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Horror as soldiers force locals to swim in sewage

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A tight security regimen, controlled by naval soldiers and police yesterday turned into a source of discomfort for Mombasa residents.

The soldiers barricaded all empty open spaces within Mombasa Island, and took over the Likoni ferry, as thousands of residents converged at the Mama Ngina Waterfront Park.

Infantry soldiers in trucks and armoured cars took over security in areas of Likoni like Shelly Beach on the opposite side of the park for the entire day.Most of the residents who were interviewed complained they were manhandled by some young, overzealous soldiers.

Most streets were empty, as soldiers tried to control entrances to places like Mombasa’s Old Town.There was also heavy police patrols in Old Town, Bondeni and Majengo areas of Mombasa.

Most hotels in Mombasa were filled by State and private guests from upcountry. Areas around the park were reported to have low cell-phone connection.

There were no reports of major insecurity incidents across Mombasa despite the many people who trooped to the celebrations.

Remained indoors

In Senti Kumi, Majengo Mapya and Dudus areas of Likoni, many residents remained indoors afraid of the military presence and masked soldiers.

The soldiers, in the pretense of keeping security, forced dozens of residents to sit in mud puddles, oblivious of the cold and general discomfort, they were putting them through.

Mwangole Chikore was accosted by two military officers in masks and forced to swim inside a sewer for about 10 minutes.

Mr Chikore, a 23-year-old salesman from Mwembe Tayari, said he was on his way to the Mashujaa celebrations when the soldiers stopped him and demanded to know why he was looking suspicious.

“They wrestled me to the ground and later forced me to swim inside a filthy sewage. I tried to run but they hit me with the butt of a gun,” said a tearful Chikore.

The officers later released him and ordered him to sprint away.Moses Juma, a resident of Jamvi la wageni and his girlfriend were crossing to Mama Ngina park.

They had patiently waited for the celebrations since last week.When they reached near the ferry area, they found soldiers on patrol.

They had taken over all routes through the main bus terminus and were not allowing anyone to pass.Mr Juma said he was asked to remove his clothes as his girlfriend watched in disbelief.

“They rained slaps on me while hitting me with gun butts. They later forced me and my girlfriend to sit on a sewer,” a shaking Juma said.

Left for dead

He said he and his girlfriend had decided to go for a medical check. Another resident Salim Matano said he was heading to Mama Ngina when soldiers attacked him and beat him, leaving him for dead.Mr Matano was forced to do 10 press ups inside a sewer.

When completed five, he got tired and fell.  The soldiers beat him as others searched his pockets. They took Sh350 from him.

Matano explained that the officers forced him to drink filthy water from a sewer.

During the interview, he kept trying to vomit the waste he had been forced to drink.

“This is needless terror. Anyway, I blame myself for trying to attend the Mashujaa celebrations. If I had stayed at home, I could not have been forced to drink from a sewer,” Matano said.

Maxwell Shiheho said armed soldiers forced him to remove all clothes and swim in a  sewer as they watched, mocking him.They later forced him to frog-jump inside the sewer and sing the national anthem.“God will punish them. I did nothing wrong. All I wanted was to attend Mashujaa Day,” Mr Shiheho said.

Sammy Gitonga, a safaricom agent said the soldiers forced him to swim inside the sewer and beat him when he protestedThis is unacceptable. How can the military beat people like they are terrorists,” protested Mr Gitonga.

Business at the ferry area was also affected as traders were forced to attend the Mashujaa celebrations.A woman who only went by the name Auma, a fishmonger, said she counted losses after the soldiers walk into her business premises and ordered her to pack her fish and go.

At the Mama Ngina park, thousands stood in sweltering heat to listen to speeches from national and regional  leaders.

Parallel rally

Police did not take chances however. They occupied all open spaces like Mombasa’s Treasury Square, Uhuru Gardens, Makandara and Tononoka Grounds to deter protests from activists who had threatened to hold a parallel rally.The activists were protesting the decision by the Government asking traders to ferry their cargo from the port to Nairobi only through the Standard Gauge Railway.

At the Tononoka grounds where the planned rally was to be held, the soldiers made it a no-go zone.A senior police officer who did not wish to be identified told The Standard that no one was being allowed access to the grounds.‘’We are not allowing any form of gathering in any of the public places in Mombasa Island,’’ the officer said.

