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GOOD NEWS FOR MANY: You can now politely refuse to be added on WhatsApp Groups

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WhatsApp, the most popular messaging app, has rolled-out a new tweak to its group chat feature to help users avoid a potentially awkward social situation.

If you often find yourself trapped in pointless WhatsApp groups, then this new feature is for you.

In its latest update, WhatsApp has added a way to block strangers and friends from adding you to groups without your permission.

Previously, anyone with your phone number could add you to a Group chat.

This allowed strangers to dump you into chats for spam purposes or trolling.

We’ve all been there. You check WhatsApp and realise you’ve suddenly been added into a group chat by a friend of a friend for a birthday, a wedding committee or a Church group and everyone is chatting away about people you don’t even know.

You are left wondering if you should mute the Group chat and run the risk of looking like you’re ignoring the conversation?

Or, do you leave, sending everyone a notification that spells out in no uncertain terms how little you wanted to be part of the group.

WhatsApp is now offering you an opportunity to decide on whether or not you can be added to groups.

A spokesperson for the Facebook-owned platform said this development, bringing to an end debate on how users can have their privacy on the platform.

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SETTINGS

“As people turn to groups for important conversations, users have asked for more control over their experience. Today, we’re introducing a new privacy setting and invite system to help you decide who can add you to groups,” explained the spokesperson.

Kenyans have in the past expressed their reservations over ‘unnecessary’ additions.

The new permissions can be enabled by going to Settings, then Account, Privacy, Groups.

My Contacts Options mean only users you have in your address book can add you to a group, while the My Contacts Except allows you pinpoint particular users who you’d prefer were unable to add you.

“In those cases, an admin who can’t add you to a group will be prompted to send a private invite through an individual chat, giving you the choice of joining the group. You’ll have three days to accept the invite before it expires,” WhatsApp explained.

The update is available from today on both IOS and Android.

To get the latest WhatsApp update on iOS, head to the App Store, hit today and tap your profile icon. Select the app you want to update, or just tap update all.

On Android, open the Google Play Store app, tap Menu My apps & games, select the app you want to update, tap more and then hit update.

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“I am carrying Lamu Senator Anwar’s baby” an excited Saumu Mbuvi reveals

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Just Valentine´s, Saumu Mbuvi surprised us with a grown baby bump and she reveals the father is Lamu Senator Anwar Loitiptip.

The two have been dating since 2019 though it was gamble letting the cat out of the bag, on who was warming her bed until fans unveiled his face.

So now, the Nairobi Governor´s daughter confirmed she is indeed pregnant and due to deliver in a few months.

Saumu Mbuvi proudly flaunts second pregnancy

However, baby´s gender is not known to her yet.

Speaking of the pregnancy, Saumu affirmed that Lamu Senator-cum-lover, Anwar Lotiptip is her baby´s father.

Saumu and Senator Anwar expecting first child together

Adding that Anwar is pretty happy and excited about the pregnancy.

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Succession: Biwott was either not as wealthy, or shared out a majority of his assets before death

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Former powerful Cabinet minister Nicholas Biwott had for decades been one of Kenya’s biggest mysteries such that, when he died in July 2017, many felt his net worth was more than the Sh1.4 billion that was revealed.

It is believed he had a stake in over 40 companies, among them Kenol Kobil, Sisibo Tea Factory, HZ Construction and Air Kenya.

But his succession has revealed that Mr Biwott was either not as wealthy as perceived, or perhaps shared out a majority of his assets before death.

Nearly three years after his demise, even the Sh1.4 billion risks being depleted owing to debt claims that are now at the centre of court battles in Nairobi and Eldoret.

The claims indicate that Biwott may have suffered a cash crunch in his final years as the former minister allegedly died before paying debts worth millions of shillings.

The latest claim has been made by lawyer Ahmed Adan, who alleges he lent Biwott Sh71 million between October, 2014 and May, 2015.

The claims could leave Biwott’s net worth at Sh500 million, or less.

On December 20, 2017, the executors of his will — lawyers Desterio Oyatsi, Hamish Keith, and Yaya Towers managing director Elisabeth Klem — asked anyone claiming money from the deceased to come forward with evidence.

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Claims rejected

The executors rejected three claims that have now become the subject of court proceedings.

Eldoret-based real estate baron Barnabas Arap Kiprono, Biwott’s banker Rosemary Kamene Nzeki and Mr Adan all had their claims rejected. They now want the court to intervene.

Mr Kiprono’s claim for nearly Sh1 billion is pending determination at the Eldoret High Court. He claims to have lent Biwott Sh382 million in cash and bank transfers to enable him to settle some debts and boost some of his businesses.

The businessman claims that interest on his loans to Biwott have pushed the total debt to nearly Sh1 billion.

Ms Nzeki says she handled Biwott’s Barclays Bank account for years and the same had pending salaries of Sh1.6 million for the period covering January-June, 2017.

The banker also loaned Biwott Sh762,600 and furnished the court with two undated cheques to prove her claim.

On March 16, 2018, Mr Adan lodged his claim with the three executors but was denied any payment. He now wants the Sh71 million with interest paid.

Mr Adan’s claim has sparked off a fight that could get dirty, as the executors now accuse the lawyer of trying to alter sales proceeds paid to Biwott into a loan.

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The lawyer says he loaned Biwott the funds via bank transfers from Barclays through Wetangula, Adan & Company Advocates.

Legitimate explanations

But the executors argue that the banking slips Mr Adan produced as evidence of the loans, only indicate that the law firm remitted the money to Biwott as “sale proceeds and purchase price deposits”.

“It is an abuse of the court process for Mr Adan to bring this action, alleging that he paid the said sums of money as a loan to Mr Biwott. Mr Adan’s claim is false and an abuse of the court process,” the executors stated.

Mr Adan argues that the executors have not given any evidence that the monies paid to Biwott were either sale proceeds or deposits for purchases.

High Court judge Margaret Muigai has refused to strike out the executors’ defence as requested by Mr Adan.

The judge has ruled that it is urgent to confirm, through a trial, whether there is indeed a loan or not.

“The defence raises real issues for trial and cannot be struck off at this stage … There could be other plausible and legitimate explanations of these funds transfer,” the judge ruled.

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VIDEO: Here is how Nginyo Kariuki, one of the wealthiest Kenyans died

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Veteran politician and businessman Nginyo Kariuki has died at the Aga Khan hospital while receiving treatment, his family said.

The late Kariuki was an astute and successful businessman who is associated with Nginyo Towers on Koinange Street, Nairobi and Lenana Hotel.

“It is with great regret that we the family of Lawrence Nginyo Kariuki announce his passing on early this morning at the Aga Khan University Hospital at 1.30am,” a family statement stated.

He will be remembered as an astute politician who was instrumental in Kenya’s quest for multiparty democracy. Nginyo was also the founder member of The National Alliance Party (TNA).He was a renowned golfer who pioneered African golf in Kenya.

Several leaders have sent condolences to the family, including Baringo Senator Gideon Moi.

In 2018, ODM party leader Raila Odinga visited him at his Red Hill home to wish him a quick recovery after he fell ill.

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