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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.

source: nairobinews

 

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Tremor causes cracks on busy Naivasha highway, motorists cautioned

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Traffic flow along the Naivasha-Mai Mahiu highway was disrupted following the earth tremors experienced in several parts of the country Sunday night.

Kenya National Highways Authority said a fault has been cited along the Naivasha – Mai Mahiu Road, at Fai Amario area, about eight kilometers from Naivasha Town.

Traffic commandant Samuel Kimaru warned that a bridge that that links a section of the road in the region had developed cracks and added traffic personnel had been deployed to direct traffic flow.

KeNHA said its engineers are on site monitoring any resultant damages to the road surface.

The authority said in the meantime, traffic police have been deployed to the site to direct traffic on a detour of the road section that has been created to facilitate traffic flow.

Private vehicle operators were advised to use the main Kamandura – Limuru – Kinungi – Naivasha Highway, while heavy commercial vehicles operators are urged to exercise caution and restraint, and to follow traffic flow directions that are being provided by the police.

 

The highway is key as it is the one that trucks ferrying transit goods to Uganda, DRC Congo, Rwanda and other parts of western Kenya use.Disruption of the traffic flow was expected to impact on business in general.

Earth tremors were reported in several counties across Kenya, the Meterological department has confirmed.Tremors were reported in Nairobi, Kiambu, Machakos, Mombasa, Nyeri,Makueni and parts of Naivasha with seismologists pinpointing Taita Taveta as the epicenter of the magnitude 4.8 quake.

 

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Two university students nabbed with drugs taped to their bodies

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Two university students were arrested on Saturday evening for being in possession of Narcotic drugs.

The students were arrested at a roadblock in Odda in Moyale, Marsabit County as they tried to board a bus headed for Nairobi.

Mr Chris Duma Odhiambo, 22, and Mr Raymond Mwilo, 20, were nabbed after police officers conducted a weapons search on the commuter bus.

According to police at the roadblock, the two students had wrapped three kilograms of bhang on their bodies using tape.

It was not clear if it was their first attempt to traffic the banned substance but police said they were investigating their activities and that they will be arraigned on Monday.

source:nairobinews

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20 Kenyan MPs linked to fake currency cartels

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Details have emerged of how close to 20 Members of Parliament are making millions of shillings from dealings in fake currency.

The MPs are said to be in a part of local and international cartels which are conning gullible individuals and investors.

In a new investigation, The Standard has reported that the local and international racketeers are involved in the lucrative yet illegal business, raking in millions of shillings from counterfeit money and gold.

The criminal ring also includes corrupt police officers, fast-talking wheeler-dealers, immigration officers, bankers, high-end hotels and judicial officers.

According to the report by The Standard, these cartels send scouts to popular tourist destinations,where they check into presidential suites in five-star hotels, posing as rich businessmen and interact with the rich and famous.

FAKE CURRENCY

Just like in the case of Barclays Bank Queensway branch, where fake currency equivalent to Sh 2 billion was recovered last week after a raid by police, they rent out secure safe boxes in banks and conceal the fake currency and gold.

On March 19, 2019, a raid at Barclays Bank Queensway branch saw police net more than Sh 2 billion in fake currency and a consignment of fake gold stashed in a safe belonging to certain Mr Eric Otieno Adede.

On February 27, 2019, Sh32 billion in fake foreign currency was recovered at a residential house in Ruiru town, 26km north-east of Nairobi,

In October 2018, a male Chadian national, his son and their Kenyan accomplice were arrest and prosecuted for being in possession of about Sh1 billion in counterfeit Dollars and Euros.

In June 2018, the High Court in Nairobi sentenced a Niger and Cameroonian nationals to 10 years in jail for being in possession of an estimated Sh110 billion in counterfeit currency.

COUNTERFEIT SYNDICATE

Two other suspects were arrested at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in October 2016 with fake Sh267 million Euro notes in 500 bills on their way to Dubai.

According to The Standard, there are printers in Luthuli, Khoja and Kirinyaga roads, whose specialty is bulk printing of counterfeit currency.

The houses are equipped with the printers, and supplies of vitamin C, iodine liquid, paper cutting machines and rims of white papers.

Two chief inspectors of police have also been linked to the counterfeit syndicate, who have now moved from downtown Nairobi to residential estates.

The counterfeiters said to operate in Parklands, Kilimani, Lavington and Eastleigh.

source:nairobinews

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