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This census ‘boys club’ has got Kenyans talking

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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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African immigrant student shocks everyone in US, makes history by earning 6.9 GPA in US

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A student from the Alvin High School in Texas, is making history as the first black valedictorian in her school’s history of 125 years. Tobechukwu ‘’Tobi’’ Phillips has earned a 6.9 GPA, Phillips earned all A’s throughout her high school career and took advanced placement (AP) courses. She opened about achieving academic success during a recent interview with Because Of Them We Can.

Originally established in the year 1894, the school was integrated with African-American students in 1965.

Maintaining the highest GPA in her class was difficult task. It truly takes time management but more importantly acknowledging what you do it for. She knows that she is no longer representing herself but she is representing her entire community.

A well rounded student she plays volley ball, runs track and is a Sunday School teacher at the church. She is also a member of the Rho Kappa Honor Society, the president of the National Honor Society and an AP Ambassado.

Tobi earned a 6.9 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale, placing her at the top of her class. 🇳🇬

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She is a very proud student who realizes that she is a lone representative of her society which is the black community of the country. The blacks have been kept in very low esteem for a long time due to the color discrimination and have been down trodden due to their dark color of the skin. But now due to the persons like Phillips the blacks are gaining back their lost honor in the country.

Phillips has made proud her community and will continue to keep achieving big targets yet to come in her long life and will bring many more honors to her black community. We wish her good luck and best wishes in whatever she pursues in her life and may the God give her success in all her future ventures. Such girls are not only the pride of their own community but they also bring proud to the entire women’s community of the world.

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Monica’s brother recounts finding her body in bathtub

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A court heard Thursday that a suspect in the murder of 28-year-old business woman Monica Kimani last year offered to have a security company help find her killers.

While testifying before High Court Judge James Wakiaga, Mr George Kimani, a brother to the deceased, said that Mr Julius Irungu, aka Jowie, asked him to allow a security company help them solve the murder.

Mr Kimani disclosed that he had contacted Mr Irungu while seeking to be connected to the media so as to have his sister’s murder reported. However, he said, Mr Irungu advised him to consider the help of a security company instead of involving the media.

“He asked if we knew who had done it, he said the case won’t go far if media is involved, he said a security company could help but we felt we needed the media,” said Mr Kimani.

The court also heard that despite the fact that both Mr Kimani and Mr Irungu were known to each other as friends, Mr Irungu did not mention to Mr Kimani that he was present at his sister’s house on September 19, 2018, the night she was killed.

Mr Kimani gave a harrowing account of how he had to break into his sister’s house, together with the caretaker, gardener, landlord and finding the body of the deceased lying in a bathtub. He told court that his mother was frantically looking for the sister on phone on the morning she was found dead.

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When the mother could not get her daughter on phone, she contacted him to find out why she was unreachable. While he tried to call and text her without success, he drove with his girlfriend to Monica’s house.

He said they found her door locked and had to get the landlord’s permission to have the door broken. But before breaking the door, they asked the gardener to jump into the house through a window so as to open the door and find out the whereabouts of the deceased.

The gardener returned looking confused and asked them to just break the door from outside in order to get in.

While they were standing outside the house after finding the body of the victim, the court heard, a neighbour came by and disclosed that he was at the house together with Mr Irungu and another man identified as Owen the night before she was found dead.

Mr Kimani told the court that he contacted their father who came along with an uncle who later notified the media about the gruesome murder.

Mr Kimani said that Owen, who has already testified before court, had tried reaching out to him through another person identified as Jimmy, but he advised him to simply record a statement with the police instead of talking to him.

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He said that he only tried to find out who was present at the house on the fateful night and never pursued communication with Jimmy or Mr Irungu.

When prosecution showed him photos of his sister’s house, he could not hold back tears as he gave his testimony.

Mr Kimani described the deceased as hardworking, open-minded, someone who trusts easily, a good boss and a dear friend to him.

He also said Monica was to fly out to Dubai to meet with her boyfriend, Yasir Mohammed, on the morning she was found dead.

Thursday, Mr Irungu pleaded with the court to consider freeing him on bail but the judge said the matter will be determined when the trial resumes hearing on November 26.

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VIDEO: US-born Kenyan actor Ronnie Kariuki stars in popular TV Show “Trap House”

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Actor Ronnie Kariuki has joined the talented cast of  The Trap House, a weekly TV Show that airs on NTV, one of the leading Kenyan TV stations every Wednesday at 7:30pm.
In a nutshell, the show which has entered its Fourth Season, focuses on the lives of 3 Kenyan university students with individual personalities brought together by financial circumstances that force them to stick together.

The show premiered in 2018 and took a break in August this year only to resume in November with a few changes in the cast.

Ronnie, who plays the part of Flexx, was born in the United States and has lived and studied in a number of States, including North Carolina, Florida and Georgia.

He features alongside Mwachari Butiko as Don, Ella Maina as Shee, Ashley Kareez as Lady P, Zawadi Njoroge as Tasha and Aika Mwachia as Vee, among others.

The Trap House is a production of Kentv which is  directed by James Njamura, produced by Jacky Wamuyu and edited by Don Mbago.

Watch the latest episode in which the University students are rioting over the results of their campus poll. Who is responsible for the “rigged” election and what is next?

 

Some of the members of the cast. COURTESY PHOTO

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