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Tom Mboya remembered at Holy Family Basilica memorial service



How do you remember trade unionist Tom Joseph Mboya?

July 5 this year marks 50 years since the man who became a minister in Jomo Kenyatta’s administration was assassinated.

A memorial service was held Friday at the Holy Family Basilica in Nairobi.

Dignitaries who joined the family to commemorate him include former prime minister Raila Odinga, Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i, ANC party leader Musalia Mudavadi, former attorney-general Charles Njonjo, and senators Amos Wako and James Orengo.

Some members of the Mboya family at the Holy Family Basilica during the 50th anniversary since his death in Nairobi on July 5, 2019. PHOTO | FRANCIS NDERITU | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Other prominent persons are Kenya National Union of Teachers secretary-general Wilson Sossion and ex-member of Parliament for Rongo Dalmas Otieno.

Narc Kenya party leader Martha Karua and ODM party secretary-general Edwin Sifuna were also among a host of leaders in attendance.

Former Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero, who is also Tom Mboya’s son-in-law, and Busia Senator Amos Wako at the memorial service in Nairobi on July 5, 2019. PHOTO | FRANCIS NDERITU | NATION MEDIA GROUP

In his sermon at the service, Bishop Alfred Kipkoech arap Rotich stressed the need for reconciliation in the country.

He said there should be a ministry of reconciliation even at the grassroots levels.

He also called for the naming and shaming of the leaders who sow seeds of hatred among Kenyans through the use of propaganda.

“They have exploited Kenyans, sowing seeds of hate in them. But Kenya is a country that is well capable of reconciling its people.”


Thomas Joseph Mboya Junior stands next to his late grandfather’s photo portrait at Holy Family Basilica in Nairobi on July 5, 2019. PHOTO | FRANCIS NDERITU | NATION MEDIA GROUP

For those below the age of 50 you have probably heard of his achievements and the struggles he underwent to secure a better future for Kenya.

If you are in Nairobi, you have perhaps seen the Mboya statue near the Kenya National Archives in the central business district.

For residents of Homa Bay County, Mboya’s home region, you may have been to his gravesite on Rusinga Island.

The Tom Mboya mausoleum in Kamasengre village is a symbolic structure that attracts thousands of tourists every year. The inscription on his grave reads “Go and fight like this man who fought for mankind’s sake.”

The bullet shaped structure was built in his commemoration after he was assassinated exactly 50 years ago, on July 5, 1969, on the streets on Nairobi.

Mboya is credit with the growth of Homa Bay town.

He is said to have used his influence during the colonial era and as a minister to build his hometown.

71-year-old Clement Oyaa says the building that now hosts the county commissioner’s office was constructed between 1964 and 1967.

The one-storey building has hosted several government offices since it was constructed. Other buildings Mboya is credit with include the Homa Bay police station, primary and secondary schools, and hospital, which is now the county referral.

Most of these old buildings are, however, in dilapidated conditions.

A memorial service is also being held in his home on Rusinga Island. However, save for family, only few people attend the function.

Mr Paul Ndiege, Mboya’s brother says most Kenyans have not embraced and appreciated the achievements of the former cabinet secretary.

“At the age of 39, the trade unionist did a lot to be celebrated. However, the government and Kenyans in general have not embraced his heroism acts,” said Mr Ndiege.

He argued that the deceased has not been given much recognition despite his achievements in political struggle and infrastructural growth especially in South Nyanza.

“There is lack of honour to my brother. There are people who came after him and did little but have been given more priority in remembrance,” he said.

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Family says Paul Manyasi not their son, sets record straight



A Kakamega family has denied the report by a British TV that its firstborn could be the person whose body fell from a plane in the United Kingdom.

The family has revealed to Standard Digital that their son was called Cedrick Shivanji and not Paul Manyasi as extensively reported by Sky TV yesterday.

“My brother could be alive and they got the names of my parents’ and village name wrong,” Brian Beti told Standard Digital.Sky TV’s John Sparks said the parents were called Paul Manyasi and Irene Manyasi. Brian says his parents are Isaack Beti and Janet Khakali.