Police took strategic positions at the Tononoka grounds as they lay in wait for the protesters.A spot check at three of the public open spaces at Makadara Grounds, Treasury Square and Uhuru Gardens revealed heavy police presence.

by Standard

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Victoria Kimani: I’ve been single for three years, dating life is horrible

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Celebrated singer Victoria Kimani has revealed that she is single and thinks dating life is horrible.

The Kenyan-born singer says she has been single for the longest and hasn’t even been asked out by a man for a while now.

“The last time I went out on a date was September last year,” she revealed.

The 34-year-old noted that she doesn’t think she is ready to date again at least not at the moment.

“Dating life is horrible. I don’t know why I’m talking crap as if I’m dating. I’m not dating anybody,” she added.

The last time she was in a relationship was three years ago.

The sexy singer dated hunk Nigerian Stanley Obiamalu, a video producer and director who at the time was understood to be residing in South Africa.

They broke up in June 2017 and ever since Victoria has on several occasions been quoted saying she is still single.

Despite still being single, April last year in an interview with K24, Kimani opened up on her desire to get married and have children in the future.

Victoria, however, noted she was willing to wait for as long as it takes until the right man comes along because she is “tired of falling in love with bad boys”.

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Tears as Naivasha children buried

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Four children reportedly killed by their mother in Naivasha last Friday have been buried in an emotional send-off in Kinangop, Nyandarua County.

Those who attended the two-hour ceremony on Thursday could not hold back their tears as the caskets bearing the remains were removed from a hearse.

As the mahogany caskets were being lined up, forlorn looking locals followed the proceedings in obvious emotional turmoil.

The magnitude of the heinous killing was put into the open as villagers from the sleepy Murungaru village broke the Covid-19 protocols to attend the funeral ceremony in their numbers.

Administrators present were forced to work overtime to ensure social distancing, with the numbers continually swelling.

SPEAK OUT

During the funeral service, church leaders called on people undergoing stressful moments to speak out.

“They should reach out to their friends and relatives and pour their hearts out. The pandemic has affected the social setup but people should open up,” said Kenya Assemblies of God cleric Francis Kamau Mwaura.

The church leader admitted that the disease has taken toll on the population, voicing the need for people to bear the happenings with fortitude.

“Families are going through tough times but those affected should not suffer in silence,” added Mr Mwaura.

SOCIAL MEDIA

The family was also incensed by social media users, with their spokesman, Macharia Kimotho, tearing at them for disrespecting them.

“Some of the online users even posted the picture of the dead children. It was unethical, uncalled for and openly disgusting,” he said

“It was the least we expected. It the high time that content on the social media is regulated,” added Mr Kimotho.

He defended the family, saying their sister who is linked to the killings, was at no point neglected.

“Some of the people are saying that she did not have food. The foodstuff in her house was enough to last her for months,” pointed out Mr Kimotho.

He accused the social media users of causing the family “irreparable damage,” by some of their postings, but was quick to add that they had forgiven their tormentors.

As the four bodies were being lowered to their final resting place, tears flowed freely, screams rent their air with a number of mourners fainting.

The children were finally laid to rest at around 1.15pm.

By Nation.co.ke

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Babu sio mtu mbaya! DJ Evolve’s father defends MP Babu Owino

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BY KEVIN KOECH

John Orinda, father of Felix Orinda, alias DJ Evolve has addressed claims that Embakasi East MP Babu Owino had not been supporting his son.

On Thursday, Orinda stated that Babu Owino has been communicating with the family after the the shooting incident that took place in January, this year.

He clarified that the legislator has been catering for the medical expenses incurred during his son’s home treatment.

“Vile aliingia kwa nyumba naona iko improvement na iko dawa analetewa, yule anayeleta hizo dawa ni Babu Owino (Since he came home I have noted some improvement and he’s being brought medicine, and the person bringing the medicine is Babu Owino),” Orinda stated.

“Nurses wako naye mchana na usiku na hao pia ni Babu Owino aliprovide. Naona kama Babu Owino si mtu mbaya sana ingawa hatujakutana naye tuongee lakini hajapotea (He has nurses during the day and at night and it’s Babu who provided them. I don’t think Babu is a bad person although I haven’t met him),” he added.

Orinda further stated that though his son is still in immense pain, he remains optimistic that he will gain his full health.

Orinda has on several occasions expressed his gratitude to the MP despite the shooting incident that has left Dj Evolve bedridden.

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