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Slain Leeds student gunned down in Kibera buried in Nyeri



Calls for justice took centre stage on Saturday at the burial of Leeds university student Carilton David Maina, who was shot dead by police in Laini Saba, Kibra, on December 21.

At the ceremony whose guests included his schoolmates, Kibra youths and human rights activists, speakers asked the government to quicken investigations and arrest the officers in question.

Mr Maina, 22, was shot dead last week while heading home from a football game, a death that sparked furor from the public and lobby groups.

Mr Kenny Prince from England, where Mr Maina studied, asked local and international rights defenders to work together and ensure trigger-happy police officers are punished.

Mr Prince, who said knew Mr Maina while in both Kenya and England, eulogised him as humble, polite and determined.

“I cannot imagine that Carilton was killed on accusations that he harassed locals. It is untrue … I call on Kenyan and international human rights lobby groups to ensure justice is served,” he told mourners at Kanorero Village in Kangema Constituency, Murang’a County.

“We have lost an industrious and determined fellow who was gifted in education and sports.

The late Carilton

Representatives from Amnesty International and other groups faulted President Uhuru Kenyatta and Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i for not addressing the case.

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They noted that action was quickly taken against the Ambira High School boys who insulted Dr Matiang’i and his education counterpart Amina Mohamed.

Raphael Obwonya, a representative of the United Nations, said, “The government should encourage students to learn so as to end the crime in this country. The president and Mr Matiang’i have remained mum on the issue despite rushing to arrest the indisciplined students. No police officer has been arrested in connection to his death … this is a worrying trend.”

Hosea Karanja, a priest of the Presbyterian Church of East Africa, told the mourners, “Where is your MP, Nairobi senator and even the governor? The death of Carilton should serve as a lesson to you – that you should never be used by politicians during campaigns. Give them a wide berth.”

Mr Maina joined Maseno School in 2010 and held several positions including that of student leader.

He was a member of the football team and the Innovate Kenya club, and won an East African Community essay writing competition.

Mr Maina won a scholarship to Brookhouse School, where he successfully completed his introductory course, that was in collaboration with the NCUK International Foundation.

He wrote his Kenya Certificate of Secondary School examinations in 2013 and scored an A, which saw him admitted at the University of Nairobi, where he studied actuarial science.

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He then secured a slot at University of Leeds in West Yorkshire, England, in 2016 to pursue a course in electronics and communication.

Speakers at the funeral also eulogised him as a loving, polite and peace-loving person.

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Plane with 17 passengers on board crashes in DRC



A passenger plane with about 17 passengers on board crashed on Sunday in the city of Goma in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, killing several people, the provincial governor’s office said.

The plane, operated by the local company Busy Bee, crashed during takeoff for a flight to the city of Beni, North Kivu Governor Carly Nzanzu Kasivita’s office said in a statement.

The number of fatalities was not yet clear.Busy Bee was not available for comment.Air accidents are relatively frequent in Congo because of lax safety standards and poor maintenance. \All Congolese commercial carriers, including Busy Bee, are banned from operating in the European Union.

A cargo plane departing from the same airport crashed an hour after take-off in October, killing all eight passengers.

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Why school kept news of student’s family members’ death a secret for 22 days



A school in Tanzania decided not to inform a 16-year-old girl that her entire family of five had been wiped out by flash floods last month to enable her complete her examinations.

Anna Zambi’s parents and siblings were on their way to visit her in school for prayer day ahead of her final secondary school examinations when they met their death.


A private car in which they were travelling in was swept away in floods following incessant rains in Handeni District, Tanga Region.

According Tanzanian daily, The Citizen, the school chose to keep the tragic incident a secret to enable Zambi complete her exams in peace.

The incident happened just two days before the start of the examinations.

The head teacher of Mother Teresa of Calcuta Girls Secondary School revealed how he managed to ensure the student was kept in the dark over the tragedy that took the lives of her parents and three other siblings on October 26.


In breaking communication at the school, he said, all students were no longer allowed to watch TV on the pretext that it was examination time and that they must always be busy with their books.

On Monday, almost a month after the incident, she traveled back home to be with her family after finishing the exams, only to learn that her parents and siblings were no more.

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It was not until Saturday, November 16, when a wave of grief and deep sorrow rolled through relatives and mourners who had gathered for hours to receive Zambi and take her to the graveyards of her parents and three siblings.

At the same time, the Tanzanian government has pledged to support the bereaved teenager, saying that it would pay for her psychological rehabilitation and education.


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Invitation to the African Girls Hope Foundation Annual Gala happening this Saturday in Atlanta




African Girls Hope Foundation (AGHF) annual Gala is happening this Saturday at the Kenyan American Community Church in Marietta, Georgia, USA. AGHF  is a non-profit founded by Grace Faraja, a former refugee from the 1990s civil war that ravaged the DRC. She started the foundation to help educate girls in rural Congo caught in the ongoing civil unrest, poverty and disease.

As a former beneficiary of a full scholarship that changed her life, Grace believes providing an education to orphaned and less privileged girls can open a world of opportunities to them and help then end the cycle of poverty and early marriages.

This year, AGHF’s aim is to provide full-year scholarships to 120 girls at a cost of $29 per month per girl. We are seeking your help to raise funds to meet the overall goal of $34,000 for the year 2019-2020.

We ask you to help us meet this goal by donating on our website at

We prayerfully desire to support the education of 120 girls in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Kenya. With hope that God will open doors to other African countries in the near future. We have partnered with a local pastor running a school in the village of Mulenge in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Our partner has identified numerous girls in the village who are orphans of father and mother. Girls selected as AGHF beneficiaries are 65% of orphans of both parents.

Atlanta residents, please join us for our Annual Fundraising Gala dinner, to be held on November 9th at the Kenyan American Community Church KICC in Marietta, Georgia. Dinner and parking will be provided.

Below are some of the girls who need our help:


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