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Linturi’s new fight with estranged wife Kitany



A vicious property dispute between Meru Senator Mithika Linturi and his stepson Arnold Kipkirui has turned into an all-out family feud following the inclusion of the politician’s estranged wife Maryanne Kitany.

The High Court on Monday allowed the senator’s request to have Ms Kitany enjoined in the case, where her son has accused the legislator of fraud.

The court said Mr Linturi’s application was merited since Ms Kitany was the chief executive of a company known as Atticon Limited, which he allegedly used to borrow Sh7 million from Family Bank.

Mr Kipkirui claims that in 2015, Mr Linturi used a title deed for their land in Meru and assets as security for the loan. The property hosts the senator’s office.

“I have perused the record, I have not seen her name offered as a witness for any of the parties. It is alleged that she has evidence that can help the court completely adjudicate the case,” said Justice Alfred Mabeya.

The property tussle pits Mr Kipkirui against Mr Linturi, Atticon Ltd, Brenda Mithika, Emily Nkirote Buantai, Family Bank, the land registrar in Meru, Linkit Limited and the registrar of companies. Other plaintiffs include Barons Estate Limited and Noniko Holdings Limited.

The dispute stemmed from the ugly divorce proceedings between Mr Linturi and Ms Kitany. Mr Linturi, Ms Buantai, Ms Mithika and Linkit Ltd told the court that Ms Kitany is a crucial party in the case.

As the CEO, she allegedly discovered a series of unauthorised withdrawals of colossal amounts of money from Atticon’s bank accounts.

The court heard that Ms Kitany also reported the discoveries to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) for probe and recorded a statement to that effect.

Her report to the DCI resulted in criminal proceedings being contemplated against Mr Linturi over alleged fraud and forgery of documents in relation to the loan, securities and changes in ownership of Atticon Ltd.

The court heard that Ms Kitany was actively involved in one of the companies when the irregularities took place. Further that the same were either sanctioned, overseen or authorised by her.

Ms Kitany and her son had opposed the application, saying she has no personal stake, legal interest or duty in the case as to necessitate her joinder. She averred that she has never been a shareholder nor director of Atticon Ltd.

Mr Kipkirui said the applicants had not demonstrated any identifiable stake that Ms Kitany had in the consolidated suit, which has four cases.

But Justice Mabeya said there was proof Ms Kitany was the CEO of Atticon since she had stated the same in another case filed at a magistrate’s court. She stated that she had been appointed as Atticon CEO by its directors.

That at her position, she discovered unauthorised withdrawals of huge amounts of money from the company’s bank accounts, which led her to report the matter to the DCI.

“Although Ms Kitany denied these allegations, a fact stated on oath cannot be denied. When denied, it reflects negatively on a party. It may be that she may have evidence that can assist the court unravel the dispute,” said the judge.

Without her participation in the case, the judge said the court may miss an important opportunity of having a necessary person with crucial information to assist in the determination of the matter.


Eric Omondi denies Jacque Maribe’s son in new pregnancy reveal



By Wanja Waweru

Eric Omondi, an award-winning comedian and creator of digital entertainment, and Lynne, a social media influencer and commercial model, have revealed they are expecting a child.

The pair enthusiastically announced the news in a combined Instagram post. Lynne can be seen donning a yellow two-piece costume in the images that have been released, proudly displaying her growing baby belly.

Eric, who was completely covered in black, stands protectively behind her and gently strokes the lump.

In her third trimester, Lynne undoubtedly looks pregnant. Eric expressed his excitement at having his own flesh and blood in the caption of the photo, which is odd given that he shares a child with Jackie Maribe, a former media celebrity.

Eric continued by equating himself with Sarah from the Bible, who’d It has taken me 41 years but finally God has blessed me with my own,” started the entertainer excitedly.

He went on to add, “The Fruit of my loins! I feel like Sarah of Abraham of the Bible, she waited all her life for a child of her own.

Thank you baby for making me a father❤❤🙏🙏🥰🥰. And to God thank you for returning our baby to us,” the last of his post read.

It has taken me 41 years but finally God has blessed me with my own,” started the entertainer excitedly.

Seven months ago, Lynne tragically miscarried at barely eight weeks of pregnancy, and Eric and his girlfriend announced they had lost their first child.

