Kenya goes to polls

Long queues are forming in Kenya as voters wait to cast their ballots in a hotly contested election that pits incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta against the nation’s former prime minister.

“I have been here for around two hours,” one man standing in line at a polling booth in Busia County on the border with Uganda told CNN affiliate NTV. “I came at six in the morning to exercise my democratic right and bring change to this country.”
Raila Odinga, who’s running for president for the fourth time, served as prime minister between 2008 and 2013. As the candidate for the National Super Alliance party, he is one of eight presidential candidates and the incumbent’s main challenger.
Kenyatta, who leads the Jubilee Alliance and is seeking a second five-year term, is the nation’s youngest president at 55. If he loses, he’ll make history as the only incumbent Kenyan president not to win re-election.
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Team Kenya triumphs at the World Cross country Championships, Uganda comes third

Uganda have finished third overall in the 2017 World Cross Country Championship that climaxed at the Kololo Independence ground on Sunday.

Team Uganda finished with 35 points after bagging one goal medal and two bronze medals. Kenya who dominated the competition won the overall team event with three gold medals, four silver medals and two bronze medals to bag 79 points.

Ethiopia who won the last competition in China were second with 58 points. Baharain and Eritrea were fourth and fifth respectively.

Kenya was dominant in the mixed relay, Senior women and senior men races at the Kololo Independence grounds.

Kenya’s team of Asbel Kiprop, Winfred Nzisa Mbithe, Bernard Kiprorir Koros and Beatrice Chepkoech started off the day in style by winning the first ever mixed relay (8km) gold medal.

In the second race of the day women’s U-20 race (6km) saw Ethiopia win gold, while Kenya was second to settle for silver and hosts Uganda in third place with a bronze medal.

Uganda’s Jacob Kiplimo was in good form as he bagged the country first ever World Cross Country gold medal when he won the U-20 men’s race with a time of 22.40 over 8km.

The Kenyans who were cheered on by over 200 traveling fans dominated the women’s senior race with six runners occupying the first six places. Irene Chepet Cheptai won the race with a time of 31:57, while Alice Aprot Nawowuna came second.

In the men’s senior race Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei dominated most of the race, but was unlucky to get tired later as Kenya’s Geoffrey Kamworor retained his gold medal he won in China at the previous Championship. Ethiopia however won the team event gold medal, while Kenya picked silver and Uganda a bronze medal.

 

 

 

 

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Kenya experiencing one of the worst drought, depressed villagers are opting for suicide

The worst drought Kenya is experiencing in recent years is driving some depressed villagers to commit suicide.
According to Red Cross officials in the East African country, an unspecified number of people have taken their lives as they could not deal with the suffering.
Kenya is currently facing drought that has affected millions who are struggling to get food.
“To some of the affected, they hang on strands of hope for the appearance of good Samaritans, while others have surrendered their fate to the ravaging drought,” said Noellah Musundi of the Kenya Red Cross Society.

The official said some 13 counties are in the alarm stage of drought classification.
These include Baringo, Garissa, Isiolo, Marsabit, Kilifi, Kwale, Tana River, Lamu, Mandera, Wajir, Samburu, Turkana and West Pokot.
An additional ten are in the alert stage including Embu, Kajiado, Kitui, Laikipia, Makueni, Narok, Nyeri, Taita Taveta, Meru and Tharaka Nithi.
The drought situation follows poor performance of the 2016 long rains (March to May) and failure of the 2016 short rains (October to December) leaving 1,3 million people food insecure as of December.
The situation has since escalated in January to more than 2 million people and as of February, the figure has reached to 2,7 million of Kenya’s 46-million population.

 

 

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Kenyan preacher given a jet for his 50th birthday

Kenyans on social media are at it after a Kenyan famous preacher was handed a jet on his 50th Birthday.

To commemorate his birthday, the church held a huge celebration where he was officially consecrated as a Bishop.

What got Kenyans talking was the gift he was presented to and the popularity of the #BishopKiunaAt50. While everyone else was mourning the victims of 39 people who perished in the Naivasha tanker accident, Bishop Kiuna was gifted a private jet on his birthday which got Kenyans talking.

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Albinos battle for Mr and Miss Albino title in one of a kind contest

Youngsters with albinism are stepping into the limelight, hoping to be named Kenya’s first Mr and Miss Albino.

In Africa, albinism is associated with many negative misconceptions and superstitions. As a result, many albinos suffer stigma, alienation and even physical abuse.

The pageant being held later in Nairobi also aims to boost the confidence of young people with albinism.

