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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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Kenyans are the most generous people

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Despite the erupting cases of corruption, news of murders and updates of hopelessness that litter social media pages, Kenyans remain the happiest people in East Africa.

According to the 2019 survey released by the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network on Wednesday, Kenya outperformed East African nations when parameters of happiness were measured using global standards.T

he report that was released to mark the World Happiness Day bases its ranking on six key variables: gross domestic product per capita, social support, healthy life expectancy, freedom to make life choices, generosity and freedom from corruption.

This year’s focus was on how community affects happiness, how it has been changing over the years, and how information technology, governance and social norms influence communities.

Social systems

The chief researcher John Helliwell had an explanation for what makes countries like Kenya happy despite the many sad events that dominate their news.

“What stands out about the happiest and most well connected societies is their resilience and ability to deal with bad things,” said Helliwell.

Interesting to note from the survey is that social systems in Kenya seem to be crumbling. Compared to the 2018 report, more Kenyans responded in negative when asked: “If you were in trouble, do you have relatives or friends you can count on to help you whenever you need them?”

source:standard.co.ke

 

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PHOTOS: Uhuru all smiles in Namibia as drought crisis persists in Kenya

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President Uhuru Kenyatta led a high-powered delegation to attend Namibia’s independence day celebrations, despite the raging drought crisis in the country.

Pictures shared on the State House social media accounts show the head of state and those on his entourage all smiles during the celebrations that were held at the Independence Stadium in Windhoek.

President Uhuru Kenyatta arrives at the Independence Stadium in Windhoek to Namibia’s independence day celebrations. PHOTO | COURTESY

“President @UKenyatta arrives at the Independence Stadium in Windhoek to join the people of Namibia for celebrations to mark 29 years of their country’s independence,” read the caption.

Some of those in his delegation included his daughter Ngina, personal assistant Jomo Gecaga, ministers Monica Juma (Foreign Affairs), James Macharia (Transport) and Mwangi Kiunjuri (Agriculture), among others.

President Uhuru Kenyatta is welcomed at the Independence Stadium in Windhoek to Namibia’s independence day celebrations. PHOTO | COURTESY

At least 10 people have been reported dead as a result of the drought that has hit a number of counties.

The worst-hit are Baringo, Turkana and West Pokot.

Senior government officials, including Deputy President William Ruto, Interior CS Fred Matiang’i and his Devolution counterpart Eugene Wamalwa have, however, claimed that no Kenyan has died from starvation. They say the situation is under control.

SOURCE: Nairobi News

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Zambia High Commissioner dies while receiving treatment in Nairobi

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Zambia High Commissioner to Kenya, Her Excellency Brenda Muntemba-Sichilembe has died.

The 49-year old High Commissioner has been receiving treatment since she was involved in a fatal road accident at Machakos on February 26.

Foreign PS Macharia Kamau has confirmed the death.

Ms Muntemba-Sichilembe was initially admitted at the Machakos Level 5 Hospital, and then flown to Nairobi and operated on to stem internal bleeding where she was admitted in Intensive care unit (ICU).

Prior to her appointment to this role, she served as Chief Program Officer at UNESCO in Zambia.

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