Former President Mwai Kibaki In Recovery After Life Saving Surgery

Former President Mwai Kibaki underwent a life saving surgery yesterday and is currently in recovery, sources say. “All they are prepared to say is that he made it through the surgery and is recovering,” said the source. They also added “He will be in the hospital for another week as the medics monitor him and continue giving him the care he needs before he is released,” according to Standard Media.

He was admitted to Netcare Sunninghill Hospital in Johannesburg to undergo a procedure aimed to remove a blood clot in his neck which took around an hour.

Doctors at the hospital located the clot in good time while it was in a relatively safe part of his body. A clot in the blood is generally dangerous especially if it moves into organs such as the brain, heart and the lungs.

According to Netcare’s website, the hospital specialises in cardiology, a branch of medicine that deals with diseases and abnormalities associated with the heart.

A relative also stated that the Former President was reportedly responding well to treatment at the South African hospital, although the family remains tight lipped about his condition. His two children, Judy Wanjiku & Anthony Githinji, are among family members who accompanied him to South Africa.

Mwai Kibaki was first admitted to Karen Hospital after he fell ill at his Muthaiga home on the night of Saturday, August 20. He later flown to South Africa for specialised treatment on Sunday, August 21.

READ MORE HERE: Distressed Family Of Former President Mwai Kibaki Say He Is NOT Dead!!

Get well Mheshimiwa!, you are in our prayers.

 

Shujaa Defeat Senegal 27-0 In Second Olympic Match

Kenya Sevens players and technical staff pose for a group photo at the Barnard Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Friday. Shujaa defeated Senegal 27-0 in their second 2016 Olympics qualifying match at the venue. | image source: twitter.com/inside22rugbyke

Shujaa continue to torment opposition at the 2016 Olympics African Rugby Sevens qualifying tournament at the Barnard Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, after defeating Senegal 27-0 in their second Pool A match.

The West Africans, who had lost 33-17 to Madagascar in their first match, were no match for a lacklustre Shujaa side.

Shujaa led 17-0 at halftime following; tries by Collins Injera, Billy Odhiambo and Jeff Oluoch, and a conversion by Biko Adema.

Already assured of victory, Kenya Sevens seemed to rest on their laurels and only had two unconverted tries by Frank Wanyama and Oscar Ayodi to show for stepping on the pitch in the second half.

Having already defeated Mauritius 50-5 in their first, Shujaa are already sure of a quarterfinal slot with a game to spare.

This is after Madagascar secured a 29-27 win against Mauritius hence meaning they and Shujaa lead the pool with 6 points each. Kenya Sevens however top the pool on points difference.

Shujaa’ last group game will be against Madagascar at 1614h.

The knockout matches will be played tomorrow.

 

Nairobi Most Expensive City In Africa, Reveals Swiss Survey

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A survey conducted by Swiss company UBS has revealed that Nairobi is the most expensive city in Africa.

The survey informs that the price of goods and services in Nairobi is above other cities in Africa which are perceived to be expensive to live in such as Cairo, Johannesburg and Luanda.

On top of being the most expensive city in Africa, the survey also ranked Nairobi among the lowest when it came to salaries paid to workers.

Workers in Nairobi are paid less than those in other African cities and perhaps that gives credence to the popular saying among Nairobians, “Nairobi ni shamba la mawe, unalima mgongo ya mwenzako.”‘

The survey was conducted in 71 cities between March and April this year.

For more on that, read http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/nairobi-most-pricey-city-africa-report and https://www.ubs.com/microsites/prices-earnings/edition-2015.html.

RUGBY: Kenya 7s Ranked As Top Seeds For Final Round Of African 2016 Olympic Qualifiers

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The Kenya 7s team have been given top seed ranking for the final round of the men’s Rugby Sevens African 2016 Olympic Games qualifiers which will be played in Johannesburg, South Africa, on the weekend of November 14/15.

A total of 12 teams will take part in the qualifiers with the winner booking Africa’s sole berth to the 2016 Olympic games which will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Teams that will finish in positions 2, 3 and 4 will still get a chance to feature at the games as they will participate in a 16-team repechage tournament which will see the winner booking a to the event.

The repechage tournament will feature two teams from South America (Uruguay and Chile), four teams from Europe (Spain, Russia, Germany and Ireland), two teams from North America (Mexico and Canada), three teams from Asia (To Be Confirmed), and two teams from Oceania.

The repechage tournament dates will be determined once each continent has concluded its qualifying tournaments. The teams taking part in the African qualifiers are Kenya, Zimbabwe, Tunisia, Namibia, Uganda, Madagascar,Senegal, Zambia, Morocco, Mauritius, Nigeria and Botswana.

Already 8 teams have qualified with for Olympic games with only four remaining to be filled.

The qualified teams are hosts Brazil, teams that finished in the first four positions during the 2014-15 IRB Rugby Sevens tournament (Fiji, South African, New Zealand and Great Britain), South American Champions (Argentina), European Champions (France) and North American Champions (USA).

The slots waiting to be filled are of those Africa, Asia, Oceania and winner of the repechage tournament.

Additional information by Kenyarfu.com

Facebook opens first Africa office

Facebook announced Monday it had opened its first African office in Johannesburg as part of its efforts “to help people and businesses connect” on the continent.

The office will be headed by Nunu Ntshingila, a former executive at the advertising agency Ogilvy.

“This office will support the significant growth in businesses and people using Facebook,” said a statement from the world’s biggest social network, which has some 1.4 billion active users worldwide including 120 million in Africa.

“We are inspired by the incredible ways people and businesses in Africa use Facebook to connect,” said Nicola Mendelsohn, regional vice president for Facebook.

