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Helicopter illustration proper for children, publishers say

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The Kenya Publishers Association on Thursday came out to defend itself against public condemnation over illustrations in some newly published textbooks that people find inappropriate.

The association, led by its chairman Lawrence Njagi, said the illustrations are suitable for early primary school children but disowned others they claimed were falsely attributed to them.

During a press briefing in Nairobi, Mr Njagi in particular defended an illustration for the Grade Two textbook that depicts a flamboyant MP’s visit to a school.

The caption on the illustration reads: “Teachers and learners are cheering. I saw a helicopter. It was flying low. It was flying just above the trees. ‘Our leader! Our leader!’ we shouted. It was our Member of Parliament. He travels in a plane. It belongs to him. The helicopter landed in our school playground. Three big cars arrived in our compound. They too belonged to him. He came out and greeted us. His wife waved at us. She had golden rings in her hand. He told us if we do well, he will give us a treat. He will lift us up the skies. I will try my best.”

In response to the complaints by Kenyans, Mr Njagi said adults are interpreting this passage the wrong way and thus distorting the intended meaning.

“There is nothing factually wrong with that passage. The passage should be looked at [through] the eyes of the child not [through] the eyes of the politician or us the grown-ups,” he said.

 Lawrence Njagi

He said the media blew the passage out of proportion based on perception, rather that the facts.

But he disowned two books that have also been faulted for misleading learners.

In one of the books, a caption says the head is used to carry loads while the other illustration shows a couple in bed.

The publishers claimed the books are not local, but from Ghana and the United States but did not provide any proof.

“Saying we use our heads to carry loads, I completely concur that that is an unthinkable explanation of the use of an average African head. Our heads are not for carrying loads. We have a lot of uses for our heads. This is not a Kenyan textbook and is not used in our curriculum. This particular textbook comes from Ghana in West Africa. It has nothing to do with our curriculum or publishing houses,” Mr Njagi said.​

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Genge rapper Mejja finds love again after being dumped by his wife via text

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Genge rapper Mejja is in love again after enduring the heartbreak of being ditched by his wife of five years through a text message.

Sometime last year, Mejja, who makes the trio of The Kansoul group, revealed that he battled depression and at one point contemplated taking away his life.

This was after his wife of five years and the mother of his daughter dumped him via text message despite them not having any misunderstanding, according to the artiste.

“We had not disagreed. Actually we were so happy. I was in Thika and I got her message asking me if I had arrived well. I told her yes and the next thing she told me was ‘move on with your life’” Mejja revealed in a past interview.

The artiste said that all his efforts to salvage his marriage never bore fruit as his estranged wife kept ignoring his calls.

The situation drove Mejja into depression and for a whole year he struggled to come to terms with the reality of his collapsing marriage.

IN LOVE AGAIN

However, Mejja now seems to have moved on.

On Sunday, he formally introduced his new girlfriend to his fans via Instagram.

Mejja shared a picture of him and his new bea accompanied with a very telling caption.

“Beauty and The Beast. Nikipeleka msupa Pango kununua digital kwa vaite. ALipenda Mjeshi hivo hivo Ghettoh lifestyle na ma ghettoh queen Watu wa comments najua mtaanza story ya mali ya umma huyu ni private property lol…” Mejja wrote.

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Did Ruto kick out journalists, yet again? – AUDIO

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An audio recording of someone who sounds like the Deputy President William Ruto chasing away journalists is making the rounds on social media.

In the audio, the person is heard telling asking the journalists to leave.

“Bado tuko na watu ya magazeti? Watu ya magazeti mnafanya nini hapa? Toeni hii maTV yenu hapa. Mnatufwata mpaka usiku? Tokeni hapa!” the speaker in the audio clip says.

It is not clear when, where nor if the person speaking is indeed the Deputy President.

The audio has emerged just days after the DP was caught on camera shooing off journalists who were covering the Ilchamus traditional wedding ceremony in Baringo County, an event he presided over.

In an incident that happened on August 10, 2019 in Baringo county, the DP interrupted his speech and asked the journalists to move back to give the crowd a clear view of the speakers at the wedding.

UNWANTED COVERAGE

Ruto went as far as making it clear to the journalists that he was not there to address them, but rather members of the public gathered at the venue.

“Na nyinyi watu wa nini, mumekuwa wengi hapa ketini chini watu wanataka kuangalia huko nyuma. Nyinyi tokeni hapa. Msonge nyuma. Wakae mbali mbali ndio wananchi waone. Kwani mnafikiri nimekuja kuongea na nyinyi ama nimekuja kuongea na wananchi,” Ruto said while addressing the journalists.

According to journalists who covered the event, the DP’s security personnel pushed and roughed them up leaving only those working with the Deputy President’s Press Service.

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Another foreigner arrested at JKIA with ivory bangle

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A Spanish national was on Monday arrested at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) with an ivory bangle weighing 0.025g.

Pich-Aguilera Maria, 50, was arrested moments before departure from Nairobi to Dar es Salaam Tanzania by Precision Air.

According to Kenya Wildlife Service officials, Maria will be arraigned at the JKIA Law Court at the Cargo Section near KAA head office

Her arrest follows a similar one of a Frenchwoman last week on Wednesday night at JKIA for being in possession of an ivory bangle, weighing 0.85 grams.

The French national, Laazibi Amal, who was transiting through JKIA from France to Dzaoudzi Island, has since been arraigned in court and fined Sh1 million.

Last year, a Chinese national was arrested at JKIA with two elephant ivory bangles weighing 150gm.

The bangles had been concealed inside the suspect’s check-in bag.

Zhang Ninighua, 52, was on transit from Lagos, Nigeria to Guangzhou, China and was smoked out by the Kenya Wildlife Service canine section.

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