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Ethiopia plane tragedy: Relief for kin as bodies are identified

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The families of the 32 Kenyans who perished in the Ethiopian Airlines’ plane crash earlier this year are finally hopeful of closure after a global policing body said all the victims have been identified.

The International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol) announced on Thursday it had positively identified all the 149 passengers and eight crew who died in the crash.

The announcement comes as a relief for families who are mourning the loss of their loved ones, without being able to see their remains.

Some 32 Kenyans, nine Ethiopians, six Egyptians and one Djiboutian were among those killed. A Somali, a Ugandan and a Rwandese were also among the 35 on board.

Flight ET302 crashed in one of Ethiopian Airlines’ deadliest accidents in modern times on March 10 minutes into its journey to Nairobi.

The Boeing 737 Max went down near the town of Bishoftu in Ethiopia, with preliminary investigations pointing a finger at problems with the aircraft flight control system, known as MCAS.

But, even as the affected families sued Boeing, the manufacturer of the aeroplane, the key concern had been whether the victims of the accident could be identified.

Interpol Secretary General Jürgen Stock said the organisation had to rely on accurate DNA sampling from close blood relatives of the victims to make correct identification, which took the group six months.

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“In the wake of such a tragedy, accurate identification of victims is of immense importance to bereaved families,” he said in a statement on Thursday.

“International cooperation and coordination is vital to these efforts, and this is where Interpol’s extensive experience in Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) provides significant added value to member countries when faced with a major disaster,” concluded Mr Stock.

Moments after the accident, Interpol deployed the Incident Response Team (IRT) and worked with “nearly 100 DVI experts from 14 countries in Africa, the Americas and Europe during its 50-day mission”.

The team supervised the identification efforts to ensure compliance with global standards, the group said.

The crash also claimed victims from Canada, the United Kingdom, Nigeria, Mozambique, China, Italy, France, Germany, Slovakia, Russia, Sweden, Austria and Poland. Others came from Ireland and Norway.

At the same time, a Nakuru man who lost five members of his family in the ill-fated plane is set to testify in a compensation case filed against Boeing.

Mr Quindos Karanja, 61, from Kwa Amos in Bahati, Nakuru County, said he was preparing to travel to the United States where hearing of the case will take place early next month.

“I just got a confirmation from the law firm that is representing me that I should get ready to travel ahead of the hearing date in October,” Mr Karanja told the Nation on Thursday.

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VIDEO: Kenya has Big Room for Economic Growth with More Diaspora involvement

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Kenya has Big Room for Economic Growth with More Diaspora involvement

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), there are over three million Kenyans living abroad and this number is continuously on the rise.

MFA correctly holds it that Diaspora possesses immense resources which can greatly contribute to the
transformation of our country as envisaged in the Kenya Vision 2030.

One of the forerunner organisations that has been championing for more Kenyan Diaspora involvement is the Kenya Diaspora Alliance.

This alliance has been lobbying with government, partnering with the private sector and bringing the Diaspora together in various forums.

Such forum pumps energy to all those who believe in Diaspora power, talents, skills and resources.

Speaking during the recent Kenya Diaspora Alliance event at Laico Regency Hotel, George Wachiuri of Optiven applauded KDA, recognizing the need to support diaspora in terms of hiring skills and helping those who want to relocate back to the motherland.

He also asked Kenyan consulate offices to give Kenyans out there full support on their various immigration needs.

He observed that Kenyans living in the diaspora have a big desire to invest back home. They face a myriad of challenges including, inefficient systems, lack of mentorship and lack of the right people to partner with. Optiven Group has been the number one supporter of Kenyans living abroad in mentorship, job creation, lobbying and fostering business partnerships.

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George Wachiuri enumerated how Optiven has been sponsoring many events in the USA, EU, UK, Europe, UAE and African countries. “This is one way of give back and to appreciate those who support the Optiven vision of economically and socially empowering and transforming the society,” said Mr Wachiuri

He emphasized that Optiven involve Diaspora in offering them infrastructure, building & supply of building materials contracts, mentoring those coming back and offering senior jobs.

During the event, Dr. Shem emphasized that diaspora plays a key role to the Kenyan economy and he requested the government to give Diaspora tax incentives by working with various governments to avoid double taxation.

He also invited all Diaspora to a big Event of Diaspora home coming at Ole Sereni

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Here’s why Shimo la Tewa is trending on Twitter

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o attend court in CF 675/97 and was sentenced to pay an Sh200,000 fine or serve six months in prison in default.

Sonko, according to the document, had failed to raise the fine and was committed to Shimo la Tewa prison in Mombasa to serve his custodial sentence.

On the same day, Sonko was also sentenced to pay Sh500,000 or in default serve six months in prison for failing to appear for previous hearings in case CF 1727/96 and was to serve both sentences concurrently for 12 months.

He was then admitted to Shimo la Tewa under prison number P/No. SHO/477/1998 and was scheduled to be released on March 11, 1999 but ‘mysteriously’ disappeared from the correctional facility on April 16, 1998, a month after his incarceration.

About a fortnight ago, Shimo la Tewa Maximum Security Prison said in court documents that the Nairobi county boss, aka Mbuvi Gideon Kioko, needs to be charged with escaping from prison and serve his remaining sentence.

Here is what Kenyans on Twitter are saying about Shimo La Tewa.

#TeamMwalimuDida@mwalimu_dida

What happens to Mike Sonko now? Will he be taken back to Shimo la Tewa to serve the remainder of his prison time? I understand that he left the premises under unclear circumstances and without the approval of warders or a judge.

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Tiwaine Ole Nchoko@OleTiwaine

Sonko was arrested in Voi? He might have been going back to Shimo La Tewa to complete his sentence.

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Activist Kyle@kyle_protich

Mike Sonko wondering which term to finish first 😂😂😂Nairobi governor or Inmate at Shimo la Tewa @MikeSonko

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Erick Atitwa@AtitwaGmail

Once Sonko is arraigned in court he shall be released on bond then rearrested by prison officers from shimo la tewa and presented to court as a prison escapee.He will then be taken back to serve the remainder of the jail term.Within that period in prison impeachment will happen

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A Karani Onsomu@erwoti

Mike Sonko arrested in Voi.

Kwani Sonko with all his money endures the long and draining drives to Mombasa? Ama alikuwa anajipeleka Shimo la Tewa?

And just like that, his power is about gone.

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Rein@Asamoh_

The Flying Squad should direct take @MikeSonko to SHIMO la Tewa to complete his sentence. @DCI_Kenya @ODPP_KE

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Saumu Sonko shares special message after her father’s arrest

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Saumu Sonko appears to be taking a stand with her father, Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko, who was arrested on Friday afternoon following an order by the Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji.

Saumu shared a picture on her Instagram of a moment she was taking a selfie her father while embracing adorably and also made it her profile photo.

Governor Sonko was arrested in Voi town by detectives from the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) who claimed the county boss was on the run when he was intercepted at a roadblock.

Sonko is expected to face charges at the anti-corruption court over the loss of Sh357 million in the county.

The City Hall boss and the other county officials will face charges of conspiracy to commit economic crime, willful failure to comply with the law and conflict of interest.

Haji said a probe by the anti-graft agency EACC had collected sufficient evidence to sustain the corruption charges.

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