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Kenyan leaders react to approval of black woman to US Supreme Court



By Judith Gicobi

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson was confirmed to the United States Supreme Court yesterday, making her the first black woman to reach the nation’s highest court, in a moment of jubilation and a much-needed step toward portraying new diversity on the court, according to her supporters.

“Judge Jackson’s confirmation was a historic moment for our nation,” US President Joe Biden captioned a photo of himself with Judge Jackson after watching the proceedings on television.

“We’ve taken another step toward making our highest court reflect the diversity of America. She will be an incredible justice, and I was honored to share this moment with her.”

The voting was overseen by Kamala Harris, the present and first female Vice President of the United States. “I’m overjoyed, deeply moved,” VP Harris, who is also black, told reporters following the vote.

“There’s so much about what’s happening in the world now that is presenting some of the worst of this moment and human behaviors. And then we have a moment like this.”

Kenyan leaders flocked to social media to express their joy with the announcement.

Chief Justice Martha Koome sent out a poignant message on Twitter, writing, “I celebrate the confirmation of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson as the first black woman to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States. I deeply recognize that when barriers fall, societies become stronger. I wish Judge Ketanji a very successful tenure on the court.”

Murang’a Woman Representative Sabina Chege remarked, “Congratulations to Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson for being confirmed today as the US Supreme Court’s first black female Justice after a historic Senate vote!! It’s our time as women to excel, to shine and to make our mark in our spheres of influence!!”

Susan Kihika, a senator for Nakuru, said, “Historic as Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson becomes the first black woman confirmed to the #SCOTUS in its 233-year history! Well-deserved and a long time coming! More women at the decision-making table is the way to go! Another glass ceiling shattered.”

Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu expressed her delight, adding, “History takes another crack at the proverbial glass ceiling as Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson is confirmed as Justice of the US Supreme Court. The first ever Black woman to be elevated to the pinnacle of the judicial branch. What an uplifting and inspiring moment for the girl child!”

Judge Jackson triumphed over a determined Republican campaign to smear her record and undermine her candidacy, winning on a 53-to-47 bipartisan vote, with three Republicans voting in her favor alongside all 50 Democrats.


Journalist Hassan Mugambi set to wed former video vixen Mwanaidi



By Wanja Waweru

Hassan Mugambi, a reporter for Citizen TV, is getting hitched to Mwanaidi Shishy.

A celebration that the journalist will host will be attended by close relatives and friends.

Friends of Mugambi congratulated him on his impending nuptials on social media.

His colleague and fellow journalist Ayub Abdikadir sent him well wishes as he started his married life.

Former video vixen Mwanaidi now runs the Mama Nilishe restaurant in Kilimani, which serves Swahili food.

Mugambi is a well-known journalist who has won numerous honors over his career.

His career began at the Kibra radio station Pamoja FM, and it later moved to CGTN, formerly CCTV.

Later, he was hired by K24, a channel owned by Mediamax, before switching to Citizen TV in 2017.

Mugambi won the Outstanding Media Security Investigative Award for the year 2019.

He received praise from the Protective and Safety Association of Kenya (PROSAK) for his excellent and dependable reporting on security issues in the nation.

At the Nairobi Security Expo in 2023, he received the Security and Crime Reporter of the Year 2023 honor.

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Eric Omondi flies to London for lunch to prove a point to Moses Kuria



By Wanja Waweru

The Trade Cabinet Secretary Moses Kuria has received criticism from content creator and comedian Eric Omondi for admitting that he regretted supporting his tour to the United States seven years ago.

Eric, who has argued forcefully against the Finance Bill 2023, has gone to London “for lunch” to show Mr. Kuria that he can afford to pay for his travel expenses.

The comedian pleaded with the CS in a post on his Instagram account not to accept the planned taxation of content producers so that they may also travel in Business Class without receiving financial help from politics.

“After hearing Moses Kuria speak, I decided to take myself to London just for Lunch and also thank God for how far He’s brought us. Thank you bwana Kuria for sponsoring my tour seven years ago but please don’t tax content creators 15% so that they are able to tour on their own,” he said.

Mr. Kuria criticized Eric on live television on Wednesday at the Citizen TV-hosted Big Conversation debate for criticizing the government regarding the draft Bill.

He expressed sorrow over what he claimed to have funded Eric for a vacation to the US seven years prior, claiming that he might have instead had fun with the money.

“I have heard Eric Omondi claiming he is a youth. Seven years ago I used my own money to take him to America to expose him and right now, according to the way he is talking, I wished I used that money to party because it doesn’t seem like he learned anything from it,” Mr Kuria said from Belarus.

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Kakamega family demands justice after botched treatment leads to 3-year-old losing five fingers



By Wanja Waweru

A family from Bukhaywa village, Lurambi Constituency, Kakamega county, is calling for justice after their three-year-old son’s right hand was amputated of all the fingers due to improper treatment.

“My son had a burn on his left hand and was in a stable condition when we took him to hospital, but because of the doctor’s negligence, all his right fingers were cut off and he is disabled now,” the victim’s father Mr Zephaniah Likavo said.

Winnie Auma, the mother of the victim, claimed that the nurse was an intern who gave her son an incorrect drug injection. When she witnessed how the son’s body responded, she reported the incident to the doctor, but nothing was done about it.

“My son was crying in pain and the colour of his hand changed. I wondered what was happening and reported to the doctor, but no action was taken. Instead, he said it was normal for such a reaction to happen,” she said

The family claims they received word shortly after that their son’s fingers would need to be amputated in order to stop an infection.

The management of the hospital refuted the accusations, claiming that the family had moved their son to a different facility where his fingers had been severed.

“We treated their son and there was a challenge in finding the vein in the hand, so it affected his fingers and later they wanted a transfer to another hospital for specialised treatment. That’s where they amputated the fingers,” the official said.

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