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Meet the man who told NTSA to stop ‘highway rat’ arrests



“When you catch me like a rat on the highway…” is a phrase that has become familiar to many in the country.

The words were spoken by a man protesting arrest by police and officials of the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) during a crackdown on drink-driving in December 2016.

The video clip, captured by NTV two years ago, went viral on social media and has kept Kenyans laughing to date.

One Annie W, in a comment on YouTube in May, said, “This will never get old.”

Perhaps it will not, and the man who made the hilarious statement still insists that it is unnecessary for NTSA officers to manhandle motorists.

In the clip, he tells the officials to stop “talking very big nonsense” and wasting their time, and notes that he had been driving for more than 20 years.

Meet Alex Sadi, now 52 years old, who says he is not an alcoholic.

Mr Sadi spends his days at a pharmacy tucked in the busy small town of Mtwapa.

“This is where I earn my living. People only know of the drunkard ‘guy’ from that video. I am not an alcoholic,” he says.

Mr Sadi recounts the fateful day of his arrest, saying he was heading from a pub at around 10.30pm after catching up with a friend.

“I took only two bottles of beer,” he says, an amount that he says does not exceed the limit.

“On my way home, I was manhandled by police officers who took me to the police station. I was released the following day by a Shanzu court on a Sh5,000 bond.”

Mr Sadi, a father of five children – two sons and three daughters – says his day starts at 5.30am.

“I report at my work place by 6am and get home by 11pm. I am a man who respects my family a lot … I am so close to my wife,” he says.

The fourth born in a polygamous family of 12 hails from Chonyi in Kilifi and has been living in Mtwapa for the last 25 years.

He describes himself as a businessman who only visit the bar to “cut deals” before heading home.

“I do not do a lot with my life. In my little free time, I interact with people and work with some organisations to help needy but bright students especially here in Mtwapa,” says the chatty, cheerful man.

Mr Sadi maintains that it was unnecessary for the NTSA officers to treat motorists in that manner.

“If anything, the manner in which they arrested people was worse than would be the case for rats. Those people only wanted to portray people like cartoons, which I am not,” he says.

He is happy that President Uhuru Kenyatta ordered the authority off the roads in 2018.

Mr Sadi wants motorists who disobey traffic rules to be subjected to a “civilised arrest”.

“No one but God can be in charge of my safety. Those officials should be on our roads to protect us but their approach is only a way to cause more accidents,” he says.

Mr Sadi further opines that beer consumption should be abolished if consumers will not to be respected.

“Someone who takes beer should not be portrayed as an enemy of the society. Some of us work hard for the society that we live in,” he added.

Mr Sadi, a fan of the Arsenal Football Club who only drinks Pilsner, is however keen to note that he does not advocate for the consumption of alcohol.

He adds that the viral video has neither affected him nor his family but alleges that it is being exploited for commercial gain.

He says he was informed of a company that had been using the clip to advertise a mobile phone.

“I have already sought services of a lawyer who is helping me to pursue the matter. I will not allow people to capitalise on me,” he says.


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Meet Anne Okoth wife to Kibra’s new MP Imran Okoth



They say behind every successful man there must be a woman and for Imran Okoth that woman is his wife, Anne Ithara Okoth, his companion of many years.

Although not much is known about her she was seen by her husband’s side in the just-concluded Kibra by-elections.

Imran Okoth and his wife Anne

Many might wonder why Okoth is called Imran what many do not know is that he is a converted Muslim.

He decided to convert to Islam owing to his upbringing in Kibra where most of his friends were Nubians.

“He never left Kibra. He has spent his whole life there. He settled there and is married with children. The name Imran is not an alias. That became his name after he became a Muslim.”

Imran Okoth

Imran was declared the winner on Friday morning after garnering 24,636 votes to beat Jubilee’s McDonald Mariga.

Mariga conceded defeat when the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) figures from 40 out of 183 polling stations showed he was second.


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VIDEO: Furious Bishop in US tells off Kenyans who go drinking alcohol at funerals



A US-based Bishop is unhappy with some Kenyan immigrants whom he says are tarnishing the good name of the community. Bishop Dr GG Gitahi of  Kenyan American Community Church (KACC) in Marietta, Georgia, has chastized some of his compatriots for what he terms as “unacceptable habits.”

