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Second Kenyan arrested with drugs in Philippine

Posted by Administrator on February 24, 2012

A 37-Year-old Kenyan woman was taken into custody by authorities at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) for allegedly carrying a cache of illegal drugs on Friday.

Customs officer Thess Roque said airport security and agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) arrested the suspect, identified as Lina Achieng Noah, around 5 p.m. as she was about to pass through the customs counter.

Seized from the woman were more than 7 kilos of white crystalline substance, suspected to be metamphetamine hydrochloride or “shabu.”

Roque said the suspected drugs were in vacuum-sealed packaging with cushion and aluminum foil. “The drugs were sewn inside the lining of her two bags—a backpack and a trolley (bag),” Roque said.

The passenger arrived from Dubai on board Emirates flight EK 334.

Authorities initially pegged the suspected drug’s street value at P40 million, pending PDEA’s evaluation.

Prior to the arrest, Roque said immigration officials already had information that the Kenyan was entering the Philippines carrying illegal items.

“She was in fact, for exclusion, meaning she would not be allowed to enter the country,” the customs official said.



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Kenyan dies in Carbondale, Illinois

Posted by Administrator on February 24, 2012

Alice Wakonyo Mbugua

Alice Wakonyo Mbugua

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Alice Wakonyo Mbugua in Carbondale Illinois.

She was a PhD student at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Alice was born on February 25, 1971 in Nairobi, Kenya, the daughter of Jason Mbugua Kihara and Loise Muthoni Kihara.

She was a student at Parklands Primary School from 1977 to 1993. She then went to State House Girls High School from 1984 to 1989.

Alice joined Kenyatta University in 1990 from where she graduated in 1994 with a Bachelor of Education (Arts) degree. She earned a Master of Education at Loyola University of Chicago in 2001, as well as a Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling at SIU in 2008. She was nearing completion of a Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Counseling at SIU and was on track to graduate in May 2012.

Alice is survived by her father, Jason; two brothers, Kenneth Kihara Mbugua and Paul Mugo Mbugua; and one sister, Beatrice Njeri Mbugua, all of Thogoto Baraniki Village, Kenya; niece, Nancy Njoroge of Dallas, as well as a niece and a nephew in Kenya.

She is preceded in death by her mother and a nephew. A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 26, 2012 at Murdale Baptist Church in Carbondale.

There will be a reception at the SIU Baptist Student Center on the corner of Forest and Mill Street in Carbondale immediately after the service. Arrangements to transport her body to Kenya are underway and details about the funeral will be announced as soon as plans are finalized.

A bank account has been set up for the purpose of collecting donations towards expenses associated with sending Alice’s body home and the details are as follows:

Bank Name: Old National Bank, 509 S University Ave # 1, Carbondale IL 62901

Routing #: 086300012

Account #: 122416616

Checks can be made payable to: Alice Mbugua Memorial Fund.

For more information, you can contact any of the following:

Muthoni – 618-203-3387

Nancy – 214-497-0644

Thank you for your support. May she rest in peace.

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Kenyan food scientist at Monsanto looks homeward

Posted by Administrator on February 24, 2012

Zellipah Githui, a food scientist at Monsanto, has started a nonprofit to help farmers in her native Kenyan village increase their crop yields. Photo by Christian Gooden, cgooden@post-dispatch.com

Zellipah Githui, a food scientist at Monsanto, has started a nonprofit to help farmers in her native Kenyan village increase their crop yields. Photo by Christian Gooden, cgooden@post-dispatch.com

Zellipah Githui’s route to the research offices of Monsanto Co., where she was hired in early 2006, was not the typical one.

Growing up in a remote rural village in Kenya, Githui’s family members were (and are) subsistence farmers. But her parents urged their 17 children to pursue an education, and that eventually led Githui to Missouri, where she earned her MBA. Githui soon landed a job at the world’s largest biotechnology company, where she now coordinates field sampling at sites across the country.

After 14 years in the U.S., Githui recently decided to look homeward, where she has started a nonprofit group to help rural women farmers in Kenya — the people, she says, who are at the heart of her country’s food production. Last year, the organization helped 16 women farmers learn better growing practices via a Kenyan agronomist, using better fertilizers and hybrid seeds. The results were promising. Now in it’s second full year, the organization is growing.

How did you come up with the idea for your project?

I struggled with how I can help my community in a way that they can be independent and can do it for themselves. I thought about a school for orphans, or a primary school. But I woke up one morning in September 2010, and I just had the idea to do something with farming…. In Kenya, mainly the women do the farming, by virtue of the fact that there’s not much employment, and historically, not much education. In Kenya land is inherited, but it’s to the men, and the plots are getting small. So a farm we used to grow food on, we can’t anymore. The land is tired, so to speak. But we come from a productive area; we know it can be productive.

How did you start?

I went to an educated woman – a friend of the family. I knew she was a good fit, a go-getter. I said: let’s get a group together…. I said: You guys do this every day, you have the experience. You provide me a piece of land and labor, I’ll take care of the rest – the seed, the fertilizer, the manure.

How did the first year go?

They planted maize, planted bananas. Some did potatoes, some did tomatoes. The corn was very good, until the reproductive stage, when the rains failed. So there was not much harvest. It went to the cows, so they had a good season. But more importantly was the change – the ‘Ah’ that this can happen on their own farm. The farmers who weren’t part of the group, they saw the obvious changes. They learned proper planting, proper inputs. They were guided by the agronomist I hired. They learned to grow one crop at a time – they normally practice inter-cropping… They’re seeing big, big differences.

How do you fund the project?

