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Doping: Wilson Kipsang digging in for a fight with World Athletics

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Former World marathon recorder holder Wilson Kipsang’s management, Volare Sports, has announced it will appeal the ban issued to their athlete on Friday.

Kipsang was handed a four-year ban for anti-doping rule violations (ADRVs) that included using a fake photo of a traffic accident to justify one of four missed whereabouts appointments, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) said.

Volare Sports said it had been informed of the decision of the World Athletics Disciplinary Tribunal in the case between Wilson and World Athletics. The Disciplinary Tribunal found Wilson guilty of violating the anti-doping rules.

“In January 2020 World Athletics accused Wilson of alleged Whereabouts Failures (article 2.4) and alleged (attempted) tampering (article 2.5). The Disciplinary Tribunal found Wilson guilty of violation of both,” Volare Sports said in a Facebook post.

Kipsang’s management said the two-time London Marathon winner will appeal the decision at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

“The decision is not final and conclusive yet. Wilson has the opportunity to appeal the decision at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

“We will study and analyse the decision of the Disciplinary Tribunal and consider the further legal steps. Pending this process we will not communicate anything more about it,” said Volare Sports.

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The management emphasised that there is no case of use of doping and no prohibited substance was ever found.

“Volare Sports and Wilson strongly believe in a clean sport and support anti-doping measures for a 100%. The accusation regarding alleged/attempted tampering (article 2.5) concerned an explanation that was given in the results management process regarding a possible Whereabouts Failure and did not concern tampering with a doping test itself,” read the post.

Kipsang joins a list of popular Kenyan athletes who have been sanctioned in recent years, including 2008 Olympic 1,500m champion Asbel Kiprop, former Boston and Chicago Marathon winner Rita Jeptoo and 2016 Olympic marathon champion Jemimah Sumgong.

Athletics – Virgin Money London Marathon – London – 26/4/15. Kenya’s Wilson Kipsang, Kenya’s Dennis Kimetto, Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge and Kenya’s Stanley Biwott during the Men’s Elite race.[Reuters / Paul Childs]

Kipsang’s ban came a day after the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) charged Florence Jepkosgei Chepsoi with the offence of presenting false documents to the agency as defence against an anti-doping rule violation.

Jepkosgei was arraigned before the Chief Magistrate’s Court in Eldoret on Monday and charged under section 42 (1) paragraph (e) of the Anti-Doping Act.

The athlete pleaded not guilty and was released on bail. The case will be heard on August 13, 2020.

Current Kenyan law stipulates a jail term of up to three years for support staff found guilty in connection with doping, but not for athletes.

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Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed said last week they will pass legislation to criminalise doping offences.

During a meeting with veteran athletes, CS Mohamed said that they were working closely with ADAK to present the document to Parliament for debate.

If the Bill is passed, offenders will serve jail terms as the country intensifies its fight against the vice.

From 2004 to August 2018, 138 Kenyan athletes tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs, according to a WADA report published in September 2018.

With their high number of dopers, Kenya was placed under category A on the list of countries being watched together with Nigeria, Ethiopia, Bahrain, Morocco, Ukraine and Belarus.

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Why we built and turned our house into a resort

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When architect Dorothy Abonyo’s husband, architect Erastus Abonyo, received a call that the beach plot they had been looking for had been found in Sakwa, Siaya, they were elated.

The land had been standing idle for many years and snubbed by potential buyers because of the many bushes around it, but they saw the potential in it. “When my husband asked us (his family) what we thought about the piece of land, and suggested how we could use it, we were sold out. We loved the scenery and the fact that it was on the shores of Lake Victoria,” narrates Dorothy.

With the go ahead from his family, the land was bought in 2016 and they began clearing the bushes and fixing the road to the land. In 2017, the family comprising of four, all architects, began the process of designing and building their dream house on the land.

“I am an architect with my own practice, Tekto consult, my husband and our first- born child are architects. Our second born is studying interior design and architecture abroad. The house was designed by our first born, Teddy Abonyo, who was then a final year student,” says Dorothy, who has been practicing architecture for about 30 years.

