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Police in Maralal arrest man suspected of killing youth

KBC - 38 min 43 sec fa

Police in Maralal, Samburu County have arrested a 55 years old man believed to have killed a young man after they disagreed over 200 shillings.

Confirming the incident Samburu Central Sub County Police Commander Alex Rotich said the suspect stabbed the deceased young man in the chest after they disagreed over 200 shillings which was a change after buying meat.

“Our investigations have revealed that a 55-year-old man stabbed the deceased young man on the chest killing him over a change that had not been returned to him,” he said.

Residents of Sirata village in Samburu Central Sub County were in rude shock after a 55 years old man killed a young man after a scuffle ensued between them after buying meat.

Rotich however warned locals against taking actions into their hand but instead urged them to report to the police for action.

“People should not taint the culture of Samburu people where men walk with knives. People walked with knives in the past but never killed each other, if there is a problem it should be reported to police station and we will act immediately,” he said.

Susan Lenamiria, a relative to the deceased is now calling on the government to ensure that justice is attained and the killer brought to book.

Mpeketoni

Separately, a family in Mpeketoni Lamu County is mourning the death of their 20-year-old son, who is a student at Technical University of Mombasa.

Timothy Mwirigi, a First Year Civil Engineering student was found dead on the shores of Indian Ocean in Nyali.

Mwirigi is said to have left his hostel on Saturday and never returned. When Mwirigi failed to show up the following day, his friends mounted a search and the reported his disappearance to the university’s security department.

After four days of searching for Mwirigi, his decomposing body was found lying at Mkomani Beach in Nyali.

Alex Mugendi, the diceased father says his first born child who was a  First Year Civil Engineering student  was very hard working regretting his untimely death .

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Central region asked to participate in BBI debate

KBC - 44 min 17 sec fa

As the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) politics gains momentum, leaders and residents of Mount Kenya region have been asked not to be left out in the debate.

A section of leaders led by former Kiambu Governor William Kabogo and former Kigumo MP Jamleck Kamau on Thursday asked current elected leaders to actively engage in the discussions of BBI report to ensure the region’s interests are taken care of.

Kabogo said the outcome of the BBI may sideline the region if leaders are dismissing the report and avoid participating in its discussion forums.

The leaders who were speaking at Kihonya area in Murang’a during the burial of the mother of former Ruiru MP Esther Gathongo said BBI does not belong to some people but to all Kenyans.

“Mount Kenya region has many votes and if the current leaders are not going to voice and champion their interests in the report, our voting power may be of no use in future. Let our grievances be taken care of in the report,” added Kabogo.

He further noted that the initiative was started by President Uhuru Kenyatta and thus people from his backyard cannot afford to sit back and leave the Head of State championing BBI.

Kamau on his part asked people from the central region not to be divided by the BBI and appealed to all local leaders to speak in one voice over the report.

He wondered why some leaders from the region are against the report which they have not even reviewed.

“The report is yet to be reviewed but some of us are busy rejecting the report. Let’s get copies, read and understand before making a final decision,” stated the former legislator who cautioned that the region may be neglected if the BBI sails through without input from people from Mount Kenya.

He urged the leaders to embrace maturity and soberness when discussing the report which may occasion a plebiscite.

He requested leaders allied to the Deputy President who vowed to participate in the Mombasa meeting this weekend to maintain order and peace and present their views without confrontation.

Murang’a County Woman Representative Sabina Chege who also said she will participate in Mombasa meeting noted that there is no competition in discussing the report.

Chege said every leader is free to participate in any forum and asked those trying to bring divisions over the BBI to stop.

“Whatever is in the BBI report is for all Kenyans so leaders should guide the citizens well about BBI since the document at long last will fully be approved by all Kenyans,” remarked Chege.

BBI public discussion forum is expected to be held in Mombasa this weekend with leaders who were perceived to oppose the report claiming they will participate in the rally.

On her part, Gathongo called all leaders to support and respect the president saying by doing so the region will benefit more from the current administration.

She observed that former elected leaders have remained united despite being out of the government after failing to clinch back their positions in 2017.

 

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DPP seeks to prefer murder charges against Lawyer Nyakundi

KBC - 47 min 55 sec fa

Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji now wants to terminate manslaughter charges against Lawyer Assa Nyakundi and instead prefer murder charges based on new evidence.

Prominent lawyer Nyakundi is accused of murdering his 29 year old son Joseph Bogonko in March last year.

