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‘Racist’ expatriate kicked out of Kenya

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An expatriate who has been accused of insulting guards and racially abusing a woman at the Lavington Mall in Nairobi is leaving Kenya following the termination of his contract.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) staff, who is yet to be named, reportedly called the woman who was trying to calm him down a monkey on Sunday.

“A decision to have his assignment terminated was made last evening (Monday) after investigations were concluded,” said ICRC’s communications officer Ms Anne Kilimo.

“He is leaving the country today (Tuesday). We do not entertain what he did. It is not good and should serve as a lesson.”

ICRC said it was also addressing the issues surrounding the contract it had signed with him.

The Nation was told that the man started hurling insults after he was asked to pay Sh50 parking fee.

According to sources within the mall, which is guarded by SecurKenya Group Limited, the expatriate had made a brief visit to the mall and was driving towards the exit where he inserted his card in the slot machine.

“The card was rejected since he had not paid the parking fee,” said a source at the mall who sought anonymity citing sensitivity of the matter.

“He was asked to pay the amount due but blatantly refused saying he had only stayed at the mall for 10 minutes.”

Our sources revealed that the man was then asked to park by the side to give way for other customers leaving the mall but he instead became angry and hurled insults at the parking attendant, guards and customers.

“He caused a commotion and a crowd gathered around him,” said another source who wished not named because he is not authorised to issue press statements.

“Our customers and onlookers started filming him. A few minutes later, he was allowed to leave without paying the fee.”

The video clips and the mall’s CCTV have since been reviewed by the ICRC and Red Cross Kenya teams.

The Nation has learnt that the footage provided by the mall was the evidence relied upon by ICRC to make the final decision to terminate his contract.

The mall’s management declined to comment on the matter that has since been solved internally.

SecurKenya Group Limited condemned the incident but did not report the matter to the police.

“Our guards manning Nairobi’s Lavington Mall were insulted. We do not condone such but we are extremely proud of how professional our guards handled it,” the firm posted on Twitter.

Red Cross Kenya Secretary General Abbas Gullet lauded ICRC’s move to sack the official saying “he went against the fundamental principles of the Red Cross and Red Crescent.”

“I applaud the action taken by ICRC in terminating the mission of their delegate. This sad action was that of an individual who went rogue and against the fundamental principles of the Red Cross and Red Crescent. He was not representing his employer,” said Mr Gullet.

He said that the action taken against the rogue staffer was a clear indication that ICRC does not tolerate acts of racism.

In a statement released on Monday, the ICRC said it also met witnesses who narrated what had happened.

“We appreciate those who came forward and reported the incident, especially those who made time to meet with our team,” read the statement signed by Mr Olivier Dubois, Head of Regional Delegation International Committee of the Red Cross.

“The ICRC has a long presence in Kenya, one that has been made possible by our relationships with the public, Kenyan authorities, our partners at the Kenya Red Cross, our dedicated staff, and above all, the communities we are here to serve,” he added.

The investigation on the incident by ICRC began when Dennis Itumbi, the digital communication secretary at the office of the President, called for action to be taken against the expatriate.

“A concerned lady whose only interest was to protect the good name of your organisation tried to calm him down and he dismissed her as a Monkey,” tweeted Mr Itumbi.

His post prompted response from the Kenyan government, with Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary Macharia Kamau threatening action.

“This has been brought to our attention and we shall be seeking remedial action,” Mr Kamau responded in a tweet.

“Kenya has no patience and is no place for bigots and racists cloaked in humanitarian or any other liberal garb,” he added.

ICRC responded by confirming that the man Itumbi had posted about was indeed their employee and that necessary action would be taken after investigations are completed.

“We confirm that this is our staff and vehicle. We do not condone insulting behaviour and racism by our staff. We are investigating the matter and will take the necessary action. Apologies to those involved,” responded the ICRC .

Kenyans on Twitter also called on ICRC to dismiss the official.