“He last posted on Facebook in July yet the man they were reporting about fell from the plane on June 30,” Brian added.

Asked if the family had contacted their son, Brian says he often changed phone numbers and it was hard to get hold of him.“Someone has told dad that he was last seen at Kibera Law Courts,” Brian said, adding that his father was preparing to travel to Nairobi to authenticate the information.

Sky TV reported that Paul, who was 29, was a cleaner for Colnet company at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi.Kenya Airport Authority (KAA) yesterday denied that they could not get any individual named Paul Manyasi in the JKIA register.

The authority further clarified that any person working at the airport required an access pass, but that the name Manyasi could not be traced from the airport pass biometric register.Today, Colnet Limited Kenya also denied that they had such an employee in their records.

“Colnet is aware of the incident by way of fact that there were investigations carried out on the stowaway incident and the company has provided its employees’ record and information to the investigative authorities which confirm that there is no employee by the name Paul Manyasi,” the cleaning company said.

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Janet Wanja announces engagement to Italian boyfriend



Could the wedding bells be ringing for Kenyan volleyball star Janet Wanja?

The Kenya Pipeline setter on Tuesday took to Facebook and announced her engagement to Italian boyfriend Giulio Calauti.

This piece of news was received with excitement and congratulatory notes from her friends on Facebook with some asking when to expect her in a wedding gown.


Wanja has been dating Giulio for the past year or so and at some point, the Italian invited the Malkia Striker to Italy to visit his family.

And perhaps to show her commitment, Wanja appears to be learning some Italian going by the recent birthday message she posted to her better half.

“I thank God for blessing you yet another year to celebrate. My prayer is He keeps watching over you as He Always Has. Grazie mio cuore (thank you my heart) for always being there for me and loving me in waits I could never have imagined,” wrote Wanja.

The development provides a triple celebration for Wanja who recently helped the national women volleyball team win the African Games title in Morocco.

She also landed a lucrative endorsement deal with a betting company believed to be worth millions of shillings.

Janet Wanja.

by NN

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17th body found floating on Nairobi River during clean-up



A body of an infant has been found during the ongoing clean-up of Nairobi River in Korogocho area.

The discovery brings to 17 the number of bodies retrieved from the river since Governor Sonko launched the Nairobi River cleanup exercise early last year, according to Nairobi county government spokesman Elkana Jacob. So far, bodies of 13 infants and four adults have been retrieved from the river.

“Right now we are still in shock,” said Fredrick Okinda, chairman of Komb-Green Solutions, the organisation behind the clean-up. “One of us saw the floating baby and we rushed to save him as a team. We managed to recover him but he was already dead.”

This is the ninth baby his organisation has found in one section of the river in a few months. The team has buried the bodies in a makeshift grave next to the river.


Okinda believes that this was another aborted baby and has previously blamed illegal clinics for some of the bodies found.

In May, the clean-up crew found the body of an eight-year-old boy, just days after the bodies of twin babies were discovered in a plastic bag.

Abortions are illegal in Kenya, unless a woman’s life or health is in danger.

The news coincides with the first day of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), which sees thousands of experts in sexual and reproductive health gather in Nairobi.

Some 6,000 people – including heads of state, government ministers and donors – will gather to discuss everything from sex education to maternal deaths and child marriage.

The event has come under fire from Christian groups who claim that it is promoting abortion and homosexuality in Kenya.

At a press conference on Monday, Saitoti Torome, Principal Secretary at the State Department of Planning, said authorities had been engaging with faith-based organisations to ensure that concerns were addressed.

“There is no attempt to push issues like homosexuality and abortion at this conference,” he said.

“This is a global summit, not a Kenya summit,” added Arthur Erken, UNFPA’s Director of Communications and Strategic Partnerships.

“This is an important issue for women and girls and that is why we cannot shy away from these difficult issues. What to do with it afterward is the sovereign right of every nation.”


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