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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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Trump confirms he is adding Tanzania, Nigeria to No-Travel list

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President Donald Trump has confirmed that he is adding seven countries to his US travel ban, including -surprisingly – Tanzania.

Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation, is also on the list.

Trump told the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) in an interview from Davos, Switzerland, that he plans to extend the controversial ban citing the need to curb terrorism and discourage illegal immigration.

but declined to name the countries to be added to the list.

Several media outlets reported Tuesday that the 7 countries are Nigeria, SudanBelarusMyanmarTanzaniaKyrgyzstan and Eritrea.

Sources told that the list will be formally announce on Monday next week, on the third anniversary of the introduction of the original ban that targeted majority-Muslim countries.

The inclusion of Tanzania came as a surprise to many. However, analysts opine that it could have been targeted targeted because of its high number of citizens who have overstayed their US Visas.

“I don’t think it has anything to do with terror,” said a political analyst who did not wish to be named.

“But I can confirm to you that Tanzania is on the list of countries with high numbers of Visitors who have overstayed  their Visas.

In 2018, The US Supreme Court, in a 5-4  ruling, upheld a version of the ban that blocked nationals from five Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States. The ban applies to people from Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia and Yemen.

The ban had been challenged a few times in lower courts.

 

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‘Tell my family I am sorry,’ Last text by Basalirwa before committing suicide

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Arthur Basalirwa, a Makerere University Business School (MUBS) graduate left behind a message for his family before he allegedly committed suicide.

He had recently graduated with a first-class degree and had just gotten a job.

According to a social media user, Basalirwa is son to Doris Elizabeth Nansamba a journalist working with Capital/ Beat FM.

Arthur Basalirwa

It is alleged that his long-time partner *D turned him down.

In a post to his family, Basalirwa penned his last message to them,

‘Just make sure you tell my family it’s Okay. I am sorry but it’s too late I am sorry. Too much weighing on me.

I don’t want to live and see another day. I’m sorry but I cant stay I’m sorry too much weighing on me.’

In a screenshot of texts between him and D, Basalirwa had called her out for being rude to him to an extent of asking him to block her.

‘You will always ask yourself if you had sent me a more meaningful text. These are your last words to me. Goodbye D.’

To which D responded

‘F@ck you, just block me and never text me. Delete our chats and my number. Bye’

Basalirwa chat

By Mpasho

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How ‘Africa’s richest woman’ stole fortune: ICIJ

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An award-winning investigative team published a trove of files Sunday allegedly showing how the daughter of Angola’s former president — dubbed Africa’s richest woman — siphoned hundreds of millions of dollars of public money into offshore accounts.

The New York-based International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) worked with newspapers such as Munich’s Suddeutsche Zeitung to reveal the “Panama Papers” tax haven scandal in 2016.

Its latest series called “Luanda Leaks” zeros in on Isabel dos Santos, the former Angola president’s daughter.

Angola’s prosecutors last month froze the bank accounts and assets owned by the 46-year-old businesswoman and her Congolese husband Sindika Dokolo. Dos Santos called it a groundless political vendetta at the time.

“Based on a trove of more than 715,000 files, our investigation highlights a broken international regulatory system that allows professional services firms to serve the powerful with almost no questions asked,” the ICIJ wrote.

The group said its team of 120 reporters in 20 countries was able to trace “how an army of Western financial firms, lawyers, accountants, government officials and management companies helped (dos Santos and Dokolo) hide assets from tax authorities”.

Dos Santos’s lawyer dismissed the ICIJ findings as a “highly coordinated attack” orchestrated by Angola’s current rulers.

“It is obvious that our client is the subject of a highly coordinated attack on both her reputation and business,” the lawyer said in a statement quoted by The Guardian newspaper. Dos Santos herself told BBC Africa the file dump was part of a “witch hunt” meant to discredit her and her father Jose Eduardo dos Santos.

The former president’s daughter headed Angola’s national oil company Sonangol. Forbes magazine last year estimated her net worth at $2.2 billion.

Her father’s successor Joao Lourenco forced her out of the oil company after becoming president in 2017.

Dos Santos said on Wednesday that she would consider running for president in the next election in 2022. – Western consultants – The ICIJ investigation said Western consulting firms such as PwC and Boston Consulting Group were “apparently ignoring red flags” while helping her stash away public assets.

“Regulators around the globe have virtually ignored the key role Western professionals play in maintaining an offshore industry that drives money laundering and drains trillions from public coffers,” the report said.

Its document trove included redacted letters allegedly showing how consultants sought out ways to open non-transparent bank accounts.

One confidential document allegedly drafted by Boston Consulting in September 2015 outlined a complex scheme for the oil company to move its money offshore. It published a similar 99-page presentation from KPMG.

None of the companies named issued immediate statements in response to the investigation

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