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Migori Celebrates Football Talent That Made It To Harambee Stars

The Migori Youth Talent Academy on Saturday organised a special dinner in honour of three players who succeeded to join the Harambee Stars under 13 team that played in Southampton FC, England.

The dinner organised at a local hotel in Migori town was attended by Suna Central MCA elect Christopher Onanda who said the move was the best call for federation and football stakeholders to put more effort on youth talent.

The three players Kennedy Omondi, 13, Brian Stanley, 13 and Elly Owino 11 said the experience which saw them play youngsters from Chelsea, Porto and Southampton was an eye opener.

Apart from heading to Nairobi for the first time Omondi and Stanley all pupils at Good Samaritan Academy and Owino of Midoti Primary School, all in class seven, said the experienced an eye opener.

“I play central defense and this call for national team and being to see players and stadiums I only see on TV face to face was an eye opener, I am proud and I wish to be a professional footballer in English premier league, I start with a small team then end up in Manchester,” Omondi said.

Stanley, a mild fielder said the outing helped him learn “a player must have passion and discipline to be a professional,” and dreams of playing for Barcelona

Owino, said he was lucky to see his idol Victor Wanyama Southampton grounds before he moved to Tottenham, the same club he wish to play for in future “because they have experienced youth team.”

Their coach Aol Omondi, said MYTA was started in 2009 to help nurture talents from youths which was going to waste for lack of linkage opportunities.

“Apart from learning football, we train youngsters on discipline and building their personality. Having the three is the highest we have reached and we aspire for more,” Omondi said.

The academy has produced Enoch Agwanda (Bandari FC), Calvin Masawa (City Stars), Calvin Oketch (Talanta FC), Gideon Ogweno (Zetech University) and Antonio Ongwaro (Isebania FC) among others.

“We appreciate the federation for the gesture which will also see the team play in Burundi in a local tournament, this is the right step in boosting games in the country,” Omondi said.

The Football Kenya Federation (FKF) sponsored the team for games in August 5-13 following trails on April 8-9 that saw a 20 boys team picked.

The national selection featured 1337 clubs and 16,789 players from across the country drawn from the FKF’s 43 sub branches, which makes the selection a plus for the academy.

-The Star/Manuel Odeny

Boniface Mwangi Thanks Kenyans For The Support They Gave Him Throughout His Campaign

Boniface Mwangi is one man Kenyans are really proud of. He lost to Jaguar in the just concluded general elections, but instead making a big deal out of it, he conceded and wished Jaguar all the best.

All through his campaign, he urged Kenyans to choose the right leader who will listen to their problems and who will make this country great.

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Well, now that the elections are over, Boniface has taken his time to thank Kenyans for their support and for even raising funds for his campaign.

He said, “There is so much that will be said about our campaign. One of the greatest things that we achieved was to be wholly funded by you, the people. My campaign was made possible by your love, support and donations. All the money donated, from as little as 10 shillings, contributed to making our campaign a great success. It has been discussed and dubbed by pundits as the cleanest and most issue driven campaign in this year’s elections. The accompanying graph is a summary of how we spent the money that we received from all our supporters and well-wishers. A more detailed expenditure report will be shared after an audit.”

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He went ahead to thank everyone who donated towards making his campaign a successful one.

I sincerely thank all of you who donated both in cash and in kind. From the bottom of my heart, Asante Sana! We have changed how campaigns are done in this country. We have challenged the old ways and we have triumphed over them. We may not have won, but our impact will be felt for many elections to come. We are the movement that will take back our country and give it to the people. We have shown that our country is ready for a different and more inclusive kind of politics.”

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He concluded by saying, “We did not enter this race only for the position and that is why when others opt to wait until the next election, we are rolling up our sleeves. Now the work of holding our leaders accountable to their promises starts. I am taking some time off to rest and reflect. You will see and hear more of me from September. Thank you for your support. God bless you all and God bless Kenya. Aluta Continua!”

