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

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

Gor’s Kenneth Muguna Hands A Transfer Request To His Employer

Gor Mahia’s influential midfielder Kenneth Muguna has handed a transfer request as he looks destined for a move to Albanian side FK Tirana. Muguna was reported to be pushing for a reunion with former Gor Mahia head coach Jose ‘Ze Maria’ Marcelo Ferreira who signed him from Western Stima in January turning him to be a dependable pillar at the heart of K’Ogalo midfield.

The 2016 Kenyan Premier League Most Valuable Player (MVP) and Midfielder of the Year is understood to be pushing for an exit which his employers have confirmed will only come to pass if his pursuers table an official deal for negotiations.

Muguna, who rose to fame after a stellar season with Western Stima signed for K’Ogalo on a three-year deal in January and has served eight months where he won the heart of the Green Army with his magical touches and most importantly, the defence-splitting passes.

His exceptional display and partnership with Ernest Wendo gave fans a replica of the previous combination of Collins Okoth and Khalid Aucho, who steered Gor to an unbeaten run in the 2014-15 season.

His relationship with Ze Maria was to be good with the tactician reportedly seeking his services in his current club in Albania. However, Gor have made it clear that the midfielder will only be allowed to leave if Tirana table official offers.

Through their assistant secretary general Ronald Ngala, the club has expressed their willingness to engage in talks for his transfer.

“Muguna has handed a transfer request but his pursuers have not made an official approach to us. He has a contract with us and unless we engage in serious and official talks, we will not allow him to leave. If they succeed in the bidding for his services, we will release him,” said Ngala.

He further refuted rumours that the same club is luring their top duo of Jackies Tuyisenge and Godfrey Walusimbi saying: “If they want to sign them let them approach us officially and we will reach an agreement. As it stands, they are our best players and we do not want to be hit by unrest.”

FK Tirana is known to poach from the Kenyan market with several players drawn from the top flight teams finding it hard to adapt and thrive in the Albanian league. The club signed James Situma and Moses Arita, the then league’s second top scorer in 2014 and Francis Kahata in 2014. The club had also signed Gor Mahia striker Meddie Kagere from Rayon Sport in 2014.

 

Courtesy Meshack Kisenge

President Uhuru Leaves For Kagame’s Inauguration In Kigali

Apart from Uhuru Kenyatta, several dignitaries and thousands of Rwandese nationals are expected to attend also.

Uhuru, who was accompanied by First Lady Margaret Kenyatta, departed the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport shortly before 9:00 am.

They were seen off by Acting Interior CS Fred Matiang’i, Chief of Defence Forces Samson Mwathethe and other senior government officials.

Uhuru is attending the ceremony to show Kenya’s solidarity with the people of Rwanda and their government.

In his congratulatory message, Uhuru said the re-election of President Kagame renews friendship and alliance between the two countries.

Kagame was handed another seven-year term in office following his victory in the August 4 poll.

Uhuru is among 20 heads of state and government  expected to attend the ceremony at Amahoro National Stadium for the fete.

Kagame garnered 98.79 per cent of the total votes cast in the poll that attracted two other candidates.

-the Star

Three Dead After Al Shabaab Attack In Lamu

Three people were on Friday morning killed by suspected al Shabaab militants at Maleli in Witu, Lamu West.

Lamu County commissioner Gilbert Kitiyo confirmed the incident on Friday.

Kitivo said the attack took place around 12.30am.

“A group of heavily armed suspected Al-Shabaab militants raided one of the villages and beheaded three locals, all men”, he said.

The militants also torched several houses before disappearing into the bushes.

Police are currently combing the village for the attackers.

The latest attack comes barely ten days after nine people were massacred in Jima and Poromoko villages, Lamu county.

On August 2, three other locals were killed after suspected al Shabaab militants attacked a passenger bus at Nyongoro area in Witu, Lamu county.

The attack took place on Lamu-Garsen highway and left one other person with a gunshot wound.

The bus was on its way from Mombasa to Kipini at about 3.30pm.

Courtesy The Star

‘Who Killed My Father? God Is Watching You,’ The Late Msando’s Son Leaves Kenyans Shedding Tears After Speaking Out About His Dad

The late IEBC ICT manager Chris Msando will be buried at his final resting place today at Lifunga Kobiero village, Ugenya, Siaya county.

Chris Musando

Msando, who was killed by unknown people and his body later dumped in a thicket alongside that of his female companion Carol Ngumbu, was eulogized by many as a hardworking, kind, generous, caring, loving and a patriotic Kenyan yesterday during a requiem mass at the Consolata Shrine, Westlands, Nairobi.

“KENYANS LET JUSTICE BE DONE. LOOK AT MY YOUNG CHILDREN, THE FIRST BORN IS 10 YEARS OLD AND THE LAST BORN IS TWO YEARS OLD.

LET JUSTICE BE OUR SHIELD AND DEFENDER. VENGEANCE IS OF THE LORD AND WE BELIEVE GOD WILL FIGHT FOR US. CHRIS’ DEATH WILL NOT GO IN VAIN, WE HAVE REFUSED.I KNOW MSANDO’S KILLERS ARE WATCHING THIS. MAY YOU NOT HAVE PEACE. MUNGU ATATUPIGANIA. MSANDO’S DEATH WILL NOT GO IN VAIN…” SAID EVA BUYA, MSANDO’S WIFE.