During his Sermon aptly titled “Let Us Choose,” last Sunday, Bishop Dr GG Gitahi “went after” those who carry alcohol to funerals homes and imbibe while the funeral service is going on and furiously said he wishes some of those people remained back in Kenya to “save us the embarrassment.”

“If you are one of those people, you are an embarrassment to the larger Kenyan community in the US,” he said.

Ni aibu kubwa mnatuletea hapa. Instead of people waiting to go and have their beer at home, wanaenda kwa funeral Homes na kutoa bia na kuanza kunywa. Halafu Director wa Funeral Home anasema Pastor, can’t your people have mannersTabia zingine tuache. Ndiyo sababu tunajiaibisha.”

You can watch the whole summon here courtesy of youtube/kacc:


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How one man attempted to save Kenyans from poisonous maize



NTV on Sunday aired an explosive exposé dubbed ‘White Alert’ which highlighted how millions of Kenyans consumed toxic food products as parliament watched silently.

In the 90-minute investigative documentary, former Member of Parliament for Naivasha Constituency, John Mututho, brought to light how former Kenya Bureau of Standards (Kebs) Managing Director the late Dr Kioko Mang’eli tried to stop poisonous maize from being released into the market.


In a sworn affidavit, which was tabled in Parliament in May 2009, the former Kebs boss accused the Prime Minister and officials in his office of putting pressure on him to authorize the maize in dispute.

The affidavit also revealed that officials of the National Cereals and Produce Board were pushing Mang’eli to approve the releasing of the maize into the market.

Mang’eli wrote to the then Managing Director at the National Cereals & Produce Board (NCPB) Gideon Misoi, highlighting the potential hazards that would arise if the general population was exposed to the poisonous maize.

“From past experiences, maize with moisture contents of more than 13.5 percent have resulted in the development of molds that produce aflatoxins that have adverse effects on both animals and human beings,” reads an excerpt from the late Mang’eli’s letter.

The same letter was sent to Prof John Lonyangapuo who was serving as the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Industrialization at the time.

The information was passed to Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS), who suspiciously gave the maize consignment a clean bill of health, despite the state agency lacking the equipment necessary for aflatoxin testing.


“Currently the machines for testing aflatoxins are out of order though being repaired, they are using SGS laboratories (subcontracting) for such test and others,” read a section of a KEPHIS internal memo.

In 2009 the then Prime Minister Raila Odinga was put on the spot in Parliament over the controversial 6,000 metric tonnes of contaminated maize held in Mombasa, with MPs insisting that it was illegally off-loaded and released to the public.

Odinga denied the allegations, saying it was the MPs who were playing politics.

While appearing before Departmental Committee on Agriculture, which was chaired by Mututho, Mang’eli said he had been threatened by powerful personalities for protecting Kenya from Aflatoxin laced products and indicated he was under extreme pressure psychologically.

Mututho also claimed to have personally witnessed legislators receiving cash from within parliament premises to quash the Report on Food Security Status and the Maize Shortage in the Country that was tabled at the national assembly in April 2009.

“In fact, they received bribes inside the parliament itself and when I was debating that evening I could see one gentleman with a big bag up there in the Speaker’s gallery dishing out cash,” Mututho claimed.


“Eventually I was alone debating against the likes of Orengo, the like of Raila, the likes of Ntimama, and all the others, 72 of them against me, all the other legislators needed to pass a vote had simply disappeared,” he added.

Ndaragwa MP, Jeremiah Kioni, on his part said that the MPs received as much as Sh18 million per head from powerful lobbyists to just walk out of Parliament when the report was being tabled to kill the motion from the onset.

After frustration from the government Mang’eli was replaced that same year as Kabs Managing Director.

On September 8, a confidential letter from then Head of Public, Francis Muthaura, to Prof Lonyangapuo said Dr Mang’eli had been relieved of his duties “in the public interest.”

Mang’eli would then blame his downfall on Odinga whom he accused of vendetta and tribalism.

“My exit is both political and tribal. I have been forced out by people who lost in the maize import saga. The maize saga was a war not a battle and those who lost have come back to fight us,” Mang’eli was quoted by Nation then.

Mang’eli passed away on March 14, 2019, from pressure-related illnesses.

by NN

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