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Speaker Muturi clashes with US Ambassador over Al-Shabaab

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Speaker of the National Assembly Justin Muturi and US Ambassador to Kenya Kyle McCarter clashed Monday over the US government’s decision to vote to block Kenya’s push to have Al Shabaab categorised as a terror group.

Muturi told delegates at the Parliamentary Intelligence Security Forum in Nairobi that the move was unfortunate because it has the potential of watering down all the gains made in the fight against terror and terrorist groups.

The United Nations Security Council in August rejected Kenya’s request to designate Al Shabaab a terror group under UNSC Resolution 1267, which includes groups like Al Qaeda, Taliban and ISIL.

McCarter denied claims that some humanitarian organizations had taken advantage of exemptions from the Sanctions offered under Resolutions 751 to venture into the territory.

“This is talked about often but never any proof is given. We understand that any aid, there times when we have leakages but we have made very clear under (Resolution) 751, that Al Shabaab are terrorists and we will use everything within that Resolution to degrade them.”

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The US Ambassador said, “the Speaker and I have made a commitment today to talk about how we can message this to the Kenyan people that we are completely committed to taking out Al Shabaab and removing their threat to the people of East Africa,”

US Ambassador Kyle McCarter, however, argues the proposal will break the current working relationship where aid workers are allowed certain windows to reach extremist-held regions.

He explained that Al Shabaab is currently administered under a different sanctions regime under UNSC Resolution 751 which was passed to control civil war in Somalia, has been amended to include a ban on arms purchase for both Somalia (with exemptions) and Al Shabaab, travel ban and asset freeze as well as a ban on charcoal trade that was seen by the UN as the militia’s main source of revenue.

He said the US government has declared Al Shabaab as a terrorist organization and is committed to taking out the militia group.

“Let us be very clear, the US has declared the Al Shabaab (are) terrorists and there is no commitment that you can find any greater, than the US and how that we have worked together with Kenya to decimate Al Shabaab. The commitment has been there for a long time, it remains there and it will continue to be there until we end this terrorist attack on Kenya and the region,” the US Ambassador stated.

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US humanitarian agencies and former diplomats opposed Kenya’s bid to amend the designation because it would “criminalize humanitarian aid,” The US Envoy stated. 

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Court suspends Mary Wambui’s appointment as Employment Authority boss

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Not so fast, the employment court has told politician Mary Wambui in her quest to take the job at the National Employment Authority.

Justice Hellen Wasilwa issued the order in Nairobi on Wednesday in a case filed by the Kenya Young Parliamentarians Association.

In the case championed by the association’s chairman-cum-Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja, the petitioners argue that Ms Wambui is not qualified under the law, policy and best practice, to be the chairperson of the authority.

NOT CONFORM

Ms Wambui, Mr Sakaja’s team argues, does not conform to the provisions of Section 10 (2)(c) of the National Employment Authority Act and does not meet the threshold of having at least seven years’ experience in human resource management or its equivalent.

The qualifications of the chairperson of the authority, they say, are mandatory and not discretionary.
The association says Ms Wambui has on several occasions personally admitted that she possesses a limited education, which for all intents and purposes makes her unqualified and unsuitable to conduct the affairs of the chairperson.

The petitioners argue that her appointment would disfranchise the Kenyan taxpayer given the very strategic nature of the position.

“The directive of appointing the 3rd respondent, who is not qualified is not only retrogressive, arbitrary and stale, but also attempts to uncharacteristically undermine the principles of public participation and guiding principles of leadership and integrity,” the petition reads.

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Justice Wasilwa certified the case as urgent and set the hearing for November 14.

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‘My addiction with strippers left me in debts worth millions,’ Robert Burale

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Robert Burale has in the past been in debts running into millions but he managed to come out of it unlike most Kenyans who are still struggling.

In a past interview with K24 Faraja, Burale stated that his addiction to stripping and the pressure to keep up a facade of a flashy lifestyle pushed him into debts.

