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Swahili movie: BABY POWDER ( Full Length)

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A story of a young African man’s quest to success in the U.S and what he had to become to achieve it.

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Kenyan police hunt female British terror suspect

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NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 4 – Kenyan police have obtained a warrant of arrest against a British woman they accuse of having links with terrorists in the country, particularly the notorious Al Shabaab militants.

The warrant on Natalie Faye Webb was issued on Wednesday by a Mombasa court, barely a week after Police Spokesman Erick Kiraithe circulated the woman’s photograph.

Police headquarters in Nairobi alleges that Webb has links with terrorists.

The arrest order was issued by Chief Magistrate Lillian Mutende following an application lodged by Anti Terrorism Police Unit (ATPU) detectives who want to question her.

“I direct Anti Terrorism Police Unit to arrest Ms Natalia Faye Webb of Britain and a local Kenyan Habib Saleh Gani with immediate effect,” the Magistrate ordered.

“Kenya cannot take any chance as far as acts of terrorism are concerned,” she added.

According to the police, Webb is suspected to be part of a terrorist network which has been operating in Kenya.

On Saturday, Police Headquarters released photographs of 15 people believed to have information that can help in unravelling Al Shabaab criminal activities.

The 15 are alleged to have left Kismayu recently, for Kenya, with some believed to have already entered the country with the intent of engaging in criminal activities.

The Police spokesman said the group comprises of nine Kenyans, two Asians and four Somalis aged between 24 and 32 years.

“Police have information that all the 15 left Kismayu recently headed for Kenya and some are believed to be already in the country,” the Police Spokesman said and urged members of the public to work closely with the police.

Police believe that most of the Kenyan suspects have resided in Majengo areas of both Nairobi and Mombasa, before leaving for Somalia about a year ago.

The police have asked anyone with information on their whereabouts to report to the nearest police station.

They include Ramadhan Kioko, Mwarabu, Amar, Juma Ayub, Jamadar, Farhani Ayub, Ericko Budalangi, Bashir, Baba Nawal, Athman Hamed aka Asu, Abdi Samadi Wadud and Ali Hashim Muhogo.

Another suspect who goes by the name Habib Saleh Ghani alias Osama has been classified as ‘very dangerous’ by police sources.

According to a police source, Bashir is believed to have played a crucial role in masterminding the kidnapping of a French woman in early October.

“We have found cause to believe that he was instrumental in planning and executing the kidnap of the French woman,” said the police source.

The handicapped Frenchwoman (Marie Dedieu, aged 66) who later died was seized from her beachfront home on Manda Island in the Lamu archipelago and taken to neighbouring Somalia.

Over Christmas, police also released names of two men allegedly linked with the Al Shabaab.

Hussein Nderitu Abbas of Siaya District and Sylvester Owino Opiyo of Nyeri who surrendered to the police on Christmas Eve were later released without charges.

They reported back to the Anti Terrorism Police Unit offices on Friday where they had their bond extended to January 4.

Also on Saturday, police from the General Service Unit shot and killed three people of yet to be identified nationalities who tried to sneak into Kenya through Kiwayu.

Five AK 47 rifles, 14 magazines and 372 rounds of ammunition were also recovered and their boat seized.

Since Kenya embarked on Operation Linda Nchi in mid October last year, strict security measures across the country have been the order of the day in almost all public places.

Despite the beefed security, Kenya has suffered several attacks linked to the Al Shabaab militia group.

Source: http://www.capitalfm.co.ke/news/2012/01/kenyan-police-hunt-female-british-terror-suspect/

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Kenyan women set to make their mark in politics

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NAIROBI, (IPS) – The August 2012 elections in Kenya will open doors to massive political participation by women for the first time ever. The new constitution in effect since August 2010 contains a provision that should radically change political representation for women in this East African country. Women’s rights activists in Kenya are confident that as a result of constitutional Article 81 (b), which states that “not more than two-thirds of the members of elective public bodies shall be of the same gender,” their problems of under-representation in key government bodies will become a thing of the past. Kenya is a patriarchal society where women only gained equal rights to inherit land when the new constitution entered into force. And women who speak out are often seen as social misfits. For example, when the late Prof Wangari Maathai opposed the construction of a 60-story building in Nairobi’s Uhuru Park, senior male political leaders of the government of then president Daniel arap Moi called her a madwoman. But a radical change is in store, because now women must form one-third of any elective public body.

