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Kenyans in US raise Sh 2M for Raila campaign, set up Gofundme account

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BY BMJ MURIITHI

Raila Odinga’s supporters in the Diaspora have raised over Sh2 million within a week to boost the former Kenyan Prime Minister’s election campaign kitty following the establishment of a Gofundme account.

GoFundMe is a crowdfunding platform that allows people to raise money for a variety of causes.

Kenya Satellite News Network (KSN) learnt that NASA supporters – mostly from the United States – had raised $18,895 (Sh 1,927,290) by  Sunday evening (EST).

The coalition’s Diaspora committee, led by Ms Debra Akello of California, had set a target of Sh 5 Million for the demographic.

Through the campaign, which is likely to raise more, Kenyans in the Diaspora are requested to make their contributions online at www.gofundme.com/for-the-change-we-want. Although the service is not available in some parts of the world, it is popular in the US and some other developed countries.

Soon after the fund was set up, the first donor, Dan Mugubi, contributed $1,000 (Sh 100,300).

Last week, Mr Odinga made a public appeal  for well wishers in and outside the country to come to his aid.

In a move that has been criticised by som people, Raila, accompanied by his running mate, Kalonzo Musyoka, asked well wishers to contribute to the kitty through Pay Bill number 991444.

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Odinga is facing President Uhuru Kenyatta in a repeat poll slated for October 17, after the August 8 vote was nullified.

Uhuru’s win as announced by IEBC was anulled by the Supreme Court, the highest court in the land.

On Sunday, while speaking in Machakos, Deputy President, William Ruto made fun of the duo.

“Kwa nini mtu wa kitendawili anabebesha kalonzo Musyoka bakuli ya kuomba msaada?” Wondered Ruto.

On social media, Kenyans were divided on the issue. Some expressed support for the initiative while others castigated the move by the former Prime Minister.

John Njoroge, a Jubilee supporter based in Raleigh, North Carolina wrote on Instagram: “Raila situletee aibu ndogo ndogo hapa Diaspora. If he has ran out of money he should quit the race.”

Leader  of the majority in Kenyan parliament Aden Duale on Friday told Kenyans not to donate towards the cause.

“He’s just fleecing his supporters. There are people who use the elections to make money. They don’t go to elections to win,” Duale said.

“Kenyans must ignore these fraudsters. They are masquerading themselves as liberators, so we are telling Kenyans to be very very careful.”

Duale challenged Raila and his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka to – instead of asking for maoney – traverse the country in search of votes.

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However, Mr Odinga has defended the fundraiser arguing that even Jubilee raised money for the campaigns. “Si walifanya harambee na kuokota shilingi bilioni tano kwa muda wa masaa mawili pale Safari Park Hotel?” asked Odinga while on the campaign trail on Sunday.

NASA announced Sunday that it was recruiting over 40,000 agents in preparation for the repeat poll although the coalition still insists that key changes within the electoral body, IEBC, must be carried out before they can participate in the presidential election.

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Man who lost wife, children in Ethiopian plane crash to testify in US

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A man who lost his wife, three children and his mother-in-law in the ET302 Ethiopian Airline crash in March this year will today testify before the congress in the US.

Mr Paul Njoroge, 34, in an interview with US media said Boeing should scrap the plane and the top executives should resign and face criminal charges.

The distraught Kenyan said Boeing should have grounded the 737 Max planes after a previous deadly crash off the Indonesian Coast in October last year, but instead they kept allowing them in the sky.

USA Today reported that Mr Njoroge said if Boeing and the Federal Aviation Administration had done their job properly, the planes would have been grounded in November last year.

“Today, I would be enjoying summer with my family, I would be playing football with my son,” the US news site quoted him.

Mr Njoroge will be the first relative of the crash victims to testify before the congress, over the crash that claimed the lives of 346 passengers when the two planes crashed in Indonesia and Bishoftu in Ethiopia.

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He had earlier said that the families of the passengers had several demands that they wanted met before the aircraft model is allowed to fly again, citing ‘irredeemable design flaws’

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A Chicago aviation lawyer, Robert Clifford, is sueing Boeing on Mr Njoroge’s behalf over the deaths of his wife, Carol, his son and daughters, 6-year-old Ryan, 4-year-old Kelli and 9-month-old Rubi, and his mother-in-law.

The Max was grounded worldwide shortly after that crash and it’s not clear when it will be certified to fly again.

American Airlines and United Airlines earlier this month both said they will keep the Boeing 737 Max plane off their schedule until November 3, leading to flight cancellations.

Mr Njoroge’s mother in law Anne Wangui Karanja, his wife and three children perished as they were coming home from Canada to introduce the youngest member of the family to Anne’s husband, Quindos Karanja in Kwa Amos village, Kabatini, in Bahati, Nakuru County.

Anne had been living in Canada for five months, where she had gone to help her daughter, after giving birth and had two other young children to take care of.

Source:nairobinews

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Body positivity: Kenyan celebrities who ignored body-shamers

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A number of celebrities have come forth preaching body positivity as they encourage women to love and embrace their bodies no matter what society thinks of them.

However, the internet is crawling with body-shamers who, like hyenas that have caught the scent of blood, are out to put down anyone whose body they deem unfit.

In a video shared her Instagram, media personality Lynda Nyangweso opened up about being body shamed. “Somebody called me whale,” she said in the video. “The meanest comment I ever got was that I didn’t deserve to have a child because of how I looked.

“When I was young, I would never eat in public. People would stare at me when I ate that I started eating in the toilet,” she confessed, her voice shaking as she recalled those hurtful moments.

The shaming got so bad that Lynda even contemplated suicide: “The only reason I didn’t go through with the suicide was because I worried that my mum wouldn’t find a coffin that fit me.”

Like Lynda, some celebrities have not let this cyber-bullying get to them. They are unashamed to wear what they like, take photos and even share them on social media all in an effort to put the shamers to shame.

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“My sadness is for other girls who have to go through this,” Lynda says.

“If I was to meet a bully I would show kindness. Stop following people who make you feel bad about yourself. Protect your peace,” she concludes.

Source:SDE

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Man loses leg in attack by hyena

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A middle-aged man from Kyeleni village has lost his right leg after being mauled by a hyena on Monday night. Sources indicate the man, now admitted to Kangundo Level 4 Hospital, encountered the beast on his way home from a local shopping center.

He was later rescued by passers-by who rushed to the scene of the attack after he unleashed frantic screams.It is suspected that the beast strayed from Mt Kilimambogo’s Ol Donyo Sabuk National Reserve.

Kenya Wildlife Service officer, Polycarp Okuku who confirmed the incident said the victim was in a stable condition.

“The patient is recuperating in the hospital where he was rushed for treatment. Members of the public should report any wild animals they see in their neighbourhoods so that KWS can take necessary action to avert incidents such as this,” said Okuku

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