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Former CNN presenter Soni Methu dies at a Diani Hotel

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Former CNN journalist Soni Methu is dead, her younger sister, Faith Methu, has told EDAILY.

Ms Methu died at a Diani hotel in Kwale County Thursday evening.

“Soni passed on yesterday [Thursday] at around 6:30pm. We do not know much [on what caused her death], but a postmortem [examination] will be done to exactly establish what happened,” Faith Methu told EDAILY.

Soni Methu, aged 35, collapsed before passing on.

The journalist voiced Inside Africa programme until early 2016, when her contract with the show ended after two years of service.

In an April 2016 statement, CNN said: “Please note that earlier this year, CNN Inside Africa moved to a new format without a presenter, with a greater focus on the stories we’re telling. We thank Soni for all of her work on the show and wish her the best for the future.”

Soni Methu, thereafter, moved to CGTN Africa, which is headquartered in Nairobi.

The IT alumnus of Strathmore University honed her career at the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation, starring in the drama ‘Hila’ and presenting Taj Show, a talk show.

Soni Methu then became the East African correspondent for South Africa’s eNCA from where CNN tapped her in 2014.

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Police seek to detain city lawyer Assa Nyakundi longer over son’s death

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City lawyer Assa Nyakundi was on Thursday arraigned at the Makadara law courts to face accusations of shooting his son dead at his Muthaiga home.

Prosecution requested Chief Magistrate Nyaga to detain the suspect for one more day in order to interrogate him, take finger prints and to conduct a scene of crime reconstruction.

The defense did not oppose the application, but wanted reassurance that he will be arraigned on Friday.

The lawyer shot his son Joseph Nyakundi on March 17 near his Muthaiga home. Joseph was pronounced dead on arrival at the Aga Khan hospital.

Mr Nyakundi claimed to have fired the shot accidentally from inside the car. However, investigations suggest the shot was fired from outside the car.

Family of the late Joseph Nyakundi, son of top city lawyer Assa Nyakundi overcome with grief during his burial at the Langata Cemetery on April 02, 2019. Picture by Francis Nderitu

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Kenyan embassy in US disowns online messages warning Kenyans in the Diaspora over Huduma number

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The Kenyan ambassador to the US, Robinson Njeru Githae, has distanced himself from a message which has gone viral on social media platforms puporting to warn Kenyans living in the Diaspora that if they don’t register for and acquire the much publicised Huduma Number, they will neither be able to “send money to family nor to travel back to Kenya.”

The envoy said that Kenyans should not be so gullible as to believe a message like that.

“How is that even possible?’ wondered Mr Githae.

“There is no co-relation whatsoever between the Huduma number and traveling to Kenya or sending money,” he told Kenya Satellite News Network on Thursday night.

“Kenyans should be smart enough to discern fake news. We haven’t even began the registration process and I urge Kenyans to disregard those messages which are meant to cause fear and despondency,” he added.

Githae said that once ready to roll out the registration, the embassy will send out an official communication confirming the same.

And in a related development, the Kenyan government on Friday froze foreign travel for civil servants without digital passports.

In a circular dated April 15 to government institutions, Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua cited hitches in processing of visa and entry permits using the machine-readable ones, which are set to expire in September.

Although entry and exit requirements vary from country to country, Mr Kinyua said the general rule is that a passport should be valid for at least six months at the time of travel.

“Considering that the machine-readable passports will cease to be a valid travel document with effect from September 1, 2019, any machine-readable passport is already outside the 6 months validity period,” Mr Kinyua said in the circular which re-emphasised an earlier one he wrote on September 26, 2018.

“To avoid inconveniences that may be occasioned on account of the limited validity period of the machine-readable passports and in observance of the above-mentioned circular, travel clearance should not be issued to officers who do not hold the e-passport.”

The order means that public servants who had planned to travel in the next few weeks could be forced to reschedule or abandon their travel unless they can acquire the e-passports quickly.

The e-passports are designed to better protect national borders and identities of citizens. They have the latest security features and design techniques besides a new style polycarbonate bio-data page.

Kenya launched its e-passport programme in 2017, making it the first country in the East African Community (EAC) to do so.

This saw the country comply with International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) global specifications and additional requirements set by EAC members.

E-passports have an embedded electronic chip in the passport booklet that stores the biographical information visible on page 2 of the document, as well as a digital security feature, according to ICAO.

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The digital security feature is a unique, country specific “digital signature” which can be verified using each nation’s respective certificate.

The government says the new passport is harder to duplicate and helps to counter threats from criminals such as terrorists and human traffickers.

The e-passport system was installed by British security printer De La Rue.

Mr Kinyua said that public servants are still making requests for visa facilitation using the machine-readable passports which are due to expire on August 31, 2019 in violation of the earlier circular.

“Please be advised that while passport requirements for entry and exit vary from country to country, the general rule is that a passport should have at least six (6) months validity when travelling internationally,” he said.

“Therefore, most countries will not issue a visa or permit a traveller to enter their country unless the passport is set to expire at least six months after the final date of travel.”

He added that civil servants should make arrangements to apply for the new e-passports, noting that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will not facilitate visa issuance for holders of the machine-readable passports.

Officials copied in the circular were asked to inform their staff of the passport rules. They include cabinet secretaries, county governors, principal secretaries, commissioners and holders of independent offices.

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Waiguru’s Husband narrates how man asked him to leave his Wife

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Lawyer Kamotho Waiganjo, Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waguru’s husband has narrated an ordeal in which a man accused him of trying to snatch his wife.

On his Facebook account, Waiganjo narrated that the agitated man told him to leave his wife alone citing that he had been sending her money regularly.

“Who’s this nut I wonder? His evidence? He’s gone through her phone and I send MPESA to her regularly,” read part of the post.

Out of curiosity, the lawyer decided to ask for the woman’s number and ongoing through his contacts he found out she was his daughter’s hairdresser.

“Turns out she’s my two daughter’s Kenyatta Market hairdresser so of course, I M-Pesa her regularly,” he added.

Waiganjo narrated that the man was so embarrassed and apologised profusely, adding that he had saved a marriage.

Kamotho Waiganjo, a lawyer

 

“I was completely surprised. We had not been talking about formalizing our relationship so I did not expect it. We had just come from holidays and we were celebrating his birthday as we do with close friends every year, “the governor stated.

A traditional Kikuyu ceremony later followed on February 16 – two days after Valentine’s – in Kiamungo, Kirinyaga county with family and invited guests present.

“It was a beautiful ceremony. The time was right for us to take our relationship to the next level,” Kamotho commented.

Source: kenyans.co.ke

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