electoral commission failed to conduct the polls according to the Constitution and Elections Act.

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“Elections is not an event but an process. After considering the totality of the entire evidence, we are satisfied that the elections were not conducted in accordance to the dictates of the Constitution and the applicable principles,” Chief justice David Maraga said.

“That President Uhuru Kenyatta was not validly elected on August 8.”.

Judges Ojwang and Njoki Ndung’u dissented while judge Mohammed Ibrahim, who fell ill on the second day of the case hearing, did not take part in the decision because he is still in hospital.

They ordered the IEBC to conduct a fresh presidential election within strict confines of the law within 60 days.

Lawyers who represented President Kenyatta and the IEBC protested the judgment and sought explanations and clarifications from the judges.

Lawyer Ahmednasir Abdullahi, for Mr Kenyatta, faulted the court, saying it had made a political decision because no one is disputing that the voter made his decision.

RIGGING

According to him, Lady Justice Ndung’u upheld the wishes of Kenyans.

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But Justice Maraga said, in due time, they would be able to demonstrate why they reached their decision.

The decision has is a big win for National Super Alliance (Nasa) leader Raila Odinga and his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka, who accused the IEBC of rigging the election in favour of Mr Kenyatta.

The two rejected the results even before they were announced on August 10, accusing the commission of imposing “computer-generated leaders” on Kenyans.

The quashing of Mr Kenyatta’s victory is particularly important to Mr Odinga because it has granted his political career a lifeline.

Aged 72, Mr Odinga had promised his opposition co-principals that it was the last time he was running for State House after previous three barren attempts.

-nation.co.ke

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Mombasa on high Cholera alert as Nairobians flock the coast for Easter

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Mombasa health department is on high alert following cholera outbreak in a Nairobi hospital as visitors from Kenya’s capital troop to the tourism destination for the Easter Holidays.

Some 52 staff from The Nairobi Hospital have so far been infected with cholera on Tuesday, the day the outbreak was first reported.

It was also reported that a male worker succumbed to the water-borne disease on Tuesday morning after what his colleagues said was “a short illness.”

Due to the influx of visitors, especially from Nairobi, the Mombasa county government is now on a high alert to ensure the disease does not spread to the tourism hub.

HIGH RISK AREAS

Chief officer public health Dr Aisha Abubakar and her executive Hazel Koitaba said the county is monitoring the situation to ensure the disease does not spread to the tourism hub.

“We have enhanced surveillance on acute watery diarrhoea cases, intensified visits to health facilities for active case search and supplied chlorine, ropes, pots already distributed to sub counties for treatment of water sources especially in high risk areas such as slums,” Ms Koitaba said.

Dr Abubakar said the health officials have intensified inspections of food premises and water sources.

“We have mapped out a weekly reporting by health facilities scaled up through regular visits to the facilities,” added Dr Abubakar.

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The official also urged the residents and visitors to exercise maximum hygiene by washing their hands and eat only at licensed joints.

Hundreds of Nairobi and upcountry residents have trooped to the Coast region to enjoy the festivities, the county said they have however put enough mechanism to ensure the disease does not spread to Mombasa.

The Nairobi hospital’s cafeteria has been closed indefinitely as the management battles to contain the spread of the outbreak.

Most revelers travel to Mombasa to enjoy the festivities with public beaches and swahili food joints frequented by the visitors.

source:nairobinews

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Mombasa top cop commits suicide after killing woman

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Gunfire in a quaint Soko Mjinga area of Mtongwe in Likoni on Thursday evening fouled the Easter festivities countdown and added swell to rising cases of crimes of passion.

By the time the lone gun went silent, Likoni Deputy OCS Joab Omondi and small trader Peninah Kaimeti lay dead, side by side outside the latter’s kiosk.It is an intriguing story laced with tales of love, betrayal and jealousy, one which has left police officers and members of their families as confounded as they are divided.

While one account, backed by witnesses, has it that the cop executed the woman before turning the gun on himself, another account talks of a mystery man who sprayed the two with bullets before vanishing in the dark.

“We were seated with my sister Peninah, another cousin Jamila and my wife Kanana when the armed officer arrived.The deceased was seated at the middle and he shot her on the forehead before shooting himself too at a distance,” Dennis Kaburu, Peninah’s brother who was at scene said.Kaburu denies that her sister and Omondi were lovers.

Instead, he confirmed that her sister was once married to a military officer attached to Mtongwe Navy and they had two children together aged 11 and seven.

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The two however had separated a few months ago after a dispute.“We have never seen or heard about the killer officer before.

They were never together with my sister and this is the first time we are hearing about him,” said a pained Kaburu.

Likoni Deputy OCS Joab Omondi who shot himself after killing his girlfriend Peninah Kaimet at Likoni’s Mtongwe area in Mombasa County early on Friday, April 19, 2019.

Likoni police boss Benjamin Rotich said Omondi had been the deputy OCS for three months. He said the officer left the station at 7.30pm on Thursday in a jovial mood. Witnesses said he then downed copious amounts of liquor at a local bar.

Some accounts say he openly, told anyone in the bar who could listen that he was about to do something terrible.He then whipped out his Ceska G5969 pistol and walked into the darkness, where his victim was seated with her relatives chewing miraa.

Missed target

She had barely started to enjoy the few bottles of beer that she had brought from the bar when Omondi arrived, fired one round in the air, ordered the music switched off and turned on Peninah, striking her in the forehead.It is claimed he took another aim at Kaburu but missed target.

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After a short lull, a crowd gathered and surged towards Omondi, who was still standing over his victim. He then pointed his gun towards his neck and pulled the trigger.

He collapsed into the ground after a single shot. In the meantime, Peninah was rushed to Coast General hospital but was declared dead on arrival.

Relatives and friends in a sombre mood around the scene where Peninah Kaimet was shot by the Likoni Deputy OCS Joab Omondi who later also shot himself dead at Likoni’s Mtongwe area in Mombasa County early on Friday, April 19, 2019. [Weldon Kipkemoi, Standard]

A police officer who asked not to be identified, said Omondi had appeared disturbed in recent weeks over something.

The officer claimed Omondi and Peninah had a brief affair.Caroline Kanana, her sister-in-law who also witnessed the killing said the officer was after Peninah because he singled her out of a group of four seated outside her shop.

“He would have killed us all but he was clearly after Peninah. He removed a small gun from his chest and shot her once in the forehead,” said Kanana.Another man Sammy Itare claimed Omondi had threatened to do something heinous while drinking in the bar.“We heard from his friend that he announced he was going to do something but he did not explain what was it,” said Itare.

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source:standard.co.ke

 

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Rapper Madtraxx mourns late sister with emotional post on social media

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The Kansoul rapper Madtraxx was recently on social media to mourn his late sister Dr Njeri Mungai who died two years ago after slipping and falling in her bathroom.

She was 8 months pregnant when she died.

In his post, Madtraxx confessed how he misses her and also how life changed since she left.

”I miss her so much. Every day I think about her. I feel her energy. Such a big gap was left in our family and the world by her passing. I wish she could see the strides made in destigmatising mental health problems. I love her so much. Two years now. Still hurts. God holds us in his hands,” he wrote. 

Njeri

Njeri, in 2017, fell on the bathroom where she was found unconscious and having really bled. She was rushed to hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival.

Madtraxx promised will always remember his late sister because he named his daughter after her(Njeri).

“We could never live without a Njeri. I know she’s smiling down on us all. Today her energy is everywhere,” his post read. 

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