“Africa is important to Facebook, and this office is a key part of our strategy to expand our investment and presence across (the region). Facebook is already a central part of people’s lives in Africa, and with more than a billion people in Africa, we want to do more to help people and businesses connect.”

Facebook said more than 80 percent of people in African access the social network from their mobile phones.

“Mobile is not a trend; it’s the fastest development in communications we’ve ever seen,” Mendelsohn said.

“This couldn’t be more true in Africa — where so many people are mobile-only. This new office is a significant milestone for Facebook and our teams want to partner with businesses across the continent.”

Facebook will initially focus on in sub-Saharan countries including Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa and will also offer support for Senegal, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda, Zambia, Mozambique and Ethiopia.

“Facebook will partner with governments, telecom operators, agencies and other stakeholders to deliver localized solutions to advertisers and users continent-wide,” the statement said.

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LONDON: Plane Stowaway Dies After Falling On A Building’s Roof

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A stowaway who is believed to have clung on to a plane has fallen to his death, while another is in hospital.

The two men are believed to have been clinging to a British Airways flight from Johannesburg to Heathrow.

The victim was found on the roof of a building situated in London’s Richmond area at about 0935h BST on Thursday. Police said his death was being treated as unexplained.

The man who was injured is in a critical condition in hospital.

The area Police said it could not confirm if the two cases were linked.

In a statement, the force said: “At this time there is no evidence to link the death to the discovery of a stowaway in the undercarriage of a plane at Heathrow Airport; however this is one line of enquiry into identifying the deceased and the circumstances of his death.”

The surviving man, who is believed to be aged 24, was found in the undercarriage of the plane at about 08:20 BST and taken to a west London hospital.

Officers believe they know his identity but are awaiting confirmation.

The 5,600-mile journey (9,012km) from South Africa to the UK usually takes about 11 hours.

– BBC

President Kenyatta leaves for AU summit in South Africa

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President Uhuru Kenyatta has left for Johannesburg, South Africa to attend the 25th African Union (AU) Heads of State and Government Summit.

The President will be among over 50 African leaders meeting at Sandton Convention Center, Johannesburg to discuss the continent’s growth prospects.

The plane carrying the President and his entourage departed Jomo Kenyatta International Airport shortly before 7:00 am.

At the airport, Uhuru was seen off by the Head of Public Service and Chief of Staff Joseph Kinyua, Chief of Defence Forces, General Samson Mwathethe and leader of majority in Parliament Aden Duale among other senior Government officials.

-The Star

Lion kills American tourist driving in S. African park

A lion leapt through a open car window and mauled to death an American tourist at a privately-run game park just outside Johannesburg on Monday, a park official said.

“There was a car driving to the lion camp and the lion did come through the window and bite the lady,” Scott Simpson, operations manager of The Lion Park venue told Talk Radio 702.

“The ambulance arrived quite soon, but the lady had passed away.”

The 22-year-old woman and another American tourist were travelling through the park, northwest of South Africa’s biggest city, with their car windows open.

The second tourist, a man, suffered serious injuries while trying to save the victim who was sitting in the car passenger seat.

The incident is the latest in attacks at the park, which is popular with both locals and foreigners.

In March, an Australian tourist was injured by a lioness after driving through the park with his car windows open.

Two days later, a 13-year-old from a nearby slum was attacked by a cheetah while riding a bicycle through the grounds.

In December 2013, a former South African franchise rugby player Brett Tucker and his family were attacked by a lion at the same park and his father reportedly suffered minor injuries.

The park has more than 85 lions, including rare white lions, and a variety of other animals, including giraffes and ostriches.

According to its website, Lion Park guarantees “super close-up animal views” but it does order visitors to keep their car windows shut

The park has previously come under fire for allowing visitors to pet lion cubs.

It was also recently accused of breeding lions for “canned hunting”, a charge it refutes.

The park offers tented accommodation and also hosts children’s birthday parties.

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Ex-South African Footballer Benni McCarthy Robbed At Gunpoint

Benni McCarthy. | image source: soccerladuma.co.za

In an incident that once again clearly highlights the alarming high level of crime in South Africa’s largest city, Johannesburg, kickoff.com reports that Bafana Bafana’s all-time highest goalscorer Benni McCarthy was robbed at gunpoint in broad daylight as he waited to have a haircut at his favourite barbershop.

According to kickoff, the incident happened at around 13ooh, just two hours after the former Porto and Blackburn player landed at the Oliver Tambo International Airport, when three armed men entered the barbershop he was in and demanded for his valuables.

“Three armed men walked into J’s Classic Barbershop, one stood at the door to hold guard, another kept the in-store customers under control while one walked straight up to Benni and requested his watch, earrings and his wedding ring,” a witness revealed to kickoff.

The witness further added that the criminals did not bother any of the other customers and went specifically after Benni as if they had been monitoring his movements.

After taking what they wanted, the thugs got into a black tinted car and drove off.

 

Mombasa Family Awaits Body Of Kenyan Killed In South Africa

A relative holds a photo of the deceased, Hassan Juma Stima. | image source: the-star.co.ke

The body of a Kenyan who died in the recent wave of xenophobic attacks in South Africa is expected to arrive in Mombasa on Monday.

Hassan Juma Stima alias Mohamed Abdul, 33, was stabbed by group of men in Johannesburg on April 17 and was rushed to Malaguana hospital, where he was admitted for six days before succumbing to his injuries.

Stima will be buried at his rural home in Msambweni, Mwembe Ngona Village.

According to his sister Mwanatumu Juma, the deceased had sustained deep head cuts and bled heavily before he was rescued by his Kenyan friends.

– The STAR