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Ex-Big Brother Naija star Khafi Kareem in mourning, sibling shot dead in London

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Ex-Big Brother Naija star Khafi Kareem is heartbroken, mourning the tragic passing of her 20-year-old brother Alexander Kareem.

Alexander was shot dead in West London, the United Kingdom on June 8 as he walked home on Askew Road at around 12:40am after visiting a shop close to his family home in Shepherd’s Bush.

According to the Daily Mail, Alexander sustained fatal gunshot wounds to his chest and abdomen from a yet-to-be-identified person believed to have been in a white Range Rover Evoque.

The Evoque, according to the BBC, was later found abandoned and burnt out three miles away in Acton, Ealing – a large residential suburb within West London. No arrests were made.

“We are determined to bring those responsible for this unnecessary and terrifying violence to justice. We continue to appeal for witnesses who may have seen or heard what happened to come forward. The white Range Rover seen in the area and later found burned out is also a key part of the investigation,” said Det Chief Inspector Wayne Jolley.

When shot, Kareem reportedly screamed ‘Help me’ and attracted the attention of a passer-by who attempted to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) as they awaited paramedics.

“I heard shots and somebody calling ‘help me, help me’,” narrated a 69-year-old resident who saw the aftermath from a window to the Daily Mail.

“I saw a man lying in the street, sort of in the gutter in front of the bus stop, and several cars had stopped and the people were trying to help and one of them was trying to give CPR.”

He was later pronounced dead.

“Alexander was just 20-years-old when his life came to an end in such a tragic way. We are determined to bring those responsible for this unnecessary and terrifying violence to justice. His family are truly devastated and ask that their privacy is respected while they come to terms with their loss,” added Inspector Jolly.

Khafi, 29, a police officer herself who controversially appeared in Big Brother Naija and is consequently under probe from the Directorate of Professional Standards over her 77-day stint in the show, has on social media pleaded for prayers.

“They are all good people. His sister Khafi spreads positivity through her YouTube account. She wakes up and prays for people at 7.30 every morning. Alex’s brother is trying to get back from Australia to grieve with the rest of his family, his mum is completely devastated,” a family friend told the Sun.

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Truth About Life In America no one tells you about before you come!

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BY BOB MWITI

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Kenyan passport still highly ranked amid Covid-19 pandemic

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The Kenyan passport has defied the Covid-19 pandemic to retain position 72 among the most powerful passports in the world, this according to a newly released Henley Passport Index.

The index, periodically measures the world’s most travel-friendly passports, based on the number of destinations their holders can access visa-free or visa-on-arrival.

VISA-FREE ACCESS

According to the latest index, the Japanese passport opens more doors than any other passport in the world.

The Japanese passport, offering visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 191 destinations around the world, topped the rankings, followed by Singapore (190 destinations) while the South Korean passport tied with the German passport in third place with a score of 189.

The Kenyan passport, whose holder can access 71 destinations around the world without a visa or visa-on-arrival, is ranked at seventh in the continent, behind Seychelles (151 destinations), Mauritius (145), South Africa (101), Botswana (82), Namibia (75), Lesotho (74), and Swaziland (72).

The Kenyan passport also commands a relatively high score in comparison to those from other East African countries.

Amanda Smit, the Managing Partner and Head of South, East, and Central Africa at Henley, hailed the Kenyan passport’s resilience in retaining its position.

TEMPORARY BANS

“The much-considered destinations are the ones which have effectively handled the coronavirus outbreak, and especially those which have declared themselves virus-free. International airline travel is still on halt, but it is to be expected that more people will look at various destinations to settle as soon as airspace is open,” she said.

Research using exclusive historical data from the index has revealed that there is a strongly positive connection between visa freedom and a variety of indicators of economic freedom, government integrity, and personal or political freedom.

The Henley Passport Index is based on data provided by the International Air Transport Authority (IATA) and covers 199 passports and 227 travel destinations. It is updated in real time throughout the year, as and when visa policy changes come into effect.

Henley & Partners said the recent ranking did not take temporary bans into account.

The best passports to hold in 2020:

1. Japan (191 destinations)

2. Singapore (190)

3. South Korea, Germany (189)

4. Italy, Finland, Spain, Luxembourg (188)

5. Denmark, Austria (187)

6. Sweden, France, Portugal, Netherlands, Ireland (186)

7. Switzerland, United States, United Kingdom, Norway, Belgium (185)

8. Greece, New Zealand, Malta, Czech Republic (184)

9. Canada, Australia (183)

10. Hungary (181)

The worst passports to hold:

103. North Korea (39 destinations)

104. Libya, Nepal, Palestinian Territory (38)

105. Somalia, Yemen (33)

106. Pakistan (32)

107. Syria (29)

108. Iraq (28)

109. Afghanistan (26)

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Hope at last: I can’t wait to hug my daughters

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You can feel the joy in her voice as she speaks. Joyce Makokha (pictured above)  is elated by news that international flights will resume next month. It means she can finally travel home to be with her daughters whom she has not seen in a long time. Ms Makokha is among Kenyan students who got stranded in India following a ban on international flights put in place to curb spread of coronavirus.

President Kenyatta during his address on Monday said international flights would resume on August 1, under strict adherence to Covid-19 prevention guidelines.

The lifting of the ban, three months later, has excited Kenyans living in India who have been yearning to travel home to reunite with their families.

Makokha, who lives in Coimbatore City, said she couldn’t wait to see her two daughters. She has been stranded since March when India closed its borders and suspended international flights. Makhoka, a student at Tamil Agricultural University and who hails from Bungoma County, said she was to travel back home in May, but could not following the cancellation of flights to Nairobi.

“I won’t miss the August flights; I have missed my two daughters. The government should pay for quarantine for students returning home. It should also have designated facilities for each of the countries students are returning from,” she said.

Law student Felix Makori asked the State to subsidise travel costs to enable Kenyans return home. Mr Makori, who hails from Nyamira County, said most students may not afford the air tickets. “Most students are on private sponsorship and our guardians have exhausted all the resources to sustain our living during the Covid-19 period. We kindly request the government to offer subsidised rates once exams are over so that we can travel back,” the Karnatak University doctorate student said.

Mercy Penina from Mombasa said she has been stranded in India since March and hopes to return in August when flights resume. Ms Penina is a Pharmaceutical Science student at K L University Hyderabad in Telangana. “The president’s announcement is great. I am looking forward to returning home anytime from August,” she said.

Another student, Onsare Anyona from Nairobi, said he has been idle after the Indian government declared a lockdown in March and would have hoped to return to Kenya.

Aurangabad-based Kenyan doctorate communications student Joshua Boit welcomed the president’s move, saying many Kenyans had been caught up by the travel restrictions.

Mr Boit, who is from Kitale, appealed to the State to prioritise the evacuation of Kenyans who were caught up by the travel restrictions when they went to India for treatment and sporting events.

“Kenya Airways should take the lead in flying home Kenyans from abroad. This is the time it should bring ticket prices down, its prices should not be higher than other international airlines. Many of us cannot wait to be back home,” Boit said.

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