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VIDEO: Wails, muffled screams and prayers as families of the victims visit crash scene

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Wails, muffled screams and prayers rent the air in Tulu Fera, the scene of the Ethiopian Airlines plane crash which killed all 157 people on board, 32 of them Kenyans, as families of the victims came face to face with the magnitude of the tragedy yesterday.

In Tulu Fera in Ejere District on the outskirts of Addis Ababa, the tears of victims’ kin drenched the fresh soil that was being scooped by those trying to retrieve the bodies, some of which were buried six metres deep as the Boeing 737 MAX 8 plane nose-dived.

So far, the retrieval of bodies has yielded little: strands of hair, a hand, a toe…all piling up the pain of not just the loss, but also of never having anything for the final ritual, for burial, for closure.

Last respects

In the mass grave of some sorts are buried, not just lives, but careers and dreams, families robbed of a father, a mother, a sibling, a child, a spouse, a neighbour, a friend…

Some family members began to pay their last respects to their kin by lighting candles and laying flowers on a table covered in white roses.

Screen grab of some family members paying their last respects to their kin by lighting candles and laying flowers on a table covered in white roses.

It was on this table that their pain was laid bare —it might be the only thing close to a coffin that would symbolise the death of their kin.

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It is the reality that nearly every family which suffered a loss in the tragedy is confronting. A British forensic expert told People Daily that the largest body part recovered was a piece of hand.

Grieving families, he said, might have to wait for weeks before all human remains are collected from the scene for DNA analysis.

“Let us be honest. You are here and you have seen the impact of the crash. What can you fetch from that?” posed the source.

Amos Mbicha, who lost his sister Stella with her son in the crash, walked to the table and was overwhelmed with emotion as he laid flowers in honour of his sister.

He had earlier told People Daily that his sister, who was married to a Polish, was coming home to see them during a brief vacation when she met her death.

Counselling session

“It is like the entire family is gone,” he said.

People Daily has also learned that a session has been organised between families and counsellors, the objective being to divulge the painful news that they may not have anything to bury.

The session will include forensic experts who will try to convince the families that the nature of crash left nothing to salvage for burial, the source said.

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A Chinese family, as if having come to terms with this reality, picked sand and debris from the crash site, put it in a box and left. An Asian journalist told us that is what would be used in the burial rituals.

Black boxes

Shredded remains of the plane were covered before family members arrived to shield them from the horror of the tragedy.

At the same time, Ethiopian authorities have said they do not have the equipment to analyse the black boxes from the accident and are considering sending them abroad.

“It could be sent abroad because there is no equipment to read it here,” said spokesman Biniyam Demssie.

The airline’s chief executive Tewolde GebreMariam earlier told CNN the black boxes would have to be examined outside the country, in a destination to be chosen by investigators — possibly the United States or “a closer country in Europe in the interest of proximity and in the interest of speed.”

Numerous countries have banned Boeing’s 737 MAX 8 jet from their airspace after the crash.

The Nairobi-bound plane was the same type as the Indonesian Lion Air jet that crashed in October, killing 189 passengers and crew. Some experts have detected similarities between the two accidents.

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Tewolde said Ethiopian Airlines pilots had been retrained on the MAX 8 following the Lion Air crash.

“There is very significant similarities on the two accidents. There are a lot of questions to be answered on the airplane,” he told CNN.

Source: mediamax.co.ke

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Man who allegedly stole from Zambian ambassador’s residence arraigned

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Police are holding a security guard who allegedly broke into Zambian ambassador’s official residence he was assigned guard duties in Lavington, Nairobi and stole household items.

Libasia Mbache of Lavington Security Services is detained at Kileleshwa police station. He was arrested at his hideout in Kibera.

Detective constable Kevin Kisasati of the directorate of criminal investigations Kilimani offices obtained orders to detain Mbache for five days pending investigations.

The embassy’s employee visited the residence where the former ambassador lived and found the house broken into and several items missing, and reported the same to the police.

In an affidavit filed at Kibera law courts, Kisasati said Mbache, who had been assigned to guard the premises, stole the items and disappeared to an unknown location.

Kisasati said the DCI has interrogated several people and recorded statements of witnesses.

He was applying for court orders to hold Mbache for three days to gather more information and recover the missing items as well as arrest his accomplices who are at large.

The detective said he needs the time to take Mbache’s fingerprints to the National Registration Bureau for identification and the DCI headquarters to determine his criminal records.

The suspect’s call data records will also be used to identify his accomplices.

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Chief magistrate Joyce Gandani granted the orders.

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‘I love you plenty!’ Emmy Kosgei’s 62-year-old hubby showers her with love on 40th birthday

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Award-winning gospel artiste Emmy Kosgei has turned 40 years old.

The Taunet Nelel hitmaker is 22 years younger than her Nigerian pastor husband Anselm Madubuko.

The couple is so much in love and while celebrating her birthday, Emmy posted,

HELLO 40! HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME! WHAT SHALL I RENDER TO JEHOVAH!! 🔥🔥🔥🔥

Emmy Kosgei

The 62-year-old General Overseer of Revival Assembly Church penned a sweet message to his lifetime partner on her special day.

Happy birthday 🎂 🥳 🎉 my nubian Queen! I love u plenty! Keep increasing on all sides in Jesus love 💘

Emmy Kosgei

Check out birthday wishes from Emmy’s followers

terryannechebet Happiest Birthday my sister!!!! Welcome to the 4th floor!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

alicekamande 40 looks fab. Happy birthday Emmy , to many more blessed, fruitful years 🔥

joyceomondi Happy birthday beautiful!! ❤️

njeshqabbz Happy birthday @emmykosgei love the emerald green

mercymasikamuguro Happy birthday Madam Emmy💕

ladybee_254 Happy birthday siz🎂

annisiahgatwiri Happy Birthday Emmy n welcome to 4th floor

84123nk Happy birthday our sister may God bless every gift that he has purt in you and he continues to use you to do the work in Jesus name ❤️❤️

judietamira Happy Birthday jaber life begins at 40 be blessed

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Kenyan Netflix exec on producing during a pandemic and amplifying Africa’s creative potential

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BY OLIVIA MUNGWANA

Kenyan entertainment veteran and film producer Dorothy Ghettuba who is the head of Netflix’s African Original Programming has said she is keen on  amplifying Africa’s creative potential and producing during this pandemic.

Speaking to CNN in an exclusive interview, Ms. Ghettuba said even as the pandemic is throwing a lot of the plans off-kilter, she is finding good stories in Africa adding that this is the best time to find stories.

“What we are doing is we are betting forward. We haven’t slowed down. It’s been about me speaking to writers, looking at scripts, looking at stories and finding the best stories to tell out there,” she told CNN’s Eleni Giokos in a video interview.

Ms. Ghettuba also said she was happy that during this pandemic period there has been an uptick of  people streaming Netflix  to entertain them when they’re at home.

Asked how Netflix approaching content production during times of lockdown and a health crisis she said: I think this crisis has made everybody pause and now we really have to relook at how we produce. Productions take place in pretty intimate, high-touch environments with hundreds of artists, people and creators all together in close quarters. So for us in the short term, these practices will have to be changed.

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Ms Ghettuba also said Africa as a continent did not necessarily need to export its talent as they can be great even here in the continent by producing the best shows and having them watched all over the world.

Watch the video interview here

 

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