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PHOTOS: Victims of Ethiopian plane crash

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Family and friends of those who perished in the Ethiopian Airlines crash have begun sharing their grief.

32 Kenyans lost their lives in the crash, 18 from Canada, eight were from China, another eight from the United States and others were from Saudi Arabia, Nepal, UK, Israel, India, and Somalia.

Kenya suffered biggest casualties in the crash followed by Canada at 18, Ethiopia at nine, China and Italy at eight, France and Britain at seven, Egypt at six, with at least four persons carrying UN passports.

Four Indians, three Russians, two Moroccans, two Israelis, one Belgian, one Ugandan, one Yemeni, one Sudanese, one Togolese, one Mozambican and one Norwegian also perished.

The flight was also carrying people heading for a major United Nations environmental conference in Nairobi.According to the UN migration agency chief, at least 19 affiliated with the United Nations were among those killed in the crash.

The Boeing 737-8 MAX was on a regular scheduled flight from the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa when it came down shortly after take-off near the town of Bishoftu, some 31 miles (50km) to the southeast.

The jet left the airport at 8.38am local time before losing contact with the control tower at 8.44am. Here is what we know so far about the victims who died:

Kenya

Former Kenya Football Federation Secretary General Hussein Swaleh. PHOTO | COURTESY |

Kenyan administrator Hussein Swaleh  A renowned sports administrator Hussein Swaleh was among 32 Kenyans who perished in Ethiopia Airlines plane.

Swaleh was on his way home from Cairo where he was the Commissioner of a Caf Champions League match between Egyptian side Ismailia and TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo played on Friday.

Swaleh served as Kenya Football Federation secretary general between 2000 and 2004, a period in which the federation went through a torrid period with Fifa and the Kenyan government.

KAA head of Human resources Juliet Otieno and KAA Security Chief George Kabugi

The KAA chief executive recalled KAA head of HR Juliet Otieno and KAA Security Chief George Kabugi who were on an official trip in Egypt and booked new tickets for them.

Joseph Waithaka was one of 157 passengers and crew to die after the tragedy

Joseph Waithaka was one of 157 passengers and crew to die after the tragedy

Kenyan and British dual national Joseph Waithaka was also among the 149 passengers who died according to hulldailymail.co.uk.

The 55-year-old, who moved to Hull about 15 years ago and was on his way back to Kenya from a visit when the tragedy struck.His wife and children still live in Hull.

 

Fr George Mukua Kageche. [Photo, Courtesy]

The Catholic fraternity lost Fr George Mukua Kageche.

Mwazo Jared Babu. [Photo, Courtesy]


Mwazo Jared Babu was on the flight with his wife. The couple left behind a 15-month-old baby.

 

Tony Ngare, senior Journalist who perished in the ill fated Ethiopia Airlines

Journalist Tony Ngare was among the dead. His colleagues remembered him as an ardent advocate for Press Freedom and Safety of Journalists in Kenya.

After leaving the Standard Media Group, Ngare joined the Kenya National Commission to UNESCO and was instrumental in the successful establishment of the Kenya Media Sector Working Group.He also supported many initiatives aimed at strengthening the Kenya community radio sector.

Jonathan Seex

Jonathan Seex, the CEO of hospitality company Tamarind Group, was aboard the new Boeing 737-8 MAX.“It is with immense shock and grief to inform you of the tragic news that Tamarind CEO, Jonathan Seex, was on the ill-fated Ethiopian Airlines flight,” the company, which owns and operates several restaurants in Africa, said on Facebook. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, the Tamarind community and all the others who have suffered unfathomable losses.”According to his social media, Seex lived in Nairobi with his wife and children.

 

Britain

British UN worker Joanna Toole among 157 dead in plane crash

Joanna Toole from Exmouth in Devon was named as one of the seven British passengers who were among 157 people killed when the flight crashed shortly after take-off.The 36-year-old was traveling to Nairobi to attend the UN Environment Assembly.

Sarah Auffret, a polar tourism expert, was the third British victim to be named in the crash.

A French-British polar tourism expert was named as one of the dead in the Ethiopian Airlines air crash.

Sarah Auffret was making her way to Nairobi to discuss tackling plastic pollution in the seas at the UN assembly, according to her Norway-based employers Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO).