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Shared responsibility

To them, building the house was a small project that they felt their son could handle. Dorothy came in to strengthen the design and add a few details and her husband did a lot of work in the initial stages, such as fencing and setting up structures where people could sleep in. Dorothy, who became the senior architect to the project, opted to stay and oversee the process of building the home.

“It was frustrating supervising the project while living in Nairobi where I work. Every time I came to check on the progress of the project, I would find workers have messed things up, which meant we had to start all over again. So I decided to stay and oversee the project by myself and when I took a break, I would close the entire site until I came back,” she narrates.

Low business as a result of the 201 7 elections that year also allowed Dorothy extra time to focus on the project. And in 2018, the three-bedroom house was completed. It was constructed with as much natural materials as they could find in the area.

For instance, the pebbles they used on the exteriors of the house were mostly picked from their land while the rest were harvested from their neighbour’s land. Nyanza being a relatively hot place, the house was designed with thick walls that shield the interior from heat penetration. “When you have thin walls, heat goes in easily. We used cladding, which is attaching a layer of stones outside of a house to safeguard it from the weather effects. With the two thick walls, it will take a long time for the heat to penetrate,” Dorothy explains.

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The house was meant to be their retirement home, but they changed their mind after realising that the beauty and the set up spoke more and decided to share it with the public.

“We gave it a second thought and opted not to just have this place to ourselves as our boys were now old. Our second born is out of the country, he may or may not come back and is too old to even want to live with us. The last born too is on his way out meaning that it’s just me and my husband, so we decided to make it a holiday home,” she shares.

Getting into hospitality

That’s how their retirement home became a beautiful resort. Having come from the construction industry, the family knew nothing in hospitality except what they had experienced during their travels. “We have also travelled a bit and in particular, my trip in two cruises one at west Mediterranean cruise with the royal Caribbean for seven days in water really made me learn a bit on hospitality. Though we were over 5,000 guests, the staff took care of us as if we were five guests and there was no one time that we went to the restaurant and missed food. Their service, unlike other hotels I had been to, was superb,” she recalls.

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Having unanimously decided that their home would be turned into a resort, the family came together to name it. Dorothy’s choice, Pi Kidi, won. Pi means water in the Luo, while Kidi meant the stones. The area too was green and lush, so it also functions as a garden resort.

“Not many people were comfortable with the fact that you can share your home with strangers, but it’s a new trend, they have eventually gotten used to it. The boys then came up with the idea of putting up tents saying that their age mates would fancy that. So we set up a campsite that’s pretty formal, but we are also thinking of opening up the bush for people who are more adventurous and just want to camp by the water or in the bush,” Dorothy adds.

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Woman commits suicide days after sister’s escape

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Four days after a woman whose partner killed another man believed to be her lover in Mlango Kubwa in Nairobi, her sister set herself ablaze in a suicide yesterday afternoon.

Police said the victim doused herself with paraffin before setting herself ablaze at around 2pm yesterday. It was not immediately established why she committed suicide.

Detectives from the Pangani police station are still looking for the victim’s sister, Esther Mwikali and her lover only known as Peter, a water vendor, who escaped after stabbing Douglas Macharia on Sunday night.

The two then locked the door and disappeared, leaving the body of the deceased and her two children in the house.

A neighbour had reported she heard some noise before seeing the two leave the house.

Visible stab wounds

“The suspect and her man stabbed the deceased and locked the door from outside before escaping to an unknown destination. The deceased was found lying on a chair with a visible stab wound on the chest,” police said.

Sources told People Daily faat Mwikali was also selling illicit alcohol in her house. “The husband has been hospitalised for a very long time. We suspect it is a case of

love triangle,” a neighbour said.

Another neighbour also claimed Mwikali said she was going to the Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) hospital on Juja Road to alert the doctors.

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Police officers from Pangani station went to the house on Sunday at around 10pm and broke the door. The lifeless body of the man and the woman’s two young children were in the house.

The body was transferred to the City Mortuary awaiting post-mortem.

“Detectives are tracking down the two for grilling. We are treating them as the prime suspects in the murder,” the police commander said.

The fatal attack is eerily reminiscent of another attack in the same area where a boy aged eight had a harrowing first-hand experience when his father killed the mother and locked the door from outside, forcing the son to remain alone with the body overnight.

