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In photos, the burial of legendary music producer Bruce Odhiambo

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Legendary music producer Bruce Odhiambo was on Saturday the 19th of January laid to rest in Koru, Kisumu County.

The former Youth Enterprise Development Fund Chair who died on January 8 was laid to rest in an event graced by his personal friend, President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The Head of State was flanked by Opposition chief Raila Odinga, leaders across the country and celebrities such as comedian Jalang’o as the producer made his way to his resting place.

Odhiambo was eulogized as a big hearted man who went out of his way to help others, a music icon who moulded many careers and a patriot who served his nation well.

Here are the photos from the funeral

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Well-wishers put smile on needy varsity student

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When the Nation visited Joseph Boke in May at his grandmother’s home in the border town of Sirare in Migori County, he expressed hope that he would one day go back to university and complete his studies.

This was after dropping out of the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) in 2016 due to his inability to pay his fees.

But one thing that always bothered him was where he would get money to enable him resume his studies.

With this in mind, Boke tried his hand as a bar manager where he worked for a former high school friend. He was being paid Sh5,000 per month. He would also teach in some local secondary schools where he earned between Sh3,000 and Sh5,000 a month.

But while he did these jobs, he was cognisant of the need to go back to JKUAT and clear his studies.

He had been in high school for ten years, sitting the KCSE exam three times and scoring a straight A that secured him placement at the university to study actuarial science.

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Having lost his mother in 1994 when he was a child, he and his two siblings, a brother and a sister, were brought up by their grandmother, Maria Mogosi who never bore her own children as she was barren. Among the Kuria people, if a woman is not able to give birth she is allowed to “marry a young woman” who bears children for her. Boke and his siblings found themselves in this kind of cultural arrangement.

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Their grandmother, who exchanges Kenyan and Tanzanian currencies in Sirare town, recounted how she has struggled to have them go through school with the little resources she has.

Boke now expresses his joy after some Kenyan well-wishers contributed towards his return to university.

Because he has always been passionate about teaching, he joined the University of Nairobi’s (UoN) College of Education where he is now pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education.

Boke could not return to JKUAT to continue with actuarial studies as the curriculum had when in the three years he was away due to lack of fees.

Among his benefactors is Elizabeth Wanyoike, a Kenyan pastor living in the US.

Ms Wanyoike has pledged to support Boke through his education and take care of his upkeep.

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Ms Mogosi expressed her joy and thanked Kenyans and Pastor Wanyoike for helping her grandson resume studies.

Dr Pamela Lunjalu, the assistant dean of students at UoN’s College of Education says more effective policies should be formulated to take care of such cases.

She also says that these cases should be looked into at the local level before students join school but asserts that the government should increase funding for bright but needy students.

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“The University of Nairobi offers many opportunities but these are still not enough for the rising cases of these students. UoN gives students bursaries and work study opportunities. The university is also in constant communication with HELB (Higher Education Loans Board) to facilitate quick funding for the students,” says Dr Lunjalu.

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The rogue police force of Juja -VIDEO

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Kenya police are on the spot over brutality and excessive force unleashed on Jomo Kenyatta University students on Monday.

Officers from Juja descended on the learners, who, ironically, were protesting over rising insecurity around the main campus, with blows, kicks and clubs.

Instead of protection, assurances and outlining the steps they would take to ensure the Jkuat student fraternity is safe, the officers chose to give stabbers and muggers a run for their money— rubbing salt in the victims’ festering wounds.

The officers in full combat gear mutated into a rogue force as they battled to restore law and order after the protesting student blocked sections of the busy Thika Road and brought business around Jkuat to a standstill.

In one of the ugly scenes captured on camera, five male police officers are seen brutally assaulting a defenceless male student.

In the video that has since gone viral online, the officers take turns in raining kicks on Allan Omondi lying on the ground.

Omondi is a fourth year-student pursuing a degree in Food Science Technology at the Juja-based campus.

As the student in a red t-shirt and blue jeans attempts to regain consciousness and scrambles to his, one of the officers kicks his head with a heavy boot.