IEBC official killed, body dumped near her home in Ugenya

 

The body of an IEBC official was on Saturday found dumped in a bush next to her home in Sega.

Caroline Odinga was the deputy presiding officer at Miyare Primary School polling station in Ugenya constituency during the just-concluded General Election.

Witnesses said the body was dumped along a footpath in Sirowa village, North Ugenya.

North Ugenya chief Joseph Ooko said the body was discovered at 11am.

He said Odinga was a teacher at Ugenya High School.

“Her body had deep cut wounds and we suspect she was raped before being killed,” Ooko said

He said Odinga left her home on Friday and told her husband she was going to pick some items in the school, but she did not return.

The body was removed to Sega Mission Hospital mortuary.

Police are investigating.

-The Star/ Lameck Baraza

‘I have realised it is a sin and now I pray for God to forgive me,’ female circumciser cries

When a group of elderly Tanzanian women asked Martha Daud to start circumcising girls 30 years ago, she was honoured as it meant she would earn money, status and choice cuts of meat.

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) was a rite of passage Daud had watched numerous girls undergo and the community valued the old women who wielded the razor blades, especially those who didn’t kill too many girls.

“I was selected by the older women to do it because I was seen as being bold,” the 59-year-old grandmother told the Thomson Reuters Foundation, recalling her initiation into the illegal trade in Tanzania’s northern Kilimanjaro region.

“When I cut a girl I would receive (money)… and be given a tail of the cow that had been slaughtered to eat as part of the celebration,” she said.

Each cut earned her 30,000 Tanzanian shillings ($13).

FGM, which involves the partial or total removal of the external genitalia, can be fatal when girls bleed to death or become infected. Others may have complications when they give birth later in life.

Daud is one of many Tanzanian circumcisers who have abandoned the age-old practice under pressure from the government and rights groups, who believe this will help reduce FGM rates in the east African nation.

“I have realised it is a sin and now I pray for God to forgive me,” she said.

Almost 8 million Tanzanian women and girls are estimated to have been cut – usually between the ages of 12 and 17 – by circumcisers, who are known as ngariba.

The ceremonies, often in unhygienic conditions, are shrouded in secrecy to evade the law.

When Daud was a girl, FGM was almost universal in her Maasai community. She was circumcised before being married off at the age of 15.

“We were happy to be cut because we wanted to get married,” she said, adding that uncircumcised women were viewed with suspicion as it was believed they would abandon their husbands.

“I was given away at that age so my mother could get a good bride price of five cows and a plot of land,” she said referring to the dowry paid by her husband’s family.

Daud stopped cutting girls after the Network against Female Genital Mutilation (NAFGEM) taught her about the risks of FGM and encouraged her to find another source of income.

She now owns a shop selling Maasai beadwork and household goods and spends her free time preaching against FGM, including in schools where she encourages teenage girls to resist the cut.

“I tell them the consequences of cutting,” she said.

“I also explain about the law, which has helped reducing the rate of the cutting because now people fear.”

As money is one of the main drivers of FGM, activists teach circumcisers business skills, as well as getting them to support each other with the difficult career transition.

“FGM is still taking place because it is a big source of income for the cutters,” said Valerian Mgani, a project manager with the Association for the Termination of Female Genital Mutilation (ATFGM).

“We want to see more ngaribas dropping their knives.”

The charity has taught about 60 circumcisers weaving, embroidery and farming, giving them 500,000 Tanzanian shillings ($224) each as startup capital.

“Cutting girls pays but I think taking a legally recognised job pays even more,” said another ex-circumciser, Anita Nyangi.

“I have seen many girls die due to bleeding and I said ‘enough is enough,'” the 48-year-old said in a phone interview from her home in Tarime District, near the border with Kenya.

Nyangi now makes moisturisers from local perfumes and sesame oil, batik and sweaters.

“I have learnt many skills,” she said. “Even if one business fails I can switch to another.

