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Five things that might have led to Echesa’s dismissal from the cabinet



Sports Cabinet Secretary Rashid Echesa is now jobless. President Uhuru Kenyatta fired him on Friday with Amina Mohammed replacing him at Kencom House.

But what, just could have cost the fiery and vibrant Echesa his job?

1. Academic qualifications – Right from the day he was appointed, there were suggestions that Echesa was not the right man for the job. Even during his vetting, there were murmurs that he wasn’t the right man for the job. Rumours were also flying around about his experience and educational background, amid reports that he never stepped into High School. These were however never substantiated.

2. Politicking – It is believed Echesa is one of the CSs President Uhuru Kenyatta referred to when he recently warned his cabinet members to concentrate on working and stop politicking. In the early days of his tenure at the Ministry of Sports, Echesa would consistently either be found addressing rallies in his home turf or addressing political issues a bit more compared to policy statements.

3. Performance – Granted, Kenya registered successes in the sporting arena in the 18-months Echesa was at the helm. These include Harambee Stars’ qualification to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, Gor Mahia’s impressive run on the continental front and Eliud Kipchoge’s record-breaking exploits.

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The common argument, however, remains that these successes would have happened with or without the main man. On the flip side, Echesa will certainly shoulder some of the responsibility following the admission that President Uhuru Kenyatta’s pet project of building five state-of-the-art stadiums had failed.

Then there was the delay to renovate the existing stadiums, a situation which embarrassingly led to Kenya being denied the chance to host the 2018 Africa Nations Championship.

4. Scandals – Most of these might have never been proven, but Echesa’s name somehow cropped up when not so positive stuff was discovered. The most glaring ones were when his images in an uncompromising private moment went viral. Then there was a moment he was reported to have handed work permits to some foreigners who were later found entertaining ‘revelers’ at a high-end night club in the city.

5. Frosty relationship with colleagues? – Recently, Sports Principal Secretary, Kirimi Kaberia, had to publicly address questions over his reported fallout with Echesa. But this didn’t stop Kaberia from seemingly appearing to be his own man at the Sports department. He regularly appeared at press briefings and seemed keen on single-handedly discussing the future of sports in the country. For those keen on body language, it appears he knew much more than the ordinary man.

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Source: Nairobi News

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Mum of multiple quadruplets struggles to provide for 38 kids



Mariam Nabatanzi gave birth to twins a year after she was married off at the age of 12. Five more sets of twins followed – along with four sets of triplets and five sets of quadruplets.

Three years ago, however, the 39-year-old Ugandan was abandoned by her husband, leaving her to support their surviving 38 children alone.It was just the latest setback in a life marred by tragedy for Nabatanzi, who lives with her children in four cramped houses made of cement blocks and topped with corrugated iron in a village surrounded by coffee fields 50 km (31 miles) north of Kampala.

After her first sets of twins were born, Nabatanzi went to a doctor who told her she had unusually large ovaries. He advised her that birth control like pills might cause health problems.So the children kept coming.Family sizes are at their largest in Africa.

In Uganda, the fertility rate averages out at 5.6 children per woman, one of the continent’s highest, and more than double the global average of 2.4 children, according to the World Bank.But even in Uganda, the size of Nabatanzi’s family makes her an extreme outlier.

Her last pregnancy, two and a half years ago, had complications. It was her sixth set of twins and one of them died in childbirth, her sixth child to die.Then her husband – often absent for long stretches – abandoned her. His name is now a family curse. Nabatanzi refers to him using an expletive.“I have grown up in tears, my man has passed me through a lot of suffering,” she said during an interview at her home, hands clasped as her eyes welled up.

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“All my time has been spent looking after my children and working to earn some money.”Desperate for cash, Nabatanzi turns a hand to everything: hairdressing, event decorating, collecting and selling scrap metal, brewing local gin and selling herbal medicine.

The money is swallowed up by food, medical care, clothing and school fees.On a grimy wall in one room of her home hang proud portraits of some of her children graduating from school, gold tinsel around their necks

.“Mum is overwhelmed, the work is crushing her, we help where we can, like in cooking and washing, but she still carries the whole burden for the family. I feel for her,” said her eldest child Ivan Kibuka, 23, who had to drop out of secondary school when the money ran out.


