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Kenyan Woman Murdered in the U.S. Finally Laid to Rest

Posted by Administrator on October 25, 2011

Mauryn and her husband who is facing charges for her murder
Mauryn and her husband who is facing charges for her murder

THE remains of a Kenyan woman who was brutally murdered by her husband in the USA were flown into the country and buried over the weekend. A somber mood engulfed the family of Ms Mauryn Eunice Masire, 39, who met her death after she was stabbed 64 times by her Liberian husband in their house in Minesota on September 13th this year. The family appealed to the government to assist them follow up on the case and also secure her property and documents.

Earlier, the family through the deceased’s elder brother, Boney Masire, had appealed for financial help to assist them bring the body home. They had required atleast Sh1.5Million. The deceased’s mother, Josephine Masire, 62, said the loss of her daughter was a big blow to the family.

The deceased was stabbed by her Liberian husband Prince Moore,53, in their house after a disagreement. Bonny said his sister who used to work at Nyali Beach Hotel was jovial and always kept in touch. He said Mauryn’s husband, who also had minor stab wounds to his neck and chest when found by police, has since been charged with second degree murder.

According to various internet sources, The suspect, who claimed it was in self-defence said Masira had tried to stab him while he was asleep. He was charged with second-degree murder. According to the family, the late Mauryn was born on September 9, 1972. She attended college in Minnesota for her Licensed Practical Nurse certification and graduated with honours. She was pursuing a degree in nursing.

The family thanked Prime Minister Raila Odinga, Assistant Minister Foreign Affairs Richard Onyonka, Kenyan ambassador to USA P Odembo, United Christian Church, Minneapolis pastor Charles Goah, President to Kenya Community in Minnesota, Jeremiah Charles Goah, and the media, among those who assisted them.

Source: http://www.the-star.co.ke/local/coast/45864-killed

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Guard Arrested With Jet Fuel Siphoned From Police Helicopter

Posted by Administrator on October 25, 2011

Police are holding a KK security group guard after he was found with 40 litres of jet fuel siphoned from a police helicopter at Wilson Airport. The guard identified as Dan Obat, who was assigned guard duties at the Air Kenya offices adjacent to the Police Air Wing, was arrested as he was driving out of the heavily guarded airport with the jet fuel hidden in a dog cart. He was intercepted by Seneca security guards who who had been monitoring his movements.

The arrested guard is reported to have driven a van towing a dog cart to the Police Airwing and siphoned the fuel from the helicopter parked on the runway before he loaded it into the dog cart.

However, he was intercepted as he attempted to drive out of the airport and handed over to police who then locked him up at Wilson Airport police station. Deputy police spokesman Charles Wahong’o confirmed the arrest and said the guard would be taken to court and charged with theft. There have been reported cases of jet fuel theft at Wilson, Africa’s busiest airport.

Source: NAIROBI STAR

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Kenyans having too many babies

Posted by Administrator on October 25, 2011

NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 25 – With projections that the world population will hit seven billion next Monday, the National Coordinating Agency for Population and Development (NCAPD) has raised the red flag that many Kenyans have larger families than they can afford.
NCAPD Communication Deputy Director George Gichamu said it is unfortunate that people are getting children who they cannot afford to take care of.

“You can imagine young ladies giving birth to five children, and obviously that’s a big number for us. That is the issue, why are they having many children given that they have to support them?” he posed.

Gichamu said many people are getting more children with the excuse that they are seeking to replace those that die.

He emphasised that families maintaining a number of children that they can care for was one sure way of fighting poverty in the country.

He associated the high birth rate to the 25 percent of women who are not using contraceptives despite their availability in the country.

However, he singled out unmet needs of family planning owing it to either insufficient awareness, availability of contraceptives and lack of education on how to use them.

“Yes, people want to use contraceptives, but some do not know how, some have misconceptions about their side effects, or they simply don’t know how to use them or where to get them,” he explained.

He said only 46 percent of women in Kenya were on contraceptives as he expressed concerns that it was not a good number to work with in controlling population growth.

Monday marked the launch of events across the globe in the countdown to a world population of seven billion on October 31 where individuals, governments and organisations are required to pay attention to matters linked to population in their activities.

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) called for individual, government and global actions to brainstorm on strategies of managing the increasing population.

According to UNFPA, “The milestone is an occasion to recognise and celebrate our common humanity and diversity. UNFPA is calling for a renewed global commitment for a healthy and sustainable world.”

