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Kenya Acrobats balance, audience limbos

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Seng Kiat Khor/ Staff Photographer.Also, they used each other to balance and perform acts involving human strength and teamwork.

Seng Kiat Khor/ Staff Photographer. Also, they used each other to balance and perform acts involving human strength and teamwork.

The Kenya Safari Acrobats performed hundreds of tricks to a packed house last Thursday at SCSU.

Hailing from Kenya, this troupe of seven performers jumped, kicked, straddled and balanced everything from a knife-wielding limbo bar to each other – sometimes five at a time.

Roslyn Udairam, Chair of UPB perfoming arts committee, assisted in the organization of the event.
“About a month ago, Roslyn contacted me about these performers from Kenya,” Gebremicael Gebremariam, president of the African Student Association (ASA), said.

They believed this act was necessary and worked on achieving that goal.

The Residence Hall Association’s (RHA) “No Hate” campaign was also involved in the performance.

“Attending events like the Kenya Safari Acrobats and attending the nights that ASA are supporting helps promote pluralism of culture at SCSU,” Sean Groomes of RHA, said. “Which is basically the active involvement in other cultures.”

The performance began with a voice over a loudspeaker announcing to all: “You are about to embark on an exciting African adventure- please keeps hands and feet inside the auditorium at all times.”

Peppered with more jokes, the monologue continued to set the scene for the upcoming performance.

The acrobat team performed daring and challenging moves such as balancing on chairs and lying on a bed of huge nails and being stepped on. Seng Kiat Khor/ Staff Photographer

The acrobat team performed daring and challenging moves such as balancing on chairs and lying on a bed of huge nails and being stepped on. Seng Kiat Khor/ Staff Photographer

The monologue described a lone traveler on a journey into African wilderness who learned of natural resources and the disappointing realization of no tacos.

This traveler’s dream was to create an African circus and convince natives to participate which is where the performance and story began.

A performer dressed in safari garb then emerged and began interacting with the audience, miming asking for directions to the stage.

Once the performer reached the stage, several others joined him and they mimed tying him up with a rope.

The rope became a skipping rope and acrobats began jumping and flipping to the music.
After rope-skipping, two female performers took the stage and danced.

Soon, they retreated to the back of the stage as the five male performers set up a limbo bar, inviting the audience to limbo.

Almost 20 audience members of varying ages did the limbo with assistance from acrobats.

Once the audience members left the stage, the ordinary limbo bar was replaced with a bar holding five downward-facing knives. One male acrobat lowered the knife-bar to less than a foot above the ground and managed to dance under unharmed.

Following the limbo dance was a two-person set of tricks in which performers took turns alternately balancing on and holding up one another. After that set, the acrobats did various flips, leaps and jumps through a set of two narrow hoops.

The rest of the performance featured such stunts as climbing a set of up to five chairs balanced atop four glasses set on a table and a bed-of-nails stunt involving a performer being sandwiched between two beds of nails while another walked across the bed on top.

The grand finale was a series of acrobatic tricks involving all five male performers. The men balanced all together on one another in more than ten different formations, each involving only one man with both feet on the stage.

Throughout the performance, the narrator continued with the story of the African traveler, with his challenges among the natives and his eventual luck: he had an African circus, the Kenya Safari Acrobats.

Once the acrobats had left the stage and the audience in thunderous applause, the voice came over the loudspeaker once again, finishing the traveler’s story: “…and the audience gave the Kenya Safari Acrobats a standing ovation!”

Source: University Chronicle-St. Cloud

The Kenyan acrobats will be performing at the University of Arlington on April 8th from 7pm to 8pm.-Jambonewspot Editor.

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Mother defends Achieng Ajulu-Bushell’s choice

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Achieng Ajulu-Bushell

Achieng Ajulu-Bushell

The mother of Achieng Ajulu-Bushell, who wishes to race for Great Britain rather than Kenya from August, has denied that the decision was made because of money and insisted that it has everything to do with a “16-year-old finding her own identity as a mixed-race child”.

Helen Bushell, conscious that her daughter will get facilities, coaching and support in Britain that would not be available to her in Kenya, was responding to a Times online reader who asked: “How much money was she paid to change citizenship?”

Bushell replied: “For the record, she never changed citizenship. She was born British and she hasn’t been paid a penny.”