“His assignment in Kenya has been terminated, meaning he can be assigned duties in another country…. This sounds weird especially taking note of the fact that you offer aid! How can you allow such a character to be part of your mission?” Kayman George posed.

Others asked ICRC to ensure that the racist man does not work for them again.

@Kadasia99 tweeted: “They just transferred the racist behaviour from Kenya to another location. He still works for them. Nothing resolved.”

This is not the first time an expat is being deported from Kenya for gross misconduct.

In September 2018, the government deported Liu Jiaqi, a Chinese national, after he was caught on camera calling Kenyans monkeys.

Liu was secretly captured on video by a worker he had threatened to sack from his motorcycle shop.

By nation.co.ke

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Sorry for your mental illness, but Sh50m property is gone

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A woman adjudged by the High Court as suffering from mental illness will lose a Sh50 million property located near State House and which she maintains she sold while in a poor mental state.

Monica Wambui lost her bid to save her Dennis Pritt Road property after Justice Grace Nzioka ruled that she did not prove that she was mentally indisposed during the actual period of the sale.

She nevertheless acknowledged Wambui’s mental issues but said on the basis of the evidence adduced, they could not be related to the purchase.

The sale had been concluded on January 13, 2009 but Wambui subsequently attempted to cancel it and rejected the money, citing fraud and mental incapacity. Justice Nzioka now wants Wambui to hand over the prime property to the purchaser, Lucy Wairimu Mwangi.

“I have considered the evidence analysed herein and I find that there are no factors established to vitiate the sale agreement entered between Mwangi and Wambui. The contract of sale of the suit property was basically concluded on the date the sale agreement was signed and consideration received in full,” Justice Nzioka declared in the judgement dated May 18.

Mwangi moved to court on March 17, 2009 and listed Wambui as the first defendant and her (Wambui’s) mother Pauline Mukuhi Nganga as the second defendant.

She claimed she had paid the full Sh13.7 million purchase price to Wambui’s lawyer Chege Wainaina.

Depression

In the ensuing court proceedings, Wambui claimed at the time she signed the agreement, she was suffering from depression and could not have been legally competent to enter into a contract.

She also did not receive the sale amount having written to her lawyer to cancel the deal. She claimed she was holding the four-bedroom villa situated along Dennis Pritt Road in trust for her then 11-year-old daughter, having been bought for her by her former husband Garry Vincent Corbit.

The property is known as Maisonette No.6 Casablanca Villas on L.R No. 209/5827.

“Wambui’s case is that she did not freely consent to or execute the sale agreement, as at a time of executing the agreement, she did not understand or comprehend what was going on due to the fact that she was mentally impaired,” the judgement read.

It turned out from the proceedings that the Wairimu had indeed paid part of Wambui’s hospital bill at the instigation of the lawyer but did not know what she was ailing from.

In rejecting her arguments, Justice Nzioka said the evidence adduced showed that Wambui had tried to sell the property to three other people prior, but the deals fell apart over a alleged defects in the house and because the property was mentioned in the Ndung’u Land Report.

All the attempts took place in 2007. As to her mental status, the Judge said no evidence was produced to show that she was hospitalised throughout the period of 2007 to 2009, the period the attempted and the actual sale took place.

The documents produced in court did not give evidence on her mental state for that period of interest to the court.

Rehabilitation Centre

A medical report produced by Dr Pius Kigamwa dated March 2009 showed that Wambui had been her patient since June 2008.

Another report showed that since 2008, she had been at Nairobi Place Rehabilitation Centre. “She was oriented in time, place and person. Her mood was depressed. She did not have hallucination or delusional experiences,” another report by a Dr Okonji, a consultant psychiatrist told the court.

In this particular report, the doctor concluded that; “She is in remission from her psychiatric illness, and was fit to instruct counsel and follow court proceedings.”

Another psychiatrist, Dr FR Owiti said she had been treated at another city clinic for two months.

In analysing these, Justice Nzioka said none addressed the period of the sale. The closest they came was a January 26 to January 30, 2009 period she was admitted to Nairobi Hospital.