The UN will launch ‘the seven billion SMS campaign’ on Tuesday in Geneva, Switzerland.

On Wednesday, the State of World Population 2011 report with the theme ‘People and Possibilities in a World of 7 Billion’ will be launched across the globe.

Next Monday, relevant stakeholders on matters of population will join the UN to mark the ‘arrival of the 7 billionth baby’.

With the new population projections, there are concerns that youth unemployment, inequalities and poverty continue to bug many countries.

Empowering women by protecting their education, health and dignity are also issues that according to UNFPA require attention.

There is also particular concern over reproductive health especially for women and children who die from complications associated with birth especially in developing countries.

Out of the 7 billion actions, UNFPA also advocated for nurturing of the environment by planting trees, protecting water catchment areas and ensuring food security as key in supporting the high population.

Calls for proper city planning to accommodate high rural urban migration is also another preparation UNFPA asked governments to observe in preparation for the increased population.

Source: http://www.capitalfm.co.ke/news/2011/10/kenyans-having-too-many-babies/

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Kenya backstreet abortions kill thousands each year

Posted by Administrator on October 25, 2011

NAIROBI (TrustLaw) – “I was bleeding like hell. I knew that I was going to die,” Emily said, recalling how she sat naked on a plastic basin, hemorrhaging blood for two weeks after paying $10 for an abortion in Nairobi’s Mathare slum.

“It is the most painful thing I have ever experienced in my life. Even giving birth is not as painful as doing abortion.”

One reason the world’s population is soaring – to 7 billion, by U.N. calculations, on October 31 – is because many poor women have little control
over their bodies or their fertility.

One place where that is most apparent is in Kenya, where high rates of sexual violence, limited access to family planning and poverty mean 43 per cent of pregnancies are unwanted.

The majority of these women and girls have no choice but to give birth because abortion in most cases is technically illegal, although enforcement of laws around abortion are ambiguous, leading to one standard for the rich and another for the poor and uneducated.

As a result, at least 2,600 Kenyan women die in public hospitals each year after having botched backstreet abortions. Many more die at home without seeking medical care. And another 21,000 are admitted for treatment of abortion-related complications.

When Emily, 28, found out she was pregnant in 2009, her boyfriend denied it was his child and left her. She was jobless and already had a seven-year-old daughter, Ashley, to care for. Emily’s friends advised her to terminate the pregnancy.

“I have seen what my girls have gone through with abortion. I was very afraid,” she said, adding how she found a 20-year-old friend dead alongside a note explaining how she had drunk a bottle of bleach hoping to cause a miscarriage.

After two months debating what to do, Emily borrowed $10 from friends – the equivalent of two months’ rent – and sought treatment from a well-known local abortionist.

The elderly woman inserted a plastic tube into Emily’s vagina and told her to sit for several hours on a bucket until she heard a pop.

“I felt something hot from my stomach coming out. She gave me some medicine and I went home,” Emily said, sitting in a friend’s one-room corrugated iron shack off a muddy alley.

After a week of bleeding, Emily’s friends brought her more medicine from the abortionist but it didn’t help. Eventually, they carried her to a nearby clinic where she was given an injection that stopped the hemorrhaging.

Her ex-boyfriend beat her when he found out about the abortion.

“He told me that I am a murderer, that I killed his baby,” Emily said.

WOMEN DIE IN POLICE CUSTODY

Kenya is a deeply religious Christian country and the church is vocal in its condemnation of abortion.

The implementation of the law, which prohibits abortion except in cases where the mother’s life is in danger, is ambiguous, however.

The penal code says women who abort illegally can be jailed for seven years.

But wealthier and more educated women take advantage of “medical guidelines,” which allow terminations in the interests of a woman’s physical or mental health but require the signatures of multiple doctors.

“In Kenya, we don’t know whether to procure an abortion is legal or illegal. We are just in between,” said one doctor who performs abortions.

Public hospitals rarely provide the service, but it is easily available in private practices, such as the prestigious Nairobi Hospital where women pay
around $1,000 for a termination.

International charity Marie Stopes performs abortions in clinics for $25 to $60, which is still unaffordable for the majority of Kenyans.

“If we were to charge a lower price, we would be overwhelmed,” said a doctor working for Marie Stopes.

NEEDLES AND STICKS

Women and teenage girls who are poor often have no option but to turn to quacks in backstreet hovels.

“They use bicycle spokes, knitting needles … putting sticks, pens through the cervix,” said Dr. Joseph Karanja, an obstetrician-gynecologist who works at Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi.

