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DP Ruto’s pilot, four Americans die in chopper crash

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Deputy President William Ruto’s pilot, Captain Mario Magonga has died in a chopper crash in Turkana.

Police on Monday said Captain Magonga died with all the four Americans he was flying after their chopper came down at Labolo in Central Island National Park at 8pm.

“Available information indicates that two helicopters had landed earlier at Labolo tented Camp on the National Park’s Island, however one managed to clear the area safely,” the National Police Service said in a statement.

“Security personnel dispatched to the scene confirmed that among the five were four Americans and the Kenyan pilot.”

Security teams have been dispatched to the scene to assist with recovery of the wreck and the bodies, police said.

“The cause of the incident is yet to be established and the details of the deceased will be released once the next of kin have been notified.”

Kitutu Chache South MP Richard Onyonka, a relative of the deceased, said the chopper Mr Magonga was flying went off radar near Lake Turkana.

He said following a search and rescue mission, the wreckage of the aircraft and the pilot’s body were located on Monday at 2am.

“He (Magonga) went off the radar and they were unable to trace him until about 2am when they found his wreckage. The only thing we know is he was the one flying the helicopter,” he told NTV.

It was not immediately clear what caused the crash and Mr Onyonka called on the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) to investigate the incident.

Captain Magonga worked for Tropic Air Kenya until June 2015, when he left to pursue his flying career.

“An exceptional helicopter pilot, Mario has also been the source of strength, laughter and spirit, both in the office and in the air, and we will miss him,” Tropic Air says in a June 23, 2015 Facebook post.

The late captain has has been described as a pilot “with exceptional flying skills”, with Mr Onyonka, his cousin, saying he had been cleared to flying high-profile guests, including former US President Barack Obama.

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‘I love you!’ Janelle Monae tells Lupita in birthday wish

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Lupita Nyong’o has reignited rumours that she is romantically involved with American star, Janelle Monae.

The Black Panther star shared a video clip of her and Janelle looking hot and dressed in Greek-inspired outfits.

The Boomerang clip was accompanied with a shout out Janelle saying,

“Happy birthday to my exceptional friend from the future, @janellemonae. I love sharing real life and real fantasy with you…”

Janelle responded to the post saying,

“I love you”

Fans went crazy.

“I’m not the one one who assume they a secret couple, am I?” a very curious follower speculated.

The comments section is filled with such comments and other brazen ones as well.

Neither Lupita nor  Janelle have addressed the dating rumours.

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Broken vows: Gospel artistes you did not know were divorced

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Divorces among gospel artistes are on the increase over reasons such as infidelity, cruelty, among others.

Below are gospel artistes who are divorced.

1- Betty Bayo

Betty, who was married to the famous pastor Kanyari, divorced the man of God after he was exposed for pretending to perform miracles yet he wasn’t.

The gospel artiste is known for her hit ’11th hour’ had distanced herself from her prophetic husband and she has now moved on despite the fact that the two have kids together.

Betty Bayo is currently dating and is set to get wed any time soon.

Kanyari vs Betty Bayo

2. Gloria Muliro

Gloria Muliro and her longtime husband Congolese preacher Eric Omba parted ways over infidelity allegations.

Sometimes back, they had a colourful wedding at PCEA Nairobi West and later on after 5 years, they renewed their wedding vows at Hilton Hotel, Nairobi.

Omba has since moved on and gotten married again but Gloria has not.

Gloria Muliro and ex husband Eric Omba

She narrates how her pastor husband was chasing women instead of being busy winning souls for the Lord.

I always knew he was cheating on me and friends would always come around with reports but i always shut them out. I did not want outsiders, but God to show me the truth .

In fact, besides my family and one bishop, no one else knew the hell I was going through.

3. Keziah Kariuki

Keziah Kariuki, a Kameme TV presenter cum gospel artiste divorced her husband Mzee Kariuki Kiengei.

In an earlier interview, with a local TV station, Kariuki said Kiengei broke her heart by marrying another woman, even though they had a church wedding.

“It was a painful experience. Sometimes I was getting ready for a TV show and I would break down.

Kameme FM presenter Keziah Kariuki and her ex-husband

In other instances, I would be getting ready to appear before the camera, only to burst out in tears and mess my make-up,”

4. Eunice Njeri

Eunice split from her ex back in 2016, after walking out hours after the wedding.

She stated that her biggest struggle remains being ridiculed for leaving her marriage.

Eunice Njeri

5. Joan Wairimu

Pastor Joan Wairimu Githuku and her husband have both filed cases in court accusing each other of adultery.

Pastor Wairimu in 2013 initiated the case at a Nairobi court where she seeks orders of separation.

Pastor Joan Wairimu

But her husband, Bishop William Musyoki Mwangangi also filed a cross-petition asking the court to dissolve the marriage.

The couple got married in 1996 in church.

6. Loise Kim
Loise Kim has plans of running for a political seat this coming election.

Speaking to Kikuyu Diaspora television she shed light about her marriage an issue that has been shrouded in controversy since she released a song that was speculated to have been about separation with her spouse.

Loise Kim

Loise Kim song “Wedo wa Kiabiriria” which can be loosely translated to the “First Love” became very popular but also opened a can of worms regarding her marriage.

Loise Kim, who narrated how her marriage fell apart after just seven months of being together with said she sang the song because of the state of her relationship.

 “WHEN I WAS SINGING THAT SONG I WAS BITTER ABOUT MY MARRIAGE. WE WENT OUR SEPARATE WAYS BECAUSE WE LET THE DEVIL COME BETWEEN US. AFTER HE LEFT WE USED TO EXCHANGE BITTER WORDS WHICH MADE THINGS WORSE,” SHE SAID.

She has two children with her ex-hubby and they have since divorced. She added, “I let go of everything and decided to live my life and my ministry”.

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State House dismisses claims of rift between Uhuru, Ruto

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State House has denied claims that there was a growing rift between President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto, a day after the Head of State lashed out at his critics.

State House Spokesperson Kanze Dena said a series of misleading narratives have been propagated through the mainstream and social media to create an impression that the duo was no longer seeing eye to eye.

On Wednesday, Uhuru seemed to lose his cool when he dismissed critics of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) task force report, saying they were directionless individuals who criticised the document even before it was released.

Dr Ruto and his allies had been leading attacks against the BBI report long before the document was launched only to make a U-turn after its launch.

“Even before we released the report, they were all over telling us about its contents. Now it has been released and they have taken us along a new direction,” the president was quoted saying in Gatundu North Sub-county on Thursday

.But yesterday, Ms Dena was quick to dismiss claims of a simmering rift between the two.She cited a recent photo where Ruto was seen standing outside the holding room during the BBI report launch, which created a sensation online that the DP had been locked out of Uhuru’s meeting

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