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FULL VIDEO Kenyan man whose wife, 3 children and mother in law perished in plane crash breaks down as he testifies before US Congress

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On March 10, Paul Njoroge woke up to the “horrible nightmare” that the Ethiopian Airlines flight carrying his wife, three children and mother-in-law crashed six minutes after takeoff, killing all 157 passengers and crew members on board — the second fatal crash involving the Boeing 737 Max aircraft in five months.

On Wednesday, Njoroge testified before the House aviation subcommittee to discuss aviation safety, and he brought with him blown-up pictures of the loved ones he had lost.

“I stay up nights thinking of the horror that they must have endured,” Njoroge told lawmakers. “As pilots struggled to keep the plane flying for six minutes – the terror that my wife must have experienced with little Rubi on her lap, our two children beside her crying for their daddy, and my mother-in-law feeling helpless beside her. The six minutes will forever be embedded in my mind.”

It was the third house hearing on aviation safety since the Boeing 737 Max crashes that killed a total of 346 people.

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Education PS revealed number of learners, teachers who tested positive for COVID-19

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Education PS Belio Kipsang on Wednesday reported that 17 learners and 33 teachers have been infected with Covid-19 since schools re-opened.

Dr Kipsang stated that the cases had been recorded in 35 schools countrywide

He, however, clarified that the numbers are not worrying to the ministry and as such there are no plans to close the schools.

“We are not about to close schools unless advised by the Ministry of Health, but we are putting our heads together to work our modalities of reopening other classes,” the PS stated.

The PS further blamed the cases on parents, citing recent political campaigns as the breeding ground for the virus.

“Our challenge is our parents attending political rallies and other social gatherings without masks, let’s not blame our children, why tell us to achieve social distance in schools if parents are attending rallies without observing measures?” he posed.

Dr Kipsang was giving a report to the National Assembly Education Committee.

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Ole Sereni hotel win big in road reserve land case

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BY KEVIN KOECH

The Kenya National Highways Authority has lost a case over a parcel of land on which the 5 Star Ole Sereni hotel was built.

According to court documents, the National Land Commission (NLC) awarded the hotel a notice to vacate the land on which a road to the Internal Container Depot in Nairobi is being built.

Justice Bernard Eboso, however, reversed NLC decision explaining that the owners of the hotel had not been granted a proper hearing.

He also observed that the commission had produced conflicting dates when the directors were offered a chance for a hearing.

In a gazette notice, the commission had claimed that it invited the directors between January 30, 2017 and February 2, 2017.

NLC’s verdict before the revocation, however, indicated that the directors had been invited on March 27, 2017.

In its defense, Ole Sereni argued that it had purchased the land in question from a company identified as Swan Carriers Limited in 2007.

“Upon acquiring the two properties, the applicant obtained relevant development approvals and established the hotel thereon.

“The development took about three years. Ole Sereni Hotel is a reputable facility in the hospitality industry,” the hotel’s representatives told the court.

In July 2017, the state revoked titles for 136 parcels of land it intended to acquire for the construction of the Southern Bypass.

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The bypass connects Mombasa Road and the Nairobi-Nakuru Highway.

At the time, the state explained that it had ruled the parcels as belonging to the public after listening to several parties in the matter.

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Murkomen speaks how the BBI might end Raila’s political career

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Elgeyo-Marakwet County Senator Kipchumba Murkomen has explained a theory on how the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) could end Orange Democratic Movement party leader Raila Odinga’s political career.

The former Senate Majority Leader explained that the position of an imperial President could potentially lead to the end of Raila Odinga’s career.

“When you are making law, imagine your worst enemy as the person who will be implementing that it. I want to tell those who are pushing for an imperial presidency, please, just imagine your worst competitor as the next president.

“Will you be comfortable if he gets all those powers? If you are comfortable, then bring it (BBI report) tomorrow and we will pass it,” he added.

Murkomen went on to warn Deputy President William Ruto’s rivals not to support the revision of a section of the law stating that the DP’s camp has gone through the document and know what works for them and what does not work.

He added that President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy Ruto are still together and people will be surprised when the next step is taken.

“Sisi si wapumbavu, tunakuangalia tunapanga tunasema iko nini hapo ndani. Ok hii si mzuri hii si mzuri lakini ata ikipita tutanyorosha hii na hii.

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“Mtashangaa nini itafanyika kutoka kesho na siku zitakazo fuata. Acha nisiseme zaidi lakini jueni ya kwamba our captain President Uhuru Kenyatta hawezi kuhepa,” he added.

The Senator went on to warn Raila Odinga’s supporters not to come back after the 2022 general elections to protest against the same change of law they are trying to implement forcefully.

“Let them not come after 2022 protesting against the very laws they are trying to implement forcefully,” he asserted.

In the BBI report, the presidential model of governance involves empowering the President to appoint a Prime Minister, which Murkomen pointed out as some of the privileges, which if bestowed upon his preferred presidential winner in 2022, could mark the downfall of his political rivals.

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