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Police mourn death of a sniffer dog after a chock in practice



The police department is mourning one of its sniffer dogs who died after chocking during practice in Lunga Lunga, Kwale County.

The dog named Rina and with tag number 1,395 died on Friday during a practice session with its handler. Rina had been deployed to the Kenya Revenue Authority’s (KRA) Lunga Lunga border point, where he has been helpful in detecting contraband.

According to police, the dog, a Rottweiler, accidentally swallowed a tennis ball that the handler was using in practice.

“The animal was experienced and we see what happened as an accident. We don’t know how it swallowed it, but doctors will tell us,” said a senior officer, who added it will be accorded a respectful burial.

A postmortem examination on the carcass was planned yesterday to tell what caused the death, police said.

According to the handler, Rina accidentally swallowed the tennis ball and his efforts to save him were unsuccessful. The officer said Rina bit one of his right-hand finger as he struggled to remove the ball from the dog’s throat in vain.

“It was accorded last respect ahead of the autopsy and burial,” said an officer aware of the plans.

Rina has been in service for four years during which it reportedly detected contraband at the various places, officials said.

Police dogs are usually handled with care as they are highly trained and their rearing takes a long time and is expensive.

The police department has a full-fledged dog unit based at Langata dubbed Langata K-9, which was established to support in care and maintenance of the dogs, procure and breed, train the animals and handlers and deploy them for crime detection and prevention.

The department usually sell the animals to prospective buyers. The animals include Rottweilers, English Spaniels, Boerboel, Labradors and German Shepherds.

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The Kenya Police Dog Unit, which opened its doors in 1948 in Nanyuki, uses different dogs for patrol, tracking firearms and drugs and explosives detection.

The German Shepherds were first introduced in Kenya in the 1950s and are mostly guard dogs used for crowd control, protection services as well as tracking.

Rottweilers were introduced in Kenya in 2004. The unit has about 5,000 dogs deployed in counties and at key institutions like airports, water reservoirs, Parliament and the Kenyatta International Convention Centre. Some are attached to VIPs, especially the president.

The canine law enforcers patrol streets, sniff out explosives and narcotics and chase or help arrest fleeing crime suspects. The dogs are trained in patrol and tracking skills, narcotics and explosives detection. Training starts when the dogs are about five months old.

They are then deployed after three months if they meet performance standards.The unit has a training centre with three faculties, which include explosives, narcotics and protection. At the unit, there are 500 dog handlers, who teach the animals to obey commands and perform specific tasks. These can range from simple obedience training to more advanced instructions and complex tactics.

The dogs are retired if they become injured to an extent where they will not recover completely or before they get to a state of being unable to perform.

The canines are also euthanised because the inactive ones can neither fit in the police unit or in society. The dogs are normally put down by intravenous injection containing a high dose of pentobarbital or sodium thiopental.

The few that escape death are either donated to the Kenya Society for the Protection and Care of Animals or the University of Nairobi’s College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences. If these dogs are killed in the line of duty, they receive the same honours as their human partners.


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MANY PHOTOS of the spectacular retirement home Sarah Kabu gifted her husband on his birthday



Kenya’s Bonfire adventures MD, Sarah Kabu did the unimaginable for her husband over the weekend, after making a multi-million purchase of a retirement home for her husband, a dream come true on his birthday.

The famous Jabo Jabo couple gave fans a look into their simple yet rich retirement home during the celebrations that went down in Olpajeta, Nanyuki.

Inside Kabus retirement home

The pair gave us a look of the home’s exterior, fitted with large glass windows as walls of the different rooms upstairs, each well furnished with rare exotic African furniture.

The Kabus on baecation

Surrounded with bushes and trees at a distance, the couple did not think much of having a fence around their home, open to all who would pay a visit, with a sign board at the entrance with the words “Welcome to The Kabus retirement home.”

The front yard graced the parking lot while the backyard would be where the couple hosted their social events. With long dining tables and outdoor canvas seats setting the mood for a communal feel, allowing us a view of the large projecting balcony the duo had to enjoy the priceless views of the wild.

Sarah gifts Simon Kabu dream retirement home

In the presence of close friends and family, Mr Kabu was treated to a magnificent birthday event by his wife, Sarah who made his dreams come true with the surprise of his dream retirement home in the wild.

For Simon, as they drove through bushes and thickets, he first thought they were having a bush lunch only to his surprise to discover that his wife had brought to reality, his plans to own a private getaway in the wild when he needed to unwind from the city’s hustling.

The Kabus

Every time the couple would visit the Olpajeta conservancy, Simon would always wishfully admire “ningetaka kuretire hii place” but after Corona happened, his plans stalled. Hardly did he know that his wife was busy taking huge bank loans to give him his dream retirement home. What a love!

Have a look at the Kabu’s rich retirement home.