-The Star/Reuters

Two IEBC officials expected in court for ‘altering documents’

Two IEBC officials are this morning expected in court to face various charges after they were found altering documents of results of the just concluded polls at a tallying center in Nairobi.

Officials said 16 ballot boxes with presidential results were destroyed and materials altered in the incident on Saturday.

The officials, a deputy presiding officer and a clerk had gone to Embakasi Girls where election materials are kept and accessed the store where they obtained the ballots and other materials.

They told police manning the store they had been sent by IEBC to get some needed materials to help in working on a case that has been filed in court.

The officers demanded a court order to allow them in but the officials said they were IEBC officials and did not require such orders when they were arrested. Police say they will face various charges.

This comes in the wake of revelation 24 IEBC officials are among 85 individuals facing prosecution over election-related offences.

Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko said Friday he was pursuing 70 criminal cases stemming from the August 8 General Elections. The others are non-IEBC officials while two are politicians.

The DPP said the offences range from bribery, failure to perform official duty, illegal possession of ballot papers, impersonation and murder were kept as exhibits.

-The Star

Security Beefed Up For Governor Sonko’s Swearing In

Security has been tightened in Nairobi ahead of the swearing in ceremony for Nairobi Governor elect Mike Sonko at Uhuru Park grounds.

President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to attend the ceremony, scheduled to start at 9 am.

Police say those invited there should be seated in time because of other security plans. More security personnel have been deployed there to guide the arrival of the guests.

Last week, Sonko rejected the Sh25 million shillings meant for the inauguration.

He instead directed that the monies be used to offset salary arrears owed to county employees.

Frequent withdrawal of services by contractors due to unpaid fees has contributed to the mismanagement of garbage in the city, a report revealed in January.

On Tuesday, Sonko assured contractors and suppliers that pending payments will be cleared as soon as he is sworn into office.

In a gazette notice, Sonko cautioned them from being duped by fraudsters who are reportedly soliciting for bribes to facilitate speedy processing of their payments.

“I wish to categorically state here that I have not mandated anyone whatsoever to either solicit or follow up on any pending payment at City Hall,” Sonko said.

President Uhuru on Saturday met with Nairobi Jubilee elected leaders and urged them to avoid squabbles when they assume office.

-The Star

Busia’s Youngest MCA Claims He’s The Happiest Man Alive After Beating Rival With Three Votes

The youngest Busia MCA – Moses Ouma, popularly known as Mose Baaba – has pledged radical changes.

The 25-year-old owns a mini-shop at Tangakona trading centre. On Thursday, Ouma said his priority will be to lobby for the chairmanship of the Agriculture Committee at the assembly.

“After securing the docket, I will use it to empower farmers. I will push for bills that ensure peasant farmers receive free seeds and fertiliser to boost their production and make Busia county a food basket in the country,” he said.

Ouma said he will improve the state of dairy farming by buying cattle. He beat his closest challenger Paul Okello with three votes. Ouma got 1,679 votes.

The three vote margin was a bitter pill to swallow for his opponent. Ouma said, “I am the happiest man in the world for making it to the assembly.”

-The Star|GILBERT OCHIENG

‘I Will Succeed Raila As Oppositon Leader,’ Declares Wetangula

NASA co-principal Moses Wetang’ula has declared that he will succeed their leader Raila Odinga.

The Bungoma Senator-elect said he will vie for the presidency in 2022 after the ODM leader makes his retirement plans public.

He told a gathering at Christ the King Catholic Church in Bungoma town on Sunday that he is best placed to replace the opposition leader.

“I sacrificed my ambition to support Raila in the just concluded elections for the sake of opposition’s unity. This was despite having launched my presidential bid.”

Wetang’ula said this followed Raila’s declaration that he will not seek the presidency again.

“But because he won’t vie for the bigger seat, I will go for it in 2022,” Wetang’ula said.