Raila Oding,a who has also joined Kenyans in demanding to know who killed Msando, recently visited the late’s family in Nyayo Estate to comfort them.

During his visit at some point, Alvin Mitch, Msando a standard two pupil, walked up to Raila, greeted him and posed a question to him

“Who killed my father and why?” asked Alvin

Everyone in the room was lost for words after this emotional statement from the young boy, and it was clear no one had an answer to his question.

“Whoever did it, God is watching you.”

The opposition leader in the photo was seen craddling the boy, and sought to reassure him that his father’s killers would be found and justice will be served.

“We are trying our best to find your father’s killers and I promise you that we shall. Your father was a great person,” said Raila.

Adding that;

“It’s heartbreaking and unbearable pain to this young family. It is a Kenyan tragedy. No one has a right to tear at the fabric of life which another man has painfully woven for himself and his children. Msando’s death has degraded our nation.”

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Premier League’s Alexis Sanchez And Eden Hazard Shortlisted For FIFA’s World Player Of The Year Award

The Premier League’s duo among other Premier League stars qualified to join the list after having a remarkable 2016-2017 season in their respective clubs.

Other Premier League players include United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Chelsea’s N’golo Kante, and Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez.

Alexis Sanchez
Alexis Sanchez

Christiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi who have dominated the global award in its varied forms for a decade, will be favourites to collect yet another accolade amid the 24-strong list of the world’s best

They will be duelling for the title of world’s best footballer after their names once again headed the shortlist on Thursday for The Best FIFA Men’s Player.
Ronaldo
Christiano Ronaldo

Ronaldo enjoyed another remarkable season in which he inspired Real Madrid to a La Liga/Champions League double while Messi topped him in the Spanish goalscoring charts for Barcelona while going past a career landmark of 500 goals for the club.

Zinedine Zidane, who guided Real Madrid’s landmark season, with seven of their players in the men’s shortlist, is recognised in his nomination as best men’s coach.

The awards are a revival of the old FIFA World Player of the Year, which had been combined with France Football magazine’s Ballon d’Or for six years before the collaboration ended last year. Ronaldo won the inugural ‘best’ trophy.

They are voted for by national coaches and captains, selected media and fans, with the winners to be announced at a ceremony in London on October 23.

-Daily Mail

Nominated Nyeri MCA Suffering From Vitiligo Talks About The Pain And Shame She Went Through

Vitiligo is a condition in which the pigment is lost from areas of the skin, causing whitish patches, often with no clear cause. The patches of skin affected become white and usually have sharp margins. Often the patches begin on areas of skin that are exposed to the sun. It is more noticeable in people with dark skin. Vitiligo may result in psychological stress and according to research, It affects 1% of the world population.

Vitiligo

Well, Nominated MCA Elizabeth Njeri popularly known as Wangui Njee is among the people living with Vitiligo. The beautiful woman was diagnosed with the condition when she was in Form 3 at Pangani Girls and this changed her alot. She was depressed and couldn’t accept herself anymore. She lived in denial until in 2013 when she was nominated to the Nyeri county assembly as an MCA.

Elizabeth Wangui Njeri

Read her story below;

“I used to cry myself to sleep. I self-sabotaged myself and was depressed. It started as a light, small blotch on one of my eyelids­, I don’t quite remember which one.

Soon, another one appeared on the back of my neck. I was 13 and in Form Two at Pangani Girls’ Secondary School. I was diagnosed with vitiligo. The dermatologist prescribed an ointment which I had to apply and then sit in the sun. It gave me blisters but seemed to have largely solved that problem.

Soon it began attacking the tips of my fingers too, but the medication was working. I figured it would soon be gone and didn’t give it much thought.

Then, in 2007, the depigmentation returned with a vengeance. The specks were spreading uncontrollably on my face. My hands, too, turned white almost overnight. It just happens; you wake up one morning and find that the patch has grown bigger. I started feeling very uncomfortable.

Then, I was struggling to accept what was happening to my body. I began to withdraw and would remain locked up in the house most of the time. In university, it was hard to make friends and maybe due to my self-sabotage I did not take up job opportunities that presented themselves.

I had to undergo counseling to learn to accept myself. ln 2013 I joined politics in Nyeri and before I knew it I was nominated in the county assembly as an MCA. My family has been very supportive
The motion to create awareness of the condition, which I brought before the Nyeri County Assembly, was passed afew months ago and I now pushing for it to be made into a law. I also reach out to people like me and distribute lotions to them and also raise awareness and to give them hope and love
Like everyone else I must admit I have my bad days and my good days.”

Wangui has since then accepted her self and she is always on the frontline to help people suffering from vitiligo and albinism. In an interview with True Love Magazine, she revealed that three years ago, she started Spotted Initiative campaign to distribute sunscreen to people living with vitiligo across the country and she revealed that she had so far visited 14 counties and hopes to visit more.

Elizabeth Wangui Njeri

A calling into the field of politics changed her life completely.

“I am outspoken about servant leadership and how to fight for disadvantaged people in society.”

 

She also advised people living with vitiligo to accept the way they are.

 

“You are not limited by your skin but by your own ability to see the greatness in you. Find what you love and push for it, be persistent and above all else pray.”