The Kabus


Sarah &Simon Kabu

The Kabus getaway

Simon Kabu birthday

Mr Kabu birthday

Kabus’ retirement home

Inside The Kabus retirement home

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Young journalist who cried while interviewing President Uhuru Kenyatta identified



The young journalist who was captured on video breaking down while interviewing President Uhuru Kenyatta in Mombasa on Sunday evening has been identified as 20-year-old Dennis Mudi from Kakamega.

A video of Mudi crying went viral and has been shared on the interwebs.

Mudi says he was overwhelmed by the presence of the head of state and could not contain his emotions.

Rare encounter with Uhuru

On Sunday evening, Uhuru broke away from his security team to mingle with small scale traders who are based at Mama Ngina Waterfront Park in Mombasa. Part of the crowd was Mudi. The President exchanged greetings with him and to Mudi’s surprise, Uhuru agreed to give an unscheduled interview for his online MK TV channel.

The interview was held at the park around 6.30pm on Sunday.

Uhuru has been in Mombasa on a low key visit, inspecting projects and his tour has been closed to most journalists.

The video clip shows President Uhuru Kenyatta casually dressed – wearing a cap and a face mask pulled beneath his chin. He attentively follows the tearful ramblings of Mudi, an MK TV channel journalist.

The young journalist had travelled from upcountry to interview small scale traders for his show ‘Hustle mtaani’ which airs on MK TV.

“I was busy interviewing madafu and kachiri sellers when security people suddenly appeared and told people to sit and avoid unnecessary movement,” he says.

Mingling with traders

The President made an appearance without his security and started mingling with the traders; expressing interest in their wares and greeting them, to the surprise of all.

It was then that Uhuru noticed Mudi with his microphone and seeing that he obviously was not one of the traders, he approached him and started a conversation.

“I introduced myself as a journalist from Kakamega [who had come] to interview small scale traders for a show that we run at MK TV,” Mudi told Standard Digital.

Mudi says the President was very amused and genuinely pleased that he was giving the local traders a platform.

“He then surprised me by offering me an interview,” he says.

Dennis Mudi. [Courtesy, Standard]

After an emotionally charged interview which lasted nearly ten minutes, as Mudi was signing off, he became overwhelmed and broke down.

His composure dribbled out of him and he started losing it prompting the President to do his best to encourage the young man with nods and smiles as he patted his back reassuringly.

“I have a guest who is President Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta, It’s Unbelievable,,,,ooohh My God (sigh), he says repeating unbelievable over and over again.

“I am very thankful …” he says followed by sobs repeatedly before a final wail as he is completely overwhelmed by emotion.

The President offers his shoulder and the young journalist leans on it as he is consoled by Commander of the Armed Forces of the country.

Hoping to meet the President again

Mudi told Standard Digital that after the rare meeting, he was offered transport by an aide.

“I was also invited to meet the president at Statehouse although the call has not come through yet. I am eagerly waiting,” he said.

He says that he cried the way he did because it was unexpected and overwhelming.

“I have been in journalism for only three months, interviewed many people mostly traders but never in my wildest dream did I ever think someday I would interview the president himself. It was so overwhelming at some point I just broke down,” he says.

Mbui who uses his phone to shoot his interviews had to be assisted by a member of the presidential security detail to film the interview for him.

He says that the president offered to give him an exclusive interview and assured him that he would help him develop his station.

He said: “The president was so friendly and down to earth. Like I said, It’s totally unbelievable!”


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Mercy Masika calls out on Gospel artistes who have derailed the quality of gospel music



Gospel singer Mercy Masika has deemed today’s Kenyan Gospel music as none inspiring and business-oriented, unlike some years back when singing for God was more intentional from a religious perspective.

Taking the matter to her Instagram page recently, the singer poured her heart out, stating today’s Gospel music has declined in quality, which undercuts the sole purpose of ministering to audiences. “The reason much of today’s music lacks inspiration and memorability is that people have blurred the lines and turned it into too much of a business,” she captioned.

The mother of two explained that some Gospel artistes often fail to remain true to their purpose of creating music. “It takes moral courage to remain true to inspire, impact and be true to who you are called to be,” Masika added. She went further to reiterate that music takes time to pay; she advised the younger generation of gospel musicians to remain authentic and avoid being led astray for monetary gains.

“Music often takes time to pay, but when it finally does, it pays very well. There’s a confidence that comes from being true,” she concluded. The award-winning musician could have been passing on a deliberate message to gospel-turned secular artistes who quit gospel music for greener pastures.

A while ago, controversial artiste Bahati defended himself as to why he left the gospel music scene for secular. In an interview, the artiste revealed that the gospel music industry is “rotten” and has always been criticized for being controversial. Bahati said he no longer felt welcomed in the gospel scene. However, the singer made it clear that leaving the gospel industry doesn’t mean his faith and belief in God has been compromised.


“I was fought a lot in the gospel industry, but I knew I was not doing gospel music for the people; I was doing it for God. I have just separated myself from the gospel industry for a while but not from God. Christ and the Lord is my personal saviour,” he said. He added that his songs are meant for his audience who listen to secular music and those who love gospel music.


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