She added in a call to The Times: “If only people knew how much it costs to get a child through to where Achieng is now. But it has nothing to do with money. This was not an easy decision to make and it was a decision Achieng took herself. She is not a Kenyan runner who became Bahraini or ran for Qatar. It is much more complex and personal. She has made a very difficult decision about what is ultimately about her own self-identity and an upbringing in a diverse and multicultural environment.”

Ajulu-Bushell, who would become the first black woman to be selected for Britain and England in swimming if she wins the 100 metres breaststroke at the British Gas British Championships at Ponds Forge in Sheffield tomorrow, said: “I was born here, I have a British passport, my mum is English. Having moved back here, once the choice was presented to me, I felt more English.”

Sporting loyalty is a sore subject in Kenya, which lost many a fine runner to Qatar and Bahrain in the wake of Wilson Kipketer, the 800 metres world record-holder, choosing to represent Denmark in 1996.

At the time that Ajulu-Bushell, whose father is a Kenyan professor of politics, accepted her scholarship to Plymouth College and the associated Leander swimming club, the Kenya London News said: “It is true that Kenyan sportsmen and women are entering a phase where patriotism is no longer primary. It is about them looking after themselves and their future.”

A decision has yet to be made on London 2012. Ajulu-Bushell raced for Kenya on August 1 last year. The Olympic Charter states that three years must pass before she can race for another nation, which runs to the middle of the eight-day swimming programme at London 2012.

However, the charter can be flexible. It states: “This period may be reduced or even cancelled, with the agreement of the NOCs [national Olympic committees] and IF [Fina, the world governing body] concerned, by the IOC Executive Board, which takes into account the circumstances of each case.”

Ben Ekumbo, president of the Kenyan Swimming Federation, said last night: “Achieng goes with our blessing. We are greatly disappointed that she will not swim for us but we wish her the very best.”


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How Wrong Number Was the Right Call

Posted by Administrator on March 31, 2010

Nairobi — What started as a mistaken transfer of airtime ended in a colourful wedding. Mr Ibrahim Maina Njuguna mistakenly transferred Sh50 worth of airtime credit to the wrong person from his kiosk in April last year and thought he had made a loss from his business of selling scratch cards.

Little did he know that the “wrong” and expected “loss” would fetch him a wife. Reluctantly, Mr Njuguna wrote a text message after realising the mistake: “Please, the airtime was sent by mistake. Kindly send it back me.” After a while, his phone rang. Ms Janet Waithera had returned the airtime.

“I couldn’t believe it,” said Mr Njuguna, 35, who runs his business from a wheelchair. He was paralysed from the waist down by polio when he was only four years old. Wedding Ms Waithera, 28, the woman he had mistakenly sent airtime was the fulfilment of Mr Njuguna’s dream to find a suitable wife.

The two tied the knot at Efatha Healing and Deliverance Ministry Church near Shauri Estate in Eldoret. It all started on April 23, last year, when a customer approached Mr Njuguna at his base opposite Kiptagich House in Eldoret Town, asking for Sh50 airtime.

However, the amount was mistakenly forwarded (sambaza) to a different number. In line with one of Kenyans’ peculiar calling habits, when he talked to Ms Waithera about the phone credit, the trader asked where she was and she replied that she was at home. The home, as he learnt later, was Murang’a – hundreds of kilometres away, and a place he had only heard about.

“This was the first but unknown step of the journey towards getting my wife, Janet,” the beaming Mr Njuguna told the Nation. Janet continued the amazing story in the interview at their Shauri Moyo home. “I received the credit when I was with my mother at about 8pm.”

She and her mother were chatting after a long day at the family shop. It was not long before an sms came through, asking her to return the money she had just received. “At first I refused,” she said, “but later realised that it was not good to keep what was not mine.” It was then that she sent back Sh50 to the caller, now her husband.

From that day, they communicated by telephone for two months. By June, they had become fond of each other. Mr Njuguna proposed that she visit him at his home in Uasin Gishu. Before the visit, he suggested that she send him her recent photograph and he would reciprocate.

“I had told her that I had suffered from polio and was paralysed from the waist down,” he said. “I was surprised she said she did not mind.” After the photo exchange, he decided to pursue the relationship further. He disclosed his intentions to his elder sister, Ms Elizabeth Kibui, who encouraged him.

