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Makau Mutua returns to Daily Nation following the departure of Tom Mshindi



Prof Makau Mutua  has made a comeback to Sunday  Nation after he quit the country’s largest circulating newspaper in a huff to protest lack of editorial independence.

On Sunday he penned an opinion piece Titled: Enough is Enough, let us now execute the corrupt among us.

Mutua, a SUNY Distinguished Professor and former Dean of the University at Buffalo Law School, Catholic priest Gabriel Dolan, Kenya Human Rights Commission Executive Director George Kegoro and former United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association Maina Kiai later joined the Standard on Sunday.

However, the departure of Tom Mshindi as Editor-in-Chief and the appointment of Mike Owuor, as the Sunday editor appear to have convinced the outspoken scholar to make a comeback to the media house’s weekend pages. Mshindi was replaced by Mutuma Mathiu.

Others who quit on March 27 last year were Muthoni Wanyeki, Rasna Warah, Gabrielle Lynch, Prof Nick Cheeseman and Kwamchetsi Makokha. They accused the Nation Media Group (NMG) of a pro-government bias, declaring they could “no longer continue to clothe the loss of editorial independence and freedom at the NMG with respectability.”

“Thankfully, public opinion is no longer in the sole grip of those who buy ink by the barrel. We are encouraged by the emergence of more egalitarian models for accessing and sharing information and will not be powerless witnesses to the silencing even of one voice, however disagreeable those in power find it,” they said in a joint statement.

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Mshindi, however, still writes for Sunday Nation as a columnist in what is seen as part of a strategy to raise the profile of its op-ed profiles.

At the time, Mutua and the other columnists were aggrieved by the unceremonious exit of Special Projects and Investigations Editor Dennis Galava over a strong editorial against the presidency as well as the pushing out of editorial cartoonist Godfrey Mwampembwa, alias Gado and subsequently exit of other senior editorial staff, including Investigations Editor Andrew Teyie and News Editor Mugumo Munene.

Mutua took to his social media pages to announce his return to Sunday Nation and Owuor, considered some of the most objective journalists at the twin towers confirmed the same.

Prof Makau Mutua


I spent five wonderful years as a columnist for the Standard on Sunday. Thanks to my editors @StandardKenya @kiiowambua @markoloo and Fred Waga. My column there — TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT — was a labor of love. Thanks to one and all as I move to the Sunday Nation @dailynation

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The scholar said he made the decision confident that with an NMG editorial leadership committed to a free and independent press, they will keep the embers of democracy burning.

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Six senior citizens in US arrested for having public sex in the park



Police in the US arrested six people, all aged above 60, for allegedly having group sex in a public area.

The five elderly men and an 85-year-old woman were arrested after police received complaints of inappropriate behaviour in a park in Fairfield, Connecticut during the week of August 12th, the Connecticut Post reported.

Police conducted surveillance in and around the open space area and arrested the six suspects.

According to the Connecticut Post, the park was being publicised on the internet as an area for people to meet and have sex.

The suspects face charges ranging from breach of peace to public indecency.

They were released on a promise to appear in court.

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This census ‘boys club’ has got Kenyans talking



A press briefing held on Thursday by Cabinet secretaries Fred Matiang’i (Interior), Joe Mucheru (Information and Communications) and Ukur Yatani (acting Treasury and Planning CS) outside Harambee House has caused a social media chatter.

Pictures circulating online show the three CSs flanked by other government officials looking sharp in crisp tailored suits.

Apart from their good grooming and public speaking skills, the group was only missing one thing: A representation of the fairer sex.

Social media users took note of how it was an all-boy’s affair as the officials briefed the nation on 2019 National Census that will be held on Saturday.

During the press briefing, Dr Matiang’i urged Kenyans to comply with the enumerators who will be knocking on their doors from August 24.

But Kenyans wondered why no single woman was among the top government officials at the press conference.

Here are their comments: “No country for women,” tweeted SABC correspondent Sarah Kimani.

“No wonder even the parliament can’t pass the gender law,” wrote @vincetmasila83.

“That’s why we’re failing AF. Simple diversity and inclusivity is a problem,” stated @NjengereR.

“Am just wondering if the same picture had only women what the reaction would be. Would a negative comment be deemed sexist?” asked @kamaujst.

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“This govt can easily be dissolved if we had a serious judiciary coz it doesn’t adhere to the third constitutional requirement,” commented @DeograciousEkw2.

“I am totally on your side. Apparently UG and RW have done much better on this front,” said @bapfrancis.

“It’s an only big boy’s affair. if given the chance no woman would be in govt it only shows us how were far from gender equity!” noted @labanmathenge.

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Kenyan man gets life sentence for raping elderly US patient



A Kenyan man has been sentenced to life imprisonment by a US court for sexually assaulting a 74-year-old patient at a medical facility where he was working.

Anthony Mamboleo Nyakeo, 53, was convicted Wednesday of two counts of aggravated sexual assault of an elderly or disabled person.

A Texas court handed him a life sentence on each account.

2018 CRIME

Nyakeo’s victim was living at the Woodridge Health and Rehabilitation Center in Grapevine, Texas when the crime occured in January 2018. She died late last year aged 75.

Evidence filed in court showed that the sexual assault was discovered after other nurses working at the facility found blood in the underwear of the victim.


“An exam found evidence of vaginal tearing consistent with sexual abuse and staff collected DNA that was eventually used to tie Mr Nyakeo to the assault,” Fox News reported.

After the discovery of the blood, all male staff at the facility at the time the suspected sexual assault took place were asked to undergo a DNA test. The Tarrant County District Attorney’s office told the court that Mr Nyakeo’s DNA sample “matched the sample recovered from the woman during her sexual assault exam.”

The court was also told that the Kenyan nurse, who immigrated to the US, raped the elderly woman despite knowing that she could not resist or consent to his sexual advances because of her medical condition.

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“She could not speak, feed herself or use the bathroom on her own as she wore a diaper and relied on staff. We are an ageing community and we each deserve the peace of mind of knowing we will be treated with dignity when such time comes,” Jordan Rolfe, the lead prosecutor told the court.

“The defendant violated that right, and the jury demonstrated with their sentence this kind of abuse against the vulnerable will not be tolerated here,” he added.

In his defence, Mr Nyakeo denied sexually assaulting the elderly woman. He claimed that someone took his DNA from a used condom and planted it on the victim’s body. His colleague however, who testified against him, said he had told his friends to lie to the court during the trial.

In addition prosecutors also said in court documents that Nyakeo had also sexually harassed his colleagues and that he attempted to leave Texas during the investigation.

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