The University of Plymouth graduate held dual French-British citizenship, Norwegian media reported.

Handout photo issued by the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO) of Sarah Auffret (Image: PA)

Married father-of-two Michael Ryan is the Irish victim in the crash.

Michael Ryan

Canada suffered the second highest casualties after Kenya at 18.

Canada

Pius Adesanmi

Pius Adesanmi, Nigerian-born professor at Carleton University

Pius Adesanmi, a professor in the Department of English Language and Literature and the Institute of African Studies at Carleton University, was on his way to a meeting of the African Union’s Economic, Social and Cultural Council in Nairobi.

Amina Ibrahim Odowaa and her daughter Sofia

Amina Ibrahim Odowaa, 33, was traveling with her daughter Sofia Faisal Abdulkadir, 5 to Kenya to visit their relatives, her brother told The Canadian PressDerick Lwugi

Derick Lwugi, an accountant with the City of Calgary

 

Isaac was expecting his brother, Derrick Lwugi from Canada. He was to fly in at 10:25am. But by 1:47 pm he was nowhere to be seen. A notice indicated that his flight, ET302 of Ethiopia Airlines, had been cancelled.

“We have no information till now. No one has told us anything,” he says.

“We communicated yesterday (Saturday) and he said he will be arriving at JKIA about 10:20am. We were here by 10am,” he says.

He said his brother, who holds dual citizenship for both Kenya and Canada was travelling alone.

His wife Gladys Kivia told The Canadian Press that he was on his way to visit Kenya to visit her (wife) parents who live in the west of the country. Danielle Moore

Danielle Moore, 24, was one of 18 Canadians killed in an Ethiopian Airlines plane crash on Sunday [ photo courtesy]

CTV News Channel confirmed with her mother that her daughter Danielle who  was traveling to UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi. had died in the plane crash.

According to her Facebook page, Moore studied marine biology at Dalhousie University and spent a month at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences in 2015.

 

 

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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: Vote for our very own top Diaspora Gospel Artiste Naomi Karanja

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It’s back.

The 2019 edition of Groove Awards with Safaricom event is officially here. As was the case last year and years before that, the awards will celebrate excellence in Gospel music in Kenya and across Africa.

Celebrated Gospel Artiste Naomi Karanja from Atlanta, Georgia, is one of the finalists in the Diaspora Artiste of the Year Category. Please take a little of your time to vote for here here.

Since 2004, Groove Awards with Safaricom has celebrated excellence in gospel music in Kenya and across Africa. The awards, entering their 14th year in Kenya (and 6th in Rwanda), are this nation’s most prestigious and recognized Gospel music awards event, enjoying regional resonance and relevance.

Groove seeks to promote gospel music as a message of hope and an avenue to address issues affecting young people across the African continent with a key focus on its main objective – “Shaping culture through positive content and entertainment.”

Groove Awards has seen over 1,800 artists/groups nominated and almost 400 Groove statuettes presented to gospel musicians in Kenya and beyond.

The Venue and date for this Year’s Gala will be communicated in due course.

 

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Embassy in US writes to Kenyan comedian inviting him to perform in Baltimore, Maryland

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Apopular Kenya comedian has been invited to the United States to perform at this year’s   Makadara Day celebrations, organized by the Diaspora Baltimore Community.

In a letter by Deputy Chief of Mission, David Gacheru, the comedian is invited to The Hermes Center of St.Demetrios 2504 Cub Hill Road, Parkville, 21234 to perform to the Diasporans on June 8, 2019.

“To have you as one of our guests would be an honor to the people who will be there and the whole organization,” read part of the letter.

According to the embassy,  the event is attended by a huge number of Diasporans every year.

An excited Omondi took to his social media platforms toannounce the development.

“We need private jet guys!!! Baltimore see you in two weeks,” he wrote.

 

In Kenya, the Madaraka Day celebrations will be held at the Narok stadium, where the committee chairman, PS Karanja Kibichio, had visited over the weekend.

He was visiting the place to inspect how prepared the County was ahead of the celebrations which will be held on June 1, 2019.

The Principal Secretary assured the public that the stadium would be ready by next week.

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