And the principle of two-thirds gender equilibrium has already been implemented in some key appointments made since the new constitution was promulgated. In all the commissions and other constitutional offices that have been formed, the rule has been followed. For the first time in Kenya’s 48 years of independence, one-third of the members of the Supreme Court, the commission on revenue allocation, the commission for the implementation of the constitution and the salaries and remuneration commission are now women. But the real windfall will come with the August general elections. In the new constitution, Kenya adopted a devolved government made up of the national and county governments. And instead of a 224-member single-chamber National Assembly, there will be a National Assembly as well as a Senate representing the 47 counties into which the country has been divided. There will also be a County Assembly. In the National Assembly, where there are currently 210 popularly elected members, 12 members nominated by the parties, and the attorney-general and house speaker as ex-officio members, there will be 290 elected members, 47 female county representatives, and 12 nominated members, bringing the total to 349.

And the new Senate will be made up of one person elected from each county, as well as 21 nominated members, including at least 16 women; two members representing young people – a woman and a man; two members representing people with disabilities – again a woman and a man; and a speaker. The 47 representatives of the counties are elected members and can be either men or women, while the nominated members are picked by their parties. The constitution commits political parties to ensure that for every three party members presented to vie for political office, one must be a woman. And if she fails to be elected, a woman must be nominated by the party. Women currently hold fewer than 10 percent of the seats in parliament, with just 22 women out of 224 members – although that is the largest number ever. And in the cabinet, there are only six women out of a total of 40 ministers.

Meeting the one-third goal easier said than done

A proposed amendment drafted by Justice Minister Mutula Kilonzo offers a formula to be adopted if the elections fail to yield the requisite number of women to ensure that not more than two-thirds of the members of parliament are men, as stipulated by Article 81 (b) of the constitution.cIf not enough women are elected and nominated, the bill proposes increasing the number of legislators from 349 to 449 in the National Assembly, and from 67 to 90 in the Senate.cThus, Kenyan taxpayers would end up paying more, in order to fulfil the gender rule, if the elections fail to yield 100 women plus the 47 who must be nominated to represent the counties.cMinister Kilonzo says money is not on his mind now. “If Kenyans don’t want to spend extra money, they should vote in 100 women during the elections, which will add to the 18 who will be in the Senate and 47 who will be automatically elected to represent the counties. If not, we shall have to work with this temporary measure to top up (the number of) women.”

Welcomed by women

Many women leaders, both in government and civil society, are happy with the constitutional provisions.c”We have been called names and struggled to make a mark in this male-dominated society, but now it is upon us to come out in large numbers and vote in women leaders because we have suffered a lot. After all, we are the majority,” says Water Minister Charity Ngilu, the first woman to run for the presidency in Kenya, in 1997. She emerged sixth, behind five men.cMP Martha Karua, who is vying for the presidency this year, shares Ngilu’s sentiments. “Women understand the problems in this country, they are not corrupt and they want to change the way Kenya is governed. The constitution is our stepping stone; let us use it to bring prosperity to our beloved country,” she told IPS.cFormer MP Paul Muite, a prominent Nairobi lawyer who is also gunning for the presidency, welcomes the provision but is worried that men might now find themselves in a similar situation of under-representation.c”Given the history of this country, women might vote in very many of their own to outnumber the men. But we shall apply the same law if that happens. But for now, let us do what the law says, because that is the price for democracy,” Muite told IPS.

Priscilla Nyokabi, the director of the Kituo Cha Sheria (Centre for Legal Empowerment), is urging other civil society activists to be vigilant and make sure that the government follows the new law. “This will bring development to all Kenyans because men are selfish and only think about themselves,” she told IPS.cAnd Rael Masimba, a divorced woman who lives on the streets of Nairobi, is planning to go home and sue her cousins for her father’s land, which she had been denied when her parents died because she is a woman and was married at the time.

