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Chipukeezy’s Video at State House That Has Left Tongues Wagging

Comedian Vincent Muasya aka Chipukeezy on Wednesday, October 2, posted a video on his social media handles, showing him at State House, Nairobi.

Muasya, who’s a board member at NACADA, sought to silence reports that he had broken up with his girlfriend, Kibanja.

Earlier in the week, there were claims that the two had parted ways, after they unfollowed each other on social media, with Kibanja deleting all her photos with the comedian. 

Following the alleged break-up, Kibanja posted a photo of Reckless, who is a member of a popular Kenyan boy band, Ethic Entertainment.

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Comedian Chipukeezy and Kibanja. 

Her post sparked rumours that she and the musician were involved – the reports were however never substantiated.

Chipukeezy, in what appeared to be a taking a dig at the trolls, posted the video at State House with Kibanja and captioned it “Yes Bana“- a rhyme Reckless used as the opening line in his verse on the Khali Cartel 3 cypher.

Yes Bana mumekua on my case sana (You’ve been on my case), ” the comedian stated and Kenyans online gave their take over the whole saga. 

Na imagine mtaachana tu. Acha nibookmark nitakukumbusha (You’ll eventually break up. Mark this tweet),” another wrote.

Others were of the opinion that the matter could have been handled away from the public eye.

“You don’t need social media to approve, Just do your thing” one user advised.

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Reactions to the post by Chipukeezy

The deliberate display of the goings-on in a public figure’s romantic relationship, is always a cause for conversation among Kenyans who would want to model their lives in line with those they look up to. 

But when their model leaders’ love-lives seem to take the wrong turn or are exposed to be as imperfect as everyone else’s, Kenyans on social media never shy away from calling them out and expressing their displeasure.

The tactic has been used by politicians to hog social media headlines and sometimes as blatant attempts at regaining relevance.

Top Govt Official Who Predicted Likoni Accident a Year Before Tragedy

Fresh details emerged on Thursday, October 3, about a top government official who had warned Kenyans of an impending tragedy at Likoni Channel.

According to a report by The Standard, Auditor General Edward Ouko, in one of his audits, had predicted that the weakening pulleys at the ferry would, one day, cause a tragedy and a year later it came to pass.

In the report, Ouko cited the weakness of the pulleys and plows which are meant to protect passengers from sliding into the ocean.

The report had also highlighted a high level of rot at the parastatal with as high as Ksh400 million already misappropriated, some of which could have solved the issue of the failing pulleys.

Auditor General Edward Ouko who had predicted that the instability of pulleys and plows on Likoni Ferry
Outgoing Auditor General Edward Ouko had predicted that the instability of pulleys and plows on Likoni Ferry would one day lead to tragedy.

“It was observed that most of the pulleys on most ferries are defective thus causing the plows to be submerged in water when the ferries are moving. This endangers both pedestrians and motorists.

“The company has not insured all ferries for third-party liability, therefore it would be difficult for the company to settle liabilities in case of an accident which requires compensation,” Ouko’s report read in part.

Last Sunday, September 29, Ouko’s worst fears came true after a car plunged into the ocean and killed a mother, Mariam Kighenda, and her four-year-old daughter, Amanda.

So heartbreaking was the accident that the state, despite Ouko’s warning, was still unprepared to take care of the situation so much that four days later, the deceased bodies are yet to be retrieved.

The family, as a result, resorted to using their own resources after the government suspended the retrieval efforts for the third time.

Mariam Kigenda and her daughter Amanda Mutheu. Their vehicle rolled and plunged into the Indian Ocean while the ferry was midstream.
Mariam Kigenda and her daughter Amanda Mutheu. Their vehicle rolled and plunged into the Indian Ocean while the ferry was midstream.

Miguna Launches Fiery Attack On Nyong’o

Exiled lawyer Miguna Miguna on Thursday, September 3, came out armed with a bastion of scathing claims against Kisumu Governor Peter Anyang Nyong’o.

Miguna, who often uses social media to attack Kenyan leaders he often describes as despots, trained his guns on the governor with an array of accusations, a practice that has come to characterise his forced stay in Canada.

“Prof Anyang’ Nyong’o is wealthy. He stole hundreds of millions of public money when he was Health Minister. He has been stealing millions of public money as Kisumu Governor,” the barrister claimed on social media.

Kisumu Governor Peter Anyang Nyongo. He is accused of looting of looting public funds by lawyer Miguna Miguna.
Kisumu Governor Peter Anyang Nyongo. He is accused of looting public funds by lawyer Miguna Miguna.

