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You will now need the new e-Passport to get a Schengen visa

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Netherlands has notified Kenyans that from December 1, anyone applying for a visa to their country will be required to have the new e-passport.

In a statement on Friday, Netherlands which is a Schengen member said “as from 1st of December 2019, only the new East African Community biometric e-Passport can be accepted for Schengen visa applications.”

The Schengen Area is an zone comprising 26 European countries that have officially abolished all passport and all other types of border control at their mutual borders.

The area mostly functions as a single jurisdiction for international travel purposes, with a common visa policy.

The 26 Schengen countries are: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.

According to an official notification from the Kenyan government issued to all diplomatic missions, all Kenyan passports – except the new East African Community biometric e-Passport – will be rendered invalid from March 1, 2020.

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What really caused the death of Kijana Wamalwa’s son?

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The family of former Kenyan Vice president Michael Kijana Wamalwa is wondering what really led to the death of the late politician’s  son, William Makali.

Makali, who passed away on Sunday evening at their home in Milimani estate, Kitale, Trans Nzoia County, left the family in utter shock and disbelief as he was said to be in high spirits before his sudden demise.

According to the family, a postmortem will be conducted to establish the cause of his death.

“My nephew was diabetic and probably that might have led to his death but, of course, [when] the official autopsy report [is out] we will be able to know what happened,” his uncle, Robert Wamalwa said.

Robert said his nephew looked fine a day before his death and refuted claims that Makali died as a result of depression, alcoholism, and drug abuse.

“It is far from the truth. It really very unfair and people should not capitalize on something like that. They should have a sense of decorum and respect to the family and the dead,” he added.

Makali, who was in his mid-20s, and the third-born child of Wamalwa, who died on August 23rd, 2003 while serving as Kenya’s vice president under retired President Mwai Kibaki’s administration,was a second-year commerce student at the University of Nairobi.

 

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Teacher charged with murder of class 8 pupil and her baby

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A primary school teacher has been charged over the killing of a Class Eight pupil and her 10-month-old daughter, who he allegedly sired. Eric Otieno Ooko of Gethsemane Academy in Mfangano Island, Mbita Sub-county was arraigned in Homa Bay High Court yesterday, charged with the murder of Rihana Nafula and her daughter Everlyn Aoko.

In the first count, Ooko was accused of murdering Rihana at Seka B village in Mbita Sub-county between October 21 and 26, 2019.In the second count, he was charged with murdering Everlyn on the same day and place.Ooko was reported to have killed the 13-year-old girl and her baby after defiling her last year. It is through the defilement that he is suspected to have impregnated the minor.

Rihana was being hosted by the school as a vulnerable child.According to an affidavit signed by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations officer in charge of Mbita Sub-county Philip Sang, Ooko killed Rihana and buried her body in a shallow grave near his home.

He also strangled Everlyn and dumped her body in a bush within the village. The bodies were later discovered by a resident of the village.

According to Sang, Ooko committed the offense to interfere with witnesses in a defilement case he was facing at a Mbita court.Sang indicated that the minor left her cousin’s house with her baby to attend an ante-natal clinic in Sindo township on January 22, but never returned.

Her absence saw the court withdraw the case, citing lack of the key witness.However, before the withdrawal of the case, Ooko was charged with conspiracy to interfere with witnesses.He was to appear in court on April 11, but he absconded the proceedings, leading to issuance of an arrest warrant.He further disappeared from his village after the bodies were discovered.Ooko was later arrested by DCI officials  at Obunga estate in Kisumu and later arraigned.

He denied the charges before Justice Joseph Karanjah. Prosecutor Valerie Ongeti requested the court to deny him bond.Ongeti argued that the bond would make him interfere with witnesses in the case.“It is the right of an accused person to be granted bond, but this one can interfere with witnesses. Kindly deny him bond,” Ms Ongeti argued.

Justice Karanjah ruled that Ooko be remanded without bond.He directed that the accused could apply for the bond at later stages of the case.The case will be heard on April 6, 2020.

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Why Sonko has been rushed to Kenyatta National Hospital

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Nation.co.ke is reporting that Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko was on Tuesday rushed to Kenyatta National Hospital where he is reported to be receiving medical attention.

The embattled governor, who was in remand at the Kamiti Maximum Prison, is reported to have fallen ill on Monday night.

However, earlier in the day, his lawyers  told  Anti-Corruption Court Chief Magistrate Douglas Ogoti that he was unwell and required medical attention after being roughed up by security personnel conducting his arrest in Voi.

“Due to the urgency of the medical treatment of accused one (Mike Sonko), though disputed, it’s ordered that his admission to hospital will be certified by the prisons medical centre in the presence of his physician in order to be escorted to any other hospital for his medical attention as soon as that can be arranged,” ruled Magistrate Ogoti.

The County Chief and 12 others  were on Monday charged with several counts of corruption and are set to appear again in court tomorrow for a ruling on their bail application.

 

 

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