“He informed me that he was in touch with a woman from Murang’a and whom he wished to marry but did not disclose how they met,” said Ms Kibui. However, he confided the details to his other sister, Ms Peris Nyokabi, who later informed Ms Kibui.

She admitted she thought the meeting was strange and guessed her brother may have feared she would discourage him if she knew the truth. They then informed their mother, who allowed family members to visit Murang’a and get to know Ms Waithera’s family in September.

The bride price was paid in January – two months ago. Ms Kibui said she was full of happiness for the brother. “Our mother has been taking care of him all along, but now it will be different as his wife will take charge,” she said.

Source-Daily Nation

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Sex virus blamed for big rise in head and neck cancers

Posted by Administrator on March 31, 2010

The number of head and neck cancers linked to a virus spread by oral sex is rising rapidly and suggests boys as well as girls should be offered protection through vaccination, doctors said Friday.

Despite an overall slight decline in head and neck cancers in recent years, cases of a particular form called oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) have increased sharply, particularly in the developed world.

This growth seems to be linked to cancers caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV), scientists said in a report in the British Medical Journal.

Two vaccines — Cervarix, made by GlaxoSmithKline, and Gardasil, made by Merck & Co — can prevent HPV, which causes virtually all cases of cervical cancer, the second most common cancer in women worldwide.


Many rich nations have launched HPV immunisation programmes for girls to try to protect them from the common sexually transmitted virus before they become sexually active.

The scientists, led by Hisham Mehanna of the Institute of Head and Neck Studies at University Hospital Coventry, said while including boys in immunisation plans has been seen as too expensive, it may be time to look again.


“We need to look at the evidence again to re-evaluate the cost-effectiveness of male children in light of this new and rapidly rising incidence,” he said in an interview.

Analyst Savvas Neophytou at Panmure Gordon in London said such studies would dispel worries about sales prospects for HPV vaccines, and repeated his ‘buy’ recommendation for Glaxo stock.

“The emergence of new data such as this may increase motivation amongst national vaccination authorities worldwide to re-double efforts to vaccinate children before they become sexually active,” he said in an equity research note.

Glaxo shares were slightly lower, in line with a weaker European pharmaceutical sector and down 0.4 percent by 0905 GMT.

More than 500,000 cases of cervical cancer are diagnosed annually in women and it kills around 200,000 a year.


Head and neck cancer is the sixth most common cancer among men and women, with about 640,000 new cases each year worldwide.

A recent study found the risk of developing oropharyngeal carcinoma was linked to a history of six or more lifetime sexual partners, four or more lifetime oral sex partners, and, for men, an earlier age at first sexual intercourse.

“Sexual transmission of HPV — primarily through orogenital intercourse — might be the reason for the increase in incidence of HPV related oropharyngeal carcinoma,” wrote Mehanna.

The scientists pointed to recent studies which showed a 70 per cent increase in the detection of HPV in biopsies taken to diagnose oropharyngeal carcinoma in Stockholm since the 1970s.


HPV-related cancer was also reported in 60-80 percent of recent biopsy samples in studies in the United States, compared with 40 percent in the previous decade, they wrote.

Mehanna said the findings had other important health implications.

Patients with HPV-related head and neck cancers were typically younger and employed, he said, and because their tumors appeared to be less deadly than those caused by factors like smoking and drinking, patients may also live longer with the physical and psychological effects of treatment.


“This means they would need prolonged support from health, social, and other services, and may require help in returning to work,” he said.


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Kenya to abolish work permits for EAC citizens

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Kenya has started the process of removing work permits for citizens of other East African Community nations wishing to work in the country.

The ministries of East Africa Community and Immigration are jointly preparing a Cabinet paper to legalise the move.

East African Community Minister Amason Kingi said he was consulting his Immigration counterpart Otieno Kajwang’ to abolish the conditions so that professionals from Uganda, Tanzania and Burundi can work freely in Kenya. Kenya already has such an agreement with Rwanda.

Speaking during a workshop organised by the ministry and Association of Professional Societies in East Africa, Mr Kingi said the issue of permits does not bring about full free movement of workers.

“I have noted that in the protocol the issue of work permits still exists. This I have noted will not bring full free movement of workers as they will still be required to apply for them,” he said.

Mr Kingi told the participants that Mr Kajwang’ confirmed he had taken up the matter and the Cabinet will deliberate on it.

