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Varsity student’s life snuffed out by city estate thugs



A family in Buruburu, Nairobi, is in mourning after their daughter was shot by an unknown thug on July 10 in the estate, leading to her death while undergoing treatment.

The events before 9 pm on a fateful day will remain forever etched in the mind of a certain Fred, who witnessed the killing of Brenda Awuor Ouma (pictured above), 23.

She was a student at KCA University. Brenda, who was pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration with IT and was set to graduate in November, was assisting her elder sister Judy Ouma, to run her M-Pesa shop in Buruburu.

Fred, who runs a wines and spirits shop opposite Judy’s M-Pesa shop, recalls the tragic events of the fateful Friday.

About 15 minutes to the curfew time, a client approached him to ask for a change of Sh1,000. He did not have it, so he crossed over to request Brenda to assist.

Brenda, who was a closing shop at the time, offered to help. After closing the shop, Brenda, who had the day’s collection and five mobile phones, went to Fred’s shop.

Two young men then followed her to the shop, ostensibly, according to Fred, to buy drinks.  “I told them we were closing because curfew time was nigh,” Fred narrated.

“Their conversation changed from buying drinks and they suddenly drew guns, ordering us to lie down. One of them shot in the air, while the other tried grabbing the bag with money and the phones from Brenda.

Brenda hid behind me asking me to help her.” Fred tried to help, and in the fracas, Brenda was shot in the abdomen.

At this point, other witnesses who heard the gunshots fled to safety, while others watched the ordeal from the balconies of their houses.

Took money and fled

The two thugs took the money from Brenda and fled. According to Judy, the thieves made away with Sh300,000 or more and the five phones from her M-Pesa shop.

Brenda was supposed to bank the money. Bleeding, crying and shocked, Brenda was taken to a nearby chemist for first aid.

Later, a passerby offered to drive them to Metropolitan Hospital in Buruburu. The health facility was not able to operate her and soon referred them to Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH).

At KNH, it was established that she had a ruptured liver and intestines and the bullet was lodged in her spine.

The scans also showed ruptured veins that gushed blood in internal organs, then with blood clots. She was operated on the following day; July 11. However, the doctors could not interfere with the bullet in the spine.

At this point, due to the impact, she was bedridden.  She would barely eat and had blood in her urine. Doctors advised for dialysis, but KNH did not have the dialysis kits at the time. They got some at Coptic Hospital on Ngong Road and the dialysis was performed.  Brenda was now able to feed, but only on liquids.

She died on Sunday, July 19. Her burial is set to be on July 26, in Oyugis, Homa Bay County. “We fear that the lockdown may be reinstated, so we need to make burial arrangements fast. But this broke our mother’s heart,” Judy narrated.

A broken Judy says Brenda was like her child, and that it will take time for reality to sink. Police are investigating the killing the family believes was planned, owing to its execution. Judy blames some nurses at KNH for laxity.

Huge hospital bills, latent justice and loss of a loved one whose future was so promising now haunt the family. Fred’s shop remains closed, as it is a crime scene.


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Amina Abdi quietly quits troubled Capital FM



Capital FM presenter Amina Abdi Rabar has called it quits at the station which had recently been hit by a massive exodus of presenters.

Amina’s exit was not announced neither did she tell her listeners that she was leaving the station she had worked for for almost a decade.

In the last few weeks, Fareed Khimani who returned to Capital FM last year, has been hosting the morning show alone and disclosed tha there will be a new co-host who will be joining him soon.

“Amina Abdi will not be returning and I will be joined soon by a new co-host. She has gone to do big and better things,” he said.

Amina, who is a vivid social media user, did not tell her followers that she was leaving her morning show leaving many to speculate on what exactly transpired between her and station owned by city billionaire Chris Kirubi.

Her social media pages showed that she had deleted almost everything to do with the media house only leaving the material she promotes and the show she hosts on NTV, The Trend.

Her departure from Capital fm comes just a month after another long time presenter Miano Muchiri left, and unlike the quiet departure by Amina, he said he was leaving his mid-morning show which he had hosted for more than a decade.

“The time has come to say goodbye to radio I would love it if you tuned in tomorrow one last time from 10:00-14:00,” he told his listeners then.

In mid-2019, the media house lost a host of its top talents, including radio host Anita Nderu who resigned saying she felt she had given her best and wanted new challenges.

Others who left the station are Web Editor and lifestyle writer/photographer Susan Wong, who resigned in January 2019 to return to her Canadian home and popular presenter Laura Walubengo, who quit in July 2018.