BBC Africa’s Dayo Yusuf reports.

 

Elders on fire over Lupita’s tree climbing photo, it is abominable

A storm is brewing in Seme, the village of Oscar award winning actress Lupita Nyong’o after she was pictured climbing a tree while donning a dress in the presence of her father.

The elders have apparently raised issue with the act which they said went overboard and is taboo in the community.

A section of the elders have reportedly called for a ‘cleansing ceremony’ terming it an abomination to their community.

In the video by Vogue, Lupita take goes back to her roots, takes a walk with her father Senator Anyang Nyong’o  in Seme and cooks ugali with her mother, Dorothy Nyong’o.

The sensational reaction on social media has been diverse,

“It is a behavior which our society does not embrace. A father is supposed to be a family role model and the head of the house and under no circumstance is a grown up woman allowed to do that,” said Leah Adhiambo.

 

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David and Florence arrived in Mombasa.

By Yonna Tukundane

RwandAir handed over air tickets to Florence Namaganda and David Kasiwukira the winners of the big wedding season Four.

The couple was flown out Thursday afternoon for a six night honey moon at Swahili Beach in Mombasa Kenya. RwandAir country manager Adah Magezi handed over the tickets to the newlyweds at RwandAir head offices at Rwenzori courts.

The couple made their matrimonial vows on the 19th of August at Uganda Martyrs church in Katwe after winning a fully sponsored wedding by Capital Radio and its partners.

David and Florence arrived at Swahili Beach last night and were welcomed to their new home for the next 6 nights.

5th edition of Vintage and classic Auto Show has been launched

By Wasswa Deo

The Commercial Bank of Africa Vintage and classic Auto Show for 5th edition has been launched.  The annual event is scheduled to take place on 30th July this year at Sheraton gardens and over 100 vintage and classic cars and 20 motorcycles will be on display for enthusiasts.

The commercial Bank of Africa Vintage and classic show will be showcasing some of the fanciest, oldest, showiest cars that Uganda has to offer.

Speaking at the launch, Dr. John Bosco Niwagaba has noted that major intention is to grow this annual event into an international tourism sensation to have vintage car lovers flock in from all parts of continent.

According to him, this year the event will see vintage car exhibitors from Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda the hosts.


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Kenyan MP rewards women 1000 bob for being pregnant

Pregnant women in Murang’a County received a rare gift from their County MP, Sabina Chege.

They each received Sh1,000 as a ‘thank-you’ gift for being pregnant.

“I am happy to see that your men are now active. It is good that you are going to be mothers. I want to congratulate you. Cases of illicit brew have reduced in the area, which is a good thing,” she said.

The County MP was speaking at a public rally in Murang’a.

She advised the women to use the money to buy their husbands soup to spice things up and also, as a way of saying asante.

“I am happy that the nursery schools in the area will not be closed. I was scared that we had lost our men to illicit brew,” she told The Nairobian.

Sabina has been at the forefront of the war against alcoholism and drug abuse in the county.  “There are reports that illicit alcohol is making a comeback in some areas. I am therefore calling on the relevant authorities not relent,” she had said during a past interview.

She praised the role played by women and administrators in the fight against alcoholism in Murang’a.

Maendeleo ya Wanawake Chair, Rehab Mwikali, lauded the MP’s efforts to deal with illicit brew and encouraged the women to continue supporting their men.

President Uhuru Kenyatta started the onslaught against illicit brew on July 1, 2015 after a meeting with leaders from Central Kenya in State House.

 

-Standard digital

Former Kenyan First lady , Lucy Kibaki Dead

he died at the Bupa Cromwell Hospital in London early Tuesday morning, just a few days after she was flown there from the Nairobi Hospital where she had been admitted for several weeks.

The announcement was made by President Uhuru Kenyatta who sent a message of condolence to the Kibaki family.

The former First Lady has been in out of hospital for several months now, since going out of the public limelight before former President Mwai Kibaki got out of power in 2013 at the end of his second five year term.

Born in 1940, Lucy Kibaki was Kenya’s First Lady from 2002 to 2013.

She is survived by her husband Mwai Kibaki and four children Judy Wanjiku, Jimmy Kibaki, David Kagai, and Tony Githinji.

She will be remembered for her no-nonsense attitude, having been feared by State House staff, ministers and politicians when she was a tenant at the house on the hill.

Businessman Chris Kirubi has also sent a message of condolence to the Kibaki family.

“I would like to send my sympathy to former President Kibaki and his family at this time of sorrow. It is my prayer that the Almighty God gives them comfort.”

 

-Capital FM Kenya