Nabatanzi’s desire for a large family has its roots in tragedy.Three days after she was born, Nabatanzi’s mother abandoned the family: her father, the newborn girl and her five siblings. “She just left us,” said Nabatanzi sombrely, as some of her ragged children played on the dirt floor while others did chores.

After her father remarried, her stepmother poisoned the five older children with crushed glass mixed in their food.

They all died. Nabatanzi escaped because she was visiting a relative, she says. “I was seven years old then, too young to even understand what death actually meant. I was told by relatives what had happened,” she said.She grew up wanting to have six children to rebuild her shattered family.

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Providing a home for 38 children is a constant challenge.

Twelve of the children sleep on metal bunk beds with thin mattresses in one small room with grime-caked walls. In the other rooms, lucky children pile onto shared mattresses while the others sleep on the dirt floor.Older children help look after the young ones and everyone helps with chores like cooking.

A single day can require 25 kilograms of maize flour, Nabatanzi says. Fish or meat are rare treats.A roster on a small wooden board nailed to a wall spells out washing or cooking duties.

“On Saturday we all work together,” it reads.Having endured such a hard childhood herself, Nabatanzi’s greatest wish now is for her children to be happy.“I started taking on adult responsibilities at an early stage,” she said. “I have not had joy, I think, since I was born.”

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Cyclone Kenneth to be felt in Nairobi, Coast spared



Kenya’s capital Nairobi is one of the regions set to feel the impact of cyclone Kenneth, a devastating strong wind expected to sweep through parts of Tanzania and Mozambique from Thursday.A statement from Kenya Meteorological Department indicates that Nairobi alongside other counties will feel the impact though such will be in forms of rain-not strong winds.

“We may experience the effects of the cyclone in the form of enhanced rainfall over parts of Isiolo, Western Kenya, Samburu and including Nairobi. Stay with us for updates as the cyclone evolves,” statement reads

However, the weather forecast body has alleviated fears that the cyclone may hit the Kenyan Coast. It adds: “It is false that cyclone Kenneth will hit the Kenyan Coast. By the laws of physics, Cyclones cannot come this close to the equator. Landfall will be northern Mozambique as shown in the satellite image.”


The Meteorological Department said that the current rains will ease the biting drought in dry areas.It noted: “There is like hood of the heavy rainfall between 25th -30th April 2019 in parts of Isiolo, Samburu, Narok, Kajiado, Trans Nzoia and Nairobi counties which may cause flooding in some parts of the low –lying areas in these counties.

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”Yesterday, Accuweather warned that the cyclone would sweep southern parts of Indian Ocean stretching from Tanzania all the way to Mozambique.

“Landfall of Kenneth could occur as early as midday Thursday near the border of Tanzania and Mozambique. If Kenneth tracks slower and has more time to strengthen, landfall may not occur until Thursday night,” read the Accuweather report.

The French national meteorological service, French Meteo, on Tuesday rated Cyclone Kenneth as a moderate tropical storm.The new cyclone is set to smack the Indian Ocean just over a month after Cyclone Idai hit Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe killing over 1,002, injuring 2,513 people and displacing several others.

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Waiguru Poses With Look-alike & Kenyans Can’t Keep Calm



Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru on Thursday posed for a photo with look-alike, newly elected UNSA chair Ann Mwangi Mvurya.

In a post on her social media, Waiguru noted that meeting the young leader was quite intriguing.

“It is said that everybody has at least one person whom they strongly resemble. I had an intriguing meeting with newly elected UNSA chair, Mvurya.

“We share quite a bit in common including a shared passion for more women in political leadership,” she wrote.

Governor Waiguru with newly elected UNSA officials on 25/4/2019.

She further affirmed her support for youth leadership and challenged them to be the leaders of today.

The photo of the two whom people also noticed had a striking resemblance elicited reactions from a section of Kenyans online.

One user quipped “She looks like your lost sister,” while another claimed that one was a clone of the other.

Others were of the opinion that a DNA test needed to be conducted to establish if the two were related.

“We need a DNA test here to unravel the mystery of these lost twins from Kirinyanga county,” one Kenyan noted.

“Great minds, sharp Women with brains, if we have such Leaders then, we are going to have a resourceful Nation, I believe Women also can do great in leadership. We should trust them and Embrace them even in national Leadership,” another netizen observed.

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Here are more reactions to the photos:

reactions to Waiguru’s tweet

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