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US forces strike in Somalia, kill 52 Shabaabs

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The United States‘ military has said that an airstrike in southern Somalia killed at least 52 al-Shabab fighters, in response to an attack earlier in the day that left at least eight Somali soldiers dead.

A US Africa Command statement on Saturday said the strike occurred near Jilib in Middle Juba region.

Jubaland regional security minister Abdirashid Hassan Abdinur told state-run Radio Mogadishu that the fatalities from the al-Shabab side could be as high as 73.

There was no immediate comment from al-Shabab on the death toll.

Daughters of al-Shabab

Earlier on Saturday, at least eight Somali soldiers were killed when al-Shabab fighters overran a military camp on the outskirts of the town of Kismayo.

According to reports, the heavily-armed fighters launched a dawn raid on the military camp, followed by a heavy exchange of gunfire which lasted hours.

Al-Shabab claimed it killed 15 Somali soldiers.

The incident came a day after al-Shabab said it had attacked Ethiopian troops in Somalia in an ambush on the road between the capital, Mogadishu, and the southwest town of Baidoa.

Since 2017, the US military has stepped up air raids against the armed group.

Al-Shabab controls large parts of rural southern and central Somalia and continues to carry out high-profile attacks in Mogadishu and elsewhere.

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Al-Shabab forces have been fighting to overthrow the internationally-backed government in Mogadishu.

On Tuesday, it also carried out a deadly attack in neighbouring Kenya, which it has regularly targeted since Nairobi sent troops into Somalia.

Four gunmen and a suicide bomber left 21 dead and injured 28 in Nairobi.

-Aljazeera

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Vehicle that plunged into Indian Ocean at dawn retrieved

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The vehicle that plunged into the Indian Ocean at dawn on Saturday has been retrieved.

John Mutinda, 46, is said to have sped off and dived into the Likoni Channel, ignoring calls by other passengers as well as ferry officials to slow down.

The body was retrieved earlier and taken to Coast General Hospital morgue.There are reports that he got into a fight with his wife, but the family has not issued a statement to that effect.

Mutinda, a father of two, stormed out of his house at 4.20am.He left behind a widow and twins.

It is still unclear why Mutinda would drive off the ramp in what looks like suicide.

The KFS statement on Mutinda’s death said, “A motorist driving a saloon car whose registration number plate has not yet been established right away after purchasing ticket drove off to the ramps with high speed to the ocean.”

The incident brings memories of the recent Likoni Ferry tragedy where Mariam Kighenda and her daughter Amanda Mutheu drowned on September 29.It took rescuers 13 days to retrieve the wreckage of their car from the seabed.

Mutinda’s incident was different as the car had only plunged 6m into the ocean, according to the Kenya Ferry Services.It took the Kenya Navy personnel four hours to retrieve the vehicle.

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MP George Theuri buys TV sets for police, but constituents are not amused

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It looks like Embakasi West Member of Parliament George Theuri might not be getting into the good books of his constituents any time soon going by this latest move.

Theuri on Thursday distributed 32 inch television sets to all the 14 police posts in his Embakasi West constituency.

The lawmaker said that the initiative is part of The National Government Constituencies Development Fund (NG-CDF) project to equip all police posts and stations with computers, printers, photocopy machines and furniture.

“Getting ready to deliver TV sets in all our 14 police posts and stations within Embakasi west. This is part of our NGCDF project of equipping our stations with computers, printers, photocopying machines and furniture. Swag na usalama mtaani,” said an elated Theuri.

Residents of Embakasi West however, felt that the MP was directing his focus on the wrong area, and urged him to instead turn his attention to more pressing matters in the constituency fast.

For example, some of the constituents who reacted to the post singled out the poor state of roads and drainage systems bedeviling many of the estates that have seen pools of filthy water and mud hamper access to their homes.

But this is not the first time one of the projects being fronted by Theuri has irked residents instead of attracting praise.

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In 2017, residents expressed their outrage at the new lawmaker after he constructed a swimming pool at Umoja One Primary School using NGCDF cash in the neighbourhood facing perennial water shortage.

Here are some of the reactions his gesture to the men in uniform attracted:

“Missed placed priorities, I pity voters who wake up very early in the morning only to end up voting in clueless leadership. Very sad indeed,” said Weke Henry.

“Thanks mheshi but surely maji inatumaliza mama Lucy road na umoja 2 drainage hakuna kindly do something about it,” wrote Virginia Mwangi.

“Barabara ya Tena apo Rockfields to PCEA MHESH inakaa shamba, Do something,” commented Luke Kamau.

“Drainage in Innercore is pathetic,” stated Paul Owino.

“TV kwa station?” asked Khakabo Fredrick

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VIDEO: Kenya has Big Room for Economic Growth with More Diaspora involvement

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Kenya has Big Room for Economic Growth with More Diaspora involvement

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), there are over three million Kenyans living abroad and this number is continuously on the rise.

MFA correctly holds it that Diaspora possesses immense resources which can greatly contribute to the
transformation of our country as envisaged in the Kenya Vision 2030.

One of the forerunner organisations that has been championing for more Kenyan Diaspora involvement is the Kenya Diaspora Alliance.

This alliance has been lobbying with government, partnering with the private sector and bringing the Diaspora together in various forums.

Such forum pumps energy to all those who believe in Diaspora power, talents, skills and resources.

Speaking during the recent Kenya Diaspora Alliance event at Laico Regency Hotel, George Wachiuri of Optiven applauded KDA, recognizing the need to support diaspora in terms of hiring skills and helping those who want to relocate back to the motherland.

He also asked Kenyan consulate offices to give Kenyans out there full support on their various immigration needs.

He observed that Kenyans living in the diaspora have a big desire to invest back home. They face a myriad of challenges including, inefficient systems, lack of mentorship and lack of the right people to partner with. Optiven Group has been the number one supporter of Kenyans living abroad in mentorship, job creation, lobbying and fostering business partnerships.

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George Wachiuri enumerated how Optiven has been sponsoring many events in the USA, EU, UK, Europe, UAE and African countries. “This is one way of give back and to appreciate those who support the Optiven vision of economically and socially empowering and transforming the society,” said Mr Wachiuri

He emphasized that Optiven involve Diaspora in offering them infrastructure, building & supply of building materials contracts, mentoring those coming back and offering senior jobs.

During the event, Dr. Shem emphasized that diaspora plays a key role to the Kenyan economy and he requested the government to give Diaspora tax incentives by working with various governments to avoid double taxation.

He also invited all Diaspora to a big Event of Diaspora home coming at Ole Sereni

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