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Former Kenyatta University VC Olive Mugenda’s husband is dead



Professor Abel Gitau Mugenda, husband of former Kenyatta University Vice-Chancellor Olive Mugenda died yesterday after a short illness.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has eulogised him as a distinguished scholar who made significant contributions to education.

Prof Mugenda died  after a short illness, according to a statement released on Sunday afternoon by the Presidential Strategic Communication Unit (PSCU).

In the statement, President Kenyatta noted the professor was also a researcher whose work has had great bearing on education and training in Kenya.

He also pointed out that Mr Mugenda authored and published several books and research, which will help grow the education sector for years to come.

“He was one of Kenya’s academic and research giants, who will be remembered for many years to come for his outstanding work,” said the president.

The president cited one of Prof Mugenda’s books titled Social Science Research: Theory and Principles, which he described as a valuable guide to research in Africa and the developing world.

Mr Kenyatta also described Prof Mugenda as a true patriot who committed himself to serving the country through his skills, knowledge and talent, despite his great achievements and exposure to opportunities outside Kenya.

“Prof Mugenda imparted great knowledge on research methods to our young people, not only through teaching, but also through his published works. We will forever be indebted to this great scholar,” he said.,

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Prof Mugenda worked with the United Nations and several International non-governmental organisations as a researcher and a monitoring and evaluation specialist.

He also lectured in the areas of research methods, monitoring and evaluation and statistics at the University of Nairobi, Iowa State University, Kenya Methodist University and United States International University-Africa.

Mr Mugenda authored several books in research methods, including Qualitative Research Methods and Social Science Research: Theory and Principles.

His widow is a currently a member of the Judicial Service Commission.

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There are no bones, not even a skull — Father of Ethiopian Airlines pilot speaks



Dr Getachew Tessema, father of Yared Getachew, captain of the Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed killing 157 people, has revealed that he cannot find the remains of his son.

In an interview with Sky News, Tessema stated that he was hoping to take home some remains for closure but it seems that will not happen.

“There are no bones…there is not even a skull. Everybody is just dust. So I have nothing to send even for his mum.

“I was hoping I would get something and take it to where he came from but there is nothing.

“We never expected this to happen. Well. Sometimes you cannot change destiny,” he said.

The late Getachew was just 29-years-old but had 8000 flying hours under his belt and was described by many as a brilliant young man.

He also had roots in Kenya as his father is an Ethiopian while his mother, Rayan Shapi, is a Kenyan. Both are retired dentists.

Having excelled in school, his dad convinced him to go back to Ethiopia to study and he got further training in the United States of America.

Tessema requested the airline to set aside a section and publish names of all those who perished in the crash as a sign of respect.

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“Many young people perished, many nationalities…even children. I am appealing to the airlines to put the names of everyone who died in the crash,” he said.

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VIDEO: Perhaps eager to talk to God alone, Uhuru stuns churchgoers after attending mass without security



It seems like President Uhuru Kenyatta has a knack for keeping a low profile when not on official official state duties.

On Sunday, the president stunned church-goers at the Holy Family Basilica after turning up for mass alone.

Dressed casually in a blue, stripped polo shirt and khakis, the president entered the compound under cover, much to the surprise of churchgoers.

According to reports, it was only after the president alighted from his black Mercedes G-Wagon that that the congregants established his identity, with some of them rushing to greet him.

Later in the evening, the president attended the Magical Kenya Open Golf tournament at the Karen Country Club.

Low profile

This is the second time in recent time that President Uhuru has been spotted driving himself after recently being pictured driving the same vehicle in traffic.

Five years ago, a police officer was stunned after stopping an unmarked car, only to find the president in the vehicle.


President Uhuru greets churchgoers.


When the vehicle stopped, President Uhuru rolled down the window identifying himself before he was allowed to proceed by the perplexed officer.

President Uhuru was recently spotted in traffic driving the same car.

“Ni mimi ofisa, fungua (it is me officer, allow us to go),” the President was heard saying.

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A year ago, a video emerged on social media showing President Uhuru Kenyatta buying groundnuts along Uhuru Highway. In the video, Uhuru was seen talking to a couple of kids hawking groundnuts.

“Utanunua?” one of the children asked the president. “Tosha ya leo, nishanunua” Uhuru is heard responding as he chews groundnuts.

Afterwards, one of the kids requested Uhuru for money and the president removed a wad of notes from his trouser pocket before handing it over to the group, with instructions to share it among themselves.

“Mheshimiwa asante, Mungu akubariki” one of the children retorted. “Nawe pia” Uhuru responded.


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Televangelist James Ng’ang’a arrested for “threatening Linus Kaikai”



Controversial televangelist James Ng’ang’a of Neno Evangelism was Sunday night arrested for threatening Citizen TV journalist Linus Kaikai.

Pastor Ng’ang’a was picked up from his church in Nairobi at the junction of Haile Selassie Avenue and Mombasa Road and locked up at Muthaiga Police Station after Kaikai had complained he felt threatened following a video footage that the pastor produced attacking him.
Police said he was praying with other worshipers when he was picked up after being informed of his crime at about 11pm.
Police said Ng’ang’a will be arraigned later.

In a viral video released last week, the pastor, dressed in military-like regalia and calling himself a “Chief General Commander” threatened unexplained “consequences” believed to be directed at Kaikai.
Kaikai, who is one of the panelists in a news show, News Gang, went viral with his take seeking to regulate pastors he referred to as spiritual fraudsters who are profiting off unsuspecting Kenyans.
“The people behind these so called churches have gone rogue in the name of Jesus, in the name of God,” Kaikai said.

“We are dealing with thieves not men of God. These are cold blooded evangelical vampires living off the blood of their flock in the name of Jesus. They are conmen who must have their date with our police and our law courts. Some of them preach prosperity but only they profit.”
“To these characters, Sunday, a day ordained as the Lord’s Day of rest and worship has become the most profitable day on the trading floor. Offerings flow like a mighty river and onward into their private accounts in the Lord’s name.”

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Kaikai listed few instances when pastors have made the news for conning members of their churches and minting millions off illegal schemes.
This prompted Ng’ang’a to shoot his video with the attacks on Kaikai.
“I am telling you like a Chief General Commander, you have to stop that, if you don’t stop you will face the consequences…” said Pastor Ng’ang’a.
“…. I can’t hide you but you can hide me.”

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