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Iman Kerigo, Miss Norway And A Native Of Kenya, Visits The United States

Posted by Administrator on October 29, 2011

Iman Kerigo, a Kenyan immigrant in Norway who won the Miss Norway pageant

Iman Kerigo, a Kenyan immigrant in Norway who won the Miss Norway pageant

Iman Kerigo, the first woman of African descent to be crowned Miss Norway, arrives in the US this week as part of her goodwill tour. Miss Kerigo, a refugee from Kenya who fled with her family to safety in the United Kingdom, continues her mission to raise awareness on poverty, war and domestic abuse. She will be visiting Los Angeles, Las Vegas and surrounding areas as part of her twelve day visit.

As a child born into a life of extreme hardship forged by her family’s struggle in war torn Kenya, she and her mother struggled to survive day-to-day while living under the rule of an abusive father. Iman’s mother’s greatest dream was to simply see her children live. She never dreamed her second child could achieve something so amazing.

“My mother was just happy that we were alive but she didn’t want us to live a meager existence,” Miss Kerigo said. “Being crowned Miss Norway gave me the opportunity to make sure that her dream came true.”

After waiting for some time to gain citizenship in a new country, Iman, her mother and siblings were finally accepted under refugee status to the Scandanavian country of Norway. Growing up thousands of miles away from everything she had ever known, Iman worked hard to adjust to her new adopted home, even learning to speak Norweigan and English, rather than her native Swahili.

Through hard work and dedication, she overcame tremendous odds to eventually become the first woman of African descent to ever be crowned Miss Norway. She credits much of her success in the Miss Norway Pageant to her coach, nutrition expert David Sandoval. David, author of The Green Foods Bible, had Iman follow his ‘Superfoods For Supermodels’ program, an eating program designed especially for those in the public eye.

David says, “I created this program in response to the epidemic of bulimia, anorexia and other eating disorders prevalent in the modeling and entertainment business.” But David is keen to explain that ‘Superfoods For Supermodels’ is not a diet. He adds, “Instead it features realistic guidelines for creating exceptionally healthy, lean, beautiful bodies through pure, organic, green food nutrition and core fitness.” David’s program also helps to build confidence and strength while focusing on taking personal responsibility for one’s own destiny.

Iman adds,”Part of my mission is to let young girls know that even if it seems all the odds are against you, you can still achieve great things.”

In the future, Iman hopes to forge a career in modeling and/or become a spokesperson for an African centric product line. Iman is available for interviews during her visit. All enquiries, including requests for press photos should be directed to David Sandoval’s assistant at
dsandovalpa@organicbynatureinc.com

PRESS CONTACT:
Noah Gilman/ Nicola Henry
800-452-6884

dsandovalpa@organicbynatureinc.com

Source: http://www.blacknews.com/news/miss_norway_iman_kerigo_visits_us101.shtml

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From fright to flight: A story of a journey from Kenya to US

Posted by Administrator on October 27, 2011

 

”]Peter Kimani with his son, Tumaini, at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi.[PHOTO:COURTESY]On a recent 17-hour non-stop flight from Dubai to Houston, USA, PETER KIMANI recounts how the longest single trip of his life rapidly changed from a calamitous ordeal to a pleasurable, memorable experience

It perfectly mirrors my state of mind as I leave Kenya for the US. There are great expectations about the study programme ahead, but the impending journey is fast degenerating into a calamitous ordeal.

Hours before the trip, an email from the university contact that has been coordinating airport pickups flashes. I don’t need to open the email, for the subject line says it all: “Airport volunteer/pickup help not available.”

I immediately place a call to my host, a student from Swaziland whom I have been introduced to by our mutual friend in Nairobi. His phone doesn’t go through.

In the eleventh hour, the meticulous planning is falling apart. I have nobody to pick me from the airport; I’m not even sure I have a place to sleep.

That night, I’m scarcely out of the bathroom, which I attribute to the anxieties of the trip. But I panic when my four-year-old son starts competing with me to the bathroom. I have a running stomach; he is vomiting after every hour.

