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Football fraternity mourns fallen official in the ET plane crash

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The Confederation of African Football led the sport’s stakeholders in paying tribute to Former Kenya Football Federation (KFF) Secretary General Hussein Swaleh, who was among the 32 Kenyans who perished in Sunday morning’s Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crash that was on its way from Addis Ababa.

Swaleh was reportedly returning home after serving as Commissioner in the Caf Champions League match between Ismaily SC (Egypt) and TP Mazembe (Democratic Republic of Congo) played on Friday in Alexandria.

“The President of the Confédération Africaine de Football, Ahmad Ahmad and all the African football family send their condolences to our dearest Hussein Swaleh Mtetu family, his relatives and to the Kenyan Football Federation,” read a statement by Caf posted on it’s website on Monday.

He was appointed as Caf Match Commissioner for 2018-2020. He was the secretary general of now defunct Kenya Football Federation (KFF) when Kenya last played at the Africa Cup of Nations finals in Tunisia 2004.

The Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 to Nairobi crashed early on Sunday, killing 149 passengers and eight crew, the airline said having left Bole airport in Addis Ababa at 8:38am (+3GMT), before losing contact with the control tower just a few minutes later at 8:44 am.

Football Kenya Federation president Nick Mwendwa termed the death a loss to football.

“Sad day for football. You were doing what you loved most. Fare thee well my chairman. Until we meet again,” Mwendwa tweeted.

Harambee Stars captain and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Victor Wanyama also paid his tributes.

“Heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of FKF Lower Eastern branch chairman and @CAF_Online official Hussein Swaleh and all the victims of the #EthiopianAirlineCrash,” Wanyama tweeted.

“Terribly saddened to learn that Hussein Swaleh was on the ill fated Ethiopian Airlines flight. We worked together on several occasions regarding football administration in Kenya. My heartfelt condolences to his family and friends. Inallilahi wa inailaiyhi rajiun,” tweeted Extreme Sports CEO Hussein Mohammed.

Football journalist David Kwalimwa tweeted, “Rest well Swaleh Hussein. A Football Kenya Federation official who is among those who perished in the #EthiopianAirlines accident on Sunday. Thoughts and prayers are with family.”

“We are deeply saddened by the plane crash involving an Ethiopian Airline aircraft early this morning with 32 Kenyan lives, including FKF official Hussein Swaleh, among the 157 dead. Our condolences to all those affected and may they find peace at this difficult time,” tweeted SportPesa Premier League club Sofapaka.

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Diaporans engage in intense debate over Huduma Namba

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Intense debate has erupted among Kenyans living abroad over recent announcement by Interior Ministry Cabinet Secretary, Fred Matiang’i that Kenyans in the diaspora have until June 20, 2019 to register for Huduma Namba.

In making the announcement, Dr Matiang’i disclosed that in fact, the registration exercise for Kenyans living abroad started at Kenyan consulates and embassies abroad on May 6, 2019.

“We began another phase of registration this week that addresses Kenyans in the diaspora. We have distributed a total of 154 Kiems kits in 54 missions around the world,” said Dr Matiang’i in a press conference last Monday.

He added : “ The deadline for those living in Kenya is May 18, and the government will not extend the deadline.”

But President Uhuru Kenyatta has since extended the deadline by a week after it emerged that a large number of Kenyans were yet to get registered at the lapse of yesterday’s deadline.

Kenyans living abroad ordinarily embrace such initiatives from the government and rush to be first on line believing it is beneficial to them in the long run. But this time around, things seem to be totally different. There are no reported long lines at the Kenyan embassy in Washington, DC or High Commission in London for instance since the exercise began a week ago.

Intense debate

Rather, what is going on among the diaspora is an intense debate on social media and community groups on the merits and demerits of the Huduma Namba.

Most Kenyans in the US interviewed by the Sunday Nation agreed that the Huduma Namba is a great initiative if smoothly carried out in terms of registration as the government has said it will be a unique identifier of every person legally in Kenya and Kenyans in the diaspora.

However, most were also livid that just like the Social Security number in the US, the Huduma Namba will be an authenticator as it will have data on aspects of every one’s day to day life.

“The lack of privacy of the Huduma Namba will open it up to fraud especially if used to authenticate individuals,” said Dr Kennedy Simiyu, Research Director at the University of Maryland adding that Kenyans in the US are questioning the basis for having a deadline for the Huduma Namba.

“If the purpose of having services centred on one registration platform then individuals should apply for the Huduma Namba at will,” he said.