The DPP through Alex Muteti and Wangui Gichuhi submitted to Kiambu Senior Principal Magistrate Teresia Nyangena that the new evidence would warrant murder charges against Nyakundi at the High Court.

Nyakundi has denied killing his son arguing that he accidentally shot him while they were driving together.

According to Nyakundi, the two had left ICC church on Mombasa road for the family’s home in Muthaiga when the incident occurred.

Nyakundi a licensed gun holder claims that he stopped the car and while trying to change the position of his gun it accidentally discharged bullet that hit his son on the chest.

He rushed his son to Aga Khan Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

The Court will make a ruling on the DPP’s application on 26th March 2020.

 

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Govt seeks Ksh 7.5B to put 700,000 acres under irrigation

KBC - 2 ore 15 min fa

The government is seeking 7.5 billion shillings to put additional 700 thousand acres under irrigation in the medium term.

Irrigation Secretary Aboud Moeva says part of the budget will be raised by farmers through a public private partnership to ensure the plan is realized in time and becomes sustainable.

The Irrigation Act 2019 is backed as an enabler towards attainment of food security, a priority under the government’s big four agenda.

To this end the State Department for Irrigation says it targets to mobilize more than 7 billion shillings  to finance rehabilitation of dams, construction of water pans and water harvesting across  the country.

The government has earmarked lower Nzoia, Mwea, Bura and Perkerra for rehabilitation and expansion in a bid to put an additional 89,000 acres under irrigation in large schemes.

This as community-based smallholder projects acreage is expected to be increased from the current 256,000 acres to 390,000 acres.

At households’ level the government plans to construct 125,000 water pans. Moeva says part of the funding will have to come from farmers as the government intends to adopts  public private partnerships in food production.

The new act is expected to further reduce mismanagement issues that have been bedeviling the irrigation schemes across the country lowering the schemes productivity.

Experts say irrigation is key in mitigating climate change effects that has seen the country become a net food importer.

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Serena knocked out of Australian Open by Qiang in 3rd round

KBC - 2 ore 25 min fa

Serena Williams says she made “far too many errors to be a professional athlete” as she was knocked out in the Australian Open third round.

The 38-year-old American lost 6-4 6-7 (2-7) 7-5 to China’s 27th seed Wang Qiang.

The defeat means Williams’ quest for a 24th Grand Slam singles title goes on.

“I can’t play like that. I literally can’t do that again. That’s unprofessional. It’s not cool,” Williams said.

The seven-time champion in Melbourne beat 28-year-old Wang in just 44 minutes at the US Open in September when the Chinese player won only one game and 15 points.

That was not reflective of the ability of a player who has been a regular fixture in the world’s top 30 over the past 18 months and reached a career high of 12 after her run in New York.

This time, after initially flinching when serving for the match at 5-4 in the second set, she made amends in spectacular fashion.

Wang had the tools to hurt Williams and continued to execute them in a third set in which most observers would have backed her illustrious opponent to go on and win.

After briefly faltering again as Williams rallied, Wang sealed victory on her third match point.

“I honestly didn’t think I was going to lose that match,” said Williams when asked on her thoughts after levelling at one set all.

Williams had not lost so early in Melbourne since falling to Daniela Hantuchova at the same stage in 2006.

Meanwhile Defending champion Novak Djokovic took only 85 minutes to defeat Yoshihito Nishioka 6-3 6-2 6-2 and reach the fourth round of the Australian Open.

The second seed was ruthless with his serving and also efficient, breaking the Japanese world number 71 five times from six opportunities.

“This was one of my best serving matches,” said the Serb.

Djokovic will play Diego Schwartzman after the Argentine 14th seed beat Dusan Lajovic 6-2 6-3 7-6 (9-7).

The former world number one lost only one point on his own serve in the opening two sets against 24-year-old Nishioka, and he won 93% of points on his first serve.

The 16-time major winner, 32, said he hoped to carry that form into the next match.

He added: “Schwartzman is one of quickest on the ATP Tour. He’s right-handed so I’ll have to have different tactics.

“If my serve is good as it was today then I’ve got a pretty good chance.”

Djokovic paid tribute to former Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic, part of his coaching set-up since last year, for helping improve his action.