Others who also left were veteran presenters like Maqbul Mohammed, Cess Mutungi and My Two Cents co-hosts Sharon Mundia.

by NN

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The ocean is my moneymaker



For Mohammed Abbas, a fire was sparked as a child when he would accompany his father, a sailor, on his trips on the Indian Ocean. This boating hobby he started at 10 years old has now turned into a full-blown investment.

“I would go fishing with my father when I was a small boy at the creeks in Mtwapa and many other spots. I also learnt fishing from practising and hanging out wiht different fishermen. I started sport fishing as a hobby and soon after, I started getting inquiries from friends interested to try it out, because they were interested in water sports activities. At first we would pool resources and go out into the sea just for fun, until last year when I decided to venture into it as a business,” he shares.

Recreational fishing, also called sport fishing, is fishing for pleasure or competition rather than for survival.

While Mohammed’s first boat was a small fibreglass canoe 15 ft, five years ago, he bought the Tiara SST 31 Fishing Boat for offshore sport fishing, powered by two Turbo engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 20 Knots. Among the reasons he selected this boat is that it comes with many strong features that make it the best for sport fishing, including a GPS Tracker, VHF Radio, Toilet, Ice boxes [so clients could be served soft drinks), rods, reels and tackles amongst others. .

Besides monetary reasons, Mohammed ventured into boating and sport fishing out of an urge to show more people the sea life.

“There is so much to explore and we are happy to take people to it. It is also a prideful activity because we don’t have it anywhere else in Kenya, and we are lucky that as beneficiaries of the Indian Ocean, there are very many species of fish and other life to see. We have the big five catches [which include; the blue Marlin, Stripe Marlin, Black Marlin, Sail Fish and Broadbill), the Wahoo, Dorado, YellowFin Tuna and Kingfish. We tag and release the big five. We allow customers to take the pelagic fish home or it is served to them as the catch of the day if they are residents at the hotel,” he adds.

He also got into this business to create employment opportunities in the tourism industry, with the aim of making Diani the watersport hub. He has created employment for over nine people, who are all well trained in deep sea fishing, jet ski, wind surfing, kite surfing, kayaking and other motorised sports.

Being in this line of work is fun and pays off as it has been embraced both by international and local tourists. But also is not left without its own challenges, the biggest being non-licensed operators.

“While safety is the most critical part of the sporting activities, unlicensed corporates do not adhere to many safety regulations. They are not a competition as such, but a threat to the business because once something goes wrong, then all the practising companies are categorised under one and we have to carry the blame and sometimes even at threat of being shut down. For instance, sometime back, there used to be skydiving in Diani, until there was an accident and someone died and the activity was completely banned here. Not only for the “unlicensed business owner” but for all of us,” he explains.

Despite presence of many boards in boating activities, the director shares that the government has not been doing much to get rid of unlicensed operators from the sea.

Just like many other businesses, Mohammed’s company has also been faced with Covid-19 challenges. However, unlike many businesses that were letting go of some staff, Mohammed could not lay off his staff because all of them depend on the activities for their income. Forced to take a loan to make ends meet and ensure that his staff are catered for, Mohammed is requesting for the government’s intervention to help businesses get back on their feet.

While business has been highly dependent on international tourists, he is pleased that more local tourists are starting to embrace big game fishing and encouraging more people to experience and make memories. The boat can carry a maximum of six people, excluding the boat crew, and can go up to 48km on the sea. While the rates are not constant, the average rate is Sh16,000 for the day, which is negotiable. Also since the boat is located at Baobab Hotel, you could get your catch prepared for lunch at the hotel.


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PHOTOS: Actress Shiro from Aunty boss steps out in bikini



Shiro aka Nyce Wanjeri has lately been reaching out to her fans through her YouTube show; especially now that the Local TV series came to an end.

Just like the rest of the cast, Shiro has been trying to remain relevant in the entertainment industry; and this means keeping up with what fans want or rather would like to see.

When everyone else was sharing their bikini photos online the actress chose to hold back as she awaited to drop bomb bikini photos that have left tongues wagging on social media.

Aunty boss aka Nyce Wanjeri

Judging from the photos shared on her page just recently; we can all agree that the lady has the perfect body for tiny bikinis; and for this reason we cannot blame her thirsty fans for wanting to see more of these pictures.

Nyce Wanjeri

Silprosa’s bikini photos

Nyce Wanjeri however joins the likes of former Aunty boss actress Silprosa who brought the internet to a stand still with her swimsuit photos.

Having the young lady parade her thick curves on social media was the beginning of her new journey on social media! Many of her fans went on to praise Silprosa for embracing her imperfect imperfections that brought nothing but the best out of her.

And with these swimsuit photos, the actress ended landing a job with Akothee Safaris; something she never dreamt of even in her wildest dreams! Anyway, let’s just say that 2020 was Silprosa’s year!


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