Mr Festus Kasyoka Mbuvi, a Kenyan resident of Boston, Massachusetts is leading a group of Kenyans abroad who are arguing that the whole aspect of Huduma Namba reeks of colonial mentality.

By Chris Wamalwa, Sunday Nation

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VIDEO: Now DP Ruto, Aisha Jumwa tell Matiang’i off and call for his resignation

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Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto has said all those mentioned in the latest fake gold scam should carry their own crosses and desist from dragging the name of the president into the scandal.

Without dropping any names, Ruto said that “the political conmen had now tuned to gold.”

Walipanda ndege hapa na kwenda huko Dubai na kufanya maneno yao. Wabebe mizigo yao na waache kumuingiza rais kwa mambo hayo,” said Ruto during a fundraiser at a church in Endebess, Trans Nzoia County,.

Meanwhile, Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa, a close associate of Mr Ruto, has asked for the immediate resignation of Interior Cabinet Secretary, Fred Matian’gi.

A section of Jubilee MPs havealso told ODM leader Raila Odinga to state what he knows about the fake gold scandal.

They said Interior CS Fred Matiang’i should also explain how the country’s security was protecting the premises with fake gold.

Speaking  on Saturday when they accompanied Deputy President William Ruto during the launch of various development projects in Trans Nzoia, the lawmakers asked Matiang’i to state what he knows about it.

The leaders were Governors Patrick Khaemba (Trans Nzoia) and Ferdinand Waititu (Kiambu), MPs Robert Pukose (Endebess), Aisha Jumwa (Malindi), Janet Nangabo (Women Rep, Trans Nzoia), Rahab Mukami (Women Rep, Nyeri), Mathias Robi (Kuria West), Janet Jepkemboi (Turbo), Gabriel Tongoyo (Narok West), Fred Kapondi (Mt Elgon) and Owen Baya (Kilifi North).

This as it emerged that the Director of Public Prodecution, Nordin Haji, had defended President Kenyatta and former PM Raila Odinga.

Mr Haji issued a statement on Saturday about a recording circulated on social media that suggests that some information was relayed to President Kenyatta, Mr Odinga and Interior minister Fred Matiang’i, and that discussions followed.

He condemned the release and circulation of the recording, saying, “Such claims and their circulation through social media, specifically through leaked phone recordings in today’s age of real-time, borderless publishing, are alarmist and may needlessly cause disaffection.

He warned that “unless all facts are obtained and analysed, it is irresponsible and possibly unlawful to publish such material.”

SPEEDY PROBE

Mr Haji said he had personally received complaints from victims who said the person behind the scam had been invoking the President’s name in dealings and conversations.

“Having realised that they were conned on the availability of the gold, and the misleading knowledge and involvement of the President, the former Prime Minister and CS Matiang’i, they resolved to [file] a report [with] Kenyan authorities and cooperate with law enforcement in unearthing the under-dealings.”

The DPP said he had thus directed Inspector-General of Police Hilary Mutyambai to speed up the probe; he said the file should be forwarded to him in the next seven days.

Mr Haji also asked members of the public with helpful information to report it to authorities.

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VIDEO: Citizen TV Proprietor SK Macharia opens up about his life as “a Sweeper in US”

Royal Media Services (RMS) owner and Chairman Dr. S.K Macharia has opened up about his life as a student in the United States, saying he moved to the US to study after winning the Kennedy Airlifts Scholarship in 1962.

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Speaking during a prize-giving ceremony at Kahuhia Girls High School on Saturday, the billionaire businessman said he used to work as a sweeper in a bid to raise college tuition.

Macharia said he worked as a sweeper at giant aircraft manufacturer Boeing for nine years.

“When I was in the US, I worked at night and went to school during the day. Do you know a company called Boeing that makes big planes in Seattle? I swept their floors for eight years,” he says.

Macharia first enrolled in Seattle Technical College before taking a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science at Seattle Pacific University two years later.

He later graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Washington.

“I paid my school fees by working at night and going to school during the day, so there’s nothing that you cannot achieve,” the tycoon has told students during the event.

“You don’t have to be assisted by anybody but if you get assistance, it’s just a small push. It’s all about what you are doing for yourself that will make you a person and you will be proud of yourself.”

Macharia owns Royal Media Services, which operates two television stations and more than 10 FM stations across the country. He also has investments in real estate and hospitality industries.

SOURCE: Mwakilishi.com

 

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