In the thick of impenetrable darkness, we start the journey to the Nairobi Hospital, the mist of the night suddenly melting into a drizzle. It is 1am.

We are back home after two hours, just early enough for me to catch a few winks of sleep and administer medication on the boy.

I start the morning with Imodium tablets for my unsteady stomach. A friend picks us from home. Even my son, Tumaini, appears sufficiently recovered for the airport trip.

The check-in is seamless

I push my luggage down the scanning equipment, kick off my shoes, glide past the security area, load my luggage onto a trolley and head down to the Emirates check-in desk.Conveyor belt

“Are you sure the bag is not over 23kg?” The female attendant asks with a hint of a smile. My firm response in the affirmative elicits a bright smile. “Yes, you are right,” she says as the red bleep of the weighing machine confirms my two bags are not over the limit.

The bags are tagged and pushed down the conveyor belt, another tag is provided for my hand-luggage. I step out to join family, friends and colleagues who have come to bid me goodbye.

I also want to monitor my son’s health. He declines to eat anything but fries, which we reject outright. But with the passage of time, we realise he might as well have his way, or else he will spend the day without food.

The outcome is instant. I scarcely survive with dry clothes after he vomits inches away from me. It is the best of times; it is the worst of times.

Little triumphs

Finally, it is time to go. A hug here, a peck there, and back to the ritual of kicking off the shoes, before ambling through the Immigration desk.

I’m ready to slump and sleep through the hours ahead, and they are many: Six hours from Nairobi to Dubai and 17 hours from Dubai to Houston, USA.

That’s makes it 23 hours. That means two issues of The Standard will have been printed between the time I leave Nairobi and arrive in Houston.

“Na upige picha nzuri ukifika huko,” (take good pictures when you get there), the Immigration official says, grinning after recognising me as a journalist.

Alright, a few minutes and I can sleep for the rest of my life, I think to myself as we board Emirates flight EK 720.

I’m leaving a sick child behind, I have no one to pick me from the airport and my host cannot be reached.

I try the number one last time. I realise I had missed one digit. I am breathless as I dial the proper number.

Sibu, the Swazi student’s baritone, is the most reassuring voice I hear that day. I quickly explain my predicament. “I will be there,” he says calmly.

I board the plane cheered. Things are suddenly looking up! Now I have a pick-up from airport, and it’s none other than my host.

“Sir, can I keep your jacket for you?” one air hostess asks when I settle in my seat. Things are quickly progressing from bad to better, almost best.

The hostess takes the jacket and returns with a drinks list, from champagne to wines and juices. I am tempted to celebrate these little triumphs with champagne, but it’s hard to predict how my restive stomach might respond.

I order some juice, but soon throw caution to the wind and get some seafood delight. After the meal, I drift off to sleep and only wake when we start the descent to Dubai.

The brief gush of heat as we disembark feels like a slap on the face, but the glide onto the cool course is as comforting. There are more treats at the lounge, from drinks and snacks to the Internet.

I gobble copious amounts of Lipton tea and nuts, read the news and edit a story, and send emails to Nairobi and Houston to check on my son’s health, and update Sibu on my trip.

A Raisin in The Sun

Soon, we board the plane from Dubai to Houston. It’s 17 hours non-stop — the longest stretch I have covered all my life at once. What can you do in 17 hours?

I resist the food and decide it’s time to sleep. But the range of entertainment is truly enticing.

The flight’s Information, Communication and Entertainment Unit boasts a staggering choice of over 1,200 channels of entertainment, including over 280 movies, some pretty good films I would have loved to watch but never had the time. Now I have 17 hours…

I flip my seat into a sleeping position, stretch out the blanket and cover myself, then hail the hostess for nuts and a glass of water. Then I select Invictus, the 2009 biographical sports drama inspired by Nelson Mandela’s use of rugby to break apartheid’s segregationist legacy in South Africa.