“The ministry will propose to the Government to extend this to all East Africans and push for the removal of work permit at the regional level to enhance free movement of workers,” he emphasised in a statement.

The minister commended Rwanda which has unilaterally removed work permit requirement for East Africans seeking to work there.

“Kenya has a bilateral arrangement with Rwanda whereby Rwandese are not required to apply for work permits in Kenya and vice versa,” he added.

Mr Kingi announced that he has formed a task force to audit the protocol for the establishment of the EAC common market and determine its harmony with the Kenyan laws.

He said a miscellaneous Amendment Bill should be proposed so as to facilitate a smooth implementation of the Common Market protocol taking effect from July 1 this year.

Mr Kingi said when the protocol takes effect, EAC citizens will be given equal treatment in the labour, services and capital markets while at the same time protect their rights to establish themselves and reside in the country just like Kenyans.

He said EAC partner states have made tremendous progress in the integration process and that it is the only regional bloc that has successfully implemented the customs union in the continent.

He said the region is now gearing up to implement the next stage of economic integration which involves harmonising the region’s factors of production market.

Daily Nation

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Porn stars takeover Kenya’s movie Industry

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By Amos Kareithi

The restaurant is a market place of ideas, dreams and quick deals as thick clouds of cigarette smoke swirl around the dimly lit room.

Sodas are slowly sipped while alcohol flows freely and tongues loosen, amidst the thundering music.

In this city joint where the old easily fuse with the new as plasma screens display soccer matches live from Europe, romance is measured in liquids and minted currency.

An advert on a city street for pornographic DVDs acted by Kenyans. Photos/Martin Mukangu /Standard

An advert on a city street for pornographic DVDs acted by Kenyans. Photos/Martin Mukangu /Standard

There is odour of illicit intimacy, stale beer, sweat and great expectations in the air as the gigantic speakers belch out heart throbbing cacophony.


Our search has brought us here to make contact with an amateur pornography actress, who does not need any dress rehearsals.

Anne, for that is the actress’ name, does not even need a script and she should not expect any royalties from her agent or recording company.

School dropout

1n 1998, when she was only16, Anne had just strayed out of a secondary school in Nairobi into the hands of a German, Herbert, who showered her with cash and romantic promises. “At that time, I was very naive. I had just started off as a commercial sex worker. I thought it was fun moving out with a white man,” Anne recalls.

In a calculated move, Herbert invited Anne into his hotel room in Westlands in Nairobi on a number of occasions before he asked her to bring three men and three girls.

“At first he told me he just wanted group sex and promised to pay very well. Each of the girls was to receive Sh20,000,” the actress explains.

After more than six hours of hard sex where Hebert slept with both men and girls in turns, as his camera rolled, Anne graduated into a pornography actress.

The men were paid Sh50,000 each as their roles were described as difficult. After each ‘movie’ was made, Herbert quickly uploaded it on the Internet.

More than a decade after premiering on the screen, Anne says she is now wiser and homegrown pornography filmmakers have emerged.

With the snap of a finger, Anne summons a voluminously built woman, who is skimpily dressed and who has been staring at an empty soda bottle, unsuccessfully trying to attract a male client.

The woman comes and after downing several drinks demands to know whether there is anybody interested in her body.

“We are recruiting some girls who will not be shy when photographed naked. Do you think you can do it?” we pose.

Eyeing each of the team members hungrily, the lady declares that she will do anything if the price is right.

“For Sh1,000, you can photograph me with a still camera. If you want real action my friend, you must give me Sh15,000 for a day,” she declares.

The big dilemma

There is serious haggling over the prices and the original figure is scaled down to Sh5,000 after the prospective actress downs two more beers.

Anne says she has acted in a number of films although she has never watched any of her performances.

“I dread the day my daughters will learn that I have acted in these dirty movies. I do not want them to see me doing it,” she whines.

But she promises to tell her nine-year-old twin daughters that she is a commercial sex worker when they are in Form Four.

Our investigations reveal that amateur filmmakers have started making a kill in what they see as a lucrative industry.

The boom has largely been created by the Government’s recent scrapping of excise duty on all computer and accessories as well as film making equipments.

“Let me tell you my friend there is a lot of money. If you can get Sh100,000 you will make a kill. The local movies (pornography) are in great demand,” an agent who introduces himself as Mwaki says.