“The High Court convicted him of contempt for grabbing land from his nephews. Yet, he starved his driver for 8 hours between Nairobi and Kisumu,” Miguna added, this time claiming that Nyong’o was selfish enough to deny his own driver a meal during working hours. 

In the Facebook post, Miguna claimed that after ordering his driver to chauffeur him from Nairobi to Kisumu, the governor stayed aloof unbothered by his driver’s supposed hunger. 

“The driver was not allowed a break which is against the law. He was not permitted a stop to buy his own food,” Miguna added. 

To support his hilarious claims, Miguna fronted a photo taken from a newspaper gossip column whose headlined, ‘Miserly governor starves his driver while on the long trip’.

“The driver expected the big man would buy him lunch in Nakuru. But alas! There was no food and the driver kept moving while hoping they would get to a hotel along the way and have a meal,” reads part of the publication. 

The driver is said to have only consumed roasted maize in Kericho and to have his hopes of finally enjoying a meal once in the county dashed when the governor supposedly told him the roasted maize was enough food for him.  

According to Miguna Miguna, Nyong'os driver was not allowed a break which is against the law. Inset Governor Nyong'o.
Governor Anyang’ Nyong’o was on the crosshairs of exiled lawyer Miguna Miguna who posted a number of allegations against him on social media including a reference to a gossip column.

Starehe Girls closed indefinitely over ‘mysterious disease’

Starehe Girls High School in Nairobi has been closed indefinitely.

This comes barely two days after reports emerged that some students had been quarantined after exhibiting signs of a strange, unidentified illness.

A press statement released on Tuesday, October 1, stated that each of the quarantined students had a high pitched cough and sneeze, as well as low-grade fever.

“52 girls have since been isolated for observation within the school. Samples have been obtained for further tests. Their parents and guardians have been informed, and the school is in constant communication with them,” read an excerpt of the school’s official statement.

The learning institution informed parents, guardians and stakeholders, that they were working with the Health Ministry and the department of Integrated Disease Surveillance Response (IDRS) to establish the cause of the strange disease.

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SGR Unveils Stringent Rules After Unflattering Photos Go Viral

The Kenya Railways Corporation (KRC) was forced to issue a statement to its passengers after viral photos from an SGR passenger train caused uproar online exposing apparent laxity in the state organ.

KRC through their Twitter handle on Wednesday, October 2, reiterated that any foodstuff and beverages from outside would not be allowed into their commuter trains – an existing rule that often was ignored by passengers.

They warned that any passengers found carrying the banned items would have them confiscated without a chance to repossess them.

Kenya Railways notice on Prohibiting beverages and foodstuff on the train. Photo: Twitter
Kenya Railways Corporation’s notice to customers Prohibiting beverages and foodstuff on the train.

Speaking to Kenyans.co.ke, KRC stated that the move to issue the notice was because informed by the need to tighten security.

They also confirmed that they would be providing food at the station and on the train if the passengers needed it during the journey.

The decision is however likely to have been prompted by the photos of a group of youth travellers on the SGR went viral exposing the laxity by the corporation to enforce its own rules.

In the pictures that went viral on September 26, rowdy passengers were seen heavily drinking on the train with the cabin they were in looking grossly untidy with unsightly litter-strewn across the tables.

In another picture, a passenger is seen passed out with mucus and saliva trickling out of his orifices.

One passenger who was on board the train from Mombasa to Nairobi posted the pictures with a long post on Facebook complaining of the incident they went through.

According to the post, the two passengers were shouting at other commuters while insulting and making fun of them in their mother tongue.

They also vomited in the cabin making other passengers uncomfortable which led to the commuter wondering how alcohol had been allowed into the train.

Passengers pictured heavily drinking on an SGR train on September 29, 2019. Photo: Twitter.
Passengers pictured heavily drinking on an SGR train on September 29, 2019. Photo: Kenyans.co.ke

Jeff Koinange Roasts His Mother on His Show

During a pre-recorded section of the JKLive show, Jeff Koinange, hosted his three East Africa Got Talent co-judges and the host.

The judges; Gaetano Kagwa, Vanessa Mdee, Makedo Mahadeo and the host, Anne Kansiime, all took the viewers through their daily life schedules.

While talking about his tight schedule, Jeff stated that besides being a news anchor and a radio presenter, he also hosts a live country music show every Saturday.

Jeff Koinange posted a photo of his family which warmed Kenyans hearts on social media.
Jeff Koinange posted a photo of his family which warmed Kenyans hearts on social media.

The Citizen TV news anchor noted that his mother, Mary Nyambura Koinange, attended his show dubbed Country Roads, for the first time since 2016 when he was starting the festival.

He added that throughout his high school life, his mother never attended his performances.