The agronomists give them the guidance – how much seed, fertilizers, spraying they need. They give me a dollar figure, in Kenyan shillings, and I send it to them…. When I started, I had no model. I just said: I can do this, I’m going to do this. I sell jewelry at craft fairs; I’ve had garage sales.

What’s the next step?

The goal was to start small, but I want it to get bigger, too…. Right now we have a good problem: People want this. So how can I keep doing this? The next step is to find the resources. I would like this to keep growing, and changing the lives of people in my area. Personally, it’s been a very fulfilling journey, knowing where I’ve come from and where I am. It’s been very fulfilling to give back.


Title: Metabolite Analysis Platform Logistical Coordinator, Monsanto Co., Founder Project Gold Finger/The Rural Women Development Initiative of Kenya.

Education: Bachelor’s degrees from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, and Pittsburg (CQ) State University. MBA from Southwest Missouri State University.

Home: Florrisant

Family: Nine-year old son, 16 brothers and sisters

Source: http://www.stltoday.com/business/local/monsanto-employee-looks-homeward/article_db113b4c-5e40-11e1-9fba-0019bb30f31a.html#ixzz1nIy7sGMU

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Iteere orders Moi’s son arrest

Posted by Administrator on February 24, 2012

Retired president Moi’s son Philip could soon find himself in prison after Police Commissioner Mathew Iteere gave officers the go-ahead to effect a court order that he be arrested.

The Nation learnt that Nairobi police boss Antony Kibuchi had directed the OCS Muthaiga Police Station to execute the warrant issued last Thursday.

The High Court ordered the detention of Mr Moi for one month at Industrial Area prison for ignoring a court order to pay maintenance to his estranged wife, Ms Rosanna Pluda. (READ: Court jails Moi’s son for a month)

Mr Kibuchi on Thursday wrote to Ms Pluda’s lawyer, Ms Judy Thongori, saying the warrant will be effected.

“I called for the warrant of arrest for my administrative action. The OCS has my blessings to execute the warrant,” said Mr Kibuchi.

On Tuesday, court clerks served the warrant on the police but officers at Muthaiga refused to accept it, saying the document had to be presented to the Nairobi Provincial Police Officer for approval before they could arrest Mr Moi. (READ: Now police ‘refuse’ to arrest Moi son)

Mr Moi’s troubles started after Ms Pluda sought his civil imprisonment for failing to obey a court order requiring him to pay upkeep.

Justice GBM Kariuki allowed the application and ordered that Mr Moi be jailed unless he pays all the money due to Ms Pluda.

His lawyer, Mr Evans Ondieki, failed to convince the judge to give the former president’s son two weeks to pay. He said he was appealing the decision.

The judge said Mr Moi was able to pay but was unwilling to do so. “The respondent in this case is not unable to pay. He is not a man of straw,” he noted.

Although he noted that it would be “morally wrong” and discriminatory against the poor to send one to civil jail for inability to pay a debt, he said Mr Moi was not poor.

Last October, the court ordered Mr Moi to pay Ms Pluda Sh250,000 a month for her upkeep and the maintenance of the couple’s two children. (READ: Moi son’s wife demands more cash)

Mr Moi could, however, owe more than Sh2 million because the first order was issued in May last year.

Then, he had been ordered to pay Ms Pluda Sh60,000 a month, but that was increased to Sh250,000 or Sh150,000 per month if the children were in boarding school.

Since Ms Pluda was unable to identify any of Mr Moi’s property to attach, and civil jail was for those who refuse to pay debts, the only option was to deprive Mr Moi his freedom, according to the judge.

Ms Pluda filed for divorce, on December 24 2008 accusing her husband of adultery and cruelty. The matter is yet to be finalised.

But Mr Moi in turn accuses his wife of adultery and cruelty, claiming she had an affair with a single man called Jomo Gecaga.

Ms Pluda seeks the dissolution of the marriage, custody of their two children, as well as school fees for both children. Mr Moi is also seeking custody of their two children.


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Mike Sonko Name Now Formal

Posted by Administrator on February 24, 2012

Makadara MP Gidion Kioko has now formally acquired Mike Sonko as part of his official names. Sonko and his Kipkelion counterpart Magerer Langat, in the Kenya gazette of February 10, 2012 say they have formally assumed new names. Energy assistant minister Magerer’s official names were Langat Jonathan Kiprono but he has now moved to have Magerer added to his identity.

The two first term and youthful legislators, through their advocates, placed notices in the Kenya gazette to inform the public of their intention to formalise their names. “Notice is hereby given that by a deed poll dated 1 February, 2012, and duly registered by our client, formerly known as Mbuvi Gidion Kioko, formally and absolutely renounced and abandoned the use of his former names and in lie therefore assumed and adopted the name Mbuvi Gidion Kioko Mike Sonko,” the gazette notice No. 1607 signed by C.M. Ongo to advocates reeds in part.

On his part, although the Kipkelion MPis known by the name Magerer, only Langat Jonathan Kiprono was appearing in his identification documents. “Notice is hereby given by a deed poll dated 25th August 2010 duly executed and registered by my client, formerly known as Langat Jonathan Kiprono, in lie of notice formally and absolutely renounced and abandoned the former name and thereof assumed and adopted the name Magerer Langat Jonathan Kiprono,” gazette notice No. 1605 signed by M. K. Kurgat reads in part. Sonko has consequently applied to the national registration Bureau to have a new Identity Card (ID) bearing the five names. The MP also in documents seen by the Star has formally written to the ministry of lands to have all his properties registered under the new names.

Source: http://allafrica.com/stories/201202240582.html

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