The powerful kick sends him sprawling back to the dusty ground as the other officers descend on him with clubs.

READ ALSO:   VIDEO: Uhuru- Bruce Odhiambo helped straighten out my son, and I am truly grateful

One of the police men is seen attempting to trample Omondi’s head, as if to finish him.

While the condition of the student, who was later arrested and locked up, was not immediately known, he most likely sustained serious injuries.

Omondi, who is asthmatic, was remanded at Juja Police Station for more than five hours, did not have an inhaler and no sweater.

According to Ian Duncan, Omondi’s friend, he was released from the cell on Monday night and handed over to his mother.

The officers also broke the gate of one of the hostels and lobbed teargas, subjecting the students to inhuman treatment.

It is this violence that drew the outrage of Kenyans, with many questioning effectiveness of the ongoing police reforms as others demanded action on the rogue officers.

“Just watched a very disturbing video of police brutally beating an individual alleged to be a Jkuat student,” tweeted Mwalimu Dida, a former presidential candidate.

“I don’t know why all those officers would choose to beat up unarmed person who is already on the ground and is not resisting arrest. Can the IG clarify this incident?”

Lucy Kamunya said there was no difference between the police officers and criminals who were giving Jkuat students sleepless nights.

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“The police ganging up with the same people who rob students to beat up students says a lot about the security of comrades in Juja,” she tweeted.

The violence caught the attention of Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i and Inspector-General Hillary Mutyambai who have ordered investigations.

“I have observed the events at Jkuat today with profound concern. The use of force by police is clearly outlined in the National Police Standing Orders,” he tweeted early Tuesday.

“I have spoken to the IG and we both agree that firm and decisive action shall be taken against any officer who used excessive force, within the next 24 hours.”

Mr Mutyambai ordered the Internal Affairs Unit to investigate the matter and make recommendations for action within 24 hrs.

“It is important to note that all police officers have gone through a rigorous and professional training on management of riots and unlawful assemblies,” he said in a statement.

“Officers have also been trained on the need to respect human rights and fundamental freedoms, and that, use of force must be legal and of necessity to the needs of justice; it must be applied to the extent that it remains proportionate to the gravity of the offence and with full accountability.”

He vowed action against officers who will be found to have broken the law.

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“Officers are further reminded that police action should never be punitive; it should focus on maintenance of law and order, and processing offenders for court,” he said.

According to the Constitution, police officers are only allowed to use excessive force when their lives are in danger.

But even as Dr Matiang’i and Mr Mutyambai vowed action, Juja police boss Dorothy Migarusha defended her officers, saying they exercised restraint during the operation.

“Despite finding it tough to handle the situation of about 30,000 demonstrators, police officers didn’t fire even a single live bullet,” said Ms Migarusha.

Investigations into the operation, she said, were ongoing.

“Any officer who shall have been found to contravene the law will be punished,” she said.

But she dismissed the video on the assault, saying it she could not verify its authenticity.

Kiambu County Police Commander Ali Nuno said they were racing against time to identify the rogue police officers.

“The officers are from Kiambu, they are not from outside and we will have identified them by close of business today,” he told the Nation on phone.

“I can assure you if any officer broke the law then they will be individually held responsible.”

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Meet Anne Okoth wife to Kibra’s new MP Imran Okoth

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They say behind every successful man there must be a woman and for Imran Okoth that woman is his wife, Anne Ithara Okoth, his companion of many years.

Although not much is known about her she was seen by her husband’s side in the just-concluded Kibra by-elections.

Imran Okoth and his wife Anne

Many might wonder why Okoth is called Imran what many do not know is that he is a converted Muslim.

He decided to convert to Islam owing to his upbringing in Kibra where most of his friends were Nubians.

“He never left Kibra. He has spent his whole life there. He settled there and is married with children. The name Imran is not an alias. That became his name after he became a Muslim.”

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Imran Okoth

Imran was declared the winner on Friday morning after garnering 24,636 votes to beat Jubilee’s McDonald Mariga.

Mariga conceded defeat when the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) figures from 40 out of 183 polling stations showed he was second.

 

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