“My mother for the first time showed up. In school, I did so much from sports, debates, musical and she never showed up. She waited until I am 53 when I’m almost off the stage, but it was amazing,” he told the other EAGT judges.

On September 26, 2019, the media personality told Kenyans.co.ke  that his mother turning 82 was special for him because it marked 53 years since she was widowed at only 28. 

“Dear Mama, as you turn 82 years old this week, here’s wishing you a happy birthday and many more wonderful years ahead. 

“Thanks for introducing all your children to country music more than 40 years ago and thanks for always being there for us and for never giving up. Love you much and God Bless you always!” he stated.

Private Likoni Ferry Diver Abandons Grieving Family

Woes marring the Likoni ferry tragedy increased after the private diver hired to rescue the deceased abandoned the family after he was suspended by the government.

NTV on Wednesday, October 2, reported that Musa Sila and his team were retracted from the operation after the government alleged that they were communicating false information to the family concerning the bodies of the mother and her daughter.

“Let me quit from this operation. I have nothing to say but to let everything go,” Sila informed journalists at the scene of a tragedy that has exposed the sheer unpreparedness of the country’s naval forces.

Mariam and Amanda Muthe lost their lives in the Likoni Ferry tragedy after their vehicle slid off the ramp. Private divers were pulled out of the retrieval mission
Mariam and Amanda Muthe lost their lives in the Likoni Ferry tragedy after their vehicle slid off the ramp. Private divers were pulled out of the retrieval mission after being accused of peddling falsehoods.

On Tuesday, October 2, The Standard reported that Sila, one of the founders of the Kenya Rescue Team, had complained of government pressures and not being appreciated for his heroic acts.

“They lied to us that they will station us at the Kenya Ports Authority, Kenya Ferry or Kenya Navy but nothing has been done. When incidents occur, they look for us.

“No one sponsors us; we conduct all the operations on our own,” Sila lamented.

Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho on Wednesday, October 2, brushed shoulders with his constituents after he showed up in Likoni to follow up on the ferry tragedy.

Governor Joho tried to address the crowd which had gathered at the scene but the angered residents could have none of it and shouted him down. 

He further revealed that he had given Ksh2 million to the family to have experts from South Africa help retrieve the bodies of the drowned victims

“I have sent for experts from South Africa to join efforts with multi-agency teams that are working round the clock to retrieve the bodies,” Joho tweeted.

The government on Wednesday, October 2, appointed former Minister Nicholas Biwott’s daughter’s to oversee the retrieval of the two bodies. 

Government Spokesperson Colonel (Rtd) Cyrus Oguna also informed that the government had hired a robot to assist in the rescue operation. 

Governor Joho tries to address a crowd in Likoni. They were outraged for taking two days to visit the scene of the Likoni Ferry tragedy.
Governor Joho tries to address a crowd in Likoni. They were outraged by the governor’s four-day silence after the horrific tragedy captured on camera.

Miguna Calls Out Kenya Navy After Likoni Tragedy

  • Firebrand lawyer Miguna Miguna is at it again this time directing his attacks at the Kenya Navy over the Likoni accident.The former aide to ODM leader Raila Odinga, on Wednesday, October 2, took to Facebook and questioned the professionalism of the KDF branch. 
  • He further blamed them for the deaths of Mariam Kigenda, 35, and her daughter Amanda Mutheu, 4, when their vehicle plunged into the Likoni Channel after sliding off the ferry ramp.”Are these civilians on a 15th Century wooden boat made in Malaba with no diving gear and no amphibian equipment our Navy?” Miguna wrote on Facebook mocking a photo of the naval officers on a boat.
  • The rescuers at the Likoni ferry channel. Miguna mocked the navy for lacking proper gear.The self-declared leader of the Kenya Revolutionary Front (KRF) also took a shot at the government over the equipment that the navy was using to conduct the retrieval process.”The tragedy in Likoni could have been averted if we had competent, well-equipped Navy or Rescue Services,” he added.
  • This comes barely a day after the government admitted to lacking proper equipment and that they had to import some from South Africa.The family and friends of the deceased camped in Likoni and gave a passionate appeal to the government to retrieve the bodies of their loved ones.On Tuesday, October 1, the government announced that it had suspended the ferry services in order to speed up the process of retrieving the bodies and the vehicles.
  • Wednesday, October 2, the channel was temporarily closed again as the bodies were never recovered on Tuesday.Mariam and Amanda Muthe lost their lives in the Likoni Ferry tragedy after their vehicle slid off the ramp.
  • Firebrand lawyer Miguna Miguna is at it again this time directing his attacks at the Kenya Navy over the Likoni accident.The former aide to ODM leader Raila Odinga, on Wednesday, October 2, took to Facebook and questioned the professionalism of the KDF branch. 
  • He further blamed them for the deaths of Mariam Kigenda, 35, and her daughter Amanda Mutheu, 4, when their vehicle plunged into the Likoni Channel after sliding off the ferry ramp.”Are these civilians on a 15th Century wooden boat made in Malaba with no diving gear and no amphibian equipment our Navy?” Miguna wrote on Facebook mocking a photo of the naval officers on a boat.
  • The rescuers at the Likoni ferry channel. Miguna mocked the navy for lacking proper gear.The self-declared leader of the Kenya Revolutionary Front (KRF) also took a shot at the government over the equipment that the navy was using to conduct the retrieval process.”The tragedy in Likoni could have been averted if we had competent, well-equipped Navy or Rescue Services,” he added.This comes barely a day after the government admitted to lacking proper equipment and that they had to import some from South Africa.
  • The family and friends of the deceased camped in Likoni and gave a passionate appeal to the government to retrieve the bodies of their loved ones.On Tuesday, October 1, the government announced that it had suspended the ferry services in order to speed up the process of retrieving the bodies and the vehicles.
  • Wednesday, October 2, the channel was temporarily closed again as the bodies were never recovered on Tuesday.Mariam and Amanda Muthe lost their lives in the Likoni Ferry tragedy after their vehicle slid off the ramp.

