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Revealed: The shocking figures of femicide in Kenya



25 women have been murdered between January 2, 2019 and February 25, 2019, in domestic-related violence, this according to data from Counting Dead Women Kenya.

The organization collates the numbers and stories of Kenyan women who are killed through domestic violence.

Meanwhile, ahead of the commemoration of the International Women’s Day on March 8, a group of Kenyans on Facebook have organized a peaceful protest under the theme #TotalShutdownKe to protest against femicide and violence against women.

“We march because we want Kenyans to have an honest and open conversation on why as a nation we are not concerned about women in this country dying preventable deaths. We do not want Kenyans to hide behind excuses like ‘she was procuring an abortion so she deserved to die’ or ‘She was immoral and deserved her fate’”, said Nancy Houston, a member of the organizing team.


“We want the government to develop a National Action Plan against Femicide and Violence against Women. We want the president to declare violence against women a national emergency,” she added.

Despite the work done by women’s organizations, governments, and other partners, many women and girls subjected to violence still lack access to essential services that support their safety, health, and access to justice.

Here is the full list of women who have lost their lives through domestic violence since the beginning of the year:

  1. Annah Kangogo – February 28, 2019 – Chebios Village in Marakwet West
  2. Asmahan Abdisalan – February 28 – Eastleigh Estate
  3. Fiona Kasayu – February 25 -Kapsoya Estate, Eldoret town
  4. Benard Kipkemoi Maritim murdered wife – February 25 – Kitoben village in Keringet
  5. Peninah Njoki – February 25 – Raiyani village
  6. Evelyn Musira – February 24 – Suna West
  7. Man kills his wife – February 22 – Huruma estate, Nairobi
  8. Beryl Adhiambo Ouma – February 21 – Kahawa Sukari
  9. Ann Chepkwony – February 20 – Kericho County
  10. Faith Chepkurui – February 19 – Kaiboi Technical Training Institute, Nandi County
  11. Killing of 15-year-old girl – February 14 – Ndhiwa, Homa Bay County
  12. 32-year-old woman killed – February 13 – Nakuru
  13. Caroline Mwatha – February 12 – Dandora, Nairobi
  14. Damaris Njeri – February 12 – Rukanga village in Mwea Constituency
  15. Tabitha Muthoni – February 7 – JKUAT
  16. Mildred Odira – February 4 – Kariobangi South, Nairobi
  17. Beryl Otieno – February 3 – Migori county
  18. Mary Kamangara Wambui – January 26 – Juja, Kiambu County
  19. Two-year-old girl killed – January 17 – Nairobi’s Ruai suburb
  20. Ednah Kurgat – January 15 – Mosop
  21. Damaris Mbugua – January 15 – in Gilgil
  22. Lorraine Kerubo Ogoti – January 11 – Toronto
  23. Shantel Njeri – January 5 – Subukia Nakuru
  24. Maureen Monchari – January 3 – Kisii county
  25. Maureen Aoko – January 2 – Siaya County

Source: Nairobi News

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PHOTOS: Two Kenyan men, Kamau and Mwaura, tie the knot in US



Two Kenyan men have said “I do” in the United States.

Benson Kamau and James Mwaura tied the knot at a gay wedding ceremony in Chicago, Illinois, this past weekend.

According to, as US based news website, Kamau and Mwaura are both natives of Kenya.

Sam-sex marriage has been legal in Illinois since June 1, 2014 after Governor Pat Quinn signed a bill legalizing such marriages on November 20, 2013.

This is not the first time that a Kenyan man has entered into matrimonial union with another man in the US, In 2016, Mr Ben Gitau, 33, and Mr Steve Damelin got married at Ann Arbor, Michigan.

In a related development in February, 2018, a self proclaimed Kenyan Lesbian married an American woman in a low key ceremony held in Dallas, Texas, USA.

Manuella Mumbi tied the knot with her American lover,  Lisa Webb Clay.

Mumbi, one of the few Kenyan women who have boldly come out to declare that they are lesbians, was born and raised in Kahawa, Kiambu County and recently relocated to the US to live with her better half before their wedding.

Webb Clay is an American model who hails from Texas. She reportedly invited Mumbi to the US to formalize their engagement.

