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SAD: Kenyan Diplomat in UK dies by suicide



The circumstances surrounding the passing of a Kenyan High Commission diplomat in the UK have been made public by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

David Karira Gatuthu, the diplomat, died by suicide, according to Secretary for Foreign Office Ambassador Raphael Maikara, who made this revelation when speaking to the Departmental Committee on Defence, Intelligence, and Foreign Relations on Thursday.

Maikara was answering to a query about the contentious officer’s death posed by Kinangop MP Hon. Kwenya Thuku while speaking on behalf of Prime CS and Foreign Affairs CS Musalia Mudavadi.

Maikara claims that Gatuthu was admitted to a London hospital a few days before he passed away. The Foreign Service Officer was diagnosed with depression by the doctors.

“On Thursday, February 16 at 1925 hrs, London Metropolitan Police were informed that Mr. David Gatuthu had escaped from Barnet Hospital where he had been undergoing treatment for acute depressive episode having been taken there on Tuesday, February 14, 2023,” a statement from the Foreign Affairs Ministry read in parts.

After learning of the officer’s escape, London Metropolitan Police began searching for him.

The police announced that a guy, subsequently named as Gatuthu, had perished instantly after jumping off the fourth floor of a Central London building the following day, on February 18.

According to Maikara, the Foreign Affairs ministry established a team and sent it to the UK to investigate the circumstances surrounding the officer’s death as soon as they learned of Gatuthu’s passing.

“The team undertook its mission from Thursday, 23rd February 2023, to Sunday, 26th February 2023.

“The team engaged with officials both from the High Commission and the UK Government and recommended that for the matter to be decisively concluded, there was need for an inquest by the UK Government,” the ambassador elaborated.

An inquest is a fact-finding investigation into an incident, particularly one that is unfavorable.

The deceased’s body is currently being held by UK officials till they finish their investigation into the tragedy.

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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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