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Musalia Mudavadi narrates how fallen GSU officer rescued his son at Dusit

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Japhet Ndunguja, the General Service Unit (GSU) officer who was killed in the Dusit D2 Hotel terror attack in Nairobi, was laid to rest on Saturday.

The solemn ceremony at the officer’s family home in Kimala, Taveta sub county, Taita Taveta County was attended by Amani National Congress (ANC) leader Musalia Mudavadi and his wife Tessie among other mourners.

In his speech, the ANC leader narrated how the fallen officer rescued his son who was among the people trapped at the hotel at the time of the incident.

“I know people are asking why I came here. My son Michael works at Dusit and on that particular day he sent us a text message telling us he might die and that he loves us,” Mudavadi said.

RESCUE OPERATION

“He then went and hid himself at the fire escape area with his three colleagues. After two hours my son was rescued,” he further narrated.

The former Vice President said his son’s life was spared because of police officers, Ndunguja included, who put their lives in the line to save others.

A GSU officer carries the portrait of his fallen colleague, Japhet Ndunguja Nuru, during a requiem mass at All Saints Cathedral in Nairobi on January 25, 2019. Ndunguja, who was killed during the terror attack at 14 Riverside office complex, was buried on Saturday in Taita Taveta County. PHOTO | SALATON NJAU

Mr Mudavadi hailed the police and other security agencies for their quick response during the incident, saying it was a highly professional and well-coordinated rescue operation which saved the life of his son and more than 700 other people.

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WAR ON TERRORISM

Mudavadi urged Kenyans to respect and cooperate with the police because they sacrifice a lot to protect the country.

He said the fight against terrorism will only be won through cooperation between Kenyans and government agencies.

“We must respect them (security personnel) and give them the space to do their work. They are our brothers and sisters,” he said.

Source: NairobiNews

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Why Mututho wants alcohol prices reduced

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Former National Campaign against Drug Abuse (Nacada) Chairman John Mututho wants the prices of alcohol reduced.

According to Mututho, the increase in the price of alcohol in the 2019/20 budget will promote the production of cheap illicit brew.

CHEAP LIQUOR

Mututho wants the government to lower taxes imposed on approved alcoholic drinks which will make it affordable for the common mwananchi, hence reduce the consumption of cheap liquor which pose health hazard.

While addressing journalists in Nakuru, Mututho pointed out that cheap liquor has had negative impact on the general population and the increase in the price will only worsen the situation.

He has called upon the National Treasury Cabinet Secretray, Henry Rotich, and other stakeholders in the industry to work together to ensure the prices remain normal for the sake of saving lives of consumers.

UNSAFE BREWS

“The new policy will promote the use of unsafe traditional brews and development of harmful counterfeits. I totally disagree with the move to increase duty on alcohol,” The Standard quoted Mututho.

Among the highlights on the 2019/20 budget that will cost the country Sh 3.02 trillion is the increase on betting tax, boda boda insurance and alcohol prices.

Source:nairobinews

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Robbers steal Sh1.5m after digging tunnel into bank’s strongroom

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A gang of robbers on Saturday night made away with Sh1.5 million after they dug a tunnel into a bank in Kitui.

The incident happened at Financial Services Association (FSA) bank located in Itoleka, Kitui.

According to Kitui East Deputy OCPD Edward Legei, the bank’s night guard discovered the hole and then informed the police on Sunday morning.

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“He told our officers that as he was patrolling the bank, he saw a tunnel and suspected something could have gone wrong and reported the matter to us,” Legei said.

According to the police, the safe inside the bank and lockers had been broken into.

The police recovered the equipment used in digging the tunnel at the scene.

The security officer has since been arrested and he is helping the police with investigations.

TUNNEL

The robbery is similar to an incident in November of 2017, when robbers stole Sh 50 million from KCB’s Thika branch after digging their way in through an underground tunnel.

The suspects dug a 30-metre-long tunnel into the bank’s strongroom.

According to officers the tunnel was dug from inside a stall opposite the Thika Divisional Police headquarters, where the alleged criminals had been running a bookshop.

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Details emerge as top Kenyan student found dead in US

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Top 2013 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) student Norah Jelagat Borus, was on Friday found dead at her campus residence in Stanford University in California, USA.

Norah was the 4th best student nationally in 2013 and was admitted in the School of Engineering.
Police confirmed the death Friday afternoon, noting that there is “no ongoing safety threat to the campus community.” The cause and date of the student’s death remain unknown.

Stanford Police spokesperson Bill Larson said he was unable to provide further details regarding the death. The Daily has reached out to the Santa Clara Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office for comment.

NORAH

Friday’s death is the fourth student death announced by Stanford since February. Master’s student and world-champion cyclist Kelly Catlin died in March after struggling with depression. Her death came just one month after another graduate student was found dead in a campus laboratory.

Later in March, Mischa Nee ’20 died in a hiking accident after becoming separated from a group of other Stanford undergraduates in Mallorca, Spain.

Following Nore’s death, family spokesperson Mr Joseph Maswan said some family members had travelled to the US to establish the circumstances surrounding Ms Borus’ death.

Ms Borus, who sat for her KCSE in Precious Blood Riruta, emerged the best girl in Nairobi County in the 2013 KCSE results.

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Below is the campuswide leter sent out by the Provost:

Dear campus community members,

I am writing, on behalf of the President and Provost, with terrible news to convey on this Commencement Weekend. We have lost another member of our student community.

Police this afternoon have confirmed the death of an undergraduate coterm student who was found in a residence on campus. The police have told us there is no ongoing safety threat to the campus community.

It is difficult for me to convey the depth of anguish I feel, and I know many of you will feel, at this news. It is impossibly challenging to comprehend the death of another student at Stanford this year.

We have been in touch with the student’s family this afternoon. While we are working to understand the family’s wishes, we are not in a position to share the identity of the student. We also will be reaching out to friends and colleagues of the student to offer support and care, now and over time.

I want to urge all of you, as well, to reach out for support. Many students are in the process of traveling home or elsewhere for the summer right now. Even if you are off-campus, I encourage you to contact one of the campus-based resources listed below:

  • Stanford Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is available for students 24/7 at (650) 723-3785 and https://vaden.stanford.edu/get-help-now. Students who are off-campus and traveling can still contact CAPS as a resource, as well as this national number for free and confidential emotional support: (800) 273-8255 and https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/.
  • The Graduate Life Office is available 24/7 at (650) 723-7288, pager ID number 25085, and during office hours at (650) 736-7078.
  • The Office for Religious Life offers pastoral care and spiritual guidance and can be reached at (650) 723-1762.
  • Residence Deans (RDs) are available to help undergraduates navigate support and resources during this difficult time. An on-call RD is available 24/7 at (650) 504-8022, and RDs also can be reached through this web page: https://studentaffairs.stanford.edu/residence-deans/find-your-rd.
  • The Faculty Staff Help Center offers confidential assistance for faculty and staff. More information is available at https://cardinalatwork.stanford.edu/faculty-staff-help-center.

I am profoundly grieved to have to share this news, particularly in the wake of the deaths of multiple members of our campus community this year. I wanted to share the news as soon as possible, recognizing that there is clearly a need for greater conversation. We will share more information as soon as it is available.

At this moment in the year, many of us are dispersed around the globe. However, our sense of community travels with us wherever we go. I hope you will reach out to each other to extend care and support, and we at the university are here for you, as well.

Sincerely,

Susie Brubaker-Cole
Vice Provost for Student Affairs

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