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Supreme Court’s decision upholding the re-election of President Kenyatta has touched off violent demos in some perceived opposition strongholds.

Supporters of the National Super Alliance (Nasa) and its leader Raila Odinga on Monday took to the streets to express their disappointment with the judgment.

DEMOS

The demos turned violent in some parts of Nyanza, Mr Odinga’s home turf, and Kibera and Mathare slums in the capital Nairobi.

In Kisumu, a car was set ablaze in Kondele slums moments after chaos broke out in the lakeside city in the wake of the apex court’s judgment.

Youths barricaded roads leading into and leaving Kisumu central business district with burning tyres and rocks.

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Some were stopping and inspecting public service vehicles for unknown reasons.

Youths block roads leading to Kondele on November 20, 2017. PHOTO | RUSHDIE OUDIA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

They accosted three occupants of a saloon car, beat and mugged them before vandalising and setting the vehicle alight.

The trio ran to the Kondele Police Station to save their lives.

KURIA

Businesses around Kondele and Kibuye closed in a huff out of fear of looting.

Parts of Kisumu CBD were, however, calm after the court’s decision.

In Migori county, residents expressed disappointment with the apex court’s decision.

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They said since they did not cast their ballots in the fresh presidential poll, they will not recognise the administration of Mr Kenyatta.

“We are waiting for our leader Raila Odinga to give us direction…if it will come to secession, then so be it,” said Mr John Onyango, a Jua Kali artisan.

A retired civil servant, Mr Barack Otieno, wondered how the divisions in the country will be addressed.

CALM

“Tribalism and hatred are getting entrenched by the day and the two major political divides continues to pull apart,” he said.

But most parts of Nyanza and western Kenya were calm as others, perceived to be pro-Jubilee Party, erupted in celebrations.

Scores of residents in Kuria in Migori county, for instance, celebrated the court’s verdict.

Protesters take to the streets of Kondele on November 20, 2017. PHOTO | RUSHDIE OUDIA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

The residents, most of whom discussed the decision in groups, said they were happy that there will be no other election.

“We will forget about a possibility of another election and move on. We are tired of the incessant politicking. Let Uhuru continue. It is time to move on,” said Mr Chacha Burigiri, a resident of Kehancha.

They further called on the opposition leader Raila Odinga to respect the court’s decision.

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‘INJUSTICE’

“We ask Nasa leader Raila Odinga to accept the ruling and allow the country to move on. The current political grandstanding has really affected our economy and now lives are being lost because of chaos. We need to put this behind us,” said Ms Robi Jacky, a resident of Kegonga.

However, they are those who were displeased with the judgment, arguing that it has entrenched electoral injustice.

“I am not happy. The October 26 repeat poll was clearly a sham and I expected the Supreme Court to nullify it and give the nation another chance to hold a free and fair poll but this is not to be. Electoral theft has been legitimised,” said Mr John Robi Kehaga from Isibania.

In Kakamega, the town remained calm as residents went about their businesses normally.

But celebrations broke out in Mumias East, a Jubilee stronghold, shortly after the court’s decision.

KAKEMEGA

Some traders in Kakamega had closed their businesses fearing there would be an outbreak of violence and protests but later re-opened.

There was no heavy presence of security officers on the busy streets as the was the case on September 1.

Western region police chief Moses Ombati said the region was largely peaceful.

“We have not received any reports of protests but our officers are on the alert and closely monitoring the situation,” said Mr Ombati.

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The busy Kakamega main county market and the bus terminus were bustling with activity as residents went about their businesses.

VIHIGA 

Vihiga County, the home of Nasa principal Musalia Mudavadi, also remained largely calm.

Businesses in Mbale, Majengo and Luanda remained open as normalcy prevailed.

A spot check by the Nation revealed people went on with their activities as usual.

Sabatia MP Alfred Agoi, who had called for calm before the decision, later said the country was going through tough times.

“Transmission of results was manipulated. We will soldier on with liberation calls,” said Mr Agoi.

“We have our plan to redeem and reclaim our country. We want to restore electoral justice.”

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Huge fire destroys property worth millions of shillings at Githurai Market

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Property worth millions of shillings has been destroyed after a fire broke out at Githurai Market on Monday morning.

The huge inferno is believed to have started at around 4am near Riflo Industries, gutting down furniture section.

Currently, fire fighters from Nairobi County, Kiambu County and the Kenya Army (Kahawa Barracks) are still trying to put out the fire.

According to the Kenya Red Cross, response teams are already on the ground.

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Kenyan chef breaks word record for longest cooking

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A Kenyan chef in Mombasa, Maliha Mohammed, 36, has broken the Guinness World Record for the longest cooking competition, individual category, after completing a 75-hour cooking marathon.

The chef, who started cooking on Thursday, August 15, at exactly 10am to Sunday, August 18, has beaten the record set by Rickey Lumpkin of California, US, who cooked for 68 hours, 30 minutes, 1 second in December 2018.

