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Ugandan based Swedish journalist laments prefers Nairobi over ‘boring’ Kampala



A group of Ugandans rallied to the defense of their country after Sofi Lundin, a Swedish freelance journalist and photographer who has lived in Uganda for the past six years, complained earlier this week about how boring their country is.

The comparison to Kenya made by Ms. Lundin prompted this.

“It is actually a tragedy that there is nothing to do in Kampala apart from eating, drinking and smoking shisha. Do I really have to fly to Nairobi for fun activities? It is the closest fun destination from here. I am soon a weekend commuter” said Ms Lundin.

She went on, “And this is also a hint to entrepreneurs or investors. There is a huge gap in the market when it comes to activities/playing grounds/adventure parks etc.”

Ugandans filled her tweets with lists of potential places to visit, but she declined them one by one for a variety of reasons.

She apparently wasn’t permitted to enter the Lake Victoria Serena Golf Resort & Spa to play golf because of her dress code, enjoyed boat rides from Ggaba to the islands and peninsulas only occasionally but not frequently, and was unable to ride the horses at Speke Resort because she thought the animals were too undernourished to be enjoyable.

She went on to list the things she is looking for as, “Bowling, paintball, escape room (or other fun social games) art and culture activities like photo exhibitions, theater, art centers. (Uganda has so much talent but where is it displayed?) Nice playgrounds for kids.”

“Hey Sofi, kindly list 10 activities that are in Nairobi and not in Kampala, I want to rethink where I should invest thank you,” said Nkundwa Mukama to which Ms Lundin responded by saying, “I think I dare to say that Nairobi has at last 5 malls (if not 10) where there are activities for children like playgrounds, adventure centers etc. In addition, there are amusement parks, galleries, a variety of museums, green public areas, bowling places, escape rooms etc.

Ugandans continued to list off the following as the fun activities that can be found within their borders: Golf, tennis, bowling, paintball shooting, gun Shooting and go-Karting. Others claimed that Ms Lundin simply did not have the budget to enjoy what Uganda offered.

“Unless if your budget only caters for drinking, smoking and eating, I think there’s a lot to do for fun here,” defended Faiza Fabz.

“Guess you’ll need to also know that Uganda isn’t just Kampala so try going out of the city,” said Delah Muteso.

“You know it would be safer to inquire activities than jump to this kind of hopeless conclusion. Ugandans are ever happy and dramatic but they is a lot more to it and the people,” castigated Joan Aleni.

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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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