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Former Tanzanian President Ben Mkapa dies in Dar es Salaam



Former Tanzania President Benjamin William Mkapa has died. According to President John Magufuli, the former leader had been ailing and admitted to a hospital in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam.

President Magufuli said Mr. Mkapa died at a Dar eS Salaam Hospital where he was admitted.
“Mzee Benjamin William Mkapa the third President of Tanzania has died at a Dar es Salaam
the hospital where he was admitted,” announced President Magufuli.

“I call on all Tanzanians to pray for Mzee Mkapa, more
information will be released but Mzee Mkapa is no more,” said Dr. Magufuli in a brief television

President Mkapa was last seen in public during the ruling party CCM’s conference about a week ago where President Magufuli was nominated as the party’s flag bearer in October’s presidential election.

Mkapa was born on November 12, 1938. He held the high office from 23 November 1995 – 21 December 2005 and was a member of the CCM Party. He was preceded by Ali Hassan Mwinyi and succeeded by Jakaya Kikwete.

Upon taking office, Mkapa emphasized the deregulation of the economy through increased production to widen the tax base and the implementation of strict revenue collection. He was quoted in World Statesman as saying, “We… recognize that the government has no business on the eve of 21st century to be in business,” and urged the parliament to ratify legislation covering the sale of the National Bank of Commerce (NBC)—the country’s biggest state-owned commercial bank. Mkapa advocated such restructuring since the World Bank was withholding $125 million as a punitive measure to spur quicker compliance with their recommendations.

In addition to alleviating economic stagnation, Mkapa vowed to stamp out corruption. To that end, he established an Anti-Corruption Commission to investigate and give their recommendations to him in 1997. The same year, Mkapa received much praise when he voluntarily made full disclosure of his assets, including those of his spouse. He also urged other officials to follow suite—a “first” in the continent where so often the few rich are those in government, and the majority has little hope of striking much beyond the poverty level.

Biography of William Mkapa

Mr. Mkapa was born on 12 November 1938, Masasi (Tanzania). In 1962 he got a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Makerere University College in Uganda. Benjamin Mkapa worked as a civil servant in the district of Dodoma and Dar es Salaam, which united with Zanzibar in 1963 to form present-day Tanzania. In August of 1962, he was recruited for Exterior Services and four years later he specialized in journalism as the editor of the daily governmental Tanzania Nationalism and Uhuru (1966).

Previously he worked for the Daily News and the Sunday News (1972). In July of 1974, he was appointed Secretary of Press for President Julius Nyerere, and in July of 1976, he launched the Tanzania News Agency (Shihata).

Benjamin Mkapa was a member of the Tanganyika African National Union (TANU) since the beginning of the 1960s. Named High Commissioner to Nigeria in 1976, Mr. Mkapa also occupied a number of important government posts in the late 1970s and 1980s, serving the political party Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM, State Revolutionary Party) in the areas of Foreign Affairs, Information and Culture, Information and Broadcasting as well as Science, Technology, and Higher Education.

He was also the High Commissioner in Nigeria (1976), Canada (1982), and the United States Ambassador (1983-1984), all the while belonging to the “Bunge” or Parliament since 1985.

In 1987 Mr. Mkapa became an elected member to the central committee of the Revolutionary Party of Tanzania. In November 1995, Mr. Mkapa won the first democratic elections in Tanzania, as a candidate for the CCM. During his first term, he continued the economic liberalization program initiated by his predecessor, Ali Hassan Mwinyi. In the 2000 elections, Mkapa was elected for a second term which concluded at the end of 2005.

In 2005, he was a member of the Panel of Eminent Persons appointed by the UNCTAD Secretary-General to review and enhance the role of UNCTAD within the United Nations reforms.

In 2006, he served as a member of the High-level Panel on UN System-wide Coherence in areas of Development, Humanitarian Assistance, and Environment, appointed by the United Nations Secretary-General. President Mkapa was appointed in 2006 to be Patron of the UN committee of 2008 International Year of Planet Earth.