Source: http://www.newstimeafrica.com/archives/23780

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The Kenyan roots of the Occupy movement

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The occupiers moved with stealth. They quickly took one patch of green amidst a sea of gray concrete. Tall dark spires loomed over them. Was this Wall Street? No. It was part of the roots of the Occupy movement, maybe its taproot, in a distant land.

Uhuru (Freedom) Park is to Kenya what Central Park is to New York. In the heart of Nairobi, one encounters many trees, footpaths and a lake. It is a large part of the reason Nairobi, with its 3 million people, is known as the Green City in the sun.

By 1989, Uhuru Park was whittled down to just 34 acres. Sprawl, including a road, hotel and golf course, available only to the well-heeled, were the main culprits.

Now Freedom Park was targeted for extinction by land-grabbers, abetted by government officials. Kenyan elites, foreign government donors and the World Bank supported the Times Media Complex. The Green Belt Movement, and their leader Wangari Maathai, would have none of it.

Writing to newspapers, government officials and international contacts, she explained the need for this green oasis. The park was a welcome respite for city workers, a site for public meetings and national celebrations, and a play area for city children. The campaign of public pressure worked. The unwanted development was halted, but at a price.

The government evicted the Green Belt Movement from their public offices. President Moi personally attacked Wangari Maathai. He assailed her as not a proper African woman, disrespecting men and unable to follow the role of being seen but not heard.

The end of one battle was the beginning of the next. When the mothers of sons who were jailed because they “spoke out” needed support, they knew who to see and where to go. In February 1992, the mothers and Wangari Maathai occupied Freedom Park. They demanded the release of their sons and all political prisoners.

The government remained obstinate. More mothers joined the occupation. Men visited their camp and told of torture at the hands of the Moi government. A sign was erected calling their space in the park Freedom Corner. More mothers came. The growing movement was met with baton-wielding paramilitary police. Many were injured.

The occupiers remained unbowed. They moved their occupation to nearby All Saints Church. While faced with a local media blackout, Wangari Maathai wrote to national and international media connecting the political prisoners issue with the environmental and pro-democracy movements.

The growing local movement combined with international pressures saw the release of all political prisoners by early 1993. All these occupations led to electoral involvement. The Kenyan Green Party was one result. Wangari Maathai was elected to parliament in 2002. While Maathai passed away this past September, the fighting spirit of the Green Belt Movement and 30 million trees planted in Kenya are an inspiration to occupiers everywhere.

The Green Belt Movement of Kenya saw that the Freedom Park issue extended beyond one of preservation. It involved making government responsible to its citizens. It was a battle against greed and for justice. These themes resonate with occupiers and other movements across our land. As many environmental struggles involve social justice issues at their core, environmentalists here need to see their overlapping interests in the Occupy movement.

Whither the Occupy movement in the USA? With the presidential election looming over 2012, we should take a cue from our Kenyan brothers and sisters. We need to take our analysis of the gross negligence of our financial institutions into the electoral arena. The Occupy movement will continue to shine light on the Wall Street culprits. The candidates who take ownership of this analysis and put forward programmatic solutions will determine support from this independent movement. Occupy the elections. We are here to stay.

Source: http://peoplesworld.org/the-kenyan-roots-of-the-occupy-movement/

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Video: Statehouse Demolition

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From Season 5 Episode 12: The demolitions controversy… as seen from Statehouse.

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Twitter scoops up 21-Year Old JKUAT Student

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For the 21 year old Imani Manyara a JKUAT Information Technology student, the love and utilization of computers has been as natural as walking in the grass.

At the age of 12 while in his primary seven, his immense agility for computers had already come to the fore having developed some valuable computer software that then surprised his teachers and friends.

While at secondary school, his vigor for computers strengthened but it is in JKUAT where Manyara had intensified his imagination and knack for computer related abilities mainly in software, web development and script writing; that have thrust the youngster into international limelight, earning him a job as a Senior Software Engineer with Twitter, a San-Francisco online web based social networking services that has recorded three hundred million users as at 2011.
Manyara, a perfect example of a student cum entrepreneur who is expected to start his new assignments in the first world early next years has been active in developing a number of computer software applications and one such application is the Voters Bank, a social media website that he developed to promote  political democracy in Kenya. ‘The application allows political aspirants to interact with voters’ says Mr. Imani. He urges his fellow colleagues at JKUAT to participate in the enterprise of job creation saying that that there were plenty of opportunities that he said were waiting to be exploited.

