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Three toddlers perish in fire after mum leaves them to buy mandazi

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Three children died on Tuesday morning in a morning inferno at Nairobi’s Mukuru-Kwa Njenga slum in Embakasi West.

Their mother collapsed upon learning of their death and was rushed to a Nairobi hospital for treatment.

Police identified the dead children as three-and-half-year-old Clinton Hamisi, one-year-and-seven-month old Daniel Sikanda and six-week-old Blessing Khaesta.

According to the area security chairman Dominic Njuguna, the incident took place at around 7.30am as their mother had gone to buy a morning snack.

Mr Njuguna said 18-year-old Celestine Machaga went for the short errand, leaving her children in the house alone with a stove on, which was cooking tea.

Her husband Geoffrey Machaga, a casual labourer had left to work before the incident happened.

She had gone to buy mandazi for the children. A stove was boiling tea while the door had been locked from outside. She had not even bought the commodities before she heard screams and after turning back, she saw her house engulfed in flames. Those who responded first could not access the house due to the raging flames as the fire spread fast to other houses,” Mr Njuguna remarked.

He added that beddings, clothes, electronics and furniture were reduced to ashes in 20 houses.

The bodies were taken to the City Mortuary.

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VIDEO: Someone tell New York Times, in Kenya we align the journalists ourselves

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A furious Citizen TV journalist turned on his colleagues on Wednesday for blocking his shot during a media briefing that was being televised live.

Senior Reporter Hassan Mugambi, with vast experience in security matters, had spent hours covering events at 14 Riverside complex and did not take it kindly when his view was blocked

In a video clip that has gone viral, Mugambi is seen smacking other journalists on their backs as he tells them to cower and stop blocking his view.

 

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VIDEO: Woman claims singer Ben Githae has abandoned her with twins 

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BY OLIVIA MUNGWANA

A woman has come out claiming  Tano Tena hit maker Ben Githae has left her with two little girls.

The woman, Rose Wanjiru said she had an affair with the gospel singer and got twins from the relationship, but Mr Githae has now neglected taking care of the children.

However, reached for comment, Ben Githae rubbished the claims saying he was paying for rent for the woman.

“If she want to soil my name by going to media and if she thinks going to the media will help her, let her do it, but I have not denied the children are mine,” said Mr Githae.

The woman claims she met Mr Githae in 2011 in Thika where he had gone to perform, she got pregnant in 2016.

According to Ms Wanjiru, the singer helped her for sometime and later withdrew. She claims he at one time sent Mungiki thugs to beat her up when she was pregnant. Ms Wanjiru claims Githae later claimed the children belonged to a Pastor called JJ Gitahi.

“I have told him if the children are not his, let him come we carry out a DNA, he has stopped paying for rent, and claimed the children are Pastor JJ’s,” she said adding that she had met with pastor JJ Gitahi on three occasions then stopped so she could concentrate on Mr Githae.

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American newspaper New York Times declines to pull down graphic images on Dusit attack

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The New York Times has come under intense pressure from its readers and Kenyans online for publishing graphic images of victims of Tuesday’s terror attack at Dusit D2 Hotel at Riverside Drive in Nairobi.

Kenyans on Twitter came out in droves to condemn the New York Times after it published gory images that attracted a global outcry.

In a statement, the American publication said: “We have heard from some readers upset with our publishing a photo showing victims after a brutal attack in Nairobi.”

“We understand how painful this coverage can be, and we try to be very sensitive in how we handle both words and images in these situations,” the statement read.

Images published by powerful paper on its website showed bodies in the restaurant, victims covered in blood and gory scenes.

This sparked off an online backlash, with some readers asking the publisher to pull them down, because of their distasteful nature.

But the publisher is yet to delete the photos from their story.

We want to be respectful to the victims and to others affected by the attack. But we also believe it is important to give our readers a clear picture of the horror of an attack like this — this includes showing pictures that are not sensationalised but that give a real sense of the situation,” the publisher said in a statement published on Twitter on Wednesday morning.

The publisher said they take the same approach worldwide whenever such events occur by balancing the need for sensitivity for respect with its mission of showing the reality of the happenings.

Source: Daily Nation

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