The medical professionals there did everything they could to save the little angel, but it was in vain, as Eric refers to the night as the longest night of his life.

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Mwalimu Rachel: Managing Sailors Gang my biggest regret!



By Wanja Waweru

The long-running feud between oppular radio host Rachel Muthoni Njeru, often known as Mwalimu and the gengetone boy band Sailors Gang has been being brought up again, with Rachel stating that managing the group is one of her greatest regrets.

The social media influencer shared this in an interesting conversation she had on her official YouTube channel with a friend named Monicah Wairimu Mwariri.

“What is your biggest regret? Like the one thing you say if I could have done differently I would have gotten different/ better results as Mwalimu Rachel?”

Monicah who was acting as the moderator of that specific episode posed the question to Rachel.

“Managing… managing Sailors Gang!” replied the NRG radio presenter without a second thought.

She continued by saying that interacting with the group had been such a challenge that it had put her in some of the most difficult circumstances imaginable.

“Wueh! Wewe ushawahi lala cell (have you ever spent a night in jail)?” Rachel asked the host to which she replied she’d never and doesn’t even ever wish to encounter such a moment.

Mwalimu Rachel said that while she was in charge of the gengetone male group, she had spent a night in a police cell.

Mimi nililala cell, like wueh…” Rachel revealed.

Sharing a snippet of the interview with her over 403k Instagram followers Rachel wrote, “Cell nayo nililala ni ukweli… wueh! That was a DAAARK time for me. It’s okay though… Time for EVERYONE to hear my story from ME.”

She stated in another post that the reason she was finally speaking about it was so that the suffering she had endured would not be in vain.

“Hopefully my experience will educate other managers as well as caution artists against some things,” Mwalimu Rachel’s post read.

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US announces changes to student visa application process



US State Department has revealed changes in policy that will impact foreign students entering the US.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced during the National Association of other Student Advisers (NAFSA) in Washington that they had streamlined the visa application process for students from other nations, including Kenya, who want to pursue higher education overseas.

According to him, applicants won’t need to participate in an interview to complete their application.

This adjustment is a significant deviation from the standard procedures, which at first required an interview.

The Department also extended the window in which a Visa application may be submitted, bringing it from 120 days to a full year.

Blinken stressed the significance of forging alliances with other nations when discussing visa reforms in order to provide students with additional opportunities  options to study abroad.

He applauded organizations like NAFSA for helping students seize opportunities and for organizing student exchanges.

“At the State Department, we are working to expand international education. After the acute phase of the pandemic ended, more and more international students began applying to study in the US again. We took steps to streamline our visa process and make it easier for students to apply,” he said.

M Square Media’s CEO, Raghwa Gopal, applauded the US government for taking action to expand international study programs. Gopal asserted that by giving students the skills they would need for future international engagements, the short-term educational courses would be advantageous to the students.

Foreign students can enter a recognized college, university, high school, or other educational program in the US under the academic student program.

Foreign students must be admitted by a school that has received formal US government recognition, and the program must result in a certification, certificate, or degree.

After a popular outcry, the deadline for the hike in worldwide visa fees was postponed from the originally announced date of May 30 to June 17; some applicants will now have to pay up to Sh42,000 to obtain the travel document.

Business and tourist visas (category B1/B2S), student visas (F), and exchange visitor visas (J) are the categories that would see a rise, going from Sh21,800 ($160) to Sh25,206 ($185) visas for temporary workers (H, L, O, P, Q, and R categories) will cost Sh27,941 ($205) from Sh25,897 ($190).

The US Embassy in Nairobi stated that they acknowledge the critical role that international travel plays in the US economy and pointed out that President Joe Biden’s foreign policy places a high priority on granting visas, particularly for work and tourism. They insisted that the fees are only intended to cover the costs of providing the consular services.

The cost of non-immigrant visas hasn’t gone up since 2014, so this is a big deal.

Following the suspension of the process in 2020 as part of the safety measures established at the height of the Covid-19 outbreak, the embassy has been dealing with a massive backlog of visa interviews.

The Embassy shortened the wait time for visa interviews for Kenyan visitors last month and permitted renewal of some categories without going through an interview physical appointments.

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