In September 2010, President Mkapa was appointed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon to lead a special panel to monitor the January 2010 referendum in Southern Sudan. In 2015 he was appointed to facilitate the Burundi Dialogue amid the crisis that sparkled over the third term of late President Pierre Nkurunziza.


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Mother-in-law actor Mustafa, wife announce pregnancy in adorable photo



Talented Mother-in-law actor Dru Muthure alias Mustafa and his wife cannot wait to welcome a new member into their small family.

Mustafa announced that they are expecting through his various social media pages.

Mustafa who also doubles up as a Hot96 FM presenter shared a photo of his wife rocking a huge baby bump.

The excited man could not hide the joy and captioned the photo saying:

“My heartbeat in one picture.”

Mother-in-law actor Mustafa, wife announce pregnancy in adorable photo

Mother-in-law actor Mustafa and his wife are expecting their first child. Photo: Dru Muthure.
Source: UGC

Kneeling, Mustafa adorably held the baby bump with a wide smile spread on his face.

His wife on the other hand appeared overwhelmed. It appeared as if the two were feeling the baby kick.

Congratulatory messages

Following the announcement, the thespian’s friends flocked the comment section to show their love for the couple.

Many congratulated them for their blessings while others welcomed him to parenthood.

An Instagram user identified as Lydiah Gitachu wrote:

“Awesomeness, congratulations!”

A fan by the name Nelly_munga commented:

“Congratulations to You.”

Owens_wanjiru commented:

“Congratulations! Love just got real! So very excited for you.”

A few months ago, Mustafa celebrated his birthday in hospital despite thinking his big day would be filled with boredom and sadness.

Despite his condition, the people who love him showed up to cheer him up so he could experience some kindness and joy on his big day.

His friends and family arranged a surprise party and visited the actor with goodies and a cake.

The thespian who turned 41 was surrounded by love, cake, laughter, good times and a lifetime’s worth of memories.


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Lawyer Donald Kipkorir sees off daughter as she goes back to school in London



Popular city lawyer Donald Kipkorir is not only an accomplished affluent advocate but a proud dad who has never shied from showing off his beautiful daughters.

The lawyer is known to have heavily invested in his children’s education which he showed while sending one of his daughters for studies oversees.

As schools slowly re-open in England months after they were closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the lawyer had to send his elder daughter back as shared on his Facebook page.

Well, the lawyer did not just take her to the airport and saw her off. No! he had a dad-daughter moment and did what any parent would have done – prayed for her safety.

“Seeing off my beloved daughter returning to school in England…so proud of her…May the Lord bless thee, and keep thee,” he wrote.

Lawyer Donald Kipkorir sees off daughter as she goes back to school in London

Donald Kipkorir is not only an accomplished but also affluent advocate. Photo: Donald Kipkorir.
Source: Facebook

“The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: the Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace!” he added.

Unlike her initial trip, she wore a white pair of pants, a white top, covered up with a black half jacket and appeared not to be ready for a photo as she faced away from the camera.

The girl, who is a mirror image of her father, had initially posed for a similar photo at the international airport in January 2020 when she was leaving for school.

Kipkorir is one of Kenya’s most elite and successful lawyers as his law firm (KTK Advocates) has represented a vast number of clients.

The flamboyant lawyer previously revealed his secrets to success through social media post titled Jabez Prayer: My Life is Abundantly Blessed.

He revealed how he was brought up in a poor family that he actually wore shoes for the first time when he joined secondary school.

He added that he once worked for Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang’ula in the 90s and ended up setting his own law firm.

According to the religious advocate, his clients are State corporations, banks, insurance companies, energy companies, universities, high net-worth individuals and ministers.

In his entire life, he said, he has never been a broker, never taken money other than legal fees that are receipted, has no bank loan, debts and pays his taxes.


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PHOTO: What was happening Today at Amani Ridge the Place of Peace



We thank God for the ongoing works at Amani Ridge the Place of Peace in Kiambu.

Today we were focused on the following works:

1. Cabro laying ongoing. (Cutting in progress)

2. Wall of Knowledge column and coping concrete in progress.

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