This particular admission happened a few weeks after the sale had been concluded.

“I find that she suffers a mental condition known as delirium which is capable of impairing her decision-making,” the judge affirmed.

Still, she said, on the basis of Dr Okonji’s opinion, that she had periods of remission from her condition, and her inability to produce any evidence regarding her hospitalization, she has to lose the property.

At best, Justice Nzioka could only wish her well.

“This matter presented a very sad case before the court, and material conditions of Wambui was considered and seriously regretted. The court, however, evaluated the matter painfully on the legal principles of law as expected.

Wambui is wished a quick recovery from her condition.” Wambui is dissatisfied with the ruling.

She has instructed her lawyer Danstan Omari to appeal.

By Standard.co.ke

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Corazon Kwamboka clarifies on ‘stealing’ Frankie Just Gym It from Maureen Waititu

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Fitness trainer Frankie Just Gym It and Socialite Corazon Kwamboka have addressed claims that Frankie separated with Maureen Waititu because of Corazon.

According to Frankie, he and Maureen separated because of other reasons.

“Maureen and I had our differences, and it is not something we tried to fix once but throughout our relationship.

“We were not necessarily happy at that time. So we figured it was best for us to go our separate ways,” said Frankie.

He says he met Corazon after he had already broken up with the mother of his two children.

“We met last year in July, and we were both going through tough times in our lives. We were both out of relationships, it was a sensitive time,” said Frankie.

“We just started talking, it was not as if we had planned to get into a relationship. She was entering the fitness world and I was in the fitness world. So I guess we had so much in common that things just catapulted into something else.”

They further clarified that when they decided to get serious with their relationship, they were both single.

“People saying I ruined his family. That is not true,” stated Corazon.

“I know a lot of people think that but it is totally false, I mean we met way after I broke up with Maureen, so that had nothing to do with it. It’s just that we found something that we never actually planned to fall into it,” added Frankie.

“The general public did not see that we had troubles, because they used to see us on our YouTube channel and there you see a perfect couple, but they did not know what was happening behind closed doors.”

Frankie says the reason they opted to keep their relationship a secret is because they did not want to get any backlash.

However, they are now happy together.

Maureen and Frankie called it quits in 2019 without disclosing the reason behind their breakup.

A few months late, pictures of Frankie and Corazon hanging out together emerged on social media, fuelling rumours that the two were an item.

Corazon and Frankie are expecting their first child together.

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Amina Mude changes tune on break up with Ben Kitili

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Amina Mude wife to KTN news anchor Ben Kitili has recanted breakup break up statement, saying one moment of anger prompted her to write something stupid that was quickly blown out of proportion.

In her update, Mude made it clear that she is still married to Kitili and its her duty to respect and protect her husband.

She further stated that she has learnt her lessons the hard way, reminiscing on Kitili words when they got married that “marriage is not a bed of roses”.

“Hey babe @benkitili I remember when we got married, you told me ‘listen Mulky after all is said and done, marriage is not a bed of roses’ I just smiled and thought ni zile advise zako mingi za life.

“But last week it was so clear that you were right, one moment of anger made me write something stupid and the bloggers blew it out of proportion. I have learnt my lessons the hard way. As a wife, it’s my duty to respect and protect my Husband.

“And so, I want to clear the air, Ben and I are married. He will always be the man i love and honour all the days of my life,” shared Amina Mude.

The mother two went ahead and deleted almost all her photos on Instagram, leaving only 7 pictures that captures her weight loss journey.

Amina Mude’s clarification comes days after she raised eyebrows with her statement that she had broken up with her husband barely after two years in marriage.

“Ben and I are currently ‘separated’. I don’t know what the future holds but am grateful for the beautiful memories and definitely the beautiful kids we made. It’s been one month of pain and tears but I know that one day the light will shine,” wrote Amina Mude.

Ben Kitili and Amina Mude made their union official in November 2018 at the Attorney General’s office before they hosted a reception party for their close friends and family members.

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