Other painful, often lethal, methods include drinking detergent or overdosing on malaria pills.

The hospital’s acute gynecology ward receives five women each day seeking post-abortion care. It has 30 beds, sometimes shared between up to 70 women.

Women often delay seeking treatment until they are very sick due to fear, lack of money or emotional turmoil.

“They come at the point of death,” said Karanja, who estimates one or two women die from post-abortion complications at the hospital each month.

“They stay at home scared because they are afraid they will be arrested. So the uterus goes rotting inside. They get a very bad kind of infection called septic shock, where there is tissue damage, kidney damage, and then they finally
die.”

Unsafe abortions account for 35 percent of maternal deaths in Kenya, versus the global average of 13 percent.

“We are losing many people through the botched and backstreet abortions,” said the Marie Stopes doctor.

“If we legalize it, we shall find that the number of deaths will go down or maybe there won’t be any deaths at all.”

For Karanja, the problem is the divide between Kenya’s rich and poor.

“The high and mighty don’t have a problem. In those ivory tower hospitals, these services are available as a routine,” he said.

“These services should be provided in all public health facilities because that is where ordinary people go.”

Source: http://www.trust.org/trustlaw/news/kenyan-woman-recalls-horrors-of-backstreet-abortion

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Enslaving Kenyans in Middle East

Posted by Administrator on October 25, 2011

“]Some of the victims of the modern day slavery who shared their experiences with The Underworld. [PHOTOS/ AMOS KAREITHI/STANDARD]
Some of the victims of the modern day slavery who shared their experiences with The Underworld. [PHOTOS/ AMOS KAREITHI/STANDARD

A crop of new breed of brokers is redefining modern day slavery by luring thousands of desperate jobseekers into a life of servitude in foreign lands

Some of the jobseekers have been sweet-talked into selling their assets to finance their journeys into a life of servitude in a foreign country where they cannot communicate with their masters.

And in other cases, a recruit is just required to submit her national identity card, her parents’ national identity cards, a certificate of good conduct and undergo medical tests, which include HIV and Aids tests and other venereal diseases.

Upon passing these tests, one is guaranteed a passport and a one-way ticket to Riyadh to begin slavery under the disguise of working as an ‘expatriate domestic worker’.

Some of them are turned into sex slaves since they have been tested and found to be free of any infectious diseases.

Their sojourn in Saudi Arabia averages between several days for the unhealthy and strong headed to two years for those who complete their contracts.

The bogus agents, most of them based in Nairobi and Mombasa, are minting millions at the expense of gullible jobseekers, majority of them women.

Investigation by The Underworld reveals that the agents are getting as much as Sh500,000 for each Kenyan worker who boards a plane to Saudi Arabia.

The recruited girls are transformed into objects of trade where they help agents mint millions of shillings in exchange of misery and poverty.

In the intricate transnational trade, the broker on the street receives at least Sh4,000 fee for every able bodied worker successfully recruited.

Although Saudi Arabia’s prospective employers fully finance the trips in a special arrangement to facilitate issuance of visa, some crafty agents are maximising their profits by demanding money from some jobseekers, promising them posh jobs with big salaries.

Our investigation shows that the bogus recruitment agents have infiltrated the Ministry of Immigration where they process their clients’ passports with ease and speed.

At times, the passports are processed within two days.

But when they arrive in Saudi Arabia, the Kenyans realise they were sold as slaves.

A number of women have returned with tales of misery.

A contract obtained by The Underworld shows how lopsided the terms are in favour of the employer.

“The second party (employee) has accepted to work for a probation period of three months. At the end of this period, and if proved to be unfit, the contract will be cancelled without notice or compensation.

The second party shall assume the cost of his /her travel to his/her country and shall have no right to work with any other party, whether paid or not and if found shall pay all costs and be deported at his or her own expense,” reads the contract in part.

The contract provides that if the employer is dissatisfied with the services, he has the right to annul the contract and demand cost of recruitment from the employee.

A nonperforming employee can be “sold” to another employer, at a salary to be determined by both masters so that the first boss can recover his or her expenses.

Unaware of such shenanigans, many Kenyans have fallen into the trap and are recruited to slavery in Saudi Arabia.

Jemima Wairimu, a 24-year-old tailor from Githunguri, fell victim and sold her assets to pay Sh35,000 demanded by a Nairobi agent.

She jetted out of the country on March14, 2009 for Riyadh in the company of seven other girls.

On arrival, she discovered that she was to work as a domestic worker and the pay had been slashed to less than half of what she had been promised.

