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US to send prosecutor to Kenya to boost war on corruption

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The US has agreed to send to Kenya one of its top prosecutors to support the country in the ongoing war against corruption.

This was after the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji and Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) boss George Kinoti led a delegation for talks with Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) deputy director David Bowdich and US deputy Attorney General Bruce Swartz during their week-long visit.

“United States Justice Department is set to attach a senior US prosecutor to strengthen the ongoing anti-corruption efforts. This was revealed by the US deputy attorney general Bruce Swartz during meeting with Kenyan delegation,” Haji said.

The team also met with Head of Public Integrity Section at US Department of Justice, Ms. Annalou Tirol.

“Discussion centered on best practices in dealing with public corruption cases. She pledged continued support to the ongoing anticorruption efforts,” Haji said.

In another meeting, FBI pledged its support in Kenya’s fight against corruption.At the meeting, which took place at the bureau’s headquarters, Bowdich also lauded the anti-corruption efforts by the two.“… Mr. Bowdich lauded the Anti-corruption efforts by the duo and promised full support from the USA Government,” the DCI stated through its twitter account.

The discussions also touched on Anti-terrorism matters where the US promised to help establish a Joint Anti-Terrorism Task Force in Kenya.

Haji said the meetings will be crucial and helpful to the Kenyan team that is eager to learn much on issues that include money laundering and corruption at large.

“We will come back richer and well equipped with knowledge on these issues disturbing us. Corruption is allover and need to be tamed,” he said.Kinoti is accompanied by officers from Anti-Terrorism Police Unit and others from his office. He said they are eager to learn from the best police outfit in the world.

US ambassador to Kenya said in an opinion that the US has provided military, medical and disaster response training to Kenya.“Recently, we conducted a course for Kenyan law enforcement officers that taught prosecutors and police advanced techniques on how to disrupt terrorist incidents and successfully prosecute terrorists,” he said.

He added Washington committed to enhance counter terrorism, defence and maritime security assistance and will work with Kenya to help develop its new Coast Guard Service.Organized crime, drug trafficking and human trafficking and intelligence sharing will also be in focus, Haji said.

Kenya extradited the Akasha brothers, Baktash and Ibrahim along with Gulam Hussein, a Pakistani national charged with heading a drug transportation network, and Vijaygiri Goswami, an Indian businessman accused of managing the Akasha organization’s drug business to the US in 2017 where the two are waiting to be sentenced over drug trafficking charges.

They were arrested in Mombasa, Kenya, in November 2014 in a U.S.-led sting operation, in which authorities said the Akasha organization provided 99 kilograms of heroin and two kilograms of methamphetamine to DEA informants posing as drug traffickers.As part of a deal made in October with US prosecutors, each is facing a prison term that could range from 10 years to life.

The brothers agreed then to plead guilty to seven criminal charges, including bribing unnamed Kenyan officials.The terms of the agreement also indicate that the Akashas may each be fined up to $10 million (Sh1 billion) and be required to forfeit all the money obtained through their confessed drug dealings

.The trip comes weeks after Haji led a similar one to UK, Jersey Island accompanied by Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission boss Twalib Mbarak.

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VIDEO: Tanzanian woman wants to be President Uhuru’s wife but Kenyans online are not amused

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It appears Tanzanian singer Rehema Chalamila popularly known as Ray C infatuation with President Uhuru Kenyatta is not going anywhere anytime soon, if a picture she has shared on social media is anything to go by.

In the photo, the sassy songbird is captured wearing a revealing bodysuit with fishnet stocking while posing near a pool.

“Future Mrs Uhuru!jah love!,” the photo is captioned.

Predictably, the post has attracted great interest from the online community.

“Jamani huyu ashindwe kwa jina la Yesu, Juzi ukitembelewa na malaika akakutia ufahamu, Leo,” said reymsemo.

“Hivii ni wewe juzi ulieongea maneno ya kiroho hapaa mpka nikajua Umeokoka!!!?” asked wilkins_ms.

“Not our president… we love our first lady,” commented roselynatema.

“Ray C all reckless. She’s ready to risk it all,” said ayuma.

“Uhuru wetu wa Kenya ama mgani?” asked stacy 254.

“Haki ringtone apoko anatusumbua atahitaji jiko. Si umchukue tu,” suggested angel_johnson.

Ray C publicly declared her “undying love” for President Kenyatta last year while on a music tour in the country.

She claimed that Mr Kenyatta was the ideal husband for her and this has added to her love for Kenya.

 

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Uhuru announces end of public commemoration of his father’s death

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President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday announced the end of a 41-year-old tradition that was upheld by former President Daniel Arap Moi and his predecessor, the third President Mwai Kibaki.

President Kenyatta declared an end to public observation of August 22, as the day Kenya’s founding President, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta died.

The President stated that the decision had been arrived at following consultations with the larger Kenyatta family.

President Uhuru spoke while accompanied  by First Lady Margaret Kenyatta during the laying of a wreath at the mausoleum of  Mzee Kenyatta as part of activities to commemorate the 41st anniversary since his death in 1978. Present too was Deputy President, William Ruto.

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Reprieve for families in Ethiopian Airlines crash as renowned US lawyer takes up case 

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Kenya was the worst hit when Ethiopian Airlines plane Boeing 737 MAX 8 crashed near the town of Bishoftu on 10th March 2019 killing all 157 passengers on board. A total of 32 Kenyans died in that crash, making Kenya the most affected country.

It has been five months since the deadly Ethiopian Airlines crash, affected families have been locked in a legal tussle with US plane manufacturer Boeing for close to half a year now.

Families who lost their kin in the deadly crash can now breathe a sigh of relief as renowned US-based lawyer Manuel von Ribbeck has filed additional lawsuits against Boeing.

For starters, Manuel von Ribbeck is a lawyer who focuses on representing victims of catastrophic incidents, including aviation disasters from human or mechanical errors.

Manuel von Ribbeck (left)Manuel von Ribbeck (left)

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Ribbeck is basically the hope of many aircraft accident victims throughout the world. He also represented families who lost their kin in Indonesian carrier – Lion Air Flight 610, which is the same model with Ethiopian Airlines plane Boeing 737 MAX 8. The October 29th 2018 Lion Air crash killed all 189 passengers and crew on board.

Ribbeck’s law firm – Ribbeck Law Chartered and its co-counsels Global Aviation Law Group and Igeria and Ngugi Advocates filed additional lawsuits against Boeing in the case involving Ethiopian Airlines plane crash.

A total of 66 affected family members are seeking $1 billion/Ksh 100 billion in compensation for damages from the American plane manufacturer.

The renowned lawyer seeks to consolidate the Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines cases if no settlement is reached soon for his clients. The law firms argue that consolidating the two cases will solve the issue of contradicting orders if the cases are handled by different judges.

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