The highly entertaining one-and-half-hour film documents how Mandela turned an ill-motivated team on a losing streak to world conquerors by sharing English poet William Ernest Henley’s short poem, Invictus.

Woolly clouds

I take a nap after the film, you might call it a commercial break, as I nibble on the nuts and think of what other film might interest me.

When I wake up, I decide since I’m going to America, how about a nuanced American film? I choose A Raisin in The Sun. Originally a staged play, it relates a black family’s struggle in Chicago in the 1960s.

The family patriarch has died and his widow uses his life insurance money to buy a home in a white neighbourhood where they are clearly unwelcome. The film ends with the family deciding to stay put, which I rather like.

I’m dreaming of a raisin in the sun when the woolly clouds tear away. A shy Houston sun shines through. I smile at the shining sun, but also for a truly pleasurable trip.

The hostess arrives with a bright smile. She has brought my jacket.

Source: http://m.standardmedia.co.ke/homenaway.php?id=2000045629

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Eight dead in Mandera car attack

Posted by Administrator on October 27, 2011

Eight people have been killed in a grenade attack on a bus in Mandera town, North-eastern Kenya by suspected al shabaab militia.

The militia are said to have sprayed the bus ferrying KCSE exam papers with bullets before lobbing a grenade that instantaneously exploded killing all on board. Those killed include Lafey secondary school headmaster, the district education officer, and two Kenya police reserve among others. The attack happened 100 kilometres from Mandera town.

This is the third grenade attack in the past five days bringing the death toll in suspected al shabaab related attacks to 9.

“We have received a report of a banditry attack in Mandera District about 110 km from Mandera town involving a vehicle carrying government officials among others,” police spokesman Eric Kiraithe said.

Kiraithe said the District Police Commander and his security team were proceeding to the scene of the attack.

Mandera is in Kenya’s sparsely populated far northeast, close to the porous borders with Ethiopia and Somalia. Kenyan troops deployed into anarchic Somalia 12 days ago in an offensive against al-Shabaab militants blamed for a series of kidnappings on Kenyan soil and frequent cross-border incursions.

Al Shabaab had warned it would strike back.

Two separate grenade attacks in the capital Nairobi on October 24, killed one person and wounded more than 20. A Kenyan man pleaded guilty on October 26 to one of the attacks and being a member of al Shabaab, the Somali Islamist group.

Source: The Standard

 

 

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Husband and wife bump into each other in lodging

Posted by Administrator on October 26, 2011

A husband and wife who had been cheating on each other literally caught themselves pants down when they bumped into each at a lodging in the expansive Karagita estate near Naivasha Town.

The man, a fish monger at the estate, had informed his wife that he wanted to travel to Western Kenyan for an urgent family event that would take place the following day.

When the man was set to leave, he exchanged a few pleasantries with his wife and then left for the bus station.

“Good bye dear,” she waved beaming with a charming smile.

Unknown to her, however, the man was going nowhere near his rural home. He had instead made arrangements with another woman and they had agreed to meet at a nearby lodging facility.

The idea of going to ‘Western Kenya’ was just a ruse to cover his amorous ways.

She called her lover 

But in line with equality, his wife also thought that this was an opportune time to meet a man she had been surreptitiously having an affair with. She promptly called her lover and they booked a room in one of the few lodgings available in the sprawling estate.

By coincidence, the lodging the woman and his lover booked was the same one her husband was holed up with another woman. In fact, and unbeknown to them, they had booked adjacent rooms.

Everything went on as planned and nothing seemed unusual until around 10 pm when the unexpected happened.

The man who had ostensibly visited Western Kenya decided to call his wife, to assure her that his journey was smooth and hassle free. The first attempt to make the call was unsuccessful and he thought it was as a result of poor network. He decided to make the repeat call from outside
the room.

Familiar ring-tone 

After the second attempt, the call went through. But something baffled him: a familiar ring-tone sounded in the next room, seemingly generated from the call he was making due to the timing.

Then suddenly, the door flung open and a woman emerged clutching a phone. She was his wife!