Five Die in Horrific Multiple Car Crash in Nairobi

  • Five people died and several others sustained serious injuries in a grisly accident that happened on Tuesday, October 2, at 8 p.m.The evening accident involving three vehicles took place at Kamulu area along Kangundo road.
  • A Toyota Probox collided head-on with a bus belonging to the Kenya Bus Services (KBS) which in turn hit a pickup truck.It is said that occupants of the Probox were traveling to Joska in Kangundo from Ruai.
  • 5 people died after a probox collided head-on with a bus belonging to KBS which in turn hit a pickup truck.Speaking to Kenyans.co.ke, Nairobi County police boss Philip Ndolo confirmed that those injured were rushed to Mama Lucy hospital while the five bodies were taken to City Mortuary.”Several other passengers were injured and referred to Mama Lucy hospital,” he stated.Earlier on September 30, 2019, four Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) officers were  killed in a grisly road accident.
  • Confirming the incident, Buuri OCPD Joseph Asugo stated that the officers were travelling on the Meru-Isiolo Highway when they were involved in the road crash.
  • Asugo stated that the driver of the vehicle lost control before colliding head-on with a private car at Matunda area.The officers reportedly died on the spot and their bodies moved to Kiirua Mission Hospital mortuary.
  • The occupants of the other vehicle, a man his wife and two children, sustained injuries.They were rushed to Kiirua Mission Hospital for emergency treatment.

Magoha Exposes Parents Secret Plan to Cheat in National Exams

Education Cabinet Secretary, George Magoha, on Tuesday, October 1, unearthed a sinister plot to cheat in the upcoming examinations.

A total of 315 schools were mentioned in a shocking expose of how an elaborate cartel comprising of parents, Ministry of Education officials and Teachers Service Commission officers had engineered a way to bypass the strict security checks around the upcoming national exams.

A total of 190 primary schools and 125 secondary schools spread out across 31 counties were placed under investigation, The Standard reported.

The counties affected are Kwale, Mombasa, Kilifi, Machakos, Meru, Marsabit, Isiolo, Makueni, Nairobi, Turkana, West Pokot, Trans Nzoia, Bomet, Uasin Gishu, Kericho, Nandi, Kajiado, Nakuru, Baringo, Busia, Bungoma and Kakamega.

Students pictured during the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education
Students pictured during the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education

Undercover KNEC operatives uncovered the various ways the secret cartel were planning on cheating their way through the examinations.

According to the report, parents in the schools under investigations had contributed Ksh 5,000 per candidate to purchase examination materials.

Once that was done, regional officials in the ministry and TSC had then conspired to retain examination officers in the same schools they invigilated last year.

They were expected to use their familiarity at the various centres to allow them to access tests before the official examination dates. 

According to the report some of the secondary school principals had planned on retaining various subject teachers in schools during the tests, whom would then pass one information to the students whose parents had coughed up the mandatory payment.

KNEC Acting CEO Mercy Karogo stated that her security chiefs were on high alert, and cautioned against any form of cheating.

On his part, CS Magoha affirmed that the report regarding how some unscrupulous cartels are keen to infiltrate this year’s tests, had been brought to his attention.

“Some of these people think that because I am not the Knec chairperson things have changed. Tell them that I am now in charge of everything and I am closely monitoring (things). Examinations will not leak,” he told the Daily Nation.

Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha
Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha