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Former UoN student and politician killed in ugly clash with armed goons

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A politician who contested the Milimani ward seat as an independent candidate was on Thursday night allegedly shot dead by goons at Club 36 market located opposite Nairobi Primary School.

Mr Samuel Ragira alias OCS Ragira is reported to have met his death after he confronted the said goons at who had been terrorising traders at the “Klabu” market demanding money in exchange for stalls.

Nairobi News has learnt that for the last one week, the goons said to be armed with guns and an assortment of crude weapons have been demanding payment from the traders in order for them to go on with their activities.

“They ask for money according to the size of the piece of land that you are running your business on. The amount ranges from Sh10,000 to Sh200,000,” a trader who requested for anonymity told Nairobi News.

The trader further claimed that they have been operating in fear as the armed and ruthless youth have been threatening them and at times even brandishing pistols to scare them into submission.

“It has been a nasty scene, things have not been good here and nobody has been coming out to assist us,” another trader who spoke in confidence said.

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The traders further said that they wanted to find out who were the armed goons.

“If we are here illegally then it would have been good if they told us to go away without the unnecessary exchanges. We also want to be told who are the goons since they have been threatening us with guns,” said the source.

Mr Ragira, said to be a former University of Nairobi student, has been opposing the goons’ activities on social media until Thursday night when he stormed the area in solidarity with the traders.

Sources told Nairobi News that it is during the ugly confrontation that one of the irate youth allegedly shot Mr Ragira killing him on the spot.

By 8:00pm on Thursday, police officers had already collected his body from the scene and taken it to the City Mortuary.

It is unclear why the said parcel of land that is located a short distance from State House has been of interest but Nairobi News understands that most students prefer buying and having their meals from the traders in the market.

On Wednesday, Mr Ragira sensationally claimed that Klabu traders were being attacked by “mungiki.”

He went ahead to allege this was happening under the watch of the police.

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“Students are being harassed and beaten as the police watch. We want to know why the police can side with people terrorising innocent Kenyans,” he posted on his Facebook page, adding that he was personally threatened by a panga.

By 9:00pm on Thursday, students from the University of Nairobi had camped at the City Mortuary where his body was taken and condemned the murder of Mr Ragira who is associated to the University.

Mr Geoffrey Mosiria, a former sports representative at the University asked the police to speed up their investigation into his death.

“We want the police to tell us who shot Mr Ragira and why did they do that,” said Mr Mosiria.

Kilimani OCPD Michael Muchiri had earlier on before the murder told Nairobi News that he was aware of the saga and that the police were on it.

“They are goons and we already have a plan on how we shall deal with the matter,” he said.

Early this week, a senior police officer visited the scene and was beaten up by the goons who broke his leg.

Nairobi News has learnt that he has since taken an off and is nursing his injuries at home.

Mr Ragira contested the Milimani ward seat on an independent ticket but lost to Moses Ogeto of ODM.

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He leaves behind a wife and a daughter.

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Why Zahra Moi declined appointment to Nairobi Hospital board

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Zahra Moi has explained why she turned down her nomination to be a director at the Board of Management of Kenya Hospital Association, the owners of the Nairobi Hospital.

Zahra, who is the wife of Baringo Senator Gideon Moi, has expressed her reservations regarding the nomination through a letter sent to the Nairobi Hospital Company Secretary.

“It is with regret, however, that I must decline your invitation. Due to time constraints, my schedule simply will not allow me to participate meaningfully on your board at this time,” Zahra explained in her letter.

“I have immense respect for the work you do, and fear that the demands on my time will prevent me from giving the KHA the attention it deserves,” she explained further.

STANDOFF

She also noted that she did not participate in any of the meetings leading to her nomination, nor did she offer herself for election.

Zahra said she had not been at the Nairobi Hospital in recent times, contrary to media reports on the recent change of guard at the facility.

On 17th April there was a standoff at the Nairobi Hospital as the newly-elected board members tried to access the premises.

The current board members said that they were still running the hospital as they had been given a court order barring the elected members to assume office pending hearing.

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REAPPOINTMENT

“We are happy to inform you that the court has issued an order restraining those purported to have been elected from assuming office pending inter-party hearing,” the board members said in an advert in local dailies on Friday.

“We wish to assure you that the validly elected Board of Management continues to run The Nairobi Hospital and is making the best efforts to implement strategic decisions to enhance the governance and operations of the hospital,” read the advert.

Last month, Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala reappointed Mrs Moi to sit in Tourism Research Institute Board, a post she has held since 2016.

“In exercise of the powers conferred by section 54 (1) (h) of the Tourism Act, 2011, the Cabinet Secretary for Tourism and Wildlife re-appoints Zahra Bahwela Moi to be a member of the Board of Tourism Research Institute, for a period of three years, with effect from the 1st June, 2019,” the notice read.

source:Nairobi News

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Kenya to deport foreigners in betting

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Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has issued deportation order against foreigners who entered Kenya for other businesses but ended up investing in the betting industry.

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No, Kenya has not been added to our Visa Waiver Program, US Embassy says

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The US Embassy in Nairobi has termed the news that Kenya has joined US Visa Waiver Program as fake news.

A website, News-AP, which seemed to be trying to associate itself with international news agency the Associated Press (AP), claimed that the US State Department had added 10 countries into its VWP.

In its latest post, the website listed five African countries, Cameroon, South Africa, Kenya, Seychelles, Malawi, alongside Argentina, Uruguay, Jamaica, Hong Kong, and Georgia.

But in a tweet, the US Embassy has advised Kenyans to go to the Department of Homeland Security for more information about US Visa waiver.

FALSE STORY

“This is a false story. For real information on the visa waiver program DHS,” the Embassy said.

This information is only in the social media and a visit to travel.state.gov, which lists all the VWP Designated Counties, or the Department of Homeland Security, which administers the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), does not mention anything about Kenya being added to the program.

The US Visa Waiver Program is administered by the Department of Homeland Security in consultation with the US Department of State.

This program allows eligible citizens or nationals of designated countries to travel to the United States for tourism or business purposes for stays of 90 days or less, without a prior visa.

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