It was one of those awful moments when one wishes they could sink into the ground. The man discontinued the call and stared at his wife in silence and disbelief. He could not believe what was unfolding before his eyes.

But slowly, the bile rose and, chest heaving, he thundered, “Truphena, what are you doing here? What is the meaning of this?”

Angry that he didn’t seem to be aware that he was equally in hot soup, she raised her eyes toward the starry night and retorted, “Jeckonia, what are you doing here?”

Time stood still.

They both gave each other strained, anguished looks, followed by nervous smiles. With a mixture of shame, guilt and resentment eating him up, the man said, “Truphena, let’s talk at home.”

Source: http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/politics/InsidePage.php?id=2000045422&cid=349

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The cost of being a bridesmaid

Posted by Administrator on October 26, 2011

It is approaching year-end and despite the difficult times brought on by a falling shilling and rising inflation, wedding preparations are, no doubt, in top gear as couples prepare to roll out that one splendid, memorable day that they will carry with them for the rest of their lives.

But an increase in pop culture’s fascination with wedding shows, magazines, social media, and websites is putting pressure on many brides and grooms to walk down the aisle in a unique and memorable way.

This often obliges them to pass the cost of their big day — sometimes literally — to their team of bridesmaids and members of their wedding committees.

On the other hand, destination weddings have become increasingly popular in recent years.

And because of the excitement and the desire to impress, many couples are not mindful of the expense incurred by guests and wedding party members, who now have to include a plane ticket and possible accommodation, in addition to the other expenses.

Maximillah, an Information Technology expert in Nairobi, has participated in three weddings — two as a bridesmaid and one as a committee member. And according to her experiences, helping a friend to organise a wedding can be a costly affair.

“I have always been happy to be part of a friend’s wedding. It is hard to turn down your best friend’s request to be in her wedding ceremony. Some of them are my next door neighbours, others are former college mates. I was glad to assist them to settle down.”

However, her income did not exactly match the price tag of the designer bridesmaid dresses and shoes that the bride had chosen. When she got the email about the dress and shoes that she was expected to purchase, she was taken aback.

“The shoes cost Sh2,800 while the dress was Sh5,500. I was also supposed to pay for my hair to be done to match the other bridesmaids’ and get a manicure. This is before even taking into consideration the cost of a gift, the bachelorette party, and wedding shower,” she says.

Maximillah says being a bridesmaid is costly.

“You have to buy an engagement gift and help plan the bridal shower. And for some weddings, there is the bachelorette party, which you plan (and pay for) along with the other bridesmaids.

And if the wedding is being held somewhere fun or exotic, you have to arrange for your own travel expenses, which may mean hiring a limo or a flashy car.”

Maximillah is not the only bridesmaid who has felt the burden of wedding expenses. Weddings, which were once simply a special day in the life of a couple, have become the centre of a multi-billion shilling industry catering to the whims of brides who want to feel like princesses, if only for a day.

Cynthia*, a businesswoman in Nairobi, has also been a bridesmaid at four weddings. The first two brides she served were both reasonable and gracious with their requests, but the other two were not so easy to work with.

Her first bad experience came when her cousin’s fiancée cancelled the wedding less than a week before the nuptials. She informed the bridal party of the development via angry texts and emails.

Never mind that Cynthia had already bought a bridesmaid’s dress at Sh4,500 and a pair of shoes to match at Sh2,500.

“Other than the angry messages in my email inbox and phone, I never received an explanation or acknowledgement of the cancellation or even a ‘thank you’ note, after I dropped Sh7,000 for her special day. I felt that my efforts were not appreciated,” she says.

The wedding took place after five weeks and Cynthia had to buy another dress “because the previous colour did not match the new wedding dress.”

Cynthia has been asked by several friends to be their bridesmaid or join their wedding committees, but after her last experience, she said “no”.

She is firm that she does not want to participate in organising any more weddings.

She recalls an incident where a relative stated that anyone who “cared” about her wedding would find a way to finance a trip to South Africa, where the ceremony would take place. “I guess only about 10 people cared, because that’s the number that showed up.”