Mwaki started off by offering manicure services to women in their workplaces and ultimately became acquainted to the twilight girls.

recruitment process

“That is how I entered the industry. Since I was close to the women, even those plying their trade along Koinange street and other big hotels, I unknowingly became like an agent,” Mwaki explains.

Moviemakers in search of actors would approach him for roles. The girls in turn would look for male actors.

“With a computer, a printer an a DVD writer, you can make as many movies as

Website for PSAT. TV, which claims to offer satellite TV station for porn even in Kenya.

Website for PSAT. TV, which claims to offer satellite TV station for porn even in Kenya.

 you want. There are always people willing to sell them,” Mwaki counsels.

Some of the filmmakers have been advertising for their DVDs, which are sold at Sh500, for a set of three.

The phone number listed in the street notices does not connect one to the filmmaker but to a trusted agent who, links the buyer to a distributor.

CCI traced one such distributor in River Road after posing as investors interested in buying the movies in bulk.

The distributor, identified as Papa, was mad with us for straying into his backstreet stores, as he admonished the retailer who had taken us there.

He swore he did not know what we were looking for but only softened at the prospect of learning that we wanted about 200 pieces. After paying a deposit for samples, our investigations took us along Mombasa Road in search of hawkers. “Sisi hatuna noma na gava. Tunawachotea pesa na wanaturuhusu kuuza DVD za Watu wazima (The police are not a problem we give them money and they let us sell the adult DVDs,” a hawker told us.

While the amateurs are investing in cottage industries, some serious money has been pumped by some shady operatives.

Porn TV station

Instead of selling the movies in DVDs, a company has set up a pay satellite TV station, which says it gives, its viewers unlimited access to hardcore pornography material.

PSAT.TV billed as the first sex station in Kenya announces on its website: “We are a dedicated hardcore adult entertainment channel. Our aim is to find the best pull-no-shots content with great quality porn stars as well as good attention to production quality.”

It claims it has spread to Kenya and Tanzania. The channel charges Sh7,500 for a three-month smart card, which translates into about Sh2,500 per month.

The TV station has another package where one is issued with a smartcard and decoder at Sh14,500 for a three-month viewing. The last package is a smartcard, decoder and a 90 cm satellite dish at Sh17,000 plus Sh3,000 for installation for a period of three months.

In contrast, the rookie moviemakers admit that in their first DVD produced on March 25, 2007, in a lodging in River Road in Nairobi, neither the actors nor the cameramen were trained.

“We want to assure our viewers that in our oncoming movies, we will improve on the quality so that you can enjoy,” the moviemakers offer. True to their word, their grainy misty productions have been refined and are now being mass produced in China and availed to the masses in Kenya.

Pirating porn

But there is no honour among thieves as their well-packaged DVDs have been pirated by use of DVD writers and colour photocopiers.

In an ironic turn of events, the father of porn star in Kenya, a shifty dreadlocked slim character who stars in all the movies, has also pirated some of his works.

The porn addicts too are being conned. Despite posting adverts all over town announcing availability of DVDs featuring actors from different communities and areas, the movies are a collection of rehashed old ones.

Although the cover describes erotic scenes in Dholuo and features the actors in the DVD, the actors converse in Kikuyu.

“The viewers are conned but where can they go to complain? The movies are illegal and going to the police would be suicidal,” remarks Mwaki.

Source: The Standard

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Jumbo tramples Kenyan woman

Posted by Administrator on March 31, 2010

NYAHURURU, Kenya, Mar 30 – A middle aged woman was on Tuesday trampled to death by a stray elephant at Wiyumiririe area adjacent to the vast Aberdare forest.

The victim was in a group of eight women who had gone to fetch firewood when the jumbo ambushed them at around 10am. According to eyewitnesses, her colleagues scampered for safety leaving the woman behind when she was trampled to death.

“The elephant just appeared from the bush forcing us to flee away in the forest. That is when we heard the woman screaming for help. It is after about 10 minutes that we found her writhing in pain and we could not help.  It was so frightening,” Mary Muthoni, her friend told Capital News.

She told reporters that it is while they were trying to get help that the woman, a mother of two succumbed to injuries.

The Kenya Wildlife Service Warden-in-Charge of the Aberdare region Sgt. Simon Wachiuri who confirmed the incident said the jumbo was believed to have strayed from the Aberdare forest.

