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HELB ‘defaulters’ turn up the heat on govt with hilarious responses

A statement by Education cabinet secretary Amina Mohamed’s Wednesday that the government would hunt down HELB defaulters using law enforcement agencies has angered many Kenyans.

Ms Mohamed said Sh7.2 billion owed by 74,000 defaulters would be recovered through the help of police and employers.

But jobless Kenyans, who were beneficiaries of the Higher Education Loans Board (HELB) funds, have accused the government of being the reason why they were defaulting on payments.

Many described how, since graduating, they have been able to secure jobs because the government’s promise to create employment has never been honoured.

Kendi Maina wrote, “HELB you do not need to hunt me down .Am returning my degree coz it’s not working. You can sell it and get your money back. Thanks.”

Felix Makinda O’Mogendi stated, “Hahaa! Come arrest us. Some of us are too broke to even pay rent. Kindly take us in and feed us.”

Koech Koech commented, “Don’t even hunt for me. Tuma G4S hapa Bomet wakujie Certificate…silipii hizo takataka.”

Mucangi Vincent added, “Offer us job to be able to pay…ama mnunue kidney.”

CERT

Brian Okerio wrote, “No need to use government resources to look for us. Niko Eldy mkifika mnicall  ntakuja na cert yangu.”

Juma Victor wondered, “Is Manyani prisons offering this service? I want to report as early as possible, no need to come for me, better stay there than getting huduma number.”

Ndumba Wa Ndumba stated, “Unless we pay with our lives because that’s all we got.”

Gerald Keraro commented, “How do you expect me to repay the loan yet the Government keeps employing grandma and grandpas, recycling retirees. I’m not Paying.”

Elly Mark Ondiek wrote, “It’s only in Kenya that the Commission of University Education issues of a list of useless courses offered in institution of higher then two days later CS Education issues a statement on inclusion of police in hunting loan defaulters who were innocently studying Bachelor of Arts in Joblessness and Frustrations in Jobless Kenya University.”

CJ Maraga’s presence at UhuRuto event sets tongues wagging

Chief Justice David Maraga’s decision to accompany President Uhuru Kenyatta during his tour of Kisii County on Wednesday sparked a debate on Twitter.

The Chief Justice was party of the party that welcomed the President and later joined him in his tour of the region where they made several stopovers.

In one of the photos, the CJ was third in line after the Deputy President William Ruto and ODM leader Raila Odinga to welcome the President.

The fourth one was Kisii Governor James Ongwae.

INFRASTRUCTURE

During the visit, President Kenyatta launched medical infrastructure and equipment at the Kisii Level six hospital.

He also presided over a ceremony that will see a Sh 2.25 billion Cancer Diagnostic Center that will be funded by Arab Bank for economic development in Africa and the Saudi Fund for development.

Here are some of the reactions:

“It is going to be difficult for CJ David Maraga to extricate himself from the public perception that he has been taken hostage by the Executive or has willingly joined it. A CJ cannot be doing this. Not under The Constitution of Kenya, 2010,” posted Nelson Havi on his Twitter account.

Jimmy James‏ said: “The guilty are always afraid.”

Earl Nyakach added: “He has been forced into a corner. 36 bloggers, budget cut, JSC Innuendos, DCJ arrests and the alleged illusion of creating harmony in kenya. Just like others he is chasing the hunt.”

Kerry Adaka went on: “I don’t understand why he had to attend, @dkmaraga, please keep off such functions, not worthy of your stature.”

Ndung’u Mugweru‏ said: “Holding public office in Kenya is a precursor to joining politics..utajuaje,maybe our dear CJ has future political ambitions….”

Police arrest doctor on suspicion of raping ex after attending bash

Police have arrested a doctor working in a Level Four hospital in Meru Central sub county on allegation of having assaulted and raped a 26-year-old woman.

Police seized the man at around 5pm Wednesday as he left his private clinic within Makutano area of Meru County.

The woman had recorded a statement claiming that the medic, who is in his mid-30s had beaten and raped her on Saturday last weekend.

The woman said the doctor stationed at a health facility in Imenti Central (Githongo), held her captive in his house, where beat her up and forcefully had carnal knowledge of her.

She suffered lacerations in the mouth, and severe bruises on the hands, head and legs, which required treatment.

TERMINATED

The woman said they have been having a two-month affair with the doctor who is in his early 30’s, but terminated it after he became abusive.

However, on Saturday, the two had attended a party together, since he had promised he would repay some money he owed the woman, but took advantage and ended up forcing her to his house.

“I told him that I did not feel safe but he forced me to his place since I was in his car. I was vulnerable since he owed me money and wanted to talk to him so that he would repay. He had also broken my two phones,” she said.

When she declined to get into the house, the medic allegedly threw her to the ground and started beating her up, while two of his friends watched.

CARRIED HER

They then carried her to the house where they left the medic with the woman.

“He said he would rape me and no one would believe me because they have been seeing us together and they will not figure out how a boyfriend can rape his girlfriend. He said his friends would also testify against me,” she said.

