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Marathoner Ng’eno seeks compensation after stray dog cost him first place in race



An athlete from Kenya who was attacked by a dog during the Buenos Aires marathon in Argentina is suing for damages for the harm he suffered.

Robert Ng’eno finished third, however he was unable to complete the race in less than the requisite two hours and ten minutes to be awarded an additional $2000.

At the 25-kilometer point, a loose dog charged towards 29-year-old Ng’eno,’stealing’ his focus as he was going for the top prize.

“That Argentinian dog was on the side, it saw me, I don’t know if it got startled, but we fought with that dog for about a minute, at the time other competitors were way behind as I fought with that dog,” Ng’eno said.

NTV met him at his home in Keringet where he recounts the terrifying experience.

“I was well-prepared for that race, I was able to run well with my colleagues, up to twelve kilometers,” Ng’eno added.

Ng’eno had targeted to cross the 21-kilometer mark in one hour and three minutes.

“I was with the group at the time I had targeted. I continued at my pace and saw my friends starting to slow down. I kept going like that until fifteen kilometres, that’s when I experienced the ordeal,” Ng’eno narrated.

Ng’eno tried desperately for approximately two minutes to escape the vicious animal as onlookers stood by, probably unaware of the drama playing out right in front of their eyes.

“While struggling with that dog, nobody bothered to help, a woman who later communicated to the dog to calm down after the struggle,” he said.

“After fighting with that dog, I went on to about thirty kilometres but I had already lost my concentration,” Ng’eno lamented.

Despite placing third, the up-and-coming athlete now attributes his disappointing performance to the incident. He received $4,000, but he was denied the additional $2,000 he was after.

The athlete has not yet filed an official complaint, according to Athletics Kenya.

Ng’eno has competed in a number of events both domestically and abroad, such as the Stockholm Marathon and the Saudi Arabia Half Marathon, where he finished first and fourth, respectively.


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We are not taxing till numbers – KRA



We are not taxing till numbers – KRA

The public is being cautioned by the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) about a widely shared post on the internet that purports to show that the taxman is now looking into Till numbers.

KRA made it clear in an official statement on X that these allegations are wholly untrue and advised the public to be caution when it comes to possible fraud.

“Not true. Till numbers are NOT subject to taxation, and KRA does not collect any such taxes. Beware of fraudsters purporting to do any of the above.”

The revenue authority directed citizens to verify KRA staff by dialling *572# or through their official website

In September, the government proposed amending the Data Protection Act of 2019 to exclude KRA from its regulations, aiming to facilitate access to information.

The proposed change was to empower the tax agency to retrieve data from Kenyan citizens, including real-time details of financial transactions conducted through mobile money.


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VIDEO: Wetang’ula bans Kaunda suits in Parliament



Speaker Wetang’ula bans Kaunda suits in Parliament

Moses Wetang’ula, the Speaker of the National Assembly, has forbade MPs from donning Kaunda suits within the chamber.

In a Tuesday speech to the National Assembly, Speaker Wetang’ula declared that the suits—also referred to as Mao Zedong coats—were improper attire in accordance with House norms.

“I direct that all members must observe Rule 9 of the Speaker’s Rules on Dress Code, not only in the Chamber but also in committee, lounges and dining areas,” he said.

He also banned hats, caps and traditional attire.


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Tragic explosion in Mexico leaves Kenyan man in a coma



A Kenyan man residing in Mexico is currently fighting for his life following a devastating explosion.

The precise whereabouts and origin of the blast are presently undisclosed, along with any knowledge of additional casualties.

It has been reported that the man, identified as Francis Kamau Chege from Kiambu County, Kenya, is currently in an induced coma. Regrettably, he was left unattended at the medical facility for several days, as his relatives were unaware of the incident until they unexpectedly came across pleas for aid on social media.

Chege’s girlfriend, who initially shared the details on the internet, had sought assistance to notify his parents and other kin.

Chege’s family from Githunguri, Kiambu County has expressed their deep appreciation to the online community for spreading the important news.

They are relieved that his severe burn injuries have promptly been brought to their attention. Meanwhile, they have reached out to his girlfriend and the relevant authorities as efforts are being made to contact officials in Washington for urgent assistance.

Mexico does not have a Kenyan embassy and instead depends on the embassy located in the capital of the United States. The family is thankful for the swift dissemination of this vital information. Activist Simon Mwangi draws attention to a series of explosions that have taken place in Mexico recently.

These explosions have been triggered by gas-related incidents and natural disasters caused by volcanic activity.

“Thank you for speedy sharing, the father and brother have reached out. We have notified the contacts in Washington for a quick response. Be blessed good people,” activist Simon Mwangi wrote.

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