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Victoria Rubadiri wins BBC’s Komla Dumor Award




Citizen TV anchor Victoria Rubadiri is the 2020 BBC World News Komla Dumor Award winner.

She becomes the second Kenyan to win the prestigious award after her colleague Waihiga Mwaura in 2018.

“I have known the news for a couple of months so the tough part was trying to keep it a secret. To get this validation is amazing! COVID-19 has delayed the training so it has been moved to next year,” she said on Tuesday.

According to the BBC, Rubadiri impressed judges with her eloquence and passion for telling African stories on both traditional media platforms and social media.

‘Nairobi by bike‘ was one of the stories she submitted for the Komla Dumor Award.

Rubadiri currently hosts a popular news segment on Saturday as well as the Sunday Live bulletin with her colleague Jeff Koinange.

The celebrated news anchor is a multifaceted journalist in East Africa and has interviewed some of the leading names in politics and current affairs.

Rubadiri is expected to begin her three-month placement at the British news agency in September next year.

She will attend a training course with the BBC Academy before joining BBC News teams – across TV, radio and online.

The course is intended to provide her with the opportunity to gain skills and experience across BBC News platforms.

“We’re delighted to have Victoria on board to bring her insights and passion to the BBC,” said Jamie Angus, Director of BBC World Service Group.

Rubadiri is also the sixth winner of the award, following in the footsteps of Solomon Serwanjja, Waihiga Mwaura, Amina Yuguda, Didi Akinyelure and Nancy Kacungira.

Her first voice over was at the age of three and since then she says the call to enter the media got louder.

She went to Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Broadcast Journalism.

She has worked in radio and television for a decade both in Kenya and the US.

Through the years, she has become a much sought-after, award-winning journalist known most for her ability to connect with her audience and tell compelling stories.

“Being the custodian of another’s story is my greatest responsibility as a journalist,” she says.

Rubadiri also moderates high-level discussions of both regional and continental importance.

Her other passion is mentoring the youth to help them realise their potential and be effective change agents.

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LSK challenges Uhuru’s decision to move KMC to Ministry of Defence 




The Law Society of Kenya (LSK) has moved to court challenging President Uhuri Kenyatta’s decision to move the Kenya Meat Commission (KMC) under the Ministry of Defence.

LSK filed the challenge through lawyer Hosea Omanwa, who termed the move as “irregular and violated the constitutional provisions of the law.”

“The effect is KMC which is a creature by Parliament is a body corporate with its own functions and mandate that cannot be transferred or interfered with,” the lawyer says.

He further argues in suit papers that KMC is established under Cap 383 of the constitution and that its powers and functions are absolute.

On September 9 this year, Agriculture CS Peter Munya directed the transfer saying President Uhuru Kenyatta had ordered so.

“Following the transfer of ministerial responsibility of the Kenya Meat Commission to the Ministry of Defence by the President, you are directed to facilitate a seamless transfer of KMC to the ministry of defence,” he said in a memo dated September 7.

The memo was sent to the PS, state department for livestock and copied to the KMC Managing Commissioner James ole Seriani.

Munya directed officials there to ensure they coordinate the exercise with the National Treasury and transfer the associated budgets at the next scheduled supplementary budget.

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Oscar Sudi finally released, barred from addressing public rallies 




Controversial Kapsaret MP Oscar Sudi was on Friday, September 18 released from police custody after being detained for close to a week.

A Nakuru Court granted the MP Sh500,000 with an alternative of Sh1 million bond.

The MP was also directed not to address public rallies especially in a manner akin to the incitement charges against him.

The ruling was delivered by High Court Judge Mumbi Ngugi who heard the MP’s appeal to a prior ruling.

A Magistrate’s Court had ruled in favour of an application to have the legislator detained for seven more days starting September 16, 2020 to allow for further investigations.

Justice Ngugi, however, found that there were no compelling reasons to deny the Kapsaret member his freedom.

Sudi’s controversial remarks

The MP surrendered to the police at the beginning of the week after a night of drama at his Eldoret home.

He has been charged with incitement after making unprintable remarks against President Uhuru Kenyatta and former First Lady Mama Ngina Kenyatta.

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Woman surprisingly receives cash after praying to God for help



A woman identified as Maine21089868 recently shared some pretty good news on Twitter.

According to the young woman, she had received KSh 4,000 from a stranger after she had prayed to God for some help with money since she was broke.

“So yesterday I prayed to God asking for money because I am so broke, after an hour someone sent KSh 4,000 in my account written ‘TASK’, up to now I do not know who sent it,” wrote the lady.

According to the lady, she did not ask anyone for money and is convinced that miracles do exist.

“I did not ask anyone for money. Miracles still exist. Thank you, Jesu. #Level1Lockdown #HambaMzimbaSalaNtliziyo” she wrote.

In her post, she also included a screenshot of the funds that were miraculously deposited into her account only an hour after she asked God for it.

Twitter users shared mixed reactions to her post, wondering how they could achieve similar luck or “blessings”.

@ZAMONEYM9 said:

“I am praying for a share in your KSh 4,000.”

@2liKhumalo said:

“What are the exact words you used in your prayer?”

@BrianVukile joked:

“These miracles only happen to females.”


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