Source: http://www.jkuat.ac.ke/article.php?id=470

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Kenyan Woman Charged With The Murder of Her Two Sons in Sweden

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Grace Nyambura Kamau who has been charged with the murder of her two son in Sweden

Grace Nyambura Kamau who has been charged with the murder of her two sons in Sweden

The 31-year-old woman who admitted earlier on that she murdered her sons by pushing them into the water has been charged with murder today January 4, 2012. One Sunday evening in September 2011, the two boys aged four and eight years old, were reported missing. During a search same evening, their clothes were found on the shore of a lake in Sigtuna. Divers then found the boys dead in the water near a bridge the next day.

The children’s mother was then held in custody under the suspicion of murder, and a few days later she confessed that she killed them. According to the indictment, submitted to Attunda District Court late Wednesday afternoon, she pushed them into the water so they drowned.

When the criminal investigation began in September, it was clear that there were clear signals the children had problems. The boys had not been in school or in kindergarten after the summer holidays. The mother had also stopped responding to school staff contact attempts.

The forensic psychiatric investigation has established that the woman is suffering from a serious mental disorder, which means that she can not be sentenced to prison.

That a woman kills her children is extremely rare. Between 1990 and 2008, 34 children were killed by their mothers, according to criminologist Michael Rying. Only five of the children were older than six years.

Source: http://www.dn.se/sthlm/sigtunamamman-atalad-for-mord

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Video: Wife beats up husband, throws him out of matrimonial home

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A twenty seven year old man is nursing his wounds in Ng’angarithi village, Nyeri County, after he was assaulted by his wife. Patrick Kimaru Mwangi says that he was attacked by his twenty seven year old wife on New Year’s Day. Mwangi has been chased away from their home in Kangemi area where they had been staying as man and wife for six months. Maureen Murimi reports.

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Deputy CJ in gun drama

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A security guard searching clients entering the Village Market shopping mall in Nairobi has lodged a complaint with police over the behaviour o

Deputy Chief Justice Nancy Baraza

Deputy Chief Justice Nancy Baraza

the Deputy Chief Justice Nancy Baraza. Security guard Rebecca Kerubo Morara claims she was intimidated with a pistol by Baraza when she sought to frisk her on New Year’s Eve. Baraza accepts there was a dispute but denies threatening the guard with a gun. Morara recorded a statement at Gigiri Police Station in the Occurrence Book reference OB 14/1/1/2012.

According to the report, Baraza drove into the shopping mall after 5pm and parked her car about 50 metres from the point where shoppers are frisked before entering the mall. She then walked past the desk clearly marked Security Check where other customers were queueing.

The police are reviewing CCTV footage of the incident. On the footage a female guard follows Baraza into the mall and speaks to her before she enters a pharmacy about 30 metres from the entrance. Thirty minutes later Baraza reportedly walks back to the security desk where she pauses briefly before walking back to her car. She comes back holding “something” in her hand and is seen confronting the female guard who goes on her knees at around 6.18pm on the CCTV.

Yesterday, Police Commissioner Mathew Iteere said he was aware of the incident and had instructed his officers to investigate. “I cannot give any more details as the officers are yet to brief me,” he said. Yesterday, the Deputy CJ denied drawing a gun but described the incident as “unfortunate”. “I walked into the chemist in a hurry and I did not realise that this lady was conducting security checks. But instead of talking to me with a little courtesy, she was shouting insults at me even as I tried to calm her down. I explained to her that I was a law-abiding citizen but with armed security detail. I said that if she continued to shout at me, my security detail would intervene and indeed my security intervened. My security had a gun and no one flashed or pointed a gun at her,” Baraza said.

“This was a very unfortunate incident and maybe I should have just stuck to my usual security arrangements which demand that I never walk alone. But you know we are all human and sometimes you just want to be ordinary. I have shopped in that chemist for many years,” Baraza said. “I was not defying the security arrangements put in place at that place but the lady could not listen to me and was instead shouting and embarrassing me. The allegation that I pinched her nose is wrong. I only touched her face as she tried to grab me,” explained Baraza.