Mr Stephen Ngunjiri, a wedding planner in Nairobi, says that although being asked to serve as a bridesmaid is a great honour, some people take it too far because they want to impress others.

“Being chosen as a bridesmaid is a great thing. The bride wants you to play an integral role in what will be one of the most memorable days of her life.

However, many friends and family members have found themselves managing the unreasonable demands of a soon-to-be wedded woman who thinks that everyone should gladly give up a chunk of their time and money for her nuptials.”

Mr Manyara Kirago, a financial planner, says many bridesmaids do not realise how quickly the expenses can add up between the time the engagement is announced to the day their friends or relatives walk down the aisle.

If it takes a-year-and-a-half, you may not realise that you have spent close to Sh100,000,” he says.

And as the economy struggles out of the current slump, the price of weddings — and the cost of being a bridesmaid or a wedding committee member — is rising.

Brides are asking for more formal weddings with higher price tags. While many people would like to be involved in their best friends’ wedding, they cannot afford to spend all their savings on the big day.

So how do you break it to your friend or relative that you cannot be her bridesmaid or committee member because of the high cost?

“Be honest up front,” says Mr Kirago, the author of How to Become a Life-long Financial Success.

“It is important to be honest and if you try participate in it, you may end up using credit cards, which will put you in a debt trap.

You should never go into debt for a friend’s wedding. If you cannot afford to be in one, explain this to your friend or relative.”

He advises people who feel financially squeezed to try and turn down bridesmaid offers in person, but never during a wedding-related event.

“You can arrange for a cup of coffee with the bride or the groom, find time to talk outside work, but don’t ‘throw a fit’ about the expenses. Just tell the truth,” he adds.

Source: http://www.nation.co.ke/Features/money/The+cost+of+being+a+bridesmaid+++/-/435440/1262108/-/cpvgjc/-/index.html

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Police blow up car in city bomb scare as security agents remain on high alert

Posted by Administrator on October 26, 2011

Jennifer Muiruri I NATION The boot of a vehicle that was blown off by the bomb squad in Kayole on October 26, 2011.

Jennifer Muiruri I NATION The boot of a vehicle that was blown off by the bomb squad in Kayole on October 26, 2011.

Police on Wednesday blew up a car abandoned by the roadside that was thought to have been rigged up with explosives.

An unidentified person, who had parked it at the busy Masimba matatu terminus in Kayole, had claimed it would explode and “kill many people.”

Officers from the police bomb disposal unit first examined the car with the help of sniffer dogs and after failing to detect any explosives, used their own devices to force the boot open.

The explosion ripped the boot as hundreds of residents scampered for safety.

The scene is near the house where 13 grenades were found after police raided a house and arrested its owner on Tuesday evening.

One of the experts who wired the explosive, and detonated it while 100 metres away was wearing bomb kit; heavy clothing that included a helmet.

The police action ended four hours of anxiety, during which the area had been cleared as terrified residents watched from a distance.

The car, a cream Nissan Sunny, was abandoned there at noon and its wreckage towed away at 4.30pm.

Officers from Kayole Police Station had cleared the busy terminus, cordoned off an area of about 200 metres on either side of the car for four hours until bomb experts arrived.

Kayole police boss Moses Lubisia said the owner of the vehicle – KAC 256D – had been identified.

Mr Lubisia added the man would be charged with various offences, because “he had given false information, causing anxiety, panic and fear”.

After parking the car, the man had flagged down a matatu and hopped in.

When he claimed the car would explode, Mr Lubisia told the Nation, he was loud enough and many people heard him.

Inside the vehicle, police found two 20-litre plastic containers and rugged paper bags.

Meanwhile a security cordon has been thrown around the country as the government moves to thwart possible terrorist attacks by Al-Shabaab.

Security patrols were enhanced in various parts of the country yesterday especially in government offices, public places and major highways in the wake of two grenade attacks in Nairobi that left a man dead and dozens injured on Monday.

