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Miguna: I’ve lost over Sh3m so far

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Political activist and lawyer Miguna Miguna says his spirited fight to return to Kenya has left him with a big hole in the pocket.

Dr Miguna has been trying to return since January 7 but has encountered challenges including a red alert issued by the government, preventing him from flying to Kenya or any other African country.

The lawyer says accommodation, meals, travel and communication in European cities, where he got stuck recently, have set him back over Sh3 million.

In an exclusive email interview with the Nation, he said his trips around Europe, as he looked for an alternative route to land in Nairobi, “drained me financially”.

He cited Berlin, where he got stuck after Lufthansa Airlines refused to let him board a flight, saying life was very expensive in the German capital.

The lawyer noted that a night’s accommodation at a decent hotel in European cities costs between 120 and 200 Euros (Sh13,500 and Sh22,500).

“For the eight days… in Berlin, I’ve spent more than 2,000 Euros (Sh225,450) on accommodation and food,” he said.

“I used about $2,500 (Sh250,000) to travel to Switzerland, Austria and France in search of alternative means of transportation to Kenya, only to discover that the illegitimate regime of Uhuru Kenyatta has issued red alerts to all airlines using the Kenyan airspace.”

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Dr Miguna was first deported in February 2018 after he ran foul of the government by administering an oath to ODM leader Raila Odinga as the ”people’s president” on January 30, 2018.

He pursued the matter of his return in court, a case in which Justice Chacha Mwita ruled that his rights were violated by his deportation.

The judge suspended Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i’s declaration that the lawyer is a prohibited immigrant.

He also suspended the cancellation of his passport and ordered the Immigration Department to facilitate his return from Canada.

At the time, Justice Mwita awarded Dr Miguna Sh7 million as compensation for the violation of his rights during the deportation, noting the process should have been in line with the Fair Administrative Act.

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‘Pick fights with people on your level!’ Huddah attacks Babu Owino

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By JUDITH GICOBI

Huddah Monroe, a controversial Kenyan socialite, has reprimanded MP Babu Owino for shooting a DJ at a club.

Babu shot DJ Evolve on Friday 7 am at B club in Kilimani Galana Plaza.

Huddah ranted in a series of Instagram stories, where she criticized Babu’s behavior

“Someone’s son, somebody’s brother. I am highly disappointed in Babu. Despite him being my friend. You’re a disgrace to the youth of Kenya. Fight with people on your level,” she wrote.

She adds;

“That boy was shot like a stray dog! I have four brothers. May God keep them safe and protect them from all evil. Keep DJ Evolve in your prayers guys.”

 

Kenyans felt and reacted the same way as Huddah;

Julius Mwaura Pride comes before a fall. Embakasi east seat should be declared vacant and Babu faces the full wrath of the law and instant justice. #BabuOwino #justicefordjevolve

Regina Otieno where do people get the nerve to end someone’s life, just like that. Kwani unaua nzi

Andrew Siro Why shoot a young man in the neck and his only crime is playing music to eke out a living in this harsh Kenya? #JusticeForDjEvolve

Bernard Mobutu This evidence is serious. It comes out that there was no attempt of physical confrontation from the victim. He seems to have premeditated his actions. Who was originally supposed to be at that point? Was it the DJ’s place or Babus Owino. That can also bring a twist!

READ ALSO:   VIDEO: Miguna cancels his return trip to Kenya
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Man’s awkward apology to wife after she finds his shaming post about her wedding dress

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Some women have dreamt of their wedding day since they were little girls and will do anything they can to make sure it’s exactly as they always wanted.

But for one bride-to-be, it wasn’t money or family fallouts standing in the way of her dream wedding – but her future husband.

The countdown to this couple’s summer wedding should have been exciting, but things started to go south when the groom refused to fork out the Sh132,000 (£1,000) his fiancé needed for her dream dress.

The man turned to Reddit hoping for some advice, but his post made things much, much worse.

He’s accused her of “acting like a toddler throwing a tantrum over a sparkly toy she can’t have” – and unsurprisingly it hasn’t gone down well.

They had both saved Sh1,016,000 (£7,689) towards the big day and spent a reasonable Sh 406,000 (£3,075) on rest of the wedding plans.

But things came crashing down when the groom suggested buying a Sh 5000 (£38) dress online.

He writes: “I know everything is more expensive when it has the term wedding attached to it what I wasn’t expecting was a Sh 95,900 ($950) dress plus Sh 12,115 ($120) veil” – that’s around Sh 109,000 (£822).

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With the average wedding dress costing Sh165,765 (£1,254) in the USA and Sh 183,000 (£1,385) here in the UK, the bride’s chosen dress was actually a bargain.

But the groom didn’t think as much, saying that he couldn’t understand why so much money should be spent on a dress that would only be worn for one day.

He told other Reddit users that he’d done his research online to see where he could buy cheap wedding dresses and was surprised to find so many.

He said: “I tried to show her some dresses I found on a recommended app called Wish and others on websites but she was having none of it.”

And point blank refusing to splash the cash, despite the bride offering to buy it with the money she contributed herself – which seems like an easy fix.

The dispute ended with the bride leaving for her parents’ house after it turned nasty.

But things went from bad to worse when his bride-to-be came across his scathing post on the website – and he was forced to publicly apologise.

Shortly after the original post was shared a very, very awkward update was added to the bottom.

He revealed that his partner, Emma, had seen the thread he posted and so sent out a public apology.

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“Emma found this thread, it was a mistake to post here and I’m sorry I posted our problems on Reddit. I am the a**hole.”

His post attracted 3,000 comments – which pretty much all disagreed with him.

One person said: “You say you don’t want her to cheap out, but then you say you want her to buy a Sh 5000 – Sh 10,000 ($50-100) wedding dress.

Another added: “That’s cheap even for a regular dress.”

Safe to say he won’t be looking to buy her any dresses from Wish in the future!

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Why Uhuru loves the Barka Restaurant in Mombasa

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The Barka restaurant, a Swahili hotel serving mostly Coastal cuisine, has always been the place President Uhuru Kenyatta and other government VIPs go for lunch while in Mombasa.

It’s said to be his favorite.

On Thursday, Uhuru while in company of several government dignitaries arrived at the eatery and caught the hotel staffs and other guests without notice.

Hotel staffer Tiny Mzee said the abrupt visit forced the staff to request other guests in the VIP lounge to move to the common area and make room for the President.

On previous occasions, the hotel administration was notified in advance and given time to prepare.

The President’s protocol team would also arrive early and inspect the area and the food to be eaten by the head of state and his companions.

Why does the hotel attract VIPs?

The hotel in Old Town is a few metres from the Central police station and presumably the security of guests is guaranteed.

The hotel management says quality services and food has made them a preferred venue in the CBD area.

The management also said Barka is the only hotel where its guests, including the political class, are guaranteed privacy.

The eatery has three lounges, including a common lounge, a VIP lounge and a VVIP lounge.

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“Our taste has never changed, our services have remained the same and we have always maintained a clean environment,” a manager said.

Barka is one of the few places serving the majority, not all, the Swahili dishes.

Though the hotel is famous for its biryani and pilau, visitors can have a taste of other dishes rarely found in restaurants.

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