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Seven Kenyan ambassadors snubbed by host nations

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In what could turn out to be a stinging indictment of the vetting process of State officers, the fate of seven recently appointed Kenyan diplomats is in limbo because host countries have kept their accreditation in abeyance.

Though the government has been trying behind the scenes to resolve the unprecedented diplomatic development on the postings, it would appear Russia, Turkey, Austria, China, Malaysia, Namibia and Qatar have rejected the new envoys.

And six months after being vetted by Parliament and consequently appointed by President Uhuru Kenyatta, the seven; Ndegwa Muhoro (Malaysia), Hassan Wario (Austria), Benjamin Langat (Namibia), Johnson Kimani Ondieki (Turkey), Richard Ekai (Russia), Sarah Serem (China) and Paddy Ahenda (Qatar) have yet to report to their foreign duty stations.

Other appointments said to have run into the rare diplomatic headwinds include that of ambassador to the European Union (EU) Phyllis Kandie, who was later replaced by former Cabinet colleague Prof Jacob Kaimenyi.

Contacted for comment, Foreign Affairs Cabinet secretary Monica Juma, who is out of the country on official duties, referred us to her Principal secretary Dr Kamau Macharia. But his office asked us to talk to the Political Desk Foreign Affairs (PDF) and by the time of going to press, we had yet to get a response despite promise to call us back.

A source attributed their plight to their previous assignments in government and questions on personal issues.

During diplomatic posting, the sending state (Kenya) has to inform receiving state of change of ambassador which is followed by providing details known as the Agreem’e to the state.

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It is, however, up to the receiving state to accredit them or out rightly reject them—either with or without documented reasons.

Although it is rare, countries usually reject ambassadors because of their own intelligence agency’s advisory and often would employ delaying tactics until the sending country reads between the lines and appoints a replacement.

And for Muhoro, his former position as Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), might have worked against his appointment as ambassador to Malaysia.

Former Directorate of Criminal Investigations boss Ndegwa Muhoro

According to a source that sought anonymity, the Malaysian government has blocked his appointment citing his alleged blighted record during his tenure at Mazingira House, the DCI headquarters.

During his vetting process by the National Assembly, Muhoro whose first appointment to Israel as an envoy did not materialise, was confronted with allegations of spate of extra-judicial killings and unsolved high-profile murders during his tenure.

It is on that premise that sources revealed to People Daily, the Malaysian government under the new tough Prime Minister Mahathir Bin Mohamad blocked the former sleuth’s ambassadorial job.

While appearing before the National Assembly’s Defence and Foreign Relations Committee, Muhoro faced intense scrutiny over his record as the country’s top criminal investigator. In a memorandum to Parliament, outspoken lawyer Ahmednasir Abdullahi asked the committee not to approve Muhoro’s nomination, citing alleged threats to his (Ahmednasir’s) life.

Corruption scandals

And in a continued onslaught on Muhoro in April 2017, the lawyer sensationally accused him of planning to kill him, alleging that the ex- DCI boss had assembled a team of five police officers to kill him, among them an individual he identified only as Kamau, who was to lead the execution of the plot.

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Muhoro, however, denied the claims even as Abdullahi called on the Inspector-General of Police Joseph Boinnet to form an independent team of officers, excluding the DCI to probe his claims.

Former Sports CS Wario’s appointment may have run into trouble after he was charged together with Olympics legend Kipchoge Keino over the Sh55 million Rio Olympic graft scandal.

Former Sports CS Wario

His Principal secretary Ekai was also implicated in the same scandal with their cases still pending before the High Court.

It is, however, not clear why former Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) chair Serem has not been accredited.

She was posted to China but has yet to report to her mission because delays in accreditation, with the populous Asian nation remaining mum on the matter. It is the same case for Ondiek, Ahenda and Langat who are still in the country despite Parliament approving their appointment.

Johnson Ondieki

Ondieki, a former commander of the UN’s 12,500 troops in South Sudan exited under controversial circumstances.

It has, however, emerged that the Foreign Affairs ministry has made spirited attempts to have Langat and Ahenda accredited by Namibia and Qatar respectively.

Paddy Ahenda

The determination is said to be premised on the presumption the two are not tainted by any known scandals.

Benjamin Langat

But a source that sought anonymity told People Daily that the government may concede on those implicated in corruption and other social misgivings.

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“You don’t appear in court over corruption like Wario and you expect to serve as if nothing happened…the government can’t allow someone with tainted image to represent Kenya,” said the source.

The ground could be murkier for Muhoro who had reportedly been rejected by Israel even before President Uhuru appointed him.

Adbullahi had alleged that he got the information about the plot from a trusted senior police officer attached to the DCI, who “revealed” that Muhoro had planned to end the lawyer’s life.

“I left the country on Friday, March 24 (2017), to attend a Commonwealth lawyers’ conference in Australia, then travelled to Sydney, where I stayed for three days until March 30,” said Abdullahi.

He said he later travelled to Dubai and returned to Kenya on April 2, a day before the call from the senior police officer leaking the information.

“My contact warned me to take the information very seriously,” the lawyer claimed.

But Muhoro took a swipe at the lawyer, revealing that he was under investigation for fraud and forgery.

In his unprecedented shake-up, President Uhuru edged-out long-serving Muhoro at the helm of DCI, replacing him with George Kinoti.

As CID boss, he was unable to crack the murders of controversial businessman Jacob Juma, Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) ICT director Chris Musando and Bunty Shah, the only son of Bobmill Mattresses owner.

 

Source: People Daily

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Huge fire destroys property worth millions of shillings at Githurai Market

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Property worth millions of shillings has been destroyed after a fire broke out at Githurai Market on Monday morning.