On Wednesday, the woman who was accompanied by her father and other family members filled a P3 form and took it to the Meru police station.

She carried a torn blouse and panties which she said were destroyed by the doctor.

MULTIPLE BRUISES

In the morning, the man tried to hold her captive since her face was swollen and had multiple bruises.

The woman said she escaped after a friend visited the house and she walked out while he was in another room and called her father using a passerby’s phone.

The woman claims that medics at Meru Level Five hospital had informed her that numerous cases of assault against the doctor had been reported.

“I would like to be assisted to pursue justice because I feel helpless. This guy feels like he has so much power and nothing can be done to him. People have been reporting him and would like to put to a stop,” she said.

DCI hunts 2 men caught on video smoking weed with toddler

The Directorate of Criminal Investigations has appealed to members of the public to help identify two men who were captured in an amateur video smoking bhang with a toddler.

The DCI said they would like to have a “conversation” with the two men captured in the 42-second video. DCI’s action on Wednesday follows a report in Nairobi News on Tuesday.

“Can you identify these men? Do you know them? We’d like to speak to them in connection to this video that was brought to our attention-we’re extremely worried about the child. If you can recognise them or have any information that may further our investigations, kindly DM Us,” the DCI posted on Twitter.

In the video, the toddler aged between three and four is seen smoking the roll of weed handed to him and let go a puff, followed by heavy coughs.

The two men and the boy are heard conversing in sheng.

Where and when the video was shot is still unknown. The identity of the men is also unknown.

In the video, one of the men tells the young boy “weka kwa mdomo” the roll handed to him.

He also explains to the young boy, how to hold the rolled weed.

In the video, it is evident there was a fourth person who was recording the video.

Why this DJ hopes to one day meet Uhuru at State House

Music is the food to the soul, it moves one to feel the beat deep down to their core.

For Winfred Wanjiku Muchiri alias DJ Wiwa, being diagnosed with cerebral palsy did not stop her from living her dream.

Her love for music inspired her to become a DJ so she could move crowds with her mixes. She studied at the Talanta Institute and graduated in October 2018.

DJ Wiwa, who was born in Ngurubani Mwea in Kirinyaga County, schooled at Joy Town school, both the primary and secondary sections.

She later acquired a diploma in tours and travel while schooling in Thika.

“I have always loved music all my life, I look up to DJ Sadic, DJ Stretch and DJ Crème de la Crème. I hope one day to play at big events and pay a visit to State House and play for the President,” said Winfred.

GRIPPED KENYA

She also weighed in on the play Kenyan music debate, which has gripped Kenya for some time, maintained that Kenyan music should take center stage in all media platforms.

Due to her condition, DJ Wiwa trained herself to work the deck using her feet –from selecting songs to the mixing and scratching on the twin decks.

“Hakuna kitu inaweza kulimit in life, other than yourself. If you want it, you just have to go get it,” said Winfred.

She wishes for more equipment to help her with work as her plans are to open up her own entertainment company and build a house for her mother.

She was among the entertainers during this year’s Rotary Club 40th Anniversary Sunshine Rally held at the ASK showground on February 16th where disabled children from various special schools all over the country came together for a day of fun, games, music and gifts in honor of all of them.

High school kids caught on tape bragging with Legend brandy, chewing miraa

An amateur video is making rounds on social media showing secondary school students openly chewing khat while brandishing a bottle of brandy.

The undated video shows the gang of eight students inside a 14-seater matatu shouting as they listen to loud music.

The students, who appear to be already intoxicated, at some point hold aloft a 750ml bottle of Legend brandy as others show packets of khat.

Three of the minors who are seated on the rear seat of the matatu are clad in home shirts; one of them is dressed in a t-shirt while two others are dressed in inner vests.

Hii ni talanta mtaani (this is talent in the hood),” they shout amidst loud music from the matatu.

In another video released last year, several Form Four candidates were filmed hurling insults at interior CS Dr Fred Matiang’i and his Education counterpart Amina Mohamed.

The students had just completed their examinations.

Two men captured on video smoking weed with toddler

A video of a toddler smoking bhang has gone viral. The 42-second video shows the young boy, aged between three and four, smoking weed in the company of two adults.

The young boy innocently smokes the piece of weed handed to him and let out a puff, followed by a heavy cough. He repeats this several times.

The two men and the boy are heard conversing in sheng.

Where and when the video was shot is still unknown. The identity of the men is also unknown.

In the video, one of the men tells the young boy “weka kwa mdomo” the roll handed to him.

He also explains to the young boy, how to hold the rolled weed.

In the video, it is evident there was a fourth person who was recording the video.

Nairobi News cannot publicise the video for legal reasons.

Novak Djokovic beats Eliud Kipchoge to the World Sportsman of the Year award

The IAAF’s World Male Athlete of the Year Eliud Kipchoge has been recognised at the Laureus Awards in Monaco on Monday (18) for his extraordinary performances in the past year.