“The broker told me I had to pay Sh35,000 for the air ticket. I pleaded with him to allow me to pay after securing the job. He agreed and I left Kenya on December 8, 2008,” Wanjiru recalls.

She says when her two-year contract expired, her boss detained her for another six months, refusing to release her passport or pay her ticket back.

Wanjiru explains: “I came back to Kenya on June 28, this year without a passport. I used an emergency exit permit after slaving for two and a half years in Saudi Arabia. My boss refused to release it insisting that he still required my services. I was tired of being overworked.”

Winie Wambui Munoru, a 29-year-old mother of two, was not as lucky after she was recruited as a housekeeper.

Munoru left Nairobi for Riyadh on May 24, this year together with many other Kenyan workers headed to Riyadh.

But her dreams were crashed when her master picked her at the airport, detained her passport and revealed the pay would be half of what she had been promised.

“I had no job contract and so I could not argue. I accepted the offer but soon found out my job included working for a very large family. My body could not cope with the heat in the country. I developed an allergy for dust, which congested my chest,” she recalls.

When Munoru declined to work, protesting the harsh conditions, her employer withdrew food and for days, she claims she survived on stolen bread and water until she was returned to a recruitment bureau in Riyadh.

The mother of two returned to Kenya on August 20, without pay although she had worked for two and a half months. At one time, she says she had to fight off sexual harassment from a man working in a recruitment bureau where she went to complain.

She laments: “I would be forced to clean a freezer. My hands froze. Later I was forced to clean the toilets with my bare hands. I could not take it anymore.”

However, Grace Icharia, a former Kenya Broadcasting Corporation actress, worked in Saudi Arabia for only 36 hours.

“I expected to work as a teacher but they tricked me. When I landed in Riyadh on August 11, I learnt that my job would be housekeeping. The salary was paltry,” she says.

Shortly before departing Nairobi, Grace had demanded a contract at the airport and given one designating her as a housekeeper. When she protested, she was promised it would be changed. She was shocked to learn that this was just a ploy to get her into the plane.

“I threw tantrums and refused to work as soon as I was driven into my new work station. I gave them hell for three days until I was returned to a recruitment agent. I refused to be posted to another home,” Grace says.

Source- http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/sports/InsidePage.php?id=2000045584&cid=658

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Neema Gospel Church-8 year anniversary celebrations-October 29th-30th, 2011

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BENGA vs. MUGITHI NIGHT-Saturday October 29th, 2011

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Court orders Moi son to increase allowance

Posted by Administrator on October 25, 2011

Photo/PAUL WAWERU/NATION Lawyer Judy Thongori and Philip Moi’s estranged wife Rosanna Pluda Moi at a Nairobi court on October 7, 2011.

Photo/PAUL WAWERU/NATION Lawyer Judy Thongori and Philip Moi’s estranged wife Rosanna Pluda Moi at a Nairobi court on October 7, 2011.

A son of former president Daniel Moi has been ordered to increase the monthly allowance of his estranged wife from Sh60,000 to Sh250,000 a month.

Mr Justice J.B. Kariuki ruled that Mr Philip Moi should take responsibility for his family and pay his wife, Rossana Pluda Moi, the money.

Ms Pluda had filed an application seeking an increase of the amount, arguing that the Sh60,000 monthly upkeep was not enough to cater for her daily needs and rent.

She said that she sought the increment in the interest of the children and justice.

In his ruling, Justice Kariuki said that the application was a matrimonial matter in which the welfare of the children was involved and that the Constitution conferred on every child the right to basic nutrition, shelter and health care.

Welfare of children

He ruled that while the legal battle between Mr Moi and his wife continued, the court could not allow the situation to affect the welfare of the children.

He said that Mr Moi, as the father of the children, had parental responsibility to meet their needs.

He dismissed an application by Mr Moi to have the execution of the orders stopped until he had challenged the proceedings in the Court of Appeal, saying that maintenance could not wait for the court case.

He ruled that the court could not give maintenance by one hand and take it away with the other, nor did the right of appeal relieve one of his obligation to maintain his family.

Source: http://www.nation.co.ke/News/Court+orders+Moi+son+to+increase+allowance+/-/1056/1261254/-/lx37mvz/-/index.html

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Man arrested with 13 grenades in Nairobi

Posted by Administrator on October 25, 2011

Police on Tuesday evening found 13 grenades during a security raid on a house in Nairobi’s Kayole Estate.