I used to live with both my parents during primary and secondary school but at some point they separated.

Life was good as we were living a high end life before I went to study marketing in London.

I enjoyed going to a new country and the freedom that came with it.

Robert Burale

Little did Burale know that some types of friends can either make or break you.

When I went there I made both good and bad friends.

I was lucky because everything was being paid for by my dad for during my first year so I had a lot of free time.

I started going to strip clubs while in London with the friends I had made.

He adds,

As an African man living abroad, every one wants you, so the attention started making us do things we would not consider doing before.

We started hoping from one strip club to the other.

At some point we got bored with strip clubs in our area and we started venturing to other areas.

He adds,

STRIP GIRLS ARE TAUGHT HOW TO MILK YOU DRY.

WHEN THEY SEE YOU HAVE MONEY, THEY WILL MILK ALL OF IT. WHEN YOU DON’T CHUCK OUT MONEY THEY WILL MAKE SURE YOU GIVE THEM SOME.
EVEN IF IT MEANS REMOVING THEIR BRA.

Burale adds it took time for him to accept his addiction.

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It took time for me to know I am addicted. For three years I was just in strip club evangelism where we ‘recruit’ other people into the club.

When I came back to Kenya I found so many strip clubs had been opened and so I started going to savor their services.

Pastor Burale
Robert Burale’s book ‘From the strip club to the pulpit’

He adds

The problem was that when I was in London there was money but once I came back I had no money as my dad had passed away.

The family started fighting for what he had.

In a past interview with Radio Jambo, his ex wife Rozinah Mwakideu, had stated that one of the many reasons they broke up is the many debts he had.

I would receive calls now and then from people and police saying Robert had unsettled debts.

It was a character he had and I kept waiting because I thought he would change because he was born-again.

For example, the main reason why I left was after my friend came to visit me and after she left she wanted to sue him. I couldn’t handle that pressure plus other personal issues.

Robert Burale and ex-wife
Robert Burale and ex-wife Rozinah

Burale explains that his addiction to stripping was where his journey to debts began.

There is no strip club where a woman will give you a show with no money.

There are men who spend even 100,000 on a night.

I once did that and the sad thing is that it was borrowed money.

He adds,

I had to keep up a reputation. I had to go to big hotels and dress well so I kept borrowing.

With time my debts ran into millions.

It got so bad that I had to borrow *John to pay *Peter and the cycle continued.

I only accepted I had a problem after I tried committing suicide.

Burale is now out of debt and this he did by paying off debts slowly with the money he got from his jobs as a motivational speaker, actor and Image consultant.

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His advice to people out there is

If you are broke accept it. Ask for help

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Kenyan teen goes missing in Germany after quarreling with her parents

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Police in Potsdam, Germany are looking for a Kenyan teen who went missing a week ago from her home after quarreling with her parents

The 15-year-old only identified as Britney, has been missing since Tuesday, October 15, 2019.

Mkenya Ujerumani, a local blog about Kenyans in Germany reports that the teen had a quarrel with her parents before she left their home in Drewitz in Potsdam.

At the time she is reported to have said she was going visit some acquaintances but never showed up nor returned home.

Her parents are worried since this is the first time Britney has been away from home for such a long time.

A day after she disappeared, a passerby walking by the banks of River Havel came across a bag with Britney’s personal belongings, identification and some clothes.

POLICE SEARCH

Upon reporting to the police, divers, a helicopter, a drone and search dogs from the coast guard were dispatched for a search operation in the river but nothing was found.

Police printed posters that were placed around all the major train stations in Potsdam but none of the four received clues brought them closer to finding the girl.

“The investigation team consists of ten police officers and will be headed by Commissioner Falk Heidke, who has substantial experience in the search of missing children and teenagers,” the spokeswoman for the Police Department West said on Friday.

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Britney moved to Germany from Kenya with her mother and her younger brother about two and a half years ago. She attends a Gesamtschule in Potsdam.

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