Kipchoge, who broke the world marathon record in Berlin last September, was honoured with the Laureus Academy’s Exceptional Achievement award, a discretionary award that has only been handed out three times previously in the history of the event. Previous winners include swimming great Michael Phelps (2013), Chinese tennis champion Li Na (2015) and Italian football star Francesco Totti (2018).

“I would like to thank my fans around the world for all their support. I believe that a running world is a peaceful world, a sporting world is a healthy world and that a sporting world is an enjoyable world,” Kipchoge said after he was presented with the award by fellow athletics great Tegla Loroupe, a member of the academy.

The Olympic champion was also a finalist for the World Sportsman of the Year award, which went to tennis champion Novak Djokovic for the fourth time.

IMPACT

“It means a lot (to be recognised by the Laureus Academy),” Kipchoge added. “It means that I have been making a big impact in this world – to be recognised for exceptional achievement not just in athletics, but in the whole category of sport. It’s nice to mingle with the people from tennis, from basketball, from motor racing, from football, from gymnastics.”

The 34-year-old Kenyan won the London Marathon in April last year in 2:04:17, finishing comfortably ahead of one of the deepest marathon fields in history.

Five months later, he won the Berlin Marathon in 2:01:39 to smash the world record. His time in the German capital was 78 seconds faster than the previous world record, representing the biggest single improvement on a men’s marathon world record since 1967.

He is now preparing to defend his title in London in April.

“It’s going well,” he said. “I want to win London for the fourth time.”

Court lenient to poor dad who tried to smuggle daughter over Sh56k KNH bill

The court on Tuesday morning set free a man who had been accused of trying to smuggle his baby out of Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH).

Mr Boniface Murage 22, had pleaded guilty to the offence before Senior Resident Magistrate Muthoni Nzibe at the Milimani Law Courts.

The court on Tuesday handed him a three month suspended sentence.

He will be on the State’S watch for the three months and he is expected not to break the law. In case he commits any crime within the stipulated time, he will be put on custodial sentence.

Mr Murage confessed in court that he was prompted to try smuggle the minor out of the facility as he could not raise a Sh56,000 bill.

Mr Murage is said to have tucked the baby in a bag on Saturday but was nabbed by guards manning the exit of the facility after he refused a routine security check.

On Monday, Governor Mike Sonko paid the bills and did shopping for his wife Ms Agnes Murage.

10 men gang-rape 13-year-old girl

A  girl is admitted at Longisa County Referral hospital in Bomet County after a rape ordeal in the hands of a 10-man gang.

It comes two days after a police officer was arrested in connection with the defilement of another school girl at Mogogosiek in Konoin Sub County in an incident which security officers are accused of cover up.

The 10-man gang is said to have detained the girl, 13, for a week where they raped her in turns,  having locked her up in a house belonging one of them.

The incident occurred at Kitaima village in Bomet Central Sub County on Friday but had not been reported to the authorities in what has sent shock waves in the region.

Local OCPD Geoffrey Walumbe confirmed the incident on Monday evening and said a suspect has since been arrested.

“We have arrested a 24-year-old boda boda rider in whose house the girl was rescued from and he is currently undergoing interrogation,” said Mr Walumbe.

Mr Walumbe said police were investigating the matter as it had emerged that the girl had gone missing from her parent’s home from February 9, this year and her mother reported the incident four days later to the police.

COUNSELING

“The patient is being treated at the County Referral hospital which includes counseling and all the necessary support she requires has been accorded,” said Dr Joseph Sitonik, the County Executive in charge of Medical Services.

In the incident involving a policeman, the girl is admitted at Litein mission hospital in the neighbouring Kericho country where she is said to have been in a serious condition for the last one week.

The policeman is said to have driven the girl and her father to hospital using a friend’s car in a bid to allegedly undergo medical tests but while on the way they were involved in an accident where the student sustained serious head injuries.

It is claimed that the policeman prevented the father from recording a statement at the station following the incident and instead volunteered to take them to hospital.

“We have arrested the police officer after the father recorded a statement at the station. He will be charged once investigations are complete,” said Mr Alex Shikondi , the Konoin Sub County police commander.

PROTECTED

The arrest follows complaints from area residents and leaders led by Embomos Member of the County Assembly Mr Robert Serbai who claimed the police officer was being protected by his seniors in a bid to defeat justice.

“It is sad, shocking and diabolical that while the girl is admitted in hospital, the officer is free as he has secured protection from his seniors who have ganged up to twist the case. We need to be told whether police officers deployed to Bomet have a brief to commit human rights abuses including rape and defile our daughters,” said Mr Serbai.

In November last year, a seven-man gang raped a secondary school student in Bomet East and recorded the incident in an audio that went viral in various social media platforms.

Three of the suspects were arrested and have since been arraigned in court charged with gang rape. They were each released on Sh 100,000 cash bail and a surety of similar amount by the Bomet Senior Resident Magistrate Kipkirui Kibelion.