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JKUAT engineering student shot, hurt at State House

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Police officers manning State House Nairobi were on Monday forced to shoot at a man who attempted to access the premises brandishing a knife.

Kibet Bera, a fifth year mechanical engineering student at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (Jkuat), was shot on his left shoulder and is receiving treatment at the Kenyatta National Hospital.

Kilimani Sub-County Police Commander, Mr Michael Muchiri said the 25-year-old attempted to scale State House Gate B at 4pm.

Mr Muchiri said the officers who challenged Kibet as he attempted entry did not to kill him for he appeared mentally unfit.

“He was shot at, basically to immobilise him. The hands were the target but somehow he was shot in the shoulder. But he is in a good condition. He is admitted at the Kenyatta National Hospital and is out of danger,” Mr Muchiri told Nation by phone.

State House also confirmed the incident saying the student was booked at Kileleshwa Police Station before being taken to hospital.

“We take this opportunity to remind the public that State House is a designated protected area under the Protected Areas Act. For that reason no person is allowed access to the premise without the permission of the prescribed authority,” Ms Kanze Dena-Mararo, the State House spokesperson said in a statement.

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“We don’t think that his state of mind was proper. That’s why there was a bit of restraint on the officers,” added Mr Muchiri.

The student had on Sunday made a series posts on his Facebook page, threatening that he would raid State House the next day.

“Tomorrow I attack Statehouse. God has sent me to execute judgement,” read his post.

Earlier, he had posted to say that he would not “allow myself to be captured”. He had also written that “those who fear death are not supposed to go with us into this war”.

The Facebook posts are part of police investigations into the incident, Mr Muchiri said.

“The worrying bit is his state of mind, and the question of whether it is terror related. Especially at this time, when someone tries to jump over the State House gate, people can infer a lot of things about that. But I think we are very much concerned about his state of mind. We don’t think that’s a normal act,” said the police boss.

Mr Muchiri added: “As soon as he is in a better condition, we will present him before a magistrate, and I’m sure the next thing that will come out is his mental assessment and anything else that could tell us what this person is, and whether he’s had any history, what kind of a person he’s been and all that.”

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The police boss said that it is a criminal offence to try to access a protected area like State House.

“You’d be charged for trespassing into a high security area,” he said.

In March 2017, a similar intrusion incident happened, and in that case the man in question was shot dead.

By the time he was discovered, he had already entered the State House compound and was at the parking area.

The attempted intrusion happened at around 5pm on March 25, 2017 as President Uhuru Kenyatta was away attending a golf tournament in Muthaiga.

General Service Unit officers manning the compound killed the man.

Source:nation.co.ke

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Hope at last: I can’t wait to hug my daughters

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You can feel the joy in her voice as she speaks. Joyce Makokha (pictured above)  is elated by news that international flights will resume next month. It means she can finally travel home to be with her daughters whom she has not seen in a long time. Ms Makokha is among Kenyan students who got stranded in India following a ban on international flights put in place to curb spread of coronavirus.

President Kenyatta during his address on Monday said international flights would resume on August 1, under strict adherence to Covid-19 prevention guidelines.

The lifting of the ban, three months later, has excited Kenyans living in India who have been yearning to travel home to reunite with their families.

Makokha, who lives in Coimbatore City, said she couldn’t wait to see her two daughters. She has been stranded since March when India closed its borders and suspended international flights. Makhoka, a student at Tamil Agricultural University and who hails from Bungoma County, said she was to travel back home in May, but could not following the cancellation of flights to Nairobi.

“I won’t miss the August flights; I have missed my two daughters. The government should pay for quarantine for students returning home. It should also have designated facilities for each of the countries students are returning from,” she said.

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Law student Felix Makori asked the State to subsidise travel costs to enable Kenyans return home. Mr Makori, who hails from Nyamira County, said most students may not afford the air tickets. “Most students are on private sponsorship and our guardians have exhausted all the resources to sustain our living during the Covid-19 period. We kindly request the government to offer subsidised rates once exams are over so that we can travel back,” the Karnatak University doctorate student said.

Mercy Penina from Mombasa said she has been stranded in India since March and hopes to return in August when flights resume. Ms Penina is a Pharmaceutical Science student at K L University Hyderabad in Telangana. “The president’s announcement is great. I am looking forward to returning home anytime from August,” she said.

Another student, Onsare Anyona from Nairobi, said he has been idle after the Indian government declared a lockdown in March and would have hoped to return to Kenya.

Aurangabad-based Kenyan doctorate communications student Joshua Boit welcomed the president’s move, saying many Kenyans had been caught up by the travel restrictions.

Mr Boit, who is from Kitale, appealed to the State to prioritise the evacuation of Kenyans who were caught up by the travel restrictions when they went to India for treatment and sporting events.

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“Kenya Airways should take the lead in flying home Kenyans from abroad. This is the time it should bring ticket prices down, its prices should not be higher than other international airlines. Many of us cannot wait to be back home,” Boit said.

By Standard.co.ke

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Popular Tanzania actress ends 3-year marriage, cites violence

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Popular Tanzanian actress Zena Yusuf Mohammed, alias Shilole, has opened up about her violence-riddled marriage.

Taking to Instagram, the Shilole, 32, said she has decided to end her 3-year marriage to her husband Uchebe, whom she started dating in 2016.

Shilole has two teenage daughters from her previous relationships.

She gave birth to her first born child, who is now 18 years old, at the age of 14, after an alleged defilement ordeal.

On Wednesday, July 8, she took to Instagram, to allege that she had been a victim of domestic abuse throughout her 3-year marriage to her partner, Uchebe.

The actress’ husband is yet to respond to her claims

“I am writing this with a clear mind and conscience. First, I would like to apologise to my family. I am seeking your forgiveness because I assured you that my marriage was trouble-free, while in reality, it wasn’t peaceful. I have been a victim of domestic violence and other evil acts I cannot speak about on this platform.

“I apologise because every time I heard my fellow women cry for justice after being assaulted by their spouses, I would urge them to voice out their grievances. When I heard that there was a woman from Kigamboni, who had been fatally battered and her body set alight by her husband, I was the first one to say: ‘she should have spoken out about her marital troubles’. I pretended that I was not one of the domestic abuse victims; I distanced myself from the group of women who were victims of domestic violence. Forgive me.

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“As an artist, I am a role model to many in the society; I represent women on many fronts. Today, I have decided to break my silence on my marital woes. My husband Ashrafu Sadiki, popularly known as Uchebe, has been battering me too much!

“And, after meting out violence on me, he never calls to show concern or know about my wellbeing. Other people, unknown to me, are the ones who usually nurse me in hospitals after being beaten up by my spouse. In my marriage, there are many other bad things that have been done to me, making my union lack the expected bliss.

“Making matters worse, I am a mother; a parent of children who look up to me as their mother and father. I won’t allow myself to be killed and leave my children motherless, not today!

“I loved Uchebe, I persevered to be with him despite his inadequacies; I gave him everything (my innocence, my wealth, and when he needed a woman to stand by him so that he could get on his feet — financially and socially — I was there for him). I did all that because I knew he and I were together in everything as husband and wife. Despite all that, my sacrifices did not stop him from battering me endlessly, disrespecting and betraying me.

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“Two days ago, when I returned home from my livelihood-seeking activities in Dar es Salaam, he seriously beat me up, forgetting that I had gone out there to look for food not only for my children, but also him. Why did he assault me? Because of petty marital conflicts that are present in all marriages. He did not batter me because he had found me cheating on him, or on issues that are hard to solve through dialogue, no. Furthermore, I respect him so much.

“Nonetheless, he saw the best way of solving the small dispute that we had, was through battering me senselessly. I was asleep when he punched me in the face.

“I know there is a section of people who will fault me for bringing to social media my marital woes, however, I would like to tell them that I was left with no other choice but to share my predicaments on this platform. What happens in my life, [being a public figure], should be known by my fans. Many people in the society look up to me as their role model.

“I have had enough [of domestic abuse], and from now henceforth, I would like to state categorically that no one should refer to me as Uchebe’s wife. People should refer to me as ‘that mother who chose to prioritise her children’s welfare and wellbeing at the expense of a toxic relationship’. They should describe me as ‘that woman who chose her happiness and safety [over a violence-ridden marriage].

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“My female fans and other women in the society, should use this social media post of mine as a strong message that says ‘we [as women] should speak up when we have been reduced to punching bags and recipients of brutality, because if we don’t, we’ll end up dead someday’.”

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Conquering TV screens

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Since their childhood, Anthony Njoroge always looked up to his big sister, renowned actress Nice Wanjeri for encouragement and direction. Popularly known for her former role as Shiro in a local TV programme.

Aunty Boss, her brother, a young gospel artiste, recalls Nice being the bold and daring one who thrived and shone in public eyes, while he was holed up in shyness always running away from the public attention. His mousy nature was so bad that when he ventured on the road to becoming a musician, the entire family was in shock, unable to reconsile his timid nature and the demands of the musical path he chose to venture into.

“In Sunday School, we would practise songs and dances, which would be performed on Sunday, but come the D-day, I would disappear,” he recalls.

Nice and her brother Anthony come from a family of three siblings and grew up in a humble background in Lari, Kiambu county. This taught them the value of sticking close to each other. Things became even worse when they lost their father in 2002 when Nice was 11 years. She had to assist her mum in selling charcoal and hawking tomatoes and shoes to make ends meet.

Anthony Njoroge and his sister, actress Nice Wanjeri.

The journey

In secondary school, she was the drama and music chairperson and won a lot of trophies. But her acting was sharpened at the Kenya National Theatre where for three years she acted in various roles for set books. It was not all rosy because at times she would be turned away and deemed ugly for a role.

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The pay was also not good. Nice landed her first TV role in 2013 in a KBC programme called Merimela’s House, before later on in 2014 auditioning for a role in Aunty Boss. She acted as an inexperienced housemaid always doing the opposite of what her boss demanded of her, a role which polished her acting skills and turned her into a household name.

“The role changed her whole life from being a nobody in the acting world, to a star. She really researched to fit into the role and owned the character Shiro. She made that character come alive and I remember always tuning in to watch my sister perform. I was excited watching her on TV. She is always thankful of Lucy Mwangi and Eve Dsouza for that opportunity,” says Anthony.

However, in 2016, their mother died leaving them orphans. Nice, being the oldest had to step in and wear their parents’ shoe. But even as she

struggled to take care of his younger brothers, Nice still continued with her pursuit of acting.

But after three years, 15 seasons, with nearly 200 episodes, in 2018, she quit her role in Auntie Boss due to contractual differences and on the same year, she won the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCA), her first international award as the best actress in comedy and TV series. “A fellow actress Catherine Kamau-Karanja informed her about it. She followed up and confirmed. Nice then spread the word to her fans for them to vote for her, as her nomination category was determined by votes. As a family, we supported her by spreading the news on social media and through the word of mouth to her fans and of course by voting. This saw her bring the award home,” he says.

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The win saw her get more offers from corporates and other productions. “I’m proud of her because I have seen her grow from acting in drama clubs in school and church to acting on a national TV. I am her number one fan. While it feels good to be famous and all, having a support system means everything. We are close, so we support each other emotionally, spiritually and also mentally,” shares Anthony

Life during pandemic

For now, Covid-19, just like it has affected social, economic and almost all areas of life, has not spared her. However, she is creating online content for her fans and building her brand at the moment.

Nice is also a mother of one and being a public figure sometimes demands a lot of time out, especially when working on big projects. However, having a daughter grounds her and she ensures that she compensates for the time lost.

“Motherhood is beautiful and she always tells us that it has taught her to put her daughter first. My niece turned nine this month,” he says.

Her daughter too loves the camera and always expresses her wishes to one day sing and act just like her mother. However, Nice says she would let her chart her own path and will support her in the process. The former Auntie Boss actress is currently dating after breaking up with her baby daddy in 2018. However, neither Anthony nor Nice wanted to reveal details of her new relationship.

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AT A GLANCE

• Born in Lari, Kiambu, Nice Wanjeri attended Kibagare Primary School in Lari constituency, Komothai Girls Secondary School in Githunguri, Kiambu.

• Her passion for acting started when she was young. She was a bold girl who participated in music and drama in church and school.

• Giving birth while still young and new in the industry was not easy. She had to carry her daughter who was still young to the theatre.

• Her brother, Antony Njoroge aka Addeh Prince who looks up to her is a budding gospel artiste. His first album is titled Journey, which he has been working on since 2017.

ANTHONY

“I have seen Nice grow from acting in drama clubs in school and church to taking roles in a national TV. I’m so proud of her

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