The owner of the house was arrested as the search further yielded an AK-47 assault rifle, four revolvers and a sub-machine gun. The man was seized from a four-storey building

According to Police Commissioner Mathew Iteere, the man was arrested ‘‘elsewhere before he directed the Criminal Intelligence officers to his single room on the third floor of the building.

“Upon search, we were able to recover quite a number of assorted arms and explosives. We have the person in our custody and I think during investigation, we will find more links,” he said.

Neighbours said the man, who lived alone, had moved in only a month ago. “We have never seen any other person in there, but he talks to us freely,” a neighbour on the second floor said.

His house had no furniture save for a small mattress of about four inches thick and a folded prayer mat.

Police confirmed he was a Kenyan Muslim of middle age, but could not tell his occupation.

The security officials did not allow journalists to take photos of his face as they rolled a black marvin over his face.

He was in a red jumper, black pants and brown sandals. He was about 5 feet, 8 inches tall.

By the time of going to press, officers from the Recce group and the Criminal Intelligence Unit were still combing the area, seeking more clues.

The police did not immediately reveal where they would take the suspect.

The evening raid was carried out by a team of regular and anti-terrorism police officers in the wake of grenade explosions in Nairobi in which a man was killed and 25 others injured on Monday. (READ: One dead, 13 injured in second city blast)

At the same time, police have identified the man who was killed during the grenade explosion at a crowded matatu terminus.

Officers told the Nation that the man was arrested in 2007 at the Coast on a robbery with violence charge.

“The victim is a Kenyan. We are tracing his last moments. At the moment, we cannot say whether he was the villain or the victim,” Police Commissioner Mathew Iteere told the Nation.

A source at the City Mortuary, where the body was taken, said no relatives had turned.

The first grenade attack occurred at Mwaura’s Bar on Mfangano Lane at 1am. A man lobbed the explosive into the drinking joint.

The second exploded minutes before 8pm at a crowded matatu terminus on Race Course Road, near the OTC bus stage.

The arms seizure and arrest came just hours after a meeting of senior police officers to map out fresh strategies in carrying out surveillance in Nairobi.

Source: http://www.nation.co.ke/News/Man+arrested+with+13+grenades+in+Nairobi+/-/1056/1261742/-/2bfveiz/-/index.html

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Kenya police seize Somali-bound ship

Posted by Administrator on October 25, 2011

Police in Malindi have intercepted a ship in the high seas as it was heading to Kismayu in Somalia.

Malindi OCPD Wellington Choka confirmed the incident and said they were holding seven crew members of the ship for interrogation.

On Monday, Choka said the ship was spotted by marine police officers who were conducting patrols along the sea. The officers pursued the vessel and ordered it to stop.

On questioning,the crewmembers claimed they were from the port of Mombasa and were heading to Kismayu to deliver foodstuffs.

The OCPD said the ship was loaded with tealeaves but added that investigations were in ‘top gear’.

“We are questioning them to know whether it is true they were only going to sell the tea leaves as they purport or they had another mission,” he noted.

He said the ship was at the moment under police custody and that the crew was pleading to be released so that they could sail back to Mombasa.

The Government has banned any movement of people or cargo in and out of Somalia after declaring the border closed.

Choka revealed that all the seven people on board the vessel were Kenyans residing in Lamu District.

It is not clear how the ship left the port of Mombasa, whether it had declared in the manifest it was heading to Somalia and how Kenyans could travel to the war- torn country even after the border was closed.

The OCPD said security had been beefed up and urged the public to report any suspicious persons they come across.

Fishing activities along the Kenya-Somali border have been halted after Kenya Navy officials issued a 24-hour notice for fishermen to withdraw their boats as the war on Al-Shabaab intensified.

According to a source in the Navy, the notice was directed to the Provincial Administration in Lamu ordering them to ensure no fishermen ventured into the sea.

The areas where fishing has been banned include Kiwayu and Kiunga, which neighbour Ras Kamboni in Somali. The Kenyan military is said to have taken over Ras Kamboni area in Somalia as Operation Linda Nchi intensifies.

Meanwhile, the Kenya Army has dispatched 11 trucks full of heavily armed soldiers. The soldiers are heading towards Somalia via the Kiunga border point.

An officer in the convoy, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said they were going to provide reinforcement to their colleagues who are already in Somali. The move, the source said, was because of claims Al-Shabaab had re-organised itself and were planning to attack Kenyan security teams.

Source: http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/InsidePage.php?id=2000045551&cid=159&

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