The class 3 pupil, told the police that at around 9pm the father picked a quarrel with his mother – Kasunga Malombe 30. He retired to bed only to wake up and find the body of his mother in a pool of blood.

Latest reports indicate that cases of domestic violence have been on the rise.

On July 6, President Uhuru Kenyatta directed the National Crime Research Centre to probe the increasing number of cases of gender-based violence that have rocked the nation.

“I am concerned by increasing tensions within our homes. Cases of gender-based violence have increased, mental health issues have worsened, and instances of teenage pregnancy have escalated,” the President said.

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The State Department for Gender estimates that in Kenya, 45 per cent of women aged 15-49 have experienced physical violence and with 14 percent having experienced sexual violence.

Brutally attacked

Among the latest victims are the Makueni-based lawyer who was brutally attacked by a female police officer on October 7 and later succumbed to the injuries.

Lawyer Onesmus Masaku, who died on Sunday morning while undergoing treatment, was attacked and cut on both hands by Constable Njeri in his house in unclear circumstances.

In another incident, the Directorate of Criminal Investigations detectives on October 13 arrested a man who burned his wife to death.

The same week, a man killed his estranged wife before committing suicide in Kitengela. According to the police, Timothy Weru killed the wife, Miriam Nyakaro after he convinced her to visit him weeks after separation.

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VIDEO: Radio Jambo presenter Joyce Gituro narrates how a cult broke her marriage

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Radio Jambo’s Joyce Gituro has opened up about how she lost her husband of many years because of a church.

Speaking on her YouTube channel with Jeridah Andayi, Joyce narrates how her ex-hubby left her, carrying everything from their house leaving her alone with their children.

Well, she says things changed when she and her religious husband changed the church they used to attend.

“The church was the main reason me and my husband parted ways. I lost my husband in church,” she said.
“My husband told me we had to leave the church where we used to worship and he took to a church that I did not believe in. When I went there I told my husband I am not comfortable with the doctrines…The church was sounding funny,” She said.

She recounting an incidence that happened when all worshippers were asked to close the door and the windows to chase away the demons.

“I remember one day the pastor said we close the windows and doors so that we could ‘Cough’ out the devil. I told my husband I am not very comfortable and went out with my kids. When I walked out the pastor did not like it and that is where the problems with my hubby began. When I talked to my hubby he reprimanded me that walking out was wrong,” she added.

She said that after that incidence she started noticing some weird behaviours in her hubby.

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He would always receive scary prophecies from the pastor. She recalled one day when the love of her life took a lot of money to buy a TV for the pastor adding that at the time they had not paid for their children’s school fees.

“I called my parents-in-law. I told them that their son had joined a cult. He would disappear saying he has gone for prayers. The kids would see him and the cycle continues,” added Joyce.

Another time after, her husband came from his usual prayers and told her that the pastor had told him the kids were not his.

“I remember one time he came back from his usual prayers, he told her that the pastor said that the kids do not belong to him. My hubby got into debts. I suspect he was taking the money to this church. He got into debts to an extent that even my car was taken away,” she said.

The mother of three said that one day she was followed by the police who claimed that the car she was driving had been stolen.

“I was followed by police all the way to Royal Media. The police asked me if the car was mine and I told them yes. They told me that the car had been stolen. I was confused because I had given my hubby money to buy me the car. I later realised that he did not buy me a car but hired one and brought it to me. It was a stolen car,” she added.

Joyce says she was living in fear after that till one day when she visited her sister only to be called by her neighbours asking why she had not informed them that she was moving out.

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In shock, she went back only to find her house empty.

“My hubby left us. He carried everything in the house. I have never seen a man who when he leaves packs the cooker, fridge, seats, curtains and other things in the house. I was shocked. We had our issues but I did not expect it to get to that,” she said.

Joyce admits that she is not sure whether the people were auctioneers or it was the husband who decided to carry them.

Joyce moved out with her kids and started a new life. After a while, she was informed that her husband was in jail in Uganda.

She informed his family who helped him to get out of jail.

Watch the whole story to know what happened later;

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