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Sports CS on the spot over allegations of permits issued to Pakistani dancers held in a safe house

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A magistrate has ordered eight girls from Pakistan flown into the country as cultural dancers be kept in a safe house to enable police establish whether they are victims of human trafficking.

Senior Principal Magistrate Kennedy Cheruiyot sitting at Milimani law courts gave the order after being furnished with special permits issued to the eight foreign girls by Culture Cabinet Secretary Rashid Echesa.

Defence lawyer Evans Ondieki told Mr Cheruiyot that the eight girls, who were arrested at Balle Balle Club at Parklands, “ are in the country legally with full permission of CS Echesa.”

Mr Ondieki said the cultural dancers were allowed to enter into the country by Mr Echesa to promote trans-national cultures.

The lawyer pleaded with the magistrate to release the girls to be detained in a safe house where police can access them whenever they want as they investigate the owner of Balle Balle Club, who flew them into Kenya.

“On humanitarian grounds, I urge this court to release these girls as they have not bathed for the last one week, health rules require women to fresh up and bath as many times as they can afford,” Mr Ondieki told the magistrate.

He said it was regretful that police are stifling Mr Echesa’s order that allowed the girls to perform in Kenya up to January 18, 2019.

He said each of the girls paid the Immigration Department Sh45,000 to be issued with the special passes.

“What government are the police serving and what government is Mr Echesa serving. Aren’t they serving the same regime?” Mr Ondieki wondered.

He prevailed upon the court to release the girls to Mr Nadeem Khan of Blue Heart, a non-governmental organisation against Human trafficking, Violence and Child Abuse, to place them in a safe house where “only him and police can access them for interrogation.”

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Although their release had been opposed vehemently by State prosecutor Annette Wangia, the magistrate released the girls, who are suspected to be victims of human trafficking, to Mr Khan on humanitarian grounds with orders that only police from the trans-national crimes desk can access them.

The magistrate directed them to appear in court on January 8, 2019 when the proprietor of Bella Bella Club, Mr Safendra Kumar Sonwani, and his manager Mr Mika Osichiro will be arraigned for prosecution of human trafficking.

Mr Sonwani and Mr Osichiro were detained on Monday for interrogation for “irregularly trafficking into the country the said eight girls”.

Mr Ondieki has asked the court to disregard police fears, saying CS Echesa has allowed cultural promotions, which is permitted in the Constitution.

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‘Please help me return home,’ Kenyan legend runner living in the US pleads

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BY OLIVIA MUNGWANA

Kenyan distance running legend Henry Rono a broken man. He has been living in the United States of America for the last 32 years, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Rono who is now 66, on Tuesday reached out to Nation Sport and sent a passionate appeal:

“I wants a ticket back home, please.”

“Yes, I would like the government to help me get back home by getting me a ticket… I can’t afford living in the USA. I’m getting old… Also, being away from home for over 32 years is too long,” added the legend.

The legend is currently a security guard at the Albuquerque airport.

“Yes, I did retire, but these other jobs are stressful and I’m too old,” he said. “Like now, I’m sick from working hard. Many of my fellow Kenyans are dying from stressful hard working jobs,” said Rono, who was given a lifetime achievement award by the International Association of Athletics Federations in 2008.

“I have been given another award in Belgrade but I’m able to attend because of stressful work. Like now, I’m in the bed and I’m unwell.”

But Rono’s daughter Maureen confirmed she had spoken to the legend, and that he has been unwell since last week. “He has been coughing for the last week, and I’ve been in touch with him. If he asked you to send out an appeal for help, you can go ahead and publish,” she said.

Athletics Kenya President Jack Tuwei, meanwhile, said his association would be ready to help the legend.

“He did a lot for this country and we can’t fail to get help for him,” said Tuwei. “We need information such as costs of tickets, who he could be travelling with and other details, and then see how we can support.”

The Washington State University star alumnus had taken up coaching after his running career, this after alcoholism dented the highlight years of his spell that saw him shatter world records in the 3,000 metres (seven minutes, 32.1 seconds), 5,000 metres (13:08.4), 3,000 metres steeplechase (8:05.04) and 10,000 metres (27:22.47), all within 81 days across USA (California and Seattle) and Europe (Vienna and Oslo).

Source: nation.co.ke

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Shock as 25 year old Kenyan man passes away suddenly in US

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It is with humble acceptance  of God’s will that we announce the sudden death of Martin Muchene (popularly known as Gushi), which occurred on Tuesday January 15, 2019 in Fort Worth, Texas. He was the son of Mr. Paul and Deaconess Grace Muchene, and brother of Dennis Muchene, all of Baltimore, Maryland.

He was the grandson of Mr Joseph Muchene (popularly known as Babu)and the late Mrs. Hannah Wacheke Muchene of Waithaka, Dagoretti, Kenya; and grandson of Mr. David Kavusyu Munyoki and Mrs. Janet Kavusyu of Kitui, Kenya.

He was the nephew of Lucy Wanjiru, Mary Wangari, Peter Muhia, Sammy Kavusyu, Titus Kavusyu, and Mary Kimanzi. He was a cousin to many.

Friends and family will meet at 6pm daily for prayers & financial assistance at the Muchene’s residence: 2910 Rosalie Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21234.

On Friday Jan 18 and Saturday Jan 19 ONLY, prayers will be held at: Faith & Grace Worship Center, 10012 Harford Rd. Parkville MD 21234.

After Saturday 19th, prayers will continue to be held daily at the Muchene’s residence.

Further information about burial arrangements will be communicated later.

Cashapp donations can be sent to:
Dennis Wairia : 443-676-4668 – $DENNISWAIRIA
David Kimari: 443-326-1759 – $DavidKimari
Eva Kamau: 443-912-7033 – $EvaWangari

For more information please contact:

Dr. Rev Paul Mukundi: 443-554-4235
Pastor Samson Onzare: 443-824-4050
Pastor Mugwe: 410-236-5401
Karanja Mwaura: 410-409-9340
Melina Obare: 302-401-8412
Muthoni Mbatiah: 972-800-0342
John Mwaniki (Asante Auto): 443-858-4617
Abby Karanja: 404-542-5099
Racheal Liyayi: 443-570-3226

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American who survived 9/11 dies in Riverside attack

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An American who survived the 9/11 terror attack is among those who were killed in Tuesday’s terror attack at Nairobi’s 14 Riverside Drive.

Jason Spindler’s mother Sarah Sandler told NBC News that her son “was trying to make positive change in the third world in emerging markets.”

Jason’s brother, Jonathan, also confirmed the family’s tragic loss via Facebook.

“It is with a heavy heart that I have to report that my brother, Jason Spindler passed away this morning during a terror attack in Nairobi, Kenya. Jason was a survivor of 9-11 and a fighter. I am sure he gave them hell!” Jonathan’s post read.

HAVING LUNCH

The US State department confirmed that an American citizen was killed in the Tuesday attack.

Spindler, who was the CEO and Global Managing Director of I-DEV International, was, according to colleagues, having lunch at the Dusit Hotel when the attack happened.

I-DEV is based at Metta, a space for entrepreneurs that is located at the 14 Riverside office complex in the Belgravia building’s sixth floor.

The Metta Africa Head of Community, memberships and operations Essie Mwikali said there were 45 people at the space when the attack happened and accounted for everyone and confirmed the death of Spindler.

Nailab CEO Sam Gichuru eulogized Spindler as “a strong supporter of the Kenyan Tech Ecosystem.”

By Agencies

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