The threats assumed more significance yesterday after police were forced to blow up a car that had been abandoned by a man who claimed that it was laden with explosives and would kill “many people.”

The incident occurred in Kayole estate, Nairobi, a day after a man was arrested with 13 grenades.

A spot check by the Nation established that owners of shops, hotels, restaurants, bars and public transport vehicles in Nairobi had hired security officers armed with metal detectors to screen patrons and passengers before admitting them into their premises or vehicles.

At the Holy Family Basilica, the Nation found security officers at the entrance to the main church hall screening worshippers going for evening prayers.

“This is the first time we have brought in security officers to screen worshippers because we are alive to the threat posed by terrorists. We have however not noticed a drop in the number of worshippers,” Father Calistus Oduor said.

Nairobi’s two main public transport companies, Citi Hoppa and Double M said they had hired security guards to screen passengers before boarding their vehicles.

Drop in passengers

They reported a dramatic drop in the number of passengers since the Al-Shabaab warned of retaliatory attacks in Kenya.

“Since last week, there has been a significant drop in the number of passengers using our buses, especially at night. Most commuters are now leaving town as early as 2pm,” Double M inspector Job Nato said.

Similar measures were put in place by Citi Hoppa.

“We were forced to buy these detectors after we noticed a sharp drop in the number of passengers who were using our buses since last week. Passengers want to know their security is guaranteed,” an inspector with the bus company, Ms Beatrice Nyambura, said.

Even with increased police surveillance, police commissioner Mathew Iteere said the alerts should be maintained.

CID director Ndegwa Muhoro said Kenyans should avoid visiting “non-essential public places.”

Police further appealed to wananchi to report anything suspicious, such as abandoned luggage.

Mr Muhoro said that on many occasions, information on “suspicious characters or items” was not true but added, “it’s better to be safe than sorry.”

At the Coast, Mr Iteere said there were more than 2,000 hotels and resorts frequented by tourists and all had been clustered and teams of police officers assigned to them.

He said police had visited businesses in the central business district and advised traders on how to ensure safety for their clients.

A spot check by the Nation revealed extra security measures in places that Kenyans would otherwise walk in and out without being bothered.

In Coast, the Provincial Administration announced that no security officer would be allowed to go on leave in the wake of the security threat.

Regional Commissioner in charge of southern area Nelson Marwa said adequate personnel, both in uniform and plainclothes, had secured all critical government installations and other public sites.

Mr Marwa said officers had been stationed at the Likoni ferry crossing, Moi International Airport, the port, Nyali bridge, and Makupa Causeway, among other public places.

At Bima Towers and the NSSF buildings where most government offices are located, security officers were given strict instructions to screen anybody entering the buildings and detain for further questions any suspicious persons.

Mr Marwa said police had also been posted to all parts of the region to strengthen the security situation.

At Kibera law courts in Nairobi, the courtrooms, which are usually full, were almost empty as only those who had cases scheduled for hearing were allowed in.

At Busia border point, police were ordered to search all vehicles and screen people to guard against possible entry of weapons into the country.

Source: http://www.nation.co.ke/News/-/1056/1262420/-/10e50k7z/-/index.html

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Part-time Kenyan beggar, part-time dancer

Posted by Administrator on October 26, 2011

Polio at the age of 10 left Sylvester Barasa with both legs withered but he has developed the shoulders and chest of a bodybuilder and a very strong stage presence

Polio at the age of 10 left Sylvester Barasa with both legs withered but he has developed the shoulders and chest of a bodybuilder and a very strong stage presence

When Sylvester Barasa, whose legs have been withered by polio, is not begging at the side of a highway in the Kenyan capital he is part of a contemporary dance troupe.

“It’s a way of surmounting my handicap. It means I don’t see the polio as something important any more. I don’t pay attention to it any more,” he said.

At 34, Sylvester is one of the most emblematic figures in the Pamoja modern dance troupe, which started five years ago and which brings together able-bodied and disabled dancers.

