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Several Security Officers Killed In Al Shabaab Attack, GSU Responders Waylaid

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Several Kenyan Security Officers Killed In Al Shabaab Attack, First GSU Responders Ambuscaded

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  • Several Kenyan security officers patrolling the dangerous Elwak-Kotulo road in Mandera were killed by al Shabaab militants
  • First unit of GSU officers responding to the attack was also ambushed and their truck torched
  • Another unit of GSU was dispatched to respond to the two attacks
  • The attack came days after KDF killed several militants who attacked Ijara Police Camp

 

By Allan Tawai

A number of Kenyan security officers perished on Tuesday, January 2, following an al Shabaab attack on the Elwak-Kotulo road in Mandera County.

The attack took place as the officers, including reservists, regular police and administration police, patrolled the treacherous stretch before they were ambushed by the militants.

According to a report by a local daily on Wednesday, January 3, three police reservists and two administration police were killed in the initial attack and the militants waylaid first GSU unit responding to the attack.

According to Mandera South Deputy County Commissioner Daniel Bundotich, a contingent of General Service Unit (GSU) personnel who responded to the attack were ambuscaded and their truck set ablaze by the militants.

Bundotich added that a second team was dispatched to the scene of the two attacks.

This attack, as reported by a local daily, came days after the Kenya Defense Forces killed five al Shabaab militants who were among a group of attackers on the Ijara Police camp. Several militants fled after sustaining injuries from a shootout with the military.

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The attack took place on Sunday, December 31, and police recovered stolen motorcycles and weapons from the militants.

 

 

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PHOTOS: Akothee’s brother breaks down during his late wife’s final send off

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Akothee and her family are currently in mourning after losing their sister in law; who was married to Akothee’s younger brother, Allan Ignatius.

Judging from the posts shared by Akothee, the mother of 5 avoided mentioning what occurred to her late sister in law; however she went on to celebrate her for being more than a friend but a sister.

Although we may not know what Allan is going through; Akothee went on to share some special message comforting him after losing the love of his life. Akothee went on to write;

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Asemwomo piny ,kiny an Kodi boda busia kanyo , I would not know what to do with you and the kids , I am here in bed in kisumu with your mom and your entire family ,ready to meet and receive you bro 🙏Be strong for us 💪@allanignatiuskokeyo AWUORO THOOOOOOO 🙏

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Anyway, after keeping the funeral as private as possible; singer Akothee has gone ahead to share a few photos from the funeral on her page. Of course Allan who is currently struggling to get into terms with the fact that his wife is no more.

Judging from the photos, he indeed had nothing but sorrow written all over his face; but all in all his support system continues to hold his hand through this hard time. We from the Ghafla team send our heartfelt condolesence to the family during this hard time.

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Akothees sister in law laid to rest

Allans wife laid to rest

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Havi asks Treasury to stop paying MPs 

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BY KEVIN KOECH

 

Following Chief Justice’s letter to President Uhuru Kenyatta asking him to dissolve parliament, legislatures are yet to get a dose of their medicine.

The Law Society of Kenya President Nelson Havi has requested Treasury to stop disbursing salaries meant for members of parliament.

Maraga had on Monday, September 21 advised President Uhuru Kenyatta to dissolve parliament because it failed to pass the two-thirds gender rule.

According to LSK’s President, Maraga’s directive stripped members of parliament their legislative powers, hence, rendering all their business unlawful.

“Following the request from the CJ today to the Head of State, all laws passed by the Senate and National Assembly remain null and void. Consequently, Treasury must stop disbursing their salaries as any role they indulge in will have no effect,” stated Nelson Havi.

Additionally, the LSK President faulted some legislatures for claiming the Chief Justice’s advisory didn’t have a time frame compliance that would bind President Kenyatta.

Senate Majority Whip Irungu Kangata, on the other hand, suggested that the Head of State will have complied with the directive if he dissolved parliament in June 2022, sometime before the general elections.

Havi further added that he knew of some legislatures who were ready to resign before President Kenyatta dissolved parliament.

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Among those who were ready to quit include Peter Kaluma of Homa Bay, Alice Wahome (Kandara), Uasin Gishu woman representative Gladys Shollei, and Senator Mutula Kilonzo of Makueni.

Speaker Justine Muturi at the same time added that dissolving parliament was unnecessary because it was expensive since it would require a referendum to pass the two-thirds gender rule.

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Kenya Airways resume flights to Tanzania 

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BY KEVIN KOECH

The national carrier Kenya Airways (KQ) has announced a resumption of flights to Tanzania after lifting a ban that had been imposed on local aviation operators.

KQ has announced that it will operate two daily flights to Dar es Salaam and three weekly flights to Zanzibar.

The first after-lockdown flight was made to Dar es Salaam on Monday while flights to Zanzibar are expected to return from this coming Saturday.

While announcing the resumption of flights, KQ’s Group CEO Allan Kilavuka said the connectivity is crucial to both economies.

“We are pleased to resume our services to Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar following this announcement by the Tanzanian Government. Tanzania is critical to both Kenya and East Africa’s economic growth and we look forward to our continued collaboration,” he said.

The Tanzanian government, on Wednesday last week announced a lifting of the ban initially imposed to local carriers after a decision by Kenya to exempt arrivals from Tanzania from forced quarantine.

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