TEARS OF JOY

Speaking to journalists at Kenya Bay Beach Hotel in Mombasa, Maliha, a self-made cook, who crafted her talent through YouTube videos, could not hold back tears of joy when she was announced a winner.

“I thank God, my family, Pwani Oil Company and everyone who contributed to my success of bringing this title home. I am happy to be the first female chef in Africa to earn this title,” Maliha said.

She clocked the 75 hours at 1:03pm on Sunday.

Despite the fatigue and swollen legs due to standing for long hours, Maliha prepared over 400 recipes of Swahili cuisine and other local foods from all over the country.

She also prepared some international cuisines including more than 10 types of pizza. She also cooked mandazi, biryani, chapati, coconut beans, chicken periperi, githeri, mukimo, fried fish, bacon and some juices.

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The Jaffery Academy alumna’s signature dish is Korean chicken Bulgogi.

After being announced the winner, she could barely walk due to fatigue and she cried out in joy as her friends and family supported her.

Chef Maliha Mohamed, 36, from Mombasa is hugged by her daughter Zahara Rashid after she broke the Guinness World Record for non-stop cooking at Kenya Bay Beach Hotel in Mombasa on August 18, 2019. PHOTO | LABAN WALLOGA
Chef Maliha Mohamed, 36, from Mombasa is hugged by her daughter Zahara Rashid after she broke the Guinness World Record for non-stop cooking at Kenya Bay Beach Hotel in Mombasa on August 18, 2019. PHOTO | LABAN WALLOGA

FATIGUED

“For every 12 hours, I had a break of 30 minutes for rest. I thank God for reaching this far. I am going to rest for a very long time,” Maliha added. S

She couldn’t talk much due to fatigue.

The chef had been preparing for the competition since last year December. When rehearsing in June and July for the competition, Maliha cooked for 36 and 54 hours non-stop respectively, preparing 100 recipes in the process.

Surprisingly, she has never worked in a hotel.

Pwani Oil Company’s commercial director, Mr Rajul Malde, congratulated the chef on her achievement.

“It has taken her a lot of effort and enthusiasm to achieve all this. We are hopeful that Guinness World Record will accord her a chance to travel and showcase Kenyan food to the world which will boost our tourism,” Mr Malde added.

The title will be confirmed two weeks later after Guinness World Records authenticates the videos and pictures taken throughout the 75 hours.

Pwani oil Commercial Director MrRaju Malde (right) helps Chef Maliha Mohamed in cutting of a cake after she broke world record for cooking on August 18, 2019. PHOTO | LABAN WALLOGA
Pwani oil Commercial Director MrRaju Malde (right) helps Chef Maliha Mohamed in cutting of a cake after she broke world record for cooking on August 18, 2019. PHOTO | LABAN WALLOGA

GREAT HONOUR

Her daughter, Zahara Rashid, a student at Coast Girls High School was there to support her.

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“We assured her of our support and we are very proud of her because she has definitely achieved her dreams. Owning this international title is a great honour and we are waiting to celebrate together,” she said.

By setting the new world record, the chef will join a galaxy of outstanding Kenyan achievers who have featured in the Guinness Book of Records including athletes Tegla Lorupe, Paul Tergat, Daniel Komen and Samuel Wanjiru.

Another Kenyan who has featured in the world list is Joseph Love who in 1992 milked 30 cows by hand in 24 hours.

In conjunction with the event, Pwani Oil also held a 9km walk to create awareness on cornea and other eye related defects.

“Those who participated will be screened. We also want to start a cornea bank in Mombasa and also create more awareness,” Mr Malde said.

The oil company offered a full sponsorship; from video shooting, assistants that helped her in food preparation, after the Maliha’s story was highlighted in the Nation.

In April 2018, she applied for the same competition and was nominated, but she could not take part in the event held in December last year because she could not raise enough money to cater for the expenses.

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How Kikuyu musician John De’Mathew died in Thika

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Popular benga musician John Ng’ang ‘a De’Mathew died Sunday night, after ramming a truck on Thika Superhighway.

The accident occurred on Sunday night at a black spot near Blue Post hotel.

Gatanga Member of Parliament Nduati Ngugi said the musician died on the spot, after ramming a truck and his body was taken to Thika Nursing Home and later transferred to Kenyatta University mortuary.

He was heading home after attending a fundraiser for fellow musician Peter Kagia’s ailing child, a close family member said.

De’Mathew’s death sent shock waves among his wide fan base across the country.

De ‘Mathew is arguably the King of Kikuyu music following the death of John Kamaru, in 2018.

It is reported that he had 50 albums under his name.

His songs were widely known for having hidden cultural, political and social messages, like “Mene mene Tekeli” which meant “the end is near.”

Apart from using his talent to caution the Kikuyu community against some leaders, he has used it to promote peace and enlighten the public against the consumption of illicit brew- which has claimed hundreds of youths in the community.

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