The huge inferno is believed to have started at around 4am near Riflo Industries, gutting down furniture section.

Currently, fire fighters from Nairobi County, Kiambu County and the Kenya Army (Kahawa Barracks) are still trying to put out the fire.

According to the Kenya Red Cross, response teams are already on the ground.

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Kenyan chef breaks word record for longest cooking

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A Kenyan chef in Mombasa, Maliha Mohammed, 36, has broken the Guinness World Record for the longest cooking competition, individual category, after completing a 75-hour cooking marathon.

The chef, who started cooking on Thursday, August 15, at exactly 10am to Sunday, August 18, has beaten the record set by Rickey Lumpkin of California, US, who cooked for 68 hours, 30 minutes, 1 second in December 2018.

TEARS OF JOY

Speaking to journalists at Kenya Bay Beach Hotel in Mombasa, Maliha, a self-made cook, who crafted her talent through YouTube videos, could not hold back tears of joy when she was announced a winner.

“I thank God, my family, Pwani Oil Company and everyone who contributed to my success of bringing this title home. I am happy to be the first female chef in Africa to earn this title,” Maliha said.

She clocked the 75 hours at 1:03pm on Sunday.

Despite the fatigue and swollen legs due to standing for long hours, Maliha prepared over 400 recipes of Swahili cuisine and other local foods from all over the country.

She also prepared some international cuisines including more than 10 types of pizza. She also cooked mandazi, biryani, chapati, coconut beans, chicken periperi, githeri, mukimo, fried fish, bacon and some juices.

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The Jaffery Academy alumna’s signature dish is Korean chicken Bulgogi.

After being announced the winner, she could barely walk due to fatigue and she cried out in joy as her friends and family supported her.

Chef Maliha Mohamed, 36, from Mombasa is hugged by her daughter Zahara Rashid after she broke the Guinness World Record for non-stop cooking at Kenya Bay Beach Hotel in Mombasa on August 18, 2019. PHOTO | LABAN WALLOGA
Chef Maliha Mohamed, 36, from Mombasa is hugged by her daughter Zahara Rashid after she broke the Guinness World Record for non-stop cooking at Kenya Bay Beach Hotel in Mombasa on August 18, 2019. PHOTO | LABAN WALLOGA

FATIGUED

“For every 12 hours, I had a break of 30 minutes for rest. I thank God for reaching this far. I am going to rest for a very long time,” Maliha added. S

She couldn’t talk much due to fatigue.

The chef had been preparing for the competition since last year December. When rehearsing in June and July for the competition, Maliha cooked for 36 and 54 hours non-stop respectively, preparing 100 recipes in the process.

Surprisingly, she has never worked in a hotel.

Pwani Oil Company’s commercial director, Mr Rajul Malde, congratulated the chef on her achievement.

“It has taken her a lot of effort and enthusiasm to achieve all this. We are hopeful that Guinness World Record will accord her a chance to travel and showcase Kenyan food to the world which will boost our tourism,” Mr Malde added.

The title will be confirmed two weeks later after Guinness World Records authenticates the videos and pictures taken throughout the 75 hours.

Pwani oil Commercial Director MrRaju Malde (right) helps Chef Maliha Mohamed in cutting of a cake after she broke world record for cooking on August 18, 2019. PHOTO | LABAN WALLOGA
Pwani oil Commercial Director MrRaju Malde (right) helps Chef Maliha Mohamed in cutting of a cake after she broke world record for cooking on August 18, 2019. PHOTO | LABAN WALLOGA

GREAT HONOUR

Her daughter, Zahara Rashid, a student at Coast Girls High School was there to support her.

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“We assured her of our support and we are very proud of her because she has definitely achieved her dreams. Owning this international title is a great honour and we are waiting to celebrate together,” she said.

By setting the new world record, the chef will join a galaxy of outstanding Kenyan achievers who have featured in the Guinness Book of Records including athletes Tegla Lorupe, Paul Tergat, Daniel Komen and Samuel Wanjiru.

Another Kenyan who has featured in the world list is Joseph Love who in 1992 milked 30 cows by hand in 24 hours.

In conjunction with the event, Pwani Oil also held a 9km walk to create awareness on cornea and other eye related defects.

“Those who participated will be screened. We also want to start a cornea bank in Mombasa and also create more awareness,” Mr Malde said.

The oil company offered a full sponsorship; from video shooting, assistants that helped her in food preparation, after the Maliha’s story was highlighted in the Nation.

In April 2018, she applied for the same competition and was nominated, but she could not take part in the event held in December last year because she could not raise enough money to cater for the expenses.

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How Kikuyu musician John De’Mathew died in Thika

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Popular benga musician John Ng’ang ‘a De’Mathew died Sunday night, after ramming a truck on Thika Superhighway.

The accident occurred on Sunday night at a black spot near Blue Post hotel.

Gatanga Member of Parliament Nduati Ngugi said the musician died on the spot, after ramming a truck and his body was taken to Thika Nursing Home and later transferred to Kenyatta University mortuary.

He was heading home after attending a fundraiser for fellow musician Peter Kagia’s ailing child, a close family member said.

De’Mathew’s death sent shock waves among his wide fan base across the country.

De ‘Mathew is arguably the King of Kikuyu music following the death of John Kamaru, in 2018.

It is reported that he had 50 albums under his name.

His songs were widely known for having hidden cultural, political and social messages, like “Mene mene Tekeli” which meant “the end is near.”

Apart from using his talent to caution the Kikuyu community against some leaders, he has used it to promote peace and enlighten the public against the consumption of illicit brew- which has claimed hundreds of youths in the community.

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