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Sacco to Sue NTSA over Suspension of Their License

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NTSA Director General Francis Meja

By ALLAN TAWAI

Marimba Investment Sacco on Wednesday, January 3 moved to court to litigate the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) over the suspension of its license.

The Sacco’s license was suspended after two of the Sacco’s crew struck a motorist to death following an argument that ensued after a minor accident.

In a report by Daily Nation, the case was certified urgent by Justice Roselyn Aburili and directed the Sacco’s lawyer to serve NTSA and the traffic commandant with the court papers before the hearing on Friday, January 5.

Through their lawyer Karuku Wachira, , the Sacco said the actions of the driver and his conductor was an individual responsibility and that NTSA has the powers to revoke their licenses. He added that the Sacco had employed over 80 people who are suffering yet they did not a hand in the killing of one Joseph Kiarie.

Wachira said some of the motor vehicles were purchased via loans and grounding them would affect the servicing of the monthly payments which are due between 5th and 10th of every month

Joseph Kiarie died shortly after an argument with the conductor and driver of matatu registration number KCF 932C turned violent and was clobbered to death.

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His car had been involved in a minor accident with the matatu as he left a car wash in Zimmerman estate. The two suspects are still at large. He was laid to rest at their rural home in Komo village, Thika East on Wednesday, January 3

A matatu belonging to Marimba Investment Sacco

A matatu belonging to Marimba Investment Sacco

NTSA Director General Francis Meja had said the suspension will be lifted only after the Sacco fulfills four conditions issued by the authority. They include cooperation with the police in investigations that will lead to the reprehension of the crew involved.

He said the Sacco should also present certificates of good conduct for all its drivers and conductors obtained from the date of the suspension and undertake an awareness workshop which will be conducted by NTSA.

Meja also directed the Sacco to convene a meeting between its members (matatu owners) and the authority.

NTSA regulations require Matatu Saccos to have a code of conduct which should guide the conduct of its crew during working hours.

 

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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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