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Kenyan-born professor dies in US, family seeks help to transport body home for interment




It is with profound sorrow that we inform you of the death of our beloved Professor Joseph Muriuki Wahome of Mississippi Valley State University, a 1995 doctoral graduate of University of California Berkeley, 1987 and 1990 Bachelor and Master of Science graduate of University of Nairobi, respectively. Born and raised in Karatina, Kenya and passed on last week at his home in Mississippi.

He was a father, husband, son, brother, and wonderful teacher, and professor to many. An intellectual powerhouse of our time, our generation has lost one of it’s great minds. We will greatly miss him. Let us keep his family in prayer, and console them.

A team for his funeral arrangements is being put together here and in Kenya, and the family announces that Our Beloved Professor Muruiki Wahome shall be buried in his ancestral home in Karatina, Kenya.

A goFund account is being setup for well wishes to help in this journey. We will be informing you as plans develop. Please keep in touch and stay informed of any developments on this channel. On behalf of the family- Agnes Muruiki, Elizabeth, Mimo, and Wahome.
Agnes Muriuki – 478-919-6099
Martin Nganga 508-373-3496
Samuel Njoroge-770-906-1700
Dr. Joseph W. Wekesa 900-534-7508
Dr. Peter Gakunga- 210-501-4067
Mrs. Naomi Wanjiku
Mrs. Joan Wakoli

Kenya Satellite News Network will update as information becomes available.





A tribute from the University

Dr. Joseph Muriuki Wahome, a former associate professor of biology in the Department of Natural Sciences and Environmental Health Mississippi Valley State University, passed away last week in Greenwood, Ms.

A native of Kenya, the 55 years old Wahome will be remembered at MVSU for his love of science and research.

“He was brilliant,” said Dr. Kathie Golden, Wahome’s friend and former colleague. We would banter and argue, but we were never mad with one another. He always promised the take me to Kenya one day.”

Golden said Wahome was well-liked by students, particularly international students, and was always willing to help sponsor International Week activities.

“He was an international student, so he had an affinity for it and understood what it meant not to be able to go home for the holidays,” said Golden. He enjoyed helping students perform research, and did all he could to help student-athletes. I’ve never had a student to complain about him.”

Wahome joined MVSU’s faculty in 1995 as an Assistant Professor of Biology.  Prior to that, he was a post-doctoral researcher at the National Park Service’s Golden Gate National Park, Calif.

During his graduate career at the University of California-Berkeley (1990-1995), he served as a graduate student instructor, coordinator of the UC Berkeley Education Abroad International Outreach program and as an assistant in the Education Abroad Office.

During his tenure at MVSU, Wahome held positions with other universities and research organizations. He was a member of the research faculty at the National Marine and Fisheries Science Center in Miami, Fla., a master trainer at the University of Miami and Miami Museum of Science Technology Project, GEMS Associate at the UC Berkeley Lawrence Hall of Science, visiting researcher at Baylor University and associate faculty in the University of Pittsburg Semester at Sea program.

At MVSU, Wahome was engaged in several research projects and held a variety of positions.  From 2000 to 2001 and 2014 to 2015 he was vice-president of the Faculty Senate, and as senate president from 2015 to 2017.  Wahome served as chair of MVSU’s Natural Sciences and Environmental Health Department from 2002 to 2010, during which time he also served as chair of the IRB and Animal Care and Use committee, director of MBRS program, LSMAMP and MBRS Programs.

Wahome was an active researcher, conducting research with both students and faculty that was frequently presented at the Mississippi Academy of Science annual meetings. He published several articles that focus on animal behavior and environmental issues.

Wahome received a Bachelor of Science with honors in 1987 and a Master of Science in Biology of Conservation in 1989, both from the University of Nairobi Kenya. He earned a Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of California, Berkeley in 1995.





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Janet Wanja announces engagement to Italian boyfriend



Could the wedding bells be ringing for Kenyan volleyball star Janet Wanja?

The Kenya Pipeline setter on Tuesday took to Facebook and announced her engagement to Italian boyfriend Giulio Calauti.

This piece of news was received with excitement and congratulatory notes from her friends on Facebook with some asking when to expect her in a wedding gown.


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And perhaps to show her commitment, Wanja appears to be learning some Italian going by the recent birthday message she posted to her better half.

“I thank God for blessing you yet another year to celebrate. My prayer is He keeps watching over you as He Always Has. Grazie mio cuore (thank you my heart) for always being there for me and loving me in waits I could never have imagined,” wrote Wanja.

The development provides a triple celebration for Wanja who recently helped the national women volleyball team win the African Games title in Morocco.

She also landed a lucrative endorsement deal with a betting company believed to be worth millions of shillings.

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17th body found floating on Nairobi River during clean-up



A body of an infant has been found during the ongoing clean-up of Nairobi River in Korogocho area.

The discovery brings to 17 the number of bodies retrieved from the river since Governor Sonko launched the Nairobi River cleanup exercise early last year, according to Nairobi county government spokesman Elkana Jacob. So far, bodies of 13 infants and four adults have been retrieved from the river.

“Right now we are still in shock,” said Fredrick Okinda, chairman of Komb-Green Solutions, the organisation behind the clean-up. “One of us saw the floating baby and we rushed to save him as a team. We managed to recover him but he was already dead.”

This is the ninth baby his organisation has found in one section of the river in a few months. The team has buried the bodies in a makeshift grave next to the river.


Okinda believes that this was another aborted baby and has previously blamed illegal clinics for some of the bodies found.

In May, the clean-up crew found the body of an eight-year-old boy, just days after the bodies of twin babies were discovered in a plastic bag.

Abortions are illegal in Kenya, unless a woman’s life or health is in danger.

The news coincides with the first day of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), which sees thousands of experts in sexual and reproductive health gather in Nairobi.

Some 6,000 people – including heads of state, government ministers and donors – will gather to discuss everything from sex education to maternal deaths and child marriage.

The event has come under fire from Christian groups who claim that it is promoting abortion and homosexuality in Kenya.

At a press conference on Monday, Saitoti Torome, Principal Secretary at the State Department of Planning, said authorities had been engaging with faith-based organisations to ensure that concerns were addressed.

“There is no attempt to push issues like homosexuality and abortion at this conference,” he said.

“This is a global summit, not a Kenya summit,” added Arthur Erken, UNFPA’s Director of Communications and Strategic Partnerships.

“This is an important issue for women and girls and that is why we cannot shy away from these difficult issues. What to do with it afterward is the sovereign right of every nation.”


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Abandoning the use of his first name, Inyatta.

“Notice is given that by a deed poll dated the 10th April, 2019 duly executed and registered in the registry of Documents at Nairobi. Formerly known as Inyatta Nyamari Ongegu formally and absolutely renounced and abandoned the use of his former name Inyatta Nyamari Ongegu, and in lieu thereof assumed and adopted the name Nyamari Ongegu, for all purposes and authorizes and requests all persons at all times to designate, describe and address him by his assumed name Nyamari Ongegu only,” read part of the gazette notice.

Nyashinski is yet to reveal the reasons for his decision to drop the name.

It appears the rapper made the decision before celebrating his traditional wedding to his longtime girlfriend Zippy Jepkemei Bett.


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