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Here’s why social media profile pictures are blue

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Many social media users are replacing their profile pictures with a simple blue image and those not in the know have been left wondering what is going on.

Well, the blue profile picture movement on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook platforms has been inspired by the ongoing crisis in Sudan.

Many social media users, including top international celebrities, have joined the blue profile picture movement to raise awareness on the escalating situation in Sudan and show support for the citizens.

Only last week, more than 100 peaceful protestors were reportedly killed and concern is being raised that the atrocities being committed by the army in Sudan is receiving little attention.

There is currently an internet lock down in Sudan and netizens are taking the opportunity to attract attention to the dire situation and the horrific news emanating from the neighbouring country.

In April 2019, President Omar al-Bashir was removed from power by the Sudan armed forces after months of mass protests by citizens.

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This followed a decision by Bashir to enforce harsh austerity measures limiting access to bread, fuel and cash in December.

After the coup, the military had promised to pave way for a civilian rule but instead opted to cling to power, resulting in continued unarmed protests in Khartoum.

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The Sudanese military has recently met the demonstrators with force.

“Please change your profile photo and let the world know what is happening. We cannot be silenced. United we stand, divided we fall. Our strength is in our unity. This specific shade of blue is in honor of the martyr Mohammed Mattar. @mattar77 Rest In Peace king. This shade of blue was his profile pic on IG and as a symbol to honor ALL martyrs we’ve changed our dp into blue,” wrote Sudanese-American campaigner Remaz Mahgoub on Instagram.

Demi Lovato, Naomi Campbell, Rihanna and Ariana Grande are among celebrities who have joined the blue profile movement and are using their social media platforms to raise awareness on Sudan.

People online have also been using the hashtag #BlueForSudan in solidarity with the Sudanese.

Source:Nairbobi News

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My daughter’s bank account had Sh9,000, not Sh100 Million, Waititu says

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By JUDITH GICOBI

Ferdinand Waititu, embattled Kiambu Governor, on Tuesday said that he and his family were being targeted and are victims of political propaganda.

The governor was speaking at the Senate in a plenary sitting over his impeachment. Governor Waititu blamed bloggers in Kiambu, who are creating and spreading lies about him and his family with the aim of destroying him. 

“Honorable House, you will see in this sitting, some politicians have paid bloggers to spread false stories about me and my family, they are all lies,” said Waititu.

He mentioned reports spread that detectives from the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) found KSh100 million in his daughter’s bank account, saying the reports are false and malicious.

Waititu clarified his daughter had only KSh9,000 in her bank account when EACC was investigating him over corruption reports.

The Senate has two days sitting; January 28th and 29th- to discuss Waititu’s impeachment. Waititu was impeached by members of the Kiambu County Assembly on December 19th, 2019 for abuse of office and corruption allegations. 

If the Senate upholds the MCAs decision, Waititu will lose his seat as the Kiambu County Governor. 

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Mysterious banners rebuking Kenya’s Judiciary crop up along Nairobi roads

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By JUDITH GICOBI

Anti-judiciary banners that were put up anonymously were found along major roads to the city Centre on Tuesday morning.

They were written in bold, all caps with different messages addressing the Kenyan judiciary for unfair rulings against the poor. 

Banners found just after Embakasi East MP Babu Owino was released on a KSh10 million cash bail in an attempted murder case where he shot Felix Orinda, alias DJ Evolve.

Kenyans online were upset with the court’s ruling, where Owino was ordered to pay bail amount in four installments of KSh2.5 million over four months.

“Akashas were free in Kenya for over four years but were jailed in two months by a USA court. We demand a working judiciary free of corrupt judges now,” a banner erected at Nyayo Stadium roundabout read.

Another on put up on a footbridge in Pangani stated: “Why is the majority of inmates in Kenya the poor?”

The one along Ladhies Road, asked: “Will Kidero, Sonko or Waititu ever step in jail for corruption?”

Commenting about the sentencing of Akasha brothers in the US two weeks ago, President Kenyatta said: “I think it is a shame on our country that we prosecuted a case against drug traffickers in our country and we couldn’t get a conviction and, within a year of them being arraigned in the United States, they have been jailed for not less than 25 years. That is something that our judiciary should come to terms with.” 

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Church where pastor killed his wife before committing suicide demolished

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A church in Mombasa where a pastor stunned his congregation by stabbed his wife to death and then slit his own throat two weeks ago has been demolished.

The Ground for God’s Gospel Ministries at Chembani village in Kiembeni was pulled down on Sunday in the presence of relatives of the deceased.

Local administrators supervised the demolition of the church as congregants and family members of Elisha Misiki Nyadoya and Anne Mughoi watched.

According to the police, on the fateful day, the pastor left his front row seat and approached his wife, who was also a senior pastor, on the pulpit and stabbed her with one of the knives he had hidden in an envelope.

Misiko died instantly from his stab wounds and Mughoi died at a local hospital a few hours later, police said.

LEADERSHIP FEUD

The couple had been engaged in a long-running feud over the ownership and leadership of the church.

The pastor had accused his spouse, a mother of four, of plotting to edge him out of the church leadership which he claimed he had founded.

Misiko left a 17-page suicide note in which he accused Mughoi of changing ownership of the church to bear her name alone.

BY NN

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