Shopping malls and commercial buildings in Nairobi tightened up their security checks last year after al Shabaab threatened revenge attacks for the KDF incursion into southern Somalia. The initial report indicated that the female guard was manning the Village Market entrance with her male colleague when the Deputy CJ and her bodyguard drove in. The female guard was frisking customers when a woman walked quickly past the queue. The guard requested that the woman complies with the search and claimed that she did not recognise Baraza.

According to Morara’s statement, the Deputy CJ pinched her nose and told her to “know people” before she walked past her to the pharmacy. On her way back, the Deputy CJ warned that she could order her bodyguard to shoot Morara. Morara claims that Baraza then went to her car and came back brandishing a pistol. She says that she (Morara) went on her knees pleading for her life.

The shaken guard reported the incident to her supervisor after Baraza left. She then reported to Gigiri Police station and was summoned back on Monday afternoon. Gigiri OCS Hassan Bwego yesterday spent the day at Village Market with security officers watching the CCTV footage. He was joined in the afternoon by the OCPD Josek Nasio.

Morara told the Star, “I was frisking customers who were queueing when I noticed a woman walk past without being searched. I followed her to request that she comply with the mandatory search. I did not recognise her and pleaded with her telling her it was mandatory that all clients are searched because of the security situation. She pinched my nose hard and told me to know people and then walked into the pharmacy.” Morara said the woman later informed her she was the Deputy Chief Justice.

Morara added, “The lady walked to her car and came back brandishing a pistol threatening to kill me. I went on my knees and pleaded with her to spare my life. I was very scared because my father was shot dead in a similar situation. I don’t think I want to work as a guard after that experience”.

Source: http://www.the-star.co.ke/national/national/56334-deputy-cj-in-gun-drama

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Dallas teen missing since 2010 was mistakenly deported

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DALLAS – “It’s very frustrating,” Lorene Turner said. She has spent hours on Facebook trying to find her granddaughter, Jakadrien. “Once I get home I am up until 3 or 4 in the morning searching and looking,” Turner said. “It’s all I can think about. Finding my baby.”

Turner has been searching for Jakadrien since the fall of 2010, when she ran away from home. She was 14 years old and distraught over the loss of her grandfather and her parents’ divorce.

Turner searched for months for a clue. “God just kept leading me,” she said. “I wake up in the middle of the night and do whatever God told me to do, and I found her.” Turner said with the help of Dallas Police, she found her granddaughter in the most unexpected place – Colombia.
where she had mistakenly been deported by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in April of 2011.

“They didn’t do their work,” Turner said. “How do you deport a teenager and send her to Colombia without a passport, without anything?” News 8 learned that Jakadrien somehow ended up in Houston, where she was arrested by Houston police for theft. She gave Houston police a fake name.

When police in Houston ran that name, it belonged to a 22-year-old illegal immigrant from Columbia, who had warrants for her arrest.
So ICE officials stepped in.

News 8 has learned ICE took the girl’s fingerprints, but somehow didn’t confirm her identity and deported her to Colombia, where the Colombian government gave her a work card and released her. “She talked about how they had her working in this big house cleaning all day, and how tired she was,” Turner said. Through her granddaughter’s Facebook messages, Turner says she tracked Jakadrian down.
U.S. Federal authorities got an address. U.S. Embassy officials in Colombia asked police to pick her up.

But that was a month ago, and the Colombian government now has her in a detention facility and won’t release her, despite her family’s request. “I feel like she will come home,” the grandmother said with tears in her eyes. “I just need help and prayer.” There are still many unanswered questions about how an African-American girl who speaks no Spanish is mistaken for a foreign national. Immigration officials are investigating and released a statement late Tuesday.

“ICE takes these allegations very seriously,” said ICE Director of Public Affairs Brian Hale. ” At the direction of [the Department of Homeland Security], ICE is fully and immediately investigating this matter in order to expeditiously determine the facts of this case.”

ICE officials also noted there have been instances where ICE has seen cases of individuals providing inaccurate information regarding who they are and their immigration status for ulterior motives.

Source: http://www.wfaa.com/news/texas-news/Dallas-Teen-Is–Mistakenly-Deported–136626533.html

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