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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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‘I went through hell and high water!’ Ex-TPF star Linda Muthama speaks out

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Life has not been a walk in the park for former Tusker Project Fame star Linda Muthama.

The singer who has now released a gospel song titled Asante Yesu told Mpasho that life was been mean to her.

“I have been through hell and high waters and God has truly brought me through. I am recording the music that I love. Gospel Music and specifically Worship.”

Linda explained, “This song is to encourage people because God’s mercies are new every morning. I mean having been called names, shamed in public for my wrong choices, I feel that I have come full circle.”

How have things changed from the time you were on TPF to now?

I have become a mentor of girls and a teacher. I want to prepare children who will be so grounded when going for competitions like Tusker Project Fame.

Do you keep in touch with your fellow contestants from Tusker Project Fame?

Not really. I watch Alvan Gatitu like everyone else and was in church with Ruth Matete.

You have a masters or is it a PHD now? What were you studying?

Yes Masters and now pursuing and ECDE diploma…I want to focus a lot in raising the next generation. I am also the head of Music at Gems Cambridge-Regis school

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How did you meet up with Josh Manio to do the collabo? What is the backstory?

I had interacted with Amos and Josh at a Lifepool church and I remember we said it would be great to sing together. I guess it was fate because we did not plan it, it just happened. He is such a nice person.

Anything else you would like to add?

Thanksgiving is a weapon of warfare and so let us all learn to give thanks at all times. God never fails. If he has continued to lift me, I will not look back but serve him even more.

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VIDEO: Big Churchill Show names currently languishing in poverty

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The heat at Churchill Show just got hotter, after comedians Jalang’o and Zainabu Zeddy spilled the secrets about unemployed Churchill Show comedians who are currently sleeping hungry.

Zeddy warned she was here to reveal the Truth and say it as it is before mentioning famous names in the creative industry that have been suffering behind closed doors but are afraid to speak up.

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Unfortunately, the comedienne first admitted that majority of young and upcoming comedians struggle to live the “Instagram life” that is nothing but fake and one that their meager salaries cannot even finance.

You just want to impress people. But it’s fake! All those photos on Instagram are not real.

Zainabu Zeddy

Jalang’o could not agree more, confessing that this kind of pressure can only lead into depression or even suicidal thoughts.

One, two, three shows and you are already boasting, moving into bigger houses, riding in Ubers. You already want to change your lifestyle immediately but your income is not sustainable.

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Before going public to disclose that Sleepy David is a suffering man but who is afraid to speak.

Sleepy is suffering but he can’t say so. He has no job, nothing. He is just surviving.

Comedian Sleepy David

This just opened doors of shock, with Zeddy spilling that comedians Wa Kimani and Njoro are also sailing in the same boat of ‘poverty’.

Majority of male comedians are suffering in silence. The men are educated, young but never speak up! Wa Kimani and Njoro are all suffering and they are struggling to make ends meet.

Comedian Njoro

To the extent that one of them was willing to sell his kidney to survive.

Wa Kimani had even given up and wanted to sell his kidney to survive. I am here to speak!

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Covid-19 scare: Taxi driver dies in his car in Juja

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The scene caught the eyes of many, at a time almost every move and incident is deemed suspicious.

In the video posted on social media on Monday, three people in white suits and other protective clothing are covering and zipping up a man in a body bag.

A fourth man, with a hand pump, approaches the group and sprays a car parked nearby.

This is the vehicle James Maina used to operate as a taxi.

To many residents, what was being zipped up in the bag was a living Covid-19 patient. The truth, however, is that Maina had died in the car.

‘TERRIBLE SCENE’

When his body was being taken metres from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology in Juja on Sunday morning, witnesses thought Maina had died from Covid-19.

“The whole exercise created a terrible scene. Many people thought he had been killed by the virus,” Mr Charles Chege, whose brother’s car Maina used to operate as a taxi, said.

According to Mr Chege, picking a corpse in a body bag without ascertaining the cause of death “is not good, and only adds pain and sadness to the bereaved”.
He added that Maina was known to him for long.

The taxi driver died outside a clinic, having spent the whole Saturday night in the car with all windows rolled up and doors locked.

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Locals became suspicious when they found the car with mist on its windows on Sunday morning.

“I used to drive the car before he took it. When people saw it, they thought I was the one inside. I began receiving calls at 6am but went back to sleep,” Mr Chege said.

“The number of calls increased. When I finally picked up the phone, the caller said some people were attempting to break the car windows.”

He added that Maina’s death is mysterious as he was not ill.

“He was working normally. Maina may have been going home before curfew time and dropped by some joint for a drink. It is probably at this time that he began feeling sick,” Mr Chege said.

According to witnesses, the vehicle was seen speeding with lights on, before being found where it was parked on Sunday.

HOOTED REPEATEDLY

Locals said the vehicle also hooted repeatedly and the security guards at the hospital may have ignored Maina thinking he was drunk. That was around 8pm on Saturday.

Maina then slumped in his seat with a foot on the clutch and appeared to have fallen asleep.

Mr Chege said Maina may have have trying to seek urgent treatment.

“He never parks there but he sped towards the hospital on that day,” he said.

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“His drink may have been spiked or he was just drunk. Perhaps he suffocated.”
The car keys and Maina’s mobile phone were in his pockets.

Maina’s wife Esther Wangari said he had not been sick.

“He was fine when he left the house. He never even sneezed. There are many questions that demand answers. His lips were dry when I saw the body,” she said.

“I tried contacting him but he did not pick my calls. I thought he was busy,” she said.

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