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No word on Cuban medics 120 days on



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.

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Brampton City in Canada to Honor Kenyans in the Diaspora



The Kenyan national flag is set to be raised for two weeks in the city of Brampton, Ontario, Canada, in honor of Kenya’s Independence Day.

The flag-hoisting ceremony also seeks to appreciate the participation of Kenyan-Canadians living in Brampton. The ceremony will be held at Brampton City Hall by the Mayor of Brampton, Patrick Brown, on Saturday, December 14th, a day when Kenyans living in Canada will mark the 56th Jamhuri Day.

Several political, community leaders, Federal Members of Parliament, Regional and Municipal Councilors from the Greater Toronto Area are expected to attend the inaugural flag-raising event. A representative from the Kenya High Commission in Canada is also expected to attend.

“This is a great achievement and a milestone not just to the Kenyans living in Canada but to Kenya as a country. We are so proud to have the Canadian government recognize, for the first time, the contributions of Kenyans in this country.”

“This is a significant step towards getting integrated with other communities that form part of the immigrant Canadian society,” said Kenyan Canadian Association (KCA) President Ephraim Mwaura.




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Kenyan Edwin Macharia Lands Plum Job at US-Based Company Dalberg




US-based financial consulting firm Dalberg Advisors has appointed Kenyan Edwin Macharia as its Global Managing Partner.

The company’s equity partners voted in Edwin.  He will work for a three-year term starting January 2020. Mr. Macharia has been working at the Dalberg for the last 11 years, working in different capacities, including helping in establishing the company’s East Africa office in 2008.

Macharia previous worked at both McKinsey & Company and at the Clinton Foundation before joining the New York-headquartered Dalberg.

“I am excited to build upon these foundations towards our shared vision for the future of Dalberg,” said Macharia, who replaces Yana Kakar, whose two-term tenure has ended.

Dalberg founder Henrik Skovby, said: “Edwin has spearheaded a lot of innovation into the new business lines within the Group. That will serve him well as he steps forward to lead Dalberg’s biggest and longest-standing business.”

Dalberg Advisors is best known for its focus on inclusive and sustainable business, policy and investment strategy.

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Stivo Simple Boy names Wema Sepetu as his ideal woman



Musician Stivo Simple Boy of the popular ‘Mihadarati’ hit song has for the first time opened up on the kind of woman he fancies.

Speaking to Willy M Tuva, Simple Boy affirmed his earlier position that he is a virgin and revealed that all he is looking for in a woman is in Miss Tanzania 2006, Wema Sepetu.

“Wema ni mtulivu, hana maneno na pia amebarikiwa na sura; vitu vingi tu sana,” said the rapper as he riveted his stand on why he has never been in a relationship.

Spotting braces, the 29-year-old declined to reveal his Kenyan crush and, in a twist, claimed that women have been hitting on him on social media and making passes whenever he is out and about in his neighbourhood.

“Sina mchumba, nangoja ndoa. Kama Mungu atanijaalia na mtu basi tutaona. Bado, (sijajihusisha na mapenzi) kabisa. Kila kitu kina wakati wake, huwezi kimbilia kitu ambacho huwezani nacho. Mwanamke (anayemvutia) awe ni; mcha mungu, ajiheshimu na pia awe mwaminifu.”

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Stivo Simple Boy [Photo: @stivosimpleboy]


In an interview with The Standard, Simple Boy narrated how he was continuously teased over his looks when growing up and cyberbullied when he became famous.

“It was worse when I was growing up. Children would make up songs about how ugly I was. They would block my path and call me a squirrel. I am used to my face getting all the attention… God created me like this. What do people expect me to do?” he posed.

Aside from the bullying, he is making great strides in his music career and recently floored legends; Nyashinski, Bahati and Khaligraph Jones at the just concluded Mashujaa Awards.

He bagged the Artiste of the Year award at the gala held on Thursday, November 21, at the Carnivore Simba Saloon.


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