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Citizen TV anchor denies pocketing Sh100K allowance for Rio Olympics trip

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Citizen TV anchor Waihiga Mwaura has denied receiving facilitation fee from a government agency during the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Waihiga on Tuesday appeared before a Nairobi court where he testified in the ongoing trial of government officials over misuse of state funds in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

The journalist told Magistrate Elizabeth Osoro that he was among journalists whose names were listed by the National Olympics Committee of Kenya (Nock) as recipients of USD 1,000 (Ksh.100, 000) without his knowledge.

According to Waihiga, his travel and accommodation was paid for by his employer and he never had a conversation with Nock officials or any other agency involved in the preparation on Rio Olympics.

He also told the court that some people listed as part of Team Kenya were non-Kenyans. He said it was easy for him to notice because he was conversant with most Kenyan athletes as well as Nock officials.

THEFT AND FRAUD

Waihiga was testifying in a case in which former Nock officials Pius Ochieng, Francis Kanyiri and Stephen Arap Soi have denied involvement in Sh25 million theft and fraud.

Mr Mwaura said he is ready to cooperate with investigators.

“I wish to state that I appeared before a committee formed to investigate graft allegations during the Rio Olympics and I shared my side of the story,” he said.

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During the Rio Olympics 2016, athletes complained about kits going missing as well as poor travel and accommodation arrangements.

There were also allegations that officials took their friends at the expense of coaches.

The complaints forced President Uhuru Kenyatta to call for investigations into the matter.

Then Sports Secretary Hassan Wario has since been charged with six counts of abuse of office. He was released on a Sh1 million bail, with a personal bond of a similar amount.

He is currently Kenyan Ambassador to Austria.

Source:nairobinews

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Aisha Jumwa, aide fail to take plea in murder case

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Malindi Member of Parliament Aisha Jumwa and her aide Geoffrey Otieno will spend another night in police cells pending bail ruling in a murder case against them.

The two were arraigned in a Mombasa court on Thursday and charged with the murder of Gumbao Jola who was killed in the chaos that ensued during campaigns for a by-election in Ganda Ward on October 15, 2019.

They denied the charges before Mombasa High Court Judge Lady Justice Njoki Mwangi.

The defence lawyers led by Danstan Omari, Jared Magolo and Cliff Ombeta asked the court to release the suspects on reasonable bail terms.

The lawyers accused the state of frustrating the lawmaker who is also facing graft charges and urged the court to free the two on bail.

Earlier in the day, Justice Mwangi was forced to briefly defer plea taking to allow the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP’s) office to avail missing mental assessment report for Jumwa’s co-accused.

The judge also questioned the validity of Ms Jumwa’s medical report, which the court noted bears a signature that’s not that of a psychiatric known to be conducting the assessments in Mombasa.

The prosecution, however, explained that the medic who appends his signatures on the report has retired and that the procedure was done by his colleague who is currently in charge.

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Comedian Othuol Othuol’s father speaks for the first time following son’s death

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Father to the late Churchill show comedian Othuol Othuol has today spoken for the first time and revealed that he was against his son’s comedy career.

Peter Omondi, Othuol’s father, disclosed that he always felt like comedy was a lazy man’s career which he did not want his son participating in.

Due to his father being against his dream career, the late Othuol Othuol had to leave home in Nyanza unknowingly and go to Nairobi where he joined Churchill’s comedy group.

However, with time as his son’s popularity grew, the late Othuol Othuols’s said that he came to accept his chosen career.

Othuol’s new path and fame brought a lot of popularity in the family that his father had to always be careful wherever he went.

This fact gave Othuol’s father so much pride as he realised that he now had someone to answer to and protect his image.

Speaking about his son’s life, Peter Omondi said that Othuol’s passion for comedy began at a very early age.

He wished that he knew better to encourage his son’s passion instead of discouraging him. He was very proud that Othuol still forced himself to do what he loved.

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“I didn’t want him to do comedy. I always thought comedy was for those who didn’t want to work hard. From that, i knew that you must identify your kid’s talent and be serious with it,” Othuol’s father said.

The 56-year-old Peter, also talked about a side of Othuol Othuol that many people did not know about.

According to him, his son Othuol was a brilliant kid in school who would often be in the first position.

However, he would always turn the tables around and become last in his class in case his parents failed to acknowledge his efforts.

Othuol’s character was also very surprising to his father, as the late comedian always hang out with kids below his age and joke around a lot.

According to Peter, Othuol did not like being around his peers or older kids.

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Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei mocks MP Junet Mohammed after skipping NTV interview

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Suna East MP Junet Mohammed is on the receiving end of mockery after skipping an anticipated interview on NTV.

Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei, one of Ruto’s allies, teased Junet for failing to attend the interview scheduled for Wednesday 21st October.

Mark Masai, the TV host started the show with an apology.

He informed the viewers that producers of the show tried contacting Junet but they were not successful.

“Tonight we had invited the Suna East MP Junet Mohammed as well as the Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei. Cherargei is in studio but the Suna East MP has gone MIA and we are still trying to get a hold of him. We’ve tried to get a hold of him to no avail,” Mark Masai said.

Junet Mohamed and Samson Cherargei were to discuss the new Building Bridges Initiative Report.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and Orange Democratic Movement leader Raila Odinga received the report a few days ago.

“On a lighter note, maybe Junet is busy editing reggae lyrics,” Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei commented.

Cherargei is a close ally of Deputy President William Ruto.

While commenting on the BBI report, he noted that the document did not capture the aspiration of Kenyans.

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Additionally, he said that the main agenda in the BBI report is to simply create more positions in the Executive.

“This document is not the aspiration of 47.6 million Kenyans but it is a gentleman’s agreement for self reservation,” Cherargei said.

The Senator also said that there is a hidden agenda for the launch of the Building Bridges Initiative report.

President Uhuru Kenyatta also asked all Kenyans to read the Report.

Additionally, he asked leaders not to use the report to divide Kenyans.

“I am requesting them that between now and Monday they should ensure the document is understandable. .. If you have a simple version put it in all or dailies so that as many Kenyans can see this version,” the president said.

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