The NASA leader has filed a petition at the Supreme Court challenging the declaration of President Uhuru Kenyatta as the August 8 poll winner.

He told the congregation that he is ripe to lead the country in 2022 having served in different capacities as an elected leader and cabinet minister.

At the same time, Wetang’ula said that he will put aside his role as a senator and represent NASA at the Supreme Court.

“Jubilee never won the just concluded elections. They rigged their win and we have enough evidence that we have presented in court.”

“I am going to represent NASA so that we get justice for the millions of Kenyans who sought change through the ballot,” the legislator said.

He said the team will not relent in its quest justice, being the foundation of peace.

“Justice is the foundation of peace and peace is only arrived at when there is justice. Raila won the recent polls and was rigged out,” he said.

Bungoma woman representative Catherine Wambilianga and Kanduyi MP Wafula Wamunyinyi were present.

-The Star|JOHN NALIANYA

Two Makangas Filmed Beating Up A Passenger Like A Burukenge Along Thika Highway (VIDEO)

Two touts attached to Lopha travelers matatu were on Saturday night filmed beating up an innocent passenger alongside Thika super highway.

“This passenger wanted to alight at Allsops bus terminus but they refused. The two makangas started insulting the passenger and at one point one of the makanga snatched some money from his (passenger) shirt pocket,” said an eye witness who filmed the entire altercation.

“The passenger raised the alarm and slowly they started roughing him up. The bus stopped at Homeland and thats where the two touts started to beat him up after we alighted,” he added.

This comes just a month after three men accused of stripping and sexually assaulting a woman inside a Githurai bound bus, three years ago, were sentenced to death by a Nairobi magistrate.

The trio, Nicholas Chege Mwangi, a bus driver, Meshack Mburu Mwangi, a bus conductor and a pump attendant- Edward Ndungu Kamau were also found guilty of robbing the woman and sexually assaulting her on the night of September 19 and 20, 2014.

Watch the video below.

Woman who couldn’t Vote On August 8th As She Delivered Triplets Names Them After Mandago, Shollei, Rotich 

A woman who could not vote on August 8th because she was in hospital where she delivered triplets has named the children after three leaders she would have voted for in Uasin Gishu.
36 year old Winnie Ngetich Chebet who is a squatter living on land belonging to the Moi Barracks Recruits Training School in Eldoret has amazed her relatives and villagers with the move which she says was to make her feel she had fulfilled her desire even though she could not cast her vote.
“I would have voted for the three leaders had I gone to the ballot but after I delivered the children I thought it wise to name them after those my heart wanted to support”, she says.
She delivered a boy and two girls naming the boy after Governor Jackson Mandago, one girl after Uasin Gishu Woman Representative elect Gladys Shollei and the third one after her Turbo area MP elect Janet Rotich.
Rotich is an independent MP.
She had delivered twins in the past and has nine children. They live in a grass thatched house at Kamagut village.
“My twins are aged five years and God has also blessed me with the triplets to add on my other children”, said the woman who is full of smiles despite the poverty she lives in as a squatter.

Chebbet says she at one time contemplated killing two of the children because of poverty but she thought of people who are childless.

“I told myself that God knows why he has blessed me with such a family and that he will provide for them”, she says.
Since they were born neighbours and friends having been visiting the home to rejoice with the family and Chebbet says the children are now a blessing to her.
Chebet says she will now use family planning methods to avoid conceiving again and so that she can take care of the children.
“I feel strong and doctors said I can give birth as many times as I want but I am now contended with the bundles of joy I have and my family is big enough”, she said.
Father of the children Samson Ngetich who is a farm labourer in the area said he was excited with the birth of the triplets and will work hard to take care of the family.
“These are blessings from God and I will work like a man to take care of my family”, said Ngetich.
He said he voted for the same leaders and allowed his wife to name the children after the three leaders.
Ngetich said the three had promised to deal with problems facing the squatters in the area.
-Mathews Ndanyi