RELATED: Kenyan woman marries her lesbian lover in US

Last week, the Court of Appeal in Kenya granted gays and lesbians the freedom to register their own umbrella lobby.

In a judgment delivered on Friday, a majority decision of the Court of Appeal held that human beings should not be denied their fundamental rights because of how they choose to live their lives.

This position was taken by judges Philip Waki, Asike Makhandia and Martha Koome while affirming the decision of the High Court.

Here are some photos from last weekend’s ceremony:

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Why are there so few women chefs?



It is believed that the kitchen is a woman’s place and as girls grow up cooking with their grandmothers and mothers, they carve their culinary career path from an early age.
But being amazing home cooks rarely elevates them to professional chefs.

At most high-end restaurants in Nairobi and Mombasa, there are no female executive chefs.

The InterContinental Hotel, for instance, has a male executive chef and one woman sous chef. Out of the 50 chefs at the hotel, just 18 are women. The Nairobi Serena and Tamarind Tree hotels which both have male executive chefs also have female sous chefs, who are a step below the executive chefs.

At Utalii Hotel, which has a college that trains hospitality workers, the ratio of women chefs to men is one to three, says Catherine Sidi of the food production department at the college.

This is the reality in the rest of the top hotels. Even globally, the number of male chefs awarded Michelin stars, the ultimate accolade of fine dining, outnumbers those given to women.

An executive chef leads the kitchen teams and also participates in cooking, planning menus and creating new dishes. Whereas a sous chef plans and directs food preparation in a kitchen.

So why don’t women rise to executive chef posts?

The pressure on women to juggle work and home life is nothing new but executive chef John Getanda of the Nairobi Serena says that a top chef’s job mostly involves running through 12 to 14 hour shifts and this could be the reason why more men take up the jobs as opposed to women.

“It is not easy and most women have given up along the way despite being capable chefs. Some want to start families and do something else after a short stint in the career,” he says.

Long hours

Sous Chef Corretta Akinyi of the Hotel InterContinental says that the hours are really what makes the job tough.

“For a woman to rise, she has to work long hours and be willing to stay even after work to perfect and learn new culinary skills that is just not easy for everyone,” she says.

Chef Corretta says while there are almost as many women as men when starting out in hotels, but most female chefs either divert to other ventures or stagnant on junior levels.

“Some prefer to be pastry chefs which is a flexible job in the sense that you can prepare the pastries a day before as opposed to working in the ‘hot kitchen’ where everything is done on the same day and with so much pressure,” she says.

When I ask Chef Getanda whether the restaurant kitchen is like what we see in famed TV series Hell’s Kitchen and if that could be the reason why the job could is tough for women, he laughed.

“No, that is not how kitchens are, and if they were, it would be a bad environment for anyone to work in, not just the women,” he says.

He adds that the industry needs to work on its representation, conditions and image to achieve a truly diverse workforce.


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US firm reveals plan to grow marijuana in Kenya



A New York-based company is claiming to have obtained a licence to cultivate marijuana on 500 acres of land in Kenya, bringing closer home the current global debate about regulation and control of the narcotic.

In a notice, GoIP Global Inc, which is listed on the OTC Markets of New York, told its shareholders that it has secured a permit to grow the stimulant on a 500-acre plot in Kenya.

“After visiting Kenya and meeting with officials in the country, I am very excited about the prospects this agreement (licence) brings to our company. This is the first of several critical transactions that will transform GoIP into a relevant member of the burgeoning cannabis industry,” said company chairman Ike Sutton in the statement dated March 7.

“The lease term will be for 25 years and Kenya being on the Equator provides the best conditions for all-year round production,” the statement adds.

However, the Kenyan government denied issuing such a licence, warning that marijuana remains a prohibited plant in the country’s statutes. GoIP did not respond to our multiple requests for comment.

Agricultural Research Principal Secretary Hamadi Boga said he is not aware of any permit issued to GoIP Global Inc for the growing of cannabis.

“I am not aware of the licensing of the said firm to grow marijuana. As you are aware, cannabis is not in the list of crops that we currently regulate,” said Prof Boga.

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