 

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Champions elect: Firmino’s late winner sends Liverpool 16 points clear

KBC - 2 ore 37 min fa

Liverpool’s march to the Premier League title continued as Roberto Firmino’s late winner at Wolverhampton Wanderers gave them the victory that extends their lead at the top to 16 points with a game in hand.

Wolves can consider themselves unfortunate to be the victims of Liverpool’s 22nd win in 23 league games after making life as uncomfortable as anyone has for Jurgen Klopp’s side this season before Firmino ensured Liverpool took another significant step towards their first title in 30 years.

Reds captain Jordan Henderson headed them in front from Trent Alexander-Arnold’s corner after eight minutes but Wolves drew level six minutes after the break when Raul Jimenez glanced in Adama Traore’s cross.

It was the first goal Liverpool – who lost Sadio Mane to a muscle injury in the first half – had conceded in the league for more than 12 hours and it required important saves from goalkeeper Alisson to keep out Traore and Jimenez as Wolves pressed.

Liverpool, as ever, carried a huge threat and Firmino drilled home the winner with six minutes left – although substitute Diogo Jota then wasted a glorious chance to give Wolves a point in stoppage time.

The Reds, who have won their past 14 league games, are the third team to go 40 games unbeaten in the Premier League.

Liverpool were arguably put under more pressure here at a vibrant Molineux than at any time in the Premier League this season – but the champions-elect did what champions do and found a way to get the job done.

After Wolves equalised, and with the dangerous Traore moving through the gears, there was the possibility that Liverpool could lose their first league game in more than a year.

This, however, is a team that has forgotten how to draw never mind lose and even though it came against the run of play, it was no great surprise when Firmino made the decisive late contribution.

And at the heart of it all was captain Henderson, unsung for so long but now in the best form of his career.

Henderson delivered a collector’s item with that header from a corner but it was his more customary attributes that helped his team through periods of suffering in the second half, although he also delivered the crucial pass for Firmino’s winner. He was constantly available and always urging his team-mates to greater efforts.

He has grown in stature, along with Liverpool, in these last two seasons and is now the heartbeat of this outstanding team.

His influence in increasingly recognised and he was the driving force as Liverpool ground out a win in such a difficult environment.

Wolves are here to stay

Wolves have nothing to be disappointed about – Nuno

Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo and his players understandably cut dejected figures at the final whistle, denied so late on as they pushed to become only the second team after Manchester United to take points off Liverpool this season.

When that disappointment subsides, they can look back with pride on a performance that produced further evidence of what has been rebuilt at this famous old club.

Wolves were organised, played without fear, and in Jimenez and Traore possess a huge threat to back up their many qualities elsewhere.

Traore’s power and pace gave Andrew Robertson a very uncomfortable night while Jimenez has developed into a striker of the highest class.

It is all played out in Molineux’s atmospheric arena, where the Wolves fans are revelling in what is being produced – and so they should.

Wolves can now regard themselves rightfully as a force in the Premier League. They are entertaining and superbly coached. This is a team that is here to stay in the upper reaches.

 

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Rare bird flies over 6,500 km from Europe to Kenya

KBC - 2 ore 40 min fa

A rare migratory bird has flown from Europe to Kenya and landed in West Imbo Location Usalu village, Bondo, Siaya county.

The bird known as Osprey flew from Helsinki,  Finland covering a distance of 6,948 kilometers.

The rare bird that was caught in a fishing net was spotted by a local resident Walter Oloo on 20th January 2020 who reported to Kenya Wildlife Service officials in Siaya county.

In a statement from the KWS Director General Paul Udoto, the bird that was delivered to the KWS veterinary team on Thursday had some bruises on its legs, had lost some weight and it seemed dehydrated.

“It will be stabilized by administering IV fluids and provided proper diet, then monitored for a few days before being released back to the wild,” Udoto said.

The origin of the bird was established by a ring on its leg showing it was ringed in Finland Museum Zool, Helsinki.

The Director of Research at KWS Dr Patrick Omondi has called on the Siaya County government to enhance the protection of Lake Victoria catchment areas including Lake Kanyaboli National Reserve following the sighting of several migratory birds in the area in recent surveys.

KWS head of Veterinary Services Dr David Ndeereh said information about the bird will be shared with the East Africa Bird Ringing Association to obtain more details on the bird.

Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) also called sea hawk, river hawk and fish hawk is a fish eating bird of prey with a cosmopolitan range. It is a large raptor, reaching more than 60 cm in length and 180 cm across the wings.

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