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VIP security turned bullies and road hogs

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Waithira Gaitho was driving her daughter to school on Friday morning on Ngong Road in Nairobi when a Toyota Prado registration number KCM 485Y emerged from the opposite direction, driving on the wrong side of the road.

Ms Gaitho tried to swerve to save her life and her child’s. That she did but the Prado rammed into her car, damaging it.

Two besuited men with an air of self-importance disembarked, inspected the damage on both cars, got back into their car and drove away without a word.

Mother and daughter were left stranded in the middle of the road. Helpless, Ms Gaitho shared her woes on Twitter, asking Kenyans to help her identify the pair.

After images of the Prado circulated online, the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions acknowledged that the vehicle belongs to the State agency.

DPP Noordin Haji instructed the police to take action against the driver involved, and promised to inform Kenyans on the progress of the matter.

The same week on Wednesday, bodyguards attached to Embakasi East MP Babu Owino engaged airport security in an ugly spat when the MP’s vehicle was found parked in an unauthorised section of Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

The airport guards backed down when the MP, who had gone to show solidarity with striking aviation workers, emerged from the vehicle.

This is an all too familiar occurrence. Cases of accidents where motorists are hit and pedestrians knocked down by VIP convoys are rampant in Kenya. Often, the victims do not get justice due to manipulation of evidence or lack of action against the culprits.

While motorists dread the recklessness displayed by matatu drivers, VIP security personnel are a nightmare.

Arrogant, reckless and self-important, security officers for VIPs harass other motorists by pushing them out of the road to allow their bosses quick passage. They assault other road users, often by brandishing their walkie-talkies.

Even traffic police are helpless against them, and often scamper away for their own safety when these vehicles drive by.

Motorists on Mbagathi Way, Riverside Drive and Ngong, Lang’ata, Limuru and Mombasa roads are the worst affected lot in the city. Some of the VIPs identified for road hogging are governors and their hangers- on.

Foreign diplomats and vehicles with GK registration numbers are notorious, having been captured on camera on multiple occasions

breaking traffic rules.

After Ms Gaitho’s incident went viral, motorists took to social media in hordes to narrate their ordeals in the hands of VIP security.

Rashid Jumbe, a Facebook user, said the kind of guns brandished by a certain governor’s security officers compels motorists to give way.

“I was once harassed along Donholm Road. They even pushed me off the road, scratching my car before speeding off,” narrated Michael Jaganyi.

“I tried racing them to demand compensation. One of the vehicles blocked me. The guards came out firing threats. I had to retreat,” he added.

For Willy Okumu, his woes started when he drove too closely to a Prisons Service bus at the Pumwani Maternity Hospital roundabout in Nairobi.

“The wardens came out cocking guns as though I was a criminal,” Mr Okumu said.

Cal Odongo, who has been inconvenienced several times on Limuru Road, lamented that some “senior government officials” are exempted from traffic rules. “It’s the norm if your vehicle bears a flag,” he said.

However, not all motorists are cowed into giving way.

Some like Sharon Karani and Wilson Khimario are not frightened by the VIP security escorts

Khimario said: “I once refused to give way. They came out brandishing their walkie-talkies and even roped in traffic cops. I stood my ground. They had to wait for traffic to clear.”

Ms Karani said she vowed to never give way to VIPs for as long as it’s not an emergency “whether or not they wave the walkie-talkies. They are not in ambulances.”

Source: Daily Nation

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Genge rapper Mejja finds love again after being dumped by his wife via text

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Genge rapper Mejja is in love again after enduring the heartbreak of being ditched by his wife of five years through a text message.

Sometime last year, Mejja, who makes the trio of The Kansoul group, revealed that he battled depression and at one point contemplated taking away his life.

This was after his wife of five years and the mother of his daughter dumped him via text message despite them not having any misunderstanding, according to the artiste.

“We had not disagreed. Actually we were so happy. I was in Thika and I got her message asking me if I had arrived well. I told her yes and the next thing she told me was ‘move on with your life’” Mejja revealed in a past interview.

The artiste said that all his efforts to salvage his marriage never bore fruit as his estranged wife kept ignoring his calls.

The situation drove Mejja into depression and for a whole year he struggled to come to terms with the reality of his collapsing marriage.

IN LOVE AGAIN

However, Mejja now seems to have moved on.

On Sunday, he formally introduced his new girlfriend to his fans via Instagram.

Mejja shared a picture of him and his new bea accompanied with a very telling caption.

“Beauty and The Beast. Nikipeleka msupa Pango kununua digital kwa vaite. ALipenda Mjeshi hivo hivo Ghettoh lifestyle na ma ghettoh queen Watu wa comments najua mtaanza story ya mali ya umma huyu ni private property lol…” Mejja wrote.

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Did Ruto kick out journalists, yet again? – AUDIO

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An audio recording of someone who sounds like the Deputy President William Ruto chasing away journalists is making the rounds on social media.

In the audio, the person is heard telling asking the journalists to leave.

“Bado tuko na watu ya magazeti? Watu ya magazeti mnafanya nini hapa? Toeni hii maTV yenu hapa. Mnatufwata mpaka usiku? Tokeni hapa!” the speaker in the audio clip says.

It is not clear when, where nor if the person speaking is indeed the Deputy President.

The audio has emerged just days after the DP was caught on camera shooing off journalists who were covering the Ilchamus traditional wedding ceremony in Baringo County, an event he presided over.

In an incident that happened on August 10, 2019 in Baringo county, the DP interrupted his speech and asked the journalists to move back to give the crowd a clear view of the speakers at the wedding.

UNWANTED COVERAGE

Ruto went as far as making it clear to the journalists that he was not there to address them, but rather members of the public gathered at the venue.

“Na nyinyi watu wa nini, mumekuwa wengi hapa ketini chini watu wanataka kuangalia huko nyuma. Nyinyi tokeni hapa. Msonge nyuma. Wakae mbali mbali ndio wananchi waone. Kwani mnafikiri nimekuja kuongea na nyinyi ama nimekuja kuongea na wananchi,” Ruto said while addressing the journalists.

According to journalists who covered the event, the DP’s security personnel pushed and roughed them up leaving only those working with the Deputy President’s Press Service.

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Another foreigner arrested at JKIA with ivory bangle

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A Spanish national was on Monday arrested at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) with an ivory bangle weighing 0.025g.

Pich-Aguilera Maria, 50, was arrested moments before departure from Nairobi to Dar es Salaam Tanzania by Precision Air.

According to Kenya Wildlife Service officials, Maria will be arraigned at the JKIA Law Court at the Cargo Section near KAA head office

Her arrest follows a similar one of a Frenchwoman last week on Wednesday night at JKIA for being in possession of an ivory bangle, weighing 0.85 grams.

The French national, Laazibi Amal, who was transiting through JKIA from France to Dzaoudzi Island, has since been arraigned in court and fined Sh1 million.

Last year, a Chinese national was arrested at JKIA with two elephant ivory bangles weighing 150gm.

The bangles had been concealed inside the suspect’s check-in bag.

Zhang Ninighua, 52, was on transit from Lagos, Nigeria to Guangzhou, China and was smoked out by the Kenya Wildlife Service canine section.

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