He said that the officers from the service were searching for the elephant so it could be returned to the park.

“A team of officers has already been sent to survey the ground. We believe that it might have strayed from the park,” he said.

The body of the deceased was moved to Nyahururu district hospital mortuary.


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Pass the constitution and get on with life

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Kenyan Student in Canada: Embracing Life through Fear

Posted by Administrator on March 30, 2010

Doris Magiri a Kenyan student in Canada

Doris Magiri a Kenyan student in Canada

Big Bear, the television show “Lost,” the U.S. road infrastructure and nyama choma, which is Swahili for grilled goat meat; these are a few of Doris Magiri’s favorite things.

Magiri, a grad student in her last semester at CSUN, is a Kenyan native and has found herself a home away from home in California. She came to the U.S. in May of 2001 to pursue her education

Magiri began her schooling in Mississippi in the summer of 2001 and met some resistance.

“The racial segregation in 2001, you can still feel it,” Magiri said. “And then I came to California and all that changed.”

In speaking of her Mississippi incident, Magiri does not appear to hold any grudges.

“It was a good experience to see that part of the world,” she said.

Magiri has her undergrad degree in communications studies from CSUN. She went to Pierce College for two years before transferring. At Pierce, she was a member of the student government which gave her the opportunity to travel to several states she had never seen. This motivated her to travel the country for fun.

“I want to visit every state before I leave the country,” said Magiri who has approximately 37 more states to go in her quest.

As Magiri describes the difference in education between American and Kenya, one can feel the intensity that Kenyan students face.

“College is extremely difficult in Kenya,” Magiri said. “There is a lot of competition.”

“In Kenya, you don’t interact with the professor,” Magiri continues. “When I first came, I was very quiet (in class.) It was a culture shock,” she said.

Student life in Kenya doesn’t extend much outside of school, according to Magiri. She says that there is more opportunity for personal development of students in America as they can work while attending school.

“In Kenya, you can’t work at 18 (years old,)” Magiri said. “You have to have degrees, you have to have diplomas,” she said of getting a job.

While her preference is to stay in the US for awhile post-graduation, Magiri does plan on returning to Kenya.

“If I can get a job (in Kenya) once I graduate then I will go right away,” Magiri said. “I’d like to explore my career for at least a year before I go back.”

No matter where Magiri lands, her future professional goals are clear and she says she is looking forward to putting her education to good use.

“I  want to do community development work, especially with children and poverty,” Magiri said, “in terms of education, unemployment, helping charities.”

“I think I am an average Jane,” Magiri said. “Don’t know what is so different about me from you apart from maybe my cultural background.”

Reviewing Magiri’s favorite pastimes, Magiri seems to be far from the “average Jane.” In addition to her fondness country music and admitted ten-step abilities, she loves most outdoor activities.

“Jet ski, para-sailing, zip lining,” Magiri says, rattling off a list of things that are fun for her but that also cause her some fear. “I’m on a journey to find myself,” she said.

“I’m scared of heights. I don’t like the water,” Magiri said. “It’s scary but it’s the only way to embrace my fears.”

Source: Daily Sundial

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Hague court report on Kenya to be made public

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A confidential report prepared by the International Criminal Court on victims of the post-poll violence is to be made public any time now. Above, ICC chief prosecutor Louis Moreno-Ocampo. Photo/ FILE

A confidential report prepared by the International Criminal Court on victims of the post-poll violence is to be made public any time now. Above, ICC chief prosecutor Louis Moreno-Ocampo. Photo/ FILE

A confidential report prepared by the International Criminal Court on victims of the post-poll violence is to be made public any time now.

Judges handling the Kenyan case at The Hague last week ordered the court’s registrar to release the report by the close of business on Monday.

The document is expected to contain details of the victims’ testimonies about what happened during the violence that led to the killing of 1,133 people and displacement of 650,000 others from their homes.

The report was filed by the Victims Participation and Reparations Section on March 15 in confidence.


The Pre-trial Chamber says that having reviewed the report they are satisfied that the basis for keeping it confidential no longer exists.

However, the Registrar has been asked to edit the document “in order to protect the safety, physical and psychological wellbeing, dignity and privacy of victims”.

The judges have also said that a decision on the extension of a time limit issued by the chamber in December be made public.

-Daily Nation

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