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No word on Cuban medics 120 days on

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Today marks exactly four months since two Cuban doctors stationed in Mandera were abducted by gunmen on April 12.

The two were kidnapped in a daring road ambush by suspected al-Shabaab militants who killed one of the police officers escorting them.

Since then, little is known about the government’s efforts to rescue Dr Landy Rodriguez (a surgeon) and Dr Herera Correa (general practitioner).

“Efforts are ongoing to rescue the doctors but I don’t know when they will be released. What I know is that they are alive wherever they are,” said Mandera police commander Jeremiah ole Kosiom.

He declined to share more information about the rescue plan.

A week after the abduction, local elders volunteered to negotiate their release.

They crossed the border through Elwak on April 20 with El-Adde as their first destination since reports had indicated that the doctors were being held there.

“Those we met at El-Adde denied abducting the doctors but admitted holding them in one of their hideouts. We were mistreated there,” one of the elders told the Nation.

They returned after two weeks in El-Adde.

“We eventually met the doctors but after a tough time. They (Somali elders) warned against sustained military attacks on their camps in search of the Cubans and we agreed on condition that the doctors are not harmed,” said the elder.

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They also negotiated the ransom but could not agree on the figure. “The figure was higher than what has been reported in the media but we shall still engage them on that because these doctors are innocent.”

A section of the media had placed the ransom at Sh150 million.

Intelligence sources said the Cubans were abducted by bandits who handed them over to suspected al-Shabaab militants, who sought ransom through proxies.

A recent security report showed that the doctors were moved to Halaanqo forest near Barawe town where they were allegedly converted to Islam.

The local security team later blamed the county government for the abduction.

Source:nation.co.ke

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Man kills sister after accusing her of fornication

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Police in Uganda have arrested a man who allegedly killed his sister after accusing her of fornicating with an unidentified man in their mother’s house.

According to police, a one Ama, 19, a self-employed resident of Kiina Fishing Village in Kikuube District, died after being assaulted by her elder brother.

The woman was reportedly found having sex with an unidentified man in her mother’s bedroom.

The suspect is a fisherman and a resident of the same area.

He was joined by his friend to assault his sister, according to police.

“One suspect was arrested, the scene has been visited but a postmortem is yet to be carried out,” Mr Julius Hakiza, the Albertine regional police spokesperson, said.

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This is the new life of former TPF hottie Esther Nabaasa

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Her breakthrough was when she was signed by UG Records and during that time, being signed to a record label was a big plus for an artiste.

Esther Nabaasa had just won the second edition of the Tusker Project Fame (TPF). She was highly believed to be the next big thing after Juliana and Iryn Namubiru.

“I want my music to hit the international scene. I want to be marketable all over the world,” were her words soon after returning from Kenya where she had participated in the competition along with 18 other contestants.

But that did not happen. Nabaasa’s singing career lasted as long as her one-year record deal with Universal Music Group in South Africa.

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There were stories that she had quit music after just a few songs such as Sing From the Nile, Yoga Yoga and Watwala Omutima Gwange.

Word then was that she was going to concentrate on her marriage to producer Michael Fingers. The couple have two children now and Nabaasa never completely quit music.

She settled for songwriting and she wrote some of the songs on Bebe Cool’s Go Mama album that was released in 2014 as well as Juliana’s Bits and Pieces.

Besides that, she also does music for commercials and last we heard is that she hit a jackpot writing one of the songs in Natasha Museveni Karugire’s 27 Gunsmovie.

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‘Drunk’ Catholic priest flees from accident scene after killing pastor, wife

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A Catholic priest, who police say was drunk while driving, escaped from an accident scene after being involved in a head-on-collision that left a pastor and his wife dead.

The pastor, his wife and a third passenger died on the spot in the accident at Maili Saba along the Isiolo-Meru road.

The couple’s son is admitted at Isiolo County Referral Hospital.

The four were heading to Mwingi to attend the burial of a kin when they were hit by an oncoming car driven by the Catholic priest based in Isiolo.

According to Buuri Sub-County Police Commander Joseph Asugo, the Catholic priest was reportedly drunk and was driving on the wrong lane.

The priest fled from the scene soon after the accident.

“Only one occupant of the car heading for the burial survived and is admitted at the hospital in critical condition,” Mr Asugo said.

The Nation has established that the Catholic priest and seminarian escaped with minor injuries and were treated at a local private hospital.

“The priest and seminarian were later rushed to nearby hospital and treated for minor injuries,” a source told the Nation.

The police boss has asked motorists to observe traffic rules to avoid accidents.

“All road users should observe traffic rules so that we don’t lose lives,” he said.

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The bodies of the three have been taken to Isiolo Referral Hospital Mortuary.

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