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‘Baba’ watches in dismay as Uhuru and Zein Varjee embrace in a “serious” hug that has set tongues wagging



When you are president, everything matters, even the little things that are normal for less-watched mortals. If you change your walking gait, it’s a new swag you have adopted and if you don’t close your eyes during prayer, it’s such a big deal.

That’s the situation President Uhuru Kenyatta found himself in last week after meeting a prominent Kenyan media personality and greeting her in the best way he knows how: through a hug!

The occasion was the fourth session of the United Nations Environment Assembly at the UN office in Gigiri, Nairobi, where President Uhuru chanced on the former CNN journalist, who later moderated one of the events.

Images of the meeting show the two embraced each other ‘deeply’ as other leaders including Opposition chief Raila Odinga watched on in an unspoken passion that would rattle a spouse.

Uhuru and Zain exchanged pleasantries and shared laughs, though it’s not clear what they talked about. Zain Verjee worked for Capital FM and KTN before leaving for CNN. After a 14-year stay at the US-based Cable News Network, she quit to form her own Africa-focused production house in April 2014.

 A normal hug would have passed, but many have described it as “hearty” given that it took longer. When it hit social media, Kenyans made light of it, even proposing the president should have allowed Raila a chance for a hug in the spirit of the handshake. “President Uhuru Kenyatta’s HUG-SHAKE has left most Kenyans on social media tongue wagging,” someone commented on Twitter.

For Zain, the hug may not a big deal, after all. Having brushed shoulders with world leaders, she must be used to such VIP hugs.

President Uhuru, it seems, loves greeting and, now hugging. He is often seen greeting different kinds of people at events, in what is seen as his way of demystifying the presidency. In 2016, his photo while hugging an old woman in Kiambu during a Last Mile power connection inspection tour left most Kenyans humbled [ Granny gives Uhuru a motherly hug].

Tucker Newton gets a mighty hug from President Trump in North Carolina after asking for one.

Presidential hugs for non-VIPs are rare but not uncommon. In October last year rapper Kanye West hugged US President Donald Trump during a White House Visit. Earlier in September, a boy by the name Tucker Newton who was in the team serving hot meals to victims of Harricane Florence in North Carolina asked for a hug from President Trump, who had joined them in the humanitarian exercise, and he got it – a really big one.

See Also: No more forced make-up for flight attendants ]

And another boy who made multiple attempts to hug President Trump as he signed the Right to Try Act, finally got his bargain with three multiple hugs from the President of the world’s superpower.

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Magistrate fundraises for woman who stole weave to look pretty



A court has contributed money to settle the debt of a woman who stole weaves worth Sh1,140. Karyn Chelagat from Kilifi said she stole the weaves because she wanted to look as beautiful as other women.

She told Resident Magistrate David Odhiambo she is poor and could not afford the weave.Amid sobs, Chelagat was accused of stealing from a supermarket in Mtwapa on Sunday.

“I stole the weaves from the supermarket because I wanted to look beautiful like other women I see around. I had gone to the supermarket to buy one but upon looking at the price tag, I was disappointed to find it was too expensive,” she said.”So I decided to steal it.”

She added that poverty has stopped her from grooming herself and ‘looking beautiful’.“When I came to town I saw women sporting good hair and wearing quality make-up. I wanted to be like them.”

Odhiambo decided against convicting her and instead requested the court to contribute the Sh1,140.“I request that the lawyers present in court and anyone willing to contribute at least Sh100 to compensate the supermarket and help raise some funds to help this woman.”

Lawyer William Bosire gave out Sh2,000 to settle Chelagat’s debt and keep her from staying in jail for two years or paying a Sh50,000 fine.Odhiambo also directed the investigating officer to return the stolen weaves to the supermarket and hand over the Sh2,000 to Chelagat for food and the debt.


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UoN student left for the dead after alleged beating by varsity guards



A student at University of Nairobi was over the weekend allegedly battered by guards at the College of Architecture.

Students Organisation of Nairobi University (Sonu) chair Ann Mvurya accused the security guards, attached to Lavington Security Limited,  of beating Kelvin Ochieng despite his efforts to prove that he was a student.

The operations manager of Lavington Security Limited confirmed the incident to Nairobi News.

Ms Mvurya told journalists that Kelvin had even logged to his student portal and confirmed that he was a student of registration number D33/83354/2017.

“He had already logged in to his portal to confirm that he is indeed a student but the ignorant security guards, after failing to understand how a portal operates, started beating him up,” she said.

Ms Mvurya claimed the guards stole Sh3,200 from the student before ‘stripping him with an aim of covering their heinous acts’.

The student sustained deep head cuts and was taken to the University Health Service (UHS) dispensary.

“This is uncalled for and should be brought to an end,” she said.

By Nairobinews

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Ex-KRA boss Njiraini, Murugi shortlisted to head National Land Commission



Former Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) Commissioner General John Njiraini is among the 11 candidates shortlisted for the chairperson of the National Land Commission.

Njiraini, who had sat at the helm of  KRA since March 2012, left last month after his term expired.

Former Nyeri MP Esther Murugi has also been listed as a contender for the NLC Board top seat that fell vacant when Mohammed Swazuri’s tenure ended.

Swazuri’s tenure was tainted with controversies and culminated in several arrests and subsequent arraignment.

On Tuesday, an advertisement in the local daily also named other candidates shortlisted for NLC Board Chairperson as Mwenda Makathimo (Executive Director of the Land Development & Governance Institute); prominent lawyer Gershom Otachi; Naomi Wagereka (former Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) Chairperson); Robert Kilimo, Patrick Adolowa, Humphrey Njuguna, Paul Wambua, Tiyah Ali (Isiolo County MP) and Gershom Bw’Omanwa.

According to the National Land Commission, the above candidates were shortlisted from 117 applications which the commission received.

Notable personalities who were shortlisted for membership positions include Francis Nderitu (Ndaragwa MP), Prof Gitile Naituli and Adan Abdi Mohamed (former National Cohesion and Integration Committee (NCIC) commissioners), Boniface Otsyula (Bumula MP), Alex Muthengi (former Tharaka MP) and Omingo Magara (former South Mugirango MP).

The candidates are required to appear before an interview panel starting 7:30a.m on Monday, July 29.

Upon interviews, two qualified applicants for the position of chairperson will be shortlisted and 16 for members, then forwarded to the President.

The President is then expected to nominate the chairperson and eight members within 14 days, then forward to the National Assembly for vetting within 21 days.

Should Parliament approve the names within seven days, they will be again forwarded to the President, who will then appoint them through a Gazette notice.

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