Polio at the age of 10 left him with both legs withered but he has developed the shoulders and chest of a bodybuilder and a very strong stage presence.

Barasa admits to living in a “very tough environment”. That is something of an understatement, given that he leaves the shanty town of Kayole every morning and parks his wheelchair in the middle of Wayaki Way, where he sits in the sand as trucks rumble past incessantly, whipping up clouds of dust.

He went with a friend to a rehearsal of Pamoja shortly after the troupe was set up.

“I felt shy, I was afraid people would laugh at me, but they encouraged me,” he recounted.

Pamoja, which means together in Swahili, was set up by the Israeli-Canadian choreographer Miriam Rother and soon went from being an experimental workshop to a company putting on at least a show a year.

“I get many things from dancing, I get flexible. I didn’t know what contemporary dance was but I came to realise it is something that makes my body feel good,” said Barasa, a father of four.

There are 13 dancers in the company, although the latest performance earlier this month featured only five.

The able-bodied dancers bring their skills. The disabled dancers, rather than trying to hide their handicap, make it dance, pushing their body to its limits to take part in collective ballets or improvise solos.

None of them seems to have any inferiority complex. John Kihungi, 40, who moves around clutching a pole as tall as he is, describes himself as an acrobat and says he sometimes puts on impromptu shows for tourists in front of hotels on the Kenyan coast.

“When I joined Pamoja I felt I’d come to the right place,” he explained. During rehearsals “I give new ideas to the dancers – my acrobat ideas,” he said proudly.

On stage meanwhile two young women who walk with a stick launch into a duet where they form arabesques with their arms and join hands above their heads.

“Our credo is that we don’t care whether you have no legs, whether you’re paralysed at the waist, or whether you’ve been amputated. We’re interested in what you bring to the character you’re playing on stage,” the company’s director Joseph Kanyenje said.

He said he is impressed by his dancers’ progress, both on stage and in everyday life.

“Some have had good job interviews. Three now work as civil servants and another is a hotel receptionist.”

“It’s all in the mind,” Kanyenje says stepping into the shoes of one of his disabled dancers.

“People sometimes look down on me, but this evening they’re looking up at me because I’m the one on stage.”

Source: http://sg.news.yahoo.com/part-time-kenyan-beggar-part-time-dancer-080050995.html

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Man arrested for having sex with goat

Posted by Administrator on October 26, 2011

A thirty five year old man is currently admitted in Soroti hospital after an angry mob beat him up for allegedly having sex with a goat that later on died of injuries it had sustained.

The resident of Kapswhahili cell B, Soroti Municipality, was rescued from the wrath of fuming residents wielding sticks and stones, accusing him of bringing a bad omen to the community.

“We can’t tolerate this, God made a wife for a man and a man for a wife, this is tempting to change Gods order,” the mob chanted.

According to the deputy OC CID, Mr Micheal Anyonga said that the suspect was apprehended by a one James Peter Akuru on Wednesday 25.10.2011 at 4.00am after hearing the goat repeatedly bleating in an unfamiliar way. The goat belonged to his mother Amina Ayubu who was attending funeral rites in Busia.

Mr Anyonga said that what prompted the residents to gang up and attempt to lynch the suspect was because there had previously been several mysterious goat deaths. The residents argued that the goats could have been dying in an unexplained manner because of such acts.

Mr Anyonga added that from the reports they have got , the suspect could have been performing the act for a long period of time.

Mr Anyonga said, “We dashed to the scene of crime, we found the goat had died with some sperms coming out of its anus,” he confirmed.

He said that according to the postmortem taken by a veterinary doctor, the injuries found inflicted on the goat were consistent with bestial acts and human semen were in its vagina.

Mr Anyonga said that the suspect will be charged of having carnal knowledge of an animal which is against section 145 of the penal code act, adding that if found guilty he is liable to life imprisonment.

Source: http://www.monitor.co.ug/News/National/-/688334/1262148/-/bhgsp5z/-/index.html

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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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