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Shock as Kenyan male chess player Stanley Omondi busted competing as a woman



Male chess player Stanley Omondi, who disguised himself in a hijab to play in the women’s division of the 2023 Kenya Open Chess Championship, is facing a protracted suspension from the game.

According to Victor Ng’ani, the Chess Kenya Disciplinary Committee will begin investigating the situation, upon receiving a formal complaint from the Executive Committee of the Bernard Wanjala-led federation,

If the committee finds Omondi guilty of the offense, Ng’ani said he won’t be barred from sports for life but predicted a lengthy suspension.

“It (the offence) is serious enough to warrant an extensive penalty,” said the 2018 Kenya National Chess Championship winner, and founding chairman of the Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists’ Union (KMPDU).

“Previously we have punished some small offences, including age cheating with a six-month ban. This being a fraud incident, the player will get a lengthy ban if found guilty.”

Omondi disguised herself in a hijab to compete in the ladies division of the competition, which attracted 444 players from 22 nations in the incident that stunned both the local and international chess communities. Nairobi’s Sarit Expo Center hosted the competition from April 5 to April 10.

He completely covered his head, face, and eyes, and the small opening that showed his eyes was covered by spectacles.

He didn’t interact with other gamers as much as the others did.

Omondi, who entered the competition under the name Millicent Awuor, only raised questions after he easily defeated Uganda’s top player Ampaira Shakira (1702) and Gloria Jumba, a past champion of the women’s division of the Kenya National Chess Championship (rated 1487).

Many of the local chess players competing in the tournament started questioning where “she” has been during other important national chess tournaments.

He only acknowledged being a man after being questioned by the tournament’s arbiters in a secret room. He also claimed that his university’s financial issues drove him to cheat in the competition.

The Sh500,000 cash prize for the female section winner was something he had planned to take home.

He claimed that due to the fierce competition, he avoided playing in the Open Section, where Sh1 million was on the line and it was only open to consenting men and women.

He had no chance of winning the Open Section, which featured seven Grandmasters, seven International Masters, seven Fide Masters, and five Candidate Masters.

When contacted by Nation Sport, Omondi declined to delve much on the incident, only stating that he is waiting to defend himself before the Chess Kenya Disciplinary Committee.

But he admitted to being a good chess player, having started playing at a young age.

He plays for a top university in the Kenya National Chess Premier League and has a rating of around 1200.

Jumba said she did not notice anything fishy about him throughout the time that they played.

“I was quite surprised (by the news that he was a man) because I did not notice anything odd about him. He is a good player because his pieces were very active (well placed on the board) and he always capitalised on the mistakes that I was making,” she

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Nyeri teen arrested with homemade gun, bhang to be charged



By Wanja Waweru

A 19-year-old guy was detained by police in Nyeri County after being discovered in possession of a handmade gun that could fire and marijuana.

The National Police Service (NPS) said in a statement that the young man was detained as a result of a tip from the general public.

“Police officers from Munyange Police Station arrested a 19-year-old suspect after he was found in possession of a home-made pistol, stones of cannabis sativa and rolls of the same. He has been remanded in police custody,” the statement read in part.

The NPS also expressed gratitude to the general public for helping to support community police in the battle against crime and illegal narcotics.

A police officer assigned to the General Service Unit (GSU) was also found in possession of a handmade pistol the day before the teen’s arrest.

A failed heist in Kasarani sub-county led to the arrest of Mr. Graham Ndichu Chege, a GSU officer.

On Monday, May 29, 2023, Nairobi News broke the exclusive that the suspect has been on police radar for more than four months.

Officers worried about an armed gang terrorizing people in Kasarani Sub-County knew when, not if, Mr. Chege would be apprehended.

The suspect was being questioned about more robberies that had occurred nearby, according to an investigator with the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) who is aware of the current inquiries.

“Officers involved in the matter believe that he was the one leading a gang that has been giving the locals in this sub-county a hard time. Plans are also underway to arrest his accomplices,” said the officer, who spoke in confidence as he is not authorised to speak to the media.

According to a police report reviewed by this reporter, Mr. Paul Maina said that three individuals on motorcycles and carrying pistols robbed him at gunpoint of his cell phone at the Cooperative area along Kamiti Road.

“Police officers on foot patrol responded very quickly and with the help of bodaboda riders they chased the suspects to Juja Weighbridge where the suspect’s motorcycle developed mechanical problem and Mr Chege was arrested,” the report reads in part.

As a GSU officer assigned to the GSU Headquarters and Transit Section, Mr. Chege then revealed to the officers that he was to them.

When the police searched him, they discovered a makeshift pistol that they claimed might fire.

“A bloodstained broken knife and a motorcycle with registration number KMFH 031U, make Ranger Black, were recovered,” the police report added.

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Kenyans ranked 87th most unhappy people in the world



The top 20 most miserable persons, according to Hanke’s Annual Misery Index, created by Steve Hanke, modified and ratified by Harvard University, and published by The Wall Street Journal, are listed below.

Inflation, unemployment, and high interest rates are the main causes of these people’s misery.

Zimbabwe, Venezuela, Syria, Lebanon, and Sudan took the top five positions.

Ranked sixth to tenth were Argentina, Yemen, Ukraine, Cuba, and Turkey.

Sri Lanka, Haiti, and Angola were 11th, 12th, and 13th, while Tonga, Ghana, and South Africa were 14th, 15th, and 16th. Ranked 17th to 20th were Suriname, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iran, and Rwanda.

At the bottom of the list in 87th place was Kenya with a misery index of 29.264 and the main factor contributing to its misery was the interest rate on loans.

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Vihiga: Section of Secondary School dorm razed, no injuries



On Tuesday evening, a portion of a dormitory at Ebunangwe Boy’s Secondary School in Vihiga County caught fire.

Billy Maloba, a witness to the incident, estimates that the fire started at 8 o’clock.

“No one was injured in the accident since it happened when the students were doing their night preps in class,” he said.

Ebunangwe is a mixed boarding and day school.

The school has only one dormitory.

“It was raining around that time so it took a while for people to notice the fire,” Maloba, who said he lives a few metres from the school, said.

He claimed that once the fire was put out by the locals, the Vihiga fire department arrived.

Since property with an unknown value was destroyed, the cause of the fire has not yet been identified.

By the time of publication, the school still had not released a statement regarding the incident.

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