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DNA sample taken as Okoth set to be cremated today

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A close shave with a burial dispute that could have aroused ghosts of the SM Otieno case of the 80’s forced the family of late Kibra MP Ken Okoth to re-draw his burial plans.

And fear of a possible hold-out in Homa Bay should the body be moved there further sealed the redrawing of what is now turning out to be a controversial end for a man who courted little controversy in life.

Last night, it emerged that the family had settled on Kericho County as the place where the Kibra MP would be cremated. And the ceremony will be held today.

Night-long talks The compromise date and venue followed Thursday night long reconciliation talks hosted by former Prime Minister Raila Odinga that cleared the way for interment of the legislator who succumbed to cancer on Friday last week.A court injunction obtained by Anne Muthoni Thumbi, a woman who claims to have a child with the MP, had thrown the interment plans into disarray on Thursday.

“It was agreed that every obstacle to Ken’s resting be cleared and that he be given his last respects. Taking the body to Homa Bay came with all potential for possible tension,” a source at the heart of the decision told Saturday Standard.

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Plans to have Okoth’s body transported to his father’s rural home in Homa Bay County were cancelled during the night meeting. No one was sure what would happen after the body had been taken to the county.

Yesterday’s decision was a culmination of two days of high voltage drama at the end of which Raila put his foot down and demanded compromises from the two sides to offset the budding embarrassment.“Ken’s body will be cremated tomorrow. There will be no function in Homa Bay and we have told the area MP and Governor about the cancellation,” lawyer Edwin Sifuna told the media at the Lee Funeral Home.Sifuna also said the decision to have the body interred today was to avoid unnecessary delay and to keep to the wishes of the deceased.Earlier in the day, Sifuna alongside lawyer Danstan Omari had announced that a compromise had been reached between Okoth’s family and Ms Thumbi.

The consent which was also filed with the court to offset the earlier order entailed DNA sampling of Okoth’s and his alleged child by Ms Thumbi. While Okoth’s family had agreed to DNA, Ms Thumbi had agreed to the interment plans proceeding as planned.

The consent was recorded before Milimani Senior Principal Magistrate Grace Mmasi: “The minor be at liberty to participate in the final rights of the late Kenneth Okoth,” ruled Mmasi.

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The two lawyers later turned up at Lee Funeral Home to oversee collection of DNA samples from Okoth’s body ahead of interment today.

Low key

Thumbi had gone to court on Thursday to seek orders to stop the cremation, claiming she had been excluded from taking part in the rites.

The court had directed that the disposal of the body be suspended until August 9 when the case would proceed.But in pushing for the consent, Okoth’s lawyers told the court that Ken’s mother had said Thumbi is at liberty to collect DNA samples so that the burial could proceed as she wished.

The lawyers told the court the body should not be kept in the mortuary for so long just because of the DNA issue, but added the tests were necessary since the deceased family was not willing to accept the child without it.“Thumbi’s family appointed a pathologist who has been here. We also had our pathologist and DNA samples have been obtained,” Sifuna said.Thumbi was also present at Lee yesterday with her son.Today’s event is expected to be low key and will only be attended by close family members and few invited friends. Kericho has a crematorium in the outskirts of the town.Meanwhile, the civil society has eulogised Okoth as a man who championed the fundamental human rights of Kenyans.

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At a memorial service held at the Freedom Corner in Nairobi, the civil society said the late MP should be remembered for championing the rights of the Nubii people and for promoting eductaion.

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Bravo! Kenyan named IMF Secretary

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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has named a Kenyan as the Secretary of the Fund and Director of the Secretary’s Department.

Ms. Kristalina Georgieva, the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), announced on Wednesday her intention to name Mr. Ceda Ogada as the Secretary of the Fund and Director of the Secretary’s Department.

Mr. Ogada succeeds Mr. Jianhai Lin, whose retirement was announced previously. Mr. Ogada is expected to begin his work on September 1, 2020.

“Ceda has outstanding institutional knowledge, strategic and intellectual heft, and people leadership. His unparalleled ability to bring people together, combined with his profound appreciation of the Fund’s institutional history and legal principles, as well as strong service orientation, will help the Fund to even more effectively serve our member countries in a very challenging economic environment,” Ms. Georgieva stated.

Mr. Ogada joined the IMF’s Legal Department in 1999 and rose through the ranks to become Deputy General Counsel in 2014.

During the time, he has worked on virtually all aspects of the Fund’s work, including advising on the governance of the Fund, on country operations, helping to develop Fund policies and implementation guidance, and providing technical assistance to member countries.

Key projects that he has worked on include the Fund’s enhanced policy to address governance and corruption issues; ensuring the adequacy of the Fund’s lending resources; reforms in lending policy such as the establishment of the Flexible Credit Line (FCL) and the Catastrophe Containment and Relief Trust (CCRT); reviews on surveillance policy and capacity development strategy; and transparency, archives, and communications policies.

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Mr. Ogada was heavily involved in the work on euro area crisis countries during the global financial crisis.

More recently, he has led the Legal Department’s work in promoting good governance and transparency in several countries, including with respect to the use of emergency financing for the COVID-19 crisis.

Before joining the Fund, Mr. Ogada worked at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development as a legal expert, and before that he was in private legal practice in the United States.

He holds a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School and a B.A. in history from Dartmouth College.

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PHOTOS: Is Kenya’s Amina Mohamed going to clinch the WTO Director General’s post? See photos of her 7 competitors

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The following candidates have been nominated by their respective governments for the post of WTO Director-General to succeed the current Director-General, Mr Roberto Azevêdo, who has announced he will step down on 31 August 2020.

The candidates are listed in the order the nominations were received.

9 June 2020

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Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Nigeria

9 June 2020

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Mr Abdel-Hamid Mamdouh

Egypt

16 June 2020

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Mr Tudor Ulianovschi

Moldova

24 June 2020

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Ms Yoo Myung-hee

Republic of Korea

7 July 2020

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Ms Amina C. Mohamed

Kenya

8 July 2020

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Mr Mohammad Maziad Al-Tuwaijri

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

8 July 2020

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Dr Liam Fox

United Kingdom

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Azziad lands TV deal set to be aired in nine TV stations simultaneously

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Tik Tok sensation Azziad Nasenya is set to host a new television show just three months after she became an internet sensation thanks to the viral ‘Utawezana Challenge’.

The 20-year-old actress and content creator will host an upcoming entertainment show dubbed Concert Nyumbani alongside media personality Mwaniki Mageria.

According to the show’s Directors, Eugene Mbugua and Enos Olik, the new show will be airing on nine TV stations simultaneously starting this Sunday at 2pm.

The new show will be aired on NTV, KTN, K24, KBC, Switch TV, Metropol TV, Y24, TV47, and PPP TV.

Concert Nyumbani is a musical show that has been put together to celebrate heroes who’ve emerged from the coronavirus pandemic.

“So proud to be a part of this history-making appreciation show of our Heros who go out of their way for others.. Frontline Responders, local exceptional community servers, we salute you! …. Make a date guys!! Sunday is coming,” said Mageria.

Mbugua said that he put together a team of some of the most talented people in Kenya to work on a documentary and musical show celebrating heroes who’ve emerged from the pandemic. This, he has done with the help of the Kenya Film Commission.

Azziad started acting in stage plays in high school before joining Hearts of Art theatre group, where she played many roles while pursuing a certificate in broadcast journalism at the Kenya Institute of Mass Communication.

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Azziad also announced that she will be hosting another show dubbed The Cook-Off alongside comedian Mulamwah.

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